After Fox News' Sarah Palin made the entirely unsupported claim that a taped voicemail proved that "corrupt bastards" in the media were conspiring to fabricate smears of Alaska Senate candidate Joe Miller, Fox News heavily promoted the allegation. By the next day, Glenn Beck joined Palin in calling for the reporters to be "purged."
Glenn Beck attacked President Obama over job creation, claiming that the stimulus was ineffective. However, independent and private analysts agree that the employment levels are significantly higher than they would have been without the stimulus.
Yesterday FoxNews.com reported that a former low-level staffer allegedly lied to federal investigators about her marriage -- prior to going to work for Reid's office. In that article, FoxNews.com gave no indication that Reid or anyone in his office had any knowledge of the investigation or the alleged wrongdoing.
Enter the Review-Journal. While pushing the Fox News smear, Frederick adds:
The Reid folks ain't sayin' much other than to suggest it's a GOP trick. Only problem, it happened on Obama's watch and involves several federal agencies.
In fact, Reid's spokesman are saying that Reid and his office did not know about the allegations until being informed by Fox News, at which time Reid's office conducted an investigation and severed its relationship with the staffer, Diana Tejada. The allegations never resulted in criminal charges against Tejada.
Moreover, contrary to Frederick's claim that "it happened on Obama's watch," the marriage in question occurred in 2003, and Tejada reportedly issued the false statements to federal investigators in 2004 and in 2008. According to the FoxNews.com article Frederick links to, Tejada "broke down and confessed that her marriage was a lie" in November 2008 and filed for divorce in December 2008 -- prior to Obama's inauguration.
Last night, during a 10-minute tirade smearing George Soros with distortions and misrepresentations, Glenn Beck failed to grasp the simple concept of an Australian newspaper converting U.S. dollars to the local currency. The data Beck completely mangled were then used to accuse Soros of wanting to implement "failed socialist or Marxist policies."
Claiming that Soros "summed it up like this," Beck quoted Soros saying:
The trouble is that the winners do not compensate the losers either within states or between states. The welfare state as we know it has become unsustainable, and international income redistribution is practically nonexistent. Total international assistance amounted to $56.5 billion from the U.S. and 74.4 billion worldwide in 2002. Now, I just want you to know, this amount represents only 0.18 percent of global GDP. As a result, the gap between the rich and the poor continues to grow.
Beck concluded, "[T]he selfishness of this country only represented 75 percent of all international giving. Man, how do you live with yourself, America? Thank you for pointing out, Mr. Spooky Dude, how pathetic we really are. This is the argument, though, for scrapping the free market in favor failed socialist or Marxist policies. Just take it from us instead of having us willingly, from our heart, give 75 percent of all of the world's giving. Oh, that's brilliant. Spooky Dude, maybe you can control that money."
Except Soros didn't write that.
Glenn Beck distorted comments by philanthropist George Soros in order to attack him as a "radical." Before misrepresenting Soros' actual words, Beck claimed he was going "use their own words" to "decide who the real radical is."
Fox News' William La Jeunesse touted Sharron Angle for what he portrayed as her relative lack of PAC donations. In doing so, he left out one big special interest donor: FoxPAC.
In fact, Angle actually bragged about fundraising from "friendly" outlets like Fox News. That very fundraising has allowed her the small donors that La Jeunesse touts. In addition to allowing Angle to fundraise on Fox News, groups supported by Fox News and its contributors have spent over $3 million dollars on the race:
Fox Nation rehashed a ridiculous and relentless right-wing attack, labeling Chris Coons a "Bearded Marxist"-- an attack that Fox News candidate Christine O'Donnell pushed in her recent debate against Democrat Chris Coons, her opponent in the Delaware Senate race.
As Media Matters documented, Fox News has aggressively hyped the false claim that Coons called himself a "bearded Marxist" in a college newspaper article. In fact, this false claim is based entirely on a joke that Coons recounted in the article, as Coons himself pointed out in the debate. Observers such as Fox News' Greta Van Susteren and CNN's Howard Kurtz have agreed that this is a "cheap shot" and "bogus."
Right-wing media figures have attacked recent comments by Michelle Obama in which she thanked people for their prayers, calling her words "spooky" and accusing her of "feeling entitled to America's pride and prayers."
On his radio show today, Rush Limbaugh mentioned that he "saw a statistic doing show prep today that more people in the country right now are getting food stamps than are getting paychecks. More people are getting food stamps than are getting paychecks. Yeah, yeah."
He wasn't even close.