Apparently the Washington Examiner didn't want to be left behind in the right-wing race to the bottom in distorting President Obama's appeal to supporters for the 2010 election, so this morning the paper sent out this lovely bit of work:
That's right, the Examiner morphed Obama's comments about turning out "young people, African-Americans, Latinos, and women who powered our victory in 2008" into a "diss" of "white guys." As Simon Maloy and Matt Gertz have pointed out, Obama was simply discussing turning out his base voters - something any politician who has ever won a race knows to do. The mental gymnastics involved in making this leap would easily qualify for the next Olympics, but sadly the Examiner is just following in the footsteps of its conservative comrades-in-arms.
Then again, this is a paper that published a column a year ago explaining that Obama's approval ratings "appear a bit more popular overall than they actually are" because of high support among black voters.
So maybe it's a theme.
Monica Crowley falsely suggested that a motion filed by former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich contradicted what she claimed were Obama's statements that "none of his representatives" were involved with efforts to fill the Senate seat Obama vacated. But Obama never made such a statement; he acknowledged contacts between his staff and Blagojevich's office while stating that his staff "had no involvement" in Blagojevich's alleged efforts to sell the Senate seat.
Mediaite's Frances Martel falsely claimed that a motion filed by former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich "directly implicate[s]" White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel in Blagojevich's alleged attempt to sell the open Senate seat vacated by President Obama in 2008. In fact, the document confirms Emanuel's previous account of contacts with Blagojevich's chief of staff and in no way suggests Emanuel was involved with Blagojevich's alleged scheme.
Rush Limbaugh joined other right-wing media in promoting Fox News analyst Dick Morris' dubious claim that in 1997, President Clinton told Morris that Clinton had reappointed then-Attorney General Janet Reno because she threatened to "tell the truth about Waco." However, Morris' story contradicts his previous account of a conversation he had with Clinton about reappointing Reno. In that account, Morris gave no indication that Clinton had confided to him about any alleged threats from Reno.
In recent days, President Bill Clinton has warned that incendiary rhetoric and "demonizing the government" incited domestic terrorism during his presidency and threatened to do so again. On his April 19 broadcast, Rush Limbaugh responded by unleashing a torrent of incendiary rhetoric, claiming that the Obama administration is "ripp[ing] apart" and "overthrow[ing]" the country and blaming Clinton for the Oklahoma City bombing and the September 11, 2001, terror attacks.
In today's Washington Post you'll spy an op-ed by longtime Washington insiders Doug Schoen and Pat Caddell arguing that Democrats, in order to minimize electoral damage this November, "need to start embracing an agenda that speaks to the broad concerns of the American electorate ... the agenda that is driving the Tea Party movement and one that has the capacity to motivate a broadly based segment of the electorate."
Schoen and Caddell identify themselves in the op-ed as "Democratic pollsters who argued against the health-care legislation," but that is a gross understatement -- Schoen and Caddell have opposed almost every Democratic and progressive position in recent years. They might consider themselves "Democrats," but in practice they are conservative mouthpieces who concern-troll their way through Fox News' evening line-up telling anyone who will listen how Democrats need to be more like conservative Republicans.
Pick almost any issue facing the country today, and you'll find that that Schoen's and Caddell's rhetoric matches exactly the rhetoric you hear coming from right-wing pundits and politicians.
From the April 15 edition of CNN's Rick's List:
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Charles Krauthammer falsely claimed that the recently passed health care reform law would add "about two trillion" to the federal budget deficit. In fact, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has estimated that the new law will reduce, not increase the deficit.
This week on his Fox News program, Glenn Beck is laying out "The Plan," a series of proposals he has developed with the assistance of conservative think tanks for "slashing the budget," which he claims is necessary for the United States "to survive."
Today's proposals were:
On his next show, Beck promises to "take on" the Department of Defense's budget.
The Associated Press reports that a man was cited in Idaho for firing his shotgun near a census worker who was trying to deliver a census form.
Fifty-4-year-old Richard L. Powell of St. Maries faces up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.
The Benewah County Prosecutor's office says that on March 3 Powell told the census worker to get off his property and then fired a shotgun into the air.
Now while this incident happened before CNN's Erick Erickson said he would "pull out my wife's shotgun" if American Community Survey workers tried to arrest him for not filling out his form, it does again cause us to ask why CNN feels that it should promote someone contributing to this hostile atmosphere. Census workers are doing their jobs to help fulfill a requirement of the Constitution; they shouldn't have to worry about facing violence while doing so.