It is easy to sit back and be all cool about shit, and talk about the rubes who watch Fox News, and the stuff they want to believe so badly that they talk themselves into it. I do challenge people, however, to consider the impact upon you if you unknowingly throw yourself into a highly professional propaganda machine. Propaganda is a well-studied science and no one does it better than the Russians, and their nationalist far-right sympathizers. For that precise reason, it matters when Fox News refuses to back a Trump lie. Indeed, one of Trump’s latest was such whopper that even Neil Cavuto admitted he didn’t even know “where to begin” to debunk the lie. First, the lie, as reported by Huffington Post: Trump on Friday told White House reporters that “the tariffs are not being paid for by our people” but “by China” because “of devaluation and because they’re pumping money in.” “Remember this, our country is taking in billions and billions of dollars from China,” the president added. “We never took in 10 cents from China. And out of that many billions of dollars, we’re taking a part of it and giving it to the farmers because they’ve been targeted by China. The farmers, they come out totally whole.” Do you understand macro-economics? I do not. But, I listen to people who DO understand economics, and I find it straightforward when they explain that the cost of tariffs are simply passed directly on to the consumers. Okay, that makes total sense. Evidently, making sense is important enough to Neil Cavuto that he will – on rare occasions – call Trump out on the lie: “I don’t know where to begin here,” responded Cavuto, who on Wednesday entered into a war of words with Fox Business host Lou Dobbs about the government deficit under Trump. “But just to be clarifying, China isn’t paying these tariffs. You are. You know, indirectly and sometimes directly,” he explained. “It’s passed along to you through American distributors and their counterparts in the United States that buy this stuff from the Chinese and then have to pay these surcharges. Not the Chinese government or China in particular.” Yes, do note that it was Lou Dobbs’ show in which Cavuto appeared, and certainly note that dangerous and never-to-be-sufficiently-damned Lou Dobbs will carry the water for Trump, regardless of the truth. But anytime there is an “argument” at Fox News about Trump, you can bet that over half of Fox’s audience knows it’s due to water finding its way through “truth cracks” in the propaganda dam. The audience may not “care,” they might “immunize” themselves from the truth by not caring, but they do hear it. I find that important. As I noted in a previous article, breaking Trump is about breaking the mystique. The mystique pervades most strongly in the cable propaganda set up specifically to propel him forward. If Fox tells their viewers that Trump lied to them, on any one thing, it makes that voter/viewer more wary of the next lie. And this is not some “meaningless” lie. This is about money in that American’s pocket. If that voter visits Walmart tomorrow and notes the shoes “seem” more expensive than expected, there will be a part of their brain that entertains the possibility: “Am […]
Quick hit, my sisters and brothers. I want to share. I am sensing a pattern, a tremor in the force. I am struggling to put it all together. Perhaps you can help in the comments, point me in the right direction. Ex Fox chief political reporter, Carl Cameron (can that possibly be his real name? Whatever.), went on Ari Melba’s show and did something that it seems many former hostage — many former people inside the Trump orbit do. Cameron suddenly sees that we’re led by a complete and total psychotic presence. And a dick, too. Cameron says there is not enough time in the day to list all of Trump’s problems. I take that as a personal affront because I give it one hell of a try. But this isn’t about me, let’s hear some more before we judge. “We have to think about our national reputation worldwide now, with the president at the G-7 meeting in France, how the rest of the world is looking at the U.S.,” Cameron said. “We like to think of ourselves as world leaders. The president is not leading. So what are we?” he asked. “The United States of America’s reputation is at stake because its president is being irresponsible and violating our values and our traditions.” The pattern that I am seeing is that once people step outside Trump’s direct power, they suddenly have a revelation. Trump is a danger to the United States. Or am I just making this up because it feels right? No, I am not, and you are well-aware of this pattern, too. After all, we’ve got more than a few examples of it already. In no particular order: Michael Cohen Rex Tillerson Steve Bannon Everyone in Congress or the Senate that has bolted? Okay, that’s enough because there’s no point in listing all of them because that would take up near as much time as the list of things wrong with Trump. In fact, there’s some overlap there, too. It isn’t a knock so much on the people who have formerly had little room to work, and had a reason to fall in line. Though, it actually is, now that I think about it. But the more prescient point is that it makes one wonder just what the fck are the people still inside thinking? One has to presume that there would be a cabal of insiders that will never be comfortable outside of Trump’s grip; Ivanka, Don Jr. Eric, the people who will – or won’t – inherit the money, and perhaps Steven Miller, who will definitely inherit the racist legacy. Outside that? I doubt there’s a single one. Maybe Sarah Huck, maybe not. She might need some more space than the others. She is a bit more invested, having publicly lied for the man and just as publicly sold her soul. It could take her more time. I suspect this is the ultimate comment on the Trump trench in which the country finds itself. Everyone that gets out alive and not in cuffs must redeem themselves with the sane world. It could be worse, they could be so stuck in Stockholm, the syndrome never abates. I guess this is actually the final comment on Trump, his grip isn’t that strong, on anyone, except maybe Steven […]
Donald Trump just tweeted at Chris Wallace today. Maybe he’s hoping that Wallace will go the way of Shepard Smith. Somebody please explain to Chris Wallace of Fox, who will never be his father (and my friend), Mike Wallace, that the Phone Conversation I had with the President of Ukraine was a congenial & good one. It was only Schiff’s made up version of that conversation that was bad! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 14, 2019 Raw Story: It isn’t the first Time Trump has gone after the younger Wallace. In a 2015 debate where Trump attacked former Fox News host Megyn Kelly for “blood coming out of her wherever,” Trump also attacked Chris Wallace for not being as great as his father. “The great Mike Wallace was a friend of mine,” Trump said. “He was a tough cookie and he was great. And the son is only a tiny action of Mike, believe me.” If Trump’s comment ever stung him, Wallace is over it. “One of us has daddy issues, and it isn’t me,” he says. Trump does have Daddy issues. Right now, all he can talk about is how terrible Joe Biden and his son are. Trump claims to know all kinds of celebrities, because he’s such a hot shot himself. Does he not know that the well-adjusted sons of famous and successful fathers, the Michael Douglases and Rob Reiners of the world, are not comparing themselves to Dad, they’re being their own men? And because their fathers raised them to have confidence and forge their own path, they’re able to realize their own potential and not spend their lives enthralled to their fathers’ image and feeling inadequate — like Donald Trump? Trump’s neuroses and lack of self-awareness are getting so pronounced that even those of us who took a couple of psych classes in college can see his issues as clear as day. Pity he can’t. And just for the record, there’s no indication Mike Wallace was ever friends with Trump. He interviewed him once on “60 Minutes.” Mike Wallace interviewed thousands of people on that show, including an old landlord of mine who went to prison for Medicare fraud. Seriously. His name was Paul Zander. I guarantee you, Zander didn’t consider Mike Wallace a friend, au contraire. Wallace and his film crew showed up on the sidewalk outside Zander’s medical prosethetics shop in Westwood, while Zander, who was out on a huge bail bond, while awaiting adjudication of his case, stared out the shop window in disbelief. Things were bad enough when his two buddies from Iran, who managed to flee the country before the feds descended, left him holding the bag, I believe under the doctrine of joint and several liability, but don’t quote me. And then Mike Wallace showed up. It was not a good time. Walllace put people on the hot seat. Trump is actually lucky that Wallace deigned to waste a ten minute interview on him, he usually fried much bigger and more interesting fish. CBS News: “There are a lot of things to do,” Mr. Trump said. “You know, a fertile imagination and a fertile mind, Mike, it’s really amazing what can be thought of.” “Politics?” Wallace interjected. “No, not politics,” Mr. Trump said. “You said you could do a better […]
Of course, there are any number of people who control information that would destroy Trump and his presidency, perhaps even his personal freedom. But, nearly all of the “typical” people who could topple the administration are within the administration, or outside this country. However, there are two people who work outside of government, two people without any secret inside information, could easily take Trump down with ease and speed. Rupert and Lachlan Murdock. The two people who control Fox News, known by some to be “Trump TV” are inextricably tied to Trump’s fate. Like Pompeo and Barr, the Murdoch future is hinging upon the correct determination as to when to jump off the S.S. Trump, as it careens recklessly through a sea of icebergs. Obviously, Rupert sold his soul long ago, pumping up Trump to loyal viewers, harvesting advertising dollars that go straight into the Murdoch family bank account. But, Lachlan, the younger Murdoch, must necessarily focus upon the long-term Fox future. Lachlan cannot allow the network to cross the Trump event horizon, that black hole that eventually sucks in everyone who blindly revolves around Trump. Lachlan must navigate the situation such that he knows when to blast off tp a safer and more stable orbit. Without “Trump TV” propaganda to manipulate each new shocking revelation, Trump is, quite literally, sunk. As noted in a great column in Rawstory: Rupert and Lachlan Murdoch decide what propaganda gets sold as news on the Fox cable channel. They helped create the false image of Trump the great leader. Their compliant and highly paid program hosts have sustained Trump, attacking anyone who challenges the president, riling up his base. But the relationship between the network and Trump has been fraying for months. Now may be the time for the Murdochs to finally let it unravel. I agree. We have noted over and over that the Trump movement resembles a cult, perhaps it is a cult (look at the way Qanon became “mainstream” within the supporters). Like any cult, the leader does no wrong, and is never questioned. But, as we’ve said, cults do not last forever, and the moment something pierces a cult leader’s invulnerability, the movement folds, blindingly fast, and nothing the leader does can save it. The Murdochs, for whatever else they may be, are not stupid, and understand the dynamic all too well. They will not risk their golden empire attempting to prop-up a man committed to destroying himself and the nation he “leads.” Additionally, unlike real news organizations, the Murdochs control the “news” slant at Fox with an iron grip. If the Murdochs direct the entertainer Sean Hannity to stop with his ludicrous assaults on Trump critics, then Hannity will. If they give new scripts to the actors playing journalists on Fox & Friends they will follow those scripts. If they generally signal to Fox News and Fox Business hosts that Trump is persona non grata they will get the message and repeat it. That is what makes Fox unlike legitimate news organizations where editors or producers w,ho try to issue such orders would at best be refused and at worst be forced out. This Murdochian style can be adopted to benefit our nation. Does anyone doubt the summation? Think about what Fox has to lose. After years of […]
Donald Trump must have had another nightmare, or maybe he even wet the bed. Upon awakening, he grabbed for his phone, like Linus for his blanket and tweeted out into the ethernet, “Where’s the Whistleblower?” (Pssst…one’s in the closet and the rest are under the bed, Donny, and there are more coming…think about that while going to sleep tonight.) George Conway apparently interpreted the tweet as infantile as well, because his response was to patiently explain to the Infant in Chief how all of this works in the real world. The answer, @realDonaldTrump, is, it doesn’t matter. We know you’re not too bright, so we’ll make this simple for you. Let’s suppose you’re walking down Fifth Avenue, and you see a bunch of people running out of a bank. They’re yelling: https://t.co/XPdu9UUpfq — George Conway (@gtconway3d) October 26, 2019 They don’t talk to you. And they don’t need to. They have all the evidence they need. For the same reason, Congress doesn’t need to talk to the whistleblower. They have many other witnesses. They have the memo of your call. And you, Rudy, and Mulvaney have all confessed. — George Conway (@gtconway3d) October 26, 2019 Probably the greatest mystery in Washington D.C. is how Kellyanne and George Conway stay married, when Kellyanne spends her life spinning, lying and gaslighting for Donald Trump and George devotes a good portion of his to deflating Trump’s bubble. George Conway recently revised his Twitter profile, to reflect in no uncertain terms exactly where he stands with respect to his wife’s boss. “Lawyer. Human scum who believes real power is truth. Windmill cancer survivor. And “not part of whatever drug deal Sondland and Mulvaney are cooking up.” The Conways both demur when asked to go on record explaining their all-too-blatant differences of opinion, with respect to Trump, which have been public since June of 2017, when George Conway criticized Trump’s travel ban on Twitter. Since then, he has made it plain that he’s an adversary of Trump, which has only escalated speculation about the differences between George and Kellyanne. It’s even been opined that Kellyanne is the famed White House leaker of legend and lore, and/or the author of her husband’s Twitter account. And a few days ago, Kellyanne went off on a reporter for the conservative Washington Examiner, and that conversation shed some interesting light on how Kellyanne views her relationship with her husband. [If you’re not familiar with this particular fracas, the back story is that Kellyanne’s name was floated as a possible replacement for chief of staff Mick Mulvaney. A reporter for the Washington Examiner mentioned George Conway’s tweets in connection with the story, and Kellyanne took issue with that, to put it mildly.] Conway: Hey, Caitlin. Kellyanne Conway. So I just am wondering why in God’s earth you would need to mention anything about George Conway’s tweets in an article that talks about me as possibly being chief of staff. Other than it looks to me like there’s no original reporting here, you just read Twitter and other people’s stuff, which I guess is why you don’t pick up the phone when people call from the White House because if it’s not on Twitter or it’s not on cable TV, it’s not real. I’m just wondering why you would have, A — why […]
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Nothing, and I mean nothing, makes me miss President Obama more than an appearance by Kellyanne Conway on my electric TV. Obviously, you might retort; “But of course Trump is ten times worse because he is the actual president.” Oh, yeah? Except Trump does something that makes me want to crawl under the Earth’s crust, and then Kellyanne appears on television to explain why I don’t see Trump’s inner-genius. I am more bothered by the actual human being knowing she is being a lesser life form than the lesser life form not understanding what it is to be human. If you follow what I just wrote, congrats. I sure don’t. But it feels right. Anyway, today, Kellyanne went wandering into the her favorite habitat, her land of milk and honey, the Eden we call hell, aka “Fox News.” But even Fox appeared turned off by the “president’s” ridiculous conspiracy tweet involving the Clintons. So, she got asked to explain the dangerous idiocy. Something about the question made Kellyanne sick to her stomach, because she threw-up sentence-like fragments all over my television. Now you’re asking “How bad was it, ’cause I ain’t goin’ over there to find out.” Your loyal servant as always: “I think the president just wants everything to be investigated,” Conway told Fox News’ Bill Hemmer. “There was some unsealed information implicating some people very high up.” She continued: “I will say, Bill, that there’s always this rush to ‘we need transparency, we need accountability,’ when it involves fictional accusations like collusion with Russia to swing an election. This seems to be very concrete in that Jeffrey Epstein has done some very bad things over a number of years.” Yes, there were some high-up people implicated, people like your boss, who specializes in projection. And, Kellyanne? You still didn’t answer the question. Readers? I need your help in deciphering what the ever-living-fuck the “rush to judgment” in the Russia thing has to do with anything about anything besides why Trump should be impeached. Every time I hear Kellyanne speak, I feel IQ points slipping out of my skull. You folks carrying around 140 of those things wouldn’t even miss them. I am down around 88, lose a couple and I am having trouble making change for a dollar. The only, and I mean the only, delicious irony to all this, is that she happens to be married to a man who, if they speak at all, tells her that she works for the worst president in history. He probably reminds her that she is wasting what might have been a decent career as a small town real-estate agent, had she ever learned to keep her mouth shut. I bet they don’t sleep together, either, but now we’re getting pretty far afield. A field I don’t want to even see. I should stop now, for my health and yours. As I noted, nothing quite bothers me like … no, no, my therapist said “deep breaths, deep breaths.” **** Peace, y’all. Jason email@example.com
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