Despite the fact that Bill O’Reilly despises me, I actually like him sometimes. I even find him quite funny at times. Tonight was one of those occasions, especially his discussion with John Stossel about whether or not there should be laws banning public nudity. I actually burst out laughing while I watched it at the gym (i.e. in public). My reputation may be ruined but in the spirit of fairness and balance and for a little lightheartedness on a summer’s eve, I thought I’d share it with you.Read more
Bill O’Reilly added to the Fox News pile on against the Brooklyn principal who decided to pull Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the U.S.A.” from her school’s kindergarten graduation. Rather than do any real investigation into the reasons for the decision, O’Reilly announced, “This woman obviously doesn’t like the country, that’s what I think.” Later, he said he’d send ambush producer Jesse Watters to the graduation if she didn’t explain her decision. Never mind that she already has.Read more
Trump Blasts Bill Maher for Saying America Should Get Over Its Exceptionalism – Then Blasts Some of America’s Most Exceptional Attributes
Despite its claim to being "fair & balanced," Fox Nation does seem to tilt a teensy bit right. (Ya think!) And now that campaign season has begun, it's interesting to see how Fox Nation is moving from mere reporting on right wing candidates to actual activism. As such, they are urging their viewers to watch Congressman Allen West's newest campaign ad in a thread titled "Watch, Allen West's Epic New Ad." "Epic?" So much for journalistic objectivity and "a commitment to the core principals of...fair and balanced coverage of the news." Wonder if they'll encourage the "nation" to watch an ad from West's opponent and if so, will they consider it "epic?" (Ya think!)
In right wing Fox world, any perceived affront to the right wing community by those groups not beloved by the right wing is described in hyperbolic terms connoting extreme distress. "Outrage" is the usual term of endearment but Todd Starnes got creative and in his story about a graduation speech given in Spanish, he used the word "enrage" to describe the reaction of the local community. The title of his report is "Spanish Graduation Speech Enrages Community." He writes that "many people" were upset that the valedictorian gave his speech in Spanish. But the article that he links to, in the local press, states that the school principal has received positive as well as negative feedback. The negative feedback -"half a dozen or so calls" to the school department. Oh well, now that Starnes' article is on Fox Nation, that proud to be American community will certainly become enraged.
The investigation into the national security leaks hasn’t even begun yet Fox News has already decided the Obama administration is guilty. But now, thanks to the unsubstantiated theory of Pat “I play a Democrat on Fox News TV” Caddell, Fox is fingering National Security Advisor Tom Donilon as the leaker. And for Hannity, that’s reason enough to accuse Obama of being at the heart of it all.Read more
When Governor Rick Scott (R-FL) appeared on Your World today, host Neil Cavuto asked surprisingly tough questions about Scott’s voter purge. It was uncharacteristic for Cavuto to be so skeptical toward any Republican governor, especially one that’s been in the cross-hairs of public scrutiny. It was even more uncharacteristic for a Fox News host not to cheerlead any and all efforts against voter fraud. But Cavuto’s questions suggested he (and the Republican Party) are worried that the voter purge could lose Florida for Mitt Romney.Read more
On Saturday evening, Commerce Secretary John Bryson was involved in an incident where he hit two cars in quick succession. ABC News reports that he was initially suspected of a hit and run, before medical professionals confirmed that he had a seizure. Think Progress notes in their report that this is his second major seizure incident in four years - the first one being when he collapsed at a meeting in 2008. However, American Crossroads, the brainchild of Fox News contributor Karl Rove, thought that it would be cute to post on Twitter that he was driving drunk. To make it even worse, a spokesman for the group explained to TPM that was it was posted as a joke. Yeah, that's so funny I could throw up.Read more
As I reported below, an African American Coney Island School Principal is getting harassed with vile racist comments because of her decision to remove Lee Greenwood's "I'm Proud to be an American." (Some irony there!) So just to make sure that this continues, Fox Nation, a site "for those opposed to intolerance" has posted a thread, complete with photo of this woman and the headline "Does This Principal Hate America?" Nuff said!Read more
Fox & Friends Promote Outrage Over Lee Greenwood's Patriotic Song Nixed By School Principal "Pulling Plug On Patriotism"
Lee Greenwood's schlocky "I'm Proud to be an American" is the unofficial National Anthem for red state America. As such, any affront to this sacred song becomes a cause célèbre in right wing world and by extension, on Fox & Friends which, earlier this year, expressed outrage that a public school abandoned plans to sing Greenwood's song that has become the standard prop of any gathering of God fearing, patriotic Americans. This world is outraged again because, as reported in the Murdoch owned NY Post, a Coney Island school principal removed Greenwood's song from kindergarten graduation because she "didn't want to offend other cultures." Meanwhile, the kids will sing Justin Bieber's "Baby" which, I will admit, seems a little odd given that the lyrics are about teenage romance. It's obviously a local issue; but that didn't stop Fox & Friends from taking it nation by doing a segment on this latest right wing hissy fit - a segment that included commentary from the uber Christian patriot (who never served) Greenwood himself who worked in a not so subtle dig on the aforementioned principal's Jehovah Witness religion. But he's proud to be an American so it's all good...Read more