“Newtown, you are not alone.” —President Obama


President Barack Obama delivers his Weekly Add...

President Barack Obama delivers his Weekly Address. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

December 16, 10:44pm

President Obama’s weekly address


The White House

The President says the nation’s thoughts and prayers are with those who lost a loved one during Friday’s tragic shooting in Newtown, CT.

Watch President Obama’s weekly address.

President Obama delivers the Weekly Address

President Barack Obama tapes the Weekly Address in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Dec. 14, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

Media Matters for America – Weekly


Media Matters for America
The media is shutting out economists from a budget debate, Fox News never wants to talk about gun violence, and conservative media are a moneymaking “racket.” But don’t get discouraged. Let’s keep fighting for the media all Americans deserve.John Whitehouse Twitter: @existentialfish

Economists Ignored In Budget Debate

News broadcasts covering the ongoing budget negotiations are ignoring the best experts: economists. Economists have been completely excluded by broadcast channels ABC, CBS, and NBC during their coverage of budget negotiations, and have scarcely appeared on cable news. Our economic team has compiled everything you need to know about media coverage of of these budget negotiations in five simple charts: http://mm4a.org/STAt7R

Get The Facts On “Right-To-Work

Protests erupted in Michigan this week after the passing of the so-called “right-to-work” law. From Fox News to CNN to even The New York Times, there’s been a lot of misinformation in the media about the law. We’ve put together a list of myths and facts about the law in a single place to clear everthing up. If you have a skeptical friend or family member, this is what you’ll want to show them: http://mm4a.org/W5CONr

The Right-Wing Media Racket

Half of the money Dick Morris raised for his Super PAC was spent on renting his email list. But the “scam” goes beyond just Morris. Rush Limbaugh has reportedly been paid millions by the Heritage Foundation and will read ads encouraging his listeners to give the group donations on air. Eric Boehlert examines how conservative media has turned into a virtual ATM machine. http://mm4a.org/QTPA2y

Steve Doocy Doesn’t Understand

President Obama made a proposal to give future presidents the ability to avoid America defaulting. The idea is based on a plan initially put forward by Republican Senator Mitch McConnell. But now that President Obama has gotten behind it, Fox’s Obama Derangement Syndrome has kicked in. Steve Doocy even claimed Obama “wants to change the Constitution” – even though the Obama administration has specifically rejected that idea: http://mm4a.org/Us1wGK

FEATURED VIDEO

For Fox News, it’s never the right time to discuss gun violence. Fox lashed out at Bob Costas for trying to engage in a national conversation about gun violence. Jon Stewartexamined Fox’s coverage of Costas – and its hypocrisy.  http://mm4a.org/12iMBDv

CHIP IN

We’ve already raised 30 percent of our year-end fundraising goal! Stopping conservative misinformation is a big job – and we can’t do it without your help. Donate $5 and support our work here: http://mm4a.org/2012fundraiser

LIE OF THE YEAR: THEY BUILT IT

Politifact awarded its 2012 Lie Of The Year to the Romney campaign for its ad about Jeep manufacturing in Ohio. But the Romney campaign didn’t build that lie – the conservative media did. Oliver Willis looks at how Fox News and right-wing media build and amplify lies:  http://mm4a.org/VVWTJN

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Defend Science


Union of Concerned Scientists

Facts matter. Don’t let media pundits subvert science.

Fox News pundits

Chip in and become a member to defend science.

As Hurricane Sandy was wreaking havoc on the East Coast, commentators on Fox News repeatedly claimed that the storm had “nothing to do with climate change.”1

Hurricane Sandy’s impact was undeniably worse because of rising sea levels caused by global warming—but because our opponents are desperate to keep science out of our political discourse, they tried to hide this fact from you and me. That’s not just misleading. It’s dangerous.

Fox News is willingly, and with full knowledge of their errors, denying science. We don’t say things like that lightly. We’re scientists, so we ran the numbers and found that 93 percent of Fox News Channel’s coverage of climate science was misleading or outright false.2

We need you to help set the record straight. Your support will allow us to reach out to reporters and editors across the country in 2013, so we can share the scientific facts and advance policies that will help protect and prepare our cities and states for the impacts of climate change.

Don’t stand by while science is under attack by the likes of Rupert Murdoch, Bill O’Reilly, and Sean Hannity. Become a UCS member today, and together we’ll show the media and policy makers that facts matter.

Sea levels could rise up to 3.3 feet in the next 80 years.3 Most Americans are connecting the dots between our changing climate and the extreme weather we’ve seen in recent years—from forest fires to flooding from intense storms—and this is our moment to make sure the conversation continues.4 But very powerful and cynical interests are trying to keep the public in the dark.

Many Americans unquestioningly accept what they hear on TV or through the internet as undisputed fact. That’s why we’re out there fighting misrepresentations of global warming in the popular media. We have relationships with reporters from New York City to Toledo to Sacramento, and they look to us as a trusted source of facts to counter the distortions and hysteria whipped up by climate deniers.

It’s also why we’re leading the charge on some of science’s most promising solutions to the challenges of our time: cutting harmful pollution, investing in the rapid expansion of renewable energy, and protecting our cities from sea level rise.

Pitch in to become a UCS member today and stand up for science-based solutions to our planet’s most pressing problems.

Together, we are very publicly taking on the media moguls and pundits who spread misinformation. Our groundbreaking report about Fox News and the rest of News Corporation was picked up by outlets across the country, and we backed it up with tens of thousands of signatures calling them out for their distorted coverage. Members of the UCS community power these kinds of campaigns—and we can’t win without you.

The fact that you’re reading this email means you aren’t afraid to take on powerful interests when objective science is on our side. A healthy planet, a safer world, the wellbeing of our families—that’s what’s at stake here. Thank you for your support.

Sincerely, Kevin Knobloch President

1. http://mediamatters.org/research/2012/10/31/fox-hurricane-sandy-has-nothing-to-do-with-glob/191018 2. http://www.ucsusa.org/global_warming/science_and_impacts/global_warming_contrarians/news-corporation-climate-science-coverage.html 3. http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2012/0625/Sea-levels-rising-on-US-East-Coast-much-faster-than-global-average-video 4. http://www.forbes.com/sites/eco-nomics/2012/04/19/poll-most-americans-now-link-extreme-weather-to-climate-change/