Conservative media are claiming that the GOP is putting Democrats in a bind by cutting $12 billion in the one-week funding proposal while funding the military. Reporting on House and Senate budget negotiations, Fox News correspondent Carl Cameron adopted the GOP's characterization of the situation, stating:
CAMERON: House Republicans say if there's not a deal emerging from tonight's meeting with the president, they may push forward with that vote tomorrow. And if that's the case, it would leave it up to the Democrats in the Senate and the president to either accept the short-term extension or shut down the government on Friday night and deny funds to the troops.
Cameron also reported that the bill "has a rider to strengthen the prohibition on federal funds for abortion in D.C."
Similarly, National Review's Rich Lowry claimed that the "short-term measure is going to put Harry Reid and the White House in a tight spot." Lowry continued: "By putting the ball in their court, it puts them in the position of making the affirmative decision to shut the government and do it while turning away a bill to fund the military." Lowry concluded: "If they reject the bill anyway, it's going to make it easier to blame them for a shutdown; if they accept, Republicans will have gotten $22 billion in cuts even before a final deal."
It's rich for conservatives to be crowing about Republicans attaching irrelevant strings like abortion-related restrictions to a military funding bill.
By contrast, during the debate in 2007 and 2008 about war supplemental bills, conservatives were outraged when Democrats added a withdrawal timeline from Iraq to troop funding, a condition directly relevant to the military funding bill they were considering.
Glenn Beck will certainly not go quietly into his last days on Fox News. For those that awaited a chastised and subdued Beck to grimly confirm that his show is indeed ending "later this year," and perhaps avail himself of an opportunity to pivot from the bizarre and apocalyptic theories he's been spewing for years and settle into more mainstream conservative fare -- well, that sure didn't happen. Beck warned tonight of a "coming insurrection," something he also called "the summer of insurrection, or the "summer of rage."
As the countdown to his last broadcast commenced -- it has been pegged at "sometime this summer," though no exact date has been given -- Beck is still thumbing his noses at Fox management who deemed it "important" that "no matter how dire he thinks things are or what horrible direction things may be going from his perspective that the show maintain a sense of hope." Well, as far as Beck is concerned, events leading to "the perfect storm" are "happening" and "[y]ou have to stop convincing yourself or your friends, too, that oh, it can't happen."
BECK: For several years, I talked about the perfect storm. And I have been saying for all those years to look for certain things to happen. I have in my research, in my reading of crazy, evil books like this one, The Coming Insurrection, I could pinpoint the signs and look because I take these people at their words -- I can see the road signs. They're happening. And they are stories that if taken by themselves aren't the most incredibly earth-shattering news and things that may even have happened before. But when you put them into context of everything going on around it, then it can be the Archduke Ferdinand moment.
It's why when I said about Tunisia -- what, January 31th -- when I saw Tunisia fall I said I think this is the Archduke Ferdinand moment. A moment that goes largely unnoticed but ends up triggering something huge. Archduke Ferdinand, the guy who was shot that ended up being World War I. There are a lot of things going on that have happened before: Energy prices going up; food inflation; spontaneous riots; troubles with the unions; violence; political unrest. All of these things have happened before. And all of these things have been happening for a while. But now they're starting to snowball, cascade.
Glenn Beck continues to push the lunatic theory that recent events show that the left and the Obama administration are laying the groundwork for military action against Israel. In fact, Beck's theory rests on utter falsehoods and wild distortions.
Fox, of all the networks, knows television is big business -- particularly when it comes to prime-time programming. After all, the network's American Idol telecasts almost always top Nielsen's most-watched lists. For the weeks ending March 13 and 20 in fact, that show's Wednesday broadcast was the most watched of all the network shows. American Idol's Thursday results show was the second-most watched. As well, Glee, House, and Bones also routinely make the top 10.
That's why Fox Nation's attack against President Obama deferring to another network's programming, and giving his Libya speech before the traditional start of TV prime time, makes not a bit of sense:
This is the same network after all that snubbed Obama for even its lower-rated shows. Back in April 2009, Fox's broadcasting network refused to air one of Obama's prime-time press conferences because it deemed Lie to Me more important.
So, Fox is saying that if Obama makes a speech in prime time, its broadcasting network may not air it, but if Obama makes a speech before prime time, its news operation will attack him for it?
The Urban Institute recently published a report contradicting the claim often pushed by Fox News that the health care reform law will "kill jobs." But Fox's Bill Hemmer nevertheless used the institute's report to attack health care reform and its "effect on jobs."
Today, Fox News reported that during a debate on controversial immigration legislation in Arizona, Republican state Sen. Lori Klein read a letter alleging that Hispanic students "do not want to be educated but rather be gang members and gangsters." As Fox News reported, after Klein read the letter, the legislation went down to defeat. Fox News responded to the controversy by giving airtime to Klein to spew outrageous comments, including the claim that the National Council of La Raza "is a far-leftist, racist organization that is inciting young Hispanics to ... spit on America."
Klein also claimed that the letter-writer is "not a racist" because he is "married to a Hispanic."
Here's the backstory:
Following the release of a dubious report on "birth tourism" by the Center For Immigration Studies, Andrew Breitbart's website Big Peace highlighted the study's conclusions that hundreds of thousands of women visiting the United States give birth to babies here each year and that some of them are likely "terror babies" who will eventually use their U.S. citizenship to attack the United States in 20 to 30 years.
In the wake of the earthquake in Japan and the resulting threat of nuclear disaster in that country, right-wing media have attacked renewable energy sources such as wind and solar, arguing that it's a waste of time to pursue these sources as possible alternatives to fossil fuels and nuclear power. However, studies show that the use of wind and solar energy is increasing at a record pace, and continuing investment in wind and solar will yield significant economic benefits.
As we pointed out yesterday, and have for some time, Glenn Beck habitually promotes books and hosts guests who view the world through the prism of good versus evil. Certain events, catastrophes, natural disasters -- all are "signs" of what they feel are the coming end times, the Biblical Apocalypse Beck has said he doesn't believe is imminent. But on his Fox News show Monday night, Beck again opened the door to that end-of-the-world theory, telling the story of a Bahamian preacher's supposed warning about the "awful things" that "would come, and here they are."
From Beck's show:
BECK: I was at church yesterday and I was -- I heard a preacher. I went to a gospel church in Harbor Island, in the Bahamas, and it was an amazing experience. I want to bring this guy in. He's the preacher there and he was amazing. He's a former Rastafarian and he was a drug smuggler. He changed his life.
But he prayed for the people of Japan and the people of America. He prayed for a revival all around the world. And he said, "Lord, you told us these things would come, and here they are. And your people are preparing and your people are standing together."
It's amazing to me -- in a way it's tragic -- that it takes awful things to happen for us to find the best in ourselves.*
Last month, Beck hosted author Joel Richardson, a self-proclaimed prophet who thinks Islam will be the "primary vehicle" "used by Satan to fulfill the prophecies of the Bible." In a March 14 column, Richardson claimed that recent earthquake activity points to "the soon coming of the return of Jesus."
Fox News frequently lambasts National Public Radio as a "bias[ed]," "defamatory" news outlet, and attacks have intensified of late because of the recent forced resignations of two of its top executives. However, Fox News parent company News Corp. appears to harbor a different view of NPR's value considering the media conglomerate's subsidiaries have donated at least $2 million to fund and sponsor the nonprofit organization.