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October 3, 2011

How Ugly Will Be The Sarah Palin-Fox News Break Up and How Soon?

A recent headline at Crooks and Liars was guaranteed to catch my attention: “Palin Now Feuding With Juan Williams and Megyn Kelly,” written by Tina Dupuy. It’s similar to some of what we do here at News Hounds: it’s a few words to introduce a video clip, in this case one of Lawrence O’Donnell from MSNBC. However, it dovetails nicely with a hilarious and insightful post on Depuy’s blog I read about a year ago titled “Sarah Palin: America’s Full-Time Professional Duelist” in which she pegged The Quitter From Wasilla better than anyone else has, before or since: “In fact, Palin is now our nation’s only full-time professional duelist. She fights with everyone. Her entire post-quitting career is centered on flame wars, most of which she starts. They are often petty, sanctimonious, trumped-up jabs which do nothing but make the media talk about her more. And she’s monetized the drama. She’s gone pro. Yes, she’s found the formula Paris Hilton and Kim Kardashian pioneered: shameless and shallow sells.” Written eleven months ago, nothing Sarah Palin has done or said has changed that impression. All Dupuy has had to do is maintain her “Sarah Palin’s Enemies List,” a compendium of all the feuds (whether one-sided or not) that Palin has engaged in since she left Alaska in the lurch. That list now stands at 92 and, amazingly, has grown by two since I began this article!!! The O’Donnell clip is about Palin’s feuds with Megyn Kelly and Juan Williams, coming in on Dupuy’s list at numbers 89 and 90 respectively. Palin using Fox “News” to engage in her petty feuds is nothing new. What is new, however, is that her feuds are now with other Fox “News” personalities. Watch:

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Reported by Aunty Em at 9:23 AM

June 16, 2011

Van Susteren Talks To Gingrich About His “Lousy Way To Run A Campaign”

I’ve written before about Fox News not being terribly excited about Newt Gingrich’s presidential campaign. Maybe that’s what gave Greta Van Susteren the temerity to give Newt Gingrich a talking to about his poor handling of the media. But you could almost hear the “it’s for your own good” in her voice as she did so. Also, she all but bent over backwards to give Gingrich opportunities to acquit himself of charges about the disruptive role of his wife in the campaign and reports that his charitable organization came “dangerously close” to being used as a vehicle to promote his politics. Instead, Gingrich repeatedly obfuscated, bobbed and weaved. It’s no wonder Van Susteren lost patience near the end of the nearly 17-minute interview.

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Reported by Ellen at 4:50 PM

May 12, 2011

Al Sharpton Gives Fox News A Pass On Their Racism

Rev. Al Sharpton appeared on The Ed Show yesterday (5/11/11) where host Ed Schultz asked him if there was "underlying racism" in Fox News' "Common" controversy. Sharpton made some good points but ultimately he ducked the race question - thereby giving Fox News an undeserved pass. It's astounding that this supposed civil rights leader would do this.

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Reported by Ellen at 7:12 PM

April 10, 2011

The Whole World Reacts To Glenn Beck’s Firing

A combination of sadness and schadenfreude greeted the news that Glenn Beck will no longer be broadcasting out of the Fox “News” building. Predictably, since the Beckinator covers covered such a large media landscape in his scant 27 months at the help of his eponymously named Comedy Caliphate Cavalcade, once again Glenn Beck was the biggest news on the planet the subject of media attention, and, once again, not for something good.

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Reported by Aunty Em at 8:43 AM

March 26, 2011

O’Reilly Blames Obama For GE’s Tax Avoidance

The New York Times came out with a lengthy article about how General Electric, despite having a very good year that earned them more than $14 billion in profit, $5.1 billion of which came from U.S operations, managed to owe absolutely no corporate income taxes for 2010. Never mind that the article also noted that many other companies have employed strategies to bring corporate tax receipts to new lows. Bill O’Reilly seized on the cozy relationship between President Obama and GE, compared that to his own tax bill of “millions,” and suggested that he was being penalized because he’s a conservative.

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Reported by Ellen at 11:43 AM
Maddow And Stewart Take On Glenn Beck, reported by Guest Blogger,
Fox News Ratings Plunge; MSNBC Ratings Rise, reported by Guest Blogger,
Wimpy MSNBC Cowed by Bill O'Reilly, reported by Melanie,
Tim Russert Dies, reported by Melanie,
Projection, thy name is O'Reilly, reported by Chrish,
Framing the hate debate, reported by Chrish,
More Hate Mail, reported by Melanie,
Olbermann: O'Reilly Needs Help, reported by Judy,
Olbermann Adds Laughs to FOX News Sunday, reported by Marie Therese,
Bill O'Reilly's Conflict of Interest, reported by Marie Therese,
Scarborough: "O'Reilly...suck-up", reported by Chrish,
O'Reilly's 15 Minutes of Shame, reported by Judy,
It's Not Just FOX, reported by Ellen, 0 comments
The FOXification of CNBC?, reported by Marie Therese, 0 comments
Ain't it Great?, reported by Melanie, 0 comments
Unhappy Iraq, reported by Nancy,
Save the Tapes Fund, reported by Judy,
Truth be told..., reported by Chrish,
Sleazy O'Really, reported by Judy,
Where's Carl Cameron -- II, reported by Judy,
MSNBC Post-Debate Coverage, reported by Marie Therese,
Finally, REAL Polls, reported by Nancy,
Kerry's "Midnight Speech", reported by Melanie,
Miller #8 on Hardball, reported by Deborah,
All The World's His Stage, reported by Deborah,
Chris Matthew's Happy Hour, reported by Deborah,
I Love New York, reported by Ellen,
It's Okay To Disagree but..., reported by Deborah,
Cry Baby Malkin, reported by Judy,
Politically Incorrect, reported by Eleanor,
Convention Non-Coverage, reported by Judy,
, reported by Nancy,
Berger Story on MSNBC, reported by Eleanor,
Reading the Fine Print, reported by Judy,
Over The Top Patriotism, reported by Melanie,
Losing the Fight, reported by Eleanor,
Cheney Above the Law?, reported by Eleanor,
Hang the Neocons, reported by Eleanor,