From the 1 p.m. ET hour of Fox News' America's News HQ on August 23:
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Fox News' Bret Baier and Shannon Bream selectively cited an April interview to claim that President Obama's "own words may have contributed to the atmosphere of fear" surrounding "talk about possible government mandates in so-called end-of-life issues" or "what critics call 'death panels.' " But in the interview Bream cited, Obama made clear that an advisory panel that would issue guidance on end-of-life issues would "not [be] determinative, but I think has to be able to give you some guidance."
On August 4, Fox News Supreme Court reporter Shannon Bream reported that "Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell renewed his concerns that [Supreme Court nominee Sonia] Sotomayor will govern based on feelings, rather than law," and aired a clip of McConnell saying, "Empathy is only good if you're lucky enough to be the person or group that the judge in question has empathy for. In those cases, it's the judge, not the law, which determines the outcome." But Bream did not mention McConnell's previous votes to confirm Justices Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas, who discussed the importance of their personal experience during their confirmation hearings.
On Special Report, anchor Bret Baier claimed that at recent congressional town hall meetings, the "public" is "venting" about health care reform, while correspondent Shannon Bream stated that "skeptical Americans across the country are pushing back" against the legislation. But at no point did Special Report note that conservative organizations opposed to the bills are conducting a campaign to turn out their supporters to attend those events, with the support of conservative media figures and outlets such as Rush Limbaugh and The Fox Nation.
Shannon Bream reported that "gun rights advocates have major concerns" about a ruling in which Sonia Sotomayor held that "states can ban gun ownership." But Bream did not note that conservative judges have also held that the Second Amendment did not apply to the states.
Shannon Bream quoted without challenging criticism by Wendy Long of Sonia Sotomayor's reported statement in 1983 that "the worst victims of crimes are not general society -- i.e., white folks -- but minorities themselves." As Bream noted, Long attacked the reported statement as "extreme," but Bream did not note that statistics back up Sotomayor.
A report by Shannon Bream falsely suggested that Sen. Patrick Leahy eliminated a question on judicial activism from the questionnaire for Sonia Sotomayor's Supreme Court nomination. In fact, Leahy reportedly removed the question in 2007 pursuant to a bipartisan agreement.
Numerous media figures have adopted language reflecting gender and racial stereotypes in reporting about Sonia Sotomayor's temperament and intellect, in many instances relying on anonymous characterizations in Jeffrey Rosen's New Republic piece on Sotomayor.
Chris Wallace and Shannon Bream misrepresented the Supreme Court's decision in District of Columbia v. Heller in order to suggest that Sonia Sotomayor may have -- in Wallace's words -- been "making policy from the bench" in Maloney v. Cuomo.
Shannon Bream echoed a conservative talking point by falsely suggesting that Sonia Sotomayor's position in Ricci v. DeStefano indicates that she is outside the mainstream of the current court.
Bill Hemmer and Shannon Bream relied on anonymous sources to characterize Sonia Sotomayor as "domineering," "bogged down in marginal details," and "a bit of a bully."
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Fox News hosts and contributors have repeatedly forwarded the Republican claim that the Obama administration intends to release terrorists held at Guantánamo Bay into the United States. However, the administration has explicitly stated that it does not intend to release terrorists into the U.S.
Reporting on the Minnesota Senate race, Shannon Bream stated that "election law experts say" a Supreme Court challenge "may be the only way to satisfy everyone." However, Bream cited only one "election law expert" -- a controversial former Bush appointee to the FEC.
Fox News' Shannon Bream touted a Spanish study on green jobs to cast doubt on President Obama's proposal to fund green energy, without noting criticism of the study or that the study's author is reportedly a founding member of a group "aimed at countering panic connected with global warming."