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  • Fox Falsely Reports That Obama Has Said Nothing About Violence Against Libyans

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    On Fox News' Special Report anchor Bret Baier and his panel repeatedly claimed President Obama "has not released a statement" condemning the violence against protesters in Libya. Baier opened the segment by stating:

    BAIER: Now believed hundreds dead, shot in the street in Tripoli, some by helicopter gunships. And we have not had a presidential statement on this issue yet. The president hasn't spoken out, has not released a statement. We did get a statement earlier about the earthquake in New Zealand, obviously also a tragedy, but what about the Obama administration's response and the exploding situation in Libya?

    Baier later said that Obama has provided "not even a line. Not even a paper release, one line."

    Charles Krauthammer also claimed Obama "has said nothing on what is happening in Libya" and added: "Why can't the president find a voice, A. for reasons of morality, simply upholding our traditions? And secondly, our strategic interests. Here are the most anti-American regimes and he says nothing."

    In fact, Obama issued a statement on February 18th stating:

    I am deeply concerned by reports of violence in Bahrain, Libya and Yemen. The United States condemns the use of violence by governments against peaceful protesters in those countries and wherever else it may occur. We express our condolences to the family and friends of those who have been killed during the demonstrations. Wherever they are, people have certain universal rights including the right to peaceful assembly. The United States urges the governments of Bahrain, Libya and Yemen to show restraint in responding to peaceful protests, and to respect the rights of their people.

    From the February 22 edition of Fox News' Special Report with Bret Baier:

  • Fox Promotes Coulter's Column Calling "Barack" A "Crazy Muslim"

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    Today Fox Nation posted an excerpt of Ann Coulter's February 16 column, which states:

    The Middle East is on fire again, and crazy Muslims with funny names aren't helping things -- Mahmoud, ElBaradei, al-Banna, Barack ...

    The major new development is that NOW liberals want to get rid of a dictator in the Middle East! Where were they when we were taking out the guy with the rape rooms?

    Coulter is not out of character with her radical remarks. After all, it wasn't that long ago that Coulter on Fox was pushing the myth that Obama "attended madrassas."

    But its notable that Fox is promoting this. Just this week Fox News' Bill O'Reilly criticized David Gregory for even bringing the issue up in an interview with John Boehner because "The issue doesn't matter. It doesn't matter. Sane clear-thinking people understand the President is not a Muslim." Bill O'Reilly has also repeatedly denied that Fox is "on a crusade to harm" Obama. Fox's record didn't support those claims in the least, and this certainly doesn't help.

    For the record, Fox News has brought Ann Coulter into our living rooms at least 32 times in the past year according to Nexis - 15 of those were on O'Reilly's own show.

    From Fox Nation:

    Coulter

  • Fox's Cameron Seeks A Victory For GOP's Health Care Repeal Effort

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    On Fox News today correspondent Carl Cameron claimed that "as a consequence" of House Republicans' push to repeal the health care reform law, Democrats are "beginning to see the things that should be modified." Cameron specifically cited a proposal to amend the requirement that businesses "report on a 1099 IRS tax form any transaction with a vendor over $600."

    From the February 2 edition of Fox News' Happening Now:

    JENNA LEE (HOST): Do we expect them to agree on anything when it comes to the health care bill?

    CAMERON: Yeah, one of the things that's happened here as a consequence of the discussion of the repeal is a number of Democrats -- there are 23 Democrats in the U.S. Senate who are up for re-election next year. And as a consequence of all this discussion of repeal, they have been forced to really focus on some of the things that many Americans and the federal judges have found objectionable. And as a consequence of that there are a number of Democrats that are actually talking about something that will pass today.

    A Republican amendment originally proposed by Mike Johanns of Nebraksa has now been essentially co-opted by Michigan Democrat Debbie Stabenow and the President supports it. It would repeal the paperwork requiring businesses to report on a 1099 IRS tax form any transaction with a vendor over $600. All sides agree that that's onerous. Changes are underway, not a repeal, but Democrats are beginning to see the things that should be modified.

    In fact, Democrats including Ben Nelson, Mark Begich, Max Baucus, and Scott Murphy worked to change the 1099 requirement last year. President Obama also called for changes to the 1099 requirement before the midterm elections. Even Nancy Pelosi was on board. So it's simply not accurate to credit the GOP's repeal push for Democrats' willingness to alter the provision, try as Carl Cameron might.

  • Fox Again Hosts Sussman's Confused Climate Analysis

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    Asserting that "there is no global warming," Brian Sussman, radio host and author of Climategate: A Veteran Meteorologist Exposes The Global Warming Scam, claimed on the Fox Business Network that the "hottest decade in history was the 1930s." In fact, Sussman's claim is based on outdated data for the United States, not on global temperature data, which shows that 2000-2009 was the warmest decade on record.

  • WSJ Falsely Claims Cap And Trade Is An "Economy Killer"

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    In her Wall Street Journal column, Kimberly Strassel claimed "the public now understands that cap and trade is an economy killer." In fact, the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office said the cap and trade bill passed by the House in 2009 would have had a "modest" impact on GDP and "only a small effect on total employment in the long run."

  • Fox Rushes To Discredit HHS Study On Pre-Existing Conditions

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    Fox News has repeatedly attempted to discredit an HHS study estimating how many people have pre-existing conditions. In doing so, Fox falsely claimed the study said 129 million people would "lose their coverage" if Republicans repealed the health care reform law, when in fact, HHS said this number represents those who, in the absense of health care reform, would face higher premiums or benefit cuts in the individual insurance market.

  • Right-Wing Media Consistently Downplayed Violent Threats Toward Obama, Dem Lawmakers

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    While the right-wing's violent rhetoric is not directly responsible for the recent tragic shooting in Arizona, the current political rhetoric has reached an unacceptable level. Yet the right-wing media have consistently downplayed displays of violence toward Democrats, portraying Democrats who received threats following the health care vote as overreacting or lying, while also downplaying the significance of protesters who attended rallies and events while armed.