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ThinkProgress.org is a juvenile blog run by the Center for American Progress; think of a grade school version of Media Matters for America. Virtually every post at their site contains one or more misleading statements or logical fallacies. Sometimes they outright lie, other times they simply smear. Part of that appears to be unintentional; their writers are unable to figure out how they're wrong. Those writers include Lee Fang, Ali Frick, Ryan Powers, Matt Corley, and Marie Diamond. A past contributor was Amanda Terkel; she now works for the Huffington Post.

Related blogs include "Wonk Room" (featuring Andrea Nill) and the eponymous blog from Matt Yglesias.

Last modified Sep 7, 2014
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NumbersUSA, Steve King, Teaparty Patriots assist amnesty with weak immigration rally - 08/13/13

... Anti-Immigration Reform Rally" thinkprogress . org/immigration/2013/08/12/2456691/ photos-hardly-anyone-showed-up-to-steve-kings-anti-immigration-reform-rally/ "Rep. Steve King Says Latino Immigrants Are From A ‘Violent Civilization,’ Will Bring ‘More Violence’ To America": thinkprogress . org/immigration/2013/08/13/2457051/ steve-king-immigrants-violent-further-south/ Picture showing the small...

Will ThinkProgress admit mass immigration led to lower unionization and lower wages? (Bryce Covert) - 06/11/13

... the Economic Policy Editor for ThinkProgress - discusses a new study [1] claiming that wages for many workers have fallen since 1979 due to lower unionization rather than computerization. As could be expected from anything coming out of the Center for American Progress, Covert fails to note the role that massive immigration - especially of the illegal variety - played in the decline of...

Igor Volsky lies about Lou Barletta (Latinos, immigration, ThinkProgress) - 01/29/13

Igor Volsky of ThinkProgress quotes the following section from peekURL.com/zEmJggE about former Hazleton mayor and current Rep. Lou Barletta: "It's amnesty that America can’t afford," Barletta said Monday. "We have to stop people from coming in illegally. This will be a green light for anyone who wants to come to America illegally and then be granted citizenship one day." [...] "I hope politics...

Dr. Richard Land supports Obama's anti-American DREAM Act (Southern Baptist Convention) - 06/16/12

... anti-American DREAM Act, telling ThinkProgress [1]: They haven’t done anything wrong. In order to get amnesty, you’ve got to have done something wrong. These young people are innocent. They haven’t done anything wrong. To me, this is the low-lying fruit of immigration reform. This ought to be something we can all unite around. They have to have been under 16 when they got here, they got to be...

Can Teaparty show how Annie-Rose Strasser is wrong about Derbyshire's "The Talk" column? - 04/06/12

... with African-Americans (link). ThinkProgress writer Annie Rose Strasser responds with "National Review Writer Pens Racist Screed: 'Avoid Concentrations Of Blacks,' 'Stay Out Of' Their Neighborhoods" (link). "Derb" is, once again, very politically incorrect, but he's also largely right (when you read the whole thing and note his various disclaimers). In contrast, Strasser is very politically-...

Is Marie Diamond clueless, deceptive, or what? (ThinkProgress, Herman Cain, border fence, alligators, moat, Andy Kroll) - 06/08/11

... Center for American Progress' ThinkProgress blog don't get the joke, no matter what the joke may be. The latest example is provided by Marie Diamond, who offers "Cain's Plan For Securing The Border: Build The Great Wall Of China, Fill A Moat With Alligators" (video below; quote and link at [1]). Presidential candidate Herman Cain (a Tea parties favorite) doesn't want to do either of those: he...

Gary Johnson wants to "loosen" child labor laws; Ben Mankiewicz lies (Young Turks, ThinkProgress) - 04/25/11

... laws" based on an interview that ThinkProgress shot with Johnson (see that video here: peekURL.com/vmBCZCT ). On the second video, the most that Johnson says is that he wants to "loosen" child labor laws, not end them as Mankiewicz claims. A transcript of the second video is at [1]. Mankiewicz is lying, and apparently thinks his viewers are too lazy to seek out the full interview. Part 2: As for...

John Hinderaker presents: "David Koch, Friend to Mankind" (formaldehyde, ineffectiveness) - 03/05/11

... things: I've got 58 posts about ThinkProgress going back to 2006. I've got 19 posts about Andrea Nill alone, and 78 posts about the Center for American Progress stretching back to 2005. And, there might be even more posts about them that haven't been tagged yet. As much as Hinderaker would like to pretend that they're beneath such an elevated personage as he, they have far more influence than he...

Yet another example of Teaparty being useful idiots for the Koch brothers? (Madison union protests) - 02/19/11

... reforms. [3] From this, quoting ThinkProgress: Koch owns a coal company subsidiary with facilities in Green Bay, Manitowoc, Ashland and Sheboygan; six timber plants throughout the state; and a large network of pipelines in Wisconsin. While Koch controls much of the infrastructure in the state, they have laid off workers to boost profits. At a time when Koch Industries owners David and Charles...

From my satire to Tea Party ideas: Mike Lee and child labor - 01/15/11

... comments. -------------------- [1] thinkprogress.org/2011/01/14/lee-child-labor I'd prefer to concentrate on discrediting ThinkProgress instead of referencing them, but the teapartiers make that difficult.

The Glenn Reynolds, Don Surber, Joe Walsh propaganda team (Illinois) - 10/22/10

... for the Illinois League, told ThinkProgress this afternoon that the only reason Tate-Bradish resisted reciting the Pledge was because it had not been included in the debate format, which the candidates had agreed to ahead of time, noting that the League has been doing candiate forums and debates like the one Beck highlighted "for decades." She also said that following the threats, the League...

Koch family, U.S. Chamber, businesses met to plan strategy (+Glenn Beck, tea parties, "mobilize citizens for November") - 10/20/10

... their "free market" ideology. ThinkProgress has the guest list and program for their June 2010 meeting (in Aspen), and, while immigration isn't mentioned, many of the known attendees are on the wrong side. I don't normally recommend anything at ThinkProgress, but in this case I'll suggest taking a look at their post and downloading the PDF. The New York Times has a related report here; from that...

Glenn Beck urges donations to illegal immigration-supporting U.S. Chamber of Commerce - 10/14/10

... because of innuendo leveled by both ThinkProgress and Barack Obama that the Chamber is soliciting foreign money (true) and then using that to influence the political process inside the U.S. (so far undetermined). Beck could have pointed out how he thinks ThinkProgress et al are wrong and kept it at that. Instead, he's encouraging his fans to donate to a group that could care less about them. And...

Andrea Nill not exactly honest about DREAM Act (Sharron Angle ad) - 10/06/10

Andrea Nill of ThinkProgress responds to the new Sharron Angle ad with a somewhat misleading post about the anti-American DREAM Act. The Angle ad is here; the Nill post is at [1]. Nill writes: The ad appears to be vaguely referencing the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act which Reid attached to the defense reauthorization bill last month as an amendment. The DREAM Act...

Rupert Murdoch testifies for amnesty, massive immigration (using two CAP studies) - 09/30/10

... new friends, yet Andrea Nill of ThinkProgress writes this (thinkprogress.org/2010/09/30/murdoch-immigration-fox): Earlier this year, Murdoch indicated that the media should be involved in the push for comprehensive immigration reform. However, Fox News employees don’t seem to agree. The Wonk Room shows that more than any other network, Fox News has repeatedly and consistently advocated against...

Andrea Nill uses gunman taking hostages at Discovery Channel to smear immigration groups - 09/01/10

... to immigration, Andrea Nill of ThinkProgress didn't follow that advice and took advantage of this situation to push her support for massive immigration and to smear those she opposes. Nill's post is "Purported Eco-Terrorist Angered Over ‘Immigration Pollution And Anchor Baby Filth'" (thinkprogress.org/2010/09/01/discovery-terrorist-immigration) and a screengrab is below in case ThinkProgress...

Tea party leaders, complaining about NAACP "racist" charge, call Obama's policies "socialist" - 07/14/10

... bringing it up; it allows those like ThinkProgress to make videos like the one at thinkprogress.org/2010/07/14/tea-party-racism. Despite the fact that at least one of those shown on the video is probably a plant and despite the fact that the last frame (with the t-shirt) was a failed attempt at irony (the back says "I'm a racist because I support the Constitution" or similar), the teapartiers...

Dennis Welch, Kos, Amanda Terkel, Steve Benen, Ben Smith, Ben Frumin smear Jan Brewer over quote - 06/02/10

... misinterpretation. * Amanda Terkel of ThinkProgress thinkprogress.org/2010/06/02/brewer-nazis-father She says: While comparisons equating Brewer with Nazis are over the top and not constructive, Brewer’s anecdote doesn’t really stack up. The Arizona Guardian reports that in fact, “the death of Wilford Drinkwine came 10 years after World War II had ended. During the war, Drinkwine worked as a...

YouCut: another stunt showing that the GOP has run out of ideas (Eric Cantor) - 05/19/10

A week ago, GOP House Whip Eric Cantor launched "YouCut" (republicanwhip.house.gov/YouCut), an attempt to show that the GOP is serious about spending. Except, it's just another tea parties-style cheap stunt:

SEIU, NCLR release incredibly deceptive immigration poll (Andrea Nill, Arizona) - 05/15/10

The Service Employees International Union and the National Council of La Raza have released a new immigration poll of likely voters in Arizona [1], specifically asking about that state's new law and about comprehensive immigration reform. Well, actually, they didn't use the word "comprehensive" in some of the questions, only asking about "immigration reform". Needless to say, one person's idea of...

If Andrea Nill of CAP can't get Steve King's joke, what else is she unclear on? - 04/16/10

... response to the last, Andrea Nill of ThinkProgress says (thinkprogress.org/2010/04/16/steve-king-immigration-taxes): King is wrong on both accounts. The truth is that an overwhelming majority of Americans recognize the need to do their part in contributing to the nation’s welfare in the form of taxes. Eighty percent of Americans support maintaining spending levels on domestic programs such as...

NumbersUSA harassed at immigration march by far-left, open borders fascists - 03/22/10

... page. UPDATE: Andrea Nill of ThinkProgress has the mimes' side of things at thinkprogress.org/2010/03/22/roy-beck-numbersusa. One of the mimes who pressed charges is Lena Graber, who may be the same person who's a policy associate at the National Immigration Forum, a considered-mainstream group (http://www.immigrationforum.org/about/staff). While some of the things she says might cause a finder...

Andrea Nill promotes false Obama claim in smear of Lou Dobbs - 03/03/10

... might not expect Andrea Nill of ThinkProgress to write the following, unless you were familiar with that site and her work. In that case, you - like me - would realize just how truth-challenged both she and the others associated with that site are. Referring to a new report from the Southern Poverty Law Center (perhaps more on that later), she writes (thinkprogress.org/2010/03/03/dobbs-splc-hate...

Disingenuous Lou Dobbs now wants amnesty, guest workers, chain migration ("comprehensive immigration reform") - 01/08/10

... issue] The partial transcript from ThinkProgress follows; initially I thought they had omitted exculpatory details but as it turns out what they omitted was just as bad as the rest:

Hilda Solis puts interests of immigrants, illegal aliens ahead of U.S. workers, sounds just like George Bush - 12/17/09

... Chertoff (video here, writeup thinkprogress.org/2009/12/17/solis-moratorium): I think we’d have a big shortage of workers out there and I think as we move through this decade, we’re going to see people retiring from different types of jobs…so who is going to help fill those positions? You would probably see towns shutting down, communities shutting down. You’d see second and third industries...

Mexico-linked NALEO using religion to obtain political power (Census) - 12/15/09

Per Andrea Nill of ThinkProgress (thinkprogress.org/2009/12/15/census-latinos-boycott): In response [to a protest discouraging participation in the Census], the National Association of Latino Elected Officials (NALEO) has started using the Bible to target religious Latinos with a different message: What would Jesus do? NALEO is handing out posters that illustrate the arrival of Mary and Joseph in...

ThinkProgress v. Human Events: idiots clash over illegal immmigration parody song - 12/14/09

Andrea Nill of ThinkProgress offers "New right-wing Christmas carol: 'Illegals in my Yard'" (link) about a talk radio parody from Talk Radio Network's Matt Fox and AJ Rice that was posted at Human Events as a regular post (i.e., not just a user-generated blog post) under the byline "The Fox and Rice Experience" (http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=34788). As one might expect from the...

Lou Dobbs kept off CNBC due in part to pressure from racial power groups? - 12/05/09

Andrea Nill of ThinkProgress offers "Report: CNBC Was Considering Hiring Dobbs Until Latino Groups Pushed Back" (thinkprogress.org/2009/12/05/dobbs-cnbc-nogales). Neither she nor those in her general sphere are that credible and would want to inflate their power as much as possible, so take this with a large grain of salt: (National Hispanic Media Coalition) President Alex Nogales told...

Arpaio shouted down at First Amendment Forum; Amanda Terkel cheers; open borders song - 12/01/09

... for more dumb, Amanda Terkel of ThinkProgress links to video and the lyrics (thinkprogress.org/2009/12/01/arpaio-protest) but fails to note what the Dean says about the incident. And, considering that this is red meat for their visitors and she's not pointing out that interrupting such events is a dumb thing to do, it's not unfair to assume that she supports such interruptions at "First...

Dick Armey lobbied in regards to the Stimulus Plan; what did he do? - 11/20/09

Disclosure documents show that tea parties organizer, head of FreedomWorks, and former Rep. Dick Armey lobbied in regards to the stimulus plan. The documents don't indicate what the lobbying consisted of, but there's certainly a fair possibility that he wasn't lobbying to reduce the amount of the stimulus.

Liberals cheer racism, repudiation of U.S. sovereignty at tea party protest by Nick Espinosa (Daniel Tencer) - 11/16/09

... incident include Amanda Terkel of ThinkProgress ("Interloper tricks Tea Party audience into an anti-European immigrant chant of 'Columbus go home!'", thinkprogress.org/2009/11/16/columbus-go-home), Andrew Sullivan of The Atlantic (links to the preceding, saying only "An anti-immigration rally gets punk'd by an impostor", andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com/the_daily_dish/2009/11/columbus-go-home.html...

Andrea Nill of Think Progress smears Joe Arpaio, gives false impression using bogus quote - 10/05/09

... this passage from Andrea Nill of ThinkProgress [1]? According to the Phoenix News Times, (Sheriff Joe Arpaio) appeared on KTAR 92.3 FM’s Jay Lawrence Show last night vowing to continue operating his "Hispanic-hunting dragnets," even if it means driving undocumented immigrants back across the border himself: That's followed by a quote from Arpaio, and if you're like me you probably thought "...

Immigration Policy Ctr: U.S. lost Olympic Games bid due to "anti-visitor policy", "broken immigration system" - 10/02/09

... re-transmitted by Andrea Nill of ThinkProgress (thinkprogress.org/2009/10/02/chicago-olympics-bush).

Lindsey Graham slams Glenn Beck; "Birthers" are "crazy" (The Atlantic's First Draft of History) - 10/01/09

The Atlantic is conducting a corporate-sponsored series of interviews they call the "First Draft of History". Me, I call them EstablishmentHackapaooza. Earlier today, one segment featured Sen. Lindsay Graham being interviewed by Jeffrey Goldberg of the Atlantic (firstdraftofhistory.theatlantic.com/analysis/graham_the_loyal_opposition.php). As could be expected, Graham wasn't exactly challenged on...

Lee Fang of ThinkProgress outrageously lies - 09/28/09

Lee Fang of ThinkProgress offers "Right-Wing Conference Tells Activists To Get Their Guns Ready For ‘Bloody Battle’ With Obama The Nazi" (link). Fang continues ThinkProgress' long habit of lying, and in this case it's especially despicable. Austrian native Kitty Werthmann appeared at the How To Take Back America Conference and compared the various actions of the Obama administration to the...

Census worker found hanged in Kentucky; see who's politicizing it - 09/24/09

... as Spaulding. * Faiz Shakir of ThinkProgress offers "Flashback: Bachmann Spread Fears Of Scary Stalking Census Workers" (thinkprogress.org/2009/09/25/bill-sparkman-hate-crime): "Regardless of what the motive for the killing may have been, why would a murderer(s) take such pains to so blatantly convey anger, fear, and vitriol towards a Census employee? Perhaps because some on the right have...

"Energy Citizens": tea partiers' love for corporations goes unrequited (FreedomWorks) - 08/23/09

... source is Public Citizen via ThinkProgress [1], so there's the possibility that it was faked up. However, that appears to be slight. While some will no doubt laugh at them for being useful idiots (OK, I admit it), it's mostly just pathetic. If the oil companies (or FreedomWorks' funders, or the Koch family) want a crowd, at the least try to get some money out of it. That's what it's all about,...

CAP promotes benefits of states, politicians profiting from illegal immigration (Census, Andrea Nill) - 08/10/09

... Census Counts For A Lot" (wonkroom.thinkprogress.org/2009/08/10/immigration-census-bureau), a through-the-looking-glass post listing all the wonderful ways that states and localities can make out like bandits from counting illegal aliens in the Census and using their population in apportioning Congressional representation: ...the census serves many other purposes, namely the allocation of scarce...

National Council of La Raza promotes radical groups - 08/03/09

Tom Tancredo writes: The National Council of La Raza bills itself as "the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States" who works through "its network of nearly 300 affiliated community-based organizations." Among these affiliates are several chapters of the Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan (Chicano Student Movement of Aztlan) who La Raza helps...

Ian Millhiser of ThinkProgress lies about anti-Sotomayor ad (Committee for Justice's incompetent ad) - 07/16/09

... response to the ad, Ian Millhiser of ThinkProgress offers "Right-wing group launches TV ad claiming Sotomayor led a terrorist organization" (thinkprogress.org/2009/07/14/sotomayor-cfj): The claim that Sotomayor led a terrorist organization apparently refers to her service on the board of the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund, a mainstream civil rights organization. It seems that, in...