Paranoia sells, and Rupert Murdoch’s Fox News enterprise likes to scare the hell out of its viewers for fun and profit if there’s good money to be made — especially when it’s got skin in the game. But this time the political stakes are much higher than usual: America’s future as a democracy is on the line.
Looking for blame in all the wrong places is looking to distract from reality and it’s Murdoch and Carlson intent
“Oh, so the lockdowns dramatically increase the incidence of mental illness among young people and in 10 days, we’ve seen two mass shootings by mentally ill young people. Could there be a connection?” he asked. “Now, that’s not finger-pointing. It’s not to blame [Dr. Anthony] Fauci for yesterday’s shooting. We’re not that low. We’re not Joe Biden. But if people are becoming mentally ill because they’re disconnected from others, what can we do to connect them to others and thereby reduce the incidence of mental illness? That’s a real conversation.”
Deflection & denial isn’t just a river in Egypt.
It’s never the racist that is to blame for racism. It’s always someone else’s fault.
Murdoch said, “I think when you’re in the news business, and you’re number one … you get a lot of heat and it just comes with the territory,” he told Axios.
The son of Rupert then ignored what right-wing hate hosts like Carlson, Hannity, and Ingraham are vomiting daily into the airwaves, and gave this lame justification of them.
I think the world is more divided and on edge than it has been, you know, for a very long time,” Murdoch said in an interview last week. “I think on the noise around it, so much of it is politicized … And so, you’ve got to be tough about it.”
Which network is dividing the country?
Which network is acting more like a Republican candidate recruiting station than a supposed news and information service?
Which network allows their airwaves to be used as a fundraising vehicle for pro-Trump lawmakers?
Imagine this election without Murdoch
Today’s white supremacists tend to wear expensive suits and to work out of corporate or political offices. You will find more than a few at 1211 Avenue of the Americas in New York City, which is the headquarters of News Corp and its subsidiary Fox Corp, and in the big white building that sits atop of Capitol Hill in Washington DC. All these men and women, without exception, are firmly within the Republican Party.
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.
Murdoch Practice. In the UK criminal phone taps anything to get ahead of the competion. In US largely PR staging Interviews & promoting Republican interests while trashing the Dems. In Australia, simply being the largest private player in the nation’s quid pro quo cash for comment business.
On Friday, CNN reported that Fox News anchor Maria Bartiromo supplied former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows with questions in advance of interviewing former President Donald Trump.
It was the third time in recent months Putin has blasted the so-called “cancel culture”. Which is exactly what Trump, Tucker Carlson, and the Republican party have blasted for several years.
“When you deal with such a dishonest propagandist—and that is what he is—there’s nothing you can take out of context, because none of it is real,” Stewart said. “He’s admitted when he’s cornered, he lies. It’s all a game and a performance. I mean, honestly, I have no idea what the fuck that guy believes, truly.” That goes for the whole network and its chairman Rupert Murdoch, who Stewart says is “trying to destroy the fabric of this country.” “I don’t know if it’s ideological or he just thinks, this is where the money is.
But how somebody can in good conscience put a shithead like that on television every night to say those types of things, that’s where the responsibility lies in my mind,” Stewart said. And now, for your edification, here’s Stewart telling Carlson who he was 18 years ago. The pinhead has only gotten worse since.
MURDOCH MEDIA AND SCOTT MORRISON DANCE TOGETHER
Fox News clips of Tucker Carlson and Tulsi Gabbard trashing Ukraine and the Biden administration were a mainstay of news coverage this week on Russian state television.
Headlines across America except
Fox News devoted twenty-three SECONDS of coverage to Mazars separating from Trump and declaring their financials ‘unreliable.’
Carlson, it must be reminded is a supporter of dictatorships. He likes, scrapes and bows to Hungary’s Orban’s authoritarian anti-democratic stand. He supports Putin as did Trump. His posture on American action is to abandon all its allies in the EU, UK, and NATO. Just as Trump abandoned the Kurds in Syria.
Anti-war advocates on the Left who oppose Carlson certainly don’t hold the same position Ther no equivalence between the protest in Washington and Jan 6th or between ANTIFA and White Nationalists.. Trump and Carlson are now arguing that those two events are the same. Yet he didn’t call in the National Guard at Capitol Hill.
The strangest of bedfellows currently oppose a confrontation with Russia.
The persistense in delivering false and intended misinformation to Americans on Climate, pollutants and vaccinations has resulted in the unnecessary deaths of thousands. “Jump off the Empire State Building you wont die” isn’t an opinion it’s tantamount to murder when broadcast over and over again phishing for those that will listen. False advertising is illegal, Ponzi schemes are indictable, yet Fox News can get away with murder.
USA Today’s headline contains all the contradictions: “Boosted Americans 97 times less likely to die of virus than unvaccinated; CDC predicts 75,000 more deaths by Feb. 26.” If we know the first part of the headline, why are we having all those further deaths, when boosters are free and universally available? To a large extent, the reason for all those deaths is the Republican Party. Eric Kleefeld at Media Matters shows that for-profit news organizations have been reluctant to call out the Republican Party on its deadly vaccine disinformation campaign. Fox “news” tells people that the vaccines have been a failure (they have not).
There is, and will be, no turnaround by Murdoch Media in this up and coming election. They are currently the Government’s media voice and have had an 8- year investment in place to keep the LNP in government. It’s simply their business model. The undeclared sponsorship of the L-NP voiced across Australia.
Since the start of President Joe Biden’s term, Fox News has hired at least nine editors who previously worked for former President Donald Trump’s administration, Republican campaign offices, or Republican politicians. Many of those editors now cover politics for FoxNews.com. Fox’s Republican hiring spree has come as the network has further cast aside its so-called “news” division in favor of right-wing opinion and Republican-friendly “reporting.” (The division between Fox News’ “opinion” and “news” division has always been a sham.)
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
The very ability to keep America culturally divided is the alchemy that provides America’s Fascist Extreme Right and the those within and out of the Republican Party the power to have the tail control wag the dog. Organize chaos, extreme armed elements you have a key, control the message and you have a coup. Jan 6th was close.
The Kaiser Family Foundation has a new poll out this week, also reported on by The Washington Post, showing the alarming extent to which COVID-19 misinformation has penetrated among American adults, but particularly Republicans and people who consume right-wing media. The really scary thing: A lot of people actually believe the things they see on Fox News and further right networks like Newsmax.
There is no greater need th our education system than learning the skills of Critical Thinking. Skills which the extreme Right in the world want done away with and replaced by their absolutist dogmas and facts like “the Steal” “CRT” ” Anti-vax” “Covid Hoax” etc etc etc
In the same post defending Breivik, the Norwegian terrorist who killed 77 people at a summer camp, Yarvin compares Breivik to Nelson Mandela: “No one who condones Che, Stalin, Mao, or any other leftist murderer, has any right to ask anyone else to dissociate himself from a rightist who didn’t even make triple digits. ABB is a terrorist. Nelson Mandela is a terrorist. … If you ask me to condemn Anders Breivik, but adore Nelson Mandela, perhaps you have a mother you’d like to fuck.”
Fox News’ Tucker Carlson is facing backlash for his latest attempt to use the Nazi-inspired “replacement theory” to accuse Democratic lawmakers of importing violent criminals into the country for political gain. On Wednesday, August 11, Carlson appeared on “Fox & Friends” where he spoke with the panel of hosts and shared details about the so-called “scandal involving the border.” Carlson chimed in saying, “I mean, you know what this tells you honestly? What’s happening at the border is not a crisis. A crisis is a flood in Bangladesh, it’s an act of God. This is an intentional act.” “This is the administration bringing felons, violent criminals into our country on purpose,” Carlson claimed. “Why would you do something like that? Only to destroy it. I mean, there’s no other explanation for this. It’s not an act of compassion. It’s an act of hostility against the United States in order to change it forever. I think this is the greatest scandal of my lifetime, what’s happening on the border right now.” Carlson went on to claim that Democrats have a “strategy” that includes importing “violent criminals” to increase their voter roll.
When Fox News turned to Bret Baier for comment shortly after the conclusion of Tuesday’s hearing of the House select committee investigating the January 6 storming of the U.S. Capitol by pro-Trump rioters, the network’s chief political anchor was adamant that it would be impossible for anyone to downplay the devastating testimony heard that day. Over the previous several hours, four police officers had described in searing detail how they had risked their lives defending Congress from a violent, bigoted throng that sought to halt the counting of electoral votes formalizing President Joe Biden’s election. “If you were watching, you saw compelling, at times damning, emotional testimony from these four officers who fought the line to try to protect the Capitol and the lawmakers inside,” Baier said. Highlighting the officers’ descriptions of how they “fought to hold on to their lives,” he added that while Republicans are trying to argue that the investigation is politically motivated, “you can’t watch the testimony and say that’s not a big deal.”
Fox News has not mentioned recent remarks in which retired Gen. Michael Flynn, former President Donald Trump’s first national security adviser, expressed support for a military coup in the United States.
The Murdochs’ purge of rational voices and gutter intensification of the crackpot corral have paid off. Fox News has regained its cable-news ratings supremacy, it’s projected to trounce CNN’s primetime audience this month, and its ad revenues have never been better. All that in profitable service to Trump and, more so, the millions of lobotomized lowlifes who adore him. Trump is, of course, repaying the network with his traditional gratitude. Yesterday he grabbed his Crayon kit and scrawled: “It was the day that [Paul] Ryan went on the board of Fox … that Fox totally lost its way and became a much different place.” But the Murdochs don’t care, as long as they rake in the dough.
Fox Corp. CEO Lachlan Murdoch, the son of international media magnate Rupert Murdoch, defended his company’s flagship cable news network in a rare interview Wednesday with Insider, calling Fox News’ primetime host Tucker Carlson “brave” for espousing the nativist “replacement theory” and defending the provocateur’s false statements on COVID-19 vaccines. “Obviously our opinion is center-right,” Lachlan said at one point of Fox News, his company’s profit center. But despite the network’s increasingly fevered pitch on controversial culture war issues, he laid the blame for our current age of partisan rancor at the feet of social media companies, which “algorithmically drives people into echo chambers.”
In its ongoing 11 month smear of critical race theory, Fox News has mentioned the topic no less than 552 times. Fox’s coverage began in the summer of 2020, focusing on schools attempting to fold anti-racism teachings into their curricula. First, Fox’s opinion side hosted Christopher Rufo, an anti-civil rights activist who has targeted critical race theory, and ginned up controversy over purposeful misreadings of the approach — before the network’s self-described “news” side took over to report on state attempts to ban the study of systemic racism in classrooms. The network’s coverage steadily climbed in 2021 and featured a massive spike in April, with 235 mentions in that month alone.
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As has been well documented, the violent incursion of the Capitol by thousands of white nationalists, armed militiamen, and a who’s who of MAGA-faithful was sparked by widespread, yet false claims about a stolen election, promoted for months by the most powerful man in the world in his public pronouncements and his social media channels. These lies found a reliable echo chamber in the right-wing corporate media ecosystem—Fox, affiliates of Sinclair Broadcasting, One America News, and a countless array of local and national voices that rhetorically agitate listeners every day on political talk radio. Nevertheless, it was social media that received the majority of the public backlash after the riot.
Throwing Derek Chauvin under the bus should have been a no-brainer for the “I’m not a racist” crowd. The pretense behind “blue lives matter” has been that it’s not that conservatives are racist but that Black Lives Matter goes “too far.” They argue that most police killings are unfortunate accidents to be tolerated in the name of greater social safety and that the “few bad apples” who do it on purpose can be held to account without widespread reform.
Could the Murdochs be preparing to make right-wing US cable television station Fox News and its shows such as Tucker Carlson Tonight and Hannity available more broadly to Australians via a streaming service? Paperwork filed with at least one government agency suggests so.
Just hours after news broke that Matt Gaetz is under investigation for federal child trafficking , he decided it would be a super great idea to go on Tucker Carlson to read a carefully worded script kind of denying the charges, but also bringing up more allegations that were not even public yet.
Matt Gaetz went on Tucker Carlson just hours after news broke of a DOJ investigation into federal child trafficking charges and let’s just say it did not go well.
Trump appeared entirely convinced that the insurrection was mostly peaceful and fun-loving, only briefly clarifying to Fox News host Laura Ingraham that the rioters who breached the building “shouldn’t have done it.” He railed against law enforcement for “persecuting” the rioters, arguing that “some of them went in and they’re, they’re hugging and kissing the police and the guards.”Trump tries to defend Capitol rioters on Fox News, gets shut down by Laura Ingraham | Salon.com
Thus passed another primetime journey through the Fox wormholes of bile and infantile ridicule. I suspect the network’s ratings will only regrow, once all the Trumpeteers overcome the trauma of an unstolen election. Just look at the appetizing grist to grind, already here, or on its way: the exciting, systematic disenfranchisement of un-real Americans; the jeering at the inexorable flaws and foibles of dispensing nearly $2 trillion; more Bidenesque gaffing; the gift-wrapped purges; the exhilarating race to retake Congress; the scramble to crown the next Führer. And Fox News will be there to cover it, as will Newsmax, OAN, Breitbart, The Federalist and all the other reactionary organs of chronic hate.Just Another Grotesque Night with Tucker, Sean, and Laura | The Smirking Chimp
Fox had to cover Biden’s first prime time address after b**tching for days about no presser. So they lined up “pundits” to pan the speech afterwards. Fox News has given up having anything to do with news.Fox News Liars Call Biden ‘Senile’ After Speech | Crooks and Liars
If you want to stop the Fox host, focus on the money behind himBlame the Murdochs for Tucker Carlson | Media Matters for America
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President Biden on Monday honored the deaths of 500,000 Americans from COVID-19. It is a very large number, and commentator Sanjay Gupta at CNN had tears in his eyes because, he said, “they didn’t have to die.”President Biden Honors 500K Dead. He didn’t say so, but they didn’t have to Die
Joe Biden is very good at. He held a somber ceremony at the White House which was carried live on the mainstream news networks and observed with appropriate gravity by nearly all who commented —except Fox News.Fox News’ COVID denialism now threatens U.S. vaccine rollout — but its roots are deeper | Salon.com
Fox News has joined the latest round of the right-wing online campaign seeking to fire Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. At the heart of this campaign is really an ongoing rebellion against health measures during the COVID-19 pandemic, whether in requirements for the public or even precautions by individuals.Fox News’ calls to fire Anthony Fauci are just its latest attempt to undermine public health measures | Media Matters for America
During Friday’s edition of Fox News’ Outnumbered, the panelists repeated a number of false claims about the ongoing blackouts in Texas, both in an attempt to cover up negligence by the state government and private power utilities and to deny the role of climate change in severe weather events. Fox has been waging a sustained propaganda campaign attempting to blame renewable energy sources for the state’s crisis. By contrast, local media outlets in Texas have done a much better job at explaining how the breakdowns across all energy sources — including from fossil fuels, which still normally provide a majority of the state’s electricity — are the result of the state’s failure to adequately winterize its infrastructure, even after prior blackout events. But these facts were entirely left out of the conversation on Outnumbered.Fox’s Outnumbered lies about role of climate change in Texas and state’s record on winter blackouts | Media Matters for America
Donald Trump and other fans are expressing support for Lou Dobbs after the sudden cancellation of his “number one news program” on Fox News, but liberals are so giddy they want other conservatives like Sean Hannity pulled.‘Now fire Hannity, Ingraham, Carlson’: Liberals call for BIGGER PURGE at Fox News as canceled Lou Dobbs shares tweets of support — RT USA News
Bill Sammon, senior vice president and managing editor at Fox’s Washington bureau, announced his retirement to staff members on Monday. On Tuesday, as part of a restructuring of Fox’s digital operations, politics editor Chris Stirewalt was let go.Two Fox News executives out after Arizona election night call
Fox News helped create a problem that it is now exploitingAfter repeatedly telling people that the election was stolen, Fox News now justifies efforts to overturn it because Republicans “feel” it was rigged | Media Matters for America
Fox News wrecked the U.S. pandemic response, used protests for racial justice to spread white supremacist propaganda, and waged an assault on democracyFor Fox News, mass death in the U.S. was just the cost of doing business | Media Matters for America
That’s what Fox News did this year. The right-wing network has promoted coronavirus misinformation an estimated 13,551 times on its weekday programs over the course of the pandemic. And its lies had a deadly impact.Misinformer of the Year: Fox News | Media Matters for America
Right-wing media have championed Sweden’s “low-scale” approach to the coronavirus pandemic as an alternative to stricter government mandates deployed in the United States. On Fox News, pundits argued that Sweden’s policies would allow its population to swiftly reach “herd immunity” and questioned why the U.S. was “locking down” instead. Now that country is rushing to tighten restrictions following rapid increases in cases, hospitalizations, and deaths that are far in excess of those of its neighbors.The right-wing case for Sweden’s pandemic response has completely collapsed | Media Matters for America
This morning, CNN reported that Fox News “is instructing its talent not to call Joe Biden the ‘President-elect’ when the network calls the race.”Report: Fox executive instructed staff to reject election results | Media Matters for America
That feedback loop is likely to accelerate in the days leading up to and perhaps following the election, as Trump and his propagandists try to turn normal election difficulties into a scandal, potentially delegitimize millions of ballots, and bring to bear the GOP advantage in the courts. Here are 17 times this has happened so far this year.17 times Trump has cast doubt on the election in response to Fox | Media Matters for America