Liz Cheney called on President Obama to "repudiate" his policy in Afghanistan and say that decisions will be "based on conditions on the ground." In fact, Obama has repeatedly said that the transition in Afghanistan will be based on "conditions on the ground."
CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric blamed Democrats for the expiration date of the Bush tax cuts. In fact, Democratic leaders in Congress voiced opposition to the sunset provisions, which allowed Congress to hide the true cost of the tax cut and avoid a filibuster in the Senate.
Sean Hannity repeatedly railed against the Smithsonian art exhibit on his Wednesday show, using deceptive phrasing to give the false impression that taxpayer dollars paid for the exhibit and that the artwork that has been the focus of attacks was still on display. In fact, the exhibit is privately funded, and the video that Hannity has repeatedly objected to had already been removed.
Hannity said, "It couldn't be worse timing, the story of the Smithsonian. And, you know, we pay 65 percent of their bill. They have this exhibit, you know, with genitalia, brothers kissing, Jesus Christ on a cross with ants all over him. You know, we make it possible for the doors to open at the Smithsonian. So, people are seeing that and they're saying, 'Wait a minute. I'm having a hard time paying my taxes and paying my mortgage.' " A still image of Jesus from the video aired as he spoke. But the previous night, Hannity said that the piece had been pulled from the exhibit. Wednesday, that information was missing in his repeated rants.
Glenn Beck distorted a Congressional Budget Office cost estimate to claim that food-safety legislation would mean "higher taxes for you," baselessly claimed the bill would drive up food costs, and underplayed concerns about food safety. Beck demonized the legislation as a George Soros-backed effort to "control you."
Greg Jarrett continued Fox News' distortion of the DREAM Act today on America Live -- one of Fox's "straight news" shows -- offering his own mischaracterizations and uncritically repeating GOP talking points.
After host Megyn Kelly introduced Jarrett, he began his segment by saying:
You know, for millions of illegals, the DREAM Act is a propitious title because it would fulfill their dream of jumping right to the front of the line and becoming U.S. citizens. Those who oppose it call it a veritable nightmare, granting amnesty right away to more than 2 million illegal immigrants, and in the end, maybe as many as 6 million or more illegals.
Jarrett is wrong that the DREAM Act would allow some immigrants to "jump right to the front of the line." In a document addressing myths about the DREAM Act, the Immigration Policy Center stated:
DREAM Act students do not compete for visas with other applicants for legal permanent residence. Instead, DREAM Act creates a separate program for students that requires them to earn legal permanent residence by attending college or serving in the military for two years while in a temporary legal status. DREAM will not affect the number of visas available or the time it takes to get a visa for those entering through traditional legal immigration."
Jarrett also falsely suggested that the bill would grant immigrants immediate citizenship. In fact, the versions of the DREAM Act pending in the House and Senate both state that eligible unauthorized immigrants could have their status adjusted to "conditional permanent resident status," which "shall be valid for a period of 6 years" and subject to termination should the immigrant cease to be eligible. Following the 6-year period, Dream Act immigrants would have to meet further requirements to gain permanent resident status and could only apply for citizenship (provided they meet further requirements) after they obtained such status.
Today, Big Follower Chris Muir upped the ante on race-baiting the Democratic House leadership race, calling Rep. Jim Clyburn a "House negro."
From a November 15 comic by BigGovernment's Chris Muir:
Commentary magazine, which describes itself as "the flagship of neoconservatism," decried Glenn Beck for suggesting that George Soros was a Nazi collaborator in his childhood.
Commentary also criticized Beck for taking comments Soros made completely out of context to make it appear as if Soros was talking about funding "some leftist conspiracy," when Soros was actually discussing his support for anti-communism movements in the Cold War.
Commentary's article comes in the wake of criticism of Beck from the Anti-Defamation League's Abraham Foxman and other Jewish leaders.
From a November 12 article titled "Soros Is No Good Guy, but Beck's Holocaust Remarks Are Dead Wrong" by Jonathan S. Tobin:
[Beck] spoke of Soros's activities during the Nazi occupation of Hungary in 1944 and described him as participating in the rounding up of Jews. "Here's a Jewish boy sending Jews to the death camps," said Beck. While Beck added that Soros's age and the circumstances should be taken into account and said that even he didn't know what he would do had he been there, the clear implication was that Soros was a collaborator who should feel remorse.
But whatever actually happened, as even Beck stated, Soros was just "surviving" an impossible situation, and it is simply inadmissible for anyone to speak in a judgmental fashion about his conduct or to demand "remorse." Beck is no position to pontificate about the conduct of Holocaust survivors and should refrain from even commenting about this subject. In fact, Soros has himself discussed his experiences openly, and most of what we know about this comes directly from him. Throwing these events in his face is, as Anti-Defamation League National Director Abe Foxman stated, "completely inappropriate, offensive and over the top." Such topics really must be off-limits, even in the take-no-prisoners world of contemporary punditry.
Similarly, when Beck played a recording of Soros speaking of his efforts to undermine various governments, his listeners had to assume that it was part of some leftist conspiracy that he was funding. Beck left out the fact that what Soros was talking about was his Cold War-era funding of movements that sought to support anti-Communist dissidents in countries like Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Poland, and the Soviet Union. In other words, while Soros's current politics is abhorrent, he was one of the good guys when it came to the fight against Soviet Communism.
Political commentary that reduces every person and every thing to pure black and white may be entertaining, but it is often misleading. There is much to criticize about George Soros's career, and his current political activities are troubling. But Beck's denunciation of him is marred by ignorance and offensive innuendo. Instead of providing sharp insight into a shady character, all Beck has done is further muddy the waters and undermine his own credibility as a commentator.
Today, Mike Huckabee voiced support for certain Defense Department cuts proposed by the co-chairmen of the White House National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform on Fox & Friends, while Sarah Palin urged Republicans to oppose defense cuts.
Palin wrote "An Open Letter to Republican Freshmen Members of Congress" on her Facebook page today:
You need to say no to cutting the necessities in our defense budget when we are engaged in two wars and face so many threats - from Islamic extremists to a nuclear Iran to a rising China. As Ronald Reagan said, "We will always be prepared, so we may always be free."
Fox News' America's Election HQ, Foxnews.com, and Fox Nation highlighted Palin's letter.
By contrast, on Fox & Friends today, Huckabee argued in favor of the defense cuts proposed by the White House commission:
DAVE BRIGGS: I was surprised, though, that the right wasn't as outspoken about some of the defense cuts that we need to make. A hundred billion dollars slashed out of that beast of a defense budget. It's unpatriotic to come out and talk about the defense budget, but their Pentagon is accepting airplanes that they don't even need.
HUCKABEE: They don't need and that they don't want. And what happens is, we're still designing a lot of military hardware for a war that we don't plan to fight. And, Robert Gates the Defense Department secretary, who I think has done an excellent job, and he has been one of those willing to grind sacred cows into hamburger and serve it rare, has really helped to identify ways in which we can keep ourselves strong, not cutting the military strength and not hurting veterans. There are two things Americans don't want to do, number one, get weak and, number two, hurt the veterans who kept us free. But those priorities don't have to be bloated with a lot of stuff that really is not about keeping us safe and protecting and caring for veterans. So yes, there are areas of the defense budget that need to be looked at honestly.
This isn't the first time that Palin has been at odds with another GOP official and Fox News contributor. We've noted the charges lobbed between Palin and Fox News contributor Karl Rove and their allies as a prelude to the 2012 Republican presidential primary.
Today Glenn Beck's The Blaze turned to "Zubi Diamond, author of The Wizards of Wall Street" in order to push the claim that George Soros may be "betting on U.S. financial collapse." According to Diamond, Soros' agenda is "to destroy capitalism."
That the Blaze would turn to Diamond to further Beck's smear campaign against Soros is telling: Diamond's self-published book is littered smears of George Soros that are rooted in anti-Semitic stereotypes, including calling Soros the "mastermind" behind of a "cabal of slithery rich" who "visited financial violence on the American people to get Barack Obama elected."
Did someone say "puppet master?"
Excerpts after the jump.
One of FoxNews.com's top news stories trumpets a mother's complaints about her son's assignment to recite the Pledge of Allegiance in Spanish for his middle school Spanish class:
The article itself reports that school officials say that students and parents were made aware of the assignment for the Spanish class at the beginning of the year, but that the mother did not complain until after her son had failed to complete the assignment.
Does FoxNews.com consider it news that students who do not do their homework receive a zero?