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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 READ MORE


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 READ MORE

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 READ MORE

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: 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 READ MORE

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 READ MORE


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 READ MORE

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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 READ MORE


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 READ MORE


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 READ MORE

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 READ MORE

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 READ MORE

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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 READ MORE


Clash of the TV Titans

When two big TV pundits with larger-than-life egos play out their personal grudge match on their shows, and their respective parent networks join in the fray, guess who loses? In the case of Keith Olbermann v. Bill O’Reilly, just about everybody loses, according to this piece from Variety.

Posted on Jun 28, 2008 READ MORE


O’Reilly in One Minute

State propaganda works through repetition, brevity, fear and unquestioned punditry. Meet “The O’Reilly Factor Lite,” a brilliantly produced one-minute clip that will provide everything you need to know to understand what “The O’Reilly Factor” is really about.

Posted on Jun 25, 2008 READ MORE

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O’Reilly Agitated Over Gay-Seeming Mayo Ad

Bill O’Reilly is just beside himself about a new, ultra-confusing British advertisement for Heinz mayonnaise. He’s so troubled, in fact, by the sight of two men kissing (!) for no apparent reason (?!), that he enlists the aid of two other talking heads, Jane Hall and Bernard Goldberg, who are also willing to pretend this matter deserves airtime and extended commentary.

Posted on Jun 20, 2008 READ MORE

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Fox Anchor Links Terrorism, the Obamas’ Fist Pound

Granted, Fox News’ target demographic is probably not too terribly current when it comes to understanding contemporary pop cultural references and practices, but Fox she-anchor E.D. Hill went above and beyond the call of ridiculousness by calling Barack and Michelle Obama’s fist pound a “terrorist fist jab.” Really, E.D.?

Posted on Jun 10, 2008 READ MORE


Bill O’Reilly: The Proto-Bully Years

This early footage of Bill O’Reilly from his previous gig at “Inside Edition” captures the future Fox pundit letting fly with a few F-bombs when he doesn’t approve of—or understand—the copy written for him to read during the show’s final moments. Hey Bill, there’s no “I” in ... oh, never mind. Updated.

Posted on May 12, 2008 READ MORE

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NYT: Pentagon Primed TV Military Experts

The Bush administration’s skill in working the media to promote its interests is not a new story, but The New York Times has just uncovered a new twist: According to the paper, administration insiders courted a troop of retired military men to serve as trained PR agents for the White House on major broadcast outlets. 

Posted on Apr 19, 2008 READ MORE

Daily Show

A ‘Daily Show’ Tribute to Fox News

It’s hard to believe, but Fox News is already 12!  As the Murdochian news channel faces the inevitable growing pains of its ‘tween age, working hard to define President Bush’s legacy before he leaves office and displaying as many American flags as screen space will allow, “Daily Show” correspondent John Oliver salutes Fox with his own special tribute.

Posted on Apr 11, 2008 READ MORE

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Penn: ‘End Is Near’ for Fox Pundits

Filming one of his last scenes as Harvey Milk, San Francisco’s first openly gay politician, who was assassinated by City Hall colleague Dan White in 1978, Sean Penn got all Method on the crowd of extras assembled to reenact the scene of an important speech Milk made on Gay Freedom Day 30 years ago.

Posted on Mar 20, 2008 READ MORE

On Geraldo and ‘Black Geniuses’

How weird is this presidential election? So weird that I’m about to give a nod of appreciation (of sorts) to Geraldo Rivera, of all people—and also to, gulp, Fox News.

Posted on Feb 25, 2008 READ MORE

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Clinton Prepares for Fox News Debate

Perhaps regardless of Tuesday’s election results, Sen. Hillary Clinton is looking toward the next debate opportunity—this time sponsored by Fox News—on Feb. 11. Barack Obama, however, hasn’t agreed yet to appear on the conservative channel.

Posted on Feb 5, 2008 READ MORE

Ron Paul on Leno

Ron Paul Blasts Fox News on Leno

What was up with Fox News excluding Ron Paul from Sunday’s Republican debate?  Jay Leno puzzles over the network’s decision, and Paul posits some answers:  He’s a “strict constitutionalist” and anti-Iraq war.  Leno points out that Paul’s a “Republican.”  But as for Fox News higher-ups, the Texas politician responds, “They’re not.” 

Posted on Jan 8, 2008 READ MORE

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Poking Holes in Fox News’ Mythology of Objectivity

This is certainly a point that has been made before, but the Guardian’s Michael Tomasky performed his own journalistic audit on the U.S.‘s Fox News network, starting with the conservative channel’s overt claims of offering “fair and balanced” news coverage, and finds that it falls short of its mission statement about spin-free reporting. 

Posted on Nov 19, 2007 READ MORE


Team O’Reilly Grills O’Donnell About 9/11

Bill O’Reilly—or rather, a couple of his employees—took the opportunity to descend upon Rosie O’Donnell at her recent book signing in Huntington, N.Y., and corner her about her supposed belief (which she says O’Reilly incorrectly characterized) that 9/11 was an inside job. 

Posted on Oct 30, 2007 READ MORE


‘Daily Show’:  Did Al-Qaida Infiltrate Fox News?

Funny how, in the wake of any national disaster these days, news analysts set about explaining the latest disaster according to their pet political interests.  Take the recent California wildfires, for example, and watch what Jon Stewart discovers about different stations’ diverse interpretations of what the fires really mean.

Posted on Oct 30, 2007 READ MORE

Jimmy Carter

Sunday Saber Rattling

The hawks have taken to the Sunday morning air to beat the war drums over Iran, while those who oppose them, including former President Jimmy Carter, try to prevent a disaster worse than Iraq. TPM TV has this roundup.

Posted on Oct 15, 2007 READ MORE

Huckabee and Paul

Paul:  ‘We’ve Dug a Hole for Our Party’

Perhaps more remarkable than watching Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee trot out the “if you break it, you buy it” analogy in relation to the Iraq war during Wednesday’s debate is taking in Ron Paul’s exasperated speech about how a handful of neocons in Washington “hijacked our foreign policy.”

Posted on Sep 6, 2007 READ MORE

Colbert and Kos

Kos vs. Colbert

DailyKos proprietor Markos Moulitsas joins Stephen Colbert to defend his super popular blog, which “Papa Bear” Bill O’Reilly has repeatedly compared to the work of the KKK and the Nazis.

Posted on Aug 16, 2007 READ MORE

Progressive Coalition Targets Fox Advertisers

A group of progressive organizations and blogs is planning to hit Fox News where it hurts: the bank account., Brave New Films, DailyKos and others are working to compile a list of local advertisers as part of a larger pressure campaign. Fox News may have brought this on itself by successfully pressuring JetBlue to pull out as a major sponsor of the YearlyKos convention.

Posted on Jul 27, 2007 READ MORE


Fox Attacks Bloggers

Fox News is out to smear the blogosphere with a slew of unsavory tactics, such as comparing liberal bloggers to the Klan and Nazi Germany. It has already met with some success, prompting JetBlue to pull its sponsorship from the YearlyKos convention.

Posted on Jul 27, 2007 READ MORE

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The Pink-Pistoled Lesbian Gang Menace!

Fox pundit Bill O’Reilly, ever on top of hot-button trends in the zeitgeist, took a goodly chunk of time during Monday night’s episode of “The O’Reilly Factor” to discuss a most pressing national issue—and no, it’s not the glaringly important and timely I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby case. 

Posted on Jul 3, 2007 READ MORE

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Teachable Moments With Bill O’Reilly

A high school student from Boulder, Colo., who appeared on “The O’Reilly Factor” to weigh in about a recent assembly at his school that featured frank discussions about sex and drugs successfully dammed the rising tide of outrage coming from Bill O’Reilly by taking a page from the Fox pundit’s own book.

Posted on Jun 25, 2007 READ MORE


Colbert on Bushmania in Albania

Americans need to catch up with Albanians in terms of showing President Bush some serious love, according to pseudo-pundit Stephen Colbert, who laments that Albanians have renamed a street after our commander in chief and dedicated stamps to him; in fact, he’s so popular over there that “gypsies actually put money in his pockets” during his Albanian love-in.

Posted on Jun 13, 2007 READ MORE

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Dennis Miller Still Believes in WMDs, Tooth Fairy?

The funnyman-turned-war cheerleader tells Bill O’Reilly why he still believes there were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. O’Reilly, believe it or not, takes the sensible view.

Posted on Jun 3, 2007 READ MORE

‘Simpsons’ Sticks It to Fox

“The Simpsons” has never shied away from biting the hand that feeds it, but in its 400th episode—heavily promoted by the network—the show went for a two-fer, mocking both the low-brow Fox and the propagandistic Fox News.

Posted on May 21, 2007 READ MORE

Howard Dean Mixes It Up With Colbert

The DNC chairman sits down with Stephen Colbert for a raucous discussion on the Republican debate, torture and why the Democrats won’t go on Fox News: “No sense in going on propaganda outlets when you don’t have to.” Other Dean zingers include: “Any Republican debate is torture,” and “John McCain knows something about torture, the rest of the guys were just windbags.”

Posted on May 17, 2007 READ MORE


Giuliani Still Thinks ‘They Hate Us for Our Freedom’

While speaking with Fox News about his debate confrontation with Ron Paul, Rudy Giuliani trotted out that tired old slogan that utterly fails to explain anything. Also, Giuliani tells Sean Hannity, “If you can’t face reality, you can’t lead.” We couldn’t agree more.

Posted on May 17, 2007 READ MORE

Michael Moore

Fox’s Gibson Joins the Michael Moore Witch Hunt

John Gibson of Fox News attempts to “nail” Michael Moore for his recent trip to Cuba, arguing rather desperately that Moore cannot be considered a journalist because his last movie grossed $100 million and journalists are supposed to be underpaid.

Posted on May 11, 2007 READ MORE

Jon Stewart

‘Daily Show’ Viewers Know More

According to the latest Pew Research survey, the most knowledgeable Americans are regular viewers of “The Daily Show” and “The Colbert Report” and avid newspaper readers. At the other end of the spectrum are viewers of Fox News and morning shows.

Posted on May 2, 2007 READ MORE

They’re Democrats, Not Idiots

Roger Ailes, the mastermind behind Fox News, publicly fumed when the Democratic presidential candidates refused to participate in his network’s debates, but can he really blame Obama, Clinton and Edwards for avoiding a conservative ambush?

Posted on Apr 13, 2007 READ MORE


Strike 2 for Fox News Debate

Presidential candidate Barack Obama has followed in the footsteps of fellow Democratic hopeful John Edwards in declining to take part in a primary debate co-sponsored by Fox News and the Congressional Black Caucus Institute in September.

Posted on Apr 9, 2007 READ MORE


Gingrich Joins Gonzales Critics’ Chorus

Though the Bush administration continues to support Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales, another prominent Republican has called for him to step down.  One-time House Speaker Newt Gingrich went on “Fox News Sunday” and said Gonzales’ “self-created” mess gets in the way of his job.

Posted on Apr 9, 2007 READ MORE

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The Fox Attack on Black America

The Congressional Black Caucus has agreed to cosponsor two debates with Fox News, one for Democrats and the other for Republicans. But as Robert Greenwald and the folks at Fox Attacks demonstrate in this video, the network has a history of attacking black America.

Posted on Apr 3, 2007 READ MORE


Media Critic on Why It’s Only Getting Worse

Jeff Cohen joins Truthdig to talk about life in the big media trenches, why news coverage is only getting worse, and how horse race politics and the corporatization of information are killing American democracy. Cohen was the communications director for the 2004 Dennis Kucinich campaign, founder of Fairness and Accuracy In Reporting, and author most recently of “Cable News Confidential” (excerpted here).

Posted on Mar 23, 2007 READ MORE

Weekly Video Roundup

Our collection of favorite videos this week includes Sen. Chuck Schumer nailing the Bush administration on the firing of U.S. attorneys, the Discovery Channel drooling over a weapon that kills Americans, and “The Simpsons” dressing down Fox News.

Posted on Mar 16, 2007 READ MORE

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