According to a Politico report, CNN commentator S.E. Cupp and Fox News communications consultant Jon Kraushar both gave media training to most major Republican Senate candidates leading up to Tuesday’s midterm elections.
The “bootcamp” was arranged by the National Republican Senatorial Committee and intended to keep GOP candidates from making campaign-crippling media gaffes. Politico pointed to former congressman Todd Akin’s “legitimate rape” remarks in 2012 as a prime example of such a blunder.
Cupp, who was a panelist on “Crossfire” before CNN canceled the show in October, remains a commentator at the network. She conducted mock interviews with candidates, simulating the kind of interrogation they might receive from the media in weeks prior to the elections. Kraushar, who has worked for Eric Cantor, Paul Ryan and Dick Cheney, handles most of the on-camera training at Fox News. He was also present to ensure that candidates were primed.
“Over the next two days, for eight hours a day, the candidates had to watch each other stumble, stammer, run from the cameras. They were drilled on policy, then had the cameras turned on them,” Politico’s Edward-Isaac Dovere, Manu Raju and John Bresnahan report. “They were briefed on common media mistakes, then had the camera turned on them. They were shown footage of Akin and Richard Mourdock making fools of themselves two years ago, then had the camera turned on them again.”
Well, my Imam was contacted by Hannity, as this little piece scooted onto my FB Timeline:
Well, what can we get out of this?
Firstly, it appears Fox may have been trying to spin their way out of trouble, after they had to pull up a story that was done last night, but at the same time still trying to smear Muslims. This can be seen in how there was an immediate hangup after being told that it would need to be a live show, to prevent the butchering of words.
Secondly, I do find it interesting he wanted to use the OKC memorial as a backdrop, considering it is the memorial to the second largest act of religious terrorism in the US, the OKC Bombing, done by a right-wing Christian Terrorist.
Thirdly, and most sadly, there is a large element among the Republican Party that wishes harm against any Muslims in the US. While I do know Republicans who think otherwise, including one very, very close friend, they need to wake up to the hate in their midst. Starting now.
Mosque had security issues with the Fox guys.
Unfortunately, Fox News carries on with the character assassination of people that care going to the Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City.
David Edwards exposes more anti science stupidity from “Fox News.”
A Fox News on Wednesday brought on someone who had a “really long business card” to explain why scientists were living in a fantasy world if they thought the world was experiencing any negative impacts from climate change.
The morning after President Barack Obama likened climate change to global terrorism in a speech to the United Nations, host Steve Doocy announced that Fox News was having a “fair and balanced” debate between Bob Deans of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and Myron Ebell of the libertarian Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI).
Although 97 percent of climate scientists acknowledge man-made global warming, Doocy promised that including Ebell would provide for a “good debate.”
Deans began by pointing out that the science was now settled: Burning fossil fuels is causing the planet to warm.
Fox News Finally Loses It: Uses ‘Success’ of Japanese Internment Camps to Advocate Profiling Muslims (Video)
So Fox’s business analysis program Cashin’ In with Eric Bolling decided to discuss if Muslims should be profiled. What the fuck this has to do with “business analysis”, I’m not sure. Anyway guess how they came down on the issue?
Co-panelist Jonathan Hoenig agreed that we should profile Muslims in America, elaborating even further by saying:
We should have been profiling on September 12, 2001. Let’s take a trip down memory lane here: The last war this country won, we put Japanese-Americans in internment camps, we dropped nuclear bombs on residential city centers. So, yes, profiling would be at least a good start
Hoenig is the guy who, you might remember, in the wake of Mike Brown’s shooting and the protests in Ferguson, said only racists talk about race. And now this supposed “libertarian” wants the government to start throwing people in interment camps. Because when he says “libertarian” he really means “greedy asshole”.
This may have already been name-checked on these pages, but I’m posting it because I just got another chain email alleging that Obama and The EEbil Gummint is out to get us all, being helped by their sinister white lab-coated fellow travelers in universities.
Truthy started as a project to track how the web spreads rumors and disinformation (something of a favorite pasttime in these here parts, I have noticed), but by the time it filtered its way through the Wingnuttosphere and reached Fox, it had turned into the Thought Police targeting poor besieged conservatives. And no doubt, laying plans for their annual War On Christmas.
“The headlines are saying something that is completely false and fabricated,” Menczer said. “We are not defining hate speech. We are not tracking people. We don’t have a database.”
None of those facts stopped readers from spreading the story. The Free Beacon’s article was shared about 4,000 times on Twitter and 10,000 times on Facebook, according to Muck Rack analytics. It was crossposted on foxnews.com the next day, garnering an additional 2,000 shares on Twitter and 15,000 shares on Facebook. And it was quickly picked up by a handful of other prominent right-wing websites, becoming fodder for paranoia-inducing analyses by The Week, Reason, and breitbart.com. “Other blogs twisted the meme and mutated the meme until it became completely outlandish,” Menczer said. “I don’t think there’s anything we can say to change that.”
Only problem is that even the arch-conservative Wall St. Journal noted that Truthy has been in existence for years. But Fox, Breitbart, et al. don’t let the truth stand in the way of a good, ratings-grabbing freakout. And they, of course, use it the same way they use anything - as a cudgel by which to bash around government in general and Obama in particular.
Well, at least the researchers at IU have some new source material to study from the inside.
We Irish should have seen this coming. First they stole our rainbows, next they’ll be coming after me lucky charms”
Punishments to include jail time and hard labor.
I’m also guessing by the wording of the Amendment, that Michael Wilson has no respect for the establishment clause either. Man you can just smell the homophobia.
Oh and gay people have made it a zero sum game? No bigots like you have made it a zero sum game. You guys made it a zero sum game from day one. I’ll bet Wilson is a big supporter of that hideous “Kill The Gays” bill. American Religious right loons worked tirelessly to spread homophobia in Uganda which help to bring that about in the first place. I bet Wilson is proud of those people.
This makes me so glad its not easy to amend our constitution.
He doesn’t have much respect for “man’s law” either. He’d rather we have attacked the supreme court justices who ruled in favor of gay rights and abortion and just refuse to obey the law. Unsurprisingly he’s also a supporter of Cliven Bundy because he wants “the second commandment to be defended by the second amendment.” Wilson doesn’t even think “Fox News” is “conservative,” and I’m not joking when I say that.
I want to thank Jeremy Hooper for creating a post about this at his blog Good As You. He’s one of the people who’s “life style” Wilson wants to outlaw. If not for him I wouldn’t know about this this wingnut.
The title of the post is the Fox headline, copied verbatim from their front page, it was the main article. The short paragraph that appeared below the headline was:
THE FAA lifts a travel restriction prohibiting US carriers from flying into and out of Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion International Airport approximately 35 hours after it went into effect following criticism from Israel and Republican Sen. Ted Cruz.
Does it sound to you like Fox are trying to make it sound like Ted Cruz had something to do with the lifting of the restriction?
Well, here’s the detail buried in the article itself that tells the real story (emphasis mine):
In a statement, the FAA said that the Notice to Airmen restricting flights into Ben Gurion Airport officially expired at 11:45 p.m. Eastern Time Wednesday. The agency had instituted the prohibition shortly after noon Eastern Time Tuesday in response to a report that a rocket fired by Hamas had landed less than a mile from the airport. The restriction was renewed earlier Wednesday.
Yup, the restriction were not simply a blanket, it had a limited life span. And even though the restriction has now, expired, it seems that there is some concern.
The CEO of Delta Air Lines, which diverted a jumbo jet away from Tel Aviv before Tuesday’s ban, said earlier Wednesday the airline would not necessarily resume flights to Israel even if U.S. authorities declare the area safe.
Maybe Fox and Ted Cruz would like to accuse Delta of attempting to persecute Israel.
The CEO of Middle East carrier Emirates said after the shoot-down in Ukraine of a Malaysia Airlines jet last week that global airlines need better risk-assessment from international aviation authorities.
I cannot help but agree with that. It’s not been very long since MH17 was shot down with all souls lost. I have to wonder what Ted Cruz and Fox would have had to say had there been a number of Americans on MH17. I imagine that quite possibly they’d have been castigating the FAA for not being more cautious. Of course, ultimately, it would have been Obama’s fault.
And you know exactly what tune the wingnut chorus would have been singing.
Fox just don’t stop. Again they’re making front page news out of Murrieta. This time, some 200 protesters which includes those for and against. Fox says Murrieta has a population of roughly 106,000. And a couple of hundred protesters makes it a flashpoint?
It’s so blatant that surely even Fox addled idiots should be able to see through it, surely. Sadly, I doubt it, any semblance of logic, went out the window years ago.
Todd Starnes craziness: Medical staff warned: Keep your mouths shut about illegal immigrants or face arrest
I posted in the past about Todd Starnes from Fox, who I think is, to put it politely, scurrilous. He’s most often to be found reporting about religious issues, and that usually means persecution of Christians, well at least they think so. About as real as the war on Christmas generally.
And then this article appeared by Todd appeared, about the condition of children (illegal aliens), being held at an air force base in Texas. It’s complete with phrases like “the contagion threat” and the alleged security staff refereed to as the “Brown Shirts”. Please do read the article to understand quite what kind of people have been telling Todd stories.
The medical issues these kids are effected by (according to Todd’s sources) include measles, scabies, chicken pox, lice, strep throat, mental and emotional issues. The article’s concern is apparently not for the welfare of children, it’s that these children may spread these diseases to…..Americans.
It was only today when I saw one of the protest signs (saying save our children from diseases) at the Murrieta protests that the article made any sense. It’s little but scaremongering, trying to further demonize illegal immigrants.
I have to say, if there’s any “Brown Shirts” involved, It’s Todd and Fox News.