Fox News host Brian Kilmeade told the leader of a violent nationalist hate group that targets British Muslims, "We got your back" and "it's great what you're doing."
Kilmeade offered his endorsement to the English Defence League (EDL) and co-founder Tommy Robinson, who appeared as a guest on the June 10 edition of Kilmeade's Fox News Radio program. Kilmeade's support followed an interview in which Robinson railed against the immigration of Muslims into the United Kingdom, and warned of Muslims "forcefully putting us under Sharia" Law and planning a "silent takeover" to "implement Sharia" in his country and across the world.
Robinson (whose real name is Stephen Lennon) also said he didn't regret his recent conviction for using a false identity document to enter the United States to attend an anti-Islam event with anti-Islam blogger Pamela Geller. Robinson pleaded guilty and was jailed in January and released in February. Robinson's offense was not his first brush with the law.
Fox News has previously reported on the violent and fringe nature of the EDL. On August 28, 2010, America's News HQ anchor Gregg Jarrett noted there were "hundreds of extreme right-wing protesters rioting in northern England. Members of the so-called English Defence League tossing bottles and rocks at police in the city of Bradford. There's the map. Police penned the group in, keeping them away from a separate rally headed by a leftist group. The English Defence League opposes what it calls the spread of Sharia Law and Islamic extremism in England. Police arrested five people, but there are no reports of any injuries."
Several other news outlets have similarly described the EDL as a violent and extreme anti-Muslim group:
From the April 24 edition of Fox News Radio's Kilmeade & Friends:
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Fox News host Brian Kilmeade thinks he's found the explanation for how someone was able to set off bombs at the Boston Marathon: President Obama's supposed policy of "disengaging from the Middle East."
Kilmeade linked the alleged actions of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar to President Obama's foreign policy during his April 19 radio program. Kilmeade stated: "We had a guy in yesterday that worked with Richard Holbrooke and Hillary Clinton and he's so disappointed that we're disengaging from the Middle East. But you talk to these radicals in the Middle East and they say, 'America, don't get involved, leave us alone.' So like it or not, this president has left them alone. And guess what happens? Now the IEDs are blowing up in our streets. So what are we supposed to learn from that?"
NBC News has reported that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was born in Kyrgyzstan and became a naturalized American citizen on Sept. 11, 2012, while his late older brother, Tamerlan, killed during a recent firefight with law enforcement, was born in Russia. They reportedly came to the United States in 2002 or 2003 with their family, which is of Chechen origin.
From the April 19 edition of Fox News Radio's Kilmeade & Friends:
KILMEADE: Joe, how much are you shocked that a guy who came here when he was nine -- at nineteen, is out to blow up Americans?
CALLER: I'm not. I'm not shocked at all. I think it's -- I think it's a societal issue, I think that there's a -- that there's a definite view of America that's propagated by the political system that's going on now, and I'm not really shocked that people are disenchanted and have this view we have to, you know, get back at them. It's unfortunate, it shouldn't be that way, but you know, with an administration like we have now, and the propaganda that's going on, it just helps these people to further their psychosis.
KILMEADE: Yeah, it is two things going on. And it's got to be frustrating. We had a guy in yesterday that worked with Richard Holbrooke and Hillary Clinton and he's so disappointed that we're disengaging from the Middle East. But you talk to these radicals in the Middle East and they say, "America, don't get involved, leave us alone." So like it or not, this president has left them alone. And guess what happens? Now the IEDs are blowing up in our streets. So what are we supposed to learn from that?
Kilmeade, who also co-hosts Fox News' Fox & Friends, is hardly an authority on foreign policy or national security issues. Kilmeade has misled his audience about Iraq war intelligence, claimed (repeatedly) that "all terrorists are Muslims," and once remarked that Sen. John McCain "should not be allowed to talk on torture" because "he was tortured."
Fox News figures are dismissing the voices of the families who suffered in a mass shooting in Newtown, CT by claiming they're being used and exploited by Democrats, discounting the efforts they have made to encourage Congress to pass stronger gun laws.
On April 11, the Senate overcame a Republican-led filibuster that tried to block the beginning of debate on stronger gun laws with a 68-31 vote. The impetus for the new gun proposals was driven by the December mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut that left 26 victims dead, most of them young children. President Obama had been urging Congress to act to strengthen guns laws in response to the shooting for some time.
According to several Fox News figures, Obama has been using the families of the Newtown shooting victims as props for a political agenda.
On April 11, Fox News host Sean Hannity called the effort to strengthen gun laws "naked exploitation of dead children and grieving families," while his guest Ann Coulter said that Democrats are "play[ing] with these victims." The previous night, Hannity stated that the president "is once again using families of tragedy as props for his agenda." Fox & Friends co-host Brian Kilmeade said on his April 11 radio show that Obama is "using the Newtown families to push for background checks." Fox News White House reporter Ed Henry similarly said on April 9 that "for the second straight day, the White House used the victims of the Newtown tragedy to make their case." On his April 9 radio show, Fox News host Mike Huckabee suggested that taking some of the relatives of the Newtown shooting victims to Washington, DC on Air Force One to make their case for stronger gun laws was "an exploitation of those parents."
Such an attitude does a disservice to the many Newtown families that want tougher gun laws in the wake of their tragedies. Several of the families appeared on CBS' 60 Minutes on April 7 to discuss what kind of gun violence prevention measures they would like to see signed into law, saying that universal background checks and a ban on high-capacity magazines were important. After the vote that broke the GOP's threatened filibuster, more than 30 families of Newtown victims released a statement criticizing those who tried block an up-or-down vote on new gun legislation, saying that "[t]he senators who have vowed to filibuster this bill should be ashamed of their attempt to silence efforts to prevent the next American tragedy."
From the March 13 edition of Fox News Radio's Kilmeade & Friends:
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From the March 6 edition of Fox News Radio's Kilmeade & Friends:
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After glossing over state Republicans' role in exacerbating long lines at the ballot box, three Fox hosts mocked the hours-long wait and multiple trips a 102-year-old woman endured in order to cast her vote in 2012.
On Fox News Radio's Kilmeade & Friends, host Brian Kilmeade and Fox's Martha MacCallum and Bill Hemmer laughed off the difficulties 102-year-old Desiline Victor endured in order to vote in the 2012 election. Victor, who was invited to the State of the Union address and whom President Obama applauded for enduring a long wait to vote, had to make two trips to the polls and wait in line for over three hours before she was able to cast her ballot. Discussing Victor, MacCallum wondered, "What's the big deal?" and said, "This is such a non-issue. Ridiculous." Hemmer added that at the State of the Union, "They held her up as a victim. What was she a victim of?"
But long lines at polling places are widely acknowledged as a major issue nationwide. In Victor's home state of Florida alone, at least 201,000 eligible voters reportedly did not cast ballots because they were discouraged by lengthy wait times.
Earlier, on MacCallum and Hemmer's show America's Newsroom, Fox correspondent Eric Shawn reported on proposals to extend early voting to ease the problem of long lines at the polls. Shawn noted that Florida had the longest polling place lines in 2012, and then played a clip of Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner addressing Florida's issues, stating that Detzner is "working on ways to fix the problems," including an extension of the state's early voting period in order to shorten voters' wait.
Shawn failed to reveal, however, that Detzner played a role in exacerbating this problem in Florida.
From the January 17 edition of Fox News Radio's Kilmeade & Friends:
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One of President Barack Obama's biggest Fox News critics endorsed Chuck Hagel for secretary of defense several weeks after the 2012 election. President Obama nominated the former Republican senator on January 7.
While appearing on Fox News Radio's Kilmeade & Friends, Fox & Friends co-host Steve Doocy noted that Hagel was being vetted by the White House "for some sort of job" and offered that "he'd be a good secretary of defense." His Fox & Friends co-host Brian Kilmeade responded, "I hope so." Kilmeade added that "it would be good to have that -- for the president to have ... Chuck Hagel's name come out there because it will appear as though he is acting in a bipartisan way."
Listen to the remarks from the November 29 edition of Fox News Radio's Kilmeade & Friends:
DOOCY: You know, just one other thing to throw in the mix, Brian, and that is apparently according to Capitol Hill, Chuck Hagel, former senator from Nebraska, a Republican, is being vetted for some sort of job in the White House.
KILMEADE: It would make sense. They traveled internationally together and to a few war zones and he is a decorated war hero from Vietnam.
DOOCY: He'd be a good secretary of defense.
KILMEADE: I hope so.
Sam in Missouri, hey Sam.
CALLER: I had my prediction, I think you just brought it up, was the prediction that some sort of job offer -- not really in the administration, but some kind of -- more of a project is going to be floated toward Mitt Romney today that kind of helps bridge the gap.
KILMEADE: Well, I think it would be good to have that -- for the president to have that offer out there, and then also have Chuck Hagel's name come out there because it will appear as though he is acting in a bipartisan way. But the real question -- go ahead, Sam.
CALLER: Well, I'd like to see some sort of bipartisanship. They talk about it, but I'd like to see it happen. I kind of think my prediction won't really come about. But it'd be nice to see something like that from these boneheads, you know?
KILMEADE: It's a little discouraging to see some of the public comments.
Fox News anchor Martha MacCallum is recommending that lawmakers respond to the debate over how to avoid a series of automatic tax hikes and spending cuts by adopting a tax policy long advocated by Republicans.
In a November 28 Fox News Radio appearance, Fox News anchor Martha MacCallum criticized President Obama for claiming that the rich haven't been paying their fair share of taxes, and advocated that lawmakers "flatten out the tax code and make it more equal across the board." Despite co-anchoring America's Newsroom, one of the programs Fox defends as featuring objective, "A-section of the newspaper" coverage, MacCallum has frequently adopted Republican positions and falsehoods.
MacCallum's remarks came during a discussion of billionaire investor Warren Buffett, who recently said that increasing taxes on the rich as part of a deal to resolve the so-called "fiscal cliff" wouldn't hurt economic growth and would "raise the morale of the middle class." MacCallum said that the idea that the rich aren't paying their fair share "is so poisonous" and "engenders animosity, and there really isn't any need for it. But the president has definitely perpetuated that line of thinking."
MacCallum added that wealthy earners are "already paying about sixty percent of the tax base in the country. So, and I don't really think it matters over, you know, the difference between the Clinton tax rate and now three percent or two percent, but it's a philosophy in terms of where that tax base needs to be spread out." Economist Paul Krugman has noted that "the rich are paying more taxes because they're much richer than they used to be. When middle-class incomes barely grow while the incomes of the wealthiest rise by a factor of six, how could the tax share of the rich not go up, even if their tax rate is falling?"
The Fox anchor concluded by pushing the idea that "tax reform should be very seriously considered to flatten out the tax code and make it more equal across the board." Republicans have proposed various forms of a flat tax for decades. Steve Forbes made the flat tax a central part of his 1996 presidential campaign, while House Republicans and presidential candidates Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, and Rick Perry offered flat tax proposals last year.
From the November 28 edition of Fox News Radio's Kilmeade & Friends:
MACCALLUM: This idea, I think, is so poisonous, this sort of, like, "They're not paying their fair share" idea. It just -- it engenders animosity, and there really isn't any need for it. But the president has definitely perpetuated that line of thinking. You know, "They're not paying their fair share. That's all I want," he says, "is for everybody to pay their fair share." They're already paying about sixty percent of the tax base in the country. So, and I don't really think it matters over, you know, the difference between the Clinton tax rate and now three percent, two percent, but it's a philosophy in terms of where that tax base needs to be spread out.
Should it be -- you know, I think tax reform should be very seriously considered to flatten out the tax code and make it more equal across the board.
During his Fox News Radio program today, Fox & Friends co-host Brian Kilmeade remarked that Fox hires female hosts by looking at "the Victoria's Secret catalogue" and asking, "Can any of these people talk?" Kilmeade's comment came in response to a caller who complimented his guest, Fox & Friends Weekend co-host Alisyn Camerota, and the person who hired "all the women of Fox."
Listen to Kilmeade's remark from today's Kilmeade & Friends:
As Media Matters has documented, Fox News has a history of sexism on-air and behind the scenes. Kilmeade himself has frequently offered sexist commentary during his other hosting duties on Fox News' Fox & Friends. When Kilmeade was criticized for one such remark in June, he defended himself by claiming that people don't understand he was just having fun.
Fox News chief Roger Ailes has previously said that he's considered whether a woman is "attractive" enough for on-air work.
From the November 16 edition of Fox News Radio's Kilmeade & Friends:
CALLER: Well, you and all the women of Fox, I don't know who was the scout that got you guys, but they -- they rock.
ALISYN CAMEROTA: It was Brian. But thank you very much, that's very sweet.
KILMEADE: It was -- it was, it was actually, we go into the Victoria's Secret catalogue and we said, "Can any of these people talk?"
CAMEROTA: You're so --
KILMEADE: And they all could, and they all went to college.
CAMEROTA: You're so crazy, Brian.
KILMEADE: I am not crazy.
Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace said today that his show "kind of discovered" Paul Ryan before he was well-known. Wallace added that when Fox News Sunday gave Ryan a birthday cake earlier this year as a "photo-op," it backfired because Ryan "looked absolutely terrified" since he's "very physically fit" and "doesn't eat sweets."
Paul Ryan has long been the darling of the conservative media and especially Fox News, which has praised Ryan as a "star," a "genius," and a man of "courage." Fox News has also helped whitewash Ryan's record on issues like Medicare and his budget plan.
During his appearance on Kilmeade & Friends, Wallace confirmed the show's adoration of Ryan, with whom "we were always very impressed."
"I feel like we kind of discovered him on Fox News Sunday," Wallace told host Brian Kilmeade. "We had him on when he was, you know, not a terribly well-known member of congress because we just kept hearing from people on Capitol Hill he's the smartest guy around and we were always very impressed and kept having him on."
Wallace then explained how the show presented a dollar sign birthday cake to Ryan because they wanted a "photo-op" of him cutting "into the dollars because he's the big budget cutter." The stunt didn't quite work out because "we found out that, you know, he's very physically fit and stuff that he doesn't eat sweets."
From the September 27 edition of Fox News Radio's Kilmeade & Friends:
From the August 29 edition of Fox News Radio's Kilmeade & Friends:
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From the August 20 edition of Fox News Radio's Kilmeade & Friends:
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From the August 15 edition of Fox News Radio's Kilmeade & Friends:
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