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Zachary Aronow

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  • Rove claimed House health bill results in "torrent of red ink" in second decade -- but CBO disagrees

    ››› ››› ZACHARY ARONOW

    Fox News contributor Karl Rove falsely claimed that the House health reform bill "front-loads the revenue" but "back-loads the program costs, which means by the end of the first 10 years, this program is running annual deficits," adding that it will result in "a torrent of red ink in the second decade, when the program is fully operational." Contrary to Rove's claim, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) found that the House bill would not only reduce federal budget deficits by $104 billion through 2019, but also that it would continue to reduce the deficit in the subsequent decade.

  • Sean Hannity should write a thesis about his hypocrisy

    ››› ››› ANDREW SEIFTER & ZACHARY ARONOW

    On his radio program, Fox News' Sean Hannity claimed that The Washington Post is trying to "smear, besmirch, [and] demonize" Virginia gubernatorial candidate Robert McDonnell (R) by going through "the great effort to dig up a graduate school thesis that he wrote," adding that a thesis "by design is supposed to be provocative" and that McDonnell wrote his "20 years ago." But during the 2008 presidential campaign, Hannity aggressively attacked Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton for college theses they wrote more than 20 years ago.

  • Gingrich in denial that Reagan, too, used "very dangerous" description of himself as a "citizen ... of the world"

    ››› ››› ZACHARY ARONOW

    On The Sean Hannity Show, Newt Gingrich said of Sen. Barack Obama's speech in Berlin: "I think saying that you are the -- a citizen of the world, talking to 200,000 Germans is very dangerous because the average American does not want to elect a president of the world." In fact, Obama referred to himself in the Berlin speech as "a citizen -- a proud citizen of the United States, and a fellow citizen of the world." Further, he is not the first U.S. public official to refer to himself as a "citizen of the world"; President Reagan did so in a June 1982 speech to the United Nations.

  • Hannity falsely claimed "Obama can't point to a single instance in which ... Sean Hannity or talk radio" has "made an issue of Obama's race"

    ››› ››› MARK BOCHKIS & ZACHARY ARONOW

    On his radio show, Sean Hannity said that Sen. Barack Obama "can't point to a single instance in which President Bush or McCain or Karl Rove or Sean Hannity or talk radio or any other major Republican has made an issue of Obama's race." In fact, Hannity asserted on the March 2 edition of Hannity's America: "As more is learned about Barack Obama's positions, his past, and his affiliations, it seems that the 'change' candidate has all the same problems with race as those before him," and later added, "It's only fair to ask: Do the Obamas have a race problem of their own?" Media Matters has also documented numerous examples of other radio and TV personalities making "an issue of Obama's race."

  • Savage: "Illegal aliens" have "raped and disheveled" the Statue of Liberty

    ››› ››› ZACHARY ARONOW

    Discussing the Italian government's decision to deploy soldiers on city streets to combat violent crime allegedly committed by illegal immigrants, Michael Savage said: "So they've done there what we need to do here. We need to get our troops out of Iraq and put them on the streets of America to protect us from the scourge of illegal immigrants who are running rampant across America, killing our police for sport, raping, murdering like a scythe across America while the liberal psychos are telling us they come here to work." Savage added: "[Y]ou turn on the cable news, they're covering again a missing child. Not a missing country but a missing child. ... We hear about the rape of a woman, but not about the rape of the Statue of Liberty. The Statue of Liberty is crying, she's been raped and disheveled -- raped and disheveled by illegal aliens."

  • Hannity repeated false allegation that Obama distributed Western Wall prayer to media

    ››› ››› TOM ALLISON & ZACHARY ARONOW

    On his radio program, Sean Hannity repeated the already debunked allegation that Sen. Barack Obama leaked a written prayer he placed in the Western Wall during his visit to Jerusalem. While a spokesman for Ma'ariv reportedly told other Israeli publications that the Obama campaign approved the publication of the prayer and that Obama gave copies of it to the media before he went to the Western Wall, The New Republic's Zvika Krieger wrote in a blog post: "I finally heard back from the Ma'ariv spokesman, who denied that the Obama campaign leaked the memo to them or gave them approval to print it, and who disavowed the alleged spokesman who gave quotes to at least four Israeli publications."

  • Savage still claiming autism comments taken out of context, despite his prior reference to "a phony disease"

    ››› ››› ZACHARY ARONOW

    Referring to Media Matters' documentation of comments in which he called autism "[a] fraud, a racket," Michael Savage said: "They're very happy that they were able to use the poor parents of autistic children to attack me when I in fact have been more supportive of the most vulnerable children in our population than anybody else in the history of radio. That's correct, me, Michael Savage." Savage went on to falsely claim that his comments about autism were taken of context, stating: "So what they did was they took a sound bite out of context and they used the poor parents of autistic children to attack me. That's very clever."

  • Retroactive context? Talk Radio Network discovers "true context" for Savage's autism "views" in shows that came days after his original comments

    ››› ››› JULIE MILLICAN, JEREMY SCHULMAN, JEREMY HOLDEN, ANNE SMITH & ZACHARY ARONOW

    Talk Radio Network, which syndicates Michael Savage's radio show, posted on a website a statement asserting that Savage's July 16 comments about autism had been taken "out of context" and purporting to provide "true context" for Savage's "views." The website -- savageonautism.com -- features "20 audio clips of Michael Savage's comments on Autism," which the accompanying statement describes as "a representative sampling of Dr. Savage's views, as well as the applicable issues, in true context." In fact, all 20 of those audio clips are from the July 21 and 22 broadcasts of Savage's show, during which Savage misrepresented his July 16 remarks; they are not "context" for the July 16 remarks.