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Looking Back On FNC’s 2012

You could probably win a case in court that FNC, for better or worse, is by far the most interesting cable news channel on television. Ranker’s end-of-year “Top 12 Fox News Fails of 2012” only lends credibility to the argument.

Browsing through the list, we reminisced about what this year brought us from FNC. We laughed. We cried. We laughed a little more. Then we pulled out our top three favorites.

1. Fox & Friends Gets Punkd

In mid September Max Rice, a “recent college grad” came on the network to explain why he was supporting Mitt Romney, introduced himself to the nation with one word: “Sup.” It was all downhill from there. Rice called show co-host Gretchen Carlson “Miss U.S.A.” when she’s actually former Miss America. He sipped a cup of something on set. He said he met President Obama “in third grade,” which had absolutely nothing to do with anything. The interview ended with him saying… Read more

FNC’s Brit Hume Wants Correction From NY’s Gabriel Sherman; The Outcome: Fat Chance

New York mag’s Gabriel Sherman caused an explosion on the level of Three Mile Island Monday by reporting that FNC weekend Executive Producer David Clark had emailed producers with instruction not to do any segments on gun control. The report came just after the Sandy Hook killing spree at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn. Friday.

After a follow-up story by The Hollywood Reporter challenging the accuracy of Sherman’s piece, FNC Contributor Brit Hume demanded that Sherman issue a correction. “The Hollywood Reporter story covers a lot more than Fox News Sunday, & demolishes your original story,” Hume tweeted to Sherman. “Time for a correction.”

Try as it might, THR‘s story doesn’t exactly change anything about Sherman’s original report. It does cite “Fox News insiders’ (which Sherman cited in his own story, though surely different ones ) who dispute the charge, noting that Fox News Sunday hosted a discussion on gun policy.

Sherman’s story, however, also stated that fact.

The big development in THR‘s story comes at the very endRead more

Where in the World is Michelle Fields?

Since departing The Daily Caller, Michelle Fields has kept a low profile. You can still catch her on TV every now and then, but she has focused her efforts into her own website, www.MichelleFields.com. It’s a shame, because we miss the fan art that people would send her, like the one on the right. Fields attempts to carry on her great tradition of reporting and was eager to weigh in on the recent union battle in the state of Michigan. Fox News contributor Steven Crowder was punched in the face by a man at a protest. Michelle knows a thing or two about these kind of altercations. She rose to prominence after being knocked to the ground by a police officer during Occupy protests in NYC.

Crowder has come under a bit of scrutiny in recent days. Gawker brought up the idea that maybe Crowder deserved the beatdown he received. Fields calls the story “atrocious” and says that the author, Max Read, is a “terrible human being.” She takes Read to task because he accuses Crowder of “inserting himself in the situation.”

Maybe Fields should have read her own work before commenting on the story further, because she may not disagree with Read as much as she thinks. Read more

Major Garrett Tweaks Twitter Handle

One of the most prolific tweeters that we follow is Major Garrett. The brand new Chief White House Correspondent for CBS/Columnist for National Journal takes his Twitter feed to many different places. We began to worry about Garrett since he hadn’t tweeted since November 22. Just as we were thinking of sending out the search dogs, he re-emerged Tuesday morning with the following tweet.

He lives! And he’s changed his name! While he will still write a column for National Journal, his main gig will be with CBS. When Garrett covered the White House for Fox News, he tweeted as “@MajoratWH.” When he jumped to National Journal, he switched to “@MajoratNJ.” At the time, followers seemed to wait with baited breath for what the new handle would be. When we got the news about his moving to CBS, we figured it was only a matter of time.

We reached out to Garrett about the name change… Read more

What’s Dana Tweeting?

Every so often, we like to check in with Dana Perino of Fox News to see what she’s sharing with the world. Most of the time, Dana is tweeting about her son dog, Jasper.

Let’s just get right to it, shall we? Here’s one of the most bizarre pictures of the dog that Dana has EVER tweeted with the caption, “He must have realized what ‘getting tutored by the vet on Tuesday’ really means.” I can honestly say that I have no idea what she’s trying to say. Did she mean neutered? Does she think Jasper really knows? Why did she show us yet another a doggie-porn-crotch-shot of her canine?

It only gets weirder… Read more

Camp Gretawire

In which we check in with Gretawire to see what Oprah Van Susteren is chatting about and what her boisterous fan club is saying back.

Fox News’ Greta Van Suteren took to her “Gretawire” blog Sunday morning to vent about her long-delayed flight out of El Paso, Texas, and the sad state of affairs at American Airlines.

“[B]ecause of American Airlines lousy management and yes, the economy, AA has money problems and thus can not afford or do not have mechanics at this airport on the weekend,” Van Susteren wrote.

She said she and co-passengers had to deplane after being alerted to problems with the jet. “So what is the American’s back up solution?” she continued. “They have to call ‘contract mechanics’ to come to the airport to fix any problems.” At the end of her post, Van Susteren called out American Airlines for its “lousy management” but acknowledged the “great” flight attendant on the defunct plane.

Never fear. Her rambunctious fans offered explanations and advice.

It’s the unions!

“Greta… you have to remember… all work done on these planes are UNION worker/slackers… and we have seen what union workers do during their break time…”– Granniegoblin

It’s Obama!

“…a ‘flat at best’ economy…ROFL. Flat ONLY after Obama has driven the economy to the lowest level ever before but it was inevitable from a guy who never made a dime in his life from business. All Obama knows is how to appease ‘takers’ of which he is master at doing himself.”– Juspassinby

David Shuster: Too Sexy For HuffPost?

Current TV’s David Shuster, a regular blogger for HuffPost, had his latest submission for the news site rejected.

“We appreciate you taking the time to submit your most recent post,” a letter from the HuffPost blog team to Shuster reads. “Unfortunately, we are going to pass on it for publication at this time, and will look forward to your next submission.”

Gasp! What’s a lefty to do? Shuster’s column, which takes on Fox News and its “war on Christmas” stories, was published on Current.com instead.

An excerpt:

“[A]t Fox News, which prides itself on ‘we report, you decide,’ the mantra is actually ‘we don’t report, so we can lie.’ In story after story, the on-air staff and top producers seem to revel in being ‘uninformed’ so they can say, with a straight face, the GOP’s latest right wing talking points. …

“[T]hat approach is un-American. Our nation was founded by enlightened and intellectually vigorous thinkers who embraced freedom, liberty, and justice. Fox News continually stands for shallow, dishonest, carnival barking that perpetuates and leverages the most debased paranoia. In this season of faith and hope, pray that Fox News will someday choose to sanctify and honor our fellow citizens instead of misleading, dividing, and dumbing them down. Miracles do happen.”

We’re told this is the first time HuffPost has rejected a submission from Shuster. In an email to FishbowlDC, Shuster’s radio producer Daniel Marans labeled the column “too-hot-for-Huffpo.”

We reached out to HuffPost to find out if Shuster’s column, which wasn’t any sassier than his usual self, was indeed “too hot.”

Here’s what Shuster had to say about it… Read more

ABC’s Scandal Portrays Voter Fraud As Fox News Wishes It Were: Vast, Consequential

If you could visualize the moist dream of several FNC anchors it would look a lot like last night’s episode of ABC’s political drama Scandal.

In the episode, a news reporter comes out of retirement and quickly learns that the sitting president won his election through a vast voter fraud conspiracy in swing-state Ohio.

How it happens in the drama: James, husband to White House Chief of Staff Cyrus Beene, receives a tip from the U.S. Attorney’s office that voting machines in a crucial Ohio county may have been rigged to swing the presidential election. James flies to the appropriately named Defiance County, Ohio, to investigate. He learns that indeed the memory cards in the machines had been tampered with by oil tycoon Hollis Doyle. Doyle needed the president’s victory as a way to secure approval for a pipeline to be built through the middle of the country.

Here’s how this would actually happen in real life and it involves Sean Hannity… Read more

Krauthammer Called Ugly Again

Conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer can’t seem to catch a break. Within two weeks he’s been mocked by liberals for the way his face looks.

Earlier this month on his MSNBC show Martin Bashir played a video clip featuring Krauthammer. When the clip ended he sarcastically apologized for any “young viewers who may have been frightened by that face.”

Last night on Joy Behar‘s Current TV show, CBS News Contributor Nancy Giles shared a similar sentiment. Behar began the discussion with FNC host Brian Kilmeade‘s recent joke that women at Fox are hired out of a Victoria’s Secret catalog.

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Camp Gretawire

In which we check in with Gretawire to see what Van Susteren is chatting about and what her boisterous fan club is saying back.

Take a gander at Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren “Gretawire” blog. She plays host to a community like no other.

In a morning post, Van Susteren ran a comment from one of her readers. Van Susteren had asked readers if their co-workers are “enthusiastic about their jobs.” The comments soon came pouring in.

Here’s the comment the reader left in full:

“I told you before, it is all about coming to work 10 minutes late, starrting [sic] to eat their breakfast at their desk, 3 breaks in the morning, microwave popcorn all day, taking smoke breaks, playing on the computer and iPhone, gossiping about co workers, alienating those that are trying to be productive and positive, and shutting down the computer 20 minutes before your shift ends to use the bathroom or whatever.”

Van Susteren highlighted that comment, urging readers to “run from” anyone who might resemble this reader in the work place.

And with that, another chain of responses from loyal readers. Here are the top six:

6. “Catgirl” finds chicken bones, gay diary:

“There was a person who used my desk at night after I left for the day. Every morning I’d come in and have to wipe off the coffee rings and crumbs. One day I was smelling something funny and I was looking all over for it. Seemed to get worse by the day… 2 or 3 days later I found the source… some chicken bones in a far dark corner under my desk.

“At one time I had temps coming in for the evening. One morning I found WordPerfect files w/strange names. Turns out the guy was keeping a journal of his gay exploits in great detail and presumably forgot to transfer them to a disk. I didn’t read them all… the first couple paragraphs were enough.”

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