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Fox News - this is not satire
We're hearing from Andrea Mackris:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/bill-oreil...er-silence

Quote:That was almost 17 years ago, on the evening of Oct. 28, 2004, in the imposing boardroom of celebrity lawyer Marc E. Kasowitz, on an upper floor of the Paramount Building boasting vertiginous views of Manhattan. Mackris, then a 33-year-old Fox News producer on the cusp of a promising career, didn’t want to accept her boss Bill O’Reilly’s offer to settle her sexual harassment lawsuit against him for $9 million—$3 million of which would be pocketed by her legal team, Ratner and Benedict Morelli.

The money, along with a draconian non-disclosure agreement that Mackris said she has no memory of being shown until more than a decade later, was designed to buy her eternal silence about her headline-making lawsuit’s allegations. Backed up by audio recordings of O’Reilly’s late-night phone calls, the suit detailed the Fox News star’s persistent and menacing verbal assaults during her nearly four years of working for him. They included unwelcome demands for phone sex and mutual masturbation, as well as O’Reilly’s infamous alleged fantasy of soaping her down in the shower with either a “loofah” or a “falafel thing.”

Today, Mackris recalls to The Daily Beast for the first time intimate and graphic details of O'Reilly’s alleged harassment, including lewd, menacing telephone calls and conversations in which she says he forced her to listen to his sexual fantasies about her. “I’m going to make you play," O’Reilly would tell Mackris. “Here was my boss, a man who held my career and future in his hands, acknowledging that he knew I’d never consented but he didn’t care,” Mackris tells The Daily Beast.

Inside Kasowitz’s boardroom, back in 2004, “I was so upset, screaming and crying that I wasn't going to sign it, that I wanted to go to trial, so Ben said, ‘Can we clear the room and have David speak to Andrea,’” Mackris, now 50, told The Daily Beast—the first time she has spoken publicly about a crucible that ended her career in television journalism, indeed any career prospects at all, and continues to consume her daily life almost two decades later. “So everyone left except David. He said, ‘No one believes you, and you’ll never be hired again, and if you walk out of this room like this, no other lawyers will work with you. You didn’t hire us to go to trial, you hired us to make him stop.’”

An associate producer making $93,000 a year, Mackris was the only woman in a room populated by much more handsomely compensated attorneys representing the defendants: O’Reilly, Fox News, Westwood One (which syndicated O’Reilly’s radio show), Fox News’ then-parent company News Corp., and 20th Century Fox.

Ratner “was yelling because I was yelling back at him that Bill wasn’t a victim,” Mackris recalled in a series of exclusive interviews. “I was saying, ‘I’m not doing this, I’m not doing this. I’ll walk out. No, I’m not signing.’ I was sobbing and screaming. I couldn’t comprehend what was happening—that Fox heard the tapes and was doing nothing. I was in full-blown PTSD. I wasn’t in my body. I was shaking from head to toe and crying uncontrollably.”
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Tucker, why'd you lie about your first-grade teacher?

https://twitter.com/BrandyZadrozny/statu...9799270406

Quote:Tucker needed an origin story so he attacked his first grade teacher—the one who was hired by his wealthy dad to give him extra tutoring when he struggled to read—as a hysterical woman in “Indian skirts”who shirked her duty to teach. WaPo talked to her. 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/...story.html

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Goddamn, he needed a tutor in the first grade? For what? That shit was easy.
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For real. Who the fuck is failing first grade? People who eat their own shit in the middle of class, that's who. The only kids I ever saw get held back that early didn't have that happen because of bad grades. They had to go above and beyond. Or under and behind...whatever..

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Imagine being in your 50s and going on TV to talk about something this fucking humiliating and you don't even get the details right.

Is this numbnuts possessed by a succubus that's reading the teleprompter?
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https://twitter.com/davidfolkenflik/stat...6374668292

Quote:Yes, Fox News White House reporter Peter Doocy, son of Fox & Friends host Steve Doocy, at a network overseen by Lachlan Murdoch, son of founder Rupert Murdoch, is interested in Hunter Biden on the principle that nepotism is bad. 

Just as Fox did under the last administration.

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Ahahaha! Wait until Fox finds out about the last guy!!
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Fox News has now reached the "Tax cuts are socialism" part of whatever they're doing:

https://twitter.com/ndrew_lawrence/statu...8213595138

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Damn, we better go back to taxing those rich people so socialism doesn't happen!
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How dare Biden assume my family needs help from filthy socialist welfare programs. I will be printing out a copy of my bank statement and flushing it down the toilet in protest, and then donating the money to Mr Trump's re-election campaign.
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(07-17-2021, 03:18 PM)fuzzy dunlop Wrote: How dare Biden assume my family needs help from filthy socialist welfare programs.  I will be printing out a copy of my bank statement and flushing it down the toilet in protest, and then donating the money to Mr Trump's re-election campaign.

That sounds shockingly accurate. Are you sure you're not "one of them"??

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Carlson's fully vaccinated, but he's desperate for people not to know that:

https://time.com/6080432/tucker-carlson-profile/

Quote:Near the end of our call, I asked Carlson if he’d been vaccinated against COVID-19. He paused. “Because I’m a polite person, I’m not going to ask you any supervulgar personal questions like that.”

I told him he was welcome to ask me whatever he wanted.

“That’s like saying, ‘Do you have HIV?’” he said. “How about ‘None of your business’?” He broke into a cackle, like a hyena let loose in Brooks Brothers. “I mean, are you serious? What’s your favorite sexual position and when did you last engage in it?” (This has apparently become his go-to line when asked whether he’s been vaccinated; Carlson offered the same retort to Ben Smith of the New York Times.)

For someone who talks a lot about the right to ask questions, Carlson never did give me a straight answer. But he did find a way to drive the conversation back to his core theme: Elites are “censoring” conservative views and infringing on the people’s right to believe what they want. “I think there are systems in place that censor people for challenging the people in power,” he said. “It’s expressed as a kind of religious mania: Hunt down the heretics. How dare you defend Beethoven, or math, or Dr. Seuss, or whatever. But to focus on them is to miss the point, which is, this is no longer a free country.”
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there is something hysterical about those photo ops, because you know damn well that Tucker Carlson wouldn't be caught dead wearing flannel, or living in a cabin to show how 'Murica he is. I imagine Carlson recoils at the idea of even touching hands with any of his fanbase.
"God moves in mysterious ways," they said. Maybe he is on your side, the way it all worked out. Remembering other Christmases, wishing for something, something important, something special. And this is it, baby boy Frankie Bono. You're alone now. All alone. The scream is dead. There's no pain. You're home again, back in the cold, black silence
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"What’s your favorite sexual position and when did you last engage in it?”

Oh, God. If he asked me this he'd learn some things about his mother that he'd wish to unlearn.
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(07-18-2021, 06:26 PM)bradito Wrote: "What’s your favorite sexual position and when did you last engage in it?”

Oh, God. If he asked me this he'd learn some things about his mother that he'd wish to unlearn.

Probably. She walked out on him when he was very young and he didn't hear anything else about her until he got word of her death. Explains a lot about him really.
“I call upon you to stop this musical now,” she said to the board. “You tear a community apart if you don’t.” -Prachi Ruina                                                            
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I'm why she split.
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(07-18-2021, 08:31 PM)waaaaaaaalt Wrote: Probably. She walked out on him when he was very young and he didn't hear anything else about her until he got word of her death. Explains a lot about him really.
If this were anybody less odious we were talking about, that'd be kind of tragic. As is, I can only assume that one day she got up, took a look in the mirror, thought long and hard about the smarmy little shitweasel she'd brought into the world, and just walked straight out the door and never looked back.
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The virus has burned through the poor urban working class population, and anyone who survived it has been vaccinated, and now that the virus is moving on to the dummies in rural red states who watch our programming religiously, enough is enough!

Quote:SEAN HANNITY: "Please take Covid seriously. I can't say it enough. Enough people have died. We don't need any more death. Research like crazy. Talk to your doctor... I believe in science. I believe in the science of vaccination."

https://twitter.com/sahilkapur/status/14...4245687296
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"It's a crisis now, because there's a Dem president to take the flack!"
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I suspect this is a lawyer-mandated soundbite that they can pull up during the inevitable lawsuits that come rolling in. See, Sean said to get vaccinated! It happened that one night, right after Tucker's primetime Covid Murder Hour / Klan Rally!
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That tracks..

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Only the most intellectual interviews on Fox:

https://www.mediaite.com/sports/ufc-pres...-all-over/

Quote:Despite critics who said he was endangering the public, UFC president Dana White refused to let the Covid-19 pandemic shut down his sport last year. Joining Fox News Primetime this week, White spoke to Brian Kilmeade about getting back to work during the pandemic and slammed others for not doing the same.

“You, like nobody else, really represent your sport well,” Kilmeade said, praising White. “Do you worry when you look around this country, and you bleed red, white, and blue, that we’re losing the charge the energy, the fight to be successful?”

“Yea, I think we are,” White answered. “I’ve never seen anything like it, it’s blowing my mind. But you know what? Everybody that’s slowing down, everybody that is afraid or whatever their reason is, for not wanting to get back to work, not wanting to run their business, not wanting to get back to normal and full capacity, I’ll run you all over. I will run you over.”
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(07-21-2021, 12:34 AM)Iron Maiden Wrote: Only the most intellectual interviews on Fox:

https://www.mediaite.com/sports/ufc-pres...-all-over/

Quote:Despite critics who said he was endangering the public, UFC president Dana White refused to let the Covid-19 pandemic shut down his sport last year. Joining Fox News Primetime this week, White spoke to Brian Kilmeade about getting back to work during the pandemic and slammed others for not doing the same.

“You, like nobody else, really represent your sport well,” Kilmeade said, praising White. “Do you worry when you look around this country, and you bleed red, white, and blue, that we’re losing the charge the energy, the fight to be successful?”

“Yea, I think we are,” White answered. “I’ve never seen anything like it, it’s blowing my mind. But you know what? Everybody that’s slowing down, everybody that is afraid or whatever their reason is, for not wanting to get back to work, not wanting to run their business, not wanting to get back to normal and full capacity, I’ll run you all over. I will run you over.”
...says wealthy white man who most certainly got the vaccine and has access to quality health care that most of us plebes can only dream of.
"God moves in mysterious ways," they said. Maybe he is on your side, the way it all worked out. Remembering other Christmases, wishing for something, something important, something special. And this is it, baby boy Frankie Bono. You're alone now. All alone. The scream is dead. There's no pain. You're home again, back in the cold, black silence
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"Hi, my entire line of work involves promoting a sport that's basically alll the TBIs of pro football plus a dash of sadomasochism and testosterone poising. I'd like to weigh in on what you should consider 'good judgement' in regards to medicine and epidemiology. No, I don't think that's questionable, because I don't think at all."
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Toxic masculinity is a plague which has no vaccine.
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It's not a coincidence that a disproportionate number of mixed martial artists are heavily involved in conspiracy theory-type conversations and circles. Listening to interviews with a lot of these guys (and ladies) reveals a pretty specific type of "anti-mainstream" personality that lends itself to buy in on contrails, anti-vax, and Trumpy stuff. It's no surprise that their boss has similar tendencies.
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They literally took "Fight Club" and turned it into a bazillion dollar industry, sort of missing the point but okay. They'll probably try to monetize Project Mayhem next.
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(07-21-2021, 12:10 PM)sean blackwell Wrote: It's not a coincidence that a disproportionate number of mixed martial artists are heavily involved in conspiracy theory-type conversations and circles.  Listening to interviews with a lot of these guys (and ladies) reveals a pretty specific type of "anti-mainstream" personality that lends itself to buy in on contrails, anti-vax, and Trumpy stuff.  It's no surprise that their boss has similar tendencies.

It's a mentality that insists that there must be small/simple answers to large/complicated issues.

The psychological need to be able to explain the world around us is deep seated in the human brain and if it takes creating/embracing irrational and silly ideas to maintain the idea that an individual has some semblance of control on the world around them, so be it.

This is why religion is so ingrained in society. Religion offered 'small' answers to 'big' questions.

Ironically, I would argue that with the creation of the internet with it's ability to spread a more secular(?) world view to the masses...a view allowing people to question the older ingrained religious status quo (which is historically where most people have turned to for answers and  'the truth'), people are now looking for alternate 'truths' to help them cope with an increasingly complicated world.

Unfortunately, this same internet of information, while doing a fair amount of good, has enabled others to spread their simplistic and irrationality to more people than ever. The use of the the term 'viral' for this spread of disinformation is all too apropos.
IMO, vaccination against this spread of mis/disinformation is going to be one of the world wide problems going into the future.
I used to be with "it", but then they changed what "it" was. Now, what I'm with isn't "it", and what's "it" seems weird and scary to me.   -Grandpa Simpson
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This is why I'm going to start my own cult that offers complicated answers to everything. I don't really want anyone else to join but I do want my Wikipedia page to list me as a cult leader.
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(07-21-2021, 12:53 PM)bradito Wrote: This is why I'm going to start my own cult that offers complicated answers to everything. I don't really want anyone else to join but I do want my Wikipedia page to list me as a cult leader.



I used to be with "it", but then they changed what "it" was. Now, what I'm with isn't "it", and what's "it" seems weird and scary to me.   -Grandpa Simpson
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Of course he did:

https://twitter.com/justinbaragona/statu...9143856132

Quote:Tucker Carlson attacks Harry Dunn, a black Capitol Police officer who was attacked by rioters during the Jan. 6 insurrection.

"Harry Dunn has very little in common with your average cop. Dunn is an angry left-wing political activist."

Video at the link.
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So was he *not* supposed to do his job?
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"Dunn is an angry left-wing political activist."

Well, he might be now.
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Blue Lives only matter when they are murdering people of color
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Can you imagine being a cop right now and genuinely trying to be one of the for real good guys? Everyone would hate you. Dumb white racists for all the wrong reasons and POC for assumed things (which is understandable...I don't trust them either just by default). I really feel bad for the few cops who have nothing but good intentions. They have to be out there..

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