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  • AP again advances falsehood that health reform "will mean cuts in Medicare benefits"

    ››› ››› LILY YAN

    In an August 24 article, the Associated Press uncritically reported that "[s]eniors worry that paying for the $1 trillion-plus, 10-year [health care] overhaul will mean cuts in Medicare benefits" without noting that, in the words of FactCheck.org, "[t]he claim that Obama and Congress are cutting seniors' Medicare benefits to pay for the health care overhaul is outright false." Additionally, AARP has also rebutted the notion that health reform will reduce Medicare benefits.

  • In smearing "disingenuous" Obama -- who "has not chosen a church yet" -- Fox & Friends repeatedly bear false witness

    ››› ››› JEREMY HOLDEN & LILY YAN

    For two days, the hosts of Fox & Friends have misrepresented President Obama's reference during a conference call with religious leaders about health care reform to those "bearing false witness," suggesting that Obama -- who, in the words of Gretchen Carlson, "has not chosen a church yet" -- was saying, in Steve Doocy's words, "anybody who disagrees with him is breaking a commandment -- is a sinner and a liar." In fact, Obama was not calling out opponents of health insurance reform, but rather those who have misinformed about it, stating: "I know there's been a lot of misinformation in this debate, and there are some folks out there who are, frankly, bearing false witness, but I want everyone to know what health insurance reform is all about."

  • Hannity demonstrates "bearing false witness" in smear of Obama

    ››› ››› LILY YAN

    On August 20, Sean Hannity misrepresented a statement that President Obama made during a conference call with religious leaders, claiming that Obama "talked about those of us that oppose ObamaCare as, quote, 'bearing false witness.' " In fact, Obama was not calling out opponents of health insurance reform, but rather those who have misinformed about it, stating: "I know there's been a lot of misinformation in this debate, and there are some folks out there who are, frankly, bearing false witness, but I want everyone to know what health insurance reform is all about."

  • Media: When Dems use budget process to pass bills, it's the "nuclear option"

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    In recent days, media figures repeatedly referred to the Senate Democrats' possible use of reconciliation to pass health care reform with a simple majority as the "nuclear option," with Fox News going so far as to run graphics defining "nuclear option" as "[f]orcing government-run insurance through the Senate with just 51 votes." In fact, the term "nuclear option" was coined by then-Republican Sen. Trent Lott in 2005 to refer to a possible Republican attempt to change Senate filibuster rules, while the budget process, known as reconciliation, is already part of Senate procedure, and Republicans have used it repeatedly in the past.

  • AP uncritically quoted McConnell's claims that health reform means "massive cuts to Medicare," "taxes on small business"

    ››› ››› LILY YAN

    In an August 18 Associated Press article, David Espo quoted Sen. Mitch McConnell's claim that health reform proposals will be paid for "through massive cuts to Medicare," without pointing out, as FactCheck.org did, that "[t]he claim that Obama and Congress are cutting seniors' Medicare benefits to pay for the health care overhaul is outright false." Additionally, Espo quoted McConnell's assertion that health reform will be funded through "taxes on small business," without noting that according to House Democrats, the nonpartisan Joint Committee on Taxation concluded that only 4.1 percent of small businesses would be affected by the surtax in the House Democrats' health reform bill or that the Senate HELP bill provides credits to help small businesses comply with the mandated coverage provisions.

  • After previously debunking end-of-life falsehoods, ABC and AP portray them as he said/she said

    ››› ››› MEDIA MATTERS STAFF & LILY YAN

    On August 13, ABC's Kate Snow and the Associated Press both characterized the established fact that end-of-life counseling under the House health care reform bill would be voluntary as simply something that President Obama "contends." But both ABC and the AP had previously reported that under the bill, such counseling would indeed be voluntary, and both had previously debunked Sarah Palin's false claim that the provision would create a "death panel."

  • CNN's Roberts cites Lewin Group study for Heritage, ignores CBO on public plan enrollment

    ››› ››› LILY YAN

    On August 11, CNN anchor John Roberts reported that "critics of these plans say people will be forced into this public health care plan," but cited only "a study done for the Heritage Foundation by the Lewin Group [that] says 88 million people ... will be forced into the public plan." However, Roberts ignored that the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) "estimate[s] ... the number of enrollees in the public plan would be substantially smaller than the Lewin Group's," predicting that only approximately 5 million people* would switch from employer coverage to the public plan.

  • After Pelosi noted that protesters had swastika signs, media claim she called them Nazis

    ››› ››› LILY YAN

    Following House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's comment that protestors are "carrying swastikas and symbols like that to a town meeting on health care," numerous conservatives have misrepresented her comment to claim that she referred to the protestors or opponents of health care reform as "Nazis." Some conservatives have also falsely claimed Pelosi was lying or being misleading when she noted that protestors have had signs with swastika symbols.

  • Goldberg, Coulter latest to compare Dems to birthers using flawed poll

    ››› ››› LILY YAN

    Following Chris Matthews' misrepresentation of a flawed Rasmussen poll to claim that most Democrats believed that President Bush had or might have "gotten the inside word" that the 9-11 terrorist attacks were about to happen and that therefore "both parties" are equally at fault for promoting conspiracy theories, Bernie Goldberg and Ann Coulter cited the poll to suggest Democrats are similar to birthers. However, the poll question -- "Did Bush know about the 9/11 attacks in advance?" -- was ambiguous and likely provoked "yes" answers from people who simply believed that Bush failed to heed intelligence information that could have led to the attacks being thwarted.

  • "Mr. Independent" Dobbs repeatedly smears Obama, progressives as "socialist"

    ››› ››› LILY YAN

    CNN's Lou Dobbs has touted himself as politically "independent," and CNN president Jonathan Klein has reportedly referred to Dobbs' CNN show as "a relatively straight newscast." But echoing others in the conservative media, Dobbs has repeatedly used his radio and CNN programs to attack President Obama and other progressives, claiming or suggesting that they or their policies are "socialist," "fascist" or "un-American."