Right-wing bloggers are laying into Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) today over fears that he might not be aggressive enough investigating what they see as the high crimes of the Obama administration.
Slurpees are spilling in the sandbox.
Citing comments Issa made in a conference call overnight, Politico reported that Issa, "who will have far-ranging subpoena power in the new Congress," was "going out of his way to dispel perceptions that he a partisan bombthrower who plans to use his newfound authority to paralyze President Obama's administration." Issa reportedly said:
My job is not to bring down the president. My job is to make the president a success.
Enter Doug Powers. In a post on Michelle Malkin's blog, Powers took Issa to task for that quote, writing, "My Slurpee just boiled over." Powers warned, "It's the Democrats who are supposed to shove the olive branch, Rep. Issa -- we don't want you to serve your own to them complete with a candlelight dinner and a lightly chilled bottle of chardonnay."
Malkin showed her own disgust with Issa via Twitter:
Right-wing media have mocked Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid for saying that "But for me, we'd be in a worldwide depression." In fact, economists have credited legislation that passed the Senate under Reid's leadership for averting a far deeper economic collapse.
I'm often astonished at what passes for economic analysis on the right. Media Matters has extensively documented hypocrisy, inaccurate reading of history, confusion about basic terms, misreading of government reports, misleading gimmickry, and downright incompetence on the part of right-wing media outlets. Recently, a new meme has appeared on the right, the claim that President Obama has added $3 trillion dollars of debt during his tenure -- more debt in 21 months in office, according to conservatives, than the United States accumulated in its first 214 years of independence. It would be a dramatic and powerful statement about the recklessness of this administration -- if it weren't ludicrous and hopelessly misleading.
On October 18 Terence P. Jeffrey of CNSNews.com reported that "[i]t's official: The Obama administration has now borrowed $3 trillion...." From CNS News:
It took from 1776, when the United States became an independent country, until 1990, the year after the Berlin Wall fell signaling victory in the Cold War, for the federal government to accumulate a total of $3 trillion in debt, according to the Treasury Department. It only took from Jan. 20, 2009, the day President Barack Obama was inaugurated, until Oct. 15, 2010, for the Obama administration to add $3 trillion to the federal debt.
Gateway Pundit's Jim Hoft picked up the story, noting "That didn't take long. The Obama administration has now borrowed $3 trillion, according to the U.S. Treasury Department. But look what we have for it... 9.6% unemployment and a record national deficit." Similarly, Doug Powers, of MichelleMalkin.com, chimed in, under the headline "Miracle Worker: Obama Matches 214 Years Worth of US Debt in Less Than 24 Months" by writing "President Obama, assisted by his willing accomplices in Congress who have helped swipe the national credit card like giddy teenage girls at the mall with daddy's Visa, have made history."
These bloggers' claims that the total outstanding debt of the U.S. government has increased by slightly more than $3 trillion dollars since Obama's inauguration are completely accurate. The accuracy though, ends there.
This Sunday saw the right-wing launch some nasty attacks on one of their own after Meghan McCain spoke out against Christine O'Donnell -- and was basically told by conservative pundits, "Sit down and shut up, woman."
During her appearance on ABC's The Week on October 17, McCain said O'Donnell is "seen as a nutjob," and explained, "I speak as a 26-year-old woman. And my problem is that, no matter what, Christine O'Donnell is making a mockery of running for public office. She has no real history, no real success in any kind of business. And what that sends to my generation is, one day, you can just wake up and run for Senate, no matter how [much] lack of experience you have."
What did her political discourse earn her? Misogynistic attacks from right-wing pundits. Blogger Doug Powers kicked off the mud-slinging with a post on Michelle Malkin's blog Sunday morning. He began his post with a photo of McCain that spurred controversy after she posted it on Twitter a year ago and commented, "Disregard the above photo. I'm only putting it there to remind myself to check my tire pressure later this afternoon."
Later that day, conservative blogger Dan Riehl on his blog Riehl World View referred to McCain as "Meggie 'Big Mac' McCain" and wrote that "this self-indulgent set of mega-breasts doesn't belong anywhere near a TV studio commenting on anything."
Jeff Poor, a staff writer for the Media Research Center's Business & Media Institute, rounded out the evening by re-tweeting a conservative blogger's comment that "I swear, if Meghan McCain gets any dumber she'll be drooling on her boobs" with the remark: "Haha."
Wow. All of these commentators would throw a fit -- rightly -- if sexist attacks were launched on Sarah Palin, Christine O'Donnell, or Sharron Angle. If they disagree with the substance of McCain's remarks, why are they going after her body instead?
Michellemalkin.com blogger Doug Powers today posted a video produced by Campus Progress Action Fund under the headline "Obamacare Idealists Somehow Find Way to Be Even More Nauseating." In the video, young progressives detail the importance of the Affordable Care Act's provisions requiring insurers to allow children to stay on their parents' family health insurance plans until age 26.
Classy as ever, Powers calls the young people in the video "ugly," "freeloading brats" and "useless nimrods" who are "reaching into your back pocket and trying to swipe your wallet during the ad."
He then gives you "the script in a nutshell: 'When I get out of college I'm going to be kicked off mom and dad's health plan so you have to pay for it! And if you don't want to we won't let you! Nyeh!'"
What's wrong with his assessment of the video? Well, if a recent college graduate doesn't have a job with benefits and chooses to stay on their parents' plan...it's their PARENTS' plan. They don't have their hands in anyone's pocket (except of course, those of their parents).
A couple weeks ago, when the Associated Press issued a memo advising its news organization members to avoid the term "Ground Zero mosque" to describe the proposed Islamic center in New York City because it's not at Ground Zero and isn't primarily a mosque, conservatives looked askance. At Michelle Malkin's website, Doug Powers suggested it was "a retread of a pro-mosque talking points memo" and asserted that the proposed center's site would be considered Ground Zero if the AP's headquarters were there.
The Media Research Center's Dan Gainor was just as harsh, claiming that the AP "had to choose sides" and was acting as "spinmeisters," adding that accurately describing things is "one of the games journalists play." He also repeated Powers' line about how the AP might think differently if its headquarters were closer.
Another day, another AP memo, a completely different reaction from the conservative media.
This time, the memo pointed out that "U.S. troops remain involved in combat operations alongside Iraqi forces, although U.S. officials say the American combat mission has formally ended." This was interpreted by the conservative media as a smackdown of President Obama, of which they approved:
Tom Blumer of NewsBusters -- operated by the Media Research Center, which attacked the AP over the "Ground Zero mosque" memo -- declared that in the new memo "at least one limit has been found to the establishment press's willingness to serve as this government's official apologists" and that "is asserting that Obama is at least not telling the truth in this instance." WorldNetDaily, meanwhile, carried an article on the memo with the headline, "Oops! Did Associated Press call Obama a liar?"
The lesson? The AP has been consistent in endeavoring to tell the truth. The only consistency the conservative media cares about is promoting its right-wing message; the truth is secondary.
Yesterday, the Associated Press issued a memo to its staff, advising them on the "location" of the Islamic center and mosque: "The site of the proposed Islamic center and mosque is not at ground zero, but two blocks away in a busy commercial area," so "We should continue to avoid the phrase 'ground zero mosque' or 'mosque at ground zero' on all platforms." So basically, "one of world's most powerful news organizations" wants to use accurate terms in its stories.
Right-wing blogosphere translation: The AP issued "a re-tread of a pro-mosque talking points memo."
Right-wing blogs have recently been pushing a chart based on cherry-picked data that conveniently shows a correlation between rising unemployment and the Democratic takeover of Congress after the 2006 elections. The right-wing media's latest fun with charts serves two purposes here -- to trash Democrats as job killers and blame them for the recession that sparked the rise in unemployment. Take a look:
Sure looks bad for Democrats, right? But since this is a chart hyped by right-wing media, you can safely bet it's based on misleading, cherry-picked data aimed squarely at making Democrats look bad. And sure enough, it is.
Conservative blogger Doug Powers--who is guest blogging for Michelle Malkin-- attacked Mel Gibson's former agency for dropping Gibson as a client after audio surfaced allegedly of Gibson threatening his then-girlfriend in a racist, misogynist manner. Powers argued that Gibson was dropped simply "because he used the 'N-word' in an unhinged privately recorded rant," but that Gibson's former agency "continues to represent the likes of P. Diddy, Kanye West, Snoop Dogg, Mary J. Blight, Eminem, 50 Cent, and many more, who broadcast the same awful word to millions--daily, unabashedly and continually." Powers defense of Gibson--who is allegedly heard on the recording telling his then-girlfriend that she deserves to "be raped by a pack of n***ers" because he felt she was dressing too provocatively--harkens back to conservatives' defense of Gibson following his 2006 arrest, in which Gibson made a litany of anti-Semitic and sexist remarks.
RadarOnline has posted audio, allegedly of Gibson, telling his then-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva that she looked like "a Vegas bitch, a Vegas whore" and that when she went "out in public" she was "an embarrassment to me" because "you look like a fucking bitch on heat and if you get raped by a pack of n***ers, it will be your fault, alright? Because you provoked it! You are provocatively dressed all the time with your fake boobs you feel you have to show off in tight outfits and tight pants and you can see your p**sy from behind." Gibson is also reportedly being investigated for allegations that he physically assaulted Grigorieva as she held their infant daughter. In other audio recordings, Grigorieva is reportedly heard saying, "what kind of man is that who would hit a woman when she is holding a child in her hands, hitting her twice in the face? What kind of man is that?" to which Gibson allegedly replied, "You know what--you f***ing deserved it." Gibson also reportedly threatened to kill Grigorieva "with a handgun at his estate."
Powers' take? Observe:
Selective 'N-Word' Outrage: William Morris Agency Dumps Mel Gibson
By Doug Powers • July 10, 2010 02:28 PM
**Written by guest-blogger Doug Powers
Let me get this straight -- the William Morris Agency has reportedly dropped Mel Gibson as a client because he used the "N-word" in an unhinged privately recorded rant, but William Morris continues to represent the likes of P. Diddy, Kanye West, Snoop Dogg, Mary J. Blige, Eminem, 50 Cent, and many more, who broadcast the same awful word to millions -- daily, unabashedly and continually?
Gotta love Hollywood.
Take up a career in Hip-Hop, Mel -- the WMA will bring you back on board in a heartbeat.
It is almost impossible to believe that anyone would put their neck on the line and defend Gibson right now. It is even more absurd to suggest that Gibson got dropped by his agency simply for using the N-word and that Gibson's use of the word is in similar context to that of hip hop artists. But, alas, the right-wing media does have a bizarre history of defending Gibson from his racist, sexists rants.
Right-wing media have attacked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for her statement that unemployment insurance stimulates the economy and creates jobs, calling her remarks "laughable" and "lunacy." In fact, economists agree that extending unemployment insurance has a strong stimulative effect on GDP and employment during a recession.
The right-wing media have mocked Sen. Barbara Boxer's comments about the threat of global warming to national security. However, national security experts -- including those in the Bush administration -- have highlighted the "significant geopolitical consequences" of climate change.
Right-wing media have falsely suggested that in an interview with Politico, President Obama equated the disasters of 9-11 and the Gulf oil spill. In fact, Obama said the oil spill is likely to shape future environmental and energy policy, similar to how U.S. foreign policy was shaped by the 9-11 attacks.
Right-wing media have falsely claimed that the White House offered Andrew Romanoff a job in exchange for dropping out of Colorado's U.S. Senate election, and have falsely alleged or suggested that the White House committed a crime in doing so. In fact, both Romanoff and the White House have said no formal job offer was made, and legal experts have repudiated the claim that this practice would constitute a crime.
Led by Fox News, right-wing media have attacked Attorney General Eric Holder over his announcement that the Justice Department has begun civil and criminal investigations into the Gulf oil spill. Their attacks echo previous criticism from Fox and right-wing media figures over SEC charges and congressional hearings into Goldman Sachs and hearings into a Toyota vehicle recall.
Repeating a pattern of invoking ACORN to attack progressives, conservative media figures have brought up the organization in their discussions of President Obama's July 22 prime-time press conference, in which he took a question regarding the arrest of Henry Louis Gates Jr.