Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Media Matters Daily Summary 04-29-09

Media Matters looks at 100 days of ...
Looking back at the media's coverage of a broad spectrum of issues since Inauguration Day, Media Matters identified numerous patterns of conservative misinformation. Read More

Wilson says Michelle Obama "was portrayed in some quarters as an angry woman" -- but omits Fox
Fox News' Brian Wilson stated that Michelle Obama "was portrayed in some quarters as an angry woman" and "as some type of radical" during the presidential campaign. But Wilson did not acknowledge that Fox News was among those who portrayed her as "angry" and "radical." Read More

FNC's Napolitano peddles paranoia about "swine flu," Obama's health care plan
Andrew Napolitano baselessly suggested President Obama was moving forward on health care now to take advantage of "fears of an epidemic and a pandemic" concerning the H1N1 virus, and falsely suggested that President Obama's health care proposal is similar to the Canadian and British systems -- models Obama has explicitly rejected. Read More

Fox's Henneberg repeats right-wing myth that hate crimes bill could gag ministers
Molly Henneberg uncritically reported the false claim made by religious groups that the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act would allow individuals or groups to "be prosecuted for their religious beliefs." Read More

Stamp of approval: Media tout Obama polling falsehood
Several media figures and outlets have falsely claimed that President Obama's approval rating is lower than that of most or all recent presidents, according to Gallup. In fact, Gallup itself recently reported that, by two different measures, Obama's approval rating is the second highest of any president since 1969. Read More

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