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  • The Washington Blade is back, now operating under the name DC Agenda.
  • Fired Up! Missouri: The Lafayette County Republican Central Committee is proudly celebrating a new crazy billboard on I-70 near Grain Valley. It calls for citizens to "starve the beast" and "vote out incumbents" -- and if that doesn't work, "PREPARE FOR WAR."
  • Media Matters: Conservative media frequently accuse progressives of "raping" Americans.
  • Interestingly, "read the stimulus" advocate Dick Armey never bothered to, you know, read the stimulus.
  • Sarah Palin gets booed for quitting early on those waiting at her book-signing.
  • Finally, your lesson of the day: Don't trust NRCC press releases.

Robertson: Muslims Should Be Treated Like "Some Fascist Group"

Via Think Progress we see that Media Matters has caught Pat Robertson blaming the Fort Hood shooting on "political correctness" and declaring that Islam is “not a religion,” but “a violent political system bent on the overthrow of the governments of the world and world domination”:

ROBERTSON: That is the ultimate aim. And they talk about infidels and all this, but the truth is that’s what the game is. So you are dealing with not a religion. You’re dealing with a political system. And I think we should treat it as such and treat its adherences as such as we would members of the Communist Party or members of some fascist group. Well, it’s a tragedy. Our hearts go out to the families who suffered. But those in the Army should be held on account for the fact they let this man loose.

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  • What do Randall Terry and the Phelps clan have in common?  They both protest Obama's daughters' school.
  • Gary Bauer says the alleged Fort Hood shooter was a "sleeper agent" while the author of "Muslim Mafia" says now is the time for a "backlash" against Muslims.
  • In Florida, the Tea Party is now officially a political party.
  • Alan Colmes: Scott Roeder Confesses To Killing George Tiller.
  • Raw Story: Palin sees conspiracy in new dollar coins.
  • Think Progress: Oklahomans rally at State Capitol to protest anti-choice law that would post abortion details online.
  • Media Matters: The Washington Times' history of anti-gay rhetoric.
  • Finally, quote of the day from the Texas Freedom Network: “Am I a religious fanatic? Absolutely. You’d have to be to do what I do.” – State Board of Education member Don McLeroy, R-Bryan, talking about how he approaches public education.

Right Wing Round-Up

  • Media Matters has launched Conservative Transparency.
  • David Weigel reports that 95% of Doug Hoffman's campaign contributions have come from outside the district and that activists from Generation Joshua are active in getting out the vote on his behalf (Generation Joshua, by the way, is an arm of the right wing Home School Legal Defense Association.)
  • Sarah Posner: Rick Warren Won't Denounce Proposed Ugandan Anti-Gay Law.
  • Rep. Michele Bachmann is organizing a conservative "insurgency" against healthcare reform, declaring it the "Super Bowl of freedom."
  • Alan Colmes: Joe Wilson Blames Obama For Flu Vaccine Shortage; Voted Against Funding.
  • Think Progress: Armey Meets With Author Of Town Hall Harassment Strategy Memo To Plan Purge Of Moderates From GOP.

Right Wing Round-Up

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  • Media Matters: Fox trumpets CAIR conspiracy theory charges made by author with anti-Islam history.
  • TPM: RNC Web Site Pays Tribute To Ronaldus Magnus. (See also "Meet The Writer Steele Used To Buff Party's Image.)
  • Steve Benen: Shadegg's "Soviet-Style" Stupidity.
  • Why does every endorsement in which Mike Huckabee is involved seem to carry a massive price tag?
  • Orly Taitz is not happy with the $20,000 fine she is facing.
  • SF Appeal: Stand For Marriage Maine complains that the opposition to the marriage ban now on the ballot in Maine comes from "mostly from the gay activist political elite from all corners of the nation, including Hollywood, Colorado, New York, Massachusetts" but the group displays a different attitude when it comes to sending its money out of state.

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  • Media Matters calls for accountability following omissions during Fox News' ACORN reports.
  • Salon: Meet the man who changed Glenn Beck's life.
  • RH Reality Check: Egg-as-Person State Law Campaigns Attract New Faces, Old Radicals.
  • David Weigel reports on the Federation for American Immigration Reform's "Hold Their Feet to the Fire" event.
  • Good As You has the audio of Tony Perkins speaking at Bangor Baptist Church in Maine following the right wing anti-marriage rally in the state last weekend.
  • Rep. Steve King is defending his colleague Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC), by claiming that  "the President threw the first punch."
  • Finally, Orly Taitz gets laughed out of court, which only proves, of course, that the judge is a tool of Obama. Also, someone even crazier than Taitz is accusing her of trying to get him to give false testimony for one of her Birther lawsuits.

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Joseph Farah Fights Back

Yesterday I wrote a post about Jon Henke's call for a boycott for any conservatives that "choose to support [WorldNetDaily] through advertising and email list rental or other collaboration."

In response to this call, I pointed out that WND founder Joseph Farah has been a staple at right-wing events and that if you plan on boycotting anyone who "collaborates" with WND, you'd have to boycott pretty much the entire conservative movement.

Today, Farah shot back at Henke and those who have taken up his call, as well as Media Matters and yours truly:

Last, but not least – because more will surely be coming on this epic journalistic scandal committed by WND – the always thoughtful folks at People for the American Way got their two cents in by suggesting the out-of-context quote picked up by the Boston Herald should require an all-out boycott of any organization that "will not renounce any further support of WorldNetDaily."

Am I scared?

No, folks. I'm not.

I didn't found WorldNetDaily to be esteemed by my colleagues.

I didn't found it to make People for the American Way or Media Matters happy.

I didn't found it because I wanted to be part of the "conservative" movement.

I founded it because there was a crying need for an independent brand of journalism beholden only to the truth.

And we will continue to pursue the truth no matter where it leads.

I hope you appreciate that WorldNetDaily difference.

First of all, we did not suggest a boycott of "any organization that 'will not renounce any further support of WorldNetDaily'," Henke did:

I think it's time to find out what conservative/libertarian organizations support WND through advertising, list rental or other commercial collaboration (email me if you know of any), and boycott any of those organizations that will not renounce any further support for WorldNetDaily.

Secondly, Farah blames the call for a boycott on this recent article:

Is the federal government building secret camps to lock up people who criticize President Barack Obama?

Will it truck off young people to camps to brainwash them into liking Obama’s agenda? Are government officials planning to replicate the French Revolution’s Reign of Terror, using the guillotine to silence their domestic enemies?


In a second warning, the Web site says that the government is considering Nazi-like concentration camps for dissidents.

Jerome Corsi, the author of "The Obama Nation," an anti-Obama book, says that a proposal in Congress "appears designed to create the type of detention center that those concerned about use of the military in domestic affairs fear could be used as concentration camps for political dissidents, such as occurred in Nazi Germany."

Farah insists that the article took Corsi's quote out of context:

Notice the partial quote. What's left out are some key words. Let's look at the full, unexpurgated sentence in Corsi's original story: "The proposed bill, which has received little mainstream media attention, appears designed to create the type of detention center that those concerned about use of the military in domestic affairs fear could be used as concentration camps for political dissidents, such as occurred in Nazi Germany."

Apparently, Farah thinks that the words "the proposed bill, which has received little mainstream media attention" somehow make Corsi's assertion about government concentration camps less crazy.

And, it should be noted, it is not just Corsi who is making these sorts of outlandish claims in the pages of WND - Janet Porter is making them as well. Heck, just a few weeks ago, Porter's entire WND column was dedicated to furthering her belief that there is some conspiracy afoot to kill millions of Americans via a flu vaccine.

Farah says he founded founded WND "because there was a crying need for an independent brand of journalism beholden only to the truth."

And it is thanks to Farah's deep commitment to the truth that we have been graced with some of WND's most amazing revelations ... like the fact that soy makes you gay.

If You Boycott WND, You Boycott Everyone

Yesterday Jon Henke over at The Next Right wrote a post blasting the sort of nonsense spewed by WorldNetDaily as well as those organizations and individuals who "choose to support WND through advertising and email list rental or other collaboration":

In the 1960's, William F. Buckley denounced the John Birch Society leadership for being "so far removed from common sense" and later said "We cannot allow the emblem of irresponsibility to attach to the conservative banner."

The Birthers are the Birchers of our time, and WorldNetDaily is their pamphlet. The Right has mostly ignored these embarrassing people and organizations, but some people and organizations inexplicably choose to support WND through advertising and email list rental or other collaboration. For instance, I have been told that F.I.R.E (The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education) - an otherwise respectable group that does important work - uses the WND email list. They should stop.

No respectable organization should support the kind of fringe idiocy that WND peddles. Those who do are not respectable.

As Terry Krepel of Media Matters quickly pointed out, one of the organizations that has rented WND's mailing list is the Republican National Committee.

I'd like to add a few more: what about Mike Huckabee and Representatives Michele Bachmann, Tom Price, and Steve King who will all be appearing at the upcoming How To Take Back America Conference, which features WND among its sponsors and has WND founder, editor and CEO Joseph Farah serving on it host committee?

Or what about the 2007 Values Voter Debate featuring GOP presidential hopefuls like Huckabee, Sam Brownback, Duncan Hunter, Tom Tancredo, and Ron Paul, where Farah served as a moderator?

Or, for that matter, what about CPAC, where Farah has been a speaker and panel participant?

Henke is threatening to "boycott any of those organizations that will not renounce any further support for WorldNetDaily" ... but if he did that, he'd literally have to boycott the entire right-wing political movement.

Right Wing Round-Up

  • WorldNetDaily unveils a "smoking gun" proving Barack Obama's Kenyan birth; Media Matters, David Weigel and various others immediately debunk it as an obvious forgery.
  • My DD: McConnell Got NRA to Whip Sotomayor Vote.
  • Alan Colmes: What Happened To Limbaugh’s Vow To Leave New York?
  • Good As You reports that MassResistance's Brian Camenker has been tapped to run a workshop at the "How to Take Back America" entitled "How to counter the homosexual extremist movement" along with Matt Barber of Liberty Counsel.
  • Mike Thomas: Liberty Counsel is anti-family.
  • Americans United wants to know if Jerry Falwell Jr. pulled a fast one when he delivered his opening prayer in the House last week by intentionally misleading the chaplain’s office about what he was going to say.
  • Think Progress: The lobbyist-run groups Americans for Prosperity and FreedomWorks, which orchestrated the anti-Obama tea parties earlier this year, are now pursuing an aggressive strategy to create an image of mass public opposition to health care and clean energy reform. A leaked memo from Bob MacGuffie, a volunteer with the FreedomWorks website Tea Party Patriots, details how members should be infiltrating town halls and harassing Democratic members of Congress.

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  • Alan Colmes: Look at all these horrible lefties with dark skin and strange names who “must be stopped."
  • Did Egypt move recently? 
  • You know what the GOP's problem is?  According to Sen. George Voinovich, it's all these Southerners who "get on TV and go 'errrr, errrrr.'"
  • Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) joined radical conspiracy theorist Alex Jones on his radio talk show for an interview where he stated that Obama's health plan will "absolutely kill senior citizens."
  • Good As You says that perhaps the Southern Poverty Law Center was a little too quick to remove the Illinois Family Institute from its list of anti-gay hate groups.
  • Amie Newman: The Dutch "abortion boat" run by the organization Women on Waves (WoW) has announced it will anchor, possibly permanently.
  • Salon: The Birthers in Congress.
  • Media Matters: Fear Of A Black President.
  • Finally, Glenn Beck says Barack Obama is a racist: "This president has exposed himself as a guy, over and over and over again, who has a deep-seated hatred for white people, or the white culture, I don't know what it is."

Soothing the Savage Beast

The August 3 issue of the New Yorker includes an only-in-the-New-Yorker-length profile (seven full pages) of right-wing radio host Michael Savage. Savage’s fiercely ugly anti-gay and other extremist rhetoric has often been spotlighted by Media Matters, earning the group a special place in the pantheon of things Savage hates. Savage has called Media Matters “evil” and “Stalinists” and is currently engaged in a ludicrous campaign to challenge the group’s nonprofit status.

While Savage loves to hate the media and Media Matters, he’s found a friend in Kelefa Sanneh, author of the New Yorker profile (subscription required), which feels like a many-thousand word promo for Savage’s radio show. Sanneh is smitten with Savage, “more days than not, a marvelous storyteller, a quirky thinker, and an incorrigible free-associator.” He calls Savage’s show “one of the most addictive programs on radio, and one of the least predictable.”

Sanneh doesn’t ignore that Savage has a well-documented hatred of gays and that his central thesis is “that lefties are ruining the world, or trying to,” and quotes some of Savage’s memorable moments, such as the one that got him thrown off MSNBC, when he told a caller “Oh, you’re one of the sodomites. You should only get AIDS and die, you pig.”

But Sanneh finds Savage so weirdly charming and entertaining (he ruminates about death!) that he is quick to dismiss the host’s virulent rhetoric. Here’s Sanneh:

“The immoderate quotes meticulously catalogued by the liberal media-watchdog site are accurate but misleading, insofar as they reduce a willfully erratic broadcast to a series of political brickbats.”

“Immoderate” is an extraordinarily moderate word to apply to Savage’s serial attacks on gay people, which includes such charges as "[t]he radical homosexual agenda will not stop until religion is outlawed in this county," and that gay people "threaten your very survival." Gays, he says, “want full and total subjugation of this society to their agenda.” Savage has also promoted right-wing lies about Obama being born in Kenya and being a Muslim, and said during the campaign:

"I think he was hand-picked by some very powerful forces both within and outside the United State of America to drag this country into a hell that it has not seen since the Civil War of the middle of the 19th century.”

In a podcast interview posted on the New Yorker site, Sanneh said that people from the left and right do “a pretty good job of getting offended at the other people’s pundits.” Sanneh draws a stunning sort of moral equivalence between Savage, the kind of guy liberals “get all worked up about,” and Al Franken , who some conservatives would consider “an angry, hateful guy.”

Sanneh seems uninterested in considering whether the kind of political rhetoric Savage specializes in has the potential to fuel hatred and violence. Savage’s liberal-hating books were among those found on the shelves of the Tennessee man who opened fire in a Unitarian Universalist church last year to vent his hatred of liberals who he said were destroying the country. Sanneh says that Savage’s best-selling books are “political polemics” but says “none capture the freewheeling sensibility of the show or the complicated personality of the man.”

Right Wing Round-Up

  • Media Matters: Meet The Birthers
  • David Weigel: Maj. Stefan F. Cook, the reservist whose clever scheme to back out of his voluntary deployment by suing for proof of President Obama’s citizenship ended with him getting fired from his defense industry job, is suing again. He wants his old job back.
  • Joe.My.God: The Alliance Defense Fund claims to have guided Romania's parliament to a ban on same-sex marriage and civil unions.
  • Alvin McEwen debunks the relentless stream of lies continually being spread by Paul Cameron.
  • The Minnesota Independent reports that The National Republican Congressional Committee has added Rep. Michele Bachmann to its list of most vulnerable incumbents.
  • As Talking Points Memo says, you know times are tough when members of Congress are refusing to say whether they live at the House on C Street.

Right Wing Round-Up

  • Matthew Yglesias explains that "conservatives love activist judges - they just prefer when they advance the interests of white people."
  • Think Progress: Glenn Beck complains about softball questions to Sotomayor on day that no questions were asked.
  • Media Matters provides an updated list of the myths and falsehoods surrounding the Sotomayor nomination.
  • Talking Points Memos looks at emails showing how conservative media outlets initially dismissed the Mark Sanford story and offered to help him and his staff spin it.
  • Hilzoy is retiring from blogging. Our loss.
  • Jeremy is unmoved by MassResistance's allegation that Google is "blocking" its blog.
  • Finally, Pat Robertson declares that he won't shed a tear if the "Episcopal Church of America just quietly goes out of business" due to its support for gay rights:

Right Wing Round-Up

  • Media Matters catches Rush Limbaugh declaring that Sotomayor's "wise latina" remarks are "much worse" than George Allen's "macaca" comment.
  • Is Kansas Secretary of State candidate Kris Kobach a birther?
  • Get to know Audra Shay, the new Chairman of the Young Republicans.
  • Pat Buchanan suggests that Todd Palin ought to drown Levi Johnston.
  • Jed Lewison points out the Gov. Mark Sanford might lose his top-secret security status due to the fact that relationships with foreigners must be revealed. Needless to say, he did not reveal his.
  • On a related note, Rachel Maddow continues her reporting on the secretive house on C Street.
  • Finally, Pam Spaulding notes that The Southern Christian Leadership Conference is seeking to remove the president of its Los Angeles chapter due to his support for marriage equality.
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Brian Tashman, Tuesday 11/02/2010, 10:06am
With the midterm elections taking place today, tomorrow is the unofficial beginning of the race for the 2012 GOP nomination. Haley Barbour Tea Party: Claims that Tea Party candidates will find a home in the GOP (AP, 11/2) GOP: Says that Party will have to earn trust since voters are “not saying ‘Hey, we love you Republicans,’” (CBS, 11/1). Newt Gingrich 2012: Tells WaPo that a 2012 bid is becoming “increasingly” practical (WaPo, 10/29). Florida: Holds “Jobs Here Jobs Now” rally in Florida (Florida Times-Union, 10/29). Mike Huckabee... MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Monday 11/01/2010, 6:01pm
PFAW: In an Open Letter, People For Urges ABC to Distance Itself from Breitbart. SPLC: Extremist ‘Patriot’ Pastor Videotapes Another Tense Traffic-Stop Encounter. Political Correction: Tom Tancredo Plans To Start A Revolution. Jason Hancock @ Iowa Independent: King refuses to explain vote against bill combating rape on tribal grounds. Alan Colmes: GOP Post-Election Day Goal: Stopping Sarah Palin; Viewed As A “Disaster In Waiting.” Rachel Tabachnick @ Talk To Action: The Apostles and Transformation - Why They Are a Threat... MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Wednesday 10/20/2010, 5:50pm
Lee Fang @ Think Progress: Health Insurance, Banking, Oil Industries Met With Koch, Chamber, Glenn Beck To Plot 2010 Election. Eric Kleefeld @ TPM: GOPer Runyan Lists Dred Scott As Recent SCOTUS Decision He Disagrees With. Rob Boston @ Americans United: Christmas Cranks: AFA Begins Annual Whine-Fest Over Seasonal Greeting. Justin Elliott @ Salon: Ex-boss: "We were relieved" when Joe Miller left. Alan Colmes:Tea Party Express’s Expensive Luxury Cruises. Steve Benen: Mike Huckabee's Very Short Memory. Media Matters: Beck denies... MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Wednesday 10/20/2010, 5:39pm
CBN's David Brody defends Christine O'Donnell because she is just like Antonin Scalia. And, of course, Bryan Fischer is defending her as well. This OneNewsNow article featuring Peter LaBarbera actually contains a link that carries this message: "Caution: The previous link goes to a pro-homosexual website." Watch the Right freak out now that George Soros has donated a million dollars to Media Matters. Tony Perkins is very upset that people didn't like his piece in the Washington Post. Speaking of FRC, Virginia Thomas is supposed to join them tonight... MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Tuesday 10/19/2010, 5:55pm
Miranda @ PFAW Blog: Right-Wing Group to Nevada Latinos: “Don’t Vote.” Brian Beutler @ TPM: Maker Of Ad Telling Latinos Not To Vote Has Long History In GOP. Laura Conaway @ Maddow Blog: Virginia GOP big is asked to resign after alleged racist e-mail. Brooke Obie @ Text & History: Is Martha Dean Really Relying on Secessionist Tom Woods for Support? Media Matters: Fox's Nazi fetish: Beck, O'Reilly, others repeatedly invoke Nazi imagery. Jodi Jacobson @ RH Reality Check: Anti-Choice-Tea Party Video on Amendment 62 Full of... MORE >
Brian Tashman, Tuesday 10/19/2010, 9:33am
Haley Barbour Washington: Ranked #1 of GQ’s “DC Power List” (GQ, 10/18). Mississippi: NYT columnist looks into his record of pardons as Governor (NYT, 10/15). GOP: Raises $31 million for Republican Governors Association (WaPo, 10/14). Mitch Daniels Economy: Hit by conservatives for floating idea of value added tax (Newsweek, 10/18). 2012: Praised by President of US Chamber of Commerce (Courier & Press, 10/13). Newt Gingrich 2010: Predicts takeover of House and Senate by GOP (KTAR, 10/18). Fundraising: His 527, which has no cap on donations, raised over $4... MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Monday 10/18/2010, 5:32pm
Michelle Goldberg @ Tablet: Glenn Beck’s favorite ‘historian’ enlists the Founding Fathers in a battle against diversity. Amanda Terkel @ Huffington Post: Ken Buck Compares Being Gay To Alcoholism. Alvin McEwen @ Pam's House Blend: AOL article sanitizes Paul Cameron and bad science. Joe Sudbay @ Americablog: 'Bam Bam' Barber brings his hate and homophobia to Bowling Green. Rachel Tabachnick @ Talk To Action: Lou Engle Only One of Many of Sen. Brownback's NAR Apostle Problems. Steve Benen: The Company Allen West Keeps. Media... MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Thursday 10/14/2010, 5:59pm
Alvin McEwen @ Pam's House Blend: The top 12 lies of Tony Perkins and the Family Research Council. Jamison Foser @ Media Matters: "Populist" Glenn Beck wants listeners to donate money to corporate interests. Rachel Slajda @ TPM: Colorado Billboard Shows Obama As Terrorist, Gangster, Bandito And Gay Man. Dan @ Bold Faith Type: Susan B. Anthony List facing sanctions for abortion misinformation. Amanda Terkel @ Huffington Post: Delaware Senate Debate: Christine O'Donnell Refuses To Say Whether Evolution Is A 'Myth,' Calls Opponent 'Marxist.' Steve... MORE >