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April 18, 2011 9:45 am ET filed under Fact Check

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - April 17, 2011

On Sunday morning, first-year Tea Party Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC) almost managed to upstage her party's budget chairman by wrongly insisting on ABC that the GOP's "Path to Prosperity" budget is not a voucher program, works just like the insurance benefits for members of Congress, and would be sufficient to cover the cost of medical care for seniors. But Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) still offered the biggest whopper of the morning, claiming on CBS that the GOP budget doesn't cut taxes for the rich. None of these claims is true. The Republican plan slashes income taxes for the wealthy to Herbert Hoover levels while eliminating the capital gains tax. For the non-rich, the plan would end Medicare as we know it, leaving the typical 65-year-old with over $20,000 in annual medical costs by the year 2030. Meanwhile, freshman Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL) claimed President Obama hasn't helped grow the economy, which is demonstrably false, and Walsh joined Rep. Allen West (R-FL) and Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) in calling for a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution that would in fact cripple Congress' ability to control spending and address recessions.

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April 11, 2011 10:27 am ET filed under Blog

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - April 10, 2011

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April 11, 2011 10:13 am ET filed under Fact Check

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - April 10, 2011

With a government shutdown narrowly averted this weekend, the Sunday shows focused naturally on spending issues. On CBS, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) made the absurd assertion that government spending caused the recession (and not rampant fraud on Wall Street), and falsely claimed that a balanced budget amendment would help our fiscal situation. On Fox, Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) repeated a favorite GOP lie about entitlement programs — that they "are not gonna be there for me when I retire" unless voters allow conservatives to rip holes in the safety net. And on NBC, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) misled viewers about his budget proposal that would undo safety net programs like Medicare, Medicaid and food stamps while cutting taxes for the richest Americans and protecting special interest tax loopholes for Big Oil. Meanwhile on ABC, Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) seemed to have forgotten that he voted in February to eliminate all Title X funding for family planning services.

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April 04, 2011 10:51 am ET filed under Blog

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - April 3, 2011

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March 28, 2011 10:19 am ET filed under Fact Check

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - March 27, 2011

The situation in Libya dominated Sunday's political talk shows in advance of President Obama's address to the nation this evening. However, while the usual posturing on domestic issues fell by the wayside, the serious nature of the conflict did not prevent conservatives from misinforming viewers about foreign policy. On Fox News Sunday, presidential aspirant Newt Gingrich brazenly denied that he reversed his stance on U.S. intervention in Libya, despite indisputable evidence that he has shifted positions and contradicted himself on multiple occasions. Meanwhile, former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld promoted his new book on ABC's This Week, where he distorted the legacy of the Bush administration's engagement in the Middle East.  

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March 14, 2011 9:57 am ET filed under Blog

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - March 13, 2011

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March 14, 2011 9:50 am ET filed under Fact Check

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - March 13, 2011

Natural disasters nearly crowded out political chatter on the Sunday talk shows, but conservative guests dutifully plugged talking points into the spaces between stories about leaking reactors and coastal devastation in Japan. Sens. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Jon Kyl (R-AZ) are still clinging to the notion that the Recovery Act didn't lead to the current economy recovery, and each man blamed President Obama for the spike in gas prices that's followed recent political turmoil in the Middle East. McConnell also claimed the government's done nothing to address entitlement costs, although the Affordable Care Act took a number of steps to reign in the health care spending that's darkening our fiscal horizon. Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-TN) falsely insisted that tax cuts increase revenues on Fox News Sunday, while Gov. Mitch Daniels (R-IN) misled Meet the Press viewers about Gov. Scott Walker's (R-WI) campaign rhetoric.

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March 07, 2011 10:17 am ET filed under Blog

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - March 6, 2011

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March 07, 2011 10:06 am ET filed under Fact Check

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - March 6, 2011

For the first time in weeks, the Sunday political shows didn't touch on GOP union-busting efforts in Wisconsin and elsewhere, choosing instead to focus on national economic issues. That meant a series of tired talking points from familiar Republican faces. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) implied Democrats have raised taxes, when in fact they've cut taxes by hundreds of billions. Reps. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) and Michele Bachmann (R-MN) ignored economic growth and 1.5 million new private sector jobs in the past year to attack President Obama's economic policies. Bachmann also misled NBC viewers about the Affordable Care Act and the partisan nature of the Tea Party. Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) claimed the administration has protected government workers at the expense of private sector jobs. On less familiar topics, Rep. Peter King (R-NY) dishonestly insisted American Muslims don't cooperate with law enforcement despite much evidence to the contrary, and Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) foolishly claimed that Apple electronics are manufactured in America. Somebody should tell that to the Chinese factory workers who built your iPhone.

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February 28, 2011 10:25 am ET filed under Blog

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - February 28, 2011

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February 28, 2011 10:12 am ET filed under Fact Check

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - February 27, 2011

This week's Sunday political chatter was focused on two very, very different places: Wisconsin and Libya. Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) defended his union-busting efforts on Meet the Press by arguing that union contract agreements in recent weeks prove public workers aren't being honest when they say they'll accept his pension and health insurance demands, but that's disingenuous; the agreements he referenced had been in the works long before his power grab. Gov. Haley Barbour (R-MS) joined Walker in suggesting that collective bargaining is to blame for state budget troubles, but the facts don't bear that out. Meanwhile on Fox News Sunday, Gov. Mitch Daniels (R-IN) asserted that public employees are overpaid (before absurdly claiming that the Bush tax cuts worked) and Gov. Nikki Haley (R-SC) told ABC viewers that Walker is simply fulfilling a campaign promise.  None of these claims is true. On other topics, Mike Huckabee (R-AR) lied about the national debt on Fox News and Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) falsely asserted that President Obama never showed support for Iranian protesters in the summer of 2009.

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February 22, 2011 10:31 am ET filed under Blog

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - February 20, 2011

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February 22, 2011 10:21 am ET filed under Fact Check

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - February 20, 2011

With nearly 70,000 protestors out in Madison, WI to reject Gov. Scott Walker's (R) attempt to break the state's public employees unions on Sunday, the morning shows focused almost exclusively on labor disputes — meaning there was plenty of misinformation flying about Wisconsin workers. Former RNC chair Ed Gillespie told Meet the Press that "we're not talking about eliminating collective bargaining," even though that's precisely what Gov. Walker wants to do (he even said as much in his own Sunday morning interview). Former Rep. Harold Ford (D-TN) falsely claimed that Wisconsin public employees don't pay anything toward their health insurance. Meanwhile on Face the Nation, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) claimed the fight in Wisconsin is about "modest shared sacrifice," even though the governor has rejected such "modest" compromises in his drive to bust the unions. Elsewhere, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) joined Rep. Ryan in distorting spending figures, and former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld claimed there's no reason to think world opinion of the U.S. has gone up in the Obama era.

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February 14, 2011 10:13 am ET filed under Blog

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - February 13, 2011

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February 14, 2011 9:54 am ET filed under Fact Check

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - February 13, 2011

With Valentine's Day looming, the Sunday shows provided a timely reminder of the GOP's love for false talking points. While Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) wrongly claimed that President Obama "refused to support" pro-democracy protestors in Iran in 2009, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) confined themselves to stale misinformation about the economy. On Fox, Ryan implied that government workers have benefited most from Democrats' economic policies, alleged that President Obama tried to raise taxes by $2 trillion last year, and claimed that the president has increased spending by 84 percent. Meanwhile on NBC, Speaker Boehner told viewers that Obama's policies "destroy jobs." No matter how many times Republican leaders say these things, the facts continue to demonstrate that they're just not true.

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February 07, 2011 9:12 am ET filed under Fact Check

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - February 6, 2011

Nearly all the major Sunday morning political shows dedicated their airtime to the ongoing mass protests in Egypt, save for Fox News Sunday. The network, apparently worried that Americans might forget it was Super Bowl Sunday, dedicated the entire hour of its flagship news program to host Chris Wallace yukking it up with Terry Bradshaw, Joe Buck, Roger Goodell, Lynn Swan, and other newsworthy NFL personalities. So it was not until afternoon that Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R) appeared on Fox News to flat-out lie about the recent right-wing attempt to smear Planned Parenthood. Cuccinelli's claim that Planned Parenthood is "happily willing to aid and abet" the "sex trafficking of minors" is utterly false; weeks before these heavily-edited videos surfaced, the organization actually contacted the FBI about the conservative pranksters who told clinic staffers they were running a child sex ring.

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January 24, 2011 10:04 am ET filed under Blog

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - January 23, 2011

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January 24, 2011 10:02 am ET filed under Fact Check

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - January 23, 2011

On the Sunday shows, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) showed why they hold leadership roles in the modern GOP: they are maestros of misinformation. Appearing on Fox News, McConnell dissembled about everything from corporate taxes to the Recovery Act. He even suggested that the private sector isn't growing right now (although 1.3 million new jobs in the past year make the claim laughable) and claimed that "nobody's talking about" voting against the debt ceiling, despite well over a dozen prominent Republicans who are on record opposing the debt vote. For his part, Cantor told NBC viewers that the entitlement program cuts in Rep. Paul Ryan's "Roadmap" are not "draconian," but the reality is that Ryan's plan would effectively dismantle the social safety net provided by Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. Later on Meet the Press, former Bush adviser Karen Hughes told a whopper about job losses during President Obama's tenure.

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January 18, 2011 10:08 am ET filed under Blog

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - January 16, 2011

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January 18, 2011 10:06 am ET filed under Fact Check

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - January 16, 2011

With the multiple murders in Tucson still casting a long shadow over the political landscape, much of the Sunday talk shows were given over to discussions of gun control policy and political rhetoric. On NBC, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) pointed out that the Tucson shooter would not have been able to get a gun if he had been "taken under [psychiatric] care." Indeed, that is what the law says — but in reality, weak cooperation between states and the FBI on mental health records means the database used by gun sellers includes just half the mental health information it should. Despite the focus on political violence, Coburn was also asked about health care reform, and he falsely claimed that the Affordable Care Act eschews "market forces" in favor of a 'takeover' of health care. Meanwhile, on Fox News, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) claimed a voucher system would do a better job of expanding access to insurance than the Affordable Care Act. Pawlenty and Coburn each said the landmark bill will not drive down insurance costs, but they are wrong.

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January 10, 2011 10:11 am ET filed under Blog

Sunday Shows - January 9, 2010

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January 03, 2011 9:57 am ET filed under Blog

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - January 2, 2011

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January 03, 2011 9:55 am ET filed under Fact Check

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - January 2, 2011

The first Sunday political shows of 2011 continued the grand tradition of conservatives casually tossing off fact-free, up-is-down talking points in order to demonize Democrats. On CNN, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) brazenly claimed the Recovery Act didn't actually create any jobs, and the Affordable Care Act didn't really reform the health care system. On Fox News, anti-tax Senator-elect Mike Lee (R-UT) was chagrined that cutting taxes by $800 billion over the next two years will cost approximately $800 billion. In a similarly fact-averse appearance on CBS, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) falsely claimed that the Affordable Care Act is increasing health care costs. Meanwhile on NBC, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) claimed that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac caused the sub-prime mortgage meltdown that sabotaged the economy in 2007. That's a more complicated issue, but even experts who despise Fannie and Freddie say that private lenders, and not the government-backed mortgage giants, are responsible for the bad-mortgage bubble.

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December 20, 2010 10:18 am ET filed under Blog

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - December 19, 2010

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December 20, 2010 10:17 am ET filed under Fact Check

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - December 19, 2010

With "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and the DREAM Act each put to bed, the Sunday shows shifted focus squarely to the New START arms-reduction treaty with Russia. On Fox News Sunday, Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) claimed that Condaleeza Rice wants the Senate to amend the treaty, but Rice actually called for changes to the resolution of ratification — a move more in keeping with the Senate's "advise and consent" role. Furthermore, Kyl's underlying concerns about missile defense are not grounded in fact. On CNN, Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) blamed the treaty's verification provisions for his decision to vote 'no,' and accused Democrats of "rushing" the process. But that's foolish — we've already gone more than a year without nuclear inspectors in Russia because the Senate is dragging its feet on START, and the vetting process that began in the spring has been unusually thorough compared to previous arms treaties. Elsewhere, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) said the judge who ruled the individual mandate unconstitutional got it right despite an error in his decision that one conservative legal expert called "obvious." And Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) ignored the Bush administration's terrible fiscal legacy in claiming that "every bit" of our debt problem comes from entitlements.

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December 13, 2010 10:06 am ET filed under Blog

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - December 12, 2010

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December 13, 2010 10:06 am ET filed under Fact Check

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - December 12, 2010

Rep. Paul Ryan was the sole Republican elected official to appear on this week's Sunday political programs. In discussing the estate tax, Ryan suggested that Democrats want a massive tax levied against people who have the nerve to die wealthy. In fact, the Democratic proposal — a 45 percent rate and an exemption for estates up to $3.5 million for an individual or $7 million for a couple — amounts to a 20-percentage-point cut from what Republicans wrote into law for 2011. Ryan went on to celebrate the current zero percent estate tax without acknowledging that the Bush tax cuts used a one-year repeal gimmick to make repealing the tax package more difficult politically.

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December 06, 2010 9:46 am ET filed under Blog

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - December 5, 2010

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December 06, 2010 9:43 am ET filed under Fact Check

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - December 5, 2010

The lame duck session may be young, but lame Republican arguments on Sunday morning talk shows are a tradition in this town. This week, Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) deceived Fox News viewers about the Affordable Care Act's impact on the cost of health care; former House Speaker Newt Gingrich labeled Democrats' tax proposal "class warfare," when the data show tax breaks for the wealthy are bad for the economy (and worse for the debt); and Gingrich suggested that business owners aren't hiring because of tax uncertainty, but that doesn't explain the decade of economic stagnation that followed the "certainty" of the Bush tax cuts. Meanwhile, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) claimed Democrats are "just spending, spending, spending and taxing, taxing, taxing," despite the fact that Democrats passed 25 separate tax relief measures in 2009 alone. Hatch and Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) each claimed that "700,000 small businesses" will be affected by higher tax rates on the wealthy, a number that counts athletes, authors, and Wall Street giants as "small." Finally, Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) flagrantly misrepresented a recent Gallup poll showing Americans want Bush's tax giveaways to the rich to end.

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November 29, 2010 10:04 am ET filed under Blog

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - November 28, 2010

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