Fox Nation and Big Government are trumpeting the latest smear on Department of Education official Kevin Jennings: that Jennings is, in the words of Fox Nation, "linked to shocking teen sex talk," referring to a recorded exchange that occurred during a "Queer Sex and Sexuality" workshop during a 2000 conference sponsored by Jennings' organization, the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN). In fact, Jennings reportedly criticized "some of the" workshop's "content" when the recordings were first released in 2000, and the people involved in conducting the controversial discussion -- none of whom were GLSEN employees -- were either terminated or resigned.
On the December 7 edition of Fox and Friends, Brian Kilmeade asked guest Ronald Bailey regarding the emails stolen from the Climate Research Unit at the University of East Anglia (CRU) "does it show that this is a farce?" and later claimed that scientists "use trickery, fudging the data, massaging the stats, it's hard to take it seriously."
On the December 6 edition of Fox News Sunday, host Chris Wallace claimed that emails stolen from the Climactic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia (CRU) showed that "some of the climate scientists were apparently fudging the numbers and tried to suppress opposition comments."
In a December 4 editorial, the New York Post called President Obama's goal of cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 17 percent in 10 years and 83 percent in 40 years "Economic suicide," claiming that the plan "obviously will be impossible -- without wrecking the US economy." But the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has estimated that "the total effect would be modest compared with expected future growth in the economy."
During the December 2 edition of Hannity, Fox News contributor Newt Gingrich claimed that the stimulus has "failed" and cited "a study at the American Enterprise Institute" indicating that "only 8 percent of the senior appointees have a private sector background." In fact, there is a broad consensus among economic experts that the stimulus has boosted the economy, and after analyzing the "study" Gingrich cited, PolitiFact.com concluded that the claim that less than 10 percent of Obama's Cabinet appointees have private sector experience is "False."
On Fox News' America's Newsroom, Stuart Varney misrepresented an analysis by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) to falsely claim that under the Senate health care bill, the cost of "your employer-provided health care would not go up, only because of the subsidy from the government." In fact, the CBO found that in 2016, premiums for employer-sponsored insurance in the large-group and small-group markets would remain stable without subsidies under the Senate bill.
In a November 29 article on Hannah Rosenthal, President Obama's special envoy to combat and monitor anti-Semitism, WorldNetDaily asserted that J Street, an organization for which Rosenthal serves on an "advisory council," is "pro-Hamas." In fact, J Street "support[s] Israel and its desire for security as the Jewish homeland" and has been praised by Israel's president and opposition leader.
In a November 24 New York Post column, Betsy McCaughey suggested that both "women -- and men" would "lose" under the Senate health care bill because preventive care would be limited by the US Preventive Services Task Force guidelines, and quoted medical professor James Thrall stating: "I fear we are entering an era of deliberate decisions where we choose to trade people's lives for money." But insurers operating under the Senate health care reform bill are not required to adopt recommendations against preventive screening, only to adopt those recommendations supporting preventive screening.
In a report on the Senate health care reform bill for Fox News' Special Report, chief political correspondent Carl Cameron cited the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) to claim that the Senate health care bill would increase federal health care spending over 10 years and that, in the decade after 2014, "the cost nearly triples to well over 2 trillion." But Cameron ignored CBO's conclusions that the bill would reduce federal deficits in both of the next two decades and that in the second decade, the bill would not increase net federal health care spending.
In a Washington Examiner column, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich (R-GA) claimed that President Obama and Congress "don't seem to realize that adopting bad policies kills jobs" and that "[w]e now have proof that the Obama administration's job-killing policies are hurting America." But to support his assertions, Gingrich made false and misleading claims about the Obama administration's and Congress' policies and failed to mention that the steep rise in unemployment began well before Obama even took office.