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?
After Fox News' Sarah Palin made the entirely unsupported claim that a taped voicemail proved that "corrupt bastards" in the media were conspiring to fabricate smears of Alaska Senate candidate Joe Miller, Fox News heavily promoted the allegation. By the next day, Glenn Beck joined Palin in calling for the reporters to be "purged."
Glenn Beck attacked President Obama over job creation, claiming that the stimulus was ineffective. However, independent and private analysts agree that the employment levels are significantly higher than they would have been without the stimulus.
Yesterday FoxNews.com reported that a former low-level staffer allegedly lied to federal investigators about her marriage -- prior to going to work for Reid's office. In that article, FoxNews.com gave no indication that Reid or anyone in his office had any knowledge of the investigation or the alleged wrongdoing.
Enter the Review-Journal. While pushing the Fox News smear, Frederick adds:
The Reid folks ain't sayin' much other than to suggest it's a GOP trick. Only problem, it happened on Obama's watch and involves several federal agencies.
In fact, Reid's spokesman are saying that Reid and his office did not know about the allegations until being informed by Fox News, at which time Reid's office conducted an investigation and severed its relationship with the staffer, Diana Tejada. The allegations never resulted in criminal charges against Tejada.
Moreover, contrary to Frederick's claim that "it happened on Obama's watch," the marriage in question occurred in 2003, and Tejada reportedly issued the false statements to federal investigators in 2004 and in 2008. According to the FoxNews.com article Frederick links to, Tejada "broke down and confessed that her marriage was a lie" in November 2008 and filed for divorce in December 2008 -- prior to Obama's inauguration.
Last night, during a 10-minute tirade smearing George Soros with distortions and misrepresentations, Glenn Beck failed to grasp the simple concept of an Australian newspaper converting U.S. dollars to the local currency. The data Beck completely mangled were then used to accuse Soros of wanting to implement "failed socialist or Marxist policies."
Claiming that Soros "summed it up like this," Beck quoted Soros saying:
The trouble is that the winners do not compensate the losers either within states or between states. The welfare state as we know it has become unsustainable, and international income redistribution is practically nonexistent. Total international assistance amounted to $56.5 billion from the U.S. and 74.4 billion worldwide in 2002. Now, I just want you to know, this amount represents only 0.18 percent of global GDP. As a result, the gap between the rich and the poor continues to grow.
Beck concluded, "[T]he selfishness of this country only represented 75 percent of all international giving. Man, how do you live with yourself, America? Thank you for pointing out, Mr. Spooky Dude, how pathetic we really are. This is the argument, though, for scrapping the free market in favor failed socialist or Marxist policies. Just take it from us instead of having us willingly, from our heart, give 75 percent of all of the world's giving. Oh, that's brilliant. Spooky Dude, maybe you can control that money."
Except Soros didn't write that.
Glenn Beck distorted comments by philanthropist George Soros in order to attack him as a "radical." Before misrepresenting Soros' actual words, Beck claimed he was going "use their own words" to "decide who the real radical is."
Fox News' William La Jeunesse touted Sharron Angle for what he portrayed as her relative lack of PAC donations. In doing so, he left out one big special interest donor: FoxPAC.
In fact, Angle actually bragged about fundraising from "friendly" outlets like Fox News. That very fundraising has allowed her the small donors that La Jeunesse touts. In addition to allowing Angle to fundraise on Fox News, groups supported by Fox News and its contributors have spent over $3 million dollars on the race: