Fox News' Jim Angle quoted Karl Rove criticizing energy reform legislation without noting that Rove's group, American Crossroads, recently accepted $1 million from an oil and gas executive.
Last week, Fox News political analyst Karl Rove was asked whether Republican Senate candidate Sharron Angle can "knock off" Majority Leader Harry Reid in their upcoming election. He replied that "she can," and that the "phantom boxer from Searchlight" has "a real problem" this fall.
But Rove isn't just commenting on the election for Fox News -- a political committee that he helped organize and raise money for, American Crossroads, has just announced that Reid is the first candidate they will be targeting. The group, which is basically a $50 million slush fund designed to help GOP candidates win in November, will be running their first ad going after Reid starting today.
Fox News is apparently aware of Rove's ties to a group that will be taking a major role in this fall's elections, and doesn't seem to care about the ethical implications. At the very least, now that it is public knowledge that American Crossroads is involving itself in the Nevada Senate election, Fox News must make clear Rove's ties to the group each and every time he discusses that race.
Criticizing President Obama's response to the Gulf oil spill, Karl Rove said Obama "should have shot straight" and acknowledged that the "only sure way" to stop the spill was to drill relief wells. In fact, Obama has repeatedly offered very similar comments about the spill.
In a Wall Street Journal op-ed, Karl Rove dubiously claimed that the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) found it "would cost $115 billion more than estimated." In fact, the higher cost estimate would only be spent if Congress separately appropriates it, just as Congress would have to do for any other spending bill, and moreover, the White House has said that this money would have to be offset by other cuts.
Last week, I noted that Karl Rove's insistence that the Obama administration violated a statute that "prohibits a federal official from interfering... with the nomination or election for office" with its offer to Rep. Joe Sestak appeared to implicate him in numerous similar "crimes" during his tenure at the Bush White House. But it gets better: Back in 2004, Rove reportedly offered Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE) a Cabinet post, which would have prevented the senator from standing for re-election.
Somehow, this reported offer did not result in Sean Hannity detailing numerous "crimes" the Bush administration had committed or Dick Morris claiming that an "impeachable offense" had taken place. I know you're shocked.
On November 17, 2004, CNN reported that Nelson "has been approached about becoming agriculture secretary in the Bush administration, according to two sources," adding that "President Bush's top political adviser, Karl Rove, spoke to Nelson about the possibility in a telephone conversation last Friday, according to the two sources familiar with their conversation." CNN noted the obvious political implications -- Nelson would have to resign his Senate seat if he accepted the position, and his successor would be selected by then-Gov. Mike Johanns, a Republican.
CNN further reported that Rove's "office would not confirm or deny a specific conversation with Nelson, adding that it is Rove's practice not to divulge private conversations with members of Congress." Or, as the right-wing would put it if the White House had been held by a Democrat, the administration stonewalled the press and refused to detail its "crimes."
Media conservatives have relied on discredited sources to push the false allegation that the White House broke the law and "bribed" Rep. Joe Sestak with an administration job in exchange for staying out of the Senate race. These sources have a history of promoting falsehoods and have significant ties to the GOP -- which include supporting Sestak's opponent in the Senate race.
In claiming that the Gulf oil spill is "Obama's Katrina," media figures and outlets have falsely suggested that the federal government has been unresponsive to Louisiana's request for a permit to create sand barriers -- or "berms" -- around the coast. But, as required by law, the Army Corps of Engineers has been studying the plan's impacts and reportedly responded with concerns that it could push oil into Mississippi; and, numerous experts have questioned whether the plan would even be effective.
This evening on On the Record, Fox News political analyst Karl Rove weighed in on Rep. Joe Sestak's claim that he was offered a job by the Obama administration in order to convince him to drop out of the Senate race in Pennsylvania. Among other allegations, Rove asserts that the Obama administration may have violated "18 U.S.C. 595, which prohibits a federal official from interfering, a government employee, interfering with the nomination or election for office":
A few points. First of all, if Rove's interpretation of 18 U.S.C. 595 is accurate, he is probably guilty of violating it in his past role as White House advisor to President Bush.
Earlier this month, Politico reported that Fox News "political analyst" Karl Rove was "secretly plot[ting a] vast network to reclaim power" for the Republican Party. In the weeks since news of the effort broke, Fox News has been caught looking the other way time and again when it comes to Rove's conflicting roles.
Now Politico is reporting that Rove urged Kentucky GOP Senate nominee Rand Paul to cancel his appearance on NBC's Meet the Press this weekend after several days of tough media coverage following his comments on the Civil Rights Act of 1964:
Paul, who canceled a planned appearance Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press" after a week of tough coverage, seems to have switched to a more disciplined approach: get off national TV, focus on Kentucky and stay on message.
That's in part because senior Republicans have told him to do so.
Karl Rove, the former top adviser to George W Bush, called Paul's campaign manager this week and said the candidate was hurting himself with all the exposure, according to a source familiar with the conversation (In an email, Rove only said "no comment" when asked about the matter)
At this point one could easily come to the conclusion that Fox News only pays Rove to underwrite his political activity. After all, they've shown no concern whatsoever over the ethical implications of his dual role as a network "political analyst" and his work for the GOP "campaign apparatus."
Those ethical implications are further complicated by news that Rove is purportedly advising partisan political campaigns directly.
From the May 14 edition of Fox News' America's Newsroom:
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Sean Hannity falsely claimed that Elena Kagan "thr[ew] military recruiters on college campus at Harvard ... off the college campus in the middle of a war in violation of federal law." In fact, Kagan consistently followed the law, Harvard students had access to military recruiters during her entire tenure as dean, and Harvard's data show that her actions did not adversely affect military recruitment.
From the May 11 edition of Fox News' Hannity:
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Yet again, Fox News has demonstrated its lack of concern for the ethical implications of Karl Rove's dual role as a "political analyst" for the network and his involvement in a GOP "campaign apparatus." Tonight, Greta Van Susteren opened her show with a lengthy segment in which Rove spoke extensively about Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and her three potential GOP challengers. Following the path laid in Happening Now co-host Jon Scott's interview of Rove yesterday, Van Susteren made absolutely no mention of Rove's role in this GOP political operation, introducing him only as "the author of the new book Courage and Consequence":
One would think that after its Sean Hannity ethical nightmare, Fox News would take these things seriously. Media Matters has already pointed out this particular issue with Rove three times previously. Where does Fox News draw the line? Will it wait until its employees actively fundraise and campaign for GOP candidates?
From the April 30 edition of Fox News' On the Record with Greta Van Susteren:
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From the April 29 edition of Fox News Channel's The O'Reilly Factor:
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