Slander by Numb3rs

The Fox haters are getting tripped up by ordinary, everyday arithmetic. Which one told The Lie of the Week?

Why bother with the Super Bowl when you can enjoy the latest pickings from the Fox haters' grapevine? The slanders and smears did not let up this past week, and that means another visit with the newshounds (another fine product of the Outfoxed mob). It's true that we all use math every day, and there seems to be a numerical theme running through many of this week's entries.

For example, Marie-Therese, complaining about stories not covered on Fox News Live Thursday morning, insisted they should have devoted air time to important news like Al Franken, Air America, and this:
Anderson Cooper clobbered Greta van Susteren in her time slot several times this week.

Let's check those numb3rs:

Greta - 1,301,000 viewers (346,000 25-54)
Cooper - 805,000 viewers (270,000)

Greta - 1,366,000 viewers (343,000)
Cooper - 841,000 viewers (274,000)

Greta- 1,240,000 viewers (303,000)
Cooper - 679,000 viewers (198,000)

He really clobbered Greta. Confused by this discrepancy, we asked M-T what days this week Cooper clobbered Greta. After deleting our question, she came back with two dates from the week before:
Cooper beat Greta on January 25 and 26, 2007...

January 25:
Greta - 1,361,000 viewers (330,000)
Cooper - 983,000 viewers (369,000)

January 26:
Greta - 971,000 viewers (214,000)
Cooper - 791,000 viewers (271,000)

On both days Greta had more viewers. Cooper had an edge if you only count 25-54. But that doesn't give him a win. It isn't "beating" Greta. And it sure ain't "clobbering" her either, let alone "clobbering" her this week. So M-T is reduced to arguing that two ratings nights on one program should have been covered as news ten days after it happened. What's more, she falsifies her own words! Her post now reads:
Anderson Cooper clobbered Greta van Susteren in her time slot several times in the past two weeks.... "Past week" changed to "past two weeks".

Another hound lie. The post didn't say "past week"--it said "this week". Screencaps are fun:

Then we have Priscilla, the "guest blogger" who is nonetheless quite adept at the mongrel techniques of distortion and fabrication, as she bemoans Saturday night's Heartland:
There wasn’t much “there” there in the Heartland last night 2/3/07. Faced with a choice between UFO’s and pole dancing, I picked the pole dancing segment...

That, of course, led to much cackling among the kennel-dwellers about "tabloid" Fox. Priscilla's numb3r is two: the program only left her with two choices of topics. The truth is considerably greater than two. A few examples:

Somebody is not telling the truth. That looks like a whole lot more than two. And what's less than two? Zero. That's Ellen's numb3r as she objects to another story that Fox didn't cover, didn't mention, whatever:
Why hasn’t “real journalism, fair and balanced” FOX News ever discussed the Gannon/Guckert scandal?

This sort of dishonesty never gets old at the kennel. Ironic, since it is so easy to disprove. How about:

And that's just for starters. A search of Lexis/Nexis finds discussions on Fox News Sunday, Fox News Watch, and more. Why do people tell lies that are so easily debunked?

When dealing with numb3rs, it's only a matter of time before the topic turns to money, where counting is all-important. And newsmutt Chrish uses money to smear Dick Morris over a movie he hasn't even made yet:
Morris has been on FOX often, as noted above, driving people to his website where he is soliciting money to make this hit job.

Is Chrish really so deluded that she thinks nobody will go to to check out her allegation? Where's the money solicitation there? Oh but wait, it links to another site: Don't bother looking there either; you still won't find Dick Morris "soliciting money" for a "hit job". Why? Because it isn't there. Chrish made it up!

It's not just the biased bassets who were on the prowl this week. Keith Olbermann was especially deplorable. You'll recall Fox News broke an exclusive story about the Karbala killings. Olbermann couldn't resist reporting anti-Bush news, but his hatred of Fox knows no bounds. So instead of giving them credit for the scoop, he relayed the facts, and the only acknowledgement he gave to FNC was to say that "even the Fox Noise Channel is reporting" it. "Even"? "Only" is more like it. In one sleazy, unprofessional snark, he hid from his viewers the fact that Fox broke the story, attacked FNC, and leeched off the work of their reporters without giving credit.

But to return to our numb3rs theme, Olbermann was even more outrageous in another attempt to slander Bill O'Reilly. We don't have to repeat the particulars here; we've already laid out the details in a separate post. Suffice it to say, for once the anti-Fox terriers find themselves in a rare second place finish, because clearly Keith Olbermann told The Lie of the Week.

posted: Sun - February 4, 2007 at 09:01 PM       j$p  send 

Fox Fan
I wonder why Olbermann never talks about HIS numbers.
That is, unless you count 15 minutes of a certain demographic on a night Bill isn't even hosting his show some time ago, then Olby touts it as a 'win' even though he still lost.
Similar tactics, the mutts and Olby. I'm sure it's not collusion because he wouldn't give smalltimers like them the time of day.
February 4, 2007, 10:58:07 PM EST – Like – Reply

Ooh, you got me! For the record, I wasn't covering Hannity & Colmes until June or July of 2005 so I missed those first two discussions. Nevertheless, neither was really a discussion devoted to Gannon/Guckert. You know that if something like that happened in the Clinton White House, it would have been a nightly discussion on H&C.
Lastly, while you're gloating, please say a prayer for Jim Gilliam. If it weren't for him, the News Hounds blog would not exist. Without us, you wouldn't have much to talk about.
February 5, 2007, 12:01:10 AM EST – Like – Reply

johnny dollar
I will find some time amidst my gloating to say a prayer for Mr Gilliam. I have seen enough of such matters in my family that I have only sympathy for anyone going through health troubles.
But after the prayer...I'll still be watchin' you all...
February 5, 2007, 12:38:16 AM EST – Like – Reply

Hahaha, this is the best thing I've seen all week:
Fox News whores itself out so blatantly they treat Guiliani announcing his candidacy, who everyone knows is running, as a "Fox News Alert". That's so pathetic. Hannity dominates two separate segments with Guiliani, Colmes doesn't say a word at all. Then two more segments with Dick Morris. And then one weasle segment with Chuck Schumer, and, naturally, Chuck Schumer is not brough on to discuss his book or his ideas the way Horowitz and Coulter and GUiliani and Morris are, but to discuss "OUTRAGEOUS" comments by George Soros. Essentially Democrats and Liberals are never brought onto the program unless they do something that pisses off Fox News. That's the only way they ever do a segment, and that's the difference between how Republicans and Democrats are treated.
Republicans are brought on to discuss and advocate their ideas. Democrats are brought on to defend themselves.
Pure partisan trash.
February 5, 2007, 11:33:44 PM EST – Like – Reply

Foxnews also called Hillary's announcement (when everyone knew was running) of her candidacy as a Fox News Alert as well, does that mean they are 'whoring' themselves out for her and the Democrats as well? Same thing when Barak Obama announced. I am sure if she actually had the courage to show up, Hannity and Colmes would love to have her on, as would Bill O'Reilly. 
Keep ignoring the balance Tom if it makes you feel better.
February 6, 2007, 4:35:38 PM EST – Like – Reply

Tom seems to think that if he repeats the same bs often enough it will become the truth.
February 7, 2007, 8:54:40 AM EST – Like – Reply

"Keep ignoring the balance"
There is no balance. Right-wing broadcasters with their own shows:
Left-wing broadcasters with their own show:
Balance my ass, Fox News is blatantly one-sided trash, and I just pointed it out by showing that they had more conservatives on then liberals, and that they only hire right-wing talking heads for hosts, no left-wing ones.
Got proof to the contrary? Doubt it.
February 7, 2007, 12:27:54 PM EST – Like – Reply

Top 5 Percent
Left-wing broadcasters with their own show:
Got proof to the contrary? Doubt it.
Anonymous | 02.07.07 - 12:32 pm 
How about:
Al Franken
Randi Rhodes
Keith Olbermann
Katie Couric
February 11, 2007, 7:09:30 AM EST – Like – Reply