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  • Rush Limbaugh's Proof Of An Iranian Nuclear Weapon: A Picture Of A Missile

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    Rush Limbaugh claimed that a picture given to him by "friends in the military" was proof of an Iranian missile that could be used for a nuclear weapon. But U.S. officials and defense experts have explained that Iran is not capable of having a nuclear weapon at this time.

    During the October 11 vice presidential debate, Vice President Joe Biden stated that "we will not allow the Iranians to get a nuclear weapon." Biden went on to explain that even if the Iranians "get to the point where they can enrich uranium enough to put into a weapon ... they don't have a weapon to put it into."

    Limbaugh disagreed with the vice president's statement that the Iranians did not have a weapon for a nuclear bomb. On the October 12 edition of his syndicated radio show, Limbaugh mocked Biden, purporting to quote him as saying, "They don't have a missile. But I'm telling you, they don't have a weapon."

    Later, Limbaugh went after Biden again, claiming that "I've got a picture ... right here" of an Iranian missile. Pointing to his computer, he continued:

    LIMBAUGH: Who says the Iranians don't have a missile? I've got a picture of one right here. I have friends in the military. They have pictures of things. There's a picture -- aren't the Iranians test-firing missiles over there? I don't know where they are ending up. But who says they don't have a missile, Joey? Who's telling him?

  • Limbaugh Peddles Hysteria Over Possibility That Libya Embassy Was Recruiting Gay People

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    Rush Limbaugh hyped a right-wing media story that suggested the U.S. Embassy in Libya's hiring process favored bodyguards who were same-sex partners of government employees. However, the actual application's selection process simply reads that preference is given to veterans and family members of government employees, a category which includes same-sex spouses.

    On his radio program, Rush Limbaugh touted a story by right-wing news site CNS.com which claimed that the U.S. Embassy in Libya "gave preference to" same-sex spouses or domestic partners of government employees for bodyguard positions. Limbaugh used the story to attack the embassy for its hiring process of bodyguards, claiming "they solicited for same-sex couples" in the job notices. 

    In a later segment, Limbaugh went on to claim that being the same-sex domestic partner of a U.S. government employee was "a job prerequisite" for the position. From the show:

    However, the job posting -- which was posted in January -- does not list same-sex domestic partners of government employees as a prerequisite. The applications specifically states, "When fully qualified, US Citizen Eligible Family Members (USEFMs) and US Veterans are given preference."

  • Fox Goes All In Against Big Bird

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    Following the first presidential debate, Fox has enthusiastically echoed Mitt Romney's call to end public funding for Sesame Street and other public broadcasting. Fox's attacks on public broadcasting have focused on criticism of Big Bird.

  • Fox Attacks White House For Same Response To Venezuela Presidential Election As Bush

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    Fox's Neil Cavuto attacked President Obama for "congratulating" Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on winning the recent presidential election. But the White House did not congratulate Chavez at all; rather they congratulated the Venezuelan people for a high participation and a "peaceful election process," a response nearly identical to the one issued by President Bush in 2006.

    During the October 9 edition of Fox News' Your World, host Neil Cavuto reacted to a statement by White House press secretary Jay Carney on the Venezuelan election by asking if the White House gave "its blessings to a dictator critics say is muscling into his job for life?" When asked for commentary on the White House's response, Fox News contributor John Bolton suggested it "was a big mistake" and "very sad commentary." Bolton went on to attack Obama, claiming "it may have been Chicago-style politics that attracted the approval" of the White House:

    However, the White House statement never congratulated Hugo Chavez on his victory. In a press gaggle en route to Bakersfield, California, press secretary Jay Carney told reporters pointed out "differences with President Chavez" but congratulated Venezuela on "a high level of participation" and a "relatively peaceful election process":

  • If The Right-Wing Media Are Right, Romney Is In Favor Of "Death Panels"

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    Right-wing media are reviving the "death panels" lie in reaction to Mitt Romney's criticism of a health-care advisory board during the first presidential debate. In fact, that board, established under the 2010 health care reform law, is forbidden from rationing health care, and Romney's own health care reform in Massachusetts includes a similar unelected board.

  • Bolling Falsely Accuses Obama Of Voting Against Katrina Relief Funds

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    Fox's Eric Bolling suggested that President Obama was hypocritical in his criticism of the government's response to Katrina by claiming Obama voted against waiving a bill that restricted emergency funding while accusing former President Bush of refusing to waive those same funds. But Obama, who strongly supported the measure, voted for a previous version of the bill which would have provided the same relief funds, but also included a timetable for withdrawal from the Iraq war.

    While hyping the Daily Caller's 2007 video that purportedly showed "racially-charged rhetoric" from then-Senator Obama, The Five co-host Eric Bolling claimed that Obama voted against waiving the Stafford Act, which mandates local governments match a portion of federal relief funds, while attacking the government for not waiving the Act:

    But Bolling's attack is way off base. Then-Senator Obama did vote to waive the Stafford Act for Katrina relief. In fact, he was one of the Senate's major proponents for waiving the Stafford Act.

    In 2007, two similar supplemental spending bills contained funding for Katrina relief that was not subject to Stafford Act restriction.  At the time Obama opposed one version of the bill because it did not contain a timeline for U.S. withdrawal from Iraq. In a May 24, 2007, statement explaining his vote against the U.S. Troop Readiness, Veterans' Care, Katrina Recovery, and Iraq Accountability Appropriations Act, Obama said: "With my vote today, I am saying to the President that enough is enough. We must negotiate a better plan that funds our troops, signals to the Iraqis that it is time for them to act and that begins to bring our brave servicemen and women home safely and responsibly."

    While Obama voted against the 2007 supplemental spending bill Eric Bolling is referring to, he voted for the other version of the supplemental bill that included both a timetable for U.S. troop withdrawal from Iraq and a waiver for the Stafford Act that would provide relief to New Orleans. 

  • Brit Hume Attacks Obama By Misleading On Recession And Recovery

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    On Fox's Special Report, senior political analyst Brit Hume attacked President Obama for overseeing a weak recovery, suggesting recessions caused by a financial crisis usually lead to "strong, sharp recoveries." However, economists say that recessions caused by financial crises, like the most recent recession, are more severe and have slower recoveries, and that Obama's economic policies have helped the recovery.