You'd think Fox News would have learned its lesson about trying to pass GOP press releases off as news content. But today, Fox built a segment around a press release from Sen. Inhofe (R-OK) declaring EPA grants to foreign nations the "Outrage Of The Year." And, no surprise, Fox committed the same distortions as Inhofe.
Fox & Friends co-host Brian Kilmeade introduced the segment by saying that the government is "now loaning foreign countries millions to promote climate change. Since February 2009, the EPA gave out 65 grants to foreign nations totaling $27 million. Outrageous, right?" Fox and Inhofe were particularly "outraged" about an EPA grant of what they claimed was "$718,000 to China for climate agenda."
But this grant, which doesn't actually have anything to do with climate change, was initiated in 2004 under the Bush Administration (the "project start" is "the date when work began on this grant.") In fact, as Rep. Henry Waxman revealed, "$21 million of the $27 million" represents grants started under Bush.
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This morning on Fox & Friends, guest host Dave Briggs hosted Pete Sepp from the National Taxpayers Union to talk about Republican Senator Tom Coburn's report accusing the National Science Foundation of "mismanagement of taxpayers funds." The segment, in which Briggs listed off a series of studies which he deemed a "waste" of taxpayers' money without mentioning why the studies were actually conducted, concluded with Briggs saying: "I think we'd all like to hear why government money is going to Jell-O wrestling at the South Pole."
I'll field this one, Dave.
The event in question was a social event for employees of the Raytheon Polar Services Company (with which the NSF is associated) and, for reasons unknown, involved Jell-O wrestling. The employee who organized the event was later fired for the offense.
Indeed, the Jell-O wrestling was not part of an NSF study. It was part of a social event.
As Media Matters, has noted, Briggs attacked other NSF-funded studies by claiming that the NSF was funding shrimps to run on a treadmill and a robot to learn how to fold laundry. Both studies have an actual, based-in-science explanation for why they were conducted, but, of course, these facts couldn't get in the way of Fox & Friends' ginned up outrage.
Following a report released by Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) accusing the National Science Foundation (NSF) of "mismanagement of taxpayer funds," Fox News seized on the report making a series of misleading claims about the NSF-funded studies in the report.
In his Washington Post column, Charles Krauthammer claimed President Obama "killed NASA's manned space program." In fact, while Obama canceled former President George W. Bush's plan to return to the moon by 2020, several space experts say Obama's proposal positions NASA for future human exploration beyond the moon and into deep space.
From the January 26 edition of Fox News' The O'Reilly Factor:
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Fox & Friends aired a computer simulation by the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) illustrating one possible scenario of the oil spill's future movement and criticized the Obama administration because the simulation "was not done by the federal government," which Steve Doocy claimed doesn't "even know where the oil's going to go in the future." In fact, the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is producing daily forecasts of oil movement, and NCAR is a federally sponsored research institution.
From the September 25 edition of Fox News' America's Newsroom:
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NewsBusters' Warner Todd Huston falsely claimed that President Obama funded a $2.6 million NIH grant to "help train Chinese prostitutes to 'drink responsibly on the job.' " In fact, the grant was awarded during the Bush administration.
Fox News' Shannon Bream touted a Spanish study on green jobs to cast doubt on President Obama's proposal to fund green energy, without noting criticism of the study or that the study's author is reportedly a founding member of a group "aimed at countering panic connected with global warming."
On Fox News' Special Report, Major Garrett reported that President Bush "authorized federal research on 78 stem cell lines," but omitted the fact that only 22 of those lines are currently available to U.S. researchers.