Attacks on Progressives

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  • Wash. Times: Palin Was "Correct" About Paul Revere; "Left Does Not Revere History"

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    In a June 7 editorial, The Washington Times stated that Sarah Palin's recent comments about Paul Revere were "correct" and that the "left does not revere history." As Media Matters has noted, experts agree that Palin's account of Paul Revere's ride was "mostly inaccurate."

    From the Times editorial, headlined, "The media ride of Sarah Palin; The left does not revere history":

    It soon turned out, however, that Mrs. Palin's version of history was correct. While Revere warned the Americans that the British were coming, he also warned the British - not for their benefit - that the Americans were coming. When Revere was detained by British soldiers during his ride, he told them, in his own words, "that their troops had catched aground in passing the River, and that There would be 500 Americans there in a short time, for I had alarmed the Country all the way up." As for the bells and gunshots, David Hackett Fischer - in the 1994 book "Paul Revere's Ride" - quotes a townsman saying that on that night, "repeated gunshots, the beating of drums and the ringing of bells filled the air."

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    Tea Partyers and others who look to America's past for inspiration are appealing to the great national narrative that the left has rejected. In essence, we have become two peoples: one with a vision of America as an exceptional country with a heroic history, and another believing the country and its people are burdened by a multitude of original sins and populated by groups who are owed continuing and endless debts because of that corrupt past.

    Previously:

    Right-Wing Media Try, Fail To Declare Palin Was "Right" On Paul Revere Story

  • WSJ's Taranto: Harold Camping Is "The Christian Al Gore"

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    In his May 23 Wall Street Journal column, James Taranto called Harold Camping -- who predicted the Biblical day of rapture would occur on May 21 -- the "Christian Al Gore." Taranto further compared global warming activism to a "doomsday cult."

    From Taranto's column:

    Something else bothers us about the media mockery of Harold Camping, as justifiable as it may be. Why are only religious doomsday cultists subjected to such ridicule? Reuters notes that "Camping previously made a failed prediction Jesus Christ would return to Earth in 1994." Ha ha, you can't believe anything this guy says! But who jeered at the U.N.'s false prediction that there would be 50 million "climate refugees" by 2010? We did, but not Reuters.

    Doomsday superstitions seem to fulfill a basic psychological need. On the surface, the thought that God or global warming will destroy the world within our lifetimes is horrifying. But all of us are doomed; within a matter of decades, every person alive will experience the end of his own world. A belief in the hereafter makes the thought of death less terrifying. But so does a disbelief in the here, after. If the world is to end with us--if there is no life for anyone after our death--we are not so insignificant after all.

    To reject traditional religion is not, as the American Atheists might have it, to transform oneself into a perfectly rational being. Nonbelievers are no less susceptible to doomsday cults than believers are; Harold Camping is merely the Christian Al Gore. But because secular doomsday cultism has a scientific gloss, journalists like our friends at Reuters treat it as if it were real science. So, too, do some scientists. It may be that the decline of religion made this corruption of science inevitable.

    Previously:

    Right wing smears scientific consensus on global warming as a "cult"

    Limbaugh: "The Global Warming People" Are "Almost Identical" To Rapture Believers

    O'Reilly: Maybe Charles Manson Could "Join Up With Al Gore" Over Climate Change

    Kilmeade: "Charles Manson Breaks His Silence, And He's Sounding A Bit Like -- Al Gore?"

    Right-wing media shamefully try to pin Discovery Channel bomber's actions on Gore

  • Nugent: "[T]he Majority Of Americans Find Liberalism To Be A Bankrupt, Brain-Dead Political Ideology"

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    In a March 23 Washington Times column, Ted Nugent wrote that "the majority of Americans find liberalism to be a bankrupt, brain-dead political ideology that destroys instead of builds and creates dependence instead of independence."

    From Nugent's column:

    Tragically, American colleges remain infested with leftover liberals who spout socialist and communist idiocy from their insulated, ivory towers. However, the majority of Americans find liberalism to be a bankrupt, brain-dead political ideology that destroys instead of builds and creates dependence instead of independence.

    Real rebellion is cool so long as the rebels replace the current system with something better, such as that which the American Revolution achieved.

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    The Obama administration is backing all of the Mideast rebellions. From Egypt to Libya, there's not a word of caution from the Obama administration about these rebellions; not a word of caution about what the new political environment will be if the rebellions succeed. The president's radical America-hating chums obviously continue to influence their community organizer.

    Obama administration types are not just throwing caution to the wind by backing these rebellions. They are throwing the world into a potential hotbed of life-threatening extremism. That's a dumb move.

    Previously:

    Nugent: "No Country" In "Dark Continent" Of Africa "Truly Respects Freedom Or The Rule Of Law"

    Nugent: "It's Hard To Argue" That Obama Isn't "Out To Destroy America"

    Ted Nugent: "Those currently in charge want to destroy America and turn us into a Third World nation"

  • 23 Academic Groups Condemn Glenn Beck's Attacks On Piven

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    On February 15, 23 academic groups issued a joint statement condemning Glenn Beck for his attacks on Professor Frances Fox Piven. The statement expressed "collective outrage at the recent, repeated attacks" on Piven following Beck's "rhetoric," noting that his verbal attacks on her "have incited threats of violence." From the statement:

    We, the leadership of major scholarly associations, express our collective outrage at the recent, repeated attacks on Professor Frances Fox Piven. These attacks have been based on rhetoric, rather than substance, and have incited threats of violence, rather than encouraging open debate. Radio and television personality Glenn Beck has accused Professor Piven of creating a plan to "intentionally collapse our economic system," as reported by The New York Times; and he has included her in a list of the nine "most dangerous people" in the world. While Mr. Beck has not directly called for violence against Professor Piven, his attacks have created a space for threats of violence to emerge. Over the past several months, Professor Piven has received a flood of hate mail and menacing internet postings, including death threats. The Center for Constitutional Rights has identified many violent posts by visitors to Mr. Beck's website, including the following: "I am all for violence and change Frances: Where do your loved ones live?" The rhetoric has become sufficiently overheated that the potential for physical violence is real.

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    We call on public officials, political commentators, and others in the media to help discourage the rhetoric of hate and violence that has escalated in recent months. We vigorously support serious, honest, and passionate public debate. We support serious engagement on the research of Professor Piven and of others who study controversial issues such as unemployment, the economic crisis, the rights of welfare recipients, and the place of government intervention. We also support the right of political commentators to participate in such debates. At the same time, we insist that all parties recognize the rights of academic researchers not only to gather and analyze evidence related to controversial questions, but also to arrive at their own conclusions and to expect those conclusions to be reported accurately in public debates.

    Both scholars and commentators, regardless of political orientation, strive to serve the public good. We can only benefit from their work when all parties respect the rights of others to disagree without fear of violent reprisal. We call on all parties to condemn the recent escalation of violent rhetoric, which does nothing to serve democracy. [American Sociological Association, 2/15/11]

  • Kuhner: Filmmaker Michael Moore "Is The Riefenstahl Of Our Time"

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    In a February 10 Washington Times column, Jeffrey Kuhner called Michael Moore "the Riefenstahl of our time - someone who uses film in order to aid and abet the mortal enemies of the West." Kuhner further wrote that "Moore - like most transnational leftists - is a traitor."

    From Kuhner's column:

    Michael Moore is a hypocrite. He embodies all that is wrong with Hollywood: He is a shameless, self-serving propagandist masquerading as an idealistic "artist."

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    Like many on the radical left, his philosophy boils down to one seminal idea: hatred of America.

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    "Fahrenheit 9/11" was not simply a crude piece of anti-Bush propaganda. It was a deliberate attempt to distort the reality of what occurred in the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001: that radical Islam had declared war on America. Just as the infamous director, Leni Riefenstahl, produced "Triumph of the Will" as a propaganda tool to bolster Adolf Hitler's regime and demoralize the Western democracies in the struggle against Nazism, Mr. Moore's "Fahrenheit 9/11" sought to undermine America's resolve to confront Islamic fascism. He is the Riefenstahl of our time - someone who uses film in order to aid and abet the mortal enemies of the West.

    Mr. Moore - like most transnational leftists - is a traitor. He has betrayed his country by calling for its defeat in Iraq. He has betrayed his fellow progressives through his blatantly hypocritical behavior. And he has betrayed his fellow filmmakers by peddling cheap propaganda as art. His celebrity status is a damning indictment of contemporary Hollywood.

  • Nugent compares Democratic initiatives to 9-11, Civil War, Great Depression

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    In a November 9 Washington Times op-ed, Ted Nugent wrote: "Domestically, we have gone through a bloody civil war, a catastrophic dust bowl, a Great Depression, Sept 11, 2001 and survived a number of attempts by the Democratic Party to destroy America."

    Nugent also called for an end to an entitlement spending such as "Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security," stating: "If we are to save the country for future generations of Americans and ensure they have more opportunity than we do, we must address entitlement spending and address it now. Then kill it all."

    From Nugent's op-ed:

    Throughout our history, America has faced seemingly insurmountable domestic and international challenges.

    Domestically, we have gone through a bloody civil war, a catastrophic dust bowl, a Great Depression, Sept 11, 2001 and survived a number of attempts by the Democratic Party to destroy America.

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    Entitlement spending, such as for the bizarre, runaway welfare, Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, is the elephant in the room that no politician wants to address. If we are to save the country for future generations of Americans and ensure they have more opportunity than we do, we must address entitlement spending and address it now. Then kill it all.

  • Campaign Fox targets Barney Frank

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    Over the past few months, Fox News has engaged in an all-out campaign against Rep. Barney Frank through insults, falsehoods, and continuous promotion of his opponent, Sean Bielat.

  • Right-wing delusion: Net neutrality is government plot to control Internet content

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    Right-wing media have falsely claimed that the net neutrality principle supported by the Obama administration is an attempt by the government to control Internet content. In fact, net neutrality does not mean government control of content on the Internet; rather, net neutrality ensures equal and open access for consumers and producers of content and applications, and is supported by a wide array of groups including the American Civil Liberties Union and the Christian Coalition of America.