Friday, November 16, 2012

Media Matter of America, Weekly Newsletter, 14 Nov. 2012

They're not going to stop just because the election is over. But with budget and confirmation fights to come, now is not the time to let your guard down. We're looking this week at who conservative media are trying to smear, Fox talking up secession, and the media ignoring a call for a gun debate.John Whitehouse
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Fox Tries To Smear Susan Rice

We've seen it before. Fox News is bringing out the same playbook to try and smear Susan Rice in anticipation of a possible nomination to succeed Hillary Clinton at the State Department. As usual, Fox is lying. Rice conveyed the understanding of the intelligence community just days after the Benghazi attack, and stressed that an investigation was ongoing. But Fox wants to punish her for not being clairvoyant on the results of that investigation. Get the truth:

A Real Confederacy Of Dunces

Following Barack Obama's reelection, a number of petitions to the White House called for secession. Fox hosts and Drudge have hopped right aboard. But the worst has been the co-hosts on The Five trying to make an economic argument for secession. We're not sure what's worse: that Fox tried to make such an argument, or that they overlooked the fact that blue states largely subsidize red states.

Media Ignores Call For Gun Violence Prevention

"We have a political class that is afraid to do something as simple as have a meaningful debate about our gun laws." That is astronaut and husband of Gabby Giffords Mark Kelly criticizing politicians for avoiding a debate about guns. You might have missed that since the media barely covered his statement. Oliver Willis and Rob Savillo analyzed the coverage of Kelly's call for a debate:

Have They No Shame?

It's not that their predictions were wrong. It's that right-wing pundits fed audiences a steady stream of lies and shoddy analysis that culminated in predictions of a Romney landslide that never materialized. But even after their predictions were proven wrong on election night, right-wing pundits are welcomed back onto the same shows and given the same deference. Eric Boehlert asks the obvious question: Do conservative pundits ever have to be right?

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