Politico’s ‘New Right-Wing Scare Tactic’ on Healthcare

Following the growth of “a new right-wing scare tactic” that “has blossomed on conservative blogs and emails lists,” Talking Points Memo Muckraker Zachary Roth (7/28/09) describes the healthcare meme as “the notion that the reform bill making its way through the House would lead to euthanasia by requiring senior citizens to submit to ‘end-of-life consultations’”–and thinks that maybe it won’t surprise you to learn this is a lie. But President Obama just got a question on it at a public event. And the idea has now made it into Politico, where a straight news story asks in its headline, all […]


The Dark Side of MSNBC’s ‘Crazy Political Uncle’

Noting that, “for the last decade or so, Washington has indulged Pat Buchanan as a sort of crazy political uncle” by having “agreed to forget about his long track record of racially questionable commentary and writing,” TPM Muckraker‘s Zachary Roth and Justin Elliott (4/24/09) have caught a column “for the far-right web magazine, Human Events,” that doesn’t quite jibe with the image portrayed on Buchanan’s “frequent MSNBC appearances, where he plays a mostly well-mannered, if hardline, conservative.” The commentary in question asserts that “family-and-faith, God-and-country” America “does not comprehend how the president could sit in Trinidad and listen to the […]