Showing posts with label FOX News. Show all posts
Showing posts with label FOX News. Show all posts

Tuesday, April 18, 2023

Fox lies about election costs them hundreds of millions, but what about everything else?

Dominion-Fox News live updates: Settlement reached for $787.5 million

ABC News
By Aaron Katersky and Olivia Rubin
April 18, 2023
Dominion Voting Systems, in a $1.6 billion defamation lawsuit, accused Fox News of knowingly pushing false conspiracy theories that the voting machine company rigged the 2020 presidential election in Joe Biden's favor, in what Dominion claims was an effort to combat concerns over declining ratings and viewer retention. Fox defended its coverage, dismissing the suit as a "political crusade in search of a financial windfall."

"Fox has admitted to telling lies about Dominion," Dominion Voting Systems CEO John Poulos said outside the courthouse following the announcement of a settlement. It was not immediately clear where this admission took place, beyond Fox's statement that "We acknowledge the Court's rulings finding certain claims about Dominion to be false" -- or whether Fox News had agreed to a more formal acknowledgement in a public way.
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That was the news on one of the biggest crimes in recent history. FOX was supposed to be a news station with journalists. At least that was what their viewers thought. They defended them, no matter what they said. It didn't matter if it cost them relationships with families and friends because they thought they we right. 

And now, FOX settled before the trial that would cause all the liars to admit what they did in court. At the last minute, FOX agreed to pay $787 million dollars for lying about Dominion. What about everything else?

What about the people who voted for President Biden? What did this do to the rightfully elected President, Joe Biden? What about the House and Senate members that refused to hold anyone accountable for anything that was done, not just to Biden, but to all the voters? What about the election workers that were threatened? What about all the people so filled with rage after being lied to, stormed the US Capitol, and ended up in jail, facing trial, or losing everything they had?

What about the House, Senate, and local government members, not just supporting the lies but doing all they can to remove the right of the people to vote the way they want to?

So fine, FOX has to pay hundreds of millions of dollars for lying when they knew what the truth was. The question is, what happens to them after all the harm they have done to everyone else?

Tuesday, April 5, 2022

what we know is not all that can be seen

Wounded Times
Kathie Costos
April 5, 2022

Fox News' viewers can change their attitudes with exposure to CNN on MSNBC shows that what we think, is always based on what we know. The problem is, what we know is not all that can be seen. And that is usually the reason why things don't change for the better. 

The research was conducted by Political scientists David Broockman of Stanford University and Joshua Kalla of Yale University. What they found is that people only know what the source of their information tells them. We live in a time when we want to learn the easy way, the quickest way and all too often, we learn based on what we already think. If we are not curious, we do not search for answers. We stopped reading manuals as soon as we were able to find a video on YouTube about how to do what we want to do. What this research shows is, when people have a different source of information, they begin to realize that what they know, is not always what is real.
Part of what’s interesting about the study is that it captured not just the difference between CNN’s and Fox News’ ideological outlooks, but also their differing commitments to sharing certain facts. Most notably, CNN was more likely to offer factual information that reflected more poorly on Donald Trump — and the Fox viewers who switched realized this: Participants who switched were less likely to agree that “if Donald Trump did something bad, Fox News would discuss it.”

This happens all the time. It happened with COVID. How many times have you had conversations with people who said COVID was a hoax and did not want to believe any facts? I know it happened a lot of times with me when I was shopping and people would ask me why I was wearing a mask, as if I was the stupid one. I'd look at them and think they were selfish and ingorant. I wore one because I didn't want to infect anyone else if I had been exposed to it, including my husband. I didn't want to be faced with living with regret that I did not do something so simple to protect him. The study shows where COVID deniers got their information from.
The switchers were more likely to care about Covid, learn different information about current events and feel more negatively toward Trump and the GOP. This isn’t to say the experiment revolutionized people’s worldviews. The Fox News viewers who switched to CNN generally continued to hold perspectives that accord with a right-wing media diet and worldview, and the experiment didn’t change whom they’d vote for. Even so, it's still striking that it took just four weeks for some of them to shift in some attitudes and observations of facts.

When I wrote part 2 of The Lost Son, Alive Again, this was the topic of the book. Chris and his friends wanted to help people see the truth because all they knew were lies. Chris didn't just battle ignorance of #PTSD, he battled the ignorance of people thinking they mattered more than anyone else. He showed how evil people were outnumbered by people doing good.

Read ALIVE AGAIN and learn how to fight to get people to see what they have not seen.


Sunday, July 17, 2016

FOX News Commentator Contrived CIA Career

Fox News commentator who feds say faked a CIA career sentenced to 33 months in prison
The Washington Post
Rachel Weiner
July 15, 2016

Over the years, Simmons’s claims were convincing enough to get him a regular spot as an unpaid commentator on Fox News; a post on a 2013 civilian panel investigating the attacks in Benghazi, Libya; and two jobs with defense contractors working in Afghanistan.
Wayne Simmons was a professional football player, a drug trafficker, a nightclub doorman, a Fox News guest analyst and an intelligence adviser in Afghanistan.

What Simmons, 62, was not, according to all available evidence, was a CIA agent. In federal court in Virginia on Friday, just before he was sentenced to 33 months in prison, he apologized for lying about his security clearance, his criminal history and his finances.

“There is not a day that goes by that I am not haunted by these mistakes,” Simmons said. “I stand before you a shameful and broken man.”
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Monday, June 10, 2013

FOX News lawsuit over live coverage of suicide victim's kids saw

Children See Father's Suicide on Fox News
Courthouse News Service

PHOENIX (CN) - Fox News' broadcast of a man's suicide left his three young children with post-traumatic stress disorder, their mother claims in court.

Angela Rodriguez sued News Corp., Fox Entertainment Group and Fox News Network, in Maricopa County Court.

She claims that after Fox showed the suicide on "Studio B with Shepard Smith," her children found it on YouTube and now are so depressed they can't even go to school.

"Studio B" broadcast parts of an 80-mile car chase involving the children's father, JoDon Romero, in and around Phoenix on Sept. 28, 2012.

When Romero jumped out of the car and began running through the desert with a gun, "Studio B's host, Shepard Smith, began saying over and over to 'get off,' meaning to turn off the broadcast so as to not broadcast the events that were about to happen," the complaint states. Romero shot himself in the head.

"This suicide was broadcast live nationally," the complaint states. "Because Fox News did not delay the broadcast by even a few seconds - despite Shepard Smith's pleas to stop the broadcast - every person in the country watching the program saw the driver shoot himself in the head.

"Notably, the local Fox affiliate, from whom 'Studio B' was receiving its live feed, was utilizing a several-second delay, Thus, viewers in the Phoenix area who were watching the incident unfold on the local Fox station (rather than on the Fox News national network) did not see the suicide, as the several-second delay enabled the local technicians to prevent the broadcast of the suicide."
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Phoenix Suspect Shoots Self In Head On Live Fox

Monday, January 7, 2013

12 most despicable things Fox News did in 2012

If it is about the military or veterans, I read it. I may not post it, but that all depends on how important the story is. This one is. Considering the majority of the veterans I know watch FOX, this is actually a great example of why they shouldn't trust FOX at all.

Remember when they were claiming Romney was going to win in a landslide while the rest of the country was laughing at them? That proved they want to twist things up to get the result they want. It didn't matter what the truth was any more than it has mattered to what it is when they are talking about, or not talking about, the men and women risking their lives for this country.

The list of "despicable things Fox News did in 2012" has two reports involving the military. While this is a "left leaning" site, it does not change the fact that FOX did them.
12 most despicable things Fox News did in 2012
From producing its own anti-Obama video to spinning furiously on unemployment, the network had a banner year
JAN 5, 2013

1) Romancing Petraeus: Fox News CEO Roger Ailes tries to recruit for the GOP.

The Washington Post’s Bob Woodward revealed that Fox News CEO Roger Ailes had dispatched a Fox News defense analyst, to Kabul, Afghanistan to recruit Gen. David Petraeus as a GOP candidate for president. The notion of a news network soliciting candidates for political office is a perversion of the role journalists play in society. In response, Ailes claimed that it was “a joke” and that he “thought the Republican [primary] field needed to be shaken up.” Where Ailes got the idea that it was his right and/or duty to shake up the GOP primaries is unexplained. News people are supposed to report the news, not make it. Woodward’s story affirms that Fox News is a rogue operation. Its intrusion into the political process debases journalism by breaching all standards of ethical conduct. And it debases democracy as well by exploiting its power and wealth to manipulate political outcomes.

5) Fox lies about military access to voting in Ohio.

This year Republicans in the state of Ohio sought to amend their early voting law so that only members of the military would be permitted to vote early in the three days prior to the election. Democrats objected to this as it discriminates against certain voters, and they filed suit to preserve the right of every Ohio citizen to vote early. Fox News picked up the story advancing the premise that Democrats were seeking to take something away from our military. Anchor Shannon Bream falsely declared that “If President Obama gets his way, the special voting rights of some of America’s finest will be eliminated.” The truth is that Democrats in Ohio were suing to ensure that nobody’s rights were eliminated. The Ohio GOP was deliberately attempting to suppress the votes of citizens they presumed would vote Democratic. And Fox News helped them in that mission by brazenly lying about the substance of the debate.

Obama Not Trying to Curb Military Early Voting
Military Vote
The Center for Responsive Politics reported last month that self-described military personnel had donated $678,611 to Obama, 85% more than the $398,450 the Romney campaign has collected.

The other issue viewers notice is that FOX doesn't seem to have much time covering all the problems our veterans face coming home any more than they have time to cover what is happening in Afghanistan.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Fort Hood Massacre turned into politics by FOX

While I totally agree that the wounded from the Fort Hood massacre should receive the Purple Heart along with medals for valor, this should not be turned into a political game.

This is what started the reports off.
Wife of Ft. Hood victim: Obama ignores our plight, never called us but when you read it, you know that later on the fact that President Obama did meet with the families becomes clear.

What did FOX do with this?

Wife of Ft. Hood victim leads fight for military recognition
Autumn Manning speaks out

This was the report from November 10, 2009

Obama Fort Hood Visit: President To Privately Console Families, Publicly Mourn

Obama and first lady Michelle Obama devoted considerable time to three private meetings with those affected by the shooting rampage, meeting first with families of those killed, then with some of those wounded and their families, and later with those still hospitalized.

"Just the president being here was a great morale booster to show the country he was here for the families," said Ronald Fiveash, a sailor whose brother was shot four times but survived.

Sheila Wormuth, whose husband is stationed at Fort Hood, came with her 3-year-old daughter to show their support. While her husband wasn't at the shooting site, she said, "what happens to my husband's brothers and sisters happens to us."
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Does Mrs. Manning have a right to speak her mind? Hell yes! She should say whatever she feels like saying and as often as she wants to. After all, do any of us know what it is like to have gone through what she and her husband have or will go through? I don't think she's turning it into a political game but FOX sure is.

Purple Hearts proposed for Fort Hood victims

House panel labels Fort Hood victims as combat casualties
By Leo Shane III, Stars and Stripes
Online Edition, Thursday, May 20, 2010

WASHINGTON — Victims of the Fort Hood shooting in Texas last November could be recognized as combat casualties under a measure approved by a House panel Wednesday.

The move would make survivors and relatives of those killed eligible for certain specialty pays and benefits, although it would not make the injured eligible for Purple Hearts. The House Armed Services Committee included the provision in their draft of the fiscal 2011 Defense Authorization Bill, along with a host of other military spending items.

Under current Defense Department rules, families of servicemembers killed in combat zones receive another $100,000 death benefit on top of the $400,000 maximum life insurance payout, and those wounded overseas are guaranteed additional money for catastrophic injuries. Those specialty pays are not taxed when awarded in a combat theater.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Phoenix Suspect Shoots Self In Head On Live Fox

Video is available at the link below. Not posting it. Too graphic even though Huffington Post blocked the actual suicide.

Car Chase Suicide: Phoenix Suspect Shoots Self In Head On Live Fox
News Feed After 100 MPH Pursuit
The Huffington Post
By Andy Campbell
Posted: 09/28/2012

The vehicle that the suspect allegedly stole before shooting himself in the head. A long car chase with a Dodge Caliber in Phoenix, Ariz., ended with the suspect shooting himself in the head on live TV, appearing to commit suicide.

The driver, recorded live news helicopters, led law enforcement on a dangerous chase, traveling at speeds of nearly 100 mph.

Around 3:30 p.m. ET, at the end of the hour-long pursuit, he drove off the road, got out of his car and ran down a dirt path for a short period. He then appeared to shoot himself in the head and collapsed.

Fox News quickly cut away from the shot and went to commercial after the gruesome incident. Host Shepard Smith immediately apologized for airing what looked like a suicide.
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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Sean Hannity says" I know all about this. We're talking about post traumatic stress."

Thank you Sean Hannity! You just shocked me!

It feels as if I just had one of my biggest prayers answered and Sean Hannity did it. I can't believe I'm posting this. For years I've complained about FOX not paying attention to PTSD when they have such a huge audience and thus, great power in addressing this. The fact that Hannity covered this may have just saved some lives but at the very least, let veterans know that PTSD is nothing to be ashamed of.

It has been covered on CNN and MSNBC but not enough to reach as many veterans as this did. Facing reality here, FOX has been watched by more veterans so they play a huge roll in all of this. Up until now, the coverage has just not been there to the degree this crisis deserves.

'Invisible Wounds of War': Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Devastating America's Veterans
Published November 04, 2011
Sean Hannity
Special Guests: Lisa Ling, host, "Our America"

This is a rush transcript from "Hannity," November 5, 2011. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

LISA LING, "OUR AMERICA": Peter Alred (ph) can't sleep. He's on high alert, like he was in combat in Iraq, eight years ago. His kids are safe in bed and his wife is worried.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: He's always in fear, waiting for something terrible to happen.
LING: But even the most secure bunker can't keep out the memories that haunt him and make life unbearable.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: He feels like he's broken. And he feels like me and the kids would be better off if he were dead.

SEAN HANNITY, HOST: That was a clip from "Our America With Lisa Ling" on the Oprah Winfrey Network and in this Sunday's episode, Lisa uncovers what she calls the "invisible wounds of war." And joining me now to explain more about all this is Lisa Ling.
Good to see you, welcome back.

LING: Thanks for having me, Sean.

HANNITY: Appreciate you being here. You know, I know all about this. We're talking about post traumatic stress.

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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Fox News Kilmeade should be ashamed of himself

For starters, when I lost my job at a church 2 1/2 years ago, I didn't get unemployment checks. As a church they didn't pay into the system. I thought I was lucky when I got a temp job here or there but otherwise, after working all my life and being unemployed once before in my adult life, I ended up not being able to afford to do what I do as a Chaplain. I work on average 35 hours a week online for free but it used to be over 70. Now much of my time is spent trying to find work and worrying about how to pay my bills.

Kilmeade has said a lot of stupid things in the past but this one really made me sick. It's not about me because even if benefits are extended, it won't do me any good, but it will do a lot for other people through no fault of their own found themselves out of work while people like Kilmeade get paid to make fun of them and use them as part of some kind of sick, twisted political game. Still it gets worse than that. Does Kilmeade ever read actual news or is he too busy reading talking points? See the problem is, veterans have a higher unemployment rate than civilians do.

June unemployment rates rise for veterans

By Rick Maze - Staff writer
Posted : Friday Jul 2, 2010 12:39:16 EDT

The unemployment rate for veterans rose slightly in June, to 8 percent overall and 11.5 percent for Iraq and Afghanistan-era veterans, a sign that expanding programs aimed at helping veterans find work are not working in a stagnant job market.

June employment statistics released Friday by the Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics show the overall unemployment rate for veterans rose slightly from 7.8 percent in May. Still, the unemployment rate for veterans remains lower than the overall national rate of 9.5 percent.

The national rate shows a slight improvement over the 9.8 percent unemployment rate reported for May. The Labor Department report shows, however, an overall decline in the number of jobs in the U.S. after only about 83,000 new jobs were created in the private sector and the federal government eliminated 225,000 temporary positions for Census workers.

For Iraq and Afghanistan-era veterans, many of whom are entering or re-entering the job market after overseas deployments, the June unemployment rate is 11.5 percent, up from 10.6 percent in May.
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June unemployment rates rise for veterans

While I end up reading real news and seeing reports like this, I then get to hear what people end up claiming like the people over at FOX. I get to know what real suffering is like and what price is being paid by our troops and veterans. I get to read about their lives but people like Kilmeade end up being paid to avoid the truth because it does not fit their agenda. People like him only understand what it's like when they have to go thru it and then they wonder where their help is going to come from. I wonder what it was like for an unemployed veteran to hear those words said on TV?

Kilmeade: Maybe expiring unemployment benefits will make people ‘sober up’
By David Edwards and Ron Brynaert
Thursday, July 15th, 2010

Fox guest bashing benefits can't keep talking points straight

Covering the standoff on unemployment benefits, The Huffington Post's Arthur Delaney has complained about lawmakers on both sides of the aisle "who suspect the jobless of preferring not to work."

Pundits and guests on Fox News Channel, in particular, have been advancing similar opinions.
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Maybe expiring unemployment benefits will make people sober up

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Nancy Pelosi is killing the troops

Chaplain Kathie

Nancy Pelosi said the CIA did not tell congress exactly what was being done and when it was being done but it's not as if this would be the first time the CIA got things wrong and won't be the last time the government of this nation turns into a he said she said. Considering that anyone in the loop on any of the secret goings on running this country cannot talk about it in the media, there is a lot that is going on we don't find out about until years have passed. The problem is, the reporting on Pelosi, a pit-bull for the Democratic Party and target for the Republicans has in effect been killing the troops. It's not just the jumping on Pelosi story that has been doing it, it is the failure of the broadcast media to report on other things that are harder to report on but of so much more value.

Sgt. John Russell waits for trail, for what caused him to kill five at the Camp Liberty Stress Clinic. Five families grieve for their family members killed and another, Russell's family searches for answers, also grieving. While newspapers and local TV stations find this tragedy worthy of their attention and reporting, cable "news" has found a more interesting story in politics. Not that reporting on the characters running this country is bad, but we need to be asking what it is they value when they fail so miserably at reporting on what else is going on.

CNN, MSNBC and I presume FOX (because I don't watch FOX) have all piled on the same story of Nancy Pelosi and what the CIA did or did not tell congress. Others have since come out pointing out discrepancies in what the CIA claims and what they know to not be true. Is this a worthy story? Sure it is but so much coverage on this as if she is responsible for giving the orders to torture instead of claiming she was not told the whole truth. It is not as if she could have saved the lives of five men now dead because of the stresses the troops are under in Iraq as well as what they face in Afghanistan. So where is the reporting on what the troops are going thru? Where are the stories on Iraq and Afghanistan?

During the Presidential campaign the media found only that to report on and excused their lack of interest in the two military campaigns as viewer driven but did they ever explain how it was the blogs were on fire discussing both military campaigns as well as the Presidential one? The public interest was alive and well but being starved. The problem is the troops ended up paying for it because the general public was not informed adequately enough to rise up and help the troops coping with the tremendous stresses they were under and had nothing in place for when they came home needing our help. As the months went by, it was harder and harder to track the stories around the country about what was happening to them, the tragedies unfolding in every part of this country because not enough people knew what was going on.

Were 1.9 million lives worthy of reporting on? That's how many served. How about the lives on the line in Iraq and Afghanistan still? Don't they matter? What about their families? These are recent stories about the Camp Liberty tragedy that should have been on cable news.

Among 5 Killed, a Mender of Heartache and a Struggling Private
Published: May 16, 2009
They came to the clinic at the base in Iraq for reasons as different as their ranks.

Maj. Matthew P. Houseal, a 54-year-old psychiatrist and father of seven in the Army Reserve, was there to counsel, having requested an Iraq deployment to support soldiers struggling with the heartache and hardship of war.

Pfc. Michael E. Yates, 19, was there to talk, perhaps about the pain he was feeling about being separated from his girlfriend and infant son, relatives said.

And Sgt. John M. Russell, 44, was there because he had to be. After 15 years in the Army, he had fallen into debt and out of favor with his commanding officer, who took away his weapon and sent him for counseling.

It was in that clinic, a low-slung building at Camp Liberty on the outskirts of Baghdad, that Sergeant Russell used a weapon that he seized from an escort last Monday to shoot and kill Major Houseal, Private Yates and three other people, Army officials say. He has been charged with five counts of murder in the deadliest case of soldier-on-soldier violence involving the American military in the six-year Iraq war.
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Among 5 Killed, a Mender of Heartache and a Struggling Private

Funeral set for soldier from Md. killed in Iraq
Baltimore Sun - United States
FEDERALSBURG - A 19-year-old Federalsburg soldier killed at a counseling clinic in Baghdad is to be buried this week.

Funeral services for Michael Edward Yates Jr. are to be held at noon Thursday at the Framptom Funeral Home in Federalsburg. Interment will follow at the Eastern Shore Veterans Cemetery in Beulah.
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Mourners remember quiet, helpful Army doctor - Lubbock,TX,USA

Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Story last updated at 5/20/2009 - 1:28 am

He was a soldier, a respected doctor, a steady-handed pilot, all qualities worth bragging about. But Matthew Philip Houseal wasn't the chest-beating type, his sister said.

He often melted quietly into the background. For that, many people knew him as "the invisible man," she said.

"He always was there for people," said Anne Houseal, a U.S. Air Force colonel. "He was a great example of service and honor."

Family and friends gathered Tuesday at St. Ann's Church in Canyon to pay their final respects to the slain Amarillo physician. Hundreds of American flags waved outside the church as a bell tolled and a lone bagpiper played softly in the distance.

Heads bowed and eyes welled with tears as a military color guard brought his flag-draped casket into the church. Arms curled gently around heavy shoulders.

"It's a sad day in America," said Jack Barnes, president of America Supports You Texas. "A good man was taken away from us."

Houseal, 54, a major in the Army Reserve, was one of five soldiers killed May 11 when a U.S. soldier allegedly opened fire in a mental health clinic at Camp Liberty in Baghdad.

In his sermon, the Rev. Phu Phan praised Houseal for sacrificing for his country and for placing the needs of others, often strangers, above his own.

"He found meaning in his desire to help others," Phan said. "We need to thank God for the gift of his life."

Troubled by the rising suicide rates among veterans, Houseal joined the reserves to use his training as a psychiatrist to help stem the tide.
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Tragic stories that have hardly been mentioned. But there are many, many more stories they find unworthy of their attention.

As Americans deal with the bad economy, home values dropping and jobs being lost, they will not think about what else is going on while they are hunting for jobs and worrying about finding ways to pay their bills. They won't find the stories of National Guards families suffering because of the lost incomes, coming home to no jobs after they risked their lives and the lack of support in their own communities to help them heal from PTSD. They won't know about families on food stamps because there is just not enough money to make ends meet while their family member is risking his/her life in service to this nation.

The media has a moral obligation to report on what is happening to our troops and have had a moral obligation to report on our veterans also suffering. They just have not taken the time to notice any of it. How many lives could have been saved had they bothered to report on any of what's been going on for the last 8 years? We need only look back at the tragedy of Camp Liberty for the answer. After this all the brass in the military have been trying to find out what else they need to do to prevent this from happening again because of all the reporting that was done and is being done. Yet tragedies have been unfolding across the country all these years that should have been worthy of their attention but alas, they just found more "important" to them to report on. After all, it's easier to jump on stories and take guesses when it comes to politics as usual but it is a certainty fueling the war between parties is not about to save lives, find answers, remove the stigma and provide knowledge about what the troops are going thru. They would have to actually invest the time in finding the people involved and talking to them instead of just picking up the phone and getting the usual talking heads to speculate of false earth shattering news.

The troops and our veterans are dying for the attention of the media but they haven't bothered to notice! They've just been too busy talking about Michelle Obama's arms and clothes and Nancy Pelosi's memory. How much time has talk radio invested in this as well? Honestly I cannot attack cable news and forget about the obligation talk radio has as well. They talk about what Pelosi knew or didn't know without any ability to actually know the truth but when the truth about what is happening to our troops and veterans is documented and known, they avoid it. What about the obligation Rush has to the troops? What about the obligation Hannity and O'Reilly have to the troops and our veterans? What about the hosts of Air America, admittedly doing a better job of mentioning any of their stories, but still, failing to spend enough time on any of them. Stephanie Miller, Richard Greene mention them from time to time and Thom Hartman spends more time on the veterans when he has on Larry Scott of VA Watchdog, but still not enough time. If you put all the hours talk radio on both sides spend on the troops and veterans it would pass as fast as you can hit a snooze button on an alarm clock but this alarm has been piercing the air in homes across this nation while the broadcast media has been snoozing!

We can talk about the obligation the government has to the troops and the veterans all we want but the media has a bigger obligation because the pubic has not been informed enough to get the government to live up to their obligations. They talk occasionally about gays in the military and don't ask-don't tell as a morale issue but fail to report on what is actually killing our troops and veterans that can be prevented. How many more tragedies will they suddenly find of value to even mention before they fully grasp the fact they are partly responsible for the failure to act, report and inspire the American people to act to correct the damage being done? How many more will be buried between this Memorial Day and the next one that did not need to die? Suicides have gone up every year and so have attempted ones while they failed to report so we can decide to act. Tell them they need to live up to their obligation to the troops because in the process of their decisions on what is valuable to cover, they are killing the troops by avoiding them.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

FOX news reports the truth about Palin, almost too late

If FOX had been paying attention, they would have known how bad Palin would have been as a Vice-President a heartbeat away from McCain at 72! Bravo to Carl Cameron anyway. It almost came too late but at least the supporters she had can find some comfort she didn't get that close to being in charge of this entire nation.

Fox: Palin didn't know Africa is a continent
David Edwards and Nick Juliano
Published: Thursday November 6, 2008

So just how woefully unqualified was Sarah Palin? Now that the election's over, aides to John McCain's campaign are starting to dish on the former Republican vice presidential nominee. The Alaska governor who bragged about being able to see Russia from her home state was pretty uninformed on even the most basic details of the world, it appears.

As Fox News's Carl Cameron reported Wednesday, Palin allegedly thought Africa was a country -- not a continent -- and didn't know which countries were a party to the North American Free Trade Agreement. (That would be the US, Mexico and Canada.)Cameron's report joins negative portrayals of Palin in Newsweek and the New York Times, which on Thursday revealed that Palin had not prepared for her disastrous interview with CBS's Katie Couric and did not inform McCain officials that she had scheduled an interview with two Canadian pranksters posing as French President Nicolas Sarkozy.
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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Shepard Smith, FOX News, bravo on truth finally

Fox host berates 'Joe the Plumber' after McCain surrogate says Obama vote means 'death to Israel'
David Edwards and Nick Juliano
Published: Tuesday October 28, 2008

The all-out effort from John McCain's presidential campaign to scare voters into backing the Republican candidate continued apace on Tuesday as McCain surrogate Joe the Plumber agreed that a Barack Obama presidency would mean the "death of Israel" and end democracy in America.

The Ohio plumber, who has no license and is actually named Samuel Wurzelbacher, spoke at a McCain campaign event in Columbus Monday. A McCain supporter asked if "a vote for Obama is a vote for the death of Israel." JTP hardly batted an eye.

"I'll go ahead and agree with you on that," Wurzelbacher said.

The push-back against Wurzelbacher's comments began, somewhat unexpectedly, at Fox News.

The network noted that the McCain campaign seemed hesitant to distance itself from Wurzelbacher. Correspondent Carl Cameron said that the McCain campaign was going to put out an ad today criticizing Obama policies on Israel.

"I just want to make this 100 percent perfectly clear, Barack Obama has said repeatedly and demonstrated repeatedly that Israel will always be a friend of the United States, no matter what happens once he becomes President of the United States, his words," Smith said after the interview ended. "The rest of it, man, it just gets frightening sometimes."
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Shepard Smith was one of the few people I used to watch on FOX, before they went nuts for the GOP and forgot about truth. I just want to say bravo for trying to get the truth out on what Samuel "Joe the plumber" Wurzelbacher, (who isn't a plumber, doesn't make over $250,000 and is not buying the business he works for according to the man who owns it) had to say this time. People like to repeat what makes sense to them, just like accusing Obama of supporting terrorists.

They also fail to understand one fact after another. When McCain says that Obama is the most liberal member, the facts don't back that up, but they say that every single time they are running against a Democrat. When McCain says "tax and spend" it is not true when it comes to people making less that $250,000, but even if it was true, it would be better than just spending and paying for nothing and increasing the debt our kids will have to pay. When they talk about socialists, do they think about what Palin is doing in Alaska spreading the oil wealth? There is so much people just repeat instead of knowing if it is true or not, Smith is right, it does get really frightening out there.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Dumping FOX one thinking person at a time

Aside from Keith Olbermann on MSNBC Countdown awarding O'Reilly "Worst Person In The World" award almost nightly, I forget O'Reilly is still on the air. To this day, I fail to understand why people waste an hour watching him. I watched his show, (which is what it is because you cannot call it news) after 9-11. I think that was when his show got the most attention. Most of the people I know tuned in during some of the darkest days of this nation, but when the sunlight returned, they stopped watching. This just reminded me of someone else like Michael Savage who add nothing to society, never attempt to help people suffering, never seem to care about issues that matter to people in need but always manage to find the passion to attack them.

This is one more person who thinks FOX is not all it's cracked up to be.

Today I was Reminded Why I Hate Fox News...Thanks YouTube.

By ladytia(ladytia) Bill O'Reilly: *Gasp* There's No Such Thing As a Homeless Veteran! Tia Says: My family of Veterans think you can go to Hell, O'Reilly! 4. Fox News: Those Damned Educated Angry Black Women!

This is the clip of O'Reilly dismissing homeless veterans and their reaction to him.

I don't watch FOX news or views. I don't listen to Hannity or any of the talk show talking heads on the radio in my car either. When I moved to Florida, I bought XM satellite radio so that I could listen to informative talk radio and news without feeling as if my intelligence has just been violated or having my own dedication to the nation as well as the veterans insulted.

During one of many conversations with veterans, someone mentioned something they saw on FOX. I asked the person if was a compassionate person. He said he was. Then I asked him how he could watch a show that hated what he had inside of him. At first, he was offended. He defended FOX. Calmly, I pointed out several things in opposition to what he believed in. His defense of FOX began to dissolve. We talked some more and by the time we were going our separate ways, he understood FOX is actually contrary to everything he believed in.

FOX hides behind words. They say they are patriotic with graphics of a flag being flown in the background, yet they never seem to be able to defend the Constitution. They say they are "watching out for you" but never seem to explain who the "you" is they are watching out for. They say they are "informed" yet people who have really been paying attention think wherever they are getting their information from is not reality based. Their viewers come off as idiots when they are involved in discussion on current events, much like McCain didn't know when the Awakening happened in Iraq, which was well before the surge of troops. The viewers of FOX are not stupid people but they have been manipulated into thinking that if they don't watch FOX, they are not patriots. Very sad when you get right down to it.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Fox tries to blame Call of Duty video game on Eric Hall's disappearance

How did NewsHounds miss this one?

From Destructoid

Call of Duty 4 linked to ex-Marine's disappearance: Thankfully FOX has the scoop
by Jim Sterling on

FOX, America's agenda-free and unbiased source for well-researched news, has a new videogame related story up that links Call of Duty 4 with the disappearance of former Marine Eric Hall. Hall, who was wounded in Iraq, had been playing the game before he apparently got up, said he had to go, and then left, never to return. FOX would like to remind you again -- it was a videogame that caused this.

Hall's time in Iraq was traumatic, to say the least. He was injured by a bomb that caused damage to his right arm, left leg, hip and abdomen, and also had to witness his best friend's decapitation during the conflict. Prior to his disappearance, Hall had been suffering from flashbacks and hallucinations. It is believed he fled his home on a motorcycle, which was later abandoned.

Not to be mean spirited or anything, but who decided that playing Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare is a good idea after you've been traumatized in the Iraq conflict? Do people who have been savaged in a shark attack watch Jaws as soon as they're released from hospital? Perhaps he thought it would be cathartic, but obviously that's not how it turned out. A worrying story, and testament to what war can do to one's mind. Honestly though, I wouldn't recommend anybody who went through what Hall did playing CoD4. A negative reaction to the gritty and grounded war title should have been seen a mile away.

The question is, did the game have anything to do with this or not?

From FOX

Missing Ex-Marine's Family Says Video Game May Have Sparked Disappearance
Sunday, February 10, 2008

Relatives of a missing ex-Marine wounded in Iraq fear a video game that simulates combat may have triggered war memories that led to his disappearance, Florida's Herald Tribune reported.

After playing "Call of Duty," Eric Hall "just got up and said he had to go," Courtney Birge, a family friend, told the newspaper.

The 24-year-old Hall left the home of a relative in Deep Creek, Fla., where he was staying, on Feb. 3, according to the Charlotte County Sheriff's Office. He rode away on a motorcycle that was later found on a roadside, still running.

Hall had been hallucinating and having flashbacks, the sheriff's office said.
Hall's father, Kevin, remained in their native Indiana in case his son returned.,2933,330225,00.html

Even though they gave the game this review less than two months ago.

Review: 'Call of Duty 4' One of Best Games of Year
Friday, December 21, 2007

By Dan Scheraga

NEW YORK — "Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare," the latest in the celebrated series of first-person shooters, has some pretty big shoes to fill.

The fact that it must compete with the much-hyped "Halo 3" and "BioShock" doesn't make things any easier.

But "Call of Duty 4" ($59.99 for Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and PC) has one major advantage: It does everything right.

• Click here to visit's Video Gaming Center.

First, the graphics are awesome. As in, my jaw hung open in awe when I first saw the beautifully rendered images on a high-definition TV. It still looks like a video game, but sometimes not by much.,2933,317705,00.html

The other question that needs to be answered is, what point did FOX have of reporting on this game when all the other reports did not? What do they have to gain by trying to tie Call Of Duty to this Marine suffering PTSD? Are they trying to say this wouldn't have happened if he didn't play the game? Well then, that explains why VIETNAM VETERANS WENT MISSING BECAUSE OF PTSD BEFORE THESE VIDEO GAMES WERE EVEN INVENTED! ARE THEY (FOX) INSANE? We had over 300,000 homeless Vietnam veterans and Lord knows how many more were missing from their families and never reported to the point where they were linked to Vietnam. PTSD is documented all the way back to ancient Greeks and Romans and yes, even in the Bible. So what the hell are they trying to say?

Saturday, January 26, 2008

It's too late for O'Reilly. He already proved he's a schmuck

Bernie and Jane on Edwards and Letterman Trashing O'Reilly
Friday, January 25, 2008

This is a rush transcript from "The O'Reilly Factor," January 24, 2008. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

Watch "The O'Reilly Factor" weeknights at 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. ET and listen to the "Radio Factor!"

BILL O'REILLY, HOST: In the "Weekdays with Bernie and Jane" segment tonight, two hot topics. First, the Associated Press and various other news agencies reported yesterday that the Bush administration has lied or had lied hundreds of times in the run-up to the Iraq war. One problem with that: The information came from an organization funded by far-left enthusiastic, George Soros. I'm being nice tonight. But the AP and the other news agency failed to mention that fact.

Also, a couple of nights ago David Letterman and John Edwards pretty much trashed me over the contention that the economy has caused some veterans great harm.


JOHN EDWARDS: The core of the feud is that I've been talking about homeless veterans, and the fact that we have a couple hundred thousand homeless veterans that have no place to sleep at night.

It's embarrassing, horribly embarrassing, incredibly embarrassing for America, a huge moral issue facing the country. And he kind of went on the show and said that I was exaggerating, making it up. And I think he got a lot of correspondence, and a lot of homeless veterans have been calling in.

DAVID LETTERMAN: You know what I've noticed about Bill O'Reilly — and he's a marvelous communicator — but he's not — he doesn't really care much about telling the truth.

EDWARDS: Yes, I've noticed that.


O'REILLY: Now as we demonstrated last night here on "The Factor," we have the stats to back up that we of course told the truth. But John Edwards did not, and David Letterman doesn't know what it is.

Joining us now from Washington, Jane Hall and from Miami, Bernie Goldberg. Both are FOX News analysts.

All right, Bernie, now does Letterman owe it to his audience to, when he sides with a guy like Edwards and calls me a liar and I don't know what I'm talking about and all of that. And then we produce the evidence that says 150,000 beds available to homeless veterans every night, $37 billion, a record amount of spending, on veteran health care. And the V.A. guy comes on the program and says, "If you're a homeless vet, we will come to you, anywhere, anytime, and help you." That's the truth. So does Letterman owe it to his audience to come on the next night and say, "Gee, you know, I was really unfair to Bill O'Reilly"? Does he owe it?
go here for the rest if you can stand it,2933,325569,00.html

First the son of a bitch attacks homeless veterans, claiming there aren't any, then he spins it to they're all drunks, drug addicts and mental cases, then he says the "government can't do anything about it" followed by Hunt's claim "he's putting his muscle" to work for the homeless veterans. Bullshit! It's too late for O'Reilly when he's already proven he's a schmuck! He doesn't give a crap about the truth anymore than he cares about our veterans. He doesn't care about facts or where they came from and either he's too uninformed on what information our own government finally admits to, or he's too stupid to understand any of it. Now he has the balls to claim he is the victim of any of this! I still say gather up all the Marines, soldiers, National Guardsmen, Reservists brave enough to do what he wouldn't dare dream of doing and show up at his studio to tell him it's too late to cover his huge ass. It's all on tape!

As for the crap about 150,000 beds, that's bull too.

Funded Beds
Homeless Veterans
7,700 beds provided!

Monday, January 7, 2008

O'Reilly now denies veterans are homeless too?

Excuse my language here but I can't help it. What the hell is wrong with this bastard? First he denies soldiers are being sent back into combat with PTSD and a pocket full of pills. Then he denies veterans are homeless. He went on to talk about illegal aliens sending money back home? What country deserves to have this bastard living in it because it certainly isn't this one? He gets paid how much to slander our troops and veterans? What is he trying to prove? Does he think if he says it isn't so, it suddenly goes away? What about his responsibility in all of this with his huge paycheck and audience?

Readers of this blog know what PTSD. They know how many suicides there have been because of PTSD. They know how many homeless people there are and they know what causes them to be homeless. They are aware! O'Reilly lives in a land of his own making.

I'm tired of this man saying whatever he wants and never, ever having to face those he attacks and denies their existence instead of helping them.

What if every service organization across the country dealing with the homeless veterans writes to FOX and demands he apologize for this? How about every family member who has had a son or daughter deployed back into combat with diagnosed PTSD and prescriptions do the same? What if the thousands upon thousands of family members who have had a son or daughter commit suicide because of PTSD and service to this country do the same? How about they get joined by the hundreds of thousands of people dedicating their lives to helping these people do the same? Can FOX news allow any of this bastard's ranting to go on unchallenged?

O'Reilly and FOX have a responsibility to their viewers. It is one thing to not report on what is going on which they do consistently but another to lie about it.

From Crooks and Liars
O’Reilly Slams Edwards For Standing Up For Homeless Veterans
By: billw on Sunday, January 6th, 2008 at 3:05 PM - PST

On Friday, Billo showed off his pundit wisdom idiocy following the Iowa caucus and went after John Edwards for saying the US should be taking better care of our veterans.
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O’Reilly: As for John Edwards, Good grief! this guy has no clue. (plays clip)
Edwards: … and tonight, 200,000 men and women who wore our uniform proudly and served this country courageously as veterans will go to sleep under bridges and on grates. We are better than this. (see Edward’s speech here)

O’Reilly: That was Edwards’ concession speech last night. I mean, come on. The only thing sleeping under a bridge is that guy’s brain. 10 million illegal alien workers are sending billions of dollars back home and Edwards is running around saying nobody has any money. Hard to believe.

Billo, who has a history of insulting veterans, just dismissed outright the plight of homeless men and women who have served in our nation’s military and implied that they don’t even exist. To mask his callous indifference he threw out illegal immigration as a red herring and insulted Edwards by saying he “has no clue.” Well, as usual, Falafel Boy is the one who desperately needs to get a clue.

In 2006, approximately 195,827 veterans were homeless on a given night—an increase of 0.8 percent from 194,254 in 2005. More veterans experience homeless over the course of the year. We estimate that 336,627 were homeless in 2006.

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I was shocked to hear O'Reilly deny our veterans are homeless. I've worked in veteran's outreach for 25 years and this is beyond pathetic. In O'Reilly's failed attempt to go after John Edwards, he ended up attacking homeless veterans in this county and all veterans who have served this nation. Denying the problem exists may allow him to sleep peacefully in his luxurious surroundings, blissfully thinking he deserves any of it but at the same time veterans are homeless and sleeping in boxes, under bridges and fighting their way into shelters that just don't have enough room for them. Half of the homeless veterans have PTSD, a war wound which is something O'Reilly will never have to worry about because it requires a person to have a soul first and be brave enough to serve this nation, willing to lay down their lives for the sake of the people in this nation. It requires a conscience which O'Reilly apparently lacks. Wasn't it bad enough that O'Reilly and Hunt denied the soldiers were being sent back into combat with medication for PTSD? I wonder how many lives could have been saved had he addressed the problem instead of denying it? I wonder how many homeless veterans would be taken care of if O'Reilly addressed the problem instead of denying it? Can you think of a better way for him to spend a fraction of his money or inspire his viewers to do the same than to help take care of these forgotten veterans?

Kathie Costos

"The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive veterans of early wars were treated and appreciated by our nation."

- George Washington