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  3. Much of the world now sees Putin for what he is: a semi-delusional autocrat who views the disillusion of the Soviet Union as one of the greatest tragedies in the late 20th century and has confused his own geo-political propaganda for reality. Who would be fooled by this guy’s bull sh*t?
     


  4. Sex and beauty sell. No one expects, or should expect, news operations to be devoid of friction, humor, even joke(rs) who might cross a line or two. But with a guy at the top who doesn’t seem to respect women, and has a history of appearing to treat them as objects, I wonder what life must be like for women who work at Fox.
    — Marc Ambinder, in Fox News’ culture of sexism
     


  5. 44%
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    The share of Americans aged 18-29 who view Christmas as “more of a cultural holiday”.  Among those 65 +, only 19% agree.

    Fox News has already lost its War on Christmas

     


  6. Though free markets, profit motives, and unrestrained accumulation of wealth have no immediate relationship with Christianity, the cross and the coin are nonetheless powerful, paired symbols of the American right wing. Catholic conservatives thus must carve a way around Francis’ difficult insistence that governments be harnessed toward the relief of poverty, not the creation of it.
     


  7. Like the GOP, Fox News can’t depend solely on older white males.
    — Keith Wagstaff, writing in “Are conservatives getting tired of Sean Hannity?
     

  8. WATCH: Fox’s Megyn Kelly rips Erick Erickson over sexist comments

    On Wednesday, a study saying that women are now the primary or sole earners in 40 percent of households with children was released by the Pew Social & Demographic Trends Project.

    In response, Red State editor Erick Erickson decided to put his science hat on and dropped this insight on Fox News Business:

    When you look at biology — when you look at the natural world — the roles of a male and a female in society and in other animals, the male typically is the dominant role. The female, it’s not antithesis, or it’s not competing, it’s a complementary role. We’ve lost the ability to have complementary relationships… and it’s tearing us apart.

    It turns out that Fox News employs some of these females, including one named Megyn Kelly. She was not happy with Mr. Erickson.

     

  9. Fox News chief Roger Ailes reportedly asked David Patraeus to resign from the military and run for president. 

    It’s no secret that Fox News is an outlet for conservative voices. But Ailes’ promise of support to a particular candidate bolsters the widely held belief that the channel is not an independent news organizationand suggests just how entrenched Fox is in conservative politics,” writes Ryu Spaeth. 

    Keep reading…

    (Source: theweek.com)

     

  10. "Forget Barack Obama and Mitt Romney," says Matt Negrin at ABC News. The battle for the White House may have been the most momentous event on Tuesday, but "the most exciting matchup of the night was between Karl Rove and his employer, Fox News."

    After the network’s decision desk called Ohio — and thus the presidency — for Obama at little after 11 pm (ET), the GOP strategist and super PAC kingpin protested (and protested), arguing that there were too many votes left, that Romney was closing the gap, and that Fox should un-call Ohio. “That’s awkward,” said anchor Megyn Kelly.

    Keep reading

     

  11. An al Qaeda-linked website has posted a call for the killing of Matthew Bissonnette, the retired Navy SEAL Team 6 member who wrote a book about his role in the mission that killed Osama bin Laden. 

    Bissonnette wrote under a pseudonym, but was identified last week by Fox News. And the possibility that terrorists might come after him is just one of his worries when No Easy Day, his firsthand account of the raid on bin Laden’s Pakistan hideout, hits shelves on Sept. 11. 

    Keep reading…

     

  12. The Roman Catholic Church is having a rough time in the public relations department: Frequent leaks on infighting and corruption among Pope Benedict XVI’s top advisers have embarrassed the Vatican, a crackdown on American nuns is drawing bad press, and a long-running child sex-abuse scandal made headlines again Friday thanks to the monumental child-endangerment conviction of a Philadelphia prelate.

    Now, the Holy See has a new strategy to resolve this media mess: Hiring Fox News journalist Greg Burke as senior communications adviser. Burke, who is also a member of the conservative Catholic group Opus Dei — the antagonists in The Da Vinci Code — likens his new role to that of the White House’s top media strategist. “You’re shaping the message,” he says, and “you’re trying to make sure everyone remains on-message.”

    Why did the Vatican tap a Fox News alum for this job? 

     

  13. "Every time you see someone stick up a 7-Eleven, the kid is wearing a hoodie. I think the hoodie is as much responsible for Trayvon Martin’s death as George Zimmerman was." -Geraldo Rivera on Fox & Friends.

    The Fox News host is facing an angry backlash for suggesting that Trayvon Martin, the black Florida teen shot dead by neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman, was targeted because he was wearing a hooded sweatshirt that made him look like a criminal. Should Geraldo be fired for his ‘incendiary’ remark? Not everyone agrees…