"Fair & Balanced" Fox News provided extensive coverage for religious opposition to the HHS birth control mandate. Last week, the Obama administration proposed a compromise and the bishops are cautiously optimistic. Not so the religious right, the anti-choice lobby, and certain conservative Catholics who feel that the religious exemptions should include employers who believe that birth control is a big, ole mortal sin. So it's not surprising that as the mouthpiece for the religious right, Fox "News" has their back with the same kind of support and validation that was provided for the Catholic Bishops. And who better to provide support for employers who hate women object to paying for birth control than Fox's resident priest, Fr. Jonathan Morris who, in the past, has used his Fox pulpit to say that the mandate is "offensive" and that he is willing to die while fighting it. On Sunday, Fox & Friends provided validation for the views of those who still oppose the mandate - views articulated by Fox's one true priest, Fr. Morris!Read more
Jon Stewart took on the Republicans’ argument that President Barack Obama was re-elected because of a “messaging problem” in the GOP. Then he questioned that by showing Fox News’ showcasing of messaging techniques from Republican pollster Frank Luntz. Plus, Stewart made the hilariously snarky suggestion that maybe the party needs some kind of PR machine with a veneer of journalism called something like “Ferret News.”Read more
David Shuster, former reporter for Fox News and MSNBC, spoke candidly about his days as a Fox News reporter, compared Fox to MSNBC and revealed an instance where Bret Baier refused to report a story that debunked a Republican talking point. (H/T Eric J.)Read more
Oh to be a fly on the wall at the Texas School Board. This week, education leaders in the State senate are grilling the creators of an online curriculum that they say promotes Islam and socialism while deconstructing American values and patriotism. And Todd Starnes, the ever-vigilant culture warrior, is making sure we know the ungodly and un-American things those lefties are teaching our kids. “They are indoctrinating our children to hate America,” said Janice VanCleave, of Texas Education Patriots.
During the Political Grapevine segment of Special Report yesterday, host John Roberts reported that the New York City public school system had "revealed" a much greater use of the Morning After Pill than had previously been reported. The suggestion, of course, was that the schools were covering up what a bunch of out-of-control sluts they had for students. Yet, Roberts failed to note that the greater usage of contraception has dramatically lowered teen pregnancies.Read more
A few days ago, Fox & Friends Weekend hosted a discussion about the Obama administration's compromise on the contraception mandate offered to religiously-affiliated institutions. Of course, that wasn't good enough for the Curvy Couch Crew. But what was even more striking was how the discussion was among three men and no women. And when the male guest compared the mandate to food stamps, that was a slur against both.Read more
As a result of the Newtown massacre, there has been a push for stricter gun laws. But attempts to create legislation around prohibitions on assault weapons, background checks for gun shows, limits on ammunition clip sizes, etc. are opposed by the NRA and far right Second Amendment supporters who actually believe that further gun restrictions will lead to nation wide gun seizures by President Obama's jack booted thugs. And rather than focus on the weapons that doing the killing, the right wing seem to be diverting the argument with claims that it's the mentally ill who are doing the killing and if we just lock up all these folks, everything will be hunky dory. Of course these are the same deficit hawk types who have no problem cutting mental health service; but I digress. This morning, Steve Doocy listened raptly as he sat knee to knee with his right wing sensei , Peter Johnson Jr. whose passion for gun rights clearly supersedes concern for the rights of those who are mentally ill who, contrary to Johnson's belief, are not the main offenders!Read more
Ann Coulter visited Hannity last night to offer her “thoughts” on gun control – which, naturally, meant that the 50-ish Coulter let forth with a stream of childish invective. Near the end, she spewed outrage that people would think “we” don’t care about children. Because, you know, she’s such a vision of compassion and caring.Read more