Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Media Matters Daily Summary 06-20-12

Hannity Hosts Romney For A Parade Of Falsehoods
In an interview aired on his Fox News show, Sean Hannity failed to correct Mitt Romney for repeating a string of long-debunked conservative falsehoods. Read More

To Hannity, Ann Romney Is Off Limits, But Michelle Obama Is Fair Game
Fox News host Sean Hannity hypocritically lashed out at MSNBC for comments critical of Ann Romney, claiming NBC's "news brand deteriorate[d] with this attack." But Hannity has repeatedly attacked First Lady Michelle Obama on everything from policy, to her clothing, to her views on race issues. Read More

Right-Wing Media Push Myth That Immigration Eliminates American Jobs
Right-wing media are reacting to the Obama administration's decision to allow some young undocumented immigrants to stay and work in America by suggesting immigration takes jobs away from American workers. In fact, economists agree that more immigration does not take away jobs from Americans and is a net plus for the economy. Read More

Fox Covers Up GOP Obstruction Of The DREAM Act
After President Obama announced that the U.S. will stop deporting certain young immigrants, Fox News figures have accused President Obama of undercutting Republican Sen. Marco Rubio's attempt to pass legislation reportedly similar to the DREAM Act. In fact, Obama and Democrats attempted to pass the DREAM Act in 2010, before being blocked by Senate Republicans. Read More

Fox's Attempt To Scandalize Routine Use Of Executive Privilege Shows Contempt For Reality
Following the Obama administration's assertion of executive privilege over some documents related to the ATF's Operation Fast and Furious, Fox News has rushed to label the move improper, or evidence that President Obama himself lied about involvement with the failed operation. In fact, the documents in question deal with the administration's response to the operation after it became public, an area with which the administration has previously acknowledged the White House participated, and such claims of executive privilege are well in line with historical precedent. Read More

Right-Wing Media Misleadingly Cite Cost Projection To Attack Food Stamp Program
Right-wing media have once again attacked the federal food stamp program, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), this time by misleadingly citing a projection that the program will cost $770 billion over the next decade. In fact, the Congressional Budget Office estimates that both food stamp enrollment and costs will decline during that period as the economy improves. Read More

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