By Alexander Reed Kelly At the president’s counterterrorism address Thursday, Medea Benjamin used her voice to cry out against political hypocrisy and double dealing in Obama’s war policies.
Fox invited Anti-Islam commentator Frank Gaffney to smear President Obama with “signaling surrender” to terrorists in his May 23 speech, ignoring Obama’s direct references to the ongoing threat of terrorism and calls for increased vigilance in the face of “more localized threats.” On May 23, Obama appeared at the National Defense University to speak about ongoing counterterrorism efforts, the use of drone strikes overseas, and his plan to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay. Two days later, Fox hosted Center for Security Policy (CSP) founder Frank Gaffney, asking him why he felt “the president’s speech was ill-advised and coming at an inappropriate time.” In response, Gaffney falsely suggested that Obama had signaled a willingness to surrender, while calling for increased recognition of what he sees as a more expansive “global jihad” (emphasis added): [iframe width="480" height="360" src="http://mediamatters.org/embed/static/clips/2013/05/25/30342/fnc-ff-20130525-gaffneycountertarismspeech" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" scrolling="no"] FOX ANCHOR ANNA KOOIMAN: Tell me a little about how do you feel like the president’s speech was ill-advised and coming at an inappropriate time
Fox News contributor and National Review columnist John Fund fabricated a link between voter suppression and IRS employees inappropriately singling out tea party and conservative groups’ applications for tax-exempt status, claiming that such scrutiny by the IRS is the “real” form of voter suppression. Fund still claims that voter suppression as commonly understood – attempts to prevent certain members of the public from voting – did not take place during the 2012 elections, despite widespread reports of such efforts fueled by restrictive voter ID laws.
Right-wing media figures are attacking President Obama over his decision to lift a moratorium on a Guantánamo Bay detainee transfer to Yemen — a decision that has earned the praise of a former top Navy judge and is an important step toward closing the detention facility, which experts agree is necessary. On May 23, Obama announced that he is lifting his ban on the transfer of detainees from the Guantánamo Bay detention center to Yemen. That ban was put in place following the failed Christmas Day 2009 bombing attempt on a U.S
In case you haven’t been following, the hot new right-wing narrative is that President Obama, despite not having any provable connection to the IRS’s inappropriate targeting of conservative non-profit groups, is nonetheless culpable because he exerts subtle influence over low-level bureaucrats which leads them to act out against conservatives and the Tea Party. The chief proponent of this theory has been the Wall Street Journal editorial page — specifically, Journal editorial board member Kimberley Strassel , who has devoted her last two weekly columns to Bureaucrat Whispering.