Fox News is the number one cable news network on the air. They are known as the “mouthpiece” of the Republican Party. Their motto is “fair and balanced,” but they are extremely biased in their coverage, and survey after survey has found their audience to be the most misinformed of any news network. Their flagship shows, The O’Reilly Factor and Hannity are rated as the top two cable news shows, and they set the tone and style — loud, obnoxious, over-bearing and brash — for the network. Fox’ climb to the top of the cable news mountain has not been without slips and falls. Here is a list of the top five blunders the network made in 2012.
1. Karl Rove Implodes on Election Night
On election night Rove refuse to concede that Obama had won Ohio. The election night meltdown, highlighted by Rove’s attempt to “fact-check” his own network will go down in the annals of news coverage.
2. Geraldo Rivera Puts Foot in Mouth
Trayvon Martin was a 17 year old African-American boy that was shot and killed in Florida by George Zimmerman. Martin was wearing a hoodie when he was shot which led Rivera to say, “I am urging the parents of black and Latino youngsters particularly not to let their children go out wearing hoodies. I think the hoodie is as much responsible for Trayvon Martin‘s death as much as George Zimmerman was.”
3. Liz Trotta Says Rape Victims are Asking For It
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Trotta implied that the feminist movement is partially to blame for the high incidence of rape among military women: “You have this whole bureaucracy upon bureaucracy being built up with all kinds of levels of people to support women in the military who are now being raped too much.” She went on to say “The sexual abuse report says that there has been, since 2006, a 64% increase in violent sexual assaults. Now, what did they expect? These people are in close contact.”
4. Lou Dobbs Says Dr. Seuss is Left Wing Propaganda
Dobb described the latest Seuss movie adaptation The Lorax, as an attempt by Hollywood to” indoctrinate our children.” He said, “The president's liberal friends in Hollywood [are] targeting [a] younger demographic using animated movies to sell their agenda to children.” Dobbs said the movie demonized the 1% and “espoused the virtue of green-energy policies.” I thought it was just a kid’s movie. So did most people. The Lorax grossed almost $350 million worldwide.
5. Pollster Dick Morris Says Romney Will Win in a Landslide
Dick Morris solidified his place as the worse pollster in the business with his prediction of a Romney landslide. He wasn’t the only one that had it wrong, but he was one of the loudest, most obnoxious, over-bearing and brash prognosticators on television.