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

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

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

Ken AshfordRight Wing Punditry/Idiocy, Social NetworkingLeave a Comment

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 … 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

Ken AshfordRight Wing and Inept Media, Right Wing Punditry/IdiocyLeave a Comment

… 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

Trump Supporters Believe And Spread “Junk News” More Than Everybody

Ken AshfordFake News, Right Wing Punditry/IdiocyLeave a Comment

Trump supporters are among the most prolific social media users spreading fake news and conspiracy content, according to new research from Oxford University’s Computational Propaganda Research Project, which has been studying disinformation campaigns globally since 2014. The group’s new findings are based on study of more than 13,000 Twitter accounts representing politically diverse viewpoints, including just under 2,000 pro-Trump accounts—which were identified … Read More

Fox News And Many In The GOP Go Full-on Tin Foil Hat

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

Work and other life things has prevented me from posting for eight days, which is equivalent to eight months in these manic-news-cycling days of the Trump era.  What did I not even comment on? Well, the government shutdown over the weekend, and arguments about DACA. Oh, and Stormy Weather. But that was ages ago it seems. Let’s start with this week, … Read More

O’Keefe Creates Fake News In Order To Expose WaPo As A Purveyor Of Fake News And The Whole Thing Blows Up

Ken AshfordPolitical Scandals, Right Wing and Inept Media, Right Wing Punditry/IdiocyLeave a Comment

Another lame gimmick, a HUGE PUBLIC bellyflop: James O’Keefe is a celebrated right-wing pseudo-journalist whose job consists largely of attempting to prove various conservative conspiracy theories but, instead, accidentally disproving them. O’Keefe’s most recent fail is an attempt to help alleged child molester Roy Moore by tarnishing the Washington Post. O’Keefe recruited a fake source, who attempted to lure the Post into reporting her false … Read More

The Pushback On Mueller Began A Week Before The Indictments

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

Fox News really is now the Trump network. It is not even the GOP network.  Just Trump.  They have been questioning Mueller’s credibility. Vox explains the evolution: To put it bluntly: As Mueller brings charges against top Trump officials, Fox News is trying to plant doubt in its viewers’ minds. We analyzed the past week of Fox News transcripts, measuring … Read More

A Bunch Of Funny Side Stories From This Week

Ken AshfordElection 2016, Local Interest, Republicans, Right Wing and Inept Media, Right Wing Punditry/IdiocyLeave a Comment

(1)  NC GOP CAN’T DO ANYTHING RIGHT, INCLUDING MOCKING DEMS When Democratic vice presidential nominee Sen. Tim Kaine addressed the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia Wednesday night, the North Carolina GOP thought it quickly spotted something wrong. When Democratic vice presidential nominee Sen. Tim Kaine addressed the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia Wednesday night, the North Carolina GOP thought it … Read More

Lord Gets Served

Ken AshfordElection 2016, Race, Right Wing Punditry/IdiocyLeave a Comment

For nearly a 20 minutes Tuesday night, CNN political commentator and Donald Trump supporter Jeffrey Lord tried to defend the presumptive GOP nominee’s racist rant against a federal judge. It didn’t go well at all. Instead, seven other panelists raked Lord over the coals. Asked whether he would denounce what Trump said as racism, Lord said, “It wasn’t racism. He is calling attention … Read More

On His Deathbed, Bob Bennett Apologizes For What He Wrought

Ken AshfordGodstuff, Republicans, Right Wing Punditry/Idiocy, Tea PartyLeave a Comment

Bob Bennett was a rightwing conservative senator from Utah.  He served in the US Senate for 18 years, and I rarely agreed with him on anything. He was consistently earning high ratings from conservative activist groups such as the National Rifle Association, U.S. Chamber of Commerce and American Conservative Union. But in 2010, something happened — the emergence of the Tea … Read More