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Fox News Using ‘Government Option’ Wording

Republican political consultant and GOP pollster Frank Luntz, who has worked with Fox News running focus groups, appears to be the one behind calling the “public option” the “government option,” a phrase that Fox News has now used… An example of Fox News using talking points from people with ties to the GOP.

Here is Luntz using the phrase on Hannity about a week ago:

Frank Luntz has been blasted for stating that the key to polling is “to ask a question in the way that you get the right answer.” Fellow Republican pollster Bill McInturff called Luntz “a moron.”

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Fox News Hypocrisy On Criticism From White House

Fox News has been actively playing the victim regarding harsh criticism from the White House recently. As you may have seen here, White House communications director, Anita Dunn, called Fox News “opinion journalism” and a “wing of the Republican Party.” Previously the White House blog listed falsehoods aired by Fox News regarding the Olympics.

Here is one example, from Sean Hannity:

HANNITY: We have a White House that has now set up a Web site specifically to attack the FOX News Channel because we ask tough questions and they do not like that. They’re not used to that with the fawning news media.

So — I mean is this an enemies list? It seems like it to me. I can’t imagine a Republican doing this without, you know, a media outcry.

Note that the White House has not actually “set up a Web site specifically to attack the FOX News Channel,” but rather a blog wherein they’ve addressed Fox News twice (see above). If there is a web site that matches Hannity’s description, we’d probably know about it… It appears to be, instead, another in a long line of falsehoods.

Enter the hypocrisy of Fox News.

Last year, when the Bush administration attacked the credibility of NBC News, and even sent a letter to the President of NBC News questioning deceptive editing and their news vs. opinion, Fox News did not come to NBC’s defense. In fact, they openly questioned why the White House would “bother.”

Example 1 with Laura Ingraham, sitting in for Bill O’Reilly on The O’Reilly Factor:

INGRAHAM: Now Karl, why would the White House agree to do an interview with Richard Engel? I mean, this is the guy who, you know, really didn’t want to give the surge any credit and NBC, an organization, obviously that’s called this a civil war. Now it’s kind of not gone back and changed his view on that. We’re in a recession, etcetera, etcetera. I mean, why bother really at this point? [The O'Reilly Factor, 5/19/09]

Example 2 with Ed Gillespie, then-White House counselor, who sent the scathing letter to NBC:

E.D. HILL: You know, I’m sure you know from watching this program that, you know, Bill has, you know, has been reporting for more than a year on a pattern suggesting that NBC News basically panders to the left and is, in essence, in the pocket for Barack Obama. Why go on a venue like that to begin with?

GILLESPIE: Go on a venue like MSNBC?

HILL: Yes.

GILLESPIE: I don’t know. It’s — you know, the – you know, there are elements there who are clearly advocates for a candidate or a point of view, not even commentaries or commentators really or analysts. So I don’t know why he would. [The O'Reilly Factor, 5/22/08]

So, they can dish it out, but can’t take it. Take, as another example, Glenn Beck and Gillespie, mentioned above, talking about the Democrats allegedly “trying to blackball Fox” in regards to debates in 2008.

BECK: While their [Fox News's] journalists clearly or their commentators are clearly conservative, nobody in Washington is trying to — the Democrats are trying to blackball Fox by not going on any debates, et cetera, et cetera. You don’t see Republicans doing that to NBC, do you?

GILLESPIE: No, and sometimes I question why… It is beyond me frankly.

Keep in mind that Gillespie was White House counselor while Bush was President and accused NBC of deceptive editing. It was that same White House that was caught taking an ABC broadcast, editing it to paint a positive picture of political progress in Iraq, and redistributing it. Don’t forget that the Bush administration granted Fox News unprecedented access. Where was the outrage from Hannity, Beck, or anyone else at Fox News when that was going on?

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Fox News Falsely Connects Kevin Jennings To NAMBLA

Sean Hannity asked at the beginning of his show, “Does Kevin Jennings support the group NAMBLA?” Karl Rove makes the false claim that Jennings is guilty of “high-profile, in-your-face advocacy of things like NAMBLA and gay rights and queering elementary school curricula.” Of course, neither Hannity, nor Rove, can provide any proof, whatsoever.

Of course, the typical right wing extremist view that gay rights is automatically and directly connected to NAMBLA, which stands for North American Man/Boy Love Association, is a blatant smear tactic. At best, it’s pure ignorance.

HANNITY: Tonight — shocking new allegations about President Obama’s safe schools czar. Does Kevin Jennings support the group NAMBLA? The FBI agent who infiltrated that organization is here.

ROVE: I can’t imagine that President Obama lacked the sensitivity to think that somebody who had said the things that Mr. Jennings had said, had done the things that Mr. Jennings had done, had taken the sort of high-profile, in-your-face advocacy of things like NAMBLA and gay rights and queering elementary school curricula — that the president of the United States would think this was a person that he ought to put in charge of safe schools, and yet he did.

Where does this come from? Hannity & Rove are referring to the foreword that Jennings wrote for the book Queering Elementary Education: Advancing the Dialogue about Sexualities and Schooling. The forward had nothing to do with statutory rape. As for the the 15 year old that they say Jennings counseled about involvement with an older man – the boy was actually 16, which is the age of consent in Massachusetts, when/where the conversation took place 21 years ago. The claims have more to do with hate, homophobia and anti-Obama smears.

Furthermore, take a look at Hannity’s question: “Does Kevin Jennings support the group NAMBLA?” Glenn Beck supporters got upset about an obvious parody asking why Glenn Beck has not denied raping and murdering a young girl in 1990… Where is their outcry about Hannity making such a false assertion, not as parody, but on a “news” channel? Where is his disclaimer?

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Jon Stewart Schools Sean Hannity on History & Food Chain

Sean Hannity, in California, spoke about the drought conditions for farmers and demanded that President Obama and the government stop meddling and provide more water for irrigation. Jon Stewart points out that it was the government who first brought the irrigation to the farmers, so without the government’s meddling, they’d be farming dirt… Then, of course, there’s the lesson involving the food chain, a lesson Hannity must have missed in grade school.

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Fox News, Fox Nation Punked By ACORN Staffer

Fox News and their related web sites, including The Fox Nation, have been on a crusade against ACORN for months, with personalities like Glenn Beck, Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity devoting hours upon hours toward the witch hunt, which has uncovered some wrongdoing. But, this is a hilarious prank by an ACORN staffer against Fox News’ “gotcha” (to use a Palinism) style of journalism.

If you’ve seen any of the “reporting” about ACORN on FNC, chances are you’ve seen the video with the prostitution and murder confession. Serious crimes, right? They would be, if they really happened. Here’s how it went down…

ACORN’s Tresa Kaelke was the focus of a series of videos released by Hannah Giles and James O’Keefe wherein they posed as a prostitute and pimp. In the videos Kaelke said that she used to work for an escort service and that she wanted to cover up her prostitution business in order to buy a home. She also “confessed” that she killed her husband. Now that ACORN has released a press release stating that none of it was true, let the hilarity ensue…

“They were not believable”, said Ms. Kaelke of the two actors. “Somewhat entertaining, but they weren’t even good actors. I didn’t know what to make of them. They were clearly playing with me. I decided to shock them as much as they were shocking me. Like Stephan Colbert does – saying the most outrageous things with a straightface.” While her sense of humor might not be funny to many people, the fact is that she spun false scenario after false scenario and the videographer ate them up.

Not only was this a witch hunt against ACORN, but also against the so-called liberal media, which Fox News repeatedly pointed out has not covered this story about ACORN. Obviously, it was for a good reason… Perhaps, Fox News should spend more time vetting its sources rather than slamming the mainstream media, of which they are a part.

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Tell Sean Hannity To Tell The Truth

Sean Hannity has said, “[If health-care reform passes, we’re] gonna have a government rationing body that tells women with breast cancer, ‘You’re dead.’ It’s a death sentence.” Obviously, this is just his imagination because 1) it’s not likely and 2) the bill has not been passed, much less finished, so he has no evidence.

So, what can you do, besides boycott? You can use the form that Sojourners has set up to email Sean Hannity directly, and tell him the story of a cancer victim who was refused health care under the current system.

Here is part of the email being sent out:

In May 2008, I went to the dermatologist for acne. A word was written on my chart and interpreted incorrectly as meaning pre-cancerous. Shortly thereafter, I was diagnosed with Invasive HER-2 Genetic Breast Cancer, a very aggressive form of breast cancer. I was told I needed a double mastectomy. When the surgeons scheduled my surgery I was pre-certified for my two days hospitalization.

The Friday before the Monday I was scheduled to have my double mastectomy, Blue Cross red flagged my chart due to the dermatologist report. The dermatologist called Blue Cross directly to report that I only had acne and please not hold up my coming surgery. Blue Cross called me to inform me that they were launching a five-year medical investigation into my medical history and that this would take approximately three months. I was frantic. I did not know what to do or where to turn. I knew I could not pay for the surgery myself …

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Jealousy at FNC? Sean Hannity vs. Glenn Beck

Could there be some internal strife between Sean Hannity and Glenn Beck on Fox News Channel. AmericasHeadlines.com is asking if Hannity is jealous of Beck… Apparently, there are some new rules, or at least new clarification of existing rules, being enforced on the Hannity.com forums in regards to mentions of Glenn Beck.

Excerpt of rules on Hannity’s web site:

Yes… posts that say …. Beck is talking about XXXXX right now…. etc. while Sean is live on the area will be removed immediately if noticed by a mod. When Sean is on the air we don’t care what Beck is doing or saying. When Sean is broadcasting, as far as the boards are concerned, Beck does not exist.

The moderator’s response is a little bitchy… How hard would it be to include a separate forum for discussion involving other people in the media, or have one specifically devoted to Sean Hannity’s current broadcast?

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Sean Hannity’s Falsehoods About John Holdren

Sean Hannity, on his attack against so-called “czars,” or advisers, has targeted John Holdren with the following bit of misinformation:

HANNITY: So we know the White House sought out Van Jones, which begs the question: How many more like him are serving in our government? Is Van Jones just the tip of the iceberg? We know for example there’s John Holdren, the science and technology adviser, who has advocated compulsory abortion. And then there’s Cass Sunstein, the Harvard law professor, who wants to ban hunting and grant rights to livestock, wildlife, and pets. Now we can only conclude that it’s time to take a much closer look at who exactly this president has now serving in our government.

What the heck is Hannity talking about. Apparently Holdren co-authored a book on environmental sciences over 30 years ago that discusses “compulsory control of family size” for countries populations with expanding birth rates that cannot be curbed by “milder methods.” That is not the same thing as “advocating compulsory abortion.” PolitiFact gives this claim “pants on fire” status.

Here is a statement from Holdren’s office:

The quotations used to suggest that Dr. Holdren supports coercive approaches to limiting population growth were taken from a 1977 college textbook on environmental science and policy, of which he was the third author. The quoted material was from a section of the book that described different possible approaches to limiting population growth and then concluded that the authors’ own preference was to employ the noncoercive approaches before the environmental and social impacts of overpopulation led desperate societies to employ coercive ones. Dr. Holdren has never been an advocate of compulsory abortions or other repressive means of population limitation.

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Sean Hannity’s Weak Argument For Using Term ‘Czars’

A lot of focus is being put on so-called “Czars,” or advisers, in the Obama Administration, even though the same faux outrage was not staged for advisers of previous administrations. So, why the outrage? Why the new terminology? Sean Hannity tries to answer that, and fails.

Hannity claims that the term is used because the White House, itself, uses it. However, his montage only provides clips that show responses, a joke and a reference to the long standing position dubbed “drug czar” (Both Bushes & Reagan had “drug czars”)

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– On July 13, Obama did use the term “Drug Czar” when referring to Gil Kerlikowske, director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy.

– Hannity’s March 11 clip of Gibbs saying, “I think I’ve been asked in this room any number of times if the czars in our White House to deal with energy and health care had too much power” was in response to a reporter’s question. In fact, the first person to use the term “czar” in that briefing was Fox News reporter Major Garrett.

– At the Radio and Television Correspondents’ Association dinner in June, Obama was joking when he said, “ABC is planning a series called ‘Dancing with the Czars.’” It was part of his comedy routine at the dinner.

– Hannity’s fourth clip was taken from the same March 11 press briefing as his second clip. In fact, it was in response to the exact same question, and came just a sentence later.

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Sean Hannity’s New Job: Getting Rid of Czars

Sean Hannity has now made it official – his job is to get rid of all of the “czars,” AKA riding on Glenn Beck’s coat tails. Never mind that so-called “czars” are nothing new… Is he going to go back in time and get rid of Bush’s, Clinton’s Reagan’s, etc. ?

HANNITY: Do you want another czar?

CROWD: No!

HANNITY: I don’t think so. By the way, we got rid of one, and my job starting tomorrow night is to get rid of every other one. I promise you that!

One way to get rid of “czars” is to call them what they are: Advisers.

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Sean Hannity’s Thesis Paper Hypocrisy

Sean Hannity is known for his hypocrisy, criticising what he is guilty of having done himself… Here is a transcript from his show attacking so-called smears about Bob McDonnell’s graduate school thesis paper. Keep reading below for a similar transcript of Hannity doing the same…

HANNITY: By the way, we’ve got to watch out, folks. We’ve been telling you about the lead that Bob McDonnell has in the state of Virginia; that lead is now cut in half. There’s been an all-out war declared by The Washington Post against Bob McDonnell, a solid conservative. And the effort to smear, besmirch, demonize, and impact that election is under full way here, and a lot of this has to do — well, they went through the great effort to dig up a graduate school thesis that he wrote, and they’re claiming that, well, he’s saying that “homosexuality, working women, and abortion are detrimental to traditional American families.”

McDonnell has repudiated much of the thesis during a conference call with reporters, but it doesn’t matter. I mean, it’s OK, that was, let’s see, 20 years ago, we’ll go back to opinions that he might have held at a time when he’s writing a thesis, which by design is supposed to be provocative, and yet they’re not holding Barack Obama accountable to the pastor whose church he still went to throughout the campaign until he had to get rid of the pastor. America’s chickens have come home to roost, U.S. of KKK –

HANNITY: Now if they put the same energy into — into investigating Barack Obama, I wonder if we would have had a different result in that election? You see how abusively biased the media can be? It’s unbelievable.

Perhaps he forgot that he smeared, besmirched and demonized Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton for their thesis papers, released more than 20 years ago.

HANNITY: Chapter six, the thesis. It’s a 38-year-old document that’s been rumored about, analyzed, debated, criticized, and defended. Until recently, few have read it because it was hidden away at the request of Bill Clinton’s administration for the eight years he was in office.

These 90 pages, steeped in intrigue and mystery, are the senior thesis of Hillary D. Rodham, Wellesley College class of 1969. Hillary’s thesis, elevated to mystical status from years of secrecy, is now available to anyone inclined to visit Wellesley’s archives.

It begs the question: Why was it so important to the Clintons to keep it a secret. How can the words of a 21-year-old political science major be so damaging and explosive? And most importantly, why did the Clintons ask Wellesley College to hide the thesis in 1993?

Once dubbed a Rosetta Stone, the answer may lie in the fact that it exposes the real Hillary Clinton. In her own words, it allows readers to decipher the true thinking of the former first lady and now 2008 presidential hopeful.

[...]

HANNITY: What’s the real reason behind the Clintons’ desperate attempt to have it banned? Many biographers see it as evidence of the Marxist and socialist views of the young Hillary Rodham — views that she tries to downplay depending on the political winds but clearly maintains today.

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Fox News Warns Democrats About Patriotic Music

Various Fox News personalities have been fixating on what they call an attempt to “kill” their patriotic music. Here is what they had to say, then check the whole truth below.

BRET BAIER: “[T]he House of Representatives today faced the music and reversed a decision to kill the patriotic tunes callers hear when they’re put on hold.”

SEAN HANNITY: “Now, up until now, you probably have been enjoying lovely patriotic tunes. Well, that is until Nancy Pelosi had anything to say about it. Under the current Democratic leadership, patriotic music was replaced with smooth jazz elevator music.”

STEVE DOOCY: “[I]n what has got to go down as one of the most boneheaded moves of the summer, which is now concluding as we approach Labor Day, apparently Nancy Pelosi and the House leadership had said … we’re going to have a test project where, for three weeks, we’re going to get rid of the patriotic music.”

So, what’s really going on? There is no conspiracy to eliminate patriotic music. House Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Daniel Beard’s spokesman Jeff Ventura had this to say:

The music was changed during recess as a pilot program in an attempt to offer offices a choice of hold music. [...]

This had nothing to do with the leadership — not in the beginning or the final outcome.

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Fox News Accuses Obama of ‘Indoctrinating Students’

People associated with Fox News, such as Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity and Michelle Malkin, are advancing the theory that President Obama‘s back-to-school speech is an attempt to “indoctrinate” America’s children, whatever that means… Keep in mind that it is not mandatory for schools to show the speech.

GLENN BECK: “Gee, who is having indoctrination next week? Oh, yeah, that’s right, the president”

SEAN HANNITY: “it seems very close to indoctrination”

MONICA CROWLEY: “just when you think this administration can’t get any more surreal and Orwellian, here they come to indoctrinate our kids”

MICHELLE MALKIN: “the left has always used kids in public schools as guinea pigs and as junior lobbyists for their social liberal agenda.”

Not only that, but The Fox Nation web site presents the following, today, asking if people are going to keep their kids home from school the day of the speech.

The real purpose of Obama’s back-to-school speech? Simply to promote the idea of “persisting and succeeding in school” and the “imoprtance of education” …wow, sounds like something the devil would say… riiiiight… What this suggests is that Fox News does not agree with the President in wanting your children to be educated. Where would they get their viewers?

Of course, these Fox News personalities cannot provide anything more than pure speculation and paranoia. Keep that in mind the next time someone claims that Fox News is all about the truth.

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Sean Hannity’s Employee Calls Ted Kennedy ‘Piece of Garbage’

Eric Stranger is a Director of Affiliate Relations for The Sean Hannity Show and recently posted the following on Facebook.

The irony is that the media is already positioning Ted as a champion for the little man against wealth and privilege. This piece of garbage was the poster child for wealth and privilege. Hopefully, this event will mark the end of this repugnant family and all the endless crap, entitlement, personal indulgences and collateral damage (Kopechne, Bessette, Bowman, Moxely, etc.).

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That puts a new meaning to “don’t be a Stranger.”

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Sean Hannity’s Social Security Misquote

Sean Hannity, often times factually deficient, made the following statement about the future of Social Security…

HANNITY: How does this impact? Two bits of news came out today that really scared me on top of all the bad economic news that we got last week that I’ll ask you about in a second.

Max Baucus says Social Security could face default within two years. He said that yesterday. And we have hundreds of dealers have dumped the Cash for Clunkers program. They’re not getting paid.

Sean Hannity attributed the “default” statement to Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) when, in fact, it was Rep. Spencer Bachus (R-AL) who made the statement. And, Bachus’ staff had clarified that he meant to say that Social Security could face a “deficit,” not “default.”

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