Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Media Matters for America 05-01-12

How Oklahoma's Largest Newspaper Distorts The Facts About Fracking
The Oklahoman
's straight news coverage of the controversial natural gas extraction process of hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") has been slanted in favor of the process under the ownership of energy tycoon Philip Anschutz, who acquired the paper in September 2011. The paper's opinion page has been one-sided -- devoid of voices warning readers about the potential health risks and environmental dangers of loosely regulated fracking activities. Read More
The Truth About The U.S. Corporate Tax Rate The Right-Wing Media Doesn't Want You To Know
Nobel-prize winning economist Paul Krugman rebutted the right-wing talking point claiming the U.S. has the highest corporate tax rate in the world. He's right: Studies have concluded that U.S. rates are similar to other countries, and the Congressional Research Service  has found that a reduction in corporate taxes would have a limited impact on growth. Read More
Fox Uses Misleading Numbers To Attack Obama's Economic Record
Mocking the Obama campaign's "Forward" slogan, Fox News displayed a graphic purporting to show that the economy has worsened under President Obama. But the data in the graphic hide the economic recovery under Obama and ignore the effect of the economic downturn and fiscal policies that started under President Bush. Read More
Obama Derangement Syndrome: The Right Attacks Obama For Visiting Troops In Afghanistan
President Obama today made a surprise visit to Afghanistan to speak with U.S. troops and meet with Afghan President Hamid Karzai to sign a "Strategic Partnership Agreement." The right-wing media have responded by claiming that the visit constitutes an example of Obama "spiking the football" and "celebrating" the death of Osama bin Laden. Read More

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