2014 in review: The year according to Fox News

It's one way of looking at the world's events

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The way the news is covered by Fox in the US can seem incomprehensible to the rest of the world – not to mention many Americans.

This is how 2014 panned out – if Fox News coverage is to be believed:

Penis pictures are news

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March

Pulling photos straight from Twitter moments before going on-air was a nightmare waiting to happen for any network, as Fox-affiliated KDVR found in spectacular fashion when a penis was spliced into coverage of the Seattle helicopter crash.

Homosexual impulses lead to serial killings

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Rodger detailed his hatred for the girls who he blamed for his being a virgin at the age of 22, and the boys who they chose instead of him

May

A licensed psychotherapist booked to appear on Fox’s Justice With Judge Jeanie programme suggested Santa Barbara shooter Elliot Rodger could have been acting upon “homosexual impulses” when he targeted his victims.

Single ladies rely on government like a husband

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Beyoncé now has a whole radio station dedicated to her

July

Fox News host Jesse Watters coined the phrase ‘Beyonce Voters’, who ‘depend on government because they’re not depending on their husbands’. Watters was critical of this section of the electorate for ‘needing contraception, health care, and they love to talk about equal pay’.

It’s OK to use racial slurs about China

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Bob Beckel speaking on Fox News The Five show

July

Fox News presenter Bob Beckel claimed “Chinamen” had been taught “how to do computers” by Americans in a rant about China’s “threat” to the national security of the US.

Michelle Obama needs to drop a few pounds

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August

Fox’s psychiatry contributor, Dr Keith Ablow, claimed that Michelle Obama isn’t in a position to campaign for healthier eating because “she needs to drop a few” herself.

Breaking news from civil rights riots isn’t that important

August

Fox presenter Megyn Kelly lashed out on air when her interview in the aftermath of the death of American journalist James Foley was interrupted for breaking news that clashes between police and rioters had broken out in Ferguson, Missouri.

Russell Brand is left-wing commie scum

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Russell Brand labelled 'left-wing commie scum' by Fox News

August

Fox presenter Greg Gutfeld called Brand “left-wing commie scum” after he condemned the news station for hiring a token black person to come on to lament the riots.

Women in the armed forces are ‘boobs on the ground’

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Eric Bolling asked 'would that be considered boobs on the ground or no?'

September

Presenter Kimberly Guilfoyle asked if the UAE’s first female fighter pilot’s role during Isis air strikes could be considered “boobs on the ground” in Syria.

Sexism awareness videos should themselves be treated with sexism

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October

Bob Beckel again. The Fox host addressed the viral video actress Shoshana B Roberts created highlighting catcalling in New York by saying: “She got 100 catcalls, let me add 101. Damn, baby, you’re a piece of woman.”

Young women shouldn’t worry themselves with politics

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October

Fox’s Guilfoyle said young women shouldn’t be able to vote or sit on juries because they don’t have the same concerns as their elders. “I just think, excuse them so they can go back on Tinder and Match.com,” he said.

Ignore CIA torture because ‘the US is awesome’

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Fox News says 'the US is awesome' – and torture report is just 'one last shot at Bush'

December

Fox’s “National Security Analyst” KT McFarland condemned the release of a damning report into the CIA's use of torture as a political manoeuvre designed to show Americans "how we’re not awesome".

The Sydney terror siege justifies CIA use of torture

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Fox & Friends co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck made the remarks during a segment on the 16-hour siege

December

Elizabeth Hasselbeck used the hostage situation in Sydney to defend the CIA after it was widely condemned for enhanced interrogation techniques revealed in the so-called 'torture report'.

Videos should be edited to say what you want

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Tawanda Jones was misreported by Fox News to have said "kill a cop", which has been proved to not be true

December

Fox apologised after editing a video of protesters to make it sound as if they were chanting "kill a cop" during a demonstration over a grand jury decision not to charge the police officer who put Eric Garner in an illegal chokehold.

The AirAsia plane crashed because of the metric system

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Presenter Anna Kooiman

December

Presenter Anna Kooiman linked the use of different measurement systems to the safety of flights abroad.

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