Conservative media have continued to cover up the fact that many Catholic and other religious institutions have come out in support of the Obama administration's policy that ensures women have access to affordable insurance coverage for birth control while making sure no religious organization has to pay for this coverage. Their concealment of this fact came in response to evangelical Wheaton College's announcement that it will join a lawsuit against the policy.
Fox News is falsely accusing the Obama administration of "thumbing its nose" at the Supreme Court's recent decision to strike down most of Arizona's controversial immigration law. In fact, the federal government is continuing to enforce immigration law in a manner consistent with the Supreme Court decision.
The court on Monday struck down most of the law, but allowed the so-called "show me your papers" provision of the law to go into effect. In response, the Department of Homeland Security announced that federal officials will not respond to every traffic stop at which Arizona authorities claim to have an undocumented immigrant in their custody. Federal officials will continue to take into custody immigrants with a criminal record and other people who meet federal immigration enforcement authority. DHS is also rescinding its immigration enforcement partnership program with Arizona.
While this announcement is in no way at odds with the court's ruling, Fox News is citing as evidence that the Obama administration is in defiance of the court.
Sean Hannity claimed that Obama was "basically thumbing his nose at the judiciary branch."
Other Fox commentators made similar comments. Fox News contributor Charles Krauthammer claimed that Obama was acting "high handed and lawless." And Fox News host Greta Greta Van Susteren claimed the president "snub[bed] his finger, a little bit, at the full court."
In fact, the DHS announcement is perfectly consistent with the Supreme Court's decision. The Supreme Court said that ICE must "respond to any request made by state officials for verification of a person's citizenship status." And DHS will indeed continue to verify an individual's immigration status on request. But the Supreme Court did not impose additional limitations on the federal government such as a requirement that the federal government must arrest all the people that Arizona wants arrested.
Under the court's ruling, the federal government retains its well-established power to use its discretion to decide who it wants to deport.
From the June 25 edition of Fox News' America's Newsroom:
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From the May 21 edition of Fox News' America Live:
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In a National Review blog post, Katrina Trinko falsely accused Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren of plagiarism. She alleged that Warren lifted passages for her 2005 book All Your Worth, which she co-wrote with her daughter Amelia Warren Tyagi, from another book:
Trinko has since deleted that blog post and published a correction:
I took down my earlier post on Elizabeth Warren plagiarizing from the book Getting On the Money Track. On Amazon.com, the Warren book All Your Worth is listed as having been published January 9, 2006. As it turns out, that is the paperback publication date; the hardback book was published in March 2005. As such, it appears that Getting on the Money Track (published in October 2005) plagiarized from All Your Worth, not the other way around.
I apologize for the error.
On Fox News' flagship news program, Special Report, guest host Shannon Bream repeated National Review's false report:
Will Special Report issue a correction on Monday?
This week, Fox News correspondent Shannon Bream continued the network's campaign to advance the Republican narrative that states need to implement voter identification laws to stop voter fraud by pointing to a poll showing results that validate those concerns. The poll, commissioned by the network, found that a majority of respondents agreed that "voter identification laws are needed to stop illegal voting." But evidence shows that such laws have kept many eligible voters, including the elderly and racial minorities, from voting.
During an April 18 Special Report segment on voter ID laws, Bream highlighted the concerns of the NAACP and Color of Change that the laws could depress minority turnout during elections, but countered those concerns by touting a Fox News opinion poll:
BREAM: A brand-new Fox News poll shows by a two-to-one margin Americans do not believe those who support voter ID laws are trying to block legal votes by minorities. In fact, 70 percent reported they believed the laws are necessary to stop illegal voting.
But the poll is problematic in several ways, namely that it ignored the facts surrounding the issue.
Echoing talking points from the American Petroleum Institute, right-wing media are denying that the tax incentives oil companies receive are a subsidy. However, experts say that such incentives -- legally categorized as tax expenditures -- have effects similar to more direct cash transfers from the government, and tax expenditures make up a major part of the government's energy policy.
Today, Fox "straight news" program America Live hosted Karl Rove for the ostensible purpose of discussing a recent court ruling requiring greater disclosure for certain political ads. But the segment began with Fox airing, in full, the latest ad from Rove's American Crossroads attacking President Obama for uncontroversial comments Obama made to Russian President Dmitri Medvedev about the difficulty of negotiating national security issues during an election year.
During the discussion on the court ruling, Rove managed to suggest that groups on the political left were trying to intimidate his group just as "segregationist attorney generals tr[ied] to shut down the NAACP" during the civil rights era.
After discussing the court ruling, guest host Shannon Bream returned to the subject of the ad. She played a clip of Vice President Joe Biden saying that Obama was just "stating the obvious" in his comments to Medvedev.
Rove responded by calling Biden's comments "just insane." Rove then continued to attack Biden and Obama, claiming that Obama basically told Medvedev that after the election "I'm willing to do something for Russia that you'll like but that the American people won't like."
Rove also said that Biden "was out to lunch on this as, candidly, he is most of the time."
And Fox shows no signs of stopping this promotion anytime soon.
Fox News reporter Shannon Bream said that during Supreme Court deliberations on the health care reform law, "some of the different justices talked about the Cornhusker Kickback and other things that were tucked into the law so that votes would be gotten along the way." In fact, the provision in question, which would have provided extra Medicaid funding for Nebraska, was removed and is not part of the health care reform law.
Nearly four years ago, Associated Press reporters Ron Fournier and Liz Sidoti opened an interview with Sen. John McCain before the nation's newspaper editors by lavishing the then-presidential candidate with his "favorite treat," donuts ("with sprinkles!"). The gift was quickly panned as a symbol of the free ride that the press had given a thankful McCain for years ("we're his base," in the words of Chris Matthews).
This morning, Fox set a new standard in sugar-based obsequiousness, closing an interview by giving their "star" Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) -- who Fox figures have lavishly praised -- a birthday cake.
Fox News Sunday anchor Chris Wallace concluded today's interview with Ryan by noting that "it's your birthday ... your 42nd birthday." A Fox staffer then walked onto the set holding a sheet cake decorated with a large dollar sign. Ryan, clearly surprised, laughed and said, "You've gotta be kidding me. Oh, my God. Where did you get this?" After Wallace joked that he made it himself, the two turned the cake's dollar sign into a plug for Ryan's calls to cut the budget:
WALLACE: I was up all night making it.
RYAN: Yeah, yeah you were.
WALLACE: You want to cut into that sucker?
RYAN: I don't know.
WALLACE: We -- it's the federal dollar. Don't you want to -- ? (laughing)
RYAN: Yeah, I see that. Right. Well, we need to make more of these for people in this country. Not cakes, dollars.
Wallace insisted Ryan cut the cake for what he admitted was a "photo op." Get it? Ryan was cutting the federal budget.
On the October 16 edition of Fox News' America's News HQ, host Shannon Bream turned to Joel Rosenberg to discuss the alleged plot by an Iranian-American man, Mansour J. Arbabsiar, to assassinate Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the United States. Bream introduced Rosenberg as "an author that some are calling a 'modern-day Nostradamus'":
BREAM: The Iranian plot FBI director Mueller has talked about this week also reads like the pages of a soon-to-be-released novel by an author that some are calling a "modern-day Nostradamus." Joel Rosenberg's new book, The Tehran Initiative, bears an eerie, uncanny resemblance to current events. And it isn't the first time he's written fiction that's foreshadowed the future - it's a special gift I think he has.
Bream then allowed Rosenberg to discuss his thoughts on Arbadsiar's failed attempts and U.S.-Iranian relations.
So what exactly makes Rosenberg a "modern-day Nostradamus"?
Rosenberg, who appeared on Glenn Beck's former Fox show, has repeatedly fearmongered about the End Times. During a speech at the 2011 Epicenter Conference in Jerusalem, Rosenberg laid out how he believes we are fast-approaching Rapture and the return of Jesus Christ. Discussing the events of the post-Rapture Tribulation, Rosenberg explained that "only falling upon the name and calling upon the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, that's the only way that we can be saved."
Rosenberg has also written extensively about the various "signs" indicating the Second Coming of Jesus Christ may be imminent (including the "supersign" that was the "rebirth of Israel in 1948").
Moreover, on his website, Rosenberg is described as "a follower of Jesus Christ with a passion to make disciples of all nations and teach Bible prophecy." In a section about his "spiritual journey," Rosenberg also celebrates the "record numbers" of Jews "turning to Jesus" and "getting excited about His Second Coming."
For more on Rosenberg's background, see here.
In a Newsweek article titled "Roger's Reality Show," Howard Kurtz wrote that Fox executives acknowledge that the news channel "took a hard right turn." This admission confirms what has long been clear: that Fox's news division has been slanted.
Led by journalists at Fox News, media figures have mocked the Obama administration for using the phrase "federal family" to refer to federal agencies involved in Hurricane Irene relief efforts, suggesting that the administration invented the phrase as a "euphemism" for "federal government." However, "federal family" is not a new phrase; it dates back to at least George H.W. Bush's administration and was regularly used by members of George W. Bush's administration when discussing disaster relief.
From the August 31 edition of Fox News' Happening Now:
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From the August 25 edition of Fox News' Special Report with Bret Baier:
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