Fox News' Sean Hannity and CNN's Kiran Chetry cited a USA Today article to claim or speculate that political favoritism played a role in the distribution of funds from the recovery act. However, the article itself stated, "Investigators who track the stimulus are skeptical that political considerations could be at work."
Sean Hannity has repeatedly smeared progressives and Democrats by cropping their comments in ways that misrepresented them. Most recently, he cropped President Obama's answer to a question about the Cold War to falsely suggest he wasn't acknowledging the achievements of past presidents in freeing Eastern Europe.
Referring to a British man who "superglued his tooth together," Sean Hannity stated: "The Democrats have their way [on health-care reform], get your superglue ready." However, a U.S. woman reportedly has also glued in her teeth because of the costs of dental care.
Sean Hannity deceptively cropped President Obama's answer to a question about the Cold War to suggest that Obama did not acknowledge the actions of past U.S. presidents in freeing Eastern Europe.
From the July 7 edition of Fox News' Hannity:
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Media figures have used a recent comment by Vice President Biden -- that the Obama administration "misread how bad the economy was" -- to suggest that the economic recovery package is a complete failure, rather than noting the assessment by economists then and now that the legislation does not go far enough and that further stimulus spending may be necessary.
Sean Hannity claimed, "This is the coolest June on record, the eighth coolest, and they're going back to the 1800s." But Hannity appeared to be referring to a National Weather Service statement about the weather in June in New York's Central Park -- not about the entire planet.
Sean Hannity hosted Ralph Reed, who cited a study by the Tax Foundation, which, he said, "shows" that "the cap-and-tax burden falls heaviest on the poor and the lower middle class." However, the study did not consider the effect of the government's distribution of revenue generated by a cap-and-trade system to lower-income households.
Sean Hannity and Karl Rove falsely claimed that President Obama made a campaign promise of "no earmarks." In fact, Obama actually promised to reform the earmark process and cut wasteful spending, not to end all earmarks.
Several Fox News figures have used a purportedly "suppressed" EPA document to advance the falsehood that, in Steve Doocy's words, "for the last 11 years, temperatures had been dropping."
Several Fox News hosts have expressed bewilderment, disappointment, and denial about Al Franken's victory in the Minnesota Senate race.
From the June 29 edition of Fox News Channel's Hannity:
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Brian Kilmeade and Bret Baier falsely suggested that only Republicans had called the ABC health care special with President Obama an "infomercial." In fact, numerous Fox News personalities, including Kilmeade, and the network's Fox Nation website, echoed Republicans and called the ABC special an "infomercial."
Sean Hannity again repeated the Republican claim that President Obama's energy proposal would cost as much as $3,000 per family. But that figure is based on a distortion of an MIT study, and a CBO analysis of a version of the bill passed by a House committee estimated that the net impact to households would be significantly lower.
Sean Hannity selectively cited "the impact of the CBO numbers and the CBO scoring" while discussing health care reform, but not CBO's estimate for cap-and-trade legislation.