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  • The War On Christmas Isn't Over For Bill O'Reilly

    Blog ››› ››› ROB SAVILLO & BRADLEY HERRING

    Bill O'Reilly's annual fight against the manufactured "War on Christmas" has become a revered holiday tradition over at Fox News. Just like last year, in December O'Reilly has spent more time on his show discussing the "War on Christmas" than actual military conflicts. As usual, events O'Reilly identified as a unified "War on Christmas" were almost always isolated incidents from around the country, usually pertaining to concerns over separation of church and state or efforts to make holiday celebrations more inclusive.

    For example, for the second consecutive year, O'Reilly made a fuss over Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee's decision to call the tree in their statehouse a "holiday tree" instead of a "Christmas tree," going so far as to dispatch O'Reilly Factor producer Jesse Watters to interview people on the streets of New York about it. 

    When Watters asked a young couple whether they'd heard of the War on Christmas, they simply responded, "No." Watters looked puzzled. "No, you haven't heard of the War on Christmas?" That's probably because the Grinch here is entirely O'Reilly's making. Here's a brief sample of O'Reilly's never-ending war on the War on Christmas:

  • Karl Rove And Dick Morris: Too Embarrassing For Fox News

    Blog ››› ››› JUSTIN BERRIER, BRADLEY HERRING & EVAN WHITBECK

    New York magazine contributing editor Gabriel Sherman reported on Tuesday that Fox News producers are under orders to limit the appearances of contributors Karl Rove and Dick Morris. Fox relied heavily upon Rove and Morris to interpret polling and project the winner of the 2012 presidential election, which they invariably projected being Mitt Romney.

    Morris not only failed to call the race accurately, he repeatedly made outrageous predictions of how the race would turn out, all in the GOP's favor. In the wake of Morris and Rove's role as Fox election experts ending, Media Matters looks back at some of their best moments:

  • Tomorrow on SiriusXM's Media Matters Radio

    Blog ››› ››› BRADLEY HERRING

    Tomorrow morning on Media Matters Radio, hosts Bradley Herring and Jess Levin bring you the major stories of the week in conservative media. You can listen on SiriusXM Left channel 127 every Saturday morning from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET, 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. PT. It is rebroadcast in full Sundays from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. ET, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. PT. You can follow the show on Twitter @MMFARadio or email the show at radio@mediamatters.org.

    Tomorrow's guests include:

    And as always, the hosts wrap up the big news in "The Week in Media" segments, and Jamie McGonnigal fills in to deliver the latest in progressive messaging in the "Message Matters" segment.

    (guests subject to change)

    Last week, Eric Deggans, author of the new book Race-Baiter, broke the news of Dana Loesch's quiet suspension from CNN.

  • Tomorrow on SiriusXM's Media Matters Radio

    Blog ››› ››› BRADLEY HERRING

    Tomorrow morning on Media Matters Radio, hosts Bradley Herring and Jess Levin bring you the major stories of the week in conservative media. You can listen on SiriusXM Left channel 127 every Saturday morning from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET, 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. PT. It is rebroadcast in full Sundays from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. ET, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. PT. You can follow the show on Twitter @MMFARadio or email the show at radio@mediamatters.org.

    Tomorrow's guests include:

    And as always, the hosts wrap up the big news in "The Week in Media" segments, and we deliver the latest in progressive messaging in the "Message Matters" segment.

    (guests subject to change)

    Last week, Time's Michael Grunwald examined conservative media misinformation on clean energy investments.

  • Fox Showers Paul Ryan With Same Praise It Heaped On Palin

    Blog ››› ››› BRADLEY HERRING, CHELSEA RUDMAN, EVAN WHITBECK & EMILY ARROWOOD

    In the days since Mitt Romney chose Paul Ryan as his running mate, Fox News has been gushing over the Wisconsin congressman, calling him a "rock star," a "bold, transformational" pick, and "the future" of the Republican party.

    Some of that praise sounded familiar, so Media Matters took a look at Fox's coverage of another Republican vice presidential candidate -- current Fox News contributor Sarah Palin, who was 2008's "rock star" pick and "future of the Republican Party." 

    Watch:

  • Tomorrow on SiriusXM's Media Matters Radio

    Blog ››› ››› BRADLEY HERRING

    Tomorrow morning on Media Matters Radio, hosts Ari Rabin-Havt and Bradley Herring bring you the major stories of the week in conservative media. You can listen on SiriusXM Left channel 127 every Saturday morning from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET, 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. PT. It is rebroadcast in full Sundays from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. ET, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. PT. You can follow the show on Twitter @MMFARadio

    Tomorrow's guests include:

    • Steve Benen -- producer for MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show, blogger at MaddowBlog, and an MSNBC political contributor examines the new out-of-context, coordinated smear against President Obama.
    • Jeremy Holden -- research director of Media Matters for America breaks down the campaign of distraction waged by the right-wing media in defense of Mitt Romney.
    • Joe Strupp -- investigative reporter for Media Matters for America discusses his report on Latino leaders blasting Fox News' hypocrisy.
    • Leila Hilal -- Director, Middle East Task Force at New America Foundation updates us on the latest developments in Syria and what's next as the Assad regime falters.
    • Alexander Zaitchik -- investigative reporter for Media Matters for America discusses his dispatch from inside the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty talks.

    And as always, the co-hosts wrap up the big news in "The Week in Media," and Katie Paris delivers the latest in progressive messaging in the "Message Matters" segment.

    (guests subject to change)

    Last week, Eliot Spitzer, host of Viewpoint on Current TV, joined the show to discuss the massive LIBOR scandal.

  • Does Truth Matter At Fox, Megyn?

    Blog ››› ››› BRADLEY HERRING

    On yesterday's edition of Fox News' America Live, host Megyn Kelly lamented the lack of what she called "truth" in presidential campaign advertising, even asking the question, "Does truth matter anymore at all in the political process?"

    Considering the network she broadcasts on -- which we referred to just last year as a "Post-Truth Network" -- it was a little hard for us to take her plaintive cries seriously.

    So we took a look back, as we often do, at Fox News' combative relationship with facts. Kelly referenced recent political ads that had been criticized by independent fact-checkers for their supposed dishonesty, and we used that same standard. What did outfits like Factcheck.org and PolitiFact have to say about a small sampling of some of Fox News' favorite narratives of the past few years?

    It turns out that if Megyn Kelly is as interested in the truth as she claims to be, she should start enforcing those standards a little closer to home before worrying about what anyone else is doing.

  • Tomorrow on SiriusXM's Media Matters Radio

    Blog ››› ››› BRADLEY HERRING

    On a new episode of Media Matters Radio, Saturday, June 23, 2012, hosts Ari Rabin-Havt and Bradley Herring bring you the major stories of the week in conservative media. You can listen on SiriusXM Left channel 127 every Saturday morning 10 am to 1 pm ET, 7 am to 10 am PT. It is rebroadcast in full Sundays 4-7 pm ET, 1-4 pm ET. You can follow the show on Twitter @MMFARadio.

    Tomorrow's guests include:

    Efraim Halevy -- former chief of the Mossad discusses if Iran really is an existential threat to Israel and how best to engage with Iran.

    Sister Simone Campbell -- Executive Director of NETWORK and spokeswoman for Nuns on the Bus talks about the multi-state tour and what it means to be a religious feminist.

    Moustafa Bayoumi -- professor at Brooklyn College breaks down his new article, "Fear and Loathing of Islam," in The Nation magazine's July 2/9 special issue.

    Ryan Reilly -- reporter/blogger for TPMMuckraker analyzes the Fast & Furious conspiracy theories and Attorney General Eric Holder's contempt citation.

    Domenic Powell -- field organizer for Center for New Community looks at how the media fail to properly cover the issue of immigration and undocumented workers.

    Eric Boehlert -- Senior Fellow of Media Matters for America fills us in on President Obama's many "Watergates".

    And, as always, Media Matters' National Press Secretary Jess Levin presents "The Week in Media," and Media Matters' Senior Vice President Katie Paris delivers the latest in progressive messaging in the "Message Matters" segment.

    (guest list subject to change)

    MSNBC's Chris Hayes joined the show last week to discuss elitism and its impact on the media.