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Fox Noise delivers bad news to its viewers - the truth

Fox Noise delivers bad news to its viewers - the truth

After appearing on SNL in the 80’s, Jackson had largely faded from public view until she reshaped herself in recent years as a tea party activist and conservative bomb-thrower. Her proclamations that Obama is definitely a communist and possibly the Antichrist sparked something of a second career, leading to a stint as a columnist for conspiracy website WND, a web-TV series, occasional Fox News interviews, and regular appearances at conservative and tea party events. 

This week, Jackson ”filed to run as an independent candidate for a seat on a county commission outside Nashville, Tenn.”

During an interview promoting her book on Fox News last year, Jackson told Bill O’Reilly that while she had always been a Christian, she was apolitical until 2007 when she discovered an “underground conservative group of people” in Los Angeles that “educated” her about how a communist named Barack Obama was running for president. Miami New Times profile of Jackson from 2012 tracing her journey from SNL to the tea party explains that while she refuses to name the “secret organization” that helped awaken her political side, she “is clearly talking about Friends of Abe,” a group of conservative celebrities whose members reportedly include Jon Voight, Kelsey Grammer, Pat Boone, and Gary Sinise.

After this political awakening, Jackson took to political blogging, making headlines in 2008 for writing on her website that Obama “bears traits that resemble the anti-Christ” and asserting that it was important to “ask if Barack Hussein Obama could be a Muslim terrorist sympathizer or a Marxist mole.” Despite her extremism and nonsensical political views, she was nonetheless quickly absorbed into the conservative movement, appearing in an October 2008 National Republican Senatorial Committee ad attacking her former SNL colleague Al Franken

Jackson’s fledgling conservatism was apparently heavily influenced by Fox News and its fever swamp coverage of Obama’s first term. 
A memorial to those who died in a war in a fever swamp

A memorial to those who died in a war in a fever swamp

Several of you have asked me why I care what Bill O’Reilly thinks or says about me. Frankly, I don’t give a damn. But I do care that our national conversation is increasingly shrill — with name-calling substituting for civil debate and ad hominem attack for reason. O’Reilly and Fox News are partly responsible. Millions of Americans tune into his and his colleagues’ rants every day. That’s why I’ve challenged him to a debate. He obviously disagrees with me — why else would he call me a “Communist” and “secret admirer of Karl Marx,” and go after me on his show this week for even bringing this up? The fact he’s unwilling to debate speaks volumes — not just about him and Fox News but also about the poison he and others are infecting America with, making it almost impossible for people of different political views to engage in reasoned and civil discussion.

The scourge of widening inequality is causing large numbers of Americans, working harder than ever but getting nowhere, to feel frustrated and angry. O’Reilly and his ilk are using that anger to turn us against one another at the very time we most need come together to solve our problems. This is contemptible.

Congratulations to Howard Kurtz on His New Job

Follow John Cook's bouncing ball; watch where it lands on a Fox News exec's name, Bert Solivan.

The “gays are pedophiles” talking point, of course, has been widely debunked by child welfare experts and has no basis in reality. Even the BSA acknowledges that the threat of sexual abuse by gay members is a myth, stating:

[T]he BSA makes no connection between the sexual abuse or victimization of a child and homosexuality. The BSA takes strong exception to this assertion. Some of the nation’s leading experts reinforce this position.

The BSA has stringent polices that protect the safety and privacy of youth and adult members and has always worked to ensure that it is a supportive and safe environment for young people.

But this consensus from child welfare experts apparently wasn’t enough to stop mainstream media outlets from obsessively debating the homosexuality-pedophilia connection in February….


TANTAROS: I mean look, if the president is going to talk about his daughters, typically I would not talk about the daughters, unless, of course, they go to the Bahamas on spring break and we have to pay for it and I think it’s wrong, which I do. But they’re not grown women. So I’m just wondering, at 15 years old, is the Obama daughter, Malia, going to go on birth control? Are they gonna put her on birth control? Because he’s very concerned with the contraceptives and pharmaceuticals that are going in the mouths of everybody else’s 15-year old daughter.
But it’s definitely collectivism, right? “It takes a village.” Do you hear it, everybody? “It takes a village to raise your kids.” President Obama is now the parent-in-chief. Kathleen Sebelius is raising your kids. Joe Biden is raising your kids. Oh not even, it doesn’t stop there. It’s not kids. They consider 15-year olds to be women. They want to tell grown women what to do. They know how grown women feel. They have no idea how women feel. They should stop talking about it, because they have no clue.  

if you’re with me and we see Andrea Tantaros, make sure it’s worth my  trouble to spit or pour a beverage on her, please.
 (via Fox’s Andrea Tantaros On Plan B: “Is The Obama Daughter, Malia, Going To Go On Birth Control?” | Video | Media Matters for America)

TANTAROS: I mean look, if the president is going to talk about his daughters, typically I would not talk about the daughters, unless, of course, they go to the Bahamas on spring break and we have to pay for it and I think it’s wrong, which I do. But they’re not grown women. So I’m just wondering, at 15 years old, is the Obama daughter, Malia, going to go on birth control? Are they gonna put her on birth control? Because he’s very concerned with the contraceptives and pharmaceuticals that are going in the mouths of everybody else’s 15-year old daughter.

But it’s definitely collectivism, right? “It takes a village.” Do you hear it, everybody? “It takes a village to raise your kids.” President Obama is now the parent-in-chief. Kathleen Sebelius is raising your kids. Joe Biden is raising your kids. Oh not even, it doesn’t stop there. It’s not kids. They consider 15-year olds to be women. They want to tell grown women what to do. They know how grown women feel. They have no idea how women feel. They should stop talking about it, because they have no clue.  

if you’re with me and we see Andrea Tantaros, make sure it’s worth my trouble to spit or pour a beverage on her, please.

Petition the White House to have the Federal Communications Commission order News Corp. to remove the word "news" from their organization.

Fox News have not demonstrated themselves to be a responsible news organization. It is headed by an individual who has previously worked as a media consultant for republican administrations and at one point, set about to construct a media organization that would reflect the conservative viewpoint and was quoted as saying: “People are lazy. With television you just sit—watch—listen. The thinking is done for you.”

Fox News has, through numerous and well documented examples, have consistently misled their viewers with faulty information through their polling, graphics, imaginary conspiracies, purposeful mislabeling of politicians whom they do not agree with, editing interviews and speeches, and using photographs of one incident and claiming them to be another.