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  • Fox Gave Defense Lobbyist An Undisclosed Platform To Slam Obama On Client's Behalf

    Guest Attacked Obama For Not Letting Company His Firm Represents Sell Drone To Jordan

    Blog ››› ››› OLIVER WILLIS

    Van Hipp

    Fox hosted Republican lobbyist Van D. Hipp Jr., who attacked the Obama administration for denying a request to market drones to the Kingdom of Jordan. Neither Fox nor Hipp disclosed that his firm, American Defense International (ADI), has recently lobbied Congress on behalf of the defense contractor that makes the drone.

    Hipp is the Chairman of American Defense International (ADI), which describes itself as "a Washington, DC based consulting firm specializing in government affairs, business development and public relations." General Atomics is a defense contractor based in San Diego. ADI lists General Atomics as one of its clients on its website; the lobbying shop has received $1.2 million from the company dating back to 2002, including $170,000 last year.

    Hipp, a former chairman of the South Carolina Republican Party and Principal Deputy General Counsel of the Navy in the George H.W. Bush administration, appeared on The Real Story with Gretchen Carlson on February 6. Hipp discussed the possible death of an American hostage being held by ISIS, who claims that the hostage was killed by a Jordanian airstrike.

    Without prompting, Hipp repeatedly attacked President Obama for denying an application for his client, while couching it in criticism of ongoing efforts to fight ISIS.

    Hipp said, "We need to make sure he's [King Abdullah of Jordan] got all the fuel and bullets, precision weapons and yes, unmanned aerial vehicles which he's asked the United States for and our State Department is still sitting on that." Hipp went on to expand on his criticism of the State Department decision, without any disclosure of Hipp's financial conflict of interest.

    JAMIE COLBY: If we were to reach out to Jordan, what would be the steps, specifically, you think we could take that maybe would even encourage our allies to do the same?

    VAN HIPP: Well what Congressman Duncan Hunter has pointed out was very disturbing, the fact that Jordan has requested, an unarmed predator, unmanned aerial vehicle to help them, and he has called on President Obama to get the State Department to reverse that decision. I couldn't believe that when I read that, and he's got other requests for precision munitions, night vision systems, devices, you name it. I say: Give him everything he needs and give him everything he needs now. And let's acknowledge the threat for what it is.

    COLBY: Van Hipp, your message is loud and clear and heard and I appreciate you sharing it with us.

    The company that would provide the drone Hipp referenced is his lobbying firm's client.

    As Foreign Policy reported on February 5, "The Obama administration has denied a request from a leading U.S. defense contractor for a license to market its unarmed Predator drones to Jordan, whose requests for U.S.-made weapons are viewed as more urgent due to its participation in the fight against the Islamic State. The contractor, General Atomics, submitted export license applications last spring to market the Predator XP, a new export version of the unarmed MQ-1 drone flown by the U.S. military, to Jordan and numerous other countries. The U.S. government formally denied the request for Jordan on Oct. 28, according to the office of Rep. Duncan Hunter, a Republican whose district includes San Diego, where General Atomics is based."

    The Lobbying Disclosure Act Database lists ADI as a registered lobbyist on behalf of General Atomics, dating from 2002 through their most recent filing on January 20. For 2014, ADI reported doing $170,000 of lobbying on behalf of General Atomics. (First Quarter, Second Quarter, Third Quarter, Fourth Quarter). The firm's most recent lobbying report states it was paid by General Atomics for "Meetings with officials regarding foreign weapon sales." ADI has received $1.2 million in lobbing fees from General Atomics since 2002, according to OpenSecrets.org's database of federal lobbying data.

    Hipp has personally lobbied for General Atomics, most recently in 2007, according to OpenSecrets' database.

  • Fox News' Comedy Of Executive Privilege Errors

    Blog ››› ››› TIMOTHY JOHNSON

    Since President Obama's assertion of executive privilege over a set of internal Department of Justice (DOJ) documents, Fox News "straight news" anchors have repeatedly suggested that the president is attempting to "have it both ways" by invoking the privilege while also maintaining his longstanding position that he was not involved in the authorization or management of the failed ATF Fast and Furious operation. At times they have continued to do so even after their colleagues have informed them that these positions are not inconsistent.

    Both Gregg Jarrett and Jamie Colby, the guest hosts of Happening Now and America's Newsroom, respectively, have pushed this baseless idea - echoing GOP talking points - during this week's broadcasts. Although Colby and Jarrett have been corrected by their colleagues on-air for their mistaken claims, Jarrett's revival of the specious claim during yesterday's show demonstrates that the idea that Obama's routine use of executive privilege evidences something sinister is alive and well at Fox News.

    From the June 25 edition of Fox News' Happening Now:

    JARRETT: The president is on record as having said all along knew nothing about it, didn't deal with it, wasn't involved. And all of a sudden the president invokes executive privilege which suggests that there was some White House involvement. You can't have it both ways, can you?

    From the June 26 edition of America's Newsroom:

    COLBY: Can the president have it both ways, say that the White House had nothing to do with the Fast and Furious program, and at the same time exert executive privilege over documents that dealt with, as [White House press secretary] Jay Carney had said, the operation?

    Jarrett aired out his idea about Obama even after he had been corrected by Fox News White House correspondent Ed Henry for making similar claims during the June 20 edition of Happening Now. During that show, Henry told Jarrett in plain terms that Obama's use of executive privilege "does not prove any sort of cover-up and it does not prove that the president was involved in Fast and Furious."

    Colby was corrected in a more immediate fashion by conservative The Five co-host Andrea Tantaros who stated, "I will say this though, in fairness, the president does have a right to exert executive privilege in a deliberate process. In the [U.S. v.] Nixon ruling it said that it doesn't have to include the president or his advisors. It could include a decision that eventually will affect the president. Recommendations, deliberations, that kind of thing."

  • Fox News Botches Basic Facts About Food Stamp Program


    Fox News attacked the food stamp program for its increasing enrollment and costs, accused the program of facilitating fraud, and expressed astonishment that states are rewarded for increasing enrollment. However, enrollment in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) increased due to the recession; there are only about 1 percent of cases that are found to be fraudulent, and the state awards for enrollment date back to the Bush administration.

  • GOP Debate Puts National Spotlight On Fox's Use Of "Illegals" Slur

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    At the Fox News-Google GOP presidential debate, co-moderator Chris Wallace used the pejorative term "illegals" to refer to undocumented immigrants and read a question from the public that used the term, as well. Journalists have called on the media to stop using the term "illegals," but Fox's "straight news" shows use it consistently nonetheless.

  • Fox's One Step Forward, One Step Back Stimulus Reporting

    Blog ››› ››› ANDY NEWBOLD

    Today on Fox News' America's News Headquarters, Fox contributor Gretchen Hamel suggested that, by all accounts, the Obama administration's 2009 economic stimulus package "didn't work." Shockingly, Fox News host Jamie Colby stepped up in defense of Obama's stimulus bill contending "in fairness, the first stimulus did create 2.4... million jobs."

    Why was this so surprising that Colby reported a figure with which economists agree? Because her comments come in direct contrast to the Fox News hosts and contributors who have over and over suggested that the stimulus was completely useless and waste of taxpayer dollars - including on the network that very morning.

    But Fox couldn't maintain factual stimulus reporting for very long. She immediately added that the stimulus came "at a cost of $278,000 for each American at least so far." As we've pointed out, that statistic is derived from simply dividing the amount of money spent by the number of jobs created, a methodology that has been called "highly misleading" and, as economist Paul Krugman puts it, "bogus" math.

    Jamie Colby can now join the ranks of the several other misguided conservative media figures whose ambiguous math has misled the public.

  • Fox News continues to falsely claim Dems considering "changing the rules" to pass health care reform

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    Fox News anchor Jamie Colby falsely characterized Senate Democrats passing health care reform legislation with a simple majority through a process known as reconciliation as "potentially changing the rules with the nuclear option." In fact, Democrats are not considering "changing the rules" -- reconciliation is already part of Senate procedure and Republicans have used it repeatedly in the past, while the term "nuclear option" was coined by then-Republican Sen. Trent Lott in 2005 to refer to a possible Republican attempt to change Senate filibuster rules.