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.
Fox News has been ginning up hysteria over hip hop artist Common's appearance at a White House poetry event. The same Fox News smearing Common with claims that he "praise[d]" a "cop killer" has regularly hosted G. Gordon Liddy and employs Dick Morris and Ralph Peters, all of whom have seemingly expressed support for killing law enforcement officials or soldiers.
Today on his blog, Fox's John Stossel considered whether veterans were freeloading on the government.
Stossel quoted from an email sent by a viewer of his recent "Freeloaders" segment who asked if Stossel and libertarians in general would consider him a "freeloader" for receiving government compensation due to his rating as a 100 percent disabled veteran.
Here is Stossel's reaction:
[I]f you are 100% disabled, I do not consider you a freeloader, I consider you: compensated.
Of course, the VA is another clumsy government bureaucracy, and I have little faith they make good judgments when deciding who needs help, and who freeloads.
Stossel did not make clear when veterans relying on the VA stop being compensated and start freeloading.
Today, Glenn Beck interviewed Pastor John Hagee and announced he would be delivering a keynote address at Hagee's upcoming event -- despite having, earlier in the day, inadvertently ridiculed a famous statement Pastor John Hagee had made several years ago.
The intended target of Beck's mockery was Father Beck (no relation, Beck says), who appeared on The O'Reilly Factor to offer his religious perspective on the death of Osama bin Laden. Beck took issue with Father Beck's refusal to call bin Laden "evil." After some extended mockery from Beck and his co-host Stu Burgiere, Beck argued that not judging evil people as evil allows evil to "just exist," and illustrated his point by mocking the self-evidently ridiculous notion that someone as evil as Hitler could be doing God's work.
So what does this have to do with John Hagee?
Well, it just so happens that John Hagee once declared that Hitler was doing God's work. Sam Stein of the Huffington Post reported in May 2008:
John Hagee, the controversial evangelical leader and endorser of Sen. John McCain, argued in a late 1990s sermon that the Nazis had operated on God's behalf to chase the Jews from Europe and shepherd them to Palestine. According to the Reverend, Adolph Hitler was a "hunter," sent by God, who was tasked with expediting God's will of having the Jews re-establish a state of Israel.
Going in and out of biblical verse, Hagee preached: " 'And they the hunters should hunt them,' that will be the Jews. 'From every mountain and from every hill and from out of the holes of the rocks.' If that doesn't describe what Hitler did in the holocaust you can't see that."
He goes on: "Theodore Hertzel is the father of Zionism. He was a Jew who at the turn of the 19th century said, this land is our land, God wants us to live there. So he went to the Jews of Europe and said 'I want you to come and join me in the land of Israel.' So few went that Hertzel went into depression. Those who came founded Israel; those who did not went through the hell of the holocaust.
"Then god sent a hunter. A hunter is someone with a gun and he forces you. Hitler was a hunter. And the Bible says -- Jeremiah writing -- 'They shall hunt them from every mountain and from every hill and from the holes of the rocks,' meaning there's no place to hide. And that might be offensive to some people but don't let your heart be offended. I didn't write it, Jeremiah wrote it. It was the truth and it is the truth. How did it happen? Because God allowed it to happen. Why did it happen? Because God said my top priority for the Jewish people is to get them to come back to the land of Israel." [italics in original]
Glenn Beck interviewed Hagee during today's radio program. Apparently unaware of Hagee's claim that Hitler was doing the work of God, Beck did not mention it during the interview. But he did mention that he was delivering a keynote address at Hagee's 2011 DC-Israel Summit in July.
Will Beck really deliver a keynote speech for an event hosted by a man who said that Hitler was doing God's work when he murdered millions of Jews? Or will he continue his recent pattern of glaring hypocrisy?
Conservative media figures have criticized President Obama's upcoming visit to Ground Zero after the killing of Osama bin Laden as a "political victory lap." Glenn Beck called the planned trip "disgusting," "obscene," and "grotesque."
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"?