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Fox Nation’s Race Baiting Using Presidents Birthday

This is low, even for Fox News… Fox Nation’s article with the headline “Obama’s Hip-Hop BBQ Didn’t Create Jobs,” features pictures of former NBA star Charles Barkley, President Obama, actor/comedian Chris Rock and Jay-Z, the only one who could be considered a hip-hop artist of the four. Also note that Jay-Z didn’t perform at the event, but was rather a guest.

Fox Nation: Obama's Hip-Hop BBQ

Here’s a list of other attendees:

Patrick Gaspard, UBS Investment Bank President Robert Wolf, FCC Chair Julius Genachowski, Leader Nancy and Paul Pelosi, Secretary Tim Geithner, Secretary Arne Duncan, U.S. Trade Rep. Ron Kirk, Secretary Hillary Clinton, Attorney General Eric Holder, Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Rep./DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, former Virginia Gov. and DNC Chair Tim Kaine, Anita Dunn and Bob Bauer, Robert Gibbs, David Axelrod, David Plouffe, Valerie Jarrett, Michael Strautmanis, Pete Rouse, Bill Daley, Deputy Chief of Staff Alyssa Mastromonaco, Denis McDonough, John Brennan, Rahm Emanuel, Tina Tchen, White House chef Sam Kass, Julianna Smoot, Marty Nesbitt, Eric Whitaker, Linda Douglass, and many more.

Executive Vice President Bill Shine issued a lame statement about Politico mentioning hip hop, therefore it’s somehow reasonable for Fox News to use such an ignorant headline.

BILL SHINE: “We used the hip-hop reference per Politico’s Playbook story this morning which stated ‘Also present: Chicago pals, law-school friends, donors–and lots of kids of friends, who stole the show by doing dance routines to the hip-hop songs, in the center of the East Room.’”

Sorry, Bill. That’s no excuse. Kids dancing does not a “Hip Hop BBQ” make.

Also note that the headline mentioned the BBQ not creating jobs… Out of the entire article on Fox Nation, there is one quote included, entirely off topic of the rest of the article: “‘The White House doesn’t create jobs.’ — Jay Carney” It’s unclear why they threw that jab in there… oh, wait, it’s Fox Nation and that’s what they do…

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Fox Nation Caught Spinning Greenhouse Gas Story

ThinkProgress author Joe Romm recently posted an article titled, “Study: Hottest Decade on Record Would Have Been Even Hotter But for Chinese Coal Plant Sulfur Pollution” based on a study titled, “Reconciling anthropogenic climate change with observed temperature 1998–2008.” As Romm points out, Reuters released a story regarding the study titled, “Asia pollution blamed for halt in warming: study,” which was then used by Fox News…

Fox Nation, the right wing extremist site brought to us by Fox News, took the Reuters story and renamed it, “Reuters Bombshell: Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduce Global Warming.

Seriously?

Sulfur pollution is not a greenhouse gas.  Quite the reverse, as the Reuters article Fox News links to makes clear.  Indeed, its ability to cool the globe has been known for many, many decades.

As Media Matters reports, the study’s lead author, Robert Kaufmann, denounced the headline as “patently false” via email:

Now come the worst part of publishing an article on a topic of general interest … the distortions. Sulfur emissions ARE NOT GREENHOUSE GASES and the article carefully separates the two.  Sulfur emissions are known as radiatively active gases because they reflect incoming solar radiation back to space.  But they are not greenhouse gases, which affect Earth’s energy balance by absorbing out-going long wave radiation.  So the headline is PATENTLY FALSE….

Sulfur emissions are bad air pollutants–with severe health (e.g. respiratory disease that contribute to tens of thousands of deaths) and environmental effects (acid deposition, which makes entire lakes lifeless). I am no an expert in this area, but these effects are the reasons that all industrial nations have  strict limits on sulfur emissions and now developing nations are scrubbing their emissions too.

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FoxNation Attacks Obama for Policy That Existed Under Bush

The FoxNation caption reads, “Obama’s Army? Calling Lawyers for Permission to Kill Terrorists” – This refers to the judge advocate general (JAG) policy of verifying legality prior to ordering a mission… a practice that existed under Bush. So, this is nothing new for anyone except the alarmist Fox News web site…

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FoxNation Terror Attack Fear Mongering

While Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) did ask Director of National Intelligence Dennis C. Blair about the “likelihood of another terrorist-attempted attack on the U.S.,” and Blair did reply that the “priority is certain,” the headline and graphic posted on Fox News’ site, FoxNation.com, was arguably misleading and of the fear mongering variety…

1. The question was about the likelihood of an attempted attack, 2. the response was that an attempt is thought to be certain, 3. the three to six month time line in the question is fairly typical and 4. why the need to invoke the image of 9/11 when there have been numerous “terrorist-attempted attack[s]” on the U.S. that would have been more accurate to depict? Or, show the the senator and/or intelligence chiefs from the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing. They decided not to use a photo of an attempted attack that occurred under Obama’s watch… That wouldn’t be yellow enough for Fox News’ “journalism.”

At the time of this post, MSNBC.com and CNN.com both had photos of the intelligence chiefs answering Feinstein’s question, which is an accurate depiction. FoxNews.com did not have a photo accompanying their article. FoxNation.com was just absurd, like usual, stirring up the emotions and hateful comments (i.e. “If this terror event does happen (and I hope it does not) can they at least take out the White House & congress?”). FoxNation.com was not alone in the headline usage, however – MSNBC.com had a similar one: “Al-Qaeda ‘certain’ to attack U.S. within months.” CNN.com’s headline was better: “Intelligence chiefs: Terror attempts on U.S. ‘certain.’”

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Fox & Friends, FoxNation Falsehood on Obama’s West Point Speech

When President Obama spoke at West Point about sending more troops to Afghanistan, there were several instances where he mentioned success. However, Fox & Friends would have you believe he didn’t:

DOOCY: Interestingly enough, of the 4,581 words in his speech, one word was missing. That word was “win.”

Similarly, The Fox Nation web site states that there was no mention of “victory.” Here’s a screenshot:

Here are a few examples from Obama’s speech that prove Steve Doocy and The Fox Nation wrong:

OBAMA: Good evening. To the United States Corps of Cadets, to the men and women of our Armed Services, and to my fellow Americans: I want to speak to you tonight about our effort in Afghanistan — the nature of our commitment there, the scope of our interests, and the strategy that my administration will pursue to bring this war to a successful conclusion. It’s an extraordinary honor for me to do so here at West Point — where so many men and women have prepared to stand up for our security, and to represent what is finest about our country.

[...]

OBAMA: Because this is an international effort, I’ve asked that our commitment be joined by contributions from our allies. Some have already provided additional troops, and we’re confident that there will be further contributions in the days and weeks ahead. Our friends have fought and bled and died alongside us in Afghanistan. And now, we must come together to end this war successfully. For what’s at stake is not simply a test of NATO’s credibility — what’s at stake is the security of our allies, and the common security of the world.

[...]

OBAMA: Third, we will act with the full recognition that our success in Afghanistan is inextricably linked to our partnership with Pakistan.

Obviously Fox News is playing a petty game of semantics. In the future, perhaps, the President and his speech writers should try and figure out what word Fox News will try to use against him and then whip out the ol’ thesaurus (i.e. Win – v.: finish first, succeed, achieve, be first, be victorious, beat, carry the day, come in first, conquer, edge, finish in front, finish off, gain, gain victory, overcome, overwhelm, prevail, run circles around, shut out, sink, take the prize, triumph, upset, walk away with, walk off with).

Or not… A better idea would be to send a thesaurus to Fox News so they can look up synonyms for “win,” or “victory,” and not keep making the same idiotic mistakes, like they did with Obama’s stance on terrorism.

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FoxNation Confused About College Thesis Satire

The Fox Nation web site ran with a headline that read, “College Thesis: ‘So-Called Founders Didn’t Allow for Economic Freedom.’” The problem is that the article they linked to contained text by Pajamas Media blogger Michael Ledeen, who fell for a piece of satire posted on the blog, Jumping In Pools. The satirical report on the supposed thesis paper by Barack Obama claimed that Obama attacked the founders and the constitution. The author of the original piece claimed that Time‘s Joe Klein obtained the thesis paper, which Klein denies.

Ledeen later apologized for falling for the satire:

LEDEEN: It’s a hoax, or a satire, depending on your point of view. Joe Klein has said that he never read any part of an Obama “thesis” from his Columbia days, and that’s conclusive, as far as I’m concerned.

The hoax/satire was written in August, so it’s not connected to any current event. I cam across it on Twitter, read the blog, found it interesting, and posted on it. I failed to notice that one of the tags was “satire.”

The Fox Nation later deleted the article.

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FoxNation Posts FY09 Budget Deficit Falsehood

The Fox Nation web site posted a headline reading, “Obama Triples Budget Deficit to $1.4 Trillion,” which linked to an AP article that suggested anything but that claim. The AP’s exact wording: “[t]he federal budget deficit tripled to a record $1.4 trillion for the 2009 fiscal year that ended last week.”

In fact, the article stated that the Congressional Budget Office’s most recent estimate shows that only a small part of the FY09 deficit can be attributed to Obama’s policies. Before he even took office the CBO projected that the deficit would increase to $1.2 trillion based on Bush’s policies and the economy, at that time.

CBO Report from January 7, 2009:

The ongoing turmoil in the housing and financial markets has taken a major toll on the federal budget. CBO currently projects that the deficit this year will total $1.2 trillion, or 8.3 percent of GDP. That total, however, does not include the effects of any future legislation. Enactment of an economic stimulus package, for example, would add to the 2009 deficit. In any event, as a percentage of GDP, the deficit will most likely shatter the previous post-World War II record high of 6.0 percent posted in 1983.

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Fox News, Fox Nation Punked By ACORN Staffer

Fox News and their related web sites, including The Fox Nation, have been on a crusade against ACORN for months, with personalities like Glenn Beck, Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity devoting hours upon hours toward the witch hunt, which has uncovered some wrongdoing. But, this is a hilarious prank by an ACORN staffer against Fox News’ “gotcha” (to use a Palinism) style of journalism.

If you’ve seen any of the “reporting” about ACORN on FNC, chances are you’ve seen the video with the prostitution and murder confession. Serious crimes, right? They would be, if they really happened. Here’s how it went down…

ACORN’s Tresa Kaelke was the focus of a series of videos released by Hannah Giles and James O’Keefe wherein they posed as a prostitute and pimp. In the videos Kaelke said that she used to work for an escort service and that she wanted to cover up her prostitution business in order to buy a home. She also “confessed” that she killed her husband. Now that ACORN has released a press release stating that none of it was true, let the hilarity ensue…

“They were not believable”, said Ms. Kaelke of the two actors. “Somewhat entertaining, but they weren’t even good actors. I didn’t know what to make of them. They were clearly playing with me. I decided to shock them as much as they were shocking me. Like Stephan Colbert does – saying the most outrageous things with a straightface.” While her sense of humor might not be funny to many people, the fact is that she spun false scenario after false scenario and the videographer ate them up.

Not only was this a witch hunt against ACORN, but also against the so-called liberal media, which Fox News repeatedly pointed out has not covered this story about ACORN. Obviously, it was for a good reason… Perhaps, Fox News should spend more time vetting its sources rather than slamming the mainstream media, of which they are a part.

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Fox News Accuses Obama of ‘Indoctrinating Students’

People associated with Fox News, such as Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity and Michelle Malkin, are advancing the theory that President Obama‘s back-to-school speech is an attempt to “indoctrinate” America’s children, whatever that means… Keep in mind that it is not mandatory for schools to show the speech.

GLENN BECK: “Gee, who is having indoctrination next week? Oh, yeah, that’s right, the president”

SEAN HANNITY: “it seems very close to indoctrination”

MONICA CROWLEY: “just when you think this administration can’t get any more surreal and Orwellian, here they come to indoctrinate our kids”

MICHELLE MALKIN: “the left has always used kids in public schools as guinea pigs and as junior lobbyists for their social liberal agenda.”

Not only that, but The Fox Nation web site presents the following, today, asking if people are going to keep their kids home from school the day of the speech.

The real purpose of Obama’s back-to-school speech? Simply to promote the idea of “persisting and succeeding in school” and the “imoprtance of education” …wow, sounds like something the devil would say… riiiiight… What this suggests is that Fox News does not agree with the President in wanting your children to be educated. Where would they get their viewers?

Of course, these Fox News personalities cannot provide anything more than pure speculation and paranoia. Keep that in mind the next time someone claims that Fox News is all about the truth.

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FoxNation Misleads About Reality Check Site

While simultaneously attacking President Obama, the White House and health care reform, Fox News’ web site, The Fox Nation, has posted the misleading headline, “Obama Pulls Plug on White House Snitch Site” and following graphic.

First of all, it’s not a “snitch site,” it was set up to be able to respond to false health care reform rumors going around. Second, no “white flag” was waived, or plug pulled. The Reality Check web site is still up and people can still submit rumors. Rather than forwarding emails to flag@whitehouse.gov, which no longer works, people can copy and paste emails into the form here.

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FoxNation’s Misleading Headline About Town Hall Meetings

On Friday, July 3, 2009, The Fox Nation web site ran a headline asking, “Obama Busted Stacking Town Hall … What If Bush Had?”

What if? They would know if they asked Fox News‘ own Chris Wallace, who stated on the same day, “I know in the Bush administration, George W. Bush, they had a lot of these town hall meetings, and they chose all the people there.”

They clearly insinuated that the Bush Administration did not do the exact thing they claim to have busted Obama on… But, in typical Fox News fashion, they pose it as a question, rather than blatantly deny the truth, but the intent is obvious.

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FoxNation Uses Conservative Media Watchdog Sources

You’ve seen FoxNation‘s extreme bias on issues such as Judge Sonia Sotomayor, Sarah Palin vs. David Letterman, plus many others, all while purporting to say “no” to biased media. A closer look at where FoxNation gathers it’s news is very telling. As of this morning, nearly half of the stories promoted in FoxNation’s Media section were from NewsBusters.org, a self-described conservative media watchdog group that states it is “the leader in documenting, exposing and neutralizing liberal media bias.”

The following are the NewsBusters headlines on FoxNation:

  • Krugman: ‘Politicians From Both Parties Stray, but Dems Punish Theirs More Harshly’
  • Media Ignore EPA Suppressing Skeptical Global Warming Report
  • Time Magazine Blames California’s Mess on… Low Taxes
  • Krauthammer on Press/Obama: ‘The Hot Sex Is Over. They’re in the Cigarette Stage’
  • Oliver Stone: ‘Reagan Was a Dumb Son of a Bitch… and Bush Was Dumber’
  • Sam: It’s Hard to Forgive Bible-Thumping GOPers for Sex Scandals

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FoxNation Implies Climate Change Bill is Treason

It’s the FoxNation trifecta! They sure are on a streak today! Here is the third headline on FoxNation that is misleading and intended to instill fear and hatred in their sheeple.

The headline/image/caption links to a page that states, “The House of Representatives Friday approved a milestone energy and climate change bill that would curb greenhouse gasses omitted by industry and agriculture.The vote was 219-212.” That page links to a FoxNews page that reprinted an AP article titled, “House Passes Milestone Energy, Climate Change Bill.”

But, “fair and balanced” reporting for naught, FoxNation decides to go with “Treason? House Passes Direct Assault on Industrial Base of America.” Nowhere does the article mention treason. This was an obvious subjective and biased jab at the House of Representatives and, specifically, Nancy Pelosi, who is soley pictured with the headline.

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FoxNation ‘Judeo-Christian’ & ‘Caucasian’ Fear Mongering

The Fox News web site, FoxNation, linked to a Canadian op-ed that has the following Anti-Obama attack:

Obama’s “census will make sure that the time of the Judeo-Christian standards and culture in the land of the free and the home of the brave will come to an end,” and that many census questions “stand in violation of the Constitution which states that a national census should concern itself solely the number of individuals in a household.”

FoxNation, in their infinite unfairness, borrows the headline, “Obama’s Census to castrate American Caucasians.”

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FoxNation Doesn’t Get Satire

Apparently, the people at FoxNation didn’t realize the blog, Elective Decisions, posted a satirical statement from former Governor Tom Ridge (R) about Rush Limbaugh:

So this morning, Ridge went back on Washington Journal, responding to Limbaugh’s rhetoric. “I’m so sick of Rush Limbaugh. He’s the reason we lose elections. He needs to get the hell out of the Republican Party. As far as I’m concerned, he isn’t a Republican anymore. The man’s running. The man’s hiding. He’s too scared to face me!”

Ridge continued his rant, threatening Limbaugh. “Meanwhile, he sits there in his ‘Southern Command Post,’ and destroys the Republican Party! I’d like to just have three rounds in a boxing ring with that guy so I could shut him up! I’m caling (sic) you out, Limbaugh. Let’s see if you have a big enough set of marbles to back up your crap!”

The encounter was posted on the FoxNation site as if it were fact:

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