Fox hosts have claimed that President Obama need only produce his birth certificate to "put ... to bed" the endless right-wing speculation about his place of birth. Now that Obama distributed copies of his birth certificate to reporters and posted it on the White House website, will Fox, in the words of its host Sean Hannity, "move on"?
While demonizing George Soros, Glenn Beck has recently complained that hedge funds are unregulated. However, Beck previously demagogued efforts to regulate hedge funds, claiming it was part of an effort to "expand the reach" of government.
Sean Hannity devoted an episode of his Fox News show to an hour-long special on what he claimed was the media's "liberal bias." However, several of the quotes he used as examples of this purported bias were deceptively cropped to leave out crucial context.
Bill O'Reilly distorted Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-WI) proposal to lower income tax rates for the wealthiest Americans, claiming that Ryan "stated he simply wants to keep the tax rate where it is." In fact, Ryan has proposed cutting the tax rate on upper income levels from 35 percent to 25 percent.
Monday on Hannity, Ann Coulter blamed the continued focus on the conspiracy theories about President Obama's birth certificate on the "liberal media," claiming that "you don't see that on Fox News." Coulter also stated that "every responsible conservative organization" that examined the issue "has shot it down."
On his March 25 Fox News show, Hannity said:
HANNITY: What are we to make of what he's -- the question he's raising? You know, John McCain had questions about whether he was born in America. Dick Cheney had to prove his residency in Wyoming. If we want to take it back further, other presidents have been questioned about their residency. What's wrong with asking about, "OK, can you just show us the birth certificate?" I was born in the same year as the president --
HANNITY: I don't get to make the final decision. But the answer is, do I think he was? Yes. Do I think he's -- do I think this is odd that they won't produce the birth certificate?
DANIELS: Well, I think --
HANNITY: It's beginning to get odd to me
When will Coulter call out the platforms she appears on for promoting what she calls "a conspiracy theory that won't die on the internet?"
Fox News' decision to end Glenn Beck's show comes after a tumultuous two years during which Fox News figures were constantly forced to defend Beck's outrageous comments or distance themselves from the controversial host.
Several Fox News figures have recently demanded that countries hosting an American military presence reimburse the U.S. financially.
Prompted by Louis Farrakhan's remark that America is a "habitation of devils," Glenn Beck asked, "[W]hat happens when you can convince enough people" that something is "full of demons"? Beck himself has a long history of linking progressives to "the devil" and calling them "enemies of God."
Fox News has revived the false conspiracy theory that President Obama arranged for an Export-Import Bank loan to a Brazilian oil company in order to enrich George Soros at the expense of the United States. In fact, the loan in question was approved by a Bush-appointed bank board and will go toward the purchase of U.S. goods and services.
Glenn Beck has presented audio of a speaker at a conference as evidence of a plot to commit "economic terrorism" by "collaps[ing] the system." However, Beck himself has said that our economic "system" "needs to be taken down, and then we rebuild it back up," and that "this system will never work" and that we should "[l]et it come down and retool."