Big-time hypocrisy: Fox News complains about Donald Trump’s sexist remarks!

Of all the crazy political happenings this year, one of the weirdest is the unlikely stance taken by Fox News in support of — wait for it — POLITICAL CORRECTNESS. Fox News, like its counterparts in right-wing talk radio, has always dismissed sensitivity about racist and sexist remarks as just so much liberal PC. Regular viewers of Fox News — mostly old, white men — have agreed heartily. But suddenly things have changed. Fox itself is now playing the PC card. The network wants Donald Trump to apologize for his nasty remarks about Megyn Kelly, a prime-time star on Fox News Channel. Amanda Marcotte has more on this matter HERE: Donald Trump has reignited his sexist harassment campaign against Megyn Kelly, and the folks at Fox News are, in seemingly coordinated fashion, striking back. Fellow Fox News hosts and pundits are asking Trump to cool it, and even Roger Ailes has released a statement calling Trump’s abuse “unacceptable” and “disturbing.” It’s almost touching, watching all these conservative media people who usually profit at peddling sexism choose, this time at least, to join together in an effort to stop this one particular instance of it… Conservative media and Fox News in particular have spent years – decades, if you count talk radio – training their audiences to believe that exhortations against sexism and racism are nothing but the “political correctness” police trying to kill your good time. Indeed, one reason that Trump was able to get so much attention for his presidential run in the first place is that Fox has spent years building him up, knowing that their audience enjoys vicariously needling imagined liberals and feminists with his loud-mouthed insult comic act. (Snip) No one should understand this better than the people at Fox News. After all, this is the monster they created. They should know what it wants and what it’s capable of. But instead, they seem to think that if you just shake your finger at the right wing base and tell them to be nice to the lady who dared talk back to their hero, Donald Trump, they will somehow realize that they’re not actually courageous warriors holding back the forces of political correctness, but that they are instead just a bunch of jerks....

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The GOP debate seemed to indicate that Fox News has an anti-Trump agenda

In several respects, the latter of Thursday’s two Republican presidential debates was more entertaining than I had anticipated. The questions posed to the candidates generally were sharper than one would expect from Fox News personalities. And, more to the point, the questions seemed to reflect an agenda — the objective being to put the repugnant Donald Trump in his place. This mission somewhat surprises me. I didn’t know that the suits at Fox News don’t much care for Trump. I don’t watch Fox News Channel a lot, but I had noticed that Sean Hannity likes to play patty-cake with Trump. I had assumed that this affection for The Donald pertained among the whole crowd over there. Apparently not. Ed Kilgore’s TAKE ON THE DEBATE is especially insightful: Fox News’ purpose in the main 10-candidate event was made plain with the first question: an in-your-face spotlight on Donald Trump’s refusal to promise not to run as an independent candidate. And the relentless pounding of Trump—on his bankruptcies, his past support for single-payer health care and abortion rights, his “specific evidence” for claiming Mexico has dispatched criminals to the U.S. (slurs about immigrants by other candidates didn’t come up) and even his sexist tweets-—continued right on through to Frank Luntz’s post-debate focus group, designed to show how much damage Trump had sustained. (Snip) From the perspective of Fox News and its GOP allies, you’d guess the ideal denouement would be Trump crashing in the polls, to be replaced in the top ten by Carly Fiorina. We’ll see how avidly and universally the conservative spin machine pursues that outcome in the days just ahead....

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Obama says he knows what kind of stuff is aired on Fox News — and that makes Fox News angry

Sometimes it seems that the folks who run Fox News Channel would prefer that the stuff it airs was heard only by the gullible geezers who comprise the bulk of its viewing audience. The Foxies definitely don’t like it that Barack Obama, of all people, is not oblivious to the nonsense the channel peddles. Jonathan Chait EXPLAINS: There are certain facts that an educated person realizes you can’t point out without provoking an angry rebuttal from a Fox News devotee — climate scientists overwhelmingly believe in the theory of anthropogenic global warming, the cost of Obamacare has come in well under projections, and so on. President Obama apparently discovered a new one this week when he mentioned that Fox News routinely depicts poor people as lazy and entitled. (Snip) Figures like Rush Limbaugh and Charles Krauthammer, himself a Fox News all-star panelist, immediately took exception. “The idea that Fox is constantly showing, you know, sponges and leeches, and never shows the waitress trying to make it, it’s just sort of the mythological world that he lives in. Or he may be cynical. I mean, he may know it’s all nonsense,” fumed Krauthammer....

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What will Fox News do now with the Baltimore story? The answer seems predictable

Now that the local prosecutor is bringing criminal charges against six Baltimore police officers in connection with the alleged murder of Freddie Gray, a question arises: Where will the racists at Fox News go with the story now? I’ve already discerned a few hints this morning, and I think a full-blown strategy will emerge in the next few days, The prevaricators at Fox, especially the prime-time commentators, likely will advance the notion that the cops charged in the case have been framed to placate the “thugs” who’ve been demonstrating in recent days. For example, about an hour ago,  I saw a Fox reporter goading a black guy on the street to say that there surely will be more civil disorder in Baltimore if the police defendants somehow beat the rap. I would bet the farm that Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity, et al, will belabor that theme. I also expect them to slur the reputation of Marilyn Mosby, the local prosecutor, who just happens to be black. And there will be frequent reminders that Freddie Gray had a long criminal record. Yeah, as I say, this is all pretty predictable. But, hey,  I might be wrong. It might turn out that Fox News will play it straight and avoid its usual race-baiting. Sure, and we might have snowstorms in Miami in...

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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 shreds…”...

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