Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Media Matters Daily Summary 09-14-11

Right-Wing Media Use Poverty Increase To Renew Charge That Poor Don't Have It So Bad
Conservative media are using the announcement that poverty increased to return to their allegation that the poor in America don't have it so bad because they own appliances. In fact, poverty affects Americans in profound ways, such as their health, education, and housing. Read More

"Ponzi! Ponzi! Ponzi!" Right-Wing Media Dig In On Social Security Lie
Right-wing media have continued to claim that Social Security is a "Ponzi scheme." However, experts say that people who make this claim "are very wrong." Read More

After Years Of Smearing Obama, Right-Wing Media Mock Obama For Anti-Smear Site
Right-wing media are mocking the Obama campaign's launch of a site called Attack Watch to fight smears against the president. Yet right-wing media have relentlessly pushed many smears about the president -- during and since the 2008 campaign -- including pushing the claim that he was not born in the United States, claiming he was educated in a madrassa, attacking his faith, and claiming the administration committed federal crimes. Read More

Fox's Attack On Regulations Relies On Widely Discredited Cost Estimate
As part of a weeklong series helping to push an anti-regulatory agenda, Fox News is citing a discredited estimate that regulations cost businesses on average $161,000 each year. The estimate, which comes from a report prepared by outside researchers for the Small Business Administration, has been criticized for using a flawed research design, cherry-picking the highest cost estimates, and relying on "crude" data. Read More

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