Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Media Matters Daily Summary 03-22-11

By O'Reilly's Standard, Fox Is A Major Player In The "Industry Of Obama-Bashers"
On his Fox News show, Bill O'Reilly dismissed criticisms of President Obama for filling out an NCAA tournament bracket as "Obama-bashing" and went on to say that there is an "industry of Obama-bashers." Minutes later, Sean Hannity repeatedly attacked Obama over his NCAA bracket, and a procession of Fox hosts and guests have similarly attacked the president. Read More

A History Of Death Panels: A Timeline
In honor of the one year anniversary of the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Media Matters presents a timeline of one of the most disgraceful and pernicious myths about the law--death panels. Read More

Fox Civil War: Beck Reportedly Set To Hire "Notorious" Joel Cheatwood
According to reports, Fox News senior vice president Joel Cheatwood may leave Fox and join Glenn Beck's production company. Cheatwood reportedly has a close relationship with Beck, who he has repeatedly defended publicly. Cheatwood is also considered one of the "most notorious TV execs in the country" because of his tabloidization of television news. Read More

Right-Wing Media Absurdly Claim Obama Is "Essentially Backing Al-Qaeda" With Libya Actions
Following President Obama's announcement that he has authorized "a limited military action in Libya" to "protect Libyan civilians," the right-wing media has absurdly declared that Obama is "essentially backing Al-Qaeda" and is "making the world safe for jihad." Read More

Right-Wing's Libya Kitchen-Sink Attack
The right-wing media is grasping for coherence in its attempts to portray military action in Libya as "Obama's Iraq." Read More

Fox Hypes False Story That Journalists, But Not Fox Personnel, Were Used As Human Shields In Libya
On March 21, Fox News repeatedly claimed that reporters from other U.S. outlets, but not from Fox News, were lured to Muamar Gadhafi's compound in Tripoli and successfully used as human shields. But Fox had to "clarify" the story late that evening when it turned out that someone from Fox News was also at Gadhafi's compound. Read More

Breitbart Website Warns Of "National Security Threat" Of "Terror Babies"
Following the release of a dubious report on "birth tourism" by the Center For Immigration Studies, Andrew Breitbart's website Big Peace highlighted the study's conclusions that hundreds of thousands of women visiting the United States give birth to babies here each year and that some of them are likely "terror babies" who will eventually use their U.S. citizenship to attack the United States in 20 to 30 years. Read More

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