U.S. bombs hospital in Afghanistan, killing over 20 people and wounding at least 35 more, and the "liberal" media falls all over itself to avoid saying our government did it. Three things: one, saying "stuff happens during wartime" is one thing, and saying "stuff happened during wartime and no one is responsible" is another thing entirely. Two, as FAIR's hilarious headline suggests, you should always look at sentence structure -- if the "liberal" media is using the passive voice, you have every right to suspect they're covering something up. Three, the "human shield" argument is bogus, or the "liberal" media would have deployed it earlier.
Alec MacGillis at ProPublica asks if the gun lobby's power is "overstated." They'd run through a wall for their beliefs and others wouldn't, but Mr. MacGillis points to certain inarguable factors (narrowing demographics of pro-gun folks, for one). Yet I'm reminded of how no one can verify the "Rush Limbaugh has 20 million listeners" statement either -- if the gun lobby's power is overstated, the fact that our "liberal" media constantly does the overstating surely helps create that power.
Ho hum, Joshua Holland at The Nation finds that the right alienates more than just Hispanics with their anti-immigration cant. Less than half of immigrants these days come from Hispanic nations, African immigrants to the U.S. double every decade, and one in five immigrants would be folks we would call "white" immigrants, from Canada and Europe. But regardless of demographic trends, the right will still have an outsized voice, especially during midterms, as long as Democrats continue to do nothing about anything while in power. It's almost like that's the idea.
Former NBA star Stephon Marbury re-releases his $15 sneakers, saying that his Starburys are just as good as $200 Air Jordans and that Michael Jordan has been "robbing the hood." The message might be muted, though: I'm not sure I'd base my pitch on how cheaply I can make the stuff I sell, not when most folks now know that people who make slave-wages make those shoes. Kids today don't care about Stephon Marbury, either -- partly because he plays in China these days, but mainly because the "liberal" media trains everyone to think sensationally.
Finally, Daily Kos's Markos Moulitsas writes again about right-wingers blowing a gasket at the release of the Tesla Model X. Right-wingers still rant about Tesla getting taxpayer money while ignoring the subsidies other auto corporations get, and they still go on about electricity coming from coal when the Tesla Model X will use electricity far more efficiently than other cars use gas. And though I try to think the best of people, I bet the guy who says he's also opposed to oil subsidies never even calls his Congressperson about it.