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  • Fox Obscures RNC Hypocrisy Over Proposed Primary Debate Boycotts

    Blog ››› ››› ELLIE SANDMEYER

    Fox previewed the Republican National Committee vote on Chairman Reince Priebus' proposed boycott of 2016 primary debates hosted by CNN and NBC over their planned productions about Hillary Clinton, but ignored the RNC's hypocrisy in not extending the ban to Fox News after reports surfaced that Fox Television Studios may produce the NBC miniseries.

    Priebus announced on August 5 that the GOP planned to boycott any primary debates hosted by the news divisions of CNN and NBC if the networks' sister companies, CNN Films and NBC Entertainment, failed to abandon plans to produce and air programs about Hillary Clinton in advance of the 2016 presidential election. Like Media Matters, CNN and NBC on-air personalities expressed concerns about possible conflicts of interests and problems with objectivity regarding the Clinton productions.

    During an August 6 interview on Fox's America's Newsroom, Priebus hinted that his true goal was avoiding moderators likely to refuse his candidates special treatment -- as he put it: "moderators who are not serving the best interests of the candidates." And after The New York Times reported on August 9 that Fox's sister company Fox Television Studios may end up producing NBC's planned Clinton miniseries, he admitted that the ban would not extend to Fox News.   

    But Fox & Friends' August 16 coverage of the RNC vote made no mention of Priebus' hypocrisy or of Fox Television Studio's possible involvement in the Clinton productions. Co-host Brian Kilmeade only said that delegates at the RNC would be "giving serious thought to boycotting the 2016 debates if CNN and NBC go ahead with plans to air special programs about Hillary Clinton" in an upcoming RNC vote. Fox correspondent Molly Line followed up with more detail, but similarly omitted the story's full context [emphasis added]:

    LINE: Well, this meeting today really could have a big impact on debates, especially in the near future. The RNC expecting to have this vote today weighing in on whether or not to ban CNN and NBC essentially, for the RNC to refuse to participate in debates with those networks, because they're planning to air documentaries featuring Hillary Clinton. The vote would mean the RNC would not partner with those networks in the presidential primary debates in 2016, and they wouldn't sanction any primary debates that they sponsor. According to the RNC Communications Director Sean Spicer, they don't want a news organization tipping the scales in this election.

  • Fox's Year Of Class Warfare


    In 2011, as President Obama and congressional Democrats pushed for increasing taxes on the wealthiest Americans, Fox ramped up its defense of the rich while accusing Obama of attempting to incite a class war. Along the way, Fox relentlessly attacked poor and unemployed Americans, union workers who fought back against attempts by Republicans to strip their right to collectively bargain, and the Occupy Wall Street movement, which has been highlighting increasing income inequality in America. Here, Media Matters looks back at Fox's year of class warfare.

  • Right-Wing Media Still Baselessly Fearmongering Over "One-World Government"


    History shows that right-wing media are not big fans of the United Nations. So it was no surprise, then, that the release this week of a U.N. survey prompted panic and fearmongering among some conservative media.

    L. Brent Bozell III, president of the Media Research Center, took to Fox & Friends today to call the report, "World Economic and Social Survey 2011: The Great Green Technological Transformation," "outrageous" and claimed it calls for "global socialism," "global governance," and a "one-world government." From the broadcast:

    MOLLY LINE (guest host): The United Nations is pushing for a green economy, but what exactly does that mean? A new report says, quote, a comprehensive global energy transition is urgently needed in order to avert a major planetary catastrophe. And the price tag, $76 trillion over the next 40 years. Brent Bozell is the president of the Media Research Center, here to join us and chat about it this morning. Good morning, Brent. Thanks for being here.

    BOZELL: Good morning. How are you doing?

    LINE: Good, good. All is well. Let's talk a little bit about the money that is involved here, because it's a lot of money. A grand total of $1.9 trillion per year, 40 years adding up to that $76 trillion. U.N. researchers claimed it would cost $600 billion a year over the next decade to go green previously, so the number has really jumped quite a bit. But we're not hearing a lot about this. Why do you think that is?

    BOZELL: It's so outrageous. If the American people knew that the U.N. Secretary General has signed off on this report -- this is serious stuff. This is what they want. If the public knew what they want -- they're calling for a radically new economic system. They're calling for global governance. Folks, that's one-world government. I'm not a nut bag here. This is what they're calling for in this paper. It went from $600 billion two years ago to $1.9 trillion over -- per year for 40 years. $76 trillion. They want half of it to go to developing countries. That's a massive redistribution of wealth. This is global socialism. If the American people knew about it, the first thing they'd be asking themselves is what in the world are we doing making contributions to this socialist enterprise? The media coverage on this, absolutely nothing.

    LINE: There -- this is a tremendous amount of money we're talking about, more than five times America's GDP. There is another quote here. A Chinese diplomat at the U.N., connected to the Rio summit, said this, that the United States of America is a country that people around the world admire for its can do attitude. Here people believe that no problem is too big for human ingenuity to solve. The world has never needed that ingenuity more than it does now. The people need your leadership. So in a sense, the question here really is, what will the price tag be for America? Right now, we're paying about 22 percent of the U.N. agency's budget already.

    BOZELL: Of course they admire us. They admire our success. They admire our money even more than our success. Here is something interesting. One week before this report came out about this global warming, another U.N. report came out going after China for causing global cooling with their coal policies. I wish they could decide which one it was. By the way, when you have global cooling and global warming, what do you have? Climate change. It's also called weather.

    Just to address Bozell's last few points quickly, it's true that a recent report found that sulfur pollution from China may have had a global cooling effect; but, as a July 4 Associated Press article noted, the effect was only that "the rise in Earth's temperature paused for a bit during the 2000s," which is still "one of the hottest decades on record." Also, as Media Matters has previously noted, climate change and weather are not the same thing -- climate change is a long-term trend observed over many years.

  • Why Does Fox Treat Breitbart As A Credible Voice On Gender Bias?


    The Saturday crew of Fox & Friends hosted Andrew Breitbart to ask him, "Does the mainstream media have a bias against conservative women?"

    Aside from co-host Molly Line's laughable premise for the segment that the media called failed Republican senatorial candidate Christine O'Donnell "a witch" - after O'Donnell stated herself that she "dabbled into witchcraft" and then made a political ad declaring, "I am not a witch" - Andrew Breitbart has no credibility to comment on gender-based attacks or really anything for that matter.

    During his speech at the 2011 Conservative Political Action Conference, Breitbart said of "the Code Pink ladies," "it's no longer fun to watch them and they're not even good looking anymore. It used to be that they were like, kinda slutty lefties." Amid laughter from the conservative audience, he continued, "[T]hey're getting long in the tooth." In discussing President Obama throwing out the opening pitch of a baseball game, Breitbart declared the president "pitched like an Indonesian teenage girl." He refers to women as "chick[s]" and, when attacking's Joan Walsh, he makes frequent mention of her physical appearance.

    Of course, it's not as though Fox News itself is innocent of gender-based attacks or exploiting women. After all, the network is famous for gratuitously airing video of scantily clad women and of its hosts and guests engaging in sexist commentary, not to mention the fact that News Corp--the network's parent company--fosters a culture that has led to numerous sexual harassment and discrimination lawsuits. But, apparently, that's beside the point.

  • Right-Wing Media Twist The Facts On Right-To-Work States

    ››› ››› CHELSEA RUDMAN

    Right-wing media have used the recent National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) lawsuit against Boeing -- reportedly brought because Boeing may be violating federal labor laws -- to claim that right-to-work states improve wages and profits for companies, while also protecting workers from being "forced" to join unions. In fact, studies have shown that wages are lower in right-to-work states, some states have seen businesses leave after passing right-to-work laws, and labor organizations in non-right-to-work states cannot force workers to join unions.

  • Special Report highlights Brown's fundraising, ignores Fox's role in helping him do so

    ››› ››› TERRY KREPEL

    In a report on the Massachusetts special Senate election on Fox News' Special Report, correspondent Molly Line highlighted how the campaign of Republican candidate Scott Brown claims "they've raised $1.3 million in the last 24 hours," but made no mention of Fox News' role in helping Brown raise some of that money. Brown has made several appearances on Fox News to solicit funds and volunteers for his campaign -- two of which took place in "the last 24 hours."