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In a stunning exercise in false equivalence, Fox News accused CBS News of maintaining a disciplinary double standard after it suspended correspondent Lara Logan for her botched 60 Minutes Benghazi report but continues to employ an analyst that Fox erroneously suggested was part of a Benghazi talking points conspiracy to provide political cover to President Obama and then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

On April 2, according to ABC News, former CIA deputy director, Michael Morell testied again before the House Intelligence Committee regarding the 2012 attacks on U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi, Libya.

Fox News used today’s hearing as a launching point to spin its latest already-debunked Benghazi conspiracy, hosting Lt. Tony Schaffer on the April 2 edition of Fox & Friends to push allegations that Morell deliberately omitted the truth about the Benghazi attacks from talking points later used by the administration in return for a consulting position with a firm ostensibly close to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. 

Fox used the trumped up allegation to call for Morell’s suspension from his position as an analyst for CBS, citing suspended CBS correspondent Lara Logan’s botched and retracted 60 Minutes Benghazi report as a comparison. Fox co-host Steve Doocy accused CBS of maintaining a “crazy double standard” for disciplining Logan but not Morell:

DOOCY: Also what’s interesting is Mike Morell also works for CBS. He’s a consultant. Lara Logan, as you will recall, was fired or suspended from 60 Minutes for simply interviewing somebody who told a story that was not accurate. 


Mike Morell is a consultant an analyst on CBS and it looks like he lied to congress. It looks like CBS has got a crazy double standard.

Doocy’s attempt to equate a Fox conspiracy theory about Morell’s actions and motivations with Logan’s now-infamous breaches of ethics and journalistic standards is staggering, as the two circumstances bear no resemblance. The allegations against Morrell have been repeatedly debunked, while Logan’s 60 Minutesreport on Benghazi that featured questionable source, Dylan Davies, whose credibility has since crumbled, led to an internal investigation resulting in the retraction of the report, an apology from Logan, and the subsequent leave of absence of Logan and her producer, Max McClellan. 

This most recent groundless attack from Fox will surely be added to the network’s Benghazi hoax parade to push for further costly hearings into the tragedy.

h/t: Michelle Leung at MMFA

Fox News used a misleading report from an anti-immigrant organization to baselessly claim the Obama administration is now releasing immigrants who have been convicted of rape and murder. In fact, those crimes, classified as Level 1 offenses by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), are automatically subject to deportation.

On March 31, the anti-immigrant Center for Immigration Studies reported that in 2013, ICE released nearly 68,000 immigrants who had been convicted of some type of crime. According to CIS, that number represented 35 percent of all immigrants convicted of a crime that CIS had come into contact with in 2013. CIS did not describe the specific crimes these immigrants had been convicted of but nevertheless concluded that the “release of so many convicted criminals back into U.S. communities, when they could be removed to their home countries, is a large-scale abuse of authority that inevitably leads to public harm.”

Fox News seized on the report to repeatedly argue that the Obama administration “is destabilizing the nation by allowing hordes of dangerous illegal aliens to invade the country,” as Fox News Radio’s Todd Starnes put it.

Fox hosts have since escalated those claims, asserting that immigrants who were released were those convicted of rape and murder, even though the CIS report makes no such claim.

On Fox & Friends, co-host Steve Doocy stated: “That’s kind of scary that we released close to 70,000 people who had criminal convictions. I know some of them were drunk driving, but they did include murder in some cases and rape as well. That’s not the way it’s supposed to work.” Guest Jessica Vaughan, CIS’ director of policy studies, replied: “Well, ICE has not released all the details on the exact crimes that these people are associated with, but it is concerning that interior immigration enforcement has deteriorated.”

Later on America’s Newsroom, Fox Business host Lou Dobbs noted that CIS is a “restrictionist advocacy group” “and therefore you have to take their numbers with a grain of salt.” But Dobbs went on to push the same wild claim, saying that “some” of the immigrants released were found to be guilty of crimes “running up to rape, murder and far down as taking off.”

In fact, any immigrant — legal or undocumented — who has been convicted of an aggravated felony such as rape or murder is automatically subject to deportation, without the benefit of a court hearing.

As the Washington Post explained:

Immigrants convicted of such crimes are automatically required to be detained by federal immigration authorities after they’re released from criminal custody and can then be summarily deported without a hearing before a judge. Aggravated felons are also ineligible for asylum or reprieve from deportation by a change due to family hardship, and they’re prohibited from ever returning to the United States without special permission from the government. (Permanent residents are granted a hearing, but the judge still has limited authority to prevent deportation.)

ICE describes such aggravated felonies as Level 1 offenses and they can include “major drug offenses, national security crimes, and violent crimes such as murder, manslaughter, rape, robbery and kidnapping.”

In a memo outlining the Secure Communities deportation program, the Department of Homeland Securityacknowledged that immigrants convicted of such crimes were a “priority” for deportation:

ICE is committed to identifying aliens convicted of serious criminal offenses who are subject to removal in all three category levels, with a priority assigned on the basis of risk to individuals convicted of Level 1 offenses. ICE continues to exercise discretion through its field offices in taking enforcement action in cases of aliens convicted of Level 2 and 3 offenses as each situation demands. At no time shall this MOA be construed to limit the discretion of ICE in managing detention resources.

However, as the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse has documented, an “aggravated felony” for purposes of immigration law can include many crimes that “have been interpreted by federal courts to include misdemeanors, even though misdemeanors are generally meant to encompass less serious or dangerous acts than crimes traditionally designated as felonies.” An Immigration Policy Center fact-sheet on aggravated felonies shows that the definition “covers more than thirty types of offenses, including simple battery, theft, filing a false tax return, and failing to appear in court.”

After analyzing the CIS report, the American Immigration Council wrote:

The report would have us believe that the federal government is knowingly letting tens of thousands of violent foreign-born criminals go free. It’s certainly a sensational claim, but it has no basis in reality. CIS distorts the numbers, and stereotypes immigrants — all in an attempt to cast doubt on the practice of “prosecutorial discretion” by immigration-enforcement agents.

AIC went on to note that the “claim in the CIS report that ICE has simply chosen to ‘release’ 68,000 ‘criminal aliens’ through the exercise of ‘prosecutorial discretion’ is inaccurate. Being released by ICE is not the equivalent of being set free. It often means being released with an ankle bracelet or under an order of supervision, or issued a notice to appear in court.”

ICE has also disputed the CIS report, noting that in “Fiscal Year 2013 the agency removed 216,000 convicted criminals” and that the “percentage of criminals removed continues to rise.” ICE continued: ”Nearly 60 percent of ICE’s total removals had been previously convicted of a criminal offense, and that number rises to 82 percent for individuals removed from the interior of the US. The removal of criminal individuals is and will remain ICE’s highest priority.” Indeed, ICE totals from the past few years show that the number of immigrants with Level 1 offenses who were deported has gone from about 3,400 in 2009 to to nearly 29,000 in 2013. 

Vaughan, who wrote the CIS report, claimed today that the critics who have denounced her findings “neither detracts from or changes the fundamental truth that ICE is taking a pass on huge numbers of illegal aliens located by ICE officers, including an alarming number of criminal aliens.”

Fox News has repeatedly tried to discredit the Obama administration’s enforcement record even as data show that 30 percent of all federal convictions in 2012 were for immigration offenses, the second-highest conviction behind drug offenses.



March Madness on Fox: network airs a Nebraska candidate’s “Constitutional Madness Brackets” with many scandals that Fox has dutifully reported on. 

Fox News still calling Chelsea Manning a man eight months after gender transition (via Raw Story )

Fox News host Ainsley Earhardt is still referring to Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning as a male eight months after she announced she was transitioning to female. Following her conviction for violations of the Espionage Act last August, Manning released…

Fox News promoted an effort to ban Isabel Allende’s award-winning novel The House of The Spirits, thanking a North Carolina mother for a “keeping up the good fight” and using her campaign to lob yet another off-base attack at the Common Core educational standards.  

On the March 3 edition of Fox News’ Fox & Friends, co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck reported that “parents are outraged over a new book being assigned to their high school students containing references to abortion and prostitution,” and was quick to tie the book to the Common Core educational standards — falsely labeling them the “Common Core classroom curriculum.” She welcomed North Carolina mother Chastity Lesesne on to discuss.

The campaign to censor The House of The Spirits in North Carolina’s Watauga County school district has sparked national scrutiny in recent weeks. As Michael Keegan, president of the free speech advocacy organization People for The American Way noted, Lesesne’s censorship attempt ignores that “The House of Spirits is an internationally renowned work that is taught in high school Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate programs throughout the country.” Chris Brook, legal director for the American Civil Liberties Union-NC Legal Foundation, also warned of the “the slippery slope of banning books that promote critical thinking and classroom dialogue” and urged district officials to vote “in favor of the freedom to read.”


What Fox doesn’t seem to understand is that Common Core is a set of standards that define the proficiency levels students should reach at the end of each grade. It is not, as Hasselbeck claims, a “classroom curriculum” and does not mandate how those standards should be reached. Instead, Common Core leaves decisions about classroom content to the states. As the Common Core State Standards Initiative explains:

Myth: These Standards amount to a national curriculum for our schools.

Fact: The Standards are not a curriculum. They are a clear set of shared goals and expectations for what knowledge and skills will help our students succeed. Local teachers, principals, superintendents and others will decide how the standards are to be met. Teachers will continue to devise lesson plans and tailor instruction to the individual needs of the students in their classrooms.

From the 03.03.2014 edition of FNC’s Fox and Friends:

H/T: Ellie Sandmeyer at MMFA

Fox News hyped Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s economic record, claiming that the governor’s economic plan generated a nearly $100 billion budget surplus while ignoring that the current surplus is built upon a projected structural deficit and that the state ranks 28th in the nation for job creation under Walker’s tenure.

Fox’s Doocy Hypes Walker’s Budget Policies. On the January 27 edition of Fox News’ Fox & Friends, co-host Steve Doocy claimed Wisconsin was bucking the trend of rising debt, asking Walker “how’d you do it?” Doocy then went on to highlight Walker’s planned tax cuts before declaring that “people are going to like that”:

DOOCY: You are honoring your state by, you’ve got this gigantic close to billion dollar surplus. First of all, how did you do it?

WALKER: Well for us it was simple. We put in place common sense reforms. Allowed the economy to get better. About a billion and half dollars worth of tax relief for the last three years but also reigning in frivolous and out of control lawsuits, and excessive regulations and other things that stood in the way of employers creating more jobs in our state. So we’ve got more people working, more employers hiring. And the other big thing is [[that]] personal income is up in our state, that along with good prudent fiscal management has allowed us to give this sizable surplus that we are going to give right back to the people.


DOOCY: So let’s take a look at your plan, what you would like to do is to reduce property taxes over $400 million, lessen income taxes by $100 million and $322 million in reduced withholding tax as well. People are going to like that.

WALKER: Oh yeah. It puts about $57 back in the hands of everybody’s paycheck each month. That’s over $520 by the end of the year, you add that along with the property tax relief and the income tax cuts we are talking about. That’s real money, and to show that we are being fiscally responsible we also put about $100 million more into our rainy day fund which by the way, is literally with this plan seven times bigger than it ever was at the height before I took office so we are covering our future debts, we paid off all our bills. Now we think over $800 million of that should go right back in the hands of the people and the employers that have made this economy improve so much so it keeps going. Pretty simple concept.

DOOCY: Sure. Absolutely. It’s a simple concept and it’s a great news story. Which perhaps you could explain to me if it’s such a great news story, why haven’t we seen the mainstream media cover this? I mean, to have a billion dollar surplus, that’s gigantic. [Fox News, Fox & Friends1/27/14]

Wisconsin Budget Surplus In Line With Other States As National Economy Recovers

PolitiFact: Wisconsin Surplus Due To Increased Tax Collections, Similar To Other States. PolitiFact Wisconsin found that Wisconsin’s budget surplus is not due to Walker’s austerity measures, but because “tax collections are rising faster than expected.” The post also noted that other states were enjoying similar surpluses:

Wisconsin is projected to have a $1 billion surplus at the end of the two-year budget period covering July 2013 to July 2015 — almost all of it because tax collections are rising faster than expected, the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau said in January.

The predicted surplus — expected revenues exceeding planned expenditures — is a notable switch from shortfalls that forced Wisconsin and other states into emergency changes to keep budgets balanced during the Great Recession and its immediate aftermath.


We broadened our view, checking with the National Conference of State Legislatures, which also regularly tracks state budgets.

"State fiscal conditions continued to improve in fiscal year (FY) 2013," the group said in its "State Budget Actions FY 2013 and FY 2014."  General fund revenue growth was notably strong and outpaced projections in most states."

Did that leave states with extra money to play with? Yes, the group said.

"At the same time, expenditures were generally on target," its report said. "The combination of these factors enabled many states to shore up reserves and support supplemental expenditures. Overall, the fiscal situation was solid in almost every state in FY 2013." [PolitiFact Wisconsin, 1/27/14]

Economists Say Walker’s Budget Surplus Is Built Upon a Long-Term Structural Deficit

The Legislative Fiscal Bureau: Under Walker’s Budget, Wisconsin’s Structural Deficit Would Grow To $725 Million. A non-partisan analysis of Walker’s most recent budget concluded that the Governor’s proposed tax cuts would increase the state’s budget shortfall over the coming years. Walker’s tax plan hyped by Fox would in fact cost the state $180 million and would ultimately turn the touted surplus into a deficit by 2017. [The Legislative Fiscal Bureau, 10/15/13]

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel: Walker’s “Overall Plan Would Leave The State In Worse Financial Shape In The Long Run.” A January 22 article in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel pointed out that Walker’s budget would increase the state’s long-term deficit:

Walker would also put more than $100 million more into the state’s rainy-day fund, which currently holds about $279 million.

But his overall plan would leave the state in worse financial shape in the long term. Walker said his plan would add perhaps $100 million to the $725 million shortfall projected for the next two-year budget by the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau.


Walker would also put more than $100 million more into the state’s rainy-day fund, which currently holds about $279 million.

But his overall plan would leave the state in worse financial shape in the long term. Walker said his plan would add perhaps $100 million to the $725 million shortfall projected for the next two-year budget by the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau. [Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel1/22/14]

Walker’s Real Economic Record Is His Failed Promise Of Job Creation

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel: Wisconsin is “37th In The Nation In Private-Sector Job Growth Under Walker.” As a candidate in 2010, Walker promised to create 250,000 jobs in his first term. However, entering his fourth year in office, the Journal-Sentinel labeled the state’s job growth “anemic” and noted that the Governor is nearly 90,000 jobs short of his 250,000 job promise. [Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel1/25/14]

New York Times: “Three Years Into Mr. Walker’s Term, Wisconsin Lags Behind Minnesota In Job Creation And Economic Growth.” In a New York Times op-ed, University of Minnesota professor Lawrence Jacobs pointed out that Minnesota ”adopted some of the most progressive policies in the country” as opposed to Walker’s austerity measures and found that “Wisconsin lags behind Minnesota in job creation and economic growth”:

Which side of the experiment — the new right or modern progressivism — has been most effective in increasing jobs and improving business opportunities, not to mention living conditions?

Obviously, firm answers will require more time and more data, but the first round of evidence gives the edge to Minnesota’s model of increased services, higher costs (mostly for the affluent) and reduced payments to entrenched interests like the insurers who cover the Medicaid population.

Three years into Mr. Walker’s term, Wisconsin lags behind Minnesota in job creation and economic growth. As a candidate, Mr. Walker promised to produce 250,000 private-sector jobs in his first term, but a year before the next election that number is less than 90,000. Wisconsin ranks 34th for job growth. Mr. Walker’s defenders blame the higher spending and taxes of his Democratic predecessor for these disappointments, but according to Forbes’s annual list of best states for business, Wisconsin continues to rank in the bottom half. [New York Times,11/24/13]

From the 01.27.2014 edition of FNC’s Fox and Friends:


Ms. King is Director of African-American outreach for Priests for Life, an order of Catholic priests who were created to fight against liberalization of abortions laws and for abortion restrictions. They also are part of the groups who harass women going into abortion clinics. The director of PFL, Fr. Frank Pavone, makes occasional appearance on Fox where he is warmly validated. But wouldn’t ya think that in commemoration of her famous uncle’s birthday, she could put aside the “pro-life” propaganda for just one day? But that was not to be on yesterday’s Fox & Friends.

After showing video of MLK talking about the “dream,” Steve Doocy asked Alveda what young people should know about MLK. She responded that King’s message was about “forgiveness and love.” (Of course, no mention of how he wanted Americans to have a guaranteed income). She expressed hope that during this MLK commemoration week, there should be “no violence towards anyone from conception in the womb until natural death.”

On cue, Doocy asked Ms. King what the President, who is an admirer of MLK, “has got right and what he can still work on.” Ms. King noted that she "challenges his policies on marriage, on life, abortion, he wants to give people free birth control and easy access to abortion, people will say has he done anything that you like.

After she spoke favorably about Obama’s Father’s Day message, she launched into the agitprop: "This thing, to say that we can help people not be poor, we can help women if we give them free birth control and easy access to abortion, I’m a mother and a grandmother, my daughters really don’t need free birth control and easy access to birth control and abortion. They need good jobs…good education." She spoke of how she would like Obama “to reverse some of that funding, all if it, where he wants to give the free birth control” and “divert that over to good education programs reducing poverty and to say the women, we’ll help you not be poor by killing your babies, I’m a little concerned about that train of thought." Doocy said "surely."

The HHS mandate ISN’T about providing free birth control, but rather coverage through a woman’s health insurance provider. King is misinformed if she thinks that there is a government funding stream because coverage is being funded through employers’ payments to health insurance providers. Alveda King speaks of money for anti-poverty programs, but doesn’t seem to realize that her right wing GOP pals aren’t exactly enamored of these programs that, in Fox/right wing terms, help the “takers.” She also doesn’t seem to understand that access to inexpensive birth control and abortion allows women to control their fertility and, as such, give them much greater economic security. Because uncle was concerned about this very issue, he received a posthumous award from Planned Parenthood.

But who needs reality when there is propaganda to push. 

From the 01.20.2014 edition of FNC’s Fox and Friends:

h/t: Priscilla at

imageFox’s Elisabeth Hasselbeck: Are male-wussifying feminists a national security problem? (via Raw Story )

Men are being oppressed by women, and it is now a threat to the national security of the United States, according to a conservative author who appeared Thursday morning on Fox & Friends. In his new book, Australian author Nick Adams alleges that “…


Fox News pushed various myths about the latest challenge to the contraceptive mandate provision in the Affordable Care Act (ACA), with Fox & Friends co-host Steve Doocy falsely accusing the Obama Administration of forcing “religious freedom [to] take a backseat to Obamacare.”

In a January 15 segment on Fox & Friends, Doocy and his guest, National Review Online editor Rich Lowry, discussed a new challenge to the contraception mandate provision in the ACA. This latest challenge, brought by a group of Catholic nuns from the charity Little Sisters of the Poor, argues that the mandate violates the religious freedom of the nuns because they disagree with the use of contraceptives.

This is not the first time Fox News has misrepresented the Little Sisters case. The fact is, the nuns are already exemptible from the mandate, as both Doocy and Lowry initially point out in the segment. All the sisters need to do is sign a form registering their religious objection — a requirement that Lowry calls “wrong” and “perverse.” For his part, Doocy said more Catholics should be given a “bigger carve out” under the ACA because they “just don’t believe in this stuff.”

Doocy and Lowry’s framing of this issue as an assault on religious freedom — “Little Sister vs. Big Government” — is bizarre. Although Lowry begins the segment by admitting the nuns are exempt from the mandate, he still somehow concludes that the administration “should let the nuns off the hook.” This upending of precedent would undermine all similar exemption mechanisms for religious objectors whose stance requires someone else to follow the law in their stead. Doocy undercuts his own argument that the government doesn’t provide enough exemptions for Catholics, who “by and large, stand against abortion and contraception” when he concedes that “they’re more in favor it, for various reasons, these days.” And in fact, 98% of sexually active Catholics use or have used contraceptives in their lives.

Lowry ended the segment by explaining that, under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), the government cannot substantially burden religious freedom without a “compelling governmental interest.” Whether or not signing a form is a “substantial burden” remains to be seen, but Lowry disingenuously suggests that the only compelling interest at play here is that the mandate apply to everyone, even though the mandate has improved access to contraception and other preventive care services for up to 47 million women. But apparently that’s not compelling enough for Fox News.

h/t: MMFA

Rep. Lamborn cites ‘pluralism’ to push ‘save Christmas’ bill that excludes all other religions (via

By David December 24, 2013 10:16 am The hosts of Fox & Friends on Tuesday thanked Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO) for what they said was a “bipartisan effort” to “save Christmas,” while excluding all other holidays from all other religions. The hosts…


Fox News continued their campaign to characterize Planned Parenthood as an organization synonymous with abortion by defending an Oregon high school teacher who objected to a Planned Parenthood teen outreach program that teaches life skills but does not include abortion education.

On December 18, Fox News’ Fox & Friends stoked outrage over an Oregon school’s decision to fire teacher Bill Diss, who maintains that he was terminated for denying classroom access to Planned Parenthood employees who were there to conduct the organization’s Teen Outreach Program (TOP). Fox suggested that the program would teach teenagers about abortion, claiming Diss’ pro-life stance was what led to his termination, claiming “he just wants to protect the kids” and asking “if they put the other side in there. Did they have an adoption agency come in and talk to them?”

Despite Fox’s incessant efforts to portray Planned Parenthood as only a abortion provider, abortion services comprise a mere 3 percent of Planned Parenthood’s medical services as of 2013, and are not part of the Teen Outreach Program at all.

TOP is a separate and highly effective education and outreach program that works to prevent teen pregnancy and increase academic success. The program focuses on values, communication, decision making, and community service. TOP has a record of effectiveness in youth development, and is recommended by the U.S Department of Health and Human Services. The program has been associated with a 53 percent reduction in the risk of teen pregnancy and risk of fathering a child, a 52 percent reduction in the risk of school suspension, and a 60 percent reduction in the risk of course failure.


Despite the right-wing media’s repeated falsehoods about the organization, abortion services are only a small portion of the medical services provided by Planned Parenthood. According to Planned Parenthood’s website, 71 percent of clients “receive services to prevent unintended pregnancy” in addition to providing 585,000 Pap tests, 640,000 breast exams, and “nearly 4.5 million tests and treatments for sexually transmitted infections, including HIV.” Abortion services constitute only three percent of Planned Parenthood’s medical services: 

From the 12.18.2013 edition of FNC’s Fox and Friends:

h/t: MMFA

Fox News hyped baseless claims from fast food industry sources that the recent fast food protests were nothing but “rent-a-mob[s]” and misleadingly cited national labor statistics to minimize the fast-food workers’ apparent need for increased wages.

On the December 10 edition of Fox News’ Fox & Friends, co-host Brian Kilmeade suggested that there was a “secret ingredient” in the December 5 demonstrations by fast food workers and their advocates in support of minimum wage increases, asking Fox contributor and anti-union activist Mallory Factor to weigh in. Factor claimed “it was rent-a-mob. purely rent-a-mob,” and that “these guys were getting $50, $75 in Seattle, for instance” — claims which he sourced to the National Restaurant Association. Responding to Factor’s assertions, Kilmeade did note that the director of the Fast Food Forward campaign, a group that had helped organize the protests, had denied allegations that protesters had been paid, yet then went on to mislead about the economic factors fueling the protests by claiming that only “2 percent of the workforce are minimum-wage workers and only 1.5 percent of them support their families or themselves on that salary.”

Kilmeade’s claim that only 2 percent of the workforce is paid the minimum wage references national workforce data, and does not reflect the reality of low wages in the fast food industry. In fact, an August 2013 study from the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) found that about 13 percent of fast food workers make at or below the federal minimum wage, and about “70 percent of fast-food workers fall in the range between the current $7.25 federal minimum wage and the $10.10 level.” From CEPR:  

Wages of fast-food workers

A study by researchers from the University of Illinois and the University of California-Berkeley found that 68 percent of fast food workers are the primary wage earners for their families, and CEPR noted that “more than one-fourth” of all fast food workers are responsible for raising at least one child. According to CEPR, 40 percent of fast food workers are over the age of 25, and of the fast food workers that are above age 20, “almost 85 percent have a high school degree or more and over one-third have spent at least some time in college (including about 6 percent who have earned a college diploma).”

Furthermore, Factor’s characterization of the fast-food demonstrators as “rent-a-mobs” echoes a discreditedanti-labor line of attack that has been pushed by notorious restaurant industry lobbyist Richard Berman and his anti-labor front groupsThe Center for Union Facts and ROC Exposed, as well as by Walmart. The fact that Factor only cites a claim from the National Restaurant Association, an industry lobby group, that the protesters were “paid demonstrators” as a source for his “rent-a-mob” claim does not lend his argument much credibility.

From the 12.10.2013 edition of FNC’s Fox and Friends:

h/t: MMFA

Fox’s Elisabeth Hasselbeck interviewed the owner of a Colorado bakery who was recently found to have violated the state’s non-discrimination law by refusing to make a cake for a same-sex wedding, asking if he believed his rights had been violated by efforts to prohibit anti-LGBT discrimination.

During the December 10 edition of Fox & Friends, Hasselbeck invited Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop in Denver, to discuss a recent ruling by a Colorado judge that found that Phillips had violated that state’s law against discrimination when he refused to serve a same-sex couple. Phillips was joined by his attorney Nicolle Martin, who does volunteer work at the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), a group notorious for pushing for the criminalization of homosexuality internationally.

During the segment - which featured a graphic declaring “The Death Of Free Enterprise” - Hasselbeck asked Phillips why he believed he shouldn’t have to abandon his “personal religious beliefs just to make a buck.”


Fox’s “death of free enterprise” framing isn’t surprising. The network has spent the last several months championing business owners who choose to discriminate against gay customers, falsely pitting basic LGBT equality against an extreme and legally baseless conception of religious liberty.

From the 12.10.2013 edition of FNC’s Fox and Friends:

h/t: MMFA

Fox News guest tells female host to quit, get married, have babies and ‘thank men’ (via Raw Story )

Fox News host Anna Kooiman was advised by anti-feminist crusader Suzanne Venker to quit her job and get married because women should spend more time “thanking men” for the ability to stay home and take care of children. In a column on…