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Fox News Misleads About AARP Membership Loss

Fox News is reporting that American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) has lost 60,000 members since July 1, 2009. Keep reading to see why the following claims are BS.

Hannity claimed loss of 60,000 members “very indicative.” On August 18, Fox News’ Sean Hannity stated: “[W]hat are we to make of the AARP? According to reports now — CBS News had a report — 60,000 members of the AARP have left. I think that’s very indicative that they’re losing seniors. There is a conservative alternative, American Seniors for Choice, which is against Obama’s plan. They gained as many as 5,000 members.” He also stated that AARP’s “love affair” with President Obama “has cost the AARP tens of thousands of members.”

Fox News’ Van Susteren: “Sixty thousand senior citizens have bolted AARP.” On the August 18 edition of her Fox News show, Greta Van Susteren stated: “They’re out — 60,000 of them. Sixty thousand senior citizens have bolted AARP since July 1.” She then interviewed an AARP member who stated that she is planning to quit the group because of her views on the AARP’s position on health care reform.

Doocy: “Sixty thousand people: that is the number of people who have left or canceled AARP.” On August 19, Fox News Fox & Friends co-host Steve Doocy stated: “Sixty thousand people: that is the number of people who have left or canceled AARP — the American Association of Retired Persons — since July 1st. Some members are outraged and continue to criticize the over-50 group because of their support for health care reform.” The following graphic appeared onscreen while Doocy spoke:

There are two sides to every story, and in this case the other side provides the whole truth… Let’s look at the figures, first, regarding membership numbers for AARP to see why Fox News’ claims are misleading. AARP claims that they regularly lose 300,000 members per month due to reasons including death. AARP also gained 400,000 members and 1.5 million members have renewed since July 1. AARP has around 40 million members, making that 60,000 a fraction of a percent.

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Hypocrite Hannity Against Snitching, Asks Fans To Snitch

Sean Hannity is among the conspiracy nuts out there concerned about the flag@whitehouse.gov email address, similar to the “Fight the Smears” campaign. The email address that was provided so the White House could address rumors and lies about health care reform. The health care reform that is being attacked at Town Hall meetings. The Town Hall meetings Hannity now wants his viewers to monitor and record Democrats at.

In other words, Sean Hannity proves, once again, that he’s a hypocrite. He is afraid of snitches, but asks his audience to snitch. Is it ok? Is it not ok? He can’t make up his mind! Hint: it’s only ok when it benefits him.

Sean Hannity talking about flag@whitehouse.gov:

HANNITY: It almost sounds like a secret police where citizens now report on each other, doesn’t it?

Sean Hannity talking about Town Hall meetings:

HANNITY: This is where your cell phones come in very handy at these events, so you can chronicle just how the Democratic Party really feels about America and Americans and free speech.

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Fox News Hosts Criticize Obama on Nonexistent Provision

The Drudge Report & Rush Limbaugh have floated a false accusation that President Obama has not read, or is not familiar with certain provisions of the House health care reform bill. Even after the accusations were debunked, Fox News hosts Sean Hannity, Neil Cavuto, Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade all criticized Obama for the same reason.

July 21 – Hannity (talking with Dana Perino):

HANNITY: The president is rushing Congress to produce a health care bill before the August recess, but apparently he’s not reading the bill too closely. Now listen to his response when asked by a blogger about a provision in the House bill.

OBAMA : You know, I have to say that I am not familiar with the provision you’re talking about. Let me just speak for the Obama administration.

July 21 – Your World With Neil Cavuto (does not challenge flasehood):

DeMINT: And now he wants to pass something that affects a fifth of our total economy in the next two weeks, and no one has even seen an entire bill. He doesn’t even know what’s in it, and he’s admitted it

July 22 – Fox & Friends:

DOOCY: We are going to talk to her about it. So there he is, and somebody wants to know about one particular part, section 102, because it’s very important to all of us. Let’s hear what the president had to say about it.

OBAMA : You know, I have to say that I am not familiar with the provision you’re talking about. Let me just speak for the Obama administration.

KILMEADE: And here’s — so I thought, OK, 102 — it’s over 1,000 pages.

DOOCY: Right.

KILMEADE: So it’s no big deal. Maybe we are demanding too much.

The fact of the matter is that the provision referenced by Hannity, Cavuto, Doocy & Kilmeade does not exist. How did this start? A blogger asked Obama to comment on a claim made in a July 15 Investor’s Business Daily editorial. The blogger claimed that the bill “will make individual private medical insurance illegal.” Obama responded, “You know, I have to say that I am not familiar with the provision you’re talking about.” – because it does not exist.

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Sean Hannity ‘Slams’ Obama on Behalf of Mayo Clinic

On July 21, Sean Hannity uttered another falsehood about Obama and health care reform. Hannity incorrectly stated that the Mayo Clinic “slams the president’s [health care] proposal.” Furthermore, Hannity referred to it as Obama’s “nanny state, cradle to the grave, womb to the tomb, nationalized health care socialized system.”

Hannity must not keep up with current events. On July 16, the Mayo Clinic did issue a statement, criticizing the House bill for “fail[ing] to use a fundamental lever — a change in Medicare payment policy — to help drive necessary improvements in American health care.” However, the Obama Administration has suggested revisions to address Medicare payment rates, which the Mayo Clinic then applauded.

The May Clinic’s Health Policy blog stated, “We applaud the direction” of the Obama administration’s IMAC proposal, adding, “This, and other, bold concepts have the potential to ‘bend the cost curve’ in U.S. health spending without compromising health.”

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Sean Hannity Spreads Health Insurance Falsehood

Sean Hannity has been caught making stuff up about health care reform again. I love the comments and emails about how Fox News reports the truth. Take a look at the following and tell me how, exactly, is Hannity reporting the truth…

HANNITY: — artificial deadline — but the more people become aware of what’s in this thing, if we look at the provisions of the bill, it’s pretty astounding. For example, if you’re not — if you don’t have private insurance the year that this bill is passed, you can’t get that later on from your employer.

In fact, section 311 of the tri-committee House health care reform bill allows employers to meet coverage requirements by offering employees “coverage under a qualified health benefits plan (or under a current employment-based health plan (within the meaning of section 102(b))) in accordance with section 312.”

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To Sean Hannity NYC Central Park = the Rest of the World

Whatever chance Sean Hannity has to bash a Democrat, Al Gore for example, he will take it… This time, he not only brings up Al Gore, but also dismisses climate change because of a report about cooler weather in New York’s Central Park.

FRANK LUNTZ (Republican pollster): Now, the Democratic approach is to talk about climate change. And when you’ve seen what happened with Katrina, Al Gore’s movie — the public does believe that the environment needs to be addressed. And so the battle now is: Who’s going to offer the most jobs? Are they green jobs or not? Who’s got the best solution to deal with it?

HANNITY: But let me ask you — because new information came out. This is the coolest June on record, the eighth coolest, and they’re going back to the 1800s, Frank.

LUNTZ: I know. I’ve actually gone back to cotton.

HANNITY: Well, I — but the point is that most people may be buying into Al Gore’s movie, but it’s not reality, and it’s not science.

Sean, you do know there is a whole planet experiencing a warming trend spanning several decades, right? No? Might want to look into that… Here’s a hint: It’s Earth.

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Sean Hannity Caught Manipulating More Video of Obama

Known for manipulating video for desired shameful effect and badly misquoting Barack Obama, Sean Hannity was caught doing it again, this time of Obama discussing the Cold War. Obama acknowledged the roles of past leaders to lift the Iron Curtain, but the video Hannity aired was edited to exclude that part:

OBAMA: There were a whole bunch of people throughout Eastern Europe who showed enormous courage, and I think that it is very important in this part of the world to acknowledge the degree to which people struggled for their own freedom. We don’t have to diminish other people in order to recognize our role in that history.

Hannity followed up that edited clip with:

HANNITY: Unbelievable. Now, that’s interesting, because Lech Walesa, the leader of the Polish Solidarity Movement, said this about the end of the Cold War; he said, quote: “We in Poland took him, Ronald Reagan, so personally. Why? Because we owe him our liberty. Now this can’t be said often enough by people who lived under oppression for half a century.” Mr. President, if I were you, you may want to consider hitting the history books maybe before your next foreign trip.

Here’s what President Obama really said:

OBAMA: Well, listen, the — I think that you just cut out Lech Walesa and the Poles. You just cut out Havel and the Czechs. There were a whole bunch of people throughout Eastern Europe who showed enormous courage.

And I think that it is very important in this part of the world to acknowledge the degree to which people struggled for their own freedom. I’m very proud of the traditions of Democratic and Republican presidents to lift the Iron Curtain.

But, you know, we don’t have to diminish other people in order to recognize our role in that history.

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Sean Hannity Lies About Clinton Op-Ed

Before George W. Bush took office, according to Sean Hannity, Bill Clinton wrote an Op-Ed criticizing the then incoming president. Unfortunately for Hannity, that’s rubbish. Clinton did write an Op-Ed on January 14th, but the only time he mentioned Bush was to suggest a nonpartisan commission on electoral reform.

In the Op-Ed, Clinton wrote about racial profiling, federal sentencing policies, voting rights, electoral reform and proposed Election Day as a national holiday. Where exactly is the negativity toward Bush? Apparently, just in Hannity’s imagination.

HANNITY: I went back — Bill Clinton, before George Bush ever became president, had an op-ed in January 15th, before George Bush was sworn in, criticizing George Bush. You know, for all this talk, “Oh, George Bush needs to be quiet” — now he defended enhanced interrogations. He said it was lawful. He did it to protect this country. He said he wasn’t going to sell out this country for short-term political gain. That –

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Fox News Hypocrisy About White House Access

Do you recall someone named Bret Baier, who worked for a cable news channel called Fox News and had “unprecedented access” to the Bush White House in 2008? Apparently, Fox News doesn’t. Nor do they seem to remember that Baier also went aboard Air Force One and visited Bush’s ranch in Texas.

Conveniently, Sean Hannity doesn’t recall any of that when he and Karl Rove complained about ABC being granted access for the upcoming special, “Questions for the President: Prescription for America.”

HANNITY: Karl, it seems rather unprecedented. You were there in the White House for the better part of eight years. Did this ever happened while George W. Bush was president?

ROVE: You know, look, it’s normal for the networks to want to come in and do an interview inside the White House or to get a glimpse behind the curtain as to what goes on there. This is an unprecedented access to the White House and more importantly an unprecedented use of the White House. I can’t remember a time when the network came in and was going to devote a significant block of time to covering an issue that was on the president’s agenda.

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A Different Approach to Fighting Fox News

A new site, StopFox.com, takes a different approach to fighting Fox News. The site was created to send a message to Rupert Murdoch and Fox News that people will focus energy (and money) toward so-called enemies of Fox News. Used in conjunction with a boycott of Fox News, their sponsors and supporters, this could have a decent impact. At the very least, it will get some attention.

How will one site do this? Donations are accepted and will be divided among several nonprofit organizations, including Planned Parenthood, the ACLU, the Democratic Party, MoveOn.org and Media Matters for America. One sixth of the money will go back into maintaining the web site. Additionally, letters will be sent to Murdoch as well as Fox News personalities Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity and Glenn Beck.

While the site is brand new, much is in the works – Plans are being made to share records, receipts and copies of letters sent. StopFox.com currently accepts payments via PayPal, but credit/debit card payments may be possible in the future.

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Megyn Kelly Blames Sean Hannity for Fox News Bias

There is ample evidence to prove otherwise, but Fox News’ Megyn Kelly told Haute Living that the reason people think Fox News is right wing is because of Sean Hannity.

When asked about her employer’s reputation for being conservative, she attributed those perceptions to the network’s primetime host lineup, not its news coverage. “There is no question that Hannity is a conservative,” she says. “But I can tell you from personal experience after having worked with O’Reilly for years now, you never know where he is going to come out on an issue. He definitely leans right when it comes to certain social, traditional value issues, but he’s all over the board on certain other issues. And Greta-nobody knows exactly what her stripes are. I think [the conservative reputation is] really because of Hannity.”

Except for Bill O’Reilly, Glenn Beck, Greta Van Susteren, Mike Huckabee, Neal Cavuto, Fox & Friends, Red Eye and practically everybody else at Fox News, besides maybe Shepard Smith, it’s all Sean Hannity… Riiight…

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Sean Hannity Needs Fannie/Freddie History Lesson

Apparently, Sean Hannity has forgotten that George W. Bush was the U.S. President until January of this year. Or, he forgot that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were placed into a conservatorship under the FHFA in September, 2008. In either case, he made this false statement on June 3 regarding Obama’s involvement:

HANNITY: But I think, fundamentally, there’s a point here that we need to discuss. And that is Barack Obama, if we get to the root cause of — if anyone would have predicted that he was going to accumulate these debt — this debt, these deficits; that he was going to fundamentally take over GM, take over Chrysler, take over the banks, take over Fannie, take over Freddie; and that he’s going to go on an apology tour and then say we’re not a Christian nation, these are fundamental — you know, there’s a fundamental foundation of America that we are altering here.

Think that was just a mistake? Here he was the day before:

HANNITY: So now on the economy, we’ve got the government taking over car companies and nationalizing banks, and they’re taking over Freddie and Fannie. And they’ve got, you know, a $2 trillion deficit this year, quadrupling it, $10 trillion in the future. I guess this is socialism.

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Sean Hannity Badly Misquotes President Obama

Read the following transcript of Sean Hannity responding to quotes made by Barack Obama. Any sane person will see how insane Hannity’s thought process must be to come to these conclusions…

OBAMA: If you actually took the number of Muslim Americans, we’d be one of the largest Muslim countries in the world.

HANNITY: He honors the national day of prayer behind closed doors. Now, on his Middle East apology tour, the President calls the U.S. a “Muslim nation.”

OBAMA: We do not consider ourselves a Christian nation, or a Jewish nation, or a Muslim nation. We consider ourselves a nation of citizens, who are bound by ideals.

HANNITY: The same president who insists the U.S. is not a Christian nation is now calling us a Muslim nation.

It’s absolutely true that the U.S. is one of the largest countries based on Muslim population. It is not true that he said the U.S. is a Muslim-only nation, or that the majority of the U.S. population is Muslim. It’s simply a childish game of semantics…

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Sean Hannity Caught Manipulating Video of Obama’s Cairo Speech

Yesterday, Sean Hannity discussed Barack Obama‘s speech in Cairo, stating that the President, “decided to give 9-11 sympathizers a voice on the world stage.” This is the text of the clip Hannity showed:

I am aware that there are still some that would question or even justify the events of 9-11.

This is what Obama said following that quote, that Hannity conveniently left out:

But let us be clear: Al Qaeda killed nearly 3,000 people on that day. The victims were innocent men, women and children from America and many other nations who had done nothing to harm anybody. And yet al Qaeda chose to ruthlessly murder these people, claimed credit for the attack, and even now states their determination to kill on a massive scale. They have affiliates in many countries and are trying to expand their reach. These are not opinions to be debated; these are facts to be dealt with.

Here’s the transcript from Hannity’s show:

HANNITY: He went on to imply to the foreign audience in Cairo that the U.S. is a nation that tortures.

OBAMA: I have unequivocally prohibited the use of torture by the United States, and I have ordered the prison at Guantanamo Bay closed by early next year.

HANNITY: He also decided to give 9-11 sympathizers a voice on the world stage.

OBAMA: I am aware that there are still some that would question or even justify the events of 9-11.

HANNITY: And throughout the speech, Mr. Obama spoke out of both sides of his mouth. He said on Iraq that he’s glad that Saddam is gone, but then he added this caveat. Listen to this.

OBAMA: Iraq was a war of choice.

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Urge Democrats and Progressives to Stay off Fox News

From the individual choice to stop watching a channel to the organized effort to affect a company’s revenue stream, boycotts come in many shapes and sizes, including the following suggestion from DailyKos.com and NewsCorpse.com. Please contact Democrats and progressive pundits and urge them to not go on the Fox News Channel. Not only is it a wasted effort to discuss issues on Fox News, it can extremely counterproductive.

Guests on Fox News are seemingly chosen for their right leaning political views, or their ability to be dominated. The viewers want to see the debates in which their side always wins. They want their ideals to be reinforced and to have that feeling of power that Fox News provides when they whip a liberal into submission. Don’t give them that pleasure. Don’t give Fox News the ratings they like to taunt like a school-yard bully.

In all likelyhood, Fox News personalities will call them cowards for not wanting to sit down, face to face, with the likes of Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity, or Glenn Beck. The point is, who cares? Show Fox News that they simply don’t matter anymore. They should be irrelevant.

So, every time you see a Democrat or progressive guest on Fox News, contact them and tell them they are obligated to help ensure responsible journalism by avoiding the hate and bile that is Fox News. By appearing on Fox News, they are doing further harm to the efforts to repair the damage inflicted by the Bill O’Reillys, Sean Hannities and Glenn Becks of the world.

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