Fox News contradicted a wealth of economic evidence to claim that a near five-year low in weekly jobless claims indicates that the economy has entered a “new normal.” Following the release of the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ report on initial weekly jobless claims, which showed the number falling by 12,000 to 334,000, Fox Business host Stuart Varney claimed that while there was a significant drop in those filing for unemployment benefits, the number was still “relatively high.” From Fox News’ America’s Newsroom : After co-host Martha MacCallum correctly noted that the number of weekly jobless claims neared a five-year low , Varney insisted that the number was too high and that it indicated the economy is entering a “new normal” of sluggish economic growth. But Varney’s assertions about weekly claims don’t match the data.
In a column at conspiracy website WND, gun activist Jeff Knox is promoting a company that sells bullets coated with “pork-infused paint” that are theoretically designed to “deter Islamists from martyrdom.” Knox heads a fringe gun group called the Firearms Coalition which recently proposed a successful resolution at the annual National Rifle Association conference urging the NRA to oppose any future restrictions on guns. In his piece, Knox points to the May terror attack in London and asks why the two assailants didn’t flee the scene and merely “waited around for the armed police.” Knox posits that the men were waiting to be killed by police in order to become martyrs so they could receive “their tickets to Paradise – and 72 virgins.” While he says that there is debate among Muslims about whether “martyrs for Allah actually receive a reward of 72 virgins,” Knox writes that the belief is pervasive enough to raise the question: “how do you deal with religious extremists who believe that dying for their faith is an Express Ticket to Paradise?” According to Knox, a company in Idaho called “Jihawg Ammo” has come up with a “culturally sensitive” solution: A company in northern Idaho has come up with a culturally sensitive approach. Jihawg Ammo has developed a proprietary system for infusing ballistic paint with pork.
Avril Haines’ extraordinary professional rise hit a new plateau this week when President Obama appointed the 43-year-old White House national security attorney to become the CIA’s deputy director, replacing longtime career officer Michael Morell.
Six months after the tragic Newtown school shooting, Fox & Friends highlighted a gun manufacturer’s high profits but failed to recognize victims of gun violence in Newtown or elsewhere in the country.
Right-wing media are attacking President Obama over the cost of his upcoming diplomatic trip to Africa, ignoring or dismissing the fact that the security measures that have driven the trip’s budget are in line with those used by previous presidents on similar trips. On June 13, The Washington Post reported on an internal document that detailed some of the security precautions being taken during President Obama’s scheduled trip to Africa later this month, which will include the first lady, and will seek to forge stronger economic ties with African nations and address global health problems.
Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly defended Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-TX) baseless declaration that 12 Communists served on the Harvard Law School faculty when he attended it in the early 1990s. During a June 14 America Live segment about progressives criticizing Cruz, contributor Alan Colmes pointed out that Cruz had said he was “honored” to have been compared to notorious red-baiting Sen
After stressing the importance of no longer just “preach[ing] to the choir” when she and Fox News parted ways in January, Sarah Palin is rejoining the conservative network. The day after Fox and Palin announced that her contract at the network would not be renewed, the former Republican vice presidential candidate gave an interview for Breitbart.com to Stephen K. Bannon, the director of the Palin hagiography The Undefeated
The Drudge Report is reframing a Senate vote on a border enforcement amendment to the Senate immigration bill as Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) blocking a “fix” to the border.
National Review Online continues to hype and misrepresent a dubious lawsuit against the current deferred action policy for certain undocumented immigrants who entered the country as children, trying to insert it into the Congressional debate on immigration reform.
Right-wing media are trying to damage President Obama’s nominee to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) by baselessly claiming he was involved in the ATF’s failed Operation Fast and Furious. The failed gun trafficking sting Operation Fast and Furious ended with the indictment of 34 defendants on January 25, 2011