Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Media Matters Daily Summary 03-26-08

Brewer uncritically reported that Reagan "says she typically waits until after the GOP convention to announce her support"
After noting former first lady Nancy Reagan's endorsement of Sen. John McCain, MSNBC's Contessa Brewer uncritically reported, "Mrs. Reagan says she typically waits until after the GOP convention to announce her support but says it's clear the Republican Party has chosen its nominee." However, Reagan endorsed George W. Bush well before the convention in 2000. Read More

O'Reilly: Media Matters is an "awful, despicable ... outfit," "fascists" who espouse "anti-Americanism"
During the March 25 edition of his Fox News program, Bill O'Reilly called Media Matters for America an "awful, despicable ... outfit," and said: "[T]alk about anti-Americanism. I mean, these Media Matters ... these are fascists. They're dishonest people." O'Reilly made the comments in the context of discussing a March 25 article in the American Prospect by Media Matters senior fellow Paul Waldman concerning the controversy over statements by Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright, Sen. Barack Obama's recently retired pastor. Read More

GOP strategist Tantaros falsely claimed Al Gore "said ... he invented the Internet"
On Fox News, Republican strategist Andrea Tantaros repeated a long-debunked media falsehood, asserting, "[W]e saw with Al Gore -- he said, you know, he invented the Internet." But Gore did not say he "invented the Internet"; in an interview on CNN, he said: "During my service in the United States Congress, I took the initiative in creating the Internet." Read More

Claiming McCain "is running as the most fiscally conservative" candidate, LA Times cited one bill, which Clinton also opposed
A Los Angeles Times article asserted that Sen. John McCain "is running as the most fiscally conservative" presidential candidate, and specifically cited in support only McCain's "critici[sm] [of] the Medicare prescription benefit when it was created in 2003, saying that Congress and President Bush failed to provide for the long-term cost." But Sen. Hillary Clinton also opposed the bill the Times cited, saying the legislation would "start an insurance cost death spiral that will unravel Medicare's financing." Read More

MSNBC's O'Donnell falsely claimed McCain "called for Don Rumsfeld's resignation"
On MSNBC, Norah O'Donnell falsely claimed that Sen. John McCain "called for [former Defense Secretary] Don Rumsfeld's resignation." In fact, McCain did not call for Rumsfeld to resign; he said the decision about whether Rumsfeld should leave was the president's. Read More

CNN re-airs smear video, no mention of McCain campaign's attacks on Obama patriotism
Reporting on a YouTube video that CNN's Wolf Blitzer described as portraying Sen. Barack Obama and his wife as "America-hating racists," correspondent Carol Costello quoted, without challenge, a Republican National Committee official saying attacks on Obama's patriotism "do[n't] come from us." Costello did not note that Sen. John McCain's campaign has suspended one staffer for circulating the video and that the campaign also reportedly said it was "an error" when it sent out a Wall Street Journal op-ed attacking Obama's minister. Read More

Politico's Mike Allen again promotes myth of McCain as straight-talker, who "resist[s] pandering"
Politico's Mike Allen wrote, "It looks like Senator [John] McCain will resist pandering when he speaks later today on the housing crisis." Allen cited prepared remarks in which McCain said: "Let's start with some straight talk. I will not play election year politics with the housing crisis," and claimed that he has "always been committed to the principle that it is not the duty of government to bail out and reward those who act irresponsibly, whether they are big banks or small borrowers." But Allen has yet to note that McCain said he does not think the Federal Reserve acted improperly by extending a $30 billion line of credit to facilitate the acquisition of the near-bankrupt investment bank Bear Stearns by JP Morgan Chase. Read More

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