Right-wing media have seized on an opportunity for race-baiting with the manufactured scandal surrounding J. Christian Adams' accusations that President Obama's Department of Justice engaged in racially charged "corruption" in the New Black Panther Party case.
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.
In a show devoted entirely to a White House offer to Rep. Joe Sestak (D-PA) of a position on a presidential panel, Sean Hannity joined several guests in portraying that offer as violation of the law. In fact, and numerous legal experts have stated that no crime was committed.
Right-wing media figures -- including Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh -- have attacked critics of the Arizona immigration law by invoking the idea of a civil war. For example, Beck suggested President Obama is "trying to destroy the country" and pushing America toward civil war.
From the May 24 edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends:
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Fox's Peter Johnson, Jr. continued to push smears of Donald Berwick, Obama's nominee to run the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, by distorting Berwick's comments on redistribution, the British NHS and rationing after they had been shown to be innocuous.
Fox & Friends repeatedly criticized the Obama administration for what they characterized as "slashing" New York City's transit and port security funding, calling it "shocking" and the "moral equivalent of Katrina." However, New York City is reportedly set to receive $47 million more for transit and port security than last year as a result of stimulus funds, according to the Department of Homeland Security.
The Washington Post reported that there was controversy over whether to read the suspected Times Square bomber his Miranda rights after suspected Christmas Day bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab "stopped cooperating with authorities after being read his rights." In fact, intelligence and law enforcement officials stated that Abdulmutallab cooperated both before and after he was Mirandized, as the Post itself reported previously.
From the May 4 broadcast of Fox News' America Live:
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Fox & Friends rushed to politicize the recent attempted car bombing in New York City by falsely claiming the Obama administration "refuses to say the word terror," by citing the incident to demand that the administration hold Khalid Shaikh Mohammed's trial outside of the city, and by asking whether the administration is "sleeping while the enemy plans" attacks.
On April 29, Fox & Friends falsely suggested that the Congressional Hispanic Caucus was holding a 9-11 worker health care bill "hostage" in order "to get health care" for "illegal aliens." In fact, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus is reportedly seeking to ensure that undocumented immigrants who served as post-9-11 recovery workers -- not undocumented immigrants in general, as Fox suggested -- would also be able to receive the "benefits for health problems they incurred because of their heroic actions" that are provided for other 9-11 responders by the bill.
Fox News hosts rushed to defend Rev. Franklin Graham both before and after the Pentagon's decision to rescind his invitation to National Prayer Day, reportedly due to concerns over his incendiary comments about Islam. In doing so, the hosts often played portions of Graham's April 22 Fox News interview but omitted controversial comments Graham made during that appearance; they also ignored previous inflammatory comments Graham has made about the religion.
It's been quite a morning on Fox & Friends.
Their big story of the day is the controversy over Franklin Graham, the son of evangelical leader Billy Graham, whose invitation to speak at the Pentagon on National Day of Prayer is being protested because of Graham's past descriptions of Islam as an "evil" faith. They even hosted Graham to defend himself, and in the process he counseled Muslims that they "don't have to die in a car bomb," doing much to validate the concerns about him speaking at a religious event.
But this is Fox & Friends we're talking about here, and they have a long history of promoting Christianity at the expense of other scarier, more dangerous beliefs (like Islam and atheism). And it was in that spirit that Fox News legal analyst Peter Johnson Jr. came on to tell everyone that Graham's anti-Muslim comments were being "overblown," and that we have to take into account certain mitigating factors.
Right-wing media figures and outlets have revived their obsession with President Obama's supposed "bowing" by highlighting a photo of Obama greeting Chinese President Hu Jintao at the Nuclear Security Summit. Conservative media have previously attacked Obama's greetings of Saudi King Abdullah, Japanese Emperor Akihito, and Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio.
From the April 13 edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends:
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