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From Palin To Murdoch, Fox News Turns On Full Tilt Support For Santorum

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From Fox News and News Corp Chair and CEO Rupert Murdoch, to Fox Contributor and presidential canditease Sarah Palin, the Fox PR propaganda machine is running on overdrive in full-tilt support for Rick Santorum in tonight’s GOP Iowa Caucuses.

Yesterday, Rupert Murdoch used his brand-spanking new Twitter account, opened New Year’s Eve, to throw his support to Santorum, tweeting from his famously failed iPad on Sunday, “Good to see santorum surging in Iowa. Regardless of policies, all debates showed principles, consistency and humility like no other,” and then on Monday, “Can’t resist this tweet, but all Iowans think about Rick Santorum. Only candidate with genuine big vision for country.”

Murdoch, many will remember, fired Rick Santorum almost a year ago, when he declared that anyone who was seriously considering running for President had to leave the Fox News. Santorum at the time said he had not only not decided to run or not, but was never even asked by Murdoch or his people if he were going to run. Perhaps he just listened in on Santorum’s cell phone?

Clearly, Murdoch is pushing Santorum higher into the field because he see that a Santorum upset will generate controversy and viewership.

Curiously, Murdoch did not fire Sarah Palin a year ago, when he axed Santorum and Gingrich, which — to anyone with half a brain — made it clear Palin was never serious about running.

Sarah Palin did, however, back her boss Rupert Murdoch yesterday, on Fox News, voicing support for Santorum — however disingenuous and, well, false.

“Appearing on Fox yesterday, Palin, after being prompted by the host, insisted she respects Santorum because he puts his religion first, but, according to her, not in a ‘judgmental or condemning way’,” reports Andrew Belonsky at Towleroad today:

“He talked about America’s Judeo-Christian foundation, how important it is that we stand strong on it and that we build upon it,” she said. “Not in a judgmental, condemning way when it comes to anybody’s lifestyle.”

Perhaps Palin is thinking of a different Rick Santorum, because I seem to recall the candidate comparing same-sex love with bestiality, consistently using his power to oppress LGBT people and generally being a complete homophobe.

Or maybe she just doesn’t know what the word “judgmental” means, which very well may be the case.

Notice the keywords Palin used: “lifestyle,” and , in the video, she adds, right after “lifestyle,” “Or any individuals.”

Clearly, Palin is trying to massage the extreme hate Santorum has for the LGBT community into smoothing more palpable to Iowans who see his as so extreme as to be un-Christian.

Any gay, lesbian, or bisexual American who supports Santorum or views Fox News as a legitimate source of information needs to reconsider their principles. For Murdoch, Fox, and Palin to all back the candidate — Santorum — who has build his career as a gay-bashing homophobic bible-thumping anti-gay hate monger says far more about them than they realize.

UPDATE: Today’s Wall Street Journal, a cog in the Rupert Murdoch News Corp propaganda machine, just published a scathing op-ed attacking Mitt Romney.

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Fox News Host’s Inaccurate Reporting Leads to False Right-Wing Speculation Breyer Was Forced Out

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Barely minutes before 12:00 noon on Wednesday NBC News’ Pete Williams broke the news that Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer was going to announce he is retiring, at the end of the term.

Hours later Fox News host Shannon Bream breathlessly tweeted, “Multiple sources tell me Justice Breyer was not planning to announce his retirement today. They describe him as ‘upset’ with how this has played out. We still await any official notice from his office and/or the #SCOTUS public information office.”

That was 2:41 PM.

Her tweet was inaccurate – based on her own reporting, about a half-hour later.

At 3:14 PM Bream “clarified” her reporting, making clear that Justice Breyer “firmly decided” to retire on his own, and was merely “surprised” that a top-notch veteran Supreme Court reporter broke the news:

Her first tweet has received thousands of retweets and likes and led to false speculation among many right-wingers (adding to the already false claims from the far right) that President Joe Biden forced Justice Breyer out the door – something impossible (unless you do over a billion dollars in business with a bank where the son of a Supreme Court Justice works.)

Too late, the damage is done. Ordinarily many reporters will delete tweets that are inaccurate or wrong, then post the reason why, and a correction. Bream did not.

Related: Fox News Host Asks How We Can Tell ‘Bad Guys’ If We Can’t See ‘Tone Of Their Skin’?

Over at the right-wing National Review, senior writer Charles C. W. Cooke posted an article titled: “Did the Democratic Party Preempt Justice Breyer’s Announcement to Force His Hand?”

Its only content: Bream’s inaccurate tweet and the words, “It certainly seems possible.”

Here are more results of Bream’s inaccurate reporting:

Chief political correspondent, Washington Examiner and Fox News contributor Byron York:

Another Washington Times columnist and a SiriusXMPatriot personality:

Former senior advisor to the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC):

Blogger at right wing website Hot Air:

Radio talk show host:

 

 

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Silenced by Psaki: Reporter Pushing Right Wing Talking Points Can’t Answer Press Secretary’s Basic Questions About Them

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A reporter was silent after pushing right-wing talking points during the White House’s daily press briefing and being asked to explain her question. The Q&A was so disturbing one well-known political scientist weighed in on social media to declare the White House press corps an “embarrassment.”

“Just a quick question on inflation,” the unnamed reporter began as she asked her question on the administration’s plan to strengthen the social safety net and grow jobs. “Many believe that government spending is a big factor in the current inflation levels. Can you speak to concerns that spending plans that come out of Build Back Better aren’t paid for, and so could mean higher deficits and more inflation in the future.”

Psaki, a little stunned, confirmed she heard correctly: “Aren’t paid for? Build Back Better is paid for.”

The reporter was silent. As time moved on, so did Psaki.

“Entirely,” she added, definitively.

“Okay,” replied the reporter, apparently out of facts and with little understanding of what she was asking. “Can you speak to the concerns that are coming in that it’s not, actually?”

“Who are the concerns from though?” Psaki asked.

Silence again.

“Who’s saying it’s not paid for?” Psaki pressed.

More silence.

“Because there have been a range of economists saying it’s entirely paid for, and that has been a priority for the President. It has also been concluded by a number of Nobel laureates and experts from a range of economic experts on the outside that it will not contribute to inflation. So those are the global experts that we would point to, but there may be others suggesting something else, but I don’t know who those people are,” she said, allowing the reporter to offer a different response, to possibly retain her dignity.

“So if those bills do pass it will not raise taxes?” the reporter asked, which is an entirely different question.

“Well, something being entirely paid for means that part of that is the highest income Americans highest that companies would be asked to pay a little bit more. That has been part of the proposal and part of reforming the tax system to make it more fair,” Psaki explained.

“So they’re also not expected to contribute to future inflation, then?”

“The Build Back Better Bill? Again, it’s fully paid for, we would point to Nobel laureates and a range of global economists who have conveyed that it would not contribute to inflationary pressures.”

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Influential Far Right Conservatives Ballistic Over Breyer Retirement: ‘They Must Be Stopped’

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As soon as the news broke that Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer will retire at the end of the current session, right-wing activists began declaring that Breyer had been “bullied” into stepping down and therefore Republicans must do everything they can to block whomever President Joe Biden nominates to fill that seat.

Carrie Severino of the Judicial Crisis Network and Tom Fitton of Judicial Watch both asserted that Breyer had been forced out of his seat on the court.

Penny Nance of Concerned Women for America declared that Biden must use the vacancy to unify the nation by appointing to the court a “constitutionalist” (which is conservative code for “right-wing ideologue”).

Proclaiming that the Senate is the “our last line of defense against radical leftist SCOTUS justices,” Ohio Republican Senate candidate Josh Mandel used the opportunity to promote his own campaign.

Rep. Lauren Boebert proclaimed that Biden should take a hint from Breyer and “follow him out the door.”

Right-wing activist Brigitte Gabriel openly asserted that it doesn’t even matter whom Biden nominates, “they must be stopped.”

Right-wing commentator Matt Walsh demanded that the position remain vacant until following the midterm elections in November, insisting that “it would be an assault on our democracy” to confirm any nominee before then.

Taking things a step further, radical Arizona state Sen. Wendy Rogers called on the U.S. Senate to “filibuster, stall, delay and hold Biden’s Supreme Court pick until 2024.”

This article was originally published by Right Wing Watch and is republished here by permission.

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