Tag Archives: FOX News

I’m sure FOX News can straighten them out

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.

Dick Cheney’s true heir

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.

How will we know when FOX jumps the shark?

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. )

That explains it!

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.



In his Batmobile!

(h/t Dependable Renegade)

Wonder when FOX will correct this one? Hint: never

This ran yesterday at FOX Nation – no update yet . . . of course, she said no such thing.

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’.
No offense given, but offence taken. The blogosphere outrage is in full swing. The fake story is out there and will remain. And now Lisa Jackson joins the ranks of Shirley Sherrod and Van Jones, both victims of blog smears.

Memories. Remember this guy?

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]

Wonder if this will make the air?

FOX News poll here

FOX makes it crystal clear

But we always knew who they were, didn’t we? Screen grab from today:

FOX News screenshot – just like the New York Post

They all got the memo.

Follow the red arrow to find the News Corp hacking story.


Fox finally addresses Murdoch story: victim / perp same exact thing

FOX News steps up and sends heavyweight Steve Doocey out to face the music. Not. This is laugh out loud funny.

Light. Tunnel. Rupert Murdoch has liberal heirs.

Plus Roger Ailes is no youngster.

New York Magazine’s lengthy profile of Ailes has grabbed some headlines today, mainly because he said “Sarah Palin is stupid”.

But there’s also this:

Even Rupert Murdoch, sensing the shifting tectonic plates, contemplated a move to the middle. In the summer of 2008, Ailes confronted Murdoch after he learned Murdoch was thinking of endorsing Obama in the New York Post; Ailes threatened to quit. . . . Murdoch’s children were agitating for a greater role in the company. Ailes surely understood that their politics, along with those of then–News Corp. president Peter Chernin and communications adviser Gary Ginsberg, differed greatly from Murdoch’s. The tensions surrounding Ailes played out in the publication of Michael Wolff’s Murdoch biography. Matthew Freud, husband of Murdoch’s daughter Elisabeth and a London-based PR executive, encouraged Wolff to portray Fox as a pariah wing of the News Corp. empire.

FOX tarts up Karen Tumulty

Karen Tumulty is one of the better print reporters who also appears on TV. I’ve become familiar with her from regular appearances on PBS – usually Washington Week in Review – and on some of the cable nets. Tonight she was in “the liberal seat” at FOX News between Charles Krauthammer and Steve Hadley on Special Report.

It appears Gretchen Carlson’s make up guru got at Tumulty because for women on FOX, I guess excellence isn’t enough. It’s all about the eyeliner.

If she appears on FOX again, I hope she has the good sense to politely say ‘come any closer and I’ll make you wish you never saw that makeup wand’.

Beating the pink slip out the door

He doesn’t need FOX, he thinks he’s Oprah. From the New York Times Business section today:

Glenn Beck Contemplates Starting Own Channel

Dear elvis!

We have always been at war with Eastasia

Okay, so FOX News did another one of their silly “oh my goodness! we put the wrong information up! right on the screen! and then talked about it! for a long time! but that’s okay because,  now,  in the last minute of the show, we’re correcting that. (Not correcting that old graphic of course, just telling you.)”

Misinformation is  consequential and FOX knows that. People are in the street fighting for their future and other people are getting angry about it. And FOX says a Gallup poll says the exact opposite of what it actually said.

Gallup asked if respondents favored or opposed taking away collective bargaining rights.  The poll showed 61% saying it was wrong to take them away and 33% said okay, take them away.

Here’s what FOX put up (and then used to bolster their own position)

Another juicy tidbit

The oddness of Glenn Beck is beginning to cause unease  among those Republicans who think winning the occasional election is a good idea. It’s not just Bill Kristol. There’s also this from The Washington Monthly post linked below:

Joe Klein noted over the weekend that he’s “heard, from more than a couple of conservative sources, that prominent Republicans have approached Rupert Murdoch and Roger Ailes about the potential embarrassment that the paranoid-messianic rodeo clown may bring upon their brand. The speculation is that Beck is on thin ice.”

Ladies and gentlemen, for your viewing pleasure . . .

. . . I present this, in which Mr. Bill O’Reilly shines as the voice of reason. Thin on facts but no matter – still the voice of reason.

FOX News: My new best friend. Thanks Steve! (whoops, I mean pino!)

In a comment thread below, blogfriend Steve said something about Obama loving GE and liberals loving GE for their green initiatives. That was news to me – I’d always considered GE to one of the more blatant corporations at the government tit (as it’s often so inelegantly called) and a major maker of weapons of war. (Plus the directions that come with their appliances really really suck which should be cause enough on its own to hate them.)

But Steve’s comment sent me surfing and I found this story at FOX, which seemed to track the objection Steve (and I assume many conservatives) have with the appointment of GE CEO Jeffrey Immelt as a major Obama advisor.

On liberal sites, the appointment is decidedly not popular. But in reading the FOX story with its questions (coming from such a different point of view)  I found much to like about this appointment. 

So now this liberal may have found an enlightening new way to see the whole story – but not exactly as Steve might have hoped. Where he sees a downside and something suspect, I see an upside and something hopeful and forward looking (if what FOX identified as ‘problems’ is correct).

I’d thank Steve, but I’m not sure he’d appreciate it.

UPDATE/CORRECTIONS: Blogfriend Steve points out that I incorrectly refer (above) to an exchange with him, that was actually with blogfriend pino (and Alan of course). Sorry guys.

And now, some special words from Glenn Beck

I can say whatever I want and they pay me. Suckers.

This is taken from a radio program segment from way back in March 2001. It’s the somewhat famous Beck program in which he screams at a woman caller ‘bitch, get the hell off my program’. But the rest is new to me – the part in which he launches his little ‘people I’d like to kill with a shovel’ segment. (It’s short.)


Speaking of shark jumping

Has the day finally arrived? Is Mr. Bouncy-Bouncy’s reign of fear crumbling?

FOX News is once again surprising me. It’s 6:45 pm and Brett Baier has convened his panel. He plays a bit of Limbaugh from the radio today wherein he railed at who-knows-who and downright and cynically mocks the memorial service in Tucson.

Charles Krauthhamer does not love Rush Limbaugh! Juan Williams does not love Rush Limbaugh!  They were quite dismissive of the comments they heard. And –  they did not walk back their own comments.  Is it possible that folks aren’t as afraid of the un-citizen as they once were?

If anyone starts walking back, bet it’s Limbaugh – tomorrow.

Check out the 'bullet holes'

(And zounds! Just switched to MSNBC where I heard the tail end of a report about some trouble in radio land. A local station has pulled down its Limbaugh billboards today after the totally tasteless comments. An early and incomplete story here. )

UPDATE – CORRECTION – the billboard was taken down Monday before the fat man’s vulgarity of today. Not clear exactly who pulled it down – the language at the two places I’ve read the story is ambiguous.)

A direct link: Glenn Beck and The Tides Foundation

Watertiger reminds me of this from July of last year:

From the story in The Christian Science Monitor:  Glenn Beck’s dozens of attacks on  The Tides Foundation, are being linked to the attempt by a “heavily-armed man [Byron Williams] to assassinate employees at the San Francisco-based [Tides] Foundation, which funds environmental, human rights, and other progressive projects. The attack in July was thwarted in a shoot-out with police in which two officers were wounded.”

The Tides Foundation, in case you don’t remember, is the outfit no one ever heard of till Glenn Beck targeted them on his TV show devoting himself to attacking them hour after hour, day after day.

Said the gunman: “I would have never started watching Fox News if it wasn’t for the fact that Beck was on there. And it was the things that he did, it was the things he exposed that blew my mind.”

After the shootings, “Rep. Peter King (R-NY), senior Republican on the Homeland Security Committee, said in an e-mail to Media Matters: “It is important that everyone in public life, whether on the right or on the left, realize that words have consequences.”

I think that’s what the Pima County Sheriff said. And so, oddly, did Byron Williams.

Mr. Weeps-A-Lot

Memories. It’s January 2009 and Nancy Pelosi is being installed as Speaker of the House. She smiles a lot, brings her 14 grandchildren to the speaker’s dais, uses the large gavel that was used when passing the Civil Rights Act in ’64 and calls the 111th Congress to order.

But she is a San Francisco liberal you know. So the Limbaugh-of-the-scorn and his wanna be’s, along with the Sean-of the outrages put their machines into gear. She is to be mocked. Too smiley! What’s that stunt with the kids? She talked about a milestone for women – playing the victim again: damn those women! And she’s pushing it with that gavel!

Forward to yesterday: John Boehner becomes speaker; he stands beside Pelosi and he cries – on camera, in front of the Congress. He took his even larger gavel and called the 112th congress into action. And the right wing noise machine saw a good thing. And they moved on.

Fair and balanced. As always.

The war on Christmas

Seems there were warriors on one side only. So it’s been called off. Everyone may now head home.


Juan Williams: outrage machine cranking up! (and it should)

Juan Williams wasn’t fired from NPR for saying what he said. He was fired from NPR for saying what he said while being a journalist.

He spent too much time at FOX and it caused him to forget that it’s not about him.

(Just like Rick Sanchez wasn’t fired from CNN for insulting Jon Stewart. He was fired from CNN for saying Jews control the media and CNN. This stuff shouldn’t be hard.)

I bet Rush’s blood pressure is through the roof!

(Full disclosure: I wouldn’t have fired Williams. I think it was overreaction. I would however have fired Sanchez. He broke all the rules.)

UPDATE: Apparently Williams was fired based on violating Section 5, Subsection 10 of the NPR Ethics Code. Here it is. Seems to me one could point to many NPR journos who’ve violated this thing.

10. In appearing on TV or other media including electronic Web-based forums, NPR journalists should not express views they would not air in their role as an NPR journalist. They should not participate in shows electronic forums, or blogs that encourage punditry and speculation rather than fact-based analysis.

You may laugh now

Jack Black.

I’m speechless; they aren’t

This morning, Paul Krugman points to this:

” . . . every major contender for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination who isn’t currently holding office and isn’t named Mitt Romney is now a paid contributor to Fox News [or has an actual show] . “

Make of that what you will.

Damn them Bushies

New York has been ordered to replace all its street signs!! By bureaucrats! And it’s going to cost $27 million tax payer dollars! It’s an outrage for sure, so listen for this to talk radio today for this latest infringement on our liberties. Betcha FOX News picks it up tonight.

The order came down in 2003. Cities were given till 2018 to get the job done and that sounds like 15 years. Here’s the ‘rest of the story‘ (buried of course at the very end of the NY Daily News article). . .

Although the city did not begin replacing the signs until earlier this year, [city Transportation Commissioner Janet] Sadik-Khan said they will have no trouble meeting the deadline, as some 8,000 signs a year are replaced annually simply due to wear and tear.

Whoops! Tivo un-alert

I posted earlier that Jon Stewart would be on O’Reilly Factor tonight. WRONG. He’ll be on tomorrow night. Stewart/O’Reilly Wednesday night. (Sorry.)

You mean Obama isn’t a socialist, gay Kenyan Muslim?

Andrew Sullivan today:

“I think the notion that this administration is ideological is bizarre. Did it nationalize the banks when it could have? Nope. Did it withdraw troops immediately from Iraq and Afghanistan? Nope. It followed Bush’s timetable on Iraq and has massively – and foolishly – doubled down on counter-insurgency in Afghanistan. Did it prosecute the war criminals of the last administration? Nope; it has covered for them. Has it raised taxes on anyone? Nope. It merely wants the already-sunsetted Bush tax cuts on the wealthy to expire on schedule. Did it provide a Krugman-style stimulus? Ask Krugman. Is Obama a peacenik? I suppose we have forgotten that he used the Nobel ceremony to defend Reinhold Niebuhr, has retained extraordinary rendition, and ramped up the troop-levels in Afghanistan to far beyond anything Bush ever contemplated. Has the president publicly backed marriage equality or pot-decriminalization? Au contraire. Has he even risked an iota of political capital to end the ban on gays in the military? No. In fact, it is now more likely than not that gays will still be persecuted by their own country by the end of Obama’s first term.”

No matter what FOX News says. Or Mr. Bouncy-Bouncy. (By the way, Sullivan was reponding to a column by the adored conservative intellectual and Washington Post columnist, Charles Krauthammer.)

Once upon a time in America

A huge wave of immigration into this country from Vietnam began in 1974. In spite of us having fought an actual declared war for ten years in which 55,000 Americans died, we welcomed the newcomers. We knew not to color all Vietnamese with the same brush. Many of those who came were probably Viet Cong because it wasn’t possible to document who was who.

We had become less xenophobic by 1974 because the glory days of the Civil Rights movement – which was in fact a human rights movement – were still with us. Our horizons were expanding, not contracting as they seem to be today.

It might have been a very different story had there been talk radio or Fox news in 1974 (hell, MLK would have been branded a Communist and civil rights wouldn’t have happend in the 60’s). Blessdely there was not, so we welcomed those Vietnamese – and today their grandchildren are in Congress. And it’s because that’s who we were.