3/7/09 12:51 AM

BIll's Buried Blarney [Update: Corcoran Fired?]

We have exposed some of the fictions concocted by Bill Corcoran, official "guest blogger" at the newshounds (another fine product of the Outfoxed mob). But an emailer tipped us to a whole new universe of egregious falsehoods--not in his notorious "guest posts", but buried in various comment threads. Here Billy can spread his wings and invent even more elaborate lies to smear Fox and anyone connected with them.

Corcoran is not exactly Nostradamus. Back in April our favorite "guest blogger" cited a "rumor" to assert that Imus producer Bernard McGuirk would be "joining Fox News". That worked out well, didn't it? But if news of the future is not his strong suit, facts in the present fare even worse. Did you know that everyone who appears on Fox News gets paid?

Everyone should know one thing about anyone appearing on any of these shows as "experts." They are all getting paid by FOX NEWS and FOX NEWS does not pay an "expert" because he is going to side with liberal views about the war.
The truth: they are not "all getting paid". FNC contributors are paid, but most of the pundits who appear on Fox are not contributors. Oh, and Billy's claim that they don't pay people who express liberal views about the war? Another lie. Just ask Wesley Clark, David Corn, Ellen Ratner, Laura Schwartz, Harold Ford, Bob Beckel... the list goes on.

For sheer unabashed audacity, a lie this brazen is stunning in its chutzpah:
There are two polls you should NEVER, NEVER trust. The first is the FOX OINION [sic] DYNAMICS POLL. It is run by Fox News and they ONLY call Republicans who are home during the day while Democrats are out earning a living.
What in the wide world of sports is Billy talking about? First of all, Opinion Dynamics is not run by Fox News. FNC is just one of their clients, who come from many industries. But then Billy tops himself with the whopper that they "only call Republicans"! Where did he get this idea from? He made it up! Never mind the published methodology. Never mind the polls themselves, which give you the exact breakdown--their most recent survey called 42% Democrats, 35% Republicans. Yet Billy lies, and the credulous kennel-dwellers lap it up.

Corcoran positions himself as a defender of the troops, and even purports to have a military background. He uses every death as a political bludgeon and attacks Fox News if they don't cover it (and even if they do--he will just lie and say they didn't). Keep that in mind as you read these words:
Of course NONE of the FOX NEWS people will allow any of their military age children to enlist in the United States military, but that is beside the point as far as FOX NEWS is concerned.
This, of course, is another "fact" Billy just made up on the spot. But it's especially repellent given one case in particular. Gen Paul Vallely is a military analyst for FNC. His son, Scott Paul Vallely, not only enlisted in the US military, but lost his life during Special Operations training.

Bill Corcoran, the ultimate moral authority, smears everyone who works for Fox News with a lie, in the process slandering a General with years of distinguished service to his country. Corcoran blithely claims people like Scott Paul Vallely never existed--because one of their parents works for Fox News, and Billy will not stand for anything that contradicts his lies. Corcoran's feigned support for the troops is a chimera, a facade, that crumbles as his duplicitous mendacity is laid bare. He owes a lot of people a major league apology.

Update: After this article was published, Ellen of newshounds announced that they have severed all ties with Mr Corcoran. See comments for the rest of her response. Read further for Bill Corcoran's response to Ellen.

Please note that News Hounds has severed all ties with Bill Corcoran.
December 30, 2007, 12:10:55 AM EST – Like – Reply

And since you're so dedicated to the truth, I'm sure you'll want your readers to know that in the same thread in which Bill made the comment about FOX News paying their guests, I informed our readers that I was pretty sure that was incorrect.
Everyone should know one thing about anyone appearing on any of these shows as "experts." They are all getting paid by FOX NEWS and FOX NEWS does not pay an "expert" because he is going to side with liberal views about the war.
Sorry, Bill. I'm pretty sure that's not true. I believe the FNC contributors get paid but, as far as I know, Emerson is not one. The other guests appear for free. It's great publicity, of course, and it legitimizes Emerson's terrorism "credentials." But I'm pretty sure he's not paid by FOX.
Ellen | | Email | Homepage | 12.21.07 - 1:11 pm
It's such a shame that you always seem to resort to cheap gimmicks and smears when making your arguments rather than debating like a grown up. That's why, by the way, you are not allowed on our site and why your refusual to stay away has been deemed by us to be harassment.
December 30, 2007, 1:17:57 AM EST – Like – Reply

johnny dollar
> Please note that News Hounds has severed all ties with Bill Corcoran.
Why? I must have missed that announcement.
> cheap gimmicks and smears
Yes, I suppose quoting word for word what's written on your site is a pretty cheap trick.
> your refusual to stay away has been deemed by us to be harassment.
You can "deem" it anything you like, that doesn't make it so.
December 30, 2007, 9:19:49 AM EST – Like – Reply

Fox Fan
Not only quoting word for word, but posting the actual video that disproves the claims on NH is a cheap gimmick and a smear? What does that make the people who posted the falsehoods in the first place? Pathetic ankle-biters.
However, I do applaud Ellen for being brave enough to admit to the mistake of utilizing Billy's "writing abilities" and having him as a contributor for their site. 
Good job johnny and good job Ellen.
December 30, 2007, 9:57:27 AM EST – Like – Reply

Did they really sever all ties with Bill Corcoran?
December 30, 2007, 12:29:38 PM EST – Like – Reply

johnny dollar
Well, you have Ellen's statement that they did. On the other hand, the word on their comments threads this morning is something rather different: that Corcoran is not posting because he's having some technical problem accessing the site. It's all rather mysterious.
December 30, 2007, 12:43:50 PM EST – Like – Reply

johnny dollar banned? clearly thats based on his opinions, and not his behavior.
ties severed? why? did he embarrass you? what about all the other lies and distortions?
why do you "watch fox so we don't have to"? theres like a million other mainstream media outlets to provide balance. i guess you can't even handle ONE mention of an alternate view on an issue. hmm, and yet FOX actually does provide both sides of most issues.
newshounds? ...bitchin'.
December 30, 2007, 5:57:54 PM EST – Like – Reply

It's such a shame that you always seem to resort to cheap gimmicks and smears when making your arguments rather than debating like a grown up. That's why, by the way, you are not allowed on our site and why your refusual to stay away has been deemed by us to be harassment.
Ellen | Homepage | 12.30.07 - 1:22 am | # 
"cheap gimmicks and smears when making your arguments" Yep, those pesky transcript's video's and tapes. 
"Debating like a grown up" Now how would she know how grown ups debate?
"That's why, by the way, you are not allowed on our site" So that's why Johnny and anyone that doesn't bow at your poop is deleted faster than a dog chasing it's tail.
"why your refusual to stay away has been deemed by us to be harassment."
Now you believe you make laws and enforce them. Call it CENSORSHIP, Ellen, that's what is. Youa re terrified of your ankle nippers coming out of a tail chasing high and finding they have been lied to for years by their master.
And finally. At least Johnny allowed your post to stay so you could have your say, for what it's worth, but it still stands for US GROWN-UPS to decide who is telling the truth. Try it sometime and you might be able to MOVE ON with your life and contribute to society in a meaningful way. 
Come back and explain why Billy boy as reappeared on your site because we know he will. In your blog's or post's. Also come back anytime you need to see how grown ups state their positions and those of us that are GROWN UPS can handle a J$ smackdown when it get's too personal.
December 30, 2007, 7:56:15 PM EST – Like – Reply

Great job by the way Johnny. You finally got them to respond to a post which proves they are reading your site. And therefore proves they have yet been able to disprove anything you have called them on.
December 30, 2007, 8:00:39 PM EST – Like – Reply

apparently acting like a grown up in newshounds world means deleting articles that turn out to be false instead of posting a correction.
December 30, 2007, 9:19:12 PM EST – Like – Reply

Vince P
and they commerce in slander
December 30, 2007, 10:03:52 PM EST – Like – Reply

johnny dollar
The comment below is from Bill Corcoran. Because haloscan comments are limited in length, his words were cut short because they ran a little too long. He has emailed the rest of his intended statement, and we have combined that with the comments below so that, in the interests of fairness, his side of the story can be given in full:
December 31, 2007, 6:26:27 AM EST – Like – Reply

Johnny: I've read all the comments, especially those from Ellen at Newshounds, and I feel it is now time to set the record straight. 
I was not FIRED. I QUIT. 
The problems started several months ago when I wrote to Rachel Sklar of the Huffington Post to tell her I thought she had been used as a guest on "Fox News Watch." Ms. Sklar told me I could write her ONLY if I had a news tip for her. Then Ellen, my arch enemy at Newshounds, jumped in to the rescue of Rachel Sklar and supposedly talked to her and told her they were thinking of firing me.
I continued to post a guest post every Sunday morning on Newshounds, and on Dec. 16 and Dec. 23 my guest post pulled in over 1,150 comments each. That is a record for Newhounds post which usually average about 50 to 100 comments. 
The problem that caused me to QUIT was when I could not get into the comments section of my own post on Newshounds. I kept getting a message that read: "Banned by webmaster. Your comment will not be posted." I wrote countless letters to Newshounds, and to my editor Marie Therese, asking why I was "BANNED" from my own post on Newshounds, but I could still go on any other Newshounds post and make comments.
I was told by Ellen it was an AOL problem. I called AOL and they assured me they had nothing to do with blocking me from my own guest blog.
I was told it was a computer gltich by Marie Therese and yet when I asked why I couldn't post on my own gyest blog, but I had no problem with posting comments on any other Newshounds post, they failed to answer me.
I did everything they told me to do. I shutdown my computer. Restarted it and stood on my head, but still I was getting the message: "Banned by webmaster. Your comments will not be posted." 
I tried writing Haloscan who monitors the Newshounds site, but because I was not an official Newshound staffer I was told by Haloscan they could not comment on my complaint. 
I asked Marie Therese and Ellen to look into the Haloscan situations, and they said they would but I heard nothing except getting a letter from another NewsHound lady, Deborah, saying it was most likely a computer glitch.
I wrote back saying I could accept the glitch excuse, by why was I BANNED ONLY from my own post but none of the other Newshounds posts. It didn't make any sense to me then, and still doesn't.
Then miraculously last week I suddenly was able to post on my own post from December 23. My post from Dec. 23 can be found here: My post from Dec. 23 is: http://tinyurl.com/237qk3 on News Hounds and the whopping 1,156 comments posted to my post as can be seen here: http://www.haloscan.com/comments/newshounds/13542/
However as soon as I was able to get back on my own post and make some comments, I suddenly was "BANNED" again. I was still able to make comments on other Newshonds posts, but not my own.
It appeared to me as the people at Newshounds were jealous of the tremendous following I had built up an
December 31, 2007, 7:02:00 AM EST – Like – Reply

So Bill, are you saying the Hounds were lying to you????
I just can't believe it. (Yawn)
December 31, 2007, 9:29:15 AM EST – Like – Reply

Fox Fan
Are you coming here to clear your good name Billy?
I doubt they banned you because they were jealous of your comment numbers. If you have an "arch enemy" in your group of supposed online friends there are obviously other issues that you aren't airing. 
What a group of disorganized, dishonest fools the NH are. Ellen tells us here that they've severed all ties, they claim technical difficulties to the mutts, and Billy says he quit here. Why not be honest?
Presenting evidence #27663 in the case of Truth vs. NH.
December 31, 2007, 10:15:43 AM EST – Like – Reply

Davee Grande
I enjoyed reading what Bill Corcoran had to say on NEWS HIUNDS. I used to pass on his comments to other friends who think progressively. Too bad he is not writing anymore. We need more people who speak out for Democracy. I can't remember when I discoved that Fox News isn't real news but it has been sometime now.
December 31, 2007, 11:13:51 AM EST – Like – Reply

Too bad all his stuff was, BS... right, Davee?
Oh well, when you want to believe somethings real... that's almost as good as it actually being real. Well, for some people anyway.
December 31, 2007, 12:41:23 PM EST – Like – Reply

Johnny: Since I have been so forthright with you regarding my quitting as a guest blogger for Newshounds, I hope you will allow me to plug my new blog, "CORKSPHERE," which made its debut today, Jan. 1,2008
Here is the link to my new blog: http://corksphere.blogspot.com/
January 1, 2008, 7:37:49 AM EST – Like – Reply

Fox Fan
Here is a better link:
January 1, 2008, 10:58:17 AM EST – Like – Reply

johnny dollar
Oh Fox Fan, that's a little mean.  Of course you can plug your blog here, BC. It's certainly on-topic! Good luck in the new year to you and all our readers.
January 1, 2008, 12:47:12 PM EST – Like – Reply

Fox Fan
Perhaps it was a little mean considering the spirit of the new year. Billy seems to have changed his tune somewhat since those older articles were written that exposed his lies when he was with the mutts.
I apologize Billy. Good luck with your new blog, I hope it puts NH to shame! Speaking of, you could write an article there about how and why your separation from NH transpired. No better way to start it off than with a bang!
January 1, 2008, 1:25:03 PM EST – Like – Reply

Hey Fox Fan, that made me laugh. 
Happy New Year to all.
January 1, 2008, 1:30:44 PM EST – Like – Reply