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Russell Brand absolutely demolishes Fox News over Ferguson coverage

Russell Brand absolutely demolishes Fox News over Ferguson coverage

Russell Brand (Credit: AP/Ellis O’Brien) 

Say what you will about Russell Brand but that fact is, every now and then he makes salient points on his video program.  This is just one example…

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On the latest episode of his Web series, the British comedian takes Fox to task for its one-sidedness

Russell Brand eviscerated Fox News’ coverage of the protests in Ferguson, Missouri, on Thursday, blasting the network for its one-sidedness.

“It’s so outrageous,” Brand said on the latest episode of  his show, “The Trews.”

“It’s almost art.”

Brand criticized Fox News for its nearly unanimous support of Darren Wilson, the white Ferguson police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown earlier this month, and for its deeply negative attitude toward protesters in the Missouri city.

“I think what’s interesting about Fox News’ coverage is the complete evisceration of any compassion in the argument,” Brand said. “Pain and suffering is the lifeblood of their channel. There’s no one so disadvantaged, so oppressed, that Fox News can’t get some mileage out of exploiting or condemning them.”

Beginning his takedown, Brand homed in on Greg Gutfeld’s comments on “Red Eye,” where the host said that “the media, like humanity, can only handle two sides to a story, and they almost always flock to one side — and it’s David, never Goliath.”

Cutting in, Brand cannily responded: “Yeah … When you look at the Bible, you think, ‘Hang on here! Should we revise this clearly allegorical story about David and Goliath? What about Goliath — the hapless, lovable giant?’ No, you don’t — Goliath is clearly there to demonstrate oppressive power, isn’t he?”

Brand continued his assault on Gutfield, playing a segment where Gutfield called the overwhelming support for Brown whom the “Red Eye” host deemed the “underdog” the result of “decades of pop culture, deeming what’s cool and what isn’t.”

Interjecting, Brand offered his rebuttal.

“It’s not ‘cool’ to stick up for the people of Ferguson, who after a century of oppression and the only limited success of the civil rights movement, have decided that after the killing of an unarmed man to protest. They’re doing it because they like some of their trainers,” Brand said, referring to expensive athletic shoes.

Brand also took aim at Fox News contributor Jason L. Riley, author of the book “Please Stop Helping Us: How Liberals Make It Harder for Blacks to Succeed.” Riley, who consistently has attempted to explain black crime as a pathological deficiency, recently lambasted President Barack Obama for his comments that “black crime stems from poverty, or a racist criminal justice system, which is nonsense!”

Brand wouldn’t stand for it.

“That’s outrageous,” Brand said. “Of course there’s an economic aspect to the argument. Of course there’s a social aspect. You can’t just bring out the author of the book ‘We Deserve to Be Shot’ to bring out arguments just so Fox News can keep being as they are.”

He continued: “People don’t just spontaneously have an attitude toward the criminal justice system …Like the same way you might not have an attitude to your dishwasher. If your dishwasher doesn’t do anything except wash the dishes, you won’t just suddenly wonder one day, ‘You know, it’s really unjust the way that dishwasher keeps shooting unarmed black men!’”

Watch the whole clip here:

Fox News host brings Michelle Obama hate to Russell Wilson interview

Fox News' Neil Cavuto interviewing Russell Wilson. Chyron: 'Seahawks quarterback Russel Wilson on his fight to end childhood hunger'

‘Please say you hate Michelle Obama. It’s all we have left here.’

Why? What the hell is Fox News’ “endgame” with the Obamas?  They have about 2 years more to be in the White House.  Talk about ‘overkill’…

Daily Kos

Quick, can you tie an interview with Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson to an irrational hatred for the First Lady? No? Well then I guess you can’t be on Fox News.

“Can this Seattle Super Bowl champ do what Michelle Obama could not?”  Cavuto asked during a teaser for the interview. “Food for thought from the guy dishing it out.”

I forget if Neil Cavuto is on the “real news” side of Fox News, but since that was never actually a thing, I guess not.

“Well, Russell, what are we doing wrong then as a nation though with this urging them to eat healthy or set up these school lunch programs where they’re urged to eat healthy. I mean, Michelle Obama’s trying. Many argue that she’s getting to be too much of a food police mommy,” Cavuto said. “Be that as it may, whatever she’s doing isn’t working and I’m wondering what you’re doing that is working. What’s the difference?”

When you’re a quarterback who Fox News will suck up to, that’s gotta count for something. No First Lady has gotten that since the last one before this one. The rest of the banter solidifies Cavuto’s reputation as being the guy on Fox you really do not want to have to sit for an interview with, aside from all the other people on Fox.

“Well, the first lady, I have so much respect for her. I was able to meet her and the President, obviously, you know when we went to the Super Bowl, we won the Super Bowl and got to go to the White House,” Wilson said. “You know, I think at the end of the day, you know the kids, it’s tough to eat healthy. You know, I remember when I was a little kid I was always struggling trying to eat healthy.” [...]“Really? That was never my problem, Russell. I guess you have some issues,” Cavuto said.

We keep reminding Democratic politicians that appearing on Fox News will gain you nothing but trouble. We probably ought to extend that warning to every other person in America as well.

A**hole Todd Starnes Wants Obama To Offer Condolences To Cop Who Killed Michael Brown

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So, we know these Fox News “contributors” are brought on the air to say outrageous things so Fox News can feed their hungry base the racism and Obama bashing they’re not allowed to do openly.  Apparently  Fox News has lessened the opportunity for their “anchors” to say outrageous things so they need those wacky surrogates…like this clown.

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Todd Starnes is a professional asshole. The Fox News contributor has made a career out of trolling his political and ideological adversaries online, always being the first to unleash some smarmy, news-related bon mot like, say, tweeting after the shooting down of MH17 that President Obama wouldn’t care about it because it didn’t involve “beer or golf.” He’s scared shitless of gay people and never misses an opportunity to remind us all of the myriad ways the gay conspiracy is coming for our children. He has a bug up his ass about the supposed ongoing war on Christianity, the one that, as you know, has had a dreadfully serious impacton the number of Christians in this country and their power and influence in politics. He once even demanded that South Park be the target of a federal investigation for committing blasphemy. So, yeah, he’s just that fucking comically awful.

With this in mind, it won’t surprise you at all to learn that Todd Starnes is very concerned about the President’s reaction to the shooting of an unarmed black teenager by police in Ferguson, MO. Yesterday, Obama released a statement in which he called the events in Ferguson, both the shooting and the violence that’s followed, “heartbreaking.” Needless to say, that’s not good enough for Todd Starnes, who wants to know why the president has offered his condolences to the family of Michael Brown but not the cop who shot and killed him. True, that still unidentified police officer isn’t dead, but facts like that are no match for as talented a troll as Todd Starnes.

See? Asshole.

I’ve got to give it up for Mediaite, though, who not only passed along documentation of Starnes’s latest Twitter tantrum but also created for him his own potential contribution to the #IfTheyGunnedMeDown social media hashtag crusade.

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Remember the idea behind this: two separate side-by-side pictures are submitted, one in which the person submitting the shot appears menacing and the other where he appears completely harmless.

I don’t know about these two shots of Todd Starnes, though. In both of them, he looks like a child-molesting doomsday prepper who’s ready to drink his own urine if it comes to that.

Fox Panel on Impeachment Erupts into Charges of Racism and Lawlessness

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 Mediaite

A Fox News Sunday panel that began skeptically of the GOP chatter about impeaching PresidentBarack Obama erupted with charges of racism and lawlessness, as Fox contributor Juan Williams and Heritage Action leader Michael Needham went at it over the motivations behind the calls for impeachment.

Both National Journal editor Ron Fournier and Williams called out Needham for calling Obama “lawless.”

“You listen to Michael and you understand why lots of Republicans think [Obama's] a demon,” Williams said. “Lots of people in the minority community see it as an attack against the first black President. They think it’s unfair, and so it’s gonna spur their turnout in the midterms, which is going to be critical in several races.”

“If you just break it down as a matter of political analysis and say who is this group [calling for impeachment], it reminds me that the Republican Party has become almost a completely white party,” Williams continued. “The people who want him impeached are all white, they’re all older, and guess what — they’re all in the far right wing of the Republican Party.”

“He might as well have just said they’re all racists,” Needham objected. “That’s ridiculous….You’re the one demonizing people who are concerned about the fact that we have a crisis of Constitution.”

“Look, we can have a principled argument about President Obama’s actions and use of executive actions, but you called him lawless, as if he’s an outlaw, as if he’s riding the range and we gotta go get that guy,” Williams said.

Fournier finally cut in: “The way the Americans are hearing this conversation, is they’re hearing you say that our president is a criminal and hear you saying that Republicans are racists,” Fournier said. “What they want is solutions.”

Watch the clip below, via Fox News:

CNN Anchor Lashes Out At Fox: ‘You Willfully Ignorant F**ksticks’

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CNN anchor Bill Weir | Sipa USA / Patrick McMullan Co

From what I hear CNN has been emulating Fox News on much of their programming.  CNN used to be my go to network for news.  That stopped about eight years ago…

TPM Livewire

The blog Fox Nation tweeted out an article on Wednesday night with the headline “Climate Doesn’t Cooperate With Al Gore’s Group’s Visit to Denver EPA Hearings.” The article, which was aggregated from The Washington Times, detailed Climate Reality Project’s recent trip to Denver.

The climate group, which was founded by former Vice President Al Gore, recently launched an “I’m Too Hot” campaign and was seen passing out free ice cream at the Environmental Protection Agency’s hearings in Denver this week, according to the article.

“The plan was to tout the EPA’s emissions proposal as a solution for hot weather brought on by global warming, but when the hearings began at 9 a.m. Wednesday in Denver, the temperature was a chilly 58 degrees. Plus, it was raining,” Washington Times’ staff writer Valerie Richardson wrote.

Apparently bothered by the Fox Nation tweet, Weir responded minutes later, tweeting “weather is not climate, you willfully ignorant f**ksticks.”

Here was the original Fox Nation tweet:

On Thursday afternoon, Weir apologized on Twitter for his “dumb move.”

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

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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

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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’

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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)

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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”

Captain Kirk – “BENGHAZZZZZZZZZIIIII!”

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.