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Fox & Friends Helps Prove White House’s Case

Fox & Friends hosts Brian Kilmeade and Steve Doocy were gabbing away with Dana Perino about how wrong they think it is that the Obama administration is finally standing up against the numerous falsehoods and manipulations aired by Fox News. Below are quotes from Steve Doocy, a video clip and an excerpt from the Newsweek article he refers to.

DOOCY: And you know it’s funny Dana, I didn’t do a thorough search, but I did do a little Google thing. The New York Times came out against it, The Nation refers to, says there’s a word for what the President and his aids are doing and that’s “whining” and refers to the President as the “Whiner-in-Chief”, the Baltimore Sun thinks it’s stupid, and the Newsweek column said that it is essentially un-American.

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The Newsweek article actually states the exact opposite – that Rupert Murdoch and Fox News are un-American. Doocy showed that he couldn’t even correctly read the title of the article, The O’Garbage Factor. Fox News isn’t just bad. It’s un-American.

NEWSWEEK: What’s most distinctive about the American press is not its freedom but its century-old tradition of independence—that it serves the public interest rather than those of parties, persuasions, or pressure groups. Media independence is a 20th-century innovation that has never fully taken root in many other countries that do have a free press. The Australian-British-continental model of politicized media that Murdoch has applied at Fox is un-American, so much so that he has little choice but go on denying what he’s doing as he does it. For Murdoch, Ailes, and company, “fair and balanced” is a necessary lie. To admit that their coverage is slanted by design would violate the American understanding of the media’s role in democracy and our idea of what constitutes fair play. But it’s a demonstrable deceit that no longer deserves equal time.

So, as you can see, Doocy complains that the criticism of Fox News is un-American while floating yet another falsehood about the Obama administration.

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New Lists of Sponsors Added (Show Specific)

You can now find some show-specific lists of sponsors for The O’Reilly Factor, Fox & Friends and the Glenn Beck Show at the pages below.

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Veterans Demand Apology From GOP & Fox News

Regarding the so-called “death book”  that supposedly encourages veterans to “commit suicide” is under fire from veterans. On August 25, RNC Chairman Michael Steele made this claim on Fox & Friends, which went unchecked and, of course, was not disputed.

Now, veterans are demanding an apology from Steel and Fox News for the failure to report the truth and for creating “an atmosphere of mistrust “Let me be absolutely clear, Steele lied. There is no VA manual encouraging veterans to commit suicide,” said Paul Sullivan, the executive director of VCS, a non-profit based in Washington, DC providing advocacy for veterans, especially veterans with mental health conditions.

STEELE: “If you want an example of bad public policy, let’s look at this situation with our veterans where you have a manual out there, telling our veterans stuff like, ‘Are you really a value to your community?’ and, you know, encouraging them to commit suicide. This is crazy coming from the government, and this is exactly what concerns people, what puts them in fear of what government controlled health care, of health care, will look like.”

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Fox News Attacks Color Of Change Co-Founder Van Jones

Color Of Change, an organization effectively pushing sponsors away from Glenn Beck’s show for the inflammatory comments he made about President Obama, was co-founded by Van Jones. Fox News’ Glenn Beck and Fox & Friends hosts have now gone on the attack against Van Jones, who has had nothing to do with the boycott. Jones is now a White House environmental advisor who is working toward clean energy incentives and creating 21st century jobs.

Gretchen Carlson teased the upcoming segment with Glenn Beck by mentioning Van Jones having “ties to a terrorist.” This claim was never backed up, revisited, nor its source cited.

BECK: [Jones is] basically a community organizer inside the framework of our republic. That’s what’s happening. When Barack Obama said, “I am going to promise you fundamental transformation of our nation,” this is what’s happening. We are bringing community organizations and community organizers and we’re embedding them inside of the system to build a new framework. This guy in particular, and he’s not the only one, and you’ll see more tonight, this guy in particular is an avowed communist, communist!

Regardless of Van Jones’ views, he has not been with Color Of Change for two years and had nothing to do with the boycott against Glenn Beck’s advertisers. “Glenn Beck is trying to change the subject,” said James Rucker, executive director of Color of Change, “The issue is his baseless fear mongering.”

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Fox News Misleads About AARP Membership Loss

Fox News is reporting that American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) has lost 60,000 members since July 1, 2009. Keep reading to see why the following claims are BS.

Hannity claimed loss of 60,000 members “very indicative.” On August 18, Fox News’ Sean Hannity stated: “[W]hat are we to make of the AARP? According to reports now — CBS News had a report — 60,000 members of the AARP have left. I think that’s very indicative that they’re losing seniors. There is a conservative alternative, American Seniors for Choice, which is against Obama’s plan. They gained as many as 5,000 members.” He also stated that AARP’s “love affair” with President Obama “has cost the AARP tens of thousands of members.”

Fox News’ Van Susteren: “Sixty thousand senior citizens have bolted AARP.” On the August 18 edition of her Fox News show, Greta Van Susteren stated: “They’re out — 60,000 of them. Sixty thousand senior citizens have bolted AARP since July 1.” She then interviewed an AARP member who stated that she is planning to quit the group because of her views on the AARP’s position on health care reform.

Doocy: “Sixty thousand people: that is the number of people who have left or canceled AARP.” On August 19, Fox News Fox & Friends co-host Steve Doocy stated: “Sixty thousand people: that is the number of people who have left or canceled AARP — the American Association of Retired Persons — since July 1st. Some members are outraged and continue to criticize the over-50 group because of their support for health care reform.” The following graphic appeared onscreen while Doocy spoke:

There are two sides to every story, and in this case the other side provides the whole truth… Let’s look at the figures, first, regarding membership numbers for AARP to see why Fox News’ claims are misleading. AARP claims that they regularly lose 300,000 members per month due to reasons including death. AARP also gained 400,000 members and 1.5 million members have renewed since July 1. AARP has around 40 million members, making that 60,000 a fraction of a percent.

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Fox News Ticker Faux Pas – Rep. Joke Sestak

As mentioned previously, Fox News has a history of getting information, such as party affiliation, wrong on their broadcasts, intentional, or not. But how many times does it take to not be a coincidence or accident? Rep. Joe Sestak (D-PA) was renamed Rep. Joke Sestak (D-PA) on the August 17 edition of Fox & Friends.

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Glenn Beck Claims President Obama is a Racist

What would Glenn Beck do for ratings? What would Fox News’ Fox & Friends air on its show without dispute? Hint: It’s calling the President of the United States a racist.

That’s right, Glenn Beck was on Fox & Friends and stated, “this president has exposed himself, I think, as a guy, over and over and over again, who has a deep-seated hatred for white people, or white culture.” He then contradicts himself, while supporting his claim, by stating, “I’m not saying that he doesn’t like white people. I’m saying he has a problem. He has a, this guy is, I believe, a racist.”

What was that? First Beck claims that Obama hates white people, then claims he’s not saying that, while in the same breath calls Obama a racist.

And, of course, Fox & Friends host Brian Kilmeade, to whom Beck was speaking, doesn’t challenge these assertions one bit.

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Brian Kilmeade Gets a Little Racist on Fox & Friends

The talking heads on Fox & Friends were discussing the effects of long-term marriage on individuals in regards to Alzheimer’s disease. Brian Kilmeade, for reasons only a racist might know, brings up the following… uh… points?

BROWN HAIRED GUY: We keep marrying other species and other ethnics–

GRETCHEN CARLSON: Are you sure you are not suffering from some of the causes of dementia right now?

BROWN HAIRED GUY: The problem is the Swedes have pure genes. They marry other Swedes, that’s the rule. Finns marry other Finns; they have a pure society. In America we marry everybody. We will marry Italians and Irish.

DAVE BRIGGS: This study does not apply?

BROWN HAIRED GUY: Does not apply to us.

[pause]

DAVE BRIGGS: Huh.

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Mike Huckabee Needs a Bush History Lesson

Gretchen Carlson, host of Fox & Friends, asked Governor Mike Huckabee (R-AR) about some remarks made by Vice President Biden about the economy. Huckabee wasted no time in making the false claim that George W. Bush did not play the blame game about what he inherited from Bill Clinton.

HUCKABEE: There’s one thing though that Biden and President Obama have got to get under control. And that is quit blaming George Bush. George Bush inherited an economy when he became president back in 2001 that was already beginning to show real signs of the stress from the breaking of the technology bubble. George Bush didn’t go out whining and complaining every day, he stood up like the president of the United States and he worked on trying to get it fixed.

Of course, Bush did place plenty of blame on Clinton:

“When I took office, our economy was beginning a recession.” — Bush, 8/7/02

“The president inherited a Clinton recession and turned it into the early stages of Bush prosperity.” — Secretary of Commerce Don Evans, 9/2/04

“In terms of the economy, look, I inherited a recession, I am ending on a recession.” — Bush, 1/12/09

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Fox News Quite Upset About Al Franken Victory

Fox News personalities Glenn Beck and Brian Kilmeade (Fox & Friends) seem to be extremely upset that Al Franken is now a Senator… Of course, Fox News did sue Franken (and lost) about using the term “fair and balanced” in the title of his book… This is just childish ranting:

GLENN BECK: This is like having me in the Senate,” Beck said. “You don’t want me as a Senator! What is that? I mean, it shows how crazy our country has gone — you don’t want me as a Senator, you don’t want Al Franken as a Senator.

BRIAN KILMEADE: Now we find out that Al Franken — who’s barely sane if you read his books, and is quite angry in every facet of his life — is now the Senator from Minnesota

Even the Rupert Murdoch owned Wall Street Journal gets in on the rhetoric:

WALL STREET JOURNAL: Mr. Franken now goes to the Senate having effectively stolen an election… If the GOP hopes to avoid repeats, it should learn from Minnesota that modern elections don’t end when voters cast their ballots. They only end after the lawyers count them.

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Glenn Beck Tries to Rewrite Alaska’s History

Glenn Beck was on Fox & Friends this morning discussing upcoming tea parties as well as his version of how, why and when the United States acquired Alaska. Here’s what he had to say:

CARLSON: But nowhere in that bill is anything about reducing our dependence on foreign oil.

BECK: None… You know Donald Trump, I want to talk to this guy. When he was on the show just a few minutes ago I was thinking how can you not be laughing at us? How can the world not be laughing at us? We have all these resources. Why did we buy Alaska in the 1950s? We bought Alaska for the resources. And now we say no!

Here’s a little history lesson for Beck: Alaska was purchased from the Russians in 1867 for $7.2million. It became an unofficial territory in 1884, but after the gold rushes at the end of the century, Alaska officially became a U.S. territory in 1912. Statehood was approved in 1958. Oil was discovered in Prudhoe Bay in 1968.

So, while Alaska officially became a state in the late 1950s, it was owned by the U.S. for much longer. Additionally, it was purchased about a hundred years before the oil discovery, so that could hardly have been the reason.

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Glenn Beck & Fox News Promoting Tea Parties. Again.

Glenn Beck joined Fox & Friends this morning to promote another round of tea bagging to protest Barack Obama & taxes, which will be held on the 4th of July. Like previous tea parties, these are being organized by the lobbyist-run groups Americans for Prosperity and FreedomWorks, with the help of Fox News, of course. Fox News has even run segments with Gov. Mark Sanford (R-SC) to promote the tea parties.

So, why is Glenn Beck suggesting that people spend the 4th of July protesting what’s wrong with America? Last year (while Bush was still in office) he suggested, in an op-ed, that we should celebrate by not talking about our problems, but rather about what’s right with our country. He also suggested that the day be used to take a break from talking about “crooked politicians.” Is that an admission that Bush was a crooked politician, but Obama is not?

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Fox News Lies About Obama’s Stance on Terrorism

The following screen capture shows the caption, “President’s Distorted Reality? Claims there is no more terrorism” while the subject of Barack Obama’s Cairo speech was being discussed on Fox & Friends. Of course, this is hardly honest, or factual.

Fox & Friends co-host Steve Doocy stated, “War on terror must be over. In fact, terrorism no longer a problem because the president never, not once, mentioned war on terror.” Semantics aside, President Obama did address, at length, the topic of violent extremism in his speech at Cairo University. Just because he didn’t repeat the terror, terrorist, terrorism mantra like Bush did, ad naseum, doesn’t mean the topic wasn’t addressed, or that “there is no more terrorism. ”

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Fox News: Guardian of Persecuted Christians

The Fox News web site and Fox & Friends featured a story about a San Diego pastor and his family who were paid a visit by a San Diego County employee. Apparently they were in violation of county code, specifically “unlawful use of land,” and that they need a “major use permit.” The family claims that they were simply having a bible study, but the article is unclear about how many people were in the assembly.

Unfortunately, for those of us who like to know both sides of the story, including the truth, Fox News failed to provide any statements, or facts, from San Diego County. Apparently, Fox News will stand up for martyrs being persecuted, as long as they’re Christian…

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Jesse Ventura Makes $1,000 Waterboarding Bet to Sean Hannity

Former Governor, Navy SEAL and professional wrestler, Jesse Ventura, has been making the rounds recently promoting his new book. He’s been on The View, The Howard Stern Show, Sean Hannity’s show, Fox & Friends, etc. He also sat down with The Huffington Post for an interview in which he offered a $1,000 bet that if he were to waterboard Sean Hannity, he’d get Hannity to say that Barack Obama is the greatest president.

“I’ll bet [Hannity] a thousand bucks that I can get him to say ‘Barack Obama is the greatest president’ — if I get him to say it, he’ll give the thousand to charity and if I can’t, I’ll give the money to charity.”

Ventura also mentioned that he wants to go on The O’Reilly Factor, but Bill O’Reilly doesn’t have the courage to have him as a guest.

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