They’re Defending Lawlessnes​s Now?

MediaMattersweekly_email_header_logo_altSome other things I’ve read this week: Grace Wyler’s reporting on how right-wing militias are mobilizing, an examination of David Foster Wallace’s warnings about irony, Sarah Kliff’s explanation of the recent Census changes, and Simon Maloy’s advice for reporters covering Paul Ryan.

John Whitehouse
Twitter: @existentialfish

Pure Hypocrisy

BundyConservative media have spent years accusing the Obama administration of lawlessness. But now they’re lining up to defend a rancher who refuses to even acknowledge the existence of the federal government: Related: Media Matters Investigative Reporter Joe Strupp spoke to Nevada journalists, who told him that the rancher is clearly breaking the law:

From The Fringe To The Mainstream

IngrahamABC News announced that it has hired right-wing radio host Laura Ingraham as a contributor. She regularly uses inflammatory rhetoric to be a voice for the fringe: Related: Laura Ingraham is one of the right-wing radio hosts whose shows have deep financial ties to the tea party:




BoehlertEric Boehlert and Chris Hayes discussed why the conservative outrage machine embraced the lawless rancher in Nevada:


Lily LedbetterMedia Matters Radio spoke with Lilly Ledbetter about conservatives like Fox News who pretend the gender pay gap does not exist:


Race In America
Five White People On Fox News Discuss “Race In America”

Did you know April 22 is Earth Day …


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April 22 isn’t just Earth Day, it is the last day to vote for Proposition 1 and save King County Metro transit service.  Public transit delivers environmental benefits as it delivers riders to their destinations, making your Yes vote one of the most important local actions to help the planet this Earth Day.

King County Metro bus service provides 400,000 trips every work day. These trips mean fewer cars on the road and less carbon and other pollutants in the air.  We cannot risk the cutbacks in bus service which would become necessary without the added funds from Prop. 1, with the resulting longer waits, deleted routes, and likely 30,000 more cars clogging our streets and their pollutants our lungs.

Pledge to vote YES on Prop 1!

Vote YES on Prop. 1 to keep our buses running and prevent major cut backs in service. Together we can make sure our seniors, students, people with disabilities, working families, and others have a low-impact way to get around.  Prop. 1 creates a new $1.25 low-income bus fare and partial rebate for low-income car owners to lessen the burden on those who can afford it the least.

Vote YES on Prop. 1 to fix our roads and streets.  Forty percent of Prop. 1 revenue goes to cities and the county to make our streets, roads, and bridges safer.  Every $1 we spend now to maintain streets and roads avoids $6-14 in cost later to rebuild the neglected, deteriorated road.

More than 160 organizations, 20 mayors from throughout the county, and bipartisan support from the King County Council have all come together to save Metro Transit.  Join us and pledge to vote YES on Proposition 1.

Thanks for all you do for the environment and a sustainable transportation future.

Tim Gould
Chair, Transportation and Land Use Committee
Sierra Club Washington

The cost of inaction

 One year ago today, the Senate introduced S.744, a bipartisan bill that would fix our broken immigration system, grow our economy, and shrink the deficit. Last June, they passed that bill. The House has still failed to act.

Take a look at how inaction has hurt our economy — and pass it on:

Learn more about the cost of inaction. Click here to see the full infographic.See the infographic on

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TBI Gala May 15 Honoring The First Couple of NYC

2014 Annual Celebration & Award Reception

Honoring The Black Institute’s Couple of the Year

Mayor Bill de Blasio & First Lady Chirlane McCray

Also honoring

Ana Castro, Founder L.A.T.I.S.M. (Latinos in Tech Innovation & Social Media)

Cheryl McKissack, President & CEO, McKissack & McKissack

Stephen Hawkins, Executive Director, Amnesty International USA

Community Resources for Justice

Music by Grammy Winner DJ Hex Hector

Host Committee (In-formation): Stuart Appelbaum RWDSU, Rev. A.R. Bernard, Hector Figueroa 32BJ SEIU, George Gresham 1199SEIU, Ed Lynch UFCW, Bob Master CWA District 1, Mike Mulgrew UFT, Peter Patch & Linda Kane, Larry Park NYSTLA, Eugene Schneur & Mo Vaugh OMNI New York and Doug Wigdor

The Black Institute Board: Selvin Bushay, Stephen Chukwumba, James Heyliger, Vince Morgan, Ademola Oyefeso, Martha Stark, Carmen Wallace and Jacquelyn Williams

For more information or to purchase ticktes please click here, call 212 871 6899 or email


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RSVP ~~ You’re Invited- Seattle Labor Chorus Benefit Concert forI-594 on April 27~~ RSVP


Since the horrific tragedy at Sandy Hook, there have been an unbelievable 63 school shootings. That is nearly one per week since that fateful morning in 2012- and that is completely unacceptable.

We know passing Initiative 594, which simply requires a background check on all gun sales, at the ballot this November will not solve all our problems. But we also know it is an important place to start.

On Sunday April 27th, the Seattle Labor Chorus will sing in a benefit concert to support Initiative 594, the Background Check Initiative. Join us to enjoy the chorus and learn more about how we will make universal background checks a reality in Washington State this year.

The gun lobby will spend millions to scare and confuse voters, and that is why we need your help. Suggested contribution is $20 or more, but contributions of any amount are greatly appreciated.

We have a chance to lead the nation is passing commonsense reforms this year. We hope you will join us on April 27th to enjoy the Seattle Labor Chorus and learn more about I-594. For more information or to RSVP, contact me via email or at 206.328.2969.

Thanks so much for all you have done to get us this far.

Tessa McClellan