Despite announcing Glenn Beck's departure, Fox News is still embracing his rhetoric. Monday, Bill O'Reilly parroted Beck's conspiracy theory that the "far left" is intentionally trying to collapse "the entire American economic system," an idea that Beck has pushed on Fox News for over a year.
America Live featured a segment focused on "pro-union groups pour[ing]" money into Wisconsin's Supreme Court race in order to criticize "pro-union" attacks on the incumbent, conservative Justice David Prosser Jr. In fact, more outside money has been spent on Prosser's behalf -- a fact ignored by America Live, and Fox News has recently hyped Prosser's campaign, which many see as a referendum on Republican Gov. Scott Walker's anti-union policies.
Media figures have been quick to portray Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), chairman of the House Budget Committee, as "courageous" "genius" for introducing an "adult plan" for the 2012 budget. Ryan's current role as the lone "adult" on budget issues is belied by his support for policies - including the Bush tax cuts - that created massive federal deficits.
Glenn Beck falsely claimed that the New Hampshire Supreme Court prevented "parents" from home schooling their children based on a case that simply resolved a dispute between two divorced parents over the best way to educate their daughter. Beck has previously demonized public schools for "indoctrinat[ing]" children and "beg[ged]" people to home-school their children.
Glenn Beck mocked AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka for saying that Dr. Martin Luther King lost his life while fighting for the rights of public union workers. In fact, King was shot while in Memphis to support striking municipal workers, and in his eulogy honoring King, Benjamin Mays -- King's mentor and friend -- spoke of King's dedication to "fighting to get a just wage" for workers.
A week ago, The New York Times reported that Fox News is considering life without Glenn Beck; now it seems Glenn Beck may be considering life without Fox News. On today's edition of his radio show, Beck not only kept spouting the inflammatory rhetoric that reportedly compelled over 300 companies to pull their advertising from his show, he also (once again) railed against a Fox News advertiser.
A day after encouraging his viewers on Fox News to visit his non-Fox affiliated website for "a special prime time broadcast" (potentially drawing viewers from Fox News' own shows, again), Beck bashed Chevron, a regular Fox News advertiser. At length, he accused Chevron of "folding" to the environmental movement by producing an ad campaign touting the company's self-proclaimed commitment to developing renewable energy. The campaign -- called "We Agree" -- has run on Fox News.
This is not the first time that Beck has railed against a potential advertiser. Last month, Beck lashed out at Bill Kristol, editor of Fox News advertiser Weekly Standard, after Kristol criticized Beck's "hysteria" and "rants about a caliphate taking over the Middle East."
Beck might as well join Drop Fox at this rate.
The right-wing media have attacked President Obama for supposedly not focusing on crises in Japan and Libya by instead honoring women's history month, going golfing, and filling out NCAA tournament brackets. Yet, Obama has engaged on both issues by making numerous public addresses and ordering humanitarian relief efforts in Japan and the Middle East.
Glenn Beck accused the "I hate nukes" people at the United Nations of distorting the number of deaths resulting from the Chernobyl disaster. In fact, the UN's estimated death toll of 4,000 includes fatalities connected to increased exposure to radiation, and that figure is far lower than estimates by other reputable scientists.
Sean Hannity gave Sarah Palin 14 minutes of airtime tonight to bash Democrats and lay out her prescriptions for America, piling on top of the $7.59 million dollars in in-kind contributions that Palin has received from Fox News, part of a $55 million total to Fox News presidential candidates.
Palin's appearance follows the recent suspensions of Fox News contributors Next Gingrich and Rick Santorum -- and questions about why Palin was not suspended as well. A Fox News executive claimed Palin was not suspended because she has not "done anything herself to show us she has any intention of running right now." Yet Fox repeatedly hypes any indication that Palin will run, and Fox News employees have indicated that they believe Palin will run.
Hannity continued the hype, asking if Palin is "getting closer to making a decision" about whether to run as a presidential nominee. After Palin refused to commit one way or the other, Hannity responded, "We're going to continue to follow the process with you."
John Stossel lashed out at laws prohibiting discriminatory firing as "harmful," claiming that the Americans With Disabilities Act prohibition against employers firing workers because of their disabilities "makes it harder for them to get hired." In fact, studies have shown there is no evidence that that ADA provision reduced employment.