Rush Limbaugh distorted comments President Obama made at the G-20 summit in Toronto to falsely claim Obama wants "to cut the United States down to size." In fact, Obama was referring to "the need for currencies that are market-driven" in order for countries such as China not to have an "undue advantage."
In her column today, Michelle Malkin censured Labor Secretary Hilda Solis' campaign to inform undocumented workers about the wage standards to which they are entitled under federal law. But as Media Matters has reported, "the Labor Department's policy of enforcing labor laws without regard to immigration status long predates the Obama administration; moreover, the enforcement of labor laws is widely seen -- even by those who advocate for greater restrictions on immigration -- as a key to discouraging employers from hiring unauthorized workers."
From Malkin's June 25 nationally syndicated column:
President Obama's Labor Secretary Hilda Solis is supposed to represent American workers. What you need to know is that this longtime open-borders sympathizer has always had a rather radical definition of "American." At a Latino voter registration project conference in Los Angeles many years ago, Solis asserted to thunderous applause, "We are all Americans, whether you are legalized or not."
That's right. The woman in charge of enforcing our employment laws doesn't give a hoot about our immigration laws -- or about the fundamental distinction between those who followed the rules in pursuit of the American dream and those who didn't.
While in Congress, she opposed strengthening the border fence, supported expansion of illegal alien benefits (including driver's licenses and in-state tuition discounts), embraced sanctuary cities that refused to cooperate with federal homeland security officials to enforce immigration laws, and aggressively championed a mass amnesty. Solis was steeped in the pro-illegal alien worker organizing movement in Southern California and was buoyed by amnesty-supporting Big Labor groups led by the Service Employees International Union. She has now caused a Capitol Hill firestorm over her new taxpayer-funded advertising and outreach campaign to illegal aliens regarding fair wages:
To be sure, no one should be scammed out of "fair wages." Employers that hire and exploit illegal immigrant workers deserve full sanctions and punishment. But it's the timing, tone-deafness and underlying blanket amnesty agenda of Solis' illegal alien outreach that has so many American workers and their representatives on Capitol Hill rightly upset.
Yesterday, Media Matters' Will Bunch reported that several of the nation's top civil rights leaders have accused Glenn Beck of "hijacking" the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream Speech" by planning a rally at the Lincoln Memorial on the anniversary date of August 28. Bunch noted that while Beck has claimed that he is trying to "reclaim the civil rights movement," civil rights activists believe that he is trying to rewrite history and "promote an agenda of intolerance."
It seems that Beck either doesn't understand or doesn't care about how he is "hijacking" the legacy of Dr. King's most famous speech -- or about the rank hypocrisy he espouses in defending his position.
Responding to Bunch's piece on his radio show today, Beck claimed that he is not "hijacking" Dr. King's "legacy in any way, shape, or form;" rather, he "plan[s] to salute Dr. King and the civil rights movement" at his 8/28 rally. However, later in the program, while speaking with a caller fearful of losing his oil rig job due to President Obama's moratorium, Beck invoked Dr. King in encouraging oil drillers to "stand peacefully" against Obama by engaging in civil disobedience, going out to the rig and forcing Obama "to take you off in handcuffs."
That certainly sounds like hijacking Dr. King's legacy to us, and it's only the latest example in Beck's long history of using the civil rights movement to his own ends.
Mercifully, the NAACP and other civil rights groups have responded to Beck's contemptible plan with a counter-rally of their own.
Conservative media have attacked financial reform legislation under consideration in Congress by stating that it establishes a "permanent bailout" or "bailouts forever" -- echoing language recommended by Republican strategist Frank Luntz to derail the bill. But far from encouraging "bailouts" for failing financial firms, the bill would establish the government's authority to liquidate them.
On the March 8 edition of Fox News' Special Report, chief White House correspondent Major Garrett falsely claimed that the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) had not found projected savings under the Senate health bill to be "meaningful" in its second decade. In fact, CBO estimated that the bill would reduce the deficit in its second decade.