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August 20, 2011

Fox & Friends' Newest Cross Story Advances "War On Religion" Meme

Fox & Friends is where America's propaganda day begins. As coffee for the masses, it provides a heavy brew of Roger Ailes infused agitprop much of it validating the views of America's already politically caffeinated right wing- particularly the Christian right who believe that the godless secularist state is trying to curtail their religious freedom. Hence, the plethora of Fox & Friends stories about persecuted Christians - many of whom are defending those old, rugged Christian crosses from those godless secularists who are trying to remove these clearly Christians symbols from public land. For these folks, the First Amendment doesn't pertain to the separation of church and state; but to their supposed right to put up Christian tchotchke on taxpayer supported property. Fox & Friends advances the narrative of this supposed infringement on religious "free speech" while not promoting the free speech of those they don't agree with especially atheists. In fact, the Fox & Friends cross segments frequently target atheists as the enemy. Other right wing tropes that are articulated during these Christian cross pieces are the questioning of whether there is a separation of church and state and the inevitable comment that it's only a few folks who spoil it for "the majority." All these talking points were brewed during the persecuted Christian cross segment on Friday's Fox & Friends, the show for "coffee, smiles, fear and terror."

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Reported by Priscilla at 12:42 PM

September 26, 2010

Fox News Panel Paints Obama And Unions As “Very, Very Dangerous” Dictators And Mafiosos For Trying To Stop Foreclosures

Co-authored by Brian

Panelists on Cavuto on Business didn’t just oppose a moratorium on home foreclosures, they accused the United Autoworkers of being in cahoots with President Obama to subvert the Constitution and bring about a “Juan Peron” style dictatorship - all because the union has threatened to pull its money out of JPMorgan Chase accounts if it doesn't stop foreclosing. Oh, and host Charles Payne also “joked” that, as in the Godfather, someone would wake up with a horse head next to him. Panelist Adam Lashinsky did a terrific job as the lone voice of opposition and he didn't just debate but challenged the premise and the rhetoric.

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Reported by Ellen at 1:30 AM

June 30, 2010

Jon Stewart Nails Right Wing's "Blame Clinton" Hypocrisy

The Daily Show skewers the right wing, especially Fox News, for complaining that President Bush is being blamed too much - while still blaming current problems on Bill Clinton. (H/T Crooks and Liars)

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Reported by Ellen at 11:07 PM

September 15, 2009

ACORN-Gotcha Activist Hannah Giles Admits She Had An Anti-ACORN Agenda Before She Knew Anything About Them

Hannah Giles may be conservatives’ latest darling for posing as a prostitute in James O’Keefe’s “independent” investigation into ACORN, and she’s certainly pretty to look at, but the right-wing media may want to reconsider allowing her to talk in public. Giles not only appears to be a dim bulb but stunningly ignorant as well. In her appearance on Hannity last night (9/14/09), Giles revealed that she hatched her plan to go after ACORN’s housing division before she knew anything about it. As usual, Fox presented a one-sided look at Giles’ work, never revealing that in her zeal to bring down ACORN, the organization she knew little about, Giles likely committed a crime. Nor was an advocate of ACORN on hand to present their side of the story, which includes a threatened lawsuit against Fox News. With video.

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Reported by Ellen at 11:40 AM

June 29, 2009

Cody Willard Gets It Wrong About Home-Buyer Tax Credit

Guest blogged by Dan

Fox Business’ Cody Willard sounded off in a recent blog post about the recently enacted first time home buyer tax credit, calling it a subsidy for the rich. But Willard seems to have mistaken “first time home buyer” for “new home buyer.” Had he bothered to review the actual credit, he would have known that the first time home buyer credit is for well, just that. Oh, and there’s also a $75,000 income cap for single buyers, $150,000 for married couples. It’s hard to see how that’s a subsidy for the rich from the poor.

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Reported by Ellen at 8:46 PM