3/9/10 12:24 AM

Fox Haters Week in Review

"Earthquakes bring out the worst in people." A cheesy movie line but you might think it true after reading today's Fox Haters Week in Review.

Media Matters, Honesty Doesn't:
The big noise this week was over another "report" from David Brock's Media Matters. This time it was an attempt to diminish FNC's Haiti coverage to make MSNBC's look better. So that means it can't be anything straightforward, like how much coverage on each individual day. MM decided on a new criterion: the three highest-rated programs. Highest rated from 2009 that is. That way they can "compare" MSNBC's 7:00 pm hour not with FNC's 7:00 pm hour, but with with a program that airs at an entirely different time! Thus their "analysis" includes Glenn Beck, O'Reilly, and Hannity: three commentary programs. And neatly sidesteps Special Report, Shep Smith, Greta, and all the programs with extensive coverage.

Sure enough, the numbers came out lopsided, as they wanted. And just to show how "honest" they are, buried at the tail end of the text was an acknowledgement that Shep and Bret Baier had provided "extensive" coverage. But whatever you do, don't include them in the report itself! Once that was published, Media Matters could immediately start posting follow-ups which link to the results but omit any reference to Shep or Bret, knowing that few follow links and read them to the end. So within an hour that first post was eclipsed by a new one that totally ignored Shep and Bret, and later another that did the same.

FNC has something no other cable news channel has: an evening newshour that avoids pundits, talking head debates, and the like, and focuses on straight news. That gives them the freedom to vary the content mix in the hours afterward. As O'Reilly himself noted:

Shepard Smith who comes on before us, pretty much did wall-to-wall coverage. You want me to do the same thing? You want me to do identical coverage? That's insane. All this is is cheap shots by the left to try to bolster CNN and MSNBC. We covered the story responsibly. We told you what the social problems were there. If there was anything new, we reported it immediately. And our numbers speak for themselves. We had enormous ratings this week, because we did our own program in addition to the lead story of Haiti.
There's another oddity in Brock's propaganda. The earthquake hit on Tuesday, yet Media Matters ignores Tuesday and starts with Wednesday. How odd. Why skip Day One of the coverage? Perhaps because one of their key aims--to make MSNBC look good--would have been undermined. On Tuesday, MSNBC's top-rated program (Keith Olbermann) was on the air live. Not only was there no report on Haiti, Olbermann didn't even mention that there was an earthquake! And at 7:00 pm while CNN and Fox were covering Haiti, MSNBC was showing a taped rerun of Hardball. Nope, there's no way Media Matters was going to address Tuesday's coverage.

One thing is clear: Brock isn't going to do a report on the weekend coverage (unless he suddenly changes the criteria, a trick he's tried before). Because he would have to include FNC's top-rated trio of Geraldo, Huckabee, and The Fox Report, who all offered compelling reportage. And as for MSNBC, well their most-watched weekend programs of 2009 might be a tad embarrassing. How much earthquake coverage could you expect from To Catch a Predator and LockUp?

Boehlert's Boehlony:
Jumping into the campaign to bolster MSNBC and attack Fox was discredited hack Eric Boehlert. Now writing for Media Matters, Boehlert amplified the propaganda with more of his trademark disingenuousness:
Outside of Iraq, Afghanistan and Israel, Fox News doesn't do foreign coverage. Period. It has no commitment to global journalism.
How then to explain that, outside of Iraq, Afghanistan, and Israel, it maintains news bureaus in London, Moscow, Paris, and Rome? Last time we checked, those are "foreign" countries. Perhaps Boehlert could tell us what Dana Lewis was doing in Russia. Or, if Fox "doesn't do foreign coverage", why was Jennifer Griffin in Mogadishu? How could Greg Palkot have been reporting from Yemen just yesterday? Apparently Amy Kellogg didn't really report from Iran, or from Russia along with Steve Harrigan. And if you think you saw Adam Housley in Venezuela, or Greg Burke reporting from London, Rome, Madrid, and Vienna...well Eric Boehlert says you are hallucinating. Funny thing, though, we were sure that Fox's Steve Centanni was kidnapped while reporting from Gaza. Must have just been a rumor, because according to Eric Boehlert it couldn't have happened. Because "Fox doesn't do foreign coverage--period!"

There is, of course, a more rational explanation: Boehlert is lying. Note how his piece continues:
Fox News' abdication of its news gathering responsibilities is not new. The cabler did the same thing in the wake of the 2004 tsunami. At the time, I noted this at Salon...
Hold the phone! Eric Boehlert is actually citing his Salon report on the tsunami coverage? The one where he was caught blatantly lying about what Fox aired? The one where he never acknowledged, let alone corrected, his lies? Case closed.

Sleeping Dogs Lie:
The interwebs have more distortions about Fox's Haiti coverage than Planter's has peanuts. We've seen lies like FNC has no reporters in Haiti and FNC is "ignoring it all together" [sic]. Mediaite headlines what they describe as a "questionable comment": Cavuto compared Haiti to Somalia. Yet the video shows only two references to Somalia, and comes to the conclusion that the circumstances are different. That's not comparing--it's contrasting.

Over at the newshounds, they've found a clever way to avoid stepping in it over FNC's earthquake coverage. Avoid the subject! Oh they dutifully parroted Media Matters, with Ellen Brodsky (despite her own checkered history regarding race) suggesting that it's all due to "the fact that most of the victims are black"! Yet other than that, five days into the tragedy, they've done dozens of posts, including ten about Sarah Palin, but nothing on the continuing Fox News coverage from Haiti. Not one video from Bill Hemmer, Steve Harrigan, Geraldo, Adam Housley, Jonathan Hunt, Orlando Salinas, Dr Manny Alvarez, or any of the other FNC personnel on scene. A huge story and the newshounds are asleep. Do you think Brodsky isn't interested because most of the victims are black? Works for me!

The tail-chasers have talked about what's really important to them: not Haiti, not the victims, but Martha Coakley. You will recall that the mongrels yelped when a Fox Nation headline said Democrats were worried about the race:
Another Stupid Fox Nation Headline Says MA Democrats “Nervous” About Tea Party Candidate...There is nothing remotely connected to MA Democrats being “nervous” except “polls” which show the race between Brown and MA Attorney General Martha Coakley tightening to 9 points. But hey, in Fox Nation wishes become reality and when reality bites, ya just make it up.
Yeah, that's just made up. A poll that closes from a 30-point gap to single digits doesn't worry anyone. By the way, the latest poll shows Coakley trailing by three points, but never mind that. Fox is stupid and making things up when they say Dems are nervous about the race.

Of course Ellen Brodsky had to chime in on this, and gave us a new example of one of her favorite lies. It began with her claim that "Fox News Interrupts Its Haiti Special For Discussion On MA Senate Race". Well that's not exactly truthful. Fox didn't air a "Haiti special". They aired additional hours of straight news coverage (known as "American's News Headquarters"). So reporting on the Senate race was not an interruption of anything. Then Brodsky followed up with her shoot-the-messenger objections to inteviewing Democratic pollster Doug Schoen:
Fox News Takes A Break From Haiti Earthquake Coverage To Do A Little PR For GOP Candidate In MA Senate Race... Every new poll showing a tightening race is a news cycle won for Republican Scott Brown, but, on the other hand, tightening polls could motivate Democrats and relieve sense of 'inevitability' that has plagued Democrat Martha Coakley's campaign.
Hey Brodsky, if that's so, then just how is this "PR" for the GOP candidate? Are they supposed to ban him from the air because you don't like how the race is going? Ellen adds:
(He) only seemed to think about how much trouble Coakley is in, how angry the population is over President Obama’s “increasingly unpopular” agenda and how the entire Democratic Party has moved “further and further left” with Obama.
How dare he? Why he should manipulate the data, you know, Media Matters style, to make it say what Brodsky wants it to say. Because just airing this interview was "PR for the GOP candidate".

Only Ellen isn't telling you something. After the interview with Schoen, Fox did another interview, this one with Geraldine Ferraro. She spoke on behalf of Coakley, and gave the reasons why she thought Coakley should and would win. This is what Brodsky would call "PR for the Democratic Candidate"...except of course that Brodsky didn't call it anything at all. It disproved her point, and showed Fox to be fair and balanced, so she left it out completely. Not even a mention! Instead of the truth, we get another lie of omission from the inveterate fabricators: Ellen Brodsky and the newshounds.

The Spirit of Hope and Unity:
Bill Hemmer's reporting from Haiti has been so good that Brodsky doesn't dare embed it, but The Huffington Post has been much more even-handed in covering the coverage. They did a short interview with Bill Hemmer from Haiti, and while many of the comments were responsible, the Fox haters still came out in force:Now that was pretty classy in itself, but there's more. The editors at HuffPo chose to post our video of Steve Harrigan with Shepard Smith. Here it is again for context, followed by how some HuffPo commenters reacted to it. It's a reminder of the truism that in order to be a Fox hater, you first have to be a hater:

  • Obama needs to start attacking Fox News again, and on a daily basis.
  • I didnt know anybody from fox news had any feelings for anybody, especially for black people. I would think fox news reporters would be busy blaiming the haitian people for the earthquake, and telling everybody how uneducated and undiciplined the hatian people are (as if that caused the quake).
  • He might get fired, Fake News don't want any of that.
  • Why do Faux correspondents always cry on air?
  • Because they're being forced to have to rub elbows with little poor brown people.
  • Is that the new lines of software FOX has just upgraded its "Robo"Journalists" with? The new plugin called Humanity with new add on effect called tears? If it is FOX, It is Fake!
Spot something you'd like to see in the next Fox Haters Week in Review? Send us an email!

IM Right
That may have been the best FHWiR ever.
January 17, 2010, 4:19:47 PM EST – Like – Reply

 johnny dollar
Thank you so much.
January 17, 2010, 4:48:09 PM EST – Like – Reply

One of the things that must be considered about Media Matters is that they don't care what Shep Smith, Greta, or Bret Baier cover on their shows.  
They're after the high-profile pundits like Beck and O'Reilly.  
I still don't know how they are favorably comparing Hardball or Countdown coverage of the earthquake  with the FNC punditry shows, because NEITHER of these MSNBC shows offered wall-to-wall coverage either.   
I don't watch Maddow, so I don't know, but I nearly always watch the early Hardball and channel hop between O'Reilly and Countdown.  
It's hard for me to call your FHWIRs "great", Johnny, because they expose FNC Haters who are dismaying to any sense of logic and fair-play and finally dismaying to the heart.  
What your FHWIRs are is well-considered, well-illustrated, and well-argued (and then some).  
What they are is the light of day.
January 17, 2010, 5:05:08 PM EST – Like – Reply

Why not include some stuff on right-wing Fox haters?  (Yes, they do exist, just check out Free Republic).  
I know Julie Banderas got a lot of grief from the right for her remarks about profiling when interviewing one of the current/former military guys they have on a lot.
And Fox is now catching some flak for not televising Scott Brown's press conference.
January 17, 2010, 5:30:10 PM EST – Like – Reply

 johnny dollar
Very fair point and I've done that in the past. But I can't make the reports of interminable length or people will give up on reading the whole thing. I will keep an eye out for that sort of stuff and of course always appreciate getting tips as I'm sure I miss more than I catch.
January 17, 2010, 5:32:31 PM EST – Like – Reply

Just curious.  I myself am right-wing, so I've seen some of the criticism myself.  They can get as virulent as the Newspoodles, but they (right-wing Fox haters) don't do so anywhere near as often.
January 17, 2010, 5:39:24 PM EST – Like – Reply

Mike C.
As somebody that posts occasionally at NewsBusters, and regularly visited Hot Air for the first few months of '07, I know what you mean.  I'm not calling NB a hate site, but some of their commenters can be, or they're at least ideologues.
January 17, 2010, 6:10:58 PM EST – Like – Reply

why not do two reports? You did it before-I, like others enjoy reading them
January 17, 2010, 6:32:44 PM EST – Like – Reply

 johnny dollar
Yikes, one is enough work!
January 17, 2010, 6:46:03 PM EST – Like – Reply

LOL, I'm sure-I do enjoy reading them
January 17, 2010, 6:51:50 PM EST – Like – Reply

And excellent work it is, young man.  Perhaps a "Best of..." compilation or a "Fox Haters Hall of Infamy," would sate the appetites of your fans.  I know this ol' timer would be happy to see it.
January 17, 2010, 8:18:54 PM EST – Like – Reply

News Hounds is Free Republic on steriods.
January 17, 2010, 6:16:32 PM EST – Like – Reply

The biggest haters are over at Mediaite.com.  Tommy Christopher and the rest of liberal sheeps do nothing more than lie and smear people they disagree with politically...  
January 17, 2010, 5:36:18 PM EST – Like – Reply

Mike C.
I agree.  Steve Krakauer seems to be the most level-headed guy over there.  The rest are ideologues posing as media bloggers.  Even though Keith Olbermann made Mediaite the Worse Person ("bronze") one night, he undoubtedly uses them as a source for attacks.
January 17, 2010, 6:12:46 PM EST – Like – Reply

You gotta give Ellen credit for the way she creates false headlines.
Re: the race issue..... I used to work with a guy that was similar to Ellen on race. Always looking for an excuse to attack someone who he thougt was a racist. In most cases he was wrong. Just like she is.
This guy would then go around telling racist jokes when he thought it was safe. I would be surprised if Ellen holds the Klan meeting in her basement.
She is a despicable human being. One very large bag of dog squeeze.
January 17, 2010, 6:21:09 PM EST – Like – Reply

I don't think Ellen is a closet racist.  She's an equal opportunity hater.
She'd smear anyone who disagrees with her politics regardless of their race, creed, or national origin.
January 17, 2010, 7:09:33 PM EST – Like – Reply

Cecelia, you are correct. And it shows in the postings of her childish followers,
When someone comes to their site and disagrees with them they go into attack mode. Instead of discussing the issue at hand they start their name calling and smear tactics because they have no way to counter when they have been caught with their diapers down.
January 18, 2010, 3:19:32 PM EST – Like – Reply

Mike C.
The hate those HuffPo commenters have for FNC is not shared by me for MSNBC.  The only haters over there are the commentators and contributors.
January 17, 2010, 6:44:06 PM EST – Like – Reply

Fox Fan
Ellen is an equal opportunity hater and a proven liar. She doesn't exist in the land of reality.
January 17, 2010, 10:33:47 PM EST – Like – Reply

Well, I think we've certainly seen the accuracy of their moral compass.
Whether it's Patrick defending himself for stalking Mike by arguing that Mike is a fan of O'Reilly (and according to Patrick, O'Reilly minimizes violence...), or Pegleg Peggy confessing that though she doesn't like racial epiphets, she had to admit to herself that such expressions are applicable when it comes to African-American conservatives, one should always be aware that there is little that they won't justify towards people who differ with them.
January 18, 2010, 9:15:18 AM EST – Like – Reply

Nothing insightful to add, just wanted to thank you for exposing Media Matters' latest despicable attempt to bring down FNC.  But you know something?  I'm glad they tried.  Because this doesn't look good for them.
January 19, 2010, 5:26:51 PM EST – Like – Reply

I love FOX could never and would NEVER hate anything about it except that there are a few leftists sympathisers during the weekday...
January 24, 2010, 5:00:13 AM EST – Like – Reply

There needs to be leftists on FNC so they can be exposed for what they are.  
I would have preferred Air America stay on they air as well. But they can't compete because they are irrational..
How many lefty's are in the top 10 on radio?
January 24, 2010, 7:48:05 AM EST – Like – Reply