From the December 11 edition of Fox News' America's Newsroom:
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From the December 11 edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends:
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A Fox News graphic compared so-called "right-to-work" laws to states with "Forced-Unionism." But workers in states that have not passed right-to-work laws are not forced into unions.
On the December 10 edition of America's Newsroom, Fox News contributor John Fund claimed that right-to-work laws similar to the one recently passed in Michigan have benefitted workers and state economies, despite evidence showing that these laws do not increase employment and lead to lower wages. During the segment, Fox News aired a graphic contrasting states who have passed right-to-work laws with "forced-unionism" states:
But workers in states without right-to-work laws are not forced into unions. In a 2011 post for the Center for Economic and Policy Research, economist Dean Baker pointed out that workers always have a choice whether to work for a union, whether or not their state has passed right-to-work laws:
Fox News contributors Steve Moore and Matt McCall falsely claimed that passage of "right-to-work" laws would benefit workers and the economy in Michigan. In fact, economic studies of similar laws have found that they lead to lower wages and do not increase employment.
On America's Newsroom, Moore and McCall celebrated the passage of so-called "right-to-work" laws recently passed by the majority GOP Michigan legislature. The legislation would prohibit unions from collecting dues from nonunion employees. Moore praised the bill's passage, calling it "huge for the economic future of Michigan." McCall agreed, claiming states that had passed right-to-work legislation had higher compensation and lower unemployment:
In fact, "right-to-work" laws have had a significant and negative effect on state economies, employment, and employee compensation. Multiple studies have found that wages and benefits are lower in "right-to-work" states. The Economic Policy Institute found that right-to-work laws "are associated with significantly lower wages and reduced chances of receiving employer-sponsored health insurance and pensions." They estimated these laws decreased hourly wages by 3 percent for all workers:
From the December 7 edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends:
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A Wall Street Journal editorial pushed a so-called "right-to-work" law for Michigan that the Journal claims will help fix the state's economy. But economic studies show that such laws lead to lower wages and benefits for all workers and don't boost employment in the states that have adopted them.
Fox attacked unions over the liquidation of Hostess Brands after negotiations with its bakers union failed, but Fox ignored the fact that the company faced myriad financial problems. Similarly, Fox attacked Wal-Mart employees for striking, but failed to acknowledge the workers' concerns. Fox has run a long-standing campaign against unions.
Fox News repeatedly promoted a false story claiming philanthropist George Soros directed people to protest at Wal-Mart on Black Friday, but it has not corrected its coverage.
Fox figures claimed that Soros was acting through MoveOn.org to orchestrate protests over labor conditions at Wal-Mart. While MoveOn did send an email urging recipients to support the Black Friday protests, it asked them to sign a petition, not attend the events, and MoveOn says that Soros made only one donation to the organization in 2004.
Fox covered the false story Tuesday on America Live, Your World with Neil Cavuto, and The Five, and Fox Nation is still running the headline "Soros Behind Black Friday Strike."
Fox's coverage echoed a Daily Caller article published Tuesday. The Daily Caller has since updated its reporting, removing all references to Soros in its article and appending a correction saying that he "does not appear connected" to the protests.
On The Five, co-host Greg Gutfeld used the false story to suggest that President Obama could appoint Soros the "destroy America czar" because Soros "hates this place." Co-host Eric Bolling claimed that Soros "wants chaos at Wal-Mart on Black Friday," while Andrea Tantaros said that Soros is "trying to drive a stake through the heart of the U.S. recovery":
Fox News has not yet aired a correction to any of its reports.
Fox News is harping on the right-wing myth that philanthropist George Soros is behind MoveOn.org to falsely accuse him of directing people to protest at Wal-Mart on Black Friday, the busy shopping day after Thanksgiving.
Many Wal-Mart employees and their allies have been protesting over labor conditions at Wal-Mart and are planning to do so again on Black Friday. While MoveOn did send an email urging recipients to support the Black Friday protests, it asked them to sign a petition, not attend the events, and MoveOn says that Soros made only one donation to the organization in 2004.
Discussing the subject on America Live, Fox business contributor Stuart Varney claimed that "George Soros, through MoveOn.org, has sent out an email nationwide urging everybody who has an interest in this to turn up at a Wal-Mart on Friday and demonstrate."
According to MoveOn, Soros has not contributed to the organization in more than eight years, since he made a donation in 2004 to an election-related initiative that no longer exists.
MoveOn's email encouraging people to sign the petition supporting the protesters contains no mention of Soros. Varney's statement echoes a claim in a Daily Caller article that quotes portions of the MoveOn email. Like Varney, the Daily Caller failed to support its assertion that Soros is involved.
UPDATE: The Daily Caller has updated its article by removing all references to Soros. At the bottom of the story, it has added this correction:
An earlier version of this story connected the liberal financier George Soros with MoveOn.org. Soros was a major contributor to one of MoveOn's political organizations more than six years ago, but does not appear connected to its current Wal-Mart protests.
Rush Limbaugh attacked workers planning on striking this holiday season, claiming they're "never happy" and saying that he has "always been opposed to compromise with them." But the workers have valid concerns, including complaints of retaliation over requests for fair pay and affordable health care.
On his November 20 radio program, Limbaugh claimed plans to strike over the Thanksgiving holiday at places like Wal-Mart stores and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) were evidence that "the damage to the private sector is under way." Limbaugh said workers should be happy that they "won the election" but went on to claim, "They're never happy, folks. The left never -- no matter what they win and no matter what you give them, it's never enough. It's why I've always been opposed to compromise with them":
But despite Limbaugh's attack, Wal-Mart workers have legitimate reasons to strike. The Washington Post reported that because Wal-Mart's workforce is not unionized, the company has not been responsive to their employees' complaints:
Fox News placed the blame for the planned liquidation of Hostess Brands squarely on a labor dispute with one of the company's unions. In fact, Hostess' unions had previously made significant concessions when the company went through a failed bankruptcy, and Hostess had many problems beyond labor costs, including an inability to adjust to changes in consumer tastes, which contributed to its bankruptcy.
Fox attacked infrastructure spending as a "a pat on the back" for labor unions after AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka said that the federal deficit is not the primary short-term crisis. In fact, economists and studies say that government spending is needed to repair America's crumbling infrastructure, and such spending would stimulate the economy and create jobs -- while the borrowing cost to fund such spending is historically low.
The right-wing media falsely reported that Alabama-based utility companies were turned away in New Jersey for hurricane disaster relief because they use non-union labor. However, multiple Alabama utility companies mentioned in these media reports say the claims are "rumors" and simply "not true," and New Jersey utility companies have also denied that non-union working crews have been turned away.
Local Alabama news station WAFF was quoted in multiple right-wing news reports after it claimed that three utility crews from Alabama were not allowed to help with storm aid in New Jersey because they were non-union. Predictably, Fox News picked up the report almost immediately. During the November 2 edition of Fox & Friends, the hosts asserted that non-union crews were not allowed to help in New Jersey hurricane relief, and frequent guest Charles Payne added that this is "one of the more despicable aspects of what we are seeing":
Following this report, Drudge linked to other right-wing websites making similar claims under the headlines "Non-union crews turned away from NJ..." and "'No Red Tape'?":
Later on Fox, host Gretchen Carlson issued a minor update explaining that many of their viewers had in fact seen Alabama crews working in New Jersey.
WAFF, the source of the original reports, has since updated its post about these claims. It continues to report claims from an Alabama-based Decatur Utilities employee that his crew was presented with documents by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) that required union affiliation in order to provide disaster relief. However, WAFF clarifies that Decatur Utilities' general manager said crews "were not turned away but were made to believe that affiliating with the union was a requirement to work."
From the October 24 edition of Fox News' America Live:
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Appearing on Fox News, anti-union activist Mallory Factor spun a conversation about voter registration efforts into a baseless attack on labor unions, complaining that by helping register new, eligible voters, AFL-CIO is engaged in "rampant" voter fraud.
On Fox's America's Election HQ, host Eric Shawn asked Factor about voter registration programs gearing up as Election Day approaches. Shawn stated, "There's been a lot of attention on these Republican efforts, but there are really major voter registration programs by both sides." Factor responded: "There are major voter, ah, fraud going on. Voter fraud is rampant."
As evidence of this "rampant" fraud, Factor bizarrely complained that union members are registering to vote. He told Shawn: "The unions have 400,000 people on the streets. [Richard] Trumka pledged it. AFL-CIO -- Trumka, head of AFL-CIO -- pledged 400,000 people on the street to help, and they've already registered 450,000 union households. 68,000 new registrants in Ohio alone."
Indeed, AFL-CIO is helping register new voters before Election Day, but a successful voter registration campaign in no way constitutes "voter fraud," let alone "rampant" voter fraud, as Mallory claimed. Shawn pointed this out to Factor: "That's not voter fraud. I'm sure they are having efforts to try to, you know, get the vote out." And yet, Factor doubled down on his baseless claim, suggesting with absolutely no evidence that the union-led voter registration efforts are somehow corrupt: "I'm sure they are having efforts to get the vote out. And I'm sure -- It ain't all clean cut. Remember we have a union-label president. They need him."
Of course, despite this groundless accusation (and Fox News' and other conservatives' efforts to unearth any voter registration fraud), instances of actual voter fraud continue to be "exceedingly rare."