1/18/10 12:28 PM

Fox Haters Week in Review

Old lies, new slanders, ignorance, vitriol, and rampant hypocrisy. Just what you might expect in the latest action-packed edition of Fox Haters Week in Review!

Debunkers Debunked:
The evil FNC has once again been embarrassed, exposed, and debunked! It's all about a kerfuffle on a TranAir flight that somehow got interpreted as a "dry run" for a terrorist attack. And of course Fox News jumped on the story. Or did they? We first spotted this at something called Chattabox:

A fraudulent email making the rounds of the right-wing blogosphere this past week, from Glenn Beck’s 9/12 site to Fox News, relayed the amazing first-hand tale of an heroic patriotic Texan who practically single-handily thwarted a “terrorist dry run” on a flight from Atlanta to Houston.
It's not clear just when this fraudulent email made its way to FNC, as Mr Chattabox doesn't reveal that information. The only other reference to Fox News is a mention in the email itself of a foxnews.com report--which of course was published before the email was sent. (This story on foxnews.com is a short Associated Press piece in the "local news" section. It says nothing about a dry run but simply describes a dispute over a phone call that delayed a flight.)

Chattabox, with zero documentation, claimed Fox pushed a fraudulent email. Where did they get this idea from? We found this at Keith Olbermann's favorite blog, the Daily Kos, where HankNYNY's headline took aim at the real villain of the piece--Fox News!
DEBUNKED: FOX News - Debbie Schlussel -9/12 Project All Backed "Dry Run" Islamist Hijack Attempt
Now here's a coincidence. Just like Chattabox, Kos's exposé of this blatant Fox News error makes no mention whatsoever of just how Fox "backed" the claim of a "dry run". Nothing! Perhaps mindful of this fact, the Kossack later added a comment to his own post:
FOX News ran an interview w Robinson [Schlussel]. I wanted to clarify the headline, since no other primary source was from FOX News in my diary.
Keith Robinson was another passenger on this plane, and as a source for his alleged Fox News "interview" Hank cites...Debbie Schlussel, whom Hank has just attacked as untrustworthy! We checked out Schlussel's piece, and she doesn't say FNC did an interview with this guy. She reprints someone else's email mentioning a Robinson appearance on Fox News. So Hank's "proof" is an email from one of the people he's debunking. That's his source for smearing Fox News?!?

We looked long and hard for this "Fox News" interview with Keith Robinson, without success. Regardless, for HankNYNY this detail was too good to check, so he made it the lead in his headline! And he's not the only one who sought to implicate FNC. The esteemed Brad Blog sneered:
Rightwing Muslim-fearing Fox "News"-addled cowards live in an alternate-reality fantasy world entirely of their own making.
The first comment to this post:
  • Your dissembling pals over at Fox "News"? Now there's where you can find the "real" American nightmare.
And digg.com, a reliable source for hyperbolic misinformation, trumpeted:
Despite conspiracy hacks from Debbie Schlussel to Fox News initially clamoring over the story...
How quickly it's gone from someone purportedly being interviewed on FNC to Fox "clamoring" all over the story! Since digg blurbs link to online articles, did this one provide the long-lost proof of Fox News complicity? The link took us to a piece in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. We have now escalated from blue blogs to mainstream press, but at least we learn a little more about this "Fox News" interview with Keith Robinson. AJC reports that it wasn't with "Fox News" at all, but with KHOU, a local station in Houston that happens to be a Fox affiliate. Oops.

But wait, there's more! Check out the website of KHOU. Isn't it a bit strange that a Fox station would be inviting people to watch CBS programs online? You guessed it...KHOU isn't even a Fox affiliate. It's a CBS station! Give the AJC credit--they have edited their article and removed the Fox/KHOU claim. But Kos, Brad Blog, and the rest operate under different standards; they are still telling their credulous followers that "Fox News" was involved with this apparent hoax. In the Fox haters echo chamber, there are no rules of evidence.

Par for the Corpse:
Our friends at News Corpse are not exactly reluctant to play fast and loose with facts, as we have seen before. Over at HuffPo we find them earning their way once again into our weekly roundup. In response to a column about Fox News, the Corpsicles chime in with their very own brand of revisionist history:
  • Fox also canned Alan Colmes, Wesley Clark, and Harold Ford. Then they brought in Mike Huckabee, Rick Santorum, Judith Miller, and of course, Glenn Beck. It was a concerted effort to reinforce their rightist flank in advance of the election and the Obama administration.
Santorum was hired almost three years ago. And let's just skip over the inconvenient fact that Judith Miller is a liberal who endorsed Barack Obama for President. Instead we'll review the people Fox "canned", starting with Alan Colmes. For someone who's been "canned" it's pretty remarkable that he's still on the Fox payroll and appears regularly on The O'Reilly Factor. And then there's the 15 hours of Fox airtime he is given every week. That's more than Sean Hannity, Bill O'Reilly, or Glenn Beck! But if The Corpse is trying to say Alan was "canned" from Hannity & Colmes, then he's not telling the truth there either. It's clear from news stories and interviews, Mr Colmes wasn't fired; he quit.

But what about Harold Ford? Was he "canned" by Fox like News Corpse says? Um, no. Congressman Ford wasn't pushed out; he jumped of his own accord. In fact, there's a post praising Ford for "ditching" Fox News on some website...now which one was it? Oh, that's right. News Corpse. And let's not forget that the corpsicles also congratulated Wesley Clark for "ditching" FNC. Now in a 180-degree about-face they're claiming these people were "canned" by Fox?!? Truth is an elastic, ever-changing blob of Silly Putty to the fabulists at News Corpse.

Stupid Hound Tricks:
Pound for pound, there is probably more fallacious drivel spewed by the newshounds than any other Fox hater site. They've given us a full plate so let's dig in. Shouldn't "fact-checkers" know what they are talking about? Priscilla tells us:
Glenn Beck titles one of his TV and Radio commentaries, “One True Thing.”
Beck's commentary is not entitled "One True Thing". Apparently Prissy doesn't watch Glenn Beck; she just pretends to. She goes on to cite "straight-out lies" from Beck, such as that the ROTC was kicked out of San Francisco. Apparently Beck's "lie" was to refer to the RTOC when it was actually the Junior RTOC, who were voted out by the Board of Ed (otherwise that vote couldn't have been reversed).

Interestingly, one of Priscilla's sources is none other than Ellen Brodsky, Queen Bee of the newsliars. She's been busy lately, recycling a long-disproven lie about John Gibson calling for "more white babies". To top that off, Brodsky attacked one of his books by claiming it was "full of inaccurate data". Ellen obviously didn't read Gibson's book because she gives no examples, but does link to a site that lists a grand total of one inaccuracy in the book. Unfortunately, this one "inaccuracy" is another lie: something that Gibson didn't say, and wasn't in his book at all!

When you've had enough of Brodsky's fabrications, there's always her hypocrisy. She is fuming over Glenn Beck's horrible, unpatriotic disinclination to use the word "allegedly":
Who needs a judicial system when you have Beck to play judge and jury?... Beck sneered about the scuffle involving the SEIU members and an African American named Kenneth Gladney, “(Gladney) was attacked ‘allegedly’ by two SEIU thugs. I don’t know why we have to say that. We have them on tape.” “Judge Beck” went on to rule based on the word of Gladney, only. “He says they punched him, kicked him, kicked him in the head, called him the n-word.”... Beck later “forgot” the “allegedly” as he complained that the SEIU workers had only been charged with misdemeanors and violating ordinances.
Wait a minute. Isn't this the same Ellen Brodsky who defended John Murtha for stating--without bothering to say "allegedly"--that the marines killed innocent civilians in cold blood? That would mean Murtha was playing judge and jury. And yet, here we have Brodsky's own words:
Rather than discuss the Haditha incident or the real thrust of Murtha’s statements – that the presence of US troops in Iraq is undermining our own efforts in the war on terror – Hannity & Colmes made Murtha the issue
Just like Brodsky made Beck's comments the issue. Ellen actually defended Murtha playing "judge and jury", never suggesting that he should use the word "allegedly", and adding that criticizing Murtha's statement was "smearing" him. She went on to suggest it's OK for Murtha to play judge and jury without waiting for a trial:
Murtha was talking about an incident at Haditha, still under investigation but about which he had been briefed.
Yes he had been briefed, and an anonymous source said he had "knowledge" about the incident. But Beck had been briefed too, and in his case the investigation was complete. And yet Brodsky condemns Beck, who actually saw video of the incident (by her own definition Ellen is "smearing" Beck) while defending Murtha, who wasn't an eyewitness in even the most generous sense of the word. Oh, and Murtha didn't say "allegedly"...but that's OK because he's not Glenn Beck. Why should anyone give even ten seconds of credibility to this sort of propagandistic hackery?

Finally our favorite accused plagiarist, Julie Driscoll, gins up an outburst of "sexist jabs at the blonde White House party-crasher and, of course, Nancy Pelosi" from a couple of Dennis Miller jokes. These quips must have been pretty brutal, given that Driscoll equates them with the attacks on Sarah Palin's children. Well yeah, Miller referred to the party-crasher as "the peroxide czar". No wonder Julie was scandalized! And then joking about Pelosi losing a game of Tic-Tac-Toe...wait, what is uniquely "sexist" about that? Does Julie Driscoll really consider these to be "woman-hating" attacks? It's time for a reality check. Compare Miller's "sexist" "woman-hating" bon-mots with the following, all comments that have been allowed on the very website Julie writes for:
  • I don't know what's up Gretchen's skirt that she keeps trying to show everybody, but i suspect it has teeth.
  • she is a light weight spin-whore.
  • Carlson is a prototype Fox Noise bimbo.
  • Kilmeade, Doofy, and even the tramp Gretchen.
  • just another wide eyed, smarmy, indignant, nasty, obnoxious, sanctimonious, condescending blond Fox News bimbo.
  • Kelly, go back to what you know best. Blowing married men. Slut.
  • Kelly is simply an evil c**t [expletive edited].

Yes Julie, tell us all about the nasty misogynism of Dennis Miller...after you clean up the septic sty you wallow in.

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John - excellent FHWiR. It's amazing the hypocrisy some will show all in the effort to pitifully slam FNC.
December 6, 2009, 7:32:06 PM EST – Like – Reply

"Bimbos, shores, sluts,...an evil c**t..."
Don't foget that one commenter at Newswoofs once called Michelle Malkin "a fish-eating tw**". That was the first tiime I ever visited their putrid website. Their hypocrisy knows no limits.
December 6, 2009, 7:38:50 PM EST – Like – Reply

Damail | 12.06.09 - 7:43 pm | #  
It just goes to show what the newshounds really think of women, and yes....women can hate women, as shown by the bassets.
December 6, 2009, 8:28:55 PM EST – Like – Reply

Oops. How did I end up typing "shores"? Not paying attention. Obviously, I meant to say "whores".
December 6, 2009, 9:05:16 PM EST – Like – Reply

AHHH!! Don't you just love it when Ellen and her band of Merry Myrmidons get caught with their panties down. ( That is not a misoginyst statement because I know for a fact that little johnt wears the same panties as Julie).
December 7, 2009, 7:59:54 AM EST – Like – Reply

The story on the Chattabox blog about the email that Chattabox claimed that FNC hyped, is dizzying.  
The way these folks offer no proof other than to refer back to each other, is astounding.  
I suppose the bit on AJC.com gave the story some currency in their minds, but you have to be pretty hungry for fodder in the first place in order not to emphasize to your readers that AJC.com reported that it was a local story on a local Fox affiliate (turns out that wasn't correct).
As to the News Hounds' tolerance for expressions that must be more commonly found among hardened serial rapists in cell blocks:
Johnny, I know it's necessary to illustrate that NHs bloggers throw stones while sitting comfortably in a glass pigsty, but it's awfully difficult and AWFULLY alarming to read that stuff!
December 7, 2009, 9:17:20 AM EST – Like – Reply

Fox Fan
"I know for a fact that little johnt wears the same panties as Julie"
You mean the ones that were mistaken for balloon boy?
December 7, 2009, 6:55:33 PM EST – Like – Reply

I thought little johnt WAS Balloon Boy.
December 7, 2009, 10:48:05 PM EST – Like – Reply