Jul
15
2011

Fox’s Eric Bolling Fans on Terror Facts–Twice

Glenn Beck’s temporary replacement in the 5 p.m. slot on Fox News, Eric Bolling, has started out with a bang. On the July 13 edition of his new show the Five, the host declared: “America was certainly safe between 2000 and 2008. I don’t remember any attacks on American soil during that period of time.” After Bolling’s error, erasing 9/11 and several other deadly terrorism attacks from the Bush record, was pointed out by outlets including Media Matters and Huffington Post, the host returned to the air Thursday to issue a correction that sounded more like a retaliation against those […]

May
31
2011

The Things That Roger Ailes Fears…

According to Tim Dickinson’s new piece in Rolling Stone, Fox honcho Roger Ailes lives in fear of “those gays”: Murdoch installed Ailes in the corner office on Fox‘s second floor at 1211 Avenue of the Americas in Manhattan. The location made Ailes queasy: It was close to the street, and he lived in fear that gay activists would try to attack him in retaliation over his hostility to gay rights. (In 1989, Ailes had broken up a protest of a Rudy Giuliani speech by gay activists, grabbing a demonstrator by the throat and shoving him out the door.) Barricading himself […]

Mar
16
2011

On Islamist Terrorism, WSJ Entitled to Its Own Opinions–But Not Its Own Facts

Rep. Peter King

A recent Wall Street Journal editorial (3/11/11) defended the Peter King hearings on Islamist terrorism against “our friends on the left [who] are busy portraying them as the McCarthy hearings and Palmer Raids rolled into one.” The editors argued that in fact, the focus on Muslims is justified based on the facts: Since 9/11, there have been more than 50 known cases, involving about 130 individuals, in which terrorist plots were hatched on American soil. These include plots to blow up the Brooklyn Bridge in New York, an office tower in Dallas, a federal court house in Illinois, the Washington, […]

Mar
11
2011

O’Reilly’s Amnesia on Right-Wing Terror

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While defending Rep. Peter King’s (R.-N.Y.) congressional hearings on domestic Muslim extremism, Bill O’Reilly (3/9/11) scoffed at the notion that the biggest domestic terror threats in the U.S. come from the “radical right” and not from homegrown Muslims. After playing a clip of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Mark Potok making that argument, O’Reilly responded: Are you kidding me? The radical right? The last terror act assigned to them was the Oklahoma City Bombing in 1995. In reality, acts of political violence connected to the far right are a regular occurrence. To make his claim, O’Reilly even had to overlook […]

Mar
10
2011

White Domestic Terrorism Suspect Arrested–See Page 20

Today the New York Times reports that an arrest has been made in connection with an attempted bombing at the Martin Luther King Day parade in Spokane, Washington. As we pointed out here, the case has generated relatively little media coverage–in contrast to attempted domestic terrorism attacks (or even alleged plots) connected to Muslims. The suspect is Kevin Harpham–as the Times points out, he is linked to a white supremacist group: Law enforcement officials would not say whether Mr. Harpham had links to extremist groups. But the Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks such groups, said that its research showed […]

Jan
20
2011

Terrorism and Spokane

Someone wanted to set off a bomb at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day parade in Spokane, Washington. Luckily the suspicious bag holding the bomb was spotted,which likelysaved lives. As the Washington Post reported today: “The device appeared to be operational, it appeared to be deadly, and it was intended to inflict multiple casualties,” said Special Agent Frederick Gutt, a spokesman for the FBI’s Seattle field office. Law enforcement sources familiar with the device, which is being analyzed at the FBI lab in Quantico, Va., said it had a remote detonator and was positioned so that any blast would have […]

Jul
10
2009

NYT’s ‘Blatant Lie’ Now ‘Embedded Fact… as Intended’

Salon‘s Glenn Greenwald (7/9/09, ad-viewing required) is extolling “The Significance of McClatchy‘s Act of Journalism” when reporting that recently released six-year Guantanamo prisoner Haji Sahib Rohullah Wakil–one of many who supposedly “returned to or are suspected of returning to terrorism after their release”–“far from being in hiding, operates openly among officials of Afghanistan’s U.S.-allied government.” Labeling Nancy Youssef’s piece “a consummate example of excellent journalism,” Greenwald also wants us to note the central role the New York Times played–yet again–in spreading and given credence to pure government propaganda. And the method used to accomplish that is exactly what led them […]

Jul
02
2009

Fox: New 9/11 Needed for U.S. to Become Violent Enough

The folks at Fox News, so quick to denounce dissent as unpatriotic during the George W. Bush era, have now moved from generally hoping for the failure of the Obama government to wishing another September 11 upon a country too slow to violence for their taste. Mark Howard of News Corpse (7/1/09) gives us video and a transcript of Glenn Beck & Co.’s suggestion for a remedy for our diseased nation that is so far gone now that there is only one solution: Another 9/11…. [guest Michael] Scheuer: …The only chance we have as a country right now is for […]

Jun
14
2009

Inverting Reality at ‘Recidivist’ NY Times

Finding the May 21 New York Times article on unconvicted (often even uncharged) former Guantanamo prisoners supposedly “rejoining” terrorist groups “especially troubling” in that “it turns the truth upside-down,” Dan Kennedy (UTV, 6/9/09) explains how reporter Elisabeth “Bumiller’s story played into the darkest fears promoted by Cheney and his fellow conservatives by making it appear that terrorists captured on the battlefield and sent to Guantanamo would resume their jihadist ways upon being released.” In reality, “the far more disturbing truth, borne out by the Pentagon’s own figures, is that we are creating terrorists at Guantanamo.” Yet it has to be […]

Jun
01
2009

On ‘The Terrorists Who [Still] Aren’t in the News’

Attempting to add appropriate context to mainstream reportage of Sunday’s murder of Kansas doctor George Tiller, the Media Justice Fund blog has reprinted (6/1/09) an October 8, 2006, Women In Media & News post by Jennifer Pozner titled “The Terrorists Who Aren’t in the News: Anti-Abortion Fanatics Spread Fear by Bombings, Murders and Assaults, but the Media Take Little Notice.” In it, Pozner recounts how, “on September 11, 2006, the fifth anniversary of the terror attacks that devastated our nation, a man crashed his car into a building in Davenport, Iowa, hoping to blow it up and kill himself in […]

May
27
2009

GOP’s Helpful Pundits Reinforce Public Fear

Noticing how “in the past week, Republican politicians and pundits have been striving mightily to invoke fear in the hearts of the American people,” News Corpse blogger Mark Howard has collected (5/25/09) some choice quotes from GOP members “blanketing the airwaves with assertions that President Obama’s policies on national security (Iraq, Afghanistan, Guantanamo, torture, etc.) will result in another 9/11”: Cheney: “It is recklessness cloaked in righteousness and would make the American people less safe.”… John Boehner: “I think this is a pre-9/11 mentality, and I think it’ll make our nation less safe.” Karl Rove: “They’re doing the wrong thing […]

May
23
2009

NYT: Ex-Prisoners ‘Return’ to Terrorism Never Charged

Remembering all too well how the New York Times “helped sell the Iraq War with a bogus story about aluminum tubes for nuclear centrifuges and withheld evidence of illegal spying on Americans for more than a year,” Consortium News editor Robert Parry (5/21/09) tells how the paper “is again mishandling a sensitive story in a way that panders to the right.” Pointing to a May 21 Times headline and lead “reporting that a Pentagon study has concluded that ‘about one in seven of the 534 prisoners’ transferred out of the Guantanamo Bay prison ‘returned to terrorism or militant activity,’” Parry […]

Jan
15
2009

FAIR Activist: Friedman’s Phony Evidence That Terror Works

Posting his letter to the New York Times on FAIR Blog, FAIR activist bpb points out that not only is Thomas Friedman claiming that terrorism works, he’s making up evidence to claim that terrorism works: There is no evidence for Thomas Friedman’s contention that after Israel’s 2006 war with Hizballah, “Lebanese civilians, in anguish, said to Hezbollah: ‘What were you thinking? Look what destruction you have visited on your own community! For what? For whom?’” In fact, in the month following the war, a public opinion poll conducted in Lebanon confirmed the opposite: that Lebanese public opinion strongly favored Hizballah. […]