Free For All: 05/11/15

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16 Responses to “Free For All: 05/11/15”

  1. Why am I not surprised that Dr. Oz chose Fox News this morning for his attempt to garner some sympathy in the face of widespread accusations of fraud for his promotion of quack medical practices, paranormal belief, and pseudoscience?

    Whether it’s Dr. Oz, Bill Cosby, Paula Deen or Roger Goodell (the Ray Rice incident), while the entire media world cries foul, you can always find someone on Fox New to come to their defense.

    Remember when Fox News legal analyst Peter Johnson and the Fox & Friends crew defended the scandal-plagued doctor back in April?

    http://video.foxnews.com/v/4191469401001/dr-oz-slams-critics-calling-for-resignation/?#sp=show-clips

    Footnote:
    Yes, I know that he once appeared on NBC’s “Today” to attempt to rehab his declining image. But no one defended him too the extent that Fox News did.

  2. imnotblue Says:

    Giving a voice to the people the rest of the media have already convicted, and hearing both sides of the story.

    Oh, the horrors of being “fair and balanced.”

  3. Speaking of premature convictions and “fair & balanced”, how about the released transcripts of congressional testimony from nine military officers confirming that no “stand down” order was issued by Hillary Clinton or anyone else during the September 2012 Benghazi attacks, again debunking Fox News’ constantly-cited myth?

  4. imnotblue Says:

    When did FNC cite that? And what did they say?

  5. It was websites like Yahoo! News, the National Journal and Snopes that cited the report — not Fox News.

  6. imnotblue Says:

    What?

  7. Please provide links for your statement. Yahoo News is hack news IMO. I mean Katie Couric is their anchor. Yikes!

  8. imnotblue Says:

    What report? And when I search FoxNews.com, and find a link to a story involving the report, what will the excuse be?

  9. How did we get from my OP to debating the bogus Fox News “stand down order” report which is old news. I thought everyone was aware of this by now.

    The AP reported last summer:
    “Previously classified testimony given to Congress from the military officers “undermines contentions by Republican lawmakers that a ‘stand-down order’ held back military assets that could have saved the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans killed at a diplomatic outpost and CIA annex in Benghazi, Libya.”

    You can also Google the following search string:
    nine military officers confirming that no “stand down” order was issued

    I guess I need to assume some of the blame for citing this as an example that FNC is not blameless when it comes to prematurely convicting (or accusing) someone of a misdeed.

    This was a reply to imnotblue who had written:
    “Giving a voice to the people the rest of the media have already convicted, and hearing both sides of the story. Oh, the horrors of being ‘fair and balanced’.”

  10. From blue:
    “What report? And when I search FoxNews.com, and find a link to a story involving the report, what will the excuse be?”

    Let me try this one more time. Or wipam could chime in, She seems to grasp the thrust of my comment — even if she questions it.

    I HAVE ONLY TWO SIMPLE POINTS

    A. For months many conservative media outlets including Fox News promoted a story that people were killed in Benghazi due in part to a ‘stand down’ order being issued.

    B. Last summer evidence emerged that there was in fact NO STAND DOWN ORDER.

    I don’t want to debate this. If you still believe a ‘stand down’ order was issued, fine. I respect your right to disagree.

  11. I do know that the men who were there told the story of being told to “wait” and not go to the compound when they were worried about their fellow soldiers. They were told this more then once. I do believe what we have here is a case of semantics happening. So these 9 military officers said they said they never said “stand down” but the words said to the soldiers meant “stand down” to them since they were hold not to go. The soldiers finally disregarded that order.

    So….The military guys are under CYA orders IMO.

  12. Has anyone else stopped getting email notifications when replies to their comments are added?

    This used to work, but suddenly stopped a few weeks ago.

    When I posted this issue at the WordPress forum, I received the following suggestion.

    *****
    I think you should contact the owner about this.
    He could use this plugin to check the site.
    https://wordpress.org/plugins/check-email/
    ******

    But no one else seems to be complaining. Perhaps it is because I am using Google+ to post. [head scratch]

    As a retired software engineer I am usually pretty good about solving issues like this. But this one has me stumped.🙂

  13. Good comment wipam.

  14. Obamacare is working? Adkins the folks in Hawaii!

    The Connector was awarded $204.3 million in federal grants to build and operate the online marketplace. All but about $70 million of the federal grant money has been spent. The federal government’s restriction on the remaining funds is affecting the Connector’s ability to improve its technology, which has been a problem for users since its inception in October 2013.

    “All I know is healthcare. gov doesn’t work,” Sen. Roz Baker (D, West Maui-South Maui) told board members. “We have to take the best calculated risk. There’s a lot of unrealistic expectations.”

    (Better get those Dems in line!)

    http://insurancenewsnet.com/oarticle/2015/05/10/insurance-exchange-sets-deadlines-in-preparation-of-ending-services.html

  15. savefarris Says:

    Very Important Question:

    Is Sen. Warren being racist for opposing Obama?
    Or is Prez. Obama being sexist for opposing Warren?

  16. Really, neither since Dems can’t be racist or sexist only Repubs can be? Brown, who said this is not going to be held to account for his statement and, of course, he will not speak for the whole party as Repubs do when one of them makes a silly statement.

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