The right-wing media is attacking President Obama for discussing immigration reform rather than focusing on the economy, but researchers have estimated that immigration reform can add $1.5 trillion to GDP and create 900,000 jobs.
Media conservatives attempted to discredit President Obama's speech on immigration before it even happened, launching a nonsensical attack on the location of Obama's speech -- El Paso, Texas -- to push the myth of immigrant violence. In fact, the location underscores how preposterous that myth is.
Criticizing Obama for holding the speech in El Paso, CNSNews wrote:
El Paso is across the border from Juarez, Mexico, a city where 3,111 civilians were murdered last year--more than in all of Afghanistan.
El Paso is one of nine Border Patrol sectors along the almost 2,000-mile-long U.S.-Mexico border, running from the Gulf Coast to the Pacific Ocean. Located directly across from the Mexican city of Juarez, it has been among the more dangerous border areas in recent years.
Fox Nation trumpeted the CNS piece, calling El Paso the "wrong town" for an immigration speech:
But what about the crime rate in El Paso, where the speech was actually held? It turns out that El Paso is one of the safest large cities in the nation. In fact, CQ Press rated El Paso the city with the lowest crime rate in the United States with a population of over 500,000 residents in 2010.
Indeed, El Paso actually illustrates the success of federal agents and local law enforcement in keeping violence from spilling over to the United States.
Fox & Friends Sunday repeatedly touted the "thousands" that attended a tax cut rally where Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) spoke, going so far as to make the rally's supposedly large turnout one of their top headlines today.
Yet according to Fox's local affiliate, reporting from St. Paul, Minnesota, it was the rally's low turnout that made it newsworthy. In an article titled "Hundreds Attend Anti-Tax Hike Rally At Capitol: Turnout Significantly Smaller Than Last Year's," Fox 9 News reported:
Hundreds gathered at the Minnesota Capitol to rally against a possible tax hike, but though it attracted the attention of some prominent lawmakers, the turnout didn't meet expectations.
Organizers said that about 6,000 people turned out for last year's event, but this year the headcount may have only touched 1,000.
Politico also noted the rally's "sparse attendance" and highlighted the comments of a conservative blogger:
The [Tax Day] rally's sparse attendance is attracting nearly as much attention as Bachmann's remarks.
Will Folks, a widely read blogger in South Carolina political circles, termed the rally a "dud" in a post Monday afternoon.
"Politicians, political operatives and members of the media came close to outnumbering attendees at a much-hyped Columbia, S.C., tea party rally starring U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann and S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley on Monday," Folks wrote.
"Only 300 people (including a horde of Palmetto political operatives) attended the event in downtown Columbia, S.C. -- which is a generous estimate in our book. That attendance figure -- confirmed by other media outlets -- amounts to less than one-tenth the size of multiple crowds that have gathered at the S.C. State House in recent years in support of parental choice."
This is not the first time that Fox News has appeared to inflate the attendance at Bachmann's rallies. In 2009 Sean Hannity had to apologize for airing footage of a larger rally while discussing a Bachmann rally.
Video of Fox & Friends Sunday below the jump.
While once again demonizing a Mexican-American studies program in Tucson, Arizona, Glenn Beck falsely claimed that the program is "mandatory." Enrollment in the class has always been voluntary.
Through he said/she said journalism, the media gives Andrew Breitbart's debunked videos legitimacy they don't deserve. Exhibit A: The St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that "a pair of heavily edited videos" shows two professors "appearing to condone the use of violence in labor negotiations." At the end of the article, they note:
Officials at UMKC say they have been reviewing the video but thus far have expressed support for their professor.
They have criticized the Internet videos, saying their editing put the instructors' comments out of context.
Well, were they? The Post-Dispatch does not have to take the school officials' word for it -- they can see for themselves. With a little bit of research, they can show their readers that, yes, Big Government was taking Professor Don Giljum out of context when they edited out the portions of his comments that show him rejecting violence (in bold):
I tend to agree with you, because I think if you look at labor's history over the years, you'll find that, you know, we've had a very violent history with violent protests and reaction to suppression. OK? But as time has changed, the tactics have changed, or the need for those have changed. OK?
Now, you know, that's not to say that in certain instances, strategically played out and for certain purposes, that industrial sabotage doesn't have its place. I think it certainly does. But as far as -- You know, and I can't really honestly say that I've never wished, or have never been in a position where I have haven't wished real harm on somebody or inflicted any pain and suffering on some people--
STUDENT: We're all human.
GILJUM: --who didn't ask for it, but, you know, it certainly has its place. It certainly makes you feel a hell of a lot better sometimes, but beyond that I'm not sure as a tactic today, the type of violence or reaction to the violence we had back then would be called for here, and I think it would do more harm than good.
Howard Kurtz slammed Sean Hannity for featuring an "absolute slam dunk case of misleading editing," which occurred during an hour-long Fox News special on what Hannity claimed was the media's "liberal bias." One of several targets of Hannity's hatchet job, Anderson Cooper, criticized Hannity for editing video of him in a "completely misleading way" last week.
Kurtz further noted the sham that Hannity, "the same Fox News host who reliably delivers the Republican line every night," would be criticizing others for media bias through use of deceptively cropped video. Watch:
Glenn Beck is stoking fears that a Mexican-American studies program in Arizona segregates students and promotes "the overthrow of the U.S. government." School district officials say the program does not segregate students and reject claims that it violates state law that, among other things, prohibits teaching the overthrow of the United States government.
Right-wing media figures have dismissed the consequences of defaulting on America's debt. Yet experts agree that if the U.S. were to default as a result of not raising the debt ceiling, it would have a catastrophic effect on the economic recovery.
The "Final Chapter" of Glenn Beck's Fox News run kicked off Friday with Beck warning that a plot to "collapse the system," "redistribute the wealth," and create an Obama-centered empire was based on a willingness to kill "25 million Americans."
Fox News announced weeks ago that Beck "intends to transition off his daily program" on Fox News. Earlier this week, News Corp. announced that the "Final Chapter" of Beck's Fox News show would begin Friday.
That chapter of the Glenn Beck saga began with Beck claiming that he is leaving Fox to transition from "preaching to the choir" into getting "involved" in stopping the "nefarious plans" of progressives.
Setting the stage, the final chapter chalkboard revealed that all the same demons continue to haunt Beck: magnets representing the "radicals" whom "Obama has surrounded himself with" -- Richard Trumka, Andy Stern, Van Jones, George Soros, Samantha Power, Cass Sunstein, Stephen Lerner, and The Tides Foundation -- populated every corner of the chalkboard.
Beck warned his audience of the dangers posed by the "true revolutionaries" on his chalkboard, who support communism and the "redistribution of wealth," and by "people like George Soros" who want to "collapse the system." Beck then asked, "If communists went and tried to collapse the system and took over the system, OK, what would happen." He pressed:
Who would not fight for the rest of your life if someone overthrew the Constitution of the United States? Raise your hand.
Would you fight -- would you fight for the rest of your life and give yourself if someone overthrew the government of the United States?
So, we know that. There are millions of people that would do that. Well, George Soros is smart enough to know that, isn't he?
This is not atypical -- in fact it is a hallmark of Beck's show to suggest violence is originating from "the left" and to then beg his audience to resist.
After all, when Beck tearfully announced his 9-12 Project, he told his Fox News audience, "They don't surround us; we surround them." Months later, he amped up the paranoia, proclaiming, "Shoot me in the head if you try to change our government -- I will stand against you, and so will millions of others."
Friday night, Beck returned to his chalkboard to again explain how "they" were organized into groups of thinkers, thugs, doers, organizers, and Marxists trying to "collapse the system." Beck went on to explain how their plan to create an empire under Obama was rooted in a willingness to kill 25 million Americans:
So, the real question here is, is what is the illusion of the republic that George Soros has planned? Because if we all know, if we all know this guy is in bed with all of these guys and we know that, you won't sit down. Unless, remember [William Ayers] said, we have an FBI agent who infiltrated his Weather Underground who said they will kill 25 million Americans. Twenty- five million Americans just won't do it -- just won't sit down for it. So, they will kill 25 million.
OK. So, we know he is willing to. But wouldn't it be easier if this guy could convince the youth. This guy could convince faith groups. These guys could just keep everybody in line. These guys could figure out a way to make it look good.
There has to be the illusion -- there has to be illusion of the republic remaining. That's what you look for. That's I think what's coming in the next year -- is the illusion that these guys are somehow or another ratted out, to satisfy, after you cry out, "Top-down, protect us."
At one point Friday night, Beck said that it was "getting boring" to demonize the "same people," raising the question as to just how much longer this transition will be supported by Fox News.
Fox News' Neil Cavuto hosted Quenton Dokken, identified as a "Marine Biologist and President of the Gulf of Mexico Foundation" to downplay the impact of the BP oil spill. Cavuto did not disclose that the Gulf of Mexico Foundation has direct ties to the offshore drilling industry, including Transocean, a company at the center of last year's Gulf spill.
From a May 4, 2010 post at The ProPublica Blog:
At least half of the 19 members of the group's board of directors have direct ties to the offshore drilling industry. One of them is currently an executive at Transocean, the company that owns the Deepwater Horizon rig that exploded last month, causing millions of gallons of oil to spill into the Gulf of Mexico.
Seven other board members are currently employed at oil companies, or at companies that provide products and services "primarily" to the offshore oil and gas industry. Those companies include Shell, Conoco Phillips, LLOG Exploration Company, Devon Energy, Anadarko Petroleum Company and Oceaneering International.
The Gulf of Mexico Foundation's president is a retired senior vice president of Rowan Companies Inc., an offshore drilling contractor.
Meanwhile, Transocean hosted the group's winter board meeting in January and sponsored a dinner for the board of directors. Past board meetings have been hosted in full or in part by Anadarko Petroleum Company, Shell Exploration and Production, Valero Refinery and Marathon Oil Corporation.
During the interview, Dokken said that "everything is looking pretty good" in the Gulf and that "nature has simply taken care of" the spill.