Right-wing activist Jim Garrow took to Facebook today to call President Obama “The History Retard” and “one sick puppy” who displays “evidence of the psychological effects of malignant narcissism.”The History Retard: When some one [sic] might say that the President has neither a good grasp on reality nor a good grasp on history they would be making an understatement on a grand scale. What is sad for America is that Mr. Obama is so isolated from criticism that when he puts on full display for the world his very poor understanding of real history no one steps up and corrects him. This President has no clue and presents it sincerely and with aplomb, its [sic] just too bad that he is putting forward clear evidence of the psychological effects of malignant narcissism. This is one sick puppy.
- Dr. Jim Garrow
“Right Wing Watch, which will be reporting on what we just said, relies on the thirteen tactics that are available to them through Mr. Alinsky, they rely on that on how they report on you and I and they will spin what we’ve done so that we are ‘frozen,’ ‘freeze your opposition,’ present it in such a wacko, weird light that you will end up defending it and really being frozen as far as forward momentum and forward progress with whatever our agenda happens to be,” Garrow told Rush.
Because there is nothing crazy at all about Garrow’s assertions that Obama will soon claim to be communicating with aliens, try to kill 90% of Americans with a nuclear EMP attack to help George Soros make money and is part of a nefarious Arab-Chinese/Russian-Canadian conspiracy to destroy America.
In the very same interview, Rush proved his lack of insanity by arguing that someone “should disappear” Obama administration officials for their alleged hostility to the Constitution.
From the 01.17.2014 edition of Full Contact With Erik Rush:
Don’t like someone’s videos on YouTube? A conservative former Navy chaplain and Colorado state assembly candidate has a novel solution: Spam the site with takedown notices to trigger automatic removals to shut down your enemy’s channel entirely.
Gordon “Dr. Chaps” Klingenschmitt has been waging war for weeks on the liberal group People for the American Way, whose Right Wing Watch project works to highlight incendiary comments made by conservative firebrands such as Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck. The group has made a habit of taking short clips from Klingenschmitt’s own “Pray in Jesus’ Name" show (also conveniently hosted on YouTube) and uploading them unedited onto their own YouTube channel, albeit with altered titles such as “Klingenschmitt Declares That ENDA Promotes Bestiality" or "Klingenschmitt Says Wendy Davis Is Ruled By A ‘Demon of Murder’.”
Klingenschmitt was not amused. To counter RWW’s practice, he began submitting takedown notices toYouTube under the justification that the group was “stealing and pirating” his show, which he believes is protected under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
His efforts so far are paying off. RWW’s videos are getting taken down temporarily, and twice their entire channel has been shut down—both times for at least 10 days.
"They don’t add any value to the content," Klingenschmitt told National Journal. “They simply steal and copy and post with their own logo. They are not a legitimate news organization.”
The preacher is adamant that Right Wing Watch’s actions constitute “a clear violation of copyright,” but his claim rests on shaky legal ground. There’s little question that RWW’s videos are protected under the fair-use doctrine, said David Sunshine, an intellectual property lawyer with the law firm Cozen O’Connor.
So if Right Wing Watch videos are protected, why is YouTube taking them down? In an effort to comply with federal law, the site errs strongly on the side of caution when a video is flagged for copyright infringement, and its process for restoring a video is slow even if the claim is baseless.
Under the “safe harbor” provision of the DMCA, Internet service providers or content platforms like YouTube are promised protection from liability for any user-posted content that violates copyright. But to dock in the safe harbor, the party hosting content must not have knowledge of the infringement and must possess a standard procedure for removing content that users mark for infringement.
YouTube's procedure until last year granted users little recourse when someone hit them with a copyright-infringement claim. But the site updated its policy to allow users to submit a counter-notice challenging the claim, which triggers a statutorily mandated 10-day holding period during which YouTube waits to see if the party crying foul pursues legal action. During that time, the video in question remains offline.
Additionally, YouTube also has what some call a “three strikes” rule, which shuts down an entire account if three infringement claims are submitted. Klingenschmitt has exploited this rule to get RWW’s channel killed two times.
They WERE like Jesus, Moses, and the Founding Fathers. At least, in their numbers.
It’s awesome, though. Just declare victory, and failure becomes a success.
Flashback: E.W. Jackson Joins Pat Robertson To Attack PFAW, Promote Christian Coalition | Right Wing Watch
Back in 1997, E.W. Jackson was working for Pat Robertson’s Christian Coalition as the director of the Samaritan Project, a short-lived campaign designed to reach out to minority voters by passing off the Coalition’s political agenda as a “bold and compassionate agenda to combat poverty and restore hope.”
According to the New York Times, Jackson took part in a blessing over Robertson: “With Mr. Robertson kneeling, a half-dozen black pastors blessed him, touching his shoulder. The Rev. Earl Jackson, an African-American preacher from Boston who heads the Samaritan Project, pronounced the scene ‘not just an event but an epiphany.’”
People For the American Way had criticized the Samaritan Project with a campaign called “Don’t be Fooled by the ‘Christian’ Coalition.”
In a 1997 interview on the 700 Club, Robertson and Jackson, who is now the Republican nominee for lieutenant governor in Virginia, discussed the Christian Coalition’s outreach to the black community and criticized PFAW. “People For the American Way needs to try to do a little bit more of the American way, and the American way is a way of faith and that’s something that they just don’t seem to understand,” Jackson said.
From the 05.16.1997 edition of CBN’s The 700 Club:
h/t: Brian Tashman at RWW
Television preacher and one-time Republican presidential candidate Pat Robertson warned on his “700 Club” show Tuesday that he’s inclined to run a “full-scale exposé” on a web publication that he refused to identify, calling them a “nasty group” that focuses on “embarrassing conservatives” who appear on television.
There are only two groups he could be talking about: Media Matters and Right Wing Watch, both of which specialize in video clips of conservatives saying untrue, insensitive or otherwise appalling things. Given his status as America’s premiere television soothsayer, Robertson’s show is a frequent stop for both groups, but only one of them recently caused a stir at Robertson’s network.
Right Wing Watch, a project of People for the American Way (PFAW), recently clipped Robertson saying something not so original for him, but always alarming when he repeats it. On a recent episode, he told a female viewer that her husband had an affair because she had not done enough to keep his attention, adding that she should focus on all the nice things he does for her instead, like letting her live in his house or giving her food and clothing.
Robertson has said essentially this before, telling a woman who wrote into his show in 2010 to “make yourself as attractive as possible” in order to prevent her husband from cheating,which Media Matters noted at the time.
When he repeated this meme earlier in May, Right Wing Watch was the group standing by to catch the ball, and that irked Robertson. “There are organizations, there is one in particular which I will not name, but it is set out for one purpose: to embarrass those who are conservative on television,” he said Tuesday. “So they take my words and they twist them and distort them.”
Just earlier this month, it was Robertson’s host network CBN that was embarrassed. The network explained in a statement that Robertson’s comment on adultery “was not to condone infidelity or to cast blame,” insisting they “regret any misunderstanding.”
Despite Robertson’s insistence, Right Wing Watch quoted him accurately and completely in context. “This organization misconstrues deliberately, they want to do everything they can do to make my words and they twist them,” he complained. “I will not identify the organization but one day we may have a full-scale exposé because it’s a nasty group.”
“Pat Robertson doesn’t understand how ridiculous and extreme he sounds to a mainstream audience,” Josh Glasstetter, PFAW’s research director, told Raw Story in an email. “For decades, he’s lived inside the bubble of the Christian Broadcasting Network. Right Wing Watch faithfully reports Robertson’s comments and provides appropriate context. There’s no need to ‘twist and distort’ his words to make them sound crazy or offensive. They are inherently both.”
As for that “full-scale exposé” the televangelist threatened, Glasstetter claimed he’s happy to hear it. “Robertson can’t threaten us into silence,” he explained. “He’s been attacking our founder, Norman Lear, for decades and even blamed us for the 9/11 terrorist attacks. We take his outbursts as a badge of honor.”
From the 05.28.2013 edition of CBN’s The 700 Club:
On Monday, People For the American Way delivered a petition with 178,000 signatures to House Speaker John Boehner calling for the removal of Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann from the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. Bachmann, one of Congress’ leading purveyors of conspiracy theories, earned rebukes from Boehner and others last year when she accused several Muslim-American government employees, include top Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin, of being secret agents of the Muslim Brotherhood.
The petition, to put it mildly, hit a nerve among Bachmann’s allies in the anti-Muslim Right. FrontPageMag, an online outfit led by David Horowitz, has published a full three articles defending Bachmann and accusing PFAW of “smearing” the “vindicated” Bachmann by launching an “all-out war” on her. In one article, Robert Spencer of JihadWatch argues, “If they really had any genuine concern for the American way, instead of calling for her removal from the Intelligence committee, the People for the American Way would be calling for Bachmann to be appointed to chair that committee.”
Yesterday, Horowitz launched his own petition, titled, ironically, “Stop the Witch Hunt Against Rep. Bachmann.”
Horowitz and Spencer aren’t the only ones coming to Bachmann’s defense. The Center for Security Policy’s Frank Gaffney, who was the source of the bulk of Bachmann’s accusations against Abedin, and conservative columnist Diana West discussed the petition on Wednesday’s edition of Secure Freedom Radio. People For the American Way, Gaffney suggested, is part of the “Red-Green Axis” and should be called instead “People For the Islamist Way.”
H/T: Miranda Blue at RWW
We reported yesterday that American Family Association spokesman Bryan Fischer will not only be speaking at the upcoming Values Voter Summit but will immediately follow Mitt Romney. Today, People For the American Way released a statement urging Romney and fellow Republican presidential candidates Rick Perry, Michele Bachmann, Newt Gingrich, Herman Cain and Rick Santorum to condemn Fischer’s unmitigated bigotry rather than lending it legitimacy by appearing with him:
• Fischer, the chief spokesman for the AFA, has insisted that American Muslims have no First Amendment rights, has said that Muslims should be banned from the U.S. military, and has called for a ban on the building of new mosques in the U.S.
• Fischer has written that “gay sex is a form of domestic terrorism,” thinks gays and lesbians should be “disqualified from public office,” claims that gays are responsible for the Nazi Party and that gay people today will “do the same thing to you that the Nazis did to their opponents in Nazi Germany.”
• Fischer has insisted that Native Americans are “morally disqualified” from controlling American land and insists that American Indian communities are “mired in poverty and alcoholism” because not all have converted to Christianity.
• He has written that African American welfare recipients “rut like rabbits.”
• Last year, Fischer insulted Medal of Honor winner Sal Giunta, who saved the lives of two fellow soldiers under heavy fire in Afghanistan, saying “we have feminized the Medal of Honor” because “we now award it only for preventing casualties, not for inflicting them.”
People For the American Way president Michael Keegan urged Romney and his fellow presidential candidates to denounce Fischer’s bigotry before appearing with him at the event.
“Bryan Fischer’s stunning record of public bigotry would make him a pariah in any sane political movement,” Keegan said. “But his long record of hate speech doesn’t seem to bother the supposed ‘mainstream’ GOP politicians like Mitt Romney and Rick Perry who are sharing the stage with him at an event sponsored by his employer. Candidates don’t have to agree with the views of everyone they appear with – but they should be wary of lending legitimacy to those who peddle hate and fear of their fellow Americans.
“If Mitt Romney wants to appeal to mainstream audiences, he should publicly disassociate himself from Fischer’s bigotry before handing him the podium.”