No, you're not having visual hallucinations. Bryan Fisher, of the "family values" hate group, the American Family Association, actually said this about Roger Ailes. In an article about the success of Fox News, the radical homophobic, Islamophobic, theocracy supporting, and all around bigot Fischer said that Ailes' leadership is "exactly the style that Jesus taught." Fischer claims that Ailes is the embodiment of Mark 10:45 in that, like "the son of man," Ailes "did not come to be served but to serve." I guess my understanding of Jesus, despite my 12 years of Catholic school, is limited. I wouldn't think that Jesus would approve of the kind of partisan lies, personal attacks, and race baiting that are a specialty of Ailes' Fox News. Right Wing Watch also points out that some of Ailes' own past history doesn't exactly seem very Christ like. Go figure! Dave Briggs did say that Ailes is Fox's "own version of God." But doesn't that mean that Fox employees are violating the first commandment by worshipping a strange god? Oh, noooo....Paging Father Morris....
Perhaps the biggest bogus meme of the Christian right is that their religious freedom is under attack by forces of evil, secular "political correctness." As their mouthpiece, Fox News is doing all they can to aid and abet. Earlier this week, uber Christian warrior Gretchen Carlson presented the sixth in a string of Fox & Friends attacks on Vanderbilt which focused on what is seen as an "assault on religious liberty by - you guessed it - "political correctness." The policy was put in place after a gay student was ousted from a Christian group's leadership because he was gay. So far, that hasn't been mentioned on Fox & Friends who, today, had their sixth installment in their Vanderbilt hates Christians series during which a Christian Republican student got to whine about the policy. However, unlike anything done by Gretchen Carlson, atheists weren't mentioned.Read more
Newt Gingrich visited the Hannity show last night where he predictably spewed venom against President Obama. But Gingrich outdid himself when he repeatedly suggested that Obama is a traitor who “appeases” our enemies - such as Iran and the Taliban - and double-crosses our allies and troops.Read more
Donald Trump revived his birther talk last night – egged on by Sean Hannity. On a Hannity show that was supposedly a forum for each of the Republican presidential candidates, Trump got the first half hour - while each of the participating candidates got just a few minutes in the second half of the show. It was as if even Hannity was acknowledging his lack of enthusiasm for the roster. And he made up for that with racially-tinged smears.Read more
Your World joined the Fox News Trumpeters yesterday as it breathlessly discussed Donald Trump’s endorsement of Mitt Romney and pretended this was the big news that Trump pretended it was. Neil Cavuto interviewed Trump yesterday and called the endorsement, “a stunning, surprise announcement.” Cavuto asked, “Why Mitt Romney?”Read more
“Civil,” “America-loving” Fox Nation (just pay no attention to all that talk about wanting to murder our president and other Democrats) is giving some love to Allen West’s hate-mongering rant – in which he said President Obama and other Democrats should “get the hell out of the United States” – again. The website that purports to believe in “strengthening our diverse society by striving for unity,” once again has quite an odd way of showing it. This time, the website run by O’Reilly ambush producer Jesse Watters is painting West as the victim of anti-American liberals.Read more
The Dallas Morning News reports that the Komen Foundation is reversing its earlier decision to stop funding cancer screenings at Planned Parenthood. This is after Fox "straight news" anchor Martha MacCallum said, during a discussion with "Concerned Woman for America" Penny Nance who supported the decision and a doctor who didn't, that "They're a private organization who should be able to spend their money as they see fit." Well, Martha, looks like those who care about women don't agree with you and we won!
The Fox News logo has the words "Fair& Balanced." However, their top brass, when challenged on their apparent lack of said qualities, claimed that the "opinion" shows, despite being part of the channel represented by the logo, are exempt from being "fair & balanced." But when you have Fox "straight news" tag teaming with Fox opinion on a right wing issue that Roger Ailes wants communicated, you have a steaming pile of propaganda. Such is the case with Fox's promotion of the views of the Catholic Church regarding the mandate that they, as well as secular employers, provide free birth control to their workers under their health care plans. Fox & Friends has run seven segments promoting the church's position. Fox News has run four in which only one was "fair & balanced." And yesterday, "straight news" guy Bill Hemmer gave us the fifth report about this issue which featured yet another opponent of the policy as well as the Fox "fact" that "Plan B" is an "abortion pill." "Fair & balanced" at its finest!Read more
Predictably, Fox News made a big deal out of Donald Trump’s endorsement of Mitt Romney yesterday. Trump got more than 16 minutes at the opening of On The Record to discuss his endorsement without host Greta Van Susteren calling him out too much on his hypocrisy given that he has slammed Romney in the past. But that was nothing compared to the flippity-flopping that Trump did in the middle of the interview as first he gave Van Susteren one unlikely explanation for Romney having pulled out of the Trump debate and then, when confronted with an inconsistency about that explanation, told her he had not said what he had just said. Sadly, Van Susteren let him skate.Read more
Negative campaigning against Democrats: that’s Good, bring it on. But when Republicans turn attack ads on each other: all of a sudden, attack ads are BAD. And last night, Bill O’Reilly and Sarah Palin got kind of worried about them.Read more