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  • Fox Reports Another Fabricated Bathroom Incident To Attack California's Non-Discrimination Laws


    Fox News reported a bogus story about a California mom who claims to have been kicked out of an REI sporting goods store for complaining about a man frightening her daughter in the store's women's restroom. Fox's reporting was based on statements made by an anti-LGBT hate group with a history of fabricating similar incidents in order to fearmonger about transgender people using public restrooms.

  • Right-Wing Media's U.N. Arms Trade Treaty Double Standard

    Blog ››› ››› TIMOTHY JOHNSON

    The right-wing media spent Wednesday stoking fears about the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) following reports that Iran was selected to serve on the 15-nation "Bureau/General Committee" of states during the treaty negotiations. Curiously, the same news organizations that engaged in Iran fearmongering have also uncritically promoted the National Rifle Association's opposition to the treaty. In fact, the positions of Iran and the National Rifle Association on the Arms Trade Treaty are remarkably similar: Both entities oppose a treaty that regulates the international import and export of small arms.    

    According to the United Nations, "Bureau" states will "assist the President in the general conduct of the business of the Conference and, subject to the decisions of the Conference, shall ensure the coordination of its work." Considering that Iran's and other "Bureau" members' conduct will be "subject to the decisions of the Conference," it hardly appears that Iran would be able to single-handily hijack negotiations. 

    Whatever role Iran plays in the negotiations, the ATT will not lead to domestic regulation of firearms in the United States -- as the NRA vacuously warns -- because the United States will not agree to a finalized treaty that places "restrictions on civilian possession or trade of firearms otherwise permitted by law or protected by the U.S. Constitution."

    But the opportunity to include Iran in fearmongering surrounding the treaty was too much for the right-wing media to pass up.

  • Fox's Voter Fraud Special Light On Voter Fraud

    Blog ››› ››› MATT GERTZ

    Fox News' latest attempt to promote discriminatory voter ID laws is an hour-long special featuring no credible cases of in-person voter fraud that could have been prevented by such laws.

    Voter ID laws are the only remedy for fraud that the host Eric Shawn presents in the special, Fox News Reporting: Stealing Your Vote, which postulates that "voter fraud is still rampant" and ran on April 21 and 22. Shawn is Fox's point person for election fraud coverage, regularly appearing in segments over the last 18 months that conclude with the correspondent urging viewers to send tips to the network's voter fraud email hotline,

    In promoting on the voter ID laws that Fox News has regularly hyped, Shawn finds only one supposed claim of in-person voter fraud that could have been prevented by such statutes: the allegation that nearly 1,000 "dead" people voted in South Carolina. Shawn reports:

    SOUTH CAROLINA GOV. NIKKI HALEY (R): Let's be clear, I don't want dead people voting in the state of South Carolina.

    SHAWN: And authorities say there is evidence that dead people voting is a real problem, according to a statewide investigation by South Carolina's Department of Motor Vehicles. In January, it found that 953 ballots were cast by voters who are deceased. But the state Election Commission director disputes those findings.

    The state's Election Commission director didn't just "dispute those findings"; the commission investigated and debunked them. Reviewing the 207 contested votes from the 2010 election, the commission found that 106 were clerical errors by poll workers, 56 were errors by the DMV, 32 were cases of people being credited as voting when they hadn't, and three were absentee ballots cast by voters who died before Election Day. The commission said they had "insufficient information" regarding the final ten contested votes, but found no evidence of fraud.

    That case predictably collapsed after being repeatedly hyped by Fox News.

  • Conservative Media Somehow Declare Trump "The Winner" Of Birther Controversy


    After President Obama released the long-form version of his birth certificate, members of the conservative media declared Donald Trump the "winner" for having pushed birther theories so intently. However, these conservative media figures ignored the fact that the long-form birth certificate made Trump's previous claims that Obama's birth certificate "was missing" and that Obama might not even "have a birth certificate" look completely ridiculous.

  • Stock Market Soars, Fox News Remains Mum

    Blog ››› ››› ERIC BOEHLERT

    If you ever needed more proof that under Obama, Fox News has adopted a good-news-is-no-news policy, look no further than how Rupert Murdoch's cable channel covered the recent Dow Jones stock spike. Or more accurately, just look at how Fox News did not cover the robust story.

    Late last week, the Dow reached its highest mark in nearly three years, closing at 12,505. The strong performance, fueled by waves of corporate profit reports, represented a nearly 6,000 point gain in just the last two years.

    But at Fox News, the story barely garnered a mention. According to a search of, Fox News made exactly two "Dow" references on Thursday when the new three-year mark was set. (Glenn Beck mentioned rising stocks on his show that day to insists the strong Dow was proof that bad news was on the way.) The next day Fox News devoted just a few mentions to how Wall Street was suddenly booming under Obama. And since then, there's been little Fox News discussion about the good-news run on stocks.

    It's true that the encouraging Dow news generally received muted attention from all the major news organizations. (Like Obama's job approval rating, apparently it's only big news when the Dow goes down.) But Fox News stands out because of how in the past it so clearly blamed Obama for Dow dips and relentlessly covered them as news. And also because of how host Beck built his Fox News career around warning viewers the American economy was hurtling towards certain, and total, collapse.

    Not according to Wall Street it's not.

  • Fox strains to tie Park51 to Hamas

    ››› ››› JUSTIN BERRIER

    Fox & Friends continued their attack on Islam and the Park51 project, this time by smearing a Park51 investor as a "terror contributor" because he once donated to a group that was later found to be linked to Hamas. However, his donation to the Holy Land Foundation came well before the government alleged the group had ties to Hamas and operated by actively deceiving donors to appear as though it was a "good charity."