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Fox News Legitimized Birthers

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

By Ellen
News Hounds

Perhaps desperate for new ways to undermine Barack Obama’s presidency, Fox News has joined forces with the “birthers,” the fringe who irrationally claim that Obama’s presidency is illegitimate because he was not born in the U.S. As Think Progress has reported, Obama’s Hawaii birth certificate is widely available on the internet. has also extensively researched the subject. Their conclusion: Born in the U.S.A. But Fox News has started reporting on birthers without noting the baselessness of their claims, and in ways that lend legitimacy to their efforts. With video.

During Special Report’s Political Grapevine segment tonight (7/14/09), Bret Baier announced (at about 40 seconds into the first video below), “A U.S. soldier who has been ordered to Afghanistan is refusing to go… (saying) President Obama was not born in the United States and therefore is ineligible to be Commander-in-Chief. A Columbus, Georgia newspaper reports (the soldier) has filed a request in federal court seeking a temporary restraining order on his deployment. (His) attorney is involved in a second case that challenges the legitimacy of the Obama presidency. The Los Angeles Times reports a California judge has agreed to hear the merits of that case.” As a banner on the screen read, “PERSISTENT PROBLEM” next to a photo of Obama and the U.S. Supreme Court, Baier added, “It is just one of dozens of legal challenges to the president’s nationality.”

But rather than inform his viewers that those “challenges” have been thoroughly debunked, Baier presented the issue as a he said/she said, adding, “At least two of them have already been dismissed by the Supreme Court. The White House press secretary again Monday brushed aside the matter, saying, quote, ‘The noble truth is that the president was born in Hawaii, a state of the United States of America.’” Baier never pointed out that Obama's American birth certificate has been produced and authenticated....(Remainder.)


Conservative Judges Agree With Sotomayor, but Fox Won't Tell You That

By Media Matters

During the July 14 edition of Fox News' Special Report, Supreme Court correspondent Shannon Bream reported that "gun rights advocates have major concerns, given a ruling from [Judge Sonia] Sotomayor earlier this year in which she held that the Second Amendment doesn't apply to the states, meaning states can ban gun ownership." But Bream did not note that the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals -- in a decision written by Chief Judge Frank Easterbrook and joined by Judge Richard Posner, both conservatives appointed by President Reagan -- also held that the Second Amendment did not apply to the states.

As a June 16 New York Times article reported:
On June 2, a three-judge panel of the court, led by Chief Judge Frank H. Easterbrook, a well-known conservative, ruled that there was no basis for the court to apply the Second Amendment to the states. Such a decision, Judge Easterbrook wrote, should be made only by the Supreme Court, not at the appellate level.

The right of states to make their own decisions on such matters, Judge Easterbrook wrote, "is an older and more deeply rooted tradition than is a right to carry any particular kind of weapon."
Bream and Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace have previously distorted Sotomayor's record on the Second Amendment....(Remainder.)


The Retarded Baby Jesus is Lying Again: "Obama said 'White folks' greed runs a world in need' "


Joe Scarborough Mock Obama's First Pitch


Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III is a Bigot & a Racist. He's Prejudiced. It's Not That Hard to Say Because it's True

By Joe Sudbay

Most of the talking heads refuse to acknowledge that Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III, who was denied a federal judgeship because he's a racist, is still a racist. But, he is. And, it's been on full display at the Sotomayor hearings.

Fortunately, there are some great minds online who get it. First, probably the best quote to-date on Sessions came from Matt Yglesias:
I would pay good money to hear Sonia Sotomayor say, “Senator Sessions, I think it’s ironic to be facing these questions from a man whose judicial nomination was rejected by this very committee on the grounds that he’s a huge racist.”
Greg Sargent cuts right through the DC BS and nails Sessions for what he is. Greg notes that Sessions has repeatedly attacked Sotomayor for saying her heritage influences her. Sessions sees that as inherently evil. But, Sessions voted for Samuel Alito, who testified that his heritage guided him.
Here’s what Samuel Alito acknowledged during his 2006 confirmation hearing:
[W]hen a case comes before me involving, let’s say, someone who is an immigrant — and we get an awful lot of immigration cases and naturalization cases — I can’t help but think of my own ancestors.…

When I get a case about discrimination, I have to think about people in my own family who suffered discrimination because of their ethnic background or because of religion or because of gender. And I do take that into account....



Poor, Persecuted Sarah Palin

The GOP embraces the culture of victimhood.

By Thomas Frank
The Tilting Yard at The Wall Street Journal

When Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin announced her resignation two weeks ago it was after a series of strange, petty bouts with her detractors. Many "frivolous ethics violations" had been alleged against her, she noted. David Letterman had told an ugly joke about her daughter. A blogger had posted something that was probably not true. Someone had photoshopped a radio talker's face onto a picture of her baby -- a "malicious desecration" of the image, in the words of Ms. Palin's spokeswoman.

Team Palin got duly indignant at each of these. They took special, detailed offense. They issued statements magnifying their wounds. And, finally, the governor resigned her office, a good woman cruelly wronged.

The culture's fantastically unfair treatment of middle Americans is the main lesson that many will no doubt take away from Ms. Palin's time in the national spotlight. In fact, it may be the only lesson. We don't really know where the former vice presidential candidate stands on most issues. We know only that she is constantly being maligned, that when we turn on the TV and see her fair face beaming, we are about to hear that some liberal someone has slurred this noble lady yet again.

Indeed, if political figures stand for ideas, victimization is what Ms. Palin is all about. It is her brand, her myth. Ronald Reagan stood tall. John McCain was about service. Barack Obama has hope. Sarah Palin is a collector of grievances. She runs for high office by griping.

This is no small thing, mind you. The piling-up of petty complaints is an important aspect of conservative movement culture. For those who believe that American life consists of the trampling of Middle America by the "elites" -- that our culture is one big insult to the pious and the patriotic and the traditional -- Sarah Palin's long list of unfair and disrespectful treatment is one of her most attractive features. Like Oliver North, Robert Bork, and Clarence Thomas, she is known not for her ideas but as a martyr, a symbol of the culture-war crimes of the left....(Remainder.)


Rabid Anti-Abortionist Tries to Use Sotomayor Hearings for Comeback

Infamous Operation Rescue founder Randall Terry employs his gory protest tactics in Washington to assail Sotomayor's record on reproductive rights.

By Adele M. Stan

WASHINGTON -- "What about the unborn?" That was the shout, made repeatedly, from the floor as Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., attempted to read her opening statement at the hearing before the Senate Judiciary committee on the nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court. The shouting man was removed, prompting a stern admonition from committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., but the heckler's point was made.

Outside the Hart Senate Office Building, where the hearing was taking place, Operation Rescue founder Randall Terry took press calls on his cell phone amid a handful of the followers of his new organization, Operation Rescue/Insurrecta Nex. I found him escorting Norma McCorvey, the "Jane Roe" of Roe v. Wade, who now crusades against legalized abortion, to her place on the line for those ticketed to view the hearings.

"I see you have blood on your dress," I observed. "It's fake blood," Terry interjected.

"The guy who was removed from the hearing -- is he one of yours?" I asked. "Yes," Terry replied. "And we'll have another one later." He declined to offer the name of the offenders. (Sure enough, in the afternoon session, as Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., read his statement in his first appearance on the Judicial Committee, he was disrupted by a group of Terry's followers.)...(Remainder.)


Dems Open Push to Overhaul Health Care

By Carolyn Lochhead

San Francisco Chronicle

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and top Democrats opened an all-fronts charge Tuesday to pass a $1.5 trillion, 10-year health care overhaul by August, unveiling legislation that would tax the wealthy to pay for universal coverage, create a public insurance plan and require individuals to carry insurance and businesses to offer it.

The bill would also begin wide-ranging experiments to change the way doctors and hospitals are paid in an effort to slow decades of relentless cost increases.

The legislation arrived after a strong shove from President Obama at a White House meeting Monday, when he ordered Democratic House and Senate leaders to begin moving bills that have languished for months as opponents have gathered force and polls show public skepticism on the rise.

Pelosi, D-San Francisco, and three key committee chairmen she has dubbed the "three tenors" - Democratic Reps. George Miller of Martinez, Henry Waxman of Los Angeles and Charles Rangel of New York - vowed to make history by achieving universal coverage, a dream of Democrats since President Harry Truman.

"Inaction is not an option," Pelosi said. The Democrats described a crisis among individuals, businesses and governments at all levels facing cost increases that are driving all of them toward financial ruin.

"You will never again be one treatment away from bankruptcy," Miller promised....(Remainder.)


Fox News Goes Birther, Treats Obama Citizenship BS as Serious News


The Dunce and the Wise Latina Woman

By Bob Englehart
The Hartford Courant


Gay Republican Cat-Fight!

By Alex Blaze
The Bilerico Project

Hahaha, gay Republicans are in-fighting:
"[GOProud has] made it clear that they just want to add a voice to the echo chamber. ... They've already said they don't want to be a people organization and have members and clubs," [Log Cabin spokesman Charles] Moran said. "Log Cabin has thousands of members across the country, and when we're in campaign season, we're out knocking on doors for candidates across the country. In the spring, Log Cabin Republicans is at gay pride parades registering disaffected Democrats and independents."

"If you're not a people-based organization, then what are you?" Moran continued. "Log Cabin is making a difference in helping move the Republican Party forward. We're part of the solution and getting things done. Anyone else who's not is just adding voices to the echo chamber."
The entire Roll Call article is an interesting read, but the big idea isn't one that we haven't heard before: Log Cabin represented the more aristocratic, Goldwater gay Republican, and it's losing influence and dying out; GOProud represents the wingnut, Limbaugh gay Republican, and they have plenty of money (or at least that's what they say).

The echo chamber bit is hilarious, though. Moran's obviously upset that GOProud's politics aren't all that discernable from any other movement conservative groups out there, which, as I posted before, is a sign of progress since they're at least not being completely rejected as perverts and America-haters by the rest of the hard-core conservative movement. But Moran's (and I'd assume LCR's) disdain for that sort of base political thought, along with statements from him that only make sense if you imagine a monocle popping out of his eye and falling into his champagne, only makes this in-fighting more comical....(Remainder.)


Episcopal Church Chooses Gay Christians Over Foreign Appeasement

By Timothy Kincaid
Box Turtle Bulletin

At their national convention in 2003, delegates of the Episcopal Church took a vote that was not much watched by those outside of the body of Anglicans. Yet this decision has perhaps had more global fallout than any specific religious action in centuries.

When the Episcopal Church ordained Gene Robinson as Bishop of New Hampshire, it infuriated conservative American Episcopalians as well as those around the world affiliated with the Anglican Communion, the globe’s third largest Christian fellowship.

In America, several priests and laypeople left the church in protest along with a handful of churches and even four dioceses. Other religious leaders were quick to throw in their opinion with some, like evangelical mega-church pastor Rick Warren, leaping to praise the dissidents.

A number of Archbishops in Africa and Asia condemned the American church and declared that they would not break bread with anyone who would accept gay Christians on an equal standing. The global body stood on the brink of schism.

In 2006 the Episcopal Church took a breather. They chose to stand back and hold off on ordaining any further bishops or in taking any steps to recognize or celebrate same-sex unions in hope that this cooling off time could allow them to find common ground with anti-gay elements of the Communion and achieve peace.

But peace was not an option. Conservative Anglicans are not interested in unity in Christ or the guidance of each body’s conscience or in allowing all to listen to the guidance of the Holy Spirit. They want strict adherence to their demands or harsh punishment as a consequence. Either reject gay Christians, or to Hell with you....(Remainder.)


Pro-Gay Miami Judge Demoted

By Neal Broverman

The judge who may be responsible for ending Florida's ban on adoption by same-sex parents has been demoted from her position on the Miami-Dade circuit court.

After serving for 15 years as the top administrative judge over Miami-Dade's juvenile courts, Cindy Lederman has been removed by the new chief justice of Miami's courts. The chief justice, Orlando Prescott, said he wanted new perspectives and leadership, according to the Associated Press.

Lederman ruled in November 2008 that the state's ban on adoption by gay couples -- in existence since the days of Anita Bryant -- is unconstitutional. The case is now on its way to an appeals court, with the state of Florida prepared to defend the ban.

Lederman, who will now serve as a juvenile court judge, says she respects Prescott's decision....(Original.)


Ben Stein and NYT 'Get Really Seriously Wrong'

By Gabriel Voiles

Stating quite succinctly how "there is an ongoing issue about whether global warming deniers should be treated seriously by the media, given that they have about as much scientific support for their position as the flat-Earth crew," economist Dean Baker (Beat the Press, 7/11/09) notes how the July 11 "New York Times goes them one better in finding a global warming ignorer":
Apparently, Ben Stein has never heard about global warming. How else can someone interpret this paragraph:
I don't believe we need to do something radical about energy, but even assuming that we do, why do it right now? Do we need to take one of the few sectors that is working like clockwork through the recession--oil refining--and wring its neck by making it pay for pollution "cap and trade" credits? Why attack a healthy industry when so many other sectors are ill? What is all of this anger at Big Oil, which has not done anything blameworthy, all about? Why endlessly beat up the companies that keep the country going?
He then goes on to complain about the Obama administration's efforts to change the laws on foreclosures. This would be a good idea, except the Obama administration is not working to change the laws on foreclosure.
Baker explains that "Stein is opposed to this plan because he is worried that it will further discourage mortgage lending," even though "there is no problem of mortgage lending at present. Mortgage rates are near historic lows and the Mortgage Bankers Association applications index indicates that few people are having trouble getting mortgages." Baker is impressed with how, "once again, Ben Stein distinguishes himself by how many things he can get really seriously wrong in a relatively short column."...(Original.)


Updated Myths & Falsehoods Surrounding the Sotomayor Nomination

By Media Matters

In covering President Obama's nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to replace retiring Justice David Souter on the Supreme Court, the media have advanced numerous myths and falsehoods about Sotomayor. In some cases, the media assert the falsehoods themselves; in others, they report unchallenged the claims of others.

Beyond the merits, the attacks by conservatives should be assessed in the context of their reported plans to use the confirmation process to "help refill depleted coffers and galvanize a movement demoralized by Republican electoral defeats"; "build the conservative movement"; provide "a massive teaching moment for America"; "prepare the great debate with a view toward Senate elections in 2010 and the presidency"; and "hurt conservative Democrats."

Media Matters for America has compiled a list of myths and falsehoods that have emerged or resurfaced since Sotomayor's nomination was first reported.

MYTH: The Supreme Court decided Ricci "9-0" against Sotomayor

Following the Supreme Court's decision in Ricci v. DeStefano -- which reversed by a 5-4 margin a decision by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals -- several conservative media figures have claimed that the Supreme Court decided "against" Sotomayor "9-0." In fact, while Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote in her dissent that "[o]rdinarily, a remand for fresh consideration would be in order" and that "I would not oppose a remand for further proceedings fair to both sides," she concluded, "[W]hat this case does not present is race-based discrimination in violation of Title VII." That conclusion is consistent with the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision Sotomayor joined.

In her dissent, joined by Justices David Souter, John Paul Stevens, and Stephen Breyer, Ginsburg also wrote:
Applying what I view as the proper standard to the record thus far made, I would hold that New Haven had ample cause to believe its selection process was flawed and not justified by business necessity. Judged by that standard, petitioners have not shown that New Haven's failure to certify the exam results violated Title VII's disparate treatment provision.
MYTH: Supreme Court reversal of Ricci an "extraordinary rebuke" for Sotomayor

In a May 27 editorial, The Washington Times stated that if the Supreme Court were to reverse the 2nd Circuit decision in Ricci -- which the High Court subsequently did by a 5-4 margin -- "It would be an extraordinary rebuke were a current nominee to be overruled on such a controversial case by the very justices she is slated to join." But it is a myth that the Ricci reversal represents an "extraordinary rebuke" for Sotomayor. Indeed, the Supreme Court reversed at least four decisions by the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court in which Samuel Alito either wrote or joined the majority opinion, and Alito also received a "rebuke" by Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, whom he replaced, regarding his dissent in the abortion-rights case, Planned Parenthood v. Casey....(Remainder.)


Sonia Sotomayor Explains "Wise Latina" Comment

By David Neiwert
Crooks and Liars

Sen. Pat Leahy gave Sonia Sotomayor today the chance to set the record straight regarding the fake controversy over her "wise Latina" remarks:
SOTOMAYOR: Thank you for giving me an opportunity to explain my remarks.

No words I have ever spoken for written have received so much attention.


SOTOMAYOR: I gave a variant of my speech to a variety of different groups, most often to groups of women lawyers or to groups, most particularly, of young Latino lawyers and students.

As my speech made clear in one of the quotes that you reference, I was trying to inspire them to believe that their life experiences would enrich the legal system, because different life experiences and backgrounds always do. I don't think that there is a quarrel with that in our society.

I was also trying to inspire them to believe that they could become anything they wanted to become, just as I had. The context of the words that I spoke have created a misunderstanding, and I want -- and misunderstanding -- and to give everyone assurances, I want to state up front, unequivocally and without doubt, I do not believe that any ethnic, racial or gender group has an advantage in sound judging. I do believe that every person has an equal opportunity to be a good and wise judge regardless of their background or life experiences.

What -- the words that I use, I used agreeing with the sentiment that Justice Sandra Day O'Connor was attempting to convey. I understood that sentiment to be what I just spoke about, which is that both men and women were equally capable of being wise and fair judges....



Zach Wamp Complains About C-Street Coverage on the Rachel Maddow Show

By Heather
Crooks and Liars

Rep. Zach Wamp's office contacted The Rachel Maddow Show to complain about the C-Street coverage on her program last Friday.
Maddow: Well on Friday's show I quoted an account from the Knoxville News Centinal in which a member of congress who lives at C-Street described one of the most worrying aspects of this shadowy, powerful organization, its secrecy. The Congressman in question is Zach Wamp of Tennessee. He has lived at C-Street for a dozen years and here's what I said about him on Friday.
Zack Wamp of Tennessee is a Republican member of Congress who says he has lived in the C Street house for 12 years. Today, he told “The Knoxville News Sentinel” that the members of Congress who live there are sworn to secrecy.

Quoting from the “News Sentinel,” “The C Street residents have all agreed they won‘t talk about their private living arrangements, Wamp said and he intends to honor that pact. ‘I hate it that John Ensign lives in the house and this happened because it opens up all of these kinds of questions,‘ Wamp said. But, he said, ‘I'm not going to be the guy who goes out and talks.‘”
Maddow went on to say that although Wamp's office claimed he was misquoted on her show, but they have not asked the Knoxville News Sentinal to correct their article and until they do, she's standing by her reporting. Good for her.

I don't think Wamp's doing the GOP any favors by complaining and giving Rachal Maddow another reason to keep this C-Street story alive, not that Ensign and Sanford aren't doing a good enough job without his help....(Original.)


NRA Lying in Wait to Ambush Sotomayor — With Popguns

By David Neiwert
Crooks and Liars

Sen. Orrin Hatch doggedly pursued Sonia Sotomayor today on a series of questions about the Second Amendment, since the matter of gun rights -- especially the evil President Obama Secret Plan to Take Your Guns Away -- is probably the biggest legal issue on the minds of most Utahns.

As you can perhaps see from the excerpts, Sotomayor handled them all ably (one of the rulings Hatch raised, she pointed out, was a very narrow case involving nunchucks and not guns). At one point, she had to point out that Hatch essentially wanted her to issue a ruling on cases that she might actually have before her on the Supreme Court, so she couldn't answer those.

Nonetheless, you can rest assured that the National Rifle Association and the various gun fetishists out there -- convinced that their gun rights actually are what keep us safe from government tyranny -- will find whatever she says unconvincing and denounce her anyway.

Last night, Wayne LaPierre of the NRA was on Glenn Beck's show, and he made it abundantly plain that they were going to go through the pretense of listening to Sotomayor patiently before they denounced her.



New CBS Poll: Americans Feel that Sarah Palin is Not Qualified to be President

By John Amato
Crook and Liars

After quitting her job in Alaska while many Americans struggle to make ends meet, a new CBS poll found that most Americans think she's not up to the task of being President---including a huge majority of Republicans.
If Sarah Palin is resigning her position as Alaska's Governor to run for president, she faces doubts – even from Republicans – about her ability to be an effective one, according to a new CBS News poll.

Less than one in four Americans, 22 percent in particular, say she does have the ability to be an effective president. Only 33 percent of Republicans say she does. Sixty five percent of all Americans, and 51 percent of Republicans say she does not.

In this CBS News Poll, conducted one week after Palin announced she would resign, these assessments are even more negative than they were among registered voters before last year's presidential election. Then, 37 percent of all registered voters thought Palin could be effective if it became necessary for her to take on the job, and 53 percent did on.
I'd say that's terrible news for her, and it shows that America isn't buying the reasons she gave for quitting with a year and a half left in her term during the nutty press conference she staged. And what was with all the animals quaking in the background?...(Remainder.)


Satan Spawn, Liz Cheney, On The Retard Baby Jesus' Show Talking About Running for Office

By David Neiwert
Crooks and Liars

Liz Cheney told the Washington Times that she might consider a run for some kind of political office, which was the shoe we've all been waiting to drop since we started seeing her face over all the cable channels the past couple of months:
The daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney said Monday that running for political office is on her horizon.

"It's something I very well may do," said Elizabeth "Liz" Cheney, a lawyer and State Department appointee who has worked on two Republican presidential campaigns.
This of course set the cable heads who've had her on previously to chattering, including Chris Matthews, and she appeared on Sean Hannity's Fox News program and answered the question noncommittally. Uh-huh.

Now we're waiting for the other shoe to drop, which will be for Cheney to be declared one of the "fresh upcoming faces" for the GOP as it struggles to redefine itself in the post-Bush era. Nothing like a Cheney for that task, eh?

On the other hand, now that a majority of Republicans now think Sarah Palin is not qualified to be president, they need to start looking ahead. And for all her less-appealing qualities -- particularly the sneer she shares with her father -- she is at least seemingly competent and capable and reasonably intelligent. Which makes her a big improvement on Palin right away.

One certainly can see what Republicans would like about her: As you can see from the rest of the Hannity segment, she was out there touting her charge that the looming possibility of torture investigations proves "we can't trust Democrats with national security"....(Remainder.)


Sessions Treats White Male Nominees Differently Than Female Latina Nominees

By Big Ten Democrat

Crooks and Liars

For Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III, white men deserve preferential treatment. Given his stated sympathies for the KKK, this is hardly surpising. But it is worth noting. In his opening statement, Sessions said:
I will not vote for — no senator should vote for — an individual nominated by any President who believes it is acceptable for a judge to allow their own personal background, gender, prejudices, or sympathies to sway their decision in favor of, or against, parties before the court.
(Emphasis supplied.) Yet, Sessions voted for Samuel Alito, who testified in his confirmation hearings that he does take his own personal background and sympathies into account as a judge.

Sessions demands preferential treatment for white men. He clearly applies a stricter standard to persons who are not white men. Given his history, this is hardly surprising. But it is also the perfect embodiment of the Republican philosophy....(Original.)


Fox Nation Still Obsessing Over Obama's Birth Certificate

By Media Matters


The Retarded Baby Jesus, Hannity, Says Obama's "Czars" Are a "Shadow Government"


Fox Ditzy Spokesmodel Kelly Fawns Over KKK Grand Dragon Jeff Sessions' Questioning of Sotomayor


Like Himself, Michael "Savage" Weiner, Says Sotomayor is a "Windbag Liar": Hello Pot, This is Kettle


Wolff Blitzer Notes That George H.W. Bush "Talked About Empathy" During Clarence Thomas Nomination


Fox's Viqueria Has a Raging Hardon for Lindsay Graham Calling Him an "Iconoclast"


Pathetic Piece of Feces, Bill Cunningham, Wants to Beat the "Hell Outta" Homeless People


"Fair and Balanced" Fox News Justifies Skipping Democrats During Sotomayor Hearings


On CNN, Toobin and Blitzer Dismiss Closet Queen Graham's Anonymous Attack on Sotomayor


Much Like His Show, Fucktard O'Reilly Declares Sotomayor Hearing "Boring"


Media Still Ignoring Economists to Claim Stimulus Has Failed

By Media Matters

Over the past week, media figures have continued to advance the claim that the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 has failed. In fact, many economists believe that it is too early for the stimulus package to have fully taken effect.

As Media Matters for America noted, several progressive economists, including Nobel laureate Paul Krugman, believe that the current state of the economy indicates not that the stimulus package has failed, but that additional stimulus spending may be necessary. Notably, Krugman said of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act on July 5: "[I]t was never expected to do very much this soon. The problem, instead, is that the hole the stimulus needs to fill is much bigger than predicted. That -- coupled with the fact that yes, stimulus takes time to work -- is the reason for a second round, ASAP."

Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody's, has reportedly stated that while it is "premature" to consider "another dose of fiscal stimulus," the recovery act "has not had a sufficient opportunity to work." In a July 11 article, The Washington Post reported that, according to Zandi:
It is premature to conclude one way or another if the economy needs another dose of fiscal stimulus. The current stimulus has not had a sufficient opportunity to work, and while it has already provided some benefit to the economy -- the downturn would be even worse without it -- its benefit won't be fully felt until later this year. A reasonable judgment regarding the need for more stimulus should wait until year's end.
Additionally, on July 10, The Wall Street Journal reported on its most recent survey of 51 economists on the state of the economy, finding that while only eight of the economists supported an additional stimulus, "[w]hen asked how much the stimulus has helped the economy, 53% of respondents said it has provided somewhat of a boost but that the larger effect is still to come."...(Remainder.)


Amazingly Fox's Kelly & Wiehl Shoot Down Graham's Anonymous Attacks...Is It Because He's a Mary?


Fucktard O'Reilly & Caprenter Attack Presente Action as a 'Tentacle of MoveOn'

By David Neiwert
Crooks and Liars

It's kind of funny how Bill O'Reilly can benignly declare a nakedly nativist organization like the Minutemen, despite a clear proclivity for attracting racists and violent extremists, "in the great tradition of neighborhood watch groups" -- and indeed assiduously decline to report on it when the violent evidence at hand makes clear they are much, much more than that.

And then he can turn around, as he did last night on The O'Reilly Factor -- assisted by his "internet cop" Amanda Carpenter -- and attack a relatively benign advocacy organization like Presente Action, a project of Color of Change, whose purpose revolves around providing an effective voice on the Web for minorities.

What has his goat, of course, is their campaign to defend Sonia Sotomayor by pointing out the prominent role played by hatemongers like Rush Limbaugh and Bill O'Reilly. So he dismisses them as merely a "tentacle" of and the "radical left."

Funny how that standard is a one-way street in O'Reillyland.

You have to wonder if maybe he, like Jeff Sessions, believes that "Empathy for one party is always prejudice against another"....(Original.)


After Vile Comments Posted on Malia Obama, Freeper Spouts BS About Left-Wing Blogs As a Smokescreen

By bluegal

Crooks and Liars

This saddens me. Anyone who has ever blogged knows that there are the occasional commenters who post things that embarrass us. If a blog in question has a commenting policy that forbids racist, abusive, violent, or otherwise inappropriate comments, we at Crooks and Liars don't make an issue of it if, on a blog we disagree with, some commenter slips through their gate with a comment that violates those policies.

We also know that some right-wing blogs, namely Michelle Malkin and her Hot Air brigade, run through our comment threads regularly looking for comments that might embarrass us. That's not the reason for our policy, we simply have standards.

When this Free Republic "spokesman" is given an opportunity to distance himself and the blog from some ridiculous comments that he and the blog were not initially responsible for, he instead uses his fifteen seconds of fame to exclaim that the left wing blogs "have no standards." Really.

And it's not like we can't prove him wrong. Crooks and Liars has a comment policy, and sitemonitors checking the threads regularly, as well as technology in place that specifically bans use of certain highly offensive words.

Daily Kos has policies in place and their readership and front-pagers take responsibility for removing comments that are offensive. I laughed when I saw that the Kos comment policy singles out certain individuals:
The exception to the normal troll rating golden rule of "rate the comment, not who makes it" is for people so disruptive to the community that they need to be quickly autobanned. This is a very difficult threshold to reach, and is reserved almost entirely for freepers or other trolls here only to disrupt.



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