If you think major media has little influence on voters and elections, then turn off your television and keep reading. If Fox News hadn’t been on the air in 2000, according to a recent study, George W. Bush would have received 1.6 percent fewer votes in that year’s presidential race.
Unemployment in the U.S. is currently at its lowest rate in six years, which would ordinarily be an indicator of economic improvement. That’s not how Charles Payne of the Fox Business Network takes it, though, Media Matters recently reported. According to Payne, this recent job growth could be bad because, he said, it’s putting the stock market at risk.
See Payne’s Twitter message from July 3:
In response to Miss Piggy's blunt description of the so-called news network, Kermit gave a rather accurate prediction: "That's gonna be all over the Internet."
He was right.
(from Think Progress)
Of course, this could be just revenge on the part of the piggy. Last month on its "Follow the Money" show, commentators of the Fox Business network were quick to toss out accusations regarding the true intentions of their new The Muppet Movie.
Criticizing the movie while the network ran a caption that read "Are liberals trying to brainwash your kids against capitalism?" host Eric Bolling called the new muppet movie "communist," declaring it only wanted to teach kids to "hat(e) corporate America."
Other muppet flicks and similar movies are responsible for Occupy Wall Street and public environmental concerns, too, according to Dan Gainor, who joined Bolling in criticism.
(from Media Matters)
from a 2009 Tea Party rally
Americans who watch “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” are more up-to-date and correctly knowledgeable of current events, according to a recent PublicMind Poll™ conducted by Fairleigh Dickinson Univ.
Yes, it’s certainly strange that a 30-minute entertainment show on the appropriately-named Comedy Central television network is more informative than actual news media.
But a focal point of the study isn’t odd. It should be, true, but … we’re all well used to the fact that the Fox News network tells its viewers nothing but crap.
And sadly enough, it seems to be working. Fox viewers knew significantly less about current news on the national and global levels than those who rely on news from all other media – national and local television, national and local newspapers, and even political blogs.
Not only do Fox fans know squat about current events, but they even know less than folks who don’t watch or read any news at all – 18 percent less than those media-hermits, in fact.
Dan Cassino, a professor of political science at Fairleigh Dickinson and an analyst for the PublicMind Poll, concluded, “ 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.”
But this has been par for the course for quite a while now. For example:
This isn’t necessarily a reflection on the intellect of those viewers (well, not necessarily, at least), but clearly indicates their gullibility.
Fox News reports complete garbage, such its recent claim “we caught Bin Laden by waterboarding”; telling the public that the pepper spray infamously used against peaceful protesters at UC-Berkeley was just “a food product”; that an Obama budget proposal was “four times bigger than Bush’s costliest plan”; and the list goes on.
This compilation by Media Matters might be a couple of years old, but it’s still very indicative of what we get from the Fox network.
(posted on youtube by mediamatters4america)
And there seems to be little anyone can do about it. Fox already testified in federal court that it had every right to lie in its broadcasts, and because there’s no law against knowingly distorting news with deliberate intent to misinform, it argued. Fox News won the lawsuit.
With all the dirt going 'round on Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain, ranging from dumb economic policies to silly video ads and even sexual harassment, the conservative media is suddenly on the defense.
They need to protect their suddenly popular candidate. And they're doing so by...pulling the race card.
Except they're pulling that card in such a way that's busting their blackjack hand.
See Ann Coulter (aka, the Coultergeist) subconsciously admit her racist foundation when she says "Our blacks are so much better than their blacks."
Alright - all the deficit and default garbage is done and dealt with (...for now, at least).
Now it's time for congress to address other important topics, like unemployment, Afghanistan and ... breast feeding?
Oh, yeah! That's one point Rep. Steve King uses in his argument against recent actions of the Dept. of Health and Human Services (with FAUX News batting clean-up).
Beginning next year, medical services such as prescription birth control, breast-feeding aids, gestational diabetes and domestic violence screenings are to be fully covered by insurance companies with no deductible. The goal, says HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, is to "ensure women get...preventive health benefits(.)" The program can reduce long-term costs of both women's and children's healthcare, analysts say.
But it'll do much more harm than good, King says. According to the Iowa Republican, if we apply preventive medicine, "what you end up with is, you prevented a generation."
And Stephen Colbert was completely supportive of King's premises, too, as well as FOX's arguments against this women's health benefit. In recent edition of his Colbert Report, he offered "a woman's health decisions are private matter between her priest and her husband!"
Add the dinosaur extinction to your argument, and you've got it down pat.
(from The Wrap)
FOX News' Twitter account led followers into Independence Day with false reports that Pres. Obama was assassinated.
The tweets were reportedly issued by hackers who, the network says, gained illegal access to FOX's "foxnewspolitics" account with the microblogging service.
According to the tweets, the president was shot this morning at a campaign event in Iowa, dying shortly after, and the assassin remained at large.
The series of messages began:
Two other tweets were issued shortly afterwards, and which read:
"BREAKING NEWS: President @BarackObama assassinated, 2 gunshot wounds have proved too much. It's a sad 4th for #america. #obamadead RIP"
"We wish @joebiden the best of luck as our new President of the United States. In such a time of madness, there's light at the end of tunnel"
The messages were visible until at least 11 a.m EDT, but have since been removed from the Twitter account.
The president is actually celebrating the 4th of July with military at a White House barbecue.
This isn't the first time the network had Twitter accounts hijacked. In January 2009, a hacker broke into FOX's "foxnews" account to transmit a message with slanderous intent about talk-show host Bill O'Reilly.
FOX News and its affiliates also made erroneous statements alluding to death of Obama earlier this year. Reporting the slaying of terrorist Osama bin Laden, a FOX anchor concluded the story by saying "President Obama is, in fact, dead." (See video of that broadcast by clicking here.) Many crawl text statements of or similar to "Obama dead" appeared on the network during the same time.
FOX News has been directly attributed as inspiration to violent actions in the country for at least three years. It and its newscasters have been credited as the impetus in the slaying of police officers and a minister, violence at a Town Hall meeting, the plotted assassination of a congresswoman, and an attempt to attack a business with weapons - and directly by those committing the crimes.
The network faces no legal repudiation for these and other errors, even if intentional. In a 2003 federal court case, FOX attorneys argued there is no law against knowingly distorting news reports with deliberate intentions to mislead. FOX News won the case.
The latest gem from Glenn Beck -
Natural disasters are one reason why we need guns, which we should also use to protect our churches and our coal plants.
And "why would you get a gun?" Beck asks his viewers.
But he quickly answers that question for them ... while pointing directly at an image of Pres. Obama.
"To prepare for tougher times," he says with a jab of his index finger.
From his June 13 show:
At least this isn't as bad as his other Beck-ups, when he's gone so far as alluding to assassination, both directly and by slip of the tongue.
Enough is enough, FOX.
We've already seen the quick thread of errors this network and its affiliates made following the take-down of Osama bin Laden. And not just by jumbling "Osama" for "Obama" - we're talkin' actual verbal declaration that "President Obama is, in fact, dead."
And I'd be willing to overlook this latest one were it not from Glenn Beck:
He's made such insinuations of assassination before, almost in suggestion of the crime:
And his tactics worked, too. Some who actually tried to take the lives of political officials credit Beck to be their inspiration.
And he even once joked about his personal desire to kill Rep. Nancy Pelosi:
Wouldn't you think that the continuation of these "errors" would "kill" FOX's ratings?
And on that subject, just when is FOX going to do as promised last month, and kill his show?
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