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March on FOX News Headquarters – Oct 23, 2010

EMERGENCY Call to Action: New Yorkers Say Stop the Bigots, Stop the Hate! Hold Fox News Accountable!

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 23RD … Rally at South Central Park Gate (59th and 8th Ave) 11AM March to Fox News Headquarters (6th Ave b/w 47th and 48th) 1PM http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=157690534262490

Over the past few months there has been an escalation of hate crimes and bigotry growing throughout our city and country. In particular Muslims, immigrants, and LGBT (lesbian, gay bisexual, and transgendered) people have come under attack and been vilified by hate-mongering politicians such as Paladino and encouraged by media outlets such as Fox News. We must stand together to say no to hatred and violence no matter what group of people is targeted.

Fox news must be held accountable for their hate. On the View, Bill O’Reilly said that “Muslims killed us on 9/11.” This type of racism encourages violent retaliation against all Muslims. When bigots like Bill O’Reilly, Glenn Beck and others from FOX NEWS attack gays, muslims, and immigrants each day on mainstream television, we should not be surprised when these attacks begin to take place.

In the past month, at least six LGBT people have committed suicide. A Muslim boy was beaten in his school while being called a “terrorist.” Hate crimes and harassment have increased against Latinos in schools, workplaces and on the streets. The progressive community needs to come together and take a stand against hatred in all its forms. If we do not stand up to this hate, it will continue to grow!

Join an ad-hoc committee in saying NO TO HATRED! NO TO BIGOTRY! AN INJURY TO ONE IS AN INJURY TO ALL!

Spread the word far and wide!

Join a mass organizing conference call for the march. Individual activists as well as representatives from organizations are welcome.

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DISH Network drops FOX

Fox demanded a 50% rate increase and DISH Network dropped them like a bad habit (for now anyway).

Dear Valued DISH Network Customer,

Thank you for your recent communication regarding your channel.

We regret that FOX Networks, the owner of some Regional Sports Networks, FX and National Geographic Channel, removed their channels from the DISH Network line-up. FOX has demanded a rate increase of more than 50%. An increase this large would force DISH Network to pass these costs on to our customers, which we are unwilling to do during these tough economic times.

We know these channels are important to you which is why during the FOX Sports lock-out, we’re pleased to bring you 20 additional sports channels at no cost. We assure you that we are doing everything possible to restore these channels. In the meantime, you will not miss a single MLB playoff game or NFL Game. The Solutions Tab has a full list of alternative sports options available to you while we continue to negotiate with FOX.
DISH Network will continue to work tirelessly for a fair agreement in order to bring these channels back at the earliest possible time.  Feel free to share your thoughts and concerns by e-mailing us at president@dishnetwork.com. We assure you that we will read every e-mail we receive.Thank you for your patience during this process and for being a valued DISH Network customer.

Sincerely,
DISH Network

While they didn’t specifically mention Fox News Channel, and subscribers may still see the channels DISH did mention, it should be evident on November 1 whether or not FNC is part of the package in question…

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Know public places that play Fox News?

Thanks for joining the Turn Off Fox effort. We’re already off to a great start — you and more than 125,000 people are calling on public establishments to stop playing Fox News.

The next step is critical — we’re trying to identify businesses and public places where Fox News is playing. Do you know of any? Just letting us know is a great first step. If you can explain to them why they should turn it off, even better.

Registering a business takes seconds, and we provide step-by-step instructions and a flyer you can print which makes the case against Fox, should you choose to talk with a business. Also, if you know of places that would want to declare themselves Fox Free zones, you can sign them up as well using the site. Just click on “Document Fox Free Zones” after you follow the link below.

Click here to get started:
http://www.turnofffox.org/tools/report/

We have a real opportunity to reduce Fox News’s ability to spread misinformation and stoke division in our communities. Identifying businesses and other public establishments that play Fox News on their televisions is the first step, and it’s critical to the overall effort. Please take a moment to let us know where you’ve seen Fox News playing on TVs in public places, or if there are places you know that would be willing to declare themselves Fox Free:

http://www.turnofffox.org/tools/report/

Thanks and Peace,

– James, Gabriel, William, Dani, Milton, and the rest of the ColorOfChange.org team
September 15th, 2010

Help support our work. ColorOfChange.org is powered by YOU — your energy and dollars. We take no money from lobbyists or large corporations that don’t share our values, and our tiny staff ensures your contributions go a long way. You can contribute here:

https://secure.colorofchange.org/contribute/

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Major Garrett Leaves Fox News

White House correspondent for Fox News, Major Garrett, has left the network and TV, returning to print journalism. This comes after Garrett helped Fox News gain the coveted front row seat at the White House Briefing Room. Wendell Goler and Mike Emanuel will share the White House beat.

“Throughout my television career, I’ve known with certainty I would someday return to my roots in print journalism,” Garrett said in the announcement. “That day has come. I will soon announce an exciting new phase of my career — one made possible in no small part by FOX News’ consistent support. It would take a lot – something near perfection – to lure me away from the best job I’ve ever had. Details to come.”

Garrett has accepted a job at National Journal, returning to his roots in print journalism. National Journal Editor-in-Chief Ron Fournier said in a separate announcement. “He is known across Washington as one of the hardest-working journalists in the business, a fierce competitor on his beat, and a good and decent man. It is a rare combination, and one we’re incredibly lucky to be bringing into our newsroom.”

“We think Major Garrett is a legitimate reporter,” former White House Communications Director Anita Dunn said in the midst of the administration’s battle against the network.

Of course, if you want an example of Major Garrett twisting President Obama’s words, here you go. And, if you want to see Wendell Goler taking an Obama quote out of context, you can find that here. But Goler has also provided a voice of reason about the czar issue.

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News Corp Gives $1million to Republican Governors Association

News Corp., Fox News‘ parent company, has recently made an extremely unfair and unbalanced $1,010,450 contribution to the Republican Governors Association (RGA). The next largest contribution was made by the Republican National Committee (RNC).

Typically, when a media company donates to a political group, it donates to both sides, as News Corp. has done in the past. For example, General Electric, which owns NBC, and Time Warner, which owns CNN, have donated comparatively near-equal amounts to both  Republican and Democratic campaigns. News Corp. reportedly has not made any contribution to the Democratic Governors Association.

Nathan Daschle, executive director of the DGA, called it “stunning” that a media company would make such a large, partisan investment in politics. “The people owning Fox News have made a decision that they want to see Democratic governors go down to defeat,” said Daschle. “It’s a jaw-dropping violation of the boundary between the media and corporate realm.”

“‘Fair and Balanced’ has been rendered utterly meaningless,” Hari Sevugan, the DNC’s national press secretary, said in a statement. “Any pretense that may have existed about the ties between Fox News and the Republican Party has been ripped violently away.

“No Republican who appears on Fox can be seen as answering to an independent press and all should appear with a disclaimer for who they truly are – the favored candidate of the corporate-friendly network. No Fox News political coverage can be seen as impartial and all of it should have a disclaimer for what it truly is – partisan propaganda.”

There’s no way Rupert Murdoch and News Corp. could have seen this as being anything but politically biased. Obviously they don’t care.

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Turn Off Fox Campaign via ColorOfChange

A year ago, Glenn Beck called the President a racist who had a deep-seeded hatred for White people.1 In just over a week, he says he will “reclaim”2 the legacy of the civil rights movement by holding his “Restoring Honor” rally at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC — on the same day and place as Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech.3

You can get mad at Beck. You can protest and try to prevent him from stepping on Dr. King’s honor for one day. The reality is that the next day — and five days-a-week from there on out — Beck will be back on Fox News, speaking to millions and spreading hate, lies, and fear, as he does every week.

The real problem is Fox News. Fox News gives Beck his platform, and Fox promotes his events — all despite Beck losing virtually all of his major advertisers in the last year.

Fox’s rhetoric is not just divisive; it’s dangerous. Last month, a heavily armed man got into a gun fight with police after he was pulled over on his way to kill people at the Tides Foundation4 — a non-profit that was little known until Glenn Beck repeatedly demonized it, claiming it to be the center of a great conspiracy.5 Last year, Kansas doctor George Tiller was gunned down while at church6 after Bill O’Reilly called him a Nazi, a “baby killer,” and warned of “Judgment Day.”7

It’s why today we’re launching TurnOffFox, and we hope you’ll join us. TurnOffFox is the first step in our overall effort to beat back the poison, hate, and division of Fox. We’ll get Fox turned off in stores, restaurants, and other public places — places where Fox pulls in new viewers and gains legitimacy. But we need your help.

Click below to declare your household “Fox free” and at the same time call on establishments in your community (and across the country) to follow your lead and turn off Fox. Then invite your friends and family to do the same. Armed with thousands of signatures, including yours, ColorOfChange members will then visit businesses in their community that play Fox, explain how divisive and dangerous it is, and call on them to stop. And we’ll give you a FREE Turn Off Fox sticker when you sign on — it takes just a moment:

http://colorofchange.org/turnofffox

Some people watch Fox at home because it reflects their view of the world; but there are others who see it on TV in public places and assume that it’s legitimate news. Fox News is often on in bars, restaurants, airport lounges, stores — appearing to be real news, while spreading lies and fomenting hate and division.

The goal of Turn Off Fox is to reduce the number of public TVs showing Fox News, while spreading the word about Fox’s poison (and how it works) to those who don’t know.

Signing up for the campaign is just the first step. We make it easy for you to tell us about businesses playing Fox. If you’re willing to talk with them, we’ll provide you with straightforward materials that explain why they shouldn’t be a party to what Fox is doing. And if there are businesses you know that want to tell the world they would never play Fox, you can help them declare themselves a “Fox-free zone.”

As businesses Turn off Fox and stand up as Fox Free, and as we encourage our friends and family to do the same, we’ll help make clear, to people across the country, what Fox is about. And we’ll reduce their ability to do harm.

Click the link below to join us in standing up to Fox, and we’ll give you a free TurnOffFox sticker. And then please ask your friends and family to do the same:

http://colorofchange.org/turnofffox

Thanks and Peace,

– James, Gabriel, William, Dani, Milton, and the rest of the ColorOfChange.org team
August 25th, 2010

Help support our work. ColorOfChange.org is powered by YOU — your energy and dollars. We take no money from lobbyists or large corporations that don’t share our values, and our tiny staff ensures your contributions go a long way. You can contribute here:

https://secure.colorofchange.org/contribute/

References

1. “Beck caps off week of race-baiting by calling Obama a ‘racist’,” Media Matters, 07-30-2009
http://act.colorofchange.org/go/385?akid=1581.108868.E4v0dt&t=7

2. “Beck says his 8-28 rally will “reclaim the civil rights movement. … We were the people that did it in the first place’,” Media Matters, 05-26-2010
http://act.colorofchange.org/go/386?akid=1581.108868.E4v0dt&t=9

3. “Glenn Beck’s plans for rally on a hallowed date and spot spurs countermarches,” Washington Post, 08-17-2010
http://act.colorofchange.org/go/387?akid=1581.108868.E4v0dt&t=11

4. “I-580 gunman targeted ACLU, Tides Foundation,” KGO-TV, 07-20-2010
http://act.colorofchange.org/go/388?akid=1581.108868.E4v0dt&t=13

5. “Beck denies being ‘responsible’ for planned massacre at office of group he demonized,” Media Matters, 07-29-2010
http://act.colorofchange.org/go/389?akid=1581.108868.E4v0dt&t=15

6. “George Tiller Killed: Abortion Doctor Shot At Church,” AP /Huffington Post, 05-31-2009
http://act.colorofchange.org/go/390?akid=1581.108868.E4v0dt&t=17

7. “O’Reilly’s campaign against murdered doctor,” 05-31-2009
http://act.colorofchange.org/go/391?akid=1581.108868.E4v0dt&t=19

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Petition: NPR vs. Fox

As early as Sunday, the White House Correspondents’ Association will decide which news organization will be awarded a recently-vacated front-row center seat in the White House briefing room.

The contenders? National Public Radio, Bloomberg News—and Fox.

Yes, Fox—which we all know is actually a tool in the right-wing propaganda machine, not a legitimate news organization. They simply don’t deserve the best seat in the White House briefing room—a seat held for years by journalist Helen Thomas until she retired recently.

So we’re joining our friends at CREDO Action to petition the Correspondents’ Association to award the seat to a real, public news organization: NPR.

Can you sign the petition today? Tell the Correspondents’ Association to give the best seat in the briefing room to NPR, not Fox.

http://pol.moveon.org/nprvsfox/

The petition says, “Give Helen Thomas’ former briefing room seat to NPR, which has provided public interest coverage for decades—not Fox, which is a right-wing propaganda tool, not a legitimate news organization.”

Then, please forward this email to your friends and post on Facebook and Twitter so we can spread the news faster. Already 140,000 people have signed onto this call through CREDO Action. Help us get up to 250,000 before the meeting on Sunday!

Winning this seat would give Fox legitimacy it simply doesn’t deserve—not after years of race-baiting, smears against progressives and Democrats, and spreading right-wing propaganda 24/7.

So instead we’re calling on the Association to award the seat to one of our nation’s premiere news organizations, which has served the public for years and currently reaches an audience of 27 million.

Will you sign the petition today? Just click here:

http://pol.moveon.org/nprvsfox/

Thanks for all you do.

–Kat, Marika, Jeff, Duncan, and the rest of the team

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Boycott Response from McDonalds

Thank you to JoeTheVoter for the following response from McDonald’s, regarding restaurants required to air Fox News Channel on their in-store TVs.

Hello Paul:

Thank you for taking the time to contact McDonald’s. We truly appreciate customer feedback and welcome this opportunity to share some information with you.

As you may not know, approximately 85 percent of McDonald’s restaurants are owned and operated by independent business people. As independent owners, McDonald’s franchise owners have the authority to make certain operating decisions as they relate to their McDonald’s restaurant operations. As such, the decision regarding content shown on televisions in restaurants, is a local restaurant decision and is not mandated by McDonald’s.

Again, thank you for contacting McDonald’s. We hope to have the opportunity to serve you again soon under the Golden Arches.

Malcolm
McDonald’s Customer Response Center

This does not excuse the fact that McDonald’s is not taking a stand against hate and race baiting by allowing these restaurants to air only FNC propaganda, regardless of customer wishes.

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2008: Fox News Fails at Photoshopping

Two years ago, today, Fox News showed their complete lack of ethics and Photoshop skills with these edits of photos of New York Times editor Steven Reddicliffe and reporter Jacques Steinberg.

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Fox News’ Embraces Their Trailer Trash Audience

Who needs to point out the depths to which Fox News will stoop when they will do that for you… Here’s a video from four years ago, today, that shows them talking about their piece of the “trailer trash pie.”

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Fox News Guest Joked About Killing President Obama

Two years ago on Fox News: “a suggestion that someone knock off Osama errr uhhh Obama, well both would be good (chuckle)”

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Fox News Commentator Agrees With Jon Stewart’s Criticism

Comedy Central’s host of The Daily Show, Jon Stewart, frequently roasts Fox News and their personalities, such as Bill O’Reilly. This week, on The O’Reilly Factor, Fox News commentator Bernie Goldberg agreed with Stewart’s statements about Fox News’ hosts using generalizations in reference to liberals. Last week Stewart brought up Fox News’ hypocrisy and told the network to “go f–k yourselves.”

O’REILLY: Does Stewart have a point here?” Bill O’Reilly asked. “Are we being hypocritical by generalizing about some people?

GOLDBERG: I’ll just speak about me. He does. I am pleading guilty. And that’s a sincere plea of guilty. I said that liberals think people who live in the middle of the country are a bunch of jerks, and obviously all liberals don’t think that. But I will tell you what, an awful lot of liberal elites think that. I worked with these liberal elites for 28 years at CBS News, and they were always throwing around the term white trash, by which they meant poor southerners who didn’t go to Harvard. I’m not sure why that makes them trash. As far as the middle of the country is concerned, you know, this was flyover country where people flew the flag on the Fourth of July and went bowling and ate at Red Lobster. You know, they were a bunch of hicks. But even all liberal elites don’t think that. So I am saying I was wrong, Jon Stewart is right.

Of course, Goldberg went on a rant about Stewart and even compared him to “a safe Jay Leno with a much smaller audience.”

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Rupert Murdoch Needs a Fox News / Tea Party Wake Up Call

News Corp. chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch is either feigning ignorance, or he’s completely out of touch with reality…

MURDOCH: No. I don’t think we should be supporting the Tea Party or any other party. But I’d like to investigate what you are saying before condemning anyone.

Here are numerous examples to help with Murdoch’s investigation:

  • “Join Your Local Tea Party”: Fox News’ history of promoting the tea party movement

  • Anchor: “It’s now my great duty to promote the tea parties. Here we go!” During the April 13, 2009, edition of Your World, Fox Business anchor and “business journalist” Stuart Varney
  • Fox News aired more than 100 commercial promotions for tea party protests in less than two weeks. From April 6 to April 15
  • Beck encouraged viewers to “please go” to “FNC Tax Day Tea Parties.” Fox News aired graphics on repeated occasions in which they dubbed the April 15, 2009, Tax Day Tea Parties, “FNC Tax Day Tea Parties.”

  • “Can’t get to a tea party? Fox Nation hosts a virtual tea party.” On the April 11, 2009, edition of Fox News Watch
  • Fox News host: “[H]opefully millions of people” will participate. While reporting live at a protest on April 15, 2009, former Big Story host John Gibson
  • Anchor to viewers: You “need to go” to tea party merchandise site. On April 15, 2009, Fox Business anchor David Asman
  • News anchor on list of nationwide tea party events: “Check it out online right now.” On March 24, 2009, Hemmer noted protests in Florida and Ohio and directed viewers to the program’s website
  • News anchor: To find “one happening near you, head to our website.” On April 6, 2009, Hemmer again directed viewers to Fox News’ website to find a tea party “happening near you”
  • Hannity: “We hope you’ll join us.” On April 3, 2009, Fox News host Sean Hannity said: “And also log on to our Web site to get all the details about our special ‘Tax Day Tea Party.’
  • Hannity: “And then it’s April 15, it’s our tea party tax day show. And I’ll be hosting the show from Atlanta, where one of dozens of tea party protests are going to be going on that evening. So we hope you’ll join us.”
  • Reporter: “We want to let folks know” tea party schedule so “they can be a part” of events. The August 23, 2009, edition of Fox News’ America’s News HQ hosted Tea Party Express organizer Mark Williams to promote the tour.
  • Reporter: “[H]opefully Washington will listen to their concerns.” During the August 28, 2009, edition of Fox & Friends, William La Jeunesse
  • Host: “How you can join, next.” On its August 19, 2009, broadcast, Fox & Friends co-host Brian Kilmeade told viewers “how you can join” the Tea Party Express
  • Fox News helped viewers find out “how you can join” the Tea Party Express by displaying the dates and locations of 22 stops.
  • “To sign up for Tea Party 2.0 Go to …” On May 13, 2009, On the Record host Greta Van Susteren

  • Cavuto on protestors: “God bless these folks.” On March 27, while showing footage of tea party protestors gathering for a tea party rally “four and a half hours from now,”
  • Reporter endorsed tea partier’s call to “get these liberal communists out of our government.” While covering a tea party protest for FoxNews.com on September 4, 2009, reporter Griff Jenkins interviewed a tea partier who said he wanted to “get these liberal communists out of our government.” Jenkins replied: “How about that. I couldn’t have said anything better than that.”
  • Fox News employee: Some members of Fox “cheerlead for rallies and tea parties.” Fox News contributor Bernard Goldberg stated on September 29, 2009: “There are some programs on Fox that are not only not ‘Fair and Balanced’ — they’re commentary shows, they don’t have to be — but they brag about how ‘Fair and Balanced’ they are. They don’t cover rallies and tea parties; they cheerlead for rallies and tea parties. And as a journalist, I am totally against that.”
  • Tea party participants credited Fox promotions for bringing them to the April 15, 2009, protests.
  • Tea party organizers used Fox News to increase attendance.

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FoxNews.com Miscalculates Obama, Biden Donations

Quoted from FoxNews.com:

President Obama and Vice President Biden released their tax returns on Thursday (Tax day). They reveal that Biden and his wife, Jill, earned $330,000 in 2009, but gave just four tenths of one percent ($4,820) in cash and “in kind” contributions to charity. The Obamas did slightly better. They gave almost 6 percent of their $5.5 million joint income to charity. Much of their income came from the president’s two bestselling books.

Check the math. The amounts provided by Fox News for Joe Biden do not represent “four tenths of one percent,” but rather almost 1.5%.  Additionally, there is no mention of President Obama’s Nobel Prize donation ($1.4 million) to ten different charities, but not claiming a tax deduction for the donation. The Nobel Prize contribution would have amounted to over 25% of the $5.5 million income reported by Fox News.

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The McBoycott

mcboycott_200x200Why boycott McDonalds, beside the simple fact that their food is largely regarded as being unhealthy? McDonalds restaurants, in some areas including Missouri and Kansas (UPDATE: similar report from Florida), have agreed to place large TVs in their restaurants with the proviso that they broadcast Fox News and only Fox News. One manager explained that it’s corporate policy. A Regional Director for McDonald’s stated that TVs were being placed in all McDonald’s in a five state region. Danya Proud, spokesperson for McDonald’s USA, denied that it is corporate policy, but that it may be a regional or franchise policy.

While the aforementioned sources are from 2008, and FoxNation.com has bashed McDonalds for their “black” web site last year, similar complaints still come in via email. One person reported nice 50″ plasma TVs in at least five McDonald’s franchises, with different owners. The writer was told that they “have to keep it on” and that FNC is the only channel listed in the menu, or in a channel search.

One solution: TV-B-Gone

McDonald’s Contact Information:

McDonald’s Corporation
2111 McDonald’s Dr
Oak Brook, IL 60523

Update: Additional Twitter accounts

Update: Even more Twitter accounts

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