In 2003, future U.S. senator Al Franken trashed conservatives in his book "Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them." This past Wednesday on the lefty website AlterNet, blogger Amanda Marcotte posted a brief, unofficial follow-up to Franken's work in which she detailed "5 Things Conservatives Lie Shamelessly About."
"Conservatives have figured out a neat little rhetorical trick," claimed Marcotte, a regular at The Daily Beast and Slate. "One lie is easy for your opponents to debunk. Tell one lie after another, however, and your opponent’s debunkings will never catch up. By the time the liberal opposition has debunked one lie, there’s a dozen more to take its place."
Sean Penn usually throws punches at paparazzi, but Kevin Spacey may want to watch for him on the Red Carpet, even though they've starred together in "Hurlyburly."
On his blog, Kevin Spacey expressed fervent support for the opposition protesters to Venezuelan president Maduro, the successor of Penn's favorite dictator, Hugo Chavez. Spacey met for three hours with Chavez in Caracas 2007.
Adam Carolla knows it's no accident entertainment scribes bring up his "right wing" politics at every turn.
The podcast king called out biased entertainment reports during a feisty Q&A with RollingStone.com. The interviewer stirred the pot by asking if Carolla got flak from his Hollywood pals for appearing on The O'Reilly Factor, the highly rated pundit show on Fox News.
Your humble correspondent is a fan of the History Channel show, "Vikings." However, its historical accuracy leaves something to be desired to the extent that a week ago I posted a thread at IMDB, Things I Learned While Watching 'Vikings', which humorously mocked such inaccuracies as well as anachronisms on the show. Along with noticing that Rollo wore L.A. Ink type tattoos, I also took note of a completely unhistorical type of punishment meted out to the apostate monk Athelstan: "The Church punished apostate monks by crucifying them and doing their best to make them appear like Jesus including a crown of thorns and a lance in the side."
As a history buff, I could recall of no instance in which the Church punished apostasy by crucifixion. Well, several websites researched that subject and found it not only to be completely unhistorical but also absurd. A.J. Delgado even contacted a well-known medieval history professor and got this response:
Competition between rivals often brings out the best in both. Think of Bird and Magic, or Lennon and McCartney. In a Tuesday piece for Salon, writer Edward McClelland dared to adapt that principle to the quintessential Cold War foes, the United States and the Soviet Union, contending that American capitalism "never functioned better than when it was forced to compete with [the] rival economic system" in the USSR during the three-plus decades after World War II.
McClelland asserted that President Reagan's hostility toward both the Soviets and American labor unions led us down the path to today's globalized economy in which big business can mistreat workers with near-impunity now that Communism in its greatly weakened state can no longer keep corporations in check.
A panel of experts on Spanish-language media outlets came together at the Newseum in Washington D.C. on Tuesday to help launch MRC Latino and discuss the state of networks such as Telemundo and Univision. According to Daniel Garza, the executive director of The Libre Initiative, ObamaCare challenges America as to "whether we're going to tend as a country to lean towards the free market system that has made us the most prosperous, most powerful nation on Earth or are we going to lean towards more statism." [See video below. MP3 audio here.]
As for what his group is doing about it, Garza explained, "Over a million dollars doing ad buys, digital buys. We've been on Spanish language and on English language to drive that message." Izzy Santa, the Hispanic Communications Director at the Republican National Committee asserted, "I think one of the biggest struggles that we have is that our bench of Spanish communicators who are bilingual needs to grow a lot more."
Markos Moulitsas, the founder and publisher of Daily Kos, blogged on Tuesday morning that despite scary rhetoric from conservatives about "the 'death of freedom' and...jackbooted Obamacare Nazi Alinsky thugs," the Affordable Care Act has done or will do a great deal of good for our health-care system.
Kos wondered, "Anyone know how much freedom was lost?" as a result of the ACA, and cheekily invited right-wingers to quantify, a la Bill Watterson's Calvinball, any such losses.
It must be nice for a major news network to self-congratulate itself by bringing on someone to give them an award. Such was the case on Wednesday April 3, when “CBS This Morning” brought on Charlayne Hunter-Gault and Ira Glass to present co-host Charlie Rose with a Peabody Award for an interview he conducted with Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad.
Hunter-Gault hyped the “surprise” she had for Rose before proclaiming that “This amazing get of one of the arch villains of the world whom you treated with respect and yet you didn't back off, you pressed him, and we all got to see what this man is made of and how he thinks.” [See video below.]
In a newly released annual audit of abuse by independent experts, it was reported that there were only ten contemporaneous abuse allegations made against priests even deemed "credible" in all of 2013 (out of some 40,000 active priests) and that the "fewest allegations and victims" ever were tabulated since annual reports were first compiled in 2004.
This is obviously good news. But predictably, the mainstream media is notably silent about this very positive report, even though in years past when the numbers were less encouraging, the media fell over themselves to breathlessly report any unflattering statistics which they could dig up.
NPR’s quiz show “Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me” is known for its unabashedliberalism so it should come as no surprise that the program would mock the Christian crafts store Hobby Lobby in the wake of their Supreme Court case.
The episode, which aired on Saturday March 29, featured guest host Mike Pesca, sports reporter for NPR, who joked that “Hobby Lobby was originally named Granny’s Prophylactic Attic.” The entire panel then proceeded to poke fun at the company for not wanting to cover two forms of birth control it views as ending life. [MP3 audio here.]
At NewsBusters, we'd like to remember the late Noel Sheppard by recounting some of his "greatest hits." One day after the launch of this blog in 2005, Rush Limbaugh cited a Noel post and said he "contributes to the Media Research Center's NewsBusters squad. Brent Bozell and his boys have put up a new blog."
NewsBusters executive editor Tim Graham appeared on the Fox Business show Varney & Co. on Monday afternoon discuss how MRC research of evening news stories found next to nothing on the victims of Obamacare. (There was just one CBS story on a Saturday in February.)
Host Stuart Varney expressed amazement that the networks haven’t reported the many problems with Obamacare (video below):
"None of them knew the color of the sky" is the first line of the Stephen Crane short story "The Open Boat" about four men crowded in an overloaded dinghy on rough seas. The men are so intent on preventing their small boat from getting swamped, none of them has time to look up.
Much the same way, Ed Schultz is so busy shilling for Obama, he can't see the writing on the wall. (Audio after the jump)
Liberals understand that talk radio is highly important to conservatives, but Daily Kos writer Jed Lewison went a step further in a Friday post in which he asserted that Republicans seem to prefer hosting a talk show to being an influential congressman.
The peg for Lewison's post was the announcement from Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI) that he's leaving Congress after his current term to host a radio program for Cumulus Media. Lewison noted that Rogers "has been the most popular member of Congress for Sunday show bookers for two years running, even outpacing the king himself, Sen. John McCain."
Imagine if a former Republican presidential candidate and U.S. senator had called a current Republican president a delusional liar whose programs are wasteful. Would the mainstream media not be all over the story? Such a person would be interviewed at length by Wolf Blitzer on CNN as well as made the rounds of the morning talk shows and the Sunday news programs as well. The media buzz would be red hot on this topic for days extending into weeks.
Well, there is such a person but because he is a Democrat saying these things about President Obama, we can expect him to become an MSM nonperson. Such seems to already be the fate of former presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Bob Kerrey. It is no surprise that his extended criticisms of Obama appeared in in a Daily Mail article in Britain, not in America where the shunning seems to have already begun. Here is what Kerrey has to say about Obama which you most likely won't see in any major liberal news outlet in America:
The old saying that only the good die young is certainly apt to describe the passing of my dear friend and colleague Noel Sheppard at the age of 53.
I’ve known Noel since early 2005 when my brother Greg and I saw him contributing freelance pieces to the American Thinker. At the time, blogging was still relatively new and the political and media establishments (of both left and right) were still very wary about the idea that people without formal academic training could write about politics. As it turned out, the rest of America strongly disagreed.
Some of the worst liberal bias in America's media is coming out in Spanish. Kate Nocera at BuzzFeed Politics reports "For more than a year, the Spanish-language television network Univision has embarked on their own company-wide effort to get Latinos signed up on the exchanges, working through newscasts, special programming, advertising partnerships, and a dedicated health care website."
In an article titled "Univision Works Overtime To Get Latinos Enrolled In Obamacare," Nocera writes the network has not only been providing "newscasts" and ads to their viewers as to how to sign up but openly encouraging them to do so.
"I think women are beautiful - absolutely beautiful," she proclaimed. "And I think that all women have been sexually attracted to another woman at some point. It's natural to have a connectivity and an appreciation for the beauty of other women."
Sometimes, all you can say is, “Keep telling yourself that.”
Elle’s Rachael Combe recently honored NARAL Pro-Choice America President Ilyse Hogue as one of the “10 Most Powerful Women in D.C.” For Combe’s piece, Hogue told Elle that, “Even though states adopted 53 antichoice measures last year,” Americans “really do live in a pro-choice country.” Fortunately, the polls disagree.