Today Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace used the racially-charged word "illegals" to describe the young undocumented immigrants affected by the Department of Homeland Security's recent change in immigration enforcement policy.
Wallace's comment continues Fox News' pattern of peppering reports on the recent immigration policy change with slurs. On June 15, the day Obama announced the change in immigration enforcement policy, the network repeated the racial slur "illegals" fifteen times and used other slurs as well. Indeed, Fox News has habitually smeared undocumented immigrants with these pejorative terms.
Wallace's slur was also echoed by an on-screen graphic that appeared on the show:
Following the Obama administration's announcement that it will grant certain undocumented immigrants the chance to be exempted from deportation, Fox News claimed President Obama had issued the decision as an executive order, implying he did so to circumvent Congress. In fact, the change is an exercise of prosecutorial discretion that is consistent with the current law and has decades of precedent.
Fox News contributor Star Parker warned today that if congressional Republicans agree to a debt-reduction deal with Democrats that includes tax increases, they "should fear" "the American people" because "they spoke in 2010 that they are taxed enough already."
Parker was addressing remarks by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who said last week that he would support a deficit-reduction plan that would include $1 in tax increases for every $10 in spending cuts. Parker went on to say:
PARKER: The American people, those that support these Republicans, are saying, we've had enough. So, the politicians can continue with the same rhetoric and changing the terminology to enhancement, or whatever else they want to call tax increases. They don't understand the message: We're taxed enough already. And if you notice in the grassroots of America, incumbents are released by people taking seriously what time it is in this country. We are taxed enough already.
Though she purported to give the view of what the American people think about tax increases, her repeated invocation of "taxed enough already" were really a reference to the tea party; "tea" is the acronym for "taxed enough already." This came as no surprise considering Parker has tea party ties.
In reality, Americans support tax increases as part of debt reduction. A CBS News/New York Times poll from April found that a majority of people believe upper-income Americans pay less than their fair share of taxes.
On Sean Hannity's radio show today, Fox contributor Karl Rove said that the Obama campaign will attempt to win the election by "trying to take their wallet and buying it."
Karl Rove, of course, is the co-founder of a large Republican Super PAC. In an interview with Reuters in April, Rove said he intended to spend $300 million through his Super PAC during the 2012 election cycle: [emphasis added]
This year, thanks to the American Crossroads "Super PAC" organization that he co-founded, Rove will have vast resources to fertilize Romney's campaign: a massive wallet, one of the loudest megaphones in conservative media, and close ties to Romney's campaign.
In an interview with Reuters, Rove described his vision for Crossroads, which he founded with his friend Ed Gillespie in 2010. Crossroads - which has received seven-figure donations from several wealthy Republicans - hopes to spend $300 million on this election.
Beyond helping Romney match Democratic President Barack Obama's vast fundraising effort, Rove said he wants Crossroads to be a permanent figure on the political landscape - a big-money, independent group that works in concert with the Republican Party on strategy and involves its most influential donors.
The Metropolitan State College of Denver recently decided to offer a special rate to undocumented students effective this fall -- a rate that is 150 percent of the resident in-state tuition -- provided students meet a series of conditions, including attending for at least three years, and graduating from, a Colorado high school. But Fox's Neil Cavuto, who repeatedly slurred these students as "illegals," and the Daily Caller's Michelle Fields argued that they are being treated better than American students.
Fox News host Neil Cavuto rehashed old myths on his show today to argue against a proposed Democratic bill that would raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10 an hour and require annual increases for inflation. To make his point, Cavuto claimed the higher wage would negatively impact current unemployment levels, saying to Democratic strategist Malia Lazu: "Do you look around at what's going on? Do you look at 8.2% unemployment? ... You think raising the minimum wage is going to bring those rates down? Do you honestly, seriously think that?"
In reality, contrary to Cavuto's claims, there is no evidence that increasing the minimum wage results in higher unemployment.
The Center for Economic and Policy Research found that raising the minimum wage has no "discernible impact" on employment, and in fact, concluded that wage increases are more likely to result in more jobs rather than less:
The results for fast food, food services, retail, and low-wage establishments in San Francisco and Santa Fe support the view that a citywide minimum wages can raise the earnings of low-wage workers, without a discernible impact on their employment. Moreover, the lack of an employment response held for three full years after the implementation of the measures, allaying concerns that the shorter time periods examined in some of the earlier research on the minimum wage was not long enough to capture the true disemployment effects.
Our estimated employment responses generally cluster near zero, and are more likely to be positive than negative. Few of our point estimates are precise enough to rule out either positive or negative employment effects, but statistically significant positive employment responses outnumber statistically significant negative elasticities.
In recent interviews, President Clinton and former White House economic adviser Larry Summers agreed with President Obama that Congress should not extend the Bush tax cuts for wealthy households. But Fox News distorted their comments to falsely claim that Clinton and Summers are in favor of extending them for all households, and thus are "at odds" with Obama.
On the eve of Wisconsin's recall elections, Fox News host Neil Cavuto turned his Your World program over to Republican lawmakers to make their case for why Gov. Scott Walker should not be recalled. Among his guests were Walker himself, Wisconsin state Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, U.S. Sens. Ron Johnson from Wisconsin and Jim DeMint from South Carolina, and a Wisconsin business owner who is a Walker supporter and has ties to the GOP establishment.
The first 12 minutes of Cavuto's hour-long program were dedicated to a sit-down interview with Walker, during which he repeatedly claimed that his "reforms are working," though evidence shows otherwise. Cavuto stated at the end of the program that he asked Walker's Democratic opponent, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, to be on the show as well.
Johnson and DeMint also appeared on Your World. They were interviewed separately, each predicting that Walker will be tomorrow's victor. Both senators were questioned exclusively about the recall effort.
Fox News contributor David Rivkin, a former official in the Reagan and George H.W. Bush administrations, today falsely accused Attorney General Eric Holder of giving African-American leaders and preachers what was essentially a campaign speech when he attended a summit of the Congressional Black Caucus and the Conference of National Black Churches. Rivkin slammed Holder for "going to a number of black pastors and giving them speeches that, in fact, amount to electioneering -- telling them, supposedly, well, this is what you can say to your parishioners. There is an effort to disenfranchise you."
Rivkin added that Holder's speech was "100 percent identical to the campaign message of his boss."
This is at least the second time this week that host Megyn Kelly has allowed a guest on her show to launch a false attack against Holder over his remarks. And, once again, she made no attempt to correct the smear.
In fact, contrary to what Rivkin claimed, Holder actually spoke about "recent fears and frustrations about some of the state-level voting law changes we've seen this legislative season." He added: "For today's Department of Justice, our commitment to strengthening -- and to fulfilling -- our nation's promise of equal opportunity and equal justice has never been stronger." Holder went on to say:
HOLDER: As you know -- and have worked to draw attention to -- the past two years have brought nearly two dozen new state laws and executive orders, from more than a dozen states, that could make it significantly harder for many eligible voters to cast ballots in 2012. In response to some of these changes -- in areas covered by Section 5 [of the 1965 Voting Rights Act] -- the Justice Department has initiated careful, thorough, and independent reviews. We're now examining a number of redistricting plans in covered jurisdictions, as well as other types of changes to our election systems and processes -- including changes to the procedures governing third-party voter registration organizations, to early voting procedures, and to photo identification requirements -- to ensure that there is no discriminatory purpose or effect.
If a state passes a new voting law and meets its burden of showing that the law is not discriminatory, we will follow the law and approve the change. And, as we have demonstrated repeatedly, when a jurisdiction fails to meet its burden of proving that a proposed voting change would not have a racially discriminatory effect - we will object, as we have in 15 separate cases since last September.
Mitt Romney's remarks at Solyndra were full of falsehoods that went unchecked by many major media outlets. The media also largely failed to point out that as governor of Massachusetts, Romney invested in several companies that subsequently went bankrupt or defaulted on state loans.