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Fox News’ 5 worst moments of 2013

Posted by on Dec. 30, 2013 at 6:16 PM
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Fox News’ 5 worst moments of 2013

It was another banner year for Rupert Murdoch's propaganda shop. Here are the most cringeworthy moments VIDEO

Fox News' 5 worst moments of 2013Megyn Kelly (Credit: AP/Richard Drew/Salon)

Along with death and taxes, Fox News is one of the few things we can depend on in this world. Just as the sun rises and sets, it’s a given that, over the course of 12 months, many ridiculous, offensive, stupid and bewildering things will be said by persons seated in front of a Fox News studio camera. Whether it’s from the hosts, guests or mere contributors, you can be assured thatsomeone is going to say something that was better left unsaid.

With that in mind, join us as we go through some of the lowest lows from Fox News, moments to remind us that when it comes to lizard-brained inanity, no one holds a candle to the guys and gals at Fox.

5. Bill O’Reilly says Asians aren’t liberals because they’re “industrious and hard-working.”

O’Reilly may be considerably less relevant today than he was around 10 years ago — but he’s still totally racist! While this aside about Asian people isn’t quite so outlandishly bigoted as his infamous recollection of that one time he ate at a place with black people, it’s still a brain-dead comment founded entirely on a racial stereotype. And, in fact, it’s kind of doubly (or triply) racist because it implies that people who vote for liberal politicians are not industrious or hard-working. Other than that, though, it was a totally defensible thing to say.

4. Megyn Kelly insists Santa Claus is white.

As Salon’s Daniel D’Addario has argued, Kelly is basically a slicker version of Bill O’Reilly, so it shouldn’t come a surprise to find her world rocked by the possibility that a fictional character isn’t necessarily white. Yet there’s something remarkable about seeing a grown person, someone who is supposedly relatively sophisticated, so overcome with cultural panic. And while Kelly’snon-apology apology, in which she accused her critics of race-baiting, was arguably more offensive, the original meltdown makes this list for so deftly mixing the ridiculous with the absurd.

3. Ben Carson compares LBGTQ people to NAMBLA, bestiality supporters.

For Ben Carson — who, in another life, was a very respected and successful neurosurgeon — 2013 was a breakout year. With his anti-Obama speech at the National Prayer Breakfast, Carson became one of the right’s favorite new talking heads. At one point, the Wall Street Journal even urged him to run for president. Unfortunately, Carson soon revealed himself to be more paranoid than presidential, likening LGBTQ people to all manner of sexual criminals.Subsequent comments would make clear that this was not a one-off from Carson; when it comes to politics, he really is this terrible.

2. Geraldo Rivera says jurors would have shot Trayvon Martin sooner than Zimmerman did.

Geraldo Rivera is just the worst, and his coverage of the Trayvon Martin trial was him athis worst. Rarely has one man had such an extended freakout over one article of clothing as did Rivera concerning Martin’s hoodie. What makes this moment of Rivera’s life all the more regrettable, though, is the way he just blithely assumes everyone else (especially women, it seems) is as deathly terrified of young black men as he is. Extra cringe points to Steve Doocy’s “Wow!” in response to Rivera’s assertion.

1. Lauren Green interviews Reza Aslan, can’t figure out why a Muslim would write a book about Jesus.

With the possible exception of Megyn Kelly’s white Santa comments (delivered during a slow news day, not incidentally) no Fox News moment garnered more attention — and outrage — than Lauren Green’s brutally embarrassing and ignorant interview of Reza Aslan. Aslan was there to talk about his book “Zealot,” a historical work about the Jesus. The whole thing is just torturous to watch, but the absolute, no doubt, rock-bottom, worst-of-the-worst moment is probably when Green compares a Muslim writing about Jesus to a Democrat writing about Reagan. Say this much for the segment, though: It’s the kind of thing you only really get at Fox News. Thank god for that.

by on Dec. 30, 2013 at 6:16 PM
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by Platinum Member on Dec. 30, 2013 at 6:21 PM
Would need to see actual clips/transcripts and not rely on Media Matters to formulate my opinion. Might get to that if I have time to later... Otherwise, I hope people don't rely on Media Matters...
by Gold Member on Dec. 30, 2013 at 6:30 PM

It's an alright source if the right people are using it lol. If YOU tried to use a similar conservative source, you'd be lambasted by the usuals. But its left leaning, so business as usual. 

by Silver Member on Dec. 30, 2013 at 6:30 PM

I'm hoping the CafeMom who posted this did not write it herself !

It is a sloppy hit-piece which depends on the readers' gullibility.

For instance, when Ben Carson was asked about the Supreme Court case about the definition of marriage, he responded that marriage was between a man and a woman. He's allowed to do that, right? He can have an opinion about that and express it under the 1st amendment, right?

He comments that this definition of marriage should not be changed by any interest-group which seeks to do so ... not by gays, not by ... and he goes through a quick list of  groups which have advocated to have the definition of marriage changed.

To make the headline read that Ben Carson was COMPARING or in any way associating one of those groups with any of the others is maliciously deceiving the readers into believing something about Ben Carson which is false.

Is this too much brain work for the average person nowadays??!

I may declare a list of people who want to buy commercial property, but I am not comparing the restaurant owner with the car shop mechanic, am I ?

by VanellopeVonSchweetz on Dec. 30, 2013 at 6:36 PM

by Mahinaarangi on Dec. 30, 2013 at 6:37 PM

Rupert Murdoch has his agenda and he suceeds at fulfilling it.  Fox News is his baby...spoiled brat of a kid LOL

by Platinum Member on Dec. 30, 2013 at 9:47 PM

It's a hell of a lot better than relying on FOX.  Hopefully no one relies on one news station/site alone.

Quoting jcrew6: Would need to see actual clips/transcripts and not rely on Media Matters to formulate my opinion. Might get to that if I have time to later... Otherwise, I hope people don't rely on Media Matters...

by HRH of MJ on Dec. 30, 2013 at 10:03 PM

I found rare occasions where I have agreed with O'Reilly but lost all possible respect for him when he made that stupid comment about the tides. Serious facepalm. I can't look at him w/o laughing over that derp. The idea of him making comments like he did about Asians and Liberals would be no shock to me. Many on the right have worked to paint all Liberals as welfare queens waiting for handouts for the last few years, this just goes along with that narrative.

From everything I have seen of Megyn Kelly, she is just more FOX eye candy with little substance. I'll concede I don't watch her much but so far I have seen nothing to challenge my conclusion.

I barely know who Ben Carson is, much less care about what he says or thinks.

Geraldo is a dumbass. After giving away troop info in tv, I'm more amazed he has a job than by anything he says.

Right wingers misunderstanding Islam is par for the course.

It's odd how my local FOX affiliate sources FOX news for their morning show but they are never as stupid or ridiculous as FOX cable is.


Thank's Friday!!!

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