Jon Stewart delivers epic smackdown of Fox News

It’s not unusual, of course, for political satirist Jon Stewart to mock the folks at Fox News. It’s one of the regular features of “The Daily Show.” It’s also like shooting fish in a barrel. But Stewart pulled out all the stops last night and leveled a devastating blow to Fox for its naked hypocrisy in dealing with the controversies in Benghazi, Libya, and Ferguson, Mo. Check HERE for details of the matter. Huffington Post SAYS “Stewart tore the ‘fair and balanced’ news network to...

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Fact-checkers roundly debunk Fox News claim that global warming is a hoax

Last week, the British newspaper The Telegraph carried a column purporting to show that climate scientists have been fudging temperature data and thereby creating “the biggest science scandal ever.” Global-warming deniers among American right-wingers touted the column like crazy, but to little serious avail. Credentialed sources immediately shot down the story, and that was pretty much the end of that. But before we let the matter go, it behooves us to examine how the folks at PolitiFact DEBUNKED the treatment afforded the story...

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Theory: Obama leaked a scoop to Fox News just to mess with John Boehner’s mind

Everyone loves a story about how someone they don’t like is cleverly outmaneuvered by someone they do like. THIS is just such a story, but it’s too complicated to excerpt here. Read the whole...

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Fox News knows its audience better than they know themselves

When the history of the past several decades is written, there should be a whole chapter devoted to the Fox News phenomenon. I’ve been a student of that subject since its inception, and I’ve seen few descriptions of it that are any better than THIS PASSAGE from an essay by Paul Waldman of The American Prospect: In a way, Fox News knows its viewers better than they know themselves. Don’t forget that the typical Fox viewer is a conservative senior citizen. The median age of the network’s viewers is 68.8, and some shows...

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Fox News peddles blatant falsehood about so-called voter fraud

Fox News Channel has long been the ratings leader among cable news outlets — mainly because it knows how to rile its core audience, which consists mostly of viewers who are at least 69 years old. The formula is simple: Give the gullible geezers a steady of diet of stuff that will anger them even more than the kids who are always playing in their yards. A perfect example was afforded the other day by Fox anchor Megyn Kelly (above),  who told her viewers that Democratic officials in Colorado have come up with a dastardly scheme that...

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