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Fox News, Michael Sam, and 'Appropriate' Homophobia

Equality Matters | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Equality Matters

Fox's backlash to Sam's kiss is premised on the same stereotypes and stigma about gay sexuality that has motivated more vocal opponents of LGBT equality for decades.

Will Murdoch Succeed in Burying his Past?

Timothy Karr | Posted 03.10.2014 | Media
Timothy Karr

Rupert Murdoch is plotting his empire's expansion -- growth that could include purchases of Tribune Company newspapers and, reportedly, Time Inc. But will 2014 be the year that the media mogul, who's skilled at reinventing himself and burying old mistakes, is finally held to account?

Kate Sheppard

Fox News Accidentally Endorsed Environmental Regulations During Obama Attack | Kate Sheppard | Posted 12.20.2013 | Politics

Fox News likes regulations. That is, Fox likes regulations that the Obama administration reportedly delayed ahead of the 2012 election. In a segme...

A Compelling Case for 'Knowledge-Based Journalism'

Dan Kennedy | Posted 02.17.2014 | Media
Dan Kennedy

In the early 1990s the media identified an existential threat: violent crime. But violent crime was actually on the decline in the early '90s -- including a 4 percent drop from 1993 to '94. Thus journalistic malpractice led to policy malpractice, with consequences we continue to live with today.

An Immodest Proposal: A Response to Suzanne Venker

Jess Carbino | Posted 02.11.2014 | Women
Jess Carbino

While Venker's views are certainly consistent with an ideology accepted 60 years ago, her views fail to acknowledge major structural changes that occurred over the past 60 years in the United States.

Santa Is White, Really!

Brad Hirschfield | Posted 02.11.2014 | Religion
Brad Hirschfield

Both Kelly and Harris also remind us, if inadvertently and in their own unique ways, that we all want the same things: heroes, real or imagined, with whom we can identify. The real issue is figuring out, and dare I say, expanding, with whom we can identify.

5 Things You Must Tell Your Grandma About the Ads on FOX News So She Doesn't Get Scammed

Jon Hotchkiss | Posted 01.23.2014 | Media
Jon Hotchkiss

Over the course of 5 hours between October 24 and 25, I wrote down every commercial that aired on FOX News during shows hosted by Brett Baier, Gretchen Carlson, Shep Smith, Bill Hemmer and Greta Van Susteren because I wanted to know what was being advertised. Here's what I found.


The Huffington Post | Catherine Taibi | Posted 10.31.2013 | Media

Apparently Fox News isn't as right-sided as it used to be. The network has officially dropped out of BrandIndex's Red, Blue and Independent list of...

Fox News Rejects Anti-Fox News Ad

The Huffington Post | Posted 10.23.2013 | Media

Surprise! Fox News has rejected an ad from Media Matters that condems the network's coverage of the Benghazi attacks, the group said Wednesday. The...

'Fox & Friends' Ask If Stenographer Was Religiously Discriminated

The Huffington Post | Posted 10.17.2013 | Media

The hosts of "Fox & Friends" questioned on Thursday if the shouting stenographer who interrupted Wednesday's vote to re-open the government may have b...

Alec Baldwin's Ratings Are In

The Huffington Post | Catherine Taibi | Posted 10.14.2013 | Media

Alec Baldwin got quite a few people to stay "Up Late" with him on Friday. The "30 Rock" star's MSNBC debut began with an hour-long interview with N...

Arrogance From Bill O'Reilly and Jesse Watters of Fox News -- On Cultural Insensitivity

Michael Rosenkrantz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Media
Michael Rosenkrantz

If Mr. Watters had understood anything about other cultures, other than his own little world in the U.S., he might, have realized how insulting and inappropriate his questions were. But then that is the point for Fox News.

Maddow's Mission

D. R. Tucker | Posted 11.04.2013 | Media
D. R. Tucker

Maddow has become for this generation what William F. Buckley Jr. was for a previous generation -- the embodiment of the American public intellectual. Of course, because her politics are the opposite of Buckley's politics, this fact drives the right wing up the wall.

Reza Aslan and the Fox News Zealot

Zaki Hasan | Posted 09.28.2013 | Media
Zaki Hasan

What really sticks out to me in all the commentary is the inherent idiocy of Green's central (read: only) assertion: that Aslan's "Muslim-ness" somehow disqualifies him from writing about Jesus.

Is TMZ the Future of Local News?

Timothy Karr | Posted 09.16.2013 | Media
Timothy Karr

The common refrain of media companies promoting infotainment is that they're simply giving the people the news they want. But the real revolution in news reporting is not the fluff that springs from the minds of Fox execs.

Trump Calls for Snowden's Head ... Again

The Huffington Post | Ryan Rainey | Posted 07.01.2013 | Politics

Real estate magnate and attention-seeker Donald Trump doubled down Monday on his recommendation that Edward Snowden, the former intelligence contracto...

25 Years Later, Morton Downey Jr.'s Voice is Louder Than Ever

Bob Cesca | Posted 07.31.2014 | Media
Bob Cesca

Morton Downey succeeded where earlier talkers like Wally George and Bob Grant failed. He turned conservatism into both a rock concert and professional wrestling theater. Out of this innovative mash-up came the slick, in-your-face production values and jingoism of Fox News Channel.

The Top 9 Glenn Beck Conspiracy Theories

Bob Cesca | Posted 07.30.2013 | Media
Bob Cesca

There's no doubt that Beck is a conspiracy theorist. He's a purveyor of wacky, purely fabricated gibberish leading to the ultimate conclusion that there's an unholy alliance composed of the Obama government and "fascist" progressives out to destroy us all.

Roger Ailes Swift Move

Posted 05.06.2013 | Media

Oh, Roger Ailes. The New York Times preview of journalist Jonathan Alter's new book, The Center Holds: Obama and His Enemies, begins with a story ...

Fox News Craps Its Cage: Eric Holder Is Clearly With the Terrorists

Bob Cesca | Posted 07.02.2013 | Media
Bob Cesca

Fox News Channel amplified its crusade against the president this week, implying that the same administration that killed Bin Laden and much of al Qaeda's leadership is apparently composed of terrorist sympathizers.

Republicans: The Boston Marathon Bombing Was the President's Fault! Impeach!

Bob Cesca | Posted 06.25.2013 | Politics
Bob Cesca

It's all yet another case study in how the Republicans too often comport themselves in the wake of a disaster -- these self-proclaimed "patriots" are merely selective, fair-weather patriots, only willing to lend their unified support when the president is from their own party.

Hannity Talks Being Black (and Conservative) in America

Brittney Bullock | Posted 06.15.2013 | Black Voices
Brittney Bullock

Last Monday's unique taping of Hannity featured an audience of 23 distinguished professionals, invited to discuss the power and the plight that accompanies being black and conservative.

The Elephant in the Room: Militarism

Jeff Cohen | Posted 06.12.2013 | Media
Jeff Cohen

I spent years as a political pundit on mainstream TV -- at CNN, Fox News and MSNBC. I was outnumbered, outshouted, red-baited and finally terminated. Inside mainstream media, I saw that major issues were not only dodged, but sometimes not even acknowledged to exist. Today there's an elephant in the room: a huge, yet ignored, issue that largely explains why Social Security is now on the chopping block. And why other industrialized countries have free college education and universal healthcare, but we don't. It's arguably our country's biggest problem -- a problem that Martin Luther King Jr. focused on before he was assassinated 45 years ago, and has only worsened since then (which was the height of the Vietnam War). That problem is U.S. militarism and perpetual war.

Bill O'Reilly and Glenn Beck: Champions of Gay Rights?

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

O'Reilly surely is quite cognizant of keeping his ratings high as he sees support for gay marriage rise rapidly in the polls. But if the debate over marriage equality now needs to move into the Fox News audience, it's certainly not a bad thing to have O'Reilly taking on the anti-equality crowd.

WATCH: Bill O'Reilly Battles New War

Posted 03.22.2013 | Media

After declaring victory in the War on Christmas, Fox News host Bill O'Reilly had another budding battle to discuss: the War on Easter. O'Reilly ta...