Monday, March 30, 2009

Fox News Fails (Surprise) Simple Research

Per Media Matters:

During the March 27 edition of Fox News' Special Report with Bret Baier, correspondent Molly Henneberg falsely claimed that "[r]econciliation was last used in 2001 by Republicans to pass the first Bush tax cuts." In fact, Republicans used the budget reconciliation process to pass several major Bush initiatives after 2001, as the blog Think Progress recently noted. These initiatives include the Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2003, the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005, the Tax Increase Prevention and Reconciliation Act of 2005. Reconciliation was used as recently as 2007, when the Democratic Congress passed the College Cost Reduction and Access Act.

During her report, Henneberg described reconciliation as a "maneuver" that congressional Democrats may use "to achieve some of President Obama's more controversial budget priorities, including health-care reform and a cap-and-trade energy policy."

So let’s give Ms. Henneberg the benefit of the doubt and suppose that she wasn’t trying to mislead.  She still failed at basic research and fact checking.  I’d love to make her kind of money, especially since I would only be responsible for a half-assed job.

But we know better, don’t we.  Fox News is fully aware of what they’re doing.  Yellow journalism is back, folks!

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