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Mr. Colbert Goes to Washington

After spending a day as a migrant farmworker, farceur Stephen Colbert hit Congress to testify about his experience. Media outrage ensued, but as Firedoglake points out, Colbert has done more for the powerless in this instance than any of the “blow-dried idiots that sit around the White House press room.”

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Don’t Write Off the Far Right

It’s comforting for liberals to view the conservative world through the MSNBC bubble and mitigated by the opinions of Chris Matthews, Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow. But it’s not the real world.

Posted on Sep 20, 2010 READ MORE


Karl Rove Supports Christine O’Donnell, Kind Of

Perhaps angling to put a lid on any talk about right-wing rifts, GOP schemer Karl Rove took to the Fox News airwaves Thursday to demonstrate that he’s not trying to slow down the tea party express, at least when it comes to Delaware congressional hopeful Christine O’Donnell.

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‘Daily Show’: Islamophobiapalooza

Several of Bill O’Reilly’s colleagues at Fox News clearly don’t subscribe to his patented “No Spin Zone” formula, as the spinnage happening on the Murdochian channel about the Islamic cultural center near Manhattan’s Ground Zero is enough to power a generously proportioned dynamo.

Posted on Sep 14, 2010 READ MORE



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Beck and Palin, Together Again on 9/11

Fox News mainstays and tea-party superstars Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin are joining forces for a big-ticket event in Anchorage, Alaska, on Sept. 11. Ostensibly, it’s just a “coincidence” that this right-wing pep rally is happening on such an auspicious date.

Posted on Sep 9, 2010 READ MORE



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Fox News: Home for Wayward Analysts

To all pundits, politicians and journalists who got everything wrong about the Iraq War, fear not. You may have no credibility, but Fox News is your refuge and your benefactor. As Media Matters documents, the propaganda network has only added to its collection of mendacious war boosters since helping to launch the Iraq disaster.

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Our Enabling Media Is Worse Than Ever

Once he tasted the realities of political life, Thomas Jefferson had harsh words for the free press. What would he have made of the irresponsible, shoddy, pernicious zeal that passes for news today?

Posted on Aug 31, 2010 READ MORE



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The Beck-Palin Show Is No Joke

It’s easy to laugh off the weekend’s Glenn Beck-Sarah Palin show at the Lincoln Memorial. But don’t laugh just yet. The rally was a major event in the right wing’s effort to take over Congress and the presidency.

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Sights and Sounds From Glenn Beck’s Ego Festival

Our morbid curiosity got the better of us and we went looking for video documentation of Glenn Beck’s “Restoring Honor Rally.” Hop past the jump for Sarah Palin speechifying, Beck describing himself as savior of America (sigh) and the inevitable music video.

Posted on Aug 29, 2010 READ MORE


‘Daily Show’: Glenn Beck MLKs It

Before holding his Hubrisfest 2010 celebration on Sunday at the Lincoln Memorial, Glenn Beck says he’s no Martin Luther King Jr., but would also like to point out that “African-Americans don’t own Martin Luther King.”

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Anti-Muslim Rhetoric Causing Harm, Consternation

Whipping up anti-Muslim sentiment seems to be a favorite pastime of certain practitioners of the art of punditry, particularly but not exclusively on the far right lately—but it carries some very real consequences, and not just the kind that make headlines.

Posted on Aug 26, 2010 READ MORE


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This Ruckus Over a Mosque Only Hurts the U.S.

Did you know that she-pundit Laura Ingraham actually kind of gave her blessing to the project that has now become known, especially in her circles, as the “Ground Zero mosque,” and less than a year ago at that?

Posted on Aug 23, 2010 READ MORE


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O’Reilly Does Not Approve of Aniston’s No-Man Stance

Fox News stalwart and self-styled culture warrior Bill O’Reilly briefly shifted his focus away from Lady Gaga on Tuesday to fixate upon Jennifer Aniston and her blasphemous ideas about single parenting.

Posted on Aug 11, 2010 READ MORE


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‘Colbert Report’: Laura Ingraham Gets Owned

So, conservative talk radio starlet Laura Ingraham showed up on “The Colbert Report” Tuesday night, despite the fact that the show’s host had once dubbed her “Ichabod Crane’s banshee widow,” to plug her new book, “The Obama Diaries.” How’d she do?

Posted on Aug 4, 2010 READ MORE


The Deception of Real-World Inception

In this epoch of confusion, our society has achieved the goal of “Inception’s” idea-implanting protagonists—only without all the technological subterfuge.

Posted on Jul 29, 2010 READ MORE


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‘Colbert Report’: Teachable Moments With Shirley Sherrod, Fox News

The recent Shirley Sherrod kerfuffle served to show how quick the Obama administration is to bend to the will of Fox News pundits, according to Stephen Colbert, who can think of a few other people to fire as well for doing nothing wrong.

Posted on Jul 27, 2010 READ MORE



The End of the Fox News Era?

The smearing of Shirley Sherrod ought to be a turning point in American politics. This is not, as the now trivialized phrase has it, a “teachable moment.” It is a time for action.

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Glenn Beck University

Glenn Beck: Talk show host, human pastry ... academic? The Fox Newser has launched an online “university” strangely devoid of classes on professional crying. But for $9.95 a month, you can enroll in—and we couldn’t possibly make this up—Faith 101, Hope 101 or Charity 101. Advanced classes also available.

Posted on Jul 5, 2010 READ MORE



Noam Chomsky on Iran

It’s a short one this morning, class, so pay close attention: Noam Chomsky sounds off on the Iranian threat, Fox makes stuff up about the oil spill, some nutty professor is claiming Jesus was never crucified and trouble in Israeli academia.

Posted on Jun 29, 2010 READ MORE


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‘Daily Show’: McChrystal’s Balls

What was Gen. Stanley McChrystal thinking when he allowed Rolling Stone reporter Michael Hastings the kind of access that several other members of the media can only marvel about obsessively in this “Daily Show” clip?

Posted on Jun 24, 2010 READ MORE


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Palin Gets Energetic About Obama’s Speech

Sarah Palin was at the ready, all coiffed and skeptical, after President Obama addressed the nation about the oil spill catastrophe Tuesday night. And guess what? She’s not buyin’ what he’s sellin’.

Posted on Jun 16, 2010 READ MORE


French McDonald’s Is Too Gay for Bill O’Reilly

Al-Qaida is to Bill O’Reilly what Nazis are to Glenn Beck. That is to say it’s his favorite smear for things he doesn’t like. In this instance, a heartwarming (warning) commercial for McDonald’s in France (danger) aimed at gays (RED ALERT!).

Posted on Jun 3, 2010 READ MORE


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Sarah Silverman Re-Brands Fox News as ‘Racism Engine’

Sarah Silverman’s no shrinking violet, as she recently demonstrated once again by launching a direct hit on the Murdochian empire that is Fox News, calling the cable news channel “a 24-hour-a-day racism engine” ... (continued)

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Arizona Moves to Curb Ethnic Studies

A bill has been approved by the Arizona Legislature that would ban ethnic studies programs in the state, a move that comes on the heels of passage of an extraordinarily controversial anti-immigrant law.

Posted on Apr 30, 2010 READ MORE


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‘Daily Show’: The Gospel Truth About Fox News

Jon Stewart isn’t one to take cheap shots sitting down, so Bernie Goldberg and Bill O’Reilly’s latest volleys bring Stewart to his feet for a musical response—complete with a mini gospel choir—to bear witness to the truth that Fox News is a “terrible, cynical, disingenuous news organization.”

Posted on Apr 21, 2010 READ MORE


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‘SNL’ Alumna Victoria Jackson Says Obama’s a Communist

What happened to bubbly blond Victoria Jackson after her run on “Saturday Night Live”? Well, for her latest act she’s become a tea party demonstrator and she thinks the president’s a communist. “I watch Glenn Beck, and he has taught me well,” she tells Fox News’ Steve Doocy, adding, “Progressive is the new word for communist.”

Posted on Mar 26, 2010 READ MORE


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A Brief Survey of the Mystifying Advertisements on Glenn Beck’s Website

What are we to make of the Obamalyptic images and messages sounding the alarm, in the form of click-through advertisements, on Glenn Beck’s website? And exactly what, pray tell, is “food insurance”?

Posted on Mar 25, 2010 READ MORE


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James Cameron Calls for Dialogue With Glenn Beck

During a press junket on Tuesday, “Avatar” helmer James Cameron let fly about Fox News’ shouty conspiracy buff Glenn Beck, calling Beck a couple of rated-R names before backing up a bit and suggesting that he’d like to have a “dialogue with him.” In 3-D! Just kidding.

Posted on Mar 24, 2010 READ MORE


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O’Reilly Revels in Correctness After ‘Obamacare’ Vote

After the health care reform bill cleared the House on Sunday, were Fox Newsers like Bill O’Reilly forced to eat their hats? Never! Or, at least, not in O’Reilly’s case. In fact, he’d like to point out, as he did on Monday’s “O’Reilly Factor” ... (continued)

Posted on Mar 23, 2010 READ MORE


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‘Daily Show’: Progressives Are Out to Get Us All

Now we’ve heard it directly from Glenn Beck’s mouth: “I am not a journalist—I am a conservative. I am much more of a libertarian.” Nowhere in there is the word progressive included. Shudder to think! Because as we all know, the path from progressivism leads straight to China.

Posted on Mar 19, 2010 READ MORE


Obama Asks Fox News to Stop Interrupting

The president took a break from leaning on House members Wednesday to pitch his health care plan to Fox News. Things got a little testy, but Fox’s Bret Baier ended up apologizing for interrupting so much.

Posted on Mar 17, 2010 READ MORE


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Obama to Pitch Health Care Reform on Fox News

As part of his eleventh-hour push to win Americans over on the touchy topic of health care reform, President Barack Obama is throwing himself into the lion’s den. That’s right, the president is going willingly to Fox News to get the “fair and balanced” treatment from Bret Baier on Wednesday.

Posted on Mar 16, 2010 READ MORE


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Glenn Beck Brings the Drama to Fox News

Glenn Beck has certainly drawn bigger audience numbers with his unique, and often baffling, brand of showmanship since he switched from CNN to Fox News in early 2009. But, as The Washington Post’s Howard Kurtz notes, his act hasn’t always scored with network bigwigs or with fellow heavies from the right-wing media world.

Posted on Mar 15, 2010 READ MORE


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Howell Raines: Why Don’t Real Journalists Take Fox News to Task?

Howell Raines, the New York Times’ erstwhile executive editor, sounds downright alarmed in a Washington Post Op-Ed article about the lack of journalistic standards and blatant displays of “disinformation” he sees on Fox News. What’s more, he doesn’t think that “honest” journalists ... (continued)

Posted on Mar 12, 2010 READ MORE


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‘Daily Show’: Sour Gropes for Glenn Beck

Ah, if only former Rep. Eric Massa truly was the “ray of sunshine” Glenn Beck was so keenly wishing for ... before Massa actually showed up on Beck’s set and dashed the Fox News host’s hopes of mining Massa’s tale of persecution at the, er, hands of naked Rahm Emanuel for all it was worth.

Posted on Mar 11, 2010 READ MORE


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Eric Massa’s ‘Glenn Beck’ Moment Bears Strange Fruit

If former Rep. Eric Massa hoped he’d get a post-resignation PR boost from his guest spot on Glenn Beck’s Fox News show Tuesday, he made some bad choices in his quest for support. Those included his selection of venue and his whimsical approach to clearing up the sexual harassment issue that played a key part in his strange, memorable exit from office.

Posted on Mar 9, 2010 READ MORE


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‘Colbert Report’: Pimpin’ 101 with Sean Hannity

Conservative faux-pimp prankster James O’Keefe earned high praise from Fox News’ starring lineup—Glenn Beck, Michelle Malkin, Ann Coulter and Sean Hannity, among other Murdochians—for his infamous ACORN prostitution “bust” depicted in a video ... which turns out to have been edited, perhaps with a goal in mind. In keeping with this spirit, Stephen Colbert engaged in a little deceptive ... (continued)

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A Surge in Right-Wing Extremism

A report by the Southern Poverty Law Center outlines a surge in extremist “patriot” groups in the U.S. The center claims that the number of right-wing extremist groups increased by 250 percent in 2009.

Posted on Mar 5, 2010 READ MORE


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Sarah Palin Shopping Alaska-Themed TV Show Around Hollywood

We keep trying to read the tea leaves each time news or rumors about Sarah Palin’s blossoming media career hit our radar—i.e., does this mean she’ll be too busy to run for, you know, president? What would it mean for her chances at the White House, for example, if she were to appear in a television show about Alaska she created with the help of reality TV megaproducer Mark Burnett?

Posted on Mar 4, 2010 READ MORE


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Abortion Debate Looms (Again) Over Health Care Reform

“In the present form, the Senate health care bill is going nowhere in the House of Representatives,” Rep. Mark Stupak told Fox News on Thursday, owing in part to the way in which the bill was passed—“the special deals,” as he put it. After Fox co-anchor Liz Claman reminded him that he “could hold this whole thing up” ... (continued)

Posted on Mar 4, 2010 READ MORE


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ACORN Changing Shape?

Despite earlier reports that ACORN, the national coalition of community organizations that some conservatives love to hate, is effectively “dissolving as a national structure,” an ACORN spokesperson told The American Prospect that the national network “still exists.”

Posted on Feb 22, 2010 READ MORE


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Glenn Beck Calls Thomas Paine the Glenn Beck of Revolutionary America

Based on this video, it seems Fox News viewers are so patriotic they don’t know anything about the origins of our country. During this little history lesson, Glenn Beck explains who Tom Paine was: “kind of the me. ...” In fairness, Beck made a disgusted face as he said it—the same one we were making.

Posted on Feb 18, 2010 READ MORE


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The Tea Party Movement Is a National Embarrassment

At its core, the tea party movement is rife with contradiction, incoherence and a willful contempt for facts or reason. It is but a parody of the legitimate movements for which American democracy has historically been held in such high regard.

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Tea Party Gets Even Less Inviting

While the tea party movement may be brushed off by some as the work of a bunch of misguided Fox News enthusiasts, the opening speech at the first national Tea Party Convention in Nashville suggests something more sinister at the root.

Posted on Feb 6, 2010 READ MORE


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Jon Stewart and Bill O’Reilly Attempt to Define Fox News

In these clips from Wednesday’s “The O’Reilly Factor” featuring a cameo by Jon Stewart, Bill O’Reilly and his guest disagree on a few things. This is to be expected. By the end of their tête-à-tête, Stewart and O’Reilly had not reached a workable consensus about the exact nature of Fox News. (continued)

Posted on Feb 3, 2010 READ MORE


Paul Krugman Explains to Roger Ailes Why Fox News Is Garbage

It’s all well and good to snipe at the opposition from Microsoft Word, quite another to tell the guy sitting next to you that he’s a propagandist. Kudos to Paul Krugman for bringing a little more fact-checking and a little less elbow-rubbing to the Sunday morning talk show circuit.

Posted on Feb 1, 2010 READ MORE


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‘Daily Show’: Is Sarah Palin Secretly Brilliant?

Don’t worry—everyone can see those trails you’ll observe around Jon Stewart in this “Daily Show” clip. It’s not just you. But speaking of weirdness, consider the possibility, which Stewart advances here, that Sarah Palin is actually quite brilliant for mobilizing an entire news network to help her “set the record straight,” as Bill O’Reilly puts it.

Posted on Jan 14, 2010 READ MORE


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Journal Time With Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin

It’s hard to imagine that Glenn Beck had never met Sarah Palin before Wednesday. After all, as Fox News’ lachrymose host suggested in this clip from his eponymous show that very day, the two of them have so much in common.

Posted on Jan 13, 2010 READ MORE


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