Circle your calendar, or set the Tivo, because PBS’ award-winning Frontline series has scheduled a documentary on the “News of the World” phone backing scandal that’s been roiling Britain’s ruling class for the past year. In “Murdoch's Scandal,” scheduled for March 27th, “correspondent Lowell Bergman tells the story of the battle over the future of News Corporation, Rupert Murdoch's reputation and his family's fortunes.” After James Murdoch resigned as CEO of News International, Bergman appeared on “The Takeaway” (Public Radio’s morning show) and explained it is so important to get to the bottom of this scandal and why it could top Watergate in the Political Hall of Shame:Read more
“Fair and balanced” Fox News trotted out Fox News contributor Ambassador John Bolton – smack dab in the middle of its Super Tuesday Republican primary coverage – for a little war mongering against Iran, a little bashing of President Obama on the same subject and an endorsement of Mitt Romney as the best candidate for going to war dealing with Iran.Read more
Ohio is too close to call right now. Santorum won TN and OK, Romney won VA, VT and MA and Gingrich won GA. ID and ND polls just closed. Sarah Palin is on Fox right now spreading her venom disguised as insight. What are you watching? Share your thoughts and observations. I'll be updating in the comments.
As usual, Jon Stewart is willing to say what the rest of the timid media is not - and it's hilarious. Starting with his title description of Rush Limbaugh as, "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Gross." Stewart says. "Reimburse me for the Iraq war and oil subsidies and diaphragms... are on me." He's also got some devastating commentary aimed at some Fox News pundits such as Bill O'Reilly, Father Jonathan Morris and especially Megyn Kelly. Funny and true!
You can barely watch a Fox News discussion about President Obama without hearing the right-wing hatriots attack him for “apologizing for America” and “not believing in American exceptionalism.” Yet when it comes to Israel, the pundits openly side with that country over their own. Case in point, Sean Hannity’s discussion with Newt Gingrich last night.Read more
Let me start by saying that I like and respect Kirsten Powers. She is still officially the News Hounds “Best in Show” for her courageous confrontation with Megyn Kelly for using the bogus New Black Panther Party “controversy” to turn President Obama into a “scary black man.” But, unfortunately, I can’t find anything positive or constructive about Powers’ decision to jump into the Limbaugh/Fluke fray with a gratuitous attack on the left.Read more
“Happening Now” Drops Pretense At Objectivity When James Rosen Reads Right Wing Tweets To Defend Limbaugh
The Fox “News” Channel is having an existential crisis, questioning everything it holds dear. The Rush Limbaugh maelstrom continues to spiral out of control despite the non-apology apology issued by Limbaugh over the weekend. More advertisers have dropped Limbaugh, some knowing full well he had already issued his non-apology; Peter Gabriel has demanded his music be removed from Rush’s show; at least one station has dropped his show entirely; and it’s creating a major, but amusing, distraction among the GOP presidential candidates, as they straddle the line between not appearing to condone Limbaugh’s unhinged attacks on Sandra Fluke and not offending the Ditto God. This new and unfamiliar climate creates a massive problem for an entity like Fox “News” and every single one of its personalities. If the previously untouchable Rush Limbaugh was forced to issue a non-apology apology—and even that didn’t staunched the bleeding!!!—then everybody at Fox “News” has to be wondering how safe they are. Consequently, Fox “News” must do everything in its power to tamp this story down. Case in point: Today James Rosen whitewashed the Limbaugh story on the supposedly objective “Happening Now,” part of Fox’s non-opinion block of shows.Read more
Chris Wallace was surprisingly aggressive during his 15-minute interview with Rick Santorum yesterday. I’m sure some will point to it as proof that he’s tough on Republicans. I say, not so fast. It just so happens that, as Fox’s Mike Huckabee noted this morning, Republicans are beginning to unite behind Mitt Romney and Politico reported that “High-profile Republicans are beginning to call for the curtain to fall on the brutal and brutish presidential primary.” But if Santorum does lose his insurgency this week, many may point to this devastating interview as one of the reasons.Read more
In clear proof that women have not come a long way, baby, Georgetown law school student, Sandra Fluke got herself the equivalent of a big "scarlet letter" for daring to speak openly about women's reproductive health rights. Rush Limbaugh and the right wing Inquisition (including Fox's "America Live") immediately attacked her in the most vile and personal way. Limbaugh's misognyistic smear set in motion a plethora of equally misognyistic smears. Truth became a casualty in the smearfest which consisted of verbiage regarding how Fluke should "keep her legs together." Her complaint about Georgetown health insurance for law school students morphed into the lie that she was asking the government to pay for "her" birth control. While it's no surprise that Limbaugh would attack her in this way, one would expect better from a Catholic priest even considering the Catholic Church's arguably misogynistic theology. One would hope that the rhetoric of a priest, who supports the "family values" agenda of the religious and GOP right, would be a little more circumspect than Limbaugh's. Abandon hope. Yesterday, during his Fox & Friends weekly sermonette, Father Jonathan Morris got down in the fetid slime that Limbaugh left behind. Methinks Roger Ailes' personal priest needs to review his 10 Commandments - particularly the one about "false witness."Read more
Today was the exciting launch of the new Fox “News” morning show “Fox and Friends First,” which is really a return to an old name that Fox “News” retired in 2008 when Fox and Friends was expanded to 3 hours. No matter how unoriginal the name might be, NewsHounds readers are more interested in the on-air product. For a longer review, keep reading. However, if you want a capsule review Twitter-style: “Fox and Friends First” is the blondest and leggiest show Fox “News” has ever produced. Based on this alone: ‘Merkin men seem to be the target audience."Read more