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Special Report w/Brit Hume

January 14, 2009

“Grapevine” Pushes Faux Fox Fantasy About New Global Warming “Czar’s” “Socialist” Ties – Ewwww, Socialism, Be Scared, Boogah-Boogah!!

For today’s right-wing, socialist baiting is the new red baiting. Those who get this message don’t have a freaking clue about socialism other than what their gurus tell them which is that it’s bad – so baaaad. Obama was frequently accused of being a scary socialist – in addition to being a Marxist and Islamic radical – go figure!!! Fox, being the propaganda network for the right wing, is running with a report sourced from the Washington Times and being peddled, on Fox, by non MENSA member Republican Senator Jim (no gays in my family and God won’t allow global warming) Inhofe that Obama’s new Global Warming “Czar” is connected to a “socialist” group. Fox News now has an article "Obama Climate Czarina Was Member of Socialist Group's Environmental Commission” on its website. You just can’t make this stuff up – wait a minute, Fox News can!!!!

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Reported by Priscilla at 7:05 PM

January 10, 2009

“Grapevine” Quotes Noted Islamophobe (Whoops – “Terrorism Expert”) In Order To Smear US Representative Keith Ellison

Fear of Islam is certainly a “trump card” in Fox’s “scary” deck. Like the red baiting that went on during the McCarthy era, it provides a handy scapegoat and diversion from the real issues besetting this country. It appeals to those who love to hate anybody or anything that isn’t part of their narrow social cohort and even narrower world view. Fox is the network that gives a forum to the Islamophobic Dennis Prager whose smear of Keith Ellison, on the Sean Hannity show, earned Prager a rebuke from the Washington DC Holocaust Memorial Committee. Right wing hate radio host Mike Gallagher has used Fox News to promote “Muslim profiling” at airports. And Fox is the only network who interviews and uses information from perhaps paranoid “terrorism expert” Steve Emerson, who sees Jihad as the cause of every act of destruction including the 1995 bombing of the Federal Building in Oklahoma City (Whoopsie), to support its anti-Islamic memes. So it’s not surprising that Fox, in promoting its Islamophobic agenda, turns to Emerson. And in so doing, they get to smear Keith Ellison – again.

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Reported by Priscilla at 3:25 PM

December 28, 2008

Is Fred Barnes Homophobic Or Just Out Of Touch?

During the “Up and Down” segment of the December 20th Beltway Boys show, Rick Warren (not surprisingly on America’s “Christian” network) was given an “up.” Fred Barnes said that gay rights groups are “hopping mad” because of Warren’s promotion for California’s Prop 8 which outlaws same sex marriage. Not surprisingly, Barnes didn’t mention that many in the “pro-life” (anti-choice) movement are also not happy campers. A clip of Warren, stating that he was against changing a 5,000 year definition of marriage, was played. The clip was a nice reinforcement for the homophobes in the audience as Warren conflated gay marriage with incest and pedophila: .” I'm opposed to having a brother and sister be together and call that marriage. I'm opposed to older guys marrying a child and calling that a marriage.” Warren also said that he was against polygamy – a comment rich in irony as, at one time in the US, this was an acceptable “redefinition” of marriage. Kondracke took a reasoned view. Not surprisingly Barnes didn’t – and come to find out, he doesn’t seem to have a reasoned view of gays as evidenced by past commentary.

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Reported by Priscilla at 12:02 PM

December 23, 2008

Baier to replace Hume on Special Report

Bret Baier, a frequent stand-in for Brit Hume on Special Report, has been named as Hume's permanent replacement, FOX News has announced. Brit Hume's last broadcast is today, 12/23/08. Huffington Post has more.

Reported by Chrish at 5:07 PM

December 21, 2008

Culture and Media Institute’s “Grinch Awards” Who cares? Grapevine Does!

If there is any doubt as to the political leanings of Fox News, one has only to watch the “Grapevine” segment on Fox News “Special Report” to see evidence of a political agenda pitched to a specific group. This unbalanced reporting encompasses certain basic themes, chief among them being the culture war (persecuted or triumphant Christians/morally deficient liberals particularly gays), science (global warming is a hoax), and politics (perceived or real malfeasance on the part of Democrats while ignoring that of Republicans). “Grapevine” provides affirmation and validation for their core demographic. Because of this tilt, certain right wing organizations are given “pride of place” in “Grapevine” segments – one of them being, “The Culture and Media Institute” which is a project of the Media Research Center whose leader is Fox fave, Brent Bozell. So it was no surprise that Friday night’s (December 19th) “Grapevine” treated us to a little goody from those whose mission is “to preserve and help restore America's culture, character, traditional values, and morals against the assault of the liberal media elite, and to promote fair portrayal of social conservatives and religious believers in the media.” Like Bill O’Reilly, they’re “looking out for us!”

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Reported by Priscilla at 8:09 AM
Fox News Can’t Quit Bill Ayers, reported by Priscilla,
Fox Hearts “Joe The Plumber”, reported by Priscilla,
Is Fox Starting A War On Oprah?, reported by Priscilla,
Fox News Receives “Award”, reported by Priscilla,
Brit Hume Smears Minority Journalists, reported by Priscilla,
Brit Hume Has Some Splaining To Do!, reported by Priscilla,
Brit Hume Blinds Them With Science, reported by Priscilla,
Fox Pimps McCain?, reported by Chrish,
Fox Plays the Race Card?, reported by Chrish,
FOX spins the surge, reported by Chrish,
FOX News Does a 17-minute About Face, reported by Marie Therese,
FOX Teaser Ad Subtly Disses Democrats, reported by Marie Therese,
Al Qaeda: Now You See It, Now You Don't, reported by Marie Therese,
It's Open Season on Undocumented Immigrants, reported by Marie Therese,
Fred Barnes: Iraq Surge a Smashing Success, reported by Marie Therese,
Grapevine Whine - Just BeKos, reported by Nancy,
A Brief Respite from All the Bad News, reported by Marie Therese,
Hume Protects Richard Perle, reported by Janie,
A Tale of Two "Apologies", reported by Janie,
Excusing Paul Bremer, reported by Janie,
Fred Barnes Rewrites History, reported by Janie,
Does Fox Hate Islam?, reported by Janie,
Attacking Ted Kennedy For Fun, reported by Janie,
Hume and "Islamic Fascism", reported by Janie,
"Google Bombing" "Path to 9/11", reported by Janie,
Beating the War Drums, reported by Janie,
Fox News: Israel's PR Channel, reported by Janie,
Will Hume Follow Up?, reported by Janie,
Kerry Vs. Lieberman, reported by Janie,
Apologizing for George Allen, reported by Janie,
Fox Launches Assault on the ABA, reported by Janie,
Hume Defends Racist Remarks, reported by Janie,
Brit Hume Misquoting John Kerry, reported by Janie,
Grapevine: Not-So-Sour Grapes, reported by Nancy,
Grapevie Whine - PC Prizes, reported by Nancy,
Grapevine Whine - Brit Obits, reported by Nancy,
Grapevine Whine - Media Martyr?, reported by Nancy,
The Plame Blame Game, reported by Chrish, 0 comments
'Nuff said, reported by Chrish, 0 comments
Framing Miss Miers, reported by Chrish, 0 comments
Fox credit revoked, reported by Chrish, 0 comments
Whines from the Grapevine, reported by Nancy,
Slim Pickin's, reported by Nancy,
Brown: the new black, reported by Chrish, 0 comments
What a combination, reported by Chrish, 0 comments
"D" is For ..., reported by Nancy,
Pre-Empting News With Glurge, reported by Nancy,
The Big Lie, reported by Nancy,
Who's Your Hero?, reported by Nancy,
Deja Vu All Over Again, reported by Nancy,
The John Bolton Show, reported by Nancy,
Sour Hypocritical Grapes, reported by Nancy,
Hume Gets Nowhere with NORAD, reported by Nancy,
The Long & The Short Of It, reported by Nancy,
Close, But No Cigar, reported by Nancy,
Filibluster, reported by Nancy,
On FNC, "Four" Equals "Vast", reported by Nancy,
Lord of the Bash, reported by Nancy,
Brit Humorless, reported by Nancy,
Fred Barnes Strikes Again, reported by Nancy,
Barnes Disses Kondracke, reported by Nancy,
Is Barnes the New Krauthammer?, reported by Nancy,
Un-Special Report, reported by Nancy,
Barnes Calls the Kettle Black, reported by Nancy,
Hume Gets It Wrong ... Again, reported by Nancy,
The Art of Distraction, reported by Nancy,
Military Recruitment Tool?, reported by Nancy,
Double Play, reported by Nancy,
Brit Hume: Resign, reported by Melanie, 0 comments
Yawn, reported by Nancy,
Trashing Ted Kennedy, reported by Chrish, 0 comments
Happy Iraq Voting, reported by Ellen, 0 comments
Ted Turner Nails FNC, reported by Nancy,
Same Old, Same Old, reported by Nancy,
Keyword: "Obstructionist", reported by Nancy,
Covering for Condi, reported by Nancy,
Whining Reactionaries, reported by Nancy,
The Spin Never Stops, reported by Nancy,
Gung Ho!, reported by Nancy,
Voodoo Economics Redux, reported by Nancy,
No "Happy Iraq" Stories Tonight, reported by Nancy,
Not At All Special, reported by Nancy,
Special Report's Not So Special, reported by Nancy,
Nothing Special Tonight, reported by Nancy,
Hume's Back, Still Humorless, reported by Nancy,
I'm Thankful Hume's Away, reported by Nancy,
Better Without Hume, reported by Nancy,
Moderates Not Welcome Here, reported by Nancy,
Still Bashing the CIA, reported by Nancy,
Arafat-Watch, reported by Nancy,
Early Predictions Already, reported by Nancy,
God weighs in?, reported by Chrish,
Massaging the Catholic vote., reported by Chrish,
Kerry disputed at every turn., reported by Chrish,
No second chances November 2., reported by Chrish,
Same opponent, same issue., reported by Chrish,
More media analysis analysis., reported by Chrish,
The Election & Iraq, reported by Eleanor,
Tax Cut For Whom?, reported by Eleanor,
Squeezing a Story Dry, reported by Eleanor,
"No" is Not the Right Answer, reported by Eleanor,
Business As Usual, reported by Eleanor,
Distraction Rides Again, reported by Eleanor,
New Viet Nam Issue, reported by Eleanor,
Who Has the Burden?, reported by Eleanor,
New Story Evolving, reported by Eleanor,
Terror, Terror Everywhere, reported by Eleanor,
Helping the Cause, reported by Eleanor,
Spinning Common Sense, reported by Eleanor,
Viet Nam Free-for-All Continues, reported by Eleanor,
Campaigns Out of Balance, reported by Eleanor,
All Political Guns on One Side, reported by Eleanor,
Three Wars, reported by Eleanor,
Balancing Act, reported by Eleanor,
Unequal Advocacy, reported by Eleanor,
Nuanced Reporting, reported by Eleanor,
Finally, REAL Polls, reported by Nancy,
Political Warfare, reported by Eleanor,
Fox's Immediate Response, reported by Melanie,
Obvious, reported by Melanie,
Miller #7 and Swift Boats Again, reported by Eleanor,
In Lock Step With the GOP, reported by Melanie,
The RNC Party Line, reported by Eleanor,
Flip Flopper and Masquerade, reported by Eleanor,
Look What's Missing, reported by Eleanor,
Our Economic Future, reported by Eleanor,
Rove, Fox & the Swift Boats, reported by Melanie,
Kerry Fighting Back, reported by Eleanor,
Political Calculations, reported by Eleanor,
Is Fox Feeling the Heat?, reported by Melanie,
The Buck Stops on Second Shift, reported by Eleanor,
Where's the Ball?, reported by Eleanor,
Unbelievable, reported by Eleanor,
Interesting Timing, reported by Eleanor,
Ghost of Viet Nam Past, reported by Eleanor,
Compare & Contrast, reported by Nancy,
We Need More "Exploiting", reported by Eleanor,
Terrible Job Explaining Tax Cuts, reported by Eleanor,
Kerry's Race to Lose, reported by Eleanor,
War of Words, reported by Eleanor,
Offense vs Defense, reported by Eleanor,
, reported by Nancy,
FNC Coverage of Bill and Hill, reported by Chrish,
Dang, we shouldn't have done that, reported by Chrish,