On its Fox Nation website, Fox accused the Obama administration of "pressur[ing]" the Ford Motor Co. to pull a television ad promoting the fact that the company didn't take advantage of the auto bailout. However, Ford and the White House have both denied the allegation, with Ford saying it pulled the ad because the ad's campaign had ended.
Fox's resident anti-union zealot, Eric Bolling, leapt at the opportunity to blame the death of a patient on striking nurses in California, calling it "a death that's on the hands of the union." Bolling stated that "this is clearly a case of someone dying because of a union strike," and argued that "when people's lives are at stake," workers should not be allowed to strike, collectively bargain, or even unionize. But Bolling failed to mention an important part of the story.
According to ABC News, the striking nurses from the Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, where the patient was being cared for, "tried to return to work Friday, but hospital officials turned them away." The patient died on Saturday. From ABC's story:
California authorities are investigating the death of a patient at an Oakland hospital that police and hospital and union officials said resulted from a medication error made during a labor dispute between nurses and the health system that runs the hospital.
Police and officials at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center told the local media the woman died after she received an incorrect dose of medication administered by a replacement nurse. At the time, regular staff nurses employed by Sutter Health System were locked out following a one-day strike by 23,000 nurses across the state.
The California Nurses Association, the state nurses' union, blamed the woman's death on the lockout. After Thursday's strike, the association said, nurses at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center tried to return to work Friday, but hospital officials turned them away.
The union called the lockout "dangerous" and questioned whether the nurses hired as replacements were clinically qualified to care for the patients.
"Nurses are in the hospital caring for our patients who don't have the proper training, who aren't familiar with our equipment, and there's been a tragic death," said one nurse who participated in a Sunday vigil outside the hospital. A video showing highlights of the vigil is posted on the union's web page.
The hospital, however, said the fill-in nurses were all highly competent and experienced.
The hospital explained that it was contractually obligated to hire replacement nurses for a certain number of days, which was the reason for the lockout. Staff nurses can return to work Tuesday.
But Bolling blamed the patient's death on the California Nurses Association:
BECKEL: The idea that somebody would even suggest that this was because of a union strike -- they're out of their minds. OK, go ahead. You try to suggest it now.
BOLLING: In this case, it happened to be, because this person wasn't a new patient. It was a patient who had been receiving medication. The nurses went on strike, the replacement nurse went ahead and made a mistake, yeah. She made a mistake, or he made a mistake, and gave the patient the wrong medicine and they died. This is clearly a case of someone dying because of a union strike.
BOLLING: I'm telling you, this is a death that's on the hands of the unions.
During his speech to the Congressional Black Caucus on September 24, President Obama said to African-American leaders: "I expect all of you to march with me and press on. Take off your bedroom slippers. Put on your marching shoes. Shake it off. Stop complaining. Stop grumbling. Stop crying. We are going to press on. We've got work to do, CBC."
Unsurprisingly, the Drudge Report used the speech as an opportunity for race-baiting.
Drudge highlighted the speech with this quote: "Obama to Blacks: 'Put On Your Marching Shoes,' " and accompanied it with a photograph of what looked like black people protesting in front of the White House with their fists raised:
This would have been an innocuous enough photo if this had been any other media outlet. But this is the Drudge Report, a website that traffics in race. The fact that this was a photo depicting blacks with raised fists under what some have interpreted as "a dog whistle for race riots" tells its own tale. And this is a long-running theme with Drudge.
Gateway Pundit blogger Jim Hoft took it even further. In a post headlined, "Obama Puts on His Best Dialect & Tells Black Audience 'Stop Complaining & Fight,' " he wrote:
Barack Obama told his black audience last night to "Put on your marching shoes."
Barack Obama delivered the red meat to the big government socialists of the Congressional Black Caucus.
He was pushing his latest half trillion dollar stimulus that he insists will work... this time.
And, since he was speaking to the black caucus he broke out the black dialect.
Rush Limbaugh has resorted to repeating discredited or misleading claims - that "the rich are not richer than they've ever been" and that the number of millionaires in the U.S. has decreased -- in order to dismiss President Obama's newly proposed jobs plan.
In another installment of Fox's ongoing series bemoaning the purported job-killing effect of regulations, America's Newsroom anchor Martha MacCallum called a new Seattle ordinance requiring paid sick leave for employees another "entitlement" that could put small businesses "under water."
Fox spent last week promoting GOP talking points on regulation, obscuring the myriad public health benefits from the conversation. In this case, paid sick leave for employees -- particularly in the food service industry, where access to such leave is the least accessible -- has obvious public health benefits.
A 2008 study [PDF] by Human Impact Partners, an Oakland, California, nonprofit organization, found significant benefits from a similar law proposed for the state of California:
Right-wing media are once again pinning stock market fluctuations on President Obama, specifically his jobs speech last night.
Here's Drudge's take:
And here's Fox Nation:
Incidentally, both the articles Drudge and Fox Nation link to linked the market sell-off to turmoil in European markets and uncertainty about the health of Greece's economy.
Fox News is spinning Rep. Eric Cantor's statement that disaster relief should be paired with spending cuts -- comments consistent with statements Cantor has made in the past -- as a simple "word of caution" against future government stimulus.
Fox News is up in arms that members of the clergy will not be included in 9-11 memorial ceremonies at ground zero. But the policy is nothing new: it's a continuation of the same practice that has been in place for past memorials.
Karl Rove popped up on Fox News to wonder whether White House Press Secretary Jay Carney "get[s] it" when he discusses the stimulative effect of unemployment benefits. But leading economists have long agreed that unemployment benefits do have a strong effect on job creation and growth.
Here's Rove going On the Record:
Then there are economists.
In a January 2010 report on "Policies for Increasing Economic Growth and Employment in 2010 and 2011," the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimated that extending aid to the unemployed would have one of the strongest stimulative effects on the economy:
Policies that could be implemented relatively quickly or targeted toward people whose consumption tends to be restricted by their income, such as reducing payroll taxes for firms that increase payroll or increasing aid to the unemployed, would have the largest effects on output and employment per dollar of budgetary cost in 2010 and 2011.
In his July 24, 2008, congressional testimony, Mark Zandi, Moody's Economy.com chief economist and a former adviser to John McCain, ranked extended unemployment benefits behind only food stamps in terms of economic "bang for the buck." The Economic Policy Institute created the following graphic based on Zandi's figures:
Earlier this week week, the Obama Administration announced a new immigration policy instructing law enforcement to use prosecutorial discretion in order to postpone the deportation proceedings of certain undocumented workers and prioritize the deportation of convicted criminals. Since the announcement was made, Fox news has claimed the policy is tantamount to "amnesty."
Despite rushing to demagogue the issue, a Fox online poll showed viewers agreed that focusing on dangerous criminals makes sense.
Here are the results as of August 19 at 7:50 p.m.: