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KHQ/Fox News F-Bomb Goes Viral

On Saturday, Spokane's KHQ reporter/producer Lindsay Nadrich suffered every newscaster's nightmare when a story she was producing for Fox News inadvertently aired a clip that should have been ash-canned, containing two F-bombs. The goof-up appears to be the result of error. (Warning: strong Language content).

Question: What would you do if you were management?

Otter: Beware Of Fox News

A reflective Gov. Butch Otter says depending on news from sources that one agrees with can complicate problem solving, citing a dysfunctional Congress, the state-run health exchange under Obamacare and the “Common Core” debate as examples. “My primary portal for looking into the world is Fox News,” Otter said. “So I get a certain contamination — maybe ‘contamination’ is the wrong word — get a certain feeling of relief that they agree with my conservative philosophy.” Otter said the practice of seeking news from outlets with an ideological slant also applies to the left. In recent months, Otter has led the enactment of the state-run exchange and supported adoption of Common Core education standards over objections of Fox News loyalists in the Legislature and the public/Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman. More here. (AP file photo)

Question: Do you rely on a news source that you agree with politically?

Read more here: http://blogs.idahostatesman.com/otter-on-the-price-of-relying-solely-on-fox-news/#storylink=cpy

WA gets high marks for getting ballots to troops

OLYMPIA — Those with long memories might recall a point last fall when the state received a waiver of the federal deadline for getting ballots to the troops overseas, and FOX News commentators briefly came unglued because they thought the state was trying to take the most precious right of democracy away from the brave men and women fighting and dying to defend those rights.

Or something like that.

No matter how hard then-assistant state elections director Katie Blinn tried to explain the state's system, FOX anchor Megyn Kelly couldn't seem to wrap her head around the idea that because the Washington continues to count ballots that come in the mail for nearly two weeks after “election day”, the state actually has a longer window than most for the troops — and anyone else overseas — to get their ballot back to be counted. The state GOP's executive and central committees passed a resolution calling for Secretary of State Sam Reed to withdraw its request for a waiver, without ever bothering to call Reed, who is a Republican.

You can read about that whole flap from the archives, here or watch the FOX report here.

So why bring this up? Because a new study on the record for states in getting ballots out and back to deployed troops and other overseas voters gives Washington high marks for the 2010 election… .

Read about it, inside the blog.

Good quote with the word “die” in it

Roger Ailes, creator of Fox News, looked back on the cable channel's 15-year success in a recent interview.

Here's my favorite line from the 71-year-old Ailes:

“I just went to my doctor and he said, 'Other than arthritis, your chart reads like a 40-year-old's. You're old, you're fat and you're ugly, but you're not going to die from any of those things immediately.''

(Spokesman-Review archive photo)

Colvilles Join Stossel Protest

The Chairman of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, joining Tribal leaders throughout Indian Country in protest of Fox News’ latest rant by commentator John Stossel, has some advice for Fox President Roger Ailes:  don’t fire Stossel, re-educate him. Michael O. Finley today sent the attached letter to Ailes, recommending that Fox attempt to improve its dismal reputation for biased reporting by sending Stossel to a course on American Indian History and then to live on a reservation for a month. Stossel had claimed, on a recent segment of Fox and Friends, that American Indians have benefited from the generosity of the federal government more than any other group/Colville Indian Tribe news release. Full release here. And: Letter to Roger Ailes of Fox News here. (AP file photo, of Fox President Roger Ailes)

Question: Do you understand the concern of American Indians, including the Coeur d'Alene and Colville tribes? Or do you think they're overreacting to comments by a Fox News talking head?

Vestal: Fox’s Stossel Short On Facts

Chief Allan has heard it all his life. Why do you Indians get so much help? Free this, free that, a check every month. Why do you have it so good? “My whole life, everywhere, going to elementary school, going to middle school, going to high school, going to college … I always heard, ‘Why do you guys get all that (funding)? Why do you get those monthly checks?’ ” said Allan, the chairman of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe. And so, when Allan heard Fox News bloviator John Stossel’s piece, “Freeloading Doesn’t Help the Freeloaders” – about the negative effects on tribes of the government’s “help” for them – it chapped his hide. Stossel didn’t mention the fictional monthly checks, but he managed to drag out every other element of the arguments Allan’s heard all his life/Shawn Vestal, SR. More here.

Question: Will John Stossel or Fox News respond to the Coeur d'Alene Tribe's complaint re: Stossel's stereotyping of American Indians?

Task Force Rips Stossel Comments

Tony Stewart, of the Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations, sent the following letter to Fox News President Roger Ailes re: reporter John Stossel's comments about American Indians: “It is with deep disappointment and sadness that we viewed the Fox and Friends commentary featuring John Stossel regarding his biased and hurtful comments regarding Native Americans. Mr. Stossel’s failure to understand and appreciate the tragic history suffered by the truly first Americans, the American Indians, demonstrates a lack of knowledge or support to remedy the wrongs of the past. We suggest that Mr. Stossel inform himself regarding the millions of acres taken from the American Indians, the U.S. military forcibly removing Indians from those lands, and the slaughtering of the men, women and children of the tribes.” (AP file photo, of John Stossel)

CdA Tribe Demands Stossel Apology

The Coeur d’Alene Tribe is demanding Fox News employee John Stossel apologize for his on-air remarks regarding Native Americans and why the United States Bureau of Indian Affairs exists. Coeur d’Alene Tribe Chairman Chief Allan sent a letter to Fox News Channel President Roger Ailes that addresses Stossel’s ignorant and insensitive comments he made during a March 24 broadcast on Fox and Friends/Coeur d'Alene Indian Tribe news release. Read Chairman Allan's letter here.

Question: Should John Stossel of Fox News apologize to the Coeur d'Alene Indian Tribe and other Native Americans for his comments about them?

Fox News Ailes Apologizes For ‘Nazi’ Slip

Fox News chief Roger Ailes (pictured in AP file photo) apologized Thursday to Abraham Foxman, national director for the Anti-Defamation League, after calling NPR executives “Nazis” in an interview with The Daily Beast. Ailes, in a letter, began by following up on “the Glenn Beck situation with regards to George Soros” before getting into his own references to the Third Reich. “This morning you might be receiving calls because I used the word ‘Nazi attitudes’  to describe the NPR officials who fired Juan Williams,” Ailes wrote. “I was of course ad-libbing and should not have chosen that word, but I was angry at the time because of NPR’s willingness to censor Juan Williams for not being liberal enough”/Michael Cordelone, The Cutline. More here.

Question: Do we use the word “Nazi” too much in our culture to describe people or organizations with which we disagree? And/Or Is there any value to these kinds of forced apologies?

43SB: Allred Uses Fox To Tack Right

From 43rd State Blues (via YouTube), Democratic gubernatorial candidate Keith Allred explains to Fox News his support for the 10th Amendment and Bush tax cuts. Writes Sisyphus/43rd State Blues: “Keith Allred is asked to be on Fox Business News to chat about tax cuts and failed to read from their script. As the Democratic candidate in their punditocracy, he’s supposed to be the punching bag. But he uses the opportunity to deflate Otter’s primary talking points on a network that reaches much of the gubernatorial battleground in SE Idaho. Allred wants to “honor” the tenth amendment and reinstate the Bush tax cuts.” More here.

Question: What do you make of Allred’s support for the 10th Amendment & Bush’s tax cuts?

Watch for yourself: State’s waiver on military ballots

Sunday’s newspaper column, and a post Tuesday, discusses Washington state’s waiver of a federal rule requiring ballots be mailed to troops overseas no later than 45 days before the election.

Both deal with an exchange between FOX News anchor Megyn Kelly and state assistant attorney general Katie Blinn over whether Washington is shortchanging military voters. If you want to watch and judge for yourself who’s right, click here for the video.

State getting bad rap on military voting waiver

Have you heard about how lunkheads in Washington state are trying to take the most precious right of all away from our brave men and women dodging bullets in Iraq and Afghanistan? And how those commie pinkos in the federal government are going to let them because it will help Democrats win some tight races in November?
Or something like that. It gets better – or, worse – with each retelling of the reports that Washington state received a waiver from the federal law requiring military and overseas voters to be sent their ballots a month and a half before an election.
If it’s making your blood boil, congratulate yourself on your concern for military personnel. And take a chill pill, as the kids would say.
We’ll explain why, inside the blog….

Thanks for calling, but there’s no ACORN office here

There’s no ACORN office in the Inland Northwest.

Nothing in Spokane, Coeur d’Alene, Pullman, Colville, Sandpoint, Republic, Metaline Falls, Kellogg…

We could go on with the geography lesson, but we suspect you get the drift.

Some readers — some of whom might more accurately be described as FOX News viewers, because they admit they don’t actually read the paper — have been calling The Spokesman-Review newsroom this week to ask why we haven’t reported on the ACORN scandals.

Actually, the newspaper has had stories on the ACORN problems. There was one Wednesday morning. And one Tuesday morning. And one last Saturday morning. And one last Friday morning. And one last Thursday morning.

When told this, callers sometimes ask which ones were on the front page. The answer is none.

The reason? Because none of these reported problems …