Brave New Films has put Robert Greenwald’s anti-Fox News documentary Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch’s War on Journalism online in its entirety.
The film charts the rise of Fox News, outlining the marketing-based techniques that make the channel such “compelling” viewing — the “Fox News Alert,” the blurring of journalism and commentary, and the deceptive use of the chyron, i.e. the lower third of the viewing area on a typical television screen. [Read more]
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Claiming to be acting under the bloody “banner of Liberty and Truth,” Jerad Miller and his wife Amanda, entered CiCi’s Pizza in Las Vegas on Sunday right before noon and executed two local policemen on their lunch break. Authorities say Jerad approached one officer while he was refilling his soda cup and shot him in the head from behind, before he and Amanda opened fire on his partner.
While patrons scrambled to safety, one of the shooters reportedly shouted that the “revolution” had begun. The duo then stripped the officers of their weapons and ammunition and badges, and covered them with cloth that featured the “Don’t tread on me” Gadsden flag, which has recently been adopted as a symbol of the tea party movement. The couple also left a swastika on one of the officers. [Read more]
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President Obama has announced that he is sending 1,500 troops to Iraq to bolster the international efforts against ISIL. These troops will be used to “train, advise and assist” Iraqi and Kurdish forces, and will bring the total of US forces there to 2,900.
Naturally, Fox News seized on the “assist” portion of their mission: [Read more]
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On Tuesday’s edition of “The Five,” Fox News host Kimberly Guilfoyle suggested that young women, who apparently lack important conservative wisdom, should just go ahead and excuse themselves from voting in the midterms. According to Guilfoyle and her co-hosts, females of a certain age just “don’t get it,” which should probably disqualify them from serving on juries, or from exercising a crucial constitutional right they gained less than a century ago.
“It’s the same reason why young women on juries are not a good idea,” Guilfoyle said. “They don’t get it. They’re not in that same life experience of paying the bills, doing the mortgage, kids, community, crime, education, healthcare. They’re like healthy and hot and running around without a care in the world.” [Read more]
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You can count on one hand the number of cases in this startling outbreak, and we can predict with near certainty that they will not snowball into a full-blown epidemic. But reports continue to filter in of Fox hosts objecting on-air to their network’s fear-driven Ebola coverage.
How could this happen? Maybe Fox got embarrassed about the extent of the wacko hysteria it’s fueling, like the story of a woman in Louisville who sequestered herself because the plane carrying an Ebola-infected nurse from Dallas to Cleveland may have passed over her roof. Or maybe it’s because Fox News chief Roger Ailes wants to blunt accusations that Fox’s panic-mongering is interfering with public-health efforts to keep people safe. [Read more]
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When President Obama first let it be known that he had decided to unleash war — oops, sorry, I mean “a campaign” — against ISIS, I had two main concerns. My first worry was mission creep, which is what happens when the U.S. commits to a small war that slowly balloons into a big one; like when a few hundred “advisors” to Vietnam turned into hundreds of thousands of soldiers. And my second worry concerned the further normalization of the war on terror, as two successive presidents defend and embrace a global struggle without end.
In my worst-case scenario, some catalyzing event, like the death of an American pilot or an ISIS attack on U.S. interests, would galvanize the public into supporting a more comprehensive strategy, one that featured the deployment of American troops. Told by their political leaders not only that ISIS was an existential threat, but that the U.S. military was capable of destroying it if it really wanted, voters would gravitate toward pundits and politicians who told them a quick and decisive victory was attainable, if only Washington would truly commit. Voters would agree, and suddenly we’d have to experience what a quagmire in the Middle East is like all over again. [Read more]
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Since his inauguration, Republicans have criticized President Obama for everything. For launching military strikes. For not launching military strikes. For taking vacations. For being too uptight. For fist-bumping. For being too detached. You name it. Progressives and those who simply like fair-minded political debate have alleged that the actual facts of President Obama’s actions are irrelevant, that Republicans who were determined to oppose everything the president did from Day One would criticize his every move no matter what.
To illustrate this, let’s look at two recent examples of Republican outrage and how, if the facts were entirely different, Republicans would nonetheless be outraged. It’s like a “Choose Your Own Adventure” tale, except the outcome is always the same—Republicans portraying President Obama as singularly awful in every way. [Read more]
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The case of Andrew Tahmooressi, a former Marine who was arrested in Mexico on weapons charges in March, has become a cause célèbre for the Tea Party and the conservative media.
His mother, Jill Tahmooressi, has been a frequent guest on Fox News. Seventy-four Tea Party Congress members have signed on to a letter demanding his release from a Mexican jail and demanding that Barack Obama close the border until Tahmooressi is released. His story has been covered extensively on Fox News and on conservative websites, including Drudge Report, WorldNetDaily and Breitbart. [Read more]
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Human beings steeped in intense and enduring hatred, aversion, and hostility toward individuals, entities, or ideas are easily incited to action that, more often than not, results in death and destruction. Many psychologists consider long-lasting hatred to be more of an attitude of disposition than a temporary emotional response, and it is beyond refute that most of the current hostility toward the government is borne of racial animus, religion, and conservative ideology. This is evident in the increased number of hate groups and armed militias that typically rise during a Democratic administration and decrease when a religious Republican administration is in power. It was little surprise then, that when Americans elected a Democrat and African American man as President that conservatives claimed was a Muslim, the number of hate groups and armed militias exploded and led to threats of armed rebellion against the government. [Read more]
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There are a few things that elicit absolute outrage from the dominant racist wing of the conservative movement in general and, Republicans and teabaggers in particular, than African Americans; particularly intelligent, well-respected, and articulate African Americans. One has only to reflect on… – https://michaelvolkmann.com/2014/06/07/conservatives-use-racism-to-try-to-discredit-neil-degrasse-tyson-and-cosmos-politicususa/ – Michael’s Blog