The right-wing media closed out 2011 by attacking the Girl Scouts of America for, in the words of Glenn Beck website The Blaze, publishing a book that "refers young readers to Media Matters for America as one of the primary sources for debunking lies and deceit." Fox News led the charge, devoting more than 15 minutes over two days and three programs to the GSA's "liberal ideology," including its purported ties to Planned Parenthood.
Right-wing media have claimed that President Obama attacked Israel in his recent restatement of U.S. policy that a peace agreement between Israel and Palestine should be based on the 1967 borders with agreed upon swaps. These criticisms follow a long series of falsehoods, distortions, and smears advanced by the right-wing media to claim that Obama and his administration are anti-Israel or even anti-Semitic.
Right-wing media are using the fact that President Obama did not issue an Easter message to again question whether he is really a Christian. Conservative media have long engaged in a dishonest campaign to question and lie about Obama's faith.
A February 2 post on the right-wing blog Jawa Report linked to an article about a Portuguese journalist who was reportedly castrated with a corkscrew and asked, "Isn't that how Rachel Maddow got started?":
In the final days before the midterm elections, following a very familiar pattern, conservative media have yet again turned to hyping baseless and misleading claims of voter fraud.
Right wing blogs were forced to issue humiliating updates after their most recent fake story -- that the Israeli delegation had rejected President Obama by "skip[ping]" his speech to the United Nations -- completely dissolved. In fact, the Israeli delegation was absent because they were observing the Jewish holiday Sukkot.
A few weeks ago, Fox & Friends hosted GOP candidate George Demos to talk about St. Nicholas Church, a Greek Orthodox church which was destroyed when the South Tower of the World Trade Center fell. As I noted at the time, Fox used this story as another means of attacking Park51, the Islamic community center being planned in lower Manhattan. The implication was that the government, specifically New York City's Port Authority, was fighting against the construction of this church, while fast-tracking Park51. Of course, the comparison is ridiculous. Park51 is being privately funded and is working in an area blocks away from Ground Zero, whereas St. Nicholas' Church is being constructed on Ground Zero and is working with the government to settle on terms for public funding. Park51 had to pass one landmark commission ruling, whereas St. Nicholas' Church has to deal with all of the complications involved in building at Ground Zero, including working out a new bus security center underneath the area the church is planning on rebuilding.
Despite clearly being completely different situations, the false juxtaposition was too tempting for the right-wing media to resist. Following Fox & Friends' lead, and without providing any context, Pamela Geller wrote "That iconic church remains yet to be rebuilt due to obstacles and red tape by the city. The interminable delays typify Ground Zero delays, another barren gaping hole. But not for the 15 story mega nosque. No problems there. Bloomberg is ramming this stab in the eye of every American through at breathtaking speed." She wasn't the only one to push this manufactured story. Fox Nation, Jim Hoft, Jawa Report, and Human Events also parroted Fox & Friends' attack. A search of Nexis showed many major Fox shows covering the story, such as Special Report, The O'Reilly Factor, and Hannity.
Right-wing blogs have been promoting a rumor that "highly trained killers" from a Mexican drug gang have "invade[d]" the United States, taking over two ranches near the Mexico-U.S. border in Laredo, Texas, but law enforcement agencies in the area have flatly denied the rumor.
The Laredo Morning Times reported that law enforcement officials had been "bombarded" with calls about the rumor but that "officials with the Laredo Police Department, Webb County Sheriff's Department and Border Patrol said they knew nothing about such an incident, while Erik Vasys, an FBI spokesman in San Antonio, said the agency does not comment on rumors."
Some conservative blogs have acknowledged that the story appears to be bogus, but others are standing by it.
Right-wing media have claimed Obama administration counterterrorism adviser John Brennan's statement that jihad is a "legitimate tenet of Islam" is "absurd" and frightening" and indicates Brennan is "deranged." But former President George W. Bush similarly stated that extremists "distort the idea of jihad" to support their terrorist acts.
Right-wing media figures have responded to Elena Kagan's nomination to be the fourth female Supreme Court justice in history by attacking her physical appearance.
Right-wing bloggers and columnists have recently accused President Obama of instigating an "intifada" against Israel through his administration's criticism of Israel's announced plan to expand housing in a section of East Jerusalem or by purportedly "incentiviz[ing] Palestinian Arabs to violent uprising."
From a March 8 entry at the Jawa Report:
From a post to The Jawa Report Web site, accessed February 10:
From a January 6 entry at the Jawa Report:
After reading this Bloomberg story about Gitmo inmates being released and returning to the battlefield to fight or even blow themselves up on Baby Jesus's birthday, I think I may have have [sic] determined that we've overlooked a crucial and economic solution to the problem.
Most if not all of these men were captured "out of official uniform". Under the Geneva Convention that makes them all spies and they may be be [sic] er uh, shot.
The site above prices 7.62 mm rounds at 5.99 per 20 rounds.
All 198 remaining detainees can be effectively dealt with for 59.99 + shipping and handling. (less if you're willing to use a smaller round)