Conservative media figures are defending and applauding Mitt Romney for invoking at a Michigan rally the false conspiracy theory that President Obama was not born in the United States.
Right-wing media are acting as de facto political advisers for Mitt Romney's presidential campaign, offering the candidate an array of advice that includes replacing his staffers, finding "his inner pit bull," and talking more about his faith.
Right-wing blogger Jim Hoft expressed outrage Friday that an Ohio county is distributing air conditioners for needy families to bring relief from record-high summer temperatures.
Hoft is criticizing this program despite including in his post the fact that the funds used for the air conditioners are not new, but are left over from money already allocated to the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP). He also includes the information that the air conditioners are only available to the poor, the elderly, and those with chronic respiratory illnesses.
From Hoft's Gateway Pundit blog:
Right-wing media have responded to the Supreme Court's decision that the Affordable Care Act is constitutional by claiming the act's revenue-generating provisions will be the "biggest tax hike in the history of the universe." But those provisions are significantly smaller than many previous revenue-enhancement acts and are focused on high-income earners and corporations.
Right-wing media have responded to the Supreme Court's decision upholding the health care mandate -- the requirement that most Americans purchase health insurance or pay a fee -- by claiming that President Obama has instituted the "biggest tax increase in the history of the world" and a "massive, regressive tax on all Americans." In fact, the fee will only be applied to a small percentage of people who choose not to purchase health insurance.
Right-wing media are highlighting a new Gallup poll that found only 34 percent of Americans correctly identified President Obama's religion as Christianity. These same right-wing media outlets have previously questioned the president's religious faith.
In what most sane people would consider non-controversial news, the White House announced today that first lady Michelle Obama will be leading the U.S. delegation at the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics. Conservative bloggers, whose coverage of the first lady never strays from the simple equation "Michelle Obama + anything = bad," have already gotten to work on embarrassing themselves over the story.
At his Gateway Pundit blog, Jim Hoft complains that the Obamas are "hijacking the Olympics." At Weasel Zippers, "ZIP" mocks Michelle Obama as the "Underexposed First Lady" and presents this latest news as evidence of her supposed narcissism, declaring, "All Mooch, all the time."
Their attacks might (barely) rise to the level of "vaguely coherent" if it were unprecedented for the first lady to lead the U.S. delegation at the Olympics, but, as the AP notes, it's "become somewhat of a tradition for first ladies to lead the U.S. delegation." Laura Bush led the U.S. delegation at the 2004 Olympics and Hillary Clinton led the U.S. delegation at the 1994 games.
Had Michelle Obama not led the delegation, it would not be hard to imagine these same bloggers attacking her for breaking an honored patriotic tradition because of Alinsky tactics and socialism and Bill Ayers.
In his post about this, Hoft writes of the Obamas, "They're everywhere." I swear, sometimes it's like they think they're the president and first lady of the United States.
Right-wing media responded to President Obama's May 21 high school commencement speech in Joplin, Missouri, by claiming that Obama "preache[d] socialist BS," called for "military-style community action during crises," and that he "uncorked a campaign speech."
On May 17, The New York Times reported on a plan presented to Joe Rickett's Ending Spending Action Fund that would highlight controversial remarks made by Reverend Jeremiah Wright and link these remarks to President Obama. Soon after the report received widespread coverage, the Romney campaign rejected the attack on Obama, despite having brought up Rev. Wright himself in Sean Hannity's radio show as recently as February. After having obsessed about Rev. Wright in the 2008 election, the right-wing media reacted to the decision by lamenting the opportunity to reignite the attack.
The New York Times article reported that in a report titled "The Defeat of Barack Hussein Obama," a "group of high-profile Republican strategists" proposed a plan that:
[C]alls for running commercials linking Mr. Obama to incendiary comments by his former spiritual adviser, the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr., whose race-related sermons made him a highly charged figure in the 2008 campaign.
"The world is about to see Jeremiah Wright and understand his influence on Barack Obama for the first time in a big, attention-arresting way," says the proposal, which was overseen by Fred Davis and commissioned by Joe Ricketts, the founder of the brokerage firm TD Ameritrade.
The $10 million plan, one of several being studied by Mr. Ricketts, includes preparations for how to respond to the charges of race-baiting it envisions if it highlights Mr. Obama's former ties to Mr. Wright, who espouses what is known as "black liberation theology."
The group suggested hiring as a spokesman an "extremely literate conservative African-American" who can argue that Mr. Obama misled the nation by presenting himself as what the proposal calls a "metrosexual, black Abe Lincoln."
But the right-wing media has not followed Romney as he has attempted to distance himself from the ad campaign.
In the wake of a recent Washington Post article that details Mitt Romney's alleged bullying of a classmate in high school, CNN contributor Dana Loesch and conservative blogger Jim Hoft have responded by breathing new life into the zombie lie that President Obama voted in support of infanticide.
On his blog Gateway Pundit, Hoft reacted to the Washington Post article with a headline saying that "Mitt Romney Picked On a Kid in High School -- Obama voted to Smother the Life Out of Live Babies."
CNN contributor Dana Loesch enthusiastically endorsed Hoft's statement in a tweet and later on her radio show, where she said that The Washington Post article disclosed Romney had "cut some boy's hair because he doesn't like it." She then contrasted Romney to Obama who, according to Loesch's fevered imagination, "voted four times to support infanticide."
For those who think it's completely false that Obama ever voted in favor of infanticide. You're exactly right.
In an ABC News interview today, President Obama announced his support for marriage equality, saying, "I think same sex couples should be able to get married." Conservative media figures immediately accused Obama of declaring a "war on marriage" and the Catholic Church.
The right-wing media continued their pattern of encouraging people to fear Muslims by hyping a thinly sourced column in an Egyptian newspaper about a supposed proposal to legalize necrophilia. Al-Arabiya has reported that members of the Egyptian parliament are denying that any such law was ever proposed.
A recent study of satellite data found that nighttime land temperatures in the immediate vicinity of wind turbines in Texas have increased relative to nearby areas without turbines. Conservative media outlets, including Fox Nation, Rush Limbaugh and Jim Hoft, are distorting the research to claim that wind farms "cause global warming" and Fox News' morning show concluded "wind ain't working." But the study's lead author said via email that this coverage is "misleading."
The researchers, led by Liming Zhou, said it is "[v]ery likely" that "wind turbines do not create a net warming of the air and instead only re-distribute the air's heat near the surface, which is fundamentally different from the large-scale warming effect caused by increasing atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases." The turbines pull down warm air, increasing land surface temperatures, which already have "a larger day-night variation" than the surface air temperatures featured in daily weather reports.
The authors further noted that "this analysis is from a short period," from 2003 to 2011, and is "over a region with rapid growth of wind farms," west-central Texas, so it is likely that their estimate of a "nighttime warming effect" is higher than "in other locations and over longer periods."
Fox News and other conservative media have promoted a video that suggests environmental regulations will cause "America to fail." But the video, created by a conservative group with a history of ethical problems, makes many misleading claims including denying global warming.
Right-wing media are responding to Obama adviser Samantha Power's appointment as chair of the newly created Atrocities Prevention Board by reviving the long-debunked smear that Power once advocated for an invasion of Israel.
Echoing a post by conservative blogger and Breitbart contributor Jeff Dunetz, Jim Hoft and Weasel Zippers both ran with the false claim that Power "called for [a] military invasion of Israel." Hoft further called Power a "Jew-basher," while Weasel Zippers stated that Power's appointment to the Atrocities Prevention Board was "[u]nreal even by Obama's woeful standards."
All three posts take comments made by Power out of context in order to claim that she pushed for an invasion of Israel.