Rupert Murdoch’s companies have been found to be grossly misleading the US public over climate change, with Fox News‘ coverage classed as giving dodgy info 93% of the time. In the report, compiled by the Union of Concerned Scientists, Murdoch’s Wall Street Journal comes a close second in the inaccuracy stakes, with a massive 81% misleading coverage in their opinion pages:
The WSJ, whose commentary include such beauties as “No Need to Panic About Global Warming“, claim that the alarmism created by global warming is something of a conspiracy, offering “an excuse for governments to raise taxes“.
Fox News, who evidently can’t even muster a one in ten success rate of accurate reportage, have certainly got a somewhat dubious record when it comes to accuracy and fairness of their journalism. Readers may recall:
As the 2012 presidential election draws ever closer, Fox News seem to be augmenting their traditional right-wing spin with a forsaking of logic. The graph shown above clearly shows the news network attempting to claim that November’s 8.6% unemployment rate is greater than March’s 8.8% and equal to April’s 9.0%.
Could it be that a sharp fall in US unemployment to 8.6% doesn’t fit with Rupert Murdoch’s desired narrative? Here is what that graph should look like:
Rumours that Fox executives have been on a fact-finding mission to Liberal Democrat HQ could not be confirmed.
It is common knowledge how seriously US right wingers take their nations constitution, and now Fox Newshave hit upon a novel way to use it to rally their viewers to a cause: make a new section up themselves!
In coverage of an ongoing legal row over whether US Supreme Court justice should recuse herself from a case on the constitutionality of Obama’s healthcare reforms (Fox reckon liberal Elena Kagan will vote in favour of the measures), that bastion of journalistic “fairness and balance” invoked the following in support of their argument:
“US Constitution, Article 28, Sec. 114”
This is of particular historical and political significance, since up until now the US Constitution has only had seven articles, with the longest having ten sections and none of the language quoted above.
Scholars must be queuing up outside Fox’s offices to see their amazing new discovery.
True to form, Scrapbook notes that Fox Newshas been continuing its role as a bastion of even-handedness. Whilst covering New York police evicting protesters from the Occupy Wall Street camp, footage was shown with a subtitle reading “Good Riddance”.
Controversial right-wing commentator Ann Coulter caused a stir on Fox News by claiming that black Republicans were both more impressive and intelligent than their Democrat counterparts. Embarking on a Top Trumps-style comparison of black politicians, Coulter concluded:
“Our blacks are so much better than their blacks.”
Coulter’s impassioned comments were spurred on by her vehement defence of presidential candidate Herman Cain, who is currently facing allegations of, erm, sexually harassing two women in the 1990s.
Notorious for her provocative idiotic comments, Coulter’s previous contributions to race relations have included a vision of an idyllic America in which interracial couples “would lose the chips on their shoulders” and Jews would be “perfected” by becoming Christians.
In our American utopia, however, a “perfected” Ann Coulter would take the First Amendment a little less literally.
Launching an attack on Obama’s calls for tax rises for millionaires, Fox News anchor Bill O’Reilly suggested he would quit the media if plans to fund a $447bn job creation programme were introduced.
During his frothing-at-the-mouth “Talking Points” segment, O’Reilly opined:
“If Barack Obama begins taxing me more than 50 percent, which is very possible, I don’t know how much longer I’m going to do this”.
Whilst we’re sure that President Obama would dearly miss watching O’Reilly’s show, he could probably get over the loss. Given that O’Reilly was estimated to have an income of $20 million (approximately £12.8 million) in 2010, we find it difficult to believe that paying more tax would put O’Reilly below the breadline.
But if a tax rise will thin out the ranks of Fox’s right-ranting commentators, maybe it will serve the American people in a wholly unexpected way.
Just days after filling Glenn Beck’s vacated Fox News timeslot, conservative anchor Eric Bolling has already been caught trying to rewrite the history books.
On the new panel show The Five, Bolling not only declared the US “safe” under President Bush’s leadership, he said he “didn’t remember” any terrorist attacks on the US between 2000 and 2008:
Rather than apologise unreservedly for the deadliest terror attack in American history having slipped his mind, Mr Bolling took it as an opportunity to complain about how petty it was that the “radical left” had pointed it out.
Good to know Fox hasn’t lost its taste for revisionist history with Beck’s departure.
Virulently right-wing Fox News has reported the death of Barack Obama in a shooting in Iowa. Fortunately, however, the network appears to have been the victim of an Independence Day prank by hackers.
After messages announced that the @foxnewspolitics Twitter account was in control of a group identifying itself as the “Script Kiddies”, the station announced it had ”regained full access to our Twitter and email” shortly before 7am UK time. But in a subsequent series of messages the account was used to report the assassination of the president while at a campaign event and wishing Joe Biden “the best of luck” as the 45th president:
The death of the president seems something of an obsession for the Murdoch-owned network.