Bill O’Reilly Accidentally Gets Really Racist On Fox News And They Don’t Even Notice
While in a discussion about Hawaii’s social and financial problems, Bill O’Reilly utters a sentence so ignorant and rude that practically any newsroom on the planet would have reprimanded him. Fortunately for O’Reilly, he was on Fox News. In addition to making a ridiculous and sweeping statement about Asian people, O’Reilly also seems to imply that there are cultures that are lazy and careless. Since this clip surfaced, several statements have been made by Hawaiian officials speaking out against O’Reilly and his remarks.
Thomas Ricks Accuses Fox News Of ‘Operating As A Wing Of The Republican Party’
A Fox News interview ended rather abruptly on Monday after a guest took not one but two jabs at the network hosting him.
Co-anchor Jon Scott interviewed Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Thomas Ricks, who has covered the military for decades, about his new book “The Generals.” Scott asked Ricks weigh in on the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi and Sen. John McCain’s criticisms of Amb. Susan Rice. (more…)
Opposition to the Stop Online Piracy Act, or SOPA, has reached a boiling point. Millions of activists, hundreds of startups, social media sites like Tumblr, Reddit and Twitter and even big companies like Google, Yahoo! and eBay have joined with Free Press and other Internet advocacy groups against it.
This Web-censorship bill could destroy free speech on the Internet. Yet this bill — and the backlash against it — have received virtually no coverage from major television news outlets. According to a recent study by Media Matters for America, the blackout has been complete, with ABC, CBS, Fox News, MSNBC and NBC devoting zero time to the issue during their evening newscasts.
This is what happens when the interests of big business get in the way of the need to inform the public and protect free speech. As it turns out, the owners of ABC (Disney), CBS (CBS Corp.), Fox News (News Corp.), MSNBC (Comcast) and NBC (Comcast) are all supporters of the bill. Please take action today and demand that the news directors of ABC, CBS, Fox News, MSNBC and NBC end the SOPA blackout.
In the wake of the phone hacking scandal that’s rocked Britain, News Corp. has dropped its $12 billion takeover bid for BSkyB. The company made the announcement on Wednesday just as British lawmakers were preparing to vote on a motion calling for Rupert Murdoch to give up his pursuit of the satellite television broadcaster.
“We believed that the proposed acquisition of BSkyB by News Corporation would benefit both companies,” News Corp. chairman Chase Carey in a statement. “But it has become clear that it is too difficult to progress in this climate.” News Corp. “remains a committed long-term shareholder in BSkyB,” Carey said, and will retain its stake in the company.Murdoch and co. were awaiting approval of their $12 billion bid on the 60 percent of BSkyB they did not already own.
“This is a victory for people up and down this country who have been appalled by the revelations of the phone hacking scandal and the failure of News International to take responsibility,” Labour party leader Ed Miliband said. “People thought it was beyond belief that [Murdoch] could continue with his takeover after these revelations. It is these people who won this victory. They told Mr Murdoch: ‘This far and no further.’ Nobody should exercise power in this country without responsibility.” (more…)
(CNN) — Closing Britain’s highest-selling newspaper, the 168-year-old News of the World, with just three days’ notice in the wake of its phone-hacking scandal may feel like a nuclear option. In practice, it makes perfect sense for Rupert Mudoch’s News Corporation. (For more on this international scandal click here
We should not be deceived into thinking this is a decision rooted in self-recrimination, apology or a belated embrace of journalistic ethics. It is a matter of straightforward commercial self-interest.
This unfolding scandal was already hitting News of the World revenues.
Several advertisers had pulled their ads from this Sunday’s edition, with many threatening to maintain a boycott until the police investigation had been completed. Some distribution outlets were refusing to sell it. Many loyal readers swore that they would never buy it again. (more…)
Media Matters has released audio the group says it recorded of Bill Sammon, Fox News’ Washington managing editor, speaking on a Mediterranean cruise in 2009. On the tape, Sammon seems to suggest that he talked up the president’s possible belief in Socialism, while privately dismissing the idea as “far-fetched.”
Sammon’s on-air comments about the president included saying “I have read Barack Obama’s books pretty carefully, and he in his own words talks about being drawn to Marxists…now all this stuff’s coming out about whether he’s a socialist. I don’t know why anyone is surprised by it, because if you read his own words…it’s not a huge shock.”
“Last year, candidate Barack Obama stood on a sidewalk in Toledo, Ohio, and first let it slip to Joe the Plumber that he wanted to ’spread the wealth around.’ At that time, I have to admit that I went on TV on Fox News and publicly engaged in what I guess was some rather mischievous speculation about whether Barack Obama really advocated socialism, a premise that privately I found rather far-fetched.”
On the tape, Sammon implies that was merely a put-on:
It was George Orwell, who first coined the term “memory hole,” in his classic novel 1984. For Winston, the book’s main character, his full-time job with the Ministry of Truth is to rewrite history, spiriting away the inconvenient details. Someone like Winston appears to be hard at work behind the scenes at Fox Nation.
This morning, an article and comment thread related to a piece of satire the site and its readers took seriously, went missing. The page was preserved through Google Cache, but the comment thread, which showed dozens of loyal Fox readers reacting to a joke story from The Onion as if it were real, is gone. Some of the comments were preserved by Raw Story (…more)
Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar walk off the set of the View after Bill O’Reilly indicated that the Fox News Channel-majority-sharedholder-funded-lower-Manhattan community center should not be built because “Muslims killed us on 9/11″