From the October 10 edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends:
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Fox News alleged that the Obama administration may be behind a decrease in absentee ballots requests among service members, and raised questions as to whether the White House was "trying to disenfranchise the military." In fact, the Military Voter Protection Project, Fox's source for this information, has stated that the decline was not precipitated by partisan politics.
From the August 22 edition of Fox News' America Live:
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From the August 22 edition of Fox News' America's Newsroom:
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With Mitt Romney scheduled to visit a for-profit college in North Carolina on August 12, will Fox News finally note the problem of for-profit colleges using deceptive practices to target veterans?
In April, President Obama signed an executive order aimed at helping protect veterans from the actions of some for-profit colleges. Fox News responded by calling the order "a political stunt" and derided it as a "political gimmick." It further attacked Obama by claiming that the order was an "insult to the troops."
By contrast, veterans groups, who have "long felt that student veterans need to have the tools to succeed when it comes to their education," greeted Obama's actions with praise. The American Legion said the order was an "important victory" for veterans who "have been wrongly and unconscionably victimized by some institutions who see America's finest as nothing more than a vulnerable market."
As Stars & Stripes reported, the order Obama signed "will limit college recruiters' access to military bases, develop a complaint system to track violations by schools, force colleges to provide graduation rates and student debt information, and crack down on institutions using the term 'GI Bill' in their veterans outreach efforts." The article added:
The measure mirrors a host of bills pending before Congress but bypasses the legislative process, which has been mired in partisan discord for months. Privately, both Republican and Democratic lawmakers have backed many of the ideas but said passing any legislation dealing with the problem was unlikely before November.
But officials said that action was needed sooner, to address a growing list of complaints by student veterans regarding unfulfilled promises and unexpected debt from colleges. They cited anecdotes of college recruiters -- particularly from for-profit schools -- signing up brain-injured troops for classes, forcing unneeded student loans on veterans, and promising career opportunities through worthless degree programs.
Indeed, the findings of a two-year investigation by the Senate Democratic Committee, which examined 30 for-profit colleges in 2010, confirmed that veterans and service members have become "prime targets for these aggressive recruiting tactics," through the exploitation of what is known as the "90/10 rule."
Fox News is helping Mitt Romney spread the false perception that the Obama campaign is trying to limit military voting in Ohio through a lawsuit that is actually intended to expand voting. This is part of a pattern in which Fox has consistently promoted misinformation that benefits the Romney campaign.
Previously, Fox twisted President Obama's "you didn't build that" comments, a misrepresentation that Romney echoed on the campaign trail and in several ads. Fox also distorted Obama's remark that the wealthy paid higher taxes under President Clinton and that "it worked," in terms of the country's economic success during the 1990s. The Romney campaign released an ad using the same distortion.
This time, Fox and Romney are spreading misinformation about a lawsuit that the Obama campaign filed last month seeking to allow all Ohio voters more time to cast their ballots, falsely suggesting that it actually seeks to restrict military voting.
Fox has aired multiple misleading segments on the lawsuit. Today, Fox & Friends Sunday hosted Pete Hegseth, a member of Concerned Vets for Freedom (and a former GOP Senate candidate), to obscure that the lawsuit simply seeks to overturn Ohio Republicans' attempts to limit early voting for civilians. Hegseth claimed that the defenders of the Ohio law limiting early voting see it as being "about allowing Ohio to give more opportunities to veterans."
That statement turns the intent of the Obama campaign lawsuit -- and the history of early voting in Ohio -- on its head.
According to Fox's Kimberly Guilfoyle, the wearing of berets is "very Frenchy." Neither Guilfoyle nor any of her fellow The Five co-hosts indicated whether they think American military uniforms are also "very Frenchy."
Despite corrections to Fox & Friends by Media Matters, media outlets, and Fox's own audience, The Five picked up Fox & Friends' recent beret error by mocking the decision to top off the United States Olympic team uniform with a "French beret." Fox & Friends did acknowledge that most of the United States military wear berets, after receiving emails from their audience correction the error.
On Wednesday's edition of NBC's Today, American company Ralph Lauren unveiled the design for the U.S. Olympic team opening ceremony uniforms, which include a navy blue beret with red and white stripes. Fox & Friends mocked the decision to top off the uniform with a "French" hat.
As Media Matters noted at the time, berets have been in use by the U.S. military "unofficially as early as 1954," and as part of the official uniform as early as 1961. Moreover, the 2002 Olympic uniforms for the Salt Lake City Olympics also included berets.
Nonetheless, Fox News' The Five contributed its own mockery of the uniforms tonight.
Discussing the uniforms, Dana Perino asked fellow co-host Kimberly Guilfoyle: "A beret? Do you like the beret look?" Guilfoyle responded, "It's very Frenchy. I'm not too sure about that. I've been known to sport a beret every once in a while, but I don't know if it's in keep with kind of the Olympic tradition and some of the uniforms we've had in the past."
Moments later, co-host Bob Beckel said, "Why we'd ever look anything like the French, I have no idea. They're lousy athletes and their clothes are lousy."
Neither Guilfoyle nor Beckel mentioned that the United States military wear berets as part of their uniforms.
Fox & Friends contributed several minutes of their Wednesday program to mocking the United States Olympic team uniform which includes a "French beret." While suggesting that the wearing of berets is unpatriotic, the co-hosts seemed to forget that most of the United States military wear berets until receiving emails from their viewers pointing out this fact.
On NBC's Today, American company Ralph Lauren unveiled the design for the United States Olympic team opening ceremony uniforms, which are topped off with a navy blue beret with red and white stripes. Fox mocked the decision to top the uniform off with a "French" hat.
Not only did they fail to mention that the United States military wear berets as part of their uniforms, but that the 2002 Olympic uniforms for the Salt Lake City Olympics also featured powder blue berets.
DOOCY: Should the American team be wearing a beret? Why not a baseball cap? Why not a cowboy hat like when we went to Calgary?
A basic Google search reveals that berets have been in use by the United States military "unofficially as early as 1954," and as part of the official uniform as early as 1961.
Fox's mockery of the "French" headgear continued until they received "a lot of email" from viewers pointing out the military connection to the Olympic team's headgear, forcing co-host Steve Doocy to make a disclaimer: "There is a team that's already wearing a Beret for America, and that's the special forces guys, and they look great."
Fox News contributor Laura Ingraham lent Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL) a helping hand as the congressman sought to do damage control on his recent attack on wounded veteran Tammy Duckworth.
During a July 1 campaign speech, Walsh claimed that Duckworth, his opponent, was unlike "our true heroes" because her military service is "all she talks about":
WALSH: Understand something about John McCain. His political advisers, day after day, had to take him and almost throw him against a wall and hit him against the head and say, "Senator, you have to let people know you served! You have to talk about what you did!" He didn't want to do it, wouldn't do it. Day after day they had to convince him. Finally, he talked a little bit about it, but it was very uncomfortable for him. That's what's so noble about our heroes. Now I'm running against a woman who, my God, that's all she talks about. Our true heroes, it's the last thing in the world they talk about. That's why we're so indebted and in awe of what they've done. [emphasis added]
Following widespread criticism of Walsh's comments, Ingraham, while filling in for Bill O'Reilly on The O'Reilly Factor tonight, hosted the congressman and helped clean up after him.
Ingraham began the interview with a softball question: "Do you think Tammy Duckworth, who lost both of her legs in a Blackhawk helicopter accident in Iraq in combat -- do you think she's a hero?" Walsh replied, "Oh absolutely, Laura, and I've said that hundreds of times," but then added that "all [Duckworth] does is film me talking to people, and the left-wing blogs just went crazy with it."
Ingraham went on to remark that Duckworth has said "blistering things about the tea party movement" and Walsh, and that it seems as if Walsh is in a position where he has to "watch every word" he says to avoid being "branded as insensitive to her plight as a disabled American and as a war hero." She continued:
INGRAHAM: So, I guess, what do you do? You have to argue with her, you have to be sensitive, you have to be tough, but you gotta be careful. I mean it's a tough mix, but you gotta watch your Ps and Qs, I guess.
Ingraham concluded the interview by saying that Duckworth is a "war hero with whom" Walsh disagrees on the issues, and adding: "Most disabled people that I know just want to be treated like everybody else and they don't want to be babied."
In her interview with Walsh, Ingraham downplayed that Walsh's initial remarks created a distinction between Duckworth and "our true heroes" in the military. In fact, after being given the chance to walk back his statement earlier today, Walsh called Duckworth a hero but qualified it by stating that "unlike most veterans I have had the honor to meet since my election to Congress, who rarely if ever talk about their service or the combat they've seen, that is darn near all of what Tammy Duckworth talks about."
Ingraham's effort to help Walsh with damage control comes the same day that CNN contributor Erick Erickson defended the congressman.
CNN contributor Erick Erickson came to the defense of Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL) today after Walsh attacked his opponent, wounded veteran Tammy Duckworth, for supposedly discussing her service too often on the campaign trail. Erickson claimed the largely negative reaction to Walsh's comments are a "manufactured scandal." In his comments Walsh contrasted Duckworth, who lost both legs in a helicopter attack, with "our true heroes."
The line Erickson chose to defend Walsh over came from a campaign speech on July 1, in which Rep. Walsh claimed that Duckworth was unlike "our true heroes" because her military service is "all she talks about":
WALSH: Understand something about John McCain. His political advisers, day after day, had to take him and almost throw him against a wall and hit him against the head and say, "Senator, you have to let people know you served! You have to talk about what you did!" He didn't want to do it, wouldn't do it. Day after day they had to convince him. Finally, he talked a little bit about it, but it was very uncomfortable for him. That's what's so noble about our heroes. Now I'm running against a woman who, my God, that's all she talks about. Our true heroes, it's the last thing in the world they talk about. That's why we're so indebted and in awe of what they've done.
After Walsh received widespread criticism for his comments, Erickson wrote a post on RedState.com: "I support Congressman Joe Walsh a thousand percent and you should too. Pony up your checkbooks while you are at it. He's in the midst of a manufactured scandal because he dared utter an inconvenient truth." Erickson claimed that "the left went into overdrive" when Walsh "pointed out that Duckworth's service in the military is about the extent of her public campaign platform" and concluded that "[a]ll he did was tell it like it is. That's what is so refreshing about Joe Walsh."
But Erickson's defense of Walsh misses the point of the controversy . Walsh didn't limit his attack to Duckworth's record on policy issues, his comments explicitly created a distinction between Duckworth and "our true heroes" in the military. In fact, after given the chance to walk back his statement, Walsh called Duckworth a hero but qualified it by stating, "unlike most veterans I have had the honor to meet since my election to Congress, who rarely if ever talk about their service or the combat they've seen, that is darn near all of what Tammy Duckworth talks about."
After hyping exaggerated claims about potential Keystone XL pipeline related jobs, Fox News is now simply inventing them. Fox is claiming that 114,000 U.S. veterans are heading north of the border to build the Canadian portion of the Keystone XL pipeline. In fact, the jobs are "not at all related to the Keystone pipeline," according to the company recruiting workers in Alberta, Canada.
Fox News got the story - and clearly did not check it - from Veterans of Foreign Wars, which sponsors the jobs-listing website, VetJobs, that partnered with the Edmonton Economic Development Corporation to advertise skilled-labor jobs available in Alberta. VFW's press release suggested the jobs would involve the Keystone XL pipeline, stating: "Though America's Keystone Pipeline is delayed, the Canadians are moving forward on their side of the border and have an immediate need for tens of thousands of workers." But in a phone conversation, VetJobs founder Ted Daywalt said he was not trying to imply that the jobs were related to the Keystone pipeline, and that media reports "jumped the gun."
Fox & Friends Saturday hosted Kieran Lalor of the Afghanistan & Iraq Vets for Congress to accuse the Obama administration of seeking to cut combat pay for troops in combat zones. In fact, the Pentagon wants to increase compensation for troops most directly involved in combat, and at no point did Fox mention that Lalor's organization is dedicated to the election of Republicans to Congress.
Fox invited Lalor to comment on the proposed changes to combat pay; he accused the Obama administration of "almost stoking" tension between officers and enlisted troops over combat compensation differences, and that "it's almost class warfare within the United States military."
Fox never informed its viewers that Lalor's organization is partisan in nature. Afghanistan & Iraq Vets for Congress describes itself as "a federally registered political action committee supporting the congressional campaigns of Republican veterans."
Fox also displayed on-screen text throughout the segment claiming that the Pentagon report recommended cutting combat pay for troops:
The Fox segment also criticized recommendations to change the current tax-based compensation of combat pay to a refundable tax credit, which Lalor likened to a "mail-in rebate" that the federal government is counting on "a good chunk of the people" not to redeem. But those recommendations are aimed at increasing compensation for troops who are actually facing enemy fire.
From the May 29 edition of Fox News' Hannity:
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From the May 29 edition of Cumulus Media's The Mike Huckabee Show:
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During a Fox & Friends discussion of airport pat downs by the Transportation Security Agency, Fox News contributor Laura Ingraham falsely claimed that Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano issued an "edict" "brand[ing]" returning military veterans as "potential threats to the United States." The argument that Napolitano put forth an assessment demonizing veterans was debunked years ago ... by Fox News.
Furthermore, the TSA actually has a program developed in conjunction with the Department of Defense to "assist the military severely injured and their families traveling throughout our airport security checkpoints."
The genesis of Ingraham's claim is a since-withdrawn 2009 Department of Homeland Security intelligence assessment on the possibility of right-wing extremism. The assessment warned of a possible resurgence among extremist groups that "will attempt to recruit and radicalize returning veterans in order to exploit their skills and knowledge derived from military training and combat."
The assessment further stated: "The willingness of a small percentage of military personnel to join extremist groups during the 1990s because they were disgruntled, disillusioned, or suffering from the psychological effects of war is being replicated today." The DHS cited a 2008 FBI report -- authored during the Bush administration -- as evidence that "some returning military veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have joined extremist groups."
On April 15, 2009, Catherine Herridge -- Fox News' national correspondent for homeland security, Justice Department, and intelligence issues -- and Fox News host Shepard Smith debunked the attacks from the right-wing media that the assessment showed that Napolitano was targeting conservatives, veterans, and other groups.