Media Matters for America has exclusively obtained emails from the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services' (CMS) chief actuary Richard Foster to the American Spectator's editor-in-chief, in which Foster criticizes the American Spectator's Washington Prowler column for "reporting factually incorrect information," and demands a correction.
On April 27, the American Spectator's Prowler column accused the Department of Health and Human Services of intentionally hiding a report by the CMS actuaries to keep it from influencing the health care vote, citing unnamed "career HHS sources." Media Matters debunked this claim at the time, noting that Foster had written a letter to Senator Mitch McConnell expressing his inability to score the health care legislation in the requested period of time.
That same day, Foster also addressed this falsehood in an email to American Spectator editor-in-chief R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr. in which Foster wrote:
In a May 3 editorial, The Wall Street Journal falsely claimed that "unions get a pass from new campaign finance disclosure rules" and that "this legislation is not about muzzling spenders generally so much as specific spenders who don't always salute the Democratic agenda." In fact, as Republican Rep. Mike Castle has stated, "corporations, unions, and issue groups alike" are subject to new disclosure rules under the legislation.
During a May 3 segment on the attempted car bomb attack on Times Square, Fox & Friends co-host Brian Kilmeade said he "has the utmost respect for the NYPD, and their investigative unit." But Kilmeade later stated, while showing security video footage of the a man who the police think may have been involved:
KILMEADE: What I was surprised at is right away, they say he's a 40ish-year-old white guy. To tell you the truth, I'm looking at that video. If they're look at the same video we're looking at, I don't know if they are just placating the public. That doesn't look like a white guy.
Why would Kilmeade develop a sudden, and inexplicable distrust for the NYPD's investigative methods? Given his extensive and enthusiastic history of advocating for racial profiling of Muslims, it may be that he has a hard time coming to terms with the fact that a suspect in a terrorist plot might be white. It seems that Kilmeade's dedication to the idea that only Muslims are capable of attacking us is strong enough to make him wonder if the police are endangering an investigation just for the purpose of "placating the public."
On the May 1 edition of Bulls and Bears, Fox News host Eric Bolling claimed that American citizens "pay taxes," as opposed to "illegals not paying taxes." In fact, according to the Congressional Budget Office and the Social Security Administration, undocumented immigrants do pay taxes, including individual income, sales, property, and social security taxes.
In the wake of the catastrophic oil spill currently occurring in the Gulf of Mexico, Media Matters reviews Fox News' fervent advocacy for offshore drilling. Its activism has including promoting Sarah Palin's "drill, baby, drill" mantra and pushing myths suggesting that drilling is environmentally safe.
Following the passage of the Arizona immigration bill, Fox News amplified Rush Limbaugh's accusation that President Obama's concern about Arizona's immigration bill leading to racial profiling was taking "a shot ... at the cops" by asking if Obama has "something against cops." In fact, Obama's concerns over the legislation are shared by many law enforcement officials, and many experts and Fox News figures have confirmed that racial profiling is a likely result of the bill.
On April 29, Fox & Friends falsely suggested that the Congressional Hispanic Caucus was holding a 9-11 worker health care bill "hostage" in order "to get health care" for "illegal aliens." In fact, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus is reportedly seeking to ensure that undocumented immigrants who served as post-9-11 recovery workers -- not undocumented immigrants in general, as Fox suggested -- would also be able to receive the "benefits for health problems they incurred because of their heroic actions" that are provided for other 9-11 responders by the bill.
Numerous right-wing media figures have rushed to defend Arizona's controversial new immigration law, often by employing racially charged rhetoric, imagery, and stereotypes. Many have also embraced racial profiling while promoting the legislation.
The right-wing media have seized on a dubious, anonymously sourced post on The American Spectator's Washington Prowler blog which claimed that the Department of Health and Human Services kept a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) report on health care reform a secret until after the health care vote. However, this claim is undermined by the fact that one day before the House voted on the legislation, the chief actuary of CMS, Richard S. Foster, said that CMS would be unable to issue an updated analysis before the House vote; in addition, the Washington Prowler has a history of printing dubious, anonymously sourced claims.
A Wall Street Journal editorial claimed that a recent Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) report rebuts the Obama administration's argument that health care reform will lower health care costs. However, as Third Way has noted, the CMS report indicates that health care reform would actually result in lower health care spending per insured person over the next decade, and according to Ezra Klein, the trend outlined by CMS suggests that overall health spending will be lower after 2019.