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Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich is busy running for reelection, but that hasn’t stopped his former Fox News colleagues from promoting him as a possible 2016 presidential candidate. Fox News has praised Kasich’s tenure as governor, and touted him as “a serious potential candidate for president” with a record that gives progressives “reason to fear.”

Kasich is the quintessential Fox News candidate, having used a perch at the network to profitably stay in the public eye between runs for public office. He joined Fox in 2001 after serving nine terms in Congress and left in 2009 to run for Ohio governor. He was a frequent presence on the network as a guest host for The O’Reilly Factor, and the host of the programs From The Heartland and Heroes.

Fox News treated Kasich to numerous softball interviews during his successful 2010 run. Sean Hannity told Kasich during one such interview: “You do me a favor. Go get elected governor” and “You can help us. Win the state of Ohio.” During an appearance on The O’Reilly Factor, Kasich asked for donations while Fox News put his website address on-screen (which drew a complaint from the Democratic Governors Association).

Kasich’s gubernatorial campaign also received fundraising support from Fox News. Sean Hannity headlined a "high-dollar fund-raiser" for Kasich in October 2009. Mike Huckabee appeared at a 2009 Kasich campaign event. Fox News founder Rupert Murdoch and his then-wife contributed $20,000 to the campaign, and then-Fox News parent company News Corporation gave $1 million to the Republican Governors Association, which helped elect Kasich.

Kasich has claimed he’s not interested in running for president in 2016, telling an Ohio reporter that he “tried to run for president back at the end of the ’90s and 2000 and no one was interested … Now, I’m not interested.” In his gubernatorial campaign, Kasich will likely face Democrat Ed FitzGerald, who has unsuccessfully askedKasich to sign a pledge promising to serve a full term if reelected.

A 2016 Kasich campaign has been a popular topic of conversation for Fox News. While the network frequently applauds Ohio’s economic performance during Kasich’s tenure, the state’s "rate of job growth was below the national average." 

Fox News Sunday Anchor Chris Wallace: Kasich A “Serious Potential Candidate For President.”During his March 23 show, Wallace previewed Kasich’s segment by stating, “as the 2016 race for the White House heats up, one potential GOP candidate is counting his states’ economic turnaround.” Wallace later introduced Kasich by focusing on his presidential prospects:

WALLACE: With two years until the 2016 presidential election, there’s a lot of talk the strongest GOP nominee would be a governor from the Midwest. One possibility from the key electoral state of Ohio is making his state’s economic turnaround the basis for his re- election bid in November. Joining us now from Columbus, Ohio, Governor John Kasich and, governor, welcome back to Fox News Sunday.

Wallace’s first question to Kasich was about his tenure as Ohio governor, asking: “What is the secret to your success?” Wallace later asked Kasich about criticism from FitzGerald, including about whether he would pledge to serve his entire term (Kasich dodged the question).

While previewing his show on the March 20 broadcast of Fox News Radio’s Kilmeade & Friends, Wallace said Kasich has led a “big turnaround in the economy of Ohio” and he “really is a serious potential candidate for president in 2016 even though at this point he’s saying, ‘not interested.’”

FoxNews.com’s promotion of Kasich’s interview focused on Kasich and 2016:

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Fox VP Cavuto: George Soros “Has Reason To Fear You” In 2016. Fox News host and vice president Neil Cavuto told Kasich on the March 18 edition of Your World that he’s heard “reports” that financier (and Media Matters donor) George Soros “fears you the most of any prospective candidate.” Cavuto then listed Kasich’s “success” as governor, and said Soros “has reason to fear you.” At the end of the interview, Kasich told Cavuto, “you’re the best.”

FoxNews.com Op-Ed: “Why Progressive, George Soros Crowd Fears Run By Ohio Governor.” Republican strategist and lobbyist Van Hipp wrote a March 7 piece touting Kasich’s tenure as governor as a “shining example” of “why the free enterprise system works.” Hipp added: “The more I thought about it, the more I realized why the George Soros crowd fears Kasich the most. They can’t demonize him and use the same old worn out liberal playbook they’ve used against national GOP contenders in recent years.”

Fox News Contributors Tout Kasich As Contender. Kasich has been mentioned by Fox News personalities during discussions about 2016 presidential candidates. Sean Hannity said on January 21 that he wants a president big field with Kasich, among others. Contributor George Will said on February 16’s Fox News Sunday that the race will be decided in the Midwest and said “you have to get three more presidential candidates out of those states — Governors Kasich in Ohio, Snyder in Michigan and Walker in Wisconsin.” And contributor Karl Rove also mentioned Kasich as a potential candidate on the January 13 edition of The O’Reilly Factor.

h/t: Eric Hananoki at MMFA

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Rand Paul: Unemployment benefits program is a ‘disservice’ to black workers (via Raw Story )

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) on Sunday said that he opposed extending a program to for emergency unemployment benefits because it did a “disservice” to African-American workers. During an interview on Fox News Sunday to hype Paul’s “Economic Freedom…



 

As the nation mourns the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kenney, conservative media figures have attempted to appropriate his legacy and attribute to the beloved former president their conservative ideas and positions. This effort runs counter to Kennedy’s stated positions, speeches, and other historical facts surrounding his presidency.

Kennedy was a self-described “liberal.” In 1960 he accepted the presidential nomination of the New York Liberal Party and said:

What do our opponents mean when they apply to us the label “Liberal?” If by “Liberal” they mean, as they want people to believe, someone who is soft in his policies abroad, who is against local government, and who is unconcerned with the taxpayer’s dollar, then the record of this party and its members demonstrate that we are not that kind of “Liberal.” But if by a “Liberal” they mean someone who looks ahead and not behind, someone who welcomes new ideas without rigid reactions, someone who cares about the welfare of the people — their health, their housing, their schools, their jobs, their civil rights, and their civil liberties — someone who believes we can break through the stalemate and suspicions that grip us in our policies abroad, if that is what they mean by a “Liberal,” then I’m proud to say I’m a “Liberal.”

During his presidency, Kennedy was viciously attacked by conservatives. Famously, a flyer labeling him as “Wanted For Treason” was distributed in Dallas the week of the president’s assassination. That flyer accused him of “betraying the Constitution” by “turning the sovereignty of the U.S. over to the communist controlled United Nations.” Referring to Kennedy’s support of civil rights activists, the flyer claimed he had “given support and encouragement to the Communist inspired racial riots.”

Today’s conservatives, by contrast, are in a full-on campaign to claim the slain President as one of their own. It’s no surprise: Kennedy is incredibly popular. A recent Gallup poll found that Americans rate JFK as the “Top Modern President.” 74 percent of respondents ranked Kennedy’s standing in history as “outstanding/above average,” 13 points higher than the next most well-regarded president, Ronald Reagan. Gallup also reported that Kennedy’s presidency has maintained a high approval rating on a consistent basis for over 20 years of polling.

Here are seven right wing media figures who have used the anniversary of the week of Kennedy’s death to try to minimize his liberalism and associate his successes with conservatism.

Glenn Beck: Kennedy Would Be “A Tea Party Radical.” On his November 22 radio show, Glenn Beck claimed that Kennedy has been ”co-opted by the left “and that “if you could bring back the politician JFK was, he wouldn’t be accepted by the Republican Party because he would be a Tea Party radical” who “wouldn’t even recognize what this country has become.”

Rush Limbaugh: Kennedy “Was Not In Any Way A Liberal As You Know Liberals Today.”On his November 21 program, Limbaugh claimed that President Kennedy “was not in any way a liberal as you know liberals today,” citing his support for tax cuts and the fact that he was “proud to be an American.” He added that Kennedy “was not a big believer in the Civil Rights Act.”

In fact, President Kennedy called on Congress to pass the 1964 Civil Rights Act in a speech on June 11, 1963.  As the bill was debated on the floor of the Senate, his brother Sen. Ted Kennedy said, “My brother was the first President of the United States to state publicly that segregation was morally wrong. His heart and his soul are in this bill.”

Chris Wallace: “There Is A Growing Body Of Thought That In Fact President Kennedy Was Quite Conservative.” During an interview on the November 17 Fox News Sunday with Kennedy’s niece Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, host Chris Wallace claimed that “there’s a growing body of thought that in fact President Kennedy was quite conservative in some of his policies.” Wallace claimed Kennedy “believed that tax cuts spur the economy.”

In response, Townsend laughed and noted that while conservatives often cite President Kennedy’s support for lowering taxes, the 70 percent top marginal tax rate he favored is way above the current top rate that most conservatives still claim is too high.

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Breitbart.com’s AWR Hawkins Highlights JFK’s “Lifetime Membership In The NRA and His Defense of the Second Amendment.” Breitbart’s AWR Hawkins wrote that “two aspects” of Kennedy’s legacy “that are not getting the attention they deserve are his lifetime membership in the NRA and his defense of the Second Amendment.”

While President Kennedy was a member of the organization, the organization at the time was much more focused on “hunting, conservation and marksmanship” than the strident opposition to gun legislation that has become that group’s stock in trade. The Gun Control Act of 1968, a federal law dramatically expanding the regulation of the firearms industry and firearms owners, was passed in part due to outrage over the killings of John Kennedy and his brother Robert.

At a ceremony where former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was given a JFK Profile in Courage Award in May, Kennedy’s daughter Caroline (now the U.S. ambassador to Japan) noted that “our family is still suffering from the heartbreak caused by gun violence.”

h/t: MMFA

(via GOPTV Politicizes The Kennedy Assassination: “JFK Was A Conservative Murdered By A Liberal” - NewsHounds)

Fox News has found a way to honor the upcoming 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s assassination and still stay true to its core Republican-promoting, liberal-demonizing agenda: Spin Democrat JFK as a conservative and paint Lee Harvey Oswald as a “silly, squalid little communist.” As we all know, on Fox, “communist” is synonymous with “liberal.”

The spin started in an interview with JFK’s niece Kathleen Kennedy Townsend (Bobby Kennedy’s daughter) and JFK’s nephew, Congressman Patrick Kennedy, son of Ted Kennedy. Much of the interview was devoted to, as FoxNews.com called the segment, “Memories of ‘Uncle Jack.’”

But then, at about 7 minutes into the nearly 11-minute interview, Wallace began to try to co-opt Kennedy’s legacy for Fox News. As David, at Crooks and Liars’ Video Café pointed out, Wallace began by suggesting Democrat Kennedy was “quite conservative. From the Fox News transcript (edited for accuracy, punctuation and grammar):

WALLACE: Let’s talk about President Kennedy’s legacy half a century later. There is a growing body of thought that, in fact, that President Kennedy was quite conservative in some of his policies. He was a fierce Cold Warrior, he believed that tax cuts spurred the economy. Kathleen.

Both Kennedy family members politely pushed back. Kennedy Townsend noted that her uncle lowered the tax rate from 90 to 70 percent, which is far higher than the 22 percent rate now. She also said that JFK resisted generals who had wanted to go to war during the Bay of Pigs incident.

Patrick Kennedy pushed back more explicitly, especially with regard to Wallace’s subsequent suggestion that the “very troubled – I think some people would say ‘disastrous’ rollout of OBamaCare …raises doubts about big government solutions.”

PATRICK KENNEDY: Well, I think President Kennedy was so universally beloved because his message was such idealism. It was setting the goals. Obviously, in our own lives and the life of our government we’re not always that efficient in achieving the goals we set for ourselves. But the goal is right. The goal is to treat others as we ourselves would like to be treated from the vantage point that you don’t want to be discriminated against because of preexisting condition in health care.

In the very next segment, the panel discussion, Wallace continued promoting Kennedy’s supposed conservatism. Wallace’s first question to the panel went to George Will, Will didn’t just affirm the “JFK was conservative” meme, he took it a step further to suggest that Kennedy was killed BECAUSE he was too conservative.

WALLACE: And we’re back now with the panel. George, your thoughts about John F. Kennedy’s legacy and this growing notion that he, in fact, espoused a lot of conservative values.

WILL: Well, he was a conventional liberal before liberalism changed in the late 1960s. He was a Cold Warrior in the tradition of Harry Truman, and domestically, he hired as his Treasury Secretary C. Douglas Dillon, a Republican from Wall Street, he did indeed believe in supply side tax cuts, increased revenues from lower rates.

Chris, more people, substantially more people visit the fifth floor museum in the Texas Book Depository as it then was, than visit the Kennedy library. Which suggests to me that his hold on the nation’s imagination has more to do with the way he died than the way he lived. In fact, his record was rather thin.

And what his death did, was it gave rise to a narrative that America was somehow deeply flawed because of this. …Now, the narrative that immediately emerged, was a streak of violence, particularly on the right, killed Kennedy. We happen to know he was killed by a silly, squalid, little communist.

I’m surprised nobody found a way to blame President Obama or Hillary Clinton for it. But maybe that’s coming.

 

(via Juan Williams Shuts Down Benghazi Outrage at Fox News: ‘It’s Gone, Baby. It’s All in Your Head’)

Fox News political analyst Juan Williams on Sunday told conservative colleagues Karl Rove and Brit Hume that their obsession about a so-called scandal over last year’s terrorist attack in Benghazi was “all in your head, baby.”

During a Fox News Sunday panel segment devoted to the one year anniversary of the Benghazi attack, Fox News media critic Howard Kurtz agreed that there were unanswered questions, but that “there is a drumbeat among conservatives — including some at Fox News — to turn this into a full-fledged scandal as opposed to a horribly tragic episode that killed four Americans.”

"And I do think that some Republicans — I’m not saying all — are trying to use this as a weapon against Hillary Clinton," he added.

Hume, however, insisted that there were “elements of mendacity in what the administration said and did after this attack.”

Williams pointed out that there was “not one shred of evidence that the White House knew about this beforehand, they covered up anything.”

"To make a scandal out of this, really — you say this is not going away, let me tell you, this is gone away," William said, turning to Rove.

"No, no. No, it hasn’t," Rove replied. "The American people were lied to. Somebody concocted a deliberate lie that this was not a terrorist attack, that this was a spontaneous response to video that no one saw. The American people were having [the] legitimate question, why were efforts not undertaken to save our people."

"Efforts were made," Williams pointed out.

At that point, Rove lost his cool.

"No, they weren’t!" for former Bush senior adviser shouted. "The death of four Americans and why they were allowed to die and no one went to their aid is not in the weeds, with all due respect, Juan! It’s not in the weeds!"

"What’s in the weeds is that you continue to prosecute this like there’s some huge crime," Williams remarked. "Karl, stop living in the past and trying to get after Susan Rice and whoever. This has nothing to do with Ambassador Stevens [Christopher] Stevens."

"We don’t who is responsible for lying to the American people!" Rove yelled. "You may be comfortable with the American people being told a deliberate lie by the administration, but I’m not. And I think we need to get to the bottom of it."

"Karl, you can continue to raise your voice, but it does not speak to the heart of the issue," Williams said, rolling his eyes.

"One more thing, think of the list of — going around this table here — the list of questions that remain unanswered to this day are what make this still a legitimate topic," Hume opined. "And, Juan, I’m sorry to say that this is simply not over."

"It’s gone, baby," Williams quipped. "It’s in your head. That’s about the only place."

(via On Fox News Sunday, Congressman Steve King Blames Obama For Zimmerman Having To Stand Trial For Killing Trayvon Martin)

Congressman Steve King (R-IA) suggested Sunday that George Zimmerman should never have even had to stand trial for killing Trayvon Martin, blaming President Obama and his Department of Justice for the case.

On Fox News Sunday, host Chris Wallace claimed that though “local authorities originally decided not to prosecute,” Florida prosecutors decided to after civil rights groups and “even the president stepped into the case.” King furthered this misleading claim and then lamented that Zimmerman even had to stand trial for Martin’s death.

WALLACE: Congressman King, let me start with you. Should George Zimmerman ever have been prosecuted?

KING: From what i have seen of the evidence, I would say no. My sympathy goes out also to the Martin family and the Zimmerman family for this ordeal that they’ve been through. The evidence didn’t support prosecution and the Justice Department engaged in this, the President engaged in this and turned it into a political issue that should have been handled exclusively with law and order. I regret that this all happened. I’m sorry that it was turned into a race issue by the media. Otherwise, it would have been tried or not tried depending on the laws that were there. This is unfortunate.

Wallace and King’s statements both confused what actually happened. After Zimmerman shot and killed Martin — an unarmed 17-year-old carrying only a package of Skittles and an iced tea — police initially did decline to charge him. While the U.S. Department of Justice did indicate that it would conduct a review of the case to determine whether there were an federal civil rights laws violated on March 20, the Florida state attorney sent the state case to a grand jury on the same day. Only three days later did the president weigh in, calling only for a full investigation and noting that if he had a son, “he’d look like Trayvon.” The federal investigation has been on hold while the state trial played out.

While the Florida jury ultimately found that the prosecution had not proven the case beyond all reasonable doubts, the grand jury in the case also did find that there was “probable cause.” King’s suggestion that a “not guilty” verdict proves that there should not have been an investigation or trial at all suggests a stunning disregard for the value of Martin’s life. But his — and Wallace’s — inference that there would not have been a prosecution if not for President Obama is flatly contradicted by the facts.

(via Huffington Post: Sen. Lindsey Graham on Fox News Sunday: “Sacrifice Obamacare To Avoid Sequester”)

To avoid a March 1 sequester, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) suggested on Fox News Sunday that Congress save money by cutting the Affordable Care Act instead.

"Here’s my belief: Let’s take Obamacare and put it on the table," he said. "People are leaving the private sector because their companies can’t afford to offer Obamacare. If you want to look at ways to find $1.2 trillion in savings over the next decade, let’s look at Obamacare. Let’s don’t destroy the military and just cut blindly across the board."

The White House recently released a fact sheet detailing the devastating effect a sequester could have on the economy if Congress fails to pass spending cuts by March 1, including a reduction in loan guarantees to small businesses by $900 million. The blame, Fox News anchor Chris Wallace pointed out on Sunday, would likely fall on Republicans, who are digging in their heels to protect tax cuts.

What a dummy.

Nancy Pelosi went on Fox News Sunday and absolutely destroyed the false premise that video games, not guns, are the main cause of gun violence.

Transcript from Fox News:

WALLACE: Gun control will be a big part of the president’s agenda in the State of the Union address Tuesday night. But I want to ask you about another part of the effort to stop these horrible, repeated acts of mass violence. As part of your plan, you call for more scientific research on the connection between popular culture and violence.

We don’t need another study, respectfully. I mean, we know that these video games, where people have their heads splattered, these movies, these TV shows, why don’t you go to your friends in Hollywood and challenge them, shame them, and say, “Knock it off”?

PELOSI: Well, I do think, whatever we do, because when you talk about evidence-based, we have that throughout our proposal. In other words, we don’t want to just anecdotally writing bills. We want to have the evidence to say –

WALLACE: Well, I’m not sure you want to write bills anyway. But don’t you — I mean, what would — you have a lot of friends in Hollywood. Why don’t you go to them and publicly say I think challenge you to stop the video games?

PELOSI: I do think — see, I understand what you’re saying. I’m a mother, I’m a grandmother. But, they tell — not they, not Hollywood, but the evidence says that, in Japan, for example, they have the most violent games and the rest, and the lowest — death, mortality from guns. I don’t know what the explanation is for that except they may have good gun laws.

But I think you took one piece of it. We are talking about — we are talking about stop — no further sales of assault weapons. What is the justification for an assault weapon? You know, no further sales of those.

No further sales of the increased capacity, 30 rounds in a gun. We are talking about background checks which is very popular, even among gun owners, and, hunters. We avow the First Amendment, we stand with that, and say that people have a right to have a gun to protect themselves in their homes and their jobs, whatever. And that they — and their workplace — and that they, for recreation and hunting and the rest.

But we are in the questioning their right to do that —

Doing an interview on Fox News must be a lot like talking to small child. Pelosi actually had to explain to Wallace why it is important to have evidence of a problem before a bill is written to address it. Wallace’s notion of “knowing” why a problem is occurring without research or study is a very Republican way of governing. It is just like how Republicans “know” that there is voter fraud, so they pass voter ID laws.

Pelosi ripped apart the NRA’s favorite excuse that guns don’t cause gun violence, but video games do. Pelosi asked a good question. If violent video games cause gun violence, then why isn’t the problem as severe around the world as it is in the United States? They play lots of violent video games in Canada, Europe, and Asia too, yet other parts of the developed world don’t have the same level of gun violence as the United States.

The difference, as Leader Pelosi pointed out, is the laws. The Japanese play lots of violent video games, but they have the lowest mortality rate from gun violence because of strict gun laws. 

h/t: Jason Easley at PoliticusUSA

(via NRA’s LaPierre on Fox News Sunday: “‘Obamacare’ means Obama can’t be trusted on gun control” | The Raw Story)

The CEO of the National Rifle Association (NRA) says that the American public should not trust President Barack Obama’s push for new gun control laws because the administration lied about “Obamacare” being a tax and a universal background check would just be a “check on law-abiding people.”

“It’s a fraud to call it universal,” the NRA’s LaPierre told Fox News host Chris Wallace on Sunday. “It’s never going to be universal, the criminals aren’t going to comply with it, they could care less.”

“We ought to quit calling it right now a universal check, the real title ought to be the check on law-abiding people all over this country,” he insisted.

LaPierre showed Wallace a flyer from Obama’s 2012 campaign which he claimed said that the president was “not going to take away your rifle, shotgun, handgun.”

“And now he’s trying to take away all three!” he declared.

“He’s not taking away shotguns,” Wallace pointed out.

“Have you looked at the Feinstein [assault weapons ban] bill that he supported?” LaPierre shot back. “That’s exactly what it does. I think that what they’ll do is they’ll turn this universal check on the law abiding into a universal registry of law-abiding people. And law-abiding people don’t want that.”

Wallace, however, argued that “there’s nothing that anyone in the administration’s said that indicates they’re going to have a universal registry.”

“And Obamacare wasn’t a tax until they needed it to be tax,” LaPierre quipped. “I mean, I don’t think you can trust these [people].”

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Bill O’Reilly rather strongly reprimanded Neil Munro, a now-infamous reporter at Tucker Carlson‘s The Daily Caller, for interrupting President Obama in the middle of a speech announcing his administration’s new policy shift on the deportation of young immigrants. He said that Munro was “absolutely wrong” to interrupt Obama, and even if a person does not like a particular president, they should have enough sense to respect the office they hold.

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In a Talking Points segment focused on President Obama’s newly announced immigration policy, O’Reilly admitted the plan is fair and it would be unfair to punish kids who were brought to the United States by their parents. He said whether or not the policy is humane is up for debate, but what he could not dispute was that Munro was disrespecting the president.

“Mr. Munro was absolutely wrong in interfering with the president’s statement. As Talking Points always says, you must respect the office of the presidency, even if you don’t like the person in it. Mr. Obama was correct in calling Munro out.”

(via fuckyeahprogressivepolitics)

(via David at Crooks and Liars: Palin Not Sure Romney Will ‘Instinctively Turn Right’)

Former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin isn’t convinced that former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is the best presidential candidate because she’s not sure he will “err on the side of conservatism.”

Fox News host Chris Wallace on Sunday asked Palin if Romney was an “instinctive conservative.”

"I trust that his idea of conservatism is evolving," Palin replied. "I base this on a pretty moderate past that he has had — in some case even cases, a liberal past. Here, he agreed with mandating on the state level what his constituents needed to be provided, needed to purchase in the way of health care under Romneycare, which, of course, was the precursor to Obamaneycare — to Obamacare."