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The Ft. Hood shooting was a tragedy. We can all agree on that. But to place the blame on President Obama to fuel some sick agenda is also tragic. Here’s a recent quote from Sean Hannity, trying to tie the shooting to the current president.
HANNITY: This Fort Hood situation is really beginning to disturb me and should disturb everybody. And that is that there is a chance our government knew all about this guy Hasan and did nothing because nobody wanted to be called an Islamophobe. We’re not talking about Islam, we’re talking about radical Islam. You know, this guy going in there, god is great, etc., etc., and all the things he’s saying. But everybody hat worked with him, Bob, knew ahead of time, our government apparently knew and did nothing. Now, this is a terrorist act, if in fact this was motivated in such a way. What does it say about Barack Obama and our government?
Of course, Hannity doesn’t provide any proof that Obama knew anything about Hasan, or the emails to Anwar al-Awlaki. He also conveniently ignores the fact that the emails were reportedly intercepted in late 2008, while Bush was in office.
Remember back in July, Glenn Beck called President Obama a racist? Of course you do… it resulted in Beck losing 80 advertisers! So, now, why in the world would the CEO of Fox News‘ parent company, Rupert Murdoch, publicly defend Glenn Beck and agree with Beck’s assertion that Obama is a racist?
“On the racist thing, that caused a (unintelligible–grilling?). But he (Obama) did make a very racist comment. Ahhh..about, you know, blacks and whites and so on, which he said in his campaign he would be completely above. And um, that was something which perhaps shouldn’t have been said about the President, but if you actually assess what he was talking about, he was right.“
Either Murdoch is incredibly stupid, which is debatable considering the whole Google issue, or he’s in it for the ratings… Since we’re talking about it, it’s a safe bet he said it for shock value. Of course, there’s a strong possibility that Murdoch is completely off his rocker.
In any event, feel free to tell him how you feel!
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Fox News Channel anchor Martha Maccallum had this to say about what Obama did when election results were coming in from N.Y. & N.J.:
MACCALLUM: Robert Gibbs said, well, he was actually watching, you know, the HBO special about his year-long campaign and how it all went…we know that Michelle and the girls went to the Miley Cyrus concert last night… So he’s all alone in that big house, right? Nothing to do but sit back and watch – reminisce about the long campaign and watch HBO and the special.
Not true. FNC’s Major Garrett stated that he “misheard” White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs. ABC News White House Correspondent Jake Tapper stated, “Gibbs did NOT say that POTUS [President Obama] watched the HBO film last night… I think someone must have misunderstood” and that “all Gibbs said is he didn’t watch election returns, got [election] info emailed to him.”
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.
All year, FOX has worked 24/7 to block President Obama’s agenda—repeating lies about “death panels,” promoting Tea Party protests, and whipping up fake political scandals.1
Now, President Obama is fighting back. The White House communications director said FOX is a “wing of the Republican Party…let’s not pretend they’re a news network.”2 To draw attention to its biased coverage, President Obama will not appear on FOX for the rest of this year.3
It’s about time Democrats stood up to FOX! Can you sign this petition asking Democrats to support President Obama’s stance by staying off FOX as long as he does? We’ll deliver it to Sen. Boxer and Sen. Feinstein and Rep. Matsui. Clicking here will add your name:
The petition says: “Democrats should support President Obama’s effort to call out FOX. Please stay off FOX for as long as he does.”
Democrats often appear on FOX in hopes of reaching out to conservative viewers. But FOX cuts off their mic, distorts what they say, or runs biased headlines at the bottom of the screen.4 In the end, Democrats always lose on FOX.
FOX insists there’s a difference between its news shows and its right-wing opinion shows with Glenn Beck, Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity, and others.
But in August, FOX’s so-called news shows “aired 22 clips of town hall meeting attendees opposed” to Obama’s health care plans and zero in support. CNN and MSNBC were more fair and balanced.5
In another “news” story, FOX passed off a GOP press release as its own research—typo and all.6
FOX executives now describe the channel as “the voice of opposition” to Obama’s agenda. FOX president Roger Ailes—a former adviser to Nixon, Reagan, and George H.W. Bush—said, “I see this as the Alamo.”7
But a Capitol Hill newspaper reports, “In the House and Senate, Democrats who pledged to follow the administration’s near-boycott of Fox were hard to find, although many expressed support for Obama’s stance.”8
Democrats will only find the courage to join Obama if they hear from enough concerned voters. Sign this petition to ask Sen. Boxer and Sen. Feinstein and Rep. Matsui to stay off FOX. Clicking here will add your name:
Thanks for all you do.
–Noah, Nita, Michael, Kat, and the rest of the team
1. “Fox News viewers overwhelmingly misinformed about health care reform proposals,” Think Progress, August 19, 2009
“Fox News Signs On To Tea Party Agenda, Aggressively Promotes Anti-Obama Protests,” Think Progress, April 10, 2009
“Beck-led Fox News “czar” witch hunt moves to ridiculous smear of Anita Dunn,” Media Matters for America, October 16, 2009
2. “White House: Fox News ‘a wing of the Republican Party’,” New York Daily News, October 12, 2009
3. “The Battle Between the White House and Fox News,” The New York Times, October 17, 2009
4. “Outfoxed: Fox News technique: cut their mic!” Brave New Films, May 11, 2007
“The Case Against FOX,” FOXAttacks.com
5. “Fox News’ town hall coverage amplifies opponents of health care reform, ignores supporters,” Media Matters for America, September 8, 2009
6. “Fox passes off GOP press release as its own research—typo and all,” Media Matters for America, February 10, 2009
7. “‘Voice of the opposition’: Fox News openly advocates against Democratic Congress, White House,” Media Matters for America, September 11, 2009
8. “Congressional Democrats defend the White House’s snub of Fox News,” The Hill, October 14, 2009
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.
Here is a clip from Countdown on msnbc discussing Fox News’ obsession with what FNC personalities are calling “indoctrination” of our youth. The video shows singing children from February (Black History Month), seven months ago! Keep in mind that the children brought home notices and no outrage was shown before, during, or after, until now, seven months later from Fox News. Then, of course, you have O’Reilly, Hannity, et al claiming this never happened with Bush. msnbc provides the video showing that it did, in fact, happen with Bush too. At about 4:40 into the video, Eric Burns from Media Matters, points out the legal issues surrounding the fact that the original video shown by Fox News did not have the children’s faces blurred.
Sean Hannity, in California, spoke about the drought conditions for farmers and demanded that President Obama and the government stop meddling and provide more water for irrigation. Jon Stewart points out that it was the government who first brought the irrigation to the farmers, so without the government’s meddling, they’d be farming dirt… Then, of course, there’s the lesson involving the food chain, a lesson Hannity must have missed in grade school.
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President Obama chose to skip Fox News in his recent round of media appearances. Fox News is now trying to spin this in their favor, as if they had any choice in the matter.
As you may have heard by now, President Obama decided to do five Sunday shows today, but the White House made it clear they had no interest in talking to us. We have a Fox News Sunday exclusive, the only place you won’t see Barack Obama making yet another pitch for health care.
Unfortunately, for the viewers, they will only be subject to more spin and less information from the source. To Fox News this is a good thing. The sad part is their viewers will believe it and they won’t have the information necessary to object to the spin, or notice when it’s being spoon fed to them.
Fox is playing the victim when President Obama skipped the network in a round of recent interviews after the network previously dismissing the President’s other speeches.
You have people on FNC falsely claim that the White House does not call on them at press conferences, get caught manipulating video of a previous speech, spread falsehoods about so-called “Czars,” acuse Obama of “indoctrinating students,” call Obama a “racist” and “dangerous,” promote tea parties, decide to not show his press conference on network TV, etc. etc. etc. and now they’re whining about being not being included with the other networks.
“We figured Fox would rather show So You Think You Can Dance than broadcast an honest discussion about health insurance reform,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest told ABC News. Earnest was referring to the TV show FOX TV broadcast September 9 instead of the president’s speech.
“Fox is an ideological outlet where the president has been interviewed before and will likely be interviewed again,” Earnest told ABC. “Not that the whining particularly strengthens their case for participation any time soon.”
Glenn Beck has been on the attack against so-called “czars” appointed by President Obama.
BECK: He has 37 czars to oversee and advise him directly. Never before have there been so many executive posts that were not confirmed by Congress and who answered only to the president.
Many of the “czars” are long-standing positions, work for congress (Elizabeth Warren), or have had their confirmation held up by Republicans (Cass Sunstein).
The best part may have been when the following graphic was put up to put faces to the “czars” …you’ll notice that one face, that of Senate-confirmed John Holdren, was included twice.
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.
Take a look at this clip from 2007 that shows Glenn Beck saying that Jesse Jackson claiming that President Obama is acting “white” is racist. Keep watching for a Glenn Beck clip from earlier that year, during which Beck states, “[Obama] is very white in many ways… he is. He’s very white.” So, to Glenn Beck, it’s wrong for Jesse Jackson to say such a thing, but it’s okay for Beck.
You may recall back in June when President Obama slammed Fox News for consistently attacking him. On Monday’s edition of The O’Reilly Factor, Bill O’Reilly and Major Garrett discussed this:
GARRETT: As to the strategy now, I would say it’s not a strategy now other than the one time the president mentioned it in the White House, when he was interviewed by John Harwood of CNBC, and he specifically labeled us as a network that wasn’t adequately favorable to him. That was the way he put it.
O’REILLY: No, that’s ridiculous. I mean, no network should be favorable to President Obama. It’s our job to be skeptical of the powerful.
Actually, this is the quote from Obama:
OBAMA: It’s very hard for me to swallow that one. First of all, I’ve got one television station that is entirely devoted to attacking my administration. I mean, you know, that’s a pretty –
HARWOOD: I assume you’re talking about Fox.
OBAMA: Well, that’s a pretty big megaphone. And you’d be hard-pressed if you watched the entire day to find a positive story about me on that front.
See the difference?