Right-wing media misleadingly cropped remarks made by President Obama at the Nuclear Security Summit to suggest Obama is opposed to America remaining "a dominant military superpower." In fact, Obama said that as a "military superpower," the U.S. has an interest in reducing tensions between foreign nations because violent conflict abroad inevitably "ends up costing" the United States "significantly in terms of both blood and treasure."
How delusional are these two con 'news' sites? Both Free Republic and Gateway Pundit are now claiming they were vindicated for their 'reporting' about a young GOP fundraiser and her boyfriend who were beaten in New Orleans over the weekend. They claim they were vindicated even though they pushed a completely debunked and irresponsible, Palin victimology rumor about the unfortunate New Orleans incident; a rumor that even Michelle Malkin condemned as being bogus.
When I wrote yesterday that Gateway Pundit's Jim Hoft isn't even right twice a day, it turns out I understated how deeply he's embedded inside a fact-free parallel universe.
UPDATED: And BTW, if Hoft is so proud of his New Orleans reporting, whey did he quietly alter his bogus headline (without acknowledging that fact) after I called him out? What a coward.
UPDATED: So naturally Hoft is now pushing his dishonest New Orleans garbage at Andrew Breitbart's site. Makes perfect sense.
UPDATED: Desperate to attach the New Orleans attack to liberal protesters who were in town for a GOP event, Hoft is now posting photos of specific New Orleans protesters and, based on zero evidence, suggesting perhaps they were behind the brutal beating, which police are still investigating.
I hope Hoft has a good lawyer.
And keep in mind that local GOP officials have already made clear there's no evidence to suggest local protesters were involved in the beating. But that doesn't deter wingnuts from bouts of mindless irresponsibility.
Right-wing media figures and outlets have revived their obsession with President Obama's supposed "bowing" by highlighting a photo of Obama greeting Chinese President Hu Jintao at the Nuclear Security Summit. Conservative media have previously attacked Obama's greetings of Saudi King Abdullah, Japanese Emperor Akihito, and Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio.
On March 23, Sarah Palin tweeted "'Don't Retreat, Instead -- RELOAD!'" and posted to her Facebook page the following map with a list of House Democrats who voted for health care reform with crosshairs aimed at their locations:
In the wake of criticism over Palin's rhetoric, Fox Nation posted the following image referring to a Democratic strategy map as a "'Violent' Targeting Map":
The image linked to a Gateway Pundit post by Jim Hoft. From the post:
Right-wing media have accused Rep. Henry Waxman and the Obama administration of "tyrannical" actions after Waxman announced a hearing looking into several large corporations' assertions about prescription drug costs related to health care reform. According to Waxman, the companies' claims "appear to conflict with independent analyses."
Gateway Pundit Jim Hoft mockingly claims to be "relie[ved]" by the Seattle Times' correction to last week's report that "A rock was thrown through the window of [Rep. Steve] Driehaus' [D-OH] Cincinnati office." He sarcastically provides the following description:
The Seattle Times reported Thursday on another horrible political attack. TheTimes claimed that liberal democrat Rep. Steve Driehaus had a rock thrown though his office window:
Protesters have been demonstrating at Driehaus' Ohio home, said Tim Mulvey, a spokesman for the anti-abortion Democrat who joined Stupak in voting for the health bill. A rock was thrown through the window of Driehaus' Cincinnati office Sunday, and a death threat was phoned in to his Washington office a day later, Mulvey said.
"It's getting out of hand," Mulvey said.
Hoft, however, has no comment on the part of the correction where the Times says that they didn't make up a rock getting thrown through the window of a Democratic office, they just got the office wrong:
This story, published Wednesday, March 24, 2010, was corrected Friday, March 26, 2010. The prior version said a rock was thrown through the window of Ohio Democratic Rep. Steve Driehaus' Cincinnati office Sunday. Bloomberg News attributed the statement to Driehaus' spokesman Tim Mulvey. Mulvey said Friday that he was misquoted. A rock was thrown through the window of Hamilton County Democratic Party headquarters in Cincinnati, Mulvey said.
This is, of course, exactly what I said had probably happened last week when the right-wing blogosphere claimed the Times story was an example of liberal media bias. And now, bizarrely, once it's pointed out that there was a "horrible political attack" but the Times had the details wrong, they're declaring victory.
Right-wing blogs have responded to reported threats against Democrats who voted for the health care reform bill by trivializing the threats or suggesting that the reports are false, condemning the threats but making excuses for them, suggesting that Democrats themselves are to blame for receiving the threats, or suggesting other acts of violence that people could commit against their congressional representative.
From a March 22 Gateway Pundit post:
Fox & Friends perpetuated the false claim advanced on right-wing blogs that President Obama was incorrect in stating during a Fox News interview that Hawaii suffered an earthquake in 2006 -- a disaster Fox News itself reported on at the time. In a 2007 memo, a Fox News executive reportedly warned staff that "seeing an item on a website does not mean it is right. Nor does it mean it is ready for air on FNC."
Following the lead of an ESPNOutdoors.com opinion writer, who provided no evidence for his claim that a federal strategy "could prohibit U.S. citizens from fishing," right-wing blogs have advanced the outlandish charge that Obama "wants to ban sport fishing." These media outlets cited the Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force's interim report on coastal and marine planning, but the task force has proposed nothing of the sort.
Conservative media figures have recently attacked President Obama and the Department of Justice for employing lawyers who previously represented terror suspects or supported their legal arguments in their private practices. However, Bush administration lawyers also reportedly represented Guantánamo Bay detainees before working for the Justice Department.
Right-wing blogs have attacked White House economic adviser Larry Summers' statement that heavy snowfall in February may distort the unemployment data for the month. In fact, economists reportedly say that snow can cause a temporary decline in employment and distort job statistics.
Right-wing media have attacked President Obama by claiming that he ended the February 25 health care reform summit with -- in Gretchen Carlson's words -- "a threat against Republicans and the American public about reconciliation."
Right-wing media figures have seized on comments Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made linking unemployment to a rise in domestic violence by suggesting that if he loses his re-election bid, then Reid, whose mother was a victim of domestic abuse, will subsequently become abusive toward his wife. Moreover, on Fox & Friends, Laura Ingraham dismissed a 2004 study, which found that "the rate of violence increases as the number of periods of male unemployment increases," to claim that Reid's comments were "lunacy" and "stigmatize the unemployed"; in addition to the 2004 study from which Reid was apparently citing, several other studies and experts indicate that there is a link between abuse and unemployment.
From a February 22 Gateway Pundit post by Jim Hoft: