A couple of days ago, MSNBC media star Keith Olbermann appeared to suffer a Tourettes-like attack, cursing Fox News repeatedly on Twitter. His incisive message: the Fox News Channel is “100% bulls***”.
Knowing that FNC kicks the crap out of every other cable news outlet, which means Americans find it the most trustworthy source of information, I launched my One Krugerrand Fox News challenge. The first person to document one lie repeated by Fox News Channel reporters can win a 1-oz. Krugerrand worth around $1,400.
There are only a few simple rules — like providing a link to a transcript or video on a trustworthy site. Even so, amidst the hundreds of responses I received from outraged progressives, only a handful of budding Marxists even figured out how to post an entry that conforms to the rules.
Well, with nothing better to do during the day than respond to bloggers’ challenges, Media Matters took a shot at the gold. Some crackpot named Matt Gertz wrote the following earlier today.
Following Elena Kagan’s nomination to the Supreme Court, several Fox News reporters falsely claimed that while she was dean of Harvard Law School, Kagan “barred” military recruiters from campus:
Megyn Kelly: “[T]he criticism of Kagan is that while she was dean of Harvard Law School, and she was dean in 2003, she decided to continue a policy of banning the military from the campus because they didn’t like the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy.”
Bret Baier: “The top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee has asked the Pentagon about its recruitment efforts at Harvard while Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan was dean of the law school there. Kagan barred recruiters in protest of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy.”
Carl Cameron: “In the Clinton White House, she recommended compromised policies that worry conservatives over abortion and guns. As dean of the Harvard Law School, she made headlines supporting a controversial wartime ban on campus military recruitment.”
In fact, Kagan did not support a “ban on military recruitment” at Harvard Law, and Harvard law students had access to military recruiters during her entire tenure as dean. As we’ve
Throughout Kagan’s tenure as dean, Harvard law students had access to military recruiters – either through Harvard’s Office of Career Services or through the Harvard Law School Veterans Association. Kagan became dean of Harvard Law in June 2003. In accordance with Harvard’s pre-existing nondiscrimination policy, she barred the school’s Office of Career Services (OCS) from working with military recruiters or the spring 2005 semester after the U.S Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit ruled that law schools could legally do so. During that one semester, students still had access to military recruiters via the Harvard Law School Veterans Association. During the fall 2005 semester, after the Bush administration threatened to revoke Harvard’s federal funding, Kagan once again granted military recruiters access to OCS.
Indeed, according to data we obtained from Harvard Law School’s public information officer, graduates entered the military during each year Kagan served as dean, and the number of graduates from each of the classes that could have been affected by the prohibition on Harvard Law’s OCS working with military recruiters was equal to or greater than the number who entered the military from any of Harvard’s previous five classes.
CNN accurately reported on Kagan’s actions in this May 10, 2010…
Mr. Ross, you owe me one ounce of gold.
Let’s assume, for the sake of argument, that Media Matters is a suitably trustworthy site. I know, it’s a stretch.
Now, do I trust the Defense Department or a Soros-funded, Marxist front group?
Because the Defense Department has over 800 pages of documentation that says Media Matters is full of crap. Mr. Peabody, set the Wayback Machine for June of 2010.
Before her confirmation, the Christian Science Monitor reported the real details of how Kagan’s recruiting ban worked:
The issue does not lend itself to 10-second sound-bite questions or responses… [but] In 2004, Kagan barred military recruiters from using the law school’s office of career services to meet with students interested in military service… The action was controversial because it came at a time when the United States was at war in both Iraq and Afghanistan.
…In her statement announcing that military recruiters would be barred from the school’s office of career services, Kagan said: “I am gratified by this result, and I look forward to the time when all law students have the opportunity to pursue any legal career they desire…”
…Administration officials and other Kagan supporters stressed that a student veterans group agreed to help facilitate student access to military recruiters during this period… The clear suggestion was that Kagan’s policy change had no real impact on military recruiters. But the recent release of 850 pages of Defense Department documents tells a different story.
Polite and patient military recruiters were told by Harvard officials to call back later. They received this response again, and again, for weeks until the recruiting season had ended… “The Army was stonewalled at Harvard. Phone calls and emails went unanswered,” an Army recruiter said in a March 2005 memo. “The [career services director] refused to inform students that we were coming to recruit and the [career services director] refused to collect resumes or provide any other assistance.”
One Air Force recruiter’s memo concludes: “We shouldn’t allow [Harvard Law School] to play this game.”
A de facto ban is still a ban. And the DOD itself says it “was stonewalled” by Kagan’s policy. Gee, this is a tough one. Do I trust the DOD or Soros Matters?
Matt, you’ve really outdone yourself this time: that was quite an epic fail you pulled off. No gold for you!
Next time, try one of Fox’ big lies. Like this one. Oops. That was The New York Times. My bad.
Update II: Matt Gertz gets up off the canvas to post a humorous screed entitled, “Doug Ross Still Owes Me $1,400 In Gold.”
In it, he summarizes all of the key positions. Except one.
Curiously, he fails to mention the military recruiters — the most important parties to the affair — who say they were banned, “stonewalled” in their words — from recruiting. They could not get any access to Kagan’s students.
Furthermore, Kagan said she was pleased with that development. “Gratified”, was the word I think she used. She was gratified that the military could not get access to students — not because of anything the DOD had done, but because of a policy created by Bill Clinton.
I just pwnt Media Matters so hard I think I pulled a muscle.