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 Distortions · John Stossel

Irony Alert! Fox News’ Stossel Says “Dumb People” Shouldn’t Vote

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Pot, meet kettle…


On [Thursday’s] (1/12/12) Your World, Fox Business Channel’s John Stossel added another bogus argument to the Republican War on Voting when he told host Neil Cavuto that “we shouldn’t have these get-out-the-vote campaigns” because “our intuition sets us astray in a modern economy” and “dumb” or uninformed people shouldn’t vote.  That’s pretty funny coming from the channel whose viewers have been shown to be less informed about major news stories than the average American.

“The people who participate [in voting] oughtta be the ones who pay attention” Stossel declared, ignoring that, according to a 2011Farleigh Dickenson University poll,  people who “pay attention” to Fox News proved to be less well informed than those who get their news elsewhere; in fact, according to an analyst for the polling group, “it can be argued that the results show us that there is something about watching Fox News that leads people to do worse on these questions than those who don’t watch any news at all.” This comes on the heels of a 2010 study by the University of Marylanddemonstrating that Fox News viewers, regardless of political information, were “significantly more likely” to believe false information about American politics.

Stossel has been banging the “stupid people shouldn’t vote” drum for years, as  this 2008 video  illustrates. Here he cites the book  The Myth of the Rational Voter by Brian Caplan, which suggests that “democracies do less and let markets take up the slack” (yeah, we see where that has gotten us!) because voters are guided more by “popular misconceptions, irrational beliefs, and personal biases” than by facts. Wait a minute, don’t those comprise the very foundation on which Republican campaigning is based? Newt Gingrich certainly thought so when he authored a series of propaganda guides including Language: A Key Method of Control for the GOPAC in the early 1990’s.

There is no doubt that huge swathes of the American pubic are “low information voters”, but what Stossel and Caplan are advocating is nothing less than government by an elite, selected by equally elite voters who would probably need a degree in economics to come up to scratch (hence Stossel’s seemingly odd remark about voters astray in a modern economy). And of course, the “right” economics would be libertarian free-market economics – the very economics promoted by the Roger Ailes Fear Factory which – well, whadddaya know! – promotes popular misconceptions, irrational beliefs, and personal biases in the service of the Republican party!

“If you’re not paying attention it’s your patriotic duty not to vote” says Stossel. If Stossel wants to do something truly patriotic about “dumb” voters perhaps he should start with the propaganda “news” organization he works for.


Sarah Palin Questions Obama White House Holiday Card (UPDATED!)

So, does this mean Sarah Palin is considering an independent run for President?  After all, we stopped hearing from her when she announced that she would not run in the Republican primaries.  Last week there were rumblings about Palin possibly running as an independent.

It’s obvious that Palin loves attention, especially when she is getting ready to fire up her PAC again.

Otherwise, what is her problem with the Obama Christmas card again?  Did I miss something?  Her rant is a non-issue in my opinion.

The Huffington Post

Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin (R) attacked the White House holiday card in an article on Fox News Radio.

The front of the card shows the Obamas’ dog, Bo, sitting in a very Christmas-like setting, with a fireplace decorated with wreaths and red ribbons, and a table with a poinsettia plant and presents. “From our family to yours, may your holidays shine with the light of the season,” reads the inside of the card, which is signed by the Obamas (including Bo).

Palin characterized the card as “odd”:

“It’s odd,” she said, wondering why the president’s Christmas card highlights his dog instead of traditions like ‘family, faith and freedom.'””Even stranger than that was his first year in office when the Christmas ornaments included Chairman Mao,” Palin said. “People had to ask that it be removed because it was offensive.”

Palin was referring to when a right-wing blog posted a grainy photo, allegedly of an ornament on the White House Christmas tree in 2009 showing a reproduction of Andy Warhol’s “Mao” portrait. Media Matters reported that the tree was decorated by community groups, not the White House.

Palin said a majority of Americans prefer “American foundational values illustrated and displayed on Christmas cards and on a Christmas tree.” With regard to the card, she added, “It’s just a different way of thinking coming out of the White House.”

“I go on the offense like most Americans do and say ‘No, we’ll have Christ back in Christmas and hopefully it won’t offend you,'” said Palin in a November 2010 Fox News appearance.

Palin fueled speculation on her future plans Monday after previously saying she would not run for the 2012 GOP nomination for president. “It’s not too late for folks to jump in,” she said on Fox Business Network. “Who knows what will happen in the future.”

Mother Jones

Update: But since Fox News has brought up the subject of Christmas cards, perhaps we should take a look at the official Fox Business Network Christmas card this holiday season. Here’s one, via New York Times media reporter Brian Stelter:

That’s a pair of foxes roasting the NBC peacock over an open fire—which, for you non-Christians out there, is an oft-overlooked aspect of the of the story of the first Christmas. And via reader Jason Sparks, take a look at Ronald Reagan’s White House Christmas cards. They’re nearly identical to Obama’s, except there’s no puppy. “Family, faith, and freedom” are, presumably, represented by the antique furniture, fireplaces, and tacky lighting.

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Palin: I didn’t mean what I said on Cain

There she goes again.   The half-governor is blaming the media once more for something she said!


Via Danny Yadron, Sarah Palin said she didn’t mean to insult Herman (Herm/Herb) Cain when she called him “the flavor of the week” in a Fox News interview the other day.

Appearing on Fox Business tonight, Palin said that she wasn’t arguing he was about to fade, and instead faulted the press:

“What the media tends to do is propel this flavor of the week. I’m not saying that Herman Cain is the flavor of the week. I’m one of his biggest fans and I would never dismiss him or speak negatively about him. I’m saying in this fast [moving], 24/7 news cycle that is our world today that the media does have to gin up some controversy and intrigue so viewers tune in and there’s a lot of competition in the media world in this quasi-reality show it seems that’s being created in the GOP primary. It’s just the nature of the beast right now and I think anybody would hard-pressed to argue against what I observed.”

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Rep. Allen West · Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz


There are no words to describe my disdain for this sexist cretin…

Think Progress

 Facing a barrage of criticism, Rep. Allen West (R-FL) remains defiant and says he won’t apologize to DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) for adisparaging email in which he called her “vile, unprofessional, and despicable” and “not a lady.” On Fox Business Network this morning, West said an apology is “not happening,” and then tried to blame his poor etiquette on the military. West, a veteran who was discharged from the Army for abusing an Iraqi, said “there are certain ways we talk in the military. I guess I haven’t learned the DC-insider talk.” As if basic civility is something only practiced inside the Beltway.

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It’s insulting for West to attribute his behavior to an institution that places a premium on respect. In the same interview, West even tried to blame Wasserman Schultz for the incident, saying it was her decision to release the private tirade he sent to her to the media.

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Fox’s Bolling Issues Brief, Dishonest Apology For “Hoodlum[s]” In “The Hizzouse” Segment

Eric Bolling’s short apology comes way too late and didn’t cover a similar statement by him when the POTUS was on his trip to Europe. 

Media Matters

Eric Bolling apologized Monday night on Fox Business for his story saying that President Obama is hosting “hoodlum[s]” in “the hizzouse”:

BOLLING: One editorial note. On Friday, we did a story about the president meeting with the president of Gabon. We got a little fast and loose with the language, and we know it’s been interpreted as being disrespectful, and for that, I’m sorry. We did go a bit too far. More Follow the Money coming up in just a minute.

This is a dishonest apology for several reasons.

First, it’s simply not true that the problems on his Friday show consisted of him and his guests getting “a little fast and loose with the language.” Some of the most racially inflammatory language Bolling used on his Friday show was in the two teases for the segment, both of which were apparently scripted and accompanied by equally inflammatory images.

In the tease at the top of the show, he said, “Guess who’s coming to dinner? A dictator. Mr. Obama shares a laugh with one of Africa’s kleptocrats. It’s not the first time he’s had a hoodlum in the hizzouse.”


The intro to the segment itself, which lasted more than five minutes, also appeared to be scripted. In it, Bolling said this: “So what’s with all the hoods in the hizzy? A month after the White House hosted the rapper Common, who glorifies violence on cops, the president opened his doors to one of Africa’s most evil dictators. Here’s Ali Bongo, the Gabonese president, who’s been accused of human rights violations and plundering billions of his country’s dollars.”

Putting together multiple pieces of script that contain racially inflammatory language, two of which were accompanied by fairly elaborate graphics, is not “fast and loose.” The instance in which he goaded Fox Business reporter Sandra Smith into referring to the “White Hizzy” could perhaps be covered by that explanation, but that, too, seemed fairly considered.

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Related Media Matters Links:

Neal Boortz: “We Got Too Damn Many Urban Thugs, Yo … We Need More Dead Thugs” In Atlanta

On ABC’s The View, Whoopi Goldberg Responds To Bolling’s “Hizzouse” Segment: “Not All Of Us Speak Like That”


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Former Sen. Al D’Amato To GOP Guest: “Shut Up, I Listened To Your Racist Bullsh*t”

Former NY Senator Alphonse D’Amato is a Republican.  However, keep in mind that when D’Amato was in office, defining a republican back then is like defining a moderate today…


Things got a little heated on FBN’s Money Rocks last night while talking about the post office.

After GOP strategist Jack Burkman suggested the government organization consisted of unskilled Nigerians, former NY Sen. Al D’Amato called this argument “racist” and started dropping BS’s – uncensored.

I’m still not sure why the post office segment got everyone so fired up, but it definitely did. Burkman said “most of these guys working in the post office should be driving cabs,” and that they are “like a thing for ceremonial and memorial waste.”

At first, D’Amato held back. “Jack could have done well without all the name calling,” he said, although agreeing “it probably should be privatized.”

But after Burkman reiterated his ‘unskilled Nigerians’ argument, D’Amato went in for the kill. “You are a nasty racist,” he said. “That’s a bunch of bullshit. And you should be ashamed of yourself and have your mouth washed out. What the hell are you talking about?”

After Burkman tried interrupting: “Shut up, I listened to your racist bullshit.” Check out the video below for one bonus ‘bullshit’ comment!

Host Eric Bolling summed it up. “We kind of went postal on that segment,” he said. Money Rocks is a taped show, so it’s not clear why the BS’s weren’t bleeped. But it makes for a great video!

Check it out (the fun begins around the 4:30 mark, but the, uh, “racist bullshit” starts earlier):