I asked Limbaugh what he thought about the president's comments. His program's popularity is undeniably soaring now, but has it risen and fallen with economic anxiety -- that is, was he less popular during times of economic security and more popular in times of economic worries? Since Limbaugh has been broadcasting nationally for more than 20 years, there ought to be some sort of pattern, if what Obama says is accurate.
The AG also confirms the ACORN 'pimp' story was a hoax.
From the office's press release [emphasis added]:
Videotapes secretly recorded last summer and severely edited by O'Keefe seemed to show ACORN employees encouraging a "pimp" (O'Keefe) and his "prostitute," actually a Florida college student named Hannah Miles, in conversations involving prostitution by underage girls, human trafficking and cheating on taxes. Those videos created a media sensation.
Evidence obtained by Brown tells a somewhat different story, however, as reflected in three videotapes made at ACORN locations in California. One ACORN worker in San Diego called the cops. Another ACORN worker in San Bernardino caught on to the scheme and played along with it, claiming among other things that she had murdered her abusive husband. Her two former husbands are alive and well, the Attorney General's report noted. At the beginning and end of the Internet videos, O'Keefe was dressed as a 1970s Superfly pimp, but in his actual taped sessions with ACORN workers, he was dressed in a shirt and tie, presented himself as a law student, and said he planned to use the prostitution proceeds to run for Congress. He never claimed he was a pimp.
The Brad Blog has much more.
One of the researchers responsible for a landmark statistical study of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church says that Catholic League president William Donohue "drew an unwarranted conclusion" from her work when he claimed that "most" of the clergy who committed the abuse have been "gay."
In a March 30 ad published in The New York Times, Donohue described the sex abuse scandal as a "homosexual crisis." Donohue added: "Eighty percent of the victims of priestly sexual abuse are male and most of them are post-pubescent. While homosexuality does not cause predatory behavior, and most gay priests are not molesters, most of the molesters have been gay."
During a March 31 appearance on CNN, Donohue elaborated on his claim, specifically citing a 2004 study produced by researchers at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, which found that 81 percent of the alleged victims of sexual abuse by priests were male. During the CNN segment, Donohue repeated his assertion that "most of the molesters have been gay."
But in an interview with Media Matters, Margaret Smith -- a John Jay College criminologist who worked on the 2004 study -- said that while Donohue "quoted the study's data correctly," he "drew an unwarranted conclusion" in asserting that most of the abusers were gay.
I realize the president, by the very nature of his job, is subject to wildly unrealistic and often contradictory expectations, but this is absurd.
Mediaite's Steve Krakauer has a column up today chastising President Obama for his interview yesterday with CBS's Harry Smith, during which Smith asked the president if he was aware of "the level of enmity that crosses the airwaves that people have made part of their daily conversation about you." Obama responded in the affirmative, singling out Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck, calling their rhetoric "troublesome."
This, according to Krakauer, crossed the line: "What reason does the leader of the free world feel it is appropriate to personally call out radio and TV hosts, even if they are, perhaps, some of the most powerful media figures in the country?"
Newsbuster Anthony Kang is upset that NBC's Today show "reported that the Boy Scouts are at the center of a $25 million lawsuit tied to an alleged cover-up of thousands of sexual abuse cases" but that NBC "couldn't even muster one word about their [the Boy Scouts'] one-hundred year anniversary"
Gee, I wonder why NBC would devote more coverage to "Boy Scouts caught up in sexual abuse scandal" than to "Boy Scouts continue existing"? Oh, right -- it's because "Boy Scouts caught up in sexual abuse scandal" is obviously more newsworthy than "Boy Scouts continue existing."
In a bold challenge to the Washington Post's supremacy as the nation's leader in haircut journalism, Time magazine wastes your time with a feature on "Top Ten Expensive Haircuts." Number two on the list? "Hairgate," in which, according to Time:
For a about an hour in May 1993, two of LAX's four runways were shut down. And then-president Bill Clinton never heard the end of it. The reason for the delay was the presence of Air Force One, inside of which the president was in the throes of a $200 trim from a glamorati stylist named, fabulously, Christophe.
Clinton later insisted that he hadn't asked for (and had been told that there wasn't) a hold on air traffic while "Hair Force One" sat on the runway. Yet scheduled flights had already been forced to circle, people had already been made hours late, and "Hairgate" solidified an opinion in some quarters of Clinton's out-of-touch excesses.
Good story -- but it's complete bunk.
Newsday reported on June 30, 1993:
The story was that planes were kept circling as President Bill Clinton had his hair clipped on Air Force One at Los Angeles airport last month.
But the reports were wrong.
According to Federal Aviation Administration records obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, the May 18 haircut caused no significant delays of regularly scheduled passenger flights - no circling planes, no traffic jams on the runways.
Commuter airlines that fly routes reportedly affected by the president's haircut confirmed they have no record of delays that day.
The FAA records, generated by the regional Air Route Traffic Control Center, show that an unscheduled air taxi flight had the only delay attributed to the closure of two runways for an hour in anticipation of Air Force One's departure. The air taxi took off 17 minutes after leaving the gate -- two minutes late, by FAA accounting.
"If you understand the air traffic system, you'd find that statement [that planes were circling] ludicrous," said Fred O'Donnell, an FAA spokesman at the agency's Western-Pacific regional office, which responded to New York Newsday's May 21 request under the freedom of information law.
O'Donnell said that although two runways were closed, traffic was light that afternoon and arriving flights were simply diverted to the two other runways. "It did not cause any problems," he said.
UPDATE: Time has amended and corrected its false claim. Here's the new version:
The media widely reported that scheduled flights had been forced to circle, that runways were jammed and that people were made hours late, though a Newsday report later that year showed that there were no significant delays. By then, however, "Hairgate" had already become a public-relations nightmare and solidified an opinion in some quarters of Clinton's out-of-touch excesses. What made it doubly awkward was that it occurred while the President was struggling to get Congress to pass a deficit-reduction bill.
An earlier version of this item incorrectly stated that flights and passengers had been delayed several hours by the President's haircut.
Seems like this whole fiasco should be "doubly awkward" for the news outlets that spread ludicrous falsehoods years after those falsehoods were debunked, to the point that they're forced to run corrections on news reports about haircuts. But maybe that's just me.
I wouldn't have believed if I hadn't read it with my own eyes.
Here's the Politico headline:
Liberal group march meets pushback
So, pretty simple right? A group of progressives marched in protest of something and were met by a group of conservatives who pushed back? I guess that's kind of interesting. But honestly, when groups hold political marches, the other side almost always tries to counter the event and is almost always outnumbered. But perhaps in this instance there was a reason Politico decided the "pushback" was the key.
Not quite. Instead, read the lede [emphasis added]:
A handful of liberal groups — but only a few dozen protesters — marched on the Republican National Committee offices Thursday to denounce the threats against members of Congress during the health care vote.
But in an oddly Washington moment, the gathering of MoveOn.org, Color of Change and CREDO, was met by Jordan Marks, a 28-year old conservative activist who interrupted the event and held up signs accusing the group of race-baiting.
That's right, the "pushback" came in a form of one guy. I kid you not. One guy showed up and Politico made that guy the news. In fact, guess who the only person quoted in the story was? Yep -- that one guy.
Today is Good Friday, and naturally, the hosts at Fox & Friends are wigging out. What, you ask, could possibly have Gretchen Carlson, Steve Doocy, and Peter Johnson Jr. so outraged?
Apparently, Google is "ignoring Good Friday" by not acknowledging it -- as it has done for other holidays -- with a custom logo "doodle" commemorating Jesus' crucifixion. Instead, Google's homepage features a doodle commemorating Hans Christian Andersen's 205th birthday.
On March 23, Sarah Palin tweeted "'Don't Retreat, Instead -- RELOAD!'" and posted to her Facebook page the following map with a list of House Democrats who voted for health care reform with crosshairs aimed at their locations:
In the wake of criticism over Palin's rhetoric, Fox Nation posted the following image referring to a Democratic strategy map as a "'Violent' Targeting Map":
The image linked to a Gateway Pundit post by Jim Hoft. From the post:
From Fox News' website The Fox Nation, accessed on April 2:
The "Democrats' Rainbows and Unicorns" video was put out by the National Republican Senatorial Committee, which describes itself as "the only political committee solely dedicated to electing Republicans to the U.S. Senate."