Fox News' Anti-Scientific Attack On Meatless Monday "Propaganda"

Fox News lambasted local Texas schools' implementation of Meatless Mondays as anti-scientific "propaganda" that won't improve the environment. But several scientific studies show that reducing meat from the average diet brings considerable environmental benefits.  Texas Commissioner of Agriculture Todd Staples has been railing against the implementation of "Meatless Mondays" in several Texas elementary schools as "agenda-driven propaganda," and he continued his campaign on Fox News' September 15 edition of Fox & Friends. The lunch programs, taking place in several Texas and California schools, will serve vegetarian meals on Mondays, giving students the option of bringing their own non-vegetarian lunch as well. Staples berated the program as an "agenda-driven campaign" that's "really not sound science," and co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck agreed, wondering, "Why should our children be subjected to such propaganda?" And when co-host Steve Doocy asked Staples if Meatless Mondays are "brainwashing," Staples answered: "Clearly, it is," suggesting that it will not be "better for the environment": Far from "brainwashing," the idea that eating less meat is better for the environment is based on sound science. Many studies show that meat production places a substantial burden on land and water use and contributes substantially to the greenhouse gas emissions driving climate change. A United Nations agency determined in 2013 that the agricultural sector is the third greatest contributor to global warming, largely due to livestock production. A 2014 study of over 50,000 United Kingdom residents found that switching to a meatless diet can cut an individual's diet-related carbon footprint in half. A study published in Climatic Change also found that greenhouse gas emissions for meat-eaters are substantially higher, meaning that "if agricultural emissions are not addressed ... meeting the climate target [is] essentially impossible" according to science news website Phys.org. Moreover, according a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, a non-vegetarian diet uses "2.9 times more water, 2.5 times more primary energy, 13 times more fertilizer, and 1.4 times more pesticides," as a vegetarian diet, concluding that "[f]rom an environmental perspective, what a person chooses to eat makes a difference."

Posted by on 15 September 2014 | 11:39 am

Fox News Acknowledges 160 Airstrikes Against Islamic State, Still Claims Obama Hasn't Taken Action

Fox News' months-long effort to criticize President Obama's response to the Islamic State extremist group while ignoring the steps he's taken to combat the group culminated in a confused segment claiming that the U.S. has both taken and not taken military action against ISIS. On the September 15 edition of America's Newsroom, Fox News contributor Pete Hegseth pushed for American ground troops to be sent to the Middle East to combat Islamic State forces there. Hegseth criticized Obama's response thus far, saying that allies are seeing "American ambivalence." A more striking ambiguity took place on screen, where Fox News' text suggested simultaneously that: Obama has not taken any military action against the Islamic State U.S. has conducted over 160 airstrikes against the Islamic State The disjointed segment is representative of Fox's overall coverage of the president's response. On September 9, the hosts of Fox & Friends criticized Obama for doing too little to fight the Islamic State before pivoting to attacks on Obama for requesting funding to continue airstrikes against the group.

Posted by on 15 September 2014 | 10:32 am

Special Report Promotes Benghazi Conspiracy Theory Accusing Clinton State Department Of Hiding Documents

From the September 15 edition of Fox News' Special Report with Bret Baier:Previously: "Scrubbed" Benghazi Docs "Bombshell" Is Based On Evidence-Free Report By Discredited Benghazi Hoax Architect Sharyl Attkisson Goes On The Record To Accuse White House Of Failing To Send Help During Benghazi Attacks Sharyl Attkisson Writes The Talking Points For Fox's Latest Empty Benghazi Attack

Posted by on 15 September 2014 | 5:45 am

Four Examples Of Fox News Serving As Scott Brown's Campaign Megaphone

When Scott Brown has a campaign proposal he needs to roll out, the Republican Senate candidate has a reliable partner in Fox News, which has produced numerous segments tailored around his campaign's initiatives.  Fox's collusion with Brown on campaign initiatives is the latest ethics failure in its efforts to help the former paid Fox contributor in his race against incumbent Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen. Brown previously used his Fox News employment as a launching pad for his long-discussed run for Senate, with the network's apparent approval. He's said that working for Fox News "really charged me up to" run for office again. In recent months, Fox News has repeatedly helped Scott Brown promote campaign proposals related to border security, ISIS, Obamacare, and veterans affairs. For example: On July 28, Brown released an ad attacking President Obama and Sen. Shaheen over border security. He appeared on Fox Business the next day to promote the ad. On August 29, Brown announced he was calling on Congress to pass legislation against Americans who join ISIS. He appeared on Fox News that day to announce the effort. Brown has been holding events called "Obamacare Isn't Working." He has called repealing the health care law the "number one" issue for voters. The events involve businesses and individuals criticizing Obamacare as purportedly hurting the state. At the same time, Fox has hosted him to discuss the law, and aired a one-hour special in August featuring business and individual criticism of the law in New Hampshire. The Brown campaign has since incorporated the special into their campaign events.    In May, Brown called for then-Veterans Affairs secretary Eric Shinseki to resign and alleged Shaheen isn't supporting veterans. Brown appeared on Fox News at the same time to discuss his efforts. Fox News hosted Brown for a softball interview on September 10 following his Republican primary victory the night before.  A rundown of how Fox News helps amplify Brown's campaign messaging is below. 

Posted by on 15 September 2014 | 3:24 am

"Scrubbed" Benghazi Docs "Bombshell" Is Based On Evidence-Free Report By Discredited Benghazi Hoax Architect

A new report from discredited investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson baselessly suggested State Department staff removed damaging documents on Benghazi instead of turning them over to the Accountability Review Board (ARB) for investigation. But Attkisson's claims have been denied by the State Department and are based solely on speculations from a disgruntled employee after he was disciplined for his "lack of leadership" and engagement by the ARB. In a September 15 report for The Daily Signal, a publication of the conservative Heritage Foundation, Attkisson reported that a former State Department diplomat alleges that "Hillary Clinton confidants were part of an operation to 'separate' damaging documents before they were turned over to the Accountability Review Board investigating security lapses surrounding the Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attacks on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya." The Daily Signal described this as a "Benghazi Bombshell." Attkisson reported that the diplomat, Raymond Maxwell, a former deputy assistant secretary responsible for North Africa, says that in late 2012 he observed an "after-hours session" at which a State Department office director "close to Clinton's top advisers" directed staff to separate out Benghazi documents "that might put anybody in the Near Eastern Affairs front office or the seventh floor in a bad light" from "boxes and stacks of documents." Attkisson notes that "'seventh floor' was State Department shorthand for then-Secretary of State Clinton and her principal advisors." Maxwell told Attkisson that while he was present, Clinton Chief of Staff Cheryl Mills and Deputy Chief of Staff Jake Sullivan "appeared to check in on the operation and soon left." Speculating that potentially missing, possibly damaging documents made it impossible for the ARB's investigation to be thorough, Attkisson reported that Maxwell said "he couldn't help but wonder if the ARB--perhaps unknowingly--had received from his bureau a scrubbed set of documents with the most damaging material missing." Fox News' America's Newsroom quickly reported Attkisson's claims, calling them a "bombshell development" and a "smoking gun of a potential cover-up":

Posted by on 15 September 2014 | 2:12 am

Right-Wing Media Cherry-Pick Labor Dept. Emails To Create "Bombshell" White House "Cover-Up"

Right-wing media cherry-picked from an email chain between the White House and the Department of Labor to claim that it reveals a White House "cover-up" of the schedule of former Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, who was being investigated over allegations that she had violated political fundraising rules. In fact, the last email from the White House shows that it did not object to the planned release of information from Solis' schedule.Solis' 2013 Resignation From Labor Department Ended Federal Inquiry Into Hatch Act Violation LA Times: Solis Resigned In 2013 After Investigation Into Violation Of Hatch Act Had Begun. According to the Los Angeles Times, Solis resigned as labor secretary after the Office of Special Counsel began investigating allegations that Solis had violated fundraising rules established by the Hatch Act when she solicited political donations from an employee in March 2012.The special counsel's inquiry was closed after Solis' resigned, with the option to reopen it if she took another job in the executive branch:  A letter sent last year to Solis by the U.S. Office of Special Counsel, an independent agency that investigates allegations of administrative violations of fundraising rules by federal officials, said it began an inquiry after receiving a complaint that Solis had solicited a donation from a Labor Department employee. [...] The January 2013 letter, which was reviewed by The Times, noted that Solis had resigned from her federal position earlier that month. As a result, the office said it was closing its inquiry into possible violations of the Hatch Act, which prohibits certain political activities by federal workers and imposes administrative penalties. The letter said the administrative inquiry could be reopened if Solis takes an executive branch job in the federal government. [Los Angeles Times, 5/9/14] Right-Wing Media: Newly Released Emails Show White House Tried To Cover Up Solis' Schedule During Federal Inquiry Fox News Claims "Bombshell" New Emails Are Proof Of White House "Cover-Up." On the September 15 edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends, co-host Ainsley Earhardt claimed that newly obtained emails show that the White House and Department of Labor were conspiring to hide former Labor Secretary Solis' schedule from a conservative group: EARHARDT: Newly released bombshell emails catching the White House in the middle of a cover-up. The email chain obtained by research firm Cause of Action shows the Department of Labor and the White House trying to hide former Labor Secretary Hilda Solis' schedule. Solis had been battling an FBI investigation at the time for illegallyfundraising for President Obama. When portions of Solis' schedule were summoned, the White House thanked the Labor Department for flagging the request. The chain ends with the White House asking, "I should have asked in my earlier email, can you send me who the requester was?" The Labor Department replying, "Americans for Limited Government" --yes, a conservative group. [Fox News, Fox & Friends, 9/15/14] Daily Caller: Emails Show White House Coordinated With Labor Department For Cover-Up. On September 14, a Daily Caller headline said that the emails showed that the "White House Coordinated With Department of Labor To Hide Illegal Obama Fundraiser Hilda Solis' Schedule." The Daily Caller also suggested that the email chain ended in the Labor Department responding to the White House that the group seeking the documents was Americans for Limited Government. [The Daily Caller, 9/14/14] Reality: Emails Reveal White House Expressed 'No Concerns' About Releasing Solis' Schedule Final Email From White House Says There Are No "Comments Or Concerns." In the complete email chain, White House counsel Lamar Baker responded to the request for information from Solis' schedule by stating that the White House had no comments or concerns regarding its release: GREENFIELD: The entry is from April 7, 2009, and reads as follows: Lunch-Cecilia Munoz (Secys Dining Room) BAKER: Sorry, just one follow-up I should have asked in my earlier email: can you remind me who the requester was? GREENFIELD: Americans for Limited Government. BAKER: Hi -- no comments or concerns here regarding the planned release of the 4/7/09 "Lunch- Cecilia Munoz (Secys Dining Room)" entry. Thanks for flagging, and please keep me posted if there is any follow up. [CauseOfAction.org, accessed 9/15/14]

Posted by on 15 September 2014 | 1:43 am

Limbaugh: "How Many Of You Guys ... Have Learned That No Means Yes If You Know How To Spot It?"

From the September 15 edition of Premiere Radio Networks' The Rush Limbaugh Show:Related: Wash. Post: Ohio State Accord On Sexual Assault Ends Federal Investigation Previously: Rush On Rape Culture: "The Reality Is That Boys Chase Girls" Limbaugh: "Most Women Actually Are Intrigued By" Sexual Objectification Limbaugh: Feminism Rooted In "Sexual Perversion"

Posted by on 15 September 2014 | 12:25 am

Karl Rove: Obama "Squandered The Peace" That Bush Left Behind

From the September 14 edition of Fox News' Fox News Sunday:Previously:  O'Reilly Confronts Rove: Bush's Iraq & Afghanistan Policy "Looks Awful" To Regular People Karl Rove Attacks Obama For Pursuing "Unprecedented" Iraq Deal That Bush Did First

Posted by on 14 September 2014 | 9:41 am

On Fox News, USA Today 's Christine Brennan Calls Out Fox & Friends Comment About Ray Rice Assault

From the September 14 edition of Fox News' Media Buzz:Previously: 10 Times Fox Host Brian Kilmeade Degraded Women On Air CNN's Stelter Blasts Fox Host's "Very Cheap Way To Pretend To Apologize" For Joke On Ray Rice Assault Fox News Host Addresses Controversial "Take The Stairs" Joke About Ray Rice Assault

Posted by on 14 September 2014 | 12:37 am

Historian Geoffrey Ward: If FDR Was Seeking Office Now "Fox News Would Have Loved" To Show Him "At His Most Helpless"

From the September 14 edition of CBS' Face the Nation: 

Posted by on 14 September 2014 | 12:32 am

Watch Obamacare Misinformer Betsy McCaughey Walk Off Of An Interview With The Daily Show

From the September 11 edition of Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Jon Stewart: Previously:  Health Care Misinformer of the Year: Betsy McCaughey Betsy McCaughey Returns To Fox To Misinform About Health Care Serial Health Care Misinformer McCaughey Jumps Back On Death Panel Bandwagon

Posted by on 12 September 2014 | 9:26 am

Rush Limbaugh Mocks NFL Pregame Show For Raising Awareness Of Domestic Violence

From the September 12 edition of Premiere Radio Networks' The Rush Limbaugh Show:Related: Brutally Honest Sportscaster Delivers Powerful Commentary On Ray Rice Previously: Limbaugh: Outrage And Shock Over Ray Rice Assault Proves That Feminism Isn't Real Limbaugh On Ray Rice's Alleged Spousal Abuse: "How Bad Could It Have Been If She Said Yes To The Proposal" Limbaugh: Violence Against Women Act Signed "Under The Guise That Women Are Being Beat To A Pulp In This Country"

Posted by on 12 September 2014 | 12:45 am

Rush Responds To NFL's Domestic Violence Controversy: "If We Keep Chickifying This Game We're Going To Ruin It"

From the September 12 edition of Premiere Radio Networks' The Rush Limbaugh Show:Previously: Limbaugh: Outrage And Shock Over Ray Rice Assault Proves That Feminism Isn't Real Limbaugh On Ray Rice's Alleged Spousal Abuse: "How Bad Could It Have Been If She Said Yes To The Proposal" Rush: NFL Wearing Pink For Breast Cancer Proves There's A National Assault On Masculinity

Posted by on 12 September 2014 | 12:20 am

Watch A CAIR Representative Shut Down Fox News' Attempt To Attribute A Terrorist Group's Actions To Islam

From the September 11 edition of Fox News' The Kelly File:Previously: Right-Wing Media Scandalize Obama For Distinguishing Islam From Terrorism Muslim Leaders Have Roundly Denounced Islamic State, But Conservative Media Won't Tell You That

Posted by on 11 September 2014 | 9:39 am

On Second Anniversary Of Benghazi Attack, Fox's Kelly Pushes Falsehood That Obama Didn't Call It Terrorism

From the September 11 edition of Fox News' The Kelly File:Previously: Transcript Trutherism Jumps To Fox's "Straight News" "Fox Facts" Omit Obama Calling Benghazi An Act Of Terror Fox News Rewrites Obama Timeline On Libya Terrorism Comments 

Posted by on 11 September 2014 | 8:48 am