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.
Despite repeated condemnations by Jewish groups for his history of using anti-Semitic stereotypes and trivializing the Holocaust, Glenn Beck is using a tour of Auschwitz to promote his new subscription-based online media platform.
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.