From the May 7 edition of Fox News' America Live:
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Fox News figures are promoting an ad produced by Veterans for a Strong America that deceptively edited statements by President Obama to portray him as taking all the credit for the raid that killed Osama bin Laden. In fact, fuller context of the speeches that the ad excerpts makes clear that Obama did give credit to the troops for the bin Laden raid, a fact that Fox's own Megyn Kelly has noted.
The Fox show America Live introduced an April 30 segment on May Day protests planned by Occupy Wall Street by playing black-and-white newsreel footage of a military parade in Moscow in the days of the Soviet Union in celebration of the holiday. Subtle.
America Live host Megyn Kelly continued this narrative, saying: "Six decades ago, the first of May was best known as a day of celebration in Moscow and Havana, as workers in the Communist Party marked what they called their accomplishments."
Fox contributor Charles Payne echoed this red-baiting smear later that day on Your World, said that May Day "dovetails into a big, giant communist holiday":
But Fox is obscuring the origin of this holiday, which began in 19th-century America.
From the April 30 edition of Fox News' America Live:
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Fox News and other conservative media have promoted a video that suggests environmental regulations will cause "America to fail." But the video, created by a conservative group with a history of ethical problems, makes many misleading claims including denying global warming.
On the April 25 edition of Fox News' America Live, host Megyn Kelly interviewed Catholic League president Bill Donohue to highlight opposition by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) to recent regulations by the Obama administration intended to expand access to reproductive health. Kelly introduced the segment by citing critics' claims that the regulations are a "war on religion" by the Obama administration -- a theme Fox has obsessively pushed -- and by promoting the claim that members of the USCCB are "furious over what they view as encroachment on religious liberty."
But the reproductive health regulation isn't the only policy that the Conference has recently criticized. On April 17, the USCCB issued a statement criticizing the GOP budget proposal over cuts that would hurt "poor and vulnerable people and programs that meet their basic needs and protect their lives and dignity." From the USCCB:
As Congress began working on the FY 2013 budget and spending bills this week, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) wrote several letters that repeated and reinforced the bishops' ongoing call to create a "circle of protection" around poor and vulnerable people and programs that meet their basic needs and protect their lives and dignity." The bishops' message calls on Congress and the Administration to protect essential help for poor families and vulnerable children and to put the poor first in budget priorities. The bishop's letters oppose measures that reduce resources for essential safety net programs.
In the letters, Bishops Stephen E. Blaire of Stockton, California, and Richard E. Pates of Des Moines, Iowa, chairmen of the Committees on Domestic Justice and Human Development and International Justice and Peace, respectively, urged Congress to resist proposed cuts in hunger and nutrition programs at home and abroad saying that "a just spending bill cannot rely on disproportionate cuts in essential services to poor and vulnerable persons."
The statement outlined several "moral criteria to guide these difficult budget decisions," including "whether it protects or threatens human life and dignity," the "needs of those who are hungry and homeless," and "ordinary workers and families who struggle to live in dignity in difficult economic times." According to Bishop Stephen E. Blaire, "The House-passed budget resolution fails to meet these moral criteria."
Fox News military analysts, retired Lt. Gen. Tom McInerney and retired Lt. Col. Ralph Peters, today dismissed recently published photos of soldiers posing with Afghan corpses as an incident that "did not even rise to the level of a fraternity prank," and "young people blowing off testosterone," as Peters put it. Peters and McInerney also attacked the Los Angeles Times, the newspaper that first published the photos, and Peters went after the anonymous soldier who reportedly provided the photos, suggesting the soldier was "a misfit who couldn't measure up to the very high standards of the 82nd Airborne."
The photos have been widely condemned by the Pentagon, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, and the senior allied commander in Afghanistan, Gen. John Allen. Army spokesman Col. Tomas W. Collins was quoted as saying: "[T]hese photos are probably a manifestation of the soldiers' relief that this insurgent no longer posed a threat to them or their fellow soldiers. That cannot excuse what they did. We are the United States Army, and the world rightly has very high expectations that our soldiers will do what's right. Clearly, that didn't happen in this case." Afghan President Hamid Karzai has called the photos "inhumane and provocative."
Appearing on Fox News' America Live to talk about the controversy the photos have generated, Peters said that "the LA Times editors are liars" and that they published the photos "because their paper is on the rocks and they're trying to push up circulation." He added: "I think there really is maybe a scandal out there at the LA Times." McInerney added that the Times "is the problem" and "they should be condemned."
Peters also took the opportunity to attack the unnamed soldier, saying: "If it is a soldier, why wait two years to enforce good order and discipline? Was the soldier really in the unit? Was the soldier present at any of these events? Was the soldier a misfit who couldn't measure up to the very high standards of the 82nd Airborne?"
Media conservatives are pushing the narrative that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's attacks against President Obama over the economy will be effective because Obama favored health care reform rather than focusing on "fixing the economy." However, this narrative falters when confronted with the facts, including that Obama pushed through the first of many economic initiatives a month after he was elected -- more than a year before health care reform became law.
As companies cut ties with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) following a campaign led by ColorOfChange, Fox News has defended the conservative legislation organization, accusing ColorOfChange of using "fascist tactics" and inviting ALEC supporters and officials on to defend their actions. ALEC, an organization that drafts model bills for conservative state lawmakers, has pushed for controversial "Stand Your Ground" and voter ID laws across the country.
From the April 13 edition of Fox News' America Live:
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Coca-Cola, one of its corporate sponsors, has cut ties with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) after advocacy group Color of Change had called for a boycott of Coca-Cola due to its ties with ALEC. And Fox hasn't wasted much time coming to ALEC's defense.
As the Huffington Post reported:
The soft-drink company has severed its tieswith the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC, a conservative lobbying group that drafts legislation and sends it out to lawmakers. ALEC's fingerprints have been found on bills and laws in a number of states, and the group's opponents have grown resistant to what they call ALEC's efforts to shape the legislative agenda in a way that harms minority and low-income voters.
On Wednesday, the advocacy group Color of Change called for a boycott of Coca-Cola, one of the companies that sits on ALEC's elite Private Enterprise Board, citing ALEC's efforts to get voter ID laws passed.
In response, Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly interviewed ALEC communications director Kaityln Buss to discuss Coca-Cola's departure. Did Kelly ask about funding ALEC receives from the controversial Koch brothers? Did Kelly ask why ALEC was pushing for voter ID laws in the absence of evidence of voter fraud? Did Kelly ask about ALEC pushing the "Stand Your Ground" laws that have become infamous in the wake of the Trayvon Martin case?
No. She just provided a platform for ALEC to paint itself as innocuous.
During a speech yesterday to the Associated Press, President Obama described Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-WI) budget proposal as a "Trojan Horse" that is using the disguise of a deficit reduction plan, but is actually "an attempt to impose a radical vision on our country." Obama laid out the possible implications of the cuts in the Ryan budget "if the cuts were to be spread out evenly." Soon after, Ryan responded to the speech on his Facebook page suggesting that "the assumption that our budget makes these kinds of indiscriminate cuts is false."
And Fox News has Ryan's back.
On America Live, Fox News chief Washington correspondent Jim Angle, ostensibly part of Fox's "straight news" division, accused President Obama of using "sleight of hand" when describing the potential cuts under the Ryan budget. He went on to say Obama was "assuming across the boards cuts, but the cuts he mentioned are not part of the Ryan budget." Fox's analysis of Obama's speech is almost identical to Paul Ryan's response.
However, as Fox News contributor Sally Kohn pointed out later in the same show, Obama was filling in the blanks in Ryan's budget, which proposes large cuts in certain areas of federal spending but does not specify which programs should be cut.
Today, Fox's America Live aired a segment in which a panel discussed whether the media is giving president Obama "a pass on certain issues." The segment began with a discussion of Obama's recent comments to Dmitri Medvedev, in which he told the Russian president that he would have "more flexibility" to negotiate on the issue of missile defense after the November election. The panelists were Dana Perino, a Fox News host and former White House press secretary for President George W. Bush; Andy Card, former White House chief of staff under Bush; and Ed Gillespie, former Republican National Committee chair and counselor to Bush. America Live host Megyn Kelly moderated the panel.
Put another way: the discussion consisted of Kelly, who regularly pushes conservative positions, came to Fox "believing there was a left bias in the news," and has been criticized for showing "hints of her political outlook" from the anchor desk, along with three senior aides to Bush.
Near the beginning of the almost 11-minute segment, Kelly said to Perino: "It's been like fingernails on chalkboard for you to watch how the media reacts to President Obama making, you know -- having his open mic comment when President Bush got very different treatment after he had -- and let's just play it -- the following open mic comment with Russia." After Kelly played the clip of Bush, Perino said that Bush "was talking about getting Hezbollah -- Syria to help us get Hezbollah to stop attacking innocent people. To me that is very different than whispering sweet nothings into the ear of Dmitri Medvedev on an open mic right after a press session."
Gillespie and Card jumped in with criticism of Obama and praise for Bush on a variety of subjects. Since there were no progressives on for balance, there was no one to point out that Obama's comments were not all that controversial since, according to Obama, he was referring to the fact that anything he could do on missile defense would require bipartisan buy-in, which is not very likely during an election year.
The nearly 11-minute segment concluded with Perino, herself a Fox News host, saying: "It was great to be with friends."
Straight news, indeed.
Yesterday on Fox News, Dana Perino, former White House Press Secretary for President George W. Bush and current co-host of The Five, rebutted the notion that Republicans "just want to drill." She said: "If that were true, then you wouldn't have these DOE [Department of Energy] loans in the first place, because those were passed by a bipartisan Congress."
Perino is right that DOE's clean energy loan guarantee program was created by the Energy Policy Act of 2005, which was the product of a Republican-controlled Congress and President Bush. In fact, as Politifact noted, Bush was touting the program as late as January 6, 2009. His administration advanced Solyndra's application for a loan guarantee and Obama's American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 expanded and funded the program, including Solyndra's subsidy.
What's odd is that Fox has been criticizing Obama for pointing out this very same fact during his interview with Marketplace. Perino thinks Republicans deserve credit for creating the program. But when Obama says it, Fox claims he's "blaming" Republicans for Solyndra. In fact, right after Perino's comments, her co-hosts segued into bashing Obama for his remarks, with no one acknowledging the contradiction:
Fox even hosted Rep. Louis Gohmert (R-TX) and former Sen. George Allen (R-VA) to criticize Obama's comments, without ever mentioning that both these politicians voted in favor of the 2005 law that created the loan guarantee program.
Back in January Congressional Republicans ensured the rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline by imposing a review deadline that the Obama administration had said was not feasible. At the time, a GOP aide admitted to TPM that "It's a question of whether we'd rather have the pipeline or the issue." Ultimately, they chose to force the issue even though they knew it would likely delay or kill the pipeline. Fox News is displaying that same mindset now as Obama again announces support for the southern portion of the pipeline.
The message from Fox, as articulated by a Fox Nation headline, is that the Cushing pipeline from Oklahoma to Texas is "worthless" without the northern half of Keystone XL:
Either these Fox hosts are deliberately misleading their viewers or revealing just how shallow their understanding is of the oil pipeline they've been pushing for months. Fox has it backwards. As the State Department has explained, it's the southern portion, not the northern part of the pipeline, that oil producers really want right now:
There is currently excess cross-border pipeline capacity, but limited connections to the U.S. Gulf Coast refineries.