Tagged: Fox News

King nothing

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.

Quagga

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.

Du haßt

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.

Democratic convention, Act 2

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Roll call.

Utah, the beehive hairdo state! …

History made: Ms Clinton is the nominee, Mr Sanders departs the stage gracefully.

Cecile Richards’ appearance at the convention is a giant middle finger to Carly Fiorina and Fox News, and the Colorado Springs mass murderer who was inspired by both.

Lena Dunham and America Ferrara deal themselves in.

As this goes on, Berniebros are holding a cry-in at the media tents.

A Queens congressperson accuses Mr Trump of being a real life Bobby Axelrod (of Billions).

Howard Dean reenacts “The Scream” and appears tame compared to Mr Trump.

Bill Clinton spins an effective yarn, at odds with the meta-narrative of Mr Trump and Berniebros.

Glass ceiling smashed.

It’s over.

Devil eyes

Justice Scalia was a formidable roadblock to progress, a modern day Taney.

In various rulings and majority opinions, Justice Scalia ratified the second class citizenship of African Americans (re voting rights) and women (re reproductive health rights), and consigned thousands of Americans to a violent death by handgun. His dissenting opinions represent a sort of cahiers de doléances for American emocons, the victims of modernity.

One almost wishes the Presidency on Trump. The Tea Party pitchforks would expect him to live up to his promises. He would have about six months to “Make America Great Again” before their guns would come out.

Poor educational standards (exacerbated by an epidemic of homeschooling), the substitution of internet blogs, Facebook, Twitter, and Fox News for traditional sites of authenticated information, and the reality televisualisation of reality itself have led to the rise of the politics of Trump, Cruz, and Rubio: clownish, buffoonish, and outrageous performances meant to draw eyeballs and deaden brain activity.

Evangelical Christians have been the bane of American politics since they became a political force in the 1970s as the so-called Moral Majority. The theocratic polity they envision for America would make Torquemada blush. However, sometimes they are surprising: they have broken with Republican anti-science fanatics over climate change and appear to support “immigration reform” rather than wall-building and mass deportation.

Baby ouh

Competitive bearding is an unfortunate thing.

Everyone likes a quality mariachi band.

The Republican candidates make Bedlam look like a conference of logicians.

The Republican Party allowed itself to be run by the conservative media, which, by serving as the propaganda ministry for the likes of Ben Carson, is now destroying the Republican Party.

Why don’t real Christians criticize the cartoon Christianity Mr Carson is peddling.