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  • Fox's New Low: Accusing Obama Admin. Of Abandoning Americans To Die In Libya


    Fox News hosts and contributors repeatedly suggested that the Obama administration made a "political decision" to allow Americans to be killed in the September 11 Benghazi, Libya, attack on an American compound. But U.S. agents and the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli rushed to the aid of the compound during the attack, and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has said that the attack was over before the U.S. military had sufficient information on which to act.

  • Fox's Van Susteren Misrepresents State Dept. Emails To Rehash Tired Libya Talking Points


    Fox host Greta Van Susteren claimed that recently released State Department emails prove that the Obama administration knew the attack in Benghazi, Libya, was an act of terrorism as it was happening and that it was "ridiculous" for the administration to link the attack to an anti-Islam video. Yet the emails show only that the State Department was aware that an Islamist militia had taken credit for the attack, and other reporting has indicated that the anti-Islam video did, in fact, play a role in the attack.

  • Keystone Shutdown Highlights Fox's Dubious Claims About Pipeline Safety

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    TransCanada Corp. recently announced that it has temporarily shut down the existing portion of its Keystone pipeline due to safety concerns. Fox News figures previously attacked the Obama administration for delaying a decision on the Keystone pipeline extension because of environmental and safety concerns, claiming that the project posed no such threats.

  • Libya Misinformation: Fox Anchor Dismisses Anti-Muslim Video That Sparked Global Riots

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    Fox News anchor Martha MacCallum attacked the Obama administration for referencing an anti-Muslim video produced in the U.S. in statements about the attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi, calling mentions of the video a "red herring." In fact, the video was linked to protests in at least 20 Muslim countries, and recent reporting says that the attackers at the Benghazi compound were motivated by the video.

  • NBC's Gregory Lets Bob McDonnell Misstate Obama's Tax Plan

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    NBC host David Gregory covered up a distortion of the Obama administration's tax plan by Bob McDonnell, letting the Republican Virginia governor claim that Vice President Joe Biden said the administration plans to "raise your taxes about $2 trillion" when in fact the administration has only proposed raising taxes on the wealthiest Americans.

    McDonnell appeared on Meet the Press today to discuss, among other things, the October 11 vice-presidential debate. Commenting on Biden's performance, McDonnell claimed that Biden's remarks affirmed that "absolutely, Obama and Biden are going to raise your taxes about $2 trillion over the next couple months -- over the next four years."

    Gregory made no effort to point out that McDonnell misstated the administration's tax plan. Biden did not say the administration will raise everyone's taxes, but very clearly restated the Obama administration's stance that tax cuts should expire for the wealthiest Americans, while tax cuts for middle-class Americans should be extended.

    Indeed, during the vice-presidential debate, moderator Martha Raddatz, a reporter for ABC, asked Biden, "If your ticket is elected, who will pay more in taxes? Who will pay less?" The vice president replied that the Obama administration wants to "extend permanently the middle-class [Bush] tax cut" and allow "the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy" to expire:

    VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN: The middle class will pay less, and people making a million dollars or more will begin to contribute slightly more. Let me give you one concrete example: the continuation of the Bush tax cuts. We're arguing that the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy should be allowed to expire. Of the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy, 800 million -- billion dollars of that goes to people making a minimum of a million dollars. We see no justification in these economic times for those -- and they're patriotic Americans. They're -- they're not asking for this continued tax cut; they're not suggesting it; but my friends are insisting on it. A hundred and twenty thousand families, by continuing that tax cut, will get an additional $500 billion in tax relief in the next 10 years, and their income is an average of $8 million.

    We want to extend permanently the middle-class tax cut for -- permanently from the Bush middle-class tax cut.

    Gregory also made no mention of the fact that analysts have said it's the Romney-Ryan plan that could actually raise taxes on the middle class. Studies from the Tax Policy Center concluded that Romney's tax plan would almost certainly have to "increase the tax burdens on middle- and/or lower-income taxpayers" in order to remain revenue neutral.

  • Rove Echoes Myth That Obama Doesn't Receive Intel Briefings To Attack Him Over Libya

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    Fox News contributor Karl Rove claimed that President Obama skipped intelligence briefings following the September 11 attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya. In fact, Obama received multiple intelligence briefings after the attack, including on September 12, and the right-wing media claim that Obama regularly skips presidential daily briefings has been refuted.

  • Right-Wing Media Attack Early Voting


    Right-wing media have attacked early voting, claiming it leads to fraud, pushes uninformed voters to cast ballots too early, and is unconstitutional and untraditional. In fact, early voting increases the integrity of the voting process, and the vast majority of early votes are cast in the final two weeks before the election by decided voters. Early voting dates back to the founding of the country.

  • Limbaugh Tries To Erase Romney's Dismissal Of 47 Percent Of Americans

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    Rush Limbaugh repeatedly claimed that Mitt Romney never characterized 47 percent of the country as victims, dismissing such a notion as a coordinated attack from the Obama campaign and the media. But video released by Mother Jones earlier this month does show Romney speaking derisively about the 47 percent of Americans who don't pay federal income taxes.

    While talking about the election during today's broadcast, Limbaugh aired a clip of Obama referring to the Mother Jones video, then claimed that Romney "never talked about" 47 percent of Americans "being victims":

    LIMBAUGH: You see, Obama thinks he's got a great campaign issue, folks. He's running around, he's saying that 47 percent of the people are not victims. He's putting words in Romney's mouth. He's misrepresenting what Romney was saying. He's taking it out of context. Romney never talked about them being victims.

    In another segment, Limbaugh aired soundbites of a dozen media figures discussing the video. Limbaugh then said: "So you got a coordinated attack, White House to the media, this to explain why the polls are showing Obama running away with it. And now Obama out saying, 'There aren't any victims. I don't want to run a country with a bunch of victims. That's what Romney is talking about.' Romney's never said that."

    But the notion that Mitt Romney denigrated 47 percent of Americans is not a "coordinated attack" led by Obama and "the media." Here are Romney's own words, from the secretly taped speech he gave at a private campaign function in May (emphasis added):

    ROMNEY: There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. That that's an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what.

    And I mean the president starts off with 48, 49 -- he starts off with a huge number. These are people who pay no income tax. Forty-seven percent of Americans pay no income tax. So our message of low taxes doesn't connect. So he'll be out there talking about tax cuts for the rich. I mean, that's what they sell every four years.

    And so, my job is not to worry about those people. I'll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.