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Mar
18

Fox News is fearmongering that the EPA is going to monitor the shower use of hotel guests because the agency gave a research grant to college students working on a wireless device that would allow hotels to examine guests’ shower use and encourage water conservation. Fox News portrayed this as a “Big Brother move,” despite a complete absence of evidence that the agency will actually monitor hotel guests’ water usage. Further, research into water conservation — including this project — is desperately needed as the West Coast suffers from a historic drought.

The EPA recently awarded the grant, for $15,000, to student researchers at the University of Tulsa. The EPA’s description of the grant says the device will “assist hotel guest[s] in modifying their behavior to help conserve water.”

On the March 18 edition of Fox & Friends, co-host Heather Nauert reported on the story by saying, “Well, forget about taking a long, hot shower on vacation, and if you think you’re doing it in private, well, you might want to think again.” A graphic in the segment also gratuitously claimed: “EPA To Start Monitoring Showers At Hotels.”

Other right-wing media took the fearmongering even further, publishing stories with headlines like “The EPA wants to watch you in the shower” and “New EPA Proposal Would Spy On Hotel Guests In The Shower.” Rush Limbaugh baselessly warned on the March 17 edition of his radio show that if the grant is implemented, “you’re gonna have one in your house before too long.” He went on to say, “Everybody’s afraid of this administration. Everybody is. So then the EPA is gonna monitor the length of your showers — My point is, if this ever really happens, this is not gonna stop at hotels. You’re gonna have one of these in your house.”

The EPA is not going anywhere near your shower. The agency is merely supporting research that would send data on water use to a central hotel accounting system — much like a smart meter that supplies information to utilities and residents’ electricity consumption habits. The device could ultimately help companies save money as well as protect the environment. Many hotels have several conservation efforts currently in place; it makeseconomic sense to do so.

And this sort of research, which could help reduce some of the millions of gallons of potable water wasted each year by hotel guests, is urgently needed, as a great portion of the United States is experiencing devastating drought. As Fox News reported on the March 16 edition of Happening Now, the West Coast is in “desperate need of water.” Correspondent William La Jeunesse reported that snow pack and groundwater in California are “at record lows right now after four years of drought,” adding that the state “literally has one year’s supply of water left in its reservoirs,” referring to a recent warning from NASA senior water scientist Jay Famiglietti.

Famiglietti wrote in the Los Angeles Times:

[T]he public must take ownership of this issue. This crisis belongs to all of us — not just to a handful of decision-makers. Water is our most important, commonly owned resource, but the public remains detached from discussions and decisions.

Credit: Media Matters

Mar
17

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Mar
16

Fox News host Andrea Tantaros and Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI) asserted on Monday that liberals were using snow days as a plot to remove religious holidays from schools.

Over the weekend, Boston’s Fox affiliate reported that the town of Easton, which is near Boston, was forced to push the end of the school year to June 29 due to an unusual amount of snow this winter. As contingency plan for next year, the school committee decided to eliminate two Jewish holidays and one Christian holiday instead of extending the school year.

On Monday’s edition of Outnumbered, Fox News host Jedediah Bila argued that schools should start earlier to “avoid angering this religious group or that religious group, and let everyone have their religious holiday.”

But Duffy said that there was something more sinister going on.

“That makes too much sense,” the Wisconsin Republican quipped. “Don’t let any good crisis go to waste, and if you want to take religion out of the public square, look at Boston and look at all the snow and say, ‘What a great reason now, we can take these religious holidays out of our school system.’”

“It’s using the crisis to the liberal benefit,” he added.

Tantaros agreed: “I think the congressman hit the nail on the head. This is what happens when liberal academic Boston meets ethnic Boston.”

“Take away from president’s day or go a little earlier in the summer or even a Saturday,” she advised. “There’s other options but they don’t want those options. They would rather take away the religious holidays.”

Watch the video below from Fox News’ Outnumbered, broadcast March 16, 2015.

Credit: Raw Story

Mar
15

Fox News contributor Juan Williams lashed out at Karl Rove over the weekend for attacking Hillary Clinton for using a private email server when he had also used a used a secret email account to orchestrate the firing U.S. Attorneys for political reasons when George W. Bush was president.

In 2007, the Bush White House said that it had lost millions emails that administrative officials had sent using Republican National Committee accounts. According to congressional investigators, many of those emails discussed official government business, including the firing of U.S. Attorneys who did not agree with Rove’s political agenda.

During a panel discussion on Fox News Sunday, Rove said that Hillary Clinton had used a personal email account for State Department business because she and her husband were “operating out of a sense of entitlement.”

But he dismissed comparisons to his own email scandal, saying that Democrats created a “complete circus” in 2007.

Williams agreed that Clinton’s emails should be scrutinized, but he said that Republicans were having “such a feeding frenzy” that “people think it’s way out of line.”

“You see these Republicans, ‘Email, email, email!’ When Karl was in trouble back in ’07, no press coverage!” Williams pointed out. “It was like one day [of] press coverage.”

“Juan, you are in a different reality,” Rove shot back “If you’re trying to say they were not tough on Rove, but they’re being too tough on Clinton, well, maybe it’s because she was the secretary of state and I was a White House aide, and she is violating the rules.”

“But Karl, you fired a bunch of U.S. Attorneys!” Williams observed. “Karl, if you doubt your power, let me affirm it. You were a powerful man in the Bush White House. And you were firing U.S. Attorneys! And it was a scandal.”

Rove countered that “even the Obama Justice Department did two investigations and found that there was no improper White House interference.”

“Fine,” Williams shrugged. “Jeb Bush has a private email, but you had private email. And you want to jump on Hillary Clinton.”

Watch the video below from Fox News’ Fox News Sunday, broadcast March 15, 2015.

Credit: Raw Story

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14

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13

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12

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Mar
10

After having his lies exposed all over the media, Bill O’Reilly is using right-wing conspiracy theories to promote the defense of Fox News. Since Bill is the “King” of cable news, “culture warrior”, “crusader-general” for the “War on Christmas” and “Holy Warrior” for the Fox News Channel. In his Talking Points Memo opening on March 9 which was titled “Hating Fox News,” heralded a new Quinnipiac poll that O’Reilly bragged“shows that Americans trust Fox News more than any other TV news agency by a substantial margin.” 

As anyone familiar with O’Reilly’s aversion to the truth would know, he did not tell the whole story. The same poll shows that Fox News is also the network that is least trusted by Americans. Now why do you suppose he left that out? The fact that Fox received a vote of confidence from 29% of the poll’s respondents means that 71% trusted another network more. That is not exactly something of which to be proud. What’s more if you add up the two categories of positive responses for trusted networks (a great deal + somewhat), Fox News is second to the last. It beats only MSNBC by a mere 3%.

O’Reilly attacked David Axelrod for being “two-faced” after he appeared on his show talking about his book and then “trashing” Fox when interviewed by other networks. O’Reilly believes this was a mistake and “not a legacy builder.” Bill doesn’t need to worry about his legacy because it’s been established by his shrewd personality, which explains why he doesn’t have any friends left. He also thinks Axelrod will apologized and they are waiting for it. He continued on saying

“Our primetime programs set the political agenda.”

“The fact is that Fox News is now a deep threat to the progressive movement and the far left despises us so they are in full attack mode desperately trying to marginalize FNC.”

“There are just two national news agencies that challenge the progressive agenda with authority: the Wall Street Journal editorial page and the Fox News Channel.”

“If FNC did not exist, America would be a far different place and the far left ideology would have a far easier time. But we do exist and now dominate the primetime news cycle. Not good news for progressive politicians, the liberal media, and crazed zealots on both sides.”

He attacked Media Matters founder David Brock, claiming he was heavily backed and funded by George Soros, who has been a victim of stupid Fox attacks that include Glenn Beck (the most notorious). The attack on Media Matters came after he mentioned John Podesta who is working with Hillary Clinton after being a top adviser to Barack Obama. He came with a “list of associations.”

Bill goes on to argue (not really) that FNC and the Wall Street Journal editorial page are the most reliable. O’Reilly goes on and on about the fake Hillary Clinton email scandal saying that Brock came to her defense and that it was a threat to national security. There wasn’t any threat. He went on to mention that Peggy Noonan of the journal should watch her back after publishing criticism of Hillary Clinton. He also argues that the powerful ones are using websites to smear political opponents and claims that they have been documented at the Fox News Channel and “find their way to the mainstream media to promote the defamation for ideological reasons.”

Fox is also crushing it’s competition economically. It apparently costs them hundreds of millions of dollars, so they can join in on the attack process. Bill is right that if Fox didn’t exist, then America would be a different place. That’s the only thing that he said that is true. Fox won’t be a threat and the trust in media wouldn’t be questioned and America would be a far better place without it. Political assassinations are also planned out. Bill should know because he is making it all up.

Let’s not forget that he thinks the “liberal media collapsed.”

Mar
09

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