Category Archives for FOX News

Cynthia Dunbar (Remember Her?) Says Teaching Texas Kids about Climate Change Is ‘Socialized Education’

Remember Cynthia Dunbar? She’s the creationist former member of the Texas State Board of Education who wrote a book in which she called public education “tyrannical,” unconstitutional and a “subtly deceptive tool of perversion.” Dunbar left the board at the end of 2010 and last we heard was teaching law at Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University. On […]

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A New Low for Fox News

Media Matters reports that Fox News anchor Heather Childers today used her Twitter account to promote a bizarre birther conspiracy theory that, during the 2008 presidential election, then-candidate Barack Obama’s campaign threatened to have Chelsea Clinton murdered. The “threat” to have Chelsea rubbed out was allegedly part of an effort to keep Bill and Hillary […]


Requiem for a Rodeo Clown

Good news: Glenn Beck’s FOX News show goes off the air today. Bad news: Beck is considering moving to Texas. Really horrible news if Beck’s serious: he told Gov. Rick Perry he may run for governor if he moves to Texas. As America’s most beloved tin foil hatter departs from FOX News, the watchdog group […]

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How Fox News Helped Hijack TX Curriculum

The Austin  American-Statesman has published a list of PolitiFact Texas articles that drew the most reader interest in 2010. Number Five on the list is a piece early in the year about Fox News co-anchor Gretchen Carlson telling viewers that the Texas State Board of Education was considering the removal of Christmas and the Constitution […]

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Fox, Schools and the Anti-Muslim Campaign

The Texas State Board of Education debate over social studies curriculum standards last spring drew unprecedented coverage from the national media, most of it reasonably balanced. The exception was coverage from Fox News, including commentator Tucker Carlson. Carlson and his Fox colleagues made so many false and misleading statements on-air about the debate that we […]

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Fox News: ‘Fair and Balanced’?

We’re not sure when Fox News used this graphic, but we saw it for the first time yesterday. We had heard Fox commentators referred to Texas Freedom Network President Kathy Miller — on the air — as a “troublemaker” back in March. Fox sent three news teams to Austin that month to cover the State […]

Also posted in social studies | 12 Comments

FOX Coverage of Texas Debate: FAIL

UPDATE: The Texas Education Agency has now posted the press release on its Web site. In a highly unusual move, the Texas Education Agency has just distributed a press release sharply criticizing the grossly inaccurate coverage of the debate over social studies curriculum standards in Texas. Three cheers to TEA’s press office for calling out […]

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‘Anti-Christian Bigotry’

So now FOX News anchor Brit Hume is saying that criticism of his call last Sunday for golfer Tiger Woods to dump Buddhism and convert to Christianity is just another form of “anti-Christian bigotry.” Hume told yesterday: “It is certainly true in secular America today that the most controversial two words you can ever […]

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Talking Points

From today’s TFN News Clips: “The extent to which he can recover seems to me depends on his faith. He is said to be a Buddhist. I don’t think that faith offers the kind of forgiveness and redemption that is offered by the Christian faith. So my message to Tiger would be, ‘Tiger, turn to the […]

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FOX Gets It Wrong on Texas Curriculum Battle

Efforts to politicize our kids’ social studies classrooms got a hand from FOX News on Wednesday. FOX aired a piece on the growing controversy over revising social studies curriculum standards in Texas. Publishers, of course, will use the revised standards to write new history, government, geography and other social studies textbooks. The two commentators on FOX […]

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