From CSPAN's February 27 coverage of the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference:
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From the February 19 edition of MSNBC's The Ed Show:
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From the February 19 edition of Courtside Entertainment Group's The Laura Ingraham Show:
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Media outlets are reporting that Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) will attempt to block the confirmation of Loretta Lynch as U.S. attorney general on the grounds that the president's "illegal executive amnesty for illegal immigrants would be implemented" by the nominee. However, in reports about the January 28 hearing in which Vitter explained his "huge concern" about the "unconstitutional" executive actions on immigration, both mainstream and right-wing media failed to note that the statutory provision the senator relied on was not only the wrong one, it was out-of-date.
Lynch, the federal prosecutor for the Eastern District of New York, has been widely praised across the political spectrum, and multiple conservatives -- including current Republican senators -- support her nomination. Her credentials are so strong, even right-wing media favorites called to her confirmation hearing by GOP members of the Senate Judiciary Committee agreed she was unobjectionable. Nevertheless, from the moment President Obama nominated Lynch, conservative media have attempted to smear her -- attempts that have been riddled with spectacular mistakes.
Right-wing media are now hitching their opposition to Lynch to the positions of Vitter, who has repeatedly stated he will do his best to block the nominee's confirmation because she does not oppose the president's executive actions on immigration. On her radio show, Laura Ingraham hosted Vitter and agreed with his opposition to Lynch because of her support for "executive amnesty," repeating the debunked myth that Lynch believes there is a legal right for undocumented immigrants to work. Breitbart.com, which has struggled mightily to successfully criticize the nominee, also highlighted Vitter's obstructionist intentions toward Lynch, noting that "Lynch's outspoken support for President Obama's executive amnesty" was in part responsible for the current Republican delay on an up-or-down vote.
Mainstream outlets have reported on Vitter's antipathy toward Lynch as well, based on her support for the "reasonable[ness]" of the justification for the immigration actions. These reports have specifically noted that the senator laid out his case for the illegality of deferred action for certain undocumented immigrants at her recent hearing, where he accused the administration of flouting the law by assigning Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA) and the expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) to the Department of Homeland Security. As Vitter said during the hearing, "I've read the plan, and the plan as I read it is for all of that to be done in the Department of Homeland Security. So my question would be, what is the statutory basis to allow that, when under the statute -- not some order, not some legal opinion -- the statute, the law, word by word it says the attorney general is in the middle of that decision[.]" The Washington Post, for example, included a photo of the oversized copy of 8 U.S. Code § 1182(d)(5) that Vitter displayed as he repeatedly questioned the nominee for agreeing with the White House's legal defense of the immigration actions. Vitter finally remarked, "Well, again, I'll have to be following up for the fourth time, but that'll be a central question. The plan is not for the attorney general to be in the middle of this at all. The statute says that 'the attorney general is.' Why aren't we following the statute?"
Unfortunately, both right-wing and mainstream media reporting on Vitter, the January 28 hearing, and his opposition to Lynch have failed to note that Vitter's questioning was referring to the wrong part of the law, which has since been superseded.
From the February 6 edition of MSNBC's All In with Chris Hayes:
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Conservative media lashed out at President Obama for mentioning the Crusades and Inquisition at the National Prayer Breakfast after condemning the Islamic State (ISIS or ISIL) as a "death cult" that distorts Islam.
ABC News contributor Laura Ingraham falsely suggested there's a link between vaccines and autism, which flies in the face of substantial scientific evidence and her own employer's reporting on the issue.
A domestic measles outbreak has highlighted the rising numbers of American parents who disregard medical recommendations and choose not to vaccinate their children, often for religious or personal reasons.
On February 2, Ingraham spoke with a caller on her radio show who claimed that vaccinations had "something to do with" her child getting autism. Ingraham suggested that this might be a compelling reason to forgo vaccinating children, saying that there has been "anecdotal evidence" pointing to "overnight change" in children who have been vaccinated.
Contrary to Ingraham, ABC News reported just the day before that the science is clear: there is no link between autism and vaccines.
As ABC's This Week explained on February 1, a "now discredited study" published in 1998 originally gave rise to this myth about autism. The Lancet, the medical journal which published the study, retracted it in 2010, while The British Medical Journal called the research "fraudulent" and authorities stripped the doctor of his license. Multiple studies since then have confirmed that vaccines are safe.
"Study after study has shown that there are no negative long-term consequences," CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden told ABC. Measles, he said, is a "serious disease, and it would be terrible if we have preventable illness, even death, from this disease that's preventable with a safe and effective vaccine."
A New York Times report explained how irresponsible media coverage has played a role in perpetuating this dangerous myth about vaccines. Right-wing media figures, including Fox & Friends, Sharyl Attkisson, and now Ingraham, have long helped prop up discredited science and baseless fearmongering about the safeties of vaccines. Glenn Beck and multiple Fox News figures have repeatedly floated debunked claims vaccines may be linked to autism. Rush Limbaugh even declared in 2009 that it was "hard to disagree" with claims that the swine flu vaccine was "developed to kill people."
During her radio show, Ingraham went on to claim that measles is "not generally a deadly disease" -- ignoring the fact that "measles is one of the leading causes of death among young children" worldwide -- and to baselessly speculate that undocumented immigrants were to blame for spreading infectious diseases such as measles and TB in the U.S.
ABC News hired Ingraham as a contributor in April 2014, despite her long history of inflammatory and misinformed rhetoric.
From the February 2 edition of Courtside Entertainment Group's The Laura Ingraham Show:
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ABC News contributor Laura Ingraham scoffed at the "Like A Girl" Super Bowl commercial promoting girls' self-esteem, calling its empowerment message "a non-issue" written by the "PC police."
During Super Bowl XLIX, Always aired its "Like A Girl" commercial, intended to "reclaim a phrase that's been used to police gender roles and stereotypes that are harmful." In the commercial, adults, young boys, and young girls are asked to demonstrate "what it looks like to run like a girl" or "throw like a girl." While adults and young boys treated the phrase as a pejorative, flailing about and acting weak, young girls responded in earnest, saying to "run like a girl" means to "run as fast as you can."
The next day on her radio program, Laura Ingraham mocked the ad's message, and in the process demonstrated the very bias the ad meant to expose. Ingraham bragged, "I was a tomboy growing up. No one ever said I threw like a girl ... Maybe I just don't have empathy."
Dismissing the ad's empowerment message, Ingraham stated, "This is PC police," and went on to suggest that girls' self-esteem is a "non-issue":
INGRAHAM: It's such a non-issue. First of all, boys are the ones who need more help in school these days. Boys are the ones who are falling behind girls. Boys are the ones who are seeing their sports programs cut because of Title IX because we have to have everything balanced. Boys are the ones who need additional help today. So, 'throw like a girl,' 'kick like a boy,' I mean, 'do pull-ups like a girl,' 'do pull-ups like a boy.' Honestly.
Varias figuras conservadoras se destacaron al culpar a los inmigrantes, de manera absurda, por un sinnúmero de problemas en las últimas semanas:
De Bajar Los Sueldos De Los Trabajadores Americanos. En la edición del 28 de enero de 2015 del programa radial que lleva su nombre, el locutor ultra-conservador Sean Hannity, culpó a quienes vienen a Estados Unidos a buscar mejores oportunidades de "bajar los salarios de los trabajadores americanos". Hannity, cuyo historial presenta repetidas posiciones anti-inmigrantes (fuente en inglés), dijo sobre la posición pro-acción ejecutiva de Loretta Lynch, la actual nominada del presidente Obama para ser Secretaria de Justicia:
(Traducido de su programa The Sean Hannity Show):
(Lynch) "apoya el derecho al trabajo de los inmigrantes ilegales de manera idéntica que el de los ciudadanos americanos. ¿Qué hay de todos los americanos que no tienen trabajo por el momento? Si tenemos más mano de obra barata entrando a Estados Unidos crece la oferta. ¿Qué le hará esto a los sueldos americanos? Los bajará". [The Sean Hannity Show, 1/28/2015]
El argumento de que la inmigración conlleva una reducción de sueldos para los demás trabajadores esuno que ha sido desmentido una y otra vez por diversos estudios:
(Traducido de Brookings Institution):
Las más recientes investigaciones académicas sugieren que, en promedio, los inmigrantes aumentan la calidad de vida de los trabajadores estadounidenses al estimular los salarios y bajando los precios. Una razón es que los inmigrantes y trabajadores nacidos en Estados Unidos generalmente no compiten por los mismos trabajos; en cambio, muchos inmigrantes complementan el trabajo de empleados estadounidenses y aumentan su productividad. Por ejemplo, los trabajadores poco calificados permiten que granjeros, constructores o artesanos nacidos en Estados Unidos puedan expandir la producción agrícola o construir más casas-- de este modo expandiendo las posibilidades de empleo y salario para trabajadores estadounidenses. [Media Matters, 1/28/2015]
De Criminalidad. Donald Trump, el multimillonario magnate neoyorquino con frecuentes ambiciones presidenciales, criticó en un discurso recientemente emitido por CSPAN la postura migratoria de Jeb Bush- otro potencial candidato del partido republicano:
No lo olviden, recuerden lo que dijo "vienen por amor" ¿Qué? La mitad son criminales. Vienen por muchas otras razones y no es amor [fuente en Inglés: Iowa Freedom Summit,1/24/2015].
De manera similar, la analista política conservadora y locutora de radio de derecha extrema Laura Ingraham, afirmó argumentos parecidosen la edición del 28 de enero de 2015 de su programa Laura Ingraham Show. La locutora, que varias veces ha mostrado posiciones intolerantes hacia los trabajadores indocumentados, hizo sus acusaciones sobre la supuesta criminalidad de los inmigrantes basándose en un estudio del Center for Immigration Studies (CIS por sus siglas en inglés), un centro de activismo con el que comparte la agenda anti-inmigrantes: "Nunca he oído a nadie refutar estos números". Sin embargo, la poca credibilidad del CIS ha sido denunciada con anterioridad (fuente en inglés) y los números del reporte en que alegan que inmigrantes criminales son puestos en libertad a diario han sido refutados ampliamente.
(Traducido de un comunicado de prensa del American Immigration Council):
Un nuevo reporte del Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) hace un número de argumentos falsos sobre datos de deportaciones. Primero, su argumento de que de 722,000 "sujetos potencialmente deportables" que encontró la agencia Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) solo contra 195,000 se presentaron cargos, es totalmente engañoso. Como resultado del programa Secure Communities (Comunidades Seguras) cualquier individuo nacido en el extranjero que entra en contacto con la policía probablemente cae dentro de los 722,000 que cita CIS. Por eso, este número incluye inmigrantes (incluyendo residentes permanentes con bastante tiempo de haber inmigrado) cuya interacción con la policía fueron tan mínimas que ni siquiera son legalmente sujetos de deportación. De hecho, los datos probablemente incluyen también ciudadanos estadounidenses.
Además, el reporte argumenta que ICE "soltó" 68,000 "sujetos criminales" pero no explica que soltar no equivale a dejar en libertad. Ser liberado de la custodia de ICE a menudo significa recibir una notificación para comparecer ante la corte, ser liberado con un brazalete en el tobillo o bajo una orden de supervisión. Estos detalles fueron convenientemente omitidos del análisis de CIS.
Entender las estadísticas de deportaciones es importante en el debate actual sobre una reforma migratoria. Sin embargo, reportes llenos de estadísticas falsas o engañosas nada hacen para avanzar la discusión y pavimentan el camino hacia más polarización e inacción. [Media Matters, 8/1/2015]
De Haber Causado La Epidemia De Sarampión En El Parque De Diversiones Disneyland. Varios analistas políticos (fuente en inglés) del ala conservadora expresaron su agenda anti-inmigrante aprovechando la más reciente epidemia de sarampión desatada en Disneyland, el parque de diversiones en California. Entre ellos, se encontró Rush Limbaugh, un locutor conservador con un largo récord de intolerancia y xenofobia.(fuente en inglés)En su programa radial del 26 de enero de 2015, Limbaugh afirmó en referencia a los niños migrantes, sin fundamento alguno:
(Traducido de su programa The Rush Limbaugh Show):
"Estos niños estuvieron detenidos en celdas varios días y después fueron puestos en libertad. De ninguna manera se les hicieron las revisiones médicas adecuadas. Y ahora lo del Sur de California (en referencia a la epidemia de sarampión), ¿Según ustedes es un accidente? Es por esto que tenemos que cerrar las fronteras" [The Rush Limbaugh Show, 1/26/2014]
En contra de lo que afirma Limbaugh, ha quedado demostrado que no hay prueba de que los inmigrantes traigan enfermedades contagiosas (fuente en inglés), y que la epidemia de sarampión la desataron las tasas bajas de vacunación entre muchos infantes (fuente en inglés).
(Traducido de Forbes):
Dos cosas están detrás de la epidemia de sarampión- y ninguna de las dos son los inmigrantes indocumentados. Las dos cosas son la alta infecciosidad de la enfermedad y los bajos niveles de inmunidad comunitaria en partes del sur de California. El sarampión afecta a nueve de diez individuos no inmunes que encuentra. [Forbes, (fuente en ingés), 1/20/2013]
Some conservative media figures have touted the intensity of the recent blizzard that hit the northeast, some have claimed that it is no different than snow storms from the past, and others have deemed the blizzard much less severe than originally forecast. But the one thing they all agree on is that the blizzard somehow disproves the firmly established science of global warming.
From the January 16 edition of Courtside Entertainment Group's The Laura Ingraham Show:
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As Mitt Romney is reportedly considering a third presidential run, several conservative media figures are calling foul, labeling the idea "too stupid" and suggesting another Romney bid would be "preposterous."
After repeatedly claiming he was done with running for president, last Friday Romney apparently reversed course, telling a group of Republican donors in New York City, "I want to be president." Since then, Romney's team has reportedly been working "to reassemble his national political network."
As part of his efforts to kickstart another run, Romney reportedly reached out to several conservative media figures.
According to The Washington Post, he recently invited Fox News contributor Laura Ingraham to his ski home to discuss "politics and policy," and also made phone calls to CNN analyst Newt Gingrich and Fox News contributor Scott Brown. In a subsequent appearance on The O'Reilly Factor, Ingraham initially told viewers that between Jeb Bush, Scott Walker, and Romney, her support would "probably be a tie between Romney and Walker." Pressed by O'Reilly, she added, "I'll just say Romney because he's been through the grist mill before." (Ingraham explained that Romney had made her and her daughter "cocoa and soup" when she visited his ski house.)
During an appearance on Fox News' Your World, Brown said that when Romney recently called him, "I encouraged Mitt to run." Brown told Fox News viewers that Romney "was right" on a variety of issues and that he "absolutely" wants Romney to join the race.
But not everyone in the conservative movement is as supportive.
In an article for the New York Times, reporter Jonathan Martin writes that despite the "excitement among his loyalists in the Republican donor class" for another Romney run, "interviews with more than two dozen Republican activists, elected officials and contributors around the country reveal little appetite for another Romney candidacy."
Romney also faces a hurdle in several prominent conservative media figures and outlets that are less than enthusiastic about the idea of another Romney run.
The Washington Post reported that Mitt Romney recently wooed conservative firebrand Laura Ingraham in preparation for his potential 2016 presidential campaign. Ingraham is a right-wing media darling known for her fringe rhetoric against Democrats and undocumented immigrants, whom she has referred to as invaders who would turn the country into a "hellhole."
The Post reported that as one of his moves laying the groundwork for another potential presidential run, Romney welcomed Ingraham "to his ski home in Deer Valley, Utah" where they "spent more than one hour discussing politics and policy." Ingraham told the Post that Romney "was relaxed, reflective and was interested in hearing my thoughts on the American working class."
The conservative pundit regularly pushes fringe rhetoric on her radio program and as a contributor to ABC News and Fox News. She has repeatedly mocked Hispanics for how they speak; called American children of undocumented immigrants "anchor fetuses"; smeared Obama's immigration policies as comparable to "spousal abuse"; and claimed Obama's "core ties to the African continent" undermine public safety on Ebola.
Ingraham has lambasted potential Romney primary opponent Jeb Bush since the former Florida governor announced he was exploring a run for president. During a January 8 appearance on Fox Business's Imus in the Morning, Ingraham said she's not supporting anyone for president but "I have been fairly clear in one proclamation that Jeb Bush is not the right choice for the Republican Party." She later added that "I've always liked Romney. I don't think he's going to run ... I think if you are going to run against the Bush machine, you're going to have to be willing to really take him down. And I think a lot of these people are afraid of taking on the old Bush record."
Ingraham made waves during the summer when she heavily supported tea party Republican David Brat in his underdog victory against Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor.
In 2006, President George W. Bush invited Ingraham, along with other conservative pundits, to the White House to lobby them on Iraq and immigration reform. The New York Times reported that "Ingraham, who recently went bike riding with the president, has continued to complain about federal spending, progress in Iraq and, lately, the Republican leadership's handling of the [Mark] Foley scandal."
Romney also called Fox News contributor Scott Brown and CNN analyst Newt Gingrich to discuss his potential campaign, according to the Post.
From the January 9 edition of Courtside Entertainment Group's The Laura Ingraham Show:
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