Thursday, July 08, 2010

Media Matters Daily Summary 07-08-10

Fox's Angle baselessly suggested Berwick wants "bureaucrats" to make end-of-life care decisions
Fox News' Jim Angle baselessly suggested that Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) administrator Dr. Donald Berwick wants "government bureaucrats" to make end-of-life care decisions instead of patients. In fact, Berwick has urged doctors to work with patients and families to make those decisions. Read More

Quick Fact: Doocy falsely claimed Kagan "barred military recruiters" from Harvard Law
Steve Doocy twice falsely claimed that Elena Kagan "barred military recruiters from the Harvard campus." In fact, Kagan consistently followed the law; Harvard students had access to military recruiters during her entire tenure as dean; and Harvard's data show that her actions did not adversely affect military recruitment. Read More

After extensive reporting on "Climategate," Special Report ignores Penn State scientist's exoneration
After reporting extensively on the "Climategate" controversy, Fox News' Special Report has not mentioned that a Penn State scientist named as part of the "Climategate" "scandal" has been exonerated by an investigation into the matter. Further, Special Report offered a misleading report on a Dutch study that found that a U.N. panel's report on climate change contained "no significant errors" in its conclusions. Read More

Adams cites outdated and controversial lawsuit to smear Obama DOJ
J. Christian Adams claimed the Justice Department's decision to dismiss a voter registration lawsuit against Missouri demonstrates the Obama administration's "record" of hostility to voting laws. In fact, the highly controversial Bush-era case has been connected to the politicization of the Justice Department and the U.S. attorneys scandal, and was dismissed due to outdated evidence. Read More

Beck distorts Berwick comment to claim appointment vindicates his fearmongering over rationing
Glenn Beck claimed that a quote from Obama appointee Donald Berwick "confirms everything" Beck and Fox News had said about how health care reform would result in rationing. In fact, Beck deceptively edited Berwick's comments to remove Berwick's accurate statement that the U.S. health care system already rations. Read More

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