Wishing Everyone a Happy Holiday Season


The President and First Lady Wish Everyone a Happy Holiday Season

In this week’s address, President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.

Watch this week’s address.

Watch this week's weekly address

It’s Time For The War On Christmas


mediamattersforamerica‘Tis the season for the right wing‘s annual “War on Christmas.”
But the “War on Christmas” isn’t real. It’s a fiction: make-believe manufactured and sustained by a noisy conservative echo chamber in order to perpetuate a culture war and keep their base trapped in the bubble.
The only way to really deal with the hysteria around the “War on Christmas” is to have a bit of fun, so we put together a short video to show how they sell the lie about this non-existent war.

http://youtu.be/0nDE3Qc41d8

 

Even though the “War on Christmas” is fake and silly, it’s a vivid illustration of the right-wing noise machine in action. It’s the same noise machine used day in and day out to poison our news media with lies and smears.
Last week, we kicked off Media Matters‘ year-end fundraiser by highlighting how conservatives in the media use chicanery, fake controversies, and deceit to detract and distract from our national conversation.
Honest public debates are essential for a democracy to function, which is why the work that Media Matters does is so important. Media Matters exists to set the record straight — to see through the hype, debunk the lies, and check the smears. With your help, we’ll continue to tell the truth in the coming year.
Click here to support Media Matters‘ truth-telling work with a year-end donation: http://action.mediamatters.org/donate_2013
We need a healthy debate, not hysteria, when facing the challenges ahead in 2014 and beyond. Thanks for your support.
Onward!
Angelo Carusone Twitter: @GoAngelo Executive Vice President Media Matters for America

Two Fake Right-Wing “Wars” And A Partridge In A Pear Tree


Media Matters for America
The right pushes the fake War on Christmas while trying to scam their own readers into buying ridiculous things. They say there’s a “war on men” when a women gets equal pay for equal work. They insist fictional characters must be white. We need your help to stand against these lies, smears, and distortions.

John Whitehouse Twitter: @existentialfish

Holiday Grifts

Right-Wing Christmas GiftsWhen the right isn’t busy telling their audience there’s a “War on Christmas,” they’re busy trying to scam them out of money. We rounded up some of what the right is pushing for holiday gifts, starting with a $1,500 metal box that can allegedly help you survive an electromagnetic pulse attack: http://mm4a.org/19fe0hn

The Right’s Other Fake War

Rosie RiveterPundits like James Taranto of the Wall Street Journal would have you believe there is an ongoing “war on men.” But this fake “war” is just a way for these pundits to complain about things such as equal pay for equal work and ensuring that women receive adequate health care: http://mm4a.org/19xSXER

White Santa And Megyn Kelly

Megyn KellyMegyn Kelly has a long history of using race to stoke fear of minorities. So it was hollow when she blamed those who “race bait” for outrage over her remarks about Santa Claus and Jesus being white. http://mm4a.org/1bKNiL7 Related: You know you screwed up when Bill O’Reilly rushes in to defend your cultural commentary: http://mm4a.org/1dkrTaQ The usual suspects are circling the wagons around Kelly: http://mm4a.org/18WUy6v

FEATURED VIDEO

SantaThe only way to handle the fake “War on Christmas” shenanigans is to have a bit of fun. Here’s our quick video on how the right sells this lie: http://youtu.be/0nDE3Qc41d8

HELP US FIGHT BACK

MMFA We’re in the midst of our year-end fundraiser. Fighting conservative misinformation is a big job – and we can’t do it without you. You can support our work here: http://bit.ly/1h2JGpL

OH NO NOT AGAIN

60 MinutesRather than produce a hard-hitting, investigative segment about the NSA, 60 Minutes ran what has rightly been described as a “puff piece.” http://mm4a.org/1dkuZvi

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Official Google blog … Tracking Santa


Join Santa and his elves in the countdown to Christmas Eve

After 11 months soaking up the sun in the tropics, Santa and his elves are back at the North Pole getting ready for Christmas Eve. In addition to making toys, they need to clear the snow off 23 elf homes, candy factories and command centers in Santa’s Village.
Santa’s jet-skiing all the way to the North Pole from his tropical vacation

To join in the flurry of preparations for Christmas Eve, visit the Village every day through December 24.

You’ll have the chance to join the elves as they catapult presents and race with reindeer—and you’ll be able to send holiday wishes to friends and family from Santa himself. The elves make a little more progress each day, so be sure to stop by the Village to see the latest.

Come back to Santa’s Village every day to see the newest games and scenes

Meanwhile, a team of Google engineers are working hard to track Santa’s sleigh with the most advanced maps and holiday technology available. On December 24, grab some cookies and apple cider and settle down in front of your computer, phone or TV to follow the big guy across the globe with our Santa Tracker. See where Santa’s going, the number of presents he’s delivered, and what he’s thinking throughout the evening.
Keep up the holiday cheer across all of your screens. Once the elves approve, we’ll launch the Google Santa Tracker app for Android in mid-December. Use your phone for on-the-go flight practice with the elves or cozy up near the fireplace with your tablet to follow Santa around the world as he delivers presents Christmas Eve. If you have Chromecast, cast from the Santa Tracker Android app to explore the Village or track his route right from your TV. Or, worried you’ll forget the big day? Download the Chrome extension to count down to Santa’s takeoff while browsing the web for holiday gifts.

Help the elves get ready across all your devices
Download the Chrome extension for easy Santa tracking from your browser

Be sure to come back to Santa’s Village each day to find new ways to celebrate—and from all of us at Google, happy holidays!
Posted by Sandy Russell, Elf Creative Director (Cross-posted from the Lat Long Blog)

A holiday poem


Al Franken - U.S. Senator, Minnesota
‘Twas the week before Christmas, and all through the state
Attention was focused on one single date
Our fundraising goal that we’ve set with such care?
By 12/31, all the cash must be there!
We were nestled all snug at our campaign HQ
(No time for a nap when there’s much work to do!)
Matt Burgess was checking the numbers again
Frowning while wielding his famous red pen
I’d dropped by his office to check in and chatter
But seeing his face, I said, “Matt, what’s the matter?”
He said, “Rove and the Kochs could go on the attack
And the funds to respond? Right now, there’s a lack.”
“That’s awful,” I said, “and we’re nigh out of time.
By the way, why are we speaking in rhyme?”
“Ignore that,” he said. “Here’s the key information: We need folks to click here and make a donation!

This race will be tough, and there’s so much at stake
To take it for granted would be a mistake
So please give a little (or maybe give more)
And here’s Matt again to explain what it’s for:
For cell phones! For staplers! For gas and for rent!
For the volunteers’ snacks (trust me – money well spent)
Just look at these spreadsheets tacked up on my wall
We need their support to help pay for it all!

And that’s to say nothing of each right-wing smear
We’ll see on TV in the coming New Year
They will hope Minnesotans are easily conned
And when they attack, we’ll need help to respond
I’m reaching out to all you passionate folks
Because only you can beat Rove and the Kochs
Fighting back’s easier than you might think You can do it in seconds: Just click on this link!
There’s a reason we’re focusing hard on this goal
(And it’s not just to fill Karl Rove’s stocking with coal)
The wondering eyes of the pundits and press
Will be looking to see if we’ve met with success
Now the deadline’s approaching, we’re nearing the whistle
The time’s gonna fly like the down of a thistle
So let me exclaim, ‘ere we close out the year
“Merry Christmas to all, and to all, please click here!