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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

As Trump's World Turns: Bill Maher, Trump's Veracity Void And White Nationalism

We only rarely post Bill Maher on this page.  A few Maher segments have drawn our interest and seem share worthy.

Now, lets move to a more serious set of comments: Trump's motherlode tweeter attack and his denial of growing white supremacy.

CNN broadcast a segment a few days ago regarding Trump's mother lode of weekend tweets. apparently, 45 spent the entire weekend watching Fox News (and other media) tweeting with every zany thought while fully loaded with lies and manipulative fantasy. Rollingstone dot com took a shot at Trump's 50 tweets; sad to put it mildly.  

Veracity isn't a word of conception which is ingrained in Trump's character.

Chris Cillizza took to the CNN set graphics board and ran through a few lies and misstatements (AKA "falsehoods"). At one point in the three minutes segment Cillizza offered wrong numbers regarding his former employer assessment of  Trump lies. He stated the number of lies for the president (according to the Washington Post) has reached 8,000 lies since taking office. He state such while admitting he just returned from vacation. It appears his vacation time lead to a misstatement in the area of missing one thousand lies.  Washington Post headline and lined piece. On the 773rd day of his term in office, Trump's "lying scale" has reach 9,014. After this past weekend it appears the number will increase by double digits.

Now for Cillizza...

The Associated Press (AP) fact check of Trump veto signing comments.  The AP link navigates to the full post we have focused on Trump's statements regarding white nationalism as a "small group of people.
TRUMP, when asked if he views white nationalism as a rising threat worldwide: “I don’t really. I think it’s a small group of people that have very, very serious problems. I guess if you look at what happened in New Zealand, perhaps that’s the case. I don’t know enough about it yet. They’re just learning about the person and the people involved. But it’s certainly a terrible thing.” — remarks Friday in Oval Office. 
THE FACTS: Both data and many experts who track violent extremists point to white nationalism as a rising threat in the U.S. and abroad. 
According to data released this month by the New York-based Anti-Defamation League, for instance, white supremacist propaganda efforts nearly tripled last year from 2017. Reports of the propaganda — which can include fliers, stickers, banners and posters that promote hateful ideology — rose 182 percent to 1,187 cases. That’s up from the 421 reported in 2017. 
The number of racist rallies and demonstrations also rose last year, according to the group. At least 91 white supremacist rallies or other public events attended by white supremacists were held in 2018, up from 76 the previous year. 
The Anti-Defamation League in January said domestic extremists killed at least 50 people in the U.S. in 2018, up from 37 in 2017, and noted that “white supremacists were responsible for the great majority of the killings, which is typically the case.” 
Separately, the Southern Poverty Law Center reported the U.S. had more hate groups last year than at any point in at least the past two decades. The organization, which tracks white supremacists and other far-right extremists, said the 1,020 groups it counted in 2018 amounted to the highest number since the center broadened its survey of such groups in the 1990s.
The center said it was the fourth straight year of hate group growth, representing a 30 percent increase roughly coinciding with Trump’s campaign and presidency. That came following three straight years of decline near the end of the Obama administration. 
And the Justice Department reported in November that hate crimes across the U.S. spiked 17 percent in 2017 — marking a rise for the third straight year. There were 7,175 reported hate crimes that year, up from 6,121 in 2016, according to the FBI report. More than half of the crimes were motivated by bias against a person’s race or ethnicity. Anti-Semitic hate crimes increased 37 percent. 
Among the episodes in the last few years: a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2017 after which Trump blamed “both sides” for violence, and last October’s shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh in which the gunman accused of killing 11 people allegedly drew inspiration from white nationalism. Authorities last month arrested a Coast Guard lieutenant, an alleged white supremacist who appeared interested in attacking top Democrats and network TV journalists.
End the AP (read more linked above)
“It’s not only a national concern, white supremacy is a global terror threat. There is a link between the white supremacists here in the US, those in Europe and what we’ve now seen in New Zealand,” says Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO and National Director of the Anti-Defamation League.

— CNN Newsroom (@CNNnewsroom) March 18, 2019


Monday, October 22, 2018

American Totalitarianism?

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out 
— Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out 
— Because I was not a Trade Unionist. 
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out 
— Because I was not a Jew.  
Martin Niemöller (1893-1984) was a German Protestant who spent seven years in Nazi concentration camps for opposing the religious policies of Hitler. After the war, he became a prominent member of the Peace Movement. He achieved renown for his poem 'First they came for the Communists…'
January 1945, shows a group of children wearing concentration camp uniforms behind barbed wire fencing at Auschwitz. 

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The ugly manifestations of authoritarianism and its bundled subsets. 

No one better than Newt Gingrich for embodying the essence of modern Republicanism. Recall his wife was given he glamorous and cushy job of Ambassador to the Vatican.

The wondering Trump demagogue stated:
“Let me be as blunt and direct as I can be. Western civilization is in a war. We should frankly test every person here who is of a Muslim background, and if they believe in sharia, they should be deported,” Gingrich said on Fox News. “Sharia is incompatible with Western civilization. Modern Muslims who have given up Sharia—glad to have them as citizens. Perfectly happy to have them next door.”
Gingrich is one Trump demagogue, yet he as an individual pales when compared with what seems a GOP core value with fissures in whiter nationalism and bold racism. The GOP has its racist flag wavers such as Steve King of Iowa. But, we suggest much deeper scrutiny of what the Party on the Right has come to via evolution post-Ronald Reagan's open racists Southern Strategy politics. 

Example.  How often have we heard or read defective strategy from the GOP which clearly intended to mirror reflect the actions of the party? Trump consistently overuses the strategy, a method of mind shaping which spans back to other totalitarian leaders in modern history. 

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Before the Atlantic piece, allow a couple of comments about two article headings.

A. "Aryanization"

While well over the of the nation refuse to accept obvious white nationalism and racism deeply inbred in the current GOP, the facts support clear core values of distrust and aversions to all things nonwhite with extreme denizens who openly practice racism and anti-Semitism. One such purveyor of such nationalism was once employed in the White House and served as a chief adviser to Trump.

On a more street level, we are seeing groups like the Proud Boys, the so-called (white racists) Alt-right, and various splinter organizations with goals embed in white supremacy. 


GOP faces identity crisis as some candidates stoke racial divide | PBS ...

The Independent UK

Why are racists flocking to join the Republican Party? | The Independent

And there is this from the lowest in the gutter. Linked here.
B. The Propaganda Ministry and the Reich Press Chamber

The one is simple and quick: Fox News, Steve Miler, Spencer Media, and a former Fox News head on the big-wig in the White House communications Dept. 

The dangers inherent in Trumpism far exceed Trump himself and his inner cabal. The danger is the American electorate; people who refused to vote in 2016 and people who actually voted for Trump. In other cases, a sorry lot of low information celebrity worshippers who probably serve as Trump's: a sucker is born every minute.

Yale Professor Timothy Snyder recently supported his case regarding Trumpism close resemblance to Germany 1926 - 1945.

The Atlantic

“Let me be as blunt and direct as I can be. Western civilization is in a war. We should frankly test every person here who is of a Muslim background, and if they believe in sharia, they should be deported,” Gingrich said on Fox News. “Sharia is incompatible with Western civilization. Modern Muslims who have given up Sharia—glad to have them as citizens. Perfectly happy to have them next door.”

<p>German boys read an issue of <em>Der Stuermer</em> newspaper posted in a display box at the entrance to a Nazi Party headquarters in the Dresden region. The German slogan (partially obscured) at the bottom of the display box reads, "The Jews are our misfortune."</p>

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Establishing Control of the Press

When Adolf Hitler took power in 1933, the Nazis controlled less than three percent of Germany’s 4,700 papers.
The elimination of the German multi-party political system brought about the demise of hundreds of newspapers produced by outlawed political parties. It also allowed the state to seize the printing plants and equipment of the Communist and Social Democratic Parties, which were often turned over directly to the Nazi Party. In the following months, the Nazis established control or exerted influence over independent press organs.
During the first weeks of 1933, the Nazi regime deployed the radio, press, and newsreels to stoke fears of a pending “Communist uprising,” then channeled popular anxieties into political measures that eradicated civil liberties and democracy. SA (Storm Troopers) and members of the Nazi elite paramilitary formation, the SS, took to the streets to brutalize or arrest political opponents and incarcerate them in hastily established detention centers and concentration camps. Nazi thugs broke into opposing political party offices, destroying printing presses and newspapers.
Sometimes using holding companies to disguise new ownership, executives of the Nazi Party-owned publishing house, Franz Eher, established a huge empire that drove out competition and purchased newspapers at below-market prices. Some independent newspapers, particularly conservative newspapers and non-political illustrated weeklies, accommodated to the regime through self-censorship or initiative in dealing with approved topics.


Through measures to “Aryanize” businesses, the regime also assumed control of Jewish-owned publishing companies, notably Ullstein and Mosse.
Ullstein, which published the well-known Berlin daily the Vossische Zeitung, was the largest publishing house company in Europe by 1933, employing 10,000 people. In 1933, German officials forced the Ullstein family to resign from the board of the company and, a year later, to sell the company assets.
Owners of a worldwide advertising agency, the Mosse family owned and published a number of major liberal papers much hated by the Nazis, including the Berlin Tageblatt; the Mosse family fled Germany the day after Hitler took power. Fearing imprisonment or death, reputable journalists also began to flee the country in large numbers. German non-Jewish newspaper owners replaced them in part with ill-trained and inexperienced amateurs loyal to the Nazi Party, as well as with skilled and veteran journalists prepared to collaborate with the regime in order to maintain and even enhance their careers.

The Propaganda Ministry and the Reich Press Chamber

The Propaganda Ministry, through its Reich Press Chamber, assumed control over the Reich Association of the German Press, the guild which regulated entry into the profession. Under the new Editors Law of October 4, 1933, the association kept registries of “racially pure” editors and journalists, and excluded Jews and those married to Jews from the profession. Propaganda Ministry officials expected editors and journalists, who had to register with the Reich Press Chamber to work in the field, to follow the mandates and instructions handed down by the ministry. In paragraph 14 of the law, the regime required editors to omit anything “calculated to weaken the strength of the Reich abroad or at home.”
The Propaganda Ministry aimed further to control the content of news and editorial pages through directives distributed in daily conferences in Berlin and transmitted via the Nazi Party propaganda offices to regional or local papers. Detailed guidelines stated what stories could or could not be reported and how to report the news. Journalists or editors who failed to follow these instructions could be fired or, if believed to be acting with intent to harm Germany, sent to a concentration camp. Rather than suppressing news, the Nazi propaganda apparatus instead sought to tightly control its flow and interpretation and to deny access to alternative sources of news.

Toward the End of World War II

By 1944, a shortage of newspaper and ink forced the Nazi government to limit all newspapers first to eight, then four, and finally, two pages. Of the 4,700 newspapers published in Germany when the Nazis took power in 1933, no more that 1,100 remained. Approximately half were still in the hands of private or institutional owners, but these newspapers operated in strict compliance with government press laws and published material only in accordance with directives issued by the Ministry of Propaganda. While the circulation of these newspapers was approximately 4.4 million, the circulation of the 325 newspapers and their multiple regional editions owned by the Nazi Party was 21 million. Many of these newspapers continued to publish until the end of the war.
Upon occupying Germany, Allied authorities shut down and confiscated presses owned by Nazi Party organs. The last surviving German radio station, located in Flensberg, near the Danish border, made its final broadcast in the name of the National Socialist state on May 9, 1945. After reporting the news of the unconditional capitulation of German forces to the Allies, it went off the air.

After the War

In the postwar US occupation zone of Germany, the military administration believed that the reestablishment of a free press was vital to the denazification and reeducation of Germans, and essential to the creation of democracy in Germany. Therefore, the first German newspaper approved for publication by the US military high command appeared on January 24, 1945, in Aachen, three months after the US forces captured the city.
Among those tried by the Allies as major war criminals at the International Military Tribunal in Nuremberg were Hans Fritzsche, head of the Radio Division of the Propaganda Ministry, and Julius Streicher, editor of Der Stürmer.

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They will soon come for you......

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Maher, Rob Reiner and Two Conservative Trump Facilitators

Bill Maher tonight clashed with Rick Santorum and CNN conservative commentator Tara Setmayer (plus noted, Liberal, director and former actor Rob Reiner) over the fact that Donald Trump may not be the real problem with the GOP… 

Before the 11 minute clip (and ti is worthy of a close viewing), Let's remind your folks of Maher's key guest: Rick Santorum.  

Santorum from his failed run for the GOP nomination in 2012. 

Now, that we have the opportunistic racist Santorum in perspective, let's watch his failed efforts to beat the drum and sound the horn for Donald Trump (a bird of the same feather).

Bill Maher, Reiner, Set mayer and Santorum

Would you actually believe Trump's reticent endorsement of three GOP members of Congress was brought-up by the desperate Santorum.  So, Trump's soiled aura was turned round with one strategically forced set of lies form Trump.  Wow!  How shallow is the GOP and conservative America?


Monday, August 24, 2015

Don't Invite SE Cupp On Your Show If You Are Above The Low Sling Camera Angle

...And will not challenge her drivel

If you are a regular reader of the TPI, you know of my total disdain for news and current events delivered with a prop that I call "The thighs couch" (example below).

Fox News is the mater outlet of "leg laced news, or flesh laced news", but we are finding CNN also deploys the below chair height or below table height moving camera. As you view the following 55 second YouTube video think about the actually utility of a camera angel that is almost one foot below the table height.

A few examples of the news model from the "the thighs couch" developer and master, Fox News, follows.  But first, allow me to develop the point of today's "skin" exhibition.  First, rest assured while the libido flashes are entertaining, the ultimate point has to do with the diminution of credible cable new coverage and its influence on delivering message detrimental to the nation.  

Bill Maher recently broadcast a segment about financial markets and our suffering under the umbrella of Walls Street's grip on the nation.  His guest pool included former Us Congressman Barney Frank, another unnamed guest, and the supreme dweeb, SE Cupp (former Fox News and CNN personality).  During the course of a quick segment in which Frank delivered a lengthy response about maintaining curbs on Wall Street or returning to the days of pre-Lehman Brothers collapse (and sub-prime lending), Cupp honed in with typical conservative talking head shallow and false claims. Watch the quick segment and if Frank's comment is a bit long for you, checkout the last seconds of his remarks and Cupp dweebism.  

There are no "smart Republicanism" on most political issues and there certainly are no Republicans who are supportive of the need for Wall Street reform.

How often do you watch or hear Right-wing assertions accompanied by the show host simply allowing the mouthpiece to spew garbage and move on tot he next segment? Or, better yet, how often do you see and hear these talking heads go unchallenged? Frank, challenged with one word: "WHO?"

Our point in what follows is in no way an blanket indictment of women who report news. Factually, you will to date we have not seen what follows on MSNBC. The current changes in MSNBC's broadcast model could lead to what follows; we hope it doesn't. The point is our continued speaking-out about the diminution of our information sources. A prospect that is particularly relevant since the vast majority of us get our news and current events form television. Moreover, most of that coverage reaches viewers from cable news.  

The AP (March 2014)

Question: Please tell me if you used each device or technology to get new in the last week, or if you did not.

Most Americans use many media devices for news

Question: Did you watch, read, or hear news from the following types of news reporting sources in the last week, or not?
With that in mind, take a look at the cable news beginning of one SE Cupp. 

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Cupp could be cognitively brilliant with on-air opine that is stellar and relevant, but she damned well doesn't speak the talk.

Since, we are here, let's remind of teh Fox News attraction and how the message is often facilitated with distractions that may reach the brains; Cerebral Cortex (Parietal Lobe - involved in the reception and processing of sensory information from the body ) specifically the libido well before information reaches the cerebral cortex  Frontal Lobe - involved with decision-making, problem solving, and planning.)

The Roger Ailes Model that leads to an SE Cupp in a chair spewing inane assertions without an iota of substance.

Michelle Fields, Fox News contributor, 
and obvious If ya have em, flaunt em ratings

Appearing on Fox News as a paid contributor is a well paying gig, if you have the mental inclination and the physical attributes to drive ratings. Over the years we have learn to two very important points about Fox News and its appeal to its vastly white baby-boomer. 


Some of the pictured hosts and reporter are no longer employed by Fox News. Yet, the images leave a stark reminder of Roger Ailes Business Fox News business model. 

Another key reminder of News and political coverage via Fox News: Septmebr 19, 2013  Brian Kilmeade's radio show and guest fellow Fox & Friends co-host Gretchen Carlson.

They call it news? 


Delivering messages, communication and propaganda are best accommodated  via visuals. You will often find visuals as an adjunct to information and points offered here on the TPI.  we literally love the quick opportunity for assimilating information via graphs charts, and infographics. So we get the dynamics of influencing viewers (and readers) while garner phenomenal ratings.

When your audience is predominately male with age demographics from the mid-thirties through high-end baby-boomers. When the Fox News host "got em" network management are assured visually delivered messages reach the target audience via willing and anxious human sensory organs and the always reliable libido.

All said, we get it; but, at what price? We posit the price is far too high. As implied by the depictions a component of the Fox News business model (above), we find real danger in the extent to which Fox Management pursues Far-right ideology promulgation and nation shaping. 

The buxom Fox contributor above recently join a Fox Business segment to deliver a message

Fox: Let’s Stop Giving Old People Money Just Because They Are Old: Why Social Security?

Fox News contributor Michelle Fields said “we shouldn’t be giving money to people just because they’re old,” when defending the idea of completely cutting Social Security. Most Fox News viewers are elderly conservatives.
This is an obvious, cheap move by Fox News to pander to the younger crowd. Here’s some news: the pandering doesn’t work.

About the Author

Joshua De Leon

Josh de Leon is a writer and researcher with Ring of Fire.


Monday, May 11, 2015

Alex Jones No-Showed ABC News (Surprised?)

Do you know Alex Jones?   
Do you watch his Info Wars TV show regularly? 
Are you one who seeks and absorbs conspiracy theories like butter on a hot piece of toasted bread?  How do you feel about Type A quacks who help to push the American psyche to levels of paranoia unfounded in US History? 
If you answered in the affirmative to either of the questions, now about yet another ad and more critical inquiry.  

Have you ever succumbed to the talents of a carnival barker, paid to enter the tent and quickly realized you had been duped? 

Alex Jones seems to have serious cognitive issues as evident in the following 14 minute segment with the former CNN Host Piers Morgan. The issues control after the Sandy Hook school shooting. You might prefer to skip through the segment as did I; over exposure to Piers Morgan and Alex Jones is tantamount to 10 minutes of Rush Limbaugh or three minutes of Fox News.

Skip forward to the spring of 2015. Jones joined a chorus of Texas politicians, media operatives and quack sycophant listeners and viewers in bemoaning the US military eight state summer training exercise Jade Helm 15.

Conservative media added a degree of impetus to the insane and paranoid dogma, GOP politicians honed in (for and against the story), and the story grew legs.  The story also drew criticism from both Jon Stewart and Bill Maher. ABC News apparently found some degree of value in attempting to book the carnival barker for a Sunday show appearance. Well, as with any barker, after the show, you will not find the barker on the right side of that tent opening. Jones "no showed after agreeing to the booking!

Mediaite also published a quick read piece about the No-show.  

We will update this piece as the day progresses as we are certain Jones will appear with some quack story as to why he no showed ABC News.