Saturday, May 28, 2011

Media Matters Daily Summary 05-28-11

GOP Agenda Setting: Fox Strains To Make Debt "Top Issue"
Fox News figures have aggressively pushed the canard that national debt is the number one issue facing America. Yet experts argue that job growth and the economy should be our top priority instead -- a sentiment shared by voters, according to public opinion polls. Read More

Conservative Media Mangle Memo To Attack The NLRB
Conservative media outlets are deriding a memo recently released by the National Labor Relations Board, claiming that it "shows that the board wants to give unions much greater power over employers and their investment and management decisions." In reality, the memo addresses a narrow portion of labor law that requires employers to bargain with unions if labor costs are a factor when businesses decide to relocate. The changes contemplated in the memo would simply "encourage the use of bargaining rather than after-the-fact assessment of whether bargaining might have been successful." Read More

Special Report's Bret Baier Uses Loaded Term "Illegals"
Fox News' Bret Baier, using the word "illegals" to describe undocumented immigrants in the United States, said that a U.S. Supreme Court decision would have the effect of "penalizing businesses for hiring illegals." However, prominent media outlets and journalists' associations have denounced the use of the term "illegals," noting that it "skew[s] the public debate on immigration issues." Read More

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