The Andrew Breitbart lionizing on Fox News probably reached its peak on the Hannity show last night. Sean Hannity and Monica Crowley didn’t just speak adoringly of Breitbart, FoxNews.com joined in the exaltation, too. FoxNews.com’s logo says, “fair and balanced,” so presumably it is not part of the network’s “opinion” programming. Yet their internet video of the segment is called, Andrew Breitbart: A fearless, conservative leader. The video has the subtitle, “new media pioneer leaves behind a legacy of courageous reporting.” But given Breitbart’s record of lies, dissembling, unhinged rants and on-air threats, you have to wonder, what on earth did Fox News find “courageous” about this guy?Read more
Andrew Breitbart may be dead but his race-baiting, hate mongering lives on. Last night, during a Hannity segment about Breitbart’s life and death, guest Stephen Bannon (the director of the flop The Undefeated) announced that Breitbart’s tapes of President Obama at Harvard will soon be released showing, as Breitbart recently said, “why racial division and class warfare are central to what hope and change was sold in 2008.”Read more
There is no denying that Andrew Breitbart was “a force of nature,” as The Five’s Greg Gutfeld makes clear in today’s eulogy. There’s also no denying that his legacy will be mixed, as Ellen makes clear. However, the Fox "News" sanitization of Breitbart's record continued unabated during The Five. It’s expected that Gutfeld, Eric Bolling, Dana Perino and Kimberly Guilfoyle would lionize Breitbart. However, one would have hoped that Bob Beckel would not have jumped on the “What a great guy is Breitbart Bandwagon.” Except for a brief mention of Shirley Sherrod, Beckel wanted to share how much fun it was to get drunk with Andrew Breitbart. Video below.Read more
In a never-ending conspiracy to mess with my sleep patterns, Fox “News” has decided to tack on another hour of live programming to the beginning of Fox and Friends. Beginning Monday Fox and Friends First will be the table setter for Fox "News" memes, starting 5AM EST. It’s like a prequel with the web only After The Show Show the sequel. According to an exclusive report at The Hollywood Reporter:Read more
Megyn Kelly, Trace Gallagher Mock & Slut Shame Female Georgetown Students Who Support Birth Control Access
In the war on women's reproductive rights, the newest strategy is slut shaming women who advocate for access to contraception. Included in this vilification of those who dare oppose the Catholic Church's and the GOP's position is Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown University law student who was denied the opportunity to testify before GOP Congressman Darrell Issa's congressional panel on the HHS contraceptive mandate. Issa's initial all anti-choice male panel created controversy that was fueled by his rejection of Fluke on the grounds that the issue is about "freedom of religion" and not about contraception which really is the crux of the issue. Fluke eventually testified before a group of Democrats. Alleged Fox "news" anchor, Megyn Kelly, reported on Fluke's testimony. But rather than provide "fair & balanced" coverage, including mention of Fluke's testimony regarding a fellow Georgetown student who lost an ovary because of the school's health care policy, Kelly mocked her commentary on the expense of contraception. It was also suggested that Fluke, a proponent of reproductive rights, was agenda driven. Worst of all, she and Trace Gallagher had a good chuckle about unnamed critics of Fluke who suggest, as does the multi-married and still childless *Rush Limbaugh, that Ms. Fluke and her fellow female Georgetown students are a bunch of sex crazed sluts.Read more
It’s never a happy occasion when someone dies and Andrew Breitbart’s sudden, shocking death at age 43 is no exception, especially for those friends and family who cared for and about him. However, it’s also no reason for an "objective news" program to whitewash a very controversial record that included promoting fraudulent videos about political foes, publicly blackmailing the President of the United States and unhinged hate mongering against liberals. Well, it’s not an occasion to whitewash unless you’re “fair and balanced” Fox News. Because “objective” host Martha MacCallum listened attentively and without offering any fuller context as Sean Hannity lionized Breitbart as some kind of conservative hero – other than to add her own supportive comments.Read more
Andrew Breitbart, the controversial conservative commentator and self-styled investigative journalist, has died of natural causes at the age of 43 according to media reports taken from his websites. We wish to extend our sincere condolences to his family and all who loved him.
Breitbart was behind the discredited Acorn Pimp'n'Ho sting, the Shirley Sherrod controversy, and "leaking" a photo of former Rep. Anthony Weiner's penis, among other things, and was a frequent guest on Fox News Channel. Updates and commenting guidelines after the jump.Read more
Mitt Romney dropped by The O’Reilly Factor for a lengthy interview last night. Apparently, when Bill O’Reilly describes his show as the “No Spin Zone” that does not preclude the host offering some advice to a Republican presidential candidate. Romney’s image – and his inability to connect with voters – must have been something O’Reilly has given a great deal of thought to because he spoke vehemently and with obvious frustration over the subject.Read more
DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz visited Fox & Friends this morning for a discussion about the results of the Republican primaries the night before. Every single question from Gretchen Carlson seemed to come straight out of a playbook for Mitt Romney. Compare that to her unabashed enthusiasm for Eric Bolling's anti-Obama song. Fair and balanced? Yeah, if you think Republicans are non-partisan.
If there’s any doubt in your mind that Fox News will play the race card against Obama in the upcoming presidential campaign, last night’s O’Reilly Factor should put it to rest. Bill O’Reilly purported to hold a debate over whether or not one of President Obama’s campaign YouTube videos crossed a line between church and state. But O’Reilly changed the direction of his own discussion by abruptly asking “What would happen” if Rick Santorum started a campaign to engage white churchgoers to vote for him. It was a deliberate effort to inject race and in a way so as to suggest that white people suffer at the hands of over-privileged African Americans.Read more