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‘Pants On Fire’: Top Fact-Checking Group Finds 60 Percent Of Fox ‘News’ Is False

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The fact checkers at Politifact have reviewed all the major cable and broadcast news organizations. Fox News is at the top of the list — for more false facts than any other news organization they surveyed.

Fox News just can’t handle the truth. Literally. Nor can they be trusted to report the truth, according to a new study by PolitiFact’s PunditFact group. The fact checkers there say that 60 percent of the claims made by Fox News‘ pundits and on-air personalities are Mostly False, False or Pants on Fire false — to use their terms.

The other networks have work to do as well. PunditFact ruled 46 percent of the claims made by NBC News and MSNBC pundits and personalities to be Mostly False, False or Pants on Fire false. CNN came in at just 18 percent false. ABC and CBS News were both rated at 34 percent false. 

LOOK: Poll: Majority Of Americans Sick And Tired Of Hearing Sarah Palin’s Opinion

Hopefully, this will force producers to stop inviting hate group leaders like Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins to opine on issues for which they make their living falsifying facts. (Producers should be using GLAAD’s Commentator Accountability Project when booking pundits paid by hate groups, so they know in advance what they’re getting.)

Here’s a sampling of the worst examples of Fox News lies, including those from Sarah Palin, Ann Coulter, George Will, Todd Starnes, Liz Cheney, Bill O’Reilly, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, and many others:

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Hat tip: John Aravosis

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‘Very Bad News for Chauvin’: Legal Expert Weighs in on Jurors Having Reached a Verdict So Quickly in Murder Trial

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Jurors have reached a verdict, less than 24 hours after the trial of Derek Chauvin concluded. Chauvin is charged with the killing of George Floyd, and faces three charges.

The verdict is expected to be announced in about an hour.

Former federal prosecutor Renatto Marioitti says this is “very bad news for Chauvin.”

This is a breaking news and developing story. Details may change. This story will be updated, and NCRM will likely publish follow-up stories on this news. Stay tuned and refresh for updates.

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RIGHT WING HYPOCRISY

McEnany Lectures Biden: ‘It’s the Role of the President of the United States to Stay Back, to Not Inflame’

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Former White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Tuesday blasted President Joe Biden for speaking out about the Derek Chauvin trial even though her former boss, Donald Trump, often expressed his opinion on similar events.

After the sequestered jury began its deliberations in the Chauvin trial, Biden told reporters that he was praying for the “right verdict.”

McEnany, in her role as Fox News host, criticized the current president.

“I’m glad that he at least waited until the jury was sequestered,” McEnany ranted. “But I think that the country is such a tinderbox right now, especially Minneapolis. There’s so much hurt, so much pain.”

And I think it’s the role of the president of the United States to stay back, to not inflame the tensions,” she added. “I think he should have just reserved comment and said he’s praying for the family as we all are.”

As president, Trump often weighed in on legal matters and controversial events.

After Kyle Rittenhouse was charged with homicide for shootings that left two protesters in Wisconsin dead last August, Trump offered a defense of the suspect.

“He was trying to get away from them, I guess, it looks like,” Trump opined at the time. “I guess he was in very big trouble. He probably would have been killed.”

Watch the video below from Fox News.

 

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Republicans Planning to Force Censure Vote Against Maxine Waters – Here’s How It Could Backfire: Report

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Republican Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) is set on forcing a vote in the House on his resolution to censure Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA). There’s little chance it will pass, and Democrats might be able to block it before he’s able to force a vote, but regardless it very easily could backfire against them, according to Politico.

Republicans in the House and Senate are claiming to be furious after Waters went to Minnesota to talk with Black Lives Matter protestors and told them if former police officer Derek Chauvin is not found guilty of killing George Floyd they must “stay on the street” and become “more confrontational.”

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene is falsely claiming Waters is inciting violence, and she’s moving to expel the California Democrat, which also will not happen.

Others, like House Republican Minority Whip Steve Scalise, on Tuesday falsely claimed Waters was “trying to incite violence and, in fact, there is violence going on right now in Minnesota because of her actions.”

Republicans are trying to inflate Waters’ comments and use them against Democrats. The National Republican Congressional Committee “is already planning to use this vote to tie moderate Democrats to Waters, according to spokesman Michael Mcadams,” Politico reports.

Politico says if Republicans go ahead with this plan it “could also trigger Democratic action as well.”

Many House Democrats are still furious about the January 6 insurrection, and that they’re forced to work “alongside apologists to an insurrection.”

“Tensions remain high in the House after Jan. 6, with Democrats privately lamenting that they’re working alongside apologists to an insurrection. Democratic leadership has privately worked to persuade many of these frustrated members to hold back on forcing votes rebuking their GOP colleagues to try to lower the temperature in Washington. They may be less restrained after the GOP-led vote on Waters.”

Democrats could force action against some of the extremists, or resuscitate what had appeared to be an all-but-dead January 6 House Commission, something Speaker Pelosi just brought up again, as did a New York Times editorial board member.

 

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