Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Media Matters Daily Summary 02-17-10

NY Post falsely accused Obama of "reversing course" on Iranian Revolutionary Guard
A New York Post editorial stated that after opposing a 2007 Senate amendment designating the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) a terrorist organization, Obama "revers[ed] course," and that "[n]ow Team Obama is decrying the Guard." However, Obama consistently supported designating the Iranian Revolutionary Guard a terrorist organization, having previously co-sponsored a bill in 2007 to do so. Read More

James O'Keefe and the myth of the ACORN pimp
Last September, when the ACORN scandal that his website helped launch was breaking in the press, Andrew Breitbart wrote a column for The Washington Times detailing the rollout of the undercover, right-wing gotcha. He recalled a 2009 meeting with "filmmaker and provocateur James O'Keefe" that took place in Breitbart's office in June. It was there that O'Keefe played the columnist the surreptitiously recorded videos he'd made with his sidekick, Hannah Giles, and which captured the two famously getting advice from ACORN workers on how prostitutes could skirt tax laws. Read More

Wash. Post adds to its stable of former Republican staffers
With the recently announced hire of former Bush speechwriter Marc Thiessen, The Washington Post now employs four national political columnists who have previously worked for Republican administrations, but only one who has worked for a Democratic administration. The addition of Thiessen, who originated the dubious claim that waterboarding Khalid Shaikh Mohammed "stopped an attack on the Library Tower in Los Angeles," continues to move the Post's editorial page to the right, filling it with prowar and pro-torture views. Read More

Quick Fact: Wash. Times blog repeats climate change myths to attack Gore
A February 15 post on Washington Times' Water Cooler blog, which was later highlighted by The Fox Nation, attacked Al Gore for "sticking to his guns" on climate change "[i]n the midst of heavy snow fall all over the United States and a recent admission from global warming advocate Phil Jones that there has been no warming since 1995." The Times also repeated the smear that apparently stolen emails from East Anglia University show that "scientists were covering up climate science." Read More

WaPo adds Thiessen to its op-ed line-up despite his history of false, dubious, and outrageous claims
In light of The Washington Post's decision to hire former Bush speechwriter Marc Thiessen as a weekly columnist, Media Matters for America has documented several false, dubious, or outrageous claims Thiessen has made about national security and terrorism. In addition, Thiessen has repeatedly baselessly attacked the Obama administration over its handling of national security and terrorism. Read More

On anniversary of bill's passage, Fox & Friends repeatedly attacked and misinformed about stimulus
On the one-year anniversary of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Fox & Friends purported to analyze the results of the bill and repeatedly shed doubt on the impact of the stimulus on the employment situation. But Fox & Friends ignored independent analyses of the stimulus, including those conducted by Moody's and the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, that said the measure raised employment by 1 to 2.4 million jobs by the end of 2009.
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Fox Nation uses "derogatory, even racist" term "anchor babies"
The Fox Nation linked to an article reporting on how "Republican lawmakers in Congress are sponsoring a bill that seeks to abolish birthright citizenship for children born in the United States to illegal immigrant parents" using the headline, "GOP Targets 'Anchor Babies.'" Several media outlets have identified the term "anchor babies" as, in the words of the Rocky Mountain News, "derogatory, even racist, because it implies that Hispanics are having children as a way to stay in the U.S." Read More

McCaughey misinforms about health reform to deter GOP from attending health summit
Serial health care reform misinformer Betsy McCaughey falsely claimed that, under the Senate health care reform bill, "for the first time in history, government officials are given power over how doctors treat privately insured patients." In fact, through criminal law -- including the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act -- federal drug laws, and other methods, states and the federal government currently regulate the relationship between doctors and patients, privately insured or not. Read More

Maddow calls out Beck for falsely claiming that "nobody's saying" the D.C. snowstorm disproves climate change
On her February 12 program, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow responded to Glenn Beck's claim that "nobody's saying" the Washington, D.C. snowstorm disproves climate change by noting that Beck himself previously forwarded such a suggestion. In response, Beck accused Maddow of selectively editing his remarks -- by airing a clip of her show, but editing out the portion where she aired his own comments in which he used the Washington, D.C. snowstorm to cast doubt on climate change science. Read More

Quick Fact: Beck advances myth that stimulus bill is not working
Glenn Beck advanced the conservative myth that no jobs have been created under the stimulus and baselessly claimed that its "intent to restore the economy ... [is] not working either." In fact, independent analyses of the stimulus, including those conducted by Moody's and the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, have estimated that the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) increased employment by as many as 2.4 million jobs by the end of 2009 and added to real GDP growth in the second, third, and fourth quarters of 2009. Read More

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