Fox Haters Week in Review!

Plagiarism, prevaricators, and Press (he’s a liar). It’s another extraordinary edition of Fox Haters Week in Review!

Partisan Hackery Matters

For months Media Matters has been nattering about FOIA and the SEC, claiming that concerns over special exemptions from FOIA compliance were nothing more than an ‘invented’ story since the new law parallels disclosure rules already in existence. Mind you, in order to claim that, MM has to ignore the fact that the SEC itself cited the new law to deny disclosure to Fox Business. Now they’re going to have to ignore something else too: the House of Representatives just passed a bill to repeal the very FOIA/SEC rules that Media Matters claims were ‘invented’ by Fox. Says Barney Frank:

This provision was included in the Dodd-Frank legislation after having been public for some time. Only after Fox Business News brought its lawsuit did people become aware of the provision’s negative implications. We immediately scheduled a hearing and got bipartisan agreement that a legislative remedy was necessary.

How will Media Matters spin this? Our bet is they will put it on ‘I’...for ignore.

Chris Golas is keeping an eye on MM’s ‘Senior Fellow’ Eric Boehlert, and has quite a round-up of Boehloney this week. Eric cites a Cavuto interview of Christine O’Donnell as proof that Fox ‘endorsed’ and ‘touted’ her, yet makes no mention of the tough questions about her finances and unpaid taxes that were a key part of that interview. Maybe that wouldn’t fit with the ‘endorsed’ lie. In a series of posts, Mr Golas takes apart Boehlert’s claim that ‘the whole Fox News team’ is ‘endorsing’ her. (Is having to write such utter tripe part of the duties of a MM ‘Senior Fellow’?) Ultimately, an especially asinine helping of Boehloney leads Golas to call Eric ‘delusional’--read why, and see the follow-up that takes Boehlert ‘reasoning’ to its logical conclusion.

But the MMers are nothing if not dutiful. They’ll defend whatever they are paid to defend, and that means attacking Fox for referencing Van Jones as a 9/11 truther. In an unusual showing of credence MM has never accorded to the people they criticize, Media Matters says this ‘smear’ about Van Jones has been ‘debunked’ because...well, basically because Van Jones said so. Van Jones ‘stated’ he doesn’t believe it, Van Jones ‘described’ how he was tricked into signing the petition, etc etc. Suddenly, all someone has to do is issue a denial and--presto!--’smear debunked’!

Unfortunately, MM is only telling half the truth. They like to focus on one petition, but conveniently overlook the January 8 2002 March, the one where Van Jones didn’t just sign a piece of paper but was part of the organizing committee. And they were demanding answers:

  • What is the relationship between Bin Laden, his family and the Bush family and the Carlyle Group?
  • Who actually was in control of the "hijacked planes"?
  • What are Bush's, Cheney's and Rice's connections to the oil industry?
  • Why is the evidence being destroyed when an investigation of the World Trade Center collapse is needed?

Maybe under the newly generous MM policies, all Van Jones has to do is say ‘I deny it’, and this too has been debunked! It’s what you might expect given the fraudulence and partisan hackery of Media Matters.

Dial P for Plagiarism

There’s no doubt that one of the loopiest strongholds of anti-Fox lunacy has to be oreillysucks.com, aka The Asylum. We haven’t paid much attention to the inmates of late, but a few weeks back Chris Golas did a post for us where he found an uncanny similarity between language in posts published by Media Matters and those that appeared (without credit) on o’reillysucks. Well the sucksters are apparently equal opportunity thieves, and they’ll swipe not just from Media Matters, but also from Mediate. Mr Golas compares two articles, lays out the evidence, and concludes:

Steve is a fraud and what ever he writes I'm betting 98% is not is own. I do use material from other blogs, but I CREDIT THEM. If you don't believe me, then read Mediaite.com article and then reads Steve's.

For some reason that reminded us of the time we caught Steve commenting on a Factor email segment when no such segment had aired. Could Mr Golas be right, and even the nightly ‘reports’ that Steve writes up are cribbed from somewhere else? Enquiring minds want to know.

We waded into the muck of oreillysucks.com and went straight for their latest ‘report’: Friday’s Factor. For comparison purposes we pulled up the summary that appears on billoreilly.com. Steve calls his piece the Friday ‘O’Reilly Factor Review’, and begins with a quote from the nightly Talking Points Memo. On billoreilly.com, the exact same quote appears. Steve deals with guest Juan Hernandez:

Then Juan Hernandez was on to talk about Mexico protesting the border fence being built on the U.S. border, while the Mexican government wants to build a fence on its own southern border with Guatemala. O'Reilly asked asked Hernandez about the hypocrisy. Hernandez said this: "What a bad PR move this is for Mexico. But President Calderon is doing everything he can to attack these drug lords so we don't have to fight them in the United States, and now he's even willing to build a wall so people from Central and South America don't come through Mexico to get to the United States." But O'Reilly was not quite ready to bless Calderon, O'Reilly said this: "I would praise 'El Presidente' if he wasn't such a hypocrite. I've said many times that Calderon is a brave man, but you can't whine about a fence and then build your own fence with the same purpose - to keep people and drugs out of Mexico. People watching know this is hypocritical."

Here is the wording from billoreilly.com:

Even as Mexico protests the border fence being built on the U.S. border, the Mexican government wants to build a fence on its own southern border with Guatemala. The Factor asked immigration activist Juan Hernandez about the apparent hypocrisy. "What a bad PR move this is for Mexico," Hernandez admitted. "But President Calderon is doing everything he can to attack these drug lords so we don't have to fight them in the United States, and now he's even willing to build a wall so people from Central and South America don't come through Mexico to get to the United States. God bless Felipe Calderon, who is risking his own life." The Factor wasn't quite ready to "bless" Calderon: "I would praise 'El Presidente' if he wasn't such a hypocrite. I've said many times that Calderon is a brave man, but you can't whine about a fence and then build your own fence with the same purpose - to keep people and drugs out of Mexico. People watching know this is hypocritical."

Here’s oreillysucks on another segment:

Then Glenn Beck was on to talk about Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert holding rallies on the National Mall next month. O'Reilly asked Beck, to react to this mock homage. Beck said this: "I'm totally cool with this. How could I possibly have a problem with someone else doing what I did. I think Jon Stewart is funny - I don't think he's fair, but his job is to be funny and if I were him I'd also be mocking me." Then O'Reilly offered Beck some unsolicited advice, Billy said this: "If you didn't cry on your broadcast they wouldn't have much on you. Once in a while you break down, and if you didn't do that they'd have to go after me."

Compare that with appears on billoreilly.com:

Comedians Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert will hold rallies on the National Mall next month. The Factor asked Glenn Beck, who had his own massive rally, to react to this mock homage. "I'm totally cool with this," Beck replied. "How could I possibly have a problem with someone else doing what I did? I think Jon Stewart is funny - I don't think he's fair, but his job is to be funny and if I were him I'd also be mocking me. I'm the easiest target, and any joke Jon Stewart has done I have done at least five times already." The Factor offered Beck some unsolicited advice: "If you didn't cry on your broadcast they wouldn't have much on you. Once in a while you break down, and if you didn't do that they'd have to go after me."

Wow, the similarity is pretty uncanny. Now mind you, Steve tosses in his own ignorant barbs to supplement what he embezzles (like when he claims Jane Fleming Kleeb is not a Democrat--yeah, right--or thinks registered voters are more likely to vote than likely voters!). And then we find two more articles purportedly by Steve but lifted in great part from Think Progress. The further you look, the more piracy you find. It’s pretty hard to disagree with Chris Golas when he says most of oreilly-sucks.com seems to have been pilfered, without credit, from other writers. That’s what people call ‘plagiarism’.

Ignorance, Bigotry, Dishonesty

As a special feature of FHWiR, we want to make your life easier. It can be very time consuming slogging through those endless, repetitive screeds from the newshounds--especially Priscilla’s. So we thought we’d save you a lot of time. We’ve condensed one Prissy post down to its essential keywords. Don’t worry, all of the sophistication that is a Priscilla hallmark is preserved:

Christian zealots, good Christians, good Christian, agitprop, American Taliban (whoops), Christian nation, Christian fans, godly conservatives, satanic Muslims, Christian warriors, right-wing Christian, Praise Jesus, agitprop, American Taliban (whoops), agitprop, agitprop, radical Christian, Islamophobic, fundie, Onward Christian Fox, cross of Jesus.

Wow, it’s almost like Priscilla’s ‘analysis’ consists of little more than sarcasm and bigoted name-calling. Ya think? Our advice to Prissy: seek professional help.

We have no reason to believe Ellen Brodsky is an attorney, though she does play one on the internet. And when she has exposed her ignorance on legal points, we have made the appropriate corrections. But to spew the same nonsensical hogwash once your errors have been exposed, well that’s a hound of another color:

Megyn Kelly Revives Trumped Up New Black Panther Party “Controversy”... what she called the “New Black Panther Party voter intimidation case” which is not a case of voter intimidation...As Kelly surely knows, there was no actual voter intimidation found...

Of course there was voter intimidation found. The Court issued an order based on the voter intimidation they found. Why does Brodsky lie about something so obvious?

... not a single voter has come forward publicly to say he or she was intimidated out of voting.

Irrelevant, and not a requirement of the law, which makes even an attempt (whether successful or not) a violation. Brodsky knows this, because we’ve told her before.

Kirsten Powers challenged Kelly on her tactics. Kelly had a meltdown during the confrontation, played the victim in a later segment and then promptly dropped until now what she had previously touted as some kind of desperately important case.

No, Megyn Kelly reported the Inspector General’s investigation into the DoJ, announced about two weeks ago. Oh, wait, Ellen never mentioned that? Well, that’s because she wants you to believe the whole thing is ‘trumped-up’, and she knows so much more about it than the DoJ’s silly Inspector General. We hope Brodsky didn’t see the Washington Post putting this ‘trumped-up’ story on their front page, or she just might have to call them race-baiters too. On top of all her other lies.

Finally a J$P consumer alert about a company called Swipebids. Actually, it’s changed its name to SwipeAuctions, but basically it’s described by scamraiders.com as ‘the biggest rip-off scam I have encountered so far on the internet’. It’s an unusual auction site in that you have to pay $150 to participate, buy (and use up) bids on the merchandise in order to ‘win’ it, and then if you win it you are out not only the cost of the bids you purchased, but you also have to pay the winning price of the item, plus shipping. But if someone outbids you you’re still out the cost of the bids, as is every other bidder who didn’t win!

Swipebids/auctions is tied to Just Think Media, a project of Jesse Willms, under investigation for fraud and deceptive practices. His companies have been sued by Microsoft, Symantec, Dr Mehmet Oz, and Oprah Winfrey! Scam.com and complaintsboard.com are replete with reports of people being ripped off by Swipebids/auctions. At scamraiders a class action lawsuit is underway.

In case you’re wondering what sort of sleazy website would accept advertising money from an outfit like this, we’ll tell you: newshounds.

Bill Press: Hypocrite and Liar

It wasn’t that long ago when we caught broadcasting wannabe Mark Green making up lies about Fox News. (In fact, some of them were regurgitated by Jimmy Carter!) Now another has-been enters the lists, as Bill Press chimes in with a new smear. He was talking to MSNBC’s Big Ed Schultz when Noel Sheppard noticed this brilliant observation:

BILL PRESS: Have ever heard anybody or seen anybody who disagrees on Glenn Beck or Bill O'Reilly or Rush Limbaugh or Sean Hannity? No. They're all bullies, they're all cowards, they're all alike.

Much like Green’s ‘birther’ allegation, Press’s loony claim is fatuous on its face. Putting Limbaugh aside as he’s not on FNC, let’s take them one by one. Glenn Beck? Well yeah, he usually doesn’t have guests on who disagree because he usually doesn’t have guests, period. Even so we can recall Beck inviting Dennis Kucinich and Al Sharpton onto his program.

Sean Hannity: according to Press he won’t have anyone who disagrees on because he’s a coward and a bully. Yet just in the past week alone, Sean has had on Bob Beckel, Terry McAuliffe, Penny Lee, Juan Williams, Kirsten Powers, and more.

Bill O’Reilly: smeared as a ‘coward’ because he won’t have ‘anybody who disagrees’ with him on his program. This may be Press’s most outrageous slander of all, since O’Reilly has people with opposing opinions on all the time. In fact, he is probably the cable news opinionator who books the most opposing views. Let’s look at some of Mr Bill’s guests over just this past week:


Bill Press knew he was lying. But he was on MSNBC, talking to Ed Schultz for crying out loud, and Press realized he could make up any smear he wanted and that bellowing doofus wouldn’t call him on it. Press is quite familiar with how things work at A-Mess-NBC. Just this June he appeared with Keith Olbermann (to allege that Glenn Beck was ‘stealing money from the troops’--another despicable lie). By the way, here’s the breakdown of political guests invited onto Countdown for that month. In August Bill Press was happy to come on again (as Lawrence O’Donnell dismissed Beck’s Washington Mall crowds as nothing more than ‘just the flow through traffic of tourists’). And here is the August guest tally for Countdown.

So here’s Bill Press sermonizing about the ‘cowards’ and ‘bullies’ who never have people on who disagree--as he frequents the most one-sided hour of programming this side of Radio North Korea. Countdown, the show whose last recorded example of Keith Olbermann talking to a Republican or conservative with an opposing viewpoint was nearly four years ago!

Bill Press: not just a liar, but a galloping hypocrite too.

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