Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Media Matters Daily Summary 08-10-10

Beck, Geller push falsehood that Ground Zero "mosque" will open on September 11
Glenn Beck and Pamela Geller advanced the false claim that the New York City Islamic cultural center will open on September 11, 2011. In fact, both the executive director of one of the groups spearheading the project, as well as the Imam involved, have flatly denied that the center is slated to open on September 11. Read More

Beck spins flatly denied rumor into fact to accuse Fannie/Freddie of "intentional destruction of our country"
On Fox & Friends, Glenn Beck falsely suggested that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are changing their lending rules so that they may "lower the mortgage so you don't have to worry about being upside-down," which Beck claimed represents "the intentional destruction of our country." In fact, Beck's suggestion is based on "rumors" that the Obama administration is considering allowing Fannie and Freddie to make this change, and the Treasury Department has flatly denied these "rumors." Read More

Conservative media forecast dark results if Dems retain majority in November
Conservative media figures have used extreme and violent rhetoric to drum up support for the GOP in the midterm elections and have warned of the consequences of continued Democratic majorities in Congress. Read More

Conservatives disappear GOP's Clinton impeachment to bash "corrupt" Democrat-led lame duck session
Conservative media figures have repeatedly claimed or suggested that it would be unprecedented and "corrupt" for Democrats to address "controversial" issues during Congress' lame duck session following the 2010 elections. But in 1998, Republicans impeached President Clinton during such a post-election congressional session. Read More

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