Tagged: Fox News

Waiting for a sign

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New Poll: A very old man trails an old man in Iowa.

Too bad journalists didn’t anticipate the impact of social media on the communication tactics of politicians, who can reach the audience w/o unfiltering and w/o the sometimes suspect “narratives” of profit seeking news corps. Perhaps they’ll find new ways to report.

Or not.

When it comes to journalism, verifiability is good. So is neutrality.

Journalists are in no position to decide which side is more legitimate, and have no means of justifying their judgment. Let the reader decide.

No one wants a pre-digested version of reality.

Captain Marvel is better than the comic book film that was nominated for Best Picture.

Only arms manufacturers want teachers to be strapped.

Fox News is indistinguishable from RT. They share the same business model.

I wonder if the Mar-a-Lago Madame was present when Trump held a “summit” with China’s Xi in 2017.

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Elliot Abrams hasn’t aged well.

There’s no reason for the DNC to help the fake news channel’s ratings.

I love masculinist hysteria. Quality Schadenfreude.

Bernie is counting on the misogynist vote.

Contemporary feminism has buried the 2nd wave in favor of orthodox intersectionality. Dworkin was already problematic for the second wave (see Carole Vance, Pleasure and Danger).

Early object cathexis = fate.

Inhuman league

Yellow vests (gilets jaunes) are a creation of the GRU (like many European “populists”).

Jeff Beauregard Sessions preferred FBI agents covered in white 700 tc sheets.

Nancy Pelosi is the virtual POTUS.

What if boredom were an aesthetic principle?

What’s more perilous than masculine incompetence?

Has Fox News ever told the truth? About anything?

It’s the beginning of the end of digital journalism.

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The Conservative Clown Convention took place. Mr Trump’s speech was all broken syntax and non-sequiturs.

William F. Buckley Jr expected conservatives to have brains, not eat them.

Trumpflakes and other emocons are crying about how Hollywood and the media treat their harlequin President.

Hence, the only media outlets permitted at White House press briefings are Fox News, Russia Today, and the National Enquirer.

There’s really no point in covering a fake president.

Dossie and dossier

Mr Trump has turned the US into a Russian satrapy. His ménage with Boris and Natasha puts his political loyalties in question.

Fox News is the Vatican of fake news.

The US media is not exactly comprised of rocket scientists. Journalism isn’t a difficult major. But the reason why the media is “manipulated” is that it is part of the journalistic game. Controversy attracts eyeballs and clicks, and both the media and Trump know this. Hence, they feed each other: Trump provides the outrage and the media dutifully report it. Advertising dollars follow.

A media strike would be poignant, except the journalists should attend the Trump pressers but ask no questions. That would leave Breitbart and Fox News as the likely sole sycophants.

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Kate Beckinsale will always be Selene to me.

Fox News has purveyed fake news for two decades. Breitbart is riding on old Rupe’s coattails.

Steve Bannon is the bin Laden of journalism.

Mr Trump is Thatcher on steroids, Reagan on donepezil.

It is not surprising that a billionaire tops the Forbes’ list.

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Ms Clinton says Mr Trump is mainstreaming hate.

Most of this nonsense is hatched in the foetid air of US conservative politics, and is spread miasmically by the hatestream media (H$M), Fox News, talk radio (especially its prince of darkness, Rush Limbaugh), militia confabs, and digital dungeons. The entire genre is traceable to the John Birch Society of the mid-20th century, which spread its tentacles throughout the right-wing milieu, ensnaring even “libertarian” politicians like Ron Paul. This “paranoid style” of politics, which is a political tradition in itself, was first identified by Richard Hofstadter in the midst of the McCarthy era. In Hofstadter’s view, groups on the fringes of US life, which faced diminished prospects, were the fertile ground of conspiracy thinking, scapegoating, fear, and hate.

On the other hand, much of the contemporary paranoid style is launched  from the “center” of US social and political life (as pointed out by Michael Rogin). Hence, Trump’s “Birther” movement was incubated in mid-town Manhattan, not Lynch Haven, Alabama. The idea of Obamacare “death panels” was put into public circulation by Republican Vice-Presidential nominee and political Kardashian, Sarah Palin, not by Milo Yiannopoulos. Glenn Beck used several hours of his Fox News platform to map the massive influence of George Soros, “The Puppet Master.” Other Fox News presenters  (Hannity, O’Reilly, etc.) reported on “Obama phones” and the nefarious activities of “ACORN” as evidence of “massive voter fraud,” which has never been confirmed by any rational investigation.

Trump, Farage, and Wilders are the “Three Tenors” of international right-wing extremism.