Thursday, April 25, 2019
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New York Times announces plan to remain ‘de facto instrument of Russian intelligence’

In the wake of the media’s shameful conduct leading up to the 2016 elections, the New York Times admitted that it and other newsrooms had, by publishing so many stories using Russian-hacked material, “becom a de facto instrument of...
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Time for a boycott!

I love boycotts, and have for years. There’s just something empowering about a whole bunch of us small, insignificant little pissants using collective action to “stick it to the man,” regardless if it’s a country, a personality, or a large, monolithic corporation. Personally, I boycott all kinds of shit. I was quite the fan of the “Flush Rush” boycott when I could still see well enough to spend long hours in front of the monitor, sending e-mails to corporate sponsors. And personally, I’ve been boycotting Papa John’s pizza for years, ever since their asshole founder said that he planned to cut employee hours just enough to make sure that he didn’t have to offer them medical insurance. And though I have never tried one, I will never set foot into a Chik-Fil-A, or a Hobby Lobby, due to their discriminatory anti LGBTQ policies. It’s like a mosquito on an elephant’s ass, they don’t even notice, but it makes me feel all righteous and shit, so I’m happy. But we are rapidly approaching the day of the commencement of a new boycott. But not by us, you and I, at least not immediately. Give me a minute here to explain, and I think you’ll get the picture, and the benefits of the boycott. If there’s one thing that El Pendejo Presidente is an expert at, it’s victimization, on both sides of the coin. For decades now, His Lowness has been victimizing both his customers, with the substandard crap he peddles, as well as his long history of welshing, and his employees, through his racism, misogyny, and dehumanizing practices. But Trump is also a world champion at playing the victim, portraying himself as a helpless innocent, being cruelly abused by anybody who doesn’t think that he’s the greatest thing since sliced bread. And I can smell another round of victimization, and a whopper at that, commencing shortly. Trump has always had a love-hate relationship with the media. He loves it when they plaster his ugly mug all over the television, but hates it when they treat him like he’s not all-that-and-a-bag-of-chips. The perfect example of this is when he abruptly cut off the daily White House press briefings, to keep Sarah Huckabee Sanders from telling the portly behemoth to take-this-job-and-shove-it. But that’s about to change. forget the fallout of the Mueller report, Trump is about to need the media more than he has in years. Because, he’s up for reelection, and it’s shaping up to look like Armageddon.Trump cruised through 16 other challengers in the GOP primary field of 2016 by denying all of the other candidates oxygen. This was strictly the fault of the major networks, who saw his improbable campaigning combination of Ernest-goes-to-camp coupled with the less savory aspects of Andrew Dice Clay as ratings gold. After the election, the media got taken behind the woodshed over its conduct, and that seems to have stuck. Both CNN and MSNBC have started giving extended interviews to not only announced Democratic candidates, but to Wlliam Weld, Trump’s primary challenger as well. Both networks have started airing frequent candidate “town halls,” and even FOX was shamed into hosting one with Bernie Sanders, and Pete Buttigieg’s campaign is in negotiations. Congressman Eric Swalwell was also a repeat guest on FOX, and it can only be assumed that […]
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Fox News Is Using Democratic Candidates As Financial Lifeline and We’re Falling For It

Bernie Sanders was a big hit a few days ago on Fox News. He was openly cheered when he spoke about Medicare for All. Now, Amy Klobuchar is set up to follow suit and do an appearance as well. But, be not deceived. The Democrats are being had, as described here by Angelo Carusone, president of Media Matters. Simply, Fox invited Sanders on in order to staunch it’s financial bleeding, nothing more. Hosting these town halls and exploiting low regard for Fox News is a calculated effort by the network. But make no mistake: Fox News is a pro-Trump propaganda outlet, and the entire channel (not just parts of it) is steeped in bigotry, misogyny, conspiracy theories, and rank misinformation. Advertisers recognize that this a network-wide problem, which is why Fox News is currently experiencing an advertiser crisis. Fox is struggling to meet its sales requirements for upfronts, where the channel needs to sell approximately 70% of all of its ad inventory for next year. Fox News’ editorial decisions have driven major advertisers to flee its programming. As Fox News scrambles to avoid disaster during this key time period in which the network hopes to sell up to 70% of its ads for the year ahead, it is not the time to partner with Fox News on town halls or other events which require negotiation. Doing so will throw a critical lifeline to the network and prevent real accountability, allowing Fox News to sanitize its brand for important advertisers. That is what Fox News is doing in a nutshell. They’re covering their ass and using Democrats to do so. We can’t afford this level of naivety. Read this Twitter thread to get the picture step by step. I hope to hell this shows up on the desk of every Democratic candidate who has declared, or is thinking about doing so, who contemplates appearing on Fox News. 2/ At outset, recognize that we are in the middle of what is called the "upfronts." During this period, Fox News needs to sell approximately 70% of their ads for next year. Due to lots of issues, for the first time ever, they have been in crisis and were not gonna hit their marks — Angelo Carusone (@GoAngelo) April 17, 2019 4/ So there are actually two distinct issues being conflated, which I think is adding confusion. They are: #1 – Should Democratic presidential candidates partner with Fox News at all? #2 – Should they do these town halls right now given what is at stake for Fox News? — Angelo Carusone (@GoAngelo) April 17, 2019 6/ Let's say you think okay for Dems to partner with Fox to do town halls. Okay. But the real question is, is it wise to do it right now in this moment of desperation and need Fox News is having? Or, better to have waited a few weeks? — Angelo Carusone (@GoAngelo) April 17, 2019 8/ The prevailing consensus emerged that Fox was getting too extreme and reckless. Fox News countered with, 'but that was just our opinion people! our news people are great.' Advertisers were skeptical and stayed on sideline. — Angelo Carusone (@GoAngelo) April 17, 2019 10/ For example, upon Bernie accepting town hall, Fox pitched to advertisers something along lines of: 'Even Bernie sanders can't […]
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Reporters at The New York Times just won the Pulitzer, for exposing Trump as...

This is what you can call “Excellence in Reporting” … although the fake-tweeting resident of the White House would probably call it something else ... (especially considering the ‘Outright Fraud’ can’t ‘Outright Obstruct’ the...
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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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Salon’s McFarland Criticized Doc Maddow About the Mueller Report. The Doc Asked too...

Over at Salon Melanie McFarland wrote a column accusing The Rachel Maddow Show of “trying to be Fox News for the Left”. What was her “crime”? Overall, then, Maddow’s successes prove she was doing everything right, business-wise . ....
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Rachel Maddow STOMPS Sean Hannity with 4th Straight Monthly Win vs State TV (aka...

A couple of years ago Fox News was regarded as an invincible monolith on cable news that no other network could challenge. It was a fallacy created by their catering to a hard-core right-wing...
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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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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...
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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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