Fox Business host Andrew Napolitano claimed that a statement from Moody's Investors Service that it may downgrade the U.S. credit rating if the debt ceiling isn't raised "signals" that "stimulus packages have not worked." However, Moody's economist Mark Zandi has credited the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act with raising the GDP and lowering unemployment.
Fox Business host John Stossel absurdly claimed that a recent uptick in food stamps usage "suggests that we are teaching people to be dependent." However, economic and budget experts have attributed increased food stamps usage to high unemployment and declining incomes and have said that usage will subside as the economy recovers from the recession.
Former Fox News contributor and likely Republican presidential contender Rick Santorum is the latest potential 2012 candidate to receive what amounts to an in-kind contribution from Fox News.
The Tuesday following his appearance in the first episode of the "Hannity Primary" on May 27, Santorum appeared on Fox's On the Record to discuss his campaign and his reason for choosing the site where he says he will make his presidential campaign announcement on June 6:
According to Media Matters research conducted earlier this year, Rick Santorum was given more than six hours of airtime on Fox News throughout 2010, worth an estimated nearly $5 million.
Fox Business is running a week-long attack on the social safety net, including Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, labeling beneficiaries of these programs "takers." This messaging comes on the heels of a National Bureau of Economic Research study that concluded that these programs are highly effective at keeping people out of poverty.
Fox News host Bret Baier, ignoring experts who have said Rep. Paul Ryan's plan to replace Medicare with vouchers would harm seniors, asked whether Ryan's argument that he is actually defending Medicare is "sinking in" with voters.
Fox Business maligned essential anti-poverty programs, deriding food stamps, unemployment insurance, and the Earned Income Tax Credit as "a form a welfare, income redistribution" and evidence that America now has an "entitlement mentality."
Host Stuart Varney's attack on these programs came just as a new study from the National Bureau of Economic Research showed just how essential these and other government programs are to keeping tens of millions of Americans out of poverty.
Arloc Sherman of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities noted that "public programs keep one in six Americans out of poverty -- primarily the elderly, disabled, and working poor -- and that the poverty rate would double without these programs." The CBPP included a graph to show just how important these programs are for reducing poverty amongst millions of Americans:
Yet Varney bemoaned "all these people on food stamps," Medicaid, the Earned Income Tax Credit and unemployment insurance as "a form of welfare, income redistribution" and "entitlement mentality." Watch:
Fox News, amplifying a fake controversy started by the Daily Caller, is claiming that 38 health-care reform "waivers" granted to businesses in Northern California are evidence of Rep. Nancy Pelosi and President Obama's "corruption." But the business owner who actually requested the waivers said that they were in no way connected to Pelosi and were part of an annual request for businesses throughout the country, not just in Pelosi's congressional district.
The right-wing echo chamber is promoting an op-ed written by mathematician and engineer David Evans, which they claim is part of the "demolition of the theories" behind man-made climate change. But Evans is not a climate scientist, and claims he is pushing in his op-ed have long been discredited.
Evans himself does not claim to be a climate scientist. According to a resume posted on his research firm's website, Evans is a mathematician and engineer. He also "sells information for investors about gold companies." As DeSmogBlog pointed out, his resume lists no published, peer reviewed articles that deal with climate science. Studies have shown a strong consensus among actively-publishing climate scientists that human activity is contributing to climate change and that "the relative climate expertise" of skeptics is "substantially" lower.
Evans' questionable credentials on climate science were no problem for right-wing bloggers. Hot Air pushed Evans' claims with a post titled, "Former 'alarmist' scientist says Anthropogenic Global Warming (AGW) based in false science." Fox Nation subsequently joined in, linking to the Hot Air post and declaring, "Scientist Flips, Blows Global Warming To Bits."
Fox News figures have suggested that President Obama isn't serious about enacting comprehensive immigration reform and is instead "trying to shore up his base" among Hispanic voters. However, there has been a major increase in border security under Obama -- which Republicans say is their starting point for action on the issue.
Rush Limbaugh accused President Obama of lying about government job losses and, citing a blog post by National Review's Jim Geraghty, claimed that "government employment is actually increasing." In fact, seasonally-adjusted job numbers show that the public sector has been cutting massive amounts jobs, a point Geraghty was forced to acknowledge when he updated the post.