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It's like The Happening, but stupider.
It does feel like we're in the end times right now.  Half this country simply doesn't think science or competence are worth a damn.

https://twitter.com/ShaneGoldmacher/stat...2453465094

Quote:Brit Hume says on Fox News that the virus “almost certainly isn’t going to kill you.”

Hume is the guy who made fun of Biden back in the spring for wearing masks.
"They made us all quit smoking."

https://twitter.com/amalhotra2/status/13...3627206672

Quote:32 seconds in which Tucker Carlson says TV health experts have only focused on obesity as it relates to COVID in the case of Trump, America’s obesity problem started because “they made us all quit smoking” and that the solution is to keep gyms open in the middle of a pandemic
The complete absence of tobacco products at the local corner/liquor stores in my town can attest to that!
Can't stop laughing at this incredible Fox News graphic of a covid particle infecting the president

https://twitter.com/justinhorowitz_/stat...3517460481
Does the President know he's basically a Pachinko Machine?
Fox News: old people are cowards and are ruining everything for everyone by being afraid of covid

https://twitter.com/atrupar/status/1313553163354624006

Boy, its a good thing old people has never been one of Trump's key demographics or anything
Or Fox News's...
Who the fuck's hiding in the basement? This isn't "Night of the Living Dead" or some shit.
Even the Fox News anchor is like: the fuck are you talking about?
(10-06-2020, 04:56 PM)ska oreo Wrote: [ -> ]Even the Fox News anchor is like:  the fuck are you talking about?

Read it more like "Ummm... our viewers are older people".
'It's an interesting point of view.'
I'm not hiding from coronavirus any more than I'm hiding from piranha by not swimming in piranha-infested waters. It's called self-preservation and common fucking sense. You stay home, you don't get COVID; you stay home, you don't spread COVID. It's pretty simple math. Even the president could do it without having to hire someone and then not paying them.

These cretins are trying to shame their dumbass audience into going to friggin' Applebee's and perpetuating this death spiral of more cases and more deaths because nobody wants to admit that *Republicans cannot lead* and have fucked this country beyond all recognition. They want to cosplay like this was just some minor inconvenience, and we're almost out of the woods. Meanwhile, their own god-king can no longer ascend a flight of stairs without breathing like a seabass that's been fished out of a river that DuPont polluted.

I'm staying home and breathing easy.
To be fair, Trump hasn’t been able to manage stairs since 1997.
(10-06-2020, 07:52 PM)bradito Wrote: [ -> ]I'm not hiding from coronavirus any more than I'm hiding from piranha by not swimming in piranha-infested waters. It's called self-preservation and common fucking sense. You stay home, you don't get COVID; you stay home, you don't spread COVID. It's pretty simple math. Even the president could do it without having to hire someone and then not paying them.

These cretins are trying to shame their dumbass audience into going to friggin' Applebee's and perpetuating this death spiral of more cases and more deaths because nobody wants to admit that *Republicans cannot lead* and have fucked this country beyond all recognition. They want to cosplay like this was just some minor inconvenience, and we're almost out of the woods. Meanwhile, their own god-king can no longer ascend a flight of stairs without breathing like a seabass that's been fished out of a river that DuPont polluted.

I'm staying home and breathing easy.

It's what boys think being "brave" and "strong" means: being completely fucking reckless and stupid.  A literal man-child is in the white house.
(10-06-2020, 08:09 PM)schwartz Wrote: [ -> ]To be fair, Trump hasn’t been able to manage stairs since 1997.

It's weird how they've become a motif during his dark reign, from the escalator he rode down the day he declared his candidacy to yesterday's Everest-like ascension.
"When I look at myself in the first grade and I look at myself now, I’m basically the same."

- The guy America let become President.
Hmm, seems dumb:

https://www.mediaite.com/tv/foxs-brit-hu...with-life/

Quote:Fox News’ Brit Hume argued Tuesday night that even if President Donald Trump is still positive for the coronavirus the day of the second debate, he and Joe Biden should still be able to debate.

Biden told reporters earlier Tuesday night that while he’s “looking forward” to the next debate, if the president still has the coronavirus, “we shouldn’t have a debate.”

Martha MacCallum played the clip for Hume and said Biden’s “opening the door to potentially not having a debate if he thinks it’s within the time frame that that’s dangerous.”

Hume said even if the president is still covid-positive, there should be no problem with him and Biden doing an in-person debate:

“Look, haven’t the medical authorities been telling us all this time that to avoid infection you stay a certain distance apart and you wear masks and even in certain circumstances you might have a partition that separates you from others, and that way you can get on with life. There’s a real need in this country to get on with life. And presidential and vice presidential debates are a part of that, So the idea that if the president is still potentially infected in some way, that you couldn’t stage an in-person debate flies in the face of all that we’ve been told about this disease.”
We've also been told that if you're infected, STAY THE FUCK HOME.
https://twitter.com/BobbyAllyn/status/13...1909715969

Quote:Lawyers for the Rich family say whoever was behind the now-deleted account @whysprtech impersonated an FBI official and provided Fox with a fake FBI document linking Seth Rich's death to WikiLeaks. They subpoenaed Twitter, basically saying: Tell us who this user is.

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"How Fox News molds reality into a serialized TV drama"

https://www.vox.com/culture/21503196/fox...lized-lost

"If you spend a whole week watching five consecutive nights of a given Fox News program, especially in the network’s primetime lineup, you may notice something unusual: It’s structured like a soap opera. “Storylines” — the president’s strength in battling Covid-19, say — are layered throughout the week in a way where they can temporarily pause with a “payoff” on Thursday or Friday that will carry viewers forward into the next week. This serialization keeps viewers hooked, which is good for the network’s ratings. But it also creates an irresponsible view of how the world operates.

Consider the following storyline about the supposed evils of antifa — the principle of fighting against fascism, which Fox News has redefined as a global organization with shadowy, undefined aims — that Tucker Carlson’s program has used over and over in the last few years. Across a week, it will run, roughly, “Antifa is bad”; “Antifa is a threat to Republicans”; “Antifa is a threat to America”; “Antifa is a domestic terrorist organization and should be classified as such.” You can easily swap in any other left-leaning movement or cause in place of “antifa.” The story beats are always the same.

This method of “storytelling” — define a threat, elaborate on the threat, then propose a solution to said threat that will require viewers to keep tuning in to see how the proposed solution plays out — pops up everywhere on television, from soap operas to professional wrestling to primetime prestige series like Game of Thrones."
Sean Hannity, the finest interviewer of our times, struggled to get an answer from the president:

https://twitter.com/kyledcheney/status/1...1106291713

Quote:Trump is repeatedly refusing to answer Hannity’s question about whether he tested negative since his initial diagnosis. He says he’ll have one tomorrow.
As I said in the Trumpocalypse thread:

He sounds defeated in the Hannity call-in - not that he isn't saying repugnant shit, but his voice doesn't sync up with his deluded brand. It's like he couldn't get a therapist, and the only way he could conquer his angst was to call up his favorite propagandist.
Hard to argue!

https://twitter.com/Acyn/status/1314750923495796737

Quote:Laura Ingraham says Democrats want to make sure that someone like Donald Trump is never elected again

Video at the link.
I've definitely thrown my share of criticisms toward Pete Buttigieg, but his Fox News segments often go viral in the best ways:

https://www.vogue.com/article/mayor-pete...ium=social

Quote:It was an indelible moment of live TV. On Wednesday, Pete Buttigieg, a former rival of Joe Biden’s for the Democratic nomination for the presidency, and now one of the media surrogates for the Biden-Harris campaign, appeared on Fox News, where he was asked about the vice presidential debate that night between Mike Pence and Kamala Harris.

Specifically, Fox’s Martha MacCallum asked Buttigieg about Harris’s views on policy issues that differ from the former vice president, most notably on “Medicare for all,” which the California senator supported during the Democratic presidential primaries and which Biden opposed.

MacCallum got an answer that she clearly did not expect.

“Well, there’s a classic parlor game of trying to find a little bit of daylight between running mates,” Buttigieg said. “And if people want to play that game, we could look into why an evangelical Christian like Mike Pence wants to be on a ticket with the president caught with a porn star, or how he feels about the immigration policy that he called ‘unconstitutional’ before he decided to team up with Donald Trump.” (The “porn star” reference was, of course, to Stormy Daniels, also known as Stephanie Clifford, who alleges that she had a sexual encounter with Trump in 2006. It’s a claim the president has denied, but that his then lawyer Michael Cohen has testified about paying $130,000 as part of a settlement between her and the president.)

Mayor Pete had only just started. “If folks want to play that game, we can do it all night,” he said. “But I think what most Americans want to hear about is: Are our families going to be better protected than they have been by this president who’s failed to secure America in the face of one of the most dangerous things ever to happen to our country?”

The response left MacCallum and her cohost Bret Baier in seemingly stunned silence, their faces frozen for the next few seconds, before Baier eventually jumped in with an awkward transition to his next question, about the Supreme Court.

The exchange quickly became a viral moment on Twitter.

And this wasn’t the only time Buttigieg created news on Fox this week—and perhaps not in the way the network’s bookers had expected.

The morning after his takedown of MacCallum and Baier, Buttigieg appeared on Fox and Friends, where cohost Steve Doocy asked him what he thought of the breaking news that President Trump was refusing to participate in a virtual debate on October 15 because it was a “waste” of his time. 

“Well, it’s too bad—I don’t know why the president’s afraid to participate in a debate. All of us have had to get used to virtual formats,” said Buttigieg, before going into attack mode. “It’s not something I think most of us enjoy, but it’s a safety measure. And I think part of why the U.S. is falling behind—is badly behind the rest of the developed world on dealing with the pandemic—is because every time there’s been a choice between doing something that’s more safe, or less safe, this president seems to push forward less safe.”

Then Buttigieg added, “Of course, the only reason that we’re here in the first place is that the president of the United States is still contagious, as far as we know, with a deadly disease.” He concluded, “I don’t know why you’d want to be in a room with other people if you were contagious with a deadly disease, if you care about other people. But maybe the president of the United States doesn’t care about other people.”

Later in the interview, Doocy asked what Buttigieg thought Harris’s strongest moments were in the previous night’s debate, and he responded that one of them was Harris calling out Trump for referring to people who had lost their lives in combat as “suckers” and “losers,” as reported in a recent blockbuster article in The Atlantic. 

“I hate to interrupt you, Mayor Pete,” Doocy said, looking slightly uncomfortable as the otherwise amiable conversation took another unexpected detour, “but you know the president has denied that particular story.” 

“We know he’s lying,” Buttigieg replied, looking straight into the camera. “If you really believe the president now on this kind of stuff, I’ve got a bridge to sell you.” And then he smiled.

Once again, the moment became a trending topic on Twitter.

Prominent Democrats are more likely to be found on MSNBC and CNN than on President Trump’s favorite network (though Senators Chris Coons, Tammy Duckworth, and Sheldon Whitehouse, and Representatives Tim Ryan and Jim Clyburn have made appearances on Fox), but a spokesman for Buttigieg told the Daily Beast that the former mayor sees Fox as an important outlet. “You’re more likely to have a back-and-forth on Fox since it’s not preaching to the choir, but Pete enjoys that,” said Sean Savett, “especially after spending the past few weeks getting into character as Mike Pence [in the debate prep for Harris]. He knows it’s a valuable way to connect with voters who might not otherwise hear our message.”

Indeed, during his own campaign, Buttigieg recognized the value of reaching out to an audience on the opposite end of the political spectrum. Along with Senators Bernie Sanders and Amy Klobuchar, Buttigieg was one of the few Democrats running in the last presidential primaries who agreed to participate in town hall events with Fox.

In that town hall, moderated by Chris Wallace, Buttigieg acknowledged that not all of his peers and supporters agreed with his decision to appear on the Rupert Murdoch–owned network. “A lot of people in my party were critical of me doing this, and I get where that’s coming from, especially when you see what goes on with some of the opinion hosts on this network,” Buttigieg said to Wallace. “But I also believe that even though some of those hosts are not always there in good faith, I think a lot of people who tune into this network do it in good faith.”

Buttigieg also acknowledged the political bent of the average Fox viewer, but argued Trump had failed to live up to their support. “This network is known for having a lot more conservative viewers, but I don’t think you have to be a Democrat to see what is wrong with this president,” Buttigieg said. “If you’re having trouble looking your kids in the eye and explaining this presidency to them, you have a choice.”

Though Buttigieg got a standing ovation from the audience, and positive reviews in the media, at least one viewer was unhappy with his appearance on Fox. “Hard to believe that @FoxNews is wasting airtime on Mayor Pete, as Chris Wallace likes to call him,” Donald Trump tweeted shortly before the town hall. “Fox is moving more and more to the losing (wrong) side in covering the Dems. They got dumped from the Democrats boring debates, and they just want in. They forgot the people who got them there.”
Narrator: "There was, in fact, a court case."

https://www.mediamatters.org/tucker-carl...rica-would

Quote:TUCKER CARLSON (HOST): Well sounds like Obamacare is going away if ACB gets on the court. 

But it's not, actually. And that's the amazing thing, Obamacare isn't really at risk. There is no case currently pending anywhere in this country before any court in America that would eliminate Obamacare. Nor by the way do we have any idea how Amy Coney Barrett would rule in a case like that were it to materialize -- which again it hasn't. 
Fox News just won't rest until all its viewers think mask-wearing is bad:

https://www.mediaite.com/tv/fox-news-rac...ompliance/

Quote:Fox News contributor Rachel Campos-Duffy suggested that wearing face masks in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic is a harbinger for government child indoctrination, and suggesting state-level mask mandates are a threat to the American way. “I’m very worried about this, she said, adding she wants us “to come out of this pandemic looking like Americans. Not Chinese.”

During a Wednesday morning appearance on Fox & Friends, Campos-Duffy was asked about a recent Fox Nation segment where she called it “odd” to see “so much compliance” with people adhering to public safety guidelines.

“We know China has used Covid-19 to reinforce control overpopulation because communism requires submission and compliance,” Campos-Duffy said to Ainsley Earhardt. “I’m worried because so many of the rules that even my children — who are going to school — I see them wear masks outside when I pick them up.”

Campos-Duffy continued by saying schools make children wear masks “because the government says they have to,” instead of acknowledging the reason why masks are considered important indoors.

She continued:

"I feel like some of the things we are doing to them is cruel. I think that it is reinforcing submission to government and it’s creating a lot more fear than is necessary for children who we know are not super-spreaders and have more of a chance of dying of the flu than they are of Covid. I’m just very worried about this. I want us, Ainsley, to come out of this pandemic looking like Americans. Not Chinese. And we need to keep that in mind that these rules that we have, this environment that we are creating, is affecting childhoods. And it’s affecting the formation of our children."

Contrary to Campos-Duffy’s claims, there’s a multitude of studies warning that children can transmit the virus asymptomatically.
Yes, genius, that's because one is a background detail, while the other is something you choose to be a part of and identify as.
Plot twist! (They still talk about it incessantly).

https://www.mediaite.com/tv/exclusive-fo...ssion=true

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"Credibility concerns?"

I mean, did they think it had *any* credibility and that's why they didn't run with it?

This is same network that thinks it's a great idea to interview bin Laden's niece about being bin Laden's niece *and* a Trump supporter.
It's got to be one of those distinctions where the 'news' programming block doesn't cover it but the 'opinion' shows in prime time very much do.
That stupid "I'm so concerned and appalled" face Tucker always makes needs to fuck itself.
Resting Tuckface.