Eric Bolling deceptively edited President Obama's remarks on the need to "reduce spending in the tax code" and accused him of using "fuzzy math, Obama math." In comments Bolling excised out of the address, Obama made clear he was comparing "tax expenditures" to spending, a comparison economists routinely use.
Right-wing blogger Doug Powers has taken the Drudge bait, pointing to benign comments Rep. Nancy Pelosi made about political extremism to accuse her of embracing "tyranny."
As the budget negotiations were raging in Washington late last week, Nancy Pelosi ducked out for a mini fleebager road trip to Tufts University. While there, she vented some frustration about Tea Party influence in Washington and expressed her dissatisfaction with the election process when things don't go her way.
Transcript from Mediaite:
"To my Republican friends: take back your party. So that it doesn't matter so much who wins the election, because we have shared values about the education of our children, the growth of our economy, how we defend our country, our security and civil liberties, how we respect our seniors."
Powers linked to a web post on "Nazi Germany - Dictatorship." Subtle: Powers is literally linking Pelosi to Nazis.
The full context of Pelosi's remarks makes clear she was not advocating tyranny, but simply pointing out that political extremism can distort the political debate:
But the fact is that elections shouldn't matter as much as they do. There should be someplace on the spectrum where we respect each other's views and all the rest. But when it comes to a place where there doesn't seem to be shared values then that can be problematic for the country, as I think you can see right now. [via Real Clear Politics, 4/8/11]
Doug Powers' Nazi rhetoric actually demonstrates Pelosi's point.
Despite announcing Glenn Beck's departure, Fox News is still embracing his rhetoric. Monday, Bill O'Reilly parroted Beck's conspiracy theory that the "far left" is intentionally trying to collapse "the entire American economic system," an idea that Beck has pushed on Fox News for over a year.
America Live featured a segment focused on "pro-union groups pour[ing]" money into Wisconsin's Supreme Court race in order to criticize "pro-union" attacks on the incumbent, conservative Justice David Prosser Jr. In fact, more outside money has been spent on Prosser's behalf -- a fact ignored by America Live, and Fox News has recently hyped Prosser's campaign, which many see as a referendum on Republican Gov. Scott Walker's anti-union policies.
Media figures have been quick to portray Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), chairman of the House Budget Committee, as "courageous" "genius" for introducing an "adult plan" for the 2012 budget. Ryan's current role as the lone "adult" on budget issues is belied by his support for policies - including the Bush tax cuts - that created massive federal deficits.
Glenn Beck falsely claimed that the New Hampshire Supreme Court prevented "parents" from home schooling their children based on a case that simply resolved a dispute between two divorced parents over the best way to educate their daughter. Beck has previously demonized public schools for "indoctrinat[ing]" children and "beg[ged]" people to home-school their children.
Glenn Beck mocked AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka for saying that Dr. Martin Luther King lost his life while fighting for the rights of public union workers. In fact, King was shot while in Memphis to support striking municipal workers, and in his eulogy honoring King, Benjamin Mays -- King's mentor and friend -- spoke of King's dedication to "fighting to get a just wage" for workers.
A week ago, The New York Times reported that Fox News is considering life without Glenn Beck; now it seems Glenn Beck may be considering life without Fox News. On today's edition of his radio show, Beck not only kept spouting the inflammatory rhetoric that reportedly compelled over 300 companies to pull their advertising from his show, he also (once again) railed against a Fox News advertiser.
A day after encouraging his viewers on Fox News to visit his non-Fox affiliated website for "a special prime time broadcast" (potentially drawing viewers from Fox News' own shows, again), Beck bashed Chevron, a regular Fox News advertiser. At length, he accused Chevron of "folding" to the environmental movement by producing an ad campaign touting the company's self-proclaimed commitment to developing renewable energy. The campaign -- called "We Agree" -- has run on Fox News.
This is not the first time that Beck has railed against a potential advertiser. Last month, Beck lashed out at Bill Kristol, editor of Fox News advertiser Weekly Standard, after Kristol criticized Beck's "hysteria" and "rants about a caliphate taking over the Middle East."
Beck might as well join Drop Fox at this rate.
The right-wing media have attacked President Obama for supposedly not focusing on crises in Japan and Libya by instead honoring women's history month, going golfing, and filling out NCAA tournament brackets. Yet, Obama has engaged on both issues by making numerous public addresses and ordering humanitarian relief efforts in Japan and the Middle East.
Glenn Beck accused the "I hate nukes" people at the United Nations of distorting the number of deaths resulting from the Chernobyl disaster. In fact, the UN's estimated death toll of 4,000 includes fatalities connected to increased exposure to radiation, and that figure is far lower than estimates by other reputable scientists.