Friday, July 08, 2011

Media Matters Daily Summary 07-08-11

Wash. Times Op-Ed Denies Health Benefits Of Clean Air Controls
Steve Milloy claimed in a Washington Times op-ed that air pollution from power plants is "not causing air-quality or public-health problems" and that EPA's clean air regulations "will bring no health or environmental benefits." However, health experts disagree with Milloy, who previously downplayed the dangers of secondhand smoke while taking money from the tobacco industry. Read More

Fox Still Attacking CA LGBT History Bill
On Fox & Friends, guest co-host Eric Bolling hosted Larry Schweikart to attack a bill recently passed in California that would require schools to teach about the contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Americans; during the segment, Schweikart compared the gay community to the "association for polygamists." This follows Fox's repeated attacks on the bill and smears about gay Americans. Read More

Fox News Baselessly Claims Stimulus Funds Went To ATF's Operation Fast And Furious
Fox News is baselessly reporting that funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 went to Operation Fast and Furious, a controversial initiative of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) operation Project Gunrunner in which agents knowingly allowed guns to be trafficked across the border to Mexico in order to identify other members of a trafficking network. In fact, stimulus funds earmarked for Project Gunrunner were not distributed in Arizona, where a GOP report indicates Fast and Furious took place. Read More

Fox "Straight News" "Save[s] The Economy" With Right-Wing Talking Points
In a series of segments called 10 Ways to Save the Economy, Fox News' Special Report with Bret Baier promoted conservative talking points on the financial crisis, stimulus package, estate tax, and deregulation. The segments also frequently echoed the viewpoint of Fox News' conservative opinion programming. None of the ten segments advocated measures favored by progressives to help the economy. Read More

Limbaugh Ushers Listeners Into Fantasyland On Debt-Ceiling Risks
Rush Limbaugh has falsely suggested that there would be no adverse consequences for failing to raise the federal government's debt ceiling, claiming that because the government takes in enough revenue to pay interest on the debt, there is no danger of default. But experts say that if the government failed to pay many of its other bills, it would create economic chaos and could result in rising interest rates. Read More

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