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Fox News’ Hasselbeck: Navy Yard shooting shows need for video game registry, not gun control

Fox News host Elisabeth Hasselbeck

This sounds like a classic case of Right Wing denial

The Raw Story

New Fox & Friends host Elisabeth Hasselbeck on Tuesday suggested that “the left” was trying to make Monday’s mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard about “gun control,” when what the country really needed was a registry to track video game purchases.

“You know, certainly, this topic has already taken a turn again, the left’s already making this about gun control,” Hasselbeck said.

Co-host Steve Doocy noted that 34-year-old Aaron Alexis was thought to have taken a shotgun onto the Navy Yard and then possibly used it to acquire a handgun and an AR-15 assault rifle from someone at the facility.

 

“Is this about gun control or is this about a guy who has a history of drinking a lot, playing video games a lot and a few shooting incidents?” co-host Brian Kilmeade asked.

“One thing that happens often in a situation as tragic as this is we start to spread blame where it possibly doesn’t belong, right?” Hasselbeck remarked. “I think we all know where the blame truly belongs, and that would be right in Alexis’ hands.”

“But you talk about this guy’s background, as we look into it,” Kilmeade continued. “He’s got a friend, who said, ‘Yeah, he had an obsession with video games, shooting video games. In fact, he would come over and he would be playing so long — these video games, these shooting games — we’d have to give him dinner, we’d have to feed him while he continued to stay on them.’”

“Are more people susceptible to playing video games?” Hasselbeck wondered. “Is there a link between a certain age group or [demographic] in 20- to 34-year-old men, perhaps, that are playing these video games and their violent actions?”

“What about frequency testing?” she added. “How often has this game been played? I’m not one to get in there and say, monitor everything, but if this, indeed, is a strong link, right, to mass killings then why aren’t we looking at frequency of purchases per person? And also, how often they’re playing and maybe they time out after a certain hour.”

“You go to your room!” Doocy quipped.

 

Fox News Claims Solar Won’t Work in America Because It’s Not Sunny Like Germany

“It’s always sunny in Germany”

Can they really be that dense over at Fox News or are they just playing to their low-information base?

Slate

Thanks to Fox News and its expert commentators, millions of Americans now understand the real, hidden reason why Germany’s solar-energy industry is so much further along than ours. Turns out it has nothing to do with the fact that Germany’s government has long supported the industry far more generously, with policies like feed-in tariffs that stimulate investment in green technologies. No, the real reason is much simpler, explained a trio of journalists on Fox & Friends: It’s always sunny in Germany!

“The industry’s future looks dim,” intoned host Gretchen Carlson at the beginning of the segment, which was preserved for posterity by the liberal blog Media Matters for America.  She and her co-host went on to ridicule Obama’s “failed” solar subsidies, adding, “The United States simply hasn’t figured out how to do solar cheaply and effectively. You look at the country of Germany, it’s working out great for them.” Near the end of the segment, it occurred to Carlson to ask her expert guest, Fox Business reporter Shibani Joshi, why it might be that Germany’s solar-power sector is doing so much better. “What was Germany doing correct? Are they just a smaller country, and that made it more feasible?” Carlson asked.

Joshi’s jaw-dropping response: “They’re a smaller country, and they’ve got lots of sun. Right? They’ve got a lot more sun than we do.” In case that wasn’t clear enough for some viewers, Joshi went on: “The problem is it’s a cloudy day and it’s raining, you’re not gonna have it.” Sure, California might get sun now and then, Joshi conceded, “but here on the East Coast, it’s just not going to work.”

Gosh, why hasn’t anyone thought of that before? Wouldn’t you think that some scientist, somewhere, would have noticed that the East Coast is far less sunny than Central Europe and therefore incapable of producing solar power on the same scale?

You would—if it were true. As Media Matters’ Max Greenberg notes, it isn’t. Not even remotely. According to maps put out by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory, virtually the entirety of the continental United States gets more sun than even the sunniest part of Germany. In fact, NREL senior scientist Sarah Kurtz said via email, “Germany’s solar resource is akin to Alaska’s,” the U.S. state with by far the lowest annual average of direct solar energy.

Solar resources: United States, Germany, Spain

I look forward to Fox News’ correction. Meanwhile, enjoy toggling between the video above and the map below and shaking your head.

 

Obama Derangement Syndrome: No. 15,392

An addendum to the previous post…

Mario Piperni

I thought this was remarkably stupid.

Fox News has responded to President Obama’s appearance on NBC’s Late Night with Jimmy Fallon by suggesting that Obama is somehow denigrating the office of the presidency. For instance, today on Fox & Friends, co-host Gretchen Carlson said that it’s “nutso” for Obama to go on “these comedy shows” because it “lowers the status of the office.”

The Queen of screech, Ann Coulter, chimed in with

“It’s pretty pathetic that that’s what the president has to go to but what else is he gonna do?”

Okay. My question is what these same people had to say back in 2008 when a certain president showed up on a popular game show.

game show! Did poor little Gretchen believe then that Bush’s satellite appearance on Deal Or No Deal was also “nutso”? Did it lower the status of the office?

Or what about Mitt Romney’s appearance on Letterman last December?  “Pathetic” might be better used to describe Mitt’s reading of the Top 10 (no.9 – “What’s up gangstas, it’s the M-i-double tizzle.” Sheesh.)

Personally, I see no problem with presidents and prime ministers and other world leaders mingling with the common folk as long as they keep a certain decorum. The only thing pathetic here is the right-wing’s transparent and patented hypocrisy on all matters Obama.

Fox analyst: Obama’s appearance on Fallon damaged the image of the presidency

Conservative columnist Cal Thomas. Screenshot via Youtube.

I’ve heard some variation of the above statement since the POTUS appeared on Jimmy Fallon’s show.   What I don’t understand is this:

Doesn’t it damage the office of the Presidency to insist that the President’s birth certificate is not authentic; to hurl personal attacks at President Obama on a daily basis, especially on Fox News.  Fox Nation, the online website of Fox News have maintained the most vile dialogue from readers, pertaining to President Obama; they try at every turn to denigrate the President‘s most significant accomplishments (Killing Osama Bin Laden and Health Care.)

How is it these people are so concerned about the office of the President’s image when they have been attempting to tear it down Barack Obama’s image even before he was elected?  When Mr. Obama was elected by a wide margin, they started doubling down on their personal attacks.

The Raw Story

Add syndicated conservative columnist Cal Thomas to the list of those upset over President Obama’s appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon this week.

Thomas expressed his displeasure Saturday afternoon on Fox News Watch with Obama’s light-hearted appearance on the NBC late night show.

“There is a certain decorum about the presidency, I think,” Thomas complained. “When you take it on and lower it to that level, I think it does damage to the image of the office. It’s a distraction from the important stuff going on. The jobs and the economy, foreign policy issues.”

Thomas isn’t the first on Fox this week to criticize Obama’s appearance on Fallon. Gretchen Carlson bizarrely thought Wednesday that Obama’s decision to appear was “nutso.”

MSNBC’s Ed Schultz slammed Carlson for her comments later in the day.

WATCH: Video from Fox News, which was broadcast from April 28, 2012.

Fox And Friends Pretty Sure The Labor Department Is ‘Cooking The Books’ On Jobs Numbers | ThinkProgress

Think Progress

On Friday, ThinkProgress noted that Fox News appeared to be systematically ignoring the strong jobs report that day, perhaps in an effort to avoid giving President Obama any credit. The network mentioned the jobs numbers half as often as some of their competitors, and buried the big news on their website, but on Fox and Friends today, the network went a step further.

Hosts Eric Bolling, Steve Doocy, and Gretchen Carlson went beyond merely downplaying the numbers to contriving a conspiracy theory to explain them away:

BOLLING: So are they playing around with the numbers? Look, it’s the Bureau of Labor Statistics, it’s supposed to be non-partisan, but that’s the Department of Labor. Hilda Solis heads the Department of Labor, Hilda Solis works directly to Obama. I’m — you know.

DOOCY: Are you saying they’re cooking the books?

BOLLING: I’m saying there’s room for error. There’s room — when you’re talking about 4 million people, how do you know?

DOOCY: How do you know?

CARLSON: I don’t think anyone should surprised that in an election year — […]So it’s interpretation, I think is the way in which we’d describe it.

Watch it, via Media Matters:

If it weren’t improper to psychologically analyse strangers, one might think the Fox hosts are displaying a textbook example of cogitative dissonance here, a psychological phenomena in which people who hold on strong belief about something invent (sometimes far fetched) explanations for new evidence that conflicts with their existing views. Obama is bad for the economy, the jobs numbers show the economy is doing better, so there must be something wrong with the jobs numbers. Needless to say, this is hardly the behavior one expects from fair and balanced journalists Fox hosts claim to be.

Meanwhile, some conservatives have developed a more sophisticated excuse for the jobs report, saying the drop in unemployment rate is only due to decreasing participation in the jobs market. Nobel prize-winning economist Paul Krugman and others have refuted this claim.

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Jerry Springer calls out Fox News’s perpetual Obama bashing

I didn’t know Jerry Springer was still around…

The Raw Story

Appearing on the Fox News morning show Fox & Friends on Wednesday, former Cincinnati Mayor Jerry Springer, notorious for his low-brow talk show, criticized host Gretchen Carlson for pretending to be fair when it comes to matters of presidential politics.

Speaking about the recent Newsweek cover story by blogger Andrew Sullivan, Springer complemented the author and agreed with its overall message. “He’s saying that the critics are dumb — obviously that’s a headline to grab your attention — but it’s not really that the people are dumb, it’s that they’re missing a point of how he’s been successful in a very difficult time.”

“He saved our financial system when it was just about to go under, people had lost almost half of their life savings in pension funds and things like that, so clearly that. He saved the auto industry. He got Osama bin Laden. The economy is now growing, we’ve added in the private sector 2.6 million jobs in the last two years. I mean, the fact of the matter is, he’s doing very well, and it is a little disingenuous — here we are at Fox, complaining that, gee, Newsweek may be a little partisan.”

See video here (at bottom of article)…

Hank Williams Jr. bounced from tonight’s Monday Night Football opener after controversial comments

I wonder if Hank Williams, Jr. actually studied 1930-1945 world history?  Somehow I doubt it. Just what makes him an authority on the matter?  The Tea Party?

NY Daily News

Hank Williams Jr. won’t be ready for some football this Monday night.

ESPN bounced Williams’ trademark opening “Are you ready for some football?” after the longtime voice of  Monday Night Football‘s theme song, after he compared President Obama to Adolf Hitler.

“While Hank Williams, Jr. is not an ESPN employee, we recognize that he is closely linked to our company through the open to Monday Night Football,” an ESPN spokesman wrote in an email to the Daily News.

“We are extremely disappointed with his comments, and as a result we have decided to pull the open from tonight’s telecast.”

The award-winning country singer made the controversial comparison in an interview on Fox and Friends Monday morning in a bizarre chat about politics.

Williams began his TV appearance by slamming the GOP presidential candidates and saying House Majority Leader John Boehner‘s golf game with Obama was a huge mistake.

“You remember the golf game they had? That was one of the biggest political mistakes ever. That turned a lot of people off. It just didn’t go over,” he said.
When asked what about the game he didn’t like, Williams Jr. pointed to the participants.

“Come on, come on, that would be like Hitler playing golf with [Israeli prime minister Benjamin] Netanyahu,” he said. “In the shape this country is in?”

When host Brian Kilmeade said he didn’t understand the analogy, Williams Jr. replied “I’m glad you don’t brother, because a lot of people do. They’re the enemy… Obama! And Biden! Are you kidding? The Three Stooges.”

It was not clear who the third stooge was in that analogy.

“The one that makes the most sense is Hermann Cain,” he said, of the Republican field.

The hosts noted Williams once supported Sarah Palin.

“Boy was I … I don’t know, like I said guys they’ve turned a lot of people off,” he said. “Look at USA Today poll, 89% said Congress should be completely replaced. I agree with them. The healthcare bill doesn’t fly either.”

Gretchen Carlson then brought up that he obviously wasn’t a fan of the President or Congress working together to find compromise.

“We’re more polarized than we’ve ever been guys, I’m not going to sugarcoat it …” he said.

“Well you didn’t,” she said. “You used the name of one of the most hated people in the entire world to describe the President …”

Williams Jr. then smirked and said “Well that’s true. But I’m telling you like it is … Like Fred Thompson said you may not want to ask me a question because I’ll give you too straight of an answer.

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No wonder Roger Ailes is trying to change Fox News’ image from ultra conservative to moderate. Looks like Fox and Friends didn’t get the memo.

Think Progress

Despite the fact that the Obama administration succeeded in killing one of the most dangerous and wanted men on the planet, conservatives have been reluctant to give him credit.

Fox and Friends host Gretchen Carlson used the moment to both suggest that the president is too soft on terror and to make an implicit plug for the Bush administration’s use of torture:

CARLSON: Let me ask you this, would you be in the camp of having rather captured him…to try to get more information? But then I brought up the fact that under this administration it seems that we don’t prosecute or ask the same questions that we might have under the Bush administration, so would we get anything out of him anyway if we captured him?

Watch it, via Media Matters:

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Fox News Troubled By Obama’s Use of Paper Clip

Are people on the right that dense?

TPM LiveWire 

President Obama introduced the American Jobs Act yesterday at the White House, clutching a print-out bound by a paper (or binder, fine) clip. Can you even believe that he would use a clip like that? What a jerk. Wait, what?

Yes, this was a topic of some apoplexy among Fox News’ morning muppets on the Fox & Friends program today. Check out the clip below, via Media Matters, to see them question Obama’s use of a “chintzy” clip — as stolen from this similarly concerned New York Post subhead — during a recession.

DOOCY: Meanwhile, come and get your copy. President Obama’s jobs bill, hot off the presses — at Kinko’s? Hundreds of billions in tax hikes and new spending bound together with a chintzy clip. Look at that thing. Hawker
BRIAN KILMEADE (co-host): Right.

DOOCY: What’s that about?

KILMEADE: We’ve never had the word “chintzy” in the cold open before.

GRETCHEN CARLSON (co-host): We’re in a recession.

And you wonder why.

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Fox Viewers Overwhelming Think We Should Prepare For Alien Invasion Before Fighting Climate Change

No surprise there!  I suspect the intelligence quotient of the majority of Fox News lemmings is in the double digits…

Think Progress

A new (supposedly) NASA-funded study postulating that aliens may attack humans over climate change had all the ingredients for a perfect Fox faux controversy — it bolstered their anti-science narrative, painted their opponents as clownish radicals, and highlighted wasteful government spending on a supposedly liberal cause. Fox reported the “news from NASA” several times several times today, presenting it as official “taxpayer funded research.” A chyron on Fox and Friends read: “NASA: Global warming may provoke an [alien] attack.”

But as Business Insider pointed out, they’re “wrong” — “That report was not funded by NASA. It was written by an independent group of scientists and bloggers. One of those happens to work at NASA.” NASA distanced itself from the report as well, calling reports linking the agency to it “not true.” Kelly finally corrected the record this afternoon, saying, “I was making that up.”

But before she did, she was so bemused by the study that she directed her viewers to completea poll on her website which asked how we should respond to the study: “Immediately increase efforts to curb greenhouse gases,” “Develop weapons to kill the Aliens FIRST,” or “Gently suggest scientists research how to create job.”

Not surprisingly, most suggested they research something else. But more than six times as many respondents (19 percent to 3 percent) said we should focus building weapons to kill aliens before curbing green house gases.

Watch a compilation:

The poll is of course not scientific, but you can hardly blame the viewers who did respond, considering Fox’s constant misinformation about climate change. For instance, as she presented the poll, Kelly said of curbing climate change, “just in case right?” — as in, “just in case” the science is right. She did not make a similar quip for alien attack. Numerous studiesconsistently show that Fox viewers are among the most misinformed of news viewers, while at least one study has shown that — perversely — watching Fox actually makes people lessinformed than they were to being with.

“Trust me folks, this story is hard to understand,” Fox and Friends host Gretchen Carlson said of the “NASA study.” Indeed.

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