In a paid speaking engagement before the Lane Country (Oregon) Republican Party, Fox News contributor Michelle Malkin attacked fellow Fox News employee Karl Rove for running an "incumbency protection racket" and decried the treatment of conservative candidates "thrown under the bus by feckless Republicans."
In an excerpt of her speech on February 22 posted to YouTube, Malkin referred to Rove's "Conservative Victory Project," which is reportedly an attempt to promote more electable Republican candidates while attacking primary candidates who are unlikely to win races, as "an incumbency protection racket."
She accused Rove of "badmouthing conservatives who've had a problem with big government Republican policies of which he is the primary architect" and "badmouthing good candidates who stepped up to the plate when no one else would, who were savaged by the media and then thrown under the bus by feckless Republicans." She declared, "that's not the kind of Republican Party I want to belong to."
Malkin blamed "big government Republicans" for helping to create the "seeds that were planted" that led to the Tea Party movement because "conservatives were sick of seeing their money squandered on people who did not believe in their principles."
Other conservatives have recently panned Rove's new organization, describing them as "snakes in the GOP grass" and "the Bush insider team that helped lead to the rise of Barack Obama." Fox hosts, contributors and frequent guests like Mark Levin, Erick Erickson, Liz Cheney and Mike Huckabee have also attacked Rove for this initiative.
Attendees at the dinner paid $95 per person to hear Malkin speak (lowered from the previous price of $125). According to a report in the Register-Guard, the Lane County Republican Party paid a deposit of $7,500 towards Malkin's speaking fee, and planned a "private reception" with Malkin for "45 to 50" people paying $500 each. On her personal website, Malkin notes that "my speaking fee is high."
Right-wing media are downplaying the economic consequences of across-the-board spending cuts. In fact, economists agree that those cuts - known as the sequester - would lead to thousands of jobs lost and decreased economic growth.
Right-wing media figures have responded to immigration reform by invoking the oft-repeated conservative argument that legalizing immigrants will enlarge the "welfare state." In fact, the announced immigration reform proposal would prevent newly legalized immigrants from receiving federal benefits for an extended period of time; moreover, immigrants in general are less likely to receive welfare benefits.
From the January 17 edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends:
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Fox News figures suggested that President Obama is to blame for the delay of emergency relief for victims of superstorm Sandy, but it was House Speaker John Boehner who delayed a vote on a Hurricane Sandy relief bill in the House. Even congressional Republicans have blamed Boehner for the lack of action.
After the Senate passed a disaster aid bill for states affected by Sandy, the House was expected to vote Tuesday night on a similar, $60.4 billion aid package. But Boehner adjourned the House before scheduling a vote on the bill; Republican complaints that the bill was "loaded with spending on projects unrelated to storm damage" appeared to play a role in Boehner's decision.
On Fox & Friends on Thursday, co-host Steve Doocy led a segment about Sandy relief by noting that Obama is on vacation in Hawaii and added, "Meanwhile ... there are tens of thousands of people whose houses were destroyed by Sandy." Doocy continued, "And it's interesting -- you go back 60 days, the president of the United States was out at a big photo op with Chris Christie, saying, 'I'm going to eliminate the red tape. I'm going to make sure that FEMA follows through.' And now 60 days later, nothing."
After a montage of Obama speaking about cutting through red tape for Sandy aid was aired, Fox News contributor Michelle Malkin said, "Well, golf clap for that Oscar-winning performance reel from Obama, paying lip service to the exigency and emergency and urgency of helping out Sandy victims. Aloha and mahalo, right?" Malkin later added, "I think it's ridiculous to fully blame Boehner for the gridlock that's happening over this bill."
But Obama has urged Congress to pass a relief bill, and he responded to Boehner's delay of the vote by calling on Boehner to "bring this important request to a vote today, and pass it without delay for our fellow Americans."
And Republicans have blamed Boehner, not Obama, for the delay of the House vote on Sandy relief. As CBS News reported, New York Republican Reps. Peter King and Michael Grimm "fiercely decried the decision" to delay the vote, and King "suggested he might vote against Boehner in his bid to hold on to his speakership."
Fox News is helping to lead the right-wing media charge against NBC sportscaster Bob Costas after he brought up the issue of gun violence during halftime of Sunday night's NFL telecast. Fox's heavy-handed move reflects a long pattern of gun advocates trying to make sure a larger media discussion about gun violence in America does not take place.
Sadly, they appear to be succeeding.
Costas last night quoted at length a column by Fox Sports' Jason Whitlock, who wrote about the tragic story of Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher. On Saturday morning, he shot his girlfriend, Kasandra Perkins, and then drove to Arrowhead Stadium and shot himself to death in front of his Chiefs coach.
Whitlock stressed how "numb" our society has become to gun violence and murder, and suggested if Belcher didn't own a gun, both he and his girlfriend would be alive today.
After Costas invoked the column on NBC last night, the Fox & Friends team was incensed this morning:
KILMEADE: I just don't know if it's appropriate enough on a Sunday night, less than 24 hours after the guy took his own life and killed his girlfriend, the mother of his baby, to make that stance. Although he was quoting a columnist in doing so. I don't really think we needed to hear that last night.
It's telling that it was pair of sports journalists who focused on the topic of gun violence in the wake of the Belcher murder-suicide, because if it weren't for them, it's unlikely the issue would have been elevated to the national stage this weekend. And that's the way Fox would have preferred it.
Fox attacked unions over the liquidation of Hostess Brands after negotiations with its bakers union failed, but Fox ignored the fact that the company faced myriad financial problems. Similarly, Fox attacked Wal-Mart employees for striking, but failed to acknowledge the workers' concerns. Fox has run a long-standing campaign against unions.
From the November 8 edition of Fox News' Hannity:
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From the November 8 edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends:
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Political observers remain convinced that winning Ohio next week represents the key to electoral success for both Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. They also seemed to be in agreement that the federal government's successful, $50 billion bailout of the auto industry stands out as perhaps the most important issue in the must-win Buckeye state, where an estimated 850,000 jobs are tied to the industry. But Romney's in a bind over the bailout, and for that he can blame the conservative media.
Previously, Romney had derided the government aid as a "sweetheart deal disguised as a rescue plan" and guaranteed that if Detroit companies accepted federal aid, you could "kiss the American automotive industry goodbye." His dismissive comments became more strident during the Republican primary season, even after it became clear the bailout had succeeded. That's when Romney "joined other Republican candidates in a chorus of bailout-bashing and union-bashing," wrote the Detroit Free Press' Tom Walsh. Romney was busy "painting the Obama administration's crisis-management effort as a reckless campaign to run up the national debt and do favors for labor unions."
To now help fix his political problem in Ohio, the conservative press, led by Fox News, has been trying to blur Romney's stance on the issue, claiming he simply called for "managed bankruptcy with government backing." In fact, the approach Romney advocated would have thrown the companies into turmoil and cost hundreds of thousands of workers their jobs.
But the question remains, why did Romney harden his stance against the bailout over time? Why did he campaign on the idea that government assistance was "the wrong way to go"? One likely explanation is that the right-wing media, a dominant force in the Republican primary campaign (i.e the Fox News Primary), railed against the bailout with extraordinary force. For conservative players like Rush Limbaugh and the team at Fox, the government's helping hand to Detroit symbolized the zenith of Obama's alleged socialist leanings. It also signaled the demise of both democracy and capitalism in America.
Conservative media outlets pushed at least eleven misleading attacks on President Obama's energy policies that have become talking points used by Mitt Romney's campaign. The conservative media bubble has largely prevented voters from hearing the facts about clean energy programs, fossil fuel production and environmental regulation under the Obama administration.
From the October 18 edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends:
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From the October 17 edition of Fox News' Hannity:
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Conservative media figures attacked debate questioner Katherine Fenton as a "feminazi" and "tool" for asking the candidates about their views on pay inequity.
Fenton asked, "In what new ways do you intend to rectify inequalities in the workplace? Specifically regarding females making only 72 percent of what their male counterparts earn."
During tonight's presidential debate, moderator Candy Crowley corrected Mitt Romney's false claim that President Obama did not refer to the September 11 attack on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya as an act of terrorism the day after the attack.
Crowley was right, and Romney was wrong: In his September 12 remarks, the president said: "No acts of terror will ever shake the resolve of this great nation, alter that character, or eclipse the light of the values that we stand for. Today we mourn four more Americans who represent the very best of the United States of America." Despite this, conservatives in the media are insisting that Obama never said that.
Fox News host Eric Bolling:
Fox News contributor Michelle Malkin:
Blogger Jim Hoft:
Both Malkin and Hoft linked to a September 30 Commentary blog post by Alana Goodman arguing that "at no point" in Obama's remarks responding to the Benghazi attack "was it clear that he was using that term to describe the attack in Benghazi." Instead, argued Goodman, the line might have been "just a generic, reassuring line he'd added into a speech which did take place, after all, the day after the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks." Even though Obama mentioned the four Americans killed in Benghazi in the very next line.
That makes little sense and is a reed far too thin to stand on. But it's good enough for Fox News and the conservative blogosphere.