Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Media Matters Daily Summary 03-03-09

NY Times ignored other recent example of Republican walking back criticism of Limbaugh, despite Emanuel pointing it out
The New York Times' Adam Nagourney wrote that Michael Steele "apologized to Rush Limbaugh on Monday after describing him ... as an 'entertainer' who made incendiary and sometimes ugly remarks, party officials said." But while Nagourney also noted that "Democrats -- including Rahm Emanuel, the White House chief of staff -- sought to portray Mr. Limbaugh as the new face of the Republican Party," he did not mention that Steele is not the only Republican to recently backpedal after criticizing Limbaugh even though Emanuel referenced another example just two days earlier. Read More

Drudge, Fox News again suggest a few days of cold weather trump climate change science
Following the Drudge Report's lead, Fox News hosts Neil Cavuto, Glenn Beck, and Sean Hannity each suggested that, in Cavuto's words, a "massive snowstorm," which recently hit the East Coast, calls into question the scientific consensus on "global warming." However, climate scientists reject the notion that short-term changes in weather provide any evidence for or against the existence of climate change. Read More

On Twitter, Gingrich falsely claimed "no [oil] spill since 1969" in waters off Santa Barbara
In a Twitter post, Newt Gingrich falsely claimed that there have been no oil spills in the waters off Santa Barbara since 1969. In fact, there were at least two oil spills reported in or near the Santa Barbara Channel in just the last few months, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. Read More

Wash. Post latest to omit Sebelius' Catholic support
A Washington Post article quoted the president of the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute saying of secretary of Health and Human Services nominee Kathleen Sebelius: "That she is a dissident Catholic is a further slap in the face to Catholics and the Catholic Church." But the article did not note that President Obama's selection of Sebelius has received support from Catholics United and numerous other Catholics. Read More

AP omitted that Santelli retreated from claim of White House "threat" when challenged by Lauer
Writing about Rick Santelli's rant against President Obama's proposed foreclosure reduction plan, the AP's David Bauder reported that White House press secretary Robert Gibbs "was quick to criticize Santelli for his comments," and that "Santelli said later he felt he had been threatened by Gibbs" and was "asked about it late last week on NBC's 'Today' show." But Bauder failed to note that during that interview, Today host Matt Lauer told Santelli, "He [Gibbs] wasn't threatening you," and Santelli replied: "Well, listen, I'm not saying threatening." Read More

Was Scarborough listening when Krugman explained why "we can't" fix economy by doing "the things we did in the '80s"?
Joe Scarborough stated that "the average unemployment rate for 1984" was the "same that the unemployment rate is right now" and then added: "[A]nd ... 1975, it was nine [percent]; 1982, it was about 11 percent, and we didn't nationalize everything then and ... we didn't say we're going to put a stimulus bill out there to get people back to work right now and spend money we didn't have." But during a Morning Joe appearance with Scarborough less than a month earlier, Nobel Laureate Paul Krugman explained why "we can't do the things we did in the '80s" to fix the economy. Read More

WSJ uncritically quoted former CEO of scandal-plagued hospital firm attacking Obama on health care
The Wall Street Journal reported that Richard Scott, "the former chief executive of HCA Inc," had formed the non-profit organization Conservatives for Patients' Rights as part of a "lobbying campaign[] to derail or modify" President Obama's health care proposals, but failed to note that Scott resigned from HCA in 1997 amid a federal investigation into the company's Medicare billing, physician recruiting, and home-care practices. HCA eventually pleaded guilty to fraud charges and paid approximately $1.7 billion in fines and penalties. Read More

Politico, Roll Call ignored GOP flip-flops on filibustering judicial nominees
The Politico and Roll Call both reported on a letter sent by Senate Republicans to President Obama stating that if they "are not consulted on, and approve of, a nominee from our states," they would filibuster judicial nominations -- but neither article noted that several of those Republicans previously challenged the constitutionality of filibustering judicial nominees. Read More

MSNBC's Brewer cropped Dow to suggest current decline began on Election Day
On MSNBC Live, Contessa Brewer stated, "Since Election Day, the Dow Jones industrial average has dropped nearly 3,000 points. It's shed a quarter of its value in just the past two months." But the Dow was on a downward trajectory months before the election, dropping 3,738 points from May 2, 2008, to November 3, 2008. Read More

This is "a great leader for conservatives"? Media Matters looks back at some of the worst of Limbaugh
In light of Limbaugh's continued prominence as a major figure among conservatives, Media Matters for America looks back at Limbaugh's history of inflammatory, controversial, and "ugly" remarks. Read More

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