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  • Right-Wing Media Are Wrong About Worker Contributions For Unions' Political Spending

    ››› ››› KEVIN ZIEBER, ANDY NEWBOLD & REMINGTON SHEPARD

    Right-wing media falsely claimed that workers at organized work places are compelled to pay dues that go toward union political activities and that so-called "right-to-work" legislation in Michigan would give workers a choice about paying for these activities. In fact, workers at unionized work places already can choose whether to pay for political activities of their union.

  • Fox's Varney Wrong About Millionaires Fleeing California, Maryland Because Of Taxes

    ››› ››› ANDY NEWBOLD & THOMAS BISHOP

    Fox Business host Stuart Varney claimed that higher taxes on millionaires caused wealthy residents to flee from California and Maryland, leading to lower tax revenues for those states. However, studies show that very few affluent citizens migrate after "millionaire taxes" are imposed, and that the recession is to blame for the decline of millionaires in Maryland.

  • Fox Compares Costas' Remarks To Hank Williams Jr.'s Nazi Smear, Don Imus' Insult

    Blog ››› ››› ANDY NEWBOLD

    Fox News host Megyn Kelly and frequent Fox guest Lars Larson attempted to compare Bob Costas' discussion of gun control to Hank Williams Jr. associating Obama with Hitler and Don Imus calling a women's basketball team "nappy-headed hos." 

    Fox has joined the right-wing media in criticizing NBC's Costas for questioning America's gun culture following the murder-suicide committed by Kansas City Chiefs football player Jovan Belcher. On the December 3 edition of Fox's America's Newroom, Larson and host Megyn Kelly attempted to make a series of bizarre comparisons between Costas' comments and remarks by former MSNBC host Don Imus and former ESPN personality Hank Williams Jr. that led to their termination with their respective broadcasting outlets. Following comments by Fox News contributor Kristen Powers suggesting that Costas shouldn't be fired for expressing an opinion, as Larson urged, Larson and Kelly responded:

    LARSON: When you say you shouldn't be fired for casting an opinion, ask Don Imus about that. He was fired for saying something incredibly stupid and incredibly degrading about young --

    KELLY: Well, Hank Williams. Remember Hank Williams made those comments  --

    LARSON: Or Hank Williams.

    KELLY: -- and he got fired from the NFL.

    Larson was referring to Imus in 2007 calling the Rutgers women's basketball team "nappy-headed hos," and Kelly's reference was to Williams comparing President Obama to Hitler just last year during an appearance on Fox & Friends.

    In response to Larson and Kelly, Powers threw her hands to her head in disbelief: "I'm sorry, are we really comparing wanting gun laws to saying racist things?" 

  • Following GOP Loss, Rush Limbaugh Downplays His Influence On Republican Party

    Blog ››› ››› ANDY NEWBOLD & THOMAS BISHOP

    Rush LimbaughRush Limbaugh complained that he was being attacked by Republicans following Mitt Romney's loss, claiming he has no influence over party decisions. But Limbaugh has a long history of touting his power and influence on conservatives and party officials.

    On the November 19 edition of his syndicated radio show,  Limbaugh complained that he was being blamed for Romney losing to President Obama, claiming that attacks against him by conservative consultants are unfair because he doesn't have "authority or power" in the Republican Party:

    LIMBAUGH: You guys need to start asking yourselves some questions. You pick the candidates and you're getting the candidates that you want. You're getting the issues that you want. I'm not in charge of any Republican Party platform. I'm not in charge of anybody's campaign.  I have nothing to say, officially or unofficially, about what the Republican Party does as it tries to win elections. Zilch, zero, nada. I am simply a powerful, influential member of the media commenting on such things.  But I can tell you that very little of what I thought should have happened in the campaign, very little of what I thought should have happened actually did. You wouldn't find my fingerprints on much of this at all because not much of it is stuff I would have done had I had the authority or power, which I didn't.

    But Limbaugh hasn't always felt that he lacked influence in the GOP  -- just a few months ago, Limbaugh was asserting his influence by suggesting he had greater authority than most in the Republican establishment. During his August 21 show, Limbaugh urged Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) to  withdraw from the Missouri Senate race because of his "legitimate rape" remarks. The next day, Limbaugh guaranteed that if he had explicitly asked Akin to leave, his voice would have swayed the congressman: "Folks, if I had demanded Akin drop out, he'd be gone."

  • Fox's Economic Argument For Secession Would Actually Create A "Confederacy of Takers"

    Blog ››› ››› ANDY NEWBOLD

    Fox News' The Five argued that petitions created and signed by people calling for secession from the United States following President Obama's re-election were justified because conservative-leaning "red states" are more financially responsible than liberal-leaning "blue states." But data shows that secession would lead to what is being called a "Confederacy of Takers" because "red states" tend to receive more in federal benefits than they pay in taxes, while "blue states" typically receive less.

    In 2011, Obama established a mechanism for people to create and sign petitions on the White House website, and if any petition receives 25,000 or more signatures within 30 days, White House officials will respond to the petition. In the days following Obama's re-election, people have filed secession petitions for several states, including Mississippi and Alabama.

    Fox's The Five gave credence to the states calling for secession, suggesting that some of the red states that filed the petitions have an economic argument. Co-host Greg Gutfeld proposed pitting "red states" featured in the secession petitions -- such as Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas -- against "blue states" and seeing who succeeds financially. Guest co-host and Fox regular KT McFarland suggested it was the "richer states," particularly the Southern states, that will have to bail out "bankrupt" states like California. Co-host Kimberly Guilfoyle was similarly frustrated at states "sponging off the states that are making money."

    However, according to 2010 data compiled by Talking Points Memo from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis and the Internal Revenue Service, "red states" generally are receiving more from the federal government in benefits than they pay in taxes when compared to "blue states." Indeed, a chart made by TPM shows that several of the states calling for secession (and defended by Fox News) pay on average less in taxes than they receive in federal benefits:

  • Sunday Shows Ignore The Most Important Economic Issue: Jobs

    Blog ››› ››› ANDY NEWBOLD

    Four of the five major Sunday morning political shows ignored the issue of job creation and economic growth, which economists and voters say are the most important economic issues facing the nation. Instead, the economic discussion on the November 11 editions of these shows focused almost exclusively on the debate over how to achieve deficit reduction.

    Among the participants in the major Sunday shows, NBC's Meet the Press, CBS' Face the Nation, ABC's This Week with George Stephanopoulos, Fox Broacasting's Fox News Sunday, and CNN's State of the Union, only This Week guest Katrina vanden Heuvel pointed out that the exit polls found that voters say the government should focus on job creation rather than deficit reduction.

    By contrast, Meet the Press guest Bob Woodward identified deficits and debt as " the big issue" the government must solve. Woodward went on to suggest that Obama should be looking for a "payoff for everyone in the community, not just his base."

    WOODWARD: I think the big picture here is that President Obama has got to deliver on the big issue, which is fixing the financial house of the U.S. federal government. It is in disarray. It's not just the fiscal cliff, it's $16 trillion in IOUs out in the world. In a couple of months, in February or March, they are going to have to renegotiate an authority -- lending and borrowing authority -- for another trillion or two dollars, and if the president can fix that and put us on some sort of path of restoration for the economy, that is a payoff for everyone in the community, not just his base.

    And he's got to think much more broadly. The job of the president is to find the next stage of good for a real majority and he's capable of doing it.

    The Associated Press analyzed data of national exit polls following the presidential election and found that 59 percent of voters interviewed listed the economy as the biggest issue facing the country. In comparison, only 15 percent said that deficits were the most important issue. Similarly, when asked about specific economic concerns, nearly 40 percent of voters said unemployment was the "biggest economic problem facing voters like them." 

    Economists and other experts also say that job creation and economic growth are the most important issue facing the country.

  • Fox Echoes GOP's Bogus Claim That Taxes On Wealthiest Will Hurt Economy, Jobs

    ››› ››› MIKE BURNS, ANDY NEWBOLD & REMINGTON SHEPARD

    Fox News guests have repeated House Speaker John Boehner's claim that raising taxes would slow down the economy and hurt job creation. In fact, independent research shows that raising tax rates on the wealthy would have little to no impact on the economy and would decrease the deficit, while lowering taxes for the rich does not boost the economy or create jobs.

  • Fox's Cavuto Hides Democrats' Willingness To Compromise To Avoid Automatic Budget Cuts

    ››› ››› ANDY NEWBOLD

    Fox News' Neil Cavuto covered up Democrats' willingness to compromise to avoid a series of automatic tax increases and spending cuts in January 2013, claiming that only Republicans are willing to make concessions. But Democratic leaders have made clear that they are open to revising social insurance programs, and it was Republicans who obstructed compromise on previous budget deals.