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?
Sometimes, the seemingly unending avalanche of child-molesting congressmen, knuckle-dragging religious zealots & scheming online trolls can make you lose all hope.
When that happens, remember this quote from the story of how one man basically spent years tilting at the disgusting, seemingly untouchable windmill that was FIFA:
“You know that everywhere, any organization, if there is any sign at all of how corrupt the people at the top are, there’s decent people down in the middle management, because they’ve got mortgages, they’ve got children to put through school,” Jennings said. “They are just employees, and they will have a sense of proper morality. So you’ve got to get them to slip you the stuff out the back door. It used to be from the filing cabinet; now it’s from the server.”
Think of this when next you start feeling like the game has been irrevocably rigged in favor of the Koch brothers, the Tea Party, the Bible-humping freaks, the callous defense contractors looking for the next war to clear out their inventory, all aided & abetted by the poisonous Fox News professional liars.
No matter how big & evil the corporation, there will be people in the middle management ranks who are sickened by what the crooks at the top are doing.
Goliath doesn’t always win. He only wins when we give up.
This guy didn’t. Andrew Jennings is my personal hero for this week.
It’s finally official: Roger Ailes, the president of Fox News, will decide which candidates can compete in Republican presidential primaries next year.
Think I’m exaggerating?
The rules Fox recently announced for the first GOP debate Aug. 6 make the cable network a more influential player in the campaign than ever before.
Fox has said it will allow only 10 candidates onto the stage, and it will choose them according to their standing in the five most recent national polls. Candidates who miss the cut are basically out of luck.
“That first debate is huge,” Republican strategist David Winston told me. “That’s going to be a real sorting-out moment. Any candidate who can’t get into the first debate will be at a significant disadvantage.”
If the top-10 rule were applied today, the debate would include Donald Trump, whose potential as a presidential nominee is imaginary — but could exclude Rick Santorum, who finished second in the 2012 primary campaign, and Ohio’s John Kasich, the successful governor of the seventh-largest state.
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
Fox News interviews another person from the wingnut parallel universe. News Hound Ellen exposes the stupidity.
On The O’Reilly Factor, host Eric Bolling and guest Horace Cooper didn’t just deny that the killing of Walter Scott is part of a pattern of police shootings of black men, they actually argued that African Americans are “favored” when they have encounters with the police.
Substitute host Bolling sneered at the beginning of the segment that “the far left” is using Scott’s death “as evidence that police killings of black men are a systemic problem in America.” Bolling falsely claimed, “Police killings of African Americans are down 70% over the last 50 years, so why perpetrate these claims?”
But as Bolling should know, there are no hard statistics on the number of police killings in the past 50 years. However, we do know that blacks make up a disproportionate number of those whom we know are killed by the police. So why did Bolling perpetrate such a claim?
O’Reilly: “That was US intel and the Navy Seals taking [Bin Laden] out. [Obama] just said ‘do it’.”
Yes, because Obama didn’t personally kill Bin Laden with his bare hands, BillO feels the President deserves no credit.
Of course, over in that mysterious place called “reality”:
Mr. Obama chaired no fewer than five National Security Council meetings meeting on the pursuit of bin Laden, CBS News has learned, and gave the order to plan an attack on his suspected compound on the morning of April 29. He gave final order for the attack Sunday morning.
Morgan Whitaker exposes where wingnuts are getting their “information” on “the evil, un-American, Kenyan, Marxist Muslim” Obama. This story is about a year old, but its still relevant today.
Figures of President Barack Obama with the word “Hoax” are on display at the Conservative Political Action conference (CPAC) in Washington on February 10, 2011. Kevin Lamarque/Reuters
David Jackson, of Belmont, NC, does not like President Obama. He doesn’t like much of anything President Obama does. But he thinks the president has done a great many things that in fact never happened.
MSNBC Contributor Jonathan Capehart traveled to Belmont shortly after Sen. Ted Cruz’s pseudo-filibuster to gauge public opinion of the Affordable Care Act as the health insurance exchanges were about to open.
That’s where he met David Jackson, who shared his thoughts on Obamacare (he hates it) and Obama (likewise). Many of the claims Jackson made were almost astonishing in their inaccuracy, but in almost all cases, they can be traced back to some of the biggest names in the right-wing media sphere.
Here’s a breakdown of some of the sources of Jackson’s firmly-held beliefs.
Obviously FEMA is a government agency, and we all know how conservatives feel about pretty much anything to do with the government. Funny thing, though; I always notice that when a massive disaster happens to strike one of these “strongly Republican” regions of our country, suddenly those impacted by the disaster become huge fans of FEMA and Republican leaders from the impacted areas are quick to seek funds and help from the federal government.
The truth is, when it comes to the government Republicans love to hate it - until they desperately need it.
Well, possibly the most asinine argument I’ve ever heard against FEMA was uttered Sunday morning on Fox News’ Fox & Friends when Fox Business host John Stossel stated that we don’t really need the government’s help following major disasters because private companies like Walmart will “spontaneously” come in and fix everything.
“If you hadn’t seen a skating rink, you would say, ‘No, you need skating police, people go in this direction,’” Stossel said. “Think of how much of life is spontaneous - jazz, there’s no direction. So much of life is spontaneous, but our instinct is to say, ‘Government, give us a plan.’”
The simplistic mind of the average libertarian never ceases to amaze me. They take very small, much less complex examples, then try to claim that an entire society can be run in the exact same way. As if the direction people go on a skating rink is anything like how a massive society functions.
But Stossel’s main focus was how overly dependent people are on the government to help them following a massive disaster.
“After Katrina, Walmart and private charities helped people in many more ways than FEMA did,” he continued. “Because FEMA is incompetent because government tends to be. But also Walmart everyday needs to know what people need, and they were ready. They had more weather forecasters than some of the local governments do.”
Images of a Jordanian pilot being burned alive by the militants of Islamic State (Isis) began to filter on to social media and mainstream news sites on Monday. As with beheadings and other brutal acts carried out by the group in the past, there were calls not to share the video or stills of it, out of respect for the dead pilot and his family and in order not to further publicise the terrorists’ message. But it seems the details were so gruesome that many couldn’t help but watch and share.
I refused to look (I never do: it feels too much like giving Isis the attention it craves). But that didn’t stop others trying to tell me in vivid detail what the video showed. Someone even said it was “Bond villain-like”. Isis, it seems, has created a whole new kind of murderous cinematic experience.
Some internet users clearly find the unrelenting goriness of it all captivating - stonings, decapitations, throwing people off tall buildings, sticking severed heads on spikes. Perhaps there’s a compulsion to see just how far Isis will go. But the very act of choosing to witness these things makes us, in some way, complicit.
Fox News is doing its bit for IS of course: Fox News site embeds unedited Isis video showing brutal murder of Jordanian pilot