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Sarah Palin Frequent Guest on Opinion Shows

Remember, recently, when Fox News contributor Sarah Palin made comments on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno regarding the “fairness” and “balance” of today’s journalism and her reason for joining Fox News Channel? To refresh your memory, she basically slammed news shows that borrow content from opinion shows, which FNC has plenty of… However, she has been a frequent guest on those types of shows – here’s a short rundown of her appearances since she joined the network:

  • 1/12/2010 – The O’Reilly Factor
  • 1/13/2010 – Glenn Beck
  • 1/14/2010 – Hannity
  • 1/19/2010 – On the Record with Greta Van Susteren
  • 1/20/2010 – The O’Reilly Factor
  • 1/20/2010 – Hannity
  • 1/27/2010 – Hannity
  • 1/27/2010 – On the Record with Greta Van Susteren
  • 1/28/2010 – On the Record with Greta Van Susteren
  • 2/16/2010 – The O’Reilly Factor
  • 2/25/2010 – Hannity

Really, there’s not much surprise here considering Sarah Palin’s hypocrisy.

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1/12/2010 – The O’Reilly Factor

1/13/2010 – Glenn Beck

1/14/2010 – Hannity

1/19/2010 – On the Record with Greta Van Susteren

1/20/2010 – The O’Reilly Factor

1/20/2010 – Hannity

1/27/2010 – Hannity

1/27/2010 – On the Record with Greta Van Susteren

1/28/2010 – On the Record with Greta Van Susteren

2/16/2010 – The O’Reilly Factor

2/25/2010 – Hannity

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Sarah Palin on ‘Fairness’ and ‘Balance’ in MSM

Fox News contributor Sarah Palin was on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, where she had some rather entertaining things to say… And it was not the somewhat intelligent entertainment one would hope for from a Vice Presidential candidate, but rather what you would expect from Palin: a tsunami of BS.

PALIN: I studied journalism, my college degree there in communications. And now I am back there wanting to build some trust back in our media. I think the mainstream media is quite broken and I think there needs to be the fairness, the balance in there — that’s why I joined Fox. Fair and balanced, yes. You know because, Jay, those years a go that I studied journalism it was all about the who, what, when, where, and why, it was not so much the opinion interjected in hard news stories. … As long as there is not the opinion under the guise of hard news stories — I think there needs to be clear differentiation.

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Not only does she ignore the fact that Fox News Channel is part of the mainstream media, but she ignores all of the evidence that clearly shows that Fox News’ opinions bleed over to their “news” segments… Unless she was talking about FNC being “quite broken.”

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Fox News’ Sarah Palin a Hypocrite? You Betcha!

Recently, White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel used the political incorrect term “f***ing retarded” describing the strategy of Senate liberals. Former quitter governor of Alaska and current Fox News personality Sarah Palin called for Rahm Emanuel to be fired in a post on Facebook, equating Emanuel’s statement to using the “N-word.”

PALIN: I would ask the president to show decency in this process by eliminating one member of that inner circle, Mr. Rahm Emanuel, and not allow Rahm’s continued indecent tactics to cloud efforts. Yes, Rahm is known for his caustic, crude references about those with whom he disagrees, but his recent tirade against participants in a strategy session was such a strong slap in many American faces that our president is doing himself a disservice by seeming to condone Rahm’s recent sick and offensive tactic.

The Obama Administration’s Chief of Staff scolded participants, calling them, “F—ing retarded,” according to several participants, as reported in the Wall Street Journal.

Just as we’d be appalled if any public figure of Rahm’s stature ever used the “N-word” or other such inappropriate language, Rahm’s slur on all God’s children with cognitive and developmental disabilities – and the people who love them – is unacceptable, and it’s heartbreaking.

However, a few weeks ago she told Glenn Beck that she was worried that people can no longer use politically incorrect terms in the United States. Here’s a clip (discussion takes part around 4:30):

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Obviously, Beck is no stranger to politically incorrect and insensitive language. One incident that comes to mind is Beck referring to the anti-gay slur used by Grey’s Anatomy star Isaiah Washington toward co-star T.R. Knight as “a naughty name.

BECK: But anyway, Dave, what is the — what is the controversy? One of the guys called another guy a naughty name.

And, don’t forget this comment from Beck about race:

BECK: African-American is a bogus, PC, made-up term. I mean, that’s not a race.

Palin has yet to condemn Rush Limbaugh for using the term several times (i.e. calling liberals “retards” and calling for a “retard summit”).

LIMBAUGH: Our political correct society is acting like some giant insult’s taken place by calling a bunch of people who are retards, retards. I mean these people, these liberal activists are kooks.

They are loony tunes. And I’m not going to apologize for it, I’m just quoting Emanuel. It’s in the news.

I think their big news is he’s out there calling Obama’s number one supporters f’ing retards. So now there’s going to be a meeting. There’s going to be a retard summit at the White House. Much like the beer summit between Obama and Gates and that cop in Cambridge.

So, here we have a woman with a baby that has Down Syndrome, complaining about people using politically incorrect language, while complaining to others about the problem with political correctness, who are politically incorrect themselves, but is also the same person who, according to Levi Johnson, calls Trig, her own child, her “retarded baby.

Where’s the “fair and balanced” outrage? She fits right in at FNC…

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Place Your Bets: Sarah Palin’s Future on Fox News

Irish bookmakers, Paddy Power, will be taking bets on how long drop-out Governor Sarah Palin will stick with her new position as Fox News contributor before throwing in the towel, as well as who she will offend first.

When will Palin quit? Odds:

  • Before 01 September 2010 (8/1)
  • Between 01 September 2010 and 31 December 2010 (10/11)
  • After 01 January 2011 (11/10)

Early betting points toward Sarah Palin being dropped by the global news broadcaster between September and December 2010 with Paddy Power offering odds of 10/11. Slightly longer odds of 11/10 are available on the 45 year-old politician keeping her broadcasting role at Fox News into 2011.

Who will Palin offend first? Odds:

  • Gay and lesbian groups (4/1)
  • Muslims (6/1)
  • African-Americans (6/1)
  • Single parents (8/1)
  • Arab Americans (12/1)
  • Jews (14/1)
  • Irish (20/1)

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Fox News Wants to Futher Polarize with Palin

As reported yesterday, Sarah Palin will join Fox News Channel as a contributor. The news, today, is that the decision to use her to further polarize politics was intentional. Fox News Vice President of Programming, Bill Shine, has previously stated that Fox was the “voice of the opposition” to the Obama administration, and now admits that her “controversial”  statements are “probably going to help” them, and “[t]hat’s what people will want to watch.”

SHINE: With her hiring, Fox News gets a high-profile figure whose pronouncements on issues such as healthcare reform have helped drive contentious partisan debate — it was her Facebook post that first raised the term “death panels.”

She is one of the most talked about and politically polarizing figures in the country,” said Bill Shine, the network’s executive vice president of programming. “First off, we hope she brings that.

The VP of Programming has clearly dismissed responsibility and accuracy in reporting as long as their viewership is increased. By stating that he was “not concerned that Palin would make false assertions,” but rather welcoming the controversy, the “zero tolerance for on-screen errors” policy is, obviously, another Fox News lie.

According to PolitiFact.com, the following statements made by Palin have earned a “False” or “Pants on Fire” status – This is the kind of accuracy Fox News viewers should expect:

  • Seniors and the disabled “will have to stand in front of Obama’s ‘death panel’ so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their ‘level of productivity in society,’ whether they are worthy of health care.” (Pants on Fire)
  • Obama would “experiment with socialism.” (Pants on Fire)
  • “The truth was revealed there in that report that showed there was no unlawful or unethical activity on my part.” (Pants on Fire)
  • “Ronald Reagan faced an even worse recession” than the current one. (False)
  • The McCain campaign “did not elaborate” on Obama’s ties to ACORN. (False)
  • Says she couldn’t take stimulus money because it required “universal building codes.” (False)
  • A provision in the health care reform bill for end-of-life counseling for seniors is not “entirely voluntary.” (False)
  • Palin said stimulus money for weatherization required “universal energy building codes for Alaska, kind of a one-size-fits-all building code that isn’t going to work up there in Alaska.” (False)
  • “We’re building a nearly $40-billion natural gas pipeline, which is North America’s largest and most expensive infrastructure project ever.” (False)
  • “If an Iranian woman shows too much hair in public, she risks being beaten or killed.” (False)

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Sarah Palin to Become Fox News Contributor

It was just a matter of time… Fox News has confirmed that Sarah Palin, who regularly said that Saddam Hussein was behind 9/11, will join FNC as a contributor. Apparently, she will host an occasional series, but will not have her own show.

Palin won’t be the first GOP governor to become a Fox News personality, as she will be joining the channel that hosts Mike Huckabee’s weekend show. Also, Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren is close friends with the Palin family, her husband having been an adviser for Sarah Palin. Fox News also invited the Palins to the White House Correspondents Dinner, though only Todd attended.

The editors will be busy if the ‘zero tolerance for on-screen errors‘ policy is enforced… which, we’ve seen, is not.

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Is Sarah Palin a Cash Cow for Fox News and News Corp?

Fox News Channel is owned by News Corp, who also owns Harper Collins, the publisher of Sarah Palin’s book, Going Rogue. It’s no surprise, many Fox News personalities were lined up to interview Palin and provide free publicity for her book. Early last month she posted the following on her Facebook page (emphasis added):

We’re in the process of arranging interviews with local and national media. An interview with Oprah Winfrey is already scheduled, and I’m also hoping to have the opportunity to talk with Bill O’Reilly, Barbara Walters, Sean Hannity, Greta Van Susteren, Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Mark Levin, Laura Ingraham, Dennis Miller, Tammy Bruce, and others, including local Alaska personalities Bob & Mark and Eddie Burke. (Variety is the spice of life!)

At the end of her book, Going Rogue, Sarah Palin thanks, by name, the “bold and patriotic, fair and balanced media folks” who “mak[e] the idiots’ heads spin” (emphasis added):

To some media professionals whom I admire because you don’t let anyone tell you to sit down and shut up, please keep making the idiots’ heads spin. Thanks for not taking our Freedom of the Press for granted, you bold and patriotic, fair and balanced media folks. Keep calling it like you see it: Amanda, Andrew, Ann, Bill(s), Bob, Cal, Dennis, Dick, Eddie, Fred, Glenn, Greta, Hugh, Joey, John, Jonah, Larry, Laura, Lou, Mark, Mary, Michael, Michelle, R.A.M., Rich, Rush, S.E., Sean, Tammy, Walter … and there are more. I join you in standing up for what is right. Remember that as your voice is heard and your spine is stiffened, the spines of others are stiffened, too. (Going Rogue, Page 413) Source

It’s a safe bet the people she’s referring to include Fox News’ Andrew Napolitano, Bill O’Reilly, Dennis Miller, Glenn Beck, Greta Van Susteren, Laura Ingraham, Michelle Malkin and Sean Hannity, in addition to Ann Coulter, Lou Dobbs and Rush Limbaugh.

If Palin is the type of person to like having two people fight over her, she must have been thrilled when she made her promotional rounds. Apparently, there was a feud between Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity regarding who would would get to air their interview with Palin first. They both recorded their interviews on a Tuesday, but Hannity beat O’Reilly in getting it on air by a day. According to a Fox News insider, O’Reilly threw a “hissyfit” and released a teaser on YouTube. Source

Also important to note is that Greta Van Susteren hyped Palin’s book, saying, “the entire country is buzzing…” and “no one — and we mean no one — can stop talking about her.” She also criticized media who “pooh-poohed” Palin. However, Greta failed to disclose the fact that her husband, John Coale, was an adviser for Sarah Palin and is also the creator of the political action committee, SarahPAC. Source

Unless Palin enjoys sexist behavior, the love may not be universal. While she seemed to entertain the idea of a Sarah Palin / Glenn Beck ticket for the 2012 presidential election, and Beck would certainly have his lips firmly planted on her derriere, he remarked that “She’d be yapping or something, and I’d say, ‘I’m sorry, why am I hearing your voice? I’m not in the kitchen.’”

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Sexist Glenn Beck Rules Out Palin-Beck 2012 Ticket

In response to the rumors about a possible Sarah Palin / Glenn Beck ticket for the 2012 presidential election, Beck had the following sexist remark to say last week:

BECK: I don’t think things are hoots. I don’t. I don’t think it’s a hoot. I would never use the word hoot, and I respectfully ask that every time my name is brought up she would stop using the word “hoot.” [...]

No, no I’m just saying — Beck-Palin, I’ll consider. But Palin-Beck — can you imagine, can you imagine what an administration with the two of us would be like? What? Come on! She’d be yapping or something, and I’d say, “I’m sorry, why am I hearing your voice? I’m not in the kitchen.”

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Fox News Caught Using Election Footage For Sarah Palin Book Signing

It’s getting cliche to say another day, another Fox News “mistake,” but that’s what Fox News is claiming now that they’ve been caught, yet again, using old footage from past events in stories run for current events.

Just recently Jon Stewart aired part of a Sean Hannity report about the Bachmann rally in which FNC used footage from the 9/12 protest in Washington DC that helped them portray the event as having a larger attendance than it really did. Now, Fox News has been caught using year old election footage in a story about Sarah Palin’s book signing when Fox News host Gregg Jarrett stated that Palin is “continuing to draw huge crowds while she’s promoting her brand new book. Take a look at — these are some of the pictures just coming into us.”

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Fox News claims that this is a “production error” and that “serious discipline action” will be taken. It’s rare that anyone at FNC will admit to any wrongdoing, but this is the second time in about a week that the same “mistake” has occurred. Keep in mind that Fox has gone to court to protect their right to lie. So, the chances that this was a mistake and that they even care are probably equal – slim to none.

Crooks and Liars’ John Amato is filing an FCC complaint against Fox News for its misleading segment. You, too, can contact the FCC.

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Update: A “production error” was made and the wrong video was used in this post. This has been corrected and “serious discipline action” will be taken – I’ll slap my own wrist. Thank you, I’ll be here all week…

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