2.29.2012

On her radio show, Loesch ridicules college-aged women for supporting access to contraception

We have the disgraced fringe CNN "Contributor" and self-loathing bomb-throwing loon Dana Loesch mocking women's health care needs again. She decided to make fun of college-aged women for making their own health care choices regarding contraception and birth control.

From the 02.28.2012 edition of KFTK's The Dana Show:


LOESCH: "She's doing it more than she's studying in Law School. Is that why our-- is that why law sucks lately? Is that why we're having such a problem in the courts?"
[...]
"To me, there's nothing empowering about the government financing your choices that you can freely make in your personal life. They act like they're nymphos. That's what they act like."
[...]
"Again, have they never gone to, like, a grocery store, or you can go to the Walgreens y'all to get you some prophylactics, get you a number of other things. Are they like gold embossed?"
[...]
"This is what feminism's like today. Like back in the days of Laura, the pro-life Susan B. Anthony-- who would absolutely be spinning in her grave to see the Feminist Movement now means supporting female genocide. They were trying to get it to where women could get to vote."
[...]
"It's an insult to the original feminist movement." 

She is a disgrace to St. Louis and to sanity.

2.23.2012

Homophobic moron Dana Loesch: "The Left uses Gays as a political pawn"

On Tuesday's edition of The Dana Show, far-right homophobic hate-spewing radio host Dana Loesch misleadingly accused "the left of using Gays and Lesbians as pawns against conservatives." Not surprising, given her history of ridiculing the LGBTQ community.


From the 02.21.2012 edition of KFTK's The Dana Show:


LOESCH: "When it comes to gay marriage-- to be frank, I believe the left uses gay people as pawns. I believe they use gay people and lesbians pawns against conservatives. They don't care about rights; otherwise, they would be more critical of how they're oppressed and murdered in Islamic countries. But it's used as a wedge between citizens and the church."  
[...] 
"When you get into a situation-- about 6 months ago, I did an entire show on how the government is busting up into churches in the United States and infringing upon the rights to freely practice their religion because of this issue. There was a couple who owned a photography business in New Mexico, and they declined to photograph a same-sex marriage couple because they has certain Christian beliefs and they were very sorry and wished them the best of luck. The people actually took the photographers to court, sued them, bankrupted them, and shut their business down."

What a fringe moron this radio host is.

2.20.2012

Dana Loesch at CNN 1 year later (AND still lying)

Over a year ago today, CNN (or TeaNN) hired the disgraced far-right Teahadist cretin Big Journalism Editor-In-Chief by the name of Dana Loesch.

Here are some of the CNN-related highlights (or not-so-highlights) by Loesch:

February 17th, 2011: Loesch misleadingly declared Michelle Obama's initiative to promote breastfeeding is "nanny state behavior."
On tonight's John King, USA, Dana Loesch was complaining about the breastfeeding promotion as a "nanny state tactic." She was on her anti-Obama high horse. Her counterpart Leigh Ann O'Connor, defended the use of breastfeeding supplies for women.  

DANA LOESCH, RADIO TALK SHOW HOST: I kind of have to answer yes and no with this. And I don't think it's necessarily Michelle Obama that's trying to do this. I don't necessarily think it's the first lady, but rather some of the actions that the administration has taken.
Look, I am all for breast feeding. I myself breast my children until they were well passed a year. And I think it's fantastic and advocacy for that. I'm a very vocal support it. 

But at the same time, from a conservative perspective, I have to question what the White House is doing, because breast pumps actually fall under medical devices, which as you know, under the health care law, those devices are going to be hit with a massive excise tax. So, don't make something tax deductible that you're taxing, just don't tax it. That's sort of the first criticism I think I have over it. 

But the second thing and this I don't think necessarily pertains to the first lady, but the way that the White House is kind of positioning itself towards this -- as far as breast feeding is concerned, I realize that the White House is trying to exert some influence over businesses to offer, to be more breast-feeding friendly -- again, fantastic. But I don't think it is the government's role to direct business in that. Leave that choice up to the individual businesses, to the parents, to the individual, period.

March 8th, 2011: She compares Sebelius and Democrats to "terrorists."

A few hours ago, evidence of St. Louis's leading hatemongersewer mouth, and CNN contributor Dana Loesch comparing Kathleen Sebelius and Democrats as "terrorists" was leaked, via ThinkProgress. 

DANA LOESCH: Absolutely. Well I hope that you are successful in negotiating. I feel like we’re negotiating, and I’m just going to say this, I feel like we’re negotiating, sort of, with, it seems like terrorists to do this to our economy, especially right now. Quite honestly it does. That you would be able to– 

Of course, her guest, Teahadist looncase Michele Bachmann (R-MN06) supports Loesch's vile rant. And typical of Dana The Devil, her loonytunes antics will get worse as time goes on.


April 8th, 2011: Loesch rudely talked over Democratic Congresswoman Jackie Speier on the now-cancelled In The Arena.
Last night on CNN's In The Arena, Dana Loesch made a fool of herself yet again on national television. She was opposed by Democratic Congresswoman Jackie Speier from California's 12th Congressional District, who earlier this year made a passionate defense of Planned Parenthood. 

Loesch was also scheduled to be on Anderson Cooper 360 last night, but thankfully CNN canned her at the last moment and replaced by another Conservative, Susan Molinari, who was a GOP Congresscritter from New York. She is supposed to appear on CBS's The Early Show later today (check local listings, airs on KMOV at 7-9AM CDT) and on CNN later this afternoon. 

Of course, she did the usual routine of talking over the others when they're speaking. Eliot Spitzer put her in her place when she claimed that the "Government should shut down due to Planned Parenthood holding up everything." No, the GOP would've been blamed if there was a shutdown, which was temporarily averted just before 10:00PM CDT last night. Better yet, Planned Parenthood was NOT cut.



May 19th, 2011: She falsely accused "Obama of siding with the terrorists over Israel."

Today on KTFK's The Dana Show, CNN "Contributor" and Axis of Evil ringleader Dana Loesch was accusing Obama of being "supportive of terrorists." This is not the first time she has accused Democrats of being "terrorist enablers." 

       


June 29th, 2011: She wanted the country to default so Obama and the Democratic Party can lose in 2012.

On last night's Anderson Cooper 360, Dana Loesch was back on and guess what she did? Went back to her bread and butter-- which was lying, misinforming, and being childish to other guests. Her idea to cut the deficit: more tax cuts for the rich and gut Medicare. And of course, she blamed the Democrats for the debt problems, with no facts to back it up. Loesch also supports this country defaulting for the sake of defeating Obama and the Democratic Party. 
 

At least Begala and Gergen have enough sense to tell the truth--especially on the Republicans rooting for the economy to fail so that they can attempt to win the Presidency come 2012, unlike a certain moron who hosts a radio show on KFTK.


July 18th, 2011: Loesch suggested that "mosques should have to disclose ties to any anti-American organizations."
On today's CNN Newsroom, St. Louis's leading hate jock Dana Loesch went on the air and made this statement: "Mosques should disclose if they have "ties to any organizations that present a conflict of interest to US security." 

LOESCH: Well, really quickly, 55 percent of American oppose tax hikes in the debt ceiling talks. But according to -- going along with Herman Cain's discussion here, I'm against mob rule.
But I believe that any sort of mosque that's built in a community needs to disclose whether or not it has ties to any organizations that present a conflict of interest to American security. I think that two-way street is fair, so hopefully we can have more of that in the future.
PHILLIPS: Maria.
CARDONA: It is as far from presidential you can get. It's downright shameful. Would he ask the same of Christians, of Buddhists, of Hindus, of Jewish people wanting to build those kinds of institutions and places of worship in their communities?
He is in essence equating American Muslims, Americans in their community with al Qaeda and with Osama Bin Laden, downright shameful.
PHILLIPS: Pete.
DOMINICK: This is so stupid and insulting. Herman Cain and anybody who shares this kind of idea that says you can't build a house of worship is a joke. It's insulting.
I'm no fan of religion myself, but this is too sad. He actually has a lot of executive experience. He should focus on that. Muslims have helped disrupt every plot in America. We need to be their friend, not their enemies and that's exactly what he's doing.

       



August 15th, 2011: Loesch defended Bachmann's question-dodging on AC360.
On last night's Anderson Cooper 360serial misinformer and CNN "Contributor" Dana Loesch was on the show spewing out numerous falsehoods and defending Michele Bachmann's question-ducking and flip-flopping. She also was on earlier in the day telling the same lies. Cornell Belcher was Loesch's opponent, and as usual Belcher hammered her telling lies. She claimed that Romney is a "Big Government RINO." Let's not forget this man ran on a social conservative platform during the 2008 Republican Primaries for President. She thinks Texas Governor Rick Perry is a Moderate Conservative, but Perry is a far-right homophobic secessionist loon and who is Bush 2.0. 



September 2011: Loesch was on to spew multiple falsehoods.

Why does CNN allow Dana Loesch on? Simple. Makes them more money and gets the right-leaning audience from Fixed Noise.

       


October 18th, 2011: On Anderson Cooper 360, she baselessly declared the "Nazis support the OWS Movement.
CNN "Contributor" and St. Louis's Leading Hatemonger Dana Loesch took to CNN's Anderson Cooper 360 last night to make outrageous statements about the Occupy Wall Street Movement, baselessly implying that the "Nazis love the movement." Patently false. 
         
And how many times does CNN's hosts get away with allowing Dana Loesch to spew out lies with little or no pushback?


In January 2012, her widely infamous "I'd drop trou and do it too" remark ended up significantly cutting her on-air time on CNN, and was condemned by at least a few CNN personnel, including the  usually Liberal-leaning Roland Martin (who is suspended by CNN for his anti-gay tweet).


Recently, Loesch has seldom ever been on the network.

Petition for CNN to fire Loesch: sign here.

2.18.2012

Anti-choice whacko Dana Loesch defends Virginia's horrid extremist Ultrasound Law

The shrill anti-choice pants-on-fire liar Dana Loesch is back again with some really egregious falsehoods regarding Virginia's extremist anti-woman ultrasound law. She wrote in Big Journalism today defending Virginia's insane anti-woman law.
The pro-abortion progressive lobby has worked extensively this past week to classify Virginia’s straight-forward law as “rape,” even though the law doesn’t dictate what sort of ultrasound should be used before a woman murders her child. The easiest and most reliable way is the transvaginal ultrasound, more common in the first trimester. Progressives act as though there are no other options available to avoid becoming pregnant, prior to getting pregnant, and that the consequence from their choice prior to sex is the problem. 
Progressives’s argument regarding Virginia’s law is hysterical and wholly inaccurate. If a woman doesn’t want to be faced with an ultrasound then, according to statistics, practice responsibility: Studies prove that the overwhelming majority of women who choose abortion do so as a form of birth control. 
Cases of rape and incest account for around less than 1% of abortions.
Furthermore, the greatest number of abortions are obtained by women who already have a child/children, so they know how anatomy and physiology works. A lack of planning on the woman’s part doesn’t constitute a mandate for legalized (and in the case of Planned Parenthood, publicly-funded) murder.

Abortion is NOT "murder" at all, Ms. Loesch!

Yesterday on The Dana Show, Loesch compared a mandatory trans-vaginal ultrasound (TVU) to having sex. The once conservative (now moderate) website Little Green Footballs debunked her lies.

LGF:

That’s the big thing that progressives are trying to say, that it’s rape and so on and so forth. And in fact, this big battle that I’ve, uh, totally won with Keith Olbermann by the way, like, not only won once but twice and three times… uh, there were individuals saying, [high voice] “Oh what about the Virginia rape? The rapes that, the forced rapes of women who are pregnant?” What!?
Wait a minute, they had no problem having similar to a trans-vaginal procedure when they engaged in the act that resulted in their pregnancy.



From the 02.17.2012 edition of KFTK's The Dana Show:



Loesch insulted Charles Johnson for calling her distortions out, by calling him a "pervert" on Twitter.

Digby at Hullabaloo:
I've been off-line for most of the day, so forgive me if that has been aired thoroughly and I missed it. I keep reading on twitter and elsewhere that the wingnuts are saying that women being forced to undergo a vaginal probe if they are seeking an abortion is the same as having sex (so why should the little sluts object?) Here's the lovely Dana Loesch. 

Usually that particular view is expressed by some leering old man saying like "if it's inevitable, just relax and enjoy it" but the fresh faced Loesch (last heard saying she would like to urinate on corpses) saying it takes it to a different level. Why is it that right wing authoritarian types always equate coercion and humiliation with pleasure? 
Here's the thing that is instinctively obvious to any normal person: the women are being forced to undergo a physically invasive procedure they do not want and which has no medical purpose by state actors for political reasons. It's like something out of the inquisition. No, these women are not virgins, but the last I heard the definition of rape didn't require virginity. It's about the state not being allowed to stick something inside your body in order to persuade you not to do something you have every legal right to do. 


Loesch is a lying two-bit sack of dogshit.




2.17.2012

Notorious Birther Anti-Immigrant Racist Joe Arpaio visits The Dana Show

Yesterday on KFTK's The Dana Show, notorious birther loon and corrupt anti-immigrant racist xenophobic Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio went on with corrupt serial liar Dana Loesch to discuss the so-called "witchhunt against Arizona."

Loesch baselessly accused "the US DOJ of doing a political witchhunt against Arpaio simply because he's doing his job to protect his area." I find that excuse baloney. He has (deservedly) been chewed out for not only his harsh xenophobic bullshit, but for refusal to cooperate with the DOJ and covering up sex crimes as well.


Key Points:

  • Loesch and Arpaio both whitewash his case to benefit the Sheriff.
  • Arpaio vows to "never surrender to the 'tyrants' in DC."
  • Loesch falsely accused the "US Government of restraining Arpaio's enforcement of Arizona's immigration laws.
  • He is running again for Maricopa County Sheriff this year.
  • She has misleadingly claimed that "busting up people homes based on appearances, which is further from the truth." 
  • He declared that "the 22-page DOJ report in December as a basis to remove me was a political trick orchestrated by 'pro-immigrant' groups."
  • Loesch falsely stated that "most of the immigrants from Mexico are drug-smugglers and violent criminals."
  • He is still taking about investigating Obama for being "allegedly not being born in America."



From the 02.16.2012 edition of KFTK's The Dana Show:





 Both Loesch and Arpaio have a history of racist rhetoric.

I encourage the good citizens of Maricopa County to vote out this scumbag right-wing asswipe of a "Sheriff" and replace him with a more competent person like Mike Stauffer (I) or Dan Saban (D).

Change.org petition to recall Joe Arpaio: sign here.

2.16.2012

Dana Loesch and her lying cronies continue to misleadingly accuse Keith Olbermann of "defending rapists"

The Breitbart/Loesch Axis of Evil continue to purposefully mislead their readers about Keith Olbermann and the OWS Movement, falsely accusing Olbermann of "defending rapists," when that's not true at all.

The factless Dana Loesch was making up her usual bullshit regarding the Occupy Movement and Olbermann for having the guts to condemn Breitbart's bogus lies in her blogposts at Big "Journalism."

Keith Olbermann published a weak spin of his defense of rapists and exploitation of women’s bodies for political profit. His excuse? No one who did the raping and attacking was identified as an Occupier. Really? How are people not at Occupy protests raping people? 
Let’s examine Olbermann’s premise: 
Occupiers were the victims. Perpetrators were not Occupiers. 
A 26-year-old Occupy Wall Street kitchen worker named Tonye Iketubosin was arrested today in connection to two sexual assaults in Zuccotti Park. The first is the rape of an 18-year-old girl whom Iketubosin invited to share his tent on Saturday morning; the second, the groping of a 17-year-old. 
Iketubosin is a Crown Heights native and had reportedly been working in the OWS kitchen for about a week. 
Gothamist found another kitchen worker who said that Iketubosin went by the name “Tonye Parks” and that “He was a genuinely nice guy…he came to get shit done.”
Iketubosin is being charged with sexual abuse, according to DCPI. 
Hold up — Keith Olbermann assured us on the show above public access that this simply wasn’t true. But the NYP wrote of it as well. Yikes. Looks like Olbermann was wrong. 
What say you, Olbermann? And don’t take another day to dodge the facts.

No, Loesch is the one that's dodging the facts, NOT Olbermann.

It's not just Dana, but her cronies in the Axis of Evil getting in the Olbermann/OWS bashfest as well:

Lee Stranahan wrote a so-called "debunking of Olbermann's rebuttal of 'Occupy rapes.'"


Before I debunk Keith Olbermann’s “debunking,” let’s remember what Keith Olbermann said. It’s the standard to which Mr. Olbermann needs to be held:
No Occupy rapes, no cover-up, no apology, no retraction.” 
That is Mr. Olbermann’s statement and he hasn’t backed down from it. Instead, he’s made “debunking” the entire list of rapes and sexual crimes that I put together the number one item on his “Countdown” show. 
I actually didn’t need a whole list. All I needed was one, so I didn’t do an exhaustive search. I grabbed stuff from the long list of Occupy crimes called The Rap Sheet that Big Goverment kept up until the end of December, 2011. After all, Mr. Olbermann is the only person in the world I know of who is claiming “no Occupy rapes, no cover-ups.” 
The question is: Why is Olbermann still defending this?
More lies from Stranahan-- this time baselessly criticizing Olbermann and Mediaite's Tommy Christopher:
It’s a sign of deeply damaged liberal thinking that I have to explain to the likes of Tommy Christopher and Keith Olbermann why the rapes and other crime associated with the Occupy matter. There’s no doubt that these crimes occurred (despite Olbermann’s initial blanket denials) and so now the lame defense is that somehow they just are random occurrences that have nothing to do with Occupy, really. 
This is dangerous balderdash; the assaults of Occupy are directly related to the philosophy and organization of the Occupy movement, as a series of emails between Occupyiers about a rape at Occupy DC makes clear.
Tommy Christopher has a particularly contemptible article up on Mediaite right now, where he says… 
Giving Olbermann the benefit of the doubt, based on his later tweets, he meant, respectively, that the sexual assaults reported at Occupy camps did not constitute a “wave,” and that those assaults could not fairly be characterized as “Occupy rape.” He went on to point out that the assailants were often outsiders, while the victims of the crimes were Occupy protesters. The counter-argument is that he was just back-stopping his earlier errors
First, factually – it’s not true that the assailants were often outsiders. They weren’t and the fact that Christopher repeats this lie is disgusting. For the sake of Keith and Tommy’s ideologically warped perspectives, let’s be super clear about what the issue here is and what it is not. 
Take note, Tommy and Keith: the problem here IS the process put forward by Occupy. This IS a problem for the Occupy movement because of their ideas; dumb ideas that you idolize. Stop burying your heads in the sand about it. Your ideological boot-licking has victims.


Stranahan is lying off his ass as usual.

John Nolte, yet another member of the Loesch/Breitbart Axis of Evil, falsely accuses the "leftist mainstream media" of "hostility towards women, particularly Conservatives like Sarah Palin, Dana Loesch, Pamela Geller, Michele Bachmann."

Mediaite and certain members of their staff are rather infamous for their hostility towards women. In the past, they’ve specifically targeted Governor Sarah Palin, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, stay-at-home-moms, and our own Dana Loesch  
Yesterday, in a pathetically transparent effort to protect the Obama-endorsed Occupy Wall Street movement from a brewing narrative that might finally expose their well-documented history of rapes and sexual assaults (and the covering up of those rapes and sexual assaults) Mediaite published no fewer than three stories that rationalized, parsed, spun, and danced circles around … RAPE.
From where I sit, according to Mediaite (and Keith Olbermann), apparently there are a certain number of rapes or certain types of rapes or a way to explain rapes that doesn’t make rape quite so rapey. I guess that when an Obama-endorsed movement rapes, it’s not rape-rape. It’s some sort of social justice program that redistributes wealth through the occupation of a teenage vagina. Also, and most of you won’t remember this (but I do), Mediaite has a history of attempting to spin violence done to innocents by leftists into something that might be heroism. But that sound you heard wasn’t Mediaite hitting bottom, it was merely Mediate hitting the rungs of the ladder on the way to the bottom. 
By the way, have you noticed that it’s almost only men wrist-flicking and rationalizing these Occupy rapes? Keith Olbermann, Tommy Christopher, Markos Moulitsas, Cenk Uygur…?
More insane lies from the Breitbart brigade.

Current TV's Countdown With Keith Olbermann host Olbermann unspun the Breitbart lie that "the Occupy people were the perps, not the victims" in his Daily Kos diary.

What you have not seen are the facts behind the transparently dishonest "list" with which Breitbart is trying to smear Occupy as rapists. Sadly, it appears his people's efforts consisted of finding stories in which both the word "Occupy" and some report of sexual misconduct. 
It doesn't look like anybody bothered to read the links. Nearly every one of the stories shows Occupy participants were the victims and not the alleged perpetrators, or the incidents had nothing to do with Occupy 
.
Those who do bother will find Mr. Breitbart and his colleagues, are lying:. 
 Story number one: Madison, Wisconsin. Turns out this is the story of Occupy Madison losing its permit for a few days, in part because of a charge of public masturbation. No charges, no names, no evidence, and even the head of the local business association that brought the complaint, one Mary Carbine, was emphatic that the behavior was, quote, "not necessarily by the protestors themselves." Breitbart's people evidently never read the update at the bottom of the post.
Number two: Cleveland, refers to an alleged assault of a member of Occupy Cleveland. No arrests, and the police offer no indication the alleged assailant was a member of Occupy.
Number three: Seattle, turns out to be the arrest of a man for indecent exposure in schoolyards and other parks, not at Occupy Seattle. Detectives say they were told the suspect had been "seen" at Occupy, and again they make no claim he was associated with Occupy.
Number four: Cleveland. This is the same story as Number two. Listed twice. This time a Fox News video is linked.
Number five, Dallas. Despite the Breitbart headline: "Police Investigating Possible Sexual Assault Of Teen At Occupy Dallas," the alleged assault victim told police the sex in question was consensual. She would not press charges nor cooperate with authorities. The claim that there was an assault originates with one local tv station's anonymous source in the Dallas police department.
Number six: Portland, Oregon. The registered address that a sex offender gave authorities, turned out to be the same address as the Occupy Portland camp. The police have no evidence he was ever there, nor do any witnesses place him there.
Number seven: Lawrence, Kansas. A local Police Captain Jim Martin is quoted, in the Breitbart-linked story, as saying "someone who had been at the Occupy Lawrence camp reported on Monday morning a possible sexual assault. (Martin) said he did not believe the victim or any possible suspects were members of the group."
Number eight: Glasgow. Breitbart assigns responsibility for an assault on an Occupy protestor in Scotland to the American Occupy movement. He also does not note that the morning after the incident, Occupy organizers voluntarily disbanded the camp after police refused to provide security (at about 1:48 of the video, the Scots reporter notes the protestors have mostly left already and "put the Occupation on hold" while police investigate the crime).
Number nine: Manchester, New Hampshire. A woman operating out of her own home is arrested there after she tries to turn an Occupy protestor into a prostitute.
Number ten: New York City. An Occupy protestor is assaulted in her tent.
Number eleven: New York. It's the same story as Number ten. He has again listed one twice. Incidentally, despite the November reports claiming the Occupy food tent worker would shortly be charged with something besides sexual abuse, there are no stories on the net indicating this has yet occurred.
Number twelve: Chula Vista CA. On November 6th, a woman posts on the Occupy Los Angeles facebook page, asking Occupy to help locate her daughter, 16-year old Ashley Springer. The last the woman knew, Ashley Springer was at Occupy-LA. Breitbart does not note that, according to good news from "The Vanishing Kids Coalition," by December 9th, Ashley Springer was home, safe, sound, and unharmed.
Number thirteen: Philadelphia. Though the Breitbart list blares "Occupier Arrested for Rape," the actual newspaper headline says the opposite: "Man arrested in Occupy Philly sexual assault." The alleged victim was a member of Occupy, not the assailant, even though Breitbart implies it was the other way around.
Number fourteen: Austin, Texas. A man in a sleeping bag near the Occupy encampment in a public square is arrested for allegedly masturbating in front of a 16-year old. Again, despite the Breitbart headline "Occupier Accused of Masturbating in Front of 16 Year-old Girl," in the actual article police do not conclude that either victim or perpetrator was involved with Occupy.
Number fifteen: Chicago. A 21-year old man named Robert Reitz whom Occupy Chicago confirmed had attended some of its events, is arrested at his home, on child porn charges. Breitbart does not bother to note that in the second half of the very story he linked to, Occupy Chicago responded to the arrest by immediately banning him from its encampment.
Number sixteen: St. Louis. Again, the victim in an assault is identified as a member of Occupy, not the alleged perpetrator. As an aside, in the "list," Breitbart's people link not to an actual news account, but only to the notorious fraud Dana Loesch's version in which the truth has been carefully expunged.
Number seventeen: New York. Again, the victim in a fondling case is a member of Occupy; police identify the assailant as a local homeless person.
So. Seventeen stories Breitbart claims are cases of Rape at Occupy. Just reading the stories, googling the names of those identified, following up - this only took me about 70 minutes. 
The final result:
-- Two stories on the list were duplicates.
-- One story turns out to have been about consensual sex.
-- One case, in Scotland, led the Occupy group to disband for the sake of safety.
-- One case of an arrest for child porn, with Occupy immediately banning the alleged perpetrator.
-- One case of a girl disappearing -- ignoring the fact that she was home and unharmed a month later.
-- Four cases in which police said neither the victim nor the assailant were apparently even associated with Occupy. 
That is the evidence that Andrew Breitbart has submitted to rationalize his irrational attempt to smear the Occupy movement and Occupy members, as rapists, and to brand anybody who points out his dishonesty, his twisting of the facts, and who bothers to actually read the stories that disprove his own contention, as a rape denier or rape apologist. What Mr. Breitbart and his fellow propagandists have done, in fact, is to take at least eight women, eight membersof Occupy, who were raped or otherwise assaulted, and blamed them.
 Olbermann nailed Breitbart's hypocrisy and distortions right on target.


Adam Shriver at the St. Louis Activist Hub:

But Keith Olbermann decided to actually read the news stories associated with Breitbart's claims, and he found that in almost every single case the Breitbart crew was twisting reality. Here's the devastating segment from his show:

From the 02.15.2012 edition of Current TV's Countdown with Keith Olbermann: 
I should say that there have been some crimes, including sexual assaults, at Occupy encampments around the country. This is not surprising, since we live in a culture with a serious problem of violence against women, and it's not going to be any less of a problem in communities that provide food and lodging for those who need it and are extremely open and accepting almost anyone who wants to participate. From what I've seen, the Occupy groups have been very proactive in working to make their areas safe and welcoming for women. This is not to excuse any of the assaults, but rather to point out that they are not reflective of the occupy movement or most of the people involved. And I take the point that sexual assaults should not be used as a weapon for "the Right" or for "the Left."  
But what I think is so valuable about Olbermann's research is that it shows, quite dramatically, just how morally bankrupt the Breitbartian version of "journalism" really is. In basically every case, Breitbart bloggers twisted reality to fit their narrative. A real journalist would wait for conclusive evidence before declaring that some person or movement was responsible for rapes or sexual assaults; at Breitbart's sites, they throw out the charges almost daily based on their own interpretations of limited and ambiguous information. It's very much like the Kenneth Gladney case; the video was anything but conclusive; all it showed was Perry Molens pulling Gladney away from McCowan at the end of a fight. Yet Breitbart's gang of hacks declared that the video provided conclusive proof that McCowan and Molens had severely beaten Gladney, and they steadfastly refused to engage in an honest assessment of the evidence.

2.14.2012

Loesch and her cronies continue to distort the Occupy Movement

In her blogpost today at Big "Journalism", 1%er shill Dana Loesch falsely declared the "OWS movement to be criminals, rapists, and sexists." That's not surprising, given her history of ridiculously blatant lies and distortions against the OWS movement.


I can’t tell what I like more: the black velvet drape background or the compressed audio which sounds as though it was run through a 1995 version of Sound Forge. It does for them the favor of distracting from the absolute waste flowing from their mouths. 
It sounds and looks like a public access show. Olbermann in his introduction calls OccupyDC’s act of storming private property and crashing a private event with fraudulent passes “free speech.” So a tea partier then could crash Olbermann’s show, take over the mic, and call it free speech. 
Good to know that he’s laid that boundary. 
Olbermann says the soundbites in “Occupy Unmasked” were taken out of context — as in “they’re a bunch of teabaggers [AUDIO EDIT] … but only bad people would say that, we are not saying that at all.” That’s the only way the “out of context” excuse would work. 
Are the occupiers lying about this, Olbermann? Did you bother sticking your head out of your ivory tower to notice what some victims have suffered? Occupiers can’t simultaneously exist as innocent victims of Breitbart’s rape “smears” and liars, so choose. 
Is this out of context, Keith Olbermann? Is this? What about this? Can Olbermann explain how this molotov cocktail-wielding occupier was taken “out of context?” Does Olbermann think covering up a sexual attack is no big deal? I could go on; heaven knows we have hundreds of examples. I guess every single one of these were “taken out of context?” 
It’s a delightful little game Olbermann plays, his pretending to be completely obtuse; to his credit, he’s too much of a narcissist to not know what he’s talking about on the subject. His refusal to consider the facts simply makes him a liar. There’s more respect in ignorance when considering Keith Olbermann. 
Markos Moulitsas, then man who likened conservatives to the Taliban in a book, chalks it up to “Occupy has gotten under their skin.” He makes no mention of Occupiers forcibly getting into victims’s pants. 
No one is debating capitalism, what Moulitsas mistakes as “Occupy points.” The movement has had zero impact, except on crime statistics. At best, it was the shining hope of a manufactured populist unrest to aid Obama in his reelection efforts, but it dissipated into an irrelevant criminal cesspool. 
If you disagree, ask yourself how many times one of them has condemned the sexual attacks. 
If you try to excuse the attacks with the “rogue” excuse, then ask yourself why none of these men reported on how many camps were working to cover up the rapes and prevent women from reporting them to the authorities.
Ask yourself why none of these men have discussed why so-called “safe zones” were established in various camps to protect women from sexual predators which were other Occupiers.

Ms. Loesch, Olbermann and Moulitsas are right on this. The "rapes" at OWS are isolated at best. Stephen Bannon's film Occupy Unmasked, which is made by the right-wing front group Citizens United (the group responsible for propaganda films such as Hillary: The Movie, Fire From The Heartland: The Awakening of the Conservative Woman, and ACLU: At War With America), will contain the usual lies and fact-free spin on the OWS movement.

Joel Pollak, another of Loesch's cronies at Big Journalism, baselessly accused  The Young Turks host Cenk Uygur and Olbermann of "supporting rapists at Occupy Wall Street."



With Cenk Uyger’s abusive rant against Andrew Breitbart, Al Gore’s Current TV network has doubled down on its attempt to deny the fact of rapes at Occupy Wall Street protests. 
Keith Olbermann, another Current TV headliner, has also claimed on his program that accusations of rape at Occupy Wall Street protests are “nuts.”

From the 02.13.2012 edition of Current TV's The Young Turks with Cenk Uygur:



Markos Moulitsas, the founder of Daily Kos, went on Countdown last night to shoot down the right-wing claims of the Occupy Movement.


KEITH OLBERMANN: It has been 149 days since protesters first marched on, and then occupied, Zuccotti Park in New York. 
In our fourth story — as the Occupy Movement prepares for a Spring Awakening, the right wing tries to position Occupy as an ACORN-like boogeyman for the fall elections. Using Andrew Breitbart to verbally attack a group of protesters outside CPAC, as well as in a new film.
As mentioned before, the yearly Conservative Political Action Conference has adjourned. Besides the people Mitt Romney paid to attend, Occupy also made its presence felt, holding protests outside throughout the conference and occasionally making it inside to mic-check several speakers. This First Amendment expression drew the staged anger of one mountebank in particular. 
(Excerpt from video clip) BREITBART: Behave yourself, behave yourself, behave yourself, behave yourself, behave yourself! You are freaks and animals! You’re freaks and animals! Stop raping people, stop raping people, stop raping, stop raping people, stop raping the people! You freaks, you filthy freaks, you filthy, filthy, filthy, raping, murdering freaks! 
OLBERMANN: Get your stinking paws off me, you damn dirty apes! Someone needs to Autotune Charlton Heston Junior, there. His attacks almost perfectly mirror the newest motion picture by Citizens United, the same group whose “Hillary: The Movie” became the court case that opened the door for unlimited corporate donations. Coincidence, no doubt.
The latest hit piece is called, “Occupy Unmasked.” Using sound bites taken out of context as well as negative news reports, a director Stephen Bannon attempts to paint the Occupy Movement as a left-wing conspiracy run amuck. A place where drugs, anarchy and — as Breitbart claims — rape reign supreme. 
OLBERMANN: Oh, okay. All right — leaving you to that speculation. What — what was that all about? Is that simply promotion for this film? 
MOULITSAS: It could be, but I really, honestly think that Occupy has gotten under their skin in a way that we haven’t seen in a long time. I mean, this is the first time that I can remember where conservatives aren’t setting the terms of the debate. They’re actually being forced to respond. And, when you have the presidential candidates — The Republican presidential candidates — having to debate on the terms of Occupy, talking about income inequality, and talking about Bain Capital, and Swiss bank accounts and Cayman Islands and vulture capitalism, that’s not a good place for Republicans and it’s clear to see.
I mean, look at it in the numbers. They’re not doing very well, they’re on unsure footing and this is why, I think, that they’re so desperately grasping onto this birth control issue, even though that is not exactly a very good one for them either. 
OLBERMANN: Yeah, that has all sorts of bad lanes to travel them.
Back to Occupy, I mentioned before that if Occupy needed any validation, that was it over the weekend at CPAC, is that correct? 
MOULITSAS: Yeah, I mean, that’s sort of a culmination, I think the validation came when you have people like Rick Perry talking about vulture capitalism in Mitt Romney and Mitt Romney being forced to defend his capitalistic record. I mean, Republicans don’t expect to have to defend, not in their primary anyway. So, I think the validation has been there already.
This movement has gone far beyond the actual protests themselves. The message itself has taken on its own meaning. It’s sort of, kind of, almost broken free from the Occupy protest. They can be as filthy and rape people — if you want to make stuff up — but the fact is, nobody really cares about it because that message isn’t about the messengers, it’s not about who’s delivering the message, but the message itself, which really resonates at very core, emotional level with people who are suffering in this economy. 
OLBERMANN: So, this then — I analogized before that right had made ACORN into, or memorably, the New Black Panthers, which consist of a guy named Stan and a guy named Dale. I mean, are they effectively trying to scare people, or are the reinforcing people who want to be scared, or have the taken the wrong vessel here? Because — unlike ACORN or unlike, particularly, the New Black Panthers — Occupy actually exists and, as you suggest, has a message that already got out. 
MOULITSAS: Yeah, all of the above. I mean, really, Republicans need to scare people. They need to scare people. I mean, I don’t want to go back to birth control, because we’re talking about Occupy, but they’re talking about “war on religion” as opposed to “We hate sex,” right?
They need to scare people, but they themselves love to be scared. I mean, this is why they have to create their boogie men like Saddam Hussein and so on and so forth, right? They always need to have an enemy. And so, this is the best thing for all worlds. Here is something that they can feel scared about, something that has real-world implications that’s actually hurting them, so they have even better reason to be scared of them.
And now, they hope to sort of deliver that message to the broader American public because they need to discredit the Occupy message. And the message itself cannot be discredited. Republicans are on the defensive because of that message. So maybe they think, “If we discredit some of the people delivering it, those the dirty hippies,” maybe people will start ignoring the fact that they’re underpaid, have to work too many hours, the economy is going in the wrong direction and that Republicans are doing nothing about it. That’s the hope obviously — I think this movie is going to be as effective as the Hillary Clinton one was.

From the 02.13.2012 edition of Current TV's Countdown with Keith Olbermann:


Olbermann and Moulitsas are right.


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