Fox News Lies

Republican Congressman Slams Fox News For Lying

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Think Progress

A Republican Congressman who appeared on Fox News just two months ago attacked the conservative news network in unusually strong terms during a town hall in Blissfield, Michigan on Monday, calling out the popular network for lying about the news.

In video obtained by ThinkProgress, Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI) railed against “pundits on either side” and Tea Party groups trying to raise money by misleading conservative activists.  “They don’t get the facts and they are trying to make it so abrasive that just send money,” he said, “Just tell the truth that’s bad enough. Don’t embellish.”  He then turned his attention to Fox, saying, “We the people have to do our reporting. Fox News doesn’t tell the truth, certainly none of the others do. So we’ve got to do our own media.”  Watch it:

Walberg said that constituents would be better informed receiving “email updates” from his office “every single week on Fridays,” though the Michigan congressman has a reputation for inflammatory — and highly inaccurate — rhetoric. In 2010, Walberg appeared on a local Battle Creek radio show and told the host that he doesn’t “know” if Obama is a Muslim or born in the United States.


Reince Priebus

Reince Priebus: Debate Boycott Is Aimed At Companies Putting Hillary Clinton Content ‘On The Air’

Hypocrisy, they name is Reince Priebus…

The Huffington Post

Two days after a report emerged that Fox Television studios may produce NBC’s Hillary Clinton miniseries, Republican National Committee (RNC) Chair Reince Priebus dismissed the connection as “totally ridiculous and stupid.”

In an interview with CNN’s “State Of The Union,” host Candy Crowley asked Priebusif ties between Fox Television Studios and Fox News would subject the news network to the same debate boycott threat levied last Monday against CNN and NBC.

Priebus clarified his threat was pointed at “the company that puts the miniseries and the documentaries on the air for the American people to view.”

“I don’t know the truth of anything you’re talking about,” Priebus said regarding the Fox links. “But I do know what’s very clear is that the company that puts these things on the air to promote Hillary Clinton, including CNN, is the company that is not going to be involved in our debates.”

Crowley is not the first CNN host to confront Priebus over the debate boycott issue. On Wednesday, Erin Burnett revived comments made by Fox News chief Roger Ailes during the 2008 presidential race, where he was critical of Democrats boycotting his network.

“Any candidate for high office of either party who believes he can blacklist any news organization is making a terrible mistake about journalists,” Ailes said. “And any candidate of either party who cannot answer direct, simple, even tough questions from any journalist, runs a real risk of losing the voters.”

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Fox News · Rush Limbaugh

Limbaugh Tells Caller To Stop Watching Fox: ‘Designed To Make You Question Your Sanity’

This was just too good to pass up.  Had to share with TFC readers…


Rush Limbaugh revealed last week that when he went on Fox News, the producers didn’t want him to talk about immigration reform, and he found this “quite telling” about the network. The experience clearly still fresh in his mind, Limbaugh told a caller today to stop watching Fox because it’ll make him too angry and that “they’re designed to make you question your sanity.”

Limbaugh caller Tony said if “a Republican had this miserable, destructive record that Obama has,” there would be marches up and down every street in the country. He also bashed “Alinsky-ite Obama Democrats” pushing solar and wind power at the expense of coal workers. Tony said, “It’s ideology über alles, and they couldn’t give a rat’s backside about the poor.”

Limbaugh agreed with everything Tony said, but when Tony mentioned that he was watching Fox News, Limbaugh interjected to share this piece of advice.

“You need to stop watching these people, because they’re not gonna change, Tony… Your blood pressure’s gonna suffer if you keep watching these people. I mean, they’re designed to get you ticked off. They’re designed to make you question your sanity. You’re gonna watch these people and you’re gonna say, ‘How in the world can we have such idiotic people?’ and you’re gonna think, ‘Maybe they’re not and you’re crazy.’ And I assure you, Tony, you’re not. Trust me on that.”

Listen to the audio below:


Megyn Kelly

Megyn Kelly Destroys Erickson And Dobbs: ‘Who Died And Made You Scientist-In-Chief?!’


Megyn Kelly took two of her Fox colleagues to the woodshed this afternoon.

In response to Erick Erickson and Lou Dobbs making controversial comments this week about a Pew study finding that 40% of American households have a mother as breadwinner, Kelly brought the two of them onto her show and proceeded to tear into them.

To recap: during a Wednesday evening segment of FBN’s Lou Dobbs Tonight, Erickson, Dobbs, and other Fox male contributors lamented the Pew study’s “troubling” findings, claiming it signaled a disintegration of the American family. Erickson went the farthest with his analysis, claiming it is “anti-science” to not believe that men are supposed to play the dominant role in the household. The group collectively bemoaned the increase of female breadwinners.

In response, this afternoon, Kelly asked: “What makes you dominant and me submissive and who died and made you scientist-in-chief?”

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Fox News

Fox News host tells listeners to punch Obama voters ‘in the face’

Fox News host Andrea Tantaros

The Raw Story

A host of the Fox News show The Five was so angry that the Justice Department had investigated one of the network’s reporters that she told her viewers on Thursday to find anyone who voted for President Barack Obama and “punch them in the face.”

“Fox said, we’re targets, clearly Media Matters and others have put us on a target list,” Fox News host Andrea Tantaros explained on the Thursday edition of her radio show. “And they said, ‘Oh, Fox is just crazy! They’re just paranoid!’ Really? Are we?”

“This is what is happening to our press! This is Obama’s America! It’s like the Soviet Union,” she continued. “He said he would change the country. He said it. And a lot of people voted for him.”

“And if you see any of those people today, do me a favor, punch them in the face.”

After a commercial break, a caller from South Carolina told Tantaros that he hated Obama, but worried that telling people to punch Obama voters in the face was sending the wrong message.

“To be clear, I didn’t say punch Obama in the face,” the Fox News host pointed out. “You’re going to get me arrested with this type of government.”

“If someone voted for him!” she insisted to the caller. “If anyone that you know who voted for President Obama, smack ‘em down.”

Obama, smack ‘em down.”

Listen to the audio from Talk Radio Network’s The Andrea Tantaros Show, broadcast May 23, 2013.

Fox News

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 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.

Boston Marathon 2013 · Sheriff Joe Arpaio

Boston Marathon Explosions: Fox News Goes Straight to Clueless Joe Arpaio for Interview


Fox News and Joe Arpaio are one in the same…clueless.

Phoenix News Times – 2:30 pm

The news is still unfolding about the explosions near the finish line at the Boston Marathon today, but Sheriff Joe Arpaio already has managed to exploit the situation on national television, thanks to Fox News.

“They’re even after the sheriff here,” Arpaio told Fox’s Neil Cavuto.

As you’d expect, Arpaio knew absolutely nothing about the situation but was more than willing to exploit the dead and wounded for some attention.

“I just had a guy send me a bomb,” Arpaio said (per a transcript), 13 seconds into the interview. “Fortunately, it didn’t get to my office.”

Cavuto asked Arpaio about national security, which, of course, Arpaio narrowed down to border security and, of course, himself.

“They’re trying to do a good job at the border,” he said. “I have five threats to hit me with cartels. The latest one last week, so maybe being high-profile from Washington to Maricopa County with certain groups that don’t like the sheriff, and I’ll tell you I’m not leaving.”

Arpaio followed up amid the report on the dead and wounded in Boston, “I’ll be the sheriff for many years.”


Fox News · Herman Cain

The David Pakman Show – Herman Cain: Obama Voters Have ‘Severe Ignorance Problem’ (VIDEO)


This is obviously a case of projection on Mr. Cain’s part…

Addicting Info

From the David Pakman Show

Herman Cain is a new voice on Fox News. His comments seem to make him a worthy replacement for Sarah Palin, matching the obtuseness she often offered.

For example, when asked in an interview with Bill O’Reilly why President Obama is so popular, he responded along the lines of (as David paraphrases):

“We have a severe ignorance problem and he received the vote of 51% of the electorate who were misled enough to vote for him.”

Of course, as David points out, all of the facts contradict this assertion, but why argue with truth?

David shares segments of the O’Reilly/Cain interview and discusses the disconnect that continues in the way Fox, and the right in general, view the true mood of America.

See the video:

Fox News

Dick Morris On Fox News Ouster: ‘I Was Wrong At The Top Of My Lungs’ (VIDEO)

Mr. Morris sticks to his talking points: “…at the top of [his] lungs.”

TPM LiveWire

Dick Morris opened up about his departure from Fox News in an interview with CNN Wednesday night, telling Piers Morgan, “I was wrong, and I was wrong at the top of my lungs.”

But a lot of people on Fox News called the election wrong, Morgan said, including Karl Rove, whose contract at the network was recently renewed.

“I think that I was wrong at the top of my lungs. Maybe I’m being made a poster child for that,” Morris said.

Morris said he doesn’t resent the decision. “Look, Fox has given me the opportunity of a lifetime. Fifteen years, 3,000 interviews, and at some point a great marriage has to come to an end.”

Watch the interview:



Fox News · Fox News Viewers

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.