After relentlessly hyping his potential presidential campaign -- as well as his birther claims -- Fox figures are now promoting Donald Trump as a replacement for Timothy Geithner as Treasury secretary, despite the fact that Trump's companies have reportedly filed for bankruptcy on four occasions.
From the May 21 edition of Fox News' Justice with Judge Jeanine:
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Following potential Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's embrace of theories regarding President Obama's birthplace, Fox News has significantly ramped up its coverage of birther conspiracies. A Media Matters review of Fox News' opinion programs found that in recent weeks, the network devoted nearly two hours and 20 minutes to the issue, and in the vast majority of the cases, the hosts either espoused birther conspiracies or did not challenge or correct false claims about Obama's birth that aired on their shows. By contrast, when possible GOP presidential candidate and Fox News host Mike Huckabee similarly questioned -- but subsequently walked back -- Obama's origins, Fox devoted just over five minutes of coverage to Huckabee's false claim that Obama was raised in Kenya.
Following Donald Trump's lead, Fox News figures have recently embraced or promoted aspects of the birther conspiracy theory by falsely claiming that President Obama has not produced his birth certificate, or by hosting birthers to hype their discredited theories unchallenged.
From the April 9 edition of Fox News' Justice With Judge Jeanine:
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Fox News contributor Sarah Palin claimed that "the solution" to rising gas prices is "to drill here and drill now" and argued that recoverable oil and natural gas in the Arctic could make the U.S. "energy independent." In fact, experts have said expanding domestic production of fossil fuels would not shield the U.S. from volatility in the global price of oil.
Sarah Palin and other Fox News personalities attacked State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley for saying that the Obama administration had not yet determined if the Germany shooting was a terrorist attack and for speculating that the Tuscon shooting may constitute terrorism as well. Palin attacked Crowley for "essentially equat[ing] a crazed maniac to a terrorist" who yelled "Allahu Akbar."