By now you have probably seen this story about Fox News honcho Roger Ailes trying to convince then-not-disgraced Gen. David Petraeus to run for president in 2012, with his help. (This was a Washington Post exclusive, filed in their Style section, for some reason.)
Nobody should be surprised that Ailes would want to feed his ego by masterminding a presidential run, or that Petraeus brushed him off (he's stupid enough to have an affair with his biographer, but not stupid enough to think he'd gain any credibility by running for president on Roger Ailes' command).
What IS surprising is that Ailes allegedly sent a Fox News national security analyst, KT McFarland, to deliver his suggestion to Petraeus. Which she did! And now Ailes is trying to throw McFarland under the bus, because that's the kind of boss he is:
Tags: David Petraeus, Fox News, Roger Ailes
It seems like only yesterday that we were reporting on the start of another heartwarming War on Christmas season, doesn't it?
Oh, wait. It was yesterday. But it's not even Thanksgiving yet. Oh well, there's nothing wrong with expanding the most wonderful time of the year!
That said, Fox News has more news in the ongoing assault on our national religion's greatest holiday…
Tags: Christmas, Fox News, Illinois, War on Christmas
Seems like every year, signs of the holiday season's arrival show up earlier and earlier: "Baby, It's Cold Outside" playing on the radio. All your Facebook friends' status updates pointing out that "Baby, It's Cold Outside" is pretty rapey. The resigned "It's just a song" replies. All that used to wait until December.
As did the official Fox News commencement of War on Christmas coverage, which was once held in check until a ceasefire in the War on Thanksgiving…
Tags: California, Christmas, Fox News, War on Christmas
Like most people, I think I always harbored a teeny tiny little bit of suspicion that Fox News is a big hoax. Some Magic Christian-like millionaire's idea of a hilarious joke to play on the world. Think about it. The actual Fox and Friends is sillier than the SNL parody of it. And are we really supposed to believe that Sean Hannity is non-animatronic?
But, because they were all so good at staying in character and keeping their poker faces in place, I continued on with the assumption that they were being straight. However, there's only so much I'm willing to swallow, and this quote from Fox News co-founder Roger Ailes definitely shows their hand…
"It's day to day for us," Ailes tell us. "We don't — I know no one believes it — we have no agenda. If he runs into a burning building tomorrow and saves four kids, he's gonna be the biggest goddamn hero Fox News ever saw. But if he leaves four guys behind on the battlefield but can't explain it, then he's gonna have a problem with Fox News."
"I don't mind praising the guy and I don't mind questioning the guy," says Ailes. "It's day to day."
Alright, alright, you got me. You got all of us. But this time you went too far. Nobody is going to believe that quote is for real. So, how about you take off that ridiculous costume and make-up and show us who you really are? Is that you, Ashton Kutcher?
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Tags: Fox News, Roger Ailes
Jokes are like elusive butterflies that can only be ensnared with a good sense of humor. Sometimes they land willingly on our outstretched hand and delight us, sometimes they fly above our heads. Other times, they should be left in their cocoon and stomped on before they see the light of day…
Tricia Macke, an anchor for Ohio's Fox 19, took to her personal Facebook page last month to rant against the cable news personality, writing "Rachel Maddow is such an angry young man" on Oct. 12.
I'm no professional comedy critic (aka Satan's spawn), but it seems like Macke's joke was not in good taste. Making fun of someone's appearance is really just bullying. For example: Tricia Macke is a bitter skeleton face with Skyfall villain hair. See? That's neither true nor nice, even if it is true.
After some of her fans took offense, Macke had the perfect opportunity to
apologizecome up with a hilarious tag for her initial joke: "I am sorry," Macke wrote to one such fan. "I should have said antagonistic." BOOOOOM. This woman is on fire, which is good because it'll prepare her for the afterlife.
Tags: Facebook, Fox News, LGBT, MSNBC, Ohio, Rachel Maddow