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TOP STORY: Unlike many Washington scandals that show a cover-up being worse than the actual wrongdoing, the Obama Administration has upped the ante. AIM’s Roger Aronoff has more. “It involves some 1,500 guns, about 1,000 of which ended up in Mexico, and a Border agent, Brian Terry, who was murdered with weapons found near the scene of the crime in Arizona. The weapons were among 57 linked to Fast and Furious which have been tied to at least 11 violent crimes in the U.S., including the Terry murder. The Justice Department, while largely stonewalling, has admitted this much to Congress, as reported by The Los Angeles Times. In addition, at least 200 people have been killed or wounded in Mexico with weapons linked to the operation.” That’s your tax dollars hard at work. Aronoff reports the mainstream media’s willingness to cover the scandal ranges from squeamish to belligerent ignorance.

NEW VIDEO:  Today Accuracy in Media released a new interview series labeled Bar Stool Confessions that takes decision makers, political players and media pariahs to the bar for a real conversation – no sound bites allowed. NPR castaway and Fox News Contributor Juan Williams has the first round.

MEDIA WATCH: The PC Police of the journalism world are at it again making new style rules that blur legal lines. AIM Chairman Don Irvine says the term “illegal immigrant” is no mas: “The Society of Professional Journalists voted this week to impose even more political correctness when they passed a resolution to urge newsrooms to drop the terms “illegal alien” and “illegal immigrant,” saying that only courts can decide when a person has committed an illegal act.”

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ELECTION 2012: Breaking from the AP in Tallahassee: “Florida decided Friday to hold its Republican presidential primary on Jan. 31, snubbing a party rule against fast-track delegate-selection for 2012 and triggering angry responses from traditional early voting states which will now likely rejigger their calendars to stay ahead.” Widespread panic from the Iowa and New Hampshire Chambers of Commerce are probably soon to follow.

BIDEN, MEET SCRIPT. SCRIPT, MEET BIDEN: Chatterbox-in-Chief Joe Biden caused yet another collective face-palm in the West Wing today with this convenient re-election quote: “Even though 50-some percent of the American people think the economy tanked because of the last administration, that’s not relevant.” Oh but there’s more, “Understandably, totally legitimately, this is a referendum on Obama and Biden, the nature and the state of the economy.” Joe, never use the R-word.

NOT SO SUNNY: Florida Republican activists are offering a collective “Meh” in the face of a Romney/Somebody ticket next year: “I’ll probably wind up with Romney because, more than anything, what I want to do is to defeat Obama,’ says Doyle Thomas, a 70-year-old retired attorney from rural Cross City, Fla.”

PUTTING IT ALL ON NH: Jon Huntsman, the other handsome Mormon in the race, is sending his U-Haul up I-95 in an effort to boost his campaign past the FIRST primary. “His headquarters until now has been in Orlando, Florida, a swing state that will prove important to determining the nominee and the next president. But for Florida to mean anything for Huntsman, he must first do well in New Hampshire, where rival Mitt Romney holds a strong lead.”

WHAT WE’RE READING: From the AP:  “The same U.S. military unit that got Osama bin Laden used a drone and jet strike in Yemen on Friday to kill an American-born cleric suspected of inspiring or helping plan numerous attacks on the United States, including the Christmas 2009 attempt to blow up a jetliner, U.S. officials said.” It’s too bad Disney didn’t get rights to SEAL Team 6, that movie would have been excellent.

THE ONION: Apparently, the US Capitol Police don’t find it very funny when you satirically visualize the whole “Tea Party terrorists are holding Congress hostage” thing: “It showed a doctored picture of House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, holding a gun to a child’s head and reported that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was firing a handgun and wearing a black pantyhose over his head.”

PLUG OF THE DAY: Conservative Home’s John Rossomando has actual solutions to help prevent another Solyndra incident again: “The Solyndra scandal along with subsequent revelations that politically connected yet financially troubled solar manufacturers may have traded political influence in return for billions worth of loan guarantees makes the need to ban pay-to-play in federal contracting loom larger than ever.”

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