Friday, April 30, 2010

Media Matters Daily Summary 04-30-10

Fox & Friends distorted Obama's words to claim he's against the "American dream"
Reporting on President Obama's financial reform speech, Fox & Friends repeatedly distorted his remarks to suggest that he is opposed to capitalism and "the American dream." In fact, Obama repeatedly stressed that he "believe[d] in the power of the free market." Read More

Fox trumpets Limbaugh's baseless accusation that Obama has "something" against "cops"
Following the passage of the Arizona immigration bill, Fox News amplified Rush Limbaugh's accusation that President Obama's concern about Arizona's immigration bill leading to racial profiling was taking "a shot ... at the cops" by asking if Obama has "something against cops." In fact, Obama's concerns over the legislation are shared by many law enforcement officials, and many experts and Fox News figures have confirmed that racial profiling is a likely result of the bill. Read More

Media absurdly claim that oil spill is "Obama's Katrina"
Media conservatives have rushed to absurdly compare the Obama administration's response to a catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico to the Bush Administration's botched response after Hurricane Katrina, a hurricane that left more than 1,500 dead. This claim is undermined by a number of facts, including that British Petroleum reportedly led the Obama administration to believe that the spill was much less severe than it actually was. Read More

"Drill, baby, drill": Fox News' environmental catastrophe
In the wake of the catastrophic oil spill currently occurring in the Gulf of Mexico, Media Matters reviews Fox News' fervent advocacy for offshore drilling. Its activism has including promoting Sarah Palin's "drill, baby, drill" mantra and pushing myths suggesting that drilling is environmentally safe. Read More

Oil spill is only the latest crisis media have dubbed "Obama's Katrina"
Media figures have absurdly declared that the Gulf Coast oil spill is "Obama's Katrina" and have compared President Obama's response to the spill with President Bush's botched response to Hurricane Katrina. But this is just the latest in a long line of ridiculous comparisons in which media figures have referred to current events as "Obama's Katrina." Read More

Limbaugh falsely claimed Obama waited eight days to deal with Gulf oil spill
Rush Limbaugh falsely claimed that President Obama "waited eight days" to respond to the Gulf oil spill. In fact, the White House immediately dispatched federal officials and the Coast Guard to work on the response to the spill. Read More

Memo to media: Timeline contradicts "Obama's Katrina" claim
A timeline of events following the catastrophic Gulf of Mexico oil spill belies the absurd media claim that the spill represents "Obama's Katrina." Read More

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