William Kristol wants to go to war in Syria, but he won't say what that war should look like. Appearing on Fox News Sunday to discuss reports of chemical weapons attacks in Syria, the Weekly Standard editor (and noted Iraq war hawk) attacked President Obama as "totally irresponsible" for indicating that he doesn't want "to start another war," saying: "You've got to do what you've got to do."
When host Chris Wallace pointed out to him that there are "no good choices" for intervening in the Syrian conflict and asked, "so what do you do?," Kristol brushed it off without indicating how he thought the president should respond: "You do what you think is best. You're commander in chief, you've got an awful lot of options."
Kristol's call for (non-specific) military action got a boost from Fox News senior political analyst Brit Hume, who observed: "There's something to be said for doing something. That if they cross a line, you've got to do something. Now whatever it is may not directly affect the chemical weapons use, but if it directly affects and harms the regime's prospects in the war, that would at least be a consequence."
According to Hume, doing "something" (whatever that is) wouldn't be as difficult as people suspect. "This isn't Mission: Impossible."
Fox News celebrated the dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum by lionizing his administration and employing myths and falsehoods to defend his legacy. Fox News also conducted softball interviews with Bush (by his "biggest fan") and his former officials to rehab his image.
A Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) report released Tuesday finds that green jobs grew four times faster in 2011* than jobs in other sectors, continuing a trend of rapid growth in the U.S. But Fox News is still pushing the narrative that investing in clean energy is a "boondoggle."
The U.S. added more than 150,000 green jobs in 2011, including more than 100,000 construction jobs and 14,000 manufacturing jobs. In total, the green sector now employs more than 3.4 million workers in the U.S. The following chart shows that green jobs in the private sector increased in nearly every category in 2011:
This is not a new trend: the Brookings Institution previously found that the clean economy added half a million jobs between 2003 and 2010, and that clean tech jobs grew "more than twice as fast as the rest of the economy" during that period.
As the Los Angeles Times noted, the recent growth in green jobs "parallels a surge in public and private money" invested in clean energy in 2011.
Nevertheless, Fox News continues to distort the facts in an effort to portray government investments in clean energy as a waste of money. Fox News' Brit Hume claimed in 2011 that the Obama administration's green investments have "utterly failed to produce meaningful jobs." Last month, the Weekly Standard's Stephen Hayes claimed on Fox News that "we haven't seen many gains" from these investments. Just this week, Neil Cavuto said on his Fox Business show that Obama's green initiatives have "not had the big tangible jobs bang for the buck that you would think."
Faced with clear evidence that clean energy investments are paying off, will Fox change its tune?
*2011 is the most recent year for which the Bureau of Labor Statistics has collected data.
Fox News is parroting a Republican research document that falsely claims President Obama is "pivoting" to jobs ahead of his State of the Union speech. But job creation has been a priority during the entire administration, as Obama has crafted and pushed policies that have created millions of private sector jobs, lowered unemployment, and boosted economic growth.
From the January 14 edition of Fox News' America's Newsroom:
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While discussing the recent murder of Kasandra Perkins at the hands of her boyfriend, NFL player Jovan Belcher, Fox News host Dana Perino claimed women who are "victims of violence" need to "make better decisions." Perino's comment is just the latest in a long line of Fox figures placing blame on female victims of crime or alleged crimes.
From the December 10 edition of Fox News' Special Report:
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As federal disaster response teams continue work to alleviate the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy, Fox News' Brit Hume tweeted some ill-informed snark about how the closure of federal offices in Washington, DC undermines the idea that "big federal government" is "needed to deal with big problems like Sandy."
This is about as ignorant an observation as one can make about the federal government's disaster response. It's true that most federal employees in the Washington, DC area were, out of concern for their safety, told not to come to work on October 29 and 30. However, "emergency employees" -- like the ones working for FEMA -- were and are "expected to report to their worksites." Because that is their job.
FEMA has been deploying emergency response teams to affected areas and coordinating disaster relief efforts with other government agencies (Defense Department, Energy Department, the Army Corps of Engineers, the Federal Aviation Administration, etc.) and the Red Cross.
Hume's been in and around Washington for decades, and you'd think by this point he'd know better. At the very least you'd think he'd have the sense not to use the freshly wrought destruction of Hurricane Sandy to get in some petty ideological point-scoring.
Regardless of his motivation, what's clear is that Hume doesn't have the foggiest idea what he's talking about.
On Fox News Sunday, Brit Hume claimed that Fox News is doing "all the heavy lifting" on covering the September 11 attack in Benghazi and criticized other media outlets for supposedly failing to adequately cover the story. Yet during the same broadcast, Fox figures pushed multiple distortions about the Benghazi attack.
From the October 28 edition of Fox Broadcasting Company's Fox News Sunday:
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Fox News senior political analyst Brit Hume tweeted, "An Obama re-election won't change the fact that his and his party's governing model is broken."
In his tweet, Hume linked to an October 25 American Interest blog post by Walter Russell Mead arguing that "American liberalism today is in an advanced stage of intellectual decline." Mead further argued that "[m]odern American liberalism can only win Pyrrhic victories, because liberals in power take steps that advance their decline," and that the "overwhelming policy failures of modern American liberalism are undermining the basic viability of three of our greatest states" -- California, New York, and Illinois.
From the October 3 edition of Fox News' Special Report with Bret Baier:
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On Fox's Special Report, senior political analyst Brit Hume attacked President Obama for overseeing a weak recovery, suggesting recessions caused by a financial crisis usually lead to "strong, sharp recoveries." However, economists say that recessions caused by financial crises, like the most recent recession, are more severe and have slower recoveries, and that Obama's economic policies have helped the recovery.
Fox is claiming that there was "nothing about the private sector" during speeches given by Michelle Obama or any other speaker on the first night of the Democratic National Convention. In fact, Michelle Obama and more than a dozen other Democratic speakers discussed the importance of the private sector or President Obama's record of creating private sector jobs.
Fox cheered Congressman Paul Ryan following his speech at the Republican National Convention, calling it "cogent," "coherent," and a "lethal shot" against President Obama. However, the speech was laden with numerous falsehoods that Fox patently ignored.