O'Reilly, Limbaugh, others go after Media Matters

Crossposted at DailyKos.

On April 23, Bill O'Reilly, in a bizarre rant worthy of the most paranoid of conspiracy theorists, devoted an entire segment to what he sees as a devious collaboration of progressive donors and nonprofit groups.

Referring to us as "the vile propaganda outfit Media Matters, which specializes in distorting comments made by politicians, pundits, and media people," O'Reilly placed Media Matters for America at the center of a sinister web of organizations out to "impose a radical left agenda on America," while failing to identify a single instance when Media Matters has distorted his words or those of others.

We certainly got his attention. And it isn't just Bill O'Reilly. In just the past few weeks, Media Matters has been attacked by a veritable who's who of right-wing media and political figures:

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Meet the Press 3/18

  On MTP today the Democrats rose to the occasion with a thoughtful and restrained analysis of Iraq. Until today I have never heard of Joe Sestak or Tom Andrews for that matter, and I was thinking why did they get these B list dems to counter the likes of Tom Delay and Richard Perle. But what I saw from these men was one of the most cogent arguments for redeployment yet. In the face of a constant barrage of "aiding and abetting the enemy, helping the terrorists, wanting to surrender" comments from DeLay and Perle Sestak and Andrews delivered their message in with undeniable skill.
  On This Week Pat Leahy stung his counterpart Cornyn and served the ball right into the Bush admins court when he said he was sick of meeting with White House officials and having their statements later turn out to be false, so he would subpoena Carl Rove to get answers. Schumer also said as much on MTP and they both are tenacious lawyers who will get some accountability from the slippery lawbreakers in the White House.
  I heard Cenk on "the Young Turks" saying how frustrated he was that the dems were weak, and his partner said they suffered from "balzhiemers," but just because they don't take the impeachment tack doesn't mean they are weak. We have Murtha, we have Webb, we have Kerry, Murphy, Boxer, and now Sestak. Weak my ass.  

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BREAKING: Texas Orders All Girls To Get HPV Vaccine

Original post at TexasKaos.com
Wow! Texas just became the first state to order all its school-aged girls to get the controversial HPV vaccine. Human papillomavirus, or HPV, is a common cause of STDs and can lead to cervical cancer and other gynecological cancers.
Bypassing the Legislature, Republican Gov. Rick Perry signed an order Friday making Texas the first state to require that schoolgirls get vaccinated against the sexually transmitted virus that causes cervical cancer.
But why is it controversial? It's not except that some conservative groups believe girls with the vaccine will have more sex. That's right. These groups would rather expose young girls to HPV-related cancers than give them a vaccine that could save their lives.

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Worn In The USA

I know that this topic has been blogged about before but it also seems to have fallen off the radar.  Are the Democrats dealing with this? If not.. THEY SHOULD!

It seems that the plight of the workers, mostly women and young girls, in the Mariana Islands has taken a back seat to many other topics. Yes there are many important topics but why can't this human rights abuse in the name of "Made In The USA" be taken on and pushed?

This is something that should be right up the alley of every progressive Democrat in congress. This should be something that any feeling and sane human being would want to see stopped, even if only to remove "Made In The USA" from slavery and abuse.

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NY Times Blows DeLay Blog Story

The NY Times today published an article by Philip Shenon called The Hammer Strikes a Comeback Blow about Tom DeLay's new blog but completely omitted the fact that when the blog started up a 11 days ago it was quickly bombarded with unflattering unmoderated comments and just as quickly taken down to be restarted in a moderated format with the offending comments removed.  Tom DeLay blew it and the NY Times blew it by not reporting on his false start in this fluff piece about DeLay that displays very little knowledge about blogging.

Not to worry.  Enterprising blogger James J. Risser saved the original for posterity (or posteriority) at tomdelaydotcom.blogspot.com
 complete with all the comments.

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