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Sean Hannity just sent out this tweet:
If you click on the link to the Politico article, you go here and you see this:
Early election results, via MSNBC:
Note the lower left hand corner and the vertical red and blue lines: Romney 257, 280 Obama (electoral votes).
Poor Sean. He should detox for a day or two.
Three or four years ago Keith Olbermann said Fox News isn’t “just” a propaganda machine, it engages in the “manipulation of a society.” As in ours:
A father and a mother used the word “murder.” A brother said he won’t second-guess decisions made in the heat of battle.
The families of three Americans killed in the Sept. 11 U.S. consulate attack in Benghazi, Libya, are offering widely different reactions to recent reports that U.S. personnel issued several requests for help that were turned down.
Patricia Smith, the mother of slain State Department employee Sean Patrick Smith, is now blaming President Barack Obama for her son’s death.
“I believe that Obama murdered my son,” she said Thursday from the living room of her Clairemont home. “I firmly believe this.”
Patricia Smith, who voted for Obama in 2008 at the insistence of her son, said reporting by Fox News is the basis for much of her belief that Obama is ultimately responsible for her son’s death. She said Sean, who went to Mission Bay High School but lived abroad, was a fervent supporter of the president.
First of all, my condolences go out to the four families who lost loved ones in the Benghazi attack.
That said, Fox News and congressional Republicans (namely Darrell Issa) have colluded to turn the Benghazi attack into a scandal, hitting it over and over for weeks now. It’s no wonder Ms. Smith feels the way she does if she watches Fox.
Again, we’re talking the “manipulation of a society.” Fox has been looking for dirt on Obama since roughly 10:00 p.m. ET on November 4, 2008.
I wonder if Ms. Smith is aware of that. I’m thinking she should watch Outfoxed.
Romney supporters at a recent rally in Ohio:
I know it’s hard to see but note the yellow highlighted line near the bottom on the left hand side. It says: “Bloomberg Backs Romney.”
For a larger version go here.
Fox has no shame.
If you’ve spent any time watching Fox over the last few election cycles you know it pretends to loathe “liberal” Hollywood. They scream about how “Hollywood” has some sort of pro-Democratic group mentality that can’t be cracked. It’s a lemming-like thing fostered by 1968-is-nostalgic aging, marijuana-smoking hippie stars who
But woohah. Wait a minute. If the cheapo Hollywood star is for their guy, IT’S HUGE:
Did you hear about how Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock (the only GOP senate candidate Mitt Romney has specifically endorsed), put his foot into it last night?
At a debate this evening [Tuesday] with his Democratic opponent Rep. Joe Donnelly (D-IN), Indiana GOP Senate candidate Richard Mourdock claimed that raped women should be forced to carry their rapist’s baby to term because their forced pregnancy is a “gift from God”:
I believe life begins at conception. The only exception I have for to have an abortion is in the case of the life of the mother. I struggled with myself for a long time but I came to realize life is that gift from God, even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape. It is something that God intended to happen.
Thus far today Mourdock has refused to retract his statement and he’s getting raked over the coals in the media. Well, in parts of the media. As of 1:30 p.m. ET, here’s a breakdown:
See that zero under Fox’s logo? Omitting negative news is one of the ways in which they control the information they give their audience. That’s why their viewers tend to be less informed than people who don’t watch cable news at all.
Oh, and BTW, here’s Romney’s endorsement:
Apparently, being able to see Russia from her house makes Sarah Palin a foreign policy expert, according to Fox anyway:
Watch Fox. Be stupid. Stay stupid.
Rupert Murdoch, the CEO of News Corp and the owner of Fox News, sent out this tweet today:
I have no idea what he’s talking about — “Amazing Australians” and all — and frankly, I don’t care. What I do care about is that he’s shouting about “meaningless prestige.”
Back at you Rupert. Look in the mirror.
This is a guy who has corrupted media organizations from Australia to Great Britain to the United States (more here), all in the interest of his own political and financial gain. Talk about “meaningless prestige. Does he think God is going to reward him for that?
He has made billions of dollars and intimidated untold politicians who now bow to his whims so he can continue to get his way and affect the politics and policies of the countries involved in order to, again, get his way and make more millions and billions.
In my book, that lands someone like Murdoch squarely in Hell.
Meaningless prestige? Rupert, back at ya’.
Four years ago I was winding down after a stint as a researcher on the documentary film OutFoxed, Rupert Murdoch’s War on Journalism and four years monitoring Fox’s “premiere business news” anchor, Neil Cavuto.
Just for fun I moseyed on over to the Newshounds tonight to see what I posted on October 5, 2008 to compare and contrast what Fox was saying about the millions of jobs the Bush administration was losing then to what they’re saying now.
Insofar as October 6, 2008 was a Sunday, I didn’t put up a post but I did put one up on Monday, October 7. Here it is:
Cavuto Continues to Insist the Economy’s Just Fine
Democratic strategist Malia Lazu was a guest today (October 7, 2008) on Your World w/Neil Cavuto. She was on to respond to Cavuto’s contention that “comparing today” to the Great Depression is “making things worse.” Cavuto cited the cover of the October 13 issue of Time magazine as an example.
Lazu, picked to appear in the segment because she represents Democrats and on Fox, Democrats are essentially traitors because they think America has problems and that it isn’t the all-powerful, perfect, ever-shining beacon on the hill, argued that we are in very bad economic shape and that people are suffering and they are worried that we’re headed for another Depression (polls prove her right).
Meantime, Cavuto spouted off statistics – unemployment is nowhere near 25% and where, pray tell, are the soup lines?
Immediately following the segment with Lazu, in an effort to reinforce his own spin, Cavuto hosted Danny Fontana of “The Danny Fontana Show” and of “Triune Capital Advisers” (never heard of either). Fontana was on to say that now is the buying opportunity of a lifetime! (I’m reading stuff that says consider any rally a selling opportunity – we’re going to Dow 7,200.)
Problem is, not only did Cavuto look totally out of touch, but he didn’t tell his audience (1) about the above-linked poll, nor did he tell them, natch, that (2) as of today, the Dow has posted the worst retreat since 1937 which was during the Great Depression.
Comment: I’m not saying that we’re in another Great Depression right now but Cavuto’s trotting along as if absolutely nothing is wrong. As if nothing has changed since, well, since I started monitoring him in early 2004. Guaranteed, if Obama wins, the economy and how awful it is will be Cavuto’s top story.
So, exactly four years ago Fox’s Neil Cavuto thought it was great that unemployment was nowhere near 25% (while Fox screams today that it’s in the low 8%) and the Dow was just above 7,000:
Today the Dow closed at 13,610.5.
I was right in my prediction. Obama won the election and now that we’re headed toward another, Fox says the the economy is awful, awful, awful despite it being hugely better than it was in October, 2008.
Oh, and you won’t hear about that on Fox until maybe, maybe sometime after November 6, depending on, you know, who wins.
Well gosh, golly, gee wiz, whodah thought. Today they just LOVE the MSM and the polls:
This would be Fox’s Kimberly Guilfoyle today on “The Five:”
“People Knew Not To Do Anything On The Watch Of Bush And Cheney”
(See the video here.)
Really? Gee. The last time I looked at facts (sorry wingers), 9/11 happened on Bush and Cheney’s watch.
The irony is that the person moderating the conversation with Guilfoyle is Dana Perino, George W. Bush’s former press secretary. In December, 2010, Perino said: “We did not have a terrorist attack on our country during Presidents Bush’s term.”
Watch Fox. Be dumb as a rock.
I would change the wording of this article a bit and say instead that Lindsay Lohan charged Christian LaBella with assault, thought it isn’t at all clear she knew he was a GOP staffer at the time. The conservative DailyMail implies Lohan is a Hollywood liberal trying to entrap a Republican.
ICYMI, Fox News invited Lohan to sit at its table this year at the White House Correspondence Dinner in April.
I don’t know whether to laugh or cry:
The season finale of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo drew more total viewers age 18-49 than the entire Fox News prime time lineup [last night].
Despite airing at 10 PM, and the season finale of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo drew more total viewers in the 18-49 demo than the entire Fox News prime time line up.
America deemed the birth of three thumbed baby Kaitlyn, and the return of Glitzy the pig to be more important than spending an evening with Bill-O, Hannity, and Greta. An audience of 2.756 million tuned in to see the last adventure of Honey Boo Boo’s summer compared to 2.748 million who spent the evening with Fox News.
Honey Boo Boo beat every Fox News prime time program in the 18-49 demo. FNC’s most popular show the O’Reilly Factor drew a 0.4 in the demo. Here Comes Honey Boo drew nearly four times more viewers with a 1.4. Honey Boo Boo child did nearly five times more demo viewers than Sean Hannity’s program. Honey Boo Boo also beat Hannity in total viewers 2.7 million + to 2.5 million +. The reality show phenom also trounced her head to head competition, On The Record with Greta Van Susteren both in the demo, and in total viewers (2.7 million to 2.2 million).
So, the masses who generate ratings are alternating between Fox and Honey Boo Boo? Aye yie yie.
(Yes, I’ve watched Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. Rather, I tried. The thought that kept running through my head was really? Really? I have to pay for a channel that airs this crap in order to get the five or six I actually watch?)
Check out the chyron:
When, oh when, will we have a better media?
Since June, the major TV news outlets have devoted seven full segments to Paul Ryan’s physical fitness and P90X workout routine, and only one to Arctic sea ice loss. ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, Fox News and MSNBC have each covered Paul Ryan’s workout routine as much or more than Arctic sea ice loss.
One – one — mention of Arctic sea ice loss amongst six “news” outlets in four months. F-o-u-r months.
Yesterday I posted a screenshot of a headline from False News imploring its readers not to believe the polls! which almost uniformly are showing Obama leading Romney.
Today, a much-anticipated Gallup poll was released at noon. It shows Obama leading Romney 50% – 44% among registered voters:
The Drudge Report, the Internet’s conservative bible, has published Gallup polls on an almost daily basis for literally years. Check this out from Drudge’s archives. But did they publish today’s poll results? No. The last entry is from September 24 when Obama led Romney 48% – 46%.
So the meme coming from the right is either ignore the polls or, hey, we just aren’t going to publish them because they’re so bad.
Gotta love that (sarcasm alert) reality based living.
This is how the closed Fox/Limbaugh loop deals with the fact that almost every single poll out there shows Obama leading Romney:
Don’t believe the polls!
They don’t take the poll results and ask what’s wrong with their candidate, they look the other way and say the polls are inaccurate or rigged by the pollsters. And if Romney loses, they still won’t ask what went wrong. They’ll blame the loss on the “liberal media” or god knows who or what, but we can be sure it won’t be their side’s fault.
Great way to go through life, huh?
There’s this from today:
Study: Spread Of Fox News Made Members Of Congress More Conservative
A recent study [pdf] by Vanderbilt University scholars argues that the rise of Fox News, founded in 1996, has had a real-world effect by pulling members of Congress to the right.
There was a time when Republicans thought Fox would be their savior; the voice that spread their gospel.
Which caused me to remember this from 2010 from conservative Republican David Frum:
“Republicans originally thought that Fox worked for us, and now we’re discovering we work for Fox. And the balance here has been completely reversed. The thing that sustains a strong Fox network is the thing that undermines a strong Republican party.”
Two years ago Fox was promoting and going nutzo over the Tea Party. This is just one example of the support they gave to that movement back then:
(Tom Graves won BTW.)
Now we’re watching Mitt Romney’s campaign implode because he has desperately tried to distance himself from his more liberal past in order to fit into the Fox / Tea Party / Hannity / O’Reilly wing of the Republican party.
Thing is, the Fox crowd (which now includes Mitt Romney) — living in the circular universe they do — has convinced itself that the majority of Americans agree with them. Problem is, they don’t. Most Americans are far more compassionate toward their fellow citizens. They’re far less judgmental and not nearly as ridged and hate-filled. But “the base” watches Fox so Mitt’s got to appeal to them, again, while ticking the rest of us off.
I can only imagine him — with head in Fox’s bubble — wondering what’s gone wrong.
Rupert Murdoch has created a monster here and I don’t think most Republicans comprehend who’s steering this ship. Tthose that do, don’t know how to get out of this mess they’ve created.
This kind of thing is, in my opinion, monumentally unethical but that would be Rupert Murdoch in a nutshell:
The Wall Street Journal has published op-eds from nine writers without disclosing their roles as advisers to Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign. The op-eds attack President Obama and his administration or discuss Romney on a range of topics like the economy, health care, education and foreign policy.
According to a Media Matters review, the Journal published a total of 20 pieces from the following Romney advisers without disclosing their campaign ties: John Bolton; Max Boot; Lee A. Casey; Paula Dobriansky; Mary Ann Glendon; Glenn Hubbard; Paul E. Peterson; David B. Rivkin Jr.; and Martin West. In several instances, the Journal failed to disclose an op-ed writer’s connection despite its own news section reporting that the writer is advising Romney.
With respect to one writer, the Journal disclosed his ties to the campaign in an initial op-ed but failed to do so in subsequent op-eds. With regard to another, the paper failed to disclose the campaign ties in an initial op-ed but did do so in later pieces. The seven remaining writers have not had their Romney connections disclosed in any of their op-eds following the publication of those ties, according to Media Matters‘ review.
So, unless a reader happens to know a particular writers/author works for the Romney campaign, they have no idea there’s an agenda behind what they’re reading.
Really, really dishonest on the part of the WSJ.
Did you hear about how aspiring comedian Max Rice punking Fox News this morning? Here’s what happened.
Raw Story has since interviewed Rice and here’s his story behind ending up on Fox, pretending to be a college graduate who voted for Obama in 2008 and now supports Romney:
Rice told Raw Story that he in fact dropped out of the University of Texas, but lied to Fox News about being a graduate just to see if they’d do their homework.
“The first thing that shocked me is that they were that desperate to find someone that fit that category,” he added. “What they were seeking is someone who voted for Obama in 2008, then somewhere in the last four years got disenfranchised and now is a huge Romney supporter. But I feel like anyone who fits that mold would also dis Romney at the same time. So, they just couldn’t find anyone. They’re in New York City, so they had to go find a kid in Chicago.”
Rice went on to say that he initially convinced them to do “a three person interview” with two of his friends, but a Fox News producer nixed that plan upon hearing a voice mail recording by one of the other guests that mimed the pedophile character from Fox’s “Family Guy.” They considered that to be “a liability,” Rice said, noting that they apparently didn’t see his vulgar, incendiary stand-up routine on YouTube. “[The producer] obviously had never seen ‘Family Guy’ before either,” Rice added.
“They were so happy that I fit the mold and that I was Caucasian,” he continued. “They were just casting a part in a show. They were so stupid… I’m a kid messing around. They had 10 days to ask for my driver’s license. They saw my [high school] commencement speech video, but they’re too stupid to realize that if I graduated in 2010, I wouldn’t graduate college until 2014.
As someone who monitored Fox five days a week for five years (see “About” above), Rice’s assessment sounds exactly right. Fox should be prohibited from using the word news in its title. It isn’t about news. It’s about propaganda and selling right-wing policies.
It kills me that we’re still arguing about Fox News being “fair and balanced” or it being “biased.”
I submit this screenshot of the “opinion” page at FoxNation.com which I snapped on August 31, 2012, the day after the Republican convention ended:
This is a screenshot I snapped just now, a day after the Democratic convention ended:
Gosh. The fair and the balance is no esta aqui.
Geezus, isn’t this just par for the course for Fox, treating their audience like idiots and criticizing Sandra Fluke‘s DNC speech before she gives it:
Here is tonight’s schedule. Fluke isn’t on it so she must be speaking tomorrow or Thursday.
What are they doing over there at Fox?!
On August 27 I posted: Dick Morris Predicts 5-6 Point Romney Convention Bounce. I predicted that the toe-sucking (literally) Fox “contributor” would be wrong again, like his predictions have been for years. The point being, why in the world does anybody listen to him?
Anyway, several polls have come out since the Republican convention ended and as I recall, the biggest bounce I saw was something like 1.5 points, but I forgot where that was now. Still, I wanted to wait a bit until all the polls were out and until Gallup weighed in, which they’ve now done and surprise, surprise, Dick was wrong: Romney Gets No Bounce From Last Week’s GOP Convention:
Go here for a larger version of this chart and check out the fascinating chart titled, Historical Convention Bounces, 1964 – 2012, Gallup Polls, Registered Voters. Wow. Clinton got a 16 point bounce in 1992.
Here’s a smart article about Fox piling the makeup on its female anchors and guests. My theory as to why they do it is there’s a hooker-esque aspect happening there, with the females madeup to exude a come-hither persona to give the old white men audience members some sex with their hate and violence.
Growing up in the South, my friends and I had a unified theory of beauty: the more blue eye shadow you were wearing, the better you looked. We used as many shades as we could, buying big discount-store palettes and layering the stuff from lashes to eyebrow. I don’t know how this look got started or why it has such a regional flavor. But it was with a certain amount of nostalgia—you might say a shock of recognition—that years later, sitting in the makeup chair at Fox News, preparing to promote a book, I watched as the makeup artist lavished blue shadow onto my lids, so much shadow that I felt I should be wearing a sash and tiara.
Afterward, I made some inquiries among other women who had been guests on Fox and among the makeup professionals who work in the brightly lit warrens of the news-talk-show industry, transforming dozens of faces a day. I learned that while the vivid blue of my eye shadow may have been an aberration, its heavy application was not. “Pageant queen” was one of the kinder articulations I heard of the female aesthetic at Fox News and its financial counterpart, Fox Business; “glamour nighttime” was another. “At Fox, they look very painted,” a makeup artist at CNN said pointedly. (This makeup artist, like many of those I spoke with, preferred not to be named, for fear of losing future assignments.) A publicist who works with high-profile news makers recalled that Fox covered one client’s face with so much bronzer that she “looked like a female George Hamilton.”
But the best explanation for Fox glam may be the channel’s largely conservative audience. An argument can be made that conservative women are typically less squeamish than progressive ones about embracing what the sociologist Catherine Hakim calls “erotic capital,” otherwise known as using your looks to get ahead.
“They’re definitely pandering to a male audience,” says Meli Pennington, a makeup artist who runs a blog called Wild Beauty. Also, cable-news viewers tend to be older, so Fox may be specifically catering to the sensibilities of older men, she posits, by making women a little “brighter.” She means this literally. “You think of Hugh Hefner’s girlfriends,” she says: “As he got older, they all get brighter and blonder. Look at Anna Nicole Smith. It’s like the large-print edition of women.”
“Fox glam?” I call it Fox cheap.
Oh, and Fox is also fighting this common belief among wingers (via Ann Coulter): “I think all real females are right-wingers and I can tell you that based on experience — and my bodyguard will back me up on this — all pretty girls are right-wingers.”
I’m behind this 100%:
CREW Files Petition with FCC Seeking to Deny Renewal of News Corp.‘s Fox Broadcast Licenses
Today, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) filed a petition with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), asking the agency to deny renewal of three broadcast licenses held by Fox television stations. Because their licenses are set to expire in October, two Fox stations in Washington, D.C. and one in Baltimore – which are wholly owned subsidiaries of News Corp. – filed to renew the licenses this past June.
CREW is objecting to the renewals because under U.S. law, broadcast frequencies may be used only by people of good “character,” who will serve “the public interest,” and speak with “candor.” Significant character deficiencies may warrant disqualification from holding a license.
“It is well-established that News Corp. has been involved in one of the biggest media scandals of all time. Its reporters hacked voicemails and bribed public officials while top executives – including Rupert Murdoch – either approved the conduct or turned a blind eye,” said CREW Executive Director Melanie Sloan. “To say those responsible are not of good character is a colossal understatement – ‘despicable’ and ‘loathsome’ are more apt. Retaining U.S. broadcast licenses is a privilege, not a right. Based on its egregious actions, News Corp. should lose that privilege.”
Here is Melanie Sloan, the head of CREW, appearing on C-SPAN in May, explaining CREW’s position in more detail.
Why people who watch Fox are stupider than people who don’t watch any news at all:
This headline is up at FoxNation this morning:
This is the summary that appears below the headline:
Document Reveals Accounts Of Vicious Assault From Victim And SuspectsKKTV.comCourt documents reveal that the victim of an alleged vicious sexual assault remembers some of the suspects telling her about being unhappy with the way they were treated in the United States. Five Iraqi nationals were arrested in connection with the case.Two are charged with the crime while all five are charged as accessories with the crime. Some of the victim’s injuries were described by police as being “rarely seen.”“I can tell you this is one of the most horrific sexual assaults I’ve seen in my career as a police officer,” said Lt. Howard Black with the Colorado Springs Police Department.
Dirty Laundry by Don Henley:
I make my living off the Evening News
Just give me something-something I can use
People love it when you lose,
They love dirty laundryWell, I coulda been an actor, but I wound up here
I just have to look good, I don’t have to be clear
Come and whisper in my ear
Give us dirty laundryKick ‘em when they’re up
Kick ‘em when they’re down
Kick ‘em when they’re up
Kick ‘em when they’re down
Kick ‘em when they’re up
Kick ‘em when they’re down
Kick ‘em when they’re up
Kick ‘em all aroundWe got the bubble-headed-bleach-blonde who
Comes on at five
She can tell you ’bout the plane crash with a gleam
In her eye
It’s interesting when people die-
Give us dirty laundry
[ Lyrics from: http://www.lyricsfreak.com/d/don+henley/dirty+laundry_20042033.html ]
Can we film the operation?
Is the head dead yet?
You know, the boys in the newsroom got a
Get the widow on the set!
We need dirty laundry
You don’t really need to find out what’s going on
You don’t really want to know just how far it’s gone
Just leave well enough love
Eat your dirty laundry
Kick ‘em when they’re up
Kick ‘em when they’re down
Kick ‘em when they’re up
Kick ‘em when they’re down
Kick ‘em when they’re up
Kick ‘em when they’re down
Kick ‘em when they’re stiff
Kick ‘em all around
Dirty little secrets
Dirty little lies
We got our dirty little fingers in everybody’s pie
We love to cut you down to size
We love dirty laundry
We can do “The Innuendo”
We can dance and sing
When it’s said and done we haven’t told you a thing
We all know that Crap is King
Give us dirty laundry!
Fox was so, so, SO wrong about Sarah Palin yet they’re using the same words to describe Paul Ryan as they used to describe her. Put side by side, as Media Matters has done here, they look like dolts.
Check it out:
And here’s that “rock star” in action: Paul Ryan admits he DID ask for millions of dollars in Obama stimulus cash – after he had TWICE denied it.
This would be right-wing radical PBS and Fox News “contributor Charles Krauthammer six days ago:
Fox News’ Charles Krauthammer: Mitt Romney’s Olympics Gaffe Was ‘Unbelievable,’ ‘Beyond Human Understanding,’ ‘Incomprehensible’ (VIDEO)
This is Charles Krauthammer today:
I’m thinking a memo went out about how Republicans have to come together, never mind character, principles or morals.