If a new Public Policy Polling report is to be believed, most Americans probably do not believe Fox News’ “fair and balanced” mantra is accurate. In a survey asking which news source is the most trusted, conservatives overwhelmingly choose Fox but moderates, independents and liberals rate it the least trustworthy. For the second year, PBS is the most trusted source. Sadly, the poll notes “Television news has become just as polarizing as the politicians themselves,” said Dean Debnam, President of Public Policy Polling. “Democrats trust everything except Fox News, while Republicans trust nothing except Fox News.”Read more
Dennis Miller mocked those who thought racial politics were played against Fox’s Juan Williams at Monday night’s Republican debate. Kicking off what was supposed to be an O'Reilly Factor discussion last night about President Obama’s trip to Disney World, Miller said to Bill O'Reilly, “Billy, Billy, heck of a show tonight. Tell Jew-Ann Williams he was great.” A few days ago, O’Reilly complained, “I don’t like this race business” when a Democrat said he thought the Republican candidates had been insensitive to South Carolina’s African Americans. But now, O’Reilly chuckled heartily. Oh, and Funny-Man Miller also had a message for the captain of the capsized ship in Italy: "Open up a wrist in a bathtub pal and do the right thing!" He also hoped the guy would get raped in prison. Classy as ever.
In Fox's latest ridiculous effort to pretend Donald Trump is a serious pundit, Greta Van Susteren hosted him last night (1/18/12) for a double session in which she treated Trump – whose only real business experience is in real estate – as an expert on the Keystone pipeline, the related environmental issues, the 2012 presidential election, Snooki and - my personal favorite – Iran.Read more
Politico’s Dylan Byers reports that FoxNews.com lifted material from John Hudson of the Atlantic Wire about Navy-trained dolphins. Byers reports that Fox News never responded to his inquiry about the piece. But he did find a note on their website apologizing for failing “to properly source and add original reporting or language that would significantly distinguish it from an article that was posted (earlier) on theatlanticwire.com.”Read more
Jerry Springer visited Fox & Friends this morning, ostensibly to discuss the “liberal slant” of Newsweek for its cover story by Andrew Sullivan calling President Obama’s critics “dumb.” But he didn’t pussy foot around calling out the hypocrisy of Fox News accusing anyone else of bias. He obviously touched a nerve belonging to Gretchen Carlson. Go, Jerry!Read more
In reporting on Alveda King's commentary, on Monday's Fox & Friends, "Jezebel" nails it in their description of the interview, on her uncle's birthday, as an example of how Fox News can "wrap a crap sandwich in a lie and call it history." And that's precisely what the right wing is trying to do in attempting to change the legacy of MLK, Jr. in order to make it more user friendly for right wing memes. No social justice or union advocacy here so move along. As part of her revisionist history of MLK, Jr., ultra anti-choice, anti-gay conservative Alveda King claimed, on Fox, that he was a "pro-life conservative." While we have no King quotes regarding abortion, one thing is clear - he was a staunch supporter of Planned Parenthood, admired Margaret Sanger, and advocated for all women to be able to control their fertility. If anything, he would be appalled by his niece's right wing militancy.Read more
We at News Hounds know as well as anyone what it's like to have your work pirated on the internet. But Congress' so-called solution not only creates more problems, it threatens the very freedom and openness that we cherish in the internet. Wikipedia, which has blacked out for the day, has more. Please join us in speaking out!
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With our new site, I thought it was time for a new hound logo. Check out Artemis, the News Hound and let me know what you think. Artemis is a real dog who happens to live with my sister. As you can see, she has inherited Aunt Ellen's affinity for blogging!Read more
O’Reilly Rounds Out His Martin Luther King Day Race-baiting with Karl Rove Making Racial Attacks On President Obama
In the last of the five O’Reilly Factor segments in which Bill O’Reilly used Martin Luther King Day to play the racial victim, he consulted Karl Rove for an explanation as to why the Obama administration is opposing Republican voter ID laws. O’Reilly was puzzled because in his mind, standing up for African Americans is a turn off to everyone else!Read more
The O’Reilly Factor used Martin Luther King Day once again last night to portray whites as victims of blacks. I’ve already posted about three other segments in which Bill O’Reilly played the white victim last night. In this one, the context was the Republican efforts to impose voter ID laws. O’Reilly forbid his guests, Monica Crowley and Alan Colmes, from debating such laws and insisted the discussion stick to the Obama administration’s decision to block the one in South Carolina on the grounds that it violated the Voting Rights Act. In other words, he laid the groundwork for another opportunity to race bait - and Crowley seized it without objection from O'Reilly.Read more