Don’t be surprised! Rupert Murdoch also publicly said that Newscorp wasn’t an organisation focused on Climate Change denial. He once claimed to be be Fair and Balanced. But then scammers are like broken clocks aren’t they? Right at least twice a day. They have to be, otherwise they wouldn’t be the persuaders they are. Look at Trump, how often have you seen him apologise? He simply says “I never said that” and moves on. Their existense is “ratings”. Their product “the audience numbers” which they then sell on the market as influencers to those who have the money to pay to protect and or increase their interests. Political parties and their funders their target market and in Murdoch;s case the powerful and wealthy of America. Cash for comment is their business model not “news”, and ethics well they have none.
Fox News host Martha MacCallum claimed after Tuesday’s hearing of the House select committee on Jan. 6 that there was a “stunning” lack of evidence to back up Donald Trump’s baseless claims of election fraud – a far cry from the channel’s election-denying rhetoric leading up to the Capitol riot.Fox News host left shocked by Jan. 6 hearing: “Stunning” lack of evidence for Trump’s fraud claims | Salon.com
Fox News was the only news network not to carry the first day of the Jan. 6 committee hearings as its hosts repeatedly trashed the two-hour hearing without providing their audience any of the content.
The selling of “Alternative Facts as News”= Fake Product
They’re all upset that Fox isn’t covering it live. We actually do something called, you know, cater to our audience…
Their audience doesn’t want to hear any news that makes them unhappy so Fox will keep giving them what they want: owning the libs, Dr. Suess and Mr. Potatohead — and white nationalism. ( As you can see, they’ve even got the beloved, charismatic, superstar Steven Miller on as a regular these days.) If “the news” was a person, it could sue Fox News for fraud and win.
It’s an Orwellian and cowardly move – suppressing rather than heralding the news.
a band of racists, goons, gun-nuts and thugs invading the seat of freedom and democracy, egged on by a malevolent and reckless conman –how this all happened should be of interest to most Americans. Yes?
Well, no. At least that’s a “no” from Fox News. That’s right, the nation’s most-watched news network and the in-house news source for the American right, announced it would not carry the hearings live. Instead, it will run its usual evening line-up of hate-mongering political commentators, including Tucker Carlson and Sean Hannity. The network says it will run the hearings on its sister channel, the Fox Business Network, which has a fraction of the viewers, and on its streaming service.
This is plainly a move to minimise the import of the hearing. It’s a political decision, not a news one. It’s designed to reduce any cauterising effect a true account of how the insurrection unfolded might have on Fox’s core viewership.
Fox’s vaunted “straight news” team will instead provide coverage on its lightly watched sister network, Fox Business. On the main channel, it will be business as usual, with prime-time propagandists Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity, and Laura Ingraham airing their regular shows and providing counterprogramming for the Trumpist faithful until 11 p.m. ET, when the “straight news” team will air special coverage of the hearing once much of the audience has gone to sleep.
The Fox News-fueled Justice Department probes then-President Donald Trump demanded as rebuttals to special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation generated plenty of frothy Fox content. They also gave Republican partisans excuses to discount the obviously unethical and potentially illegal behavior of Trump and the crimes of his underlings. But efforts to turn the network’s conspiracy theories into federal cases have tended to diminish and fail under the scrutiny of prosecutors, judges, and juries.
Murdoch Media focuses on promoting crap and attention away from America’s disastrous gun laws. Simply showing the difference between the UK Canada and Australia would bring reality into relief.
“The solution lies in stronger families, more supportive communities, I would argue renewed faith,” he said. “We’ve lost that. We stopped teaching values in so many of our schools. Now we’re teaching wokeness. We’re indoctrinating our children with things like CRT, telling, you know, some children they’re not equal to others and they’re the cause of other people’s problems.”
No mention of Gun Control
Fox News would rather talk about anything than how easy it is for people with ill intent to acquire assault weapons in the United States.
While some Independent media explained how Skye News in Australia motivated the Christchurch mass shooter mainstream media didn’t. Nevertheless, Andrew Bolt stopped any commentary for some 4 days why was that? The guests on his program were certainly named as “influencers” by the shooter himself. But wasn’t Bolt the biggest of all of them by giving them a platform and acting as a recruiter for the ult-Right? When this occurs Murdoch Media seems to have the same global policy. When the shit hits the fan go silent and then after a few days den and make out you’re the victim. Flip it.
While some major news organizations explained in detail how the Fox News host spread the false, racist theory that motivated the alleged Buffalo mass shooter, ABC, CBS, and NBC did not
Fox avoids systemic dysfunction it’s always an individual problem that emerges from absolutely nowhere other than La La Land but definitely not from a dysfunctional social environment. Nature’s defects can’t be controlled because like evolution Social Darwinism has brought about the best society has to offer and shit happens! Social change is at best incremental and never revolutionary and needs to be controlled. Power wealth and privilege are in the main deserved is the ideology sold and they must be protected at all cost.
By David — May 16, 2022 Fox News correspondent Nate Foy suggested that a man allegedly planned out a racist shooting rampage in Buffalo, NY because he had “mental health” problems.
Kicked out of China Murdoch wants in on the East as well. So Russia appears to be his target for the New World Media Order. Murdoch has adopted Steve Bannon’s Breitbart model of spreading Fake News anywhere and everywhere and taken control of cash for comment business in the global confusion and chaos he’s helped create. Why not support Putin and attract ratings to sell influence on behalf of those with money?
Two Fox News anchors interviewing the Finnish ambassador to the United States on Thursday seemed to be trying to discourage the country from joining the North Atlantic Treaty Organization following Finland’s announcement that it will pursue membership. The Fox interview, during which the anchors repeatedly suggested the action will have only negative consequences for Finland, follows years of pro-Russia coverage by Fox, which continued even after Russia’s unprovoked and illegal invasion of Ukraine.
If the west could find the courage, it would order an immediate freeze of Rupert Murdoch’s assets. His Fox News presenters and Russia’s propagandists are so intermeshed that separating the two is as impossible as unbaking a cake.
Even Roger Ailes didn’t take Fox News to the extremes the Murdoch’s have.
“American Nationalist,” The New York Times’ three-part investigation of the rise of Fox News’ Tucker Carlson, tells the story of how the star host, with the full support of Rupert and Lachlan Murdoch and the network’s other top executives, created “what may be the most racist show in the history of cable news.”
Fox’s brass, as reporter Nick Confessore details, has ignored any number of warning signs and protests from inside and outside the network that Carlson’s white nationalist rants were dangerous, due to their appreciation for his ratings and affinity with his message.
The takeaway for those involved with Fox – staff, guests, and companies that buy ads on the network – should be clear: You are supporting a company that prioritizes the promotion of white nationalism in the U.S.
By John Amato — April 30, 2022
The Mark Meadow text messages to Sean Hannity, newly released from CNN, exposed the Fox News host as working hand-in-hand with the Trump administration on his re-election bid.
On the afternoon of Election Day, Hannity texted Meadows at 1:36 p.m. to ask about turnout in North Carolina. Two hours later, Meadows responded: “Stress every vote matters. Get out and vote. On radio.”
“Yes sir,” Hannity replied. “On it. Any place in particular we need a push.” “Pennsylvania. NC AZ,” Meadows wrote, adding: “Nevada.” “Got it. Everywhere,” Hannity said..
This would be an embarrassment and a firing offense for any member of the press: secretly acting as agent to a sitting president, coordinating with him to help him win an election, and especially not informing their employer and audience they were doing so.
Murdoch’s destroying America’s 450 year Dream
Fox News personality Tucker Carlson is the focus of an in-depth three-part report by The New York Times that was published online on Saturday and will appear in the Sunday newspaper. Part one is titled “How Tucker Carlson Stoked White Fear to Conquer Cable.” “In the years since, Mr. Carlson has constructed what may be the most racist show in the history of cable news — and also, by some measures, the most successful. Though he frequently declares himself an enemy of prejudice — “We don’t judge them by group, and we don’t judge them on their race,” Mr. Carlson explained to an interviewer a few weeks before accusing impoverished immigrants of making America dirty — his show teaches loathing and fear. Night after night, hour by hour, Mr. Carlson warns his viewers that they inhabit a civilization under siege — by violent Black Lives Matter protesters in American cities, by diseased migrants from south of the border, by refugees importing alien cultures, and by tech companies and cultural elites who will silence them, or label them racist, if they complain,” the newspaper reported.
Murdoch Doesn’t Sell News. His business is a Quid pro Quo cash for comment model, the wealthy side of Politics and only a portion of a nation are his clients.
Fox News hosts Sean Hannity and Maria Bartiromo actively worked to craft Trump campaign messaging and undermine election results
Reckless and criminally irresponsible Fox news sends a message of death.
Fox News has mentioned the anti-parasite drug ivermectin at least 292 times since December 2020, according to a Media Matters review. The network’s relentless hyping of the drug as a COVID-19 treatment was irresponsible at the time and has aged terribly — a major study released last month found ivermectin is not effective. But Fox has hidden those results from its viewers, not mentioning that study on the air a single time to date.
What would Putin do without Murdoch’s Fox News?
The Kremlin is once again using Fox News host Tucker Carlson to justify Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, this time promoting his recent segment pushing the Ukrainian biolabs conspiracy theory.
Chris Wallace, the longtime host of Fox News Sunday, is the latest example of a curious phenomenon: Fox News veterans leaving the network and then telling the public that their former employer is a right-wing propaganda outlet.
Advertisers and Funders BEWARE
As Russian autocrat Vladimir Putin wages a brutal war against Ukraine and its people, the Kremlin has made a point to single out Fox News for praise. Russian state media and government accounts have promoted commentary from the network and its personalities; a leaked memo even instructed such outlets that it was “essential” to feature programming by Fox host Tucker Carlson.
When Speech isn’t FREE and it costs the lives and displacement of a Nation it’s PROPAGANDA FOR PROFIT
The Kremlin is attempting to justify its invasion of Ukraine by citing the remarks of conspiracy theorist and Fox Nation host Lara Logan. The Russian government has used Fox News figures to defend its war against Ukraine. Fox News programming has repeatedly defended Russian dictator Vladimir Putin and pushed pro-Kremlin talking points. Unsurprisingly, the Kremlin has amplified Fox host Tucker Carlson, and Mother Jones reported that a leaked Kremlin memo said “it is essential to use as much as possible fragments of broadcasts of” Carlson. Sergey Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister, recently praised Fox News’ coverage of Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, claiming that the network is providing “some alternative points of view.”
How is it Julian Assange has been tortured imprisoned for crimes against the U.S but not even committed in America? The files he leaked were said to be Russian disinformation against Clinton and false. Tucker Carlson, Alex Jones, Steve Bannon do it daily and Trump walked out of the White House with classified material and they have done it within American borders. They have done more harm killed and maimed more Americans than Assange, are allowed and continue to do it.
Throughout former President Donald Trump’s term in office, Media Matters carefully documented a phenomenon we defined as the “Trump-Fox feedback loop,” in which the right-wing propaganda network’s programming inspired over 1,000 tweets from its most important viewer, steering his obsessions and political talking points. That phenomenon came to an end when Trump lost his Twitter account after waging a literal assault on American democracy — which Fox also prodded him to do — but it has now been replaced by a new version, in which Russian dictator Vladimir Putin’s talking points excusing his unprovoked invasion of Ukraine have come to resemble Fox’s own coverage of the assault. In a real-life illustration of the Putin-Fox feedback loop, a recently reported memo from the Russian government directed the country’s media outlets to promote as many clips of Fox News star Tucker Carlson as possible, as the regime’s propaganda and Carlson’s own rhetoric have dovetailed almost perfectly.
“Murdoch For Oil”, Murdoch for Putin, Murdoch for Murdoch
Fox News has absolved Big Oil of any responsibility for energy price increases, while accusing the Biden administration of scapegoating
“Murdoch for Putin”
Here are some examples of Fox’s worst coverage of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the ongoing war:
As the war in Ukraine worsens, their claims get more outlandish and more brazen. Skabeeva, not exactly the most objective host, has taken to calling Fox’s Tucker Carlson a friend, saying “Our acquaintance, the host of Fox News Tucker Carlson, obviously has his own interests—but lately, more and more often, they’re in tune with our own.” In that respect at least, she’s not lying.
Moscow on the Hudson can be found at Murdoch’s Fox News
While we have become almost desensitized to the way Fox News prime-time host Tucker Carlson has parrotted pro-Kremlin propaganda, it now seems like Russia’s leader is parroting Tucker Carlson. This development comes in the wake of a recent memo from the Russian government, directing the country’s media outlets to promote as many clips of Carlson as possible.
OMG gamergate employed the strategies Carlson copies today. They did it to dis feminists, in the gaming community back in 2008. Steve Bannon applied the same strategies and linked them to e-zine Breitbart and then in 2017 along came QAnon who adopted the same tactics and applied them to conspiracy message boards where fact based narratives weren’t needed only attack “swarms” were.
Should we be surprised that devotees like Alex Jones’s Info Wars,Bannon and Murdoch linked up and applied the same tactics to their business models? Trump certainly loved the “swarm” and the gift given him by Bannon and became a Twitter devotee. Moderate ex-Republicans like the Lincoln Project claim the Right-Wing have adopted and applied the theories of Cultural Marxism to bring down American Democracy.Where if you change the cultural narrative and you’ll change the course of politics. Marshal McCluhan predicted it in the 70s and it’s digital age on steroids, psychos have taken control of the message and facts aren’t necessary. It’s why Bannon has been called a Leninist by once Republicans and now anti-Trumpists the Lincoln Project. The simply want to bring down the structure of government in America. So shouldn’t Murdoch, Carlson Ingraham and Fox News be too? Along with Bannon, Trump and and a cast of others they gave birth to “Fake News”. Murdoch made opinion, factless narrative and called it News and it’s why Tucker Carlson is now Putin’s boy and a 5th columnist in the USA today.
The Left simply don’t own the technology and seem to have had the rug pulled out from under them. Where are ANTIFA,the BLM the real Woke critics of systemic oppression in America? They have been drowned out their voice stolen by the swarm of white, nationalist, racists,and conspiracy fruit cakes who like Tucker Carlson echo reverse victimhood mega cultural conspiracies like pizzagate as truth rather than any fact based news and reality.
Sorry, Tuckums, but if you don’t like being viewed as an enemy of America, you need to stop acting like one. And that’s not just about Russia, either. You can watch #TraitorTucker Carlson lash out at Americans but fail to distance himself from Kremlin propaganda below, from the March 14, 2022 Tucker Carlson Tonight. Underneath is David Corn discussing the Kremlin memos, from MSNBC’s March 14, 2022 The ReidOut.
On March 3, as Russian military forces bombed Ukrainian cities as part of Vladimir Putin’s illegal invasion of his neighbor, the Kremlin sent out talking points to state-friendly media outlets with a request: Use more Tucker Carlson. “It is essential to use as much as possible fragments of broadcasts of the popular Fox News host Tucker Carlson, who sharply criticizes the actions of the United States [and] NATO, their negative role in unleashing the conflict in Ukraine, [and] the defiantly provocative behavior from the leadership of the Western countries and NATO towards the Russian Federation and towards President Putin, personally,” advises the 12-page document written in Russian. It sums up Carlson’s position: “Russia is only protecting its interests and security.” The memo includes a quote from Carlson: “And how would the US behave if such a situation developed in neighboring Mexico or Canada?”
Angus Taylor gets his statements straight from Fox News and echoes them here. Liberal MP’s don’t do very much in the way of creative thinking about what might be the best for Australia do they?
From the outset of Russia’s latest invasion of Ukraine, Fox News has been using the conflict as a pretext to agitate for the production of more oil and gas here in the U.S., which the network’s personalities and guests claim will lead to American “energy independence” – an outdated concept that right-wing media use as shorthand for increasing our reliance on domestic sources of fossil fuels, particularly during moments of global instability. In the first two weeks of the conflict from February 24 through March 9, “energy independence” or “energy security” were mentioned across Fox News programming at least 329 times, illustrating how pervasive the fossil fuel industry talking point is within the right-wing media landscape.
Remember Trump’s phone call to Zelensky and his “quid pro quo” threat not to supply arms? Fox was praising Trump for WITHHOLDING THOSE WEAPONS IF ZELENSKY DIDN”T DO WHAT HE WANTED. TO FALSELY ACCUSE BIDEN AND HIS SON!!
Hannity’s concern for Ukrainians’ struggle for freedom against Russian aggression was not evident back in 2019 and 2020, when he and his colleagues were excusing – and even applauding – former President Donald Trump’s plot to condition military aid to that country for personal political gain.
Murdoch has become the new Russian State Media in America. As Putin physically trolls into the Ukraine Fox News turns to Putin’s Manchurian Candidate, Donald J Trump, to praise him while mocking Ukraine Predident and Biden rather than addressing any facts. They are revising and trying to obliterate Ukraine’s history. What is more they shamelessly promoting Russia and making American citizens pay for the largest cable propaganda organization in the country. Pay via government subsidies and not just those who subscribe to them. Yes, Murdoch’s Carlson Ingraham and other anchors all give Donald J Trump time despite the fact he left the White House with highly confidential records and shredded others. Records if she or anyone else had taken,or found in their possession would have been charged with treason, and tried behind closed doors. Fox News is the new RT and Pravda in America.
Fox is so busy trying to blame President Joe Biden for the war and its consequences that they’re skipping right over telling their audience how said war is happening. Fox cannot be trusted with the news. In just the recent past, we’ve seen the network embrace COVID/vaccine lies, election lies, and now propaganda in the place of covering war. Even worse, we’re all paying for this – literally. Fox is overwhelmingly funded by cable subscription fees paid by millions of Americans who never watch Fox. And while cable companies can, for now, foist that cost on the American people, they can at least spare us the bullshit of putting Fox in their news category. That’s perhaps the biggest lie of them all.
Fox News poobahs have has a long history of sexual harassment of female staff, and the organization was fined $1 million for it last year. I once described the mandatorily blonde Fox News female anchors as “not so much hired as trafficked.” So Carlson’s objectification of the congresswoman is par for the course at a Murdoch news property.
Carlson seems to have been on the verge, as he frothed at the mouth, of slipping into German and of shouting “Kinder, Küche, Kirche” (children, kitchen, church!)– the Nazi ideal for women. At least June Cleaver, the fictional mother and housewife of the 1950s situation comedy, “Leave it to Beaver,” cooked meals and raised children and went to church.
Fox News’ vocal support for the far-right trucker convoys in Canada, which began in opposition to vaccine mandates for operators crossing the U.S.-Canada border but has since expanded to oppose all public health measures, has revealed Fox’s hypocritical stances on vaccine and testing policies, as well as protesters who block roads.
But now another key angle has been exposed: While, in the past, Fox opposed advances by organized labor, demeaned unions, insulted striking workers, supported companies over unions, opposed higher wages for workers, and falsely blamed unions for supply chain troubles during the COVID-19 pandemic, the company is now egging on this labor shutdown — which not only sabotages other workers, but was not authorized by any union or democratic process in the first place.
Fox News has pushed anti-vaccine falsehoods and Americans have died as a result. Tucker Carlson has approvingly hosted an Oath Keeper now charged with seditious conspiracy, casting him as a victim. Jesse Watters has urged conservatives to “ambush” Dr. Anthony Fauci, who has lived under constant death threats, and to “go in for the kill shot,” while Lara Logan likened Dr. Fauci to a Nazi doctor. All chilling enough. But the worst for our democracy may be that a significant number of the January 6th rioters came from the military, where Fox News plays in barracks, workplaces, and other common areas.
Fake Product allowed for Sale in America called the “News”
When Chris Wallace abruptly announced that he was leaving Fox News after 18 years, it was the final nail in the coffin for “fact-based reporting” at the network. The purpose of Fox’s “straight news” division was ostensibly separate from the opinion side of the network – where Fox’s most popular content comes from commentators like Tucker Carlson, Laura Ingraham, and Sean Hannity. The illusion of “straight news” at Fox disappeared as personalities like Bret Baier, Martha MacCallum, Harris Faulkner, and Bill Hemmer spent 2021 spreading conspiracy theories, promoting misinformation, and minimizing the seriousness of COVID-19 while undermining vaccines.
While Tucker Carlson has been flirting with white nationalism for years, 2021 was the year he went full-tilt and repeatedly said the quiet part aloud, explicitly referencing the white supremacist “great replacement” conspiracy theory – and earning praise from infamous former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke. And Carlson’s status as the most-watched Fox prime-time star seemingly encouraged his fellow hosts to follow suit; Laura Ingraham warned her viewers that Democrats “will import new voters to offset and eventually replace all you old people.” Carlson has long pushed white supremacist talking points with full corporate support from Fox Corp. CEO Lachlan Murdoch. In the process, he has gained praise from white nationalists, while the Anti-Defamation League has repeatedly called for his firing. White nationalism is now a pillar of Fox’s prime-time platform, and the Murdochs are willing to fund and defend their hosts’ hatred.
Fox News host Jesse Watters encouraged an audience of young right-wing activists to “ambush” Dr. Anthony Fauci with a rhetorical “deadly” “kill shot” while describing a gotcha question they could ask Fauci based on a conspiracy theory about the origins of COVID-19.
Fox News cried “victim” after the ABC’s video on Murdoch but pride themselves on what they do.
Last month, Fauci was similarly targeted by Fox Nation personality Lara Logan, who compared him to “Joseph Mengele, the Nazi doctor who did experiments on Jews during the Second World War and in the concentration camps.”
Murdoch Media’s American Fox News complains it was attacked by our ABC. The Australian Media watchdog has no teeth and rarely if ever comments publicly on SKY or News Corp’s incessant trolling of the ABC. Nevertheless we hear Murdoch central crying “victim”. You really do have to laugh at the ridiculousness of Fox News, who as we speak is, being sued by Dominion Systems for $1.5 Bn. Fox staff have been the biggest and loudest, not reporters but, promoters of “The Big LIe” and lead up to Jan 6th. When they saw the result of that assisted incitement they panicked, and now post-riot are saying it was simply the right of peacefull protest. The world’s biggest anglo-media thug is crying victim why? Because the Murdoch’s want them to avoid any more lawsuits.
Fox News sent a formal complaint to ABC’s chair Ita Buttrose and ABC managing director David Anderson in September, arguing the program, which focused on the American cable TV network’s coverage of former US president Donald Trump and its role in the 2020 US election, was an attack on Fox News.
Unfortunately, there is only one Democratic Party in America that protects or seems to protect Democractic processes. It’s not the Republican Party. There needs to be a redefinition of what “news ” is and a re-examination of the First Amendment Protection given. Julian Assange a publisher and journalist is accused of a crime he didn’t even commit in America and is being extradited without bein afforded any First Amendment Protection. He is recognized by the rest of the world as a member of the press and has won awards in recognition of that. Fox News is in America and is recognized as the very antithesis of news but receives that protection. America isn’t the living example of a Democracy it professes to be.
By Heather — December 19, 2021 As we’ve discussed here many times (and others have as well), the rest of the corporate media needs to stop treating Fox as a legitimate news outlet, and start acknowledging that they’re nothing more than right-wing propaganda dressed up as “news.” The recently revealed January 6th texts between Mark Meadows and many of the anchors on Fox has forced networks such as CNN and others to finally start treating Fox in the manner they deserve, with Don Lemon wondering why they’re even allowed into the White House press room to ask questions: This was met with the reaction you might expect from Media Buzz host Howard Kurtz, who opened his show this Sunday complaining about Lemon. Kurtz pointed to Fox’s defense of Jim Acosta (who had his press badge revoked after Trump lost it during one of his insane briefings, because he didn’t like a question Acosta asked him) as justification that Fox is somehow worthy of the same professional courtesy from CNN now. Kurtz followed up by bringing on Special Report host Bret Baier to join him in complaining about Lemon. Baier also helped play cleanup on aisle five over the mess the network finds themselves in now that
A lot of Dominion discovery, which may already be ongoing, could eventually become public, so we could see duplicitous emails from corporate bosses to anchors ordering them to delegitimize President Biden. Moreover, Fox could be out a lot of money, as much as $1.6 billion, which Dominion is asking for, or even more, if a jury awards greater damages. But the whole legal basis for its big lies, of Sullivan and the neutrality doctrine, could be in jeopardy. The bad thing would be if all this weakens the US press’s first amendment protections, just because an Australian-American billionaire and his band of merry fraudsters decided to see if they could get away with lying on air 24/7.
Fox isn’t News and has no Rights of protection under the 4th Amendment
This is a mistake. Fox is something new—something for which we do not yet have a word. It provides almost no actual journalism. Instead, it gives ideological guidance to the Republican Party and millions of its supporters, attacking its opponents and keeping its supporters in line. And it does so at a hefty profit, thereby turning itself into the political equivalent of a perpetual motion machine.
We keep yelling “freedom of the press” but surely “the press” has like everything else changed over time and needs redefining and clarifying? Because Fox News certainly isn’t what the “press” was last century let alone the century before or even when the Constitution was written.
The UK made a judgment on Murdoch’s News of the World so much so Murdoch shut it down in order to keep his license and not be jailed. The British almost declared him “unfit” to run a media company. Surely Americans need to give consideration to events like that.
However, let’s face it they had no qualms in planning to assassinate or kidnap Julian Assange and sentence him to 175 years in jail for a single event. How many years did American Democracy dream of ways to kill Castro? The great experiment at home but Fascism in foreign affairs is Ok it seems. in the past 30 years they have allowed Murdoch to do them slowly. More harm done to their nation than Assange has ever done. Murdoch has assisted in supporting the extreme right, inciting and normalizing violence, riots, pandemic death, and continues to do so in plain sight under the protection of the 4th amendment. Nobody has died because of Julian Assange’s actions. He didn’t even commit the crime he’s accused of on American soil. You can be arrested in outer space if America chooses.
As my SiriusXM colleague Michelangelo Signorile points out, even “real news” guy Chris Wallace has jumped ship. To continue with Rudd’s metaphor, if our media and body politic are infected with a cancer it’s time to isolate it so it can’t further harm our democracy and, by extension, the democracies of the world.
The Great American Experiment has become a diseased version of what was once intended and they keep feeding that disease rather than curing it. The System is very broken and there is no equivalence to the actions on both sides of the divide. There is no common purpose the ‘we’ is just ‘me’. One group still wants to Serve America while the other simply Service it. Trump has been doing the latter all his life and Mary his neice warned and told America so.Even she didn’t believe he’d get as far as he has.
If voters and activists are going to care, they need to start seeing consequences happen, and not just to the foot soldiers who stormed the Capitol. Trump, Meadows and other co-conspirators who organized and led the coup are all walking around free, openly plotting another coup, while also cooking up various schemes to defraud their own supporters. As long as the Department of Justice treats an organized conspiracy to overthrow the government as beneath attention, Democrats can’t expect voters to take this seriously. Yes, even if they release a bunch of text messages proving what everyone already suspected.
In a Democracy there is a common day to day reality with which we all accept and work,agree and disagree in order to achieve the best possible outcome for everyone. Good bad or ugly one might disagree with the result at any one time but not the process. One can try to push that interpretation hard and to the edge but the fundamental agreement remains in place and that’s Democracy. In a Democracy both sides accept the possibility of compramise and a negotiated loss while moving forward. However today that no longer holds as far as the Republicans are concerned and we saw that on the 6th of Jan yet the Democrats keep going as if nothing has changed and that the political system isn’t broken beacuse to do otherwise is to accept war. However the Democracy is broken because the chaos has spilt beyond politics and has polluted all accepted institutions behaviors and cultural beliefs, reality shattered. Power is in the hands of the rule breakers and until arrested chaos will reign. There can’t be a one party Democracy.
There was a catalyst and when Murdoch arrived and and tipped over America’s world with alternative facts he polluted the Fourth Estate and turned it against the nation along with the wealth of 0,01% that wanted to control it. If the British had Murdoch there’d have been no independance or brave experiment.
As for the grifters and weasels and toadies of Fox News, and as for his own first-begotten son, Trump now knows what he has always suspected: They sucked up to him for all the usual reasons — money, power, fame and another personal advantage — but were never true believers. How sharper than a serpent’s tooth! Fundamentally, those whiny MAGA hangers-on and wannabes were still tethered to the world of Jake Tapper and Anderson Cooper, where there were still norms and standards and a shared sense of bottom-line reality, where it was still possible to go “too far” and where the horrified reactions of polite and normal people in the coastal cities still mattered. They can never possibly eat enough crow — or enough of something else, also a word of four letters — to fully make up for this betrayal.
With Murdoch the degree of consolidation of MSM in Australia guarantees there is no “free speech” in Australia other than on the Internet and Morrison is trying to curb that by ridding us of the ABC and restricting the the cash flow available to Independent media.
- Sean Hannity texted to Meadows: “Can he make a statement. Ask people to leave the Capitol.”
- Laura Ingraham wrote: “Mark, the president needs to tell people in the Capitol to go home. This is hurting all of us. He is destroying his legacy.”
- Brian Kilmeade said: “Please, get him on TV. Destroying everything you have accomplished.”
Fox News let over 16 hours pass before even mentioning the bombshell information released by the House select committee investigating the January 6 insurrection, which revealed failed attempts by multiple Fox personalities to convince then-President Donald Trump to call off a mob of his supporters who had attacked the Capitol. Those same hosts have deliberately lied about the attack ever since, and sought to stop the investigation.
You won’t find news in any Murdoch media. He’s selling a polluted inedible product without a warning.
This episode underlines once again that Fox is merely a propaganda arm of the Trump wing of the Republican Party. To any extent it still relies on a public accommodation, the FCC should launch an investigation into it for its dangerous anti-vaxxer stance and its cascade of wretched lies that injure the public good and are helping bring the United States to the brink of partisan violence.
“Fox executives routinely pointed to Chris Wallace in defending themselves from criticism that the network is a dangerous propaganda channel. Wallace gave Fox News a thin veneer of respectability; and now, the veneer is gone.
What we have been witnessing with Fox News, News Max, OAN, and the privatized media is that their business models have made them the Organ Grinders Monkeys. Driven by the need for the dollar they have sacrificed truth for the Autocratic Capture of the American narrative, the “Big Lie” and Right-Wing messaging. Yes, they have done a Trump, become ratings-driven, and are now anybody’s for a price. As we know money flows from the top down, not up, is generally reactionary, and is in the hands of an oligarchy. Trump knew that, but couldn’t really manage it as he’s just an old-school grifter, and not really a politician. However, now darker forces are at play and working on the Autocratic Capture of the very electoral process state by state trying to turn America away from Democracy to a single party-run Autocracy the likes of Hungary, Russia, and Turkey. Who claim to be Democrcies because they have elections too!!
“What Steve and Jonah did in giving up compensation and a high visibility post was to put their money literally where their mouth is,” Stirewalt said, adding, “What Fox allowed in Tucker Carlson’s documentary, which said that January 6 was potentially a false flag operation undertaken by the federal government and that Americans were being put in Guantanomo over pictures of waterboarding, was beyond reckless and is another mile-marker down the road to the kind of Alex Jones-ian, Infowars-ian garbage that makes it impossible to have any kind of conversation.”
Purdue Pharma and the Sacklers were successfully prosecuted for misinformation after enormous effort. They weren’t prosecuted for producing Oxy which is still available. However their false advertising managed to lead to the unwanted deaths of 500M people isn’t. How is it the Murdoch’s are free to peddle their totally harmful bullshit on vaccinations making America one of the planet’s least vaccinated OECD countries and assisting in 700M deaths?
Giselle Maxwell is currently being prosecuted for assisting Epstein in child molestation,abuse and human trfficking. Julian Assange on the other hand has been hounded for a decade for allowing truth to be released and published. Surely the Murdoch’s and Tucker Carlson deserve to be prosecuted for assisting in the deaths of millions of people. They certainly don’t practice what they preach at News Corp.
Oxy hasn’t been removed from the market place neither should news or information, but misinformation is sinking the nation and a yardstick needs to be set for it’s abuse.
Carlson’s claim that the campaign to vaccinate Americans against COVID-19, and thus prevent deaths, is a “failure” is a conclusion that can be reached only if you ignore every shred of relevant information and consider instead just the fictionalized vision of the vaccine that exists on Fox News. Carlson has dedicated an extraordinary amount of airtime not just to lying about and undercutting COVID-19 vaccination efforts, but also to attacking vaccines as a whole. To name just a few recent examples: Earlier this month, Carlson hosted notorious anti-vaxxer Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to tell viewers that vaccines are one of the “key suspects” behind a rise in cases of autism. During the interview Carlson asked, “Will any thinking person ever trust vaccines again?” Carlson has repeatedly claimed that the COVID-19 vaccine is killing Americans and called it the “single deadliest mass vaccination event in modern history.” Frequent Carlson guest and COVID-19 truther Alex Berenson told Carlson’s viewers that “there’s just no evidence that the vaccines halt infection or transmission in any way.” Even though Fox has its own incredibly strict vaccination and testing policy for staff,