Friday, February 22, 2019
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Networks Accused of ‘Capitulating’ to Deceitful President as #BoycottTrumpsAddress Surges

In what media critics, journalists, and progressive lawmakers described as capitulation to a president who lies constantly to advance his xenophobic aims, all of America's major television networks have opted to grant Donald Trump...
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Some networks will air Democratic response to Trump immigration rant, but they still suck

The major television networks will air Donald Trump’s lie-filled partisan rant about immigration Tuesday night. (No, it hasn’t happened yet, but that’s a safe prediction about the content.) Back in 2014, these same networks...

Hillary’s Campaign Manager Explains Why The Media Could Hand Trump The 2020 Election

A few days ago Elizabeth Warren announced her candidacy for president with a video that explained her values and policies — pro forma for such an event. Donald Trump responded, also pro forma, which a childish insult, and the media went to town covering Trump’s insult, and burying Warren’s, and the Democrats, message. Former Hillary Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook says that this is a replay of 2016 and a dark portend for the future. NYU Journalism professor and media critic Jay Rosen substantively agrees with Mook’s assessment. This is very sobering that Rosen wasn’t allowed to speak at this conference. Both Mook and Rosen make solid points. Rosen has written a book, “What Are Journalists For?” and it sounds like he has a real handle on this topic. Here’s a portion of the description from Amazon: American journalists in the 1990s confronted disturbing trends—an erosion of trust in the news media, weakening demand for serious news, flagging interest in politics and civic affairs, and a discouraging public climate that seemed to be getting worse. In response, some news professionals sought to breach the growing gap between press and public with an experimental approach—public journalism.  Trump played the media’s false balance and both sider-ism to absolute perfection in 2016 and he will do it again — unless they change the rules of engagement to not pander to him and his perversity. And that will take a lot, because Trump’s perversity gets ratings.  Plus, Trump is a genius at pushing all the buttons on institutional sexism and racism, and he’s already been doing this with Warren. 2020 could conceivably become a replay of 2016, if Warren is the candidate. Politics has become entertainment in this country and however Trump reviles the media and calls them “the enemy of the people” they are basically in his pocket and his best friends, always driving his demented narrative, because it is the circus and it sells. You remember Les Moonve’s comment about Trump, “It may not be good for America but it’s damn good for CBS.” The media put him where he is. And they could do it again.
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Rachel Maddow Beats Her Fox News Competition Every Single Day for the Whole Month...

The new year is beginning with an incredible boost from the remarkable performance of Rachel Maddow's program on MSNBC. She has been dominating her Fox New competition, Sean Hannity, ever since the midterm election...

Trump Enlists Washington Examiner As Newest Arm Of State Controlled Media

Another battle in the War on Truth, this one involving the Washington Examiner, always known for it’s right-leaning tendencies, but never known heretofore to be merely stenographers of government generated propaganda. It’s “true” because it came straight from Trump, did not pass go, did not collect two hundred dollars, just went straight to the presses. This is precisely how Trump sees the role of the press, to take his propaganda and publish it as fact. Trump and his cronies will create the propaganda, they only need Fox News and now, apparently, the Washington Examiner, to give them credence — that is, assuming that those outlets have any credence to begin with. The Washington Examiner used to lean right, but they didn’t used to just publish a press release and call it news —  which makes this development rather alarming. This is just like Russia, where the head of state merely hands off his doctrine for the day to the state owned and controlled media, and they publish it, unthinking. But then again, what else was Trump going to do, with the National Enquirer off his bench for the time being? And what’s next, insightful commentary and analysis from David Dennison and John Barron? It’s enough to make one want to take the Journalism degree out of the frame and set fire to it. Maybe we should start drafting the prequel to “1984” and explain how the Ministry of Truth came to be. It looks like that’s just where we are, right now. Trump’s whack a mole followers don’t know the difference between a fact and an opinion any more than he does, but the same cannot be said of the Washington Examiner. They need to be held accountable for this.

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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Faux News Asks to Use Vid of Con Ed Explosion Taken by Brooklyn Man,...

A Brooklyn man, Justin Bolognino, got some epic video of the Con Ed transformer explosion Thursday night… Pajiba.com https://twitter.com/jbolognino/status/1078475639987073025 And the apparatchiks at Faux Spews were all hot to use it on Repub TV… https://twitter.com/foxnewsdesk/status/1078479205283835906 They probably weren’t expecting...
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MSNBC tops Fox in key ratings for first time since 2000

This can’t all be the result of my hiding my mom’s TV remote over Christmas, but I’m sure that made a huge dent.* From The Hill: MSNBC beat out Fox News last week in key ratings for first...

U.S. Added to a World List that should sound a Worrisome Alarm

President Hate-monger must be SO Proud! The United States has been added to list of most dangerous countries for journalists for the first time.  At least 63 professional journalists were killed doing their jobs in...

New York Times headline glorifies Wisconsin power grab by Republicans

How could this headline be approved by the New York Times, as the Republican assault against our democracy develops in Wisconsin? https://twitter.com/joanwalsh/status/1070512665913626624 Does the New York Times not recognize this all-out assault against our democracy or is their...

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