From Fox Nation:
And once again, The Note is wrong.
This morning's bad-news-for-Obama spin [emphasis added]:
The Obama White House is facing another one of those days -- a jittery stock market, an uncertain Congress, and jobs numbers set to land on Washington with a wallop that might match the snow.
The Early Word: Unemployment Rate Dips to 9.7%
Flashback to last Dec. 4, and The Note's bad-news-for-Obama spin:
The new unemployment figures out Friday may cause some quiet celebration among economists. Early estimates suggest November figures will show between 100,000 and 130,000 fewer jobs in November, significantly better than October's 190,000.
But at some point it's got to go from not getting worse as quickly as it's been getting, to actually getting better.
Until that point, this will be a presidency, if not an economy, on the brink -- and the White House knows it.
Actual number of jobs lost last month? Just 11,000.
From Tom Tancredo's February 4 speech at the National Tea Party Convention:
TANCREDO: And then, something really odd happened, mostly because I think that we do not have a civics literacy test before people can vote in this country. People who could not even spell the word "vote," or say it in English, put a committed socialist idealogue in the White House, name is Barack Hussein Obama.
NewsBusters' Tom Blumer was among the promoters of the bogus conspiracy theory that the Obama administration was deliberately terminating the franchises of Chrysler dealers who donated to Republicans -- and then taking it one step further by claming that minority-owned Chrysler dealers were disproportionately spared. Now Blumer has found a new bogus conspiracy to latch onto.
In a February 4 post, Blumer joins the likes of WorldNetDaily and the Washington Examiner (and, sadly, USA Today) in promoting the idea that the Obama administration is deliberately targeting Toyota for recalls in order to boost sales at bailed-out General Motors and Chrysler:
To the extent the government is leaning hard on the company, somebody in the press should be questioning whether the motivations are purely related to safety or whether they also involve generating as much negative publicity as possible about the principal foreign-based competitor of government-controlled General Motors and Chrysler.
In fact, as Media Matters has detailed, complaints about sudden acceleration in Toyota vehicles date back more than a decade -- Toyota is merely dealing with it now. Apparently, Blumer doesn't think the 19 fatalities and 815 vehicle crashes since 1999 reportedly linked to sudden acceleration in Toyota vehicles merit mention.
Blumer also suggested that the Associated Press, in reporting on the Toyota recall, is "looking over its shoulder to avoid getting White House pressure as Reuters experienced when it pulled Terri Cullen's tax column earlier this week. Cullen had the nerve to point out that there are some middle-class tax hits in President Obama's budget."
Oops! Blumer seems to be unaware that the day before, NewsBusters removed without comment a post falsely claiming that the Reuters article was deleted "without explanation." In fact, Reuters did provide an explanation -- the story, specifically its claims about "middle-class tax hits" that Blumer latched on to, was "wrong." Even the conservative American Enterprise Institute agrees.
NewsBusters, by the way, has yet to explain to its readers why that post was yanked, thus doing to the author of that post what he (falsely) accused Reuters of doing.
Somehow, we suspect that another NewsBusters post is about to disappear without explanation.
'Now what?' Obama asks fellow Democrats
Isn't the obvious conclusion readers should reach from the headline is that Obama (rather helplessly) asked Democrats "Now what"? I mean, the "Now what?" part does appear in quotes, correct? And journalists just don't throw any old words in quotes. They put quotation marks around words that people actually say, right?
Well guess what? in Malcolm's snide write-up of Obama's televised Q&A with Democrats this week, readers who bothered to comb through the 11,000 word transpcript of the Q&A session discovered that Obama never said "Now what?" to Democrats yesterday. Not once. (At least not that I can find.)
Malcolm appears to have fabricated the quote. I guess that's what happens when scribes like him succumb to to Obama Derangement Syndrom; they cease being journalists and simply morph into partisan hacks.
UPDATED: And yes, this fabrication appears in the same post in which Malcolm fabricated a claim about a Democratic senator.
UPDATED: The original Malcolm headline was even worse:
'Now what?' Obama told some fellow Democrats
See, Obama told Dems "Now what?" Except that, of course, Obama didn't tell them that.
From Nobel laureate Paul Krugman's February 4 New York Times column:
So why the sudden ubiquity of deficit scare stories? It isn't being driven by any actual news. It has been obvious for at least a year that the U.S. government would face an extended period of large deficits, and projections of those deficits haven't changed much since last summer. Yet the drumbeat of dire fiscal warnings has grown vastly louder.
To me - and I'm not alone in this - the sudden outbreak of deficit hysteria brings back memories of the groupthink that took hold during the run-up to the Iraq war. Now, as then, dubious allegations, not backed by hard evidence, are being reported as if they have been established beyond a shadow of a doubt. Now, as then, much of the political and media establishments have bought into the notion that we must take drastic action quickly, even though there hasn't been any new information to justify this sudden urgency. Now, as then, those who challenge the prevailing narrative, no matter how strong their case and no matter how solid their background, are being marginalized.
And fear-mongering on the deficit may end up doing as much harm as the fear-mongering on weapons of mass destruction.
Let's talk for a moment about budget reality. Contrary to what you often hear, the large deficit the federal government is running right now isn't the result of runaway spending growth. Instead, well more than half of the deficit was caused by the ongoing economic crisis, which has led to a plunge in tax receipts, required federal bailouts of financial institutions, and been met - appropriately - with temporary measures to stimulate growth and support employment.
The point is that running big deficits in the face of the worst economic slump since the 1930s is actually the right thing to do. If anything, deficits should be bigger than they are because the government should be doing more than it is to create jobs.
Why, then, all the hysteria? The answer is politics.
The main difference between last summer, when we were mostly (and appropriately) taking deficits in stride, and the current sense of panic is that deficit fear-mongering has become a key part of Republican political strategy, doing double duty: it damages President Obama's image even as it cripples his policy agenda. And if the hypocrisy is breathtaking - politicians who voted for budget-busting tax cuts posing as apostles of fiscal rectitude, politicians demonizing attempts to rein in Medicare costs one day (death panels!), then denouncing excessive government spending the next - well, what else is new?
The trouble, however, is that it's apparently hard for many people to tell the difference between cynical posturing and serious economic argument. And that is having tragic consequences.
For the fact is that thanks to deficit hysteria, Washington now has its priorities all wrong: all the talk is about how to shave a few billion dollars off government spending, while there's hardly any willingness to tackle mass unemployment. Policy is headed in the wrong direction - and millions of Americans will pay the price.
From Fox News Radio reporter Todd Starnes' Twitter account:
From Joseph Farah's February 5 WorldNetDaily column:
Here's a sneak peak at what I will be talking about in my keynote address to the first National Tea Party Convention in Nashville tonight. I wish you could all be there, but it's a sellout:
I have a dream.
My dream is that IF Barack Obama even seeks re-election as president in 2012, he won't be able to go to any city, any town, any hamlet in America without seeing signs that ask, "Where's the birth certificate?"
It's a simple question.
The rest of the media think it's ridiculous, which makes me certain it's one of the most important questions we can be asking. It really hits the target. Polls now show 33 percent of Californians either believe Obama was born outside the country or have doubts about his alleged Hawaiian birth. Nationwide it's closer to 50 percent. Even significant numbers of Democrats have doubts.
But the media and the politicians keep pretending it's all been settled.
I say if it's been settled, show us the birth certificate.
It's an old trick really. It was actually codified by a Marxist Columbia University professor and his research assistant in an article in The Nation May 2, 1966 -- when Barack Obama was only 4 years old. (Or at least we think he was about 4 years old. Without that birth certificate, we just don't really know.) The professor of social work was Richard A. Cloward, and his research assistant was Frances Fox Piven. What they authored became known as "the Cloward-Piven Strategy of Orchestrated Crisis."
Today, Obama is still employing the Cloward-Piven strategy, but not as a community organizer. Today he is the Community Organizer in Chief.
He's still creating crises as a means of empowerment.
Think about it: With Obama, everything is a crisis -- carbon dioxide levels, the banking industry, the automobile industry, the health-care system and especially the economy.
He's going to fix them all, he promises.
By turning make-believe crises into real crises.
The goal remains the same as when it was first outlined in 1966. It is, as the Marxists of the 1960s and early 1970s explained, to "heighten the contradictions of capitalism," bring the system to its knees and, ultimately, collapse.
Do I exaggerate?
I don't think so.
It's the only paradigm that makes sense given the policies of the Obama administration and the Democratic Congress. They are following a deliberate course to destroy the American free-enterprise system, your freedom and the American way of life.
After all, the God of the Christians and Jews says: "Thou shalt have no other gods before me."
That's His first commandment. And His second doesn't make Him any easier to swallow: Don't worship idols.
That's pretty much what the U.S. government has become for many Americans.
And God says: "Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me."
You see, it's kind of a mutual aversion situation.
Here is what NR's Greg Pollowitz wrote Thursday, following the news that a conservative blogger had been hit by a car in Washington, D.C. [emphasis added]:
Jim Treacher, a very funny blogger for Tucker Carlson's new Daily Caller website, was involved in a hit-and-run car accident yesterday — involving the Secret Service.
But it turns out the Secret Service had nothing to do with accident, and there's no evidence it was a "hit-and-run." But other than that, Pollowitz nailed it.
It's true that a conservative blogger, who writes under name Jim Treacher, immediately claimed he'd been hit by a Secret Service SUV. (Which, of course, lit a fire under the conspiratorial, right-wing blogosphere.) But in fact, he was not hit by a Secret Service vehicle. The claim, according to "federal law enforcement officials," was baseless. (The driver reportedly worked for the State Dept.)
As for the "hit-and-run," the Daily Caller reported that after the accident, an agent in the SUV phoned the Daily Caller office to inform them that an employee had been injured. How is that possibly a "hit-and-run" when someone in the car stops at the accident scene to make sure the victim's friends are notified?
But back to NRO. When is Pollowitz going to post a correction after he falsely claimed the Secret Service had been involved in a "hit-and-run" accident?
UPDATED: And how about the Daily Caller itself, which allowed its blogger to publish the allegation on its site that he'd been hit by the Secret Service, which was not true. The Daily Caller then posted a long, detailed account of the accident, suggesting a government conspiracy to cover up the crime. Yet in that accusatory article, the Daily Caller left out the fact that its employee originally, and eroneously, accused the Secret Service of running him over, and did it on the Daily Caller site. That fact was conveniently flushed down the memory hole.
UPDATED: Trust me, I'm not trying to pick on a pedestrian who got hit by an SUV and broke his knee, and I'm certainly not defending the driver. Plus, I'm not trying to make it a partisan thing. But it was the conservative blogger, and his online supporters, like Glenn Reynolds, who immediately claimed that the Secret Service had run the blogger over, and/or it was a "hit-and-run" accident. I have no special insight into the unfortunate incident, but neither did conservatives who aired the incendiary, and false, claim against the Secret Service. But I don't see anyone on the right bothering to apologize for trafficking those claims.
Though sadly, the lack of right-wing accountability does not surprise me.
UPDATED: Treacher's pal Matt Welch at Reason unloads on the handling of the accident. But interestingly, Welch ignores the fact that the original claim -- that the Secret Service had clipped Treacher in a "hit-and-run"-- turned out to be completely false. Welch bemoans the (government) "lies" being told about the accident, but he ignores perhaps the biggest two of all.
From the February 5 broadcast of Fox News' Fox & Friends: