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New Study Finds That Fox News Is Brainwashing Viewers And Hurting The Republican Party

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POLITICUS USA

A new study has found that Fox News is hurting the Republican Party by brainwashing millions of angry conservatives with misinformation.

In a new study of the Fox News effect by Bruce Bartlett, research was collected that demonstrated the negative impact of Fox News on media and politics.

Bartlett described what the founding of Fox News first meant to conservatives, and how it shifted into an act of self-brain washing, “Like someone dying of thirst in the desert, conservatives drank heavily from the Fox waters. Soon, it became the dominant -and in many cases, virtually the only – major news source for millions of Americans. This has had profound political implications that are only starting to be appreciated. Indeed, it can almost be called self-brainwashing – many conservatives now refuse to even listen to any news or opinion not vetted through Fox, and to believe whatever appears on it as the gospel truth.”

Mr. Bartlett documented Fox News’ extreme rightward shift after 9/11 and how the network went from tilting conservative to flat out misinformation and propaganda. The study also sums of years of research that points to Fox News viewers as being the least informed media consumers.

The dominance of Fox News has led to some extremely negative consequences that are harming the Republican Party:

Although this arrangement unquestionably aids Republicans in winning elections and votes in Congress, it is not without its downsides. One is that Fox now exercises such powerful control over the GOP that it has become the party’s kingmaker in presidential primaries.56 Indeed, during the 2012 election cycle, a number of aspirants for the Republican nomination had been paid Fox commentators, including Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, Sarah Palin and Mike Huckabee. And woe to the Republican who runs afoul of Fox’s top brass or ignores their advice, as Mitt Romney did on one occasion in 2012. Fox is now so important in GOP primaries that candidates must put aside pressing campaign concerns when summoned to a Fox interview, where any error is magnified within the Republican bubble.

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Another problem is that Republican voters get so much of their news from Fox, which cheerleads whatever their candidates are doing or saying, that they suffer from wishful thinking and fail to see that they may not be doing as well as they imagine, or that their ideas are not connecting
outside the narrow party base.

Bartlett’s conclusion is that the same attributes that make Fox a strong cable network are harming the Republican Party.

There is little doubt that the Republican Party is influenced by two interests. The corporations and conservative billionaires who fund their campaigns and Fox News. A Republican candidate can be made or broken by Fox News, but the network also pushes Republicans to an unelectable right-wing position in presidential elections.

Viewers have been brainwashed by a combination of misinformation and constant confirmation of their own biases. Fox News doesn’t “report” reality. The result is that millions of Fox News Republicans expect their candidates to carry out what they see on television, which has led to a party of non-reality based voters supporting delusional candidates.

The impact is felt on a broken legislative process where for one party there is no middle and opposing the President at all costs has become a path to political victory.

The conclusion is unmistakable. Fox News has not only broken journalism. The conservative news network is also destroying the Republican Party.

~Jason Easley

CNN Busts Fox News For Lying About President Obama’s Remarks On Poverty

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POLITICUS USA

CNN called out a major lie of omission that Fox News tried to pull off by editing out key comments from remarks made by President Obama.

Video via Media Matters

After playing a clip of Fox News’ outrage, Reliable Sources host Brian Stelter showed viewers what Fox News left out.

Transcript via CNN:

STELTER: Here’s what almost everybody missed about the panel discussion. The president was talking about what he called a 40-year effort to stir up class divisions. FOX, of course, has only been around 15 years. Let’s go back to the original video, but let’s let it keep playing, so Obama finishes his thought.

FOX only played this part of the clip once. It was in a news report by Howie Kurtz. Notice that Obama is talking about the whole news media’s responsibility to make sure the middle class and poor Americans know — I’m sorry — what middle class and rich Americans know what it’s like to be poor.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

OBAMA: And that becomes an entire narrative, right, that gets worked up. And very rarely do you hear an interview of a waitress, which is much more typical, who’s raising a couple of kids and is doing everything right, but still can’t pay the bills.

And so if we’re going to change how John Boehner and Mitch McConnell think, we’re going to have to change how our body politic thinks, which means we’re going to have to change how the media reports on these issues and how people’s impressions of what it’s like to struggle in this economy looks like and how budgets connect to that.

And that’s a — it’s a hard process, because that requires a much broader conversation than typically we have on the nightly news.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

STELTER: He called for a broader conversation, but FOX ended up having a very small conversation.

Anyway, that’s “Red News/Blue News” for this week.

It would be nice to think that the media is finally catching on to Fox News’ selective editing tricks, but outside of the cable news competition at CNN and MSNBC, most of the mainstream press doesn’t bother to call out their lies.

If more members of the media would stand up to the Fox News propaganda machine, not only would the news be more trustworthy, viewers would be better informed. The bulk of the press is terrified of Fox News, so they will never directly criticize, debunk, or call out the Republican talking point network.

Brian Stelter of CNN took a few minutes of his show to debunk a major Fox News lie of omission, and if more members of his profession did the same, the Fox News blight could be removed from journalism.

~Jason Easley

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.

Geraldo calls out Netanyahu on Fox & Friends.

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…

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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.