Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Media Matters Daily Summary 06-05-12

Fox Spins Walker's "Worst In The Nation" Jobs Record On Eve Of Recall
In an effort to put a positive spin over Scott Walker's tenure as Wisconsin governor on the eve of his recall election, Fox News repeated questionable jobs numbers released by Walker's administration and pointed to the drop in the state's unemployment rate to prove its case. In fact, data show that there are few things to cheer about regarding Wisconsin's economic situation under Walker. Read More

Breitbart.com's Fool's Errand: Comparing ALEC To NCSL
The right-wing website Breitbart.
com is promising to "shine a light" on the National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL) in the coming days, a campaign that comes as corporate sponsors and lawmakers flee the right-wing American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). Media should be cautioned that any efforts to compare the two organizations is without validity, given their contrasting missions, standards of transparency, degrees of corporate influence, and ideologies. Read More

Right-Wing Media Attack DOJ's Effort To Protect Voting Rights In Wisconsin
Right-wing media have attacked the Department of Justice's decision to send personnel to Milwaukee to monitor the Wisconsin recall election for violations of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. But Congress authorized DOJ to monitor elections for violations of citizens' voting rights, and the Bush administration DOJ often exercised this power. Read More

This Is Why People In Wisconsin Don't Like Fox
During a report from Madison, Wisconsin on the recall election of Governor Scott Walker, Fox's Neil Cavuto said to Fox Business' Don Imus that "some people don't like" Fox, adding: "I don't know why." Of course, people in Wisconsin have ample reason not to like Fox; the network has pushed a litany of falsehoods and distortions while covering both the Wisconsin recall effort and the state's pro-labor protests. Read More

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