Monday, January 25, 2010

Media Matters Daily Summary 01-25-10

Quick Fact: Fortune's Serwer falsely claimed that Bush is "not doing any speeches for money"
On Morning Joe, Fortune managing editor Andy Serwer claimed that, since leaving office, former President Bush is "not doing any speeches for money. I respect that." However, Bush reportedly earns up to $150,000 per speaking engagement and has reportedly given at least 30 speeches since leaving office. Read More

Hypocrisy: Beck says progressives resort to name-calling, shouting, and accusations of racism
During an event for their Bold Fresh Tour, portions of which aired during the January 25 edition of Fox & Friends, Bill O'Reilly asked Glenn Beck why progressives "want to hurt us," and Beck replied: "If you can't win the argument, you have to shout them down, you have to call them racist, you have to call them names. You have to do whatever it is you have to do." In fact, Beck himself has a history of calling people, including President Obama, "racist," shouting at those who disagree with him, and resorting to calling progressives names like "evil," socialists, communists, and Marxists. Read More

Can the media's climate change deniers ignore the latest temperature record?
This January, major meteorological organizations throughout the world -- including NASA -- released reports showing that the past decade, 2000-2009, was the warmest on record. The reports undermine the right-wing media's numerous claims that recent snow and cold weather shows that climate change does not exist or has slowed over the past 10 years. Read More

Van Susteren devotes show to glowing profile of Brown
The January 22 edition of Fox News' On the Record claimed to offer, in host Greta Van Susteren's words, "the inside story" behind Republican Scott Brown's victory in the Massachusetts special Senate election "from people who know him best." But Van Susteren offered an extremely positive view of Brown, broadcast from the gym at the high school he attended and featuring interviews with Brown and the strategist and chief legal counsel for his campaign, as well as Brown's high school basketball coach and "the man credited with getting Scott Brown to join the National Guard." Read More

Wash. Post still offers a comfortable home for George Will's climate change misinformation
George Will's January 24 Washington Post column continued his long pattern of misconstruing and distorting climate science in order to call into question the overwhelming consensus about human-caused global warming. Although Will has been repeatedly discredited on the issue, the Post continues to allow him to advance falsehoods and has yet to correct his global warming columns, and editorial page editor Fred Hiatt has defended Will. Read More

Why is Fox News hosting Scheuer to comment on bin Laden?
Despite his previous statement that "[t]he only chance we have as a country right now is for Osama bin Laden to deploy and detonate a major weapon in the United States," Fox News turned to Michael Scheuer to discuss a recently released audio message of bin Laden apparently endorsing the failed Christmas Day attempt to bomb a Northwest Airlines flight. Scheuer has also previously suggested that President Obama is guilty of treason and that the Obama administration is "pro-terrorist." Read More

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