Friday, August 26, 2011

Media Matters Daily Summary 08-26-11

Fox "Gets Conspiratorial" About Warren Buffett's Bank Of America Investment
Fox is baselessly speculating that Warren Buffett conspired to invest in Bank of America as a political favor to President Obama. But the investment follows Buffett's history of investing in banking companies; Buffett told reporters the investment was his idea; and the investment is reportedly a "guaranteed profit" for Buffett. Read More

Fox News: Without Clergy At 9-11 Anniversary It's "A Victory For The Terrorists"
Fox News is up in arms that members of the clergy will not be included in 9-11 memorial ceremonies at ground zero. But the policy is nothing new: it's a continuation of the same practice that has been in place for past memorials. Read More

Right-Wing Media Distort Goolsbee's Accurate Statement On Disasters And Economy
Right-wing media distorted recent comments by former Obama economic adviser Austan Goolsbee by claiming he "blame[d]" the "slowing economy" on the recent East Coast earthquake. In fact, Goolsbee causally mentioned the earthquake at the end of a list of events which experts agree had a negative impact on the economy. Read More

Red State Falsely Claims NLRB Lacks Authority To Issue Rule On Labor Notification
An August 25 Red State post falsely claimed the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) "skirt[ed] Congress" by issuing a recent rule requiring employers to notify employees of their labor rights. In fact, the NLRB has legal authority to issue rules which regulate employers under the National Labor Relations Act. Read More

Will Wash. Times Editor Correct These Egregious Climate Falsehoods?
The new editor of the Washington Times vowed to ensure accuracy at the paper; however, a recent column by the Times' Jeffrey Kuhner contained several significant falsehoods about climate change, which Kuhner claims is "the greatest hoax of our time." Read More

Fox Ran With Completely Baseless Accusation That Immigrants Set AZ Wildfire
In June, Fox News repeatedly promoted the accusation that undocumented immigrants had set the Monument wildfire that was raging in Arizona at the time. However, the Justice Department recently announced that it has charged two U.S. citizens in connection with the state's worst-ever wildfire. Read More

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