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  • Fox Hypes RNC's Doctored Audio Of Supreme Court Arguments

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    Bloomberg News is reporting that a Republican National Committee Web ad uses "altered audio from U.S. Supreme Court oral arguments to attack President Barack Obama's health-care law." The Bloomberg article details the problems with the ad:

    In a spot circulated yesterday [March 28], the Republican National Committee excerpts the opening seconds of the March 27 presentation of Obama's top Supreme Court lawyer, Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, in which he is heard struggling for words and twice stopping to drink water.

    "Obamacare," the ad concludes, in words shown against a photograph of the high court. "It's a tough sell."

    A review of a transcript and recordings of those moments shows that Verrilli took a sip of water just once, paused for a much briefer period, and completed his thought, rather than stuttering and trailing off as heard in the doctored version.

    On his March 28 Fox News show, Sean Hannity aired an audio clip of Justice Antonin Scalia speaking during the arguments, and another of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Hannity then aired the RNC ad:

    This left the impression that the RNC ad simply uses a clip of Verrilli to show that he had fared poorly during the arguments. In reality, as Bloomberg noted, Verrilli's speech was doctored to exaggerate the effect.

    The time of publication on Bloomberg's article is 5:05 p.m. Eastern on March 29.

    Hannity's show airs at 9 p.m. Eastern, and graphics throughout his March 29 show indicated it was airing live. But Hannity didn't apologize for airing the misleading ad. He didn't even mention it.

    Even worse, during the show that follows Hannity, On the Record, host Greta Van Susteren aired the RNC ad and discussed it with The Washington Examiner's Byron York -- without ever mentioning that it was doctored.

    Watch:

  • Meet The Three Women Rush Limbaugh Has Degraded Since Sandra Fluke

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    Rush Limbaugh's radio show has been shedding advertisers since he spent three days launching graphic attacks on Sandra Fluke's sex life, and he has made clear that he is not chastened by this fact. Limbaugh has said that he's not concerned about losing advertisers, and his behavior toward women during his broadcasts this week demonstrates it plainly.

    During this time of heightened attention, Limbaugh still felt comfortable attacking three different women with language that demeans them specifically for being female.

    On March 6, Limbaugh complained that Walmart is being treated unfairly, despite its commitment to helping provide the poor with healthy food. He then asked, "What is it with all of these young, single white women? Overeducated doesn't mean intelligent." He said an "example" is Tracie McMillan:

    On March 8, Limbaugh referred to McMillan as a "recently college-graduated authorette."

    Her crime? Writing a book on food justice, and, apparently, being a young, single, educated white woman.

  • Limbaugh Launched 46 Personal Attacks On Fluke; He Apologized For Two Words

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    Rush Limbaugh has "sincerely apologize[d]" for using the words "slut" and "prostitute" to describe Georgetown Law student Sandra Fluke on two separate days and claimed that he "did not mean a personal attack" on her. These statements fail to account for the other 44 times that Limbaugh personally insulted Fluke over the course of three days.

  • John McLaughlin's Fairy Tale About The Professor With A $1.5 Million Salary

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    The McLaughlin Group is chugging along into its fourth decade, with Pat Buchanan and John McLaughlin still shouting over Eleanor Clift every Sunday. On today's episode, the panel discussed the rising cost of a college education.

    McLaughlin offered to bring "a little documentation" to the discussion by highlighting compensation for professors at private colleges and universities:

    "The average pay in these institutions is now over $100,000 for a professor, although one professor at Stevenson University in Maryland makes $1,491,655 annually," McLaughlin said.

    Buchanan chuckled as McLaughlin read this number, and understandably so. A professor at a small private university with a $1.5 million salary seems outlandish.

    The person whom McLaughlin was referring to is Kevin J. Manning. The New York Times reported in December: "Kevin J. Manning at Stevenson University in Maryland earned $1,491,655 -- 16.1 times as much as the pay and benefits of the average full professor there."

    But Manning isn't a Stevenson professor; he's the president of the university. And that $1.5 million figure isn't his annual salary.

  • Lou Dobbs Cites Birther Website For Shady Statistic On First Lady's Vacations

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    In the fall of 2009, Lou Dobbs left CNN amid a furor over his embrace of conspiracy theories about President Obama's birth certificate. It looks like he didn't learn much from that experience.

    Friday, a graphic on Dobbs' Fox Business show cited the right-wing website American Thinker as the source for a figure about Michelle Obama's vacations:

    American Thinker has published the writings of Jack Cashill, a shameless birther conspiracy theorist, and hosted Cashill's suggestion that the president's father was not Barack Obama Sr., but Frank Marshall Davis, a writer and labor activist.

    Aside from other instances of birther nuttiness, American Thinker has also published prominent white nationalist Jared Taylor and an array of right-wing conspiracy theories: Texas Gov. Rick Perry is in the thrall of radical Islamists, climate scientists are hoaxing the world about global warming, etc.

    Dobbs may have gone quiet on Obama's birth certificate, but he's still comfortable citing the same fringe websites that have fueled the birther story.

    The calculation about the first lady's vacations is highly suspect, as well.

  • Brent Bozell Now Making Up Oil Statistics

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    During a discussion of gasoline prices, frequent Fox News guest Brent Bozell claimed that U.S. oil production has fallen under President Obama. In reality, the opposite is true: after increasing every year since 2009, oil production is at an eight-year high; gas prices continue to rise because they are determined by a world market, not by U.S. production.

  • More "Indoctrination" Paranoia: Fox Attacks Dr. Seuss' The Lorax

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    The Muppets. SpongeBob SquarePants. Dr. Seuss.

    Beloved icons of childhood entertainment in America, or subtle forms of anti-business indoctrination that brainwash your kids into hating capitalism?

    Thank goodness we have Fox to ask these questions.

    Lou Dobbs sounded the alarm again tonight on his Fox Business show:

    DOBBS: Now, an "Unmentionable" -- a story you won't hear anywhere in the liberal national media, or nearly all of the national liberal media. Hollywood is once again trying to indoctrinate our children. Two new films out this year, plainly with an agenda, plainly demonizing the so-called "1 percent" and espousing the virtue of green-energy policies, come what may.

    The first, Dobbs said, is an animated film called The Secret World of Arrietty, and the second is Universal Pictures' computer-animated version of the 1971 Dr. Seuss classic The Lorax.

    The graphic that aired during a clip of the movie declared, " 'Lorax' Movie Pushes Anti-Industry Message":

  • Pat Buchanan: "My Days As A Political Analyst At MSNBC Have Come To An End"

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    In his new syndicated column headlined "The New Blacklist," Pat Buchanan announces that he is departing from MSNBC. He devotes much of the column to lashing out against organizations that have called for him to be held accountable for his bigoted rhetoric:

    A group called Color of Change, whose mission statement says that it "exists to strengthen Black America's political voice," claimed that my book espouses a "white supremacist ideology." Color of Change took particular umbrage at the title of Chapter 4, "The End of White America."

    Media Matters parroted the party line: He has blasphemed!

    A Human Rights Campaign that bills itself as America's leading voice for lesbians, bisexuals, gays and transgendered people said that Buchanan's "extremist ideas are incredibly harmful to millions of LBGT people around the world."

    [...]

    The modus operandi of these thought police at Color of Change and ADL is to brand as racists and anti-Semites any writer who dares to venture outside the narrow corral in which they seek to confine debate.

    All the while prattling about their love of dissent and devotion to the First Amendment, they seek systematically to silence and censor dissent.

    Without a hearing, they smear and stigmatize as racist, homophobic or anti-Semitic any who contradict what George Orwell once called their "smelly little orthodoxies." They then demand that the heretic recant, grovel, apologize, and pledge to go forth and sin no more.

    Defy them, and they will go after the network where you work, the newspapers that carry your column, the conventions that invite you to speak. If all else fails, they go after the advertisers.

    I know these blacklisters. They operate behind closed doors, with phone calls, mailed threats and off-the-record meetings. They work in the dark because, as Al Smith said, nothing un-American can live in the sunlight.

    Previously:

    The Bigotry Of Pat Buchanan

    Pat Buchanan's Bigotry: Endorsed By White Nationalists

    Pat Buchanan Appears On "Pro-White" Radio Show

    MSNBC's Buchanan Refuses To Condemn "Pro-White" Radio Program He Repeatedly Appeared On

  • Eric Bolling's Fox Business Show: Going Out Ugly

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    Fox Business announced last week that it is ending its current prime-time lineup, meaning that Eric Bolling's show Follow the Money will soon reach its conclusion. On Monday, perhaps in anticipation of the end, Bolling delivered in one three-minute period a stream of the casual slander and glib repetition of falsehoods that have defined the program.

    Bolling began by suggesting that President Obama is a traitor. Bolling said, "President Obama, when he was campaigner Obama, Senator Obama, said the debt increase under President Bush was, quote, 'unpatriotic.' In three years, he's exceeded eight years' worth of Bush debt, meaning President Obama. So if Bush was unpatriotic, can't we kind of conclude that President Obama is treasonous?"

    His guest, Fox News political analyst Kirsten Powers, declined to participate in his "name-calling" and said that President Bush had spent money with "no clear purpose," using the Iraq war as an example.

    Bolling responded by repeating one the most discredited right-wing myths of the past decade: the completely debunked claim that Saddam Hussein and Iraq were connected to the attacks of 9/11.

  • Miss Piggy: Fox News Is Not News

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    Last month, Eric Bolling did a segment on his Fox Business show warning his audience about the dangerous liberal messages allegedly embedded in the new Muppets movie. A graphic shown during the segment asked, "Are Liberals Trying To Brainwash Your Kids Against Capitalism?":

    This resulted in widespread mockery of Fox. Bolling followed up with a series of embarrassing responses -- including challenging Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy to a debate.

    Now, the Muppets have weighed in. As the website Dangerous Minds noted, the Muppets were in London last week for the U.K. premiere of The Muppets. During a press conference, Kermit and Miss Piggy were asked for their reaction to the allegation that they were "pushing a dangerous liberal agenda and trying to brainwash children."

    Kermit said, "No, you know, it's a funny thing. They were concerned about us having some prejudice against oil companies. And I can tell you that's categorically not true. And besides, if we had a problem with oil companies, why would we have spent the entire film driving around in a gas-guzzling Rolls Royce?"

    Miss Piggy added, "It's almost as laughable as accusing Fox News as, you know, being news."

    Full video and transcript below the jump.