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  • FLASHBACK: O'Keefe previously said he was "willing to serve prison time" for his work

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    An interesting tidbit came to mind following conservative activist James O'Keefe's arrest for allegedly participating in an attempt to tamper with phones at the New Orleans offices of Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu.

    Let's go back a few months: After O'Keefe released a video of ACORN workers in Baltimore that was recorded without the workers' consent, some observers suggested that he and fellow activist Hannah Giles could face criminal charges for violating a Maryland law that requires the consent of every party to a phone call or conversation in order to make the recording lawful. When Fox News' Glenn Beck asked O'Keefe about such a possibility, O'Keefe replied that he was "willing to serve prison time for what I've found."

    From the September 15, 2009, edition of Fox News' Glenn Beck:

    BECK: Are you concerned at all? Baltimore is coming after you. They're not even coming after the corruption here. They're coming after you and Hannah. And they're saying that you could go to prison for five years for taping these people in Baltimore.

    O'KEEFE: I'm not concerned. I don't think -- I think it's not in their interest to come after me. And if they -- and if -- I'm willing to serve prison time for what I've found.

    BECK: You worry about going to jail at all?

    O'KEEFE: No.

  • Wash. Post still offers a comfortable home for George Will's climate change misinformation

    ››› ››› MATT MCLAUGHLIN & ZACHARY PLEAT

    George Will's January 24 Washington Post column continued his long pattern of misconstruing and distorting climate science in order to call into question the overwhelming consensus about human-caused global warming. Although Will has been repeatedly discredited on the issue, the Post continues to allow him to advance falsehoods and has yet to correct his global warming columns, and editorial page editor Fred Hiatt has defended Will.

  • Quick Fact: IBD again pushing discredited claim that affordable housing caused financial collapse

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    An Investor's Business Daily editorial advanced the discredited claim that efforts to "facilitate homeownership among minorities" and the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) "undermined the financial system" and "started" the "financial collapse." Numerous experts, including Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke, have said that the CRA did not contribute to the crisis "in any substantive way."

  • Politico cites GOP polling firm on health care reform, omits ties to health care industry

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    A Politico article cited exit polling data from Republican firm Fabrizio, McLaughlin & Associates, in asserting that opposition to health care reform "was the most important issue" in Republican Scott Brown's victory in the Massachusetts Senate election. Politico made no mention of the fact that some of Fabrizio, McLaughlin and Associates' clients have expressed opposition to aspects of health care reform legislation, including the U.S. Chamber of Congress, Blue Cross-Blue Shield, and the American Health Care Association.

  • REPORT: Top Fox News programs devote scant coverage to Haiti earthquake

    ››› ››› MATT GERTZ, MATT MCLAUGHLIN & BROOKE OBIE

    On January 13, Fox News' three top-rated programs for 2009 -- The O'Reilly Factor, Hannity, and Glenn Beck -- devoted a combined total of less than 7 minutes of coverage to the earthquake in Haiti, instead choosing to air such things as Beck's hour-long interview with Sarah Palin, Bill O'Reilly's discussion of Comedy Central host Jon Stewart, and Sean Hannity's advocacy for Massachusetts candidate Scott Brown's Senate campaign. By contrast, the content of MSNBC's three top-rated shows underscored the significance of the Haiti disaster; Countdown, The Rachel Maddow Show, and Hardball devoted a total of more than two hours to the earthquake.

  • Fox's claim that Dems are "trying to change Massachusetts law" to delay vote certification undermined by reports

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    During an interview with Scott Brown, the Republican candidate in the special election for the open Massachusetts seat in the U.S. Senate, Fox News' Martha MacCallum falsely claimed that Democrats are "pushing to change Massachusetts law now, according to reports," so that Brown "can't be sworn in until after the health care vote." MacCallum cited only unnamed "reports" to support her claim, but in fact, the Boston Herald article that first referenced Brown's certification reported that Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin said the election results could be delayed "for absentee and military ballots to come in" -- not due to any change in Massachusetts law.

  • Fox News provides MA Sen. candidate Brown a forum to raise funds and misinform

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    In recent days, Scott Brown, the Republican nominee in the special election for the Massachusetts U.S. Senate seat, has made numerous appearances on Fox News to raise funds for his campaign, solicit volunteers, and peddle misinformation. In the wake of the November 2009 elections, Fox News provided airtime to GOP and conservative candidates, and its on-air personalities celebrated and shilled for them.

  • Scheuer -- who has stated that the "only chance" U.S. has is for bin Laden to "detonate a major weapon" here -- again finds a home on Fox

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    Former CIA officer Michael Scheuer has uncorked some whoppers on Fox News. In various appearances on the news channel, he has suggested that President Obama is guilty of treason, stated that White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel wants terrorists to attack the United States, and asserted that the Obama administration is "pro-terrorist." But his most outrageous remark came during an appearance last year on Glenn Beck when he said, "The only chance we have as a country right now is for Osama bin Laden to deploy and detonate a major weapon in the United States."

    Despite such rhetoric, Fox News invited him again to appear -- this time on the January 7 edition of Special Report with Bret Baier:

    Given his previous remarks, I'm left to wonder what he'd have to say not to be invited back onto Fox news.

  • Crowley falsely claims Bush, Cheney had "100 percent perfect track record" in preventing "Islamic terrorist attack"

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    On The O'Reilly Factor, Fox News contributor Monica Crowley asserted that "[a]fter 9-11, President Bush and Vice President Cheney had a 100 percent perfect track record in keeping the homeland safe from an Islamic terrorist attack." In fact, while Crowley and other conservative media figures have recently downplayed the number of attacks on the United States under former President Bush, there were numerous post-9-11 terrorist attacks attempted and carried out during the Bush administration.

  • Quick Fact: On CNN, Matalin falsely claims "Bush inherited" 9-11 attacks and recession

    ››› ››› MATT MCLAUGHLIN & ARI RABIN-HAVT

    On the December 27 edition of CNN's State of the Union, Mary Matalin falsely claimed that President George W. Bush "inherited a recession from President Clinton, and we inherited the most tragic attack on our own soil in our nation's history." In fact the 9-11 attacks occurred eight months into Bush's presidency and more than a month after he had received a Presidential Daily Briefing titled "Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S.," and the recession began in March 2001.