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Fox News Thinks The IRS ‘Scandal’ Is 17 Times More Important Than 26,000 Military Sexual Assaults Last Year

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Fox News Thinks The IRS ‘Scandal’ Is 17 Times More Important Than 26,000 Military Sexual Assaults Last Year




When it comes to actual “tyranny,” what could be more “cruel and oppressive” than a system where if you are sexually assaulted, you have no one to whom you feel you can safely report it? That’s the situation that up to 26,000 members of the U.S. military found themselves in last year, according to a new report.

On June 4, the Senate convened its first committee meeting to deal exclusively with sexual assault in the armed forces. Meanwhile, the House held its fourth hearing on the so-called targeting of Tea Party groups, this one devoted to giving the allegedly non-political activists a chance to explain how they’d been wronged.

Which did Fox News devote more time to? The House hearing on the IRS, of course.

But what’s shocking is how much more time. CNN devoted just about twice as much time to the House hearing than the Senate’s. Fox News devoted 17 times more airtime to a manufactured scandal than it did to an epidemic that’s affecting tens of thousands of soldiers, according to Media Matters.

Amazingly, Fox News host Andrea Tantaros — who recently advised viewers to punch Obama voters — actually attacked MSNBC for covering military sexual assaults too much.

The Invisible War documented the rape crisis that has only gotten worse since its 2010 release.


  1. Dominick Vila June 6, 2013

    It would not surprise me if FOX believes Benghazi was a greater tragedy than 9/11/01 and the dozen terrorist attacks against our diplomatic missions when W was in office. Of course they believe the IR^S “scandal” is worse than the abuse of female soldiers, in fact, they probably believe it is much worse than Iran-Contra, than a Lt. Col. taking a bullet for his Commander in Chief, than financing death squads in El Salvador and Colombia, than invading the miniscule island of Grenada, than invading Iraq on false pretenses and all the other crimes that prevent former Republican leaders from stepping out of the USA for fear of being arrested and charged for crimes against humanity. That is why the Tea Party supporters love FOX so much, it feeds them the blood vampires need to survive and deal with their insecurities and their conscience.

    1. sigrid28 June 6, 2013

      I’ve grown to view the right’s refusal “to be dictated to by fact-checkers” as a rebuke to the capacity to make distinctions altogether. “Importance” is a distinction, after all. Expanding on this premise, Republican lying weakens society in such a way as to make competition of any kind meaningless. Blurring the line between truth and lies makes it impossible to identify a real winner–or loser, for that matter.

      1. charleo1 June 6, 2013

        I agree entirely with both your observations, and conclusions,
        in regards to the harm Fox continues to do to the Country, in
        it’s wholesale distribution of misinformation. Because, the truth
        is vital to the well being of the Nation. Just as false information
        intended to deceive, disenfranchises those citizens who are
        led astray by it. And thus, they cannot participate in that wider
        dialogue, being held in the Country on issues of importance.
        Because, they arrive at the table of conversation, with an
        entirely different set of facts than everyone else. They become
        isolated, and cut off unto themselves. And even as the framers
        of the Constitution, seen freedom of the press as necessary
        for informed public, consent. It is clear they assumed, the
        press, who’s autonomy they guaranteed, would be truthful,
        or be held to account. Unfortunately, at Fox, they lie with
        impunity, and so far, have suffered little, or no loss to their

        1. sigrid28 June 7, 2013

          What you say strikes a chord with me (I agree!), while raising another dilemma. Consider the status of truthfulness at the time of the framing of our constitution. We see as many levels of political discourse as we have today: legal documents, speeches, letters devoted to political discourse (like the Federalist Papers), newspapers, but also a tabloid press that traded in far more flamboyant lying and libelous attacks by political parties than we would countenance today, even on Fox News. It occurs to me that in that era, as well as ours, political controversy often clouded the truth with baseless attacks and insidious lies. Maybe our forebears had a better sense than we do of what was “scandalous” and what was “a truth to be held self-evident.” Perhaps they recognized with more urgency than do we the importance of agreeing that some truths MUST be held to be self-evident–that is, agreed upon as a starting point–if we are ever to get beyond mud slinging and conduct the business of self governance. Their Tea Party knew the difference between protest and anarchy all too well. Ours does not.

          1. charleo1 June 7, 2013

            Sure. You make a good point. Because, in those years
            leading up to the revolt, and the subsequent violence
            that occurred, as the Crown sought to putdown down
            the rebellion by force. The idea, that the colonies should
            break from England, was not universally supported by
            any means. And for some perfectly valid concerns. Not
            the least of which was, protection of the colonies by
            England, from other European powers. So, a parallel
            might be made, using a present day issue, such as
            healthcare, or immigration. However, the issue of the
            colonies, collectively launching a rebellion, was not put
            up for a vote. They just did it. Today the opposition might
            call that, ramming it down the throats, of the Loyalists!
            But, it worked. And history is always written by the victors.
            But, then go back to the issue of healthcare reform, today.
            There could not be more disparity between the Ds and Rs,
            if they were actually looking at two different things. And,
            really the only thing that accounts for that, is where they
            obtained their information about the law. One of the primary
            reasons that repealing healthcare reform has become
            almost a religion on the Right. Is what they have taught
            their base about it. They have literally scared the bejesus
            out of their constituents, who are demanding it’s repeal.
            Afraid for their very lives! So, I definitely blame the GOP,
            for mischaracterizing the law. And media outlets, of which
            Fox is the largest. For misinforming, or lying, if you will,
            about the facts of healthcare reform.

          2. sigrid28 June 7, 2013

            You probably remember that I am the pushy NM poster who wants you to write a book explaining Obamacare to the great unwashed, because of your expertise in helping folks understand these kind of insurance instruments and because of your ability to explain things in a way that entertains readers while removing obstacles to understanding. This is as good a time as any to nudge you in that direction again, though I don’t envy you having to pick through 3000 pages of government jargon to make sure you have the facts right.

            I would add that our Tea Party, wanting to whittle down “big government” except as it intrudes in our bedrooms (for Pete’s sake), has lost touch with the concept of “truths to be held self-evident” as a basis for self-governance. It is a conundrum, their hatred of government while they insist on forcing their views on everyone with whom they disagree. They do not think we should agree with them because they are “right.” By separating what is said from facts, they cannot do that. They just want enforced agreement, whether they are right or not. It is the tyranny and submission model.

            Yet the Constitution that the far-right “feels” (notice I do not use the verb “thinks”) gives them license to act as they do, proposes a different model altogether. The Constitution starts with a shared set of beliefs held “to be self-evident,” i.e. ideas we all agree to, and makes those beliefs the basis for an agreed upon system for self-governance. Our Tea Party just pays lipservice to the Constitution.

          3. charleo1 June 7, 2013

            One of the first things I noticed about the T-Party, was of
            course, the extremism. But also, their very apparent, anti-intellectualism, that was most likely responsible for their extremism. Which I estimated as being, just one notch shy
            of mass hysteria, and all out pandemonium. And, it was
            plain to see that these predominately, middle aged, to, older caucasians, who had supported the McCain, Palin ticket,
            had had their knickers successfully scared right out from
            under their powdered whigs, and tricornered hats, by
            somebody. And, Fox News was guilty, up to their eye balls.
            It was a study, in life imitating art. The art, being the clever
            manipulation of a substantial subset of very frightened
            Americans. Frightened not by terrorism, or external threat.
            But of their own government. Which is not a new idea,
            in the South. But, this was different. It was classic, John
            Birch, conspiracy laced, propaganda. All negative. All
            pessimism. And all couched, and anchored, in the, end of days language of the New Testament, book of Revelations.
            So, in this context, they don’t see the actions of the T-Party
            faction, threatening to create a crisis, if their demands are
            not met, as being outside the bounds of responsible governance. Because they believe desperate times, call
            for desperate measures. And the only circumstance that
            can possibly dissuade them from their opinions, even
            temporarily, at this point. Is the United States not meeting
            with the terrible catastrophe, they have been led to believe,
            is just around the next corner.

    2. demhack June 7, 2013

      How many Americans dies in the US embassy attacks? The sex scandals are predominately MEN on MEN thanks to don’t ask don’t tell.
      Hmm guess Barak and Joe are afraid to step out of the country now thanks to their Libya and Egypt policies that took good allies and turned them into our enemies

      1. Independent1 June 7, 2013

        How many Americans died in Benghazi, unfortunately 4. Why didn’t you ask how many died during Bush Jr’s disasterous 8 years? More than 3,000. Where were the hearings and outrage by the GOP when more than 3,000 Americans died in 14 attacks on our embassies, consulates and even the homeland??? Huh!!! People like you are nothing but biggoted hypocrites!! When are you going to grow up and take responsibility for the political party that you support?? The corrupt GOP that is nothing more than the American Mafia – looking to rob every American but the 1 & 2% of everything they can take!!!

        Or maybe you could of asked how many died during George Bush Sr’s 4 years – 61!!! Yes 61 died in 12 attacks in 4 years!!! How many attacks were there on our overseas offices during Obama’s 4 years?? 2!!! and only one saw fatalities.,

        Or maybe you could have asked how many died during Reagan’s 8 years!! 31!!! including 17 Americans and then 241 American marines died while they slept in their barracks in Lebanaon. And Gee!! I don’t remember the GOP holding hearings during either Bush Sr’s, Bush Jr’s or Reagan’s presidencies to find out why Bush and Reagan didn’t do more to prevent the attacks!! How come????? Because Republicans are nothing but HYPOCRITES OF THE FIRST ORDER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Lynda Groom June 6, 2013

    Fox News thinks? I’m shocked I tell ya!

  3. rustacus21 June 6, 2013

    Well, considering the company they keep, how would this surprise any rational, intelligent, thinking person? Info-tainment is the most insidious of curses of this age & the proof is no more plain than this single stat & it’s (CNN) runner-up…

  4. Daniel Jones June 6, 2013

    I am DEEPLY offended!
    Faux News does not think.
    Don’t imply it does, I beg you.

  5. disqus_ivSI3ByGmh June 7, 2013

    Considering FOX is run by a bunch of misogynists who give lip service to “cute” news readers and female commentators demonstrating permanent PMS, I am not surprised they would rather focus on a manufactured crisis than one that has caused severe problems for our military and the men and women who serve in it.

    1. demhack June 7, 2013

      as opposed to MSNBC that portrayed the sex scandals as men on women when the majority were men on men thanks to don’t ask don’t tell

  6. Paul Dobson June 7, 2013

    Of course they ignored the Military Sex scandal. They could not blame it on the president.

  7. Jim Myers June 7, 2013

    And this surprises you because?

  8. elw June 7, 2013

    A good indication of their respect for women. I guess they still haven’t been able to accept the fact that men have gotten raped as well.

    1. metrognome3830 June 7, 2013

      That’s a rather nebulous comment, elw. Rape is rape, is it not? And I don’t have the exact figures, but I would not hesitate to say that women are raped far more often than men.

      1. sigrid28 June 7, 2013

        As I heard the statistics, more men than women in the military are raped, probably because there are more men in the military than women.

        1. metrognome3830 June 7, 2013

          Very clever, Sigrid. But you know very well that I am talking about overall, not just in the military. What is your interpretation of what elw is trying to say.

          1. sigrid28 June 7, 2013

            The problem is the unwillingness in general to take this issue seriously, not just in our military but worldwide. Right?

          2. metrognome3830 June 7, 2013

            That’s how I feel about it, Sigrid28. Just last week I had an exchange with a guy who is blaming the laws against rape inside marriage for the declining birth rate in Sweden. I hope you never run into him.

          3. sigrid28 June 7, 2013

            Ah, a Swede. The best kind of Norwegian.

        2. elw June 7, 2013

          I am not sure that any of the statistic we have access to about rape in the military are accurate. Since rape is a very under reported crime I would guess the military has a much bigger problem that they would ever admit to.

          1. sigrid28 June 7, 2013

            Reporting rape is a problem worldwide, where the status of women is still inferior to that of men. Period. The military may not handle sexual assaults among its ranks well because women are associated with rapes (even though more men may in fact be raped): in the military as in society as a whole, all things associated with women have inferior status. Fox News reflects this received notion when it downplays the importance of this story, in an effort to remain true to the misogyny that dominates GOP politics, as others have said above in the comment thread.

      2. elw June 7, 2013

        Yes, I agree rape is rape and women are raped far more often than men. I was trying point out, apparently not well, that the GOP tends to think of it as a women’s issue for only.

        1. metrognome3830 June 7, 2013

          OK, that makes it clearer. In fact, I think a certain segment of the GOP tends to think it is not an issue at all.

  9. Lovefacts June 7, 2013

    And we’re surprised by this, why? To date the Republicans have shown no interest in anything related to women, other than controlling our reproductive rights. Take a look at how they view rape. So, why would anyone think they care about sexual assault in the military when they never wanted women in it.

    1. demhack June 7, 2013

      and that MSNBC thinks the sex scandals is MORE important than the IRS scandals that are far more damaging than under Nixon ???

      1. Independent1 June 7, 2013

        What BS!! The IRS “scandal” is GOP manufactured. Why isn’t Fox pointing out that the IRS also targetted other applicants for tax exemptions like a Democrat related group AND that it was only Dem groups whose applicationst ended up being denied and had to pay a penalty and back taxes?? Why isn’t FOX pointing this out????

  10. demhack June 7, 2013

    What’s the basis for the sex scandals….Don’t ask don’t tell has debased the militaries morality

  11. howa4x June 7, 2013

    I’m shocked and appalled. Not really!!, What do you really expect, that they would report the news fairly? Besides more men watch than women, and those women who watch think more like men.

  12. roberto June 8, 2013

    Not surprises here, FOX is the echo of the right wing extremists voiced by Rush, Hannity and The Executioner

  13. Aidian Holder June 9, 2013

    Equating importance with airtime is BS. Doing so using some sort of direct ratio like you did in the headline is trite BS. It suggests you don’t know anything about how TV news works. It also suggests you don’t know anything about how headlines work (in this case the lesson would be: punched up a little is fine, inaccurate or unsupported by the story that follows is not.)

    Besides, I’m pretty sure that in the land of Fox News, the actual ratio is likely much higher than 17:1. If you ever learn the exact ratio, you can tease it in your headline. Until then, using airtime as a proxy is a big fat fail.


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