Monday, November 14, 2011

Media Matters Daily Summary 11-14-11

Fox Ignores Bipartisan Health, Environmental Concerns To Claim Keystone Decision Was "Political"
Fox News figures have been claiming that the Obama administration's decision to delay the Keystone XL pipeline project puts "politics ahead of jobs for the American people." But Fox failed to report on health and environmental concerns raised by the Keystone project; Fox also failed to report that it was unpopular with officials of both parties and residents of the Nebraskan communities where it would have been located. Read More

WSJ Distorts Osirak Strike Outcome To Justify Pre-Emptive Strike Against Iran's Nuclear Facilities
In a November 11 editorial, The Wall Street Journal claimed that a military strike against Iran's nuclear facilities would indefinitely hamper its ability to build nuclear weapons, based on Israel's strike against Iraq's Osirak reactor in 1981. However, experts contend there is no evidence to suggest the aerial bombardment of the Osirak reactor delayed or deterred the Saddam Hussein regime's subsequent push to develop nuclear weapons. Read More

Cavuto Trumpets Discredited Claim That Repealing Health Care Reform Would Create Jobs
Fox News' Neil Cavuto hosted serial health care misinformer Betsy McCaughey to push the discredited claim that health care reform will kill jobs. In fact, a study from the Urban Institute found that the Affordable Care Act would not noticeably effect employment levels and that it could "boost the economy and employment over time." Read More

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