Last night’s Republican presidential debate broke little new ground, but the true takeaway couldn’t be any clearer: among the seven hopefuls on stage last night, not a single candidate can credibly be called “moderate.”
Former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty threw his hat into the ring as a candidate for the GOP presidential nomination earlier this month. Here are ten questions that we think Pawlenty ought to answer about his record and his intentions.
From: Marge Baker, Executive Vice President, People For the American Way
To: Interested Parties
Date: March 31, 2011
Re: Trent Franks Beyond the Pale: Representing the Extremist Wing of the Republican Party
The current wave of political attacks on Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest provider of reproductive health care for women, is the latest example of a now-familiar kind of coordinated propaganda campaign waged by right-wing activist groups, far-right pundits and media outlets, and politicians willing to collaborate in promoting false information for political purposes.
An anti-choice activist has released a heavily-edited video purporting to show a single Planned Parenthood employee offering advice to an activist masquerading as a child sex trafficker. In fact, after the activist’s visit, Planned Parenthood properly alerted the FBI about possible child sex trafficking violations.
On his show today, right-wing talk radio host Rush Limbaugh accused the Democratic Party of lending its “full support” to Jared Loughner, the man accused of murdering six people and injuring 14 others in Tucson this weekend.
After Sheriff Clarence Dupnik spoke out against the use of violent imagery and hateful rhetoric in political discourse, right-wing commentators and politicians began attacking Dupnik with further vitriol and malice. Read about just some of the attacks against Sheriff Dupnik emanating from the conservative echo chamber.
In PFAW and Media Matters' new report shows that TV personality Glenn Beck’s explosive rhetoric has not only lent legitimacy to outlandish conspiracy theories, but has inspired real violence by those who subscribe to those theories.