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  • Fox falsely suggests NYC will receive less money this year for transit and port security

    ››› ››› DIANNA PARKER

    Fox & Friends repeatedly criticized the Obama administration for what they characterized as "slashing" New York City's transit and port security funding, calling it "shocking" and the "moral equivalent of Katrina." However, New York City is reportedly set to receive $47 million more for transit and port security than last year as a result of stimulus funds, according to the Department of Homeland Security.

  • Some evidence of "cooling," please, Washington Times?

    Blog ››› ››› DIANNA PARKER

    Today, a Washington Times editorial responded to news that Sens. John Kerry and Joe Lieberman released a draft bill to address climate change and energy needs by saying that bill's supporters are "more beholden to ideology than reality. As scientific data shows the Earth is actually cooling, the only thing heating up is alarmist rhetoric." From the editorial:

    Long-anticipated climate-change legislation is scheduled to be unveiled in the Senate today. The ostensible purpose is to clean the air by cutting carbon emissions 17 percent below 2005 levels by 2020. If the bill becomes law, though, consumers will get smoked as they are forced to pay more for a fill-up.

    Backers of this measure are more beholden to ideology than reality. As scientific data shows the Earth is actually cooling, the only thing heating up is alarmist rhetoric. On Friday, Obama spokesman Robert Gibbs said the president believes "now more than ever is the time to act," indicating White House complicity in the push for higher gas prices. Attempting to impose new burdens on American families struggling in a buckling economy in hopes of mitigating an unproven climate theory says a lot about the O Force's warped priorities.

    It's not clear what "scientific data" the Times is referring to when it says it shows "the Earth is actually cooling." Four of the world's major meteorological organizations say this past decade was the warmest on record. NASA said 2009 tied for the second warmest year on record, and that its data for the last three decades show "an upward trend of about 0.2°C (0.36°F) per decade." Below is a graph from the U.K. Met Office demonstrating global average temperatures from 1850-2009:

  • Fox pushes bogus claim that Kagan is avoiding "traditional interviews" with the press

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    Fox & Friends criticized the White House for releasing an online video featuring Elena Kagan "in her own words," claiming that the interview should have been conducted "with a journalist" and that the White House is using the Internet "to avoid traditional interviews." In doing so, Fox completely obscured the fact that it is reportedly "standard practice" for a Supreme Court nominee to deny interviews to journalists before the confirmation hearings.

  • Memo to media: Kagan is no Harriet Miers

    ››› ››› JULIE MILLICAN & DIANNA PARKER

    Various media figures have likened Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan to Harriet Miers, President Bush's failed nominee. However, legal experts -- including conservatives -- have rejected the comparison. Moreover, media conservatives previously smeared Sonia Sotomayor as "Obama's Harriet Miers."

  • The eternal Obama blame game

    Blog ››› ››› DIANNA PARKER

    The right-wing media has put a lot of effort into blaming the Obama administration for the fact that Faisal Shahzad was dropped from some kind of purported government "terrorist" watch "list." They're basing their accusations on a May 5 CBSNews.com article that said, in part:

    Sources tell CBS News that would-be Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad appeared on a Department of Homeland Security travel lookout list - Traveler Enforcement Compliance System (TECS) - between 1999 and 2008 because he brought approximately $80,000 cash or cash instruments into the United States.

    TECS is a major law enforcement computer system that allows its approximately 120,000 users from 20 federal agencies to share information. The database is designed to identify individuals suspected of or involved in violation of federal law.

    So, CBS News reported that Shahzad was on a "travel lookout list... between 1999 and 2008." Now, "between" 1999 and 2008 suggests that he was dropped in 2008. Barack Obama was not president until January 20, 2009. Also, nothing in the CBS News report indicated the Obama administration was involved with removing Shahzad's name from the "travel lookout list."

    No matter, though. The blogs jumped all over blaming Obama, and Fox News followed suit.

  • Fox's thoughts on Gibbs' tough stance toward BP: Weak on terror! Anti-business! Katrina!

    Blog ››› ››› DIANNA PARKER

    Administration officials recently responded to questions about its oversight of BP's oil spill cleanup efforts with some pretty strong words about keeping their "boot on the throat of BP." When pressed about why he used the "boot" metaphor, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said it meant they will "ensure that the responsible party is doing everything that it can and should do," and suggested it was similar to the expression, "hold your feet to the fire."

    Fox News was not satisfied with that explanation. This morning, Steve Doocy held a panel discussion with Judith Miller, Ken Blackwell, and Joe Trippi to talk about whether Gibbs had "gone a little over the line" with the "boot" metaphor and to discuss why he used it. Somehow, they managed to tie it to the Obama administration's alleged "cautious" use of the word "terror," speculate that it demonstrates their anti-business stance, and get in a completely unrelated "Katrina" jab:

    First, let's ask the obvious question: why would Fox News invite three people who are presumably not even remotely involved in the spill efforts to discuss why the administration isn't "talking this tough on terror?"

    Second, seriously? Gibbs is "compensating for his previous rhetorical hesitation" on terror? Administration officials are being harsh on BP because "they see business as the enemy?" Another Katrina comparison? (This, by the way, is coming from someone whose network allowed Michael Brown, i.e., man in charge of FEMA's Katrina efforts, to say Obama let the spill spread so he'd have an "excuse" to shut down drilling.)

    Doocy said the spill is "being called an almost unprecedented ecological disaster." I wonder how the panel would have responded if Gibbs had invited BP officials over for tea?

  • Post follows Fox's footsteps with Miranda misinformation

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    The Washington Post reported that there was controversy over whether to read the suspected Times Square bomber his Miranda rights after suspected Christmas Day bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab "stopped cooperating with authorities after being read his rights." In fact, intelligence and law enforcement officials stated that Abdulmutallab cooperated both before and after he was Mirandized, as the Post itself reported previously.

  • Fox revives Christmas bomber Miranda misinformation

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    Discussing the Times Square bombing suspect on Fox & Friends, Steve Doocy and Byron York rehashed discredited claims that reading the Christmas Day bomber suspect, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, his Miranda rights compromised the government's ability to obtain information from him. In fact, officials have stated that Abdulmutallab provided valuable intelligence both before and after he was Mirandized.

  • Fox News dissonance at its best

    Blog ››› ››› DIANNA PARKER

    This morning on Fox & Friends, Gretchen Carlson told Rudy Giuliani that Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano -- whom she had interviewed shortly before -- "refuses" to call the recent attempted car bombing in New York City "terror." Carlson wondered whether it's a "mandate" within the Obama administration to not use the word "terror."

    Huh? The moment Carlson said this, words appeared on-screen that said, "Times Square Car Bomb...Napolitano: A 'Potential Terror Attack'":

    To be fair to Carlson, Napolitano called it a "potential terrorist attack" on CNN's morning show the previous day, not during their interview. To be fair to Napolitano, she absolutely did not "refuse" to call it terror. She repeatedly told Fox & Friends she would "not rule out" terrorism, but suggested she would not define it as such "until we know the perpetrators, the people -- person or persons who were responsible," because "you don't know the derivation, you don't know their intent."

    Normally, we'd call this a Fox News chyron fail, but in this case, the chyron's right and Carlson is wrong. This is just the latest example of the extreme dissonance that runs rampant at Fox News.