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Thursday, January 17, 2019

A grisly beheading at a food plant in Moore, Oklahoma last week reinforced some Americans’ greatest current fear: that the Islamic State terrorist group has infiltrated the U.S. Murder suspect Alton Nolen severed the head of his victim, just as an ISIS killer severed the heads of two American journalists and a British aid worker, among many other victims of the Islamist group. Coupled with Nolen’s reported ties to Islam, that was enough to warrant FBI involvement. Although the agency hasn’t yet determined Nolen’s motive, it doesn’t believe that he represents a further threat to us by ISIS or Islamists. But Fox News sees things differently.

“Sounding the jihadist alarms, Fox News and the right-wing media are eager to label the ghastly crime an act of Islamic terror,” writes Eric Boehlert on the liberal watchdog website Media Matters. “Law enforcement officials, however, aren’t in the same rush, noting that the attack came immediately after Nolen was fired and stating that they’ve yet to find a link to terrorism.”

Boehlert goes on to contrast Fox News’s coverage of the Oklahoma beheading with its coverage of an actual terrorist attack. On Sept. 16, marksman and anti-government extremist Eric Frein allegedly murdered one cop and attempted to kill another two. Hiding out in the Pocono Mountains, officials say Frein is “extremely dangerous” and perhaps in possession of an AK-47.

“We have a well-trained sniper who hates authority, hates society, hates government, and hates cops enough to plug them from ambush. He’s so lethal, so locked and loaded, that communities in the Pocono Mountains feel terrorized,” said Philadelphia columnist Dick Polman. According to the criminal complaint, Frein also collected “various information concerning foreign embassies.”

According to Boehlert’s research, Fox News only mentioned Frein and his killing spree six times in the two weeks since the shooting, and in none of those reports were the assassin’s anti-government sentiments even noted.

Ever since 2008, when Barack Obama began his first term in the White House, Fox News has been building a narrative to destroy him and his legacy. The president is routinely portrayed as having an alarmingly lax stance toward terrorism. Some conservative pundits even stoop so low as to emphasize his middle name, Hussein, to rile up Islamophobic viewers. If details of a story — or the story itself — don’t align with Fox’s ulterior purpose, they’re omitted.

Just as the most important news of the day receives front-page coverage in newspapers, it tends to be allotted the most time in newscasts, signaling its relative importance. Fox News has dedicated hours upon hours to covering the Oklahoma beheading. With such headlines as “Terror in the Heartland,” Boehlert argues, Fox politicized a tragic killing, which investigators reckon was nothing more than a disgruntled ex-employee gone berserk.

“In other words,” notes Boehlert, “on Fox News a Muslim who killed a co-worker in Oklahoma and who remains in police custody represents a much bigger story than a suspected anti-government assassin who killed a cop and remains on the run, eluding hundreds of law enforcement officials while terrorizing a Pennsylvania community.”

The Fox coverage of Nolen’s crime was only the latest in a long history of journalistic misconduct (if the word “journalistic” even applies). To tarnish Hillary Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state as well as her reputation before the next presidential election, the network aired almost 1,100 segments on Benghazi across five programs between the date the attack occurred and the formation of a select committee last May to investigate it, according to another Media Matters report. Even though no evidence of a cover-up was found over the course of 13 hearings and 50 briefings, 41 percent of Republicans continue to call Benghazi the biggest scandal in U.S. history, according to the results of a PPP poll.

Fox News had been equally powerful in convincing its viewers of the voter fraud “problem” in America, a problem “more rare than death by lightning,” a study by New York University’s Brennan Center for Justice finds. Nevertheless, Fox spearheaded the crusade for the enactment of voter ID laws – motivated, one can reasonably assume, to suppress Democratic votes.

The results of a 2013 Gallup poll showed Fox News to be the nation’s leading news source, while a 2012 survey by Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind revealed viewers of Fox News to be worse informed than even those who watch no news at all.

In April, CNN’s Peter Bergen observed that since 9/11, “extremists affiliated with a variety of far-right wing ideologies … have killed more people in the United States than have extremists motivated by al Qaeda’s ideology.” But because the top dogs at America’s No. 1 right-wing news channel are better served touting the improbable threat that ISIS poses to the homeland, the network elects to keep its viewers in the dark, distracting them from actual threats: the millions of unlicensed guns, unabated climate change, armed anti-government fanatics, and, of course, all the irrational fixations of Fox News.

Aimee Kuvadia is an editor and freelance journalist covering issues of national and political interest. She earned her M.S. in journalism from Columbia University. Follow her on Twitter @aimeekuvadia.

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105 responses to “Fox News Causes America To Fixate On The Wrong Things”

  1. charles king says:

    Fox Political News is garbage, and the People knows this and they take it all in stride because the People are now using some Critical Thinking about What? the hell is going on in America. Where? the hell is our Democracy. I am a reaonable (85yrs young) Black American Who? is getting pissed-off at how our Supreme Court, and Congress, and the Senate has let our Country down. It is up to the People to find out What? the hell is going on. You, have Greedy Capitalistic Pigs with their MONIES destroying the little bit of Democracy left. Our fifty-States are being run by Plutocracts these pieces of S**** are privatizing the Peoples’ Assets and call theirselves managing your Assets, your Schools, your Social Security, your Unions, all the things that works for the hard working People. Now is the Time, People to get in touch with our so call leaders Who? are not doing their Job. The President Obama and his Admin. has done all they can to make America work for all of its citizens and I for (1) has to say (Thank You) because MONIES, Tea Party, Congress, Republicans and Democracts Who? are spending our tax Dols. and coming up with a fat (0-zero) and that is not exceptable. You know Who? they are so VOTE their A**** OUT, OUT, OUT we do not need that Anti-Government Bull-S***. Thank You are the magic words in my book. I Love Ya All. Mr. C. E. KING

  2. joe schmo says:

    This article is pure garbage. Fox News is NOT the only media outlet Conservatives listen too. it just happens to dominate cable television and, frankly, the other ‘Liberal’ networks. How many times has it been #1:)

    You people are like seals swimming with the sharks and turn a blind eye to the truth in a heartbeat. You bide your time in LaLaLand listening to what always was the mainstay of lies…..Liberal media. Terrorism is a REAL threat. Nolen is not the first case. Europe is practically run by Muslims. I think we are the one country in the world that is aware of the terror threat. I guess it is OK if a muslim group pulls into your neighborhood with a bomb infused truck and blows up your home. Oh well, your lose. I’d rather be safe than sorry. If you really want to know what is going on in the world…. check out the BBC and Pravda. Look at some of the outlets that are not American. Then you will see what the rest of the world thinks of us and you will get to observe what kind of bullshit our media feeds us that you don’t even know about….

    • ericlipps says:

      Oh, come on. Even conservative leaders know the “liberal media” thing is bullshit. (Spend a little time and look up what they’ve said on the subject.) Fox, on the other hand, makes no bones about its biases.

      Yes, Fox is popular. So is a lot of other garbage on TV. (Reality shows, anyone?) That doesn’t mean it’s telling the truth, much less, as you seem t think, The Truth.

      • Dominick Vila says:

        The only difference between CNN and ABC, and FOX is that the latter is proud of being labeled a far right mouthpiece, while the former hide behind a thin veneer of moderation. All three lean right, and their coverage of the news, especially their determination to demonize anything President Obama says or does, leaves little doubt about their interpretation of unbiased and objective journalism.
        I watch and listen to the BBC and TVE every day. In addition to much deeper coverage of important issues, which include interviewing the people living in the countries where tragedies or social unrest exist, they actually tend to support American policies and don’t hesitate to present President Obama’s policies in a much more positive light than we do. As for Pravda, I have never listened to their reporting, so I cannot offer an opinion on them.

        • ericlipps says:

          Well, there’s leaning right, and then there’s bending over, butt in air. The mainstream media tilt slightly rightward (they are corporate entities, after all), but for Fox, right-wing ideology is a religion.

          It’s ironic, really, considering that the Fox network first earned fame, or at least notoriety, for airing entertainment programs heavy on sex, violence, vulgarity and cynicism. Now the Foxies want to pose as guardians of both patriotism and “family values.” It’s the biggest fraud in U.S. media history.

      • joe schmo says:

        Good try…. I am not the Fox news guru…. I listen, watch and read many outlets…. including this one:) Why would they all say the same thing…. Since your media’s popularity is not all that great, makes you wonder doesn’t it.

        • ericlipps says:

          Not being privy to your inmost thoughts, I can only go by what you post. And they don’t all say the same things (though if they did, that would kind of blow out of the water the idea that Fox is telling the truth and everyone else is lying ). Of course, a lot of right-wing outlets do, but that’s to be expected.

          About the popularity thing: Fox knows how to sell its brand of “news” well, I grant that, and how to punch people’s buttons. But marketing success and truth aren’t the same; indeed, as any student of advertising can tell you, they’re often opposed.

    • Wustpisk says:

      ‘Europe is practically run by Muslims’ what?? I live in Europe, I haven’t seen anything like you describe. I wouldn’t use Pravda or Russia today as reliable mouthpieces, either – they are almost as bad as Fox News.

      I am more afraid of the insidious right-wing terror groups (mostly self-styled ‘Christians’), or would-be terror groups, that are stalking the streets and social media.

      • joe schmo says:

        LOL, just where in Europe do you reside? Germany, specifically Berlin now has a Turkish Mayor and most of the free housing in Europe is full of Arabs, Pols and Hungarians. I remember seeing many on the streets of Frankfurt. England is a cesspool and I hear France just lets everyone in.

        Putin is a nationalist and has an 83% approval rating by the people. The people in Russia believe in Russia first. Not like us we seem to be going in the opposite direction towards what they used to be. Putin is a shrewd businessman and well respected. I take it as a compliment that you think Conservatives think the way Russians do. They believe in a free Capitalist society….

        From Pravda:

        “Russia needs to break up this process of ever more sanctions in order to derail the drive toward war. In my opinion this is easy for Russia to do. Russia can tell Europe that since you do not like our oil companies, you must not like our gas company, so we are turning off the gas. Or Russia can tell Europe, we don’t sell natural gas to NATO members, or Russia can say we will continue to sell you gas, but you must pay in rubles, not in dollars. This would have the additional benefit of increasing the demand for rubles in exchange markets, thus making it harder for speculators and the US government to drive down the ruble.”

        Print, print, print that money……. We keep doing that and China and Russia make a pact to exclude the dollar….what do you think the repercussions will be?

    • Vintagechick says:

      You really have no idea what you speak of. I live in the area in PA that is currently under lockdown. We are living this most real possibly terrorist threat by a local white boy. Continue to watch/listen to faux news and you will continue to have no idea of what is going on in the real world.

    • Eleanore Whitaker says:

      Schmomo…AT what point did your McMommy and McDaddy tell you that everyone has to be a conservative? A tad too micro control freak for most Americans.

      Conservatives today are NOT the conservatives of Eisenhower or Stevenson. They are maniacal morons all vested in mass conversion to a selfish, self-important, self-serving ideology that works only for the tiniest minority of covetous morons in this country.

      • 788eddie says:

        Thank you, Ms. Whitaker, for that post.

        As a moderate Republican, I have a lot of respect for President Eisenhower and what he managed to accomplish during his administration. Today, however, I’m afraid he would be run out of town on a rail for his policies (even though our economy was much stronger during his administration.

        BTW, Did you know that the top marginal federal income tax rate was over 90% during Ike’s time in office?

        Ah, the good old days.

        • whodatbob says:

          Bingo! You hit a home run. I keep hoping Tea baggers get their wish for taxes to be where they were in the Fifties. Then the SOB’s would be required to pay their fair share. 90% marginal.

      • joe schmo says:

        I suppose it was because they immigrated to America LEGALLY from Europe…..and by that I mean Communist Europe. My father hates communism and he says your party is getting closer and closer to what he left. Don’t think you can even relate.

        No, Conservatives haven’t changed, I haven’t changed my views since I was a child. It is you who has changed your Liberal views to be more and more Marxist. Obama only added to the divide. When did this all start? I think you will not answer that question correctly so I will answer it for you…Obama.

        Liberal media has always been able to pull the wool over the eyes of the masses because that is all that existed for decades. Now that there is media that contradicts their agenda, they feel threatened. Maybe at the moment there are less ‘covetous morons,’ but they can be a force to be reckoned with.

        • Eleanore Whitaker says:

          That’s your problem right there…Putting tooooo much into Daddy and not enough into your own ability to be part of this country.

          Conservatives love love love to do zero with THEIR money while they spend everyone else’s. Hence the Sept. 2008 Financial Meltdown under a GOP CON president with a Harvard MBA…Got an explanation for that one?

          All CON men never take responsiblity for their decisions. Did Harding when he hoochie cooed with the Big Money Men? Did Nixon when he broke the law and broke into WaterGate? Did Reagan when he took credit for “tearing down that wall?” when it is a known fact that the CIA under Carter had already begun that effort? And let’s not forgot Bush ’41 and his refusal to EVER take blame for Iran ContraGate and then Sonny comes along, hands out billions to churches in 2001 who allowed him a bully pulpit and then was responsible for the 17 record loss of jobs he shipped offshore.

          Your problem is you love to judge everyone else. Another GOP male Bully problem. You judge but if anyone else judges you or your conniving, corrupt CON BS that allows you to do with our tax dollars what you won’t do with yours, men like you are CON Wusses. You can’t defend what you know is indefensible GOP bossy, overbearing, bullying tactics.

          How is it a Great Recession when not a single one of your GOP rich bois like the Koch have lost a dime?

          Time for you to grow up and stop listening to Daddy…My Dad was an immigrant back in 1907…he didn’t need government approval. Neither did your grandparents.

          Time to shut your mouth and open your ears. You narcissists of the CON breed love to label everyone but yourselves..Here’s a label I have for all of you….American terrorists.

          You can’t keep those criticizing, bully traps shut for less than 2 seconds before you are all off and running those yaps like race cars.

          Guess what? I’m fed up with you and your breed of contrarian Libertarian rich bois feeding off MY tax dollars. Check the facts …red states owe the fed and take the most out of the federal kitty.

          You won’t check facts but schmomo, you know you have to eat crow and admit something NO CON BOY ever admits…You are wrong.

          The biggest difference between you CON bois and the rest of the world? You are all selfish, self-centered sociopaths who can’t get along with God much less any human.

          • joe schmo says:

            Older people are the wiser. My father lived through 3 regimes. Sorry, you are merely American. You have no clue what happened in Europe. You only see the American viewpoint. Try reading Pravda or BBC news online for a change. It may open your eyes.

            Guess you have forgotten about this article which I am almost sure you did not read. Welcome the new 1%….. including the worst of the worst in Hollywood.


            Wow, you are actually prompting Carter. He was voted worst president just under Obama. Good luck convincing anyone otherwise.

            I don’t feed off your tax dollars. i know many many hard working business owning Conservatives. Including my father who is an American success story…. Aren’t lazy like your bunch and you can blame your tax increases on your Man…..

            I check facts all the time. In fact when you all post something, I look it up and research both sides, then I come up with my own deductions. Usually not what you want to hear but there is usually the other side of a story:)

            Sorry, that you feel so divided. It is truly sad and I believe God doesn’t look at political affiliation when we pray to him. He looks at the ‘natural laws’ held in the Bible as a reference as to whether we are good or bad people or whether we have held to the 10 commandments.

    • bobnstuff says:

      At .05% of the population in the US I don’t think the Muslims are going to take over our country. You like being lied to you wouldn’t seek out people to lie to you. It’s OK for some nut job to get a gun and kill a bunch of kids and we do nothing about it, but let four people go in harms way and get killed and it’s news for years. We have a game we play in our house, see how long you can watch Fox News before they lie. The record is 7 min.

      • joe schmo says:

        LOL, yah keep thinking that way. I have family in Europe. It started out as a trickle and ended up an onslaught. You don’t know a thing. Most of the time you Libs are like seals swimming in a pool of sharks. Start watching foreign news and learn something. I have known about these things all my life.

        “It’s OK for some nut job to get a gun and kill a bunch of kids and we do
        nothing about it, but let four people go in harms way and get killed
        and it’s news for years.”

        Are you referring to Benghazi? Both stories have been pursued with the same zealous. You don’t watch Fox News near long enough.

        In our house MSNBC. Our house has your house beat…1 second…..I learn more by reading. Don’t want to listen to those crass lunatics.

    • 788eddie says:

      Hey Joe, It’s not so much people like Nolan that scares me as people like the Millers (in Las Vegas), and that guy in Pennsylvania who have executed cops. Its the right-wing gun-toting nuts I fear in this country.

      • joe schmo says:

        Yah right, Let’s just take those guns away from innocent people only wanting to protect themselves from criminals and a tyrannical government. Don’t you even know your Amendment rights, Eddie. Since the Constitution, amendments and patriotism are now banned in the schools, guess you no longer know a thing about ‘We the People.’

        News for you….I know an old fella from Europe who lived during the 40’s and 50’s. Criminals were killed for committing murder or rape. During that time woman could walk the streets alone at night unattended and nothing would happen to them. Our laws have gotten too lax and laws are in favor of the criminal. Face it, most cannot be rehabilitated.

        “[The Constitution preserves] the advantage of being armed which Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation (where) the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms.”
        ―James Madison

        “Foolish liberals who are trying to read the Second Amendment out of the Constitution by claiming it’s not an individual right or that it’s too much of a public safety hazard, don’t see the danger in the big picture.
        They’re courting disaster by encouraging others to use the same means to eliminate portions of the Constitution they don’t like.”
        ― Alan M. Dershowitz

        ― Aaron B. Powell,

        • 788eddie says:

          Yes, Mr. Schmo, I include myself in “We the people,” as do the majority of Americans who also support sensible gun control.

          Please refer to my previous comments for examples to support my contention that we need some sensible gun control.

          Only the paranoids are afraid of any sort of control (and they’re among the ones who, I feel, probably need to be controlled).

          • joe schmo says:

            Nope, If you even think about getting rid of the 2nd Amendment, you are no longer American in Conservative eyes.

            Paranoids? Let’s just see who is paranoid in the near future. You have NO clue.

          • iamproteus says:

            Please tell us specifically who is talking about getting rid of the second amendment, Joe Schmuckski… know: names, quotes, that sort of thing, not just generalizations and innuendo.

          • bobnstuff says:

            Once again I will ask just who is going to take your gun, the police, 2.7 per 1000 people. the army, 7.3 per 1000 homeland security .23 per 1000 plus have you ever meet a liberal police officer or member of the armed service. You are paranoid.

        • iamproteus says:

          The only people who talk about “taking our guns away” are conservatives. That’s just one of the many lies from the right.

    • iamproteus says:

      PRAVDA!!?? The voice of Putin? Do you actually maintain that Pravda is “Fair and Balanced”? Perhaps you would be more comfortable if you returned to your homeland. Are you sure your name isn’t really “Joe Schmuckski”?

  3. Morena Hice Solis says:

    Of course,faux news fixates on the wrong things with partial truths,total lies and propaganda..That’s who they are…The right wing mouth piece…

    They know the majority of their viewers are illiterate,uneducated and earn a salary of less than $40,000 per year and love being spoon fed to have their ears ticked….Their audience doesn’t give a damn about truth….

  4. Eleanore Whitaker says:

    Who owns Fox News? A greedy old man who admitted publicly he “only became an American citizen for the money.” What I find so amusing is the right wing now trying to blame the President for lack of security in the White House. Is this the same big mouth bunch of rabble rousers who loathe this president? Is this the same mouthpieces who lie and contort facts to bash away at President Obama? Now…they care? Yeah and there’s a tower in Paris I can sell.

    The reality is that the same narrow minded, covetous morons of so-called Neoconservatism are on bended kneed praying someone will take this president down. Fox News with its backward, hick, “ignernt” reporting proves this best.

    The greedy old man who believes by buying up anything media related gives him ultimate control of the one country he covets to rule, is the old man who thinks the more wealth he amasses will save him from death..think again geezer.

  5. Eleanore Whitaker says:

    The problem some men in this country have is their inability to give up their need to micro manage the world. So, men like Murdoch, Adelson, Koch and Zuckerberg believe owning the media means reporting THEIR version of facts.

    More idiotic an idea than this is impossible to imagine. First of all, news reporting is supposed to ONLY report news. Not BS bias the right wing in this country hopes will be their subtle version of indoctrination.

    The wonder of it is that these morons want to slot all Americans into the same linear, narrow minded category they are so deeply invested in.

    Who watches Fox News? Fools who suck up any opportunity to spew their rabble rousing hatred for the government, the president, liberals, moderates and anyone else NOT THEM.

    Would you want to be a CON? Would you want to live in such a narrow realm of thinking that science is considered evil, environmental responsibility reprehensible and Money is the only reason for existence?

    These dudes are sick pups who at birth were dropped on the right sides of their heads…ergo their inability to grow up and be responsible, caring Americans. The only ones these gnat brains care about are themselves.

  6. ram1020 says:

    Fox chooses to cover things that others don’t. They may beat a dead horse, but it is good to know that these things are going on, whether or not National Memo wants you to know.

    • Eleanore Whitaker says:

      Doe it ever occur to you that Fox chooses to cover things that others don’t because Fox News has a back room agenda of a load of bias that falls far outside of the realm of unbiased news reporting?

      Give us one good reason why Fox can’t just report the news as the news actually occurs…without adding their Murdochian bias to it?

      Bias is what editorials are for…not for reporting news through the prism of bias.

      • ram1020 says:

        All news is bias one way or the other. Since Watergate, news organizations seem to be in the business of molding public opinion rather than just reporting. If one will listen to the bias reporting on both sides, they may have a better shot at gleaning the truth. Reading foreign press such as the BBC and DW can also help.

        • techBob says:

          Yes but there is nothing “good to know” about what Fox is spewing.

          • ram1020 says:

            All information is good to know. It is our responsibility to filter the exaggeration.

          • awakenaustin says:

            Lies and distortions are not information. They are disinformation.
            It is simply inaccurate to suggest that all reports of the news are equally biased. The fact that some real information unsettles you because it is contrary to your personal belief doesn’t mean the reporter is consciously distorting or biasing his/her report.
            The kind and types of bias that we cannot avoid are non-conscious, episodic, circumstantial, frequently random and subtle. There is an enormous difference between that type of bias, which does influence everyone’s view of reality, and willful and conscious efforts to misrepresent and distort reality which one finds when they watch listen to Fox. Fox doesn’t merely exaggerate, they consciously pursue an agenda driven process of distortion.
            It is a distortion worthy of Fox itself to suggest an equivalency between the way other major news sources, even with their problems, approach reporting and the way Fox operates.

          • ram1020 says:

            What lies? They accurately report that some person voted 19 times. Wow! What national or state office was won by 19 votes? Almost NONE. Now in some local elections, that can make a difference, especially contested tax levies. Fox may want to show that vote fraud is not as rare as a person getting hit by lightning, but they aren’t publishing lies. You have to discern whether it is significant or not.
            It’s the same with Benghazi. Whoever told the other operatives and the military to stand down should admit it so that they can take the credit for not turning that situation into a blood bath. It is not a lie that this is an open question, but what is the significance? Was the decision wrong? The mainstream media saying that there is nothing to look at is just as wrong as Fox saying it is something scandalous.
            Those are two of the examples in the article, and by telling you to minimizing them, National Memo is as bad as Fox in trying to tell you what to think. They both spin.
            For those complaining about newspapers, I used to live in the Chicago area where the Tribune was slanted to the Republicans, and the Sun Times to the Democrats. It was interesting to see the points that each brought up.
            What is dangerous is that National Memo is just as slanted as Fox. The difference is that National Memo wants you to ignore and hate the other side so that you can only listen to one side of any argument, or only hear what they want you to hear. I suggest you read both, realizing that there is a lot of spin, and try to find the truth in between. We aren’t children. We don’t have to hate the messenger to form an opinion on the message.

          • awakenaustin says:

            No one ever told anyone to “stand down.” That is a lie.

            There is your first one.

          • ram1020 says:

            That’s what the people who were there are saying. Why would they lie?

          • awakenaustin says:

            No one who was there has gone on record making any such claims. The U.S. military officials in charge have repeatedly, under oath, denied that any stand down order was ever given by anyone to anyone.
            On would simply need to actually read the Congressional record on this issue to know there isn’t any there there.
            Quit listening to people with an ax to grind. Rumors and what ifs are not facts.

          • joe schmo says:

            Now who has been lied to….. I tend to listen to people who have been there. Especially if there is more than one individual involved. Bergdahl was a traitor. Funny who you people will believe nowadays. You no longer stand up for your own Countrymen….

          • awakenaustin says:

            So your solution to your conundrum is to quote as an authoritative source for who is telling the truth, the very source under criticism for distorting the truth. Since that is the standard by which you evaluate the accuracy of something, then let’s do it that way.
            I am much more correct about reality than you are. How do you know that is true, well, because I verify that I am more correct. Ipso facto.

            You have chosen to believe these three fellows over the statements of others who were there because they support your pre-existing beliefs. They have nothing beyond their claims to support their statements of what happened. This is no more or less than same comedy show climate change denial folks put on. You don’t want to be climate change and disaster are looming over the horizon, so you listen to the five guys who say it isn’t occurring rather than the 95% of scientists from all over the world who say it is.
            Keep those blinders on it allows you to plow straight furrows without being distracted by what is actually going on around you.

        • bobnstuff says:

          Since the invention of the printing press news has been bias. Fox has taken it to a new level. Anyone remember Willian Randel Hearst from history?

          • M.j. Zuzich says:

            William Randolph Hearst

          • bobnstuff says:

            Thanks it’s only been 45 years since I studied it.

          • Allan Richardson says:

            The 20th century greats beginning with Edward R. Murrow were a reaction against Hearst and his contemporaries, products of an academic discipline which emphasized accuracy and the attempt to minimize bias. That professionalism no longer pays, so the management of the news media has, for the most part, quit hiring people like them, and the ones who ARE hired get those “idealistic” concepts beaten out of them.

          • ram1020 says:

            I recall William Randolph Hearst. Back in his day, it wasn’t as political as it was sensationalizing the news. We still have that “entertainment” factor in the media, but it is all political. We even have people looking at entertainers like Stewart, Hannity, and Colbert as newsmen.

          • Allan Richardson says:

            Stewart and Colbert started off as comedians, but they have honestly tried to learn about issues from their guests and other sources, and their “biased” onscreen personae are not allowed to interfere with the basic facts (liberals don’t NEED to embellish what conservatives do to make it funny). I think both of them have the capability to become serious news reporters, or even go into government like Al Franken.

            Hannity, on the other hand, doesn’t seem to want even the AUDIENCE to learn anything factual, much less challenge his own prejudices.

          • joe schmo says:

            What a comparison….yellow journalism….and he was a Democrat, borderline communist:) Dumb example.

          • joe schmo says:

            He was a Liberal/Communist:) Good one…..

          • bobnstuff says:

            You really like the word Communist don’t you know any others. He was a populist democrat. Go read some history. Words have meanings but you only know a few words and not as many definitions.

          • joe schmo says:

            Realllllyyyy! ….and you think you are soooo smart. By the way, I do know my history. I have a Masters and my minor is in history:)

            OK smarty pants. I seem to remember in my American history classes, specifically Cali history (which they really don’t want to teach anymore because of you yahoos. Something about too much nationalism.), that Hearst not only practiced yellow journalism but was a borderline communist. He was a staunch believer in Bolshevism.

            From Wikipedia…..

            Bolshevisks: The Bolsheviks, originally also Bolshevists or Bolsheviki “majority”, literally meaning “one of the majority”) were a faction of the Marxist Russian Social Democratic Labour Party


            The Bolsheviks were the majority faction in a crucial vote, hence their name. They ultimately became the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.

          • bobnstuff says:

            To bad you didn’t pay attention in class when they covered Hurst. He was a member of the progressive wing of the Democratic party. a supporter of the populist movement, He ran for office as a democrat. He was a little to the left but not a communist. He was in his 50’s when the Bolshevik movement started. Look at his record. He never was a man of the people although he wanted then to love him.

        • Eleanore Whitaker says:

          News has NOT always been biased. There used to be a time when journalists took pride in their jobs and talents to report and ONLY report news based on facts. Bias is not based on facts. That’s the difference. Hearst like Murdoch, owned a news conglomerate at a time when the Robber Barons of the early 1900s were singularly in the news.

          If you want to make comparisons of unbiased journalists with super talent try Mike Wallace, Douglas Edwards or Walter Cronkite. These were journalists…they omitted their personal ideologies when reporting. And, it was Murdoch who publicly state a decade ago, that “HIS” papers will print only what “HE” wants. Is that reporting unbiased news? Or a geezer so long in the tooth, his long johns are dragging his brain into dementia?

          • bobnstuff says:

            Back in the early 70’s when I took Journ. 400 at Penn State we talked about how all journalism was bias. The Mellon family bought our local paper to have a republican voice in Western Pa. It is 100 times worse now.

          • Eleanore Whitaker says:

            I can believe that. However, it’s really all pretty egotistical for these media titans to think sabotaging free press with overloaded bias with automatically brainwash an entire country.

            If there is one thing and likely only one thing, money can’t buy, it’s human free will. Human free will cannot be surgically removed from a human mind. We have it. We know we have it and unless the brain is severely damaged, our natural human free will is the mental function that guides all of us. The only time money buys free will is when fools hand their free will over to big money and then suffer the most dire of consequences.

          • neeceoooo says:

            Amen, very well said

          • joe schmo says:

            ….and… will….something the Liberals see fit to get rid of?

          • Eleanore Whitaker says:

            First, you say liberals are too free? Now, they stifle your freedom? Isn’t that just a tad self-contradictory? Now liberal, moderate, centrist or socialist I’ve ever known or read about stifles freedom. It’s why conservatives loathe liberals…Conservatives live in their tiny little narrow minded cocoons and then envy those around them whose wings soar about the clouds to astronomical heights. All while Cons are unable to allow themselves a single moment of freedom that doesn’t fit their narrow minded ideology.

            Do tell us? Is your version of stifling women’s rights, equal pay and voter suppression your idea of liberals stifling YOUR freedom?

            When I read posts like yours, I often wonder if you CONS all look at life through some bizarre distorted mirror of yourselves as the victims and the rest of the world as your enemies..oh gee..I guess I just diagnosed sociopathic narcissism didn’t I?

          • joe schmo says:

            Eleanore, your belief system, mainly Communist in ideology, includes….decadence and anarchy.

            ‘Tiny cacoon?’ That’s a laugh. If anyone lives in a cacoon it is you folks. If you haven’t been on GOPUSA I would highly recommend it. You will notice a lot of intellectual conversation and problem solving going on amongst contributors. You will also notice that many Conservatives pay attention to news from all over and are mostly skeptical of politics in general. Even our own party.

            Honestly, I don’t envy anyone and I don’t know of any Conservative that does. They tend to be open minded, less emotional, more organized and definitely concise. On the contrary, I believe Conservatives should be envied for putting up with all this liberal crap, losing jobs to Hispanics and allowing the schools to be lowered to the level of unintellectual people who haven’t gone past a 2 year education level. We have subliminally fought back by stuffing the first part until now, starting our own businesses and either home schooling or sending our children to parochial schools.

            Welfare and keeping those who are on it to keep a voting base is not my idea of ‘soaring to astronomical heights.’ Your side all but helped eliminate the space program and traded for more earthly endeavors like keeping people tied to the government and going to the extreme with regards to the environment. Mind you, I said ‘extreme.’ I am all for the environment but your side has carried it way too far. I site California as a perfect example. The most poverty stricken state in the union and you would boast that it is the most environmentally conscience. Yes, it is but when our uber liberal county decides to let the Chinese reopen old oil wells, I suppose they have found out that an agrarian society does not help the economy all that much and I have known this for many years because we have been in agriculture.

            As for women. I am a conservative who believes in abortion, but I also feel that if a state like Texas doesn’t want to spend public money on funding abortions, birth control and mammograms that is not my problem. There are always creative ways to make things happen. You know a person can always move and I think the whole issue stems around politics anyway. Texas is anti-Obama and Obama is anti-Texas. So their little game goes round and round.

            Freedom? What do you call free in Obama’s world. Until the shoe is on the other foot you won’t notice a blasted thing. We see our freedoms being dumped upon.

            News for you. We don’t feel like victims, we see our democracy shifting from a free one to a suppressed one. You just don’t see it YET.
            Narcissist suites you quite well because your ideology is the only one that counts. Can’t say that for me. i already told you I am for abortion and I am also anti-war, plus I am for the environment just not your whacked out version of it. So you can’t fit me into that category and most Conservatives either.

            Problem with you and your ilk is you have seen little of the world. You have this close minded Americanized brain that doesn’t see past your television set. I have traveled extensively and, because my family is from Europe, I most likely have seen more and heard more in my life than you ever will.

          • Eleanore Whitaker says:

            Actually, it’s YOUR belief system that’s communist. Here’s why. You believe in your belief system, everyone must work. Really? How is that possible when you are shipped off the Iraq to make Halliburton $350 billion in Iraq war profits, lose your legs and return with selfish men like you refusing to help returning vets?

            In your pathetic belief system, humans live to work and work to live and should not be paid for such a pathetic existence. tell us Mr. Know it All…just how are YOU not a communist? All that’s missing from your Daddy’s Boy Master of the Universe ideology are the Communist armies of workers living on $11 a month so rich men like you and your corrupt GOP Robber Barons can live like pigs. Get a life. You are a Communist because you want everyone in this country to work their asses off but you. Break a sweat Commie and then come back and tell us how your gas guzzler is sooooo important to your ego. Or how that McMansion you don’t need and can’t afford has to be paid for by the rest of us. Sorry, but look in the mirror when you want to see a Communist. Your regime is hardship for all but you. Sorry..not when you live on MY tax dollars. And before you bother to lie your way around that fact, you drive on roads my taxes pay for, send your kids to schools my taxes pay for and use government services my taxes pay…Sorry Commie…you can’t sit back on your double wide and enjoy the fruits of the hardships you impose on everyone but yourself.

            Did you Daddy teach you how Mr. Man is the only one with all the answers? That’s the biggest sign of a Daddy’s boy there. A man who grew following in Daddy’s domineering, bullying footsteps. All you need to prove that is take a look at the number of Daddy’s boys in the GOP like Boehner, Ryan, Cantor, Issa and Cornball Cornyn. Everyone of them following in Big Daddy’s footsteps. How about grow up and be YOUR OWN man? Daddy’s day is over..time to face the realities of the present and stop living in Daddy’s past.

          • dpaano says:

            For someone who states they have a Master’s Degree, you sure don’t know how to spell!!! Makes me wonder if you went to one of those fly-by-night colleges to get your degree!

          • iamproteus says:

            Walter Cronkite once said his success was directly related to the
            “Three C’s.” Being clear, concise, and correct. Fox is NONE of those things!

  7. Eleanore Whitaker says:

    Those who choose to support biased news media do so for the purpose of controlling news to their specifications.

    Is that really reporting news?

    Example reporting “unbiased” news: A driver plowed into a building.

    Biased: A liberal driver plowed into a conservative owned building.

    How dopey is it to try and make the case that news has to be embellished to suit an ideology so backward and biased that a kid in kindergarten can see through it?

  8. Jambi says:

    Everybody in the country should know by now that FOX (False) NEWS will continually spew SHIT for all the Fox News “Zombies” to eat up…ignorance forever needs feeding!!!

  9. FT66 says:

    I am wondering I don’t hear nowadays their narrative which goes: “This is Fox News, Fair & Balanced”. Have they also realised that was a fake narrative?

  10. haj says:

    That,s Why I Dont Watch Fox Tv. Point, Jerks.

  11. 1standlastword says:

    My concern is with the modern trend of the rich corporations and the ease at which they walk up to the line of what is illegal and stop just before they cross the line. The consequences for such corporate malefaction are borne by the public in lost tax revenues (inversion epidemic) and in the case of FOX the deception, distortion and perversion of facts.

    The global and local moral crisis today is rich corporations are specializing in cheating and they are successfully evading the rule of law and accountability. To add insult to injury–regulators are reduced to nothing more than “shakedown artists” when they resort to pay-to-play instead of the culture changing intervention which would involve sentences and fines.

    Regulatory practice today is too often meaningless, self defeating and leaves the public vulnerable to corporations that budget for paying the regulators off by jacking up cost to the public for their goods and services.

    The FCC could and probably should in some cases fine FOX and litigate editorial chiefs for the most egregious offenses of late. But it’s the legal department of FOX that knows how to defend their turf with First Amendment argumentation so the FCC might be disinclined to litigate and so they are consigned to settle for fines…pay-to-play

    It’s a sad testimony of journalism when arrive at the place where we don’t expect truth from our sources of information.

    What we have evolving is a world of lies when lying is valued for a means to greater influence and power.

    • dpaano says:

      I recently read a great book by John Dean about Conservatives and their Conscience. I keep telling Joe Schoo to read it. It clearly states how the rightwing uses lies and scare tactics to make their point….for example, look at the big scare they put out about the ebola situation….how many people died in the U.S. from ebola, but you’d think, as they put it, it was a major catastrophe!!! Another outright lie and scare tactic!

      • 1standlastword says:

        You must have the patience of Job to persist with the apologists for the (G)reed (O)ver (P)eople party. As long as “lying-for-dollars” wins the game we will suffer the consequences of pure politics

  12. tntlimited says:

    fair and balanced”, the biggest lie ever fostered on IQ challenged Americans that have the misfortune to watch “Faux Noise”! With the advantage of having the internet to find the truth of nearly every controversial issue, the only excuse that can be made for “Faux Noise” viewers; is that they are either mentally inferior…or lazy!

    • joe schmo says:

      What? You feel threatened?

      • Allan Richardson says:

        Ignorance and willful stupidity are always a threat to civilization.

      • tntlimited says:

        No Joe, I don’t feel threatened at all. I am just sad that there are so many Americans that can’t figure out the truth for themselves…and let Faux Noise do it for them…

      • tntlimited says:

        I certainly don’t feel threatened by Faux Noise, but it is the mentally inferior who are threatened by the lies and GOP propaganda…that emanates from this so-called news station that is masquerading as a legitimate news station.

        • joe schmo says:

          Seriously! How arrogant…. ‘mentally inferior’…..and I have a master’s degree. Don’t think so fellow. Why do you think I keep challenging your ideology….

          • DurdyDawg says:

            Masters degree doesn’t represent intelligence, only that you conned your daddy into paying your lazy ass way through college in order to evade the real world (and possibly the military) and it’s just sheepskin given to numb-chucks for ‘x’ amount of money who read the suppositions and theories of other numb-chucks who studied and learned from the chicken scratches of other numb-chucks who….. Wisdom equates to intelligence of which you are totally devoid of with you and your idiot following calling other Americans communists, a term you know absolutely nothing about save it being a word of insult that the neo-con conjured up to spew toward anyone who doesn’t agree with their constipated ideals. I feel very threatened, living in a great country that insists I must rub elbows with such dweeb and peckerhead idiots like you and the followers of lies and insinuations that defend such BS to the point of insanity. No one on the left has said their side is the answer to the problems in America but your side doesn’t help to change our minds one iota with the trash that you’ve been tossing us as an alternative.. Get a real advocate that isn’t pre-inclined to cater to the shadows and puppet masters intent upon taking away everything the middle class and below have worked for and deserved since FDR inacted them. A compromise to continue welfare by making the recipients work for this welfare in public jobs and training would make us all happy but your ilk refuse to work with America, only against Obama whom you consider both an idiot AND a genius.. An idiot because he won’t conform to the neo-con and a genius because he somehow manipulates the entire g’ment into doing his will. Your the idiot!

          • dpaano says:

            Thank you, Jmz….couldn’t have said it better myself!!!

          • tntlimited says:

            Hey Joe, my ideology is quite simple…I seek the truth…and see the truth…

  13. Todd Nelson says:

    Since the author has never even watched Fox News, and is taking the word of a man who still lives in his parents’ basement, and has been trying to get Fox News off the air for years, I find this entire article from the communist left to be invalid.

    • Eleanore Whitaker says:

      Well, a narrow minded, dominating, bossy, overbearing dictator from the right would find the article displeasing wouldn’t he?

    • holyreality says:

      So the Communist left resides in their parents’ basement?

      Like a car accident, I sometimes must stare at the spectacle FOX “news” is. From Bill O’Really? to the fab five, I stare as if I’m reading some Kafka novel. Are these people serious? Am I entertained by their “news”?

      But after thirty seconds or so my inner wise guy yells at me, MOVE ALONG THERE’S NOTHING TO SEE HERE.

      What did I see? The John Birch Society going mainstream, something anyone would have laughed at in the early 1960s.

  14. Eleanore Whitaker says:

    The reality of journalism today is what’s really behind it…Big Big Big Money. When you exclude this ever so invasive factor, you see what’s really at stake…keeping rich media titans in billions while they satiate their need to micro control they think.

  15. Eleanore Whitaker says:

    Picture this…reports on the Great Recession sans the bias…Do the rich know there IS a recession? Or was this just a Great Recession mantra employed by the top 1%?

    Now picture titans learning to live on $40K a year instead of $40 billion. Get it? They know they have to use yellow journalism and bias in order to try to control the great unwashed masses they earn their profits from. So..the one word they fear most? “boycott.” Waaaaaaay too much power in the hands of the great unwashed they thought they controlled.

  16. Tony Torres says:

    Hopefully the people that watch and believe the crap fox news spews will be dying off daily. Maybe by 2016 most of these people will not be around and fox will die off or at least not poison gullible peoples’ minds. I personally DO NOT watch fox, to me it does not exist but there are a minority that believes all that is wrong with these non-patriotic assholes. They preach and hide behind the Constitution but are the worst offender against what our country is and should be. Please VOTE in Nov. so we can start changing things for the better. Little by little we will rid ourselves of this cancer to our society.

  17. Saul Ross says:

    Fox News has no credibility. Even Wall Street Journal, under the sane ownership as Fox , has stated that Fox News misinforms. It is all political and voters are smart enough not to believe. Yes, there are some ignorant persons who believe Fox, I just ignore Fox and Rush Limbaugh. Many do so.

  18. Douglas Wills says:

    Fox News is a truly frightening hillbilly Southern Baptist Republican platform. Think it’s time to re-baptize a few of them. Their Christian Republican demagoguery is a bit scary to say the least. Jeb Bush for President in 2016 is simply a horrifying thought.

    • joe schmo says:

      Well, let’s take another look at the bizarre, alien looking Dems. They really act like they come from LaLaLand and live in the place of fruits and nuts (California and New ‘Yok’). I can always tell what political affiliation a person believes in. Call it intuition or, in the case of Liberals it’s that alien appearance. Not sure which it is.

      Here’s another brainfall for you all. Just heard that the famous head of the U.S. Secret Service just resigned…. She opened up all the streets around the Capital that used to be closed. Said she wanted to make Washington DC more like Disneyland…. Gee, go figure. LOL….how many attempts under Obama have there been to try to get into the White House?

      News for you. Many conservatives aren’t to crazy about Jebby boy. Too Liberal for our liking. That should make it even more scary to you.

      • bobnstuff says:

        I’m in sales and I loved the last election. I knew anyone with a Romney button would buy anything. The Tea Party is just as easy to sell to. The best part is you don’t even have to make sense.

  19. phylin says:

    Distracted, I tuned into Fox News
    and, curious, waited to hear their mendacious views.
    To my surprise everything they said was bland
    not at all reflecting Mr. Murdoch’s brand.

    The usual suspects were not to be seen
    and no-one vented any spleen.
    Not a nasty word about anyone was said
    making me think the world had turned on its head.

    Where were Limbaugh or Glenn Beck, the most
    ferocious Obama hater,
    or Sarah Palin, the great communicator?
    No sight of O’Reilly or of Hannity, that right-wing czar
    whose record shows he once tended bar.

    Not a glimpse of Brit Hume, Fox’s Senior
    Analyst of things political,
    who of Tiger Woods was supercritical.
    He would be able, said Brit, to get rid of his sex addiction
    if only he’d give up his Buddhist faith and become a Christian.

    He was applauded by Ann Coulter, who is clearly demented,

    when she told a Jewish interviewer, and never relented,
    that he could only be saved if he followed her advice
    and became a disciple of her Christ.

    What had gone wrong I had to find out
    and determine what had caused the Fox News
    What steps could I take to get the mystery solved
    without myself becoming involved?

    My only hope would be to try
    to find a Fox News Channel disgruntled spy.
    It was in fact easy when I met someone who
    said things had gone too far
    when he had to listen to Creationist Huckabee torture his guitar.

    He told me every day to Fox News headquarters a woman came
    but unfortunately he did not know her name.
    She was hustled into what, if I can believe my mole,

    is the commentators’ and analysts’ private watering hole.

    She always arrived with a bulging briefcase
    that was always empty when she left the place.
    His conclusion was she was the one who brought instructions

    about how the Fox News charlatans could raise their ructions.

    But yesterday she did not show
    apparently held up by the snow.
    That made Glenn Beck turn purple with exasperation
    when he screamed “Where the b*l*a*n*k
    is that b*l*a*n*k*i*n*g Miss Information!?”

  20. Barbara Morgan says:

    How does Fox not News keep its broadcasting license? I know it says on it’s license application that it is an entertainment channel not a a news, thought if your license was

    • bhaggen says:

      You can exhale now Barbara…..if you wish. The answer to your question, however is, the same way MSNB-yeeha keeps IT’S broadcasting license. I find hate, racism, & anti-U.S. speech quite entertaining. Al Sharpton is my all-time favorite! Now take another hit & go back to sleep, OK?

    • joe schmo says:

      Because in case you didn’t know it, it is a free country, Comrad. Before we had Conservative based media all we had to listen to was Liberal bias news….. Sorry you don’t like it, but at least, now Conservatives/Independents(more right leaning) have a voice.

      There is no team in I. This is not a one-party system:) Humph, get off the Tea Party. You all are so fixated on them. We sure aren’t. We just realize they are part of our party. I really don’t get why they are such a threat to you all. After all, they are just grass roots. Kind of stupid don’t ya think?….

      • ericlipps says:


        First, learn to spell “comrade.”

        Second, are you flat-out admitting that Fox and its ilk are biased rightward? I thought you claimed they were simply telling the truth.

        Third, conservatives have had a voice and a bullhorn (emphasis on the “bull”) for many years: it’s called the Wall Street Journal. And that’s not even counting the fact that the major media outlets are one and all corporate enterprises and, most of the time (this is according to numerous surveys) lean at least slightly to the right on economic issues, and often do on other matters as well. They may not lean far enough for you )after all, Der Stürmer has been out of print for awhile), but that’s your problem.
        Fourth: “There is no team in I”? Huh?
        Fifth, of course this isn’t a one-party system, but leading conservatives have boasted openly of their intention to make it one.
        And sixth, be careful how you treat your enemies, because I don’t think you’re going to be able to trust your friends. The “tea party” may have started out as the GOP’s hand puppet (for all its claims of “independence”), but it increasingly seems to have ambitions toward reversing the relationship.

  21. neeceoooo says:

    Since when did the Kardashians become news or Miley Cyrus

  22. bhaggen says:

    The President’s staunch supporter, Michael Moore, put it this way: “When the history is written of this era, Mr Obama, 100 years from now, ‘He was the first black American that got elected president.’ And that’s it.”…..Ouch!

  23. holyreality says:

    Journalism has been dead since the Fairness Doctrine died.

    The airwaves are (were) owned by we the people. As a public commons, broadcasters HAD to provide news coverage and local access for the public service in addition to paying our government for the privilege of making money using our airwaves.

    Now that those pesky gummint regulations have been rescinded, god fearing synthetic people like FOX “NEWS” have a right to lie to us and make a profit.

    Journalists have been extinct ever since, but entertainment disguised as news is bigger than ever and the worst part is every alleged news organization on the air is part of the scam.

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