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  • Media Fall For Paul Ryan's Sham Poverty Forum

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    Media figures have credited House Speaker Paul Ryan with thrusting the supposedly "forgotten" issue of poverty into the 2016 Republican presidential race following his participation in the January 9 presidential forum on poverty, but failed to mention that despite his new rhetoric, Ryan has a long history of promoting harmful policies that would "exacerbate poverty, inequality, and wage stagnation."

  • Right-Wing Media Cite Discredited Republican Lawyer To Claim Hillary Clinton Committed "Numerous Federal Crimes"


    Right-wing media are reporting discredited Republican lawyer Joseph diGenova's baseless claim that Democratic presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton committed "numerous federal crimes" with her private email use, failing to note that Clinton is not the target of the FBI's investigation and that the probe is not criminal in nature.

  • "Enemy Of The Base": Right-Wing Media Attack Speaker Paul Ryan Over Budget Deal


    Conservative media lambasted House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) after the passage of a year-end budget package, calling it "an absolute betrayal" and saying that "Paul Ryan" is "already a disaster" for delivering "wins" to President Obama in a move that will "boost the candidacy of the Republican establishment's preferred contenders."

  • O'Reilly Once Said Terror Attack Would Get Bush Reelected, Now Says It Would Tarnish Obama As Worst U.S. President

    Bill O'Reilly: "We Get Hit, He Goes Down As The Worst President In U.S. History"

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    In the wake of the Paris terror attacks, Fox News host Bill O'Reilly claimed that if the United States were to be attacked by ISIS while President Obama was still in office, he would go "down as the worst president in U.S. history." But in 2004, O'Reilly argued that if al Qaeda struck America during President George W. Bush's watch, he would be "reelected in a heartbeat."

    On the November 18 edition of his show, O'Reilly criticized Obama for not attacking ISIS calling him "arrogant" and "passive." O'Reilly claimed that Obama's lack of action will go down as an "unbelievable disaster," and added that if America were to be attacked on his watch "he goes down as the worst president in U.S. history":

    BILL O'REILLY: He's arrogant. He doesn't think this is - this rises to any kind of a crisis. It's the way he believes. You know what's interesting about President Obama -- and Henry did cover the president for a few years for us -- he's not leaving any CYA room Henry. We get hit, he goes down as the worst president in U.S. history. No doubt


    O'REILLY: If we get hit, we have a passive president who believes progress is being made and no one else believes that that I can see.

    But in 2004, O'Reilly asserted that another terrorist attack on American soil by al Qaeda would all but ensure a re-election for George W. Bush during an interview with historian Andrew Apostolou:

    O'REILLY: If al-Qaeda attacks here, President Bush is re-elected in a heartbeat, because Americans aren't...

    APOSTOLOU: I agree, but they...

    O'REILLY: ...won't surrender, they'll get angry.

    APOSTOLOU: Yes, yes.

    O'REILLLY: Unlike the Spanish. It's a different population.

    APOSTOLOU: Exactly. Exactly.

    O'REILLY: Yes. So if they're counting on that, Americans will come together...

    APOSTOLOU: Absolutely.

    O'REILLY: any kind of attack on us. And we saw that after 9- 11. And I think they saw it, too, because now we're going to go to Pakistan right after Mr. Apostolou.

  • RedState Contributor Calls Mizzou Student Protesters "Cowardly Liberal Lazy Douchebags"


    Leon Wolf, a contributor to Erick Erickson's RedState blog, wrote that the University of Missouri football players and students protesting racially charged incidents on campus are "cowardly liberal lazy douchebags" protesting for reasons he claims are "completely unrelated to racism," but are aimed at avoiding "practicing for a bad football team."

    University of Missouri football players announced that they would stop participating in football activities "until the president of the university system [was] fired or [resigned]," following weeks of student demonstrations reacting to reported on-campus incidents including "racial slurs hurled at black students and feces smeared into the shape of a swastika on a wall in a residence hall." Student groups maintain that the university administration's response to these and other events have been inadequate and "sluggish," and the president resigned November 9, "urging everyone involved to 'use my resignation to heal and start talking again.'"

    In a November 9 article, Wolf dismissed the protesters' claims of racist incidents on campus, alleging that the players "invented facially unbelievable accusations of widespread racism on campus" to "skip the last three weeks of pointless practices" for "a bad football team." He derided the students' demands as "laughably absurd," and called the protesting students "cowardly liberal lazy douchebags" and  "willing suckers" engaging in a "lazy strike":

    The sports media - who are uniformly worse at their jobs and more sickeningly liberal than their news media counterparts - have been breathlessly reporting on the fact that thirty black Mizzou football players are allegedly going on strike over racism on campus. This is being presented as an act of courage likely to foster social change, rather than as the act of lazy cowardice that it is.

    Here are a few key points to illustrate why the story is not as the sports media would have you believe - these are not brave change agents, but lazy cowards.


    At the end of the day, this isn't a courageous strike against racism. It's a lazy strike against practicing for a bad football team. The fact that the media isn't reporting it this way is evidence of the media's own laziness.

    Upon news of university president Tim Wolfe's resignation, Leon Wolf updated the original post to say "Mizzou's President has apparently resigned, proving that some people think negotiating with terrorists is a good idea, even when those terrorists are 1-5 in the SEC." RedState editor Erick Erickson also wrote that "University of Missouri makes me laugh. The inmates have taken over the asylum." 

  • Media Mock The GOP's "Ridiculous Manifesto" Of Presidential Debate Demands


    Media commentators criticized the Republican presidential candidates' demands to media sponsors for future presidential primary debates, noting that because debates are "a chief means for Americans to hear and weigh the ideas of the candidates," they're "too important to be guided" by a "ridiculous manifesto" of demands from candidates.