Fox News host Elisabeth Hasselbeck connected an ongoing National Football League controversy surrounding domestic violence to the September 2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya.
The Fox & Friends host tweeted September 16, “Imagine if everyone that asked for transparency in the #nfl @nfl Demanded that same #transparency in our #government,” adding the hashtags “#Benghazi” and “#IRS,” references to the terrorist attack and the alleged targeting by the IRS of tax exempt organizations.
Baltimore Ravens player Ray Rice was indefinitely suspended by the NFL after a video of him punching his now-wife and knocking her unconscious leaked, and the organization came under fire for not previously suspending Rice when he initially admitted to the assault. Fifteen female senators have asked NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to “institute a zero-tolerance policy for domestic violence,” and questioned whether the commissioner or other league officials may have attempted to “cover-up" evidence of the abuse.
Fox News has repeatedly attempted to claim the Obama administration engaged in a “cover up” of the Benghazi attacks, with the evening lineup alleging a "cover up" in 281 segmentsin the first 20 months following the attacks. Network personalities have previous invoked Benghazi in relation to meteorologists meeting with President Obama, the missing Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370, Gov. Chris Christie’s bridge scandal, Yom Kippur, and Monday Night Football.
Right-Wing Media Blames Ray Rice's Victim [TW: Victim Shaming, Victim Blaming, Sexism, Misogyny, Trivialization of Abuse]
Following the release of a new video showing NFL player Ray Rice knocking his then-fiancee Janay Palmer unconscious, many in the right-wing media responded by blaming the victim, focusing on the fact that the two wed after the incident.
Video Emerges Of Baltimore Ravens Player Ray Rice Knocking Then-Fiancee Unconscious
Ray Rice Cut From Ravens After Violent Video Emerges. Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice was released from the team after a video was released by TMZ showing him knocking his then-fiancee Janay Palmer unconscious in an elevator:
Running back Ray Rice was released by the Baltimore Ravens and suspended indefinitely by the NFL on Monday, the same day a shocking video surfaced showing the NFL star knocking out his future wife with a punch in February.
The new video shows Rice punching Janay Palmer, who was his fiancee at the time, inside an elevator at a hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey, seven months ago.
TMZ Sports posted the video Monday showing Rice and Palmer entering an elevator. Inside the elevator, Rice punches Palmer. Palmer lunges after Rice, and then Rice hits her again and she falls to the floor. [CNN, 9/8/14]
Right-Wing Media Immediately Blames The Victim
Fox Contributor Ben Carson: Rice And Wife Both Need Help Because “She Subsequently Married Him.”On NewsMax TV, Ben Carson, a Fox News contributor, implied Rice’s wife was partly to blame for her abuse, saying she also “need[s] some help” for marrying Rice after the attack:
"I’m hopeful they will get some help for him," Carson said, after being asked whether he agreed with the moves today by the team and the league. "I mean, obviously anyone who would do something like that needs some help."
"And let’s not all jump on the bandwagon of demonizing this guy," Carson continued. "He obviously has some real problems, and his wife obviously knows that, because she subsequently married him. So they both need some help. So rather than just jumping on a punitive bandwagon, let’s just see if we can get some help for these people." [Mediaite, 9/8/14]
Fox & Friends: Rice’s Wife Marrying Him Is Like Rihanna Staying With Chris Brown, “Terrible Message.”On the September 8 edition of Fox News’ Fox & Friends, hosts Steve Doocy, Anna Kooiman, and Brian Kilmeade condemned Rice but pointed out that Palmer married the athlete after the incident and compared it to Chris Brown’s beating of Rihanna, saying that was a “terrible message”:
DOOCY: We should also point out after that video — and now you know what happened in there — she still married him. They’re currently married.
KILMEADE: I mean, look at Rihanna went back to —
KOOIMAN: Chris Brown.
KILMEADE: — Yeah, Chris Brown right after and a lot of people thought that was a terrible message. [Fox News, Fox & Friends, 9/8/14]
Rush Limbaugh: Janay Palmer “Did Follow Through, And She Did Marry The Guy Who Knocked Her Out.” On his September 8 radio show, Limbaugh continuously brought up the fact that Janay Palmer married Ray Rice after the incident.
LIMBAUGH: Now the obvious question behind the question. Why did she marry the guy, right? If she got decked like that.
So you ask why did she marry him? You know she went out, they had this joint appearance. She apologized too at his apology presser. What did she apologize for? For getting beat up? Nobody can figure that out. So chomp on that. She did follow through and she did marry the guy who knocked her out in the elevator at Atlantic City. [Premiere Radio Networks, The Rush Limbaugh Show, 9/8/14]
CNN Contributor Ana Navarro: Women Like Rice’s Wife “Need To Love And Respect” Themselves. Ana Navarro, a conservativepolitical contributor to CNN and ABC, expressed shock that Rice’s wife married him after he beat her, saying that while Rice is “disgusting,” women need to “love & respect” themselves:
Woman in video married Ray Rice AFTER he punched & dragged her? RICE IS DISGUSTING. But as women, we need to love & respect ourselves 1st.— Ana Navarro (@ananavarro) September 8, 2014
Fox hosts giggle that NFL player’s abused girlfriend should learn to ‘take the stairs’ [TW: Sexism, Misogyny, Domestic Abuse, Domestic Violence, Trivialization of Abuse]
The hosts of Fox & Friends on Monday turned video of NFL player Ray Rice punching his then-girlfriend unconscious in an elevator into a joke, saying that in the future she should “take the stairs.”
After TMZ released a leaked surveillance video that showed what happened when Rice knocked out the woman inside the elevator, the Fox News hosts asked viewers if a two-game suspension had been appropriate.
“We should also point out, after that video — and now you know what happened in there — she still married him,” host Steve Doocy explained. “They are currently married.”
“Rihanna went back to Chris Brown right after [he assaulted her],” co-host Brian Kilmeade noted. “A lot of people thought that was a terrible message.”
“I think the message is take the stairs,” he added, as co-host Anna Kooiman giggled.
“The message is, when you’re in an elevator, there’s a camera,” Doocy concluded.
Watch the video below from Fox News’s Fox & Friends, broadcast Sept. 8, 2014.
(h/t: Sports Grid)
A group of conservative women told Fox News on Tuesday that feminism was dangerous because it had “sexualized” women and made them “afraid to be stay-at-home moms.”
In an appearance on Fox & Friends to promote their new book, “What Women Really Want,” hosts of the Internet video show Politichicks explained to host Anna Kooiman that liberal women were “intolerant.”
“They claim they’re feminists, but what they actually are, they are sexualists,” Politichicks Editor in Chief Ann-Marie Murrell opined. “It has nothing to do with empowering women anymore.”
“We earned the right to vote, we have equality in the workplace,” she continued. “If we don’t, we can fight that on a one-on-one basis. But everything they’re about now is kind of about from the head down. It has nothing to do with women’s brains or their hearts.”
Kooiman suggested that “the left was tolerant as long as you agreed with them 100 percent.”
“Women don’t want to be objectified, and what the feminist movement has successfully done, is really, sexualized women instead of feminizing women,” Politichicks host Dr. Gina Loudon asserted. “So, we’re here with a new brand of feminism, saying drop the shackles of the old feminism. It’s time for women who really want to be women, who want to be feminine, who want to be what God designed them to be.”
“They claim that we put women back into the 50s where women stayed home and took care of their children,” Murrell added. “I say that what they’re doing, they are like cave women waiting for a caveman to bonk them on the head and drag them into the cave by the hair. That’s who they are. They’re the ones putting us back into the stone ages.”
Politichicks host Morgan Brittany argued that feminists had created a stigma that made women ashamed to stay at home with their children.
“And they want less government in their lives,” she remarked. “They want to make their own decisions, they want freedom to choose for their children, their families. That’s what women really want.”
“And they also want real men,” Brittany insisted. “We love real men. We absolutely love them.”
“Stop shaving, men!” Murrell exclaimed.
“We want no more of this feminists politicizing our bodies, and what happens in our bedrooms,” Loudon concluded. “That’s all that the feminist movement has successfully done. And we’re here to battle back, and say we know what women really want.”
Watch the video below from Fox News’ Fox & Friends, broadcast Sept. 2, 2014.
Didn’t see that one coming: Fox hosts an all-white panel of men to defend police militarization in Ferguson.
Fox News on Thursday brought in multiple guests who pointed to MSNBC host and civil rights activist Al Sharpton as one of the main causes of trouble in a Missouri town where an African-American teen was shot to death by police.
After a night of police clashing with protesters in Ferguson over the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, the hosts of Fox & Friends seemed most interested in the fact that members of the black community were criticizing black protesters.
One video obtain by Fox News showed an African-American blogger lashing out at black protesters for blaming “the police and white folks for our actions.”
“He’s echoing the sentiments of many black conservatives,” Black Sphere Executive Director Kevin Jackson told Fox News. “And what’s interesting to me is when Sharpton came in — and I’m standing on the very hallowed ground that he was on yesterday — when he comes in, nobody’s really talking about the problems that get created by this.”
Fox News host Clayton Morris suggested that Sharpton had chosen to focus on high profile cases, instead of “bringing the light of the camera” to show the violence in Chicago. In fact, Sharpton has rented an apartment in Chicago, held a town hall event, and aired news reports about the violence there.
“Many say it’s a political opportunity to roll into a city like this,” Morris said of Sharpton’s trip to Ferguson.
“Oh, there’s no question,” Jackson agreed. “He said all the right things because he wants to appear to be the true black leader, you know, that he falsely represents. But the fact of the matter is, he, Barack Obama and Eric Holder really should have been talking about the bigger issue, which is, I think, law enforcement, and how this all occurred, and the moral decay that’s occurring in neighborhoods like this.”
“So you think the big picture is not so much the [shooting] incident, which needs to be examined, it is what’s going wrong in the inner city,” co-host Brian Kilmeade observed.
In a later segment, Fox News played a clip of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. urging non-violence followed by an interview with his conservative niece, Dr. Alveda King.
“When Al Sharpton comes, sometimes I don’t know what his goal is, but people continue to riot, and things escalate,” King opined. “And so I’m asking now, speak peace, Rev. Sharpton. Speak love. Speak justice.”
Watch the video below from Fox News’ Fox & Friends, broadcast Aug. 14, 2014.
Fox News host Steve Doocy and guest Bo Dietl exploited the death of a Staten Island man at the hands of the New York Police Department (NYPD) to attack Mayor Bill de Blasio and push for increased use of aggressive police tactics like stop-and-frisk and chokeholds. Dietl went as far as to suggest the autopsy of the man’s death was fraudulent, calling for an “independent” medical examiner to inspect the event.
Eric Garner, 43, died in July after a confrontation with police turned physical. One officer put Garner into a chokehold, which an autopsy later pegged as the primary cause of the man’s death. The medical examiner ruled the event a homicide.
On August 6, Fox & Friends aired footage of Garner’s deadly confrontation with police while co-host Steve Doocy cited “critics” who say the streets of New York “are much less safe” under De Blasio because of his “plans to stop, or at least scale back, stop-and-frisk.” Meanwhile, an on-air graphic decried the supposed “anti-cop mentality” in New York.
Doocy invited former NYPD officer and racial profiling advocate Bo Dietl to discuss the incident and whether “the guys on the street are demoralized” by New York’s move away from aggressive policing. Dietl claimed that officers are “disgusted” by the change and bragged that he had used the chokehold seen in the video “dozens of times.” He went on to suggest the medical examiner’s report was erroneous, saying, “I want to see an autopsy report where there is a crushed windpipe … I’m going to hire an independent medical examiner to look at that autopsy report.”
Dietl followed up, saying it’s “bad enough that they took the stop-and-frisk away, which is ridiculous.”
Dietl provided no evidence to back his suggestion that the medical examiner in Garner’s case was not “independent,” an apparent implication that the doctor’s findings were politically motivated.
And Dietl’s nostalgia for police chokeholds was missing important context. Both Dietl and Doocy failed to note that the NYPD has banned the use of chokeholds — or any police maneuver that puts “any pressure to the throat or windpipe, which may prevent or hinder breathing or reduce intake of air” — for more than two decades. The reason for the 1993 ban was simple: chokeholds kill people. As The New York Times noted at the time:
The policy in New York grew from concern about the rising number of deaths in police custody over the last eight years, including that of Federico Pereira, a 21-year-old Queens man who in 1991 died of what the medical examiners called “traumatic asphyxia.” Five officers were charged, but the charges against four were dropped and the fifth was acquitted.
New York City has not trained police cadets in the use of choke holds for at least 10 years, Chief Timoney and other experts said, and their use here has been less controversial and apparently apparently less widespread than in Los Angeles. In that city between 1977 and 1982, 16 people died in cases in which the choke hold was used — twice as many as in the 20 other largest police departments combined, said James J. Fyfe, a professor a professor at Temple University in Philadelphia and a former city police officer who has studied police brutality.
Fox’s lamentations didn’t note that New York’s move away from aggressive stop-and-frisk policing is based on constitutional concerns. In 2013, before de Blasio took office, a federal court found the NYPD’s use of the law enforcement tactic unconstitutionally amounted to ”a policy of indirect racial profiling” and ordered several reforms. After taking office in 2014, de Blasio did put an end to the city’s appeal of the court decision.
Fox also ignored statistical evidence suggesting there’s no correlation between a drop in police stops and increased violent crime. In July, The New York Daily News reported that over the past four years, “the number of stops made by police fluctuated with no apparent relationship” to the total number of shootings in the city.
h/t: Brian Powell at MMFA
DISGUSTING, BUT TYPICAL FOR THOSE TURDS: Fox Cheerleads U.S. Companies Moving Overseas - Because Obama
In his weekend address, President Obama denounced “tax inversions,” i.e. a loophole that allows U.S. corporations to avoid taxes by moving overseas. “They’re basically renouncing their citizenship and declaring that they’re based somewhere else, just to avoid paying their fair share,” Obama said.
Fox Business’ Stuart Varney joined the Curvy Couch Crew and right away scoffed at President Obama’s stance as little more than an election-year ploy to make himself look good by painting corporations as unpatriotic. Any loyal Fox viewer’s blood probably started boiling already. Even if those corporations are behaving - well, unpatriotically.
But just in case, Varney and company went the extra mile to make you think that if Obama wasn’t such a terrible president, those poor companies wouldn’t have to take their all-time-high profits out of the country to avoid taxes.
VARNEY: Now, the president wants to put a fence around America, stop anybody leaving, that’s what he wants to do. Instead of encouraging them to stay.
Co-host Steve Doocy just happened to have at hand a graphic showing where businesses are “not putting their money” due to high corporate rates. The country just below the U.S., ranked third, was Japan. Yet moments later, as he read a list of countries that have left the U.S., he announced with indignation that Jim Beam has gone to Japan. A quick Google search indicates the company was bought out by Suntory of Japan, not that the company fled to avoid taxes.
Fox News spent a segment mocking and laughing at Illinois State University’s decision to accommodate LGBT students with all-gender restroom signs, stating, “we’re all a little confused by it.”
Turns out, a lot of people don’t share Fox’s bewilderment.
The following day, host Steve Doocy conducted man-on-the-street interviews with the sign, asking random “Fox fans” what they thought it meant.
Much to Fox’s dismay, not a single fan (including a young boy) responded to the question with the confusion and outrage that Fox expected.
"Fox & Friends" just can’t get over a university’s decision to re-label campus bathrooms to accommodate transgender students, but apparently "fans" of the conservative outlet don’t share the morning program’s outrage.
Steve Doocy discovered that in a hilariously awkward piece of live television on Thursday. The co-host ventured outside the midtown-Manhattan studios to round up a handful of people on the street — identified by Doocy as “Fox fans” — to get their reactions to the new bathroom signage at Illinois State University.
The school announced earlier this month that it will replace the “family” signs adorned outside single-stall restrooms and replace them with “all-gender” signs.
The updated signage will include a symbol of a half-man and half-woman, which has Doocy and company pretty confused and unsettled. The hand-picked crew of “Fox fans”? Not so much.
When Doocy asked a boy if he “would have any idea” what the symbol meant, the youngster suggested it might indicate a “family restroom.”
An older man next to the boy agreed.
"I could see that," he said.
At that point, confident that he had planted the seeds for some righteous indignation, Doocy explained the moral deterioration at Illinois State University.
"See, they were designated as ‘family restrooms’ in the past and now, apparently, they’re going to be known as ‘all-gender’ restrooms," Doocy explained.
"Does that make sense?" he asked a woman.
It did make sense.
"Restrooms for both genders," she said cheerily.
Doocy was persistent.
"That’s right. Bathrooms for both genders, or transgenders," he said, turning to a man in a Pittsburgh Pirates T-shirt. Surely, he shares Doocy’s mixture of confusion and anxiety!
"Transgender, that’s right," the man replied dully.
Ultimately, a dismayed Doocy kicked it back to the studio, where co-host Brian Kilmeade offered a response that really said it all.
"Well, they’re better people than us," Kilmeade said. "I could not figure it out and we had the story in front of us. It makes no sense. Why is the torso so big and the dress so small?"
Watch video, via Media Matters.
The hosts of Fox & Friends mocked Illinois State University’s decision to accommodate LGBT students by designating certain campus restrooms as gender-neutral.
During the July 9 edition of Fox & Friends, Fox’s Heather Nauert reported on Illinois State University’s decision to re-label a number of single stall restrooms on campus, designating them “all-gender” restrooms rather than “family” restrooms. The change is expected to affect approximately 10 restrooms and won’t affect the functionality of any of the facilities. Designating gender-neutral restrooms on campus is a common practice aimed at accommodating growing populations of transgender and gender-variant students, who often face harassment and even violence in public restrooms.
Nauert, who incorrectly identified the university as Indiana State University, attributed the decision to the “P.C. police.” Members of the Fox & Friends crew could be heard laughing throughout the segment, and Nauert concluded by stating “we’re all a little confused by it”:
Fox & Friends has a habit of ridiculing gender-neutral accommodations as ridiculous or unnecessary. The show has mocked gender-neutral passports, passport applications, college housing policies, student financial aid forms, and marriage licenses. In all of these cases, the changes were minor adjustments made to acknowledge members of the LGBT community. And in all of these cases, Fox & Friends jumped at the opportunity to turn gender-neutral accommodations into an early morning punch lines.
From the 07.09.2014 edition of FNC’s Fox and Friends:
Dear Heather Nauert and the rest of the Fixed and Fools crowd, transgender-bashing is NOT FUNNY AT ALL!
Hobby Lobby supporter Holly Fisher tells Fox her AR-15 and Bible photo is ‘America’s founding principles’
A Hobby Lobby supporter who caused a controversy after publishing a photo that many thought resembled a Palestinian suicide bomber told Fox News on Wednesday that she was displaying “America’s founding principles” by posing with an assault-style rifle and a Bible.
In an interview with Fox News, Holly Fischer explained that the idea for her photo came after she posted another photo of herself wearing a shirt opposing abortion rights, holding a Chick-fil-A cup, and standing in front of a Hobby Lobby store.
She said that she posted the Hobby Lobby photo the day that the Supreme Court ruled that some corporations could deny contraception coverage to women, “and a few people were like, ‘The only thing missing is your gun or your Bible or your flag.’”
So on the Fourth of July, Fisher posted a second photo of herself stand in front of an American flag, while holding an AR-15 and a Bible.
“ATTENTION LIBERALS: do NOT look at this picture. Your head will most likely explode,” Fisher wrote in a tweet along with the photo.
It wasn’t long before commenters on Reddit noticed that Fisher’s photo was similar to a photo of a Gaza suicide bomber known as the “White Widow,” who was seen holding an assault rifle and a Koran.
“I expected less backlash with this than I did the first one because the picture is, like, America’s founding principles,” Fischer opined to Fox News on Wednesday. “That’s all that’s in the picture. And I really didn’t think it would cause the uproar that it has.”
Fisher said that she posted the photo because there was a “growing intolerance among the left, and conservatives are becoming more and more afraid to speak up.”
“I know I’m not going to change any minds of liberals,” she admitted. “And I accept that. I understand. Like, I’m not hateful with people who don’t agree with me, but I just want people to know that it’s okay. Like, you’re not alone.”
From the 07.09.2014 edition of FNC’s Fox and Friends:
A “professional” big game hunting advocate told Fox News on Sunday that a Texas Tech cheerleader who posted Facebook photos of dead animals — like elephants, lions, buffalo and leopards — was just killing “nuisance animals.”
Author and hunter Craig Boddington explained to Fox News host Tucker Carlson that liberal critics of 19-year-old cheerleader Kendall Jones did not understand that her controversial hunts in Africa were helping to pay for “wildlife management and conservation.”
"In Africa and elsewhere in the Third World, hunting revenues from visiting sportsmen and women are really critical to managing wildlife," Boddington insisted. "The direct revenues from hunting and the local employment that safaris bring to town are really important in turning what otherwise might be dangerous nuisance animals into a valuable resource."
"It places value on the animals, and hunting also deters poaching by meat distribution, and by reducing human-animal conflicts," he added. "So it really is absolutely critical to wildlife management."
Boddington said that he had also taken his daughters on hunts in African when they were 17 years old.
"Certainly it was a broadening and enlightening experience," he recalled.
Country music singer Larry Gatlin ranted about his “half-breed Cherokee Indian” grandmother and the Washington “Redskins” football team on Sunday in an attempt to show that that liberals were not proud Americans.
A Pew poll released last week found that 60 percent of liberals did not “often feel proud to be American.”
Without pointing out that the question had included the word “often,” Fox News host Ainsley Earhardt invited Gatlin explain why liberals “are not proud to be an American.”
According to Gatlin, “limousine Lear jet liberals” formed a coalition with “low-information voters” to elect a “doofus” named Barack Obama.
“He told us that he hated America,” the country music star insisted. “In defense of low-information voters, I knew one. Little half-breed Cherokee Indian — yes, that’s Cherokee Indian for you Florida State Seminoles and Washington Redskins.”
At that point, Gatlin paused to demonstrate Florida State’s tomahawk chop “war chant.”
“She was very wise, though,” he said. “She said if a child acts badly, if a child is naughty, slap the grandmother. Because, see, that means the grandmother didn’t teach mother, and the mother didn’t teach the child. By the way, that was my grandmother.”
“Here’s what we have, we have old hippies from the ’60s, Bill and Hillary [Clinton], ruling our country, not governing our country,” Gatlin continued, arguing that liberals were upset when the country took military action because “they don’t believe there is a right or wrong.”
“They blame America, they blame Bush, they wrap their robes of self-righteousness around them, get in their Lear jets, and take off, and they’re still mad at me,” he quipped. “Love it or get out of my face!”
“The liberals, they’ll sing ‘Kumbaya’ but they won’t stand up and sing the Marine Corps Hymn!” Gatlin exclaimed, adding that President Obama did not know how to pronounce “Marine Corps.”
“Who elected this doofus anyway?” he asked. “The liberals and the low-information voters.”
From the 06.29.2014 edition of FNC’s Fox and Friends Sunday: