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Media critic: Al Jazeera appealing because it’s not identified with corporate interests

The Qatar-based news network Al Jazeera is an important contributor to the political landscape of the United States, according to the media critic for The Baltimore Sun. “We have had a narrowing of the conversation about democracy, especially on television,” David Zurawik said Sunday on CNN. “Throughout the media, we’ve…

Raw Story’s mock ‘This is CNN’ ad: Fareed finds out if his butt looks better in Spanx

Raw Story put together a mock “This is CNN” ad for the network free of charge after host Fareed Zakaria decided that interviewing the creator of Spanx underwear was more important than the conflict in Syria and other world events. Your welcome, CNN.…

George Will: Single moms more dangerous for minorities than a lack of rights

Conservative columnist George Will asserted on Sunday that single mothers actually presented a bigger threat to minority communities than a lack of voting rights. During a segment on ABC’s This Week to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the march on Washington for civil rights, Democratic strategist Donna Brazile noted that…

Jindal: Racism persists because minorities cling to their heritage

Louisiana Gov. Bobbie Jindal (R) has blamed minorities who refuse to give up their “separateness” for the continuation of racism in America. In a Politico op-ed marking the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech in Washington, Jindal noted that racism was “one of the…

Colin Powell: Voting restrictions ‘are going to backfire’ on Republicans

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell on Sunday warned fellow Republicans that voting restrictions designed to reduce the turnout of minorities, young people and seniors were “going to backfire” on the party. Powell told CBS host Bob Schieffer that the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn part of the Voting Rights…

Did you forget Medicare? Jim DeMint claims ‘federal health care’ can’t work

CNN host Dana Bash offered no fact check on Sunday as Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint (R) falsely claimed that fewer doctors accepted Medicare than private insurance. During a Sunday interview, DeMint explained that Heritage Action had launched a nine-city tour to rally Americans in support of repealing Obamacare because…

Ted Cruz: Republicans repealing Obamacare to help African-Americans and Hispanics

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) says that Republicans are working to defund and repeal President Barack Obama’s health care reform law in order to help African-Americans and Hispanics. In an interview with CNN that aired on Sunday, Cruz told host Candy Crowley that he was “not convinced” that the president would…

California wildfire still burning out of control and threatens Yosemite redwoods

Nearly 200 square miles of California is on fire Saturday, with smoke from the Stanislaus National Forest wafting as far as San Francisco, 200 miles west. Firefighters estimate that they’ve only contained about 5 percent of the fire, and is large enough to create its own weather patterns, making it…

Rep. John Lewis at the March on Washington: ‘I gave a little blood on that bridge in Selma, Alabama for the right to vote’

Invoking the legacy of the bloody assault he endured in Selma, Ala., Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) used the 50th anniversary celebration of the March on Washington to call upon Congress to fix the provisions of the Voting Rights Act invalidated earlier this year by the U.S. Supreme Court. “I gave…

South Carolina restaurant ejected African-American customers when white person felt ‘threatened’

A group of customers at a Wild Wing restaurant in Charleston, SC were forced to wait two hours for their table and then were ultimately denied service on the basis of their race. According to Charleston’s WNEW Channel 5, the group of 25 African-Americans were asked to leave because a…

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