David Shere

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  • Rove Echoes Bogus GOP Budget Spin To Mislead On Deficit Reduction

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    Karl Rove accused President Obama of misleading the American people on deficit reduction when the GOP operative and Fox employee denied that Obama "has met the Republicans more than halfway" on the deficit.Rove was repeating a bogus piece of spin from GOP leadership -- on the whole, deficit reduction under the Obama administration has actually been heavily tilted towards spending cuts.

    When Happening Now guest host Rick Folbaum asked Rove if Obama had "met the Republicans more than halfway," as the president has said, Rove replied, "He has not met the Republicans halfway. The Republicans gave him $600 billion in additional revenue at the end of the year on the fiscal cliff deal." Rove continued: "The president during the campaign said we ought to have, he had TV ads, saying there ought to be two and a half dollars in spending cuts for every dollar in new revenue. So he's got to come up with about $1.5 trillion in spending reductions, and there's nowhere near that in this budget."

    Rove is trying to pull a fast one on Fox's viewers by omitting the crucial fact that Obama signed $1.5 trillion in spending cuts into law in 2011 as part of the Budget Control Act. Those cuts are legally binding and are in place today. According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, "these reductions will shrink non-defense discretionary spending to its lowest level on record as a share of GDP, with data going back to 1962." As Washington Post columnist Ezra Klein has written, "you can't pretend the BCA cuts didn't happen."

    This CBPP chart shows the balance between spending cuts and revenue increases signed into law since 2011:

    Rove is not the only one trying to tell the American people that post-2010 spending cuts never happened. By starting the timer at the beginning of 2013 and ignoring Obama's actual record on deficit reduction, Rove is parroting GOP House Speaker John Boehner, who said last week that "the president got his tax hikes on the wealthy with no corresponding spending cuts."

  • O'Reilly Criticizes "The Demagogues On The Right" Who Took Issue With His Bible Thumper Comments

    To Whom Might He Be Referring?

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    Bill O'Reilly blasted the "demagogues on the right" who have criticized him for saying opponents of marriage equality haven't "been able to do anything but thump the Bible."

    After Fox News host Megyn Kelly agreed with O'Reilly that the Supreme Court wouldn't give credence to religious arguments in the fight over same-sex marriage, O'Reilly asked, "so if you know that and I know that, and I would say 75 percent of The Factor viewers know that, the other 25 percent that were upset and wanted to be upset over this comment, and then the demagogues on the right primarily who threw it back at me, why do they do that?"

    He went on to say that "the right - some people, they don't want a non-ideological guy assuming this kind of power," referring to himself.

    For the last few days, O'Reilly has traded jabs with Rush Limbaugh and Laura Ingraham over his March 26 comment that anti-marriage equality advocates haven't "been able to do anything but thump the Bible" as gay rights have advanced around the country.

    For a recap of the brewing feud over O'Reilly's description of opponents to marriage equality as "Bible thumpers," click here.

  • Fox Mangles Positive Auto Sales Numbers To Bash Clean Cars

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    Fox Business host Stuart Varney and guest Marc Morano falsely suggested higher truck sales in March translate into a rejection of more fuel efficient vehicles by American consumers. In fact, the driving force behind higher truck sales is a rebounding construction sector, and sales of more fuel efficient vehicles have also been robust.

  • Conservative Media Echo Misleading GOP Claim On Health Care Law And The Deficit

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    Conservative media are parroting a Republican claim that a federal report says health care reform increases the long-term deficit. In fact, the report says that the deficit would only increase if cost containment measures in the bill were phased out over time, and found that the deficit would decrease if those measures were maintained.

  • Fox Manufactures Obama Veto Threat For Replacing Spending Cuts

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    Fox News is cropping a statement President Obama made in November 2011 to falsely claim he threatened to veto any replacement for the scheduled across-the-board spending cuts known as sequestration. But in that statement, Obama called on Congress to pass "a balanced plan to reduce the deficit by at least $1.2 trillion" to replace the cuts in the sequester.

  • Fox News Whitewashes Republican Support For The Sequester

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    Two reports on Fox News' Special Report with Bret Baier hid Republican support for the across-the-board automatic spending cuts known as the sequester, reinforcing the right-wing narrative that President Obama is the one responsible for these cuts. In reality, a majority of Republicans in both the House and Senate voted for the bill that included the sequester.

    Indeed, Republican leaders at the time touted the law as "a victory" and "a positive step forward" for reducing the deficit.

    In a press release shortly after the Senate passed the Budget Control Act in August 2011, House Speaker John Boehner celebrated the law as "a positive step forward that begins to rein in federal spending" while House Majority Leader Eric Cantor touted the law as a "significant move" and said it "will finally begin to change the way Washington spends taxpayer dollars."

    House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan declared the law a "victory for those committed to controlling government spending and growing our economy."

    In total, 174 Republican representatives and 28 Republican senators -- a majority of Republicans in both chambers -- voted for the Budget Control Act of 2011.

    But in recent weeks, Fox News and other right-wing media outlets have been aggressively pushing myths about the sequester, including that President Obama is single-handedly responsible for the looming spending cuts.

    On Wednesday's edition of Special Report, Fox News' chief White House correspondent Ed Henry framed a report on the sequester around the narrative that it was an Obama initiative and quoted Republican Congressman Randy Forbes blaming Obama for it. Though the report included Democratic Sen. Max Baucus saying that Congress shares the blame for the automatic cuts, Henry did not point out that Republicans not only actively supported the idea but overwhelmingly voted for the law.

    In a later segment during the same show, Fox again covered up Republican support for the sequester. Discussing the consequences of the spending cuts, chief political correspondent Carl Cameron said, "President Obama, who first proposed the sequester, and his party, are trying to blame the GOP for dire economic consequences, in particularly to the military. But in 2009 he proposed spending $14 billion less than what the military is currently budgeted for should sequester happen." Cameron did not mention the Republican support.