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Fox News Ignores Haiti Benefit, O’Reilly Complains About Being Ignored

While many other channels, including MSNBC and CNN, covered the Haiti Now global benefit, which aired live on Jan. 22, Fox News decided not to. Okay, so they do this from time to time when it aligns with their agenda (i.e. being absent from the gay rights protest). Nothing new… So, why is Bill O’Reilly complaining that he’s being ignored?

O’REILLY: Factor Follow-up segment tonight, getting charity to Haiti. As you may know, a TV telethon last Friday raised nearly $60 million to help the folks at Factor, but now comes the hard part: getting the money to the people who are suffering. Now, we tried to get someone attached to the telethon to speak with us tonight. We were not successful, and that is not a good sign. [...]

I want to be very careful in this discussion. I want Americans to be charitable to the Haitian people. I think they need it. I, myself, have given money to that island nation for a long time. We called up the telethon, which was based out of MTV, and said, Look, we just need somebody to just run through the process where the money goes, how it’s distributed, what the time frame is, all of that. We’ve got DVD albums in play. We’ve got all kinds of stuff coming in.

They could not or would not supply us a spokesperson tonight. And that just worries me.

It’s obvious that Fox News consciously chose not to support this cause, so why on earth should anyone believe they’re surprised when they are not supported in return? They seem to have this backwards – a news channel is supposed to report the news and not ignore certain events and then turn around and demand that they not be ignored. A better question is why don’t Fox News viewers realize this is not how it’s supposed to work?

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Petition Fox News to Apologize for O’Keefe Support

Act.ly, the web site for “tweet change,” has a petition created by the Center for American Progress Action Fund (CAPAction) that you can sign to demand that Fox News take responsibility and apologize for supporting James O’Keefe, who was recently arrested by the FBI.

Fox News: Apologize for Creating That Monster!

Fox News has been one of the biggest supporters of James O’Keefe, who is infamous for dressing up as a pimp and videotaping ACORN staffers offering to help the supposed pimp and his prostitutes secure funding for a brothel. The network constantly replayed coverage from his operation. In September, Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace named O’Keefe his “Power Player of the Week,” calling him an “undercover reporter” and a “fascinating character.”

Glenn Beck and Fox and Friends have also gone out of their way to promote O’Keefe as a hero.

Now we know he isn’t a hero, but a devious delinquent without any respect for the law.

Yesterday, the FBI arrested O’Keefe and three others — “charged with entering federal property under false pretenses with the intent of committing a felony” — saying that they were plotting to wiretap Sen. Mary Landrieu’s office (D-LA). (read more at ThinkProgress.org)

Fox News’ endorsement of this sleazy character is just more proof that it puts advocating for the right above honest journalism.

Fox News, Glenn Beck, Chris Wallace, and Fox and Friends owe us an apology for unleashing this monster.

Let them know you expect them to step up to the plate and take responsibility for their actions.

RT this petition now and tell all your friends to do the same.

Thanks,

@CAPAction and @ThinkProgress
Center for American Progress Action Fund

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Saudi Prince Endorses Fox News Dynasty

Prince Alwaleed bin Talal al-Saud of Saudi Arabia, the largest shareholder of News Corp outside the Murdoch family, offered his opinion on Rupert Murdoch’s replacement.

ALWALEED: I met with Mr. Rupert Murdoch and Mr. James Murdoch. We are always in touch. I’m second biggest shareholder there. And no doubt that News Corp is moving on all the fronts. You’ve seen how FOX rating is skyrocketing. … James is now managing Europe and Asia. … I’ll be the first one to nominate him to be the successor of Mr. Rupert Murdoch, god forbid if something happens to him. … I have full confidence in [James], full trust in him, and he’s capable. He’s really Rupert Murdoch in the making, and he’s almost there now.

With the recent Supreme Court ruling, is there is a question of who will be aided by Alwaleed’s financial support?  Alwaleed, King Abdullah’s nephew, has been a friend of the Bush family for 30 years, the richest person in Saudi Arabia, the 22nd richest person in the world and he holds large stakes in many American companies, including Citi, who received billions of dollars in bailout money.

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Wannabe Pimp James O’Keefe Arrested by FBI

Remember the filmmaker that posed as a pimp to try and bust ACORN, while recording the events without permission? Fox News praised him as “Power Player of the Week,” calling him an “undercover reporter” and a “fascinating character.” The same man, James O’Keefe, was recently arrested by the FBI, along with a few other conspirators, allegedly trying to illegally wiretap Sen. Mary Landrieu’s (D-LA) office phones.

James O’Keefe and three other individuals were arrested and “charged with entering federal property under false pretenses with the intent of committing a felony” while “dressed as telephone company employees.” One of the other people arrested was Robert Flanagan, is the son of William Flanagan, the acting U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Louisiana.

Fox News devoted many hours to the ACORN situation, including repeatedly showing edited segments of the filming by O’Keefe. Perhaps, not too strangely, Fox News was mostly silent about O’Keefe’s arrest. In fact FNC personalities who scolded the rest of the media for supposedly ignoring the ACORN films, including Glenn Beck, Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity, didn’t mention O’Keefe’s arrest on Monday at all.

However, Glenn Beck has now spoken out about the incident and it may surprise you… unless you’re not surprised by Beck throwing people under the bus.

BECK: If they were doing that — that’s Watergate. Insanely stupid and illegal. … I haven’t heard his side, but you don’t do anything illegal, that’s Watergate territory. You just don’t do that. And besides that I don’t think you go dressed up — I mean it’s a senator. For the love of Pete, it’s a senator.

CO-HOST: First of all, it’s different than an ACORN office. Because you’re talking about a U.S. senator here! [...]

BECK: It’s exactly the same thing I said for the state dinner. You must not allow — the Secret Service must come down on these peoples in the White House like a box of rocks. You don’t do anything to hurt security for the president or for a senator or anybody else. You don’t mess around with it. Ever, ever, ever, ever. … We have enough [evidence] to, I believe, condemn.

Keep in mind that Beck seemed to fully support O’Keefe playing dress up and filming ACORN staff without their consent. He never questioned the probability that it was also illegal.

In related news, Salt Lake City GOP Cancels Keynote Speech By Inspirational Speaker ACORN Pimp James O’Keefe! In October, Rep. Pete Olson (R-TX) and 31 Republican co-sponsors offered a resolution praising Hannah Giles and James O’Keefe for their “investigation in the fraudulent and illegal practices and misuse of taxpayer dollars” by ACORN. While Olson stated that he does not condone the recent events, there is still no word on whether the resolution has been withdrawn.

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Fox News President Roger Ailes Slammed by Rupert Murdoch’s Son-In-Law

There is a rumor surfacing today that Fox News Channel President Roger Ailes has been fired; however, News Corp., the parent company, denies these rumors. News Corp. CEO, Rupert Murdoch has been silent on the issue, but his son-in-law, Matthew Freud, has been anything but…

Putting the rumor aside, let’s look at what Freud, who claims to represent the controlling shareholders of News Corp., had to say:

FREUD: The family is “ashamed and sickened by Roger’s horrendous and sustained disregard of the journalistic standards that News Corporation, its founder and every other global media business aspires to.”

Regardless of whether or not Roger Ailes has been, or will be, fired, there is certainly a line drawn between Ailes and the Murdoch family.

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Place Your Bets: Sarah Palin’s Future on Fox News

Irish bookmakers, Paddy Power, will be taking bets on how long drop-out Governor Sarah Palin will stick with her new position as Fox News contributor before throwing in the towel, as well as who she will offend first.

When will Palin quit? Odds:

  • Before 01 September 2010 (8/1)
  • Between 01 September 2010 and 31 December 2010 (10/11)
  • After 01 January 2011 (11/10)

Early betting points toward Sarah Palin being dropped by the global news broadcaster between September and December 2010 with Paddy Power offering odds of 10/11. Slightly longer odds of 11/10 are available on the 45 year-old politician keeping her broadcasting role at Fox News into 2011.

Who will Palin offend first? Odds:

  • Gay and lesbian groups (4/1)
  • Muslims (6/1)
  • African-Americans (6/1)
  • Single parents (8/1)
  • Arab Americans (12/1)
  • Jews (14/1)
  • Irish (20/1)

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Fox News Wants to Futher Polarize with Palin

As reported yesterday, Sarah Palin will join Fox News Channel as a contributor. The news, today, is that the decision to use her to further polarize politics was intentional. Fox News Vice President of Programming, Bill Shine, has previously stated that Fox was the “voice of the opposition” to the Obama administration, and now admits that her “controversial”  statements are “probably going to help” them, and “[t]hat’s what people will want to watch.”

SHINE: With her hiring, Fox News gets a high-profile figure whose pronouncements on issues such as healthcare reform have helped drive contentious partisan debate — it was her Facebook post that first raised the term “death panels.”

She is one of the most talked about and politically polarizing figures in the country,” said Bill Shine, the network’s executive vice president of programming. “First off, we hope she brings that.

The VP of Programming has clearly dismissed responsibility and accuracy in reporting as long as their viewership is increased. By stating that he was “not concerned that Palin would make false assertions,” but rather welcoming the controversy, the “zero tolerance for on-screen errors” policy is, obviously, another Fox News lie.

According to PolitiFact.com, the following statements made by Palin have earned a “False” or “Pants on Fire” status – This is the kind of accuracy Fox News viewers should expect:

  • Seniors and the disabled “will have to stand in front of Obama’s ‘death panel’ so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their ‘level of productivity in society,’ whether they are worthy of health care.” (Pants on Fire)
  • Obama would “experiment with socialism.” (Pants on Fire)
  • “The truth was revealed there in that report that showed there was no unlawful or unethical activity on my part.” (Pants on Fire)
  • “Ronald Reagan faced an even worse recession” than the current one. (False)
  • The McCain campaign “did not elaborate” on Obama’s ties to ACORN. (False)
  • Says she couldn’t take stimulus money because it required “universal building codes.” (False)
  • A provision in the health care reform bill for end-of-life counseling for seniors is not “entirely voluntary.” (False)
  • Palin said stimulus money for weatherization required “universal energy building codes for Alaska, kind of a one-size-fits-all building code that isn’t going to work up there in Alaska.” (False)
  • “We’re building a nearly $40-billion natural gas pipeline, which is North America’s largest and most expensive infrastructure project ever.” (False)
  • “If an Iranian woman shows too much hair in public, she risks being beaten or killed.” (False)

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Sarah Palin to Become Fox News Contributor

It was just a matter of time… Fox News has confirmed that Sarah Palin, who regularly said that Saddam Hussein was behind 9/11, will join FNC as a contributor. Apparently, she will host an occasional series, but will not have her own show.

Palin won’t be the first GOP governor to become a Fox News personality, as she will be joining the channel that hosts Mike Huckabee’s weekend show. Also, Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren is close friends with the Palin family, her husband having been an adviser for Sarah Palin. Fox News also invited the Palins to the White House Correspondents Dinner, though only Todd attended.

The editors will be busy if the ‘zero tolerance for on-screen errors‘ policy is enforced… which, we’ve seen, is not.

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FoxNews.com Middle East News Stuck in Bush Era

Nearly one year into Barack Obama’s first term as President, FoxNews.com is still displaying news from the Bush era. If you navigate to “WORLD,” select “The Mideast” from the “SECTION MAP” dropdown and look under “LATEST MIDDLE EAST NEWS” you will see the following severely outdated list:

  • Bush, Olmert Meeting to Focus on Iranian Nuclear Fears, Mideast Peace
  • U.S. Professor Donates Israeli Prize to Palestinian Students
  • Lebanese President Sworn In as Beirut Cheers
  • Bush Administration Wants to Speed Up Aid to Lebanese Army
  • Bush Readies for Visit to Middle East in May
  • Syrian Ambassador to U.S. Says CIA Fabricated Photo Evidence of Nuclear Reactor
  • White House Hosts 2 Days of Mideast Diplomacy
  • Hamas Leaders to Meet With Former President Jimmy Carter in Egypt
  • Carter Says He’ll Meet With Another Hamas Official
  • Army Gen. Martin Dempsey Takes Charge as Central Command Chief
  • Bush Believes ‘Plenty of Time’ to Strike Mideast Peace in His Term
  • Rice Heads to Mideast as Israeli-Palestinian Fractures Grow
  • Bush Administration Targets 4 Individuals Accused of Financial Assistance to Syria
  • Syrian Businessman Targeted in Bush Administration Sanctions
  • U.S. Concerned Over Massive Palestinian Flows Into Egypt

It appears the latest news item is from June, 2008. Of course, this is only one example. Here’s another: If you select “The Americas” the latest news you will find is from February, 2008!

Way to stay on top of things Fox News!

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Time Warner Cable to Drop Fox and Affiliates?

News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch is reportedly pressuring Time Warner to pay a per subscriber fee, or else News Corp will pull Fox and all affiliated stations from Time Warner’s channel lineup. This has been referred to as the “Wingnut Tax.”

Apparently, Murdoch wants $1.00 per Time Warner subscriber, per month, but the cable company’s response indicates that they do not want to pass on that cost to customers. The accumulated fees would mean an additional $1billion for News Corp. Unfortunately, customers may demand that they pay up in order to keep such shows as American Idol, House, Family Guy, etc. on the Fox Network, in addition to Fox Sports channels, FX, Fox News Channel, etc.

Of course, if you still need (please note heavy use of sarcasm) to watch American Idol, you can use an antenna and converter box, or go online…

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2009: A Year of Fox News Political Activism

Media Matters for America has released the following list exemplifying Fox News’ transition from a mere conservative “news” outlet to a complete right-wing political organization.

  • Fox News personalities set goals to “get rid” of administration officials, “take the administration down.”
  • Fox News led the charge against Van Jones and was widely credited for his resignation.
  • Fox News repeatedly and falsely accused Kevin Jennings of unlawfully failing to report “statutory rape.”
  • Hannity, in particular, crusaded against Jennings and has declared, “I want him fired.”
  • Beck repeatedly targeted NEA’s Yosi Sergant; Sergant was reassigned, then resigned.
  • Fox News figures advanced falsehoods about Cass Sunstein, including that he supports “forced sterilizations” and mandatory organ donations.
  • Fox News figures falsely claimed John Holdren supported “forced abortions” and forced sterilization.
  • Hannity repeatedly advanced dubious claim that Harold Koh supported the use of Sharia law in U.S. courts.
  • Fox News targeted Anita Dunn over remarks about Mao Zedong.
  • Beck launched 9-12 Project, which he said spurred “millions” to get “involved” in protests, including 9-12 march on Washington.
  • Fox News relentlessly promoted 9-12 protest.
  • Fox News heavily promoted April 15 tea parties.
  • Fox News aired over 100 commercial promotions and over 20 segments in less than two weeks.
  • Fox News’ coverage boosted protests, pushed other outlets to cover.
  • Fox promoted anti-health care reform disruptions of town halls.
  • Fox News’ town hall coverage amplified opponents of health care reform, ignored supporters.
  • Bachmann: “[W]e began this on Sean Hannity’s show.”
  • Hannity aired video from much larger 9-12 rally while discussing Bachmann’s rally.
  • In 2008, Morris asked Fox viewers to “give funds to GOPTrust.com” without noting his apparent financial ties to the organization.
  • After asking Fox News viewers for donations, Morris boasted about raising $2.5 million for ads against health care reform.
  • Huckabee sends viewers to his PAC — which pays his daughter’s salary and supports Republican politicians –under the guise of signing a petition.
  • Huck PAC asks “balancecutsave.com” petition signers to help remove Democratic health care proponents from office and campaign for conservative candidates.
  • Fox News led charge against ACORN.
  • O’Reilly: ACORN story “driven by Fox News almost entirely.”
  • Republicans thanked Fox News for its ACORN advocacy.
  • Hannity repeatedly pushed claim that Endangered Species Act protections are responsible for farmers’ hardship.
  • Hannity reportedly persuaded to do show by Republican congressman.
  • Hannity advocacy praised, seized on by Republicans.
  • Fox News devoted round-the-clock coverage to Gingrich’s anti-Obama advocacy.
  • Gingrich frequently promotes falsehoods, engages in advocacy on Fox News.

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Glenn Beck’s Conflict of Interest As Gold Investment Shill

As reported on before, there may be a conflict of interest in Glenn Beck’s promotion of gold investment companies while fear mongering about the economy and the state of the dollar, not to mention promoting his own investments. Now, according to Daily Finance, it appears that Fox News has taken notice and Beck may be in hot water.

Goldline International features Glenn Beck’s picture on their web site and his voice on their radio ads. Due to being a radio personality who does “live reads,” or live commercials, and a commentator, rather than an anchor, some of the normal contract terms have been relaxed. However, Fox News seems to have an issue with the personal nature of Becks relationship with Goldline. The exemption, apparently, is only intended for the live reads and a Fox spokesperson is discussing the matter with Beck’s agent.

Regardless, many journalism watchdogs have noticed the conflict of interest in taking money from a gold vendor while voicing views about the devaluation of the US dollar. Couple this with the fact that Glenn Beck is a gold buyer and is using his listeners to possibly inflate the value of his own investment. Beck calls Goldline a “top notch organization” – one that is mentioned on Ripoff Report here and here.

Politico reports that another company that has sponsored Beck is Merit Financial Services. The president, Peter Epstein had this to say about their relationship with Fox News:

You pay anybody on any network and they say what you pay them to say… They’re bought and sold.and I could care less what people think of him… We advertise on Fox because it makes the phone ring.” He said gold resonates more with Fox’s viewers because it’s the angry white man audience – it’s the conservative audience. … They are distrustful of the government, of the regime.

In a previous response received from another precious metals investment company, Wholesale Direct Metals, Damon Geller made it clear who their business caters to and why they chose to advertise on Beck’s show.

With all due respect… the product I sell is notoriously partisan and biased. Very few demographics buy physical gold as an investment of as an asset of last resort.  Those that have, have made a lot of money the last 8 years and sleep better at night.  If it wasn’t for FOX I wouldn’t have your business to lose anyway because you wouldn’t even know about my company.  I probably have nothing to worry about anyway because you either have no interest in owning real gold or no $$$ to buy any.  I seriously doubt you are a gold owner/investor.  Do you own any gold?  Or is your money in CDs at the bank earning nothing and just going backward slowly while the federal reserve prints more worthless dollar bills any robs you while you’re not looking?  LOL. [...] Get smart and get some Gold.. or go push your BS agenda on someone stupid enough to care about it. If all the companies in America were all more efficient and successful THAT’s what will build a better America.  Not you fear mongering small business that are trying to keep people employed.  And BTW… EVERY client that has ever bought gold from me has a portfolio that has risen in value… can the stock brokers and bankers of America say that??

Of course, since he called President Obama a “racist” and the ColorOfChange.org boycott started, Beck has lost over 80 advertisers. It’s no wonder these are the types of sponsors to stick around and that Beck is one of their biggest promoters.

Contact information for companies mentioned:

Goldline International, Inc.
1601 Cloverfield Boulevard
100 South Tower
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Phone: 1-877-376-2646
Fax: 1-310-319-0265
info@goldline.com
http://www.goldline.com/about-goldline/contact-goldline.html

Merit Financial Services
1300 4th Street, Suite 303
Santa Monica, CA 90401
1.866.787.3465
Phone 310.394.7577
Fax 310.393.7020

http://www.meritfinancial.com/Contact_Us.aspx

Wholesale Direct Metals, Inc.
15200 Sunset Blvd. Suite 202
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
tel: (866) 925-6626
fax: (310) 454-2194
info@wholesaledirectmetals.com
https://twitter.com/wdmgold
http://www.wholesaledirectmetals.net/contact-us.php

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Former Fox News Host Eric Burns Slams Network & Glenn Beck

Early last year Eric Burns, who had been with Fox News since its creation over a decade ago, was fired by the cable news network. He claims that Fox News did not give him a reason for the termination. Burns has since written on Huffington Post that Fox News is a “right-wing partial-news-but-mostly-opinion network.” He also has so not-so-kind words for Glenn Beck…

I speak out now because it is the time of year when one is supposed to count blessings. I have several. Among them is that I do not have to face the ethical problem of sharing an employer with Glenn Beck.

Actually, Beck is a problem of taste as well as ethics. He laughs and cries; he pouts and giggles; he makes funny faces and grins like a cartoon character; he makes earnest faces yet insists he is a clown; he cavorts like a victim of St. Vitus’s Dance. His means of communicating are, in other words, so wide-ranging as to suggest derangement as much as versatility.

[...]

[Beck] is an embarrassment to all true conservatives, men and women who believe sincerely, thoughtfully and sensibly that the role of government in American life should be limited.

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Is Sarah Palin a Cash Cow for Fox News and News Corp?

Fox News Channel is owned by News Corp, who also owns Harper Collins, the publisher of Sarah Palin’s book, Going Rogue. It’s no surprise, many Fox News personalities were lined up to interview Palin and provide free publicity for her book. Early last month she posted the following on her Facebook page (emphasis added):

We’re in the process of arranging interviews with local and national media. An interview with Oprah Winfrey is already scheduled, and I’m also hoping to have the opportunity to talk with Bill O’Reilly, Barbara Walters, Sean Hannity, Greta Van Susteren, Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Mark Levin, Laura Ingraham, Dennis Miller, Tammy Bruce, and others, including local Alaska personalities Bob & Mark and Eddie Burke. (Variety is the spice of life!)

At the end of her book, Going Rogue, Sarah Palin thanks, by name, the “bold and patriotic, fair and balanced media folks” who “mak[e] the idiots’ heads spin” (emphasis added):

To some media professionals whom I admire because you don’t let anyone tell you to sit down and shut up, please keep making the idiots’ heads spin. Thanks for not taking our Freedom of the Press for granted, you bold and patriotic, fair and balanced media folks. Keep calling it like you see it: Amanda, Andrew, Ann, Bill(s), Bob, Cal, Dennis, Dick, Eddie, Fred, Glenn, Greta, Hugh, Joey, John, Jonah, Larry, Laura, Lou, Mark, Mary, Michael, Michelle, R.A.M., Rich, Rush, S.E., Sean, Tammy, Walter … and there are more. I join you in standing up for what is right. Remember that as your voice is heard and your spine is stiffened, the spines of others are stiffened, too. (Going Rogue, Page 413) Source

It’s a safe bet the people she’s referring to include Fox News’ Andrew Napolitano, Bill O’Reilly, Dennis Miller, Glenn Beck, Greta Van Susteren, Laura Ingraham, Michelle Malkin and Sean Hannity, in addition to Ann Coulter, Lou Dobbs and Rush Limbaugh.

If Palin is the type of person to like having two people fight over her, she must have been thrilled when she made her promotional rounds. Apparently, there was a feud between Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity regarding who would would get to air their interview with Palin first. They both recorded their interviews on a Tuesday, but Hannity beat O’Reilly in getting it on air by a day. According to a Fox News insider, O’Reilly threw a “hissyfit” and released a teaser on YouTube. Source

Also important to note is that Greta Van Susteren hyped Palin’s book, saying, “the entire country is buzzing…” and “no one — and we mean no one — can stop talking about her.” She also criticized media who “pooh-poohed” Palin. However, Greta failed to disclose the fact that her husband, John Coale, was an adviser for Sarah Palin and is also the creator of the political action committee, SarahPAC. Source

Unless Palin enjoys sexist behavior, the love may not be universal. While she seemed to entertain the idea of a Sarah Palin / Glenn Beck ticket for the 2012 presidential election, and Beck would certainly have his lips firmly planted on her derriere, he remarked that “She’d be yapping or something, and I’d say, ‘I’m sorry, why am I hearing your voice? I’m not in the kitchen.’”

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Fox Affiliate’s Fuzzy Math Re: GOP Nominations for 2012

The Fox News’ local Chicago affiliate used some fuzzy math to show the division of favorability between the leading GOP candidates for nomination in 2012, Sarah Palin, Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney. The poll, on which the pie chart below was based, shows Palin with 70%, Huckabee with 63% and Romney with 60%. Folks, that’s 193%.

Not only is the math wrong, but the basis of the chart is wrong – the poll was not asking for respondents’ favorite candidates, but rather favorable ratings among Republicans for each candidate, separately.

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