Friday, July 09, 2010

Media Matters Daily Summary 07-09-10

"Premier business newspaper" confuses "revenue" and "taxable income" to overstate scope of Superfund tax
The Wall Street Journal editorial board falsely claimed that the Superfund tax on oil and chemical companies would target businesses "with over $2 million in revenue." In fact, the tax would be applied to "the amount of a corporation's modified alternative minimum taxable income that exceeds $2 million," which is a measure of a corporation's profits, not revenue. Read More

Wash. Times pushes slew of tired smears in attack on Kagan and Obama administration
In a July 8 editorial, The Washington Times falsely suggested that Elena Kagan convinced the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) to change its position on so-called "partial-birth abortion," when in fact, ACOG's position on legislation banning the procedure was consistent. Moreover, the Times rehashed false attacks on President Obama and Obama officials to smear the administration as having a "culture of death." Read More

Whelan revives myth that Kagan ditched constitutional duty in DOMA case
After a judge in Massachusetts ruled against a federal ban on gay marriage, National Review Online's Ed Whelan revived the falsehood that Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan abandoned her constitutional duty as solicitor general and "succeeded in sabotaging the Defense of Marriage Act that she was dutybound to defend." Read More

Fund won't let go of outdated lawsuit in smear of Obama DOJ
John Fund continues to promote an outdated lawsuit connected to the Bush-era politicization of the Justice Department to smear the Obama Justice Department as hostile to enforcing voting laws, which he called "outrageous" and "suspiciously like the Black Panther case." But the Justice Department moved to dismiss the case due to outdated evidence. Read More

Legal experts -- including Fox's Napolitano -- dispute Fox's analysis that AZ lawsuit is "baseless"
On Fox & Friends, senior legal analyst Peter Johnson, Jr. claimed that the Justice Department's lawsuit against Arizona's controversial illegal immigration law is "baseless," "nonsensical," and "almost laughable." But legal experts -- and even Fox's own Judge Napolitano -- dispute this claim, saying the Arizona law is "un-American" and "unconstitutional." Read More

Right-wing media launch bizarre attack on electric truck company Obama visited
Following President Obama's recent visit to Smith Electric Vehicles (SEV U.S.), right-wing media have criticized the start-up electric truck company, which received stimulus grants in 2009 and 2010. For instance, Fox called the company a "Total Joke" and claimed that SEV U.S. "has not been able to hire any new people in the last year," when in fact, SEV U.S. has hired 50 workers since starting production in October 2009. Read More

"Real food" advocate Limbaugh falsely claims "leftist kooks ... want to ban Chinese food"
Rush Limbaugh attacked the Center for Science in the Public Interest as a "wacko bunch of leftist kooks" who "want to ban Chinese food." In fact, CSPI, which advocates for nutrition, health, and food safety, has lauded Chinese restaurants and labeled most Chinese dishes "healthy." Read More

Meet the conservative U.S. Commission on Civil Rights
Media figures have emphasized the fact that the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights is technically "bipartisan" to hype its investigation of the Justice Department's actions in the New Black Panther Party case. In reality, the commission's chair has acknowledged that conservatives "gam[ed] the system" and packed the panel with conservative activists, and the commission's two Democrats, as well as one Republican, have criticized the investigation. Read More

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