Monday, March 28, 2011

Media Matters Daily Summary 03-28-11

Fox Pushes False Claim That Gates "Contradicted" Obama On Libya
Fox News has seized on recent comments Secretary of Defense Robert Gates made about U.S. military involvement in Libya to claim that Gates "contradicted" President Obama's statements about the military action in Libya. In fact, Obama has not contradicted Gates' statement that Libya is "not a vital interest" for the U.S., and both agree that the U.S. has an interest in acting there. Read More

WSJ Dubiously Hypes RI Medicaid Waiver As Model For Other States
The Wall Street Journal stated that "[i]f Congress and the White House are serious about reducing the cost of entitlements, they'll grant a Rhode Island-style [Medicaid] waiver to any state that requests one." However, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) has stated that claims touting the Rhode Island waiver as a model for other states "generally do not withstand scrutiny." Read More

Hannity Wages All-Out Campaign To Promote Birther Conspiracy Theory
Sean Hannity has aggressively embraced false claims that President Obama has not produced a copy of his birth certificate. In fact, Obama's campaign released a birth certificate during the 2008 campaign. Read More

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