Fox Business host Eric Bolling demonstrated this week how he responds to facts that undermine his preferred falsehoods: He laughs at them.
For several months, Fox figures have used deceptively cropped video of National Education Association official Bob Chanin's farewell address to smear the union. Sean Hannity suggested that the video showed that the teachers' union doesn't "care about the children," while Andrew Napolitano cited the video to claim that the NEA cares only for "power," and not representing its members.
Chanin's full speech clearly shows that he was explaining that caring about schoolchildren is not enough for the union to be an effective advocate - he was saying that the NEA is a more effective advocate for children because it has power to negotiate and advocate for certain policies. In his speech, Chanin explicitly said that the NEA's power would "enable us to achieve our vision of a great public school for every child."
Bolling stuck to the Fox script Tuesday, playing a deceptively cropped video of the speech and then claiming that the NEA cares only about political power and is "not about the children." Bolling described Chanin's edited comments - edited to fit the Fox News falsehood - as a "despicable slip." Fox contributor Mike Gallagher later said the comments illustrated that the NEA is "an evil, evil, corrupt entity."
And when one of Bolling's guests attempted to point out that Bolling was wrong, he simply laughed, repeated the Fox script, and moved on.
Fox Business host Gerri Willis made sure her viewers could not fault President Bush for state of the economy.
Asking her viewers who they blamed for "America's jobs crisis," Fox Business offered the following choices:
Washington Monthly's Steve Benen provides a useful chart illustrating job losses and gains each month since the start of the recession - the red bars chart the millions of jobs lost during the final months of the Bush administration:
And according to the results of a June NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, Americans are more likely to hold Bush accountable than President Obama "for the country's current economic conditions."
But Fox viewers can't hold Bush accountable if they don't have the option.
The Saturday crew of Fox & Friends hosted Andrew Breitbart to ask him, "Does the mainstream media have a bias against conservative women?"
Aside from co-host Molly Line's laughable premise for the segment that the media called failed Republican senatorial candidate Christine O'Donnell "a witch" - after O'Donnell stated herself that she "dabbled into witchcraft" and then made a political ad declaring, "I am not a witch" - Andrew Breitbart has no credibility to comment on gender-based attacks or really anything for that matter.
During his speech at the 2011 Conservative Political Action Conference, Breitbart said of "the Code Pink ladies," "it's no longer fun to watch them and they're not even good looking anymore. It used to be that they were like, kinda slutty lefties." Amid laughter from the conservative audience, he continued, "[T]hey're getting long in the tooth." In discussing President Obama throwing out the opening pitch of a baseball game, Breitbart declared the president "pitched like an Indonesian teenage girl." He refers to women as "chick[s]" and, when attacking Salon.com's Joan Walsh, he makes frequent mention of her physical appearance.
Of course, it's not as though Fox News itself is innocent of gender-based attacks or exploiting women. After all, the network is famous for gratuitously airing video of scantily clad women and of its hosts and guests engaging in sexist commentary, not to mention the fact that News Corp--the network's parent company--fosters a culture that has led to numerous sexual harassment and discrimination lawsuits. But, apparently, that's beside the point.
The right-wing media responded with outrage after President Obama called on Congress to eliminate tax breaks on corporate jets in order to help stave off a default crisis -- accusing Obama of waging "class warfare."
In more than two years on Fox News, Glenn Beck inundated his viewers with violent, inflammatory rhetoric. Media Matters presents a selection of his worst offenses.
Glenn Beck's tenure at Fox News was marked by exceedingly violent rhetoric as he obsessively invoked violence as a possible response to "progressives." Here are five of the worst examples.
Fox News adopted its "headline" for today straight from a press release from the office of Republican Rep. Paul Ryan, claiming that the Congressional Budget Office estimated that "government spending as a share of our economy will increase by nearly 70 percent by 2035." In its long-term budget outlook, CBO projected that spending would increase from 24.1 percent of GDP in 2011 to 27.4 percent in 2035.
Today Beck laid out his latest world-spanning conspiracy theory and yet again insinuated that Holocaust survivor George Soros has adopted tactics originally used by the Third Reich. His evidence? Only that Soros is helping to fund the implementation of Agenda 21, a UN initiative to promote sustainable development - or, as Beck calls the program, "a hidden plan for world government that takes your property rights." After telling his radio audience that "Soros has been funding it," Beck laid out his concerns:
BECK: It is a great concern of mine that what Germany did was they took property rights. They so debased their currency they needed something to base their currency on when the world reset for them. And they based it on property. And they just seized - National Socialists always do it - they seized property.
So according to Beck, Soros is funding a plot to seize your property, which "National Socialists always do" too. Remember that Jewish groups have previously criticized Beck for falsely accusing Soros of being a Nazi collaborator.
Beck also claims that his take on Agenda 21 is not a conspiracy theory, even though he seems to have borrowed it from full-time conspiracy theorists. The official site of The John Birch Society lists Agenda 21 as one of its key "issues", and Alex Jones' Info Wars website features a series of articles labeled "Agenda 21 Alert."
Fox News' Carl Cameron claimed that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's campaign was "using the president's own words against him" by airing an ad accusing Obama of downplaying unemployment as just a "bump in the road." In fact, Obama was talking about economic "disruptions" - including the earthquake in Japan and turmoil in the Middle East - when he discussed "bumps on the road to recovery."
While guest hosting the Fox News show America Live, Fox & Friends co-host Gretchen Carlson claimed that Republican Texas Governor Rick Perry "turned away the federal stimulus money." In fact, despite initially refusing a portion of stimulus funds, Perry ultimately accepted much of the money for his state.