Monday, October 17, 2011

Media Matters Daily Summary 10-17-11

1,000 Days Of Right-Wing Media Hoping President Obama Fails
Right-wing media figures are marking today's 1,000th day of the Obama administration by using a 2009 comment by President Obama to reinforce the right-wing talking point that he has failed to improve the economy. This latest right-wing attempt against Obama continues a historic campaign to bring down his administration; however, economic experts agree that the economy would be much worse without Obama administration policies. Read More

Wash. Times Ignores Employer Protection To Attack Jobs Act
In an October 14 editorial, The Washington Times attacked a provision of President Obama's American Jobs Act (AJA) aimed at preventing discrimination against the unemployed, claiming it would expose employers to "frivolous lawsuits if they decide against hiring someone who has been jobless for an extended time." But the Times failed to note that the AJA also protects employers' right to consider "reasons underlying an individual's status as unemployed." Read More

Study Finds Obama Received "Unrelentingly Negative" Media Coverage
Conservative media figures have frequently argued that President Obama has received favorable coverage from a supposedly adoring media, but a new study from Pew finds that "negative assessments of Obama have outweighed positive by a ratio of almost 4-to-1." While some observers (including Media Matters) have in the past questioned the usefulness of similar studies, conservative have cited past Pew reports to portray the rest of the media as biased. Read More

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