Looking back at the media's coverage of a broad spectrum of issues since Inauguration Day, Media Matters identified numerous patterns of conservative misinformation.
With the first 100 days of the Obama administration coming to a close, Media Matters for America has looked back at the media's coverage of a broad spectrum of issues since Inauguration Day and identified numerous patterns of conservative misinformation.
For the media, the months since President Obama's inauguration have consisted of:
100 days of hoping Obama fails:
- Larson on Obama: "A lot of us want him to fail in most of what he's asking the country to do because we view it as an existential threat."
- Limbaugh: "The dirty little secret ... is that every Republican in this country wants Obama to fail, but none of them have the guts to say so; I am willing to say it"
- Limbaugh on Obama: "We are being told that we have to hope he succeeds, that we have to bend over, grab the ankles ... because his father was black"
100 days of disappearing Bush:
- Conservative media freak-out: claim Obama DHS targeting conservatives in report on right-wing extremists
- Morris again falsely claimed Obama "gave away our economic sovereignty to Europe" by agreeing to international financial regulation
- Savage declares emerging "dictator" Obama to be "out of control" and says "I think it is time to start talking about impeachment"
100 days of toying with revolution:
- Beck praises TX Gov. Perry for reportedly backing resolution supporting states' rights; invites him to appear on Beck's "tea party" show
100 days of calling progressives and others "anti-American":
- Hannity wonders if Obama "even likes" America, since he "has so completely condemned his own country"
100 days of social-fasc-commun-Nazi-McCarthy-Marxism:
- Conservative media claim prosecution of Bush administration officials will turn U.S. into "banana republic"
- Jonah Goldberg on auto bailout: "You can call it corporatism, you can call it socialism, you can call it fascism, what it is not is liberal democratic capitalism"
- In CNBC host Cramer's "U.S.S.A.": "Comrade" Obama is a "Bolshevik" who is "taking cues from Lenin"
- Scarborough on America "moving closer toward European-style socialism:" "That's not a right-wing claim it's the truth"
- Beck on O'Reilly Factor: "We are really truly stepping beyond socialism and starting to look at fascism"; compares proposals to Nazi Germany
100 days of Glenn Beck's paranoia:
- Beck imitates Obama pouring gasoline on "average American"; says: "President Obama, why don't you just set us on fire? ... We didn't vote to lose the Republic"
- Beck portrays Obama, Democrats as vampires "going after the blood of our businesses," suggests "driv[ing] a stake through the heart of the bloodsuckers"
- Beck: "You know what this president is doing right now? He is addicting this country to heroin -- the heroin that is government slavery."
100 days of Fox as "the voice of opposition":
- Fox discusses cap-and-trade under caption: "Pres' Plan to Clean up Earth; Create Second Tax Day in U.S.?"
100 days of Rush Limbaugh's conservative leadership:
- Frum says GOP taking on "lemming role" because Limbaugh is "not only claiming, but is being accepted" as its "figurehead"
- O'Reilly: Steele "doesn't want to get into a fight with Rush Limbaugh, that would be suicide for him"
- On CNN, Rep. Pence says Limbaugh is not "a leader of the Republican Party," adds: "I cherish Rush Limbaugh's voice, I admire him."
- AB Stoddard: "Rush Limbaugh does something for the Republican Party it cannot do for itself right now ... he keeps the base happy."
- Presenting award, author Brad O'Leary tells CPAC: "the only way we will be successful is if we listen to Rush Limbaugh"
100 days of mocking, misleading on torture and detainees:
- Media cite DOJ memo to claim link -- refuted by Bush timeline -- between KSM waterboarding, thwarted L.A. plot
- Limbaugh on response to interrogation memos: "I just slapped myself. I'm torturing myself right now. That's torture according to these people."
- Steyn on Abu Ghraib: "Yeah, it was a guy, whatever it was, the banana and the Victoria's Secret panties. I mean, big deal"
100 days of scapegoating ACORN:
- Fox's Megyn Kelly asks ACORN spokesman: "You're going to send child rapists out to conduct the census?"
100 days of scapegoating undocumented immigrants:
100 days of immigration misinformation:
- USA Today attributes claims of E-Verify errors to interest groups, but government reports support criticism
- On Fox News Sunday, Wallace failed to challenge Steele's claim that Hispanic leaders support border security first
100 days of dismissing the threat of global warming:
- NY Times mag profile of global warming skeptic uncritically repeats false comparison with '70s global cooling theory
- Fox News' Hemmer, Gallagher, Wilson baselessly suggest short-term weather impacts global warming debate
100 days of bad economic reporting:
- CNBC's Burnett proclaimed Limbaugh's stimulus proposals "serious," didn't mention economists who disagree
- Despite warnings from many economists that stimulus may be too small, network news rarely raised the issue
- UPDATED REPORT: Economists comprised only 6 percent of guest appearances discussing stimulus on cable news, Sunday shows
100 days of earmark fixation:
- By focusing on earmarks -- less than 2 percent of spending bill -- media allow bill's opponents to dictate debate
- AP continues to omit that many omnibus bill earmarks -- including one of two specified in latest article -- were sponsored by Republicans
100 days of misinformation and smears about unions:
- Fox News' Kelly falsely suggested Employee Free Choice Act would eliminate workers' right to secret-ballot elections
- Limbaugh on EFCA: "One day Tony Soprano will walk in with a lead pipe and he will start beating people upside the head to vote to unionize"
- USA Today, Politico repeated their previous falsehood that a secret ballot is currently required to form a union
100 days of misleading on health care reform:
- Echo chamber: Bloomberg "commentary" health IT falsehood goes from Limbaugh to WSJ's Moore and Fox, back to Limbaugh
days years of "socialized medicine" charge:
- Propaganda/Noise Machine