Faux News…Fails!

How stupid is Faux News?

 

Fox News’ Anna Kooiman Falls For Parody About Obama Funding Muslim Museum

Fox News host Anna Kooiman fell for a fake story that said President Obama is using his own money to keep a museum dedicated to Muslim culture open during the government shutdown.

The government has been shut down since Tuesday. The co-hosts of “Fox and Friends Saturday” lamented the closure of the World War II Memorial, which Kooiman claimed “doesn’t seem fair especially” because “President Obama has offered to pay out of his own pocket for the museum of Muslim culture.”

The fake report came from National Report, a parody news site. The story said that Obama told reporters earlier this week that the shutdown was “a great time to learn about the faith of Islam.”

Even worse is the manufactured “wire” around the Memorial. They did put up the little rope barriers with metal stands every 20 feet, and nice signs asking folks to stay out. I think at the WWI Memorial they actually put up the little fold up metal fences they use for demonstrations and the July 4th celebration on the Mall. Which hardly constitute concertina or razor wire barriers.

The Zoo has metal gates which are closed, and the doors to the Smithsonian are closed and locked… But that is about it.

Of the places the Rethuglys voted to have shut down – the issue now is how to protect the sites from vandals since most of the people who do that are now furloughed.

And then we have this right-wing ass, blessing out a poor Park Ranger for the mess he caused…

A Parting of the Shills – Glenn Beck and Fox News

Beck off to a New Padded Room?

It is looking more and more like the combination of Color of Change’s boycott, and an incredible amount of hubris on the part of Glenn Beck…

That come the end of the year, Mr Beck will no longer have a slot on Faux News.

This follows his radio cancellation in two of the largest markets in the country – New York and Philadelphia.

There may yet be a small measure of justice in the conservative MSM!

The Fading Power of Beck’s Alarms

Almost every time I flipped on television last week, there was a deeply angry guy on a running tirade about the conspiracies afoot, the enemies around all corners, and how he alone seemed to understand what was under way.

While it’s true that Charlie Sheensucked up a lot of airtime last week, I’d been watching Glenn Beck, the Fox News host who invoked Hezbollah, socialists, the price of gas, Shariah law,George SorosPlanned Parenthood, and, yes, Charlie Sheen, as he predicted a coming apocalypse.

Mr. Beck, a conservative Jeremiah and talk-radio phenomenon, burst into television prominence in 2009 by taking the forsaken 5 p.m. slot on Fox News and turning it into a juggernaut. A conjurer of conspiracies who spotted sedition everywhere he looked, Mr. Beck struck a big chord and ended up on the cover of Time magazine and The New York Times Magazine, and held rallies all over the country that were mobbed with acolytes. He achieved unheard-of ratings, swamped the competition and at times seemed to threaten the dominion of Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity at Fox.

But a funny thing happened on the way from the revolution. Since last August, when he summoned more than 100,000 followers to the Washington mall for the “Restoring Honor” rally, Mr. Beck has lost over a third of his audience on Fox — a greater percentage drop than other hosts at Fox. True, he fell from the great heights of the health care debate in January 2010, but there has been worrisome erosion — more than one million viewers — especially in the younger demographic.

He still has numbers that just about any cable news host would envy and, with about two million viewers a night, outdraws all his competition combined. But the erosion is significant enough that Fox News officials are willing to say — anonymously, of course; they don’t want to be identified as criticizing the talent — that they are looking at the end of his contract in December and contemplating life without Mr. Beck.

 

Seeing the Handwriting – Republican Blasts Faux News

This isn’t about Faux versus the Democrats…

It’s about who actually controls the Republican Party.

Nancy Pelosi

Tom Coburn Knocks Fox News, Says Nancy Pelosi is a “Nice Person”

Sen. Tom Coburn, a staunch conservative from Oklahoma, is doing what seems almost unthinkable in this polarized political climate: Defending his Democratic colleagues from critics at Fox News.

At a town hall meeting, Coburn suggested that a woman who said “they can put us in prison” for not obtaining health insurance under the health care reform bill is misinformed.

“The intention is not to put anybody in jail,” he said. “That makes for good TV news on Fox but that isn’t the intention.”

He also defended House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the architect of the House version of the health care legislation that he fiercely opposed.

“I’m 180 degrees in opposition to the speaker — she’s a nice lady,” he said. The crowd could be heard responding unfavorably to his characterization.

“Come on now, she is a nice — how many of you all have met her?” continued Coburn. “She’s a nice person. She’s a nice person.”

“Just because somebody disagrees with you doesn’t mean they’re not a good person,” he added. He then discussed his own experience of being vilified before asking the crowd not to  “catch yourself being biased by Fox News that somebody’s no good.”

“The people in Washington are good,” he said. “They just don’t know what they don’t know.”

Coburn’s comments were recorded by radio station KGOU and reported by Capitol News Connection, where audio clips are posted.

The senator urged his audience to “stay informed on the issues” and not “just watch Fox News or CNN — watch ‘em both.” He said he reads the New York Times, Washington Post and Wall Street Journal every day to “get a perspective” and “know what other people’s thoughts are — not just what I hear through a pipe channel.”

“I do a lot of reading every day, and I’m disturbed that we get things like what this lady said and what others have said on other issues, that are so disconnected to what I know to be the facts,” he said. “And that comes from somebody that has an agenda that’s other than the best interests of our country.”

It’s rare (and perhaps something of a risk) for a Republican lawmaker to criticize Fox News, whose hosts are generally supportive of the GOP agenda and can be a powerful force with grassroots Republicans. Coburn’s comments cut against the suggestion by some Democrats that Republican lawmakers have been inflaming sentiment against them — and could be putting them at risk of violence.

Coburn has been in the news recently for blocking a stopgap bill to provide jobless benefits because it is not paid for; he also participated in the flood of amendments to the health care reconciliation bill designed to slow passage by offering an amendment mandating no Viagra for sex offenders.

But Coburn, a doctor, was also an active participant at the bipartisan health care summit, where he addressed cost containment and made what President Obama called “some powerful points.”

Tea Bloggers Astro-Turf The Internet

Politics and Technology Blog has come up with a new one – a recruiting poster for paid political bloggers for the right…

Mercenaries

Mercenaries

That’s right – folks paid to spam the blogsphere.

There’s a company called Advantage Consultants that’s offering up “professional blog warriors” to “flood the zone” with comments. In short, astro-turf trolls for the blogsphere.

Click to zoom on their ad at right, but here’s the text:

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Be prepared to “flood the zone” with comments from professionals who are ready to put your talking points on the blogosphere 24/7.

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Why wait for the attack? Launch your attack with a battery of blog and forum comments aimed at all media and blog sites in your district.

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Advantage Consultants is owned by Doug Guetzloe, a former aid to Florida Governor Crist, long term Republican Party Operative, and right wing radio host. His bio can be found here. Continue reading

Bill O’Lieilly Tries to Buffalo the Wrong Woman – Joan Walsh Over Dr. Tiller Controversy

O’Lielly the murderer’s accomplice tries to buffalo Joan Walsh of Salon Magazine into a “conservative talking point moment” in what passes for a conservative “interview”.Not a good idea.

Joan Walsh doesn’t back up an inch! Back to the outhouse, Bill!

Faux News Source

Faux News Source

The American Taliban – How Faux News Kills

Conservative recognized back in the 80’s that in order to drive the country in their direction they would need a pervasive propaganda program. The first step of that was the elimination of the “Fairness Doctrine” which required broadcasters and News Providers to present all sides of an issue. With the elimination of the Fairness Doctrine, it was possible to set up propaganda organs such as right wing radio, and the Faux News Channel to trumpet conservative propaganda.

The second step was to allow ownership consolidation of the media. Laws limiting the number of stations ay one party could own were nixxed, under the guise of “capitalist success”. The reality being that the consolidation of stations across the market had little to nothing to do with “success”, and everything to do with providing dedicated and captive outlets for propaganda in every market.

The next step was in tailoring a consistent message, a message which would be repeated across the media, and repeated again and again whether in books, television, or over the radio following Goebbels’ dictates about effective propaganda. The most tried and true method of generating political capital is “the lone voice”. The vast majority of people identify with “the little guy in a tough fight with the giants”. As such, conservative media would forever become the little guy fighting the massive “Liberal Media” despite the fact the conservative media had billions of dollars in backing and financing. Next was to get the audience to embrace their inner “victimhood” – ergo that they were the victims of any of the multitude of real or imagined enemies. Just as Hitler did during his rise, he identified his “little guy” Nazi Party with the “powerless”, who were being “victimized” by Jews/Liberals. Fighting the”Good Fight” on behalf of the little man.

Republicans became, as the party of conservatism – the little put-upon white guys Party.

Sex sells, but it sells to the sexes in different ways. Tits and ass may be sufficient to attract male audiences (Faux, AKA the Hooters of the News world), but rumor and innuendo has been the major driving force behind women buying Supermarket tabloids, and the somewhat (once upon a time) less salacious Entertainment magazines. Clinton’s penis became the most objectified member in America.

The last major component is “Outrage”. Conservative media shills manufactured outrage like a $2 Crack whore sells sex. Whiny voiced wuss John Stossel has made a career the last 10 years on fake outrage. “Outrage” has become so prevalent and intertwined with imaginary victimology today, it’s become a basic part of the “theology” of right wing “christian” churches. Everyone may not hate Raymond, but bet your bottom Bible everybody hates christians.

And that is exactly where things ran off the rails.

The conservative media is no longer a movement – it is a Terrorist Organization. It has become a victim of it’s own excesses, driving market demographics through the lowest common denominators – hate and violence.

It isn’t time to shut down the conservative media. Far from it, our basic national bedrock belief in Freedom of Speech prohibits it, and such might indeed be throwing out the baby with the bathwater. What it is time to do is to shut down, and prosecute those who are advancing terrorism, under the same Freedom of Speech concept that screaming fire in a crowded theater…

Isn’t Free Speech.

Those advocating murder, or assassination (including that of our President) need to be charged and put in jail. Regardless of if they are 4 black clowns thinking they are America’s newest incarnation of Al Quaeda in NYC wanting to blow up a synagogue…

Or a talking head like O’Reilly making millions of dollars a year to spout hate.

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