Friday Fox Follies – Fighting Fake News With More Fake News

While, for the time being, we still have a First Amendment, Latinos are waking up to a very different media landscape this morning:

Fox News Shuts Down ‘Fox News
Latino’ Coverage and Programming

More as details become available.

FAKING IT: One doesn’t have to use too many key strokes on Der Googlizer to see how often the Fox “News” Channel is described as Fake News, or — excuse my French — Faux News. Ever since Friday Fox Follies published Fake News, Fox “News” and News, the network has fought hard to discredit the entire notion that fake news is running rampant in ‘Merka. This despite hagiography and stenography of Donald Trump lies. Make no mistake, our post-truth society has become dangerous:

New York Times: Alleged Pizzagate
Gunman Listens To Trump Ally
And Conspiracy Theorist Alex Jones

Conservatives Downplayed Fake News.
Yesterday It Almost Had A Body Count.

Who is to blame for Fake News? Not Trump. Not Alex Jones. Fox Psychiatrist Keith Ablow Blames Liberals For Pizzagate And Fake News. Is his diploma fake or is he just crazy?

This may be why Media Matters to pivot away from focus on Fox News, as it names new president. Appearing On The Bill Press Show, [new] Media Matters President Angelo Carusone Highlights The Fake News Cycle Of Misinformation. Those of us who have been on the Fox “News” beat even longer than Media Matters, think MMfA is making a mistake. While we all need to fight Fake News, Fox “News” needs to be watched even closer than ever now that the Trump administration is filled with Foxites.

Here’s what we don’t know: How much did Trump rely on the advice of disgraced former-CEO Roger Ailes during the campaign? How much Trump relied on the advice of Ailes to staff his administration is also completely unknown — just like the black hole that is Trump’s tax returns.

What is known, as FFF reported last week in The Fox “News” Administration Shapes Up, is how many in Trump’s Administration of Deplorables are from the Fake News Channel.

The Right-Wing Media’s Government
Takeover, Via Donald Trump

Former Fox Contributor Dr. Ben Carson
Nominated To Be HUD Secretary
Despite Utter Lack Of Qualifications

While Eric Bolling and Monica Crowley continue to audition for Trump’s anointing, James Murdoch Insists Fox News Is Really Fair And Balanced, despite all proof to the contrary. Yet, GOP And Fox News Go In With Trump Smearing And Endangering Carrier’s Union Head. It’s like they were all reading from the same fake playbook. OH! WAIT!!

FEAST OF THE TRUMPETS: Fox Pundits Suggest Trump’s Skipped Intelligence Briefings Just Part Of Making America Great AgainJohn Stossel: It’s refreshing to watch Trump mock the media and political correctnessFox Cheerleads Trump’s Reckless Call With TaiwanFox News Democrat Pre-Blames Obama For Any ISIS Attacks On Trump’s WatchMike Huckabee Calls Utterly Unqualified Dr. Ben Carson ‘A Terrific Choice’ For HUD SecretaryFr. Jonathan Morris Defends Trump’s ‘America First’ Policy, Touts ‘American Exceptionalism,’ Scolds Flag BurnersMike Pence Tries To Disguise Trump’s Call With Taiwan As ‘Congratulatory’

With Fox News tripling CNN, MSNBC in viewers since Election Day, it’s going to be a very long 4 fake years.

THE FAKE WAR ON CHRISTMAS: Fox loves to stir up Holiday Hate with this perennial blossom from the perpetual outrage machine. It’s almost as if celebrating Christmas — while forgetting all about Jesus — isn’t the default position for ‘Merka.

Fox News Celebrates: You can
say ‘Merry Christmas’ Again Because
Donald Trump Is Now The President

Fox Friends Outraged Over
Atheists ‘Making Christmas Great Again’

The Fox “News” Phony War on Christmas

KELLY FILES IT AWAY FOR LATER: Megyn Kelly continues revealing things after the election, which might have been helpful before the vote:

Megyn Kelly: Donald Trump and
Steve Bannon ‘clearly’ empowered
the white nationalist movement

Megyn Kelly accuses Trump social
media director of inciting online abuse

♫ ♪ ♫ And then she goes and spoils it by saying something stupid like… ♪ ♫ ♪

Megyn Kelly Suggests Critics Of Ben
Carson’s HUD Nomination Are Racist Hypocrites

Reporing fake news like that might be why TV news executives are not seeing a bidding war for Fox News star Megyn Kelly.

This item caught my attention this week because of a quote in it:

Right-Wing Civil War: Megyn Kelly Trades
Barbs With Breitbart Editor-At-Large
Over Dangers Of Empowering “Alt-Right”

KELLY QUOTE: I knew Andrew Breitbart very well and he was great. I loved him. He was a true provocateur who would be fun about it, you know. He’d show up at a democratic protest and engage with the protesters and then he’d go have a beer with them. This is something else entirely, and I don’t know that Trump can stop it. I don’t know who, if anyone, can stop it.

Here is provocateur Andrew Breitbart engaging with protestors and being fun about it:

No wonder he dropped dead of a heart attack.

THE LEG CHAIR: Let’s be clear. Fox “News” didn’t invent sexism. They’ve just perfected it.

Busted! We Caught Fox Changing
Its Desk To Make Sure You
See A Female Anchor’s Legs

FALAFEL FAKERY: It should be noted for posterity that it was none other than Bill O’Reilly who started the whole Fake War on Christmas years ago when he ranted about how satanic — or something — it was for stores to use the inclusive Happy Holidays. Since then it’s been a holiday Christmas tradition. Forgetting all about his part in starting the Cultural Wars, Bill O’Reilly Blames Polarization In The U.S. On The Poor, Immigrants And Democrats. And, certainly not his milkshakin’ BFF Trump.

This week Wash. Post’s George Will: “There Is A Name For” Trump’s Carrier Deal, “It’s Called Socialism”, so naturally Bill O’Reilly Goes After Colleague George Will For Criticizing Trump. But then Loofah Lad, who seems to attack George Will every year about this time.

IRONY ALERT!!! Tomi Lahren to O’Reilly on Daily Show Interview: You Can’t Expect Liberal Media to Play Fair

VIEW WITH A ROOM: Diametrically opposed opinions on the best way to defend Donald Trump:

O’Reilly Vows Not To Go On
The View Because Joy Behar
Insulted BFF Donald Trump

Sean Hannity: I Need To Go Back
On The View Because “They Need
To Be Straightened Out So Bad”

But that doesn’t end the fake outrage:

Hannity Continues His Bullying
Assault On The First Amendment

Sean Hannity Urges Trump Administration
To Get Rid Of The White House Press Office

Let the faux fur fly.

TUCKING INTO TUCKER: Tucked into the article Why Is The Daily Caller Using Images Of Black People With Obama Poster In Story About Food Stamps? is this gem of a paragraph:

The Daily Caller is owned by Fox News host Tucker Carlson, who was previously also the site’s Editor-in-Chief, a role he resigned in order to begin hosting Tucker Carlson Tonight on Fox News. Since the show’s debut three weeks ago Carlson has already used his prime-time platform to defend the racist past of Senator Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III (R-AL) by attacking the “totally discredited” NAACP, claim that “the American Nazi Party and the KKK don’t really exist in a meaningful [way],” and allow a guest to proclaim that “there is very little evidence of classic racism anymore.” Carlson has recently come under fire after lecturing The New York Times about tweets from Times reporters he deemed crossed the line while ignoring the hateful rhetoric coming from his own news outlet.

REMEMBER: It’s not really fake if you believe it. Like Tinkerbell.

Headly Westerfield has been writing about Fox “News” criticism since before it became cool.