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  • Right-Wing Media's Relentless False Attack: Obama Does Not Support Israel


    Right-wing media have claimed that President Obama attacked Israel in his recent restatement of U.S. policy that a peace agreement between Israel and Palestine should be based on the 1967 borders with agreed upon swaps. These criticisms follow a long series of falsehoods, distortions, and smears advanced by the right-wing media to claim that Obama and his administration are anti-Israel or even anti-Semitic.

  • On Fox Business, Bolling and Crowley rehash ridiculous and debunked attacks on Obama over "associates"

    Blog ››› ››› DAVID SHERE

    Tonight on Fox Business' Money Rocks, viewers were treated to another round of "Guilt by Association," that now-classic game where right-wing media figures smear Obama by tying him to supposedly shady people and organizations. While Glenn Beck is quite clearly the reigning champion of "Guilt by Association," today's installment rehashed a classic from the campaign trail: Barack Obama once spoke at a dinner honoring scary Islamist (and distinguished professor at Columbia University) Khalid Rashidi.

    WILLIAMS: What you're doing here is guilt by association.

    BOLLING: True, I gotta give you, I tell you, I am, but what else? Monica, do you not, are you not judged by the company you keep?

    CROWLEY: Yeah, and look during the campaign we had this conversation almost every day about the kinds of people Barack Obama was associating with, whether it was Bill Ayers, Bernadine Dohrn, Rashid Khalidi. Remember, Barack Obama spoke at an event honoring Rashid Khalidi who is a very far left radical, um, Islamist. He spoke at an event, the Los Angeles Times had tape of that event, they would not release it. Why? What was on that tape? What was he saying? In terms of Israel, in terms of Islamists, in terms of Hamas and Hezbollah. We have no idea? And look, we want to give him the benefit of the doubt, you don't want to think that the President has these kinds of sympathies, well then release tape and show us that there's nothing incriminating there.

    BOLLING: Hang on, Monica, here's what we're getting at. We don't want to do a terrorist discussion and try link Mr. Obama to any of that stuff.

    Now, to his credit, host Eric Bolling both admits that he's engaging in guilt-by-association and, at the end of the clip, says they're not trying to tie the president to terrorists or any terrorist activities.

    Crowley's insinuation -- that the Obama might have sympathies towards Hamas and Hezbollah or Islamists in general -- is, of course, unsubstantiated and unfounded. But what gets me is this charge that it's Obama's responsibility to prove to us that he's not an anti-Israeli terrorist sympathizer. As if continuing America's aid to Israel and expanding the War on Terror to Pakistan and Yemen weren't proof enough of whose side the Administration is on.

    Not to mention the fact that this particular smear has been thoroughly debunked. While the video of the event isn't available, the Los Angeles Times report on the dinner in question claimed that while many attendees were critical of Israel and sympathetic to the Palestinians, "Obama adopted a different tone in his comments and called for finding common ground." Not only were Obama's remarks at the event apparently innocuous, but political figures from across the spectrum have supported Khalid Rashidi. In particular, an organization chaired by Republican Sen. John McCain made a $448,873 grant to the Center for Palestine Research and Studies, which Khalidi co-founded.

    What Crowley and Bolling are doing is another in a long line of attempts by right-wing media figures to "otherize" Obama, to make viewers think that he's not one of us, that he's something foreign or strange, a domestic enemy. It serves no purpose other than to stoke fear and paranoia in viewers -- and, of course, prop up right-wing causes.

  • GOP strategist's remarks on FBN called "racist bullshit" by former Republican senator

    Blog ››› ››› MEDIA MATTERS STAFF

    As Mediaite noted, GOP strategist Jack Burkman said that the United States Postal Service employs unskilled Nigerians, and at one point said that "most of these guys working in the post office should be driving cabs." Former U.S. Senator Al D'Amato (R-NY) rebuked Burkman by stating, "You are a nasty racist. ... That's a bunch of bullshit. And you should be ashamed of yourself and have your mouth washed out. What the hell are you talking about?"

    After Burkman tried to interrupt D'Amato to defend his remarks, the former senator said, "Shut up, I've listened to your racist bullshit."

  • Conservatives continue to accuse NYC Islamic center imam of being a "secret radical"


    Conservative media have continued to accuse the imam leading the initiative to build an Islamic community center in lower Manhattan of being a "secret radical," pointing to his remark that "the United States' policies were an accessory" to the 9-11 attacks. In fact, Rauf has condemned terrorism and has been widely described as "moderate," and his comments on 9-11 are not outside the mainstream.

  • FBN's Bolling hosts George Allen to criticize oil moratorium without noting his oil industry ties

    Blog ››› ››› ERIC HANANOKI

    Yesterday on Fox Business' Money Rocks (yes, that's the actual name), host and GOP booster Eric Bolling spent eight long minutes discussing oil with former Sen. George Allen (R-VA), who argued against an oil drilling moratorium and the "cap and trade scheme." Left unmentioned by Bolling: Allen's organization received backing from the oil industry, and his political strategies company says it provides "lobbying counsel, consulting and strategic advice on a range of issues including energy."

    During the segment, on-screen text identified Allen as the founder of American Energy Freedom Center and Bolling noted Allen's position with the group.

    According to its website, AEFC "is a project of the Institute for Energy Research." George Allen's website states of AEFC: "Associated with the Institute for Energy Research, the American Energy Freedom Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational organization

    The Washington Post reported of Allen in 2009: "These days, he says, he is focused on his consulting business, his book and the work of his think tank, which is a project of the oil-industry-funded Institute for Energy Research. The aim of the nonprofit, nonpartisan group is to promote a conservative vision for the country's energy future, Allen says."

    As Media Matters noted, ExxonMobil Corp. has disclosed that it has provided funding for the institute. Further, the Claude R. Lambe Charitable Foundation -- the president of which is an executive vice president of Koch Industries, whose subsidiaries "have been in the petroleum business since 1940" -- donated $85,000 in grants to the institute between 1997 and 2005, according Internal Revenue Service data compiled by, a website of the Media Matters Action Network.

    Allen is also the president of the conveniently-named George Allen Strategies LLC, which states that it provides "insightful and effective lobbying counsel, consulting and strategic advice on a range of issues including energy, technology and business development."

    None of these oil and energy ties were mentioned during the segment. In the language of Eric Bolling, that does not "rock."