The Christmas season is upon us but vitriol doesn't take a holiday. See who's been naughty in today's edition of Fox Haters Week in Review!
Around the Interwebs
Our first stop is that wacky gang at o'reilly sucks, and wacky describes their new theory, involving not just O'Reilly but also dozens of technicians, editors, and stagehands! They're all in a secret conspiracy to make Sarah Palin look good:
These Fox News interviews are a fraud, they are planned out ahead of time and taped. I have no proof, but I would bet she was given the questions ahead of time so she could have prepared answers ready to go. And I would not be surprised if they filmed it like a movie, with rehearsals and 2nd or 3rd takes until she got it right.Meanwhile they've come up with more "proof" of O'Reilly's evil partisanship:
And of course Billy promoted the Coulter book, which he never does with liberals....O'Reilly promoted the Morris book and website, two times, but notice he never does that for Democratic guests.Never say never again:
O'REILLY: General [Wesley Clark] joins us now. He is the author of the brand new book called, A Time to Lead for Duty, Honor and Country and we'll get to that book in a moment.... I looked through your book and you say something very interesting... Buy the General's book. Very interesting...We could go on with O'Reilly promoting books by Bill Maher (twice!), Garrison Keillor, and more, but you already know what unrepentant fabulists the sucksters are.
Steven Jagler claims to seek "true news and analysis". How ironic that in searching for truth he would write this:
Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity and Bill O'Reilly on Fox News. These commentators have told him in recent months that President Barack Obama is a socialist, a racist, a Muslim and may not really be a legal citizen of the United States.Don't waste your time looking for where any of them claimed Obama is a secret Muslim, or suggested he's not a citizen. That's all stuff that Jagler made up in seeking "truth".
Meanwhile Chris Golas has been keeping an eye on Media Matters, who seem to have a hypocrisy problem. In search of something to attack Fox with, they slammed Steve Doocy and Martha MacCallum for getting a geography question about Afghanistan wrong on Bill O'Reilly's news quiz, while ignoring repeated cartographic blunders from their fair-haired boy Keith Olbermann. Another double standard: slamming Gretchen Carlson for non-disclosure involving an interview with a sports celebrity, while protecting Olbermann for his own lack of forthrightness. Chris also notes that Keith is still trying to fire people who don't work for him, this time John Gibson.
At News Corpse they're having trouble grasping reality. Regarding an article that notes the Presidential holiday cards don't mention Christmas, The Corpse spews outrage:
Fox Nation is escalating the War on Christmas. Their new volley of seasonal aggression kicks off with insinuations questioning President Obama’s sincerity with regard to his faith.Abandoning internet protocol, the corpsicles don't link to the article they are condemning. Perhaps because that would reveal the inconvenient fact that it's actually a piece written and published by those crazies at...The Chicago Tribune! Too much information? News Corpse goes on to chortle about cards sent by the Bushes that didn't mention Christmas, as if this were some sort of smoking bias gun. But again he doesn't tell his gullible readers that while the Chicago Tribune didn't report this in their article, Fox News did:
O'REILLY: The White House card last year under President Bush made no mention of Christmas either. And the Fox News card--there it is--says "Seasons Greetings" as well.Elsewhere The Corpse appears to be math-challenged:
NBC News is the highest rated news broadcaster with four times as many viewers as O’Reilly.Hmm. Last we checked, NBC Nightly News was riding high with 9.6 million viewers. November's chart shows O'Reilly getting 4.1 million viewers per night for his 8:00 pm and 11:00 pm showings. (Yes, we count both airings because both airings of the Nightly News are counted.) Brian Williams still has a healthy lead but please corpsicles, try to understand that 9.6 is not "four times" 4.1.
More fuzzy math, as we have the afore-mentioned Media Matters to thank for this week's flooding of the noise machine. They noticed that an on-screen graphic with data from a recent Rasmussen poll added up to more than 100%. So far they're on solid ground: the presentation was confusing, to viewers and even the program hosts. But why stop there when you can embellish the attack with a few fabrications to give it a little more zing?
Fox News' graphics department added together the "very likely" and "somewhat likely" numbers to reach 59 percent, and called that new group "somewhat likely." Then, for some reason, they threw in the 35 percent "very likely" as their own group, even though they already added that number to the "somewhat likely" percentage. Then they mashed together the "not very likely" and "not likely at all" groups, and threw the 15 percent who were unsure into the waste bin. Voila -- 120 percent.This quickly entered the bloodstream, where it was repeated by scores of parrot sites. You'll find it at Think Propaganda, HuffPo, the Sucksters, Raw Story, and of course the newshounds--all of them citing MM's invented story about the graphics department as if it were a dispatch from Edward R Murrow. Our pals at The Corpse allege:
Never mind that Fox continues to rely on the disreputable Rasmussen organization for polling, even that suspect data is further distorted by the Fox News graphics department.Actually, Fox News uses Opinion Dynamics as its polling organization, although the "disreputable" Rasmussen poll was cited by Fordham University as the most accurate.
But a basic question remains: how did Media Matters know the Fox News "graphic department" cooked up this misleading data set? They didn't know. They made that up! The most salient fact was first reported by TVNewser, then by Politico who added a response from FNC. Both these articles noted that the data breakdown used was taken directly from Rasmussen's website:
Fifty-nine percent (59%) of Americans say it’s at least somewhat likely that some scientists have falsified research data to support their own theories and beliefs about global warming. Thirty-five percent (35%) say it’s Very Likely. Just 26% say it’s not very or not at all likely that some scientists falsified data.Media Matters wanted to reply to Politico's article, but how to handle the now-disproven claim that the Fox News graphic department cooked the numbers? Easy. They quoted from Politico, but used the infamous [...]. What did Media Matters leave out? Precisely the one paragraph that cites the original Rasmussen wording! And just to give it more zing, MM repeated their original claim about Fox's graphic department being responsible for the numbers. They knew that wasn't so, since they went through all that trouble to excise the actual facts from their post, but repeated it anyhow. No explanation, no correction, no retraction--just spew the falsehood a second time so it can make a fresh journey through the Fox Haters echo chamber.
How Still We See Them Lie:
The dog kennel this week was full of the usual contradictions, half-truths, and utter lies. Ellen for example comes down on a Hannity guest who suggested Obama should be tried for treason "if he crosses the line". Brodsky immediately characterized this as "calling, essentially, for our president to be arrested for treason", and attacked the guest, Hannity, and the 9/11 families in the studio audience. This sort of hyperventilating tripe might be a tad less hypocritical if it weren't for all the times the newsmutts themselves have said the same, or worse:
- Traitor Robert Novak.
- Kasich Leaks National Security Secrets – Is This Treason?
- Admitted Traitor David Horowitz
- Rove, who committed treason by revealing national secrets
- convicted traitor and FOX News Analyst, Oliver North
Finally we have to acknowledge the latest in character assassination from Priscilla. It appears she is bound and determined to slander John Gibson, regardless of how many discredited slurs she has to recycle. First she regurgitates the long-debunked "more white babies" lie. Her lame rationale only makes sense if you accept the peculiar notion that anyone who is not Hispanic is automatically "white". That would come as a great surprise to Denzel Washington, Jackie Chan, Paul Anka, and a few billion others.
Then Prissy unwisely repeats another fiction about Gibson, using our very own Friday flashback video where Rob Boston argues with Gibby about Plano Texas. Gibson keeps trying to tell Boston that none of the things he's complaining about were in Gibby's book (The War on Christmas). But like Rob Boston, Prissy doesn't care, and adds that Boston "debunked" Gibson's claims here:
In Gibson’s new book, The War on Christmas: How the Liberal Plot to Ban the Sacred Christian Holiday Is Worse Than You Thought, he asserts that the public schools in Plano, Texas, have banned students from wearing green and red clothes. The story has been reported uncritically in other media outlets and hyped by Bill O’Reilly but it is apparently untrue.The fact that Rob Boston was brazenly lying about what Gibson wrote is amply demonstrated in the very clip Priscilla posted in the article, and again in our flashback video from just two days ago. Moreover, there is an entire chapter in the book on Plano, and nowhere in that chapter or anywhere else does John Gibson state that they banned red and green clothing. Rob Boston lied and Prissy promotes his libel, knowing it's untrue, just to smear Gibson. That sort of makes her qualify for the L-word: liar.
In a peculiar postcript to this ugly business, a reader notes that she is using a J$P video, and Priscilla unconvincingly pretends this is news to her:
- You got that second video from Johnny Dollar's site? Ooh, he's going to be mad! He'll whine and cry and stamp his feet now!
- You Betcha ;) - Actually, I got it from You Tube. But if Dollar posted it, I send out a big, wet kiss....
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