Washington Times editorial writer Quin Hillyer dubiously accused the Justice Department of "rigging" elections, citing DOJ actions against the New Black Panther Party, black leaders in Mississippi, and state election officials in Missouri to support the allegation. In fact, the DOJ sought injunctions to protect voters in two of those cases and dropped the third due to outdated evidence.
Last December, Media Matters highlighted the special relationship that Glenn Beck has with his advertiser Goldline International, Inc. Since then, he has been mocking and fighting back against the attention generated by this questionable relationship. One of the talking points that Beck and his fellow Goldline defenders constantly fall back on is that Goldline has an "A+" rating with the Better Business Bureau.
But when Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) began a congressional investigation into Beck's relationship with Goldline, he pointed out a 2009 Los Angeles Times report about the Better Business Bureau's problematic grading system. A business can pay the BBB to be listed as "accredited" business - and that in turn seems to affect their grade. The Times wrote that "a random search of the organization's database of about 4 million North American companies seems to show that the roughly 400,000 accredited businesses, even those that get numerous complaints, very often receive higher grades than unaccredited companies with spotless complaint records."
As we've noted here before, the BBB rating doesn't mean much. But just to drive that point home, the author of the website BBBRoundup went a step further to illustrate just how easy it is for an entity to earn the BBB's seal of approval. He registered the terrorist group Hamas with the LA BBB, paying the $425 for it to become an "accredited business" with the venerable consumer bureau. The BBB's Hamas listing states that the business is devoted to "providing educational services to troubled youth," and that it has received an "excellent rating" from the BBB. And just to show what kind of companies earn an "F" from the BBB, the site also compared the BBB rankings of a fake company it paid to accredit, Moores Sushi, with the coffee chain Starbucks. The BBB gave the fake sushi supplier that forked over some cash an "A-" rating, while Starbucks, which is not a BBB member, got an F.
In contrast to Fox News' repeated hyping of voter-intimidation charges against members of the New Black Panther Party during the 2008 election, a search of the Nexis database indicates that Fox News' top shows did not report on similar allegations that members of the Minutemen harassed Hispanic voters at an Arizona polling center in 2006.
J. Christian Adams' discredited accusations that President Obama's Justice Department engaged in racially charged "corruption" in the New Black Panther Party case are being promoted and defended by a slew of former Justice Department officials connected to the Bush-era DOJ and its "legacy of politicized hiring."
On today's episode of Fox News' Cashin' In, Fox Business employees Cheryl Casone and Tracy Byrnes and regular FBN guest Jonathan Hoenig came up with a radical idea to solve America's national debt problem: Raise taxes on the poor!
Casone got things started with a "Fox News Alert" about a new Congressional Budget Office report about average federal tax rates in 2007. She was so put off by the fact that millions of Americans earn so little income that they earn more in tax credits than they owe in federal taxes -- meaning they pay no federal income tax -- that she put forth the following question to Hoenig:
CASONE: A new government report showing 40 percent of income tax filers are paying no income taxes at all, and are getting money back. And this has someone here saying enough is enough. You want America's debt mess cleaned up? It's time for all Americans to pay up.
So Jonathan, did we just find a way to solve America's debt crisis, do you think?
She was asking if "a way to solve America's debt crisis" is to increase the tax burden of the poorest Americans. Note that according to the CBO report she cited, the average pretax income of the lowest 20 percent of households in 2007 -- that's half of the 40 percent of income tax filers she wants to "pay up" -- was $18,400.
According to the 2007 poverty guidelines used by the Department of Health & Human Services, a family of four with an income of $20,650 is below the poverty line.
Yes, Casone is proposing to balance our national debt on the backs of those Americans living in poverty.
Many conservative media figures vouched for Sen. Jon Kyl's "integrity" after Kyl accused President Obama of having said he refuses to "secure the border" in order to force the GOP to support comprehensive immigration reform. Will these media figures report that Kyl now says his comments were "taken a bit out of context" and referred to "the president's base" and not the administration?
Glenn Beck -- who has said that Sen. Joseph McCarthy was "absolutely right" -- devoted his Fox News show to purportedly helping his viewers decide "was McCarthy right." During the show, Beck renewed his extended campaign of red-baiting President Obama, his family, and progressives, at one point opining on the effectiveness of duck-and-cover drills in raising awareness of the dangers of communism.
In stating that the Obama administration had "defied all logic" by setting a six-month moratorium on deepwater oil drilling, Glenn Beck falsely claimed that there had been no "major incidents" in offshore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico before the Deepwater Horizon oil leak. In fact, there was a massive offshore Gulf oil spill 1979, and there have been many major spills from other oil platforms in the past.
Sean Hannity and Lou Dobbs baselessly claimed that President Obama and Democrats are not "committed to securing our borders." In fact, President Obama has taken measures to increase border security and immigration enforcement, and Democratic proposals for comprehensive immigration reform emphasize border security.
On CNN's John King, USA tonight, RedState's Erick Erickson brought up a "story that percolated yesterday" that BP's escrow account would be used to pay for "something or other related to health care." Erickson went on to say, "Stories like that get lodged in people's minds regardless of the details."
No doubt that "story" will "get lodged in people's minds," thanks in part to Erickson bringing it up on CNN. But about those details.
This story has indeed been "percolating" -- at the Drudge Report and fringe right-wing blogs, where comments made by Michigan Rep. Bart Stupak have been misconstrued to suggest he supports using the escrow account to help pay for health care reform. In reality, Stupak said that it would be legitimate to use funds in the BP-funded escrow account to pay for health care for Gulf residents who lost their jobs and insurance as a result of the BP oil spill.