Daily Archives: January 24, 2011

Is Fox News incapable Of Owning Up To What They Do – Or Simply Unwilling?

Kudos to News Hounds for bringing to light some pretty valid points about Fox News personalities’ over the top rhetoric…

News Hounds

Since the Tuscon shooting, Fox News has been in a state of disassociated personality worthy of the movie Fight Club. Like the Narrator denying what he did as Tyler Durden while clearly approving of the acts he committed as that personality, Fox News is trying to have both its Nazi imagery and its violent rhetoric while insisting they don’t exist.

Nazi Imagery:

According to Megyn Kelly, Fox News does not use Nazi imagery; on January 20th, in response to Equality Matters president Richard Socarides stating that Fox News uses Nazi imagery often, Kelly responded by telling him that it’s just not true. Her reasoning? That she watches Fox News all the time, and she’s never seen it. I’m not even going to touch that she actually said pleas for civility shouldn’t apply to cable news or radio hosts when she made this argument- that part pretty much speaks for itself.

The Facts:

I think Kelly just admitted that she doesn’t watch Glenn Beck or Bill O’Reilly, because Media Matters was able to post numerous examples from both of them in their rebuttal to Kelly’s comments- as well as an example from Sean Hannity, regular guest Ann Coulter and Roger Ailes. Plus, there’s video of Beck comparing Nazis and Progressives on his show later that same day.

But wait, there’s more.

Crooks and Liars has examples Media Matters didn’t list: Bill O’Reilly calling Arianna Huffing ton a Nazi. Let’s see what else they got… O’Reilly said people on the far-left are zealots and Nazis. Think Progress has an article about Fox News standing behind Beck’s smears of Georgre Soros, which invoked Nazi imagery. As we noted, Fox News chief Roger Ailes apologized for using the term “Nazi” when describing NPR but did not apologize to NPR for the characterization.

You know what? This is more than enough already. So let’s move on.

Violent Rhetoric:

Fox News makes a show of saying it’s against violence but…

The facts:

Bill O’Reilly’s resume of violent rhetoric is quite impressive. Some of his notable targets include Tom Brokaw, Dana Milbank and (of course) Dr. George Tiller.

Glenn Beck acted out pouring gasoline on someone, called the president a racist, joked about poisoning Nancy Pelosi, brandished a baseball bat while he talked about beat downs… you know what? Let’s just call Beck strike two.

I’m pretty sure Sean Hannity is inno- never mind. I saw something before I remembered that he has fomented civil war. How about Shepard Smith suggesting Detroit should burn down? Ann Coulter saying Rahm Emanuel’s brother is on her “death list?” Or how about Fox News’ “terrorism expert” Michael Scheuer who can’t seem to get past a television camera without talking about killing?

You know what? Once again, I’m running some serious overkill here- so I better just cut off. Shame, too because for both racist and violent rhetoric, I could have done a few doozies from Fox Nation.

Perhaps I’m being unfair to Megyn Kelly and her colleagues – perhaps when they said they’ve never seen it, they meant “never” as in they just happened to be away from the Tee-Vee every time it happened. Fortunately, lots of others have catalogued examples. So now, all anyone at Fox has to do is, you know… look. Which once again raises the question: Is the network incapable of owning up to what goes n there, or just unwilling?

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Bachmann: America’s Founders ‘Worked Tirelessly Until Slavery Was No More’

 That woman is a space cadet!

  Mediaite

The bad news is that Michele Bachmann seems to have a slightly skewed vision of how America was founded. The good news? Her version is much nicer. Sure, it’s not 100% true that America’s founders “had different cultures, different backgrounds, different traditions” and that they all fought until slavery was abolished. But, hey, it sure sounds nice so why don’t we go with it?

The comments were made at Bachmann’s speech at an Iowan’s for Tax Relief Event which, unsurprisingly because of the name but importantly because of the statement it makes about her 2012 plans, took place in Iowa. There she began to talk about the great legacies the Founders imparted for us but got a few details off, especially when she began talking about slavery. Talking Points Memo has the details:

“Bachmann (R-MN) also noted how slavery was a ’scourge’ on American history, but added that ‘we also know that the very founders that wrote those documents worked tirelessly until slavery was no more in the United States.’

‘And,’ she continued, ‘I think it is high time that we recognize the contribution of our forbearers who worked tirelessly — men like John Quincy Adams, who would not rest until slavery was extinguished in the country.’

It’s true — Adams became a vocal opponent of slavery, especially during his time in the House of Representatives. But Adams was not one of the founders, nor did he live to see the Emancipation Proclamation signed in 1863 (he died in 1848).”

Her speech was well delivered (no zombie-ism here) and inspirational but these are some pretty bad mistakes to make. Especially when the Tea Party is so adamant that their political enemies have forgotten the lessons of the Founding Fathers. Let’s just say Bill Maher could have a lot of fun with this clip.

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Fox News’ Presidential Candidates Got More Than 85 Hours Of Airtime, Worth Nearly $55 Million

News Hounds

There are five serious potential presidential candidates for 2012 on Fox News’ payroll: Mike Huckabee, Sarah Palin, Newt Gingrich, John Bolton and Rick Santorum. Each gets plenty of face time on the air to promote their candidacy views courtesy of Fox. Rather than paying for all this publicity, each of these potentials gets paid. Media Matters did the math to calculate how much this air time would have cost to purchase and came up with $54.7 million in free advertising in 2010. But conferring conservative street cred via repeated presentations as a significant pundit? Priceless.

According to Media Matters’ calculations, Mike Huckabee got $3.65 million in airtime as a contributor, $27.35 million as a host; Sarah Palin got $.42 million as a host and $7.17 million as a contributor; Gingrich got $7.42 million as a contributor; Rick Santorum got $4.98 million and John Bolton $3.72 million.

Put that together with their actual earnings from Fox and you’ve got quite a little GOP candidate staging ground and grooming operation going.

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Emanuel Kicked Off Ballot.. Court: Not A Chicago Resident.. Rahm Plans Appeal

 

Somehow, I believe this will not be the end of Rahm Emanuel’s battle to get on the Chicago Mayoral Ballot…

Huffington Post

UPDATE: A prominent Illinois election lawyer who asked to remain anonymous because of his many political clients in Chicago, told the Huffington Post that there may be hope for Emanuel yet.

The Illinois Supreme Court, he said, “would certainly give the Appellate Court respect but I wouldn’t say that they are constrained from reversing their decision.”

That said, Monday’s two-to-one ruling throwing Emanuel’s name off the Chicago mayoral ballot was a major legal set back that dramatically complicated the former White House chief of staff’s run for the post. Rather than seek a rehearing with the appellate court, the Illinois lawyer said he expected the Emanuel campaign to appeal the decision to the state Supreme Court either Wednesday or as early as Tuesday. The Court will likely choose to take the case before the week was over.

“This is a matter of serious importance affecting essentially half of the state of Illinois just because of the population and impact of the economy,” the lawyer said. “So you can expect the Supreme Court will act very quickly. The parties will simply recycle their briefs responding to the appellate court opinion.”

The Chicago News Cooperative reported Monday morning that an Illinois Appellate Court overturned a decision regarding Rahm Emanuel’s Chicago residency. The court reportedly decided Emanuel is not eligible to run for mayor of Chicago because he has not been a resident of the city for one year.  More…

 

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Olbermann off tv for 6-9 months, can’t discuss departure from MSNBC: report

Raw Story

Don’t expect Keith Olbermann to be on television anytime soon, or spill any dirt about his abrupt departure from MSNBC.

As part of an exit deal he struck with MSNBC, the former star of the channel’s evening lineup is prohibited from appearing on television for six to nine months and can’t discuss his departure, according to the New York Times.

Olbermann announced his immediate departure from MSNBC at the end of his Friday evening show, shortly after which the organization released a statement confirming that the two have “ended their contract.”

An NBC executive told the Times that he was allowed to work on the Internet and radio.

The news of Olbermann’s exit came with little warning and sent shock waves on the Internet. Though he had a rocky relationship with MSNBC executives in recent months, his “Countdown” show had for years been the channel’s top rated.

And Olbermann’s success set the tone for MSNBC’s hiring of provocative left-leaning commentators towards the end of the Bush administration, a period where the channel’s ratings surged past rival CNN — although it remained distantly behind Fox News.

Olbermann has not spoken to the press or posted on his frequently-used Twitter account since his announcement Friday. His promised silence would be unwelcome news for media reporters thirsty for the inside story behind the development.

Olbermann’s exit was propelled in part by the departure of former NBC president and CEO Jeff Zucker, who had regularly defended the controversial anchor, according to the Times and other media reports.

“Keith is an innovator and an extremely talented broadcaster who showed there was a market for progressive views on cable news,” said Media Matters founder and CEO David Brock. “I’m sure we’ll be seeing more of him soon and I eagerly await to hear of his next move.”

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Monday Morning Blog Round Up

Justice Scalia To Give Constitutional Lesson On Capitol Hill

Jack LaLanne Dead: Fitness Guru Dies At 96

George Allen To Jump Into Virginia Senate Race

Glenn Beck’s Rhetoric Inspires More Death Threats

Hannity Now Outraged At Nazi Comparison — But He’s Made Them Him..

Sen. Mike Lee Says That Dialing Down Violent Political Rhetoric Means ‘The Shooter Wins’

House liberals urge Obama to draw hard line: “Hands off Social Securit..

Four choices for the Democratic Convention 2012

Why Obama is in Better Shape Than Many Think

Video: Poll suggest Americans want health care reform

 

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Krugman: The Country Is Not A Corporation, And Layoffs Are Not A Success

Paul Krugman, Laureate of the Sveriges Riksban...

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I’ve always thought that Paul Krugman should have been on the President’s economic team.  The man knows what he’s talking about.   He won that  Nobel Prize in Economics for absolutely mastering his field of expertise!

Crooks & Liars

Honestly, there are so few nuggets of genuine wisdom in Washington that watching the Sunday talk-show hackery is a form of psychological torture. If only I could afford to throw a brick through my television! The only one who ever seems to notice the real stories behind the stage sets and dramatic speeches is Krugman, and no one listens to him but us DFHs.

Instead, we can sit back and listen to the Villagers explain that attacking the deficit is the biggest priority, that Obama has been governing from the left and not the center-right, and thank God he’s back to the “center” (which is actually the right), and that the country voted for the Republicans because they wanted even more right-wing policies, not because they were frustrated by an administration who seemed to put their needs last.

Are we all clear now?

Watch…

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Spotlight From Glenn Beck Brings a CUNY Professor Threats

Glenn Beck the Clown, claims that his shows are just “schtick” (my description) and that everything is done as a “joke” (his words.) 

Yet, still another tirade against an obscure liberal professor within The City University of New York higher education system, has caused his “sickophants” to crawl out of their roach motels and start calling the New York City professor and leaving death threat messages. 

Still Beck will claim those threats have nothing to do with him or Limbaugh will claim that those messages are really made by liberals who are trying to make the “right” look bad. 

The New York Times

On his daily radio and television shows, Glenn Beck has elevated once-obscure conservative thinkers onto best-seller lists. Recently, he has elevated a 78-year-old liberal academic to celebrity of a different sort, in a way that some say is endangering her life.

Frances Fox Piven, a City University of New York professor, has been a primary character in Mr. Beck’s warnings about a progressive take-down of America. Ms. Piven, Mr. Beck says, is responsible for a plan to “intentionally collapse our economic system.”

Her name has become a kind of shorthand for “enemy” on Mr. Beck’s Fox News Channel program, which is watched by more than 2 million people, and on one of his Web sites, The Blaze. This week, Mr. Beck suggested on television that she was an enemy of the Constitution.

Never mind that Ms. Piven’s radical plan to help poor people was published 45 years ago, when Mr. Beck was a toddler. Anonymous visitors to his Web site have called for her death, and some, she said, have contacted her directly via e-mail.

In response, a liberal nonprofit group, the Center for Constitutional Rights, wrote to the chairman of Fox News, Roger Ailes, on Thursday to ask him to put a stop to Mr. Beck’s “false accusations” about Ms. Piven.

Mr. Beck is putting Professor Piven in actual physical danger of a violent response,” the group wrote.

Fox News disagrees. Joel Cheatwood, a senior vice president, said Friday that Mr. Beck would not be ordered to stop talking about Ms. Piven on television. He said Mr. Beck had quoted her accurately and had never threatened her.

“ ‘The Glenn Beck Program,’ probably above and beyond any on television, has denounced violence repeatedly,” Mr. Cheatwood said.    More…

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