From Media Matters:
Off The Rails: The Year In Fox News Misinformation
As the year comes to a close, Media Matters offers a month-by-month look back at Fox News’ most outrageous and factually challenged moments of 2010.
Ben Armbruster – Warning: ‘Greater Exposure’ To Fox News Will Lead To ‘Increased Misinformation’ On Policy Issues
From Think Progress:
Last week, World Public Opinion (WPO) released a poll exploring political information in a post-Citizens United national election and found that 90 percent of voters “said that in the 2010 election they encountered information they believed was misleading or false, with 56% saying this occurred frequently.” More troubling, the poll also found “strong evidence that voters were substantially misinformed on many of the key issues of the campaign.” WPO said that voter misinformation contained beliefs about current issues such as TARP, the Recovery Act, health care reform, the economy, and climate change that were “at odds with the conclusions of government agencies, generally regarded as non-partisan, consisting of professional economists and scientists.”
From Media Matters:
Fox’s War On Unions Rages On
Fox & Friends hosted Gov. Tim Pawlenty in a segment attacking public employee unions by using misleading data on public sector compensation and by blaming unions for states like California’s budget problems. In fact, experts have attributed California’s budget shortfalls to the state tax system and the economic downturn, and the claim that public sector employees make twice that of private sector employees is based on a discredited apples-to-oranges comparison.
A high-up Fox News editor told his employees to substitute the phrase “public option” with “government option” in order to skew the public’s notion of the health care debate to the right. And while Fox’s ultra-conservative slant is nothing new, this revelation pokes truth-sized holes in their persistent argument that they are “fair and balanced.” The evidence: a leaked email from Fox managing editor Bill Sammon:
So do they also agree that anyone in the US government who spied on Americans should be murdered? How about those who leaked the Valerie Plame story? Any other enemies of the state? Kill them too, Robespierre? Or is that Stalin? What has happened to our country that it’s so easy to talk about murdering someone on national TV because you don’t like what the details have to say? WikiLeaks has not violated any specific law.