Dear Media: Fox News Blames You!

On November 7, 2012, in Candidates, Media, by tommy

To Be Clear: Locally, Fox9News does a pretty good job. This is a quick post about some of the nastiest Republicans in the state of Minnesota – the GOP SD48 – and the National Faux “Fox” News.

It’s the morning after a historic election; locally the ethically challenged Kirk Stensrud got knocked off by Yvonne Selcer in 48-A. Knowing how “classy” the local GOPers are (not), I went to their website – let’s look!

OK, see that on the bottom, middle? “• BIAS ALERT — Five ways the mainstream media tipped the scales in favor of Obama.

That’s “right” – blame the media. That’s the local GOPers excuse for possibly the worst candidate a party has ever put up for President, the “fiercely conservative” – until he got the GOP’s endorsement – “Multiple Positions” Mitt Romney (who even the Salt Lake Tribune couldn’t endorse).

“Blame the media” from the local Party of Personal Responsibility (from OTHERS). Forget Etch-A-Sketch; forget Romney Shambles; forget the non-existent tax returns; forget… well EVERYTHING – it’s the media’s fault.

These local GOPers are the ones that rallied behind disgraced former Mayor Phil Young. The ones that two years later; still vilify former DFL State Representative Maria Ruud. The ones that… well, I could go on and On and ON. The local “leaders” of the Mn GOP SD48 simply are NOT nice nor classy people.

And their very first post on their website, on the day after an election rejecting their candidate for president, saw the DFL take over the House and Senate in St. Paul (including the defeat of their endorsed candidate in SD48-A, Kirk Stensrud), saw the defeat of two State Constitutional Amendment proposals is a link to the National Fox News, whose message is: “blame the media.”

Message to GOP SD48: take some responsibility.

You know, like you’re always demanding, from everybody else.

(cross posted at MnProgressiveProject; comments welcome there)

… a picture says a thousand words.

A couple of weeks ago, i wrote a post: Canada prohibits Faux Noise broadcasting; Wisconsin Protests demonstrate why. That post included screenshots of two tweets by Faux Noise Fox News Repeater “Reporter” Mike Tobin, makin’ (stuff) up. Canada simply won’t put up with the (stuff) Faux Noise Fox News spews.

A couple of weeks before that, had a story about Faux Fox entitled “Stuff Is Just Made Up”. Which, of course, is just another demonstration of why Canada won’t put up with the (stuff) Faux Noise Fox News spews.

On the front page of today is a story entitled “All Of Us Will Be Slaves” And Other Health Care Predictions That Haven’t Come True. Two days ago, they did a report entitled “A History Of Death Panels: A Timeline”. And where did a lot – an awful lot (and I do mean “awful”) – of that stuff that didn’t come true and never was true come from? Faux Noise Fox News, whose motto should be: “We distort – you abide.”

There YouTube below is from a performance on Saturday Nite Live from 1976. It seems like Frank saw Faux coming, a long time ago.

I am gross and perverted
I’m obsessed ‘n deranged
I have existed for years
But very little had changed
I am the tool of the Government
And industry too
For I am destined to rule
And regulate you

I may be vile and pernicious
But you can’t look away
I make you think I’m delicious
With the stuff that I say
I am the best you can get
Have you guessed me yet?
I am the slime oozin’ out
From your TV set

You will obey me while I lead you
And eat the garbage that I feed you
Until the day that we don’t need you
Don’t got for help…no one will heed you
Your mind is totally controlled
It has been stuffed into my mold
And you will do as you are told
Until the rights to you are sold

That’s right, folks..
Don’t touch that dial

Well, I am the slime from your video
Oozin’ along on your livin’room floor

I am the slime from your video
Can’t stop the slime, people, lookit me go

(music and lyrics by Frank Zappa, 1940 – 1993)

(cross posted at; comments welcome there)

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Earlier today, I posted about Fox News tellin’ whoppers, and how Canada don’t allow that kind o’ (stuff). Here’s the link to that story.

Well, a sharp-eyed and dedicated reader sent me an email, asking if I’d seen the YouTube entitled “Fox Lies – Cenk Busts Fox News On MSNBC”. I hadn’t seen it, so: I did. And now you can too – let’s look!

(direct link to YouTube)

Oh, and about those “palm trees” Cenk referenced in that YouTube? Some of the fine folk in Madison that are protesting against GOPer Governor Scott Walker’s attempt (aided and abetted by Wisconsin’s GOPer Legislators) to slash public employee’s wages, kill their unions, and sell off state assets to the lowest bidder and/or closest political cronies noticed there weren’t “palm trees” in Madison before, so – there are now!

(photo credit to @matt_is_a_nerd)

(cross posted; comments welcome there)

On February 25th, Toronto’s The Globe And Mail newspaper reported:

Canada’s broadcasting regulator has abandoned its attempt to change a regulation that prohibits the dissemination of false or misleading news.

In a nutshell, it’s illegal in Canada to go on the air tell lies. Period. End of story.

And I should point out, and will demonstrate below, that decision to continue the prohibition was specifically aimed at keeping Faux Noise OUT of Canada.

That said, here in the good ol’ USofA? No such prohibition, and just two days after Canada reaffirmed that they will not tolerate BS (that’s “B” as in “bull” and “S” as in “(stuff)”), Faux Noise demonstrated that while Canada has a high regard for facts and truth, Fox News does not.

Faux Noise “Fox News” has a Repeater “Reporter” on the scene in Madison, flinging bull(stuff) “filing reports” about the ongoing demonstrations against GOPer Governor Scott Walker’s attempt (aided and abetted by Wisconsin’s GOPER Legislators) to slash public employee’s wages, kill their unions, and sell off state assets to the lowest bidder and/or closest political cronies.

Posted above is a screen shot of two tweets by said Faux Noise’s Sock Puppet “Man” On The Scene, @MikeTobinFox.

There’s just one problem with what Sock Puppet “Man” On The Scene, @MikeTobinFox tweeted:

It’s not true.

In fact, it’s complete BS.

As Media Matters reports:

In an interview with Media Matters later Monday, Tobin sought to downplay the incident, which he continued to describe as a “punch.”

“It was a punch. A punch is a punch, but it was just a punch in my arm. I grew up with three older brothers, it’s not my first time being punched. I don’t want to overdramatize it for the sake of TV or anything like that.”

Then came the video.

On Tuesday morning, what appears to be footage of the alleged incident recorded by someone in the crowd was posted at

Mediaite, which had trumpeted Tobin’s initial allegations, reported that the new video “certainly seems to counter the initial claim that Tobin had been hit.”

And Raw Story reported that “someone merely touched [Tobin's] shoulder, as evidenced in the video. … The incident he claimed was a ‘punch’ could instead be described as a pat, at most.”

After the video emerged, Media Matters once again contacted Tobin for comment. This time, he didn’t respond.

Instead, a Fox spokesperson called Media Matters and said that Tobin would have no further comment on the matter. (more, here)

Well, OF COURSE Tobin “would have no further comment” – he’d just been caught tellin’ a whopper. In other words, Tobin’s tweets – posted above – are lies.

Now, back to Canada, and why they don’t let Faux Noise broadcast their propaganda to Canadians. First, we’ll go to a public comment on the matter, by Professor Stephen Phillips from the Dept. of Political Science, Langara College in Vancouver:

Date reçu / Date Arrived: 2011-02-09

Numéro de processus public / Public Process Number: 2011-14
Numéro d’intervention / Intervention Number: 3166
Cas / Case: 146611

Demande à comparaître à l’audience publique / Request to appear at the public hearing: Non/No

Commentaire / Comment:
I oppose the proposed amendments to regulations governing the broadcasting of false or misleading news. The proposed qualification (viz, false or misleading news “which is likely to endanger the lives, health or safety of the public”) would have the effect of narrowing significantly the scope of the current restriction. I fail to see the rationale for making it easier for broadcasters to mislead the general public. News organizations have a duty to use the public airwaves in a responsible manner. The should not have carte blanche to deceive the public.

Like any right, free speech is not absolute. It must be balanced against other rights and vital interests. The parliamentary committee that recommended this review is evidently of the opinion that the current regulations may run afoul of Section 2 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, largely based on past jurisprudence (the Zundel case in particular). Be that as it may, it would not be appropriate in my view to amend the current regulations merely because they “may” be found one day by the courts to violate the Charter. It is difficult at best to anticipate how the courts may rule in Charter cases. That is especially so given that the facts and circumstances of the Zundel case are materially different from those having to do with the regulation of Canada’s public airwaves. Notwithstanding their ruling in Zundel, the courts may well conclude that the public interest in accurate, reliable news coverage by licenced broadcasters trumps the rights of those who would flood the airwaves with false information.

In any case, were the courts to strike down the current regulations, it would be open to Parliament to sustain them by using the notwithstanding clause. Such a move would be an entirely legitimate exercise of Parliament’s constitutional authority. It would therefore be presumptious to loosen regulations that the courts might uphold or that parliamentarians may choose to reaffirm.

In conclusion, there is no compelling need to weaken the current restrictions on the broadcasting of false or misleading news. On the contrary, it would have undesirable consequences for Canadian democracy. The impunity with which disreputable news organizations like Fox News spread lies and invective in the United States should alert us to the dangers of removing the regulatory safeguards now in place in Canada.

Copie envoyée à la réquérante / Copy sent to applicant: Non/No

Let’s take a look again, at the professor’s last sentence:

The impunity with which disreputable news organizations like Fox News spread lies and invective in the United States should alert us to the dangers of removing the regulatory safeguards now in place in Canada. (emphasis added)

And there’s a whole bunch of comments, from concerned Canadian Citizens, saying essentially the same thing: “We do NOT want Faux Noise’s BS here in Canada.”

Now to be fair, there IS something Sock Puppet “Man” On The Scene, @MikeTobinFox reported that IS true; he said he was surrounded by protesters chanting “Fox Lies” and holding signs saying the same thing: “Fox Lies.”

But the protesters were only chanting “Fox Lies” and holding signs saying “Fox Lies” for the old-fashioned reason: it’s true.

Sock Puppet “Man” On The Scene, @MikeTobinFox reporting on-air, on Faux Noise, that he was “punched” is NOT true.

Faux Noise: We distort; You Abide.

In Canada, that’s illegal. Here in America, it’s not. (Thank you, Uncle Ronnie – NOT.)

Which, of course, helps explain the 2010 election results…

It’s like I always say: “Those that forget the lessons of history (and, watch Faux Noise) tend to vote GOP”

(cross posted at; comments welcome there)


Was that “Vick’s VapoRub” that she applied under Glen Beck’s eyes??!? Let’s look!!!

And at the 2:17 mark: “Look Up To The Heavens, like you, you curse GOD!”


Ya know what else is funny? Back in February, GOP National Chair Michael Steele told Glenn Beck, on Beck’s show:

“You have absolutely no reason – none – to trust our words or our actions at this point.”

You Couldn’t Trust The GOP Then, You Still Can’t Now, And Tomorrow Won’t Be Any Different

(cross-posted at MnProgressiveProject)

Yeah, “right.” Watch for yourself:

“I’m not just trying to smear the guy…”??!?

The first clue that the guy is a rightwing paid shill is the line that green jobs “kill manufacturing jobs.”

In the first place, since when has a GOPer complained about the loss of manufacturing jobs? Does “Free Trade” ring a bell?

And since when has a GOPer complained about creating “low wage jobs”??!? I mean, the lower the wages for the serfs “employees” – the bigger the take at the top! Just ask Bill McGuire, or, say, Wal-Mart about THAT one….

But, ya gotta love how these rightwingers call President Obama’s guy a commie.

Hmmm….don’t like the guy; call him a commie….don’t like the guy; call him a commie…hmmm….

Hey! Kinda like how they called another guy they don’t like a “commie” – Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Joe Repya!

It’s getting to the point that getting smeared by the rightwing extremists should get ya a badge of honor, or something….

(crossposted from MnProgressiveProject)

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Some call it disinformation, some call it lying, but what ever it’s called, it certainly isn’t the truth. Keep in mind republiCon John Kline had to be pressured into holding his one and only “Town Hall” – and I use that term loosely, Erik Paulsen has shown no inclination to do any “Town Halls” despite his predecessor’s record of doing multiple – and legitimate – Town Hall meetings twice a year. As far as the ol’ MotorMouth herself, as far as I can tell Bachmann has never held a “Town Hall.” She did “host” a “Forum” earlier this year, but: she let a paid shill lawyer do the talking.

Fast forward to last night: wanting to see how long it took Sean insHanitty to say something stupid, I tuned to Faux News at the top of the hour and was not disappointed. Especially since he had Bachmann MotorMouth Overdrive on, “right” away! Let’s look!

Everybody catch that? Let’s review:

(3:15) Hannity: “What do you make, I’m watching Barney Frank and it doesn’t really really surprise me, he’s got a very safe district, but you know, the arrogance, the condescention, you know, the battling with the voters – something’s changed and I can’t quite pinpoint what it is. I’ve never seen voters attacked this way, have you?”

Bachmann MotorMouth Overdrive: “Well, the great thing is that Members of Congress are at home this August – they’re having an opportunity to be actually able to hear from normal Americans about how they feel about this health care proposal rather than the lobbyists that have been swirling through the halls of Congress. This is a wonderful thing – we’re actually seeing Democracy in action and it’ll be very difficult for members of congress to go back to Washington DC in September and clearly vote against their constituent’s interests. None of them can say now that they didn’t realize where the heartbeat of the American public is and we’ll soon see if the liberals in Congress are listening to regular Americans.”

So, here we have Bachmann MotorMouth Overdrive talking about how “wonderful” Town Halls are, and she’s never had one. And lest we not forget, Kline had to be pressured into holding his one and only “Town Hall” and Paulsen shows no inclination to ever holding one.

Let’s watch what Minnesota GOP Deputy Chair Michael Brodkorb said, concerning Town Halls:

Which brings us back to what I said, up at the top:

Some call it disinformation, some call it lying, but what ever it’s called, it certainly isn’t the truth.

(crossposted from MnProgressiveProject)