NPR’s Foxification of Ex-Gay Rhetoric

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Rev. Irene Monroe: My head spins at the thought of how Christian counseling services, like Dr. Marcus Bachmann’s, still get so much air time, especially, in spite of the voluminous information disputing the pseudo-science of “ex-gay” conversion therapies.

The Murdoch Implosion

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Tom Degan: I have been desperately trying to write a poem about the train wreck that Rupert Murdoch’s life has become but I’ve run into a brick wall. Could somebody give me a word that rhymes with schadenfreude?

The Myth of California’s Death Penalty

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James Clark: Out of more than 900 men and women sentenced to die in California only 13 have ever been executed. Victims’ family members are dragged through decades of appeals and hearings while they wait for an execution that rarely comes.

Walter M. Plumbs the Depths of Homophobia

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Adam Eran: Intolerance is costly in other ways, too. The U.S. doesn’t get the cheaper, more effective single-pay­er health care now because racist Dixiecrats in Congress were concerned that federally-­sponsored health care would mix the races in Southern hospitals.

Social Security and The Koch Lies

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The Koch brothers have poured millions of dollars into conservative think tanks that crank out studies claiming Social Security is going broke. Their solutions – raise the retirement age and turn your contributions over to the casino of Wall Street. The short and gripping video from Brave New Films, “Social Security Echo Chamber,” traces the origins of these Koch-funded lies.

Grover Norquist and the American Dream

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Robert Illes: Grover Norquist, toady of America’s wealthy business class who few but political wonks have heard of, heads the so called “Club for Growth” which requires every Republican who wants to keep his or her government job to promise not to raise taxes.

Roger Ailes and Boycotting Fox

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Carl Matthes: While Fox News still dominates cable news ratings, ol’ Roger wants something more: if he, personally, can’t be the 2012 Presidential Republican nominee, he wants to be the man who owns the 2012 nominee.

Glenn Beck’s Secret Files?

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As congratulations poured into Washington thanking President Obama and our nation’s military for killing Osama Bin Laden, I tuned in FOX News to see what Glenn Beck might be saying. Beck was on and began talking about the celebrations across our nation saying they were a “silly spectacle” and reminded him of the way Palestinians [...]

On Trump, FOX, and God

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Carl Matthes: Birthers, the life-blood of Republican primary voters, stoked by FOX News, have fanned the flames of raced-hatred towards President Obama by claiming he is not “one of us.”

Bottom Line: No Clown

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Carl Matthes: Deciphering FOX’s wording into actual English, Ailes really said to Beck, “Get out. We’re overstocked with clowns and you’re not a cash cow anymore.”

Murals Battle and Basic Rights

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Peter Dreier: Who could have predicted that a mural in Maine would become the latest battleground in the war of ideas, money, and power triggered by America’s right wing forces, including the Tea Party, Fox News, the Republican Party, and big business?

NPR Should Hire Roger Ailes

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Randy Shaw: NPR cannot win its fight with Congressional Republicans without completely sacrificing its journalistic integrity. It must either rally the public in its defense or give up federal funding altogether.

The Price of Staying Away

Robert Illes: History of sorts was made in 2010 – but about as opposite as possible to what happened in Egypt, which we admired and supported so much. They were clambering for democracy… while we are doing our best to discard it.

Normal Homosexuality

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Steve Hochstadt: Is Hollywood trying to push a gay agenda on right-thinking Americans, as some people claim? I think it’s the other way around: Hollywood is trying to sell products.

Fox: Madness and Sedition

Jim Fuller: Day after day, Beck strides his set at Fox and rants, spit sometimes spraying from his mouth, his puffy face often growing red and his eyes crazily wide, waving his arms and looking and sounding more each week like somebody who is about to crack up before millions of viewers.

Help Stop the Koch Brothers

Peter Dreier: For years Glenn Beck has spewed lies about Fran Piven, a distinguished political sceintist and sociologist. In recent months, Beck has escalated the rhetoric against Piven, which has led to a growing chorus of death threats against her. It is time to challenge the right-wing forces like Glenn Beck, Fox News, the Tea Party and the billionaires like the Koch brothers who fund them. We have an opportunity on January 30th.

Devil vs Details

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Wendy Block: Frank Luntz gets paid big bucks, by the right, to play these linguistic tricks on the rest of us; it’s our job to catch his sleight-of-hand and call him on it, and to encourage all the non-political junkies we know to recognize his misdirection for what it is.