Monday, March 09, 2009

Media Matters Daily Summary 03-09-09

Fox & Friends' Carlson, AP advance earmark promise falsehood
Echoing a falsehood advanced by numerous media figures, Fox News' Gretchen Carlson falsely claimed that President Obama "pledged that he was going to get rid of all these earmarks." Additionally, an AP article reported that the "$410 billion spending bill includes the kinds of lawmakers' pet projects that Obama pledged as a candidate to eliminate." In fact, Obama actually promised to reform the earmark process and cut wasteful spending. Read More

Host of Fox's media analysis show claimed "[w]e don't have any idea" what Biden said to AFL-CIO, but transcript is available
Jon Scott, host of Fox News' weekly media analysis program, Fox News Watch, claimed that Vice President Joe Biden's appearance at the AFL-CIO executive council meeting was "closed to the press," adding, "We don't have any idea what he said there." In fact, the White House released a transcript of Biden's AFL-CIO speech, and "a pool of print reporters" reportedly covered the speech at the request of the White House. Read More

USA Today attributes claims of E-Verify errors to interest groups, but government reports support criticism
USA Today attributed the claim that federal databases used by the E-Verify program are "riddled with errors that could result in millions of workers being wrongly identified as not authorized for work" to "business groups and immigrant advocacy groups." In fact, federal government reports also state that E-Verify databases contain errors. Read More

Scarborough mischaracterizes Obama proposal as "nationaliz[ing] health care"
On Morning Joe, Joe Scarborough mischaracterized President Obama's proposal for health care reform, claiming that Obama has "cho[sen] this time to nationalize health care." In fact, as noted, Obama's health care reform proposal "leaves in place the private health care system" and "is very different from some European-style health systems where the government owns health clinics and employs doctors." Read More

USA Today, Politico repeated their previous falsehood that a secret ballot is currently required to form a union
A USA Today blog and the Politico both repeated the false suggestion that a National Labor Relations Board election is currently required before obtaining union representation. In fact, current law already allows a union that shows it has the support of a majority of workers to represent the workers if their employer voluntarily agrees to recognize the union. Read More

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