Posts tagged faux news
Posts tagged faux news
This is an interesting read because the information from many surveys of Fox News viewers is collated into one article. It’s honestly stunning yet entirely understandable that viewers of The Daily Show in the latest study were actually more informed than Fox News viewers - and correctly informed.
Straight from Fairleigh Dickinson University’s study [Emphasis mine]:
NPR does the best job of informing respondents about the debt crisis: Listening to NPR is associated with a 26-point increase in the likelihood of correctly naming Germany as the bailer, and a 12-point decrease in thinking that the US is behind the Euro-bailout. Sunday morning talk shows, talk radio and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart have similar positive impacts. On the other hand, people who report watching Fox News are five-points more likely than those who watch no news at all, to incorrectly say it’s the US that is bailing out European countries.
Puts a new spin on the old cliche “No news is good news,” doesn’t it?
As my friend Jeremy often says, “Shock. Gasp. Clutch the pearls.” At least when Ed Schultz of MSNBC got caught doing this, he corrected it and apologized.
Fox & Friends anchor Clayton Morris, essentially saying that scientific facts and theories don’t matter - it’s what the VOTERS think that’s actually the truth.
And wait… Fox News has a brain room? WTF is that?!
Um, no. Just no.
I’d like to refer back to this post.
And yes, birth control is a health issue. Some people take the pill for medical conditions. Some people who can get pregnant shouldn’t for medical reasons. And some people just don’t want to get pregnant. Birth control itself does not encourage sex.
What medical purpose does Viagra serve again? Hmmm?
Actual headlines versus Fox News headlines. That’s the Fox News headline above. Here’s the real one:
Here’s another Fox News headline:
The real headline:
Accuracy FAIL. Any of you shocked?
Sarah Palin, condemning birthers… lol, j/k, she egged them on and pandered with a wink.
As Robert Schlesinger put it, “It’s a dizzying form of self-legitimization for birtherism: OK, he was born in Hawaii, but we’ve yelled fire enough that there must be smoke.”
Fox News has decided that the Gallup Poll we reported on yesterday, which shows that 61% of Americans oppose reducing collective bargaining rights of government workers, didn’t suit their needs, so they switched the numbers. (via Fox News Switches Gallup Collective Bargaining Rights Poll Numbers | The New Civil Rights Movement)
You can’t just change stats like that…
I’m seriously blown away.
I…that’s blatant lying
Yes. They lie every day though so I’m not surprised.
Of course they may issue a retraction like 3 days later. On the website. In small print. On an obscure page.
*sigh* I wish this was shocking…
An apparent member of the birther movement seated in the gallery of the House of Representatives on Thursday interrupted a reading of the Constitution. The woman yelled out “Except Obama, except Obama, help us Jesus!” as Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ) read the “natural born citizen” clause of the Constitution.
The woman screamed out from the House Gallery as Pallone read Section 1 of Article Two of the United States Constitution, which reads that “No person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President.”
This is what Fox News hath unleashed upon us. For fuck’s sake…
Thank You Fox News
No, THANK YOU, America. </sarcasm>
Way to go Faux News!
It’s not the first time Fox News has flubbed an on-screen graphic but it may be the worst.
When Fox News host Gretchen Carlson interviewed Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel in mid-December, the conservative network made the unfortunate mistake of identifying him as a “Holocaust Winner” on the lower-third portion of the screen.
The graphics department most likely accidentally combined “Holocaust Survivor” and “Nobel Prize Winner.”
Wiesel was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1986 for his “practical work in the cause of peace.” He is also the author of 57 books.
Most recently, Wiesel has agreed to act as honorary chair of the Canadian Institute of the Study of Antisemitism (CISA).
This is quite possibly one of the worst things Fox has ever done, and as far as we know, it was accidental. Check that, the worst thing Fox has ever done was unleashing the evil minion that is Glenn Beck. That was intentional, I’m 100% sure of it.
Love it or hate it, Fox News has shaken up the media establishment and achieved financial success by airing the views of strident conservative pundits. Yet while the network has never made any bones about the political slant of opinion shows hosted by the likes of Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity or Bill O’Reilly, executives often claim that its news coverage is “fair and balanced.” A memo revealed this week by the liberal watchdog group Media Matters calls that into question.
"We should refrain from asserting that the planet has warmed (or cooled) in any given period without IMMEDIATELY pointing out that such theories are based upon data that critics have called into question," read an e-mail sent by Sammon to news reporters on Dec. 8, 2009, and revealed this weekby Media Matters. The memo went out 15 minutes after a Fox News reporter accurately explained to viewers that United Nations scientists had issued a report saying 2000 to 2009 was shaping up to be the warmest decade on record — even warmer than the 1990s, which were warmer than the 1980s.
Such data aren’t in serious dispute among climate scientists. The way the data are interpreted can vary; it’s legitimate for climate skeptics to reach conclusions that contradict mainstream theories. But only a crank would deny the underlying temperature data that show the Earth getting warmer — records compiled by independent stations around the world, combined with satellite measurements and confirmed by observations of rising sea levels, vanishing glaciers and other inputs — because to do so is to deny material and measurable facts. Instructing reporters to treat such facts as controversial is like telling them to question the laws of gravity when discussing plane crashes. The only reason for doing it is to further a partisan agenda, in this case an attempt to cast doubt on climate science in order to fend off government efforts to limit greenhouse gases.
The L.A. Times speaks the truth.
At the height of the health care reform debate last fall, Bill Sammon, Fox News’ controversial Washington managing editor, sent a memo directing his network’s journalists not to use the phrase “public option.”
Instead, Sammon wrote, Fox’s reporters should use “government option” and similar phrases — wording that a top Republican pollster had recommended in order to turn public opinion against the Democrats’ reform efforts.
Journalists on the network’s flagship news program, Special Report with Bret Baier, appear to have followed Sammon’s directive in reporting on health care reform that evening.
Sources familiar with the situation in Fox’s Washington bureau have told Media Matters that Sammon uses his position as managing editor to “slant” Fox’s supposedly neutral news coverage to the right. Sammon’s “government option” email is the clearest evidence yet that Sammon is aggressively pushing Fox’s reporting to the right — in this case by issuing written orders to his staff.
And in news that’s not at all shocking…
Apparently, without Fox News, we’d all be doomed to a Marxist hell, so speaketh Glenn Beck.
Most people recognize The Onion as the Peabody Award-winning satire machine that it is. Some people, however, don’t. Which is why we get a story like this every few months. Of course, it’s sometimes easy to mistake an Onion article for the real thing since the writers make sure to skew as close to their targets as possible. It also doesn’t hurt when real news outlets reprint the satirists’ work and decide not to let their readers know it’s a joke, as Fox Nation did today.
Yes, the Fox Nation editors were apparently so enamored with an Onion piece from today entitled “Frustrated Obama Sends Nation Rambling 75,000-Word E-Mail” that they reposted the first two paragraphs in their culture section with nary a sign as to its fictional nature. The only clue that this wasn’t real (besides a quick peek at your inbox to confirm that Barack Obama hasn’t been emailing you) was a link at the bottom instructing readers to go to TheOnion.com for the real story. This tiny link was, unfortunately, not enough for the vast majority of FN readers. At least, that’s the way it seems from the comments section.
Here’s a sampling:
“If this story is correct, that he did send out this email, it is very concerning about his current state of mental health. I am surprised he would be allowed to send something like this out and if he is not functioning very well why there isn’t some attention being paid to his current state.”
“Hey, you fraud: Get out. Your presidency is an affront to the exceptionalism of America. Pathetic loser.”
“HAHAHAHAHAHA OBUMMA – Un-raveled. EPIC FAILURE. IMPEACH it.”
My brain = broken