Thursday, February 9, 2012

Revisiting the Lies of Fox News

A leadership responsible to only an uninformed or partially informed electorate can bring nothing but disaster to our world.
— Edward R. Murrow

The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane.
— Marcus Aurelius

By Dan Hagen
The worst thing a journalist can do is to lie.
Beyond their duty to their employers, professionals have an overriding responsibility to the public. So you should not be able to hire a physician to murder someone, or an attorney to frame an innocent person in a criminal conviction, or an engineer to build a highway bridge designed to collapse.
And because the overriding responsibility of the profession of journalism is to provide honest, fair, relevant, factual reporting about matters of public importance and concern, you should not be able to hire a journalist to peddle partisan propagandistic lies as “fair and balanced” public truth.
Yet Fox News has been doing just that for years.
American citizens must be assured of information that is not based on lies if they are to run this nation.

Infomercials on television ape the format of a news broadcast, with actors disguised as news reporters, in order to leech the small amount of credibility still retained by American journalism in order to hock magical investment schemes or miracle floor wax.
Fox News takes the same low road for an even lower reason – to confuse, mislead and deceive the American public about matters of national and global importance.
At Fox News, the public's supposed watchdog has been trained to savage the people it’s supposed to protect, and always while their backs are turned.
Fox News instructed its employees on the propaganda slant of the day in daily memos from former Fox News Senior Vice President John Moody and Fox News Managing Editor Bill Sammon. For example, they were ordered not to turn the 9-11 commission "into Watergate," to create "heat" for John Kerry on his "flip-flop voting record" and to lavish praise on George W. Bush for his "political courage and tactical cunning." Hence the uniformity of the channel’s lies.
Certainly Fox News is completely biased, frequently excluding Democrats entirely from its "fair and balanced" Sunday opinion panels. A week before the 2008 election, a memo to the news staff collected quotes from Obama’s autobiography, Dreams of My Father, that Sammon claimed contained “references to socialism, liberalism, Marxism and Marxists,” along with “a couple of his many self-described ‘racial obsessions.'" They were to be used as fodder for "fair and balanced" Fox News attacks on the Democratic candidate for president.
This is not about mere “bias,” even though bias is the very breath of life to Rupert Murdoch’s and Roger Ailes’ cable news channel. Bias, which can sometimes be unconscious, is a tendency to thumb the scales of public debate.
Nor is this about mere “opinion,” even though Fox News has perversely interwoven that into virtually all aspects of its “news” reporting.
This is about telling lies concerning matters of objective fact – the deliberate crafting of partisan propaganda to be slipped into the public debate under the cover of a profession that is supposed to impartially uncover, verify and report the truth.

A 2014 analysis by PunditFact found that 60 percent of all statements on Fox News are demonstrably false.
For example, which political party a politician belongs to isn't a matter of opinion. It's a fact Fox News lies about.
Fox News suddenly identified disgraced Republican Gov. Mark Sanford of South Carolina as a Democrat on the very day he admitted his philandering.
A coincidence? But Fox News also suddenly changed Congressman Mark Foley's party affiliation from Republican to Democratic the very moment it was inescapably confirmed that Foley was sexually soliciting teenage male pages in Congress.
On Dec. 20, 2012, Fox News even turned the fundamentalist Christian religious fanatics at the Westboro Baptist Church into "liberals" and "Democrats."
In the fall of 2008, Fox News repeatedly referred to presidential candidate Barack Obama as "Barack Osama." Even in May 2011, when President Obama authorized the attack that finally killed Osama bin Laden, a Fox News affiliate's screen crawl read, "Reports: Obama Bin Laden Dead."
Fox News' White House correspondent Major Garrett was forced to apologize for another such “mistake” -- his fake HBO-Obama story. During the Nov. 4, 2009, edition of America's Newsroom, guest co-host Martha MacCallum started the fake story that President Obama watched an HBO special about himself instead of the Nov. 3 election returns. On the Nov. 4 edition of Studio B with Shepard Smith, Garrett apologized for "mishearing" press secretary Robert Gibbs and reporting the false information.
In July 2013, Fox Business host Stuart Varney lied that federal studentloans are subsidized "at great cost to taxpayers," ignoring the fact that the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projects that the federal student loan program will contribute more than $50 billion in revenue to the Treasury in 2013 alone.
On Jan. 2, 2010, Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pa.) was told he’d have the final word on health care in a debate with Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) -- but he never got to deliver it. After Franks argued that the health care bill was creating a "socialist government-run system," Sestak was given 20 seconds to respond -- only to have the screen go black in the middle of his first sentence. The satellite feed cut out before the Democratic congressman could actually make his case. A flustered anchor "apologized" for the "technical difficulties."
All just "mistakes," don't you imagine? But isn’t it funny how every "mistake" Fox News makes manages to falsely malign Democrats and/or shield guilty Republicans?
On April 27, 2004, Fox News star Bill O'Reilly — a constant liar — claimed that his call for a boycott of France had cost that nation "billions of dollars," citing reports in "the Paris Business Review" as evidence. No such publication exists or has ever existed. In fact, American imports from France actually increased after O'Reilly called for his boycott, which was meant to punish France for failing to endorse Bush's invasion and occupation of Iraq under false pretenses. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in February 2004, the United States imported $2.26 billion in French goods and services, up from $2.18 billion in February 2002.
In June 2006, O'Reilly falsely claimed that World War II U.S. troops had committed atrocities at Malmedy. O'Reilly said, "In Malmedy, as you know, U.S. forces captured SS forces who had their hands in the air and they were unarmed and they shot them down." In fact, 84 American bodies were found at Malmedy murdered by SS troops.
It was an attempt by O'Reilly to justify contemporary atrocities by U.S. troops in Iraq. Exposed as a liar, O'Reilly had Malmedy changed to "Normandy" in the transcript in a clumsy attempt to cover up his tracks.
By the way, I would argue that O'Reilly's Malmedy incident was no mere juvenile smear attempt. It was, initially, a particularly nasty lie that maligned U.S. troops in an attempt to explain away Republican policies of torture and war crime. The scrubbing of the transcript was a SECOND LIE designed to hide the first after it was exposed. Any scrubbing of transcripts is a prima facie lie that violates every standard of professional journalism.
George W. Bush's speechwriter David Frum admitted that the Republicans didn't regard Fox News as a news organization at all, but as a propaganda operation working for them. Fox News has done little or nothing to refute that charge.
Rewriting history on Aug. 6, 2008, Fox News host Brian Kilmeade denied that Bush ever tried to tie Al Qaeda to Iraq to justify his invasion, flatly stating that Bush “never even said there was a link between Al Qaeda and Iraq.” On June 17, 2004, Bush told the press, “The reason I keep insisting that there was a relationship between Iraq and Saddam and al Qaeda: because there was a relationship between Iraq and al Qaeda.”
Fox News lies with audio. On March 21, 2010, Fox News inserted fake video and audio of health care protesters into Rep. Bart Stupak’s press conference announcing that he would be supporting the health care reform bill. The fake audio made it sound as though the protesters were part of the event, threatening to drown him out.
In May 2010, Fox News video of President Obama’s speech at West Point erased cadets' applause after the president discussed ending the Iraq War. In the official video, cadets applauded after Obama said, “through their competence and creativity and courage, we are poised to end our combat mission in Iraq this summer.” In the Fox News version of the video, there is no applause but instead a strange and awkward pause.

In December 2014, The Fox News morning show Fox &Friends edited a video clip of Rev. Al Sharpton to make it seem that demonstrators had chanted calls to kill police officers during his speech on Saturday, even though the two pieces of video were from two different cities.
Fox News lies with editing. For example, Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace aired a corruptly edited video of President Obama's Sept. 12, 2012, Rose Garden address to push the Mitt Romney lie that Obama waited two weeks before calling the attack on a U.S. Consulate in Libya an act of terror.
Fox News lies with video. In November 2009, Fox News host Sean Hannity spliced in footage from the 9/12 rally on the Mall to make Michele Bachmann's Capitol Hill tea party look much, much bigger than it actually was. He was later forced to admit it.
On the Nov. 18, 2009, edition of Fox News' Happening Now, Fox News anchor Gregg Jarrett described “pictures just coming into us” as “huge crowds” that have amassed while Sarah Palin is “promoting her new book.” The pictures that were supposedly “just coming in” were actually year-old video from the presidential campaign. The following day, co-host Jane Skinner was forced to apologize for "mistakenly" airing the fake crowd video.
On June 17, 2010, the day that Republican Rep. Joe Barton made his infamous apology to BP's CEO for the fact that the White House was making the corporation pay for poisoning the Gulf of Mexico, Fox News TWICE edited out his embarrassing, politically damaging apology.
On Nov. 14, 2012, Fox News' The Five aired an out-of-context clip from Obama's press conference to make the false claim that he was "giving up on climate change." In fact, the president said the opposite about climate change, adding that we have "an obligation to future generations to do something about it" — but that contradiction of their lie was kept secret by Fox News.
And then there were the balmy palms of Wisconsin. In March 2011, O'Reilly presented footage purportedly showing angry, near-violent union protesters in Wisconsin, where the Republican governor was busy working to destroy public employee unions. Unfortunately, alert viewers could spot the palm trees in the background. This allegedly damning footage was of protesters in California. The real Wisconsin protesters were apparently too peaceful for O'Reilly. Reality is often so inconvenient for the scripted Fox News message. "The Fox News approach to journalism doesn't just drive liberals crazy," Connor Friedersdorf observed. "It's also bad for all who want Obama to be held accountable. It makes conservative opposition to him dumber, less informed and less effective than it would otherwise be, because O'Reilly's whole schtick is based on contrivance more than substance."

Fox News lies even with word choice and inflection. Note how Fox host Elisabeth Hasselbeck reported an unemployment report highly favorable to the Obama administration in November 2015: “That’s right, Steve. Only 271,000 new jobs were added last month. That is up from September as well. Analysts were expecting more than 180,000 jobs for October.”
Fox News lies about history. claiming that no Americans starved during Depression.
At times, the Fox News mask slips so badly that even the pretense of journalism is abandoned. Fox News lied when it passed off a Republican Party press release as its own reporting, complete with typo. During the Feb. 10, 2009, edition of Happening Now, Jon Scott claimed to "take a look back" at how the economic recovery plan "grew, and grew, and grew." In doing so, Scott referenced seven dates as on-screen graphics cited various news sources from those time periods. All of them came directly from a Senate Republican Communications Center press release.
A Fox News on-screen graphic even reproduced a typo contained in the GOP press release.
Reporting on a Washington 9-12 rally he promoted in 2009, Fox News host Glenn Beck rejected the crowd estimate of 70,000 offered by city authorities. Instead, he said, an amazing 1.7 MILLION people attended, citing a supposed study by the University of I Don’t Remember.
“We had a university, the university, I think it's the University of -- I don't remember which university it is -- um, look at the pictures,” Beck said.
After being called on a falsehood he told during his Restoring Honor rally in August 2010, Beck cheerfully admitted he lied because he "thought it would be a little easier.” Rhapsodically, Beck had claimed that he held George Washington's handwritten first Inaugural Address in his hands at the National Archives, but a spokeswoman at the institution said that is, of course, not permitted.
Perhaps Beck should have called his rally “Restoring Honor With Lies.” In April 2012, Fox News host Steve Doocy was forced to admit that he had fabricated a quote from President Obama.
In July 2012, Fox News lied about physicians’ reactions to “Obamacare,” claiming that that more than eight in 100 were going to quit doctoring because of it. Actually the “terribly conducted survey conducted by a shady right-wing group, reported credulously by the Daily Caller, and hyped by Matt Drudge and Fox News” didn’t even ask doctors about the Affordable Care Act.
In September 2012, Fox News lied that a three-year-old photo was taken "yesterday" in order to smear the president.

"Case in point: In summer 2011, a story surfaced on the right-wing blogs that an auditor for the Justice Department had found out some DOJ employees attending a meeting at the Capital Hilton in Washington, DC, had been served refreshments, including muffins for which the hotel charged $16 apiece," wrote Fox News mole Joe Muto. "It’s no surprise that the story spread like wildfire on the blogs and was soon picked up by cable news. It was a great story for the right, reinforcing preexisting notions of government excess and willingness to waste taxpayer money, the incompetence of the Obama Justice Department, etc. One problem: It wasn’t true." The $16 was the price of a full breakfast, including tip, as Hilton Hotels proved. And Fox News knew the story was a lie. But do you think that stopped Fox news from "reporting" it? No, O'Reilly reported it repeatedly as fact, for several weeks.
Some Fox News lies are so stupid that it’s difficult to believe they aren’t mistakes. But whatever they are, they remain hideously unprofessional episodes that, like Fox News’ deliberate factual lies, display contempt for the truth.
On June 24, 2010, Fox News host Brian Kilmeade posed perhaps the stupidest question ever uttered on the channel. "The president took a matter of hours to pick a commander in Afghanistan, so why is it taking months to plug the leaking oil?," he asked.
On a Dec. 4, 2009, episode of Fox & Friends, a graphic was displayed with the  question heading: "Did scientists falsify research to support their own theories on global warming?" The results shown below indicated that 59 percent of people believed this was "somewhat likely," while 35 percent thought it was "very likely" and 26 percent considered it "not very likely."
In April 2008, Fox News presented a graphic showing that the Lincoln-Douglas Debates were between Abraham Lincoln and the black abolitionist Frederick Douglass. Hard to tell if that was a deliberate lie or just a complete contempt for history and accuracy. Better file that one under "Fox News Lies" and cross-reference it with "Fox News Thundering Ignorance."
The Lincoln incident itself, bizarre as it was, may not have been a mere mistake, but an attempt to convince the “folks” who watch Fox News that Lincoln's "opponent" was a BLACK MAN. Frederick Douglass was probably the 19th century founder of the Fox News bête noire ACORN, don't you think? So some people say. In July 2013, Sean Hannity reacted to President Obama comparing himself to young black shooting victim Trayvon Martin. “Now the president’s saying Trayvon could've been me 35 years ago,” Hannity said on his radio show. “This is a particularly helpful comment. Is that the president admitting that I guess because what, he was part of the Choom Gang and he smoked pot and he did a little blow — I’m not sure how to interpret because we know that Trayvon had been smoking pot that night.”
Stupidity and racism had another collision on Fox News on the July 8, 2009, edition of Fox & Friends, during a discussion of a Swedish study showing that married people are less likely to get Alzheimer's, when co-host Kilmeade said that Americans don't have "pure genes" like Swedes because "we keep marrying other species and other ethnics."
He said, “Swedes have pure genes, because they marry other Swedes, because that’s the rule. Finland — Finns marry other Finns, so they have a pure society. In America, we marry everybody. So we’ll marry Italians and Irish.”
Kilmeade was forced to apologize for his "inappropriate" remarks on July 20. I'm sure he wasn't lying in this case, though. Kilmeade is just dumb enough to believe such racist claptrap. Then, of course, there was the time that Kilmeade helpfully whitemansplained "You grew up on tacos," to a Nicaraguan meteorologist.
The uglier the remarks get on Fox News, the less likely it is that the hosts are lying.
When then-Sen. Obama secured enough delegates to clinch the Democratic nomination for president, he and his wife Michelle exchanged a fist pound greeting before he gave his speech. Pitching an upcoming "body language expert" segment, Fox News host E.D. Hill referred to the exchange as a possible "terrorist fist jab." In August 2012, Fox News host Dennis Miller fantasized on the air about throwing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi off a cliff.
On Aug. 6, 2009, Fox News star Glenn Beck “joked” that he'd like to murder Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi by poisoning her wine, then had the transcript scrubbed to hide his statement.
O'Reilly suggested that the CIA should kidnap Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Pelosi, and perhaps even waterboard Pelosi, at a stop on his Bold & Fresh speaking tour on Jan. 23, 2010, in Westbury, NY.
In May 2008, Fox News pundit Liz Trotta, while discussing the idea of assassinating Osama bin Laden, confused his name with that of Barack Obama, then said, “Well ... both, if we could!,” and laughed happily.
Lucky that Fox News’ endorsement of assassination and torture hasn’t had any tangible results so far, eh? But are we sure about that?
The obscure Tides Foundation has been brought up several times on Beck's show, characterized as part of what Beck identifies as a conspiracy by President Obama and left-wing organizations to spread socialism. Then Byron Williams, an anti-government gunman, engaged in a shootout with police in Oakland, CA, while he was on his way to target Tides and the ACLU.
Naturally, Beck denied any connection.
‎ On June 9, 2010, on Fox News, Beck exhorted his audience to shoot their political opponents in the head.
He said, “I will stand against you and so will millions of others. We believe in something. You in the media and most in Washington don't. The radicals that you and Washington have co-opted and brought in wearing sheep's clothing — change the pose. You will get the ends. You've been using them? They believe in communism. They believe and have called for a revolution. You're going to have to shoot them in the head.
The 52-year old Mosque arsonist Randolph Linn showed no remorse for his crime, but told the judge during his trial that "I only know what I hear on Fox News."
"What Nixon did – and what Ailes does today in the age of Obama – is unravel and rewire one of the most powerful of human emotions: shame," said "Nixonland" author Rick Perlstein in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine. "(Roger Ailes) takes the shame of people who feel that they are being looked down on, and he mobilises it for political purposes. Roger Ailes is a direct link between the Nixonian politics of resentment and Sarah Palin's politics of resentment. He's the golden thread."
It is a self-righteous sense of victimhood and not information that Fox News is peddling, and it shows in their audience. "According to recent polls, Fox News viewers are the most misinformed of all news consumers," Rolling Stone noted. "They are 12 percentage points more likely to believe the stimulus package caused job losses, 17 points more likely to believe Muslims want to establish Sharia law in America, 30 points more likely to say that scientists dispute global warming, and 31 points more likely to doubt President Obama's citizenship. At the height of the healthcare debate, more than two-thirds of Fox News viewers were convinced Obamacare would lead to a "government takeover", provide healthcare to illegal immigrants, pay for abortions and let the government decide when to pull the plug on grandma. In fact, a study by the University of Maryland revealed that ignorance of Fox viewers actually increases the longer they watch the network." 
Fox News propagandists routinely demand to be treated as "journalists" when they are trying to steal the credibility of legitimate reporters, then skate back behind their "pundit" label whenever they want to blatantly lie or advocate, say, torture or assassination. It's a dirty little dance they've perfected.
As Joseph Goebbels observed, "It would not be impossible to prove with sufficient repetition and a psychological understanding of the people concerned that a square is, in fact, a circle. They are mere words, and words can be molded to clothe ideas in disguise." In a nation seriously damaged by the Bush-Republican policies for which Fox News served as head cheerleader, THAT is the mission of Fox "News."
The lies of Fox News are the result of a deliberate News Corporation policy to pervert American news with as much corporate/Republican propaganda as they can get away with. The fact that they can get away with so much of it reflects the corruption of American culture -- what Rolling Stone editor Matt Taibbi called "...all the different species of lies that by the early 21st century Americans accepted as a matter of routine -- the preposterous laugh tracks in sitcoms, the parade of perfect-looking models used to sell products to the obese, the endless soap operas about the rich and the beautiful cruising the OC in Testarossas, marketed to a country in which 10 percent of the population lacks enough to eat."
The problem is that much of the white working class in 21st century America actually likes to be lied to, just as long as their prejudices are vigorously massaged by the people who are picking their pockets and robbing them of their rights.
I have cited some — by no means all — of the specific incidents in which Fox News has revealed its true mission. It's also impossible to miss the fact that Fox News' ENTIRE operation and design is dishonest, geared completely toward praising and muting any criticism of Republicans and right wingers and damning -- whether with faint praise, legitimate criticism or just a barrage of naked lies -- all Democrats and liberals.
The Fox News “watchdog” attacked Democratic President Bill Clinton as if it were rabid, fell silent as a pampered pooch during the eight disastrous years of the Bush-Cheney administration, then began barking ceaselessly again when President Obama took office.
Do Fox News’ lies have an insidious effect? Of course. During the summer of 2010, the White House was forced to insist that President Obama is a Christian who prays daily. A poll had showed that nearly one in five people said they thought Obama was Muslim.
No evidence had ever been published suggesting Obama was not a Christian, so what could explain that poll result? Maybe the fact that Fox News speculated that Obama was “secretly Muslim” in reports on Aug. 7, 2007, Jan. 29, 2009 and April 14, 2010, among many other dates?
"The whole point of Fox, Murdoch explained, was to 'dethrone' more traditional media outlets — outlets that did actual news reporting (Fox is dominated by talking-head commentators) and that were not expressly ideological (in the sense that Fox places itself at the service of the corporate-dominated and militarist wing of the GOP)," media critic John Nicholas noted. Fox News sells convenient fictions, and makes inconvenient truths disappear. For example, GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney's blundering in London was a major news story in 2012, but not on "fair and balanced" Fox News. They made it vanish.
Once, Fox News could not have gotten away with the blatant lies they are telling. But in the 21st century, they have two great advantages — a cowardly corporate media and a corrupted political culture that fear to expose them, and a low-information, poorly educated American audience that likes to be lied to. Fox News has high ratings for the simple reason that it lies.
The people who watch Fox News don't want honest reporting. They want to be told that liberals are always wrong, and that their own ugly little prejudices and hatreds are well-founded and perfectly justified. So that's what Fox News tells them.
I wonder if, when Fox News fans make the groundless, whining claim that, "Other news organizations lie, TOO," they realize they are admitting that Fox News is completely rotten, and that they prefer hearing lies that please them — and so themselves betray the truth?
Unfortunately, to deliberately deprive yourself of honest reporting makes as much as sense as trying to drive while wearing a blindfold. Both practices inevitably end up in a bloody crash.
As Hannah Arendt observed, “Lies are often much more plausible, more appealing to reason, than reality, since the liar has the great advantage of knowing beforehand what the audience wishes or expects to hear."
"Roger Ailes has helped kill conservatism in America, by never allowing it to criticize itself. When journalism puts power above truth it isn't, to coin a phrase, 'actual journalism.' It's propaganda. And I, like others in the Stalinist atmosphere, was just rendered invisible in the one-party state that is the GOP's media-industrial complex."
No liberal uttered that last quote. It came from the conservative columnist Andrew Sullivan, who, unlike other right wingers, is afflicted by honesty and a willingness to state the obvious from time to time.
Fox News’ fans have little to say about all this, except to bark that “all news organizations lie” and immediately turn tail when you demand that they prove it. To make that intellectually dishonest claim without any evidence is merely a way of letting the actual, documented liars at Fox News off the hook. And that’s their intention.
Fox News displays this open contempt for facts because it is a right-wing authoritarian propaganda machine, and I mean that literally. Fox News does not practice journalism. It SUBVERTS journalism. It is the Fourth Estate's Fifth Column. You can always find Fox News by backtracking the trail of slain messengers who tried to tell somebody the truth. And yes, the Big Lie works.
And lies are Fox News' most consistent and persistent product.
And when people complain about Fox News' lying, Fox News also uses its public relations staffers to lie about that, as well. Click here to see how.


  1. Here are the headlines on the front page of one news channel’s website on a
    single day (July 10, 2010):
    “Poll: Majority of Voters Think Obama Is a Socialist”
    “Did Obama Appointee Say, ‘Never Bring Another Lawsuit Against a Black?’”
    “Angle: Reid is ‘Trying to Hit the Girl’”
    “Ad Mocks Gore’s Carbon Footprint”
    “Analysis: The Reparations Administration”
    “Drug Lobby Showers Money on Its Hero Harry Reid”
    “Chris Matthews Calls AL Senator Voice of the Confederacy”
    “Dem Bank Bill Sets Race-Gender Quotas for Wall Street”
    “Poll: Americans believe stimulus HURT Economy”
    “Jesus Face ‘Seen in Google Earth Image’”
    “WATCH” Sarah Palin’s New Mama Grizzly Ad”
    “Charge: Obama’s Tan Tax is Racist”
    “Judge Rules Company Can’t Lay Off Union Workers”
    “Elderly Man Charged for Shooting at Illegal Alien Thieves”
    “Police: Woman Faked Being a Boy for Sex with Girl”
    “San Fran: Pass the Pot Brownies, But Drop that Soda”
    “Man Forced to Marry Cow Faints at Wedding”
    A two-part quiz. Do these headlines sound like fair, even-handed and honest
    journalism to you? And what, pray tell, is the name of this soi-disant “news
    Come on. Guess.

  2. Fox News viewers actually know LESS than people who don't watch the news. That's what propaganda does for you.

  3. Thanks for this, Dan. It's depressing to know that so many people believe 'if Fox says so, it must be true!' They aren't reporting news, they are manufacturing it & as a nation, we are in a heap of trouble...

  4. Thank you for this very cogent effort.

  5. Keep fighting the good fight, MIlt.

  6. Dan this should be required reading for all Americans. Sadly it is too deep and too truthful. The average Fox viewer wouldn't make it past the first paragraph without calling you a Communist. Thank you so much for being a true journalist. You should be on the national stage sir. You are a treasure.

    1. Thank you, Steve. I will treasure that remark.

  7. Thank you , Dan, for writing this. We desperately need more of this type of honest documentation of the lies of this damaging, deceitful entity.

  8. Thank you, Shelly. Exposure to sunlight is the only cure for these lying parasites.

  9. In November 2012, author and military expert Thomas Ricks let Fox News have it over its Benghazi propaganda campaign, and they never saw it coming. The problem with lying unprofessionalism is that it naturally drifts into sloppiness in every aspect of the operation. Clearly, the Fox goons did not know whom they were interviewing.

    "I think Benghazi was generally hyped by this network especially," Ricks said. He added that he thought McCain seemed to be "backing off" from criticizing Rice since "the campaign [was] over.""When you have four people dead for the first time in more than 30 years, how do you call that hype?" Scott said, pushing back against Rice's characterization of the network's coverage.Ricks compared the situation to security contractors who were killed in Iraq. He described the attack in Benghazi as a "small fire-fight" and added, "I think the emphasis on Benghazi has been extremely political, partly because Fox is operating as the wing of Republican Party.
    Oopsy. Interview's suddenly over.

  10. My friend Paul Loop put it perfectly: "MSNBC bases its programming on fact and then offers a liberal viewpoint in discussing facts. Fox bases its programming on an agenda and twists facts to suit the agenda. They are not two sides of the same counterfeit coin. You WILL get a critique of Democratic positions and Republican positions on MSNBC; you will not get the same on Fox``News.'' I have all but abandoned CNN, which is part of what Charles P. Pierce has started calling the ``courtier press.'' I only started watching MSNBC a few months ago because they broke the 47% Romney recording. I was struck, yes, by the unabashed liberal framing of every program and issue (save for Morning Joe, which is hosted by a semi-reformed right winger); but I was also struck by how evenhanded MSNBC hosts are with their willingness to contest Democratic Party orthodoxy while bashing right wingers. Fox, at no point, is interested in an honest discussion of the facts."



  13. Fox News wants its audience to think Obama is a hypocrite on the assault weapons ban, so it lies by blatantly cropping a video of one of his speeches in 2008.

  14. More Fox News moronism. Algebra has a "liberal bias."

  15. The 9/11 Commission asserted there was "no credible evidence" that Iraq was involved in the September 11th terror attacks, but that doesn't stop Fox news from continuing to lie about that, just as they have for a decade.

  16. And those 100-plus degree days we thought we had here in central Illinois must have been the result of Obama's Kenyan hypnotic powers.

  17. “Does Obama believe in the Constitution he’ll swear to defend?”
    “No, no, who wrote that? Are you kidding me?”

  18. "According to seven different surveys (Done by Fairleigh Dickenson University; the University of Maryland; the Wall Street Journal; Stanford University; Ohio State University; the Kaiser Foundation, and the Program on International Policy Attitudes) people who watch Fox News are more misinformed than people who get their news from other sources or who don’t watch/read the news at all."
    Yes, well that would be because Fox News lies, of course. Lies do get in the way of the facts. They are intended to.

  19. Can dish it out, can't take it.

  20. Fox News channels the GOP again.

  21. Fox News spent more than 22 segments pushing the discredited Daily Caller's thinly sourced smear campaign against Sen. Robert Menendez.
    Since the Washington Post reported that two affidavits have been filed that debunk the smear campaign, Fox has stayed silent - they still haven't mentioned it - even as other networks have covered the Post's reporting.


  23. Another example of Fox News ignoring its own reporting.
    Fox News at 5:45 am: Federal employees are far less likely to dodge taxes than the general population.
    Fox News at 8:11 am: Federal employees don't pay their taxes and this makes President Obama's tax policies hypocritical.
    The echo chamber at Fox news is so severe that they can't even deal with the facts they report themselves

  24. "Fair and balanced." Meaning we shout you down if you say anything that violates the line of fascist propaganda we're pushing at the moment.

  25. A week after Bill O'Reilly screamed "bullshit" at Alan Colmes pointing out the facts about spending cuts President Obama supports, Colmes stumped O'Reilly on the facts again. Despite O'Reilly yelling about federal spending and President Obama, Alan Colmes correctly pointed out that the rate of federal spending had slowed to its lowest point since the Eisenhower administration.
    Needless to say, O'Reilly found such facts "crazy." That's because O'Reilly is not a journalist. He is a fascist propagandist.

  26. "Fox News spent at least 22 segments hyping the smear campaign against Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ). When cracks first started to show, Fox doubled down, with the Daily Caller's Tucker Carlson (also a Fox contributor) defending the story on the O'Reilly Factor.
    "But since a Washington Post report on Friday that demonstrated the complete unreliability of the key source of the Daily Caller's smear campaign (the source even alleged that the Daily Caller paid him, though the source is so unreliable that this seems doubtful)... Fox News has been AWOL. We can't find a single mention of anyone on Fox even mentioning the Sen. Menendez's name.
    "This is just another example of journalism Fox News style -- push the smear from a discredited sources, ignore it when the story collapses."


  28. Brian "the Brain" Kilmeade breaks major news. Cuba has a bunch of Americans locked up in its jails!

  29. And Fox News says, "Oops! Got to censor the president!"

  30. Still more Fox lies.

  31. Fox News suggests constitutional rights should not apply to all Americans

  32. One Fox reporter mocked Collins' announcement, tweeting that “the NBA is turning into GLEE.”

  33. Of course. Fox News is a fascist propagandist channel, and all fascists must ultimately make war against reason and enlightenment. It is the essence of their nature.





  38. "What I'm about to say to you, Bill, does not require me either to endorse or condemn Obamacare," Rosen said. "I'm just going to traffic in facts with you for a moment here."

  39. Fox News kills a congressman. They really need to watch how it's done on HBO's "The Newsroom," eh?





  44. Fox says Santa and Jesus are white,.

  45. A Republican talks about Fox News' alternate reality.

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  47. The lies of Fox News on video.

  48. Fox continually cuts away from Democrats during Benghazi hearing.

  49. Only 28 percent of Fox News climate segments are accurate

  50. Here, point by point, is how Fox News lies about facts by video editing.

  51. "Journalism, Fox News style: Something false is reported one day, rebuked and withdrawn on day two -- and still reported by Fox on day three."

  52. Liars, like those at Fox News, have the advantage of being able to deliver whatever nonsense their audience wants to hear. But they have the disadvantage of contradicting themselves routinely because they treat facts like toilet paper.


  54. Ailes urges employee to lie.

  55. "Indeed, a former Fox News employee who recently agreed to talk with Media Matters confirmed what critics have been saying for years about Murdoch's cable channel. Namely, that Fox News is run as a purely partisan operation, virtually every news story is actively spun by the staff, its primary goal is to prop up Republicans and knock down Democrats, and that staffers at Fox News routinely operate without the slightest regard for fairness or fact checking."

  56. Fox News wants protestors deported.

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  58. How Fox News manufactures its "war on Christianity."

  59. On Fox News, 110 percent of American disapprove of Obama.

  60. Plain facts often worry Fox News.

  61. Not really. But ironically, Tantaros does her "reporting" EXACTLY like a fascist propagandist would!

  62. Fox News is a fascist propaganda organization disguised as a news operation, so it's natural that they would hype ruthless mercenary killers.

  63. Adding up the lies.

  64. Jon Stewart exposes Fox News.

  65. Fox News lies in editing again.

  66. Olbermann called it.

  67. Note the little CM below the McDonalds sign. That is from a local supermarket in Venezuela.

  68. Fox News decides to peddle some lies to muddy the waters of a police scandal they can't silence.

  69. Color me unsurprised. Fox News will push any fascist Big Lie they can get away with. "Fox News takes an uncorroborated story from an anonymous source and tries to sell it as truth. Not to mention the entire tale is hearsay from someone who was definitely not involved in the incident. I call shenanigans."

  70. How Fox News engineers ignorance.

  71. Thanks for this opus and the updates.

  72. Why conservatives prefer propaganda to news.

  73. Fox News gets stupid about sharks.

  74. Brian Kilmeade, Captain Stupid.

  75. Fifty Fox News lies.

  76. One lie every 14 seconds.


  77. O’Reilly lies with editing. Yet again.

  78. Fox News "Terrorism Expert" Is a Fake.

  79. Check out the fascist recommendations made by Fox News' con-man "terror expert," including assassination of democratically elected leaders.

  80. Fox News. All lies, all the time, big and small, implied and explicit.

  81. Consider Trayvon Martin. After he was murdered by George Zimmerman, multiple journalists pointed out that Fox News had been oddly silent on the subject. Until they had a firm grasp on how to mold the story to their benefit, they refused to report on it. Then, as Media Matters senior fellow Eric Boehlert explains: “Obama addressed it, and once Obama enters the conversation about race, you know, [Fox News] went from zero to a hundred … they decided that the story was partisan, and that supporting Trayvon Martin was the Democratic position, supporting the guy who killed an unarmed teen was the Republican conservative position, and so they set up the markers, and went for it.”

  82. 2015 -- A record year for O'Reilly's lies.

  83. Turns out the Wall Street financial crisis that wrecked the world economy happened under Bush, not Obama. Who knew? Well, everybody but the lying swine at Fox News.

  84. Fox News lied about the coverage of the speech, but then Fox News lies about everything it can get away with.

  85. Details on the Fox News smear merchants.

  86. Hours after his remarks, Trump made his first news appearance on Fox’s “Hannity” show. Sean Hannity pre-empted Trump, offering his own twisted logic to help blunt the deepening catastrophe: “So, obviously you are saying that there’s a strong political movement within the Second Amendment and if people mobilize and vote they can stop Hillary from having this impact on the court.” Trump obligingly concurred with that revisionist version of his call to arms. But the ploy fails on its face. Trump was not advocating for a political movement to stop Hillary Clinton from gaining office; he was suggesting that “Second Amendment people” could take action after the fact, if she wins.

  87. ""The Young Turks’ Cenk Uygur, has revealed that in 2011, when he was on MSNBC, he was warned by that network to be careful in what he said about Fox News because of its “black room” operations.
    A few days ago, reporter Gabriel Sherman reported about a “Black Room” operation that Fox’s then-chief Roger Ailes established “to conduct PR and surveillance campaigns against people he targeted both inside and outside the company.”"


  88. Hannity machine-guns out a few racist lies.

  89. Hannity lies about facts all the time, as does the rest of Fox News. They only display this phony contrition when they get loudly exposed and denounced for it.

  90. Oh, you say the cop-killing terrorist is a Confederate-flag-waving white guy? Fox News has suddenly lost interest in the story.



  93. How Tucker Carlson lies: Later in the same show, Carlson hosted Shane Saunders who was identified as a “Not My President’s Day Protestor” by Carlson and by the Tucker Carlson Tonight chyron. But, as The Daily Beast reported, Saunders was not affiliated in any way with the rallies, but is “a Los Angeles-based actor and casting agent.”

  94. Fox News understands that if you're for honest journalism, you're against Trump. And the amazing thing is that they admit it.