At NewsBusters, one Candance Moore is seemingly upset the media highlighted the crazy in their coverage of last week’s Consevative Political Action Conference in D.C. “Hypocrisy!” she screams. You see, the mainstream media failed to cover the 2009 Netroots Nation Conference with such diligence:
Back in 2009, the Netroots Nation Convention took place in Pittsburgh just before the G20 summit. Even though it hosted a number of far-left agendas, the media stuck to popular, mainstream subjects in their coverage.
The archive section of the official site of Netroots Nation revealed shocking material largely ignored by the national media. Below is a list of some of the ridiculous discussions that took place:
# Tearing down the wall between church and state to advance “faith based” progressive agendas.
# Stacking SCOTUS with progressive judges to circumvent the Constitution.
# Why Democrats are not pro-abortion enough.
# A panel sponsored by the United Nations Foundation to criticize America for taking the world’s food supply.
Did you hear about any of those topics last year from the mainstream media.
All of the above subjects were covered in official panel discussions, not just obscure information booths from fringe attendees. Readers are encouraged to watch the archive footage to see how rationally such things were being discussed. [emphasis mine]
For the record, I moderated the panel sponsored by the United Nations Foundation. Needless to say, the panel did not “criticize America for taking the world’s food supply” (whatever that means). Rather, the panel was called Global Solutions for Global Poverty and was a discussion of ways the United States and the world can come together to fight extreme global poverty. At no point did any panelist criticize American for taking the world’s food supply. Candance Moore seems to have made that up out of thin air. Here’s the official panel description:
President Obama came to office promising “the millennium development goals will be America’s goals.” But the global economic crisis now threatens to undermine those goals. Gains in the fight against global poverty and hunger have begun to stall or even reverse. What can the Obama administration do to reinvigorate the fight against global poverty? How can advocates most effectively make the case that meeting the needs of the global poor ought to be American foreign policy goals? What policies best work for addressing global poverty?
These questions and more will be discussed in an interactive panel discussion with Gayle Smith, Special Assistant to President Obama and Senior Director for global development, democracy, stabilization and humanitarian assistance issues at the National Security Council; Ray Offenheiser, President of Oxfam-America; Anita Sharma, North American coordinator for the United Nations Millennium Campaign; Matthew Yglesias, fellow of the Center for American Progress and moderated by Mark Leon Goldberg of the global affairs blog, UN Dispatch. [NB. Gayle Smith couldn’t make it. Virginia Simmons of the ONE Campaign spoke in her place.)
Like I said, Candance Moore seems to have completely fabricated her point that this was “a panel to criticize America for taking the world’s food supply.” But don’t just take my word for it. We recorded the discussion! You can see for yourself that Moore is speading mistruths. Watch the video. (You might even learn something about global poverty!)