How many false stories? At least five in last month
In its ongoing war with Fox News Channel, the White House has fired one over the bow.
At his press briefing Tuesday, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs was asked about President Obama's comment, "I've got one television station that is entirely devoted to attacking my administration."
"My question: Did he mean to say one television network, or was he informing this opinion, watching one station, a FOX network?" the reporter queried.
"I think the President was clear in what he said," Gibbs replied. "And I think, based on your question, you understand the answer too."
"How do you respond to criticism that the administration's posture towards FOX News constitutes some sort of bullying or chilling of speech?" the reporter returned.
"We get questions throughout the day, seven days a week, about policies here at the White House, questions that you guys want answered," Obama's spokesman replied. "And our goal is to make sure that you have the facts as you do your job. That's what we do for everybody.
"Well, specifically, the comments by Anita Dunn about FOX not being a real news network?"
"I have watched many stories on that network that I've found not to be true," Gibbs said, then moderated his answer. "I think everybody in this room has been likely on the other end of a phone conversation with me when I've had issues with your stories. I don't think that's new."
One of Fox's falsehoods appears above right. The network has often identified Republican politicians in trouble as Democrats. Pictured above is former Rep. Mark Foley (R-FL), who engaged in lewd instant message conversations with a young male page.
Other Fox falsehoods published in the last month alone include:
* Fox recently claimed that the founder of a gay student group was associated with a man-boy love organization.
* Fox made up a deficit claim when reporting on Obama's 2009 government budget.
* Fox made up facts about the costs of the Olympics.
* A Fox advertisement lied about the coverage of tea party protests on other television networks.
* Fox's Glenn Beck repeatedly lied about Obama policy "czars."
Glenn Beck, Fox News' perennial hatchetman, challenged the White House on his show to name anything that was untrue.
Beck recently called President Obama a "racist," sparking advertiser flight.
On his show, Beck installed a red phone for the White House to call him on and told them to "correct anything on this program."