Fox News is savaged in this clip, and they thoroughly deserve it. This is Jon Stewart at his best.
The fascinating thing about this report that Mickey Kaus has quit working for The Daily Caller is Tucker Carlson’s flat out admission that he has a policy of not criticizing Fox News — and will pull any column that does: Mickey Kaus Quits Daily Caller After Tucker Carlson Pulls Critical Fox News Column.
Kaus says when he told Carlson he needed to be able to write about Fox, Carlson told him it was a hard-and-fast rule, and non-negotiable.
“He said it was a rule, and he wouldn’t be able to change that rule. So I told him I quit,” Kaus explained. “I just don’t see how you can put out a publication with that kind of giant no-go area. It’s not like we’re owned by Joe’s Muffler Shop, so we just can’t write about Joe’s Muffler shop.”
Reached via email, Carlson told On Media: “Mickey is a great guy, and one of the few truly independent thinkers anywhere. I’m sorry to see him go.”
Does anyone still have any doubt that right wing “journalism” is thoroughly and utterly corrupt?
Gov. Bobby Jindal: “Obama’s Failure to Respond to Radical Islam Has Disqualified Him to Be President”
Here we see Bobby Jindal going all out to pander to the Fox News audience.
Tonight, @SeanHannity and I talk about how Pres. Obama’s failure to respond to Radical Islam has disqualified him to be President. Tune in.
Maybe Sean Hannity should also interview Osama Bin Laden about Obama’s “failure to respond to radical Islam.”
There are now seven journalists on the record who were with Bill O’Reilly in Argentina in 1982, and they’re all contradicting his “war zone” stories: CBS Staffers Refute Bill O’Reilly’s ‘War Zone’ Story.
On his show “The O’Reilly Factor” in 2013, O’Reilly told a guest, “I was in a situation one time, in a war zone in Argentina, in the Falklands, where my photographer got run down and then hit his head and was bleeding from the ear on the concrete. And the army was chasing us. I had to make a decision. And I dragged him off, you know, but at the same time, I’m looking around and trying to do my job, but I figure I had to get this guy out of there because that was more important.”
Mother Jones challenged some of these claims. O’Reilly responded by accusing the magazine of trying to smear him to hurt Fox News, and said the report’s co-author, David Corn, is a liar and an “irresponsible guttersnipe.”
Eric Engberg, a CBS correspondent who was also in Buenos Aires at the time, defended Corn in a Facebook post on Friday and said, “It was not a war zone or even close. It was an ‘expense account zone.’”
Longtime NBC News correspondent George Lewis, who was also there at the time, agreed with Engberg, writing on Facebook, “Cushiest war I ever covered.”
Did O’Reilly’s photographer get “run down” and bloodied?
CNN has interviewed seven people who were there for CBS, and none of them recall anyone from the network being injured.
“If somebody got hurt, we all would have known,” Alvarez said.
David Corn lists The Questions Bill O’Reilly Won’t Answer.
And Media Matters has put together a video of O’Reilly’s greatest hits, with transcripts of his long history of exaggerating his “combat zone” experiences: Bill O’Reilly’s “Combat Situation” Reporting, in His Own Words.
And O’Reilly is now tripling down, with assists from Bernie Goldberg and Geraldo Rivera.
As David Corn and Daniel Schulman report, Bill O’Reilly Has His Own Brian Williams Problem — and it makes Williams look like a piker when it comes to lying about war zone experiences. Because nobody denies that Williams was actually there in Iraq, but O’Reilly apparently made up entire stories about being in combat zones that were completely untrue.
Just go read it; the lies are exhaustively documented. But I’ll go out on a limb and predict Fox News will do absolutely nothing about it.
Bill O’Reilly says a new Mother Jones report alleging that the Fox News host made false claims about his Falklands War experience is “a piece of garbage” and that its principal author, David Corn, is “a liar.”
In a telephone interview with the On Media blog, O’Reilly called Corn a “despicable guttersnipe” who has been trying to take him down “for years.”
“It’s a hit piece,” O’Reilly said. “Everything I said about what I reported in South and Central America is true. Everything.”
“I was not on the Falkland Islands and I never said I was. I was in Buenos Aires… In Buenos Aires we were in a combat situation after the Argentines surrendered.”
As he writes in The No Spin Zone, O’Reilly was in Buenos Aires when thousands of Argentines took to the streets to protest the military junta for surrendering to the Brits. O’Reilly says that the Army shot into the crowd. (Corn and his colleague Daniel Schulman say this was not war action.)
“It was clear that I did not say I was in the Falkland Islands. I’ve done myriad interviews over the years and I never said that,” O’Reilly told On Media.
“Yesterday I checked in with [Fox News spokesperson] Dana Klinghoffer, and said, ‘if I have questions about a personality is it best to direct them to you?’ She said yes. So this morning at 8:30 I sent them a detailed list of questions — a dozen or more questions — with all the individual quotes and citations that the piece reports. I asked them to explain O’Reilly’s comments and to explain contradictions between what he said and the public record. And, to make things easier for Fox News, I added links wherever possible,” Corn said.
“I presented all these quotes and assertions that he made at 8:30 a.m. Then I started calling at 9 a.m. to make sure my email had been received,” Corn continued. “I called Dana about four times today, left voicemails, and sent her two follow-up emails, asking that she get back to me by 3 p.m. That would give them most of the day to respond, which seemed fair and balanced to me.”
“When I had nothing from Dana, I sent [Fox News Executive Vice President] Bill Shine an email alerting him that I’d sent this email to Dana and even said that if they needed more time, I would try to accomodate them. I never heard back from Bill and I never heard back from Dana —- so at about 5:30, I published the piece.”
Corn said that O’Reilly’s refusal to comment ahead of publication demonstrated that he would rather hide behind name calling than address the allegations in his report.
“Rather than calling anyone a liar or a guttersnipe, he had ample opportunity to deal with the facts of this case. He elected not to, and instead engaged in name calling,” Corn said. “He chose not to address the issue, he chose to throw mud. And I would say that his right to impugn others ought to be diminished until he answers the basic questions about his statements.”
Last night I took a quick run through right wing Twitter just for laughs, and saw tweet after tweet from self-identified “conservative Christian patriots” calling for every last person in the Middle East to be slaughtered in retribution for ISIS atrocities against Christians. I tweeted this after being exposed to all the bad craziness:
The right wing is spoiling for a religious war w/ ISIS; anyone who points out the fatal flaws in this narrative will be viciously attacked.
Little did I realize that the “holy war” meme would soon be the latest Fox News wingnut rallying cry; and here’s Bill O’Reilly going all in on it, saying the White House needs to realize we’re in a “holy war” and get this mass killing party on the road, pronto. Because Fox News is all about the teachings of Jesus Christ.
(Along the way he also attacks the State Department’s Marie Harf for suggesting that killing everybody might not be the best solution to ISIS. So my tweet above is 2 for 2.)
Last month, Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo announced on CNN that she planned to sue Fox News for defaming the city of Paris with their false claims about Muslim-controlled “no-go zones.” (And I should add that conservatives all over the media are still repeating these false claims.)
Today in Paris, the City Council voted to go ahead with the lawsuit, which promises to provide much amusement to us connoisseurs of inadvertent right wing humor.
Lawyers for Fox News say they’ll fight the suit, of course, because fear-mongering lies are protected free speech in the US.
A law firm representing Fox News said the broadcaster would fight any lawsuit brought in Paris.
“The decision by the City of Paris to bring legal proceedings against a United States news organization is antithetical to free speech,” according to a statement provided by Fox News from lawyer Dori Ann Hanswirth of the Hogan Lovells law firm. “Fox News will invoke every protection afforded it under all applicable laws.”
It’s deeply unethical for any psychiatrist to express an opinion about a person he hasn’t actually consulted, but that obviously doesn’t matter in the least to Fox News or Dr. Keith Ablow. In this clip from Media Matters, Ablow does it again, expressing his fake opinion that Obama has a “deep-rooted” need to believe the United States is “a bigger threat” than ISIS.
It’s beyond ironic to see these people expressing these deranged opinions, while pretending to judge the President’s sanity.
Right wing propaganda is apparently not very popular in Canada. Sun News Network, the Canadian equivalent of the US’s Fox News, is shutting down tomorrow.
Sun News Network will go dark on Friday following a fruitless search for a buyer.
With mounting financial losses, there was no alternative to closing the network, The Huffington Post Canada has learned. Sun Media Corp. spent months actively seeking a potential buyer but found no party capable of taking over the channel.
An official announcement will be made Friday morning when it will already be off air.
The company said the outcome is not its desired goal and that it tried everything it could in the past four years to create an audience base large enough to turn a profit, but the obstacles it faced were insurmountable. The company will lay off an estimated 200 employees, but the exact number has yet to be confirmed at this time.