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  • Market Bull: WSJ's Moore Ties Stock Market Fall To Obama Deficit Reduction Plan

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    The Wall Street Journal's Steve Moore appeared on Happening Now to discuss his opinion on the outlook for the U.S. economy. He attacked the Obama administration as "anti-business," and claimed that the market "really started to fall" around "a week and a half ago" because Obama called for tax increases that show "Washington is working against [businesses] right now."

    However, the claim that the markets "really started to fall" about "a week and a half ago" is totally divorced from reality. The stock markets actually began to plummet in July and August. Experts at the time said the plunge was due to weakening economic data.

    But if someone wanted to play Moore's game, the plunge occurred at the same time that tea party members and their right-wing media allies (including Moore) threatened to plunge this nation into default to advance their ideological agenda.

    Below the fold is the data from the Dow Jones Industrial Average, NASDAQ, and the S&P 500.

  • Lies, Damn Lies, And Statistics (Planned Parenthood Edition)

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    In a Washington Times op-ed, Denise Burke of the anti-abortion group Americans United for Life called Planned Parenthood of Indiana an "abortion-saturated" organization and suggested "women's health care isn't [Planned Parenthood's] cause -- it's abortion." However, only about 3.5 percent of Planned Parenthood of Indiana's total services in FY 2010 were abortions.

  • Fox's Weeklong Attack On Government Regulations Was Dreamed Up By Ailes

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    During the week of September 12, Fox's "straight news" division launched a weeklong attack on government regulations, including child labor, workplace safety, and civil rights laws. Fox's war on regulation, which mirrors Republican talking points, has now been revealed to be the brainchild of Fox News president Roger Ailes.

  • Conservatives Launch Bogus Attack On Obama Over FDA's Phase Out Of Certain Inhalers

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    The conservative media today attacked the Obama administration by attempting to link them to the Food and Drug Administration's decision to phase out "over-the-counter asthma inhalers containing chloroflouorocarbons (CFCs)." The Weekly Standard published a piece by Mark Hemingway headlined "Obama Administration Set to Ban Asthma Inhalers Over Environmental Concerns," which claimed that the "Obama administration would rather make people with Asthma cough up money than let them make a surely inconsequential contribution to depleting the ozone layer."

    But it turns out that the FDA was simply following through with plans put in place when George W. Bush was president.

    Hemingway reported:

    Remember how Obama recently waived new ozone regulations at the EPA because they were too costly? Well, it seems that the Obama administration would rather make people with Asthma cough up money than let them make a surely inconsequential contribution to depleting the ozone layer

    Hemingway went on to cite an Associated Press article that explains some details of the inhaler ban, but Hemingway must not have read the AP article too closely. That's because the AP reported that "[t]he FDA finalized plans to phase out the products in 2008" when Bush was president, not Obama. From the AP article:

    The FDA finalized plans to phase out the products in 2008 and currently only Armstrong Pharmaceutical's Primatene mist is available in the U.S. Other manufacturers have switched to an environmentally-friendly propellant called hydrofluoroalkane. Both types of inhalers offer quick-relief to symptoms like shortness of breath and chest tightness, but the environmentally-friendly inhalers are only available via prescription.

  • Fox/Google Debate Hosts Anti-Immigrant Hate Group FAIR For Immigration Question

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    During Thursday's Republican presidential debate hosted by Fox News and Google, moderators looked to anti-immigrant group the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) to ask the first question on immigration. Nearly 20,000 questions were reportedly submitted on a variety of topics, but for immigration, Fox chose one by FAIR spokeswoman Kristen Williamson. From the debate:

    WILLIAMSON: Struggling U.S. workers continue to compete with millions of illegal aliens. Do you support legislation to require all employers to use E-Verify in order to insure that the people that they hire are actually legally authorized to work in the U.S., and will you impose penalties against employers who continue to hire illegal workers?

    FAIR is an anti-immigrant organization considered a "hate group" by the Southern Poverty Law Center. It not only has a history of using extreme, violent, and offensive language directed at undocumented immigrants, but it has extremist ties as well.

    The second and last question about immigration submitted by a viewer that Fox chose asked: "Are you going to exert an effort to stop the abuse of U.S. citizens by illegals?"

    It's hardly surprising Fox would choose a question on immigration from an extremist group in light of the negative tone it has set in framing the immigration debate. Moreover, considering Fox has a history of advocating for the error-prone and potentially racist E-Verify program, it's also not shocking that the network chose a question that advanced the common anti-immigrant sentiment that undocumented immigrants "compete" with "struggling U.S. workers" -- a sentiment that is simply misplaced.

  • Fox's Bolling Is A Toxic Combination Of Conspiracy Theories And Hate

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    With the departure of Glenn Beck from Fox News, Eric Bolling has been auditioning to be Beck's heir by coming up with wild conspiracy theories and making comments with racial overtones. Now Bolling is expanding his repertoire to another area. Commenting on the American hikers who were recently released from an Iranian prison, Bolling said they were spies and: "I think [Iran] should have kept them." He also criticized the United States for possibly spending money to set them free. From Fox New's The Five:

    These remarks recall the widely-condemned comments of retired Col. Ralph Peters, who suggested a U.S. soldier captured by the Taliban should be left to die in order to "save us a lot of legal hassles and legal bills." (Peters subsequently walked those comments back.)

    Combine these comments with Bolling's long history of racist, false, and inflammatory rhetoric, along with his radical conspiracy theories, and you create a toxic television host who Fox graciously gives a platform to twice a night (once on Fox News' The Five, and once on Fox Business' Follow The Money) so he can push his fringe views.

  • Fox's War On Regulations Takes On Child Labor, Workplace Safety, Civil Rights Laws

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    As part of its week-long special targeting government regulations, Fox's "straight news" program, Special Report with Bret Baier, listed "jobs regulations" that supposedly "adversely impact ... small business owners in a real-time way." However, the regulations listed by Fox include vital statutes that are the bedrock of 20th and 21st Century worker protections in the United States.

  • Glenn Beck Returns To Fox To Be Mocked By Bill O'Reilly

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    Since his departure from Fox News last June, Glenn Beck has been desperately seeking attention. He scheduled an event in Jerusalem and predicted that a "pillar of fire" might appear at the event. The event was also supposed to "change the direction of the world" and open the "very gates of heaven."

    Now he returned to Fox to be interviewed by Bill O'Reilly. Beck was hawking GBTV, his Internet TV show that made its debut today. But in order to do that, he had to bear O'Reilly's mockery. O'Reilly made fun of Beck's obsession with gold, GBTV itself, and Beck's newly acquired facial hair.

    It's quite a fall for Beck.