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  • Does Fox Want The U.S. To Invade Russia For Oil?

    Blog ››› ››› JOCELYN FONG

    A Fox Nation headline shouts: "RUSSIA HIRES EXXON MOBIL TO GET OIL OBAMA DOESN'T WANT." The headline accompanies a Breitbart.com post of the same title by AWR Hawkins about ExxonMobil's deal to develop Russian oil resources in the Arctic. The post is only a few paragraphs long but it gets an impressive number of things wrong. Let's take them one at a time. Hawkins begins by stating:

    Here's the picture--Alaska contains a wealth of oil both on land, in ANWR, and off shore in its outer continental shelf. But President Obama and the Democrat party are staunchly opposed to allowing us to avail ourselves of it.

    In fact, President Obama is expanding offshore drilling in the Arctic. You don't have to take it from me -- the VP of Shell Alaska has described the Obama administration as having responded "favorably" to its drilling plans. Meanwhile, the Government Accountability Office questions whether regulators will be able to provide "sufficient oversight" of Arctic drilling operations given the "environmental and logistical risks associated with the remoteness and environment of the region." Hawkins continues:

    And via the Keystone Pipeline, Canada could supply nearly 1,000,000 barrels of oil a day that we're not getting from Alaska, but Obama and the Democrats have stopped that too. As a result, the price we're paying per-gallon for gasoline is steadily climbing, and other countries are choosing to go where we won't for oil. Thus the oil Canada was going to sell us via Keystone will now go to China....

    No serious energy analyst would agree that the administration's decision to delay Keystone XL is why gasoline prices have risen. And once the pipeline was up and running at full capacity in a decade or so, the impact on gasoline prices would be a matter of pennies, if anything. As for U.S. oil production, due to the scale of the global market, "we probably couldn't produce enough to affect the world price of oil," in the words of Ken Green from the conservative American Enterprise Institute.

    Hawkins claims that the U.S. will be missing out on Canadian oil in the absence of the Keystone XL pipeline, but as FactCheck.org has noted, "There's nothing to prevent more Canadian oil from coming into the U.S. right now" since "existing cross-border pipelines already have much more capacity than they are using" and will have excess capacity until at least 2020. An analysis conducted by the oil consulting firm EnSys for the Department of Energy found that U.S. oil imports are "insensitive" to "whether or not KXL is built and projected that in 2030, the amount of oil we import from Canada would be the same with or without the pipeline. Hawkins again:

  • Bill O'Reilly Omits Fox News In Criticizing "National News Programs" That Mislead Voters

    ››› ››› ZACHARY PLEAT

    Declaring that he "has had enough" of "national news programs" that mislead American voters, Fox News host Bill O'Reilly said he will now aim to tell viewers "every time I see craziness in the national media during the campaign." However, the examples of "craziness" O'Reilly cited, including the myth that "Obama was not born in America," have all been promoted on Fox News -- something he did not mention.

  • Bill O'Reilly On Sex Workers As Victims: "It's Like A Drug Dealer Saying I Got Ripped Off"

    Blog ››› ››› SOLANGE UWIMANA

    While discussing the Secret Service prostitution scandal, Bill O'Reilly said he sympathized with police officers who don't view sex workers as people with legitimate human rights. Talking to sex workers' rights advocate Sienna Baskin, O'Reilly stated that he understood police who "don't put a top priority on ladies who are engaged in prostitution because it is a crime," and added:

    O'REILLY: It's like a drug dealer saying I got ripped off, you know. And they're going to say, "that's too bad, don't deal drugs." It's the same thing -- theoretically, from the police's point of view.

    Baskin, co-director of the Sex Workers Project at the Urban Justice Center in New York, was criticizing the "criminalization system" in the United States, which often makes sex workers "afraid to go to the police when they are themselves victims of crime." She called for legalizing prostitution as a way to reduce crimes against sex workers.

    While O'Reilly agreed that there "would be harm reduction" with legalization, he also said that his "beef" with "legalizing prostitution is basically the same thing about legalizing marijuana -- that it sends a message that this is OK. And I know you represent some of these ladies, but I think that selling your body is -- diminishes a human being. It diminishes that person. And it -- and it does harm to them." He continued:

    O'REILLY: In my reporting over 35 years, I've seen that almost 100 percent of the time in this industry, and I'm sure you have, too. Do you really want to say it's OK to do this? And that's what you would be doing by legalizing it.

    O'Reilly later stated that the "message to society is, hey, look, if you want to be a hooker, go ahead. And we, the society, there's nothing wrong with it -- but there is. There is something wrong with it." He went on to ask: "Why do they have to sell their bodies to make a living? Why can't they get a legitimate job like 99 percent of the population?" O'Reilly concluded: "You can wait tables and drive a cab anytime you want in this city."

  • Bill O'Reilly Now Claims His Robert Reich "Communist" Accusation Was "A Joke"

    Blog ››› ››› LESLIE ROSENBERG

    Bill O'Reilly is now laughing off his claim that former Labor Secretary Robert Reich is "a Communist" who "secretly adores Karl Marx." On his Fox News show tonight, O'Reilly said to Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer: "I called him a Communist with Lou Dobbs -- and we were both laughing. And on the Huffington Post, there it is: 'O'Reilly Calls Reich A Communist.' And he writes -- actually writes a column about it, Reich -- he's so indignant."

    However, during the April 20 segment in which O'Reilly called Reich a "communist," neither he nor Dobbs appears to be laughing.

    On April 23, Reich responded to O'Reilly in a Salon.com blog post in which he wrote, "For the record, I'm not a Communist and I don't secretly adore Karl Marx." Reich went on to write:

    Ordinarily I don't bother repeating anything Bill O'Reilly says. But this particular whopper is significant because it represents what O'Reilly and Fox News, among others, are doing to the national dialogue.

    They're burying it in doo-doo.

    Reich added: "Ad hominem attacks are always the last refuges of intellectual boors lacking any logic or argument."

  • Doocy Also Pushed "Silver Spoon" Misquote On Fox Radio

    Blog ››› ››› ERIC HANANOKI

    This morning, Fox & Friends co-host Steve Doocy addressed his recent misquote of President Obama during an interview with Mitt Romney. On April 19, Doocy told Romney, "Speaking of rhetoric, [President Obama] had some fiery rhetoric pointed at you yesterday. He said, 'Unlike some people, I wasn't born with a silver spoon in my mouth.'"

    As several outlets pointed out, Doocy put words into Obama's mouth. Obama never used the words, "unlike some people," which undermined Doocy's claim that the remark was "fiery rhetoric pointed at" Romney. During brief comments this morning, Doocy said he "did some paraphrasing that seemed to misquote the president" but didn't fully explain what he exactly got wrong on last Thursday.

    Doocy's Fox & Friends misquote wasn't an isolated incident. After Fox & Friends on April 19, Doocy appeared on co-host Brian Kilmeade's Fox News Radio show where he again claimed that Obama said, "Unlike some people, I wasn't born with a silver spoon in my mouth." Listen:

    KILMEADE: You just got done talking with the former governor of Massachusetts. Seems since getting the nomination, it is like a huge weight off his shoulders.

    DOOCY: It does. And you know what? I think he's loosening up a little bit. He -- he did react to what President Obama said yesterday. Where he said, you know, I wasn't -- unlike some people, I wasn't born with a silver spoon in my mouth. And Mitt Romney said, you know what, I'm not -- I'm not going to attack fellow Americans. [Fox News Radio, Kilmeade & Friends, 4/19/12]

    After Doocy made the remarks, the radio program actually played a brief clip of Obama stating, "I wasn't born with a silver spoon in my mouth." Doocy didn't react to the clip.

  • Reich On O'Reilly's Communist Accusation: It's Burying The National Dialogue "In Doo-Doo"

    Blog ››› ››› EMILY ARROWOOD

    In an April 23 Salon.com blog post, former Labor Secretary Robert Reich responded to Bill O'Reilly for labeling him a Communist who "secretly adores Karl Marx." Reich stated: "For the record, I'm not a Communist and I don't secretly adore Karl Marx."

    Reich added that ad hominem attacks such as these are destructive to public discourse and are merely "the last refuges of intellectual boors lacking any logic or argument."

    From Reich's post:

    For the record, I'm not a communist and I don't secretly adore Karl Marx.

    Ordinarily I don't bother repeating anything Bill O'Reilly says. But this particular whopper is significant because it represents what O'Reilly and Fox News, among others, are doing to the national dialogue.

    They're burying it in doo-doo.

    O'Reilly based his claim on an interview I did last week with Jon Stewart on the Daily Show, in which I argued that because America's big corporations were now global we could no longer rely on them to make necessary investments in human capital or to lobby for public investments in education, infrastructure, and basic R&D. So, logically, government has to step in.

    Since when does an argument for public investment in education, infrastructure, and basic R&D make someone a communist or a secret adorer of Karl Marx?

    But obviously, O'Reilly has no interest in arguing anything. Ad hominem attacks are always the last refuges of intellectual boors lacking any logic or argument.

    This is what's happening to all debate all over America: It's disappearing. All we're left with is a nasty residue.

    In Washington, Democrats and Republicans no longer even talk. They just vent charges and counter-charges.

    Reich's whole piece is well worth a read.

  • Steve Doocy Addresses "Silver Spoon" Misquote, But Doesn't Mention What He Got Wrong

    Blog ››› ››› MEDIA MATTERS STAFF

    After misquoting President Obama in an interview with GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney last week, Fox & Friends co-host Steve Doocy this morning addressed the fabrication, stating that he "did some paraphrasing that seemed to misquote the president." From today's Fox & Friends:

    DOOCY: Last week, President Obama talked about not being born with a silver spoon in his mouth. That was interpreted as a big dig at Mitt Romney. When I was interviewing Governor Romney on this show, I asked him about it. However, I did some paraphrasing that seemed to misquote the president. So to be clear, the president's exact quote was, "I wasn't born with a silver spoon in my mouth." And I hope that clears up any confusion.

    In the original segment, Doocy said to Romney: "Speaking of rhetoric, [President Obama] had some fiery rhetoric pointed at you yesterday. He said, 'Unlike some people, I wasn't born with a silver spoon in my mouth.'" But as several outlets pointed out, Obama never said "unlike some people," which would have undermined Doocy's claim that the comment was "fiery rhetoric pointed at" Romney.

    During his clarification this morning, Doocy did not explain what part of the quote was fabricated and that including the phrase "unlike some people" may have contributed to Obama's comment being "interpreted as a big dig at Mitt Romney." As Washington Post media blogger Erik Wemple wrote of Doocy's misquote: "Romney gobbled it all up, saying, among other things, 'I know the president likes to attack fellow Americans.'"

    Doocy's misquote of Obama also spread to the mainstream media. A Washington Post blog post and a New York Post editorial each included Doocy's misquote. Both outlets later issued corrections.

  • Breitbart.com, Fox Nation Put Words In Van Jones' Mouth

    ››› ››› DAVID SHERE

    Breitbart.com is misrepresenting statements by Van Jones about the public health benefits of environment regulation. Breitbart wrote that Jones "claimed the right is waging an open campaign and willing to kill children to weaken the EPA to create a new job," which is not at all what Jones said in the video that the sites used.

  • Fox Cherry-Picks Glaciers To Hide Global Melt

    ››› ››› SHAUNA THEEL

    As the Earth's climate warms, glaciers are shrinking worldwide. But Fox News is using a recent study showing stable glaciers in one region of the Himalayas to obscure the global melting trend and cast doubt on climate change.

  • The "Silver Spoon" Misquote: Fox Pushes Blog Fabrication Into Mainstream Press

    Blog ››› ››› TERRY KREPEL

    On the April 19 edition of Fox & Friends, co-host Steve Doocy said to Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney: "Speaking of rhetoric, [President Obama] had some fiery rhetoric pointed at you yesterday. He said unlike some people, I wasn't born with a silver spoon in my mouth."

    But that's not what Obama said. As Newshounds and Talking Points Memo note, in his April 18 speech, Obama did not preface his "silver spoon" remark with the words "unlike some people" [9:00]:

    OBAMA: That's why we've got the best universities and colleges in the world. That's why we have cutting-edge research that takes place here, and that then gets translated into new jobs and new businesses, because somebody did the groundwork. We created a foundation for those of us to prosper. Somebody gave me an education. I wasn't born with a silver spoon in my mouth. Michelle wasn't. But somebody gave us a chance, just like these folks up here are looking for a chance.

    As TPM points out, Obama has used similar "silver spoon" constructions since at least March 2009, suggesting that the comments were not "pointed at" Romney.

    Doocy appears to have taken his misquote of Obama from a Hot Air blog post that appeared the previous day, which carries the headline "Obama: Unlike some people, I wasn't born with a silver spoon in my mouth."

    Since then, the misquote has spread to the mainstream press. A Washington Post blog post by Philip Rucker reporting on Romney's Fox & Friends interview falsely puts "unlike some people" in quotes - even while linking to the Post's own report on the speech, which does not include those words. A New York Post editorial and blogs like Instapundit have also repeated the misquote.

    This isn't the first time Fox News has promoted a misquote; last year, for instance, Fox ran with a fabricated quote of Teamsters president James Hoffa to accuse him of inciting violence against conservatives. And in 2010, Doocy made a similar mistake of apparently believing what he had read on a blog by suggesting that Obama was lying about Hawaii being struck by an earthquake in 2006.

    UPDATE: As TPM noted on Sunday night, The Washington Post has corrected its article that included the "silver spoon" misquote.