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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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Sean Hannity Chosen for ‘Voice’ for GOP at NRCC Fundraiser

The National Republican Congressional Committee fundraising dinner is next month and who did they choose to deliver the keynote address? None other than Fox NewsSean Hannity. The reason? According to NRCC Chairman Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX), it’s Hannity’s fighting for conservative values.

Last year’s fundraising dinner was headlined by Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) and a NRCC dinner last June was headlined by Newt Gingrich (replaced Sarah Palin). The NRCC has moved from Republican governors and a former House Speaker to a Fox News personality (formerly a general contractor and bartender)… Did the GOP run out of their own qualified voices?

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Fox News’ Chris Wallace Parrots Glenn Beck

For all those who like to respond to criticism of Fox News Channel commentators such as Glenn Beck, with the idea that there are, essentially, two Fox Newses – the “news” and the “opinion” shows – Media Matters for America has put together the following list. It shows the numerous times Fox News host Chris Wallace (a news guy) parrots Glenn Beck (a commentator).

  • Wallace echoes Beck in airing Untouchables clip, referring to the Obama administration’s “Chicago way.”
  • Wallace followed Beck’s lead in mainstreaming O’Keefe’s ACORN videos.
  • Wallace and Beck repeat bogus claim that U.S. Chamber of Commerce “represents 3 million businesses.”
  • Wallace’s “death book” smears followed Beck’s “death panels” smears.
  • Wallace echoed Beck in asking if prosecution of Bush admin. will lead U.S. toward “what we’ve had in banana republics?”
  • Beck and Wallace have both advanced the meme of Obama as an “apologist.”
  • Beck and Wallace use fictional character “Jack Bauer” in defense of torture.

Keep in mind, that was one host and one commentator.

More examples can be found here:

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Shepard Smith Apologizes For ‘Lack of Balance’

Shepard Smith apologized to viewers of Studio B for “lack of balance.” Fox News correspondent Shannon Bream surprised Smith with an impromptu interview with GOP candidate for Governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie. Smith replied by asking about an interview with Christie’s Democratic opponent.

SMITH: When will you be interviewing Jon Corzine?

BREAM: We have multiple requests, and when it comes through, we’ll let you know

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SMITH: Wow, I didn’t know that was about to happen. My apologies for the lack of balance there. If I had had control, it wouldn’t have happened.

Incidentally, Smith provided his analysis of the polls showing Christie far behind, but the on-screen graphic read, “NJ GOV CANDIDATES LOCKED IN DEAD HEAT.”

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Fox News vs. Fox News Commentators

Many people excuse the falsehoods and misinformation found on Fox News Channel as mere opinion from commentators, or political pundits. Many a comment has been left and many an email received that tries to convince us that the “news” anchors on Fox News are somehow different; that they tell the truth; that they are the only source for truth. You get the gist. Even Fox News claims that their programming from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. on weekdays is objective.

Media Matters for America has put together a great list that puts that “fair and balanced” theory to the test. Hint: Fox News is full of Fail.

  • Hemmer advances smear that Jennings knew of “statutory rape” and “never reported it.”
  • Kelly on Sotomayor comment: “sounds to a lot of people like reverse racism.”
  • America’s Newsroom falsehood: “House Dems vote to protect pedophiles, but not veterans.”
  • Henneberg repeats right-wing myth that hate crimes bill could gag ministers.
  • Fox News’ Hemmer “keeping track of the stimulus money” — by lifting research from GOP website.
  • America’s Newsroom promotes tea party organizing info on-air and online.
  • America’s Newsroom directs viewers to “virtual tea party.”
  • America’s Newsroom pushes discredited GOP calculation of Obama’s cap-and-trade proposal.
  • America’s Newsroom falsely claimed Obama budget “4x bigger than Bush’s costliest plan.”
  • America’s Newsroom promotes McCaughey falsehood that stimulus would “hav[e] the government essentially dictate treatments.”
  • Happening Now passes off GOP press release as its own research — typo and all.
  • Happening Now posts “FOXfact[s]” about GOP budget nearly identical to GOP Rep. Ryan’s op-ed.
  • Happening Now crops clips of Obama to promote “another apology tour.”
  • Fox News presents deceptively cropped six-month-old Biden clip as new.
  • Fox’s Camerota pushes bogus stat that cap-and-trade would cost “every American family $1,761 annually.”
  • Jarrett suggests DOJ “thinks it’s OK to intimidate white people, not OK to intimidate black people at the polls.”
  • Live Desk: “Dems and Unions Push to Kill Workers’ Right to Secret Ballot.”
  • MacCallum agrees with Bachmann’s claim that Obama’s proposals are a “lurch toward socialism.”
  • “Democrat” Mark Sanford.
  • Baier smears Jennings as failing to report “sexual abuse.”
  • Wilson: Jennings “admitted” that “he failed to alert authorities when a 15-year-old boy told him he was involved in a sexual relationship with an older man.”
  • Video doctoring: Goler reverses meaning of Obama quote to falsely suggest he supports European-style health care.
  • Fox’s Garrett deceptively cropped Obama remark on judicial role.
  • Rosen: “Rats could attack us in the sewers and court systems if all of Cass Sunstein’s writings became law.”
  • Special Report packs in health care falsehoods.
  • Baier falsely suggests Obama has cited Canada as possible health reform model.
  • Special Report falsely suggests activism question deleted from questionnaire for Sotomayor.
  • “Death book” distortions abound on Fox News Sunday.
  • Wallace revives rationing bogeyman.
  • Wallace claimed Holder, confirmed 75-21, “got into office by the skin of his teeth.”
  • Wallace on Obama: “pettiness,” “childishness”; Obama admin. “biggest bunch of crybabies.”

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Fox News’ Unfair and Unbalanced Health Care Reporting

From August 24 through August 28, 2009, Fox News aired 22 clips that were critical of, or opposed to health care reform efforts supported by Democrats. During that same period of time, Fox News showed ZERO, ZIP, ZILCH clips that were positive, or showing people supporting health care reform.

So, Fox News supporters, where’s the “fair and balanced” reporting you’re so brainwashed into  repeating, ad nauseum? Don’t bother bringing any other media outlet into the discussion… This is about Fox News’ obvious disregard for reporting both sides of the story.

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Fox News Hardly Fair and Balanced on Health Care Reform

A report by Media Matters for America shows that, in segments discussing health care reform on August 10 and 11, Fox News was hardly “Fair and Balanced.” Looking at opponents of health care reform and those who support reform, Media Matters found that opponents outnumbered supporters six to one. That is 63 opponents hosted vs. only ten supporters for those two days.

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This unbalance is not the only problem with Fox News’ reporting. They’ve also reported several falsehoods recently about health care reform, including editing Obama’s comments.

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Rupert Murdoch On Being ‘Fair and Balanced’

Rupert Murdoch, fielding softball questions from Neil Cavuto, responded to the fact that many people believe Fox News is not “fair and balanced.”

MURDOCH: If we weren’t fair and balanced, we wouldn’t have the number one network in news — by a very wide margin. People believe we’re fair and balanced, and they love us.

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As you’ve seen pointed out on FoxNewsBoycott.com, time and time again, this is hardly true. A poll taken last year shows that the vast majority of viewers of The O’Reilly Factor and Hannity are conservatives. And Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting (FAIR) determined that Fox News is the most biased name in news.

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This is Fair and Balanced

Fox News purports itself as being a network that is “fair and balanced.” They spew that load of crap every chance they get and point the finger at the so-called “liberal media” like Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow as being shills for the Obama Administration. Below is a recent quote from Olbermann regarding Obama – tell me you would ever see O’Reilly or Hannity say anything remotely similar as this about the Bush Administration…

“Mr. President, you are wrong. What you describe would be not “spent energy” but catharsis. Not “blame laid,” but responsibility ascribed… Mr. President, you have now been handed the beginning of that future. Use it to protect our children and our distant descendants from anything like this ever happening again — by showing them that those who did this, were neither unfairly scapegoated nor absolved. It is good to say “we won’t do it again.” It is not, however…enough.”

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Neil Cavuto Caught in Million Man Lie

Have you heard? Fox News is promoting Tea Party protests and will cover it extensively. The Internet was abuzz pointing out that Fox has not provided equal coverage for similar events that are not in line with the right wing agenda and that neither MSNBC, nor CNN, have promoted anything like this. Neil Cavuto went on the defensive and got caught in a lie.

Cavuto, like an annoying parrot, mimicked the Fox News “fair and balanced” slogan and stated that they covered the Million Man March, which took place in 1995. The problem is that Fox News wasn’t around then. FNC couldn’t be seen on TV until the following year. Nice try Cavuto.

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Fox News Promotes “Tea Party” Protests

Once again, stepping a big stinky pile of hypocrisy, Fox News breaks with its “fair and balanced” label and promotes so-called “tea party” protests. Upset with Obama’s decisions regarding the economy, Fox News has taken a clear stance against his administration, as if it wasn’t clear already… Also note the fact (see pic below) that Fox News has named the event after themselves, thus proving that they are not merely promoting the event, but also organizing it.

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