From a February 18 post by the Washington Post's Stephen Lowman:
In this era of blog wildfires, one fast-moving flame can be quenched before it scorches the facts. First lady Michelle Obama did not stock the White House library with socialist books.
The only problem is the books Port photographed have been sitting in the library since 1963.
The library came into being during the presidency of Franklin Roosevelt. In 1961, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy asked Yale University librarian James T. Babb to oversee a committee that would select books for the library. In 1963, 1,780 were placed on the shelves.
"The White House library is a reference and recreational library for the use of the President, his family, and official staff," wrote Babb in the forward to "The White House Library: A Short Title List," a document from the White House Historical Association.
"It is intended to contain books which best represent the history and culture of the United States, works most essential for an understanding of our national experience. The collection has to be strictly limited because the attractive library on the ground floor of the White House has shelf space for only twenty-five hundred volumes. Authors, with few exceptions, are citizens of the United States; fiction and poetry by deceased writers only have been included."
"The American Socialist Movement, 1897-1912" by Ira Kinnis and "The Socialist Party of America" by David Shannon are included on that original list of books, along with books about the two national parties, communism and still others about socialism.
Babb told The New York Times in 1963 that there was "bound to be criticism" of the choices. "There will still be people telling us what should be in this library, but we'll just have to be adamant," he said.
It is impossible to know if the White House guide misspoke, or Port misheard.
"I guess if they have been in there since the 1960s then they have been there through several presidents," Port said when asked about the discovery. "All I said was that our tour guide told us they were chosen by the First Lady. I thought the books were interesting in the larger context, but now I guess it is what it is."
From The Fox Nation, accessed February 18:
From the February 18 edition of Fox News' Your World with Neil Cavuto:
A front-page, above-the-fold February 18 Washington Post article -- carrying the print-edition headline "Growth hasn't hit payrolls a year into the stimulus effort" -- begins by asserting that "The giant economic stimulus package enacted a year ago has helped stabilize the economy but has not made much of a dent in the nation's vast unemployment," adding, "The Obama administration is acknowledging that its program of spending cuts and tax breaks has yet to ease joblessness."
But that's not what the rest of the article reported.
The paragraph immediately following the one asserting that "The Obama administration is acknowledging that its program of spending cuts and tax breaks has yet to ease joblessness" quotes President Obama as saying, "You can argue, rightly, that we haven't made as much progress as we need to make when it comes to spurring job creation." That is not an acknowledgment that the stimulus bill has "yet to ease joblessness" -- it's an admission that joblessness hasn't been eased enough, not that no progress has occurred.
This is followed a few paragraphs later by this statement: "Many economic analysts also agree with the administration's claims that the stimulus law has created or preserved 2 million jobs and that the number will total 3.5 million by the time the spending ultimately plays out."
If "many economic analysts" agree that the stimulus" has created or preserved 2 million jobs," doesn't that completely contradict the headline's claim that "growth hasn't hit payrolls a year into the stimulus effort"?
Further, as the Economic Policy Institute has pointed out, without the stimulus bill, the unemployment rate would be 11 percent, not the 9.7 percent it was in January, which would seem to be another contradiction of the headline.
Someone at the Post seems to have noted this, albeit belatedly. The headline of the online version of the article now reads "White House crafts jobs bill, a year into stimulus effort." That's much closer to the truth.
Meet Kevin McCullough.
McCullough wants to "hang" with students and under-30s attending CPAC. McCullough and Sharks in Venice star Stephen Baldwin have assembled something called the "XPAC" lounge, a.k.a. the "ultimate in cool." There, young folks can find "free food, films, games, and more" -- like meeting noted youth icon Brit Hume. According to McCullough and Baldwin, it'll be "GNARLY," which I understand to be one greater than tubular.
Speaking today at CPAC, McCullough told the audience that "saving freedom" from academia and government is the "greatest task" asked of a generation except "perhaps" the WWII generation, young conservative activists "will not sit at the back of the bus," and he's "not that terribly disturbed" that birther promoter J.D. Hayworth is challenging John McCain.
McCullough, a radio host and Townhall.com blogger, has apparently "been called the heir apparent to Dobson and Falwell" and "advocates for such shocking things as absolute truth." Indeed, "ultimate in cool" organizer McCullough has made a career out of bashing gays for their "perverse" lifestyle of "nihilism, narcissism and compulsive sexual addiction." A brief history:
This is the guy CPAC is using to reach students and young Americans?
Speaking as part of a panel at CPAC on how technology can "save freedom," RedState.com editor Erick Erickson made this observation:
You know Media Matters? The guys who can't get jobs anywhere else, they funnel them over to Media Matters. They subsidize them there. The left is all about subsidization of bad things.
A little while later we were introduced to another member of the panel -- Tucker Carlson, who hosted failed programs on CNN, PBS, and MSNBC before finally finding a home at Fox News.
Just sayin' is all...
At CPAC today, speaker and radio host Kevin McCullough told the crowd that he's "not that terribly disturbed that Mr. Hayworth is getting involved in Arizona." As both Talking Points Memo and National Review Online's Kathryn Lopez noted, the crowd appears to support former congressman J.D. Hayworth's primary bid against John McCain.
After losing his 2006 re-election bid, Hayworth became a relatively obscure radio host for Arizona's KFYI, where he "crudely pander[ed] to the prejudices and general insanity of his audience. Sometimes he makes fun of Hispanics by over-approximating a Spanish accent when pronouncing Hispanic names."
But Hayworth also become a hero to some conservative activists for his flirtations with and promotions of Birtherism:
Hayworth on Hardball: Obama "should come forward" with birth certificate. During the January 26 edition of MSNBC's Hardball, Hayworth responded to questions about Obama's birth certificate by stating that Obama "should come forward with the information" and asked, "Shouldn't we know exactly that anyone who wants to run for public office is a natural born citizen of the United States and is who they say they are?"
Birther advocate and WorldNetDaily editor and CEO Joseph Farah praised Hayworth's MSNBC appearance and endorsed him, writing: "McCain never bothered to ask Obama for proof. And that's why he lost the election. J.D. Hayworth won't make that mistake ... I want to see a real Republican take it. That real Republican is J.D. Hayworth."
Promotion of birther advocate Orly Taitz. As The Washington Independent's David Weigel has noted, Hayworth was an early booster of Orly Taitz, who the Orange County Weekly described as the "queen bee of people obsessed with Barack Obama's birth certificate." From Weigel's post:
Today he interviewed Orly Taitz, the luckless attorney for Maj. Stefan Cook, and gave her plenty of airtime to misinform about her latest court defeat. Audio of the interview is here.
Cook volunteered for duty in Afghanistan, then asked for a stay until the president proved that he was an American citizen, then acted surprised when his deployment was canceled. While Lt. Com. William Speaks, a spokesman for CentCom, has debunked Taitz's conspiracy theories about the court defeat-she has repeatedly and falsely claimed that the military cancelled the deployment because it couldn't authenticate the president's citizenship-Hayworth showed no signs of skepticism whatsoever.
Hayworth sounded stunned that Cook's deployment had been cancelled, "rather than the Department of Defense taking up and saying, well, here is the eligibility of the commander." Like Sean Hannity, he opted for Taitz's version of the story over CentCom's, telling listeners that the result "certainly could be characterized as a victory for Maj. Cook and Dr. Orly Taitz." And he closed the interview by sympathetically asking Taitz if she feared "an atmosphere of intimidation" coming at her from the White House.
Hayworth further told Taitz that she has "raised so many questions" about Obama's eligibility.
Hayworth reportedly raises birth certificate issue numerous times on radio program. Phoenix New Times staff writer Stephen Lemons wrote on his blog in July 2009 that Hayworth made birther concerns an issue on his radio program "at least eight times" since October 2008.
Hayworth "refuses to flat-out disavow the birther conspiracy movement." As The Huffington Post's Sam Stein noted, during a February 15 appearance on CNN, Hayworth "refuse[d] to flat-out disavow the birther conspiracy movement and even suggests that, in the age of identify theft, questions about President Obama's citizenship are legitimate."
After criticism, Hayworth now reportedly says Obama meets legal requirements. On February 18, RedState.com's Erick Erickson cited Hayworth's CNN interview and wrote that "if Hayworth is going to pursue it, he needs to be beaten. No respectable politician can run on this issue." Erickson later wrote a post headlined, "J.D. Hayworth and the Birther Issue: A Non-Story." Erickson wrote that he spoke with Hayworth, who "said definitely that Barack Obama is the President of the United States and meets all the legal and constitutional requirements to be President. Period. End of Story."
Erickson wrote further that Hayworth "said the issue has come up on his radio show when callers called in and engaged him on the issue. He said he engaged the callers on the issue, but he thinks it is as relevant as whether Chester Arthur met the qualifications to be President." Yet the suggestion that it's callers, not Hayworth, who raised the issue doesn't explain why Hayworth invited Orly Taitz as a guest -- with "no signs of skepticism whatsoever" for roughly 18 minutes -- to "raise so many questions" about Obama's eligibility. Clearly Hayworth didn't find the birther issue a "non-story" as a radio host, much less settle the issue during recent national media appearances.
Fox Nation is again promoting the Tea Party Express:
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Earlier today, the Associated Press published an article on the resignation of Yvo de Boer, the United Nations' top climate change official. It's an interesting story, and the AP, as is their wont, presented it in a just-the-facts fashion:
De Boer is known to be deeply disappointed with outcome of the last summit in Copenhagen, which drew 120 world leaders but failed to reach more than a vague promise by several countries to limit carbon emissions - and even that deal fell short of consensus.
But he denied to the AP that his decision to quit was a result of frustration with Copenhagen.
"Copenhagen wasn't what I had hoped it would be," he acknowledged, but the summit nonetheless prompted governments to submit plans and targets for reining in the emissions primarily blamed for global warming. "I think that's a pretty solid foundation for the global response that many are looking for," he said.
De Boer told the AP he believes talks "are on track," although it was uncertain that a full treaty could be finalized at the next high-level conference in November.
The partial agreement reached in Copenhagen, brokered by President Barack Obama, "was very significant," he said. But he acknowledged frustration that the deal was merely "noted" rather than formally adopted by all countries.
For Fox News, however, news isn't news unless it is a) conservative, and b) wrong, so they added a little language to the AP report without acknowledging that they had done so (the byline reads simply "AP"). Compare the original AP article above to this screenshot of the Fox News version (emphasis added):
Fox News' additions, of course, are little more than stale retreads of the many falsehoods that comprise the "Climate-gate scandal." And the "bombshell" they refer to is actually a distortion of climate scientist Phil Jones' interview with the BBC, in which he said that it would be unlikely to observe a statistically significant trend over a 15 year interval, which, when it comes to climate science, is a very short period of time.
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