Fox News host Steve Doocy and the network’s “objective” news anchor Bret Baier agreed on Monday that President Barack Obama’s timing was questionable in announcing a deal with Iran that broke three decades of gridlock on preventing the country from obtaining nuclear weapons.
“Don’t you think it’s a little curious?” Doocy asked Baier during a Monday Fox & Friends segment. “Some of my friends were talking over the weekend, isn’t that curious timing? Out of nowhere, you know, in the midst of Obamacare not unrolling correctly, the president’s poll numbers never been lower then, look, [Secretary of State] John Kerry pulls a rabbit out of his hat and changes the subject.”
“Yes,” Baier agreed after a pause. “I mean, you’re right. It is questionable timing as far as, you know, how much this is sucking up the oxygen in the room and Obamacare was taking a lot of front-page space. However, they had been working on the deal for while and it did come together at this time. I mean, they unrolled it at this point.”
“It’s handy for them,” Doocy concluded.
“It is handy for them,” Baier said.
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The Fox News home page had a rather, uh, interesting look for a brief time this morning at about 11:49 am Pacific:
A back-end screw-up or a hack attack?
Fox News tweeted that this was due to an “internal production problem.”
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Media Matters reports: 60 Minutes’ Benghazi Eyewitness Asked Fox News for Money.
Asked by Fox News anchor Jenna Lee what information the “Jones” interview brought to the story, correspondent Adam Housley said that he had previously spoken to the man “a number of times and then we stopped speaking to him when he asked for money.”
HOUSLEY: He reaffirms, really, what we’ve been reporting. In fact, Jenna, some of our reports for FoxNews.com last fall included this 60 Minutes’ witness’ account. He spoke to me on the phone a number of times and then we stopped speaking to him when he asked for money. But what he does do in his 60 Minutes appearance last night is once again kind of reaffirm the fact that this attack was vicious. That is was pre-planned. That they knew from the very beginnings of this attack this was not some random situation, this was a pre-planned attack.
Fox takes a page from Greenwald, using socks to counter criticism & it makes you wonder how many socks they registered here over the years.
NPR media reporter David Folkenflik writes in his forthcoming book Murdoch’s World that Fox News’ public relations staffers used an elaborate series of dummy accounts to fill the comments sections of critical blog posts with pro-Fox arguments.
In a chapter focusing on how Fox utilized its notoriously ruthless public relations department in the mid-to-late 00’s, Folkenflik reports that Fox’s PR staffers would “post pro-Fox rants” in the comments sections of “negative and even neutral” blog posts written about the network. According to Folkenflik, the staffers used various tactics to cover their tracks, including setting up wireless broadband connections that “could not be traced back” to the network.
A former staffer told Folkenflik that they had personally used “one hundred” fake accounts to plant Fox-friendly commentary:
The Incredibly Strange Far Right Truckers Who Plan to Block Traffic, Impeach Obama and Arrest Congressmen
Yes, the Fox News audience has woken up, climbed out of their La-Z-Boys and into their 18-wheelers, and now they’re preparing to be a giant pain in the tarmac with a huge Convoy of Impeachment: ‘Truckers for the Constitution’ Plan to Slow D.C. Beltway, Arrest Congressmen.
Zeeda Andrews, a former country music singer helping promote the protest, said last week participants would present demands to congressmen - including the impeachment of President Barack Obama - and give the congressmen an opportunity to agree to the demands in exchange for canceling the ride.
But Conlon says that’s not quite right.
“We are not going to ask for impeachment,” Conlon said. “We are coming whether they like it or not. We’re not asking for impeachment, we’re asking for the arrest of everyone in government who has violated their oath of office.”
Conlon cited the idea of a citizens grand jury - meaning a pool of jurors convened without court approval - as the mechanism for indicting the officials.
“We want these people arrested, and we’re coming in with the grand jury to do it,” he said. “We are going to ask the law enforcement to uphold their constitutional oath and make these arrests. If they refuse to do it, by the power of the people of the United States and the people’s grand jury, they don’t want to do it, we will. … We the people will find a way.”
But alas, it is a hoax. They were just funnin’ with you liberals.