By Media Matters
Following reports that Senate leaders will include a public option in health care legislation, on Fox & Friends, Glenn Beck falsely suggested that only "35 percent of the population" supported a public option and accused Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of lying when he said, in co-host Gretchen Carlson's words, "the public wants this." In fact, polling consistently shows broad support for the public option, and the Fox News poll Beck is presumably referencing did not ask specifically about a public option....(Remainder.)
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Reichsführer Beck Claims Obama Lives in a Cave in Afghanistan, Whilst Spouting Anti-Free Market Rhetoric
By Media Matters
Several conservative commentators have touted a Gallup poll finding that 20 percent of respondents identify themselves as "liberal," 36 percent as "moderate" and 40 percent as "conservative" to criticize President Obama and his agenda and to claim America is ideologically a "conservative" country. But political scientists dispute the reliability of voters' identification with political ideologies, and other polling has found that a strong majority favors the more progressive position on a number of issues....(Remainder.)
Right-Wing Harridan, Monica Crowley, Ignorantly Claims Obama "Shouldn't be Playing Golf While Troops are Dying"
By Matt Finkelstein
The GOP leadership apparently hopes publicity stunts, rather than actual solutions, will slow the momentum for a public health insurance option.
Earlier today, House Republicans introduced a resolution to commemorate the 9/12 protests in Washington, DC. The measure, backed by 76 members of the GOP caucus, grossly exaggerates the number of "freedom-loving Americans" who took part in the Glenn Beck-inspired, anti-government demonstration.
A few hours later on the House floor, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) slammed House Republicans for acting like the far-right activists they're so eager to honor. At the urging of GOP leaders, conservative lawmakers had been lining up to give one-minute speeches denouncing Democratic health care proposals.
"The Tea Party minority didn't succeed this summer as they thought they had," Holmes Norton said. "So they've come to the floor this afternoon and they're not going to succeed any more on the floor than they succeeded with the noise of the summer. And how do we know it? The public option has come roaring back. The people got through the noise." Watch it:
Posted by Bret Carbone at 9:43 AM
By Media Matters
Following Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's announcement that the Senate health care reform bill will include a public option that each state could opt out of, several Fox News commentators baselessly suggested that states choosing not to participate in the public option would, in Karl Rove's words, have to pay taxes "for this sucker for decades," but "we're not going to get any of our money back." However, while Reid has yet to release details of the compromise Senate legislation, every other proposed bill with a public option so far has required the costs of the public plan to be covered by the premiums of those who enroll in it, and the taxes proposed in each of the bills are used to cover the expansion of coverage through Medicaid and subsidies to help certain families purchase insurance, both of which are provided to residents of every state regardless of any public option....(Remainder.)
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Right-Wing Loon Lovefest, Michele Bachmann Admires Steve King...I Think I Just Threw Up in my Mouth a Little Bit
By Media Matters Action
In a speech on the House floor last night, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) attempted to make the case that health care is a "benefit" and "not a right."
KING: It's not a right. It's a benefit that Congress has agreed to provide for humanitarian reasons. We spend billions overseas in humanitarian aid and we spend billions in this country to provide health care to anybody that shows up because we don't want to turn someone away and have them get sick or die. That's the policy in America, but it's not a right. [...]
Even though everyone in this country has a right to health care - excuse me - even though everyone in this country has access to health care, no one has a right to it.
First of all, King's claim regarding "access" is extremely disingenuous. Emergency rooms won't turn away people who are already sick. Unfortunately, that doesn't change the fact that tens of thousands of Americans die each year because they lack basic health insurance.
Moreover, if we provide health care for "humanitarian reasons," what exactly does King think those reasons are? Could it be that we as a society believe people have a right to be treated when they're sick? King seems to be undermining his own argument. ...(Remainder.)
Posted by Bret Carbone at 9:31 AM
Glenn Beck Using Unnecessary Quotation Marks!
Posted by Bret Carbone at 9:29 AM
Joe Lieberman Says He Will Not Support Health Care Reform Bill, or Vote for Cloture Against GOP Filibuster
By Nicole Belle
Crooks and Liars
If I hear "He's with us on everything but the war" one more time, I'm going to go medieval on somebody.
Sen. Joe Lieberman, the Democrat-turned-independent from Connecticut, said Tuesday that he will not vote for a healthcare reform bill that includes a government-run insurance plan.
This means that as things now stand, Democrats will not have enough votes to pass healthcare reform with a so-called public option unless Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) can pick up unexpected GOP votes.
Sen. Olympia Snowe (Maine), the only Republican to vote for the Senate Finance Committee’s healthcare bill, said Tueday that she would vote against bringing up a bill that included a government-run insurance program unless the implementation of such a program were set to a trigger.
Lieberman said he would vote with Reid and other Democrats on a motion to begin debate on a healthcare bill because he believes it is an important issue that needs to be considered. But he said he would not lend his support to an effort to cut off debate on a bill including a government-run insurance program.
Lieberman said he told Reid of his position in a recent conversation and that the leader “respected and understood.”
“We’re trying to do too much at once,” said Lieberman. “To put this government-created, government-run insurance company on top of everything else is just asking for trouble for the taxpayer, for the premium payer and for the national debt. I don’t think we need it now.”
Lieberman said he was not placated by allowing states to opt out of the public option “because it still creates a whole new federal government entitlement program, for which taxpayers will eventually be on the line.”
The motion to begin debate and the motion to move to a final vote are two actions that would require 60 votes and are considered the highest hurdles to passing a reform bill through the Senate.
Can we strip this traitor of his chairmanships already? I have several choice descriptors for Lieberman, but party/caucus loyalist is not one of them. Mr. Gang of 14/Up or Down Vote is more interested in letting insurance companies make a profit off you than helping Americans. He's afraid of doing "too much."
Too late. He already has done too much. Too much to ever be allowed to caucus with the Democrats again....(Original.)
Posted by Bret Carbone at 6:44 AM
Doctor-Killing Zealots Hold an Online Fund-Raiser for the Assassin of Dr. Tiller -- in Hopes of Using "Necessity" Defense
By David Neiwert
Crooks and Liars
Judy Thomas in the Kansas City Star has an amazing piece (picked up by MSNBC) about the online fund-raiser being planned for Scott Roeder, the right-wing extremist who shot Dr. George Tiller in the head in his church:
An Army of God manual. A prison cookbook compiled by a woman doing time for abortion clinic bombings and arsons. An autographed bullhorn.
These are among the items that abortion foes plan to auction on eBay and other Web sites in a fundraiser for Scott Roeder, the Kansas City man charged with killing Wichita abortion doctor George Tiller.
“This is unique,” said Regina Dinwiddie, a Kansas City anti-abortion activist who will sign the bullhorn. “Nobody’s ever done this before. The goal is that everybody makes money for Scott Roeder’s defense.”
One abortion-rights leader called the auction deplorable and said it could lead to more violence.
“The network of extremists promoting and defending the murder of doctors is contributing to escalating threats against clinics and doctors across the country,” said Kathy Spillar, executive vice president of the Feminist Majority Foundation.
Roeder, charged with first-degree murder in the May 31 shooting of Tiller, is scheduled to go to trial in January.
Perhaps even more appalling is the line of defense they hope to pursue in the courts with this money:
Leach and others would like to help Roeder hire a lawyer to present what is known as a necessity defense. That strategy would argue that Tiller was killed to prevent a greater harm — killing babies. Other anti-abortion activists charged with violent crimes have tried to use such a defense but with little success.
Yeah, let's legalize killing abortion doctors. Sounds like a job for Antonin Scalia. One can only hope this defense has zero success, as it has in the past.
Rachel Maddow also featured a segment on this story last night on her MSNBC show, including an interview with the attorney for Tiller's family, who says he'll move to have the court attach any funds they raise on Roeder's behalf.
Posted by Bret Carbone at 6:41 AM
The Glenn Beck Cartoon Show: 'We've Raised a Generation of Potential Killers'; Plus! 'We're Watching What Happened to Russia'
By David Neiwert
Crooks and Liars
Glenn Beck has become a cartoon. You can pretty much guarantee that every afternoon, you can tune in and find Beck saying something so stupidly outrageous, so detached from reality, so unhinged in its lunacy, that you just have to shake your head. It's not really a very funny cartoon, though.
Yesterday he treated us all to a long rant about how liberals are indoctrinating our children with inhuman values that are OK with letting grandma die at the hands of death panels, or something. "We have raised a generation of potential killers," he warned, inspired by a letter to the editor from a young woman who wants health-care reform for her generation especially. Yeah, that's exactly the same thing as pushing for euthanasia.
Beck, obviously, hears strange things when he listens to other people -- things they don't actually say. Instead, they seem to be edited by the voices inside his head.
He featured a later segment with right-wing economist Arthur Laffer -- one of the progenitors of Reaganomics -- who tells Beck all the damage could be repaired overnight with just a simple injection of Reagan-style economics. Of course, Laffer neglects to mention that G.W. Bush followed his economic prescriptions (especially those tax cuts for the wealthy, and the deregulation of the financial sector) to the letter, too -- and we can see where that got us....(Remainder.)
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By Media Matters
In support of his dubious argument that the press is treating President Obama more favorably than President Bush, Politico's Josh Gerstein falsely suggested that unlike David Axelrod, Karl Rove was never involved in national security meetings. In addition, Gerstein advanced the falsehood that the Bush administration did not attack MSNBC and other news outlets.
Politico falsely suggested Rove, unlike Axelrod, never participated in high-level national security meetings
Bush aide Feaver: "Oh, the howling and screaming that would have happened if" Rove was part of high-level security meetings. Politico reported that "[t]hroughout the Bush administration, liberal critics warned that the hand of Bush political adviser Karl Rove was spreading politics into all corners of government" and that consequently "some Bush aides went nearly apoplectic earlier this month when they spotted [White House press secretary Robert] Gibbs and Obama's political guru, David Axelrod, in photos of a Situation Room meeting on Afghanistan policy." Furthering its suggestion that Rove did not participate in high-level national security meetings, Politico quoted former Bush White House aide Peter Feaver asserting: "Oh, the howling and screaming that would have happened if Karl Rove was sitting in on even a deputies-level meeting where strategy was being hammered out. People would have just gone ballistic." [Politico, 10/27/09]
But Rove and other political advisers reportedly were involved in national security meetings. According to The Washington Post, "regular participants" in the White House Iraq Group -- which "met weekly in the Situation Room" during the run-up to the war and whose purpose was "to set strategy for each stage of the confrontation with Baghdad" -- included Rove and communications strategists Karen Hughes, Mary Matalin, and James R. Wilkinson. [The Washington Post, 8/10/03]...(Remainder.)
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By Media Matters
Several media outlets have uncritically reported Sen. Joe Lieberman's (I-CT) statement that he will oppose cloture for the Senate health care reform bill -- which Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has said will include a public option that each state could opt out of -- because he believes the public option would create a costly government entitlement program that taxpayers can't afford. However, as CBS News noted in a blog post on Lieberman's announcement, while Reid has yet to release details of the compromise Senate legislation, every other proposed bill with a public option so far has required the costs of the public plan to be covered by the premiums of those who enroll in it.
Numerous media outlets uncritically report Lieberman's claims
From an October 27 Associated Press article:
Connecticut Sen. Joseph Lieberman says while he's "strongly inclined" to vote to move Sen. Harry Reid's health care plan to the Senate floor for debate, he would ultimately oppose the measure because it includes a public option.
Lieberman said Tuesday in a telephone interview with The Associated Press that he's worried a public option would be costly to taxpayers and drive up insurance premiums.
From an October 27 Politico article:
"We're trying to do too much at once," Lieberman said. "To put this government-created insurance company on top of everything else is just asking for trouble for the taxpayers, for the premium payers and for the national debt. I don't think we need it now."
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By Walid Zafar
The past few months have not been so kind to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. With members leaving in protest over the Chamber's anti-science stance on climate legislation and its inflated membership numbers exposed, the group now has its back against the wall. But despite the torrent of criticism, the powerful business group is not backing down from attacking opponents or for that matter, the truth. However, its lies continue to be exposed.
In a scathing editorial, the Washington Post called the Chamber out on their blatant distortions of the Post's analysis of transportation issues in Northern Virginia to claim that the newspaper endorsed Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob McDonnell's transportation agenda.
The TV ads, matched by a similar radio spot, rely heavily on an editorial we wrote in July about Virginia's transportation mess. In it, we credited Robert F. McDonnell, the Republican nominee, for the specificity of his road-building plan but noted in the very next sentence: "Unfortunately, the new revenue he identifies is one-time-only, many years distant or paltry."
We went on to skewer Mr. McDonnell's plan, both in that editorial and in a half-dozen others since then, as a sham whose torrent of words tries to mask the fact that it would produce little new money for roads -- this as the state's spending on secondary and urban roads in Northern Virginia is fast approaching zero. The Chamber's ad tries to leave the false and dishonest impression that The Post has backed Mr. McDonnell's ideas on transportation; we haven't.
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