Fox News Displays Graphic Showing It’s the Least-Trusted News Network, Host Responds

Fox News experienced an on-air SNAFU on Monday when the network posted a graphic that showed just how little audiences trust it compared to other cable news networks. Not too surprisingly, the graphic was taken down. According to Fox News host Howard Kurtz, the graphic, which aired during his show Media Buzz, was removed because it was, wait for it…posted at the wrong time. Boy, please.

Apparently, Kurtz had been discussing a Monmouth University poll about fake news in the media. However, the graphic displayed the results from another question about the trustworthiness of cable news networks, one where Fox ranked last.

The Associated Press reported the embarrassing mix-up, explaining that the graphic was removed but not that it was later used again. Kurtz took to Facebook to clear things up in a statement—the irony of trying to broadcast the truth on a platform embroiled in a data scandal is not lost on me. In the statement, entitled “A JOURNALISTIC DISTORTION” (caps not mine), Kurtz called out the AP for “a story that utterly distorts what [had] happened” on his show.

Kurtz went on to explain, “The AP reported my request to take down the graphic and ended the story there, creating a false impression by not mentioning that I called for the very same graphic shortly afterward.” The AP later updated their story, and Kurtz updated his statement as well, saying, “The AP has now run a correction, which I appreciate. Though it's odd that the correction indicated I SAID the poll graphic ran moments later, as if it's a claim. It's a verifiable fact. There's video!”

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Prior to updating, Kurtzz had also stated he “felt viewers deserved all the facts. That’s more than I can say for the AP, which owes me a correction.” Excuse me, but, if viewers deserve the facts, maybe they shouldn’t be watching Fox at all in the first place.

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Suspected Austin Bomber Dead After Confrontation With Police in Texas

The suspected serial bomber responsible for terrorizing Austin, Texas over the course of the last few weeks with a wave of bombings is reportedly dead after a confrontation with police in Round Rock, Texas. He reportedly detonated a bomb inside of his vehicle and killed himself as police closed in on him early Wednesday morning. He is being identified as 24-year-old Mark Anthony Conditt.

According to authorities, Austin police and the FBI received a tip on the serial bomber on Tuesday and were able to track him down to a hotel in Round Rock. They located him sitting in his vehicle in the hotel’s parking lot and were in the process of waiting for tactical units to arrive on the scene when the bomber attempted to drive away.

The suspect stopped driving a short time later, at which time Austin SWAT officers attempted to engage him. But he detonated a bomb inside his vehicle, injuring an officer who was approaching the vehicle in the process. Another SWAT officer responded to the blast by opening fire on the suspect, who was later pronounced dead.

While the bomber is now dead, Austin police believe he may have left a series of additional bombs behind. They are warning those in and around Austin to be cautious about opening packages in the coming days and potentially even weeks. TMZ obtained surveillance shots of the bomber dropping two packages off at an Austin FedEx store on Sunday, though both of those packages have been accounted for.

Austin police and the FBI have been trying to track the serial bomber down since March 2 when his first bomb detonated. They believe he is responsible for five bombs that have detonated in the area, killing two people and injuring five others. They have now set their sights on trying to figure out if he may have had any accomplices in the bombings.

Austin police have not figured out the motive behind the bombings yet. Interim Austin Police Chief Brian Manley spoke Wednesday and said the motive is still under investigation.

“That’s the one thing we don’t have right now, is a motive behind this,” Manley said. “We do not understand what motivated him to do what he did, and that will also be part of the continuing investigation as we try to learn more about him.”

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott told Fox News that Conditt appeared to be unemployed and lived with two roommates in Pflugerville, a town 20 miles north of Austin. “Those two roommates have been talking to law enforcements,” Abbott said. “I would venture to say those two roommates are not at this time suspects.”

President Trump, who has faced criticism for not speaking up about the Austin bombings in recent weeks, sent out a tweet about the bomber’s death early Wednesday morning.

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LeBron James and Kevin Durant Respond to Fox News Host’s ‘Shut Up and Dribble’ Comment

Both  LeBron James and Kevin Durant  have responded to Fox News host Laura Ingraham's “shut up and dribble” comment about the pair voicing their opinions about President Donald Trump.

Both James and Durant have long been critical of Trump, and their interview with ESPN’s Cari Champion was no different when politics came up. The undertones of Ingraham's words were not lost on either player.  James took to Instagram with a picture of a neon sign proclaiming he's “more than an athlete” and coined a new hashtag on the caption: #Wewillnotshutupanddribble.

 

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Durant spoke about the issue in an interview. “To me, it was racist,” he told USA Today Sports. “What does (skin color) have to do with anything? We all have an opinion, just like she has an opinion that I disagree with.” He went on to explain that as an American citizen, he has just as much right to share his political beliefs as anyone regardless of his position in the NBA. 

“That was definitely an ignorant comment. I do play basketball, but I am a civilian and I am a citizen of the United States, so my voice is just as loud as hers,” Durant said. “I don’t play basketball 24 hours a day. I live in this world, just like everybody else. I don’t get what she’s saying, but I know what she’s trying to say.”

Durant also added that he thinks Ingraham might even be inspired by the two players if she spent time around them. “Not just me or LeBron but guys in our position,” he explained, “anybody of another color who has risen up and done something positive in life…It’s kind of sad that she’s so close-minded.”

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Arkansas Man Allegedly Killed His Wife After She Turned Off His Football Game

Watching football is a pastime that many people enjoy, but one man took football fandom to a whole new level when he was willing to kill for it. Tony Thomas allegedly stabbed his wife, Elke, to death after she changed the TV channel from his (hopefully) favorite sport at their Arkansas home.

The Associated Press reports that Thomas took a smoke break outside before heading back inside his house when he asked his wife for the score. That's when Thomas says he blacked out. The two reportedly got into an argument before Thomas regained consciousness while standing over his wife's bloodied body with a knife in his hand. It was Thomas who called the authorities to ask for a “meat wagon and police” after the stabbing, reports Fox News.

“He claimed he'd blacked out and when he 'came to,' he was over her with a knife in his hands,” read an affidavit by Lonoke County Sheriff's Detective Anthony Counts.

Now, at 58 years old, Thomas is being charged with capital murder. While the incident happened back in November, Thomas has been in jail ever since with a bond set at $1 million.

If convicted, Thomas may be sentenced to death or life in prison without parole. If it's the latter, he'll have even more trouble with his choice of TV channels. Hopefully, he learned his lesson on sharing screen time. Thomas's court hearing is scheduled for Jan. 22.

This isn't the first time someone has murdered someone in a TV-related incident. Earlier this week, another man was found not guilty after he claimed Wheel of Fortune told him to kill his mother.

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Trump Defends His Mental Health in Bizarre Tweetstorm

President Donald Trump kicked off his seemingly regular practice of bizarre weekend tweets in a thread defending his mental health Saturday morning. The world leader who has been documented flinging paper towels at hurricane battered citizens, casually beefing with Kim Jong-Un about nuclear war, and gulping water like a toddler with a “sippy cup,” bragged about his mental state during a brief tirade that also managed to work in references of Hillary Clinton and the late Ronald Reagan.

“Now that Russian collusion, after one year of intense study, has proven to be a total hoax on the American public, the Democrats and their lapdogs, the Fake News Mainstream Media, are taking out the old Ronald Reagan playbook and screaming mental stability and intelligence,” Trump tweeted.

Trump’s rant came on the heels of Michael Wolff’s book Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House. The book essentially paints Trump as the kind of nut job who rage tweets from the golf course on weekends and binge watches Fox News. Naturally, Trump fired back.

“Actually, throughout my life, my two greatest assets have been mental stability and being, like, really smart,” Trump continued. “Crooked Hillary Clinton also played these cards very hard and, as everyone knows, went down in flames.”

A cursory Google search debunks most of what Trump tweeted regarding his success as a businessman, as a 2016 New York Times investigation into Trump’s many failed business ventures pegged him as a middling businessman at best. And framing his argument in stereotypical “Valley Girl Speak” probably didn’t bolster Trump’s case.

The final salvo from the 45th President read like a rejected line from the Billy Madison script.

“I went from VERY successful businessman, to top T.V. Star…to President of the United States (on my first try). I think that would qualify as not smart, but genius….and a very stable genius at that!”

The jury is still out on Trump’s self-aggrandizing correlation between winning his first Presidential run and being a certified genius. The folks at Mensa probably aren’t on board, given that Trump unofficially coined the term “big ocean water.”

 

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The long-delayed movie stars Dame Dash, Cam’ron, and former Fox News personality Stacey Dash.

Tomi Lahren Tries to Go at Colin Kaepernick and Gets Ripped

On Thanksgiving, Tomi Lahren shared a “food for thought” tweet that included an image of Colin Kaepernick digitally inserted into a photo of D-Day. Kaepernick was kneeling to illustrate her point yet again that what he’s been doing is unpatriotic and disrespectful to the American flag.

But the Fox News contributor couldn’t have shared this at the worst time. Kaepernick, who GQ named Citizen of the Year, has since become an inspiration for NFL activism and national anthem protests. And Twitter felt strongly about her attempt of putting down Kaepernick and went in.

Lahren went viral last year for her “Final Thoughts” segment on The Blaze when she vehemently condemned Kaepernick for his message.

“What’s your contribution? Sitting there like a fool? What’s selfish is you, buddy. And what’s your message to black kids, to people of color? That their biggest contribution to justice and self-fulfillment is to parade around with a chip on their shoulder like a victim?

“Colin, how dare you sit there and blame white people for the problems in the minority communities? After all, aren’t you half white? Didn’t two white parents adopt you after yours weren’t willing to raise you? For a racist and horrible country filled with racist and horrible white people, that’s really something, isn’t it?”

She’s not going to stop anytime soon, but judging from this reaction, it looks people have had enough.

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Trump’s Release of Classified JFK Documents Means He’s Attended at Least One White House Briefing

When you elect a former reality show host with no previous governing experience to the highest public office in the country, it’s very likely that person will repeatedly misinterpret public policies. So if you woke up Saturday wondering when and how one Donald J. Trump would manage to fail up while tweeting from a golf course, the answer came in the form of a tweet about the 35th President, John F. Kennedy.

“Subject to the receipt of further information, I will be allowing, as President, the long blocked and classified JFK FILES to be opened,” Trump tweeted Saturday morning.

Technically, Trump was correct here, although he won’t need to release the JFK files so much as just not overtly block them from being publicly disclosed—as they would have anyway next Thursday. The JFK Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992—enacted on October 26, 1992—states the following:

“Each assassination record shall be publicly disclosed in full, and available in the Collection no later than the date that is 25 years after the date of the enactment of this Act, unless the President certifies, as required by this Act, that 

(i) continued postponement is made necessary by an identifiable harm to military defense, intelligence operations, law enforcement or conduct of foreign relations; and

(ii) the identifiable harm is of such gravity that it outweighs the public interest in disclosure.”

The 1963 assassination of President Kennedy has remained a source of fascination for history buffs and conspiracy theorists alike for over half a century. Furthermore, most of the CIA and FBI documents about JFK have already been released either in their full form or partially redacted. Essentially, all Trump had to do here was get out of his own way and focus on more pressing matters such as aiding hurricane-battered Puerto Rico or not sub-tweeting an equally moronic dictator with access to nuclear launch codes.

But Trump is going to Trump, so what seems like an inevitable bit of governmental minutiae can still prove entertaining. The Washington Post reports that according to an unnamed National Security Council official, “government agencies were urging the president not to release some of the documents.” If that’s true, then Trump has actually attended at least one White House briefing and doesn’t get all of his updates from Fox News. The same report noted that Trump’s confidant Roger Stone bragged about lobbying the president to release the files during an appearance on Alex Jones’ Infowars.

This would be the time where we collectively hang our head in shame that a sitting president hangs out with white nationalists and has friends who brag about being guests on Infowars.

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Guy Asks Tomi Lahren For Selfie, Calls Her Out for Racism Instead

Tomi Lahren, a bad person with very bad racist and xenophobic views who is also a hypocrite that disparages the Affordable Health Care Act while directly benefiting from its provisions, was beautifully called out in the streets of NYC.

A man asked Tammy, the 25-year-old conservative political commentator, Fox News ​contributor, and the butt of many jokes for what she assumed to be an innocent selfie. An innocent selfie it most certainly was not.

Rather, the man went in on the conservative Tommy for her toxic views. With the video camera rolling on his phone, the man asked, “Hey, Tomi. How does it feel to be a racist piece of shit?” Tangerine Lahren​ then awkwardly slipped away, back into whatever hateful layer of xenophobia she arose from. 

Redditor thatgoodgood69 identified himself as the person who posed for the fake selfie, writing, “Fun to call her out and the silence that ensued after is unforgettable. Hopefully she has to wear a little bigger hat next time walking around NYC.”

The man also wrote that he doesn't “call everyone i disagree with a racist but this women is a cancer to our country.” 

Check out the clip for yourself up top. 

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Ice-T and Soledad O’Brien to Host Fox’s ‘Who Shot Biggie & Tupac?’

Friday, Fox announced an upcoming two-hour special to explore the deaths of slain rappers 2Pac Shakur and the Notorious B.I.G. Rapper, author, actor, and director Ice-T will co-host Who Shot Biggie & Tupac? along with Emmy Award-winning journalist and author Soledad O’Brien, as the show takes a deeper look into what amounted to cold cases during at least two police investigations and one FBI probe.

Shakur died on September 13, 1996 after being targeted in a drive-by shooting on the Las Vegas Strip. The Notorious B.I.G.—born Christopher Wallace—was similarly killed in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles on March 9, 1997. The former friends and collaborators turned rivals remain linked some 20 years after both were killed.

Fox’s choice to cover the two iconic rappers is a curious one, given how Fox News correspondent Geraldo Rivera and other of Fox’s news pundits have previously criticized hip-hop music and culture.

“This is why I say that Hip Hop has done more damage to young African Americans than racism in recent years,” Rivera said, during a critique of Kendrick Lamar’s 2015 BET Awards performance.

The special will also reportedly feature what is being billed as the first on-air “reunion” between Lil’ Cease and E.D.I. Mean—one-time protégés of B.I.G. and Shakur as respective members of Junior M.A.F.I.A. and The Outlawz. Doug E. Fresh, Funkmaster Flex and Suge Knight are also set to appear.

Shakur’s case remains unsolved, with conspiracy theories abounding. In April of 2008, the Los Angeles Times retracted a story by Chuck Phillips insinuating Sean Combs orchestrated the 1994 Quad Studios attack on Shakur.

“The Times has since concluded that the FBI reports were fabricated and that some of the other sources relied on—including the person Philips previously believed to be the ‘confidential source’ cited in the FBI reports—do not support major elements of the story,” the retraction read.

Former LAPD captain Kevin McClure shut down a task force investigating B.I.G.’s murder in 2010 noting a lack of results.

“We kept pounding the doors on the same cold leads,” McClure told the Los Angeles Times in March. “The shooter is most likely dead. You cannot ask him who paid him. We don’t know who gave the money.”

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