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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Every once in a while the universe arranges itself to make you look smarter than you are. Lucky me, I am having such a moment now.

Last month, when NBC News anchor Brian Williams’ career imploded as he was caught in a high-profile, self-aggrandizing lie, I suggested in this space that there would be much less angst or fallout if someone from Fox “News” were caught lying.

Enter Bill O’Reilly.

Shortly after I wrote that, the liberal Mother Jones magazine ran a story questioning his claim to have been in the combat zone in the Falkland Islands while covering that war for CBS. From his Fox podium, O’Reilly dismissed Mother Jones as the “bottom rung of journalism in America,” which was gushing praise next to his takedown of reporter David Corn, a “liar,” an “irresponsible guttersnipe,” a “far-left zealot” and “dumb.”

Since then, however, other news organizations have reported other instances of questionable assertions on O’Reilly’s part.

For instance, he has long said he was outside the home of a figure in the John F. Kennedy assassination and heard the shot when the man killed himself. That suicide happened in Palm Beach. Former colleagues say O’Reilly was in Dallas that day.

He has claimed he was “attacked by protesters” while covering the 1992 Los Angeles riots for Inside Edition. Former colleagues say he is exaggerating an incident where an angry man took a piece of rubble to a camera.

O’Reilly has said he witnessed the execution of a group of American nuns in El Salvador. That happened in 1980. O’Reilly apparently did not reach El Salvador until 1981.

For the one falsehood, Williams received a six-month suspension without pay. For a handful of apparent falsehoods, O’Reilly has received unstinting support from his bosses at Fox.

This rather neatly makes the point I sought to make a month ago. Namely, that Fox — the window-dressing presence of a few bona fide reporters notwithstanding — is not a real news-gathering organization but, rather, the propaganda arm of an extreme right wing that grows ever more cult-like and detached from reality as time goes by. Fox is a belief system, not a news network. Exhibit A is the fact that O’Reilly is not now fighting for his professional life.

To anticipate what his believers will say in his defense: Yes, he is a pundit and yes, pundits are entitled to their opinions. But that does not release them from the obligation to be factual.

It is telling that Fox recently responded to sharp questions about all this from MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow by sending her a statement noting that O’Reilly’s ratings are up despite the controversy. To act as if ratings answer, or even address, questions of credibility is to express contempt for the very notion of credibility. It suggests Fox’s full-body embrace of the old saying, often attributed to Barnum, about the birth rate of suckers.

But why shouldn’t Fox be sanguine? People who mistake it for a news outlet will never hold it accountable for failing to be one, because in the final analysis, news is not really what it promises them, nor what they seek. Rather, what it promises and what they seek is an alternate reality wherein birthers make sensible arguments, death panels are real, Trayvon was the thug, Sarah Palin is a misunderstood genius, and all your inchoate fears of the looming Other are given intellectual cover so they no longer look like the scaredy-cat bigotry they are.

It gives its viewers what they need. It tells them what they want to hear.

Because it does and because that’s all they ask, O’Reilly’s troubles will soon very likely blow away. Yes, he is apparently a serial fabulist. And yes, that would disqualify you from most newsrooms.

But this is Fox.

Leonard Pitts is a columnist for The Miami Herald, 1 Herald Plaza, Miami, FL, 33132. Readers may contact him via email at [email protected]

Screenshot via Fox News

  • FireBaron

    I still find the greatest irony surrounding Fox News, especially in regards to their anti-Islamic bigotry, is their second largest shareholder (outside of the Murdoch family) is a Arabian millionaire.

  • The lucky one

    Didn’t Barnum also say something about no one ever going broke by over estimating the stupidity of American people. That is even more true for those who consider FOX to be a news channel.

  • itsfun

    If O Reilly did these things he should be looking for new employment. However his current show is for entertainment, not reporting the news.

    • johninPCFL

      Yes. Whenever he’s asked about his journalistic credentials, he responds “I’m an entertainer”. I wonder why his program is advertised as winning the “most watched news program 11 years in a row”?

      • Tom Wolls

        Its the most watched “cable channel”.
        Since I am retired and enjoying my golden years with plenty of money I get to watch Fox News which is on most of the day. I would also like to say that Kelly, an attorney, would put Rachel Maddow to shame head to head. But then I guess Rachel only has to serve a viewer base which is the smallest of all networks. I can understand why. Now: You can keep your doctor.

  • Tom Wolls

    The government should do a census on just morons in this country. That would be easy because they are all on this site. So the bitter morons lost the house and then the senate. Guess what fall next? Right, genius, the Whitehouse. All liberals then, especially those getting free stuff, will either have heart attacks or commit suicide. Of course those watching the lesbian, Rachel and the rabble rouser “The Reverend Sharpton” will be few because of the lack of audience. They can only wish they had half the viewers that Fox has. Here is a game: Pick one “Kelly or Rachel. Pick one: “Bret Bair” or “Tingle down his leg Matthews”. Pick one: “Greta” or “Sharpton”. Now go forth and prove you are morons.

    Oops. Better get off this site before I become a moron.

    • bobnstuff

      I notice that the truth isn’t part of your argument. I guess you like being lied to by Fox. Little fact for you, If the last election had been for president the democrats would have won. There were more votes for democrats then for republicans.

      • mike

        And yet republicans increased the House, took the Senate, increased governorships and state legislatures.
        What difference does it make who got more votes? Results show the republicans increased their numbers not decreased.
        What you can’t comprehend it was about STATE and DISTRICTS NOT ALONG NATIONAL PARTY LINES. Number of votes had nothing to do with the outcome. DUH!!

        • bobnstuff

          The President is a national election not a state one and the republicans can’t win a national election. Plus when you rig the voting districts you tend to win elections.

          • mike

            It wasn’t for president so the total vote means nothing. The Obama policies got the democrats butt kicked. His negatives will have an effect on 2016, wait and see.
            As to future elections and the Republican party not winning is still to be seen.
            Putting all your eggs in one basket with Hillary, how is that working?? Looks like the dems are starting to panic.
            Keep trying to make some specious argument about nothing.

          • bobnstuff

            You are talking about the election that no one showed up for right. Winning with 17% of the voters is not a big win. No one cared enough to show up. Still more Democrats showed up then Republicans.

          • mike

            Since so few on the left voted just proves that most on the left are low info people, too stupid to understand their impact on voting, and a need to help Obama and the party.
            “Democrats showed up then/them republicans”, keep the day job, your bombing as a comedian.
            PS: your ignorance precedes you. voting turnout was at 36.3%. Damn you can’t even get that right.
            Nice try you uninformed person.

          • bobnstuff

            Most candidates won by little more then 50% so the winners got around 18% of the registered voters. I wouldn’t brag to much when just over a third of your party shows up.

          • mike

            You can try and play the % game to try justify a shellacking but the Dems lost big time. Dems lost in 2010 by a large margin.
            The left didn’t vote because they had had with the Obama policies, lies(ACA) and promises not kept.
            Mid-terms have never had good turn out.
            No try and puts words in my mouth, I never said republicans had great numbers. But those that came out voted against Obama and the left while their voters were AWOL again.

            Now where is Hillary???? Have you dreams been chattered for 2016??

          • bobnstuff

            When your big win is 63% and over half hardly beat 50% I think it is you that are mistaken on the meaning. No one was angry enough to show up to vote against the President. I keep hoping foolishly that the Republicans will through out all these loonies and go back to the republican party that I’m a member of. I
            haven’t seen a republican president candidate since Bob Dole that was worth voting for.

          • mike

            Keep tryining!!!
            Now why didn’t they show up if he was doing such a great job. Please enlighten us.

          • Godzilla

            Mike, ponder this conspiracy theory for a moment. With Hillary in deep doodoo, the Dems get Elizabeth Warren to run for President and her running mate would be……..Obama. They win, for the sake of this theory, and shortly after taking office, Warren claims she has fallen ill to some deadly cancer (not progressivism) and resigns. That leaves Obama to be back in the Whitehouse for 4 more years and it would be legal.

          • Allan Richardson

            The 22nd Amendment prohibits a term limited president from running for EITHER president or vice president, precisely because of this scenario. However, a vice president is NOT term limited, and not limited to serving under one president, even through an election cycle. So Joe Biden could, theoretically, run for a third term as vice president, and this would NOT, under the rules of the 22nd, prohibit him from becoming president by any means in the future (since he has not previously served as president … assuming nothing tragic happens before the 2016 election, which some extreme right wing nuts have implied they might be planning).

          • Godzilla

            Negative Allen. The 22nd Amendment has no mention of the office of the Vice President. It is about being ELECTED to the Office of the President. The key word is elected. However, one can point to the 12th Amendment, it’s mentioned here:

          • Tom Wolls

            Yes it does. Go read it again

          • BillP

            Just looking at Mike’s and Godzilla’s wet dream theories below shows the level of their reality. These wet dreams are the best they can come up with.

          • mike

            Better yet!!! Michelle is VP under Warren. Warren gets sick and Michelle becomes the FIRST BLACK WOMEN PRESIDENT AND then put Barack up for VP


          • Tom Wolls

            Watch Walker.

          • bobnstuff

            Walker has been playing fast and loose with election laws plus I don’t think the Koch Brothers could control him, he’s a wild cannon. The next republican will be a loud mouth that is 100% bought and paid for by the Koch Brothers.

          • mike

            Thanks for the laugh!!!
            You a republican? more funny remarks.

          • bobnstuff

            I’m a old guard republican. I have been a ward chairman and worked for the party. The real republican party. I’m from the time before the party was bought by the Koch Brothers. I know it surprises you that there are still some of us that can think
            and read and believe in truth and facts. On the local level the party still stands for good government with little waste.

          • mike

            What a load a baloney.
            You were a closet Democrat, a touchy feely, big govt., big spending, redistribution, screw the debt guy.
            Oh, I read and do the research and know my facts are correct, maybe not the facts you want to acknowledge. What I have seen is regurgitation of media matters and the far left.
            Republican!!! what a load of horse manure.
            Koch Brothers buying GOP!! LMAO!!!!

          • bobnstuff

            Just what have I ever said that would make you think I’m a democrat. I want good government, government that works. Just because I think the Tea Party is the single worst thing to happen to the republican party right after Fox News doesn’t make me a democrat. I don’t like being part of the stupid party.

          • mike

            Go read this thread and see every comment is against the right, from gerrymandering to ACA. Not once have you shown the slightest interest in defending the right or attacking the left on their ridiculous statements.
            You can say what you want but you are a liberal.
            The GOP dismantled the left in the midterms that is a simple fact, makes no difference what the % of voters were, midterms have been a greater disaster(seats lost) for Obama than all but one other president. The left tried War on Women, that didn’t work. Obama said his policies were on the ballot, and yet, the base still didn’t turn out for his party.
            Go read in one of your posts above: “over a third of YOUR party shows up” and you say your a republican. Give me a break.
            We all know that midterms have lower turnout but you constantly play down the results shows you are nothing more than die hard liberal at heart.

          • Tom Wolls

            She is still looking for her doctor that she was told she could keep.

          • Tom Wolls

            Those on the left that got free stuff all voted. They were bribed and told they could “keep their doctor”.

        • Grannysmovin

          A GOP strategist, columnist at the Houston Chronicle who goes by the handle GOPLifer, Chris Ladd said this about the
          Mid-term elections.
          Republican Senate candidates lost every single race in the Blue Wall.
          Voter turnout was awful. It was more awful for the Democrats but the GOP won 52 percent of 35 percent of the vote: in other words their mandate is 17 percent of the registered electorate (and 13 percent of those eligible to vote).
          Voter suppression is working remarkably well, but that won’t last. The whole “voter integrity” sham may have given Republicans a one or maybe two-election boost in low-turnout races, but the message to minority (but growing) groups is clear. We GOP don’t give a damn about you.
          Every major Democratic ballot initiative was successful,
          including every minimum wage increase, even in the red states. AND every personhood amendment failed.
          Half of the Republican Congressional delegation now comes
          from the former Confederacy. There are no more white Democrats from the South. All of the Dixiecrats are now GOP.
          Democrats in 2014 were up against a particularly tough climate because they had to defend 13 Senate seats in red or purple states. In 2016 Republicans will be defending 24
          Senate seats with at least 18 of them very competitive based on geography and demographics. Democrats will be one seat looks competitive.

          • mike

            Keep trying!!
            Voter suppression!!! You really are a joke. Where was the media broadcasting to the world all those stopped from voting. National media was silent, which tells those with a brain, there was no suppression of voting.

            You can try and play the % games all you want but the more educated and those with more income voted, which cost the dems big time. It just proves the left has more low info people. What the democratic party found out was the base was fed up with the policies of Obama and the left and stayed home. It was a disaster for your party. Now how many Congressional seats has Obama lost since 2008??

            Now where is Hillary??

          • Grannysmovin

            He he is a Republican – go take it up with him – I just delivered the message. Again a Republican’s facts don’t support your opinion therefore you ignore it. Nothing new here – have a nice day.

          • mike

            Yawning from your ridiculous and delusional post.

          • Tom Wolls

            She is looking for her doctor she was told she could keep.

        • ps0rjl

          One big reason Republicans did so well is that the states determine the voting districts and the Republicans turned gerrymandering into a fine art. Another reason is that the party in power usually does worse in an off year election. One thing you will have to get use to though is that the vast majority of people including Democrats, Independents, and moderate Republicans are totally turned off the by the clown car of Republican candidates. All I can say is get use to President Hillary Clinton.

          • mike

            ” get use to President Clinton”, now that is funny!! Only in your dreams.
            We will see in the next few days just how deep in trouble she is. What the State Department will have to produce is OF-109 when she left the office, if she did sign it she has a whole new problem and if she didn’t, she opens more questions for her and the Obama administration.
            Go read, Foreign Affairs Manual, Volume 5, Handbook 4.
            If she runs you on the left can nominate her but in the General Election, where the average person looks at Trustworthiness of the candidates seriously she will have a hard time. The fun begins.
            As to gerrymandering has been around for a long time and used by parties. Get over it.
            As to midterms, yes the sitting party takes a hit but 2010 and 2014 Obama lost more Congressional seat than all but one other president.
            It is about Obama polices, stupid.

          • charleo1

            You mean in that general election? Against the Republican who has to continue to support all those positions that got him thru the knuckle dragger, primaries. Like, self deportation, eliminating the freedom stealing IRS, and the job killing EPA. Advocate for teaching creationism, and privatizing the public school system. While criminalizing abortion, opposing contraception, and equal pay for women. Or be labeled a turncoat RINO, only interested in working with the Commie Left agenda, of expanding the Federal Government, open borders, and the welfare system. All depriving real Americans of their small government, Constitutional State Rights to do whatever their local county board, or Elk’s Club, or they as individuals decide. That all depends of course, on their
            Social Security never being late, their Medicare to continue being an inexhaustible pot. Or for the young Redneck, being able to remain free and uninsured, have the kids, and never pay a bill. But still look down their nose on public assistance.

          • mike

            More diarrhea of the brain. What a stupid, worthless post, again.

        • Tom Wolls

          What do you expect from a liberal.

          • bobnstuff

            You aren’t a conservative you are a hick, a boob, a jack a$$. Ignorant and proud of it.

          • Carolyn1520

            You got a twin?

        • charleo1

          It proves smaller elections are easier to buy, than larger ones. It proves the great job Republicans did in gerrymandering districts. After they gained control of a sizable number of State Governments in 2010. A census year. It is more a testament to the power of enough money, dark money, and billionaire donors in the political arena, than it is to the popularity of the Right Wing agenda. Which, in fact, serves no one but the wealthy. Proposes nothing, but that which the wealthy approves. Has no original ideas of it’s own. But mainly concentrates the bulk of it’s efforts in maintaining the current wealthy favorable environment, they spent the last three decades creating for their owners. While passing the undeniable mess their top down policies creates, on the poor, the brown skinned immigrants, the Blacks their political opposition. The difference in overall votes is as important as any harbinger is at foretelling the truth. That even as 2014 was fought
          on traditionally Conservative ground. The proposals of the Left, such as increases in minimum wage largely prevailed. Even as the Right’s brand, and old traditional strongholds, and well funded political operations managed to prevail. The winds are not in the Right’s long term favor. How could they possibly be? As holding the status quo, has never been possible. Things are either progressing, or being pulled in the opposite direction. And how is that ever a long term, winning strategy? Who would continue to vote to regress, once that direction becomes obviously established?

          • mike

            Blah Blah Blah Blah
            Hey, you forgot to mention the Koch Brothers.

          • charleo1

            Well, okay the Koch Brothers. I feel so superior to you right now, like I just bitch slapped you, and you said, ha! That didn’t
            hurt, much. Spoiler alert, douchebag, it will.

          • mike

            So how is Hillary doing???
            Your anointed one seems to have a credibility and trust problem. All of her own doing!! The right didn’t even break the story, it was the very left leaning NY Times. Figure that one out, it came from the left.
            Now how many seats did the dems lose in 2010-14??

            Only in your pea brain did you even come close to me with a bitch slap. As usual more delusion from you.

          • charleo1

            Who cares how Hillary is doing? Hillary who? It don’t matter. The worst Democrat still wipes the floor with the best Bagger. Oh I bitch slapped you alright. You just don’t know it yet Junior.

          • mike

            You sure are fair weathered when it comes to Hillary!!! 🙂
            Only in your warped mind do you think the dems have the high ground.
            Keep trying, mental midget.

    • mike

      Most of those posting for the left on NM prove that morons exist on the left.

      • charleo1

        Said one complete tool to the other.

        • mike

          Nice try, looney tune.

    • Grannysmovin

      Too late believe you were one before you entered this site.

    • tdm3624

      My problem with Fox news isn’t the lying, it is their dramatic inflation of events to make a problem seem bigger and more emotional than it really is.

      • Tom Wolls

        And msnbc doesn’t? 🙂

      • plc97477

        Fear-mongering also.

    • BillP

      Hey Genius it’s the White House not Whitehouse. I would rather watch Rachel Madow then O’Reilly or Hannity, the entertainers not the news “reporters”. As for becoming a moron it’s too late you have already achieved that status.

      • Tom Wolls

        You have to be a loser to watch the channel with the lowest rating in the industry. Good luck in 2016 baby.
        Hmmm! You can keep your doctor!

        • BillP

          I have kept all of doctors with my new health plan, Einstein! My luck in 2016 will be the same as it was in 2008 and 2012. You can call me any name that you want to I will watch Rachel Madow over the entertainers O’Reilly or Hannity.

        • Carolyn1520

          You all really do sound alike.
          If you’re going to get a second or third account and come in as a sock puppet, you need to change it up.

        • plc97477

          You forgot “benghazi”.

      • Tom Wolls

        Also moron look above a few post where you can she I used
        Whitehouse correctly.

        • BillP

          You need to proof read your enlightening comments before posting them Einstein. I think you meant to write ” you can see not you can SHE” There is no such word as “Whitehouse”, when you are referring to the president’s residence it is the “White House”. You may call me a moron but you are the one with the errors in your comment, Einstein.

    • 788eddie

      Tom, are your parents still in touch with people from their own planet?

      Just wonderin’.

      • Tom Wolls

        Sounds like a reply from a 14 year old. Wouldn’t expect that from an adult. Maybe you should go on Craiglist.

    • Carolyn1520

      Too Late.

      Average troll. You need to work on that.

  • Tom Wolls

    You could say that for all Presidential races. I guess you like all those freebees the half and half gives out. One experiment was enough so I doubt the voters are going to be fooled by a “woman” President. Besides, she is self destructing and has nothing of value to run on. Just ask Carley Fiorino. Now tell me l one lie you think Fox has promoted. I can probably give you twenty pages of the Obama era to date. Guess you don’t know what the phrase “fair and balanced” means. Of course you can watch the “Reeeeeveerand Shaaaaprton and get the truth, moron.

    • bobnstuff

      How about everything about Muslims in the US. All lies, no facts. Most of what they say about Islam in general is made up. Most of what they say about the ACA. They also have lied about the poor and welfare. Most anything that has numbers involved is false. In cases like Rush it’s easier to tell you what isn’t a lie or half truth, almost nothing. Go do some fact checking some time and see for yourself just how fair and balanced they are.

      • Tom Wolls

        Oh! and just what are they saying about Muslims in the USA? Is it that they don’t come out of the woodwork and stand up against terrorism. Hmmm> Is that lie. Get a f=n life moron. It has taken us middle to right wing geniuses too long to realize what an inept human being Obama is. Hey, in the last 2000 years tell me one thing the black race has invented. To be clear I am not a racist but look at the advancements in Africa. Still living in thatch covered housing and for the most part hunting with spears. Remember the Industrial Revolution? So we have advanced with a half and half president that never brings out the white side, had nothing to show for his six years in office exemt great speeches when using a teleprompter ( f’s everything up when they go down) and has done nothing to reduce racism in this country. How sad is that? And now you liberals want to try a second experiment on this country with Hillary. Wrong time, wrong woman. Candles Rices would be a superior candidate and too bad she doesn’t want to run. Hillary will never win. Mark that down, moron, NEVER WIN?

        • 788eddie

          Tom, have you had your rabies shot recently? (I think you’re foaming at the mouth.)

          • Tom Wolls

            You are a little dweeb teenager aren’t you? An adult would say something constructive.

          • Carolyn1520

            Such as?

            “Hey, in the last 2000 years tell me one thing the black race has invented. To be clear I am not a racist”

        • bobnstuff

          You are a true Fox News Fan. You can fill volumes with what you don’t know and the miss information you have. Inventions of blacks, Torpedoes, the 21 gun salute, bridge mill. the vertical axle windmill, the sundial, the guitar, the lute, cauterization of wounds, mercuric chloride for disinfecting wounds plus 1001 other things. The Moors ruled half of Europe for a large part of the middle ages. The Moors are black. I like Candle Rice but she’sto smart to run. Their isn’t a republican who can win the primariesthat can win the general election. You are a fool and proud of it. Every time you make a statement you prove it.

        • charleo1

          Wasn’t Condoleezza Rice National Security Adviser to George Bush when the 9/11 attacks occurred? What is the job of a National Security Adviser to the President, anyway? Do you believe she would do as least as well as President? If so, how so? Did she ever as National Security Adviser, see that memo from the CIA, about terrorists planning to hijack airliners and run them into buildings? Then did she ever ask the guys over at the FBI if they knew anything about it? Had any reports of foreign nationals taking flying lessons? Or reports in FBI files about students in Florida, curiously interested in only learning to guide airliners, not in landing them? Paid for their lessons in cash. And you want another, “experiment,” in competency like Ms. Rice? And we’re the nut jobs? Okay….

        • charleo1

          You say you’re not a racist, and I’ll take your word. But, if one is a racist, and is looking for a Party to join…..And by the way?
          Condi Rice>

        • Carolyn1520

          “Hey, in the last 2000 years tell me one thing the black race has invented.
          To be clear I am not a racist”

          I got nothing.

        • Independent1

          Wow!! “To be clear I am not a racist”??? Wow!! – you’re also a blatant liar amongst being totally clueless!!!
          “It has taken us middle to right wing geniuses too long to realize what an inept human being Obama is. Hey, in the last 2000 years tell me one thing the black race has invented. To be clear I am not a racist but look at the advancements in Africa.”

          Wow!! Two things – Obama is an inept human being??? The president who has accomplished more positive for America in the past 6 years than the last 5 worthless GOP presidents accomplished in 28!!! I’m going to list for you just a partial list of 11 Obama accomplishments, that are far more than the last 5 GOP presidents ever did – and they’re only a fraction of all the good things Obama has done.

          But let’s get to your racist comment about Blacks never inventing things!! Wow are you ever dumb!!!!!!

          Did you ever eat an ice cream cone?? the person who invented the ice cream scoop was black.

          Did you ever drive your car through a traffic light?? the person who invented the traffic light was black.

          Obviously, you’re not aware that the person who actually made the incandescent light bulb functional and that actually patented and started selling it in America in late 1800s was black.

          And have you ever sat around and munched on a potato chip?? Yup!! the cook that invented the potato chip was also black.

          Back in the olden days, did you ever use a typewriter?? Yup, the person who worked for Edison and actually perfected the typewriter was black.

          And I could go on and on because a lot of the items you take for granted and use today, were invented by people who are black.

          Here’s a list of them for you clueless racist!!!!

          air conditioning unit Frederick M. Jones July 12, 1949

          almanac Benjamin Banneker Approx 1791

          auto cut-off switch Granville T. Woods January 1, 1839

          auto fishing devise G. Cook May 30, 1899

          automatic gear shift Richard Spikes February 28, 1932

          baby buggy W.H. Richardson June 18, 1899

          bicycle frame L.R. Johnson October 10, 1899

          biscuit cutter A.P. Ashbourne November 30, 1875

          blood plasma bag Charles Drew Approx. 1945

          cellular phone Henry T. Sampson July 6, 1971

          chamber commode T. Elkins January 3, 1897

          clothes dryer G. T. Sampson June 6, 1862

          curtain rod S. R. Scratton November 30, 1889

          curtain rod support William S. Grant August 4, 1896

          door knob O. Dorsey December 10, 1878

          door stop O. Dorsey December 10, 1878

          dust pan Lawrence P. Ray August 3, 1897

          egg beater Willie Johnson February 5, 1884

          electric lamp bulb Lewis Latimer March 21, 1882

          elevator Alexander Miles October 11, 1867

          eye protector P. Johnson November 2, 1880

          fire escape ladder J. W. Winters May 7, 1878

          fire extinguisher T. Marshall October 26, 1872

          folding bed L. C. Bailey July 18, 1899

          folding chair Brody & Surgwar June 11, 1889

          fountain pen W. B. Purvis January 7, 1890

          furniture caster O. A. Fisher 1878

          gas mask Garrett Morgan October 13, 1914

          golf tee T. Grant December 12, 1899

          guitar Robert F. Flemming, Jr. March 3, 1886

          hair brush Lydia O. Newman November 15, 18–

          hand stamp Walter B. Purvis February 27 1883

          horse shoe J. Ricks March 30, 1885

          ice cream scooper A. L. Cralle February 2, 1897

          improv. sugar making Norbet Rillieux December 10, 1846

          insect-destroyer gun A. C. Richard February 28, 1899

          ironing board Sarah Boone December 30, 1887

          key chain F. J. Loudin January 9, 1894

          lantern Michael C. Harvey August 19, 1884

          lawn mower L. A. Burr May 19, 1889

          lawn sprinkler J. W. Smith May 4, 1897

          lemon squeezer J. Thomas White December 8, 1893

          lock W. A. Martin July 23, 18–

          lubricating cup Ellijah McCoy November 15, 1895

          lunch pail James Robinson 1887

          mail box Paul L. Downing October 27, 1891

          mop Thomas W. Stewart June 11, 1893

          motor Frederick M. Jones June 27, 1939

          peanut butter George Washington Carver 1896

          pencil sharpener J. L. Love November 23, 1897

          phone transmitter Granville T. Woods December 2, 1884

          record player arm Joseph Hunger Dickenson January 8, 1819

          refrigerator J. Standard June 14, 1891

          riding saddles W. D. Davis October 6, 1895

          rolling pin John W. Reed 1864

          shampoo headrest C. O. Bailiff October 11, 1898

          spark plug Edmond Berger February 2, 1839

          stethoscope Imhotep Ancient Egypt

          stove T. A. Carrington July 25, 1876

          straightening comb Madam C. J. Walker Approx 1905

          street sweeper Charles B. Brooks March 17, 1890

          thermostat control Frederick M. Jones February 23, 1960

          traffic light Garrett Morgan November 20, 1923

          tricycle M. A. Cherry May 6, 1886

          typewriter Burridge & Marshman April 7, 1885

    • 788eddie

      How about “no-go zones” which were non-existent, and for which a number of Fox commentators apologized for after a couple of days.

      How about the absolutely false accusation that absentee voters in Utah could just download ballots and print as many as they would like, and that stores like Staples were running our of paper and printer ink because of it. Utah State officials called out Fox on that one, and Fox personnel once again admitted that they were wrong and apologized.

      • Tom Wolls

        At least they acknowledged it. Hey “You can keep your doctor”.

        • charleo1

          You are a great example of what Mr. Pitts was talking about when he said, Fox is a belief system, offering an alternate universe, and telling their viewers what they want to hear. You’re obviously neck deep in it, and very happy to be there. Or else why would you get so exercised over the growing questions as to the integrity of the operation? Or the veracity of the network’s overall claims to be, “fair, and balanced?” When their brand, the very reason they are famous, that they capture a larger market share than every other cable news outlet. Is Fox is the unquestioned, sole proprietor, in the business of reporting on, and telling the Right, and extreme Right Wing in this Country, exactly what they want to hear. And in that, they manage to dominate a consumer news market of 100, with about 29%, market share. While the other channels split the remaining 70%. As Fox works to retain that share by presenting themselves over, and over, as the only true source of news. A claim none of the other outlets make about their competition. Ever. Just as none of the other editors, and producers choose their stories, leads, and topics of interests in the same way as Fox. Which uses this process to build on a pre-determined set of narratives, decided sometimes months in advance. And are always closely coordinated with the PR, and political strategy apparatus of the Republican Right. And all this works to create the, “magic,” that is Fox. Television made for Republicans. It’s primary goal is not one of reporting news worthy events, so as to inform. But to promote, and lend credibility to the Conservative Agenda. A deliberately slanted sales pitch, designed to cover stories the Right wants you to know about. Presented with their own special set of slanted facts, you’ll hear no where else, they already know you believe, and like to hear repeated, or else why
          would you be tuning in? Therefore, it’s entertaining, and reassuring at the same time! It’s a very profitable business model, But it’s not news programming in the sense as we’ve traditionally thought about news. As Walter Cronkite, for example, reported the entire news. For example, Fox facts. Not everyone retained their doctor after ACA? True enough, 95% did however. What Fox implies: Everyone did retain, their same doctor before ACA. False. Around 5% of patients seen their insurance company, and their doctor part ways in any given year in the old system before ACA. “Fair, and balanced”? Or what you want to hear? You decide.

          • Independent1

            Great analysis!! What’s sad is that there are so many conservatives that become brainwashed and addicted to watching ONLY Faux News!! So not only doesn’t Faux News give them balanced news – they’re so much like sheeple that they don’t even make an effort to find out that they’re being taken down the path to real world information STUPIDITY!!

            Numerous studies have shown that Faux News viewers/listeners know less about the true news than people who watch no news at all.

          • dpaano

            As I’ve said many times…the GOP uses lies and scare tactics to control their base, and FOX News is where they do their best work!!

        • Independent1

          Yeah!! And that was not an Obama lie, not keeping your doctor in many cases was because private policy insurers every year dropped people’s policies and reissued them, only if, the insured had not filed a lot of claims; So when insurers reissued policies, sometimes ‘your doctor’ would not be included in the new policy.

          With respect to Obamacare, a number of insurance company CEOs had met with Obama while ACA was being developed and promised him they would honor ACA’s grandfather clause which said that current insureds could keep their policies and doctors.
          So Obama, taking these CEOs at their word, kept saying you can keep your policy and your doctor.

          However, when ACA was becoming effective, insurance companies wanted to try and move people to higher priced policies so they deliberately cancelled policies which ACA said were grandfathered, and instead tried to issue them different policies which often did not include the same doctors.

          • Tom Wolls

            I couldn’t say it better. Well it will all be settled in June when the SC rules and ACA goes away.

          • dpaano

            Yeah, hold your breath!! If the ACA goes away, there’s going to be a lot of pissed off people and the GOP will be the ones they’re pissed off at!!!

        • Independent1

          And here’s just a little something for you to consider when you call Obama ‘inept’:

          Here’s just 11 of his many accomplishments:

          -Obama has presided over the longest stretch of positive
          jobs growth in U.S. history (60 months & counting).

          -The stock market has virtually tripled during Obama’s 6
          years in office to heights never reached before making retirement much easier for millions of retirees such as myself.

          -America’s energy sector is now the largest producer of
          energy on the planet for the 1st time in history; creating an
          alternative energy sector that will soon make fossil fuels needed only for backup energy.

          -More troublesome illegal aliens have been rounded up and
          deported in the past 6 years than under any other president (or combination of presidents) .

          -The auto industry that Obama bailed out is achieving profits the past 2 years it hadn’t seen since the 1990s. And a 1.5
          million people are working today who wouldn’t be had the industry gonebankrupt.

          -Deficit spending has come down further and faster over the
          past 6 years than at any other time in our history: from 1.4T to under 450B in 5 budgets.

          -Unemployment has come down further and faster over the past 6 years than at any other time in our history: from 10.1% to under 5.8%. A year plus faster than it came down under Reagan.

          -The Obama administration has brought more crooks to justice
          trying to defraud our government in the Defense and Health Care sectors; recovering Billions of dollars – more than any
          combination of previous presidents.

          -Obama’s 2009 Stimulus Package incentivized the private
          sector to create numerous alternative energy companies in the solar, wind, hydro, tidal and plasma fields such that the alternative energy sector is poised to greatly reduce America’s dependence on fossil fuels in the near future.

          -America’s new health care legislation, ACA, has already
          been responsible for keeping at least 75,000 Americans from dying prematurely;and for creating thousands of new jobs while saving hospitals more than $6 billion and saving taxpayers in states across America millions to billions depending on their populations.

          -By cutting the banks out of the student loan process, Obama has allowed hundreds of thousands, maybe millions more HS students to get loans for college than under any previous president.

          • Tom Wolls

            Part time jobs. Consider this. 5.5% is what they claim the unemploy

            ment rate is. However, never have there been a high percentage of Americans out of work and many of this have quit looking and drop out of th work force. The real rate is over 11%. Most workers have had a significant drop in average wages. Now they have to pay huge and I mean huge deductables before the can actually benefit from going to the doctor (if they can keep their doctor)

            The stock market has always been the savior except then the liberals fucked up the housing market when made a lot of those investing in 401ks at work.

          • dpaano

            It’s clear that you listen and believe everything Fox News tells you….it shows in your comments.

          • Tom Wolls

            And just what network do you think has the biggest audience. Keep watching Sharpton. Wow! now there is a winner.

  • Grannysmovin

    Why is anyone shocked that Fox is supporting O’Reilly and putting ratings before truth?
    “Back in December of 1996, Jane Akre and her husband, Steve Wilson, were hired by FOX as a part of the Fox “Investigators” team at WTVT in Tampa Bay, Florida. In 1997 the team began work on a story about bovine growth hormone (BGH), a controversial substance manufactured by Monsanto Corporation. The couple produced a four-part series revealing that there were many health risks related to BGH and that Florida supermarket chains did little to avoid selling milk from cows treated with the hormone, despite assuring customers otherwise. According to Akre and Wilson, the station was initially very excited about the series. But within a week, Fox executives and their attorneys wanted the reporters to use statements from Monsanto representatives that the reporters knew were false and to make other revisions to the story that were in direct conflict with the facts. Fox editors then tried to force Akre and Wilson to continue to produce the distorted story. When they refused and threatened to report Fox’s actions to the FCC, they were both fired.(Project Censored #12 1997) Akre and Wilson sued the Fox station and on August 18, 2000, a Florida jury unanimously decided that Akre was wrongfully fired by Fox Television when she refused to broadcast (in the jury’s words) “a false, distorted or slanted story” about the widespread use of BGH in dairy cows. They further maintained that she deserved protection under Florida’s whistle blower law. Akre was awarded a $425,000 settlement. Inexplicably, however, the court decided that Steve Wilson, her partner in the case, was ruled not wronged by the same actions taken by FOX.” FOX appealed the case, and on February 14, 2003 the Florida Second District Court of Appeals unanimously overturned the settlement awarded to Akre. During their appeal, FOX asserted that there are no written rules against distorting news in the media. They argued that, under the First Amendment, broadcasters have the right to lie or deliberately distort news reports on public airwaves. Fox attorneys did not dispute Akre’s claim that they pressured her to broadcast a false story, they simply maintained that it was their right to do so.

    • Bill

      It’s the GOP double standard alive and well at Fox News.

      • Tom Wolls

        Life is good.

    • charleo1

      Flori-duh! Also home to the National Enquirer. Where lies are blessed as free speech, the wealthy are worshiped as Gods. And bologna can be labeled cornflakes, if there’s a buck to made.

      • latebloomingrandma

        Also, the land of the hanging chads.

  • Allan Richardson

    The far right has a different vocabulary than the rest of us. For example, anyone who is reasonable (and in fact, not too far to the left of President Eisenhower) is referred to as “far left.” People who are fighting for ways out of poverty are “special Interests,” while corporations which seek to stop any interference with their abuse of employees and polluting the air and water to cut expenses are somehow not “special” interests. Labor leaders who, elected by their members to work for better wages and working conditions, work for no pay and, if they are lucky, part of the expenses they incur, are called “union bosses,” with the implication that, like the crooked Hoffas of the past, they steal their members’ money and make no effort to help them, while no one on the right ever calls a CEO a “boss,” which is exactly what they are. Many other words have the exact opposite of their common sense meaning when used by Faux and friends.

    • Tom Wolls

      I don’t know who the f— you work for moron but I had a great career traveling all over the world ave probably a 20th the weekly wage my bosses earned, who by the way put 540 family workers to work at decent wages. These entrepreneurs create the middle class and they deserve every cent of profit they create.

      • Your tighty whiteys seem a little bunched, there Wollsy. Balls swollen with outrage or the blues?

        • Tom Wolls

          WTF? Another ignorant commentary from the left. My balls are just fine Romeo. Not kiss John goodnight pull the covers up tight.

      • ericlipps

        You’ve got it backward. The middle class creates, and sustains, these entrepreneurs.

        • Tom Wolls

          Wrong genius.

    • Tom Wolls

      How’s the Obama administration working out for you. Has your annual income gone up? Of course can keep your doctor and he won’t take union dues out of your pay. What a scam. No wonder union membership has dropped below 17% and going down. Ah then you have teachers that you can’t get rid of if they are failures which most in the public domain are (not all). Thank God for private schools.

      • Independent1

        You bet!! My retirement account is up about 4 times from when Bush Jr almost destroyed it, and so are the retirement accounts of millions of other retirees given that the stock market has tripled since Obama has been in office.

        And although Republicans have worked hard to prevent Americans from getting raises by sitting on two of Obama’s jobs bills and refusing to pass a federal min wage increase, or allow illegal immigrants a pathway to citizenship and by passing right-to-pay-you-as-little-as-I-want jobs bills in nitwit Republican states across the nation; the fact that more jobs have been created in the last 5 years than were created in the 12 years that the Bushes were in office – means that there are millions more people at least getting paid than there would have been had an idiot Republican been elected like McCain or Romney.

        You are aware right, that twice as many jobs were created in the 18 years or so that Carter, Clinton and Obama have been in office than the 20 years that Reagan and the 2 Bushes were in office. Right?? 40 million jobs vs a measly 20 million!!

        And you are also aware right that in the 38 years that Republicans were in office from 1930 to 2008 that the average stock market return in those years was effectively ZERO!! Whereas in the 47 years that Democrats were in office the return is over 300%, Right???

        And that while Republicans in those 38 years could only manage a 2.6% national GDP gain that Democrats greatly exceed that by 4.5%. Right??

        In other words, Republicans over the last 100 years have been nothing but flunkies – destroying our economy every time they’re in office. Republicans no absolutely nothing about running a government!!! When are you going to wake up to that???

        All they know how to do is pass legislation that greatly increases the income inequality in America as they enacted legislation after legislation that sucks more and more taxpayer dollars from the middleclass into the pockets of the already wealthy!!!!!!

        • dpaano

          And legislation against women and their vaginas!!!

      • dpaano

        Wow, as I said earlier, I kept my doctor!! Also, I got a 3.25% raise this year….same as last year! AND, my company still has an employer-paid pension plan and matches my 401(k) plan by 4%. Thanks to the Obama administration.

  • Bill and Geraldo are bunghole buddies. Neither could find their assholes without both hands and a couple of prosthetic interns. So why expect them to know what the truth smells like?

    • dpaano

      Yeah, I watched Geraldo on Trump’s “Celebrity Apprentice,” and I’ve never seen a more narcissistic, stupid, loudmouth individual in my entire life!! No wonder he’s on Fox News and not on a REAL station!!

      • Tom Wolls

        I agree with you on Geraldo. But put him in the same room with the Reeeveraaaand Shaaaaarptooon and you should like Geraldo a bit more.

  • Tony Torres

    We bitch and complain against the lying and made-up stuff that comes out of Fox but nothing is ever done. Fox and O’Reilly are right,in a few days the story will die down and they will continue as normal. Why do we have such a short attention span? Fox lies to millions of people daily,yet they continue to operate,there must be something we can do. Please don’t let O’Reilly get away with taking millions of dollars under false pretense, he lied in all his books and of course his daily shows.Many people believe the crap that Fox and O’Reilly spew daily by thinking that what they are told is gospel,so we must do something to STOP this.

    • Daniel Jones

      It’s gonna take a class action lawsuit against Fox and Rupie or this will simply never end.

      • Tom Wolls

        Ah but you can still be one of the hundred or so that watch the lesbian (Maddow) the guy with the tingle in his leg (Matthews) and the dope pushing reverend (Sharpie Boy) on msnbc. How pathetic are you guys.
        Watch Kelly and the tell me you would go back to Rachel. Not even close. But then again: “Hands up”, “you can keep your doctor”.

        • Daniel Jones

          Are you done? Good. I don’t watch MSNBC. I don’t even *like* Microsoft as a company very much. And even if I did, what the sheep-buggering hell does Ms. Maddow’s inclinations have to do with the fact that Fox News lies like a highway–smooth, flat, and planned to take you to a planned location?
          Nothing. It has nothing to do with it, so I am (surprise) flagging your tripe due to your homophobia. Have a nice day.

    • Tom Wolls

      Hey: You can keep your doctor.

      • dpaano

        Hey, I kept mine……

        • Tom Wolls

          Two word, “Kelly, Bergdahl.

          Now ask your doctor how many new patients he/she will take on.

          • dpaano

            I did, and my doctor and his group are THRILLED at how many new patients they are being able to take care of. They LOVE the ACA and think it should have happened a long time ago. Anything else you want me to ask them?

    • dpaano

      Yeah, we don’t watch his programs and we don’t buy his crappy books!

  • ps0rjl

    If Bill O’Rielly is such a “combat” type journalist, why was he during Vietnam hanging on to his 2S deferment? We could have really used such a tough guy over there. I abhor people like him who lie about their feats of bravery. The man is just a loudmouth bully on his show who cuts the mic of anybody who says anything he disagrees with.

  • FT66

    My hat off to the Canadians who abolished completely Fox News to spread lies in their country. It tells a lot about us who continue to watch and listen to their lies. Are we all that stupid?

    • Tom Wolls

      Strange, I was in Toronto with my wife two weeks ago and we watched Fox in our hotel room.

      • Independent1

        Because Faux News deliberately lies in their broadcasts, Ruppert Murdoch was not allowed to set up a news outlet in Canada (Canadian stations are not allowed to lie; back in 2003, Faux News won a court case in front of 3 Bush appointed judges that said it was legal for them to lie even though they’re supposed to be broadcasting “news related topics”.

        However, since Faux News is an American company, some Canadian cable and satellite networks carry it by picking it up from American news outlets along the Canadian border.

        • Tom Wolls

          Well a lib actually admitting to making a mistake. Nice going genius.

          Who do you think is going to need the good USA when bad things happen in the Yukon? Thats right our great friend and neighbor Canada. Well maybe on the French portion trying to secede.

          Hmmm! I also watched Fox News in Vancouver. Border issue I guess?

        • FT66

          Exactly Ind. I have already started to explain to Tom Wolls how it works when one is on the border between US and Canada, then I found you have done it already. For any country sharing the border always they pick frequencies from each other. Frequencies never know the boundaries it is just only the length/distance from the main satellite/mast.

  • You have the right of it. The vast majority of Fox News viewers, at least subconsciously, are aware that Fox News is not real news. Instead, it allows them to pretend that their bigoted narcissism is fact by clumsily disguising it as news.

    FYI, this is why most conservative talk audience members can never turn it off; why they watch Fox News in the morning, listen to Rush Limbaugh in the car and at work, then immediately turn Fox News back on again as soon as they get home and leave it on until they’ve fallen asleep: They’re trying to self-indoctrinate themselves. If the conservative talk feed ever stops, their brains might start working again and cause them to think for themselves, which may result in the many obvious holes in their worldview (the ones they call us communists for trying to point out to them) may become apparent to them.

  • Tom Wolls

    What amazes me the most about this web site is how much attention and how much everyone knows about Fox. I guess you have to watch the network to get all this info. I don’t need to watch the morons on MSNBC because I can hear about them from Fox. But I do admit I click over to them on occasion and when I start to puke, which is less than one minute, I have switch back to the Fair and Balanced. I wonder why so many CNN staff end up on Fox. I think about 70% have accepted position there (union I might add). Poor Wolf Blitzer just hangs on. HANDS UP! YOU CAN KEEP YOUR DOCTOR!

    • Independent1

      The reason we know a lot about Faux News is because all you Faux News sheeple keep coming on here spewing all the lies, distortions of the truth and total fabrications of reality that those dumbcomffs on Faux News spew 24/7!!!

      It only takes one or two posts for us to realize Wow!! Here’s another Faux News sheeple!!! Lie after Lie afer Lie comes pouring fourth out of the your and their mouths – and you know what the sad part is – YOUR TOO IGNORANT OF REALITY TO EVEN REALIZING THAT YOU’RE LYING!!!!!

      A number of studies have proven that Faux News sheeple such as yourself are more ignorant of the real world than people who don’t watch any media news at all!! Faux News actually MAKES PEOPLE STUPID!!!!!!

      • Tom Wolls

        Here is an assignment for you. List 3 lies you think Fox perpetrates and tell why you think it is a lie, Lets see if you can get one.. Now as to the ignorant comment, I have a Masters in Systems Technology and my daughter is a Doctor and got her first Phd a Mt Sini and her second at Columbia University in New York in Neurology and is now the leading scientist in the world on research for the cure for Schizophrenia at both NiH and South Whales University where she is a Professor and Chair. See has over 1100 publications in the Journal of Medicine. I tell you this because we are both highly educated and we both watch Fox.
        But then: You can keep your doctor. Hands Up.

        • Independent1

          I don’t care how educated you are, the fact that Fox news not only distorts the truth IN EVERYTHING IT BROADCASTS, it also sensors the news by broadcasting only to those stories, or portions of news stories, which fit its propaganda model; which brainwashes viewers like you and your wife into thinking they know what’s happening in the world, when in fact they’re been fed Faux News’ chosen story line. How else do you think, study after study has shown that Faux News listeners or less knowledgeable about reality than even people who don’t listen to the news media or even read a paper??? It’s because they’re habitual Faux News viewers who are living in an alternate world created by Faux News!!!

          And I’ll do better than 3 for you – here’s the link to a video from Jon Stewart where he shows 50 of them.

          Now, when you see these 50 lies you’re probably going to say they’re not lies, because Faux News has told you they’re the truth, but all of them have been verified to be lies:

        • Independent1

          And it’s not just Faux News, it’s even the Heritage Foundation. A good deal of what they publish is based on fabrications of reality – known as LIES!!!

          See these excerpts:

          How do you make the case that Sam Brownback has been good for Kansas? If you are Stephen Moore, the “chief economist” for the Heritage Foundation, you fake the data.

          Moore’s column argued that Kansas needed to give Brownback’s regime more time to work its wonders, because “the national data tell us” that over the last 20 years the nine states without an income tax have had double the population growth and more than double the income growth of states with very high income taxes. These results are statistically significant, which means it is very unlikely they happened by chance. This does not mean all states that cut taxes have growth or that all states with high taxes don’t have growth. It means there is a strong propensity for low-tax and tax-cutting states to grow. Period. This is a problem for the left because places such as New York, Massachusetts, Illinois and California that have been following Krugman’s (and President Barack Obama’s) economic strategy are getting clobbered by tax-cutting states.

          OK. Some of you have already noticed that here we have a “chief economist” abusing the concept of “statistical significance” in a way that would embarrass a first year student of the subject.

          But let’s move on to what Moore said next:

          No-income-tax Texas gained 1 million jobs over the last five years; California, with its 13 percent tax rate, managed to lose jobs. Oops. Florida gained hundreds of thousands of jobs while New York lost jobs. Oops.

          Abouhalkah found FOUR errors in that brief passage.

          No. 1: Moore’s data isn’t from “the last five years”. When challenged by The Star he admitted it was from December 2007 to December 2012. Which is a deliberate deception. The Bureau of Labor Statistics data that Moore was relying on is updated Every. Single. Month. So there is no reason to use 18-month-old data. If Moore honestly wanted to look at the “the last five years” he could have presented the numbers from mid-2009 to mid-2014.

          No. 2: even within his cherry-picked dates, Moore lied about the numbers. Texas did not gain 1 million jobs in that 2007-2012 period. The correct figure was a gain of 497,400 jobs.

          No. 3: Florida did not add hundreds of thousands of jobs in that span. It lost 461,500 jobs.

          No. 4: New York, which has one of the highest income tax rates, did not lose jobs during that time. It gained 75,900 jobs.

          Abouhalkah noted a 5th oddity as well:

          California since December 2012 — when Moore stopped measuring employment growth — has added 541,000 jobs, which is more than Texas’ 523,400. So, high taxes are good?

        • Independent1

          And if Faux News wasn’t intentionally going to lie, why did they spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on lawyers to fight a case in a way that would make it legal for them to lie while supposedly broadcasting the news???

          Fox News Wins Lawsuit To Misinform Public – Seriously

          Here’s the rundown: On August 18, 2000, journalist Jane Akre won $425,000 in a court ruling where she charged she was pressured by Fox News management and lawyers to air what she knew and documented to be false information.

          The real information: she found out cows in Florida were being injected with RBGH, a drug designed to make cows produce milk – and, according to FDA-redacted studies, unintentionally designed to make human beings produce cancer.

          Fox lawyers, under pressure by the Monsanto Corporation (who produced RBGH), rewrote her report over 80 times to make it compatible with the company’s requests. She and her husband, journalist Steve Wilson, refused to air the edited segment.

          In February 2003, Fox appealed the decision and an appellate court and had it overturned. Fox lawyers argued it was their first amendment right to report false information. In a six-page written decision, the Court of Appeals decided the FCC’s position against news distortion is only a “policy,” not a “law, rule, or regulation.”

          So, Fox and the other gladiatorical cable news channels were given the okay to legally lie right around the time of the Iraq War’s birth – when media lies coincidentally hit a peak in both frequency and severity.

          • dpaano

            And, they insist that they are not an actual “news” program, but an “entertainment” program, so they don’t have to adhere to the truth! But, I have to admit, they are awfully entertaining….laughable most of the time!

        • Independent1

          And just to prove I wasn’t lying about Faux News viewers being more stupid about what’s really going on in the world, here’s an article on that from Forbes (and note that although this article was about the university running a poll in NJ, about a year later they duplicated the survey nationwide and got the same results):

          Fox News Viewers Uninformed, NPR Listeners Not, Poll Suggests

          A poll by Farleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey showed that of all the news channels out there, FoxNews viewers are the least informed.

          People were asked questions about news habits and current events in a statewide poll of 600 New Jersey residents recently. Results showed that viewers of Sunday morning news shows were the most informed about current events, while Fox News viewers were the least informed. In fact, FDU poll results showed they were even less informed than those who say they don’t watch any news at all.

          Readers of The New York Times, USA Today and listeners to National Public Radio were better informed about international events than other media outlets.

          In one major example, New Jersey poll participants were questioned about the outcome of the so-called Arab Spring uprisings in North Africa earlier in the year. A total of 53% of respondents know that Egyptians were successful in overthrowing dictator Hosni Mubarak. Also, 48% know that the Syrian uprising has thus far been unsuccessful in ousting Assad. But on balance, Fox News viewers were 18-points less likely to know that Egyptians overthrew their government than those who were not TV news viewers. Fox News viewers were also 6-points less likely to know that Syrians have not yet overthrown their government than those who watch no news, suggesting a daily dose of sound bytes from CNN at the gym, and headlines from Google News were enough to surpass what average Fox viewers polled knew about current events.

          For more proof, see this link:

          • plc97477

            I am sure most faux viewers were positive that Obama was to blame.

          • Independent1

            Right! They’ll take any opportunity they can get to say something negative about Obama.

        • CrankyToo

          Your “assignment” is a fool’s errand. One could make a career out of pointing out the lies and liars on Fox Noise. By any objective standard, the journalism to be found there isn’t journalism at all – it’s conservative propaganda, flagrant and odious.

          Your daughter’s academic achievements are admirable. And you, yourself, are obviously no slouch in that regard. But as any sensible person knows, an education does not confer wisdom, and there’s no shortage of ignorant college graduates walking around. If you and your daughter aren’t astute enough to recognize nonsense when you hear it, it doesn’t matter how many sheepskins you have hanging on your wall, neither of you is as smart as you think you are.

        • ericlipps

          I can think of two, at least, without batting an eye.

          (1) Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction when the U.S. invaded in 2003. This gem, eagerly peddled by Fox on behalf of the Bush II administration, has survived despite the utter fai;lure of a search effort which essentially turned the whole country upside down and shook it out.

          (2) Saddam Hussein was in cahoots with Osama bin Laden and helped plan and execute the Sept. 11 attacks. This one , to be fair, was also hawked by once-respectable conservative journalist William Safire–but no evidence has ever turned up.

        • dpaano

          Obviously, your degree didn’t teach you to spell….It’s Mt. Sinai and South Wales University. No wonder you listen so much to Fox News…..and, secondly, what does your daughter’s education have to do with what you believe in???

    • CrankyToo

      That post is idiotic on so many levels, not the least of which is that you allow the talking heads on Fox Noise to formulate your opinion of the journalists on MSNBC. What person possessed of the capability to reason for him or herself would allow someone else to do their thinking for them?

      You should spend some time on MSNBC. Listen to opposing viewpoints directly from the opposition, weigh what you hear against what you get from Fox, and decide for yourself which makes more sense.

      Then, if you still think Fox is the logical alternative, I guess we’ll all just have to face the fact – you’re a wingnut!

      • Tom Wolls

        Right. Like I want to listen to “hands up” Sharpton”. Or Rachel who seems to be delerious on her show. Or better yet the guy that gets a tingle in his leg when ever he thinks of Obama. How many Conservatives do you think they have on their shows.

  • Jake M. Gad

    The issue here is that you see Bill O’Reilly as the right’s Tom Brokaw. He sees himself as the right’s Jon Stewart.

    Anyone with a hint of a brain that watches him for an hour knows he does not consider himself “real news”. I’m 90% sure his bosses know this. He’s immune to serious criticism because he does not intend to take himself seriously, and he makes no effort to hide his disdain for people who do take him seriously.

    I have no idea what percentage of his fans have noticed.

    • CrankyToo

      How could anyone with a hint of a brain watch him for a whole hour?

  • ExRadioGuy15

    Sadly, the author is correct about this. However, let’s remember something here, something REALLY important: Compared to the total population of this country, Fox “News” and the rest of the FRWNJ “media” cater to a superminority of completely insane people, the same 3-5 million people (a generous estimate) who listen to Limbaugh, watch Billo the Clown and read the Drudge Report, etc. Those 5 million people represent just 1/63rd of the population, or about 1.6 percent of the population.

    So, why are we letting this loud, wrong and insane superminority control politics in this country?!?

    • ExRadioGuy15

      And, even if you wanted to be more generous with your estimate of the number of those completely insane people and bump it up to 15 million, that’s still 4.8% of this country’s population.

  • plc97477

    The part faux and their ilk fail to understand is that as the republican party becomes more and more insane and less and less relevant the blame rests with them. They will probably be the tool that kills the republican party.