Several media figures and outlets have uncritically repeated or failed to challenge the discredited GOP talking point that President Obama's cap-and-trade proposal would cost the average U.S. household more than $3,000 per year.
On America's Newsroom, on-screen text falsely claimed that President Obama's $3.6 trillion FY 2010 budget is "4x bigger than Bush's costliest plan." In fact, President Bush submitted a $3.1 trillion budget for FY 2009 and a $2.9 trillion budget for FY 2008.
In a report about the estate tax on America's Newsroom, Alisyn Camerota and Molly Henneberg repeatedly referred to the tax as the "death tax," a term popularized by supporters of the repeal of the tax.
On Anderson Cooper 360, John King alleged: "The president today said there were fundamentally sound aspects of the economy. He says we'll get through this because of the innovative entrepreneurs, companies that are making good products, workers, American workers who are so productive. Almost exactly the same message he criticized John McCain for during the election." In fact, Obama criticized McCain for broadly stating that "the fundamentals of our economy are strong." Indeed, it was only after Obama criticized McCain that McCain revised his comments to assert that by "fundamentals," he had been referring to "the American worker, and their innovation, their entrepreneurship, the small business."
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Fox News' Alisyn Camerota falsely claimed that House "Democrats are pushing legislation which would strip telecommunications companies of their immunity." In fact, the House Democrats' bill does not "strip" telecommunications companies of immunity; it provides immunity prospectively, leaving intact existing immunity provisions under current law and leaving to the courts the question of whether the telecom companies are immune from suit for their prior alleged cooperation with the government in its warrantless domestic wiretapping program.
On Fox & Friends First, Alisyn Camerota teased a report by stating, "Details on another alleged planted question by the Clinton camp at last night's [CNN/YouTube Republican] debate," referring to a questioner at the debate, retired Brig. Gen. Keith Kerr, a member of committees associated with Hillary Clinton's campaign. During a discussion of Kerr's involvement in the debate, on-screen captions read: "HILLARY'S STAND-IN: CLINTON PLANTS STAFFER AT DEBATE" and "PLANT MEDIA: GOP YOUTUBE DEBATE." But several hours earlier -- unmentioned on Fox & Friends First -- Fox News political field producer Jake Gibson reported online that Kerr told him that Kerr "was not contacted by the Clinton campaign to do this," had appeared at the debate without the prior knowledge of the campaign, and did not work for the Clinton campaign. Gibson added that Kerr's answer "seems genuine."