Fox News, Murdoch Papers Fall Silent On O’Reilly Fabrication Questions | Blog | Media Matters for America

ox News and owner Rupert Murdoch’s newspapers The New York Post, and The Wall Street Journal have all fallen silent as more questions emerge about Bill O’Reilly’s claims about his reporting career.

The New York Post has never reported on any of the recent revelations that O’Reilly has inflated tales of his journalism career, while the Wall Street Journal provided just one article right as the controversy began, and Fox News’ scant coverage has disappeared as they now ignore all new developments, according to a Media Matters review.

O’Reilly has come under heavy criticism for multiple lies and exaggerations, after a Mother Jones report first noted the Fox host has a history of misleadingly claiming to have been “in the Falklands” and in “combat” during the Falklands War. Media Matters has also identified serious discrepancies in O’Reilly’s stories about witnessing nuns being shot in El Salvador, and overhearing the suicide of a figure linked to President John F. Kennedy’s assassination.

via Fox News, Murdoch Papers Fall Silent On O'Reilly Fabrication Questions | Blog | Media Matters for America.

R.I.P., American conservatism: What’s really behind the Tea Party’s barren individualism – Salon.com

In two recent articles for Salon, Elias Isquith wrote very perceptively about the right’s misadventures with the measles vaccine. In “America’s Vaccination Nightmare,” he described the tortured efforts of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul to placate their party’s vaccine skeptics without coming across as benighted loons to everyone else. But he also shrewdly — and rightly — insisted that something more was at stake than just another example of Tea Party-induced insanity:

via R.I.P., American conservatism: What’s really behind the Tea Party’s barren individualism – Salon.com.

50 Fox News ‘lies’ in 6 seconds, from ‘The Daily Show’ | PunditFact

50 Fox News 'lies' in 6 seconds, from 'The Daily Show' | PunditFact.

Marco Rubio’s Obamacare Alternative Signs Up 42 Whole People | FreakOutNation

We laughed and laughed when Republican said they would come up with an alternative to Obamacare, didn’t we? Well, Marco Rubio set up Florida Health Choices, which is totally putting President Obama to shame.

via Marco Rubio’s Obamacare Alternative Signs Up 42 Whole People | FreakOutNation.

Then Bill OReilly Threatened to Come After a NYT Reporter With Everything I Have

New York Times reporter Emily Steele tweeted out late Monday night that during a phone conversation with O’Reilly, he basically told her that she would pay if he wasn’t satisfied with her story.“I am coming after you with everything I have,” Mr. O’Reilly said. “You can take it as a threat.”

via Then Bill OReilly Threatened to Come After a NYT Reporter With Everything I Have.

AP investigation: Rep. Schock spent campaign cash on private planes, concerts | Chicago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock, a rising Republican star already facing an ethics inquiry, has spent taxpayer and campaign funds on flights aboard private planes owned by some of his key donors, The Associated Press has found. There also have been other expensive travel and entertainment charges, including for a massage company and music concerts.

via AP investigation: Rep. Schock spent campaign cash on private planes, concerts | Chicago.

Money Makes Crazy – NYTimes.com

Monetary policy probably won’t be a major issue in the 2016 campaign, but it should be. It is, after all, extremely important, and the Republican base and many leading politicians have strong views about the Federal Reserve and its conduct. And the eventual presidential nominee will surely have to endorse the party line.

So it matters that the emerging G.O.P. consensus on money is crazy — full-on conspiracy-theory crazy.

via Money Makes Crazy – NYTimes.com.