From the April 15 edition of Fox News’ Fox & Friends:
Ann Coulter: “I Just Think It Should Be… A Little More Difficult To Vote. There Is Nothing Unconstitutional About Literacy Tests.”
When Jon Stewart retires from “The Daily Show” later this year, Fox News might be the first in line to throw him a party because being on the wrong end of his wrath night after night can’t be that much fun.
On Thursday, Stewart tore the “fair and balanced” news network to shreds over its repeated demands that Ferguson protesters and their supporters apologize in the wake of a Department of Justice report that found Michael Brown didn’t have his hands up when he was shot by Officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri.
“The lesson Fox News is getting at is very clear,” said Stewart. “Wouldn’t it be nice if people who jumped to conclusions and peddled a false, divisive, anger-stoking narrative had to apologize for misleading America?”
So how about Fox News and its “two-year rage-gasm” over Benghazi? As Stewart points out, a report from a Republican-led committee that cleared the Obama administration of just about every conspiracy theory Fox News has been pushing went largely ignored by the network.
Has Fox News apologized for its “tsunami of misinformation?”
Of course not — and, for now anyway, Stewart is still here to remind them of it.
Check out the clip above for the full take-down.
The subject was conservatives’ newfound adoration of Jordan’s King Abdullah II, who, unlike the President, shows the proper hostility toward the Islamic State terror group (despite Obama launching roughly 2,000 airstrikes in Iraq and Syria).
“Ultimately what the right is saying is, ‘why can’t Obama be more like this powerful Muslim king?,'” Stewart said. “Which is weird.”
“Because, if I may say, that’s also been their biggest complaint about Obama!” Stewart said, rolling clips of Fox News hosts and guests calling the President a literal “king” and suggesting an unsavory allegiance to Islam.
“I thought you liked that!” Stewart shouted, pointing out that other conservatives, such as Rep. Louie Gohmet (R-TX) and Rudy Giuliani, have praised Egyptian dictator Gen. al-Sisi and Vladimir Putin, respectively.
“It’s kind of ironic, because if President Obama started acting more like any of the guys whose leadership you admire, pretty sure I know the first place he’d shut down,” Stewart said, flashing an image of the Fox News logo on screen.
Several Fox News hosts responded to a terrorist attack in Paris on Wednesday by advising Americans to buy more guns.
After gunmen killed 12 people at a satirical French magazine that had published caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad, Fox News host Eric Bolling lamented that the New York City Police Department (NYPD) had been ordered to reform its “stop and frisk” policy over concerns about racial profiling.
“You’re taking a law enforcement tool out of their hands,” he said. “In New York, one of the first things Mayor de Blasio did here is he said we’re going to pull stop and frisk. In deference to the Fourth Amendment — unreasonable searches and seizures — they said it was unreasonable to profile African-Americans or anyone for that matter… Point is, why are we pulling law enforcement tools out of their hands?”
“There’s been a serious push from the left saying let’s not over-militarize our cops. That should put an end to that discussion right now. We should over-militarize, we should continue to do that.”
Co-host Kennedy Montgomery worried, however, that Bolling was calling for a “police state.”
“I think that cops should have all sorts of tools and technology, but they shouldn’t see us as the enemy,” she insisted. “We are not the people they’re hunting or combating. That’s the difference between the military and the police.”
“But we are being hunted,” co-host Harris Faulkner said. “These guys make it very clear when they entered that newspaper’s offices, we are being hunted. So, how would you like for us to be protected?”
“I think that the best thing Americans can do is arm themselves,” Montgomery argued.
“Me too!” Bolling exclaimed.
“Can we do a high five?” Fox News host Shannon Bream asked, prompting Montgomery to make a high five motion in the air.
“But you can’t do that in the city,” Bolling complained.
“New York cops, I don’t feel like they look at me as the enemy,” Montgomery opined.
“Kennedy, you’re not a bad guy though,” Bolling remarked. “If I’m a bad guy, I see a heavily-armed cop on the corner, I may decide not to do the bad thing I was thinking about doing.”
Bream pointed out that all of the gunmen in Paris attack were wearing masks so it was too early to make assumptions about what color they were.
“What if they didn’t look like typical bad guys?” she noted.
Watch the video below from Fox News’ Out Numbered, broadcast Jan. 7, 2015.
Fox News admitted on Tuesday that a conservative-led lawsuit against the Affordable Care Act would raise health care premiums for millions of Americans. But then in its on-screen chyron, the network sought to attribute the increases not to the litigants involved in the case, but to President Obama, potentially confusing viewers.
“Could legal challenges to taxpayer subsidies put Obamacare in a death spiral?” Fox host Bill Hemmer asked, pointing to “a new study funded by the Department of Health and Human Services saying the health care law may be damaged beyond repair if you take the subsidies away, if they’re eliminated.”
Ongoing lawsuits are challenging the legality of providing subsidies through health insurance marketplaces in states that refused to set up their own exchanges. If those legal challenges succeed, the analysis that Hemmer is referencing — which comes from the RAND Corporation — did in fact conclude that premiums in those states could increase by as much as 43.3 percent. RAND’s researchers found that if federal subsidies to federally-run exchanges are ruled to be illegal, millions of people would have to pay more for coverage and could leave the risk pool, leading to a death spiral in which only the sickest people remain insured. Enrollment would fall by 68 percent and 11.3 million Americans could become uninsured.
Hemmer and Fox contributor Byron York huffed and puffed about the dangers of such a ruling, calling it “colossal” — despite the fact that the suits have been filed by conservatives, are supported by Republican lawmakers, and have been reported on favorably by the network in the past. The National Review has called the lawsuits and “ingenious” way to halt Obamacare. Fox, celebrated the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals’ ruling against the administration on July 22 by pronouncing, “one by one they’re getting chipped away so it’s starting to collapse.”
And although the price increases are a direct result of a negative ruling, Fox News ran the story under the chyron “sticker shock again for some Obamacare enrollees as premiums set to rise,” implying that the law’s backers would be responsible.
So far, an appellate court in Virginia has ruled that the subsidies were legal, but a three-judge panel on the D.C. circuit disagreed. The full D.C. court is expected to reverse that decision, however, eliminating the circuit split and reducing the possibility that the Supreme Court will take up the matter. Another ruling against the law is still working its way through the legal system.
The administration contends that even though the law does not explicitly state that federally-run exchanges are to offer subsidies for coverage, the intent of its framers — as well as its other provisions about achieving “near-universal coverage” and financial security from medical bankruptcy — strongly imply that such credits must be made available.
For at least 12 seconds on Tuesday, Fox News host Brian Kilmeade took domestic violence “seriously,” but refused to apologize for joking that NFL player Ray Rice’s wife should learn to “take the stairs” after she was punched in an elevator.
Following the Monday release of elevator surveillance video showing Rice punching out his then-girlfriend, Kilmeade and the hosts of Fox & Friends turned the incident into a joke.
“I think the message is take the stairs,” Kilmeade quipped.
“The message is, when you’re in an elevator, there’s a camera,” co-host Steve Doocy opined.
After the hosts were criticized for making light of violence against women, Kilmeade decided to spend about 12 second addressing the controversy on Tuesday’s show.
“Comments we made during this story yesterday made some feel like we were taking the situation too lightly,” the Fox News host insisted, appearing to read off of a teleprompter. “We are not. We were not.”
“Domestic abuse is a very serious issue to us I can assure you.”
Watch the video below from Fox News’ Fox & Friends, broadcast Sept. 9, 2014.
Bill O’Reilly’s attempts to use the success of Asian-Americans to shame African-Americans is shameful and historically illiterate.
“Talking Points does not—does not—believe in white privilege.”
That was Fox News host Bill O’Reilly’s big, brave pitch during his third-person “talking points” segment on Tuesday’s edition of The O’Reilly Factor. The peg for the segment was the uproar and race issues surrounding the police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, earlier this month. O’Reilly was blasting the idea of people citing “white privilege” to help explain anger or inequality in predominantly black community. He railed against a perceived failure of black leaders to spark a “cultural revolution” in their “precincts,” and the lack of personal responsibility instilled in young African-Americans.
Of course Bill O’Reilly doesn’t believe that the concept of white privilege exists. (Neither does much of the rest of Fox News.) He has denied the existence of such a privilege for white Americans in previous segments, including one in which he falsely claimed that Harvard Kennedy School was requiring freshmen to take a class on the subject.
O’Reilly’s latest salvo of white-privilege denialism has already been mocked and (rightly) criticized enough. But one aspect of his crotchety monologue that was particularly unappealing was how he invoked the general economic and academic successes Asian-Americans in order to highlight the supposed failings of African-Americans.
“So, do we have Asian privilege in America?” the Fox host asked rhetorically. “Because the truth is that Asian-American households earn far more money than anyone else.”
O’Reilly also compares the statistic on Asian-American children raised in single-parent households (13 percent) to that of African-Americans (a “whopping” 55 percent) to make the point that Asian families in this country are stronger. This is a favorite bugaboo of O’Reilly’s, and in the past he’s even said that First Lady Michelle Obama should come on his show and tell black teens, “You stop having sex; you stop getting pregnant.”
O’Reilly has made the Asian-privilege pointbefore. He’s also praised Asian folks by asserting that, “Asian people are not liberal, you know, by nature” because “they’re usually more industrious and hard-working.” (It’s worth noting that not all Asian demographics fit neatly into this positive stereotype that colors the way O’Reilly talks about Asian citizens.)
First, let’s be consistent and call this phenomenon “yellow privilege.” So, sure, you could reasonably argue that there is a general yellow privilege that people who look like me enjoy in the United States. For instance, Asian-American men under the age of 35 have a far lower chance of being wrongly accosted by a police officer than a young black man would. The difference is that, unlike white people, we don’t have a bitter, well-payed armada of commentators to go on TV and complain about black people every time someone brings said privilege up.
But the real reason O’Reilly black-yellow comparison is so annoying and intellectually dishonest is because it is patently bizarre to compare the Asian-American experience to the African-American one. Such a crass talking point—one that uses the favorable stats of one minority group to attack the culture of another—overlooks, or at least glosses over, some of the most obvious facts and tragedies in our nation’s history. Generations of Asian-Americans did not endure the traumas, legacies, and residual effects of slavery, Jim Crow, and decades of racist housing policy. These are factors that O’Reilly mentions only as an aside, preferring to talk more about the importance of getting black kids to “speak properly” and behave themselves in public.
Asian-Americans and African-Americans have had very different experiences in America, a complicated reality that O’Reilly and many of his colleagues do not seem eager to tackle. But at least his commentary in the wake of the Michael Brown tragedy has been more refined than some of his co-workers—a thought that is less a compliment to Bill, and far more indicative of the kind of organism that Fox News has become.
Apparently it’s legal for Fox News to do this as well…
On the same day that Michael Brown was laid to rest, Fox News edited video of Attorney General Eric Holder in an attempt to exploit and inflame racial tensions.
Fox News played this part of Attorney General Holder’s statement, “The national outcry we have seen speaks to a sense of mistrust and mutual suspicion that can take hold in the relationship between law enforcement and certain communities. I wanted the people of Ferguson to know that I personally understood that mistrust. I wanted them to know that while so much else may be uncertain, this attorney general and this Department of Justice stands with the people of Ferguson.”
Steve Doocy “asked” if Holder inflamed racial tension and interference with the judicial system.
Here is the full context of Holder’s statement,
Law enforcement has a role to play in reducing tensions as well. As the brother of a retired law enforcement officer, I know firsthand that our men and women in uniform perform their duties in the face of tremendous threats and significant personal risk. They put their lives on the line every day and they often have to make split-second decisions. The national outcry we have seen speaks to a sense of mistrust and mutual suspicion that can take hold in the relationship between law enforcement and certain communities.
I wanted the people of Ferguson to know that I personally understood that mistrust. I wanted them to know that while so much else may be uncertain, this attorney general and this Department of Justice stands with the people of Ferguson. I hope the relative calm that we witnessed overnight last night can be enduring. To a person yesterday, the people I met with, take great pride in their town and despite the mistrust that exists, they reject the violence that we have seen over the past couple of weeks.
Fox News removed Holder’s praise for law enforcement that came before his remarks to the people of Ferguson. Fox hosted former Bush nominee to be Labor Secretary Linda Chavez, who claimed that Eric Holder was fanning the flames of unrest in Ferguson. Fox News loves to edit video of the Obama administration. It is how they create the visual propaganda to go with their drumbeat of Republican talking points. Ten days ago, Fox News edited video of President Obama in order to blame him for the violence in Ferguson.
Fox News made these claims against Attorney General Holder on the same day that Michael Brown was laid to rest. Those on the right claim that their racism is a figment of the political imagination, but there can be no other explanation for why Fox News would try to increase racial tensions by editing the nation’s African-American Attorney General to create the appearance of a belief that he does not hold.
Truth and facts are secondary elements at Fox News. If anyone needs to understand who the real racists are, watch the video above. This is a new low, even for Fox News.
On Thursday night, Bill O’Reilly read emails from viewers as part of his “Mad as Hell” segment. The Fox News host was joined by Heather Nauert, who helped him determine whether those viewers have the proper justification to be so angry. One letter from a Louisiana man helped the host get to the bottom of Fox’s infamous “fair and balanced” motto.
“I’m aggravated when I see smug liberals like Kirsten Powers and Alan Colmes on the air. Enough already with these leftists,” viewer Ed Ortelli wrote.
“Well, look, ‘fair and balanced’ is the Fox News motto, Ed,” O’Reilly said, smirking. “If the liberal view were not represented we would be liars, so that’s ridiculous.” A brave O’Reilly asked Nauert how many Fox contributors do “lean left.”
She came up with a total of 19 paid contributors on the Fox network who have a liberal point of view, citing Bob Beckel and James Carville as examples. But just when you thought Nauert was going to give a number for the right-leaning contributors, she simply said, “We have a mixed boat.”
A quick look at the Fox News website shows that the network listed a total of 175 on air personalities. So if they are admitting they only have left-leaning contributors, that leaves 156 who go the other way. That means Fox News is approximately 11% liberal and 89% conservative. In other words, “fair and balanced.”
O’Reilly’s reaction to Nauert’s assessment said it all. “So we are fairly, in our commentary, balanced,” the host remarked. “We have much more on the left than, say… uh… I’m trying to think, you know CNN? I don’t know. But 19, OK, that’s the number.”
Steve Doocy’s hatred of the “other” is clearly demonstrated in his facial expression here. The problem with the above picture is that the expression appears to be permanent, not unlike an old episode of The Twilight Zone entitled: The Masks.
The hosts of Fox & Friends on Wednesday were shocked to learn that emergency responders were “forced” to serve non-English speakers in life-threatening situations even if the callers were suspected of entering the country illegally.
“They stumbled across the border illegally and now they need your help!” Fox News host Steve Doocy complained, pointing to a 911 call in Brooks County, Texas where a man who could only speak Spanish asked for a helicopter rescue because his cousin was “turning purple.”
“A small Texas town forced to answer 911 from stranded illegals in Spanish!” Doocy exclaimed.
“Not only are they understaffed and lacking resources, now they’ve got to deal with illegal immigrants who have no business being here,” co-host Brian Kilmeade opined.
Brooks County Chief Deputy Urbino “Benny” Martinez pointed out to Kilmeade that his department had a duty to respond to all 911 calls.
“So, those calls you have to respond to, even though for the most part when you get there, you realize, they’re not an American citizen?” the Fox News host pressed.
“That’s correct, but they’re on U.S. soil, and due process comes into play, and that’s the way we’re taking them as,” Martinez explained.
The chief deputy added that he wanted Republicans and Democrats to drop partisan ideology and have a “sincere dialog” because his department was running out of funds.
Earlier this week, sheriffs of Texas border counties said that Gov. Rick Perry (R) was wasting money on a “political” stunt by sending 1,000 National Guard troops to the border.
Cameron County Sheriff Omar Lucio told the Dallas Morning News that the state should be spending money to fund police officers who were empowered to respond to the border crisis.
Watch the video below from Fox News’ Fox & Friends, broadcast July 23, 2014.
KS: I always think of the text that appears on the Statue of Liberty. In part it reads…“Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”