Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Media Matters Daily Summary 04-12-11

Meet The Fox News Economists
Monday on Glenn Beck, guest host Andrew Napolitano hosted Art Laffer, Steve Moore, and Charles Gasparino to discuss the coming budget and debt limit debates. All three have a history of making inflammatory statements and advancing blatant falsehoods. Read More

Fox Still Pushing Falsehood That Half Of Americans Are "Not Paying Taxes"
Fox & Friends recently cited data from the conservative National Taxpayers Union to claim that half of Americans pay less than 3 percent of all taxes received by the government. In fact, while the bottom 50 percent of wage earners pay little federal income tax, they still pay payroll and sales taxes, and in many cases, state and local taxes as well. Read More

WND Founder Joseph Farah Is Right: WND Publishes Misinformation
WorldNetDaily founder and editor Joseph Farah reportedly wrote in a recent email exchange with Salon's Justin Elliott, "Admittedly, we publish some misinformation by columnists." Indeed, Farah is right: WorldNetDaily columnists -- and reporters -- have published numerous falsehoods and smears as well as some of the most absurd anti-Obama conspiracy theories and falsehoods. Read More

Follow The Leader: Beck's Rhetoric Has Infected Fox News
In the wake of Glenn Beck announcing he will end his Fox News show, Media Matters demonstrates how throughout Beck's tenure at Fox News the false, incendiary, and even violent rhetoric he pushed on his television and radio shows spread throughout the network. Where Beck leads Fox follows ... but who will they follow now? Read More

Right-Wing Media Use Budget Talks To Wage War On Women
Right-wing media responded to budget negotiations and the debate over Planned Parenthood funding by making sexist attacks against women and deriding women's health services as, among other things, "non-vital" and "optional." Read More

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