Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Media Matters Daily Summary 03-03-10

O'Reilly falsely suggests "totalitarian" liberals are trying to overturn "270 years" of SCOTUS gun control precedent
After attacking liberal "totalitarians" for supporting a federal appellate court's ruling that the Second Amendment does not apply to state and local governments, Bill O'Reilly falsely suggested that "270 years" of Supreme Court precedent supports his position. In fact, the appellate court - including two conservative Reagan nominees - cited Supreme Court precedents dating to 1876 in their opinion. Read More

Fox News, right-wing blogs attack Obama's embrace of GOP health care ideas as a "gimmick"
After previously falsely claiming that Democrats did not include GOP ideas in the health care bill, Fox News and right-wing blogs are now attacking President Obama's plan to consider four GOP ideas as part of a new health care proposal as a "gimmick." They have also seized on a Republican congressman's claim that "Snooki" from MTV's reality show Jersey Shore has "more substance" than Obama's offer to consider the GOP proposals. Read More

Fox & Friends falsely claimed Hoyer supports raising the top tax rate to 70%
On March 3, Fox & Friends distorted a Hill article on House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer's recent comments about deficit reduction to repeatedly falsely claim that "some Democrats want you to hand over 70 percent of everything you make." In fact, Hoyer and the Hill article they cited said no such thing. Read More

How did media cover GOP's 2003 use of reconciliation? They didn't
For weeks, the news media have been obsessed with the question of whether congressional Democrats would use a legislative mechanism known as "reconciliation" to pass changes to the health care reform legislation that passed the Senate in late December. Read More

Quick Fact: Quinn falsely suggests that no one believes that "the last 10 years were the hottest 10 years on record"
In a segment attacking former Vice President Al Gore as the "the Bernie Madoff of carbon," right-wing radio host Jim Quinn falsely suggested that no one believes that "the last 10 years were the hottest 10 years on record." In fact, scientific organizations have determined that the decade from 2000-2009 was the hottest on record. Read More

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