“Management Bedlam,” Confusion and Infighting as Fox Deals With Trump Free Fall

Well, Fox is having a bit of an identity crises. Not surprising, for the last three years Fox has intertwined its very identity with the unquestioned greatness of the stable genius. Vanity Fair is on the case, reporting about the behind the scenes intrigue occurring at propaganda central. Important, since propaganda is at its most valuable when the shit is strongest. But, it must be balanced with the fact that, no matter what happens, Trump will not be president forever, but Fox intends to be on the air post-Trump. In recent weeks, Trump has bashed Fox News on Twitter, taking particular issue lately with its polling, which, like other reputable polls, has shown the president under significant water. Meanwhile, Trump’s biggest booster seems to be having doubts of his own. This morning, Sean Hannity told friends the whistle-blower’s allegations are “really bad,” a person briefed on Hannity’s conversations told me. (Hannity did not respond to a request for comment). And according to four sources, Fox Corp CEO Lachlan Murdoch is already thinking about how to position the network for a post-Trump future. A person close to Lachlan told me that Fox News has been the highest rated cable network for seventeen years, and “the success has never depended on any one administration.” (A Fox Corp spokesperson declined to comment.) On the other hand, one might point out that the network has never tied itself so closely to the success of this one particular administration. And, I’m sure I speak for all of us, it’s heart-wrenching hearing that Hannity has a sad about things being “really bad,” though we’re shocked at his self-awareness. We have seen many “really bad” things from Trump before, none of which bothered Hannity “really badly.” The allegations against Trump are causing tensions to flair within the newsrooms themselves, pitting Fox employees against each other, even on the air. “This massive thing happened, and no one knows how to cover it.” The schism was evident this week as a feud erupted between afternoon anchor Shepard Smith and prime-time host Tucker Carlson. It started Tuesday when Fox legal analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano told Smith on-air that Trump committed a “crime” by pressuring Ukraine’s president to get dirt on Biden. That night, Carlson brought on former Trump lawyer Joe diGenova, who called Napolitano a “fool” for claiming Trump broke the law. Yesterday, Smith lashed back, calling Carlson “repugnant” for not defending Napolitano on air. Ouch. If this is happening “on-air” we can be sure that the actual infighting, that which happens “off-air,” is even more intense. People at Fox have linked their careers to Trump’s ‘success” and if Trump goes down as one of the only presidents impeached (and possibly removed) that career is threatened. Viewer trust is everything in the news business, and it is tough to regain trust with such a massive error in judgment. The stakes couldn’t be higher. The article notes that Paul Ryan has come aboard Fox as a consultant and possible on-air commentator. Apparently, Paul Ryan has little sympathy for Trump and has told the network to find ways to prepare for a post-Trump world, and sooner rather than later, by creating some distance between itself and Trump. But that argument, sensible as it may sound, might not win the day. In a […]

Hannity’s Sub-Humanity: Vicious Comment on Biden’s Family

Oh, boy. ‘Best hold me back, because this one’s coming with all the literary lash I can muster. Sean Hannity has done plenty to assure anyone listening that when the big dog above was handing down souls, she had an inventory issue, resulting in some proto-people going out the door with substandard, indeed downright dangerous, equipment. Nothing else explains Hannity’s imperceptible humanity. But that was then, and he now has me convinced that his soul never came from the big one above. I have proof. “You can blame him for that, too, and if his other family are getting special treatment, of course he’s knowing what’s going on,” Hannity exclaimed. “Well, Hunter’s a bad boy, he had alcohol problems, drug problems, he got thrown out of the Navy,” Rivera responded. “His son has plenty of bad things going on but that’s not on his dad.” “Let me cry a river for Joe Biden’s family!” Hannity shouted, calling on fellow Fox News colleague Dan Bongino to jump into the fray. Remember that quote, write it down, or link it somewhere on your phone, to revisit when Hannity is exposed as a “journalist” on the take from Russian intelligence. A traitor, prostituting himself to an adversary in tumultuous times. Because when it happens, you and I will together “cry” Hannity “a river.” Whatever one thinks about Joe Biden’s politics, and I don’t care if one hates Joe Biden personally, it takes an astonishingly hateful being to utter Hannity’s coldly calculated content. As a young Senator in his early 30s, Joe Biden lost his wife and toddler daughter to a car accident. I cannot think of a more devastating occurrence to a father and husband. Perhaps the only thing that could come close is to lose a son in his prime, one with a family of his own, to cancer. Were that not enough, tagged on almost as an afterthought, is the pain a father undergoes upon seeing a son – again with a family of his own – struggle against the chains of addiction. Any one of the above would be enough to shatter a weakling like Hannity. I will say it with even greater clarity, Hannity doesn’t have a fraction of the strength, self-awareness and love wrapped in Biden’s finger. Do not tell me that Hannity isn’t aware of Biden’s past, or wasn’t referencing that past with respect to his comment. Hannity is paid enough to presumptively retain the requisite awareness of Biden’s story. Let me show you just how easy it is to comment upon any political problems Biden has, all while respecting his humanity, to say nothing of respect for the dead. This is coming off the top of my head, just as Hannity’s came off the top of his pointed, empty one. “Well, Biden and his family have suffered tragedy that we wish upon no one, and I am certainly aware of that. But with respect to the financial shenanigans at the root of these particular issues, I don’t have anything in the way of sympathy.” That’s it. That is entry-level humanity, “Adult Awareness 101,” and it damn sure is the minimum I would be compelled to say if such a tragedy befell Trump, McConnell, Devin Nunes, or even Sean Hannity. Even now, as I sit here, if […]

Wow, Trump Publicly Lashes Out at Hannity and Lewandowski

Is there some wear and tear showing on the Right? Or is the stress really starting to get to Trump? Tough to tell, but it is not every day where Trump chastises a couple of true Trump-apologists in the open Twitterverse, while unwittingly coming out in favor of stringent gun control. It all begins with an unfortunate, but relatively mild, incident involving CNN’s Chris Cuomo. Cuomo was eating dinner with his family when a man who, for the purposes of this article we will call “a Trumper,” approached Cuomo. The incident, captured on video found below, centers around Cuomo’s response to being called “Fredo,” which, according to Chris Cuomo, is being likened to the hapless character from “The Godfather” movies. “It’s like the n-word for us,” he claims in the footage. In the video, Chris Cuomo was having none of it, and told the verbal assailant that he would “fucking ruin your shit.” In other words, Chris Cuomo stood up for himself, rightly or wrongly. But no one was shot dead, no one wrote a manifesto, everyone could have moved on. But some characters on the Right either sincerely wanted to get Cuomo’s back, or wanted to demonstrate a little anger themselves, having undergone similar taunts from liberal activists. Whatever their motivation, it actually doesn’t matter. Hannity issued the original Tweet, which Lewandowski supported and followed up: Too many of us have seen this happen when we are out with out famIiies. If this continues someone is going to get hurt. Have some respect. @ChrisCuomo has every right to defend himself and his family. https://t.co/UD6g3hy9Mo — Corey R. Lewandowski (@CLewandowski_) August 13, 2019 For what it’s worth? I am fine with both Tweets, I am fine with Cuomo – who later admitted he regretted losing his cool – acting the way he did, and I am fine with two horrible people like Hannity and Lewandowski dipping their tepid toes into reality and, momentarily supporting Cuomo while claiming victimhood themselves. Fine, if Hannity gets attacked while out with his family, and he says he’ll fuck some shit up, I don’t care. I am for activism, but I think there are better times and places than a dinner with kids who have no idea what one is talking about. Want to know who does have a problem with Hannity and Lewandowski’s Tweets, and Cuomo’s response? Well, you know already, you clicked here. But this is a little stronger than you thought: (I use artistic license to put these in reverse order). It always happens! When a Conservative does even a fraction of what Chris Cuomo did with his lunatic ranting, raving, & cursing, they get destroyed by the Fake News. But when a Liberal Democrat like Chris Cuomo does it, Republicans immediately come to his defense. We never learn! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 13, 2019 Wow, you of all people being offended by “cursing,” and then whining like the little snowflake you are? That’s really piling on what you originally said, when you actually included the video: I thought Chris was Fredo also. The truth hurts. Totally lost it! Low ratings @CNN https://t.co/yBpGjt4N1T — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 13, 2019 Holy Shit! What is your job again? “Low Ratings”? You care about someone’s ratings? Have you seen Kim Jung Un’s? Please, […]

Get Ready for Trump’s Last Stand, Smearing Mueller. IG Report Due Tomorrow

Sean Hannity is still in Singapore. He is still in Singapore because he does not want to be “in-transit” when the DOJ Inspector General releases his report on the FBI’s handling of the Clinton Email investigation. You read that correctly, Sean Hannity is sitting in Singapore because he is anticipating a report coming out regarding […]

Hannity Witness Tampers: “Destroy Your Phones …Just Joking” No Joke.

Sean Hannity has never been confused as a public intellectual. He’s about as dull a blade as butter ever sought. He couldn’t pull off irony, or humor if Trump’s presidency depended upon it, and that’s just one of the reasons we know he wasn’t kidding, when he stated on his show: “Maybe Mueller’s witnesses, I […]

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