Thursday, August 18, 2011

Media Matters Daily Summary 08-18-11

Fox News Creates A "Stimulus Failure" Out Of Thin Air
Fox News repeatedly claimed that Massachusetts-based Evergreen Solar, which recently filed for bankruptcy and moved production to China, received federal stimulus funds. In fact, the company did not, and analysts say the solar industry in China has boomed largely because of massive government subsidies and a more comprehensive and stable policy framework. Read More

Right-Wing Media Distort Study To Blame Obama For Poverty
Fox Nation, The Drudge Report, and Rush Limbaugh all mischaracterized a new study showing an increase in child poverty, blaming President Obama for the increase, despite the fact that George W. Bush was president during almost the entire period covered by the study. Limbaugh went on to falsely claim that food stamps are ineffective. Read More

Rush Limbaugh's "Media Tweak": His Empty Excuse For Everything
When Rush Limbaugh is criticized for making offensive statements, he frequently defends himself by claiming that what he said was a "media tweak" -- a comment intended to draw attention from the media. But when Limbaugh suggests that a comment was designed to draw attention, it does nothing to explain the substance of the statement itself. Read More

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