Fox & Friends praised Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's newly released immigration plan as a "remarkable political document" and "an early Christmas gift" for conservatives who desire immigration reform. Trump's plan calls for Mexico to pay to build a wall on the US-Mexico border -- an idea Fox & Friends has repeatedly endorsed -- and ending birthright citizenship, a right guaranteed by the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution. From the August 17 edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends (emphasis added):
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Fox News suggested that Hillary Clinton must have known her emails were classified when she received them during her tenure as secretary of state because they contained satellite imagery and signal intelligence. But officials say that the emails don't include any form of "sensitive sourcing" and may not have been classified at the time she received them.
From the August 14 edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends:
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From the August 10 edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends:
After GOP presidential candidate Carly Fiorina boasted that she has no connection to the Clintons in order to attack Donald Trump during the August 6 Fox News primary debate, networks repeatedly replayed her comments without disclosing her extensive ties to the Clinton Foundation.
Fox News' Fox & Friends promoted conspiracy theorist Mark Dice to lampoon Hillary Clinton and her supporters, despite his long history of promoting outlandish conspiracy theories including claiming the federal government carried out the 9/11 terror attacks. Fox & Friends' own network has even previously called him out as a conspiracy theorist.
Fox hosted Dennis Michael Lynch, a discredited anti-immigrant filmmaker, to push the myth that there are 30 million undocumented immigrants in the United States. Recent research shows the actual number -- 11.3 million -- is about one-third of Lynch's claim and is down from previous years.
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Fox & Friends stoked fears that faith-based loan accommodations for some Muslims in Seattle might fund terrorism and go against "American values," despite the fact that faith-based financing is widely practiced around the world and available to all religions.
Seattle's mayor and community leaders released a list of recommendations this month to bring more affordable housing to the city. To increase home ownership, the committee suggested bank lenders explore ways to extend loans to Muslim residents who follow Sharia law, which prohibits the payment of interest on loans.
Fox & Friends decried the recommendation as "funding terror" on July 23. Fox Business anchor Cheryl Casone alleged, "Critics over the years have voiced concerns that this would allow Muslim extremists a new way to use the U.S. financial system to launder money," and an on-screen graphic read:
Co-host Steve Doocy later worried that the loans amounted to "discrimination" in favor of Muslims, while network analyst Peter Johnson, Jr, said that it "opens up a lot of questions" such as concerns about "legitimatizing a law that is really inimical to American values."
But faith-based financial accommodations are not specific to Islam -- Christian denominations benefit from them as well -- and options for Sharia-compliant loans are increasingly common.
Catholic and Christian denominations such as Lutherans similarly benefit from financial instruments that accommodate their religious beliefs, such as faith-based mutual funds. As The Wall Street Journal reported:
Faith-based mutual funds typically screen out stocks of companies that violate the tenets of a given religion or religious denomination. A Muslim fund is likely to screen out companies related to pork production, for example, while a Catholic fund can avoid a maker of contraceptives.
In looking at faith-based funds, be aware that the stock-picking methods vary widely from fund to fund. And potential investors should avoid making assumptions about a fund's screens or its stance on a moral issue based solely on its expressed religious affiliation, says David Kathman, a senior mutual-fund analyst at Morningstar Inc.
For example, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, a nonprofit investment firm, doesn't screen funds based on religious principles, but donates a portion of its profits to charitable causes. Interested investors should study a fund's prospectus, information on its website and recent shareholder reports.
The Ave Maria mutual fund group, a Catholic fund family, uses negative screens based on a narrow set of moral issues important to its investor base, says George Schwartz, president of the funds. Following rules set by an advisory board, the funds avoid investing in companies that make contraceptives, conduct embryonic stem-cell research or contribute corporate funds to Planned Parenthood, a major provider of abortions and contraceptive services, Mr. Schwartz says. The funds also screen out companies involved with pornography and other adult entertainment, among others, he says.
Shariah-compliant financing makes up "more than $1.6 trillion in assets worldwide" and is continuing to grow, according to USA Today. Like other faith-based accommodations, it simply allows for payment through other methods besides interest.:
Big and small investors are increasingly dipping their toes in the world of Shariah-compliant financing, a sector that has grown to more than $1.6 trillion in assets worldwide over the past three decades. It's one that analysts see as having the potential for even greater growth as the Muslim population grows in the U.S. and Europe.
Earlier this month, Luxembourg issued a $254 million, five-year Islamic bond, known as sukuk. Meanwhile, Hong Kong last month completed its first sale of Islamic debt raising $1 billion. That came after Britain in June became the first Western nation to issue sukuk, an Arabic word that roughly translates as "certificates."
Sukuk act much like traditional bonds, delivering payments to investors until maturity. To comply with Sharia, the bonds have to be tied to some sort of physical asset. Instead of interest, investors are being rewarded with a share of the profit derived from the asset.
Goldman Sachs and HSBC are among western financial service behemoths that have introduced sukuk in recent years. And in the U.S. for the last decade, a number of banks have been arranging for mortgages and auto loans for their Muslim clients that are permissible under Islamic law.
Fears of "discrimination" and terrorism stand in stark contrast to Fox News' handling of other faith-based accommodations -- the network had no problem championing Christian corporation Hobby Lobby's lawsuit against the Obama Administration that sought a religious exemption from the Affordable Care Act's contraception mandate. But in this case, Islam is involved, and Fox has a long history of pushing anti-Muslim rhetoric and hyping fears about Islam.
Fox & Friends claimed that under a new United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) "order", new citizens will "no longer be required to pledge their allegiance to the United States." But the new guidance only clarifies that new citizens may seek exemption from the clause committing them to "bear arms on behalf of the United States," similar to the conscientious objection exemptions that have been available to U.S. citizens since the 1970s.
From the July 23 edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends:
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Fox & Friends has emerged as Donald Trump's biggest cheerleader and defender in the media, a role the presidential candidate is rewarding with lavish public praise.
Trump has been a fixture on Fox & Friends since 2011, when Fox News announced that Trump would become a regular guest for a segment called "Monday Mornings with Trump." The move came as Trump was making headlines questioning whether or not President Obama was really born in the United States, and gave him a safe space to push dubious claims and uninformed opinions weekly.
Yet the cozy relationship between Trump and the morning program has never seemed closer than it is now, with Trump officially running in the GOP primary. Since he kicked off his campaign with smears of immigrants, the hosts have continually defended Trump from backlash over his seemingly endless controversial remarks, while lapping up Trump's praise in return.
The Fox & Friends hosts praised Trump for his swagger and suggestion that "Mexicans build their own wall" after he described Mexican immigrants as criminals and "rapists" in June. Whitewashing his smears, the hosts credited Trump with igniting a national immigration debate on sanctuary cities -- Steve Doocy hailed Trump's remarks, saying, "we're talking about this because Donald Trump brought this up as a campaign issue," while Elisabeth Hasselbeck declared that the substance of Trump's remarks was resonating and that "some people are bending their opinions."
Trump has been forthcoming about his appreciation of the hosts' efforts to defend him. During an interview with NBC's Katy Tur, Trump cited Fox to defend himself against accusations that his rhetoric is hurting the Republican party, praising their laudatory coverage: "On Fox they say that I did a great service because I'm the one that brought up the whole discussion on immigration."
And when Trump received widespread backlash for attacking Sen. John McCain's military record, claiming he is "not a war hero" because he was a POW during the Vietnam War, the Fox & Friends hosts quickly rallied behind the presidential contender. Doocy tried his best to spin Trump's remarks and claim Trump was criticizing McCain's Senate record, not his military service. Brian Kilmeade argued that Trump had called McCain a war hero four times (a claim that Politifact rated "Mostly False," as Trump's point was that McCain is a war hero "because he was captured").
Right on cue, Trump again returned the favor, voicing his appreciation for the morning program during a July 21 campaign event in which he gave the hosts a shout out, saying, "Fox & Friends is so great. Brian, Steve, and Elisabeth -- They're great people."
The next day, in return, the hosts thanked Trump for the praise. Doocy aired Trump's remarks and said, "Thanks for the commercial there. It was nice."
Fox & Friends' glowing adoration of Trump comes amid reports that the candidate has been "wooing" Roger Ailes, the chairman and chief executive of Fox News. Ailes reportedly met with Trump prior to the announcement of his candidacy, and Trump has previously called the influential media executive "one of the great geniuses in television history."
From the July 22 edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends:
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From Donald Trump's July 21 presidential campaign rally in Sun City, South Carolina:
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