The War on Fox

October 19, 2009

by Andrea Burke

Van Jones was the first, but the recent war began here:

But did you read the other side of the story?

“But it’s not just Dunn, a Democrat, who has used Mao as someone she reads.

Media Matters for America, a liberal media watchdog group, points out that former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, also a Fox News contributor, quoted Mao in a 1995 Roll Call profile.

“War is politics with blood; politics is war without blood,” Gingrich said, citing Mao.

Karl Rove, another Fox News contributor, wrote in a December 2008 Wall Street Journal op-ed that President Bush “‘encouraged me to read a Mao biography.'”

Oh loyal Beck Czars, I can already hear you yelling, “We’re not talking about any one else, we’re talking about Dunn!”

But why? I’ve heard this argument so often in the past few months.

Whoopi Goldberg used it on resident Republican Elisabeth Hasselbeck on the view Monday morning. (the clip isn’t up yet, but when it is, I’ll post it. Basically, they discussed Fox News Vs. The White House and Hasselbeck brought up that all the other news networks- MSNBC, CNN- cover opinions more than news, just like Fox News. Whoopi said they weren’t talking about anyone else, just Fox.)

Michelle Malkin used the same arguement when she was on the view:

Malkin says she doesn’t believe in moral justification through comparing, and I agree. YOU can’t point to someone else, say “they did it first” and get away with something despicable, but at the same time, facts apply.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, there are 2 sides to every story. I do believe Fox News has veered away from the “News” part, but Elisabeth is right, CNN and MSNBC are guilty of the very same thing. And that should be relavant.

As should Dunn’s intention- she was obviously making a sarcastic statement when she said Mao Tse-tung and Mother Teresa were her “favorite political strategists”, (even if you didn’t know who Mao Tse-tung was, Mother Teresa was obviously not political), but Beck uses it as fact, even though he knows that people he probably respects, Karl Rove and Newt Gingrich, FOX CONTRIBUTORS, have quoted the same guy.

Facts apply, no matter what particular discussion is on the table.

And Dear White House, please don’t give attention to the mud-slinging. It’s tempting to get defensive, but please be above going to war with Fox News. Concentrate on one of the 2 wars we need to bring to a close.

Hanna’s Hotties and Notties: Glenn Beck vs. Wolf Blitzer

October 19, 2009


Glenn  Beck vs. Wolf Blitzer

If you haven’t heard the story of “Balloon Boy” by now, you have to be totally out of it. So to catch you up, “Balloon Boy” is 6 year old Falcon Heene who was supposedly launched in a homemade hot air balloon high above the Colorado skies… or not so much. The big story covered for hours by all the cable news networks turned out to be (you guessed it) a big fat hoax. And the ridiculous lie broke while the Heene family was being interviewed by none other than Wolf Blitzer.

What makes Wolf a total Nottie is the utter lack of journalistic ability he displays in interviewing the Heene family. Clearly little Falcon announces to CNN and the world they did the stunt “for the show” yet Wolf completely ignores it and refuses to pursue that little tidbit of information. So how did he get a job working for CNN with his own show? Even I (who has no journalistic background whatsoever ) would have had the guts to call the crazy Heene family out after getting that juicy statement from the voracious little Falcon. And for being such a lousy so-called reporter, and refusing to follow the lead, Wolf Blitzer is the nottie of the week.

Then there’s Glenn Beck, who I honestly never thought would make the hottie list;  but nonetheless, here he is. And the reason being is because he was one of the only shows on the cable news networks that didn’t waste the whole time covering the sensational  Heene family balloon fiasco. Beck kept doing what he does best, uncovering radicals in the Obama administration. And unlike Wolf Blitzer, Beck is  not at all afraid to ask the tough questions of anyone, no matter what your personal opinion of him is. On this particular day he broke the big news of Anita Dunn, Obama’s new White House Communication’s director, and her admiration of mass murderer and Chinese Communist, Mao Tse Tung.

Now I will let you jump to your own conclusions about Anita Dunn and Glenn Beck (and those conclusions shouldn’t be difficult); but for sticking with his own story and not backing down from a search for truth, Glenn Beck is a major hottie.


Fact Check This

October 6, 2009


On SNL last Saturday night (heehee), they did a sketch that made fun of the fact that Obama had not been able to accomplish anything in the first nine months he has been in office. You can see the really bad impersonation, but funny monologue here:


What you may find unbelievable is the fact that CNN’s Wolf Blitzer decided to “fact check” the SNL skit poking fun of president Obama.

Where’s the sense of humor, Wolf?   I mean are you guys so sensitive that you can’t take a wittle jokie-wokie?  Did that mean ole Fred Armistan just take things too far?  Well, I would love to know where CNN was when SNL was poking fun at Sarah Palin or her husband Todd, during the campaign. I guess they didn’t care about “fact checking” things then.


The Glenn Beck project

September 6, 2009

I don’t watch Fox News or MSNBC or CNN. I don’t watch cable “news” networks because the channels are full of self-proclaimed entertainers, not journalists.

However, this week, I’m going to open my heart and mind to Glenn Beck. I’ve listened to snipets of his show, seen some clips on youtube, heard his rant on that caller

But other than that, I don’t really know anything else about him and don’t have any opinions about him. Here’s his chance to get one more viewer. I’ll be listening to his radio show, watching his TV show on Fox, and reading his book “Common Sense.” If I have enough to write about with just his TV/radio shows, I’ll save the book for the next week.

This whole thing kicks off Monday, if he’s working the holiday, if not Tuesday. Watch for my first post then.

The Last Kennedy

August 27, 2009

I’ve been impressed (this rarely happens) with how the media  has handled Ted Kennedy’s death.  If you know anything about Kennedy, you know his political career was far from a fairy tale. I expected all of the turmoil to be glossed over as it often is when a political figure or entertainer dies, but so far what I’ve read has shown Kennedy truthfully- a flawed, yet influential and well-loved senator.

Even though I didn’t agree with all of his political stances, I do admire one thing in particular- his consistent fight for the things he believed in, despite his failed presidential campaigns and a lot of personal drama. He remained active on those issues until the end, showing him to possess incredible courage to stand for what he thought was right.

Some of the best articles I’ve read about Sen. Kennedy:

Time- Ted Kennedy in his own words

NPR- A bio in 9 minutes

CNN-  Can anyone in the senate match Ted Kennedy’s clout?

ABC Good Morning America- McCain on Kennedy

And for the record, I don’t think Health Care will pass this year, despite rumors of a renewed push to honor Kennedy’s life-long passion.