Monday, October 06, 2014

Fox News HYsteria and Fear Mongering Over Ebola, ISIS, illegal Immigrants

 What should be obvious is that the Fox News Channel is not fair and balanced but rather is partisn and a propaganda machine for ultraconservatives . Fox News is anti-Obama and racist ,anti-immigration,anti-science ,Islamophobic, sexist and homophobic and in favor of military actions rather than diplomacy etc.
 Fox News main agenda is creating hysteria and fear mongering while beating the drums of war and promulgating various right-wing conspiracy theories ie the war on Christmas; birtherism that Obama is not an American citizen ; that the US government is planning to take everyone's guns away; to impose martial law and create internment camps for conservatives and to deny white Christians their rights and so on.

 Comedian John Cleese formerly of Monty Python and his series Faulty Towers comments on the problem with the people on Fox News and many of their viewers and why it is difficult for them to be objective and critical of their entrenched beliefs :

  John Cleese on (Fox News) stupidity via, by Jen Hayden & Scout Finch, Sept. 29, 2014

 O'Reilly Continues The Fox Poutrage Over Being Mocked By President Obama By Heather October 4, 2014 at Crooks & Liars

Poor Bill-O has some bruised fee fees after mean old President Obama went after his network during a speech at Northwestern University.
 It seems the crew at Fox & Friends weren't the only ones terribly upset with mean old President Obama giving their network some long overdue criticism during a speech at Northwestern University this week.
Bill O'Reilly used the occasion to pile on as well and to pretend that his network has been "fair and balanced" with their coverage of President Obama. Apparently O'Reilly doesn't watch his own show and can't remember anything he ever said on the air, and never watches any of the rest of his network's coverage if he's actually delusional enough to believe that's true.

That being noted here is Fox News fueling hysteria over Ebola by allowing a faux expert to spew nonsense giving the audience the impression that he knows what he's talking about and that there is some controversy about how the disease is spread and that the CDC and President Obama are lying to the public and even that Obama might welcome such an outbreak.

 PBS Science Correspondent 'Embarrassed' By Fox's 'Level Of Ignorance' On Ebola
By David October 5, 2014 at Crooks &

 Miles O'Brien, the science correspondent for PBS "Newshour", lamented on Sunday that he was embarrassed at some of the coverage of Ebola on Fox News that had a "racial component," and seemed intended to scare viewers.
 On the Sunday edition of CNN's Reliable Sources, host Brian Stelter looked back at the last week's coverage of Ebola on Fox News. In one case, Fox News host Elisabeth Hasselbeck seemed almost disappointed when an expert downplayed the threat of the disease in the United States.
"We've heard the words 'Ebola in America,' a lot the past few days," Stelter noted. "It's technically true. There is a case of Ebola here in America. But to say Ebola is here, doesn't that sort of inflame people's fears?"
"It borders on irresponsibility when people get on television and start talking that way when they should know better," O'Brien explained. "They should do their homework and they should report in a responsible manner."
"Unfortunately, it's a very competitive business, the business we're in, and there is a perception that by hyping up this threat, you draw people's attention," he added. "That's a shame to even say that and I get embarrassed for our brethren in journalism."
Stelter also pointed to Fox News host Andrea Tantaros, who had warned viewers that West Africans might come to the U.S. infected with Ebola, and then go to a "witch doctor" instead of the hospital.
 "We could digress into what motivated that and perhaps the racial component of all this, the arrogance, the first world versus third world statements and implications of just that," O'Brien remarked. "It's offensive on several levels and it reflects, frankly, a level of ignorance which we should not allow in our media and in our discourse."

 Fox 'Expert' Lies About How You Can Catch Ebola By Vegasjessie October 4, 2014, at Crooks & Liars

 On the Kelly File, "expert consultant" J. Christian Adams says you can catch Ebola when the patient is asymptomatic, because he said so, science be damned.
 The main job of the alarmists at Fox News is to frighten people with overblown facts and contrived fiction, more often the latter. Friday night's The Kelly File was accompanied with the usual level of misinformation about the latest hysteria, the Ebola Virus. Kelly began the segment with,

"New questions are being raised about why the administration isn't doing more to prevent the spread of a disease."
Megyn Kelly found a guest who would not only insist on an ineffective travel ban from West African countries, but he knew nothing of how the disease is spread, so he made up his own facts. She brought on J. Christian Adams, author of the New York Times bestseller Injustice: Exposing the Racial Agenda of the Obama Justice Department and Ten Reasons to Impeach Eric Holder .

One might deduce he harbors a bit of racism against the administration, insisting they play the race card, not he and his buddies at PJ Media. You can follow his insanity on Twitter at @ElectionLawCtr. He's very proud of his hysteria-inducing tweets about a flight that has landed at JFK in New York and insists that the disease will spread like "wildfire," and Obama won't lift a finger to stop it.

 Director Of NIH: 'Illegal Immigrants' Using Ebola For Bioterrorism Is 'Far-Fetched' By John Amato October 5, 2014 at Crooks & LIars

 The director of the NIH threw cold water on conservative pundits who claim terrorists are using illegal immigrants to cross the border, bringing the Ebola virus with them.
 Conservative xenophobes have been instilling fear into their followers by warning them that illegals crossing the Texas border could be used by terrorists to bring Ebola into our country to attack us with.
Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday asked Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the NIH about this possibility and after his answer, even Wallace had to agree that it was nonsense.

 also see:

  Attkisson Cries On Fox News' Shoulder About The Non-Story CBS Killed By karoli October 6, 2014, Crooks &

 Raise your hand if you're surprised that terrorists use social media to organize.
What? No hands raised?
Yesterday's episode of "Howie Kurtz Rehabilitates Dead Careers" was special, because he had Sharyl Benghazi! Anti-Vax Attkisson on to explain that media isn't covering terrorism because Obama argle-bargle.

Sharyl is associated with the Heritage Foundation now -- a fact not disclosed on Howie's show, by the way. And her explanation for why the media didn't cover ISIS' expansion in 2013 was laughable.

We begin by reviewing clips of defense agency personnel testifying before Congress. So there's your answer right there, Sharyl and Howie. The media doesn't cover Congress because then they would have to cover the striking amount of non-governing Republicans do. God forbid that ugly little truth would ever escape DC.

And then Sharyl tells her own story of how the media edits terrorism stories. It seems she had one about how the Arab spring was organized on social media. Because to Sharyl, the Arab Spring is just like terrorists organizing!
At any rate, we move on from there to her "exclusive" story about how terrorists organize on social media. Except anyone with half a brain knows lots of terrorists and other malevolent types organize there. Like Republicans. And Al Qaeda. And conservatives associated with the Heritage Foundation, for example.

Here's an exclusive for Sharyl: Good guys use social media, too. Because "social." That "exclusive" was a non-story that didn't need to be told. Good for CBS for killing it.

 6 Idiotic Right-Wing Moments This Week: War on Science and Knowledge Rages On Because who needs science when you can have hysteria instead? by Janet Allon, Oct. 4, 2014 at Alternet

also see Fox News hysteria and fear mongering over the (imaginary)threat to America posed by The New Black Panthers.

 Fox News Runs Incendiary Video Of New Black Panther's Racist Rant. Here Are Some Other Racists They Don't Show You.
By David Neiwert July 7, 2010 at Crooks & Liars

 As part of its campaign to promote their phony story claiming that Obama's Justice Department is shunning cases of voter intimidation by nonwhites, Fox News yesterday devoted a great deal of attention to the New Black Panthers Party, a couple of whose members are at the center of the hue and cry over GOP operative Christian Adams' absurd claims about the DOJ.
At one point, they actually ran an incredibly incendiary video showing one of the two men in question ranting at length about how much he hates white people. Mind you, to most folks in mainstream media, this is normally considered an irresponsible sort of clip to run because it is needlessly incendiary and racially divisive and, moreover, gives these otherwise fringe figures far more attention than they deserve -- not to mention that some of the people who absorb these rants will be persuaded by them.
But when it helps underscore the long-running Fox theme that Obama is a black radical racist who secretly hates white people, they'll run anything, apparently.

...Meanwhile, what have the New Black Panther actually done? Sent a couple of shady-looking dudes to stand outside a mostly black precinct and where no one reported that they were intimidated by their presence. That's it.

So a little perspective is perhaps helpful here: There are indeed black racist hate groups (the United Nuwaubian Nation of Moors is another). However, they are dwarfed both in size and in sheer numbers by white racist hate groups. Check the SPLC's compendium of hate groups and you'll see what I mean: they outnumber anti-white racists by about 99 to 1.

Oddly enough, we never get any reporting about these hate groups from Fox News -- except when they want to attack the Department of Homeland Security's bulletin warning about the rising likelihood of violent terrorism from right-wing extremists. Then, they're all too eager to simply whitewash away the very existence of white supremacists and far-right terrorists.

Well, for our readers' edification, we've compiled some of the haters that Fox News won't show and the things they say:

and so it goes,


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