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How Roger Ailes Built the Fox News Fear Factory

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iammattheweberle:

The result of this concerted campaign of disinformation is a viewership that knows almost nothing about what’s going on in the world. According to recent polls, Fox News viewers are the most misinformed of all news consumers. They are 12 percentage points more likely to believe the stimulus package caused job losses, 17 points more likely to believe Muslims want to establish Shariah law in America, 30 points more likely to say that scientists dispute global warming, and 31 points more likely to doubt President Obama’s citizenship. In fact, a study by the University of Maryland reveals, ignorance of Fox viewers actually increases the longer they watch the network. That’s because Ailes isn’t interested in providing people with information, or even a balanced range of perspectives. Like his political mentor, Richard Nixon, Ailes traffics in the emotions of victimization. 

Ailes has put the Republican Party on his payroll and forced it to remake itself around his image. He is the Chairman, and the conservative movement now reports to him. “Republicans originally thought that Fox worked for us,” said David Frum, the former Bush speechwriter. “Now we’re discovering that we work for Fox.”

Sounds reasonable.

Compare Obama To Reagan? Yes, Let's Do That

crooksandliars:

Compare Obama To Reagan? Yes, Let's Do That

Hot Air’s Noah Rothman and other conservatives (see, e.g., Fox News) are looking at President Obama’s response to the shootdown of the Malaysian airliner and finding it lacking — specifically, they think it falls short of Ronald Reagan’s reaction to Russia’s shootdown of a Korean passenger jet in 1983.

Rothman:

“Obviously, the world is watching reports of a downed passenger jet near the Russia-Ukraine border,” [President Obama] said. “It looks like it may be a terrible tragedy.”

The president added that he had directed his national security team to “stay in close contact” with the government in Ukraine, and his government was working to determine whether a report that 23 American citizens were on board that flight was accurate. He offered his prayers for the families of those who lost loved ones. And that was it.

38 seconds. Obama then proceeded to deliver a canned speech….

This, we’re told, is in contrast with Reagan:

… 31 years ago, at a time with far less reliable technology or communications capabilities, President Ronald Reagan immediately addressed an eerily similar situation – when Soviet forces shot down Korean Air Lines Flight 007 over the Kamchatka Peninsula.

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Listen, fellow white folks, that’s all of us in these pictures too. And I’m not referring to the fact that men like the one standing tall in this photo might be your or my ancestor, which is possible.

Look into the eyes of that white man in the lower left. I don’t care if “your” family didn’t own slaves (or has so cleansed their stories that only a historical researcher can find the truth). He and others like him were actively working to maintain white domination in totality. There was money in it for them, but there was also a fixed place in that world for any of their descendants.

You and I still benefit from that system, some of us more than others of course, but we do. That system still corrodes our nation and corrupts our justice. As its intended beneficiaries, we have a moral responsibility to set it right.

Forget for a minute what that bearded white man may think of today’s society, with an inspiring black president. Imagine instead what he would think of YOU, you who haven’t taken up arms against your neighbors, but live in peace.

He would despise you.

Look at his face. Now look at the scars on that black man in the center of this photo and embrace the disrespect and disgust that this bearded white man would feel for you, his societal heir. Think of his incomprehension over your belief that black and white people have the same color souls, or even that black people have them at all.

Disrespect your own ancestors, and if not them, then their leaders. Sure, find heroic acts in family stories if they exist and can inspire you. Celebrate those if you can, but don’t save your love for the dead.

Work to right the wrongs so many of them committed, perpetuated and invented for you. Focus on the living: on your neighbors, friends and family.

Our history’s vision for you was to be a cruel jailer, giving up your humanity for dominance based on your skin tone and—in those rare cases where there was any—your family’s wealth.

Or, if you prefer, do none of the above. Fly the confederate flag and celebrate Robert E. Lee. Call people like me “self-loathing” for acknowledging facts. But before you do, look at these photos and make your choice with your eyes open, in full knowledge of what you embrace.

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When you are hurting, there will always be people who find a way to make it about themselves. If you break your wrist, they’ll complain about a sprained ankle. If you are sad, they’re sadder. If you’re asking for help, they’ll demand more attention.

Here is a fact: I was in a hospital and sobbing into my palms when a woman approached me and asked why I was making so much noise and I managed to stutter that my best friend shot himself in the head and now he was 100% certified dead and she made this little grunt and had the nerve to tell me, “Well now you made me sad.”

When you get angry, there are going to be people who ask you to shut up and sit down, and they’re not going to do it nicely. Theirs are the faces that turn bright red before you have a chance to finish your sentence. They won’t ask you to explain yourself. They’ll be mad that you’re mad and that will be their whole reason alone.

Here is a fact: I was in an alleyway a few weeks ago, stroking my friend’s back as she vomited fourteen tequila shots. “I hate men,” she wheezed as her sides heaved, “I hate all of them.”

I braided her hair so it wouldn’t get caught in the mess. I didn’t correct her and reply that she does in fact love her father and her little brother too, that there are strangers she has yet to meet that will be better for her than any of her shitty ex-boyfriends, that half of our group of friends identifies as male - I could hear each of her bruises in those words and I didn’t ask her to soften the blow when she was trying to buff them out of her skin. She doesn’t hate all men. She never did.

She had the misfortune to be overheard by a drunk guy in an ill-fitting suit, a boy trying to look like a man and leering down my dress as he stormed towards us. “Fuck you, lady,” he said, “Fuck you. Not all men are evil, you know.”

“Thanks,” I told him dryly, pulling on her hand, trying to get her inside again, “See you.”

He followed us. Wouldn’t stop shouting. How dare she get mad. How dare she was hurting. “It’s hard for me too!” he yowled after us. “With fuckers like you, how’s a guy supposed to live?”

Here’s a fact: my father is Cuban and my genes repeat his. Once one of my teachers looked at my heritage and said, “Your skin doesn’t look dirty enough to be a Mexican.”

When my cheeks grew pink and my tongue dried up, someone else in the classroom stood up. “You can’t say that,” he said, “That’s fucking racist. We could report you for that.”

Our teacher turned vicious. “You wanna fail this class? Go ahead. Report me. I was joking. It’s my word against yours. I hate kids like you. You think you’ve got all the power - you don’t. I do.”

Later that kid and I became close friends and we skipped class to do anything else and the two of us were lying on our backs staring up at the sky and as we talked about that moment, he sighed, “I hate white people.” His girlfriend is white and so is his mom. I reached out until my fingers were resting in the warmth of his palm.

He spoke up each time our teacher said something shitty. He failed the class. I stayed silent. I got the A but I wish that I didn’t.

Here is a fact: I think gender is a social construct and people that want to tell others what defines it just haven’t done their homework. I personally happen to have the luck of the draw and am the same gender as my sex, which basically just means society leaves me alone about this one particular thing.

Until I met Alex, who said he hated cis people. My throat closed up. I’m not good at confrontation. I avoided him because I didn’t want to bother him.

One day I was going on a walk and I found him behind our school, bleeding out of the side of his mouth. The only thing I really know is how to patch people up. He winced when the antibacterial cream went across his new wounds. “I hate cis people,” he said weakly.

I looked at him and pushed his hair back from his head. “I understand why you do.”

Here is a fact: anger is a secondary emotion. Anger is how people stop themselves from hurting. Anger is how people stop themselves by empathizing.

It is easy for the drunken man to be mad at my friend. If he says “Hey, fuck you, lady,” he doesn’t have to worry about what’s so wrong about men.

It’s easy for my teacher to fail the kids who speak up. If we’re just smart-ass students, it’s not his fault we fuck up.

It’s easy for me to hate Alex for labeling me as dangerous when I’ve never hurt someone a day in my life. But I’m safe in my skin and his life is at risk just by going to the bathroom. I understand why he says things like that. I finally do.

There’s a difference between the spread of hatred and the frustration of people who are hurting. The thing is, when you are broken, there will always be someone who says “I’m worse, stop talking.” There will always be people who are mad you’re trying to steal the attention. There will always be people who get mad at the same time as you do - they hate being challenged. It changes the rules.

I say I hate all Mondays but my sister was born on one and she’s the greatest joy I have ever known. I say I hate brown but it’s really just the word and how it turns your mouth down - the colour is my hair and my eyes and my favorite sweater. I say I hate pineapple but I still try it again every Easter, just to see if it stings less this year. It’s okay to be sad when you hear someone generalize a group you’re in. But instead of assuming they’re evil and filled with hatred, maybe ask them why they think that way - who knows, you might just end up with a new and kind friend.

By telling the oppressed that their anger is unjustified, you allow the oppression to continue. I know it’s hard to stay calm. I know it’s scary. But you’re coming from the safe place and they aren’t. Just please … Try to be more understanding. /// r.i.d (via inkskinned)

randycwhite:

america-wakiewakie:

Analysis: Over Half of All Statements Made on Fox News Are False | Addicting Info

A new analysis by PunditFact found that of every statement made by a Fox News host or guest, over half of them were flat-out false. What’s more, only a measly 8% could be considered completely “true.”

In other words, a fancy review of hundreds of hours of video confirmed what many who watch Fox News with any regularity already know: Fox News lies. A lot. Like all the time.

Which isn’t to say that exposing Fox News’ irresponsible journalism isn’t an admirable goal. Despite its blatant spin doctoring, Fox still captivates a large portion of the news watching audience. On a near nightly basis, Fox News programs like “The O’Reilly Factor” and “The Kelly File” crush the competition. Given what we know about how poorly Fox informs its viewers, that paints a pretty grim picture for the millions who consume it without question.

As you can see, Fox manages to capture an impressive range between “Mostly False” all the way to “Pants on Fire” while at the same time just 40 percent could be said to be even somewhat true.

Some might argue that all news networks are pretty terrible and with the seemingly endless drivel that comes out of a 24-hour channel it’s a valid point. Luckily, PunditFact looked at a few other major stations as well and while they aren’t bastions of veracity, they at least look like they’re trying.

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Does this surprise anyone?

When Glenn Beck Finally Does The Right Thing, All Hell Breaks Loose

crooksandliars:

It’s kind of sad, isn’t it? Glenn Beck, America’s own Dusty Rhoades, for whatever reason, is trying to do the right thing this time. (As Karoli wrote earlier this week.) He tells his followers that it’s morally wrong to use the plight of immigrant children for political gain.

That’s a pretty powerful statement for one who has fed the real right-wing crazies for a long time, and it’s hard to argue with.

It’s morally wrong to use the plight of immigrant children for political gain.

Even Glenn Beck knows that.

And I’m not going to decry his motives. I’m not going to turn into a right-winger, where they dehumanize the opposition as monstrous and monolithic. He is doing the right thing this time, and I don’t really care about his possible motives, because something good comes out of it. I’m hopeful that he means it, and I’m going to take him at his word.

It’s morally wrong to use the plight of immigrant children for political gain.

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Turns out that not providing contraceptive coverage in employee health plans winds up costing employers 15% to 17% more than providing it.

Remember that next time someone complains about having to pay for someone else’s “whore pills.” What they’re saying is that they would prefer to pay more, simply to ensure that person doesn’t have birth control.

(2000 study: http://business.time.com/2012/02/14/why-free-birth-control-will-not-hike-the-cost-of-your-insurance/)

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iamsineater:

truthdogg:

iamsineater:

truthdogg:

Some attempted break-ins on our street today. They appeared to be about 14-15 year old kids, both black, and were chased off by some of the guys from the gym on the corner.

The cop that came out asked if we had a gun, and if we did, he’d prefer we shoot them than beat them up and…

How about you tell us which cop, which police station, and which city you are talking about?  It sounds like you have some cleaning up to do in your city. 

No police officer I have ever spoken with has advocated shooting teenagers who are breaking into a house, regardless of color or location.  

If you are in fact telling the truth, you shouldn’t be afraid to dox this guy or these guys.  Otherwise, I will assume this is bait.

I’m not going to use this space as a forum for going after my local police. That’s something I’d prefer to report directly to the city and handle offline. In this case however my neighbors got most of the download and my wife arrived late enough to get the suggestion. I was at work. So I don’t have the cop’s info at this point anyway.

To clarify, he apparently did say “shoot to injure, instead of beating them up and letting them get away.” But I doubt any of my neighbors are a good enough shot for that. One of them, maybe, but I wouldn’t bet on it.

Still, I can’t tell if you’re being sarcastic or you really do think his suggestion was problematic. I assumed the first one, but now I’m curious.

I don’t know a single gun owner who would advocate shooting some kids doing stupid kid stuff.  I have a teenage son and a teenage daughter.  My neighbors have teenage kids.  I love my kids.  I like my neighbor’s kids…as much as I like any teenagers that aren’t my kids. 

The purpose of the weapons I have is to protect people.  To protect my people first and foremost, but eventually your people might need to be protected.   They might not be your method of protecting your people, but they are the method I have determined to be most effective in really bad circumstances.  My people are my family first.  Then my neighbors.  Then the rest of the country.  I don’t have enough time to worry about people in other countries.  

 Teenage kids acting as teenage kids do is not ever a reason for shots being fired.   And I guess that cop was talking out of his ass.  Anyone can say something stupid in public.  In actuality if that cop advised a citizen to shoot someone then he has taken on a lot of liability if that were to happen.  I know for a fact that one of the local cops was fired for making a very similar statement when he was drunk.  

   

You operate under the assumption that pro-gun people are all about violence and taking lives.  This is simply not the case.  

I don’t want to kill anyone. 

I know people who used to run drugs.   I know people who spent time in jail for assault and robbery.   I ran with a girl for a while who was convicted of bank robbery.  People are people.  A lot of the criminals today will stop doing bad things when they grow up or kick their habit or simply get a little bit wiser.  A lot of criminals don’t want to hurt anyone physically.  They are just lazy and trying to make a quick buck without having to show up for work every day for years and years and years.    

I have my guns because of the ones that would not stop.  I have my guns because there are people who would hurt my kids or myself to get a little money.   I have my guns because it is my job to protect my family. 

Nobody else will. 

Reblogging for commentary. I may not agree with that but I can respect it.

I have the officer’s name, but in all honesty I haven’t been off work long enough in the past week to speak to my neighbors about him in order to get more info. I’ll report him after that.

Thanks guys.

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iamsineater:

truthdogg:

Some attempted break-ins on our street today. They appeared to be about 14-15 year old kids, both black, and were chased off by some of the guys from the gym on the corner.

The cop that came out asked if we had a gun, and if we did, he’d prefer we shoot them than beat them up and…

How about you tell us which cop, which police station, and which city you are talking about?  It sounds like you have some cleaning up to do in your city. 

No police officer I have ever spoken with has advocated shooting teenagers who are breaking into a house, regardless of color or location.  

If you are in fact telling the truth, you shouldn’t be afraid to dox this guy or these guys.  Otherwise, I will assume this is bait.

I’m not going to use this space as a forum for going after my local police. That’s something I’d prefer to report directly to the city and handle offline. In this case however my neighbors got most of the download and my wife arrived late enough to get the suggestion. I was at work. So I don’t have the cop’s info at this point anyway.

To clarify, he apparently did say “shoot to injure, instead of beating them up and letting them get away.” But I doubt any of my neighbors are a good enough shot for that. One of them, maybe, but I wouldn’t bet on it.

Still, I can’t tell if you’re being sarcastic or you really do think his suggestion was problematic. I assumed the first one, but now I’m curious.

The narrative around any act of anti-abortion violence quickly turns to talk of lone wolves, sick individuals acting outside the parameters and without any support or encouragement from “mainstream” or “nonviolent” organizations. Again and again, however, perpetrators of violence and extreme acts of harassment are shown to be directly connected to the same network of people and organizations.

Adding Cubs to the Pack of Lone Wolves

Anti-abortion terrorism is not an anomaly. Fill people with talk of “baby killers,” “whores,” and “enemies of God” from the time they are born, teach them to mercilessly terrorize patients and staff, and murder is nothing more than the inevitable endgame.

(via bebinn)

To make this absolutely clear: Operation Rescue has been connected with multiple acts of anti-abortion violence and terrorism. A member of the group was the plaintiff in the recent Supreme Court buffer zone case (McCullen v. Coakley). And they won.

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When Scott Roeder was arrested for murdering Dr. George Tiller, he had their contact info with him and frequently protested with them.

(via cognitivedissonance)

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