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Fox’s Shep Smith to Greenwald on ‘Bombshell’ Report: This Is It?



On Wednesday, Glenn Greenwald’s new site The Intercept released the latest revelations to come from Edward Snowden’s NSA leaks. The new story, which Greenwald had been teasing andhyping for weeks, named five prominent Muslim-Americans on whom the NSA and FBI have been spying for years, despite the fact that they engaged in no known terrorist or criminal behavior.

Referencing his guest’s appearance on Fox a few weeks ago, Smith told Greenwald, “you were talking bombshells and fireworks and all that. Glenn, to be quite frank, in today’s news cycle, this is being played below President Obama being offered a puff, puff pass in Colorado.”

“It’s gotten a lot of play,” Greenwald replied, a bit defensively, noting that his site just posted the report last night at midnight and the news has been prominently featured on The New York Times today.

“I mean, the fact is that there are people who look at the targets and will think, ‘Oh, that’s only Muslims. And even though they’re my fellow Americans, I’m not really bothered by it,’” Greenwald added, “I think sometimes that’s part of it. But I think the implications are sinking in nicely.”

Later, Smith asked Greenwald, “Is this the finale? Is there more we’re going to learn from the Snowden documents, or is this the finish?”

Greenwald assured the Fox host that he has other stories based on Snowden’s leaks already written and other journalists around the world are collaborating on further revelations. “But for me, this fills in a really important part of the picture,” he said, “which is putting a human face on how — we all know that the Obama administration is bulk surveilling all of us, but this puts a human face on the kinds of dangers that can be presented to dissidents or people who criticize the government from the most invasive forms of surveillance. So it’s important, but not the last.”

By the time they reached the end of the interview, Smith seemed more interested in Greenwald’s on-the-ground report on how Brazilians are feeling after yesterday’s World Cup loss to Germany than anything to do with government surveillance on Muslims.

Watch video below, via Fox News:

Here’s How Much Fox News Hosts Are Intertwined With The Koch Brothers


Fox News

The Huffington Post

More than a dozen Fox News personalities have made appearances at events for groups funded by the Koch brothers, even as many of them were also defending the controversial billionaires on the network’s airwaves, according to a new study from Media Matters.

Charles and David Koch, founders of Americans for Prosperity (AFP) and the Americans for Prosperity Foundation (AFPF), have called on at least 15 Fox News hosts and contributors to publicly promote upcoming AFP and AFPF events, Media Matters said. These hosts include Tucker Carlson, Mike Huckabee, Laura Ingraham, Guy Benson, Dana Perino and Andrew Napolitano.

A recent Politico report showed that AFP “intends to spend more than $125 million this year on an aggressive ground, air and data operation benefiting conservatives.” Since 2012, a growing number of hosts have become the faces of these Koch-funded events in an effort to increase the attendance.

Moreover, many of these hosts have also loudly backed the Koch brothers on Fox News shows, Media Matters noted. Just weeks before Tucker Carlson was set to be the lead speaker at an AFPF in May, for instance, he criticized opponents of the Koch brothers during an edition of “Special Report.” Hosts of “Fox & Friends” and “The Five” have also come to the brothers’ aid and used their shows to promote AFP and AFPF material.

Networks have often frowned upon hosts when they’ve veered from normal opinionating into more explicit party politics. MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough and Keith Olbermann were both briefly suspended in 2010 for making donations to political candidates. Ed Schultz was also pulled from speaking at a Florida Democratic fundraiser when it seemed he might too be crossing a line. Fox News itself has clamped down on hosts, ordering Sean Hannity to return to New York in 2010 after the network found out he was set to lead a Tea Party fundraiser.

Fox Host Yells At Michele Bachmann For Trying To Sue Obama: ‘You’re Being Silly’

Cavut and Bachmann

Think Progress

Fox News anchor Neil Cavuto blasted Republicans on Wednesday for preparing to file a federal lawsuit challenging the executive actions of President Barack Obama. During an interview with Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), Cavuto belittled the effort as “an enormous waste of effort” and “a political football,” suggesting that President George W. Bush used similar executive authority.

The segment devolved into a shouting match, with Cavuto laughing off Bachmann’s indignation about Obama’s use of executive powers.

“You just said it, congresswoman, we might not get anywhere,” Cavuto exclaimed in frustration. “Maybe Republicans are within their rights, maybe the president is within his rights.” As Bachmann sought to defend the suit, Cavuto accused her of “conflating issues and being silly.” “Where was your rage when Democrats were going after President Bush on the same use of executive orders, because I think you knew then that that was a waste of time then and I think you know in your heart of hearts this is a waste of time now,” he exploded. Watch it:

Cavuto’s real rage came out in response to Bachmann’s suggestion that Republicans in Congress should simply defund the executive branch. “Think about what you’re saying,” he screamed. “Defund the executive branch? Congresswoman! If Democrats had said to you, ‘we’re going to defund President Bush,’ you would have laughed at them and so you should have been.”

As of February, Obama had issued fewer executive orders than all but one of the other presidents since World War II. Republicans, meanwhile routinely embraced the power of Republican president George W. Bush to take action, even at times when he would circumvent Congress by doing so.

Fox ‘News’ Asks A Football Player About Benghazi. Here’s Some Other ‘Experts’ They Can Interview (Humor)


Fox News has “Benghazi” on their mind 24 hours a day…

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In their desperation to keep Benghazipalooza going, Fox News is resorting to extreme measures. Knowing that their audience has the attention span of a brain damaged gnat, the executives at Fox have started bringing in completely random “experts” to comment on the “scandal.” How else can you explain the NFL’s Terry Bradshaw being asked to weigh in on such a serious topic? Yeah, you read that right: Terry Frakking Bradshaw.

In light of this new low in Fox News credibility, I put together a short list of other “experts” Fox can interview about Benghazi. I helpfully named the segments for them, too. Aren’t I just the sweetest?

Gordon Ramsay “Is Hillary Cooking Up A Cover Up?”

Lebron James - “It’s A Slam Dunk That Obama’s Guilty!”

Oliver Stone - “It’s A Conspiracy! You’re a conspiracy! EVERYTHING’S A Conspiracy!”

Lew Rockwell Ron Paul “Unknown” – “Is Benghazi The Beginning Of The Race War?”

Stan Lee - “Will This Be The End Of Our Friendly Neighborhood Tyrant? Stay Tuned True Believers!”

The Koch Brothers – “The Following Benghazi Expose Is Funded By Anonymous Donors Who Are NOT The Koch Brothers”

Glenn Beck - “If I Say Benghazi Enough Times, Can I Have My Old Job Back?”

Justin Beiber – Unavailable for comment after being arrested again.

Maury Povich – “Are You The Father Of This Tragedy?”

George W. Bush – “I Call Upon All Networks To Flog This Story To Death. Now Watch This Drive!”

Maybe they can toss in a few historical and fictional figures as well!

Republican Jesus™ – “Do Unto Others As You Would Have Them Do Unto Benghazi”

William Shakespeare – “To Benghazi Or Not To Benghazi?” 

Harry Potter – “Bengahzious Scandalous Fabricatious!”

Connor MacLeod of the Clan MacLeod – “There Can Be Only One…Benghazi”


Buzz Lightyear – “To Benghazi And Beyond!”

You’re welcome Fox News. I expect my check in the mail in 6-8 weeks.

Fox News Cuts Away From Obama Press Conference Because Nobody’s Asking About Benghazi

Fox News appears to have reached a new low in broadcasting ethics…

The Huffington Post

Fox News cut away from President Obama’s press conference with German chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday because people weren’t asking Obama questions about Benghazi.

Obama’s conference came just as House Republicans announced that they were forming a select committee to further investigate the 2012 attacks, but Fox News apparently grew frustrated that he was getting questions on the situation in Ukraine and the botched execution in Oklahoma. When a German reporter stood up, Fox News host Harris Faulkner told viewers that the network was cutting away, and that it would stay away unless someone asked about Benghazi.

“We are not anticipating that that [question] would be about the situation with Benghazi, which is breaking news since the president has been talking, really,” she said. “So if in fact somebody throws him a question on this topic, we’ll go back to that joint news conference…we’re going to move on here with what is breaking.”

The network stayed true to its word, and didn’t return to the press conference.

President Obama Shreds Fox News For Their Bogus Criticisms Of His Foreign Policy



During his press conference in the Philippines, President Obama took apart Fox News and the Republican Party’s claim that his foreign policy is weak.

The video starts 10 minutes before it ends…


President Obama engaged in one of his favorite press conference hobbies. The president handed Ed Henry his head for asking yet another Fox News fueled stupid question that was entirely based on Republican talking points. As soon as Henry broke out the phrase red line, it was easy to see the utter BS question coming.

Obama went through and debunked point by point the right’s bogus criticisms of his foreign policy. The president got in an immediate jab at Fox News by suggesting that the network ignored the complimentary pieces about his foreign policy. Obama directly took on the Republican talking point that Fox News pushes on a daily basis that his foreign policy isn’t strong or manly enough.

The president hit Fox News and the Republicans hard by saying that haven’t learned the lessons of the decision to invade Iraq, and that they keep hitting the same note over and over again. He called out Fox and the GOP for being wrong about Syria, and for advocating military strikes that the American people want no part of. He made it clear that his foreign policy decisions aren’t made because some clown at a cable news network thinks that they will make him look strong.

President Obama ate Ed Henry and his talking points for breakfast, and demonstrated why Republicans don’t have a leg to stand on when it comes to foreign policy. Military action and waving the flag is not foreign policy. The nation learned that painful lesson under George W. Bush.

Obama is showing Fox News what a strong president looks like by intelligently shoving their talking points right back in their face.

(I usually don’t include the whole lengthy transcript, but this one is worth reading in order to appreciate Obama’s foreign policy.)


Fox News Tries And Fails To Get Any Details About The GOP’s Obamacare Replacement

Sen. Rob Portman (R) on Fox

Think Progress

Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) struggled to articulate a credible GOP alternative to the Affordable Care Act during an appearance on Fox News Monday morning, promising only to replace President Obama’s health care reform with “legislation that does give people more opportunities” and “better ideas.”

But pressed by host Bill Hemmer about how Obamacare would “change” should Republicans reclaim the Senate majority after the midterm elections, Portman could only offer a critique of the existing law. He argued that reform does not cover enough Americans or allow people to keep their existing health care plans. “I personally think it is a failed model. We have to put in place better policies that allow people to keep what they have and allow people to get coverage who can’t afford it.”

Asked again, how the GOP would go about changing the existing law or which provisions it would keep in place, Portman mostly demurred, highlighting “wellness” provisions and expanding health savings accounts. Watch the exchange:

Earlier this month, House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) admitted that Republicans would not be able to preserve the most popular elements of Obamacare if they repeal the law as a whole.

“If you look at these kinds of reforms, where they’ve been tried before — say the state of Kentucky, for example — you basically make it impossible to underwrite insurance,” Ryan told Bloomberg’s Al Hunt when asked if Republicans would maintain the pre-existing conditions regulations, dependent coverage extension, and other rate requirements. “You dramatically crank up the cost. And you make it hard for people to get affordable health care,” Ryan insisted.

House Republican leadership has pledged to unveil a unified replacement plan for Obamacare but has yet to release any details about the proposal.



Rupert Murdoch Admits That “Fair And Balanced” Fox News Is A Shill That “Saved” The GOP

Fox News Has Saved The GOP, Murdoch Proclaims

In an interview with Fortune Magazine, Rupert Murdoch claimed he saved the Republican Party ‘absolutely’ – Fox News just another branch of the GOP.

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Can Fox News please stop with their oxymoron catch phrase “fair and balanced?” In an interview with Patricia Sellers for Fortune Magazine, while responding to the question on whether he believed Fox News’ polarizing rhetoric for GOP has harmed America’s leading conservative party, Murdoch pushed back, saying, “I think it has absolutely saved it.”

The exchange:

Fortune: “Does it bother you at all, Rupert, that there is a view that Fox News has contributed in a big way to the political discontent in the U.S., degraded the political process, and maybe, in spotlighting the Tea Party, even hurt the Republican Party?”

Murdoch: “It has certainly given voice and hope to people who didn’t like all that liberal championing thrown at them on CNN. I think it has absolutely saved it. It has certainly given voice and hope to people who didn’t like all that liberal championing thrown at them on CNN. “

Murdoch also had some strong words about Fox News’s role on the Tea Party;

“By the way, we don’t promote the Tea Party. That’s bullshit. We recognize their existence.”

Murdoch’s claims are not so far fetched. According to a Gallup Poll , sixty six percent of Fox News viewers are over the age of 50. Sixty nine percent of those who are over the age of 50 are married. Furthermore, Fox News viewers are more likely than CNN/MSNBC viewers to be white, Protestant, and male who attend church weekly, and earn an income over $75,000 a year. A staggering 66% ofcore Fox News viewers identified themselves as Republicans, and 94% of overall Fox viewers identified or leaned Republican.

Look back at the 2012 election results as compared to Fox News viewership:

  • 52% of men voted for Mitt Romney versus 48% voted for John McCain
  • 56% of people 65+ voted for Mitt Romney versus 53% voted for John McCain
  • 59% of white people voted for Mitt Romney (between 59-61 percent of whites between the ages of 18-65+ voted for Republican Mitt Romney) versus 55% voted for John McCain
  • 58% of people who attended church weekly voted for Mitt Romney

Over the next four years, as Fox’s ratings have gotten higher (with the exception of a drop in 2013 of 5%), their targeted audience has gotten more Republican.

Here’s also the kicker: when it comes to measuring President Obama’s approval rating based on the viewership of Fox and CNN, 97% of Fox News Viewers disapprove of the president, and only 1% approve. On the other hand, with CNN, 40% disapprove, whereas 57% approve. That survey, from the same Gallup Poll, was conducted in June 2013.

The gap between disapproval and approval is much wider in Fox than it is with the “liberal” CNN. Maybe that’s a hint that CNN allows their viewers a more open and honest dialogue in the political discourse in our country. But Murdoch is right when he says Fox News has saved the Republican Party. Without their fanatical anti-Obama, anti-Hillary Clinton rhetoric, Republicans would be running around like chickens with their heads cut off trying to scrape together support.

According to a Pew Center report, respondents feel that opinion fills 85% of MSNBC’s time slot, whereas only 55% occupies Fox News’s time slot.

MSNBC does usher in their opinion, but they make no secret of it. Nor do they claim to be “fair and balanced.” They don’t make up their facts, either. Nor do they discard facts that don’t fit into their philosophy.

Rupert Murdoch claims Fox News “saved” the GOP, because, according to their viewers, only white, protestant old men can save the GOP now.

Fox News Host Calls NCAA Champs ‘NAACP Champs’ Because…You Know, Black People


Liberals Unite

Of course it was a silly mistake that Heather Childers of Fox & Friends quickly corrected after being bonked on the head by one of the crew after they cut away to the clip, but it sorta does reflect on the mindset, don’tcha think?

After all, it’s almost always black folks running around shooting hoops, isn’t it, Heather?

H/t: Ted

O’Reilly Confronts Geraldo over His MH370 ‘Lunacy’

It’s a slow Saturday so for now, all I’ve got is this…(LOL)


Bill O’Reilly has established himself as perhaps the biggest critic of the cable news MH370 coverage on TV right now, and on Friday night he brought on Geraldo Rivera to confront him about his “lunacy” on the missing Malaysian Airlines plane. On Fox & Friends Friday morning, Rivera said it was likely the plane was hijacked and then landed somewhere in order to pick up a “secret passenger.”

O’Reilly wasted no time in laughing at Rivera, remarking that he “put forth some lunacy” and asking why in the hell he would do that. Rivera insisted, “It’s not a theory about aliens and black holes, it’s true!”

When Rivera said he knows what likely happened to the plane, O’Reilly asked, “Did you go to the psychic? Did she tell you?”

Rivera explained that there was likely a maintenance issue, “smoldering fire in the tire,” and when they were in the air it “ignited a fire” and as they were trying to land they were “overcome by smoke inhalation.” After listening to Rivera, O’Reilly told viewers, “You’ll never get those two minutes back, ladies and gentlemen.”

Watch the video below, via Newscenter