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Hannah Dreier

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  • Glenn Beck no stranger to conspiracy theories or incendiary rhetoric

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    Fox News host Glenn Beck has become notorious for his conspiracy theories and incendiary rhetoric. Among other things, he has flirted with the idea that FEMA is building detention camps, suggested that President Obama is purposefully "tanking" the economy to force young people to work for ACORN and AmeriCorps, and said that Obama and former President George W. Bush are "moving us away from our republic and into a system of fascism."

  • Wash. Times misleads with poll to claim Obama's Muslim outreach "may not be working"

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    In an editorial, The Washington Times claimed that President Obama's efforts at Muslim outreach "may not be working," citing as evidence a poll which found that a majority or large minority of residents of several countries and territories with sizable Muslim populations do not have confidence Obama will "do the right thing in world affairs." However, The Washington Times did not note that the poll's report indicated that in those countries for which data is available, residents have significantly more confidence in Obama than they did in President Bush in 2008.

  • Wash. Times falsely, hypocritically claims conservatives do not use Nazi rhetoric to attack health care reform

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    The Washington Times falsely claimed in an editorial that in an "extreme" attempt "to portray opponents of government health care as irrational hatemongers," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi denounced "fictitious" crowds carrying swastikas at health care reform town hall meetings. In fact, swastikas have appeared at the meetings. Further, the Times suggested that Democrats, not conservatives, use references to Nazism to attack health care, when, in fact, numerous conservative outlets -- including the Times itself -- have used references to Nazism to attack health care reform.

  • WSJ ignores administration's plan to close "tax gap" in knock on Obama's handling of deficit

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    Arguing that President Obama "needs a believable business plan" for the deficit, Wall Street Journal economics editor David Wessel falsely claimed that the President's Economic Recovery Advisory Board (PERAB) "has been told to move the tax burden around, not to raise more money." In fact, in announcing the board's Task Force on Tax Reform, Peter Orszag emphasized that the task force would be charged with finding "ways of being even more aggressive on reducing the tax gap" -- the difference between the amount of taxes that are owed and the amount that are voluntarily paid on time -- which Orszag said could potentially increase revenue by $300 billion a year or more.

  • Politico forwards spin that GOP would support health reform if Kennedy had been active in Senate

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    In an obituary for Sen. Edward Kennedy, the Politico repeated the Republican claim that Kennedy's absence from the health care debate prevented lawmakers from reaching a bipartisan compromise, reporting that "Republicans complained that without Kennedy, Democrats were less willing to make the concessions needed for true compromise." Several progressive commentators have identified this talking point as GOP spin intended to disguise Republicans' obstructionism, with's Joan Walsh, for example, stating that "absolutely no evidence supports that point of view," and blogger Ezra Klein noting that Kennedy's committee has already reported out a bill.

  • Fox News freak-out: Guests make extreme claims and accusations about health care

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    In recent weeks, Fox News has hosted numerous individuals who advanced extreme, outrageous claims about health care reform at prior congressional town hall meetings, during their interviews, or both. For example, on Fox, one guest claimed that under health reform, he might have to "let" his wife "suffer until she passes on," while another claimed of Democratic leaders, "[Y]our thugs already know where we live. We've had a visit from them in the middle of the night."

  • After previously debunking "death panels," NY Times portrays them as he said/she said

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    Reporting on the claim that a provision in the House health care bill that requires Medicare to cover voluntary end-of-life counseling sessions would "set up 'death panels' to determine care for patients who are close to dying," The New York Times portrayed the issue as a he said/she said debate, noting that health care reform supporters "deny" this charge and call the claim "a myth." But the Times did not note, as its own reporters and columnists have previously, that such claims are indeed a myth and that under the provision, end-of-life counseling would in fact be voluntary.

  • Fox News personalities advance Palin's "death panel" claim

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    In a Facebook posting, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin claimed that under Democratic health care reform, "Obama's 'death panel' " would "decide" whether her parents or her son Trig, who has Down syndrome, were "worthy of health care." Since then, several Fox News anchors, hosts, and contributors have adopted Palin's "death panel" term or advanced or expressed support for her assertion -- which is based on the widely debunked claim that the House health care reform bill would require end-of-life counseling -- while others have termed it "crazy" or "over the top."

  • Lou Dobbs' right-wing war on health care reform


    Lou Dobbs has advanced discredited right-wing smears about health care reform efforts, including the notions that end-of-life counseling could lead to "euthanasia" and that President Obama said he "doesn't even know what's in" the House health care bill. Dobbs has also touted GOP Sen. John Barrasso as "one of the leading experts on ... health care" and has provided a forum for serial misinformer Betsy McCaughey to falsely claim that the economic recovery package would allow the federal government to eliminate "whatever" it deems to be "unnecessary" health care.

  • Stephanopoulos falsely suggests report says TARP could cost "up to $23 trillion"

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    On This Week, purporting to ask Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner "about the TARP," host George Stephanopoulos claimed that TARP inspector general Neil Barofsky "said that the taxpayers could be on the hook for $23 trillion in liabilities." In fact, as Barofsky has repeatedly stated, that figure does not represent the potential cost of the Troubled Asset Relief Program to the taxpayer, but rather the "maximum amount of support" the government "could provide" under several programs initiated to bolster the financial system -- including programs that have been discontinued or have not been utilized.