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

Politico

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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.

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

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Mediaite

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:

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.

Jon Stewart blasts Fox: You’d love Bergdahl’s dad if he wore a ‘Duck Dynasty’ bandana

Jon Stewart blasts Fox: You’d love Bergdahl’s dad if he wore a ‘Duck Dynasty’ bandana (via Raw Story )

Daily Show host Jon Stewart tore into Fox News’ Brian Kilmeade on Tuesday over his criticizing the father of recently-released American POW Bowe Bergdahl for his beard, considering the Fox lovefest over the hirsute Duck Dynasty clan. “First of all…

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List of Companies Supporting Right-Wing and Tea Party Causes and Candidates

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Liberals Unite

As we discussed in our recent article, 4 Effective Ways to Fight the Tea Party, there are many things we can do to combat their agenda.  We can work to advocate truthfulness, avoid television stations that air conservative Super PAC propaganda.  WE can support candidates facing elections against Tea Party candidates…

And we can boycott companies whose products and services help fund the Tea Party agenda and candidates.

For your convenience, here is a list of but a few of those companies we should avoid.  Be sure to share with your family and friends. This is by no means a fully comprehensive list, but it is a good beginning.

Also, change.org has a petition you can sign telling “Cannon Pharmacy, Quicken Loans, Angie’s List, & 37 Limbaugh Sponsors – We’re Not Buying”.

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Be sure not to watch:

  • 20th Century Fox Television programs on other networks (24, Married with Children, etc.)
  • Big Ten Network (49%)
  • Fox Business Network;
  • Fox College Sports
  • Fox Movie Channel
  • Fox News
  • Fox News Channel
  • Fox Reality Channel
  • Fox Soccer Channel
  • Fox Sports en Español
  • Fox Sports Enterprises
  • Fox Sports Net
  • Fox-branded local television stations
  • Foxtel (25%)
  • FUEL TV
  • FX Networks
  • National Geographic Channel (International) (50%)
  • National Geographic Channel (US) (67%)
  • Speed Channel
  • Sport South

Do not watch movies produced by these studios:

  • 20th Century Fox Español
  • 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • 20th Century Fox International
  • 20th Century Fox movies;
  • Blue Sky Studios pictures;
  • Fox Searchlight Pictures;

On the web, avoid:

  • AmericanIdol.com
  • AskMen.com
  • Authonomy via HarperCollins
  • Fox Interactive Media
  • Fox.com
  • Foxsports.com
  • GameSpy
  • Hulu.com
  • IGN
  • MyNetworktv.com
  • MySpace (5%)
  • News Digital Media
  • Scout.com
  • TheSimpsons.com
  • TheXFactorUSA.com
  • WhatIfSports

Do not buy/subscribe to magazine/print publications or read books from:

  • Alpha
  • Barron’s – weekly financial markets magazine.
  • Big League
  • Chopper
  • Country Style
  • Financial News
  • Harper Collins
  • Lifestyle Pools + outdoor design
  • Live to Ride
  • Marketwatch – Financial news and information website.
  • MasterChef Magazine
  • Modern Boating
  • Modern Fishing
  • New York Post
  • Overlander 4WD
  • SmartSource Magazine
  • Super Food Ideas
  • Tattoo
  • The Wall Street Journal
  • Truck & Trailer Australia
  • Truckin’ Life
  • Two Wheels
  • Two Wheels Scooter
  • Vogue Entertaining + Travel
  • Zondervan Publishing

THE KOCH BROTHERS

  • ADI-Pure ®
  • Antron ®
  • Brawny brand paper towels and other products;
  • Chemical products including: •Sure Sol ® products
  • Comforel® fiberfill
  • CoolMax ®
  • Cordura ® fabric
  • DACRON ®
  • DBE ® dibasic esters
  • Delica ®
  • Demak’Up ®
  • Dixie® Brand cups plates, and other products;
  • European brands: •Colhogar ®
  • Georgia-Pacific lumber and paper products;
  • Inversoft ®
  • Kitten Soft ®
  • Koch Agricultural – Operates cattle ranches
  • Koch Fertilizers
  • Lotus ®
  • Man-made fabrics and fibers including: •LYCRA ®
  • Mardi Gras brand paper goods;
  • Matador Ranch – Hunting ranch.
  • Moltonel ®
  • Northern brand toilet paper;
  • Nouvelle ®
  • Okay
  • Oxyclear ™
  • Performa ®
  • Polarguard ®
  • Polyclear ®
  • Polyshield ®
  • Soft-n-Gentle® brand toilet paper;
  • SolarMax ®
  • Somerelle ® Bedding
  • Sparkle brand paper goods;
  • Sparkle brand paper napkins;
  • Stainmaster® carpet and fabric care products;
  • Supplex ® Fabric
  • Tactel®
  • Tactesse ® Carpet Fibers
  • Tenderly ®
  • Terathane
  • Thermolite ®
  • Tutto ®
  • Vanity Fair brand paper napkins;
  • Zee brand paper goods

THE DeVOS FAMILY

  • AMWAY products (much of which are made in China) including: •Nutrilite ®
  • Artistry make-up and skin care products
  • Body Series personal products;
  • DITTO Delivery
  • eSpring laundry and cleaning products;
  • Fulton Street Market products;
  • Glister oral care products;
  • Hi-Gear automotive products
  • iCook
  • Legacy of Clean;
  • Miss America make-up and skin care products
  • NUTRIPET ® products
  • Nutriplant agricultural products;
  • Perfect Empowered drinking water
  • Personal Accents ® scents;
  • Satinique bath products;
  • The Creme LuXury Collection make-up and skin care products
  • The NBA ® Orlando Magic
  • Trend Collection make-up and skin care products
  • XLP automotive products
  • XS energy drinks

 

Adventures in Fox polling

Rachel Maddow Blog

From time to time, I enjoy marveling at the kind of questions that appear in ostensibly neutral Fox News polls. This latest entry only helps reinforce suspicions that the network asks questions intended to get an ideologically satisfying result.

C’mon. Does anyone seriously believe an independent poll would ask whether respondents feel like “the federal government has gotten out of control”? I think it’s far more likely Fox wanted to tell it’s viewers about results that reinforce a preconceived narrative, so it asked a question to illicit a predictable response.

As for the underlying point, it’s also worth noting that Fox did not ask whether the public believed “the federal government has gotten out of control” when the Bush/Cheney administration said warrantless wiretaps of Americans were legally permissible.

Let’s also not overlook the larger polling pattern. I’ve long marveled at the kind of questions that make their way into a Fox survey, starting in March 2007 when the network’s poll asked, in all seriousness, “Do you think the Democratic Party should allow a grassroots organization like Moveon.org to take it over or should it resist this type of takeover?” Soon after, another Fox poll asked, “Do you think illegal immigrants from Mexico should be given special treatment and allowed to jump in front of immigrants from other countries that want to come to the United States legally, or not?”

In 2009, a Fox poll asked, “Do you think the United Nations should be in charge of the worldwide effort to combat climate change and the United States should report to the United Nations on this effort, or should it be up to individual countries and the United States would be allowed to make decisions on its own?”

In March 2013, a Fox poll asked, “Former President George W. Bush stopped golfing after the start of the Iraq war. Do you think President Barack Obama should stop golfing until the unemployment rate improves and the economy is doing better?”

As a rule, professional news organizations put a great deal of care into how they word polling questions. To get reliable results that accurately reflect public attitudes, surveys have to be careful not to guide respondents or skew their answers.

It’s possible Fox is less concerned about accurately reflecting public attitudes.

Why Tea Partiers Are Boycotting Fox News

Tea Party versus Fox News?

This is a strange development…

The Daily Beast

First it was the ‘left’ turn after the election, then Benghazi cover up accusations.  Activists have a list of demands for the conservative network, which some say is ‘not as fair and balanced as I thought.’

Is Fox News going soft?

That is what a number of Tea Party activists are saying and they are organizing a boycott to protest the conservative station’s coverage, especially what they view as the network’s relative silence in investigating the attacks on a diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya.

“Particularly after the election, Fox keeps turning to the left,” said Stan Hjerlied, 75, of Fort Collins, Colo., and a participant in the boycott. He pointed to an interview Fox News CEO Roger Ailes gave after the election in which he said that the Republican Party and Fox News need to modernize, especially around immigration. “So we are really losing our only conservative network.”

The three-day boycott lasted Thursday morning through Sunday morning, and is the second time this group of activists have gone Fox-free in an effort to steer the coverage. Organizers say a two-day boycott earlier this month knocked 20 percent off of the network’s regular viewership. (A Daily Beast analysis of the same data showed that the boycott had little effect.)

A spokeswoman for Fox News did not respond to a request for comment.

A leader of the boycott, Kathy Amidon, of Nashville, declined an interview, instead directing The Daily Beast to a website, Benghazi-Truth. The website, a single-page, 23,000-word manifesto complete with multicolored fonts, supposedly incriminating videos of Fox News’s complicity in a coverup, and communist propaganda photographs, is kept by someone who identifies himself online as “Proe Graphique,” and who other members of boycott described as someone who works “in New York media.”

By way of explanation, the website reports: “People ask why not all mainstream media? Why just Boycott FOX? The answer, again, is that FOX needs the Tea Party/conservatives more than the conservatives need FOX after FOX turned left, basically selling out the people who made FOX successful in an attempt to earn an extra buck. FOX is extremely vulnerable to these boycotts while the rest of the MSM doesn’t need us at all, to speak of.”

Organizers then encourage would-be Fox News viewers to wait until the One America network, which is supposed to launch this summer as an alternative to Fox, goes on the air.

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Fox Viewers: Fools or Marks?

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Mario Piperni

This take on the reason Fox let Dick Morris go is just about right.

Morris was so laughably wrong in almost everything he said that even many die-hard conservatives no doubt found him to be a buffoon. When he tells you over and over again that there’s no way your side can lose, and then they do, his credibility suffers even with people who want to believe him. But what really did him in, I think, was when it came out in December that he was, in all probability, running a scam on the Fox News viewers whom he implored to contribute to his super PAC to defeat Barack Obama. None of the money went to that cause, instead probably finding its way back into Morris’s pocket. It’s one thing to treat Fox viewers like fools—most of the network’s personalities do that every day. But it’s quite another to treat them like marks. If you do it as blatantly as Morris did, the entire brand is threatened.

In the end, it became too obvious that Dick Morris wasn’t working for the betterment of the conservative movement, or the Republican party, or Fox News. He was working for the betterment of Dick Morris. Once that became all too obvious, I’m sure Ailes had no qualms about showing him the door. After all, there’s plenty more where he came from.

Fox viewers – fools? Nah. Really?

Morris might have been more blatant in his ways than the many grifters who appear daily on Fox but there’s a fine line between Morris’ antics and those of say, a Bill O’Reilly. Truth and honesty would never take precedence over the $20 million O’Reilly pulls in each year in salary alone from Fox. Bill knows what his audience of low-information muppets wants to hear and he delivers without fail.

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Fox News’ plummeting ratings: Why the network is struggling

Many Fox News viewers probably weren't eager to tune into President Obama's inauguration — which was a ratings bonanza for liberal MSNBC.

The Week

The conservative news outlet is suffering its worst ratings in 12 years

In January, Fox News had its worst primetime ratings since 2001 in the all-important age demographic of 25-54, according to new Nielsen data. Furthermore, its total day ratings for the age group fell to their lowest levels since 2008. The grim news for the conservative cable network was gleefully publicized by liberal rival MSNBC, which boasted a 20 percent boost in the 25-54 demographic from the previous year, and an 11 percent climb in primetime.

What happened? While some liberal commentators would like to see Fox’s decline as evidenceof a leftward shift in public opinion, coinciding with President Obama enjoying his highest favorability ratings in three years, the truth is probably simpler. Conservative viewers in January — participating in a collective version of see no evil, hear no evil — likely passed on watching President Obama’s inauguration, a ratings bonanza for MSNBC. Fox has suffered similar ratings declines during other big Democratic events.

It’s also important to keep the latest development in context. As Katherine Fung and Jack Mirkinson at The Huffington Post note, “Fox News still had nine out of the top 10 programs. It has spent 11 consecutive years as the top-rated news channel. Its 6 a.m. show drew almost double the ratings of CNN’s top-ranking primetime show.”

Ouch. However, while Fox may not feel the need to shake up its lineup a la CNN, the house that Ailes built is making a few changes. Sarah Palin was recently let go as a commentator, while Red State editor Erick Erickson, a recent refugee from CNN, was brought on board.