Carlson, meanwhile, has refused to reveal whether he himself has been vaccinated, despite his on-air rhetoric. This week, CNN found that Fox Corporation – Fox News’ parent organization – has quietly implemented its own version of a “vaccine passport.” Fox has reportedly “developed a secure, voluntary way for employees to self-attest their vaccination status,” according to employee emails obtained by CNN business. The company has apparently encouraged its employees to self-attest in an effort to “assist the company with space planning and contact tracing.
According to CNN, Fox’s email to employees said, “providing this information to FOX will assist the company with space planning and contact tracing.” Not only that, the process has been given the name “Fox Clear Pass,” and provides the following incentive for complying: “You no longer are required to complete your daily health screening through WorkCare/WorkMatters.” Waitaminute, that’s not a…not…a VACCINE PASSPORT, IS IT???
If you watch Fox’s coverage of the vaccine rollout over the last six months, there is one thing you know for certain: Fox hosts and personalities do not want businesses to require proof of vaccination, colloquially known as vaccine passports. But now we have learned that Fox itself requires a vaccine passport, called a “Fox Clear Pass.” Ryan Grim reported it on Monday morning, and Oliver Darcy further reported:
Carlson’s colleagues and bosses don’t seem to buy his NSA claims. No other Fox News or Fox Business program had mentioned his allegations since he first offered them last Monday, even as Carlson returned to the topic the following three nights. That is significant because Carlson is the face of the network and his program’s “reporting” often becomes grist for shows up and down the Fox lineup. Meanwhile, reporters asking Fox to comment on Carlson’s claims have come up empty. That silence is particularly extraordinary given that Carlson is alleging that the Biden administration is illegally targeting the network’s employee in order to destroy its 8 p.m. broadcast. If the Fox brass believed that was happening, they’d presumably shout it from the rooftops.
Fox hosts Larry Kudlow and Tomi Lahren are scheduled to participate in Republican Party fundraisers in the coming weeks. The two network employees are doing campaign events even though Fox claims it has a policy against such practices.
For dozens (hundreds?) of advertisers and would-be Fox advertisers, that choice over the years has been a no-brainer. Corporate America spends untold billions each year cultivating brand value and has no interest flushing that away via some hot-headed basic cable host. Bye-bye Disney, Lexus, T-Mobile etc. They all have dropped Carlson. He’s Madison Ave. poison. So why does he still have a show? What’s now protecting Carlson, aside from the support he gets from Murdoch’s powerful son, Lachlan, who has publicly defended the host’s white supremacy programming, are cable fees. Billions of dollars in cable fees. The network earns more annually in fees from cable operators, such as Comcast and Verizon, that pay to carry Fox News content, than the network earns from advertising.
For decades, Europe 1 has been one of France’s most respected radio networks — but under pressure from its new billionaire owners, it’s being merged into the Fox-style CNEWS. Last week, journalists took strike action, trying to stop a French broadcasting icon from becoming yet another far-right echo chamber.
A civil war within the Fox News ranks broke out on Thursday evening, with host Sean Hannity melting down on-camera over reports fellow primetime star Tucker Carlson has spent years dishing to other media outlets about internal goings-on at the network. The drama started with a muckraking column from New York Times media columnist Ben Smith, outlining the ways Carlson has served as an important source for a wide variety of outlets that he’s spent years railing against publicly. “Tucker Carlson Calls Journalists ‘Animals'” the article’s headline reads. “He’s Also Their Best Source.”
On Thursday night, Fox News prime-time host and leading network voice Tucker Carlson delivered a tirade against Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley, following the general’s comments to the House Armed Services Committee on Wednesday on the importance of understanding the historical and ongoing issues of racism in America, as well as the “white rage” that led to the January 6 attack on the Capitol by supporters of former President Donald Trump. “Mark Milley is the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He didn’t get that job because he’s brilliant or because he’s brave or because the people who know him respect him. He is not, and they definitely don’t,” Carlson said, going on to describe Milley as “obsequious,” a “pig,” and “stupid.”
In an effort to outdo Tucker Carlson
Fox News’ Sean Hannity has been on a rage-filled jag of late (more than usual) about the New York Times, and Tuesday evening he hit the jackpot of Crazytown. Hannity did a sort of conservative stand-up comedy routine last night, which on one hand sounded like he was correctly criticizing himself and Fox News as lying liars.
From spinning conspiracy theories as “forbidden knowledge” to painting the insurrectionists as martyrs instead of villains, the right has clearly settled on a playing-the-victim strategy in order to rewrite the history of January 6.
So what does it mean that the most influential voice in Republican politics trafficks in white nationalism, conspiracy theories, and outright falsehoods while at the same time wielding the power to shape public and legislative opinion? The GOP now largely has to deal with issues on Fox’s terms, and Carlson’s bad-faith hysterics over critical race theory, transgender people, the coronavirus pandemic, Black Lives Matter, anti-fascism, immigration, and myriad other issues have created a climate in which legislative priorities do not match the tangible needs of the American people. Instead, conservative politics has been consumed by a feverish race to the far-right on issues that appear in Fox News’ prime time — with Tucker Carlson setting the agenda and enforcing the new party orthodoxy.
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Fox News failed to disclose to their audience that nearly a dozen guests billed as parents panicked by what they misleadingly label critical race theory being taught to their young children in school are also professional Republican operatives, according to a newly released report. The liberal media watchdog organization Media Matters for America details how Fox News has repeatedly failed to mention that their guests, who included right-wing media personalities, GOP strategists and conservative think tank staffers, were far from apolitical despite billing them as your average outraged parent.
I’m struggling to explain why a Fox News host would say to the American people, “they’re trying to take down the white culture!” But first, let me back up.
Right-wing media and Republican politicians have been railing against the teaching of critical race theory — a broad academic discipline that seeks to explore how the history of racism in America still has an effect on modern life and society — and attempting to depict this simple concept as an imminent threat to the country, and an insidious effort to “warp the minds of American children” and make them feel guilty for “being born white.”
Rowan Dean gets attention from Head Office America for his ability to micro-criticize the shit out of the slightest thing. Fox plays it up in Slow-Mo
A ransomware attack on a major oil pipeline has Fox News personalities demanding more pipelines, making ignorant attacks on Joe Biden, blaming excessive spending, and preparing for war
On a near-daily basis, Fox News hosts, anchors, and guests spew misinformation and false narratives aimed at tanking efforts to address the climate crisis. These tactics to delay climate action or downplay the seriousness of our warming planet have often been referred to as the new climate denial — since the actual denial of the scientific consensus that climate change is happening has mostly been pushed to the fringes of both politics and the traditional media landscape.
Per reports in Adweek, Variety, and AdAge, Fox News made a presentation to advertisers on May 11 that was as dishonest as anything you’ll find on Fox News. Let’s go through some reasons why.
Tucker Carlson once again proves he’s one of the most irresponsible people polluting our airwaves. As John noted here, Carlson hasn’t revealed his own vaccination status, but he sure is doing everything he can to make sure his viewers are scared to death of the coronavirus vaccines, and that we never get to herd immunity with all of the Republican, Fox-watching anti-vaxxers out there. Here he is on this Thursday’s show, using the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System, or VAERS, which, as Matthew Chapman at Raw Story explained, “is not actually a database of vaccine injuries; it’s only a list of medical events reported as happening after a vaccine was administered, with no verification that the vaccine caused the event or even that the event was real.”
Huffington Post’s Ryan Reilly cited the attorney claiming “Foxitus” and “Foxmania,” saying that his client was radicalized to attack the U.S. Capitol after watching Fox News for six months. He then started “believing what was being fed to him” by the conservative network and President Donald Trump.
Fox is obsessed with the “crisis” at the border and Black Lives Matter demonstrators. Never mind that BLM protests and other urban demonstrations over the past three years have been overwhelmingly peaceful, which is a little fact that Fox somehow fails to share. Analyzing over 7,000 protests between 2017 and 2020, researchers at Harvard University and the University of Connecticut found that 3.7 percent of the demonstrations—that is, fewer than 1 in 25—involved property damage or vandalism. Protesters or bystanders were injured in 1.6 percent of the protests, or less than 1 in 50. Yet Fox makes you think that the exceptions are the rule, by recycling video of demonstrators burning police cars and looting stores. Did that mayhem occur? Of course, and we should all condemn it. But it’s pure demagoguery to replay the same violent clips, when the vast majority of protests looked nothing like that. Similarly, Fox is rife with stories of undocumented immigrants from Latin America who commit crimes. And, yes, that happens as well. But immigration has declined overall, and not just because of Trump’s wall. According to the first results of the 2020 census, which were released on Monday,
Never apologize is Murdoch’s Motto unless they want to take your licence away
Over the weekend, two sensational fake stories — a Fox Business Network segment about President Joe Biden’s supposed plans to impose strict beef rations on Americans and a New York Post news article claiming Vice President Kamala Harris’s book was being distributed to migrant children in shelters — spread rapidly through right wing social media after being injected into the bloodstream by outlets owned by Rupert Murdoch and his family. Both stories were eventually corrected — Fox on air, and the Post in two separate, corrected articles — after being debunked by fact-checkers. In both cases, however, it’s highly unlikely that corrections will ever penetrate the consciousness of the average person who shared straight-faced posts referencing these fake stories on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or the other social media sites. On the contrary, you’ll probably be hearing right wing relatives griping about Harris using her book to indoctrinate migrant children and “jokes” about Biden’s burgers for years to come.
Fox attacks any effort to act on the climate crisis
Coverage across Fox programming on and around Earth Day was rife with climate deniers pushing climate misformation and bad-faith arguments against efforts to decarbonize our economy and work collectively with world leaders to address the global climate crisis. The vast majority of coverage specifically focused on Biden’s summit — which involved 40 world leaders and aimed at discussing stronger climate action — was centered not on the need for climate action or good-faith critiques about how to achieve Biden’s ambitious goal to reduce U.S. carbon emissions by 50% by 2030. Instead, it focused on the well-worn myths that climate action will hurt the U.S. economy and its workers.
Tucker and the rest of the Fox minions are working very, very hard to spread conspiracy theories and persuade their viewers not to get a vaccine — while denying what they’re doing.
When Nazis marched in Charlottesville in 2017, they chanted “You will not replace us!” and, somewhat more clarifying, “Jews will not replace us!” The terrorist who gunned down 51 people in Christchurch, New Zealand, used this slogan (“The Great Replacement”) in his manifesto. Last night, Tucker Carlson appeared on a prime-time Fox News show to defend this theory, not only in substance but also by name.
“Replacement theory” imagines that an elite cabal, frequently described as Jewish, is plotting to “replace” the native white population with non-white immigrants, who will pollute and destroy the white Christian culture.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) answered questions about the border and voting rights on Sunday by repeatedly accusing Democrats of enabling child rape. Cruz made the remarks on Fox News after host Maria Bartiromo asked him about his recent trip to the U.S-Mexico border to highlight the seasonal surge in migrants.Ted Cruz Rails Against Voting Rights Bill | Crooks and Liars
Fox News is the latest and most prominent defendant in a string of defamation lawsuits by Dominion Voting Systems over false claims made about them in connection with the 2020 election.Dominion Sues Fox News Over Election Claims | PEOPLE.com
“Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity, and Laura Ingraham completely ignored what happened in Boulder today,” tweeted former Republican Congressman Joe Walsh.Fox News did not cover Boulder presser during primetime after 7th mass shooting in 7 days in the US | Salon.com
On March 16, eight people, including six Asian women, were shot and killed by a gunman who embarked on a shooting spree through three Atlanta spas. Despite evidence that the gunman targeted Asian businesses, Tucker Carlson skipped over any attempt to inform the public of the events that took place or to memorialize the victims, instead diving straight into attacking anyone discussing the potential role of race in the attacks as divisive.Tucker Carlson shifts blame from white supremacists to Black people for rise in violence against Asian Americans | Media Matters for America
NYU’s Democracy Program director explains the importance of passing H.R. 1 in the face of a relentless assault on voting rights by Republican state legislatures. On the eve of the passage of the For the People Act, Wendy Weiser, the director of the Democracy Program at the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU’s law school, told The New York Times, “Voting rights in America are under significant attack, more than they have been in decades — an attack through racially targeted efforts to restrict access to voting.” She also explained:Fox News absurdly claims it is unconstitutional for Congress to protect the right to vote | Media Matters for America
Fox had to cover Biden’s first prime time address after b**tching for days about no presser. So they lined up “pundits” to pan the speech afterwards. Fox News has given up having anything to do with news.Fox News Liars Call Biden ‘Senile’ After Speech | Crooks and Liars
If you want to stop the Fox host, focus on the money behind himBlame the Murdochs for Tucker Carlson | Media Matters for America
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Former white supremacist skinhead gang member Frank Meeink who now lectures against the movement discussed what’s driving the radicalization we’re seeing on the right with CNN’s Pamela Brown. None of this will come as any surprise to anyone who has been monitoring the hate speech and right-wing propaganda being pushed by Fox “news” day in and day out, or to anyone who has lost a loved one that’s been sucked in by their garbage.Former Neo-Nazi Recruiter: Fox News Driving Radicalization In America | Crooks and Liars
Fox News host Tucker Carlson has spent years telling his audience that white supremacists do not pose a serious threat to the public. Even as Americans motivated by racist ideologies committed acts of domestic terror — including the January 6 sacking of the U.S. Capitol — he was quick to scoff, arguing that Democrats and the press were exaggerating the threat for political gain. So after FBI Director Christopher Wray told Congress the exact opposite on Tuesday, Carlson was left with three choices — admit that he was wrong, lie about what happened, or ignore it. He chose the latter path, preferring to devote his show to issues he apparently considered more pressing, like the purported cancellation of Dr. Seuss.The FBI director dismantled Tucker Carlson’s lie that white supremacists aren’t a threat — so Carlson ignored him | Media Matters for America
One of the most dishonest Trump flacks joins the so-called “news” network that underwrote her liesKayleigh McEnany, who “lies the way that most people breathe,” joins Fox News | Media Matters for America
57% of the electorate thinks the government doesn’t spend enough on anti-poverty initiatives, while 56% want to see more investment in education and healthcare.Majority of US Voters Want Government to Invest More in Healthcare, Education, and Fighting Poverty: Poll | Common Dreams News
Fox News host Tucker Carlson insisted again Monday night: “There is no evidence that white supremacists are responsible for what happened on January 6, that’s a lie” — and furthermore, that the attack on the Capitol was not an “armed insurrection,” either.Tucker Carlson falsely says there is “no evidence that white supremacists are responsible” for January 6. Capitol Police keep disproving him. | Media Matters for America
But the network’s coverage Monday night alone puts the lie to Fox’s claim to being a credible source for information about the pandemic.Fox prime time marks the 500,000th U.S. pandemic death with the same lies that helped get us there | Media Matters for America
They are among the right-wing figures behind the latest right-wing media lie that wind energy is the main culprit for Texas’ blackoutsWhat do The Wall Street Journal, Tucker Carlson, Rep. Lauren Boebert, Steve Bannon, and an online troll called “Catturd” all have in common? | Media Matters for America
Republicans failed to ensure that the Texas power grid could withstand a cold snap, so the party’s broadcast arm recycled lies about wind energy to deflect blame on to Democrats. Robert MackeyRobert Mackey February 17 2021, 6:50 p.m.Fox News Recycles Lies About Wind Turbines in Texas
Smartmatic voter tech company filed a 285-page, $2.7 billion defamation lawsuit against Fox News, Lou Dobbs, Maria Bartiromo, Jeanine Pirro, Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell. Mind you, this is not the first lawsuit against some of these folks. Dominion is already suing Sidney Powell for $1.3 billion. Rudy Giuliani is also being sued by Dominion for $1.3 billion. Well, now it looks like many other are getting caught up in the net and it is not going to go well for them.More Voting Machine Lawsuits Against Fox News! | Crooks and Liars
The complaint also alleges that Fox hosts Dobbs, Maria Bartiromo and Jeanine Pirro also directly benefited from their involvement in the conspiracy. The lawsuit alleges that Fox went along with the “well-orchestrated dance” due to pressure from newcomer outlets such as Newsmax and One America News, which were stealing away conservative, pro-Trump viewers. Fox News Media, in a statement on behalf of the network and its hosts, rejected the accusations. It said it is proud of its election coverage and would defend itself against the “meritless” lawsuit in court. Fox “is committed to providing the full context of every story with in-depth reporting and clear opinion,” the company said in a written statement. Giuliani and Powell did not immediately respond to requests for comment.Fox News, Fox hosts, Giuliani and Powell named in $US2.7 billion libel suit by Smartmatic voting company
Couy Griffin is an anti-immigrant bigot who has pushed xenophobic claims on FoxTrump fanatic who is charged with participation in January 6 insurrection made several Fox News appearances in 2019 | Media Matters for America