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Obama Strikes Back Against Fox News

At his Town Hall meeting in Missouri, Barack Obama responded to a direct question with some criticizing words of his own toward tea baggers and, a cable news channel that is, obviously, Fox News.

“When you see, you know, those of you that are watching certain news channels on which I’m not very popular, and you see folks waving tea bags around, let me just remind them that I am happy to have a serious conversation about how we are going to cut our health care costs down over the long term, how we are going to stabilize Social Security”

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Fox News Disputes Khalid Sheikh Mohammed Waterboarding Number

While the rest of the world is reporting that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was waterboarded 183 times, Fox News plays another game of semantics and claims that that number is misleading. Here’s how it plays out… Fox News obviously supports the use of torture, so they find a source that tells them that a waterboarding “session” can include numerous “pours,” so Fox News can then say that there was only a small number of waterboarding “sessions” and everyone else is wrong. Tricky isn’t it?

The problem with their reasoning, if you can call it that, is that Waterboarding is defined as a torture method where water is poured into breathing passages, or on a rag covering the breating passages, thus suffocating the victim. They did that 183 times. Fox News admits that there were breaks between pours where the victim can catch their breath. To use their terminology, that break would constitute the end of one “session” and the beginning of another. Nowhere in the definition of waterboarding is there a mention of “sessions.”

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Fox News: Robot Won’t Be Prosecuted – WTF?

Fox News reports that a Swedish man was nearly killed by a rock-lifting robot, but the robot will not be prosecuted. This is from the Fox News article:

A Swedish robot nearly killed a man — but won’t be prosecuted… This week, Johansson decided not to prosecute either the company that owned the factory or its robot.

Apparently, whoever wrote that piece for Fox News has watched iRobot too many times… The article that Fox News got its information from is TheLocal.se, which mentions nothing about prosecuting the robot. So, it looks like it’s a case of Fox News publishing fiction. Again.

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Fox News Takes Obama Health Care Quote Out of Context

A video clip used by Wendell Goler of Fox News shows President Obama supposedly supporting a European style universal health care system. The problem is that Obama doesn’t. The quote was the President paraphrasing a question during an online Town Hall event and was taken out of context. Here is the full actual quote from Obama:

I actually want a universal health care system; that is our goal…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 Blames Obama For Teleprompter Mistake

One of the often used talking points about Obama repeated, ad nauseum, by his critics is his use of teleprompters. A look into an article on the Fox News web site titled “Off-script Obama” shows us a glimpse at the facts behind the rhetoric. Yes, Obama uses a teleprompter, but is it his fault if the teleprompter operator doesn’t keep up? So, the Fox News writer is taking the focus off of what really happened, and placing the blame on Obama.

After noticing the same names he had just uttered on his teleprompter screen, President Obama stopped midsentence, paused awkwardly and told the crowd “I just noticed I jumped the gun here.” Then after a second, Obama spoke directly to the unseen teleprompter operator,” Go ahead move it up. I already introduced those guys.”

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Fox Network Not Airing Obama News Conference

There’s a lot of buzz about Fox News not airing Barack Obama’s prime-time news conference. It’s actually the Fox Network that is airing their reality-based show “Lie To Me.” Regardless of this case of mistaken identity, I think it’s intentional and petty. People will be directed to the Fox News Channel to view the news conference, thus possibly inflating their ratings rather than have the siphoned off by their network stations.

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Shanna Moakler Appalled By Fox News

The following was just posted by @ShannaMoakler, model, actor, reality TV star, former Miss USA, former wife of Travis Barker, etc. on Twitter.

FOX NEWS can kick rocks!Please make this end and refer to my MySpace. @this point get your FACTS straight,I’m appauled by your network,LAME

Apparently, Shanna Moakler is the Miss California State Director and has come under fire regarding the treatment of Miss California, Carrie Prejean. Fox News claims that Moakler ditched Prejean over her controversial answer and wants her to stop talking to the media.

Shanna has a new make up line coming out – Her site is exptected to launch May 15, 2009.

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Shepard Smith Drops F Bomb

Shepard Smith goes against the grain at Fox News by stating that “We are America! We do not f****** torture!” while slamming his fist on the desk at about the 30 second mark. This video may not be safe for work.

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Fox News Makes False Waterboarding Claim

Fox News is insistent that 1) waterboarding either isn’t torture and 2) it has helped thwart a terrorist attack in L.A. They’re wrong on both counts. The fact of the matter regarding Khalid Shaikh Mohammed being waterboarded helped to stop an attack on the Library Tower in Los Angeles in 2002 is not possible considering he wasn’t captured until 2003. These are the same claims offered by former Bush speech writer Marc A. Thiessen.

But the claim conflicts with the chronology of events put forth on multiple occasions by the Bush administration, as Slate.com’s Timothy Noah has noted. Indeed, the Bush administration said that the Library Tower attack was thwarted in February 2002 — more than a year before Mohammed was captured in March 2003.

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Had Fox News Been Around in 1993

This is an interesting look into what may have been seen on the Fox News Channel should it have existed prior to 1996 compared to the “news” they air regarding the Obama Administration. Specifically, how would Fox News personalities react to the 51 day ATF standoff with David Koresh and the Branch Davidians in Waco, TX in 1993. Take a peep…

As news of the failed Waco raid broke, would Fox News’ notoriously weepy and apocalyptic host Glenn Beck have broken down on the air and wept for the tyranny that he saw unfolding in the government’s raid? While FBI negotiators tried to win the release of Koresh’s followers, would Beck have warned viewers that the president would “take your gun away one way or another“?

Amidst the 51-day siege, would Beck have warned against the creeping “totalitarian state” inside America? Would the host have gravely announced that we’d “come to a very dangerous point in our country’s long, storied history“?

Would Beck have routinely vilified President Clinton as a fascist? Would he have told viewers that he wanted to debunk the militia-movement conspiracy theory that the federal government was building prison camps, but that he just couldn’t knock the story down — and that, at first glance, it appeared to be “half true”?

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FOXATION

From @Shoq:

FOXATION (n) : Obsessive, fact-free assertion or logic, packaged for populist consumption by the Fox News Channel.

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Fox News Defends Torture Use

Following the release of Bush-era memos by the Obama Administration, Charles Krauthammer, a Fox News contributor, admits that waterboarding is considered torture, but defends its use. Other Fox News personalities think that releasing the documents will “protect us,” “put our national security in jeopardy” and will “hurt our troops.”

Unfortunately, for Fox News, terrorist interrogators disagree with all of those assumptions. In fact, one interrogator claims that a high number of our soldiers injured, or killed, are as a result of the interrogation methods approved by the Bush Administration.

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TheFoxNation: Say “No” To Biased Media

This is just hilarious… The new Fox News site, The Fox Nation, has some promotional material (posters?) available as pdf files, one of which you can find below. They have the nerve to state, “IT’S TIME TO SAY NO TO BIASED MEDIA AND SAY YES TO FAIR PLAY AND FREE SPEECH.” Really, Fox News? Since yours is considered one of the most biased media outlets, I guess you’re suggesting people shouldn’t watch or visit Fox News or The Fox Nation… We agree.

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Humorous Look at The Fox Nation

Does anyone really expect Fox News to be “fair and balanced” anymore? With their new site called The Fox Nation, it looks like they’ve pulled even further away from that slogan… TheDeadbeat.org has taken a funny look at living in a “Fox News Nation.”

“Three days ago Lord Marshal Rupert Murdoch announced Fox’s secession to the United Nations in New York. Members of the UN Security Council immediately questioned how it was possible for a corporation to secede from anything. Murdoch responded by laughing maniacally for a full seven minutes and then obliterating the UN building with an orbital ion cannon.”

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