In the days after the November 13 Paris terror attacks, conservative media figures advocated for aggressive bombing of ISIS-controlled cities in Syria and dismissed concerns over civilian casualties, calling for an end to targeting restrictions that aim to prevent collateral damage.
From the November 13 edition of Fox News' Happening Now:
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From the November 9 edition of Fox News' Happening Now:
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New York Times economic columnist Eduardo Porter discredited widespread myths about the supposed corrupting influence that government assistance has on low-income Americans and the unsubstantiated claim that cutting assistance to the poor will actually help families in need.
Fox News is obsessively promoting as a "smoking gun" the debunked allegations that Hillary Clinton intentionally misled the public about the Benghazi attacks, knowingly telling the public that an inflammatory video spontaneously inspired the violence while privately acknowledging it was pre-planned. However, Clinton has explained that the State Department's understanding of and explanation for the attacks changed as "piecemeal" and "conflicting" early intelligence reports were replaced by more reliable information.
Fox News' Chris Wallace repeated Republican Rep. Jim Jordan's false allegation that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton intentionally misled the public about the cause of the 2012 Benghazi attacks when she attributed them publicly to protests inspired by an inflammatory anti-Muslim video but privately described them as an act of terror. However, in the week following the September 11, 2012, attacks on American diplomatic facilities, intelligence officials received "piecemeal" and "conflicting" intelligence, and independent investigations have found that Clinton's private and public statements represented the best reported intelligence at the time. Clinton herself has repeatedly addressed how her view of the attacks evolved as the intelligence changed.
Fox News devoted several segments to hyping a deeply flawed Los Angeles Times article that baselessly disputed California Gov. Jerry's Brown comments linking the state's spate of wildfires to climate change. Despite the fact that numerous scientists and major scientific reports have detailed the connection that global warming has to both recent and future wildfires in the Southwest -- and none of the experts cited in the Times article actually contradicted Brown's statements -- Fox News echoed the Times by asserting that climate scientists say there is "no data" to support a link between wildfires and climate change.
On the October 19 edition of Fox & Friends, co-host Elizabeth Hasselbeck referenced the Times story in a news rundown, stating, "Scientists are shutting down California Governor Jerry Brown's comments on climate change. Brown blamed wildfires on global warming, and now scientists say there's no data linking the two. How about that?"
Later, on the October 19 edition of America's Newsroom, anchor Bill Hemmer introduced a segment about the Times article by stating: "You may recall some California lawmakers blaming climate change for the devastating wildfires in that state, but a number of climate scientists apparently saying that link does not have support." During the segment, Fox News chief correspondent Jonathan Hunt stated that the Times "spoke to a range of scientists" who are "saying it is not about climate change when you look at these fires." A nearly-identical report aired on that day's edition of Fox News' Happening Now.
From the October 19 edition of America's Newsroom:
BILL HEMMER: You may recall some California lawmakers blaming climate change for the devastating wildfires in that state, but a number of climate scientists apparently saying that link does not have support. Chief correspondent Jonathan Hunt's working that story, he's live in our bureau in Los Angeles, and what is Governor Jerry Brown's argument, Jonathan?
JONATHAN HUNT: Well, Governor Brown is leading the charge to link climate change to these fires. He's obviously seen large swaths of his state burn this year, the Rocky fire being one of the worst that we have seen in the state over last few months, and Governor Brown is very certain that he knows what is causing these fires. Listen here.
JERRY BROWN: My message is real clear: California is burning. What the hell are you going to do about it? Climate change does not wait for politicians, it just rolls forward, and that's why I'm stepping up my efforts to wake people up to get the proper action taken.
HUNT: And Governor Brown has a powerful ally in this, in President Obama, who's hosting an event at White House today at which climate change will be discussed. A fact sheet published by the White House for this event says, quote, countries and communities around the world are already being affected by deeper, more persistent droughts, pounded by more severe weather, inundated by bigger storm surges, and imperiled by more frequent and dangerous wildfires. And then you have Brown's, Governor Brown's senior environmental advisor, who says, Bill, that we should be fighting climate change on, quote, a World War III footing.
Bill: Wow. Scientists are arguing this in what way, Jonathan?
Reporter: Well, this is interesting, because you've got the L.A. Times now looking at this in some depth. The L.A. Times not a newspaper known for questioning the science of climate change, but they spoke to a range of scientists who said no, with these fires you need to look at the way we've developed the land, we need to look at the design of the homes being put on this land. One of them, Richard Halsey of the Chaparral Institute, said if we don't make changes there, then quote, the houses will keep burning down and people will keep dying. I don't believe that climate change discussion is helpful. So again, scientists saying it's not about climate change when you look at these fires, but you can always find one scientist to say one thing, one to say another. It's like that one-handed economic advisor former presidents have asked for, Bill.
Bill: Thank you, Jonathan. From Los Angeles, thank you, sir.
Fox News contributor Tammy Bruce falsely claimed that the Benghazi whistleblower, Bradley Podliska, is a Clinton supporter. Contrary to Bruce's claim, Podliska is a "self-described lifelong Republican" who has publicly stated he will not vote for Hillary Clinton.
Fox News is using CNBC's announcement that it would change the format of its upcoming GOP presidential debate following presidential candidate Donald Trump's demand that the network do so to applaud Trump's negotiating skills.
Fox News host and Daily Caller Editor-in-Chief Tucker Carlson acknowledged that it is not politically unwise for Democrats to embrace gun safety as a centerpiece campaign issue, breaking with the media's long-held conventional wisdom that Democrats should avoid talking about the issue because it is allegedly politically perilous to oppose the gun lobby.
Carlson's admission that it makes sense for Democrats to talk about guns ahead of the 2016 election is surprising given that the National Rifle Association -- which is deeply entwined with Carlson's conservative news website, The Daily Caller -- benefits from the media status quo, which baselessly presents the gun issue as dangerous for Democrats.
During the October 15 broadcast of America's Newsroom, Carlson appeared as a guest to discuss the prominence of gun violence prevention as a topic of discussion in CNN's October 13 Democratic primary debate. Carlson said, "Politically, it's probably not a dumb play for Democrats. America has changed dramatically in its demographic composition." He also noted that the issue "polls pretty well" with "suburban and single women."
When asked whether Democrats might "overplay their hand" advocating for gun safety laws, Carlson replied, "Again, the population has really changed in the United States and Republicans need to clearly articulate why this will not make the country safer and until they do, and unless they do, they could lose this debate."
Though he acknowledged that it makes political sense for Democrats to talk about the need for more gun safety laws, Carlson also pushed several pro-gun talking points, including claiming that Democratic gun policy proposals are "laughable" and "infantile," and falsely declaring that their goal is to "disarm the population."
The idea that Democrats who support gun safety proposals will lose elections after the National Rifle Association mobilizes voters against them is a longstanding myth in media coverage of the gun issue, although there has never been any evidence to support the theory.
From the October 15 edition of Fox News' America's Newsroom:
BILL HEMMER: Where does this issue go in terms of politics in this campaign?
TUCKER CARLSON: Well, there are two ways to look at it, on the political half and then of course the policy, i.e. the reality half. Politically, it's probably not a dumb play for Democrats. America has changed dramatically in its demographic composition, and there are a couple of groups Democrats need to win. One is suburban and single women, and this issue polls pretty well with them, for sure, and the other, of course, is trial lawyers, from whom a lot of Democratic campaign funds come.
HEMMER: Republicans think Democrats are going to overplay their hand on this. Is there evidence that suggests they are right about that in an election year?
CARLSON: I don't think -- I wouldn't take that for granted. Again, the population has really changed in the United States and Republicans need to clearly articulate why this will not make the country safer and until they do, and unless they do, they could lose this debate. I say that with sorrow, but it's true. They have to make a strong rhetorical case. It's there for the taking, but they have to be bold in making it.
From the October 13 edition of Fox News' Happening Now:
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After Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) dropped out of the race to be Speaker of the House, sending Republicans soul-searching, Fox News figures were quick to attribute the sudden turn-of-events to the powerful House Freedom Caucus and its Tea Party movement roots. What Fox News has chosen not to mention, however, is its own role in creating and fostering the movement that has caused such dysfunction in Washington.
From the October 2 edition of Fox News' Happening Now:
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From the October 1 edition of Fox News' Happening Now:
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