Media Myths http://www.mrc.org/media-myths en The Top 10 Economic Myths of 2011 http://www.mrc.org/media-myths/top-10-economic-myths-2011 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> This year the media&#039;s myth were wide-ranging: from conspiracy theories about economic sabotage, to overpopulation panic and Occupy Wall Street&#039;s mantra &#039;We are the 99 percent.&#039; </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/julia-seymour">Julia A. Seymour</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="content"><span> <p><em>Each year the Business &amp; Media Institute looks back on the year's news and selects the top 10 worst economic myths.</em><br /><br /><em>Here is our 2011 list:</em><br /><br />10. Congress took a "machete" to the budget in August.<br />9. In order to win, the GOP wants to sabotage the economy.<br />8. Who cares about a Soros' sponsored effort to remake global economy?<br />7. With 7 billion on the planet, it's time to panic.<br />6. Apocalypse Al is a "genius," and climate change is a real threat.</p></span></div><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/media-myths/top-10-economic-myths-2011" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Media Myths Business and Media Institute Economy economic myths top 10 economic myths of 2011 Thu, 02 Feb 2012 18:26:58 +0000 Frenchy 38989 at http://www.mrc.org The Top 10 Economic Myths of 2010 http://www.mrc.org/media-myths/top-10-economic-myths-2010 <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/julia-seymour">Julia A. Seymour</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Each year the Business & Media Institute looks back on the year's news and selects the top 10 worst economic myths. Here is our 2010 list:</em></p> <br /> <p>10. GM Repayment Shows Taxpayer Bailout Worked</p> <p>9.<strong> </strong>All the Economy Needs is More Stimulus</p> <p>8. Soda is Like Cocaine and Ads Cause Obesity</p> <p>7. Obama the Tax Cutter</p> <p>6.<strong> </strong>The Tea Parties are Astroturf, but Green Groups Aren't.</p> <p>5. Despite Largest Budget in History, Obama is Fiscally Conservative</p> <p>4. Lack of Press Freedom in Gulf Doesn't Point to Obama</p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/media-myths/top-10-economic-myths-2010" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Media Myths Business and Media Institute 2010 access administration ads american april Astroturf auto bad Bailout big billion BP broadcast Budget burnett bush business called cancun cbs chamber ChamberofCommerce claim claims class climate climategate cnbcs coast cocaine commerce company conservative corporate coverage cuts day earth economic economy election Elections ErinBurnett federal Food foreign global good government green group groups guard history House institute isnt jobs june KeithOlbermann lack largest liberal mediamyth middle money myth national nbcs networks news obama obamas oil oilspill outlets parties people percent political president Press progress repayment report Reporters rich scientists Soda Spending spill sponsored Stimulus stop stories story support tax taxes taxpayer taxpayers ThinkProgress told tomdonohue Top10 treasury unemployment warming white worked year Thu, 09 Dec 2010 19:28:00 +0000 admin 30125 at http://www.mrc.org The Media's Top 10 Worst Economic Myths of 2009 http://www.mrc.org/media-myths/medias-top-10-worst-economic-myths-2009 <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/julia-seymour">Julia A. Seymour</a> </div> </div> </div> <p> </p><p><em>Each year the Business & Media Institute looks back on the year's news and selects the top 10 worst economic myths. Here is our 2009 list:</em></p> <p><em> </em></p> <p> </p><p>10. CBS, NY Times Support Ecuadorian Shakedown of U.S. oil company<strong> </strong></p> <p>9. Media Fail to Scrutinize Obama’s Job Claims  </p> <p>8. Government Stimulus is the Answer to Our Economic Problems</p> <p>7. No Tax Increases for the Middle Class</p> <p>6. The Recession was Over … by July.</p> <p>5. Cash for Clunkers was a ‘Success’</p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/media-myths/medias-top-10-worst-economic-myths-2009" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Media Myths Business and Media Institute 1982 2009 2010 abc Americans anti april Astroturf aug back bad bill billion Budget called car care cash cbo cbs Chevron claim claims class climate climategate clunkers company cost country create data day days dec Deficit didnt economic economists economy Ecuador events experts explained fact found gibson good government health high House including job jobs july made mails mentioned middle million morning myth NBC network networks neutral news numbers obama obamas oil package parties party percent pledge president program Protestors rate reagan Recession Recovery reform report reports rest roesgen save show Spending spent Stimulus stories story support tax taxes texpet theyre Today told unemployment washington year years Wed, 09 Dec 2009 23:13:00 +0000 admin 30122 at http://www.mrc.org Media Myth: Networks Ignore Trillion-Dollar Price Tag of Climate Cap Bill http://www.mrc.org/media-myths/media-myth-networks-ignore-trillion-dollar-price-tag-climate-cap-bill <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/julia-seymour">Julia A. Seymour</a> </div> </div> </div> <p> </p><p>The media love to fret over global warming, but now that a trillion-dollar scheme to address global warming could be just around the corner the networks have been curiously quiet.</p> <p> </p><p> <br /> </p><p>On May 21, the House Energy and Commerce Committee passed a bill to cap carbon emissions and create an artificial trading market. The network news media didn’t mention it, but critics say the legislation would be a “huge threat to American prosperity and freedom.”</p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/media-myths/media-myth-networks-ignore-trillion-dollar-price-tag-climate-cap-bill" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Media Myths Business and Media Institute american bill called cap carbon companies cost ebell economic economy emissions energy environmental estimates gas global heritage higher institute major markey mentioned networks news percent permits policy post prices program tax trade warming waxman Thu, 28 May 2009 21:08:00 +0000 admin 30123 at http://www.mrc.org Media Myth: Networks Ignore Trillion-Dollar Price Tag of Climate Cap Bill http://www.mrc.org/media-myths/media-myth-networks-ignore-trillion-dollar-price-tag-climate-cap-bill-0 <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/julia-seymour">Julia A. Seymour</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The media love to fret over global warming, but now that a trillion-dollar scheme to address global warming could be just around the corner the networks have been curiously quiet.<!--?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /--></p><p>&nbsp;</p> <p>On May 21, the House Energy and Commerce Committee passed a bill to cap carbon emissions and create an artificial trading market. The network news media didn’t mention it, but critics say the legislation would be a “huge threat to American prosperity and freedom.”</p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/media-myths/media-myth-networks-ignore-trillion-dollar-price-tag-climate-cap-bill-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Media Myths Business and Media Institute Climate Change Media abc BarackObama CapandTrade cbo cbs ClimateChange competitiveenterpriseinstitute energytax EPA GlobalWarming HeritageFoundation Lieberman-Warner MyronEbell NBC priceincreases taxincrease waxman-markey Thu, 28 May 2009 20:39:18 +0000 admin 26777 at http://www.mrc.org Media Myth: Networks Stick to Warming Theme Despite Avalanche of Chilling News http://www.mrc.org/media-myths/media-myth-networks-stick-warming-theme-despite-avalanche-chilling-news <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/julia-seymour">Julia A. Seymour</a> </div> </div> </div> <p> </p><p>Temperatures have plummeted to record or near-record lows in 32 states this winter. On March 2, a global warming protest in Washington, D.C. was buried by nearly a foot of snow. And a new study warns that the Earth could be in for a 30-year cooling trend. Reality is not cooperating with the network news’ global warming theme, yet reporters are unwilling to even discuss the possibility that the Earth is cooling.</p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/media-myths/media-myth-networks-stick-warming-theme-despite-avalanche-chilling-news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Media Myths Business and Media Institute 2000 2008 2009 atmospheric cap climate Coal Cooling data earth energy feb found global Gray March network networks news obama obamas plan record report scientists search Snow study tax temperature Temperatures trade trend warming washington year years Wed, 04 Mar 2009 22:55:00 +0000 admin 30124 at http://www.mrc.org Media Myth: Networks Stick to Warming Theme Despite Avalanche of Chilling News http://www.mrc.org/media-myths/media-myth-networks-stick-warming-theme-despite-avalanche-chilling-news-0 <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/julia-seymour">Julia A. Seymour</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Temperatures have plummeted to record or near-record lows in 32 states this winter. On March 2, a global warming protest in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:city w:st="on">Washington</st1:city>, <st1:state w:st="on">D.C.</st1:state></st1:place> was buried by nearly a foot of snow. And a new study warns that the Earth could be in for a 30-year cooling trend. </p><p>Reality is not cooperating with the network news’ global warming theme, yet reporters are unwilling to even discuss the possibility that the Earth is cooling.</p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/media-myths/media-myth-networks-stick-warming-theme-despite-avalanche-chilling-news-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Media Myths Business and Media Institute Climate Change D.C rally Global Warming networks Wed, 04 Mar 2009 18:19:10 +0000 admin 26930 at http://www.mrc.org Media Mum on Barney Frank's Fannie Mae Love Connection http://www.mrc.org/media-myths/media-mum-barney-franks-fannie-mae-love-connection <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/jeff-poor">Jeff Poor</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Are journalists playing favorites with some of the key political figures involved with regulatory oversight of U.S. financial markets?</p> <br /> <p><br /><br /><br /></p> <br /> <p>     MSNBC’s Chris Matthews launched several vitriolic attacks on the Republican Party <a href="http://old.businessandmedia.org/articles/2008/20080918120353.aspx" target="_blank">on his Sept. 17, 2008, show</a>, suggesting blame for Wall Street problems should be focused in a partisan way. However, he and other media have failed to thoroughly examine the Democratic side of the blame game.</p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/media-myths/media-mum-barney-franks-fannie-mae-love-connection" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Media Myths Business and Media Institute 2003 2008 administration ago blame bush business called campaign committee congress department deregulation efforts family fannie financial Frank freddie government GSEs home House housing issue left lending mac mae members mortgage Moses news people political post problems reform relationship sept street wall washington wrote years Thu, 25 Sep 2008 07:29:00 +0000 admin 30119 at http://www.mrc.org Media Myth: Nine Worst Business Stories http://www.mrc.org/media-myths/media-myth-nine-worst-business-stories <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/nathan-burchfiel">Nathan Burchfiel</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-attach"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-application-pdf" alt="application/pdf icon" src="http://www.mrc.org/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/application-pdf.png" /><a href="http://www.mrc.org/sites/default/files/documents/9WorstFinal1.pdf" type="application/pdf; length=105141">9WorstFinal1.pdf</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p>Some of the toughest obstacles American businesses face come not from other companies </p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/media-myths/media-myth-nine-worst-business-stories" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Media Myths Business and Media Institute 1992 2006 Apple attributed banned beef breast cattle cbs crash Dateline DDT Deaths dec due exploding farmers FDA filed finger Food found high highway impact including Lawsuits Malaria minutes national NBC numerous report reported rolling rollovers safety segment show silicone stores story suggested wendys winfrey woman world Wed, 16 Apr 2008 21:55:00 +0000 admin 30120 at http://www.mrc.org Crude Coverage http://www.mrc.org/media-myths/crude-coverage <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/nathan-burchfiel">Nathan Burchfiel</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The media are awash with historical flashbacks. Is this the worst economy since the Great Depression? Or is it a repeat of ’70s-era financial woes? For the most part, the comparisons have been less than accurate. But there’s one the media have missed: an old villain from the ’70s causing Americans grief over oil and gas.</p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/media-myths/crude-coverage" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Media Myths Business and Media Institute 2007 2008 abc america american Americans anti barrel billion cartel chavez companies company countries demand economy gas high hofmeister Journalists leaders made make mentioned money morning nations NBC networks news oil OPEC people percent petroleum president price prices production profit profits reported revenue show stories supply Terrorism Today united world wrote year Wed, 19 Mar 2008 21:38:00 +0000 admin 30121 at http://www.mrc.org The Medias Top 10 Economic Myths of 2007: Executive Summary http://www.mrc.org/media-myths/medias-top-10-economic-myths-2007-executive-summary <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/dan-gainor">Dan Gainor</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <div class="field-label-inline"> By</div> <a href="/author/julia-seymour">Julia A. Seymour</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/bmi/mediamyths/2007/The_Medias_Top__Economic_Myths_of_.html">See Full Report</a></p> <p><strong> </strong></p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/media-myths/medias-top-10-economic-myths-2007-executive-summary" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Media Myths Business and Media Institute airlines care consumer dont economy global government green health losing market myth run Spending stock warming Thu, 06 Dec 2007 23:50:00 +0000 admin 30113 at http://www.mrc.org The Medias Top 10 Economic Myths of 2007 http://www.mrc.org/media-myths/medias-top-10-economic-myths-2007 <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/bmi-staff">BMI Staff</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><strong><a href="http://www.mrc.org/bmi/mediamyths/2007/The_Medias_Top__Economic_Myths_of__Executive_Summary.html">See Executive Summary</a></strong></p> <br /> <p><strong> </strong></p> <br /> <p><strong>10. Airlines are solely to blame for the unfriendly skies. <br /></strong><strong><em>Media myth</em>: Blame the airlines for all those flight delays; never mind the obsolete government-run agency creating the gridlock.</strong></p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/media-myths/medias-top-10-economic-myths-2007" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Media Myths Business and Media Institute 100 1987 2007 abc airline airlines american Americans anchor atc august big billion blame borrowers burnett business businesses businessweek buy carbon care case cbs Children Christmas climate companies condo consumer consumers cost coverage crash credits day debt december Decline delays dont eat economic economists economy emissions environmental evening experts FAA financial flight Food foods Foreclosure Foreclosures found gas global good government green growth health high home housing included including increase institute insurance investors isnt journal Journalists june line made Magazine make making market million money months Moore mortgage myth national NBC nbcs news nightly november number numbers october oil people percent price prices program ramsey rate rates Recession record Reporters reports responsibility result sales season show Spending stock stocks stories street strong summer system tax things Today told total truth uninsured wall warming warned warning Whelan Wolfram word world worried wrote year years Thu, 06 Dec 2007 23:21:00 +0000 admin 30114 at http://www.mrc.org Gassing Up http://www.mrc.org/media-myths/gassing <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/dan-gainor">Dan Gainor</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/bmi/mediamyths/2007/Gassing_Up_Executive_Summary.html">See Executive Summary</a></p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/media-myths/gassing" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Media Myths Business and Media Institute 2005 2006 2007 abc america analysts april asked average bad barrel business California cbs cbss cents claim day didnt evening expert gallon gas gasoline good high higher highest hobson Hurricane increase jan Journalists july Kloza market mason morning national NBC nbcs network networks news nightly oil percent predict Predictions price prices regular relied report reporter Reporters sawyer show states stories story supply tax taxes warned world worse Wed, 09 May 2007 20:56:00 +0000 admin 30115 at http://www.mrc.org Gassing Up: Executive Summary http://www.mrc.org/media-myths/gassing-executive-summary <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/dan-gainor">Dan Gainor</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/bmi/mediamyths/2007/Gassing_Up.html">See Full Story</a></p> <br /> <p>Gas prices have again passed $3 a gallon. But Americans should be used to high prices by now – the mainstream media have been warning them of $4, $5 and even $6 a gallon for more than two years. According to a <a href="http://money.cnn.com/2007/05/07/news/economy/gas_poll/index.htm">May 7, 2007, CNN poll</a>, “more than three quarters of Americans” think they'll have to pay more than $4 a gallon this year. It’s no wonder. The media have been telling viewers that for years.</p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/media-myths/gassing-executive-summary" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Media Myths Business and Media Institute abc Americans gallon gas higher hype mentions passed Predictions priced regular years Wed, 09 May 2007 20:55:00 +0000 admin 30116 at http://www.mrc.org Americas Big Dam Problem http://www.mrc.org/media-myths/americas-big-dam-problem <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/dan-gainor">Dan Gainor</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>While environmentalists claim to battle for renewable energy, dams that provide renewable power to 10 percent of the United States have come under increasing attack.</p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/media-myths/americas-big-dam-problem" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Media Myths Business and Media Institute 2002 2006 2007 american americas angeles battle big billion campaign construction cost dam dams energy environmental environmentalists facilities fish francisco groups hetch hetchy hoover hydroelectric hydropower issue klamath ladders left los major million months national network news people percent power removal remove removed removing renewable report reported river rivers salmon san snake state states stories story tear Threats united warming water years Wed, 28 Feb 2007 22:35:00 +0000 admin 30117 at http://www.mrc.org