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GATHERING OF LEMMINGS, OR COLLECTIVELY, WHY I LEFT THE REPUBLICAN PARTY: FRC Announces 2014 Values Voters Summit Lineup: A Cavalcade Of Crackpots [TW: Anti-LGBT Bigotry, Homophobia]
Tony Perkins fancies himself to be a GOP presidential candidate kingmaker, so it will be interesting to see if any not entirely crazy Republicans will join the above careening clown car crowded with the cavalcade of crackpots who failed in 2012, some of whom (Paul, Perry, Santorum) are expected to make a 2016 run. Ted Cruz won last year’s Values Voters Summit presidential straw poll with 42% of the vote, the largest margin ever seen in that poll’s history and light years ahead of runners-up Frothy Mix and Ben Carson, who barely landed in the double digits.
In his continued crusade against the Common Core education standards, Glenn Beck encouraged people across the country to boycott tests associated with Common Core, later declaring, “The day we’re all willing to peacefully go to jail like Martin Luther King, we will win.”
In a live broadcast to nearly 700 theaters nationwide, Beck and his fellow anti-Common Core “warriors” joined forces Tuesday night to “make Common Core history" (emphasis original) in a two-hour live movie titled We Will Not Conform. Those “warriors” included conservative commentator and notorious Common Core misinformer Michelle Malkin, hosts Dana Loesch and Pat Gray from Beck’s TheBlaze, “self-proclaimed historian” David Barton, Townhall columnist Terrence Moore, Jay Spencer of Liberty University (a sponsor of the event), and representatives from state-based groups waging war on Common Core.
The participants also included Matt Kibbe and Ellen Wheeler from FreedomWorks, a group which ”started out as the Koch-funded Citizens for a Sound Economy” and came under scrutiny last year “due to bizarre internal feuding and questions about its finances.” Former FreedomWorks chairman Dick Armey told Media Matters at the time that “the group wasted money by paying Glenn Beck $1 million … to fundraise for the organization.”
This live event is just the latest salvo in Beck’s campaign against the state-based education standards, which were originally adopted by 45 states and the District of Columbia. Beck and co-author Kyle Olson released a book in May called Conform, which, in addition to baselessly attacking teachers and public schools for 222 pages, argued that Common Core helps progressives remove parents from their children’s lives. The day before the event, Beck compared Common Core to slavery.
We Will Not Conform was structured around five “working groups,” each tasked with formulating strategies for the different types of tools viewers could use to help defeat Common Core in their states: research and resources, politics, messaging, grassroots organizing, and alternatives to public schools. Many of the right-wingmedia’sfavoritemyths about Common Core were featured in these working groups, including accusations of the standards as a “national program” and “takeover of education,” of being “top-down” and “control-usurping,” and wanting to “cash in on your children.”
Some of the most egregious rhetoric from the evening included:
- Glenn Beck equating the fight against Common Core to "David versus Goliath," and saying that "The day we’re all willing to peacefully go to jail like Martin Luther King, we will win."
- Michelle Malkin asserting that Common Core turns kids into experimental “guinea pigs,” and declaring,"We’re locked and loaded."
- Terrence Moore claiming that "progressive education is trying to take away the great stories" of American education, which is not what “Thomas Jefferson” would have wanted.
- The Blaze’s Buck Sexton interviewing six parents and their children about their experiences with Common Core, asking the children questions like, "How many of you think Common Core is confusing, for no reason?" and "Big thumbs down for Common Core, huh?"
These attacks come as a few states are pulling out of Common Core. Coincidentally, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory (R), “previously a Common Core supporter,” signed legislation ”designed to replace the controversial Common Core academic standards” the same night as Beck’s event. States’ moves to repeal the standards come on the heels of extreme right-wing rhetoric from the likes of Beck, Malkin, and others.
At the end of the night, Beck encouraged viewers to “stand up” and “stay the course” because “our children’s future is at stake” and they “will thank you for it.” He also announced that a post-event action plan to “stop Common Core’s federal takeover of education” would be made available online.
h/t: Hilary Tone at MMFA
Notorious misinformer Glenn Beck appeared on Fox News to push various myths about the Common Core education standards while promoting his upcoming live movie We Will Not Conform.
On June 12, Fox’s Sean Hannity hosted Beck, a former Fox host and founder of The Blaze network, to discuss the Common Core State Standards, which were adopted in 2010 by 45 states and the District of Columbia. “Political turbulence” surrounding the standards, however, has led a few states to opt out of Common Core, following months-long smear campaigns from right-wing media figures, including Beck andFox. Beck even wrote an “angry and ignorant" book titled Conform, which spent 222 pages lobbing ridiculous attacks against the standards and public education in general.
On Hannity, Beck plugged his July 22 live movie, which will also feature fellow Common Core misinformer and conservative columnist Michelle Malkin. After Hannity explained that Beck was “going to show in this movie how to defeat Common Core,” Beck claimed that Common Core opponents are “winning on this.” He then propagated a series of myths about the standards, including that Common Core is about “control, manipulation, [and] propaganda” and that it takes away freedom from teachers, despite polls showing that teachers support it. Beck even likened Common Core to education in China because it “use[s] propaganda in the classroom” to “shape these minds to get them to be good little boys and girls for the state.”
Given that he launched his campaign against Common Core by stating, “We will not save our country unless we save it first from this attack,” Beck’s live movie promises to be yet another absurd ruse in his constant, fact-free crusade again Common Core.
h/t: Hilary Tone at MMFA
Today, crass anti-choice extremist shitstain Dana Loesch is bullying #Rally4MOWomen attendees for simply exercising their 1st Amendment right to express their opinions on how extreme anti-abortion policies being proposed are affecting Missouri women.
I feel like basic anatomy and physiology courses would be beneficial at these rallies.
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) April 8, 2014
Typical from someone who is a habitual disgrace to women in this country.
Michelle Malkin’s propaganda hive Twitchy piles on, which Loesch retweeted:
You, Dana, are an ignorant bully.
I don’t think this fellow understands the concept of “choice.” pic.twitter.com/8dqa9VZiok #rally4MOwomen
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) April 8, 2014
It’s people like you that want to take away the right to make the choice to have an abortion.
(“But make them pay for them!”) pic.twitter.com/kaCCXjqa50 #rally4MOwomen
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) April 8, 2014
Via: mediamattersforamerica .
Conservative columnist Michelle Malkin dismissed discussions of income inequality as a “war on wealth” meant to shame and bully job creators.
Last week, billionaire venture capitalist Tom Perkins wrote an inflammatory letter to The Wall Street Journal that likened an alleged ”progressive war on the American one percent” and “demonization of the rich “to Nazi Germany’s Kristallnacht, asking:”Kristallnacht was unthinkable in 1930; is its descendant ‘progressive’ radicalism unthinkable now.” Perkins’ letter received widespread criticism.
In her January 29 syndicated column, Malkin defended Perkins, deeming the reaction to Perkin’s controversial letter as further evidence of a “bullying epidemic” she labeled as “wealth-shaming” by “the grievance industry.”
Salem Communications, the Christian radio conglomerate and owners of Hotair.com, Townhall.com and recent acquisition Twitchy, will buy Eagle Publishing on Jan. 15, BuzzFeed has learned.
Eagle Publishing owns RedState, Human Events and Regnery Publishing, a publisher of conservative books. With the acquisition, Salem Communications will operate a block of five major properties in the conservative media landscape.
Salem would now operate five major properties, a significant consolidation on the right in a variety of markets — from Hot Air’s well-regarded analysis, Human Events’ long history, and Twitchy’s social focus. The move will also put a number of high-profile conservative personalities under one roof, including RedState’s Erick Erickson, Hot Air’s Mary Katharine Ham, and Townhall editors Guy Benson and Katie Pavlich — all frequent contributors on Fox News.
Twitchy, the conservative Twitter aggregation site, has been sold for an undisclosed amount to Salem Communications, the Christian radio conglomerate and owners of Hotair.com and Townhall.com.
Jonathan Garthwaite, general manager and editor-in-chief of Townhall.com, confirmed the news to BuzzFeed Tuesday, saying he was “excited” to be folding Twitchy into existing Salem news properties.
“Media Matters types would like to paint conservatives as boring, old white guys,” Garthwaite said. “Twitchy adds more fun and humor to our platform, which will appeal to totally different generation and break that stereotype.”
Launched in March 2012, Twitchy was the brainchild of conservative author and pundit Michelle Malkin, who until now served as owner and chief executive officer. The site is unique in the conservative media landscape for its native social aim, acting as a “Twitter curator” and timelining social media wars between pundits, politicians and celebrities.
Malkin had formerly sold Hotair.com to Salem Communications in 2010.
Garthwaite says Malkin will relinquish the title of CEO, but will still be active in promoting the Twitchy brand. He said the nine Twitchy staff writers, disparately located around the country, will not be asked to relocate to the Townhall news offices in Arlington, Va. Garthwaite would not disclose terms of the deal.
FLASHBACK: Fox's Malkin: "Al Sharpton 'Is A Shakedown Artist Who Hates Cops, Who Hates Whites, Who Hates Jews'" | Video | Media Matters for America
From the 07.31.2013 edition of FNC’s Hannity:
Conservative media viciously attacked Texas State Senator Wendy Davis after she announced her candidacy for governor, linking Davis to infanticide and calling an image of her with kids “sick” and “disgusting.”
Fox News’ Michelle Malkin: “Abortion Extremist” Davis Sounds “Ghoulish,” Should Have Posed With “Gosnell Jars.” Fox contributor Michelle Malkin claimed that Davis sounded “ghoulish” when she had tweeted about “a better tomorrow” for Texans. Malkin later tweeted that instead of children in the photo, Davis should have been surrounded by convicted murderer Kermit Gosnell’s jars, which reportedly contained human remains.
Fox News’ Katie Pavlich: Davis’ Photo Is “Sick” And “Disgusting.” Fox News contributor and Townhall editor Katie Pavlich smeared Davis as “famous for infanticide” on Twitter, calling the photo “sick”:
Fox News’ Erick Erickson: Davis Could “Abort” Campaign After 26 Weeks “With A Clear Conscience.”Following Davis’ official declaration of her candidacy for Texas governor, Fox contributor Erick Erickson tweeted:
Media Research Center’s Dan Gainor: Wendy Davis Is An “Aspiring Baby Killer.” Dan Gainor, vice president of Business and Culture for the conservative Media Research Center, tweeted of Davis’ announcement:
Gainor later tweeted:
National Review Online: “Abortion Barbie Enters The Race In Texas.” On the front page of its website, National Review Online (NRO) linked to an article on Davis’ announcement by declaring:
[National Review Online, 10/4/13]
NRO later altered the frontpage teaser to read:
[National Review Online, 10/4/13]
Fox Figures Have Previously Targeted Davis For Supporting Women’s Reproductive Rights
Erickson Labeled Davis “Abortion Barbie.” In August, Fox contributor Erickson deemed Davis “Abortion Barbie” after The Weekly Standard linked legal abortion to the crimes of convicted murderer Kermit Gosnell when questioning Davis:
[Twitter.com, 8/6/13, via Media Matters]
Fox News’ Laura Ingraham Asked Davis: “Which Kids That You See On The Playground Shouldn’t Be There?” After Davis’ filibuster in June, frequent O’Reilly Factor guest host and Fox News contributor Laura Ingraham tweeted to Davis, “Which kids that you see on the playground shouldn’t be there?”:
Fox Ignores Mosque Attacks To Lash Out At Holder For Warning Against Boston Backlash | Blog | Media Matters for America
Fox News and other conservatives are busy attacking Attorney General Eric Holder for assuring the public that law enforcement will not tolerate any acts of violence or discrimination in the wake of the Boston Marathon terror attack. But their latest feigned outrage ignores that hate crimes against Muslims are a very real concern.
Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly covered the story on the April 30 edition of America Live, hosting Fox contributor Michelle Malkin, who mocked the “phantom threats of hate crime epidemics that have never happened.” (This was the second straight day Kelly had devoted a segment to expressing outrage about Holder’s common sense comments.)
Other conservatives lashed out at Holder for his vow to defend religious minorities in America.
Fox’s weird attempt to push back against Holder’s pledge fit nicely into Fox’s frequently anti-Muslimprogramming. It also highlighted how little interest Fox has in the larger issue of anti-Muslim violence.
I noted last week how Fox News remains largely blind to acts of right-wing extremist terror and political violence because that storyline doesn’t fit into the cable channel’s preferred narrative about Muslim terrorists, or Fox’s eagerness to assign collective blame onto the Muslim-American community.
Here’s a recent timeline:
- Dearborn MI, January 2011: A man is arrested with a vehicle full of explosives he intended to use to blow up a local mosque.
- Queens, NY, January 2012: A Molotov cocktail was thrown at an Islamic center. The suspect reportedly told police he intended “to inflict as much damage as possible and take out as many Muslims and Arabs as possible.”
- Lombard, IL, August 2012: An acid-filled bottle was thrown at an Islamic school during the nighttime Ramadan prayers.
- Joplin, MO, 2012: The local mosque burned to the ground one month after it was the target of an arson attack.
- Toledo, OH, September 2012: Authorities ruled that a gasoline fire on the main floor of the Islamic Center of Greater Toledo was the result of an arson attack.
- San Antonio, TX, November 2012: A man was arrested for threatening to kill as many people as possible at the Islamic Academy of San Antonio.
- Fremont, CA, December 2012: A man entered the Ibrahim Khalillullah Islamic Center and threatened to shoot everyone.
- Fayette, GA, January 2013: The windows of a Muslim house of prayer were shot out at 2 a.m.
- Oklahoma City, OK, April 2013: Vandals spray-painted racial slurs on the walls of the American Muslim Association.
(via Crooks and Liars: ESPN Reporter Slams Hannity and Fox For Defending Abusive Coach)
On this Sunday’s Reliable Sources on CNN, ESPN senior writer Andy Katz was asked by host Howard Kurtz about Fox hosts Eric Bolling and Sean Hannity and their defense of the abusive Rutgers basketball coach last week and Katz was more than happy to give Kurtz an earful with what he thought of them.
Hannity’s viewpoints are out of sync with America.
Some conservatives outraged over Google’s choice to feature a César Chávez doodle instead of something Easter-related were especially angry because they mistook César Chávez for the far more polarizing Hugo Chávez. March 31 is Cesar Chavez Day, not the late Hugo Chávez’s 86th birthday, as some have claimed.
It didn’t help that conservative Twitter watchdogs Twitchy, led by Michelle Malkin, misidentified the Google doodle in question as Hugo.
Here’s Michelle Malkin tweeting a link to the post.
The headline was changed a few hours before Malkin tweeted the link.
For people still confused about the difference between Hugo Chávez and César Chávez, try Google. Or Bing!
Correction: Michelle Malkin’s tweet came after “Hugo Chávez” had been changed to “César Chávez.” An earlier version of this post misstated the timing. (3/31)