Friday, June 03, 2011

Media Matters Daily Summary 06-03-11

Work Of Moody's Economist Contradicts Napolitano's Interpretation Of Moody's Statement
Fox Business host Andrew Napolitano claimed that a statement from Moody's Investors Service that it may downgrade the U.S. credit rating if the debt ceiling isn't raised "signals" that "stimulus packages have not worked." However, Moody's economist Mark Zandi has credited the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act with raising the GDP and lowering unemployment. Read More

Fox Obfuscates The Fact That A Majority Detained By ICE Program Are Nonviolent Immigrants
During Fox News' coverage of Secure Communities, a deportation program begun under the Bush administration, Fox pushed the idea that opting out of the program would create "sanctuary states" for dangerous undocumented immigrants. In fact, a large proportion of individuals who are detained and deported by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement carry only misdemeanors and minor infractions or have no criminal conviction or background. Read More

National Review's Lowry Baselessly Calls Figures On Planned Parenthood Services "Fake And Bogus"
Discussing recent legislation in Indiana to bar Planned Parenthood from receiving Medicaid funds, National Review editor Rich Lowry dismissed statistics about Planned Parenthood's services as "fake and bogus," baselessly asserting that abortion is "a huge part of its business." In fact, abortion accounts for only 3 percent of Planned Parenthood's total services and only 15 percent of total revenue. Read More

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