April 15, 2005

Hannity Preps Guests Against Colmes

How should guests respond to Alan Colmes? Take advice from Coach Sean Hannity, according to this item from Lloyd Grove in the NYDN:

Between commercials, according to an off-air audiotape obtained by investigative comedian Harry Shearer for last Sunday's episode of his weekly radio program, "Le Show," Hannity coached the women on exactly how to respond when liberal co-host Alan Colmes cross-examined them.

"Just say, 'I'm here to tell what I saw,'" Hannity can be heard instructing his guests. "No matter what the question, 'I'm here to tell you what I saw. I'm here to tell you what I saw.'"

Hannity adds helpfully: "Say, 'I'm not going to be distracted by silliness.' How's that? Does that help you? Look into that camera. Look at me when I'm talking."

On the air, Iyer performs beautifully. "I don't have any opinions or judgments. I was there," she declares

After the segment ends, Hannity gushes off the air to the nurses: "We got the points out. It's hard, this isn't easy. But you did great, both of you. Thank you, guys. Those nurses are powerful, aren't they?"

On his radio show, Shearer injected: "Yeah, especially when they do what you tell 'em to do. Very powerful when they follow instructions from the host!"

A Fox News flack didn't respond to Lowdown's detailed message yesterday.

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April 06, 2005

Fun with O'Reilly Quotes

"You'll be able to marry a goat -- you mark my words!" From The Radio Factor's March 29 show:

O'REILLY: The judges in Massachusetts knew they weren't going to be impeached when they said to the state legislature, "Gay marriage is now legal in Massachusetts because we say it is. We the judges" -- they knew they weren't gonna be impeached. They knew the legislature didn't care. You get the government you deserve. In California, the prevailing wisdom is marijuana is no big deal, let's legalize it. And since we can't get that through the legislature, we'll do it this way. And they did it! You see?

And 10 years, this is gonna be a totally different country than it is right now. Laws that you think are in stone -- they're gonna evaporate, man. You'll be able to marry a goat -- you mark my words!

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April 04, 2005

Hannity on the Pope

Via Think Progress, from January 2003:

COLMES: …And before you respond, let me just put up what the pope says.

“No to war,” says Pope John Paul II. “during his annual address to scores of diplomatic emissaries to the Vatican… ‘War is not always inevitable,’ he said. ‘It is always a defeat for humanity.’”

Are these a bunch of wild-eyed liberal loonies?


You go, Colmes.

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March 30, 2005

Harry Shearer Catches Hannity

Calls Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA) an asshole.

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I Love Fox and Friends

If not for the pure, comedic value. On the group of ex-diplomats who signed a letter opposing John Bolton to the UN:

HILL: Here’s what struck me about that story. Here are a couple of the names of the diplomats who don’t want John Bolton to get the nomination: Princeton Lyman, Monteagle Stearns, and Spurgeon Keeny –
KILMEADE: Those guys again!
HILL: Just odd names.
KILMEADE: Who the heck are they?
ThinkProgress with the yukity-yuks:
Before he came under attack for not throwing his blind support behind President Bush’s nominee, Princeton Lyman certainly received a lot more respect from the network. Here are just two examples of how Fox News had previously referred to him:

“[W]e turn to Princeton Lyman, a veteran American diplomat, who was a former U.S. ambassador to South Africa and an authority on that continent.” [Fox News, 6/30/04]

“[W]e turn to a man with long experiences, an American diplomat in Africa. Princeton Lyman, who spend [sic] three years as U.S. ambassador to South Africa…and who is now a senior fellow on Africa at the Council on Foreign Relations.” [Fox News, 7/3/03]

This was another funny Fox and Friends moment from back in the 04:
After a commercial break, the discussion returned with a broader focus, and Kilmeade asked about convention protestors, "When is it okay to whack them around?" Kelly hesitated for a moment before responding, "Never." Apparently unsatisfied with Kelly's response, Kilmeade restated his question, asking, "If they're not moving, if they're threatening you, can you whack them around?" After Kelly repeated his response, Kilmeade made his own view clear: "I hate seeing these protests."
Hilarity, capital H!

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March 14, 2005

Fox News: Lots of Opinion

Finds a Project for Excellence in Journalism study:

Fox was measurably more one-sided than the other networks, and Fox journalists were more opinionated on the air. The news channel was also decidedly more positive in its coverage of the war in Iraq, while the others were largely neutral. At the same time, the story segments on the Fox programs studied did have more sources and shared more about them with audiences ... Fox journalists were even more prone to offer their own opinions in the channel's coverage of the war in Iraq. There 73% of the stories included such personal judgments. On CNN the figure was 2%, and on MSNBC, 29%.

The same was true in coverage of the Presidential election, where 82% of Fox stories included journalist opinions, compared to 7% on CNN and 27% on MSNBC.

Those findings seem to challenge Fox's promotional marketing, particularly its slogan, "We Report. You Decide."

Read more.

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February 24, 2005

Sean Hannity: Matchmaker


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February 17, 2005

Poor Alan Colmes

He really is going to be the most popular suggestion in the 'Name Sean Hannity's Dog Contest' - from both sides, too.

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February 16, 2005

Olbermann on Brit Hume Comments

This has been passed around a bit the past few days, but it's worth posting:

The Fox News folks, of course, specifically Brit Hume, squeezed the whole FDR thing. ‘Media Matters For America’ has done much of the legwork on breaking this down, and both on his radio show and at his website, Al Franken has done much of the publicizing. Hume, and others like those bastions of public conduct John Fund and Bill Bennett, have taken a bunch of 70-year old quotes out of context to make it look like Franklin Delano Roosevelt is endorsing President Bush’s plan to partially privatize Social Security.

Here’s the full relevant segment from Roosevelt’s message to Congress on Social Security and other similar programs from 1935: “In the important field of security for our old people, it seems necessary to adopt three principles: First, non-contributory old-age pensions for those who are now too old to build up their own insurance. It is, of course, clear that for perhaps thirty years to come funds will have to be provided by the States and the Federal Government to meet these pensions. Second, compulsory contributory annuities which in time will establish a self-supporting system for those now young and for future generations. Third, voluntary contributory annuities by which individual initiative can increase the annual amounts received in old age. It is proposed that the Federal Government assume one-half of the cost of the old-age pension plan, which ought ultimately to be supplanted by self-supporting annuity plans.”

The syntax is a little ancient but the message is pretty straightforward. For 1935, people who would only take money out of Social Security and not put any in, should have their contributions covered half by the federal government and half by the states. Later on, those contributions should be replaced by the “self-supporting annuity plans” — which Roosevelt has already defined (“Second…”) as the actual Social Security system. Buried in the formality of his third point, FDR is talking about things we would later know as IRA’s and Keoghs and 401k’s.

But look at how Hume mixed and matched the original Roosevelt quotes on February 4th (and we’re quoting this verbatim from Fox’s website) “…it turns out that FDR himself planned to include private investment accounts in the Social Security program when he proposed it. In a written statement to Congress in 1935, Roosevelt said that any Social Security plans should include, ‘Voluntary contributory annuities, by which individual initiative can increase the annual amounts received in old age,’ adding that government funding, ‘ought to ultimately be supplanted by self-supporting annuity plans.’”

Roosevelt said no such thing. The “voluntary contributory annuities” are the IRA’s and Keoghs and 401k’s. What “ought to ultimately be supplanted” was the special government contributions to Social Security on behalf of people born in the 1870’s and earlier, and the “self-supporting annuity plans” constitute Social Security itself.

It’s premeditated, historical fraud, but you will not see Hume nor Fox News backpedal from it (as Jordan did for his misdemeanor), nor apologize for it (as Jordan did), nor save their masters from its shame (as Jordan did — of course there is no shame at Fox).

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February 09, 2005

Bill O'Reilly Exaggerates Punting Ability

I mean really ... Keith Olbermann, as quoted in Media Matters:

We segue now into our nightly roundup of celebrity and entertainment news, "Keeping Tabs." And it turns out the 2005 Super Bowl was not entirely scandal-free. This year's wasn't about the commercials, the halftime show or even the Philadelphia Eagles' pathetic clock management. It was about the Super Bowl program and Bill O'Reilly. The Fact or Fiction host and noted loofah user wrote the so-called end piece of the score card sold at yesterday's little game. He waxed poetic about the inspiration that his own football career at Marist College in New York provided observing that he once punted a ball backwards. But that, quoting here, "I won the national punting title for my division as a senior." O'Reilly concludes that "I guess you could say the end zone was the beginning of the no-spin zone."

But Mr. O'Reilly has done a little spinning of his own here. Others might call it resume padding. The football office at Marist told me today that football was not a varsity sport there until 1978 -- seven years after O'Reilly graduated. When he played, it was a so-called club sport where players paid all their own expenses, and schedules and, most importantly, statistical record keeping were haphazard.

So when he says he was the top punter in his division in the country in 1970, it does not mean what it sounds like. He was not in the NCAA Division I or II or the smaller-college NAIA Division I or Division II. O'Reilly in Marist played in something called the National Club Football Association. So writing in the Super Bowl program that you won the punting championship in your division would be like me writing in one of my articles in one of the World Series programs that I led the nation's high school baseball players in on-base percentage in 1973.

I did, too. My on-base percentage that season was 1,000. I came to bat once and got hit in the backside with a pitch.

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February 06, 2005

Will Bill O'Reilly Call for a Fox Boycott?

From patridiots:

Bill O'Reilly works for Fox a as a show host and commentator for Fox News. He has used both positions to call for a boycott of both Pepsi and Budweiser for using the hip-hop artist Ludacris as a spokesperson.

Ludacris has recorded a special Superbowl version of his song “#1 Spot/The Potion” that was played on Fox during the pre-game show today.

Bill O'Reilly is strangely silent when Ludacris is on Fox, Bil lO'Reilly's employer. A person might even call him a self-serving hypocrite.

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January 30, 2005

Inventing New Terms

This one was just too funny to let go; O'Reilly with president of the National Organization for Women, Kim Gandy:

O'REILLY: Let's get to your beefs with President Bush. Predictable. You want judges that would uphold Roe v. Wade. Obviously, you would want that. But this is interesting. You're pro-choice on abortion, but you're not pro-choice on Social Security. Isn't that interesting?
Interesting indeeeeed!

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January 21, 2005

"Fox News Meltdown"

Fox News - Fair and Balanced. Vanity Fair party pooper!

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December 22, 2004

Jesus Weeping Over O'Reilly Criticisms


FOX News host Bill O'Reilly declared that "[s]omewhere Jesus is weeping" over criticism of O'Reilly in the print media. O'Reilly issued this lament at the end of his December 20 "Talking Points Memo" segment -- a monologue he devoted entirely to responding to criticisms of him by various op-ed columnists -- on The O'Reilly Factor.

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December 21, 2004

Brit Hume Defends Rummy

Though some Republican Senators are calling for Rummy's head, Brit Hume defended Rumsfeld's comments as "quite thoughtful," "pretty reasonable." Media Matters:

FOX News managing editor and chief Washington correspondent Brit Hume praised Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld's false claim that the lack of armored vehicles in Iraq is "a matter of production." Hume called Rumsfeld's response to a question about the lack of armor at a December 8 "town hall" meeting with U.S. soldiers "a pretty reasonable answer" and chastised the media for focusing only on Rumsfeld's initial remark that "you go to war with the Army you have ... not the Army you might want." In fact, Rumsfeld's "reasonable" claim -- that the shortage is a result of production capacity -- was false, as numerous follow-up reports by the news media pointed out. Armor Holdings, the Army's main supplier of armored vehicles, told the media it was capable of producing more such vehicles if the Pentagon requested them, which the Pentagon in fact did two days later.
Brit Hume has a history of defending the administration at the expense of the troops.

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December 16, 2004

Fox's "Who's Your Daddy"

Now this one is just really sad:

The Fox network will air a special next month, "Who's Your Daddy?," where a daughter given up for adoption as an infant attempts to guess the identity of her birth father for a $100,000 prize.

Activists in the adoption community immediately attacked the special, which will air for 90 minutes Jan. 3.

"This is really perverse," said Adam Pertman, executive director of the Evan P. Donaldson Adoption Institute. "It takes a deeply personal and important experience and turns it into a money-grubbing game show. I think it is despicable."

The woman and her birth father were involved in simultaneous searches for each other. Her natural dad will be one of eight men, all claiming to be her father. She will be given opportunities to observe and interview the men to narrow the field, the network announced.

If she correctly guesses her father, the woman can win as much as $100,000. If she is incorrect, the impostor will win the money, Fox said.

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December 15, 2004

Zell Miller to Fox

I wonder if he'll be introduced as the 'Democratic' viewpoint. AP:

Retiring U.S. Sen. Zell Miller, the conservative Georgia Democrat who backed President Bush's re-election, is joining Fox News Channel as a contributor.

Miller, who made a memorable TV appearance when he challenged MSNBC host Chris Matthews to a duel, will be seen on a variety of Fox News programs starting Jan. 6, a Fox spokesman said Tuesday.

"I am excited to be joining Fox News Channel and am eager to contribute to the continuing success of the network," Miller said in a network release.

You can find the video of Miller on Hardball, by the way, here.

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December 09, 2004

Ludacris Raps Bill O'Reilly

Being the ever distinguished gentleman, I was listening to rapper Ludacris's new album on Napster, and came across these amusing lyrics on track, Number One Spot:

I'm never goin nowhere so don't try me
My music sticks in fans veins like an IV
Flows poison like Ivy, oh they grimy
Already offers on my 6th album from labels tryin to sign me
Respected highly, HIIII MR. O'REILLY
Hope all is well, kiss the plantiff and the wifey
The WPost's Reliable Source column also has this bit on Luda and O'Reilly:
Rap artist Ludacris has added Fox News talk show host Bill O'Reilly to his Christmas list. "I'd get him a knuckle sandwich," the rapper writes in the January issue of FHM magazine. Their beef dates back to 2002 when O'Reilly trashed Ludacris as "a man who degrades women, who encourages substance abuse, and does all the things that hurt particularly the poor in our society." Pepsi summarily dropped him from a forthcoming ad campaign. (And Ludacris subsequently gloated when the Fox personality faced allegations of sexual harassment from a colleague.)
OK, so the rap thing might not be interesting (though I do think Luda lives the life O'Reilly can only dream of). But dredging up O'Reilly hypocrisy is!

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Impress Friends with Your Bill O'Reilly Impression at Georgetown Dinner Parties?

Yeah, I know you do. If so, enter in "The Bill O'Reilly Alleged Phone Sex Scandal Impersonation Contest." Why? "because of the multimillion dollar settlement between O'Reilly and his former producer, America will never get to hear the actual tapes of Mr. O'Reilly's indiscretions--if such tapes do, in fact, exist."

And hey, shut up.

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Media Matters: FOX peddles false report that California school "banned Declaration of Independence because it mentions God"

Good oooooll Fox.

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December 08, 2004

Simpsons Hits Fox News

Tehe. From Lloyd Grove:

If you want to make Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes go ballistic - and I wouldn't advise it - just suggest that his broadcast journalists are shills for President Bush and the Republicans ...

So he couldn't have been happy Sunday night when another member of the Fox television family - "The Simpsons" - featured a Fox News satellite truck sporting a huge Bush-Cheney bumper sticker while the rock group Queen's classic "We Are the Champions" blared over the soundtrack.

Ailes didn't return my phone call yesterday.

But my pal Tom Shales, the esteemed television critic of The Washington Post, E-mailed that the wicked sendup was "pretty ballsy since 'The Simpsons' plays on the Fox network, but it also shows how firm is the image of Fox News as Bush whores."

"Simpsons" executive producer Al Jean responded: "Shales said that, not me."

Jean noted that Fox News has been an occasional "Simpsons" target, "but the only trouble we got into this time was with the broadcast standards and practices department, which told us we couldn't air it prior to the election because then it would present an 'equal time' problem."

The network's ethics cops simmered down when Jean assured them that the Bush-Cheney joke was for after the election.

Meanwhile, a Fox News spokeswoman insisted: "We're flattered by the attention."

Anyone who watches the show knows the cartoon often makes fun of Fox and Fox News. Fooooooor example:
King: The League of Uninformed Voters presents the Springfield Mayoral
Debates. I'm your moderator, Larry King. Now, a word to our
audience: even though we're being broadcast on...Fox, there's no
need for obnoxious hooting and hollering.
[audience hoots and hollers]
King: Oh...
Marge: You know, Fox turned into a hardcore sex channel so gradually, I
didn't even notice. Yeesh! [turns TV off]
Fox: Welcome to Fox News. Your Voice for Evil. Tonight we'll be interviewing the top two candidates for Springfield's 24th congressional district. For the Republicans? Beloved children's entertainer, Krusty the Clown. ..and for the Democrats, this guy. (Candidate appears with on-screen devil's horns, communist flag in background)
Candidate: I have a name!
Fox: Yes, I'm sure you do, comrade. I appreciate your being here, you're (switches to split shot of both candidates, and Krusty has an on-screen halo) usually so mired in sleaze (they both react) it must be an effort to come down to the studio.
Krusty: May I say something?
Fox: Certainly congressman. (switches to split shot of both candidates, and other guy is now upside down)
Candidate: He hasn't won yet!!
Fox: You make a very adulterous point! We will now conclude this debate with a Krusty campaign commercial..

During the above dialogue, a Fox type news crawl appears across the bottom of the screen;
Pointless News Crawls Up 37 Percent...
Do Democrats Cause Cancer? Find Out at foxnews.com...
Rupert Murdoch: Terrific Dancer...
Dow Down 5000 Points...
Study: 92 Percent of Democrats Are Gay...
JFK Posthumously joins Republican Party...
Oil Slicks Found to Keep Seals Young, Supple...
Dan Quayle: Awesome...

Among others, courtesy of the great The Simpsons Archive.

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November 07, 2004

[Media Matters] O'Reilly lies about

[Media Matters] O'Reilly lies about voting trends in election

O'Reilly told Reverend Al Sharpton: "The Democrats actually lost votes from four years ago in addition to losing seats in both the House and the Senate. So what happened?" The truth is that Senator John Kerry won 5 million more votes in 2004 than Al Gore won in the 2000 presidential election. Kerry won nearly 56 million votes in 2004 (at last count), while Gore won about 51 million. Later in his discussion with Sharpton, O'Reilly claimed: "The 18- to 24[-year-old]s didn't go [to the polls]. That was about the same [as 2000]." In fact, as the Associated Press noted, voter turnout among 18- to 24-year-olds was up

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