Friday, October 22, 2010

Media Matters Daily Summary 10-22-10

Beck's attack on Tea Party racism report: all smears, no substance
Glenn Beck launched into a series of ad hominem attacks against the authors of a study that highlighted national Tea Party organizations' ties to racism and nativism. At no point did Beck refute -- or address in any way -- any of the actual findings in the report. Read More

Economists agree: Legislation Reid led to passage prevented economic collapse
Right-wing media have mocked Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid for saying that "But for me, we'd be in a worldwide depression." In fact, economists have credited legislation that passed the Senate under Reid's leadership for averting a far deeper economic collapse. Read More

Fox uses Juan Williams as excuse to continue its longstanding campaign against NPR
Fox News figures have seized on NPR's decision to terminate Juan Williams' contract following controversial comments he made about Muslims on Fox News, and are using the story to continue their war on NPR and call for its defunding. Fox News figures, particularly Bill O'Reilly, have long crusaded against NPR. Read More

Conspiracy: Conservative media link Beck's "spooky dude" Soros to Williams firing
Since NPR terminated Juan Williams' contract, numerous conservative media figures, led by Fox News hosts, have suggested -- citing no evidence whatsoever -- that the firing is related to a recent $1.8 million donation to NPR from Open Society Foundations, a philanthropy started by George Soros. Read More

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