Fox is claiming that there was "nothing about the private sector" during speeches given by Michelle Obama or any other speaker on the first night of the Democratic National Convention. In fact, Michelle Obama and more than a dozen other Democratic speakers discussed the importance of the private sector or President Obama's record of creating private sector jobs.
On Fox News Sunday, host Chris Wallace advanced Mitt Romney's claim that Americans can't say they are better off than they were four years ago. Wallace ignored that economists have said the economy has indeed improved since President Obama took office following the worst economic quarter in decades, and that his policies have helped create millions of jobs.
Fox cheered Congressman Paul Ryan following his speech at the Republican National Convention, calling it "cogent," "coherent," and a "lethal shot" against President Obama. However, the speech was laden with numerous falsehoods that Fox patently ignored.
Fox's Chris Wallace repeated Congressman Paul Ryan's false accusation that the Obama administration is guilty of "raiding $716 billion from Medicare to pay for Obamacare." In fact, the Affordable Care Act strengthens Medicare by cutting waste, extending the life of the trust fund and reducing costs for seniors.
From the August 29 edition of Fox News' America's Election Headquarters:
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From the August 29 edition of Fox News' Happening Now:
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Fox News, no stranger to race-baiting, is engaging in a little sleight of hand to make Mitt Romney's birther line vanish from the public debate.
Stumping in Michigan on the eve of the GOP convention, Romney noted that he was born in Michigan and added, "No one's ever asked to see my birth certificate." The line drew howls of laughter from Sean Hannity and hearty approval from Rush Limbaugh.
But the birther line magically disappeared from the conversation at Fox, as Chris Wallace instead deflected attention to comments Paul Ryan made about hunting at the same event.
Wallace appeared on Fox & Friends Sunday to discuss the Republican convention and explain how the Romney campaign would need to draw a contrast with the Obama administration. Claiming that the Romney camp would "get a little tougher in their contrast," Wallace pointed to the Michigan campaign stop to highlight how Romney would try to "make that contrast pretty sharply, particularly for white, working-class voters." He explained:
"For instance, you saw Paul Ryan in Michigan on Friday talking again, reminding people of Obama's comment about gods and guns and people clinging to them, and he said, 'Well, I just want to say as a Catholic hunter, I plead guilty.' "
The New York Times reported on Sunday that Romney's birther "joke" was part of a harder line the campaign planned for the final months of the election, a push that also includes the false claim that President Obama has removed the work requirement from the federal welfare program.
Fox's Steve Doocy and Chris Wallace are deflecting from the issue of Mitt Romney's tax returns, calling the Obama campaign's focus on Romney's refusal to release more financial records a "distraction." Meanwhile, prominent conservatives, as well as the American people, continue to demand full disclosure.
On the August 19 edition of Fox News Sunday, Wallace suggested that the Obama campaign's calls for Romney to release more tax returns were "a distraction from the major issues of the economy and jobs and national debt and foreign policy that the president says he wants this campaign to be about." When Obama campaign adviser Robert Gibbs disagreed that they were a "distraction," Wallace replied, "We are talking about Mitt Romney's personal tax returns. We're not talking about tax policy for all of Americans."
Wallace added: "You can have [an argument about tax policy] without having his tax returns."
Wallace also tried to deflect from the issue by questioning Obama's decision to invoke executive privilege regarding the ATF's Operation Fast and Furious. But the truth is that Obama only asserted executive privilege over documents generated after the program was terminated. Moreover, Obama has been more sparing in his use of executive privilege than nearly every president since Ronald Reagan.
By contrast, presidential candidates are expected to release several years' worth of tax returns -- the standard dates back decades.
Nevertheless, Doocy this morning also labeled the effort a "distraction":
After Obama campaign adviser David Axelrod cited a recent report showing that Mitt Romney's tax plan may require tax hikes on the middle class, Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace countered with a study he said was by a "nonpartisan respected accounting firm." But he did not note that the study was paid for by business organizations that oppose Obama's policies.
WALLACE: You keep bringing up the Tax Policy Center study, and that's fair enough. But I want to ask you about another study by the respected accounting firm Ernst & Young which did a study on all the tax increases that president Obama is proposing, and here's what they found when they analyzed those. That economic growth with the Obama tax increases would fall by 1.3 percent and employment would fall by 710,000 jobs. Ernst & Young, a nonpartisan respected accounting firm says that raising taxes that much would be a drag on the economy right now.
The study by accounting firm Ernst & Young was "[p]repared on behalf" of the Independent Community Bankers of America, the National Federal of Independent Business, the S Corporation Association, and the United States Chamber of Commerce - groups which have spent millions of dollars to fight President Obama's policies and put Republicans in office. According to the National Economic Council's Jason Furman, the study is also based on flawed assumptions.
The Tax Policy Center, on the other hand, is a joint project of the Brookings Institution and the Urban Institute and is considered so nonpartisan the Romney campaign cited them as an "Objective" group last November when they published a report critical of one of his primary opponents. The right-wing media has tried to discredit the Tax Policy Center. However, The Washington Post's Fact-Checker called the claim that the Center is biased "pretty ridiculous" as the analysis was done by economists that have worked as nonpartisan analysts for Democratic and Republican administrations.
Wallace was implying that the two studies were equivalent in terms of credibility - but they're not.
From the August 2 edition of Fox News Radio's Kilmeade & Friends:
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In the wake of last week's tragic mass shooting in Aurora, CO, some in the media are distorting public opinion and election results to predict that the events will not have an impact on the debate over gun violence prevention. In fact, polls indicate public support for a broad range of stronger gun restrictions, including the reinstatement of the assault weapons ban, which may have prevented the legal purchase of one of the alleged shooter's guns.
The Washington Post's Chris Cillizza kicked off the debate with a piece published the morning after the shooting headlined "Why the Aurora shootings won't likely change the gun control debate":
If history is any guide, however, the Aurora shootings will do little to change public sentiment regarding gun control, which has been moving away from putting more laws on the books for some time.
In 1990, almost eight in ten Americans said that the "laws covering the sales of firearms" should be made "more strict" while just 10 percent said they should be made "less strict" or "kept as they are now". By 2010, those numbers had drastically shifted with 54 percent preferring less strict or no change in guns laws and 44 percent believing gun laws should be made more strict.
By Sunday the claim that Americans don't support tougher gun laws was a regular feature on the morning political talk shows. But if Congress is not moved by this tragedy to pass new gun violence prevention laws, it won't be because the American people oppose such measures.
In fact, other polls indicate that contrary to the result of the Gallup poll Cillizza cited, Americans support the passage of an array of new, stronger firearm sale laws.
Note that this appetite among the public for stronger gun laws includes the support of more than three in five for reinstating the nationwide ban on assault weapons, which expired in 2004. One of the weapons used by the alleged shooter was an AR-15-style semi-automatic rifle, which reportedly may have been banned under that law. Members of the House and Senate have called for bringing back the ban in response to the shooting. They enjoy the support of 62 percent of Americans, including 61 percent of Independents and 49 percent of Republicans, according to a June 2011 Time magazine poll.
From the July 20 edition of Salem Radio Network's The Mike Gallagher Show:
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Sean Hannity often complains about the supposed "liberal bias" of the mainstream media. He also sometimes fails to notice that his colleagues at Fox News are espousing these supposed "Obama-mania" views.
On his June 18 Fox News show, Hannity hosted Daily Caller reporter Neil Munro to talk about Munro's recent heckling stunt in the Rose Garden. After playing video clips showing Munro shouting questions at President Obama during his immigration policy announcement, Hannity said, "Now, the mainstream Obama-mania media has jumped all over Munro for daring to question the president." Watch:
Yet at least five of Hannity's fellow Fox News employees have "jumped all over Munro" for his behavior in the Rose Garden.
In fact, less than an hour before Hannity's softball interview with Munro, Fox News contributor Bernie Goldberg appeared on The O'Reilly Factor to call Munro "a jerk" and "totally unprofessional."
Today Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace used the racially-charged word "illegals" to describe the young undocumented immigrants affected by the Department of Homeland Security's recent change in immigration enforcement policy.
Wallace's comment continues Fox News' pattern of peppering reports on the recent immigration policy change with slurs. On June 15, the day Obama announced the change in immigration enforcement policy, the network repeated the racial slur "illegals" fifteen times and used other slurs as well. Indeed, Fox News has habitually smeared undocumented immigrants with these pejorative terms.
Wallace's slur was also echoed by an on-screen graphic that appeared on the show:
Conservatives have defended the actions of Daily Caller reporter Neil Munro by claiming that his shouted questions to President Obama yesterday are no different than what veteran ABC News anchor Sam Donaldson used to do when he covered the Reagan White House. On Friday, Munro repeatedly interrupted Obama during his announcement of an immigration policy change that will potentially exempt hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants from deportation and allow them to legally seek work in the United States. But Donaldson rejected that comparison.
As the Washington Post reported, Donaldson "didn't approve" of the confrontation:
"I never interrupted any president while he was making a formal presentation of any sort. You don't do that, do you?" said Donaldson, who titled his 1987 memoir "Hold On, Mr. President!"
Not that Donaldson ever let them slip away quietly. But he would wait until a president had finished his remarks, he said. And if the chief executive turned away without answering questions, Donaldson would fire away.
Donaldson was also famous for shouting questions as the president walked to and from his helicopter.
Indeed, Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace, who covered the White House alongside Donaldson as a reporter for NBC, agreed that what Munro did was "outrageous."
Wallace stated on Fox News' Studio B:
WALLACE: I covered Ronald Reagan for six years with Sam Donaldson. We used to scream our lungs out asking questions, but we always waited until the president had -- any president had finished speaking. The idea that you would interrupt the president in the middle of prepared remarks and shout a question -- I don't think the guy should be allowed back in the White House, you know, on a press pass.
Later, during an interview with Washington, D.C.-based radio news station WTOP, Wallace added that Munro "was way over the line":
WALLACE: The role of the press is to ask questions of the president, to get answers, but you don't interrupt the president in the middle of a statement. I covered the White House, Ronald Reagan for six years -- I was there with Sam Donaldson. Nobody would say that either of us lacked aggressiveness when it came to questioning the president, but we didn't interrupt while the president was still talking. This was way over the line.
And yet the comparison to Donaldson was trotted out by conservatives as justification for Munro's actions.