In A Rare Event, Fox News Condemns Its Own “Journalist”

Ken AshfordRight Wing and Inept Media, Women's IssuesLeave a Comment

Fox News on Sunday night denounced remarks by host Jeanine Pirro this weekend suggesting that Rep. Ilhan Omar supports Sharia law in defiance of the U.S. Constitution because she wears a hijab. “We strongly condemn Jeanine Pirro’s comments about Rep. Ilhan Omar,” the network said in a statement. “They do not reflect those of the network and we have addressed … Read More

New Yorker Expose Full Of Mini-Bombs About The Fox News-Trump Relationship

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In a far-reaching New Yorker exposé titled “The Making of the Fox News White House” published today, Jane Mayer dissects the often-incestuous relationship between the Trump White House and Fox News. The arguably biggest revelation is that Fox New passed on the Stormey Daniels story, which it knew before the election. “Diana Falzone, who often covered the entertainment industry, had obtained proof that … Read More

The Hilarious Plot To Derail Mueller, Part Two

Ken AshfordCrime, L'Affaire Russe, Right Wing and Inept Media, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

Today’s the day for Jacob Wohl’s big press conference on his supposed Mueller assault allegations.  I detail the early hilarity here. Wohl and Burkman have doubled, tripled and quadrupled down on their allegation that the accuser is very credible.  And they said they will reveal all at a press conference at the Rosslyn Holiday Inn at noon today.  Wohl has … Read More

Max Boot: Fox And Right Wing Media Is Reponsible

Ken AshfordImmigration and Xenophobia, Right Wing and Inept Media, Right Wing Punditry/Idiocy, Rightwing Extremism/ViolenceLeave a Comment

Boy, I am old enough to remember when Max Boot was a staple of the right wing media, at least in print. Back in the aughts, he famously wrote this bizarre defense of the War in Iraq: Yes, folks. The fact that we had bad intelligence relating to WMDs is a GOOD (not a BAD) pretext for starting a war … Read More

Fox News Stops Showing Trump Campaign Rallies

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Politico reports: President Donald Trump loves to brag about ratings, but he’s not getting them anymore. As he’s ramped up his rally schedule ahead of the midterms, viewership numbers for the raucous prime-time events have been roughly similar to — sometimes dipping below — Fox News’ regular programming, and the network has recently stopped airing most evening events in full. … Read More

Fox Prime Time Not Even Trying To Hide Racism Now

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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

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 & Karen McDougal Affairs, 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

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