Right-wing radio host Mark Levin is reportedly "threatening to sue Chris Matthews" for saying that radio hosts like Levin play a "role" in "fueling the heated language" because they "are furious" and regularly engage in "ugly talk." Levin, however, regularly engages in defamation of Media Matters, among many others.
Politico is highlighting potential Republican presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty's criticism of Sarah Palin -- a Fox News contributor, and potential GOP presidential candidate - for using the image of crosshairs on a map identifying vulnerable congressional districts during the 2010 election, including the district of Tucson, Arizona, shooting victim Gabrielle Giffords:
Possible Republican presidential hopeful Tim Pawlenty took a jab at Sarah Palin, saying he wouldn't have used gun crosshairs to target Rep Gabrielle Giffords and others.
"It would not have been my style to put the crosshairs on there," he said on Good Morning America on Tuesday, referring to a map like the one posted last year on Sarah PAC's website showing crosshairs on Giffords and other lawmakers who supported health care reform.
"But then again, there's no evidence to suggest that had anything to do with this mentally unstable person's rage and senseless acts."
"I wouldn't have done it," the former Minnesota governor told The New York Times on Monday when asked if he would have created a map like the one posted last year on Sarah PAC's website showing crosshairs on lawmakers who supported health care reform.
Palin has faced criticism in the days since the shooting of Giffords for targeting the Arizona Democrat's district and a national debate has broken out over the use of violent imagery and language in the country's political discourse.
Like Palin, Pawlenty is seriously considering a bid for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination.
Fox Nation is also highlighting Pawlenty's criticism.
CNN contributor Erick Erickson is using President Obama's call for a "moment of silence" to honor the victims of a tragic shooting in Tucson, Arizona, to question the "sincerity of [Obama's] faith."
In the wake of the violent outbreak at a public event for Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ), Obama called for a moment of silence as "a time for us to come together as a nation in prayer or reflection." Erickson criticized commenters "on the right" who he said were "bashing the president" for those comments.
He then proceeded to bash Obama for those comments:
But I feel the need to make a political point here about why this President is getting bashed for his "moment of silence" when other Presidents, from Carter to Reagan to Bush to Clinton to Bush, did not.
He recently made people mad by quoting the Declaration of Independence and leaving out the bit about the Creator. During his inaugural address he mentioned atheists and subsequently proclaimed us not a Christian nation.
In yesterday's "moment of silence" he wanted prayer or reflection. Here's the problem -- when conservatives push for school prayer and advocate for a "National Day of Prayer," they include "or reflection" to get around namby-pamby atheist objectors.
But the left uses it too. The left uses it to accommodate atheists.
President Obama's statement stands out because it is just another verbal telling that he's ideologically of the left. He already has problems with a public perception of him and his faith. That things like this keep coming up suggests the general public is right in their skepticism of the sincerity of his faith.
So Erickson acknowledges that Obama's statement is keeping in line with comments by previous presidents, including Republicans. Yet those very comments somehow justify "skepticism" as to whether Obama is being sincere about his faith.
While the tragic shooting at a public event for Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) was done by a mentally unstable individual, and while there is no apparent connection to any political party, the current political rhetoric has reached an unacceptable level. Media Matters retraces the health care reform debate, when right-wing media figures relentlessly mocked concerns about violent rhetoric that dominated congressional town hall meetings and tea party protests.
FoxNews.com is usually an extension of Fox News' ostensibly "straight news" division-- a farcical distinction, as illustrated by memos recently obtained by Media Matters showing efforts by Fox News executives to slant its coverage of the health care reform debate and climate change.
In reality, FoxNews.com has promoted bogus scandals, such as the New Black Panther Party case and "patently false" voter fraud accusations. And while they typically leave the blatant right-wing bias to their sister site, Fox Nation, some of their headlines from today made it seem that their New Year's Resolution is to become even less "fair and balanced":
In 2010, Glenn Beck repeatedly made up facts on Fox News show -- a barrage of lies that would force any credible news outlet to fire him. Media Matters counts down 15 of the most notable fibs that Beck told this year on Fox News, culminating with the biggest lie of all.
As Media Matters reported, last week, the Program on International Policy Attitudes released a report on "Misinformation and the 2010 Election," which examined variations in misinformation by exposure to news sources, among other subjects. The study found that "those who had greater exposure to news sources were generally better informed."
However, the study also found that there were "a number of cases where greater exposure to a news source increased misinformation on a specific issue," and highlighted Fox News' viewers higher levels of misinformation on a variety of topics.
Of the many issues that regular Fox News viewers were found to have been misinformed about, their false beliefs about climate change stood out, in light of the recent revelation that Fox News boss Bill Sammon ordered his staff to cast doubt on climate change science in reports that are supposed to convey "straight news."
Of those who said they watched Fox News "almost every day," a whopping 60 percent believed, incorrectly, that "most scientists think climate change is not occurring" or that "views are divided evenly." Compare that with those who said that they watched other news programs almost every day: 25% of regular CNN viewers, 20% of MSNBC viewers, and 35% of Network TV news broadcasts viewers believed that falsehood. Of those who reported that they read newspapers and news magazines (in print or online) "almost every day,"40 percent believed that falsehood. Of those that reported watching or listening almost every day to public broadcasting, which Fox News has repeatedly demonized, only 13 percent believed that falsehood.
PolitiFact recently named "a government takeover of health care" as its 2010 "Lie of the Year" -- a lie that Fox News hosts and contributors have repeatedly promoted.
Media conservatives are condemning President Obama for using the word "hostage" as a metaphor while discussing negotiations. Yet Presidents Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush also used the same rhetoric in describing their political opponents.
Monday night, Sean Hannity chided Jill Zarin, star of Bravo's Real Housewives of New York City and author of Secrets of a Jewish Mother, for being "sensitive" after she challenged Hannity's outrage over the supposed War on Christmas.
Hannity kicked off the discussion saying that Sen. Jim Inhofe "refuses to participate in the Tulsa Holiday Parade because it used to be called the Tulsa Christmas parade." Zarin responded, "Who cares? Don't go." At that point Hannity defended Inhofe: "The War on Christmas is ridiculous."
Asked whether he would would support a government funded Hanukkah parade, Hannity asked Zarin, "Where is your tolerance?"
Zarin later said that she thought Inhofe was "too sensitive." Hannity responded, "You're the one who's sensitive; why can't you say 'Merry Christmas' or have a Christmas parade versus a Holiday Parade?"
Come to think of it, the War on Christmas is ridiculous.