Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Media Matters Daily Summary 07-07-10

O'Reilly Factor ludicrously blames Obama for not pressing criminal charges in New Black Panthers case
On The O'Reilly Factor, Bill O'Reilly and Fox News legal analysts Lis Wiehl and Kimberly Guilfoyle criticized President Obama's administration for not pursuing criminal charges against members of the New Black Panther Party. In fact, it was the Justice Department under President Bush that decided not to pursue criminal charges in the case. Read More

Quick Fact: Fox falsely claims CBO estimated health care reform would add to deficit
On its July 7 broadcast, Fox & Friends falsely claimed that President Obama's "rhetoric" on health care reform and the deficit didn't match "reality" because, they claimed, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimated that the bill would add $115 billion to the deficit. In fact, CBO found that health care reform would reduce the deficit; the $115 billion figure Fox & Friends referenced is, in fact, discretionary spending that Congress would have to approve separately. Read More

Manufactured scandal: Right wing's phony allegations against the Justice Department
J. Christian Adams' accusations that President Obama's Justice Department engaged in racially charged "corruption" in the New Black Panther Party case do not stand up to the evidence. Adams is a right-wing activist tied to the Bush-era politicization of the Justice Department who has admitted he lacks first-hand knowledge of the events he is discussing, and his claims fall apart given the fact that the Obama DOJ obtained judgment against one defendant, while the Bush DOJ declined to pursue similar allegations in 2006. Read More

Right-wing media smear "African-American Attorney General" as racially biased in trumped-up New Black Panthers case
Right-wing media continued trumpeting completely unsubstantiated allegations that the Department of Justice -- and Attorney General Eric Holder specifically -- dismissed voter-intimidation charges against members of the New Black Panther Party because the defendants were African-American. In fact, Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez testified that the charges were dropped after attorneys at the Civil Rights Division determined that there was insufficient evidence to prosecute the three defendants. Read More

Right-wing media rehash tired attacks on CMS pick Berwick
The right-wing media responded to news that President Obama intends to use a recess appointment to install Donald Berwick as head of the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services about the U.S. and U.K. health care systems and manufactured outrage about recess appointments, which are a common practice. Read More

MacCallum and Fox News "brain room" can't find Bush immigration lawsuit Fox reported on
While criticizing the Justice Department's lawsuit against Arizona over the state's controversial immigration law, Fox "straight news" anchor Martha MacCallum claimed that she and Fox News' "brain room" couldn't find "[a]nother case where the federal government sued a state." However, the Bush administration once sued Illinois, seeking to have an Illinois immigration-related law declared unconstitutional -- a story Fox News covered at the time. Read More

Beck U: Check his credentials before you enroll
Glenn Beck has touted his online Beck University "academic program" as a "unique academic experience bringing together experts in the fields of religion, American history and economics." But Beck's history of bizarre claims, distortions, and downright false statements on a variety of subjects might make a potential student think twice about enrolling at Beck U. Read More

Conservative media use New Black Panthers case as excuse for race-baiting
Right-wing media have seized on an opportunity for race-baiting with the manufactured scandal surrounding J. Christian Adams' accusations that President Obama's Department of Justice engaged in racially charged "corruption" in the New Black Panther Party case. Read More

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