The Politico, Roll Call, and TheHill.com uncritically quoted Republican congressmen suggesting that the DHS report on right-wing extremist groups was "politic[ally]" motivated. None of the articles noted that DHS also issued an assessment of left-wing extremism.
TheHill.com reported that Rep. Peter King "called for a hearing to investigate a Department of Homeland Security report that highlights security risks posed by extremist groups and disgruntled veterans." But The Hill did not note that the DHS cited an FBI report authored under President Bush that previously identified this pattern.
The Hill quoted a critic of proposed missile defense policy changes who claimed the proposal "will leave us vulnerable to missile attacks from countries like North Korea" without noting Secretary Gates' assertion that the changes would "focus on the rogue state and theater missile threat."
Following the release of President Obama's proposal for the fiscal year 2010 budget, media figures and outlets have promoted a number of myths and falsehoods related to the proposal.
The Hill advanced the baseless charge by the National Republican Congressional Committee that Democrats are attempting to "steal" the New York congressional and Minnesota Senate elections.
The Hill reported that "GOP critics of the reconciliation process have said that it was never intended to ram through major legislation," but did not mention that Republicans used the budget reconciliation process to pass several major Bush initiatives.
A blog post at The Hill -- linked to by the Drudge Report -- reported that Sen. Judd Gregg argued President Obama's budget would lead to a higher national debt and annual deficits than the EU allows its member states. But The Hill did not mention that the U.S. national debt had already exceeded the EU threshold before Obama even took office, that some EU member states currently have deficits or national debts that exceed EU threshold levels, or that EU rules governing deficits include exemptions for circumstances such as "a severe economic downturn."
A Hill article asserted that "[s]mall businesses are also worried about an Obama healthcare proposal that could require small firms to provide health insurance to their workers." However, during the presidential campaign, then-Sen. Barack Obama proposed requiring large businesses that do not provide employer-sponsored health coverage to pay a percentage of their payroll into a National Health Insurance Exchange but stated that small businesses would be exempt.
The Hill reported Sen. Charles Grassley's concern that President Obama was "emphasizing [other issues] to too great of an extent so people don't think he's serious about the economy. He's biting off too much, considering how bad the economy is." However, The Hill did not report that in opening remarks at a Senate Finance Committee hearing, Grassley said that he supports working on health-care reform now even though it will not singlehandedly fix the economy.
The Hill uncritically quoted the communications director for the National Republican Congressional Committee, who falsely claimed that in passing the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, "House Democrats have effectively stimulated a mouse in San Francisco Bay." In fact, as The Hill itself has previously reported, the act does not contain any language directing funds to the salt marsh harvest mouse or its San Francisco wetlands habitat.
The Hill and United Press International forwarded the frequently repeated Republican falsehood that Democrats steered money to ACORN in the recovery bill, with The Hill writing that Rep. Dave Camp "took a particular shot at ACORN, the controversial grassroots group that has lobbied for Democratic candidates, saying that the stimulus bill unfairly benefited the group." In fact, the act does not mention ACORN or otherwise single it out for funding.
A New York Times essay by Jason DeParle highlighted a resurgence of the use of the word "welfare" among conservatives, this time to attack President Obama's economy recovery plan. Indeed, while economists agree that provisions in the legislation targeting needy people are among the most economically stimulative, Media Matters documents below the pervasiveness of what DeParle called the "weaponiz[ation]" of the "very word, welfare," in the media, particularly, but not exclusively on Fox News, to denounce the stimulus bill.
On MSNBC Live, The Hill's Susan Crabtree again stated that "Democrats have spent 500,000 -- half a million dollars" in "taxpayer money" on annual retreats "over the past five years" without noting that House Republican leadership committees have been appropriated amounts of taxpayer money for salaries and expenses that are comparable to the amount given to their House Democratic counterparts. Crabtree also did not address how the House Republican leadership committees spend their "taxpayer money."
An article in The Hill -- promoted by the Drudge Report -- reported that "The House Democratic Caucus spent more than $500,000 in taxpayer money over the past five years for its annual retreats at resorts in Pennsylvania and Virginia" but failed to note that House Republican leadership committees are appropriated amounts of "taxpayer money" for salaries and expenses that are comparable to the amount given to their House Democratic counterparts. Nor did The Hill discuss how the House Republican leadership committees spend their "taxpayer money."
The Hill's Jared Allen repeated the false claim that ACORN is, in Allen's words, a "beneficiar[y] of the stimulus package," and uncritically reported NRCC communications director Ken Spain's false suggestion that the stimulus bill includes "a $4.2 billion bailout" for ACORN. In fact, the bill does not mention ACORN or otherwise single it out for funding. Additionally, the bill requires that the $4.19 billion it allocates for "neighborhood stabilization activities" be distributed through competitive processes.