Fox News is so Desperate to Spread “Obama Hate” that they air Fake Story about Muslim Museum

fox-friendsIf anybody still wonders how in the world so many conservatives can be so misinformed and oblivious to reality, all you have to do is look at where they get the bulk of their information. Sources like Fox News, Rush Limbaugh and the like will tell them what they want to hear; what plays into their fears and pushes their agenda; what they want to be reality. Which is more often than not devoid of the full story.

We’ve seen it time and time again — there really shouldn’t be any debate as to whether these “news” sources are “fair and balanced.” And it should come as no surprise when they casually pass off a satirical story as actual “news” when it suits their narrative of painting President Obama in a bad light. Because who cares about doing actual research and verifying sources, right? If we can tie this all together with a nice bow tie against Obama, our viewers don’t have to know the truth anyway! 

Cue “Fox & Friends” Saturday morning host Anna Kooiman. When talking about the “travesty” of the World War II memorial being closed (thanks to Republicans shutting down the government over “Obamacare”), Kooiman used it as a perfect opportunity to point out how President Obama is catering to Muslims instead of WWII vets:

“The Republican National Committee is offering to pay for it to keep it open so that the veterans from Honor Flight are going to be able to go and see this because who did it honor? It honored them. It really doesn’t seem fair, especially—and we’re going to talk a little bit later in the show too about some things that are continuing to be funded. And President Obama has offered to pay out of his own pocket for the museum of Muslim culture out of his own pocket, yet it’s the Republican National Committee who’s paying for this.”

Now first of all, let’s go ahead and agree on one thing — it is an absolute disgrace that the WWII memorial had to be closed to begin with. But why was it closed? Because of the Republican obsession with “Obamacare,” and John Boehner’s refusal to allow the House to vote on the Senate’s clean CR (which would easily pass the House and be signed by the president). That’s it. That’s why we’re sitting where we are today, with tourist communities suffering and memorials being shut down. Republicans deserve 100% of the blame for thinking for one second that the president would agree to roll back his signature legislation (which is already helping millions of people).

But Fox News blaming Obama for the WWII memorial being closed is no surprise, it’s to be expected. The heart of this story, the true disgust here, rests with Kooiman’s assertion that the president “offered to pay out of his own pocket for the museum of Muslim culture” to stay open, while the Republican National Committee is offering to pay to keep the WWII memorial open. Kooiman obviously couldn’t care less that it was a satirical story posted on a fake news website — it suited her narrative and offered the perfect bow tie for the segment. Facts and reality be damned.

The good people at the Republican National Committee are offering to pay the cost of keeping the WWII memorial open for these heroic WWII vets, while President Obama continues to practice his devilry and pays for the “museum of Muslim culture” to stay open. See, he couldn’t care less about our country! He’s more concerned about Muslim culture than WWII vets!! Boooooooooo!!!!!!!

And now the vast majority of people watching Fox & Friends yesterday morning instantly believe this narrative, which has the domino effect of reinforcing all of their previously-held beliefs about the evils of Muslims and President Obama, and why Republicans are the “good guys.” Do you see how easy this scam is for them to pull off? Talk about something real going on, blame it on President Obama and inject blatant lies when necessary. Wash, rinse, repeat. This is why there are still millions of people who believe “Obamacare” has death panels and that President Obama is a Kenyan Muslim. And this is exactly why Fox News is a danger not only to the minds of the people who watch and believe it, but to our country as a whole.

Thomas Barr

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  • The Green Devilish One

    Fox and Friends is for mouth-breathing morons, patients in hospitals who are in vegetative comas, and teabilly fucksticks.

    • Lyola M Roeske Shafer

      Oh, My. I’m really sorry that seems to be close to true.

    • Pipercat

      Let’s not forget, The Five! Fallacy, Fraud, Fall guy, Falsehood and Fear!

      • Pipercat

        Come to think of it, Fraud and Falsehood are basically the same, better change Fraud to Floozie….

      • BlueLil

        Kind of like the five rules of dodgeball…dodge, dip, dive, duck…and dodge. 😉

    • LittleD

      I do believe you have nailed it!!

  • Dan T.

    The Green Devilish One, I was incapacitated in the hospital a while back and the nurses had the TV in my room turned to Fox News. And even THEN, I was able to gather all my strength to change the channel.

    • The Green Devilish One

      Obviously, Dan, you have very strong healing powers and even in the depths of your injuries, were able to summon the strength necessary to save your brain from further damage.

      • cravin moorehead

        Faux News is now a part of Obamacare! Congrats, Faux!

    • patricia spinazzola

      No matter where I go (bar, restaurant, doctor’s office), if they are tuned to Fox News, I ask them to change the channel. If they give a lot of grief about their customers will be upset, then I tell them they have one less customer, and I leave. I really cannot watch that crap. Most of the time, they will change the channel. It just takes speaking up.

      • Jay Brandt

        We walked out with a party of 12…hopefully that made a statement.

      • Laura26

        I also did tis at a doctor’s office. I just told them a could not stand the lies and fabrications. I suggested CNN or the food network. Of course, I ‘d rather hear MSNBC.

      • Purple2016

        MSNBC … Of course you would!

  • seeingeye

    How’s that any different from main stream media blowing a gasket over Obamacare enroller Chad Henderson? Sounds like the pot calling the kettle black.

    • Bud Pilcher

      Get a clue, nobody but Fox just makes up their own “facts”. This bullshit of “both sides do it” doesn’t hold water.

    • Jay Brandt

      And by mainstream you mean….media? Everything other than Fox N?ws?

      • SluttyMary

        LOL, fox is mainstream media!

      • seeingeye

        I haven’t believed anything put out by any media since the early 1960’s, and that includes Fox News. They’re all propaganda machines according to their own agendas.

      • Crysta

        So, do you believe that the moon landing was faked, vietnam never happened, and of course 9/11 was nothing but a hoax!!!

      • seeingeye

        IF the only evidence that I had seen for those incidents came strictly from the news media, then I would have certainly taken it all with a grain of salt.

    • Pipercat

      Ooooh, one guy talks shit and that’s proof of, what precisely?

      • seeingeye

        It’s proof that many news media outlets ran with the story (mainly because it fit their agenda) without making the effort to corroborate it. This is a fault not limited to one agency, but permeates the entire industry.

      • Pipercat

        Agenda as in ratings? Ratings translating into revenues which ultimately then produces a profit? Do yourself a big favor and stick to basic cynicism and leave the false equivalencies in the cupboard.

      • seeingeye

        No, ratings have nothing whatsoever to do with it. Their agendas are purely political in nature, and their agendas don’t change even when the ratings go down.

      • Pipercat

        Really? Cool, I have some really fabulous alpine country outside of Miami I’d love to sell you..

      • seeingeye

        Sorry, I’ll have to pass on your splendid offer. I’m not interested in your “real estate.”

      • Pipercat

        No worries, I’m in Texas anyway…

  • Pat

    Fox News spews lies to a clueless bunch of tea party lovers. Any station that still employs and values Sarah Palin and the like, is so out of touch with reality that I am baffled as to how they are still even considered a “news source” for America. (Funded by the Koch brothers, perhaps?)

    • SluttyMary

      Hey now, don’t be mean to Sarah Palin. She’s the smartest person in the GOP! It’s not her fault she has a disability.

      • Lawana

        Yeah, it’s called insanity!

      • raggedcompany

        While I’m no fan of Sarah Palin, to speak so glibly about mental illness does a disservice to those who are actually suffering from mental disorders.

      • gemma liar

        she sexy,,,,,,,,,,,,I want to go down on her and then empty myself in her delightfully stupid body,,,,,,, then demand she goes home

  • southpaugh

    I’d say, “Lather, Rinse, Repeat!” is more apropos.

  • patricia spinazzola

    Good grief, did you read the comments on that fake news website? Please tell me they are fake entries. People cannot REALLY be that dense, can they?

    • Edward Krebbs

      Can’t remember if it was PT Barnum or someone else that said that no one has ever gone broke betting on the gullibility of the American people.

      • Wayne Bassett

        I think that was Barnum, along with ” A sucker is born everyday.” Obviously he was predicting the average Fox news viewer.

      • Crysta

        A sucker is born every 87 seconds…

    • SluttyMary

      Oh, they can. Conservatives swarm when anything anti-obama is posted with a link to a website.

    • Dianne Hornick

      I did. And I’m still in shock!

    • ziggywiggy

      lately I’ve been seeing some really awful jokes about Obama, coming from people I thought were better than that. Fox news is a cancer.

    • Happy To Bme

      so sad, but yes they can and are. ):

  • benny1189

    “It’s already helping millions of people” ….. I call BULL SHIP… name one…….it doesn’t even go into effect till Jan 1 2014. This article is doing exactly what they are acussing others of. IDIOTS

    • Cw

      Um, before you go around calling people idiots you should check your facts. Certain parts have in fact gone into effect. Selective hearing I guess. Again more people hearing what they WANT to hear.

    • Jay Brandt

      Helping in that millions have found policies that they can afford, registered and will then be insured as of Jan 1st….many for the very first time. Also, many…like us…are already being helped and have been for over a year…we were able to discontinue an individual policy on our 22 yr old son and add him to our company provided family plan saving us hundreds per year…over the next 4 years it will be a substantial savings and he has better coverage.

    • SluttyMary

      Many provisions went into law when it was signed or phased in. The fact that you are so ignorant of these ACTUAL FACTS because you watch fox news where they give no facts is utterly representative of the people who hate Obamacare but don’t even know why they hate it. The only idiot here is you.

      Probably the most popular one is to keep your kids on your insurance through age 26, which in fact, does cover millions of young adults.

      2012 ————————–
      New preventive services for women

      2011 —————————

      Prescription drug discounts for seniors
      Free Medicare preventive services for seniors
      The 80/20 Rule (Medical Loss Ratio)
      Rate Review

      2010 —————————–

      Coverage for children with pre-existing conditions
      Coverage for young adults under 26
      No more lifetime limits on coverage
      No more arbitrary cancellations or rescissions
      Right to appeal health plan decisions
      Consumer Assistance Program
      Small business tax credit
      Temporary coverage for people with pre-existing conditions
      Community Health Centers

    • gemma liar

      could someone PLEASE change bennys diapers?

    • Paid Koch Troll

      Please follow the guidelines in our handouts for talking points. Our overlords will be displeased if you write your own script.

  • Edward Krebbs

    So the NATIONAL REPORT is the source of the story and Faux News apparently didn’t fact check. Shocked! sHOCKED!!!!
    And with that admission, why should anyone subscribe to it (or th print equivalent)as a news publication, anymore than The ONION, The Daily Currant, or the Journal of Irreproduceable Results?
    OTOH, Kudos to Jackson Mississippi for showing the openness to sponsor such a museum. And to the other 50 States, congratulations, you’re now officially more predjudiced than Mississippi.

  • Jay Brandt

    The Dems can use the ‘death panels’ to their advantage. Announce that they are caving in to GOTea demands and eliminating death panels from the ACA in return for passing the C.R. and raising the debt limit.

  • SluttyMary

    I don’t know if they did a retraction, but even if they did, their viewers wouldn’t believe it and think it just another coverup like Benghazi!!!!!!

  • deckbose

    Fox News producers swallowed the idea of an “international museum of Muslim culture” in Jackson, Mississippi.

    The depth of the stupidity that is ushered in by Obama Derangement Syndrome is simply spectacular.

  • William Carpenter

    LOL, I love this, “Now first of all, let’s go ahead and agree on one thing — it is an absolute disgrace that the WWII memorial had to be closed to begin with.” As if you are truly offended and it is the Republicans fault. It is an open air memorial, it didn’t have fences until they were put there during this lockout. There is absolutely NO REASON for this memorial to be closed, none at all except to gain a political advantage. Shameful

  • These idiots at Fox must be graduates of the Joseph Goebbels School of Journalism. I’d frankly prefer it if they just drop the pretense and put their Nazi armbands back on.

  • If this was broadcast here in UK, they all would be in prison, Fox News would be severely fined and likely put off the air. We treat lies like lies.

    • Manfred Jesaja von Schnee

      yeah… thanks for off-loading that ghoul Murdoch on us.

  • jWd

    Fox news is always bullschitt!!

  • Maggie Dee

    This is outrageous and this is also why fox news is not allowed in my house. Neither are the loudmouthed radio agitators. I really wish that someone had taken the time to talk to the vets, tell them to wheel themselves over to the house and take a few of those idiot congressmen/women out behind the woodshed for some good old fashioned attention getting “discussion”. They need to understand that if this is allowed to go on and as the debt ceiling date approaches they will be losing a lot more then visiting WWII War Memorials. If the “40 Thieves” as I like to think of them continue unchecked we will be losing a lot more, like medical care and social security which will be raped and pillaged. Veterans hospitals that are not being funded adequately now will really be the losers. Medicare or as it will be known in the future, Medi-don’t-care will be swept away with many other programs. I am not proud to say that I live in the state of North Carolina, which is being pushed and shoved back into the 19th century. Seriously…any state that thinks it’s a good idea to allow people to walk into a bar or restaurand with a concealed weapon…….oh wait…they are not suppose to drink if they do that. yeah…right.

  • gemma liar

    anyone notice that Hannity was moved to TRY to compete with Lawrence O donnell? Lawrence was crushing greta and Hannity was floundering against Rachel; so FOX “news” now has a nice looking blonde in the 9pm time slot to TRY to stem the sweeps that Rachel is garnering. Greta is the only real “journalist” of all of them so they moved her to 7pm,,,,problem is that a GREAT bi-partisan show( crossfire) is there and FOX doesn’t like having rightwingers on THAT show actually telling the truth in a nice way. Even Newt sounds amicable

  • JanusJustIs

    This country has become SO divided, someone should write a book – “Democrats are from Earth, Republicans are from Fuckatron”. It’s gotten so bad, I can’t even force myself to go to family functions anymore. I would much rather pick up a book & poke holes thru the “i’s” with a pin, or talk to my cat. A lot less stress. Sean Hannity physically makes me sick.

  • ziggywiggy

    damn, can’t wait to start getting this Fox fantasy presented as reality as a meme on my FB feed from my Republican relatives in Indiana. Then the eventual anger directed at me when I provide them with the facts. Sorry am I making this too personal? probably not the only one with this problem.

  • AI-Jarvis

    What is really quite comical is that the ‘Muslim Museum’ is actually the Milwaukee Fine Arts Museum on Lake Michigan… not in Mississippi. I mean come-on… how hard is it to miss that?! It was used in Transformers 3. Pathetic


    How has Fox News continued to dominate the other networks for over ten years? I just reviewed Neilson ratings and the number of young viewers this network attracts is absolutely staggering! What is going on and how do they do it? It seems they have continued their dominance for an entire decade and are still attracting voters aged 24 – 54 at alarming rates. “In the ten years since becoming number one, FNC has sustained a 147% advantage over CNN and a 144% advantage over MSNBC in Total Day viewership. In Adults 25-54, FNC beat CNN by 92% and MSNBC by 101%. Meanwhile, in Primetime, FNC has surpassed CNN by 131% in total viewers and 58% in A25-54 while overtaking MSNBC by 142% in total viewers and 105% in A25-54, according to the Nielsen averages for January 2012.” With numbers like these, how can Democrats stand a chance at winning future elections? Other than just criticizing the success of FNC, do democrats have a plan to gain these voters back while they still have power to do so or will FNC continue to put the squeeze on all the other networks until they no longer exist. Al Gore thought he had the solution but had to sell out to Aljazeera – how long before the other network news networks follow suit?

  • 3kimberlydawn3

    Fox news does not respect women. Why do they have that stupid Anna Kooiman on the couch crossing her legs every weekend morning and practically exposing herself? I am forced to watch because my spouse watches…oh the horror…