Fox News is now actively concealing a link between an Alabama-based blogger repeatedly featured on the network as an expert and allegations of a domestic terrorist plot. This morning on America’s Newsroom, Fox News ran an extensive report on yesterday’s arrest of four Georgia men accused of plotting an attack on federal employees and U.S. citizens using explosives, guns, and the biological toxin ricin. At the end of the segment, correspondent Jonathan Serrie pointed out that one of the defendants “allegedly cited the online novel Absolved, which discusses small groups of citizens attacking U.S. officials,” with the defendant allegedly “saying that the attacks would be based on events in that novel.” Charging documents indeed state that accused plotter Frederick Thomas repeatedly cited as an inspiration the novel Absolved, in which underground militia fighters declare war on the federal government over gun control laws and same-sex marriage, leading to a second American revolution. But Fox’s report neglected to mention the allegedly inspirational novel’s author, who is no stranger to Fox viewers. Indeed, the author, Mike Vanderboegh, has been mainstreamed by the network, which has repeatedly featured him as an expert on the ATF’s failed Operation Fast and Furious. Fox has identified Vanderboegh as an “online journalist” and an “authority on the Fast and Furious investigation,” and has consistently failed to acknowledge his extremist views, actions, and affiliations.
Fox & Friends responded to a video of Wisconsin union supporters protesting at a town hall hosted by GOP lawmakers by calling the protesters a “mob” and complaining that they weren’t “civil.” But Fox & Friends promoted and encouraged similar protests by opponents of health care reform at Democrats’ town hall meetings in August 2009.
Fox & Friends Calls Town Hall Labor Protesters A “Mob,” Complains They Aren’t “Civil”
Doocy: “These Lefty Interrupters Shut Down The Debate.” On the March 9 edition of Fox News’ Fox & Friends, the co-hosts responded to video of a town hall meeting held by GOP lawmakers in Wisconsin that was disrupted by labor protesters. Co-host Steve Doocy complained that ”they’re there to talk about things and talk about what’s going on and, ultimately, these lefty interrupters shut down the debate. Actually there was no debate, they shut down all conversation.” Co-host Gretchen Carlson stated: “The problem was they had been given ground rules before,” but that “some people didn’t follow the rules.” [Fox News, Fox & Friends, 3/9/11]
Doocy: “A Mob Shuts Down A Town Hall Meeting In Wisconsin.” Later on Fox & Friends, Doocy stated: ”A mob shuts down a town hall meeting in Wisconsin, but the only place you’re likely to see this story? On ABC? NBC? Nope. Right here on Fox & Friends.” [Fox & Friends, 3/9/11]
Doocy: “Protesters Shutting Down A Town Hall Meeting In Wisconsin. Where Is The Civility?” Later on Fox & Friends, Doocy said: ”Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker ready to compromise, apparently. But it seems any attempt at peace in Wisconsin goes something like this these days.” After playing the video clip, Doocy asked: ”Protesters shutting down a town hall meeting in Wisconsin. Where’s the civility?” During the segment, an on-screen graphic claimed that protesters “don’t want to talk.” From Fox & Friends:
Dear Fox News: There are no palm trees in Wisconsin. My jaw is on the floor
File this as: Why Fox News isn’t really news.
Watch at 0:15 to get a shot of Wisconsin’s scenic PALM TREES!
Fucking Palm Trees, How do they work?