Dec 1 2014

Having Their Hate and Defeating Dems Too

At Fox News Latino, immigrants go from target to target audience

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Fox News Channel pander to xenophobic white conservatives with fear-mongering about Latino immigrants, while Fox News Latino brings Latinos to the Republican Party with feel-good coverage of Latino conservatives.

Mar 1 2013

Fox News’ Civil Rights ‘Expert’

Network's Michael Meyers defends racism

Fox News' Michael Meyers

During the Barack Obama presidency, questions of race and racism have become highly visible and hotly debated on corporate media. While the president himself has had little to say on these issues, Fox News has its own stable of guests and panelists ready to raise the topic—some of them wearing a “liberal” label, though Extra! readers (3/12) know to take such descriptions with a grain of salt. Among Fox’s race analysts, perhaps none is as effective and credentialed as Michael Meyers, the network’s resident black “liberal” civil rights commentator, a New York Post columnist and head of the New York […]

Aug 1 2012

Fox and Furious

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Though Fast and Furious was basically born on network television, cable’s Fox News Channel took up the cause with vigor, often hyping the more conspiratorial angles. Near the beginning, right-wing pundit Michelle Malkin (6/22/11) told Sean Hannity that it might make sense to see the story through another popular right-wing lens: “You have government malfeasance at the worst level possible…. Tens of millions of dollars in stimulus money have gone to expand ‘Fast and Furious.’” But the real scandal, for people like Malkin, lay in the possibility that the Obama White House, while overtly doing next to nothing to promote […]

Feb 25 2010

Fox News–Wing of the GOP?

More like a Republican slugging arm

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White House interim communications director Anita Dunn’s characterization of Fox News Channel as “a wing of the Republican Party,” and her announcement that the administration would henceforth treat Fox News as part of the “opposition,” created a media stir. Washington Post columnist (and Fox contributor) Charles Krauthammer announced, “The White House has declared war on Fox News.” Krauthammer’s more centrist colleague, Ruth Marcus (WashingtonPost .com, 10/19/09), wrote that “picking a fight” with Fox News “makes the White House look childish and petty at best, and it has a distinct Nixonian—Agnewesque?—aroma at worst.” As Joe Conason pointed out (Salon, 10/22/09), comparisons […]

Aug 7 2009

Did GE Stifle Keith Olbermann?

Fox and MSNBC's Gentlemen's Agreement

In the wake of an August 1 expose in the New York Times, an agreement reportedly reached by executives at the parent companies of Fox News Channel and MSNBC to rein in the networks’ two stars’ criticism of each other seems to have fallen apart. The behind-the-scenes deal-making, though, still illustrates the corrosive effect on media of corporate ownership. The alleged deal concerned MSNBC‘s Keith Olbermann and Fox News Channel‘s Bill O’Reilly. Olbermann seemed to deny any arrangement limiting his speech, and criticized Fox and O’Reilly right after the Times story was published (8/3/09). O’Reilly, in turn, resumed his criticism […]

Feb 1 2005

Struggling MSNBC Attempts to Out-Fox Fox

His CNN show Crossfire was canceled, but conservative pundit Tucker Carlson already appears to have a new cable news home lined up: a primetime show on MSNBC (USA Today, 12/20/04; Daily Variety, 12/21/04). With the departure of host Deborah Norville, MSNBC is reportedly considering Carlson to fill the 9 p.m. timeslot. His show would lead into Scarborough Country, hosted by former Republican congressmember Joe Scarborough. This pairing, not balanced by any avowedly liberal or progressive hosts, would arguably make MSNBC‘s primetime line-up more right-wing than Fox News Channel. This follows a pattern at MSNBC. In 1999, the struggling cable channel […]

Jul 16 2004

Ray McGovern on Senate intelligence report, Robert Greenwald on ‘Outfoxed’

Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: the Senate Intelligence Committee report found that the intelligence about Iraq’s weapons programs was severely flawed. But is there more to this story than what we’ve been reading and hearing from the press corps? We’ll ask former CIA analyst Ray McGovern what he thinks of the media’s handing of the intelligence debacle. Also this week, a new documentary alleges that the Fox News Channel favors conservatives and the Bush White House. What kind of evidence do they present, and what does Fox have to say about it? We’ll ask Robert Greenwald, the producer of […]

Jun 22 2004

Fox News Spins 9/11 Commission Report

June 22, 2004 The Bush administration’s long-running attempts to link Iraq and Al Qaeda were dealt a serious blow when the September 11 commission’s June 16 interim report indicated that there did not appear to be a “collaborative relationship” between Iraq and Osama bin Laden, and that there was no evidence that Iraq was involved in the September 11 attacks. But if you were watching the Fox News Channel , you saw something very different, as the conservative cable network eagerly defended the Bush administration and criticized the rest of the media for mishandling the story. On Fox ‘s Special […]