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Fox News Using ‘Government Option’ Wording

Republican political consultant and GOP pollster Frank Luntz, who has worked with Fox News running focus groups, appears to be the one behind calling the “public option” the “government option,” a phrase that Fox News has now used… An example of Fox News using talking points from people with ties to the GOP.

Here is Luntz using the phrase on Hannity about a week ago:

Frank Luntz has been blasted for stating that the key to polling is “to ask a question in the way that you get the right answer.” Fellow Republican pollster Bill McInturff called Luntz “a moron.”

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Ann Coulter Disagrees With FNC Re: Mao

COULTER: “I sort of beg to differ with Fox” on Dunn’s comments, “I have quoted Mao”

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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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Dana Perino’s Hypocrisy Re: FNC vs. White House

Fox News contributor Dana Perino, who is the former White House press secretary under President George W. Bush, had this to say about her time serving Bush and their treatment of NBC:

PERINO: I could have taken that tack, but I thought it was not the right thing to do and I think it’s mostly because it’s really unproductive, it feels un-American, and it’s not inspiring.

However, history tells a different story:

In a May 20, 2008, press briefing, when asked about “the back-and-forth between you guys and NBC News,” and a letter sent by then-White House counselor Ed Gillespie to NBC alleging the network had “deceptively edited” an interview with Bush, Perino stated, “The reason that we sent the letter yesterday is because we had gotten fed up with the way that the President’s policies are being mischaracterized.” She added, “We had complained before. And it just reached a boiling point when things had boiled over when we believed that NBC News specifically edited out — intentionally edited out — something that the President said in response to a question in an interview regarding Iran, and that it mischaracterized the whole interview because of it.”

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MS. PERINO: We have not heard back from them on that specific matter. We anxiously await any response that we would get on it. But I think it’s quite telling that they have been silent.

The reason that we sent the letter yesterday is because we had gotten fed up with the way that the President’s policies are being mischaracterized, or the situations on the ground weren’t being accurately reflected in the reporting. We had complained before. And it just reached a boiling point when things had boiled over when we believed that NBC News specifically edited out — intentionally edited out — something that the President said in response to a question in an interview regarding Iran, and that it mischaracterized the whole interview because of it.

As regards the civil war, I remember very distinctly how there was quite the pomp and circumstance when NBC, on the Today Show, decided to declare — that they were declaring that Iraq was a civil war. But since then, after the surge and things certainly improved in Iraq, NBC has never had a corresponding ceremony to say that Iraq is not in a civil war. I was just curious to find out what they believe.

And the same goes with the economy. When we got the numbers just two weeks ago on the GDP for the economic growth, it said that we had grown at 0.6 percent. And yet the anchor that night decided to disavow that number. We’re just curious what part of the official government data that’s been coming out for years do they not agree with. So we haven’t had a response on that.

And just another point on this is that President Bush is going to continue to state what United States policy is for the next eight months, and certainly during the six months that there’s an election going on. If, for example, if tomorrow President Bush says that he believes that the tax cuts should be made permanent, that doesn’t mean he’s attacking anybody; he is stating his policy. And we just want to make sure it’s really clear that we’re not going to allow the President’s policies to be dragged into the ’08 election unnecessarily and unfairly.

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Fox News’ Philly ACORN Fabrication

James O’Keefe’s visited a Philadelphia ACORN office. Subsequently, Fox News ran what even they referred to as “heavily edited tape.” Captions aired on Fox News Channel stated, “Exposing ACORN: New Video Shows Unlawful Actions.” The problem? The video shows no such thing. Additionally, ACORN workers filed an incident report with Philadelphia police following O’Keefe’s visit.

Many of Russell’s statements in the video of the office visit were edited out and replaced with audio of O’Keefe purporting to explain what she said, but nothing in the video supports the claim that Philadelphia ACORN workers actually assisted O’Keefe and Giles with any “unlawful actions.” As Fox News reported: “The new eight-minute video depicts O’Keefe and Giles entering ACORN’s Philadelphia office and meeting with Conway-Russell. O’Keefe and Giles are seen speaking with Conway-Russell, but audio portions of the video are missing or edited in some portions.” O’Keefe later stated, “We muted the audio of the ACORN employees on the video” because of “ACORN’s legal attack upon us.”

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‘Glenn Beck Day’ Cost Mt. Vernon $17,748.85

Bud Norris, the mayor of Mt. Vernon, WA, decided to honor Glenn Beck last month by giving him a key to the city. Norris expected to generate $10,000 from the event, which would be donated to a local theater. The event ended up costing the city $17,748.85, mostly for 239 hours of police overtime, according to the Seattle Times.

There were 577 tickets sold that generated $14,425, before expenses.

Income from ticket sales would have been higher if 92 comp tickets hadn’t been given out.

Norris says he gave comps to Beck’s family, “community leaders, people in leadership roles. … I’m told that’s pretty common.”

So the tickets sales netted $5,746.83 — after $5,754.17 was deducted for the hall rental, and $2,924 deducted for radio ads.

Why radio ads for an event that received such free publicity and was sold out in one day?

“The radio advertising was to make sure we sold tickets. I didn’t know what kind of response we would get. I didn’t want to go through all this and have 50 people show up,” says Norris.

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Geraldo Rivera on Lou Dobbs Going to FNC Rumor

Fox News host Geraldo Rivera was speaking about the defamatory tone of the immigration debate in the United States and brought up the rumor involving CNN’s Lou Dobbs moving to FNC.

RIVERA: Lou Dobbs, a man who was an accomplished journalist, and who left to go and start his own venture in the digital media, having to do with space, I believe, and then came back to CNN, and nobody was watching his program. He discovered that one of the way to get people to watch was to make of the image of a young Latino trying to get into this country a profoundly negative icon. Lou Dobbs is almost single-handedly responsible for creating, for being the architect of the young-Latino-as-scapegoat for everything that ails this country.

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No more of these lies, no more of this slander, no more of this stereotyping. I can tell you proudly, when this man [Dobbs] was widely rumored to be coming to my network, I called my boss couple of weeks ago, and he said it’s absolutely untrue. Lou Dobbs is not coming to Fox News. He belongs at CNN if they can justify his presence there that’s their problem.

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Fox News Contributor Left Because of Bias & Glenn Beck

Jane Hall, associate professor in the School of Communication at American University, was a contributor to the network for 11 years and a frequent guest on The O’Reilly Factor and Fox News Watch. Hall stated that part of the reason she left was because of how “scary” Glenn Beck is, in addition to the partisan bias in the form of fewer debates.

HALL: No, I didn’t. The reason I left was in part because they’ve had less debates than they used to. It is a fair point to say how much debate is there on MSNBC? How many Republican strategists? We have a bifurcation of the media.

KURTZ: Wait a second. The reason you left is because you feel they have less debate than they used to. In other words, it used to be Hannity and Colmes, now it’s just Hannity. It used to be Bernie and Jane. Now it’s just Bernie.

HALL: I think there’s less debate than there was. And I’m also, frankly, uncomfortable with Beck, who I think should be called out as somebody whose language is way over the top. And it’s scary.

KURTZ: Was that a factor in your decision to leave Fox?

HALL: Yes, it was.

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Alan Grayson Slams Fox News & GOP

Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson took on Fox News and the GOP during The Ed Show on msnbc. “Fox News and their Republican collaborators are the enemy of America,” he said, while adding that they are against “anything good for this country.”

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Glenn Beck / Dwight Schrute Conspiracy Theory

Apparently, Glenn Beck is feeding his sheep another conspiracy theory, this time regarding OnStar. Here’s a video comparing the hilariously paranoid Glenn Beck to the hilariously paranoid Dwight Schrute from NBC’s The Office. The difference is that, one is a fictional show starring a moron who is the butt of countless jokes and the other is The Office.

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