The Murdoch Party in America shows their true colours (ODT)
After new polling was released showing the overwhelming popularity of raising taxes on millionaires and billionaires, Fox News and Fox Business figures blasted voters as “brainwashed” and ignorant and even claimed that some taxes on the wealthy are “anti-human.”
A Fox News poll released at the end of January showed that a vast majority of registered voters — 70 percent in total — support raising income taxes on families making more than $10 million per year, and 65 percent support raising income taxes on those making more than $1 million per year. A Morning Consult/Politico poll released on Monday showed 61 percent of registered voters favor a wealth tax on households worth more than $50 million. Two other recent polls also found majority support for increasing taxes on the rich. But Fox hosts and guests decried these proposals as “one big giant con” amounting to a “war on the wealthy.”
Murdoch Media Fox News and Alternative Facts (ODT)
During the show, Coulter argued that U.S. soldiers “can shoot invaders,” adding that if they couldn’t shoot them in the United States they could “go one yard into Mexico.” When host Jeanine Pirro pushed back, stating, “Ann, we can’t invade Mexico. … We certainly can’t cross the border to shoot them up over there,” Coulter responded, “Reagan invaded Grenada, and Grenada was far less of a threat to Americans.” She also stated that even if judges would try to prevent Trump from allowing soldiers to shoot at migrants or invade Mexico, “that’s not a reason not to try it.”
To summarize: Coulter called for shooting migrants or invading Mexico, and Fox News thought the best description for those comments was “Coulter urges Trump to follow through on tough border talk.”
Ayman Mohyeldin: “While Fox News spent more than 33 hours discussing the caravan through Election Day, the network didn’t focus on it at all the day after the midterms, and it has spend less than five minutes on the subject the day after that”
The consensus on election night seemed clear: although Democrats regained the House of Representatives for the first time in eight years, no blue wave had materialised.
A week later, the steady trickle of further gains in late results appear to reveal a far more positive picture for the party,
The Democrats have now picked up at least 32 seats in the House and are on course for four more, in addition to flipping seven governorships and eight state legislative chambers.
It means the overall results in the first nationwide election of Donald Trump’s presidency represent the Democrats’ best midterm performance since 1974, a vote which came in the wake of Watergate and Richard Nixon’s resignation.
In a priceless mix-up, “Fox & Friends First” thought it booked Arizona Democratic congressional candidate Ann Kirkpatrick to praise Immigration and Customs Enforcement but ended up with a mysteriously different guest who used a full minute of airtime to trash President Donald Trump’s family separation immigration policy.
“Yeah, okay, who is this?” host Rob Schmitt asked before abruptly ending the Monday interview. “That didn’t go as planned.”
The woman who crashed the segment was Barbara L’Italien, a Massachusetts Democratic state senator and also a congressional candidate. Even though L’Italien identified herself twice during the interview, Kirkpatrick’s name appeared on the TV screen the entire time and the hosts referred to her as Kirkpatrick.
How on earth did this happen?
When your as dumb as Trump who cares about truth your making Billions for Murdoch. Will Fox and News Corp merge? What does that mean for SKY and Foxtel and Murdoch’s Aussie holdings? (ODT)
Fox News on Thursday falsely suggested that the entire U.S. defense budget is paid to NATO.
In an on-screen graphic titled “U.S. Contributions To NATO in 2018,” Fox News claimed that $706.1 billion was paid to the military alliance.
In fact, $706.1 billion represents the entire defense budget, which is the largest in U.S. history.
‘Fox’ will be home to Fox News, the 24-hour cable news channel, which for better or worse, (mostly worse) has had a bigger impact on the world than anything else the Murdochs have done.
Fox News has dominated conservative politics in the US for the better part of the past two decades. It’s also widly profitable.
The new Fox (which also will house the Fox Business and Fox Sports cable channels, plus the Fox free to air broadcast network in the US) is expected to spit out $US10 billion in annual revenue, and $US2.8 billion in earnings (before interest, tax, depreciation, and amortisation).
But almost all of those earnings, or $US2 billion of them, according to Credit Suisse, will come from Fox News.
Fox aired the rally for an hour and 14 minutes, bringing the network’s total airtime given to Trump rallies to 7 hours and 47 minutes since April 28. According to iQ media, a media monitoring service, the advertising value of Trump’s Montana rally was $1,902,542.65. Since April 28, Fox News has gifted Trump $15,174,430.00 in free advertising by airing his rallies.
Over the past two months, Fox News has aired all six of President Donald Trump’s rallies live and almost entirely uninterrupted, essentially giving the president $13 million worth of free advertising.
Murdoch’s world Remember when Chris Kenny wrote in The Australian that the Asylum seekers on Nauru were lucky to be in such a wonderful holiday resort. (ODT)
Fox host Pete Hegseth suggested that the immigrant children being ripped from their parents are getting better than they deserve in detention with “school and soccer and video games and three squares and two snacks and plenty of sleep.”
On Fox & Friends this morning, Hegseth defended the Trump administration policy of taking immigrant children away from their parents by hinting they deserved the fate.
Editor’s note (Karoli):
This morning we learned there are nearly 12,000 kids in these camps, not 2,000, though some of them appear to be children who came as unaccompanied minors.
TRUMP: A percentage of the legal work, a tiny, tiny fraction, but Michael would represent me, and represent me on some things. He represents me with this crazy Stormy Daniels deal. He represented me and, you know, from what I see, he did absolutely nothing wrong. There were no campaign funds.
Wilson’s is the latest of multiple lawsuits alleging either discrimination or harassment at the hands of Fox News or Fox Business personalities. In 2016, the network infamously lost its founder, Roger Ailes, after former Fox host Gretchen Carlson sued him for sexual harassment, prompting many more women to come forward with their stories. The following year, Fox fired its biggest star, Bill O’Reilly, after reporting revealed he paid $32 million in hush money for a previously unreported harassment report, which was “at least the sixth agreement” that O’Reilly or Fox entered into to silence his accusers. Other Fox employees have been reported as having committed sexual harassment, assault, and rape. And Fox itself is also facing a lawsuit from a former employee who says she was terminated in retaliation for getting pregnant.
Government By Media: Trump’s pardon is because “what I’ve heard Libby was a nice guy”
In the past year, Fox hosts, contributors, and guests have repeatedly compared special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into possible collusion of the Trump campaign with Russia with Libby’s case and subsequent conviction. Libby was convicted of four felonies including for obstruction of justice and lying to the FBI during an investigation into who leaked the identity of covert CIA operative Valerie Plame to journalists.
When Donald Trump started fear mongering in tweets and speeches of a horde of illegal immigrants raping and pillaging their way to the US/Mexico border, insisting that we need to deploy the military to protect us, many of us–including those who work deeply in the immigration debate–had no idea what he was talking about.
They needed only to look at Fox & Friends, where the story was featured heavily but without respect to facts.
The truth is significantly more benign and would actually tug at whatever shriveled little heartstrings are left in a Fox News viewer.
But in TrumpAmerica (gilt signage pending), truth isn’t what’s important. As Brian Stelter worries, it’s the fact-free Fox News reporting that’s dictating policy:
On March 28, Fox News host Laura Ingraham tweeted a link to a Daily Wire article pointing out that Parkland survivor David Hogg was rejected by several colleges and accused him of whining about it. Ingraham’s attack on the teenage mass-shooting survivor is far from a shocking development given her and her Fox News colleagues’ repeated slandering of the shooting victims.
Murdoch’s senior staff revive memories of Hitler
Fox News’ John Moody, who serves as the network’s executive vice president and an executive editor, criticized the diversity of Team USA in an op-ed a day before the 2018 Winter Olympics were scheduled to open in PyeongChang, South Korea.
Moody suggested without basis that the focus on diversity may cost Team USA medals, and speculated that athletes were given spots on the team that they didn’t earn during their trials, because of their race. From Moody’s op-ed:
Varney’s exhortations of “the Trump stock market rally” are misleading, as they fail to acknowledge that the growth continues the more than six years of steady stock market growth under Obama. From March 6, 2009, to November 7, 2016, the Dow Jones climbed about 11,632 points — almost a 157 percent increase.
“Radio was Hannity’s tutor,” where “hyperpoliticized” figures influenced his style
No News of this kind is Murdoch’s investment in Republican political advertising .
Hannity and now the rest of Fox evening programming are on a mission to discredit the Russia probe. Here’s how they’re doing it.
During the 11 a.m. hour of news shows on CNN and MSNBC, hosts highlighted President Donald Trump’s selective outrage about recent reports of sexual assault by politicians amid long-standing accusations against him. Meanwhile, Fox News used the same hour to defend Trump’s failure to comment on accusations against Republican Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, despite the president’s statements about Sen. Al Franken (D-MN), who is also facing a report of sexual harassment.
Keurig could not have anticipated the firestorm it created Saturday when it instructed Fox News to pull its ads from airing on Sean Hannity’s program. The coffeemaker company informed Media Matters president Angelo Carusone that it made the move following Hannity’s defense of U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore, who was accused last week of improper sexual conduct with a 14-year-old girl when he was 32.
Fox News’ ad revenue nose-dives, declining a whopping 17 percent
Next week, Ingraham, 53, will take over one of the most coveted slots on cable television: 10 pm on Rupert Murdoch’s conservative Fox News. At the event for Ward, she served up some of her high-dudgeon populism to a Hilton hotel ballroom filled with several hundred fans, denouncing the “Democrat-media complex” before launching into an acidic attack on Flake, a critic of Trump.
During a panel discussion about O’Reilly’s reported $32 million sexual harassment lawsuit, Zurawik reflected on the fact that Fox News chose to renew the host’s contract even though executives were aware of the litigation.
“This speaks to the larger question of Fox News,” Zurawik said. “This doesn’t change Fox News. Twenty years of a culture that Roger Ailes established and that continued takes more than firing just the head of it. And now we see how deep-seated it is.”
Just in time to help Donald Trump, Fox News has come up with an article claiming, “Iran’s nuclear program is far from halted.”
VIDEO: How Fox News is mainstreaming white supremacists and neo-Nazis
Right-wing hosts like Sean Hannity get paid to pitch guns as a way to “survive a mass shooting”
It’s time for Sean Hannity to go
Source: It’s time for Sean Hannity to go
In its hyperfocus on Noor’s nationality, Fox News served to validate the racism, xenophobia, and debunked associations between immigration and crime espoused by pro-Trump fake news purveyors, conspiracy theorists, white nationalists, and notorious Islamophobes alike. Noor’s background is only as relevant as it is in any officer-involved shooting, and if it’s being touted as more than that, we should be asking why.
Sean Hannity: “A soft coup is underway” against Trump with “sinister forces quickly aligning”
Tucker Carlson says its unfair to call the Portland attacker a white supremacist
Fox & Friends attempts to smear anti-bullying efforts, claims anti-Muslim bullying isn’t happening
Jon Klein, the former head of CNN’s U.S. division, argues in The Washington Post that the Internet didn’t divide the American media into warring tribal fiefdoms — it was Roger Ailes: