Three days into The Five, Fox News' replacement for Glenn Beck, and the hosts have already unleashed a litany of sexist stereotypes and dismissed a children's health epidemic. For their third act, host Eric Bolling demonstrated that the hosts might not be expected to check their facts.
During a debate on the wisdom of legalizing online gambling, Bolling baselessly blamed Senate Majority Leader Reid for stonewalling efforts to make online gambling legal out of fealty to Nevada casinos:
In his rush to reflexively bash a Democrat, Bolling overlooked the fact that in 2010 Reid himself sponsored legislation that would have legalized online poker:
The online poker bill I am working on is good for the country and for Nevada. Under the status quo, Internet poker is played by millions of Americans every day in an essentially unregulated environment, meaning no protections for minors, no respect for State law, no assurance that games are fair and honest, and no one to turn to if you're defrauded. Additionally, neither federal nor State governments collect a dime of revenue from this multibillion dollar Internet poker industry.
The Poker Player's Alliance praised Reid for his public support of online poker:
It is a good thing that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid stepped up and took the position that Internet poker is something that should be recognized by this country and properly licensed and regulated. He and his staff worked with a variety of stakeholders to craft a bill that would create a U.S. regulated Internet poker marketplace, establish sensible consumer protections, guarantee states' rights, and generate revenue and economic growth. We are pleased that the leader of the United States Senate is someone we can call an ally for realistic Internet poker policy.
From the July 13 edition of Fox Business' Follow The Money:
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From the July 13 edition of Fox News' The Five:
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From the July 11 edition of Fox News' The Five:
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Prominent media conservatives such as Sarah Palin and Rush Limbaugh have been pressuring House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) not to accept a $4 trillion debt deal that would stave off economic catastrophe by allowing Congress to raise the debt ceiling and prevent the government from defaulting on its obligations. On July 9, these conservatives met success, as Boehner abandoned negotiations aimed at a $4 trillion debt deal.
On Fox & Friends, guest co-host Eric Bolling hosted Larry Schweikart to attack a bill recently passed in California that would require schools to teach about the contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Americans; during the segment, Schweikart compared the gay community to the "association for polygamists." This follows Fox's repeated attacks on the bill and smears about gay Americans.
From the July 8 edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends:
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Fox Business host Eric Bolling demonstrated this week how he responds to facts that undermine his preferred falsehoods: He laughs at them.
For several months, Fox figures have used deceptively cropped video of National Education Association official Bob Chanin's farewell address to smear the union. Sean Hannity suggested that the video showed that the teachers' union doesn't "care about the children," while Andrew Napolitano cited the video to claim that the NEA cares only for "power," and not representing its members.
Chanin's full speech clearly shows that he was explaining that caring about schoolchildren is not enough for the union to be an effective advocate - he was saying that the NEA is a more effective advocate for children because it has power to negotiate and advocate for certain policies. In his speech, Chanin explicitly said that the NEA's power would "enable us to achieve our vision of a great public school for every child."
Bolling stuck to the Fox script Tuesday, playing a deceptively cropped video of the speech and then claiming that the NEA cares only about political power and is "not about the children." Bolling described Chanin's edited comments - edited to fit the Fox News falsehood - as a "despicable slip." Fox contributor Mike Gallagher later said the comments illustrated that the NEA is "an evil, evil, corrupt entity."
And when one of Bolling's guests attempted to point out that Bolling was wrong, he simply laughed, repeated the Fox script, and moved on.
Fox & Friends and the Daily Caller attacked Affordable Housing Centers of America (AHCOA) for receiving federal money, claiming that "ACORN" is receiving "taxpayer funds" -- despite also noting that the Government Accountability Office determined in September 2010 that AHCOA "is not an affiliate, subsidiary, or allied organization of ACORN." In addition, ACORN no longer exists, having filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in November 2010 and "clos[ed] up shop."
As negotiations over the default crisis continue, over the past two days Fox & Friends has hosted a parade of GOP representatives and officials to advance their talking points about the issue, particularly their claim that the U.S. has a "spending problem," not a "revenue problem." However, numerous economic experts have said that decreased revenue is a major cause of the deficit.
Reporting on President Obama's recent Twitter town hall, Fox & Friends aired a cropped video clip of President Obama to falsely accuse him of not answering Speaker of the House John Boehner's question about debt. In fact, Obama addressed the question at length.
Fox & Friends aired a clip of Obama being asked to respond to Boehner's Twitter question, which asked, "After embarking on a record spending binge that left us deeper in debt, where are the jobs?" They showed only Obama as responding by saying, "Well, look, obviously John is the Speaker of the House, he's a Republican, and so this is a slightly skewed question," before they immediately pounced on Obama. Guest host Eric Bolling demanded that Obama "answer the question, though. Don't laugh it off." Well, Obama did "answer the question, though." The problem is, Fox didn't show it.
Fox News has fabricated the claim that a $10 annual fee approved by the National Education Association (NEA) for the next five years will be used to fund President Obama's re-election campaign. But the fee is intended to combat anti-union ballot initiatives and cannot be used to support campaigns.
Eric Bolling, host of Fox Business Netork's Follow the Money, invited former congressman and failed Colorado gubernatorial candidate Tom Tancredo onto his show to discuss the ongoing investigation into Fast and Furious, the controversial operation of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF). Tancredo, a notoriously intolerant fear-monger, didn't take long to shift the conversation to the topic of race, calling African-American Attorney General Eric Holder "the guy that refuses to prosecute blacks -- black thugs who intimidate people at the polls."
Tancredo's statement is an obvious reference to the long-discredited New Black Panther Party controversy, a voter intimidation case featuring African-American defendants that some conservatives say were let off the hook by the Obama administration. His claim, which echoes a wider conservative narrative that President Obama's administration is racist, is demonstrably false.
In fact, the DOJ obtained a judgment against an African-American defendant in the NBPP case after the Justice Department under President Bush decided not to pursue criminal charges against the NBPP. The Obama DOJ has also requested injunctions against black Democratic Party officials in Mississippi who were found to have discriminated against white voters.
TANCREDO: Eric Holder knows. No other agency of this government is so politicized. Remember this is the guy that refuses to prosecute blacks -- black thugs, who intimidate people at the polls.
There's another, even more I think, insidious -- potentially more insidious -- reason for the, for Operation Gunwalker. I think they wanted guns in Mexico so they could eventually say, "look at the flood of guns from the United States into Mexico causing all this violence. Let's do something about guns in the United States." I think that was behind all of this.
In typical Tancredo fashion, he adds fuel to the fire when he followed up his racially-infused comments with the latest conservative conspiracy theory, claiming that the Obama administration is purposefully allowing guns to enter Mexico in an attempt to gain popular support for tighter gun laws in the U.S. Conservative proponents of the far-out notion admit that they "do not have any direct evidence" of its veracity. Far be it for someone like Tancredo to let something as trivial as "proof" stand in the way of a good sound bite.
The right-wing media responded with outrage after President Obama called on Congress to eliminate tax breaks on corporate jets in order to help stave off a default crisis -- accusing Obama of waging "class warfare."
Earlier today, MSNBC indefinitely suspended political analyst Mark Halperin for unacceptable comments after the Time editor-at-large called President Obama a dick.
This is how responsible news organizations behave.
Perhaps Fox Nation should worry more about the obscenity that is permitted at Fox.
That's not accountability. That's Fox News.