Right-wing media have spent months promoting a deceptive data chart from the anti-choice Americans United for Life that on September 29 became the cornerstone of Rep. Jason Chaffetz's (R-UT) cross-examination of Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards at a House Oversight Committee hearing aimed at defunding the organization. The chart's data is out of proportion and neglects to document numerous services performed by the women's health care provider to make it appear as if most of what Planned Parenthood does is pregnancy terminations.
In response to reports of gun violence in Chicago, Houston-based radio host Michael Berry has devoted a weekly segment on his show to reading off victims' names and mocking their injuries and deaths, in an attempt to discredit the Black Lives Matter movement.
Forbes contributor Carrie Sheffield claimed public sector unions hurt upward mobility for private sector workers, but ignored the effects the decline of private sector union membership have had on stagnating wages and reducing ladders of opportunity for American workers.
The National Review Online (NRO) published a blog and an op-ed authored by apparent non-scientists that attacked "Science Guy" Bill Nye for a recent video in which he explained the questionable science behind anti-choice legislative "personhood" proposals.
Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush recently claimed that Democrats use the promise of "free stuff" to court black voters, echoing years of dubious claims by conservative media that government assistance programs exist to "buy votes."
Citing a controversial proposal by a Republican mayor in Maine to publish the contact information of people who receive public assistance, a guest on Fox News called for more shaming of welfare recipients and was enthusiastically supported by Fox host Steve Doocy. The proposal, which would be illegal, is aimed at reducing welfare fraud, which is already extremely rare. It was just the latest example of how Fox News tries to shame welfare recipients.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump unveiled a tax reform plan that he claimed will "cost [him] a fortune" and that right-wing media touted as "populist." In fact, like many of his Republican rivals, Trump has offered a tax plan that amounts to a victory for the rich.
After Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) announced his plan for encouraging companies to provide paid family leave, several media outlets promptly pointed out that the proposal "wouldn't do much" to increase access to paid family leave and "may only help the well-off," not "low-wage workers who need it most to survive financially."
Right-wing media are championing a government shutdown, ignoring that it would cause millions of Americans to lose access to food assistance, health care, and their paychecks while costing the government billions of dollars.
CNN Money claimed that if the U.S. heeds Pope Francis' call to address climate change it will hurt the economy and cost jobs, but CNN based these claims on a six-year old analysis of failed cap-and-trade legislation rather than recent research showing that the climate plan the Obama administration has put in place will benefit the economy and increase employment. CNN also alleged that the U.S. is hesitant to act on climate change "without other nations around the world doing the same," despite the fact that 78 countries have already submitted climate change plans ahead of international negotiations that will occur in December.
House Speaker John Boehner's (R-OH) announcement that he will resign his House seat in October follows years of right-wing talk radio personalities calling for his replacement and lashing out at him for failing to halt immigration reform and passage of the Affordable Care Act, as well as for his rejection of calls for President Obama's impeachment.
Conservative media cheered the news that House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) will resign from Congress in October, calling him a "failure," claiming he has "no one to blame but himself," and declaring that conservatives are crying "tears-- of joy!"
In the wake of the Volkswagen emissions-rigging scandal, questions are being raised about the amount of influence automakers have over the enforcement -- or lack thereof -- of vehicle emissions standards. But rather than join in that conversation, conservative media are making excuses for Volkswagen's conduct and seeking to shift much of the blame to the Environmental Protection Agency and emission standards themselves.
In a new report about the FBI's investigation into the security of the private server Hillary Clinton used as secretary of state, Politico briefly mentioned the fact that the Department of Justice confirmed in a legal brief that Clinton had the authority to review and delete her personal emails. But Politico incorrectly went on to claim that the brief "stopp[ed] short" of confirming the appropriateness of such actions after Clinton left the State Department -- a claim contradicted by the brief itself.
Deceptively-edited videos produced by the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) alleging that Planned Parenthood is illegally handling fetal tissue echo claims made 15 years ago by the anti-choice group Life Dynamics, which fell apart under scrutiny. CMP founder David Daleiden has cited a 2000 campaign by Life Dynamics and its leader, Mark Crutcher, as the inspiration behind his own group's smear campaign against Planned Parenthood.