Mark Levin: Jewish Obama Donors Are "Self-Haters" Who "Despise Their Own Country"

From the July 31 edition of Premiere Radio Networks' The Mark Levin Show:Previously:Mark Levin Rant Targets The Daily Show's Jon Stewart: "I Don't Trust Jews Who Change Their Names" Mark Levin: The Go-To Radio Host For GOP Lawmakers Despite Inflammatory Rhetroic

Posted by on 1 August 2014 | 10:06 am

Gun Activist Compares Firearm Registration To Nazi Tattooing Of Jews

After a National Rifle Association lobbyist equated a proposal to expand background checks to the Nazi policies of Adolf Hitler, a prominent guns rights activist defended the offensive comparison and took it further, comparing gun registration to the Nazi practice of tattooing Jews with identification numbers. The NRA is under fire after its Washington state lobbyist Brian Judy was heard telling opponents of the state's background check proposal that one of the proposal's primary supporters, who is Jewish, is "stupid" because "he's put half-a-million dollars toward this policy, the same policy that led to his family getting run out of Germany by the Nazis." Judy went on to mock the intelligence of Jewish individuals who support gun safety. Now Alan Gottlieb, founder of the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) and the chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA), is coming to Judy's defense. Gottlieb reacted to Judy's comments on Seattle's CBS affiliate, saying "I don't see anything wrong with those remarks," before comparing the "registration" of Jews with number tattoos during the Holocaust to firearm registration: ESSEX PORTER, KIRO 7: You're Jewish, are those remarks appropriate? GOTTLIEB: I don't see anything wrong with those remarks. I mean it's a historical fact that Adolf Hitler registered people's firearms and then confiscated them. PORTER: Gottlieb says many gun owners see it this way. GOTTLIEB: Gun owners don't like the idea that Jewish people had to have, you know, numbers tattooed and registered on their arms. They don't like the fact that they have gun owners that get registered either.

Posted by on 1 August 2014 | 9:49 am

How Impeachment Tied Right-Wing Media In Knots

Yes or no? Up or down? It's been a confusing week for professional Obama critics. Suddenly confronted with the topic of impeachment and busy issuing not-quite-believable denials that trying to drive the Democratic president from office has ever been a serious pursuit of the Republican Party or its most aggressive boosters, many members of the far-right press seemed caught off guard by recent developments. Angered by the fact the White House is highlighting the GOP's ongoing embrace of impeachment and suggesting Republicans might act on the idea if they win control of the U.S. Senate, conservatives have tried to quiet their own crowd, apparently concerned about optics. But the fever swamp has never been about optics. It's about whipping as many people as possible into a state of narrow-minded outrage on a daily basis. And if that means dipping into the impeachment pool, then so be it. Now press partisans are caught in no-man's land. Seeing the fundraising success Democrats have had off impeachment, conservative critics angrily deny that Republicans have any interest in impeachment. Yet at the same time they're part of a media movement that thinks Obama should be impeached. (He's a lawless tyrant, in case you hadn't heard.) The contradiction has led to a week of confusion and missteps as the conservative media struggle with how transparent they should be in their loathing of the president, especially if there are indications Democrats are using that rage to their advantage, both politically and financially. So almost overnight there's been a movement to hush the most strident critics; to urge everyone to take it down a notch because it just doesn't look good. On Fox News, The Five co-host Greg Gutfeld dismissed impeachment as a "stunt" that's "tossed out by people addicted to [the] splash those stunts make." What kind of people? "Bloggers" and "talking heads," he said. Co-host Andrea Tantaros agreed, bemoaning the fact "There's a movement in talk radio and on the right to profiteer from these wild ideas." (Note that Tantaros still thinks Obama might do something "worthy of impeachment"  just to bait Republicans into it.") And colleague Eric Bolling insisted even talk radio hosts had "backed off" the topic because they realized it "sounded a little bit crazy." But nobody puts Rush Limbaugh and Mark Levin in the corner, so the angry talkers haven't backed down from the impeachment charge. (Levin: "Here's the dead truth -- Obama should be impeached.") And that leaves damage control agents like Tantaros looking a bit foolish: How can impeachment deniers claim the topic's not being treated seriously when two of the most popular radio hosts in right-wing America are doing just that, and demanding their millions of listeners do the same? (For a cheat sheet of Republican politicians who also have also pushed impeachment, see here.) And that's been the confusing part: The claim nobody on the right's been promoting impeachment (it's all a liberal conspiracy), vs. the acknowledgement that okay, some people have but they're really misguided and irresponsible.

Posted by on 1 August 2014 | 8:36 am

What Fox Didn't Tell You: This Coal CEO Who Broke Down In Tears Is Attacking Miners' Health Protections

Coal giant Murray Energy's chief executive was promoted on Fox News to express "concern" about coal miners by attacking the Obama Administration's keystone climate change legislation. Here's what wasn't mentioned during the segment -- or any time this year on Fox News prime time: the organization has been fighting an effort to regulate coal dust, which would help save hundreds of coal miners' lives. The July 31 edition of Fox News' Your World With Neil Cavuto featured coal CEO Bob Murray to attack the Environmental Protection Agency's recently proposed carbon pollution standards. When Fox News host Neil Cavuto asked him to expand on his claim that the standards will "hurt the coal industry," Murray nearly broke down in tears while claiming that the standards will harm the industry with "no environmental benefit at all." He then touted the possibility of "clean coal technology" as a substitute, and stated, "I'm concerned about my coal miners": Actions speak louder than words: Murray Energy has been fighting a coal dust regulation for months that would help save 1,500 coal miners' lives each year. On April 23, the U.S. Labor Department announced a long-awaited rule to regulate coal dust, which causes the deadly black lung disease; the disease has reportedly killed over 76,000 miners since 1968. The new rule would restrict exposure to coal dust to half of the current limit, a move that is estimated to lower medical bills by about $37 million a year and help save hundreds of lives. Murray Energy announced that it would file a federal lawsuit against the regulation later that day. Fox News' prime time shows, including Your World With Neil Cavuto, have not mentioned the move to protect coal miners from coal dust, nor Murray Energy's attempt to dismantle it.* The EPA's carbon standards will reduce the amount of carbon dioxide emitted by coal plants by 30 percent from 2005 levels and are an important effort to mitigate climate change. Their health benefits are expected to help prevent up to 6,600 premature deaths and 150,000 asthma attacks in 2030. Murray Energy is attempting to sue these regulations as well, and its effort has gained support from nine state legislatures. Murray infamously fired 156 mine workers in response to Barack Obama defeating Mitt Romney for presidency in 2012. Slate's Dave Weigel put the move into context, calling it unnecessary and "amoral": There was no need for him to sack these people so quickly. There was no guarantee that he'd be dramatically more profitable in, say, March 2013. But he fired them, because he's basically amoral. *Based on a Nexis search of Fox News primetime shows for "coal dust" from January 1 to July 31.

Posted by on 1 August 2014 | 8:31 am

Bush-Era EPA Administrator Baffles Fox Business Hosts: "We Need To Regulate" Carbon

From the July 31 edition of Fox Business' Varney & Company:Previously: Fox Host Thinks Ice In Antarctica Shows "Global Cooling" Myths and Facts About EPA's Carbon Pollution Standards REPORT: Fox News Enlists Fossil Fuel Industry To Smear EPA Carbon Pollution Standards

Posted by on 31 July 2014 | 11:56 am

NRA's Ted Nugent Reacts To Concert Cancellation By Comparing Critics To Nazi Propagandist

National Rifle Association board member Ted Nugent lashed out after the cancellation of an upcoming concert, claiming his critics are like Nazi chief propagandist Joseph Goebbels. On July 21 the Coeur d'Alene Tribe announced that Nugent will not perform at the tribe's Idaho casino on August 4, citing "Nugent's history of racist and hate-filled remarks." The Puyallup Tribe followed suit, cancelling two scheduled concerts at its Washington state Emerald Queen Casino because they didn't want their venue used "to promote his racism."    Nugent, who is also a spokesperson for Outdoor Channel, responded to his critics in his regular column for conspiracy website, comparing them to an infamous Nazi. While claiming that American Indians are his "BloodBrothers," Nugent wrote that those who lodged complaints against his scheduled performances were part of the "Josef Goebbels gang." He also wrote, "Josef Goebbels and Saul Alinsky would be very proud of them and very angry at me. Cool." Nugent's Nazi comparison comes as the NRA is already under fire from a Jewish group after one of its lobbyists compared a proposal to expand background checks on gun sales in Washington state to the policies of Adolf Hilter, and mocked Jewish individuals who support gun safety. 

Posted by on 31 July 2014 | 9:32 am

Fox's Krauthammer Derides GOP Flip-Flop On Obama's Executive Actions

Fox News contributor Charles Krauthammer chastised House Republicans for their "ridiculous" flip-flopping in the span of a day on their outrage over President Obama's executive actions. On July 31, Republican House Speaker John Boehner tabled a bill promoted by House leadership aimed at addressing the crisis of undocumented youths at the U.S.-Mexico border, after which he and other Republican House leaders issued a statement saying, "There are numerous steps the president can and should be taking right now, without the need for congressional action." But the day prior, the House approved a Republican plan to sue Obama for allegedly exceeding his constitutional authority by going around Congress to implement certain policies. Krauthammer said on the July 31 edition of Fox News' Special Report that House Republicans' failure to act on the border crisis was "incomprehensible," calling out "so-called conservatives" who successfully advocated against the bill (emphasis added): KRAUTHAMMER: The disarray among Republicans makes you pine for the days of earmarks and the rack. That would be one or the other way to get these guys lined up. It is, to me, incomprehensible that Republicans aren't getting together on this -- so-called conservatives opposing the bill. It's very simple. There are two things Americans agree on. You want to help the helpless kids, the ones who are already here in some way, and the appropriation of this bill is not at all extravagant. And the other thing is you want to stop the influx. We all know how that's done, even the president agreed to it originally until he caved in to his left wing and came out against it. That is, you change the '08 law in a very simple way -- two lines. You simply say anybody who enters illegally through the Mexican border will be treated under the law the way Canadians and Mexicans are today. End of story. You do that and you've shown good faith. I agree with Ron, there's not a chance in hell that the Senate will come back or the president will sign it, but at least the Republicans will have shown that they can do something.  It is ridiculous to sue the president on a Wednesday because he oversteps the law, as he has done a dozen times illegally and unconstitutionally, and then on a Thursday say that he should overstep the law, contradict the law that passed in 2008 and deal with this himself. 

Posted by on 31 July 2014 | 8:13 am

Fox & Friends Is Back To Hosting Pro-Impeachment Guests

From the July 31 edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends:Previously: Fox Host Claims Conservatives Aren't Talking About Impeachment 12 Days After One Called For Impeachment On His Show Fox & Friends Host Dismisses "Faux Fear" Of Impeachment Immediately After Laying Out Case For Obama's Impeachment The Conservative War Over Impeachment

Posted by on 31 July 2014 | 8:09 am

Fox's Bolling Lectures Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg For Lack Of "Working Knowledge" On Hobby Lobby Case

From the July 31 edition of Fox News' The Five:Previously: Right-Wing Media's Fan Fiction On Hobby Lobby And The War On Women In Wake Of Hobby Lobby Ruling, Right-Wing Media Pretend Generic Birth Control Pills Fit All Women's Needs Fox's The Five Pushes Myth That Hobby Lobby Case Was About "Abortion Pills"

Posted by on 31 July 2014 | 6:41 am

Warning: This Debunked Benghazi Myth Is Back On Fox

Fox News chief intelligence correspondent Catherine Herridge recycled House Republicans' discredited, year-old allegation that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton signed off on reducing security at the Benghazi compound ahead of the 2012 attack there, scandalizing a State Department cable bearing her signature.Fox Resurrects Tired Hoax: Clinton's Signature Shows She "Personally" Approved Security Reduction Herridge: "Mrs. Clinton Personally Signed Off On Reducing Security" In Benghazi, According To Letter From House Republicans. On the July 31 edition of America's Newsroom, Herridge promoted House Republicans' accusation that Clinton's signature on an April 2012 State Department cable proves that the then-Secretary "personally signed off on reducing security" in Benghazi: HERRIDGE: And while the State Department and Mrs. Clinton have said the security decisions were made by mid-level managers, this letter to the president from the five chairmen of the House committees investigating Benghazi describes a cable, which Fox News understands was never produced to the intelligence committee, where Mrs. Clinton personally signed off on reducing security. And that letter reads, in part, quote, "An April 19, 2012, cable bearing Secretary Clinton's signature acknowledged requests for additional security but nevertheless ordered the withdrawal of security assets to proceed as planned." [Fox News, America's Newsroom, 7/31/14] Herridge: 2013 Letter Says Clinton Approved Reduction Of Security, Though "Democrats Say" That's "Misleading." Herridge continued scandalizing Clinton's signature on Happening Now, describing a "2013 letter" that claimed Clinton approved a reduction of security in Benghazi. Herridge then gave the caveat, "Democrats say ... that the cable had an automated signature": HERRIDGE: [T]his 2013 letter to the president describes a cable Mrs. Clinton signed off on, reducing security. And the letter reads in part, quote, "An April 19, 2012, cable bearing Secretary Clinton's signature acknowledged requests for additional security but nevertheless ordered the withdrawal of security assets to proceed as planned." But Democrats say Republicans are being misleading, that the cable had an automated signature and there is no evidence Mrs. Clinton personally reviewed or signed off on the request. [Fox News, Happening Now, 7/31/14] Experts And Fact Checkers: No Evidence Clinton Was Personally Aware Of Cable, As Secretary's Signature Is Protocol On All Cables Wash Post Fact Checker: "Absurd" To Claim Clinton's Signature On Cable Shows She Personally Approved Security Reduction. Washington Post Fact Checker Glenn Kessler, who spent nine years covering the State Department, awarded four Pinnochios to the claim -- made in 2013 by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Fox News -- that Clinton's signature is evidence that she had personal knowledge of the security reduction. He dismissed the notion as a "whopper": [E]very cable from an embassy bears the "signature" of the ambassador -- and every cable from Washington bears the "signature" of the secretary of state. [...] [E]very single cable from Washington gets the secretary's name at the bottom, even if the secretary happens to be on the other side of the world at the time. [...] At this point, Issa has no basis or evidence to show that Clinton had anything to do with this cable -- any more than she personally approved a cable on proper e-mail etiquette. The odds are extremely long that Clinton ever saw or approved this memo, giving us confidence that his inflammatory and reckless language qualifies as a "whopper." [The Washington Post, Fact Checker, 4/26/13] Independent State Dept. Investigator: It's "Total Bullshit" To Claim Signature Shows Clinton Personally Signed Cable. Richard Shinnick, a former foreign service officer and member of the independent State Department Accountability Review Board that investigated the Benghazi attacks, told Media Matters' Joe Strupp: "Every single cable going out is signed 'Clinton,' it is the normal procedure," Shinnick said. "Millions of cables come into the operation center every year, not thousands, millions. And they are all addressed Hillary Clinton." "So you can make a story that Hillary saw a cable and didn't act on it or sent a cable out; it's all bullshit, it's all total bullshit," Shinnick stressed. "I can't be any clearer than that. I read those stories and fortunately or unfortunately the people on the ARB understood that. If you don't want to believe that, then go chase a story." [Media Matters, 4/25/13] Foreign Policy: Secretary Clinton's Signature Appeared on "Every Single Cable." In 2013, Foreign Policy magazine cited a State Department official who explained that as a matter of protocol, Clinton's signature is added to every correspondence with American embassies and outposts the world over: It's not clear who in the State Department sent the April 19 response. But as a general rule, "every single cable sent from Washington to the field is sent over the secretary of state's name," a former State Department official noted, adding, "Though they are trying to make this new, it's not. After 30+ hearings and briefings, thousands of pages, this has all been addressed." [Foreign Policy, 4/23/13] For more on how right-wing media have promoted this long-discredited Benghazi hoax, click here, here, and here.

Posted by on 31 July 2014 | 4:05 am

How Conservative Media Helped To Kill Boehner's Border Bill

House Republicans pulled a bill which would increase funding for security at the southern border after conservative media and their allies voiced opposition to it. The bill, pushed by House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) was tabled after he and House Republican leadership faced "a rebellion among their most conservative ranks," according to the New York Times, who also reported that the failure to pass the bill "ensures that no legislation to address what both Democrats and Republicans call an urgent humanitarian crisis will reach President Obama's desk before the August break." After the measure failed, Republicans met to discuss whether they would bring up another bill before Congress goes into recess or to scrap the legislation entirely. Roll Call reported that "chaos reigned" as it became unclear what Republican leaders would decide to do. Conservative media darling Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) was reportedly whipping votes in order to stop the bill the night before its introduction, according to a Washington Post report. Cruz appeared on Fox's On the Record with Greta Van Susteren that same night and attacked what he described as "President Obama's amnesty." Weekly Standard founder and ABC News contributor Bill Kristol wrote a July 31 blog post demanding that the House "kill the bill." He described the bill as "dubious legislation" and argued that passing it would "take the focus off what President Obama has done about immigration." Conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt agreed with Kristol, writing that the House should "kill the fake border security bill and go home until the House leadership gets serious about passing a real border security bill." The Drudge Report highlighted opposition to the bill at the top of the site with the headline "Hill Phones Melt As Boehner Pushes Border." The Drudge headline linked to, which has repeatedly opposed immigration reform efforts. The story by Matthew Boyle noted that "The American people have overloaded the Congressional phone lines yet again on Thursday, pressuring their members of Congress to vote against the House and Senate immigration bills." Fox News contributor Erick Erickson argued at his site, RedState, that the bill was flawed because it failed to repeal the Obama administration's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which conservatives incorrectly blame for generating the surge in child migrants from Central America. Erickson added, "The House GOP should be starting with closing DACA, not telling conservatives they first have to fund the President and then they'll get table scraps" and directed his readers to RedState's "action center" where they could call Congress and demand that "the House GOP must close DACA."  Daily Caller columnist Mickey Kaus promoted a campaign from the anti-immigration group Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) which urged readers to call the U.S. Capitol switchboard in order to speak to their member of Congress and demand "No New Laws" on immigration. Kaus also linked to a list of members and their direct office phone numbers. Laura Ingraham, a talk radio host and Fox News/ABC News contributor, who has been an anti-immigration reform crusader for years, wrote on Twitter that Boehner had made a "supreme accomplishment" by pushing a bill that "manages to enrage both the political left and conservatives." She later celebrated its defeat.

Posted by on 31 July 2014 | 3:52 am

Scott Brown Says Working For Fox "Really Charged Me Up To" Run For Senate

Republican Senate candidate Scott Brown credited his employment with Fox News for motivating him to run for office again. During a July 31 appearance on Fox News Radio's Kilmeade & Friends, Brown said of working as a Fox News contributor: "Certainly I loved doing what I was doing, and I think as a result of me being on Fox and being up on the issues, and listening to the false rhetoric out of the administration, really charged me up to get involved again." The affection appears to be mutual between Fox News and Brown, as host Brian Kilmeade told Brown, "We miss having you on, having you as a contributor." Brown took advantage of Kilmeade's softball interview to repeatedly plug his website and call for campaign volunteers and donations. "What's the answer?" Brown asked about problems facing the country. "The answer is to take over the Senate, is to have people get on and help donate and help volunteer and let's send a message to the president because he's not up for reelection. But his number one foot soldiers are, folks, so let's get involved. " He added later: "If people want to help, I'm telling you, it's time, folks., and let's go take back our country." 

Posted by on 31 July 2014 | 1:14 am

Discredited Author Ronald Kessler Has Next Anti-Clinton Gossip Book

Ronald Kessler reportedly attacks Bill and Hillary Clinton with anonymously-sourced stories in his forthcoming book The First Family Detail: Secret Service Agents Reveal the Hidden Lives of Presidents, according to British tabloids and The New York Post. Critics have described Kessler's previous books as "National Enquirer-style gossip," and claims in his previous book on the Secret Service were "strongly disputed" by the agency and other subjects. Kessler was an established journalist for credible newspapers like The Washington Post decades ago but became chief Washington correspondent for the far-right outlet NewsMax in 2006. He subsequently pushed false smears of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama and led the charge to promote Donald Trump as a presidential candidate. The First Family Detail is part of a trifecta of anti-Clinton books based on anonymous sources published this summer, along with Daniel Halper's Clinton Inc.: The Audacious Rebuilding of a Political Machine and Edward Klein's Blood Feud: The Clintons vs. the Obamas.Kessler's Books Criticized As "Page Six" Style "Gossip" -- And That's His Intent Wash. Post Review: Kessler Book Features "National Enquirer-Style Gossip" That Could Endanger Presidents. National security reporter James Bamford wrote in The Washington Post that for his book In The President's Secret Service, Kessler "milked the agents for the juiciest gossip he could get and mixed it with a rambling list of their complaints." He added: "What is truly dangerous is the kind of National Enquirer-style gossip in Kessler's book. In the future, without 'trust and confidence' in their agents, presidents will want to keep them at a distance, out of spying range -- and out of safety range, when split seconds may count. And with President Obama, such concerns may be especially acute." [The Washington Post, 8/23/09] New York Times Reviewer: Kessler Book Is "Speculation-Filled." New York Times critic Michiko Kakutani called Kessler's Joseph P. Kennedy book The Sins of the Father a "meanspirited, speculation-filled biography ... which purveyed a determinedly poisonous portrait of the man." [The New York Times, 11/29/12] Globe and Mail Review: Kessler "Relies Too Heavily On Speculation, Gossip, Innuendo And Secondary Sources." Globe and Mail editorial board member Andrew Cohen wrote of The Sins Of The Father: For what is called a major book, the research is sometimes suspect. The description of Kennedy's affair with [Gloria] Swanson, for example, sounds much like her own account. Kessler relies too heavily on speculation, gossip, innuendo and secondary sources. He quotes the nephew of Francis Cardinal Spellman saying that Joe boasted to him that he had put JFK on the cover of Time in 1957 for $75,000 (U.S.). That's enough for Kessler. Like a reporter on deadline, he goes with what he has, even when it isn't enough. Instead of dirtying the dustbin, Kessler might have advanced the story. [The Globe and Mail, 5/11/96, via Nexis] Wash. Post Review: "Hey, Sex Sells, Maybe These Would Be Page Six Bites On A Slow Day." Vanity Fair special correspondent Bryan Burrough wrote at the Washington Post of Kessler's The Secrets of the FBI: Revelations? Okay. There's a nice section on what Kessler bills as the untold story of how the Russian spy Robert Hanssen was caught; that probably qualifies. More representative, though, is a chapter called "Threesomes'' that recapitulates the 1970s-era Elizabeth Ray scandal -- the news here is Capitol Hill's purported appetite for the ménage àtrois -- and tosses in a quarter-century-old tale about an unnamed young lady who supposedly had sex with groups of men in the upper reaches of the Dirksen Senate Office Building. "Attic Girl,'' Kessler says she was "affectionately'' named. Then it's on to a 1980s-era tale of a CIA mole who frequented sex clubs. Not too sure what any of this has to do with, you know, the FBI -- they made the arrests, I guess -- but hey, sex sells. Maybe these would be Page Six bites on a slow day. [The Washington Post, 8/25/11] Even Kessler's Publisher Hyped The "Page Six Tidbits" In His Books. As Burroughs noted, publicity materials for The Secrets of the FBI promised it would be "filled with revelations about the Bureau and Page Six tidbits, just like those that made In the President's Secret Service so successful." [Crown Publishing Group catalog, Summer 2011] Claims In Kessler's Previous Secret Service Book Were "Strongly Disputed" Secret Service "Strongly Disputed" Kessler Claim That They Are "Totally Overloaded." In a 2009 report on Kessler's book, CNN's Brian Todd reported that the Secret Service "strongly disputed" one of  Kessler's claims: RON KESSLER, AUTHOR, IN THE PRESIDENT'S SECRET SERVICE: The fact is that they're -- the Secret Service is totally overloaded. They have so many extra duties that they're performing and the number of agents has not really increased. TODD: Contacted by CNN, a Secret Service spokesman strongly disputed those assessments, saying the agency is not overstretched and that its ranks have increased. The spokesman says last year, while agents protected several candidates during the longest and most expensive campaign in American history, the Secret Service also had its biggest haul ever of financial assets seized from criminals -- $141 million. [CNN,The Situation Room, 10/24/09] Secret Service Director Debunked Kessler's Claim Of A 400 Percent Increase In Threats Under Obama. In his previous Secret Service book, Kessler reported that the Service had seen a 400 percent increase in threats under President Obama compared to President Bush. Kessler's statistic circulated widely. But in a congressional hearing, Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan said the claim was false, stating that the threats were "the same level as it has been [against] the last two presidents." [PolitiFact, 3/18/13] Mary Cheney Told Kessler The Book's Stories About Her Were False. The New York Post reported of Kessler's 2009 book on the agency, In the President's Secret Service: According to "In the President's Secret Service" by Ronald Kessler, when Mary demanded the Service shuttle her friends out to restaurants, the agent in charge objected and she had him removed from her detail. The former veep's daughter also allegedly complained about the Secret Service vehicle assigned to her. "She saw that her sister [Elizabeth] had a brand-new Suburban," an agent who was on her detail tells the author. "Mary had an older vehicle. She was like, why can't I have one? Next thing you know, within a day or two, she has a brand-new Suburban from the Secret Service sitting out there in front of her house." But Mary told Kessler, "These stories are simply not true, and I have nothing but the utmost respect for the men and women of the Secret Service." [New York Post, 8/2/09] Kessler Left Behind Credible Newspapers For Right-Wing NewsMax Decades Ago, Kessler Was A Journalist At The Washington Post And Wall Street Journal. According to the biography on his website: Kessler began his career as a journalist in 1964 on the Worcester Telegram, followed by three years as an investigative reporter and editorial writer with theBoston Herald. In 1968, he joined the Wall Street Journal as a reporter in the New York bureau. He became an investigative reporter with the Washington Post in 1970 and continued in that position until 1985. Kessler has won eighteen journalism awards, including two George Polk awards--one for national reporting and one for community service. [, accessed 7/31/14] Kessler Joined Right-Wing NewsMax As Chief Washington Correspondent, Said He Was "Proud To Be Associated" With Outlet. From the 2006 press release announcing his hiring:            "Ronald Kessler is a rare find," said NewsMax CEO Christopher Ruddy. "Few journalists can claim the enormous breadth and scope of the turf he has covered. He has a long history of combining quality work and balanced journalism, and he has an uncanny ability to ferret out news stories that other journalists miss." [...] "Since I first learned about NewsMax, I've admired how, in order to tell the truth about subjects ranging from politics to medicine, it presents factual material that the rest of the media ignore," Mr. Kessler said. "I'm proud to be associated with an operation that practices journalism honestly and fairly." [NewsMax press release, June 2006] NewsMax Was Founded By The Chief Promoter Of Vince Foster Conspiracy Theories. Bloomberg Businessweek wrote of NewsMax CEO and founder Christopher Ruddy: The suicide of Deputy White House Counsel Vincent Foster in 1993 became his defining story, and it was Ruddy who provided conservative talk radio with plenty of fuel for the wide-ranging conspiracy theories that sprang up. He left the Post in 1994 when billionaire Richard Mellon Scaife hired him to be the national correspondent for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Ruddy would eventually turn his reporting on Foster into a book, The Strange Death of Vincent Foster, in 1997. [Bloomberg BusinessWeek, 3/6/14] Kessler Left NewsMax in 2012 Citing "Editorial Changes." On December 19, 2012, Kessler sent the following message titled "left Newsmax" to a distribution email list that he had used to promote his articles: "Because of editorial changes, I am no longer at Newsmax. I am exploring other opportunities and developing the idea for my next book. All the best or [sic] the New Year!--Ron". [Kessler email obtained by Media Matters, 12/19/12] NewsMax During Kessler's Tenure: A Hotbed Of Conspiracy Theories And Smears. From 2006 through 2012, NewsMax frequently promoted conspiracy theories that there were questions about President Obama's birth certificate (Kessler has written that "Obama was born in Hawaii"); repeatedly pushed false claims of "death panels" in health care legislation; published a column stating that a military coup "to resolve the 'Obama problem'" was not "unrealistic" (the column was taken down following an uproar); published a column that stated of the mass shooting in Aurora, Colorado, "One need not be a conspiracy freak to observe that such incidents seem to happen again and again at politically convenient moments for the left to exploit"; and stoked readers' fears of hyperinflation to sell financial products. Salon's Alex Pareene described the site in 2011 as a "nutritional supplement sales organization and expensive email list with a right-wing news website attached." [Media Matters, 8/8/12; NewsMax, 12/8/08] Kessler Won Top Award At Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). Conservative activists at CPAC awarded Kessler the "Robert Novak Journalist of the Year" Award in 2010. NewsMax reported that in his speech accepting the award, Kessler said that he was "honored" to receive it. [NewsMax, 2/20/10] Kessler Believes Fox News Is "Fair And Balanced" Compared To "Mainstream" Media. From Kessler's CPAC speech: I was on the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post in the '70s and early '80s and I guarantee you, even though the editorials on the Washington Post were liberal, we would have been fired for doing the kinds of stories that appear in the media today. They're not only biased, they're dishonest, in many cases they suppress the truth, they suppress the other side, they ignore, or they have it in the last paragraph. And that's one reason why that the media are going downhill. The mainstream media. And on the other hand, we have Fox News, which is, which really is fair and balanced. Aside from their opinion shows, such as Glenn Beck, when they cover the news, they actually have a rule that every side has to be presented. When they have guests, they have to have both a Democrat and a Republican. So anybody who says it's not fair and balanced, I think, has either not watched it or is in denial. [Media Matters, 2/12/11] Kessler's Smears Of Hillary Clinton Kessler Accused Hillary Clinton Of "Pathological Lying." In a 2007 radio interview, Kessler said "I think people do want a -- a fresh start. They don't want to go backwards. And the other thing about Hillary, of course, is -- is her pathological lying, and that's going to come out." [KSFO, The Lee Rodgers & Melanie Morgan Program, 7/13/07, via Media Matters] Kessler Pushed Conspiracy Theory That Hillary Clinton Drove Vince Foster To Suicide. In an August 2011 interview promoting The Secrets of the FBI, Kessler told Fox News of Robert Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe, "I surmise that he broke up with her and that's why she committed suicide, just given the timing." He went on to claim that then-deputy White House counsel Vince Foster "was depressed, he did commit suicide" because Clinton had "humiliated him in front of all these White House aides." [Fox News, Fox & Friends, 8/9/11, via Media Matters] Kessler's Attacks On Barack Obama Kessler Urged Republicans To Campaign On Obama's Ties to Rev. Jeremiah Wright. Prior to the 2008 election, Kessler wrote that the GOP should highlight Obama's ties to controversial pastor Rev. Jeremiah Wright "to illustrate how out of step he [Obama] is with most of America ... Wright holds the key to what Obama is all about, demonstrating his attraction to a left wing, anti-American agenda." [Newsmax, 10/28/08] Kessler Falsely Reported That "Obama Attended Hate America Sermon" With Wright. As USA Today reported, in a March 2008 report under the headline "Obama attended hate America sermon," Kessler claimed that Obama had been present "during one of Rev. Jeremiah Wright's most inflammatory sermons, even though the Democratic presidential contender has said in the past he wasn't at the church when Wright made any of his controversial statements." Kessler based his report on a previous Newsmax article, which he later acknowledged was incorrect. [USA Today, 3/17/08] Kessler Cited Jeremiah Wright In Explaining Why Romney Would Win In A "Landslide." Kessler wrote in a November 6, 2012, Newsmax column: Thus, Obama's comment that voters should vote for revenge sums up his motivation for running: to get back at the hated establishment, which by definition includes Republicans. While he may have been riffing on the expression "Living well is the best revenge," you don't talk about revenge against another individual unless you mean it. It's the same nasty attitude of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright Jr., his longtime preacher, sounding board, and mentor. Wright said America created the AIDS virus to kill off blacks. "We are only able to maintain our level of living by making sure that Third World people live in grinding poverty," Wright said. "God d*** America!" Thus, Obama emerges as the community organizer he once was -- and the exact opposite of the person Americans thought they were electing as president.  According to "The Obamas," Obama looks forward to leaving the presidency. Then, writes Kantor, he would "finally be unencumbered by politics and free to create real, lasting change." That mirrors Obama's recent comment that change can only be achieved from outside Washington. As Mitt Romney said in response, "The president today threw in the white flag of surrender again. He said he can't change Washington from the inside. He can only change it from outside. Well, we're going to give him that chance in November. He's going outside." Last Sept. 4, I wrote the story "Why Mitt Romney Will Win Decisively." The shift to Republicans in the last congressional and gubernatorial elections, the intensity favoring Romney, and the early voting results on his side -- not to mention the state of the economy -- are all signs that point to the landslide I have been predicting. [NewsMax, 11/6/12] Kessler Said There Was A Benghazi "Cover Up" By The White House.  During a November 2012 Fox News interview, Kessler claimed then-UN Ambassador Susan Rice's controversial Sunday show appearances constituted a White House "cover up" of the Benghazi attacks: KESSLER: You don't have to be Sherlock Holmes to figure this out. It's clear that the CIA had the correct story. It's clear that the White House put out these people. They were representing the White House. The White House was calling the shots. The White House was trying to cover up the fact that there was a terrorist attack on 9/11. If you doubt that, look at what President Obama said several times trying to claim that a YouTube video was involved. So the president himself was covering up what the CIA was reporting. A bipartisan Senate report concluded that there had been no White House "cover up" and that intelligence reports linked the inflammatory YouTube video to the Benghazi attacks. [Fox News, Hannity, 11/19/2012, via Nexis; Media Matters, 1/15/14] Kessler Was Chief Promoter Of Donald Trump Running For President                      Kessler Was Major Proponent Of A Donald Trump Presidential Run. Newsmax was "an early and enthusiastic promoter of Trump's presidential ambitions," with Kessler playing a leading role in that effort. In early 2011, as Trump sought to promote a potential run for office as well as his belief that President Obama's birth certificate might be a forgery, Kessler produced articles with headlines like "Trump Says He Will Run For President," "Don't Underestimate Donald Trump for President," and "Trump to Announce His Run for President" (Trump ultimately decided not to run for president, surprising no one except perhaps Kessler). [Newsmax, 1/3/11, 1/20/11, 4/14/11; Media Matters, 4/20/11, 4/13/11] Kessler Played A Political Role As A Go-Between For Trump's Nascent Effort. In an article headlined "Donald Trump Wows Conservatives at CPAC," Kessler admitted to being the go-between who extended Trump an invitation to speak at the conservative conference. He further reported: "This year's Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) focuses on the new kids on the block, the conservatives elected with tea party backing to overturn the liberal spending agenda in Washington. Nobody could have fit that description better than Donald Trump, who was a surprise speaker at CPAC and is planning to run for president." [Newsmax, 2/11/11]

Posted by on 31 July 2014 | 1:00 am

Fox Host's Message To Male Victims Of Domestic Violence: "That Is Embarrassing, Getting Beaten Up By Your Girlfriend"

From the July 31 edition of Fox News' Outnumbered:Previously: To Fox's Tucker Carlson, Reporting Statutory Rape Is "Whiny" Fox's Carlson: Men Understand That Getting Sexually Harassed By A Female Teacher Is The "Greatest Thing That Ever Happened" Outnumbered's Tucker Carlson Sees Nothing Wrong With Female Teacher Sexually Harassing Male Student

Posted by on 31 July 2014 | 12:26 am

CNN Surreptitiously Builds Discussion Around GOP Attack On Grimes

CNN panelists adopted a framework identical to a Republican attack on Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes, going so far as to argue that Grimes' recent comments could play into the hands of her Republican critics without once mentioning the actual Republican attacks on Grimes that were already underway. Huffington Post associate editor Igor Bobic reported on July 30 that Grimes "drew attention" earlier this week when the Kentucky Democrat suggested that Israel's Iron Dome defense system helped Israel resist Hamas forces trying to tunnel into Israel. CNN host John King introduced a discussion on the topic by claiming that first-time national candidates like Grimes have to "head the test on foreign policy." During the discussion, Associated Press political reporter Julie Pace cautioned that the comments could help Grimes' opponent, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell:  PACE: [E]xperience has been one of the things that McConnell's campaign has been going after with her, and this might play into that. What the CNN panelists never mentioned is that Republican campaign operatives were already attacking Grimes with the exact same framework that formed the basis of the CNN discussion. 

Posted by on 31 July 2014 | 12:20 am