In the second presidential debate, moderator Candy Crowley corrected Mitt Romney after he falsely claimed that President Obama had waited 14 days to describe the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya as an act of terror. In the two days after the debate, Fox News aired 55 segments, totaling more than four hours, that attempted to portray Obama's reference to "acts of terror" as a general statement or as referring to another incident.
Fox News cherry picked President Obama's comments to try to rehabilitate Mitt Romney's false suggestion during the debate that Obama had not referred to the attack on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya as an act of terror.
On September 12, Obama said: "No acts of terror will ever shake the resolve of this great nation, alter that character, or eclipse the light of the values that we stand for. Today we mourn four more Americans who represent the very best of the United States of America." Obama also referred to the Benghazi attack as an "act of terror" while campaigning in Colorado on September 13 when he said: "To all those who would do us harm, no act of terror will go unpunished."
But in a report on Fox & Friends First, national correspondent Steve Centanni ignored Obama's September 13 statement. After airing Obama's September 12 comments, Centanni aired other statements in which the president referenced an anti-Islam video. Based on this skewed record, Centanni concluded that weeks later "the President was still talking about a response to the videos" rather than terrorism.
In addition to cherry picking of Obama comments to hide Obama's repeated reference to terrorism, Centanni's comments about the anti-Islam video is also dishonest.
There is no contradiction between Obama labeling the attack an "act of terror" and him discussing the anti-Islam video. A recent article by The New York Times reported that the consulate assailants said that they were "moved to act because of the video." Libyans "who witnessed the assault and know the attacks" also said the video was the catalyst for the attack.
Furthermore, State Department security officer Eric Nordstrom testified before Congress that the same extremist group that is suspected of targeting the U.S. consulate in Benghazi had previously attacked a Tunisian consulate in that city over "what they claimed was an anti-Islamic film."
Fox News has ignored the role of lax regulation in a multi-state meningitis outbreak that has killed at least 8 people and prompted a Center for Disease Control alert and voluntary recall from the manufacturer of a steroid treatment. The legal status of the medicine in question is murky, and is not subject to strict federal or state regulation. Last year, Fox ran a week-long campaign attacking government regulations, claiming that they would "expose how excessive laws are drowning American business." Fox News has a long track record of attacking government regulation.
From the October 4 edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends:
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From the October 3 edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends First:
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From the September 14 edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends First:
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Fox distorted President Obama's speech at the Democratic National Convention to make it seem as though Obama attacked tax cuts. In fact, in that speech, Obama pointed out that he had put into place tax cuts for middle class families and small businesses, which experts say help the economy grow more than tax cuts for the wealthy.
Fox News and The Daily Caller are promoting the baseless charge that the Obama administration illegally ended a pension plan for workers at Delphi, an auto parts maker, because the workers weren't union members.
The Daily Caller alleges that emails it has obtained show that the Obama Treasury Department was the "driving force" behind the decision to end the Delphi pension plan, instead of the independent federal agency that insures pensions, called the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. (PBGC). And Fox News has made the same charge. But the emails show nothing of the sort.
The email exchanges come from PBGC employees in 2009, when the government-led rescue of the auto industry was being carried out.
In reality, the emails are so far removed from their context that it's impossible to draw definitive conclusions about them, but the Daily Caller does its best to fill in the blanks by doctoring quotes and ignoring inconvenient information.
Only one of the 16 emails comes from a Treasury Department employee, and it doesn't show pressure to terminate the Delphi pension. In fact, unions aren't mentioned at all in the emails.
Fox has devoted several segments to hyping the cooked-up story. For instance, today, Fox's Lauren Simonetti appeared on Fox & Friends First and claimed that "all along, Treasury and White House officials have claimed that the pension decisions were made by the independent Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation. Key officials even testified to that under oath. The emails recently obtained by The Daily Caller show that's not the case."
Previously, the Daily Caller reporter who wrote the story, Matthew Boyle, appeared on the August 7 edition of America Live to claim the emails "prove beyond a shadow of a doubt" that the "Obama administration political officials were the ones who ultimately made the decision, coercing the PBGC officials into terminating the pensions of these non-union workers."
Fox's Patti-Ann Brown adopted the discredited right-wing claim that voter ID laws like one recently passed in Pennsylvania are an "attempt to fight voter fraud." But experts have said that voter fraud is not an issue in the state, and a state lawmaker behind the push has acknowledged that it's part of an effort to elect Mitt Romney.
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."
The Federal Reserve released a study this week showing that Americans' net worth fell dramatically between 2007-10. However, while reporting on the study, Fox News hosts falsely claimed the decline occurred during the "last three years," even though it's clear the decline began two years before President Obama took office.
Right-wing media have attacked a contract between the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and a public relations firm to raise awareness of health and preventive care opportunities as a "propaganda piece" for the health care law that "violates many of the procurement laws." But PR campaigns like this are nothing new; in fact, the Bush administration spent $1.6 billion dollars over a 30-month span promoting its policies.
Echoing talking points from the American Petroleum Institute, right-wing media are denying that the tax incentives oil companies receive are a subsidy. However, experts say that such incentives -- legally categorized as tax expenditures -- have effects similar to more direct cash transfers from the government, and tax expenditures make up a major part of the government's energy policy.
From the March 5 edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends First:
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