Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Media Matters Daily Summary 04-13-11

REPORT: Fox Gave 88 Seconds To Debunking Of Their New Black Panther Story
In the fifteen days following Megyn Kelly's June 30, 2010, interview hyping the unsubstantiated allegations of right-wing activist J. Christian Adams, six Fox News shows devoted 95 segments and more than eight hours of airtime to the phony New Black Panthers scandal. By contrast, those shows have devoted a total of two segments and 88 seconds to the Justice Department's release of the results of an internal investigation clearing DOJ officials of any wrongdoing or misconduct in that case. Read More

Morris Falsely Claims Obama "Created A Gigantic Deficit"
On Fox & Friends, Fox News contributor Dick Morris falsely claimed that President Obama "created a gigantic deficit" through government spending in order to "justify tax increases" later. In fact, the primary drivers of the deficit are the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the economic downturn, and the tax cuts implemented in the Bush administration. Read More

Fox Vs. Fox: Debt Ceiling Edition
In the past week, Fox hosts have contradicted each other and even themselves in their rush to opine on the upcoming vote to raise the debt ceiling. Economists and experts across the board agree that failure to raise the debt ceiling could have catastrophic consequences. Read More

Beck Continues Neverending Quest To Prove "Death Panels" Really Are "Coming"
Despite hard evidence showing otherwise, Glenn Beck has continued to claim that a "death panel" -- a myth introduced by Sarah Palin during the debate over health care reform in 2009 -- is "coming." Indeed, Beck twice repeated the false claim on his radio show recently, and he has been pushing the myth incessantly since promoting it almost two years ago by saying: "I believe it to be true." Read More

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