Stupid Hound Tricks Redux

The Outfoxed gals deliver up a cornucopia of moronic nonsense that runs the gamut from (A)irways to (Z)arqawi. Updated! New hogwash!

Lies and falsehoods are the specialty of the newshounds (another fine product of the Outfoxed mob). But there is also great fun to be had watching the mongrels display their sheer ignorance. It's another installment of Stupid Hound Tricks.

Take for example chrish, the newspoodle who regards things like interviews with survivors of Nazi prison camps as "propaganda" for the "right wing". She came up with this breaking news:
Page [Hopkins] first read that Abu-masad Al-Zarqawi had posted audio on the Internet saying that he is wounded but "the terror leader tells his ally, Usama Bin Laden, his wounds are minor....The tape's authenticity could not be immediately verified." Comment: This is either sloppy or outright bogus. There are no tapes to verify for an Internet audio posting.

Unfortunately for chrish, there don't seem to be many sources who corroborate her "scoop":

Reuters: "I would like to assure you and assure Muslims that these are baseless rumours and that my wounds are minor," said the speaker on the Internet tape -- the authenticity of which could not be immediately verified.

Aljazeera: The authenticity of the internet tape could not be immediately verified.

Washington Post and Associated Press: The authenticity of the tape, posted on a forum where al Qaeda in Iraq statements are often found, could not be independently verified, the AP reported.

Oh well, so much for the tape that doesn't exist. But that's OK--the newspups also claim that Al-Zarqawi himself doesn't exist! Marie Therese's harebrained theory is that the Pentagon made him up. Just how a fictional Rumsfeld creation can give orders to terrorists, fool even Aljaeera, and have his messages appear on Al Qaeda websites is a question that apparently never entered M-T's head.

And then we come to Melanie, who trumps all of her colleagues in thick-headedness:
Fox's London bureau chief, Scott Norvell said in an op-ed published in the Wall Street Journal Europe on May 20, 2005..."Even we at Fox News manage to get some lefties on the air occasionally, and often let them finish their sentences before we club them to death and feed the scraps to Karl Rove and Bill O'Reilly."...I'm glad Fox has finally admitted it cuts off, talks over, and generally makes "lefties" look bad when they appear there.

Talk about things going over her head! Why isn't Melanie swearing out a warrant for homicide, since Norvell "admitted" that they murder their "lefty" guests? But Mel is not only sarcasm-impaired, she is also grossly oblivious:
Did you know that Fox News is a "private channel"? That's what Fox's London bureau chief, Scott Norvell said...What unmitigated arrogance. (l) If Fox thinks it's a "private channel" it should get its butt off the public airways [sic] owned by each and every citizen of this country.

What unmitigated stupidity. If Mel had bothered to quote something beyond one phrase, she would have known that Norvell's use of the phrase "private channel" was to distinguish it from the BBC, which receives government subsidies extracted from the British people via a "license fee":

And those who hate us can take solace in the fact that they aren't subsidizing Bill's bombast; we payers of the BBC license fee don't enjoy that peace of mind. Fox News is, after all, a private channel...

Even more brainless is Mel's claim that FNC should get off the "public airways". Here's a Fox News Alert for Mel: FNC is not on the public airwaves. It's a cable channel. It's distributed by satellite and by wires. It is not broadcast on the "airways" at all. That's why the FCC does not and cannot regulate the content of cable stations. They are private channels.

We often think we have seen the ultimate in imbecilic inanity from the anti-Fox terriers. But this...? Wow.

Update: We should have waited a few hours; after all, hound idiocy erupts round-the clock. Shortly after we published, Marie Therese came up with another gem:
[Rick] Leventhal however started things off by misleading FOX viewers: "Last week the human rights group Amnesty International came out with a stinging report on the treatment of detainees at Guantanamo Bay, calling the facility 'the gulag of our time.'" In point of fact the report itself did not label Gitmo as a gulag. Those words were used by Irene Kahn, AI's general secretary, when describing the report. If one did not know this and were listening only to Leventhal, one might conclude that the report itself made this statement. But then this is a well-documented tactic at FOX News and elsewhere. Deliberately fudge on the language and thereby disinform your audience.

Did M-T bother to go look at the report at AI's website? Did she bother to read the report? She didn't; we did:

The detention facility at Guantánamo Bay has become the gulag of our times, entrenching the practice of arbitrary and indefinite detention in violation of international law.

This is, according to Amnesty International's own website, from the foreward: part of the written report. Not something somebody said in "describing" the report. But that's the newshounds for you--disinforming their audience 24/7.

posted: Tue - May 31, 2005 at 06:04 PM       j$p  send 

john t
Sinclair Broadcasting airs FNC. Sinclair broadcasting broadcasts on public airwaves.
May 31, 2005, 11:10:54 PM EDT – Like – Reply

johnny dollar
Really? Sinclair broadcasting airs the Fox News Channel? What station does that? We're waiting for your reply.
June 1, 2005, 1:00:05 AM EDT – Like – Reply

john t
June 1, 2005, 8:45:20 AM EDT – Like – Reply

john t
June 1, 2005, 8:47:42 AM EDT – Like – Reply

johnny dollar
Thanks for the link, but how about answering the question. Name one Sinclair station that airs the Fox News Channel. The link you provided certainly doesn't.
Caution: john t about to be exposed again as posting misinformation. The risk of his disappearing from yet another discussion thread has now been raised to orange.
June 1, 2005, 9:02:16 AM EDT – Like – Reply

john t
I'll admitt it. I was wrong.
June 1, 2005, 9:30:37 AM EDT – Like – Reply

johnny dollar
Thanks, jt. You are more intellectually honest than the newshounds.
June 1, 2005, 12:46:34 PM EDT – Like – Reply

More proof that the hounds constantly monitor j$. In a lame attempt to cover their paw-prints, their post now reads:
"In point of fact the report itself did not label Gitmo as a gulag. Those words were used by Irene Kahn, AI's general secretary, IN HER FORWARD [sic] TO THE REPORT."
Note that, in her haste, she used "forward" instead of "foreword" to describe the introductory portion of the report written by Irene Kahn. But I am only a poor, dumb neo-con and shouldn't criticize these self-proclaimed blue-state intellectual geniuses.
June 1, 2005, 4:17:03 PM EDT – Like – Reply

johnny dollar
They did that? Hardy Har Har! First they sneak in a correction, hiding their mistake in the hopes no one will know that they made it (a dishonest journalistic tactic, but it IS the hounds). Then they spell the word wrong. And then, they don't bother to change the introductory sentence, which is now CLEARLY false. The Foreward is not part of the report?!? When you click on the report on the AI page, what do you get? THE FOREWARD! Next they'll be telling us that the the Foreward to a book isn't really part of the book. Or the pre-credits footage on a tv show isn't really part of the show. How lame!
June 1, 2005, 5:16:24 PM EDT – Like – Reply