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How Fox News Rigs Polls

Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight explains how the mad polling scientists at Fox News manage to produce results that look so bad for the Democrats. Before asking about health care reform, for example, Fox pollsters ask dozens of questions that “run the gamut [from] slightly leading to full-frontal Republican talking points.”

Posted on Oct 6, 2009 READ MORE


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Bush and schoolchildren

Fox News Drags Kids Into Faux Obama Conspiracy Theories

The folks at Fox News are outraged after seeing a clip of some New Jersey school kids singing President Obama’s praises and have handily spun the story into yet another sign of the Obama administration’s relentless indoctrination of unsuspecting Americans everywhere. Problem is, there’s similar footage to be found of schoolchildren doing the same for George W. Bush.

Posted on Sep 30, 2009 WATCH & LISTEN


Stewart

‘Daily Show’: Better Socialism Through Performance Art

Are America’s “culture wars” being backed by the NEA? Will President Obama marshal a shadow army of deft performance artists and elementary school teachers to brainwash Americans into a state of mass compliance as he enacts his Socialist Agenda™? The people at Fox News clearly haven’t seen a lot of bad performance art if they really believe their own racket.

Posted on Sep 29, 2009 WATCH & LISTEN


Beck
glennbeck.com

And Now, a Word About ‘Czar’ Mythology

Certain prominent media figures who shall remain nameless are getting all worked up about President Obama’s “czars” and, having latched onto this term as fodder for a little old-fashioned partisan punditry, are busy freaking out their followers with sinister socialist imagery—but let’s take a good look at the recent history of this term in American politics, shall we?

Posted on Sep 28, 2009 READ MORE


Bill O'Reilly

Bill O’Reilly Wants a Public Option

Bill O’Reilly says of the very public option that makes his Foxy friends’ heads explode: “I want that. ... [I]f the government can cobble together a cheaper insurance policy that gives the same benefits, I see that as a plus for the folks.” Quick, look out your window to see the flying pigs.

Posted on Sep 17, 2009 WATCH & LISTEN


Oligarh
youtube.com

Report: Glenn Beck’s Ad Dollars Take a Dive

He may be jacking up his ratings with all his, um, displays of distrust of the Obama administration and its policies, but it seems that Fox News pontificator Glenn Beck might well be feeling the burn in the advertising department for all his bloviating (not to mention his spelling issues).

Posted on Sep 14, 2009 READ MORE


Glenn Beck

Changing Channels on Health Care

What happened in the few months between the time when Glenn Beck denounced the dismal state of American health care and when he celebrated it as a systemic triumph just a smidge later? And can we replicate this one-man odyssey with a simple tweak of our own remote controls?

Posted on Aug 14, 2009 WATCH & LISTEN


ENTER_ALT_TEXT

‘Daily Show’: Stokin’ the Fear at Crazytown Hall Meetings

There’s a whole lot of Baracknophobia going on when it comes to some folks’ worries about health care reform, but how much of it is based on valid concern and how much is, well, stoked by certain media figures hoping to create a flurry of good ol’ American pseudo-events? In other words, turn off the Glenn Beck, people.

Posted on Aug 11, 2009 WATCH & LISTEN


Keith Olbermann
nerve.com

Corporate Parents Agreed to Censor Olbermann and O’Reilly

It’s no secret that Keith Olbermann and Bill O’Reilly don’t get along, but the two TV personalities have drastically scaled back their attacks on one another ever since a private meeting between GE and News Corp. CEOs determined the feud was bad for the bottom line.

Posted on Aug 2, 2009 READ MORE


O'Reilly

O’Reilly Preferred Pre-Ideological Cronkite, Thank You Very Much

In case anyone wonders, Fox News’ own Bill O’Reilly spent some time in the media trenches working with Known Lefty Ideologue Dan Rather after the CBS anchor took over from Walter Cronkite, whom O’Reilly eulogizes in this clip ... or at least uses Cronkite’s memory to bash the liberal establishment.

Posted on Jul 20, 2009 WATCH & LISTEN


ENTER_ALT_TEXT

Rove, Huckabee and Parnell Ponder Palin’s Future

Three prominent members of Sarah Palin’s Republican cohort—Karl Rove, Mike Huckabee and her successor, Alaska’s Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell—weighed in on this week’s “Fox News Sunday” to give their takes on the outgoing governor’s possible reasons for quitting and wonder whether she hurt or helped her chances to stay in the political spotlight.

Posted on Jul 5, 2009 WATCH & LISTEN


ENTER_ALT_TEXT

Bustin’ the Mainstream Media’s Balls

While Sean Hannity and others at Fox manipulate the news, MSNBC develops a Limbaugh hangup and CNN goes Twitter slap-happy. Ah, the wonders of news coverage in the mainstream media! Check out last night’s clip of “The Daily Show” and watch Jon Stewart dissect just how these anchors “report” the news.

Posted on Jun 9, 2009 WATCH & LISTEN


Hannity

Olbermann Offers Hannity $1K per Second to Be Waterboarded

So, Sean Hannity told Charles Grodin on Wednesday night that he would agree to be waterboarded “for charity”—and you’d better believe that that sort of talk wasn’t lost on Keith Olbermann. On Thursday’s “Countdown,” Olbermann upped the ante for Hannity’s date with “enhanced interrogation techniques” by offering to open his own pocketbook for the cause.

Posted on Apr 24, 2009 WATCH & LISTEN


ENTER_ALT_TEXT

Columbia Professor Faints on ‘Glenn Beck’

It’s hard to say what made Columbia University professor David Buckner pass out during Monday’s episode of “Glenn Beck,” but perhaps standing so close to the Fox Newser and being obliged to describe a complex economic scenario with the aid of a cheesy graphic entitled “Path to Destruction” had something to do with Buckner’s sudden need to take a break from full consciousness.

Posted on Apr 13, 2009 WATCH & LISTEN


Running on Fumes









Posted on Apr 12, 2009 ENLARGE


O'Reilly
youtube.com

Bill O’Reilly Boycotting Sean Penn Films

How will Sean Penn sleep at night knowing that Fox News’ own talking points champion, Bill O’Reilly, has declared that he will never see another one of Penn’s movies?

Posted on Mar 30, 2009 READ MORE


Salim el-Hoss
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Human Rights Defenders Have It Tough in the Mideast

Dr Salim el-Hoss is 80 now but remains a staunch defender of human rights and democracy, an opponent of the death penalty and an outspoken supporter of Palestinians. When I recommended to him a long article on American torture, he read it right through to the end and then put the paper down with a slap on his knee. “Terrible, terrible,” he muttered.

Posted on Mar 21, 2009 READ MORE


Daily Show

‘Daily Show’: Fear Grips Fox News

Just hours into the Obama presidency, Fox News stalwarts Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity and that blond she-anchor with the helmet hair were practically shaking in their conservative shoes over the horrors that await all Americans—including YOUR children—if things keep going the scary way they’re going. Will terrorists take over our shores? And is Rush Limbaugh molting?

Posted on Jan 23, 2009 WATCH & LISTEN


Douche

You Got Obama. What Now?

Outraged by the Rev. Joseph Lowery’s benediction at Barack Obama’s inauguration, Glenn Beck is calling a post-racial foul. “Even at the inauguration of a black president, it seems white America is being called racist,” Beck whined after Lowrey suggested that “white will embrace what’s right.”

Posted on Jan 21, 2009 WATCH & LISTEN


Glenn Beck Cites ‘24’ to Defend Torture

It’s amazing what happens when powerful minds get together. Take this episode of “Fox and Friends,” during which conservative luminary Glenn Beck quotes Jack Bauer, an imaginary person from the land of TV make-believe, to prove the righteousness of torture. Genius.

Posted on Jan 13, 2009 WATCH & LISTEN


Bush at the White House
AP photo / Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Bush Gears Up for Farewell Speech

Although it may seem like ages since the election made it official, President Bush really is leaving the White House, and he’s preparing to say goodbye to the American people in a televised speech on Thursday.

Posted on Jan 12, 2009 READ MORE


ENTER_ALT_TEXT

A Very Special Fox News New Year Celebration

Fox News mixed New Year revelry with the racially questionable salutations of “Jen and John C.,” which scrolled along the bottom of the screen during its telecast early Thursday morning. Good times!

Posted on Jan 2, 2009 WATCH & LISTEN


O'Reilly
youtube.com

O’Reilly Leaving Radio to Focus on TV Show

Looks like Bill O’Reilly is preparing for the Obama era—he says he’s been working too many hours. Whatever the reason, the Fox News heavy is giving up his syndicated radio show to focus his energies on “The O’Reilly Factor.”

Posted on Dec 6, 2008 READ MORE


O'Reilly

O’Reilly: Dangerous ‘Far-Left Loons’ Nixed Torture

The CIA would still be able to keep America safe by using harsh interrogation methods (read: torture) on terrorists if it weren’t for those despicable, meddling “far-left loons”—according to Bill O’Reilly, Fox News pundit and well-known international terrorism expert.

Posted on Dec 4, 2008 WATCH & LISTEN


Nixon and Bush
Collage: MediaSpin / White House photo: Eric Draper

Bush Being ‘Nixonized’ by Left?

“Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace braved the “liberal wind,” according to his colleague James P. Pinkerton, by defending George W. Bush from a gaggle of lefties eager to compare Bush to Richard Nixon at a Washington, D.C.,  screening of Ron Howard’s film “Frost/Nixon.”

Posted on Dec 2, 2008 READ MORE


Daily Show

‘Daily Show’: Is MSNBC the New Fox News?

As the current president and president-elect prepare for a major baton-passing on Jan. 20, cable TV is undergoing its own changing of the guard. How will Fox News handle the transition? Is MSNBC taking its place?

Posted on Dec 2, 2008 WATCH & LISTEN


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Posted on Nov 18, 2008 ENLARGE


O'Reilly

Bill O’Reilly Braves ‘The Daily Show’

Is America really a “center-right” nation? Is “The Daily Show” secretly a left-wing commune? These questions and more are answered in these clips from “Fox News” superstar Bill O’Reilly’s visit to Jon Stewart’s studio Thursday.

Posted on Nov 14, 2008 WATCH & LISTEN


Palin

Palin Talks Africa, ‘Wardrobe-Gate’ in Fox News Interview

Fox News’ Greta von Susteren spends a good portion of the first part of her lengthy interview with Sarah Palin asking about the clothes Palin and her family wore on the campaign trail, but the Alaska governor also addresses several other rumors and “oddities” that circulated before the election.

Posted on Nov 10, 2008 WATCH & LISTEN


Smith

Shepard Smith on Ralph Nader, Joe the Plumber

It was a Fox News love-in when anchor Shepard Smith visited “The O’Reilly Factor” to talk about his recent televised face-offs with Ralph Nader and Samuel “Joe the Plumber” Wurzelbacher.

Posted on Nov 9, 2008 WATCH & LISTEN


McCain Insiders Paint a Not-So-Pretty Picture of Palin

On Wednesday, Fox News’ Carl Cameron kicked off a round of Republican in-fighting that had snowballed considerably by Wednesday, thanks to reports from unnamed McCain campaign informants about Sarah Palin’s alleged “diva”-like behavior.

Posted on Nov 6, 2008 READ MORE


Shep 'n' Ralph

Nader: Will Obama Be an ‘Uncle Tom for the Giant Corporations’?

Not entirely sure how to unpack what exactly is going on in this startling exchange between Fox News’ Shep Smith and third-party avenger Ralph Nader, but here are a few ideas to get the ball rolling.

Posted on Nov 6, 2008 WATCH & LISTEN


Palin and McCain

Fox News Report: Palin Didn’t Know Africa Is a Continent

Sarah Palin didn’t endear herself to everyone in the McCain campaign, from the look of this Fox News report on Wednesday. Stories about Palin sourced to campaign staffers are a bit on the, um, career-demolishing side, let’s say.

Posted on Nov 5, 2008 WATCH & LISTEN


Palin

Palin Talks of Wars in ‘Iraq and Iran’

This weekend brought yet another startling installment from the Sarah Palin School of International Relations, in which she talks about “needing to really shore up the strategies that we need over in Iraq and Iran to win these wars” during the first 100 days of her time in the White House with John McCain.

Posted on Nov 1, 2008 WATCH & LISTEN


presidential seal
Composite: wikimedia/grangercollegeadvising.com

More Evidence That Polling Is an Imprecise Enterprise

Polling mania continues! So, Thursday brought word of two newly hatched polls—one by The New York Times/CBS News and the other by Fox News—and their results are strikingly different. What whimsy!

Posted on Oct 30, 2008 READ MORE


Stephen Colbert and Joe McCarthy (graphic)

Colbert on Obama the Socialist

Stephen Colbert has figured out John McCain’s new campaign strategy of trying to paint his rival as a socialist: “Clearly the McCain campaign is targeting its most important voter: Joe the McCarthy.”

Posted on Oct 29, 2008 WATCH & LISTEN


Olbermann
rockthetruth.blogspot.com

MSNBC Slammed by Media Execs

There wasn’t a whole lot of love in the room for cable news channel MSNBC during a luncheon in Beverly Hills on Monday for television executives and actors from both ends of the political spectrum.

Posted on Oct 28, 2008 READ MORE


Obama ‘Madrassa’ Rumor-Monger Wanted to ‘Exterminate Jew Power in America’

So, everyone has a relative, or perhaps a neighbor, who has spread warnings in hushed tones about Barack Obama’s years of secret indoctrination at a Muslim madrassa (gasp!) in Indonesia—as though affiliating with a Muslim community of any description is cause for concern—a rumor that has been disproved many times. Here’s a fun look into the origin of the chain e-mail that started that particular smear.

Posted on Oct 14, 2008 READ MORE


Palin and Hannity

Palin and Friends: The Governor Is Interviewed by Fox’s Hannity

Thank goodness there was Fox News host Sean Hannity to fill the excruciating void between Sarah Palin’s big interview with ABC’s Charlie Gibson and her upcoming one-on-one with CBS’ Katie Couric. On Wednesday he sat down with Palin for the benefit of Fox’s conservative-friendly audience.

Posted on Sep 18, 2008 WATCH & LISTEN


Palin and Van Susteren

Alaska’s ‘First Dude’ Speaks! (Sort Of)

Fox News anchor Greta Van Susteren seems a bit flustered when confronted with the square-jawed, fur-lined manliness of Alaska’s “first dude,” Todd Palin, in this clever TPM montage of Van Susteren’s interview with Gov. Sarah Palin’s snow-machine-driving man of few words.

Posted on Sep 18, 2008 WATCH & LISTEN


Palin Resuscitates Talking Points She Left Out in Alaska

Missing from Republican VP hopeful Sarah Palin’s speeches during her recent homecoming visit to Alaska were two talking points she had used in heavy rotation before, but they were back in her script once she returned to talk to “lower 48” audiences, which, as Fox News (!) points out, may not be familiar with the relevant back stories.

Posted on Sep 14, 2008 READ MORE


Rove

Rove: Attack Ads Have Gone Too Far

President Bush’s former aide Karl Rove knows a thing or two about crafting campaign messages and, although he does not spare Barack Obama’s campaign, he now says that John McCain’s team has gone beyond the “100 percent truth test” in its recent crop of ads targeting the Illinois senator.

Posted on Sep 14, 2008 WATCH & LISTEN


Obama on O'Reilly

Obama and O’Reilly Square Off

The first installment of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama’s interview with Bill O’Reilly aired Thursday, during which the Fox News host drove a hard line about Iran’s nuclear program and the success of the “surge” in Iraq. “Why can’t you just say, ‘I was right in the beginning and I was wrong about the surge?’ ” asked O’Reilly.

Posted on Sep 5, 2008 WATCH & LISTEN


Stewart

Busted: Rove, Morris and O’Reilly Flip-Flop on Gender Bias

Consider this the only gender-bias-in-the-media primer you’ll ever need, and a handy reminder to the Bill O’Reilly and Dick Morris types (not to mention Monsieur Rove) that gender bias cuts both ways—and sometimes, as Jon Stewart points out, the same people do the cutting without seeming to remember just a few short weeks later.

Posted on Sep 4, 2008 WATCH & LISTEN


Fox and Friends

Fox Pundit: Alaska ‘Right Next Door to Russia’

“Fox & Friends” co-host and international relations genius Steve Doocy filled some time before John McCain’s official VP unveiling extravaganza on Friday by suggesting that McCain’s chosen She-publican, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, is actually a formidable player on the world stage because of Alaska’s proximity to Russia.

Posted on Aug 30, 2008 WATCH & LISTEN


O'Reilly

O’Reilly Doth Protest Too Much?

In response to Scott McClellan’s suggestion that White House talking points somehow found their way onto Fox News pundits’ teleprompter feeds, Bill O’Reilly took to the airwaves to defend his honor, denying he ever served as a mouthpiece to the Bush White House and declaring, “McClellan would never dare say that to my face.”

Posted on Jul 29, 2008 WATCH & LISTEN


McClellan

Scott McClellan: White House Fed ‘Talking Points’ to Fox News

Former White House press secretary Scott McClellan has dropped yet another bombshell, telling “Hardball” host Chris Matthews on Friday that the Bush administration helped “shape the narrative” of Fox News by passing “taking points” to certain members of Fox’s nighttime lineup.

Posted on Jul 27, 2008 WATCH & LISTEN


Bill O'Reilly and Karl Rove

O’Reilly to Rove: House Panel ‘Just a Dog and Pony Show’

In this clip from “The O’Reilly Factor,” Karl Rove briefly defends his decision to ignore a House subcommittee subpoena before Bill O’Reilly seizes the opportunity to suggest that the left-wing media hate him because his show is entertaining and successful.

Posted on Jul 17, 2008 WATCH & LISTEN


Barnes on Fox

‘Mental Recession’ Is ‘Straight Talk’?

Next thing you know, they’re going to say unicorns are real, too. On an episode of Fox News’ “Special Report” late this week, Weekly Standard Editor Fred Barnes chimed in about McCain adviser Phil Gramm’s assessment that America was on the verge of a “mental recession,” calling Gramm’s statement “straight talk.”

Posted on Jul 12, 2008 WATCH & LISTEN


Fox attacks

Backlash to Fox’s Smearing of Michelle Obama

The Brave New Films team has launched an initiative against Fox News for its treatment of Michelle Obama, whom Fox has described as Barack Obama’s “baby mama,” in addition to using other race-baiting terms.

Posted on Jul 9, 2008 WATCH & LISTEN


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