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October 21, 2011

Fox Host Wastes No Time Attacking Obama Over Iraq Troop Withdrawal

As I previously posted, "objective" Fox News host Jon Scott greeted the news that President Obama will draw down all U.S. troops from Iraq by the end of the year with snideness - over the venue of the announcement. We've grabbed the video from Media Matters.

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Reported by Ellen at 5:08 PM

October 20, 2011

Breaking News: Qaddafi Dead; Obama To Make Live Statement At 2 PM ET

A Fox News expert just called the death of Qaddafi "a big win for the French" and criticized Obama as having done "too little too late."

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Reported by Ellen at 12:56 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 26, 2011

Fox's La Jeunesse Spins Against Green Energy Projects

By Brian

On Happening Now yesterday (8/25/11), William La Jeunesse "reported" about waste in Washington as part of the regular “It's All Your Money” segment. Midway through the "report,” La Jeunesse said, "Twenty one billion for highly inefficient and wasteful green energy projects that produce little or no power compared to oil, gas, and nuclear, and no mention of the loss of jobs and higher prices we likely pay for power, and the calls for higher subsidies for low income people that will have to pay more for expensive electricity, and the fact that Spain destroyed two jobs for every green job created." But there was no mention that going green produces more jobs per dollar than money invested in fossil fuels. Host Jenna Lee didn't challenge him on the omission or offer the alternative analysis. Just being "fair and balanced," Fox style.

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Reported by Guest Blogger at 8:55 PM

April 1, 2011

Fox News’ Jon Scott Suggests Bad Weather Responsible For Low Tea Party Rally Attendance But It Doesn’t Look So Bad

OK, it was definitely colder than normal for Washington yesterday (3/31/11) but in the live Fox News video, where you can see it’s not raining or snowing, nobody is huddled in their jackets and a man in the foreground has his jacket open. Fox News host Jon Scott, looking at the sparse crowd (estimated at about 200), announced, “Not exactly the weather you would like to have if you want to get a bunch of people turned out.” (H/T Jed Lewison). What neither Scott nor Megyn Kelly, who followed him, mentioned is that a new CNN poll found the Tea Party’s popularity reached a new low. (H/T Eric J.)

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Reported by Ellen at 12:11 AM