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Tag Archives: FOX News
Republican Governor Rick Snyder of Illinois – adored by the new Right - chooses Kevyn Orr as Emergency Manager of Detroit. Very good. Smart man. Chosen why? Chosen because he did it for GM and Snyder wanted the best.
Uh-oh . . . wasn’t there a certain media narrative in the way-back machine about how the auto bailout was a disaster?
What’s a FOX pundit to do? How can Limbaugh talk his way around this one? Eh. You know he will – child’s play for he who can, and brilliantly does, justify absolutely any flip-flop as long as it’s his own or committed by any of his ideological allies (a cast which also changes over time adding yet another layer to the challenge of justification, but Rusty is up to it. No one does it better.)
Sarah is hustling to rake in those last dollars before she fades entirely into obscurity. And how better than a book declaring her committment to stopping those who have declared the ‘War on Christmas’.
Now, those who declared that War were just down the hall from Sara in the Fox News Channel marketing department . Perhaps she didn’t know that. But as she’s recently been fired, I’m going to guess that they thought it prudent to stop her before she came through on her “committment to stop” them.
From her big announcement:
Palin also “will share personal memories and traditions from her own Christmases and illustrate the reasons why the celebration of Jesus Christ’s nativity is the centerpiece of her faith.”
Maybe. But that’s not the centerpiece of Christianity.
Bit the first: Why do I turn on Fox News? Why?
Right now, they are covering:
- rallies at strip malls all around the country for Gun Appreciation Day and
- threats on the life of the prez of NRA which, as reported by Fox, are likely the fault of President Obama because he’s been mean and demonizing the NRA. (Well, that’s obvious!)
Kind of nice how Gun Appreciation Day falls on the MLK Holiday weekend, isn’t it.
Bit the second: in news from my old backyard, a cross-dressing Monsignor in Bridgeport CT has been arrested for dealing crystal meth. He had been pastor at the Catholic Cathedral there before he resigned last summer.
Since his resignation, he has been receiving a stipend from the Diocese and they had intended to keep paying it until:
. . . reading in the Connecticut Post that Wallin, 61, is accused by federal authorities of making so much money from selling the drug that he purchased an adult sex shop in North Haven named The Land of Oz to launder the money, Wallace said the diocese may stop the payments.
May stop paying him. May.
Sources with knowledge of the case told the Connecticut Post that while pastor, Wallin was observed dressing as a woman and was visited in his residence by men dressed as women who performed sex acts with him in the cathedral’s rectory. The sources said an assortment of sex toys was found in Wallin’s residence.
I guess Mother Church can be allowed a sigh of relief on that particular. It, at least, was consensual.
And bit the third: CNN has been covering the Inauguration since early this morning from a cold outdoor location facing the Capital. Because you can’t grab a seat too early. Or because they think it’s the Superbowl maybe?
That’s kind of comforting actually. Seeing CNN be CNN reminds me that some of the world’s silliness has survived the world’s madness.
In case you can’t see it, the cryon reads:
VOTER INTIMIDATION CONCERNS: Member of Black Panther Party at PA voting site. (Got it? One member. And he is present. I’d say case closed.)
- Doocey at 0:16: “That looks like intimidation. Like in 2008.” No question. Being black is quite enough proof.
- Video at 0:50: OMG, the intimidator in chief just opened the door for a lady!! I’ll bet she’s a Kenyan commie!
- Other guy at 0:54: “It appears to be intimidating. It is intimidating!” Oh dear, I hope that guy doesn’t open any more doors or we all might die!
This keen bit of reporting ought to earn those FOX fellows the Great Hero of the Electoral Restoration of 2012 badge.
Expect that tonight enough underwear will be tied into knots to bring everyone home from the Space Station and shuttles be damned!
Oh the stupid, it just hurts. The ‘timing is suspicious’ they say. Perhaps it might have been better if NBC did their one hour benefit concert before the storm and not so close to the election.
After all, they could have included Meatloaf (formerly a favorite of mine). Listen to what a has-been who’s lost the voice sounds like (he jumps in at 1:00) and check out the confused Mitt Romney who has certainly never heard Paradise by the Dashboard Light.
Chatting with the Arborist in a post below, I noted something I’ve been meaning to write about, but I never got around to it.
On FOX News a few years ago in a conversation about those lazy masses dragging down good honest hard working ‘mericans, actor Craig Nelson famously said: “I’ve had hard times too. I’ve even been on food stamps and welfare. Did anybody help me? No.”
It’s now $6billion and climbing. Someone tell FOX Business.
They never disappoint. I’m told the Dow Jones started tanking minutes after Roberts announced the Cout’s decision.
I misseed Napolitano but he’ll be back. Can’t wait.
He did indeed. And he had a few things to say about that gorgeous nation – actually, I don’t think he noticed the gorgeous part - in an article on his website (forget trying to find it; the site is one of those Rush-style ‘premium membership’ places . There is, after all, money to be made.)
It seems O’Reilly isn’t impressed with Iceland. He did note, however, that “they dress neatly and speak English.” Which I think he considers a good thing. I’m reminded that a few years back O’Reilly wrote about his first time going out to dinner in Harlem. He was quite pleased to discover that in the restaurant people ‘acted normally’ and there were tablecloths. Or something.
Anyway, Icelanders are not thrilled. Some of them even wrote about it.
In my personal opinion Bill O’Reilly’s article is . . . nothing but a collection of unverified statements and foolish assumptions spiced up with arrogance and ignorance.
I’m tempted to assume Bill hasn’t done his research. . . Simply consulting Wikipedia . . . would have been better than nothing.
Thanks for nothing, Bill. Please don’t come back to Iceland.
What was O’Reilly doing in Iceland?
My browsing brought me back to this one. It’s from last April when Donald Trump was flirting with being the most-powerful-man-in-the-whole-widest-world, while simultaneously planning his epic expose to prove Obama’s really a secret KENYAN!
But he wasn’t always on Sean Hannity’s ’A’ List. Here’s the pre-birther Donald:
“By imposing a one-time 14.25 percent net-worth tax on the richest individuals and trusts, we can put America on sound financial footing for the next century.” –Writing in his book, The America We Deserve, January 2000
“I’ve been around for a long time. And it just seems that the economy does better under the Democrats than the Republicans.” –Interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, March 2004
“Bush is probably the worst president in the history of the United States.” –Interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, March 2007
“I’m totally pro-choice.” –Interview with Fox News Sunday, October 1999
“I want to see the abortion issue removed from politics. I believe it is a personal decision that should be left to the women and their doctors.” –Remarks to reporters, December 1999
“I’m very liberal when it comes to health care. I believe in universal health care.” –Interview with CNN’s Larry King, October 1999.
“The Canadian plan also helps Canadians live longer and healthier than Americans… We need, as a nation, to reexamine the single-payer plan.” –Writing in his book, The America We Deserve, January 2000
Joy returns to TV! It is no longer the terrible, lonely wasteland it became after Glenn Beck left us. Because now, Lou Dobbs has taken up the chalk and returned to the FOX blackboard. Really.
I have neither seen nor heard the right-wing noise machine gearing up for the outrage extravaganza, but I know the script. So do you. He’s running for office! And, and, and this has never happened before. Yikes, I’m so very tired of it.
But this post is a natural opportunity, so let me remind us all that today is the is the 184th day of the eleventh year of the war in Afghanistan.
This photo from the Summit of the Americas will no doubt be titillating to viewers of FOX News tomorrow. (They’ve never been able to shut down those visions of Clintonish sugarplums dancing in their heads.) The randy Telegraph (UK) kicked off the next! big! thing! with this headline (this really is the headline):
Is Hillary Clinton becoming an embarrassment as Secretary of State?
That’s the headline; here’s the sin:
Rick Perry and Herman Cain went home, but we still have these guys – to wit, today’s editorial:
Is Obama ‘Dangerously Close To Totalitarianism’?
Given the president’s end-runs around Congress, his shredding of the Constitution and his assault on the authority of the courts, a second term free of electoral restraints may be a frightening prospect.
Judge Andrew Napolitano, a Fox News commentator, raised the question on Neil Cavuto’s “Your World” show Wednesday. And while it seems fanciful in light of the safeguards built into our democracy and its institutions, it recognizes the threat posed by the president’s policies and actions if left unchecked.
“I think the president is dangerously close to totalitarianism,” Napolitano opined. “A few months ago he was saying, ‘The Congress doesn’t count, the Congress doesn’t mean anything, I am going to rule by decree and by administrative regulation.’
“Now he’s basically saying the Supreme Court doesn’t count. It doesn’t matter what they think. They can’t review our legislation. That would leave just him as the only branch of government standing.”
I guess Judge Napolitano has a poor memory*, something I understand completely as I am deficient in that way myself. Which is why I don’t opine on the teevee about how Obama is doing stuff that’s never been done in our history. (*see previous post.)
IBD has cleverly provided itself with some cover - by putting that headline in the form of a question. So they can always claim that: “We didn’t say that! We said Napolitano said that! We just wondered if it was true!”
From The Corner at National Review:
Karl Rove had especially harsh words for Chrysler’s “Halftime” advertisement starring Clint Eastwood. Conceding that “it was an extremely well-done ad,” Rove nevertheless tied it to Obama administration strong-arm tactics. “It is a sign of what happens when you have Chicago-style politics, and the President of the United States and his political minions are, in essence, using our tax dollars to buy corporate advertising,” Rove said. He added that Chrysler executives must have felt it necessary “repay their political patrons.”
Because Chrysler isn’t interested in selling cars.
UPDATE: I meant to add that this may have been Rove’s ‘jump the shark’ moment. If not, it sure should be.
Really. He said this on Fox and Friends today:
Appearing on Fox and Friends Monday, Donald Trump wasted no time in giving himself credit for Mitt Romney‘s landslide victory in the Nevada caucus.
“There was a lot riding on that particular race in Nevada and it was interesting, because the numbers were much, much greater than you thought,” Trump gloated. “And a lot of people are giving me credit for that. And I will accept that credit.”
They don’t listen to Rush Limbaugh, so NASA actually thinks the globe is warming just like those other delusional environmentalist whackos at The Pentagon. They even say so in this article at their website.
Just look at this lying timelapse video they created - Global Warming: 1880-2011. Disgraceful.
Liz is a chip off the old block, she is.
“I think, in fact, what President Obama is doing is something that America’s enemies–the Taliban, al Qaeda–have been unable to do, which is to decimate the fighting capability of this nation . . .” – Liz Cheney
Damn that Obama! Wonder if Liz knows that today is the 76th day of the 11th year of the War in Afghanistan.
FOX News has a long glorious history of making ‘errors’ in their cryons and headlines – a remarkable number for a network so respected for the ferocity of their fact checkers.
Although this one comes late in the year, I’ll call it the clear winner for their 2011 Dirty Rotten Lie award. Look at the March 8.8% data point. See how it’s much lower than the November 8.6% datapoint? And how that one is on the same axis as October’s 9%?
Anyone who has ever made charts knows you use software which don’t allow for these types of errors. You enterz the numbers and your software friend puts it in the right place – unless you override it. Which they had to have done.
(They could use a new graphic designer too – that’s one sorry looking chart. )
Donald Trump is pissed that Obama never called him for advice. Really. He just said so on FOX’s Gretta-had-her-face-done-and-can’t-stop-now. He did, he really did. Need to somehow join these images.
According to video of the event Thursday and a transcript of the speech provided by the EPA, Jackson spent part of her speech debunking . . . media reports that claimed the agency intended to “triple its budget and add 230,000 new regulators . . . .”A massive expansion was never a possibility — and the people who cited the 230,000 new EPA jack-booted thugs knew that,” she said.
Got that? Mocking the EPA expansion charge, she reassured her audience that there was no possibility that the EPA would add 230,000 new ‘jack-booted thugs’.
Jeff Gannon! Aka James Guckert! Aka Johnny Goesch! Bush-era uncredentialed White House reporter. Frequent White House visitor. Male prostitute whose web presence solicited ‘ratings’ from customers. Loudly defended by Sean Hannity*. There are a million theories about how the fellow gained the kind of access he did – in ’05 the Secret Service became very interested in answering the ‘how’.
Guckert [Gannon] made more than 200 appearances at the White House during his two-year tenure with the fledging conservative websites GOPUSA and Talon News, attending 155 of 196 White House press briefings. He had little to no previous journalism experience, previously worked as a male escort, and was refused a congressional press pass.
White House records showed frequent visits by Gannon to the White House when there were no press conference, sometimes checking out but not checking in and sometimes checking in but not out.
Perhaps more notable than the frequency of his attendance [at press conferences] however, is several distinct anomalies about his visits. Guckert made more than two dozen excursions to the White House when there were no scheduled briefings.
Such good times.
*HANNITY: Now, Jeff Gannon, who is a terrific Washington bureau chief and White House correspondent for Talon News, actually shot me an e-mail today, and he’s about to break a story in an exclusive about these CBS documents. [The Sean Hannity Show, 9/10/04]