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Former Breitbart News staffers are slamming the announcement that Breitbart News chairman Steve Bannon will serve as the new “chief executive” of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s campaign. Several former staffers are calling out the “pathetic and disgusting” relationship between the outlet and the Trump campaign and are calling for greater scrutiny of Bannon’s leadership at Breitbart News and his relationship with Trump.
Right-wing media figures are claiming that the “coverup is on” following FBI Director James Comey’s announcement that the bureau will not recommend criminal charges to the Department of Justice in the investigation relating to Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server. Conservative commentators have previously lauded Comey for his “impeccable integrity” and ability to impartially conduct the investigation, while legal experts and media figures have predicted that no criminal charges would be brought forward in the case.
Right-wing media dismissed or downplayed the news that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had made history by becoming the first woman presumptively nominated by a major political party for president, calling it “anti-climactic” and “inevitable.”
Conservative Media Follow RNC Lead In Smearing Clinton For Accurately Stating No Americans Died In Military Campaign To Oust Gadhafi
Right-wing media figures are distorting a comment made by Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton during a MSNBC town hall, where Clinton said "we didn't lose a single person" during the 2011 U.S. military intervention in Libya. Conservative commentators parroted the GOP in berating Clinton for allegedly "forgetting" about the four Americans who were killed during the 2012 Benghazi attacks, when in reality Clinton was referring only to the military intervention in Libya, which ended nearly a year before the Benghazi attacks.
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Conservative media figures are suggesting the arrest of a suspected ringleader of the Benghazi attacks was timed to help Hillary Clinton on her book tour.
Breitbart.com ridiculed Paul Krugman for filing for Chapter 13 bankruptcy protection in a since-deleted post whose claims originated with a satire website. Just last month, Breitbart.com castigated a news outlet for running with a story from that same website.
In the March 11 post, Breitbart.com editor at large Larry O'Connor mocked the Nobel Prize winning economist and New York Times columnist for his alleged financial mismanagement. Unfortunately for O'Connor, the report that Krugman went bankrupt is clearly a joke and originated from the satirical website The Daily Currant. O'Connor has since deleted the post without explanation. (Update: O'Connor tweeted, saying he "trusted Boston.com as the source for that Krugman piece, but they were duped by Daily Currant, therefore, so was I!")
In his post, O'Connor jabbed Krugman for supposedly spending "$84,000 in one month" on Portuguese wines and "a dress from the Victorian period," and concluded that "apparently this Keynsian [sic] thing doesn't really work on the micro level." O'Connor sourced the report to a Boston.com post written by "Prudent Investor." The post by "Prudent Investor" sources an Austrian website, which reprinted the original Daily Currant story. (Update: Boston.com appears to have deleted the story.)
Just last month, the Breitbart team laid into the Washington Post when the paper's website adopted a satirical story about Sarah Palin from Daily Currant. In a post about the snafu, Breitbart blogger John Nolte ripped the paper for not letting "facts get in the way of a good Narrative." According to Nolte, if Post blogger Suzi Parker "had a shred of self-awareness, integrity, and dignity, she would have changed the headline to 'Too Good To Check,' and under it posted an essay about how shallow, smug, bitterly angry partisanship can blind you to common sense."
But when his website ran with a too good to check story about Paul Krugman, they merely deleted the post without explanation.
O'Connor is scheduled to participate in the "CPAC 2013 All Star Panel" at this week's Conservative Political Action Conference.
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Fox News, still fighting hard to protect the wealthy, continued today to attack President Obama's plan for deficit reduction on the grounds that once a person has paid income taxes, they should never be required to pay any more taxes on that money, ever again. Fox figures continued to pretend that income made from capital gains is somehow not income, unlike the money middle-class Americans earn from working at their jobs. This is not true. They are, in fact, both income.
Fox's recent defend-the-rich push was sparked by Obama's announcement of a deficit reduction plan of $3 trillion that would call for $1.5 trillion in tax increases, mostly on the wealthy. The plan was said to be guided by the so-called "Buffett Rule," named for billionaire investor Warren Buffett, who argued in a recent New York Times op-ed that he should not pay taxes at a lower rate than his employees -- as he currently does.
Fox's spin on capital gains income began yesterday on Fox & Friends, with a bungled and confusing exchange between co-hosts Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade. Doocy complained, on Buffett's behalf, that not only has Buffett "already paid 35 percent" on the money he's put into the stock market, but he must also pay capital gains tax on money he makes from buying and selling stocks.
Pamela Geller is not backing down from her Islamophobic hate speech. Last week, Pamela Geller joined Larry O'Connor on his radio show, The Stage Right Show. O'Connor who serves as editor-in-chief of Breitbart.tv, tried to help her disguise her anti-Islamic rhetoric, asking her: "But seriously, Pamela Geller I just want to be clear on this: You believe that a person is capable of being a devout Muslim and be a completely peaceful and loving person, right? You don't think that if you're Muslim, de facto, you're a violent jihadi?"
But Geller was unable to agree with that point. The first word out of her mouth was "no," but immediately after that, she made clear that she does not believe that a believer in what she termed "pure Islam" can be peaceful:
GELLER: No. I don't believe that. But I do believe that if you're a follower of traditional Islam, of pure Islam, then you support jihad. And that's not my opinion so much as you see in the recent Gallup poll and you see in the Pew polls that the most devout country, and specifically, of course, Pakistan and so forth. Look, they overwhelmingly supported Osama Bin Laden. And, you know, was disapproving of what America had done in taking him out. And even in the U.K., you see that 35 percent support homicide bombings. Look, there's a problem, not with all Muslims, no.
But there is a problem. And we are not allowed to talk about it? I understand that people say, you know, "don't broad brush all." I don't. But by the same token, forgive me for not patting every single person on the back who doesn't take up -- doesn't strap one on. I don't think it's necessary to do that. I expect people not to kill other people. I expect a certain modicum of humanity. Yes, and respect for the Golden Rule. Even though there's no Golden Rule in Islam, I do believe that do unto others is a basic human -- irrespective of religion -- a basic tenet of humanity, okay. I don't believe in patting people on the back for not killing me. Sorry, Larry, I'm not going to do that.
Geller has been trying to scrub some of the more incendiary parts of her record in response to the bombing in Norway, which she initially blamed on Muslims. But apparently, when given an engraved invitation to declare that she does not, in fact, believe that devout Muslims can be peaceful, she can't bring herself to accept it.
It appears that Andrew Breitbart and Larry O'Connor have settled on a bold new strategy for defending against Shirley Sherrod's defamation lawsuit. Sherrod, they argue in a recent court filing, really did admit to using her government job to carry out a campaign of racial discrimination.
Nearly a year ago, Breitbart and O'Connor posted a blog post and video accusing Sherrod of engaging in "racism" in her role as an Obama administration appointee at the Department of Agriculture. According to the video, Sherrod admitted in a 2010 speech to the Georgia NAACP that "in her federally appointed position, overseeing over a billion dollars... She discriminates against people due to their race."
This, of course, was a lie. It quickly emerged that the video had been deceptively edited to make it seem that Sherrod had avoided fully helping a white farmer, instead referring him to a white lawyer -- one of "his own kind." In fact, Sherrod went on to explain that she ultimately did a significant amount of work to help the white farmer. And Sherrod wasn't even describing her actions as an Obama administration appointee; rather, she was recounting an incident that took place 24 years earlier when she was working for a non-governmental organization. On this latter point, Breitbart was forced to publish an embarrassing correction.
But in an April 18 court filing, Breitbart's and O'Connor's lawyers defend the allegation that Sherrod admitted to practicing racial discrimination in her "federally appointed position." Specifically, they point to a different part of Sherrod's NAACP speech (a part that Breitbart also highlighted in his original post smearing Sherrod), in which she encouraged people of color to apply for jobs at the USDA.
From the court filing:
Moreover, Sherrod's invitation to her audience to apply for USDA jobs from which they cannot be fired evidences her continuing determination to advance the interests of African-Americans at the economic expense of people of other races and provides a clear, truthful basis for the view that as a USDA official "she discriminates against people due to their race."
Elsewhere in the filing, Breitbart's and O'Connor's lawyers make a similar argument in order to defend other charges Breitbart leveled at Sherrod:
In a May 8 post on Big Government, Larry O'Connor* mocked a recent "slutwalk" protest in Boston. The rally originated as a way to protest a Toronto official who suggested that women could avoid being sexually assaulted by not "dressing like sluts." The protests featured anti-rape, anti-sexism slogans described by O'Connor as "snappy little chants." From Big Government:
From the Associated Press:
Holding signs and chanting "We love sluts!" approximately 2,000 protesters marched Saturday in Boston, as the city officially become the latest to join an international series of protests against sexism and rape, known as "SlutWalks."
As with any of these organized marches drummed up by the left, the protesters were supplied with list of snappy little chants to scream at the top of their lungs. A little on-line investigation uncovered the chants. Aren't they clever:
*This post has been updated to correct the spelling of Larry O'Connor's name. Media Matters regrets the error.
Since Glenn Beck announced he would be ending his daily show with Fox News, conservative bloggers have reacted with a mixture of sorrow, skepticism, and, of course, conspiracy theories about why his show is ending.