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Showing posts with label Pundifact. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Pundifact. Show all posts

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Trump Economic Talking Head (And A Lack Of Veracity)

In 2016, Donald Trump hired a well-known conservative economic talking head: Stephen Moore. On any given day, you can find Moore earning copious paychecks on camera at MSNBC, CNN and probably many visits to Fox News with his patented form of economic snake oil.

Of all of Moore's unrelated and over-the-top conservative rhetoric, the following is one case I recall most. 

Media Matters July 2014 (well before Trump declared himself a candidate for the GOP 2016 ticket): 

Conservative Media's Favorite Economist Caught Distorting Facts About Taxes And Job Creation

Moore's mission of late is that of the anti-Affordable Care Act terrorist. Moore recently appeared in an exchange with CNN's Anderson Cooper and Robert Reich, former Clinton Administration Secretary of Labor.  

Moores rounds also found him on the Christian Broadcast Network. In the spirit of Christianity, I wonder how the medical care abandonment for 24 million Americans stacks up in the aura of the scriptures. 
In 2011, Moore entered into an echage with MSNBC's Rachel Maddow (a sure fired loss on his part even before the interviews), regarding income gains of the top 1 percent and the gains of American in the lowest income strata. Well, you need not go any further Moore was lying.
Moore In the 1980s, "The lowest income people had the biggest gains."
 Steve Moore on Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011 in HBO's "Real Time with Bill Maher"   False

Actually, Moore's hire should never have surprised anyone. Donald Trump is an unarguable pathological liar. He surrounds himself with like personalities, so why would the addition of a camera ready economic theory liar even draw attention? 

Moore is following the GOP party line via the same use of mantra used to fight the enactment of the ACA. In 2000 and 2010, we heard or read these words on a daily basis: "death panels." Well, those panels never materialize today s common GOP regarding the ACAis the image-laden phrase "death spirals." There are fewer more prolific rightwing media propagandist than Hugh Hewitt.

Over the past weekend, Hewitt joined the chorus of well-compensated talking heads appearing on Cable news networks with the same "death spiral" lie.

Tampa Bay Times, Pundifact

Obamacare "is in a death spiral."
— Hugh Hewitt on Sunday, March 26th, 2017 in comments on "Meet the Press"  False

If you are a high information voter/person (HIV) and have a bit of time Ezra Klein's Vox offer a  detailed review of why the ACA is not on a conservative "death spiral."

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Fox News's And Conservative America's War On Muslims

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Last October a noted Conservative (Republican talking head) reached back for a level of social retrogression that drives the core of the party. Of course, party leaders and rank and file members dare not speak as did Kincannon. Yet, we find other clear evidence of longing for a time long past. If you read Twitter post again, I doubt you can avoid the deep regressive imagery.

If the written imagery fails you, I offer the following image with associated link.

Wounded Knee Massacre
Part of the Ghost Dance War and the Sioux Wars
Mass grave for the dead Lakota after the conflict at Wounded Knee Creek

A few days ago, Fox News managers and producers entertained their sycophant viewers with the most unfathomable and disgusting exhibition of exactly what Kincannon sought via his October tweet.

Jeanine Pirro, the former District Attorney and TV show host (Judge Jeanine Pirro) turned Fox news demagogue, has a history of broadcasting anti-Obama, Anti-Progressive and inflammatory right-wing (nut job) segments. Pirro often comes across as the "Derangement Queen" of Fox News. Yet, she in most cases left the quasi-racist and bigoted segments to  the likes of O'Reilly, Hannity and Megyn "White Santa; white Jesus" Kelly. While I did not see the segment due to my total avoidance of Fox News, the segment drew worldwide attention.  All but Fox News viewers found the piece abhorrent and intellectually insulting with a heavy reminder of propaganda that facilitated past horrors throughout history of humankind: (Native Original North Americans, Black Americans and European Jews). The examples are based on historical fact and are posted without regard to judgments in regrading severity and deaths.

Pirro was handed a social "Bridge Too Far" and in the excitement of her derangement, she failed to consider the veracity of her guest and the danger inherent in his comments. She sat quietly, enticed Emerson and relished in the demagogue's rhetoric.

Before we post regarding the eventual Pirro and Fox News (perfunctory) apology, let's visit some reaction to the FOXPEN (Fox Propaganda and Entertainment Network) entertainment.

MSNBC's Chris Hayes ad Eric Bohlert of Media Matters

Post by Media Matters for America. _____________

French TV Host mocks the comical Fox News network.

  CNN Money Pirro apologizes four times.  Where is the apology from Roger Ailes? I would match the four apologizes with one termination notice for the Fox New producers of the show and the on-air demagogue, Pirro.

Tampa Bay Times Politifact (Pundifact)

"There are actual cities" like Birmingham, England, "that are totally Muslim where non-Muslims just simply don’t go in." 
Pants on Fire!
— Steven Emerson on Saturday, January 10th, 2015 in an interview on Foxs News


Fox News visited the issue again this morning.

Post by Media Matters for America.

The problem with this episode of Fox News's propagandizing and subsequent apology is the fact such broadcast are not necessary to attract and retain viewers. Fox News management knows they have a loyal viewer base that will watch and listen to any broadcast and host/guest comment. Moreover, they to believe just about any comment from the network. Fox News managers understand the full extent of its symbiotic relationship with their viewers.

The Emerson interview and associated garbage from Pirro, were part of a far greater mission. The network was fulfilling its role as the GOP and conservative America's communication brigade. If you can find any place in your mind to believe Fox News producers did not know Emerson's comments were absent any level of veracity, you might be one to vote GOP in all elections.

You might also be a person embodied via the following image; one of my favorite illustrations of Fox News/ Fox News viewer symbiosis.
Yes the image is graphic, but so is the business model of Fox News.  To the matter of the apologies? My apology credo is "...the person should never have to apologize. If you find yourself forced to speak an apology you have failed in mental processes critical for communications, physical acts and associated behavior. Moreover, you may have acted from motive."  The latter was the case with the Pirro/Emerson interview, thus for me...apology not accepted.

An accepted reality of and expectation regarding the apology is the implied message of having learned a lesson that the person will not repeat.  Do you think for one second Fox News (producers and hosts) will not repeat it's Muslim "no-go' egregious commentary (in another form)?  Fox New viewers who watched the segment did not appear to go ballistic about its ridiculousness.  I posit the desired affect was driven home as is the case with all Fox demagoguery.

As with any business the business owner's prime goal is to give the customer what the customer wants. The customer rewards the business owner with return purchase (or in Fox's case, viewer ratings)...and the symbiosis continues.