From an April 1 Atlas Shrugs blog post, titled, "President Jihad: Obama Encouraged Violent Palestinian Muslim protests against Israel":
This is one bad, ugly man. That's a fact. America has no clue what she is dealing with. The President of the United States is advancing jihad against the oath of office that he took. If he is agitating Muslims against Jews, will he declare war on Israel?
If this is true, could Obama possibly sink any lower? Well, he could declare war against Israel. "Shock claim: Obama encouraged Palestinian 'resistance': Violence targeting Jews aimed at pressuring Israel into splitting capital," by Aaron Klein for WorldNetDaily, March 31.
During an exclusive interview with CBS Early Show co-anchor Harry Smith, President Obama was asked about the "level of enmity" on talk radio. He responded saying that the "vitriol" coming from the likes of Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh is "troublesome."
Smith: I've been out and about, listening to talk radio. The kindest of terms you're sometimes referred to out in America is a 'socialist'. The worst of which I've heard is called a 'Nazi'. Are you aware of the level of enmity that crosses the airwaves and that people have made part of their daily conversation about you?
President Obama: Well, I mean, I think that when you listen to Rush Limbaugh or Glenn Beck, it's pretty apparent, and it's troublesome. But, keep in mind that there have been periods in American history where this kind of vitriol comes out. It happens often when you've got an economy that is making people more anxious, and people are feeling as if there is a lot of change that needs to take place. But that's not the vast majority of Americans. I think the vast majority of Americans know that we're trying hard, that I want what's best for the country.
From The Fox Nation, accessed April 1:
At least 80 advertisers have reportedly dropped their ads from Glenn Beck's Fox News program since he called President Obama a "racist" who has a "deep-seated hatred for white people." Here are his April 1 sponsors, in the order they appeared:
One day after concocting the conspiracy theory that health care reform would help President Obama staff a civilian army with doctors, Judge Andrew Napolitano joined Fox Business' Charles Gasparino in likening the provision -- which would supplement a 200-year-old public health corps with a reserve corps -- to "bringing back the draft."
This is not an April Fools' joke. Napolitano, who was sitting in for Glenn Beck, and Gasparino claimed that Obama was "bringing back the draft" in order to staff his civilian army with doctors conscripted to serve as federal employees. Like in Great Britain.
Right-wing blogger Allahpundit put some Hot Air behind a working paper out of the Mercatus Institute* in an attempt to attack stimulus spending as unfairly tilted in favor of Democratic congressional districts. But as New York Times columnist Paul Krugman noted, Nate Silver demonstrated that these results are entirely logical, thereby undermining any suggestion that the data illustrate a sinister political motive: The 18 congressional districts receiving the most stimulus money represent state capitals -- where much of the stimulus money is distributed -- which are far more likely to elect Democrats to Congress.
According to a new report from The Winston Group:
"Tea Party members tend to get their news about national issues from Fox News." Some 47% "list Fox News as their top one or two sources of news, compared to 19% of the sample overall."
So, there you have it. Tea Partiers love Fox News. Is it because the network informed them about the radical anti-government movement in the first place? I guess this is one of those chicken/egg situations.
h/t: Dave Weigel
Jason Mattera has been named editor in chief of the right-wing publication Human Events.
If his name doesn't ring a bell, perhaps this video from this year's CPAC convention will jog your memory:
In response to widespread criticism over his Twitter posting today which said, "BTW, Webb's no liberal caricature. Ever met a liberal who's won a Navy Cross for heroism, a Silver Star, 2 Bronze Stars, 2 Purple Hearts?" Larry Sabato apologized this afternoon in several new posts to his Twitter profile:
U.S. Democrats lie low after healthcare victory
Lede [emphasis added]:
The week after passing landmark healthcare reform and handing President Barack Obama an important victory, members of the U.S. Congress returned to their home districts for a recess to face constituents and justify their votes after the bruising legislative battle.
While Obama made flying visits across the country to tout the new legislation, a number of key Democrats, who led the charge for healthcare reform, seemed to keep a low profile and are doing little to beat the drum.
Republican lawmakers, however, made quick plans to harness what they see as voter discontent over the issue -- either by lambasting those Democrats who may be politically vulnerable or by shoring up their own shaky campaigns with criticism of "Obamacare."
Slight problem. The Reuters article doesn't include any compelling evidence that Democrats are lying "low," and doesn't include any evidence Republicans have made "quick plans to harness" what they claim is their post-health care vote momentum.
Reuters seems to think it's telling that, after the bill has been signed into law, four Democratic members of Congress mentioned in the article don't have specific health care-related events scheduled during the recess. But guess what? None of the Republicans mentioned in the article have any health care-related events scheduled either. At least not any events that Reuters mentions.
So where's Reuters' proof that Democrats don't want to talk about health care, but Republicans do?