Glenn Beck and other conservative media figures are now attacking President Obama's proposal to extend the length of school days and the school year, adding to conservative media's recent penchant for fearmongering about children in order to smear progressives. Beck and Rush Limbaugh claimed government mandates for longer school days would give the government more time to "indoctrinate" kids, and Michelle Malkin said Obama is acting as "school czar."
Glenn Beck, Lou Dobbs, and prominent conservative bloggers followed the lead of conservative website Breitbart.tv after the site falsely claimed that an online video showed community organizers from the Gamaliel Foundation "pray[ing]" to President Obama. Breitbart.tv subsequently updated the original post with an editor's note acknowledging that "there is a debate over what is actually being said" and that the crowd may, in fact, be saying "oh God" rather than "Obama"; the Gamaliel Foundation subsequently stated that "at no time have we prayed to President Obama" and that in the video, the organizers "can be heard saying, 'Hear our cry oh God,' 'Deliver us oh God,' etc."
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!!!
From the September 23 edition of Premiere Radio Networks' The Glenn Beck Program:
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In a recent "exclusive" report, RedState.com editor-in-chief Erick Erickson analyzed "a list of [ACORN CEO] Bertha Lewis's contacts" that "just showed up one day unsolicited" from "a credible source who is no fan of ACORN," and claimed, "We did not ask for it. We did not expect to get it. But now that we have it, we should see who is in there." In analyzing a private contact list apparently obtained without Lewis' knowledge or permission, conservatives, in their obsessive quest to attack ACORN, have added possible theft to a growing list of questionable tactics that include the secret taping of ACORN employees, lying about whether any ACORN officials turned away filmmaker-activists James O'Keefe and Hannah Giles, and secretly taping a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) phone conference.
Apparently panicked over ColorOfChange.org's increasingly successful efforts to hold Glenn Beck and Fox News accountable for Beck's race-baiting, right-wing websites have gone into full attack mode. At Redstate, for example, Erick Erickson defends Beck's assertion that President Obama is a "racist," claiming that "it's not a stretch to say it." Erickson goes on to call for a boycott of companies that have pulled out of Beck's show and who, according to Erickson, are "kowtowing to Barack Obama's worshippers, brownshirts, goons, and thugs." He writes:
We need to strike back and boycott these groups for ditching Beck. If they are going to fold so easily in the face of Obama brownshirts, we must push back. If not, who'll be next?
Here's the list of the groups that have boycotted Glenn Beck. Let them know you disagree. Let them know you will boycott them for kowtowing to Barack Obama's worshippers, brownshirts, goons, and thugs.
Fisk Johnson Chairman & CEO
Senior Global Public Affairs Manager
Phone: (262) 260-2114
Glenn Renwick, President & CEO- (440)461-5000
Linda Harris, Advertising & Sponsorships
Chairman, President & CEO, Insurance Operations
Chris Tasher, GEICO Media Relations
Some prominent media conservatives have harshly criticized President Obama's speech in Cairo, while others offered praise for Obama's address.
WARNING: NSFW or home or reasoned political discourse for that matter.
Can't wait to see what Red State will have to say during the confirmation hearings. Sigh.
RedState contributor "haystack" falsely claimed that Sen. John McCain had "confirmed [that] there was talking and laughing coming out of" Michael Ware's "mouth while he (McCain) was speaking" during a recent press conference in Baghdad. In fact, during McCain's appearance on The Sean Hannity Show, he stated that three other Republican members of Congress at the press conference said "there was laughter and chuckling going on." McCain did not mention "heck[ling]" or say that his colleagues attributed the purported behavior to Ware.
Ben Domenech, defending himself from charges of plagiarism, falsely claimed that one of the articles that apparently included plagiarized material "ran as inspired by [author P.J.] O'Rourke's original." There is, in fact, no mention of O'Rourke at all.