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  • Another Muslim Brotherhood Conspiracy Theorist Becomes A Trump Adviser

    ››› ››› CYDNEY HARGIS

    Former Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann is now advising Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, adding to the list of Trump influencers who have peddled the right-wing media conspiracy theory that Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin is a “Muslim Brotherhood” operative. Bachmann, who formally requested a federal investigation into Abedin and others in the federal government, joins conspiracy theory-spouting Trump associates Stephen Bannon, Sean Hannity, and Roger Stone.

  • Veteran Journalists Blast Pinkerton And Fox Over Bachmann Book Deal Secrecy

    Blog ››› ››› JOE STRUPP

    Journalism veterans and media ethicists are criticizing Fox News and commentator Jim Pinkerton for failing to disclose that Pinkerton was being paid to partner with Michele Bachmann on her book while regularly speaking about the presidential campaign on Fox.

    Among the critics is Fox News contributor Marvin Kalb.

    "I believe in transparency and if Jim Pinkerton was talking about [Bachmann's] campaign on Fox News as a Fox News contributor it should have been pointed out to viewers that he was part of this campaign," said Kalb, former host of NBC's Meet the Press and a 30-year television news veteran. "I don't understand why this had to be a secret connection."

    The reaction follows the disclosure -- first reported by Politico's Ben Smith -- that Pinkerton spent June, July and August 2011 as a paid collaborator on a book with Bachmann. Pinkerton did not tell Fox viewers about his role in the book while regularly appearing on Fox News Watch.

    Pinkerton told Media Matters that his Fox News "superiors" knew of his secret arrangement and approved of it. He declined to name the superiors.

    Pinkerton also said he had "zero regrets" about keeping his part in the book secret from Fox viewers, saying he always disclosed that his wife, a former Bachmann campaign chief of staff, was working for Bachmann.

    David Zurawik, media critic for The Baltimore Sun, finds hypocrisy in Pinkerton being secretive while appearing on Fox News Watch, a media criticism program.

    "All the dishonesty is multiplied by him doing this on a media review show," Zurawik said. "First of all, a media review show is the last place a guy who tries to shade his conflicts of interest this way and keep necessary information from viewers should be. And if Fox News knew, it tells you what management there thinks of telling the truth on such shows."

    He later stated: "If Fox knew and did allow this, it gives lie to all of their P.R. about how unfair it is to call them biased. They can trot Bret Baier out all they want, but if they allow this kind of dishonest behavior, they are not an honest news operation that citizens should trust."

    Bill Kovach, founder of the Committee of Concerned Journalists and former New York Times Washington, D.C., bureau chief, called the actions "deceitful."

  • EXCLUSIVE: Fox Approved Pinkerton's Secrecy on Bachmann Book Partnership

    Blog ››› ››› JOE STRUPP

    Fox News contributor James Pinkerton confirmed that he was paid to "partner" with Michele Bachmann on her new book, but said he did not disclose his role in the project at the request of Bachmann and her publisher.

    Pinkerton also revealed that Fox News knew of his arrangement from the start and approved of his keeping it from viewers.

    "I was bound by a confidentiality agreement. They said, 'Don't tell anybody,' I said, 'Okay.' I told my superiors at Fox and they knew," Pinkerton said Monday. "I helped on the book from June, July and August, I helped, in a collaborator sense. ... I helped as a collaborator to her. She was busy on the road, so she would have thoughts and tell me things and I would try and help put them together."

    Pinkerton is a regular panelist on Fox News' media criticism show and has frequently discussed Bachmann and the other presidential candidates.

    Fox News did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

    Pinkerton's role in the book first came to light Monday in a Politico story by Ben Smith that stated:

    Michele Bachmann hired former speechwriter and domestic policy adviser to the first President Bush and to President Reagan, Jim Pinkerton, to help write her forthcoming memoir, "Core of Conviction," POLITICO has learned.

    Contacted by Media Matters Monday evening, Pinkerton confirmed he had collaborated on the book, saying he is mentioned in acknowledgements as "research and writing partner."

    Pinkerton said he had "zero regrets" about keeping his part in the book secret from Fox viewers, saying he always disclosed that his wife, a former Bachmann campaign chief of staff, was working for Bachmann.

    "I chose not to [disclose his part in the book] because I wanted to protect the confidentiality of the book, although I told my [Fox] superiors," he said. "Every time Bachmann came up, I said that my wife was working for the campaign, and I was making it clear that I had an interest, as it were, in the Bachmann campaign, through my wife's work."

    Asked why he did not disclose his book connection, Pinkerton said: "I felt that, I felt the need to keep the book confidential at the request of all parties involved."

  • Bryan Fischer: Christians Have First Amendment Rights, But Not Muslims

    Blog ››› ››› ANDY NEWBOLD

    The American Family Association's Bryan Fischer has written a blog post claiming that the First Amendment never intended to extend its protections to those of faith other than Christianity. More specifically, Fischer argues that the Founders were trying to protect the citizens from Islam's "treasonous ideology."

    Lest anyone think this is the ravings of some kook who can just be ignored, Fischer has hosted a number of Republican presidential hopefuls on his radio show, including Mike Huckabee, Michelle Bachmann, and Tim Pawlenty.

    Notably, Fischer does not actually quote the First Amendment in his post. The closest he comes is saying "The First Amendment was written by the Founders to protect the free exercise of Christianity." In fact, the First Amendment's religion clauses actually say: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof." If the Founders really wanted to protect the free exercise of Christianity, why didn't they simply write: "Congress shall make no law prohibiting the free exercise of the Christian religion?"

    Were they just lazy? Wanted to save on ink by not adding the word "Christian"?

    Fischer also gets his history dead wrong. He makes note of the fact that soon after its founding, the nation was at war with the Barbary pirates who were Muslims. But Fischer ignores the fact that the war ended with a treaty specifically saying that the United States "is not in any sense founded on the Christian Religion."

  • Beck: Republicans are Rosa Parks

    Blog ››› ››› NED RESNIKOFF

    Glenn Beck's persecution complex never ceases to amaze us. Today he went after President Obama for making this seemingly innocuous statement:

    Finally we got this car up on level ground, and yes it's a little beat up. It needs to go to the body shop. It's got some dents and it needs a tune-up, but it's pointing in the right direction. And now we've got the Republicans tapping us on the shoulder, saying, "We want the keys back." You can't have the keys back - you don't know how to drive. You can ride with us if you want, but you've got to sit in the back seat.

    Inexplicably, Beck decided that this meant that Obama wanted to "treat Republicans like second class citizens," and make them "sit in the back of the bus," like "in the '50s." Beck also mused that Obama might be trying to "settle old scores." Take a listen:

    On the other hand, maybe it's not so inexplicable when considered in light of some of Beck's prior comments. This is a guy so obsessed with shadowy oppressors that he implied George "Spooky Dude" Soros would try to have him assassinated.

    The weird racial undercurrent isn't anything new, either. Nor is it new for Beck to twist the civil rights movement for his own ends.

    In fact, compared to some of Beck's other statements, this almost counts as subtle. Below the fold are some of Beck's greatest hits:

  • Doocy adopts see no evil, hear no evil policy on tea party racism

    Blog ››› ››› BROOKE OBIE

    On the July 16 edition of Fox & Friends, host Steve Doocy sat idly by as Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R-MN) alleged she has "not" ever seen "anything that constituted racism, or was even close to it" at any tea party rally "from coast to coast":

    DOOCY: You have been to many tea parties.

    BACHMANN: I have. From coast to coast.

    DOOCY: From coast to coast. Have you ever seen anything that constituted racism or was even close to it?

    BACHMANN: I have not. The assertions that were made by some of my colleagues during the health care debate, there's no record of it. Nothing on audio tape, nothing. So people need to back them up.