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On the blogs, the fight was particularly fierce. Fox PR staffers were expected to counter not just negative and even neutral blog postings but the anti-Fox comments beneath them. One former staffer recalled using twenty different aliases to post pro-Fox rants. Another had one hundred. Several employees had to acquire a cell phone thumb drive to provide a wireless broadband connection that could not be traced back to a Fox News or News Corp account. Another used an AOL dial-up connection, even in the age of widespread broadband access, on the rationale it would be harder to pinpoint its origins. Old laptops were distributed for these cyber operations. Even blogs with minor followings were reviewed to ensure no claim went unchecked.




Thursday morning, Steve Doocy interviewed members of the U.S. Navy Band about the band’s recent inclusion of women. Reacting to the segment, Brian Kilmeade remarked, “Women are everywhere. We’re letting them play golf and tennis now. It’s out of control.” Visibly upset, Gretchen Carlson, the only female host, walked off of the set. “You read the headlines. Since men are so great. Take them [women] away,” she said. Kilmeade responded, “All right. Finally.” Then, as she walked further off of the set, Kilmeade jeered, “Leaving an all male crew” and added “she needed a shower.”



You have got to be fucking kidding me.


Posting this again because I just turned on the TV to hear Neil Cavuto blathering on about everyone needing “skin in the game.” This is probably the dumbest, most disingenuous conservative meme I’ve seen in the past few years and it keeps showing up day after day. 

“The truth is that the talking point that half of all Americans pay no taxes is a misrepresentation. Here is the full quote from the Tax Policy Center,

The fraction of tax units paying no income tax varies widely by filing status and type of unit. About 47 percent of single filers will owe no tax, compared with 38 percent of joint filers and 72 percent of heads of household. More than half of elderly tax units and tax units with children will pay no income tax this year.

The 47% statistic is not all Americans pay no taxes, but single filers who will pay no federal income taxes. According to the Center On Budget and Policy Priorities the real reason why 47%-51% of Americans paid no federal income taxes in 2009 is,

The 51 percent figure is an anomaly that reflects the unique circumstances of 2009, when the recession greatly swelled the number of Americans with low incomes and when temporary tax cuts created by the 2009 Recovery Act — including the “Making Work Pay” tax credit and an exclusion from tax of the first $2,400 in unemployment benefits — were in effect. Together, these developments removed millions of Americans from the federal income tax rolls. Both of these temporary tax measures have since expired.

The combination of the recession and the Obama stimulus cut taxes to low and middle income Americans led to fewer Americans owing federal income tax in 2009.

The Tax Policy Center has tried to correct Fox News and the right wing media’s misuse of their research. In April 2010, Howard Glickman of the TPC wrote,

Let me explain—repeat actually—what this means: About half of taxpayers paid no federal income tax last year. It does not mean they paid no tax at all. Many shelled out Social Security and Medicare payroll taxes. In fact, only 14 percent of Americans didn’t pay either income or payroll taxes. Some paid property taxes and, it is fair to say, just about all of them paid sales taxes of one kind or another. So to say they pay no taxes is flat wrong.

However, this class warfare-like rhetoric plays to a perception that the income tax is a chump tax: Only hard-working folks like us pay it. The welfare queens don’t. The super-rich don’t. It is a powerful emotional argument. It is also flat wrong.

The actual number of Americans who don’t pay any taxes isn’t half, but 14%. This group of non-taxpayers of any kind is largely composed of the elderly and disabled. The people who don’t pay taxes do so because they can’t work.

The myth that the wealthy are carrying the tax burden for America is used to justify tax cuts for the rich. Conservatives use the inaccurate statistic hand in hand with their, “wealthy are the job creators argument.” One statistic that was intended to demonstrate the loss of income due to the recession, along with the impact of the Obama tax cuts has been distorted and misused to justify a policy of not asking the wealthiest Americans to pay their fair share.

The truth is that 86% of Americans pay taxes. In one recession strapped year (2009), less than half of single filer taxpayers paid federal income taxes.

Millions of Americans are not being told the truth that almost 90% of us pay taxes, and that much of the reason why there were fewer people paying federal income taxes in 2009 was that Barack Obama signed the largest tax cut in US history.

Since the truth undercuts the conservative’s reverse Robin Hood steal from the poor to give to the rich policy, they are going to do their best to keep the facts buried under a mountain of misinformation.

Anytime anyone tells you that half of Americans paid no taxes, do your country a favor and straighten them out. We have the facts. It’s time to tear down this talking point.”


A new survey of New Jersey voters comes to a provocative conclusion: Fox News viewers tend to be less informed about current events than those who don’t watch any news at all.

Photo: Sean Hannity talks to the audience during the taping of his Fox News show recently. Credit: John Amis / Associated Press

Honestly, I’m not even sure if I’m surprised.

In researching Fox “news”, I stumbled on this guy’s youtube page (here). And it’s pretty damn awesome. Here’s a fairly typical clip, though I’ve also seen some truly epic ones as well. This is definitely going to be part of my regular news cycle.

Discussing Fox “news” with my right-wing dad. Stumbled on this video about Fox caving into pressure from Monsanto, another terrible organization f***ing up the planet. Wasn’t even sure if this was legit b/c the video is a bit cheesy and poor quality, but apparently this is actually what happened! Some other links here, here, and here.

In short, they found that monsanto was giving hormones to cows which posed a risk to humans. They were going to air the story on Fox, but fox tried every way to stop them and then fired them. It went to court. Who won? Fox News. Why? Because the court rules that Fox was allowed to lie.

Yeah. But not too surprising for a country that voted pizza a vegetable.

P.s. We really need to reinstate the Fairness Doctrine, which basically made it illegal for news corps to lie. Not saying that Fox shouldn’t be allowed to air (though one can dream!), but they should not be allowed to call themselves a news organization. This is a big picture issue which OWS should pick up on. And, I’ll add, this doesn’t just apply to Fox and conservatives; there is plenty of crap coming from liberal sources as well. We need to put a stop to this. Accurate, truthful reporting is a basic need for a democracy. Links: here and here.


FOX News reporters chased away from covering Occupy Wall Street

"Fuck news lies"

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Freep this Faux News poll. (Via Activate the Machine.)

I think we all know what to do.

Fire away