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Showing posts with label Stephen Moore. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Stephen Moore. Show all posts

Saturday, March 23, 2019

As Trumps World Turns: A Smorgasbord Of Pathetic

It is time for quick hit Trump smorgasbord.

Top Trump economic adviser says that Trump interrupted a briefing to call Lou Dobbs
 March 20, 2019, 8:41 PM EDT ››› MEDIA MATTERS STAFF

Can you believe this?
'I personally have not seen evidence of it’ when asked about the proliferation of white supremacist groups growing....
Actually, Carson was doing fairly well in the interview until the host cornered him to the point of his inane remark.  

Maybe Carson should tune-in and watch news other than Fox News. Or, just maybe he could consider reading a piece we posted a few days ago.

Of curse, this piece wouldn't be worth the moments in reading if we didn't remind of the "deplorable" state of Trumpism. How about a MAGA hat clown intentional brandishing his Red Cap while visiting a vigil for the 50 people killed in New Zealand? Fifty killed and an equal number wounded via a self-confessed white supremacist trump supporter.

On an international basis, we have witnessed unfettered and unrestrained white supremacist in our recent past. Must we repeat via demurring acquiescence?


" ...won the largest electoral victory in history!"  Well......

CNN's Pete Alexander

"I was given that information."  Really?  Is that how Trump has amassed over 9,000 verifiable lies (according to the Washington Post) since taking office in 2017?

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

As Trump's World Turns: Stephen Moore False-Flags Deflation

Image result for the lying economistJust after Christmas (2018) CNN booked noted Heritage Foundation and Trump economist talking head Stephen Moore, to its airways to joust with Washington Post columnist Catherine Rampell. The talk of the day was US inflation (opposed to "no-inflation") and Moore's claim of a current period of "deflation." 

Let's define Moore's use of the term to help with showing his continued lack of credibility on matters of the US economy. In fact, Moore has a history of contorting information to advance his usefulness as a far right-wing talking head (economist).  Even the most non-credible carnival barker has to earn a living, eh? 


Web results

Jun 10, 2018 - Deflation is the general decline in prices for goods and services occurring when the inflation rate falls below 0%. Deflation happens naturally when the money supply of an economy is fixed. ... This is distinct from but similar to price deflation, which is a general decrease in the price level.

For those who prefer information from multiple sources, consider these links as we trod our way through deflation.

The Balance 

Deflation: Definition, Causes, Why It's Bad - The Balance

One Minute Economics

With the definition in hand or within easy reach via scrolling up for another review, let's take a look and listen to how Trumpism works. As you listen to Moore, it is important to keep in mind many people believe his flawed demagoguery and Trump without question loves it. 

"He who lives by the lie loves the lie."

The following segment is a bit long, but we must not let our tendency for quick gratification move us to the life of the (information deficient) LIV (Low Information Voter). We have enough LIVs in the nation who are supporters of GOP and Trump lies, the eight-minute video is the perfect example of how HIVs (High Information Voters) avoid the inherent dumbness of Trumpism.

The Raw Story offers an abbreviated transcript of the interchange.

As stated above Moore has a history of such "alternative facts" as coined by the Trump communications team.

In 2014, Moore's penchant for modifying reality riled the editors of the Kansas City Star.

There are a couple of standout issues with Moore's lies. He speaks to and for a segment of the population who has learned to embrace the lie as reality. A dangerous state of mind for a nation currently lead by a person with obvious issues surrounding incompetent self-centered leadership. Another issue; if CNN management knows Moore has a history of alternating facts why does the network pay him handsomely to appear on-air to facilitate the network's "do battle" broadcast model? Despite the fact I answered the last question within the confines of the question, CNN viewers shouldn't accept Moore's role in Trumpism. Actually, the network Should consider why even employ Moore. I am guessing the same reason it employs the likes of Rick Santorum. 

Friday, April 27, 2018

CNN Guest Contributor's Ridiculous Scott Pruitt Defense

Our piece has a primary focus on how one conservative CNN contributor handled his time on air during Pruitt's Congressional hearing appearances of yesterday.  We find it truly amazing the extent to which conservative paid talking-heads follow scripts which seem to be developed overnight and as timely as necessary for addressing the daily blunders and Keystone Copish nature of the Trump Administration. I personally heard the phrase "character assassination" twice on yesterday.

Before we probe the CNN segment, consider a bit of background on Pruitt's days in office. Consider visiting the Media Matters page for a more detailed review of what some consider scandalous or potentially scandalous (and as a minimum abuse of office).

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Trump's EPA Head, Scott Pruitt, is under heavy scrutiny due to what many rational Americans would consider abuse of office, abuse of power and violations of ethics (while in office).

One week ago Media Matters published a detailed list of Pruitt scandals since taking office. As the EPA head has been in office less than two years, the list is almost unbelievable and seems to have a very active archiving life cycle; it continues to grow through last week. 

A few examples include:
  • February 24, 2017, KOKH: Pruitt lied to senators about his use of a private email account.
  • May 17, 2017, ThinkProgress: An EPA appointee appeared to violate Trump's ethics order on lobbyists.
  • June 16, 2017, Bloomberg: Pruitt met with oil executives at Trump’s D.C. hotel, then backed away from a regulation on oil companies. 
  • September 26, 2017, Wash. Post: Pruitt spent about $43,000 on a private soundproof booth, violating federal spending law. 
  • September 27, 2017, Wash. Post: Pruitt spent $58,000 on charter and military flights. 
  • February 11, 2018, Wash. Post: Pruitt spent $90,000 on first-class flights and other travel in a single week. 
  • February 13, 2018, CBS News: Pruitt flew luxury business class on a foreign airline. 
  • March 6, 2018, Wash. Post: EPA awarded a bug-sweeping contract to a business associate of Pruitt’s head of security.
  • March 28, 2018, Politico: EPA signs research agreement with firm tied to GOP megadonor Sheldon Adelson.
  • March 29, 2018, ABC News/Bloomberg: Pruitt paid below-market rent for a condo co-owned by the wife of an energy lobbyist
  • March 30, 2018, CNN: Taxpayers paid for Pruitt’s 24/7 security detail during his personal trips to Disneyland and the Rose Bowl. 
  • April 3, 2018, The Atlantic: The White House told Pruitt he could not give two of his closest aides a pay raise, but he used a loophole to do it anyway. 
  • April 5, 2018, CBS News: Pruitt asked to use vehicle siren during non-emergency, reassigned staffer who objected. 
  • April 6 and 9, 2018, Wash. Post/The Atlantic: Doubts cast on Pruitt’s claim that he did not approve controversial pay raises
  • April 21, 2018, NY Times: Pruitt’s partners in ethically questionable behavior in Oklahoma now work for him at EPA.
Pruitt spent the majority of today in two hearings before members of Congress. While one hearing was void of representatives from the GOP, media reports Democrats grilled him as if he stole their office desk chairs. 

As the day unfolded CNN covered the Pruitt sandals and today's hearings. Network producers followed their broadcast model via bookinga liberal contributor and a conservative contributor, Stephen Moore and liberal contributor Joan Walsh, for remote commentary with Erin Burnett. From the beginning of the segment (introductions), Moore appeared a bit uneasy and well different than his frequent early interview smiles and grins. His mission was twofold and he knew Donald Trump was watching the show while consuming a Diet Coke. While I am certainly well versed in the day's talking points, he went about his mission with the courage of the most dedicated of propagandists. The mission: defend Pruitt via focusing on Pruitt as an innocent victim of a liberal smear campaign while deflecting back to the Obama Administration with full-blown false equivalence. 

Sadly his mission embodied expectations from the Trump White House and point-counterpoint from CNN producers as a viewer entertainment segment. 

Watch and listen as Moore deploys the "character assassination" of Scott Pruitt strategy based on his anti-climate change beliefs and administration. He actually attempted to equate the number (and amount) of Pruitt's finances abuses with a weird (seemingly from the White House) analogy to Obama administration expenditures on climate conferences.
Moore didn't seem to make one point throughout the segment which didn't (via ridiculous examples) seem to offer more shame related to Pruitt's scandals.  It is impossible to explain and excuse the inexcusable.

If you viewed the full interview you witnessed a few examples of a society devolving to ruin via on-camera rationalizing political malfeasance and abuse coupled with a major news network staging predictable ideology segments with no purpose beyond viewer ratings: an advertisers dream.


Saturday, June 3, 2017

May Jobs Report: A Telling Reality

Let's take a few minutes on the May Jobs Report.  Good report?  

It depends on one's perspective.  First, any number of job additions is a good thing. If you are a Trumpster you might find the May report delightful: 138,000 jobs. If you are a bit more open-minded and are up on US Jobs Report numbers over the past few years, you recognize the report isn't a bad report, but you also know economist expected to see numbers closer to 185,000.   

While the report continues the Obama era records of month-to-month job growth, there is something peculiar about the current numbers.  The numbers are slowly decreasing.

Maybe @realDonaldtrump's decision to sabotage healthcare, inject uncertainty, not a great idea.

And, about those "coal" jobs. I heard today the nation has approximately 24K to 30K Coal jobs. The May Jobs Report included an addition of 7,000 jobs, but what futures is there in coal?

Coal Jobs? The US has related fossil derivative coal to that of a dying industry.  As George W. Bush handed his  Vice President Dick Cheney the rights to explore and deploy Fracking as part of an early Bush era water bill, Coal was doomed.

CNNFact Check Coal Jobs

The following CNN Segment is a bit long, but it is over-the-top filled with messages. First two Trump talking-head demagogic attempt to rationalize Trump's intent to drop out of the Paris Agreement. They actually feign to rationalize and promulgate the false narrative of coal as a vibrant industry. Offsetting the Trump reality show message are AC 360 guest with contrary and much more rational and honest views.

Ten minutes, and truly unbelievable. 
Robert Reich calls BS on Jeffrey Lord's claim 'coal is the wave of the future' by @sarahburris - via @DailymotionUSA
Trump is a person who rarely speaks with any degree of truth. His surrogate communications ministers are little different. 

UPDATE:  Pruitt clearly lied aboutTrump Jobs numbers relative to the coal industry.  Washightn Post Fact Checker.

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."

Friday, July 25, 2014

Stephen Moore: Right-wing Political Operative And False Prophet Economist...BUSTED!

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I have long held the thought this man as a paid stooge for conservative America was far less than credible in his punditry. His departure from years on the editorial board of Ruppert Murdoch's WSJ and employment with the Heritage Foundation validated Stephen Moore as a paid operative and Obama Administration "attack dog."

His posit and punditry in the following areas should now come under scrutiny based on published misinformation and concocted numbers related to the US economy.

Media Matters links
I. Paid Sick leave: ""very dangerous for cities." 
II. Affordable Care Act: "reduce job creation
III. Raising the Minimum wage: "outspoken opponent of increasing the minimum wage"; would  "big increase"
The National Review Online piece April 2014, support for the Keystone XL Pipeline. Keystone XL as "the future"

NewsMax May 2014:

WSJ'Stephen Moore: Obama Would Flunk My Economics ...

Of course Obama would fail Moore's economics. It seems Moore' numbers (economic) and punditry is more from the stand-point of political operative Vs. credible economist.

Media Matters is reporting, Moore has been busted for use of false numbers and caught preaching from a false pulpit. A pulpit with dollar signs over all pews, and off-shore bank account numbers pasted across the stained glass show window of the Stephen Moore Sanctuary. The false economist is little different than the hordes of Sunday TV show preachers who preach to congregations of thousands with careful camera angle placement and who live in multi-million dollar mansions. Moore delivers a dangerous and misleading message vote against Obama, obstruction is good and vote Red in 2014 and 2016.

Media Matters.......
Conservative Media's Favorite Economist Caught Distorting Facts About Taxes And Job Creation
When a major player/operative in conservative politics gets busted for what appears as intentional use of flawed data, it speaks volumes about people who wish to win elections and govern from a platform built of lies and misinformation. 

One has to wonder how quickly Fox News will provide Moore on-air appearance with Megyn Kelly much like her interview with admitted felon Dinesh D'Souza. 

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Koch Brothers Shill Joins CNN for Talking Points Opportunity; Not Quite Like Fox News

Earlier today, CNN's Carol Costello discussed the new CBO report on raising the Minimum Wage with Heritage Institute's Stephen Moore.
Whenever I see Stephen Moore on a news room marquis, I know what's to come.  He will spew a Cato Institute brand of Libertarian rhetoric behind his cloak of an economist. Of course, he is an economist. He is also going to view all data and economic analyses with a deep slant towards Koch brothers ideology (via the Cato Institute) and he will speak as do most libertarians.   

In the late 1970s, the Kochs help found the Cato Institute, as their Father help found the John Birch Society. The two groups are diametrically divergent in mission and goals, but there is a common thread Conservatism. Conservatism with inherent dogma to achieve mission and goals. Despite the Institutes fight for some degree of independence regarding research projects and other critical organization focus, when a founder and major money-broker supporter wants, they have major influence.  

It seems last month Moore joined the Heritage Foundation. Without any source data or reason or speculation I do wonder if Moore finds the atmosphere, corporate mission and personal opportunity at Heritage more to his ilk.  I think I am safe in that posit. 

A peep at the Kochs and Stephen Moore's recent employment history. 


Political activities

Members of the Koch family have given to conservative and libertarian policy and advocacy groups in the United States,[17] including think tanks like the Heritage Foundation and the Cato Institute, and more recently Americans for Prosperity.[18] Americans for Prosperity and Freedom Works are organizations with links to both the Kochs and the Tea Party movement.[19][20][21][22] 

According to the Koch Family Foundations and Philanthropy website, "the foundations and the individual giving of Koch family members" have financially supported organizations "fostering entrepreneurship, education, human services, at-risk youth, arts and culture, and medical research." [23]
Thus, surmising about Stephen Moore's punditry is as simple as taking a breathe of air. 

Moore joined Carol Costello this morning for a segment on CNN's News Room. Even though I am well versed in Moore's punditry and the fact his political analysis will follow libertarian ideology and rhetoric, his use of the news platform to satisfy another Koch mission kind of floored me. He out-of-the-blue interjected "ObamaCare" as an issue in potential catalyst fore job losses. He "went there" in discussion of a Congressional Budget Office report that includes the prospect of job losses from an increase in the minimum wage. The report included far more positive data about quality of life for affected employees and far more about good and positive for the economy, but of course, those are not points Moore and his backers care to exploit. It should be noted, you will see Moore also attempt to reach back two weeks to another CBO report. The referenced report led to the need for a concise and corrective comment from the CBO Director, Elmendorf, related to Obamacare's impact on people forced to work multiple low paying jobs or people who work jobs simply for sake of medical coverage.  

Fortunately, Moore was speaking with Carol Costello instead of Erin Burnett. 

News Room via Media Matters
On the February 19 edition of CNN Newsroom, host Costello was joined by Wall Street Journal editorial board member and Heritage Foundation chief economist Stephen Moore to discuss the CBO report. Moore, a prominent right-wing media figure, rehearsed standard talking points about the alleged disastrous impacts of increasing the minimum wage for low-skilled and entry-level workers.
Despite Moore's efforts, Costello checked his spin at every turn, continually pointing to the positive impacts of increasing the minimum wage.

As we are exposed to people like Moore, is there any wonder 47% of voters in 2012 voted for Mitt Romney/Paul Ryan?

Leave with this point. While much of what Moore had to say should be filed away as Heritage talk, he used the two week old CBO report in an effort to mislead the viewing public. Moore is well read and intelligent enough to know full-well Elmendorf's previous comment relegated Fox New and conservative  talking-points about about work hour losses due to Obamacare into a mirage.  

Veracity is not the issue with people like Moore. The victory is saying the words on television news to facilitate propaganda to low information people who believe without further inquiry.