Since the first confirmed case of Ebola in the United States, conservatives have used the disease to try to stoke fear. Their anti-government conspiracy theories about the disease all sound remarkably similar, whether they are aired on Fox News, right-wing radio, or elsewhere.
Fox host Steve Doocy:
You would normally think that in something like this, the Surgeon General would be in charge, but right now at this point oddly, the United States of America does not have a Surgeon General. His nomination is tied up in politics.
Conservative media began politicizing the first case of Ebola virus diagnosed in the United States almost immediately, speculating as to whether the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) could be trusted to contain the virus considering its ties to the Obama administration and about Obama’s own role in the diagnosis.
CDC Announces First Case Of Ebola Diagnosed In United States
CDC: First Case Of Ebola Found In Texas. In a September 30 joint press release with the Texas Health Department, the CDC confirmed that the first case of Ebola had been diagnosed in the United States earlier in the day:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed today, through laboratory tests, the first case of Ebola to be diagnosed in the United States in a person who had traveled to Dallas, Texas from Liberia. The patient did not have symptoms when leaving West Africa, but developed symptoms approximately four days after arriving in the U.S. on Sept. 20. [Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 9/30/14]
Right-Wing Media Jump To Politicize Diagnosis
Fox Host To CDC Director: Given That You’re Part Of Obama Administration, “Why Should We Believe You” On Ebola Facts? On Fox & Friends, host Steve Doocy asked CDC Director Tom Frieden why he should be trusted to talk about the Ebola virus given his role in the Obama administration:
DOOCY: One other theme we got on the email, Doctor, was this — and this is a political thing, but you’re part of the administration. They feel that the administration has misled a lot of people on a lot of things. Why should we believe you when you’re telling us this stuff? [Fox News, Fox & Friends, 10/1/14]
Laura Ingraham Wondered If We Should “Believe What The Government Is Telling Us About Ebola,” Considering What It Said About Obamacare. During the October 1 edition of her radio show, Laura Ingraham asked if listeners “believe what the government is telling us about Ebola,” pointing to a “crisis in leadership, in confidence, in credibility, in competence in our nation.” Discussing what she deemed to be the country’s “biological incapability of telling the truth,” Ingraham tied the Ebola diagnosis to the Affordable Care Act, claiming that “none of” what the government said about Obamacare has come true. [Courtside Entertainment Group, The Laura Ingraham Show, 10/1/14]
Ingraham: Obama’s “Core Ties To The African Continent” Are Influencing His Response To Ebola And Endangering U.S. Later on her radio program, Ingraham accused Obama of having political reasons for failing “to stop these planes from coming in from Sierra Leone.” She went on: “Obama, familial connection with Africa. He has an enormous amount of, I think, you know, core ties to the African continent. He’s mindful of his own family history there. … Come on, it doesn’t make any sense not to have stopped these flights from coming in.” [Courtside Entertainment Group, The Laura Ingraham Show, 10/1/14]
Right-Wing Blogger Jim Hoft: “Obama Defers Deportation of Liberians On Same Day TX Ebola Patient Enters Hospital.” On his Gateway Pundit blog, Jim Hoft linked the Ebola case to Obama’s decision to defer deportation proceedings for Liberian refugees, writing, “Barack Obama issued a presidential memorandum on September 26th to defer deportations of Liberians, the same day the Texas Ebola patient first visited the hospital.” [GatewayPundit.com, 10/1/14]
Fox’s Tantaros: Despite What CDC Says, The Government Can’t Handle Ebola If It “Can’t Even Build A Website.” During the October 1 edition of Fox News’ Outnumbered, co-host Andrea Tantaros asserted her belief that the United States isn’t “as prepared as we think we are” to handle Ebola because “the government can’t even build a website. So I do have doubts and questions.” [Fox News, Outnumbered, 10/1/14]
Fox’s Katie Pavlich: “Obama Sending Troops To Combat Ebola Worked Out Really Well.” In a September 30 tweet, Fox News contributor and Townhall.com editor Katie Pavlich tied the Ebola diagnosis in Texas to the Obama administration’s earlier efforts to combat the virus in Africa:
Well, Obama sending troops to combat Ebola worked out really well.— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) September 30, 2014
Fox’s Tammy Bruce: “The Obama Legacy Continues” With Ebola Diagnosis. In a September 30 tweet, Fox News contributor Tammy Bruce discussed the CDC’s confirmation of an Ebola diagnosis by asserting that it was part of the “Obama legacy.”
The Obama legacy continues. “CDC Confirms Patient In Dallas Has The Ebola Virus” http://t.co/g6hy3vulSu— Tammy Bruce (@HeyTammyBruce) September 30, 2014
News of a massive student protest in Colorado against a “conservative-led school board proposal” has prompted Fox News to rethink its stance on student freedoms.
Earlier this week, hundreds of students across six high schools in Arvada, Colorado, walked out of their classrooms amid news of a “conservative-led school board proposal to focus history education on topics that promote citizenship, patriotism and respect for authority.” The Associated Press reported that the curriculum proposal would establish a committee to ensure certain history materials “don’t ‘encourage or condone civil disorder, social strife or disregard of the law’”:
Student participants said their demonstration was organized by word of mouth and social media. Many waved American flags and carried signs, including messages that read “There is nothing more patriotic than protest.”
The school board proposal that triggered the walkouts in Jefferson County calls for instructional materials that present positive aspects of the nation and its heritage. It would establish a committee to regularly review texts and course plans, starting with Advanced Placement history, to make sure materials “promote citizenship, patriotism, essentials and benefits of the free-market system, respect for authority and respect for individual rights” and don’t “encourage or condone civil disorder, social strife or disregard of the law.”
On September 25, Fox & Friends hosted Ken Witt, president of the Jefferson County Board of Education, which oversees the Arvada schools, to discuss the protests. Amid chyrons like “Political Pawns” and “Teachers Are Using Students,” Witt alleged that the real issue was not the history curriculum proposal, but rather the upcoming teachers union contract :
WITT: That’s the unfortunate situation that’s going on. I believe that there is a significant amount of union conflict right now that we would like to not have. The issue is that it’s easy to get children out. It’s easy to use kids as pawns and it’s not right. We have a union contract that’s expiring in August of this year.
Co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck parroted Witt’s allegations, saying, “What concerns me is that what I’m hearing from you, and correct me if I am wrong, is that there is someone else behind this planting it and using these students for their own gain.”
Though Fox hosted Witt to scapegoat teachers unions (an approach the network has taken multiple times) for the voluntary actions of students, Fox’s apparent disapproval of these protests stands in stark contrast with the network’s recent lauding of students exercising their First Amendment rights.
On September 2, Fox & Friends hosted student Madeline Taylor who the co-hosts claimed was “taking a stand” against the healthy school lunch program and plugged her “petition to bring back the pizza and French fries.” Co-host Steve Doocy argued that students should be able to decide their own lunches because “they’re the customer,” an unsurprising assertion given that Fox News has repeatedly attacked first lady Michelle Obama’s healthy lunch initiative.
In May, the Fox & Friends hosts smeared a Florida teacher as a “Bible Bully” for supposedly “humiliating” a student for reading his Bible during a free reading period, even though school officials maintained that he was reading his Bible during a “classroom ‘accelerated reading’ program.” Doocy recalled the student telling the teacher, “If you have a problem with this, you need to call my dad,” with Hasselbeck nodding and saying, “That’s right.” Fox radio host Todd Starnes later joined the program to assert that “The law is very clear - this young man does have the right to read that Bible in that classroom,” and Hasselbeck recollected that the “the Supreme Court … ruled that the prayers in open town council meetings do not violate the Constitution. It was a 5-4 decision.”
Such hypocrisy makes clear that Fox News only approves of students exercising their First Amendment freedoms when it fits the network’s conservative agenda.
h/t: Hilary Tone at MMFA
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)
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.
Fox News continued its transphobic attacks on Private Chelsea Manning, deriding her fight for hormone therapy as a bid for “special treatment” and suggesting that “he” had “already cost us enough” while ignoring expert opinion that hormone therapy is essential for transgender people.
The Pentagon reportedly is drawing up plans to transfer the former Manning, currently serving a 35-year sentence for leaking documents to WikiLeaks, from a military to a civilian prison. In a civilian facility, Manning - formerly known as Bradley Manning - would be allowed to receive hormone therapy.
During the May 14 edition of Fox & Friends, co-hosts Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade misgendered Manning and trivialized her effort to gain access to hormone treatment. Teasing the show’s report on the latest developments in Manning’s case, Doocy asserted that Manning was seeking “special treatment” from the Defense Department, while Kilmeade asked, “he’s already cost us enough, hasn’t he?”:
In the report itself, Doocy continued to refer to Manning as a male:
What Doocy calls “special treatment” is, in reality, medically - and perhaps constitutionally - necessary. The American Civil Liberties Union has highlighted the “serious constitutional concerns” that would be raised by denying Manning medical treatment, noting that denial of treatment to gender dysphoria patients like Manning ”can cause severe psychological distress, including anxiety and suicide,” thereby violating the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition of cruel and unusual punishment. A federal appeals cout recently ruled that denying hormone therapy to inmates "serves no valid penological purpose and amounts to torture."
Fox has ignored the expert consensus on transgender medical treatment before. In 2013, host Megyn Kelly dismissed a Massachusetts inmate’s bid for gender reassignment treatment as a "get out of male prison free card." Discussing the same inmate, Kelly and Bill O’Reilly mocked and misgendered her, lampooning the inmate’ appearance and joking that the inmate didn’t have to worry about sexual assault because she wasn’t attractive enough. (In fact, transgender inmates are frequently targeted for sexual assault.) Kelly has also hosted Family Research Council President Tony Perkins to blast Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for its policy in support of hormone therapy for transgender detainees - a policy Perkins lambasted for allowing "cross-dressing as health care."
Fox & Friends' jabs at Manning, meanwhile, are merely the latest in a long line of transphobic commentary the network directed at the Army private since she announced her gender identity last summer. Fox has repeatedly misgendered her, with Fox & Friends teasing an August segment on Manning with Aerosmith’s “Dude (Looks Like A Lady).”
H/T: Luke Brinker at MMFA
Fox News’ Outnumbered, which features four female anchors and one male guest in an hour-long show, is billed as “a news show first and foremost,” but in its first week the jaw-dropping program has proven to be anything but.
Even before its debut, it was evident that Roger Ailes’ brainchild would be incredibly sexist. The name Outnumbered alone announces that the show operates from the perspective of its sole male guest, who must inevitably feel outnumbered in the presence of four female hosts (never mind the fact that many of Fox’s current programs, like Fox & Friends or The Five, feature more male hosts than female yet carry no such designation).
Outnumbered likewise doesn’t depart from Ailes’ trademark exploitation of Fox women — immediately evident in the no-pants dress code thus far for female anchors, whose legs are on prominent display and nearly always crossed toward the male guest du jour, known to the Twittersphere as #OneLuckyGuy.
Before the program first aired, Jay Wallace, Fox’s senior vice president for news, described the show as ”a news show first and foremost,” with “journalism at the heart.”
Nearly all of Fox’s purported news programs churn with an undercurrent of sexism. But with Outnumbered, the network drops the veil. It’s more a parody of a news program, devoting the vast majority of the first week to decidedly non-news, fluff stories that highlight stereotypical altercations or disparities between the sexes. Rather than mention actual news stories that pertain to women’s issues — such as a new White House report on college sexual assault — Outnumbered relayed George Clooney’s groundbreaking recent engagement and a new plastic surgery that will enable women to better wear sky-high heels, stories built around gender stereotypes.
Along with gender stereotypes, Outnumbered's first week pushed a myriad of sexist tropes:
During a discussion of a female teacher recently accused of giving an under-age male high school student a lap-dance, guest Tucker Carlson insisted that not only was the student not a “victim,” because “this is the dream of 15-year-old boys,” but he also invented a new double standard for victims, claiming that a female student who received a lap dance from a male teacher would be a victim because “girls react differently to this kind of thing, it’s just reality.” Facing his co-hosts’ understandable outrage, Carlson said “lighten up, America, come on,” and suggested that the teacher facing charges is “obviously a very enthusiastic teacher.”
Highlighting a study that revealed men and women have different views on infidelity, Jedidiah Bila jokingly admitted that she doesn’t have to worry about infidelity because she “stamps” her men, to which Carlson added, “That’s kind of hot.” Carlson went on to say ”men have done a good job building skyscrapers and fighting wars and stuff, but I’m not going to defend them morally.”
The hosts agreed that feminism is to blame for boys underperforming in kindergarten, and previewed a discussion of McDonald’s toys (a recent study revealed McDonald’s employees refused to give girls the so-called “boy” toy) by arguing, ”girls like pretty ponies, and boys like toy trucks.”
Outnumbered's actual news segments, while few, were nearly as bad. When Harris Faulkner opined on Secretary John Kerry's apartheid remarks regarding Israel and a Middle East Peace agreement, guest host Brian Kilmeade praised her thoughts, “That’s so savvy of you.” Faulkner responded, “That’s so condescending of you, but I love you anyway.”
A discussion of a hypothetical Democratic primary between former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) in 2016 morphed into a comparison of the women’s appearance.
Outnumbered was also true to its name in that the female hosts frequently deferred to the expert opinions of their male guests before allowing the other co-hosts to add their input.
Despite the show’s objective of tackling the “top new headlines from all angles and perspectives,”Outnumbered instead tackles the task of elevating gender-normative fluff pieces, sexist comments, and the figures of its female co-hosts.
Batshit Islamophobe Allen West: ‘Radical’ Muslims waging ‘jihad’ in U.S. — by voting and obeying election laws | The Raw Story
Former Republican Congressman Allen West (R-FL), who is currently employed as a Fox News contributor, on Thursday warned that Muslims were organizing to “destroy” the United States by exercising their legal right to vote. Fox News host Steve Doocy…
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.
Fox Imagines That Obama Is Letting Immigrant Rapists And Murderers Loose On The Streets (They're Wrong)
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.