Necropunditry On Fox News: What Would MLK Think?
Every year at this time—due to the same internal clock that drives cicadas and the Phony War On Christmas—Fox “News” uses the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., to reinforce Right Wing Talking Points and Fox “News” memes. The practice reaches its height on Martin Luther King, Jr., Day, which always falls on a Monday for the 3-day weekend. It’s a fascinating exercise in necropunditry: divining what MLK would think about current affairs, based upon readings—and sometimes misreadings—of what he said and wrote in his lifetime. The Foxy friends at Fox and Friends played host to two separate guests on Monday, both of whom knew precisely what Martin Luther King would think: Star Parker and MLK’s own niece, Alveda King.Read more
Bill O’Reilly Attacks Racial Concerns About 2012 Election As “Garbage”
In a third segment in which Bill O’Reilly used Martin Luther King Day to play the racial victim last night, he hosted Bernard Goldberg specifically to attack journalists who expressed concerns that Republican racism will be a part of the 2012 race. Unfortunately for O’Reilly, Goldberg hilariously shot himself in the foot with a failed attempt to look racially hip. Goldberg brought a photo (undoubtedly Photoshopped) of him posing with Ice Cube. But Goldberg mistakenly and repeatedly called Ice Cube “Ice-T” and O’Reilly had to correct him.Read more
Will Fox & Friends Accuse Focus On The Family Of "Using" Children?
One of our readers, on my Hemmer/Morris thread, alluded to Fox's hypocrisy vis-a-vis kids being "used" for political purposes. True that. It was only in August of last year that Fox's Maltese King Peter Johnson Jr., Steve Doocy, and Gretchen Carlson whined about children who were in a MoveOn.org ad that promoted progressive talking points. Johnson said it was "a new low in using children for a political message." Gretch said that the kids couldn't possibly know what they were talking about. So will the gang on the curvy couch say the same things about those kids who pushed John 3:16 in a Focus On the Family ad which was aired during a recent football team? Are these very young children really that savvy about the nature of the Trinity and the meaning of "life?" Is using children for Christian evangelizing purposes any different from using them for politics? Just saying...
Bill Hemmer & Fr. Jonathan Morris Do Some John 3:16 Proselytizing?
Move over Father Jonathan Morris and Martha MacCallum. Methinks you're not the only ones who are hot for Tim Tebow. On yesterday's alleged Fox "news" show, America's Newsroom, alleged "news" anchor Bill Hemmer showed that you just might have some serious competition. But rather than crass carnality, the love shown by Catholic bachelor Hemmer and offical Foxpriest Jonathan Morris, was of a deeply spiritual nature. Both Hemmer and Morris just glowed with the fire of the Holy Spirit as they waxed poetic over Tebow and his favorite bible verse which was the basis for a Focus on the Family ad that was played during Tebow's last game. Those of a cynical nature might say that the whole segment was more of Fox's patented pimping of Christian right memes; but I'm sure it was just Christian fellowship. Right?Read more
Lingerie Football Lover Gretchen Carlson Thinks Cosmo Covers Too "Racy?"
As the morning show where Jesus and some serious "T&A" happily co-exist, Fox & Friends is the place with something for everyone. Where else can you see professional Christians get their freak on with scantily clad Victoria's secret models, Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders, and lingerie footballers while praising the lord (and Tim Tebow). It's a place where junior can feast his eyes on "Hooters Girls" before going off (after a suitable bathroom break) to some evil, librul public school system that the "friends" are always braying about. And most of all, it's a wholesome fun place where former Miss America and Jesus BFF Gretchen Carlson, who objected to sexy high school cheerleader moves, said that the Fox & Friends lingerie football scrimmage was "the best thing I've ever seen on TV." Yet, Gretch seems to have a problem with the latest "Cosmo" cover cuz it's too "racy?" Really?Read more
Bill O’Reilly Uses Martin Luther King Day To Play The Racial Victim - Pt. 2
Immediately following the Martin Luther King Day segment with South Carolina Democrat Dick Harpootlian, Bill O'Reilly used the occasion to race bait a second time when he trotted out Senator Jim DeMint and complained, "I don't like this race business."Read more
The Weekly Stine: Better To Be Pissed Off Than Pissed On
Once again the perpetual outrage machine that is Brad Stine made his regular Monday appearance on Fox and Friends to rail against political correctness and to prove—once again—there is no topic on which he’s not an expert. It’s golden that everything that makes Stine mad also happens to be a Right Wing Talking Point and/or Fox “News” meme. This week Stine carried water for those who think the marines who allegedly urinated on dead Taliban soldiers are getting a raw deal.Read more
Bill O’Reilly Uses Martin Luther King Day To Play The Racial Victim
Another Martin Luther King Day used by Fox News to race bait. Last night, Bill O’Reilly used five – count ‘em, five – segments on The O’Reilly Factor to play the racial victim. Not one segment on his show was used to promote the ideals or the philosophy of Dr. King – except as it pertains to white people and/or conservatives.Read more
Live Blogging South Carolina Republican Debate
Watch the South Carolina Republican presidential candidates' debate and the analysis with us. Share your thoughts, observations and comments about the debate and the media coverage. Starting at 9 PM ET.Read more
On Fox Nation: Bill Maher Has Returned To "Pig Maher" Status
As I predicted, after a brief hiatus from porcine status, Bill Maher is back to being "Pig Maher" on the lede Fox Nation thread. Given that the thread is video of what seems to be an amiable conversation between Bill and Herman Cain, it's unclear what Republican Rubicon Bill crossed. According to the editorial Fox Nation headline (or use of right wing wishful thinking) Cain "smoked" Maher on job creation. (The sourced article was titled "Cain Interviewed By Bill Maher") So why the return to "Pig Maher?" Oh, right, the seventh grade Beavis and Butthead types who write for Fox Nation love the use of crude epithets and personal invective. Funny, the evil librul CNN and MSNBC blogs don't go for this type of crudity. "Pig Maher?" On a blog for those "who oppose intolerance." Seriously?Read more