Monthly Archives: February 2007

Hurt Piece

How it hurts when someone I consider a friend and even a mentor writes some shit that is so crazy and so naive I can’t get past the first few grafs. What too few people realize is that Ralph Nader is not as progressive as they think. That’s not an argument worth making right now, but if Ralph declares, I might have to open my files.


Apparently Phyllis Schlafly’s new Conservapedia considers Brown v. Board of Education to be a most egregious example of judicial activism.

Jill Tubman has more on Conservapedia’s promotion of racist right ideology.

Whitewashing Romney’s Evangelical Problem 

While Romney’s own campaign worries his Mormonism could turn off Republican primary voters, Fox News has routinely portrayed the base’s hostility to Romney’s faith as an invention of the liberal media. Over at Media Matters I demonstrate how in spite of mountains of evidence, Fox News has sought to undermine the notion that evangelicals — the base of the Republican base — are the source of this anti-Mormon hostility.

Case in point: on the February 8 edition of Fox News’ Special Report, Fred Barnes claimed, “[Romney’s] problem is liberal intolerance which has a great deal in this country. It’s not bigotry on the part of conservatives.” Maybe Barnes couldn’t find the Southern Baptist Convention’s massive downloadable file on Mormonism. Funny — all he needed to do was visit the SBC’s webpage containing “free resources on cults and sects.” (Fred, scroll down past the Nation of Islam and the Church of Scientology and you’ll find it).

In case Barnes needs any more evidence of Romney’s evangelical problem, on the website of Janet Parshall, one of America’s most popular evangelical radio personalities, an (unscientific) poll contains troubling numbers for Romney: 48% of respondents — a plurality — say Romney’s religion will “affect his candidacy very much.” That’s code for evangelicals are uneasy about a candidate they consider to be a cult member.

Fair and Balanced 

This entry on Fox News on Conservapedia is all you need to know about the right’s answer to the apparently anti-American Wikipedia:

The success of Fox news over every other news channel is because it is fair and balanced. [1] It has many people on it who work to spread truth such as Sean Hannity who is a great American. [2]. Fox News is best because instead of just telling you what to think, they only report the news unbiased and then allow the viewer to decide. [3].

In 2005 the White House selected Tony Snow from Fox News to be the new White House press secretary which was a great honor for Fox because it showed how well it was presenting the real truth instead of the fake liberal version. [4]