Fighting the Right

PFAW Condemns Robertson’s Comments on Haiti Earthquake

Religious Right Leader says Haiti "swore a pact to the devil"

People For the American Way President Michael B. Keegan today condemned a statement made by Religious Right leader Pat Robertson, who said that the nation of Haiti has been cursed ever since it "swore a pact to the Devil."

In discussing the earthquake, which the UN says has killed thousands of people, Robertson said:

Pat Robertson Blames Haiti Earthquake on "Pact With the Devil"

Pat Robertson Blames Haiti Earthquake on "Pact With the Devil"

President Obama to Renominate Dawn Johnsen and Other 2009 Nominees

The White House announced today that President Obama will renominate Dawn Johnsen, his choice to head the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel (OLC), along with other nominees whose confirmations were obstructed by Republicans last year.

PFAW: Where We've Been and Where We're Going

The recent and unparalleled resurgence of right-wing extremism in todays politics concerns us deeply. But thanks to three decades of PFAW activists, we can meet any challenge.

Fight the Right!

They said the Right was dead. We knew they were wrong.

The Numbers Don't Lie--GOP Obstruction Efforts Unprecedented in Senate

If it has seemed that Republican Senators have been expending tremendous amounts of energy for the sole purpose of slowing down the work of the Senate and the President’s reform agenda, that’s because they have.

Monitoring, Exposing, and Countering the Right in 2009

Following the 2008 election, and the Right’s drubbing at the polls, many people suggested that the Right was dead. Some even said that People For the American Way could declare victory and go home. But we knew better. Despite our optimism at the inauguration of Barack Obama, People For knew that the Right remained a grave threat, with its infrastructure intact, its funders unbowed, and its extremists undaunted

Harshbarger Report Provides Path Forward for Key Community Organizing Group

In response to the release of a report by former Massachusetts Attorney General Scott Harshbarger following his independent inquiry into ACORN's structure and operations, People For the American Way president Michael B. Keegan said, "The Harshbarger report provides sorely needed perspective on ACORN. In recent years the group has been accused by its opponents of doing just about everything, and no claim has been too wild to be passed off as fact."

Rise of the New McCarthyism: How Right Wing Extremists Try to Paralyze Government Through Ideological Smears and Baseless Attacks

Today, Joseph McCarthy’s ideological heirs in the Republican Party and right-wing media are using the language and tactics of McCarthy to stir fears that the nation is being destroyed by enemies from within. Republican Members of Congress and other GOP officials frequently act as an "amen chorus" to the far right’s demagogues or stay silent, hoping to reap political gain from the attacks on President Obama, administration officials and nominees, congressional democrats, and even military leaders.

Report: Rise of the New McCarthyism

People For the American Way today released its latest "Right Wing Watch: In Focus" report, "Rise of the New McCarthyism." The document examines the far right's adoption of strategies pioneered by Senator Joe McCarthy during his anti-communist witch hunts in the 1950s.

Right Wing "Manhattan Declaration" Sidesteps Moral Call to Protect All People

Reverend Timothy McDonald, Founder of the African American Ministers Leadership Council and Board Member of People For the American Way Foundation, said in response to the release by right wing leaders of the so-called "Manhattan Declaration,"Pretending that all moral questions can be boiled down to two hot button issues profoundly misrepresents the moral questions Christians encounter in America today."

Right Wing Watch In Focus Archive

Right Wing Watch In Focus is a series of reports from People For the American Way and People For the American Way Foundation exposing the Far Right's motives, strategies, tactics and influence in current issue and policy debate

Statement on Shooting at Fort Hood

Yesterday, 13 people were killed in a mass shooting at Fort Hood Army Post in Killeen, Texas. People For the American Way Foundation president Michael B. Keegan said, "Our thoughts and sympathies are with the victims of this horrific incident, their families and the entire Fort Hood community. Members of our armed forces already sacrifice so much to protect us, and it's doubly tragic for this kind of violence to arise in what should be a safe place.

Report Exposes Campaign of Racial Attacks from Far Right

People For the American Way today released its latest report, "Right Plays the Race Card." The report covers the Right's continued use of racially charged rhetoric to excite its base and attack its opponents. It also explores the calculation that politicians from both parties have made that it is advantageous not to confront racist rhetoric from the far right.

PFAW Memo: Election Results, the Far Right, and Fighting Back

Tuesday's electoral returns offered a mixed bag of results. A few bright spots managed to appear among some disappointing defeats, and politicians from both parties should consider them carefully before making rash, and perhaps costly, conclusions.

Right Plays the Race Card

Right-wing pundits and political leaders committed to the destruction of the Obama presidency have been openly fomenting racial resentment or tolerating those who do. In one breath, they accuse President Obama of being racist and in the next they and their media allies howl with indignation if their own racial rhetoric is challenged.

Letter to Maine Ethics Commission on the National Organization of Marriage from Michael B. Keegan

Letter to Maine Ethics Commission on the National Organization of Marriage from Michael B. Keegan

Memo: Have they no decency?

We are seeing one witch hunt after another led by right-wing opinion leaders, media outlets, organizations and even members of Congress. They pursue personal smear campaigns, grasping at straws to create "guilt by association" and challenge the legitimacy, allegiances and patriotism of their opponents.

GOP Obstruction of Executive Branch Nominees

After reviewing the records, it’s clear that Republican senators are blocking the confirmation of Obama’s executive branch nominees at unprecedented rates.

Mormon Leader Compares Pro-Equality Activists to Violent Segregationists

In a speech yesterday Elder Dallin H. Oaks, an official of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, compared the alleged anti-Mormon backlash over the Church's support of Proposition 8 in California to the intimidation of Southern blacks during the civil rights movement.
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