The Pardu

The Pardu
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Showing posts with label Kimberly Guilfoyle. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Kimberly Guilfoyle. Show all posts

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

GOP "War Women" Via The Fox News Couch

Conservative America and its political operatives (including media) diligently work to devalue the vote of certain segments of women voters: the young, the single or the independent. Voter suppression against black an brown people is as real as the 24 hour cloak and a strategy the GOP seems have little interest in reversing.  They would deny the vote to millions to ward-off growing minority voter participation and to build barriers to future impact on the vote of rapidly changing demographics. The conservative white male is a vanishing majority relic. Yet, the dominate GOP power voter will only give-way to a changing nation after the nation shows the (gasping for air) dinosaur we will no longer tolerate its malfeasance. It is unfortunate data shows married women vote pretty much along the same voting patterns as their husbands. Thus, avoiding the GOP suppression targeting that reaches beyond minorities to the young single woman.

Women not only out-number men, women turnout to vote more than do their male counterparts.

Let's take a run through the US woman voter.

If we take the 2012 presidential election and breakdown gender and ethnic votes and gender votes, the separation of white and non-whites (minorities) is noticeable and irrefutable. 

Check this out! We again visit the presidential election of 2012.

And, this from Huff Po 2011.....

"Facts are pesky things!"

The fact is marred white women comprise a major voting bloc for the GOP. We do not need to share the percent of married vs unmarried women to make two points. First, and sadly, married women really do vote along the same lines as their husbands. Second, and much more important, younger women comprise a much great percent of the unmarried and then older women.

Is the last point arguable?

Over the past few years (since 2009) Fox News has brazenly broadcast hosted segments (Out Numbered Show) in which conservative (leggy) women have espoused disdain for the young woman voter.  In early October,  members of the Out Numbered hosts team attacked the youth vote. Well, by simply extrapolation and the fact women vote more than men, I suggest the antic was another Fox News message to its viewers: "Women should not be allowed to vote...if they do not know the issues."  Anyone who votes without knowing the issues constitutes a wasted voted  and more often than not will vote for the GOP;  an idyllic state for the Out Numbered "couch crew" and the GOP.

Out Numbered (Did I keyboard the word "leggy?")

In fact, Fox managers mask their messages with qualifiers like, "If young women are not educated on the issues, they should not be allowed to vote." But, the message from Fox is clear: cut into the women vote with specific attention to the young woman voter. How would Fox news suggests ascertaining the current events education level of the young woman voter? Would the network suggest Poll tests?"  
Within the past few hours "the Couch crew" was up to political shenanigans once again. The woman vote was again the target with specific targeting of young women voters.  You know..... those women more likely to use birth control. Better yet, those woman who make-up the chart data points and trends above.

Liberals Unite


The FOX spin machine was working overtime on October 21, and the goal was to convince every young woman that she isn’t smart enough to vote – because young, single women tend to vote for Democrats. FOX host Kimberly Guilfoyle said young women “don’t get it” and they should just go play on dating sites instead of focusing on yucky, important things like voting or civic participation. 
Not surprisingly, the panel dismissed the idea that there is a Republican War on Women and predictably said the real war is that sexist Democrats insist women stay dependent on government for birth control. 
So, let’s just stop right there. 
Much of the very real Republican War On Women is about withholding contraception benefits on health insurance plans AND that in some states, pharmacists are legally able to deny prescriptions for birth control because it goes against the pharmacist’s religious leanings. For anyone who wishes to argue that businesses should have the right to refuse customers – would you still make that argument if a pharmacist refused to fill an urgent and time-sensitive prescription for a cancer patient just because they claim it goes against their religion? 
FOX host Kimberly Guilfoyle attempted to prove that young women should not be trusted with important, grown-up decisions like voting and agreed with co-host Greg Gutfield when he said that he likes to tell young people they don’t have to wait until later in life to become conservative. Guilfoyle chimed in and added they don’t have to wait to “get a brain.” She also became very excited and heated at the prospect of young women voting, and in an effort to prove her point that millennials are just too stupid to be trusted, she said: 
“The same reason young women on juries are not a good idea. They don’t get it. They’re not in that same, like, life experience of paying the bills, doing the mortgage, kids, community, crime, education, healthcare. They’re like healthy and hot and running around without a care in the world.“I just thank and excuse them so they can go back on Tinder and
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The woman voter should be ever-careful of authoritarian threats from the Right. I have read articles of woman tea party officialism actually speaking against women voters. Moreover, I have actually heard Limbaugh intimate similarly. 

It is important to acknowledge and accept, conservative politician are guided by conservative media ad it takes little tie for those politicians to percolate into ground swell among the party base. Thus, the potential for futures actions against "young" woman voter, that could lead to consideration of voting rights restriction much lie those th GOP is imposing on African-American (black) and Latino voters. Remember, there is a sympathetic SCOTUS for all things conservative.

In other word....
I often use this quote in my writing.

"...and then they came for me."


Martin Niemöller (1892–1984) was a prominent Protestant pastor who emerged as an outspoken public foe of Adolf Hitler and spent the last seven years of Nazi rule in concentration camps.
Niemöller is perhaps best remembered for the quotation:

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.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

More on 2012 Voting patterns

538 Nate Silver October 2012


Friday, May 23, 2014

Fox News Garners Another "Pants Of Fire!" Ironic Since Fox Has Been Known For Policy Agains Pants on the Set

It is sad Fox News viewers don't supplant their news viewing with anything other than sitting with popcorn in bowl and tin foil hats to soak-up the Keystone Cop programming from Roger Ailes employees.

I recall an exchange with a conservative who took exception to ObamaCare regarding his thoughts of Congressional wavier. In other words, he believed member of Congress were omitted from compliance under the Affordable Care Act. After I sent the guy a copy of an article, clearly delineating members of Congress were required to enroll, the guy fired back a snippy response of , " you believe what these guys say." He further stated he asked his congressman and his congressman told him members of Congress did not have to secure coverage via the ACA. When I asked if his congressman was a Republican and implied he might have fallen for GOP lockstep lies, I never heard back from the guy. I suspect he secured an answer via a Goggle search. How naive and "tin hattish?" 

I am unabashed as I restate my position of securing news and current events from people who work for a network that prohibits women from wearing pants on the set. Now, why do you suspect such an edict is a reality over at Fox News?  Allow me to provide an answer.

USA Today September 20, 2013
"Pants were not allowed on Fox & Friends, remember?" she told former co-host Brian Kilmeade on his Fox News Radio show yesterday. (We're guessing the rule only applied to female hosts, considering we've never caught Kilmeade or Steve Doocy in a skirt.)
Some prefer images.....The Five co-host Kimberly Guilfoyle.


Fox spares no camera angles and it isn't at all surprising the network demographics indicate a heavy leaning towards thirty-somethings to high baby boomer white males.  

No problem with liberal (use intended) of thigh and legs shots on camera, but I relish in the fact those who expose are not bringers of information that I absorb. Since we are on the topic, the pictured host, recently delivered a message craftily written by writers and delivered via Fox New production.

The Truth-O-Meter Says:
Kimberly Guilfoyle on Wednesday, May 21st, 2014 in a broadcast of "The Five" on Fox News

Guilfoyle: Obamacare is 'one big fat VA'

The uproar over allegations of secret waiting lists at a Veterans Administration hospital in Phoenix, and delays that potentially cost veterans their lives has opened the Obama administration to criticism that it was slow to respond to the VA’s own internal reports.
Some also see a connection between troubles at the VA and the president’s signature health care law, the Affordable Care Act.
On Fox News’ The Five, four of the show’s pundits built the case that if Obama digs deeply into the VA, it will raise more questions than he would like about how the Affordable Care Act is structured.
When a Fox News panelist described the VA as a "single-payer" system (where the financing of health care is run through the government), co-host Kimberly Guilfoyle chimed in.
"If he (Obama) shines a light on that, if we actually have some illumination there, then you're going to see this is really what the rest of you all are going to get: One big fat VA system in the form of Obamacare," Guilfoyle said.
Using the same logic, co-host Eric Bolling later claimed that 500 people per year "are going to die waiting" for treatment because of Obamacare.
Bolling’s claim has some fundamental problems -- we’ll address them in a bit -- but here we’re fact-checking Guilfoyle’s claim that Obamacare amounts to "one big fat VA system."
Obamacare: One big fat VA system
The VA owns hospitals. Its doctors, nurses and technicians are government employees. The people who get care at VA facilities have served in the armed forces. These facilities are not open to the general public, and Congress appropriates the funds that keep the VA running.
Under the Affordable Care Act, the government works with private insurance companies and health care providers to provide health care coverage. The government subsidizes insurance premiums for some people and sets minimum standards for insurance policies.
But the health care system remains in the private sector. Private sector providers get paid by insurance companies and patients. There are thousands of private providers and hundreds of insurance plans operating in hundreds of markets across the country.
In the case of Medicaid, the government plays the role of the insurance company and pays private providers based on a set reimbursement schedule.
Some notes about the Affordable Care Act:
  • Employers will continue to provide health insurance to the majority of Americans through private insurance companies.
  • The government has not seized control of hospitals or nationalized doctors.
  • The law does not include the public option, a government-run insurance plan that would have competed with private insurers.
We asked health care experts to assess the similarities and differences between the VA and the Affordable Care Act. The bottom line: it’s apples and oranges.
Tom Buchmueller, who spent a year on Obama's Council of Economic Advisors and teaches at the University of Michigan, said he struggles to see any similarity at all. "Coverage through the exchanges is private insurance," Buchmueller said. 
Tom Getzen at Temple University said the VA is much like the institution that the veterans were once part of. "It’s an army," Getzen said. "In contrast, Obamacare is a complex legislative creation (with) the exchanges, expanded Medicaid and regulation."
Getzen said, to call Obamacare the same as the VA "is kind of like saying your farm program is a post office." They both have government ties, but they’re fundamentally different and are operated differently. 
Scott Harrington, an adjunct scholar with the conseravtive American Enterprise Institute and a professor at the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School, described the changes under Obamacare as a step in the direction of a government-run health care system. "But it’s a long way from getting there," Harrington said.
The idea that the Affordable Care Act was a "government takeover of health care" was named as PolitiFact’s 2010 Lie of the Year.
500 people dying a year from Obamacare
Bolling took the comparison a step further, saying the sort of delays that took place at the VA in Phoenix would repeat themselves under Obamacare, with 500 people dying a year as a result.
"President Obama wanted to insure 40 million new people under Obamacare," Bolling said.
At the VA, he continued, the typical veteran has 13 appointments each year. Bolling applied that to 40 million new patients.
"You're talking 585 million visits, half a billion visits," Bolling said. "If people are dying, how many people are going to die in Obamacare? Do the math. It will be about 500 people per year that are going to die waiting -- apples to apples."
While we won’t fact-check Bolling’s prediction, we do think it’s important to point out two problems with Bolling’s math for people who saw the segment. First, the Congressional Budget Office projects that through 2024, 26 million people will gain coverage under the Affordable Care Act. So Bolling exaggerated the base number by about 50 percent.
Second, the experts we reached said veterans have very different needs than the general population. Part of the massive growth in the VA workload stemmed from disorders related to traumatic brain injury and from the lingering effects of the Vietnam War defoliant Agent Orange. Bolling doubled or even tripled the number of doctor appointments of typical Americans, experts told us.
"The average in the U.S. is between four and six," Getzen said. The U.S. Census Bureau reports that the average number of visits fell from 4.8 a year in 2001 to 3.9 in 2010.
Point being: The math Bolling used to reach his prediction is quite flawed.
Our ruling
Guilfoyle said Obamacare is "one big fat VA system." We found no health policy expert who agreed with that comparison. The VA is owned and operated by the federal government. Its staff are government employees. In contrast, Obamacare builds upon the existing private sector health industry. The law sets standards for insurance and health care providers and it subsidizes premiums. Washington does run the Medicaid insurance program but even under that program, it is paying private providers.
We rate the claim Pants on Fire.