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November 15, 2011

Fox And Friends Outsource Smears To Comedian Brad Stine Again

Proving they learned absolutely nothing from the Hank Williams, Jr. fiasco—when he blurted out that President Obama was the enemy, leading to Williams being forcibly retired as ESPN’s Football Readyist—those Foxy Friends on Fox and Friends dragged out comedian Brad Stine for his weekly attack on the left. [Does two Mondays in a row on Fox “News” constitute “weekly”?] After last week’s appearance Priscilla noted that Stine, “as a youth, led the ‘carny life’ and went on to doing stand-up. After his conversion to Christianity, he made his faith the focus of his acts. Because he's a Christian, he doesn't use profanity… He founded ‘God Men’ a Christian group that emphasizes ‘spiritual Christianity’ and who ‘give thanks’ to God for their testosterone.” Yet, despite his proclaimed deep faith in Christianity, Stine demonstrated none of the compassion and charity that one might expect from Jesus, even a Jesus with balls. No matter. Stine was brought on to smear unemployed ‘Merkins as lazy people and he didn’t disappoint. Watch:

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Reported by Aunty Em at 9:47 AM

November 14, 2011

Maltese Knight Peter Johnson Jr. Praises Catholic College Opposition To Birth Control Mandate

Fox News has less than six degrees of separation from the Catholic Church. Given that the Catholic Church has traditionally been on the side of the rich and powerful, it's not surprising that Rupert Murdoch was given a Papal Knighthood in return for a large donation to the LA diocese for a new cathedral. The News Corps board of directors includes the very conservative Catholic and former Spanish president Jose Maria Aznar. Murdoch's American capo, Roger Ailes, isn't a Catholic but he attends Mass with his Catholic third wife. Many of the Fox anchors are Catholic and the one clergyperson who appears regularly, on Fox News, is a right wing former member of the wealthy and scandal ridden "Legion of Christ," Fr. Jonathan Morris. And it's just not choice of personnel that suggests Catholic influence in Fox News. The content, in relation to social issues, dovetails nicely with the conservative teaching of American bishops who have put "social justice" on a back burner while throwing their huge political clout to banning abortion and gay marriage. It was no coincidence that Fox "opinion" was spun for defunding of Planned Parenthood. The US bishop syndicate is not happy about health care reform regulations that mandate that Catholic institutions provide free contraception (as well as other gynecological related services) for their employees - despite the fact that many of these women are not Catholic. Thus, it wasn't surprising to see Fox's Maltese Knight, Peter Johnson Jr, on this morning's Fox & Friends, (Ailes little morning fiefdom) unilaterally defend those whose "war on women" is escalating.

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Reported by Priscilla at 11:35 AM

October 29, 2011

It’s Muslim Vs Muslim On Fox And Friends And Muslims Lose

The Foxy Friends at Fox and Friends shouldn’t play poker. That’s because they have “tells” which are far too broad to be ignored. Here’s one: Whenever they utter the words “a fair and balanced debate,” go all in. It’s a sure bet that what’s coming will be the exact opposite. [In fact, that’s a pretty good tell for the entire network in general.] That’s exactly how Brain Brian Kilmeade set up yesterday’s debate between two Muslims to tear each other apart. Surprise! It was over the very same Catholic University/Muslim Controversy that Fox “News” has been hammering home all week. However, Kilmeade seemed to forget that he’s supposed to—at the very least—pretend to be “fair and balanced” while he’s actually saying the words “fair and balanced.” Instead he telegraphed his (the networks?) bias from the get-go. Watch:

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Reported by Aunty Em at 11:13 AM

October 28, 2011

Hannity Distorts Catholic University Controversy To Beat His Anti-Islamic Drum

Whether he’d admit to it or not, Sean Hannity is obviously, blatantly anti-Islamic. He’s also a guy who has a problem with the truth. So it comes as no big surprise that rather than have a real debate about the issues surrounding a lawsuit on behalf of a group of Muslim students looking for a religiously-appropriate prayer space at Catholic University, he’d twist the case into Muslims Trying To Take The Catholic Out Of Catholic University!!! But what’s Fox News’ excuse to allow this? And how about lawyer Jay Sekulow, Hannity’s like-minded guest? Just because we previously caught him behaving like a right-wing hack on the Hannity show doesn’t mean he can’t behave like a grown up legal analyst and inform rather than inflame… or does it?

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Reported by Ellen at 1:27 PM

October 23, 2011

Steve Doocy Defends Persecuted Christian Vanderbilt Students From Evil Atheists

Christianity in the USA is doing fine. Christians are free to follow their religion without fear of pogroms and other such nastiness. Nobody is forcing Christians to worship Zeus although if the Christians had their way this country would be the United States of Jesus; but I digress. Despite their being in the catbird seat, today's right wing Christians think that they are being persecuted. And as the media outlet for persecuted Christians, Fox News has never seen a persecuted Christian they haven't loved. One of the latest bits of Christian outrage is a Vanderbilt University policy which requires that student organizations can't discriminate against "individuals based on sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression." Naturally, the Christian groups, one of which kicked out a gay member, are upset. Naturally Fox is on it like treacly art on "holy cards." Fox Nation has already taken up this topic in order to foment righteous Christian outrage. Thursday morning, Jesus BFF Steve Doocy did his good Christian soldier routine in providing validation for another Jesus BFF, Congressman Randy Forbes who is upset about this latest affront to poor persecuted Christians.

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Reported by Priscilla at 11:03 AM
The Five: Islamophobia On Parade, reported by Aunty Em,
Is Fox News Anti-Mormon?, reported by Priscilla,
Fox News Jihad Against Obama, reported by Ellen,
Bill O’Reilly’s Muslim Problem?, reported by Priscilla,
The Beck Week That Was; The History Edition, reported by Guest Blogger,
Mike Huckabee’s Flag Fetish, reported by Alex,
Fox News = Vatican’s Newsroom?, reported by Priscilla,
Merry Christmas Is Fox News Newspeak, reported by Priscilla,
Praying for lower gas prices, reported by Chrish,
Greta's gossip game, reported by Chrish,
Dobson: principles, schminciples, reported by Chrish,
Teen pregnancies up, way up, reported by Chrish,
Tidbits on Fox and Friends, reported by Donna,
FOX Devotes Sunday To Barack Obama, reported by Deborah,
Fox Plays the Race Card?, reported by Chrish,
FOX News - holier than thou?, reported by Chrish,
FOX News Does a 17-minute About Face, reported by Marie Therese,
FOX News going after CNN, reported by Chrish,
Ever Heard of FoxFaith?, reported by Melanie,
Big Story my Aunt Fanny, reported by Chrish,
Obsession Is More Than A Perfume, reported by Chrish,
Theology In The Heartland, reported by Chrish,
What's Next? Badges with Yellow Crescents?, reported by Marie Therese,
Jennifer Griffin does it again, reported by Chrish,
Israel Bombing Palestinian Targets, reported by Marie Therese,
Democracy in Action?, reported by Judy, 0 comments
This Divided State, reported by Deborah, 0 comments
History 101 By Professor Hume, reported by Nancy,
Hypocrisy, Thy Name Is FOX, reported by Nancy,
O'Reilly Ambushes Athiest Guest, reported by Marie Therese, 0 comments
The Parents' Tax Relief Act, reported by Marie Therese, 0 comments
Falwell Makes Threat, reported by Deborah, 0 comments
A Hateful Guest, reported by Ellen,
God, Morals, and Money, reported by Melanie, 0 comments
What Happens Next?, reported by Deborah, 0 comments
Beware the Garden Bunny!, reported by Nancy,
Schiavo Hysteria On FNC, reported by Deborah, 0 comments
The DaVinci Code Boycott, reported by Deborah, 0 comments
Roe Changes Her Mind, reported by Deborah, 0 comments
Alan Colmes On A Roll, reported by Ellen, 0 comments
Passion For Fairness.com, reported by Deborah, 0 comments
FOX Hypocrisy, reported by Ellen, 0 comments
Falla-la-la-la-la-lujah!, reported by Nancy,
Neverending Persecution, reported by Deborah, 0 comments
Whiners Unite!, reported by Nancy,
And MORE secular-bashing!, reported by Chrish,
God and Slavery, reported by Ellen, 0 comments
Still Playing the Victim Card, reported by Nancy,
Still Going With God, reported by Ellen, 0 comments
Looney French Law, reported by Deborah, 0 comments
Whine Christmas, reported by Ellen,
Christmas Under Seige, reported by Marie Therese, 0 comments
Do As Fox Says, Not As Fox Does, reported by Nancy,
Oh God, Part 2, reported by Ellen, 0 comments
Oh God, reported by Ellen, 0 comments
Selective Morals, reported by Ellen, 0 comments
Hannity's Second Helping, reported by Deborah,
O'Reilly-Bush Interview - Part III, reported by Marie Therese,
Hold On To Your Bibles, reported by Deborah,
Violence & Religion, reported by Eleanor,
BUSH in 1998: Something is going to happen, reported by Marie Therese,
Evangelicals Hijacked, reported by Eleanor,
Dobson Shapes a Generation, reported by Deborah,
Only Ten Minutes?, reported by Eleanor,
Sonoma Murders a "Hate Crime?", reported by Melanie,
Religion in the Workplace?, reported by Melanie,
God and Politics, reported by Eleanor,
Courting the Evangelical Vote, reported by Deborah,
Would You Call It "Free?", reported by Ellen,
Stand By Your Man, reported by Deborah,
Scott's Opinion Is Showing, reported by Judy,
Exception to the Golden Rule, reported by Eleanor,
Kerry The Heretic, reported by Deborah,
The Wisdom of Falwell, reported by Deborah,
Kerry's VP Pick and Abortion, reported by Judy,
Man of God Speaks To LHJ, reported by Deborah,
Texas: God's Country!, reported by Marie Therese,
Border Patrol vs Cardinal Mahony, reported by Marie Therese,
The Half-Spin Zone, reported by Marie Therese,
You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet, reported by Eleanor,
Polls Are Omnipotent At Fox, reported by Eleanor,
Separation of Media & State, reported by Eleanor,
The Jesus Factor, reported by Eleanor,