Alaska Dispatch News
June 24, 2015
J. Scott Applewhite / The Associated Press
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin ended her tenure at Fox News quietly at the beginning of this month, reports Politico.
A spokesperson for the cable news network confirmed to the political news site that it had not renewed its contract with Palin, who gained national notoriety after she was tapped by GOP presidential candidate John McCain as a running mate in 2008.
“When Palin was at her zenith, she made frequent appearances, and Fox installed a camera at her house,” reported Politico. “But executives consider her less relevant now, and her appearances were sometimes hampered by the vast time difference with Alaska.”
Palin’s Facebook page — which Politico notes has twice as many followers as that of Rand Paul, the GOP presidential candidate with the most followers — continue to make her an influential figure in conservative politics.
And she’ll still likely make appearances on Fox, along with other networks, as a guest, along with her show on the Sportsman Channel.
In the hours and days following the shooting in Charleston, Fox News pundits, nearly in unison, rushed to deny that racism played any role in the act of terrorism.
Fox’s Steve Doocy called it “extraordinary” that this would be classified as a hate crime. Fox’s Martha MacCallum suggested that “diversity” was a contributing factor to the shooting. Brian Kilmeade asked if it was the shooters hatred of Christian churches that led to the shooting.
Larry Wilmore on The Nightly Show went after this far better than I ever could
I can’t really wrap my head around the motivation here. Why is Fox News, and therefore right wing America, so worried that this shooting was racially motivated?
NBCU is expected to announce tomorrow that it has reached an agreement in which Brian Williams remains at the company but not as anchor of NBC Nightly News.
Details of the arrangement are being kept under close wraps, including whether Nightly News fill-in Lester Holt will be named permanent anchor, as expected, which would make him the first African-American solo anchor of a broadcast network’s evening newscast.
It isn’t a mystery why Republicans enact this performance of faux outrage, particularly during the primaries, since the voters they’re after are fed on a steady diet of complaints about the mainstream media. For a couple of decades now, those complaints have been a hallmark of conservative media, a core ingredient in the ideological stew they serve their audiences. Over and over, people who watch Fox News or listen to conservative talk radio are told that they can’t trust any mainstream, purportedly objective news organization. Anything they hear from The New York Times or NBC News or NPR is not just infected with liberal bias, it’s crafted that way intentionally by the people who produce it, engineered to harm Republicans, boost Democrats, and foist upon them a poisonous liberal worldview opposed to everything they hold dear.
What many on the right also have trouble accepting is that while the news is full of biases, ideological bias is among the least important. Let’s look, for instance, at the article about Rubio’s traffic tickets. Did the Times publish it because Marco Rubio’s a conservative, and they want to destroy him? No. They looked into the story in the first place because of a bias that says that what’s most important to know about a candidate is what’s personal and out of the public eye. They were surely hoping for something dramatic or shocking in the records, because that’s another bias, reasonable or not: “Politician Obeys Law, Is Good Citizen” doesn’t exactly make copies fly off the newsstand.
Here’s what the incident was like from the drone’s point of view:
Angry (and possibly drunk) neighbors aren’t the only ones attacking camera drones these days. Yesterday, a man named John Thompson took his drone to a structure fire in New York to capture some aerial shots of the fire company battling the blaze.
12-minutes into the flight, the firefighters on the ground suddenly began trying to shoot the drone out of the sky with water from their high-pressured fire hoses.More: Firefighters Try to Shoot Down Camera Drone With Their Hoses
In a blog post, the drone owners write that the “extremely inebriated” neighbor actually committed a felony by damaging their drone since it’s valued at over $500 (in California anything over $900 is felony vandalism).
Something to keep in mind when viewing the press coverage she receives throughout this presidential campaign.
According to Gallup, for example, she is the most admired woman in the world. What’s more, she has been the most admired woman in the world for 17 out of the past 18 years.
But the press hates to admit this. For Clinton, good news is never just good news. Instead it’s an opportunity to remind the public about the media’s negative narratives about Clinton and then to muse on the fact that her ratings somehow manage to hold up despite these narratives.
This framing is not surprising, since, among journalists, Clinton is one of the least popular politicians. She is not forthcoming or entertaining with the press. She doesn’t offer good quotes. She doesn’t like journalists, respect what we do, or care to hide her disdain for the media. She feels that the right-wing press has tried to destroy her for decades, that the mainstream press got played like a cheap fiddle by the conservative press, and that even the liberal press was overwhelmingly hostile to her during her 2008 campaign.
But the key thing to understand is that the criticism here is not really of the coverage of what happened in Waco. It’s of the juxtaposition of what happened here with what happens when the people involved are of a different color. The message is not that the conversation about Waco should be overblown, hypercritical of an entire culture, or full of racial subtext. It’s despair over the sense that if the gang members were black, it almost certainly would be.
The idea that Fox News operates with different aims and by different norms than, say, the BBC is familiar. But this presentation is notable for two reasons.
The first is its source — for those who don’t know, Barlett is a veteran of the Reagan and Bush-41 administrations and was an influential early proponent of supply-side / tax-cut economics. He also worked for Ron Paul. Since then he’s harshly criticized the Bush-43 administration, but in no sense does he come at this as a Democratic party operative.
The second and more important reason is Bartlett’s accumulation of detail showing (a) that Fox’s core viewers are factually worse-informed than people who follow other sources, and even those who don’t follow news at all, and (b) that the mode of perpetual outrage that is Fox’s goal and effect has become a serious problem for the Republican party, in that it pushes its candidates to sound always-outraged themselves.
Here is a link to the paper:
How Fox News Changed American Media and Political Dynamics
EE: Yes. And now I have been reading the press around Mad Max. There are some so-called “men’s rights” groups, which I think are fairly reactionary, who are boycotting the movie. They are saying women are not equal to men, women have no logic. They’re angry that I was a consultant on the film. They feel feminism is destroying Mad Max.
AL: Oh, give me a break.
EE: It is astonishing. Here is what’s amazing about the film. Charlize Theron’s character has a real mission. Any violence that occurs does not feel gratuitous because she is directed toward her mission. When you see a female action character, who is capable of fighting on equal ground with the men, who is the most powerful fighter in this film, when you see that, as a woman, allegorically, metaphorically, in all ways, it changes your idea of yourself. You actually believe you have agency over your life, you can fight with men as an equal partner — in some cases she is saving Mad Max, in other cases he is saving her. You never feel women are crippled, or disabled, or incapable of defending themselves. That alone is so empowering.
Charlize’s character is taking the wives to the green place called the Land of the Many Mothers. Another thing that is astonishing is when they get there, there’s a reveal. I don’t want to spoil it for people, but the reveal of who they are is something I have never seen before in a film.
there you go: Sex is a Vice. Nothing More Nothing Less.
No acknowedgement that such a world view has Fucked Individuals and Society for centuries. No acknowedgement that sexual relations are a healthy, normal part of life.
Abortion care, a provably safe medical procedure that affects one in three women, is an unsuitable topic for millions of people worldwide, according to Google and Hulu, which recently rejected informational advertisements that discuss abortion.
“Let’s pretend that life is perfect and everything happens exactly as you plan,” says the narrator of a video ad, produced by Productive Rights and paid for by UltraViolet, which uses petitions and ads to address progressive political issues. “You go on a date with the guy of your dreams. Your condom never breaks. You never make mistakes and you never need to access abortion.”
“Let’s end the pretending,” the ad continues. “Condoms break. Mistakes are made. Abortion is a part of real life.”