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His Fraudulent Story Exposed, Jim Hoft Tries to Edit History

Right wing blogger ethics
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Right wing blogger Jim Hoft’s bogus claim on August 19 that officer Darren Wilson suffered an “orbital blowout fracture of the eye socket” at the hands of Michael Brown was shared on Facebook almost 900,000 times, and Hoft has continued to relentlessly repeat this claim for months, in post after rabble-rousing post at Gateway Pundit.

Then, the photos of Darren Wilson’s real facial injuries were released (and showed only very slight reddening on one side of his face):

“Severe facial contusions?”

How does the Stupidest and Most Unethical Man on the Internet react? By going back to that original post and completely wiping it out, even changing the title: UPDATE: Officer Darren Wilson Suffered Severe Facial Contusions After Severe Beating During Mike Brown Attack | the Gateway Pundit.

Notice that the URL still contains the original title: “breaking-report-po-darren-wilson-suffered-orbital-blowout-fracture-to-eye-socket-during-encounter-with-mike-brown”.

The new text he added:

THIS POST WAS UPDATED ON NOVEMBER 24, 2014

The medical report was released after the jury decision was announced.

Darren Wilson suffered severe contusions after he was beat in the head by Michael Brown.

The police Report is here.

We previously reported that Officer Wilson suffered and [sic] orbital eye-socket fracture. It now appears he suffered severe bruising but no fracture.

Here’s a screenshot of Hoft’s original post:

And here’s what it looks like now:

So rather than publishing a retraction in a new post people won’t miss, Hoft has hidden his acknowledgment that he was pushing a fake story in a 4-month old post he thinks almost no one will see, and still vastly exaggerates Wilson’s injuries as “severe facial contusions” from a “severe beating.”

“Sleazy” doesn’t even begin to describe this. It’s a completely unacceptable way to correct a false story that has done an incredible amount to poison the well of public opinion.

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Rudy Giuliani: “White Police Officers Wouldn’t Be There if You [Blacks] Weren’t Killing Each Other”

“The defensive mechanism of white supremacy”
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In response to a question from Chuck Todd about the overwhelming prevalence of white police officers in black communities, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani hauled out one of the right wing’s “but what about this?” non sequitur talking points — the counter-charge that most violence against blacks is committed by other blacks. Michael Eric Dyson calls it “the defensive mechanism of white supremacy,” and I have to agree. What Giuliani is saying here is that black communities have some special kind of savagery that can only be controlled by white police.

It’s a horrifyingly patronizing and racist view; “white supremacy” is no exaggeration.

Nevada GOP Leader Has Long History of Extremism and Racism

What right wing racism?
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I knew things had swung to the radical right in Nevada, but the Reno News & Review has a jaw-dropper of a report today on the Republican picked by the GOP to be speaker of the state assembly, Ira Hansen — a paleoconservative caveman who wrote a column for years for the Sparks Tribune, laying out his stunningly bigoted and hateful views on quite a variety of subjects.

On African Americans:

Hansen has said he keeps a Confederate battle flag on the wall where he writes his columns. “I fly it proudly in honor and in memory of a great cause and my brave ancestors who fought for that cause,” he wrote.

Hansen tends to use the term “Negro” and often does not capitalize it. In one column, he described Washoe Republican Sen. Maurice Washington (whom he supported) as black but in the same column called President Obama (whom he opposes) a “negro”—lower case.

On Martin Luther King:

Hansen has repeated, legitimately, the well known stories about Martin Luther King’s plagiarism as a student, using them to try to discredit his later work. On several occasions, including in King Day columns, Hansen has also cited as factual rumors about King’s private life about which nothing reliable is known, particularly given the efforts of the FBI to plant misinformation about King with journalists. Hansen provided nothing like chapter and verse to prove King’s private life unsuitable, relying on the notion that it is something we all “know.”

Hansen wrote, “King’s private life was trashy at best. … King Jr. is as low as it gets, a hypocrite, a liar, a phony, and a fraud.” He opposed an effort to name a Paradise Park community center for King on the grounds African-Americans had begun rejecting him in favor of Louis Farrakhan, a black trend that has not been recorded elsewhere.

On “educational slavery:”

In an attack on public education and teacher unions, Hansen wrote, “The Democratic coalition would split asunder if the NAACP & co. actually promoted what black Americans truly desire—educational choice. The shrewd and calculating [black] ‘leaders’ are willing to sacrifice the children of their own race to gratify their lust for power and position. The relationship of Negroes and Democrats is truly a master-slave relationship, with the benevolent master knowing what’s best for his simple minded darkies. For American blacks, being denied choice and forced to attend the failing and inferior government school system is a form of involuntary servitude. Let’s call it what it truly is—educational slavery.”

On real slavery:

He wrote that African-Americans are insufficiently grateful for being given their freedom: “The lack of gratitude and the deliberate ignoring of white history in relation to eliminating slavery is a disgrace that Negro leaders should own up to.”

We’re well into Stormfront territory here. And this is just the beginning; Hansen has also spewed all manner of hatred at gays, Latinos, women, you name it. Basically, if you are not a white male far right whack job, Ira Hansen despises you. And maybe even then.

Rick Santorum: Obama’s Failing Because He’s Not Enough Like Jerry Falwell and Jesse Helms

Religious right racism pretzel logic
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Here’s one of those jaw-dropping political statements that sends your mind into vapor lock for a few seconds as you try in vain to comprehend the bizarre illogic that could drive someone like Rick Santorum to such an absurd inverted reality conclusion: Rick Santorum Wishes Obama Would Be a Racial Uniter Like Segregationists Jerry Falwell and Jesse Helms.

Breitbart “News” Bombshell Report on Loretta Lynch and Whitewater - Deleted!

Oops
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At Breitbart “News” they’ve suddenly realized how badly they screwed up.

Before:

After:

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Breitbart “News” Bombshell Report on Loretta Lynch and Whitewater Is Totally Wrong

Another triumph of right wing journalism
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Spreading rapidly through the right wing blogosphere today, we see yet another completely false BOMBSHELL BREAKING STORY that hits two of the hottest wingnut hot buttons: Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.

The wacky gang of crack right wing journalists at Breitbart “News” have not one but two articles pushing the claim (which I’m about to demonstrate is totally wrong) that Loretta Lynch, the African American woman nominated for Attorney General by President Obama, worked as part of the Clinton defense team during the Whitewater hearings.

The first: Obama’s Attorney General Nominee Loretta Lynch Represented Clintons During Whitewater.

New York federal prosecutor Loretta Lynch, the new nominee for attorney general, has a career filled with high profile cases — and she was a member of Bill Clinton’s defense team during the 1992 Whitewater corruption probe.

And the second: Loretta Lynch: A Qualified, but Political, Choice—Update: Whitewater?

You can find the same claims now at several of the major right wing websites; Weird Nut Daily, American Thinker, etc.

Just one small problem, of course; they have the wrong Loretta Lynch. Who could have imagined there might be more than one lawyer in America named Loretta Lynch?

The one who began working with the Clinton campaign in 1992 and was on the legal team during the Whitewater hearings is this woman, written up by the San Diego Union-Tribune in 2004:

Loretta Lynch

Personal: Born Feb. 22, 1962, in Independence, Mo. Lives in San Francisco. Single.

Education: Bachelor of arts, 1983, University of Southern California; juris doctor, 1987, Yale University Law School.

Career highlights: Member of the California Public Utilities Commission (term ends Dec. 31); president of the PUC, 2000-2002; director, Office of Policy and Research for Gov. Gray Davis, 1999; deputy policy director with Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign; partner, law firm Keker & Van Nest, San Francisco, 1991-99; special counsel, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, 1990-91.

What’s Next: A book about the California energy crisis and a wedding in 2005.

[…]

Joining Bill Clinton’s presidential campaign early in 1992, Lynch helped coordinate the campaign’s responses to the many personal allegations raised about the candidate.

In 1992, the Loretta Lynch picked for new Attorney General by President Obama (pictured at right) was working as an assistant US attorney in New York. One of her most famous cases was the prosecution of the violent Queens-based Green Dragons Asian street gang.

Another triumph of right wing journalism.

UPDATE at 11/9/14 1:53:09 pm by Charles Johnson

After leaving this drivel up for more than a day, the crack journalists of Breitbart “News” have now added this in italics to the end of the first article linked above, right above the author info which is also in italics.

Correction: The Loretta Lynch identified earlier as the Whitewater attorney was, in fact, a different attorney.

In other words, “this entire article is wrong, starting with the headline and then every other sentence in it. It could not possibly be more wrong. The fail in this piece is utterly massive and without compare.”

That’s how weird these right wing bloggers are getting — they’re inventing smears that aren’t even smears except to other right wingers, and failing at it.

Yet Another Bogus Ebola-Obama Conspiracy Story From the Dumbest Man on the Internet

Another derptastic right wing blogosphere moment
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Several right wing sites are already parroting the latest “Obama wants us all to die of Ebola” conspiracy theory, led by the irrepressible stupidity of Jim Hoft, aka Gateway Pundit, aka DMOTI, aka SMOTI: Report: Obama Administration Pressured News Outlets to Not Report Suspected Ebola Cases | the Gateway Pundit.

Ebola be Gone!

At the urging of the Obama Administration, the Associated Press and other news outlets have agreed not to report on suspected cases of Ebola in the United States until a positive viral RNA test is completed.

The administration and liberal activists were upset with coverage in the run-up to the midterm elections.

Who said political hack Ron Klain was not a good pick for Ebola czar?

In case you haven’t noticed… Media outlets are no longer reporting on suspected Ebola cases at the urging of the Obama administration.

Really, the media are suppressing stories about Ebola at the urging of the Obama administration? That sure doesn’t sound like the media I know.

But let’s investigate, shall we? Hoft links to a site named Downtrend, one of those cookie cutter right wing blogs about hating Obama and everything and everyone around him, where they breathlessly inform the masses: Obama Regime Puts Lipstick on a Pig: Election Day Scrubbed of Ebola - Downtrend.

There is a reason why Obama didn’t pick an Ebola Czar with any actual medical experience when he tabbed longtime Democrat party hack Ron Klain who is a lobbyist. The real danger was never that the foolish policies of Barry and the boys were exposing Americans to Ebola but rather the political implications of it all. So the sudden departure of Ebola stories from the state-corporate media doesn’t pass the smell test. Interestingly the website of Forbes has a story that reports:

The Associated Press and other press outlets have agreed not to report on suspected cases of Ebola in the United States until a positive viral RNA test is completed.

That damning line is buried deep in the article so anyone can be excused for not noticing it - they aren’t supposed to.

We notice already that the quote on which they’re hanging the conspiracy theory that Obama’s hiding the truth about Ebola doesn’t actually mention Obama or the Obama administration.

So here’s that Forbes article and guess what? That paragraph has apparently been removed now.

However, if you scroll down to the comments you’ll find that the author posted a comment, replying to a reader who challenged him to “prove this” by linking to a statement made by the Associated Press about their policy for Ebola coverage: Advisory on Ebola Coverage | the DEFINITIVE SOURCE.

In an advisory to editors at member and customer news organizations, The Associated Press outlined the careful steps it is taking in covering the Ebola story.

EDITORS:

We’re increasingly hearing reports of “suspected” cases of Ebola in the United States and Europe. The AP has exercised caution in reporting these cases and will continue to do so.

Most of these suspected cases turn out to be negative. Our bureaus monitor them, but we have not been moving stories or imagery simply because a doctor suspects Ebola and routine precautions are taken while the patient is tested. To report such a case, we look for a solid source saying Ebola is suspected and some sense the case has caused serious disruption or reaction. Are buildings being closed and substantial numbers of people being evacuated or isolated? Is a plane being diverted? Is the suspected case closely related to another, confirmed Ebola case?

When we do report a suspected case, we will seek to keep our stories brief and in perspective.

The AP

So to recap, the story being pushed out there by Jim Hoft, that the Obama administration is “pressuring news outlets” not to report suspected Ebola cases, is absolute drivel. Nobody from the Obama administration is pressuring any news outlets.

This started with a simple policy statement from the Associated Press about responsible reporting of suspected Ebola cases, mentioned in a single paragraph at Forbes, picked up by a far right website where they insinuated Obama was involved, finally winding up at Jim Hoft’s House of Dumb with a raving, utterly false headline: “Obama Administration Pressured News Outlets to Not Report Suspected Ebola Cases.”

No, they didn’t. But now it will be a right wing meme, forever and ever.

UPDATE at 11/6/14 10:17:54 am by Charles Johnson

The author of the piece at Forbes, David Kroll, has now added a correction:

**CORRECTION: This piece originally and inadvertently suggested that The Associated Press and other news organizations were in agreement “not to report on suspected cases of Ebola in the United States until a positive viral RNA test is completed.” I regret this misinterpretation. In fact, AP is in no agreement with other outlets regarding news coverage. AP’s own position is that it will still report some suspected cases of Ebola if they cause enough disruption, even if there’s no confirmation the person has Ebola.

To be fully clear, I am providing both the link to the October 17 AP advisory and the full text of the advisory, as follows:

EDITORS:

We’re increasingly hearing reports of “suspected” cases of Ebola in the United States and Europe. The AP has exercised caution in reporting these cases and will continue to do so.

Most of these suspected cases turn out to be negative. Our bureaus monitor them, but we have not been moving stories or imagery simply because a doctor suspects Ebola and routine precautions are taken while the patient is tested. To report such a case, we look for a solid source saying Ebola is suspected and some sense the case has caused serious disruption or reaction. Are buildings being closed and substantial numbers of people being evacuated or isolated? Is a plane being diverted? Is the suspected case closely related to another, confirmed Ebola case?

When we do report a suspected case, we will seek to keep our stories brief and in perspective.

The AP

Lord Monckton the Birther: Support Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s Congressional Investigation

Congress must investigate the birth certificate!
Wingnuts • Views: 27,486

Did you know that Lord Christopher Monckton, known around LGF as the Original Swivel-Eyed Loon for his long history of obtuse, deceptive climate change denialism, his frequent appearances on the Alex Jones show, and his testimony to the House Energy Independence and Global Warming Commitee as the Republican Party’s sole expert witness in 2010, is also a Birther?

Big time.

Today he has a piece appealing to the odd people who read World Net Daily to support Arizona’s Birther law enforcement official, Sheriff Joe Arpaio, that actually makes one fear for his sanity: For Sheriff Joe, the Clock Is Ticking.

One of the many dismal failures of the GOP since 2008 has been its failure to get to grips with the birth certificate issue.

The reason for the Republicans’ cowardice was very clearly spelled out to me by a senior and experienced GOP congressman over dinner at my club in Washington, D.C., a couple of years ago. “We all know the birth certificate is bogus,” he said, “but we also know that anyone who dares to raise the issue will have his or her reputation trashed by the communist left.”

In my assessment, it is only when the GOP commands both the Senate and the House that it may find what in English we should call the cojones to do something about the birth certificate.

[… crazy ranting …]

If the GOP wins the Senate, and even if it does not win the Senate, let it at last find the guts to do what it should have done long before now. Let it say yes to Sheriff Joe’s request that it should initiate a congressional investigation of this affair. And let the states’ attorneys general of Hawaii and Arizona step down. They should be ashamed of themselves.

They are not fit to hold office. Let theirs, together with that of the head of the Secret Service, be the first of countless heads that must roll throughout the governing class to root out the corruption of which the flagrantly bogus “birth certificate” is an enduring and disfiguring symbol. Enough is enough. It is time for Uncle Sam - and the GOP - to find the cojones to act.

(h/t: rightwingwatch.org.)

Sarah Palin: Don’t Shackle Us With Your Snobbish Shunning, Obama Needs to Be Spanked

“You ain’t too smart”
Wingnuts • Views: 32,004

Sarah Palin’s latest word salad is even more incoherent and ranty than usual — a monumental wall of authentic wingnut gibberish. That nasty Obama guy is oppressing her again by suggesting women should have access to cheaper, better day care.

(Do I even have to tell you that the Obama quote that launched her into this confused tirade is completely out of context and deceptive?)

Obama Declares Stay-at-Home Moms Aren’t Worth a Hill of Beans; Says It’s a Choice ‘We Don’t Want Americans to Make’

Well that just takes the cake. Sure, Obama’s latest shot across the bow in his own “War on Women” is easily deflected by women like my friends and me testifying to the most precious, irreplaceable seasons of our lives when we were BLESSED to be “stay-at-home moms” (though I don’t remember any of us actually “staying home” in those busiest times of our children’s lives), but Friday’s jab deserves something right back nonetheless. On behalf of former and current stay-at-homers, including my girlfriends who still get together to bake cookies for the bake sale (see photos in my kitchen above), and volunteer to coach kids ball teams, and man the church’s food bank, and entertain latchkey kids, and all that other obnoxiously “housewifey” stuff, the President needs to be spanked.

Barack, do you not know any stay-at-home moms? Are you and Michelle so disconnected from the real world that you think women will accept your intolerant view that we should not have a choice in how we wish to live our lives? You have a way of arrogantly demanding that we fall in line with your sad opinion of today’s American woman. It seems you’d shackle us by your snobbish shunning of one traditional lifestyle choice while taking advantage of power to manifest your liberal view by manipulating public opinion and resources to diminish moms who put career on hold to raise a family. You are really messed up. And you’re so 1960’s.

Yes, the 60’s are calling and they want their ardent yet narrow sexist confines back. See, you just set the women’s movement back a few decades, and I think it’s hilarious because for being the smartest man in the room, you ain’t too smart.

Whoa, Nellie! Caribou Barbie’s on a tear! And it continues in this vein of rich idiocy for five more interminable paragraphs.

Thanks, John McCain.

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