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  • "Dirty Trickster" Roger Stone Is A Driving Force Behind The Latest Round Of Anti-Bill Clinton Attacks

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    Roger Stone

    Conservative political activist and notorious "dirty trickster" Roger Stone is helping conduct the latest right-wing attacks on President Bill Clinton.

    In an appearance on Sean Hannity's radio show, Stone claimed he has "identified 24 women who've been assaulted by Bill Clinton. He also told Politico that women accusing Clinton of harassment, "will be on TV as much as Hillary, because I'm helping."

    Stone has operated as a "dirty trickster" (as the conservative Weekly Standard called him) in American politics for over 40 years. He has worked for several Republican candidates at the presidential and congressional level, and has long been a part of the conservative movement. Stone also worked as a lobbyist for Donald Trump's casinos, and was an adviser for his presidential campaign up until a few months ago.

    A 2008 New Yorker profile headlined "The Dirty Trickster" laid out some of Stone's political history. For example, Stone once "adopted the pseudonym Jason Rainier and made contributions in the name of the Young Socialist Alliance to the campaign of Pete McCloskey, who was challenging Nixon for the Republican nomination in 1972. Stone then sent a receipt to the Manchester Union Leader, to 'prove' that Nixon's adversary was a left-wing stooge." He also hired a Republican operative to infiltrate Democrat George McGovern's campaign. After that behavior was uncovered during the Watergate hearings, Stone was forced to leave his job on the staff of Senator Bob Dole.

    More recently, Stone reportedly organized the so-called "Brooks Brothers Riot" in Florida, where hundreds of Republican activists stormed a county election office in a ploy to stop the process of recounting ballots during the 2000 election.

    Stone was pushed out of a 2007 gubernatorial campaign after he allegedly left threatening telephone messages for the elderly father of then-New York governor Eliot Spitzer. 

    In a 2008 interview with the New Yorker, Stone said that a "slash-and-burn campaign" should be run on behalf of Sen. John McCain but not by McCain himself.

    During the 2008 election cycle, Stone created the group Citizens United Not Timid (C.U.N.T.) to attack Hillary Clinton. Stone promoted the false story that there was a video of Michelle Obama making racist remarks about white people.

    Stone recently co-authored the book The Clintons' War on Women with Robert Morrow that purports to reveal how "Bill and Hillary Clinton systematically abused women and others - sexually, physically, and psychologically - in their scramble for power and wealth." Morrow has wished death on Hillary Clinton and written bizarre sexual writings about her, called Chelsea Clinton a "slut," and posted about "niggers" and "pro-faggot judicial activism" on social media. The book was dedicated to a Holocaust denier who blames a "Jewish plot" for the 9/11 terror attacks.

  • Trump Sources Clinton Attacks To Book Authored By Dirty Trickster Roger Stone And Co-Author Who Wished Death On Hillary

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    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump told Fox's Sean Hannity that the source of his attacks on the private lives of the Clintons is a book written by former Trump aide Roger Stone and his co-author Robert Morrow. Both men have a history of misogyny and conspiracy theories.

    Appearing on the January 5 edition of Hannity, host Sean Hannity asked Trump about recently calling Hillary Clinton an "enabler" for former President Bill Clinton, who he called "one of the great woman abusers of all time."

    In response, Trump said Hillary Clinton "went after the women very, very strongly and very viciously, according to the women and according to other sources." He added, "a major book's been written about it, and it's a book that's a very well respected book. And it was not a pretty picture, what she did."

    The book Trump is referring to is The Clintons' War on Women, authored by Roger Stone and Robert Morrow and dedicated to a Holocaust denier who blames a "Jewish plot" for the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Trump previously promoted the book in an October 14 tweet, calling it "a really tough one!"

    Stone is a long-time conservative activist identified by multiple media outlets as a "professional dirty trickster." Up until August 2015, Stone worked for Trump's presidential campaign. He recently launched a Super PAC, the Committee to Restore America's Greatness, to promote Trump's candidacy. 

    In 2008, Stone created the group Citizens United Not Timid, which used the acronym C.U.N.T. and said their goal was to "educate the American public about what Hillary Clinton really is." Stone explained the group's name: "The truth is, we sat around for hours trying to come up with words for B.I.T.C.H. and just couldn't do it."

    Stone was an adviser to Trump when he explored a presidential run in 2012, and defended Trump pushing the birther conspiracy about President Obama's birthplace noting, "If there is nothing wrong why doesn't the Prez simply release his birth certificate?" Stone also gave credence to Internet-based conspiracy theories that Obama's birth certificated had "been altered."

    Stone was also involved in several campaign dirty tricks as part of Richard Nixon's 1972 presidential campaign.

    His co-author, Robert Morrow, made online postings in which he wished for Hillary Clinton's death, called Chelsea Clinton a "slut" and described a fantasy scenario about how she would "have sex one day" with Bill Clinton. Morrow also posted about "niggers" and "pro-faggot judicial activism." 

  • Conservatives Mock Obama For Crying About Child Victims Of Gun Violence During Speech

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    Several conservative media figures attacked President Obama for crying as he spoke about child victims during a speech detailing executive actions designed to reduce gun violence.

    Conservatives Mock Obama For Displaying Emotion

    Fox News' Todd Starnes: "President Boehner."

    [Twitter, 1/5/16] 

    Fox News' Andrea Tantaros: "Check That Podium For Like A Raw Onion ... It's Not Really Believable"

    [Fox News, Outnumbered, 1/5/16]

    Breitbart's John Nolte: "He's Putting Something In His Eyes To Create The Fascist Tears"

    [Twitter, 1/5/16, 1/5/16]

    National Review's Charles C.W. Cooke: "All The Best Laws Are Made By People Who Can't Control Their Emotions."

    [Twitter, 1/5/161/5/16]

    Breitbart's Ben Shapiro: "HEADLINE: Obama Cries!!!!!!!1!!!! Give Him What He Wants!!!!!1!!!!"

    [Twitter, 1/5/16, 1/5/16, 1/5/16]

    Free Beacon's Adam Kredo: "Gotta Change Those Wet Pants."

    [Twitter, 1/5/16]

    Fox's Eric Bolling Asks If The President Thinks "ISIS Sees [His Tears] As Emotional Strength Or Weakness?"

    [Fox News, The Five1/5/16]

    The Drudge Report Mocks Obama: "Tears For Fears"

    [The Drudge Report, 1/5/16]

  • Fox Reporter Reduced Gun Violence Legal Advice From Attorney General To Ordering From "A Chinese Food Restaurant"

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    During the daily White House press briefing, Fox News reporter James Rosen compared President Obama consulting with Attorney General Loretta Lynch about the constitutionality of proposed executive action on gun violence to ordering food at a Chinese restaurant.

    In his first weekly address of the year, President Obama announced that he would be consulting with the attorney general to identify his legal options for reducing gun violence. 

    News reports indicate that he plans, via executive action, to expand background checks as well as tighten rules involving how lost or stolen guns are reported.

    White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told Rosen that President Obama had asked the attorney general to "play a leading role" in determining what legal authority the president has in producing executive guidance that could reduce gun violence.

    In response, Rosen asked if that process called "into question the independence of the attorney general if the president can simply call her up like a Chinese food restaurant and order what he wants off the menu and she serves it up?"

    Earnest went on to explain to Rosen that the Department of Justice actually has a role in advising the president on what legal avenues are available to him, and which are within the purview of Congress.

    In fact, as the Office of the Attorney General's website notes, the position "represents the United States in legal matters generally and gives advice and opinions to the President and to the heads of the executive departments of the Government when so requested," pursuant to the Judiciary Act of 1789. In 1934, the drafting of certain legal opinions of the attorney general was delegated to the Department of Justice's Office of Legal Counsel, which "also is responsible for providing legal advice to the Executive Branch on all constitutional questions and reviewing pending legislation for constitutionality."

    Contrary to Rosen's characterization of the meeting as unorthodox or improper, such legal consultation has long been part of the attorney general's constitutional role to advise the executive branch on what, legally, is within their jurisdiction and what is not. It isn't a violation of the office's independence nor is it as simplistic as a food order.

  • Fox News Ringing In The New Year With Its Favorite Candidate, Donald Trump

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    Fox News is reportedly going to feature Donald Trump as part of the network's coverage ringing in the New Year.

    Politico reports that Trump "will be live from Florida" during the 11 p.m. hour "on New Year's Eve, helping hosts Kimberly Guilfoyle and Eric Bolling count down to 2016."

    Fox also announced Trump's attendance in a segment of the December 21 edition of The Five, describing Trump's appearance as a "huge announcement." Co-host Eric Bolling said Trump would be "ringing in the New Year with us" and that other presidential candidates would also be heard from during the program.

    The special caps a year in which Fox News and Trump were virtually connected at the hip.

    Between May and November, the current Republican front-runner was given more interview airtime on the network than any other candidate. Trump has appeared for a total of 21 hours and 12 minutes, more than double that of Chris Christie, his closest competition with 9 hours and 30 minutes of airtime. In November alone, Trump appeared in 3 hours and 18 minutes' worth of interviews.

    No candidate appeared on Fox more often in 2015 than Donald Trump, and now he'll likely be first in line for their coverage in 2016.

  • Fox's Megyn Kelly Does Her Part To Re-Mainstream Conspiracy Theorist Glenn Beck

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    Megyn Kelly is using her prime time Fox News show to re-mainstream conservative conspiracy theorist Glenn Beck, despite her previous admission that complaints about the former Fox host's inaccurate theories "may have foundation."

    Since the launch of her show, The Kelly File, in 2013, Kelly has claimed that her show is "a news program, a breaking news program, not an opinion program" that would "present both sides of the view." As expected, the actual content of Kelly's program has demonstrated that this most decidedly isn't the case, and repeatedly hosting Beck is more evidence against this claim.

    Kelly herself is on the record pointing out the problematic nature of Beck's brew of right-wing misinformation and conspiracy theorizing. In a 2010 interview Kelly admitted to GQ that complaints about Beck spreading misinformation "may have foundation."

    That was at a time when Beck was describing President Obama as a "racist" and "Marxist" who was central to numerous byzantine plots designed to hurt the United States and usher in some sort of socialist or communist system. Fox ended Beck's show on the network in 2011 after the network lost sponsors for the program due to controversy over its bizarre and extreme content. Since then he has streamed his show online and over satellite television as part of his website/network "The Blaze."

    Kelly has hosted Beck four times between October 27 and December 16. And in some of those appearances (October 27, November 17) Beck appeared in two separate segments on the program.

    In his most recent appearance Beck attacked Republican presidential front runner Donald Trump, telling Kelly that Trump is "a giant progressive" who, if nominated, would make the Republican Party go "the way of the Whigs." In a previous appearance by Beck on The Kelly File, Beck compared Trump's proposed ban on travel by Muslims to the policies of Adolph Hitler.

    Appearing earlier in December with Kelly to discuss the program to aid Syrian war refugees, Beck promoted the theory that "these refugees that are being jammed down everybody's throat in the west" are a "Trojan horse."

    In a November appearance, Beck used his chalkboard -- a staple of his conspiratorial monologues during his time at Fox -- to illustrate his argument that "all of the decisions that the president has championed" led to the terrorist attacks on Paris.

    Beck also claimed in November that the Black Lives Matter movement is a "revolution" which is being "seeded" in universities. He told Kelly, "We have got to find our way to each other in universities because I really truly believe, 2016 is going to look an awful lot like 1968." Kelly responded, "Glenn, thank you."

    Kelly's promotion of Beck isn't a new phenomenon. Last year she credited Beck with accurately predicting the rise of a caliphate in the Middle East, but in reality Beck's prediction was as far off as his previous prognostication that the economy would collapse in a "Weimar moment" or that progressives would be involved in a "summer of rage."

    In November, Kelly File was the second highest rated program on Fox News, and number one in the key 25-54 demographic. In case those viewers missed Glenn Beck's conspiracies the first time they aired on Fox, they're seeing them now thanks to Megyn Kelly.

  • Washington Post Fact Check Gave A Pass To False Rubio Claim That Gun Laws Won't Work

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    A Washington Post fact check agreed with Sen. Marco Rubio's claim that reforms to gun laws would not have prevented any of the recent mass shootings in the U.S. But both Rubio and the Post are wrong: the assault weapons ban proposed after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School would have limited the availability of the guns used in at least two recent high-profile mass shootings. And the Post downplayed or ignored other relevant gun violence prevention legislation that could have prevented -- or at least mitigated -- other recent tragedies.

    During a December 4 interview on CBS, Rubio asserted that "None of the major shootings that have occurred in this country over the last few months or years that have outraged us, would gun laws have prevented them." Washington Post fact checker Glenn Kessler highlighted Rubio's claim in a December 10 piece, noting that a colleague had flagged the comment for a potential fact check under the assumption that "it was almost certainly incorrect." Kessler, however, awarded Rubio's claim "a rare Gepetto Checkmark," arguing that it "stands up to scrutiny."

    In several instances of mass shootings cited as evidence for why gun laws wouldn't work, Kessler gave an incomplete account of the role gun laws could have played in preventing or reducing the amount of deaths.

    For example, Kessler claimed that the sale of a handgun to Dylann Roof, who shot and killed nine people at a church in Charleston, South Carolina, was an "example of an existing law that apparently failed." Roof was allowed to purchase a gun because a clerical error resulted in the examiner not seeing a charge resulting from Roof possessing the drug Suboxone without a prescription, even though the seller knew an arrest record existed.

    But Roof was able to purchase the gun due to a loophole in the gun law. A "default proceed" sale allows the purchase of a firearm at the discretion of the merchant, thanks to an NRA-backed amendment added to the 1993 Brady bill that created the background check system. In October, two Democratic senators introduced a bill to close the default proceed loophole.

    While Kessler originally asserted that "some analysts believe Roof actually would have passed the background check if it had been done correctly" and that the FBI had "incorrectly referred to a felony drug charge" in its statement, he updated to note that the FBI still says Roof "would have been denied a gun based on an 'inference of current use.'" (This update alone arguably debunks the entire premise of giving Rubio a "Gepetto checkmark.")

    Kessler acknowledged that the proposed assault weapons ban of 2013 would have stamped out the availability of the Bushmaster XM-15 rifle that was used by Adam Lanza in the Newtown massacre, but wrote that "gun-control proposals would not have prevented Lanza's theft of his mother's legally obtained firearms."

    While the ban would not have affected the Savage Mark II rifle that Lanza used to kill his mother and the handguns and shotguns that were found in his car, the main weapon he used to kill 26 people would not have been available. The high capacity magazines that Lanza used - capable of holding 30 rounds - would also not have been available thanks to a law passed by Connecticut after the tragedy.

    Kessler also wrote that California's gun laws "did not thwart" Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik when they shot and killed 14 in San Bernardino, California.

    But again, a federal assault weapons ban would have cut off -- or at the very least, limited -- the availability of the AR-15 rifles and high capacity magazines used in the crime.

    While he claimed "the Fact Checker obviously takes no position on proposed gun-control laws," Kessler nonetheless cited discredited gun advocate John Lott Jr. to bolster his conclusion that an assault weapons ban would not have had an impact the gun crimes in question. Lott, author of the book More Guns Less Crime, has often been the go-to source for downplaying the problems caused by gun violence. He has repeatedly produced unscientific research and made factual distortions in order to make his case, and has even been accused of completely fabricating evidence.

    Kessler also cited Gary Kleck, who has repeatedly been cited in the right-wing media based on his research that increased availability of firearms makes people safer. But Kleck's most-cited study -- which asserts that guns are used defensively roughly 2.5 million times per year -- has been criticized for having "serious methodological difficulties." In a 1997 paper, Harvard Injury Control Research Center Director David Hemenway explained how Kleck's data is implausible:

    [I]n 34% of the times a gun was used for self-defense, the offender was allegedly committing a burglary. In other words, guns were reportedly used by defenders for self-defense in approximately 845,000 burglaries. From sophisticated victimization surveys, however, we know that there were fewer than 6 million burglaries in the year of the survey and in only 22% of those cases was someone certainly at home (1.3 million burglaries). Since only 42% of U.S. households own firearms, and since victims in two thirds of the occupied dwellings were asleep, the 2.5 million figure requires us to believe that burglary victims use their guns in self-defense more than 100% of the time. [emphasis added]

    In several of the other mass shootings cited by Kessler, he acknowledged the use of assault weapons in the commission of the crime but dismissed the idea that a proposed federal ban would have prevented the mass killings, or at least reduced the amount of deaths.

    Kessler also claimed that the evidence that a ban on high capacity magazines would reduce the amount of dead in shootings is "heavily disputed," but studies have shown that weapons utilizing high capacity magazines are involved in a disproportionate amount of mass shooting incidents. In the Sandy Hook shooting, for example, several children were reportedly able to escape while Lanza paused to reload. Nicole Hockley, whose son was killed at the school, has argued, "We ask ourselves every day -- every minute -- if those magazines had held 10 rounds, forcing the shooter to reload at least six more times, would our children be alive today?" (The 2011 mass shooting in Tucson, which falls outside the time period assessed by Kessler, was stopped when shooter Jared Loughner paused to reload his gun.)

    Kessler nods to, but dismisses, the idea that banning high-capacity magazines might reduce gun deaths in mass shootings, claiming, "It is possible that some gun-control proposals, such as a ban on large-capacity magazines, would reduce the number of dead in a future shooting, though the evidence for that is heavily disputed."

    In his fact check, Kessler fails to mention the Isla Vista attack, where Elliot Rodger killed six people before killing himself. Following Rodger's rampage, California passed legislation "allowing the temporary seizure of guns from people determined by the courts to be a threat to themselves or others." The legislation could have stopped Rodger from carrying out his plan - as the LA Times notes, the massacre took place "even though the family of Elliot Rodger had sought help because of concerns about his strange behavior before the shootings."

    Similar legislation has been introduced in Congress. Laws like this could feasibly help prevent shootings where the gunman's family or associates knew they were disturbed but were powerless to prevent them from accessing guns.

    Again and again throughout his piece, Kessler chose to play up the gun advocate position in each case without acknowledging the practical effect of gun laws and remedies that have been opposed by groups like the NRA and elected officials like Senator Rubio.

  • Defending Trump, Limbaugh Accidentally Puts "Terror Group" Hamas On "The Same Side" As Israel's Netanyahu

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    Defending criticism of Donald Trump's plan to ban Muslim travel to the United States, Rush Limbaugh ended up putting Hamas on the same side as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

    On his December 9 program, Limbaugh discussed Trump's widely slammed proposal "for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country's representatives can figure out what is going on.

    Limbaugh noted that Hamas had condemned it and said, "Hamas is a terror group, do you know Hamas came out in opposition to Trump's statement? That puts the Republican Party, the Democrat Party and everybody else in the establishment and Obama on the same side Hamas is on."

    Limbaugh's broad brush would now seem to implicate Prime Minister Netanyahu, who in advance of a planned meeting with Trump issued a statement rebuking his remarks on Muslims.

    In a press release, the Prime Minister's Office said, "Prime Minister Netanyahu rejects Donald Trump's recent remarks about Muslims. The State of Israel respects all religions and strictly guarantees the rights of all its citizens. At the same time, Israel is fighting against militant Islam that targets Muslims, Christians and Jews alike and threatens the entire world."

    Netanyahu has previously described Hamas as similar to ISIS and the Nazis and that he considered them "branches of the same poisonous tree."

  • 35 Terrible Moments From Fox Business, Tonight's GOP Presidential Debate Host

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    Fox Business will host the fourth Republican presidential debate tonight. Unlike its sister network Fox News, many are unfamiliar with the low-rated Fox Business. But Media Matters has been watching since the network's debut in 2007. Here are 35 of the worst things to appear on the "business" network.

    1. Fox Business Promoted Obama Birth Certificate Conspiracy Theory: "Photoshopped"

    ERIC BOLLING: I need to know this. You see this fold. This has clearly been photocopied from a book. You see that? It kind of folds back to, like, almost like a binding of a book. And then for some reason, there's a green border around it that had to be Photoshopped in. Trying to figure out why they would do that.

    PAMELA GELLER: Well, this whole border is suspect. I mean, if you're taking a scan of something, it would, to your point, it would be white. Why is this the color of the same --

    BOLLING: Note this - note this, you guys, April 25, 2011 -- two days ago -- is when this was requested from the state registrar, Alvin Onaka. So we'll keep our eye on it. We'll keep digging. Hey, listen. It may or may not be, but certainly opens up the can of worms that there are at least questions for it.

    OK, Pam. Hang on. Let me bring in the rest of our all-star panel. On the left, we have Fox News contributor Tamara Holder; on the right, Dr. Ablow rejoins us, along with Fox News contributor Monica Crowley.

    I'm looking at you over there, Tamara. I'm looking at you smirking a little bit. What's wrong? I mean, at least it's certainly -- you have to ask the question, has this been Photoshopped?

    2. Fox Business Host Questioned If SEAL Team Six Really Killed Osama Bin Laden

    ANDREW NAPOLITANO: Do you believe he's dead, or do you want some more evidence? A photograph, a testimony of an eyewitness? Something other than the words of a president whose words we have doubted before?

    MICHAEL SCHEUER: Well, Judge, I think what I go with is the men and women on the ground. If they didn't get him, they would admit it. The really, the success story here is not the president who did the right thing at last, but the true story is the young men and women who serve the United States in the military and the intelligence services. They risked their lives, they did their job. And if he's not dead, they'll never be able to keep that a secret.

    NAPOLITANO: All right, but the intelligence services of which you were once a part want as much closure to this as the American public does. So with the body gone, or sleeping with the fishes, won't there always be that lingering doubt amongst Americans: "Well, where is the body? How do we know he's dead? Why isn't there a picture of it? Why didn't we see it before they shipped it off to sea?"

    SCHEUER: I think much more than just a likelihood, Judge, I think we're already in it. The conspiracy people are going to spin this up to a very high degree and even if they release the pictures they claim they have, with Photoshop and other programs, you can doctor any, any photograph to make it look however you want. So I think it perhaps might have been wiser to keep the body or at least show the body before they buried it.

    3. Fox Business Host: "Show Me The Birth Certificate"

    4. Neil Cavuto's Two-Hour Keystone XL Freakout

    Fox host Neil Cavuto devoted much of his two-hour Fox Business show to criticizing President Obama's decision to reject the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. Over the course of his show, Cavuto questioned whether climate change is man-made, suggested Keystone XL would have been "one of the cleanest pipelines ever made," likened pipeline opponents to protesters in London who "got pretty violent," mocked Obama for rejecting the pipeline to appease "the French," claimed Russian President Vladimir Putin "must be liking this," and told coal company CEO Robert Murray that Obama is "kind of sticking a knife in you guys."

    5. Fox Business Host: Obama Was "Chugging A Few 40's" Instead Of Responding To Joplin Disaster

    ERIC BOLLING: [N]ow, tornadoes devastating the heartland, killing scores, and leveling just about every building in Joplin, Missouri -- Mr. Obama, you've decided that chugging a few 40's and rediscovering you're Irish is more important than a presidential visit to a community trying to figure out what just hit them. Leadership, Mr. Obama, leadership; it's about choices and you seem to be fresh out of the right ones.

    6. Fox Business Host Attacked The Muppets For "Brainwash[ing]" Children Against Capitalism

    During the December 2, 2011, edition of Fox Business' Follow the Money, host Eric Bolling discussed the plot to the Muppets movie with Media Research Center's Dan Gainor. Noting that the antagonist of the film is an oil tycoon named "Tex Richman," Bolling asked, "Is liberal Hollywood using class warfare to kind of brainwash our kids?" Gainor responded by saying: "Yeah, absolutely. And they've been doing it for decades." During the segment, on-screen text asked, "Are liberals trying to brainwash your kids against capitalism?"

    7. Fox Business Host: Lego Movie Pushes "An Anti-Business Message To Kids"

    8. Fox Business Used Footage Of Women In Bikinis To Discuss Crime In Mexico

    9. Fox Business Host: Obama Might Issue Reparations For Slavery

    10. Fox Business Host Accused Obama Of Hosting "Hoodlum[s]" In "The Hizzouse"

    Eric Bolling teased a segment about the White House hosting the president of Gabon by saying, "Guess who's coming to dinner? A dictator. Mr. Obama shares a laugh with one of Africa's kleptocrats. It's not the first time he's had a hoodlum in the hizzouse."

    11. Fox Business Host Asked "Is There Something About The Female Brain That Is A Deterrent" To Having Female Tech Executives?

    12. Fox Business Hosted "Debate" Between Republican Candidate And Obama Impersonator

    13. Fox Business Hosted 9-11 Conspiracy Theorist Jesse Ventura To Discuss "Alleged Pentagon Plane"

    ANDREW NAPOLITANO: Before I let you go, tell me about your new series. What's the next conspiracy you're investigating?

    JESSE VENTURA: Well, we open up with Plum Island, just down the road from here a little bit. We will do water, we will do 9-11 again, looking specifically at the Penta - the alleged Pentagon plane that hit there. We do J.F.K., which I'm thoroughly thrilled over because as I said you will get the first confession to the murder of John F. Kennedy on Jesse Ventura's Conspiracy Theory.

    NAPOLITANO: Did Lee Harvey Oswald kill John F. Kennedy on the lawn?

    VENTURA: I don't believe so, not at all.

    NAPOLITANO: Governor, it's a pleasure. Thanks very much for joining us.

    VENTURA: Alright, thank you judge, appreciate it.

    NAPOLITANO: We'll be watching that show.

    14. Fox Contributor Called Pope Francis A "Communist" And "Marxist"

    ANDREW NAPOLITANO: I am sighing because the Holy Father is a challenge for traditionalist Roman Catholics, of which I am one. Particularly, traditionalists who came of age under John Paul II and then under Benedict XVI. Who, though they had impulses that were not exactly Ayn Rand on capitalism, were far more into philosophy and theology, and far less into the economy ... This particular Pope, who has proclaimed himself a Peronist, is somewhere between a communist with a lowercase "c" and a Marxist with an uppercase "M." At the same time he is trying to be a Roman Catholic -- uppercase "R," uppercase "C."

    [...]

    The Pope is infallible on faith in morals. Thank God it is just limited to faith and morals because he is, he is -- he sounds like a left-wing professor at the London School of Economics when he blames the mass migration on economic inequality.

    15. Fox Business Reporter: Insider Trading Is "Almost A Victimless Crime"

    16. Fox Business Panelist: I'd Look "Fabulous" If I Had To Live On A Food Stamp Diet

    ANDREA TANTAROS: I should try it because, do you know how fabulous I'd look. I'd be so skinny. I mean, the camera adds ten pounds.

    17. Fox Business Host: "Many Of" The Poor "Have Things -- What They Lack Is Richness Of Spirit"

    18. Fox Business' Heartless Response To The Philippines' Call For Aid After Typhoon

    A Fox Business host said he got a "big smile" when he heard that Australia backed out of its previous pledge to send aid to developing nations coping with climate change. His response comes as an official from the Philippines tearfully called for developed nations to make good on their promises to the climate fund in the wake of Super Typhoon Haiyan.

    On November 13, Stuart Varney, host of Varney & Co., celebrated Australia's decision, saying he "do[esn't] want to pay" to help the Philippines and other developing nations adapt to a rapidly changing climate.

    19. Fox Business Host Blamed Obama For Baltimore Riot

    20. Fox Business Host Asked Child At Tea Party Event: "Are You Worried About Me Stealing Your Money, Dude?"

    21. Fox Business Host Complained Clinton Campaign Video Didn't Have Enough Straight White Men

    22. Fox Business Host Wondered If Billionaire Warren Buffett Is "A Socialist"

    23. Fox Business Correspondent Attacked Climate Marchers: "Get A Job!"

    24. Fox Business Host: "We Are What I Call Now In A Fascist State," Asked If This "Is A New World Order?"

    25. Fox Business Host Kicked Off Guest For Telling The Truth About Fracking

    26. Fox Business Hosted Anti-Immigrant Sheriff For Post-Debate Analysis On Immigration

    27. Fox Business Host: Obama "Dangerous" For Acting On Climate

    28. Fox Business Hosts Attacked Federal Overtime Protections As "A Job Killer"

    During a news update on Fox Business' Mornings with Maria Bartiromo, contributor Cheryl Casone said the rule was being called "frankly, a job killer." On Varney & Co., host Stuart Varney complained that President Obama was attempting to lift wages "by fiat," and claimed that the overtime rule would harm "the assistant managers of this world, who will no longer become assistant managers." On Cavuto: Coast to Coast, host Neil Cavuto quoted Rep. Tim Walberg's (R-MI) opposition to overtime protections, adding that "you can't fathom" why the Labor Department would act to expand overtime.

    29. Fox Business Hosts Attacked Caitlyn Jenner Vanity Fair Cover: "What The Hell Is Going On?"

    Neil Cavuto and Dagen McDowell made light of Jenner's transition on Fox Business' Cavuto: Coast to Coast, asking, "What the hell is going on?" and calling her outfit "very Playboy bunny-esque" before introducing guest Charles Payne as "Charlene Payne." 

    30. Fox Business Hyped EPA Mine Spill After Ignoring Spills From Fossil Fuel Industry

    The Wall Street Journal, Fox News, and Fox Business are aggressively criticizing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for accidentally spilling toxic wastewater into Colorado's Animas River while attempting to treat pollution from an abandoned gold mine. But over the years, these same conservative media outlets have almost completely ignored pollution that was caused by the fossil fuel industry, devoting more attention to the EPA spill than to seven recent cases of industry-caused pollution combined.

    31. Fox Business Hosted Islamophic Bigot Who Bans Muslims From Her Gun Range To Discuss Syrian Refugees

    Fox Business Network invited Jan Morgan, the owner of a gun range in Arkansas that bans Muslim customers, to fearmonger that the Obama administration's plan to accept 10,000 refugees from civil war-torn Syria "is an open door to an enemy invasion." Calling for Islam to be "reclassified as a terrorist organization," Morgan suggested that when refugees are admitted into the U.S., Americans may have to use their "right to bear arms to defend life."

    32. Fox Business Guest: "When You Look At Biology, Look At The Natural World ... The Male Typically Is The Dominant Role"

    LOU DOBBS: Erick, your thoughts on this study and what it portends?

    ERICK ERICKSON:  Lou, I'm so used to liberals telling conservatives that they're anti-science. But this is -- liberals who defend this and say it's not a bad thing are very anti-science.

    When you look at biology, look at the natural world, the roles of a male and female in society, and the other animals, the male typically is the dominant role. The female, it's not antithesis, or it's not competing, it's a complementary role. We as people in a smart society have lost the ability to have complimentary relationships in nuclear families, and it's tearing us apart.

    And what I find interesting in the survey is that three-quarters of the people surveyed recognize that having moms as the primary breadwinner is bad for kids and bad for marriage, and reality shows us that's the truth.

    33. Ignoring Evidence Of Deception, Fox Business Host Praised Exxon For "Actually Help[ing] Finance Accurate" Climate Change Research

    MARIA BARTIROMO: Let me move on to some policy issues, because Hillary Clinton, Al Gore -- you know what's coming here -- more than 40 of the country's leading environmental and social justice groups are demanding a federal investigation of ExxonMobil, accusing the company of deceiving the American public, basically, about the risks of climate change to protect profits. What do you say to it?

    REX TILLERSON: Well, the charges are pretty unfounded, you know, without any substance at all, and they're dealing with a period of time that happened decades ago, so there's a lot I could say about it. I'm not sure how helpful it would be for me to talk about it, particularly as we're leading up to some very important meetings that are going to occur in Paris, here in just a few weeks. I don't want to be a distraction, I really don't want this to be a distraction, there's some serious issues that need to be talked about at that -- at that convention. I think, as -- all I would say is that we were very open during that period of time with all the research we were doing, we were spending a lot of time trying to understand this issue in the early days. We were very open with the work we were doing, most of it was done in collaboration with academic institutions and many government agencies, for us to understand this better, and I think as we began to understand that then people began to think about policy choices, we had a view on policy choices, which has not changed very much over the years, and we've been very open about that, so --

    BARTIROMO: We should point out that you actually helped finance accurate scientific research about climate change, and yet Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Al Gore -- they're basically saying you and your industry are hiding the risks of climate change, just like the tobacco companies hid the risks of smoking.

    TILLERSON: Well, nothing could be further from the truth. Again, as you point out, we've been very active participants in supporting scientific discovery. We funded some of the very early attempts to model the climate.

    BARTIROMO: Right, I know that.

    TILLERSON: And still do. At MIT we were the only major oil company that has been a participant in the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the IPCC, since its inception, and we still are a participant. Our scientists have peer reviewed the work done by the IPCC, we have authored many of the IPCC's reports and have published more than 50 of our own reports on subject, so we're hardly hiding from the issue.

    34. Fox Business Host Described Graphic Showing Rep. Barney Frank "Appropriately Positioned ... Catching, Of Course"

    35. Fox Business Guest Called Native-Born South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley "An Immigrant" Who "Does Not Understand America's History"

    ANN COULTER: I'm a student of American history, so I'm appalled by -- though I would really like to like Nikki Haley since she is a Republican. On the other hand, she is an immigrant and does not understand America's history. The flag we're talking about --

    KENNEDY: You think immigrants can't understand the history?

    COULTER: Well, she doesn't. The Confederate flag we're talking about never flew over an official Confederate building. It was a battle flag. It is to honor Robert E. Lee. And anyone who knows the first thing about military history, knows that there is no greater army that ever took the field than the Confederate Army.

  • NY Times Stretches To Turn GOP Candidate Lies Into "Bipartisan" Problem

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    In a story discussing how the truth is "starting to look deeply out of fashion" during the 2016 presidential campaign, The New York Times bent over backwards to create the impression of a "bipartisan" trend by equating unambiguous falsehoods from several Republican candidates with incomplete retellings of stories about Hillary Clinton and false statements made by Democratic candidates decades ago.

    The Times noted Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina's false debate claim attacking Planned Parenthood has been "roundly disputed" by media fact-checkers yet the candidate has refused to admit she exaggerated when pressed about its veracity.

    The article also described the current controversy around Ben Carson and the authenticity of several stories in his autobiography, including claims that he was offered a scholarship to the U.S. Military Academy, and that he attempted to stab a childhood friend. The story goes on to relate several verifiably false claims Donald Trump has made on the campaign trail, conceding that he "utters plenty of refutable claims," and "has set the tone for the embroidery" by "generat[ing] an entirely new category of overstatement in American politics."

    Yet the paper claimed that "the tendency to bend facts is bipartisan."

    As evidence, the Times cited falsehoods told by presidential candidates Bill Clinton, Gary Hart, and Joe Biden more than two decades ago.

    The stories the Times cited as evidence of current falsehoods from a Democratic candidate, Hillary Clinton, are specious examples and simply not on par with what they detailed about the Republicans.

    First the paper reported that "Hillary Rodham Clinton has said that all of her grandparents were immigrants, even though her paternal grandmother was born in Pennsylvania."

    But that story is more complex than its presentation by the Times. Clinton's grandfather, but not grandmother, was an immigrant. When this was pointed out, the campaign told Buzzfeed, "Her grandparents always spoke about the immigrant experience and, as a result she has always thought of them as immigrants" adding, "As has been correctly pointed out, while her grandfather was an immigrant, it appears that Hillary's grandmother was born shortly after her parents and siblings arrived in the U.S. in the early 1880s."

    The Times also refers to Clinton's private email server:

    Mrs. Clinton has rationalized her reliance on a private server for both her personal and State Department emails by saying she preferred using a single electronic device, even though she used multiple devices, like an iPad, to read and send email.

    But Clinton using an iPad to access her email does not make her earlier statement a falsehood. When Clinton first set up her email in 2009, the iPad did not exist. It was not released until 2010, a year after Clinton became secretary of state. According to her campaign, "Clinton relied on her Blackberry for emailing. This was easiest for her. When the iPad came out in 2010, she was as curious as others and found it great for shopping, browsing, and reading articles when she traveled. She also had access to her email account on her iPad and sometimes used it for that too."

    The two examples are very different from the straight-out falsehoods being used by the Republican campaigns. And the concession from the Clinton campaign is very different from the Fiorina campaign's response to disparities in her past statements about Hewlett-Packard, in which the Times noted "Mrs. Fiorina's campaign aides seemed unperturbed by the discrepancies and declined to make the candidate available for comment."

    Rather than report on the phenomenon of falsehoods from Republican candidates and how those campaigns are responding to reporting and fact checking of those stories, the Times instead chose to create a false equivalence and pretend that the problem is "bipartisan."