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Diamond and Silk are claiming in a new book that Fox news put out a "hit" on them in the form of them refusing to put up the sisters videos for being too "ovetly political"

Quote:[color=rgba(2, 20, 31, 0.85)]She continues: “Why were our Fox Nation videos dialed back because they were deemed overly political, but it was okay for others on the network to talk about politics, even down to asking some of the same questions we had? Why were we such a threat? We only did one video every week, and it was hidden behind a paid subscription wall. When you really think about it, was this part of the systemic racism that everybody was talking about?”[/color]

[color=rgba(2, 20, 31, 0.85)]Diamond fumes: “How in the hell was it OK for for [sic] the white show host to ask the same questions and talk about the same things that we were speaking about, but our video content was dialed back for being overly political? We were all asking the same questions and talking about the same thing.”[/color]
hahahaha.  Oh my god.  These idiots are so close to figuring it out, but theyre such craven grifters that naturally its only about whining about why they cant say what the racist whites are saying.
What are their views on 'WAP'?
He looks like a meatloaf Meatloaf.
Hell is full and the dead walk among us.
I think my fave description was "sun-baked Rosie O'Donnell in 20 years"
I always thought pure CGI was the only way to do him justice for the movie, but now I'm wondering if it might be possible to dig Maury Chaykin up and reanimate him.
Why bother with that, when you could just stick some extra padding on a Crypt Keeper puppet and call it a day?
(08-17-2020, 10:07 AM)graham Wrote: [ -> ]What are their views on 'WAP'?

Obama put out his summer playlist, so of course you just had troves of twitter comments wondering aloud if WAP was on it.
Laura Ingraham said last night that it's Democrats' "new hoax" to claim that Americans still get Social Security checks in the mail...

...except more than 549,000 Americans still get Social Security checks in the mail:

Quote:While criticizing President Donald Trump and his administration over its handling of the United States Postal Service, prominent Democrats have noted that Americans rely on the postal service to receive critical items -- including Social Security checks.

Former President Barack Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi have all made versions of the claim about Social Security checks. Actress and activist Eva Longoria Bastón repeated it on Monday while hosting the first night of the virtual Democratic National Convention.

Some prominent conservatives, including popular Fox News hosts, have jumped on these assertions and declared that the Democrats are wrong. Social Security, they have claimed, stopped mailing out paper checks years ago.

Fox host Laura Ingraham described the Democratic claim as a "new hoax." She said Monday: "I note to Ms. Longoria and friends: they stopped sending Social Security checks through the mail in, oh, 2013 -- under President Obama."

"Now Nancy Pelosi is 80 years old, so you'd think she'd know that the government hasn't used the Postal Service to send those checks since 2013," said Fox host Tucker Carlson.

After Longoria spoke, a pro-Trump Super PAC, America First Action, tweeted a graphic that read "Fake News"; the Super PAC said, "Senior citizens do NOT need the post office to receive their Social Security Checks."

And former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee tweeted that he was "stunned" to hear Democratic Rep. Debbie Dingell of Michigan say on Fox that she was worried about seniors not getting Social Security checks. Huckabee said: "You surely should know mailed checks stopped in 2013. God help the Dems!"

Facts First: The Social Security Administration never completely stopped mailing out paper checks. While 99.1% of Social Security recipients now receive their money via direct deposit, that remaining 0.9% equals 549,818 people receiving checks, according to official data published by the Social Security Administration for this month.

"Nearly 850,000" paper checks go out from the Social Security Administration every month if you include the Supplemental Security Income program, said Social Security Administration spokesman Mark Hinkle. (Supplemental Security Income provides money to elderly, blind or disabled people with low incomes and few resources.) Hinkle said that, if you consider both Social Security and Supplemental Security Income, the breakdown is 98.8% direct deposit, 1.2% checks.

So: Democrats could certainly be clearer that they are talking about a distinct minority of Social Security recipients who get mailed checks. But that distinct minority is still a large number of people. There is nothing factually inaccurate about Obama saying "seniors" depend on the US Postal Service for their Social Security, Clinton saying "Americans" do, or Longoria saying "Social Security beneficiaries" do; they didn't say all seniors, all Americans or all beneficiaries.

The Daily Caller, a conservative website, deleted and apologized for a Monday tweet that had tried to fact check Longoria by claiming that Social Security stopped sending out paper checks in 2013.
(08-17-2020, 10:07 AM)graham Wrote: [ -> ]What are their views on 'WAP'?
Tucker Carlson complained about it tonight, because of course Republicans are baffled by the concept of moist vaginas.
Lou Dobbs went live before he was ready, while he was criticizing someone to his side.

His deer-in-headlights look when he realizes he's on the air is worth the watch:
No word on if Brit Hume ever bought that sexy vixen vinyl:

Quote:Fox News’ Outnumbered took a dramatic turn on Wednesday when Brit Hume argued that former Vice President Joe Biden is “senile.”

Throughout the 2020 election, Hume has repeatedly insisted that Biden’s tendency for gaffes is proof that the ex-veep’s cognitive acuity is collapsing. As Wednesday’s #OneLuckyGuy on Outnumbered, Hume said Senator Kamala Harris’ 2020 DNC convention speech might be more significant than usual because she could become president if Biden is ever deemed mentally incompetent.

"She has the task of boosting Biden, but also, it kind of convinces these young Democrats that this is the ticket you can get behind. That yeah, Joe Biden is an old man, but she will be there as a force, and of course, people believe because Biden is obviously, to some extent at least, senile and may not be equipped to go the distance that she might become president sooner rather than later."
The senility angle appears to be the sole focus of that onslaught of unblockable ads the Trump campaign bought on Youtube. Hume's repeating his guy's core campaign messaging.
Noted "Masked Singer" celebrity (and former VP nominee) Sarah Palin went on Tucker's show to criticize John McCain's campaign team, which includes NeverTrumpers like Steve Schmidt and Nicolle Wallace.

Carlson ends the clip with the notion that you're stuck with the people you deserve, and how right he is!

Quote:Tucker Carlson gives Sarah Palin an opportunity to lash out at Steve Schmidt and Nicolle Wallace. She says there was a lot of sabotage going on there.
I'm strictly a "clips in small doses" sort of Fox watcher for my health and sanity, so I couldn't exactly say if Gutfeld has always been a loud screamer - or if this is new and the Trump era broke his brain - but him cackling to the floor when his colleague brings up QAnon violence feels like a "my spirit is broken" sort of moment:

Quote:Fox host claims there's no such thing as QAnon violence and laughs at his cohost for suggesting it exists. There has been at least one murder linked to QAnon and the FBI has identified the movement as a domestic terror threat.

Video at the link.
It's conservative's go to "how to own anyone when they say something you don't like"

Step 1: Shake your head violently
Step 2: Start smiling
Step 3: Laugh and/or talk over them to cement your dominance.

And that is how you, as the kids say, "own da libs."
Tucker Carlson is the king of the psychotic laugh in the face of facts/criticism.
Lou Dobbs is saying the "Deep State" had the Postal Service arrest Steve Bannon:

Video at the link.
Ah, yes. The mythical Deep State, the all-powerful cabal which couldn't get Hillary elected president but could, using our own laws on the books, arrest someone for embezzlement.
Yeah, I don't feel sorry for any of them.

Should be a good book from Brian Stelter, though:

Quote:Landing an interview with a president used to be a big deal. Negotiations between a network producer and the White House press office could drag on for months. No detail was too small to haggle over: background, time of day, exact number of minutes. Presidential sit-downs were the pinnacles of many news anchors’ careers.

No more. Just as he has bulldozed so many political norms, Donald Trump has turned the presidential TV interview into a joke. Fox News lets him call in for talk radio-style rant sessions, the length of which are a punch line among rank-and-file Fox staffers who secretly despise him despite working for his media machine. “When Trump was booked for 8:10, and we had an assignment for 8:40, we didn’t bother writing it, because we knew he’d talk until the end of the hour,” a producer for Fox & Friends told me.

He called the “Friends” and Jeanine Pirro and Sean Hannity and Maria Bartiromo. Every so often he’d consent to an on-camera chat, but he liked the phone. It made him seem busy when he wasn’t. The interviews, if they can really be called that, were subject to his whims, causing no small amount of competition among the Trump bootlickers at Fox. Stars were known to slip ratings reports to the president to make their own shows look more impressive than those of their in-house rivals. Sometimes interviews were suddenly offered to hosts when Trump heard them say something flattering on TV. One personality rushed to the airport for a cross-country flight when a sit-down suddenly materialized. Other times the bookings were simply a product of who had bent Trump’s ear most recently: There were side deals brokered during stopovers at his golf club and pitches made during strategy calls.“Why don’t you call in tomorrow?”

More often than not, he did just that. Trump needed Fox to a degree that almost no one understood. He depended on propagandists like Hannity to keep the walls of his alternative reality intact.

That’s why, on March 26, 2020, the president was scheduled to call into Hannity’s show at 9 p.m. sharp. Nine o’clock couldn’t come soon enough for Trump—his newly established daily press briefings on the COVID-19 crisis were proving to be a disaster. That day, he’d gone before the cameras at 5:30 p.m. and told the public to “relax”; shared his affection for Tom Brady; and attacked the “corrupt” news media. “I wish the news could be real,” he told the journalists who were spread out in the briefing room, respecting social-distancing guidelines. Trump, of course, did no such thing. The country was two weeks into a shutdown of unprecedented proportions. He complained about it; mused about filling the church pews on Easter; and stood uncomfortably close to his coronavirus task force members.

After 39 minutes the president left the briefing early, ordered dinner, and waited for his turn on Hannity. The power imbalance was something to behold: He had the joint chiefs and the cabinet and any number of world leaders at his beck and call. He could talk to any scientist or public health expert he wanted. But when it came to a Fox interview, he was just another caller waiting to be patched into the control room.

Hannity started the show with his usual sermon about Democrats endangering the country. He ripped into New York governor Andrew Cuomo, whose brother, Chris, not coincidentally anchored a rival show on CNN in the same time slot, and Mayor Bill de Blasio. Then, a good 20 minutes into his show, he finally prepared to welcome his guest.

"Is he there?” Hannity asked his producers. He heard nothing and momentarily freaked out, waiting for the control room to tell him what to do.

Then came the voice of Fox’s very own God: “I am, I’m right here. Hi, Sean.” 

“Mr. President!” Hannity exclaimed. “Thank you…”

And they were off. Trump began by flattering Hannity, claiming he’d postponed a critical call with Chinese President Xi Jinping just to get on air. He said, “I am talking to him at 10:30, right after this call.” He really did keep the Chinese president waiting, which irked Beijing, a White House source told me. But the rest of the Hannity interview was a love-in and a lie-fest. Lower-level staffers could mock the misinformation all they wanted, and they did, copiously. But they were powerless. The prime-time stars held the power, and management had no control over prime time.

The day after their televised chat, the president called Hannity with a question: “How’d we do?”

Hannity knew his real meaning was, “How did we rate?”

In the midst of a crippling pandemic, on a day when another 400-plus Americans would die, the president wanted to know about his ratings.

Sean Hannity was the most powerful person at Fox in the Trump age. When people asked who was in charge of the channel, he said, “Me.” And most people at the channel agreed with him.

He worked from home most days, long before it was required due to the pandemic, thanks to a state-of-the-art studio in the basement of his $10.5 million mansion, 38 long miles from Manhattan, in a village on the North Shore of Long Island. There was only one way in and one way out of his village, and a police station that kept track of every car that drove by. Billy Joel lived half a mile down the road. Hannity was close to his favorite fishing spots and the airstrip where he kept his private jet. He had no trouble affording all this; he banks an estimated $43 million per year.

Hannity’s Long Island mansion and his oceanfront Naples, Florida, penthouse were two über-expensive symbols of how Roger Ailes changed his life. I viewed Hannity as a living connection to Fox’s past, the only prime-time host who was there on launch day and is still there nearly 25 years later. But he definitely wasn’t one to dwell on the past. Every day was a new war.

Hannity played his part masterfully. But his friends told me he was burnt out for long stretches of the Trump presidency. Being the president’s “shadow chief of staff,” as he was known around the White House, could be a thrill, but it was also a serious burden. Hannity counseled Trump at all hours of the day; one of his confidants said the president treated Hannity like Melania, a wife in a sexless marriage. Arguably, he treated Hannity better than Melania. Hannity’s producers marveled at his influence and access. “It’s a powerful thing to be someone’s consigliere,” one producer said. “I hear Trump talk at rallies, and I hear Sean,” a family friend commented.

Hannity chose this life, so no one felt sorry for him, but the stress took its toll. “Hannity would tell you, off-off-off the record, that Trump is a batshit crazy person,” one of his associates said. Another friend concurred: “Hannity has said to me more than once, ‘he’s crazy.’”

But Hannity’s commitment to GOP priorities and to his own business model meant he could never say any of this publicly. If one of his friends went on the record quoting Hannity questioning Trump’s mental fitness, that would be the end of the friendship.

Early on in the Trump age, Hannity gained weight and vaped incessantly, which some members of his inner circle blamed on Trump-related stress. “If you were hearing what I’m hearing, you’d be vaping too,” Hannity told a colleague. He was sensitive to trolls’ comments about the extra weight, especially from his chest up; that’s all viewers saw of him most nights, when he was live from his palace. He doubled up on his workouts and slimmed back down.

Hannity swore that no one knew the truth about his relationship with Trump. He lashed out at people, like yours truly, who reported on it. And he certainly didn’t disclose his role in Trumpworld the way a media ethicist would recommend. But once in a while the curtain slipped and his own colleagues pointed out the extraordinary position he held. As the coronavirus crisis deepened in March, Geraldo Rivera said to Hannity on the air, “I want you to tell the president, when you talk to him tonight, that Geraldo says ‘Mr. President, for the good of the nation, stop shaking hands.’” 

Needless to say, that’s not how Hannity’s calls with Trump actually went. They were instead a stream of grievance and gossip. Trump was a run-on sentence, so prone to rambling that “I barely get a word in,” Hannity told one of his allies. He sometimes spoke with the president before the show and again afterward, usually in the 10 p.m. hour, when Trump rated his guests and recommended talking points and themes for the following day. Trump was just like the rest of Hannity’s viewers: He wanted more of Gregg Jarrett on the show, more of Dan Bongino, more of Newt Gingrich—the toadiest toads possible. 

In the Trump age, left-wing blogs filled up with stories about families torn apart by a loved one’s Hannity addiction. I heard those stories from Fox staffers too: Some of their relatives resented what they did for a living. They made excuses, mumbling that they were simply giving the people what they wanted. “I feel like Fox is being held hostage by its audience,” a veteran staffer said. “The audience has been RADICALIZED,” a longtime commentator texted me, in all caps, as he scrolled through his Twitter feed after a live shot on the daytime show America’s Newsroom. The amount of vitriol shocked him. Any break from Trump was penalized. Nuanced debates about the role of government and taxation and immigration were distilled to a single question: Were you with Trump or against him?

Hannity deserved a big share of the blame for this state of affairs. But despite that, and despite the fact that he was rarely at headquarters, Hannity was well-liked around Fox. Colleagues described him as a big-hearted family guy. He paid bonuses to his staff out of his own deep pockets. He ordered meals and care packages to the homes of colleagues who lost loved ones. He even offered to hire a private investigator when an acquaintance died in a mysterious crash. When the network descended on New Hampshire for primary election coverage, Hannity footed the bill for the open bar. A member of Sean’s production crew, a Democrat, told me, “I want to fucking hate him so bad. But he’s so nice to me.”

I believed him. But I struggled to square Hannity’s reputation with the man I saw on TV and occasionally in person. While deep into the research for this book in December 2019, I ran into Hannity at a holiday party hosted by the TV-news tracking website Mediaite. We were upstairs at the Lambs Club, a stately Manhattan restaurant wrapped with red leather banquettes on 44th Street. Hannity greeted me by putting both his hands on my shoulders and exclaiming: “Humpty!” His nickname for me was Humpty Dumpty. I asked if he ever felt bad about the name-calling. “No,” he said. He took his hands off my shoulders and moved toward the bar.

It was eight o’clock, and Hannity worked the room like a pro, dressed down in a Fox-branded hoodie. He hugged CNN’s Alisyn Camerota and chatted with media reporters and even said hi to Trump antagonist George Conway. This room was the embodiment of the so-called “media mob” he attacked every weeknight—and he looked like he didn’t want to leave it. I wondered what Hannity’s viewers would think. At 8:30 his P.R. person pushed him toward the door, insisting he had to get to the studio for his nine o’clock show. I later realized that the P.R. person had lied—he had pretaped his show before coming to the party.

Those were the pre-social distancing days, when Hannity could still fraternize with the enemy. Months later, Hannity dismissed coronavirus “hysteria” and bashed Democrats who raised alarms about the virus. In the words of one Kansas City resident’s FCC complaint, Hannity “has misled his elderly viewers on the risk of pandemic virus. They are most at risk.” Hannity, of course, insisted that he always took the virus seriously. But the transcripts proved otherwise.

There are dozens of reasons why the United States lagged so far behind in preparations for the pandemic. Some are cultural, some are economic, some are political. But there is no doubt that one of the reasons is the Trump–Fox feedback loop. When the virus silently spread, some of Fox’s biggest stars denied and downplayed the threat. 

Trump echoed them, and they echoed back. “The thing that’s going to end this is the warmer weather,” Greg Gutfeld said on February 24. “One day—it’s like a miracle—it will disappear,” Trump said on February 27. Fox’s longest-tenured medical analyst, Dr. Marc Siegel, told Hannity on March 6, “at worst, at worst, worst case scenario, it could be the flu.”

This was shockingly irresponsible stuff—and Fox executives knew it, because by the beginning of March, they were taking precautions that belied Siegel’s claim, canceling an event for hundreds of advertisers, instituting deep cleanings of the office, and putting a work-from-home plan in place. Fox’s most vociferous critics said the network had blood on its hands. An advocacy group in Washington State compiled this information and filed suit against Fox. (That lawsuit was ultimately dismissed.) Some Fox staffers privately admitted that the don’t-worry tone of the talking heads was harmful. “Hazardous to our viewers,” “dangerous,” and “unforgivable” are some of the phrases Fox News staffers used to describe the network’s early coverage of the coronavirus pandemic.

The contrast between Fox’s public face and the private “resistance” has existed ever since Trump upended the presidential race five years ago. It’s the reason why I decided to write a book about the network and its unprecedented alliance with the White House. In all I spoke with more than 140 staffers at Fox, plus 180 former staffers and others with direct ties to the network. Their frustration was palpable. Staffers described a TV network that had gone off the rails. Some even said the place that they worked, that they cashed paychecks from, had become dangerous to democracy. They felt like the news division had been squeezed out in favor of pro-Trump blowhards.

Most of the insiders acknowledged that Fox News was always, on one level, a political project, but many said they were shocked by how thoroughly Fox and the GOP had been merged by Trump, Hannity, and a handful of other power players.

“We surrendered,” one anchor said with remorse in his voice. “We just surrendered.”

“What does Trump have on Fox?” another anchor asked, convinced there was a conspiracy at play.

A lot of people I spoke to were desperate to talk. Others were terrified. Ailes made everyone paranoid and punished those he suspected of leaking. That same fear of retribution was still very real in the post-Ailes years. Employees suspected their work phones were tapped and assumed their emails were monitored by management. I cannot overstate the level of paranoia among Fox employees.

Most of the sources only spoke on condition of anonymity, citing Fox’s nondisclosure agreements and other rules against speaking with outside members of the media. This was especially true for on-air talent. I laughed several times when I heard Fox stars bemoaning the use of anonymous sources on air, knowing those very same people were confidential sources. After all, that’s how this business works. 
Lou Dobbs as "the sort of shadow chief of staff of the Trump administration” is a terrifying thought:

Quote:Former Trump DHS official Miles Taylor has been speaking out a lot recently about alarming things he witnessed while he served in the administration, and on CNN Friday the subject of President Donald Trump’s TV habits came up.

It comes as a surprise to virtually no one that the president is a big consumer of cable news, mostly Fox News and Fox Business. There’s been a number of reports over the course of his presidency about him talking with/getting advice from Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, Pete Hegseth, and, of course, Lou Dobbs.

Dobbs has been one of the most effusive supporters of the president on TV, even declaring at one point early this year that Trump has set a standard for presidents “that most mortals won’t be able to meet.”

Taylor told Anderson Cooper that for a time there was a running joke that Dobbs “was the sort of shadow chief of staff of the Trump administration”:

“The president would call us and he would say — and pardon my language — he would say, ‘Why the hell didn’t you watch Lou Dobbs last night? You need to listen to Lou. What Lou says is what I want to do.’ So if Lou Dobbs peddled a conspiracy theory on late-night television or made an erroneous claim about what should be done either at the border or with some law enforcement operation, the president wanted us to be tuning in every night. My response to that was I don’t have any time to watch Lou Dobbs in the evening. You’ve got us running a 250,000-person department and we’re trying to guard against some of the most severe threats to this country. We can’t be watching Lou Dobbs and taking our orders from him, but this happened on a regular basis.”

In the past week, Taylor has called out Trump on a number of fronts and said his experience working in the administration has led him to support Joe Biden in the election.
In Barr's October meeting with Rupert Murdoch, he asked the Fox mogul to "muzzle" Judge Andrew Napolitano because Trump didn't like his analysis during the Ukraine scandal coverage, according to Stelter's new book:

Quote:Attorney General William Barr told billionaire Rupert Murdoch to “muzzle” Fox News senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano for criticizing President Donald Trump, according to CNN host Brian Stelter in his new book Hoax: Donald Trump, Fox News and the Dangerous Distortion of Truth.

The Guardian reports that back in October 2019, Barr met with Murdoch at the his New York estate to discuss “media consolidation and criminal justice reform” and, according to Stelter, also talk about the Napolitano. Around this time, the former judge had been very critical of Trump for pressuring Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate his presidential rival former vice president Joe Biden, writing Trump’s actions had been “both criminal and impeachable behavior.”

According to the Guardian, Stelter’s book alleges Trump was so “incensed” by Napolitano’s critique that he wanted Murdoch to “muzzle” the former judge.

Stelter reportedly writes in his upcoming book that Trump “implored Barr to send Rupert a message in person … about ‘muzzling the judge’. [Trump] wanted the nation’s top law enforcement official to convey just how atrocious Napolitano’s legal analysis had been.”

The Guardian adds:

Though Barr’s words to Murdoch “carried a lot of weight”, Stelter writes, “no one was explicitly told to take Napolitano off the air”. Instead, Stelter reports, Napolitano found digital resources allocated elsewhere, saw a slot on a daytime show disappear, and was not included in coverage of the impeachment process.

In Stelter’s telling, Napolitano thought he was being kept off air by “25-year-old producers” who didn’t think viewers could handle his analysis. Stelter, however, says an unnamed “twentysomething staffer” confirmed that one host, Maria Bartiromo, would only book Napolitano to discuss non-Trump topics, because he would upset Bartiromo too much if he criticised the president.
CREW got Hope Hicks’ financial disclosure forms filed when she reentered the White House. In less than 18 months at Fox, she made $1.9 million. When she left the White House in 2018, her only reported asset was less than $15,000 in a bank account:
Yadda yadda the Lincoln Project are not really on our side, but that's a great one.
Haha. That's actually pretty good.
Tucker being Tucker:

Quote:Tucker Carlson: "How shocked are we that 17 year olds with rifles decided they had to maintain order when no one else would?"

Video at the link.
With the RNC going on, he must've been terrified that he'd lose ranking among the Worst People on Earth.

Let's see how many advertisers he has left by Friday...
That's, uh, simultaneously a whole new level of appalling and also completely on-brand.
New episode or rerun?
Carlson's advertisers aren't leaving him anytime soon. They're learning, just like the rest of us are, that there are way more intolerant, hateful assholes in this country than they may have previously thought. And those assholes all buy coffee and life insurance and tires, too. The Fox hate machine is never going to stop. It is here, it is entrenched, and it is run by evil that is only concerned with the bottom line.
He's already lost a ton of advertisers. Apparently his show has more ads for FOX than it ever used to.

The hateful assholes are outnumbered. And most of them are too poor to buy enough to make up for it.
You'd be surprised at the number of upper/upper-middle class assholes with a lot of discretionary capital exist in the the US. I have a parent, older relatives, and in-laws that fit that bill. They and their friends all religiously watch Carlson, and nothing he says is going to make them change the channel.