In a December 26, 2007, post, Williams referred to former President Jimmy Carter as a "creepy little faggot":
On January 27, 2008, Williams wrote that members of a Vermont town shouldn't be called "retard CHUDs" but "genetically defective, circus freak, tiny cranium, hairy-arm-pitted female & faggot alleged male biological train wrecks who totally make the argument for forced Eugenics":
As we've noted, the Tea Party Express spokesman has also called President Obama and Jimmy Carter "Nazis," and referred to Obama as the "racist in chief." Williams is a birther who has forwarded claims that Obama was born in Kenya.
Despite his history of incendiary rhetoric, Williams is a regular guest on Fox News and CNN. For instance, Williams has appeared on CNN's Anderson Cooper 360 at least six times in the past four months: November 2, October 26, September 15, September 14, September 10, and August 13. He also appeared on CNN Newsroom in August. On the September 14 edition of American Morning, reporter Elaine Quijano referred to Williams as one of the "tea party leaders" who "disavow[ed] any racist views" by protestors.
Fox News, which frequently cheerleads for the tea party movement, has hosted Williams on Fox & Friends (numerous times), America's News HQ, and Hannity. Williams also appeared on Fox Business Network's Cavuto.
Given Williams' history of smears and slurs, and his prominent position with the Tea Party Express, will the media continue to extend "great coverage" to Williams and his group?
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 of white people." Here are his November 20 sponsors, in the order they appeared:
John Amato at Crooks and Liars thinks so. His angle? With Fox News now routinely getting caught doctoring video and airing the misleading clips in its news reports, Amato thinks Rupert Murdoch's 'news' channel might be running afoul of FCC regulations.
Specifically, Amato points to this FCC language:
"Hoaxes. The Commission's prohibition against the broadcast of hoaxes is set forth at Section 73.1217 of the Commission's rules, 47 C.F.R. § 73.1217.
This rule prohibits broadcast licensees or permittees from broadcasting false information concerning a crime or a catastrophe if: (1) the licensee knows this information is false; (2) it is foreseeable that broadcast of the information will cause substantial public harm; and (3) broadcast of the information does in fact directly cause substantial public harm.
UPDATED: Rupert Murdoch can likely rest easy. The FCC regulates broadcast television and radio, outlets that use the public airwaves. But the FCC does not regulate cable television.
From the November 20 edition of Fox News' Live Desk:
Here's one from today:
CNN Poll: Blame for recession shifting from GOP to Democrats
Here's the nut graph [emphasis added]:
A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Friday morning indicates that 38 percent of the public blames Republicans for the country's current economic problems. That's down 15 points from May, when 53 percent blamed the GOP. According to the poll 27 percent now blame the Democrats for the recession, up 6 points from May. Twenty-seven percent now say both parties are responsible for the economic mess.
So, in the last six months, the percentage of Americans who blame Democrats for the recession has inched up six points, or one point per-month. That apparently, accounts for the "shifting" trend that CNN highlights in its headline. Also, note that a clear plurality still blame Republicans for the recession.
So wouldn't this headline have worked and actually been more accurate:
CNN Poll: Blame for recession still points to GOP
On Thursday, the prevaricating Gateway Pundit claimed Obama went on CNN and bragged that, "I've restored America's standing in the world." GP then mocked "The Arrogant One" for his massive ego. But oops, that's not what Obama said. Here's what he said: "We've restored America's standing in the world." [Emphasis added.] A little different, right?
But it's been more 24 hours and Gateway Pundit, supposedly one of the leaders of the conservative blogosphere, has not updated his original post or headline, let alone posted a correction to acknowledge that yeah, he doctored Obama's quote.
Behold the right-wing blogosphere, where manufactured quotes, even those involving the POTUS, are welcomed!
News Hounds make a great point [emphasis added]:
President Obama sat down with Major Garrett for a few minutes in an interview that was aired on yesterday's (11/18/09) Special Report. It was straightforward, fair and respectful. But there was no mention of one of Fox News' biggest stories of late, President Obama's bow to the Emperor of Japan. If Fox News thought the bow so important that the network obsessed over it on multiple shows and gave it top billing on their Fox Nation website, shouldn't Garrett have asked about it?
Garrett's glaring omission raises two distinct possibilities. A) He was woefully unprepared for his Obama sit-down. B) He would have been monumentally embarrassed to even raise the foolish topic of the bow.
I'm going with B.
And just in case you're unclear about the massive amount of fooling Fox News did on the all-important bow story, just take a look:
From The Fox Nation, accessed on November 20:
Note the on-air chron from one of CNN's countless Palin reports this week:
Hmm, what is behind the Sarah Palin mania? Could it be, y'know, the press?
Number of "Palin" mentions on network and cable news TV so far this week: At least 1,435.
Or, so says TVeyes.com.
One of the nagging questions during Tea Party 2009 has been just how large a block of citizens and voters does the right-wing movement represent? And is the movement really big enough to justify the kind of saturation coverage its events and priorities have generated from the press?
Last April 15, Tea Parties were respectfully attended. The health care mini-mobs, which the Tea Party movement helped fuel, generated an avalanche of media attention, but most of the forums attracted crowds in the hundreds and occasionally in the thousands, which is rather modest for a supposedly national movement in a country of nearly 300 million.
And of course, when the Tea Party followers staged its Sept. 12, anti-Obama rally in Washington, D.C., organizers and supporters, perhaps disappointed by the turn out, felt the urge to completely concoct crowd estimates; estimates that were off by 1.9 million people. More recently, the Tea Bag followers protested in D.C., and once again supporters were forced to wildly inflate the numbers.
But if the Tea Party brigade actually represented a national movement, wouldn't they have had at least 300-400,000 marching in D.C? More recently, anti-immigration-flavored Tea Party events fell completely flat. And the country's first unofficial Tea Party candidate for Congress, Doug Hoffman, famously lost to a Democrat in NY-23; a district that hadn't sent a Democrat to Congress in 150 years. So yeah, the track record remains suspect.
I raise that point because there appears to be early signs of a grassroots movement forming on the left, and if the press has showered the noisy Tea Party activists all year with time and attention, than it ought to be willing to do the same for national progressive activists.
From a Reform Immigration for America announcement this week:
Tonight, more than 60,000 activists, families, friends, and neighbors gathered for a nationwide tele-town hall event that created even greater momentum for comprehensive immigration reform legislation in 2010. The national teleconference was put together by an enormous coalition of faith, law enforcement, labor, civil rights, and immigrant advocacy groups working together to pass comprehensive immigration reform this year. The breadth and size of the coalition was reflected in the massive numbers of people who joined the call. The Reform Immigration FOR America Campaign organized 1,009 house parties in 45 states and Puerto Rico.