Epistemic Closure Can Kill A Party

Ken AshfordEducation, Election 2018, Fake News, Right Wing Punditry/IdiocyLeave a Comment

An internal poll conducted by the Republican National Committee revealed that “57 percent of people who describe themselves as strong Trump supporters don’t believe Democrats have a chance” of winning back the House. That has Republican operatives worried because it signals complacency, which is a problem for the upcoming midterm elections where turnout is key. It’s not hard to imagine … Read More

Fox Prime Time Not Even Trying To Hide Racism Now

Ken AshfordRace, Right Wing and Inept Media, Rightwing Extremism/ViolenceLeave a Comment

Ingraham basically blamed brown people for ruining the country she once loved.  Her remarks bear more than a passing resemblance to the notorious white supremacist “14 Words” slogan about how “we must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children.” But Former KKK Grandwizard David Duke liked it, so…. But Ingraham’s blatantly racist sentiment has been expressed … Read More

Apple, Facebook and YouTube Remove Content From Alex Jones and Infowars

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New York Times: Top technology companies erased most of the posts and videos on their services from Alex Jones, the internet’s notorious conspiracy theorist, thrusting themselves into a fraught debate over their role in regulating what can be said online. Apple, Google, Facebook and Spotify severely restricted the reach of Mr. Jones and Infowars, his right-wing site that has been a … Read More

Document Dump: The Rich Family Loses Its Lawsuit Against Fox News

Ken AshfordClinton Email Faux Scandal, Right Wing and Inept MediaLeave a Comment

The basic issue here is that the most natural claims against Fox et al would be defamation claims on Seth’s behalf; however, only a living person can bring a defamation suit. An estate can’t. So they tried to shoehorn Intentional Inflection of Emotional Distress claims by relatives and the judge wouldn’t go for it, mainly because Fox ceased and desisted … Read More

Comedian Acts As Check and Balance To Failed White House Media

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The White House Correspondents’ Association (WHCA) is taking heat the day after comedian Michelle Wolf took shots from the stage at presidential press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. A number of observers in attendance felt the former “Daily Show” comedian went over the line with her jokes, which drew heavy conservative fire on Sunday. White House national security adviser John Bolton slammed the … Read More

Why The Nunes Release Of The Comey Memos Backfired

Ken AshfordL'Affaire Russe, Right Wing and Inept Media, Right Wing Punditry/Idiocy, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

David Frum gets it right: It’s another familiar story that conservatives have built themselves a closed information system. The system generates and repeats agreed fictions, and people are rewarded according to their ability to internalize, repeat, and embellish these fictions. The system has revved itself into hyper-activity in the Trump years. And no Trump-era fiction has been more profoundly internalized … Read More

Hannity Under Fire For Journalistic Ethics

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… Or lack thereof.  From Politico: Just hours after the raid on the office of Cohen, President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, Hannity inveighed that special counsel Robert Mueller had “declared war against the president of the United States.” But Hannity didn’t disclose that he, too, had received legal advice from Cohen. Hannity’s relationship with the embattled attorney was revealed during … Read More

Kimba Wood SDNY Court: Live Tweets Revealing Sean Hannity

Ken AshfordBreaking News, Courts/Law, L'Affaire Russe, Right Wing and Inept Media, Stormy Daniels Affair, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

McKay noted that Cohen refused to disclose the third client’s name under seal. “If he can’t disclose the client name, even to the court under seal…” McKay asks how the government can contest an overbroad claim of privilege. — Adam Klasfeld (@KlasfeldReports) April 16, 2018 Cohen’s other attorney Steve Ryan says the third client is a “publicly prominent individual,” and … Read More

“Roseanne” Is Back For The Trump Era

Ken AshfordPopular Culture, QAnon, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

Last week, Roseanne Barr’s 90’s hit show, “Roseanne” got a reboot, and it was apparently just what people wanted, because it really racked up the ratings for the night, drawing an impressive 18 million viewers. The original cast (including the kids, now grown with kids of their own) are all there. So is Roseanne’s husband (played by John Goodman), even … Read More

Sinclair Forces Local Affiliates To Send Right Wing Message

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Sinclair is already the biggest owner of local television stations in the country — with 173 it either owns or operates. It is seeking a merger with Tribune Media, which will give Sinclair access to dozens more markets.  If the purchase is approved, Sinclair will be able to broadcast to at least 70 percent of American households. Some analysts believe Sinclair wants … Read More

Advertisers Flee Laura Ingraham’s Show After She Mocks Parkland High School Teen

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Multiple companies say they’re pulling their advertisements from conservative Fox News host Laura Ingraham’s show after she sent a tweet mocking Parkland shooting survivor and gun-control activist David Hogg. Nestle US, Hulu and Nutrish confirmed on Twitter that they are removing advertising from Ingraham’s show. Media reports say TripAdvisor, Expedia, Wayfair and Johnson & Johnson are pulling their support as … Read More

Fox Analyst Quits, Calling Fox A “Propaganda Machine”

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Nice: A retired United States Army lieutenant colonel and Fox News contributor quit Tuesday and denounced the network and President Donald Trump in an email to colleagues. “Fox has degenerated from providing a legitimate and much-needed outlet for conservative voices to a mere propaganda machine for a destructive and ethically ruinous administration,” wrote Peters, a Fox News “strategic analyst.” “Over my decade … Read More