The publisher of a Bill O'Reilly book in which he falsely claims to have seen terrorists kill civilians with bombs in Northern Ireland are standing behind the Fox News host despite an admission by Fox News that he only saw photos of those events.
David Drake, senior vice president and deputy publisher at Crown Publishing Group, wrote in an email to Media Matters that "Crown will continue to publish our author's book just as he wrote it."
That book is Keep it Pithy: Useful Observations In A Tough World, O'Reilly's 2013 work published under Crown Archetype, a division of Random House.
In the book, O'Reilly writes, "I've seen soldiers gun down unarmed civilians in Latin America, Irish terrorists kill and maim their fellow citizens in Belfast with bombs."
But last Friday, The Washington Post's Paul Farhi reported that Fox News admitted that O'Reilly was not an eyewitness to terrorist bombings in Northern Ireland, writing: "Asked about O'Reilly's statements Friday, a Fox News spokesman said that O'Reilly was not an eyewitness to any bombings or injuries in Northern Ireland. Instead, he was shown photos of bombings by Protestant police officers."
Drake declined to offer further comment on why the publisher would not seek to correct an obvious misleading statement.
Sen. Jim Inhofe's (R-OK) embarrassing attempt to disprove global warming with a single snowball was rightfully dismissed by the mainstream media -- but it was applauded on Fox News.
The February 28 edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends Saturday featured a clip of Sen. Inhofe's recent speech in which he brought a snowball onto the Senate floor to dispute the scientific finding that 2014 was the hottest year on record. The clip preceded an interview with Inhofe, in which co-host Tucker Carlson asked why some people are "trying to shut down debate" on the causes of climate change. Inhofe responded that "there are so many people out there in the extreme community, the far left ... and they're trying to revive this as an issue," adding that "it's become a religion." The only other questions Inhofe received during his interview were whether the U.S. should be "nixing" all climate change-related funding, and how he was able put together such a "nicely packed, well-constructed" snowball:
Other media outlets had a different take on the issue.
New York Magazine's Jonathan Chait called Inhofe's argument "breathtakingly devoid of a factual or logical grasp of its subject matter."
On the March 2 edition of The View, conservative co-host Nicole Wallace described Inhofe's action on the Senate floor as "moronic," adding: "if we want to get people younger than him to join our party I think it's time to stop denying and just say let's debate the solutions."
The Washington Post editorial board wrote that the stunt shows how Inhofe's position as chair for the Environment and Public Works Committee is a "national embarrassment," adding: "The Republican Party should be mortified by the face of their environmental leadership."
MSNBC's The Rundown with José Díaz-Balart highlighted a new study by the Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAAJ) and the Asian American Federation, which found that immigrants have a major positive impact on the American economy.
According to the study released by AAAJ, immigrants play a "vital role" in the American economy. The study reported a drastic increase in buying power of immigrants and minorities from 2000 to 2014:
The study also found that minorities and immigrants far outpace the majority starting small businesses:
Host José Díaz-Balart and MSNBC anchor Richard Lui highlighted the study during the March 2 edition of The Rundown, noting the positive impact immigration continues to have on the American economy. Lui also explained potential impact of immigrants affected by President Obama's action on immigration, reporting that the action translates to "potentially over 200 thousand new businesses and 200 thousand new jobs" for Americans:
Footage newly uncovered by Mother Jones suggests that Bill O'Reilly's claim that he covered a protest in Argentina in which "many were killed" with "real bullets" is a fabrication. In the footage, which is O'Reilly's own report for CBS News from the violent incident in question, the Fox News host makes no mention of anyone dying and describes police using "tear gas," not live ammunition.
On February 19, Mother Jones wrote that O'Reilly had never reported from "a war zone, in Argentina, in the Falklands" as he's said in the past. O'Reilly responded by claiming that when he had said he reported from a "war zone," he was specifically describing a 1982 Buenos Aires protest which broke out after Argentina surrendered in the War.
O'Reilly has frequently hyped the violence at that protest to emphasize his own reporting bona fides, going so far as to call it a "combat situation." For example, O'Reilly claimed in a 2009 interview that during the riot the army shot at protesters with "real bullets," not "tear gas":
When the riots broke out in the Casa Rosada ... the army was standing between the people and the presidential palace. Here in the United States, we would do tear gas and rubber bullets. They were doing real bullets. They were just gunning these people down, shooting them down in the streets.
In his book The No Spin Zone, O'Reilly also described the protest, writing "A major riot ensued and many were killed." And on his now-defunct radio show, O'Reilly claimed:
I was in the middle of that riot when Argentine soldiers came out of the barracks and got into the streets and actually shot people dead in the street, because people were rioting. And it wasn't like warning shots or rubber bullets or teargas. They were shooting people dead.
Many of O'Reilly's former colleagues who reported from the same protest, as well as reporters from other outlets and an Argentine historian, have contradicted his claim that there were fatalities.
Mother Jones has since unearthed O'Reilly's own report from the scene, which makes no mention of live ammunition or deaths. Filed with his then-employer CBS News, O'Reilly's voice can be heard over footage of the protest specifically reporting that "police struck back, firing tear gas and rushing the crowd." He notes "some journalists" got hurt, but describes the incident as a "disturbance" and does not mention anyone dying.
According to Mother Jones, O'Reilly's report aired on local CBS affiliates at the time.
O'Reilly initially responded to criticism about his fabrications and exaggerations about his journalistic exploits by attacking his critics as partisan, but he and Fox News have largely fallen silent as evidence mounts against several of his tales.
Throughout the debate over Houston's Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO), the Fox TV affiliate in Houston, KRIV, has uncritically repeated the widely debunked myth that HERO would allow sexual predators to sneak into women's restrooms, contributing to public misunderstanding of the ordinance.
For the past year, Houston has been embroiled in a debate over the ordinance. HERO, which passed in May, bans discrimination on the basis of characteristics like sex, race, disability status, sexual orientation, and gender identity.
Opponents of HERO have since fought to put the measure up for a public repeal vote, baselessly claiming that the law would allow male sexual predators to sneak into women's restrooms by pretending to be transgender. Experts in states and cities that have similar laws on the books have debunked this horror story, calling it "beyond specious."
Fox 26's reporting is symptomatic of the kind of "he said, she said" journalism that often derails public debates about even basic legal protections for LGBT people. In order to appear balanced, news outlets will uncritically repeat both sides' talking points in their reporting without resolving which side is actually telling the truth.
Journalism is about more than just repeating talking points and hoping audiences can figure out the truth. It's about actually doing the work to dispel falsehoods about issues that are important to the public. Fox 26 should be working to expose lies about Houston's Equal Rights Ordinance, not peddling them to a broader audience.
Video created by Coleman Lowndes.
Después de que el ex-gobernador de la Florida Jeb Bush anunciara que se encuentra explorando una candidatura presidencial para 2016, los medios hispanos han celebrado la hispanidad de su familia mexicano-americana y su fluidez del español, pintando la imagen de un candidato atractivo para el electorado latino. Este enfoque en detalles biográficos tiene como precio la falta de atención a las posiciones de Bush en temas como la reforma de salud y el cambio climático -- temas en los que sus posturas políticas van en contra de los intereses de la mayoría de latinos.
Por ejemplo, Jorge Ramos, presentador del programa de Univision Al Punto, impulsó la narrativa de Bush como el "candidato hispano" el 18 de enero de 2015 durante una conversación con Carlos Gutiérrez, ex-secretario de comercio bajo la administración de George W. Bush. A través de la discusión, Ramos dejó sin cuestionar las posiciones políticas de Bush, conformándose con la favorable opinión que Gutiérrez tiene sobre la calidad personal del liderazgo de Bush. En un punto, Ramos sugirió que Bush bien podría categorizarse junto al resto de potenciales candidatos republicanos que son latinos.
Otros medios en español como el períodico El País señalan a la esposa e hijos mexicanos de Bush como lo que lo hace un "candidato hispano", calificando estos factores personales como una "ventaja" para ganar el voto latino. Tocando brevemente sus "moderadas" posiciones de política exterior -- una tendencia popular en los medios en inglés -- El País subrayó de nuevo el hecho de que Bush tiene una esposa mexicana para referirse a sus declaraciones de que no es como su hermano George W. Bush. MundoFox, un canal de cable en español que es propiedad parcial de la misma compañía dueña de Fox News, ha celebrado varias veces, desde que Bush hiciera su anuncio en diciembre, la habilidad de Bush para hablar el español con fluidez, así como su matrimonio con una mexicana, para posicionarlo como el principal candidato del partido republicano.
En las ocasiones en las que los medios hispanos dan cobertura a las posiciones políticas de Bush, raramente van más allá de la cobertura monotemática de la inmigración. Y si bien es esperanzador ver cobertura positiva sobre la familia multicultural de Bush y de su bilingüismo, un análisis de los episodios de Al Punto y un cuidadoso monitoreo de los sitios de El País y MundoFox luego del anuncio de Bush han revelado que no se ha dado cobertura a sus posturas más conservadoras sobre el cambio climático y la reforma de salud.
Bush ha negado anteriormente el cambio climático, alegando que "la ciencia ha sido politizada". Como escribió Suzanne Goldberg, del periódico The Guardian, la opinión de Bush va "al compás de la de otros detractores del cambio climático dentro del partido republicano."
De acuerdo a encuestas recientes del New York Times, la Universidad de Stanford, y el grupo ambiental apartidista Resources for the Future, el 63 por ciento de los hispanos, en comparación al 49 por ciento de blancos, está de acuerdo con que el "gobierno federal debería actuar ampliamente para lidiar con el cambio climático". Además, el 54 por ciento de hispanos dijo que el calentamiento global es "extremadamente o muy importante para ellos personalmente, en comparación con el 37 por ciento de blancos". El Times citó al investigador de Latino Decisions, Gabriel Sánchez, señalando que los "hispanos a menudo viven en áreas donde están directamente expuestos a contaminación, como barrios cercanos a autopistas o plantas generadoras de energía". Sánchez también dijo que los latinos son un apoyo clave en la lucha por la concientización del cambio climático: "Existe el estereotipo de que los latinos no están conscientes de este tipo de temas... Pero en realidad los latinos se encuentran entre los más preocupados por el medio ambiente, específicamente por el calentamiento global." Varios expertos coinciden con que los hispanos son "particularmente vulnerables ante los impactos del cambio climático."
De manera similar, Bush ha criticado la reforma de salud (ACA por sus siglas en inglés), llamándola "fallida desde su núcleo" y una "exterminadora de empleos." Sin embargo, el Los Angeles Times resaltó un reporte de septiembre de la organización sin fines de lucro Commonwealth Fund que encontró que el ACA "ha aumentado dramáticamente la cobertura entre los latinos", que son una "comunidad históricamente carente de seguro".
Como resaltó el Times,el reporte encontró que, "En general, el porcentaje de latinos entre las edades de 19 y 64 que carecían de seguro se disminuyó de un 36% a un 23% entre el verano de 2013 y la primavera de 2014". Y de acuerdo al blog The Upshot, delNew York Times, los "grandes ganadores a raíz de la reforma incluyen a personas entre las edades de los 18 y los 34, afro-americanos, hispanos y personas que viven en las áreas rurales". ElTimes también hizo notar que partes de Nevada, New Mexico, y el sur de Texas -- todos con grandes porcentajes de latinos -- están entre las áreas con "los más grandes aumentos en la tasa de asegurados".
Following former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush's announcement that he is exploring a 2016 presidential run, Hispanic media outlets have celebrated his Mexican-American family and fluency in Spanish, portraying them as appealing to Latino voters. This focus on biographical details has come at the expense of reporting on Bush's positions on health care and climate change -- issues on which his positions are at odds with the interests of most Latinos.
For instance, Jorge Ramos, host of Univision's Al Punto, helped feed the narrative of Bush as a "Hispanic candidate" (Spanish-language video clip) during a January 18 conversation with Carlos Gutierrez, who was commerce secretary under George W. Bush. Throughout the discussion, Ramos left Bush's policy stances unquestioned, relying on Gutierrez's glowing review of Bush's personal leadership qualities. At one point, Ramos suggested that Bush could be grouped with other potential Republican presidential candidates who are Latino.
Other Spanish-language outlets like the newspaper El País have also credited Bush's Mexican wife and children with making him a "Hispanic candidate," calling these personal factors an "advantage" to win the Latino vote. Briefly glossing over his "moderate" foreign policy stances -- a popular trope in English-language media -- El País highlighted Bush's Mexican wife yet again to address Bush's claims that he is not like his brother George W. Bush. MundoFox, a Spanish-language cable channel that is partly owned by Fox News' parent company, has celebrated Bush's ability to speak Spanish fluently as well as his Mexican wife to position him as a GOP front-runner several times since Bush's announcement in December.
When Hispanic media outlets do cover Bush's policy positions, they rarely go beyond the single issue of immigration. And while it is encouraging to see positive coverage of Bush's multicultural family and bilingualism, a review of Al Punto episodes and close monitoring of El País' and MundoFox's websites following Bush's announcement reveal that they have not covered his conservative stances on climate change and health care reform.
On climate change, Bush has admitted denialism, claiming that "the science has been politicized." As The Guardian's Suzanne Goldberg wrote, Bush is in "lock-step with the other climate deniers in the Republican party."
According to recent polling from The New York Times, Stanford University, and the nonpartisan environmental group Resources for the Future, 63 percent of Hispanics, compared to 49 percent of whites, agreed that the "federal government should act broadly to address global warming." Furthermore, 54 percent of Hispanics said that global warming is "extremely or very important to them personally, compared with 37 percent of whites." The Times quoted Latino Decisions researcher Gabriel Sanchez pointing out that "Hispanics often live in areas where they are directly exposed to pollution, such as neighborhoods near highways and power plants." Sanchez also said that Latinos are key advocates in the fight for climate change awareness: "There's a stereotype that Latinos are not aware or concerned about these issues. ... But Latinos are actually among the most concerned about the environment, particularly global warming." Experts agree that Hispanics are "particularly vulnerable to climate change impacts."
Similarly, Bush has criticized the Affordable Care Act (ACA), calling it "flawed to its core" and a "job killer." However, the Los Angeles Times highlighted a September report from the nonprofit Commonwealth Fund that found the ACA "has dramatically increased coverage among Latinos," who are "a historically underinsured community." As the Times reported, the report found, ¨Overall, the percentage of Latinos ages 19 to 64 lacking health coverage fell from 36% to 23% between summer 2013 and spring 2014.¨ And according to the New York Times blog The Upshot, the "biggest winners from the law include people between the ages of 18 and 34; blacks; Hispanics; and people who live in rural areas." The Times also noted that parts of Nevada, New Mexico, and southern Texas -- all places with high percentages of Latinos -- are among the areas with the "largest increases in the health insurance rate."
Originalmente publicado en inglés por Eric Hananoki y traducido al español por el staff de Media Matters.
Fox News está presentando a Libre Initiative, el grupo patrocinado por los multimillonarios hermanos Koch, como una organización comunitaria fundada para "empoderar Hispanos" y avanzar "las libertades y la prosperidad". En realidad, el grupo insta a los Hispanos a que apoyen políticas públicas que según expertos, "van contra sus propios intereses" y "privan de derechos a los votantes Hispanos".
La Libre Initiative fue fundada en 2011 y supone ser una "organización comunitaria, no partidista, y sin fines de lucro, que promueve los principios y valores de la libertad económica para empoderar a la comunidad hispana de EE.UU." El grupo tiene "presencia en ocho estados" y "planea expandirse hacia Wisconsin y North Carolina este año, además de incrementar su equipo en un 30 por ciento antes de 2016."
Fox ha pintado al grupo como el producto de "una coalición de organizaciones de liderazgo hispano." Pero el equipo de Libre está conformado por veteranos del partido republicano, y han recibido más de $10 millones en fondos de parte de los multimillonarios petroleros Charles y David Koch. Libre ha admitido que su mensaje "se alinea mejor con los Republicanos" y "con los principios e ideas de Charles y David Koch."
El grupo promueve la agenda de gente como los Koch a costa de los hispanos. Libre se opone al Affordable Care Act (ACA por sus siglas en inglés, también conocido como Obamacare), que le ayuda a los hispanos a conseguir seguro de salud. Se oponen a un incremento federal del salario mínimo, que le ayudaría a más de 6.7 millones de hispanos. Apoyan leyes de identificación electoral que sirven para "privar a votantes hispanos de su derecho al voto." Han acompañado a Fox News a empujar desinformación sobre los "ilegales" y la inmigración. Libre también ha hecho campaña en contra de políticos que apoyan una reforma migratoria, debido al apoyo que estos políticos han manifestado a favor de Obamacare.
En este reporte sobre la Libre Initiative y los medios:
Fox News is passing off the Koch-funded Libre Initiative as a grassroots organization founded "to empower Hispanics" and advance "liberty, freedom and prosperity." In reality, the group urges Hispanics to support policies that experts say go "against their own interests" and "disenfranchise Hispanic voters."
The Libre Initiative was founded in 2011 and claims to be a "non-partisan, non-profit grassroots organization that advances the principles and values of economic freedom to empower the U.S. Hispanic community." The group "has a presence in eight states" and "plans to expand to Wisconsin and North Carolina this year and increase its staff by about 30 percent ahead of 2016."
Fox has portrayed the group as the product of "a coalition of Hispanic leadership organizations." But Libre is staffed by veteran Republican operatives, and the group has received over $10 million in funding from oil billionaires Charles and David Koch. Libre has admitted its message "aligns more with Republicans" and "with the principles and ideas of Charles and David Koch."
The group promotes the agenda of people like the Kochs at the expense of Hispanics. Libre opposes the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which helps Hispanics get health insurance. They oppose a federal minimum wage increase, which would help more than 6.7 million Hispanics. They support voter ID laws that serve "to disenfranchise Hispanic voters." They've joined Fox News in pushing misinformation about "illegals" and immigration. Libre has also campaigned against politicians that support immigration reform due to those politicians' support of the Affordable Care Act.
In this report about the Libre Initiative and the media:
Despite coverage from many major media outlets, Fox News has not reported on the killing of Antonio Zambrano-Montes, who died after being shot at 17 times by police officers in Pasco, Washington. The New York Times has dubbed the shooting a "'Ferguson' moment" for Latinos, given the racial dynamics in Pasco, "a city of 68,000 that is 56 percent Hispanic."
Zambrano-Montes was killed on February 10 after having thrown rocks at passing cars and police. As the Associated Press reported, "Video taken by a witness shows the man running from officers. As the officers draw closer, he stops and faces them. Multiple pops are heard, and he falls, twisting, to the ground as the pops continue."
Huffington Post recently called attention to the continued lack of coverage of police shootings of unarmed Latinos, noting that "Michael Brown and Eric Garner are now household names in the United States. Antonio Zambrano-Montes? Not so much."
Latinos have largely been siloed off from the black community throughout discussions of excessive police force, despite being heavily affected. While it is true that black people are more likely than whites or Hispanics to experience the "threat or use of force" by police, as Mother Jones reported, the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) says there were almost 1,000 "arrest-related" deaths of Hispanics from 2003-2009. And even though the BJS and other agencies keep some records on the topic, there is still a "remarkable lack of knowledge about a seemingly basic fact: how often people are killed by the police," according to FiveThirtyEight.
In addition, Fox News has not covered the death of Rubén García Villalpando, another unarmed Latino fatally shot by police officers in Grapevine, Texas, on February 20.
A Media Matters search of Nexis transcripts and internal video archives for "Grapevine," "García Villalpando," "Pasco," and "Zambrano-Montes" shows that Fox News has not covered the shooting in Pasco since February 10 or the shooting in Grapevine since February 20.