Sean Hannity falsely claimed that Andrew Romanoff, who is running against incumbent Sen. Michael Bennet in Colorado's U.S. Senate election, "is confirming just now tonight he was offered a position" if he would exit the race. In fact, Romanoff reportedly stated: "At no time was I promised a job, nor did I request [White House deputy chief of staff Jim] Messina's assistance in obtaining one."
Linking to conservative website Newsmax, Fox falsely claimed President Obama has held "no press conference[s] since July" and suggested he is "hiding." In fact, Obama has held two full press conferences this year and held numerous other press availabilities.
It's unclear whether Republican strategist Bay Buchanan has read any of Elena Kagan's law review articles or gone through any of her judicial essays, but discussing Kagan's nomination on last night's Larry King Live, it was pretty clear Buchanan doesn't think Kagan, who was confirmed last year as solicitor general and served as dean of Harvard Law School for several years, is smart enough to serve on the Supreme Court. "The question I think," she began, "is: How did she get tenure in these good universities when she doesn't write?" She added: "There's nothing there. She's a blank sheet."
Well, conservative-leaning attorney Eugene Volokh, who runs the blog, The Volokh Conspiracy, has read Kagan's scholarship and has examined her career as a scholar. Unlike Buchanan, Volokh concludes that Kagan "is a successful scholar" and while "she hasn't written as much as she would have had she only been interested in scholarship," that "reflects the breadth of her interests, and not any intellectual limitations."
Right-wing media are claiming that as dean of Harvard University Law School, Elena Kagan covered up incidents in which "two liberal law professors" were accused of plagiarism. In fact, Harvard investigated the allegations and found no deliberate wrongdoing, and there is no evidence that the findings were motivated by politics.
Suggesting that recent protests against Arizona's new immigration law are unreasonable, Fox & Friends claimed the United States naturalized "a lot of people" from Mexico in 2009. However, immigration policy experts have pointed out that the U.S. immigration system offers very few channels for legal entry for low-skilled workers, who are drawn to the country by the demand in the labor market.
Since the NBA's Phoenix Suns announced that they would wear their "Los Suns" jerseys during a May 5 game as a way to honor the Latino community and take a stand against Arizona's newly passed immigration law, conservative media have suggested they are "protesting the American dream" and are "responsible" for a "climate of hate."
In recent days, Fox News and the conservative media have seized on the official logo of the Nuclear Security Summit to claim its image "looks like" an Islamic crescent. However, as Comedy Central's Jon Stewart noted, "the inspiration for the logo is actually the Rutherford-Bohr Model of the atom that we all learned about in high school."
Fox News advanced the attack that Obama nominee Craig Becker would be an "anti-democratic and anti-free speech" member of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) because he believed "employers should have no role in union-organizing elections at all." But during a congressional hearing on his nomination, Becker stated that as a board member, he would be bound by law, which includes the "indisputable" right of employers to express views on unionization.
A Harris poll released on March 24 found that a majority of Republican respondents believe that President Obama "is a socialist," "wants to take away Americans' right to own guns," "is a Muslim," "wants to turn over the sovereignty of the United States to a one world government," and "has done many things that are unconstitutional." The findings follow a year of such smears and attacks on Obama by conservatives.
On ABC's This Week, Karl Rove pushed the anonymously sourced allegation that the White House tried to intimidate Democrats into voting for the health care bill by sending "unsolicited emails to federal employees." However, White House officials have stated that the emails were sent out to everyone on a voluntary White House mailing list and are not specifically targeted at federal employees.