Friday, October 14, 2011

Media Matters Daily Summary 10-14-11

Hannity And Rove Pretend Democrats Killed Obama's Jobs Bill
Sean Hannity and Karl Rove falsely suggested that Senate Democrats stopped President Obama's American Jobs Act. In fact, 41 votes were needed to prevent the bill from advancing, and all 46 Senate Republicans who voted cast their votes against it. Read More

Emily Miller's "Simple Fact" About Tax Rates For Wealthy Isn't So Simple
In an October 13 column, Washington Times opinion editor Emily Miller claimed that "the simple fact is the middle class isn't paying higher tax rates than the wealthy." But a recent Congressional Research Service analysis found that "[a]bout 25 percent of millionaires in the U.S. pay federal taxes at lower effective rates than a significant portion of middle-income taxpayers." Read More

Fox Calls Wall Street Protesters The "Fringe" -- But Majority Of Americans Support Them
Fox News figures have called the Occupy Wall Street protests a "fringe" movement and have spent weeks attacking the protesters. But a new Time magazine poll shows that the protesters are supported by a majority of Americans, and their causes are supported by large majorities of the public -- including, in some cases, by most Republicans. Read More

Krauthammer Pushes Claim That Obama Is Looking For "Excuses" For Economy
In his Washington Post column, Charles Krauthammer claimed that the Obama administration's referencing unforeseen global events to partially explain the ongoing economic downturn was simply the administration's looking for "excuses." But experts agree that global events have hurt the U.S. economy. Read More

Right-Wing Media React To Alleged Assassination Plot: "Bomb Iran Now"
Following the Justice Department's announcement that an alleged plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the United States has been foiled, right-wing media called for the bombing of Iran. Indeed, conservative media figures have repeatedly endorsed military action against Iran and other countries. Read More

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