Frank Luntz is blaming Fox News for pressuring him to create focus groups that The Los Angeles Times called "laughably tilted against" President Obama:
Luntz defends himself by saying that he has conducted focus groups before that favored Obama, including during the 2008 campaign. He has suggested that his airtime has previously been cut on Fox because his findings didn't comport with the outlet's orthodoxy.
You read that right: segments run by a GOP political operative--who was dubbed the Republican Party's "word doctor" -- leaned too left for Fox News.
Message received. As a frequent contributor to Fox News, Luntz promotes the best messages for Republican politicians and Tea Party protesters. In fact, Luntz coined Politifact's 2010 lie of the year -- "government takeover of health care" -- a lie that was fully embraced and repeatedly promoted by Fox News.
Glenn Beck lashed out at The New York Times for highlighting recent Beck-inspired death threats made against Francis Fox Piven, rather than reporting on "strikes and riots" in Greece. This is just the latest example of Beck's ceaseless fearmongering that violent rioting in Greece will be replicated in the U.S.
Tonight, Glenn Beck cited a January 25, 2010, Joe Klein blog post as an example of Beck's hypothesis that progressives believe that Americans are stupid "cattle" who need to be controlled. Beck said:
"Describing Americans, in this piece titled 'Too Dumb To Thrive'--that's you, too dumb to thrive. [Klein] said, 'It is very difficult to thrive in an increasingly competitive world if you're a nation of dodos.'"
Beck failed to mention that Klein explicitly faulted Fox News for the prevalent misinformation about the stimulus bill.
Explaining why Americans were largely unaware of the tax cuts, grants to states, and upcoming public works projects that the 2009 stimulus bill provided, Klein stated:
This is yet further evidence that Americans are flagrantly ill-informed...and, for those watching Fox News, misinformed.
Fox News contributor Newt Gingrich recently falsely accused the Obama administration of "waging a war on American energy." In fact, the Obama administration has invested in domestic energy production and has made historic efforts to reduce American independence on foreign oil.
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.