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>>Nancy Matthis of American Daughter blog ticks off Rep. Barney Frank!

Posted on: February 4, 2010

Dear Reader,  You know by now that I am a big fan and follower of Nancy Matthis of the American Daughter blog and I often share her posts and others from the American Daughter site with you.  Well today Nancy sent us an email announcement that just tickles my tummy! See below:   BB

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Thursday, February 4, 2010 8:46 AM
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We have made the big time.  Congressman Barney Frank has linked to an American Daughter article as an example of “right wing media bias” from his official government website!
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Frank Exposes How the Right-Wing Media Spreads Disinformation
February 3, 2010

WASHINGTON — Congressman Barney Frank took to the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives today to provide a vivid example of how the right-wing media disseminates false information.

Frank responded to fabricated accounts of his supposed plans to introduce a bill on “universal voter registration.”  The story began in November at the conservative Restoration Weekend conference in Palm Beach, Florida, where for $1,700 per person activists were able to hear talks by conservative opinion leaders on the theme, “Defending our Country and Culture.”  At one session, John Fund, a writer for the editorial pages of the Wall Street Journal, claimed that Congressman Barney Frank and Senator Chuck Schumer had hatched a plan to game the election system by registering felons, illegal aliens and others to vote:

Democrats were very rattled by the November 3rd election results. What do liberals do when they lose elections? They change the rules. In January, Chuck Schumer and Barney Frank will propose universal voter registration.

What is universal voter registration? It means all of the state laws on elections will be overridden by a federal mandate. The feds will tell the states, “Take everyone on every list of welfare recipients you have, take everyone on every list of unemployed you have, take everyone on every list of property owners, take everyone on every list of driver’s license holders, and register them to vote regardless of whether they want to be.”

Congressman Frank has never worked on any such legislation and in fact heard about it for the first time after the story was launched in the conservative media. On January 5th, Glenn Beck of Fox News, which like the Wall Street Journal is owned by Rupert Murdoch, repeated the same fallacious story, specifically citing John Fund as his source.  The next day, Rush Limbaugh retold the story on nationwide radio, also quoting Fund.  On January 7th, the Washington Times, owned by Reverend Sun Yung Moon’s Unification Church, ran an editorial titled “Letting Crooks and Illegals Vote.”  None of the outlets called Frank’s office to verify the story.

In addition, right-wing web sites have also posted the story online, often embedding video of Mr. Fund’s talk, giving the fictitious story an even longer life-span.

Congressman Frank addressed a letter to John Fund on January 13th, asking the writer to either corroborate or publicly repudiate his statement.

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