Posts filed under ‘Fox “News”/ Fox “Business” /Rupert Murdoch / Wall Street Journal’
I know what’s written below doesn’t say, per se, that Fox fired Sarah Palin but reading between the lines, I think that’s pretty clear:
Sarah Palin and Fox News Channel have broken up.
The former Alaska governor and Republican vice presidential nominee had been a staple on the news channel since 2010. But reports have surfaced that she and Fox News chief Roger Ailes clashed.[...]
“We have thoroughly enjoyed our association with Governor Palin,” Bill Shine, an executive vice president at Fox News, said in a statement. “We wish her the best in her future endeavors.”
On January 4, the Wall Street Journal ran an article titled, How Much Will Your Taxes Jump? It talked about how “millions of people soon will feel something less than relief from the new law.” As a way to illustrate how those “millions of people” will see their taxes change, this chart was included:
The lowest income on this chart is that of the retired couple at $180,000. They must have some incredible investments if they’re making that much which is way, way, WAY higher than that of any retired couple I know now or that I’ve ever known in my life. Not only that, the median U.S. income is $52,762 so who exactly was the WSJ thinking of when they put this thing together? No one I know, that’s for sure.
The folks at Fox do a lot of screaming about the high cost of government but they don’t seem to mind calling cops away from the streets of New York City to do this on the taxpayers’ dime (and what’s with the cops obliging?):
A Rupert Murdoch minion snapped the photo below and sent this report at 1 p.m. ET: “Happening now. A dozen cops are guarding the building with those barricade things they use during the Macy’s Thanksgiving parade. Yet there are TWO protesters! I heard some screaming about ‘the banks.’ The story to me was the complete overkill of security for little more than one complainer. Must be nice to have an entire police force at your beck and call.”
This might have something to do with Roger Ailes’ paranoia:
Murdoch installed Ailes in the corner office on Fox’s second floor at 1211 Avenue of the Americas in Manhattan. The location made Ailes queasy: It was close to the street, and he lived in fear that gay activists would try to attack him in retaliation over his hostility to gay rights. (In 1989, Ailes had broken up a protest of a Rudy Giuliani speech by gay activists, grabbing demonstrator by the throat and shoving him out the door.) Barricading himself behind a massive mahogany desk, Ailes insisted on having “bombproof glass” installed in the windows – even going so far as to personally inspect samples of high-tech plexiglass, as though he were picking out new carpet. Looking down on the street below, he expressed his fears to Cooper, the editor he had tasked with up-armoring his office. “They’ll be down there protesting,” Ailes said. “Those gays.”
Those gays? You have a guilty conscience Roger. Karma’s a bitch ain’t it? I’m sure “those gays” have better things to do in life than attack you for something you did 25 years ago.
Fox News Channel has signed former Congressman Dennis Kucinich as a paid contributor to FNC and Fox Business network. Kucinich, who was for years a liberal stalwart in the House of Representatives, will provide analysis and commentary across all of FNC and FBN’s programs, beginning with Thursday’s edition of “The O’Reilly Factor.”
“I’ve always been impressed with Rep. Kucinich’s fearlessness and thoughtfulness about important issues,” said Fox News chairman and CEORoger Ailes in a statement. “His willingness to take a stand from his point of view makes him a valuable voice in our country’s debate.”
This from Kucinich:
“Through 16 years in Congress and two presidential campaigns, Fox News has always provided me with an opportunity to share my perspective with its enormous viewership,” Kucinich said in a statement. “I look forward to a continuation of our relationship this time as a Fox News contributor.”
When I worked on Outfoxed and monitored Your World w/Neil Cavuto over at the Newshounds for four years, Kucinich was a relatively frequent guest on Cavuto’s show. They genuinely seemed to like and respect each other. Oh, and Cavuto would actually let Kucinich speak, i.e., he wasn’t on, essentially in name only, so Fox could claim it is “fair and balanced.” He actually got to express his opinion. So hey, we’ll see how this pans out.
Did you hear about the 400 pound woman who fell through the sidewalk in New York City on Friday?
Ulanda Williams, who stands 6′ 5″ and weighs 400 lbs, fell through a New York City sidewalk while trying to get out of the rain Friday, the New York Post reported. The 32-year-old social worker told the Post that officials said her above-average size “was the only thing that saved me.”
While a thinner person may have died from the fall, Williams was able to walk away with only cuts, bruises and a broken arm, the Post reported.
Williams said she was waiting for a bus at around 9:10 p.m. and had only been standing in the same spot for about 10 seconds when the ground caved in beneath her.
Inspectors determined that the four-foot-by-six-foot slab of concrete had collapsed into a cellar in front of the building, WABC reported, and that defective steel doors and a loose staircase were partially responsible for the sidewalk collapse.
Inspectors with the Department of Buildings determined that defective steel doors and a loose staircase were responsible for the sidewalk collapse.
I’ve highlighted the important facts: A large woman, not only weight-wise but height-wise, who is employed as a social worker was standing on a slab of concrete when defective steel doors and a loose staircase underneath gave way, causing her to fall into a cellar beneath the concrete. She walked away with nothing more serious than a broken arm.
Again, those are the facts.
Check out this tweet the most powerful news man on the planet — who one would think would know the importance of facts — sent out a few minutes ago about this incident:
Murdoch is so marinated in his own propaganda — only a (probably African-American) lazy bonbon-eater on food stamps and welfare could weigh 400 pounds and oh look, now we’re going to have to take care of the slob for 20 years. Fact is, Williams is employed, she did not cause the sidewalk to collapse and she’ll probably recover from her broken arm and be just fine.
What a racist, classist pig Murdoch is.
This is the headline tonight at the NYPost which is owned by Rupert Murdoch, the most powerful “news” man in the world. I.e., this is what he thinks — given all that’s happening in the world — we should know before we go to bed tonight:
Of course we don’t hear about this in the U.S. because it’s well, outside the U.S.:
Australia is bracing for days of “catastrophic” fire and heatwave conditions.
Fires are already burning in five states as a search continued for people missing after devastating wildfires in the island state of Tasmania.
Bushfires were ablaze in five of Australia’s six states, with 90 fires in the most populous state New South Wales, and in mountain forests around the national capital Canberra.
Severe fire conditions were forecast for tomorrow (local time), replicating those of 2009, when “Black Saturday” wildfires in Victoria state killed 173 people and caused $4.4 billion worth of damage.
A record heatwave, which began in Western Australia on 27 December and lasted eight days, was the fiercest in more than 80 years in that state and has spread east across the nation, making it the widest-ranging heatwave in more than a decade, according to the Australian Bureau of Meteorology.
The highest “catastrophic” bushfire temperature conditions are expected tomorrow, said fire officials, under which people are advised to flee if fire threatens, as the blaze is likely to be too fierce for fire crews to easily extinguish.
In the Australian capital Canberra, hit by a firestorm in 2003 that destroyed hundreds of homes, authorities said they were expecting the worst conditions in the decade since, with a fifth day of searing temperatures and strong winds.
Imagine being told “to flee if fire threatens” because strong winds make any potential fire “too fierce for fire crews to easily extinguish.”
I can relate. This was the view from my living room last June:
The wind wasn’t blowing when I took this photo but it did before the fire was put out. We were all thinking embers. What if flying embers started a fire closer in.
My thoughts are with the folks in Australia tonight because it’s tomorrow there now. Wind, fire and drought are an awful, terrifying mix.
Good luck Australia. And h/t to the U.S. media for their total failure at ah, delivering news. Not to mention mentioning that thing called CLIMATE CHANGE.
This has been the “news” on cable “news” for what, a year, with time out for election interruptus?
Is there anything else going on in the world?
You know the people who belong to the Westboro Baptist Church, the folks who demonstrate at funerals and hold signs like this?
They belong to a “left-wing cult.“
Yep. Fox News said so. Look at the caption underneath the photo, below:
It says: “Bikers turn out to protest Newtown Mourners from Left-Wing Westboro Cult.”
Oh, and their leader, Fred Phelps, is a Democrat. Yep, that’s right. Here’s the text of the article below the photo:
Bikers descended on the town of Newtown yesterday and linked arms blocking the hate group protesters of Westboro Baptist Church from disrupting the funerals. (Free Republic)
Conservative bikers turned out yesterday to protect Newtown mourners from Democrat Fred Phelps and his Westboro cult from protesting.
The Cochrane Times reported:
Bikers seem to have thwarted attempts by the Westboro Baptist Church to protest the funeral of Newtown, Conn., shooting victim Principal Dawn Hochsprung.
See the whole thing for yourself, in person, here. (Hurry, before they delete or re-write it.)
I think it’s safe to say that the Westboro people are universally loathed. So it follows Fox’s narrative to claim they are Democrats and/or left-wing because Fox wants its audience to think Democrats and left-wingers are hateful crazies so, well, their audience will loath them (Democrats and left-wingers as well as the Westboro folks). And fortunately for Fox, its audience probably doesn’t know how to use the Google to find out for themselves what the “church” is all about. If they did look into it, they’d know how ridiculous it is to think they’re either Democrats or left-wingers. But hey, who cares about facts, right? After all, Fox doesn’t claim to be a news organization. Oh, what…
This is an amazing tweet from a guy who bulldozed his way through life, tossed aside anyone and anything who stepped in is way and who loathes “government regulation:”
52-year-old Randolph Linn of St. Joe, Indiana agreed to a 20 year sentence in federal prison yesterday for torching the Islamic Center of Greater Toledo on September 30. When Judge Jack Zouhary asked him, ‘Do you know any Muslims or do you know what Islam is?’ he said, ‘No, I only know what I hear on Fox News and what I hear on radio.”
A long time ago Keith Olbermann said Fox News engages in the “manipulation of society,” which I thought was a perfect description and here we have a case in point.
I can understand how pro-gun Fox so-called-News is in a pickle as to how to handle the massacre that occurred today in Connecticut with 20 little kids dead as well as six adults, but to post this headline eight hours — EIGHT HOURS — afterward is just Un. Believable. The bodies aren’t even cold yet:
What an insult to the family and friends of the victims. Are they supposed to think the healing process should already have begun? REALLY?! One of my brothers died in 1988. I’m still grieving and I suspect in one form or another the family members of the people murdered today will grieve for the rest of their lives too. The pain from the untimely, tragic death of a loved one doesn’t “heal.” It gets less and less intense and acute over time but it never goes away.
Shame on Fox for its incredibly cruel insensitivity.
Fox is having a fit over the White House Christmas card because it doesn’t mention Christmas, God or Jesus:
The 2012 White House “Holiday” card spotlights the Obama’s family Portuguese water dog — instead of Christmas.The black and white illustration was designed by Iowa artist Larassa Kabel and shows Bo the dog, wearing a scarf, while frolicking in the snow on the South Lawn of a blurred White House.The inside of the card reportedly reads, ”This season, may your home be filled with family, friends, and the joy of the holidays.” The card is signed by the entire First Family — along with Bo’s paw print.Vanity Fair deemed this year’s Obama ‘Holiday’ card his best-ever in a posting titled, “Bo Obama: the True Meaning of Christmas.”The 2012 card made no mention of any specific holiday nor did it include a Bible verse noting the birth of Christ.
Fox looks so silly here. What percentage of the American public will be outraged by this? Maybe 23%. The same 23% who still think George W. Bush was a great president and Saddam Hussein had nuclear weapons.
In a survey released by analyst Steve Sternberg, Fox News has the oldest audience among fully distributed cable networks. The network’s average viewer last season was 65 years old, according to Nielsen. Heck, it’s viewers are even older than viewers of Hallmark Channel, Military Channel and Golf Channel.
Perhaps the reason viewers tend to leave Fox News on all day racking up hours of big Nielsen numbers is they can’t actually change the channel? [Or they die sitting in their chair with the TV on.]
(Ah, Fox News, you know we only kid you because you sort of set yourself up for it).
CNN wasn’t far behind, though — its average audience was 63. MSNBC was a perky 59. CNBC is the young turk at 52.
The youngest fully distributed cable channel? Oxygen. Followed by Bravo and, weirdly, VH1 Classic, then Travel and TLC — all averaging about 42 years old.
If Fox’s audience is older than the Hallmark Channel, the Military Channel and the Golf Channel, that blows my mind. I knew their audience was old but wow.
Here’s more info about Fox. Turns out Rachel Maddow (MSNBC) is trouncing Sean Hannity so what does Fox do? It attacks her. Stay classy guys!
Dick Morris has been a Fox News favorite for years. This is how his colleagues view him:
Reporters at The Hill newspaper are levying tough criticism at the publication’s columnist Dick Morris following recent outlandish predictions that caused Fox News to restrict his time on the air.
“I think everyone at The Hill views him the way that people outside The Hill do,” said one staffer. “He is a laughingstock, especially the way he acted in this last election.”
“I don’t think people take his column seriously,” added another. “What did he predict, 300 electoral votes for Romney?
Fox may be benched Morris after the election, but believe you me, he has been a laughingstock in my book for years but nonetheless, he was on the air right up until the end, despite his “outlandish” predictions.
Jon Scott, a host of Fox’s morning show “Happening Now,” interviewed national security expert and author Tom Ricks this morning. The topic was (one guess) Benghazi. But oops, the interview didn’t go quite as planned:
Ricks: I think that Benghazi generally was hyped, by this network especially, and that now that the campaign is over, I think he’s backing off a little bit. They’re not going to stop Susan Rice from being secretary of state.
Scott: When you have four people dead, including the first dead U.N. ambassador — U.S. ambassador in more than 30 years, how do you call that hype?
Ricks: How many security contractors died in Iraq, do you know?
Scott: I don’t.
Ricks: No. Nobody does, because nobody cared. We know that several hundred died, but there was never an official count done of security contractors dead in Iraq. So when I see this focus on what was essentially a small firefight, I think, number one, I’ve covered a lot of firefights. It’s impossible to figure out what happens in them sometimes. And second, I think that the emphasis on Benghazi has been extremely political, partly because Fox was operating as a wing of Republican Party.
Scott: All right. Tom Ricks, thanks very much for joining us today.
Ricks: You’re welcome.
This is cool for obvious reasons — you go Tom Ricks! — but also because, back in the day when I worked on Outfoxed and monitored Fox at the Newshounds, when a guest said anything about Fox being an arm of the Republican party the host would act incredulous and shocked and pick a fight. The new strategy seems to be to politely sign off as soon as possible and hope nobody heard what was said.
Filed under Outrage Overload:
What if I told you the Obama administration’s first major post-election policy move was a big, fat gift for Rupert Murdoch?
Murdoch already owns the Wall Street Journal, the New York Post, Fox News Channel, Fox movie studios, 27 local TV stations and much, much more. [Check out its holdings here.]
Word is that Murdoch now covets the Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune — the bankrupt-but-still-dominant newspapers (and websites) in the second- and third-largest media markets, where Murdoch already own TV stations.
Under current media ownership limits, he can’t buy them. It’s illegal… unless the Federal Communications Commission changes the rules.
But according to numerous reports, that’s exactly what FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski plans to do. He’s circulating an order at the FCC to lift the longstanding ban on one company owning both daily newspapers and TV stations in any of the 20 largest media markets.
And he wants to wrap up this massive giveaway just in time for the holidays.
If these changes go through, Murdoch could own the Los Angeles Times, two TV stations and up to eight radio stations in L.A. alone. And he’s not the only potential beneficiary: These changes could mean more channels for Comcast-NBC, more deals for Disney, and more stations for Sinclair.
For anyone who actually cares about media diversity and democracy, the gutting of media ownership limits will be a complete disaster.
These rules are one of the last barriers to local media monopolies. Without them, we will lose competing voices for local news. We will see the mainstream media get even more monotone, monochrome and monotonous.
I’m speechless. Does Murdoch really need even more outlets with which to manipulate our society? I don’t think so.
If Obama was going to run again, this would be the newest entry in my “Obama — Don’t Count on my Vote” category.
Karl Rove is scrambling to explain to his billionaire buddies how his PACs, the ones they donated $300 million to, didn’t produce the results they’d hoped for, i.e., buying control of the United States of America.
This would be Rove this morning in an op-ed that appeared in Rupert Murdoch’s Wall Street Journal:
Fast forward six or seven hours and oops, that didn’t work so Rove comes up with something new:
To be continued…
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.