The general consensus is Democrats may lose big in 2014, but that doesn’t have to be. They can rip a page from the Republicans’ playbook to turn this thing around.
What am I babbling about? I am referring to rewording and coded language—and the Grand Ole Party is brilliant at both.
Comedian Bill Maher offered some advice to Democrats Friday on his HBO show which was ingenious. He thinks they need to change how they describe their policies and programs to voters.
Republicans in Washington, on talk radio and television—namely, Fox—are experts at spin and use coded language and rewording to either fire up the hate, fear, ignorance or resentment of their base or mobilize them into action.
One of their most memorable rewordings was changing “Affordable Care Act” to “Obamacare.”
You see, to inflame hearts and minds against President Barack Hussein Obama, they took his signature piece of legislation and wiped his foreign, Muslim-sounding name all over it.
Bill Hemmer was interviewing aviation attorney Salvatore Lagonia Wednesday morning about the missing Malaysia Airlines plane when he brought up a question that very well may have been on the minds of a least a few Fox News viewers. Given that it took “100 years to find the Titanic” and “2,000 years to find Noah’s Ark, do we ever find Flight 370?”
The Fox host was apparently referring to the evangelical Christian explorers who claimed to have found the remains of the biblical Noah’s Ark on Turkey’s Mount Ararat during explorations in 2007 and 2008. “It’s not 100 percent that it is Noah’s ark, but we think it is 99.9 percent that this is it,” Yeung Wing-cheung, a Chinese filmmaker accompanying the explorers, said in 2010.
I agree with Jason Shankel, creationists should watch the second episode of Cosmos, only in the hopes that it will get them to see how wrong they are. Everyone else should also watch it through as well. There really isn’t enough genuine eductional television anymore in my opinion and the Cosmos reboot with Neil Degrasse Tyson, is not only very informative, so far its extremely entertaining a visually stunning.
In the second episode of Cosmos, Neil DeGrasse Tyson tackles the greatest story science has ever told: the story of life.
Tyson begins with the evolution of dogs from wolves via artificial selection, or if you prefer, the domestication of humans by dogs. Wolves that were friendlier, tamer and more loyal to humans were selectively bred to be our companions. As we settled into agricultural communities in the break between ice ages, dogs became the partners of our labors, consuming and burying our trash, defending our territory and helping us hunt.
“Artificial selection turned the wolf into the shepherd,” Tyson tells us before asking the question that has inspired battles in courtrooms and classrooms since Darwin first posed it in 1859: “If artificial selection can accomplish that much in just a few thousand years, what can natural selection accomplish given billions of years?”
Rebooting Carl Sagan’s seminal “Cosmos” miniseries three decades later is almost impossible — unless you happen to be renowned astrophysicist and science educator Neil deGrasse Tyson.
For those who may have missed the original back in 1980, “Cosmos: A Personal Voyage” was a documentary series on PBS that explored the universe as well as the history of scientific discovery. Sagan’s topics of discussionranged from Japanese folklore to debunking astrology to the ultimate fate of the stars and galaxies that surround us.
10/3/2013 - Jon Stewart Government Shutdown - For the third night in a row, Jon Stewart opened The Daily Show with coverage of “Shutstorm 2013? and this time his rage was aimed squarely at “Bullshit Mountain,” AKA Fox News. He noticed that the hosts over at Fox seem to have realized that “this shutdown ain’t looking so hot for one particular political party.”
Stewart went straight to the “Bullshit-anator” himself, Sean Hannity, who has been referring to the whole thing as a “liberal shutdown.” But it was Fox’s coverage of the shuttered World War II memorial that really got him going. “Could there be a higher octane fuel for Fox News’ false outrage exploitation engine than wheelchair-bound World War II veterans?” he asked. “Maybe a fetus that owns a small business and that small business makes ‘Merry Christmas’ muzzle cozies.”
The host blasted Fox for standing up against the memorial closure while forgetting that “it’s their allies’ assassin budget shenanigans that not only shut it in the first place, but also put Meals on Wheels at risk, a program that serves meals to over 500,000 veterans a year.”
After playing a montage of Republicans describing their love for “small government,” Stewart came to a realization. “You hate the government,” he said. “Yet you rail like banshees if any of the services and benefits you like are taken away.” Echoing an infamous scene from Steve Martin’s The Jerk, he said, “I don’t need any government, except these memorials, and Social Security, and the paddle game.”
Turning back to Fox, Stewart played a clip of Fox & Friends’ Steve Doocey remarking that the Obama administration sent more security to the World War II memorial than he did to Benghazi. “I’m pretty sure the news face you want to use to convey outrage and concern isn’t shit-eating grin,” he said. “The gratuitous and cavalier nature of that comparison truly shows how little they actually care about Benghazi, except as a ‘Ben-gotcha.’”
For more, Stewart went “live via satellite” to a “longtime federal employee who has seen the effects of this shutdown firsthand”: Smokey the Bear. When Stewart called him out for throwing a lit cigarette on the ground, he replied, “Oh, you want me to go put that out? How about this, fuck you, pay me, Jon, all right?”
A jury did not believe the bullshit in this book, and three accomplices all testified that it was lies - so why would Fox news tout the book other than to perpetuate doubt and anti-gay hate?
Right-wing pundits, radio hosts and bloggers are celebrating a brand new book purporting to demonstrate that Matthew Shepard’s brutal 1998 murder in Wyoming was not an anti-gay hate crime, but rather a simple drug-motivated crime fueled by crystal methamphetamine. The book is capped by the sensational, and utterly unproven, claim that Shepard had previously engaged in gay sex with his eventual murderer.
These are not new claims — the allegation that the murder was primarily drug-fueled was in fact aired during the trial of Shepard’s killers. Similarly, claims that the chief perpetrator, Aaron McKinney, had had sex with Shepard, had previously surfaced. But McKinney has angrily denied those claims, and they are based on nothing more than hearsay evidence from questionable witnesses.
The book’s central assertions, in fact, are both factually flawed and, at bottom, profoundly irrelevant. They are also essentially recycled.
Indeed, The Book of Matt: Hidden Truths About the Murder of Matthew Shepard is the work of Stephen Jimenez, one of the producers of an ABC News “20/20” report in 2004 that was widely criticized by other journalists, gay-rights organizations and the Shepard family for its factual inaccuracies and distortions, as well as its clear bias. For instance, ABC News failed to reveal to its viewers that Jimenez was a longtime friend of the defense attorney for McKinney co-defendant Russell Henderson who, when he pitched the story to ABC producers, had already reached his sensational conclusions — long before ABC’s reporters had begun doing actual investigative work.
A number of right-wing pundits have seized upon Jimenez’s book, which was just published on Sept. 24, to claim that the much of the justification for the nation’s anti-gay hate-crime laws — including the federal Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, signed into law by President Obama in 2009 — is little more than a fabric of lies. These pundits claim that the Shepard “mythology” has been used to fuel a “grievance industry” that is based on the supposedly false notion that hate crimes, in particular anti-LGBT hate crimes, are widespread.
The Miss America pageant is not known for being especially thoughtful (the first question asked in the interview segment this year was about twerking, the second question about sexting, the third about Syria).
The judges seem unusually prescient this year though, with their decision to award the title to Miss New York, 24-year-old Nina Davuluri.
But New York-based Fox News & Commentary radio host Todd Starnes isn’t pleased with the pick.
Davuluri’s family immigrated to Fayetteville, New York, from India 30 years ago, and she played up her differences from the traditional idea of Miss America while campaigning for the title. She performed a Bollywood Fusion style dance for the talent portion. In her a video bio, she said, “Miss America has always been the girl next door, but Miss America is evolving and she is not going to look the same.”
That was enough for Fox “News” closet case Todd Starnes to blow a gasket:
SIDE NOTE: While there’s enough to ping the gaydar about this guy, doesn’t live tweeting Miss America pretty much vaporize it?
But I digress…
Meanwhile, Wingnustian freaks out over a non white Miss America:
“Well they just picked a Muslim for Miss America. That must’ve made Obama happy. Maybe he had a vote,” griped Elizabeth@EJR Buckeye.
“This is Miss America…Not Miss Foreign Country,” tweeted Meredith Talley@meredithRoanell
“The sad thing is, Miss Kansas didn’t make it because America isn’t ready to crown someone who represents AMERICA,” added Aly Walansky @alywalansky.
“She’s like not even american and she won miss america,” fumed Kat@kathrynRyan50.
The station has issued an apology
KTVU Channel 2 is apologizing for an on-air gaffe that the station — or viewers – won’t soon forget.
During the noon newscast Friday, co-anchor Tori Campbell, announced that “KTVU has just learned the names of the four pilots who were on board” Asiana flight 214 when it crashed at San Francisco International Airport on Saturday.
She then read from a teleprompter while a TV graphic displayed four fake names that clearly were someone’s idea of a joke.
The first name — “Captain Sum Ting Wong” — should have been a give-away that something really was wrong. But Campbell kept reading… “Wi Tu Lo, Ho Lee Fuk, Bang Ding Ow.
Speaking at the Faith and Freedom Coalition conference in Washington on Friday, Rick Santorum offered criticism of the campaign that bested him in the 2012 GOP primary, but wound up losing the general election:
One after another, they talked about the business they had built. But not a single factory worker went out there. Not a single janitor, waitress or person who worked in that company! We didn’t care about them. You know what? They built that company too! And we should have had them on that stage.
When all you do is talk to people who are owners, talk to folks who are Type A’s who want to succeed economically, we’re talking to a very small group of people. No wonder they don’t think we care about them. No wonder they don’t think we understand them. Folks, if we’re going to win, you just need to think about who you talk to in your life.
Taking stock of Santorum’s advice that Republicans should “talk to the folks who are worried about the next paycheck” instead of just CEOs, Politico judges that he wants to “carve out a role as a leading populist in the 2016 field.”