New CNN Ad Bodychecks Fox News Lies

Oh snap: "Fox News, distorting not reporting." It's quite sad that these petty squabbles pass for journalism in this day and age, but I think the glee I feel at watching a mainstream outlet call out Fox News' lies more than balances out that sadness.

I've always been more partial to Al Franken's line, "We Distort, You Deride."More anti-Fox rhetoric from CNN, ABC, and more here. Like, say, Rick Sanchez ranting below the jump. Seriously, I'm more of an MSNBC guy, but it's a pretty sweet rant.

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Obama Snubs Fox News

It hurts to be at Fox.

The president is going to appear on five Sunday talk shows - five - to press his case for health care, White House officials disclosed. That is a presidential record.

Mr. Obama is going to appear on This Week with George Stephanopoulos on ABC. And Meet the Press on NBC. And Face the Nation on CBS. In between, he is going to sit down for interviews on CNN and Univision. (Fox News didn't make the cut).

To be honest, I didn't even know that Univision had a Sunday show (did you?) -- but that isn't stopping the President from taking to that network (along with four others) instead of Fox News. Then again, considering that "Fox News Sunday" draws less than half the viewership of its nearest rival, CBS' "Face the Nation", perhaps it's not such a surprise that the President is skipping the conservative net's Sunday flagship.

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Discrediting Right-Wing Lies About Obama's "Czars"

Cross-posted from Blue Moose Democrat.

Reading up on Van Jones last night, I said to myself, "I need to write a post on right-wing outrage about Obama's `czars.'" I guess great (fairly decent?) minds think alike; today's Center for American Progress "Progress Report" e-mail was titled "Crazy Czar Conspiracies." I dug up many of the links and facts in this post myself, but I also owe a major hat tip to Think Progress.

Right-wing talking heads like Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, and Lou Dobbs have decided that any presidential advisor not approved by the Senate is an unconstitutional "czar" with too much power. Unfortunately, their outrage is filled with lies (many of the "czars" they complain about WERE confirmed by the Senate), hypocrisy (Bush had even more "czars" than Obama), and bad policy (what's wrong with the President having an advisor on violence against women?). First things first. What is a czar? According to Wikipedia,

The title `czar' is an informal term for certain high-level officials who direct or oversee federal operations on a given topic or who coordinate policies between different departments on a given topic... In the United States, the term czar has been used by the media to refer to appointed executive branch officials since at least the early 1940s... Since then, a number of ad hoc, temporary as well as permanent United States Executive Branch positions have been established that have been referred to in this manner. For example, President Richard Nixon created two offices whose heads became known as "czars" in the popular press: drug czar in 1971, and energy czar in 1973.

According to this Wikipedia article, Barack Obama has 32 "czars," three less than did Repub George W. Bush. The right-wing noise machine, which to my memory was nowhere to be found when Bush appointed a swine-flu czar, is outraged that a Democratic president would dare assume to have the same rights as a Repub president.  Beck even lied about these numbers, claiming in June that"Other presidents have also named czars, but no one can hold a candle to President Obama who has named 16 czars so far!"

After the resignation of Jones, the "White House Council on Environmental Quality Special Advisor for Green Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation,"Hannity declared, "We got rid of one [czar], and my job starting tomorrow night is to get rid of every other one. I promise you that!" According to Neil Cavuto, these czars - who actually have titles like White House Adviser on Violence Against Women, Director of the Office of National AIDS Policy, and Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security for International Affairs - are "evil despots accountable to no one." That's right - if the President wants someone to inform him about violence against women but does not subject her to a lengthy and unnecessarily brutal vetting process, than she clearly must be described with the same word that Bush applied to Saddam Hussein and Kim Jong Il.

It gets even better below the jump.

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When will Glenn Beck turn on Bachman and Romney?

One of Glenn Beck's big complaints (and lies) is that Barack Obama has surrounded himself with socialists, communists, anti-capitalists, and "revolutionaries".

So what I'd like to know is, if revolutionaries are a bad thing, will Beck be just as vocal with denunciations of self-proclaimed revolutionaries James Inhofe, John McCain, Michelle Bachmann, and Mitt Romney? And if not, will he then admit to being nothing more than a fear-mongering charlatan and a partisan fraud? I think you know the answers.

At a town hall Wednesday night, Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) told constituents, "We're almost reaching a revolution in this country."

The reason? "People are not buying these concepts that are completely foreign to America." ...

Inhofe isn't the first to predict a revolution. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) told a town hall on Tuesday, "We're seeing the beginning of a peaceful -- and I emphasize peaceful -- revolt in America."

In March, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) called for citizens to be "armed and dangerous" against an energy tax and that "having a revolution every now and then is a good thing."

And in May, former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney said Republicans need to "once again lead the American Revolution."

Here's another interesting Beck tidbit: Orly Taitz, queen of the birthers, she of the lawsuits and the fradulent Kenya birth certificate, watches Glenn Beck and thinks you should too. A stirring endorsement for the man, no?

The good news is that ten more companies have pulled their advertising from Beck, bringing the total to fifty. And these companies aren't nothing - among the newest ten are Bank of America, Travelers Insurance, and Vonage. Many of the ads we know and love/hate - the Travelers J umbrella insurance, the Geico cavemen - are gone from Beck. The question is, when will Beck be gone too?

Visit The Color of Change to learn what you can do to help stop Glenn Beck, and apparently Orly Taitz as well.

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When will Glenn Beck turn on Inhofe and Romney?

One of Glenn Beck's big complaints is that Barack Obama has surrounded himself with socialists, communists, anti-capitalists, and "revolutionaries".

So what I'd like to know is, if revolutionaries are a bad thing, will Beck be just as vocal with denunciations of self-proclaimed revolutionaries James Inhofe, John McCain, Michelle Bachmann, and Mitt Romney? And if not, will he then admit to being nothing more than a fear-mongering charlatan and a partisan fraud? I think you know the answers.

At a town hall Wednesday night, Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) told constituents, "We're almost reaching a revolution in this country."

The reason? "People are not buying these concepts that are completely foreign to America." ...

Inhofe isn't the first to predict a revolution. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) told a town hall on Tuesday, "We're seeing the beginning of a peaceful -- and I emphasize peaceful -- revolt in America."

In March, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) called for citizens to be "armed and dangerous" against an energy tax and that "having a revolution every now and then is a good thing."

And in May, former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney said Republicans need to "once again lead the American Revolution."

Visit The Color of Change to learn what you can do to help stop Glenn Beck.

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