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It would have been easy to get smothered in the avalanche of fawning press coverage of Scott Brown and his upset victory in Massachusetts last week.

Leave it to the Fox News Channel to go the extra mile, however. Far from trumpeting the victory of America's newest Republican Senator, FNC took it upon themselves to start their commitment to hagiography even before the voters went to the polls in Massachusetts.

Indeed, as Media Matters pointed out this weekend, FNC acted as an auxiliary of the Brown for Senate campaign squad, doing so in manners which were pretty extraordinary, even for Fox News:

Fox News didn't simply cheer from the sidelines of this contest. Indeed, the network actively aided Brown's campaign. Fox News repeatedly hosted Brown in the days leading up to the election, and during each appearance, Brown directed viewers to his website to find out "how to help with donating and volunteering." Fox News political analyst Dick Morris took it upon himself to urge viewers to "go to DickMorris.com ... to help elect Brown," because if "we win this fight, then there will never be another victory for Obama." When asked at a rally about "ethical questions" raised by Fox News' advocacy for Brown, chief political correspondent Carl Cameron fled, saying he didn't have time to answer. But he did have the time to autograph "Brown for Senate" campaign materials and pose for pictures with Brown's volunteers, as Think Progress documented.

Funny how Keith Olbermann getting rough on Brown gave everybody, including fellow MSNBC host Joe Scarborough, the vapors. Olbermann, in a very professional move, acknowledged the criticism and owned up to it.

No one should hold their breath waiting for Fox News to follow Olbermann's lead.

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Mon Jan 25, 2010 at 07:26 PM PST.

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  •  I smell 2012! (4+ / 0-)
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    bloomer 101, JML9999, mrsgoo, licorice114

    Bring it, naked guy!

  •  You know what would get Fox News to respect Dems (2+ / 0-)
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    chickeee, vets74

    A discretionary spending freeze!!!

    Donate to the World Food Program's Haiti Relief Fund here

    by Me on Mon Jan 25, 2010 at 07:29:32 PM PST

    •  hyperbole sure hasn't worked (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Me, pademocrat
      •  You have to think White House Chief of Staff (2+ / 0-)
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        chickeee, im hip

        is the easiest job in the world.  Screw up royally losing a Massachusetts Senate seat to a Republican and the only answer you need to provide on strategy is to punch a hippy.

        And hell, some of the hippies even like getting punched!

        Donate to the World Food Program's Haiti Relief Fund here

        by Me on Mon Jan 25, 2010 at 07:33:14 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  are you even registered to vote? (2+ / 0-)
          Recommended by:
          Me, pademocrat

          or do you just like walking around carrying signs?

        •  WTF? The White House chief of staff (1+ / 0-)
          Recommended by:
          Me

          was in charge of Coakley's campaign?  Who knew?!

          Not.

          "I can't go to sleep. Someone on the internet is wrong!"

          by DrJeremy on Mon Jan 25, 2010 at 08:25:45 PM PST

          [ Parent ]

          •  Remember all those puff pieces (0+ / 0-)

            about Rahm watching every vote in Congress from early in 2009 because he was so hands on.  I sure do.  Remember the "you can sit in my f***ing chair" comment.  He's so tough that Rahmbo.

            He forgot to run a poll on Massachusetts though!  Ooops.

            Donate to the World Food Program's Haiti Relief Fund here

            by Me on Mon Jan 25, 2010 at 08:40:56 PM PST

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            •  We didn't do that then, but we are (0+ / 0-)

              going to do that now.  Oddly, he thought that someone running for the Senate in MA might actually mean, "no, I'm good, don't worry, I don't need any help," when she said, "no, I"m good, don't worry, I don't need any help."  

              She's not a toddler.

              Until five days before Obama arrived, maybe four, she was saying that she didn't need any help, and she didn't ask for his help in the end, the DSCC did.  I can tell you that her staff sure had some major freaking issues about the help they got.  MA attitude.  Chips on their shoulders the size of Saskatchewan.  Heckuva job, Coakley.

              "I can't go to sleep. Someone on the internet is wrong!"

              by DrJeremy on Mon Jan 25, 2010 at 08:46:43 PM PST

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              •  The old Potomac two-step (0+ / 0-)

                Excuse your strategic cock up by blaming the loser.

                Look Coakley was a terrible candidate.  But the notion that the White House wasn't heavily involved in protecting the 60th vote in the Senate after desperately trying to secure it is inexcusable.

                Donate to the World Food Program's Haiti Relief Fund here

                by Me on Mon Jan 25, 2010 at 08:55:44 PM PST

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                •  No, it wasn't. They shouldn't have (0+ / 0-)

                  had to get involved in that.  She never said she was in trouble.  She is a big girl.   We can't watch, and second-guess, every race.

                  "I can't go to sleep. Someone on the internet is wrong!"

                  by DrJeremy on Mon Jan 25, 2010 at 09:04:37 PM PST

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                  •  One senate race? (0+ / 0-)

                    How hard is it to run a poll and have a staffer review it?

                    I can't imagine that it's all that hard to conduct. I mean I'm sorry if DailyKos and Nate Silver can track it, how can't the White House?

                    Donate to the World Food Program's Haiti Relief Fund here

                    by Me on Mon Jan 25, 2010 at 09:06:14 PM PST

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                    •  They weren't set up to do polling (0+ / 0-)

                      for local races.  It's not that easy to set up and this has never been an issue before.  This was all about internal MA shite, from internal East, vs. Central vs. West resentments, to sexism, to total cluelessness on the part of our candidate.  It was a disaster all around.   And Nate didn't see a problem until everyone else did.  And by then, it was too late, despite amazing, amazing efforts by OFA, the DCCC and the DSCC.   You can't win without a candidate who isn't willing to be seen to be fighting for votes.

                      "I can't go to sleep. Someone on the internet is wrong!"

                      by DrJeremy on Mon Jan 25, 2010 at 09:20:30 PM PST

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        •  Invade Mexico....................... (0+ / 0-)

          (Richard Clark.)

          Angry White Males + Personality Disorder delusionals + Pro-Life Christians

          =EQ=

          The GOPer Base

          by vets74 on Tue Jan 26, 2010 at 11:06:20 AM PST

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  •  Never Fair, Never Balanced (3+ / 0-)

    I'm disappointed anyone wastes a breath expecting Fox to ever "own up" to anything. Fox is a predatory arm of the class of predatory wealth. They have as much "compassion" for the rest of us as a lion has for the gazelle in its jaws.

  •  I wonder if Faux News will take advantage of .... (6+ / 0-)

    the recent Supreme Court ruling and offer free political ads for the Repugs? Not that they don't do it now.

  •  One More Time: Media's Role is Promote Corporate (7+ / 0-)

    agenda.

    Fox has chosen to be a formal political party which was well within their rights even before the SCOTUS decision.

    There exists no role of informing the electorate.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Mon Jan 25, 2010 at 07:30:58 PM PST

  •  Are you telling me (3+ / 0-)

    that Fox news supported a conservative Republican candidate?!  That's about as plausible as saying that George W. Bush's policies are to blame for much of the current economic troubles!

  •  How Long Before Fox Deems (0+ / 0-)

    Brown the Messiah!

    . . .or. . .

    . . .wait for it. .

    . . .the Magic Whitey?

    I'm bored already.

    "ingratiation and access . . . are not corruption." -- Justice Stewart (Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, 2010)

    by Limelite on Mon Jan 25, 2010 at 07:31:38 PM PST

  •  We shouldn't expect class from Fox News (0+ / 0-)

    We SHOULD expect it from our own. Because that's what separates us from them.

    Clings to Music and Spring Training.

    by Mro on Mon Jan 25, 2010 at 07:36:41 PM PST

  •  We have known since at least 2002 that FNC (2+ / 0-)
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    mwmwm, millwood

    is Pravda with better production values.

    Nothing new to see here ... please move on.

    No quarter. No surrender.

    by hegemony57 on Mon Jan 25, 2010 at 07:36:47 PM PST

  •  Hoffman was all over Fox... (2+ / 0-)
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    millwood, JC from IA

    in the days leading up to that special election as well. The media lets them get away with it, when the Obama Administration pointed out Fox's obvious connection with the GOP they were blasted by CNN, NBC, ABC for "going there".

    It is utterly ridiculous.

    Fox co-promotes the tea party march, gives Hoffman all the coverage he could dream of, gives Brown every amount of publicity he could dream of.  But you want to know their defense "we offered their Dem opponents equal time and they declined".

    And nobody will go and challenge Scarborough about his glaring hypocrisy, Morning Joe has scared off Jon Stewart even from going after him.  Stewart blasts Fox and Fox doesn't care because they know Stewart viewers are not Republican voters and are not Fox watchers anyways.  

    And then Gibbs goes on Fox.  Sens like Bayh, Lieberscum go on Fox regularly.

    And the supposed Dem friendly station MSNBC has a host that relishes blasting Obama at every turn.  They have Joe Scarborough also.  

    Politics is like playing Asteroids - You go far enough to the left and you end up on the right. Or vice-versa.

    by Jonze on Mon Jan 25, 2010 at 07:39:38 PM PST

  •  Like MSNBC was objective (1+ / 0-)
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    scott t

    Most of the media started treating candidate Obama like President Obama the October before the election.

    The only non-biased news agency in America anymore is BBC America. I'm beyond expecting American-based broadcast news to be objective.

  •  Olbermann = class act (2+ / 0-)
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    cybersaur, DrJeremy

    He got emotional and said some things he regretted and like a real man said sorry.

    Fox made a huge ethical mistake in not giving equal time to both candidates. I am now holding my breath waiting to hear a sorry.

    •  Don't forget how the Fox guy got (0+ / 0-)

      on TV and straight up lied about the Obama rally for Coakley, saying it wasn't full, when he was in the room.  I stood there and watched him talk, but had no idea what he was saying at the time, or that he was Fox.  I just thought he was rude to be talking while Vicky Kennedy was speaking.

      "I can't go to sleep. Someone on the internet is wrong!"

      by DrJeremy on Mon Jan 25, 2010 at 08:27:51 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  So we have left and right wing media (0+ / 0-)

    Big deal.

    That's the way it is in most of the industrialized world. If you want to read both papers each day, you can.

    I enjoy a good Guardian UK and then a Sunday Times. Why not? The marketplace of ideas.

    Fox has always been an arm of the GOP. Just look at who runs it.

    We should do the same with our media.

    Bring it on.

    Exxon candidate vs. the Ben and Jerry's candidate.

    Corporate personhood is the new thing.
    Get with the program, people!

    "One man alone can be pretty dumb sometimes, but for real bona fide stupidity nothing beats teamwork." - Mark Twain

    by greendem on Mon Jan 25, 2010 at 07:46:09 PM PST

  •  Who needs easily avaiable corporate cash... (2+ / 0-)
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    cybersaur, JC from IA

    ... when you have Fox News to do all the work for the far-right candidates?

    Fox News is beyond "fairly unbalanced".  They are into the realm of "media propaganda network that would make Nazi-Germany blush."

  •  Hell, what's stopping them? (0+ / 0-)

    Certainly not this USSC.

  •  Well, someone is bound to be disappointed (4+ / 0-)
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    88kathy, hoof32, chickeee, licorice114

    in Senator Staplenads soon as he raises his voice on the Floor of the Senate .. and something tells me it ain't gonna be Tea Baggers.

    Something tells me Brownie is going full in on the wingnut agenda, and will make himself Teh Dahling of the Palinette set.

    Air America listeners, check this out

    by shpilk on Mon Jan 25, 2010 at 07:50:05 PM PST

    •  Senator Zoolander will do as he promised, (0+ / 0-)

      as he did in MA - vote "yes" on every Republican initiative, vote "no" on every Democratic initiative, even if the Senate HCR bill is the same as Romneycare, which he voted for, it being Repub and all, in MA.  I doubt he will raise his voice at all.

      "I can't go to sleep. Someone on the internet is wrong!"

      by DrJeremy on Mon Jan 25, 2010 at 08:29:25 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Is This Anything? (1+ / 0-)
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    tberry

    "The Quick Brown Faux Jumped Over the Lazy Dem."

    I didn't think so.

    Sorry.

    "Sell 'crazy' someplace else, we're all stocked up here." -Melvin Udall

    by hoof32 on Mon Jan 25, 2010 at 08:00:17 PM PST

  •  My take on the Fox news types! (1+ / 0-)
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    chickeee

    I’ve given this great thought so stay with me: I have a theory that once the ass-blubber impacts the back fat from the Beck/Limbaugh humanoid types it then raps up to their ears causing their multiple chins to go into action thus creating some-kind of evil mysterious vibration causing some very dimwitted yet seeming normal people to believe their laughably ludicrous BS.

    I got nothing else.

    The world will never forget: the crimes and atrocities committed by the Bush administration!

    by Freedom Loving American on Mon Jan 25, 2010 at 08:01:29 PM PST

  •  Palin/Brown 2012 (0+ / 0-)

    After all their daughters are all available.....

  •  Jon Stewart was way out of line (1+ / 0-)
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    tberry

    making fun of Kieth over his Brown comments. And I for one am getting sick Stewart's nihilist make fun of everyone shtick.

    Fuck You Jon Stewart, I liked Crossfire. You don't have half the talent Colbert has, and The Daily Show has completely failed to bring progressive guests on.

  •  Well, (2+ / 0-)
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    cybersaur, vets74

    If we'd listened to Jimmy Carter we'd be in a lot better shape now.

    •  If DNC had invested in "50 State Strategy"... (0+ / 0-)

      and used it to frame the whole of DNC support for candidates... then you would see a Democratic Party with a strong, permanent management structure.

      Of course, nobody wants that.....................

      Angry White Males + Personality Disorder delusionals + Pro-Life Christians

      =EQ=

      The GOPer Base

      by vets74 on Tue Jan 26, 2010 at 10:57:17 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Fox and Right Wing Radio openly and brazenly (2+ / 0-)
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    cybersaur, vets74

    go over the line and CAMPAIGN for the agenda they seek. When will the powers that be within and around the DNC understand that this one sided affair and playing by the rules set by the other guy is killing them.

    Just look this crap is setting the agenda, table and come November will have taken out the party given leadership by the American people because they screwed up......and be given power back within a YEAR!!!! Awful, man, this is awful.

    "Alan Grayson is my hero...now thats a Real Democrat"! alnc.10/09

    by alnc on Tue Jan 26, 2010 at 07:41:32 AM PST

  •  Don't underestimate the tactics... (0+ / 0-)

    that elected this guy.

    Natalie's Memes present as an extraordianry tool for covering over a lack of positive accomplishments.

    Natalie's Memes

    Whining, Ad Hominem and Special Pleading.

    Natalie developed a political novelty: a unique pattern for a combined attack:

    1.) Whining. Her future voters were encouraged in subtle, framed sessions to whine about the main rivals. Natalie's remarks during these sessions presented moderate positions.

    2.) Ad hominem. The first pay-off is that Natalie was able to inject derogatory ad hominem details. One detail, per opponent, was repeated for effect. This matches to GOP "message discipline." Her future voters were especially receptive during whining sessions, given the nature of their own mental activity.

    3.) Special Pleading. Natalie's role as listener/encourager was enhanced to do double-duty. Getting the victory resulted from a disciplined form of an informal fallacy called Special Pleading. Natalie communicated a broad variety of associations with traditional virtues. She used repetition, again, to embed factoids that elevated her own image. The prime goal was to establish that she was intrinsically deserving of votes, apart from in-game performance.

    Worked to beat the band when applied for Scott Brown.

    That's Natalie White. Brilliant winner of Survivor Samoa. Her method of play changed the whole voting pattern of Survivor.

    In Mass. the game got shifted when Coakley attacked Curt Schilling. That opened the door for Schilling to administer the ad hominem attacks as a surrogate for Brown.

    In any case, Natalie's Memes were what won the election for Brown -- noted as a "surge" when his tax-cuts-and-freedom talking points were replaced with a redo of her combo-attack.

    Never underestimate the GOP's propaganda engine. 20,000 people full time at 300 organizations and $500-million a year.....

    Angry White Males + Personality Disorder delusionals + Pro-Life Christians

    =EQ=

    The GOPer Base

    by vets74 on Tue Jan 26, 2010 at 10:49:52 AM PST

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