Todd actually gets this right on Meet The
Press. Gregory played a clip of Dick Armey
trying to say that the teabaggers represent
the "center" of American politics as bizarre
as that may sound and it was Chuck Todd who
corrected that lie.
grabbed them, promoted them, sent their
hosts to caress and nurture them and were
the first network in the history of
broadcasting to become true political
activists that worked to undermine a newly
News is the
Propaganda for the GOP.
GREGORY: There's also the issue of the
sort of opposition that the president
faces. Where is the Republican Party? We
talked a little bit about that. Again,
part of the conversation we've had
outside the hour today in some outside
interviews includes one with Dick Armey,
a former congressman who's now part of
FreedomWorks, who is part of this tea
party movement that was influential in
Massachusetts and elsewhere. Here's what
he said about the center of American
REP. DICK ARMEY (R-TX): This is the
broad center of American politics.
Look at the polling data. Right now
the tea party polls higher than the
Republicans and the Democrats. And
it is becoming increasingly clear to
the electorate out there, and
they're expressing their
understanding, it is the Democrat
majority in Congress and the
president that's on the liberal
fringe and we are on the center.
There's no doubt about it.
TODD: I don't know they
are in the center.
I mean when we did our
own polling on this it's clear that the
tea party gets a big benefit because
there is one news organization that
gives them a huge bump all the time. I
mean they are favorable among Fox
viewers is through the roof and the rest
of the country sort of doesn't know a
lot about these folks. But the message
of the tea party sort of saying the
government doesn't work, these
institutions and we've got to shrink the
size of government, is tapping into what
we were just discussing before which is
this -- not disgust but sort of this
distrust of all institutions that are
out there. Government included.
I think that, I want to go to something
E.J. said about the Republican Party. I
think the most striking thing about the
minority party today is that a
Republican can't go home and it's mostly
because of this tea party crap cannot go
home and sell a piece of pork that they
got from Washington. It's now when you
bring home something, saying hey, "I
brought federal dollars to this," you're
on the defensive now. And so that does
make the president's challenge -- it's
not as if he can trade, you know, go and
have these trades with a Susan Collins
or an Olympia Snowe or let's say a Lamar
-- let's move over to more of the
conservative center right -- Lamar
Alexander or something like this because
they're not getting a benefit at home of
bringing something back because we have
like destroyed this idea that somehow
anything from government that comes
through is bad.
The tea party crowd is a hyper-extension of
the conservative movement. Sure, it's
attracting some hard working Americans who
are fed up with the state of the country
that the Bush administration left us in, but
the base of that movement are the
supremacist, Gold standard, black
Gospel of Hate
FOX News has been trying to main stream into
will the media elites (The Villagers) not be
afraid to expose this very dangerous
precedent that FOX News has set in the
Fox News president Roger Ailes and Rupert Murdoch, chairman of News Corp.,
the parent company of Fox News, have both been confronted by journalists
about Glenn Beck's inflammatory and often racially charged attacks on
progressives and President Obama. Ailes and Murdoch have defended,
rewritten, or falsely denied the existence of Beck's claims in an attempt to
downplay his reckless rhetoric.
Beck asserted that
progressives "are taking you to a place to be slaughtered."
After naming SEIU president
Andy Stern, George Soros, "anyone else around this White House," and
stated on the
November 3, 2009,
edition of his Fox News program, "You are going to see this economy come up
-- we're already seeing it - - and now it's going to start coming back down
again. And when you see the effects of what they're doing to the economy,
remember these words: we will survive. We know we'll do better than survive.
We will thrive -- as long as these people are not in control. They are
taking you to a place to be slaughtered."
Ailes falsely claimed Beck
"was talking about Hitler and Stalin slaughtering people. So I think he was
From the January 31
of ABC's This Week:
ARIANNA HUFFINGTON (Huffington Post
co-founder and editor-in-chief): Well, Roger, it's not a question of
picking a fight. And aren't you concerned about the language that Glenn
Beck is using, which is, after all, inciting the American people? There
is a lot of suffering out there, as you know, and when he talks about
people being slaughtered, about who is going to be the next in the
killing spree ...
AILES: Well, he was talking about
Hitler and Stalin slaughtering people. So I think he was probably
accurate. Also, I'm a little....
HUFFINGTON: No, no, he was talking
about this administration.
February 1: Beck misrepresented
his "slaughtered" comment. On the February 1 edition of his
radio show, Beck claimed that his comments were either in the "context of
Mao, Stalin, or Hitler," or "the idea that the truth is being slaughtered by
BECK: I don't even know if I've
ever used the word "slaughtered." And if I used the word "slaughtered,"
if it wasn't in a context of Mao, Stalin, or Hitler, it was in the idea
that the truth is being slaughtered by this administration, not saying
that this administration is going to slaughter anyone. [...] I have said
that progressives, this ideology has lead to the slaughtering of
millions. It has, it has. In particular: eugenics.
February 2: Beck claims he
"was talking about Andy Stern."
Responding to Huffington's criticism of his remarks, Beck
during his February 2 radio program that in his original comments, he "was
talking about Andy Stern."
Beck: Obama a "racist" who
has "a deep-seated hatred for white people or the white culture."
On the July 28,
broadcast of Fox
News' Fox & Friends, Beck discussed remarks Obama had made about
the controversial arrest of Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates and declared
that in his response to the arrest, Obama "exposed himself as a guy" with "a
deep-seated hatred for white people or the white culture." Beck added that
Obama is a "racist." Fox News senior vice president of programming Bill
later that day that Beck "expressed a personal opinion which represented his
own views, not those of the Fox News Channel. And as with all commentators
in the cable news arena, he is given the freedom to express his opinions."
Murdoch on Beck's claim that
Obama is "racist": "[H]e was right."
In a November 6, 2009,
with Sky News Australia political editor David Speers, Murdoch declared that
while Beck "perhaps shouldn't have" said it, Beck was "right." From the
SPEERS: Glenn Beck, who you
mentioned, has called Barack Obama a racist, and he helped organize a
protest against him. Others on Fox have likened him --
SPEERS: -- to Stalin. Is that
MURDOCH: No, no, no, not Stalin, I
don't think. I don't know who that -- not one of our people. On the
racist thing, that caused a [unintelligible]. But he did make a very
racist comment, about, you know, blacks and whites and so on, and which
he said in his campaign he would be completely above. And, you know,
that was something which perhaps shouldn't have been said about the
president, but if you actually assess what he was talking about, he was
News Corp. spokesman Gary Ginsberg
that Murdoch "does not at all, for a minute, think the president is a
racist." Politico's Michael Calderone reported that Ginsberg said
it's "not the case" that Murdoch shares Beck's view, "but did not comment
After questioned by
Media Matters, Murdoch appeared to deny claiming that Obama made a
On November 19, 2009, Media Matters for America
staff member Ben Fishel
Murdoch if he "could be more clear about what racist comments the president
allegedly made." Murdoch said: "I denied that absolutely. ... I don't
believe he's a racist." Murdoch did not respond when further pressed to
explain his remarks.
Ailes: Beck said "one
unfortunate thing," and "he apologized for" it. From the January 31
of ABC's This Week:
AILES: I don't -- I think he speaks
English. I don't know, but I mean, I don't misinterpret any of his
words. He did say one unfortunate thing, which he apologized for, but
that happens in live television. So I don't think it's -- I think if we
start going around as the word police in this business, it will be ...
HUFFINGTON: It's not about the word
police. It's about something deeper. It's about the fact that there is a
tradition as the historian Richard Hofstetter said, in American
politics, of the paranoid style. And the paranoid style is dangerous
when there is real pain out there.
Beck apologized only for how
"racist" accusation "was phrased," asserted that "it is a serious question
that I think needs serious discussion."
Ailes did not specify to which of
Beck's assertions he was referring when he said on This Week that
Beck "did say one unfortunate thing, which he apologized for, but that
happens in live television." Assuming that Ailes is referring to Beck's
claim that Obama is "a racist," the claim that Beck "apologized" for the
remark is false. In fact, Beck asserted that "it is a serious question" and
apologized only for "the way it was phrased," noting that "living in a
soundbite world is really a nasty place to live." From the September 22,
COURIC: You stand behind your
assertion that in your view, President Obama is a racist?
BECK: I believe that Americans
should ask themselves tough questions.
BECK [video clip]: This guy is, I
believe, a racist.
COURIC: Are you sorry you said that
BECK: I'm sorry the way it was
phrased, because I think everybody has to -- living in a soundbite world
-- really a nasty place to live. And it is a serious question that I
think needs serious discussion.
Murdoch: "[N]ot one of our
people" at Fox has "likened [Obama] to Stalin."
During Murdoch's November 2009
Australia's Sky News, which -- like Fox News -- Murdoch owns, David Speers
stated, "Glenn Beck, who you mentioned, has
Barack Obama a racist, and he helped organize a protest against him. Others
on Fox have likened him to Stalin. Is that defensible?" Murdoch responded,
"No, no, not Stalin, I don't think. I don't know who that -- not one of our
In fact, Beck and other Fox
News personalities have repeatedly compared Obama and his administration to
Beck and others
employed by Fox News have indeed compared Obama's administration to Stalin.
For instance, on the April 2, 2009, edition of his Fox News program, Beck
aired video of Obama interspersed with historical footage that included
images of Stalin, Adolf Hitler, and Vladimir Lenin and asked, "Is this where
we're headed?" As recently as January 28, Beck
purported "enemies list" to those made by Stalin. Beck also frequently
Hitler and Nazi Germany while discussing the Obama administration.
This afternoon, Fox News host Gregg Jarrett
proudly announced that Sarah Palin is
continuing to draw
huge crowds while she’s promoting her brand
new book. Take a look at — these are some of the
pictures just coming into us.” But the pictures
that the network chose to display on-air
appeared to be old file footage of Palin rallies
from the 2008 presidential campaign. Individuals
in the crowd are seen holding McCain/Palin
signs, and others are holding pom-poms and
cheering wildly. “There’s a crowd of folks,” an
enthused Jarrett observed, referring to the old
footage. Watch it:
The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart recently caught
Fox News’ Sean Hannity
displaying crowd shots from a rally earlier this
year to claim that a recent GOP health care
protest drew a larger audience than it actually
did. Hannity later acknowledged that he “screwed
The tea party protests continued last
week, as Congresswoman Michele Bachmann
held an anti-health-care-reform rally on
the steps of the Capitol. While she
estimated that 20,000-45,000 people
attended the event, the Washington Post
reported it was actually more like
Still, that is a sizable number of
Americans exercising their right to free
speech and assembly, and that warrants
news coverage. But Sean Hannity and his
team did more than cover the event. They
not only inflated the number in
attendance with their words, but
actually used footage from a
heavily-attended protest this summer to
make this health care rally appear more
popular. Hannity even pointed out that
this was a huge crowd for a Thursday,
when the protest footage they used was
from a Saturday.
Jon Stewart and his team caught this
discrepancy and ran with it, pointing
out neither the color of the leaves nor
sky in the tacked-on video matched that
of the actual footage. They went on to
mock Fox by adding more video to the
interview, this time from Woodstock and
the movie "300."
THOMPSON ACCUSED FOX NEWS OF BIAS BACK
Thompson accused Fox News of bias on Sunday, saying the network skews things against him
while claiming his presidential campaign is in trouble.
"This has been a constant mantra of Fox, to tell you the truth,"
Thompson told Chris Wallace on "Fox New Sunday" after Wallace played clips of
Fox commentators saying his campaign had been a disappointment.
"It's a lot of the same kind of stuff that I heard
when I first ran for office, when I was 20 points down. And fortunately, I wound up 20
points ahead on election night," Thompson said, according to The Politico.
"From Day One, they said I got in too late, I
couldn't do it ... wouldn't raise enough money, and that sort of thing. And that's their
opinion. They're entitled to their opinion. But that doesn't seem to be shared by the
cross section of American people. If you look at the national polls, you'll see that I'm
running second and have been running second for a long time. ...
"For you to highlight nothing but the negative in
terms of these polls, and then put on your own guys, who have been predicting for four
months, really, that I couldn't do it, you know, kind of skews things a little bit."