From the December 17 edition of MSNBC's PoliticsNation:
Fox host and former governor Mike Huckabee attempted to walk back his comments linking a lack of religion in schools to Friday's tragic shooting in Newtown, CT. But while Huckabee now claims that he did not suggest "prayer in schools" would have prevented the shooting, he indeed seemed to imply that religion in schools could have done as much in his remarks on Friday.
On Friday, Huckabee responded to a question about God from Fox host Neil Cavuto by linking the removal of "God from our schools" to mass school shootings.
On Fox & Friends Saturday, he attempted to clarify his comments, saying, "Yesterday, I was on Neil Cavuto. He asked me, you know, where was God? I said, you know, we've systematically removed him from our culture, from our schools. Well, I've been barraged by people who have said that I said, well, if we just have prayer in schools, this wouldn't happen. That's not my point."
HUCKABEE: No, my point is a larger point -- that we have as a culture decided that we don't want to have values, that we don't want to say that some things are always right, some things are always wrong. When we divorce ourselves from a basic sense of what we would call, I would say, collective morality where we agree on certain principles to be true always, then we create a culture -- not that it specifically creates this crime. It doesn't. But it creates an atmosphere in which evil and violence are removed from our sense of responsibility.
From the December 14 edition of Fox News' Your World:
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From the November 6 edition of Fox News' America's Election Headquarters:
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From the October 22 edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends:
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Conservative media figures and outlets have sent out to their email lists numerous paid fundraising solicitations from "scam PACs" whose directors are apparently looking to cash in on the election season.
Politico reports today that a new "cottage industry" has sprung up during the presidential race in which vaguely-named super PACs have used major Republican national campaigns like Rep. Allen West's re-election bid in Florida to "raise money for themselves and build their email lists."
The groups have been sending out fundraising pitches promising to help West or defeat Obama in November, but "those chunks of $25 and $50 don't often find their way to any serious campaigns to beat Obama or boost West." The article quotes West's campaign attorney saying that the "vast majority of the groups that we know are engaged in this have done nothing for West."
As explained by Politico, "political operatives can create a PAC and corresponding website on the cheap, drop some cash to rent an email list and, voilà-- in come the small-dollar contributions from grass-roots Republicans."
Conservative outlets like RedState and Townhall and media figures like Dick Morris and Mike Huckabee have been enabling these so-called "scam PACs" by renting out their email lists for these fundraising pitches.
Fox News host Mike Huckabee falsely said that Sesame Street receives $455 million in federal subsidies and that the Obama administration did not exempt religious institutions from having to provide contraception coverage to employees. In fact, Sesame Workshop, the production company of Sesame Street, receives only about $7 million in government contributions, and the administration exempted religious institutions from its reproductive health mandate.
Huckabee appeared on Your World Friday to discuss President Obama's position on taxes. During his appearance, Huckabee criticized Obama for highlighting Romney's promise to cut funding for Big Bird, saying that Big Bird is "a millionaire Muppet," and that the Sesame Street franchise receives "a $455 million federal subsidy."
However, as Slate reported in January, "Sesame Street and its production company the Sesame Workshop do make a lot of money from product licensing, but not nearly enough to cover expenses." Indeed, according to the company's most recent available federal tax returns, Sesame Workshop lost $6 million in 2010: Total revenue that year was about $133 million, but expenses added up to more than $139 million. As for a federal subsidy, according to the most recent tax returns, Sesame Workshop received about $7 million in government contributions -- only about 5 percent of its total revenue. The majority of Sesame Street's funding comes from donors.
Huckabee's claim that "there was no" religious accommodation for the Obama administration's reproductive health mandate is also false. In January, the Obama administration announced that nonprofit employers, including those connected to religious organizations, would be required to provide health insurance coverage for "preventive services for women including recommended contraceptive services without charging a co-pay, co-insurance or a deductible." After religious leaders protested the move, the Obama administration exempted churches and other religious groups from the mandate.
From the October 12 edition of Fox News' America's Newsroom:
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Fox News host Mike Huckabee argued today that creating jobs for teachers for the sake of boosting U.S. employment would be "nonsensical." In doing so, he ignored the sustained massive layoffs of teachers across the country since the end of the recession and the subsequent ramifications. In fact, there is every need to hire teachers during this recovery and not just because "you want to make some jobs," as Huckabee claimed.
Huckabee was responding to comments by President Obama calling on Republicans to pass his jobs plan, which Obama said "could create a million new jobs right now," including jobs for teachers and construction workers. Huckabee replied by saying:
HUCKABEE: The federal government doesn't hire teachers. Where do teachers get hired? Local school boards. Education is a local function not a federal function. It is not the job of the federal government to hire teachers.
And the other question is: Do you hire teachers 'cause you just want to make some jobs or do you hire teachers 'cause you actually need them 'cause you have more kids in the classroom than you had last year? That's a nonsensical kind of approach to job creation -- let's make some work, and let's just go into more debt to do it.
In fact, Obama was not asking the federal government to hire teachers; he was accurately noting the role government can play in staving off public sector job losses, which experts contend have played an especially detrimental role in swelling unemployment. From the Wall Street Journal:
The unemployment rate would be far lower if it hadn't been for those cuts: If there were as many people working in government as there were in December 2008, the unemployment rate in April would have been 7.1%, not 8.1%.
Ceteris is rarely paribus, of course: If there were more government jobs now, for example, it's likely that not as many people would have left the labor force, and so the actual unemployment rate would be north of 7.1%.
According to the Hamilton Project, teachers accounted for 220,000 of these public sector job loses from 2009 to 2011, a decline of 5.6 percent.
The Economy Policy Institute estimated that had the Jobs Act been enacted, "[a]id to state governments for rehiring teachers and first responders would have boosted employment by an additional 210,000 jobs," and that "[i]n total, full passage of the American Jobs Act would have increased employment by more than 1.6 million jobs."
Fox News host Mike Huckabee tried to defend Todd Akin's controversial claim that "legitimate rape" rarely leads to pregnancy by repeating distorted claims about President Obama's record on abortion and attempting to portray him as more radical on the issue than Akin.
Appearing as a guest on the August 24 edition of Fox's Your World With Neil Cavuto, Huckabee said that the "real issue" is not about what Akin said but that his Democratic opponent, Claire McCaskill, supported health care reform. He went on to portray Obama as more radical than Akin by claiming that, as an Illinois state legislator, he "voted three times against a bill that would say you had to give medical treatment to a baby born as a result of a botched abortion." Huckabee added, "This is an after-birth abortion. He said no, you can still take the life of the baby even after abortion. Neil, that's further than Barney Frank and most of the hardcore liberals in the Congress were ever willing to go."
But Huckabee's attempt to deflect from Akin's comments is based on a long-debunked attack.
According to PolitiFact, Illinois already had a law requiring medical care for a viable fetus that survived an abortion. The bills that Huckabee is apparently referring to are efforts in 2001, 2002, and 2003 to expand that law with a "born alive" clause requiring that any fetus that survived an abortion, even ones that could not survive outside the womb, receive medical care.
Obama has said he opposed those bills because the law would likely have been struck down in the courts for giving legal status to fetuses, a requirement that a second doctor be present at abortions, and their lack of a "neutrality clause" to make sure the bill would not affect current abortion laws.
Contrary to Huckabee's suggestion, at no time did Obama make the argument that infants who survived botched abortions should be killed.
From the August 20 edition of Cumulus Media Network's The Mike Huckabee Show:
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Fox News' Mike Huckabee misled on President Obama's economic record by claiming that Obama is "the first president in U.S. history that's never signed a budget." In fact, presidents don't sign budgets at all; rather, Congress is supposed to pass a "concurrent budget resolution" to serve as an outline or guide as each chamber works to fund the government for the next year.
On Wednesday, the National Hispanic Media Coalition and UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center released a study showing that guests and topics discussed during "The Rush Limbaugh Show," "The Sean Hannity Show," "The Glenn Beck Program," The Savage Nation" and "The John and Ken Show" overwhelmingly marginalized minority groups.
As the study explains:
The findings reveal that the hosts promoted an insular discourse that focused on, for example, anti-immigration, anti-Islam, and pro-Tea Party positions and that this discourse found repetition and amplification through social media.
These viewpoints have far reaching consequences. NHMC President and CEO Alex Nogales told Fox News Latino that the social network surrounding conservative talk radio and Fox News has spread to social media websites resulting in "an echo-chamber of voices, both online and off, that promotes hatred against ethnic, racial and religious groups and the LGBT community on social media web sites."
Using hateful rhetoric, these hosts have cast immigrants as disease ridden, equated pro-immigrant organizations with neo-Nazis, called Islam an "evil religion," claimed the Obama administration is promoting "race riots" and made fun of the ethnicity of Asian-American politicians.
Mike Huckabee appeared on Fox & Friends on Tuesday morning to attack President Obama over a plan to allow states to apply for waivers from welfare work requirements. But in 2005, as governor of Arkansas, Huckabee endorsed federal legislation that would have created even more expansive state waivers than the ones being implemented by the Obama administration, signing a letter that promoted "increased waiver authority" as a means "of moving recipients from welfare to work." The attacks from the right-wing media mirror attacks from GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who also endorsed Temporary Assistance for Needy Family (TANF) waivers as governor of Massachusetts in 2005.
In a recent rule change, the Department of Health and Human Services proposed granting states more flexibility in how they implement TANF programs by granting them waivers from requirements that require benefit recipients to document work-related activities in order to qualify for the program. Although the rule change was reportedly requested by Republican governors from Utah and Nevada, the right-wing media reacted by accusing the Obama administration of "gut[ting]" the "Clinton welfare work requirement." Fox News host Huckabee appeared on the July 17 edition of Fox & Friends to perpetuate the attack, claiming:
HUCKABEE: A lot of people thought [TANF work requirements] would just cause all kinds of trouble. Well, the opposite happened. More than half of the people that had been on welfare got off and went on payrolls from welfare rolls. It was successful. The unemployment rate went down, the poverty rate went down, and now the Obama administration, through what I believe to be an illegal executive order and a change of the rule, is trying to make it so that they redefine what work means.
Huckabee went on to claim that the Obama administration was issuing the rule change "to make people dependent upon the government that they want to keep in power so they will continue to get benefits."
But Huckabee was not always opposed to TANF waivers. As the Washington Post reported, Health and Human Services secretary Kathleen Sebelius pointed out recently that Mike Huckabee, as governor of Arkansas, "specifically endorsed Senate legislation, which would have allowed many states to receive waivers far broader than we are allowing now." In a 2005 letter to then-Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, Huckabee, along with several other governors, endorsed a TANF reauthorization bill that would have created "[i]ncreased waiver authority" and granted states more flexibility. From the letter:
From the July 18 edition of The Mike Huckabee Show:
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