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After Whining About MSNBC’s ‘Deceptive Editing’ the Right Pushes a Fake Sandy Hook Father

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Shocking news. The right wing media misled their readers again.

That “Sandy Hook father” who was testifying on “the Hill” about his anti-gun safety legislation stance is not actually a Sandy Hook father, was not actually testifying on the Hill, and while he wrote to at least one right wing media outlet to correct their incorrect reporting, few (if any) have made the corrections.

Mark Joseph Stern at Slate reported:

On Sunday, roughly a week after Stevens spoke at the hearing and the same day the clip in question was posted, the Examiner reported matter-of-factly that Stevens’ daughter, Victoria, “attended Sandy Hook Elementary school, scene of the mass shooting in December.” The following day,Brietbart.com stated plainly that she had “survived the crime at Sandy Hook.” On Tuesday, the Daily Caller did the same, explaining that she had “survived the tragic Sandy Hook Elementary shooting.” We heard a similar story from Townhall.com, as well as from a spate of other conservative sites.

Stern noted that several of the articles went live after the correction was made by the father. The father emailed The Examiner to ask that they correct the article so as not to be like the left (insert cognitive dissonance here). See, his daughter does not attend Sandy Hook and was not present at Sandy Hook during the tragedy.

Yet, the Breitbart writer asserted, “Stevens’ daughter Victoria attends Sandy Hook, and was there on Dec. 14 when Adam Lanza committed his heinous crime.” No corrections were made anywhere except on the Town Hall article, written by their “news editor”, who corrected where the testimony took place, but left her wildly inaccurate title, “Sandy Hook Father: ‘My Child Is Safer at Home Where I am Armed’” standing with no correction.

Stern points out that the misleading video was posted on Youtube by the same people who are pushing the Sandy Hook conspiracy theory, which should have been a clue to Breitbart et al. But they’ve never rebuffed an opportunity to climb up onto the cross of persecution.

Watch the video titled “SANDY HOOK FATHER OWNS CONGRESS”, upon which Right wing media hung what’s left of its credibility:

Continue reading below the video, here…

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The 6 best Super Bowl commercials: A video roundup

Did your friends talk over all the good commercials during Sunday’s big game? Catch up on the top ads that have fans and critics buzzing…

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At $3.5 million per 30-second pop, Super Bowl ads have to be pretty memorable to make it worth advertisers’ while. About half of this year’s advertisers decided novelty wasn’t as important as early buzz, releasing talked-about spots featuring everyone from Ferris Bueller to Jerry Seinfeld to Darth Vader. But other companies waited until the big game for the “big reveal,” to varying degrees of success. Here, six of the commercials that broke through all the dogs, talking babies, and half-naked celebrities to win the hearts, or at least admiration, of critics:

1. Chrysler and Clint Eastwood’s “Halftime in America”

Following up on its Eminem-promotes-Detroit ad in last year’s Super Bowl, Chrysler enlisted Clint Eastwood for this year’s “Imported from Detroit” halftime commercial. Neither Detroit nor America can be “knocked out with one punch,” Eastwood growls. “We’ll get back up again and when we do, the world’s gonna hear the roar of our engines. Yeah, it’s halftime, America. And our second half’s about to begin.” Eastwood’s “stirring pep talk” simply “made us want to pump our fists… and buy a Dodge,” says Chuck Barney in the San Jose Mercury News. “When Clint Eastwood speaks, people listen.” A dozen ads went for “the lump in the throat” this year, but only Eastwood delivered, says David Hinckley in the New York Daily News. Judge for yourself:

 

2. Chevy’s apocalypse–surviving Silverado

Chevrolet takes the prize for the “only world-ends-in-2012-themed ad of the night,” showing its Silverado trucks surviving the Mayan apocalypse while lesser trucks get crushed, says Seth Stevenson at Slate. And there’s a “nice touch with the raining frogs at the end.” Aside from the “if you do not own a Chevy Silverado, you will die” message, says Jon Bois at SB Nation, this was “one of the better Super Bowl ads of the year,” with its “simple gag and top-notch production value.” Check it out:

 

3. Samsung’s mockery of Apple fans

For its Super Bowl ad debut, Samsung took its teasing of Apple fanboys (and girls) to a new level. In the 90-second spot, a massive crowd of “the Apple faithful lose the faith” after one look at the Galaxy Note smartphone — a device over which they immediately (and musically) go gaga, says Chris Matyszczyk at CNET News. The best part, says Kelly West at Television Blend, is at the end, when after a joyous musical interlude by The Darkness, only “one man is left standing (or sitting), unimpressed.” Watch:

 

4. An explosive Avengers trailer

“You can’t have Super Bowl commercials without including a few trailers for the biggest, loudest, explosion-est movies of the upcoming year,” says Sean Keeley at SB Nation. And I’m “pretty sure The Avengers qualifies in all three of those categories.” Plus, the black-cat-suited Scarlett Johansson, who plays Black Widow in this star-studded superhero ensemble blockbuster, will certainly draw more than the usual comic book nerds, says Mof Gimmers at Heckler Spray. Otherwise, if the trailer is anything to go by, “The Avengers film is going to be pleasingly dumb.” Judge for yourself:

 

5. Skechers’ moonwalking dog

“Canines were everywhere” in this year’s Super Bowl ads, “but none of them shined as brightly as Mr. Quiggly did for Skechers footwear,” says Barney in the San Jose Mercury News. Quiggly, an “adorably cocky little French bulldog,” uses his sneakers to beat greyhounds in a dog race, “but the pièce de résistance was his moonwalk across the finish line. It had us howling in delight.” Watch Mr. Quiggly run:

 

6. Budweiser’s Canada-only “flash fans” ad

“Budweiser is responsible for the greatest commercial of the 2012 Super Bowl,” but it certainly isn’t any of the clunkers it aired in the U.S., says SB Nation‘s Jon Bois. In a two-minute spot that only aired in Canada, recreational hockey teams in Ontario are surprised by a flash mob of fans, and “the players are so damned happy about it.” It’s not jokey or ironic — just a case of doing something really nice. “I have to call this commercial the best of the year.” Bud erred in only running this in Canada, saysTelevision Blend‘s West. “I can’t seem to get through it without tearing up.” Check it out:

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Did Obama Really Call Americans ‘Lazy’?

After President Obama suggested that U.S. companies and bureaucrats have been "a little bit lazy" trying to woo foreign investment, Rick Perry accuses Obama of calling the whole country slothful. Photo: Stefan Postles/Getty Images

It’s amazing how at least 30% of the United States population will believe Rick Perry’s commercial and/or Mitt Romney’s proclamation that President Obama called Americans lazy.

They won’t listen pundits and fact checkers who say that Obama was not talking about the American people.  They’re looking for every excuse possible to believe the worst about the POTUS.

The Week

Best Opinion:  Outside the Beltway, Knoxville News, Slate

Republicans are pouncing on President Obama’s recent remark that America has been “a little bit lazy” in pursuing foreign investment over the last couple decades. “We’ve kind of taken for granted,” the president said, that “people will want to come here, and we aren’t out there hungry, selling America and trying to attract new business to America.” GOP presidential hopefuls sprang into action: Mitt Romney said the comment shows Obama is out of touch, while Rick Perry released an ad accusing the president of calling the whole country slothful. “Can you believe that?” Perry said. “That’s what our president thinks is wrong with America? That Americans are lazy?” Obama surrogate Bill Burton insisted that Republicans are twisting the president’s meaning so badly that it’s “laughable.” Did Obama call Americans lazy or not?

Of course not: Claiming that Obama was calling Americans lazy is about as misleading and deceptive as anything we’ve seen in this pathetic GOP nomination fight, says Doug Mataconis at Outside the Beltway. Obama essentially said that “we as a country, businesses and government, have been complacent in promoting investment in America abroad.” There are plenty of reasons to oppose Obama, but deliberately making it appear that he said something he didn’t is “stupid and sophomoric.”
“Republicans say Obama called Americans ‘lazy,’ except he didn’t”

Obama’s meaning was clear enough: Obama’s “lazy” comment was part of a pattern, says Greg Johnson in the Knoxville (Tenn.)  NewsSentinal. Recently, he said America had gotten “a little bit soft.” If Obama really believed in American industry, he would have said U.S. companies are “far from lazy,” and pointed out that they had tripled overseas sales over the last couple of decades. Once again, his choice of words shows his “ill-concealed contempt for American businesses and American workers.”
“Obama’s ‘lazy’ comment insulting”

We can argue about what he thinks, but not what he said: “If you want to psychoanalyze the president — and who doesn’t?” — you’re free to argue that the mere use of the word “lazy” reveals contempt for Americans, says David Weigel at Slate. But if the issue is what Obama actually said, then Perry and other Republicans are taking the president’s words “completely out of context.” “The ‘lazy’ people in this reference are bureaucrats, not average Americans.”
“No, President Obama didn’t ‘call Americans lazy’”

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‘Zombie Obama’: A GOP group’s ‘disgusting’ email

A county GOP committee in Virginia sent out this Obama illustration as part of an invitation to a Halloween parade, and ended up offending Democrats and Republicans alike.

I originally opted to avoid this story but the more I read about it, the more I realized I needed to be among the chorus of people and organizations that spoke out against this very offensive gesture…

The Week

Virginia Republicans apologize after sending a mailer depicting the president as a zombie with a bullet hole in his head. What were they thinking?

Best Opinion:  Death + Taxes, Slate, Ology

The image: A Halloween-themed mailer from Virginia’s Loudon County Republican Committee sparked bipartisan outrage this week for its gruesome rendering of President Obama as a zombie with a bullet hole in his head. (See the image at right and below.) The email, which invited supporters to the county GOP’s Halloween parade, also featured undead versions of Democratic voters and Nancy Pelosi, with the tagline, “We are going to vanquish the zombies with clear thinking conservative principles and a truckload of Republican candy.” The mailer has been condemned by the chairman of Virginia’s Republican Party, and Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell branded it as “disgusting.” The county committee has since apologized for the “Zombie Obama” image, calling it a “light-hearted attempt to inject satire humor into the Halloween holiday.”

The reaction: “Have these people no sense?” says Andrew Belonsky at Death and Taxes. It’s in the worst of taste, both morally and politically, to depict any politician with a gunshot wound, particularly after Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) was nearly killed by a bullet earlier this year. This is “too gruesome for words.” I guess “I’m nearly impossible to offend,” says David Wiegel at Slate. The blog that first posted this image crashed “under the weight of traffic from liberals who want to be pissed off at something,” but I just don’t see what the big deal is. Regardless, this “zombie madness contributes heavily to my dislike for Halloween,” says Noah Rothman at Ology. “Thank God it’s November.”

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Is The United States Now A “Banana Republic”?

In most Banana Republics, only 1 or 2%  of the population own almost every commodity in the country…while the “people” own nothing.  Essentially making those countries plutocracies.

Sound familiar? 

New York Times – Nicholas Kristoff

In my reporting, I regularly travel to banana republics notorious for their inequality. In some of these plutocracies, the richest 1 percent of the population gobbles up 20 percent of the national pie.

But guess what? You no longer need to travel to distant and dangerous countries to observe such rapacious inequality. We now have it right here at home — and in the aftermath of Tuesday’s election, it may get worse.

The richest 1 percent of Americans now take home almost 24 percent of income, up from almost 9 percent in 1976. As Timothy Noah of Slate noted in an excellent series on inequality, the United States now arguably has a more unequal distribution of wealth than traditional banana republics like Nicaragua, Venezuela and Guyana. 

C.E.O.’s of the largest American companies earned an average of 42 times as much as the average worker in 1980, but 531 times as much in 2001. Perhaps the most astounding statistic is this: From 1980 to 2005, more than four-fifths of the total increase in American incomes went to the richest 1 percent.

That’s the backdrop for one of the first big postelection fights in Washington — how far to extend the Bush tax cuts to the most affluent 2 percent of Americans. Both parties agree on extending tax cuts on the first $250,000 of incomes, even for billionaires. Republicans would also cut taxes above that.

The richest 0.1 percent of taxpayers would get a tax cut of $61,000 from President Obama. They would get $370,000 from Republicans, according to the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center. And that provides only a modest economic stimulus, because the rich are less likely to spend their tax savings.

At a time of 9.6 percent unemployment, wouldn’t it make more sense to finance a jobs program? For example, the money could be used to avoid laying off teachers and undermining American schools.   Continue readng…

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Sarah “Palinisms” – The 15 Craziest Things Sarah Palin Has Said So Far

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“Nuclear weaponry, of course, would be the be-all, end-all of just too many people in too many parts of our planet.” — CBS interview with Katie Couric, September 25, 2008

“As Putin rears his head and comes into the air space of the United States of America, where – where do they go? It’s Alaska. It’s just right over the border.”  — CBS interview with Katie Couric, September 25, 2008

“So we discussed what was going on in Africa. And never, ever did I talk about, Well, gee, is it a country or is it a continent, I just don’t know about this issue.”  — Fox interview with Greta Van Susteren, November 11, 2008

“I don’t know if I should Buenos Aires or Bonjour, or… this is such a melting pot. This is beautiful. I love the diversity. Yeah. There were a whole bunch of guys named Tony in the photo line, I know that.”  — Addressing a Charity of Hope gathering, Hamilton, Ontario, April 15, 2010

“Obviously we loved sports, and the baby was born during the spring track season.”   –Going Rogue

“Believe it or not – this was in the 60s – we used to hustle on over the border for health care that we would receive in Whitehorse…. Isn’t that kind of ironic now. Zooming over the border, getting health care from Canada.”   — Speech in Calgary, Alberta, March 6, 2010

“The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down Syndrome 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. Such a system is downright evil.”   — Facebook, Aug. 7, 2009

“When the American people elected President Obama they gave him responsibility to handle this disaster. He promised to “heal the earth, and watch the waters recede…” or something far-fetched like that.”   — On the oil spill, May 27, 2010

“I didn’t believe the theory that human beings – thinking, loving beings – originated from fish that sprouted legs and crawled out of the sea. Or that human beings began as single-celled organisms that developed into monkeys who eventually swung down from the trees.”  –Going Rogue

“With the gray Talkeetna Mountains in the distance and the first light covering of snow about to descend on Pioneer Peak, I breathed in an autumn bouquet that combined everything small-town America with rugged splashes of the Last Frontier.”
Going Rogue

“I think it’s appalling and a violation of our freedom of the press.”
—On negative media coverage of Republican congressional candidate Vaughn Ward, Boise, Idaho, May 21, 2010

“Ground Zero Mosque supporters: doesn’t it stab you in the heart, as it does ours throughout the heartland? Peaceful Muslims, pls refudiate.”
—On plans to build an Islamic community center near Ground Zero, via Twitter, July 18, 2010

“‘Refudiate,’ ‘misunderestimate,’ ‘wee-wee’d up.’ English is a living language. Shakespeare liked to coin new words too. Got to celebrate it!”
—Tweet, July 18, 2010

“I’m not politically correct. I am not one to be a word police.”
– Fox interview with Chris Wallace Feb. 7 , 2010

“I didn’t really had a good answer, as so often — is me.”
–On writing notes on her hand for the Tea Party convention address, March 5, 2010

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