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Now maybe they should check the rest of Fox News' employees. It would explain a lot.
I could’ve gone my whole life without knowing Brit Hume’s sexual interests, but the guy forgot to close his tab before making a screenshot:
Someone on Twitter (sorry I can't link to it from this network for some reason) mentioned that the phrase "Brit Hume Sexy Vixen Vinyl" fits the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles song rhythm. My morning has just been upended.
The Fox News viewers I know think this whole thing is overblown:

Quote:Just watched some more Fox News. There's literally no way to mount an effective, united national response to a crisis as long as this network is actively brainwashing half the population.
If humanity makes it to the year 2080, Fox News will still be using Benghazi as its go-to "lib pwned."
Wild stuff on Fox & Friends this morning, as Brian Kilmeade seems to believe that coronavirus is a Chinese bioweapon intentionally unleashed to hurt America:

Charles Payne also blamed the pandemic on Chinese people eating endangered species, as Kilmeade laments how he can't call it the Wuhan Virus without being accused of racism:

Its a shame they've suddenly pivoted away from 'its not a big deal, please keep packing yourself into crowded spaces and go to work, even if you are coughing up a lung'.
What many of the older people in your life are hearing about the pandemic:

Quote:Sean Hannity used his syndicated talk-radio program Wednesday to share a prediction he had found on Twitter about what is really happening with the coronavirus: It’s a “fraud” by the deep state to spread panic in the populace, manipulate the economy and suppress dissent.

“May be true,” Hannity declared to millions of listeners around the country.

As the coronavirus spreads around the globe, denial and disinformation about the risks are proliferating on media outlets popular with conservatives.
“This coronavirus?” Rush Limbaugh asked skeptically during his Wednesday program. “All of this panic is just not warranted.”

The Fox Business anchor Trish Regan told viewers Monday that the worry over coronavirus “is yet another attempt to impeach the president.”

Where doctors and scientists see a public health crisis, President Donald Trump and his media allies see a political coup afoot.

Even on Wednesday night, after Trump gave an unusually somber address to the nation in which he announced he was suspending all travel from Europe for 30 days, Hannity criticized Democrats and vigorously defended the president’s response to the crisis, saying that when he instituted travel restrictions on China more than a month ago, “no president had ever acted that fast.”

Distorted realities and discarded facts are now such a part of everyday life that the way they shape events like impeachment, a mass shooting or a presidential address often goes unmentioned.

But when partisan news meets a pandemic, the information silos where people shelter themselves can become not just deluded but also dangerous, according to those who criticize conservative commentators for shedding any semblance of objectivity when it comes to covering the president.

“This sort of media spin poses a clear and present danger to public health,” said Charlie Sykes, a longtime conservative host and author who published a book, “How the Right Lost Its Mind,” in 2018. “If you have people out there who feel all of this is overblown, and feel the need to act out their lack of concern by not taking precautions, it could be exceptionally dangerous.

“That’s not just a problem for the right wing, that becomes a real threat to the general population,” added Sykes, who is also a contributor to MSNBC. “When people start dying, the entertainment value wears off.”

In the case of Fox News viewers and talk radio listeners, who tend to be older than the general population, the danger of playing down the threat is potentially far worse. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has specifically identified older people as being at higher risk from serious complications if they contract the virus. Nielsen, the TV ratings agency, lists the average age of a Fox News viewer as 65 years old.

Despite Hannity’s own skeptical commentary, his Tuesday show featured Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, as a guest. He told Hannity that he wanted to “make sure” viewers knew that the coronavirus “is 10 times more lethal than the seasonal flu — you got to make sure that people understand that.”

It was not difficult to see why Fauci would think Hannity’s roughly 4 million viewers — the biggest audience in cable news — might not understand. On Tuesday, the star anchor told his viewers, effectively, to relax.

“Sadly, these viruses pop up time to time,” Hannity said, with the certitude of a medical professional. “Pandemics happen, time to time.”

Limbaugh has offered clinical advice of his own. Recently he defended his widely criticized comparison of the coronavirus to the common cold and suggested the timing of the coverage of the outbreak raised “a gigantic series of question marks and red flags.”

And not all the prominent players in conservative opinion are denying the seriousness of the threat. Disagreement on the right has spilled into public view in a way that is unusual, given how swiftly dissent is often punished by Trump and his media loyalists.

“It’s a matter of public health. How can these shills face their followers after all the lies and deceit?” asked Michael Savage, the radio host and author who was one of Trump’s earliest supporters in conservative media and urged him to run for president in 2011.

“Are these mouthpieces without any social conscience?” added Savage, who called the words of Limbaugh and others “criminal negligence.”

Speaking on his Monday Fox News show, Tucker Carlson seemed to speak directly to skeptics like the president and Hannity, whose prime-time program follows his. “People you trust, people you probably voted for, have spent weeks minimizing what is clearly a very serious problem,” Carlson said, adding: “People you know will get sick, some may die. This is real.”

Trump pays close attention to Carlson’s show, and the two are in regular contact by phone. Earlier this year, the anchor was credited with helping persuade the president to dial back his hawkish approach on Iran — and Carlson’s words on the virus this week were interpreted as a message aimed at the White House.

There are also signs that political views affect how seriously someone takes the public health risk posed by the virus.

A Reuters poll last week found that roughly 4 in 10 Democrats believed the coronavirus was an imminent threat — but only 2 in 10 Republicans felt the same way. And Americans who approve of the way the president is handling his job are far more likely to believe that the government can stop a nationwide epidemic from occurring than those who disapprove, the poll said.
(03-12-2020, 01:18 PM)Iron Maiden Wrote: [ -> ]What many of the older people in your life are hearing about the pandemic:

I'm officially a bad person, because I feel nothing for any of them. If Rush Limbaugh's your doctor, you've made your choice.
It could be argued that FoxNews is an actual virus.

Quote:Each of the steps in viral replication has a name:
  • Step 1: Attachment: The virus attaches itself to the target cell.
  • Step 2: Penetration: The virus is brought into the target cell.
  • Step 3: Uncoating and Replication: The enveloped virus loses its envelope, and viral RNA is released into the nucleus, where it is replicated.
  • Step 4: Assembly: Viral proteins are assembled.
  • Step 5: Egress (Release): New viral particles are released.
I’m officially a bad person because I hope the virus kills both Hannity and Rush just to cement to these ignorant fucks how dire the situation is.
I think that makes you the very opposite of a bad person.
I want this to go away ASAP, but part of me wouldn't mind Hannity and Rush listeners get incredibly sick and maybe even you know, die.
(03-12-2020, 02:15 PM)mr. stockslivevan Wrote: [ -> ]I’m officially a bad person because I hope the virus kills both Hannity and Rush just to cement to these ignorant fucks how dire the situation is.

It's not like Rush might have a compromised immune system from anything...

Hell of a video:

Quote:This is the most watched show in cable news
Sadly, that's the norm for much of cable news, not just Fox. People shouting/talking over each nonstop is the norm, not the exception.
George Romero was a prophet. Regardless of the crisis, the real problem is us.
Trish Regan is rightfully being bench after the moronic "impeachment scam" comments regarding the virus.

Lisa Kennedy is going on hiatus too, but that's because Fox wants to use the time for better virus coverage.

Quote:The Fox Business show hosted by Trish Regan is going on hiatus following controversial comments she made on the air Monday about the coronavirus.

The hiatus also applies to another host, Lisa “Kennedy” Montgomery, who has her own program on the Fox Corp.-owned network. That move was related to staffing needs.

“Fox Business’s prime-time programs Trish Regan Primetime and Kennedy will both be on hiatus until further notice,” Fox said a statement. “Due to the demands of the evolving pandemic crisis coverage, we are deploying all resources from both shows for staffing needs during critical market hours. Fox Business will run long form programming in prime time for the foreseeable future.”

Regan, the host of “Trish Regan Primetime,” said Democrats and the “liberal media” were using the coronavirus to “destroy the president.” She blamed the stock market declines on Donald Trump’s rivals, calling it “another attempt to impeach the president.” While she spoke, the headline “Coronavirus Impeachment Scam” appeared next to her.

Her hourlong program airs weekdays staring at 8 p.m. Eastern time. “Objectified,” a prerecorded interview show, will run in its place.

Regan is a former Bloomberg Television host. She joined Fox in 2015. Bloomberg and Fox Business are competitors in the market for business cable-TV news.
Like, I don't even understand what the chyron "Coronavirus Impeachment Scam" are even supposed to mean. Impeachment is over, and the pandemic could only lead to a new push for it if it turns out to be real...right?
Here's Sam Seder talking about the Regan segment on his show.  Various clips are shown:

I tried to imagine my first day of work at Fox News...

"Do you know why you've been called in to HR?

"Umm, to receive the award for Awesomest Co-Worker?"

"No. I want to make you aware that it is grounds for dismissal if you ask every co-worker, 'Are you fucking high?'"

"To be fair, I only asked the people I heard speaking. And the one trying to make coffee out of toner."

"Nevertheless, you can't speak to co-workers that way. These are respected journalists at the top of their profession -"

"Are you fucking high?!?"
Don't ever let these fools forget what they did:

Quote:For weeks, some of Fox News’s most popular hosts downplayed the threat of the coronavirus, characterizing it as a conspiracy by media organizations and Democrats to undermine President Trump.

Fox News personalities such as Sean Hannity and Laura In­graham accused the news media of whipping up “mass hysteria” and being “panic pushers.” Fox Business host Trish Regan called the alleged media-Democratic alliance “yet another attempt to impeach the president.”

But that was then.

With Trump’s declaration on Friday that the virus constitutes a national emergency, the tone on Fox News has quickly shifted.

On his program on Friday, Hannity — the most watched figure on cable news — lauded the president’s handling of what the host is now, belatedly, referring to as a “crisis.”

“Tonight, we are witnessing what will be a massive paradigm shift in the future of disease control and prevention,” he said. “A bold, new precedent is being set, the world will once again benefit greatly from America’s leadership. . . . The federal government, state governments, private businesses, top hospitals all coming together, under the president’s leadership, to stem the tide of the coronavirus.”

In all, it has been a complicated dance for a network whose hosts are among Trump’s most ardent boosters and defenders — an increasingly challenging position to take as the crisis grew in magnitude. Trump, meanwhile, has long looked to Fox News and its personalities for guidance and approval, a dynamic that may have been pivotal this week after host Tucker Carlson reportedly visited with the president in person to urge him to take the coronavirus seriously.

Until then, Trump’s allies on Fox News were inclined to take the same stance that the president himself promoted for several weeks — that this coronavirus that had sickened and killed thousands of people in China was no worse a threat than the seasonal flu.

Just a week ago, Hannity shrugged at the pandemic. “So far in the United States, there’s been around 30 deaths, most of which came from one nursing home in the state of Washington,” he said last Tuesday. “Healthy people, generally, 99 percent recover very fast, even if they contract it.”

By way of comparison, he added: “Twenty-six people were shot in Chicago alone over the weekend. I doubt you heard about it. You notice there’s no widespread hysteria about violence in Chicago. And this has gone on for years and years. By the way, Democratic-run cities, we see a lot of that.”

Ingraham, whose program follows Hannity’s, also seems to have had a fast-dawning recognition that the social and economic dislocation of the virus was more than just a Democratic talking point wielded against the president.

In late February, Ingraham called Democrats the “pandemic party” and displayed photos of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) alongside enlarged images of coronavirus molecules. “How sick that these people seem almost happiest when Americans are hurting,” she said.

She kept at it through last Tuesday when, in front of a graphic reading “Trump confronts the panic pushers,” Ingraham said, “The public in some ways seems a lot more levelheaded than the so-called experts. . . . The facts are actually pretty reassuring, but you’d never know it watching all this stuff.”

Her advice: “We need to take care of our seniors. If you’re an elderly person or have a serious underlying condition, avoid tight, closed places, a lot of people, don’t take a cruise maybe. Everyone else wash your hands, use good judgment about your daily activities. Yeah, pragmatic thinking, especially if you’ve been overseas recently in one of the hardest-hit areas.”

In fact, health experts have repeatedly said that everyone, not just “seniors” or the chronically ill, should avoid contact with other people, a strategy known as “social distancing.” Their advice extends to people everywhere, not just those who recently traveled abroad. (On Friday, Ingraham tweeted that it was a “great time to fly if not in at-risk population!” The tweet was later deleted.)

By Wednesday, after Trump announced a travel ban on people from the European Union, Ingraham had started calling the pandemic “this dangerous health crisis.” She characterized warnings issued by National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases head Anthony S. Fauci about the potential spread of the disease as “sobering and scary to hear.”

Regan’s on-air speculation at the start of last week that coronavirus was merely another impeachment gambit for Democrats drew widespread pushback. Clearly the mood was changing at Fox by the time the network announced late Friday that her discussion-and-commentary program on Fox Business would leave the air indefinitely, to be replaced by long-form programming — part of a larger overhaul of the prime-time schedule, Fox officials said, intended to free up resources that would help bolster coverage of the crisis during “critical market hours.”

Fox insiders said that Regan’s removal from air showed that only some hosts — those with the biggest ratings — are protected at Fox News. “If you put Trish’s comments up against Laura [Ingraham’s], you can’t honestly tell me that Trish is off the air” because of her coronavirus commentary, said a former Fox News executive who spoke on the condition of anonymity to speak frankly about his past employer.

Alone among his prime-time colleagues, Tucker Carlson hasn’t minced words about the virus, calling it “a major event” early last week, noting its relatively high mortality rate. “It’s definitely not the flu,” he said.

He, too, blamed the “corrupt” media. But in a monologue that many took at an indirect scolding of the president, he also complained that “none of our leaders helped us to take it seriously. . . . People you trust, people you probably voted for, have spent weeks minimizing what is clearly a very serious problem. It’s just partisan politics, they say. ‘Calm down. In the end, this is just like the flu and people die from that every year. Coronavirus will pass, and when it does, we will feel foolish for worrying about it.’ That’s their position. . . . But they’re wrong.”

Days earlier, Carlson attended the birthday party of former Fox News host Kimberly Guilfoyle, who is dating Donald Trump Jr. It was at the party, at President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, that Carlson spoke personally to the president, as first reported by the New York Times, and encouraged him to take the coronavirus outbreak seriously.

Meanwhile, his network has been a petri dish for misinformation about the disease.

In comments downplaying the pandemic on March 7, Jeanine Pirro, who hosts a Saturday-night show on Fox News, offered, “All the talk about coronavirus being so much more deadly [than the flu] doesn’t reflect reality.” She reiterated Trump’s comment that the infection rate will drop “as the weather warms.”

The first statement is wrong; the second is unclear. Although the coronavirus’s mortality rate varies by country, early observations suggest it is 30 to 40 times as deadly as common flu strains. In addition, scientists are unsure whether warmer weather will slow the transmission of the disease, though it does in flu pandemics.

On the “Fox & Friends” program Friday, Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. spun out a meandering tale advancing the baseless notion that the coronavirus was designed by North Korean and Chinese scientists to harm Americans.

The program’s three co-hosts offered no objections. Host Steve Doocy moved on to asking Falwell about Liberty’s plans to cancel classes.

Then on Sunday, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) appeared on Fox News and urged Americans to “stop panicking” and for those who are healthy to “just go out.”

Said Nunes: “There’s a lot of concerns with the economy here because people are scared to go out. But I will just say one of the things you can do if you’re healthy, you and your family, it’s a great time to just go out, go to a local restaurant.”

Fauci and other specialists have urged people not to gather in restaurants, and several states have ordered the closure of bars, restaurants and food courts.

Anchor Maria Bartiromo offered no response to Nunes’s comment. On Monday, a day later, Fox News contributor Nicole Saphier, a doctor, specifically called out the congressman on air to contradict his advice and told viewers to stay home.
These are the worst fuckers...
Jesus Fucking Christ.
Lou Dobbs put another crackpot on his show to talk about the "leftist ideology" of the CDC:

Quote:Fox Business host Lou Dobbs took aim at the Centers for Disease Control, citing a far right, anti-Muslim activist’s critique of its expenditures to warn that the national public health agency in charge of fighting the coronavirus pandemic pushes “leftist ideology.”

On his Wednesday night’s show, Dobbs segued from praising the president’s response to the outbreak to an abrupt aside knocking the CDC, claiming that, in the past, it has exceeded its mission by studying the health impacts of gun violence and promoting “safe sex.”

“The Centers for Disease Control has a mission stating quote ‘The CDC works 24/7 the protected Americans from domestic and foreign threats to health, safety and security,” Dobbs said, before accusing the agency of partisanship. “The CDC, you might be curious to know, also uses taxpayer dollars on political issues that go well beyond fighting disease and in some cases support leftist ideologies.”

Dobbs then listed several projects that met his definition of inappropriate, liberal expenditures.

“The CDC has spent money, splitting $25 million with the National Institutes of Health, to study gun violence. Hosted a safe sex event with a porn star, held a transgender beauty contest and built a $106 million visitor center filled with waterfalls and Japanese gardens, very relaxing.”

Dobbs then thanked David Horowitz, a conservative extremist who has accused President Barack Obama of being a secret Muslim and accused American colleges of being dominated by communists and pro-terrorists, for providing those examples.
I guess I pick... that 4th option, throwing a dead bird at lou dobbs.
Lou, where did you hang that Trump-autographed printout of Friday's stock market gains? How are those gains looking now?
The network that told you last week that there's never been a better time to fly had this shit on this morning:

Quote:Fox News medical contributor Nicole Saphier suggests that coronavirus is spreading in the U.S. because young people with bad parents "like to take it to the street as AOC says, they do protest."
Tucker Carlson's is saying something sensible.

Okay, now I'm scared.

Quote:On Fox News Thursday, right-wing commentator Tucker Carlson laid into Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) following reports that he offloaded $1.6 dollars in stock after private briefings on coronavirus, even as he publicly downplayed its threat to the economy.

“You may have seen the news reports this afternoon that the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee sold more than a million dollars in stock in February, after learning how devastating the Chinese coronavirus could be,” said Carlson. “He had inside information about what could happen to our country, which is now happening. But he didn’t warn the public. He didn’t give a primetime address. Didn’t go on television to sound the alarm. He didn’t even disavow an op-ed he had written just ten days before claiming that America was, quote, ‘better prepared than ever for coronavirus.'”

“He didn’t do any of those things,” continued Carlson. “Instead, what did he do? He dumped his shares in hotel stocks so he wouldn’t lose money. And then he stayed silent. Now, maybe there’s an honest explanation for what he did. If there is, he should share it with the rest of us immediately. Otherwise, he must resign from the Senate and face prosecution for insider trading.”

“There is no greater moral crime than betraying your country in a time of crisis,” added Carlson. “And that appears to be what happened.”

I could, of course, point out, that Trump 100% had that same information and lied - but Carlson likely doesn't want to talk about that.
Burr has no plans of running for re election.  Therefore, under the bus he goes.

It doesn't change the fact that I was reading that statement and agreeing with it.  Where did this sudden nosebleed come from?
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Nonsense, my head has a painful throbbing every day...(boom)