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Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox announced today that it had withdrawn its bid to acquire the Time Warner entertainment conglomerate.

In a statement, Murdoch said, “Time Warner management and its Board refused to engage with us to explore an offer which was highly compelling. Additionally, the reaction in our share price since our proposal was made undervalues our stock and makes the transaction unattractive to Fox shareholders.”

Time Warner had initially rejected the $80 billion offer from Murdoch, but he initially announced intentions to continue pursuing the acquisition.

21st Century Fox is the parent company of Fox Television, Fox News Channel, 20th Century Fox film studios, and several cable and satellite television networks.

Media Matters urged Time Warner shareholders and its Board of Directors to oppose the sale, arguing that the combined company, which would have created the world’s second-largest media conglomerate, would reduce the viable options and opinions available for consumers.

News Corp., Murdoch’s print-focused company (parent of the Wall Street Journal and Murdoch’s U.K.-based newspapers), has recently had executives convicted for their role in the widespread phone hacking scandal, and has had to issue millions in payouts for privacy violations. As Murdoch’s bid to buy Time Warner was revealed, two more News Corp. editors were charged with phone hacking.

UPDATE: In a statement, Media Matters Vice President Angelo Carusone said, “The prospect of Rupert Murdoch buying Time Warner presented real harms to the U.S. and global media landscape. It would given him control of 40% of the cable market and 30% of the movie market. No one should hold that much influence but Murdoch, in particular, has demonstrated that he is far too irresponsible for that amount of power. Today’s decision was a victory for the thousands of people who signed our petition urging shareholders to oppose the sale as well as media consumers across the country.”

This is a victory for the American People!!!

h/t: Oliver Willis at MMFA

In an interview on CNN’s Reliable Sources, Glenn Beck hyped his independent media venture while trying to divert attention away from his recent and past paranoid fantasies and conspiracy theories.

In an August 8 interview with host Brian Stelter labeled “the evolution of Glenn Beck,” Beck appeared to discuss his network, The Blaze, and a move to a less political brand of talk, but Beck’s own comments in the interview and recent work show his act hasn’t really changed at all.

Beck told Stelter that he has been moving away from political issues and focusing The Blaze more on apolitical initiatives, but Beck has recently promoted the idea that Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) “may be our Ronald Reagan,” declared him The Blaze’s “Man of the Year,” and appeared with Cruz at a charity event at the southern border.

In an interview with Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), Beck suggested ways that Republicans can win over young voters and expressed his support of internally reforming the Republican Party.

Beck has also engaged in advocacy for 2014 Republican primary candidates on The Blaze. He launched what he described as “Operation Defeat Lindsay Graham,” offering up free airtime on his show to “anyone willing to run” against the incumbent South Carolina Senator.

Beck described Matt Bevin, the primary challenger to Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) as “called by God” to win his election, adding, “This is a guy we prayed for, and the choice is him or Mitch McConnell? Are you kidding me?” Discussing his support for Bevin, Beck told his listeners that “We have to get out and do our part. We have to go out and actually vote.”

Discussing David Brat’s primary victory over then-Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA), Beck told Politico it was “a team effort with our millions of listeners coupled with the extraordinary efforts of Laura Ingraham and Mark Levin.”

Beck also just released a movie and book attacking the Common Core education standards, and has rallied opposition under the slogan “we will not conform.” Beck has asserted that the standards will create “millions of slaves that are dependent on someone,” and compared himself and other activists who oppose Common Core to Martin Luther King, Jr.

In another segment of the interview with Stelter, Beck decried the harsh tone that has contributed to what he characterized as a “civil war” atmosphere in America. Despite this posturing, his network recently aired a skit called “RAPE!” which tried to mock the epidemic of reported sexual assault on college campuses and claimed that it was “completely untrue.” When he faced criticism for the skit, Beck said, “I stand by it … I double down on it.”

Beck also recently complained that the “thought police” were preventing him from saying “fag the new nigger,” the title of a poster he was featuring on his web program.

Stelter did not bring up, nor did Beck mention, the ongoing litigation in which a man inaccurately described by Beck as a co-conspirator in the Boston Marathon bombing (a fact, Beck falsely alleged, that was beingcovered up by the government) is suing Beck for defamation in federal court.

At one point in the interview, Beck mentioned that while he didn’t agree with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) on any issues, he could respect him because he did not shy away from labeling himself as a “socialist.” But neither Beck nor Stelter mentioned that when Sanders was first elected to the Senate, Beck said that Vermont should be “vote[d] out of the union” because Sanders won.

Beck also told Stelter that his prediction of an Islamic caliphate in the Middle East was coming true with the recent successes of the militant group ISIS in that region. Beck has been warning about a caliphate for years now. He had previously predicted that the caliphate would take over the United States by March 3 of 2011, while also warning that the caliphate would control Egypt after the Arab Spring. Beck cited the first Arab Spring protest in Tunisia as an “Archduke Ferdinand moment” which would presage a global caliphate. He has been patting himself on the back for this theory for years now.  

Beck returned to one of his favorite conspiracy theories, the imminent global collapse of the financial system. Stelter gave Beck an opportunity to repudiate his past fear mongering and incorrect predictions on the topic, but Beck refused to budge. He admitted that he had use theatricality to promote his viewpoint, but insisted - still - that a day of reckoning is coming for the global finance system. This was a centerpiece of Beck’s work at Fox News, and while the global economy is considerably improved from where it was when Beck made his first problematic predictions, his rhetoric has not changed at all.

h/t: Oliver Willis at MMFA


CNN Anchor Bill Weir Angers Fox Nation, Calling Them 'Ignorant F*cksticks'

Bill Weir of CNN doesn’t think much of climate change deniers, and let out a ‘colorful’ tweet earlier today you don’t often see from cable news anchors.

via The Wrap

Bill Weir is not impressed with Fox News site’s weather story

CNN anchor Bill Weir didn’t mince words in his assessment of a Fox Nation post.

“Climate Doesn’t Cooperate With Al Gore Group’s Visit to Denver EPA Hearings,” read the headline of a post on Fox News’ opinion and aggregation site. The story, from the Washington Times, noted that while Gore’s group has linked global warming to hot temperatures, Denver was 58 degrees and rainy on the day of the hearings.

To which Weir replied on Twitter: “Weather is not climate, you willfully ignorant fucksticks.”

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Jane Fonda is right. 

H/T: Jack Mirkinson at HuffPost Media

h/t: Tom Kludt at TPM 

Outgoing Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) derailed a CNN discussion on Tuesday about the thousands of undocumented immigrants arriving in the U.S. from Central America by calling them “invaders” and linking them to at least one rape case and an auto accident from six years ago.

“Foreign nationals that have come into the United States are between 300- to 500,000,” Bachmann told an incredulous Crossfire co-host Van Jones. “My heart is broken for a female college student in Minnesota who was raped, murdered and mutilated by a foreign national who came into our country. We had a school bus full of kids in Minnesota — four children were killed on that school bus because an illegal alien driving a van went into that schoolbus.”

“There are lines that can’t be crossed here,” Jones responded. “I’m sorry, congresswoman. Are you gonna scapegoat children for the crime of this despicable person?”

While it’s unclear which rape case Bachmann was referring to, the crash she alluded to was likely the 2008 accident that resulted in the deaths of two 9-year-old boys, a 12-year-old boy, and a 13-year-old boy riding on the bus. At the time, several conservative media outlets seized upon the fact that the driver of the van, 23-year-old Alianiss Morales, was an undocumented immigrant to criticize U.S. immigration policy.

“My tears are crying for the family members who lost four little children on a school bus in Minnesota,” Bachmann continued, before ceding the floor to Jones for a second.

“We should stand with those children, but we should not scapegoat every one of these kids for that despicable crime,” he said. “You know better as a congressperson than to lay at the feet of these children the acts of a despicable criminal.”

“Don’t scapegoat the American people,” Bachmann countered. “Van, don’t scapegoat the American people right now who are losing jobs.”

Bachmann, who has taken 23 foster children into her family, also described the increase in “unaccompanied minors” primarily from El Salvador, Nicaragua and Honduras as an “invasion.”

“We have foreign nationals who are coming across the border from countries like Yemen, Iran, Iraq,” she said.

From the 07.15.2014 edition of CNN’s Crossfire:

H/T: Arturo Garcia at The Raw Story


CNN Smears Gov. Martin O'Malley, Says He Turned Away Immigrant Children

Shame on CNN, who has now fully morphed into Fox Lite. This pathetic effort to undermine Martin O’Malley’s vocal stand for the children at the border is really irresponsible.

Here’s what CNN reports:

Thousands of young undocumented migrants back to Central America, Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley asked a top White House official that the children not be sent to a site that was under consideration in his home state, sources familiar with the conversation said.

"He privately said ‘please don’t send these kids to Western Maryland,’" a Democratic source told CNN. The heated discussion between O’Malley and White House domestic policy adviser Cecilia Munoz occurred during a phone call late Friday evening, sources familiar with the conversation added.

O’Malley doesn’t deny he had a conversation, nor does he deny asking that they not be sent to one location in Maryland. But they might have worked a little harder to discover why he said that.

Start with this paragraph buried deep beneath the misleading lede:

"Governor O’Malley and his administration are working cooperatively with federal officials to find suitable locations in Maryland for unaccompanied minors fleeing violence in Central America," said O’Malley press secretary Nina Smith. "As he has said repeatedly, he believes the priority should be placing children with family members and–if that’s not possible–locating housing that is safe, humane, and non-restrictive," she added.

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Martin O’Malley is the truth teller, not Fixed Noise-lite CNN. 

From the 07.06.2014 edition of CNN’s State Of The Union:

H/T: David at Crooks and Liars



CNN host Ashleigh Banfield on Wednesday highlighted the “hypocrisy” of Hobby Lobby for investing in companies that made the same birth control products that it refused to provide to female employees.

Earlier this year, Mother Jones revealed that Hobby Lobby’s retirement plan had more than $73 million invested in companies that produced emergency contraception pills. It was that same type of birth control that Hobby Lobby said it had an objection to when it took its case against President Barack Obama’s health care reform law to the Supreme Court and won.

“The critics are calling Hobby Lobby’s 401(k) investments hypocrisy at its finest,” Banfield emphasized on Wednesday, adding that CNN had not gotten an explanation from the company after giving it “plenty of time” to respond.

“I don’t even know where to begin on this one,” the CNN host remarked. “I kept thinking to myself, this had to be an accident. But then I thought, it’s no accident when you are in the middle of the biggest political storm — all the way to the Supreme Court — and, yet, your guys aren’t aware of what your investments are in your very, very large 401(k)?”

CNN Business Correspondent Alison Kosik said that it was possible that Hobby Lobby’s investments in contraception makers could have initially been an oversight, but she noted that the company could ask its mutual fund manager to forbid investments in certain companies.

“It would mean that Hobby Lobby employees would most likely have higher fees,” Kosik pointed out. “But if you ask me, my thought is, if they’re that fervent about upholding their biblical principles, maybe that should include their investments to.”

“That’s putting their money where their mouth is,” she concluded.

Watch the video below from CNN’s Legal View, broadcast July 2, 2014.


St Louis Dispatch Editor On Axing George Will: 'Readers Were Horrified'

Tony Messenger, the editorial page editor of the St. Louis Dispatch, told CNN’s Brian Stelter why he dropped George Will’s column from his paper after Will’s highly controversial editorial on sexual assault. Messenger said he was sorry that they even published it in the first place and that Will’s words trivialized the sexual assault on women.

MESSENGER: Well, the reaction we had from readers, particularly from women, so many of them were so deeply offended that they could be called — that George Will told them that they were trying to somehow seek a special status, that they were trying to seek some privileged status because of their alleged sexual assault.

It just — we had a lot of readers very angry and very hurt. And it caused us to go back and take a look at it, and it reinforced our previous decision, that he had lost a little bit of speed off his fastball, and it just caused us to make the decision a little bit more quickly than we would have otherwise.

STELTER: You even apologized for running the column in the first place. That must be pretty rare.

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CNN and Fox News have largely ignored the news that President Barack Obama plans to sign an executive order prohibiting anti-LGBT employment discrimination by companies that contract with the federal government - an historic measure that will protect up to 28 million workers.

On June 16, a White House official revealed that President Obama would sign an executive order banning federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. The move comes seven months after the U.S. Senate passed the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), a measure that has subsequently languished in the House as Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) refused to bring the measure up for a vote.

ENDA’s diminishing prospects led many LGBT activists and Democratic lawmakers to press Obama to sign an executive order prohibiting anti-LGBT employment discrimination by federal contractors. The ACLU’s Ian Thompson hailed an executive order as “the single most important step" Obama could take absent congressional action to combat anti-LGBT employment discrimination. One estimate suggests that Obama’s executive order will protect up to 28 million workers.

In a June 16 segment highlighting the persistent problem of anti-LGBT employment discrimination, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow laid out the context of congressional intransigence that led to Obama’s decision to act unilaterally on the issue:

While Maddow’s network gave the news of the impending executive order 31 minutes of coverage, CNN and Fox News barely covered it at all, with each providing a mere 20 seconds of coverage:

An astonishing 69 percent of Americans think employment discrimination against LGBT people is already illegal; as Maddow’s segment highlighted, that figure even includes the Speaker of the House. But it’s perfectly legal to fire someone for being gay - or for being perceived as gay - in 29 states. Meanwhile, workers can be fired for being transgender in 32 states. CNN and Fox’s failure to cover Obama’s executive order helps keep Americans in the dark about the reality of anti-LGBT workplace discrimination and makes it difficult to build momentum for a measure like ENDA.

In ignoring the executive order, CNN and Fox are repeating a troubling problem witnessed in the run-up to last year’s Senate passage of ENDA. Last summer, as the Senate moved closer to passing that measure for the first time in the legislation’s 20-year history, CNN and Fox both gave ENDA no coverage at all, even as both networks - and CNN particularly - fawned over the yet-to-be-born royal baby.

On Fox, silence is often the norm on LGBT issues, unless the network sees an opportunity to peddle religious liberty horror stories. The silence of CNN is more noteworthy, but it isn’t unprecedented. This spring, CNN joined Fox in completely ignoring the passage of Mississippi’s anti-gay license-to-discriminate law - a measure championed by anti-gay hate groups and which eerily echoed an Arizona bill vetoed by Republican Gov. Jan Brewer. In that instance, CNN’s silence came as the network devoted hours upon hours to obsessive speculation over the fate of a missing Malaysian airplane.

While CNN and Fox have responded to the latest LGBT rights story with deafening silence, they still have the chance to cover the story and inform viewers about the ongoing need to pass ENDA when President Obama actually signs his executive order.


Equality Matters searched news transcripts provided by TV Eyes for the terms “employment discrimination,” “employment nondiscrimination,” “employment non-discrimination,” “workplace discrimination,” “gay,” “lesbian,” “bisexual,” “transgender,” “LGBT,” “sexual orientation,” “gender identity” and “executive order” for June 16-17, 2014. Reruns, teases for upcoming segments, and passing mentions were excluded.

H/T: Luke Brinker at MMFA


Mr. 'Government Shutdown' Cantor Blames Economic Woes On Obama

I don’t know about anyone else, but I think the man personally responsible for making sure that the Democrats could not pass a discharge petition to reopen the government after Republicans shut it down — a shutdown that cost the economy $24 billion, did great damage to our businesses, and whose party has cost our economy at least 750,000 jobs with threats of default — is the last person who should be attacking anyone else for the shape our economy is in.

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The collapse of Iraq back into a Bush-era Hell on Earth has brought the usual suspects out of the woodwork to insist that the United States should have kept sending Americans to fight and die in the hellhole that they lied us into. They include Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who has been making the cable news rounds, demanding firings and trying to sell the comparison of a “residual force” in Iraq with those left in Bosnia, where there were a total of 18 U.S. casualties for the duration of that conflict.

On MSNBC’s Morning Joe Friday morning, he also compared a hypothetical U.S. residual force in Iraq with those in “Bosnia, Korea, Germany, Japan,” but it was on CNN’s New Day that McCain’s sales pitch really jumped the shark.

“It’s important for us to note that in other wars and other conflicts, we have left residual forces behind, not in a combat role, but a stabilizing role,” McCain told Chris Cuomo. “Whether it be Korea, Japan, Germany. We still have forces in Bosnia from that conflict.”

He also added “We had it won, and we needed to have a residual force.”

The key differences between those post-conflict nations and Iraq are rather obvious, as is the more apt comparison with another conflict with which McCain is intimately familiar. President George W. Bush began using the language of Vietnamization barely two years into the Iraq war, and the deeply-divided Iraq we left behind much more closely resembled Vietnam than any of those that McCain listed.

McCain’s implication is that, like in those other countries he listed, the U.S. could have kept a small force in Iraq without risk of casualties, handing out Hershey bars and training Iraqi commandos, and maybe we didn’t because we’re just yella, or something.

We had literally no casualties there in Iraq during the last period after the surge was over,” McCain said, “and by leaving a vacuum, then that was obviously filled.”

He literally said “literally.” Watch:

The truth is, of course, that there were hundreds of U.S. casualties in Iraq following the end of “The Surge,” including 66 fatalities, 38 of them killed in combat, and 297 wounded in action. Keeping in mind McCain’s vision of the post-conflict mission, among those casualties were:

January 15, 2011 – Sgt. Michael P. Bartley, 23, of Barnhill, Ill. (and) Spc. Martin J. Lamar, 43, of Sacramento, Calif. died Jan. 15 in Mosul, Iraq, of wounds suffered when an Iraqi soldier from the unit with which they were training shot them with small arms fire. They were assigned to the 1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.

And, on September 7, 2010, weeks after the surge had ended:

An Iraqi soldier opened fire Tuesday on a group of U.S. soldiers in northern Iraq, killing two and wounding nine others, the U.S. military and the Iraqi military said.

In fact, the United States continued to take casualties right up until the last soldier left in December of 2011. Whether a “residual force” would, or could, have prevented the current situation in Iraq, it is a lie to say that they could have done so without further loss of lives and limbs. As a wounded soldier himself, John McCain ought to know better, but giving him the benefit of the doubt, perhaps he just doesn’t. The next time he tries to make this claim, though, someone should set him straight.

Source :Tommy Christopher for The Daily Banter

Asker cerebralzero Asks:
The real number of school shootings is 15, even CNN posted that. C'mon, if you are going to be dumb at least get your facts straight. This is just sad.
justinspoliticalcorner justinspoliticalcorner Said:

You are just another lying NRA apologist. Everytown’s count of 74 is the correct count. BTW, CNN’s count of 15 is a flat out falsehood


McCain: Obama Freed The 'Jihadists Responsible For 9/11' In Exchange For Bergdahl

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) on Sunday asserted that the five Taliban members traded for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was being held prison of war, were “hardcore military jihadists who are responsible for 9/11” and should have been detained indefinitely at Guantanamo Bay or some other U.S. prison.

"First of all, I wouldn’t release these men," McCain told CNN host Candy Crowley.

"Ever?" Crowley wondered.

"Not these men," McCain insisted. "They were judged time after time during their confinement in Guantanamo, they were evaluated and judged as too great a risk to release. That was the judgement made."

The Arizona Republican argued that Bergdahl knew when he joined the military that he was taking “certain risks, and among those risks are wounding, death, imprisonment. That’s why we cherish and love all of those men and women who serve so much.”

Crowley pointed out McCain had supported a prisoner exchange with the Taliban to save Bergdahl earlier this year.

McCain, however, insisted that the president had chosen the wrong prisoners, but refused to say exactly which detainees he would have selected.

"First of all, we’re not sending everybody home," he chuckled. "We are going to send them — even if we close Guantanamo — we are going to send them to facilities inside the United States of America, that’s been the plan all along."

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