Sunday, March 01, 2015

99 times that Bill O'Reilly lied.

Courtesy of The Daily Dot:

Coming so quickly after Brian Williams lost his NBC anchor job for his own falsehood about war-time experience, the timing for this new wave of scandals is pretty bad for O’Reilly. Blood in the water, new charges of lying haven’t been refuted so much as they’ve been met with more lies. 

For a journalist, that’s a damning indictment. 

But O’Reilly transcends mere journalism, as made evident by the fact that he hasn’t received the slightest slap on the wrist for this ongoing series of transgressions. He’s a commentator, an entertainer, and a world-class rage salesman who has a mile-long history of professional wrongs. 

This isn’t a vague criticism; it’s provable by looking at objective fact and comparing it to O’Reilly’s words.

And as proof of that the Daily Dot offers proof of ninety nine lies told by Bill O'Reilly.

Here are the first ten:  

  1. O’Reilly bragged repeatedly he won two Peabody Awards hosting Inside Edition in the 90s. He won zero. 
  2. O’Reilly bragged that, woops, he actually had won a Polk Award hosting Inside Edition. He won zero of those, too. To be specific, the show did win that award—a year after O’Reilly stopped hosting. 
  3. O’Reilly then said he never claimed to have won a Peabody Award. He actually did make that claim, repeatedly, using the award as proof that Inside Edition was not a tabloid show but very good journalism. He later admitted to making the original Peabody claim, but now he just says the Peabody guys are unfair liberals. 
  4. Repeatedly claiming he’s “an average guy,” O’Reilly has claimed that he “came from nothing” and “you don’t come from any lower than I came from on the economic scale.” Actually, O’Reilly’s mother has repeatedly talked to the press about regular vacations the family took to Florida, that O’Reilly went to private school and college, and that they lived in an affluent New York suburb. 
  5. In 2006, O’Reilly boasted that he gets 6 million viewers every night. He got 2 million then. Today, he’s posting “huge numbers” because he’s addressing the Argentina controversy—so he’s getting about 3 million viewers on a night. 
  6. Responding to critics who say Fox News is too conservative, O’Reilly has long claimed to be a “normal guy” and a registered independent. It turned out, contradicting that claim, that he was a registered Republican. 
  7. He insisted that he is really an Independent and that when he registered to vote in 1994, there was no independent option and that he was “somehow assigned Republican status.” In 2004, comedian (now a senator) Al Franken went back and looked at O’Reilly’s voter registration form. Actually, there was an Independent option right next to the Republican box. O’Reilly had chosen Republican and then lied about it for the next decade on television. 
  8. NPR’s Mike Pesca reported O’Reilly’s political registration in 2001 on the radio. O’Reilly called it a “hatchet job” and said, “I’ve never heard of Mike Pesca.” Pesca had interviewed O’Reilly on tape for an hour for the report. 
  9. In 2004, O’Reilly said Iraq was producing chemical weapons in the run up to the 2003 Iraq war. They were not. 
  10. O’Reilly said Al Qaeda was working with Saddam Hussein’s Iraq even after the claims were widely disproven. They were not.
There are of course 89 more. Some are minor, some are quite major, but all of them are lies. 

Fundie Filters.

My favorite part:

Warning: side-effects may include racism, crusades, intolerance, self-delusion, self-righteousness, xenophobia, luddism,  misogyny, irrational fears, false prophets, idolatry, President Jeb Bush.

Ain't that the truth!

(H/T to The Friendly Atheist.)

Saturday, February 28, 2015

The problem with calling out Fox News hosts on their lies it that it makes them that much more attractive to their audiences.

See? I win.
Courtesy of Raw Story:  

The media keeps piling on Bill O’Reilly, and so do viewers. Amid mounting criticism of his past “war zone” recollections, the Fox News firebrand delivered his highest ratings of the year, Nielsen Media data shows. Last Monday night’s edition of “The O’Reilly Factor,” in which the television-show host addressed some of the criticism lodged against him last week by Mother Jones magazine, averaged 3.3 million viewers, up 14 percent from 2.9 million the previous Monday. 

This is not the first time a controversy has helped boost O’Reilly’s audience. In 2004, his audience rose 30 percent amid allegations that he sexually harassed a colleague, CBS News reported at the time. 

Viewership of news programming is notoriously unpredictable and typically fluctuates with specific news events. But for much of this week, O’Reilly himself was the news -- the target of one attack after another from media outlets and former colleagues who accused him of embellishing or flat-out lying about his role in past news events. 

Judging by Fox News’ prime-time ratings since the Mother Jones story broke, it appears either more people are tuning in to “hate-watch” the host or his core audience is responding to the controversy with a collective shrug. O’Reilly averaged 2.9 million viewers Tuesday and 3.1 million Wednesday, the most recent days for which data is available. Wednesday, he attracted 705,000 viewers in the demographic range between 25 and 54 years old that is highly prized by advertisers, a 24 percent increase from the same day the previous week, as Variety reported.

I guess when your audience is made up of ideologues who only want their fears, prejudices, and conspiracy theories backed up, being caught telling multiple lies is not that big of a deal.

However, and I still think this is an important point, destroying the credibility of Fox News and its hosts ultimately helps in spreading actual news without fear that an alternate version will vie for acceptance by the viewing public.

Remember much of the Fox News demographic is inching closer to death every single day, and the younger views, much as the above article indicates, really seem to watch Fox more out of morbid curiosity rather than with any expectation of seeing any actual news.

Founder of Hot Yoga faces multiple rape charges.

Bikram Choudhury
Courtesy of The Guardian: 

A yoga guru who founded a rigorous routine of exercises practiced in steamy rooms around the world is facing lawsuits by six women who claim he sexually assaulted them. 

The most recent case, filed on 13 February in Los Angeles superior court, claims Bikram Choudhury raped a Canadian woman who had paid $10,000 from her college fund for a nine-week class so she could teach the 26-pose technique to others. 

Jill Lawler said she went into the class elated to learn from the master, but things quickly soured as she was expected to massage him while watching Bollywood movies late into the night with hundreds of other students and was sexually assaulted on several occasions. 

“Throughout the sexual abuse, defendant Bikram Choudhury offered multiple explanations and justifications for his behaviour,” the lawsuit said. “He would say ‘I’m dying, I need to you to save me. If I don’t have sex I will die. You are saving my life, you are helping me.’”

Has anybody else noticed that virtually everybody that Sarah Palin associates herself with is either accused of sexual impropriety or says rapey things about women?

However, assuming that other Hot Yoga instructors take their cues from Choudhury, at least now this picture makes more sense:

It looks like somebody certainly got their chakras aligned.

House Republicans are so obstinate that they cannot even bring themselves to agree with other Republicans.

Courtesy of HuffPo:  

The House of Representatives voted Friday night to avert a shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security, so they can come back and have the same fight in a week. 

The vote was the result of a divide between Republicans in the House and Senate over whether to surrender now or hold out for one more week. The GOP had been hoping to use the DHS funding battle to block President Barack Obama's latest executive actions on immigration. Senate Democrats successfully pushed Republican leaders to allow a full-year DHS bill without immigration riders. That legislation passed the Senate 68 to 31 earlier on Friday, after even the most hardline Republicans said the effort to kill Obama's plans through the funding bill was futile. 

But House Republicans weren't ready to cave. Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) brought a three-week continuing resolution to a vote Friday afternoon, only to be blocked when 52 Republicans joined the majority of Democrats in opposing it. House GOP leaders had to regroup, apparently reaching a deal with the more conservative members of their caucus to bring up a smaller stopgap measure that would keep operations running at DHS for just one more week. 

The Senate first passed the one-week continuing resolution by a voice vote, just hours before DHS was poised to shut down. The House then approved the measure by a roll call vote of 357 to 60. President Barack Obama signed it into law just before midnight. A majority of Democrats joined Republicans to vote for the short-term fix, after House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) told her colleagues that the passage of the one-week resolution would assure a vote on a full funding bill next week.

This is of course nothing but really bad Kabuki theater, because when a week is up and the Republicans try to force through a funding bill that strips funding for the immigration piece, the President will veto it, and they will be back at square one.  

I know the Republicans are hoping that the American people will blame any government shutdown or defunding of Homeland Security on Obama, but history has proven that is unlikely to be the case.

Right now the American people are watching is disgust as the Republicans, who now control both the House and the Senate, fight among themselves while the President pushes to do something significant about our broken immigration policies.

This seems like a lose/lose for the GOP, and a huge win for the man in the Oval Office.

Jimmy Kimmel's Message to the Anti-Vaxxers.

Not only very funny, but very, very true.

Former Arizona Sheriff who argued against Obamacare, is sick now and wants people to help pay his bills.

Courtesy of TPM:  

Former Arizona county sheriff Richard Mack, a fierce opponent of Obamacare and a leader in the "constitutional sheriff" movement, is struggling to pay his medical bills after he and his wife each faced serious illnesses. The former sheriff and his wife do not have health insurance and started a GoFundMe campaign to solicit donations from family and friends to cover the costs of their medical care. 

"Because they are self-employed, they have no medical insurance and are in desperate need of our assistance," reads a note on Mack's personal website. 

Mack, the founder of the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association, suffered a heart attack in January and is in recovery. His wife fell ill late last year. Mack is on the board of Oath Keepers, a right-wing fringe group made up of police and military veterans, and is known for supporting Cliven Bundy in his standoff against the federal government. He is also an ardent opponent of Obamacare. 

"The States do not have to take or support or pay for Obamacare or anything else from Washington DC. The States are not subject to federal direction," he wrote on his website, outlining how state governments can block President Obama.

Hey you know if this idiot had spent his time surfing the website instead of trying to find ways to overthrow the Federal government he might not be in such an unfortunate situation.

After all Jan Brewer finally caved and allowed the Medicaid expansion in Arizona, so you might think this guy would see the writing on the wall.

I would be interested to see if whether or not after this close call he has a "Come to Jesus moment," and decides that Obamacare might not be the work of the devil after all.

Nah, what am I saying? These guys never learn.

The Duck Commander's advice to potential presidential candidates at CPAC, "Carry your Bible and your woman."

Courtesy of Raw Story:  

“In case one of you gets to be president of the United States, make sure you carry your Bible and your woman,” the reality star advised. “I’m just saying, safety. Safety.” 

According to Robertson, the United States was “almost” at a place where both religion and morality had been lost. 

And to make his point, he asserted that the CDC said that 110 million people in the United States were suffering from sexually transmitted diseases or infections. 

“I don’t want you to die early!” he exclaimed. “It you’re disease free and she’s disease free, you’re married, you keep your sex right there, you won’t get sick from a sexually transmitted disease! Come on!” 

“There is a penalty to be paid from what the beatniks and it morphed into the hippies!” the Duck Commander continued. “What do you call the 110 million people who have sexually transmitted illnesses? It’s the revenge of the hippies! Sex, drugs and rock & roll have come back to haunt us! In a bad way!”

I hate to break it to ole Duckie there, but premarital sex and multiple sexual partners predates hippies by several thousands of years. 

Not only that but the hippies had some pretty good ideas about doing away with war, sexism, and racism that I really think we could use a little more of these days.

Sure having sex with more than one partner has some risk factor, but so does owning a gun, driving a car, or eating at Chick fil A, yet I don't see this moron getting all worked up about that.

I always love it when people who get their information about marriage and sex from a book written thousands of years ago, try to give the rest of us advice on how to live our lives. 

“You want a godly, biblical, medically safe option? One man, one woman, married for life.”

You know if I want a boring, unfulfilling, sexually frustrating option, I just might make that choice. 

But until then sexually transmitted diseases, here I come!

(Just kidding kids. Remember, no glove, no love.)

Did you feel a seismic shift in the internet the other day? Well this picture may have been the reason why.

Apparently you will either see a blue and black dress when you look at this picture, or a white and gold dress.

Arguments became so animated the it even threatened some marriages.

For the record I see a blue and black dress, which as it turns out is exactly what it is.

However scientists have weighed in as to why some people's eyes have played them for a fool.