Fox Haters Week in Review

An invisible man, the plot to poison us all, Lenin, the TSA, and Jay Leno. They all figure into an eclectic edition of Fox Haters Week in Review!

Pin-Heads and Plagiarism

There are few sites as recklessly dishonest as oreillysucks.com, a loony bin operated as if it were presided over by an internet kleptomaniac. Any random visit will reveal idiocy, lies, and even thievery. Just this Monday Stevie skewered O’Reilly for getting something wrong, but--oops!--O’Reilly was right and Steve was wrong. And in case you think that’s in any way unusual:

O'Dummy said "50% of any tax hike on the affluent would be paid by small business." And that is also a lie, at best 3% of the tax hike would be paid by small business, that 50% BS is put out by the Republican party.

Actually, it’s put out by CNN and the Joint Committee on Taxation of the US Congress:

Next year, an estimated 50% of all business income reported on individual returns will be generated by that small minority of taxpayers who file at the top two rates, the JCT estimates.

In fact, the non-partisan Tax Foundation comes to a conclusion a lot closer to O’Reilly’s figure than to Stevie’s 3% claim:

39 Percent of $630 Billion in Revenue from Expiration of Top Two Rates Would Come from Business Income

The sucksters are not only ignorant, they’re also dishonest:

Now get this, after the TPM O'Reilly said now for an opposing view to be fair, here is Newt Gingrich. Are you kidding me, how is that being fair, it's a right-winger (O'Reilly) and a far right-winger (Gingrich) who agreed with each other, which is not even close to being fair.

Only Stevie isn’t telling the truth. What Bill actually said:

O’REILLY: Reaction from both sides, because that’s what we do here. Joining us from Washington, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich...

Then, as promised, Democrat Alicia Mendez. Why does Stevie tell such obvious, easily-disproven lies? Perhaps that’s what happens when he’s not lifting other people’s writing. But don’t worry, he’s still doing the plagiarism thing too. This is posted as ‘by Steve’:

Neville went with the Kardashian sisters, who endorsed a MasterCard that turned out to be a master rip-off. Gutfeld went with Massachusetts, which is doling out fines to anyone caught with small amounts of marijuana. "No one is paying the fines," Gutfeld pointed out. "There's like $65,000 in unpaid fines because when you're high you can't remember that you were cited. I'm proposing a 'Doritos registry' so that when you go to buy your Doritos or your Twinkies it will come up that you owe money." O'Reilly went with the Democratic Congressman Jim McDermott, who complained that at Christmas "we talk about the poor, the little baby Jesus in the cradle and all this stuff." "What is wrong with this guy McDermott? He says the baby Jesus and 'all this stuff.' I'm waiting for him to say 'Mohammed and Allah and that stuff.’”

Compare that with what is on Bill O’Reilly’s own website:

Neville went with the Kardashian sisters, who endorsed a MasterCard that turned out to be a master rip-off.... Gutfeld went with Massachusetts, which is doling out fines to anyone caught with small amounts of marijuana. "No one is paying the fines," Gutfeld pointed out. "There's like $65,000 in unpaid fines because when you're high you can't remember that you were cited. I'm proposing a 'Doritos registry' so that when you go to buy your Doritos or your Twinkies it will come up that you owe money." The Factor cited Congressman Jim McDermott, who complained that at Christmas "we talk about the poor, the little baby Jesus in the cradle and all this stuff." "What is wrong with this guy McDermott?" The Factor pondered. "He says the baby Jesus and 'all this stuff.' I'm waiting for him to say 'Mohammed and Allah and that stuff.’”

Here’s another post that Steve Senti claims to have written:

Looking to capitalize on the tea party movement, Republican leaders endorsed bans on earmarking as a way to show they were different from their spendthrift predecessors in previous Congresses. And last month, House Republicans unanimously extended an internal moratorium on earmarks. But it appears that tea party's representatives in Washington have not been putting their money where their mouths are. Hotline On Call reports that members of the House Tea Party Caucus, founded by Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) to represent the views of our constituents, requested over $1 billion in earmarks.

Now compare that with the following from Think Progress:

Looking to capitalize on the tea party, Republican leaders endorsed bans on earmarking as a way to show they were different from their spendthrift predecessors in previous Congresses. And last month, House Republicans unanimously extended an internal moratorium on earmarks. But it appears that tea party’s self-proclaimed representatives in Washington haven’t been putting their money where their mouths are. Hotline On Call reports today that members of House Tea Party Caucus, founded by Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) to “represent the views of our constituents,” requested over $1 billion in earmarks during the last fiscal year.

Oh those wacky sucksters! They may be dishonest plagiarists, but at least they’re equal opportunity thieves: they’ll steal from Bill O’Reilly and George Soros!

Around the Interwebs

The power of citizen journalism to break major news ahead of the mainstream media is especially dramatic when it comes to Fox News. Only on the interwebs will you find the real story behind the evil Murdochian Empire. and we have Eric Jon Phelps to thank for exposing the latest conspiracy:

Papal Knights, Fox News, Monsanto, FDA: Plot to Poison the Childern [sic] of America...One of the several conspiracies hatched out against the American peoples is the design to POISON the entire populace—especially the children!

In case you’re wondering how Fox News fits into this dastardly scheme, Phelps explains it all:

Rupert Murdoch, the owner of Fox News and its 22 worldwide TV stations, is a CFR-member and powerful Knight of the Order of St. Gregory the Great, a prominent geopolitical brotherhood of men serving Pope Benedict XVI, King of Rome, who, in turn, is controlled by the Jesuit Superior General, Adolfo Nicolas.

That pretty much settles it. But while unhinged tinfoil-hattery is always good for a laugh, Keith Olbermann is in another league. On Tuesday he said this about Glenn Beck:

GLENN BECK, FOX NEWS HOST: (VIDEO CLIP) Federal employees should not be allowed to ever make more than this. Ever. (VIDEO CLIP EDIT) Members of Congress should never make more than the people who die on our battlefields. (END VIDEO CLIP)
OLBERMANN: A figure he circled there, 50,462 bucks, the average wage of a U.S. citizen. No member of Congress should make more than the average citizen? Well, listen to this: “As if to emphasize its character is a truly democratic, proletarian government, the commune decreed that the salaries of all administrative and government officials irrespective of rank should not exceed the normal wages of a worker.” The commune was the Paris Commune of 1871. And you know what kind of people they got in communes, comrades? Communists. And you know who wrote that fond reminiscent about no government official making more than a citizen? Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov, better known as Lenin, the communist. And communist Glenn Beck is stealing his act. Glenn as in Lenin Beck today‘s worst Tovarich in the world.

But the figure Beck had circled earlier (average US wage) did not refer to members of Congress. Here is what Beck actually said about paying members of Congress:

BECK: Congressman — here it is — congressman shall not be paid — shall not be paid more than those who are currently serving on the front line of duty. They shall never make more than that.... Members of Congress should never make more than people who die on our battlefields. Congress, I know, you've got a lot of special perks. Your medical care should be exactly the same that the V.A. hospital gives out. You are in the service of your country. If you don't like it, then maybe you should offer benefits that are better at the V.A. hospitals.

Even a doofus knows that Beck’s description of people ‘serving on the front line of duty’ who ‘die on our battlefields’ couldn’t possibly refer to ‘the average citizen’. He wasn’t talking about the wages of an average citizen, but rather wages paid to our military. But that matters not on OlbyPlanet. When the truth doesn’t fit the smear, just change the truth!

The Memo That Never Was

There’s still all sorts of nonsense going on at the newshounds, and we have head hound Ellen Brodsky to thank for it. She’s still up to her old tricks, recycling a discredited story yet again:

News Corp's hiring of North Korean developers to create mobile phone games could be a marriage made in heaven, unless you're a software developer looking for a job here in the United States or you're concerned about cyber security in the U.S.

Typical Brodsky. News Corp didn’t hire the North Korean developers in the first place. Ojom, a German firm, did. When News Corp bought Ojom the developers’ work had been completed; what’s more, News Corp discontinued content development to focus on distribution. Ellen’s dishonest smear was recycled from the discredited Crooks & Liars, so we have a twofer. And the C&L headline?

Rupert Murdoch's News Corp Funds North Korean Regime

To be sure, another lie.

Sometimes it seems like Brodsky isn’t the brightest bulb on the boulevard. In this case, she seems convinced that Special Report makes comedy videos for Bret Baier:

Fox News Humor: A Video Of Sarah Palin Punching Nicolle Wallace. I don't think Jon Stewart has anything to worry about from Bret Baier.

It’s odd that Ellen is unaware of what happens on Special Report. She claims to watch Fox, yet is ignorant of something that’s been a part of Special Report for years:

If you've ever watched Special Report with Brit Hume, you know that at the end of each program Hume shows a very short, intended-to-be-humorous video clip, generally from a TV comedy show like The Daily Show , or Saturday Night Live , or one of the late-night talk shows like Leno or Letterman. Occasionally he'll use a web-based animation like the ones that Jib-Jab does.

This description comes, of course, from Brodsky’s own site, which she apparently reads about as much as she ‘watches’ Special Report. But even if Ellen is totally clueless about Bret Baier’s hour, which would appear to be the case, wouldn’t the clip itself have been a clue? How about the audience laughter at the end of the skit? Does Brodsky really think they have a studio audience at Special Report? And then there’s the source of the skit plastered right on the screen as it was airing:


Why, with all this, would Ellen think this was ‘Fox News humor’ from Bret Baier, when it was in fact Tonight Show humor from Jay Leno? Well, it could be because Media Matters, the site where Brodsky lifted the clip and the story from, thought so too:

This clip's original headline stated that "Fox's Special Report creates special video of Sarah Palin punching Nicolle Wallace." The video Special Report ran was originally from NBC's The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Media Matters regrets the error.

Yes, incredible as it may seem, the million-dollar staff at Media Matters doesn’t recognize a clip from The Tonight Show even when the attribution is right on the screen! Ellen repeating such idiocy is either stupefying ignorance or unfathomable deceit.

Another hobby horse Brodsky has been riding is to object if anyone on Fox opines about TSA pat-downs unless they are experts in airline security. That’s right: legal issues, constitutional concerns...who needs ‘em? Ellen’s been making this argument for weeks, even though it’s based on a lie. So it’s no surprise that she drags it out again when Juan Williams, subbing for Mr Bill, talks to Geraldo Rivera:

Chalk up Geraldo Rivera and Juan Williams as two more Fox News pundits without any aviation security credentials to argue that what we really need to keep us safe and flying more comfortably is ethnic profiling of Muslims.

What’s odd about this? Well, you may recall that Juan’s first guest on that particular Factor was one John Pistole, who happens to run the TSA. Isn’t he an aviation security expert? It would seem so, but Ellen says not one word about his appearance. She complains about the lack of ‘experts’ while creating that ‘lack’ by pretending Mr Pistole wasn’t even there--making him an invisible man! But wait, there’s more:

Williams framed the argument during the talking points segment that kicked off the show, “The government refuses to profile passengers who are most likely to blow up planes. Many Americans don’t think Grandma and little kids are a threat to passenger safety but the feds apparently disagree.”

Um, there’s just one slight problem here. There was no Talking Points segment. (Juan Williams rarely delivers a ‘talking points memo’ but rather goes straight into the top story--which is what he did on this program.)

Maybe Brodsky got this idea from Stevie at the sucks site--he too claimed Juan delivered a Talking Points Memo, and that it was called ‘Should TSA intrusion be limited?’ But wait...that’s the exact language that appears on billoreilly.com describing that night’s ‘Top Story’. Does Steve Senti even watch the Factor programs he ‘reviews’, or just copy (poorly) from O’Reilly’s site? How interesting that both Brodsky and Senti would claim Juan Williams delivered a Talking Points Memo...when he didn’t.

So if there was no TPM that night, then where did Ellen get the quote she claimed was from the TPM? An excellent question. It came earlier in the program: the segment where Juan Williams interviewed John Pistole. You know, John Pistole the aviation security expert. But Brodsky had already gone out of her way to keep his appearance a secret, so how to explain the quote? Easy enough: just say it was part of a nonexistent Talking Points Memo!

If Ellen would only tell the truth about the many security experts who have been interviewed on FNC, she wouldn’t have to construct such an elaborate edifice of falsehoods. But in Brodsky’s world, even lies are to be defended--if necessary, by more lies. Like the Talking Points Memo that never was.

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