Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Media Matters Daily Summary 11-01-11

Fox Furthers Anti-Immigrant Agenda By Lobbing Softballs To AZ Gov. Brewer
Fox News has provided Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer with softball interviews to promote her book, including calling her a "strong hero" for "many Americans." Fox's promotion of Brewer falls in line with its history of promoting anti-immigrant legislation -- such as the controversial law Brewer signed in Arizona -- and hosting mostly anti-immigrant guests to discuss immigration issues. Read More

Paul Babeu Is Just The Latest Fox Candidate
Sheriff Paul Babeu of Pinal County, Arizona, a prominent anti-immigration advocate who recently formed an exploratory committee to consider a run for Congress, is a frequent guest on Fox News, and has used his platform to promote and fundraise for his potential congressional bid. Babeu is just the latest in a long line of Republican candidates that Fox News has enthusiastically promoted. Read More

Right-Wing Media Defend Herman Cain With Race-Baiting
Responding to a report that Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain allegedly engaged in "sexually suggestive behavior" in the 1990s, right-wing media figures have turned to race-baiting, arguing that Cain is being targeted because he is a "black conservative" and that he is the victim of a "high-tech lynching." Read More

Rove Misses Security Experts' Assessments Of Climate Change
On Fox News, Karl Rove criticized President Obama for elevating climate change as a national security concern. However, national security experts have long warned that climate change will exacerbate existing tensions within and between nations, and the U.S. military became concerned about the issue before the Obama administration. Read More

Fox Disappeared Bush-Era Gunwalking
Fox News correspondent William La Jeunesse falsely suggested that the ATF's Operation Wide Receiver occurred at "about the same time" as Operation Fast and Furious, in which ATF agents allowed guns to "walk" to Mexico in an attempt to build a case against a Mexican cartel. In so doing, La Jeunesse left out the fact that Wide Receiver, which used similar tactics, occurred during the Bush administration. Read More

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