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Fox News Responds To Being Called Out By Obama With Even More Racism

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Fox News responded to being called out by President Obama by suggesting that poverty would be solved if African-Americans would stop being lazy and go get jobs.

Yesterday, while participating in a roundtable about poverty, President Obama called out Fox News for spreading lies about the poor.

President Obama said, “I mean, I have to say that if you watch Fox News on a regular basis, it is a constant menu — they will find folks who make me mad. I don’t know where they find them. They’re like, I don’t want to work, I just want a free Obama phone — or whatever. 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.”

Fox News responded by doubling down on racism and falsehoods about poverty.

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Fox News’s Stuart Varney blamed President Obama’s policies for poverty. Varney said, “I think the president is spinning the failure of his own policies, and I think he is blaming us, and I think we are an honest messenger.Look at food stamps for a second. We’ve been asking why is that after six years of so-called recovery there’s still twelve million more people on food stamps today than when the president took office. Surely, that’s the failure of the president’s policies. What about Obama phones? Why is it that we’re giving away thirteen million phones after six years of recovery. Why are we doing that?”

Varney then trotted out the favored Republican attack of accusing President Obama of creating a culture of dependency.

The “Obama phones” program was not created by President Obama. “Obama phones” came from the administration of George W. Bush, via a private company created with grants during the Clinton presidency. The statutory authority for the program dates back to FDR and Woodrow Wilson. In other words, there is no such thing as an Obama phone.

By the way, the majority of food stamp recipients are white. Red states also use the most food stamps.

Steve Doocy added, “The speech yesterday was all about poverty. If you don’t want to be poor, usually, you wind up with a job. , that is the answer, but if you look at the black unemployment rate, it’s staggering.”

In 2014, the United States government estimated that 10.6 million workers were poor. These people have jobs, most of the time more than one, yet they are still poor. The simplistic conservative answer to poverty is based on the assumptions that poor people are lazy, and that jobs pay enough to lift workers out of poverty. Doocy took it a step beyond by trying to link the African-American unemployment rate to a willingness to get a job.

 Fox News was doing all of the spinning. They were trying to cover up the fact that their audience is more likely to receive government benefits than African-Americans. The propaganda spewed by Doocy and Varney was not only racist and classist. It was also 100% factually incorrect.

People aren’t poor because they are lazy, but blaming others while slumming in the worst stereotypes is the Fox News way.

Jason Easley

Fox host: Occupy Wall Street protestors are ‘dirty’ and useless

This woman epitomizes the filth that is Fox News

The Raw Story

If a tea party group has a protest, Fox News is very happy to present coverage for that event. But if a protest has anything to do with “liberal views,” the network certainly doesn’t share the same eager glee.

In the midst of a Hannity segment Friday evening that criticized and mocked the Occupy Wall Street protests, The Five co-host Kimberly Guilfoyle denigrated the now two week protestors as being virtually useless.

“It’s Woodstock meets burning man meets people with absolutely no purpose or focus in life,” she said. “They have nothing but free time to be down there, they make up a slogan or cause as they go along, and they’re just looking to go out there and dirty the streets. And they really don’t have any idea of what they’re doing there.”

Watch it here…

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Fox News Has Mainstreamed Pam Geller’s Islamophobic Hate Speech

Media Matters

In the aftermath of the tragic shooting in Oslo, Norway, the manifesto of accused killer Anders Behring Breivik is being examined, and commenters are noting that he frequently cited fringe, so-called “antijihad” writers including Atlas Shrugs blogger Pamela Geller.

Geller has long been a reliable source for Fox when the network needs or wants to highlight far-right, fringe, and extremist opinions — and Geller has only benefited from the exposure. And now that the opinions Geller proudly holds have been connected to a horrific act of violence, Fox News’ role in mainstreaming Geller and her brand of Islamophobic activism should be put under the microscope.

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Fox News Has Aggressively Mainstreamed Geller

Geller Engaged In Fundraising For Her Issues On Fox. On June 28, 2010, Geller appeared on Fox News’ Fox & Friends where she promoted her book about “the Obama Administration’s War on America,” discussed her campaign to place signs on taxis that state “Honor killing victims: Is your family threatening you? LeaveIslamSafely.com,” and to instruct Fox viewers how to contribute to her campaigns through her website. [Fox News, Fox & Friends6/28/10]

Geller On Fox: Developers Of Islamic Community Center Near Ground Zero “Want To Stab Americans In The Eye.” On May 27, 2010, Geller appeared on Fox News’ Fox & Friends to criticize the developers of the Park 51 Islamic community center in New York City:

I think that that’s wrong. I think there’s no tolerance there. I don’t know why they’d want to stab Americans in the eye with that. [Fox News, Fox & Friends5/27/10]

Geller On Fox: A Mosque “Basically Embodies The Very Ideology That Inspired” 9-11 Attacks.On May 15, 2010, Geller appeared on Fox News’ Huckabee to discuss her opposition to the New York City Islamic community center, calling it “an outrage, an insult” and “humiliating to the families and to all Americans.” Geller called the community center “a mosque” which she said “basically embodies the very ideology that inspired those attacks on 9-11.” [Fox News, Huckabee5/15/10]

Geller On Fox: “All The Evidence Points To Obama’s Anti-Semitic Associations.” On July 27, 2010, Geller appeared on Hannity and claimed that President Obama’s meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was a “photo op” and accused Obama of being anti-Semitic. [Fox News,Hannity7/27/10]

Geller Compared Islamic Community Center To A “Ku Klux Klan Shrine” Near A Black Alabama Church. On August 11, 2010, Geller appeared on Fox News’ Fox & Friends and voiced opposition to plans to develop an Islamic community center in lower Manhattan. Geller said:

This is not a religious issue or a freedom of speech issue. Would you build a Ku Klux Klan at the 16th Street Baptist Church in Alabama? It has nothing to do with that. [Fox News, Fox & Friends, 8/11/10]

Geller On Fox: “Arabic” Is “A Spearhead Of An Ideological Project That Is Deeply Opposed To The United States Of America.” On February 14, 2011, Geller appeared on Fox Business’ Follow the Money to discuss Arabic language instruction in Texas schools. Gellar said that Arabic “is the language of Islam and it is a spearhead of an ideological project that is deeply opposed to the United States of America.” [Fox Business, Follow the Money, 2/14/11, via Nexis]

Geller Routinely Uses Downright Outrageous, Hateful Rhetoric

Geller: “President Obama Is Indeed A Bastard, Literally And Figuratively.” In an April 29, 2011, post on her blog, Atlas Shrugs, Geller wrote, “President Obama is indeed a bastard, literally and figuratively.” [Atlas Shrugs, 4/29/11]

Geller Compared Critics Of Muslim Radicalization Hearings To “Pre-War Nazi Germany.” In a March 9, 2011, post on her blog, Atlas Shrugs, Geller compared criticism of Rep. Peter King’s (R-NY) hearings on the purported radicalization of American Muslims to “what it must have looked like in pre-war Nazi Germany.” [Atlas Shrugs, 3/9/11]

Geller: Obama “Is A Third Worlder And A Coward” Who’s “Appeas[ing] His Islamic Overlords.” In an April 13, 2010, post on her blog, Geller wrote: “Obama is a third worlder and a coward. He will do nothing but beat up on our friends to appease his Islamic overlords. All this is going down while Obama plays footsie at his nuclear nonsense campfire — sucking up to Iran’s enablers while beating up our allies.” [Atlas Shrugs, 4/13/10]

Geller Called Obama “President Jihad” And Said Obama Was “Advocating Jihad.” In an April 1, 2010, blog post titled, “President Jihad: Obama Encouraged Violent Palestinian Muslim protests against Israel,” Geller claimed Obama “is agitating Muslims against Jews” and stated:

The President of the United States is advancing jihad against the oath of office that he took. [Atlas Shrugs, 4/1/10]

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Newt Gingrich: A History Of Hypocrisy

Most people who have watched Newt Gingrich’s political moves through the years know that this recent foray into the GOP presidential race will be short-lived. 

Rachel Maddow has given us extensive information on Gingrich’s scam of  to garner in millions of dollars for decades,  without holding a “job”…

Now, Media Matters has compiled list of Gingrich’s history of hypocrisy:

As disgraced former Speaker Newt Gingrich tweets his way into the GOP presidential race for 2012, we are reminded of his outstanding record of political and moral malfeasance in his decades-long effort to promote himself.

From his personal and professional ethical transgressions to his crusade against the working class, Gingrich continues to thrive in the shadows of fiscal corruption and the spotlight of right-wing hyperbole.

 Despite his rocky marital past and remarkably hypocritical and extremist rhetoric, Gingrich unabashedly vaunts himself as the country’s moral compass without a hint of irony, consistently waging an ideological war in an effort to maintain his own relevance.

  

 

Fox News executive admits his attempt to link Obama to socialism was a lie

Raw Story

During the 2008 presidential campaign one Fox News executive repeatedly tried to smear Barack Obama with charges of “socialism.”

Liberal watchdog group Media Matters has uncovered audio that indicates Fox News Washington managing editor Bill Sammon was just engaging in what he called “mischievous speculation.”

In 2009, Sammon told an audience aboard Mediterranean cruise sponsored by a right-wing college that his 2008 attempt to link Obama to socialism was “a premise that privately I found rather far-fetched.”

“Last year, candidate Barack Obama stood on a sidewalk in Toledo, Ohio, and first let it slip to Joe the Plumber that he wanted to quote, ‘spread the wealth around,'” Sammon said. “At that time, I have to admit, that I went on TV on Fox News and publicly engaged in what I guess was some rather mischievous speculation about whether Barack Obama really advocated socialism, a premise that privately I found rather far-fetched.”

During the 2008 campaign, the then-Washington deputy managing editor repeatedly suggested that Obama had socialist tendencies.

On Oct. 14, 2008, Sammon said that Obama’s comment to Joe Wurzelbacher “is red meat when you’re talking to conservatives and you start talking about ‘spread the wealth around.’ That is tantamount to socialism.”      Read more…

Roll Call: Republicans Admit Congress Members Carefully Avoid Contradicting Conservative Media Figures

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Media Matters

Roll Call’s Christina Bellantoni reports today that “Several Republicans privately admitted Members carefully monitor what’s being said on conservative airwaves to make sure they aren’t contradicting it or enraging talkers.”

Also from Bellantoni’s January 24 article:

With Members taking cues from the echo chamber as well as their party leadership, it’s changed the way business gets done. Limbaugh and Fox News hosts Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity can mobilize more voters than any press release or floor speech, so Members find themselves needing to be responsive or face their wrath.

A Republican strategist and former top Republican National Committee aide told Roll Call that Members have one of two reactions when constituents start a message with “I just heard on Rush today …” — “joy and panic.”

Limbaugh has more than 20 million listeners, and most Members couldn’t dream of their message being so widely spread back home, the GOP strategist said.

“You’ve got to break eggs to make an omelette, and if you’ve never been mentioned on these shows in either a favorable or less than favorable context, one has to wonder, are you actually making an impact?” the strategist said.

If Limbaugh or Beck pushes an issue, his audience picks up the phone and taps out e-mails, asking lawmakers to take action. “These Members understand that their constituents are listening to this, and the consequence will elicit action that will place pressure on them,” the strategist said.

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Sarah Palin: Winner Of The 2010 Glenn Beck Misinformer Of The Year Award

An appropriate award, no doubt…

Media Matters

In selecting the 2010 winner of the Glenn Beck Honorary Award for Excellence in Misinformation, Media Matters weighed the vigor and meticulous detail the 2009 recipient, Glenn Beck, brought to the craft.

Beck’s dedication to fabricating facts to smear those he disagrees with is so complete, we at Media Matters for America decided to name the award in his honor. Thus, it is only fitting that the recipient of the first Glenn Beck Misinformer of the Year Award would embody the spirit Glenn Beck brings to lying, distorting, and smearing; someone who regularly promotes the very same lies and extreme rhetoric as Glenn Beck; someone who truly stands with Glenn Beck.

Sarah Palin announced early this year that she would join Beck and become a Fox News contributor. Within days, Palin sat for what Beck called an “eyeball to eyeball” interview. For the rest of the year, Beck and Palin would share talking points and cross-promote each other’s violent rhetoric, falsehoods, and distortions — continuing a pattern that first emerged in 2009.