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  • Dobbs, master of fear-mongering, warns that Obama, Pelosi are "fear-mongering" to pass stimulus bill

    ››› ››› ANDREW SEIFTER

    CNN's Lou Dobbs declared that, in recent comments about the state of the economy, President Obama and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi have been "fear-mongering" and "blatantly using the politics of fear to push for even more so-called stimulus measures." But Dobbs has repeatedly engaged in "fear-mongering" of his own, including stirring up baseless fears that the economic recovery bill would provide money for undocumented immigrants and ACORN -- two frequent scapegoats of Dobbs, Republicans, and conservative media figures.

  • Fox & Friends misrepresented FDR to criticize Obama for talking about "bad" economy

    ››› ››› TOM ALLISON

    While criticizing President Obama for saying that the economy is currently doing poorly, Steve Doocy purported to contrast what Obama has said with FDR's famous statement that "the only thing we have to fear is fear itself." In fact, in the very speech in which Roosevelt made that remark, he said of the economy at the time, "Values have shrunk to fantastic levels; taxes have risen; our ability to pay has fallen; government of all kinds is faced by serious curtailment of income." Roosevelt later added: "Only a foolish optimist can deny the dark realities of the moment."