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Check out this article from Caty Enders at Esquire mag: Life at The Bundy Ranch, Uncensored.
At the Bundy camp last week, pundits and politicians descended on Bunkerville, Nevada, to throw in their American flag hats with the BLM protestors. A FOX news van had been parked by the side of the road for days. Up on the ridge, militia snipers kept a trained watch as Bundy held court, and disciples from far and wide came to share their personal theories as to why the government was enforcing a court order.
But on Thursday, we witnessed a mainstream exodus from Bundy’s flank. Sean Hannity, Bundy’s biggest booster, called his racist remarks “beyond despicable,” but maintained that they should not taint the supporters who “for the right reasons saw this case as government overreach.”
Exactly how difficult was it, though, to determine pretty early on that Bundy and his followers were using the threat of force to back up some terrifyingly misguided beliefs?
During the few hours I visited last week, this was what was said.
Here’s the condensed version:
I want to be like it was growing up in the 50s too Cliven: When the United Nations was the hope of the world. When my father supported he, my mother and my two brothers (on one salary). We had great public schools and California had essentially free universities. I trick-or-treated for UNICEF when I was nine-years-old and I thought I could make a difference. When my 14-year-old self and my girlfriend swooned over 20, 24-year-olds hunks who we saw in the Roosevelt National Forest in Colorado. That would be before Reagan and his predecessors decided we didn’t need them anymore … the Forest Service caretakers or the forests.
Back in the 50s I’d drink a Dr. Pepper and it had good ol’ sugar in it instead of high fructose corn syrup and it came in a glass bottle instead of one that leached BPA into my brain.
Here’s lookin’ at you Cliven. The 50s were great in so so many ways but lots has happened since. You might want to Google it.
Here’s an interesting report from Pew Research’s Journalism Project: Key Indicators in Media & News.
It’s full of all kinds of tidbits about local television, newspapers, cable and broadcast networks but the first sentence, about cable, is what jumped out at me:
In 2013, the cable news audience, by nearly all measures, declined. The combined median prime-time viewership of the three major news channels—CNN, Fox News and MSNBC—dropped 11% to about 3 million, the smallest it has been since 2007.
The “combined median prime-time viewership” of the three major cable news channels was “about 3 million?” Wow. Given all the yelling and screaming by and about the various cable news “journalists” — Hannity, O’Reilly, Matthews, Morgan, et al — you’d think they were bringing in audience numbers akin to that of the network news shows at 22.6 million.
They — the cable “news” screamers — get way, way too much of our society’s attention.
Read that headline again.
Pity the 1%, right? They never have a say. According to Fox’s Maria Bartiromo, “business people” haven’t been heard enough of late so damnit, she’s going to fix that:
There’s a void in the market. We never hear business people as part of the conversation on a Sunday. I only hear politicos doing their talking points. I want to get the guy on the front line, the gal on the front line, telling us why they’re not taking money from overseas and putting it here, what should tax reform look like, what should immigration reform look like. So I’m going to bring business people into the conversation on a Sunday morning.
If I didn’t have a life I’d spend two hours researching and posting links as to why this is so f*cked up. “Business people” need a louder voice? Really? For starters, they own D.C. so there’s that. I mean, come on.
When was the last time the corporate opened a whole new network devoted to homeless people 0r poor people or people struggling on a retirement income or people without health care?
Amazing how a guy who claims to be in the news business (as in reporting facts) jumps to so many conclusions here in two sentences:
Maybe he’s high.
Oh the irony. I. Am. Loving. This.
Fox News has spent the last five years promoting the notion that election fraud is rampant across the United States though time and again, their Republican cronies haven’t found any (here and here as recent examples).
That meme has been about discrediting an African-American president and insinuating that creepy crawly homeless and poor people — African-Americans of course — are stealing what would otherwise be a clean and pure election process that would elect a (white) Republican, not a Kenyan Muslim guy.
That said, I can’t help but laugh my ass off tonight as I read about one of Fox’s favorite “contributors,” Dinesh D’Souza, who has been indited for, get this,
Cull through the posts I put up at the Newshounds after I worked on Outfoxed and you’ll see reference after reference to good ol’ Dinesh. He was one of Neil Cavuto‘s favorite guests. He couldn’t get enough of sitting on his high horse, bashing Obama, bashing everything that was wrong and supposedly corrupt about Democrats, the election process, the economy and well, you name it.
Oh, and Fox used Dinesh as one of their brown guys. You know: We like brown people (despite their underlying deceitfulness, corruption and tendency toward killing white people). We really, really do!
Ah, life can be so sweet.
Click on the headline above or go here for more on the indictment.
If it turns out New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was involved in closing three lanes of the George Washington Bridge leading into New York City, for four days (which too few people are emphasizing), causing untold drivers untold headaches, Fox News doesn’t want us to think of their Republican friend as a petty, vindictive, immature, mean, self-centered, two-bit street thug. No. No. No. No. They want us to think poor Chris Christie is a “masculine,” “muscular” man’s man and the poor thing, he’s the victim in all this:
Britt Hume on Sunday’s “Media Buzz:” “In this sort of feminized atmosphere in which we exist today, guys who are masculine and muscular like that in their private conduct, kind of old-fashioned tough guys, run some risks.”
Co-host Lauren Ashburn: “Feminized?”
Britt Hume: “Atmosphere. Men today have learned the lesson the hard way that if you act like kind of an old-fashioned guy’s guy, you’re in constant danger of slipping out and saying something that’s going to get you in trouble and make you look like a sexist or make you look like you seem thuggish or whatever. That’s the atmosphere in which he operates. This guy is very much an old-fashioned masculine, muscular guy, and there are political risks associated with that. Maybe it shouldn’t be, but that’s how it is.”
See the video here.
I swear. They’ve got some real psychos chained in the basement over there at Fox thinking this stuff up.
Chris Christie is a Republican.