Fox aired an inaccurate timeline of what President Obama said about the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Fox's timeline left out a key date, September 13, when Obama labeled the attack an "act of terror" twice.
The right-wing media have repeatedly made the false claim that Obama did not call the Benghazi attack an act of terror until well after the attack. Mitt Romney repeated the falsehood in the second presidential debate. After moderator Candy Crowley fact-checked his error, she was attacked by the right-wing media.
But Crowley's correction didn't put the issue to rest for Fox. Here is their bogus timeline:
During the second presidential debate, a town hall participant asked how the candidates planned to fix workplace inequality, "specifically regarding females making only 72 percent of what their male counterparts earn." Fox News reporter Doug McKelway labeled this figure a "myth," but research shows that even when adjusting for all variables known to affect earnings, women are consistently paid less.
Right-wing bloggers are falsely claiming that Joe Biden is "lying" about having played football at the University of Delaware. Contrary to their claims, several newspapers have interviewed people who knew Biden while he played freshman football at Delaware.
More than 20 years of reporting debunks this claim. For instance, a 1987 Washington Post article retrieved from the Nexis database quoted Biden's father, Joe Biden Sr., saying that he made his son leave the team because of poor grades after his freshman season. A 1987 Los Angeles Times article reported that Biden's college roommate said the same thing (via Nexis):
"He probably never studied as hard as other people did," recalled Biden's roommate at the University of Delaware, Donald Brunner, now a senior vice president with J. P. Morgan. Brunner and Biden both played football as freshmen, but Biden then quit the team, Brunner said, under pressure from his father, who thought that he was devoting too much time to sports and not enough to books.
In 2008, The News Journal of Wilmington, Delaware, published an article about Biden's high school and college football days. One of Biden's teammates at Delaware, Jack Istnick, recounted a story from practice (article available for purchase here):
Every now and then, the freshman players would help the varsity practice.
One day, Biden and Jack Istnick were shagging punts for the varsity so it could work on its kick-coverage teams. This was done at full speed with full contact. The ball was kicked to Biden, who got "absolutely leveled," Istnick said, "mainly because I didn't block anyone."
"The [freshman] coach, Scottie Duncan, looked at me and looked at Joe lying on the ground and said to me, 'Don't you like him?' "
The Breitbart post uses an ellipsis-laden quote from a September 8 speech Biden made at Ohio University as evidence that he lied specifically about having played in a football game there in 1963:
"I came ... I was a football player ... I came here in 1963 ... and we beat you Bobcats, 29-12," Biden said.
However, a CBS News video of Biden's appearance, used by NRO, shows that Biden did not actually claim to have played in the game.
Right-wing media have attacked early voting, claiming it leads to fraud, pushes uninformed voters to cast ballots too early, and is unconstitutional and untraditional. In fact, early voting increases the integrity of the voting process, and the vast majority of early votes are cast in the final two weeks before the election by decided voters. Early voting dates back to the founding of the country.
After fact-checkers noted that Mitt Romney made several false claims during the October 3 presidential debate, the right-wing media responded by attacking those who questioned the truth of Romney's claims.
Media Matters found that in more than 30 segments, right-wing media figures like Rush Limbaugh and Fox News personalities complained about those pointing out Romney's falsehoods. Conservative pundits have labeled fact-checking of Romney's debate claims as "character assassination" and "sleazy Chicago politics" from the Obama campaign and its supporters -- all while insisting that Romney "had the facts on his side" during the debate.
Here is a highlight reel of right-wing media figures complaining about claims involving Romney's faithfulness to the facts during the debate:
Fox News questioned the legitimacy of the September jobs report while simultaneously airing numbers from the report that could be perceived as bad news for President Obama and labeling them "Fox Facts."
Following the release of the report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Fox and other media outlets have attacked the report as being manipulated to help the Obama administration politically. Experts say that this is an unfounded conspiracy theory.
Before an interview with Fox host Chris Wallace, America's Newsroom co-host Martha MacCallum questioned the September jobs report, which showed a drop in the unemployment rate to 7.8 percent. MacCallum said that there is "new fallout coming in over this latest jobs report. Many conservatives now speaking out, questioning the numbers in this report."
While Fox explored the supposed questions over the BLS report, on-screen graphics presented some of the report's findings as "Fox Facts." Here are those findings, and the BLS language they are derived from.
Right-wing media have pushed numerous myths about the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, and protests in the Middle East, from distorting the Obama administration's response to the attacks to misleading about the nature of security at the Benghazi consulate.
Fox's Bill O'Reilly found it "hard to believe" that most voters in three swing states believe that President Obama's policies have helped the economy more than they've hurt it; yet, while O'Reilly insinuated that these voters are ill-informed, experts agree: Obama's economic policies have helped the economy.
During his Fox News show, O'Reilly was discussing a recent poll conducted by Fox News in swing states Florida, Ohio and Virginia that shows that "more voters believe the Obama administration's policies have helped rather than hurt the economy."
O'Reilly said the poll contained some "surprising data," saying it was "simply stunning" that voters in the swing states "apparently believe the economic policies of Barack Obama have helped more than hurt the economy." Elaborating on a theory he first shared with conservative radio host Laura Ingraham last night, O'Reilly speculated as to why this might be true:
On Fox, Sean Hannity asked if people are "better off on food stamps" or "better off with a job." But most recipients of food stamps, or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, are working-class Americans with jobs, or are senior citizens or children.
Liz Cheney claimed on Fox News today that President Obama "refuses to give a meeting to" Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. But Netanyahu himself stated hours earlier on NBC's Meet The Press that Obama has "met with me more than any other leader in the world and I appreciate that."
While appearing on America's News HQ, Cheney was asked for examples of America not being a reliable ally. Cheney responded by claiming that Obama "has reportedly offered to host a meeting with the Muslim Brotherhood president of Egypt" but "refuses to give a meeting to Prime Minister Netanyahu."