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Franklin Graham: Putin is doing ‘what’s right for Russia’ by cracking down on gays (via Raw Story )

Rev. Franklin Graham on Sunday said that he stood by earlier comments agreeing with so-called gay “propaganda” bans in Russia because President Vladimir Putin was doing “what’s right” for the country. During a March interview with the Charlotte…


ABC host George Stephanopoulos announced on This Week that talk radio host and Fox News contributor Laura Ingraham is the network’s “newest contributor.” On her syndicated radio program The Laura Ingraham Show, Ingraham has repeatedly engaged in inflammatory and hateful rhetoric, lobbing numerous attacks against everyone from President Obama to people who receive government assistance to her favorite target, immigrants.

Here are 10 hateful moments from Ingraham in the past year:

1. Ingraham Used A Gunshot Sound Effect To Cut Off A Replay Of Rep. John Lewis’ March On Washington Speech. During her coverage of the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington in August 2013, Ingraham criticized the event and its speakers, saying the goal “was to co-opt the legacy of Martin Luther King into a modern-day liberal agenda.” She then played a clip of a speech from Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), who was the youngest speaker at the 1963 March on Washington, abruptly interrupting the playback of his comments with the sound of a loud gunshot. Following criticism of this sound effect, Ingraham defended her use of the gunshot sound, instead calling it a “blow up effect” and claiming that criticism of her using the sound effect on Lewis was an attempt “to crush free speech.”

2. “Hillary Clinton Should Be Absolutely Crucified For Her Lack Of Performance As Secretary Of State.” On her August 2, 2013, radio show, Ingraham lobbed attacks against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton while discussing foreign policy, claiming that the rest of the world is “emboldened by Barack Obama’s weakness” and that Clinton “should be absolutely crucified for her lack of performance” as secretary of state.

3. Ingraham Repeatedly Mocked An Immigration Protestor For Speaking English With An Accent. In November 2013, Ingraham repeatedly mocked a woman who was protesting the Obama administration’s record number of deportations, saying, “Wait, what did she say at the end? I can’t — I need a translator. I speak Spanish too. I’d rather have her just speak Spanish, at least I’d understand that.” She then went on to affect the woman’s accent, stating, “No want more amnesty. No want more lies. No want more phony promises. No want more people coming into the country, filling up our schools and our emergency rooms, having anchor babies and then blaming us for it. No want more that.”

4. Ingraham Claimed Immigration From Mexico Would Turn U.S. Into A “Hellhole.” Ingraham used a May 2013 hearing on immigration reform to claim that immigration from Mexico would create a “hellhole” and a “mini-Mexico,” saying, “I think a lot of you look around at this culture of ours, and some of it is our own fault, but we see America disappearing. I’m not even talking about demographics, I’m talking about our culture.”

5. Ingraham Equated Negotiating With President Obama To Negotiating With Castro On Human Rights. While discussing immigration reform in August 2013, Ingraham claimed that Democrats wanted to a “forge a permanent majority in the U.S. government, which is what they wanted all along.” She continued, “Small government conservatives willing to sit down and forge a comprehensive deal with Barack Obama on immigration. I mean, if you’re willing to do that, you might as well be willing to sit down with Castro and talk about human rights, because he’s had such a great record on that.”

6. Ingraham: People Who Use Food Stamps Are The Next Hurricane Katrina “Roof Squatters.” While discussing the House of Representatives’ passage of the farm bill in July 2013, Ingraham lamented the number of people who use food stamps, saying, “44 million people sucking on the — of the government. You know, the udder of the government.” She went on to say of food stamp recipients, “The next thing you know, they’re going to be standing on the roof, waiting for the helicopters to rescue them, right, the roof squatters during Hurricane Katrina.”

7. Ingraham Threatened To Personally Primary Challenge Republicans Who Support Immigration Reform. In May and June of 2013, Ingraham launched a series of attacks against Republican politicians whom she perceived as supportive of immigration reform, going so far as to claim that she would “primary challenge [Arizona] Senator Jeff Flake [her]self.” She also stated that she would look into running against Republican South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham for his immigration policies, saying, “people think I’m joking, I’m actually not joking,” and later asserted that she would campaign against any House Republican who supported comprehensive immigration reform.

8. Ingraham Smeared The American Children Of Undocumented Immigrants As “Anchor Fetuses.” Ingraham’s attacks against pro-immigration reform Republican politicians were accompanied by numerous smears against immigrants and Latinos, including referring to the American children of undocumented immigrants as “anchor fetuses” during a discussion about Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) “embrace of the path to citizenship” in May 2013.

9. Ingraham Compared Obama’s Immigration Policies To “Spousal Abuse.” Ingraham invoked a “spousal abuse” analogy in February to describe President Obama’s immigration policies, claiming, “The administration led by Barack Obama are abusers of our Constitution.”

10. “We Can Then Wall Off Detroit” If Immigrants Move There. In January, Ingraham derided Michigan Republican Gov. Rick Snyder’s plan to attract skilled immigrants to work and live in bankrupt Detroit, saying, “we can then wall off Detroit” to keep those immigrants from moving to other parts of the country.

h/t: Hilary Tone at MMFA

imageKeith Ellison: Birth control haters back ‘corporate personhood’ over ‘individual liberty’ (via Raw Story )

Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) on Sunday warned Republicans that allowing the “corporate personhood” of Hobby Lobby to trump the the right of people who want to use birth control would set a dangerous precedent for individual liberties in the United…



Arrogant homophobe Juan Pablo Galavis was finally taken to task for his homophobic comments on last night’s “The Bachelor: Women Tell All” special.

The 32-year-old serial dater told TV Page in January that a gay version of ABC’s The Bachelor wouldn’t be appropriate for television, because gay people are “too pervert.” He later apologized issued an awful statement regarding the incident and may or may not have given Lance Bass a call.

Host Chris Harrison noted that “viewers were shocked by how [Galavis] treated some of the women this season,” but the women were more universally shocked by his antigay sentiments.

The women used some colorful language to describe Galavis, including “disgusting,” “insecure,” “not genuine” and “disastrous,” though none were more troubled by his language than Kelly, a contestant with gay parents. She reportedly ripped into him and broke into tears.

“Coming from [having] a parent who is gay I was hurt by that,” she said.

Galavis told her again that his comments were “taken out of context.” “I love gay people,” he said. “They were born that way.”

TIME calls the moment “awkward” (how progressive!) Here’s their rundown:

Kelly, who apparently has two fathers, takes the opportunity to call Juan Pablo out on his homophobic remarks. As tears roll down her face, she demands an explanation and he refuses to give her one, saying that he wants to talk to her for an hour instead of deliver a four-minute sound bite. As the women holler at him, Sharleen, once again, defends him. She says that on their date they talked about equality and he seemed cool with it and that’s good enough for her.

Okay bye Juan Pablo! Enjoy your life of eternal obscurity, forever being referred to as “that homophobic Bachelor!”


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Dana Loesch is going to be a guest host on The View this Monday morning, February 3rd.

I started tweeting the View on Friday evening because I wanted all the female hosts who are on that show to know exactly who will be joining them for coffee at their televised table. Because Dana Loesch is a slippery one —downright oily, if you want to know the truth. She was really, really good at putting over a very “aw-shucks-I’m-just-a-regular-gal” vibe when she was a guest on Real Time with Bill Maher several months ago, but I smelled a rat. I’ve seen this woman in action; she has a combo platter of venom, bully-victimhood and a faulty grasp of facts that would give Ann Coulter or Michelle Malkin a run for their money.

“But Jane, she’s a nice Christian mom from the Midwest!” you might say. Since I like to think of myself as a nice, Christian mom from the Midwest, reporting what a total creep this woman is gives me no joy. But, report it I must because the issues at the center of her agenda are too precious to me, to my family and to the future of our country.


I hope The View doesn’t hire Dana Loesch, that this is a one-time gig. I know this piece has a lot of jokes and I’m trying to maintain some levity, but I truly think people of Dana Loesch’s ilk are destroying this country and they need to have the megaphone taken away; her brand of deceit must not be rewarded. We are better than that.

Let her stay on The Blaze, talking into her own reflection. I can give you a list as long as my arm of rightwing pundits that know how to fight their side with class and dignity (even if they are wrong all the time. I kid. Sort of.) Please, The View, think about Nicholle Wallace, Mary Katharine Ham, Amy Holmes, Mary Matalin or SE Cupp as possible conservative voices. Because hiring Dana Loesch is like hiring the lady at the Glenn Beck rally with the aluminum colander on her head, holding up the picture of Barack Obama with a bone through his nose.

Anyway, here’s some more links of Dana Loesch being insane or a liar or a jerk, sometimes a combo of two, sometimes all three.

  • And lies more about her here (this has whiffs of a two-hen coffee-klatch btwn Megyn Kelly & Loesch).
  • Dana joins Ted Nugent and the two of them yuck it up together, calling President Obama a “mongrel.” (please keep in mind that Ted Nugent likes to brag about having sex w underage girls and he shit his pants to avoid being drafted in the Vietnam War.)
  • Dana joked that she, too would have urinated on dead Taliban fighters (as some US soldiers have been accused of doing.) She instead goes after the reporter who reports on the story…

Again, The View- Whoopi, Sherri, Jenny and Barbara: You can do so much better. Please, don’t settle for this.

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h/t: Shannon Watts at Mediaite

ABC’s The View reportedly plans to mainstream conservative talk radio host Dana Loesch by featuring her as a guest co-host on the February 3 program. 

The decision to give Loesch a national platform on a highly-rated television show is troubling considering Loesch has gained notoriety for her inflammatory rhetoric, expressing extreme views on topics from gun control to reproductive access. 

Loesch made headlines in January 2012 for her reaction to an internet video that appeared to show members of the Marine Corps urinating on the corpses Taliban fighters. On her St. Louis-based radio show, Loesch defended the alleged act, saying that she would “drop trou and do it too” if she was in a similar situation. Loesch criticized “a bunch of progressives that are talking smack about our military because there were Marines caught urinating on corpses — Taliban corpses,” and later defended her comments on a blog post by claiming she was “defending [the Marines] from overly-dramatic hysteria.”

At the time, Loesch was an CNN contributor, and the network reportedly suspended her soon after these remarks.

Loesch was also one of the few right-wing media figures to excuse former Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) for his “legitimate rape” remarks. After Akin declared that it is rare for women who had been the victim of “legitimate rape” to become pregnant because “the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down,” Loesch took to Twitter account and dismissed Akin’s comments, claiming he “failed a soundbite” and attacking his critics for “hypocritical overreactions.”

Loesch also has a history of leveling groundless and inflammatory attacks against liberals. Five years after the story was debunked, Loesch claimed on her radio show that President Obama attended a Muslim school known as a Madrassa in response to a caller’s comment that Obama was “born with a Quran in his hand.” Loesch attacked State Department official Huma Abedin by pushing the conspiracy theory that she had ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, and labelled then-Georgetown Law student Sandra Fluke a “nympho” for advocating for a mandate for insurance companies to cover contraception.

See Also: Dana Loesch continues to smear Texas Gov. candidate Wendy Davis (D), will guest host on ABC’s The View



Putin said the new law will not impact attendees at the Olympic games.

"I couldn’t care less about their sexual orientation. We will welcome all athletes and all visitors to the Olympics," he said. "None of our guests will have any problems."

The Russian president said that other countries should not interfere with his country’s laws.

"The Russian people have their own cultural code, their own tradition," Putin said. "We don’t interfere, don’t stick our noses in their life and we ask that our traditions and culture are treated with the same respect."

Putin added that Russia will be ready to hold the Olympic games, despite some obstacles.

"Given the scale and, let’s be honest about it, given the lack of experience of construction on such a vast scale in this country, in today’s Russia, of course setbacks were inevitable," he said. "Everything has been done. Things need to be cleaned up."

From the 01.19.2014 edition of ABC’s This Week:

h/t: TPM


'Bachelor' Star Juan Pablo Galavis spoke out last night at a Television Critics Association network party about his popular reality show - The Bachelor - and how the LGBT community just isn’t a great fit for the show. Speaking on ‘family values’ and how the LGBT community as a whole is ‘pervert,’ Galavis may be missing the entire point of a show where a man is paid money to date multiple women simultaneously for the entertainment of others.
"No… I respect [gay people] but, honestly, I don’t think it’s a good example for kids," he told The TV Page’s Sean Daly when asked whether gay and/or bisexual people should be able to participate on the popular ABC reality show.  He continued, “Obviously people have their husband and wife and kids and that is how we are brought up. Now there is fathers having kids and all that, and it is hard for me to understand that too in the sense of a household having peoples… Two parents sleeping in the same bed and the kid going into bed… It is confusing in a sense. But I respect them because they want to have kids. They want to be parents. So it is a scale… Where do you put it on the scale? Where is the thin line to cross or not? You have to respect everybody’s desires and way of living. But it would be too hard for TV.”
And then Galavis’ interview went off the rails (as if any part had ever been on them to begin with) when he began denigrating the entire LGBT community.
According to Galavis, “there’s this thing about gay people… it seems to me, and I don’t know if I’m mistaken or not… but they’re more ‘pervert’ in a sense. And to me the show would be too strong… too hard to watch.”
Galavis attempted to justify his anti-gay remarks by commenting that he had gay friends - otherwise known as the oldest and lamest “this is justifies my hate speech” excuse of the 21st century.

Speaking of family values, it’s worth noting that Galavis is allegedly a deadbeat dad who had to be forced via court-ordered wage garnishment to pay owed child support.

Although we’ve reached out to ABC, the network has not commented yet on Galavis’ Friday night incident. We’ll update this article if and when they do issue an official statement. 

h/t: Tim Peacock at Peacock Panache 

A group of senators is asking for more broadcast coverage on climate change, following a Media Matters analysis which found that Sunday shows aired only scant coverage on the issue last year.

On Thursday, January 16, a letter spearheaded by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) was sent to the top executives of four major television networks, expressing “deep concern” about the lack of coverage on global warming, deeming it a “serious environmental crisis” which “poses a huge threat to our nation and the global community.” The letter cited findings from a recent Media Matters study, which revealed that Sunday news shows dedicated merely 27 minutes of coverage to the issue of climate change throughout all of 2013. They wrote that “this is an absurdly short amount of time for a subject of such importance.”

The senators concluded with a call to action: “We urge you to take action in the near term to correct this oversight and provide your viewers, the American public, with greater discussion of this important issue that impacts everyone on the planet.”

The other senators that signed the letter were Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Benjamin Cardin (D-MD), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Christopher Murphy (D-CT), Brian Schatz (D-HI), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), and Robert Menendez (D-NJ).


After Robin Roberts of Good Morning America came out of the closet, it was only a matter of time before Americans For Truth About Homosexuality head Peter LaBarbera attacked her for being gay. In an interview with Vic Eliason of VCY America yesterday, LaBarbera blasted Roberts for her “defiance” and lamented that “every coming out is a tragedy.”

“And how sad that our First Lady and the White House in general and President Obama as well, all celebrate homosexuality,” LaBarbera added.

Eliason also seemed to be confused by Roberts’ gender. 

Later in the interview, LaBarbera invoked Ronald Reagan’s “evil empire” speech to explain his campaign against gay rights.

“The homosexual so-called marriage movement is evil,” LaBarbera said. “We need to do what Reagan did with communism, we need to come right out there and say: this movement attaching the God-ordained good of marriage to an abomination which is homosexuality, calling that marriage, that’s evil, it’s an evil movement.” He went on to claim that “the homosexual so-called marriage movement has become a huge platform to corrupt children” as its message “corrupts the minds and the souls of young children.”

Later, the two also railed against the transgender community as Satanic, and Eliason likened transgender people to circus “freak shows”.

From the 01.02.2014 edition of VCY America’s Crosstalk:

h/t: Brian Tashman at RWW

h/t: BuzzFeed


Speaker of The House John Boehner Refuses To Allow Clean Continuing Resolution Vote On Ending Government Shutdown, Insists On Sending Nation Towards Path Of Defaulting On Its Debts

Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) insisted Sunday on ABC’s “This Week” that he won’t bring up a “clean” debt limit increase under any circumstances, warning that the U.S. will default on its debt unless President Barack Obama agrees to make policy concessions.

"We’re not going to pass a clean debt limit increase," he said. "I told the president, there’s no way we’re going to pass one. The votes are not in the House to pass a clean debt limit. And the president is risking default by not having a conversation with us."

Obama has repeatedly vowed not to negotiate on whether the country is able to keep paying its bills. Boehner’s speakership is at risk if he defies conservatives and allows the borrowing limit to be raised cleanly. The deadline is Oct. 17 and Boehner said the U.S. is currently on a path to default.

"That’s the path we’re on," he said. "The president canceled his trip to Asia. I assumed — well, maybe he wants to have a conversation. I decided to stay here in Washington this weekend. He knows what my phone number is.  All he has to do is call."

According to leaks by House Republicans last week, Boehner has told colleagues privately he won’t permit default and will raise the debt ceiling with Democratic votes if need be.

Pressed again and again by host George Stephanopoulos about whether he’d prefer default to bringing up a clean debt limit bill, Boehner didn’t flinch.

"I don’t want the United States to default on its debt," he said. "But I’m not going to raise the debt limit without a serious conversation about dealing with problems that are driving the debt up.  It would be irresponsible of me to do this."

Right-wing media outlets are already celebrating a forthcoming book that claims that brutal 1998 murder of gay Wyoming teen Matthew Shepard - which became a rallying cry for LGBT activists - was actually fueled more by drug use than anti-gay bias.

In The Book of Matt: Hidden Truths about the Murder of Matthew Shepard, journalist Stephen Jimenez argues that Aaron McKinney and Russell Henderson bludgeoned Shepard in a meth-fueled rage. Jimenez minimizes the role of anti-gay bias in the murder, writing that Shepard and McKinney had previously had sex and done meth together (an assertion that McKinney himself denies). 

Although his report of a sexual history between Shepard and McKinney is new, Jimenez’s central thesis - that drugs were the motivating factor in Shepard’s murder - has been called into question before.

In November 2004, Jimenez co-produced a piece on the Shepard murder for ABC News’ 20/20.  GLAAD highlighted key shortcomings in 20/20's report, including the lack of hard evidence that drugs were a factor and its failure to point out that McKinney himself had cited anti-gay bias as a central element in the case, even attempting to employ a “gay panic” defense at trial. Shepard’s mother also condemned the report, criticizing its selective reading of evidence and accusing ABC of taking her comments out of context.

The 20/20 report neglected to mention another crucial detail: that Jimenez was a friend of Tim Newcomb, Henderson’s defense attorney

Most disturbingly, email correspondence revealed that the Jimenez had already decided that Shepard’s murder wasn’t an anti-gay hate crime before 20/20 even started its reporting. 


WND columnist Jack Cashill gloated that the book undermines the efforts of “gay grievance industry” to draw attention to hate crimes. The Shepard case, Cashill wrote, highlights how the LGBT movement’s “coordination and … duplicity” have promoted the false narrative that anti-LGBT violence is actually a problem.

Austin Ruse - who in July celebrated Russia’s brutal crackdown on LGBT people - took to to blast “Matthew Shepard Inc.” for promoting the “lie” that homophobia had anything to do with Shepard’s murder. PJ Media’s Ed Driscoll touted Ruse’s report on the book, asserting that Shepard’s death had been “politicize[d]” by a “paranoid” left desperate to advance the hate crime narrative. A guest blogger on Gateway Pundit echoed Driscoll’s argument, writing that Jimenez’s book “cast[s] a terrible light on a media that has long been anxious to build a narrative hostile to mainstream America.”

Even sources outside the right-wing media have been taken by Jimenez and his argument. Writing for The Jewish Daily Forward, Kenneth S. Stern - an attorney and gay rights supporter who discloses that he and Jimenez went to high school together - calls the theory promoted by The Book of Matt "compelling." Stern made no note of the problems that plagued Jimenez’s earlier work for 20/20.

Amid the debate sparked by Jimenez’s book, it’s critical not to lose sight of the reality of anti-LGBT hate crimes. According to FBI figures, there were an estimated 1,300 hate crimes motivated by sexual orientation in 2011, the most recent year for which statistics are available. Even in parts of the country considered LGBT-friendly, anti-LGBT violence is a pervasive - even worsening - problem. New York City, for instance, is on track to see a doubling of anti-LGBT hate crimes by the end of 2013. These are figures that hate crime denialists and Matthew Shepard truthers can’t dispute.

h/t: MMFA