Day: March 18, 2010

Beck Promotes King’s Anti-Healthcare Reform Protest

Was there any doubt that Faux News is a GOP Pac?  Beck and Fox news are not ashamed to advocate GOP policies and issues.  Lets face it, they have been fierce advocates of the Bush administration and to this day work very hard to rewrite history in favor of the Bush administration.  So their activism shouldn’t be news.  However, where is the “fair and BALANCED” aspect of Fox News.  I’ve been looking for it for years.

Media Matters:

On Glenn Beck’s radio program, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) announced a March 20 Capitol Hill rally to protest the health care reform bill, which Beck urged his listeners to attend. In past months, Beck and other Fox News personalities have promoted other rallies for conservative causes and regularly engaged in right-wing advocacy, functioning as the communications arm of the Republican Party.

Beck hosted Rep. King, who announced March 20 rally on Capitol Hill. During the March 18 edition of his radio show, Glenn Beck gave King a platform to announce a “huge” anti-health care reform rally that would take place on March 20 on Capitol Hill. King stated: “We can beat them if we fill this capitol city up full of patriotic Americans. If tens of thousands pour into this city again, like they have done numerous times before — pack this Capitol, jam this Capitol, surround the place, don’t let anybody in or anybody out — they will have to capitulate.” King explained that he had requested a permit for a “huge press conference” at noon on March 20, and that it was “the one thing we could do to kill this at this point.”

Beck echoes King’s call to “surround the Capitol.” Later in the same radio broadcast, Beck echoed Rep. King’s call to “surround the Capitol.” Beck said it would be “an iconic moment” and said that “having one hundred thousand people there on the Mall in Washington, surrounding the Capitol, that is a bold moment that will be remembered.” He added: “The history books will record if there was a hundred-plus-thousand people at the Capitol, because that would change things. It would scare these people to the core.” Beck continued:

BECK: And you be peaceful. You sit down and don’t be — don’t move — remove — do not leave. Now is the time to make the commitment to freedom, to liberty, to the republic. Now, if you’re going to go to Washington, for the life of me, I don’t know why the Republicans wouldn’t get up and leave when this vote starts. Leave. Leave. You go stand with the people. You go stand outside and say, I want everybody to know, they can pass this bill without us even being in the building. We have nothing to do with this. We want nothing to do with this. We stand with the American people. It would be a powerful moment. A powerful, powerful moment. You just vote and get the hell out.    Get the hell out.

Hey, Far Right GOP…Your Pants Are On Fire At Politifact!

 

Pants on Fire!

 Everything the right-wing does is designed to accomplish one of two things: either (a) transfer wealth from everyone else to the rich, or (b) distract everyone else from the fact that (a) is occurring. ~ Jack Clark (Blast the Right)

I was checking out Politifact today and ran across something VERY interesting.  They have a “Pants On Fire” section that deals with the greatest lies told by politicians and media pundits.  Well imagine my suprise when most of the “pants on fire” liars were GOPers!   I did see Charlie Rangel, The POTUS and a couple of other Dems on the list.  However, there is a 6-1 margin of GOPs over Dems.  Of course, I have concentrated on the outrageous GOP lies.  The links will lead you to all the people who lied so badly that they deserved the dubious honor of being told their pants were on fire by Politifact.

 Here’s a sampling:

Rush Limbaugh – “People “can’t go fishing anymore because of Obama.”    Politifact sets the record straight.   Obama isn’t confiscating rods and reels.

Americans for Prosperity - (fake grass roots organization) – “A government panel that didn’t include cancer specialists says women shouldn’t receive mammograms until age 50…If government takes over health care, recommendations like these could become the law for all kinds of diseases.”   Politifact explains correct facts…  Amendments assure mammogram coverage for women over 40.

Rep. Virginia Fox – “The economy began its nose dive when Democrats took control of Congress in January 2007.”     Politifact gets the facts right:   Is it a nose dive if it’s delayed by a full year?

Sen. Scott Brown -  The stimulus bill “didn’t create one new job.”  Fact…    Despite grim employment numbers, the stimulus has created jobs.

Nancy Pfotenhauer - The president’s health care proposals will cause “most Americans to have their premiums increased, not decreased, and hundreds of millions of people lose their current insurance coverage.”  Fact…  Pretending clarity while distorting.

Newt Gingrich - A recent Obama executive order could “lead to a number of investigations by Interpol in the United States, potentially aimed at American officials.”   Fact…  Interpol doesn’t work that way.

Rush Limbaugh - There are “high administrative costs” when you donate to Haiti relief through the White House Web site.  Politifact:  No, there’s no Pay Pal on White House site.

Rudy Guiliani - We had no domestic attacks under Bush.  Fact…  Did Rudy get amnesia?

Glenn Beck – “In the health care bill, we’re now offering insurance for dogs.”   Fact…  No public option for Bo.

Michele Bachmann - Page 92 of the House health care bill “says specifically that people can’t purchase private health insurance after a date certain.”    Fact…  She should read the other 1,989 pages.

Bloggers – Barack Obama wrote a thesis at Columbia University in which he criticized “plutocratic thugs” and said the Constitution gave Americans “the shackles of hypocrisy.”   Fact…  Ready, aim, fire!

Rush Limbaugh – “President Obama . . . wants to mandate circumcision.”   Fact…    No one’s mandating circumcision, including Obama.

Michael Steel – The Department of Veterans Affairs has “a manual out there telling our veterans stuff like, ‘Are you really of value to your community?’ You know, encouraging them to commit suicide.”  Fact…   The VA does not encourage suicide.

Orly Taitz - Birthers have obtained a copy of Obama’s Kenyan birth certificate.   Fact…  We take this stuff seriously, so you don’t have to.

Sarah Palin - Seniors and the disabled “will have to stand in front of Obama’s ‘death panel’ so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their ‘level of productivity in society,’ whether they are worthy of health care.”  Fact…  Sci fi scenario NOT based on reality.

Glenn Beck - John Holdren, director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, “has proposed forcing abortions and putting sterilants in the drinking water to control population.”  Fact…  Holdren never endorsed these ideas.

Betsy McCaughey - The health care reform bill “would make it mandatory — absolutely require — that every five years people in Medicare have a required counseling session that will tell them how to end their life sooner.”   Fact…  No, the government isn’t going to kill granny.

Michele Bachmann – Says the Constitution only requires her to tell the census “how many people are in our home.”  Fact…  Bachmann’s claim is wrong and illegal!

Steve King - The federal Hate Crimes Prevention Act bill would create “special protection for pedophiles.”  Fact… No special protection for pedophiles.