Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Media Matters Daily Summary 08-23-11

CBS' Mark Knoller Whitewashes Bush From 2009 Deficit
CBS News White House correspondent Mark Knoller whitewashed former President Bush's role in creating $1.2 trillion in deficit for the 2009 fiscal year, instead blaming President Obama for every penny of debt increase since "the day Mr. Obama took office." But the Congressional Budget Office had already projected $1.2 trillion in deficit before Obama took office, based entirely on Bush's actions and economic conditions. Read More

Fox Won't Let Facts Stop Its S&P Conspiracy Theories
Fox & Friends pushed a baseless theory that the Obama administration is "bullying" Standard & Poor's (S&P) and getting "revenge" over its downgrade of U.S. credit by "pushing" S&P president Deven Sharma "out the door" and conducting an investigation into S&P's ratings of mortgage-backed securities. But Sharma has been planning his departure since at least the end of 2010, and the Financial Times reported that his resignation is "unrelated to the downgrade"; further, the Department of Justice investigation is related to S&P's role in the financial crisis and began before S&P issued its downgrade. Read More

Glenn Beck Brings His Anti-Gay Friends To Israel Rally
Glenn Beck's "Restoring Courage" rally in Israel features religious figures who espouse anti-gay bigotry. Read More

Fox Mangles Facts To Attack Nevada Stimulus Grant
A FoxNews.com article stated that a stimulus grant in Nevada of $490,000 created only 1.72 jobs, but according to the Nevada Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, only $213,682.77 of the stimulus grant money has been received. Additionally, FoxNews.com's own article explains that the money is helping to pay the salaries of individuals already employed by the Nevada Division of Forestry, as well as a variety of public-works projects. Read More

Psst ... Bolling ... "Class Warfare" Is "Emanating" Out Of Fox News
Fox News host Eric Bolling claimed that "class warfare" is "emanating out of the White House." In fact, it is Fox that has repeatedly engaged in "class warfare." Read More

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