After weeks of demanding President Obama "produce the birth certificate" so it can be "over [and] done with," right-wing media figures have begun attacking Obama for releasing his long-form birth certificate, claiming it was done as a "distraction" and complaining it was done to "personally put down his detractors."
Conservative media responded to President Obama's budget speech by attacking it as a "class warfare debacle." Conservatives have repeatedly dredged up the same tired "class warfare" talking point to attack progressives on tax policy or other matters.
In a post on his RedState.com blog titled, "Barack Obama: Out of touch with large families," CNN contributor Erick Erickson falsely claims that Obama told a parent of ten kids who was concerned about high gas prices "to sell his van that holds his ten kids and get a hybrid car." Erickson calls Obama's comment "amazing."
In fact, in the video Erickson himself posted, during banter with the parent, Obama said, "You definitely need a hybrid van [emphasis added]," not a "hybrid car."
That was also just one part of the exchange with the parent in which Obama stressed the need to increase domestic oil production, increase fuel efficiency standards, and "start looking at electric cars and maybe natural gas cars." He also told the audience that if they are "getting eight miles a gallon, you may want to think about a trade-in."
The conservative media have denounced unions in Wisconsin for attempting to negotiate contracts before that state's recently passed anti-union law goes into effect, referring to what they're doing as a "cheap trick." But the conservative media praised Wisconsin Republicans when they used questionable tactics to pass the bill in the state senate.
The conservative media has steadily advocated for Republicans to force a government shutdown, with a recent piece in the Washington Examiner saying that a shutdown "doesn't sound that bad." At the same time, however, conservative media figures are pushing the talking point that a shutdown would be the Democrats' fault.
The right-wing media have decried the Obama administration's decision to stop defending the Defense of Marriage Act, claiming the move is unlawful and "a form of dictatorship." In fact, presidents from Thomas Jefferson to George W. Bush have opted against defending statutes they viewed as unconstitutional.
Erick Erickson claims Media Matters has bolstered his allegation that the Obama administration suppressed an annual CDC report on abortion statistics because we posted an email showing that the abortion report was submitted to CDC's scientific publication for review and editing in November. According to Erickson, the fact that the report was not published promptly after it was submitted for review is evidence that CDC "suppress[ed]" the report. That's some pretty strained reasoning. (SEE UPDATE BELOW: Editor of the publication explains why Erickson's claim is false.) Moreover, it's clear that Erickson didn't read our item.
For one thing, he's still claiming that "each year since 1969 the Centers for Disease Control has published its 'Abortion Surveillance System' the week after Thanksgiving," which we showed was simply not true. Either Erickson is deliberately misleading people about this, or he didn't read our item, which noted that while the report was published in November during most of the Bush administration, the publication date has varied greatly in the past.
Erickson further claims:
On RedState.com, CNN contributor Erick Erickson claimed that the Obama Administration has canceled an annual Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report on abortion statistics because it is "afraid of the truth," and continued to insist that the report was "killed" even after the CDC said it was merely delayed and will be published. Indeed, an internal CDC email obtained by Media Matters shows that the report was submitted for review and editing on November 12.
Despite numerous reports debunking the claim that the White House was responsible for distributing t-shirts with the slogan "Together We Thrive" at the memorial for victims of the shooting in Arizona, the right-wing media continues to push the claim, now citing a three-year-old post on the public blog of the Obama campaign's Organizing for America website that made use of the phrase "together we thrive."
Right-wing media have rushed to defend Sarah Palin over her use of the term "blood libel," a term that historically refers to the grave anti-Semitic charge that Jews use the blood of Christian children in some religious rituals -- a myth that has long been the source of anti-Jewish violence.
Following the shooting in Arizona, CNN contributor and RedState.com editor Erick Erickson has repeatedly lashed out on his blog against nonbelievers. Among other things, Erickson suggested that atheists shouldn't be "accomondate[d]" by the government and linked violent behavior to a lack of Christian faith.
Right-wing media have attacked Senate Democrats' filibuster reform proposals by falsely claiming they plan to outright ban filibusters. In fact, Democrats are currently proposing a variety of changes to the overall process that are designed to promote transparency and curb abuse -- none of which include an outright ban of filibusters.
In a November 22 RedState.com post, Moe Lane suggested that Velma Hart--who gained notoriety for telling President Obama during a nationally televised town hall meeting that she was "exhausted" from defending his policies--may have been "targeted" by the administration following her "critical" remarks. Lane referenced reports that Hart had recently lost her job and wrote:
Kind of ironic, but supposedly not targeted; Velma Hart's company (AmVets) just couldn't afford to keep her any longer, that's all. At least, I hope that this administration wasn't so stupid as to get the CFO for Amvets - and a military veteran herself - fired. Even if Ms. Hart had made the critical mistake of being critical to the President's face on national television.
Lane went on to suggest that Hart challenge her Congressional representative, "liberal antiwar moonbat" Rep. Donna Edwards, by running as a Republican in 2012.
With only four days left until the midterm elections, it's no surprise that the conservative media are busy working any angle to paint Democrats in a bad light. But by using a run-of-the-mill election story to level racially charged attacks against Democrats, they continue to prove just how low they'll go.
According to the political rumor mill, President Bill Clinton asked Kendrick Meek to drop out of the Florida Senate race in order to give independent Charlie Crist a better chance to beat Republican Marco Rubio. Meek has denied these claims, saying that that it was actually Crist, not Clinton, who asked him to drop out. Regardless, this is not an uncommon political story. For example, Nevada Republican senatorial candidate Sharron Angle was recently recorded pleading with the tea party candidate in that race to drop out in exchange for access to party bigwigs.
What is unusual, however, is how the right-wing media chose to use this story to make racially charged claims against Clinton. Check out Matt Drudge's take:
That's right: Matt Drudge is suggesting that, if true, Clinton asked Meek to drop out because of his race. He seemingly got this insane attack from RNC chairman Michael Steele, who stated:
President Clinton's actions to have Kendrick Meek withdraw from the campaign sends a chilling signal to all voters, but especially African Americans ... One can only imagine the response if Republican leadership tried to force out of the race - in the 11th hour - a qualified black candidate like Kendrick Meek.
Once the marching orders were out, conservative media went to work. Jim Hoft simply pasted Drudge's link directly into his post and wrote, "Bill Clinton urged black democrat Meek to 'be a hero' and quit." RedState had two separate posts on this; Moe Lane wrote that "they went with the white dude" in the race, and Erick Erickson - who, remember, CNN felt was serious enough to hire as a contributor -- went with "America's First Black President Tries to Push Out Another Black Politician." Not to be outdone, Fox & Friends' Brian Kilmeade repeated Steele's statement throughout Friday's show.
It's been a pretty bad year for racially charged rhetoric. With a summer full of "bigoted statements" from the tea party movement, Andrew Breitbart's smearing of Shirley Sherrod, and almost too many other incidents to count, it's not really a surprise that the conservative media would inject race into, well, anything, but it never stops being shameful:
Following the debate between Delaware senatorial candidates Christine O'Donnell and Chris Coons, conservative media have rushed to paint the moderators as biased, either by providing no evidence or by pointing to a question that is commonly asked in debates, as proof of bias.