Washington Examiner correspondent Byron York dishonestly criticized the Senate immigration bill as a mere "promise of border security," ignoring the significant border enforcement component of the Senate immigration bill.
On the July 17 edition of America's Newsroom, co-host Bill Hemmer and York discussed a recent Fox News poll on immigration which found that 81% of those surveyed are in favor of "strengthening border security," while 74% favor legalization that includes a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants currently in the country. York responded to the poll by falsely claiming that the Senate immigration bill is weak on border enforcement:
YORK: Well, the key word is first. The big issue is the sequence of those things, because a lot of Americans do favor legalizing the immigrants who are here illegally at the moment and putting them on a path to citizenship. But they want border security to be in place first. And the Senate bill was essentially a promise of border security in place, and the House will want to insist on the reality of border security that's actually done and in place before the process gets underway.
Cable news channels hosted only four women's health experts during two weeks of coverage on a Texas bill that would restrict women's constitutional right to safe and legal abortions and that experts claim would "erode women's health."
Fox News Host Sean Hannity ignored the actual results of a new Pew Research poll on one-word impressions of President Obama, claiming that the most frequent words used to describe the president are "incompetent" and "liar." In fact, the poll found that the most common descriptor of the president was "good/good man."
During an interview with Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) on the June 25 edition of Fox News' Hannity, Hannity alleged, "The most frequent words now used, according to Pew, to describe President Obama are 'incompetent' and 'liar.'"
The actual results of the Pew poll cited by Hannity show that the most frequent word or phrase used to describe President Obama is "good/good man." The word "honest" is also tied with the word "liar" yet was ignored by Hannity.
Right-wing media outlets cherry-picked data from a Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report on the Senate's immigration reform proposal to incorrectly claim that the bill would hurt American workers. In fact, the CBO report found that the Senate immigration reform bill would have temporary and small negative effects but over the long term would greatly benefit both American workers and the economy, which is reinforced by past studies.
Fox News used a flawed study to falsely claim that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will increase health insurance market premiums by 88 percent in the state of Ohio, ignoring the counter effect of the premium tax credit subsidy and deceptively suggesting that premium increases will affect the state's entire population.
Fox News host Greta Van Susteren lamented that "we do nothing about the poor," but has repeatedly hosted guests who have attacked the federal food stamp program, which helps keep millions out of poverty and limits the effects of poverty and unemployment.
On the June 9 edition of ABC's This Week with George Stephanopoulos, Van Susteren decried a lack of attention to impoverished Americans, saying, "The thing that disturbs me is that the economy I see is a three legged stool: the rich, the middle class, and the poor. And all three have to be winning and surviving, and we do nothing about the poor. You know, we play with all these numbers and look at all the unemployment but we still aren't digging into the inner city and going into the poverty, the huge poverty at the bottom in this city."
But Van Susteren's concern for the poor is inconsistent with attacks by guests on her show on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the federal food stamp program that is designed to keep people out of poverty.
Fox & Friends used the May jobs report to indict unemployment and disability benefits, claiming that they encourage poor job search behavior that keeps the labor force participation rate low. In fact, unemployment and disability benefits do not pull people out of the workforce, and low labor force participation is the result of unrelated demographic changes.
Fox News spent nearly four hours on June 4 covering that day's House committee hearing on the IRS' inappropriate focus on conservative groups, largely ignoring the simultaneous Senate committee hearing into the epidemic of sexual assaults in the military.
Right-wing media have been pushing multiple dubious claims related to the recent revelation that the IRS used inappropriate criteria to scrutinize some conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status. Media Matters has compiled five of the worst offenders.
Multiple media outlets repeated Rep. Darrell Issa's (R-CA) unsubstantiated claim that IRS leadership in Washington, D.C., orchestrated the inappropriate targeting of conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status, neglecting to mention that Issa provided no evidence of the alleged link between IRS officials in Washington and Cincinnati.