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Don't let the Republican hecklers at Fox News spin President Obama's agenda. If you see Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin, Sean Hannity or any other right-wing pundit or Member of Congress twisting the truth, send it along so we can set them straight.


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FOX SAYS: Glenn Beck claimed on his show that the Recovery Act "was not about creating jobs. None have been created."
FACT: The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office recently issued a report that the Recovery Act has created as many as 2.1 million jobs.
SOURCE: CBO/The Hill (hhttp://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/83253-cbo-stimulus-created-as-many-as-21-million-jobs)

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Palin twists the truth at Tea Party Convention:

"Palin adroitly re-wrote the history of the past three months of elections [...] leaving out the New York special election where her candidate, the Conservative Party's Doug Hoffman, lost in a last-minute upset." [Washington Independent]
Background: AP: NY 23 Election Results: Bill Owens Beats Doug Hoffman

FOX SAYS: Rudy Giuliani, while a guest on Fox News, said that President Obama didn’t even say the word “war” once or mention anything about national security during his State of the Union Address.
FACT: The President actually said the word “war” seven times and also talked about how the military should “have the resources they need in war.”
SOURCE: Media Matters (http://mediamatters.org/research/201001280034)
-Sent in by Yvonne A.

MYTH: Sarah Palin, in her post State of the Union analysis, said ““words spoken that may not be true coming from our President and embarrassing our Supreme Court and not respecting the separation of powers,” talking about Obama’s remarks about Citizens United vs. FEC.
FACT: The President shares the same opinion as the 4 dissenting Supreme Court Justices, meaning that he is not the only person in the government thinking this way. Justice John Paul Stevens wrote the dissenting opinion, writing “the decision “would appear to afford the same protection to multinational corporations controlled by foreigners as to individual Americans.”
SOURCE: Media Matters (http://mediamatters.org/research/201001280003)

FOX SAYS: On the Fox News show "Hannity," Senator John McCain claimed: "There is no significant effort to reduce the deficit and get us on a path to a balanced budget."
FACT: When confronted with the opportunity to "get us on a path to a balanced budget" and "cut the spending," Senator McCain flip-flopped voting against creating a bi-partisan deficit commission he previously sponsored. Five other Republican Senators who previously had co-sponsored legislation with Senator McCain followed in his footsteps and voted against the Bill.
SOURCE: POLITICO - Why Washington is broken? (http://dyn.politico.com/printstory.cfm?uuid=6D34D040-18FE-70B2-A8DEBA0F905BD558)

FOX SAYS: President Obama called out the Supreme Court falsely on the Supreme Court Decision Citizens United vs. FEC.
FACT:The President shares the same viewpoint as the four dissenting justices.
SOURCE: Media Matters (http://mediamatters.org/research/201001280003)

FOX SAYS: According to Fox & Friends host Brian Kilmeade, President Obama inherited 50 plus months of economic growth and unemployment rates between 5-7%.
FACT: The unemployment rate was 7.7 percent in January 2009. Also, the National Bureau of Economic Research has said that the recession began in December 2007. Therefore, Obama did not inherit any sort of economic growth.
SOURCE: Washington Post - NBER: U.S. In Recession That Began Last December (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/12/01/AR2008120101365.html)
(sent in by Brian L.)

FOX SAYS: A Wall Street Journal editorial asserted that President Obama should "[d]rop the health-care bill" if Democrats "really are serious" about fiscal responsibility.
FACT: According to the Congressional Budget Office, Senate bill yields "a net reduction in federal deficits of $132 billion" over 10 years and the House bill will result in $138 billion in deficit reduction through 2019.
SOURCE: Media Matters (http://mediamatters.org/research/201001280007)

FOX SAYS: President Obama didn’t cut taxes this year.
FACT: The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 included $288 billion in tax relief.
SOURCE: Media Matters (http://mediamatters.org/research/201001280028)

FOX SAYS: According to Carl Cameron and The Fox Report with Shepard Smith: “Fiscally frugal principles are Republican issues.”
FACT: Economists Paul Krugman and Dean Baker have noted that the Bush tax cuts -- supported by Republicans -- added "more than $2 trillion in debt" and the Iraq war "has cost at least $700 billion."
SOURCE: Media Matters (http://mediamatters.org/research/201001270030#1)