UPDATE: Rep. Gowdy has reportedly canceled his appearance at the fundraiser. In a statement to Mediaite, Gowdy's spokesperson said, "The Chairman was unaware that organizers of this event intended to feature or even mention Benghazi."
Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) will be headlining a fundraising event for the Virginia Republican Party apparently centered on the topic of the Benghazi, which would contradict his repeated pledges not to raise money off of the 2012 attacks. Will the media outlets he deceived take note of his reversal?
Bill O'Reilly has repeatedly alluded over the past week to the growing firestorm of critics blasting his habit of stretching the truth -- but he has stopped directly addressing their accusations against them, instead shifting tactics to simply attacking critical outlets of bias, inaccuracy, or low ratings without bothering to disprove the allegations or defend himself.
The conservative Washington Times has dropped Dr. Ben Carson from its roster of columnists after he announced the formation of a presidential exploratory committee. The paper had continued to publish Carson's column even after Fox News cut ties with him when he made several moves towards running for the Republican presidential nomination.
On Tuesday morning, Carson announced the formation of an exploratory committee to run for president. This committee would allow Carson to begin fundraising for an eventual presidential campaign, should he decide to move forward.
In a statement to Media Matters, Washington Times opinion editor David Keene said, "We have pulled tomorrow's column by Dr. Ben Carson at his request in light of his just announced decision to form a Presidential Exploratory Committee. Dr. Carson's contributions to the Washington Times have proved invaluable to our readers." Keene also noted that Carson "is a friend and will always be considered a part of the Washington Times family."
Carson has been making more and more explicit overtures towards a presidential campaign in recent months. Fox News cut ties with him after he released a biographical campaign documentary titled "A Breath of Fresh Air: A New Prescription for America."
Despite the campaign video and public statements noting he was considering a presidential run, for several months the Washington Times continued to publish his columns and published the digital magazine he founded, American Currentsee.
Carson enjoys his current prominent role in the conservative movement in large part thanks to Fox and other conservative media outlets that repeatedly featured and hosted him after a speech to the National Prayer Breakfast where he attacked President Obama and the Affordable Care Act.
A former New York Times editor is accusing Bill O'Reilly of misrepresenting his reporting to defend himself.
Under fire for allegedly exaggerating his experiences covering the 1982 Falklands War, Bill O'Reilly cited a New York Times article to supposedly corroborate his version of events. But the author of that article points out that O'Reilly "cut out an important phrase" in his retelling.
Fox News host Bill O'Reilly has "recounted dramatic stories about his own war reporting that don't withstand scrutiny," including claiming that he covered the Falklands Islands warzone from which American reporters were banned, according to a Mother Jones report.
Sun News Network, the right-wing Canadian news network described as "Fox News North," is shutting down.
The Globe and Mail reports that Sun News went off-air at 5 a.m. on Friday morning when "the screen went dark and was replaced moments later with the Sun TV logo."
In a press release, Julie Tremblay, president and CEO of Sun News parent Media Group and Sun Media Corporation said, "Over the past four years, we tried everything we could to achieve sufficient market penetration to generate the profits needed to operate a national news channel. Sadly, the numerous obstacles to carriage that we encountered spelled the end of this venture."
When Sun News launched in 2011, its executives attacked what they described as the "smug, condescending, irrelevant" journalism of existing Canadian outlets like the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC).
But soon after, Sun News failed to attract a significant audience, drawing in about 0.1 percent of Canadian viewers between August 31, 2011 and March 31, 2012.
The network went on to attract controversy. It had to apologize on behalf of host Ezra Levant, who called the late Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau a "slut," and it gave a show to Toronto Mayor Rob Ford after he was caught on video smoking crack cocaine.
Despite those headline-grabbing incidents, ratings never came and the network continued to operate in the red.
Fox hosted Republican lobbyist Van D. Hipp Jr., who attacked the Obama administration for denying a request to market drones to the Kingdom of Jordan. Neither Fox nor Hipp disclosed that his firm, American Defense International (ADI), has recently lobbied Congress on behalf of the defense contractor that makes the drone.
Hipp is the Chairman of American Defense International (ADI), which describes itself as "a Washington, DC based consulting firm specializing in government affairs, business development and public relations." General Atomics is a defense contractor based in San Diego. ADI lists General Atomics as one of its clients on its website; the lobbying shop has received $1.2 million from the company dating back to 2002, including $170,000 last year.
Hipp, a former chairman of the South Carolina Republican Party and Principal Deputy General Counsel of the Navy in the George H.W. Bush administration, appeared on The Real Story with Gretchen Carlson on February 6. Hipp discussed the possible death of an American hostage being held by ISIS, who claims that the hostage was killed by a Jordanian airstrike.
Without prompting, Hipp repeatedly attacked President Obama for denying an application for his client, while couching it in criticism of ongoing efforts to fight ISIS.
Hipp said, "We need to make sure he's [King Abdullah of Jordan] got all the fuel and bullets, precision weapons and yes, unmanned aerial vehicles which he's asked the United States for and our State Department is still sitting on that." Hipp went on to expand on his criticism of the State Department decision, without any disclosure of Hipp's financial conflict of interest.
JAMIE COLBY: If we were to reach out to Jordan, what would be the steps, specifically, you think we could take that maybe would even encourage our allies to do the same?
VAN HIPP: Well what Congressman Duncan Hunter has pointed out was very disturbing, the fact that Jordan has requested, an unarmed predator, unmanned aerial vehicle to help them, and he has called on President Obama to get the State Department to reverse that decision. I couldn't believe that when I read that, and he's got other requests for precision munitions, night vision systems, devices, you name it. I say: Give him everything he needs and give him everything he needs now. And let's acknowledge the threat for what it is.
COLBY: Van Hipp, your message is loud and clear and heard and I appreciate you sharing it with us.
The company that would provide the drone Hipp referenced is his lobbying firm's client.
As Foreign Policy reported on February 5, "The Obama administration has denied a request from a leading U.S. defense contractor for a license to market its unarmed Predator drones to Jordan, whose requests for U.S.-made weapons are viewed as more urgent due to its participation in the fight against the Islamic State. The contractor, General Atomics, submitted export license applications last spring to market the Predator XP, a new export version of the unarmed MQ-1 drone flown by the U.S. military, to Jordan and numerous other countries. The U.S. government formally denied the request for Jordan on Oct. 28, according to the office of Rep. Duncan Hunter, a Republican whose district includes San Diego, where General Atomics is based."
The Lobbying Disclosure Act Database lists ADI as a registered lobbyist on behalf of General Atomics, dating from 2002 through their most recent filing on January 20. For 2014, ADI reported doing $170,000 of lobbying on behalf of General Atomics. (First Quarter, Second Quarter, Third Quarter, Fourth Quarter). The firm's most recent lobbying report states it was paid by General Atomics for "Meetings with officials regarding foreign weapon sales." ADI has received $1.2 million in lobbing fees from General Atomics since 2002, according to OpenSecrets.org's database of federal lobbying data.
Hipp has personally lobbied for General Atomics, most recently in 2007, according to OpenSecrets' database.
Matt Drudge's Drudge Report has become the leading conservative media booster of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, promoting him for the Republican presidential nomination and proclaiming him the "clear GOP frontrunner."
Fox News host Bill O'Reilly described Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch a "hero" in a 2012 broadcast, which was referenced by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) during Lynch's Senate confirmation hearing today. Media Matters noted O'Reilly's praise in a post detailing fringe right-wing attacks on the nominee.
Leahy recapped the case in which Lynch, then a U.S. attorney, chose to prosecute an accused child rapist under federal law after he had been sentenced to two years in prison by a state judge. Leahy then added, "Bill O'Reilly on Fox called you a 'hero' and said quote, 'you should be respected by all Americans for standing up to gross injustice' and I agree, I agree with Bill O'Reilly on that."
O'Reilly praised Lynch in the "Talking Points" segment of the July 26, 2012 edition of The O'Reilly Factor: On the November 10, 2014 edition of his show, O'Reilly replayed his praise, and Fox host Megyn Kelly added that Lynch has also "been a hero on gang crime, on terrorism."
OREILLY: Hi, I'm Bill O'Reilly. Thanks for watching us tonight. Finally a hero to protect the kids -- that is the subject of this evening's "Talking Points" memo.
27-year-old Andrew Goodman raped two boys ages 11 and 13 over a period of four years. This savage pleaded guilty to 48 felony counts of criminal sexual acts; 48 counts. New York State Judge Martin Murphy sentenced the monster to just two years in prison outraging the victims, their families, and the Brooklyn District Attorney.
Murphy gave Goodman the minimum sentence; he could have given him life in prison.
Why was the judge so lenient? Murphy refuses to answer the question. He is hiding under his desk. Because of time served, Goodman could be released in a few weeks.
Enter U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch, who yesterday charged Goodman with a federal crime of transporting a minor across state lines to engage in sexual activity. Goodman allegedly took one of the boys from New York to New Jersey to see a Kid Rock concert and then had sex with the minor.
If convicted on the federal charge, Goodman could get at least 10 years in a federal prison. Miss Lynch obviously doing this to protect children from Goodman, something Judge Murphy is unwilling to do. She is a hero and should be respected by all Americans for standing up to a gross injustice.
Loretta Lynch was appointed by President Obama two years ago, is a graduate of Harvard Law School, and is being assisted in the prosecution by the FBI.
Finally, we see a public official willing to right a grievous wrong. Finally, and we want the entire country to know it.
Days after Fox News apologized for promoting an embarrassing falsehood about England having "no-go zones" controlled by Muslim extremists, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal (R) repeated the myth during a speech and on CNN.
Last week, frequent Fox guest Steve Emerson -- part of the network's stable of extremists who lead its conversation about Islam -- provoked international outrage with the false claim that the city of Birmingham is "totally Muslim" and a place "where non-Muslims just simply don't go in." (British Prime Minister David Cameron described Emerson as a "complete idiot," for example.)
As the Emerson controversy raged on, another Fox News guest argued that governments should "put razor wire around" the mythical "no-go zones" and catalogue the residents. On Saturday, Fox News host Jeanine Pirro apologized for Emerson's "incorrect" comments, telling viewers, "We deeply regret these errors and apologize to the people of Birmingham, our viewers and all who have been offended."
Despite Fox's retraction, the myth of no-go zones apparently lives on. During a speech in London, Gov. Jindal reportedly alleged that some immigrants are seeking "to colonize western countries, because setting up your own enclave and demanding recognition of a no-go zone are exactly that."
Appearing in an interview from London, Jindal also told CNN correspondent Max Foster that he's heard "from folks here" that "there are neighborhoods where women don't feel comfortable going in without veils" and "where police are less likely to go."
Foster challenged Jindal's assertion, noting that "I've lived here a long time, I don't know of any no-go zones for non-Muslims." In response, Jindal said "the radical left absolutely wants to pretend like this problem's not here."
Appearing on The Bill Press Show, Media Matters senior fellow Karen Finney discussed how Jindal was still repeating the falsehood.
Jindal's repetition of a Fox-fueled myth is representative of the role the network plays in misinforming conservatives. Falsehoods about death panels in health care reform, weapons of mass destruction, economics, and leaders like President Barack Obama, Secretary John Kerry and Secretary Hillary Clinton have all been grist for the mill on Fox and have become a part of conservative folklore.