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"Where did Trump get all of these crazy ideas?!?"

(checks notes)

"Oh."
To give the Devil his due, Cavuto seems to have decided some time ago that he's going to outlast this President, and that he needs to be able to show his face in public once he does. Trump hates his guts for it.
A new study suggests Sean Hannity's show helped spread the coronavirus:

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/...tion-death

Quote:Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, media critics have warned that the decision from leading Fox News hosts to downplay the outbreak could cost lives. A new study provides statistical evidence that, in the case of Sean Hannity, that’s exactly what happened.

The paper — from economists Leonardo Bursztyn, Aakaash Rao, Christopher Roth, and David Yanagizawa-Drott — focused on Fox news programming in February and early March.

At the time, Hannity’s show was downplaying or ignoring the virus, while fellow Fox host Tucker Carlson was warning viewers about the disease’s risks.

Using both a poll of Fox News viewers over age 55 and publicly available data on television-watching patterns, they calculate that Fox viewers who watched Hannity rather than Carlson were less likely to adhere to social distancing rules, and that areas where more people watched Hannity relative to Carlson had higher local rates of infection and death.

“Greater exposure to Hannity relative to Tucker Carlson Tonight leads to a greater number of COVID-19 cases and deaths,” they write. “A one-standard deviation increase in relative viewership of Hannity relative to Carlson is associated with approximately 30 percent more COVID-19 cases on March 14, and 21 percent more COVID-19 deaths on March 28.”

This is a working paper; it hasn’t been peer reviewed or accepted for publication at a journal. However, it’s consistent with a wide body of research finding that media consumption in general, and Fox News viewership in particular, can have a pretty powerful effect on individual behavior.
It’s been weird, these last few months, to see an actual difference between Hannity and Carlson. Carlson has proven himself to be a monstrous asshole piece of shit, though still technically a human being, as opposed to Belial, the Deciever.
On their character sheets, Carlson has a 9 in Stupidity and an 8 in Evil, while Hannity is the converse.
Tucker evolved from a Ghost-type evil possessed Bowtie Pokemon to a possessed Necktie Pokemon.
(04-25-2020, 01:17 PM)Iron Maiden Wrote: [ -> ]A new study suggests Sean Hannity's show helped spread the coronavirus:

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/...tion-death

I've long thought of Hannity as a human-sized STD bacterium, so this makes sense.
Sure, Geraldo:

https://twitter.com/GeraldoRivera/status...4723036161

Quote:Hard not to believe @realDonaldTrump was being sarcastic about bleach drinking. He just does deadpan better than most reporters. 
And if anyone really would heed that bleach-drinking advice, odds are they have other issues.
The daily briefings are just the president's open mic nights. He's trying out new material for the road.
Fox has cut ties with Diamond & Silk:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/fox-news-c...d-and-silk

Quote:Fox News has cut ties with MAGA vlogging superstars Diamond & Silk, who had contributed original content to the network’s streaming service Fox Nation since shortly after its late 2018 launch.

The sudden split comes after the Trump-boosting siblings have come under fire for promoting conspiracy theories and disinformation about the coronavirus. “After what they’ve said and tweeted you won’t be seeing them on Fox Nation or Fox News anytime soon,” a source with knowledge of the matter told The Daily Beast.

After rising to prominence during the 2016 election, Lynette “Diamond” Hardaway and Rochelle “Silk” Richardson leveraged their newfound celebrity into regular sycophantic appearances on Fox News, resulting in President Donald Trump raving about their performances, featuring them at rallies, and treating them as “senior advisers.”

The social-media personalities were eventually tapped to provide weekly videos for Fox Nation after it launched as a subscription-based online video network. Their episodes, essentially 5-7 minute distillations of their freeform live-streams, appeared like clockwork on the streaming service until earlier this month.

No new episodes of their online program have been uploaded since April 7, as CNN senior media reporter Oliver Darcy first noted over the weekend. Prior to this month, the duo never missed a week posting episodes since December 2018.

A spokesperson for Fox News did not respond to a request for comment. Diamond & Silk also did not reply when emailed by The Daily Beast.

The sisters’ Fox guest spots have also dried up recently. According to a search of TVEyes, a cable-news monitoring system, Diamond & Silk haven’t appeared on the network since a March 6 interview on Fox & Friends and a March 7 hit on the now-defunct Fox Business Network show hosted by Trish Regan, who was also ditched by Fox after her own comments calling the pandemic an “impeachment scam.”

Diamond & Silk have used their heavy social-media presence to be at the forefront of right-wing misinformation about the COVID-19 outbreak. For instance, during their March 30 livestream, the duo claimed that the number of American coronavirus deaths has been inflated to make Trump look bad.

“What I need to know is how many people have passed away in New York, and what I need to know is: Who has the bodies?” Diamond asked. “I need for somebody that does investigative work to call the morgues. To call the funeral homes. We need to know, because I don't trust anything else that comes out of his mouth now... Something's not right here. Something is off here.”

She added: “Is this being deliberately spread? Look, I’m not being a conspiracy theorist, this is real, but I’m asking my own questions. What the hell is going on?"

Silk, meanwhile, baselessly asserted that the disease was “man-made” and “engineered,” wondering aloud if there was a “little deep-state action going on behind the scenes.” She also questioned whether the World Health Organization had a “switch” to “turn this virus on and off?”

The pair would go on to question the death toll in other tweets and video posts, asking at one point, “Why did they have to inflate the numbers?” 

A day after Diamond and Silk’s last Fox Nation episode was posted online, Twitter removed a post from the pro-Trump sisters calling for people to expose themselves to the virus that has now killed more than 55,000 Americans. “The only way we can become immune to the environment; we must be out in the environment,” the since-deleted tweet read. “Quarantining people inside of their houses for extended periods will make people sick!”

They followed up that deleted tweet with an April 10 live stream that featured the pair pushing even more unhinged conspiracies and dangerous commentary, such as saying they’ll refuse to take any coronavirus vaccine that tech giant Bill Gates was involved in because he’s pushing for “population control.”

“Kudos if you make your vaccines for people and you want to help people,” Diamond exclaimed. “But I have a problem receiving any vaccine from any entity, especially anybody like Bill Gates who pushed for population control. The same thing that Margaret Sanger pushed for.”

“Abortions! Genocide!” Silk shouted in response.

During the same broadcast, they also openly wondered whether 5G technology was being used to infect people with coronavirus in an effort to fill “empty” hospitals, suggesting that the “deep state snakes” were building towers in certain areas to “turn things on and off to make sure that certain things go down so those hospital beds can be filled?” Conspiracy theories linking coronavirus and 5G have gained more momentum lately in fringe far-right media.

Fox News has largely remained quiet on any controversy sparked by the duo, noting in the past that the siblings aren’t technically full-time Fox employees but are more akin to independent contractors as they pay them to license their weekly videos for the streaming service.
They'll have a bright future selling their inevitable books on the same gun show lecture circuit that Trump found Ben Carson on. They won't be a leading act, but they can probably open for the hateful old man from Duck Dynasty.
Grim stuff on Fox & Friends. Ainsley has one of her moments of self-reflection (holy shit, this impacts ME!?) and is forced to grapple with it in real-time, while Brian still doesn't understand how communicable diseases work.

https://twitter.com/revrrlewis/status/12...6040126465
Laura Ingraham shits on an actual promising treatment for COVID-19 in order to defend her investments hydroxychloroquine's honor:

https://www.salon.com/2020/04/30/hydroxy...treatment/
These people are the sunk-cost fallacy given flesh.
They're riding the tiger. The tiger is mainlining Clorox and likely has corona, but they'll still eat you if you get off.
Not sure how these experts keep squeaking into Fox' programming, but I'm definitely a fan of Carlson's latest bullshit getting swatted away almost immediately:

https://www.mediaite.com/tv/watch-tucker...0-seconds/

Quote:Tucker Carlson seemed to reveal big news on his Thursday night show when he pointed to a raft of recent studies that found young children cannot spread the coronavirus — but that groundbreaking claim was, in fact, not true, and was debunked on his show by Fox News medical correspondent Dr. Marc Siegel less than 60 seconds later.

The Fox News primetime host began his segment on the latest coronavirus news by saying: “And now to the latest science. There is new evidence that young children do not spread the coronavirus. Not what we thought.”

Mere moments later, Carlson introduced Siegel to expound on the study — and, ultimately, correct the record that Carlson had just botched.

“Tucker, I want to cut through the news and get to the science of this, which is that 78 studies out of the United Kingdom show that children, especially under the age of 10, are not very likely to get Covid-19 or to spread it,” Siegel said, leading off.

“But one of the authors of that study says he’s being a little bit misinterpreted and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has said that one to two percent of the cases, looking at 150,000 cases, were children under the age of 18,” Siegel continued. “The real truth here is, and a China study showed that 90 percent of children have asymptomatic cases, so Tucker, they appear to have a protein in the lungs that protects them from severe disease and almost all of the children who get this are either asymptomatic or have mild cases.”

The doctor then matter-of-factly — but unmistakably — fact-checked Carlson’s inaccurate take on the Covid-19 studies from just a minute before.

“But it is not true that children don’t get it and it is not true that they can’t spread it. Just much less likely than adults,” Siegel confirmed, which elicited a brief “hmm” from Carlson as Siegel moved on to discuss the massive nationwide campaign in pursuit of a coronavirus vaccine.

When Siegel finally finished, Carlson politely thanked him, but did not acknowledge the potential misinformation that the doctor had just prevented from spreading.  The Fox News host then segued into a fact-checking segment, where he acknowledged previous errors made on his Wednesday night program.
An investor group with close ties to Don Jr has bought a major stake in OANN. Also, our moist whiny president is also getting fed up with Fox News' insufficient loyalty (I guess because Chris Wallace is still there and is slightly critical of him on occasion?). These things may be related:

https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2020/05/...e-down-fox

Quote:Trump loves that many Fox hosts are his loudest cheerleaders—but any deviation from Trumpian orthodoxy he views as betrayal. He sees himself as responsible for the network’s continued ratings success, and expects to be treated as such. In private, Trump reminds friends that Fox tried to derail his campaign during the 2016 Republican primary, and he vents that Fox owes its record ratings to him.

So I guess Fox News ISN'T actually rock bottom. It can still get worse! Rock bottom is just a theoretical construct now.
In a happy coincidence "OANNNN" is also the sound the earth will make as it dies screaming
Somewhere in OAN headquarters (a strip mall in Florida?) an intern* is about to offer up the idea that all 'news'casts on their 'network' should use the term: "....you've just been "OANN'd"  to sign off each segment.

*the intern is the 12 yr old, home schooled son of the home schooled receptionist/psychic.
I remember meeting my in-laws for the first time at their home in West Palm Beach about 3 years ago. On the second night, her stepdad mentioned how partisan the news had become from all angles and how happy he was to have found a network that just presented the facts and let him draw his own conclusions. I was curious, and asked him which network. he couldn't remember the name, and instead turned on the television to show me. As they came back from a commercial break, I saw an unfamiliar logo and anchors, and proceeded to watch a few minutes. I don't remember the first story, but it definitely felt a little angled toward a conservative mindset. I dismissed it and kept watching as it went to what looked like a commercial break. Instead, an infomercial-esque bit started playing highlighting America's long and productive relationship with Russia. And that was my first experience with OANN.

Such humble beginnings...
(05-05-2020, 12:53 PM)fuzzy dunlop Wrote: [ -> ]An investor group with close ties to Don Jr has bought a major stake in OANN.  Also, our moist whiny president is also getting fed up with Fox News' insufficient loyalty (I guess because Chris Wallace is still there and is slightly critical of him on occasion?).   These things may be related:

https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2020/05/...e-down-fox

Quote:Trump loves that many Fox hosts are his loudest cheerleaders—but any deviation from Trumpian orthodoxy he views as betrayal. He sees himself as responsible for the network’s continued ratings success, and expects to be treated as such. In private, Trump reminds friends that Fox tried to derail his campaign during the 2016 Republican primary, and he vents that Fox owes its record ratings to him.

So I guess Fox News ISN'T actually rock bottom.  It can still get worse!  Rock bottom is just a theoretical construct now.

I'm reading speculation elsewhere that, if/when Trump leaves office, the plan is for the Trumps to use OANN as a new business front.
(05-05-2020, 01:16 PM)Judas Booth Wrote: [ -> ]I'm reading speculation elsewhere that, if/when Trump leaves office, the plan is for the Trumps to use OANN as a new business front.

I want to believe, with every fiber of my being, that Trump's office is currently the only thing keeping him out of a prison cell, so leaving the presidency to start a shitty multimedia empire should be completely off the table.

Of course, we live in hell now, so I assume that as a country, Trump leaving to start his own shitty multimedia empire is probably the best deal we'd end up getting, where America just collectively shrugs and says "hey at least he's not president anymore".
I'm pretty confident that Trump will never end up in prison. It's a lovely mental picture, but he hasn't been adequately punished for doing anything wrong thus far. I don't see that ever changing.
Trump has floated the idea of starting his own cable news network at his hate rallies in the past. Starting a real business that isn't just a money laundering shell company is probably pretty hard, but I can see partnering to purchase a stake and then lying about how much of that stake is Trump's being in the cards.

Donald Jr. is the one who looks slightly less like Beavis, for those who still have not bothered to learn these two imbecile sons' names. God knows, I had to check.
Sean Hannity's warning that militia groups need to stop bringing rifles to protests contains a few things worth unpacking. Between his break away from Trump on this, Hannity's stated concern that a reckoning will come and violence against cops will lead to stronger gun control makes me believe he's bracing himself for heavy Republican losses on election night.

https://www.salon.com/2020/05/05/sean-ha...s_partner/
Pete Hegseth, who only recently learned that washing your hands after using the bathroom is Good, Actually, is telling his viewers to go out and get exposed to the virus in the name of Herd Immunity. From the comfort of his own home, naturally.

https://twitter.com/justinbaragona/statu...7598046210

The plan takes shape little by little, day by day. If enough poors get the virus now, the rich white folks can finally leave the safety of their mansions later. Nothing more 'Murican than that, baby!
Could you imagine how much these losers would bitch if we got nuked or something?
(05-08-2020, 08:24 PM)bradito Wrote: [ -> ]Could you imagine how much these losers would bitch if we got nuked or something?

Not very much if they were anywhere near the nuke.
When they say cockroaches will survive a nuke, they mean these people.
While Fox is on air telling people to go out, they've been told to stay at home until at least June 15 - https://www.cnn.com/2020/05/12/media/fox...index.html
Fox is bored with the coronavirus... or just upset that Trump's polling is down:

https://twitter.com/atrupar/status/1260324494071205889

Quote:On the episode of Fox News's "The Five" that is going on right now, "Obama" has been mentioned 17 times. The entire first segment of the show was devoted to "Obamagate." 

"Coronavirus" has been mentioned twice.
Lou Dobbs is doing his favorite bit again

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