Media Matters = WATB

Media Matters:

Fox & Friends Drops The Veil, Produces Four-Minute Anti-Obama Attack Ad

While Fox & Friends has long been a home for some of the most vicious, misleading, petty, and dishonest attacks on President Obama, they crossed a new ethical line today by producing and airing what is essentially a four-minute anti-Obama attack ad.

The video – opening with the text “Fox & Friends Presents” — played lines from Obama’s past speeches mixed with commentary from unidentified speakers and graphics purporting to show that Obama has broken the promises he’s made since his 2008 campaign. The graphics were accompanied by loud, epic, scary music played over grainy video footage.


But while the video could be mistaken for a campaign ad on behalf of GOP candidate Mitt Romney, it wasn’t. It was a segment produced by a show on a network that bills itself as “fair and balanced.” The network has continued to push the limits of its outright promotion of conservative politicians and policies, and Fox & Friends has been at the forefront. The show regularly acts as the communications arm of the GOP, attacking Democrats, promoting Republicans, and broadcasting GOP talking points, sometimes word for word. Co-host Gretchen Carlson has repeatedly advised GOP candidates how to promote their ideas in order to defeat their Democrat opponents.

Fox devoted 4,644 minutes of free airtime over eight months to the GOP presidential candidates during the Republican primary, a situation that led New York Times television critic Alessandra Stanley to note: “All the networks, broadcast and cable, are closely covering the campaign, but Fox News practically owns and operates it.” Former New York Times executive editor Bill Keller recently wrote that “the Fox News Primary probably did more to nominate Mitt Romney than New Hampshire or Michigan.” Fox’s regular violations of journalistic ethics led Keller to conclude thatFox is “[Rupert] Murdoch’s most toxic legacy.”

On the morning after Mitt Romney clinched enough delegates to officially claim the Republican presidential nomination, Fox has launched its first anti-Obama attack ad of the presidential campaign.

Well boo-fucking-hoo!

According to its website:

Media Matters for America is a Web-based, not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) progressive research and information center dedicated to comprehensively monitoring, analyzing, and correcting conservative misinformation in the U.S. media.

Do you see anywhere in this article where Media Matters alleges any specific misinformation in that video?

Yeah, yeah, we all know that FOX News isn’t really fair and balanced. They are unabashedly conservative in their viewpoint. But then Media Matters is progressive in theirs. Only an idiot would get all their information from a single source.

When Media Matters started it behaved as if there was such a thing as objective truth. At least it seemed that way to me at the time. Now it’s just a propaganda outlet for the Democratic party. Many of it’s articles have nothing to do with the media, they just dish dirt on the GOP.

It’s amazing how different things look when you drop the partisan blinders.

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45 Responses to Media Matters = WATB

  1. DandyTiger says:

    How dare they use words from Obama himself. That’s not fair.

  2. HELENK says:

    how about vetting backtrack’s bunch. article calling for the vetting of backtrack’s inner circle. about time

  3. HELENK says:

    backtrack and bunch provide such fuel for their opposition that it saves millions of dollars on political ads. Just have someone put together the backtrack bunch and their actions and you have an ad that is accurate and damaging

    • HELENK says:

      is that what they mean when they say
      ” hoisted on their own petard”??????

      • myiq2xu says:

        I tried that once. It hurt like hell.

      • yttik says:

        “Hoisted on their own petard,” is kind of a funny statement. I had a bunch of teenage sailors educate me about the meaning of the phrase this weekend. A petard was like the fuse on a bomb, so being “hoisted on your own petard” was to be thrown into the air from your own bomb.
        BUT, “petard” also means to break wind, to cut the cheese. And in France it’s also slang for a marijuana cigarette.

        There’s no moral to this story, except kids will really apply themselves to learning all about something if it involves explosives, passing gas, or slang terms for smoking pot!

  4. angienc says:

    I do believe Fox News has been referred to as Faux News by the Left for a long time before this — and Obama himself tried to keep Fox reporters out of his pressers at the beginning of his term — so the outrage by Media Matters is a load of crap.

    I’d also point out that Fox & Friends isn’t exactly a “hard news show” but an opinion/morning talk show like Good Morning America & The Today Show — any program that puts a woman in a short skirt sitting on a sofa in front of the camera is, by definition, not a “news” show.

    Now, whether Fox was wise to court this outrage by the Left & give them yet another thing to talk about rather than Obama’s record, I don’t know.

  5. HELENK says:

    this might make me , catty and bitchy but I think this is funny

  6. myiq2xu says:

    There he goes again:

    ‘Obama … Stressed He Probably Knows About Judaism More than Any Other President’
    “[A]ll his friends in Chicago were Jewish.”

    President Obama met yesterday with “about 20 Conservative Jewish community leaders, thanking them for the work they do to improve communities around the country and discussed their shared commitment to rebuilding the U.S. economy,” Haaretz reports.

    In the meeting, Obama reportedly boasted about his knowledge of Judaism, telling the leaders that he thinks he knows more “about Judaism” than all past presidents. He said he gained this knowledge of Judaism from reading.

    “Obama … stressed he probably knows about Judaism more than any other president, because he read about it,” Haaretz reports.

    This guy must be drinking his own Koolaid.

    When did Louis Farrakhan convert to Judiasm?

    • myiq2xu says:

      Bill Kristol:

      And the claim that Obama knows more about Judaism than any president? His vanity boggles the mind. One could begin by citing Adams and Madison, who knew Hebrew, or Harry Truman, who knew Jewish history … but it’s silly to dignify this claim with a rebuttal. In thinking about the presidents since Truman, though, I’d guess the president who knew the most about Judaism was Jimmy Carter, who taught Sunday school and had a deep interest in religion. So let’s stipulate that of the modern presidents, Carter and Obama “know” the most about Judaism. But what is it they know? In Obama’s case, one could ask whether what he “knows” is what he learned from Rashid Khalidi and Jeremiah Wright.

      • angienc says:

        Adam & Madison were fluent in Hebrew because back in the day being “educated” meant learning ancient Greek, Latin, and for the exceptionally gifted linguistically, Hebrew. The main purpose was to learn from/translate religious documents like the New Testament (original language: Ancient Greek), religious philosophers such as Thomas Acquinas (original language: Latin) and the Old Testament (original language: Hebrew). Ancient works by Homer & Virgil, as well as writings of ancient philosophers such as Plato, were also translated, but that was secondary in nature to the religious translations.

        Obama, of course, is a dumbass but his statement today pushes him right into out of his fucking mind territory.

    • Rapper’s Delight. Black men have been verbally punching above their weight in song for decades now. Braggadocio is part of the schtick. Heh.

    • cj says:

      OMG what a deluded baffoon, ROFL! The blazing neon of Obama’s ego could set a small child on fire. :facepalm:

    • Lulu says:

      And he loves bagels and has seen Fiddler on the Roof three times.

  7. HELENK says:

    20,000 apply for 877 jobs

    so how is that hope and changy thing working out????

  8. DeniseVB says:

    Meanwhile, over at MSNBC, Romney coverage finds a new shiny distraction…The Donald :

    … Ayers and Rev. Wright never bothered Maddow?

  9. WMCB says:

    Meh, I’m over the FOX bashing. Yes, they are conservative. Unabashedly so. They said from the network’s inception that the whole point was to provide a “counterweight” to the other liberal stations.

    At least they were fucking honest. Because MSNBC and others got down on their knees and licked Obama’s balls for 3 years, all the while claiming to be “real” news. And if the truth be known, I more routinely see lefties invited on to speak on FOX than I ever see conservatives invited on the others. FOX also has more diversity in their talking heads than any of the others, hands down. More women, more blacks, more latinos, more asians.

    MMFA started out looking at lies on all sides. Now that a buttload of the lies are on the Dem side, they ignore them utterly, and dig around trying to find some non-story on some Republican that is the SCANDAL SCOOP OF TEH CENTURY, which turns out to be minor politics as usual.

    What is most disturbing to me is all these affiliated organizations whose backers will tell you right up front that their goal is to get conservative speech OFF the airwaves, period. Fucking fascists.

  10. Oswald says:


    Selecting a president is not just about ideology. It’s about personal characteristics, too. It’s about the sort of person we’d like to call our president — and that sort of evaluation is very much like the process of choosing who we’d like to have as friends, or a spouse, or, if we could choose such things, a family member.

    Mitt Romney has been astonishingly successful in his career.

    Barack Obama has, too, but it’s a curious sort of success: A constant “social promotion” based only on his purported potential, never upon anything he actually achieved.

    Mitt Romney has achieved, and he’s received the natural fruits of achievement — money, fame, influence.

    Barack Obama has received the natural fruits of achievement, without bothering with that difficult “achievement” business in the first instance.

    Mitt Romney seems like a Man.

    Obama seems like a Boy who’s been spoiled since birth.

    Mitt Romney seems like a Man who got everything he wanted because he had talent and dedication and focus and worked for everything he wanted.

    Barack Obama seems like a Boy who got everything the way many (myself included) secretly wish they could get them — by having them mostly just given to him.

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  12. HELENK says:

    I guess meda matters will not like this ad that came out today either.

  13. yttik says:

    Fox and Friends SHOULD be doing that. That is what the media is supposed to do, weigh the realities on the ground against the campaign rhetoric and present it to us. That’s not biased, that’s their job! That’s the kind of thing we heard and saw during Bush and Clinton’s terms. Obama is a sitting President, it is the job of the media to report the facts and conditions of the country versus what the President is saying.

    I can remember some pretty harsh reporting on President Nixon, Reagan, Ford, Carter, Bush Sr, etc, presidents from both parties. That’s the way it used to be in this country. It wasn’t until just recently with President Obama that the media suddenly became just an extension of his campaign. I don’t have any examples at the moment, but I remember the media raking Presidents over the coals, most recently Clinton and Bush Jr.

    • HELENK says:

      their job is to find out the facts and report them. Good, bad or indifferent. Some how that idea got lost and hurt our country in the losing.

    • WMCB says:

      Ridiculous. There is no backlash. The number of “hate crimes” against Muslims in this country is vanishingly small, to the point of non-existence. The VAST majority of religious hate crimes are committed against Jews. Know who is second? Christians. Though they are a bigger part of the population, so that makes sense. But the Jews are a minority, and still get 65% of the hate crimes.

      The San Francisco Examiner broke those numbers down a little further:

      According to the latest hate crime statistics available, there were 1,606 hate crime offenses motivated by religious bias in 2008. A closer look: 65.7 percent of them were committed against Jews. Against Muslims? 7.7 percent. […]
      Another interesting data point: 4.7 percent of hate crimes in 2008 were motivated by anti-Catholic bias. Another 3.7 percent were anti-Protestant. So from a raw numbers perspective, there were more hate crimes against Christians in America in 2008 than there were against Muslims. Given our large Christian population, it’s true that each Christian is far less likely to be victimized, but the numbers still show that religious haters have not been singling out Muslims.

      Read more:<

  14. HELENK says:

    video of the day

    • leslie says:

      This is no joke. Mike Madigan is one of the most currupt and the most powerful politicians in the IL legilature. That is no secret. If you don’t support him, and youare in Cook County, you can kiss your judicial or political career goodbye. I know this to be true. It happened to someone close to my family. I probably have said more than I should. But you can read about him in many of the columns of John Kass in the Chicago Tribune.

  15. Oswald says:

    Now this here is what you call “fair and balanced”:

  16. pot calling kettle black (uh oh—-racist!!). Of course NBC et al would NEVER think of being partisan (gag)

  17. leslie says:

    To everyone who posts anything in which TehOnce speaks . .
    I cannot listen to him, look at him, or even read about him any longer. I am more negatively affected by him than I was by GWB when he was pResident. There is no real difference between them except TehOnce is a liar and a sneak (but I repeat myself) and GWB was pretty much out in the open about his governing. Oh, and I think GWB actually loved this country. That there is the biggest difference I can see between them .

  18. DeniseVB says:

    From the “if I know the rules, I’ll play the game” of blog pimping….

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