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October 30, 2011

From Rick Perry’s Campaign To Fox News’ Website

The only guest on Fox News Sunday today was Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry. As Chris Wallace said in his introduction, Perry’s “campaign staffers talk about trying to reboot Perry 2.0.” Well, Mission Accomplished on FoxNews.com! They called their video of the segment, “Rick Perry Reboots Presidential Campaign.”

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Reported by Ellen at 6:49 PM

October 14, 2011

Bob Beckel Literally Owes His Life To Roger Ailes and Eric Bolling

From the Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction Department: On yesterday’s edition of The Five—the Fox “News” equivalent of a uncomfortable family dinner each and every weekday—wacky-but-loveably-sexist cousin Greg Gutfeld interrupted the proceedings to demand that crazy-but-no-longer-addicted Uncle Bob Beckel tell the anecdote of what happened earlier in the day. Short version: At lunch, with the extended [corporate] family, Uncle Bob appears to have choked on a [jumbo?] shrimp. Beckel was the first to admit that had not Eric Bolling and Roger Ailes been there to Heimlich him [he’s big enough that it might actually take two people] the headlines today might have been very different. No. Really:

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Reported by Aunty Em at 4:23 PM

October 8, 2011

Ailes And Murdoch Acknowledge Fox News’ Bias

Despite all the self-congratulating over 15 years of “fair and balanced,” Roger Ailes and Rupert Murdoch openly admitted Fox News was created for and geared toward conservatives when the two honchos dropped by Fox & Friends' Curvy Couch yesterday (10/7/11). Also, while nobody had the bad manners to bring up a little scandal having to do with phone hacking that’s racking Fox’s parent company, Murdoch made a point of saying that he enjoys being involved in controversies. In that case, the next 15 years look like a blast!

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Reported by Ellen at 10:59 AM

October 7, 2011

Occupy Wall Street Is Fox’s New Fair And Balanced Enemy

It has become obvious to even the most myopic and politically uninvolved among us that Fox “News” is treating the organic Occupy Wall Street protests as an existential threat to its very existence. Why else would the network devote so much time to portraying the protestors as the scum of the earth? Contrast that with the breathless coverage Fox devoted to promoting the astroturfed Teabagger gatherings. Why would the coverage be so different from one protest to another? Because Fox understood instinctively that the Teabaggers were already its core audience: low information voters easily brainwashed into adopting whatever opinion the Koch Brothers and Dick Armey wanted. MISSION ACCOMPLISHED. However, the OWS protestors are decidedly NOT Fox viewers. Worse yet, for those who work at the company store in Murdochville, OWS will not be led by the nose into adopting opinions diametrically opposed to its best interests. That’s what scares the propaganda network the most. That’s why Fox “News” feels the need to do everything within its power to denigrate the Occupy movement. The same drip, drip, drip used to promote Teabaggism is now being used in an attempt to destroy the Occupy movement, at least in the minds of Fox viewers. It starts each day with those Foxy Friends on Fox and Friends, who set the ‘meme table’ for all the shows that follow on the schedule. Thursday morning’s “all hands on deck” call to trash Occupy Wall Street included—but was not limited to—such Fox personalities as Peter Johnson, Jr. and Eric Bolling. It’s worth examining both appearances in some detail. First up: Johnson, the Knight of Malta, who—at least according to Doocy’s intro—was brought on to compare this protest with other historical protests. This was not a history lesson. Johnson essentially delivered an editorial. Watch:

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Reported by Aunty Em at 12:40 PM

Hannity Excludes Alan Colmes From 15th Anniversary Show

Sean Hannity aired a special 15th anniversary show last night that somehow did not include his co-host for 12 years, Alan Colmes – other than by showing a few brief video clips from the old Hannity & Colmes shows. That was rude enough. But at the end, Hannity offered a heartfelt thanks to boss Roger Ailes and to his audience. Yet not a word of recognition or thanks went to Colmes. Classy as ever, Hannity!

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Reported by Ellen at 2:12 AM
Roger Ailes: Closet Liberal?, reported by Ellen,
One big happy right-wing family, reported by Chrish,