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FOX Friends finally find rumor-busting website, after ignoring months of Obama smears

Reported by Chrish - September 9, 2008 -

This morning 9/9/08 FOX and Friends quickly busted the Internet email rumor that ascribes a long list of banned books to Sarah Palin. This is the same program, recall, that started the rumor that Barack Obama attended a radical Islamic school as a child and has nurtured lies and rumors about him all year.

But now their darling Sarah is the victim and they have jumped to her rescue. They cited Annenberg's Factcheck.org (Politifact.com is another useful site, but still do your own homework) and claimed the Internet has been "clogged" with all kinds of rumors about Palin that are absolutely false since she "jumped on the scene." Ironically, Brian Kilmeade summarized the rumor about the books and Alisyn Camerota had to interject "not exactly, Brian" and set the rumor record straight.

Another rumor that Steve Doocy said was aired on CNN said that Palin cut funding for Special needs kids; according to Annenberg she tripled that funding over three years. This does appear to be an error on CNN's part, ascribed to a misreading of the budget. But get a load of these numbers:

"According to an April 2008 article in Education Week, Palin signed legislation in March 2008 that would increase public school funding considerably, including special needs funding. It would increase spending on what Alaska calls "intensive needs" students (students with high-cost special requirements) from $26,900 per student in 2008 to $73,840 per student in 2011. That almost triples the per-student spending in three fiscal years. Palin's original proposal, according to the Anchorage Daily News, would have increased funds slightly more, giving intensive needs students a $77,740 allotment by 2011.

Education Week: A second part of the measure raises spending for students with special needs to $73,840 in fiscal 2011, from the current $26,900 per student in fiscal 2008, according to the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development.

Unlike many other states, Alaska has relatively flush budget coffers, thanks to a rise in oil and gas revenues. Funding for schools will remain fairly level next year, however. Overall per-pupil funding across the state will rise by $100, to $5,480, in fiscal 2009. ...

Carl Rose, the executive director of the Association of Alaska School Boards, praised the changes in funding for rural schools and students with special needs as a "historic event," and said the finance overhaul would bring more stability to district budgets."

The Friends dispelled a few other rumors - that she supported at Buchanan for president in 2000, (she supported Forbes) and that she was a member of the Alaska Independence Party - her husband's 7 years membership was lightly dismissed as a "dalliance with the Independent party."

They promised to straighten out all the confusion about Palin's support for the "Bridge to Nowhere" but not right away - they had to move onto a segment casting doubt on global climate change. I scanned an hour and a half of the program and the Bridge to nowhere flip-flop was not afforded a segment to clarify, it was just thrown in at the tail end of the items found to be untrue.

This segment was notable mainly because they have not afforded the same courtesy, the same standards of truthfullness, to Barack Obama. They have let rumors and smears stand uncorrected and in many instances have helped to spread them. Despite protestations to the contrary, FOX is clearly in the tank for McCain-Palin-Status Quo.