Monday, February 09, 2009

Media Matters Daily Summary 02-09-09

Drudge-hyped Wash. Times "analysis" cited only Republicans to declare Obama's " 'Doom' talk scored as 'not Presidential' "

A Washington Times "analysis," promoted by the Drudge Report and's The Note, quoted only Republicans to make the claim that President Obama's purported language of "doom" regarding the economy has been deemed "not presidential." Read More

Morris uses boogeyman of nonexistent ACORN funds to solicit funds for GOP group

In a fundraising email "[p]aid for by The National Republican Trust PAC," Dick Morris claimed that "the Democrats want to give almost $5 billion to groups like ACORN" in the recovery bill. In fact, the bill does not mention ACORN or otherwise single it out for funding; ACORN itself has said that it is ineligible for the funds and has no plans to apply for them. Read More

Wash. Post uncritically quoted Steele's false claim that government "has never created one job"

The Washington Post uncritically reported RNC chairman Michael Steele's statement that "government -- federal, state or local -- has never created one job." In fact, about 15 percent of the labor force is employed by federal, state, or local government, and Steele himself has acknowledged that funds included in the recovery bill for school construction will create jobs "[f]or a short term, yes. It's a construction job." Read More

Media quote GOP senators attacking stimulus as not "targeted" or "temporary" without noting support for bill that was neither

Several news outlets have uncritically quoted Republican senators criticizing the economic recovery plan supported by Senate Democrats as not being "timely, targeted and temporary" but did not point out that those Republicans voted in support of a proposed amendment by Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) that would replace the stimulus bill entirely with permanent tax cuts, some of which DeMint referred to as "broad based." Read More

Wash. Post car columnist falsely claimed "no gasoline" has been "saved" as a result of CAFE standards

In a Washington Post column, Warren Brown claimed that "there has been no gasoline saved in response to ... the various iterations of federal Corporate Average Fuel Economy [CAFE] rules." However, a 2007 Government Accountability Office report stated: "According to estimates by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) and other experts we consulted, the CAFE program has helped save billions of barrels of oil and could continue to do so in the future." Read More

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