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  • Will advances false claim that Blumenthal fabricated his association with Harvard swim team

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    George Will falsely claimed that Democratic Senate candidate Richard Blumenthal "told the Hartford Courant that he was the captain of a Harvard swim team when he was never on the swim team." In fact, a former Harvard team captain has stated Blumenthal was on the team, and there is no evidence that Blumenthal personally provided the Courant with any information about his team status.

  • Gibbs knocks down Palin's charge that Obama's response to oil spill is connected to donations

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    This morning on Fox News Sunday, Sarah Palin suggested there may be a "connection" between President Obama "taking so doggone long" to respond to the oil spill and "contributions" to his administration from oil companies:

    PALIN: Well, I think that there is, perhaps, a hesitancy, to -- I don't really know how to put this, Chris, except to say that the oil companies who have so supported President Obama in his campaign and are supportive of him now, I don't know why the question isn't asked by the mainstream media and by others if there's any connection with the contributions made to President Obama and his administration and the support by the oil companies to the administration -- if there's any connection there to President Obama taking so doggone long to get in there, to dive in there and grasp the complexity and the potential tragedy that we are seeing here in the Gulf of Mexico.

    Now if this was President Bush or if this were a Republican in office who hadn't received as much support even as President Obama has from BP and other oil companies, you know the mainstream media would be all over his case in terms of asking questions, why the administration didn't get in there -- didn't get in there and make sure that the regulatory agencies were doing what they were doing with the oversight to make sure that things like this don't happen.

    Shortly after, on CBS' Face the Nation, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs stressed that the administration had responded "immediately" to the spill and rejected Palin's charge:

    GIBBS: I'm almost sure that the oil companies don't consider the Obama administration a huge ally. We proposed a windfall profits tax when they jacked their oil prices up to charge more for gasoline. My suggestion to Sarah Palin would be to get slightly more informed as to what's going on in and around oil drilling in this country.

    From the May 23 edition of CBS' Face the Nation:

  • Fox falsely suggests financial reform to blame for market drops

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    Fox & Friends repeatedly falsely suggested the stock market declines in the U.S. and Asia were solely in response to the Senate passing financial reform, despite the fact that guest Stuart Varney said the drops were "not about" the legislation. Indeed, the declines are largely blamed on economic instability in Europe.

  • Wash. Times reports debunked "Climategate" myth as fact

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    A Washington Times article falsely claimed that the reportedly hacked emails from the University of East Anglia "seemed to suggest scientists manipulated data" and that they called "into question" "the science underpinning claims of global warming." In fact, official inquiries into the scientists' conduct found that they did not manipulate data, and despite months of false accusations from right-wing media, the content of the emails did not undermine global warming science.

  • Wash. Times falsely suggests past warm periods disprove human-caused global warming

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    A Washington Times editorial falsely suggested global warming science is undermined by studies indicating that the planet, at least in some regions, saw exceptional warmth thousands of years ago. But climate experts don't dispute that certain regions have experienced natural warm and cool periods throughout history; they say climate change of the past half century is "different" because it can't be explained by "natural changes alone."

  • Wash. Times pushes fallacy that Kagan doesn't care about the military

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    A Washington Times editorial and op-ed baselessly suggested that Elena Kagan is hostile to the military, citing as evidence the false claim that she "banned" military recruiters from Harvard Law School. In fact, Kagan's respect for the military is well established; students had access to military recruiters throughout Kagan's tenure as dean; and Harvard's data show that her actions did not hurt military recruitment from the school.

  • WND attacks Kagan for admiring a judge that even Scalia has praised

    ››› ››› DIANNA PARKER reporter Aaron Klein baselessly suggested Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan is not mainstream because she reportedly once called retired Israeli Supreme Court Justice Aharon Barak "my judicial hero." In fact, conservative Justice Antonin Scalia once presented Barak with an award and reportedly praised him.

  • Kuhner displays impressive collection of bogus attacks on Kagan

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    In a Washington Times column, Jeffrey Kuhner repeatedly attacked Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan by calling her, for example, an "incompetent apparatchik," "corrupt," and "anti-capitalist." In addition to these attacks, Kuhner forwarded numerous debunked falsehoods about Kagan's positions and record.