Jon Stewart highlighted what a difference a president makes when it comes to cable pundits pontificating about democracy in the Middle East. Stewart noted that a "young, not-as-fat" Hannity and other right-wingers "couldn't do enough to promote democracy in the Middle East as long as it was done at the end of George Bush's gun. But as Middle Eastern countries choose leaders for themselves? Lordy, lordy the pearls can't be clutched enough!"Read more
While ceaselessly complaining that President Obama has bungled the U.S. role in the Middle East with weakness or appeasement, Ex-pastor Mike Huckabee deliberately ratcheted up the hostilities this week when he promoted a blatantly Islamophobic parody song that was obviously designed to offend on as many levels as possible. Sample lyrics, c/o Think Progress:
Hot bed Middle East
Not fit for man or beast
Sand dunes, camels
Virgins when you die
Democracy, Arab spring
That doesn’t mean a thing
Culture, freedom, pyramids goodbye
In the Center for American Progress report, "Fear Incorporated," Fox News is described as the media enabler for Islamophobia in that it provides a platform for those who seek to create fear and loathing of Islam. But in addition to obvious purveyors of hate, like Pam Geller, it seems that Roger Ailes has tapped one of his homies to preach the anti-Islam gospel of the Fox crusade in the form of Fox priest Father Jonathan Morris who, unlike the few other clergy folks who occasionally appear on Fox, has a regular Sunday gig. During this week's Sunday sermon, the sweet faced Fr. Morris started off with what appeared to be a plea for tolerance but what then morphed into a not so subtle denunciation of Islam. And if a priests says that Islam is bad, then it must be true because on Fox, "father," knows best.Read more
Fox News has given heavy coverage to the Chicago teachers strike - yet in none of at least 89 segments has the "fair and balanced" network disclosed that its parent company, News Corporation, owns 90% of the company doing the testing that is at the heart of much of the dispute.Read more
In his continuing series on good parenting, Bill O'Reilly, who is not a child development specialist but plays one on TV, provided yet another tip for parents. On last night's "Factor," he advised parents - ready for it - to teach children to be kind to others because, "It's Karma, the kinder you are, the better life you will have." He summarized his Factor tip of the day. "Be kind to strangers and people you know." Anybody see any cognitive dissonance here?Read more
Neil Cavuto and guest Malia Lazu discussed the one-year anniversary of Occupy Wall Street, on September 17, by debating whether or not the movement has made any difference. Cavuto didn’t hide his disdain. He said up front, “You have to have a point to a rally… There seemed to be a lot of bitching going on here, and not a lot of clarifying going on here, and I think that diluted the message.”Read more
Fox News’ all-out effort to neutralize Mitt Romney’s 47% remarks now includes exploiting the hell out of a fourteen-year-old audio of then-Illinois-state-senator Barack Obama saying that he believes in redistribution.Read more
Your humble servant has often wondered who writes Fox Nation headlines. Well, the headline for the first of today's many posts about Romney's "47%" remark reads "RAW VIDEO: ROMNEY GETS REAL." But the URL for the post reads: http://nation.foxnews.com/mitt-romney/2012/09/17/romney-unplugged-scathing-takedown-dependent-obama-voters.
Really?? Someone had a chance to use the words "scathing takedown" in a headline and then changed their mind? Did they actually decided Romney wasn't scathing after all? That's a first.