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Old 07-17-2011, 05:31 PM   #526
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Fmr. Fox News Executive: Americans' Phones Were Hacked
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Former Fox News executive Dan Cooper has claimed that a special bunker, requiring security clearance for access was created at the company's headquarters to conduct “counterintelligence” including snooping on phone records:


“Has Roger Ailes been keeping tabs on your phone calls?”

That’s how Portfolio.com began a post back in 2008, when a former Fox News executive charged that Ailes had outfitted a highly secured “brain room” in Fox’s New York headquarters for “counterintelligence” and may have used it to hack into private phone records.

After helping chairman Roger Ailes create the Fox News channel in 1996, Cooper was fired for doing an anonymous interview with New York Magazine:


”I'm frightened right now,” said a former Fox employee, noting the vast array of powerful connections Ailes maintains throughout the political and media worlds. “I've been told that if Ailes figures out I talked to you, he'll hunt me down and kill me.”

Negotiating the ground rules for an off-the-record meeting, Ailes came on like an Edward G. Robinson character in a B movie. “Three people in the world hate me,” he blustered. “You're not going to get to them, and everyone else is too scared.... Take your best shot at me, and I'll have the rest of my life to go after you.”

Cooper says that Ailes discovered he was the source by gaining access to his phone records through Fox's “brain room”.


Cooper claims that his talent agent, Richard Leibner, told him he had received a call from Ailes, who identified Cooper as a source, and insisted that Leibner drop him as a client--or any client reels Leibner sent Fox would pile up in a corner and gather dust. Cooper continued:

“I made the connections. Ailes knew I had given Brock the interview. Certainly Brock didn’t tell him. Of course. Fox News had gotten Brock’s telephone records from the phone company, and my phone number was on the list. Deep in the bowels of 1211 Avenue of the Americas, News Corporation’s New York headquarters, was what Roger called the Brain Room. Most people thought it was simply the research department of Fox News. But unlike virtually everybody else, because I had to design and build the Brain Room, I knew it also housed a counterintelligence and black ops office. So accessing phone records was easy pie...”



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Fox & Friends' Jaw-Dropping Whitewash of News of the World Scandal
In a way, that clip is nothing special. Fox & Friends (deliberately) get the story wrong, (deliberately) avoid what the story actually is, thus (deliberately) getting to act incredulous and confused in that very particular way that they do about everything, and then (deliberately) spin the context for the fuss in a certain direction. So, that has nothing to do with it being a News Corp issue - that's exactly what they do with every story?

All News Corp outlets (everywhere - UK, US, Australia) are obviously acting 'funny' about this in one way or another, depending on what type of outlet they are. What they all have in common is that they are all trying their best to present this as just being the phone hacking/News of the World story.
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Say I haven't heard anything about the NOTW incident except this report. My takeway:

Some newspaper in Britain got hacked and the media is making an inordinately big deal about it, when you consider that many companies and even the Pentegan have been hacked recently with no big to-do made over it.

How can you call yourself a news organization when you so blatantly misreport the facts!
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Anders Breivik - Bill O'Reilly - New York Times | Mediaite

Bill O’Reilly doesn’t typically reserve an entire segment of his show to a monologue on his own– aside from his opening “Talking Points Memo”– so when he does, it’s worth noting. O’Reilly broke his “Impact” segment in two tonight to allow for a longer monologue on Anders Breivik, the mass murderer who butchered dozens of children in Norway, and the media’s classification of him as “Christian.” “No one believing in Jesus commits mass murder,” he clarified, calling the label “dishonest and insane.”

O’Reilly first defined what Breivik was, though he would later return to add “loser” and “loon” to his initial classification as “brutal fanatic who apparently objects to the presence of Muslims in Europe.” Breivik was, O’Reilly argued in no vague terms, “not a Christian, that’s impossible. No one believing in Jesus commits mass murder. The man might’ve called himself a Christian on the neck, but he is not of that faith.” O’Reilly added that Breivik was not attached to any church, not to mention that there was “no evidence– none– that this killer practiced Christianity in any way.”

O’Reilly then turned to those who were classifying him as such– the New York Times especially– and explained their motives. “The left wants you to believe that fundamentalist Christians are threat, just like crazy Jihadists are… that is dishonest and insane.” O’Reilly’s reasoning is that “they don’t like Christians very much because we are too judgmental” on social issues, and so “the liberal media wants you to fear Christian terrorists.” The difference, O’Reilly concluded, was that “no government supported [Breivik], no self-proclaimed terror group like Al-Qaeda paid his bills.”

“There is no equivalency to jihad,” he concluded, and with Breivik those labeling his Christian had not found an equivalent holy war, but “just another violent, pathetic legacy stemming back to Cain.”
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How is it the right are blind to this irony?

We're painting the picture as big as we can. We're even using crayons and small words... how come you still don't get it?
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By BETH DeFALCO - Associated Press | AP – 18 hrs ago

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was sued Monday over his administration's refusal to release correspondence between the president of Fox News and the governor or his staff after a report that the head of the network tried to persuade the first-term GOP governor to run for president in 2012 last summer.

Fox News President Roger Ailes has denied urging Christie to run for president. But speculation continues over whether Christie would jump into the race, even though he has repeatedly said he will not.

The American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey filed suit Monday on behalf of John Cook, a reporter for Gawker Entertainment LLC, who sought the information under state's Open Public Records Law.

The governor's office initially refused to confirm any records existed and said that, if they did, they would be exempt from state's open records law based on "executive privilege" as a reason to withhold records from the public. Executive privilege is intended to protect the governor and other elected officials from disclosing records that contain advice to them about their official public duties.

After the lawsuit was filed Monday, the governor's office denied that there were any other records besides a calendar entry.

"Please be advised that this office is in possession of no other records responsive to your request," Raymond Brandes, an attorney for the governor, said in a letter sent to the ACLU and Cook on Monday

In the letter, Christie's office confirmed that he and his wife, Mary Pat, attended a private dinner on Sept. 11, 2010, in New York but declined to comment beyond the letter.

A New York Magazine story in May reported that Ailes, like many others, tried to persuade Christie to run against President Barack Obama in 2012. Following that article, Gawker's Cook filed the public records request.

Ailes, who created Fox, the network of choice for many Republican viewers, in 1996, is a former media consultant for Presidents Nixon, Reagan and George H.W. Bush.

"The public has a right to know whether the head of America's most-watched cable news channel is advising a sitting governor on state matters," Gawker's Cook said in a statement. "If the emails on the state system between the governor and Ailes don't relate to Christie's functions as governor, then they can't be hidden from the public."

In its filings, the ACLU-NJ argues that for executive privilege to be invoked the governor must include an index of potential records and explanation of why executive privilege applies to a judge to privately examine.

"New Jersey needs a system in place to separate executive privilege from carte blanche," ACLU president Frank Corrado, who is representing Cook, said in a statement. "Executive privilege exists to help a governor carry out constitutional obligations, not to diminish the constitutional right to a free press."

Emails sent to Fox News seeking comment not returned on Monday.

Christie was due in Iowa on Monday to speak at an education conference and headline a political fundraiser for a congressman. The trip did little to quell the presidential talk.
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Oh my God, has anyone seen that new show they have called The Five?



I saw it for the first time yesterday, well the short amount that I could stomach. They were all over Matt Damon for what he said about the debt ceiling, he was at some rally for teachers. All I got out of it is that Matt looks hot bald.
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I've seen about five minutes of it. "The Five" = 4 Conservatives and Bob Whatshisname.
At least the ratio on Bret Baer (and previously on Brit Hume) was 3 Cons to 1 Lib.

I'm not sure they are even interested in feigning "fair and balanced" anymore.
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I think it's Bob Beckel

For some random reason he stood up like he was going to take his pants off. That's when I changed the channel.
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The rift between the White House and Fox News isn't merely relegated to Jay Carney and Ed Henry.

A week after the White House press secretary Carney lashed out at Fox's new chief White House correspondent during a debt deal briefing, the cable channel's morning show hosts took a swipe at President Obama's statement honoring the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

"Times like this remind us of the lesson of all great faiths, including Islam--that we do unto others as we would have them do unto us," the statement read.

"Some people are saying is this an outreach to the Muslim world," Gretchen Carlson, co-host of "Fox and Friends," said. "Why isn't there an outreach to the Christian world?"

The panel pointed out that Obama did not issue a proclamation for Easter. (Though he didn't technically issue one for Ramadan either; it was a "statement," a subtle but key difference, as far as the Office of the President is concerned.)

On April 25--the day after Easter--a Fox reporter raised the same issue, asking Carney why Obama had not issued a proclamation for the holiday.

"You know the president went to church yesterday it was well covered," Carney said. "I'm not sure if we put out a statement or not, but he did celebrate Easter with his family and went to church to celebrate that." (After another question during the briefing, Carney added: "I'm glad you're asking key important questions guys, the fact is the president took his family to church in a very high profile way to celebrate Easter I think it was highly visible to most Americans, he as a devoted Christian he believes it's a very important holiday.")

"Fox and Friends" also noted that Obama issued an eight-paragraph proclamation earlier this year honoring Earth Day, but nothing for Easter.

Obama did, however, host a breakfast for Christian pastors the week before Easter, and made a public statement that day.

The White House has a long history of honoring of Ramadan. As the Daily News pointed out, President George W. Bush issued proclamations, too, and even began holding breakfasts and dinners on the holiday after 9/11 "in an effort to show that America was not at war with the religion."

And according to the University of California Santa Barbara's American Presidency Project, Bush never made an Easter proclamation, either.
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What were we just saying about the tea party?

They have no sense of context, no sense of consistency, no common sense what so ever.
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I think it's Bob Beckel

For some random reason he stood up like he was going to take his pants off. That's when I changed the channel.
Yeah, that's him. That guy is a complete boob. He's an idiotic partisan hack like Alan Colmes. But slightly more aggressive or tough, I guess. Colmes was such a pushover. At least Juan Williams has some guts.

Other than that, I struggle to think of solid liberal commentators on FOX.

Lanny Davis is pretty good. He used to work in the Clinton Admin.
Most of them are punching bags or turncoats (like that guy who used to write for Jimmy Carter).

but that show, The Five, IIRC, had the guy who subbed for Glen Beck (don't know his name) Greg Gutfeld (host of Red Eye), Dana Perino (Bush's WH Press Sec) and...I'm drawing a blank. Some pretty woman that just happened to also be an arch conservative. And yeah, it was super lame.
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Some pretty woman that just happened to also be an arch conservative.
This seems to be a common theme in popular conservatism in recent years.
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Well it seems you have to be beautiful to be on Fox. Some sort of job requirement. The guys, not so much.

Kimberly Guilfoyle? She's on The Five.
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