Thursday, September 29, 2011

Media Matters Daily Summary 09-29-11

"Communist-Trained" Obama's "Massive" "Conspiracy": Extremist NRA Goes Over The Edge
Over the past two weeks, leaders of the National Rifle Association have embarked on a campaign of extremist rhetoric and wild conspiracies. They have called federal law enforcement agents "jack-booted thugs," referred to President Obama as "Communist-trained," and described a "massive Obama conspiracy" in which the administration plans to push for the repeal of the Second Amendment. The organization has also pushed a radical legislative agenda during that period, calling for a national concealed carry reciprocity bill that law enforcement groups call "dangerous" and pushing for concealed firearms on college campuses. Read More

Fox Not Letting Facts Disrupt Its Obama-Bullied-Ford Narrative
Fox has repeatedly suggested that the White House pressured Ford into pulling an ad featuring a Ford driver who was critical of the auto-industry bailouts. Fox has continued promoting the story despite the fact that both Ford and the White House have denied the allegation. Read More

Right-Wing Media Play With Numbers, Claim DOE Loan Guarantees Will Cost "$23 Million Per Job"
An Investor's Business Daily article claimed that nine Department of Energy loan guarantees are going create jobs at a cost of $23 million per job, and the right-wing media have run with that claim. However, this figure assumes that all the loans will default and that the government will have to cover every penny of their cost. Economists have called these types of calculations "bogus" and "bad math." Read More

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