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The press doesn’t have—or won’t use—the proper language to describe today’s radical Republican Party

Extreme times call for extreme measures, but the Beltway press just isn't willing to make that move in the Trump era. As a consequence, the news media fail to accurately capture the radical changes...
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Before clash with Pelosi, Sinclair reporter was ‘let go’ from Fox News amid sexual...

The reporter for Sinclair Broadcasting who was deservedly chastised by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi on Thursday after asking an inane question at the end of a press conference announcing the House would draw up...
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Half of America wants Trump removed from office. Why does the press keep shrugging...

With the House Judiciary Committee poised to take up the impeachment baton and hold a new round of public hearings this month, the Beltway press continues to absorb and echo Republican talking points that...
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It’s time for Fox News and Breitbart to finally be shut down

There is a point where we have to admit the truth. "News" organizations such as Fox News and Breitbart, as well as The Daily Caller, The Blaze, Newsmax, and others, are not journalistic endeavors. They...
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Is The New York Times being obtuse or intentionally gaslighting us?

Okay, so they appear to have changed this headline since Talking Points Memo’s Josh Marshall screen-grabbed it. But it raises an important question — and that question is: “What the ever-living f#*k, New York Times?” https://twitter.com/joshtpm/status/1200617813183909889 Everyone...
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Why is the press so obsessed with what Wall Street and billionaires think of...

It turns out the media's obsession with the superrich isn't confined to the world of celebrity and entertainment. In politics, the press also seems utterly fascinated with how the 0.1% live, and especially what...
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Is FOX News Having “Growing Pains?”

God, I love it when they eat their young! I don’t know whether it’s because FUX News is beginning to try to pivot away from what they see as the inevitable end of the era of Trump, or whether they’re just sick and tired of being ridiculed as The Trump Ministry Of Propaganda, but slowly and surely things are changing at FOX. A part of it seems to be because some sitting Democrats are more willing to go into the belly of the beast, agreeing to appear on FUX news broadcasts and panel shows, trying to put in holes into the bubble. Congressman Eric Swalwell is s semi regular guest, and former DNC Chair Donna Brazile regularly appears on panels.Possibly because they were stung by being refused to host a Democratic primary debate, FOX has hosted multiple Democratic candidate town halls, with respectful audiences and fair questions. Obviously there is a risk in this for FX, since they are purposely introducing a virus into the bubble, with no way of knowing what the ultimate effect will be. But it turns out that there is an even greater risk, and that’s the risk of ot knowing exactly what a guest will say once the little red light goes on over the cameras. A case in point is Democratic National Vice Chair Michael Blake. Blake was invited on with morning host Bill Hemmer, who brought him on to discuss the state of the Democratic primary race, and especially to discuss persistent rumors that eventually former First Lady Michelle Obama would join the fray, and become the eventual nominee. According to reporting in The Daily Beast, Hammer asked his question, and was treated to an earful, but not about Michelle Obama; “She is not running,” he asserted. “But the core question is why the hell does Tucker Carlson still have a job here in the first place? The reality is this is someone who said white supremacy is a hoax and why does Fox allow him to still be here in the first place?” Blake was steaming largely due to the fact that three days after an avowed white supremacist entered the Walmart in El Paso and slaughtered dozens of people, purposely chosen because of their Hispanic heritage, Carlson went on the air to opine that this whole white supremacy thing was “a hoax.” Hemmer tried to soldier on through, repeating his original question, and pressing Blake for an answer. “Ain’t gonna happen,” Blake responded, before immediately pivoting back to aver that the core issue was why Carlson still had a job with the network. At which point Hemmer snapped out,” We get it!”, and reminded Bake that they hadn’t brought him on air to slam Carlson, but rather to discuss the Democratic race. Bake pivoted to discuss the race, but the point was already made. The funny thing is, Blake slapping at Carlson was a particularly fertile field to plow. Mainly because long time FOX host Shep Smith had been in a bitter and protracted on air pissing contest with Carlson that went all the way up to the day of Smith’s sudden departure from FOX. You know, it’s one thing to make a big show out of turning up a new leaf. But as FUX News is quickly learning, a big part of […]

Trumps Legitimize News Organization that Calls Impeachment “Jew Coup”

This is beyond “unsettling.” And though none of this is “surprising,” it isn’t getting enough attention. Anti-Semitism and racism power the most savage instincts within Trump’s base, and Trump is delivering on their support, a positive feedback loop. First, the headline: what… tf pic.twitter.com/pgGlsKfNcs — Parker Molloy (@ParkerMolloy) November 26, 2019 So, you say, who cares? Tru News is probably just some [skinhead] guy in his basement. Don’t overreact over one racist site. Or, at least that was my first reaction, until I hit the link. Tru News is likely made of skinheads, and it is a far right racist organization (obviously) but it is one that Trump is doing his best to dignify and legitimize. This reporter Trump just called on, who lobbed a softball question about his "great peace deal" in the Middle East, is from TruNews, an far-right/ultra conservative, christian media site that posts Trump-friendly "news" articles. pic.twitter.com/R0KWno6FXd — Melanie Schmitz (@MelsLien) September 26, 2018 Trump called upon a Tru News “reporter” during a presidential press briefing, and no it was not by accident. In any presidential press setting, the president has total control over granting press passes generally, never mind upon whom to call. Trump purposefully lifted “Tru News” to the highest media pedestal in the United States, the ability to attend presidential press-conferences and ask question. “Jew Coup,” says an organization that carries a White House press pass. Not to be outdone, the man who sees himself as the 46th president of the United States, Don Jr. gave an interview to Tru News recently: Reminder that Don Jr. gave that Tru News outlet an interview recently https://t.co/5lHD981jjw — Parker Molloy (@ParkerMolloy) November 26, 2019 This is utterly horrifying. It is also makes me realize that there is another dangerous element at work in the entire impeachment matter that I hadn’t fully appreciated. That being, what happens when Trump and his followers interpet an acquittal as a license to really get abusive? Will this become increasingly “normal”? Of course, it is natural to point out that most Trump supporters are not anti-Semitic and would not tolerate outright anti-Semitism from Trump or the White House. But that assumes that people on the Right will have the courage to even voice their opposition. Right now, perhaps most of the Right-wingers still feel free enough to loudly criticize Trump, should they so choose. That won’t necessarily always be the case, if they continue to grant him unlimited power. Trump enablers might, at some point, enable Trump right out of ever being accountable to anyone, supporter or not,. Even now, pre-impeachment vote, I wonder how many Republicans have chosen to back Trump due to nothing more than abject fear of what Trump does to the people that anger him. Again, we’re not even out of his first term, yet, and think of how far we’ve come. Think of how far Trump can go, if not stopped in impeachment, or by elections. Dictators become even more powerful when they no longer need “support,” only silence, and that is the direction we’re heading. Moreover, keep in mind how tribal society can be. Views that some might have found abhorrent become increasingly tolerated if they are increasingly accepted in one’s tribe. This isn’t just some skinhead in his basement with a website. This […]
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It’s almost 2020 and New York Times editors are still debating if Trump’s a...

Wasting untold time and energy, New York Times newsroom leaders continue to struggle with the not-very-difficult question of whether they ought to refer to Donald Trump as a racist. More than four years after Trump...
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John Solomon and The Hill’s Ukraine reporting debacle: What it tells us about the...

Closing the barn door two years too late, the editor of The Hill this week announced that the publication is going to review all the dubious Ukraine conspiracy reporting John Solomon did while he worked...

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