Murdoch continues to provide human garbage with a platform to spread his filth
Trump said, “We have hundreds of thousands of people coming in from Haiti.” That’s a lie. He continued, “Haiti has a tremendous AIDS problem. AIDS is a step beyond. AIDS is a real bad problem. So hundreds of thousands of people are coming into our country and if you look at the stats, you look at the numbers. Just take a look what’s happening in Haiti. A tremendous problem with AIDS.” What stats and numbers is he quoting? The Russian Trump Tower memos? Does Trump believe a person catches AIDS from a handshake or a cough? “Many of those people probably will have AIDS, and they’re coming into our country, and we don’t do anything about it. We let everybody come in. Sean, it’s like in a death wish. It’s like a death wish for our country!” What a garbage human being Donald Traitor Trump is.
Hannity immediately changed the subject.
Source: Trump Racist Rant: Haitian Migrants Are Bringing AIDS To Infect Us | Crooks and Liars
And, hey, he didn’t even mention that Tuckums is almost surely vaccinated but too chicken to admit even that!
Source: If Tucker Carlson Really Hates Vaccine Mandates Why Hasn’t He Quit Fox? | Crooks and Liars
This is a fire-breathing dragon that took a dump and continues to do so on America. It has given birth to even worse ones doing the same. It will continue to give birth to the worst of the worst until finally REAL news will look SENSATIONAL
Instead, let’s simply pause for a moment and marvel at the spectacular impact a quarter of a century’s worth of Fox News has had on American life itself. Whether a person watches the channel or never tunes in does not matter. In some way, Fox News has made your life remarkably crappier.Looking Back, Anniversary,
Source: Fox News: 25 years of making everyone’s lives progressively crappier | Salon.com
The Fox correspondent claimed to have reached out to the FAA for clarification on the reason for the flight restriction. However, the FAA directly contradicted Fox News’ story. An FAA spokesperson told Media Matters, “FOX News never reached out to the FAA’s press office yesterday at any point. The first contact between FOX News and the FAA was after the FAA press office saw the report. A statement was sent about an hour after the report aired.” Nevertheless, Fox immediately began weaving a conspiracy theory that the FAA is “trying to keep Fox News from covering what is happening” at the Texas bridge:
Source: FAA contradicts Fox News’ claims of censorship over coverage at a Texas bridge | Media Matters for America
Now all their hosts have to quit in protest, right? Right?
Source: Fox News Has A Very Strict Vaccine Mandate | Crooks and Liars
Since Fox News and almost every other right-wing media outlet has been supporting anti-vax and anti-mask creeps during his administration so far, Biden deftly called out what their hosts and guests refuse to say on-air.
Source: Biden: ‘Even Fox News’ Requires Vaccinations | Crooks and Liars
As thousands flee an unfolding humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan, right-wing media have begun fearmongering about Afghan refugees seeking asylum in the United States. ( Australia’s PM Scott Morrison echoes the same “we can’t let anyone on our planes.”)
Source: As U.S. war in Afghanistan ends, right-wing media pivot to attacking refugees | Media Matters for America
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.
Source: Progressive pundit launches campaign against Fox News: “Something more needed to be done” | Salon.com
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???
Source: Hypocrites At Fox News Implement Vaccine Passport For Employees | Crooks and Liars
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:
Source: At Fox, the call for vaccine passports was coming from inside the house | Media Matters for America
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.
Source: Fox is wary of Tucker Carlson’s NSA claims. That’s probably because he’s a huge liar. | Media Matters for America
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.
Source: Fox hosts Larry Kudlow and Tomi Lahren are scheduled to do GOP fundraisers despite supposed network policy | Media Matters for America
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.
Source: Why Is Tucker Carlson Still On The Air? | Crooks and Liars
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.
Source: Billionaire Tycoons Are Turning French Radio Into a Copy of Fox News
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.”
Source: Sean Hannity fires opening salvo in Fox News civil war over Tucker Carlson’s “gutless” gossiping | Salon.com
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.”
Source: Tucker Carlson and the rest of Fox News are attacking Gen. Mark Milley for opposing racism | Media Matters for America
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.
Source: Hannity Bashes ‘Media,’ But He’s Clearly Talking About Fox | Crooks and 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.
Source: The mythologizing of Jan. 6: From Fox News’ whining to Ashli Babbitt’s “martyrdom” | Salon.com
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.
Source: Tucker Carlson has full control over Fox and its stranglehold on the Republican Party | Media Matters for America
Only in America
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.
Source: Fox News caught trying to pass off GOP operatives as parents “concerned” about critical race theory | Salon.com
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.
Source: The Dangerous American Fascist: Why Fox News Claims ‘They’ Are Destroying ‘White Culture’ | The Smirking Chimp
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.”
Source: Fox News’ fearmongering about critical race theory is all about the midterm campaigns — and now the network is admitting it | Media Matters for America
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
Source: Fox News Horrified Over Kamala Harris Handshake | Crooks and Liars
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
Source: Fox News uses Colonial Pipeline attack to push for more pipelines — and war | Media Matters for America
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.
Source: In 2021, Fox News is still spreading dangerous climate denial | Media Matters for America
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.
Source: Fox News’ pitch to advertisers was as dishonest as its programming | Media Matters for America
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.”
Source: Tucker Carlson Uses Unverified Vaccine Reporting System To Scare Viewers | Crooks and Liars
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.
Source: “Foxmania”: Capitol attackers are blaming Fox News in court for their radicalization | Salon.com
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,
Source: Our Divisions Are Worse Than You Think | Washington Monthly
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.
Source: Right-wing Lies like Biden’s Beef Ban and Kamala’s Book Spread Too Fast for Corrections to Counter | The Smirking Chimp
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.
Source: Fox’s “War on Earth Day” | Media Matters for America
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.
Source: Friday News Dump: Fox Is Still Trying To Kill Their Viewers, And Other News | Crooks and Liars
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.
Source: ADL Demands Fox Fire Tucker After Anti-Semitic Rant | Crooks and Liars