Category: Fox News

Sunday Political Roundup

Republicans still dumbest voters

Aren't Republicans the dumbest?
Aren’t Republicans the dumbest?

In a 2011 PublicMind poll conducted by New Jersey’s Farleigh Dickinson University, not only do Fox News viewers score lower on current events than viewers  of other new channels when tested. This group actually knows “less correct information about current events than people who watch no television news at all.” That’s from one of my posts in May 2015. And everyone knows only Republicans watch Fox News so it would make sense that “GOP-inclined voters surveyed June 5-20 believe millions of illegal immigrants voted in the 2016 election, and 73 percent believe voter fraud occurs somewhat or very often.” And that is what’s wrong with our electorate.

Trump continues to play the innocent

The old saying goes, ‘the best defense is a good offense,’ and Donald Trump is playing that tune down to the bitter end. The Washington Post says Paul Manafort “…has been a subject of a longstanding FBI kleptocracy investigation focused on Ukraine.” Suspicion arose when he didn’t file as a foreign agent until June 2017. The Associated Press says Manafort came up with a plan in 2005 “…to influence U.S. politics, business dealings and the media in order to “greatly benefit the Putin Government.” He became T-rump’s campaign chairman briefly and resigned when he admitted to receiving $12.7 million in undisclosed cash payments from Yanukovych’s pro-Russian party.

Donald Trump still undermining Obamacare

Yes we know that the Oval Office lunatic has bad-mouthed Obamacare to the point where neither insurers nor the people they serve know if the program will last out the year. Even with Congress’ repeal failure, T-rump still threatens to somehow get rid of the Affordable Care Act and Anthem insurance has decided to help his cause. They’re leaving the Affordable Care Act marketplace in Virginia because it “…has been destabilized by uncertainty about the future and dark pronouncements by President Trump that it is about to fail.” Even with much better-than-expected profit and revenue, they’re dumping the program along several other insurers. What happened to dedication?

Just what you’d expect from a Republican…“Sieg Heil!”

Jeffrey Lord, the CNN commentator from way over on the right and a fervent supporter of Donald Trump was fired “…after he tweeted the Nazi salutation “Sieg Heil!” in response to a feud with a liberal activist.” I’ve never cared for the guy because his excuses for T-rump stupidity make about as much sense as Kellyanne Conway, and that’s bad. Lord labeled one of his critics “Media Matters Fascists,” and when its president, Angelo Carusone, called his hand, Lord responded with the tweet, “Sieg Heil!” Now, as a matter of reference, this phrase is so associated with Adolph Hitler, that it is banned in Germany. However, very appropriate for a Republican misguided muckraker.

 

Is Donald Trump involved in Seth Rich murder conspiracy?

One would hope not since he is the President of the United States, but that hasn’t seemed to make any difference so far in the man’s bizarre behavior. The latest Oval Office tidbit is a report that Donald Trump encouraged a news story that says Seth Rich, a former Democratic National Committee (DNC) data specialist, was killed in connection with his alleged leak of information on the Clinton 2016 Primary campaign. The idea was to take the heat off the charges that Trump colluded with the Russians in giving up Clinton’s campaign secrets. Private detective Rod Wheeler is suing Fox News in the matter.

It seems that the Fox News Channel and a wealthy supporter of President Trump, Ed Butowsky, promoted the idea on Sean Hannity’s show and Fox & Friends, but was retracted by Fox News about a week after it was published. Now we all know that there is very little you can believe on Fox News so that should have sent up red flags. But wait, is there really some substance here? Former press sec. Sean Spicer said Bukowsky told him the president was personally overseeing the project. Earlier NBC had released the story that Butowsky was bankrolling a private investigation into Rich’s death, and all of this was reported by several news outlets other than Fox.

NPR reports

  • [Rod] “Wheeler alleges Fox News and the Trump supporter intended to deflect public attention from growing concern about the administration’s ties to the Russian government. His suit charges that a Fox News reporter created quotations out of thin air and attributed them to him to propel her story.”

Good coverage on Seth Rich conspiracy…

Sean Hannity, who replaced the misinformation of Bill O’Reilly recently fired by Fox for abusing female employees, wouldn’t let the story go and says he has no intention of retracting anything which, of course, doesn’t mean anything he said was correct, just means he won’t say it isn’t. At the same time Fox News was releasing this ludicrous but purely laughable statement…

  • “The article was not initially subjected to the high degree of editorial scrutiny we require for all our reporting,” the Tuesday statement read. “Upon appropriate review, the article was found not to meet those standards.”

Think Progress has reported that n May 14,  the day before Fox News published their story, Rod Wheeler told them that “…Ed  Butowsky sent him a text [of the story] indicating President Trump read the article and wanted it published immediately.” More from Wheeler…

  • “Wheeler alleges that just before he sent that text, Butowsky left him a voicemail and said, ‘A couple minutes ago I got a note that we have the full, uh, attention of the White House, on this. And, tomorrow, let’s close this deal, whatever we’ve got to do. But you can feel free to say that the White House is onto this now.’
  • “Wheeler claims that the Fox News story, authored by investigative reporter Malia Zimmerman, contained two quotes attributed to him that were completely fabricated. But they were included in the story at Trump’s direction.”

What is sorely missed in all this conspiracy is the fact that Seth Rich was murdered on July 10, 2016, in the Bloomingdale neighborhood of Washington, DC, and his death has never been solved.  CNN says, “He was shot several times including at least once in the back just after 4 am.” It could have been made to look like a robbery, and it is just possible that when the killer is found, this whole conspiracy could be solved. In the meantime, the door is still open to the fact that Donald Trump might have maliciously provoked the whole thing. I hope not and I also hope there will be some closure soon for the Rich family and the American public.

Fox News is Light on Substance but Heavy on Legs

Female news anchors from the “real” network stations like ABC, CBS and NBC are usually positioned conventionally behind a desk, not to necessarily hide their legs but to prevent anything like a potential crotch shot. That’s what we called it when I worked in TV in the 50s and 60s. As I told someone recently, there were no female news people in those days and once when I tried to audition a gal at the station where I worked in Memphis they almost rode me out of the studio on the rails. But that has all changed as you can see in the featured picture. Fox News has taken the art of dress and leg manipulation to a new high.  Brian Kilmeade of the Faux News network said:

“To be a female anchor on Fox News, the only qualifications is to look like you’re coming from the Victoria’s Secret catalog, and be able to speak.”

This coming from an insider who said “be able to speak,” but did not add ‘be able to think.’ It’s bad enough that the network’s news is mostly inaccurate but when they lower themselves to relying on legs and boobs to get the viewer’s attention, it just shows what a pathetic organization they are.

And then we have Katie Couric, Diane Sawyer, Ann Curry, Jane Pauley, Joan Lunden, Erin Burnett, Connie Chung and Jessica Savitch, just to show there are legitimate female anchors out there.

I can truthfully say that I have never watched a Fox News presentation and after writing this piece I never will.

Fox News Has Become a Retirement Community

There are a lot of things liberals don’t know about Fox News and I’ll bet this is one of them. The median age of their viewer is 68, not that there’s anything wrong with that, hell, I’m 82. But it just doesn’t seem right that after that many years these people would want to be so uninformed as the Faux News Network will lead them to be. I did a post on this earlier, “It’s Official-Fox News Viewers Are Really That Dumb,” that I guess these folks didn’t read. Politico talked to Bruce Bartlett who has done a paper indicating that Fox has changed American Media and Political Dynamics with the inference that it has become the leader of the pack. Not so says Politico quoting some figures to back that up. As an example, The O’Reilly Factor claims some 3.3 million viewers tops and that’s a drop in the bucket compared to the voting age of over 234 million. But one of Bartlett’s points makes good sense, that since the launching of Fox News in 1996, the network only picked up the gauntlet, but is continuing to lead the Republican Party toward radicalized candidates for president.

Frank Rich, a well-known liberal writer discounts Fox News power. In New York he said, “…aside from infuriating liberals, Fox flexes little political power.” Tell that to Bill O’Reilly.