Tag: Fox News

Fox claims it “does not condone any talent participating in campaign events.” That’s a brazen lie.

Murdoch Media is a PR firm masquerading as News (ODT)

In response to controversy over Fox News hosts Sean Hannity and Jeanine Pirro campaigning with President Donald Trump, the network claimed that it “does not condone any talent participating in campaign events. … This was an unfortunate distraction and has been addressed.”

Fox’s statement is a lie.

Sean Hannity has previously participated in campaign events this year

via Fox claims it “does not condone any talent participating in campaign events.” That’s a brazen lie.

Critics accuse Fox of allowing language that fuels antisemitism | Media | The Guardian

Fox Business Network condemned comments by a guest on host Lou Dobbs’ show that critics saw as an antisemitic trope.

Fox Business Network condemned comments by a guest on host Lou Dobbs’s show that critics saw as an antisemitic trope.

Chris Farrell of the conservative group Judicial Watch said in an appearance on Lou Dobbs Tonight that the caravan of Central American migrants seeking to reach the United States is organized by groups whose affiliates “are getting money from the Soros-occupied state department”.

Soros is a financier and liberal donor and activist who is frequently the target of antisemitic vitriol. Last week, a pipe bomb was found in his mailbox, allegedly sent by a Florida man who promoted rightwing conspiracy theories about Soros.

The Dobbs segment originally aired on Thursday, but drew notice after it was rebroadcast Saturday, after the deadliest antisemitic attack in US history killed 11 people at a Pittsburgh synagogue.

Critics likened Farrell’s language to the term “Zionist-occupied government,” a trope used in white nationalist circles to suggest the US government is controlled by Jews.

via Critics accuse Fox of allowing language that fuels antisemitism | Media | The Guardian

The socialists are coming! White House sounds alarm at rise of the left | US news | The Guardian

On the 200th anniversary of Karl Marx’s birth, the report breathlessly notes, ‘Detailed policy proposals from self-declared socialists are gaining support in Congress and among much of the electorate.’

History repeats itself, observed Karl Marx, the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce.

In the 1950s the “red scare” warned of communists sympathetic to the Soviet Union lurking around every corner of the US. On Tuesday, the White House was back at it, this time raising the spectre of Marx, Bernie Sanders and working mothers in Sweden.

A pre-election report from the White House Council of Economic Advisers sounds the alarm: “Coincident with the 200th anniversary of Karl Marx’s birth [May 1818], socialism is making a comeback in American political discourse. Detailed policy proposals from self-declared socialists are gaining support in Congress and among much of the electorate.”
The paper also just happens to be “coincident” with the 2018 midterm elections. It does not take a wild leap of imagination to foresee a feedback loop in which the Fox News host Sean Hannity cites the study as evidence of socialism posing an existential threat, after which Donald Trump talks and tweets about the issue.
Entitled Opportunity Costs of Socialism, the report struck many observers as an attempt by Republicans to neutralise what could be the winning issue for Democrats – healthcare – cloaked in academese about Das Kapital and the follies of “Maoist China, Cuba, and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR)”.

via The socialists are coming! White House sounds alarm at rise of the left | US news | The Guardian

Trump Furious About Fox News’ Decision Not To Air His Rally Live | Crooks and Liars

A White House spokesperson this week promised to “look into” a Fox News decision to cease broadcasting of Trump campaign rallies in full.

According to The Daily Beast, the White House is concerned about losing a key platform just before the midterms. Instead of airing the rallies in their entirety, the network has taken to showing abbreviated clips of the events.

Rallies in recent days have drawn significantly lower ratings, Politico reported. In some cases, Trump rallies have fewer viewers than regular Fox News programming.

A senior White House official reportedly said that White House Communication Director Bill Shine, a former Fox News executive, was expected to be in talks with the network about the decision to nix live Trump rallies.

The officials said that Shine would “look into that.”

via Trump Furious About Fox News’ Decision Not To Air His Rally Live | Crooks and Liars

White House Waives Rule To Allow Bill Shine To Meet With Fox News | Crooks and Liars

White House Waives Rule To Allow Bill Shine To Meet With Fox News

In a move that signals even more cooperation collusion between Fox News and Trump, the White House counsel has granted a waiver for the “public interest” that allows Bill Shine, WH Communications Director and former Fox News executive to skirt the law and meet with Fox News. (Emphasis added.)

The Administration has an interest in you interacting with Covered Organizations such as Fox News,” wrote White House counsel Don McGahn in a July 13 memo (PDF) granting an ethics waiver to Shine, a former Fox executive. “[T]he need for your services outweighs the concern that a reasonable person may question the integrity of the White House Office’s programs and operations.”

Larry Kudlow, the White House’s top economic advisor, was also granted a waiver for his old stomping ground at CNBC.

Shine’s involvement with the sexual abuse scandals that rocked the network must have been good for his resume before Trump hired him.

How does the public interest come into this mess since Fox News routinely buries real news stories that are negative for the Trump administration and his surrogates in Congress and uses mostly TV hosts that not only embrace the Trump administration but fight over his affections.

via White House Waives Rule To Allow Bill Shine To Meet With Fox News | Crooks and Liars

Trump TV? Russians Broadcast That Fox News Is ‘Run By’ Trump | Crooks and Liars

It’s reasonable given Fox was the only media chosen to travel with Trump

This was a shocking revelation by Russian State media:

Stephanie Ruhle pointed out this morning that the Kremlin translation of Putin called Fox News “the network run by the president.”

This in addition to former Fox exec Bill Shine working for the White House and current Fox host Sean Hannity working for Trump.

It’s an utterly incestuous relationship.

via Trump TV? Russians Broadcast That Fox News Is ‘Run By’ Trump | Crooks and Liars

‘Sickening’: Bill Shine Goes From Covering Up Sexual Harassment at Fox News to Trump’s White House

Trump a President who has never left the Locker Room (ODT)

While President Donald Trump’s appointment of former Fox News executive Bill Shine to a top communications role was unsurprising to critics, many denounced the selection as the latest signal that the president holds contempt for the concerns of women.

via ‘Sickening’: Bill Shine Goes From Covering Up Sexual Harassment at Fox News to Trump’s White House

Everything right-wing media tried to blame for the Trump administration’s family separation policy

As President Donald Trump’s administration implemented a new “zero tolerance” prosecution policy at the border that led to unprecedented and systematic separation of immigrant families and locking kids in cages, right-wing media flailed around trying to blame the administration’s policy on anybody or anything except Trump.

The president’s media enablers blamed Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush, “the law on the book,” Democrats in Congress, the media, the families themselves, and even “the Illuminati of K Street” for the Trump administration’s policy

via Everything right-wing media tried to blame for the Trump administration’s family separation policy

Rudy G and Bubble Boy Trump: Call It Implausible Deniability | The Smirking Chimp

I have visited that weird Fox bubble on occasion, walked the halls of what feels more like an Orwellian Ministry of Truth than a newsroom. Reality is cast to the side.

Now these two bubbles are as one. Fox and 1600 Pennsylvania have merged, now virtually indistinguishable from each other, and inside that newly created, gigantic toxic bubble sits a manchild oozing irrational exuberance as sycophants tell him he’s the greatest thing since Genghis Khan strode the Earth.

via Rudy G and Bubble Boy Trump: Call It Implausible Deniability | The Smirking Chimp

Donald Trump’s new lawyer Rudy Giuliani and Fox friends expose untruths in Stormy Daniels saga – Donald Trump’s America – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Stormy Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, arrives for the 49th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles.

United States President Donald Trump has bragged about a crushing winning record in the estimated 3,500 legal cases he has been involved in over the past three decades, but Stormy Daniels has him twisted in knots.

via Donald Trump’s new lawyer Rudy Giuliani and Fox friends expose untruths in Stormy Daniels saga – Donald Trump’s America – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Fox News, White House Advisers and Press

Hannity Should Be Fired From Fox News For Being A Presidential Advisor

The next time you hear Donald Trump bluster and harumph about something he’s angry about, you should assume Sean Hannity is his anger translator. Trump doesn’t need speechwriters as long as he can call up Hannity and get his lines for the next day.

 

The Washington Post’s Robert Costa, Sarah Ellison and Josh Dawsey published an excellent story today, outlining just how embedded Fox News personality Sean Hannity is with Donald Trump’s White House.

Sean Hannity is Trump lawyer Michael Cohen’s secret client

The mystery client that President Donald Trump’s longtime lawyer, Michael Cohen, fought in court to keep secret is Fox News host Sean Hannity, Cohen’s lawyer divulged on Monday.

via Sean Hannity is Trump lawyer Michael Cohen’s secret client

Sean Hannity revealed as Trump lawyer Michael Cohen’s mystery third client | US news | The Guardian

Sean Hannity said his dealings with Cohen involved ‘occasional discussions with him for his input and perspective’.

 

 

Donald Trump’s legal fixer Michael Cohen has also been representing the firebrand conservative Fox News host Sean Hannity, one of only three private legal clients Cohen has taken on in the past year, his lawyer told a federal court on Monday.

Prosecutors suggested in their filing that while Cohen “holds himself out as a practicing attorney”, he is actually exaggerating the extent of his work in an attempt to cast a wide net of attorney-client privilege over the records seized by the FBI. Cohen denies this.

The justice department has “reason to believe that Cohen has exceedingly few clients and a low volume of potentially privileged communications”, McKay wrote.

Sean Hannity revealed as Trump lawyer Michael Cohen’s mystery third client | US news | The Guardian

How Trump Is Preparing for War

 

“This is the Fox television presidency all the way up and down.”

How can a television presidency be dangerous? Because it is solely about marketing Trump. Its only goal is to win. It is unconstrained by truth, reason, or the Constitution. It doesn’t give a fig about the public.

 

What’s worrying isn’t that Trump is now getting advice about policy from fanatics like John Bolton and Lawrence Kudlow. Trump has never cared about policy.

The real worry is that – with Robert Mueller breathing down his neck, and several special elections suggesting a giant “blue wave” in November – Trump is getting ready to do whatever it takes to maintain his power, even if that requires fanatical policies.

Trump is preparing for an epic war over the future of his presidency. This has required purging naysayers from his Cabinet and White House staff, and replacing them with bomb-throwing advocates like Bolton and Kudlow.

Fox News is preparing for the same war, and has made a parallel purge – removing Trump critics like George Will, Megyn Kelly, and Rich Lowry, and installing Trump marketers like Laura Ingraham, Mark Levin, and Sebastian Gorka.
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Trump and Fox News are also approaching the war with the same story.

Some of it is by now familiar: Liberals have opened America to hostile forces – unauthorized immigrants, Muslims, Chinese traders, criminal gangs, drug dealers, government bureaucrats, coastal elites (Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi), North Korea, Iran, and “political correctness” in all its forms.

Trump intends to protect America from these forces.

The new twist to the story– requiring the recent purges and a united front – is that these forces are conspiring with the FBI to oust Trump from the presidency.

The membrane separating Trump’s brain from Fox News has always been thin, but in coming months it’s likely to disappear entirely.

We all know Trump watches an inordinate amount of Fox News, beginning in the wee hours with “Fox and Friends,” which provides much of the fodder for his morning tweets.

via How Trump Is Preparing for War

How Donald Trump turned his presidential team into the ‘Fox News White House’ | The Independent

President Donald Trump’s favourite TV network is increasingly serving as a West Wing casting call, as the President reshapes his administration with camera-ready personalities.

Mr Trump’s new national security adviser, John Bolton, is a former United Nations’ ambassador, a White House veteran – and perhaps most importantly a Fox News channel talking head. Mr Bolton’s appointment, rushed out late Thursday, follows Mr Trump’s recent effort to recruit Fox guest Joseph diGenova for his legal team.

Mr Bolton went on Fox News to discuss his selection and said it had happened so quickly that “I think I’m still a Fox News contributor”.

via How Donald Trump turned his presidential team into the ‘Fox News White House’ | The Independent

John Bolton, Trump’s rumored pick for national security adviser, has a record of warmongering, bigotry, and pushing conspiracy theories

John Bolton, a Fox News contributor, is reportedly under consideration to replace National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, likely because President Donald Trump enjoys his television commentary. Bolton, a former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations whose tenure was marred by “his inability to make friends and build alliances,” is a Trump sycophant with a history of warmongering and conspiracy theorizing. He also chairs a think tank that’s been called “anti-Muslim,” and he has connections to anti-Muslim bigots.

via John Bolton, Trump’s rumored pick for national security adviser, has a record of warmongering, bigotry, and pushing conspiracy theories

Russia indictments present new reality for Trump crying ‘hoax’

 

US President Donald Trump

Since his election, Trump has often privately expressed concern that the charges of Russian meddling undermine the legitimacy of his presidency. He has told associates that if he accepts the premise of Russian meddling, it would call into question the idea that he won the election on his own merits.

In news conferences, on Twitter and at campaign rallies, he has called the Russia investigation “fake news” and has repeatedly predicted that Mueller’s investigation will end without finding much.

via Russia indictments present new reality for Trump crying ‘hoax’

Fox & Friends gave almost no airtime to Trump’s anti-Muslim retweets

Fox & Friends has served as a safe space for Trump, often giving him fodder for his early morning tweets. The program also allows Trump to escape challenging interviews and serves as his first line of defens Fox & Friends gave almost no airtime to Trump’s anti-Muslim retweets

Stephen Colbert Mocks Fox ‘News’ For Not Covering Mueller Investigation | Crooks and Liars

 

“There is nothing going on in Washington involving someone named Paul Manafort if that’s even a real name.”

Source: Stephen Colbert Mocks Fox ‘News’ For Not Covering Mueller Investigation | Crooks and Liars

Advertisers are dropping Sean Hannity

Advertisers are dropping Sean Hannity

Will you join us?

At this point, if a company is sponsoring Sean Hannity’s show, it is essentially supporting a Trump propaganda operation. It needs to stop.

Sean Hannity has a long record of right-wing chicanery, lies, and vitriol. But he has morphed into something more dangerous than just a partisan hack — he’s been exposed as a full-blown propagandist who conspires with the Trump administration to spread fabricated stories, smear detractors, and undercut the rule of law.

21st Century Fox (Fox News’ parent company) won’t hold him accountable. So, there are two options: 1) Do nothing; or 2) Take action to hold Hannity accountable.

Spreading misinformation is Hannity’s business model, and now he’s doing it on behalf of the Trump administration. His propagandizing has become so odious that he was condemned by some of his coworkers, who reportedly told The Daily Beast that the host was “’embarrassing’ the network” and that “some people need to be fired.”

It’s past time for Hannity to go. If Fox won’t fire Hannity, then advertisers should run as fast as they can, or else they run the risk of being complicit in his deceit and recklessness. Advertisers will get burned if they continue to associate with Hannity — plain and simple.

Sign up here to join the effort to encourage Hannity’s advertisers to stop financially supporting his propaganda.

It’s up to this grassroots movement — individuals, organizations, and hundreds of independent organizers — to keep up the pressure. Together, their efforts and your participation will have a tremendous impact.

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Here are a few of Hannity’s top advertisers:

DirecTV

Dollar Shave Club

Mercedes Benz

Mitsubishi

NutriSystem

Don’t you wish Andrew Bolt was dependant on Advertising he’d be gone in a blink.

Source: Advertisers are dropping Sean Hannity

As the nation reels from Trump’s embrace of neo-Nazis, Fox News invites racist, anti-Semite Ted Nugent on for full hour

As the nation reels from Trump’s embrace of neo-Nazis, Fox News invites racist, anti-Semite Ted Nugent on for full hour

Source: As the nation reels from Trump’s embrace of neo-Nazis, Fox News invites racist, anti-Semite Ted Nugent on for full hour

How Sean Hannity’s Charlottesville propaganda works

This is what Sean Hannity’s Fox News show is like on a daily basis. It’s pure propaganda, an effort to support the president at every turn, while castigating his enemies — particularly the press. His viewers are living in an alternate reality — one that he’s carefully crafted to benefit Trump.

Source: How Sean Hannity’s Charlottesville propaganda works

President Trump eyeing Fox News producers and hosts to take over his communications team – Salon.com

Trump is unhappy with the message coming out of the White House, but that might have to do with the message itself

Source: President Trump eyeing Fox News producers and hosts to take over his communications team – Salon.com

How Fox News Covered Trump Firing The FBI Director, In 51 Screen Shots

President Donald Trump has dramatically shifted his stated rationale for firing FBI Director James Comey. But Fox News hosts have not wavered in their defenses of the president, maintaining the same narratives all week: Trump did nothing wrong, the media is overreacting, Democrats are hypocrites for criticizing the president’s actions, and th

Source: How Fox News Covered Trump Firing The FBI Director, In 51 Screen Shots

Murdoch Is Reportedly Advising Trump While DOJ Investigates Fox

Fox News owner and CEO Rupert Murdoch is reportedly advising President Donald Trump on a near-daily basis at the same time as the Justice Department is investigating his company, an ethical breach that could undermine the credibility of the inquiry.The Justice Department is currently engaged in a wide-ranging investigation of Fox News.

Source: Murdoch Is Reportedly Advising Trump While DOJ Investigates Fox

Angelo Carusone Statement On Bill Shine Resigning As Co-President Of Fox News

Media Matters president Angelo Carusone released the following statement after Fox News co-president Bill Shine, a long-time Roger Ailes ally, resigned from the network. Shine’s departure comes just two weeks after Fox News was forced to fire Bill O’Reilly when advertisers boycotted his show because of reports of serial sexual harassment:

Source: Angelo Carusone Statement On Bill Shine Resigning As Co-President Of Fox News

Read Attorney Lisa Bloom’s Letter About Fox News’ Toxic Culture And Why It Should Tank Murdoch’s Sky News Deal

Fox News’ “ongoing culture of sexual harassment, its recent payouts of tens of millions of dollars of hush money, and most egregiously, its role in ending the careers of women who complained has been well documented in American media,” and it reveals an “utter disregard for the rights of women,” according to attorney Lisa Bloom.Bl

Source: Read Attorney Lisa Bloom’s Letter About Fox News’ Toxic Culture And Why It Should Tank Murdoch’s Sky News Deal

Fox Business Host Allows Industry CEO To Continue Denying The Real Reason For Coal’s Decline

Fox Business host Stuart Varney allowed a coal mining company CEO who previously said President Donald Trump couldn’t bring back coal jobs to walk back those comments, while Varney himself pushed the myth that environmental protections are to blame for the loss of jobs in the coal industry.A March 27 article in The Guardian reported that

Source: Fox Business Host Allows Industry CEO To Continue Denying The Real Reason For Coal’s Decline

New Sexual Harassment Allegations Make Clear Fox Never Attempted To Change

The latest gender discrimination and retaliation lawsuit brought by a Fox News contributor shows that the network and its parent company, 21st Century Fox, never sought to fix the toxic misogyny that the network has fostered, contributing to a culture of sexual misconduct by the men in power.On April 3, Fox News contributor Julie Roginsky filed

Source: New Sexual Harassment Allegations Make Clear Fox Never Attempted To Change

Bill O’Reilly’s History Of Racism

Fox News host Bill O’Reilly was widely criticized for his racist remarks in which he mocked the hair of an African-American congresswoman, saying it looked like she was wearing a “James Brown wig.” This isn’t the first time O’Reilly has made such comments; in fact, he has a history of saying racist things.

Source: Bill O’Reilly’s History Of Racism

Trump’s Golfing Reveals The Shameless Hypocrisy Of The Right-Wing Media Bunker

“What do most men do when they retire?” Greg Gutfeld asked the other hosts of Fox News’ The Five, three days before President Barack Obama left office in January. “They play golf. But what if you’ve been playing golf for the last eight years of your job? He should go back and work. He should get a job.”A week later, when his colle

Source: Trump’s Golfing Reveals The Shameless Hypocrisy Of The Right-Wing Media Bunker

Here are Nigel Farage’s British values: rubbishing London for money on Fox News | Marina Hyde | Opinion | The Guardian

He talks about ‘respect’, but the rightwing blowhard’s response to the Westminster attack has been tall tales he can only get away with on US TV

Source: Here are Nigel Farage’s British values: rubbishing London for money on Fox News | Marina Hyde | Opinion | The Guardian

Sean Hannity Falls For Misleading Claim From Gateway Pundit (Again)

On February 22, Jim Hoft posted an article on his website The Gateway Pundit alleging that a “Wikileaks Document Shows John McCain Requested Donations From Russians!” Fox News’ Sean Hannity retweeted a tweet that both linked to the Gateway Pundit post and called McCain a “globalist war criminal,” adding, “Wow if true”:[Screenc

Source: Sean Hannity Falls For Misleading Claim From Gateway Pundit (Again)

Fox News anchor Chris Wallace turns on Donald Trump claim after latest attack on media

Trump repeatedly attacked the media as “fake news” in several tweets in recent days. One Fox anchor has hit back.

Source: Fox News anchor Chris Wallace turns on Donald Trump claim after latest attack on media

Donald Trump: Five Australian incidents in White House list of under-reported ‘terrorist attacks’ – Donald Trump’s America – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

The White House sends journalists a list of terror attacks it believes did not receive adequate attention from Western media — including five incidents in Australia, one of which was determined to be a murder case. That list is an obvious case of fake news being used to boost  what’s a case of “confirmation bias”. Searching for information to prove a conclusion you want drawn is trying to squeeze marshmallows into a money box. It’s purely the Art of the Deal.

Source: Donald Trump: Five Australian incidents in White House list of under-reported ‘terrorist attacks’ – Donald Trump’s America – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

When Right-Wing Media Was In Love With Paid Protesting| Yes fake news has always been Trump

Current False Accusations Of Paid Protesters Don’t Match Up With Tea Party Adoration

Trump Reportedly Outraged That CNN Doesn’t Cover Him Like Fox News

According to sources from New York magazine’s Gabriel Sherman, President Donald Trump is angry that CNN and CNN chief Jeff Zucker do not grant him the favorable type of coverage he receives from Fox NewsTrump has made it no secret his contempt for CNN, recently lambasting the network’s ratings in a January 24 tweet praising Fox’s inau

Source: Trump Reportedly Outraged That CNN Doesn’t Cover Him Like Fox News

10 Ways the CIA ‘Russian Hacking’ Story is Left-Wing ‘Fake News’

Breitbart goes big

Despite left-wing “fake news,” there is no evidence from the CIA investigation that Russian hackers actually distorted the voting process.

Source: 10 Ways the CIA ‘Russian Hacking’ Story is Left-Wing ‘Fake News’