Mark Thoma does us all a favor for emailing a link to The Lies They Tell: How to Stop the Fox Propaganda Machine by Don Hazen:
As presidential aspirants announce their candidacies in an already mind-numbing procession, the “Sliming Bowl” is well under way. No candidate has been smeared more than Barack Obama, and no smearer more relentless than Fox News, as the short video (right) by Brave New Films demonstrates. “Sliming” is the rabid, rapid, media barrage of persistently repeated lies and innuendo mastered by the right-wing media machine, which aims to tar candidates with negative associations before their campaigns get rolling. Or alternatively, to bruise them enough so that they will suffer under the burden of damaged goods as they try to gain footing. The conservative roots usually puts out a speculative story through Fox News or Matt Drudge (of the Drudge Report), a powerful mouthpiece for the Bush White House. Then the right-wing echo reverberates as the lies make their way to talk radio and the right-wing blogosphere. Eventually, it gets picked up and carried by the mainstream media, with few understanding where the story originated.
And how does Don Hazen back up his allegation? Simple – he has a video showing actual footage from Faux News. Check it out.