NewsBusters' Scott Whitlock has claimed that ABC World News "hid the identity of a global warming activist" whose commentary was played during ABC's newscast on Monday:
The journalist featured a clip of Heidi Cullen, who ABC simply labeled as a "climatologist." She announced, "When you crank up the heat, when you globally warm the planet, you're going to see more extreme events."
Yet, Cullen is also the communications director for Climate Central, a group dedicated to "helping mainstream Americans understand how climate change connects to them, and arming our audiences with the knowledge they need to make informed decisions about their future."
Avila made no mention of her advocacy on this topic. Yet, on May 23, 2011, in another World News piece by Avila, the network did identify Cullen's connection. (She also touted climate change as host of a now-defunct show on the Weather Channel.)
But this is how ABC World News identified Heidi Cullen during the report as it was broadcast on DirecTV in Washington, D.C (note the upper left-hand corner of the screen image):
Watch the segment from Monday as it aired on New York's WABC:
UPDATE: NewsBusters subsequently corrected its blog post:
[08-17-11 Correction: ABC did have the words "Climate Central" in the upper left-hand corner of the screen. Though, the network did not offer any explanation of the group's advocacy.]
Fox News personalities including Greg Gutfeld and Eric Bolling are turning to Rush Limbaugh for what they have called "important" points and the "right" point of view during the debate over avoiding a default crisis and while assessing Standard & Poor's (S&P) decision to downgrade the U.S. credit rating.
Right-wing media figures are using Standard & Poor's decision to "downgrade" the U.S. credit rating to rehabilitate former President Bush's economic record. However, the economy inherited from Bush was hemorrhaging jobs and contracting at a rate not seen in more than 50 years.
A recent Fox Nation post on President Obama's planned bus tour refudiates itself.
According to Fox Nation, Obama's trip later this month "copies Palin," because Sarah Palin went on a short bus tour earlier this year. However, the photo included in Fox Nation's post shows Obama stepping off a campaign bus during his 2008 presidential run:
As Media Matters pointed out yesterday, several right-wing blogs seem to be pretending that Sarah Palin invented bus tours of the nation. In fact, Obama is one of numerous sitting presidents and presidential candidates going back to JFK who have launched bus tours.
Right-wing blogs are claiming that in planning a bus tour to the Midwest later this month, President Obama has "copie[d]" Sarah Palin, who embarked on a bus tour earlier this year. In fact, Obama went on a bus tour during his 2008 campaign, and for decades sitting presidents and presidential candidates have traveled the nation by bus.
Fox News contributor Tucker Carlson dismissed new economic data showing that the 2007-2009 recession was far deeper and more damaging than previously known. The revised data that Carlson wrote off showed that the economy contracted by more than it had in over 50 years during the final three months of 2008.
Right-wing blogs including Andrew Breitbart's website and Fox Nation are dishonestly editing comments made by CBS chief White House correspondent Norah O'Donnell to make up evidence that she is liberally "biased." But the full transcript of O'Donnell's comments makes clear that she was asking the White House to comment on what she hears "Democrats saying," not expressing her personal views.
Once again refusing to offer any specifics, Glenn Beck claimed on Friday that The New York Times took "things" that he "never said" out of context to "smear" him.
According to Nexis, Beck's name appears in two separate Times blog posts in the past two days - both criticizing him for comparing a youth camp in Norway where scores of young people were massacred to the "Hitler youth."
In a blog post headlined "A madman and his manifesto" Timothy Egan wrote:
The bodies of those Norwegian children slaughtered by a terrorist had yet to be fully recovered, let alone buried, when Glenn Beck compared the victims to Nazis.
The summer camp where children of the Norwegian Labor Party went for soccer, swimming, political debates and lectures "sounds a little like, you know, the Hitler Youth," Beck said in his national radio broadcast.
Over at The Lede, Robert Mackey wrote:
A good deal less attention has been paid to the ideas of the dozens of people he killed, among them young members of a Norwegian political party who were attending a summer conference at a campground on Utoya.
Into that void stepped Glenn Beck, who, with apparently little or no information about the victims, told listeners of his radio show that the conference of young activists "sounds a little like the Hitler Youth."
"I mean, who does a camp for kids that's all about politics? Disturbing."
There is simply no mitigating context in the comments Egan and Mackey highlight that can explain away the offensiveness of what Beck said:
Well, when we heard the explosion everybody was willing to say, it's Muslim extremists; it's Muslim extremists. I don't think we made a comment on it, because we didn't know other than there was a bombing that happened. And as the thing started to unfold, and then there was a shooting at a political camp -- which sounds a little like the Hitler youth, or whatever. I mean, who does a camp for kids that's all about politics? Disturbing.
This is the second time Beck has complained he was being dishonestly attacked since he came under fire for those statements.
New rule for bigoted slurs: If Glenn Beck didn't see it, it never happened.
During the Tea Party protests on Capitol Hill over health-care reform, several Democratic Representatives had to pass through a crowd of protesters to get between different buildings. TPM reporter Brian Beutler reported:
Early this afternoon, standing outside a Democratic whip meeting in the Longworth House office building, I watched Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) make his way out the door, en route to the neighboring Rayburn building. As he rounded the corner toward the exit, wading through a huge crowd of tea partiers and other health care protesters, an elderly white man screamed "Barney, you faggot"--a line that caused dozens of his confederates to erupt in laughter.
After that incident, Capitol police threatened to expel the protesters from the building, but were outnumbered and quickly overwhelmed. Tea party protesters equipped with high-end video cameras were summoned to film the encounter and the officers ultimately relented.
According to Beck, this is a "lie." After a long-winded rant about conservative victimization for sometimes being accused to racism, Beck said today:
And for the one thousandth time, no one called John Lewis the n-word. No one called Barney Frank the f-word. It didn't happen. Stop the lies.
Then again, it's not a far leap for Beck to go from trying to clear the record of things he actually said to denying first-hand accounts of hateful things Tea Party protesters have said.
Beck spent much of his radio show Wednesday urging his listeners to call their Senators and demand passage of "cut, cap, and balance," a legislative plan that includes a balanced budget amendment.
Economic experts say that a balanced budget amendment would harm the current economic recovery and make future recessions worse, and that it would force drastic cuts to major programs like Social Security and Medicare. Tuesday seven economists -- including five Nobel laureates -- sent a letter to President Obama and Congressional leaders noted these economic concerns and declaring that "writing a requirement into the Constitution that the budget be balanced each year would represent very unsound policy."
Listen to Beck push for unsound economic policy: