From a November 12 TPM Media post:
Here's the one-line statement that Don Meyer, a spokesman for the Washington Times and a partner at Rubin Meyer Communications, emailed TPM moments ago.Effective November 6, 2009, John Solomon has resigned his position as the Executive Editor of The Washington Times.
When the PR firm issued the release, TPM phoned top newsroom staffers -- who weren't aware of the resignation.
From the November 10 edition of WABC's Curtis Sliwa Live:
From the Anti-Defamation League's overview of Jared Taylor:
Jared Taylor (also known as Samuel Jared Taylor) founded The New Century Foundation, a self-styled think tank known primarily for American Renaissance, a white supremacist journal and companion Website. The journal, which Taylor edits, promotes pseudoscientific studies that attempt to demonstrate the intellectual and cultural superiority of whites and publishes articles on the supposed decline of American society because of integrationist social policies. American Renaissance generally avoids the crude bigotry and stereotyping characteristic of many other racist publications and Taylor himself personally refrains from anti-Semitism.
Born: September, 1951
Residence: Oakton, Virginia
Organization: The New Century Foundation
Publication: American Renaissance
Education: B.A. Yale University, 1973;
M.S. Institute of Political Studies, Paris, 1978
Ideology: Intellectualized white supremacy
Books: Author of Paved With Good Intentions: The Failure of Race Relations in Contemporary America (1992) and Shadow of the Rising Sun: A Critical Review of the Japanese Miracle (1983); edited or contributed to various other books, including Essential Writings on Race by Samuel Francis (2007), Race and the American Prospect (2006), A Race Against Time: Racial Heresies for the 21st Century (2003) and The Real American Dilemma: Race, Immigration, and The Future of America (1998)
Affiliations: Taylor is on the editorial advisory board of Citizens Informer, the newspaper of the white supremacist Council of Conservative Citizens, has contributed to The Occidental Quarterly a racist journal, and has been a member of the Board of Directors of the National Policy Institute, a racist "think tank."
Taylor promotes his views by attacking racial, ethnic, and religious diversity, which he calls "one of the most divisive forces on the planet" and therefore "dangerous." Through speeches delivered at the biennial American Renaissance conferences; books, pamphlets, and articles; and public appearances via mainstream venues, including television shows and universities, Taylor promotes the idea that racial segregation is "natural" and society is best organized along racially homogenous lines. He maintains ties to a variety of racist organizations, publications, and individuals, both domestic and international, and many of North America's leading intellectual racists have written for American Renaissance or have addressed the biennial American Renaissance conferences.
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Erick Erickson, editor of the influential conservative blog RedState, called on NRCC Chairman Pete Sessions (R-Texas) to step down for his role in the contest.
You mean, the Erick Erickson who recently championed Doug Hoffman in NY-23 and inadvertently helped elect the first Democrat to Congress from there in over 100 years? That Erickson?
Instaputz isn't so sure the "influential" description fits:
Doug Hoffman was a major loser. Olympia Snowe last time I checked is still Senator, so apparently she finds the threat of rock salt unpersuasive. Last year, Erickson begged his minions to send rubber balls to still-Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell "to remind him he needed to grow a pair and fight the Democrats." Observed Wonkette, "And no one ever heard from Mitch McConnell again." Operation Silly Putty -- RedState sent Kent Williams a message via an inorganic polymer! -- was also a huge failure.
On the plus side of the ledger, sending fake dog feces to Rep. Pomeroy may ultimately reap benefits, but it's just too soon to tell.
In his penultimate broadcast, Lou Dobbs ran a story on White House communications director Anita Dunn's decision to leave the administration at the end of the month. In what now seems to be an ironic twist, much of the report ran over the caption, "QUIT OR PUSHED?" a question that today reporters must be asking about Dobbs himself.
It was a quintessential Dobbs report, featuring almost all the facets we have come to expect from his program. It was based on a conspiracy theory: At no point did Dobbs or reporter Lisa Sylvester present even the slightest bit of evidence that Dunn had left on anything other than her own volition, and neither mentioned that she was originally hired as communications director on only an interim basis, making her decision entirely expected. It included falsehoods: Dobbs, Sylvester, and Politico's Craig Gordon all mischaracterized comments Dunn made about Mao Zedong during a high school graduation speech earlier this year. It included a misleading claim intended to establish a pattern: Sylvester provided a list of four other "administration officials to leave recently," which included former WH communications director Ellen Moran -- whom Dunn replaced -- and Louis Caldera, the former director of the WH Military Office, both of whom left the White House in May.
If only the segment had included an attack on immigrants, we could have sent it straight to the Newseum as the absolute paragon of Dobbs reporting.
It's worth noting that there's significantly more evidence that Dobbs was pushed out than that Dunn was. Dunn had drawn fire from right-wing media figures like Glenn Beck who mischaracterized Dunn's remarks about Mao -- which were similar to comments numerous conservatives have made over the years; even Ann Coulter didn't think Dunn's statements were worth attacking. Dobbs, meanwhile, was criticized by two wide-ranging coalitions -- the DropDobbs campaign, which included Media Matters, NDN, the Southern Poverty Law Center, and NCLR, among other groups, and BastaDobbs.com, a network organized by Presente.org -- in response to his long history of using his CNN platform to spread hatred, fear, and conspiracy theories. Dunn leaving the White House was long-expected and doesn't take effect until the end of the month; Dobbs leaving CNN was unanticipated and effective almost immediately -- he announced he was leaving at the top of his final broadcast, and his staff was reportedly told he was on his way out only hours before yesterday's show.
And of course, there's this little tidbit from today's New York Times: "Months ago the president of CNN/U.S., Jonathan Klein, offered a choice to Lou Dobbs ... [he] could vent his opinions on radio and anchor an objective newscast on television, or he could leave CNN."
Luckily, CNN already has the graphics made up for its Reliable Sources segment on Dobbs leaving -- they just need to swap Dunn's head for Dobbs'
On last night's Hardball, MSNBC's Pat Buchanan relived his glory days while offering the Republicans some political advice:
BUCHANAN: Look at '65, Medicare, Medicaid, education, Voting Rights Act.
MATTHEWS: You guys won in '66.
BUCHANAN: We won 47 seats. We didn't do a thing but say no, no, no.
BUCHANAN: In 2010, we are the alternative. We are against them. That's all you need.
Most people, upon recalling their opposition to the Voting Rights Act, would probably express some remorse. But not Pat Buchanan, who complains that "Old heroes like ... Robert E. Lee are replaced by Dr. King."
Chris Matthews last night:
CHRIS MATTHEWS: You know what we learned from New Jersey? You are not going to win by calling the other guy fat.
PAT BUCHANAN: Of course.
CHRIS MATTHEWS: That is all they had. You're fat. What a ridiculous, pathetic, schoolyard thing that was. Pat Buchanan, Gene Robinson, great to be with the grown ups here.
Media criticism is serious business, and no one takes it more seriously than the crack bias sleuths over at NewsBusters. They take it so seriously, in fact, that they really don't like it when some Johnny-come-lately struts around pretending to be a big-time media critic. Take, for example, NewsBuster Jeff Poor's latest entry, in which he goes after New York Times columnist Paul Krugman's blog post this morning attacking Fox Business Network, calling it Krugman's "media critic impersonation."
I actually have to agree with Poor on this one. Krugman may be a Nobel Prize-winning economist and columnist, but he has no idea how difficult it is to critique the media, to pick out those stories that really matter and dissect them, pulling out the most important facts and explaining the subtle nuances that direct and color news coverage.
Just look at this entry Jeff Poor posted to NewsBusters this morning, less than two hours before attacking Krugman for impersonating a media critic:
Chuck Norris: Obama Wants 'To Create a One World Order' at Copenhagen Climate Talks
Are the upcoming Copenhagen climate talks really about nothing more than hammering out a world-wide agreement about carbon emissions to curb warming? Not according to martial arts professional and actor Chuck Norris.
Norris appeared on the Fox News Channel's Nov. 11 "Your World with Neil Cavuto" to promote his new book, "The Official Chuck Norris Fact Book: 101 of Chuck's Favorite Facts and Stories." He explained the upcoming Copenhagen talks in December were a push by President Barack Obama to form a "one world order."
"Definitely," Norris said. "I really think he is going over there to try to create a one world order."
That's similar to Lord Christopher Monckton's belief, who recently warned Obama was "poised to cede U.S. sovereignty" at Copenhagen. Norris' fear is that since some third-world countries have not caught up economically to the United States, this would be a backdoor way to help them catch up - by giving "our money" to them.
Take notes, Mr. Krugman. That's how you critique the media.
A post by RedState.com's Erick Erickson that Rush Limbaugh is hyping falsely claims that a memorandum from the federal Office of Personnel Management (OPM) will "purge the federal government of Republican civil servants" and "forc[e]" former Bush administration political appointees who currently have positions in the federal civil service "out of their jobs."
In fact, the OPM memo does nothing of the sort. It merely beefs up current OPM rules aimed at preventing political appointees from "burrowing in" to the civil service, thereby receiving the job security benefits that civil servants -- but not political appointees -- receive. While the memo states that agencies must seek permission from OPM to hire people as civil servants if they have been political appointees "within the last five years," nothing in the memo creates authority for anyone to fire current federal employees. Therefore, the OPM memo does not "purge" anybody.
Irony, hypocrisy, call it whatever you want, but it clearly drives the conservative media movement in America, and specifically this notion being peddled by Weekly Standard writer Matthew Continetti, via his new Sarah Palin book, The Persecution of Sarah Palin, that it was crazy how quickly Palin became "hated" by her political enemies.
From American Spectator:
"It's not new for a prominent political figure to be hated," Continetti tells TAS. "But it is novel when a political figure becomes so hated so quickly, and for that hatred to be based on so little information."
Hmm, Continetti can't remember the last time a national politician became so hated so quickly, and for that hatred to be based on so little information; for it be be so darn irrational. I'm not sure if Continetti spent the 1990's in high school, and I'm not sure if Continetti has been so busy finishing his Palin book that he hasn't been able to gaze across the political landscape in 2009, and specifically the right-wing terrain, which views the current president as a racist/fascist/communist/Nazi/socialist.
But if Continetti is that oblivious, I'd like to suggest that two Democrats by the name of Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, immediately after being inaugurated, became the subject of sweeping, hysterical hatred that infected the conservative movement, and conservative media; hatred that makes the Palin situation look quite tame in comparison.
Also, I think Continetti fails to acknowledge that many of Palin's critics simply mock her failed attempt to step up to national politics. Laughing at a politician is much different that hating one.
UPDATED: See Eric Alterman's take on Continetti's Palin apology book, here.
Even a casual student of American politics will notice some rather odd omissions. For instance, in an entire book dedicated to the proposition than an evil conspiracy sought to brainwash the American people to believe that Palin was unready for office, I found no mention of the postelection admission by McCain campaign manager Rick Davis that his choice didn't have anything to do with Palin's qualifications for office because, as he said, "You've got to win first." Second, did you know that to this day Sarah Palin has never held a single full-fledged national press conference with actual professional political reporters?
UPDATED: Of course, don't forget Continetti's book compares Palin to Tina Fey, or actually with Tina Fey's TV character. Or something.
UPDATED: I haven't seen the book yet, but I wonder if Continetti recycles the glaring Palin error he was pushing this summer.
From Fox Business anchor Liz Claman's Twitter:
Previously / Related:
Dobbs attacks "cowardly liar" Geraldo Rivera, LaRaza and MALDEF for "nasty nonsense"
"Fuming" Dobbs rants about "vile stupidity" of "annoying" Geraldo, who "wouldn't know a fact if it hit him in the rear"
Defending Fox News, Geraldo says "we don't have" Dobbs, "who has done more to slander Latinos in this country than anyone"
Geraldo Rivera: "Lou Dobbs has done more to slander Latin people in this country than any other human being"