Entries Tagged as 'Fox News'

Lest We Forget

David Frum December 29th, 2011 at 9:51 am 49 Comments

As the gold market tumbles, time to recall: even if the price of gold had remained high forever, people who trusted in Glenn Beck would still have been cruelly cheated.

I’m trying to recall a worse case of media ethics malpractice than Glenn Beck and Goldline, but thus far I draw a blank.

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Best of FF: Fox Geezer Syndrome

December 28th, 2011 at 1:06 am 47 Comments

As 2011 comes to a close, FrumForum plans to re-run some of our best featured pieces from the year. We will be running past pieces up until January 2nd of 2012. We start with an analysis of ‘Fox Geezer Syndrome’ by Richard Ramsay.

Conor Friedersdorf remembers what a pain it was to live with a liberal roommate who watched Keith Olbermann every night, and would subsequently sulk around in a pissed-off mood. Friedersdorf too got a negative contact buzz from the show. He writes: “It seems to me that Olbermann’s show often brought out the worst impulses in people: petulance, self-righteousness, and blind anger at ‘the other side.’”

Sounds familiar to me, though from the other side. Except in my case, it’s not my liberal roommate. It’s my conservative parents – and maybe yours too.

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Being Irrelevant

David Frum December 14th, 2011 at 9:22 am 49 Comments

The Washington Post covers the O’Reilly-Goldberg Factor segment on my irrelevance.

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On the O’Reilly Factor I’m a “Conservative Intellectual?” Ouch.

David Frum December 13th, 2011 at 9:23 am 78 Comments

It seems only yesterday that Bill O’Reilly, described me on air as a “great American.”

As I look it up, however, I see it was almost 4 years ago. I’d been stalked at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books by a 9/11 truther trying to videotape my conversations. After an escalating exchange of words, we had a final confrontation that ended with me smacking his camera.

At which point the confrontation took a Monty Python turn. The stalker – who was for the record bigger than me – called out some equivalent of “help, help I’m being repressed” and sought police protection, unsuccessfully.

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RedState: More News, Fewer Pleasing Lies

David Frum November 8th, 2011 at 10:31 am 58 Comments

Here’s something interesting in a blogpost this morning by RedState’s Erick Erickson. In the course of a fulmination against Mitt Romney and the conservative elites who are reluctantly making peace with him, Erickson writes:

Herman Cain won’t be the nominee because he can’t win women either. Regardless of what you think of the Politico story, Cain’s handling of the story has been an epic disaster. He’s down at least 10 points with women in Iowa. He’s falling even further and doesn’t even realize it. He’s largely been emboldened by a conservative media that is so used to standing by its men that too few are telling Herman that he is now at the point where he must actually sit and answer questions whether he wants to or not and whether he feels maligned or not and whether I think he should have to or not. If he loses women by as big as he is starting to lose the women, he cannot win.

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The Knives Come Out for Cain

David Frum November 8th, 2011 at 7:55 am 182 Comments

Politico has a big headline this morning: “GOP urges Herman Cain to address allegations.” But when you ask “who precisely in the GOP is doing this urging?” you get a more modest list:

Oran Smith, who heads the Christian conservative Palmetto Family Council in South Carolina, Chuck Hurley, the President of the Iowa Family Policy Center, Penny Nance who runs Concerned Women for Amierca, William Bennett, the conservative author and commentator, Governor, Haley Barbour, and fellow presidential candidate Newt Gingrich.

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October 17th, 2011 at 5:30 pm 16 Comments

Herman Cain’s gaffe claiming he’s not familiar with the “neoconservative movement” has already sowed widespread doubts about his fitness for the office of President.

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Will Palin Be Forced to Run?

October 5th, 2011 at 12:21 am 86 Comments

First it was Mitch Daniels, who refused to run. Then it was Paul Ryan, who also refused. Now it’s Chris Christie, who’s refused so many times he could write a book called “How to Refuse the Presidency” out of it. Rick Perry is getting dragged down, Herman Cain’s appeal is dubiously lasting, and no one seems to like Mitt Romney.

So what’s a disenchanted Republican voter searching for the next big thing to do? Turn to the one person who hasn’t definitively ruled out a run – who’s always been there to provide wish fulfillment fantasies to a certain loving segment of the GOP base – Sarah Palin.

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FrumForum Live Chats the GOP Debate

September 22nd, 2011 at 7:34 pm 45 Comments

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Crap Cluster

David Frum July 19th, 2011 at 4:12 pm 24 Comments

While News Corp’s public stance is: “We’re sorry,” the strong message from News Corp’s American employees and supporters is: “No we’re not.”

I listened to the opening half hour of Mark Steyn substituting for Rush Limbaugh today. I normally very much enjoy Steyn’s radio presence: funny, warm, not bombastic, and endearingly Canadian. Today however was not a good day. Steyn devoted his opening monologue to a defense of News Corporation’s phone-hacking and police-bribing.

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