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In Topic: Faux News Hasn't Lost It's Touch

24 May 2019 - 03:03 PM

Sean Hannity can apparently do whatever he likes at Faux News. His lies make them rich.

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Sean Hannity is apparently above the law at Fox News.

In recent months, Fox’s journalistic ethics have faced increased scrutiny as it courts 2020 Democratic candidates for town-hall events and interviews. The channel’s infamously far-right, Trump-boosting opinion programming is separate from its “hard news” division and, as Fox has claimed, both are subject to the network’s rigorous news standards.

But Hannity, who consistently dominates the ratings across all cable news outlets, brazenly ignores those supposed rules. And news-side employees who spoke to The Daily Beast believe it’s because no one at the network is willing to control the ratings-leading host.

A blaring example of that is Hannity’s treatment of claims from guests whose dubious “reporting” would never pass muster on Fox’s hard news shows. The most commonly cited example of this is Trump-boosting Fox News contributor Sara Carter, whose news credibility is so questionable that, as Mediaite reported in March, Fox News executives allegedly told Hannity to stop calling her an “investigative reporter” on his show.

“Fox News executives have asked Hannity to stop using this title on the grounds that Carter’s reporting is not vetted, and passes none of the network’s editorial guidelines,” the media news site reported. And even without any such dictate, Hannity’s hyping of “reporters” who don’t meet Fox’s news standards would be considered troublesome at any mainstream outlet.

Nevertheless, Hannity has persisted.

In fact, according to a review of Fox News transcripts, he has only gotten more defiant since he was reportedly scolded by executives. This year, Hannity has referred to Carter as an “investigative reporter” at least 18 times, two-thirds of which came after he was told to stop. In several of those instances, Hannity even slapped a network-wide stamp of approval on Carter, calling her a “Fox News investigative reporter.”

Carter has served as Hannity’s go-to “reporter” on the “Deep State” counter-narrative he has incessantly pushed since before the Mueller investigation began. She has been a Fox News contributor since late 2017 and has only ever appeared on the network’s opinion side, with the vast majority of her on-air hits coming on Hannity.

In Topic: Trump on Trade ... Stupidity and Childish Continue

24 May 2019 - 03:00 PM

Trump's trade war seems to have benefited Mexico and Vietnam. Here are the top bullet points.

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  • American and Chinese consumers and producers are paying the price of the yearlong trade war, which has seen the US and China slap tariffs on billions of dollars' worth of each other's goods.
  • US and Chinese importers have stopped buying from each other and turned to other countries instead.
  • Vietnam and Mexico have greatly benefited from these policies.
  • This runs counter to President Donald Trump's claims that Chinese companies bear the brunt of the US tariffs and that "trade wars are good, and easy to win."

In Topic: Voter ID Laws Are Completely Unnecessary

24 May 2019 - 02:57 PM

Texass continues its voter suppression efforts.

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House Bill 1888 would ban mobile polling stations, which help college students, the elderly and low-income residents cast ballots, from being mobile. The bill would require these temporary branch polling places to remain in just one location for the duration of the early voting period. Mobile polling stations are currently used as a way to address demand and wait times for groups that may have difficulty getting to a polling location, like rural voters, college students and residents at long-term care facilities.

State Sen. Joan Huffman, a Houston Republican who sponsored the bill, said that the mobile polling places were being abused by “targeting desirable voting populations at the exclusion of others.” She rejected concerns from Democrats about disadvantaged groups being hurt by the move, saying that those who need to make arrangements to vote “have time to do that.”

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Republicans also doubled down on the state’s failed attempted voter purge. Earlier this year, Texas Secretary of State David Whitley announced that the state had identified nearly 100,000 people he claimed were illegally registered to vote. Whitley later admitted that many of the people on the list were actually naturalized citizens and a federal judge banned the state from removing anyone from the rolls without court permission, slamming Whitley for abusing “the power of government to strike fear and anxiety and to intimidate the least powerful among us.”

Republican state Sen. Bryan Hughes introduced an amendment this week that would require the secretary of state to verify voter eligibility by confirming their citizenship status on a monthly basis.

In Topic: Russia Investigations

24 May 2019 - 02:55 PM

Little Lindsey continues his quest to be head Trumpsucker. Poor Lindsey. No matter how hard he tries and no matter who he tries to glue himself to he just can't become one of the cool kids.

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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) joined in President Donald Trump’s attack on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and accused her of trying to distract from an internal Democratic Party struggle over impeachment.

The House speaker and Trump have traded insults since Pelosi accused him of engaging in coverup, and Graham went on “Fox & Friends” to defend Trump from growing impeachment talk.

“The Democrats are going to get him re-elected,” Graham said. “I don’t think you can become a nominee of Democratic Party without embracing impeachment. If you are a House member in the Democrat caucus you’re going to get a primary if you vote against impeachment, because the people who want to impeach this president have lost their mind and they’re driving the Democratic Party over an edge between what President Trump accomplished for this country and how crazy they have become, he’s going to get re-elected.”

Graham warned that Pelosi would lose her job if she didn’t embrace impeachment, and he said the House speaker was going after Trump to hide the intraparty challenge to her authority.

“The people she is in charge of lost their mind when it comes to Trump — a coverup,” Graham said, in a “well, I never” tone.

In Topic: The Democratic vs. Republican Scandal Double Standard

24 May 2019 - 02:51 PM

Rudy came out swinging at Pelosi for Trump. He proceeded to belt himself in the nose.

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Rudy Giuliani offered an apparent attempt at an apology for sharing a doctored video of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, but the response likely wasn’t what he had hoped.

President Donald Trump and his personal attorney each shared the doctored video, which aired on Lou Dobbs’ Fox Business program and appears to show Pelosi slurring and stammering, and Giuliani offered something like an apology on his personal Twitter account.

The tweet reads: “ivesssapology for a video which is allegedly is a caricature of an otherwise halting speech pattern, she should first stop, and apologize for, saying the President needs an ‘intervention.’ Are”


Thanks for clearing that up.