A New York Times essay by Jason DeParle highlighted a resurgence of the use of the word "welfare" among conservatives, this time to attack President Obama's economy recovery plan. Indeed, while economists agree that provisions in the legislation targeting needy people are among the most economically stimulative, Media Matters documents below the pervasiveness of what DeParle called the "weaponiz[ation]" of the "very word, welfare," in the media, particularly, but not exclusively on Fox News, to denounce the stimulus bill.
Since October 16, numerous media figures -- among them Jerome Corsi, Ann Coulter, Mark Levin, and Bill Cunningham -- have compared Sen. Barack Obama to Adolf Hitler or the Nazis.
Columnist Burt Prelutsky said of Sen. Barack Obama: "To be fair, I acknowledge that he has a pleasant smile and speaks better than most politicians. The truth is, he sort of reminds me of David Duke," former Grand Wizard of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan.
In a column posted on Townhall.com, Ross Mackenzie wrote that Sen. Barack Obama "must grow beyond offering the sum of his experience in foreign policy as his madrassa school years in Indonesia and a visit or two to his grandmother in Africa." In fact, the claim that Obama was educated in a "madrassa" has been thoroughly debunked by numerous news organizations.
In an editorial, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette attacked Wesley Clark for "wading into the muddy thick" of the controversy surrounding Rush Limbaugh's characterization of service members who advocate U.S. withdrawal from Iraq as "phony soldiers," saying that Clark had "adopted" Limbaugh's "vociferous style" and made him "look dignified." However, in doing so, the editorial misrepresented the context of Limbaugh's remarks and the controversy that ensued.
Tom DeLay claimed that "[a] few days back," Rush Limbaugh "and a caller were discussing Global War on Terror critics who have either exaggerated or entirely invented their military and combat service in order to bolster their credibility" when Limbaugh referred to "phony soldiers." In fact, during his September 26 broadcast, Limbaugh did not restrict his comments. DeLay also falsely claimed that Media Matters was "George Soros-funded."