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  • Conservative media freak out in response to senators calling for an FBI investigation of Kavanaugh

    What are they afraid of?

    Blog ››› ››› ZACHARY PLEAT


    Melissa Joskow / Media Matters

    Conservative media personalities are attacking calls by a bipartisan group of senators for the FBI to investigate allegations of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh following Thursday’s hearing with the nominee and Christine Blasey Ford, who testified that Kavanaugh attempted to rape her in the 1980s.

    A day after Thursday’s hearing, where Ford’s testimony was widely acknowledged as “credible” and Kavanaugh misled the senators in his own testimony, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to send Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Senate floor for a final vote. Following some last-minute drama,Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) announced he was voting to send Kavanaugh's nomination to the full Senate for a vote under the condition that the FBI spend up to a week investigating current allegations against the judge. Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV), Susan Collins (R-ME), and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) also voiced support for Flake’s call for a delay on the floor vote so that the FBI can investigate.

    Conservative media personalities, a couple of whom had smeared or discounted the women who reported sexual misconduct by Kavanaugh, quickly attacked the calls for the FBI investigation and called for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to ignore the request and quickly hold a vote to confirm Kavanaugh:

    Fox News host Sean Hannity: "Now we need one more week, why so another 15 people can be brought up by Democratic operatives?"

    Conservative author Ann Coulter: Investigation "surrenders advice & consent to corrupt FBI."

    NRA spokesperson Dana Loesch: “Because the seventh FBI background check will definitely do the trick.”

    FoxNews.com’s Stephen Miller: “If you think Dems are going to hold on a one week FBI investigation deadline you're absolutely bananas.”

    Fox News contributor Katie Pavlich: “Mitch McConnell better veto this delay. Hold the vote.”

    Conservative talk show host Erick Erickson: “Get ready -- the Democrats are going to flood the zone. Kavanaugh will be a suspected serial killer by Friday.”

    Fox News contributor Lisa Boothe: “This just means the Democrats and their friends in the media have more time to find and exploit unverified and unsubstantiated allegations against #JudgeKavanaugh.”

    Conservative talk radio host Buck Sexton: “There is nothing for the FBI to investigate. … This is just rewarding the worst political behavior of my lifetime.”

    The Daily Wire’s Ben Shapiro: “This will satisfy no one, next week will be a complete tornado of crap, and we’ll see you here next Friday!”

    Conservative author David Limbaugh: “This is not about due diligence but another delay designed to defeat Judge Kavanaugh’s confirmation.”

    Media Research Center’s Dan Gainor: “Liberals: We will keep investigating you until you are found guilty.”

    Daily Caller’s Benny Johnson: “Why give the monster a cookie in the first place?”

    MSNBC contributor Hugh Hewitt: This is a “sham of a process.”

    Hannity radio guest Jonathon Gilliam: "We do still have a realistic expectation that the deep state is part of the FBI"

  • What To Expect At The 2014 Value Voters Summit

    Blog ››› ››› COLEMAN LOWNDES

    The annual Values Voter Summit will take place from September 26 through September 28 in Washington, DC. The convention is sponsored by hate groups like the Family Research Council and the American Family Association, and regularly features extreme rhetoric and hate from politicians and conservative media members. In 2013, Ben Carson said that Obamacare is "the worst thing that has happened in this nation since slavery." Here is some of what you can expect at the 2014 event:

    Media figures speaking at the event are scheduled to include: Lt. General William Boykin, Fox News contributor Oliver North, Rick Santorum, Fox News contributor Sarah Palin, David Limbaugh, Fox News host Mike Huckabee, Fox News contributor and Redstate.com Editor-in-chief Erick Erickson, Fox News contributor Sandy Rios, Mat Staver, Mark Levin, Star Parker, Fox News Radio host Todd Starnes, Brigitte Gabriel, and Family Research Council President Tony Perkins.

  • An Hour-Long Right-Wing Media Freak-Out Over Health Care Reform Ruling

    Blog ››› ››› ZACHARY PLEAT

    Today, the Supreme Court upheld the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act as constitutional. Right-wing media figures immediately began venting on Twitter. Here is an hour's worth of the worst right-wing ranting about the Supreme Court decision after it was announced:

    Right-wing author and columnist David Limbaugh

    Media Research Center VP of Business and Culture Dan Gainor

    Fox News Radio reporter Todd Starnes

    Breitbart.com editor Ben Shapiro

    Fox News contributor Sarah Palin

    Right-wing author and blogger Matt Vadum

    Right-wing talk radio host and Fox regular Neal Boortz

  • David Limbaugh Makes Up Media Matters Tweet

    Blog ››› ››› MEDIA MATTERS STAFF

    David Limbaugh, the brother of Rush Limbaugh, falsely claimed that Media Matters for America tweeted a version of the following: "Did Rush Limbaugh's mother beat this man as a child? Brother David does not seem to be of the same pedigree."

    The claim was also picked up by conservative blogger Dan Riehl, who responded to David Limbaugh by tweeting: "Damn, I didn't realize neanderthals came with pedigrees. You learn so much from mmfa."

    David Limbaugh tweet

    In fact, the tweet in question came from Twitter user @DarienLimon1, who tweeted "@thinkprogress @mmfa Did Rush Limbaugh's mother beat this man as a child? Brother David Limbaugh does not seem to be of the same pedigree":

    Actual Tweet

    Media Matters has never written such a tweet.

    UPDATE: David Limbaugh has corrected the record, stating:

    Limbaugh corrects record

  • Right-Wing Media Freak Out Over Nonexistent Obama Proposal To Impose Mileage Tax

    ››› ››› MIKE BURNS

    Right-wing media seized on the leak of an undated, "early working draft" of a proposed transportation authorization bill to suggest that President Obama plans to tax automobile drivers based on how many miles they drive and that the government will use it to spy on their driving habits. But the Obama administration has not embraced such a proposal, and, in any event, such an idea is hardly new or controversial, as House Republicans have passed similar bills.

  • David Limbaugh on Obama: "What kind of foreigner do we have in this office"?

    Blog ››› ››› JAMISON FOSER

    Is it possible that Rush is the sane Limbaugh? Probably not, but conservative writer David Limbaugh (Rush's brother) forces us to consider the possibility:

    President Barack Obama's leftist ideology has propelled him to become the most destructive president ever, best-selling author David Limbaugh says.

    In an exclusive Newsmax.TV interview, Limbaugh says the president has disdain for America's superpower status and wants to undermine the country.

    "What kind of foreigner do we have in this office, and I'm not talking the birther issue. But I am saying this guy's attitude is that of an alien who's not proud of this country, who goes around apologizing to the world with dismissiveness and arrogance, and says we have not comported ourselves like a good citizen."

    ...

    "What is this grudge he has against America?"

    Limbaugh contends the president has been raised almost since birth to hate America.

    Newsmax omitted this gem from its write-up of Limbaugh's comments: "How can you not think that the guy is trying intentionally to take us over the cliff? I'm not saying he is. I think he's a combination of Mr. Magoo and Nikolai Machiavelli. I don't know what the guy is." And this one: "I don't know that this guy recognizes any restraints on his constitutional authority."

    Limbaugh concludes of Obama: "I don't think anybody that wants to fundamentally change the country loves the country."