Astro-turf Organizations Accuracy in Media and Judicial Watch Go Zero for Two

Arrogant outrage

Conservatives, those people that own most of the media and generally lean toward laziness and center-right spin, have several media watchdog organizations. They specialize in getting red faced any time the media either gives Democrats some marginally fair coverage or do not feel deep in thei hearts the media is pushing their latest salvo of propaganda. Accuracy in Media is one of those organizations. Just as those spontaneous “tea party” protests were and continue to be facilitated by astro-turf right-wing mutli-millionaires ( this sin’t to say that there are some regular folks that believe in the message – only the message is manufactured by those very wealthy right-wing backers), Accuracy in media is also financed by wealthy right-wingers ( Some corporate backers include Exxon, IBM and Coors beer). So what’s AIM’s beef? They swear those grassroots astro-turf ‘tea parties’ are being ignored by the media, A Dereliction Of Journalistic Duty

If a revolution happens and no reporters cover it, will it make a sound? That’s a good question because an anti-tax revolution as American as they come is under way, and the country’s top newsmen could care less.

[  ]…But if you only get your news from the mainstream media, you probably wouldn’t know the protests ever happened. Most major news outlets have provided zero coverage of any of the individual events or the grassroots movement as a whole.

Its almost enough to make one a little misty eyed at the utter unfairness of it all. Except, as is usually the case, the Right’s idea of injustice is little more then the tired old Chicken-Little act. In the last nine hours over 600 report have been filed from media outlets that included some of the nation’s most prominent news outlets including, but not limited to CNN, the Kansas City Star, Arizona Republic, Christian Science Monitor, Miami Herald, The Washington Post, The Street, TIME, Wired News, Forbes magazine, Bizjournals, CBS News and USA Today. A news search that goes back a mere 23 hours shows that the same prominent print and cable outlets filing over 2000 reports on the Tea Revulters.

Yes they went after Dick Cheney and secret  meetings with energy companies like Enron, but Judicial Watch is primarily yet another right-wing media watch dog group. Their work, their world view and their journalistic standards are about the same as Accuracy in Media, exceedingly low, Pelosi Travel Abuse? Case Not Proved – Watchdog Group Criticizes House Speaker for Travel Perks, but Records Don’t Agree

The treasure trove of documents obtained by Judicial Watch from the Department of Defense regarding Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s use of military aircraft doesn’t seem to prove the organization’s allegation that Pelosi has made “unprecedented demands” for the flights.

In fact, it appears that Pelosi uses military aircraft less often than her predecessor, former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert.

Hastert was and still is I suppose, what else, a Republican. That said, what seems to be Speaker Pelosi’s problem. She could avoid this scrutiny and gossip by meeting with the House Ethics Committee and the Pentagon and decide once and for all what kind of plane to use and what constitutes a fair allotment of miles before she’s takes up the slack out of her own pocket. Why hand the Right an opening like this.

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Remember one of the tea party mottos is that your lost job and foreclosure ain’t their problem – a modern take on Dicken’s Scrooge who said of the poor ” If they’d rather die, they had better do it and decrease the surplus population. Good night, gentlemen.” Besides the cruel social-darwinism implicit in their beliefs, the fact is that most people in foreclosure are not in that position because of irresponsible behavior. Many have tried to save themselves and the roof over their head, only to be victimized, Homeowner Rip-Offs Spark Scores of Lawsuits

After aggressive mailings and phone calls, HSBC would “trick” the homeowners into providing their Social Security numbers, which allowed HSBC to gain access to their complete credit histories, and use the information to talk people into high-interest consolidation loans, the suit says.

The loan amounts were so high – and with interest up to 20 percent – that they often far exceeded the value of the homes, and made it impossible for the family to ever refinance with a competitor, according to the lawsuit.

HSBC settled that lawsuit, denying any wrongdoing. It has since been sued by ACORN, the grassroots organisation, and others.

HSBC has plenty of company.

“There are dozens and dozens of cases against Countrywide,” class-action attorney Jeffrey Norton told IPS. He is suing Countrywide on behalf of thousands of plaintiffs who are being charged unfounded fees during loan modifications and foreclosure.

“When someone gets a loan modification agreement, there is one line that says ‘fees.’ It can be anywhere from hundreds to thousands of dollars. No one can get answers as to what the fees are comprised of,” Norton said.

After receiving many complaints, the National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People (NAACP) filed suit against HSBC, Countrywide and 17 other big-name lenders in 2007, for charging higher mortgage interest rates to people of colour.

The suit, still underway, may help correct the “egregious, demoralising practices that too often turn the so-called American dream of homeownership into a nightmare,” said NAACP chairman Julian Bond.

Named in the suit are: Ameriquest, Accredited Home Lenders, Bear Sterns, BNC Mortgage, CitiMortgage, Encore Credit, Fremont Investment & Loan, First Horizon, First Franklin Financial, GMAC, JP Morgan, Long Beach Mortgage Company, National City, Option One, Suntrust Mortgage, Washington Mutual, Inc. and WMC Mortgage Corporation.