Sharmamridul's Blog
A blog that's fresh with a wide variety of News, Sports, Entertainment, Best Seller Commentaries, American Culture and much, much more

May
20

Newser reports 110-Year-Old Nebraska Man’s Tip for Longevity: Beer

May
19

CNN’s Legal View anchor Ashleigh Banfield bashed Fox News’ Outnumbered on Tuesday when a viewer asked why she wasn’t watching the show, CNN Commentary reports.

“Why are you not watching Outnumbered?” she said. “Because it’s not as smart as this show, guys. That’s just the way it is.”

“I mean, you can have coffee clash and chat about stories, or you can learn stuff from smart folk, and you’re look at two of the smartest ones right there.”

The two shows on the rival networks are direct competitors in the noon EST time slot.

Banfield took the question through Periscope live-streaming, an app used on the show to take questions from viewers and often capture off-air banters with guests. Banfield has taken to using the app to promote her show on Twitter.

Credit: Raw Story

Watch the segment on YouTube below.

May
18

A few weeks ago a well-known Islamophobe and professional instigator, Pamela Geller, held what she pretended was a contest to “Draw the Prophet Muhammad.” In reality the affair had nothing to do with art or free expression, but was a deliberate attempt to incite violence.

Geller’s hate-fest was praised as a courageous expression of liberty by sympathetic bigots at Fox News. They regarded her repugnant message as patriotic and celebrated the death of the two idiots that Geller was successful in provoking into senseless violence. But if you want to know what the same Fox News blowhards who revere Geller really think about free speech, just keep watching and they will reveal their true disgust for the First Amendment when it protects speech that they don’t like.

Last week Eric Bolling delivered a commentary about an art exhibit by students at a New Jersey high school. The exhibit was called “Law Enforcement – Police Brutality.” It was a subject chosen by the students and was open to, and included, opinions from all sides of the debate. Bolling, of course, focused solely on the work that was critical of the police, and he was not shy about expressing his desire for censorship.

Bolling: OK, I get the idea of free speech but … hey, teachers at Westfield would you put up an art exhibit showing teachers abusing students? I don’t think you’d do it. Nor should you have done this. I’d like to see that thing taken down.

Judging by this comment it is not particularly clear that Bolling really does “get the idea of free speech.” These students have every right to express their own opinions of significant current events that affect their communities. Suppressing the artwork they produce is a clear breach of those rights. But hypocrites like Bolling continue to expose themselves as having variable principles that permit freedom only to those with whom they agree. This is illustrated best by what Bolling himself said a couple of weeks prior in defense of Geller and her hate exhibit.

Bolling: Free speech is protected no matter how inciting it may be. We’re becoming too politically correct. We worry that offending Muslims somehow overrides our won Constitutional rights.

It should surprise no one that Bolling never suggested that Geller’s exhibit should be “taken down,” nor that he never stood up for the students’ free speech “no matter how inciting it may be.” To Bolling and his Fox News cohorts, Geller’s anti-Muslim bigotry makes her a standard-bearer of American virtue, but the students’ concerns about abuse of power by law enforcement makes them snotty little delinquents who should be neither seen nor heard.

On a side note, why is Fox News so obsessed with demeaning high school students? Check out this previous attack on students in Vermont after they defended their state from disparaging remarks by a Bill O’Reilly producer.

Icing on the flake: The following day, Bolling responded to criticism he received for his overt hypocrisy. In his whiny, self-defense he insisted that he is a stalwart proponent of free speech and all that he meant to convey was that he also had the right to say that he didn’t approve of the student art show. However, there a couple problems with that “clarification.” First, he didn’t say that he didn’t approve, he said that he would like to see it taken down. Second, he never acknowledged that critics of Geller’s phony exhibit also have a right to disapprove. He still regards them as anti-free speech, once again proving that his rights are legitimate and everyone else should shut up.

Credit: News Corpse

May
17

Fox News’ Chris Wallace casted doubt on the fact that many journalists have donated to the Clinton Foundation, asking to see a list for proof while ignoring the fact that the co-chief operating officer of the parent company of his own network donated money to the Clinton Foundation.

After ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos disclosed charitable donations to the Clinton Foundation “in support of the work they’re doing on global AIDS prevention and deforestation,” media falsely equated donations to the Foundation with contributions to a Democratic political campaign, ignoring the fact that the Foundation’s work is expressly nonpartisan, and has been supported by numerous Republicans and conservative media figures.

On the May 17 edition of Fox Broadcasting Co.’s Fox News Sunday, host Wallace expressed skepticism that “lots of journalists gave money” to the Clinton Foundation after Fox News contributor Kirsten Powers asserted the Clinton campaign “is making a point of” noting donations made by journalists, adding that he’d “like [to see] that list.”

But Wallace’s own network is one of several conservative media outlets that have donated to the Clinton Foundation. The News Corporation Foundation, which is headed by Rupert Murdoch and was formerly the parent company of Fox News donated between $500,001 to $1,000,000 to the foundation, and James R. Murdoch, the co-chief operating officer of Fox News’ parent company 21st Century Fox and son of Rupert Murdoch, donated between $1,000,001 to $5,000,000.

Credit: Media Matters

May
16

May
15

Newser reports Enter the Black Market for Blue Bell Ice Cream

May
14

Newser reports All the Internet Addresses Will Be Gone by the Summer

May
13

While rescuers were still searching for survivors after an Amtrak train crashed in Philadelphia, Fox & Friends interrupted their breaking news to ask two lawyers about the financial benefits of suing the government.

The New York-bound trained derailed at around 9 p.m. on Tuesday, killing at least six people. By early Wednesday morning, crews were still searching through the wreckage, and Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter (D) said that officials had not yet been able to account for all of the passengers.

However, Fox News host Elisabeth Hasselbeck took time out of coverage of the emergency to wonder about the “legal implications.”

“Amtrak is owned by the government,” she pointed out. “How does that complicate things in terms of what the passengers’ rights to claims are?”

Defense attorney Whitney Boan suggested that passengers and families of the deceased could seek damages from the government, train parts manufacturers, and Amtrak employees.

“The legal implications will become more clear as we find out more about what happened,” she observed.

“What specific claims could passengers be putting forward here?” Hasselbeck asked. “In particularly, the families of the deceased.”

Attorney Eric Guster suggested that families should consider suing for wrongful death and possibly for faulty equipment.

“We just don’t know yet,” Guster noted. “That’s why, the NTSB, they’re starting investigating it. And those types of reports will go to show exactly what happened in this crash.”

“There is liability somewhere because trains are not supposed to derail,” he added. “But the question is who. Who is to blame?”

Hasselbeck concluded by asking if trains should have seatbelts.

Guster said that she didn’t know, but “as a human being” she thought the government should put seatbelts on their trains.

“I don’t see how seatbelts could be such an extreme expense for Amtrak or for the federal government so we don’t have to worry about these things happening when situations and tragedies like this occur,” she remarked.

“On our website is the 800 number if anybody is still looking for their family members there,” Hasselbeck reminded viewers as the segment concluded.

Watch the video below from Fox News’ Fox & Friends, broadcast May 13, 2015.

Credit: Raw Story

May
12

MINNEAPOLIS — Analysis of Fox News suggests that the TV news network is a leader in lying to the American public, beating out CNN and MSNBC for the amount of falsehoods broadcasted.

The analysis comes from Punditfact, a partnership between the Tampa Bay Times and Politifact.com, which maintains scorecards on the accuracy of major TV news networks. As of January, about 60 percent of facts reported by Fox News were false.

Criticizing the accuracy of Fox News is not a new pursuit — comedians like Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert built substantial portions of their career out of spotlighting the network’s lies and misdirection. Stewart is so well-known as an opponent that he made headlines in March for admitting Fox had actually been correct in one, specific instance.

Fox News’ falsehoods gained particular notoriety in the wake of Islamic-extremist terrorist attacks in Europe earlier this year, when Fox began claiming that neighborhoods and even entire cities were off-limits to non-Muslims. Fans of Fox continue to repeat the claim, even though it’s been debunked by everyone from local residents of these regions to British Prime Minister David Cameron. The controversy gave rise to the Twitter hashtag #foxnewsfacts, which is still popular today.

Fox News’ penchant for inaccuracy has give rise to popular urban legends, debunked by Snopes.com, suggesting that Fox won the right to lie in court — a claim based on a court case that involved a local Fox affiliate — and that the network was banned in Canada for lying.

Punditfact divides Fox’s on-air falsehoods into categories, from claims that are mostly false (21 percent), those that were completely false (31 percent), and the most blatant lies, which are termed “Pants On Fire” (9 percent).

But Fox News is not the only network blurring the lines between fact and fiction. A combined scorecard for MSNBC and NBC shows that Punditfact found 44 percent of the news broadcast by those networks was at least “mostly false” or worse. CNN got the best grades on their scorecard, with 80 percent of their reports deemed at least “half true.”

Punditfact began maintaining these scorecards in 2014, and their January analysis shows that MSNBC and CNN are improving their truthfulness score with time. Fox, however, is not improving — in fact, it’s getting worse.

Punditfact warns that these scorecards are based only on analysis of selected claims, not a statistically accurate survey: “We use our news judgment to pick the facts we’re going to check, so we certainly don’t fact-check everything. And we don’t fact-check the five network groups evenly.”

Even so, the Punditfact score cards show that while it is a myth that courts upheld Fox News’ right to lie, it can hardly be considered a reliable news outfit. Despite this fact, Fox routinely ranks as the top TV news network in terms of viewership, based on Nielsen statistics, causing irreparable harm to public perception of events.

In March, Jon Stewart compared this effect to blindness caused by a solar eclipse.

“It’s recommended you only watch Fox through a tiny pinhole poked in a piece of cardboard,” quipped Stewart. “You can’t look directly at Fox. It will indelibly burn your soul!”

Credit: Mint Press News

May
11

Newser reports UFO Proponents Unveil ‘Roswell Alien’ Photo

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 402 other followers