On December 3, a FoxNews.com article and Special Report host Bret Baier both reported that Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) senior fellow Christopher Horner has threatened to sue NASA, alleging that the space agency has distorted climate change data; additionally, Horner appeared on the December 3 edition of Fox News' Hannity and the December 4 edition of Fox & Friends to discuss Horner's accusations. However, not once during these segments did Fox News personalities note that CEI has received millions of dollars from Exxon Mobil Corp. and foundations linked to the oil industry.
A FoxNews.com article headlined, "Rumsfeld cries foul on Obama claim troop requests for Afghanistan were denied," uncritically reported that former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld "said in his statement the White House should make public any such requests if they exist to back up the allegation" and repeated his comments that "[t]he president's assertion does a disservice to the truth and, in particular, to the thousands of men and women in uniform who have fought, served and sacrificed in Afghanistan." FoxNews.com ignored the fact that a request for additional troops from Gen. David McKiernen, then commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, went unfulfilled during the Bush administration and was granted by President Obama in March.
In a November 30 piece, FoxNews.com contributor John Lott joins the conservative freak-out over "climate-gate," claiming that "CRU's temperature data and all of the research done with it are now in question" and "[t]here is no precedent for so many academics engaging in coordinated efforts to distort research for political ends."
We've already debunked much of the hysteria over "climate-gate," but Lott probably isn't the best person to complain about research integrity.
In 2003, it was revealed that Lott had been defending the integrity of his own research online over the previous three years under the pseudonym "Mary Rosh." In one posting, Lott/Mary gushed: "I have to say that [Lott] was the best professor I ever had." Lott was trashed by liberals and conservatives alike; Michelle Malkin wrote that "Lott's invention of Mary Rosh to praise his own research and blast other scholars is beyond creepy. And it shows his extensive willingness to deceive to protect and promote his work." Lott has also been caught using fraudulent data for his research.
More recently, Lott was criticized for botching research to cry voter fraud in the Franken-Coleman recount. Veteran Minnesota reporter and media critic David Brauer called Lott's purported research "baseless sliming" and "disgusting," while Minneapolis Star Tribune editor Glenn Howatt said that Lott's "numbers are simply wrong."
Commenter M. Rosh, however, calls Lott's "climate-gate" piece "brilliant."
A graphic posted on FoxNews.com suggested that President Obama is responsible for all of the $3.5 trillion in federal outlays for Fiscal Year 2009. In fact, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has stated that "much" of the 2009 increase in spending "results from legislation enacted in calendar year 2008 in response to turmoil in the housing and financial markets-in particular, $133 billion for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) and $291 billion for the estimated costs of placing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac into conservatorship."
The Drudge Report and FoxNews.com have seized on a Washington Times article that falsely suggests the Obama administration excluded Republican lawmakers from its first state dinner on November 24, honoring Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. In fact, as the Times itself reported, Obama invited several Republicans, including the House and Senate Minority leaders, and some are declining to attend.
The Fox Nation and FoxNews.com advanced the suggestion that Democrats' health care plans are, in Fox Nation's words, a "Ponzi scheme," a charge presumably based on Sen. Jon Kyl's (R-AZ) claim that "[w]hen they claim a savings ... in the first 10 years, that's because they start collecting taxes in 2010 they don't start spending money till 2014." In fact, contrary to Kyl's suggestion that savings would not extend past the first 10 years, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projected that the Senate health care bill would continue to reduce the deficit beyond the first 10 years by as much as $650 billion in the decade beginning after 2019.
The Washington Times and FoxNews.com falsely reported that a review by the Justice Department's inspector general of Justice Department grants to ACORN revealed that ACORN "mismanaged" grant funds. In fact, the IG report -- which identified one direct Justice grant to an ACORN affiliate and four subgrants to ACORN or ACORN affiliates between 2002 and 2009 -- did not address how ACORN or its affiliates managed these funds.
From the November 5 edition of Fox News' Happening Now:
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Linking to an Associated Press article about Medicare coverage for voluntary end-of-life counseling in the House health care bill, conservative media outlets such as Fox News and BigGovernment.com have featured misleading headlines to revive the widely debunked "death panel" smear. Fox News' Peter Johnson Jr. also stated during an interview with Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), "So with regard to the death panel, nothing much has changed."
The following images are posted in FoxNews.com's slideshow of "[s]ometimes funny, sometimes serious" images "of President Obama and the health care debate":
FoxNews.com states of its slideshow:
Today's topic -- images on the Web of President Obama and the health care debate. Sometimes funny, sometimes serious these images say it with pictures instead of words. Want to be a part of 'Photo Op'? Send us your photo op-ed to email@example.com. None of the images shown here were created by Fox News.
From the October 19 FoxNews.com "You Decide" poll:
From an October 15 "You Decide" FoxNews.com poll:
FoxNews.com's poll is highlighted on the website's front page:
Fox News and its websites Fox Nation and FoxNews.com repeatedly advanced the falsehood that Department of Education official Kevin Jennings, in the words of Fox News host Bill Hemmer, knew of a "statutory rape" and "never reported it." While pushing this attack on Jennings, Fox News ignored evidence that the student who told Jennings about his relationship with an older man was of legal age, and Media Matters for America has since confirmed that the student was of legal age and that Fox News' smears of Jennings were scurrilous and false.
The following Facebook exchange, obtained exclusively by Media Matters for America, between a FoxNews.com writer Maxim Lott and the student at the center of Fox fueled Jennings controversy can easily be paraphrased as follows:
Now that we've reported your age incorrectly as if it was fact and suggested crimes were committed without a shred of evidence in an effort to smear yet another Obama administration official, we'd like to confirm your age.
For his part, the former student asks Lott for a correction from Fox News stating, "hopefully my birthday should clear up any misunderstandings you and your employers have about my age and I look forward to seeing the correction made."
On September 30, Lott reported as fact – despite significant evidence to the contrary – that the former student was a "15-year-old boy" at the time of the incident in question. On October 1, he finally got around to asking if his report was accurate.
Turns out it wasn't.
So, when will Fox News allocate as much air-time for the correction as they did for the smear?
P.S. Isn't funny how Lott even describes his own reporting as "rumors"?
EXCLUSIVE: Media Matters confirms student at center of Fox fueled Jennings controversy was of legal age
Right-wing caricatures of Jennings undercut by broad support he has received
Conservative media unleash anti-gay rhetoric in attacks on Jennings
Hannity and Fox News defended Hastert during Foley scandal
Despite evidence to contrary, Fox News machine claims Jennings "cover[ed] up statutory rape"
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From an October 1 "You Decide" online poll on FoxNews.com: