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Newt Gringrich Makes False Claim About Democrats & Waterboarding

Former House Speaker Newt Gringrich was on Fox News Sunday, spreading more nonsense. Gringrich made the assertion, which was not challenged whatsoever by Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace, that Democrats did not try to ban waterboarding.

“And second, you know, they’ve had control since January of 2007. They haven’t passed a law making waterboarding illegal. They haven’t gone into any of these things and changed law.”

Here in the real world, we know that in 2007 the House of Representatives passed the Intelligence Authorization Act that would have limited interrogation methods to those approved by the Army Field Manual on Human Intelligence Collector Operations, thus prohibiting waterboarding. In 2008 a Democratic-controlled Congress passed the bill to ban the torture method. It was President George W. Bush who vetoed it.

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Fox News Invites Sarah & Todd Palin to White House Correspondents Dinner

Apparently, Fox News is so “fair and balanced” they saw fit to invite Alaskan Governor and failed VP-to-be Sarah  Palin to the White House Correspondents Dinner. But, due to flooding in Alaska, she will not be in attendance, so her husband, Todd, will sit in for her. It’s becoming obvious that Fox News is going to push for Gov. Sarah Palin to run for President in 2012.

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David Shuster Blasts Fox News

The following quotes are from David Shuster while on The Stephanie Miller Show Thursday… Enjoy!

You know Fox is, I mean, I can go on and on and on about Fox. I mean, I think their approach to this has been- I mean, look, if Fox wants to consider themselves the GOP house organ, that’s fine. They completely backed it up. When Fox starts describing themselves as journalists or a news organization, that’s where I think it’s appropriate to describe Fox as disgraceful. I mean, the set of rules, the set of standards that Fox pretends to try to follow. I mean, I don’t even know where to begin with Fox. It’s just insanity. If you want to make an argument that, look, President Obama is socialist, prove it. Taking the tax rate for the wealthy from 36 to 39 percent, it that socialist?

I was just going to say, Fox has just been brutal. I mean, their coverage on the Fox News Channel has been atrocious. The stuff that comes out of Sean Hannity’s mouth has been infuriating. The stuff that Bill O’Reilly says has been illogical. You go up and down the schedule and its insanity over there. And, you know, you can say, the American people, maybe the American people deserve some of the blame for being not so well informed about the issues of the day, and that’s fine. But there’s a problem when news organizations deliberately or intentionally mislead people or misinform the public and get them to think, “Oh, Iraq was part of 9/11″ when, no. I mean, you go up and down the list at the number of lies, perpetuated, promoted by Fox News is just shameful and it hurts everybody.

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Student Supposedly Scolded For Reading FoxNews.com

Leave it to Fox News to report pure hearsay as fact, especially if it’s regarding Fox News, or from Rush Limbaugh, or both. Supposedly, a 18 year old Michigan high school student called into Rush Limbaugh’s radio show and complained that his teacher scolded him for reading FoxNews.com. From the article, Fox News did not get a direct statement from the student, they did not find out which teacher, nor did they have a first hand account from anybody. Also important to note is that the student never made a complaint through the school, so the only record of this is a more-or-less anonymous call to Rush Limbaugh. Wow.

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Fox News Channel University??

Some people are born with ethics and integrity, and some people are born without. Fox News has the solution for those born with those traits. I give you, Fox News Channel University, where interns can have their young minds corrupted and be taught truth distortion from the masters…

I don’t know what classes, if any, are available at the Fox News Channel University, so here are some I imagine one could take.

  1. JOU 101 – Introduction to Creative Journalism
  2. JOU 102 – Simplicity in Journalism
  3. JOU 201 – Theory of Fact Establishment
  4. JOU 202 - Applied Fact Formulation (lab)
  5. JOU 311 – Advanced Contextual Editing
  6. JOU 312 – Photographic and Video Manipulation
  7. ENG 355 – Writing for Mass Delirium
  8. COM 321 – Use of Godwin’s Law in Debate
  9. AGR 290 – Distribution of Bovine Fecal Material
  10. BUS 231 – Capitalization on Political Unreason

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Bill Cunningham’s Wingnuttiness on Fox News

Typically, Fox News personalities throw in one or two anti-Obama talking points into their rants, but guest Bill Cunningham, a talk show host in Cincinnati, put them all together in one extremely insanity filled pile of ignorant hate while talking to Sean Hannity and Geraldo Rivera:

“Sean, what we have here is this little boy who grew up in Jakarta, Indonesia, at the age of 6 to 10, rejected by his own father, rejected by his own mother, rejected by his stepfather, raised by his grandparents, bowing before the King of Saudi Arabia, kissing the behind of every European socialist, saying okay to people like Ahmenijad — we have the most dishonest, the most disreputable 100 days in American history, and this guy actually believes it’s good!”

Cunningham also goes off on rants about the Statue of Liberty belonging in Cuba and Venesuela, wanting the Panama Canal back and declaring himself and Sean Hannity as “normal” Americans. Geraldo actually came across as the voice of reason!

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Fox News Cancels Beltway Boys

The Beltway Boys, a Saturday evening political show with Fred Barnes and Mort Kondracke on Fox News, has been canceled. That is all.

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Obama Strikes Back Against Fox News

At his Town Hall meeting in Missouri, Barack Obama responded to a direct question with some criticizing words of his own toward tea baggers and, a cable news channel that is, obviously, Fox News.

“When you see, you know, those of you that are watching certain news channels on which I’m not very popular, and you see folks waving tea bags around, let me just remind them that I am happy to have a serious conversation about how we are going to cut our health care costs down over the long term, how we are going to stabilize Social Security”

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FoxNews.com 6th Place Behind MSNBC & CNN

This is becoming an increasingly important indication of global news audience ratings because more and more people get their news online. Nielsen Online has released their ratings for Top Global News Sites, by Unique Visitors for March 2009. FoxNews.com places sixth, behind MSNBC, CNN, Yahoo, AOL and the New York Times. Here are the top ten:

  1. MSNBC Digital Network – 39,900,000
  2. CNN Digital Network – 38,724,000
  3. Yahoo! News – 37,902,000
  4. AOL News – 23,604,000
  5. NYTimes.com – 20,118,000
  6. Fox News Digital Network – 16,791,000
  7. Tribune Newspapers – 16,513,000
  8. Google News – 13,668,000
  9. McClatchy Newspaper Network – 12,508,000
  10. ABCNEWS Digital Network – 12,189,000

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Fox News Disputes Khalid Sheikh Mohammed Waterboarding Number

While the rest of the world is reporting that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was waterboarded 183 times, Fox News plays another game of semantics and claims that that number is misleading. Here’s how it plays out… Fox News obviously supports the use of torture, so they find a source that tells them that a waterboarding “session” can include numerous “pours,” so Fox News can then say that there was only a small number of waterboarding “sessions” and everyone else is wrong. Tricky isn’t it?

The problem with their reasoning, if you can call it that, is that Waterboarding is defined as a torture method where water is poured into breathing passages, or on a rag covering the breating passages, thus suffocating the victim. They did that 183 times. Fox News admits that there were breaks between pours where the victim can catch their breath. To use their terminology, that break would constitute the end of one “session” and the beginning of another. Nowhere in the definition of waterboarding is there a mention of “sessions.”

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Fox News: Robot Won’t Be Prosecuted – WTF?

Fox News reports that a Swedish man was nearly killed by a rock-lifting robot, but the robot will not be prosecuted. This is from the Fox News article:

A Swedish robot nearly killed a man — but won’t be prosecuted… This week, Johansson decided not to prosecute either the company that owned the factory or its robot.

Apparently, whoever wrote that piece for Fox News has watched iRobot too many times… The article that Fox News got its information from is TheLocal.se, which mentions nothing about prosecuting the robot. So, it looks like it’s a case of Fox News publishing fiction. Again.

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Fox News Takes Obama Health Care Quote Out of Context

A video clip used by Wendell Goler of Fox News shows President Obama supposedly supporting a European style universal health care system. The problem is that Obama doesn’t. The quote was the President paraphrasing a question during an online Town Hall event and was taken out of context. Here is the full actual quote from Obama:

I actually want a universal health care system; that is our goal…whether we do it exactly the way European countries do or Canada does is a different question, because there are a variety of ways to get to universal health care coverage… I don’t think the best way to fix our health care system is to suddenly completely scrap what everybody is accustomed to and the vast majority of people already have. Rather, what I think we should do is to build on the system that we have and fill some of these gaps.

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Fox News Blames Obama For Teleprompter Mistake

One of the often used talking points about Obama repeated, ad nauseum, by his critics is his use of teleprompters. A look into an article on the Fox News web site titled “Off-script Obama” shows us a glimpse at the facts behind the rhetoric. Yes, Obama uses a teleprompter, but is it his fault if the teleprompter operator doesn’t keep up? So, the Fox News writer is taking the focus off of what really happened, and placing the blame on Obama.

After noticing the same names he had just uttered on his teleprompter screen, President Obama stopped midsentence, paused awkwardly and told the crowd “I just noticed I jumped the gun here.” Then after a second, Obama spoke directly to the unseen teleprompter operator,” Go ahead move it up. I already introduced those guys.”

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Fox Network Not Airing Obama News Conference

There’s a lot of buzz about Fox News not airing Barack Obama’s prime-time news conference. It’s actually the Fox Network that is airing their reality-based show “Lie To Me.” Regardless of this case of mistaken identity, I think it’s intentional and petty. People will be directed to the Fox News Channel to view the news conference, thus possibly inflating their ratings rather than have the siphoned off by their network stations.

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Shanna Moakler Appalled By Fox News

The following was just posted by @ShannaMoakler, model, actor, reality TV star, former Miss USA, former wife of Travis Barker, etc. on Twitter.

FOX NEWS can kick rocks!Please make this end and refer to my MySpace. @this point get your FACTS straight,I’m appauled by your network,LAME

Apparently, Shanna Moakler is the Miss California State Director and has come under fire regarding the treatment of Miss California, Carrie Prejean. Fox News claims that Moakler ditched Prejean over her controversial answer and wants her to stop talking to the media.

Shanna has a new make up line coming out – Her site is exptected to launch May 15, 2009.

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