Glenn Beck falsely claimed that Feisal Abdul Rauf, who is heading efforts to build a community center in New York, currently "employs" an imam who blamed "the Jews" for 9-11; in fact, the imam resigned in 2001 prior to making those comments. Beck also absurdly claimed Rauf was "connected to Hamas" and attacked Rauf for making comments about the 9-11 attacks that are strikingly similar to comments Beck himself made in April.
Liz Cheney spread the myth that the stimulus bill has "not worked" to mitigate job losses. In fact, many independent and private analysts have agreed that stimulus spending significantly raised employment over what would have happened without it.
Yesterday on Fox News' Your World, Neil Cavuto and Monica Crowley discussed an alleged drunken-driving incident in Virginia in which a Catholic nun was killed and two others were injured. Cavuto and Crowley were displeased that newspapers had not properly obsessed over the fact that the driver involved is an undocumented immigrant, which Crowley declared to be "the most consequential detail to the story." Crowley used the incident to make the preposterous assertion that "most of the violent crime that we are seeing comes out of the illegal immigration community."
Several prominent media conservatives have claimed to "favor religious freedom" while qualifying that claim in order to attack the Islamic community center and mosque set to be built two blocks away from Ground Zero, demanding that it be moved elsewhere in New York City.
Megyn Kelly has been a driving force behind Fox News' heavy promotion of the phony New Black Panther Party scandal. Kelly has been criticized for showing "hints of her political outlook" from the anchor desk and has a history of advancing right-wing smears and falsehoods.
Washington Times editorial writer Quin Hillyer dubiously accused the Justice Department of "rigging" elections, citing DOJ actions against the New Black Panther Party, black leaders in Mississippi, and state election officials in Missouri to support the allegation. In fact, the DOJ sought injunctions to protect voters in two of those cases and dropped the third due to outdated evidence.
Last December, Media Matters highlighted the special relationship that Glenn Beck has with his advertiser Goldline International, Inc. Since then, he has been mocking and fighting back against the attention generated by this questionable relationship. One of the talking points that Beck and his fellow Goldline defenders constantly fall back on is that Goldline has an "A+" rating with the Better Business Bureau.
But when Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) began a congressional investigation into Beck's relationship with Goldline, he pointed out a 2009 Los Angeles Times report about the Better Business Bureau's problematic grading system. A business can pay the BBB to be listed as "accredited" business - and that in turn seems to affect their grade. The Times wrote that "a random search of the organization's database of about 4 million North American companies seems to show that the roughly 400,000 accredited businesses, even those that get numerous complaints, very often receive higher grades than unaccredited companies with spotless complaint records."
As we've noted here before, the BBB rating doesn't mean much. But just to drive that point home, the author of the website BBBRoundup went a step further to illustrate just how easy it is for an entity to earn the BBB's seal of approval. He registered the terrorist group Hamas with the LA BBB, paying the $425 for it to become an "accredited business" with the venerable consumer bureau. The BBB's Hamas listing states that the business is devoted to "providing educational services to troubled youth," and that it has received an "excellent rating" from the BBB. And just to show what kind of companies earn an "F" from the BBB, the site also compared the BBB rankings of a fake company it paid to accredit, Moores Sushi, with the coffee chain Starbucks. The BBB gave the fake sushi supplier that forked over some cash an "A-" rating, while Starbucks, which is not a BBB member, got an F.
In contrast to Fox News' repeated hyping of voter-intimidation charges against members of the New Black Panther Party during the 2008 election, a search of the Nexis database indicates that Fox News' top shows did not report on similar allegations that members of the Minutemen harassed Hispanic voters at an Arizona polling center in 2006.
J. Christian Adams' discredited accusations that President Obama's Justice Department engaged in racially charged "corruption" in the New Black Panther Party case are being promoted and defended by a slew of former Justice Department officials connected to the Bush-era DOJ and its "legacy of politicized hiring."
On today's episode of Fox News' Cashin' In, Fox Business employees Cheryl Casone and Tracy Byrnes and regular FBN guest Jonathan Hoenig came up with a radical idea to solve America's national debt problem: Raise taxes on the poor!
Casone got things started with a "Fox News Alert" about a new Congressional Budget Office report about average federal tax rates in 2007. She was so put off by the fact that millions of Americans earn so little income that they earn more in tax credits than they owe in federal taxes -- meaning they pay no federal income tax -- that she put forth the following question to Hoenig:
CASONE: A new government report showing 40 percent of income tax filers are paying no income taxes at all, and are getting money back. And this has someone here saying enough is enough. You want America's debt mess cleaned up? It's time for all Americans to pay up.
So Jonathan, did we just find a way to solve America's debt crisis, do you think?
She was asking if "a way to solve America's debt crisis" is to increase the tax burden of the poorest Americans. Note that according to the CBO report she cited, the average pretax income of the lowest 20 percent of households in 2007 -- that's half of the 40 percent of income tax filers she wants to "pay up" -- was $18,400.
According to the 2007 poverty guidelines used by the Department of Health & Human Services, a family of four with an income of $20,650 is below the poverty line.
Yes, Casone is proposing to balance our national debt on the backs of those Americans living in poverty.