December 6, 2012 § Leave a comment
Recently leaked audio (transcript & audio) show that in April of 2011, Roger Ailes, chairman and founder of Fox News, and Rupert Murdoch sought to enlist and bankroll General David Patraeus for the 2012 Republican Presidential nominee. They recommended that Patraeus should accept nothing less than the chairmanship of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and run for president if not offered the position. The message was relayed by Kathleen McFarland, who can be heard saying several times that what she is asking Patraeus to do was coming directly from Roger Ailes.
“That’s not the question at this point. He says that if you’re offered chairman, take it. If you’re offered anything else, don’t take it, resign in six months and run for president. Okay?”
During the conversation, she also asks Patreaus what, if anything, Fox News should change about its coverage in order to advance his agenda:
“I know. And he loves you, and everybody at Fox loves you. So what I’m supposed to say directly from him to you, through me, is first of all, is there anything Fox is doing, right or wrong, that you want to tell us to do differently?”
During the conversation, Patraeus, now disgraced after a recent sex scandal, also expressed his admiration for Roger Ailes, saying “I love Roger” and thinks “he’s a brilliant guy.” Ailes released a statement saying that he had McFarland relay the message as a “joke” and that she was “way out of line”:
“It was more of a joke, a wiseass way I have,” he said. “I thought the Republican field [in the primaries] needed to be shaken up and Petraeus might be a good candidate.”
Murdoch, Patraeus, and McFarland have no commented on the audio. The audio ends with Patraeus promising to meet with Ailes privately the next time he is in New York.
October 19, 2012 § Leave a comment
“I hate to say this on Fox — and I hope I’ll be allowed to leave here alive — but I don’t think there is anyway we can cut spending enough to make a meaningful difference. We’re going to have to raise taxes on very rich people, people with incomes of like say, 2, 3 million a year and up, and then slowly move it down. Two-fifty a year, that’s not a rich person.”
- Ben Stein, Conservative economist and political analyst, October 18, 2012
- Source: Fox & Friends (video)
- Context: Ben Stein, in an appearance on Fox & Friends, advocated for a higher tax rate on the wealthy to the shock of the three hosts. “You do not think Washington just has a spending problem?” asked Doocy, to which Stein replied:
“I do not think they just have a spending problem. I think they also have a too-low taxes problem. And with all due respect to Fox, whom I love like brothers and sisters, the taxes are too low.”
- The hosts attempted to defend”trickle down economics,” but Stein was quick to point out that there is no connection between the level of taxation and level of economic activity, pointing out that the nations most prosperous years were also ones with very high tax rates:
“The evidence is that there is no clear connection between the level of taxation and the level of economic activity. The biggest growth we’ve ever had in this country was from roughly 1941 to roughly 1973, that was the best years we ever had and those were years of much, much higher taxes than we have now, during war time and during peace time. So, the economy can grow very fast, even with much higher taxes. And we’re going to have to do something.”
- Doocy was quick to point out that “taxes were at 70, 80 percent then” to which Stein responded by agreeing:
“I know. And yet, we were very prosperous, we were extremely prosperous. I mean, the highest rate was in the 90s during parts of the 50s and, yet, we were very prosperous.”
August 15, 2012 § Leave a comment
“Well I don’t know exactly when it balances because we haven’t — I dont want to get wonky on you — but we haven’t run the numbers on that specific plan.”
- Paul Ryan, Vice Presidential candidate for Mitt Romney, August 14, 2012
- Source: Fox News (video)
- Context: Balancing the budget, which Romney’s campaign claims he could do by the end of a second term, is a large part of Romney’s platform. Brit Hume asked Paul Ryan when the economic plan laid out by the Romney campaign would balance the budget. By his own admission, no one in the Romney camp has even calculated the effects of their economic policies.
August 9, 2012 § Leave a comment
“I think it’s probably a good sign that Obama is so desperate just to get the base Democratic voter — stupid single women — to vote for him. This is good news that he needs to lock up that part of the Democratic vote…He’s trying to get the stupid single women voter, which is the Democratic Party base. And I would just say to stupid single women voters, your husband will not be able to pay you child support – if Obamacare goes through and Obama is re-elected you are talking about the total destruction of wealth in America. It is the end of America as we know it. There will be no innovation, there will be no growth. Great, you will get free contraception; you won’t have to pay a $10 co-pay, but it will be the end of America. Think about that!”
- Ann Coulter, August 9, 2012
- Source: Hannity on Fox News (video)
- Context: Ann Coulter was discussing Obama’s out reach to female voters. She also believes that the Affordable Care Act is the end of America and that it will be the end of wealth, innovation, and growth.
August 5, 2012 § 1 Comment
On August 3rd, Fox News had a segment, featuring host Alisyn Camerota and Tea Party 365 founder David Webb, criticizing America’s Olympic athletes for “not being patriotic enough”, specifically mentioning Gabby Douglas:
August 3, 2012 § Leave a comment
“Listen — 93% of Americans believe they’re a part of the middle class. That’s why you hear the President talk about the middle class every day, because he’s talking to 93% of the American people. But the President has never created a job. He’s never even had a real job for Christ’s sake. And I can tell you from my dealings with him, he has no idea how the real world, that we actually live in, works.”
- John Boehner, Republican House Speaker, August 2, 2012
- Source: Fox News Radio’s Kilmeade & Friends (audio), ABC News transcript
- Context: Boehner was responding to a question about Obama’s comments about building the economy from the middle class and not from the top down. Contrary to Boehners statement, Obama has had several jobs prior to becoming President. After graduating from Columbia in 1983 he worked for Business International Corporation and New York Public Interest Research Group. He then moved to Chicago to become a community organizer. After that he worked as an associate for the law firms of Sidley & Austin and, in 1990, Hopkins & Sutter. Obama also taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School for twelve years, during which time he also worked as a full time lawyer for Davis, Miner, Barnhill & Galland. Through out his adult life Obama was also took on leadership positions in many organizations.
August 1, 2012 § Leave a comment
“What he said was not what the Republicans said. Once again, we put something on the air that’s a flat-out lie.”
- Bob Beckel, political analyst and commentator for Fox News, July 31, 2012
- Source: The Five on Fox News (video)
- Context: In this segment, they play Scott Browns political ad, which once again uses an out of context sound bite of Obama’s speech in Roanoke, Virginia, making it appear as though he is saying that business owners did not build their own businesses. The other commentators are quick to defend the use of the out of context sound bite, and none of them seem to understand why it is not acceptable. Even after Beckel, once again, states that it is taken out of context, one of the hosts says that the full speech is even worse.