Linking to an Associated Press article about Medicare coverage for voluntary end-of-life counseling in the House health care bill, conservative media outlets such as Fox News and BigGovernment.com have featured misleading headlines to revive the widely debunked "death panel" smear. Fox News' Peter Johnson Jr. also stated during an interview with Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), "So with regard to the death panel, nothing much has changed."
The following images are posted in FoxNews.com's slideshow of "[s]ometimes funny, sometimes serious" images "of President Obama and the health care debate":
FoxNews.com states of its slideshow:
Today's topic -- images on the Web of President Obama and the health care debate. Sometimes funny, sometimes serious these images say it with pictures instead of words. Want to be a part of 'Photo Op'? Send us your photo op-ed to email@example.com. None of the images shown here were created by Fox News.
From the October 19 FoxNews.com "You Decide" poll:
From an October 15 "You Decide" FoxNews.com poll:
FoxNews.com's poll is highlighted on the website's front page:
Fox News and its websites Fox Nation and FoxNews.com repeatedly advanced the falsehood that Department of Education official Kevin Jennings, in the words of Fox News host Bill Hemmer, knew of a "statutory rape" and "never reported it." While pushing this attack on Jennings, Fox News ignored evidence that the student who told Jennings about his relationship with an older man was of legal age, and Media Matters for America has since confirmed that the student was of legal age and that Fox News' smears of Jennings were scurrilous and false.
The following Facebook exchange, obtained exclusively by Media Matters for America, between a FoxNews.com writer Maxim Lott and the student at the center of Fox fueled Jennings controversy can easily be paraphrased as follows:
Now that we've reported your age incorrectly as if it was fact and suggested crimes were committed without a shred of evidence in an effort to smear yet another Obama administration official, we'd like to confirm your age.
For his part, the former student asks Lott for a correction from Fox News stating, "hopefully my birthday should clear up any misunderstandings you and your employers have about my age and I look forward to seeing the correction made."
On September 30, Lott reported as fact – despite significant evidence to the contrary – that the former student was a "15-year-old boy" at the time of the incident in question. On October 1, he finally got around to asking if his report was accurate.
Turns out it wasn't.
So, when will Fox News allocate as much air-time for the correction as they did for the smear?
P.S. Isn't funny how Lott even describes his own reporting as "rumors"?
EXCLUSIVE: Media Matters confirms student at center of Fox fueled Jennings controversy was of legal age
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More witch-hunting: Fox News targets "safe schools czar" Kevin Jennings
From an October 1 "You Decide" online poll on FoxNews.com:
The latest target in the Glenn Beck-driven conservative media witch hunt for Obama administration "czars" is Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools director Kevin Jennings. In their attacks on Jennings, numerous conservative media figures have resorted to thinly veiled homophobic appeals to paint Jennings, who is gay, as a "radical" "gay activist" with an "agenda" of "promoting homosexuality in schools," and have misrepresented or distorted Jennings' previous comments about religion and tolerance.
During a discussion on FoxNews.com's Freedom Watch, senior judicial analyst Andrew Napolitano claimed that the White House is taking "an aggressive role in local politics" and wondered if "secession movements" are the answer to maintaining "freedom." Guest Lew Rockwell - a regular on FoxNews.com - said that "we need to return to the original American principles of secession, of nullification, and of interposition."
In reports on FoxNews.com, America's Newsroom, and Your World, Fox News repeatedly advanced misinformation about Department of Energy loans recently granted to Fisker Automotive and Tesla Motors to support development of fuel-efficient vehicles, suggesting that those funds would be ill-spent. The false or misleading claims include: that the loans will be used to build cars that cost $89,000 and $109,000; that the loans will finance foreign manufacturing; and that Fisker and Tesla are European companies.
From a September 4 post on FoxNews.com's The Great American Blog:
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A FoxNews.com article reported that the "refusal by ABC and NBC to run a national ad critical of President Obama's health care reform plan is raising questions from the group behind the spot -- particularly in light of ABC's health care special aired in prime time last June and hosted at the White House." Fox News, however, previously refused to air ads critical of the Bush administration, to which it had "unprecedented access."
The Drudge Report, Fox News, and The Kudlow Report provided a forum for a chart released by congressional Republicans that purported to show "the complex health care reform proposal by Democratic congressional leaders."
In the days leading up to Sonia Sotomayor's confirmation hearings, which began July 13, several media figures and outlets have repeated or uncritically reported Republican distortions of Sotomayor's "wise Latina" comments without providing the context for her remarks.
From Foxnews.com's Fox News Sunday Panel Plus:
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