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October 2, 2011

Fox’s Judge Jeanine Pirro Suggests The U.S. “Revisit” The First Amendment

Fox News host and birther Jeanine Pirro shocked her own conservative guest when, in a discussion about the assassination of American-born Al Qaeda member, Anwar Al-Awlaki, she eagerly suggested the United States “revisit,” i.e. scale back, the First Amendment as a protection against jihadists.

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Reported by Ellen at 1:24 AM

September 19, 2011

Greta Van Susteren Attacks Colleague Tucker Carlson Over Mike Tyson’s Comments About BFF Sarah Palin

For the record, I totally agree with Greta Van Susteren that Mike Tyson’s recent comments about Sarah Palin were disgusting. But in a lengthy blog post, Van Susteren went after not Tyson but her Fox News colleague, Tucker Carlson, proprietor of the Daily Caller website, for posting about them. (H/T Mediaite). Van Susteren wrote: I don’t like it when I see that my friends do disgraceful things – but we need to start calling out even our friends to stop this. Tucker has daughters and a wife and I would think he in particular would not want to be a purveyer of smut (and this is actually more, this is violence against women) and allow this to be posted on his website. OK, fine – admirable of Van Susteren, even. But where’s her outrage when the attacks are against Nancy Pelosi? Or Rosie O’Donnell? Or, for that matter, when violence is threatened against liberal men?

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Reported by Ellen at 3:59 PM

September 16, 2011

News Blooper or Sabotage? Guest Blurts Out “Fox News Lies” On Fox

One of the dangers of live tee vee is the news blooper, where something goes wrong and all they can do is move on. Until talk radio installed a delay button, putting someone on the air was always a dangerous proposition and sophomoric wags used that to their advantage, slipping in crazy or scatological references. Artist Jay Shells will forever be a folk hero for his actions on Fox “News” yesterday. He combined the two concepts above, using a live ‘in control room’ interview to say “Fox News Lies.”

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Reported by Aunty Em at 9:39 AM

August 10, 2011

Eric Bolling Goes All Bully-Boy Against Undeniable Truths: Another Aunty Em Annotated Transcript

A hint about watching Fox “News” critically: when it rejects all other Points of View, including mild, logical and non-controversial truths, you are witnessing the exact moment when the so-called “Fair & Balanced" network proves it nothing more than a Propaganda Network. It is pushing an agenda, not delivering news or viewpoints. There can be only one viewpoint. The Fox “News” viewpoint. And, don’t you forget it. Ever since S&P downgraded the credit rating, it’s been harder than ever to watch Fox “News” if you believe in journalism, as opposed to Propaganda. The “Fair and Balanced” network has been heavily invested in saving the Tea Party from any and all criticism. It’s the “we report, you decide” network’s greatest Propaganda Push since it helped promote the nascent astro-turfed Tea Party in the first place. “Some people say” this the Tea Party downgrade. That notion has sent Fox and its on-air personalities into barely-concealed snits and they have invested heavily in blaming “Mr. Obama” (as Eric Bolling often calls him) and/or defending the Tea Party.

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Reported by Aunty Em at 11:38 AM

August 9, 2011

Fox News And The Outfoxed Effect: Seven Years Later

As one of the researchers for Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch’s War on Journalism, I’m proud of the impact the film has had on the public’s perception of Fox News. Before Outfoxed, few people paid much attention to what the network was up to. Now, it’s a regular topic of political conversation and even mockery by The Daily Show and The Colbert Report. Other than from a Fox News employee, when was the last time you heard someone arguing that the network doesn’t have a conservative/Republican bias? I think we can thank Outfoxed for exploding that "fair and balanced" myth to smithereens. And yet, while we can call that particular mission “accomplished,” there is still plenty more work to be done. I hope you'll join Outfoxed's producer/director Robert Greenwald tonight at 8 PM ET as he holds an online discussion about the seventh anniversary of Outfoxed. There will be special commentary from a variety of people including myself.

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Reported by Ellen at 10:27 AM
Sarah Palin Fans Sing Her Praises, reported by Aunty Em,
One big happy right-wing family, reported by Chrish,
We Internet users 1: Comcast 0, reported by Chrish,
Gibson vs. the New York Times, reported by Chrish,
Ron Paul takes on FOX News, reported by Chrish,
FOX can't help helping MoveOn.org, reported by Chrish,
Ever Heard of FoxFaith?, reported by Melanie,
Framing the hate debate, reported by Chrish,
Ellen Talks About FOX News, reported by Ellen,
NBC paying Hilton for interview?, reported by Chrish,
Diversity in Media, reported by Chrish,
Bill O'Reilly Bloviates In Ireland, reported by Deborah,
"Librarians are hiding something", reported by Chrish,
Jon Stewart gets it, reported by Chrish,
Greetings from Memphis! NCMR2007, reported by Chrish,
Heartland Girls Gone Wild?, reported by Chrish,
News Hounds Radio Appearances, reported by Judy,
News Hound on the Radio, reported by Judy,
Hear Judy's Radio Interviews, reported by Ellen,
Save PBS and NPR. Again., reported by Chrish,
Fight further media consolidation, reported by Chrish,
Financial News? What Financial News?, reported by Marie Therese,
Fox Brunch Prime Cuts, reported by Chrish, 0 comments
Could Watergate Happen Today?, reported by Ellen,
Another Memogate?, reported by Deborah, 0 comments
How to Drive a FOX Host Batty!, reported by Marie Therese, 0 comments
Character-Assassination 101, reported by Marie Therese, 0 comments
Al Jazeera For Sale?, reported by Marie Therese, 0 comments
First Amendment Under Fire, reported by Marie Therese,
Something's Wrong Here, reported by Melanie,
Did the NRA Fund "Stolen Honor"?, reported by Marie Therese,
Sinclair Broadcast Group Capitulates, reported by Marie Therese,
O'Reilly to Sinclair: Play Fair, reported by Marie Therese,
What About Outfoxed?, reported by Ellen,
Why Rather, Not Fox?, reported by Ellen,
FOX Sharks Circle CBS, reported by Marie Therese,
A New Low, reported by Melanie,
Blogs to the Right, Blogs to the Left, reported by Marie Therese,
Borders Responds re Hersh's Book, reported by Marie Therese,
This Does Not Compute, reported by Melanie,
Fox...I mean, Pravda, reported by Melanie,
The Big Lie Lives On, reported by Eleanor,
Dean Scolds Blitzer, reported by Deborah,
Fox News - Bullshit!, reported by Ellen,
News Fixing, reported by Eleanor,
Where's Wolfman Jack When You Need Him?, reported by Marie Therese,
What a Difference a Word Makes, reported by Eleanor,
Maher on Bush's Infamous 7 Minutes, reported by Eleanor,
Tax Burden Shifts to the Middle, reported by Eleanor,
Let Them Eat Twinkies, reported by Eleanor,
The Most Important Issue of All, reported by Eleanor,
Hey, Bill, Now Who's Afraid?, reported by Marie Therese,
O'Reilly Practices Censorship, reported by Melanie,
O'Reilly: FOX Is a Network Under Fire, reported by Marie Therese,
Spinning of the Job Numbers, reported by Eleanor,
Happy Oil Companies, reported by Eleanor,
Look Who's Biased, reported by Judy,
Reading the Script, reported by Nancy,
Who is at Fault? Not Ailes, reported by Eleanor,
Media Sins of Omission, reported by Nancy,
Trivialization & Bias, reported by Nancy,
O'Reilly to CNN: Reassign Amanpour, reported by Marie Therese,
Popular Dems Boycotting Fox, reported by Eleanor,
The Half-Spin Zone, reported by Marie Therese,
The Fox Memo, reported by Eleanor,
You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet, reported by Eleanor,
Double Standards from Cavuto, reported by Melanie,
Fox on Journalistic Standards, reported by Melanie,