Yesterday, we learned the Koch Brothers, the right-wing billionaires, are looking to buy up newspapers across the country, including the LA Times and the Chicago Tribune. In a recent company newsletter, they promised to do “everything we can to persuade politicians” to accept their far-right agenda. Apparently, this includes purchasing large chunks of the news media.
That makes ThinkProgress more important than ever.
The Koch Brothers are responsible for paying politicians to deny climate change, and funding efforts to restrict voting rights. Now they want to control the news too? Not if we can help it.
Right-Wing Media Mock WH Adviser For Accurately Portraying Obesity As A National Security Threat Right-wing media are attacking Sam Kass, White House assistant chef and senior policy adviser on healthy food initiatives, for calling rising obesity rates a national security threat. But military experts have noted that high obesity rates threaten military enrollment and readiness. Read More
Fox News Misrepresents EPA Climate Rule Fox News reporter Doug McKelway falsely reported that EPA’s proposed greenhouse gas rule requires coal plants to install carbon capture and storage technology and could shut down up to 25 percent of coal-fired power. In fact, the rule applies only to future coal plants, which few companies planned to build anyway due to competition from natural gas. Read More
Right-Wing Media Attempt To Deflect Attention From Obama’s Pro-Marriage Equality Stand After President Obama’s historic announcement that he is in favor of marriage equality, many in the right-wing media are refusing to debate the substance of same-sex marriage. Instead, they are casting about for ways to attack Obama’s position on marriage that ignore the actual debate. Read More
Fox’s Bolling Is Oblivious To Positive Changes In Economy Under Obama Fox’s Eric Bolling said that “there isn’t one” economic metric that has improved since President Obama took office. In fact, the economy stopped shrinking and started growing since Obama’s inauguration, private-sector jobs and exports have increased, and employment turned from sharp declines to growth. Read More
What Buffett Really Said About The Buffett Rule Right-wing media claimed that Warren Buffett “blast[ed]” the Buffett rule and that he “isn’t totally in favor” of it, citing a CNBC interview in which Buffett said the rule is a “small improvement” that “doesn’t cure all revenue problems.” But during that interview, Buffett said that he’s “fine” with the rule as introduced by Senate Democrats and that it “encompasses the principles that I believe in.” Read More
Black Helicopters Alert: Morris Warns Obama Is Pushing For “One World Government” Fox News contributor Dick Morris told Sean Hannity that “one world government” is “happening.” His evidence consists of false statements about a series of treaties, some of which enjoy bipartisan support, are important for U.S. national security, and protect children from exploitation. Read More
How ALEC Is Quietly Influencing Education Reform In Georgia Georgia media have been silent as members of ALEC in Georgia’s legislature have successfully pushed through a version of ALEC’s Charter Schools Act, which would create a state-controlled board with the power to establish and fund charter schools over local opposition. A Media Matters analysis found that while Georgia media have frequently written about the bills, they have completely overlooked ALEC’s influence in the debate. Read More
Obama For Marriage Equality, Right-Wing Media Against It In an ABC News interview today, President Obama announced his support for marriage equality, saying, “I think same sex couples should be able to get married.” Conservative media figures immediately accused Obama of declaring a “war on marriage” and the Catholic Church. Read More
Americans Disagree With Rush Limbaugh On Marriage Equality Rush Limbaugh attacked President Obama today over his support for marriage equality, accusing Obama of leading a “war on traditional marriage” and the Catholic Church while accusing same-sex marriage supporters of wanting “to corrupt the institution.” However, polls show that public support for same-sex marriage has been trending upwards over the past several years, including in the Catholic community. Read More
Local Media Fail To Cover Climate Denial, ALEC Link Starting in 2008 seven states — Louisiana, South Dakota, Kentucky, New Mexico, Tennessee, Oklahoma, and Texas — passed measures or promoted policies that would change the education curriculums in their states to begin teaching “different perspectives” in environmental science instruction. The major newspapers in each of these states gave varying coverage to the issue with some not even covering the issue at all. In addition a Media Matters investigation shows that, despite the appearance that these state proposals and model legislation by the conservative organization the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), not once did these newspapers mention ALEC or their model legislation in their coverage. Read More
Right-Wing Media Applaud Fifth Circuit Judge’s “Highly Inappropriate” Order Right-wing media figures are exalting Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Jerry Smith for his demand that the Department of Justice explain comments President Obama made about the Supreme Court’s review of the health care reform law. However, legal scholars argue that the judge’s request was “highly inappropriate” and “uncommonly silly.” Read More
Right-Wing Media Falsely Claim Cost Of Health Care Law Has Doubled Right-wing media are falsely claiming that a recent report by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) shows that the cost of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has doubled since CBO’s estimate in 2010. In fact, CBO’s analysis actually showed that the insurance coverage provisions of the health care law will cost less than originally estimated. Read More
Fox’s Stuart Varney dismissed the federal food stamp program as an “entitlement” that “make[s] you feel good” and attacked an outreach program intended to ensure that people know whether they are eligible for benefits, suggesting it was being used by the Obama administration to “buy votes.” But the food stamp program — the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) — is effective and necessary as the number of hungry Americans has reached elevated levels, and the SNAP outreach program goes back at least to President George W. Bush.
Ignoring Critics, Right-Wing Media Defend NYPD Muslim Surveillance While Pushing Anti-Muslim Rhetoric
Right-wing media have defended the New York Police Department’s (NYPD) surveillance of American Muslims throughout the Northeast, engaging in anti-Muslim rhetoric and dismissing concerns of civil rights groups while doing so. But law enforcement experts have said that the program has a “negative impact” on the ability to gather counterterrorism intelligence, and lawmakers from across the political spectrum have criticized the program.
Energy Experts Debunk Right-Wing Defense Of Oil Subsidies
Conservative media are claiming that President Obama’s proposal to eliminate $4 billion in annual tax subsidies enjoyed by oil and gas companies would raise gasoline prices. But energy experts say that rolling back the subsidies would have an “extremely small” or “imperceptible” effect on the price of gas.
Tell @SpeakerBoehner & @SenatorReid to DO what is Right! Eliminate 4Billion in annual Tax Subsidies for US investments for Wind Solar etc.
Against Innovation: Right-Wing Media Mock Obama For Promoting Algae-Based Fuel Following their long tradition of attacking renewable energy, right-wing media have mocked President Obama for supporting production of algae biofuels. Yet several companies already produce biofuel made from algae, recent scientific advances have increased the fuel’s potential, and the industry has been supported by both private investors and conservative politicians. Read More
Conservative Experts Say That Obama Was Right To Apologize For Quran Burning Several conservative foreign policy and military experts have agreed with President Obama’s decision to apologize to Afghanistan for the burning of Qurans by U.S. military personnel. Ignoring these experts, Fox News’ conservative hosts and pundits have tried to flame outrage over Obama’s apology. Read More
Conservative Media Promote Bogus Chart On National Debt Fox News and right-wing blogs have promoted a chart that purports to show the “alarming” fact that national debt per person is higher in the United States than in several crisis-stricken European countries. This comparison is flawed because these countries’ economies are fundamentally different — a fact demonstrated by the substantially higher interest rates that the crisis countries using the euro must pay on their debt, compared to countries that can borrow in their own currency. Read More
John Bolton’s Default Setting: When In Doubt, Bomb Iran Fox News contributor and former Bush administration official John Bolton has used Fox News and print media to relentlessly push for first-strike military interventions in Iran. His advocacy of force is only the latest attempt by Bolton to push for the United States to engage in military operations against various countries around the world. Read More
Young Women’s Health Care Needs Are No Laughing Matter Right-wing media are now resorting to mocking female college students’ health care needs and their call that religiously affiliated colleges and universities provide access to contraceptives. But studies have found that numerous benefits (medical, social, and economic) exist in providing college-aged women — the most vulnerable demographic for unintended pregnancies — affordable access to contraception. Read More