Sunday, March 24, 2019

Jeanine Pirro Gets Suspended By Fox, Trump Loses It On Twitter. Is He Losing...

If a wandering space traveler came back to Earth once every ten years or so, on a routine reconnaissance, say for a periodical called, “The Lightyear,” I can only imagine her astonishment at the difference between what emanates from the Oval Office in 2009 and 2019. Obama was a “cool dad” on Twitter and his mentions of things like national emergencies were confined to the swine flu epidemic and issues of unquestioned urgency — not made up invasions by non existent forces, for the purpose of ginning up his base of supporters. Obama was technically the first social media president, because the technology didn’t really exist for any other president, prior to his time. All that has totally changed. Now we have a *resident whose highest literary expression, and philosophical depth, is to be found in 280 characters or less, replete with raging caps and exclamation points. He has honest to God said on Twitter, “I fancy myself something of a writer,” in response to which a real writer, J.K. Rowling, burned him to the ground. This weekend’s rage fest on Twitter, in the wake of the Fox News troubles, is vintage Trump. And make no mistake about it’s meaning: Trump is simultaneously defending his side and escalating the war, after two of his generals, Tucker Carlson and Jeannine Pirro, were struck down in combat in the same week — and for who knows how long. Double explosions happened within days of one another. Tucker Carlson was publicly censored when Media Matters dug up tapes from his shock jock days, wherein he endorsed sex with underage girls, just as long as they were married. Carlson and Fox News found themselves on the receiving end of ad cancellations, so Carlson went on a vacation, which Sean Hannity assured the world was already planned. Here’s a few snippets if you missed the Carlson debacle.  “Wait, wait! Hold on a second. The rapist, [read “husband”] in this case, has made a lifelong commitment to live and take care of the person, so it is a little different. I mean, let’s be honest about it.” Along the same lines, he defended Warren Jeffs, saying that charges against him were “bullshit” because “arranging a marriage between a 16-year-old and a 27-year-old is not the same as pulling a stranger off the street and raping her.” Carlson also had plenty of awful things to say about women in general. At one point, for example, he said he feels sorry for Justice Elena Kagan, who at that point had been nominated for the Supreme Court. “I feel sorry for her in that way. I feel sorry for unattractive women. I mean it’s nothing they did.” He also said women are “like dogs” because “they hate weakness” and “they’re extremely primitive, they’re basic.” He also called Britney Spears and Paris Hilton “the biggest white whores in America.” Carlson feels sorry for Justice Kagan and there is no question in my mind but that she returns the sentiment — in spades. Then, the next bomb landed on “Judge” Jeannine Pirro (or she pulled the pin on the grenade and blew herself up, depending upon your viewpoint.) Pirro actually had the hubris to question a sitting congresswoman’s patriotism. Here’s a catch-up. “Think about it: Omar wears a hijab,” Ms. Pirro said. […]
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Congress To Subpoena Former Fox News Reporter To Testify Re: Suppression Of Stormy Daniels...

This is potentially a smoking gun. As you know, New Yorker reporter Jane Mayer wrote a bombshell expose on Fox News and the White House, details of which are in my Fox News story from March 11. Briefly, Fox entertainment reporter Diana Falzone got wind of the Stormy Daniels hush money story in 2016, at a time in which it might have had a significant effect on the election. She was told by the head of news, Ken LaCorte, “Good reporting, kiddo, but Rupert wants Donald Trump to win. So just let it go.” Later on, Falzone was demoted at Fox, then later sued the network for gender discrimination, and left. When she left she signed the obligatory NDA, not to discuss her employment there. Since then, the House Oversight Committee decided to investigate the matter. On Tuesday, the committee’s chair, Elijah Cummings, sent a letter to Falzone, requesting the following: All documents relating to women alleging extramarital affairs with president Trump; All documents relating to payments on behalf of him or anyone to silence those people. Falzone’s attorney, Nancy Erika Smith, told MSNBC’s Ari Melber, “a valid government investigation trumps an NDA.” Based on that, it looks like the truth is going to come out about what Fox News knew about Stormy Daniels and when it knew it. Smith also said, “A news organization really interested in news would have run with this story, put a lot of resources into this story, done whatever they needed to do, to get such a story. We’ll see what the evidence shows about how Fox reacted to this story.” Ari Melber then quoted News Director LaCorte, “Daniels was trying to get the story out without fingerprints, and ultimately without enough proof to publish. [Ken LaCorte said that] he stopped the story, and that was the legitimate reason,” quoted Melber. Smith rejoined, “We think that we will be able to show that Ken LaCorte is a liar…for one thing, he didn’t stop the story and that’s going to be evident.” Melber than asked who stopped the story and the lawyer hesitated, and then he asked, “Was it someone famous?” Smith laughed. Here’s the entire exchange on tape below. This could be explosive. If Fox News did indeed suppress a story of this caliber of importance to the American people, for the specific purpose of seeing that it’s chosen candidate won, then there is no question whatsoever that Fox News is no kind of a news outlet whatsoever. To the yous and mes that revelation will come as no shock, but to the rank and file to see Fox News’ motives so blatantly exposed, may be quite another kettle of fish. This story, if true, goes against every single standard of journalistic ethic in the book.
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Advertisers Urged to #DropFox by Outraged Activists

A coalition of activist groups is protesting in front of Fox News Headquarters in New York City today to bring attention to the network's recent controversies—as the cable channel tries to woo companies in the...
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Democrats reveal Journalist Protection Act to make ‘certain attacks’ on media a federal crime

President Donald Trump likes to verbally attack a lot of people. Unless you’re an avid Trump supporter, you’re probably going to fall into his line of fire one way or another. As we all...
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With Blocked Ads Proving Her Point, Warren Says Facebook Shouldn’t Have Power to Decide...

In a move Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) described as a perfect example of why her plan to break up tech giants is necessary, Facebook late Monday took down ads from Warren's presidential campaign that...
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State Dept. rescinds prestigious award after discovering the recipient is no fan of Trump

Finnish investigative journalist Jessikka Aro has made a very courageous career reporting on Russia’s propaganda apparatus for years, including the online “troll factories” that Americans learned all about at the close of the 2016 election...

OMG! Glenn Beck Compares Trump To James Bond, Says Trump’s The Last Male Role...

Jesus, take the wheel. RWNJ talk radio host Glenn Beck didn’t used to like Donald Trump. Two years ago he compared him to Hitler. Then, in the face of flagging ratings and Alex Jones-ian irrelevance on the horizon, he flip flopped back, in May, 2018. Now, he’s genuflecting and comparing Trump to James Bond. Last May, in a bizarre 6 1/2-minute rant Beck donned a MAGA hat on the air, and declared he’d had an epiphany, which was that the Big Bad Media deliberately mischaracterized Trump’s depiction of immigrants as “animals.” Beck clarified for us that Trump’s comment was directed only at MS-13 gangs, and that now he, Beck, understands that the media is indeed the enemy of the people. They are, in his words, “dishonest, corrupt people, who don’t care about the truth at all.” Beck says to the media, “You can’t give him anything, you don’t report on good things, and you have to make up bad things.” Glenn, with all due respect, nobody can make this shit up, not Dickens or George Bernard Shaw, two of the greatest satirists that ever lived, if they came back from the dead, could possibly dream up a scenario, the likes of which we see emerging from Washington every day. That day, Beck did a bizarre, backhanded, apology to Trump: “Please forgive me, Mr. Trump, for predicting that you will sweep in 2020. Because whenever I am for a candidate, they always lose. So I won’t endorse you, because that’s the kiss of death. But I will tell you, the things that you have done as the president, are remarkable.” So, that was the first course served, and now, today, the piece de resistance. Beck announced that Trump is the “last real alpha male alive.” Beck was on the air with his friend, Pat Gray, discussing how young men look up to Trump as a father figure and that it is his alpha-male-ism that got him elected. Daily Beast: There are no examples of men being men. James Bond. That’s it. A movie. There’s no male role models. Would you agree with that? So Donald Trump: here’s a guy who marries a supermodel, is like, ‘Yeah, I can make it with any model I want.’ He’s over the top, but he fights back, he doesn’t flinch… he is the almost cartoon of an alpha dog. You know what I mean? And I think because we have taken alpha dogs and shot them all, when he comes to the table there’s a lot of guys that are out there goin’ ‘Damn right!’ He’s right about Trump being a cartoon. That part I will go along with totally. But the larger picture here, is that attitudes that basically went out the door in the 80’s, if not sooner, are alive and well and being proselytized by right wing radio. Listening to this stuff is like getting into a time machine and going back to when the word “feminist” was synonymous with man hater. These are scary people and this is scary stuff. The cultural war we’re in has a lot of fronts. One of them is the War on Truth, as lies get proselytized and spun by Trump and acolytes daily. The War on Race is another. This exchange today is part of the War […]
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The circular firing squad: How Donald Trump and Fox News assassinate the truth

During the Bush years, former Fox News CEO and serial groper Roger Ailes famously authored a set of daily “talking points.” The themes and phrases that came out of Ailes’s office circulated widely, and were...
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Democrats vow to ‘get to the bottom of’ Trump’s attempt to interfere in media...

Congressional Democrats are vowing to "get to the bottom" of the item included in a blockbuster investigative report Monday revealing that Individual 1 pressured White House staff to intervene with the Justice Department to retaliate...
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If DNC let Fox News host a debate, would any Democratic candidates even show...

There's still no official word from the Democratic National Committee on whether it's willing to team up with Fox News and let Rupert Murdoch's channel host a coveted primary season debate among Democratic candidates....

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