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Foxphobia

by Speranza ( 64 Comments › )
Filed under Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Liberal Fascism, Media, Political Correctness at February 23rd, 2012 - 11:30 am

Remember  David Brock who years before Charles Johnson decided to do it, tried to make a living by betraying his allies on the Right? Well he has written an execrable book giving Fox News powers that it only wishes it could have.

by Mark Tapscott

Here’s something from David Brock’s new book that you may not have known: America is a politically divided nation today because the Fox News Channel denied President Obama the traditional presidential honeymoon in 2009.

That appears on page 103 of “The Fox Effect: How Roger Ailes turned a network into a propaganda machine,” which Brock co-authored with his vice president at Media Matters for America, Ari Rabin-Havt.

Now that you know that Fox is the cause of all of Obama’s problems — and the nation’s — it might be worth flipping also to Chapter Nine, for a riveting account of how Fox held Massachusetts voters at gunpoint and forced them to elect a Republican senator.

And by the way, did you know that Fox News frequently interviews Republican candidates for president? No, really, it’s right there on page 277.

Fox also makes “donation[s] of airtime to Republican candidates,” otherwise known as “presidential debates.” This publication co-sponsored one such debate with Fox — we all wore hair shirts for a month afterward and promised never to do it again.

“The Fox Effect” is every bit as insightful and scintillating a read as the Media Matters website. And if you flip to the endnotes, you will realize that it actually is the Media Matters website.

Both the book and the tax-exempt, George Soros-funded website serve as reminders of how silly liberals can become when they abandon their historic role as the destroyers of established orthodoxies.

The apparent motivation behind both is a deep fear that someone on some television set somewhere might be failing to embrace liberal orthodoxies with sufficient enthusiasm — or worse, giving aid and encouragement to heresy.

On page 56, Brock distills the definitive insular liberal elite’s narrative of how the insurgent conservative news network rose to dominance — by exploiting the death of thousands of Americans, of course:

“Just as the attacks of September 11 gave the Republican Party a wedge issue to pound Democrats with, [Fox News president Roger] Ailes would use the event to pound CNN. As we moved further away from the September 11 tragedy, this ‘pro-American’ position simply morphed into a pro-Bush position and a pro-Republican position. This is exactly what the network’s conservative audience desired.”

On page 84, we find Brock shedding crocodile tears over the departure of Brit Hume as Fox’s managing editor. Here is what Brock writes now in the book about the man that his organization has previously accused of “falsely claiming,” “falsely asserting,” “smearing” and otherwise misinforming viewers:

“Though he would make controversial remarks from time of time, Hume was at heart a journalist who had made his way up the ladder in the mainstream news industry.”

The aim of this disingenuous praise is, of course, to disparage Hume’s successor, Bill Sammon (a former White House correspondent for The Washington Examiner).

[.......]

The Fox Effect’s sweeping characterizations provide early warnings of its quality. For example, the assertion on page 36 that President George W. Bush “was the singular leader of both the Republican Party and the conservative movement” would come as a surprise to most conservatives.

Many of them still remember No Child Left Behind, Medicare Part D, Harriet Miers, a federal spending explosion unmatched since the days of LBJ’s Great Society, and the refusal to veto bills containing thousands of Republican and Democrat earmarks for things like the infamous Bridge to Nowhere.

The authors display a similar shallowness in their many defenses of Obama. For example, “The Fox Effect” devotes an entire chapter to Fox coverage of ACORN, the left-wing group to which Obama supposedly had only “loose ties.”

Set aside the fact that most of the examples used are drawn from “Fox & Friends” morning program fare and Glenn Beck’s opinion show that was taken off the air last year.

The book goes much further, portraying ACORN as merely an “antipoverty group” that conducts voter registration drives in poor, mostly black, neighborhoods that are “demographically linked to the Democratic Party.”

Ergo, all criticisms of ACORN are, in the authors’ words, “political racism, plain and simple.” The fact that 70 ACORN officials have been convicted of voter registration fraud in a dozen states in recent years — or that a 2009 House committee report suggests as many as one-third of the registrations the group generated were fraudulent — should not concern anyone.

As for Obama’s ties to ACORN, Brock minimizes them. He notes that in 1992 Obama “organized an ACORN-affiliated get-out-the-vote campaign in Chicago,” he “later worked as part of a team of lawyers” on a case for ACORN, and “he spoke at two ACORN training sessions in the 1990s.”

[......]

And Obama himself put it this way at an ACORN gathering in 2007: “I’ve been fighting alongside ACORN on issues you care about my entire career. Even before I was an elected official, when I ran Project Vote voter registration drive in Illinois, ACORN was smack dab in the middle of it, and we appreciate your work.”

Perhaps Media Matters should scold Brock for falsely asserting that Obama lied.

Toward the end of the beatification of ACORN, Brock quotes then-California Attorney General Jerry Brown saying this of James O’Keefe’s infamous pimp-and-prostitute scam:

“The evidence illustrates that things are not always as partisan zealots portray them through highly selective editing of reality. Sometimes a fuller truth is found on the cutting room floor.”

[......]

Read the rest – Will no one rid us of this troublesome network?

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  1. 1 | February 23, 2012 11:49 am

    Fox aint all that Rightwing actually. I guess they aint Leftist enough for Soros.


  2. Buffalobob
    2 | February 23, 2012 11:51 am

    When I look at a picture of Brock I have a flashback to the Movie tone newsreels of WW ll. To me he is a dead ringer for Gobbles. Coincidence? I think not.


  3. 3 | February 23, 2012 11:59 am

    The problem the left has with FOX is that FOX every once in a while comes across as in the middle. Generally, FOX is a bit to the left . . . jsut not as much as CNN and the other 3 Democrat News Networks. Brock and his cohorts are mad because they are not able to control ALLof FOX’s programming.


  4. 4 | February 23, 2012 12:02 pm

    @ father_of_10:

    Exactly, they Conservatives some voice. The Left can’t have that so Fox is the target.


  5. 5 | February 23, 2012 12:13 pm

    @ Rodan:

    The Left can only exist if the people are kept ignorant of any alternative. That is why they have destroyed the public education system. They thrive on ignorance, and will do anything to keep the airwaves a hard-Left echo chamber.


  6. 6 | February 23, 2012 12:18 pm

    @ Iron Fist:

    The elites of the Left are evil and smart. Their followers are just zombies and repeat talking points.


  7. 7 | February 23, 2012 12:29 pm

    @ Rodan:

    Even their “Elites” aren’t really that smart. Just cunning, in a low sort of way. Obama isn’t smart, and neither is Nancy Pelosie or Harry Reid. The people behind them may have some smarts, but even there you aren’t talking Nobel laureate scientists. They are better at propaganda than we are, but so is your top-notch used car salesmen. That is all these people really are: hucksters with a big audience. Their only real smart move was the move in the ’50s to take over the public education system.


  8. 8 | February 23, 2012 12:30 pm

    Hey, is anyone else having problems with Blogmocracy? When I refresh the page it bounces me up to the top of the page. It is most disconcerting…


  9. 9 | February 23, 2012 12:32 pm

    @ Iron Fist:

    Yup, that’s a lesson the Right hasn’t grasp. Its not about winning elections. Its about taking over Schools and the culture. Even when Republicans are in power, it feels like the Left is still in power. Then again the elites of the GOP are Leftists also.


  10. 10 | February 23, 2012 12:32 pm

    @ Iron Fist:

    No, its fine for me.


  11. 11 | February 23, 2012 12:38 pm

    Iron Fist wrote:

    Hey, is anyone else having problems with Blogmocracy? When I refresh the page it bounces me up to the top of the page. It is most disconcerting…

    I had that problem for all of about five minutes yesterday, while I was surfing on the iPad. Nothing since, either there or on my iMac.


  12. coldwarrior
    12 | February 23, 2012 12:42 pm

    wast mr brock in ‘under treatment’ for a mental issue?


  13. waldensianspirit
    13 | February 23, 2012 12:48 pm

    David Brock: Media Matters Madman


  14. 14 | February 23, 2012 12:55 pm

    What really really pisses them off is that Fox gets more viewers in every time slot than all three of the lefty media cable channels – CNN, MSDNC, HN, and Current – combined. This is what pisses them off. If Media Matters was as fair as they claim to be, where’s the expose on MSDNC? Every night there is practically a Democratic National Committee telethon.

    It’s time for Media Matters to have its tax exempt status revoked. It is a partisan site, created solely for the purpose of smearing the right and getting Democrats elected.


  15. Formercorpsman
    15 | February 23, 2012 12:55 pm

    coldwarrior wrote:

    wast mr brock in ‘under treatment’ for a mental issue?

    A couple of years ago I decided to try and learn a little more about this guy, given his name being thrown around in the periphery, and his political epiphany.

    Needless to say, gleaning what has been written about him & his actions, the guy certainly has some psychological issues. It is easy to make these kind of claims on a blog under assumed names, but the guy from all appearances has a persecutory complex.


  16. Formercorpsman
    16 | February 23, 2012 12:55 pm

    Rodan wrote:

    @ Iron Fist:
    Yup, that’s a lesson the Right hasn’t grasp. Its not about winning elections. Its about taking over Schools and the culture. Even when Republicans are in power, it feels like the Left is still in power. Then again the elites of the GOP are Leftists also.

    Bingo.


  17. 17 | February 23, 2012 12:56 pm

    Ahem…make that four left media – I threw in Current just because. I mean I don’t know about you guys, but I couldn’t find that channel with directions from OnStar.


  18. Moe Katz
    18 | February 23, 2012 12:56 pm

    If Speranza will forgive me, I’d like to share a link to a new online English-language news site from Israel, The Times of Israel, edited by David Horovitz, (NOT David Horowitz), who is the former editor-in-chief of the Jerusalem Post. To learn more, follow the link.


  19. waldensianspirit
    19 | February 23, 2012 12:58 pm

    @ Moe Katz:
    Cool! Thanks


  20. 20 | February 23, 2012 12:58 pm

    @ Formercorpsman:

    Which is also why the left is so adamant about the schools being the final arbiter of your child’s rearing. What good does it do them to indocrinate your kids all day when god-fearing Conservative parents can undo all their hard socialist work by one meaningful conversation at a dinner table.

    But teach the children young that their parents really don’t know anything, shouldn’t be listened to and don’t have their best interests a heart, and voila! the little lemmings are yours for life (or at least until they start paying taxes).


  21. 21 | February 23, 2012 1:05 pm

    coldwarrior wrote:

    wast mr brock in ‘under treatment’ for a mental issue?

    He’s a manic depressive and is a coke head. He thinks snipers are after him. He has Charles Johnsonitis.


  22. Formercorpsman
    22 | February 23, 2012 1:06 pm

    @ Carolina Girl:

    Without a doubt. I had an experience with my own kids a few weeks back in the car.

    The boys are 12 & 10. The 10 year old loves animals, and has questions about life, etc. He will mention sometimes about polution, and the usual stuff I know they are trying to indoctrinate him with, and I spend that time reeling him back in from the emotional thought process to the rationale process.

    Long story short, I was trying to give an example about how us driving our suburban pales in comparison to say a Mount St. Helens going off, and the discharge into the atmosphere. I made the same comparison about waste water, etc.

    The 12 year old, (freaking ridiculously smart kid) turns to him and said, “Yeah, fish pee in the ocean, so that means they swim in their own pee, but you still eat them”

    I laughed, but the kid knew the exact logical deduction.

    I was proud and amazed at the same time.


  23. coldwarrior
    23 | February 23, 2012 1:08 pm

    Rodan wrote:

    He has Charles Johnsonitis.

    is that first or second axis on the DSM?


  24. coldwarrior
    24 | February 23, 2012 1:11 pm

    Formercorpsman wrote:

    The 12 year old, (freaking ridiculously smart kid) turns to him and said, “Yeah, fish pee in the ocean, so that means they swim in their own pee, but you still eat them”

    well thought out!


  25. pat
    25 | February 23, 2012 1:19 pm

    @ Moe Katz:
    Bookmarked.


  26. pat
    26 | February 23, 2012 1:20 pm

    It is never a pretty sight when public, professional fairies go nuts.


  27. Dolphin
    27 | February 23, 2012 1:21 pm

    A week or so ago, someone posted a link to a “training” target showing what issues there were when shooting high/low/left/right. I need that link. Can anyone help?


  28. buzzsawmonkey
    28 | February 23, 2012 1:37 pm

    When they first saw Ricky Santorum
    Democrats agreed, “Give him a forum!
    He’ll deflect voters’ views
    Towards the way people screw
    And after that we can ignore ‘im.”


  29. 29 | February 23, 2012 2:01 pm

    @ Dolphin:

    Sounds like a job for Iron Fist to me!


  30. coldwarrior
    31 | February 23, 2012 2:11 pm

    Dolphin wrote:

    A week or so ago, someone posted a link to a “training” target showing what issues there were when shooting high/low/left/right. I need that link. Can anyone help?

    you need this:

    http://www.saveourguns.com/Ar_Marks_Un_Pistol_Train_Guide.pdf

    http://www.xdtalk.com/forums/sa-xd-xd-m-range-reports/107341-new-high-resolution-pistol-correction-chart-w-xdtalk-logo.html

    images of the target

    and the us army pistol shot correction target.

    have fun


  31. The Osprey
    33 | February 23, 2012 2:14 pm

    Mugabe Jr.: “My Presidency is not over. I’ve got another 5 years.”

    H/T Weasel Zip


  32. 34 | February 23, 2012 2:14 pm

    @ Dolphin:

    I think this is what you are looking for.


  33. 35 | February 23, 2012 2:21 pm

    @ The Osprey:

    He wants to be declared Supreme leader!


  34. buzzsawmonkey
    36 | February 23, 2012 2:22 pm

    Rodan wrote:

    He wants to be declared Supreme leader!

    I don’t care how much he sings. Diana Ross can kick his ass.


  35. Speranza
    37 | February 23, 2012 2:26 pm

    I love this part:

    The Fox Effect’s sweeping characterizations provide early warnings of its quality. For example, the assertion on page 36 that President George W. Bush “was the singular leader of both the Republican Party and the conservative movement” would come as a surprise to most conservatives.

    Many of them still remember No Child Left Behind, Medicare Part D, Harriet Miers, a federal spending explosion unmatched since the days of LBJ’s Great Society, and the refusal to veto bills containing thousands of Republican and Democrat earmarks for things like the infamous Bridge to Nowhere.


  36. citizen_q
    38 | February 23, 2012 2:26 pm

    @ buzzsawmonkey:
    I saw that. Unbelievable.

    If he is going to judge according to sharia, norms in muslim countries I am surprised he allowed an infidel to testify in court against a muslim.

    I wonder if this changes Chris Christi opinion of those who opposed his muslim judge.


  37. Lily
    39 | February 23, 2012 2:28 pm

    The Osprey wrote:

    Mugabe Jr.:“My Presidency is not over. I’ve got another 5 years.”

    H/T Weasel Zip

    I dare not think what another term of bho will turn this country into.


  38. Lily
    40 | February 23, 2012 2:32 pm

    @ citizen_q:

    So this judge basically didn’t follow the law. Assault is a crime in the U.S. doesn’t matter that you didn’t know it was a crime. You still committed a crime. Why in the world should a judge scold, for want of a better word, the victim what it is like in Islamic countries. The victim wasn’t “in” an Islamic country he was “in” the U.S.!


  39. Lily
    41 | February 23, 2012 2:33 pm

    @ Speranza:

    On Topic: This hate on Fox News has really gotten out of hand. A whole book devouted to smearing Fox News. Really?


  40. m
    42 | February 23, 2012 2:34 pm

    @ buzzsawmonkey:

    Oh. My. Bob.


  41. Calo
    43 | February 23, 2012 2:35 pm

    @ Lily:

    I dare not think what another term of bho will turn this country into.

    Clusterfuck is the first word that pops in my mind.


  42. 44 | February 23, 2012 2:35 pm

    @ buzzsawmonkey:

    The Judge needs to be impeached. This is outrageous.


  43. 45 | February 23, 2012 2:36 pm

    @ Calo:

    Calo! I read about your kitty. I am so sorry. It is always hard when we lose someone that is close to us, and pets qualify as “someone”.

    {Calo}


  44. buzzsawmonkey
    46 | February 23, 2012 2:38 pm

    @ Calo:

    Hey, Calo! I’m not really a cat guy—for one thing, they make me sneeze—but I’m really sorry to hear about your pet. Pets are special, pets are wonderful. Please accept a non-cat-lover’s sincere condolences.


  45. Lily
    47 | February 23, 2012 2:38 pm

    Calo wrote:

    @ Lily:

    I dare not think what another term of bho will turn this country into.

    Clusterfuck is the first word that pops in my mind.

    Hey {Calo}! Hope everything is well.
    Actually that is basically what it will be.


  46. Lily
    48 | February 23, 2012 2:39 pm

    Iron Fist wrote:

    @ buzzsawmonkey:

    The Judge needs to be impeached. This is outrageous.

    Bingo! What this judge did was way out of line!


  47. 49 | February 23, 2012 2:40 pm

    Iron Fist wrote:

    @ buzzsawmonkey:

    The Judge needs to be impeached. This is outrageous.

    Damn right! That said, it won’t happen, so long as Обама is in the White House AND the Spineless Speaker runs the House!


  48. Calo
    50 | February 23, 2012 2:40 pm

    @ Iron Fist:
    @ buzzsawmonkey:

    Thank you for your condolences gentlemen.


  49. 51 | February 23, 2012 2:44 pm

    @ Speranza:

    Shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  50. 52 | February 23, 2012 2:45 pm

    @ buzzsawmonkey:

    ha ha ha ha!


  51. 53 | February 23, 2012 2:45 pm

    New Thread.


  52. Alberta Oil Peon
    54 | February 23, 2012 2:47 pm

    @ buzzsawmonkey:
    If I said what ought to be done to that judge, the blog might get in trouble.


  53. NoThreat2U
    55 | February 23, 2012 2:47 pm

    @ Calo:
    Hey you. We have a mutual friend who has been asking about you. I said I would pass on the message to ya. Heard about the kitty :( So so so sorry for your loss.


  54. Calo
    56 | February 23, 2012 3:07 pm

    @ NoThreat2U:

    Yep – I received the forward from M.
    Thanks.


  55. NoThreat2U
    57 | February 23, 2012 3:09 pm

    @ Calo:
    You are quite welcome.


  56. Lily
    58 | February 23, 2012 3:15 pm

    @ Calo:

    Hope you are feeling better, have kept you in my prayers!


  57. Calo
    59 | February 23, 2012 3:20 pm

    @ Lily:
    :@ NoThreat2U:

    I was waiting to get back to y’all after my electrophysiologist doc appointment tomorrow.

    Time to get my tune up. :smile


  58. Speranza
    60 | February 23, 2012 3:21 pm

    Lily wrote:

    @ Speranza:
    On Topic: This hate on Fox News has really gotten out of hand. A whole book devouted to smearing Fox News. Really?

    Fox is crying all the way to the bank.


  59. Speranza
    61 | February 23, 2012 3:23 pm

    Carolina Girl wrote:

    Ahem…make that four left media – I threw in Current just because. I mean I don’t know about you guys, but I couldn’t find that channel with directions from OnStar.

    Starring Keith Olberdork.


  60. 62 | February 23, 2012 3:36 pm

    Macker wrote:

    Iron Fist wrote:
    @ buzzsawmonkey:
    The Judge needs to be impeached. This is outrageous.

    Damn right! That said, it won’t happen, so long as Обама is in the White House AND the Spineless Speaker runs the House!

    Macker, this was a State Judge so the Feds SHOULD have nothing to do with it. But, I agree Holder will try to lean on the state as much as possible if the word Impeachment ever comes up!


  61. Lily
    63 | February 23, 2012 3:36 pm

    @ Calo:

    I will keep you in my prayers that it will go well. {{Calo}}!


  62. NoThreat2U
    64 | February 23, 2012 3:49 pm

    @ Calo:
    Your tune-up will go swimmingly ;)


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