Right-wing media have highlighted April's increase in unemployment to attack President Obama's economic policies. But the monthly increase in payrolls was the largest in four years, and the unemployment uptick reportedly occurred "mainly because 805,000 jobseekers -- perhaps feeling better about their prospects -- resumed their searches for work."
Suggesting that recent protests against Arizona's new immigration law are unreasonable, Fox & Friends claimed the United States naturalized "a lot of people" from Mexico in 2009. However, immigration policy experts have pointed out that the U.S. immigration system offers very few channels for legal entry for low-skilled workers, who are drawn to the country by the demand in the labor market.
Since the NBA's Phoenix Suns announced that they would wear their "Los Suns" jerseys during a May 5 game as a way to honor the Latino community and take a stand against Arizona's newly passed immigration law, conservative media have suggested they are "protesting the American dream" and are "responsible" for a "climate of hate."
Administration officials recently responded to questions about its oversight of BP's oil spill cleanup efforts with some pretty strong words about keeping their "boot on the throat of BP." When pressed about why he used the "boot" metaphor, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said it meant they will "ensure that the responsible party is doing everything that it can and should do," and suggested it was similar to the expression, "hold your feet to the fire."
Fox News was not satisfied with that explanation. This morning, Steve Doocy held a panel discussion with Judith Miller, Ken Blackwell, and Joe Trippi to talk about whether Gibbs had "gone a little over the line" with the "boot" metaphor and to discuss why he used it. Somehow, they managed to tie it to the Obama administration's alleged "cautious" use of the word "terror," speculate that it demonstrates their anti-business stance, and get in a completely unrelated "Katrina" jab:
First, let's ask the obvious question: why would Fox News invite three people who are presumably not even remotely involved in the spill efforts to discuss why the administration isn't "talking this tough on terror?"
Second, seriously? Gibbs is "compensating for his previous rhetorical hesitation" on terror? Administration officials are being harsh on BP because "they see business as the enemy?" Another Katrina comparison? (This, by the way, is coming from someone whose network allowed Michael Brown, i.e., man in charge of FEMA's Katrina efforts, to say Obama let the spill spread so he'd have an "excuse" to shut down drilling.)
Doocy said the spill is "being called an almost unprecedented ecological disaster." I wonder how the panel would have responded if Gibbs had invited BP officials over for tea?
The Washington Post reported that there was controversy over whether to read the suspected Times Square bomber his Miranda rights after suspected Christmas Day bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab "stopped cooperating with authorities after being read his rights." In fact, intelligence and law enforcement officials stated that Abdulmutallab cooperated both before and after he was Mirandized, as the Post itself reported previously.
From the May 5 edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends:
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Lest you thought Fox News' interviews with Republicans couldn't get more useless ...
Today, Fox & Friends hosted Kris Kobach, a law professor and Republican candidate for Kansas Secretary of State who helped write Arizona's controversial new immigration law. Introducing Kobach, Steve Doocy said:
DOOCY: We've got some misconceptions that people are repeating a lot in the media. We want you to respond to them. How about for people who say it is unfair to demand that aliens carry their documents with them? Is that a misconception?
Doocy also asked Kobach:
DOOCY: What about the suggestion that it is unfair to demand that people carry a driver's license?
How did Doocy come up with those questions? Well, it appears that they were written by Kris Kobach.
On May 3 Fox & Friends allowed Kris Kobach, the Republican law professor who helped draft Arizona's new immigration law, to falsely claim that the law "only comes into play after another crime is being investigated." In fact, the law directs police to check the immigration status of those stopped for violations of city and county ordinances, civil traffic violations and other non-crimes.
Fox & Friends rushed to politicize the recent attempted car bombing in New York City by falsely claiming the Obama administration "refuses to say the word terror," by citing the incident to demand that the administration hold Khalid Shaikh Mohammed's trial outside of the city, and by asking whether the administration is "sleeping while the enemy plans" attacks.
Reporting on President Obama's financial reform speech, Fox & Friends repeatedly distorted his remarks to suggest that he is opposed to capitalism and "the American dream." In fact, Obama repeatedly stressed that he "believe[d] in the power of the free market."
On April 29, Fox & Friends falsely suggested that the Congressional Hispanic Caucus was holding a 9-11 worker health care bill "hostage" in order "to get health care" for "illegal aliens." In fact, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus is reportedly seeking to ensure that undocumented immigrants who served as post-9-11 recovery workers -- not undocumented immigrants in general, as Fox suggested -- would also be able to receive the "benefits for health problems they incurred because of their heroic actions" that are provided for other 9-11 responders by the bill.
From the April 29 broadcast of Fox News' Fox & Friends:
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From the April 29 edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends:
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On both "opinion" and "straight news" programs, Fox News has channeled the GOP talking points that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac caused the financial crisis and are "getting a free pass" because they are not overhauled by Democrats' financial regulatory reform legislation. But Fox repeatedly ignored that the Obama administration has initiated a separate effort to reform the housing finance system, including Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and have warned against moving too quickly on this front given the fragility of the housing market. Moreover, economists reject the notion that Fannie and Freddie were the root cause of the financial crisis.
On April 23, Fox & Friends hosted Fox News judicial analyst Andrew Napolitano to advance his debunked conspiracy theory that the health care reform bill establishes a "paramilitary Ready Reserve Corps," whose purpose is unknown. In fact, the Ready Reserve Corps is a reserve unit of health professionals who can be called up to assist in times of a national emergency -- like Hurricane Katrina -- and is an expansion of a 200-year-old program.