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Showing posts with label CBS News. Show all posts
Showing posts with label CBS News. Show all posts

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Iran Nuclear Deal Scuttle (Who Wins?)

We don't have an answer, but we know Putin loves it, Isreal loves it and so does Trump's sycophants.
donald trump

April 30, 2018, in the Rose Garden: lies.

The Washington Post

Four Pinocchios

Earlier today

Forty-one seconds in US History and yet more nation killing buffoonery by Trump.
While the majority of media are reporting on the decision as yet another example of the extent to which Trump operates well outside the realm of practical, sane and competent leadership while completely outside the spirit of cooperativeness.  Some are positing Trump is simply fulfilling a campaign promise.  

His fulfilling the campaign promise will yield null excitement for some while putting economic hardships on the middle-class and lower income families. Rhetoric regarding pulling out of NAFTA, declaring China a money manipulator, building a wall across the full span of the southern border and ensuring all have affordable medical coverage. campaign promises fulfilled for people who gave him an electoral win (including those who didn't vote in 2016) will provide a feeling of glee for some but in the long run, many of in the middle and lower-income Americans will suffer economic setbacks. 

A few sub headlines from The Business Insider delineates one area of sure setbacks.
    • Trump's decision is projected to remove 250,000 to 500,000 barrels per day of Iranian oil from the market.
    • The decrease in oil supply will likely increase prices and eventually cause US gas prices to rise.
    • The bump in gas prices could eat into US households' discretionary income.
    The Washington Post also published similarly. 

    Former President Obama commented on Trump's dealing scuttling.

    Stupid Is as Stupid Does


    Friday, April 28, 2017

    The Daily GOP Ignominious: Trump's Tax Guide, Trump's Jobs Numbers And His Coke Button

    It shouldn't surprise anyone Trump is now deflated about winning the 2016 General Election (The US Presidency). It is not his cup of tea as the job involves far more than edicts from up high between sips of Coca-Cola, tweets and watching his favorite daytime TV shows. While he garnered the ultimate ego-blast via winning an electoral victory, Trump seems to continue to suffer via the stark reality he lost the popular vote by 2.84 million votes. He seems to be deflated, despite efforts to prop-up his first 100 Days of no major legislation passed through Congress.  It is a matter of fact Trump is governing via executive order without any level of shame for his past vilifying President Obama from signing (far fewer) such officials edicts.

    Oh, the childish and manipulative hypocrisy!

    As an example, CBS published a set of graphics related to Trumps first weeks in office. While the nation's 45th President claims significant governing accomplishments offer the reality of EOs. Actually, today Trump signed what will turn out in the long-term to be a kiss of death for Artic eco-systems. He signed an EO to which reverses Obama's prohibition against drilling in the Artic.  He has now signed into law 30 such EOs.


    The image atop this piece speaks to the level of intellectual of some Trump supporters. Granted we see quite a bit of such 'nose-thumbing' at rational America, we would be remiss if we don't acknowledge recent reports of far too many former Democrat party voters who voted for Trump. In any case, As we approach that magic 100 Day milestone, Trump continues slow slippage into an abyss of perception so inept by those who count: the Us voting public.

    Trump also can not help but suffers from the constant drain of serious and incessant security investigations of his scandal-ridden cabinet. 

    Trumpism is truly weighing on the psyche and existential reality of the great society. We find ourselves hearing of Administrating lies on a daily basis. We are seeing an unraveling of a far too cozy relationship with Putin Russian operatives during the transition period after Trump won elections. Well, in reality, we are commenting about Trump officials who figuratively (money) slept with Putin cohorts and operatives goes back to Manafort in Western Europe and former US Army General Mike Flynn (seeming a Putin plant). Our psyches are tired.

    We are tired of Trump's lies.

    Example, Trump claims his Administration has created 600,000 jobs since Inauguration Day.
    Trump's job creation, 100 days in CNN Money via @CNNMoney
    Before we move away from Trumps pathological lying, we feel it critical to post a BuzzFeed list of Trump's top 100 Oval Office lies since Inauguration Day.  A list which is both historic and shameful. 

    A Tax Plan?

    We are weary of Trump's Tax Plan. Correction, we are weary of Trump's effort to published a double-spaced one-page sheet of paper with what one could only consider a spewing of thoughts regarding a non-developed plan Vs. an actual detailed plan. Let's be real, the man wanted something in the public he could call a pre-100 Day tax plan.  What an admission of legislative defeat?

    The GOP and its commitment the failed Supply-Side economic policy manifest in steroids in Trump's Tax "guide."  

    CNBC (quick video) Link 

    How about a couple of revealing graphics from Pacific Standard Mag?

    Notice the trend lines around 1980. Who was President as the two trend lines moved opposite its previous trending?

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    Politifact also took at run at Trump's economic teams lies about trump's tax guide and deficit neutral claims.


    Thursday, December 29, 2016

    "Newsertainers", Obama Sanctions On Russia CBS News

    A few days ago I ran across the following (below) four minutes video segment from CBS. The segment is supposedly a fact-check which refutes the CIA's claim of Russian interference in the recent General Elections. The video has even garnered favor from die-hard Clinton supporters; an astounding reality.

    As I am not one of the neo-Obama (Administration) critics like the suddenly ever-present Sam Stein) and other far lesser celebrity types like a few of my Facebook friends who are effusing in Obama criticism now that we have four weeks left in Presidency, I do not accept the CBS video as either credible nor newsworthy. It is just another attempt to garner viewers with that new slant: attract both left and right viewers with slick with creatively developed "denial stories." 

    Why would the CIA desire to fabricate such a story?

    I believe the NSA Chief also commented on its concerns with Putin ordered hacking of the DNC.  Since the CIA and the NSA have issued statements regarding probable Russian election hacking, why should I consider CBS's report anything other than a ratings trap?

    Allow a necessary digression.

    On December 16th, The Guardian published a short, but detail piece about Russian hacking. The piece also included mention of Russian hacking of the RNC. Notice, no release of hacked information from the RNC.

    Mother Jones and The Guardian are not broadcast "newsertainment" media. Neither organization employs slick look (often blond women and sometimes leggy.... with a willingness to show) reporters and hosts (AKA newsertainers) to deliver newsertainment to ratings ripe and dripping viewers. 
    Definition: newsertainers (noun); An employee of a broadcast media network hired to deliver scripted teleprompter scripts, or host a news related show. The media model is characterized via obvious efforts to attract viewers (by any means necessary) and the model is promulgated by his/her employer to literally shape message and information delivered to an audience. The scope and variety of newsertainers run the gamut from leggy blonds, through Jerry Springer-like panel shows (CNN) to over-talking often cogent hosts on MSNBC.



     This on-air "model" wasn't a Fox News employee. 

    If you think the images are contrary to the newsertainment at certain networks watch as one subject literally raised her skirt (after what seemed as off camera direction). 

    The Fox News examples are dire and looking back on Roger Ailes apparent picking the fruit of the willing and the frightened among his team, we now find less drastic examples of newsertainers. In each case by ratings-driven million dollar contracts. 

    End digression and back to the CBS segment.  If the segment was in any way credible, way would today's news of Obama Administration retribution stand before us.  International leaders do not expel officials without some degree of credible evidence of international wrongdoing.

    Talking Points Memo published a definitive piece regarding the hacking:  "Grizzly Steppe."  I'll take reporting from Talking Points Memo over CBS news any day.

    A final point. Who do you believe a CBS video segment replete with a newsertainer or the Obama Administration backed by two of the world's most effective INTEL agencies? Another critical consideration. Why would any CBS producer and writer take their shows into the realm of questioning INTEL agencies with this illogical tidbit: "furnished evidence." Any rational person knows even the slightest of "evidence" can be re-engineered back to a method of INTEL gathering. More critically, INTEL often comes from human sources. Would the Obama Administration go there?

    The answer may lie in the same realm as the devastating and horrific Lora Logan 60 Minutes Benghazi Story: total fabrication.  CBS made a strategic head of network news hire back in 2011 which, I feel has shared the network since. The hire was a former Fox News executive who served his entire TV news life at Fox News after graduating college in 1996.  He grew of TV news age along with the network which was started in 1996. You can Google the name.


    Wednesday, April 22, 2015

    ObamaCare Gains In Polls; GOP Ceases Frivolous Votes ($95 million)

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    What does it cost to conduct a US House of Representatives (legislative) vote? It depends on who you ask, and recognizing there isn't an exact figure. If we cannot locate exact figures, we do the most logical, we find 'best guess' numbers.  A couple of cost estimates might shed light on the evasive and undocumented figure.

    Miami CBS Local (May 2013)

    Last year, CBS News calculated that the first 33 votes to repeal health care reform took up approximately 80 hours of floor time from the House, or roughly two weeks. The Congressional Research Service said it costs $24 million to run the House for a week, so the first 33 votes cost taxpayers approximately $48 million. 
    The numbers translate to approximately $1.45 million per vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act in the House of Representatives. Adding in the three votes since CBS News’ report last year plus Thursday’s planned vote would add $5.8 million to the total. 
    In other words, since 2011, the House of Representatives has spent approximately $53.8 million attempting to repeal health care reform.
    Marketplace Dot Org  (July 2012)


    It’s really hard to break down the cost of a vote in Congress. In fact, none of the congressional watchdog groups in Washington have done it. So we had to do our own, back-of-the envelope calculation. We figured out how much we spend per day on salaries and office costs for members of the House of Representatives and their staffs. The grand total? Almost $2 million every day. Are repeat, symbolic votes worth the cost? 
     About our math: We calculated the cost of a vote by totalling the annual salary of 435 House members. Then we added that to the total amount of annual allocations each House office receives. Finally, we divided that by 366 days in 2012 to determine the total cost per day. Click here to check our math.
    If we accept and use the lower figure of $1.42 million per vote, now let's move to the unfathomable. 

    The math is horrific and indicative of GOP governance as an legislative entity committed to repealing a law that provides life sustaining assistance to so many people.  The math: $1.42 million per vote x 67 votes = $95.14 million. Frivolous votes totaling almost $100 million, without any prospect of actually repealing the ACA, had to have been votes to placate the wishes of uber wealthy dark-money moguls who harbor contempt for the ACA.  

    Liberaland& offers perspective on national healthcare not shared by the media. GOP members of Congress are actually incorporating aspects of the ACA into related legislation.

    The reality the ACA and leadership for President Obama in proposing the law, again shines a very negative light on American conservatism and GOP members of Congress. Obtuse and lockstep resistance to the law is yet another indication of a party on the wrong side of federal governance and indifferent to millions who follow the politicians (and conservative media) down paths contrary to the greater good of the United States.

    After 67 votes totaling $95 million against the US Federal Budget, GOP obstruction shows as even more fatuous when considered against developing public sentiment. Two years into the ACA, public polling is turn the corner with more increasing enrollment and aggregate support.

    CBS News 
    However, the point one difference is within the standard polling margin for error: 3 points. 

    New poll shows Obamacaresupport at2-year high

    ByREBECCA KAPLANCBS NEWS April 21, 2015,
    The April health tracking poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation shows that the public is almost evenly split between favorable and unfavorable views of the Affordable Care Act as favorable views are on a slow but steady rise.
    Malfeasances is malfeasance. Sixty-Seven frivolous ACA votes had no purpose beyond placating dark-money backers.


    Sunday, August 31, 2014

    CBS News Offers McCain A Bash Obama Platform!

    McCain: Egyptian Coup Example Of Failed American Leadership
    ....  Seriously McCain?
    Earlier today I published this piece......

    While I was unaware of specific booking and McCain, I was confident he had a perch on ether a cable news network (Fox New), CBS (Face The Nation) or NBC's (Meet The Press) with the ever critical Andrea Mitchell blowing her elderly horn of anti-Obama rhetoric.  

    CBS won the prize and continued McCain's his every Sabbath opportunity to deliver personal contempt for a president who has kept the nation out of wars. The irascible and singularly focused senior citizen speaks to conservative who flock to the Sunday Morning shows while the majority in the nation have only fleeting interest in US involvement in conflict that even remotely resembles boots on the ground. Yet, CBS offers McCain an opportunity to vent, rant ad literally make a fool of himself. 

    We must never forget CBS executives reached to a former Fox News executive in 2011 to head its news division. Now, can you tell me why CBS executives would reach to a network that actually doesn't deliver news?  Fox is a tool of American conservatism and a media outlet for the GOP. Yet CBS found cause to hire David Rhodes as president of its news division. Before we move on, be aware that Rhodes joined Fox in 1996 immediately after college and has grown to full-fledged propagandist under one media umbrella. An umbrella owned by Ruppert Murdoch and run by Roger (I hired Palin because she was hot) Ailes. Alas a commitment to journalism only surpassed by managers at the Playboy Network. 

    McCain on David Rhodes's Face The Nation

    On Wednesday of this week, Kathy Frankovic, Today.YouGov, published a piece with poll results indicating a specific group of survey respondents feel ISIS is a greater threat that Al Qaeda. If that statement surprised you, you ave been travelling around the earth in a space capsule over the past two months. Strategically released video of mass killings, wanton blood letting, be-headings, and direct threats against the US, have placed ISIS as an international threat beyond discussion. The YouGov survey also yielded results President Obama has slipped regarding perception of foreign policy.  Yet, the Economist/YouGov Poll survey respondents mixed results for direct US involvement in Syria. 

    YouGov is an internet survey tool. Such surveys do not fare well relative to accuracy and veracity. However, over the past few elections YouGov has polled well. I ordinarily to do not refer to pools if I cannot review methodology and demographics related to survey respondents.  The referenced survey is missing methodology linkage. However, it seems ISIS has propagandized into the US psyche.

    Personally, I find it both refreshing and reassuring President Obama is not charging into a war in the Middle East without careful deliberation and thorough planning.  We only have to look back over the last half of the 20th Century to see how careless jingoism and wanton attacks in foreign lands backfire on the US. If you need a more myopic view of the careless of American policy from the Right, think of how the Bush/Cheney wars damned near led to the literal death of the United States. 

    John McCain is a war-hawk who would attack New Jersey if he felt a threat from more residents than controllable by the states governor. As stated in the piece linked above m McCain has never witnessed an international conflict without espousing US involvement. Well, I stand corrected, I do not recall McCain preaching about the genocide in Rwanda and I do not recall his aggravating to free the 250 plus schools girls kidnapped a few months ago.  Wonder why?

    I may have missed this point as I viewed the David Rhodes/Major Garrett/ McCain interview, but why no question about McCain's personal meeting with the leaders of ISIS?

    I realize the Sunday Morning News shows are an extension of the American conservative psyche, but network executives should attempt to portray some modicum of journalistic integrity. Integrity that would include the posing of questions to a man who could have been ISIS first American victim. Of course, we know McCain was safe with the terrorist as their mission was to secure bugger and more powerful arms from the US to allegedly fight against Assad.  How gullible is McCain and how facilitating is CBS News?


    Friday, February 14, 2014

    Aol's Elitist Corporatist! How Crass and Typical.

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    Profile of an eltist industrialist who cares
    nothing about people: Business Week

    CBS News on AoL CEO Tim Armstrong's exhibition of Top 1% greed and callousness has resulted in yet another "perfunctory apology." As we have stated many times, the formal act of delivering an apology for actions that should have been much more thought-out, or contemplated if you prefer, has been lowered to the level of "no real meaning." There was a time in the history of mankind when the words may have actually denoted a state of mind that had been transformed via a "lesson learned, a heartfelt mistake, or recognition the person was wrong" and its impact on another person.

    For point of reference, the Chris Christie tip of the iceberg "Bridgegate" Scandal is the perfect example. It appears there is much more to the governors cabal of corruption than simply punishing a mayor for non-support in the last election.  Yet, despite what seems to be an evolving exposition of a Circa 2013 corrupt state government, I have heard so many conservative pundits, surrogates and politicians, say, well, he apologized, and he was sincere, so lets move on."  Well, No! Christe's apology ranks right-up there with those of other leaders caught (not literally) with their pants around their ankles and that horrid look of "Ooops, I am caught" across their faces. 

    The AoL CEO was callous beyond belief as he exercised what seems to be a personal animus towards the ACA (AKA Obamacare) and the needs of his employees (people). 

    News segment: 2:17 minutes....

    The TOP 1% (era) backtracks  (3:18 minutes)


    After delaying contributions to an employee pension accounts.

    CBS News
    He (CEO Tim Armstrong ) blamed higher health care costs and then said: "We had two AoLers that had distressed babies that were born that we paid $1 million each to make sure those babies were OK in general." 

    "People started asking my husband, 'Isn't that your baby that he's talking about?'" said Deanna Fei. 

    Fei's husband works for AOL. Their daughter is a healthy 16-month-old now, but she was born four months premature and spent three months in a neonatal I intensive care unit. 
    "The suggestion that her very existence could be called into question and blamed for corporate cost-cutting made me really furious," Fei said.
    It appears Armstrong is a jerk who has issues with the Affordable Care Act. He is a class one dipshit who may exemplify the typical Top 1% CEO. Money Watch reports last year he summarily fired an employee in the midst of a conference call.

    Money Watch
    Nor is this the first time that Armstrong has (to be charitable) misjudged the mood of a room. Last November, he abruptly fired an employee in the middle of a company meeting. The pair of errors can't help but convey the impression that Armstrong regards his workforce as a nuisance and a cost. This is unproductive in a business that fundamentally depends on people for ideas, insight and energy.

    ".....regards his workforce as a nuisance and a cost," 

    The AoL CEO is typical of mindset and behavior of most a US CEO's.  America's upper crust seem to forget they live off the fruits of people who earn far less money. They relegates us to minions as depicted in the move  The Hunger Game (tm) and they enjoy the entertainment from our (80% er) strife as they rake in millions upon millions. 

    Saturday, December 7, 2013

    US Media: Broadcasters For The Right and Serves As Mind-shapers


    If you are a progressive, liberal, or open-minded Independent, you may have noticed television media (news Media) is joining AM Radio as the domain of American Conservatism.

    From Fox News through ABC News the year has been bursting at the seems with broadcast that were not only in error, the broadcast appeared have been developed to beat other networks to the airways.  When television media reaches for races to broadcast they do not fulfill a basic journalism standard: Verify story and double check sources. Of course, we exclude Fox News from the latter as that network is an obvious outlet for Right-wing propaganda and servers well as a communication division form the GOP.  We do not expect stories  with any intent other than erosion  of the Obama Administration policy, and practice.   We have to only consider the 60 Minutes debacle, the ABC Benghazi email screw-up, and 

    While not an established corporate media outlets, checkout this headline....

    CBS News May Drop Benghazi Bomb On Obama - Free Republic

    Other than Fox News, corporate media other than would never publish nor broadcast with a headline like the headline above. Of course, the 60 Minutes Benghazi report was of "Dropping the Bomb."

    The Global Movement Dot Info, published a detail piece related to the extent of consolidation of US media since 1999. 


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    Am ugly picture!  We understand cronyism and uber wealth plutocrats. It is impossible to imagine the Kochs and ultra conservative like the Kochs do not have cronies at the highest level of the Boards of the six media conglomerates. 

    It shouldn't take much convincing for anyone to realize any industry with few corporate families have opportunity to shape US policy as much as any elected administration. Since, corporations have fiduciary responsibility to earn revenues and subsequent profits, along with CEO commitment to fulfill HIS multi-million dollar contracts, can we convince you can six corporate leaders and their Boards of Directors can act as mind-shapers.

    If you are not yet convinced, keep in mind Both Gallup and Pew Research have reported survey results indicating we get our news from television. Did you notice that Fox News ranked highest in viewership according to the Gallup poll? We suggest that is a perilous thought. Fox doesn't broadcast news! The network broadcasts right-wing propaganda and is some cases (O'Reilly Hannity and Meghan Kelly) stories are fabricated or developed without total commitment to ethics.

    If we consider the number of apologies, retractions, and Fox News fake story "busts" since the Democrats won the White House in 2008, our posit isn't a stretch. Actually, our posit is existential. The reasonable person would have thought the  Bush Years was a primer for a strong Left media lean.  Media never collectively leans Left.

    The FaceBook Page FORWARD published a detailed review of what they called "Media Fail." 


    How Disinformation Has Become The Norm

    The vast majority of the American media is owned & controlled by corporations. 

    Corporations now more than ever are using the media to shape public opinion. 

    In this age of reality TV & shock entertainment Americans have become desensitized. 

    Thus the same Republican Party that ruined the economy…

    Murdered nearly a million people with their lies…

    And literally robbed the tax payers blind.

    Have been allowed to openly sabotage & smear the President for five years. Without being called out on their rank hypocrisy. 

    Republican’s brazenness comes from their faith. Yes faith in the enormous propaganda machine they have created.

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