Tucker Carlson’s Lead Writer Outed As Racist

Ken AshfordFake News, Race, Right Wing Punditry/IdiocyLeave a Comment

The top writer for Tucker Carlson’s Fox News show resigned after a CNN media reporter uncovered that the lead writer had penned racist, sexist, and homophobic comments in an online forum using a pseudonym. CNN’s Oliver Darcy said that Carlson’s former top writer Blake Neff, posted a series of derogatory comments about women, Black, Asian, and LGBTQ people. Some of the racist … Read More

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

Ken AshfordFake News, Right Wing and Inept Media, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

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

Pecker And The Dick Pic

Ken AshfordCrime, Fake News, Sex Scandals, Sex/Morality/Family ValuesLeave a Comment

Very strange but important story involving AMI, the owner of the National Enquirer, and Jeff Bezos, the billionaire owner of Amazon and, as an aside, the Washington Post. Last night, Bezos published the following on Medium: No thank you, Mr. Pecker Something unusual happened to me yesterday. Actually, for me it wasn’t just unusual — it was a first. I was made an … Read More

Snopes Quits Facebook

Ken AshfordElection 2020, Fake News, Social Media & NetworkingLeave a Comment

I have been a big fan. follower, and occasional contributor to Snopes. And this is a pretty big fail on the part of Facebook. Snopes believes it has been ignored, and simply is there as window-dressing so that Facebook can say it attacks fake news. CNBC: Snopes, a fact-checking organization, announced on Friday its decision to end its partnership with Facebook, … Read More

I’m Sick Of The Covington Catholic Teen Incident, But This One Thing I Believe

Ken AshfordFake News, Race, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

Adam Serwer: The incident became a national story in part because of the way the images seemed to confirm first one sweeping narrative, and then another, opposite one: the first, that the heart of Trumpism is prejudice; the second, that anti-prejudice, abetted by the liberal media, has become a malevolent force comparable to racial oppression. But only one of these … Read More

Nothing Is Real (And Nothing To Get Hung About)

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This weekend saw the entire country come to terms with the new media, social media, and what is real. It started off with a bombshell to quelch a previous bombshell. Friday evening, special counsel spokesman Peter Carr issued a rare statement rejecting the central claim in a BuzzFeed article, that Mueller has corroborating evidence (including testimony from Cohen) indicating Trump directed Cohen … Read More

Epistemic Closure Can Kill A Party

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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

Trump Accuses Google Of Rigging Searches

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The moron in the Oval Office watched “Lou Dobbs” last night and got a bee in his bonnet about the Google search results for “Trump News.” Trump is complaining that the voices of conservative liars should be getting equal time with actual news. For me, the best response to Trump is this….  This is why Google should be returning the … Read More

Sarah Sander’s Scripted Rants Must Stop

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Yesterday, after various Cabinet members assured America they were ready to combat Russian meddling, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders took questions on her own, and outright refused to disavow the Trump statement that “the press is the enemy of the people.” She knew the question was coming, and she read from a scripted answer.  I noticed that she does … Read More

Trump Less Trusted Than…. Than Fake News?

Ken AshfordFake News, Polls, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

This just-released Monmouth University poll is interesting if not contradictory. Apparently, Trump’s efforts to de-legitimize mainstream news continues to be successful, although Trump is less trusted as a source of news than the mainstream media.  Of course, how one feels depends on the definition of “fake news”, and it appears to mean different things to different people.  The full PDF: