Thursday, July 01, 2010

Media Matters Daily Summary 07-01-10

Varney advances baseless attack that Kagan's Commerce Clause comments are extreme
Fox News' Stuart Varney advanced the baseless claim that Elena Kagan's statement that Congress' power to write laws regulating interstate commerce "has been interpreted broadly" makes her "far-left." In fact, her comments are in accord with an opinion by conservative Justice Antonin Scalia and a 2005 ruling by a majority of the Supreme Court. Read More

Fox inexplicably interprets CBO budget outlook as indictment of health care reform
Both America's Newsroom and On the Record falsely suggested that the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) said the health care reform law worsens the long-term budget outlook. In fact, CBO said that since the law reduces deficits, it slightly improves the budget outlook. Read More

Wash. Times disregards facts to accuse Kagan of "abett[ing] legalized infanticide"
A June 3 Washington Times editorial falsely suggested that Elena Kagan convinced the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) to change their position on so-called "partial-birth abortion". In fact, ACOG's position on legislation banning the procedure was consistent -- that it was unaware of a case in which "partial-birth abortion" was the "only option" for saving a woman's life, but that doctors should be able to determine whether the procedure is the best option to preserve the health of the patient. Read More

Fox confuses "bailout" with "stimulus" and declares the stimulus "didn't work"
Fox News repeatedly attacked President Obama's recent town hall remarks on the stimulus by falsely referring to it as the "bailout" and claiming that it "didn't work." In fact, the "bailout" was first enacted under the Bush administration, and the stimulus has been estimated by both the White House and independent analysts to have increased employment by about 2 million jobs relative to a baseline estimate of what jobs levels would have been without the stimulus. Read More

Hoft falsely claims Kagan lied to the Supreme Court
Jim Hoft falsely claimed that it "[l]ooks like" Elena Kagan "lie[d] to the Supreme Court" in a brief she filed asking the court not to hear the appeal in a case against the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. In fact, the statements from the brief that Hoft highlights are completely truthful. Read More

Will media that advanced "Climategate" smear now report on investigation clearing scientist?
Network and cable news outlets -- led by Fox News -- advanced the right-wing smear, which they dubbed "Climategate," that emails stolen last year showed climate change scientists engaged in wrong-doing, such as, they alleged, "fudging data." Will these media outlets now report on the latest investigation clearing a scientist at the center of the controversy of any wrongdoing in the matter? Read More

"Summer of rage": Obama Derangement Syndrome grips conservative media once again
In recent weeks, conservative media have been consumed by "Obama Derangement Syndrome," accusing President Obama of being insane, of colluding with Russian spies, of trying to create a civil war and implement one world government, among other things, while also claiming that his administration is trying to control everything under the sun, including the Internet and, inexplicably, your toilet. Read More

Limbaugh echoes discredited claims of Obama-Blagojevich scandal
Rush Limbaugh falsely claimed that testimony in the trial of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich shows that President Obama "was right in the middle of selling his own Senate seat." Limbaugh's remarks echo discredited claims that Obama "was far more engaged" with Blagojevich about his Senate seat "than he's let on." Read More

Baier falsely claimed Obama White House "offered something" to Romanoff
Fox News host Bret Baier falsely claimed that the Obama White House "offered something" to Colorado Senate candidate Andrew Romanoff "to get him to step out" of the race. In fact, both Romanoff and the White House have denied that any such offer was made. Read More

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