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Cenk Uygur Accuses Fox of ‘Right-Washing’ the Vegas Shooters’ Ideology


In his Young Turks monologue Friday, online hostCenk Uygur accused Fox News of “right-washing” the political background of Jerad and Amanda Miller, the young couple that shot and killed two police officers and a civilian during their Vegas rampage on Sunday.

Citing a lack of coverage of the shooters — especially when in comparison to MSNBC and CNN — Uygur suggested Fox instead focused their energy on lambasting the Obamaadministration for the controversial swap of five Gitmo prisoners for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

Beyond simply ignoring the story, however, Uygur alleged that Fox engaged in willful “right-washing” of their backgrounds, never fully revealing to their audience the Millers’ extensive background in gun advocacy or Bundy Ranch activism. “Don’t want to offend their audience,” Uygur surmised.

He later tore into conservatives for having demanded President Obama call the 2012 Benghazi attacks “terrorism” while seemingly ignoring this pre-planned Vegas shooting spree that, in his belief, fits the mold of ideology-based terrorism.

Watch below, via TYT:

Fox News ‘expert’ reports breaking Oregon school shooting by blasting ‘anti-gun nuts’

Keith Ablow speaks to Fox News


The Raw Story

Fox News resident psychiatrist and Medical A-Team member Dr. Keith Ablow used an active shooting situation at an Oregon high school to pre-emptively attack “anti-gun nuts” for wanting to talk about gun saftey laws.

As the news was breaking of a shooting at Reynolds High School in Troutdale that reportedly left at least one person dead, Fox News host Kimberly Guilfoyle asked Ablow to talk about what could have led to the shooting.

“So often we see people are making these choices, some of it is premeditated,” Guilfoyle explained. “There are thoughts that they’ve recorded in a diary, online, in YouTube videos. Perhaps they’ve been seeking the help from a mental help professional — like yourself — troubled individuals, maybe problems at home. We have to try and unravel it to find out how it happened.”

“I think Americans may finally be getting the idea that the first thing they should think about is mental health gone awry in this system we have that’s so fractured that let’s people slip through the cracks,” Ablow opined.

“But the anti-gun nuts, they will be out in force, saying it’s all the guns,” he continued. “I predict that we’ll find again that yet another person who used a gun was compromised by one or more psychological or psychiatric illnesses that could have been detected.”

Ablow said that he never questioned why shootings happened because he worked as a psychiatrist.

He added: “And I see and get these calls from ERs where they say, ‘We want to send this person home, he threatened his mother and his family last night. But now he’s promising he’s fine. And we’ve got to get him out of here because the insurance company is on our back.’ That’s our system. That’s why this is happening.”

Watch the video below from Fox News’ Out Numbered, broadcast June 10, 2104.

Oliver North Has No Business Attacking President Obama Over Bergdahl – And Jon Stewart Explains Why

News Hounds

A few nights ago, Sean Hannity had the unmitigated gall to call on Oliver North to attack President Obama over the prisoner swap of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five Taliban prisoners. Fortunately for the rest of us, Jon Stewart had some choice things to say about it.

As Americans against the Tea Party notes:

Stewart reminded his audience that North’s “hands-on experience” came from helping to sell 200 missiles to Iran, despite an embargo in place against the nation, to free American hostages. North then used the money he got from selling the missiles to fund Nicaraguan “coke-fueled jungle death squads.”

Watch Stewart’s smackdown below. The part about North occurs in the latter part of the video. But Stewart’s earlier comments about Republicans are just as entertaining.


Fox Panelist Wishes Black People Would Chill Out When He Locks His Car (VIDEO)


I’m feeling a lot better and I couldn’t resist posting this…

TPM Livewire

After Perino brought up Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY), who said once again on Thursday that President Obama’s critics are motivated by racism, middling comedian Tom Shillue — filling in for Fox’s wannabe comedian Greg Gutfeld — had a novel idea.

“This race thing is – you know, at this point, I can’t believe they’re still saying it,” Shillue said.

“I might even agree with you that there may be some racism left in America, but who cares?” he added. “Anyone who does or says anything racist is always punished for it immediately. So why do we even talk about it anymore?”

The mostly conservative panel agreed. Perino wondered if “playing the race card so promiscuously actually drains the power of actually calling someone a racist.” Eric Bolling and Andrea Tantaros said that most Americans aren’t even concerned about racism anymore. It was left to the show’s hapless liberal Bob Beckel to feebly put up a fight.

“When a black man walks down the street here in a suit, and they cross the street and all of a sudden you hear the click, what I call the click, everybody locks their car doors, that is wrong,” Beckel said.

Shillue found that argument hilarious and said that he’s been unfairly maligned for locking his car because of liberals.

“I hear that all the time,” he said while laughing. “I lock my car door all the time…If a black guy happens to be walking by my car, I click it every time, he’s gonna think it’s me because you keep telling him that I’m the guy who clicks his car because he’s black.”

Fox News Apologizes For Obamacare Graphic, Corrects Its ‘Mistake’

Graphic “mistakes” are Fox News’ specialty.  This time they were deluged with internet outrage…

The Huffington Post

Fox News apologized on Tuesday for a seriously misleading Obamacare graphic, saying it had made a “mistake.”

Seemingly the entire Internet rapped the network over the knuckles when it aired this chart about Obamacare enrollment levels:

obamacare graphic

On Tuesday, host Bill Hemmer aired what he said was “what that graphic should have looked like.”

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“That was our mistake. Correction noted,” he added.

Georgetown University Professor/Fox News Expert Calls For Obama’s Assassination

Michael Scheuer | Attribution: None Specified

Daily Kos

Death threats against our president have become disturbingly commonplace.  But when was the last time you heard about one being made by a professor at Georgetown University?

Lou Dobbs Tonight last night included the sage opinions of a former CIA official and current Georgetown prof who recently called for the assassination of President Obama.

In a 12/23 column on his foreign policy website, Michael Scheuer suggested that history held in high esteem those who have killed tyrants:

As they head further down the road of losing wars and wrecking Anglo-American liberties, Messrs Obama and Cameron and their supporters in all parties would do well to read the words of the great 17th century English republican Algernon Sidney, a man who was revered on both sides of the Atlantic, who greatly influenced America’s founders, and who was executed by the British Crown for what it described as sedition. “There must therefore be a right,” Sidney wrote,

“of proceeding judicially or extra-judicially against all persons who transgress the laws; or else those laws, and the societies that should subsist by them, cannot stand; and the ends for which governments are constituted, together with the governments themselves, must be overthrown. … If he [a political leader] be justly accounted an enemy of all, who injures all; he above all must be the publick enemy of a nation, who by usurping power over them, does the greatest and most publick injury that a people can suffer. For which reason, by an established law among the most virtuous nations, every man might kill a tyrant; and no names are recorded in history with more honor, than of those who did it. … They [the people] know how to preserve their liberty, or to vindicate the violation of it; and the more patient they have been, the more inflexible they are when they resolve to be so no longer. Those who are so foolish to put them upon such courses, do to their cost find that there is a difference between lions and asses; and he is a fool who knows not that swords were given to men, that none might be slaves….”

Scheuer apparently believes that Obama’s action/inaction over Benghazi has earned him the death penalty.

Hillary Clinton has also invoked Scheuer’s ire.  He claimed on Lou Dobbs that she “has blood on her arms up to her elbows for not being willing to protect the people who are representing us in Libya.”

Here’s the segment from last night’s program…


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School officials threatened to be ‘lined up and shot’ after Fox News ‘misreporting’

Fox News reporter Trace Gallagher

Fox News reporter Trace Gallagher

The Raw Story

A school board member in South Dakota is calling on Fox News to apologize because he says an erroneous report led to threats that officials be “lined up and shot” over the Pledge of Allegiance.

Sioux Falls School Board member Kent Alberty told KSFY that Fox News picked up the story after a local television station reported that the board had defied a group of veterans and dropped the pledge at high schools.

“A school board there has decided there’s just no time in the day to recite the Pledge of Allegiance despite a desperate request from a local vets group to keep the pledge,” Fox News host Megyn Kelly told viewers on Nov. 14.

“The veterans, by the way, say they are not giving up,” reporter Trace Gallagher noted. “They say they will continue fighting to see if they can get the pledge reinstated.”

In fact, the board had sided with the veterans and voted unanimously to expand the use of the pledge for middle school students, elementary school students and at high school assemblies.

But because of the way Kelly and Gallagher framed their reporting, Alberty said that it left the mistaken impression that the board was against the pledge.

Sioux Fall high school students had not been required to say the pledge since 1970, and Alberty wants an apology from Fox News for suggesting that it had been dropped.

“It wasn’t dropped. That wasn’t true at all,” Alberty said. “And that is what people were reacting to was the headline – not what we actually did. And then Fox picked that story up — and again — it was the headline they used, not the actual facts of what we did at the School Board meeting.”

“The person that they gave the byline to wasn’t at the School Board meeting, didn’t interview any members of the School Board, didn’t interview the person who spoke to the School Board, but then they ran this story and didn’t have in the story the fact that we actually expanded the policy,” he added.

After receiving a number of threatening emails and phone calls, board members reported the threats to the Sioux Falls Police Department. All personal information about the members has been removed from the School Board website.

“The one that I guess got my attention the most was that this person feels that all five of us should be lined up and shot,” he recalled.

As for an apology from Fox News, Alberty isn’t holding his breath: “When something is misreported, misrepresented, an incendiary headline that really doesn’t base anything on facts of the story, I would think that would be appropriate. But I’m certainly not expecting it anytime”

On Thursday, Gallagher defended his reporting and insisted that Alberty’s version of events were not accurate.

“I was the first to do the story on Fox and I said, despite a group of military veterans showing up at the board meeting and pleading for the pledge to be read, that the board voted unanimously not to require high school students to recite the pledge because they could not find the extra 10 seconds in the school day,” Gallagher recalled.


Watch this video from KSFY, broadcast Nov. 20, 2013.


Watch this video from Fox News, broadcast Nov. 21, 2013.

Fox News, the Republican shutdown, Obama derangement and ‘research’


Daily Kos

On Saturday, Fox News talking head Anna Kooiman reported this shocking news:

“It really doesn’t seem fair, especially — and we’re going to talk a little bit later in the show too about some things that are continuing to be funded. And President Obama has offered to pay for the museum of Muslim culture out of his own pocket, yet it’s the Republican National Committee who’s paying for this,”[keeping war memorials open] Kooiman said.

Of course it wasn’t true and Ms. Kooiman acknowledged her “mistake” via Twitter:

Just met w producers- I made a mistake yday after receiving flawed research abt a museum possibly closing. My apologies. Won’t happen again.— @annakooiman

But let’s cut Kooiman a little slack. After all, who hasn’t been the victim of “flawed research”? It was probably just an honest mistake that the crack research team from Fox News didn’t notice that the source of this story was also reporting that Jesus Christ boycotts hobby lobby and that Police Barge Into Kindergarten Classroom And Taser Multiple Children “For The Heck Of It.”

Yep, nothing to see here … just a little flawed research on the Kenyan Marxist Dictator from our friends at Fox … now, back to their regular programing.

McCain Blasts Fox’s Islamophobia: Would You Have A Problem With An American Saying ‘Thank God?’

Every now and then Senator John McCain exhibits rare bursts of clarity in his thinking…

Think Progress

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ)

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) blasted Fox News host Brian Kilmeade for linking a commonly-used Arabic phrase to terrorism, during an appearance to bolster his case for a strong military response to Syria President Bashar Assad’s alleged use of chemical weapons. The Arizona senator has long called on the Obama administration to arm the rebels fighting the Assad regime and is pressing Congress to adopt an broad-based use of force resolution.

On Tuesday, Kilmeade pushed back against McCain’s requests by arguing that American weapons could flow to extremists or terrorists in the region linked to Al Qaeda. He then played video of rockets slamming into government-held districts in the central Syrian city of Homs and pointed to opposition group members chanting “Allahu Akbar! Allahu Akbar” as the rockets hit, implying that a reference to the Arab word, which is mainly used by Muslims to refer to God in Islam, betrayed ties to terrorism.

“I have a problem helping those people screaming that after a hit,” he proclaimed. Watch it:

“Would you have a problem with an American person saying ‘thank God? Thank God?’” McCain asked, clearly irritated. “That’s what they’re saying. Come on! Of course they’re Muslims, but they’re moderates and I guarantee you they are moderates.” Kilmeade didn’t respond to McCain and quickly moved on with the interview.


Ted Cruz Praises Sarah Palin On Fox For ‘Fearlessness’: Helped GOP Discover ‘A Backbone’

One of the right-wing blogs called the Fox News program in question a “Trifecta of Awesome”.  To that I say, “I think not!”


Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin made her first appearance on Fox News on Monday after being resigned as a contributor with the network. Sitting down with the hosts of Fox & Friends, Palin questioned Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) about the revelations surrounding the National Security Agency’s communications monitoring regime. During that interview, Cruz praised Palin for serving as an example to conservative politicians and the “fearlessness” with which she has “advocated conservative principles.”

Palin recently told a crowd in Washington that she wished the federal government would spend some time on “cruise control… Ted Cruz control.” She clarified that what she meant was that she hopes his fellow senatorial colleagues would “let him speak.”

“I certainly think it would help if we got back to the principles our county was founded on,” Cruz replied.

RELATED: She’s Back: Sarah Palin Rejoins Fox News As Contributor

Cruz said that he is witnessing a more robust anti-establishment sentiment in Congress and commended Palin on setting an example for others to follow in that regard. He said to Palin that he “the fearlessness with which you’ve advocated conservative principles.” Cruz added that it was likely Palin’s example has helped some Republicans who have “magically discovered a backbone.”

Turning to the NSA scandal, Cruz said that he was concerned about those revelations but urged that the public “not rush to judgment about the entire program.”

“Part of the problem is that we’ve seen a pattern from the Obama administration – whether it’s the IRS, whether it’s targeting journalists, whether it’s Benghazi – of a willingness to use the machinery of government to implement political and partisan ends, and then to mislead the American people about it,” Cruz said.

Cruz chided the administration for claiming that the Congress was briefed on the NSA programs. He said that only the intelligence committees were fully informed.