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The Progressive War on Free Speech

Media Bias PolitiFactLiberals can say whatever they want, but attack conservatives for a “war on women.”

by Peter Roff

For all the talk of the “war on women” supposedly being waged by the Republicans, there is a distinct and considerable dishonesty going on concerning the way that some people actually talk about the female gender. To wit, let a right-wing celebrity – no matter how minor – say something even mildly derogatory about the fairer sex generally or even a single, specific woman and the epithets rain down from on high like a January blizzard in Minnesota.

The same is not true when a celebrity on the left picks as a target a politician on the right. There is one female comedian in particular who comes to mind, having recently said she wanted to “rip out” Republican U.S. House member Cathy McMorris Rodgers’ uterus.

At least part of her is probably thinking that by being so outrageous, so over the top that she can give her career a boost. That’s why we’re not going to help by mentioning her name. Leave it to say she’s been boldly offensive in her public pronouncements, as during the United States Supreme Court’s oral arguments in the Hobby Lobby case when, according to the DC Examiner, she tweeted, “I would personally like to castrate every Male Conservative Christian so that they have NO reproductive rights.” [Read more...]

A Fact-Free Attack on the Kochs

Lie Fire Meter LiarThe Washington Post wrote an attack ad for Democrats that is divorced from reality.

by Peter Roff

You have to hand it to the Washington Post’s Juliet Eilperin and Steve Mufson. In a recent piece that appeared online, the two intrepid reporters exposed the connection between brothers Charles and David Koch — whose legendary philanthropy supports a number of center-right organizations — the proposed Keystone Pipeline and the Republican Party.

The story would be worthy of a Pulitzer for investigative journalism except for one teeny, tiny little thing: It has so many errors in it, starting with its premise, that it wouldn’t be acceptable as a creative writing exercise in a freshman English class.

Working off a report compiled by a so-called activist group, Eilperin and Mufson reach the conclusion that a Koch Industries subsidiary is the largest leaseholder in Canada’s northern Alberta oil sands. Consequently the company – and the brothers – would derive a substantial economic benefit from the construction and operation of the Keystone Pipeline. All the agitation by Republican congressmen, senators and governors trying to get President Barack Obama to approve the pipeline is, therefore, little more than “crony capitalism” — an attempt to curry favor and garner future political contributions. [Read more...]

ABC, CBS exclude scientists critical of global warming for more than 1,300 days

Media Bias PolitiFactby Sean Long

Like a simple parlor trick, the networks are able to make skeptical scientists vanish, at least from the eyes of their viewers.

In some cases, the broadcast networks have failed to include such scientists for years, while including alarmist scientists within the past six months. ABC, CBS and NBC’s lengthy omission of scientists critical of global warming alarmism propped up the myth of a scientific consensus, despite the fact that many scientists and thousands of peer-reviewed studies disagree.

Neither CBS nor ABC have included a skeptical scientists in their news shows within the past 1,300 days, but both networks included alarmists within the past 160 days — CBS as recently as 22 days ago. When the networks did include other viewpoints, the experts were dismissed as “out of the scientific mainstream” or backed by “oil and coal companies.” [Read more...]

Media fact-checking ObamaCare victims, but not ObamaCare claims

 Obamacare-cartoonSo where were all the media fact-checkers on Obamacare? Asleep at the switch until it was far too late.

Leukemia patient Julie Boonstra is the latest American to get caught up in the media fact-checking frenzy. Her offense: Appearing in an anti-Obamacare ad for Americans for Prosperity, in which she said her out-of-pocket costs had become “unaffordable” since her insurance was canceled because of President Obama’s health care law. She also said Rep. Gary Peters, D-Mich., who is running for Senate, “jeopardized my health” by voting for it.

Within hours of the AFP ad’s initial broadcast, media fact-checkers pored over alleged inconsistencies between her comments in the ad and statements she’d made in interviews, then said her numbers didn’t add up. Liberal pundits suggested they knew what was good for her better than she did. Peters sent a letter to television stations running the ad threatening their licenses if the “questionable claims” in the ad were not proven. [Read more...]

Left just wants to silence conservative non-profits

Media PropagandaAnonymous political speech doesn’t endanger nation

by Sean Noble

I firmly believe that anonymous political speech is not a danger to our nation — it has played an important role throughout our history. Anonymity in political speech protects the speaker from retribution, but it also serves a greater good: It allows the public to listen to ideas without any bias toward the messenger.

On Wednesday, The Arizona Republic republished a story about me written entirely by ProPublica, a left-leaning non-profit funded by liberal billionaires like George Soros. ProPublica spent more than 7,000 words painting the activities of my firm and non-profits with which I am involved as criminal.

The ProPublica authors repeatedly use the term “dark money” so as to scandalize the Center to Protect Patient Rights and make legal and compliant activities seem improper. If the money were truly “dark,” these “reporters” and the public would not have broad access to information about the funds granted by CPPR and similar organizations. The public tax records referenced by ProPublica include significant details about organizational details, activities, priorities, and spending. [Read more...]

Orwellian doublespeak is now the norm

Orwellian Doublespeak ObamaVictor Davis Hanson

The nightmare societies portrayed in the George Orwell novels “1984″ and “Animal Farm” gave us the word “Orwellian.” That adjective reflects a vast government’s efforts not just to deceive and control the people, but also to do so by reinventing the meaning of ordinary words while rewriting the past itself.

America, of all places, is becoming Orwellian. The president repeatedly reminds the American people that under his leadership, the U.S. has produced a record level of new oil and natural gas. But didn’t Obama radically curtail leases for just such new energy production on federal lands? Have the edicts on the barn wall of “Animal Farm” been changed again, with the production of new oil and gas going from bad to suddenly good?

Does anyone remember that the Affordable Care Act was sold on the premise that it would guarantee retention of existing health plans and doctors, create 4 million new jobs and save families $2,500 a year in premiums, all while extending expanded coverage to more people at a lower cost? [Read more...]

Whitewashing the Horrors of Communism

Russia Olympics Soviet Union CommunismNBC should be ashamed of the way it’s covering up Soviet horrors.

by Peter Roff

Is there some kind of unwritten law that says the IQ of a sportscaster can be no higher than the average combined score of the ten previous Super Bowls? After listening to NBC’s Bob Costas speak fawningly about the history of the former Soviet Union during the opening of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, you really have to wonder.

As part of his color commentary, Costas called the 1917 Russian Revolution that eventually brought Lenin to power a “pivotal moment” in history. He did so, however, in a manner that glossed over just why that was the case. It should never be forgotten that more than 100 million people around the world – and that’s a conservative estimate – died as a result of what that one event put into play.

Reporters have been telling lies about what the Soviets and their allies did for years. From the New York Times’ Walter Duranty and Herbert Matthews – who wrote admiringly about Stalin and Fidel Castro – to television’s contemporary “superstar” journalists, far too many of those in whom rests the responsibility for telling the truth about world events have slanted their coverage in ways that benefited communist aims. Even today, the New York Times refuses to return the Pulitzer Prize Duranty won in 1932 for his dishonest account of the mass starvation in Ukraine. [Read more...]

It’s time to investigate the bogus IRS ‘investigation’

Obama IRS Scandal Ignore Tyrannyby Jay Sekulow

The Obama administration has apparently decided it’s time to bury the IRS targeting scandal.

No more fake repentance.

No more expressions of concern for systematically violating the constitutional rights of American citizens.

Just end it. Move on. Pretend it never happened.

And why not? After all, President Obama won reelection, his base hates the Tea Party anyway (and believes conservatives deserve any punishment they get), and the media had moved on to covering national catastrophes – like lane closures in New Jersey. [Read more...]

MSNBC host attacks Mitt Romney’s adopted black grandson, then apologizes after criticism

Sarah Palin slammed the ‘lamestream media’ for an MSNBC segment on Melissa Harris-Perry’s show mocking Mitt Romney’s adopted black grandson. Thereafter, the host apologized for causing offense. This marks the second time the cable network has been criticized for a bizarre personal attack against a Republican personality.

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by Leslie Larson

MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry apologized Tuesday for openly mocking Mitt Romney’s black adopted grandson, after Sarah Palin led the chorus of conservatives who criticized the cable news host. [Read more...]

Pants On Fire: PolitiFact Tries To Hide That It Rated ‘True’ in 2008 Obamacare’s ‘Keep Your Health Plan’ Promise

Lie Fire Meter LiarPolitiFact’s “Pants on Fire” rating, which it only assigned to President Obama’s “if you like your plan, you can keep your plan” promise in 2013, five years after it rated that promise “True.” 
by Avik Roy

On December 12, the self-appointed guardians of truth and justice at PolitiFact named President Obama’s infamous promise—that “if you like your health care plan, you can keep it”—its 2013 “Lie of the Year.” An understandable choice. But in its article detailing why the President’s promise was a lie, PolitiFact neglected to mention an essential detail. In 2008, at a critical point in the presidential campaign, PolitiFact rated the “keep your plan” promise as “True.” The whole episode, and PolitiFact’s misleading behavior throughout, tells us a lot about the troubled state of “fact-checking” journalism. [Read more...]

The ‘Racism’ Wrecking Ball

Jesse JacksonIndiscriminate charges of racism do more harm than good, as Martin Luther King well knew.

by John Fund

Would America be better off if the Outrage Industry went on a diet for New Year’s?

We just spent much of December quacking and arguing way too much about the views of Phil Robertson, one of the stars of the Duck Dynasty reality-TV series. Most of the attention focused on Robertson’s harsh, mean-spirited comments about gays and on the subsequent, short-lived decision of the cable network A&E to suspend him. But people saved plenty of ire for his comments, offered in an interview with GQ magazine, that when he grew up in Louisiana in the 1950s he never saw “the mistreatment of any black person” and that African Americans in that era didn’t have complaints about white people.

That’s an invitation to call Phil naïve, blind, or a liar. [Read more...]

The Tolerance Society Demands Christians be Silent

Tolerance AngerA nation founded by pilgrims who came here to worship the God of the Bible freely without interference and persecution from ruling elites and those opposed to Christianity’s influence on the culture, has now come to the proverbial fork in the road. After years of attempting to balance traditional Americana with political correctness, those pushing the new “my way or the highway” definition of “tolerance” have decided accommodating our differences of opinion is defeat.

Irrefutable history documents that the Bible and its teachings were the biggest influence on those that founded the freest and most prosperous nation in human history. Yet nowadays if you believe that same Bible is true you will either silence your beliefs, or you will be silenced. Just ask Phil Robertson, one of the stars of Duck Dynasty, among the most successful shows on TV. [Read more...]

Extreme weather events are increasing: yet another green propaganda myth

Global-Climate-Change3by James Delingpole

So I’m a speaker at this conference, a month or two ago, and I’ve just delivered my spiel about the global warming hysteria being a classic example of the madness of crowds. The audience are gratifyingly impressed: some of them have never heard this stuff before, certainly not expressed in quite so forthright a way. Now there are questions from the floor and one of them comes from a university professor.

Actually – I’ve seen this before, all too many times: it’s how the Warmists roll – there’s no question being asked, it’s more of a rambling, grandstanding statement. The professor roots his statement in the personal, always a good tactic when you’re trying to make your case seem likeable, reasonable, down-to-earth. [Read more...]

New York Times’ Obama cheerleading harms the nation

Obama NYT Media Bias Corruptionby Michael Goodwin

Poor Barack Obama. Ending his fifth year as the world’s most powerful man, he is running out of scapegoats and fairy tales. Blaming George W. Bush has lost its punch, and the ObamaCare debacle is shredding the myths he is competent and honest.

Still, before he rides off into that sunset of self-pity and low poll ratings, he ought to invite his remaining friends over for a heart-to-heart. That way he can tell The New York Times that its fanatical support does him no favors.

Instead, it feeds his arrogance and reinforces his belief that he can solve any problem with another speech. The unflattering truth doesn’t stand a chance — ­until it is too late. [Read more...]

The Most Trusted Name in Healthcare News?

trustworthy-vs-untrustworthyby Peter Moore  •  YouGov.com

Fox News is the most trusted source of information on the new health care law for 19% of Americans – ahead of President Obama and other major networks.

The fight over President Barack Obama’s health care reform law, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), has been one of the most contentious and bitter battles in domestic politics in recent memory. Media coverage of the issue has been particularly important, with the ins and outs of the passage and enactment of the law often dominating headlines. But information from politicians, government officials and insurance companies has also played a prominent role, with President Obama recently coming under fire after a key health care-related campaign promise – that Americans who liked their existing healthcare insurance plans could keep them – was cast into doubt.

The latest research from YouGov shows that when Americans are asked to pick the one source of information about the new health care law that they trust the most, Fox News Channel (also known as Fox News) tops the list. Most trusted by 19% of Americans, the basic cable news channel narrowly beats out ‘friends and family’ (17%). [Read more...]

The lies that sold ObamaCare and remembering Ann Dunham Obama

Ann Dunham ObamaLike the falsified story Obama told about his mother, cancer and health insurance, ObamaCare is full of purposeful falsehoods. This is not a new problem with Obama, he’s been doing this – peddling blatant falsehoods on the national stage – since at least 2008. And the mainstream media has largely cheer him on or, at best, slept. 

by Mona Charen

Remember President Barack Obama’s mother? Though the airwaves currently echo with his vow “If you like your plan . . .” I keep remembering Obama’s account of his mother being denied coverage by her insurance company as she lay dying of cancer.

The moving and infuriating story was a staple on the 2008 campaign trail. His mother had insurance, he explained, but when she came down with cancer, her insurance company claimed her disease was a “pre-existing condition” and refused to pay for her treatment. In a debate with Sen. John McCain, Obama said: “For my mother to die of cancer at the age of 53 and have to spend the last months of her life in the hospital room arguing with insurance companies because they’re saying that this may be a pre-existing condition and they don’t have to pay her treatment, there’s something fundamentally wrong about that.”

There would be, if it had been true. [Read more...]

Time magazine writer, Mark Halperin, says ObamaCare death panels are real

ObamaCare Costs Pork

ObamaCare Costs Pork

When conservatives pointed out that you couldn’t keep your insurance policy, you couldn’t keep your doctor, and that the government or its panels and boards would decide what treatment will be given and what treatment will be denied (i.e. death panels), the President, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, and virtually all of the Democrats in Congress, as well as the mainstream media, howled with outrage and claimed that such talk was absurdly false, patently dishonest, and even racist. Evidence now proves that the conservatives were right on all counts and that the President and his allies were lying or were just plain stupid.

With the cancellation of millions of policies and even the President’s half-hearted “apology,” it is now beyond debate that “if you like your health insurance, you can keep your insurance,” or doctor or hospital is fantastically false. That is no longer debatable. The only question is who knew they were lying and who stupidly repeated the lies of others without actually knowing. [Read more...]

Barack Obama and Harry Reid on filibusters: Then and Now

Harry Reid

Obama and Reid exhibit a shameless willingness to argue that their filibusters of Bush’s nominees were principled and substantive dissent which the Constitution was designed to protect and also argue that the GOP’s filibusters of Obama nominees is purely craven partisan politics and certainly not what the Constitution intended. Their duplicity is shocking even by the relatively duplicitous norms of Washington, D.C. 

The Senate has agreed to Majority Leader Harry Reid’s “nuclear option” rule change which ends filibusters of judicial nominations by allowing 51 Senators to confirm judges. Shortly after the Senate vote, President Obama expressed his support for the rule change. Now might be a good time to look at how the position of both Reid and Obama has evolved since the days when they were both in the minority of the Senate and George W. Bush was in the White House.

The record reveals that both Harry Reid and Barack Obama made one argument when they the Democrats were blocking George Bush’s nominees and made an entirely opposite argument when the Republicans are blocking Obama’s nominees.  (For the record, the important nominations that the GOP is currently blocking are for open slots that went unfilled when George Bush was president because the Democrats filibustered his nominations throughout this presidency. Thus, today those openings are still there. Now Democrats change the rules because they say that filibustering a Democratic nominee is wrong and partisan, when filibustering a GOP nominee only a few years ago was the expression of important political dissent.) [Read more...]

Apology? Is that what that is called?

Obama sad“I am sorry that they are finding themselves in this situation based on assurances they got from me,” President Barack Obama said yesterday. The media called it an apology. But he apologized that Americans “are finding themselves in this situation.” That passive construction is meant to exculpate himself from responsibility. It was like he was telling us he was sorry that a terrible fire damaged our home or that our dog died. But he didn’t say he was sorry he set fire to our house or that he killed the dog. And make no mistake, he did this. We didn’t find ourselves in this situation. He pushed us into this situation.

Notably Obama did not say, “Im sorry that I misrepresented the facts about whether you could keep your coverage if you liked it. The truth is you can’t and you never could. I knew that. I shouldn’t have hid that fact from you.” His passive apology — “I am sorry that they are finding themselves in this situation” — is simply an attempt to appear to apologize without actually doing so.  Simply stated, he was not remotely clear about what he did that warrants an apology and the entire statement was intended to hide what he did. And what he did was lie, over and over again about the law. He did it because he had to lie about the law so that it would pass. He didn’t have a single vote to spare so the lies were a necessity if he wanted to win passage of the bill. [Read more...]

Just a three weeks ago, ObamaCare was “settled law.” What happened?

Obamacare WebsiteDemocratic senators up for reelection in 13 months are now embracing, in their calls to delay Obamacare, the same themes as did the House Republicans and a few senators a few weeks ago—hoping to preempt mounting criticism. In this surreal landscape, three weeks ago Obamacare was unquestioned “settled” law (despite the fact that the president himself unsettled the law by suspending the employer mandate) that only dead-ender “anarchists” and “hostage takers” wished to stop or amend.

Now some Democrats apparently think the law still is fluid, and thus, as we were once reminded, want to go against the administration’s mandate of the last election, the ruling of the Supreme Court, and the majority of the Senate in stopping the federalization of health care. [Read more...]