Of course he had to add the requisite “both sides do it” statement.
Jon Stewart: Credit for Sarah Palin’s recovery from being unfairly linked to the Tucson shootings has to go to her nurse, Sean Hannity.
Trust in Fox News plummets:
-A year ago a plurality of Americans said they trusted Fox News. Now a plurality of them don’t. Conservatives haven’t moved all that much- 75% said they trusted it last year and 72% still do this time around. But moderates and liberals have both had a strong increase in their level of distrust for the network- a 12 point gain from 48% to 60% for moderates and a 16 point gain from 66% to 82% for liberals. Voters between left and center tend to be more trusting of the media across the board, which is why a fair number of them were still rating Fox favorably even a year ago at this time. But it looks like with a lot of those folks it has finally crossed the line to being too political to trust.
-All three of the traditional major networks- NBC, CBS, and ABC- have seen an increase in their trust levels over the last year. NBC continues to be the most trusted of the trio, breaking even this year at 41% who trust it and 41% who don’t. It may be MSNBC’s liberal tilt that vaults its parent network to the top overall.
“They believe in communism. They believe and have called for a revolution. You’re going to have to shoot them in the head. But warning, they may shoot you.”
— Glenn Beck discussing Democratic leaders on a June broadcast of his Fox News show.
FOX NEWS’ MEGYN KELLY CLAIMED LAST WEEK that her network doesn’t use Nazi references, like Rep. Steve Cohen (D) did when he compared the GOP to Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels during a debate on health care.
In an interview with Kelly, Democratic strategist Richard Socarides pointed out that Cohen wasn’t the only one to invoke Nazis. “If we want to get into who is heating this and overheating this, I mean every night on the very network we’re on right now, the leading commentators on this network use this kind of language,” he explained.
Kelly responded, “That’s not true, Richard. I don’t know if you sit and watch our programming every night, but I watch it every day, and you’re wrong.”
Stewart noted, “Megyn, I watch it every day, too. 12 long years. I think he might be right.”
…and what follows is clip after clip after clip, proving Kelly wrong:
(Reuters) – Four hundred rabbis will publish a letter on Thursday calling on Fox News to sanction host Glenn Beck for repeated use of Nazi and Holocaust imagery and for airing attacks on World War Two survivor George Soros.
In an open letter to Rupert Murdoch, the chairman of News Corp, which owns Fox, the rabbis also demand an apology from Fox News chief Roger Ailes for characterizing Beck’s Jewish critics as nothing more than “left-wing rabbis.”
The letter will appear today in the Wall Street Journal. Guess what the response is from Fox News (GOP/Teaparty network):
“We haven’t seen the ad,” said Joel Cheatwood, Fox News senior vice president of development, “but this group is a George Soros backed left-wing political organization that has been trying to engage Glenn Beck primarily for publicity purposes.”
Anyone with a functioning brain can see that Cheatwood has that backwards — Beck and Fox News have been “engaging” Jews and liberals for publicity purposes for quite some time.
BTW, today is International Holocaust Remembrance Day, an observance established by the United Nations in 2005.
Dubya Tee Eff, indeed, Sarah:
What did Palin think of Barack Obama’s popular centrist State of the Union speech? It’s impossible to tell, based on the words falling so loosely from her lips, but she did prove she also doesn’t know how to say the old Internet term “WTF,” which is pronounced “What the Fuck?” (She just spoke the letters, which is a blood libel against Fuck.) Oh yeah, we’ve got the video!
And yeah, the Snowbilly is definitely in her “Fat Elvis” final days of narcotic confusion.
A friend who works at PBS just emailed this image to me, adding, “This is how I feel every freaking day.”
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The Egyptian crisis is far from over; Obama and his team can hardly be fully judged. But to date, they have represented the United States well. In fact, Republican leaders in Congress have not been complaining. Yet the Obama Hate Machine has seized on the Egyptian uprising as another opportunity to slam the president. Conservative columnist Dick Morris, who once upon a time was a consultant to President Bill Clinton, hammered Obama for failing to stand with Mubarak against Islamic “extremists” trying “to take over the country.” Fox News contributor Ralph Peters blasted Obama for not sufficiently supporting the Egyptian protesters. The right-wing Washington Times editorial page slammed Obama for having “abrogated any leadership role in resolving the turmoil in Egypt,” noting, “When the time calls for action, Mr. Obama sits on his hands.” The newspaper suggested that Obama’s moves would lead to al-Qaeda taking over Egypt. Andrew Breitbart’s BigGovernment.com published a posting by Wayne Allyn Root, a leading libertarian, that predicted that the United States would soon be hit by Egyptian-style “riots, revolt in the streets, and economic paralysis” and that Obama “might turn out to be just as intolerant to dissent as Mubarak.”
Then there’s Glenn Beck. In his own bizarro fashion, Beck tied the rebellion in Egypt to radical forces in the United States and elsewhere that are scheming the demise of the United States:“We have evidence of the uber-left, the anarchists and the communists and the socialists, the radicals, sowing the seeds and helping those in Egypt. All they want is more pressure on the United States. This isn’t about the people there. This is about changing the globe… . The storm that I’ve talked about for so many years is here. The coming insurrection is here.”
Read the explanations for each reason — they’re very good! Like #3 below:
1. It’s a foreign affairs story, not a domestic politics one.
2. Obama can’t be blamed. Well, not in any kind of coherent way.
3. It’s not a hate-based story that divides Americans. So far, the uplifting tale about how the Egyptian people are altering the course of their history doesn’t really have a villain who Fox News can demonize state-side. Sure, President Hosni Mubarak is starring as the out-of-touch autocratic leader who is being forced from office. But Fox News really prefers stories that pit entire segments of the U.S. population against each other and where paranoia, as well as resentment, are allowed to fester and then be amplified. (Think: Terri Schiavo.)
4. It took Fox News a long time to find a boogeyman.
5. There are no bombs going off in the street of Cairo.
6. Egypt today can’t be explained by retired generals or terrorism experts.
7. It exposes Glenn Beck as being even more insane than people already thought he was.
8. Fox News producers don’t know any prominent Arabs or Muslims.
9. The GOP doesn’t seem to have a clearly defined position on the Egyptian revolution, nor is it passionate about the turmoil.
10. It’s an actual news story.
I’d add one more, maybe the biggest reason of all:
11. Greta and Sean can’t comfortably work Sarah Palin into this story on their shows (nor can Palin see Egypt from her porch).
It’s true that the RWNJs can’t decide if they want to portray Obama as soft on Islam or as a secret Muslim — so they just do both, because their audience will believe anything.
And who’s also sailing aboard the Crazy Boat? Tammy Bruce