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Gregg Jarrett: Ah how the mighty have fallen…..

May 22nd, 2014 7 comments

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Faux News anchor Gregg Jarrett has gotten himself in a little trouble in the fair city of Minneapolis.  It seems that there was a little alleged bar misbehavior, according the Washington Post:

 

Fox News anchor Gregg Jarrett was arrested at a bar in the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport for refusing to cooperate with airport police who were called about an intoxicated man at the grill, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

Metropolitan Airports Commission spokesman Patrick Hogan told the newspaper that Jarrett was taken into custody about 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Northern Lights Grill. Police said he seemed intoxicated, acted belligerent and refused to follow orders.

Jarrett, 59, was booked into Hennepin County Jail on a preliminary charge of obstructing the legal process by interfering with a peace officer, the Associated Press reported. His bond was set at $300.

According to Jarrett’s charge details, the reason for arrest was a tab charge. He posted bond and was released from custody early Thursday. His court date is June 6.

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Faux News: Liar Liar Pants on FIRE!!

October 7th, 2013 Comments off

UFB! So it’s free to keep all the land open? Maybe the Faux and Friends would like to volunteer to fund the electric bills, the trash pick up, as well as grounds upkeep, toilet paper and soap, and house keeping bills? I guess in Fauxland, these things are all free.

The free lie wasn’t the biggest lie, however. The mother of all lies was told by Anna Kooiman last Saturday about the President. She repeated a satire saying the President Obama was paying for a Muslim center to remain open with his own money. How absurd! Liar Liar Pants on fire. The story was told in a satirical online website, National Report. Just one quick glance at the site tells you that it is satirical. It was like falling for something you read in The Onion.

Kooiman later retracted her statement in a twitter the next day and Faux News will retract the remarks this Saturday, October 12, after every dim-wit in America has heard it and repeated it. How irresponsible.

Lies and gossip are like feathers from a split pillow. You can never stuff them all back in. That’s the reason to be as accurate as possible and when you aren’t, quickly take corrective measures. We all make mistakes. Anna Kooiman shouldn’t have been so quick to repeat a rather unbelievable story without checking her sources.

Leave it to Fox News….

July 30th, 2013 31 comments

Leave it to Fox News to challenge an author’s right to write about a subject.  Since when does one have to pass a  religion test to be allowed to do scholastic work on a particular religion? To follow this logic would suggest that no Christian could author any commentary about King David or Abraham.

The anchor, Lauren Green,  obviously had not read the book. She was rude. She challenged Reza Aslan’s  credentials without any reason. She is the one who clearly had a bias.

Zealot: The life and times of Jesus of Nazareth sounds like an interesting read. I am not sure why the host considers spirited debate the correct way to interview  guests. What’s wrong with this format?  Why would anyone without an agenda even consider going on Faux News?  Faux News certainly did a great deal to promote Reza Aslan’s book, albeit unintentional.

It now appears that most of the Fox News hosts consider rudeness and talking over people the order of the day and standard procedure for their broadcast standards.

Megyn Kelly Upbraids Rachel Maddow

March 1st, 2013 10 comments


Oh Megyn, give me a break.  Rachel Maddow called it as she saw it, trying to explain why Justice Scalia would make such an offensive remark. It was Maddow’s right to call him a troll, as it was his right to have made offensive remarks.

Megan can be all offended if she wants. Her last line did bother me though. She said that the justices vote their consciences? Shouldn’t they be voting according to their understanding of the law? I know they are only human but surely interpreting according to the constitution has to be the goal.

Dick Morris: Fired for always being wrong?

February 6th, 2013 21 comments

Lawrence O’Donnell recounts Dick Morris’s finest moments as he swears that Dick Morris was fired by Fox News for never being right.

Dick Morris will appear on the Piers Morgan hour to explain why his contract with by Fox News was not renewed.

“His contract is up and we will not be renewing it, ” a Fox spokesperson
said.

According to newsmax.com:

The network did announce that former Bush White House adviser Karl Rove had been
renewed as a contributor. The network also signed on former Democratic
Congressman Dennis Kucinich as a contributor.

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Bad News that just makes you smile

January 30th, 2013 18 comments

Politico.com:

Fox News had its worst ratings since 2001 in January, according to the latest figures.

The network had a 12-year low in the coveted 25-54 demographic in primetime and fell to its lowest total day ratings since 2008, a press release from rival cable channel MSNBC stated on Tuesday.

And January marked the worst month ever for Fox’s “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren” among the 25-54 demo, as well as the channel’s lowest total viewership in the 10 p.m. hour since July 2008.

At  MSNBC, the cable network saw its ratings go up 11 percent in the 25-54 demo compared to January 2012. And “The Rachel Maddow Show” topped CNN’s “Piers Morgan Tonight” this month, and also ranked number one among the 18-34 demo.

Fox News, meanwhile, had nine of the 10 top programs in January — Maddow’s show was the only non-Fox News program to enter the top 10, in the last slot, as the Huffington Post pointed out.

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Palin and Fox News part company, $ listed as the cause

January 26th, 2013 42 comments

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It appears that Sarah Palin’s rising star is crashing to earth.  According to Thedailybeast.com:

Fox News offered Sarah Palin a new contract before she decided to part ways with the network where she has held forth as a commentator for the last three years.

However, it would be hard to describe it as a generous contract.

Palin was a hot property when Roger Ailes landed her in 2009, fresh off her colorful run for vice president, and paid her an annual salary of $1 million. Fox even built Palin a studio at her Wasilla home.

But relations cooled between the two sides, and Palin was appearing on Fox less often—complaining on Facebook one night during the Republican convention that the network had canceled her appearances.

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Gingrich accuses Faux News of bias

April 13th, 2012 11 comments

New York Times:

The fight for the Republican nomination is no longer just candidate versus candidate. It’s candidate versus Fox News.

Newt Gingrich became the latest Republican candidate to lash out at the cable news network, accusing it on Wednesday of dooming his flagging campaign by slanting its political coverage to Mitt Romney‘s benefit.

Mr. Gingrich quickly found that Fox News’s tenacity is a match for his own. The network shot back on Thursday, calling the former House speaker bitter.

The sniping started when Mr. Gingrich, a former Fox News commentator, told a gathering of Tea Party supporters in Delaware that Fox News had distorted its coverage of him. And he accused Rupert Murdoch, chairman of the network’s parent company, News Corporation, of pulling the strings behind the scenes. His comments were reported on Thursday morning by Real Clear Politics, which gained access to the Delaware event.

“I assume it’s because Murdoch at some point said, ‘I want Romney,’ and so ‘fair and balanced’ became ‘Romney,’ ” Gingrich was quoted as saying. “And there’s no question that Fox had a lot to do with stopping my campaign because such a high percentage of our base watches Fox.”

He went on to add: “In our experience, Callista and I both believe CNN is less biased than Fox this year. We are more likely to get neutral coverage out of CNN than we are of Fox, and we’re more likely to get distortion out of Fox. That’s just a fact.”

I never thought I would agree with Newt Gingrich, but he is right on this one.  I have never known a news station to distort, twist and lie like Faux News.  Fox and Friends is probably the worst.  Kelly’s news isn’t much better.  I don’t mind conservative news.  I mind lies and spin.  I am going to have to start checking out CNN more.  It’s biggest problem is it just is dull.  Faux News has good graphics and better lies.  Maybe that’s the sell off.  You have to go boring to get unbiased news.

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The Evil, Dog-Themed White House Christmas Card

December 22nd, 2011 18 comments

The Foxie News Team and Sarah Palin are enjoying their mock indignation over the White  House Christmas card this year.  When will Sarah Palin’s opinion stop tickling our funny bone?  Sit back and share the hypocrisy….

Nothing says hypocrisy like the Foxies….

Fox News has been droning on for weeks about the secular war on Christmas.  It seems that they are part of the war.

From the Washingon Examiner:

And strangely enough, for a network known for reporting on the “War on Christmas,” all the Biblical references have been stripped out of the song “Joy to the World,” and instead replaced with Fox-friendly lyrics. Here’s a taste of the song: “Joy to the world for Fox News Channel, consistently number one, we are the network that viewers choose, fair and balanced news, see our ratings we don’t lose, beating the rest in TV news,” reads the first stanza. Later ones give kudos to Fox News personalities Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity, Shepard Smith, Megyn Kelly, Neil Cavuto, Bret Baier and the folks on “The Five.”

So, is  this a lot of reindeer crap or what?  How does Fox News get ahead with their mock war on Christmas.  Their card is funny.  I have no problem with it.  Good healthy competition is always fun.  But…why act like the President and his family are held to a higher standard regarding Christianity, of all things?
Shame of the Fox News Channel for this one.

 

Hank Williams Jr.: Out-Foxed and Outta ESPN

October 3rd, 2011 42 comments

Longer version:

Gretchen disavows his remarks about the president.


Hank Williams Junior mouth flashed on Fox and Friends. He compared President Obama to Hitler. In addition, he said that Obama and Biden were the enemy. His bosses at ESPN didn’t like it and they fired him from singing “Are You Ready for Some Football,” his Monday night theme song.

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Colleagues admit to pulling punches on Palin

August 4th, 2011 10 comments

Fox News severs contracts with those candidates who announce their candidacy for president.  (What’s worng with this picture?)  So far, Rick Santorim and Newt Gingrich have both been terminated.  No so with Sarah Palin.  She has not announced, therefore she is still an employee of Fox News. 

 

In The Five, Greg Gutfeld and Bob Beckel both manned up and admitted that they pulled punches when it came down to talking about Palin because she worked there. Beckel basically clarified and said really that it was because he got a paycheck. Do we interpret that as Palin is under the protection of Fox News?   Perhaps she will never declare and will have no one criticize her ever on Fox News.  That’s one way to keep things quiet. 

On the other hand, Palin does not disappoint.  She predictably threw out her victim card in the video.  Don’t you love someone that easy to predict?  Whine, Sarah, Whine.  Show a little tooth there, Mama Grizzly!  No one does victimizaton any better.

 

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O’Reilly calls for moderation

July 30th, 2011 9 comments

O’Reilly thinks some in the Republican Party are overdoing it with the hateful rhetoric.


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Juan Williams: The Assault on Honest Debate

July 27th, 2011 2 comments

Juan Williams feels we don’t have an honest exchange of ideas.  He feels we have a niche media landscape.  People seek their own media sources that affirm pre-existing opinions.  There is little effort to get outside one’s comfort zone. 

Williams makes excellent observations. 

Extended interviews  with Williams

 

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Sean Hoare, whistleblower, found dead

July 19th, 2011 31 comments

From the Washington Post:

The Guardian reports that Sean Hoare, the former News of the World reporter who first claimed that Andy Coulson knew of phone hacking by his staff, has been found dead at his home. The police told the Guardian that they do not know how Hoare died, but do not believe the cause of death to be suspicious.

Hoare gave an interview to the New York Times in 2010 that bolstered allegations the phone hacking was a widespread and accepted practice at the tabloid. He also said that Coulson encouraged the practice. Hoare was let go from the News of the World for problems related to drinking and drugs.

Hoare had been in contact with the Guardian and the New York Times only last week, stating that the News of the World staff used police technology to track phones.

Here is the 2010 BBC interview with Hoare speaking about the phone hacking.

So why do people just die but nothing is suspicious?  The guy doesn’t look old enough for it to have been from natural causes.  In fact, he looks downright chipper.  The more that is turned up, the more suspicious all of this story is beginning to sound. 

It can’t all be about phone hacking.  As nasty of a habit as that might be, it isn’t worth the head of Scotland Yard resigning and the Prime Minister (or 2 or 3) ducking and heading for cover.  Was Sean murdered to protect some big muckety muck in England?  Will the Murdoch scandal cross the Big Pond?  Will Steve Doocy continue to make up excuses and exclaim that the media is ‘piling on’ poor Rupert Murdoch?  Are the friends at Faux News getting a little nervous over their jobs?  If Murdoch crumbles, can their godfather be far behind?

Inquiring minds want to know. 

Where does the buck stop, Murdoch?

July 8th, 2011 4 comments

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As the tale of the  tabloid, the News of the World implodes over scandal, law-breaking, dead girls, hacking, and other disreputable acts not worthy of the name journalism, it will take a long time to sort it all out.  NOTW will go to press for the last time on Sunday.  Robert Murdoch, owner, has pulled the plug.  Murdoch has even more influence in the UK than he does in the United States.  He has refused to comment. 

Should we be surprised?  Faux News certainly has done things for years that are questionable in the ethnics department.  They seem to make up their own rules, all while pointing fingers at everyone else.  The buck has to stop with Robert Murdoch.  Maybe his world will come crumbling down.  Maybe he will decide there is more to journalism than making money.  The American press has always seemed like a gentle, well-mannered giant compared to the irreverent junk-yard dog habits of the British press.  Faux News continually pushes the envelope.  This would be a good time for American journalists to re-evaluate what the word professionalism means and perhaps do a little house cleaning of their own.  Meanwhile, Faux News needs to do a lot of damage control before I call them by their rightful name. 

The buck stops at Robert Murdoch’s desk.