The right-wing media have launched another round of attacks on President Obama for supposedly being anti-Israel. However, Obama has regularly supported Israel, and according to a recent poll, the majority of Israeli Jews support him.
This week, they're attacking Obama for telling his daughters that they're likely going to be successful even during tough times for the country -- they are, after all, the children of a U.S. president -- while making a broader point about class and inequality in America. The offending quote, from his remarks at a recent campaign event in New York, was:
OBAMA: Our kids are going to be fine. And I always tell Malia and Sasha, look, you guys, I don't worry about you -- I mean, I worry the way parents worry -- but they're on a path that is going to be successful, even if the country as a whole is not successful. But that's not our vision of America. I don't want an America where my kids are living behind walls and gates, and can't feel a part of a country that is giving everybody a shot.
So Obama said that he tells his children "they're on a path that is going to be successful, even if the country as a whole is not successful" and then immediately added that that's "not our vision of America. I don't want an America where my kids are living behind walls and gates."
But The Washington Examiner decided that what Obama really said, as they wrote in a blog post headline, was, "Obama: My kids will succeed, even if USA doesn't." Their post continued:
President Obama believes that Republican leadership of the country would ruin the United States as a land of opportunity, but he's (justifiably) confident that his daughters will have plenty of opportunities, no matter what.
It is good to be the president.
Fox Nation quickly followed suit:
Blogger Jim Hoft was not far behind, linking to both the Examiner and Fox Nation and writing, "Really, Barack? Really?"
As for your kids, screw 'em. How has this guy not been run out of town? The power of the enemedia.
UPDATE: Who'd a thunk that we'd actually consider telling our kids to aspire to ......... work for the government or government-created faux industries (green, global warming) or whatever political fraud is constructed to scam the masses. But that's where the future is going under this crushing statism.
Seriously. When I was a kid, every mom wanted her kids to be doctors. Who, now, wants their kids working under soviet-style social medicine?
And Matt Drudge also faithfully picked up the attack, linking to the Examiner post on the Drudge Report today:
The week of Thanksgiving, Geller went on a rampage against halal turkeys in an effort to expose what she called the "meat industry's halal scandal: its established practice of not separating halal meat from non-halal meat, and not labeling halal meat as such." She went on to warn Americans about the "march" of "Islamic supremacism" and called for a boycott of Butterball for supposedly selling "stealth halal turkeys."
In a little-known strike against freedom, yet again, we are being forced into consuming meat slaughtered by means of a torturous method: Islamic slaughter.
Halal slaughter involves cutting the trachea, the esophagus, and the jugular vein, and letting the blood drain out while saying "Bismillah allahu akbar" -- in the name of Allah the greatest.
Across this great country, on Thanksgiving tables nationwide, infidel Americans are unwittingly going to be serving halal turkeys to their families this Thursday. Turkeys that are halal certified -- who wants that, especially on a day on which we are giving thanks to G-d for our freedom? I wouldn't knowingly buy a halal turkey -- would you? Halal turkey, slaughtered according to the rules of Islamic law, is just the opposite of what Thanksgiving represents: freedom and inclusiveness, neither of which are allowed for under that same Islamic law.
Ruth Nasrullah at the Houston Chronicle sets the record straight, pointing out that the practice of halal is neither shocking nor outrageous. In fact, she writes, Geller "seems unaware of how similar kosher, the traditional Jewish way of preparing food, is to halal." Indeed, as Jeffrey Goldberg noted at The Atlantic:
The method used to kill a bird according to halal requirements is also the method used to slaughter a bird according to the dictates of kashrut, or the kosher laws. Geller's statement that "Jews are less likely to be exposed to such meat because they eat kosher" has to count as one of the most ridiculous things she has ever said. Jews who observe kashrut are eating birds whose tracheas have been cut. It's as simple as that. Her desire to blame Islam for anything and everything she dislikes blinds her to the contradictions, fallacies and lies built into her arguments.
Anti-Muslim activists have attacked the new TLC reality show All-American Muslim as "propaganda," "a video version of jihad," and "A Little Taqiyya on the Prairie." Television critics, meanwhile, have praised the show for portraying the diversity of the American Muslim community.
The right-wing media have attacked President Obama for commenting at a conference that "we've been a little bit lazy" about attracting foreign investment in America, claiming that he is "attacking Americans." However, several independent analysts have said that this line of attack takes Obama's comments out of context and that the president "wasn't calling Americans lazy."
Since sexual harassment allegations against GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain have emerged, right-wing media figures have blamed a wide range of people and entities for the story's emergence, from the "Democratic machine" to the "liberal media" and even "the left-wing nutjobs at Media Matters."
Right-wing media have expressed outrage over President Obama hugging Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the G-20 summit, claiming that Obama is "hugging enemies [and] abandoning allies." In fact, Turkey is an ally of the United States via its membership in NATO; moreover, this is just the latest example of the right-wing media's obsession with how Obama greets leaders.
On the Friday edition of his Fox News show, Sean Hannity invited Pamela Geller, head of the anti-Muslim group Stop the Islamization of America, to discuss events in Libya and the Middle East. The Southern Poverty Law Center identifies Geller's organization as an anti-Muslim "hate group," and Geller herself has an extensive history of hate speech and extremist rhetoric -- both of which she brought to her Hannity appearance.
Geller engaged in her usual anti-Muslim ranting, declaring that Sharia law "discriminates against women and non-Muslims, it restricts the freedom of speech and freedom of conscience." After being asked by Hannity how many Muslims are radicalized, Geller replied, "I don't think they're radical, I think they're devout." She seemed to think Moammar Gadhafi had been doing just fine as Libya's leader: "I think we have to question why we went into Libya. Libya had, after the Bush doctrine, abandoned their unconventional weapons, abandoned their WMD, was selling oil to us, less than the Saudi Arabians. I mean, why did we go into Libya then? Why didn't we go after the real devil?"
That "devil," apparently, is Iran. Geller declared that Iran was "the only site of the real Arab revolution," with protesting women in "lipstick, high heels, lipstick, and hijab." (Most residents of Iran are ethnic Persians, not Arabs.) She then outrageously asserted that President Obama "did nothing, he mowed them down in the street."
Hannity, meanwhile, joined in the extremist spirit, phrasing the question of how the United States works with the post-Mubarak government in Egypt as, "How you do think with evil people? What do you say, 'Please be nice? Pretty please? Sugar on top?' " Hannity then said, "You know what I would do if I was President Obama? I would join with Israel and knock out Iranian nuclear sites tomorrow."
The Houston Chronicle is reporting that The Sugar Land Hyatt canceled a tea party event featuring Pamela Geller after protests by the Sugar Land Democrats Club drew attention to Geller's rampant Islamophobia. Sugar Land's Hyatt Place manager stated the cancelation was due to the "business disruptions" Geller's appearance was creating. Geller, a right-wing activist, was scheduled to deliver an address and promote her new book Stop the Islamization of America.
Although the Sugar Land Hyatt decided not to host Geller, she regularly finds a home at Fox News Channel to spew hate. In an April 13, 2010 post on her blog, Geller claimed that President Obama was "a third worlder and a coward" who would "do nothing but beat up on our friends to appease his Islamic overlords." In July 2010, Geller appeared on Fox News' Hannity, and was asked whether she thought Barack Obama was anti-Semitic. Geller said that she did.
As a guest on Fox's Fox & Friends, Geller once claimed that building an Islamic community center in New York City near Ground Zero was like "stab[bing] Americans in the eye." In a later edition of the show, Geller pushed the falsehood that the cultural center would open on September 11, 2011, in order to promote her belief that the center was a mockery of 9/11.
Geller has popped up on Fox Business to promote birtherism, and has theorized that Barack Obama is the son of Malcolm X. Her new book continues along a similar path. In a chapter on "cultural jihad," Geller highlights "numerous explosive revelations" about "the little-reported fact that much of the meat in Europe is being processed as halal and yet sold without the halal label."
When CBS' Scott Pelley asserted that Geller did not "tell the truth" on her blog during a 2010 interview, Geller responded to the 60 Minutes description by appearing on Fox News and saying that it was "part of the Islamic supremacist agenda."
Geller responded to the cancelation by posting the following response on her website Atlas Shrugs:
The quisling cowards at the Hyatt Place Sugar Land caved to intimidation, but that didn't stop freedom lovers from coming to hear me speak. The event was held at the Sugar Land Community Center, and the house was packed. Hundreds came out to hear what the sharia forbids -- the truth. It was an amazing evening. I was struck by the number of apostates (former Muslims) in the house. Gd bless Texas!
In July, Islamophobe Pam Geller suggested that she supported impeaching President Obama on the basis of the myth that his administration supported the release of the Lockerbie bomber. Now she's found a new false rationale for impeachment: Obama's supposed knowledge of the ATF's failed Operation Fast and Furious.
Geller claims that both Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder knew the controversial operational details of that failed gunrunning sting, which is currently under DOJ and congressional investigation. Her evidence? Obama's support for economic recovery legislation which did not fund the operation, and a speech in which Holder did not talk about Fast and Furious.
In a post entitled "Direct Evidence: Holder Lied, Bragged About Project Gunrunner In Mexico In 2009," Geller wrote:
This is the most corrupt and criminal administration in American history. And their contempt and disgust for the American people is degenerate, rotten, scandalous. Holder must be fired. Obama should be impeached for Fast and Furious. The Republicans must uphold the laws of this country.
Geller points to a blog post which details how "despite... repeatedly denying knowledge of Project Gunrunner," Obama approved stimulus funding for the program and Holder gave a speech referencing it.
Apparently we need to point this out again: Project Gunrunner and Operation Fast and Furious are not the same thing.
Obama and Holder never denied knowing about Project Gunrunner, a high-profile effort begun under the Bush administration in which ATF agents were directed from other offices to the Mexican border region in order to reduce cross-border gun trafficking. They have consistently denied knowledge of the details of Fast and Furious, the failed operation run under Project Gunrunner by a team from the ATF's Phoenix office, in which agents allowed guns to be transferred to known traffickers in the hopes of building a complex conspiracy case against cartels.
Indeed, Fast and Furious was not begun until fall 2009, months after Holder's comment.
Even right-wing bloggers have pointed out that people making this conflation are wrong. But Geller apparently can't be bothered to fact-check.
Pamela Geller has written a new, WorldNetDaily-published book, Stop the Islamization of America. The book shares its name with the organization she runs, which the Southern Poverty Law Center identifies as an anti-Muslim "hate group." As one would expect from someone with an extensive history of hate speech and extremist rhetoric -- so much so that her work was cited by Norwegian massacre suspect Anders Breivik -- the book is more of the same, presented as a how-to guide for activists. There's lots of name-calling, lots of self-promotion, a dose of revisionism and, for some reason, lots of quoting of Ayn Rand, complete with Geller's dedication of her book to "the individual."
In this slim tone (less than 200 pages including endnotes and the index), all the usual Geller targets and tropes are here -- declaring that the proposed "Ground Zero mosque" is "triumphal," railing against honor killings, and ranting that Sharia law is "the most radical and intolerant system of governance on the face of the earth." She also touts her group's battle to run anti-Muslim ads on buses and bus shelters in several cities. There's also a freakout about "secret halal meat" that may be "going to public school lunch programs."
Geller engages in a lot of name-calling as well: Christiane Amanpour is a "notorious stealth jihadist ... whose obvious Jew-hatred and predilection for submission has become the hallmark of her embarrassing career," Diane Sawyer is a "[d]himmi," Sen. Dick Durbin is a "useful idiot," Rep. Keith Ellison is a "stealth jihadist," the British newspaper The Guardian is "notoriously leftist and morally bankrupt," and the pro-Israel organization J Street is "an anti-Israel, anti-Semitic, fringe organization that no one took seriously." She also laughably calls Fox News "a center-left news organization."
Geller claims her group is "not against Islam or Muslims as such, but against the political and supremacist character of Islam as enunciated by Muhammad, the Muslim prophet who declared, 'Islam must dominate, and not be dominated.' " For instance, she claims that the ads she has tried to place on municipal buses throughout the country were not "anti-Muslim," but "merely offered help to those threatened with death in America for leaving Islam, under Islam's traditional death penalty for apostasy." But in her book, she repeatedly attacks "Muslims" and "Islam" without making any distinction between the religion and the "political and supremacist character" she purports to be criticizing, leaving the unmistakable impression that she's completely and utterly anti-Islam.
From the September 23 edition of Fox News' Hannity:
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In a September 22 post on Andrew Breitbart's Big Government blog, anti-Muslim blogger Pamela Geller attacked the Park51 Islamic cultural center after it opened a photography exhibit because it had actually "broken ground on September 11, 2001." From Big Government (emphasis in original):
One year ago, Ground Zero Mosque leader Daisy Khan, the wife of stealth Islamic supremacist Imam Faisal Abdul Rauf, said that they would be breaking ground on September 11, 2011 for the 15-story monster mosque going up in a building that was destroyed in the Islamic attack on America on 9/11. It was redundant. They had broken ground on September 11, 2001.
Still, for all this triumphalism, CNN still admits that the Park51 grifters "are not speculating about a timeline for construction." Nevertheless, "Park51's planners say they are committed to their original Lower Manhattan location. They are now seeking to raise $7 to $10 million in financing."
Give that money to the first responders. Don't build a mega-mosque at Ground Zero.
If Pam Geller organizes a protest against the Park51 Islamic community center, but there's no sustained media hype to accompany it, does it make a sound?
Not really. Although Fox News continues to promote Geller, and despite the best efforts of Dick Morris to remind Fox News viewers of Park51 at every opportunity, the issue's draw power has declined remarkably since last August. Geller's first protest against the "Ground Zero Mosque" benefited from a right-wing hype campaign with origins in coverage by the News Corp.-owned New York Post. It soon spread to Fox News and other media, becoming one of the biggest manufactured stories of the summer.
This year the news cycle was less kind to Geller's crusade, which hosted its second rally yesterday timed to the tenth anniversary of 9/11. With the nation focused on remembering and mourning the dead, Geller's protest at its peak drew no more than two hundred people, who barely filled a narrow gated pen on West Broadway, a few blocks from Ground Zero. "Last year's was so much bigger," said a protestor holding a sign reading, Mohammed was a Terrorist. "The media didn't cover this or our issues this year." Among those at the protest who also experienced considerably less media attention in 2011 was Terry Jones, the Florida preacher who made headlines last year for burning a Koran.
So it's no surprise that Fox News leapt on an op-ed published last week in the Times with the title, "Don't Fear Islamic Law in America." The op-ed argued that recent efforts by certain states to outlaw Sharia, or Islamic law, "fosters a hostile environment that will stymie the growth of America's tolerant strand of Islam."
Fox News, however, interpreted the op-ed's conclusion as the Times' calling for "America ... to embrace Sharia law," as Fox & Friends co-host Steve Doocy said. On today's show, Doocy invited conservative blogger Pamela Geller to bash the Times op-ed and fearmonger about pending Sharia doom.