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Fox News Uses Anti-Abortion Graphic in Health Care Reform Discussion

Borrowing the following graphic from the American Life League (ALL), a Christian pro-life organization, Fox News promotes its anti-choice agenda while discussing health care reform.

The “growing… growing… gone.” graphic is from ALL’s 2008 Pro-Life T-shirt Day. Regardless of anyone’s views on abortion, the decision to run such an image is purely subjective and does not provide anything to support a factual news report. So, why did Fox News use it?

To anyone who says that the above graphic doesn’t matter, then shouldn’t Fox News run one that states, “Against abortion? Don’t have one” the next time they bring up the issue?

Would that help, or harm Fox News’ agenda? Keep in mind that real news should be agenda-free.

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Fox News Not Broadcasting Obama Press Conf. Again

Bill Hemmer stated, on Fox News’ America’s Newsroom, that “[a]ll the networks apparently are signing up to cover” President Obama’s prime-time press conference on July 22. Apparently, he didn’t get the memo that Fox Broadcasting Co. will air it’s regularly scheduled So You Think You Can Dance, but will direct viewers to Fox News Channel or Fox Business Network to watch the press conference.

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Fox News Promotes & Debunks Lies About Czars

An increasingly common conservative attack against President Obama is to address the so-called czars and questioning their accountability. Fox News’ Jane Skinner brought up the question of whether or not having czars is constitutional and if there would be any oversight.

Fox News even displayed a graphic titled “All The President’s Czars” (see below). Included are eight Senate-confirmed positions, one is being held up by Republicans, one is the Science Adviser and one is the chair of a Congressional oversight panel.

Thankfully, Fox correspondent Wendell Goler was able to explain that having czars is nothing new and many of them are actually advisers (i.e. National Security Adviser) who are confirmed by the Senate. Furthermore, he brought up how Condoleezza Rice, the National Security Adviser appointed by Bush, refused to comply with the Senate in regards to providing testimony about the supposed weapons of mass destruction.

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Fox News Guest: Taliban Should Kill U.S. Soldier if He Deserted

Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl is a U.S. soldier who was recently captured by the Taliban. A video has been released by his captors, but details of his disappearance remain a mystery. The Taliban claim that the soldier was drunk and left his base in Afghanistan and was then captured. Fox News guest, former U.S. Army Lt. Col. Ralph Peters, threw out unproven claims that, “He is an apparent deserter,” “he is collaborating with the enemy,” and “we know that this private is a liar.”

PETERS: I want to be clear. If, when the facts are in, we find out that through some convoluted chain of events, he really was captured by the Taliban, I’m with him. But, if he walked away from his post and his buddies in wartime, I don’t care how hard it sounds, as far as I’m concerned, the Taliban can save us a lot of legal hassles and legal bills.

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Fox News Fabricates Sotomayor Confession

Fox News ran the special, Judging Sotomayor, on July 12, during which co-host Bret Baier aired a clip of Sotomayor stating, “the Court of Appeals is where policy is made.” He used this to claim that Sotomayor confessed to “legislating from the bench.”

Judge Sotomayor actually explained the difference between district and appeals courts while answering a question regarding clerkships at the two levels. Her response is in line with the policy making role of the federal appellate courts. The Oxford Companion to the Supreme Court of the United States and numerous legal experts agree.

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Fox News on Sarah Palin – Credit Where Credit is Due

Fox News’ Liz Trotta, breaking with Fox News tradition, went off on Sarah Palin and actually defended liberal criticism of the former wannabe VP. “The woman is inarticulate, undereducated,” Trotta said, arguing that for once liberal criticism was “well-deserved.”

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FoxNation’s Misleading Headline About Town Hall Meetings

On Friday, July 3, 2009, The Fox Nation web site ran a headline asking, “Obama Busted Stacking Town Hall … What If Bush Had?”

What if? They would know if they asked Fox News‘ own Chris Wallace, who stated on the same day, “I know in the Bush administration, George W. Bush, they had a lot of these town hall meetings, and they chose all the people there.”

They clearly insinuated that the Bush Administration did not do the exact thing they claim to have busted Obama on… But, in typical Fox News fashion, they pose it as a question, rather than blatantly deny the truth, but the intent is obvious.

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What Does the Internet Think About Fox News?

Conclusion: The internet is mainly negative on the subject of fox news, according to Yahoogle.

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DailyKos Call To Action – Boycott Fox News

From DailyKos.com: my adventures in foxnews boycotting, a call to action, and how to help by the bipolar bear

Prompted by Glenn Beck‘s guest wishing death and destruction for the United States in some idiotic and sadistic attempt at bettering the country (what??), a diary was posted on DailyKos.com that not only supports the boycott of Fox News, but also provides some great tips and information. You can also check out responses sent by some of the companies on our Fox News Sponsors list.

If on the phone:

1- ask to speak to someone in the advertising department (if you start with customer service, they will either feed you a line, or just transfer you anyway)
2- when they get on the phone, i ask them if they agree with the statement made on glenn beck’s show (which i read verbatim)
3- when they say no, i ask them why they are funding a network that broadcasts hateful and disgusting things like this. Then i let them know that, unless they take action, they are going to face a growing boycott i won’t stop at fanning the flames of.

An important thing to note: MAKE SURE YOU ARE ALWAYS NICE!!
Please try and remember that the people you are talking to are hired to act as middlemen between you and the people actually deserving of your indignity.

If via on site, or standard, email:

I just wanted to let you know that after what was maliciously and horribly stated on Glenn Beck’s Program yesterday (6/30/09), I (and the rest of my family, as well as several friends I have talked to) will not buy ANY of your product/services (or product from any parent companies) until you cease your advertising on fox news.

In case you weren’t aware, this is a direct quote from yesterday:

“The only chance we have as a country right now is for Osama bin Laden to deploy and detonate a major weapon in the United States. Because it’s going to take a grassroots, bottom-up pressure, because these politicians prize their office, prize the praise of the media and the Europeans. Only — it’s an absurd situation. Again, only Osama can execute an attack which will force Americans to demand that their government protect them effectively, consistently, and with as much violence as necessary.”

There has been NO rebuke, and no apology from ANYONE at or related to fox news for one of the most horrifying things i have ever heard someone say on TV (especially as a native NYer who lost 2 close friends on 9/11)

Your support of fox news is absolutely unacceptable, and, as such, you will lose out on my business until you make it right. (we all lost people on 9/11, as new yorkers, and we can’t even stomach a company that would pay a network money to advocate murdering american citizens with a weapon of mass destruction for the advancement of political goals)

Have a good day

Sincerely,
<my name>

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New Resource: Contact the FCC

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is charged with regulating interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite and cable. The FCC may penalize licensees for knowingly broadcasting false information.

As public trustees, broadcasters may not intentionally distort the news. Broadcasters are responsible for deciding what their stations present to the public. The FCC has stated publicly that “rigging or slanting the news is a most heinous act against the public interest.”

If you would like to contact the FCC, or file a complaint, the applicable  information has been added to FNB.

Click here for FCC contact info

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Bret Baier’s Health Care Reform Falsehood

On Fox News’ Special Report, Bret Baier stated, “President Obama spent a good deal of time at that news conference [on June 23] talking about health care reform, and Canada’s medical system has been cited as a possible model.” Later, Fox News correspondent Molly Line also referenced Canada’s health care system.

The idea that Obama’s health care reform ideas are similar to those of Canada or the UK has previously been debunked.In fact, this is what Obama had to say about modeling our health care system after those countries:

So I think we can accomplish it. Now, whether we do it exactly the way European countries do or Canada does is a different question, because there are a variety of ways to get to universal health care coverage…

I don’t think the best way to fix our health care system is to suddenly completely scrap what everybody is accustomed to and the vast majority of people already have. Rather, what I think we should do is to build on the system that we have and fill some of these gaps.

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Fox News: Affair-Having Mark Sanford is a Democrat

Fox News did it again… An embarrassing situation for a Republican ends up being an embarrassing situation for Fox News as they, once again, claim the subject a Democrat. In this case, it’s Gov. Mark Sanford (R-SC) who recently disappeared for several days while staff incorrectly stated that he was hiking, when he was actually out of the country visiting a woman with whom he’d been having an affair. Fox News later fixed their error.

Fox News has a history of doing this, as evidenced by the graphics below:

Note: the Arlen Specter picture is from 2007

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New Resources Section

A new resources section has been added to FoxNewsBoycott.com with a few new pages.

  • Block Fox News – How to block or eliminate FNC from your cable or satellite channel lineup
  • F. A. Q. – Frequently asked questions and issues from visitors’ comments and emails
  • Foxinitions – Humorous definitions related to Fox News
  • GOP Connections – Republicans and members of the Bush Administration
  • Sample Letter – can be sent to Fox News sponsors, or used as a template

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Former Fox News Columnist Sues Over Wrongful Termination

You may recall that Roger Friedman, an entertainment columnist for Fox News, was supposedly fired for reviewing a pirated copy of X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Friedman claims that it was an excuse and cover story for the real reason, which was to bow down to pressure from the Church of Scientology (COS).

Apparently, Friedman was critical of Scientology and had a run in with John Travolta’s wife, Kelly Preston, in which she called him a “religious bigot.” It is also claimed that Preston contacted Fox News Chief, Roger Ailes, and former Vice President, John Moody, via phone and met with them in person to discuss Friedman’s firing with the COS.

The background around the pirated version of the X-Men movie is also suspicious. Supposedly Rupert Murdoch, himself, requested a DVD copy of the movie and that is where the leak may have occurred.

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Fox News Hypocrisy About White House Access

Do you recall someone named Bret Baier, who worked for a cable news channel called Fox News and had “unprecedented access” to the Bush White House in 2008? Apparently, Fox News doesn’t. Nor do they seem to remember that Baier also went aboard Air Force One and visited Bush’s ranch in Texas.

Conveniently, Sean Hannity doesn’t recall any of that when he and Karl Rove complained about ABC being granted access for the upcoming special, “Questions for the President: Prescription for America.”

HANNITY: Karl, it seems rather unprecedented. You were there in the White House for the better part of eight years. Did this ever happened while George W. Bush was president?

ROVE: You know, look, it’s normal for the networks to want to come in and do an interview inside the White House or to get a glimpse behind the curtain as to what goes on there. This is an unprecedented access to the White House and more importantly an unprecedented use of the White House. I can’t remember a time when the network came in and was going to devote a significant block of time to covering an issue that was on the president’s agenda.

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