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  • Fox Promotes Deceptive Ad Accusing Obama Of Taking All The Bin Laden Credit

    ››› ››› ZACHARY PLEAT, ANDY NEWBOLD & MARCUS FELDMAN

    Fox News figures are promoting an ad produced by Veterans for a Strong America that deceptively edited statements by President Obama to portray him as taking all the credit for the raid that killed Osama bin Laden. In fact, fuller context of the speeches that the ad excerpts makes clear that Obama did give credit to the troops for the bin Laden raid, a fact that Fox's own Megyn Kelly has noted.

  • Appearing For The Defense Of Arizona's Controversial Immigration Law: Fox News

    ››› ››› ANDY NEWBOLD

    This Wednesday the U.S. Supreme Court will decide if portions of Arizona's controversial immigration enforcement law, Senate Bill 1070, are inconsistent with federal law and therefore must be struck down. Fox has taken this opportunity to push misleading talking points about Arizona's immigration enforcement law and to continue to fearmonger about crime in Arizona.

  • Right-Wing Media Try To Distract From Obama's Proposals To Have The Rich Pay Their Fair Share

    Blog ››› ››› ANDY NEWBOLD

    President Obama has proposed increasing tax rates on wealthier Americans -- including himself -- while conservatives have fought to defend the rich from any attempts to increase their taxes. But despite their fight to stop all proposals aimed at having the rich pay their fair share, the right-wing media have attacked Obama over the effective federal tax rate he and his wife Michelle paid on their 2011 income.

    Andrea Tantaros, a co-host of Fox News' The Five, said that the problem isn't that Obama pays "what effectively is a tax rate of about 20 percent," but that "he begrudges everybody else for doing" the same thing. She suggested that Obama should "lead by example and simplify the tax code" because "he's using all these same loopholes."

    In a post titled "Obama Family Tax Shelter: First Family Transfer Wealth, Avoids Taxes," The Washington Free Beacon wrote: "There is nothing illegal about the president's taking advantage of this tax shelter, but it does raise eyebrows given that he has lamented the myriad tax exemptions used by the wealthy -- 'millionaires and billionaires' like himself -- to pay less in taxes. He has yet to propose a comprehensive plan to reform the byzantine tax code."

    The Fox Nation and Drudge Report also highlighted Obama's tax returns.

    However, when Obama recently made the case for the Buffett Rule, which would set a minimum effective tax rate for millionaires, conservatives accused Obama of waging "class warfare."

    When, in 2011, Obama released a jobs plan that would be paid for in part by limiting the deductions that could be claimed on wealthier taxpayers' tax returns, conservatives responded by shouting "class warfare" and accusing Obama of "soak[ing] the rich."

    And when, in 2010, Obama sought the elimination of the Bush tax cuts for the highest earners, conservatives advanced several dubious claims to suggest that ending the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy would hurt "many small businesses" and hinder job growth.

  • WaPo's Henderson Highlights How Fox News Might "Hint At" Racially Charged Language

    Blog ››› ››› ANDY NEWBOLD

    Today on NBC's The Chris Matthews Show, The Washington Post's Nia-Malika Henderson shed some light on Fox News' role in trumpeting racially charged rhetoric that aims to otherize President Obama.

    If past is prologue, Henderson is right to voice concern that Fox News might "hint" at this type of language: Fox News already has a long history of race-baiting attacks on Obama.

    Just last year, Fox News host Eric Bolling came under widespread criticism after he said Obama was hosting "hoodlum[s]" in "the hizzouse" referring to the White House hosting Ali Bongo, the Gabonese president, and American hip-hop artist and actor, Common. Bolling also drew heavy criticism after posting to his Twitter account that Obama was "Chuggging 40's" in Ireland "while tornadoes ravage MO."

    Former Fox New host Glenn Beck once infamously called President Obama a "racist" with a "deep-seated hatred for white people." Beck also suggested that Obama refused to meet with a BP chief because he was a "white CEO."

    Recently, discussing the controversial shooting of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, Fox News' Dick Morris said Obama "intervened" in the case because he wants to "rekindle the sense of black victimization."

    Henderson's comments, in response to Dan Rather's statement that "race will be a factor in this presidential campaign," serves as a reminder that Fox News itself could play a role in amplifying the role that race plays in the 2012 campaign.