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Leaked Email Proves Fox News Slanted Climate Change Reporting

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Another devastating email leak from Fox News proves demonstrably that the “fair and balanced” network slants its so-called objective news reporting – this time with regard to climate science.

An email from Fox News Washington managing editor Bill Sammon – the same guy caught telling his staff to use the GOP-preferred term “government option” over “public option” when reporting on the health care debate – reveals that Sammon also instructed reporters to report climate change data as part of a controversy despite scientific consensus otherwise. In this case, Sammon told staff, “(W)e should refrain from asserting that the planet has warmed (or cooled) in any given period without IMMEDIATELY pointing out that such theories are based upon data that critics have called into question. It is not our place as journalists to assert such notions as facts, especially as this debate intensifies.”

Media Matters, which obtained this as well as the previous leaked email, reported:

The directive, sent by Fox News Washington managing editor Bill Sammon, was issued less than 15 minutes after Fox correspondent Wendell Goler accurately reported on-air that the United Nations’ World Meteorological Organization announced that 2000-2009 was “on track to be the warmest [decade] on record.”

The entire post at Media Matters is a must read.


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The Origin Of Fox News’ Blatant Lies (Re-Post)

This is a re-post of an original article from March 31, 2010.


Why does Fox News lie so much with impunity?  Why are they able to get away with the things they say?  Why does EVERYONE on Fox news tow the company talking point for the day with no guilt or shame?

In short:  

People frequently refer to a court case that Fox won, which essentially gave the media the right to lie. This came from an appellate court decision that states that the FCC’s news distortion policy  does not qualify as a rule, law, or regulation.

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Roger Ailes Is No Longer Sane


Toadlike Fox News mastermind Roger Ailes has always been thought of as an evil genius—even his detractors admire his media-savvy PR brilliance. It’s not true. In fact, he’s an isolated old man whose anger has driven him insane.

We tend to just dismiss most of Roger Ailes’ public proclamations as so much rote (albeit viciously rote) Republican propaganda, in the same way we tend to dismiss most of what Robert Gibbs says. Ailes is only notable in that he’s ostensibly a media executive rather than an open political operative. Still, it was hard to ignore how Ailes described NPR in an interview out today:

“They are, of course, Nazis. They have a kind of Nazi attitude. They are the left wing of Nazism. These guys don’t want any other point of view.”

We fear that Roger Ailes’ own paranoia has got the best of him. This is a man who’s already acquired a permit for carrying a concealed handgun and who told the New York Times “I’ve got a bad leg, I’m a little overweight, so I can’t run fast, but I will fight” in case of terrorist attack at his place of employment, and who is shadowed by private bodyguards at all times, and who bought the newspaper in the small town where he lives in order to buffer himself from criticism. He has become so insulated from the normal human experience of life that he has become untethered from reality. It’s actually sad to see.

Paranoid Personality Disorder: a psychological condition “characterized by paranoia and a pervasive, long-standing suspiciousness and generalized mistrust of others. Those with the condition are hypersensitive, are easily slighted, and habitually relate to the world by vigilant scanning of the environment for clues or suggestions to validate their prejudicial ideas or biases…They think they are in danger and look for signs and threats of that danger, disregarding any facts.”

Far be it from us to try to help Fox News, but you have to wonder how much longer Rupert Murdoch—whose own children have already spoken out against Ailes—will let this go on. Roger Ailes has full control of News Corp‘s most powerful asset. And he’s plainly gone over the edge. It won’t end well.

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Fox Nation Readers Chat About Lynching Obama

There are more comments like the one below on the Fox nation site.   It’s ironic and quite hypocritical when Fox News hosts complain about hate speech on “liberal blogs” but seemingly overlook their own site for hate speech.  I truly hope the United States Secret Service observes those horrible people.

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This is disgusting, even by Fox Nation standards. By the way, this is supposed to be a moderated forum. (H/T James W.) We reported the thread to the White House.

From the Spike Lee: They’re Trying to Nail Obama to the Cross thread:

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Fox’s Nazi fetish: Beck, O’Reilly, others repeatedly invoke Nazi imagery

Media Matters  reports: 

Led by Glenn Beck — who was once condemned by the Anti-Defamation League for saying Al Gore used “the same tactic” as Adolf Hitler — Fox News personalities have frequently invoked Nazi Germany in their political commentary, often comparing progressives to Hitler, Joseph Goebbels, and the Nazi “brownshirts.”

Beck regularly invokes Nazis, Hitler, Goebbels, other Nazi imagery

Beck: Obama advisers show “the kind of thinking that … eventually led to the Holocaust.” On his October 5 radio show, Beck said that statements by Obama advisers John Holdren, Ezekiel Emanuel and Cass Sunstein indicate “the kind of thinking that led to … the extermination program that eventually led to the Holocaust.”

Beck likened reporting about him to “what Goebbels did.” Complaining on the August 27 edition of his radio show that ABC reported a statement by Beck that blacks don’t own Martin Luther King without also noting that he also said whites don’t own Abraham Lincoln, Beck said: “You know what? I’m gonna get a lot of heat for this, but stand in line. That’s what [Nazi propagandist Joseph] Goebbels did. That’s what Goebbels did. The truth didn’t matter.”

Beck equates children singing about Obama with “Hitler Youth.” On the June 17 edition of his radio show, Beck said that children singing about Obama was “the playbook of the progressives from … the former regime in Germany, the Third Reich.” Beck added, “This is Hitler Youth.”

Beck: Putting “the common good” first “exactly the kind of talk that led to the death camps in Germany.” Attacking criticism of him by Jewish Funds for Justice’s Simon Greer, Beck asserted on his May 28 radio show that Greer’s comments about putting “human kind and the common good” first “is exactly the kind of talk that led to the death camps in Germany,” adding, “[a] Jew, of all people, should know that.”

Beck: “frightening similarities” between Sunstein, Goebbels. On the May 27 edition of his radio show, Beck claimed there were “frightening similarities” between Cass Sunstein and Goebbels.

Beck: “You can’t just change the law” to raise BP’s liability cap; “Is that what we fought the Nazis for?” On his May 4 radio show, discussing a reported proposal to retroactively increase liability limits to cover the costs of the Gulf oil spill, Beck responded: “Did we go and fight Germany for this? Is that what we fought the Nazis for? Is that why those millions of people died?”

Beck: Progressives use “democratic elections” to push dictators — “Hitler, ‘democratically elected.’ “ On the April 28 edition of his Fox News show, Beck stated that progressives use “democratic elections” to push dictators, then stated, “You’ll hear this when they talk about the ‘democratically elected’ leader of Iran; the democratic leader Chavez, ‘democratically elected,’ you know; Castro, ‘democratically elected’; Hitler – ‘democratically elected.’ ”

Beck: “Progressives build the structure that a communist, a Marxist, a Nazi would love to have.” On the April 22 edition of his radio show, Beck stated that “[p]rogressives build the structure that a communist, a Marxist, a Nazi would love to have.”

Beck invoked “first they came for the Jews” poem to respond to ad boycotts. On the April 8 edition of his Fox News show, Beck portrayed ad boycotts of his show as being orchestrated by the Obama White House in order to “destroy” his “career” and “silence” him, adding: “Is there absolutely no chance whatsoever that you might be a target at some point in the future? What’s that poem? First they came for the Jews, and I stayed silent?”

Beck invokes Nazis to attack worker ID cards: “It was only one of the first things that Hitler did.” On the March 9 edition of his radio show, Beck discussed a proposal by Sens. Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Lindsay Graham (R-SC) to implement national ID cards for workers and said, “It was only one of the first things that Hitler did.”

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Like clockwork: Conservatives return to baseless voter fraud allegations…

Of course it’s an example of the obfuscation and smoke screens the right-wing media always brings out when it’s getting “too hot” in the political arena.  The Chamber of Commerce election finance fiasco is something that they don’t want their “low information” followers to know about, so naturally they bring up a tried and true alternative.

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Discussing midterms, O’Reilly claims elections in Seattle and Chicago areas are “not honest.” On the October 5 edition of Fox News’ The O’Reilly Factor, O’Reilly and Fox News contributor Newt Gingrich discussed Republican prospects in this fall’s Senate elections. After O’Reilly asserted that elections in the Seattle and Chicago areas are not “honest” and that the “entrenched power” there “is Democrat,” Gingrich said, “It always helps if you’re the Republican candidate in certain states to win by a big enough margin”:

O’REILLY: I think Illinois and Washington state — and I know how these elections go in King County, the Seattle area, and in Cook County, the Chicago area. Now, you may say — but I know how they go, and it’s not honest. It isn’t honest. So, if it’s close, the Democrats are going to — they’re going — and I’m not accusing anyone of anything. But I know the entrenched power in the Seattle area and the Chicago area is Democrat. You wouldn’t argue with that. The entrenched power is Democrat.

GINGRICH: It always helps if you’re the Republican candidate in certain states to win by a big enough margin.

O’REILLY: You’ve got to win by four or five —

GINGRICH: That’s right.

O’REILLY: — all right, to win in those states.

GINGRICH: In order to win by two.

O’REILLY: Right.

GINGRICH: That’s right.

O’REILLY: And Patty Murray is a bad senator, awful. Rossi — I don’t know the guy, but he’s — you know, he’s tied with her now. And, that again, you would indicate that the challenger beats the incumbent when they’re tied, but not in those states.

Fox Nation: “O’Reilly Warns of Massive Midterm Voter Fraud.” On October 6, The Fox Nation linked to a clip of the O’Reilly Factor segment on its front page:

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News Corp. gave $1 million to pro-GOP group

Rupert Murdock and Fox News Channel are not embarrassed in the least at what they are doing.  In fact, this is some idiotic game they are playing with the Democrats and even their own brain-dead audience.

They could care less about who complains about them giving money to Republican companies and politicians.  So much for Fair & Balanced.

Ben Smith – Politico

News Corp., the parent company of Fox News, contributed $1 million this summer to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the business lobby that has been running an aggressive campaign in support of the Republican effort to retake Congress, a source close to the company told POLITICO.

It was the second $1 million contribution the company has made this election cycle to a GOP-aligned group. In late June it gave that amount to the Republican Governors Association.

The parent companies of other media companies such as Disney (which owns ABC) and General Electric (which owns NBC) have also made political contributions, but typically in far smaller chunks, and split between Democrats and Republicans.

In the past, News Corp. has also spread its donations between candidates of both parties. The huge gift to the RGA raised questions among some media critics about whether News Corp. had crossed over an inappropriate line for a media company. The second donation is likely to rekindle that debate – and to make both News Corp. Chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch and Fox News even more of a liberal target.
In the past, Murdoch’s political leanings were considered to be pragmatic rather than strictly ideological. Although known as a conservative, he turned his right-leaning British papers behind Labor Prime Minister Tony Blair and flirted with support for Senator Hillary Clinton when she was a Democratic presidential candidate. But his political giving have been sharply aligned with the Republican Party this year.

Spokesmen for News Corp. and for Fox declined to comment on the chamber contribution, or on whether Fox chief Roger Ailes, a former GOP political operative, had a role in it.

After the News Corp. donation to the RGA became known in August, the company denied that Ailes was involved, and a spokesman told POLITICO at the time that the contribution was made to support the Republican committee’s “pro-business agenda.”

A spokesman for the chamber, J.P. Fielder, declined to discuss or confirm a specific contribution – the chamber is fighting to continue to keep contributions secret — but responded to a question about the Fox donation by characterizing the chamber’s agenda.

“What I can tell you is that the chamber has been and will continue to be engaged in the issue debate in this election cycle, focusing our efforts on educating voters about where candidates stand on policies that create jobs,” Fielder said.

Specifically, the chamber has said it plans to spend $75 million in connection with the 2010 election, and has so far has directed substantial amounts to Republican Senate candidates. As of Sept. 15th, the group had spent $6,747,946 airing more than 8,000 ads on behalf of GOP Senate candidates, according to a study from the Wesleyan Media Project.

That figure made the chamber the biggest spender on congressional races of any interest group, and the second biggest-spending national group after the RGA.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce operates a range of lobbying and advocacy programs, and News Corp. has in the past given even larger sums to it to support more general business advocacy, according to a second source close to the company.

Company officials wouldn’t comment directly on the purpose of this year’s contribution.

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Megyn Kelly Loses It Over Congressional Rep’s Statement Linking AZ Immigration Law To White Supremacists!

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As the mouthpiece for the nativist right wing, Fox News never wastes an opportunity to bash those who oppose the AZ immigration law. But being “fair and balanced,” they have interviewed folks who are not fans of the law, including Clarissa Martinez, Director of the National Council of La Raza. But the presence of a guest from the other side, doth not a “fair and balanced” segment make as shown by what transpired during the course of the Megyn Kelly’s interview. I didn’t think that “fair and balanced” “news” anchors were in the business of demanding that their guests agree with them in denouncing Fox’s political enemies. Silly me.

On Friday (June 4th), faux “news” anchor Kelly reported that La Raza, a Hispanic advocacy group, is critical of President Obama meeting with AZ Governor Jan Brewer because the meeting legitimizes the new law. Both Kelly and Martinez agreed that the Federal Government is not doing its job of protecting the border. OK, so far so good.

 Kelly got into propaganda land when she said that Arizona “doesn’t want to see any more its citizens murdered, so they pass their own law” (Guess only illegals commit murder in Arizona?) “and groups like yours have been really critical of that law and some folks” (which folks, Megyn?) “you’ve really got no business criticizing that law because you’re not there, you’re not having to deal with what Governor Jan Brewer is having to deal with..” (Oh, so First Amendment rights don’t apply to those who “aren’t there? Really? If folks wherever they are, see what appears to be a Constitutional violation they don’t have the right to criticize. Should those, not living in the segregated South, have minded their own business when it came to Civil Rights?) But the best was yet to come.

Kelly then dropped the bombshell. Her voice rising and dripping with venom, she said “then today we see this Democratic Congresswoman from California come out and suggest that the people behind the Arizona law are connected to white supremacists. Clarissa you’ve gotta condemn that kind of talk, no?”

Martinez cited how crime is down in many Arizona communities but was stopped by Kelly who wanted to get back to the white supremacist thing. She wanted Martinez to listen to a sound bite from California Democratic Representative Linda Sanchez but rather than play the sound bite, she stated that Sanchez said that “white supremacists were behind this law.” Martinez, accurately, said that the law wasn’t “organic” and that the legal arm of the Federation For Immigration Reform is behind this.

Martinez tried to continue; but Kelly talked over her: “You’re not answering my question. Do you condemn that remark because the polls show that over 70% of Arizonans are in favor of this?” (And this related to the white supremacy thing, how?) Being “fair and balanced,” Kelly did not reference the rest of the poll which shows that the overwhelming majority of Arizona Hispanics oppose the law. She said “and now you’ve got a US congresswoman coming out and saying that white supremacists” (her voice grew louder) “are the ones behind this. That they’re the inspiration for this? You’ve gotta condemn that. Don’t you?” When Kelly, visibly exasperated, tried to say that the AZ Law is “more protective” of immigrants, Martinez said that it goes beyond the federal law. Kelly wasn’t pleased when Martinez cited how some AZ police are objecting to the law. She whiningly asked “do you support this boycott of Arizona?” When Martinez tried to respond, Kelly asked “what sense” it made because Arizona is hemorrhaging money” so “what sense does it make “to punish Arizona…?

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Fox flogs ‘BP gave $750 million to Obama campaign’ lie

Fox news purposely lies to it’s low-information sheeple.  This is nothing new, yet it’s still a disgusting propaganda effort that should be outlawed in this country.  Oh and by the way, I wonder what their take is on the fact that “The First Dude”, Todd Palin worked for BP for 18 years.


Another day, another Fox News lie. The campaign contributions related to BP were primarily from BP employees and the number was closer to $70,000 so only a slight accounting error from Fox. As questionable as Rahm Emmanuel’s free apartment may be, being tied to a marketing guy who did an advertising campaign is a bit different from being tied to the executive team, as it exists with the Republicans. But why let facts get in the way? More from Media Matters:

Fox News pushed the tenuous suggestion that White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel has unethical “ties” to BP because he once lived in the home of Stan Greenberg, a D.C. research strategist who has done work for the oil company. In fact, there is no evidence that Emanuel’s relationship with Greenberg — which dates back several decades — has anything to do with BP or benefited BP in any way. Moreover, Brian Kilmeade falsely claimed BP donated $750 million to Barack Obama’s presidential campaign, which would have amounted to the entirety of Obama’s campaign haul.

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News Sunday makes Beck its ‘Power Player of the Week’ for giving a commencement speech on ‘respect.’By Amanda Terkel at 10:58 am Fox News Sunday makes Beck its ‘Power Player of the Week’ for giving a commencement speech on ‘respect.’

Respect?  Does Beck know anything about respect?


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On Fox News Sunday today, host Chris Wallace made several high-profile commencement speakers his Power Players of the Week. These figures included President Obama for talking about “history,” Drew Brees on “adversity,” Curt Schilling on “impact,” Julianna Margulies on “passion,” Gov. Bob McDonnell (R-VA) on “excellence,” Meryl Streep on “success,” and finally, Fox News host Glenn Beck on “respect”:

BECK: Respect others, know that they are most likely afraid, just like you. In fact, the more arrogant and the more forceful they become, I have found the more afraid they really are.

Beck shouldn’t be given props for lecturing students on “respect,” since he shows very little of that quality on Fox News. He has called Arizona GOP senatorial candidate J.D. Hayworth a “fat phony,” called Obama a racist, orchestrated a vicious smear campaign against Van Jones, justified counting an African-American individual as only three-fifths of a person, made sexist jokes about Sarah Palin and Hillary Clinton, and compared Madeleine Albright to a “turkey.” So is all of this just his way of showing how “afraid” he really is?