Fox host Steve Doocy:
You would normally think that in something like this, the Surgeon General would be in charge, but right now at this point oddly, the United States of America does not have a Surgeon General. His nomination is tied up in politics.
Shepard Smith Makes This Fox News Segment One of The Most Important Segments On Cable News You Will Ever Watch…If You’re Freaking Out About Ebola In The United States, Watch This Video
Fox News anchor Shepard Smith is noted for being a levelheaded journalist who isn’t afraid to take a moment to set things straight.
He took a few minutes Wednesday afternoon to lay out the facts about Ebola cases in the United States and address some misleading stories that have begun to circulate. It’s well worth a watch.
While Smith is spot-on that people in the U.S. are relatively safe from the virus, it is also important to note that the situation in West Africa is getting worse. There may not be an outbreak in the U.S., but the World Health Organization warns that there could be 10,000 new cases per week in West Africa by December.
That escalation opens the door to serious geopolitical, macroeconomic and health consequences.
Later, Smith took issue with Fox News correspondent Doug McKelway’s use of the phrase “widespread panic” to describe the national reaction to Ebola. Smith did mention the outbreak in Africa at that point, noting that there’s no such outbreak in the U.S. “It’s not worth ratings,” he said. [Mashable]
From the 10.16.2014 edition of FNC’s The Kelly File:
On Fox, Dinesh D’Souza Calls His Sentence “A Great Political Win” For Him
From the 10.14.2014 edition of FNC’s Hannity:
Watch Ted Olson Destroy The Conservative Argument That Overturning Same-Sex Marriage Bans Is "Judicial Activism"
From the 10.12.2014 edition of Fox Broadcasting Co.’s Fox News Sunday:
OLSON: We have a Constitution and Bill of Rights precisely because we want protections from majority rule. When the majority in a legislature or a popular vote take away rights of individuals that are protected by the Bill of Rights, then we have an independent judiciary to rectify that situation. It’s happened again, and again, and again throughout this country’s history. We have an independent judiciary to protect the rights of individuals like gay and lesbian citizens who only want respect, decency, and equality along with the rest of us.
Gretchen Carlson Lashes Out At School Recommendations For Transgender Students [TW: Anti-LGBTQ Bigotry, Transphobia]
Fox News’ Gretchen Carlson criticized a Nebraska school district’s efforts to accommodate transgender and gender non-conforming students, accusing the district of pushing a “political agenda” while downplaying the problem of gender-based harassment and bullying in schools.
The Lincoln Public Schools district in Nebraska has been targeted by conservative media outlets following a report that teachers had been given educational materials with recommendations for better accommodating transgender and gender non-conforming students. Those materials included a handout encouraging teachers to stop gender-based bullying and avoid using gendered expressions like “ladies and gentlemen” to refer to students. Instead the handout suggested teachers could use gender-neutral phrases like “readers,” “campers,” or nicknames like “purple penguins.”
During the October 9 edition of The Real Story, Carlson invited Fox News contributors Alan Colmes and Tony Sayegh to criticize the school district, falsely accusing the school district of “banning” gendered language:
CARLSON: Don’t kids have enough to worry about right now? Now we’re going to confuse them even more - right before puberty, by the way - to not call each other what the majority of the population really is, and that would be boys and girls. Once again, this is pandering to outrageous over correction of a society addicted to making sure we take care of the .001 of the population instead of the masses. I want to be very clear: I am not against transgender people or transgender kids in any way, but to make an entire population start calling each other “purple penguins” because maybe one child in the entire school system will turn out to be transgender is crazy.
Carlson’s claim that Lincoln Public Schools had “banned” the use of gender language is false. As the Lincoln Journal Star reported on October 1, the handouts “were not meant as rules staff had to follow, but as suggestions for how teachers can make students feel comfortable.” The recommendations also do not call for spending “taxpayer dollars to promote… political agendas,” as Carlson suggested.
The school’s recommendations aren’t particularly controversial. A 2010 GLSEN study found that a majority of teachers feel comfortable addressing gender stereotypes in the classroom, and over eight in ten teachers agree that school personnel have an obligation to ensure supportive learning environments for gender non-conforming students.
That study also highlighted the need for gender-neutral classroom practices, finding that a third of students had heard students making negative remarks related to gender stereotypes. Transgender and gender non-conforming students face high rates of intolerance and bullying in school, negatively impacting their academic performance and mental health.
Carlson may claim that she isn’t “against transgender people or transgender kids in any way,” but her negative reaction to the mere suggestion that teachers should try to be considerate of gender non-conforming students tells a different story.
h/t: Carlos Maza at MMFA
In other Fox attacks on voters, one minute they point out that “young people are not voting,” then ask, “do we want them to vote if they don’t know the issues?”
If Fox is so concerned about having informed American voters, then perhaps they should stop misleading their viewers on a regular basis.
You see, when Fox says they don’t want young people to vote, they really mean they don’t want non-Fox viewers to vote, considering the average age of their audience is 68, and that age group generally votes Republican.
It also comes as no surprise that a study of public opinion found that Fox News viewers “are particularly likely to support voter ID laws,” which primarily affect women, black Americans, and Democrats. An estimated 11% of Americans do not possess government-issued photo identification.
Other voting groups conservatives have targeted or brushed off:
- Black Americans, including Ferguson residents.
- Single women. And women in general.
- Minorities. Minorities. Minorities.
- Democrats. Obama voters.
- Obamacare applicants
- Elderly voters
- Early voters
- Union members
- Welfare recipients
- Low income voters
- "Dumb" people
- College students
- Absentee voters
- Public employees
- Voters paying under $1k yearly in taxes
- 47% of Americans
Meanwhile, Fox can’t think of one Republican “who wants to take away the right to vote.”
Fox News host Bill O’Reilly smeared Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring by accusing him of turning a blind eye to child rape. In reality, Herring simply told health officials that teen pregnancy alone is not evidence of child abuse.
O’Reilly Accuses Herring Of Not Caring “If Little Girls Are Raped.”
Fox’s Bill O’Reilly: Herring Has Said “No, We In The Commonwealth Of Virginia Don’t Care If Little Girls Are Raped.” On the October 7 edition of The O’Reilly Factor, host Bill O’Reilly reported on a legal opinion Herring issued to the state health commissioner. O’Reilly claimed that the opinion showed that Herring doesn’t care if minors are raped, and added that “it’s now open season on little girls in Virginia”:
O’REILLY: The attorney general is Mark Herring - very liberal man - who is now saying to the people of the Commonwealth of Virginia, ‘I will not enforce the statutory rape laws for girls 13 to 15,’ is that correct?
GUILFOYLE: Yes. He’s saying that it’s his opinion that specifically they don’t need to make a report of crime of carnal knowledge of a child between the ages of 13 and 15 years of age. This is not law though, this is an opinion that he is giving to give direction -
O’REILLY: But he’s not going to enforce it.
GUILFOYLE: He’s also not going to enforce it -
O’REILLY: Right, so just to be clear here, just to be very clear: statutory rape is of a minor, and then when an abortion clinic or a doctor or a nurse or whatever finds that that has happened they have to report it by law to state authorities. [CROSSTALK] But Herring says no, we in the Commonwealth of Virginia don’t care if little girls are raped. We don’t care because, I the Attorney General, am too damn lazy, or an ideological zealot, or both, to enforce this law. Do I have it wrong?
GUILFOYLE: You have it absolutely correct. [Fox News, The O’Reilly Factor, 10/7/14]
In Reality, Decision Holds That Teen Pregnancy Alone Not Sufficient Evidence To Report Abuse By Parents Or Caretaker
Richmond Times-Dispatch: Teen Pregnancy Alone “Does Not Provide Enough Evidence To Trigger The Reporting Requirement.” An October 7 editorial in the Richmond Times-Dispatch pointed out that Herring’s opinion is in line with the Code of Virginia (emphasis added):
The outrage and fury, however, are misplaced. In a September letter to state Health Commissioner Marissa Levine, Herring cites chapter and verse from the Code of Virginia. The code stipulates that nurses and certain other professionals must report suspected cases of child abuse and neglect. That can include sexual contact with minors, but only if a parent or guardian “commits or allows to be committed” such exploitation.
A 14-year-old can get pregnant without her parents’ knowledge. Since allowing something requires knowing about it in advance, the mere fact of a pregnancy does not imply that a parent committed the sex act, or even permitted it. By itself, it does not provide enough evidence to trigger the reporting requirement for suspected child abuse as defined in state law. (It does, however, provide ample grounds to suspect statutory rape — and nothing in state law forbids reporting that.) [Richmond Times-Dispatch, 10/7/14]
Fox “News” Channel (aka GOPTV and America’s Highest Rated But Least Accurate News) turns 18 today.
FOX News Channel celebrates 18 years on air today. http://t.co/udeb5VqZX1— FishbowlDC (@FishbowlDC) October 7, 2014
Fox News Channel launched on this day, 18 years ago— HuffPost Media (@HuffPostMedia) October 7, 2014
GOP IDIOCY ALERT! Top Republican Presidential Candidate Says Anarchy May Force Cancellation Of 2016 Election
Dr. Ben Carson, a popular Tea Party activist and Fox News contributor who says he will likely seek the Republican nomination for president in 2016, said on Sunday that he is seriously concerned that there will not be 2016 elections in the United States because the country could be in anarchy by that point. His reasons: the growing national debt, ISIS, and the U.S. Senate’s refusal to consider legislation passed by the GOP-controlled House of Representatives.
Host Chris Wallace noted that in light of his potential presidential campaign, Carson’s previous comments were now under a greater spotlight. He noted Carson’s August comment that if the Republicans don’t win a majority in the Senate this year, the 2016 elections might not even be held and asked the retired neurosurgeon if he stood by it:
WALLACE: You said recently that there might not even be elections in 2016 because of widespread anarchy. Do you really believe that?
CARSON: I hope that that’s not going to be the case. But certainly there’s the potential because you have to recognize that we have a rapidly increasing national debt, a very unstable financial foundation, and you have all these things going on like the ISIS crisis that could very rapidly change things that are going on in our nation. And unless we begin to deal with these things in a comprehensive way and in a logical way there is no telling what could happen in just a couple of years.
Carson then noted that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has “over three hundred bills sitting on his desk” that he won’t bring to the floor for a vote, “thereby thwarting the will of the people.” He made no mention of the Republican House’s refusal to consider popular Senate-passed bipartisan measures like comprehensive immigration reform and the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.
Carson finished a close second Saturday in a straw poll at the 2014 Values Voters Summit for 2016 presidential preferences.
Despite Carson’s fears, the United States has held presidential elections every four years since 1788, despite a civil war, two world wars, and a great depression. Carson has been no stranger to controversial comments since he became active in politics. In March of 2013, he compared same-sex marriage to bestiality and NAMBLA. That October, he decried the Affordable Care Act as “the worst thing that has happened in this nation since slavery,” adding that the law “is slavery, in a way.” And earlier this month, Carson defended former Baltimore Raven Ray Rice, saying people should stop “demonizing” him and suggesting that his wife also shared some of the blame for being attacked, opining that “they both need some help.”
Values Voter Summit: RedState Editor and Fox Contributor Erick Erickson Says People Who Believe In Evolution Are Dumb And Jealous of Religionists Going To Heaven | video
It was tough to top the sanctimonious speech delivered by Religious Right activist twins David and Jason Benham at the Values Voter Summit last night, but RedState editor Erick Erickson tried his best. Erickson, who also serves as a Fox News pundit, dedicated his remarks to explaining how people like himself and the VVS audience are headed to Heaven and, because of that, everyone else is jealous of them.
After mocking evolution as dumb and incompatible with the religious faith, even cracking a joke about the Fox series “Cosmos,” Erickson said “I see a world that is opposed to us in this room because we’re headed home to eternity, we’re just passing through.”
“There is a last day, pick a side and the right side wins,” he said, adding: “You have got to love someone enough that you don’t want them to go to Hell.”
Fox News hosts Sean Hannity and Dana Perino are giving speeches “sponsored by” major fracking companies while pushing for fracking on Fox.
The conservative commentators spoke at the Shale Insight 2014 conference on September 24-25. The two-day event was organized by the Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC), an industry lobbying group that advocates for the “development of natural gas from the Marcellus and Utica Shale geological formations.” MSC members include Chevron, Shell, and ExxonMobil subsidiary XTO Energy. The group spent over $900,000 on lobbying in Pennsylvania during the first quarter of this year.
MSC announced at the conference that it’s launching an advertising campaign to combat negative connotations about fracking, the controversial method used to extract natural gas from shale rocks. MSC president David J. Spigelmyer said at the conference that “Folks have tried to hijack that word and paint it as something negative … It’s our effort to take that word back.”
Both Perino and Hannity’s speeches were sponsored by major energy companies.
Perino’s talk (“An Interview on Politics and Energy”) was sponsored by Range Resources Corporation, "one of the largest drillers in the Marcellus Shale." Pennsylvania regulators recently fined Range Resources $4.15 million — “the largest the state has ever imposed on the shale gas industry” — for “leaks at open pits Range operates to store the so-called flowback waste from natural gas wells.” Perino was interviewed by Scott H. Segal, a top energy lobbyist who represents Range Resources and other energy companies. Perino reportedly ”said the exportation of natural gas from the United States could be integral in dealings with Russian President Vladimir Putin” (a pro-fracking myth).
Hannity’s speech was sponsored by CONSOL Energy, “one of the largest independent natural gas exploration, development and production companies.” In 2011, the company agreed to pay “$5.5 million in fines and build a $200 million treatment system to resolve water quality violations federal regulators believe led to a massive fish kill along the West Virginia-Pennsylvania border.” The company also ”may be fined for an accidental, small spill of flowback water from a Marcellus shale natural gas well in Washington Township in August.” During his speech, Hannity reportedly "railed against government bureaucracy and the Obama administration while praising the energy industry for its growth since the shale boom."
Range Resources and CONSOL Energy are listed as conference platinum sponsors. Companies paid $50,000 to be a platinum sponsor; benefits include “Sponsorship of keynote address” and “Opportunity for company representative to provide introductory remarks from podium.”
The Internet Archive’s cache of the conference’s website shows that Hannity and Perino were both confirmed speakers since at least August 10. Both have repeatedly praised the virtues of fracking on Fox News in recent weeks:
- On his September 15 program, Hannity promoted his “five-point plan” which includes fracking.
- On September 17’s The Five, Perino criticized efforts by the New York state government to fight fracking, saying it “doesn’t make any sense.” The Marcellus Shale Coalition and its members have lobbied for fracking in New York.
- On his September 18 program, Hannity wondered why energy problems can’t be solved by proposals like fracking. The segment was branded, “Drill baby drill.”
- On September 19’s The Five, Perino said she’d like “to be in north New York with fracking.”
Perino and Hannity apparently used similar talking points in their “sponsored” speeches and on Fox News. Hannity reportedly told the conference “the unemployment rate in North Dakota is virtually zero because of energy.” On his September 15 Fox News program, Hannity said ”unemployment rate in North Dakota is zero. Unemployment in Midland, Texas is zero. It’s all about energy. Fracking, drilling.” During her conference speech, Perino reportedly ”noted an anti-drilling message in this week’s climate change demonstrations in New York.” On September 22’s The Five, Perino similarly criticized environmental activists, saying they “would be better off talking about some sort of energy independence here in America, such as fracking.”
Hannity hosted Spigelmyer and former Republican Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge, who also spoke at the conference and whose lobbying firm does work for MSG, on the September 16 edition of his Premiere Radio Networks show. Hannity plugged his speech at the conference, and promoted the virtues of fracking with his guests. At one point Spigelmyer thanked Hannity and Ridge for “volunteering” to speak at the conference.
The conference also featured Heritage Foundation chief economist and Fox News contributor Stephen Moore, who reportedly told the gathering that “Being against fracking is like being against a cure for cancer.”
A representative for the conference did not return a request for comment.
h/t: Eric Hanaoki at MMFA
From the 09.26.2014 edition of FNC’s Fox and Friends:
Fox News host Andrea Tantaros was on FNC’s “Outnumbered,” this morning and went slightly crazy and racist as she described in detail her hatred for Attorney General Eric Holder, after it was announced that he was resigning.
Tantaros: He was Obama’s coverup guy. He was one of the most divisive, polarizing, controversial, dangerous men in America. Unethical. He didn’t enforce the laws on Obamacare. He was droning terrorists without a trial while he was giving them trials in downtown Manhattan. He ran the DOJ much like the Black Panthers would. That is a fact.
She used as many hateful adjectives as she probably knew and crammed them in as best she could in the time she had.
Whenever you hear a conservative use the Black Panthers as an analogy for a Democratic politician, you know what they are actually using Lee Atwater’s tried and true method of avoiding saying the “N” word when they want to say the “N” word.
Conservative quacks will always be pissed off that George Bush’s man Alberto Gonzales was forced to resign.
News of a massive student protest in Colorado against a “conservative-led school board proposal” has prompted Fox News to rethink its stance on student freedoms.
Earlier this week, hundreds of students across six high schools in Arvada, Colorado, walked out of their classrooms amid news of a “conservative-led school board proposal to focus history education on topics that promote citizenship, patriotism and respect for authority.” The Associated Press reported that the curriculum proposal would establish a committee to ensure certain history materials “don’t ‘encourage or condone civil disorder, social strife or disregard of the law’”:
Student participants said their demonstration was organized by word of mouth and social media. Many waved American flags and carried signs, including messages that read “There is nothing more patriotic than protest.”
The school board proposal that triggered the walkouts in Jefferson County calls for instructional materials that present positive aspects of the nation and its heritage. It would establish a committee to regularly review texts and course plans, starting with Advanced Placement history, to make sure materials “promote citizenship, patriotism, essentials and benefits of the free-market system, respect for authority and respect for individual rights” and don’t “encourage or condone civil disorder, social strife or disregard of the law.”
On September 25, Fox & Friends hosted Ken Witt, president of the Jefferson County Board of Education, which oversees the Arvada schools, to discuss the protests. Amid chyrons like “Political Pawns” and “Teachers Are Using Students,” Witt alleged that the real issue was not the history curriculum proposal, but rather the upcoming teachers union contract :
WITT: That’s the unfortunate situation that’s going on. I believe that there is a significant amount of union conflict right now that we would like to not have. The issue is that it’s easy to get children out. It’s easy to use kids as pawns and it’s not right. We have a union contract that’s expiring in August of this year.
Co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck parroted Witt’s allegations, saying, “What concerns me is that what I’m hearing from you, and correct me if I am wrong, is that there is someone else behind this planting it and using these students for their own gain.”
Though Fox hosted Witt to scapegoat teachers unions (an approach the network has taken multiple times) for the voluntary actions of students, Fox’s apparent disapproval of these protests stands in stark contrast with the network’s recent lauding of students exercising their First Amendment rights.
On September 2, Fox & Friends hosted student Madeline Taylor who the co-hosts claimed was “taking a stand” against the healthy school lunch program and plugged her “petition to bring back the pizza and French fries.” Co-host Steve Doocy argued that students should be able to decide their own lunches because “they’re the customer,” an unsurprising assertion given that Fox News has repeatedly attacked first lady Michelle Obama’s healthy lunch initiative.
In May, the Fox & Friends hosts smeared a Florida teacher as a “Bible Bully” for supposedly “humiliating” a student for reading his Bible during a free reading period, even though school officials maintained that he was reading his Bible during a “classroom ‘accelerated reading’ program.” Doocy recalled the student telling the teacher, “If you have a problem with this, you need to call my dad,” with Hasselbeck nodding and saying, “That’s right.” Fox radio host Todd Starnes later joined the program to assert that “The law is very clear - this young man does have the right to read that Bible in that classroom,” and Hasselbeck recollected that the “the Supreme Court … ruled that the prayers in open town council meetings do not violate the Constitution. It was a 5-4 decision.”
Such hypocrisy makes clear that Fox News only approves of students exercising their First Amendment freedoms when it fits the network’s conservative agenda.
h/t: Hilary Tone at MMFA