Media Matters Action Network - Fact Check Media Matters Action Network - Fact Check en-US Copyright 2018, Media Matters Action Network Meet Dutch Sheets, Another Gingrich Faith Adviser Newt Gingrich's campaign announced last week that Dutch Sheets, a popular evangelical preacher, would co-chair the campaign's Faith Leaders Coalition. Like other members of the coalition, Sheets is a divisive and abrasive figure who has said in no uncertain terms that President Obama is a Muslim and that natural disasters and terrorist attacks in the United States are a consequence of turning away from Christianity.<p><a href="">More...</a></p> MMAN Thu, 02 Feb 2012 09:29:53 EST Meet Michael Youssef, Gingrich's Divisive Faith Co-Chair Michael Youssef, an Egyptian-born evangelical pastor, has endorsed former House Speaker Newt Gingrich for president. The Gingrich campaign has announced that Youssef, head of an Atlanta megachurch, will be the National Co-Chair of its Faith Leaders Coalition. Youssef's divisive views include the belief that democracy is not possible in any Muslim-majority country, and he has said that "socialists and leftists" try to "present Islamists and Jihadists as peace lovers." Youssef also advances the idea that there is a war against Christianity in America, yet he directs a share of his vitriol toward other Christians, particularly Presbyterians and Episcopalians.<p><a href="">More...</a></p> Wed, 25 Jan 2012 12:41:19 EST The 27 Republican Bills That Aren't About Jobs <p>From the House Republican Conference and House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) to U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Tom Donahue, congressional Republicans and their conservative allies have touted 27 measures passed by the House of Representatives that they claim are "bipartisan jobs bills awaiting Senate action." But the bills are mostly highly partisan attempts to slash regulations that protect, among other things, public health, consumer rights, workplace safety and the environment. The GOP has also dishonestly included in its count a few viable measures with popular bipartisan support; one of these is being held up in the Senate by a Republican, and the others have been placed on the Senate calendar.</p> <p><a href="">Jobs Idea #1: Hamper The EPA's Ability To Protect Public Health</a></p> <p><a href="">Jobs Idea #2: Obstruct The Federal Government's Ability To Regulate Anything</a></p> <p><a href="">Jobs Idea #3: Build An Oil Pipeline And Open Offshore Drilling</a></p> <p><a href="">Jobs Idea #4: Blame Senate For Holding Up Measures The House Only Passed In Late 2011</a></p> <p><a href="">Jobs Idea #5: An Expired Bill And A Measure Held Up By A Senate Republican</a></p><p><a href="">More...</a></p> Tue, 24 Jan 2012 09:42:55 EST The Speaker's Pipe Dreams: Big Oil Investments Muddy Boehner's Message On Keystone XL Shortly after the Keystone XL pipeline permit process started gaining steam in Canada and the American Midwest, Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) began investing significantly in companies tied to the project. In addition, since 2008 a number of companies that stand to benefit from Keystone XL have donated thousands of dollars to Boehner since 2008. As approval has floundered, Boehner has used his clout as Speaker of the House to try to push the project through in the name of "jobs."<p><a href="">More...</a></p> MMAN Wed, 18 Jan 2012 11:25:18 EST Five Facts And One Big Lie:&nbsp;A Closer Look At The Oil Lobby's Keystone XL Jobs Claims With the 2012 presidential election rapidly approaching, the oil lobby is pushing harder than ever to frame the Keystone XL Pipeline (KXL)&nbsp;as a "job creator." However,&nbsp;TransCanada (the Canadian company behind the pipeline),&nbsp;the&nbsp;American&nbsp;Petroleum Institute (API), and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce&nbsp;have&nbsp;used massively inflated statistics. In fact, KXL would create few permanent jobs.<p><a href="">More...</a></p> MMAN Thu, 12 Jan 2012 18:04:02 EST Gingrich Denies Facts About Same-Sex Adoption In Massachusetts, D.C. During an appearance on the January 10, 2012, edition of CNN&rsquo;s&nbsp;<em>Starting Point</em>&nbsp;with Soledad O&rsquo;Brien, GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich attempted to advance his claim that the legalization of same-sex marriage in Massachusetts and Washington, D.C. had forced Catholic Charities and other religious institutions to put an end to their adoption services. O&rsquo;Brien attempted to correct Gingrich by pointing out that, in both cases, Catholic Charities were simply being asked to abide by non-discrimination laws in order to receive public funding. Gingrich rejected O&rsquo;Brien&rsquo;s explanation, but her analysis was exactly correct.<p><a href="">More...</a></p> C.M. Tue, 10 Jan 2012 12:00:38 EST RNC Fails To Convince On President Obama's "Failed Promises" Touting the Republican National Committee's newly released "Five Failed Promises," RNC Chairman Reince Preibus bragged last week on Fox News that "the facts are on our side, and they're indisputable." <em>Political Correction </em>took a look at these "failed promises" and found the same recycled GOP falsehoods and distortions. Blaming President Obama for the recession and its aftermath, the RNC neglects to mention 22 months of job growth under Obama policies that helped the faltering economy start to turn around.&nbsp; On health care, the RNC got a bit more creative. Using misleading statistics and wildly exaggerated numbers, the RNC creates a nail-biting picture of "skyrocketing cost" and declining access that it blames on the Affordable Care Act &mdash; a dishonest characterization of the effects of the health care law.<p><a href="">More...</a></p> Mon, 09 Jan 2012 15:16:43 EST Fact-Checking PolitiFact On Its "Lie Of The Year" Earlier in the year, Republicans in the House overwhelmingly voted on a budget proposal crafted by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI). Ryan's radical piece of "right-wing social engineering," as Newt Gingrich once referred to it, aims to, among other things, convert both the Medicaid and food stamp program into block grants, repeal the Affordable Care Act, and end the single-payer health care system known as Medicare. Unfortunately, the fact checkers at PolitiFact have decided that this indisputable fact &mdash; that the Ryan budget ends what Americans have long understood as Medicare, and replaces it with a more expensive and inferior privatized health care system that will be Medicare in name alone &mdash; warranted their "Lie of the Year" designation. But PolitiFact is wrong. Republicans have voted to end what all Americans know as Medicare. As economist and <em>New York Times</em> columnist Paul Krugman <a href="">writes of</a> PolitiFact's decision, "they've bent over backwards to appear 'balanced.'" <br /> <p><a href="">More...</a></p> MMAN Tue, 20 Dec 2011 14:19:20 EST UPDATED: House Republicans Have Tried To Eliminate Up To 7.4 Million Jobs In 2011 Despite a promise to focus on job creation after taking the majority in the House of Representatives, Republicans have spent little time on legislation to create jobs or boost the economy. Instead, they've focused on bills to curb spending, many of which would eliminate jobs. Earlier this year, <em>Political Correction </em>published a report detailing the total number of jobs House Republicans have tried to eliminate. Since then, the House has passed the Cut, Cap, and Balance Act. With that addition, measures passed or introduced by House Republicans would, if signed into law, potentially eliminate up to <strong>7.4 million jobs</strong>.<p><a href="">More...</a></p> Tue, 20 Dec 2011 09:32:21 EST GOP In 2011: Anything But Jobs Throughout the 2010 campaign cycle, Republicans capitalized on the struggling economy to bolster their case for election, promising to focus all their political efforts on job creation. Yet when the GOP assumed the majority in the House of Representatives, it quickly became clear that their "top political priority" &mdash; as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) admitted &mdash; was to "deny President Obama a second term." As such, the GOP, particularly in the House, has spent its legislative time on anything and everything but legislation to help the struggling economy get back on its feet or to spur job creation. Instead, they've introduced bill after bill on hot-button issues, particularly women's reproductive health; they've dragged the economy to the brink of disaster by playing political games with the debt ceiling; they've done their best to undermine the social safety net by proposing cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, and food stamps; and they've tried over and over to repeal or deny funding to the landmark Affordable Care Act. Even worse, a number of the measures they've proposed would actually destroy jobs.<p><a href="">More...</a></p> Tue, 20 Dec 2011 09:31:57 EST 2011's Top Five Immigration Myths As the 2012 GOP presidential primary race continues and as fallout over state-based anti-immigrant laws occurs, anti-immigration rhetoric has heated up on both the state and national level, with public figures perpetuating a number of myths that previously circulated primarily among xenophobic organizations. <em>Political Correction</em> has rounded up this year's top five myths about immigration, which focus on immigrant voter fraud, prosecutorial discretion, in-state tuition laws, building a border fence, and mass deportations. A closer look at these myths shows what you might expect &mdash; that they're based in expedient political rhetoric and not on facts.<p><a href="">More...</a></p> Mon, 19 Dec 2011 11:19:00 EST Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - December 18, 2011 This week on the Sunday political talk shows, topics of discussion ranged far and wide. On <em>Fox News Sunday</em>,&nbsp;GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney advocated for block granting Medicaid despite the harm that would do to those who rely on the program. On <em>This Week</em>, House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) distorted the content of a CBO report on income inequality. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), appearing on <em>Meet the Press</em>, shared several false claims: that employers are concerned about "uncertainty," and that the Keystone pipeline would create 20,000 jobs. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), also on <em>Meet the Press</em>, did the same, falsely asserting that there's no evidence the payroll tax holiday created jobs and that Iran has threatened the U.S. and Israel with nuclear weapons.<p><a href="">More...</a></p> MMAN Mon, 19 Dec 2011 09:24:01 EST Republicans: Payroll Tax Holiday Isn't "Stimulating" Enough A prominent group of Republican lawmakers are opposing Obama administration efforts to extend a payroll tax holiday &mdash; due to expire on December 31 &mdash; that would continue putting more money in the pockets of working Americans. Opponents lean heavily on the argument that the current payroll tax holiday has not had a sufficiently stimulative effect on the economy, but experts disagree, arguing that the holiday has helped bolster the recovering economy.<p><a href="">More...</a></p> MMAN Mon, 12 Dec 2011 12:11:32 EST Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - December 11, 2011 This week's Sunday political talk shows saw a major focus on the debate over the payroll tax cut extension. On&nbsp;<em>Face the Nation,&nbsp;</em>Republican presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) attacked President Obama and "Newt Romney" &mdash; a name for Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney she came up with during Saturday's debate &mdash; over the payroll tax cut,&nbsp;saying there's no evidence the cut helped create jobs. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) called the tax cut an 'emergency measure' and said it wouldn't be necessary if President Obama's "failed" policies hadn't resulted in a higher deficit and jobless rates. McConnell, along with Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), also pushed for the Keystone Pipeline using discredited job creation numbers.<p><a href="">More...</a></p> MMAN Mon, 12 Dec 2011 09:59:11 EST Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - December 4, 2011 On the first Sunday of December, GOP presidential contender Rep. Michele Bachmann (MN) and RNC Chairman Reince Priebus each brought their share of falsehoods to the table. On CNN's <em>State of the Union</em>, Bachmann dismissed the economic significance of the payroll tax holiday even though economists explain that putting more money in the hands of workers would give an appreciable boost to the economy. She also appeared on <em>Fox News Sunday</em>, where she falsely claimed that businesses aren't hiring because they don't have enough money. During his appearances, Priebus did his best to attack the Obama administration's record, distorting the reasons behind November's unemployment rate drop on <em>Meet the Press</em>. He also tried to blame President Obama for deficits that are a legacy of Bush-era Republican policies and for a rising poverty rate that's the result of the recession.<p><a href="">More...</a></p> MMAN Mon, 05 Dec 2011 09:52:10 EST