Dish Network Drops Fox News Due To Contract Dispute

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Millions of Fox News fans who subscribe to Dish Network were shocked Sunday morning to find their favorite news channels – Fox News and Fox Business – blocked on their television sets.

Fox is no longer being carried on Dish Network due to a failure to come to terms on a new distribution contract.

This marks the third time in the past couple of months, Dish Network has blocked popular programming from its customers due to a dispute with a channel owner.

CNN and other channels owned by Turner Broadcasting were blocked for one month, this Fall, weakening CNN’s ratings. The Turner Broadcasting channels returned to the Dish lineup on November 21. Earlier this month, some CBS channels briefly went dark on Dish until the companies agreed on a new contract.

Now the most popular cable news channel in the United States has disappeared from Dish’s lineup because their contract with Fox News was allowed to expire.

Via Fox News St. Louis:

Early Sunday morning, the two sides traded barbs about the reasons for the blackout, and Fox News urged its fans to switch to another television provider.

Dish replaced Fox News with The Blaze, the relatively new cable channel owned by Glenn Beck. It replaced the much smaller Fox Business Channel, which was also blacked out, with CNBC.

In its 18-year history, Fox News has never been blacked out by any major television distributor. This dispute will be particularly interesting to watch because Fox has an extraordinarily loyal audience — a “base,” so to speak, that might be motivated to drop Dish.

That’s what Fox says it wants.

“Dish prematurely ceased distribution of Fox News in an attempt to intimidate and sway our negotiations,” Fox News executive vice president of distribution Tim Carry said in a statement early Sunday morning.

Via the Wall Street Journal:

“It’s like we’re about to close on a house and the realtor is trying to make us buy a new car as well,” said Warren Schlichting, Dish’s senior vice president of programming.

Fox said the deal it offered Dish has been accepted by other major pay-TV distributors.

“They did not want to accept terms and commitments that have become customary in a Fox News renewal,” said Tim Carry, the Fox News executive in charge of distribution.

I’m sure there’s a bit of hardball being played on both sides, but seeing as this is the third time in the past couple of months Dish has blocked major channels from its viewers, it seems to me that there is a serious deficiency in their negotiating acumen. I don’t know how they could let something like this happen.

What I do know is – if Fox News isn’t back on my  television sets by Monday, we’re dropping Dish – and I suspect – millions of other subscribers will be dropping them, too.

 

 

 

 

Former NYPD Commish Bernard Kerik: Sharpton and De Blasio “Have Blood On Their Hands”

Two police officers were shot - execution style – as they sat in their patrol car, Saturday afternoon –  5 days before Christmas.

The gunman approached the passenger side of the patrol car and took a shooting stance, witnesses told police. He opened fire several times, striking both officers in the head, Bratton said.

They were “shot and killed with no warning, no provocation,” Bratton told reporters. “They were quite simply, assassinated.”

The gunman was found dead in a nearby subway station from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Saturday night on Fox News, Judge Jeanine Pirro covered the latest and interviewed former New York Police Department commissioner Bernard Kerik, who said the killings reminded him of the radical days of the ’60s and 70’s when NY cops faced executions (by radicals) and declared that Mayor Bill de Blasio and Al Sharpton both “have blood on their hands.”

Kerik accused de Blasio of “inciting” protesters who chanted “kill the cops” during a protest on the Brooklyn Bridge last Saturday.

“I personally feel, that Mayor de Blasio, [Al] Sharpton and others like them, they actually have blood on their hands,” Kerik said on FOX News. “They encouraged this behavior. They encouraged protests. These so-called peaceful protests that, where people are standing out there saying ‘kill the cops,’ well, I hope they’re happy, because they got what they wanted.”

“I think back two weeks ago, when he was inciting these protesters, when he was calling the NYPD and other cops around the nation racist,” Kerik also said.

Former NYPD police detective Bo Dietl joined Kerik in the discussion, adding details about what cops like him faced in the early 70’s.

“We lost 13 cops, one year, 11 cops the next year – they were assassinated the same way. This was with the PLA,” he explained, referring to the Black Liberation Army.

Dietl told Pirro that gang members have been threatening to kill cops in social media for the past week and he excoriated Mayor De Blasio who he called “a disgrace”  and “this punk Al Sharpton” who led the demonstration in NY, last week, where protesters chanted they wanted dead cops. “Well they got two dead cops!” Dietl exclaimed.

He threw in this shot at De Blasio; “you know what? This guy went to Cuba in 1994 – he should take his wife – De Blasio – and go back and live there.”

Dietl said the city should recall “the bum.” Asked by Pirro if he should resign, he said De Blasio should “resign tomorrow because he cannot do the job.”

“He should go,” Kerick agreed. “He can’t lead the city. The men and women in the NYPD don’t respect him. They’re never going to respect him.”

Here’s video of NYPD officers turning their backs on DeBlasio:

Via Twitchy: 

Al Sharpton, Eric Holder, Loretta Lynch, Jesse Jackson, the Ferguson Action Coalition and even the family of Michael Brown issued statements Saturday on the horrific killings.

Obama finally weighed in at 12:00 am Eastern after he finished his golf game in Hawaii:

It’s odd that the president of the United States felt it was necessary to qualify his condemnation as “unconditional.” Was there reason to believe his condemnation would be conditional? Would the killing of two cops ever be excusable? So why make a point of saying “unconditionally”?

SEE ALSO:

Twitchy:‘Can they breathe?’ Execution-style killing of two NYPD officers celebrated; ‘Salute the shooter’

Obama/Sharpton/Holder/DeBlasio fellow travelers weigh in on Twitter.

Sheriff Clark: After Obama, We’re Going To Need A “Period Of Reconstruction To Put The Country Back Together”

Milwaukee Sheriff David Clark joined Megyn Kelly, Thursday night to discuss a new Fox poll that shows that 62% of voters believe race relations have gotten worse since Barack Obama became president.

Kelly asked the the clear-eyed, straight talking sheriff, “are they right?”

“Of course they’re right,” Clark answered without hesitation. “He built that…..remember that statement, ‘you didn’t build that’? Well, he built this racial divide, it was a wound that had been healing for a number of years – number of decades – and he reopened it with his divisive politics.”

He continued, “Obama has benefited from the divide and conquer strategy – it secured two successive electoral victories for the White House but it’s been very destructive for America.” He went on to ask a devastating question,  Who would have thought that after the election of first black president in the history of United States, that we would need a period of reconstruction to try to put this country back together?”

Clark claimed that instead of taking a neutral tone, Obama has habitually fanned the flames.

Megyn gave Clark an opportunity to give Obama a pass and put most of the blame on people with whom he surrounds himself, but Clark was having none of it.

“It’s a cabal of people,” he acknowledged.  “But he’s at the top. When the president speaks, people listen and he has to choose his words carefully.”

Megyn, playing devils advocate,  noted that Obama often acknowledges the sacrifices made by police.

Clark countered by saying that Obama likes to “throw a few bones out there” for law enforcement with “a wink and a nod” to the racial agitators. “People know what he’s doing,” the Sheriff declared.

Clark went on to challenge Eric Holder to a discussion on race, referring to the Attorney General’s infamous assertion that we’re “a nation of cowards” when it comes to race. “Well I’m not, and I’m ready to engage him in that conversation,” he said bluntly.

He ended with these healing words – words that the president should be saying:

“We have to ask when white society is going to be through paying for the sins of slavery. We’re now punishing people for sins that they didn’t commit. At some point – and I’ve done thins with myself – I’ve stamped that bill, marked for the wrongs of slavery, paid in full. This country’s now open for opportunities for all people.”

 

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Sessions: Congress Should Block Funds For Illegal Amnesty Facility (Video)

On Fox News’ America’s Newsroom, Senator Jeff Sessions joined Shannon Bream to discuss the Constitutional crisis thrust upon the American people known as Obama’s Amnesty Edict. Sessions still holds out hope that Congress put language in the Omnibus spending bill that will block executive amnesty.

“The president has exceeded the laws of the US dramatically,” Sessions began. “He’s basically nullified existing immigration policy in American and enacted a new policy of immigration that congress has explicitly, repeatedly has rejected.”

He continued, “it’s a rejected policy that he is carrying out, and it’s illegal, unconstitutional as he’s admitted himself on a number of occasions.”

Sessions advocated removing funding from the House omnibus spending bill that would fund Obama’s executive amnesty program.

“What we do know [about the House omnibus] is that it will allow the President to move money around to fund his executive amnesty program. We just discovered last week that [DHS] is renting a building across the river in Crystal City, hiring 1,000 people to process these identifications of illegal people.  They will be given a photo ID, a Social Security number, allowed to participate in Social Security and Medicare, and be able to work anywhere in America, taking any job in America. We don’t have enough jobs today and this will be 5 million people. What I was hoping, and still hope, is that the House will put real language in the bill [to block executive amnesty.]”

They began the segment by discussing Obama’s latest executive offense – his release of six more Gitmo prisoners.

MELT THE PHONELINES: Phone Calls are VERY effective-more so than emails. Contact: House of Reps and Senate  to submit your disapproval.lawlessness. 

Remind them that Republican voters came out in the midterms hoping that their Reps  would put a STOP to Obama’s lawlessness.

Congress is in session until Dec 11th.  

 

Jeanine Pirro: Why Is It That We Only Hear From Obama When A Death Involves A Black Person?

Now that the meaning of the Michael Brown fiasco has sunk in – a lot of people can no longer deny the truth and are going on the record finally to call out Obama as the racial demagogue he is.

Judge Jeanine Pirro is the latest of many and as usual didn’t mince words in excoriating Emperor Obama of the Community Organized Republic, for fanning the flames of racial hatred and divisiveness.

“Tonight, Americans once hopeful that after electing the first African American president, the issue of race would be a thing of the past, are left with Barack Obama, who stokes the flames of racial hatred, resentment and divisiveness, Pirro began. “A man who instead of healing the nation and overcoming any racial divide, prefers to take sides based not on facts but on color – to prejudge situations based not on sworn testimony and evidence, but conjecture and a one size fits all resentment.”

Pirro then asked a question a lot of white Americans have been silently wondering: “Now every young American who loses his life should be a concern to the man in the White House, but why is it that we only hear from him when the death involves a person of color?”

She continued, “James Foley, an American who never committed a crime and was beheaded is nothing more than a blip in the president’s golf game. Mr. President why do you send white house official to brown’s funeral but no one to James Foley’s memorial service.”

“Mr. President, you say we need trust between police and the African-American community, police need to be sensitive to minority concerns,” Pirro said.  “Well, how about you teach respect for those who put their lives on the line every day, for those who protect us, for those who are the one line of defense against an otherwise barbaric and chaotic society?”

Still addressing Obama she declared,  “you fan the flames of resentment, trumpeting your own investigation that you could have completed by now, only prolonging the anger, suggesting, ‘yes, folks, this is yet another white injustice and I’m going to reverse with a federal civil rights investigation’ when you know there isn’t a smidgen, your word, of evidence to support the claim of that. Weren’t you going to reverse the Trayvon Martin-George Zimmerman case, with a federal investigation what happened to that one? Nothing, absolutely nothing.”

She also slammed Obama for scheming with the moral degenerate Al Sharpton while ignoring massive issues plaguing the black community.

She concluded with a rhetorical question posed to the Community Organizer in Chief;  “Why don’t you act like you’re the president of all of us?

(Answer: Because he never considered himself to be the president of all of us. Some of us he considers his enemies.)

MORE:

If you need a palette cleanser after Pirro’s first guest (I stopped watching after about a minute), her next guest was Milwaukee’s great Sheriff David Clarke – who has been making clear in recent days his absolute disgust with Eric Holder.

 SEE ALSO: 

Andrew McCarthy, NRO: What’s Really Going on with Holder’s Civil-Rights Crusade against Police Departments

You may recall that the tide of rampant crime in New York City was turned when, under Mayor Rudy Giuliani, the police began cracking down on minor offenses — not untaxed cigarette sales but real violations that had nearly destroyed the city’s quality of life. What ensued was a miraculous transformation, with the Big Apple becoming the safest big city in America.

That policing model is under attack now — just as the NYPD’s extraordinarily successful counterterrorism model has been undermined by Obama’s Homeland Security Advisory Council. As Holder was making his Cleveland splash, Bill de Blasio, New York City’s hard-left mayor, opportunistically — and in the absence of any evidence — pointed to Garner’s death as proof that “the way we go about policing has to change. . . . People need to know that black lives and brown lives matter as much as white lives.”

Holder announced that the Justice Department, which is already monitoring the NYPD, will conduct a civil-rights investigation into Garner’s death. Yes, that’s how it always starts.

Meanwhile, Seattle has been making announcements, too. It seems crime in the Emerald City has been skyrocketing since the Justice Department came in to, er, help. Homicides up 21 percent, car theft up 44 percent, aggravated assaults up 14 percent, and so on.

Welcome to Change: produced and directed by the Obama Justice Department and coming soon to a town near you.

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Owner of Dellwood Market in Ferguson: I Won’t Rebuild – I Don’t Feel Safe (Video)

Don Surber had some unsolicited advice for business owners in Ferguson, Missouri, this week: “Do not bother rebuilding.”

Your customers do not want you. They tore up your stores — twice. And after one of them robbed a store. These are not protests. They are pogroms aimed at the middle class. Take the insurance money and run.

Police officers, too, should leave. Why risk a criminal trial or worse for doing your job?

Homeowners, too. Black, white, Asian, Hispanic — it does not matter. You are middle class. They do not want you. Leave.

Via Gateway Pundit,   at least one shop owner has decided to do just that. Mumtaz Lalani told Sean Hannity Tuesday night that he will not be rebuilding his store after being looted three times in three months.

Sean Hannity shared new video of the dozens of looters, young black men, pouring into the Dellwood Market after the grand jury released its decision last week.

Mr. Lalani said that it cost him between $50,000 and $100,000 to rebuild and restock after each time the store was looted.

Lalani said he was leaving Ferguson because he no longer feels safe in his own neighborhood.

He blasted  Governor Jay Nixon for failing to deploy the National Guard on the night of the grand jury decision.   Race-baiters Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson didn’t escape his wrath, either.

“This time the governor promised that there would be National Guard and that we would be taken care of and secure. I was very much disappointed. All they had to do was put one National Guard Humvee parked in front of each store. There were 20 to 30 stores. They could have prevented these things… They did everything wrong from beginning to the end…

…The thing is that Martin Luther King if he was alive he wouldn’t have appreciated the way those leaders have handled the case. Like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson,they’ve been to St. Louis a couple of times. They could have talked to those demonstrators to do a peaceful demonstration. Not just destroy the neighborhood.”

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Megyn Kelly Asks Judge Napolitano: ‘Does Obama Have an Adult Relationship with the Truth?’

Megyn Kelly had Fox News Legal Analyst Judge Napolitano on Monday night to talk about Emperor Obama’s serial lies, which Megyn finds to be increasingly outrageous – along with the fact that he is rarely called out by the media even when he lies to their faces.

They talked about Obama’s interview with  George Stephanopoulos, last week,  in which he denied that he had ever said he couldn’t go it alone on immigration.  Of course, there have been at least 25 instances in which he said on the record that he didn’t have the power to act on his own on immigration.

“This of course is not the first time that the president has changed his tune on a major issue to the American people,” Megyn Kelly said tonight, referencing Obama’s repeated pledge that those who liked their health care plans could keep them.

[My all-time favorite *Obama caught in a lie* moment came during the 2008 election when he was cornered on his past support for a Single Payer health care system (socialized medicine) after telling everyone for the purposes of the election that he wasn’t at all for Single Payer.

Obama was asked about his inconsistent positions on the single payer plan on the Today’s show in January ’08. He squirmed uncomfortably, had trouble hearing the question, and bolloxed his answer, giving the lamest explanation imaginable:

“What I said during the debate was that a single payer system was one that I would support if we were starting from scratch…”

Um, no, at the debate, he said that he had never supported a single payer system. It seems like he was having trouble keeping his lies straight, and his trouble hearing the clips made it all the more difficult for him to navigate through the lies.

“What I have said consistently is…if we didn’t have a legacy of employer based health care…then it might make more sense to set up a single payer system…I’ve always said that…I’ve said that during the course of this campaign, but what I’ve also said is that we’ve got to build on the system that we’ve already got…yadayada yada…” (segues into boilerplate).

He was allowed to get away with that gigantic load of BS. I rather enjoyed watching him squirm while being (at least) questioned about an obvious lie – but watching the media allow him to get away with it – instead of raising the firestorm of disapproval his countless campaign lies deserved – was decidedly less enjoyable.]

Napolitano said, “it’s a sad state of affairs when this Harvard educated, University of Chicago Law School-hired, so-called constitutional scholar […] doesn’t understand the basics of the Constitution and the job and the role of the president of the United States.”

But Kelly didn’t really want to talk about the legal arguments.. The lawyer in her wanted to nail the president for repeatedly “misrepresenting the facts to the American people.”

“Does Barack Obama have an adult relationship with the truth?” Kelly asked.

“The president does not have an adult relationship with the truth. The president lies about whether or not he lied in the past!” Napolitano exclaimed.

Kelly said that the media has allowed Obama to get away with this, and Napolitano asked a question many Fox News viewers are probably wondering: “Do you think he’d come on ‘The Kelly File?’”

Kelly noted she would be going to the White House Christmas Party, which she expected would be “awkward.”