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Sean Hannity gets schooled on immigration: “People won’t vote for a candidate who will deport your father”

Sean Hannity gets schooled on immigration: "People won't  vote for a candidate who will deport your father"

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The Fox News host is confused why Hispanic Americans don’t like the GOP. Fusion’s Jorge Ramos sets him straight

Last night, Sean Hannity spoke to Fusion host Jorge Ramos about why the Hispanic community refuses to back Republican candidates who share their cultural identity like Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz.

He began by asking Ramos why we don’t hear much about how historic a Rubio or Cruz presidency would be. Ramos answered that, on the one hand, both senators are choosing to follow Barack Obama in not making his race an issue in the election, and on the other, both Rubio and Cruz are Republicans of Cuban descent, whereas the majority of Latinos are of Mexican descent and vote Democratic.

A slightly confused Hannity replied by saying that he doesn’t believe in identity politics, only to characterize Latinos as people who share conservative values he identifies with: “hard work, family values, conservative on social issues, deep faith, love of country.”

Ramos replied that “it’s immigration,” because “Latinos cannot see beyond immigration right now. It’s a very simple concept, Sean — people won’t vote for a candidate who will deport your father, your friends, your colleagues, and your students.”

Hannity detailed the draconian immigration policies of Mexico and Australia, then asked Ramos why it is that if you enter Mexico illegally from a Central American country, you’re immediately thrown in jail or deported.

“It’s awful,” Ramos replied, confounding Hannity’s expectations, “how they treat Central Americans in Mexico.”

Ramos then applauded America as being “an exceptional country, an immigrant country,” which caused Hannity to try talking over him, repeatedly saying “it’s not an illegalimmigrant country.”

Ramos went on to discuss the billions of dollars that immigrants — including undocumented ones — contribute to the United States economy, but all Hannity wanted to talk about were the problems that he believes they cause. “There’s the criminal element!” he said, before returning to the topic at hand — the possibility that the Republicans might have a Hispanic nominee for president.

“What I’m saying,” Ramos tried to conclude, “is that if Cruz and Rubio choose not to support immigration reform,” but Hannity cut him off and again appealed to identity politics.

“Even if it’s the first Hispanic American president?” he asked. “Wow.”

Geraldo Rivera Slams Fox For Backing Netanyahu: ‘What Is Gaza? It’s A Prison’ (VIDEO)

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Geraldo Rivera tore the triad of dunces on Fox & Friends a new one over their enthusiasm for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday’s edition.

Co-hosts Brian Kilmeade, Steve Doocey and Elisabeth Hasselback tried all the usual loudmouth bullying tactics employed at Fox to defend Netanyahu, the man they wish we had as president instead of Barack Obama. But they never stood a chance against Rivera. After all, he’s the one who pioneered these verbal take-no-prisoners tactics back in the 1980s with his talk show, Geraldo.

Rivera acknowledged that although he considers Kilmeade, Doocey, and Hasselback to be his “dear friends,” he also knows “that we disagree in a fundamental way about U.S./Israel policy.” And contrary to Fox’s hysteria over Obama’s lack of a congratulatory phone call or message to Netanyahu, Geraldo would take Obama’s non-response a step further.

“If I were President Obama, I would have sent Bibi Netanyahu a congratulatory postcard by snail mail on a form written ‘congratulations on your recent election.’”

But, the ever-classy Steve Doocey inquired, “Why? Is that the classy thing to do?” But before Doocey could get a word in edgewise, Rivera steamrolled him.

“It is the appropriate thing to do to someone who has absolutely insulted the American constitutional system, by coming here uninvited [by the President].”

Rivera then kept going over Doocey, Kilmeade’s and Hasselback’s protests.

“We can debate who and how that invitation was engineered, but it caused a division in the U.S./Israeli relationship that has never existed before. It has carved the Congress of the United States in half, it has in many ways unsettled and made unstable that relationship.”

And then Rivera slammed Netanyahu’s racist campaign, though he doesn’t mention how it seems an awful lot like GOP campaigning here in the U.S.

“And then, for Bibi Netanyahu to run the campaign in a way that I believe was, to its core, made a racist appeal to Israeli hard-right voters to come out because these droves of these Palestinians are going to vote!”

Hasselbeck cued a video with Netanyahu’s interview with Megyn Kelly, in which the newly re-elected prime minister claimed he sees “no path” to a peace agreement:

” You can’t force the people of Israel who just elected me by a wide margin to bring them peace and security, to secure the state of Israel, to accept terms that would endanger the very survival of the state of Israel.”

But Rivera declared that Netanyahu has mistreated the Palestinian people all along, and has never had even the slightest intention of treating them fairly or hearing them out.

“Bibi Netanyahu revealed his true self in this election. Not only in his contempt for Arab-Israeli voters, but also with his unequivocal statement that there will never be a two-state solution as long as he is prime minister.”

Rivera added that given how Netanyahu has treated them, the Palestinians in Gaza have every right to be angry:

“He[Netanyahu] bragged to me, Brian. He bragged to me that all he gave in his first term as prime minister to the Palestinians was a casino in the town of Jericho. He was so gleeful about that, about how little he has yielded to them. These people have been under occupation since 1967. You wonder why[the Gazans] they are radicalized?

Doocey and Kilmeade then tried to interject something about Gaza firing rockets. But Geraldo nipped that in the bud, and snapped:

“What is ‘Gaza?’ Gaza is an isolated, one-mile-wide strip, it’s a prison.”

Hopefully, the folks at Fox & Friends have learned a lesson here: Don’t mess with Rivera.

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Watch Fox bullies get smacked down by an even bigger blowhard: Geraldo Rivera. “Netanyahu has absolutely insulted our constitutional system.”

P.S. Steve Doocey, this writer’s dearly-departed Grammie often declared that if you use the word “classy,” you probably don’t have any.

Daily Caller Writer Quits After Tucker Carlson Pulls Article Criticizing Fox News

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Conservatives love free speech — when it involves denigrating entire segments of the population with whose existence they do not agree, or when “Christians” choose to spout hateful diatribes — but Fox News contributor Tucker Carlson demonstrated clearly on Thursday that “free speech” outside of hate speech does not exist in the right-wing world.

When a blogger for Carlson’s Daily Caller wrote a piece criticizing Fox News for not doing enough to oppose “immigration and amnesty,” Carlson quickly axed the column.

“It’s pretty simple,” alleged goat-blower Mickey Kaus told Politico:

“I wrote a piece attacking Fox for not being the opposition on immigration and amnesty — for filling up the airwaves with reports on ISIS and terrorism, and not fulfilling their responsibility of being the opposition on amnesty and immigration…. I posted it at 6:30 in the morning. When I got up, Tucker had taken it down. He said, ‘We can’t trash Fox on the site. I work there.’”

When Kaus told Carlson that he needed to be able to write about Fox, Carlson told him that this exclusion was non-negotiable.

“He said it was a rule, and he wouldn’t be able to change that rule. So I told him I quit,” Kaus explained. “I just don’t see how you can put out a publication with that kind of giant no-go area. It’s not like we’re owned by Joe’s Muffler Shop, so we just can’t write about Joe’s Muffler shop.”

“Mickey is a great guy, and one of the few truly independent thinkers anywhere. I’m sorry to see him go,” Carlson said of his writer’s departure. He did not explain how he can simultaneously appreciate a “free-thinker” and refuse to allow that person to freely report on issues.

Kaus will now publish his work exclusively on Kausfiles. He says that Fox News’ influence over the Caller was just one small example of an overwhelming problem with conservative media.

“It’s a larger problem on the right: Everybody is scared of Fox,” he said. “Fox is their route to a high-profile public image and in some cases stardom. Just to be on a Fox show is a big deal. And I think that’s a problem on the right, Fox’s monopoly on star-making power.”

It’s important to note that Kaus was not critical of Fox News’ lies, its penchant for demonizing groups who are simply fighting for civil rights, or anything legitimate — he simply does not feel Fox goes far enough. Imagine if he pointed out that more than half of statements made on Fox are “Mostly False,” “False,” or “Pants on Fire,” according to Politifact (Joe’s Muffler Shop, on the other hand, has a 4.5 star rating on Yelp, while Joe himself is repeatedly praised for his honesty).

Carlson’s refusal to allow criticism of his employer begs the question: If he is repressing criticism of Fox, how can anything on his site be considered legitimate by anyone? Can even conservatives trust a site that is willing to censor all criticism of an organization — legitimate or not?

But if a writer for a propaganda outlet can’t be critical of another propaganda outlet’s lack of propaganda on specific topics, “freedumb” is dead.

Bill O’Reilly Has His Own Brian Williams Problem

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The Fox News host has said he was in a “war zone” that apparently no American correspondent reached.

After NBC News suspended anchor Brian Williams for erroneously claiming that he was nearly shot down in a helicopter while covering the US invasion of Iraq in 2003, Fox News host Bill O’Reilly went on a tear. On his television show, the top-rated cable news anchor declared that the American press isn’t “half as responsible as the men who forged the nation.” He bemoaned the supposed culture of deception within the liberal media, and he proclaimed that the Williams controversy should prompt questioning of other “distortions” by left-leaning outlets. Yet for years, O’Reilly has recounted dramatic stories about his own war reporting that don’t withstand scrutiny—even claiming he acted heroically in a war zone that he apparently never set foot in.

O’Reilly has repeatedly told his audience that he was a war correspondent during the Falklands war and that he experienced combat during that 1982 conflict between England and Argentina. He has often invoked this experience to emphasize that he understands war as only someone who has witnessed it could. As he once put it, “I’ve been there. That’s really what separates me from most of these other bloviators. I bloviate, but I bloviate about stuff I’ve seen. They bloviate about stuff that they haven’t.”

Fox News and O’Reilly did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

Here are instances when O’Reilly touted his time as a war correspondent during the Falklands conflict:

  • In his 2001 book, The No Spin Zone: Confrontations With the Powerful and Famous in America, O’Reilly stated, “You know that I am not easily shocked. I’ve reported on the ground in active war zones from El Salvador to the Falklands.”
  • Conservative journalist Tucker Carlson, in a 2003 book, described how O’Reilly answered a question during a Washington panel discussion about media coverage of the Afghanistan war: “Rather than simply answer the question, O’Reilly began by trying to establish his own bona fides as a war correspondent. ‘I’ve covered wars, okay? I’ve been there. The Falklands, Northern Ireland, the Middle East. I’ve almost been killed three times, okay.'”
  • In a 2004 column about US soldiers fighting in Iraq, O’Reilly noted, “Having survived a combat situation in Argentina during the Falklands war, I know that life-and-death decisions are made in a flash.”
  • In 2008, he took a shot at journalist Bill Moyers, saying, “I missed Moyers in the war zones of [the] Falkland conflict in Argentina, the Middle East, and Northern Ireland. I looked for Bill, but I didn’t see him.”

Much more continued here…

Megyn Kelly Speaks Up For Mandatory Vaccination On Fox: ‘Some Things Do Require Big Brother’

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It looks like Fox News can tell the truth at times…

Think Progress

A debate on vaccines has infected the nascent 2016 Republican presidential primary. Rand Paul, for example, said that the right of parents to refuse vaccines is “an issue of freedom.” To bolster his point, he claimed that vaccines can give children “profound mental disorders,” and idea that is completely unsupported by medical literature.

Similarly, Chris Christie framed the vaccination issue as a matter of “parental choice.” (Faced with mounting criticism, Christie later backtracked partially, saying only some vaccines should be optional.)

Monday night on Fox News, Megyn Kelly provided the antidote. Appearing on The O’Reilly Factor, Kelly spoke out forcefully for mandatory vaccines. (O’Reilly agreed.) Speaking directly into the camera, Kelly said, “I want to say on the record, I have three children under the age of six. I vaccinated all of them. On time. As the doctor prescribed. Nothing was delayed.” She noted that the science showing vaccinations are safe and beneficial for children is “very certain today.”

Kelly predicted the issue would continue to play a role in the Republican presidential primary because it had become about “Big Brother.” “On the other hand, some things do require some involvement of Big Brother,” Kelly said.

Kelly may want to have a conversation with her colleague, Sean Hannity. On his program Monday, Hannity said that “parents should have the choice” on whether to vaccinate their children. Hannity featured commentary from Dr. Eric Braverman who told millions of views that “no one” is giving their children the full course of vaccine shots. According to Braverman there is an “overreliance” on vaccines to prevent disease.

The segment featured more medically accurate commentary from Dr. Marc Siegel, who accused Braverman of perpetrating a “bait and switch.” Even Siegel, however, opposed mandatory vaccinations. Braverman concluded the segment by claiming that vaccines “don’t always work” and attributing the measles outbreak in Disneyland to the combination of heat and junk food.

In 2015, there have been more than 100 cases of measles reported in the U.S. across 14 states. The Center For Disease Control is “very concerned” that the country could be on its way to a major measles outbreak. Already, dozens of babies, too young to get vaccinated, have been forced into isolation.

Although Megyn Kelly has a growing reputation of standing up to some of the worst excesses on Fox News, not everyone is impressed.

Fox News Gets Trolled Into Oblivion After Saying Birmingham, UK Is ‘Totally Muslim’ Caliphate (VIDEO)

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It must be a pretty terrible feeling to know that you went onto Fox News and said something so completely idiotic that the entire world took the time to make fun of you. On a network renown for its terrible opinions and inane guests and hosts, Fox’s terrorism “expert” Steven Emerson emerged as the clear front runner as the dumbest of them all.

During a segment on the terrorist attack in Paris, Fox News brought on Emerson to lecture the country on how they and other countries in Europe may have brought this attack on themselves by tolerating Muslims.

And before you think lecturing a country that has just experienced a devastating attack before the victims have even been buried by victim-blaming lacks class, just remember France did the same to America after September 11, right?

Nope. They showered the country with support and love.

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Paris memorial made in honor of the victims of America’s terrorist attack. (via PR News Online)

Fox News took a different route. Emerson announced that much of Europe was being systematically taken over by Muslims, so of course they would be attacked by terrorists. To prove that point, he noted that the English city of Birmingham was “totally Muslim” and that non-Muslims did not enter.

Watch Fox host Judge Pirro’s face freeze up as she tries not to cringe while Emerson goes off the rails:

“In Britain, it’s not just no-go zones, there are actual cities like Birmingham that are totally Muslim where non-Muslims just simply don’t go in.”

In other places in England, roving bands of “Muslim religious police” wander the streets savagely beating anyone who doesn’t “dress according to religious Muslim attire.”

Rather than call Emerson on it, Pirro actually agrees with him, somberly concluding that what he described sounds like a “caliphate” within England.

But here’s the thing: Every single sentence Emerson just said is completely and utterly false. A noxious mix of xenophobic stupidity and outright dishonesty. And unlike the more vague lies that Fox typically trades in, this one can be objectively disproven easily. Is Birmingham completely Muslim?

No. According to publicly available census data that Emerson didn’t bother to look up, Birmingham is 20% Muslim, and a majority of residents are Christian – hardly a burgeoning caliphate in the heart of Great Britain. Nor so, does England allow Muslim residents to systematically assault non-Muslims in the streets.

Thankfully, the rest of the world wasn’t as kind to Emerson as Pirro, taking to twitter with the hashtag “#FoxNewsFacts” people from England and beyond mocked the sheer stupidity of his words. The hashtag quickly became one of the top trending topics on Twitter.

According to UK writer Chris Stokel-Walker, Emerson is aware that he is the laughingstock of the world and apparently feels kind of bad about going on Fox News.

It’s pretty clear that the “sources” he had relied on were bogus. That seems par for the course for Emerson, who first became known for his terrorism “expertise” after he concluded that the Oklahoma City Bombing was definitely done by a Saudi-based jihadist group– right up until the moment police caught right-wing white American, Timothy McVeigh.

This is what passes as an “expert” on Fox News.

Protesters Planning Massive Rally In Front Of Fox News Headquarters After Non-Stop Racist Coverage

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If Fox News thought it could sit on the sidelines and take cheap shots at the anti-police brutality protests around the country without getting called out, they are about to learn a hard lesson.

On January 2, protesters are meeting in front of the News Corporation headquarters (home of Rupert Murdoch’s media empire) right outside of Fox News’ studios to hold a “die-in” shutdown. While Fox tries to record their usual garbage inside, outside hundreds will be letting the company and the world know that what Fox is doing is not okay.

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As if it weren’t obvious, the behind-the-scenes operations of the Post are equally rife with racism. In 2009, the Post published an insanely racist cartoon which featured police officers shooting a chimpanzee to death and casually implying that it was meant to represent Obama (you can view it here). After an editor at the paper complained, she was fired. After being dismissed, she revealed the insanely racist work environment that she had been forced to endure for years – none of it is pretty.

So naturally, the newspaper and Fox News have been working hand-in-hand to attack the Black Lives Matter movement every chance they get. In a letter announcing the planned protest, organizers don’t mince words:

As many already know The NY POST is a newspaper that is owned and controlled by the Right Winger Rupert Murdoch, who in essence is a corporate racist, that continually supports and disseminates racist, classist, sexist and all forms of pro 1% misinformation through his NY POST newspaper as well as FOX television.

This rag has also continually posted lies and misinformation about the Black Lives Matter movement, protests and uprising. We say NO REST FOR THE WICKED and beyond this action a boycott of the NY POST and FOX NEWS remains in existence as long as the lies continue from its newspaper, news programming and other media services. [source]

The group, which has been coordinating with other protest groups, want as many people as possible for a “die-in” in front of Murdoch’s offices. They also call for a boycott of all News Corporation businesses until they cease promoting racism and attempting to spread racial fears to their almost-universally white audience.

According to one Facebook group alone, over 1,000 people have signed on to attend the January 2 rally. If that doesn’t seem like much, then just imagine that many people crowding the windows and sidewalks around the Fox News headquarters. It will be an action that is hard to ignore.

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Fox & Friends Airs Misleading Footage To Suggest Al Sharpton Led Protesters Calling For “Dead Cops”

Make no mistake here, I am not an Al Sharpton fan, but this blatant misrepresentation of the facts is very dangerous territory but Fox News has done it for years with impunity.

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Fox’s Clayton Morris: Al Sharpton Is “Calling To Kill Cops”

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But the footage of protesters chanting anti-police slogans was not from Sharpton’s December 13 march, whichThe Washington Post described as a “peaceful civil rights march led by families of the slain and organized by the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network.”

In a later segment flagged by liberal news site Raw Story, Fox sandwiched — without explanation — a clip of the “dead cops” chant in between two clips of Sharpton speaking at the “Justice for All” rally, conflating the two events.

Although an on-screen graphic identified the “dead cop” chant as coming from the New York City protest, co-host Tucker Carlson strongly implied that all the footage shown was from Sharpton’s event, stating, “Huh. So the first clip you heard people are saying, ‘We want the cops dead.’ And the second you heard Al Sharpton say ‘We’re not against the police.'”

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Co-host Clayton Morris later questioned Sharpton’s claim not to oppose law enforcement and suggested that Sharpton was “calling to kill cops.”

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MORRIS: But Al Sharpton says, “Wait, wait, wait a sec, you are blowing this out of proportion. We’re not anti-police at all.” Listen to Reverend Sharpton.

SHARPTON (CLIP): We’re not saying all police are bad. We’re not even saying most are bad. We’re not anti-police. But we’re anti-brutality and the federal government must have a threshold to protect that. Second, the Justice Department must have a division funded to deal with this. Thirdly, we must have the power of special prosecutors, not the local prosecutors.

MORRIS: So does that square with you? You’re not anti-police, but you’re calling to kill cops.

CARLSON: Well the guy has no idea what he is talking about.

MORRIS: And you’re anti-brutality too.

CARLSON: If you take seriously what he said, you can’t even understand it. It just doesn’t make any sense

Donald Trump: There has never been a greater enemy to Israel than Barack Obama

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Oh my goodness, Trump and Fox News are  such stomach turners…

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Birther Donald Trump is again pretending he might run for president. Along with that hot air, he spouted off a few bogus accusations against President Obama on Fox News last night. Host Jeanine Pirro looked at him adoringly.

In an interview on last night’s Justice with Judge Jeanine show, Trump announced that the economy is in “very bad shape.” He said, “We owe $17 trillion – now it just hit $18 trillion. Trillion! A word that you never even heard, like, five years ago.”

Well, maybe Trump never heard the word “trillion” five years ago. But the fact of the matter is that when George W. Bush left office nearly six years ago, the country was in many trillions of dollars of debt. From PolitiFact:

On Jan. 20, 2009, the date of Obama’s inauguration, the debt held by the public stood at roughly $6.307 trillion, according to the Treasury Department’s “Debt to the Penny” calculator. The total debt, or gross federal debt, was about $10.627 trillion.

As for the increase under Obama’s tenure, PolitiFact also notes that “about two-thirds of the annual deficit during his term has been from entitlements and interest.” Meaning, of course, that the bulk of the growth was not due to any of Obama’s policies.

Of course, Pirro didn’t correct the record. Nor did she point out all the improvements to the economy under Obama: the shrinking deficit, increases in the stock market and decreases in unemployment, e.g. But that’s not a huge surprise. This is the same former judge who was blind to the pile of evidence disproving Trump’s birther attacks on Obama. She’s also the same former prosecutor who was married to a mobster and thug for over 30 years.

But on Fox, Pirro is presented as a credible analyst who has demanded Obama’s impeachment. She now said about Obama’s desire to close Guantanamo Bay prison, “It’s almost as though he’s replenishing the enemy in a time of war.”

Trump was not to be outdone in the Obama-foreign-policy smearing. Trump said, “Probably, maybe from the beginning, there has never been a greater enemy to Israel than Barack Obama.” Yeah, just pay no attention to the billions the U.S. gives to Israel each year that make it the single biggest recipient of U.S. foreign aid.

Trump continued, “It’s incredible the way he treats them, the way he’s speaking to them. I think he treats our known enemies much better.”

It’s more than ironic for a guy like Trump to be complaining about respect toward Israel’s government. Given the utter contempt Trump has shown for his own country’s government, it speaks volumes about where his loyalty lies.

But of course, Pirro saw nothing but a great American in Trump. She said, “You have very strong opinions on everything, the military and the economy and health care – 2016? I mean there isn’t really a front runner. What about Donald Trump?”

“Well, we’re gonna see what happens,” Trump said. “The Republicans need somebody great and if they don’t get it, we’re gonna have a problem in this country.” He promised that after the election, “I’ll make lots of decisions and maybe lots of choices.”

The look of admiration on Pirro’s face as she closed the interview said it all.

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Apparently, she’s got a real thing for grifters.