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Obama adviser Axelrod blames Fox News

On CBS Late Night with David Letterman, senior administration adviser David Axelrod blamed Fox News Network for promoting the birther mess.

These are times of great change and stress, so you see some of those things come out, but it is no doubt promoted by our friends at Fox and others, and that’s part of the politics we have to deal with

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34 Responses to Obama adviser Axelrod blames Fox News

  1. avatar
    charo October 7, 2010 at 11:04 pm #

    Who at Fox News is promoting birtherism?

  2. avatar
    Majority Will October 7, 2010 at 11:27 pm #

    Sean Hannity

    http://mediamatters.org/mmtv/200907160002

    Sean Hannity – who has dipped his toe in the birther pool in the past by asking what’s wrong with asking if Obama has a “legitimate birth certificate” – is hosting widely discredited smear artist, birther extraordinaire, and WND “reporter” Jerome Corsi tonight as part of his “Great American Panel.”

    http://mediamatters.org/blog/201009020024

    WND CEO, birther Joseph Farah: “Sean Hannity for president”
    http://mediamatters.org/blog/200908260002

    Gee, charo. Is your Google search function broken again? No wonder you’re suspicious without valid reasons.

  3. avatar
    Ouch! October 8, 2010 at 12:09 am #

    MSNBC and CNN mention “birtherism” far more than FOX news… In fact; both have had “birthers” on numerous times and Fox has not.

    Who are you brainwashed obamanite fools trying to fool?

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    Ouch! October 8, 2010 at 12:12 am #

    One more thing. It was Chris Matthews of MSNBC who was the first person to state on the air in 2007 that Obama was a Muslim and was born in INDONESIA!

    Again, who are you brainwashed obamanite fools trying to fool?

  5. avatar
    Majority Will October 8, 2010 at 12:35 am #

    Ouch!: MSNBC and CNN mention “birtherism” far more than FOX news… In fact; both have had “birthers” on numerous times and Fox has not.Who are you brainwashed obamanite fools trying to fool?

    Even charo understands context.

    Doc,

    Isn’t Ouch a serial troll?

    I respect your judgement.

  6. avatar
    misha October 8, 2010 at 12:35 am #

    Ouch!: It was Chris Matthews of MSNBC who was the first person to state on the air in 2007 that Obama was a Muslim and was born in INDONESIA!

    Link please. I’m positive I first heard it from my cat.

  7. avatar
    Ouch! October 8, 2010 at 12:45 am #

    Click ‘show more text’ and scroll about 3/4 of the way down.

    ‘But didnt Hillary dump on Obama a few days ago for playing up his Indonesian roots? So, what is she up to here? Is she pushing how great he is for having been born in Indonesia, or what, or simply reminding everybody about his background, his Islamic background?’

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/22326842/

  8. avatar
    Ouch! October 8, 2010 at 12:50 am #

    Again, who are you brainwashed obamanite fools trying to fool?

  9. avatar
    misha October 8, 2010 at 1:05 am #

    Ouch!: Is she pushing how great he is for having been born in Indonesia, or what, or simply reminding everybody about his background, his Islamic background?’

    The foreign birth and secret Muslim started with a Clinton supporter, Philip Berg, here in Philly – Norristown, actually.

    So yes, it started with Hilary Clinton. Politics is a dirty blood sport, which is why I never ran for class president. When I was asked to be on my condo’s board, I say “no thanks.”

    I prefer animals to people: their love is unconditional, and they don’t gossip. Also, my cat will never say what my ex did: “You are a typical Jew.”

    One more note: I don’t care if Obama was born on Mars, to space aliens. I tried living in Anchorage. I had so much anti-semitism flung in my face, most of it from Palin’s crowd, I gave up after 3 months and drove back to Philly.

    I would not vote GOP for dog catcher.

  10. avatar
    NbC October 8, 2010 at 1:17 am #

    Ouch!: Again, who are you brainwashed obamanite fools trying to fool?

    Given your name calling you have come to realize that we are not fooling anyone.

    Have you no original thoughts to contribute?

  11. avatar
    richCares October 8, 2010 at 1:45 am #

    nbc says to Ouch “Have you no original thoughts to contribute?”
    .
    that’s not a fair question to someone who has no clue on anything!
    poor Ouch probably still in his mother’s basement.
    but one day, when he grows up, he will teach his children how to hate.

  12. avatar
    NbC October 8, 2010 at 2:06 am #

    richCares: but one day, when he grows up, he will teach his children how to hate.

    Now that is a truly sad thought.

  13. avatar
    Keith October 8, 2010 at 2:29 am #

    charo: Who at Fox News is promoting birtherism?

    The major talking heads at Faux have officially disavowed birtherism, however not before giving the rock a push and ensuring that it had momentum to keep going by itself. That is how they operate. The Tea Party rallies and the Congressional Town Hall invasions last year were 100% original Faux promotions.

  14. avatar
    Bovril October 8, 2010 at 6:13 am #

    Don’t forget “Old Weepy” himself, Beck is the poster child for Birfoons at Faux

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    Dr. Conspiracy October 8, 2010 at 8:29 am #

    Ouch!: Again, who are you brainwashed obamanite fools trying to fool?

    Glossary updated:

    http://www.obamaconspiracy.org/glossary/

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    Dr. Conspiracy October 8, 2010 at 8:31 am #

    Majority Will: Isn’t Ouch a serial troll?

    Well, I don’t mind trolls much until they get the OBOTS to start acting like 10-year-old boys fighting on the playground.

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    DavidH October 8, 2010 at 9:13 am #

    Quote:”Nevada Democrats have seized on the widely debunked conspiracy theory that President Obama was not born in the U.S. to attack Tea Party darling Sharron Angle, the Republican running against Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.”

    From Fox News:
    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/06/24/nevada-democrats-seize-birther-controversy-attack-tea-party-darling/

    Fox News called the “birhter conspiracy” “debunked”. That does not sound like promotion to me.

    The birther story has run its course. It is now in the fringe of politics, kept alive by WND for the purpose of driving traffic to their site to support advertising revenue. No one takes Orly Taiz and company seriously.

  18. avatar
    Majority Will October 8, 2010 at 10:01 am #

    Dr. Conspiracy:
    Well, I don’t mind trolls much until they get the OBOTS to start acting like 10-year-old boys fighting on the playground.

    Point taken? 🙂

  19. avatar
    DavidH October 8, 2010 at 11:56 am #

    Bovril: Don’t forget “Old Weepy” himself, Beck is the poster child for Birfoons at Faux

    Glenn Beck is not a birther. He rejected the idea in a recent on-air interview with Dinesh D’Souza.

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    Loren October 8, 2010 at 12:21 pm #

    Whether he was conflating Birtherism and the Tea Party movement, or whether he was just looking to scapegoat Fox, Axelrod’s simply wrong to blame Fox for promoting Birtherism.

    Fox, to my knowledge, has never put a Birther on-air to talk about Birtherism. Beck and O’Reilly have both openly rejected and even mocked Birtherism. Shepard Smith gave perhaps the fiercest denouncement of Birtherism I’ve seen from any news anchor, anywhere.

    The most you can claim is that there’s been a handful of isolated instances such as when Hannity briefly suggested that people who wanted to see the long-form birth certificate weren’t necessarily crazy. But even if you count all of those, and lump them together, they *still* won’t be as much promotion as Lou Dobbs gave to Birtherism on CNN.

    I’m not defending Fox in general here. I’m just saying they don’t deserve to be scapegoated for promoting a conspiracy theory that they have, perhaps surprisingly, avoided.

  21. avatar
    Black Lion October 8, 2010 at 12:22 pm #

    Speaking of Beck…

    “This morning on his radio program, Glenn Beck discussed in more detail some of the physical challenges he’s been facing. Glenn told his audience that he will be taking several days off next week to undergo tests at a hospital “out west.”

    On recent broadcasts he’s discussed that he has been having problems with feeling in his hands and feet. Today he explained that “small fiber” issues may be involved but that testing will provide more understanding.

    Glenn also said the listeners may have noticed a change in how he sounds on the air. He said he’s been having problems with his vocal chords and that doctors will also be examining this problem.

    This post will be updated several times to add information and clips from the program.

    http://www.theblaze.com/stories/glenn-beck-reveals-hell-undergo-medical-tests-for-combination-of-problems/

  22. avatar
    Steve October 8, 2010 at 12:22 pm #

    Sarah Palin is on Fox now and even if she’s not a birther, she’s certainly winked at them.

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    Black Lion October 8, 2010 at 12:24 pm #

    Loren: Whether he was conflating Birtherism and the Tea Party movement, or whether he was just looking to scapegoat Fox, Axelrod’s simply wrong to blame Fox for promoting Birtherism.Fox, to my knowledge, has never put a Birther on-air to talk about Birtherism. Beck and O’Reilly have both openly rejected and even mocked Birtherism. Shepard Smith gave perhaps the fiercest denouncement of Birtherism I’ve seen from any news anchor, anywhere.The most you can claim is that there’s been a handful of isolated instances such as when Hannity briefly suggested that people who wanted to see the long-form birth certificate weren’t necessarily crazy. But even if you count all of those, and lump them together, they *still* won’t be as much promotion as Lou Dobbs gave to Birtherism on CNN.I’m not defending Fox in general here. I’m just saying they don’t deserve to be scapegoated for promoting a conspiracy theory that they have, perhaps surprisingly, avoided.

    Loren, good point. Although FOX has stayed away from the birtherism angle, they have attempted to influence the viewers negatively against Obama with every other issue. Most recently the so called voter intimidation or “New Black Panther” story that they have been the only ones pushing….

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    misha October 8, 2010 at 12:26 pm #

    Black Lion: On recent broadcasts he’s discussed that he has been having problems with feeling in his hands and feet. Today he explained that “small fiber” issues may be involved

    Those are long term injuries from that girl defending herself in 1990.

  25. avatar
    Black Lion October 8, 2010 at 2:59 pm #

    Good Article regarding FOX news…

    …you’ll never have a liberal equivalent to Fox News that has anything like the same level of success. Conservatives believe that the mainstream news is fundamentally corrupt and untrustworthy. They want a fully closed information ecosystem in which every piece of data they consume is filtered through the perspective of the conservative movement. Very, very few liberals want that. They want their liberal opinion, but they also want straight news, or at the very least news that isn’t overtly propagandistic like on Fox. MSNBC has slightly right-of-center programming in the morning with Joe Scarborough, straight news throughout the day, then liberal opinion at night.

    Will that work? Sherman implicitly suggests it won’t. The beauty of Fox News is that the “straight” news seamlessly meshes with the straight opinion ranters. The daytime shows endlessly pump up the Black Panther intimidation story, and then the opinion hosts flog the story more. The whole product works together.

    http://www.tnr.com/blog/jonathan-chait/78223/why-msnbc-isnt-and-cant-beat-fox-news

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    Black Lion October 8, 2010 at 3:09 pm #

    More on FOX…

    “Fox’s secret is that viewers stay. That’s because Fox’s rightward flanking maneuver, capturing a disenfranchised part of the audience, was only part of its strategy. The news, especially political news, wasn’t something that happened. It was something that you shaped out of the raw data, brought out of the clay of zhlubby, boring politics, reborn with heroes and villains, triumphs and reverses, never-ending story lines—what TV executives call “flow.” And the beauty of it was that the viewers—the voters—were the protagonists, victims of evil Kenyan socialist overlords, or rebels, coming to take the government back. There was none of the on-the-one-hand, on-the-other-hand relativity crossfire that mirrors the journalism-school ideal of objectivity. All the fire went one way. The viewers, on their couches, were flattered as the most important participants, the foot soldiers in Fox’s army; some of them even voted.”

    http://nymag.com/print/?/news/media/68717/

  27. avatar
    Adam October 8, 2010 at 5:07 pm #

    Black Lion: Loren, good point. Although FOX has stayed away from the birtherism angle, they have attempted to influence the viewers negatively against Obama with every other issue. Most recently the so called voter intimidation or “New Black Panther” story that they have been the only ones pushing….

    SO what’s wrong with that?

  28. avatar
    Daniel October 8, 2010 at 8:38 pm #

    Black Lion: …you’ll never have a liberal equivalent to Fox News that has anything like the same level of success. Conservatives believe that the mainstream news is fundamentally corrupt and untrustworthy. They want a fully closed information ecosystem in which every piece of data they consume is filtered through the perspective of the conservative movement.

    Which is the concept behind http://www.conservapedia.com as well.

  29. avatar
    Keith October 9, 2010 at 1:46 am #

    Black Lion: On recent broadcasts he’s discussed that he has been having problems with feeling in his hands and feet. Today he explained that “small fiber” issues may be involved but that testing will provide more understanding.

    If he would stop sinning God wouldn’t punish him so terribly.

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    misha October 9, 2010 at 2:00 am #

    Keith: If he would stop sinning God wouldn’t punish him so terribly.

    No, those are long term injuries from that poor girl defending herself.

  31. avatar
    Northland10 October 9, 2010 at 9:12 pm #

    Well Dr. Manning thinks that FOX is not supportive of the birthers so he has now announced:

    We The People vs. FOX News Corp. et. al. Trial

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=68zYu9q2vhk

    His list of those to indict are, Murdoch, Roger Ailes, shareholders (especially the Islamic ones), O’Reilly, Hannity, Beck, and even Palin. Maybe this should be We The People v. Everybody Else.

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    misha October 9, 2010 at 9:25 pm #

    Northland10: His list of those to indict are, Murdoch, Roger Ailes, shareholders (especially the Islamic ones), O’Reilly, Hannity, Beck, and even Palin.

    Manning has a lengthy felony record. He is quite familiar with the criminal justice system.

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    aarrgghh October 11, 2010 at 9:13 pm #

    abc news’ jake tapper, today:

    TAPPER: But what do you say to people who argue you are demonizing an organization for a charge that nobody knows if it’s true or not?

    AXELROD: Well I’m not demonizing the Chamber of Commerce. I’m simply suggesting to them that they disclose the source of the $75 million that they are spending in campaigns and put to rest, put to rest the questions that have been, that have been raised.

    TAPPER: Isn’t that like the whackjobs that tell the president he needs to show them his full long-form birth certificate so he can put to rest the questions that have been raised?

    AXELROD: The president’s birth certificate has been available to people.

    TAPPER: The long form?

    AXELROD: Someone once in the course of this debate about whether we should have a law to force these organizations to disclose where they’re money is coming from in the campaigns, someone said, and I think they’re right – “the only people who want to keep things secret are folks who have something to hide.” If the Chamber doesn’t have anything to hide about these contributions, and I take them at their word that they don’t, then why not disclose? Why not let people see where their money is coming from?

    freepers report that tapper later tweeted:

    “Periodically it becomes clear that I need to warn folks: I block birthers (and truthers). Keep that nonsense out of my twitter feed. Thanks.”

  34. avatar
    aarrgghh October 11, 2010 at 9:16 pm #

    question: if tapper’s not at least birfer-friendly, why ask about the long form … ?