A few weeks ago, Fox & Friends hosted GOP candidate George Demos to talk about St. Nicholas Church, a Greek Orthodox church which was destroyed when the South Tower of the World Trade Center fell. As I noted at the time, Fox used this story as another means of attacking Park51, the Islamic community center being planned in lower Manhattan. The implication was that the government, specifically New York City's Port Authority, was fighting against the construction of this church, while fast-tracking Park51. Of course, the comparison is ridiculous. Park51 is being privately funded and is working in an area blocks away from Ground Zero, whereas St. Nicholas' Church is being constructed on Ground Zero and is working with the government to settle on terms for public funding. Park51 had to pass one landmark commission ruling, whereas St. Nicholas' Church has to deal with all of the complications involved in building at Ground Zero, including working out a new bus security center underneath the area the church is planning on rebuilding.
Despite clearly being completely different situations, the false juxtaposition was too tempting for the right-wing media to resist. Following Fox & Friends' lead, and without providing any context, Pamela Geller wrote "That iconic church remains yet to be rebuilt due to obstacles and red tape by the city. The interminable delays typify Ground Zero delays, another barren gaping hole. But not for the 15 story mega nosque. No problems there. Bloomberg is ramming this stab in the eye of every American through at breathtaking speed." She wasn't the only one to push this manufactured story. Fox Nation, Jim Hoft, Jawa Report, and Human Events also parroted Fox & Friends' attack. A search of Nexis showed many major Fox shows covering the story, such as Special Report, The O'Reilly Factor, and Hannity.
Conservative media figures have repeatedly claimed or suggested that it would be unprecedented and "corrupt" for Democrats to address "controversial" issues during Congress' lame duck session following the 2010 elections. But in 1998, Republicans impeached President Clinton during such a post-election congressional session.
Right-wing blogs have seized on Sen. Jon Kyl's (R-AZ) claim that President Obama is refusing to "secure the border" in order to force the GOP to support comprehensive immigration reform -- a claim the White House has since flatly denied. Indeed, the Obama administration has already taken numerous steps to boost border security but argues that "truly securing the border will require a comprehensive solution," which is a view shared by immigration experts as well as several Republicans.
Conservative media have claimed the White House's controversial conversations with Rep. Joe Sestak and Andrew Romanoff -- which have been described by experts as "garden-variety politics" -- constituted criminal activity. But when Bush administration official Scooter Libby was investigated, tried, and convicted, conservative media decried it as "criminalizing politics."
In March, conservative publication Human Events hired Jason Mattera as their "new Editor." In the post announcing Mattera's hiring, the vice president of Eagle Publishing, which owns Human Events, had this to say:
"Given his youth, we recognize Jason's appointment may seem a bit surprising, but only if you don't know him," stated Joe Guerriero, VP/Group Publisher of Eagle Publishing's GeoPolitical Division, which includes HUMAN EVENTS. Guerriero went on, "Jason's ability to understand what is truly important, not just repeat D.C.'s echo chamber, plus his unique ability to put facts into understandable, interesting--and even fun--stories and videos is remarkable. His wisdom and talents are far beyond his years."
According to Guerriero, Mattera has an "ability to understand what is truly important." Right. Let's have a look at what Mattera identified as "truly important" in his only contribution to Human Events about the Elena Kagan nomination thus far.*
Mattera purports to list the "Top 10 Dumbest Defenses of Elena Kagan." They are uniformly inane, so I'll pare them down to the "Top 4 Most Embarrassingly Stupid and Sexist Comments From Mattera's Top 10 Dumbest Defenses of Elena Kagan."
Conservative media have attacked financial reform legislation under consideration in Congress by stating that it establishes a "permanent bailout" or "bailouts forever" -- echoing language recommended by Republican strategist Frank Luntz to derail the bill. But far from encouraging "bailouts" for failing financial firms, the bill would establish the government's authority to liquidate them.
Jason Mattera, recently named editor in chief of the right-wing Human Events magazine, traffics in the smears and falsehoods that are typical of the conservative media. It turns out even some of Mattera's fellow conservatives are loathe to describe what he does as "journalism" -- instead, Hot Air's Ed Morrissey calls it "performance art" (via Fox Nation):
Jason Mattera gives Hot Air readers the exclusive look at the full five-minute video of his meeting with Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) in what may be the crowning achievement of Jason's performance art in support of his new book, Obama Zombies: How the Liberal Machine Brainwashed My Generation.
Jason Mattera has been named editor in chief of the right-wing publication Human Events.
If his name doesn't ring a bell, perhaps this video from this year's CPAC convention will jog your memory:
From a February 7 post at HumanEvents.com:
HUMAN EVENTS announces its first ever Al Gore Snowman contest. Our friend Amb. Fred Eckert suggested that we award a prize for the best snowman made to look like the chief poobah of global warming baloney, former Vice President Al Gore.
With Washington digging out of a near-record snowfall, it's only appropriate to (dis)honor the principal perpetrator of biggest fraud since the UN's Oil for Food scandal. (That one, after all, only cost about $30 billion. The global warming "cap and tax" legislation will cost much more.)
Once you've dug out, please take your best shot. Send us a picture of your snowman. The best one will receive $50 and an autographed copy of Jed Babbin's "In the Words of Our Enemies," the "Cliff notes of evil." Deadline is 9 am Wednesday, 10 February.
Human Events' Jed Babbin falsely claimed that Alan Carlin - who Babbin called a "leading EPA [Environmental Protection Agency] scientist" - had been "silenced" because "EPA regulators refused to consider" his report "rejecting the theory that emission of greenhouse gases causes global warming," and compared this "coverup" to the "scandal" over the purported contents of emails stolen from the Climatic Research Unit (CRU). In fact, Carlin is an economist, not a scientist; both Carlin and climate scientists have pointed to "flaws" in his report; the EPA nonetheless reportedly stated that his report had been reviewed for use in their final report; and Carlin is indeed listed among the "authors and contributors" of that final report.
From Ted Nugent's October 1 HumanEvents.com column:
Jimmy Carter is either a racist or an idiot or both. Probably both, tinged with a little senility.
Carter recently made the statement that he believes racism is at the core of the angst by those who are protesting Barry O's policies and programs.
Schindler's list was probably racist too. Bad deal, criticizing the naked Emperor like that.
With beliefs and statements such as these, one has to wonder if Jimmy Boy still lusts after other women or if Rosslyn has finally tamed the beast.
When the left-wing moonbats and their toxic, dopey, hippie-inspired ideas are cornered and exposed, they will often revert to hollow and tired charges of racism in hopes of deflecting the blazing light of truth. These are the actions of a racist. What say you, Peanut Boy?
The Democrats know that without the support of black Americans their political party is doomed --a t least until they can addict the immigrants who have arrived over our southern border. Get them dependent on Fedzilla handouts, and the Democrats believe they can own their votes.
Meanwhile, the condition of black America continues to erode because our government keeps it so. How sad. How totally unnecessary.
You don't need to be an historian to see who the real racists are in America. Jimmy Boy, Barry O and others have been destroying black America for decades for their votes. That's the ugliest side of racism.
Today Media Matters for America officially confirms the breaking, bombshell, news that the conservative blog RedState.org has deep, shadowy connections with ACORN, the organizing group for low- and moderate-income communities.
As the post below illustrates in vivid detail, RedState.org has clear ties with ACORN and it didn't take editor-in-chief Erick Erickson's rolodex to find them.
It goes something like this...
RedState.org is owned by Eagle Publishing which also owns the right-wing magazine Human Events, right-wing book slinger Regnery Publishing, and the Conservative Book Club.
Mike Krempasky is the co-founder of RedState.org and continues to serve on its board of directors. In addition to serving on RedState.org's board, Krempasky works as an Executive Vice President at Edelman, a major public relations firm with long octopus-like tentacles stretching throughout the business, political and governmental world.
As RedState.org's Erickson has so painstakingly pointed out, ACORN has like, tons of majorly huge ties to the White House – the group's CEO actually had contact information for real people in the White House. Edelman -- which again, employs RedState.org's Krempasky -- too has major ties to the White House. In fact, the First Lady's press secretary once worked at Edelman.
What about this connection... Krempasky worked with Leslie Dach at Edelman. Dach now works for Wal-Mart and recently co-signed a letter on its behalf in support of a key part of President Obama's health care reform plan with SEIU president Andy Stern. As we all know by now thanks to Erickson's crack reporting, SEIU and ACORN are basically one in the same.
So, if we really want to play six degrees of separation – you know, so we can find everyone and everything associated with this commie pinko organization – one can tie ACORN to RedState.org, Regnery Publishing, Human Events magazine and the Conservative Book Club without too much effort.
How absolutely scandalous. This, I fear, is only the beginning. Just look at all of the authors now unmistakably tied to ACORN... prominent conservative like Haley Barbour, Michael Barone, William J. Bennett, Tony Blankley, Pat Buchanan, Jerome Corsi, Ann Coulter, Dinesh D'Souza, Steve Forbes, Newt Gingrich, Bernard Goldberg, Denny Hastert, Hugh Hewitt, David Horowitz, Laura Ingraham, Wayne LaPierre, G. Gordon Liddy, Rich Lowry, Michelle Malkin, Oliver North, Ted Nugent, Mitt Romney, Bill Sammon, Mark Steyn and R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr. among many, many others including numerous conservative Senators and Members of Congress and the likes of Gary Bauer, L. Brent Bozell III, Larry Elder, Terry Jeffrey, Charles Krauthammer, Larry Kudlow, Bill O'Reilly, Tony Perkins, Michael Reagan, Rick Scott and John Stossel.
Special Note to Glenn Beck: Feel free to run this story without digging too deep or sourcing it back to me personally. I know how seriously you take this issue and the craft of journalism in general.
Personal Disclosure: I once worked with RedState.org's Erickson doing some new media type stuff at MSNBC for about a week leading up to the 2004 general election. It was an experience that… oh no, I think that means I'm tied to ACORN too. Noooooooooooooo!!!
Following Attorney General Eric Holder's announcement that a federal prosecutor will be conducting "a preliminary review into whether federal laws were violated" during interrogations of detainees suspected of terrorism, Rep. Peter King (R-NY) asserted that the investigation would be a "declaration of war against the CIA, and against common sense." Several conservative media figures have similarly advanced the claim that by looking into interrogation abuses, the Obama administration or the Justice Department has "declared war" on the CIA.
Following Chris Matthews' misrepresentation of a flawed Rasmussen poll to claim that most Democrats believed that President Bush had or might have "gotten the inside word" that the 9-11 terrorist attacks were about to happen and that therefore "both parties" are equally at fault for promoting conspiracy theories, Bernie Goldberg and Ann Coulter cited the poll to suggest Democrats are similar to birthers. However, the poll question -- "Did Bush know about the 9/11 attacks in advance?" -- was ambiguous and likely provoked "yes" answers from people who simply believed that Bush failed to heed intelligence information that could have led to the attacks being thwarted.
Human Events uncritically reported retired Lt. Gen. Thomas G. McInerney's false claim that the "stimulus package ... gives $3-billion to ACORN."