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Thank you, Keith!

Posted by Charles II on February 28, 2013

The Second Coming must be at hand. Someone has told the truth on FOX.

Posted in Fox Noise, Keith Ellison | 5 Comments »

Maddow Rising. The Eclipse of FOX

Posted by Charles II on January 2, 2013

Via Ritholtz, this cheering news from David Wagner, The Atlantic Wire:

After prophesying a landslide win for Mitt Romney, Fox News has seen its ratings decline a lot more than usual since the election — and Sean Hannity’s viewers in particular keep disappearing, while Rachel Maddow’s continue to tune in over at rival MSNBC.

The last batch of Nielsen data available before year’s end shows Hannity’s viewership getting chopped in half after November 6, according to the New York Daily News’s Don Kaplan. Politico’s Dylan Byers argues this decline simply brings Hannity back to pre-election norms. Or perhaps these vanishing viewers are just disgruntled voters who can’t stomach the news cycle anymore. Kaplan, however, attributes this decline to Hannity’s implied predictions

Posted in Fox Noise, media | 1 Comment »

Fare and balloonced

Posted by Charles II on December 14, 2011

Or something. Why is this network granted FCC licenses?

Via Hunter at DKos

Real Clear Politics should sue Fox. They won’t, of course, but Real Clear Politics–unlike Fox– does actually have a reputation.

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Inventor of pepper spray denounces its use by police

Posted by Charles II on November 29, 2011

One of the people who developed pepper spray in its weaponized uses for the FBI, Kamran Loghman, was so shocked by what he saw at UC Davis and in Seattle that he denounced the manner in which police are using it. He is the recipient of three patents, but has done everything from film making to martial arts to “alternative treatments for addiction and alcohol disorder.”

Here’s the summary from DemocracyNow:

We speak with Kamran Loghman, the expert who developed weapons-grade pepper-spray, who says he was shocked at how police have used the chemical agent on non-violent Occupy Wall Street protesters nationwide — including students at University of California, Davis, female protesters in New York City, and an 84-year old activist in Seattle. “I saw it and the first thing that came to my mind wasn’t police or students, it was my own children sitting down having an opinion and they’re being shot and forced by chemical agents,” says Loghman, who in the 1980s helped the FBI develop weapons-grade pepper -spray, and collaborated with police departments to develop guidelines for its use. “The use was just absolutely out of the ordinary and it was not in accordance with any training or policy of any department that I know of. I personally certified 4,000 police officers in the early ‘80s and ‘90s and I have never seen this before. That’s why I was shocked… I feel is my civic duty to explain to the public that this is not what pepper spray was developed for.”

He makes the point that pepper spray is ideal in the situation where a policeman is trying to subdue someone out of his mind on PCP, where the person who is pepper-sprayed can be decontaminated shortly thereafter. To use it on people who are sitting on the ground is unquestionably an abuse–a form of torture–and completely irresponsible in a situation where the police don’t have any clear means to decontaminate the person within a reasonable period of time. Two people at UC Davis were hospitalized. I suspect that these out-of-spec usages are likely to expose significant long-term damage, including permanent scarring of the airways and esophagus.

The idiots from Fox News called capsicum a “food product.” Well, yeah. So is LSD, opium, and atropine, all of which are dangerous when used in inappropriate dosages. Arsenic is natural, and aflatoxin is organic. What’s your point, Fox?

Posted in abuse of power, Fox Noise, Occupy movement, wrong way to go about it, WTF? | Tagged: , , , | Comments Off

Schadenfreude, Bill O’Reilly edition

Posted by Charles II on August 31, 2011

Keith had a good time with this story last night. Gawker:

Last summer, Fox News anchor Bill O’Reilly came to believe that his wife was romantically involved with another man. Not just any man, but a police detective in the Long Island community they call home. So O’Reilly did what any concerned husband would do: He pulled strings to get the police department’s internal affairs unit to investigate one of their own for messing with the wrong man’s lady.

“The order was to investigate this detective not for any misdeeds,” the source said, “but to see if they could get anything on him. Delargy also told him to tell the detective to back off.”

Delargy told Harasym that the investigation was highly sensitive for two reasons, the source said: 1) It was ordered directly by then-police commissioner Lawrence Mulvey, and 2) O’Reilly was at the time considering making a major donation to the Nassau County Police Department Foundation, a private not-for-profit foundation Mulvey helped found in 2009 to raise money for construction of a planned $48 million police training facility at Nassau Community College.

The alleged adultery is, of course, no one’s business except the interested parties. The alleged bribery, intimidation, and misuse of official resources, on the other hand….

Posted in abuse of power, Fox Noise, rightwing moral cripples | 1 Comment »

Grilled Murdoch

Posted by Charles II on July 16, 2011

If you get Current TV, Keith is going to be covering Murdoch’s testimony at Parliament on Tuesday, live. Or you can watch the spit takes on Countdown. According to a recent tweet, it will start at 9:15AM Eastern.

My guess is that it will not be covered on FOX.

Posted in Fox Noise, Rupert Murdoch | 3 Comments »

The Maculate Conception of FOXNoise

Posted by Charles II on July 1, 2011

John Cook, Gawker (via Ritholtz):

Republican media strategist Roger Ailes launched Fox News Channel in 1996, ostensibly as a “fair and balanced” counterpoint to what he regarded as the liberal establishment media. But according to a remarkable document buried deep within the Richard Nixon Presidential Library, the intellectual forerunner for Fox News was a nakedly partisan 1970 plot by Ailes and other Nixon aides to circumvent the “prejudices of network news” and deliver “pro-administration” stories to heartland television viewers.

The memo—called, simply enough, “A Plan For Putting the GOP on TV News”— is included in a 318-page cache of documents detailing Ailes’ work for both the Nixon and George H.W. Bush administrations that we obtained from the Nixon and Bush presidential libraries.

From context provided by other memos, it’s apparent that the plan was hatched during the summer of 1970. And though it’s not clear who wrote it, the copy provided by the Nixon Library literally has Ailes’ handwriting all over it—it appears he was routed the memo by Haldeman and wrote back his enthusiastic endorsement, refinements, and a request to run the project in the margins.

Posted in Fox Noise, Media machine, rightwing moral cripples | 2 Comments »

“Roger Ailes to be Indicted”

Posted by Charles II on February 28, 2011

That’s what Barry Ritholtz says.

It might even be true, but I’m not holding my breath.

If it does turn out to be true, watch out for airborne swine.

Posted in Fox Noise | 5 Comments »

Why isn’t this man in jail?

Posted by Charles II on February 24, 2011

Ed Pilkington, The Guardian (who is citing this article by Russ Buettner of the NYT):

The chairman of the right-wing current affairs channel, Fox News, Roger Ailes, has been named in court documents as the previously anonymous executive who allegedly tried to persuade a fellow boss at News Corporation to lie to federal investigators over a crucial Washington appointment.

In her unfair dismissal claim against her former employers, Regan claimed that a News Corporation senior executive had tried to secure her silence during the process to vet Bernard Kerik as the US head of homeland security. Regan had been having an affair with Kerik, and she alleged in her lawsuit that the unnamed executive had wanted her to keep quiet about it during the vetting procedure in order to protect Rudy Giuliani…..

The court documents reveal his identity and, even more sensationally, say that there is a tape recording of Ailes’s conversation with Regan

Russ Buettner says that the Feds rarely pursue cases of lying to federal investigators. Someone should tell Henry Cisneros. This is yet one more example of how Honduran-style impunity has come to the United States.

Posted in corruption, Fox Noise | 4 Comments »

But is it any weirder than what he says all the time?

Posted by Charles II on November 27, 2010

The Glenn Beck Conspiracy Generator gave me this:

Whereas this is what he says all the time (Glenn Beck Insane-O-Matic Quote Generator):

”There are a lot of universities that are as dangerous with the indoctrination of the children as terrorists are in Iran or North Korea. … We have been setting up reeducation camps. We call them universities.”
—Glenn Beck, Glenn Beck show on FOX News Channel, Sept. 1, 2010

”You got to have an enemy to fight. And when you have an enemy to fight, then you can unite the entire world behind you, and you seize power. That was Hitler’s plan. His enemy: the Jew. Al Gore’s enemy, the U.N.’s enemy: global warming. Then you get the scientists — eugenics. You get the scientists — global warming. Then you have to discredit the scientists who say, ‘That’s not right.’ And you must silence all dissenting voices. That’s what Hitler did.”
—Glenn Beck, linking Al Gore’s campaign against global warming to Hitler’s campaign against the Jews, ‘The Glenn Beck Program,’ April 30, 2007

”When I see a 9/11 victim family on television, or whatever, I’m just like, ‘Oh shut up’ I’m so sick of them because they’re always complaining.”
—Glenn Beck on his radio show, Sept. 9, 2005

And much, much more.

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