VA Crises Getting Lost in Scandal Overload

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Accuracy in Media President Obama is embroiled in two Veterans Affairs scandals: 1) fabricated documents and secret waiting lists for health care, with dozens of veterans dying while waiting for appointments; and 2) waiting lists for disability benefits. The former is now the subject of a criminal investigation opened by the Phoenix office of the FBI just days after the release of a bipartisan letter from 21 … [Read more...]

How Trustworthy is Our National Security Apparatus?

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Accuracy in Media Two seemingly unrelated news stories this week raise far more questions than they answer, and demonstrate how the government should take a closer look at its own homeland security efforts. In the first case, we learned at a hearing from Deputy NSA Director John C. Inglis that the “phone logging effort” made by the NSA was not critical to thwarting 54 plots—it was critical instead to only … [Read more...]

Formation of Citizens’ Commission on Benghazi Announced at Washington Press Conference [Video]

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Accuracy in Media A newly formed Commission is determined to get to the bottom of the many questions surrounding the terrorist attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi last September 11th. The Citizens’ Commission on Benghazi, organized by Accuracy in Media, held a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C on July 30th to announce the launch of the fact-finding group. Four of the current … [Read more...]

Democrats’ Put Feet in Own Nooses: IRS Red Herrings

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Despite new purported revelations, IRS scandal is still a scandal Accuracy in Media The IRS scandal is not going away, despite the media’s best attempts to bury it. During Karen Finney’s new weekend MSNBC show, Disrupt, she argued that the IRS scandal is a “non-scandal.” Finney, a Democratic Party operative and former spokesperson for Hillary Clinton, referred to it as a “so-called scandal that turned out to be … [Read more...]

Obama Administration Attempts to Intimidate State Department Whistleblower

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Accuracy in Media President Obama doesn’t like leaks and he doesn’t like scandals. In recent weeks he’s had plenty of both. We should not be surprised, then, that the Administration is once again using its government apparatus the “Chicago way” to stifle whistleblowers. It’s most recent victim: Aurelia Fedenisn. As Accuracy in Media recently reported, Fedenisn broke the story that high-level State … [Read more...]

Media Downplay Their Conflicts of Interest

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Accuracy in Media The mainstream media might just be owned and operated by the Obama Administration—lock, stock, and barrel. They are married at the hip, quite literally, and often have relatives within the Administration. The Washington Post names names in a recent piece entitled, “Media, administration deal with conflicts.” Conflicts of interest, that is. But the Post takes an unusual approach to the … [Read more...]

Can the Media Protect Hillary Clinton from Latest State Department Scandal?

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Accuracy in Media Hillary Clinton’s approval rating has fallen 12 points in the wake of the Benghazi scandal, especially since some Americans still hold her responsible for the inadequate security in Libya during the September 11, 2012 attack. Now, additional scandals, which may have been covered up by the State Department under Hillary’s watch, could further threaten her approval rating. These scandals, if … [Read more...]

Media Embrace Obama’s Controversial Picks for National Security Team

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Accuracy in Media The mainstream media have embraced President Obama’s recent national security team picks either by omitting key information about the nominee or, in the case of Susan Rice, by miscasting the controversy as one of Republican outrage, rather than lies about Benghazi. Republican partisans aren’t the only ones outraged about Benghazi and the lies told thereafter: lots of average Americans are … [Read more...]

IRS Scandal Makes Obamacare an Even Tougher Sell

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Accuracy in Media Obamacare will be successful in California next year. That’s what liberal commentators are saying after the executive director of Covered California, Peter Lee, declared a “home run” for Californians. The joy relates to a press release which asserts that “The rates submitted to Covered California for the 2014 individual market ranged from two percent above to 29 percent below the 2013 average … [Read more...]

On or Off the Record, Obama Administration is in Damage Control Mode

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Accuracy in Media The media had their big off-the-record meeting with Attorney General Eric Holder and his staff on Thursday, and immediately turned around and talked about what was discussed at the meeting. In effect, Holder threw sand in the eyes of the journalists who attended, and put himself in charge of fixing whatever they think needs fixing. He’s even supporting a federal media shield law to protect … [Read more...]

Dishonoring America’s Veterans

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Accuracy in Media Fox News’ Jennifer Griffin called it “arguably the biggest scandal the Obama Administration is facing in Washington right now—the Department of Veterans’ Affairs disability claims backlog.” The average wait time, she reported, is 273 days. “Despite a half-a-billion dollar new computer system designed to improve efficiency at the VA, 97 percent of all the claims are still filed on … [Read more...]

Left Tries to Redefine IRS Scandal

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Accuracy in Media   The liberal media, liberal non-profits, and Congressional Democrats are urging the public to look the other way from the IRS targeting scandal. The problem, they argue, is the presence of 501(c)(4)s that engage in political activity—instead of being “exclusively” social welfare organizations. What, exactly, do they mean by social welfare? These liberals assert that a regulation by the … [Read more...]

Obama’s Leak Obsession Leads to Privacy and Free Speech Abuses

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Accuracy in Media The Obama Administration is obsessed with leaks. Not the information it carefully leaks on its own, but the leaked stories which prove inconvenient for the Administration’s carefully crafted narratives. This serves as an extension of the White House’s emphatic desire to control all media accounts of itself, and craft a positive image before the public. Thus, even in the case of national … [Read more...]

IRS Scandal Reaches the White House

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Accuracy in Media The Washington Post narrative surrounding the IRS’ targeting of conservative groups is that it began as a scandal involving low-level employees at a Cincinnati office, the “Determinations Unit,” a natural outgrowth of an increase in political activity by these groups. This belies other reporting by the Post’s Fact-Checker, which indicates that there was little growth in the number of groups … [Read more...]

Obama Fires IRS Commissioner as Scandal Grows

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Accuracy in Media The scandal involving the politicization of the IRS under the Obama administration continues to grow. Congressmen briefed by IRS officials say that instead of 300 groups that received closer scrutiny, the number has climbed to 471. More drip, drip, drip. But in an effort to stop the bleeding, President Obama has fired the acting commissioner, Steven Miller, who is said to have become aware in … [Read more...]

IRS Scandal Threatens to Overshadow Benghazi

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Accuracy in Media You would have thought that the Obama administration would have learned from the growing Benghazi scandal that the best way to handle such controversies is to get out in front of them, and put it all out there, rather than let it drip, drip, drip, as is now happening with the recent IRS blowup. According to The Washington Post, based on documents it obtained from a congressional aide, the … [Read more...]

Obama Counts on Media to Shift Blame for Flight Delays

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Accuracy in Media Americans have repeatedly learned from the mainstream media that some of their favorite services are threatened by the sequester, even though the agencies making the cuts have leeway in where, when and what is cut. Early on, we learned that White House tours were canceled. Then we learned that border security would face furloughs, and that thousands of illegal aliens were released from … [Read more...]

Media Working Hand in Glove with Democrats on Gun Legislation

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Accuracy in Media Why do the media consider the filibuster a strong, principled stance under Democrat leadership, but an obstructionist tool when used by Republicans? This media double standard has been used consistently during the current and past administration, and is currently being used to shame Republicans on the gun control debate. “For a party who is commonly regarded as “inflexible” and “unwilling to … [Read more...]

Media Misrepresenting Obama’s Judicial Confirmations

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Accuracy in Media The path to rule by executive order by the Obama Administration runs directly through the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. “There are few things more vital on the president’s second-term agenda,” Constitutional Accountability Center president Doug Kendall told The Washington Post last week. “With legislative priorities gridlocked in Congress, the president’s best hope for advancing his … [Read more...]

The Unaffordable ‘Affordable Care Act’

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Accuracy in Media   The apparent costs of Obamacare are going up. And up, and up. How much additional cost will the average private payer see in the coming year? The Society of Actuaries, according to The Wall Street Journal, has issued a new report “warning that the cost of medical claims in the new individual-insurance market could rise by an average of 32% per person over the first few years the law is in … [Read more...]

CNN Exposes Obama’s High-Speed Rail Boondoggle

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Accuracy in Media The Obama Administration has put high-speed rail at the forefront of its infrastructure policies, but in reality it’s a slow-moving target for criticism. “Ask any CEO where they’d rather locate and hire: a country with deteriorating roads and bridges, or one with high-speed rail and Internet; high-tech schools and self-healing power grids,” said the President in his February State of the … [Read more...]

Media Expose Their Own Standards While Targeting Bachmann

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Accuracy in Media In a clear case of the media’s double standard, CNN has been chasing around Congresswoman Michele Bachmann regarding her CPAC comments on the President’s lavish lifestyle. This, when the majority of her speech focused elsewhere: on Benghazi, the federal debt, medical innovations, and cyber attacks. And while CNN insists on piling it on, they bring ridicule on themselves by being guilty of what … [Read more...]

The Hardball Realities of Obamacare

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Accuracy in Media While Paul Ryan shrugs, the media mocks. That’s the impression that Chris Matthews gave on his recent MSNBC segment from “Hardball,” where he criticizes Representative Ryan for his new budget plan which would get rid of most of the spending outlined in Obamacare. “Call it ‘Ryan Shrugged,’” asserted Matthews. “It kills the President’s health care plan outright in its crib, dumps Medicare for a … [Read more...]

Arguing Over Argo

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Accuracy in Media The left and the right agree on one thing. Argo, the film directed by Ben Affleck, greatly distorts the known history of what happened during the Iranian hostage crisis. But that’s where the agreement ends. When asked in a post-awards ceremony press conference to reflect on making movies about true life events, Affleck said, “I think that it’s tricky, you walk a fine line. You’re doing a … [Read more...]

AIM Interview with Christopher Horner of CEI About ‘The Liberal War on Transparency’

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Accuracy in Media While the Obama administration has promised us “the most transparent administration in history,” they are proving to be anything but. And it’s not just Benghazi and Fast and Furious that they have tried so hard to cover up. In an interview with Christopher Horner, senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI), we discussed some other examples from his blockbuster book, The Liberal … [Read more...]

Will the Media Save the Hagel Nomination?

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Accuracy in Media In an interview on “Meet the Press” this past Sunday, host David Gregory apparently did not like the answers he was getting from his guest, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ). Gregory was doing what virtually all of the “journalists” in the NBC family do—shilling for President Obama. The point of contention was the Republican speed bump that had been employed to slow down the nomination of former … [Read more...]

Adm. James Lyons (Ret.) on Growing Benghazi Scandal

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Accuracy in Media   The nominations of John Brennan for CIA Director and Chuck Hagel for Secretary of Defense are being held up by Republicans in the Senate largely because of the unwillingness of the Obama administration to come clean on the what the President knew, when he knew it, and what he did during the seven hours that the Temporary Mission and the annex in Benghazi were under attack on September … [Read more...]

JINSA Again Honors America’s Military Heroes

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Accuracy in Media This week I attended an annual event put on by the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA), which honored six young military heroes. The six represented each of the five branches of the U.S. military and the U.S. Special Operations Command. They were honored “for having distinguished themselves through superior conduct in the War on Terrorism,” and each received a Grateful … [Read more...]

Susan Rice’s Effort to Defuse Talking-Points Issue Backfires

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Accuracy in Media Once again, CBS’s Sharyl Attkisson is leading the way among mainstream journalists. The winner of this year’s Reed Irvine Award for Investigative Reporting is making the obvious point—that the Obama administration can’t seem to get its story straight about many aspects of Benghazi-Gate. The issue on the table this week is why UN Ambassador Susan Rice was sent out to five Sunday talk shows … [Read more...]

Is Petraeus Scandal an Obama Scandal?

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Accuracy in Media The news media are continuing to try to protect the Obama administration from a rapidly growing scandal. A November 13th article in The Washington Post by Scott Wilson argued that Obama “has been untouched by the unfolding investigation involving former CIA director David Petraeus,” a view that belongs on the opinion page under the heading, “wishful thinking,” not on the news pages. The … [Read more...]