On Fox & Friends, guest Art Laffer misleadingly claimed that "President Obama has decided to let Bush's tax cuts expire," falsely claimed that the "dividend tax rate's going from 15 to 39.6 percent" and pushed the dubious claim that Reagan "postponed tax cuts which... caused the deep recession of 1981-82." In fact, under President Obama's proposed budget, tax rates would only increase ontop earners, and dividend taxes for those taxpayers would increase to 20 percent, not 39 percent.
On the June 9 edition of Fox & Friends, guest host Dana Perino responded to the statement that "[Obama's] officials responded immediately" to the Gulf oil spill by claiming, "I think Governor Jindal would disagree with the berms that weren't built right away." In fact, the Army Corps of Engineers was required by law to study the plan, portions of which it approved.
Right-wing media have rushed to attack President Obama for responding to criticism that he spends too much time consulting experts rather than "kick[ing some butt]" by saying, "I want to know whose ass to kick." Many conservative media figures previously hyped criticism that Obama lacked emotion in his response to the oil spill.
In a Wall Street Journal op-ed, Karl Rove dubiously claimed that the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) found it "would cost $115 billion more than estimated." In fact, the higher cost estimate would only be spent if Congress separately appropriates it, just as Congress would have to do for any other spending bill, and moreover, the White House has said that this money would have to be offset by other cuts.
Following Israel's raid on a Palestinian aid flotilla that resulted in nine deaths, the right-wing media has strained to find ways to blame President Obama for the incident from criticizing his foreign policy to attempting to link him to the Gaza flotilla through Bill Ayers and Jodie Evans.
In the opening of his "Undercover Census Fraud Investigation" video, self-described conservative activist James O'Keefe displayed the following on-screen text to illustrate the potential cost of the alleged census "fraud": "If 600,000 Census employees get paid $18.25/hour and each of them gets paid just four hours extra that's $43,800,000." Yet, like most things O'Keefe-related, this claim is highly misleading.
O'Keefe's figure is based on the assumption that all census workers make the same amount of money he did, when he spent two days training to be a census enumerator in New Jersey. However, according to the Census 2010 website, "census takers"are paid different amounts based on which local office they report to. These starting wages vary from $10.00/hour to $25.00/hour. The average starting salary for all 492 local offices is $14.78/hour.
Moreover, O'Keefe knows it to be the case that not all census enumerators make the same amount as he did. During his Good Morning America interview, O'Keefe and Andrew Breitbart unveiled that one of O'Keefe's cohorts similarly went undercover in Louisiana and got a job as an enumerator. Host George Stephanopoulos reported during the interview that O'Keefe's buddy was paid $13.25 an hour.
On ABC's Good Morning America, Andrew Breitbart falsely suggested that the ACORN employees in James O'Keefe's videos "help[ed] set up a prostitution ring in every single office." In fact, several ACORN employees either refused to help O'Keefe -- in one such case, O'Keefe has admitted as much -- or contacted the police following their encounters with him.
Fox & Friends guest hosts falsely suggested that there was a "lack of cleanup going on" in the Gulf Coast oil spill and falsely suggested Louisiana's barrier plan had been ignored. In fact, cleanup of the oil spill has been ongoing for more than a month, and the Army Corps of Engineers responded to the barrier plan -- the effectiveness of which is being questioned -- and raised concerns that it would push oil into Mississippi.
On the May 26 edition of Hannity, Michelle Malkin leveled numerous attacks against the White House, using distorted, disputed, and baseless accusations to smear White House general counsel Robert Bauer and deputy chief of staff Jim Messina as being cronies in President Obama's "culture of corruption."
The right-wing media is clinging to the falsehood that Sen. Bob Casey's Create Jobs & Save Benefits Act is a "$165 billion bailout" of union pensions. In fact, the legislation proposes the "partition" of specific types of union pensions that are deemed to be insolvent,and its sponsor reportedly said it would cost between $8 and $10 billion.