It seems odd that Fox “News” is not taking the credit for Emperor Trump kicking the Paris Accord to the curb. Yet it seems the station had far more sway with the Oval Office than the First Daughter-in-Chief, who lobbied hard for the future of the planet, as did Exxon and Shell oil companies.
However, Before Withdrawing From Paris Climate Agreement, Trump Got Advice From Fox’s Kimberly Guilfoyle in an early morning phone call. [“What are you wearing?” “Just my presidential bathrobe, KG.”] It’s surreal to know that Before withdrawing from the Paris climate agreement, Trump called a Fox News host for advice:
It’s telling that Trump echoed Guilfoyle in his speech, or was it the other way around?
Regardless, and Predictably, Fox News Has Lots Of Love For Trump’s Withdrawal From The Paris Climate Agreement after Fox & Friends calls the Paris climate accord “anti-Western”, and a Fox Guest [says]: Earth Will ‘Shrug Off Your SUV’ Like It Has For ‘Thousands of Years’, which may be why Erik Wemple says ‘Fox & Friends’ is a planetary threat.
This morning, despite all the time Fox devoted to praising Trump’s brave leadership, that didn’t mean they couldn’t work in an interview with Kellyanne Conway, who sat on the Curvy Couch and praised Trump’s brave leadership. Then Vice-Complicit Mike Pence, summoned Ainsley Earhardt Air to the White House for a one-on-one, sycophantic, wide-ranging, LIVE interview in which he praised Trump’s brave leadership, or — in other words — Mike Pence Makes A Fool Out Of Himself Trying To Defend Trump’s Paris Agreement Decision. Watch:
FAKED NEWS: It can’t help a station pretending to be truthful when a Former Contributor: Fox News Debates ‘Just As Fixed And Fake As Pro Wrestling’. That Fox News [was] Exposed By Former Contributor As A Scripted And Rigged Scam got little media exposure, the whole article, FEAR & UNbalanced: Confessions of a 14-Year Fox News Hitman, is well worth your time, as is Fox News just pulled Trump into an alternate reality.
I wonder if the hate-mongering station is proud that College Professor Cancels Appearances After Fox News Fans Threaten To Murder Her. The Professor forced to cancel book tour after Fox News fans threaten to lynch her for ripping Trump is quoted:
“Shortly after the Fox story and video were published, my work email was inundated with vile and violent statements. I have been repeatedly called ‘n****r,’ ‘b*tch,’ ‘c*nt,’ ‘dyke,’ ‘she-male,’ and ‘coon’ — a clear reminder that racial violence is closely aligned with gender and sexual violence,” Taylor said. “I have been threatened with lynching and having the bullet from a .44 Magnum put in my head.”
She accused the conservative network of airing the report in an attempt to silence her and other Trump critics.
“I am not a newsworthy person,” Taylor said. “Fox did not run this story because it was ‘news,’ but to incite and unleash the mob-like mentality of its fringe audience, anticipating that they would respond with a deluge of hate-filled emails — or worse. The threat of violence, whether it is implied or acted on, is intended to intimidate and to silence.”
No doubt these Fox viewers are proud deplorables.
RATINGS, SCHMATINGS: Friday Fox Follies has never put much stock on ratings, because there is nothing in the statistics that can measure truth, just how many asses are in the seats. But since so many care and so many disagree:
For Fox, it was an important–though not necessarily lopsided–win. May marked the first ratings period for FNC’s freshly revamped lineup, unveiled in late April after O’Reilly’s sudden exit–and just three months after Megyn Kelly bolted to NBC. After more than two decades of O’Reilly reliably outperforming every cable news challenger, the network proved it could survive the loss of anyone, even its biggest star.
But the bragging rights belong to MSNBC as well. The network, which in May posted its first-ever weekly first-place finish (while Fox News fell to a highly unusual third-place finish), finished the sweeps period with a win in prime time among viewers 25-54–a key demographic of importance to advertisers. MSNBC placed first with an average of 532,000 adults, followed closely by Fox News (524,000) and CNN (455,000).
Rachel Maddow also has a legitimate claim on O’Reilly’s throne, finishing the sweeps as host of the top-rated cable news program among adults 25-54. The Rachel Maddow Show beat both CNN and Fox News among total viewers in the 9 o’clock hour–a first in MSNBC’s history.
Get back to me when ratings equal truth.
THIS WEEK IN ISLAMOPHOBIA:
Hegseth also claimed the school district was attempting to “insert Islam” into public schools in an attempt to “gam[e] the field” and later co-host Brian Kilmeade claimed that “we have to really address this” because “by 2050, they say Islam will be the number one religion in America.” One on-screen banner flashed during the segment wondered if this anti-bulling measure is “Islamic indoctrination?” Fox News has a history of anti-Muslim rhetoric, including Hegseth himself who has previously attacked the Minneapolis mayor for giving her state of the city address in a mosque and has called a Muslim congressman “radical.”
Pete Hegseth is a reliable hater.
DEFENDING TRUMP: It’s not just Climate Change:
Fox’s Andrew Napolitano: Unmasking Trump associates is the biggest threat to liberty “since the Civil War” • Fox’s Gregg Jarrett: “You can collude all you want with a foreign government in an election” • Gregg Jarrett: Jared Kushner gets mugged by the media mob • Fox covers for Kushner with report from single anonymous source • Fox & Friends attacks “mainstream media” for reporting on Kushner’s communications with the Russians • Fox anchor equates Trump urging Comey to drop Flynn investigation with saying “I hope it doesn’t rain tomorrow” • Collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia probably would have been illegal, contrary to conservative claims • Fox contributor Nigel Farage is reportedly a “person of interest” in the FBI’s Russia investigation
Every week it’s the same thing. Lather. Rinse. Repeat.
CORRECTION CORNER: It took James Rosen two tries to get this correction correct:
SCAMMITY: Last week speculation was rife that Sean Hannity might not come back from his hastily-arranged vacation. He even helped with the speculation. However — to the consternation of people who value truth over wild conspiracy theories — he’s back and still pushing the story that Fox “News” has already disavowed.
However, two stories have me laughing at Scammity all over again:
“Look, I’ve always have been a believer in free speech,” Hannity reminded us. “I’ve always resisted boycotts. This isn’t a boycott.”
I can exactly see how his non-boycott against Rachel Maddow is bearing fruit on my Facebook feed:
Poor little snowflake can’t handle the truth.
CAN WE STILL BE FRIENDS: When I heard Todd Rundgren was going to be on Watters’ World, I blinked, blinked again, and made a point to tune in. Comedy at its best. What elevates this to High Hypocrisy: While Watters was clearly offended on behalf of Emperor Trump, when Rundgren mentions Trump’s Birtherism, Watters says Trump was just having a little fun at Obama’s expense. Watch:
Here’s Todd having some fun at Trump’s expense, with a gratuitous slap at the dearly departed Loofah Lad, in his new video Tin Foil Hat:
Crank it up and D A N C E ! ! !
TROLLING, TROLLING, TROLLING: For one hour a weeknight, Tucker “With an F” Carlson trolls the country with positions he’d never take if it weren’t for his desire to stir up controversy. This week Tucker Carlson ignores court order, hypes video that stokes harassment of abortion providers.
In February, federal Judge William Orrick extended a preliminary injunction for the duration of ongoing legal proceedings against CMP, barring the release of any footage depicting National Abortion Federation (NAF) members or meetings. In the decision, Orrick explained that this injunction was necessary, writing, “It is not speculative to expect that harassment, threats, and violent acts will continue to rise if defendants were to release NAF materials.”
Ignoring the substance of the order and the serious threat of anti-choice violence, Carlson and Rose attacked Orrick and called for the barred footage to be spread.
However, Tucker has railed against Civil Disobedience in the past when it’s disobedient to the establishment that Carlson wants to belong to.
Headly Westerfield is happy to watch Fox “News” go down with the Ship of State.