Classic Video: Ben Stein Argues For Higher Taxes For The Wealthy On Fox News


Majority Report

A few years ago, Ben Stein played the voice of reason on the show Fox and Friends, explaining that to lower the deficit, taxes must be raised on the rich. For the most part, his ideas were met by blank stares on the faces of the Fox News hosts.

(Sam Seder video)

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Ron Paul Attacks Trump


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Recently on Alan Colmes’ radio talk show, previous presidential candidate Ron Paul attacked Donald Trump, calling him “dangerous” and “authoritarian.”

http://dailycaller.com/2015/07/16/ron-paul-donald-trump-is-a-dangerous-person-audio/

http://radio.foxnews.com/2015/07/15/dr-ron-paul-donald-trump-is-a-dangerous-person/

Trump’s War On Univision


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Sam Seder / Majority Report discusses the presidential campaign of business mogul Donald Trump and his “war” with NBC and Univision.

In other news, Latino rapper Pitbull recently took aim at Trump for his ill-advised remarks on Mexican immigrants in America by declaring the would-be politician had blown his chance of becoming president of the U.S., writes kerngoldenempire.com.

Last month, at his announcement that he would run for President, Trump suggested many Mexicans in the U.S. are “rapists” and “criminals.”

As a result of his controversial remarks, bosses at networks NBC, Univision and Televisa decided to dump coverage of his Miss USA pageant, which aired to low ratings over the weekend.

On Thursday, Spanish-language network Univision held its annual Premios Juventud Awards, and Cuban-American star Pitbull received the first prize of the night for Favorite Urban Artist, writes kerngoldenempire.com.

During his acceptance speech, Pitbull took a moment to call out Trump for his remarks, prefacing his own comments by admitting that he’s stayed at Trump’s hotels and used his helicopters.

He said, “I am not political. I am a musician. But more than anything, I am Latino.”

The Miss USA pageant ended up airing on July 12th on ReelzChannel, which is available on satellite providers DirecTV, Dish Network, and AT&T U-verse channel 799, according to NOLA.com.

(Updated report)

http://www.kerngoldenempire.com/story/d/story/pitbull-slams-donald-trump-at-univision-awards/12195/OmxZUOlxEUSFjmmwXl6GAg

http://www.elpasotimes.com/latestnews/ci_28497658/univision-pitbull-directs-controversial-message-donald-trump-at

http://www.nola.com/entertainment/baton-rouge/index.ssf/2015/07/miss_usa_what_channel_tv.html

Geraldo Rivera Threatens To Knock Out Fellow Fox Host Eric Bolling


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In a fit of melodrama, pundit Geraldo Rivera appeared on Fox News’ show “The Five” on Monday and threatened to “knock out” fellow paid host Eric Bolling during an argument about Donald Trump’s comments about immigration, writes CNN.

Geraldo Rivera plays the paid liberal on the show.

The other four are generally right-wing conservatives, rounding out “The Five.”

Earlier, co-host Jesse Watters referred to President Barack Obama a “skinny community organizer.”

They then spoke about the killing of Kate Steinle in San Francisco by an illegal immigrant, and Rivera accused Trump of using her death as a platform to speak on illegal immigration.

“It is exploiting and sensationalizing,” Rivera said.

“From a guy who exploits and sensationalizes everything,” Bolling interjected.

“Are you talking to me?” Rivera asked, using his best Taxi Driver impersonation.  Rivera is known for his sensational news and talk shows.  “You’re lucky that you’re my friend. I’d knock you out right now…” he said.

(Updated article)

Who Was Dr. George Tiller?


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According to NPR, on the morning of May 31st, 2009, a Wichita, Kansas doctor who performed late-term abortions – Dr. George Tiller – was shot at his church.

Several hours later, the shooter Scott Roeder was arrested as he was driving toward Kansas City.

At his trial, Roeder admitted killing Tiller. “I did what I thought was needed to be done to protect the children. I shot him,” Roeder said.

Roeder was convicted of first-degree murder and given an enhanced sentence of 50 years.

Tiller’s clinic had been previously bombed in 1986, and in 1993, Tiller was shot in both arms. There had also been a “massive effort organized by the Pro-Life Action Network and Operation Rescue” in 1991 where anti-abortionist protested at three clinics that provided abortion services in the area. The main protest area was at Dr. Tiller’s clinic, and thousands poured in from across the country, states NPR.

“They did everything, they laid down,” says former district attorney Nola Foulston. “They wouldn’t walk. The officers had to carry them. They cried that there was brutal treatment.”

The protests were repeated 10 years later in 2001. The presence of “sidewalk counselors” near the clinic’s driveway continued almost on a daily basis.

But in the years before his death, Tiller did not shy away from the gates of his clinic nor from the media coverage, including from Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly, who nicknamed him “Tiller the baby killer.” Through it all, Tiller remained defiant and vocal, according to NPR.

Even many Christians do not agree with the shooting of Dr. Tiller.  The below editorial is from Christianity Today after the earlier, 1993 shooting of Tiller.

“A dangerous phrase is floating about pro-life circles these days. Following the murder of Dr. David Gunn and the shooting of Dr. George Tiller, extremists have rationalized those violent acts by calling them justifiable homicide. Fortunately, most people in the pro-life movement intuitively reject attempts to justify the murder of abortionists. But instinct may not serve us well in emotionally compelling situations. We must also think through the reasons for rejecting deadly violence in the abortion struggle.

“The logic for justifiable homicide runs like this: If a crazed killer enters your home and threatens the lives of your children, you are justified in grabbing your deer-hunting rifle and shooting the intruder. Likewise, these extremists argue, you are justified in using deadly force to stop a doctor known to be a “serial killer” of fetuses from murdering more.

“There are several assumptions in this argument that are worth examining. First, it is assumed one should try to kill a potential killer in order to prevent more killing. But the church has long recognized that the intent to kill is always sinful. The Christian may feel obliged to attempt to stop a madman with an AK-47. And that attempt may result in death. But moral theologians have applied the term justifiable homicide only to that killing which is an unintended secondary effect. The intent must be to protect the innocent. Disabling a killer—whether by hitting him with an unabridged dictionary or by shooting him with a bullet—may result in his death. But it is not permissible under the law of Christ for an individual acting alone to intend to kill another human being.

“Second, the analogy requires us to believe that the guilt of an intentional killing can be outweighed by preventing other, unknown, as-yet-not-committed evil acts. Christian ethicists have taught that we are not justified in committing a known evil in order to achieve a good end. Just as we do not cheat on our taxes in order to give more money to missions, we do not murder abortionists in order to bring more babies to term. The end does not justify the means.

“Shooting an abortionist, then, is unlike incidental killing in the defense of one’s family: it involves premeditation and sinful intention…

http://www.npr.org/2014/05/31/316715581/abortion-services-return-to-town-where-george-tiller-was-murdered

http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2003/marchweb-only/3-17-32.0.html

Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly Compares Shooting Of Kate Steinle To Charleston Massacre

Recently, Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly compared the shooting of Kate Steinle in San Francisco by an illegal immigrant to the shooting of nine African-American church-goers in Charleston, South Carolina, by Dylann Roof.

Real Clear Politics quotes:

“The situation is heartbreaking. Imagine if Kate were your daughter and her life was taken by a despicable criminal who had been deported to Mexico five times.

“Just imagine that.

“I have the same feeling that I had when I heard that nine innocent people were gunned down by a racist in Charleston.

“These things should never happen in the United States of America.

“In the Charleston situation, Americans came together condemning the blatant hatred.

“But in Kate’s situation, Americans are not coming together, at least not so far.”

He blamed the situation on ideology and politics.

Is Fox Host Greg Gutfeld Scared Of Candidate Bernie Sanders?


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Who is Greg Gutfeld?

Wikipedia states: “Gregory John “Greg” Gutfeld (born September 12, 1964) is an American television personality, political satirist, author, humorist, magazine editor, and blogger. Gutfeld was the host of Red Eye w/ Greg Gutfeld on the Fox News Channel from 2007 to 2015. Since 2011, he is one of five co-hosts/panelists on Fox News’ political talk show The Five. Gutfeld is a self-described libertarian.”

Epic O’Reilly Race Rant: Vintage Video


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Writer Leonard Pitts looks at the typical talking points made by pundits like O’Reilly, such as the black-on-black crime rate:

“…this has become the go-to “reasoning” for those on the right — Sean Hannity, Lou Dobbs, Rush Limbaugh — when asked to give a damn about the killings of unarmed black boys and men.

“That formulation is false for multiple reasons.

“In the first place, being concerned over the shooting of unarmed black men hardly precludes being concerned over violence within the African-American community. Giuliani and others suggest a dichotomy where none exists.

“In the second place, they ignore the obvious: When black people commit crimes against black people, they face prosecution, but when police officers (or certain neighborhood watchmen) commit crimes against black people, they face getting off with little if any punishment.

“In the third place, what exactly is “black on black” crime?

“Do black people kill one another? Sure they do. Ninety percent of black murder victims are killed by black assailants.

“But guess what? White people kill one another, too. Eighty-three percent of white victims are killed by white assailants. See, the vast majority of violent crime is committed within — not between — racial groups. Crime is a matter of proximity and opportunity. People victimize their own rather than drive across town to victimize somebody else.

http://www.miamiherald.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/leonard-pitts-jr/article4187602.html#storylink=cpy

Fox Analyst Questions Civil Rights Precedent On Interracial Marriage, De-Segregation

Yesterday, during an episode of Fox News’ Outnumbered, guest Julie Roginsky made the point that the Supreme Court has ruled on marriage cases prior to the ruling on gay marriage – for example with interracial marriage.   Contributor Arthur Aidala seemed to go back in time and question whether Loving v. Virginia – the case that made interracial marriage legal across the U.S. – was legal or moral.

Aidala then seemed to go even further back and question whether or not Brown v. Board of Education – a desegregation decision – was acceptable.

The below transcript comes from the Media Matters for America website.

MELISSA FRANCIS: Alright, I’ve got to bring Julie in on this, because she’s chomping.

JULIE ROGINSKY: I’m dying. Look, we’ve had this before, Loving V. Virginia, which allowed and legalized marriage between a black man and a white woman, or vice versa, I don’t remember who was who in that situation. That came from the courts. And there was a religious furor about it and people used religion back then, as ridiculous as it sounds, to say that we shouldn’t have mixed races, we shouldn’t promulgate biracial families. And the reality is it was done by the courts. Can you explain to me how this is any different? Love is love and people should marry whom they want and I don’t understand how that’s not —

AIDALA : That’s not the argument I’m making. The argument I’m making is the court is not the proper branch —

ROGINSKY: But, they’ve done it before.

AIDALA: So they’ve made mistakes before, that doesn’t mean you should make mistakes again.

(The following exchange came later during the same conversation.)

ROGINSKY: But then why go to a courthouse and have a judge marry you if it’s not a legal issue? And I’ll leave it at that, because I know —

AIDALA: Because Congress is supposed to be the one who decides whether they can do it or they can’t do it. Congress empowers the judiciary. So it should be Congress’ job along with the executive.

ROGINSKY: So Brown V. Board of Education was the same thing, that Congress should have done it?

ARTHUR: Probably, yes.

Fox News Fires Bob Beckel

Fox News Channel parted ways with liberal pundit Bob Beckel, according to a statement from the company.  Both sides state that he was out for surgery.

Beckel, now former co-host of The Five, is a Democrat and liberal strategist who disappeared from the anchor chair Feb. 16, writes USA Today.

Initially, the cable news outlet told the website Mediaite that the split was “amicable.”  However, shortly thereafter, Fox News executive Bill Shine released a statement saying The Five could no longer be held “hostage to one man’s personal issues.” (Beckel had been out for several months, recovering from surgery and undergoing rehab treatment for prescription medication addiction.)

“He took tremendous advantage of our generosity, empathy and goodwill and we simply came to the end of the road with him,” Shine stated, which seemingly put an end to the idea that parting ways was “amicable.”

Beckel also writes freelance opinion features for USA TODAY, penning “Common Ground” with Cal Thomas.

For his part, Bob Beckel tweeted that he did not understand Fox’s frustration and was disappointed.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2015/06/26/bob-beckel-leaves-fox-the-five/29334593/

http://www.mediaite.com/tv/bob-beckel-baffled-by-fox-news-statement-about-his-departure/