Fox hosts downplayed the severity of the recession and whitewashed the financial crisis after President Obama reminded voters that the recession was caused by a financial crisis and thus would take longer from which to recover. In fact, economists say that recessions caused by financial crises, like the most recent recession, are more severe and have a much longer recovery time than other recessions.
Fox News pushed the falsehood that the Department of Homeland Security's change in immigration policy will cause people "to go running over the border" in order to get their children a place to stay in America. In fact, the new policy, which exempts certain young undocumented immigrants from deportation, applies only to immigrants who have been living in the United States for five years.
Today was no different with Fox & Friends Sunday co-host Clayton Morris saying that there could be "a major spike of illegal immigration in the short term, with people thinking, hey, here is my window of opportunity to be -- get my kids a place to stay in America" and co-host Juliet Huddy interjecting, "Now's the time to go running over the border."
In fact, people who immigrate to the United States now are not covered by the DHS policy change. The announcement states that to be eligible, an immigrant must have come to the United States before the age of sixteen, graduated from high school or be an honorably discharged veteran, and not have a criminal background. In addition, the immigrant must have lived continually in the United States for five years and been present on the date of the policy announcement, June 16, 2012.
Furthermore, immigrants must have "verifiable documentation" that they have been living here for five years:
Only those individuals who can prove through verifiable documentation that they meet these criteria will be eligible for deferred action. Individuals will not be eligible if they are not currently in the United States and cannot prove that they have been physically present in the United States for a period of not less than 5 years immediately preceding today's date.
Today Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace used the racially-charged word "illegals" to describe the young undocumented immigrants affected by the Department of Homeland Security's recent change in immigration enforcement policy.
Wallace's comment continues Fox News' pattern of peppering reports on the recent immigration policy change with slurs. On June 15, the day Obama announced the change in immigration enforcement policy, the network repeated the racial slur "illegals" fifteen times and used other slurs as well. Indeed, Fox News has habitually smeared undocumented immigrants with these pejorative terms.
Wallace's slur was also echoed by an on-screen graphic that appeared on the show:
Following the Obama administration's announcement that it will grant certain undocumented immigrants the chance to be exempted from deportation, Fox News claimed President Obama had issued the decision as an executive order, implying he did so to circumvent Congress. In fact, the change is an exercise of prosecutorial discretion that is consistent with the current law and has decades of precedent.
Fox News contributor Star Parker warned today that if congressional Republicans agree to a debt-reduction deal with Democrats that includes tax increases, they "should fear" "the American people" because "they spoke in 2010 that they are taxed enough already."
Parker was addressing remarks by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who said last week that he would support a deficit-reduction plan that would include $1 in tax increases for every $10 in spending cuts. Parker went on to say:
PARKER: The American people, those that support these Republicans, are saying, we've had enough. So, the politicians can continue with the same rhetoric and changing the terminology to enhancement, or whatever else they want to call tax increases. They don't understand the message: We're taxed enough already. And if you notice in the grassroots of America, incumbents are released by people taking seriously what time it is in this country. We are taxed enough already.
Though she purported to give the view of what the American people think about tax increases, her repeated invocation of "taxed enough already" were really a reference to the tea party; "tea" is the acronym for "taxed enough already." This came as no surprise considering Parker has tea party ties.
In reality, Americans support tax increases as part of debt reduction. A CBS News/New York Times poll from April found that a majority of people believe upper-income Americans pay less than their fair share of taxes.
On Sean Hannity's radio show today, Fox contributor Karl Rove said that the Obama campaign will attempt to win the election by "trying to take their wallet and buying it."
Karl Rove, of course, is the co-founder of a large Republican Super PAC. In an interview with Reuters in April, Rove said he intended to spend $300 million through his Super PAC during the 2012 election cycle: [emphasis added]
This year, thanks to the American Crossroads "Super PAC" organization that he co-founded, Rove will have vast resources to fertilize Romney's campaign: a massive wallet, one of the loudest megaphones in conservative media, and close ties to Romney's campaign.
In an interview with Reuters, Rove described his vision for Crossroads, which he founded with his friend Ed Gillespie in 2010. Crossroads - which has received seven-figure donations from several wealthy Republicans - hopes to spend $300 million on this election.
Beyond helping Romney match Democratic President Barack Obama's vast fundraising effort, Rove said he wants Crossroads to be a permanent figure on the political landscape - a big-money, independent group that works in concert with the Republican Party on strategy and involves its most influential donors.
The Metropolitan State College of Denver recently decided to offer a special rate to undocumented students effective this fall -- a rate that is 150 percent of the resident in-state tuition -- provided students meet a series of conditions, including attending for at least three years, and graduating from, a Colorado high school. But Fox's Neil Cavuto, who repeatedly slurred these students as "illegals," and the Daily Caller's Michelle Fields argued that they are being treated better than American students.
Fox News host Neil Cavuto rehashed old myths on his show today to argue against a proposed Democratic bill that would raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10 an hour and require annual increases for inflation. To make his point, Cavuto claimed the higher wage would negatively impact current unemployment levels, saying to Democratic strategist Malia Lazu: "Do you look around at what's going on? Do you look at 8.2% unemployment? ... You think raising the minimum wage is going to bring those rates down? Do you honestly, seriously think that?"
In reality, contrary to Cavuto's claims, there is no evidence that increasing the minimum wage results in higher unemployment.
The Center for Economic and Policy Research found that raising the minimum wage has no "discernible impact" on employment, and in fact, concluded that wage increases are more likely to result in more jobs rather than less:
The results for fast food, food services, retail, and low-wage establishments in San Francisco and Santa Fe support the view that a citywide minimum wages can raise the earnings of low-wage workers, without a discernible impact on their employment. Moreover, the lack of an employment response held for three full years after the implementation of the measures, allaying concerns that the shorter time periods examined in some of the earlier research on the minimum wage was not long enough to capture the true disemployment effects.
Our estimated employment responses generally cluster near zero, and are more likely to be positive than negative. Few of our point estimates are precise enough to rule out either positive or negative employment effects, but statistically significant positive employment responses outnumber statistically significant negative elasticities.
In recent interviews, President Clinton and former White House economic adviser Larry Summers agreed with President Obama that Congress should not extend the Bush tax cuts for wealthy households. But Fox News distorted their comments to falsely claim that Clinton and Summers are in favor of extending them for all households, and thus are "at odds" with Obama.
On the eve of Wisconsin's recall elections, Fox News host Neil Cavuto turned his Your World program over to Republican lawmakers to make their case for why Gov. Scott Walker should not be recalled. Among his guests were Walker himself, Wisconsin state Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, U.S. Sens. Ron Johnson from Wisconsin and Jim DeMint from South Carolina, and a Wisconsin business owner who is a Walker supporter and has ties to the GOP establishment.
The first 12 minutes of Cavuto's hour-long program were dedicated to a sit-down interview with Walker, during which he repeatedly claimed that his "reforms are working," though evidence shows otherwise. Cavuto stated at the end of the program that he asked Walker's Democratic opponent, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, to be on the show as well.
Johnson and DeMint also appeared on Your World. They were interviewed separately, each predicting that Walker will be tomorrow's victor. Both senators were questioned exclusively about the recall effort.