Sarah Palin and Fox News Declare War on NPR

Oct 21 2010 Published by under Featured News, Republican Party

Juan Williams on Fox says he's afraid of Muslims

Sarah Palin and Fox News Declare War on NPR

Your First Amendment abusers and confuses Sarah Palin and Fox News are declaring war on NPR for firing Juan Williams over his breach of journalistic standards during a Fox News appearance in which he said being on a plane with Muslims made him nervous.

On O’Reilly’s Monday evening show, Juan was on to discuss Bill’s “The View” walkout debacle, during which O’Reilly expressed that, “Muslims killed us on 9-11.” He brought Juan Williams on to help defend his remarks.

Here’s the video courtesy of Think Progress to William’s original comments:

O’Reilly :Where am I going wrong here, Juan?

Williams: I think you’re right. I think, look, political correctness can lead to some kind of paralysis where you don’t address reality…I mean, look, Bill, I’m not a bigot. You know the kind of books I’ve written about the civil rights movement in this country. But when I get on the plane, I got to tell you, if I see people who are in Muslim garb and I think, you know, they are identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims, I get worried. I get nervous….. The war with Muslims, America’s war is just beginning, first drop of blood. I don’t think there’s any way to get away from these facts.

NPR announced that they were firing Juan Williams over his comments Wednesday night because he had breached journalistic standards wherein NPR journalists are not allowed to make remarks that would alter the appearance of their neutrality.

Naturally this got Sarah Palin up in arms, ready to blame the President because she can’t resist any chance to show America what a sore loser she is. Here she is in all her tweet-happy glory:

“Juan Williams: Going Rogue. NPR should receive NO fed tax dollars if it operates as intolerant, private radio. Mr. President, what say you”
“NPR defends 1st Amendment Right, but will fire u if u exercise it. Juan Williams: u got taste of Left’s hypocrisy,they screwed up firing you”

Palin seems to think that fact-based journalism is the “left”. I’ll take that if she’s handing it out, as that would make lie-based hyperbole the “right”. Good of her to admit this.

“Going rogue” is the new hip thing on the Right. Breakin’ all those rules of society and standards of behavior, not givin’ a hoot whether what you say is factually correct or not – just go ROGUE! I fear Palin must have slept through her journalism classes, how else to explain her utter failure to comprehend the meaning of a fact versus the concept of punditry?

You know she was just itchin’ to kill NPR and since this occurred during their fund raising week, she is taking this to Defcon Four Screech and Whine. She’s tweetin’ furiously and surely will regale a Palin-exhausted nation with her failure to comprehend the First Amendment on her home of Orwellian Double Speak any moment now.

O’Reilly is having Juan on at 8PM tonight, so expect some poutrage about freedom of speech since you know, we should all be free to violate our contracts with our employers by expressing our bigotry on a national cable station and not be fired. Go rogue, Juan! I hear it pays big time!

NPR’s letter of explanation regarding the firing:

“First, a critical distinction has been lost in this debate. NPR News analysts have a distinctive role and set of responsibilities. This is a very different role than that of a commentator or columnist. News analysts may not take personal public positions on controversial issues; doing so undermines their credibility as analysts, and that’s what’s happened in this situation. As you all well know, we offer views of all kinds on your air every day, but those views are expressed by those we interview – not our reporters and analysts.
Second, this isn’t the first time we have had serious concerns about some of Juan’s public comments. Despite many conversations and warnings over the years, Juan has continued to violate this principal.

(Previously Williams had described first lady Michelle Obama as having a “Stokely Carmichael in a designer dress thing going.” In the 1960s, Carmicheal was a black activist who coined the phrase “Black Power.”)

Third, these specific comments (and others made in the past), are inconsistent with NPR’s ethics code, which applies to all journalists (including contracted analysts): “In appearing on TV or other media . . . NPR journalists should not express views they would not air in their role as an NPR journalist. They should not participate in shows . . . that encourage punditry and speculation rather than fact-based analysis.” More fundamentally, “In appearing on TV or other media including electronic Web-based forums, NPR journalists should not express views they would not air in their role as an NPR journalist. Unfortunately, Juan’s comments on Fox violated our standards as well as our values and offended many in doing so…”

Unlike Fox News and Sarah Palin, NPR has strict standards for its journalists. They are not pundits. This is clearly confusing to Palin who thinks that Juan’s First Amendment rights were violated by his firing. This only makes sense when you realize that First Amendment rights to Sarah Palin and many conservatives translate to their right to say anything no matter how untrue (Death Panels) and not be called out on it by the press, while simultaneously whining and hiding out from the press when the press dares to do its job. Give her a break, Palin also thought the Pledge of Allegiance was the constitution a while back (post bid for VP).

The fact that Sarah Palin and Fox are declaring jihad on NPR, and by extension, all liberals because facts are synonymous with liberal now and the President for good measure, because why miss a chance to be sore losers, should not be surprising. Fox News hires demagogues who don’t have standards and do not care one whit about the facts.

This all ended perfectly because Fox News hired Juan to an expanded role with the network in a multi-year deal. Money talks when your ethics and standards don’t. Ailes said, “Juan has been a staunch defender of liberal viewpoints since his tenure began at Fox News in 1997. He’s an honest man whose freedom of speech is protected by Fox News on a daily basis.”

Yes, indeed. He can say anything he pleases at Fox. No one will stop him when he expresses bigotry over facts. This is, in fact, required at Fox where they are amassing quite the collection of ethics violators. Juan the “liberal” will surely be a great addition to the Fox lineup. And much adored by them for his worth as proof that the main stream media (of which, in reality, Fox is a much larger participant than NPR) sucks.

Prepare to be assaulted all week long about NPR, as Sarah Palin and Fox News try to ACORN them to get their measly federal funding pulled. This is not an isolated incident. Fox News goes after anyone who dares to question their partisan muckraking and surely a fact-based institution like NPR serves to highlight their continuous assault on reality.

UPDATE 1: It seems that in the “Year of the Conservative Woman” Sarah Palin, Michelle Malkin and the Fox Team have been vigorously defending a man whom Raw Story reports this morning “apologized for “wrong” and “inappropriate” comments about women staffers after a 1991 investigation by The Washington Post….The investigation of Williams’ conduct stemmed from multiple occasions on which he made sexually-themed comments to female employees. An article published about the incidents was vague about what comments Williams actually made, though it makes clear that the sexually-oriented remarks came up on numerous occasions — and that his behavior had allegedly gone on for several years.”

Yup. Mean old NPR interfering in Juan’s freedom to be utterly inappropriate. This is just another example of the Right crying “wolf!” and turning out to be wrong. Shoot first. Facts don’t matter. One wonders when Americans will catch on that they do this consistently.

Imagine if they did this with a foreign leader that we had poor relations with. Someone with nuclear weapons. Reactionary, knee-jerk umbrage is not indicative of a good leader or a purposeful movement.

Update 2: Senator Jim DeMint has just tweeted:” I’ll introduce legislation to end taxpayer funding for NPR & PBS.”

Here we go. Buckle up.

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Bill Maher Goes on Fox News and Demolishes Bill O’Reilly

Sep 30 2010 Published by under Featured News

Bill O’Reilly aired part one of his interview with Bill Maher on his Fox News program, and to put it mildly Bill-O took a beating. O’Reilly tried to defend the Tea Party and Maher responded with, “I mean the teabaggers. They’re the ones, who are so upset about the debt. Most of the debt came from Bush. That’s just a fact.”

Here is the video from Fox News:

Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com

O’Reilly started off with the classic Fox News talking point about how much trouble Obama is in due to his approval ratings, which Maher knocked down immediately, “Well, first of all, he’s not having that much trouble historically. He’s about where Clinton and Reagan where a little higher than where they were in their first administration. But, it’s partly the fault of the opposition. There’s a lot of disinformation out there. I’m not saying where it comes from. And, the lion’s share of the fault goes to the Democrats. They do not brag about their accomplishments.”

Bill-O brought up his favorite Obama criticism about Obama’s presentation, inferring that Obama is cold and out of touch, and Maher replied by pointing out that much of the Obama criticism is racially based, “Well, obviously, people think he’s a little bloodless. I happened to like that in a president. I like a president that uses his brain and not his faith or his heart or his gut as the former president did. I kind of like that in our president. But, you know, again, they don’t brag about their accomplishments and when you downplay the economy, all of the dissatisfaction with him is about the economy. Because a lot of it is racially….”

O’Reilly claimed laughably that none of the Obama criticism is racially based, “Of course not. You know, he was elected by 53 percent of the public. And, when he took office, his approval was over 70 percent. Come on. Come on!” Maher then brought up the deficit and why the Tea Party ignored it under Bush, “But, Bill — but Bill, just for example, I mean the teabaggers. They’re the ones, who are so upset about the debt. Most of the debt came from Bush. That’s just a fact. Under Bush, Cheney said it, “Deficits don’t matter.” Nobody was angry about the deficit when it was President Bush.”

The Factor host then when full on clown by defending the Tea Party as ignorant, and called Obama the biggest spending president in history “Because they didn’t know about it. Look, President Obama has spent more money…No, they didn’t. It wasn’t a big issue as it is now. He’s the biggest spending president in the history of the republic, Maher. You got to know that, man!”

Maher correctly pointed out that Bush was the biggest spender, but O’Reilly changed the definition of biggest spending president in history to mean, “No, Obama is the biggest — his budget is bigger than Bush’s budget.” Maher got to the heart of it when he stated that the Tea Party and the Right are not completely racist, but they are selfish, “No, not entirely. People are individuals. But, I think in general, yes, they’re more selfish and they’re more likely to advocate policies that serve their own interest and don’t think anybody else.”

O’Reilly asked Maher how he got so liberal. Maher answered that he is the same but the country changed, “The people who were — Basically, yes. I mean, at some point in the last 20 years, the left moved to the center and the right moved into a mental institution. I mean, there used to be ideological differences that were understandable and there used to be moderate Republicans. That has gone away. I mean, the Republican Party now is just a bunch of religious lunatics, flat earthers and civil war re-enactors, so I don’t think it was me that changed so much.”

Bill-O seized what appeared to be an opening to bring up another favorite boogeyman left wing extremism to which Maher replied that most of the extremism is on the Right, “There really isn’t extremism on both sides. That’s a canard…There’s not that much extremism — There is some but not — nothing to talk about. Not really. There’s no movement like the Tea Party movement.”

Bill O’Reilly has really had a tough week. First, Jon Stewart came on O’Reilly show and completely blew up his talking point that Obama is out of touch, but as tough as Stewart was he was nothing compared to the beating Bill Maher put on Fox News’ top host in part one of their sit down. Maher would, in today’s environment be classified as liberal on many issues, because the Right has completely flipped out, and he is now too moderate for them.

It is rare that a guest comes on Fox News and dominates the way Maher did, but Bill Maher isn’t the usual FNC guest. He knows how the talking points game is played on Fox and he effectively shut it down. Maher didn’t give O’Reilly an opening and by the end of the segment, he had Bill-O on the defensive. Maher’s performance was a textbook example of how guests should handle being on Fox. Who knows what part two holds, but Maher really did an outstanding job. He effectively used facts to combat propaganda, by keep his answers short, simple, and clear. I hope more Fox News guests adopt Maher’s methods.

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Jon Stewart Busts Fox News’ Obama Is Out of Touch Talking Point

Sep 22 2010 Published by under Featured News

Jon Stewart was on FNC’s The O’Reilly Factor tonight, and when Bill-O tried to claim that Barack Obama is out of touch with “regular Americans,” Stewart delivered a little bit of truth to Fox News viewers when he said, “I think that sounds like a meaningless thing to say.”

Here is the video courtesy of Media Matters:

After Stewart busted the very rich Bill O’Reilly on his bogus everyman schitck, the conversation turned to President Obama, and Bill-O repeated a favorite Fox News talking point, “I’m telling you that the President has separated himself from the folks and that is why he is having so much trouble at the polls.” Stewart replied, “I don’t even know. I think that sounds like a meaningless thing to say. You keep saying folks. What are folks?”

O’Reilly answered, “Working Americans don’t understand his thought process.” Stewart said, “That may be very well true, but he did not separate himself from working Americans. He hasn’t done enough, to he ran on the idea that the middle class was going to be his focus.” O’Reilly said, “And it isn’t.” Stewart continued, “Well he’s trying right now to preserve the tax cuts for them, and remove the ones for the people making $250,000 or more.”

Stunned by the sudden appearance of intelligence and logic on his show, O’Reilly immediately moved the goal posts by asking, “Did you get your healthcare premiums?” Stewart answered, “My healthcare premiums have been crazy for years. I pay healthcare premiums for everyone on our show.” O’Reilly claimed, “That’s a tax on the folks.”

The GOP talking point on healthcare reform is that since a law that has not even been fully enacted yet has not lowered healthcare premiums, healthcare reform is a failure. Notice that Bill O’Reilly could not handle Jon Stewart’s facts so he was reduced to spewing some nonsense about healthcare premiums being a tax on working people. The first problem with that statement is that taxes can only be levied and collected by the government. Health insurance is not government run. The rising cost of premiums is what Republicans would usually defend as the free market at work. The second problem is that parts of healthcare reform that are expected to lower premiums won’t kick in for years yet.

It was nice to see Stewart bust O’Reilly on his bogus I’m everyman nonsense. It was even nicer to see Stewart go after the Fox News talking point that Obama is out of touch with regular Americans. What was funny was how O’Reilly defended regular Americans as the people who watch his show. Interestingly, O’Reilly audience is the oldest on cable, while Jon Stewart’s is the youngest. The generational divide was on full display in this interview as Stewart tried to intelligently discuss, while O’Reilly kept feeding his audience senile half truths wrapped in the fear of the black man in the White House.

O’Reilly does have a point though. Most of his viewers probably don’t watch Jon Stewart. They are either in bed by 11, or so wrapped up in their Tea Party hate that they would never watch the Jew on Comedy Central talk about that black man who is occupying the White House. It was fascinating to watch the dynamic between the sane half of America represented by Jon Stewart, walk into the lion’s den of crazy known as Fox News. In our polarized media environment this was a rare sight to behold, and as usual facts triumphed over gibberish.

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Conservative Blindness to the Line Between Fantasy and Fact Exposed…Again

Sep 06 2010 Published by under Featured News, Republican Party

Stephen Colbert and Glenn Beck

We all remember when the conservatives discovered Stephen Colbert was joking. It took them awhile to figure it out. They thought he was one of them.

Some of them still do.

Why did it take so long when he was so outrageously over the top? Because they themselves are so outrageously over the top. He fit right in. His message blended with theirs.

Colbert so had the right-wing fooled that in 2006 he was invited to the White House Correspondents Dinner – as a conservative.  That was the wake-up call for some, but apparently not all.

As recently as April 2009 the Huffington Post was writing that “according to a study from The Ohio State University, which proves, with math and stuff, that lots of conservatives seem to not understand the intrinsic, underlying joke of The Colbert Report.”

Conservatives seem endlessly capable of having the wool pulled over their eyes. Our first clue was their ready acceptance of George W. Bush. Some of them still believe what he said. Some of them still believe Cheney and Rove, or maybe they’ve too much invested in the lies now to admit they were wrong.

And look how eagerly they lap up the vapid rhetoric of people like Sarah Palin, Sharron Angle, Jan Brewer and Michelle Bachmann.

In some way, if they weren’t so dangerous, watching these clowns would be as entertaining as watching a prime-time sitcom. More so.

Either way, they’ve been fooled again, this time by a site called christwire.org.

The New York Times profiled the site and its creators on September 3 of this year. As the NYT put it, “Since 2008, ChristWire.org has emerged as the leading Internet site for ultraconservative Christian news, commentary and weather reportage.”

But it’s all a joke: 27 million page views in August, and none of it is true.

As with the Colbert Report, the news and the views expressed are so outrageous that conservatives cannot tell it apart from their own distorted worldview.

The originators of the site are Bryan Butvidas and Kirwin Watson. Mr. Butvidas expressed their goal as follows: “Let’s write stuff to expose how stupid people are.”

They seem to have succeeded beyond their expectations. They even fooled Marie Jon, a writer for RenewAmerica.com, a conservative organization that claims as it’s purpose, the expansion of “the influence of America’s grassroots — both among individual citizens and among principled groups — in the cause of preserving our nation upon its founding ideals, specifically those in the Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution, as well as those derived from biblical principles” while somehow pretending to be “nonpartisan and nondenominational.”

Maybe conservatives do have a sense of humor!

But let’s leave fantasy behind and return to the world of the real: Ms. Jon used to allow her stories to be reposted to ChristWire.

I guess you can believe anything if you try hard enough. Or perhaps, the point is, that people don’t try hard enough. That, at any rate, was the operating premise of ChristWire’s founders.

“There’s just rampant idiocy in the media sometimes,” Mr. Watson said. “People watch their favorite news channels, don’t question it and will regurgitate it the next day at the office. That is no good at all.”

“Our main culprit,” he adds, “is Fox News.”

Imagine that. FOX News, the show so over the top that nobody but conservatives believes it’s actually news.

It’s interesting that conservatives cannot see how gullible people like Rush Limbaugh, Bill O’Reilly, Glenn Beck and Ann Coulter have made them with their non-stop propaganda parade. The more outrageous the crap that spews from those mouths the more eagerly it is lapped up. The less relationship it has to reality, the more it is believed.

Does anybody on the right know how much Colbert and sites like christwire.org have in common with Limbaugh, Beck and the others. False piety and false news and false patriotism seems a pretty potent mix when you mix it in with a little bombast. And it’s hard to say who is more bombastic, the joking Colbert or the right-wing clown-show.

I wonder, sometimes, will these conservative pundits will wake up one day and realize what caricatures they have become? If they do, you can be it will be long after the fact has been recognized by the rest of the planet.

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Bill O’Reilly Admits that Fox News is Biased Against Liberals

Aug 27 2010 Published by under Featured News

In his column today, Bill O’Reilly did something that every other Fox News personality has refused to do. He admitted that FNC is biased, not only are they biased, but they are biased against liberals. I know. I know. Pick yourself up off the floor because O’Reilly wrote, “The anti-liberal Fox News Channel and the Wall Street Journal, whose editorial page is conservative, are both doing very well.”

O’Reilly was engaging in one of his favorite fallacious arguments that America loves conservatives more because Fox News is more popular than MSNBC and CNN when he admitted the worst kept secret in the history of broadcasting,” What is somewhat scary is that the far-left media continues to peddle this stuff, even in the face of economic disaster. CNN and MSNBC are in deep ratings trouble. Newsweek magazine recently sold for one dollar, and Time is having a tough go of it as well. Air America is bankrupt. The New York Times and the Washington Post are not nearly as successful or influential as they used to be. Not all of those concerns are far-left, but they do have an ideological kinship with the loons; it’s just a matter of degree. Meantime, the anti-liberal Fox News Channel and the Wall Street Journal, whose editorial page is conservative, are both doing very well.

Earlier in the column he claimed that the idea that Fox News is trying to scare white people is an invention of the Left, “You may remember that the radical left designated the Shirley Sherrod story, the ACORN scandal, the New Black Panther/voting booth/Justice Department situation, and the resignation of White House “green jobs” czar Van Jones as previous attempts to scare white Americans. I don’t know about you, but I’m white, and those stories did not frighten me. I hope I’m not out of the “white loop.”

Bill-O blamed the Left for trying to scare whitey, “But here’s a key question. Why are Howard Dean and Senator Harry Reid trying to scare white people? Those committed liberals both believe the mosque should be built somewhere else. Why are these guys trying to frighten Caucasians, and what can we do to stop them? It is simply unfair to have the Senate majority leader and the former Governor of Vermont running around trying to instill fear into white guys and gals. This must stop.”

O’Reilly’s point makes no sense. If it is the Left that is trying to scare white people, then why are all of the race baiting stories airing on the conservative network? You would think that all the race based stories would be running on MSNBC if the Left was out to frighten the entitled white man. Breitbart doesn’t peddle his videos to CNN and MSNBC, does he? It is fascinating that O’Reilly is the one who shattered the myth of the two Foxes, one for news, and a conservative one for opinion. I don’t care if Fox News is conservative, but I have always contended that FNC should be honest about its bias. Do exactly as O’Reilly did, put it out in the open and tell viewers exactly what they are getting.

Since Obama was elected, Fox News has been drifting farther away from pretending that they are fair and balanced, and moving straight into Republican activism. Last month, Rachel Maddow destroyed Bill O’Reilly’s argument about the political significance of ratings, needless to say ratings are a crack potted way to measure political behavior, but O’Reilly’s admission that Fox News is biased was a rare bit of candor, from a network that prospers by reinventing the truth.

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O’Reilly Backlash Looming After Jennifer Aniston Says R-Word

Aug 20 2010 Published by under Featured News, Issues

The New Face of Evil, Jennifer Aniston

The Battle for Moral Authority Continues in O’Reilly v Aniston (Real America v Evil Hollywood Liberal Elite).

It’s Friday people. Time for some light sparring and who can bring it? No one can bring it like Bill O’Reilly, King of the Moral Poutrage and also, too, superb pretender as Moral Authority of America. Who’s he goin’ after now? Well…..I’m willing to bet Moral High Grounder Bill O’Reilly will be taking pot shots at evil liberal elite Jen Aniston today, after her “R-word” slip up today on the Regis and Kelly show. Come on, you know conservatives are just salivating over this one, post-Dr Laura “N-word” rant! Cue the false equivalencies and impugned characters!

The bad news is that if Bill-O doesn’t get to the cameras first, Sarah Palin might come out of hiding and attack America with her voice. You know she gets super upset when a perceived liberal says the “R-word”. She is a-ok with the “N-word” though, because we have free speech. Got it?

Watch Here:

Yikes, Jen!

And as a liberal (and hence clearly on the wrong side of any moral argument, circa 1950), I just want to say, I was appalled before she even got to the R word. There are other words, Jen, besides “fun” and “retarded”. Other words.

CNN Marquee Blog reports:

“The 41-year-old star made her way to “Live! With Regis and Kelly” Thursday and let the word “retard” slip in the middle of a self-deprecating remark.

Aniston was chatting with Regis Philbin and Kristin Cruz from Los Angeles radio station 103.5 about her Harper’s Bazaar Barbra Streisand photos. Cruz asked how she got in the mood to “really embody” Streisand, and Aniston replied, “I play dress-up. I do it for a living, like a retard.”

The audience chuckled, and guest host Cruz kept rolling with a follow-up question, but the comment hasn’t gone unnoticed.”

This is the perfect opening for Moral High Ground King Bill O’Reilly to step in and school the horrid liberal elite about political correctness, which conservatives were for before they were against, but now they’re for again. Only if it’s the “R-word”. If you say the “N-word”, you are golden (see Dr. Laura and the first amendment as it applies to protecting conservatives from backlash after saying dumb things).

I don’t get why you silly liberals can’t keep up with this! “N-word” OK. “R-word” bad.

Flashback to how this tussle for moral authority (Hollywood Elite and Clearly Terrible Person versus Bill O’Reilly, Fox Anchor, Sexual Harasser and Falafel lover):

Jennifer had the nerve to say: “Women don’t have to settle with a man to have a child,” which naturally threatened Bill-O, because if we don’t need men like him for sperm, honestly….what would his purpose be? And let’s fact it, girls, you can find a boss to sexually harass you anywhere…so it’s not like Bill-O is so special.

Jen suggested that due to science (which is also a liberal invention apparently), we aren’t forced to settle for a horrible man just to have a baby….but Bill-O only believes in the free market when it comes to Wall Street, so naturally he put an end to the notion of competition and freedom in the daddy market. And don’t even think about whispering anything about evolution, you naughty elite science lover.

Bill-O took to the air to denounce Jen for the cheekiness of suggesting women don’t need men. In his wild rant against the petite elite, Bill-O said Jen was downplaying the importance of fathers, which he feels is destructive to our society. Pause while we ignore the utter hubris of Bill-O accusing someone who is not on Fox News of being destructive to society……

Back to the real issue: OK, girls, would you rather have a man who calls girls who work for him in order to sexually harasses them, offering to shove falafels up their privates, as a father for your baby or do you sometimes think that maybe you might rather have standards for the daddy of your baby? I mean, science is lookin’ kinda good here, I have to admit. Not that I get a vote…being a woman and all.

Jen pushed back: “Of course the ideal scenario for parenting is two parents of a mature age. And of course, many women dream of finding Prince Charming (with fatherly instincts), but for those who’ve not yet found their Bill O’Reilly…I’m just glad science has provided a few other options.”

Er, Jen….Bill-O isn’t exactly Prince Charming, but I’m guessin’ you knew that, you smarty pants liberal. Is this the part where I get to point out that Jen said “two parents of mature age” but never denoted their sex? Or should I focus on how evil Jen tried to scare the Fox host with mention of science?

I can’t wait to hear Bill-O weigh in on this one, with that smirky look of contempt as he explains why saying the “R-word” once (bad Jen) is the same as saying the “N-word” over and over and over and over and over……because, of course, there is literally no difference in slipping and choosing to say something over and over and over again. No difference! The “R-word” is just much worse because it’s likely to bring Sarah Palin out of hiding. She might even release a short video to be played on Fox News, wherein she tortures Americans by speaking and telling us why she’s taking away all of our freedoms because we are mean to her.

America awaits Bill-O’s moral guidance on this pressing issue of the “R-word”. And please, Bill-O, hurry up to claim this one before Sarah Palin issues another Facebook rant from her cave of cowardice. Please, Bill. I’m begging you, for real America. Do it for the troops.

Note: Yes, it is wrong and bad to use the “R-word”. Please make note and cease immediately. And if you see Jennifer Aniston on the street, don’t make eye contact.

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Palin To Head to Jacksonville to Spread More Faux Feminist Propaganda

Aug 15 2010 Published by under Featured News

Palin Pitchin' Her Patriarchal Feminism

Sarah Palin joins her next endorsee, John Thrasher, St. Augustine, Florida state senator and chairman of the Republican Party of Florida, to headline a Jacksonville fundraiser on August 26. They’re using their star power to raise money for Heroic Media, “a faith-based non-profit that reduces abortion by creating a Culture of Life through television, billboard and internet advertising which connects women in crisis with life-affirming pregnancy centers.” Yikes. Sounds kind of seven mountain-ish propaganda to me, but OK.

Hey, relax because Heroic Media is also endorsed by such notorious feminists as:

— Bill O’Reilly, Host of “The O’Reilly Factor” and Author:
“Confrontation is one way to deal with problems. To make inroads with abortion, Heroic Media’s positive plan is the right plan.”

— Most Reverend Gregory M. Aymond, Archbishop, Diocese of New Orleans:
“I was very much impressed by the Heroic Media television spots…I certainly appreciate and understand the need for a wider audience and the ecumenical and inter-religious dimension that they appeal to. I whole-heartedly support Heroic Media and their efforts.”

— Col. Oliver North, Combat Decorated U.S. Marine, Author and Correspondent for Fox News:
“The message is so powerful the medium so pervasive that it may be the only chance some young woman, or even some young man, may have to get it right. Pray for Heroic Media. Pray for those who are going to go out and do their best to put together a commercial that is going to lead a young woman to make the right decision…”

All of that feminism and the glass ceilin’ shatterin’ is just so gosh-darn inspiring! Cough. Maybe we should veer off the Heroic Media website to take a gander at these folks when they’re not giving testimonials for propaganda, eh? Because, remember, when Palin, or any modern day Republican says feminist, it can mean a lot of things. In this case, it means a sexual harasser, a protector and enabler of a multiple-offending child molester, and a betrayer of America.

Bill O’Reilly, Fox News host and sexual harasser in the infamous falafel scandal, as quoted in a sexual harassment suit filed against him by a Fox News producer, 2004:
“So anyway I’d be rubbing your big b**bs and getting your nipples really hard, kinda’ kissing your neck from behind…and then I would take the other hand with the falafel thing and I’d just put it on your p***y but you’d have to do it really light, just kind of a tease business…”

Gregory M. Aymond, Archbishop and protector of child abuser, as quoted by NOLA.com:
“Asked about a 1999 case in which a man told Aymond and other church authorities that Brian Matherne, a coach at Sacred Heart School in Norco, had for years molested his son, who was then 24. Aymond and other officials tried unsuccessfully to speak to the young man, and failing to do so, left the coach in his job for months after receiving the complaint. The youth later told his story to the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office; Matherne was arrested and later pleaded guilty to molesting 17 youths over a period of 15 years.

Shortly after his appointment as archbishop, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests issued a statement claiming Aymond only “postures as someone who takes clergy sex crimes seriously.”

Col. Oliver North, Fox News correspondent and decorated Marine, but also convicted of three felonies associated with Iran Contra, which were later vacated:
“The good Lord gave me eight grandchildren, and I am convinced that through schools like Desert Christian that we are going to overwhelm the adversaries, not just with bombs and bullets, but with the demonstration of Christian principles.” Sorta seems like Olie might have another agenda for wanting to deny women access to abortions, eh? Building a Christian army and all of that, which is fine, but it’s not the same as having a true moral concern for women or babies.

Wow. That’s a rose that smells to high heaven. “Heroic Media”, huh? I’m not seeing the heroism.

Perhaps by “heroic”, they mean media used as propaganda. Media where no one asks any questions. Media being used to sell a lie to girls and vulnerable women. Gosh, I’m gettin’ all teared up again, just thinking about the cast of feminist characters behind this. A church-sanctioned protector of a serial child molester, a Fox News sexual harasser, and three time convicted felon (later vacated) all agree with Palin’s view of feminism. That sure is comforting.

I feel a rising up of pink elephants in my gut and it’s not pretty.

It should go without saying that we all strive to reduce abortions, but the way that’s proven to accomplish this is through sex education and availability of birth control. In the end, a woman has to have the right to make a choice for herself. It’s simply not feasible to legislate morality, and its highly hypocritical for people who also stand for not supporting unwed mothers to try to manipulate girls and women into what these people deem “the right decision”.

One hopes the Palin touch is worth a bit more for Thrasher than it turned out to be in red state Georgia for Palin pick Karen Handel, who lost her primary days ago. Incumbent Thrasher is taking on Republican Dr. Charles Perniciaro in the primary and the winner will fight Democrat Deborah Gianoulis in this Republican leaning district.

Per Palin’s contract, there’s no word how much she’s being paid to pal around with the Heroic Media crowd, but it’s not her first venture with them.

While Palin is down there, maybe she can take her Mama Grizzly feminism and help raise some money for battered women, since Florida is having a surge of domestic violence right now. How about it, Sarah? Put your money where your mouth is, so to speak.

They say you can judge a person by the company they keep. If that’s the case, we know everything we need to know about Sarah Palin. This isn’t feminism. It’s propaganda 101, and its goal has nothing to do with further empowering women.

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Rachel Maddow Takes On and Levels Bill O’Reilly

Jul 22 2010 Published by under Featured News

Last night Bill O’Reilly tried to take on Rachel Maddow criticism of Fox’s Shirley Sherrod story by boasting about FNC’s ratings. Maddow responded tonight by taking him apart, “You were trying to take the attention off me saying that your network Fox News continually crusades on flagrantly bogus stories designed to make White Americans fear Black Americans.”

Here is the video and a partial transcript via MSNBC:

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After playing a clip of Bill-O bragging about Fox News’ ratings, Maddow said, “Here Mr. O’Reilly has a point. You and Fox get great ratings. It is so awesome how great your ratings are. Here’s the score card from last night. It is in TV ratings speak, but I think it will be clear enough. Here’s Mr. O’Reilly that 757 would be him at 8:00, and that 245 would be me at 9:00, different hour, but you know same point, and don’t tell Susan’s mom whose actually pretty sensitive about these kinds of things, but we’re actually outrated by all kinds of shows. “Deadliest Catch,” that’s about fishing. We get killed by a show called “The Closer” about which I know nothing about except it kills us in the ratings, and we get smaller ratings than WWE wrestling…. Of course, all of those shows also kill Mr. O’Reilly’s show in the ratings as well as everything else on Fox, as do Sponge Bob, reruns of NCIS, and Hannah Montana, Forever, which is totally understandable. They are all more watched than The O’Reilly Factor which is totally irrelevant.”

Maddow addressed O’Reilly’s straw man directly, “When you got all kicked your butt, and Madame on me, you really weren’t trying to tout your network’s ratings. You were trying to take the attention off me saying that your network Fox News continually crusades on flagrantly bogus stories designed to make White Americans fear Black Americans, which Fox News most certainly does for a political purpose, even if it upends the lives of individuals like Shirley Sherrod. Even as it frays the fabric of the nation, and even as it makes the American Dream more of a dream and less of a promise.”

She concluded, “You can insult us all you want about television ratings and you’ll be right that yours are bigger for now, and maybe forever. You are the undisputed winner. Even if nobody watches us except for my mom, my girlfriend, and people who forget to turn off the TV after Keith, you still would be wrong about the facts, your highness.” If you get into a discussion with any defender of Fox News undoubtedly at some point when they can no longer disputes the facts about FNC, they break out the ratings diversion. Bill O’Reilly tried to do this to Rachel Maddow, and she not only called him on it, but she also dismantled the Fox News ratings straw man diversion.

Ms. Maddow was one hundred percent spot on. Even O’Reilly’s supposedly huge ratings get dwarfed by tween programming, reality television, and cartoons. O’Reilly knew that he could not defend his network on the Sherrod, so he changed the subject as quickly as possible. If Maddow seemed absolutely giddy to be mentioned by O’Reilly, she was. Not because it will boost her ratings, but because her show is getting noticed, and having an impact. Rachel Maddow is one of the rare people in television who aren’t about ratings. As she pointed out, something matter more, like facts for instance. Bill-O would be wise to leave Rachel Maddow alone. She is too smart, and when he tries to take her on, he is in way, way, way, over his head.

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Bill O’Reilly Humiliates Sarah Palin on Fox News

Jul 10 2010 Published by under Featured News, Issues, Republican Party

Sarah Palin made another rash appearance on Bill O’Reilly’s The Factor Friday night, wherein he grilled her about immigration reform. The half-term governor left the FNC program angry and humiliated as O’Reilly exposed Palin’s limited knowledge for the Fox crowd to see.

Palin Struggles to Answer O'Reilly

Word on the street is that if the Republicans don’t want Sarah Palin to run for President, they’re going to let Fox News and Conservative papers go after her. Uh hum. I’m assuming if they were going to let the fur fly, they’d do it on the on the No. 1 cable news show at 8 p.m. for 10 consecutive years . Uh huh. That guy doesn’t think much of herself anyway, so this is all coming together.

First, Bill-O primed the pump on June 8th by having a panel on to discuss Palin’s obvious campaign ad, “Mama Grizzlies”:

CARLSON: But I believe this is a precursor to her running for president.

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O’REILLY: It’s a powerful voting block if she can do it.

HOOVER: Here’s the thing. You mentioned independents. The problem is that independents broke against Sarah Palin in the 2008 election.

O’REILLY: Right.

HOOVER: She was a very polarizing figure. Most people know already how they feel about Sarah Palin. So I think this is going to galvanize her supporters. I don’t know if it will win over new people.

CARLSON: A lot of independents thought they loved Barack Obama, too, and guess where they are now.

O’REILLY: I don’t know if they will rally around Sarah Palin. Nobody would know unless they take a poll, which would be an interesting thing for us to do.

Uh huh. So, he establishes that she wants to run and that he should do a poll. Knowing how fair and balanced they are over there, he has to lead his viewers to the right conclusion. So…..

Cut to Friday night, June 9, I give you Bill O’Reilly, grilling the half-term governor on a segment he cynically called: “If Sarah Palin were President”. I can assure you, this did not go well.

O’Reilly pressed Sarah on how she would solve the immigration problem, and she answered with, “whatever it takes.” This did not amuse Bill-O who, gasp, actually wanted her to offer a policy solution, and that is where things got testy, because O’Reilly kept pushing , and Palin got angry, and revealed that her solution is to to provide steps for immigration reform, “at some point,” and “keep it simple.” Her answer was a non-answer with no specifics, and a whole lot of anger.

I just can’t transcribe this people, so you’re going to have to watch. I gave Palinese up for the Summer. At any rate, it isn’t all in the words. Bill-O assaults the half-term governor, leaving her bleeding on the floor like he does the rest of his guests. No special treatment here. Keep an ear out for Bill-O’s “this is where it gets complicated, governor” scolding. This is just cruel. They know she’s not up to these interviews. Where are her people???? He also tells her that he is afraid of her “Mama Grizzlies”. Sigh.

And after this, he has another “panel” on with Leslie Marshall and Dana Perino (please, God, make it stop) to discuss Palin’s failure to answer, her “lack of specifics”. They pretty much finished the half-termer off, after Perino got in her pro-Bush stuff and Marshall got lambasted for thinking that Obama wanted to secure our borders (I guess he doesn’t want to secure our borders….? And I guess O’Reilly doesn’t realize that Obama ordered 1200 National Guard reserves to the border in addition tothousands to the Gulf, however they are sitting idle as Bobby Jindal (R-LA) et al wait to formulate a plan?).

Ouch, ouch, ouch.

If you were the Republican Party, and you knew that Sarah Palin’s approval ratings were in Joe the Plumber’s toilet, would you want her to steal the Primary with her Merry Band of Tea Partiers? Uh huh. I thought not.

H/T to Politicususa reader

Updated to backtrack the President’s ordering of the National Guard to the border states and to the Gulf.

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Irony Strikes As Bill O’Reilly Claims MSNBC Lies Everyday

Jul 07 2010 Published by under Featured News

Tonight on The O’Reilly Factor Bill O’Reilly, who just so happens to work for Fox News, claimed that the Left and MSNBC lie everyday. While discussing the decline of the Left with Dick Morris, O’Reilly said, “People on MSNBC lie everyday,” I think Bill has MSNBC confused with a certain other “Fair and Balanced,” network.

Here is the video courtesy of Media Matters:

While talking to Dick Morris, O’Reilly asked, “Do you believe that the far Left has fallen apart? I mean let’s take this Media Matters thing. They blatantly lie everyday. People on MSNBC lie everyday. Have Americans caught on now? Those people are they talking to a very small sliver, because they did have some momentum when Obama was running for president, but I think it’s all gone now.” O’Reilly disagreed with Morris that the Left once had a vast momentum, and his evidence was MSNBC’s ratings, “I don’t know if it was vast. MSNBC’s ratings were never ever good, ever.”

It is ironic for O’Reilly to be talking about cable networks that lie when he works for the biggest pusher of falsehoods on television Fox News, but if you look beneath the surface there is actually a method to this madness. Discrediting other sources of information is how Fox News keeps their viewers hooked. Fox News constantly sells itself to its tiny daily audience, and yes the audience is a tiny 2 million, when compared to the nation as a whole, as an outlet for truth. The whole Fox News business strategy is based on a constantly selling to its viewers the myth of a large liberal media, because psychologically conservatives need to feel oppressed.

For giggles here are some of the lies that Fox News put on the air today.

Here’s Sean Hannity claiming that Obama didn’t accept aid for the Gulf oil spill until day 71:

Here is Glenn Beck claiming that Obama did political favors for the New Black Panthers:

Then there was the great Fox and Friends discussion about the wussification of America:

Fox News pushes more lies in a day than anyone else on the Left could in a month. They are a factory of misinformation. I am not saying MSNBC is all that great either. (MSNBC’s motto should be We Are So Serious About The News that We Don’t Work Weekends), but no one is in the same league as Fox News when it comes having a serious aversion to the truth. If MSNBC is such a non-entity as Bill-O claims, then why is he so obsessed with them? This question leads one to believe that O’Reilly’s comments about the Left are more based on wishful thinking than actual fact.

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