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Showing posts with label US politics. Show all posts
Showing posts with label US politics. Show all posts

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Fox News Facilitator Defends Use Of "Public Hangings" Jargon

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Documented US Lynchings

Earlier today we posted a piece with reference to FOX News as and propaganda an entertainment network. One should only hope the network is as reality TV as Atlanta Housewives, or the former Seinfeld (if you abhor or cannot relate to the metaphorical reference to the African-American dominate Atlanta Housewives).

As we reviewed a few Facebook posts think of the happenstance of running across a segment in support of the "public-hanging" Cindy Hyde-Smith for Mississippi Senatorial candidate?

As the Fox Host says..we bring it out to the couch.....

It is important to remember, there are millions in the nation whose family history may include lynchings as a means of Jim Crow suppression of African-Americans.  Actually, there is quite possibly an equal number of non-African-Americans who may find family history which includes the death of a member via the rope.  Of particular note, Abe Lincoln ordered the largest public hanging in US History and it was perpetrated against a group of Native Original North Americans. In all fairness, Lincoln also commuted the sentences of 264 native inhabitants via the same order. Nonetheless, the use of the words public hangings (AKA Lynchings) shouldn't find its way into any news or entertainment network. Unless, of course, the network is feeding a political base or viewership which finds the image acceptable.

Yet, Fox isn't Trump's only communications division. Sinclair Broadcasting is an equal member of the Trump media brigade and has greater potential for reaching you your neighbors, your kid, and your pastor. Watch and listen as one of Trump's Russian-born communications ministers spread the Trump gospel. The following segment has been broadcast in 24 new markets and could reach as many as two hundred within the next couple of days. what follows is pure propaganda and misinformation comparable to any created by the late Joseph Goebbels.

Alas, Fox News managers and producers are feeding the Right with doses of similar propaganda for so-called US Christians. Oh yes, and deliver the message with a bit of color. 

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Monday, December 11, 2017

The Daily GOP Ignominious: CNN Hires Conservative Pundits To Merely Entertain US

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You may know for years we have complained about CNN's broadcast business model which includes nightly shows with combating panelists. The shows are purely for purpose of entertainment, as the topics discussed are news related but not pure news reporting. In order to fill 24 hour days and 365 day years, CNN is forced to offer many shows which are aired purely for purpose of garnering revenue via attracting viewers. Yes, of course, both Fox News and MSNBC also offer programs and shows for purpose of entertainment (attracting viewers to secure advertisers which provide revenue). Neither Fox nor MSNBC fill their air-time with full evening compliments of Battling Panelists.

Battling Panelists simply means CNN management and producers attract viewers via broadcasting panels comprised of people with opposing Internet, opposing points of view and a (paid) willingness to combat across a stage set. While they are called contributors, their job description has to include possession of hardcore political views with Left or Right as well as an accompanying willingness to lie as necessary.  The lie is important because anyone who sits on a CNN set is intellectually gifted enough to know they are there for a purpose. If any hardcore Trump supporter suddenly turned on his president and commenced on day after day and hour after hour anti-Trump punditry, that contributor would be of much less value to the network. 

Since Trump's declaration of intent to run for president as far bask as 2015, CNN has employed a veritable horde of talking head pundits who employed varying degrees of lies to earn that paycheck.

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Some have been fried, others have been less publicly fired but certainly not booked anymore based on alleged seedy interactions, and yes, most are still employed by CNN.  While never employed by the network, there is yet another who practice incessant lying on behalf of Trump: 

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KellyAnne (Alternative Facts) Conway. 
Trump's Number One White House Presstitute

Alas CNN has hired another such talking head who seems afflicted and consumed with Trump denial and rationalization as critical to his life as breathing and eating. As US conservatism is increasingly showing its ugly bigoted and racist head above the body of its inner core beliefs evidence of such is being cranked to another level via the potential election of Roy Moore (Alabama) to the US Senate.

Moore's Paleozoic and Draconian beliefs have been well documented for years. From anti-civil Rights rhetoric through the side-mouthed wish women did not have the right to vote, Moore has a trail of conservatism which virtually unsurpassed in. When coupled with seemingly credible accusations of teenage (girls) sexual abuse, Moore is posing a real challenge for CNN's most recently hired Trump talking head surrogate. Meet Missouri's Ed Martin and watch a recent contribution to a panel discussion with typical head shaking and over-the-top denial of Trump and conservative reality.

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Crooks & LIars has published a piece with renowned conservative David Frum criticizing CNN for its practice of providing a paycheck to people whose sole purpose is to backup or rationalize Trumps lies and increasingly disgusting GOP policies.

David Frum Chides CNN For Hiring 'In-House Trump Associates In Order To Promote Trump Falsehoods'
While discussing Trump's goal to discredit main stream journalism, David Frum explained that news outlets like CNN--who hired Trump surrogates on-air to appear to be balanced--made a big mistake because all they did was promote Trump's multitudes of falsehoods to its viewers. CNN's Brian Stelter's discussed Trump's war on the media with journalist icon Carl Bernstein…

Monday, December 19, 2016

TRUMP Credo: "If you tell the lie enough, it becomes truth?" Fact Checker Dot Org

Donald Trump it seems will spend the next four years traveling around the country delivering rally speeches.  His current mission is to feed his ego while whipping white people into celebrity worshipping frenzies via weekly appearances. As is the case with any rally, speech, comment, and oratory are necessary. Before we move into one of Trump's latest insults to the black community and his disregard for decency among his supporters let's remind of a key point from Politifact.

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While the African-American vote was down from 2012 with Trump securing more votes than Romney (et. al. less than 14% in each election), Trump can not accurately depict the black vote as not showing up. Of course, he can claim the flawed statistic (lie) with his white supporters (and the very visible black guy and two women in the video), but the reality is, Trump continues his lie campaign. "If you tell the lie enough, it becomes truth?"

How about this one:

Trump has stated on multiple occasions within the past two weeks, that his supporters should be happy about the "good thing" associated with his false claim of "African-Americans stayed home."

Here is his latest (as promised above). Note the African-America guy (and ladies neatly placed behind Trump). The guy is over exuberant about Trump's vote comments, yet even he ceased his Trump "woodie" as Trump stated the black vote "staying home" was a good thing.

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Chicago Tribune 

Thursday's rally in Hershey, Pennsylvania, found the president-elect calling for the mostly white crowd to cheer for African-Americans who were "smart" to heed his message and therefore "didn't come out to vote" for his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton. 
"That was the big thing, so thank you to the African-American community," Trump said. 
Trump repeatedly campaigned there, drawing some of the largest and loudest crowds of the campaign. He won the state by less than 1 percentage point, giving him a vital 20 electoral college votes.

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Data for 2016 were collected by Edison Research for the National Election Pool, a consortium of ABC News, The Associated Press, CBSNews, CNN, Fox News and NBC News. The voter survey is based on questionnaires completed by 24,537 voters leaving 350 voting places throughout the United States on Election Day including 4,398 telephone interviews with early and absentee voters.


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Saturday, July 16, 2016

President Obama Vetoes On Behalf Of Middle America

Fiduciary Rule:

A Department of Labor regulation prohibiting investment advisers from selling products with higher fees or lower returns just because they yield higher commissions.

Why would anyone in federal, state or local governance have issues with such a rule? If we consider US politics, the question becomes rhetorical. Which governing entity do you feel has issues with a fiduciary rule? (Rhetorical)

I recently sought out a few horror stories regarding investment advice/hype while contemplating the GOP's strong resistance to efforts to protect investors from investment predators. A story on the Reddit  r/stocks web page, caught my interest. The story that appears to embody the essence of Department of Labor efforts to protect against financial investment vultures.(The parenthetic descriptor was a personal add to the comment.)

This story was explained to me by a senior broker where I work. 
An elderly couple bought into the hype on ICPT (Intercept Pharmaceuticals IncNASDAQ: ICPT) last year and decided to move all their money out of an IRA into a margin account so they could day trade. Neither of them had ever traded before, but they decided now was the time. As luck would have it, they started the day that ICPT crashed a huge amount, sometime in March 2014 I believe. They bought as much as they could as it kept falling, fully leveraging their account. After ICPT had already lost something like $50 they started selling, but it was too late. At the open, they had +70k, and at the close they were at -250k. This was their life savings, and they had just lost it all and then owed us more than triple what they started with.

The story may not totally embody guidance from financial investors, it certainly shows the extent to which following bad financial advice can ruin the financial health of citizens.  

While exploring a core value of the GOP, follow as we explore points embed in a "fiduciary rule" promulgated by the Obama Administration. 

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financial services industry advisers and managers must perform services for clients with a guiding focus as fiduciaries – effectively requiring advisers to  “solely in the interest” of clients – when giving advice regarding people’s retirement saving.
Are you wondering why such a "rule" would meet strong resistance from Republican members of Congress? Let's look a bit closer.

Within a year of President Obama's 2009 inauguration to the US Presidency, the Department of Labor (DOL) proposed a rule that would require financial advisers provide investment services in the best interest of their clients. The proposal was she

In 2010, the Department of Labor put forth a proposal to require retirement investment advisers serve in their client’s best interest. The DOL later withdrew the proposed rule in the in response to formidable GOP opposition.  In early 2015, DOL proposed a new "fiduciary" rule.

On April 20, 2015, DOL proposed a new rule to ensure that retirement savers would get their advice from fiduciaries. After a series of unsuccessful efforts to block the proposal by brokerage firms and a failed attempt to attach a rider to the end-of-year spending bill, the final rule was released on April 6, 2016.
If you re-read the last sentence from the MarketWatch excerpt, the genesis of GOP opposition to the rule comes as clear as the proper camera setting on a Nikon Series 5000 camera. GOP members of Congress (and certain blue dog Democrats) opposition to rules the protect consumers is a core value.  A value that drives GOP policy with legislative and validates the party's service to monied interest and potential campaign contributors.

Last month, both House of congress voted in support of striking the fiduciary rule: the House by a party-line vote of 234-183 and the Senate 56-41, with three Democrats joining the Republicans. Republicans Senator Orin Hatch commented on GOP perception of the rule. white urging passage i the US Senate.  Note the corporatist tone of his comment. 
"Higher costs and a more burdensome system also means more expenses for small businesses trying to sponsor retirement plans for their employees,”
The shame of it all. Do everyday Americans stand ay chance of a productive life as long as the GOP has a group on Congress?

It is refreshing to know Democrats do to share GOP dedication to a better life for corporate  America at all costs.  President Obama recently vetoed the bill.

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The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release

Veto Message from the President -- - H.J. Res. 88

I am returning herewith without my approval H.J. Res. 88, a resolution that would nullify the Department of Labor's final conflict of interest rule.  This rule is critical to protecting Americans' hard-earned savings and preserving their retirement security.
The outdated regulations in place before this rulemaking did not ensure that financial advisers act in their clients' best interests when giving retirement investment advice. Instead, some firms have incentivized advisers to steer clients into products that have higher fees and lower returns -- costing America's families an estimated $17 billion a year.
The Department of Labor's final rule will ensure that American workers and retirees receive retirement advice that is in their best interest, better enabling them to protect and grow their savings.  The final rule reflects extensive feedback from industry, advocates, and Members of Congress, and has been streamlined to reduce the compliance burden and ensure continued access to advice, while maintaining an enforceable best interest standard that protects consumers.  It is essential that these critical protections go into effect.  Because this resolution seeks to block the progress represented by this rule and deny retirement savers investment advice in their best interest, I cannot support it.  I am therefore vetoing this resolution. 


Can anyone who read this piece recall a legislative measure advanced by the GOP which offers improvements to life for middle and lower income Americans?  Think hard and dispense the thought that would come forth as a lie.


Friday, October 17, 2014

GOP Candidate Re-Cycles Willie Horton LIke Ad

We have seen this before! 
Are you old enough to remember the now famous Roger Ailes's "WillIe Horton" ad from 1988?

Horton's release was not directly attributable to then candidate 

Michael Dukakis in his campaign against Bush/Quayle. This ad was run by the National Security PAC. It is important to note Bush/Quayle nor the RCCC nor RNC ran the ad. The salient point is the ad most assuredly imparts "Fear." Fear in the Horton ad was an artificial inducement to vote against Dukakis. The vast majority of voters were so far removed from a Horton scenario, it is impossible to separate Horton's race (Black) and the race of his victim (white) with a dose of sex. Classic GOP operative politicking. 

If you follow US politics and consider yourself a student of US politics, you know the GOP never reaches into virgin territory with strategy. The party operatives re-cycle that which works and they do so religiously. If you are tracking along with me, the following report from Think Progress will not surprise you. It should, if you are a person with any degrees of personal integrity and pride, offend you. The perpetrator in the advertisement is obliviously insane. 

His release from the penal system should have been the object of criticism instead of a cheap Willie Horton like advertisement. But, then I am positing on the GOP and not commenting regarding rational criticism.

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What The Republican Party’s New, Unspeakably Racist Attack Ad Is Really About

"What The Republican Party’s New, Unspeakably Racist Attack Ad Is Really About"

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The National Republican Congressional Committee wants you to believe that Nebraska state Sen. Brad Ashford, the Democratic challenger to incumbent Rep. Lee Terry (R-NE), unleashed a very scary looking black man on the people of Nebraska to commit multiple murders. That’s the message conveyed by an ad they posted on their YouTube page on Friday, which focuses on a series of high profile murders committed by a man who had recently been released from prison on unrelated charges:

The reality, however, is far more nuanced than the narrative presented by this ad. And the events that led up to these murders have very little to do with Ashford. 
Nikko Jenkins is a severely mentally ill man who was previously incarcerated on robbery and assault charges. A prison psychiatrist diagnosed him with schizophrenia and post-traumatic stress disorder, and labeled him one of the most dangerous people I have ever evaluated.” While he was incarcerated, Jenkins repeatedly told prison officials that he planned a violent, murderous rampage upon his release.” Less than a month after he was released from prison in 2013, Jenkins carried out his threats, killing four people in Omaha. 
Jenkins believes that he was ordered to kill by Apophis, an evil, ancient Egyptian serpent god. A report by the Nebraska State Ombudsman’s Office criticized state prison officials for not attempting to have Jenkins committed due to his mental illness once it became clear that it was not safe to release him from prison.
The NRCC’s ad, however, tells a very different story. In the GOP’s narrative, “Nikko Jenkins was released from prison early, after serving only half his sentence” thanks to a law that Ashford supports.
US politics and election campaigning is all out war with no level of decency and often wrought with lies, exaggerations and mis-representations. Even President Obama has intimated as has others he had no idea of the head-knocking reality of life as president until he attended his first post election security briefing. I believe he has also admitted that "change' and movement of the US 'good ol boy' (my words) system of governing s far more entrenched than he imagined.

And then we have this from some politicians. Paul Ryan with his family in tow, raided a DC soup pantry without ever notifying the director of the center. The photo and video opportunity took place just before the 2012 presidential election. If you want to see the full extent of GOP operative strategy the pots, pans and utensils massaged by the Ryans were already cleaned.  More ABC news videos | ABC Health News

Thus, a classic example of what campaigning has come to and a clear example of the extent to which operatives perpetrate campaigns. Ryan also spoke early in the campaign about running a marathon in record time. His brother corrected his lie and induced a backtrack from the pathological liar.

The advertisement above takes GOP politicking to another level. It capitalizes on the 2014 GOP/RNC strategy to leverage fear. You may also notice, it re-cycles Roger Ailes's manipulation of "Fear of the black man."