For Conservatives It Is all About Fox News

By: Tuesday October 21, 2014 10:15 am

According to Pew Research, Liberals have far broader sources of news than Conservatives who rely predominantly on Fox News and talk radio.

 

Yet Another Example of How Government Uses “Legal Process” to Coerce Reporters to Reveal Sources

By: Saturday October 11, 2014 12:46 pm

In 2011, a reporter for Fox News named Mike Levine was issued a grand jury subpoena as part of a Justice Department leak investigation. The subpoena demanded Levine reveal the names of “law enforcement” sources, who confirmed details for a story he wrote on Somali-Americans being indicted on terrorism charges in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Levine fought the subpoena and lost in July. Despite the fact that the government had defeated , the government withdrew the subpoena in April 2012.

Polling Improves for Sen. Pat Roberts

By: Thursday October 9, 2014 3:20 pm

Kansas seems to be returning to its red roots. For a while it looked like Incumbent Kansas Senator Pat Roberts was going to lose to Independent Greg Orman; but as we get closer to the election, Roberts has seen his polling start to turn around.

Why Does Fox News Side With Abusers Like Ray Rice?

By: Monday September 8, 2014 4:05 pm

Today’s Ray Rice story is still developing, but one thing it illustrates is the role outsiders can play in demanding justice and then expecting change from an institution that failed to act–or failed to act with sufficient seriousness about a problem.

Digby and Perlstein wrote today about what happened when we failed to hold individuals accountable for malfeasance. When institutions protect individuals, by explaining away their actions, it prevents change from happening.

The other thing it is illustrating is how great it is to have a group of people like Fox News or the RW media on your side, even if only temporarily.

Late Night: Jon Stewart on Race (& Ferguson in the Media)

By: Thursday August 28, 2014 8:00 pm

Jon Stewart returned from a brief hiatus with a brilliant take down of the racially charged Ferguson coverage in the media, primarily on FOX News.

Not that they are the only offenders.

Would Marijuana in Michael Brown’s System Make Him Act “Crazy”?

By: Tuesday August 19, 2014 11:07 am

In an interview on FOX news Dr. Michael Baden, who performed the second autopsy on Michael Brown’s body, said the toxicology report revealed Brown had marijuana in his system when he was shot. Baden then went on to speculate that this potentially could have led Brown to act “crazy” and that he “may have done things to the police officer that normally he would not have done.”

Democrats Have a Big Lead in the Generic Ballot — But They Must Convince Supporters to Vote

By: Friday August 15, 2014 1:21 pm

If the Congressional election were held today Democrats would have a seven-point edge according to a new Fox News poll. In the generic ballot Democrats lead 46 percent to 39 percent among registered voters.

As always, though, the big problem for Democrats remains convincing their potential supporters to vote. When you look only at voters who say they are interested in voting this November Republicans are winning 45 percent to 44 percent. That is a huge enthusiasm gap.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Michael Arria, Medium Blue: The Politics of MSNBC

By: Sunday July 27, 2014 1:59 pm

Using vignettes and case studies, Michael Arria’s book tells the story of many liberal’s favorite cable news network: MSNBC. Chronicling the likes of Rachel Maddow, Chris Hayes, Melissa Harris-Perry, a bit of Ed Schultz and Keith Olbermann, the book offers the very first critical examination, in book form, of the “Lean Forward” network.

As Arria notes, it is easy to mock and ridicule Fox News and the corporate conservative media. “For years now, Fox News has been beaming out images of people falling into orchestra pits, red meat for its rabid base, as well as liberals who love to hate on it.” Indeed, an entire “progressive movement” (related: a token of success in said movement is an appearance on MSNBC) echo chamber has been created around bashing media meant for consumption for conservatives.

How Will Fox React to a Terrorist Attack Post Snowden?

By: Thursday May 8, 2014 7:05 pm

After 9/11 I remember predicting another attack. Yet in the US it didn’t happen. (Of course we don’t count the anthrax attack because reasons. That also happened on the Bush/Cheney/Rice watch, but never mind.)

Late Night: Hook, Line, and Sinker

By: Thursday April 24, 2014 8:00 pm

Bundy is yet another product of the right wing noise machine, which has created its own worldview based not on any principle, but a cynical cobbling together of plutocratic goals and white trash prejudices into a tottering edifice of contradictions that, until recently anyway, could often produce a winning plurality in elections.

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