Fox News figures have repeatedly accused other media of inadequately covering the shooting of two soldiers at an Army recruiting center in Arkansas. But while CNN and MSNBC offered live coverage of a press conference held by a survivor of that shooting, Fox News did not, nor did it report later that day on the man's remarks to the media.
Numerous media figures have advanced the attack that because the current unemployment rate is higher than initial administration predictions, in the words of Newt Gingrich, Obama's "policies are failing." But supporters of a stimulus bill had warned before it was passed that it would not result in an immediate decrease in unemployment.
Says Baier of his early success (emphasis added):
"I have a lot of people tell me they establish a relationship with an anchor. It is about believability and trust. It is about inviting that person into your home, into your living room, every night," Baier says in a telephone interview. "It is about the product that goes on the air. It is about being true to our motto which is 'being fair and balanced.'
"I am proud of what we have been able to do and I think our numbers and the network numbers show that we are striking a chord."
Too bad the "chord" Baier and his Fox News buddies keep striking is so badly out of tune.
The piece goes on to note that Baier attributes Fox News' success to its "scrappy" early days as a new kid on the cable news block. How touching, they only had bagels and a moving truck (again, emphasis added):
Baier knows what it means to fight for viewers. He's been with Fox News since 1998 when he started the network's Atlanta bureau out of his apartment only two years after the channel launched.
Two years later, the presidential race between George W. Bush and Al Gore rested on "hanging chads" in Florida and a Supreme Court decision in Washington, D.C. Baier was dispatched to Florida.
"I remember CNN had all of these trucks. And they had this buffet set up. We were working out of the back of a Ryder truck and eating bagels," he recalls. "That is the beauty of Fox. We have always been scrappy."
I don't know if "scrappy" is the right word for what Fox News has "always been."
Seems to me there may be an extra letter in there somewhere.
The path here was long. Some said it would never end.
You lost your integrity. You lost your senses. But you did it with gusto!
You lied. You misled. You twisted the truth beyond recognition.
Together, you may not have learned much, but you certainly sounded convincing to the unsuspecting ear. And that's what really matters, right?
History, science, economics, pre-med, pre-law... the degrees you have earned may mean nothing in real life but in the cable news business, well, it's solid gold (and if you need the money, G. Gordon Liddy will gladly sell it for you at 2 a.m. on basic cable for a modest commission.)
I present to you, the Conservative Misinformation University class of 2009!
Numerous media figures followed a Politico article in noting that President Obama did not use the words "terror," "terrorism," "terrorist," or "war on terror" during his speech at Cairo University, suggesting the omission was notable, but did not discuss possible reasons why Obama chose other words.
From the June 5 edition of Fox News Channel's Special Report:
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During President Obama's trip overseas in April, Fox News hosts, contributors, analysts, and regular guests often took Obama's remarks out of context to support their claim that he was on an "apology tour." Fox News has trotted out the same smear for Obama's current trip abroad.
Bret Baier reported "aircraft expenses for" the Obamas' trip to New York City "cost you at least $24,000" but did not note that such use of taxpayer funds for private travel by the first family is typical.
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Numerous media figures advanced the argument that national security issues discussed by President Obama and Dick Cheney in May 21 speeches weren't debated during the 2008 presidential election campaign. In fact, the issues were vigorously debated during the Republican primary campaign.
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NewsBusters' Warner Todd Huston falsely claimed that President Obama funded a $2.6 million NIH grant to "help train Chinese prostitutes to 'drink responsibly on the job.' " In fact, the grant was awarded during the Bush administration.
Fox News hosts and contributors have repeatedly forwarded the Republican claim that the Obama administration intends to release terrorists held at Guantánamo Bay into the United States. However, the administration has explicitly stated that it does not intend to release terrorists into the U.S.
On Special Report, Bret Baier promoted unnamed studies "showing" that "the Earth is actually cooling." However, climate experts reject the idea that relatively cooler global temperatures during the past 10 years are any indication that global warming is slowing or does not exist.
Even as the GOP reportedly launches "a campaign to sow anxiety about Obama's stewardship of national security," some in the media have declared that the GOP has found a "winning issue" with its campaign to highlight possible Guantánamo Bay detainee transfers to the U.S. if the prison there is closed.