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  • O’Reilly Can’t Remember The Last Time An Abortion Clinic Was Attacked: Here Are A Few Examples

    Blog ››› ››› JARED HOLT

    Fox Host Bill O’Reilly downplayed the dangers of anti-abortion attacks claiming he was unable to remember the last time an abortion clinic was attacked by right-wing extremists, ignoring the long history of attacks against abortion clinics.

    On the June 21 edition of Fox News’ The O’Reilly Factor, O’Reilly argued with contributor Kirsten Powers over remarks made by CNN’s Van Jones claiming that “young white” right-wing extremists are seven times more likely to kill an American citizen than Muslim terrorists. During his discussion with Powers, O’Reilly dismissed the prevalence of right-wing Christian attacks by asking, “When is the last time a Christian blew up an abortion clinic?”

    The National Abortion Federation reports there have been 42 documented cases of bombing or attempted bombings of abortion clinics since 1977. Most recently, in 2005 a man confessed to two deadly bombings at women’s clinics in Georgia and Alabama. After pleading guilty to the crimes, he told the court “abortion is murder.”

    From 1977-2014, 6,948 incidents of violence have been reported at abortion clinics, including the Nov. 27 deadly shooting at a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic that was inspired by false claims that alleged the network of clinics illegally sold “baby parts.”

    Reproductive health clinics have faced a surge of violent threats following conservative media’s wave of anti-abortion attacks that tailed the release of the deceptive video that inspired the Colorado shooter.

  • Media Help Trump Rehab His Comments That Clubgoers Should Have Guns

    ››› ››› CYDNEY HARGIS

    Reporters are helping presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump to rehabilitate his extreme comments that armed clubgoers could have stopped the mass shooting at a gay club in Orlando, Florida. They are erroneously portraying as a clarification his new statement that he was really talking about armed “guards or employees,” when in fact he has completely contradicted his prior remarks. 

  • Editorial Boards Across The Country Slam Trump’s “Morally Bankrupt” Response To The Orlando Massacre

    ››› ››› NICK FERNANDEZ

    Newspaper editorial boards slammed presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump for his “xenophobic rant” in response to the deadliest mass shooting in recent American history which targeted a gay nightclub Orlando, Florida. Several editorial boards described the speech he delivered after the tragedy as “a new low of bigotry … and conspiracy-peddling,” and declared that Trump failed this leadership test and proved himself “unfit to lead.”

  • New York Post Columnist Claims Obama Blamed America For Orlando Terror Attack

    Blog ››› ››› ERIC BOEHLERT

    New York Post columnist John Podhoretz asserted in the wake of Sunday’s mass murder at a gay nightclub in Orlando that President Obama suggested Americans were to blame for the terror attack. The column ran under the Post headline, “Obama: ‘we’ are to blame, not Islamic terrorism, for massacre.”

    Podhoretz’s claim is categorically false and is easily debunked by a simple reading of Obama’s statement. That a columnist for a major market American newspaper would publish such a purposefully false allegation about the president at a time of national mourning is rather disturbing.

    The allegation stands as a stark example of how Obama’s conservative critics routinely misinform during times of national tragedy.

    If, as a partisan, you don’t agree with how Obama’s fighting terror, if you want to detail ways the United States could be more forcefully and effectively dealing with the threat, go for it. Write a column. Call out the president for being wrong-headed if you think he is.

    But to have published a column even before the 50 dead bodies had been removed from the Orlando nightclub and completely fabricate the claim that Obama blamed American society for the Florida gun rampage? That’s beyond the pale and Podhoretz ought to be entirely ashamed of himself.

    Podhoretz essentially lied to his readers about what Obama said on Sunday, probably assuming they’d never double check the facts.

    Obviously, Obama never said “we” are to blame for the terror attack, as the Post headline suggested. Why on earth would he? It’s an illogical premise to even start with and I can’t imagine any American president ever entertaining such a notion. Worse, Podhoretz doesn't provide any evidence to support the falsehood that Obama claimed “we” are to blame for the massacre -- none.

    Podhoretz laments that Obama -- in comments he labeled "disgusting" and "astonishing" -- was supposedly trying to distract from the terrorism angle by saying "'we need the strength and courage to change' our attitudes toward the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community." Here's what Obama said:

    In the coming hours and days, we’ll learn about the victims of this tragedy. Their names. Their faces. Who they were. The joy that they brought to families and to friends, and the difference that they made in this world. Say a prayer for them and say a prayer for their families -- that God give them the strength to bear the unbearable. And that He give us all the strength to be there for them, and the strength and courage to change. We need to demonstrate that we are defined more -- as a country -- by the way they lived their lives than by the hate of the man who took them from us.

    As we go together, we will draw inspiration from heroic and selfless acts -- friends who helped friends, took care of each other and saved lives. In the face of hate and violence, we will love one another. We will not give in to fear or turn against each other. Instead, we will stand united, as Americans, to protect our people, and defend our nation, and to take action against those who threaten us.

    In Podhoretz's view, a call for unity is "disgusting." 

    Still railing against Obama, Podhoretz insisted, “We Americans do not bear collective responsibility for this attack. Quite the opposite.” But in his subdued comments while trying to unite the country, Obama never said anything about Americans shouldering "collective responsibility" for the attack.

    Does this sound like Obama’s was blaming Americans? From his remarks: 

    So this is a sobering reminder that attacks on any American -- regardless of race, ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation -- is an attack on all of us and on the fundamental values of equality and dignity that define us as a country. And no act of hate or terror will ever change who we are or the values that make us Americans.

    The columnist simply fabricated that premise in order to denounce the president. 

  • After Orlando Massacre, Breitbart Homepage Declares “It’s Time for Gays To Come Home To Republican Party"

    Blog ››› ››› RACHEL PERCELAY

    After the worst mass shooting in U.S. history where 49 people were killed at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Gateway Pundit’s Jim Holt declared it’s “time for gays to come home to [the] Republican party.”

    On June 12, a gunman killed 49 people and wounded 53 others before being killed by law enforcement at the gay nightclub Pulse in Orlando. The number of casualties makes the terror attack the worst mass shooting in U.S. history.

    In response to the massacre, Breitbart News’ homepage featured an article by Gateway Pundit’s Jim Hoft, declaring “it’s time for gays to come home” to the GOP. Hoft -- who has a history of regularly promoting fabricated, baseless attacks on liberals -- is also known for his 2009 anti-gay smear campaign against Kevin Jennings, the Department of Education official responsible for preventing bullying in schools. During his attacks on Jennings, Hoft regularly drew on the work of anti-gay hate group MassResistance.

    In the June 13 Breitbart News article, Hoft declared that presumptive GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump is the only one who can “protect all gays,” and came out as a “conservative gay activist” to “defend [the country] from the socialist onslaught.”

    From Breitbart News:

    After the deadliest Islamist attack on American soil since 9-11 Barack Obama blamed hatred and guns. His inability to called the attack what it is – Islamic jihad – has progressed from denial to psychosis. It’s never been more apparent than Sunday, when Barack was comparing the Pulse club attack to a movie theater shooting by a schizophrenic, that our poor president has lost his own grasp of reality.

    Obama was not the only one. Leftwing gay activists posted ridiculous and ignorant remarks after the deadliest single attack on gays in modern history.

    [...]

    I came out in the 1980s to family and friends during the AIDS epidemic. I saw a lot of friends get sick. I saw a lot of friends die. I went to a lot of funerals.

    It was a scary time to be gay.

    Like most gay Americans, I don’t wear my sexuality on my sleeve. I go about my daily business. I try not to harm anyone. I love my family. I love my friends. I love my country.

    I’ve been a conservative activist for years. But today I’m coming out as a conservative gay activist.

    In the past few years I’ve built one of the most prominent conservative websites in America. I created The Gateway Pundit because I wanted to speak the truth. I wanted to expose the wickedness of the left. I was raised to love my country. Today I serve my country by defending her from the socialist onslaught.

    But last night at least 49 gays were slaughtered at an Orlando club.

    Despite this obvious Islamic attack, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are still in denial.

    I can no longer remain silent as my gay brothers and sisters are being slaughtered at dance clubs.

    There is only one man who can lead this nation and protect all gays and all Americans. His name is Donald Trump.

    In 2015 a conservative Supreme Court granted gays the right to marry.

    In 2016 only one candidate will protect gays from another Islamist attack.

    I pray that gays will come back home to the Republican Party – no more death.

    Dear God, please no more death.