According to Wikipedia, Keith Russell Ablow is an American psychiatrist, author and television personality. He is also a contributor on psychiatry for Fox News Channel. Recently, Ablow made some questionable comments on Fox News about transgender people.
Fox News owner Rupert Murdoch is preparing to hand the chief executive role of 21st Century Fox to his son James, writes The New York Times. Murdoch also owns The Wall Street Journal, Fox local stations, and many other media outlets.
Murdoch plans to ask the board of 21st Century Fox to install his younger son, James, as chief executive next week, writes the LA Times newspaper. That’s the job the elder Murdoch has held since his media company was incorporated in 1979.
He is embarking on the task of transferring control of a company to the next generation, while positioning it for future success, writes The NYT.
However, Mr. Murdoch, 84, is expected to stay closely involved with 21st Century Fox as executive chairman, a title he also holds at News Corporation, a conglomerate of media properties he spun off (but still owns) in 2013. The elder Murdoch helped build the companies into a $75 billion empire.
Murdoch has also been able to steer his companies beyond the British phone hacking scandal of four years ago, writes the LA Times newspaper. In that scandal, News Corp. journalists intercepted cellphone messages left for British celebrities, sports stars and even members of the royal family, according to the LA Times.
James Murdoch is expected to be named chief at 21st Century Fox. James has shown interest in streaming and ad technologies.
Murdoch built his conglomerate from a single Australian newspaper he inherited when his father died in 1952. The “changing of the guard” would represent a third generation of Murdoch family-controlled media, writes the LA Times.
“The US Environmental Protection Agency has issued a long-awaited draft report on hydraulic fracturing (or fracking) which concluded that there is no evidence that fracking has ‘led to widespread, systemic impact on drinking water resources in the United States,’” writes lexology.com.
“A landmark Environmental Protection Agency report on the impact of hydraulic fracturing has found no evidence that the contentious technique of oil and gas extraction has had a widespread effect on the nation’s water supply, the agency said Thursday,” writes The New York Times.
“Nevertheless, the long-awaited draft report found that the techniques used in hydraulic fracturing, known as fracking, do have the potential to contaminate drinking water.”
Recently, host Stewart Varney interviewed anti-fracking activist and producer of the documentary Gasland Josh Fox about the recent EPA report.
It always seemed like Fox doesn’t interview liberal guests very often, because the interviews boil down to chaos. Often, they choose to interview their own people – Fox News contributors, analysts, other hosts, etc.
What is FOIA? FOIA is the Freedom of Information Act. According to Wikipedia, it is a federal freedom of information law that allows for the full or partial disclosure of previously unreleased information and documents controlled by the U.S. government. The Act defines agency records subject to disclosure, outlines mandatory disclosure procedures, and grants nine exemptions to the statute. This amendment was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson, despite his misgivings, on July 4, 1966, and went into effect in 1967. FOIA allows groups to petition the government to release certain information on an ethical basis.
According to a study by a former aide to Ronald Reagan and top official in the George H.W. Bush administration, Bruce Bartlett, Fox News creates uninformed voters.
This is proof that Fox News simply skews the national narrative and damages its viewers chances of ever being informed, according to Ring of Fire Radio.
Mr. Bartlett appeared on CNN earlier this month. CNN Host Brian Stelter read from a paper Bartlett published earlier this month, in which Bartlett claimed that “[i]t can almost be called self-brainwashing – many conservatives now refuse to listen to any news or opinion not vetted through Fox, and to believe whatever appears on it as the gospel truth.”
Bartlett went on to say “I don’t think that word [‘self-brainwashing’] is too strong – I think many conservatives live in a bubble, where they watch only Fox News on television, they listen only to conservative talk radio – Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, many of the same people.”
“When they go on to the Internet,” he said, “they look at conservative websites like National Review, Newsmax, World Net Daily, so they live in a universe in which they hear the same exact ideas, the same arguments, the same limited amount of data, repeated over and over again – and that’s brainwashing.”
When Mr. Bartlett was asked if this is more true with conservatives than liberals, he said that it is. He hypothesized that because the media traditionally leans left, conservatives latched on to Fox News when it first appeared.
Rick Santorum recently announced that he would be running for President under the GOP ticket. Recently, Fox News announced that its Republican presidential primary debate in August would include only the 10 candidates polling the highest in national surveys. After the announcement, Rick Santorum denounced the criteria, according to The New York Times.
“In January of 2012, I was at 4 percent in the national polls, and I won the Iowa caucuses,” said Santorum, a former senator from Pennsylvania, who is now near the bottom of most national surveys.
Fox News announced Thursday that the debate competitors would be determined by averaging their last five major national polls. The top 10 competitors will be allowed to debate. The field could expand to 11 if there’s a tie for 10th, according to CBS News.
Santorum’s concern may be legitimate. The situation is reminiscent of Ron Paul in 2012. Paul was excluded from the first Fox debate that year although he performed well in some polls. The 2011 Straw Poll showed that Ron Paul was a legitimate candidate in Iowa. Paul finished second. Paul finished third in the caucuses with 21 percent of the vote, according to the publication The Iowa Republican. Paul also placed first in a Fox News poll, but Fox changed the location of the poll on their website to an area difficult to find, writes RT.
Is anyone familiar with the website Hot Air? The website is apparently right-wing, and is stocked with right-wing bloggers as well as Fox News contributors. The “About” page states it was founded by Michelle Malkin, also a Fox News host. Malkin also founded the right-wing website “Twitchy.”
Hot Air recently wrote an article titled “Good news: ISIS ‘showing a good degree of tactical awareness,” which seemingly implies that they think it is good news that ISIS has tactical awareness. Are they on the side of ISIS? Whose side are they on?
What does tactical mean? Let’s double-check.
Tactical – of, relating to, or constituting actions carefully planned to gain a specific military end. “As a tactical officer in the field he had no equal.” Also: (of bombing or weapons) done or for use in immediate support of military or naval operations.
This is a very strange title coming from a conservative U.S. magazine. Imagine the outrage on the right if a left-leaning website had an article with the same title.
Sam Seder and Majority Report discuss whether Bill O’Reilly committed spousal abuse. The news publication Gawker claims that Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly committed acts of domestic violence during his marriage to ex-wife Maureen McPhilmy.
John McCain is upset about a recent ISIS victory in Ramadi, Iraq. So angry, that he took to name calling when speaking about White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest.
“Bodies are on fire in the streets of Ramadi as we are speaking,” McCain said on Fox News’s “America’s Newsroom.” “[ISIS] is an evil – this is a transcendent evil that the President seems to dismiss it as ‘We’re not losing.’ ”
He then called Earnest an “idiot” for saying Tuesday, ““Are we going to light our hair on fire every time there’s a setback against ISIL?”
Fox News’ Bill Hemmer called out McCain’s name-calling, and the Arizona Republican immediately retracted.
“I’ll retract that,” he said. “It’s infuriating though to hear someone say [that]. That betrays everything that America believes in and stands for.”
Gawker reports that it has secured partial transcripts from the custody trial of Fox News anchor Bill O’Reilly in regards to the dispute with his ex-wife, Maureen McPhilmy.
The documents, which record testimony given last year, confirm that the ex-couple’s teenage daughter told a court-appointed forensic examiner that she witnessed O’Reilly “choking her mom” as he “dragged her down some stairs” by the neck.
The same transcripts also reveal that O’Reilly told his daughter that her mother is an “adulterer”; that he struggles to control his rage around his family; and that his daughter regards him as an absentee father.
The news publication Gawker claims that Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly committed acts of domestic violence during his marriage with Maureen McPhilmy.
“According to a source familiar with the facts of the case, a court-appointed forensic examiner testified at a closed hearing that O’Reilly’s daughter claimed to have witnessed her father dragging McPhilmy down a staircase by her neck, apparently unaware that the daughter was watching. The precise date of the alleged incident is unclear, but appears to have occurred before the couple separated in 2010. The same source indicated that the daughter, who is 16 years old, told the forensic examiner about the incident within the past year.”
O’Reilly and ex-wife Maureen McPhilmy split on April 2nd, 2010 and divorced on Sept. 1st, 2011.
McPhilmy began dating a detective to whom she is now married.