A Fox Nation headline is blaming "Obama's FDA" for removing inhalers propelled by Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) -- but the law requiring this type of inhaler to be taken off the shelf was passed in 2005 -- during the Bush Administration -- to comply with a treaty signed in 1988 -- by President Reagan.
In announcing that Primatine Mist would no longer be available in the United States starting in 2012, the Food and Drug Administration made clear that the decision-making process dated to the Bush administration. Indeed, in May 2008, The New York Times reported:
The change -- mandated by the federal government in 2005, to go into effect next Jan. 1 -- is to comply with the 1987 treaty to protect the earth's ozone layer. It bans most uses of chlorofluorocarbons, or CFCs, which are used as propellants in many inhalers. [The New York Times 5/12/08]
That treaty was signed by President Reagan in 1988.
According to Felix Salmon at Reuters, News Corp's independent directors are "not happy" with Murdoch's handling of the phone hacking scandal and are "questioning the company's response to the crisis and whether a leadership change is needed." Bloomberg reports:
News Corp.'s independent directors, who hold nine of 16 board seats, have expressed frustration over the quality and quantity of information they've received about the scandal and concern about management's ability to handle the crisis given how slowly the company has responded, the person said.
Some directors said Murdoch, the company's 80-year-old chairman and chief executive officer, appeared to be in denial over the fallout from the scandal in an interview he gave last week to the Wall Street Journal, one of News Corp.'s newspapers.
Salmon adds that News Corp shares continue to fall despite rumblings of a leadership change from within the company:
Independent directors constitute the majority of News Corp's 16-person board, and so in theory have significant power over Murdoch's future. If they are talking about "a leadership change," shouldn't that help boost the depressed News Corp share price? Instead, it continues to fall today.
There are two reasons why the massive Murdoch discount built in to the News Corp share price refuses to go away and indeed is increasing. First, the markets still don't believe there's a real chance he'll actually relinquish his position as CEO. And second, he'll still control the company even if he does.
Guest hosting The O'Reilly Factor, Laura Ingraham criticized President Obama for saying that the Bush tax cuts -- rather than health care reform and a stimulus that "didn't work" -- are largely to blame for the debt. But the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimated that the Affordable Care Act will actually reduce deficits, and economists have said the recovery act increased employment and lifted the economy.
Minutes after participating in a segment centered on stoking fears that Muslims were building an Al Qaeda "victory mosque" at "Ground Zero," Fox News' Andrea Tantaros invoked religious tolerance as a cudgel against atheists who are questioning Texas Governor Rick Perry's upcoming prayer rally.
During a segment led by co-host Eric Bolling, Tantaros had no quibbles baselessly insinuating that the developers of an Islamic Community Center planned for lower Manhattan might be funded by terrorists:
Once the panel began discussion Texas Governor Rick Perry's controversial prayer rally, however, Tantaros called on atheists critical of the governor's participation to reject "hostility towards" religion:
Tantaros's inconsistency on the issue of hostility to religion does fit into a larger Fox narrative that pairs an embrace of Christianity with a distrusting eye cast toward Islam, which is treated as a national security threat more than a religion. Indeed, Fox News has a long and disreputable history of using Islamophobia to gin up fear over the Park 51 project.
Media conservatives are accusing the Obama administration of "threatening" Social Security benefits after the president observed in an interview that he could not guarantee that benefits could be paid if the debt limit were not increased. Economic experts agree that failure to increase the debt limit would force the federal government to prioritize its legal obligations and strain its ability to pay Social Security benefits.
Fox News has fabricated the claim that a $10 annual fee approved by the National Education Association (NEA) for the next five years will be used to fund President Obama's re-election campaign. But the fee is intended to combat anti-union ballot initiatives and cannot be used to support campaigns.
Of all the things that Glenn Beck's awkward transition off Fox News says about the so-called news organization, it certainly says nothing about Fox developing a sudden intolerance for dishonesty.
All along, there was never any indication that Fox News actually held Beck accountable for the litany of falsehoods and deceptive editing he used to smear progressives. And all the evidence at hand makes perfectly clear that Beck's departure is in no way a result of Fox News suddenly opting to hold him accountable for that routine dishonesty.
After all, the Fox stable has no shortage of commenters who still get paid despite a proclivity for mendacity.
From the March 24 edition of Premiere Radio Networks' The Glenn Beck Program:
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From the December 16 edition of Fox News' Glenn Beck:
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Michael Savage's conspiracy theories about Wikileaks' various connections are approaching insanity. In the span of his three-hour program Monday, Savage tackled the website's recent document dump from a number of angles ranging from declaring it a global leftist conspiracy to narcissistically complaining that he didn't find his own name embedded in the leaked cables.