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Feb
22

VoteVets, a leading progressive veterans advocacy group, is calling on Fox News to take Bill O’Reilly off the air following revelations from Mother Jones that the Fox News host may have repeatedly misrepresented his experiences reporting on the 1982 Falklands War.

NBC acted completely appropriately in taking Brian Williams off the air and looking into claims he’s made over the years. Fox News has to do the same thing,” Jon Soltz, chairman of VoteVets.org, a 400,000-member organization that advocates for vets and military families, said in a statement. “The issue, for me, isn’t that Fox has been caught off guard, and didn’t realize O’Reilly was telling possibly false tales. That I can accept. It’s what do they do about it now? That will tell us a lot about how seriously they take their news organization.”

So far, the response from O’Reilly and Fox does not suggest that they take the apparent infraction seriously. Fox News media reporter Howard Kurtz published a piece featuring O’Reilly saying Mother Jones Washington bureau chief David Corn is “a liar, a smear merchant, and will do anything he can to injure me and the network. Everybody knows that. Everything I’ve reported about my journalistic career is true.”

On Thursday, Mother Jones reported that O’Reilly “repeatedly told his audience that he was a war correspondent during the Falklands war and that he experienced combat during that 1982 conflict between England and Argentina. He has often invoked this experience to emphasize that he understands war as only someone who has witnessed it could. As he once put it, ‘I’ve been there. That’s really what separates me from most of these other bloviators. I bloviate, but I bloviate about stuff I’ve seen. They bloviate about stuff that they haven’t.'”

The magazine went on to note that American journalists were not allowed near combat in that conflict, even citing a CBS News producer who worked on the coverage. The findings follow O’Reilly’s criticism of NBC News anchor Brian Williams, who was recently suspended for misleading viewers about his own combat experience.

“Men and women have fought, died, been wounded, and scarred by war. There are many journalists who actually were in the crossfire, who died, trying to bring the story to the American people,” Soltz added. “What Bill O’Reilly has done is steal their valor, and it is wrong.”

Soltz, a combat veteran of the Iraq War, said O’Reilly’s misleading efforts are also an insult to veteran war correspondents.

“It makes it seem like anyone can head on over to a war zone,” he said via email. “But honestly it is more insulting to the war reporters who never bragged about their war experience, but just kept their head down and did their job. Some of them died doing that job. In my mind, those reporters were heroes.”

Credit: Media Matters

Feb
21

There is nothing that stirs up the rancid juices of a conservative sociopath like being fingered as a conservative sociopath. It’s very much the same furious reaction that racists have when you point out that they’re being racist. And this week the American Taliban got their feathers ruffled again by the Department of Homeland Security’s “intelligence assessment” that reportedly “focuses on the domestic terror threat from right-wing sovereign citizen extremists.”

The release of this report predictably ignited a temper tantrum by the hypersensitive rage-meisters at Fox News. They immediately slammed the report as being offensive to the totally rational, peace-loving, icons of harmony that populate the Tea Party and other rightist models of national unity. Why ever would they be regarded as potentially dangerous just because they brag about their arsenals while holding signs that say “We came unarmed – this time.”

Never mind that the report documents a couple of dozen instances of criminal violence by wingnuts in the mold of Timothy McVeigh and Eric Rudolph. And set aside the fact that state and local law enforcement officers, when surveyed last year, cited “sovereign citizen terrorists” as the top domestic terror threat ahead of foreign Islamic jihadis. That’s an understandable and thoroughly logical conclusion coming from the first responders who are often the targets of the anti-government right-wingers. Just ask the families of the two Las Vegas police officers who were murdered by followers of Cliven Bundy, the deadbeat rancher who assembled a brigade of armed protesters to do battle with agents from the Bureau of Land Management.

The zealousness with which Fox News defends violent American jihadis who hate the government (particularly since that black guy was elected) is evidence of their support for extremists, so long as they are extreme in the proper fashion. This response to a perfectly reasonable law enforcement analysis only validates the politicization of national security that Fox engages in. At Fox News they don’t care if a heavily armed NRA “patriot” is parading around the Wal-Mart with assault weapons. But if a black kid with an iced tea and a bag of Skittles is gunned down by a self-appointed vigilante while walking home, then Fox portrays him as a thug who must have been up to no good.

What makes this outburst of outrage even more ludicrous is that the DHS is only doing its job of protecting the American people. They are not playing favorites by drawing attention to extremists on the right. The proof of that is that the agency previously published a report that warned of the potential dangers of left-wing extremists. News Corpse wrote about this six years ago, the last time that Fox News and other wingnut media mouthpieces went bonkers over a DHS report. That article contained a link to a security analysis that said…

“Left-wing extremism is ‘alive and well’ both in the US and internationally. … There are individuals and organizations within the U.S. who maintain the same ideology that resulted in the growth of left-wing terrorism in this country in the 1970s and 1980s … and new leaders and groups are emerging.”

Good luck trying to find any reporting on Fox News about that study. While there are a few mentions of left-wing extremism on Fox, they are conspicuously thin and refer primarily to animal rights activists and environmentalists – a scary bunch of bloodthirsty hooligans if there ever were any.

Credit: News Corpse

Feb
20

Mother Jones on Thursday reported that Bill O’Reilly back when he was on CBS, lied in his reporting during the Falklands War. The war, to give you some background, was fought between the United Kingdom and Argentina over the Falkland Islands and South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands from April 2 to June 14, 1982. Argentina was among many South American nations that were ruled by dictatorships one after another. The dictator at the time, Leopoldo Galtieri, led the campaign to take the islands. Argentina invaded the islands and occupied it on April 2. On April 5, the British government dispatched a naval task force to engage the Argentine Navy and Air Force before making an amphibious assault on the islands. The conflict lasted 74 days and ended with the Argentine surrender on 14 June 1982, returning the islands to British control. In total, 649 Argentine military personnel, 255 British military personnel, and three Falkland Islanders died during the hostilities.

Argentina and the U.K. have maintained great relations going back to December 15, 1823, when both nations established diplomatic relations. Following the war which cut off the years of peaceful relations, diplomatic relations were reinstated in 1990. Post-war relations between the two countries improved significantly up until the mid-2000s. But the war has caused a strain in recent years because both countries still are arguing who owns these islands. To add insult to injury, in 1994, Argentina’s claim to the territories was added to its constitution.

Bill O’Reilly who worked for CBS at the time covered the war. The report from Mother Jones’ David Corn and Daniel Schulman, examines O’Reilly’s repeated claims to have seen combat while working as a CBS correspondent in Argentina during the 1982 Falklands war.

Corn and Schulman find that O’Reilly’s on-air claims are not supported by his own memoirs or the recollection of other CBS employees at the time. He was, they conclude, “claiming he acted heroically in a war zone that he apparently never set foot in.”

O’Reilly told Politico that the Mother Jones piece is “a piece of garbage,” and called Corn “a despicable guttersnipe” out to get him. “I was not on the Falkland Islands and I never said I was,” O’Reilly told Politico. “I was in Buenos Aires … In Buenos Aires we were in a combat situation after the Argentines surrendered.

O’Reilly has claimed that he saw combat around the Falklands war. In a 2013 Fox News segment, for example, he said, “I was in a situation one time, in a war zone in Argentina, in the Falklands, where my photographer got run down and then hit his head and was bleeding from the ear on the concrete.”

Corn and Schulman document a number of similar claims from O’Reilly — and then argue that these claims appear likely to be false.

Here’s the core of their piece:

[O’Reilly’s] own account of his time in Argentina in his 2001 book, The No Spin Zone, contains no references to O’Reilly experiencing or covering any combat during the Falklands war. In the book, which in part chronicles his troubled stint as a CBS News reporter, O’Reilly reports that he arrived in Buenos Aires soon before the Argentine junta surrendered to the British, ending the 10-week war over control of two territories far off the coast of Argentina. There is nothing in this memoir indicating that O’Reilly witnessed the fighting between British and Argentine military forces — or that he got anywhere close to the Falkland Islands, which are 300 miles off Argentina’s shore and about 1,200 miles south of Buenos Aires.

“Nobody from CBS got to the Falklands,” Bob Schieffer, the chief CBS correspondent covering the war at the time, told Mother Jones. Susan Zirinsky, a CBS producer who worked on Falklands coverage, said the same thing: “Nobody got to the war zone during the Falklands war.”

Another part of the story is O’Reilly and the protests following Argentina’s surrender to the U.K. which marked the end of the war. Washington bureau chief David Corn highlighted discrepancies between O’Reilly’s description of his experiences in Argentina in a 2001 book and several public statements regarding his time there.

In the book, Corn stated, O’Reilly says he was reporting for CBS News in Buenos Aires — more than 1,000 miles from the actual warzone — when he was “right in the middle” of a major riot that caused several fatalities. The riot, which was widely reported, followed Argentina’s surrender to United Kingdom forces in July 1982, ending the Falklands conflict. O’Reilly says a soldier aimed his weapon toward him, and that he and other journalists were tear-gassed and attacked before he escaped the scene.

“I managed to make it back to the Sheraton with the best news footage I have ever seen,” O’Reilly wrote. “This was major violence up close and personal, and it was an important international story.”

O’Reilly also claimed in the book that he was “big-footed” when the network’s story that evening featured lead correspondent Bob Schieffer instead of him. Mother Jones posted footage of CBS’ report, which can be seen below.

But according to Corn, though CBS and other U.S. outlets covered the rioting in the city, there were no reported deaths during the incident. However, O’Reilly claimed there was widespread violence during the protest in a television interview in 2009.

“There must have been 5 or 6,000 people, and the army was standing between the people and the presidential palace,” O’Reilly said at the time. “Here in the United States we would do tear gas and rubber bullets. Here, they were doing real bullets. They were just gunning these people down, shooting them down in the streets.”

But while his book did not mention covering actual combat in the Falklands, Corn wrote, the Factor host has described himself on multiple occasions as having reported there, including a 2008 episode in which he took a swipe at Bill Moyers.

“I missed Moyers in the war zones of El Salvador, the Falklands conflict in Argentina and the Middle East and Northern Ireland,” O’Reilly said. “I looked for Bill, but I didn’t see him.”

According to other reporters — including Schiffer, O’Reilly’s colleague during that conflict — it was impossible to see any media outlets near the fighting.

“Nobody from CBS got to the Falklands. I came close. We’d been trying to get somebody down there. It was impossible,” Schiffer said. “For us, you were a thousand miles from where the fighting was. So we had some great meals.”

On Thursday, O’Reilly called Corn a “despicable guttersnipe” and said he never claimed to have been on the islands.

“It was clear that I did not say I was in the Falkland Islands,” he told Politico. “I’ve done myriad interviews over the years and I never said that.”

Corn, an MSNBC contributor, posted his own response to O’Reilly on Twitter:

Fox News will not fire Bill, but instead stand behind him because that’s what a fake news channel does and Bill has been there since the channel’s first day in 1996. Bill is important to them and not news or should I say real news? He also continues to being in more war zones or crime sprees such as El Salvador, Uruguay and he made sure that he wasn’t in Grenada when that war happened and he “didn’t want to get in trouble”. Bernie Goldberg also made a dumb argument that Obama has controlled the media by telling them what to report on the administration like the IRS “scandal”.

Mother Jones explains in this video below on O’Reilly’s inaccurate reporting on his own experiences as a war correspondent.

And he once told a viewer who caught his show in Argentina, “Tell everybody down there I covered the Falklands war. They’ll remember.”

O’Reilly has frequently represented himself as a combat-hardened journalist—he has visited US troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan and reported from those countries—and he has referred to his assignment in Argentina to bolster this impression. On his television show in 1999, O’Reilly responded to a letter from a retired Air Force colonel, who said he had flown 123 missions over Vietnam and who criticized O’Reilly for supporting military action in Kosovo, by citing his Falklands war days: “Hey, Colonel, did you ever have a hostile point an M-16 at your head from 10 yards away? That happened to me while I was covering the Falklands war.” In his 2013 book Keep It Pithy, he writes, “I’ve seen soldiers gun down unarmed civilians in Latin America.” During his radio show on January 13, 2005, he declared, “I’ve been in combat. I’ve seen it. I’ve been close to it.” When a caller questioned him about this, O’Reilly shot back: “I was in the middle of a couple of firefights in South and Central America.” O’Reilly did not specify where these firefights occurred—in The No Spin Zone, the only South America assignment he writes about is his trip to Argentina—and then he hung up on the caller.

In The No Spin Zone, O’Reilly does write vividly about an assignment that took him to El Salvador during the country’s civil war shortly after CBS News hired him as a correspondent in 1981. As O’Reilly recalls in the book, he and his crew drove for a full day to reach Morazán province, “a dangerous place,” and headed to a small village called Meanguera, where, a Salvadoran captain claimed, guerrillas had wiped out the town. “Nobody in his right mind would go into the guerilla-controlled area,” O’Reilly writes. But he did, and he notes he found a horrific scene: “The place was leveled to the ground and fires were still smoldering. But even though the carnage was obviously recent, we saw no one live or dead. There was absolutely nobody around who could tell us what happened. I quickly did a stand-up amid the rubble and we got the hell out of there.” He does not mention being in any firefight.

O’Reilly’s account of his El Salvador mission is inconsistent with the report he filed for CBS News, which aired on May 20, 1982—shortly before he was dispatched to Buenos Aires. “These days Salvadoran soldiers appear to be doing more singing than fighting,” O’Reilly said in the opening narration, pointing out that not much combat was under way in the country at that time. O’Reilly noted that the defense ministry claimed it had succeeded in “scattering the rebel forces, leaving government troops in control of most of the country.” He reported that a military helicopter had taken him and his crew on a tour of areas formerly held by the rebels. (This fact was not included in the account in The No Spin Zone.) From the air, O’Reilly and his team saw houses destroyed and dead animals “but no signs of insurgent forces.”

As part of the same 90-second story, O’Reilly reported from Meanguera, saying rebels had been driven out of the hamlet by the Salvadoran military after intense fighting. But this was not a wiped-out village of the dead. His own footage, which was recently posted by The Nation, showed residents walking about and only one or two burned-down structures. O’Reilly’s CBS report gave no indication that he had experienced any combat on this assignment in El Salvador.

When O’Reilly was excoriating Brian Williams last week for telling a war-related whopper, he said of his Fox television show, “We’ve made some mistakes in the past but very few…We take great pains to present you with information that can be verified.” And he asserted, “Reporting comes with a big responsibility, the Founding Fathers made that point very clearly. They said to us, ‘We’ll give you freedom. We’ll protect you from government intrusion. But, in return, you, the press, must be honest.'”

When the Iraq War of 2003 was coming, Bill O’Reilly speaking on ABC’s Good Morning America on March 18, 2003, O’Reilly promised that “If the Americans go in and overthrow Saddam Hussein and it’s clean [of weapons of mass destruction]…I will apologize to the nation, and I will not trust the Bush administration again.” In another appearance on the same program on February 10, 2004, O’Reilly responded to repeated requests for him to honor his pledge: “My analysis was wrong and I’m sorry. I was wrong. I’m not pleased about it at all.” “With regard to never again trusting the current U.S. government, he said, “I am much more skeptical of the Bush administration now than I was at that time.”

But with the apology, O’Reilly hasn’t honored the pledge fully. When the war began and went badly, O’Reilly backtracked on his reporting unlike when it began. O’Reilly told people to “shut up” once the fighting begins and to support the military completely regardless. He hasn’t apologized for his “shut up” comments and he won’t. He lied to us before the war and while he apologized for his analysis, he hasn’t to those he told to “shut up” and let the war start. He still supported the war because America was involved. He argued that if America didn’t go to Iraq in the first place, then it would have terrible for the region and the country. He also supported whatever the Bush administration did in Iraq regardless of when things were getting worse and worse and argues that the U.S. shouldn’t have left in 2011 because it made Iraq worse. The hypocrisy of O’Reilly is common and it’s not a surprise that his lies from years ago are being exposed to the public.

“Reporting comes with a big responsibility, the Founding Fathers made that point very clearly. They said to us, ‘We’ll give you freedom. We’ll protect you from government intrusion. But, in return, you, the press, must be honest.'” O’Reilly hasn’t done what he has said in this quote because he doesn’t care about getting the truth. He only cares about getting ratings and promoting a conservative agenda on Fox News and don’t expect him to leave Fox because he is their “holy warrior” and “crusader” for their “War on Christmas”. And the video below explains how typical O’Reilly conducts any sort of business anywhere and that’s with the “shut up” line.

“Shut Up!”

Sources:

Vox

Raw Story

Mother Jones

Media Matters (1), (2)

Feb
20

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Feb
19

Last night, Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly finally gave ISIS what it wants: a declaration that the West and Middle East are, indeed, in a holy war.

In a segment titled, “The Holy War Begins,” O’Reilly used the recent murders of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians to slam President Obama’s approach to ISIS, and quoted a list of religious leaders, including Roman Catholic Cardinal Timothy Dolan, who warned that ISIS threatens “civilization, everything that is decent and noble about humanity. It is a worldwide crisis that cannot, must not, be ignored.”

O’Reilly then ran through the gamut of this week’s right-wing complaints about Obama. These ranged from critiques of the State Department’s Marie Harf’s statement that ISIS cannot be defeated solely with military means, to a bizarre critique that the White House somehow did not recognize that the 21 Egyptians murdered by terrorists were Christian. He concluded with the statement that “the Holy War is here and unfortunately it seems the president will be the last one to acknowledge it.”

His comments seem to be the climax of weeks of agitation from Fox News and other right-wing commentators about Obama avoiding the phrase “Islamic extremism” when talking about ISIS and other terrorists. “Say it, Obama, ‘Islamic,’” instructed Fox News contributor Michael Goodwin. Fox contributor Todd Starnes invoked the biblical “Lake of Fire” in counter-terrorism strategy. Christian evangelist Franklin Graham appeared on Greta Van Susteren’s show to explain that Obama just had too much affinity for Islam:

His mother was married to a Muslim, his father was a Muslim. Then she married a man from Indonesia. He was raised in Indonesia. Went to Islamic schools. I assume she was a Muslim. So his whole life, his experiences have been surrounded by Islam. He only knows Islam. And he has given a pass to Islam. He is refusing to understand the evil that is in front of him

What O’Reilly and others at Fox seem to be missing is that there’s a pretty good reason no world leader here in the West or in the Middle East has accepted the frame that we’re in a “holy war”: it’s exactly what ISIS wants. In November 2014, ISIS leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi declared in a televised address that “fighting is obligatory upon each individual” Muslim, and referred to the United States and allied forces as “crusaders”—invoking the imagery of a holy war like those fought between the Church and Muslim empires centuries ago.

In other words, the Fox crowd wants Americans to feel this is a conflict between Muslims and non-Muslims—ignore for a second that ISIS is being fought by the Muslim Syrian army, Iranian military, Hezbollah, Free Syrian Army, Iraqi Army, Lebanese Army, Egyptian Army, UAE Army, Jordanian military, and others who share the Islamic faith—and ISIS’ leaders also want their base to feel like this is a conflict between Muslims and non-Muslims.

So Fox News and ISIS share at least one goal: a holy war between Islam and the West. Sadly for them, most people in both places aren’t biting.

Credit: Raw Story

The story continues with Cenk Uygur of The Young Turks attacking Bill O’Reilly for this type of rhetoric. Cenk explains that the U.S. has launched over 2,000 airstrikes against ISIS (more than anyone else) and for the right-wing that isn’t enough. Cenk praises Marie Harf (Deputy Spokesperson for the US Department of State) for explaining how this war needs to be fought and how it also shouldn’t be fought. War is messy and horrible, but that doesn’t mean that we have to resort to the horrible and messy lifestyle of war. Harf says that you can’t kill your way out of this and military experts that are not on Fox News have agreed to that statement. Harf also says that the root causes have to be investigated on why people, especially at young ages, join terror groups. Cenk then goes into what Bill O’Reilly talked about on his opening Talking Points Memo segment.

O’Reilly calls for Obama to step in when he President Obama has already launched over 2,000 airstrikes against the group. It is true that ISIS is now expanding into other countries in the Middle East with people creating groups pledging allegiance to the central command of ISIS in both Syria and Iraq. The AUMF that Obama asked Congress to approve states that the conflict against ISIS is not limited to Iraq or Syria. It could expand to Afghanistan (which it has because an U.S. airstrike killed an ISIS commander in Afghanistan), Pakistan (led by the Afghan ISIS group), Egypt, Libya (City of Derna), Algeria, and Yemen. O’Reilly is wrong that military operation alone can defeat the group. He calls for the world to be united against the group. But since he is on Fox “News” he most likely didn’t mention the White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism.

Cenk explains that the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003 led to a much bigger conflict than it was intended because we wanted to give the Shia power and the Sunnis attacked us, then the Shias attacked us and each other. ISIS which was Al Qaeda in Iraq originally came as a result of the invasion of Iraq and O’Reilly thinks more war can solve this which isn’t the way to do it.

Cenk Uygur also explains the trap that ISIS is using to get us.

And Fox attacks the Obama administration for calling out Fox News for the extreme hype on the ISIS threat when they claim that Obama has not done anything against the terror group.

Feb
19

Fox News host Andrea Tantaros on Thursday suggested that high school advanced placement (AP) history courses — and in fact, the entire Department of Education — should be cut because children were being taught “meaningless liberal crap.”

Earlier this week, Republicans on Oklahoma’s House Common Education Committee pushed through a bill that would slash funding for AP history courses. Conservative lawmakers argued that the current curriculum, which is required by the College Board, exposed too many of the county’s flaws — like slavery and the treatment of Native Americans.

“We don’t want our tax dollars going to a test that undermines our history,” GOP state Rep. Dan Fisher told the committee.

“There really shouldn’t be public schools,” Fox News host Kennedy Montgomery opined on Thursday’s edition of Outnumbered. “I mean, we should really go to a system where parents of every stripe have a choice, have a say in the kind of education their kids get. Because when we have centralized bureaucratic education doctrines and dogmas like this, that’s exactly what happens.”

However, Judge Alex Ferrer argued children needed to learn the truth about American history.

“I think we have to teach our students about the good, the bad and the ugly,” he remarked. “We don’t need to sugarcoat everything and tell them America was always wonderful. And we don’t need to make it look like Americans should be apologizing for every bad thing they’ve ever done. I think children should be raised knowing that their forefathers made mistakes too.”

“And we learn, and we hopefully advance and do better,” Ferrer said.

But Tantaros opined that the country would be better off if the Department of Education was abolished and Fox News pundits were put in charge of curriculum decisions instead.

“You know how I feel about the Department of Education and government bureaucracy and Washington, D.C. dictating what kids should be taught,” she explained. “I think it’s ridiculous. I agree with you on the charter school push, I wish there was a push where parents could have more choice.”

“And it seems to me that the universities have always taught this sort of ‘Let’s apologize for all of the wrongdoing and the boar-headedness — boorish behavior of the United States of America,’” she continued. “It seems that’s trickling down to our kids’ level. And that is a problem.”

“We are so behind so many countries in math and science. They are not even getting the basic education because they are getting this meaningless liberal crap everyday!”

Co-host Harris Faulkner pointed out that there were “unfortunately” some negative events that could not be avoided in history class. But she said that those negative events had more “stickiness in our brains.”

“We just remember the bad more,” she insisted. “You know, so to mix in good and maybe balance that out, I think it’s excellent. It’s not a bad thing.”

Watch the video below from Fox News’ Outnumbered, broadcast Feb. 19, 2015.

Credit: Raw Story

Feb
18

A Fox News “Trouble With Schools” segment suggested on Wednesday that U.S. kids were behind in the world because a physics teacher in Seattle had tried to teach a lesson to privileged white students on why there were not more black physicists.

“This probably wasn’t on the curriculum in your high school physics class,” Fox News host Elisabeth Hasselbeck announced. “A high school physics teacher came up with new six-day curriculum that includes lessons on white privilege. He says it will prepare students for institutional racism and social justice! So, what does that have to with physics exactly?”

“It’s not an open mic night in these classrooms,” the National Review‘s Katherine Timpf opined. “You don’t get to decide you can talk about anything you want to these students. It has to be about what your class is. Physics class, you talk about physics. Really, it’s that simple.”

But in a guest post at the Quantum Progress blog, University Prep school physics teacher Moses Rifkin explained exactly how his lesson was important at a private school where students “weren’t learning about their own privilege (academic and, in most cases, economic and racial).”

“I’ve found a way to introduce my students to the ideas of racial and gender privilege, to the idea that our society is far from a meritocracy, and to broaden their conception of who (racially, gender-wise, etc.) does science to include a much broader slice of society,” he wrote. “The project revolves, at least initially, around a question: why are there so few black[1] physicists? [..] Physicists therefore make up a small percentage of the U.S. population (0.06%), but that percentage is 3.2 times higher among white Americans than black.”

This was not enough to convince Timpf.

“Physics class!” she exclaimed. “He said he was jealous that all the other teachers got to talk about society — English, History — then he also said they’re not learning about. Which one is it?”

“I don’t’ know what this is really about,” Timpf continued. “I guess it’s just his own agenda. He wants to talk about it.”

“But you know what? We’re consistently behind in science in math of other developed countries in high school. Maybe it’s because physics teachers aren’t teaching physics in their classes.”

“Well, yeah,” Hasselbeck agreed. “They’re asking things like this. Part of their pre-project homework was learn about the pre-1950s and modern blacks physicists, Peggy McIntosh’s ‘white privilege’ and then listen to Macklemore.”

The Fox News host added that the prep school said that it was “fully aware of and support Mr. Rifkin’s work with his students and part of our commitment to provide our students an education that helps grow into socially responsible, intellectually courageous citizens of the world.”

“How about teaching them physics in physics class?” Timpf scoffed. “Because you do need that too.”

In his guest post at Quantum Progress, Rifkin asserted that learning about social justice and the need for black scientists was necessary for the improvement of science in the country as a whole.

“Beyond the very concrete step of showing that not all physicists are, to use my students’ phrase, ‘dead white dudes’, I have a lot of less visible goals,” he noted. “I hope that my students can see that the lack of black physicists is a problem regardless of their own race, and that it likely reflects some broader themes in our society.””

Watch the video below from Fox News’ Fox & Friends, broadcast Feb. 18, 2014.

Credit: Raw Story

Feb
17

Cenk Uygur of The Young Turks goes after Fox News for having a “historian” on their show to prove that the Bible is real and try to have atheists convert to Christianity. The “expert” is Dr. Tom Dickson who is in fact a devout Christian, but uses myth over facts to promote Fox News’ religious conservative agenda instead of having the facts because it’s Fox “News”. The segment was called “Keeping the Faith” and host Ainsley Earhardt shows a poll where those who believe in the bible and those who are skeptics are tied neck and neck at 19%. Two-thirds of the ages of 48 and under are among the skeptics. Tom Dickson says that there is less evidence against Christian bible tales than the truth that is being proven by the atheist community. He also insists that there is “overwhelming” evidence about the history of Jesus. Tom cites the gospels as a major source of historical fact. Cenk agrees that the gospels are not history and no actual historians agree with what is stated within the gospels.

Other topics such as Noah’s Ark and Jonah in the whale were mentioned, but Tom didn’t provide a shred of evidence other than what is stated within the bible and it’s related material. Cenk also made a Bill O’Reilly reference about tides going in and out and “you can’t explain that!”

Feb
16

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Feb
15

It’s absurd to claim that Islam is the only violent religion. I’ve pointed this out before, but it needs to be driven home yet again — so leave it to Cenk Uygur of The Young Turks to do just that.

Following Obama’s speech at the National Prayer Breakfast — which really doesn’t need to be a thing, as separation of church and state is supposed to exist — the right went nuts at the mere idea that Christianity might have a bloody history. Resident Fox idiot (well, one of them, anyway), Eric Bolling, went so far as to note that “thousands of people” had been killed in the name of Islam, while “zero” had been killed in the name of all the other religions.

He didn’t specific what time frame he was working in, but let’s face it: if there was a way to be anymore wrong, I have no idea what it looks like and I’m scared to find out. While taking Bolling to task for his idiocy, Uygur retreads familiar ground — proving that the KKK and the Nazis killed in the name of Christianity, discussing the events in the Central African Republic, and talking about others that have been discussed ad nauseam by this point — but he touches on some new ones, too. These include going into detail about the worst terrorist attack in U.S. History before 9/11, which was orchestrated and carried out by a Right-Wing Christian named Timothy McVeigh.

Right-wingers contend that Christians have never killed in the name of their faith. By now, it should be obvious that’s a joke, just like everything else they claim.

Watch the video below:

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