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  • Right-wing media lob baseless attack on gov't for not yet purchasing Maine company's oil boom

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    Right-wing blogs have recently seized on a report that criticized the Obama administration for not purchasing oil containment boom that a manufacturer in Maine produced specifically for the Gulf oil spill. However, they ignored that the boom is a new product, which reportedly "differs from other designs being used," and BP has reportedly "ordered a trial run" of the boom before committing to purchase it.

  • The media's Obama double standard

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    In yet another example of the conservative media creating a double standard for President Obama, right wing media outlets attacked him for giving "absolutely no commemoration" of the D-Day anniversary. In fact, Obama's D-Day commemorations mirror the Bush administration's; both commemorated D-Day on significant anniversaries but not annually.

  • How Fox News bumbled the Sestak/Romanoff stories

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    This morning on Fox News Sunday, Chris Wallace asked his panel whether it's fair that "the new narrative in Washington is that the vaunted Obama team is a bunch of bumblers." In response, Mara Liasson managed to convict the administration of bumbling their response to the controversy over job discussions with Senate candidates Joe Sestak and Andrew Romanoff -- even after she acknowledged the White House didn't do anything wrong in the first place.

    Liasson said the White House erred because it supposedly waited "a very long time" to explain what happened, and now the Justice Department will have to investigate because of the White House's purported "cover up" and "stonewall." In the middle of all this, Liasson noted she hadn't talked to "any expert who thinks something criminal or unethical occurred."

  • Right-wing pundits ludicrously blame oil spill on environmentalists

    ››› ››› DIANNA PARKER, JOCELYN FONG & FAE JENCKS

    Sarah Palin and other right-wing media personalities have blamed the Gulf of Mexico oil spill on environmental activists, baselessly claiming that their opposition to coastal drilling has pushed oil companies to drill deep-water wells. This analysis ignores that deep-water regions feature vast oil reserves that make such drilling potentially lucrative.

  • Media falsely suggest gov't is ignoring Louisiana barrier plan

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    In claiming that the Gulf oil spill is "Obama's Katrina," media figures and outlets have falsely suggested that the federal government has been unresponsive to Louisiana's request for a permit to create sand barriers -- or "berms" -- around the coast. But, as required by law, the Army Corps of Engineers has been studying the plan's impacts and reportedly responded with concerns that it could push oil into Mississippi; and, numerous experts have questioned whether the plan would even be effective.

  • Legal experts reject Fox's allegation that Sestak was "bribed"

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    Fox News has seized on false allegations that the White House "bribed" Rep. Joe Sestak (D-PA) with an administration job in exchange for staying out of a Senate race and claimed it would amount to an "illegal" and possibly "an impeachable offense." In fact, legal experts have rejected the claims that such offers are a bribe or illegal.

  • Erickson baselessly claims Obama "doesn't like the military"

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    CNN's new contributor Erick Erickson says President Obama, "really doesn't like the military," evidently because Obama is "skipping the Memorial Day tradition of the President laying a wreath" at Arlington Cemetery.

    That's pretty weak evidence that Obama "doesn't like the military." Erickson himself notes that it's "not unprecedented" for a president to miss the ceremony, and Obama is not skipping out on the day in favor of a vacation. He's reportedly going to observe Memorial Day at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery's ceremony.

    From Erickson's post on RedState.com:

    Barack Obama is skipping the Memorial Day tradition of the President laying a wreath at the tomb of the unknowns. It is not unprecedented. George H. W. Bush was on the campaign trail in 1992 and scheduled to speak at an American Legions event in Maine on Memorial Day.

    [...]

    There was no question they [troops] respected and loved Ronald Reagan. Same with George H. W. Bush, the last veteran of World War II to serve as President.

    Obama? Not so much. And what does the left do when you point this out? They equate dead soldiers to political props/ Seriously.

    By suggesting this President, in the midst of a war, should probably be going to Arlington National Cemetery for Memorial Day instead of taking his second vacation in a month, conservatives are somehow suggesting he use dead soldiers as political props.

    After eight years of the left demanding publicity of flag draped coffins returning to Deleware from overseas to use as political props against George W. Bush, it is more than a little humorous to have the left now accuse the right of doing the same. It also ignores a fundamental point leftists too busy calling our soldiers "war criminals" and our dead soldiers "political props" miss -- going to Arlington National Cemetery to lay a wreath at the tomb of the unknowns has nothing to do with using dead soldiers as political props and everything to do with a Commander in Chief who seems to not like the military showing some basic respect to the men and women, alive and dead, who have actually kept us free.

    Obama may talk about the government in the first person, but the men and women lying at Arlington know differently.

    Of course, Obama really doesn't like the military, does he. [A period there, not a question mark, is intentional]