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Sunday, January 23, 2011
NewsBusters Double Standard on Nazi References
Topic: NewsBusters

Democratic Rep. Steve Cohen's likening of Republican rhetoric on health care reform to the "big lie" tactic used by the Nazis has brought a predictable response from NewsBusters:

Of course NewsBusters is applying one of it famous double standards. It has long given a pass to conservatives, particlularly on Fox News, that hurl Nazi comparisons.

For instance, in a Nov. 22 post, Lachlan Markay played the equivocation card, declaring NPR's suggestion that Fox News is "uniquely disposed to Nazi comparisons" as "absurd claim on its face":

Of course anyone with a memory span longer than two years remembers a host of such Nazi comparisons that did not emanate from Fox News. In fact, while MSNBC and New York Times commentators were certainly fond of painting the George W. Bush administration as frighteningly fascistic or Nazi-esque, those sorts of statements did not stop once Bush left office - there were still conservatives to smear, after all.

At no point does Markay condemn Nazi comparisons by either side.

Posted by Terry K. at 11:49 AM EST

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