Fox & Friends · President Obama

Laura Ingraham: ‘How About We Put A Body Camera On The President?’

Crooks & Liars

Right wing hate talker and Faux “news” regular Laura Ingraham apparently thought his little shtick of hers was so cute that she repeated it again later in the day on her radio show. While discussing President Obama’s meeting with civil rights leaders this week and the announcement that his administration is seeking funding for police body cameras and more training for police officers.

Naturally this drew howls of outrage from the right with cries about where the money is going to come from and Laura Ingraham with her fangs on full display on this Monday’sFox & Friends.

From Fox’s blog: ‘How About We Put a Body Camera on the President?’:

How about we put a body camera on President Obama?

That was Laura Ingraham’s response this morning on “Fox and Friends” to the president’s support for police officers around the country to wear body cameras in order to record their every move.

Ingraham argued that Obama should wear one so Americans can see how much time he actually spends each day on improving the economy.

“I’m all in favor of spending money on that body camera,” she said, adding that the president’s proposed $263 million in spending on police training is another example of him trying to throw money at a problem.

“There’s never anything that happens in the country that the president doesn’t believe can be fixed by spending more money and getting America deeper into debt,” said Ingraham, questioning where that money will actually come from.

Steve Doocy joked that those videos would be good broadcasts for the Golf Channel since the president spends so much time on the course.

Ingraham said she believes putting body cameras on police officers is an interesting idea, but in the case in Ferguson, it would have “vindicated” officer Darren Wilson long ago.

She called on President Obama to speak “truths” to people about what the evidence shows occurred, instead of spreading mistrust.

“It would be nice if the President of the United States, with all his education and all of his wisdom and all of his experience, actually spoke truths to people,” said Ingraham.

Fox & Friends · Health Care

Angus King Shames ‘Fox & Friends’: ‘Are You That Cruel’ To Take Health Care From The Sick?

Crooks & Liars

Independent Sen. Angus King of Maine on Tuesday confronted the hosts of ‘Fox & Friends’ over their obsessive opposition to President Barack Obama’s health care law.

Independent Sen. Angus King of Maine on Tuesday confronted the hosts of Fox & Friendsover their obsessive opposition to President Barack Obama’s health care law.

During an interview on the Fox News morning show, host Brian Kilmeade pointed out that MIT economist Jonathan Gruber, who helped design the Affordable Care Act, recently told an audience that the law could not have passed if the public became mired in all of the details.

“In terms of risk-rated subsidies, if you had a law which said that healthy people are going to pay in—you made explicit that healthy people pay in and sick people get money, it would not have passed,” he explained. “Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage. And basically, call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever, but basically that was really, really critical for the thing to pass.”

Gruber added that the entire process would have been transparent in an ideal world, but “I’d rather have this law than not.”

George Mason University Law Professor Ilya Somin noted that it was unfortunately necessary for lawmakers from both parties to leverage political ignorance to get their job done.

“Neither party can afford to abjure this vital political tool,” Somin wrote. “A candidate or party unwilling to manipulate voter ignorance labors at a systematic disadvantage relative to more unscrupulous opponents.”

Kilmeade wanted to know if King was “as outraged as most of America” over Gruber’s admission.

King said that he did not endorse Gruber’s remarks, and argued that there was no “deep, dark conspiracy.”

“Senator, he said he wasn’t transparent,” Kilmeade interrupted.

“He was the one that put [the law] together — one of them,” co-host Kimberly Guilfoyle chimed in. “He said, in fact, that they weren’t transparent and forthcoming with the CBO because if they were then the American people would know that, in fact, this was going to be something that was going to tax and penalize them, and they wouldn’t go for it.”

“Wait a minute!” King exclaimed. “Tax and penalize. Hold it, hold it, hold it. We’ve got 8 million people that have insurance now that didn’t before. And don’t lecture me about this because 40 years ago, I had insurance. If I hadn’t had it, it caught a cancer that saved my life. If I hadn’t had insurance, I’d be dead.”

“What does that have to do with it?” Kilmeade asked.

“It has to do with having insurance, man!” King shot back. “If you don’t have insurance, it’s a high risk.”

“They just lied about a health plan to the American people,” Kilmeade argued. “Called the ‘stupidity of the American voter,’ and bragged about the lack of transparency.”

“Listen, this is one guy,” the senator replied. “I don’t know who this guy was. All I know is that it’s important for people to have health insurance. And if you guys are saying people shouldn’t have health insurance, I don’t know where you’re coming from.”

“Are you that cruel?” King wondered.

“My goodness!” Kilmeade gasped.

“We’re not, we’re not cruel,” Guilfoyle insisted. “We’re just looking out for the facts and the information.”

At that point, co-host Steve Doocy ended the health care discussion so he could get King to explain why he said that Democrats were the party of “government itself.”

Fox & Friends · Fox News Fail

Fox host spends 12 seconds not apologizing for ‘stairs’ quip about NFL domestic violence

Fox News host Brian Kilmeade | Screenshot

The Raw Story

For at least 12 seconds on Tuesday, Fox News host Brian Kilmeade took domestic violence “seriously,” but refused to apologize for joking that NFL player Ray Rice’s wife should learn to “take the stairs” after she was punched in an elevator.

Following the Monday release of elevator surveillance video showing Rice punching out his then-girlfriend, Kilmeade and the hosts of Fox & Friends turned the incident into a joke.

“I think the message is take the stairs,” Kilmeade quipped.

“The message is, when you’re in an elevator, there’s a camera,” co-host Steve Doocy opined.

After the hosts were criticized for making light of violence against women, Kilmeade decided to spend about 12 second addressing the controversy on Tuesday’s show.

“Comments we made during this story yesterday made some feel like we were taking the situation too lightly,” the Fox News host insisted, appearing to read off of a teleprompter. “We are not. We were not.”

“Domestic abuse is a very serious issue to us I can assure you.”

Watch the video below from Fox News’ Fox & Friends, broadcast Sept. 9, 2014.

Fox & Friends

Fox hosts giggle that NFL player’s abused girlfriend should learn to ‘take the stairs’

Fox News host Brian Kilmeade
Fox News host Brian Kilmeade | Screenshot

Disgustingly ignorant and inappropriate…

The Raw Story

The hosts of Fox & Friends on Monday turned video of NFL player Ray Rice punching his then-girlfriend unconscious in an elevator into a joke, saying that in the future she should “take the stairs.”

After TMZ released a leaked surveillance video that showed what happened when Rice knocked out the woman inside the elevator, the Fox News hosts asked viewers if a two-game suspension had been appropriate.

“We should also point out, after that video — and now you know what happened in there — she still married him,” host Steve Doocy explained. “They are currently married.”

“Rihanna went back to Chris Brown right after [he assaulted her],” co-host Brian Kilmeade noted. “A lot of people thought that was a terrible message.”

“I think the message is take the stairs,” he added, as co-host Anna Kooiman giggled.

“The message is, when you’re in an elevator, there’s a camera,” Doocy concluded.

Watch the video below from Fox New’s Fox & Friends, broadcast Sept. 8, 2014.

Fox & Friends

Bret Baier Refuses to Criticize Obama Golfing, No Matter How Much Fox & Friends Wants Him to…



Perhaps the prime benefit of the talking point is its complete imperviousness to any countervailing force: a talking point true two minutes ago remains true now, regardless of anything that may have occurred in between.

See you now Fox News host Bret Baier, who appeared as usual on Fox & Friends Monday morning to discuss the insurgent crisis in Iraq, but declined to take the hosts’ setup and criticize President Barack Obama’s weekend round of golf, instead reminding the hosts that there were no easy answers in Iraq.

“There has been a lot of criticism of the president taking this four day holiday for Father’s Day golfing and then doing fundraising, and he’s been criticized for his inaction, that he’s just considering all these military options,” guest host Anna Kooiman said. “What do you say?”

“There are a lot of lawmakers who are bringing that up,” Baier said, but then added:

“The bottom line is that what to do about Iraq is pretty complicated, because once the U.S. gets involved in some way shape or form militarily — and the president has drawn the line that no boots on the ground will be there — you have a different animal. The other thing is that Iran is now actively inside Baghdad. And essentially their special operations forces, the head of that is now working with the iraqis. So it is a very three-dimensional chess complicated deal…I think there is the frustration is that there aren’t a lot of options, that the Iranians have a lot of influence inside Iraq. That is a scary prospect for people who are worried always about Iran wanting a neighbor they could control. You essentially have Iraq breaking up in to three parts. of Sunni part, Kurdish part, and Shia part. Vice President Biden talked about this years ago, but it may be turning out to be what it is.”

To which Steve Doocy replied: “And this as the president golfs.” It’s as if Baier was never there.

Watch the clip via Fox News here

Fox & Friends

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 & Friends · Glenn Greenwald

Greenwald Slams Obama On Fox And Friends: Targeting Snowden ‘To Intimidate Future Whistle Blowers’


Guardian reporter Glenn Greenwald made a rare Fox News appearance Tuesday morning, teasing new national security revelations and harshly criticizing the Obama administration for targeting NSA leaker Edward Snowden so as to discourage future disclosures.

“What the Obama administration wants…is to make it so that everybody is petrified of coming forward with information about what our political officials are doing in the dark that is deceitful, illegal or corrupt,” Greenwald told Fox and Friends’ Eric Bolling. “They don’t care about Edward Snowden at this point. He can no longer do anything that he hasn’t already done. What they care about is making an extremely negative example out of him to intimidate future whistle blowers from coming forward because they’ll think they’re going to end up like him. That’s their objective.”

Since leaving Hong Kong, Snowden has been hiding out in a international netherworld inside the Moscow airport. But on Tuesday morning asylum denials began to pile up, leaving his next move even more uncertain.

“Obviously he wants to stay out of the clutches of the U.S. government, given the way they persecuted whistle blowers,” Greenwald said. “He’s obviously trying to find a place where he can do that. His real goal is continue to be part of the conversation about why he did what he did.”

Greenwald also fired back at his peers who have intimated that the should be legally culpable for his role in Snowden’s leaks, noting that New York Times writer Andrew Ross Sorkin has apologized for his comment but that Meet the Press host David Gregory has not.

Thomas Jefferson, 250 years ago, said those who most fear investigations are the ones who attack free press first,” Greenwald said. “This is what journalism is about, shining a light on what the most powerful people in the country are doing to them in the dark. So we’re going to continue to do that no matter what David Gregory and his friends say.”

Greenwald has also hinted at new leaks from the prolific Snowden, but refused to give Fox the exclusive. “You’re going to have to wait along with everybody else until our stories are published,” Greenwald said. “I will say that there are vast programs of both domestic and international spying that the world will be shocked to learn about, that the NSA is engaged in with no democratic accountability.”

Watch the interview here, via Fox News:

Fox & Friends

Fox News host admits he ‘did some paraphrasing’ by misquoting Obama

Fox News host Steve Doocy

Fox News’ on air personalities are really arrogant.  Instead of an outright apology for adding words to a comment made by President Obama, which changed the entire meaning of his phrase, Steve Doocy, a Fox & Friends host gives more of a “clarification” than an apology…

The Raw Story

A Fox News host on Tuesday stopped short of apologizing after he “did some paraphrasing” and misquoted President Barack Obama.

During an interview last week with presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, host Steve Doocy quoted Obama as saying, “Unlike some people, I wasn’t born with a silver spoon in my mouth.”

But the president never said the words “unlike some people,” which Doocy suggested was part of an attack on Romney.

Fox News promised on Monday that Doocy would “clarify” the remarks.

“When I was interviewing Gov. Romney on this show, I asked him about it,” Doocy said during Tuesday morning’s show. “However, I did some paraphrasing that seemed to misquote the president.”

“So to be clear, the president’s exact quote was, ‘I wasn’t born with a silver spoon in my mouth.’ And I hope that clears up any confusion,” he added without noting what was incorrect about his original quote.

Doocy’s clarification came after Comedy Central host Stephen Colbert mocked the Fox News host on Monday night.

“So, he didn’t say ‘Unlike some people,’ unlike some people,” Colbert explained. “But folks, that does not mean it was poor journalism. Doocy was practicing journalism plus, by quoting the subtext. It works like this: ‘I don’t give out handjobs out in the bus station……unlike some people.’”

“So excellent reporting, Steve Doocy, and I know good reporting. I am an independent newsman. Not some smug, self-satisfied brown-noser toting for the Republican establishment…..Unlike some people.”

Watch the video (at the bottom of the referenced story’s page) from Fox News’ Fox & Friends, broadcast April 24, 2012.

Fox & Friends · Gretchen Carlson

Think Progress

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 & Friends · Fox News

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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