Friday Fox Follies – Guns, Gutfeld, and Geraldo

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With two mass shootings in less than week, it’s instructive — and disgusting — to compare and contrast how they were treated by the Fox “News” Channel.

With the attack on Planned Parenthood, the Fox “News” cover-up started immediately, which forced a reaction by Police: FOX News Is Lying, Planned Parenthood WAS Target Of Attack, Not A Bank. Of course, according to the Conservative Media Spin: Abortion Rhetoric Is Harmless, But Black Lives Matter Rhetoric Kills.

Fox “News” was in full defense-mode because of a STUDY: How Cable News Used The Phrase “Baby Parts” Before The Shooting At Planned Parenthood, and an exposé on how the Right-Wing Media Used Deceptively-Edited Videos To Compare Abortion Providers To Nazis because When Mass Shootings Happen, The NRA And Conservative Media Blame The Victim.

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As if on cue, supposed straight news anchor Megyn Kelly Paints Right-Wing, Anti-Abortion Zealots As The Real Victims Of Planned Parenthood Terrorist Attack. Megyn Kelly [also] Defends Anti-Planned Parenthood Smear Videos With Blatant Falsehoods because Megyn Kelly Doesn’t Think Anti-Planned Parenthood Lies Are Hateful?

But, she’s not the only one. Bill O’Reilly: Planned Parenthood Deserved ‘Every Single Thing They Got’ is a rant not worthy of someone who claims to be a Christian. Or a human.

Evidence of a guilty conscience, the Falafel King tries to wash the blood off his hands as Bill O’Reilly Defends His Attacks On Dr. George Tiller, The Abortion Provider Who Was Later Assassinated. For unintentional comedy, Watch Bill O’Reilly Accidentally Admit His Violent Rhetoric Got An Abortion Doctor Killed. YOU MUST BELIEVE Bill O’Reilly: Conservative rhetoric no more responsible for Planned Parenthood shooting than I am for George Tiller’s murder.

Out, damn’d spot!

Then Godly Fr. Jonathan Morris Equates Planned Parenthood Killing To Abortion, while — without a hint of irony — Fox host on clinic shooting: Liberals are ‘indicting an entire religion — Christian white Republican,’ despite the fact that that’s exactly how the network treats Muslims.

Even Fox’s Outnumbered Denounces Calls To Moderate Anti-Abortion Rhetoric After Planned Parenthood Shooting because that would let the terrorists win, or sumptin’.

Look who gets it right — again and of course: Larry Wilmore’s gutsiest moment yet: Pins Planned Parenthood shooter’s hate squarely on Fox News. Watch:


VICTIM BLAMING TO MUSLIM BLAMING IN 3…2…1: Contrast that with Right-Wing Media’s Unhinged Reactions To San Bernardino Shooting. This as Hannity And Fuhrman Complain The FBI Too Slow To Blame Muslims For San Bernardino Shooting and the Cops Disappoint Fox News Morons, Still Refuse To Call San Bernardino Shootings ‘Terrorism.

Not to be outdone, Fox’s Rod Wheeler On San Bernardino Shooting: If It’s Terrorism, “They’re Going To Holler Out Allahu Akbar Or Something,” and Official Network Headshrinker™, Fox’s Keith Ablow: ‘If Somebody Named Syed Leaves Your Party Call the Cops.’

Bonus points awarded to avuncular Fox News’ legal analyst Peter Johnson [who] tries desperately to spin San Bernardino shootings into a “terror event,” while — at the very same time — he worked in the perennial Fox “News” meme: ‘Is it a literal war on Christmas?’: Fox analyst suspects shooters plotted against holiday season.

However, what really got their collective knickers in a twist? The New York Daily News cover is driving Fox News [crazy? bonkers? around the bend? Because that headline seems truncated to me].

That forced “Fox & Friends” [to affirm]: Prayer is more effective than gun control, and if you disagree with that “you’re lining up with terrorists.” Soon-to-be-a-has-been, Fox’s Hasselbeck, Falsely Accuses Politicians Of Telling People To “Stop Praying,” while Fox News Delivers The Word Of God On Mass Shootings Like San Bernardino because, of course, they have the inside track on what God thinks.


BLAMING OBAMA:

Fox News Blames Obama Over
Planned Parenthood Shooting

Fox News Commentator Blames
Planned Parenthood Shooter on Obama


IN THE TRUMP TANK: Major absurdity as Fox “News” covers for Donald Trump’s ridiculous claim he saw thousands of Muslims celebrating 9/11 in New Jersey with his own eyes.

Fox Does Its Best To Whitewash Trump’s
Mockery Of Disabled NY Times Reporter

Steve Doocy backs up Donald Trump: “I actually
remember” Muslim Americans cheering on 9/11

Fox Validates Trump’s 9/11 Lie By
Pretending He Just Exaggerated

Neil Cavuto Helps Rehab Trump’s
Claim About Muslims Celebrating On 9/11

Fox’s Bolling: “I Know There Were
Muslims” In U.S. “Who Were Happy
That The World Trade Center Came Down”

Fox’s Bolling: There Were 9/11 Cheers in
NJ, ‘Who Cares If It’s a Thousand or a Handful?’

Bolling and Buzzfeed’s Kaczynski Spar Over
Muslims Having Advanced Warning of 9/11


CREDIT WHERE CREDIT’S DUE: Or, even a blind squirrel occasionally finds a nut.

Bucking the network: O’Reilly Fact-Checks Trump on 9/11 ‘Thousands’ Claim, Finds No Evidence, while the next night O’Reilly Confronts Trump: You Keep Saying Things ‘You Don’t Know to Be True.’ But, so does O’Reilly, so they’re even.

The headline Hell Freezes Over: Fox News Host Backs President Obama’s Statement On Mass Shootings is inaccurate because it’s Shep Smith, who is so cool he’s frozen Hell over several times when he gone against the Fox “News” line. No matter. It’s still good to see how Shepard Smith Corrects Right-Wing Myth: Mass Shootings Happen More In The United States Than Other Developed Countries. Yessiree, Shep Sides With Obama: Shootings Happen Here ‘More Than Anywhere Else in the World’ and keeps his job.

Meanwhile, Geraldo Rivera’s Tweets about San Bernardino Shooting Have Set the Internet on Fire because Geraldo Rivera on San Bernardino Shooting: ‘2nd Amendment Is Stupid’ and Geraldo Rivera: ‘The NRA Is Full Of Sh*t’.

And, more crediting this week:

Fox’s Gutfeld: We Can’t Give Trump a
Pass on Things We Would Shred Obama For

‘That’s a Dodge!’: Megyn Grills Ex-Trump
Adviser on Whether Trump Is an ‘Honest Person’

Which could reignite the Trump-Kelly Feud all over again.


WHITESPLAINING IDIOCY:

Fox’s Katie Pavlich: “Confronting My White
Privilege Is Going To The Tanning Salon”


ALL THAT AILES YOU:

Roger Ailes on Trump-Megyn Feud:
I Asked Him ‘What the Hell Is Wrong With You?’

How Roger Ailes Is Trying to Make FBN a Success

How Roger Ailes Built Fox News Into
a Media Powerhouse And why he would
never be a political candidate like Trump


FOX FICTION: Fox “News” likes to pretend that Megyn Kelly is a straight news anchor, despite all the times she puts her thumbs on the scale. This week:

Megyn Kelly’s Republican Rehab For Carly
Fiorina Includes Attack On Planned Parenthood

Megyn Kelly Goes Off on Liberal Media: They
Think Any Pro-Life Opinion Is ‘Angry Rhetoric’

Megyn Kelly: Obama Slow to Act on Chicago
Because Mayor’s a Dem, Former Obama Aide?


WITH FRIENDS LIKE THESE:

Fox & Friends Gushes Over Patriotic
Christian Sheriff’s Exclusionary Sign

On Fox, Giuliani and Doocy Advocate For
Stop And Frisk Using Dubious Crime Data


MORE STARNES STAINS:

Todd Starnes Attacks Planned Parenthood
With Inflammatory “Pro-Life” Lie

Fox’s Todd Starnes: Paris Attacks
Are The French “Reaping … What They
Have Sown” With Muslim Immigration

However, for taking the president out of context and then attacking him, you can’t do any better than Starnes’ Good Grief! Obama thinks Christmas is about loving tiny trees:

As the Christian Post first reported – President Obama failed to mention Jesus [when he appeared on a tee vee show commemorating the 50th anniversary of A Charlie Brown Christmas].

I wish I could say that I was surprised by this nonsense. It’s not such much a war on Christmas as it is a war on ignorance.

It reminds me of the Obamas [sic] first Christmas in the White House — when they actually considered removing the Nativity from the East Room.

And more often than not — that the White House holiday cards and decorations in recent years have glorified the family dog — instead of you-know-who.

Remember the Yuletide topiaries shaped like Bo the First Pooch?

The Obama family is free to celebrate and decorate however they see fit.

But what is not within their purview is to revise the true meaning of Christmas.

Shorter Starnes: I gotcher War on Christmas right here!!!


ANY PROOF OR IS THIS ANOTHER FOX “NEWS” ASSERTION?

Fox News Contributor Gets Death Threats After ‘Star Wars’ Joke

“A lot of people are clearly a lot of upset. But guess what? I’m not apologizing. Why? Because the all-too-common knee-jerk reaction of apologizing for harmless jokes after overblown hysteria is ruining our culture. This political-correctness obsession threatens free speech, and I absolutely refuse to be a part of it,” she wrote in Monday’s piece. “Obviously, the totally insane whackjobs who have been attacking me don’t represent most Star Wars fans. But the fact that so many adults have responded with so much unhinged emotion astounds me.”

WAIT! WHAT?

The “totally insane whackjobs” that “don’t represent most” is a concept that Fox “News” might want to apply to Islam.


FOX BYTES: Actor Sean Penn: Fox News Is A “Cult,” Plain And SimpleWATCH: Fox host gets immediately destroyed for junk science claim Earth temperature has ‘gone down’Which GOP Candidate Could Be Headed to Fox News?Chicago Sun-Times’ Lynn Sweet Destroys Fox News Credibility Over Black-On-Black CrimeClayton Morris Continues Fox Fact Free Promo Of Christian Student’s Alleged Persecution By TeacherWatch Fox’s Anna Kooiman Laugh Her Way Through A Report About A Man Dying In A ChimneyFox Anchor: Is Media Too ‘Intimidated’ by Chicago Protesters to Ask Tough Questions?Adam McKay Is Right, Fox News Hasn’t Referenced “Banking Reform” All YearRight-Wing Media Take Joint Chiefs Of Staff Chairman’s Testimony On ISIS Out Of Context To Claim He Is Contradicting President ObamaFox’s Steve Doocy Praises Group Of Armed Civilians Patrolling The BorderFox’s Meghan McCain Complains That New Salt Labels In NYC Equates Fast Food To HeroinFox’s Napolitano Bemoans The “Grossly Out Of Proportion” Settlement Paid To Freddie Gray’s FamilyScarborough: Megyn Kelly ‘Sounded Like Rachel Maddow,’ ‘Vicious’ When Going After Trump


Headly Westerfield has collected enough Fox “News” lies over the years to knit a battleship. He operates the Not Now Silly Newsroom and hosts Fox Follies & Fallacies on the facebookery.