From a February 2 Politico article, headlined, "Rush: 'Thank God' for Obama woes":
Conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh says he thanks God "every day" that he sees problems for President Barack Obama.
In an interviewing [sic] airing Wednesday on Fox News' "Fox & Friends," Limbaugh said the country has lucked out each time one of Obama's initiatives has failed.
"The fact that his agenda has totally failed this year is the best thing that could have happened to this country," Limbaugh said. "I thank God every day that it is going down the tubes."
Limbaugh added that he was thankful that "this Massachusetts election happened," referencing Republican Scott Brown's win in the Senate special election there last month.
Limbaugh said that he watched Obama deliver his State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress last week, but "gave up after 50 minutes."
"I heard it all before. There was nothing new in it. The only difference was the tone," Limbaugh said, belittling Obama "a young inexperienced guy, who is just mad."
"This is the first time in his life there is not a professor who can turn his C into an A, or to write the law review article for him he can't write. He is totally exposed. There is nobody to make it better," Limbaugh said.
On the February 1 edition of his Fox News show, Glenn Beck attacked author Zack Exley during a segment in which Beck claimed that President Obama -- through an Organizing for America internship program -- was attempting to use the public schools to "indoctrinate" students. Exley responded on February 2 by saying: "Instead of 'hitting back,' which is what I would have done in the old days, I want to extend an invitation: Glenn: Come to Kansas City, share a meal with my family, let me introduce you to people here of all different political and religious persuasions who are working together to create a world that works for everyone."
From Exley's blog post, which embedded Media Matters for America video of Beck's attack:
I used to be just like Glenn Beck, only without the multi-million dollar TV show: I used to get attention by angrily, and humorously, attacking politicians. I'm ashamed of how I acted back then. And now, of all people, it's Glenn Beck who's attacking me on TV for it:
Instead of "hitting back," which is what I would have done in the old days, I want to extend an invitation:
Glenn: Come to Kansas City, share a meal with my family, let me introduce you to people here of all different political and religious persuasions who are working together to create a world that works for everyone. Every time I watch you on TV, you're calling someone "left-wing," "Marxist," "Fascist," or "anti-American." Last night, it was me! Why not come back out of the partisan bubble to the real America and get to know one of your "targets?" I really believe it could change the way you see America and help you to discover a new purpose for the enormous megaphone God has given you.
From the February 2 edition of Fox News' Hannity:
The New York Times detailed Reuters' withdrawal of an article that relied on falsehoods to claim that the Obama administration's budget plan includes "backdoor tax increases that will result in a bigger tax bill for middle-class families." The New York Times' Richard Pérez-Peña wrote: "Some mistakes are about small matters and go unnoticed. Unfortunately for Reuters, reporting on the White House is not one of those things." Pérez-Peña added:
On Monday at about 4 p.m., Reuters.com, part of the giant news service, published an article about President Obama's budget, headlined "Backdoor taxes to hit middle class." It warned of a number of impending changes, focusing particularly on the expiration of the 2001 income tax cuts.
But in fact, Mr. Obama has proposed extending the 2001 cuts except for high-income taxpayers, and there were other inaccuracies in the article. The White House contacted Reuters to object to the story.
At 8:07 p.m., the news service posted an advisory saying that it had withdrawn the article, and the link on Reuters.com was disabled. On Tuesday at 1:35 p.m., Reuters posted another advisory calling the story "wrong."
"The story went out and it shouldn't have gone out," said Courtney Dolan, a Reuters spokeswoman, but she declined to say how the mistake had happened. "It definitely was not up to our standards. It had significant errors of fact."
Pérez-Peña also noted that the Drudge Report had picked up the Reuters article: "The article was not distributed on the main Reuters wire service subscribed to other media, limiting its exposure, but a headline linking to it was displayed throughout the day Tuesday at the top of The Drudge Report, the conservative news aggregation site. During the day, Drudge added a line saying 'Reuters pulls tax story,' with a link to the withdrawal, but it did not remove the original headline, though the link had long since been disabled." Pérez-Peña added that the Reuters story was picked up by "conservative bloggers, some of whom questioned the retraction" and by Rush Limbaugh, who said "Reuters has withdrawn the story because the truth is not to be tolerated in the Obama administration."
Indeed, as Media Matters senior fellow Eric Boehlert has noted, Andrew Breitbart's BigGovernment.com and Red State's Erick Erickson attacked Reuters following the retraction.
Eighty 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 February 2 sponsors, in the order they appeared:
Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen, today:
In a similar example of poor judgment, an undoubtedly delighted Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab was told he had something called Miranda rights and could, if he so chose, cease talking about allegedly attempting to blow up a jetliner as it approached Detroit on Christmas Day. Abdulmutallab was Mirandized after just 50 minutes of interrogation and he, having probably seen more than his share of "Law & Order" episodes, promptly shut up.
Administration officials defend what happened in Detroit and assert, against common sense and the holy truth itself, that they got valuable intelligence -- and so what more would you want? But Abdulmutallab went silent before terrorism experts from Washington could get to him. It has been more than a month since he last opened his mouth, and even if he resumes cooperating -- a deal may be in the works -- he now knows just a bit more about the present-day location of various al-Qaeda operatives than does Regis Philbin.
CNN's Barbara Starr, moments ago:
Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab ... has been talking to investigators since last week. According to this law enforcement official, he has been providing what is called useful, current and actionable intelligence.
Politico Breaking News email, moments ago:
The "underwear bomber" has begun cooperating with FBI counterterrorism agents and has provided "useful, current" intelligence, a law enforcement source told POLITICO. The source said: "It started last week, and has continued for several days. ... We have been following up. The intelligence is not stale."
The upcoming Newsmax cruise features the usual suspects as its "guest speakers" -- Christopher Ruddy, Dick Morris and Ronald Kessler among them. One name caught our eye, though: James Humes, who will give a talk about Winston Churchill.
Last March, Humes wrote a Newsmax column in which he asserted that President Obama said of a bust of Churchill in the Oval Office, "Get that goddam thing out of here." In fact, there's no credible record of Obama ever saying such a thing. Humes anted up with an ugly smear suggesting that Obama "took umbrage at Prime Minister Churchill's actions in 1953 of wiping out the Mau-Mau, the Kenyan terrorists who made a specialty of slitting throats of sleeping white and Black Kenyans."
After the fabrication was caught, Humes' column was quietly altered to concede that "the story was never fully substantiated, despite frequent repetition on radio talk shows." But Humes offered no evidence that any radio talk show forwarded the claim at all, let alone did so "frequently." (The Mau-Mau smear, meanwhile, remains intact.)
It says a lot about Newsmax that it has rewarded the purveyor of this kind of hate and mendacity with the honor of being a "guest speaker" on its cruise.
From a February 2 Big Government post by Pamela Geller, "O'Keefe: The Persecution of an American Patriot":
James O'Keefe, along with Hannah Giles, broke one of the biggest investigative news stories since Watergate on the systemic corruption of radical left governmental organizations. It was, for new media, a defining moment. And while the historic implications of the O'Keefe/Giles expose are not yet fully understood, the media landscape was forever changed.
Despite this seismic shift in modern journalism, the mainstream media scornfully ignored the biggest story of the Obama administration. ACORN, Obama's personal community organizing group, funded with taxpayer dollars, was shown to be a criminal, rapacious, and predatory organization. In clip after clip from O'Keefe and Giles, ACORN's indecency became more obvious and outrageous, and the little remaining trust that the American people had in government/community service organizations morphed into outright contempt.
And the mainstream media yawned.
Until last week, that is, when, like sharks to chum, the media swarm worked itself into a frenzy over the news that James O'Keefe had been "busted" on trumped up charges. In an egregious act of thuggery and intimidation, James O'Keefe was arrested for entering Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA)'s office (the people's office) wearing a telephone repairman uniform. O'Keefe was attempting to document Landrieu's contempt for the American people in not answering the phone from outraged citizens. Landrieu took a massive bribe from Chicago-land President Obama to induce her to help ram the nationalized health-care plan through despite the fury of the American people. Landrieu claimed she wasn't answering her constituents because -- get this -- her phones were broken. O'Keefe was videoing the working phones. Beautiful.
So let's get this straight. James O'Keefe, a great American, was kept in jail without a lawyer for the crime of entering a Senator's office pretending to be a telephone repairman (how many reporters have gotten stories by impersonating one thing or another?), while the Christmas balls bomber, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, who attempted to blow up a plane by making sure he was sitting in seat 19a (over the fuel tank) and setting off a bomb he was hiding in his underwear, was given a lawyer almost immediately. His sitting in seat 19A would ensure the greatest possible explosion over the densely populated Detroit area -- and yet O'Keefe languishes without counsel while being prosecuted in the media, and Abdulmutallab gets lawyered up quicker than Pelosi can bang down a double on Air Force One.
Eric Holder will protect any Muslim terrorist. From the Netherlands to the Arabian Peninsula, the Nigerian jihadist, he has always stood up for their rights. And then of course there are the Panthers, Holder's other favorites, with their voter intimidation with nightsticks.
But do not dare pretend to be a Bell repair man. Do not dare to enter a Democrat Senator's office while disagreeing with her politics. If you do that, you will get the revolutionary court putting you into a hole, with the mob cheering like Frankenstein.
There is something really wrong in America when an earnest young man, in pursuit of the truth, is treated like a murderer, and a jihadi, whose intent is to slaughter Americans and overthrow the American government, is mirandized and given the Constitutional protections of an American citizen (which he isn't).
The bottom line is that James O'Keefe was terribly wronged. And that is the story. That would have been front-page news in an era of uncorrupted media. Which is why the new media is, without, question, the single most critical element to winning the war of ideas.
Reuters recently pulled an article about supposed "backdoor" tax increases hidden in the Obama budget. (Drudge loved the piece!) Media Matters had previously highlighted factual errors in the piece. And according to press reports, the White House called Reuters to complain. Reuters then withdrew the story, with a flak conceding to TPM that were factual problems:
"The story went out, and it shouldn't have gone out," said Courtney Dilan, a spokeswoman for Reuters. "It had significant errors of fact."
In other words, Reuters did what responsible journalists are supposed to when they realize they've published something that does meet traditional standards. (Of course, we're still waiting for an explanation as to how such a poorly reported story could be published in the first place.)
The funny part though, is watching right-wing bloggers like RedState's Erick Erickson act so confused and befuddled by Reuters' actions. (They did what???) It's as if RW bloggers are completely unfamiliar with the notion of journalism ethics and accountability.
Behold "conservative journalism."
UPDATED: Naturally, add Breitbart's Big Journalism to the list of RW sites that have no idea why Reuters would withdraw a factually inaccurate story.
Behold, as he plays defense for Fox News [emphasis added]:
The most surreal moment of Arianna Huffington's attack on Roger Ailes on ABC's This Week on Sunday was her denunciation of Fox News for embracing what liberal historian Richard Hofstadter called "the paranoid style in American politics," which she insisted "is dangerous when there is real pain out there."
Paranoid Style could be a regular section title for The Huffington Post. In our 2007 special report, "Huffington's House of Horrors," we made a long list of vicious and hateful writings that Arianna approved for publication about George W. Bush and his administration.