Conservative media figures have recently attacked President Obama and the Department of Justice for employing lawyers who previously represented terror suspects or supported their legal arguments in their private practices. However, Bush administration lawyers also reportedly represented Guantánamo Bay detainees before working for the Justice Department.
Right-wing blogs have attacked White House economic adviser Larry Summers' statement that heavy snowfall in February may distort the unemployment data for the month. In fact, economists reportedly say that snow can cause a temporary decline in employment and distort job statistics.
Right-wing media have attacked President Obama by claiming that he ended the February 25 health care reform summit with -- in Gretchen Carlson's words -- "a threat against Republicans and the American public about reconciliation."
Right-wing media figures have seized on comments Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made linking unemployment to a rise in domestic violence by suggesting that if he loses his re-election bid, then Reid, whose mother was a victim of domestic abuse, will subsequently become abusive toward his wife. Moreover, on Fox & Friends, Laura Ingraham dismissed a 2004 study, which found that "the rate of violence increases as the number of periods of male unemployment increases," to claim that Reid's comments were "lunacy" and "stigmatize the unemployed"; in addition to the 2004 study from which Reid was apparently citing, several other studies and experts indicate that there is a link between abuse and unemployment.
From a February 22 Gateway Pundit post by Jim Hoft:
Rob Port of Say Anything Blog apparently went on a tour of the White House and discovered the following damning "evidence" that the Obama's are secretly Socialists: five books in the White House Library about socialism, which Port suggests were "picked out by the First Lady, Michelle Obama." Take a "lookie, lookie" at what Port "found":
Leave it to Jim Hoft of Gateway Pundit to think this was actually a damning story important enough to blog about:
Wednesday, February 17, 2010, 9:33 PMJim Hoft
It figures. Michelle Obama stocked the White House Library with books on socialism.
Rob Port visited the White House today and took this picture in the library. (The American Socialist Movement and The Socialist Party of America)
It's been more than a month since Jim Hoft last took to Andrew Breitbart's Big Government website to smear Obama administration official Kevin Jennings with his patented concoction of falsehoods and distortions, but he makes his triumphant return today. As usual, he hasn't come up with anything original; instead, he's just regurgitating the falsehoods WorldNetDaily forwarded and we picked apart last week. I guess for him that's a step up - his usual source for Jennings lies is the anti-gay "hate group" MassResistance.
It begins with Hoft's trademark anti-gay hysteria:
The democrats in Congress are moving closer to passing the most radical anti-American, anti-Christian, anti-family bill through Congress that we have seen in decades.
What, pray tell, is this horror?
Democrats are working to push HR 4530 through Congress. This bill will force educators to prohibit harassment, violence and discrimination faced by students based on their sexual orientation. That doesn't sound so bad, but that's not all it does.
Actually, that's exactly what it does, but go on:
The bill will also allows educators and education officials like Safe Schools Czar Kevin Jennings to push their radical agenda in the classroom. And, if you don't like the new policies or object to the program, the bill authorizes the federal government to cut off the educational assistance to schools that fail to enforce the new rules.
Actually, the "radical agenda" that the bill allows educators and education officials to push is the prohibition on "harassment, violence and discrimination faced by students based on their sexual orientation," and the authorization to cut off educational assistance is the "force educators" part that Hoft mentioned in the previous paragraph. You may recall Hoft had said that forcing educators to prohibit such harassment and discrimination "doesn't sound so bad."
Critics of the bill understand the law would give the controversial Safe Schools Czar, Kevin Jennings, almost unlimited authority to mandate sexual indoctrination in public schools at taxpayer expense.
The "critic of the bill" Hoft is associating himself with is the single anti-gay activist, Linda Harvey, quoted in the WorldNetDaily article to which Hoft links. Harvey has previously stated that parents "need to caution our kids against friendships with people practicing homosexual behavior." Those "critics" are wrong - the bill doesn't mention Jennings or his office, and any rules promulgated by federal departments under the bill require presidential approval.
Hoft goes on to fearmonger about the "real intent" of the bill, cite Harvey's claim that the "purpose of this bill is not what is being stated, but is quite simply to mandate in public schools one acceptable viewpoint on the issue of homosexuality, using purported violence or harassment as the rationale, and the power of the feds as the hammer," then repeat a bunch of his previous false Jennings smears.
To clarify: for the right-wing, President Obama giving a stay-in-school speech to students basically amounts to child abuse. But congressional legislation to stop bullying constitutes "the most radical anti-American, anti-Christian, anti-family bill through Congress that we have seen in decades." That is a very... interesting set of priorities.
Following a February 13 BBC Q&A with Phil Jones, director of the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia, several conservative media outlets have distorted Jones' comments to suggest that they undermine the consensus that human activities are contributing to warming global temperatures. These media outlets have seized on Jones' statement that since 1995, the warming trend "is positive, but not significant at the 95% significance level" to falsely suggest that temperatures since the mid 1990s disprove global warming and to falsely claim, in Jim Hoft's words, that Jones "admit[ted] there is no global warming."
Fox News and Gateway Pundit's Jim Hoft have seized on comments made by National Economic Council director Larry Summers to claim that he said higher taxes on the rich would lead to job growth. In fact, Summers said that President Obama's economic proposals, such as "rewarding people directly for hiring workers," as well as other measures, will be more effective at job creation than extending the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy.
Conservative media outlets have used recent winter storms in Washington, DC, as an excuse to forward attacks against former Vice President Al Gore and climate science. In fact, winter snow on the east coast of the United States does not disprove the scientific consensus that global warming is real.
From Jim Hoft's February 11 post, "Gateway Pundit 'Cold Reality' Photo Contest- Up to $10,000 in Prize Money":
Big government politicians and scientists were hoping they could convince people that their junk science was real. Then they could further control the energy industry through taxation and regulation. Unfortunately, for them the scam is falling apart right in front of their eyes.
So what better time for a contest?
If you would like to have some fun and make a little cash while you're snowed in then this is just the contest you've been waiting for. Here are the rules:
1.) Create a sign.
2.) You must then get your sign in a position so that it can be seen on TV.
For each local TV spot you will receive $100.00.
If a sign is placed on a national TV network the prize will jump to $300.00.
If two or three signs are on one TV spot then the prize would be divided by the participants.
The most original sign would receive and additional $500.00.
The funniest sign will receive an additional $500.00.
Contest ends on Sunday February 14, 2010.
Thanks to my anonymous supporter for coming up with the idea and fronting the prize money.
Several right-wing blogs have baselessly fearmongered over an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) purchase request for 60 shotguns for its Criminal Investigation Division (CI), stating that "we should have seen this coming" and that that it indicated that President Obama "thinks they're gonna have to start shooting at us to squeeze what we have left out of us." But IRS CI employs 2,700 special agents who are required to "carry and use a firearm," and as the purchase request itself indicates, the IRS has previously purchased shotguns, as the type was selected "based on compatibility with IRS existing shotgun inventory."
The right-wing media are attempting to revive "bow-gate" by highlighting a picture that shows President Obama bending at the waist while greeting Mayor Pam Iorio of Tampa, Florida, during Obama's recent trip to Florida. The photograph is the latest in the right-wing media's obsession with Obama's purported "bowing," which began following his greeting of Saudi King Abdullah and Japanese Emperor Akihito.
Conservative media are highlighting Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito mouthing "not true" during the State of the Union address after President Obama said the court's decision in Citizens United v. FEC would "open the floodgates" for special interests -- including foreign corporations -- to spend in U.S. elections to accuse Obama of "attacking" the First Amendment or not telling the truth. But, in fact, four of the Supreme Court's justices agreed in their opinion that the decision "would appear to afford the same protection to multinational corporations controlled by foreigners as to individual Americans" to make certain election-related expenditures.
From Hoft's January 26 Gateway Pundit blog post:
The Obama supporting ACORN organization was caught in several lies last year when James O'Keefe and Hannah Giles released tapes exposing ACORN employees promoting child prostitution of illegal aliens.
O'Keefe has not been convicted of any crimes but was arrested yesterday in New Orleans with three other associates after visiting Senator Mary Landrieu's office.
Andrew Breitbart discussed the arrest today with Hugh Hewitt.
UPDATE: James O'Keefe tweeted this a couple of hours ago:
Let's hope so.