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December 13, 2011

Hannity Makes A Big Deal Out Of Christine “Not A Witch” O’Donnell’s Endorsement Of Mitt Romney

If there’s a doubt in anyone’s mind that Fox News will cheerlead almost any Republican, no matter how foolish or inconsequential, check out tonight's Hannity segment that trumpeted Christine "I'm not a witch" O’Donnell’s endorsement for the 2012 Republican primary. The thought crossed my mind that the whole thing was a sneaky way of making Romney look bad. But even if Hannity’s praise of O'Donnell didn't seem quite sincere, he sure did a good job of looking like his good wishes for her and Romney were.

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Reported by Ellen at 11:37 PM

November 17, 2011

Sean Hannity And Fox News Help Thwart The Scott Walker Recall

In a segment Fox News called “Wisconsin Union Wars,” Sean Hannity trotted out Governor Scott Walker for a pep talk about why Wisconsin voters should not recall him. Predictably, there was no discussion about any of the questionable tactics the Wisconsin Republicans are using to fight the recall. Nor was there any mention of how Walker celebrated recalls before he was against them. There was time, however, to run what Hannity described as “a powerful new internet ad” touting Walker’s record of “positive progress.” At the end, Hannity gushed over Walker’s “great act of political courage” initiating the measures that have prompted the recall efforts. Fair and balanced? Don’t make me laugh - or cry.

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Reported by Ellen at 5:14 PM

October 24, 2011

Marco Rubio Visits The O’Reilly Factor For Some Republican Rehab

As I posted last week, Florida’s Republican Senator Marco Rubio got in political hot water when it was found he had embellished facts about his family’s emigration from Cuba. Rubio has since hit back with statements on his Facebook page and to Politico. He also went – where else? – to Fox News. In an interview recorded last week, Bill O’Reilly discussed the Post story tonight, questioned whether Rubio was the victim of a political hit job and spent a lot of time talking up his future as a possible VP or Presidential candidate. The only problem? Since the interview was recorded, more embellishments by Rubio have surfaced. There are also other lingering questions about his credibility that O’Reilly chose to ignore while gushing, instead, over Rubio’s future prospects. As for Rubio, he indicated he'd rather be a Fox News host.

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Reported by Ellen at 11:51 PM

October 21, 2011

You Know Marco Rubio's In Trouble When...

...A post about Rubio having "embellished" the truth about his family's emigration from Cuba is the top story on Fox Nation. Of course, there are two refutations immediately underneath it. UPDATED with more trouble for Rubio.

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Reported by Ellen at 1:06 AM

September 14, 2011

Mediaite Profiles Fox’s Spin Meister Frank Luntz

Long-time readers of News Hounds are well familiar with Frank Luntz, the so-called “pollster” who appears regularly on the so-called “news network.” Real pollsters try to get a candid snapshot of the public mood at any given time. On the other hand: Luntz poses the components in his snapshots to create the appearance of a public mood in order to push GOP talking points for Fox “News.” He is documented in these pages stacking focus groups to get more favorable responses on several occasions. He has also been caught haranguing his focus groups until they finally give him the answer he’s looking for. Luntz has also used his, err, talents to help the Republican Party fine-tune its message into easily digestible sound-bites, which don’t have to be true to be effective: “death tax” instead of “estate tax” or “tax relief” instead of “tax cuts.” His formulation “government takeover” of health care was Politifact’s Lie of the Year. That’s why it was so refreshing to see Mediaite tackle the problem that is Frank Luntz. Philip Bump writes:

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Reported by Aunty Em at 8:19 AM
Election Live Blogging, reported by Ellen,
The Four Bs: Beck, Bullets, Ballots and BS, reported by Guest Blogger,
John Legend Wants You To Vote, reported by Ellen,
Help Get Out The Vote, reported by Ellen,
You've Got A Vote, So Use It, reported by Ellen,
I Heart A Republican Woman, reported by Ellen,
Cavuto Does PR For Rand Paul, reported by Ellen,
Cavuto Gushes Over Tea Partiers, reported by Guest Blogger,