Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Media Matters Daily Summary 02-23-11

UPDATED: Fox Reverses Poll Results To Falsely Claim Most Americans Favor Ending Collective Bargaining
On Fox & Friends, co-host Brian Kilmeade claimed, along with an on-screen graphic, that a recent USA Today/Gallup poll found that "61 percent" of Americans are in favor of taking away collective bargaining rights from public unions. In fact, Fox aired the results of the poll completely backward: the Gallup poll found that 61 percent of Americans are opposed to taking away collective bargaining rights. Read More

Fox & Friends Pushes Health Care Misinformation Using Case Of Canadian Baby
Fox & Friends repeatedly used the tragic story of a 1-year old Canadian baby in a permanent coma to advance its health care reform misinformation, falsely claiming that the Canadian hospital is the cause of the infant's impending death, and fearmongering about a potential similar situation in America. In fact, the hospital is in no way the cause of the baby's coma or death, and comparisons between the health care law and the Canadian system are baseless. Read More

Limbaugh, Beck Leave Out Context On Test Scores To Smear Wisconsin Teachers
Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh have both misled listeners about Wisconsin students' performance on national reading tests in order to smear union teachers. In fact, Wisconsin public school eighth-graders' reading test scores surpass national averages. Read More

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