As far as I know, the Catholic Church isn't on board with lying. But Catholic Bill O'Reilly, as I reported, doesn't seem to have a problem with it. Maybe, because he's looking out for us, he gets a special dispensation. Who knows. What I do know is that at the beginning of the "Watters World" segment, during which Jesse Watters interviewed some very articulate Brown University students about the "holiday tree," O'Reilly wasn't telling the truth.Read more
In 1964, Bob Dylan talked about how the "times, they are a changing." Flash forward to 2012 when the "waters have grown" and I'm not talking hurricane tidal surges. Not only is same sex marriage legal in a number of states; but the American people, especially the younger generation, are far more tolerant of this new family structure. While "the "old road is rapidly aging," the aging "family values" crowd is still fighting against what they see as an assault on sacred traditions. Same sex marriage is now legal in Washington and Fox News, as the mouthpiece for the homophobic Christian right, is now providing a platform for those who actually think that gender neutral marriage forms signal the imminent destruction of heterosexual relationships. You just can't make this crap up - but Peter Johnson, Jr., is giving it his heterosexual and possibly homophobic best!Read more
Bill O’Reilly is apparently still smarting from the election and the loss of traditional America. Although he told guest David Silverman, president of American Atheists, that he wanted to understand atheists' position on Christmas displays, within minutes he was shouting at Silverman and calling him a fascist. Along the way, O’Reilly insisted Christianity is not a religion and that Christmas is not affiliated with any religion. Fortunately for us, Silverman was a terrific guest and did not take any of the attacks lying down. Grab the popcorn!Read more
You can always count on Monica Crowley to come up with an inflammatory conspiracy theory about the left and last night’s discussion on The O’Reilly Factor about the so-called War on Christmas was no exception. Crowley’s latest attack, in the form of victimhood, was to accuse the left of engaging in an “assault” on “all organized religion” so that there can be a "Godless society" and government can fill that void and take over. Seriously.Read more
Bill O’Reilly is puzzled by the popularity of South Korean popstar Psy’s “Gangnam Style” YouTube video (embedded in this post, after the jump) which has now been viewed more than 840 million times. So he called in Fox’s crackpot psychiatrist, Dr. Keith Ablow, to psychoanalyze its success. Ablow seems to have done not a bit of research into the social satire behind the video before concluding that it’s about nothing and that its meaninglessness and unfeelingness are what people crave now, “sort of like a drug.”Read more
It's that blessed time of the year. Stores and houses are festooned with lights. Inflatable Santas bob alongside garish Nativity scenes on front lawns. Treacly holiday music assaults the ears. Folks filled with the spirit of the season buy lots of Chinese crap that they can't afford. And on Fox "News," Christian victimhood takes on a whole new meaning as part of the annual Fox Christian confection otherwise known as the "War on Christmas" which allows persecuted Christians to whine about how evil secularists who are ruining Christmas. Much of last year's Fox war coverage centered on the "outrage" over the RI governor designating the state tree as a holiday tree. (His GOP predecessor did the same but Fox kept that mum). RI Tea Party diva GOP State Rep Doreen Costa appeared on Fox & Friends to whine. And just like Santa, she has returned this year for more Christmas whining.Read more
Bill O'Reilly is a devout traditional Catholic who, like his fellow devout traditional Catholics during the Crusades and the Inquisition, has no problem persecuting those whose beliefs do not fit into his narrow orthodoxy. Like Roman pontiffs who issued papal bulls excommunicating those who were out of line, culture warrior and pope wannabe O'Reilly issues his own denunciations via the bullshit that comes from his national pulpit. Such was the case on last night's "Talking Points," during which O'Reilly continued last year's Fox attack on RI Governor Lincoln Chafee over naming the official state tree, the "holiday tree." For traditionalist Catholic Bill O'Reilly, it just wouldn't be Christmas without some, metaphorically speaking, heretic burning. Christmas spirit at its finest. The baby Jesus must be so happy!Read more
Well, well, well. After Pulitzer-Prize winning author Tom Ricks gave Fox News an earful on the air about its partisan coverage of Benghazi - and had his interview quickly terminated - a Fox exec told The Hollywood Reporter that Ricks apologized to them. But Ricks says otherwise. It's OK for Fox to accuse other networks of all kinds of journalistic malpractice, it seems, but when the shoe's on the other foot, their widdle feewings can't take it.Read more
The GOP and Christian right hate the Affordable Care Act for many reasons. But chief among them is their opposition to the requirement that good Christian employers are now required to provide, as part of their health benefit package, free contraception. Rather than seeing, as do the insurance providers, the economic and health benefits of fertility control, free birth control is viewed as encouraging slutty slut women to engage in dirty, wild sex. These good Christian employers also feel that emergency contraception and IUD's are the devil's work because they cause abortions - a belief held by the Catholic Church and some evangelicals but not the medical community. But that doesn't stop Fox News from enabling the false meme that abortion drugs are now covered by the mandate. Yesterday, Fox "news" host, Gregg Jarrett not only continued the lie but embellished it with another lie!Read more
Fox Nation, according to their mission, "is committed to the core principles of tolerance, open debate, civil discourse, and fair and balanced coverage of the news." What's really funny is that, despite this claim of "balanced" news coverage, the anonymous "journalists" of Fox Nation accuse a real journalist, Joe Klein, of being either "dumb" or a "liar" because his version of the events in Benghazi conflict with GOP talking points. Klein, a graduate of the U of Pennsylvania and former Guggenheim fellow, writes for Time Magazine and is a member of the Council of Foreign Relations. So stupid? Hardly. As far as being a liar, he was giving his opinion about a situation about which we still don't have all the answers. But obviously Fox Nation does; but unlike Fox News, they can't just stop the speech; but rather, defame the speaker.
Update: Fox Nation has changed the title of their piece to "Scarborough vs. Klein on Susan Rice." Wonder Why?!