Right-wing media have attacked a recent Maryland State Board of Education ruling that requires high school students to be "environmentally literate" before graduating as "indoctrination" and "brainwash[ing]," while using it as an opportunity continue the right-wing's longstanding war on climate science.
Conservative media outlets are reprimanding three prominent Republicans who recently acknowledged what scientists have been saying for years -- that human activities are contributing to global climate change.
Following the Department of Education's announcement of the Green Ribbon Schools program, which recognizes schools for "engaging students on environmental issues" and "addressing environmental issues," the right-wing media jumped on the campaign as an excuse to attack environmental literacy, the Department of Education, former Vice President Al Gore, and President Obama.
In a May 9 post to MichelleMalkin.com headlined, "The Circle is Complete: Access to Al Gore's Invention Threatened by Global Warming," Doug Powers utilized a U.K. government report on wi-fi internet access being jeopardized by climate change to mock Al Gore and downplay the possible effects of "rising temperatures and stormier weather." From Powers' post:
Global warming being a threat to the Internet Al Gore took the initiative in inventing is the six degrees of separation in this claim. What's even more catastrophic, the separation of six degrees will increase by one and a half degrees to a full seven and a half degrees of separation by 2050 if we don't send the global warmists our money (snail mail only, no Internet transactions please -- if you've been paying attention you know why).
Actually it'll be kind of nice if global warming cripples the Internet a bit and spares us an intolerable onslaught of "hot 'nuff fer ya!?" Tweets.
Right-wing media seized on the leak of an undated, "early working draft" of a proposed transportation authorization bill to suggest that President Obama plans to tax automobile drivers based on how many miles they drive and that the government will use it to spy on their driving habits. But the Obama administration has not embraced such a proposal, and, in any event, such an idea is hardly new or controversial, as House Republicans have passed similar bills.
The conservative media are suggesting that former President Bush deserves more credit than President Obama for the death of Osama bin Laden. This is in stark contrast to their usual attacks that Obama is responsible for things that are happening during his presidency, including those tied to Bush-era policies like the Gulf oil spill, the weak economy, and the nation's deficit problems.
The gall of this right-wing media is literally quite astounding at times.
Following weeks of intense racially charged attacks on President Obama and their nonstop promotion of the birther myth, conservative media are today incensed at what Donald Trump had to endure at Saturday's White House Correspondents' Dinner. They complain that "Trump didn't get to respond" to the "attack[s]" by the "two antagonists" -- presumably, President Obama and SNL's Seth Meyers.
Jim Hoft's Gateway Pundit blog blared: "Boorish Obama Attacks Trump Repeatedly at Media Dinner While He Is Sitting in the Room." The post that followed read:
It was beat up on Trump night...
It took Obama about 10 seconds before he attacked Donald Trump at the White House Correspondents' Dinner Saturday night. Of course, Donald Trump was sitting in the room and did not have an opportunity to respond.
How sad... He also attacked FOX News.
Allahpundit at HotAir.com congratulated Trump for showing up at all "knowing what was in store." He continued:
[B]ut to his credit, he turned out and took his lumps -- stone-faced, as the crowd around him roared. It was kind of him to provide a designated target for the evening: The days of comics speaking hijinks-y truth to power by ripping on the president to his face a la Colbert and Bush ended abruptly in January 2009, of course.
Allahpundit went on to criticize Meyers' "nasty shot at O's opponents."
Ace at the Ace of Spades blog wrote:
I thought, dumbly I guess, that Trump would actually get to go to the dais and speak. Wouldn't that make it more interesting? You know the guy is going to get ripped; wouldn't it be more interesting to let him give the "rebuttal" as they do in a roast?
I'm not even talking about fairness -- I'm talking about entertainment value, which this yearly paean to Obama's aweomeness could surely use.
So you have two antagonists here and you could have a bit of a show but no, of course you set it up so it's Obama goofing on Trump, and then Seth Meyers goofing on Trump, and the liberal audience galing in (somewhat forced, I-agree-with-you-so-I'm-laughing laughter at Trump, and Trump just sitting there.
Trump didn't get to respond until a phone call on Fox & Friends.
Not sure why Trump went under those circumstances.
Responding to President Obama's budget speech, right-wing media have complained that Obama "blame[d] Bush" for the nation's deficit problems. In fact, Obama is right: Experts agree that President Bush's policies, along with the economic downturn, are largely to blame for the growing deficit.
Right-wing blogger Doug Powers has taken the Drudge bait, pointing to benign comments Rep. Nancy Pelosi made about political extremism to accuse her of embracing "tyranny."
As the budget negotiations were raging in Washington late last week, Nancy Pelosi ducked out for a mini fleebager road trip to Tufts University. While there, she vented some frustration about Tea Party influence in Washington and expressed her dissatisfaction with the election process when things don't go her way.
Transcript from Mediaite:
"To my Republican friends: take back your party. So that it doesn't matter so much who wins the election, because we have shared values about the education of our children, the growth of our economy, how we defend our country, our security and civil liberties, how we respect our seniors."
Powers linked to a web post on "Nazi Germany - Dictatorship." Subtle: Powers is literally linking Pelosi to Nazis.
The full context of Pelosi's remarks makes clear she was not advocating tyranny, but simply pointing out that political extremism can distort the political debate:
But the fact is that elections shouldn't matter as much as they do. There should be someplace on the spectrum where we respect each other's views and all the rest. But when it comes to a place where there doesn't seem to be shared values then that can be problematic for the country, as I think you can see right now. [via Real Clear Politics, 4/8/11]
Doug Powers' Nazi rhetoric actually demonstrates Pelosi's point.
The right-wing media reacted to news that Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) may be considering suggesting that New York City request a waiver from the health care reform law in order to create "a better plan" for New York City's Medicaid program by claiming he was "lying about [health care reform] from the very beginning." But Weiner's comments make clear that he considers the ability to grant waivers a sign of the law's "flexibility" and was citing this to refute the "notion that the government is shoving the bill down people's throats."
It's no secret that many in the right-wing media are not fans of President Obama's plan to develop high-speed passenger rail lines throughout the country. However, the right-wing media's reporting on Florida Gov. Rick Scott's decision to turn down federal money to build a high-speed rail line between Tampa and Orlando has been particularly one-sided. Several reports have failed to mention the tens of thousands of jobs that the high-speed rail project would have brought to the state.
Right-wing media have seized on the performance of a Chinese song by pianist Lang Lang at a recent state dinner as an "anti-American" slight against the U.S. In reality, Lang said he picked the song "for no other reason but for the beauty of its melody," and one expert on Chinese culture called it "nutty" to suggest that Lang's performance was somehow "anti-American."
The right-wing media attacked First Lady Michelle Obama for wearing a red dress to the White House State Dinner, suggesting she did so to honor "Commie Red China." The right has a history of seeing political messages in Michelle Obama and other administration figures' attire.
Right-wing media figures are flipping out that a U.N. official cited the Mayan goddess of reason while addressing delegates to a climate conference in Cancun, just down the road from Chichen Itza.
Monday, The Washington Post's Juliet Eilperin reported:
Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, invoked the ancient jaguar goddess Ixchel in her opening statement to delegates gathered in Cancun, Mexico, noting that Ixchel was not only goddess of the moon, but also "the goddess of reason, creativity and weaving. May she inspire you -- because today, you are gathered in Cancun to weave together the elements of a solid response to climate change, using both reason and creativity as your tools."
That's it. That's what happened. The ancient Mayan goddess of reason was invoked to encourage negotiators to tap both "reason and creativity" in developing a response to global warming.
And cue the right-wing giggle fest.
Right-wing media have been hyping reports from an Indian news agency that President Obama's upcoming trip to India will cost $200 million a day and will require 34 warships to be stationed off the Indian coast. In fact, the White House, the Secret Service and the Pentagon have called the claims false, and numerous U.S. media sources question the numbers.