CNN Glosses Over Harmful GOP Policies To Ask Why Republicans Aren't Considered Feminists

CNN glossed over how harmful Republican policies threaten women in order to question why female members of the GOP aren't typicallyconsidered feminists. During the May 27 edition of CNN Newsroom, host Carol Costello interviewed former media strategist for the Republican National Committee (RNC), Molly Flinn, to discuss why more conservative women aren't considered feminists. Framing the discussion around presidential candidates Hillary Clinton (D) and Carly Fiorina (R), Costello asked "why conservative women rarely come to mind when we think about feminist leaders," while Finn argued, "Just because some people are not necessarily aligning with the feminist label doesn't mean they aren't advocates for women's equality and success." Finn went on to claim that the "women's organizations that came out of the feminist movements of the 60s and 70s, it was kind of a narrow conversation. Women's power, women's political power might have been limited to talking about reproductive rights." Costello then asked whether feminism is "outdated," wondering if "that word feminism [is] sort of deepening the chasm between liberal women and conservative women": Such a conversation on feminism and conservatism misses an opportunity to examine why conservative women are not generally labeled as feminists in the first place -- their policies and legislation often hurt women. Presidential candidate Carly Fiorina, whom Costello cited as an example, is roundly in support of policies that are detrimental to women, opposing legislation to address the gender pay gap, access to reproductive health services, and the Affordable Care Act which "greatly improves women's access" to health care. Republicans more broadly have spent years in a concentrated effort to roll back women's access to reproductive health care, general health care and equal pay.

Posted by on 27 May 2015 | 10:58 am

Immigrants Are More Dangerous Than ISIS And 10 Other Horrible Anti-Immigrant Media Moments From Ann Coulter

Conservative commentator Ann Coulter called immigrants to the United States a bigger threat to Americans than the Islamic State (ISIS) terrorist group during a recent interview with Fusion's Jorge Ramos -- hardly the first of Coulter's offensive comments on immigration. Media Matters looked back at Coulter's marked history of inflammatory anti-immigrant rhetoric.Coulter Declares That Immigrants Are A Bigger Threat To America Than ISIS Coulter Compared Immigrants To Terrorists: "Very Easy To Avoid Being Killed By ISIS," But "If You Don't Want To Be Killed By A Mexican, There's Nothing I Can Tell You."  During a May 26 interview on Fusion's America With Jorge Ramos, Ann Coulter doubled-down her past comparison of immigrants to terrorists from the Islamic State. After host Jorge Ramos questioned her assertion, Coulter replied that "yes" Americans should fear immigrants more than the terror group because "If you don't want to be killed by ISIS, don't go to Syria. If you don't want to be killed by a Mexican, there's nothing I can tell you." [Fusion, America With Jorge Ramos, 5/26/15] Coulter Has A Long History Of Offensive Attacks On Immigrants Coulter: "Illegal Aliens" Have Murdered "Far More Americans Than ISIS Ever Will." In a February 25 column for conservative conspiracy site World Net Daily (WND), Coulter complained of "the media's Soviet-style censorship about immigrant crime" and warned Americans to be more fearful of undocumented immigrants than the terror group ISIS. Coulter explained that "ISIS is not at our doorstep. Illegal immigrants are not only at our doorstep, but millions of them are already through the door, murdering far more Americans than ISIS ever will." [World Net Daily, 2/25/15] Coulter: Hispanics Will "Start Physically Attacking Blacks." In an interview with The Daily Beast to promote her latest book, ¡Adios, America!: The Left's Plan to Turn Our Country Into a Third World Hellhole, Coulter warned of "peasants who come from backward cultures" and who are "piggy-backing on the black experience." Coulter specifically complained of Hispanic immigrants and the "browning of America," predicting that "Hispanic groups will move into neighborhoods and say, 'We don't want any blacks here,' and start physically attacking blacks." [The Daily Beast, 5/26/15] Coulter: U.S. Should Have A Moratorium On All Legal Immigration. During a 2014 appearance on Fox News' Hannity, Coulter called for an "an immigration moratorium, both legal And illegal," claiming that "the country can't afford it. We have our own poor people we need to take care of. And we're running out of money for that." [, 7/1/14] Coulter: "'Real' Hispanics Are On Welfare." In a May 2013 tweet, Coulter claimed "real" Hispanics, unlike Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), are on welfare: [Twitter, 5/6/13] Coulter: Immigration Reform Will "Turn The Country Into Mexico." In a 2013 blog post, Coulter warned that immigration reform proposals would "turn the country into Mexico," asking why the U.S. can't be "more or less the ethnic composition that it always was": Why can't the country be more or less the ethnic composition that it always was? The 50-1 Latin American-to-European ratio isn't a natural phenomenon that might result from, say, Europeans losing interest in coming here and poor Latin Americans providing some unique skill desperately needed in our modern, technology-based economy. To the contrary, it's result of an insane government policy. Teddy Kennedy's 1965 Immigration Act was designed to artificially inflate the number of immigrants from the Third World, while making it virtually impossible for anyone from the nations that historically provided our immigrants to come here. Pre-1965 immigrants were what made this country what it was for a reason: They were the pre-welfare state immigrants. From around 1630 to 1966, immigrants sank or swam. About a third of them couldn't make it in America and went home -- and those are the ones who weren't rejected right off the boat for being sick, crippled or idiots. [,5/22/13] Coulter: "Stigmatizing" Immigration "Is Good." During a panel at the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), Coulter called for increased stigmatization around immigration. Bizarrely accusing immigrants of having trashed national parks, Coulter went on to say that "No, sometimes stigma is good. They've stigmatized smoking out of existence, how about stigmatizing unwed motherhood, littering, running across the border illegally. How about stigmatizing it? Can we just do that?" [2014 Conservative Political Action Conference, 3/8/14]  Coulter: Catholics Aiding Migrant Children Are Just "Moral Show-Offs." Following a surge of unaccompanied minors at the U.S.- Mexico border in July 2014, Coulter took to Twitter to lash out at Catholics, including Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York, for responding to the child refugee crisis with compassion. Coulter claimed that the children were actually "a couple dozen Central American gang members" and blasted Catholics who advocated on their behalf as "moral show-offs." [Mediaite, 7/23/14] Coulter Threatened Republicans Who Support Immigration Reform With "Death Squads." Speaking at the 2014 CPAC, Coulter threatened members of the Republican party who supported immigration reform, asserting that  "if you pass amnesty, that's it. It's over. Then we organize the death squads for the people who wrecked America." [CSPAN, 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference, 3/8/14] Coulter: Hispanics Don't Vote For Republicans Because Of "Ethnic Loyalty, And That's A Problem In This Country." Appearing on Premiere Radio Network's The Sean Hannity Show in November of 2012 to discuss Mitt Romney's recent loss, Ann Coulter proclaimed that part of the issue was the "ethnic loyalty" of Hispanic voters, which she deemed "a real problem in this country." [Premiere Radio Networks, The Sean Hannity Show, 11/7/12] Coulter: Boston Bombing Suspect's Wife "Ought To Be In Prison For Wearing A Hijab." Appearing on Fox News' Hannity in April 2013, Coulter asserted that the wife of the Boston bombing suspect "out to be in prison for wearing a hijab," whether or not she knew about the crime,the traditional Muslim headdress was proof that she was an immigrant who would not assimilate into American culture. [Fox News, Hannity, 5/27/15]

Posted by on 27 May 2015 | 10:18 am

The Uncomfortable Truth About The Political Nature Of Fox News

Fox News has been on the air nearly two decades and some Beltway journalists are still denying the transparent truth about the cable channel and its intricate political machinations. Even some longtime conservatives, such as historian and former Reagan aide Bruce Bartlett, now concede Fox News is "brainwashing" the conservative electorate, and that the GOP is being harmed by the network. Responding to Bartlett at Politico, senior media writer Jack Shafer insists, "Fox in its current incarnation is neither a help nor a hindrance" to the Republican Party. Shafer argues the network, "a news-entertainment hybrid," doesn't really have much impact on the GOP and has not moved the party to the far right. "The Fox tail does not wag the Republican dog," Shafer concludes. Instead, Fox News is just trying to make a buck. Yes, it ventures into partisan politics with "combative programming," according to Shafer. But people like Bartlett who claim the channel's changed or damaged the Republican Party are overstating their case. The truth is, as Media Matters has documented for years, the over-the-top programming on Fox News, anchored by baseless claims and wild attacks, routinely mirrors Republicans' legislative agenda. The focused misinformation trademarked by Fox News doesn't exist in a vacuum; it's not merely "entertainment" concocted to sell advertising. (Although it does that quite well.) The programming on Fox News is designed to shape and change American politics, plain and simple. It's designed to do damage to Democrats and Democratic initiatives. It's built to be the marketing arm for the Republican Party, as it hurdles further and further towards the radical right. And quite often, Fox News is successful. There's a reason that Fox contributor Newt Gingrich once told conservative activists that Fox News helped make Republican Scott Brown's senate "insurgency possible" in 2010. And there's a reason Fox News drafted the theme of the 2012 Republican convention, "You Didn't Build That." I'm not sure tails can wag much harder than that.

Posted by on 27 May 2015 | 10:05 am

Bill Kristol: Fox News "Colluding" With RNC To Limit GOP Presidential Debate Field

From the May 27 edition of MSNBC's Morning Joe:Previously: With New Debate Strategy, GOP Slips Further Into The Right-Wing Media Bubble GOP Civil War: Huckabee Demands Republicans "Grow A Spine" And Oppose Marriage Equality RNC Releases "Stop Hillary" Ad Exclusively To Fox & Friends

Posted by on 27 May 2015 | 8:35 am

NRA Magazine Features A Lamp That Celebrates The Confederacy And Other Bizarre Products

The results of an 18-month survey of advertisements in the National Rifle Association's (NRA) magazine, America's 1st Freedom, squared neatly with the gun group's own tendency to use to fear as a marketing tool. Media Matters reviewed advertisements that appeared in the NRA magazine from January 2014 through June 2015 and discovered that they appealed to a wide range of fears, including the threat of starvation due to food shortages, the dread of losing the ability to live independently because of declining health, the prospect of a terrorist attack, and the need to carry a collapsible assault weapon in a briefcase for self-protection. NRA executive vice president and CEO Wayne LaPierre often uses fear to motivate people to support the NRA or purchase firearms. In a February 2013 column for the magazine, LaPierre argued that Americans needed to buy guns to ensure their "survival" while warning of calamities including, "Hurricanes. Tornadoes. Riots. Terrorists. Gangs. [and] Lone criminals." Prior to the 2014 elections, in a special election edition of America's 1st Freedom, LaPierre urged supporters to back the NRA's preferred candidates while raising the specter of several different terrorist attack scenarios, including an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack that would kill 9 out of 10 Americans. LaPierre has also warned conservative audiences about the threat of "home invaders, drug cartels, carjackers, knockout gamers, and rapers, and haters, and campus killers, airport killers, shopping mall killers and killers who scheme to destroy our country with massive storms of violence against our power grids or vicious waves of chemicals or disease that could collapse our society that sustains us all." Advertisers in the NRA's magazine often played on the same fears, urging readers to buy their products to protect against one calamity or another. Similar to other conservative media websites, some of the products advertised in America's 1st Freedom were of extremely dubious value, including an "anti-aging" supplement that had not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and expensive jewelry made from low-cost materials. Some products in the magazine were simply bizarre or retrograde, including an accent lamp that celebrates the Confederacy and a watch that allows users to "Tell Time Like a Man." "The Light Of The South" "The Light Of The South," an accent lamp featuring the likeness of Confederate general Robert E. Lee and several pieces of Confederacy iconography, was advertised in the NRA magazine for $135 under the tagline, "Southern Pride Shines On." The lamp featured several variations of the Confederate flag as well as two CSA (Confederate States of America) emblems and the dates commemorating the beginning and end of the Confederacy.

Posted by on 27 May 2015 | 4:53 am

"Los Inmigrantes Son Más Peligrosos Que ISIS" Y Otros 10 Momentos Odiosos Anti-Inmigrantes De Ann Coulter

Según dijo la comentarista conservadora Ann Coulter durante una entrevista reciente con Jorge Ramos, periodista de Fusion y Univisión, los inmigrantes que vienen a EE.UU. constituyen una amenaza mayor para los estadounidenses que el grupo terrorista Estado Islámico (ISIS). Sin embargo, esta no es la primera vez que Coulter hace comentarios ofensivos al hablar sobre el tema migratorio. Media Matters recopiló ejemplos del historial de retórica anti-inmigrante que Coulter ha usado en el pasado.Según Coulter, Para Los Estados Unidos Los Inmigrantes Son Una Amenaza Más Grande Que ISIS Coulter Equiparó A Los Inmigrantes Con Terroristas: "Es Fácil Evitar Ser Asesinado Por ISIS" Pero "Si No Quieren Que Los Mate Un Mexicano, No Tengo Nada Que Decirles". Durante una entrevista el 26 de mayo en el programa de Fusion America With Jorge Ramos, Ann Coulter reforzó la comparación que ha hecho anteriormente de inmigrantes con terroristas del Estado Islámico. Luego de que el presentador Jorge Ramos cuestionara su aseveración, Coulter replicó que "sí", los estadounidenses deberían temer a los inmigrantes más que al grupo terrorista porque "si no quieren que los mate ISIS, no vayan a Siria. Pero si no quieren que los mate un mexicano, no tengo nada que decirles". [Fusion, America With Jorge Ramos, 27/5/15] Coulter Tiene Un Largo Historial De Ataques Ofensivos Hacia Los Inmigrantes Coulter: "Los 'Ilegales' Han Asesinado A Más Estadounidenses De Lo Que ISIS Podrá Jamás". En una columna del 25 de febrero para el sitio web de teorías de conspiración conservadoras World Net Daily (WND), Coulter se quejó de la "censura mediática de estilo soviético" que según ella encubre los crímenes cometidos por inmigrantes, y le advirtió a los estadounidenses que debían tener más miedo a los inmigrantes indocumentados que al grupo terrorista ISIS. Coulter explicó que "a ISIS no lo tenemos en la puerta. Los inmigrantes ilegales no sólo están en nuestra puerta, más bien millones la han cruzado, asesinando más estadounidenses de lo que ISIS podrá jamás". [World Net Daily, 2/25/15] Coulter: Los Hispanos Comenzarán A "Atacar Físicamente A Los Afroamericanos". En una entrevista que hizo con Daily Beast para promover su último libro ¡Adios, America!: The Left's Plan to Turn Our Country Into a Third World Hellhole (traducido ¡Adiós América!: El Plan De La Izquierda De Convertir Nuestro País En Un Infierno Del Tercer Mundo), Coulter advirtió sobre "los campesinos que vienen de culturas retrasadas" y que están aprovechándose de la experiencia afroamericana. Coulter se quejó específicamente de los inmigrantes hispanos y de cómo la pigmentación de la población se está "volviendo más café", y predijo que "grupos de hispanos" se mudarían a los vecindarios y dirían "No queremos negros aquí" y comenzarían a atacar físicamente a los afroamericanos. [Daily Beast, 26/5/15] Coulter: Los Estados Unidos Debería Prohibir Temporalmente La Inmigración Legal. Durante una participación en 2014 en el programa de Fox News Hannity, Coulter pidió una prohibición temporal a la inmigración, tanto legal como ilegal, alegando que "el país no puede costearlo" pues tiene sus propios pobres a los que tiene que atender y ya no hay suficiente dinero para hacerlo. [, 1/7/14] Coulter: "Los Verdaderos Hispanos Dependen Del Estado De Bienestar". En un tweet del 23 de mayo de 2013, Coulter dijo que los "verdaderos" hispanos, al contrario del Senador Ted Cruz, dependen del Estado de Bienestar: [Twitter, 6/5/2013] Coulter: Una Reforma Migratoria "Convertirá Al País En México". En una entrada de blog de 2013, Coulter advirtió que las propuestas de una reforma migratoria convertirían al país en México, preguntándose por qué los Estados Unidos no puede tener "la composición étnica que siempre ha tenido": ¿Por qué el país no puede tener, más o menos, la composición étnica que siempre ha tenido? La proporción 50-1 de latinos a europeos no es un fenómeno natural que resulte de, digamos, que los europeos hayan perdido todo interés en venir aquí y de que los latinos pobres estén proveyendo una habilidad única que necesitemos desesperadamente en nuestra moderna y tecnológica economía. Por el contrario, es el resultado de una absurda política gubernamental. La Ley de Inmigración de 1965 de Teddy Kennedy se diseñó para inflar artificialmente el número de inmigrantes del tercer mundo, a la vez que volvía virtualmente imposible venir aquí a cualquier persona de las naciones de las que históricamente originaban nuestros inmigrantes. Los inmigrantes anteriores a 1965 son lo que hicieron este país lo que ahora es por una razón: Eran inmigrantes anteriores al Estado de Bienestar. Desde más o menos 1630 a 1966, a los inmigrantes les tocaba velar por sí mismos. Alrededor de un tercio no logró el éxito en Estados Unidos y volvió a casa -- y esos no eran los que eran rechazados inmediatamente después de desembarcar por ser enfermos, lisiados o idiotas. [Traducido de, 22/5/13] Coulter: Estigmatizar La Inmigración "Es Bueno". Durante un panel en la Conferencia Conservadora De Acción Política (CPAC por sus siglas en inglés), Coulter hizo un llamado a estigmatizar más la inmigración. Por razones extrañas, acusó a los inmigrantes de ensuciar los parques nacionales, para continuar diciendo "No, a veces el estigma es bueno. Han estigmatizado a los fumadores hasta casi terminar con ellos, qué tal si estigmatizamos la maternidad extra-matrimonial, tirar basura, y cruzar la frontera ilegalmente. ¿Qué tal si estigmatizamos eso? ¿Por qué no hacemos eso?" [2014 Conservative Political Action Conference, 8/3/14 via Media Matters] Coulter Dijo Que Los Católicos Que Ayudan A Los Niños Inmigrantes No Están Haciendo Más Que "Presumir Superioridad Moral". Luego de que aumentara el número de menores no acompañados en la frontera entre Estados Unidos y México en julio de 2014, Coulter decidió hacer uso de Twitter para atacar a los católicos, incluyendo al cardenal Timothy Dolan, Arzobispo de New York, por responder de manera compasiva ante la crisis de niños inmigrantes. Coulter alegó que los niños eran en realidad "un par de docenas de pandilleros centroamericanos" y atacó a los católicos que abogaban en favor de ellos diciendo que estaban "presumiendo superioridad moral". [Mediaite, 23/7/14] Coulter Amenazó Con "Escuadrones De La Muerte" A Los Republicanos Que Apoyaban Una Reforma Migratoria. Durante su participación en el CPAC de 2014, Coulter amenazó a los miembros del partido Republicano que apoyaban una reforma migratoria, aseverando que "si pasan una amnistía, eso es todo. Se acabó. Entonces organizaremos escuadrones de la muerte contra la gente que arruinó los Estados Unidos". [CSPAN, 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference, 8/3/14] Coulter: Los Hispanos No Votan Por El Partido Republicano Por "Lealtad Étnica" Y Eso Es "Un Problema En Este País". Durante su participación en el programa radial de Premiere Radio Network, The Sean Hannity Show, en noviembre de 2012 mientras discutía la reciente derrota de Mitt Romney, Ann Coulter proclamó que parte del problema era la "lealtad étnica" de los votantes hispanos, que declaró ser "un problema real en este país". [Premiere Radio Networks, The Sean Hannity Show, 7/11/12] Coulter: La Esposa Del Sospechoso Del Ataque Terrorista En Boston "Debería Ir A Prisión Por Usar Un Hijab". Durante su participación como invitada al programa de Fox News Hannity en abril de 2013, Coulter declaró que la esposa del sospechoso del ataque terrorista en la maratón de Boston, "debería ir a prisión por usar un hijab", independientemente de si tenía conocimiento o no del crimen, ya que el simple uso del velo musulmán tradicional era prueba de que era una inmigrante que no asimilaría la cultura estadounidense. [Fox News, Hannity, 27/5/15]

Posted by on 27 May 2015 | 12:13 am

Former CIA Official Calls Out Fox News' Latest "Benghazi Myth"

Former CIA Deputy Director Michael Morell threw cold water on Fox News' latest faulty Benghazi narrative, characterizing a report that says the Obama administration knew that the attacks were planned in advance as inaccurate. Morell criticized Fox and the media at large for habitually scandalizing the Benghazi attacks based on incomplete or unsupported claims. Michael Morell criticized Fox News and other media outlets for perpetuating "Benghazi myths" in a May 25 article for Politico, accusing "pundits [who] don't understand intelligence work" of spreading misinformation. Morell lambasted a recent report that claimed that the "Obama administration knew that al Qaeda terrorists had planned" the Benghazi attack "10 days in advance." explaining that the report was based off "raw intelligence" from a single source and did not accurately represent the conclusions of the intelligence community. "The only thing that newly released document proves," Morell wrote, "is that the people who trot out these reports do not understand the world of intelligence and do not take the time to ask the right people the right questions before publishing the 'news.'" Morell noted that numerous other unclassified documents directly contradict the single Defense Intelligence report scandalized by the media: The DIA report in question was an "Intelligence Information Report" or IIR. It is what we term "raw intelligence." It was not the considered view of DIA analysts. Often from a single source, these bits of information represent one thread that some intelligence collector has picked up. The all source analysts in the Intelligence Community are charged with looking at that snippet of information and every other bit of available information from communications intercepts, human intelligence, open source material and much more to come up with an overall judgment. Those all source analysts--without any input or pressure from above--looked at all the available information and determined that there wasnota significant amount of planning prior to the attacks. You don't have to take my word for it. You can look at the briefing slides produced by the National Counterterrorism Center (which is not part of CIA) and coordinated across the Intelligence Community. These slides were declassified over a year ago and were appended to the report on Benghazi produced by the Republican-led House Intelligence Committee. In describing the attacks at the State Department facility, the slides say "attackers moving in multiple directions," "attackers do not appear well coordinated" and "no organized effort to breach every building." Not the words one would expect to see associated with an attack planned well in advance. Morell went on to blast Fox for also cherry-picking from the indictment of Abu Khattala, the only participant in the attacks currently in U.S. custody, to support its Benghazi claims. During the May 11 edition of Fox News' Special Report, host Bret Baier quoted the indictment in an effort to push the network's faulty assertion that the attack had been pre-planned, claiming that it had noted "premeditation" and demanding Morell answer whether the indictment was wrong. But Morell notes that Baier left out important context from the indictment that indicated "the grand jury found no evidence of planning before the day of the attack": What my interviewer failed to share with his viewers were these words from the indictment: "Beginning on a date unknown to the Grand Jury but no later than on or about September 11, 2012...defendant Khatallah did knowingly and intentionally conspire...." (emphasis mine). What does this mean? It means that the grand jury found no evidence of planning before the day of the attack either. Exactly the point of the intelligence community analysts. Fox News has similarly continuously seized on every available opportunity to scandalize the attacks on the diplomatic compound at Benghazi. In the 20 months between September 2012 to May 2014, the network aired an astounding 1,098 evening and primetime segments dedicated to Benghazi. Despite numerous reports debunking the network's false narratives surrounding the attack, Fox has relentlessly continued to promote them.

Posted by on 26 May 2015 | 11:20 am

Right-Wing Media Falsely Link DOJ Investigations Of Police To Increased Violence

Right-wing media figures blamed violence in Baltimore on the Department of Justice's (DOJ) recommended limits on the use of force implemented by the Cleveland Police Department, suggesting the Obama administration is causing increased violence by investigating local police departments and "cracking down on the police."Violence In Baltimore Rises To Record-Levels CNN: Baltimore Experiences Record Number Of Homicides In May. Violence in Baltimore over Memorial Day weekend made May the deadliest month in 15 years for the city, according to CNN. Over the weekend, 9 people were killed in 29 shootings: Baltimore is seeing its deadliest month in 15 years after an outbreak of Memorial Day weekend violence left nine people dead in 29 shootings. So far, Baltimore has tallied 35 homicides this month, police said. The last time Baltimore saw that many homicides was December 1999, police said. [, 5/26/15] Cleveland Police Accept Department Of Justice Restrictions On Use Of Force  NY Times: The Cleveland Police Department Agrees To Implement DOJ's Use Of Force Limitations. After a nearly two-year civil rights investigation, the Cleveland Police Department has agreed to implement a revised use of force policy recommended by the DOJ, including "some of the most exacting standards in the nation over how and when its officers can use force." According to The New York Times, the agreement reached between the DOJ and the Cleveland police includes "close oversight" to ensure the new guidelines are followed. As The Times reported:   The new rules in Cleveland prohibit officers from using force against people for talking back or as punishment for running away. Pistol whipping is prohibited, and so is firing warning shots, the agreement says. The city has agreed to allow an independent monitor to track its progress. If the city does not put into effect the changes in the settlement, a federal judge has the authority to demand them. [The New York Times, 12/4/14, 5/26/15] Right-Wing Media Suggest DOJ Investigations Into Police Departments Lead To The Increased Violence Fox Business' Dobbs:  DOJ Investigations Into Local Police Departments Are "An Outright Campaign Against Law Enforcement." During the May 26 edition of Fox Business Network's Lou Dobbs Tonight, host Lou Dobbs characterized DOJ investigations into local police departments as "an outright campaign against law enforcement." [Fox Business Network, Lou Dobbs Tonight, 5/26/15] Fox's Cavuto: Violence In Baltimore Is "Going Down Just As Authorities Were Cracking Down On The Police." During the May 26 edition of Fox News' Your World with Neil Cavuto, host Cavuto linked violence in Baltimore to the Cleveland police department's implementation of the DOJ's recommended limits on police use of force. Cavuto asserted "all of this violence [was] going down just as authorities were cracking down on the police." Cavuto pointed to Cleveland's limits on police use of force, Obama's recent executive order restricting local law enforcement's access to certain military equipment from the federal government, and Baltimore grand jury indictments for the officers allegedly behind the unexplained death of Baltimore resident Freddie Gray while in police custody as evidence of the Obama administration "cracking down on the police." [Fox News, Your World with Neil Cavuto, 5/26/15] Rush Limbaugh: "The Obama Administration's Theory On Policing" Will Lead To Increased Violence Like In Baltimore. On the May 26 edition of Premiere Radio Networks' The Rush Limbaugh Show, host Limbaugh highlighted the DOJ settlement with the Cleveland Police Department and argued that the new rules proved that "the Obama administration's theory on policing" would lead to violence similar to that in Baltimore, pointing to Cleveland's limits on police use of force as evidence the DOJ and Obama administration are restricting police. [Premiere Radio Networks, The Rush Limbaugh Show, 5/26/15] Fox Contributor: If The Justice Department Continues "To Go After Police Departments ... You're Going To See Crime Rates Continue To Increase." During the May 26 edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends, network contributor Rod Wheeler pointed to the Cleveland police department's implementation of DOJ-recommended limits on police use of force and the violence in Baltimore to claim that crime increases when the DOJ investigates local police departments: WHEELER: If we continue to go after the police departments like the Justice Department is doing, you're going to see crime rates continue to increase. We see it already. Just look at this past weekend. [Fox News, Fox & Friends, 5/26/15] Fox's Bolling: When You Blame The Police Force "Crime Is Going To Go Up." On the May 26 edition of Fox News' The Five, co-host Eric Bolling suggested that officials "pointing the finger at cops" by investigating local police departments or creating limits on police use of force, will cause an increase in violence in places like Cleveland and Baltimore:   BOLLING: What did you expect would happen? I mean when you tell the police to stand down when there's rioting going on. When you are pointing the finger at cops every time someone is shot, blaming a cop, It's their fault -- of course you're going to demoralize the police force and crime is going to go up. It's going to happen in Baltimore, it's going to happen in Cleveland, it's going to happen in New York, it's going to happen everywhere you're pointing fingers at cops. [Fox News, The Five, 5/26/15]  

Posted by on 26 May 2015 | 10:49 am

Watch Sean Hannity Lecture Black Baltimore Community Leaders About Violence In Baltimore

From the May 26 edition of Fox News' Hannity:Previously:  On Hannity's Race Special, Guest Says Obama Is The "Reincarnation Of Woodrow Wilson" Who Pushed The Ku Klux Klan Baltimore's Kwame Rose Responds To Geraldo's Personal Attacks, Talks About Media And Freddie Gray Sean Hannity: Lesson Of Freddie Gray's Death Is "Don't Run At 8:30 In The Morning When You See A Cop" Fox Personalities Blame Obama For Baltimore Violence

Posted by on 26 May 2015 | 10:20 am

Sen. Bernie Sanders: Media Failing To Convey That Climate Change Is "The Great Planetary Crisis We Now Face"

From the May 24 edition of CNN's Reliable Sources:Previously: STUDY: How Broadcast Networks Covered Climate Change In 2014 Senators Urge Broadcast Networks To Increase Climate Coverage

Posted by on 26 May 2015 | 10:09 am

Laura Ingraham Blames "Deficit Of Fathers" For Violence In Poor Black Neighborhoods Like Baltimore

From the May 26 edition of Fox News' The O'Reilly Factor:Previously:  The Worst Conservative Media Reactions To The Baltimore Riots Bill O'Reilly: "Racial Persecution Really Isn't The Problem In Baltimore," It's "Personal Behavior" Bill O'Reilly's Attacks On Black Culture

Posted by on 26 May 2015 | 8:41 am

Fox's Scott Brown Worries That Scrutiny Has Made Police "Gun Shy"

From the May 26 edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends:Previously: Fox Contributor: Crime Increases When DOJ Investigates Local Police "War On Cops": Fox News Abandons Its Catchphrase When Bike Gangs Threaten Police Fox Completely Distorts Obama's Policy Proposals To Hype Alleged "War On Police" Fox Dismisses Role Of Police Brutality In Sparking Unrest In Baltimore

Posted by on 26 May 2015 | 7:19 am

Fox's Napolitano Floats Impeachment After Court Continues Hold On Obama's Executive Actions For Immigrants

From the May 26 edition of Fox News' Your World with Neil Cavuto:Related: Obama Immigration Overhaul, 'Dreamers' Handed Another Legal Setback Previously: Fox Hypes Punishment For Obama's Immigration Overhaul: Impeach, Sue, Defund, & Obstruct Fox's Napolitano: If Obama Delays Deportation Of Undocumented Immigrants GOP Should "Impeach Him" What Right-Wing Media Miss In Threatening Impeachment Over Executive Action On Immigration

Posted by on 26 May 2015 | 5:57 am

Limbaugh Instructs GOP To "Focus" On Benghazi In 2016

From the May 26 edition of Premiere Radio Networks' The Rush Limbaugh Show:Previously: Limbaugh: "I Imagine Myself To Be The Campaign Consultant For All '16 As A Group" Limbaugh Adds A Hillary Clinton Twist To His Petraeus-Benghazi Conspiracy Theory When There's Nothing Left To Uncover About Hillary

Posted by on 26 May 2015 | 2:04 am

Tom Marr On Women In Combat: "I'm Not One For Daddy's Little Girl Coming Home In A Body Bag"

From the May 25 edition of Cumulus Media Networks' The Mark Levin Show:Previously: Fox's Ralph Peters: Women In Combat Will Inevitably "Get People Killed" Fox Host Suggests "Innate" Chivalry In Men Is A Reason Women Shouldn't Serve In Special Forces Combat Levin: Women In Combat Pose A Danger To "A Real Man" Who Will React Differently If They're In Danger 

Posted by on 26 May 2015 | 12:42 am