In case you haven't gotten your fill of Republican Convention, gentle reader, here's some long-weekend reading, via Media Matters for America. The article's entitled "They Built it: the Right-Wing Media Crafted the Falsehoods in Romney's Speech". But the main culprit it identifies is, of course, Fox News. Meanwhile, Fox is busy rebutting some of the false claims and ignoring others - more on that later.
AP reported yesterday that Twitter was “instantly ablaze” with comments mocking Clint Eastwood’s bizarre presentation to the Republican convention that included an imaginary conversation with “President Obama” in an empty chair. The wire service said that a Twitter account called @InvisibleObama had 30,000 followers half a day later. But on Fox News, the pundits fell all over themselves praising Eastwood and, of course, attacking the left for good measure while they were at it. My vote for comment of the day goes to Laura Ingraham who called Eastwood “Don Rickles in American politics.”Read more
Bill O’Reilly Suggests Contraceptives Will Fall From Ceiling When Sandra Fluke Speaks At Democratic Convention
In the run up to Mitt Romney’s convention speech last night, Bill O’Reilly gratuitously threw in some smears of Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown Law School student who gained fame after Rush Limbaugh viciously assailed her for advocating on behalf of contraception coverage in health insurance. With a mischievous grin on his face, O’Reilly tried to get his two panelists to joke that instead of balloons, condoms - or maybe diaphragms or birth control pills - would drop from the ceiling when Fluke speaks at the Democratic National Convention next week. To their credit, neither of the Fox News reporters on the set with him even remotely went there with O’Reilly.Read more
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Dick Morris: After Ann Romney’s Convention Speech, ‘Nobody’s Gonna Think’ Romney ‘Was Born Having It All’
Here we go again with another crackpot prediction from Fox News pundit, “former Clinton advisor” (and current Republican) Dick Morris. Last night, on The O’Reilly Factor, Morris pronounced Ann Romney’s convention speech a stunning success: "When she talks about how the dining room table – the ironing board was the dining room table, nobody’s gonna think that this guy (Mitt Romney) was born having it all.” Well, nobody, maybe, except Stephen Colbert and his viewers.Read more
Am I the only one who's disturbed by the fact that a news host spoke at a political party's convention? They certainly don't seem to be too concerned about it or the implications over at Fox News. In fact, they seem proud. They've got a transcript of Huckabee's remarks on FoxNews.com. Besides the ethical questions of a host, even an opinion host, operating as a blatant party operative, Huckabee's comments contain racist, misogynistic dog whistles - and deceptive smears of the kind that Fox News would be hissing over 24/7 if they came from a Democrat.Read more
Paul Ryan told a number of falsehoods in his convention speech last night. But you'd never know that to listen to the "fair and balanced" analysts on Fox News last night who came on to discuss it. They seemed to be vying for who could be his biggest fan.Read more