Western Media’s Ethnocentric focus boosts Israel
The Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem was raided last month by Israeli security forces following weeks of simmering tensions between the police, right-wing Israelis, and Palestinian protesters. Despite the timing of the raid — during the holy month of Ramadan — and the significance of the mosque in Islam, U.S. cable news largely ignored the incident in the days following the raid, mentioning it only 12 times in weekday coverage from May 10-14.
Source: All three major cable news networks largely ignored a police raid at one of the world’s oldest and most politically significant mosques | Media Matters for America
In a new open letter to media buyers during the television industry’s upfront period, a broad and diverse coalition of more than 40 organizations is urging media buyers not to buy advertisements on Fox News, warning that any ad spend on the network will fund the promotion of COVID-19 conspiracy theories, bigotry, and lies.
Source: In new open letter, diverse coalition of organizations urges media buyers not to buy ads on Fox News | Media Matters for America
When the cart starts pulling the ss in another direction you know the ass was heading to the knackery. (ODT)
via Fox News starts to turn its attention away from the coronavirus pandemic | Media Matters for America
Fox & Trump are a tag team when it comes to media wrestling (ODT)
Fox News spent crucial weeks minimizing the danger posed by the novel coronavirus COVID-19 in order to protect President Donald Trump, and recent polls show that the network’s viewers are less likely to be concerned about it than other major media audiences. Top Trump administration officials are now praising the network for its coverage, even as Fox comes under fire from other outlets for endangering the public by actively spreading misinformation about the virus.
via Trump administration rides to Fox’s rescue after network’s coronavirus coverage endangered viewers | Media Matters for America
We all know why that’s not what Trump said, though. And we all know why Fox News is telling its viewers to tune out of the Impeachment hearings. They are all very, very afraid of witnesses like Prof. Pamela S. Karlan.
via Impeachment Witness Rips GOP & Trump — Framers Would Be ‘Horrified’ | Crooks and Liars
A crime that ineffect was unsuccessful isn’t a crime according to GOP. Planning and conspiringt to spy on America isn’t a crime. Planning a Murde isn’t a crime. (ODT
It’s a reoccurring theme in the Trump story: The president tries to do something but ultimately is not effective enough to actually get it done. So, should we penalize him for those attempts? Does the attempt . . . reach that bar for Congress to remove the president?
It’s the Republicans’ biggest impeachment lie, and Americans could fall for it | Salon.com
President Donald Trump’s staff have rejected any attempt to link the US leader to a right-wing terrorist who is accused of killing 50 people in two New Zealand mosques, as he defended a Fox News personality who made anti-Muslim remarks.
Making Islamophobic remarks is ok but making remarks against Trump and Trumpsters isn’t according to the White House and POTUS.(ODT)
Donald Trump’s ‘not a white supremacist’, White House staffer says after Trump backs Fox host – Donald Trump’s America – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
Media Matters has now released clips and transcripts of Tucker Carlson making racist remarks on a shock-jock radio show, a day after exposing Carlson’s misogynistic and pro-pedophilia remarks on the same show. But according to conservatives, everything Carlson said should be ignored by the public — not because the clips and quotes are fake (they aren’t), and not because they’re out of context (they aren’t), but because they were discovered using (gasp!) research.
Here’s Mike LaChance at William Jacobson’s blog, Legal Insurrection:
These audio clips didn’t just fall out of the sky. The people at Media Matters went looking for them. They sat and combed through hours of audio looking for something to use to target Tucker and his Fox News show.
So these clips are fruits from a poison tree! They should be stricken from the record!
via Right-Wingers: Carlson Gets A Pass Since Media Matters Used… Research! | Crooks and Liars
The show goes on Sine wasn’t sacked he didn’t resign he was shifted sideways to deflect attention that from the fact that Murdoch runs the White House.(ODT)
Trump reportedly “feels he was sold a bill of goods by Hannity” about Shine’s abilities, “but Trump needs Hannity and so he will never attack him publicly”
Former Fox News executive and Roger Ailes’ “right-hand man” Bill Shine has left his job as White House communications director to join President Donald Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign as a senior adviser — despite reported complaints from the president about Shine’s poor performance.
via Former Fox executive Bill Shine quits White House after Trump reportedly complained that he was misled about Shine by Sean Hannity
The very nature of this Potus is to hand his media to Murdoch and Fox News. Will Sanders be seconded to Fox-White House News ? (ODT)
The president of the White House Correspondents’ Association says the apparent end of the daily White House press briefing “sets a terrible precedent”.
US President Donald Trump tweeted on Tuesday that he told White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders “not to bother” with the daily briefing.
Trump tells press secretary ‘not to bother’ with White House press briefings
Nonetheless, a group of Trump’s most ardent supporters in the media rejected the overwhelming consensus and defended the president:
Fox’s Jeanine Pirro: “What was [Trump] supposed to do, take a gun out and shoot Putin?”
Fox host Sean Hannity praised Trump for being “very strong at the end of the press conference.”
Infowars host Owen Shroyer on the press conference: “It just kept getting better in time.”
Conservative radio host Mark Simone: “The whole idea of a summit is to make peace. That’s what he was doing there.”
Fox host Laura Ingraham admonished “mass hysteria” in reaction to the press conference and downplayed Trump’s performance as involving an “unfortunate word choice.”
Fox’s Tucker Carlson attacked media for their reactions to the press conference and said it seems like politicians critical of Trump’s actions toward Putin and Russia “seek increased conflict with Russia.”
Breitbart’s Joel Pollak: “A day after the media/Democrats/NeverTrump meltdown over Trump-Putin summit, they’re still wrong, the world’s still here, and the future is bright.”
Breitbart’s Charlie Spiering: “Remind me, did Obama forcefully confront Putin for” the 2014 attack on a Malaysian Airlines passenger flight over Ukraine?
The Washington Times boosted comments from former Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX), current host of the web show Liberty Report, who categorized Trump’s meeting with Putin as “significant diplomacy.”
via The small chorus of pro-Trump figures defending his disastrous presser with Putin
Recent reports indicate that local TV news giant Sinclair Broadcast Group has met with a number of current and former Fox News employees and is gearing up to compete directly with the cable channel — by attempting to beat Fox News in a race to the very bottom.
via Sinclair is gearing up to compete with Fox — by being even worse than Fox
Now, with Bannon out, we enter the uncharted waters of having a president whose chief strategist is the television. No staff member has replaced Bannon; the new power behind the throne is Fox & Friends.
via The Power Behind the Throne Is ‘Fox & Friends’ | The Nation
When Roger Ailes left Fox News, the network lost its programming mastermind. But Donald Trump has stepped into the void.
In an article posted on Vanity Fair Friday, correspondent Gabriel Sherman explained how Trump has replaced Ailes as the Programmer-In-Chief:
via Gabriel Sherman: Donald Trump Is Now De-Facto Programmer Of Fox News | Crooks and Liars
With Bannon gone, the far-right media trolls are ready to break up with the White House
Source: With Bannon gone, the far-right media trolls are ready to break up with the White House
Fox guest: “If it’s an interview” with Trump, “it’s on Fox”
Source: Fox guest: “If it’s an interview” with Trump, “it’s on Fox”
Media Matters, in partnership with global activism group Avaaz, submitted a report to U.K.’s chief broadcasting regulator, Ofcom, detailing the risks Rupert Murdoch’s desired takeover of British satellite broadcasting company Sky poses to British broadcasting standards. On March 16, U.K. Culture Secretary Karen Bradley had referred Murdoch’s take
Source: Murdoch Takeover Of Sky Would Undermine British Broadcasting Standards, Joint Report Shows
Media Matters President Angelo Carusone, a recognized advertiser pressure campaign expert who is also running the @StopOReilly Twitter account, released the following statement after Rupert Murdoch reportedly sent a memo to staff members praising them for Fox’s recent ratings success.Rupert Murdoch’s memo to Fox News staff should cause 21
Source: Rupert Murdoch’s Memo To Fox News Will Cause Panic
In a new interview, Mr Trump said that he believes his predecessor is helping to organise the protests.
Source: Donald Trump says Barack Obama is helping to organise protests against his presidency
Breitbart features a “Black Crime” tag and Steve Bannon may have convinced Trump to replicate it at the White House
Source: Trump plans to shame sanctuary cities by publishing a weekly list of crimes committed by undocumented immigrants – Salon.com