Fox News came to Mitt Romney's defense after his response to the attack on American diplomats in Libya was seen by many as an "attempt to score political points" and widely condemned, even by fellow Republicans.
Fox News seized on the Republican Party's attack against the Obama administration regarding the national debt by claiming that "per person debt" in the United States has "jumped nearly $17,000" under President Obama. In fact, Americans' total debt burden has fallen in the past three years.
Following the Obama administration's announcement that it will grant certain undocumented immigrants the chance to be exempted from deportation, Fox News claimed President Obama had issued the decision as an executive order, implying he did so to circumvent Congress. In fact, the change is an exercise of prosecutorial discretion that is consistent with the current law and has decades of precedent.
Fox News is attempting to downplay and discredit its own poll, which found that if the election were held today, voters would re-elect President Obama by a 7-point margin. This is hardly the first time Fox has tried to distort poll findings to advance a certain narrative.
From the May 15 edition of Fox News' Special Report with Bret Baier:
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Both mainstream and conservative media outlets have responded to the recent spike in gasoline prices by circulating talking points rooted in politics rather than facts. As a whole, these claims reflect the misconception, perpetuated by the news media, that changes in U.S. energy policy are a major driver of oil and gasoline prices.
As the employment outlook improves, Fox News is advising Republicans to focus on blaming President Obama for rising gasoline prices -- a claim with no relation to economic fact.
Fox News contributor Stephen Hayes claimed that it's "nonsense" for the Obama administration to argue that it "didn't really appreciate the depths of the problems the country faced when we came into office." In fact, measures of the recession in 2009 understated its depth, and subsequent revisions of economic data have shown that the downturn was indeed worse than it appeared at the time.
From the December 20 edition of Fox News' Special Report with Bret Baier:
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Right-wing media have recently attacked President Obama for celebrating Hanukkah too early and for displaying too many Christmas trees at the White House. Right-wing media have long attacked Obama for how he observes holidays, including Thanksgiving, Veterans Day, Memorial Day, Easter, Ramadan, and even Halloween.
Right-wing media are once again attacking President Obama over his vacations, this time for planning a "staggering" 17-day holiday trip to Hawaii. But vacations of that length are not unprecedented; President Reagan took a 25-day vacation in August 1983, and President George W. Bush took 27-day and 25-day vacations in August 2001 and August 2002, respectively.
Conservatives in the media have used the occasion of Rep. Barney Frank's retirement announcement to rehash old theories of how he, through his support for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, caused the subprime bubble and subsequent meltdown. In fact, Wall Street -- not affordable housing programs -- was the primary cause of the financial crisis.
Following the release of Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry's (TX) tax plan, conservative media have hyped the plan, claiming it is "exciting" and a "radical improvement" over the current system. However, economists from across the spectrum have criticized Perry's plan, noting that it will lead to "substantial" revenue loss and "draconian cuts" while "undermin[ing]" the need to make the tax code simpler.
Following President Obama's announcement that all troops would leave Iraq by the end of the year, Fox News has scrambled to attack Obama's foreign policy, calling the development a "strategic tragedy" and speculating that it could mean the lives of American troops killed in Iraq could have been "wasted."
Many of the commentators in the Fox News stable were outspoken advocates of the war in Iraq. They have reacted to President Obama's announcement that all U.S. troops will leave Iraq by the end of the year by expressing disapproval and a desire to remain in Iraq for decades, despite the fact that the central justification for the war -- Iraq's supposed possession of weapons of mass destruction -- turned out to be completely wrong.
On the October 21 edition of Special Report, Weekly Standard writer Stephen Hayes and Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer trashed the Obama administration over the announcement. Hayes called the withdrawal "a major setback" and "a disservice to our men and women in uniform," and Krauthammer said it was a "big, big failure."
Krauthammer also endorsed keeping tens of thousands of U.S. troops in Iraq "the same way that we retained forces in Korea, Germany, and Japan 50 years ago, to our advantage":
Hayes' advocacy for the Iraq war is especially embarrassing, given that he wrote a book titled The Connection: How al Qaeda's Collaboration with Saddam Hussein Has Endangered America. The 2004 book was premised on a discredited Defense Department memo, and the idea of an operational link between Saddam and Al Qaeda has been utterly debunked in the years since its release.
On the October 22 edition of On the Record with Greta Van Susteren, Fox News contributor John Bolton also called the withdrawal "a mistake." Bolton was an early advocate of invading Iraq, having signed a 1998 letter from the Project for a New American Century, a neoconservative think tank, to President Clinton calling for military action against Iraq.
During the discussion, Van Susteren asked Bolton, "[A]t what point, though, do you get out, do you say, 'Look, it's time to go home'?"
Bolton replied, "We're still in Germany. We're still in Japan":