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David Neiwert covered it originally when Eric Bolling went ghetto describing a White House visit by the President of Gabon.
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What has Glenn Beck's response been to the revelation that his false and paranoid attacks on the Tides Foundation inspired viewer Byron Williams to target Tides employees for death?
Beck dedicated his Friday night Fox News show to yet another extended attack on the Tides Foundation, accusing the progressive institution of subverting churches, turning children against their parents and spreading "anti-human" theories.
A week ago we told you the story of Williams, who was incited by the conspiracy theories of right-wing media figures to try and assassinate employees of the progressive Tides Foundation and the ACLU. The same lies and smears that Williams said "blew my mind" go on every day at Fox.
Instead of recognizing the danger and taking appropriate action, Fox News is allowing and encouraging Beck's violent rhetoric, abdicating the responsibility the public expects of a powerful broadcaster. That is why targeting Glenn Beck's advertisers is no longer enough -- we need to hold the entire network accountable.
Thanks to the help of dedicated people like you, hundreds of sponsors have refused to advertise on Beck's program -- but Fox still stands behind Beck. News Corp. claims the lost ad dollars from Beck simply move to other shows.
On Friday, Drummond Pike, the founder and CEO of the Tides Foundation, issued an impassioned call for advertisers to leave Fox News entirely or be complicit in their promotion of Beck's anti-government extremism and unhinged conspiracy-mongering. Pike noted:
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GOP Investigation Plans Are Built On Fox News Falsehoods
From a November 05, 2010 Media Matters.
Before the midterm elections, Republicans indicated that if they gained control of the House, they would launch investigations into numerous "scandals" that have been pushed by Fox News over the past two years. Since the elections, Fox News figures have also called for these investigations. But the purported "controversies" have long been debunked.
GOP Plans Spate Of Congressional "Investigations"
Politico: GOP is "gearing up for a possible season of subpoenas not seen since the Clinton wars of the late 1990s." In an August 27 article, Politico reported that "Republicans are planning a wave of committee investigations targeting the White House and Democratic allies if they win back the majority. Everything from the microscopic -- the New Black Panther party -- to the massive -- think bailouts -- is on the GOP to-do list, according to a half-dozen Republican aides." Politico continued:
New Black Panther Party
Politico: "The New Black Panther party" is "on the GOP to-do list." Politico reported on August 27, "Everything from the microscopic -- the New Black Panther party -- to the massive -- think bailouts -- is on the GOP to-do list, according to a half-dozen Republican aides interviewed by POLITICO." The article also noted that "[Lamar] Smith, the ranking member of the Judiciary Committee, has already pressed Holder to look into charges that members of the New Black Panther Party intimidated voters at a Philadelphia polling place in 2008" and quoted Smith's statement that "we would definitely want answers about the Black Panther case."
New Black Panther Party case allegations were brought by long-time GOP activist. J. Christian Adams is the originator of the claim that the Obama Justice Department was motivated by race to narrow its case against members of the New Black Panther Party, who were accused of intimidating voters in 2008. Adams is a long-time Republican and conservative activist. He has likened Obama to the appeasers who caused the "carnage" of World War II. He has reportedly volunteered with the National Republican Lawyers Association, which "trains lawyers to fight on the front lines of often racially tinged battles over voting rights," according to a December 2009 Main Justice article. He also reportedly served as a Bush campaign poll watcher in Florida and once filed an ethics complaint against Hillary Clinton's brother, Hugh Rodham, that was subsequently dismissed.
Chris Coates, the other DOJ employee who has pushed these allegations, was described by Bush appointee Bradley Schlozman, who politicized the Justice Department, as a "true member of the team," and, according to reports, became very conservative during his time working for the Voting Rights Section.
Adams hired by DOJ official found to have illegally used political reasons in hiring decisions. Adams was hired as a Justice Department lawyer by Schlozman. A July 2008 report from the Department of Justice Inspector General's Office and the Office of Professional Responsibility concluded that Schlozman "considered political and ideological affiliations when hiring and taking other personnel actions relating to career attorneys in violation of Department policy and federal law." Former Voting Section chief Joseph Rich reportedly called Adams "exhibit A of the type of people hired by Schlozman." Coates has identified Adams as the kind of lawyer he wanted to hire at the Justice Department.
The claim that the Obama DOJ is deciding what cases to pursue on the basis of race doesn't stand up to facts. Adams' underlying claim that the handling of the New Black Panther Party case was "corrupt" because it demonstrated "a hostility in the voting section and in the civil rights division to bringing cases on behalf of white victims for the benefit of national racial minorities" does not stand up to the facts:
No voters have come forward claiming that they were intimidated in the New Black Panther Party case. In an April 23 hearing on the DOJ's decision in the case, Civil Rights Commissioner Arlan Melendez stated that "no citizen has even alleged that he or she was intimidated from voting," adding, "This absence of voter intimidation was clear to the Justice Department last spring, which is why they took the course of action that they did." A July 2 Main Justice article similarly reported that "no voters at all in the Philadelphia precinct have come forward to allege intimidation." The article continued: "The complaints have come from white Republican poll watchers, who have given no evidence they were registered to vote in the majority black precinct."
GOP commissioner said investigation into NBPP case is an effort to "topple" administration. Politico reported that Abigail Thernstrom, the Republican vice chairman of the Civil Rights Commission, said that the commission's investigation into the New Black Panther Party case "doesn't have to do with the Black Panthers, this has to do with their fantasies about how they could use this issue to topple the [Obama] administration." Politico also reported that Thernstrom said: "My fellow conservatives on the commission had this wild notion they could bring Eric Holder down and really damage the president."
Fox pushes for investigation of phony New Black Panther Party scandal after hyping the story more than 100 times. Fox News has incessantly pushed Adams' and other conservatives' claims about the New Black Panther Party case, and on November 2, Fox News' Laura Ingraham pushed for an investigation of the case by the Republican-controlled Congress.
Sestak, Romanoff Conversations
Human Events: Issa to "investigate the policy of offering federal positions as political rewards." In an October 19 article, Human Events reported: "Predicting that Republicans will win control of the House next month and that he will then be chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Rep. Darrell Issa (R.-Calif.) vowed that the Obama Administration will be held accountable 'like they've never been held accountable.' " The article further reported that Issa said "he planned to investigate the policy of offering federal positions as political rewards. The issue was magnified this year following claims by Colorado's Andrew Romanoff and Pennsylvania Rep. Joe Sestak that the Obama White House had offered them federal positions in return for not running against Democratic incumbents for the Senate."
White House reportedly talked to Sestak, Romanoff in effort to avoid primary challenges. In late May, news outlets reported that the White House sent Bill Clinton to determine whether Sestak would decline to challenge Sen. Arlen Specter in the Pennsylvania Democratic primary "if Obama offered him an unpaid spot on a prestigious presidential advisory board," according to The Washington Post. Around the same time, reports emerged that an Obama adviser suggested that Colorado Democrat Andrew Romanoff "forgo a primary challenge to Sen. Michael Bennet and instead apply for one of three international development jobs," as the Associated Press reported.
Both Romanoff and White House deny a job was offered. Both Romanoff and the White House have said that at no point was a job offered to Romanoff. They have said that a White House aide listed positions that Romanoff could seek were he not running for office -- one of which Romanoff had previously applied for -- but said that he could not guarantee that Romanoff would receive the position.
Political and legal experts, historians, have noted that the Sestak offer was not unusual. Numerous legal experts have noted that such offers are common, including University of Virginia political science professor Larry Sabato, who called the allegations "garden-variety politics" and "absolutely trivial." He also said: "Let's stop criminalizing garden-variety politics, which is what this is."
Political expert Ornstein: "If what the Obama administration did was impeachable," then so was action by Reagan. In a May 28 blog post, American Enterprise Institute scholar Norman Ornstein commented that he was "struck -- and bemused -- by the kerfluffle over the job offer by the Obama administration to Joe Sestak." He stated:
Fox News claims White House discussions with Sestak, Romanoff were "illegal," a "felony," and a "basis to investigate."
Issa to "lead 'Climategate' probe." A September 23 report from ClimateWire stated: "The House's top Republican watchdog is planning to launch an investigation into international climate data if he takes the helm of the chamber's oversight panel next year. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), the ranking member of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said a probe of the 'Climategate' scandal will top his environmental agenda if the Republicans take over the House next year and he gets the chairmanship."
Media distorted the stolen emails in attack on global warming consensus. Following the reported theft of emails from the Climatic Research Unit (CRU) at the University of East Anglia, conservative media figures aggressively claimed that those emails undermine the overwhelming scientific consensus that human activities are causing climate change, dubbing the supposed scandal "Climategate." But these critics largely rested their claims on outlandish distortions and misrepresentations of the contents of the stolen emails. For instance, the claim that a scientist used a "trick" to distort data and hide a decline in temperatures was widely debunked by scientists.
Multiple inquiries have cleared the climate scientists of data manipulation. Investigations by Penn State, the U.K. House of Commons Science and Technology Committee, and an independent panel in the United Kingdom led by former industrial scientist Lord Oxburgh have all cleared the climate scientists in question of the charge that they manipulated data.
Former GOP official: Penn State "exoneration should close the book on the absurd episode in which climate scientists were unjustly attacked." On July 1, The Washington Post reported this statement from former Republican House Science Committee chairman Sherwood Boehlert:
Climate experts, fact-checkers reject notion that emails undermine climate change consensus. Numerous scientific groups and independent fact-checkers analyzed the emails and concluded that "many of the e-mails that are being held up as 'smoking guns' have been misrepresented by global-warming skeptics eager to find evidence of a conspiracy. And even if they showed what the critics claim, there remains ample evidence that the earth is getting warmer," in the words of FactCheck.org.
Fox smears climate scientists and calls for an investigation into "Climategate." Fox News repeatedly advanced the smear that the stolen emails showed climate change scientists engaged in wrongdoing, such as, they alleged, "fudging data." On November 4, Hannity urged the Republican House to investigate the matter.
Politico: Republicans have "demanded an investigation" into ACORN's "ties to the Obama campaign." Politico reported: "A whole host of Republicans -- led by Reps. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) and Steve King (R-Iowa) on the party's right wing -- have demanded an investigation into the defunct community organizing group's ties to the Obama campaign."
Fox pushed false claims that Obama had close ties to ACORN. Fox News relentlessly pushed the claims that Obama was ACORN's "lawyer" and a "top trainer" for ACORN or an ACORN employee. In fact, Obama represented ACORN in one lawsuit, a case against the state of Illinois in which the Justice Department and several other organizations were also suing the state. Furthermore, Obama reportedly said he participated in two one-hour trainings with ACORN as a volunteer. Fox News has also relied on falsehoods and baseless allegations to claim that the White House is closely tied to ACORN.
Fox promoted O'Keefe's ACORN child prostitution story, which then fell apart. James O'Keefe appeared at least seven times on Fox News and other Fox networks to promote his undercover ACORN videos. And Fox News repeatedly attacked ACORN over the videos. However, O'Keefe's story later completely fell apart:
Fox also falsely claimed Democrats wrote legislation to give ACORN billions of dollars. On February 19, Hannity falsely claimed that the Obama FY2011 budge allocates $3 billion to ACORN. Additionally, on May 6, 2009, Beck similarly claimed that "[b]y including ACORN, or groups like them, in the stimulus package, we have guaranteed them billions of dollars to buy more votes for the party that helps them the most." Other Fox personalities also parroted the claim. In fact, the Conference version of the bill includes a provision that would appropriate $2 billion "for neighborhood stabilization activities related to emergency assistance for the redevelopment of abandoned and foreclosed homes as authorized under division B, title III of the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008." The bill does not mention ACORN or otherwise single it out for funding.
Fox reported false story about ACORN CEO Bertha Lewis' supposed visits to the White House. On the January 4 edition of Fox & Friends, co-host Gretchen Carlson claimed that "ACORN's chief Bertha Lewis got an inside look at the White House just days before those explosive undercover tapes about ACORN were released. Could her relationship with the First Family affect the way the administration ended up viewing those tapes?" Carlson was presumably referring to right-wing claims that White House visitor logs included Lewis' name. In fact, Politico's Ben Smith reported in a blog post that, according to an "administration official," the "Bertha E. Lewis" who visited the White House was not the Bertha Lewis who was the CEO of ACORN. Moreover, Smith noted that the ACORN CEO's middle initial is "M," not "E."
Termination of Inspectors General
Issa: "Protecting the Independence of Inspectors General" is an "issue in need of Congressional oversight." On September 22, Issa released a report titled, "A Constitutional Obligation: Congressional Oversight of the Executive Branch." The report claims that the "unparalleled encroachment of the federal government in the private sector and the lives of individual Americans that began during the Bush Administration and continues in the Obama Administration (see, for example, the Troubled Assets Protection Program, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the rapid growth of the federal workforce, and the health care and financial overhauls) has led to concerns of an oncoming tsunami of opacity, waste, fraud, and abuse." On Issa's list of "issues in need of Congressional oversight" is:
Fox ran with baseless stories that Obama administration tried to silence inspectors general. Fox News repeatedly forwarded allegations that the Obama administration improperly dismissed Gerald Walpin, the inspector general of the Corporation for National and Community Service and Amtrak Inspector General Fred Weiderhold.
Walpin was accused of acting improperly and not fulfilling job requirements. In an April 29, 2009, letter Lawrence Brown, who was then the acting US. attorney for the Eastern District of California detailed an investigation into Walpin's handling of allegations that Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson and the organization he formerly headed, St. HOPE Academy, allegedly misused AmeriCorps grants. The letter alleged that Walpin and his staff failed to include or disclose relevant information regarding the case to Brown's office; that Walpin repeatedly discussed the case in the press after having been advised that "under no circumstance was he to communicate with the media about a matter under investigation"; and that Walpin's "actions were hindering our investigation and handling of this matter."
The letter indicates that the U.S. attorney's office began looking into Walpin's actions in the St. HOPE Academy case during the tenure of U.S. attorney McGregor Scott, a Bush appointee.
The U.S. attorney's office subsequently cleared Walpin of criminal wrongdoing. Walpin's lawsuit for wrongful termination was also dismissed.
In letter explaining Walpin's removal, White House cited U.S. attorney investigation and other concerns. In a letter dated June 16, 2009, the White House explained Walpin's termination to members of Congress, writing:
Weiderhold resigned after dispute with Amtrak. Weiderhold retired on June 18, 2009, after a report he commissioned yielded conclusions critical of Amtrak management. On February 11, Weiderhold had retained an independent law firm to "review and analyze several Amtrak policies and practices relating to oversight of OIG [Office of Inspector General] audits, investigations, and operations." The firm's report concluded that the OIG's work was "being substantially impaired" by Amtrak officials
Politico reported in August 2009:
Amtrak IG is hired and fired by Amtrak, not by the White House. According to the Government Accountability Office, the "Amtrak IG is appointed, and may be removed, by the head of Amtrak." Thomas Carper currently serves as Amtrak's chairman of the board. Bush appointed Carper, a Democrat from Illinois, to Amtrak's Board of Directors in November 2007, and the Senate approved Carper's nomination in March 2008. The Amtrak board of directors, comprised of Bush administration appointees, "unanimously agreed to name" Carper as chairman of the board on January 30, 2009.
2009 letter signed by Issa did not implicate White House in Weiderhold matter. On June 29, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee "launched an investigation" into Weiderhold's resignation. But in their letter to Amtrak Chairman Thomas Carper, House Oversight Committee chairman Edolphus Towns (D-NY) and ranking member Issa did not in any way suggest that the White House had played a role in Weiderhold's resignation. Moreover, Amtrak reportedly denied that the resignation had anything to do with the report criticizing Amtrak management.
Report by EPA Employee Alan Carlin
Issa and other Republicans call for investigation of EPA over their handling of report by EPA employee Alan Carlin. In June 2009, Issa and Rep. James Sensenbrenner wrote a letter to Environmental Protection Agency administrator Lisa Jackson responding to the EPA's handling of an internal report questioning climate science by EPA researcher Alan Carlin. The letter asked Jackson to provide information on what Issa and Sensenbrenner called "serious and credible allegations of retaliation against Drs. Carlin and [John] Davidson." From the letter:
Sen. James Inhofe has also called for an investigation of the EPA over its handling of Carlin.
EPA: Carlin "is not a scientist and was not part of the working group dealing with" climate change." Fox accused the EPA of attempting to "hush up" an internal EPA report Carlin authored about climate change, which falsely claimed that "global temperatures have declined for 11 years." However, an EPA official reportedly stated that Carlin "is not a scientist and was not part of the working group dealing with" climate change and he "included 'no original research' in his report." Indeed, according to his employee profile, Carlin was a senior operations research analyst at EPA's National Center for Environmental Economics. He has a Ph.D. in economics from MIT and a B.S. in physics from the California Institute of Technology.
NASA scientist saw "a number of basic flaws" in Carlin's report. Gavin Schmidt, a climate modeler at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, wrote in a June 26 RealClimate.org post that in reading the internal EPA document that Carlin co-authored, "[o]ne can see a number of basic flaws [in its main points]; the complete lack of appreciation of the importance of natural variability on short time scales, the common but erroneous belief that any attribution of past climate change to solar or other forcing means that CO2 has no radiative effect, and a hopeless lack of familiarity of the basic science of detection and attribution."
Carlin: "I didn't have time to fix all the problems -- and they still aren't fixed." In an interview with TPMMuckraker published July 1, Carlin acknowledged of his report, "I didn't have time to fix all the problems -- and they still aren't fixed." Carlin reportedly claimed that he produced his report over the span of "a few days," whereas he "normally write[s] research papers and reports, which take six months to a year." Carlin also stated that he similarly provided global warming reports to the EPA when President Bush was in office but that "[t]o the best of my knowledge, the Bush administration never followed up on my ideas."
Fox accused EPA of wrongdoing in its handling of Carlin.
Issa included stimulus "failure" in executive oversight blueprint. In his blueprint for executive branch oversight, Issa stated: "Since the stimulus was designed to spend taxpayer dollars quickly, there are also significant concerns that waste, fraud, and abuse is going undetected. The failure of the stimulus to reduce unemployment is perhaps the most significant concern of many Americans who have been hit hardest by the recession."
CBO: Stimulus saved or created up to 3 million jobs. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimated in August that, as of the second quarter of 2010, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act "[i]ncreased the number of people employed by between 1.4 million and 3.3 million." The Council of Economic Advisers similarly stated that according to estimates by private analysts IHS/Global Insight, Macroeconomic Advisers, and Moody's Economy.com, the Recovery Act raised employment by 1.8 to 2.2 million jobs.
Economists agree that stimulus created jobs and helped avert a financial meltdown. Economists such as former Federal Reserve vice chairman Alan Blinder and Moody's Analytics chief economist Mark Zandi, Nobel laureate Paul Krugman, International Monetary Fund managing director Dominique Strauss-Kahn, U.S. Chamber of Commerce president Tom Donohue, and American Enterprise Institute John H. Malkin all agree that the stimulus and other government spending like TARP helped avert a far deeper economic collapse.
Fox repeatedly pushed the claim that the stimulus failed to create jobs. Numerous Fox News figures have repeatedly asserted that the stimulus failed.
National Endowment for the Arts
Issa: White House "unlawful[ly]" used NEA as "de facto strategic communications firm." In August, Issa put out a report attacking aides for the White House and the National Endowment for the Arts for participating in a conference call about artist involvement in the White House's United We Serve program. Issa alleged:
NEA official did not encourage participants to contact members of Congress. During a secretly taped conference call between the NEA, the White House Office of Public Engagement, and United We Serve, then-NEA communications director Yosi Sergant allegedly called on artists to create art and art initiatives to raise awareness about several issues, including health care, energy, and the environment. As the full conference call transcript and audio show, neither Sergant, nor any other government official, encouraged participants to contact members of Congress. Moreover, a report of the meeting released by the artists who organized it made clear that "there was absolutely no pressure on any of the artists to follow a political line" and that the artists' potential roles in pushing several high-profile "public initiatives" were not part of the White House briefing. Sergant would later resign.
There is no evidence activities broke Anti-Lobbying Act. The Justice Department -- whose opinions about the Anti-Lobbying Act carry special force, according to the legislation itself -- has stated that the Anti-Lobbying Act is violated with lobbying campaigns "designed to encourage members of the public to pressure members of Congress to support Administration or Department legislative or appropriations proposals." The Justice Department has also stated that Anti-Lobbying Act violations are limited to campaigns of more than $50,000.
CREW: No evidence of Hatch Act violations. According to a blog post by ABC News senior White House correspondent Jake Tapper, Melanie Sloan, executive director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) stated that, while the call "looks terrible" and was "inappropriate," there was no illegality. She said: "Government agencies are not supposed to be engaged in political activities. ... Here, because they didn't veer off into 'This is about the election,' where you'd get into violations of the Hatch Act, it's not illegal. But it doesn't look good -- it looks terrible. It's inappropriate."
Fox repeatedly pushed NEA storyline.
Dodd's "Sweetheart" Mortgage Deal
Politico: "If he becomes chairman, Issa will use the committee's power to obtain more information on sweetheart deals." Politico reported on August 27 that "Republicans are planning a wave of committee investigations targeting the White House and Democratic allies if they win back the majority." The article also stated:
Senate Ethics Committee investigated Dodd's mortgage and unanimously dismissed ethics complaint. The Senate Ethics Committee investigated whether Dodd obtained mortgages from Countrywide Financial that "violated the Senate Gifts Rule" or violated the rule prohibiting "Senators from using their official position for personal gain." On August 7, 2009, the committee wrote to Dodd, stating that it "found no credible evidence that you knowingly accepted a gift, including a loan not available to the public."
Fox called for investigation over Dodd mortgage "scandal." Fox News figures repeatedly claimed Dodd received a "sweetheart" mortgage deal from Countrywide, without noting that the Senate Ethics Committee "found no credible evidence" that Dodd's mortgage violated Senate ethics rules:
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