Sunday, March 24, 2019

Richard Nixon’s Authoritarian Loathing of the Media Lives On in Donald Trump

When things go wrong for the president, his administration in crisis mode and his approval rating down to a weekly average of 41%, he turns to the press, anger in his eyes.
Screencapture / Whitehouse.gov Sarah Huckabee Sanders...

Sarah Huckabee Sanders can be more trouble than you think.

I just want to take a moment to stress the underlying importance of my recent article about the problem that Sarach Cluckabee Slanders apparent rebellion of being the Ms Fix-It for every nightmare the...
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Trump is deranged but 42 percent of Republicans say ‘freedom of the press’ is...

There's no other way to slice it: Donald Trump appears to be decompensating at an alarming rate after engaging in a week of bloodthirsty tweets about an alleged face-lift gone wrong and his own machismo fantasy of delivering a knock-out blow to CNN. ...
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CNN Busted: Interview Of GOP Women Supporting Kavanaugh Includes Mostly GOP Operatives.

A CNN interview with Republican women who support Kavanaugh featured one mother who asks “what teen hasn’t done this?”.  Put aside the horrific proposition of such a woman raising a son or daughter with such a destructive attitude. What we aren’t told...

Must watch: Reporter rips White House for ‘inflammatory’ rhetoric about news outlets

A White House reporter excoriated Sarah Huckabee Sanders during Tuesday’s White House briefing for casting Donald Trump's White House as the perpetual victim of fake news. "If we make the slightest mistake—the slightest word is off—it is just an...

Laura Ingraham’s Radio Show Cancelled Due To Advertiser Boycott

The world will be a better place in 2019, if for no other reason than Laura Ingraham has lost one of her platforms for hatemongering, her radio show previously syndicated by Courtside Entertainment Group, due to loss of advertising revenue.  But before you get too excited, she’ll be replacing it with a podcast and she’s still a fixture on Fox News. Media Matters did a lengthy article on the lowlights of Ingraham’s show. If you find yourself wondering for even a moment why the RWNJs think like they do, here is the mother lode of their dogma, 17 years of it. Ingraham fawned over Donald Trump’s bigoted rhetoric on immigration; she defended his calls for a ban on Muslims entering the United States, and even argued that the ban was “not broad enough,” claiming that she would “go farther” and be “even worse than Trump.” She asserted that “Middle Eastern countries have got to be told… we’re cutting you off,” questioned why the U.S. should allow Muslim immigration ”knowing that we can’t tell if an Islamic individual is going to be radicalized.” She fearmongered about Muslim immigrants as “people who have dual loyalties … whether it’s the Quran, or the Quranic way of thinking, versus the loyalties to the United States.” Ingraham claimed that Trump’s assertion that Mexico is “sending rapists” is true, and stated that Mexicans “have come here to murder and rape our people.” She parroted Trump in claiming that “nobody has a right to be here except the people who are born here,” and said the United States should shoot deported immigrants if they try to re-enter the country. She hyped fears of terrorism about Muslim refugee women, asking: “What’s underneath that burqa, baby? After the October 2017 mass shooting at a Las Vegas music festival, she suggested that photos of the gunman’s room were staged and that he was in too “poor health” to have acted alone. Before the 2016 election, Ingraham implied that Hillary Clinton may try to kill then-FBI Director James Comey if she won. Ingraham pushed a discredited conspiracy theory that a Democratic National Committee staffer was murdered for leaking the hacked 2016 DNC emails. After Christine Blasey Ford accused then-Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, Ingraham argued that “George Soros is involved” because Ford’s “social media was scrubbed.” She also claimed — without offering any evidence — that Ford’s accusations were “a left-wing conspiracy.” The boycott of sponsors of the radio show was a direct result of the efforts of David Hogg and other student activists in the wake of the Parkland shooting. Ingraham’s TV show was substantially affected as well.  Politico: It’s not unusual for advertisers to flee temporarily when controversy strikes a television program. But the sustained loss of advertising minutes and big, nationally recognized brands from “The Ingraham Angle” shows the power of activist-led boycotts and the depth of major corporations’ concerns about offending would-be consumers in the hyperpoliticized era of President Donald Trump. Early this year, Ingraham’s show averaged nearly 15 minutes of advertisements per hour, in line with those of her Fox News prime-time colleagues Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson, according to an analysis for POLITICO by Kantar Media. That number plummeted after the boycott campaign, and it still hasn’t recovered: Last month, “The Ingraham Angle” averaged 10 minutes and 50 seconds of ads per hour, Kantar Media found. It’s not an all encompassing victory, but it is a victory none the less. This is how it starts. If the golden adage is […]
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One little tweet was all it took for the American Atheists to change their...

Maggie Haberman of the New York Times reported the United Talent Agency has pitched a reboot of the political talk show Crossfire to network executives. The show would feature the banter of Anthony Scaramucci, the man who was fired from the White House...
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matches and the arsonist: has Trumpism claimed its first journalist

Needless to say, this story has Byzantine elements considering that the missing journalist entered the Saudi embassy, was not observed leaving, and the embassy allowed reporters in to tour the premises for him. The background of...
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WAPO: Trump’s Fox News Fetish Could Be Making the Network a Security Risk Exploitable...

The relationship between Donald Trump and Fox News has always been problematic. It represents the closest thing to state-run TV that the United States has ever had. The anchors and reporters on Fox serve as dutiful sycophants to the Trump...

HA! Everytime Trump Lies About Saudi Arms Deal Numbers Of Jobs Increases Exponentially

Lawrence O’Donnell and many other people have pointed out that Trump’s non-reaction to Jamal Khashoggi’s murder can be understood as a simple binary choice, i.e. either a) he doesn’t care or b) he approves. Actually, Trump’s real attitude is probably a combination of the two: He doesn’t care what happens and he approves of anything […]

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