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  • Right-Wing Media Wrongly Cite Obama To Justify Trump’s Muslim Ban

    ››› ››› NICK FERNANDEZ

    Right-wing media figures echoed misleading claims from President Donald Trump’s administration that his executive order seeking to ban travel from seven specific, predominantly Muslim countries “came from the Obama administration,” citing what they call a 2011 “ban” on “immigration from Iraq” and the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Prevention Act of 2015. But, as experts have noted, the comparison to the Obama administration's actions in 2011 and 2015 are “misleading,” as “The Obama administration’s 2011 review came in response to specific threat information” and was not an “outright ban,” and the 2015 legislation still allowed visa applications from those seven countries.

  • CNN Fact-Checks Trump's False Claim That America Is Full Of Criminal Immigrants

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    From the September 1 edition of CNN's Anderson Cooper 360:

    DON LEMON (HOST): Donald Trump laying out his immigration plan in a speech tonight in Phoenix. Now, our CNN Reality Check team takes a look, here is our Tom Foreman. What do you have for us, Tom?

    TOM FOREMAN: Hey Don, you know the central theme of all of this, a big theme, was that among all the undocumented people in this country, there are a lot of dangerous criminals.


    FOREMAN: 2 million. That is a whopping number, but analysts say to get to that number of criminals among this population, you basically have to count every possible infraction including traffic tickets. Maybe it is more realistic to look at this number from the Migration Policy Institute.

    1.4 million people on the priority list for apprehension for more serious offenses, or maybe you should even look at this number, 690,000 convicted of felonies or serious misdemeanors. That's another estimate that is out there. That seems credible in all of this. Still a big number, but only about a third of what Trump says.

    Nonetheless, he says he wants to go after them, he wants a task force to really crackdown on this population out there. The problem is one started just a year ago under the immigration office there. Priority Enforcement Program, that is what they call it, and it is aimed at getting the worst criminals off of the street.

    It's a big job. Maybe he will make it better. Maybe he will put more agents out there as he promised. Maybe he will do that on day one in terms of getting that started, so we can't say otherwise. That that part of the claim is true, but to the extent that none of this is going to produce immediate results, it simply can't. It is too big of a job. It is also misleading.


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  • Media figures advance assertion that Bush administration policies kept U.S. safe


    In recent days, several media figures, including MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski and CNN's Tom Foreman and Campbell Brown, have either uncritically reported or echoed Dick Cheney's assertion that the Bush administration's anti-terrorism policies have kept the United States safe. These media figures did not note that a 2008 GAO report found that the U.S. "has not met its national security goals to destroy terrorist threats and close the safe haven" in Pakistan, or that many CIA analysts reportedly believe Al Qaeda leaders have declined to attack the U.S. again for strategic reasons, not due to the Bush administration's counterterrorism policies.

  • CNN's Foreman falsely claimed McCain "has always said" private accounts "should be in addition to" Social Security


    CNN's Tom Foreman falsely claimed that Sen. John McCain "has always said" allowing young people to set up private Social Security accounts "is not instead of Social Security; this should be in addition to Social Security." In fact, McCain supported President Bush's 2005 Social Security proposal, which would have allowed workers to divert up to 4 percent of their wages into a private account, thereby removing it from the money available to pay Social Security benefits for current retirees.

  • CNN's Foreman falsely claimed McCain was "getting Barack Obama's record right" on military spending

    ››› ››› ERIC HANANOKI

    CNN's Tom Foreman falsely claimed that Sen. John McCain was "getting Barack Obama's record right" when McCain claimed that "during the primary" Obama told the group Caucus4Priorities "that he would cut defense spending by tens of billions of dollars"; Foreman also falsely suggested that Obama has only recently begun to advocate "increasing the size" of the military. In fact, Obama told Caucus4Priorities that he would cut "tens of billions of dollars in wasteful spending," not overall defense spending, and Obama repeatedly said during the primary season that he would increase the size of the military.

  • CNN again aired McCain's false suggestion that Obama opposed designating the Iranian Revolutionary Guard a terrorist group

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    On This Week in Politics, Tom Foreman aired without challenging Sen. John McCain's false suggestion that Sen. Barack Obama opposed designating the Iranian Revolutionary Guard (IRG) a terrorist organization. Foreman did not note that Obama co-sponsored a bill in 2007 that would have designated the IRG a terrorist organization, nor did he note that Obama said he opposed the bill McCain referenced because it "state[d] that our military presence in Iraq should be used to counter Iran."

  • CNN's Foreman let Cliff May falsely accuse Dems of trying to prevent government from "bug[ging] terrorists and terrorist suspects abroad"

    ››› ››› JEREMY HOLDEN

    On CNN's This Week in Politics, Cliff May falsely asserted, unchallenged, that Nancy Pelosi "is not letting a vote come on" a "bipartisan bill passed by the Senate that would restore to intelligence agencies the authority they used to have to ... surveil, to bug terrorists and terrorist suspects abroad." May further claimed, falsely, that Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama "have said they're against this bill that would restore intelligence authority." In fact, the U.S. government currently has the authority to eavesdrop on the communications of suspected terrorists through the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

  • CNN's Foreman failed to keep McCain honest about his former opposition to the Bush tax cuts


    CNN's Tom Foreman uncritically reported Sen. John McCain's claim that he voted against President Bush's 2001 and 2003 tax cuts because "he wanted reductions in spending, too." But in a 2001 floor statement explaining his opposition, McCain did not mention the absence of offsetting spending cuts; rather, he stated, "I cannot in good conscience support a tax cut in which so many of the benefits go to the most fortunate among us, at the expense of middle class Americans who most need tax relief."

  • CNN's Foreman falsely suggested Rangel's attack on Obama over race issue "still being flung"


    In his report on a "cease-fire" between Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton over the issue of Clinton's recent comments on civil rights, CNN's Tom Foreman falsely suggested that an attack on Obama by Rep. Charlie Rangel was "still being flung." But Foreman did not mention that Rangel, who asserted that the reason "race got into this thing [campaign] is because Obama said race," had earlier expressed "regret" for "essentially pouring gasoline on the fire" at a time when Clinton was "essentially declaring a cease-fire," as Norah O'Donnell put it.

  • CNN's Foreman misleadingly cropped Pelosi comments


    On The Situation Room, Tom Foreman reported, "From Iraq to domestic programs, Democrats face White House vetoes and little support from Republicans on Capitol Hill." Foreman then aired a clip of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi saying, "I know that Congress has low approval ratings. I don't approve of Congress because we haven't done anything." However, Foreman cut off the end of Pelosi's remarks, in which she made clear that she was referring only to Congress' not having done anything that brought an end to the Iraq war.

  • CNN's Foreman uncritically reported that McCain "doesn't advertise his faith"

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    On The Situation Room, discussing an AP article which reported that "John McCain, who has long identified himself as an Episcopalian, said this weekend that he is a Baptist and has been for years," Tom Foreman stated that McCain "has said for years that he doesn't advertise his faith." But Foreman did not note that the same AP article quoted McCain saying he has publicly expressed his faith "hundreds of times."