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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.

h/t: David Edwards at The Raw Story

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


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.

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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. 

Watch the full interview — it’s pretty great. 


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!

h/t: Carlos Maza at Equality Matters 


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

h/t: David Edwards at The Raw Story


Fox Guest: Texas Cheerleader Was Killing 'Nuisance Animals' By Hunting Lions And Elephants

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:

h/t: David Edwards at The Raw Story

Fox News freaks out over 4Chan hoax that feminists are plotting to end Father’s Day (via Raw Story )

The host of Fox & Friends on Sunday fell for an Internet hoax that feminists had hatched a plot for bringing down Father’s Day, and possibly “ending men” altogether. As Death and Taxes reported on Friday, pranksters at the website 4Chan had created…

Fox News host Elisabeth Hasselbeck tells anti-gay baker to ‘keep going strong’ (via Raw Story )

Fox News host Elisabeth Hasselbeck on Thursday seemed to side with an anti-gay baker, suggesting that a court order forcing him to stop discriminating against LGBT people was not “freedom.” Last week, the Colorado’s Civil Rights Commission ordered…



Koch Shill Joins Fox Talkers To Slam Bernie Sanders' VA Bill

Pete Hegseth, director of Concerned Veterans for America and newly appointed Minnesota GOP finance chair, joined Fox & Friends this morning to engage in Bernie Sanders-bashing over his VA proposal.

Of course, they lied through their tiny little teeth. In particular, the claim that veterans couldn’t go to private doctors under Sanders’ proposal is an outright lie. If you look at Sanders’ official summary on his official Senate site it’s there in black and white for all to read. If reading is something Fox talkers bother with, of course. Here are the words for the benefit of those who wish to be informed:

This legislation would also standardize the process VA uses to send patients into private medical care when VA is unable to provide them the care they need in a timely manner.

Seems pretty straightforward to me. You can also catch Bernie’s interview on Face the Nation where he specifically said “the short-term needs to make sure that any veteran who is on a long waiting line will be able to get the care that he or she needs either at a private facility or a community health center, or Department of Defense.”

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Tucker Carlson: It's A 'Racist Attack' To Point Out My 'White Privilege'

Fox News host Tucker Carlson on Sunday said that liberals were making a “racist attack” by pointing out that “white privilege” exists in America.

During an interview on Fox News, Carlson noted that conservative columnist Kurt Schlichter had been criticized for a recent column claiming what people thought was white privilege was “just me being better than you.”

"I mean, it’s silly on its face," the Fox News host opined. "Some white people are privileged, some aren’t. Some black people are, some aren’t. It’s strikes me as, by definition, a racist attack in that it’s making a generalization — a negative one — based on skin color."

"Absolutely," Schlichter insisted. "Absolutely, it’s un-American and immoral. It makes you forever and forever stuck in one category."

"All of us have worked, all of us have achieved something," he continued. "That is how we measure character, that’s how we measure what the value of a person is, not some arbitrary category imposed by some ponytailed grad students who have taken too many gender study seminars."

"That is just so fantastic," Carlson smiled.

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