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On the same day Fox announced Katie Pavlich’s role in a new show on the network, Pavlich created a false narrative that former IRS official Lois Lerner reached out to the Department of Justice about possible criminal prosecutions for tax-exempt groups.  Fox went on to promote the story in several segments and continued to push it even after Pavlich corrected her initial report.

On April 16, Fox News announced it would launch a new show called Outnumbered to airon weekdays at noon.  Fox contributor Katie Pavlich will be part of a rotating group of panelists on the show. The same day, Pavlich wrote on TownHall.com that new emails released under the Freedom of Information Act show that Lerner reached out to officials at the Department of Justice (DOJ) to discuss the possibility of criminal prosecutions for tax-exempt groups who lied about political activity on their filings. Gretchen Carlson pushed the report on The Real Story, repeating the claim that Lerner contacted officials at the DOJ to ask about criminally prosecuting the groups.

But Pavlich’s claim that Lerner contacted DOJ officials first is false — the emails show that in fact the DOJ reached out to Lerner first with a phone call. Pavlich updated and corrected her post to reflect that fact:

Editors note/correction:A previous version of this post stated and implied Lois Lerner contacted the DOJ about criminal prosecution when the emails state she in fact got a phone call from DOJ about the issue. While she was clearly in contact with DOJ about criminal prosecution for tax exempt groups, DOJ initiated the contact in this specific instance. Emails also show Lerner and Flax responded to both recommendations by Senator Whitehouse and DOJ to look into criminal prosecution. The headline to this post has also been updated.

Pavlich even acknowledged in the post that “Lerner later acknowledged pursuing prosecutions of these groups would not fit well with the law.”

Pavlich’s significant correction didn’t stop Fox from continuing to imply that Lerner was somehow conspiring with the DOJ to prosecute conservative groups. On the April 17 edition of Fox & Friends First, co-host Heather Childers pushed the story as “bombshell new evidence”:

CHILDERS: To this now, bombshell new evidence in the IRS scandal. Just-uncovered emails show that former agency official Lois Lerner spoke with the Department of Justice about going after political groups.

[…]

DOUG LUZADER: These emails appear to show that Lois Lerner herself was actively communicating with counterparts at the Department of Justice about this idea of going after political groups. 

Neither Childers nor correspondent Doug Luzader ever mentioned the fact that it was the DOJ who had reached out to Lerner first and suggested possible criminal prosecutions for tax-exempt groups who lied about their political activity. Also unmentioned was the fact that Lerner later acknowledged that pursuing prosecutions would not be realistic.

Even as Fox’s “bombshell” revelations about the IRS “scandal” continue to fizzle out, the network shows no signs of abandoning its crusade to tie the IRS controversy to corruption at the highest levels of government. Pavlich’s journalistic misstep — and Fox’s eagerness to run with her flawed narrative — stain the credibility of the network’s new daytime program before it’s even begun.

h/t: Olivia Marshall at MMFA

mediamattersforamerica:

Fox News host Gretchen Carlson: "Is it okay legally … to restrict tobacco availability in a private store like this?"

From the 01.28.2014 edition of FNC’s The Real Story With Gretchen Carlson:

Gabriel Sherman’s forthcoming biography of Roger Ailes reveals a pattern of misogyny and sexism from the Fox News CEO. The Loudest Voice in the Room documents numerous examples from Ailes during his years working in television, both on Fox and elsewhere. 

Media Matters and others have noted that Fox News’ on-air programming has a long history of sexism which mirrors a culture at Fox News and its parent company (previously News Corporation, now 21st Century Fox). 

Sherman’s reporting confirms Ailes’ obsession with displaying his female anchors’ legs on Fox programs. The topic of the dress code and makeup of Fox News’ female personalities has long been the subject of scrutiny among writers. Fox News host Gretchen Carlson recently admitted that “pants were not allowed on Fox & Friends.

In addition to the allegation that Ailes once offered to increase a female producer’s salary in exchange for sex, Sherman’s book features several examples of Ailes’ sexism. 

Ailes: “Move That Damn Laptop, I Can’t See Her Legs!”

Sherman relayed an anecdote of Ailes regarding former Fox News reporter Kiran Chetry: “Anchor Bob Sellers remembered Ailes once calling the control booth. ‘I was doing the weekend show with Kiran Chetry. He called up and said, ‘Move that damn laptop, I can’t see her legs!’” 

Ailes: “I Did Not Spend X-Number Of Dollars On A Glass Desk For Her To Wear Pant Suits”

Sherman reports that Ailes “had admiration for [former Fox host Catherine Crier’s] legs” and was livid when she appeared on-air wearing pants:

"Be more opinionated," he told Crier in one meeting. "The guests are there as a foil for you." He also disagreed with her dress. "He had admiration for her legs," a senior executive said. In one meeting, Ailes barked, "Tell Catherine I did not spend x-number of dollars on a glass desk for her to wear pant suits." [The Loudest Voice in the Room, pg 238]

Elsewhere in the book, discussing Megyn Kelly’s famous walk through the newsroom on election night in 2012, Sherman quotes a Fox employee saying, “This is Fox News, so anytime there’s a chance to show off Megyn Kelly’s legs they’ll go for it.” 

Ailes: “I Need The Leg. That’s Andrea Tantaros”

Sherman wrote of Ailes’ inspiration for the afternoon Fox News program The Five:

Years later at Fox News, Ailes would talk fondly about his theatrical experience. “Whenever he can, he gets into the conversation that he produced Hot l Baltimore,” a senior Fox executive said. Creating the Fox News afternoon show The Five, Ailes found his inspiration on the stage. “He said, ‘I’ve always wanted to do an ensemble concept,’” a close friend said. “He said, ‘I wanted a Falstaff, and that’s Bob Beckel. I need a leading man, and it’s Eric Bolling. I need a serious lead and that’s Dana Perino. I need a court jester and it’s Greg [Gutfeld], and I need the leg. That’s Andrea Tantaros.” [The Loudest Voice in the Room, pg 95-96]

Ailes Made Job Interviewee “Uncomfortable” With “Suggestive Questions” And Flirting

Sherman reports that while interviewing a prospective employee for NBC’s Tomorrow, a show he was producing, Ailes “posed romantically suggestive questions and made flirtatious comments” to a woman, who told him it made her feel “uncomfortable”:

Unbeknownst to Harrison, Shelley Ross, a former newspaper reporter turned television producer, experienced an interview in which Ailes posed romantically suggestive questions and made flirtatious comments about her appearance. “This is making me uncomfortable,” Ross recalled telling Ailes. She had worked with [John] Huddy at The Miami Herald and he had recommended her for the Tomorrow job. In a follow-up telephone interview, she told Ailes that she would never date a boss. Ailes’s reaction was, according to Ross, “Don’t you know I’m single?” When Ross said she was no longer interested in the position, Ailes began apologizing profusely. “This must be middle-aged crazy. I’m so sorry,” he said. “If you come to work for me, you know, we’re not going to have any problems.” Ross eventually accepted the offer and had a positive experience working for Ailes. When asked by a reporter in the mid-1990s about the comments he made to Ross in the interview, Ailes called her “crazy” and a “militant feminist.” [The Loudest Voice in the Room, pg 115]

Ailes Made “Completely Sexist” And “Disgusting” Remark About His Female Employees

In 1994, Ailes appeared on the radio show of shock jock and current Fox Business host Don Imus and made sexual and sexist remarks about two of his female hosts.  

Before it was over, Ailes skewered his own employees. He joked that Mary Matalin and Jane Wallace, hosts of CNBC’s Equal Time, were like “girls who if you went into a bar around seven, you wouldn’t pay a lot of attention, but [they] get to be tens around closing time.”

[…]

Jane Wallace didn’t appear in any news stories defending Ailes. “He had no right to say something like that,” she later said. “He was our boss. It was completely sexist. It was disgusting. It was outrageous. I thought it was a hideously awful thing to say.” But she, too, didn’t make it an issue with Ailes. “I didn’t say so out loud, I was working for the guy.” A few weeks later, however, Wallace quit to host her own show on FX, the start-up cable network owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation. [The Loudest Voice in the Room, pg 153]

Ailes Was Upset Future Employee Maria Bartiromo Had “Gained So Much Weight” In 2009

Sherman reports that in 2009 — around the time Ailes hired Don Imus to try to inject life into the flagging Fox Business Network — he also considered hiring CNBC anchor Maria Bartiromo. Sherman quotes an executive involved in the negotiations saying that Ailes was disappointed Bartiromo had “gained so much weight”:

Around this time, he also considered poaching CNBC star Maria Bartiromo. “Roger passed on her,” one executive involved in the talks said. “He wished she hadn’t gained so much weight. He said she went from looking like Sophia Loren to Mamma Leone. He felt he was being used to get more money from CNBC. He told us her agent should give him part of the commission, because the talks were worth another million dollars.” (In November 2013, Bartiromo jumped from CNBC to Fox Business.) [The Loudest Voice in the Room, pg 388]

Ailes On Fox Host Gretchen Carlson’s 1989 Miss America Win: “It Must Not Have Been A Good Year”

Ailes’ temper features prominently in the book, with Sherman explaining that Ailes “vented constantly about his talent”:

No one was spared from Ailes’s eruptions. He vented constantly about his talent. He complained about The Five co-host Andrea Tantaros, who was a former political consultant. “She’s pretty, but did she ever get anyone elected, even a dog catcher?” When Gretchen Carlson’s name came up, Ailes pointed out she was once Miss America, then added, “It must not have been a good year.”Her co-host, Brian Kilmeade, was a “soccer coach from Long Island.” Bill O’Reilly was a “book salesman with a TV show.” [The Loudest Voice in the Room, pg 389]

h/t: MMFA

Fox News host flips over atheist holiday display: ‘Baby Jesus is behind the Festivus pole!’ (via Raw Story )

Fox News host Gretchen Carlson on Tuesday lashed out at atheists in Florida for putting up a Festivus display next to a Christian display at the state Capitol building. Last week, Gov. Rick Scott’s (R) office approved a request to install a Festivus…



 

Fox News falsely claimed that the Lifeline program to provide low-income Americans with cell phone access is funded by taxpayers. In fact, it’s funded entirely by fees charged to phone providers and other telecommunications companies, some of which pass on the costs to customers’ phone bills.

On Fox & Friends August 27, Gretchen Carlson interviewed Detroit News editorial page editor Nolan Finley about the Lifeline program, which according to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) “provides discounts on monthly telephone service for eligible low-income consumers to help ensure they have the opportunities and security that telephone service affords, including being able to connect to jobs, family, and 911 services.” The program also pays for free cell phones for some low-income Americans.

During the segment, both Carlson and Finley falsely asserted that the Lifeline program is taxpayer-funded, referring to it as an “entitlement program.”

Despite these claims, often repeated by Fox News, the Lifeline program is not funded by taxpayers or the U.S. Treasury. As FactCheck.org noted in May 2012, “Lifeline is funded by telecom customers who pay a universal service fee as part of their phone bills. The fee technically is not a tax but a cross subsidy, the rules of which are determined by the Federal Communications Commission.” The article further noted that the U.S. Treasury “does not collect or handle the funds” collected by the universal service fee.

From the 08.27.2013 edition of FNC’s Fox and Friends:

H/T: MMFA

Hasselbeck is where she belongs: on Fixed Noise.

Info about the 2 misinformers (Hasselbeck and Carlson):
Elisabeth Hasselbeck: http://mediamatters.org/tags/elisabeth-hasselbeck (MMFA)
Gretchen Carlson: http://mediamatters.org/tags/gretchen-carlson (MMFA)

From the 02.13.2013 edition of FNC’s Fox and Friends:

Gretchen Carlson: Higher Minimum Wage May Be “Bad For Small Businesses.” On Fox & Friends the morning after the president’s State of the Union address, co-host Gretchen Carlson claimed “[Obama] also wants to increase minimum wage, and of course, that would be great for people who are working at those jobs, but possibly bad for small businesses who have to pay higher wages.” [Fox News, Fox & Friends, 2/13/13] 

For more on Fox’s baseless attacks on minimum wage, click here and here.

h/t: MMFA

(via Think Progress: RNCTV’s Latest Sexist Attack Against Hillary: ‘Face Lift, Perhaps?’)

Fox and Friends host Steve Doocy took a shot at outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Wednesday morning, speculating that she underwent a face lift in the last two weeks. In a quick headline roundup, Doocy quipped that Clinton’s new website featured her “glamorous new face,” while Fox showed a side-by-side comparison of her website photo and a photo from Clinton’s exasperated testimony at the Senate’s hearing on the Benghazi attacks.

Is this the face of presidential ambition? Days after retiring as Secretary of State, somebody has launched a website for her, showing off this glamorous new face. Face lift, perhaps? Well, that’s fueling rumors about a run for president in 2016, but her aides say it’s simply a way for fans and the media to reach her.

Typical FNC.

The right-wing media falsely reported that Alabama-based utility companies were turned away in New Jersey for hurricane disaster relief because they use non-union labor. However, multiple Alabama utility companies mentioned in these media reports say the claims are “rumors” and simply “not true,” and New Jersey utility companies have also denied that non-union working crews have been turned away.

Local Alabama news station WAFF was quoted in multiple right-wing news reports after it claimed that three utility crews from Alabama were not allowed to help with storm aid in New Jersey because they were non-union. Predictably, Fox News picked up the report almost immediately. During the November 2 edition of Fox & Friends, the hosts asserted that non-union crews were not allowed to help in New Jersey hurricane relief, and frequent guest Charles Payne added that this is “one of the more despicable aspects of what we are seeing”:

Following this report, Drudge linked to other right-wing websites making similar claims under the headlines “Non-union crews turned away from NJ…” and “‘No Red Tape’?”:

Later on Fox, host Gretchen Carlson issued a minor update explaining that many of their viewers had in fact seen Alabama crews working in New Jersey.

WAFF, the source of the original reports, has since updated its post about these claims. It continues to report claims from an Alabama-based Decatur Utilities employee that his crew was presented with documents by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) that required union affiliation in order to provide disaster relief. However, WAFF clarifies that Decatur Utilities’ general manager said crews “were not turned away but were made to believe that affiliating with the union was a requirement to work.”

NorthJersey.com further noted that New Jersey utility companies were accepting all offers of help, regardless of union status:

Non-union crews should not be concerned about coming to New Jersey to help bolster the efforts of New Jersey utility companies, officials said today.

"We are accepting any available resource," said Karen Johnson, a spokeswoman for PSE&G.

"We are working with our union and have non union crews participating in our restoration efforts," said Ron Morano, a spokesman for JCP&L. "We continue to accept support from out of state utility companies and contractors."

See Also: Dana Busted: Anti-Union hack Dana Loesch falsely attacks unions of “not helping the Hurricane Sandy storm victims”

h/t: MMFA

mediamattersforamerica:

Fox News remembers 9/11 by attacking President Obama for not mentioning God in his presidential proclamation.

Fox Co-Host Gretchen Carlson noted that Obama has “called for a moment of silence, but has not called for the word God.” Fox News’ Steve Doocy added: “On this most somber of days, get this. Does the President of the United States call on people to pray for those lives lost? No.”

For starters, Fox News’ claim is blatantly false…a lie, if you will: Obama’s proclamation actually calls on “God’s grace.”

And, to add a bit of hypocrisy to this latest Fox News lie: George W. Bush didn’t include the word “God” in his 2006, 2007 and 2008 presidential proclamations on 9/11. But, you didn’t hear Fox attacking him for ‘ignoring God.’

(via reallyfoxnews)

MMFA: Fixed Noise’s Fox and Friends Mocks US Olympic Team For Sporting “French” Headgear 

Fox & Friends contributed several minutes of their Wednesday program to mocking the United States Olympic team uniform which includes a “French beret.” While suggesting that the wearing of berets is unpatriotic, the co-hosts seemed to forget that most of the United States military wear berets until receiving emails from their viewers pointing out this fact.

On NBC’s Today, American company Ralph Lauren unveiled the design for the United States Olympic team opening ceremony uniforms, which are topped off with a navy blue beret with red and white stripes. Fox mocked the decision to top the uniform off with a “French” hat.

Not only did they fail to mention that the United States military wear berets as part of their uniforms, but that the 2002 Olympic uniforms for the Salt Lake City Olympics also featured  powder blue berets.