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As experiment with himself as guinea pig, John Haggerty watched Fox News for a month:
But now I was aware of Fox’s role as a purveyor, not only of right-wing information but of right-wing ignorance, and I began to examine my mind for things that I hadn’t gotten any information about in the past month. The most notable items that were missing, I realized, were people from other countries and poverty. Aside from the times when picturesque destruction video was available, there was essentially no coverage of foreign affairs. On the poverty side, programs like food stamps and welfare were generally referred to as handouts, and the only time poor people were mentioned was when they were a source of malfeasance. One prominent “Fox & Friends” story, for example, cited a woman who, because of a computer glitch, managed to buy $700 worth of food on a food stamp debit card with a balance of $.47.

The effect of this is interesting. Even in my short time watching Fox I found poverty fading from my mind as a problem. I was surprised one day when, during a discussion of deficit reduction (something that they talk about almost constantly), I found myself nodding in agreement that there was room to cut social programs that had already been radically slashed. Fox couldn’t convince me to care about the issues they are obsessed with (Obama’s treachery and the deficit, mostly), but by simply failing to mention a topic like income inequality, it managed to make me stop caring about the things it would prefer that I ignore.



Blast from the Past. At Daily Kos on this date in 2012Komen's hypocrisy: Let us count the ways:

When an organization adopts a purportedly blanket policy as cover for undertaking a biased action, the natural laws of the universe (at least of the PR universe) mandate that said policy wrap tightly back on an organization like a pink straitjacket woven with threads of hypocrisy and gall.

That the Susan G. Komen Foundation thought it could get away with stripping funding for Planned Parenthood is not surprising. One of the nation's biggest charities is likely to have some hubris in that regard. That they hired Ari Fleisher to manage the policy rollout and got, well, Ari Fleisher'd is not terribly remarkable either. That the media bought the Komen half-hearted, quasi-sorta reversal as some complete 180 that guaranteed Planned Parenthood funding was also to be expected.

What I didn't expect was that this scandal would still, days later, be a never-ending black hole filled with excuses, contradictions and confusion. It's a marathon of a scandal, and Komen doesn't look to be in any shape to finish strong. […]



Tweet of the Day:

Biden: “I said to my granddaughter, ’it’s a broken record.’ My granddaughter said, ‘what’s a record?’”
@EvanMcSan



On today's Kagro in the Morning show, the morning's buzz was about CVS, and Sochi accommodations, emphasis on the commodes. In more serious news: Greg Dworkin laments how "serious news" seriously misunderstands the CBO report, and Joan McCarter shares the worst of the worst from the traditional media. Also: the new farm bill, bogus "insurance bailout" claims, and Gop debt ceiling disarray. Plus, Joan outlines a big theme: partisan polarization reversing openness & transparency gains in the legislative process. Lastly, Mark Ames on the passing of former Rep. Otis Pike, the first in Congress to take on the NSA.



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  •  How old is the granddaughter ? (12+ / 0-)

    "please love deeply...openly and genuinely." A. M. H.

    by indycam on Wed Feb 05, 2014 at 08:34:06 PM PST

  •  Had to post this before lights out (9+ / 0-)

    In WaPo's FACT CHECK: Anti-Obamacare chorus is off key, this little gem was underneath the  bottom of the article [emphasis mine] :

    EDITOR’S NOTE _ An occasional look at political claims that take shortcuts with the facts or don’t tell the full story
    Need I say more?

    "Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress Chris Christie. But I repeat myself." ~ Mark Twain, (with a twist) ;o)

    by Terre on Wed Feb 05, 2014 at 08:37:08 PM PST

  •  "Fox." He Misspelled "The Free Press." nt (7+ / 0-)

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Wed Feb 05, 2014 at 08:40:14 PM PST

    •  the big three (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Aunt Pat, thanatokephaloides

      If you can control the big three you can have America's  wealth lock stock and barrel.

      The big three corp America owns: the media, the supreme court and congress. ok four also the military complex.

      The trickle down trickled up just like I said it would over 30 years ago but they believed dutch Reagan and not me. :-)

  •  I watched Faux once and damned near forgot (8+ / 0-)

    to finish the 1.5 litre I bought that day.

    MABEL!!!

    After 65 years, the ONLY thing I know absolutely and positively about life is that the check is SUPPOSED to be in the mail. That's it. Nothing else. PERIOD.

    by franklyn on Wed Feb 05, 2014 at 08:44:51 PM PST

    •  Black Label? n/t (6+ / 0-)

      Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

      by JeffW on Wed Feb 05, 2014 at 08:56:20 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  watching Faux News (0+ / 0-)
      I watched Faux once and damned near forgot to finish the 1.5 litre I bought that day.

      MABEL!!!

      WARNING:Snarky NetHack-related humor ahead:

      The master mind flayer hits! Your brain is eaten!
      The master mind flayer hits! Your brain is eaten!
      The master mind flayer hits! Your brain is eaten!
      You voluntarily watch Faux News!
      Your brain is completely eaten!

      You start voting Republican!
      Your brain gives up in complete disgust!

      :o)

      /snark

      "It's high time (and then some) that we put an end to the exceptionalistic nonsense floating around in our culture and face the fact that either the economy works for all, or it doesn't work AT all." -- Sean McCullough (DailyKos user thanatokephaloides)

      by thanatokephaloides on Thu Feb 06, 2014 at 02:05:02 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  I'd rather see Zimmerman's car break down (6+ / 0-)

    in East LA.

    Nice to see the media doing their part in making this asshole a celebrity......sheese.

    George Zimmerman Will Reportedly Fight DMX in March:

    If it happens, this will be a shitshow: Noted child killer George Zimmerman is reportedly set to fight America's number one wedding rapper DMX in a celebrity boxing match later this year.

    "I am going to beat the living fuck out him," DMX told TMZ. "I am breaking every rule in boxing to make sure I fuck him right up. Once I am done with him, I am going to whip my dick out and piss on him, right in his motherfucking face."

    http://gawker.com/...

    “I would like to get rid of the homophobes, sexists, and racists in our audience. I know they're out there and it really bothers me.” ― Kurt Cobain

    by Jeff Y on Wed Feb 05, 2014 at 08:45:01 PM PST

    •  OK (5+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Jeff Y, Aunt Pat, JeffW, Shockwave, grover

      Well now....

      And daddy won't you take me back to Muhlenberg County Down by the Green River where Paradise lay. Well, I'm sorry my son, but you're too late in asking Mister Peabody's coal train has hauled it away. John Prine

      by high uintas on Wed Feb 05, 2014 at 08:46:10 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  I was stranded on foot in East LA... (9+ / 0-)

      ...as the sun was setting. (Why? another story).

      I was carrying a travel bag.

      There were no cars on the street and houses on both sides.

      Soon, about 15 men started to converge on me as they walked down the street.

      They formed a circle around me.

      One of them stepped out and asked me where was I going.

      I told him that I was actually hitchhiking to Denver (very bad idea) but it didn't seem I was going to get to a motel that night.

      I asked him if I could make a phone call (no cell phones in those days).  He said sure and we walked to a house from where I was able to call a friend to come and get me.

      While I waited for my pick up we talked about all sorts of things and we made friends.  They were a bunch of cool guys.

      So much for getting stranded in East LA.  I go there occasionally and I even lead a march for single payer once. Over 30 years here I got involved in many many scary situations but none in East LA.

      Daily Kos an oasis of truth. Truth that leads to action.

      by Shockwave on Wed Feb 05, 2014 at 09:17:24 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  Yeah, but you aren't a gun-toting a-hole (4+ / 0-)

        like Zimmerman.

        I don't think he'd have these outcome that you had. In fact I know he wouldn't if he somehow found himself on Chicago's south side.

        “I would like to get rid of the homophobes, sexists, and racists in our audience. I know they're out there and it really bothers me.” ― Kurt Cobain

        by Jeff Y on Wed Feb 05, 2014 at 10:01:53 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

      •  Good story, and my experience as well. (2+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        JeffW, Shockwave

        I hate it when "East LA," "East Oakland," or similar neighborhoods are used as short hand for something "everyone" is supposed to instantly understand.

        I see no reason why citizens of color would be more inclined to throw their lives away (and irrevocably hurt their family) by engaging in a revenge killing for something that happened across the country (regardless of how painful it was for the African American community) than a white citizen up the highway in Brentwood or Palmdale might if they saw Zimmerman and felt he was a threat to their property or home.

        The guy is a menance.

        But flippant comments about what citizens in East LA would do are painted with incredibly unweildy broad brushes... I'm trying to give benefit of the doubt here. But people really need to check the brushes they're painting with.

        © grover


        So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

        by grover on Thu Feb 06, 2014 at 02:34:12 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

    •  DMX! (0+ / 0-)
      I'd rather see Zimmerman's car break down (6+ / 0-)

      in East LA.

      Nice to see the media doing their part in making this asshole a celebrity......sheese.

          George Zimmerman Will Reportedly Fight DMX in March:

          If it happens, this will be a shitshow: Noted child killer George Zimmerman is reportedly set to fight America's number one wedding rapper DMX in a celebrity boxing match later this year.

          "I am going to beat the living fuck out him," DMX told TMZ. "I am breaking every rule in boxing to make sure I fuck him right up. Once I am done with him, I am going to whip my dick out and piss on him, right in his motherfucking face."

          http://gawker.com/...

      Get Him, BMX!
      BMX! BMX! BMX!  :-)

      "It's high time (and then some) that we put an end to the exceptionalistic nonsense floating around in our culture and face the fact that either the economy works for all, or it doesn't work AT all." -- Sean McCullough (DailyKos user thanatokephaloides)

      by thanatokephaloides on Thu Feb 06, 2014 at 02:11:53 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  Oops, that's DMX! DMX! DMX! :-) /nt (0+ / 0-)

        "It's high time (and then some) that we put an end to the exceptionalistic nonsense floating around in our culture and face the fact that either the economy works for all, or it doesn't work AT all." -- Sean McCullough (DailyKos user thanatokephaloides)

        by thanatokephaloides on Thu Feb 06, 2014 at 02:13:51 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

  •  I not only remember records (9+ / 0-)

    But the various shapes and sizes of records. LP's (33 1/3), 45's, and we even had a few 78's at home, though they were on the way out.

    I wasn't around for Edison, but still...

    There's no such thing as a Free Information Kit. There is, however, advertising.

    by lotac on Wed Feb 05, 2014 at 08:47:36 PM PST

  •  Can you answer these questions? (8+ / 0-)

    What would Keynes do?

    What is economic prescription for this situation?

    What did did GWBush do to collapse the economy when he found himself in this situation?

    From the NYT:

    Battles Loom in Many States Over What to Do With Budget Surpluses

    In a year when three dozen governors are up for election, unexpectedly robust revenues from taxes and other sources are filling most state coffers, creating surpluses not seen in years and prompting statehouse battles over what to do with the money.

    After so many years of sluggish revenues, layoffs and draconian service cuts, governors and legislators are eager to use the newfound money to cut taxes, restore spending or, in some cases, pay down debts or replenish rainy-day funds for future recessions. But though revenues are improving, lawmakers are likely to find that there is not enough to pay for everything they want to do, experts say.

    “The states are going to have what seems like extra money,” said Scott D. Pattison, executive director of the National Association of State Budget Officers. “Expectations will be high, but the money is not going to be enough to satisfy everyone’s expectations.”

    FEATURED COMMENT

    NTS Virginia
    This is just more of the same from politicians who want the sound bite of 'We have a surplus' without saying 'More people are living in poverty, going hungry, have flat incomes...'

    http://www.nytimes.com/...


    “The Internet is the first thing that humanity has built that humanity doesn't understand, the largest experiment in anarchy that we have ever had.” ― Eric Schmidt

    by Pluto on Wed Feb 05, 2014 at 08:47:52 PM PST

  •  "What's a Record" see also "Phone Booth" nt (9+ / 0-)

    I want 1 less Tiny Coffin, Why Don't You? Support The President's Gun Violence Plan.

    by JML9999 on Wed Feb 05, 2014 at 08:48:52 PM PST

  •  Congrats to diarist Scott Wooledge, whose (8+ / 0-)

    work to pressure Olympic sponsors to denounce Russia's oppressive anti-LGBT laws and culture were highlighted in "LGBT Activists Launch “Cheers To Sochi” Parody Site After “Hijacking” McDonald’s Hashtag" on Buzzfeed.

    "'Patriotism' is the last refuge of a scoundrel" - Samuel Johnson, 1775

    preborner: (n.) one who believes that the right to life begins at conception and ends at birth.

    by 1BQ on Wed Feb 05, 2014 at 08:52:31 PM PST

  •  I think I would rather eat fast food for (7+ / 0-)

    all three meals a day for a month than watch FAUX News...

    ...it would certainly be healthier for me...

    "In a nation ruled by swine, all pigs are upward mobile..." - Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

    by Jack K on Wed Feb 05, 2014 at 09:06:24 PM PST

  •  D'Souza caught by FBI "Data Mining" h/t AdamB (10+ / 0-)

    http://www.insidepoliticallaw.com/...

    The D’Souza Case and Big Data
    By Robert Kelner on February 5th, 2014

    The recent indictment of conservative commentator Dinesh D’Souza is, in many ways, an unremarkable example of a garden variety “straw donor” prosecution.  The Department of Justice cranks out a steady stream of them.  Even the relatively small dollar amount at issue ($20,000) is not especially unusual. DOJ is aggressive in prosecuting even small reimbursement cases.

    What did catch our eye, however, is the way in which the government apparently became aware of the alleged reimbursement scheme. For some time, we have been telling clients that either the FEC, DOJ, or both, would eventually figure out how easy it is to detect straw donor schemes by looking closely at patterns in publicly filed FEC disclosure reports. With just a little bit of digging, including some analysis of geographic, employer, and timing data (ideally mapped against other publicly available data about particular donors), your average fourth grader these days could devise an algorithm to tease out reimbursement schemes from the data.

    Sure enough, in the press release that accompanied its indictment of Mr. D’Souza, DOJ touted the fact that “the indictment is the result of a routine review by the FBI of campaign filings with the FEC.”  While we do not yet know the details, we suspect this could be evidence that the FBI is beginning to use data analytic techniques to study FEC reports for patterns. Of course, it is also possible that the agents did this the old fashioned way, by eyeballing the reports and looking for visibly obvious patterns, or by following up on a tip. Some supporters of Mr. D’Souza have more nefarious theories of what led the FBI to focus on him. We shall see.

    We wrote not long ago here in Inside Political Law about the use by the Moreland Commission in New York of data analytics to identify patterns in campaign disclosure reports. It’s clear that the era of Big Data has arrived for campaign finance law. Expect to see regulators across the country starting to use simple data analytic techniques to ferret out campaign finance violations from public disclosure reports. Journalists are likely to do the same. Soon enough, there will be an app for that.

    I want 1 less Tiny Coffin, Why Don't You? Support The President's Gun Violence Plan.

    by JML9999 on Wed Feb 05, 2014 at 09:10:09 PM PST

  •  Pinhead (7+ / 0-)
    Doubt, as well as its cousins ambiguity, complexity, subtlety and nuance, are simply not welcome on O’Reilly’s show. Voltaire said, “To be uncertain is to be uncomfortable, but to be certain is to be ridiculous.” Bill O’Reilly, I imagine, would think that Voltaire was a pinhead.
  •  The latest Wingnut conspiracy theory (5+ / 0-)

    Apparently Obama has a weather machine that he's using to attack the super patriots in the South. :)

    Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

    Thanks Obama

    “I would like to get rid of the homophobes, sexists, and racists in our audience. I know they're out there and it really bothers me.” ― Kurt Cobain

    by Jeff Y on Wed Feb 05, 2014 at 09:14:35 PM PST

  •  yes. and fox is not the problem (7+ / 0-)

    1) TV like fox is most notable for what it leaves out
    2) fox alone does not have the audience nor the ability to sell the big lies- talk radio does the groundwork repetition.
    3) fox relies heavily on rw radio to create an atmosphere in which it can operate without being laughed off the air.

    This is a list of 76 universities for Rush Limbaugh that endorse global warming denial, racism, sexism, and GOP lies by broadcasting sports on over 170 Limbaugh radio stations.

    by certainot on Wed Feb 05, 2014 at 09:19:14 PM PST

    •  Freedom of the Press is the Problem. (5+ / 0-)

      The information and communication services and protections that a contemporary democracy needs are not only stranger than we suppose, they are stranger than we can suppose.

      Our most precious statement in our Bill of Rights asserts that civilization must surrender all influence over how we are informed and how our civic discourse is hosted.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Wed Feb 05, 2014 at 09:32:55 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  The Remote Still Has a Channel Changer (0+ / 0-)

        Button... and an ON/OFF button.

        it's baffling, really-- WHY all of the hand-wringing and hysteria over FAUX News??

        is there some alternate universe where Obama LOST the last election?

        "It is essential that there should be organization of Labor. Capital organizes & therefore Labor must organize" Theodore Roosevelt

        by Superpole on Thu Feb 06, 2014 at 03:20:11 AM PST

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        •  i agree with you- fox is not worth all the attenti (0+ / 0-)

          tion it gets- talk radio is the real problem.

          as far as the channel changer, yes, that applies for fox but not for talk radio- you can switch easily from fox to several other channels broadcasting political content, and one or two of those are real alternatives.

          but in most parts of the country there are no free alternatives for politics on radio while driving or working. the planet will melt before most of us get free high speed.

          and it's nice to know someone out there is so giddy about how things have gone since dems won the last presidential election. vast improvement to romney, for sure, but we still have a major opposition party that puts up shit like that as an alternative, actually competes, doesn't believe in global warming, thinks the magical markets can fix everything, and will go into the next election with another slate of loons and 1% lickers - many of which might win. nothing wrong with that.....

          This is a list of 76 universities for Rush Limbaugh that endorse global warming denial, racism, sexism, and GOP lies by broadcasting sports on over 170 Limbaugh radio stations.

          by certainot on Thu Feb 06, 2014 at 08:51:56 AM PST

          [ Parent ]

          •  PS (0+ / 0-)

            sorry, slipped into snark...

            but there's way too much to complain about not able to happen and get fixed, even talked about honestly, even though he won....

            This is a list of 76 universities for Rush Limbaugh that endorse global warming denial, racism, sexism, and GOP lies by broadcasting sports on over 170 Limbaugh radio stations.

            by certainot on Thu Feb 06, 2014 at 09:59:25 AM PST

            [ Parent ]

          •  Last I checked-- My car radio has a channel (0+ / 0-)

            changer as well...

            I need to see some stats proving:

            1.) tens of millions of people listen to fat hacks like Drug Limpbaugh. the last time some numbers came out, it was widely believed either he was LYING... or the people who pay his massive salary were LYING.

            2.) tens of millions of people are in fact influenced by fat hacks like Druggie... to "switch" political parties. even if you could show me a stat/proof stating ONE million people were influenced by him-- but no such stat exists-- because it simply did not happen-- nor will it ever happen.

            MY proof the one percent hacks/front men have had ZERO impact/influence on the voters?

            President Obama CRUSHED Willard in the last election. this event happened in spite of the 24/7 bullshit anti-Obama propaganda on both the Teevee Tube and the radio tube.

            THEY FAILED.

            they are NOT "influencing" voters and sending them to the "dark side" where they will forever vote for GOP retards. it's just not happening-- regardless of the hysteria you read here on a near daily basis.

            please get a clue.

            "It is essential that there should be organization of Labor. Capital organizes & therefore Labor must organize" Theodore Roosevelt

            by Superpole on Thu Feb 06, 2014 at 03:47:17 PM PST

            [ Parent ]

            •  i'm glad you're so happy with the state of the US! (0+ / 0-)

              this is a fact:

              but in most parts of the country there are no free alternatives for politics on radio while driving or working. the planet will melt before most of us get free high speed.
              talk radio is the major enabler of the crap heard on fox as well as the floor of congress. the tea party is essentially the talk radio party- it's a major fail to miss that point. that's the same party that nearly caused a default on the national debt. maybe you're  not affected by the crap they've pulled.

              over the years anywhere from 15-25% of americans say they get their news from talk radio. 50 mil listeners a week. or maybe its 30 mil who gives a shit- it's everywhere. how many dems lose close elections?

              if you're a liberal  know that every day on every corner and stump in the country (for the last 20 years) there's a blowhard yelling that your sister is a whore, your brother is a thief, and your ideas are treasonous. if you think there won't be any effect from ignoring that you're in denial.

              there are several hundred RW blowhards reading similar think tanks material from about 1200 radio stations. they ALL say the same shit, or they wouldn't be there, and if you are active on a state level on progressive issues and you're making progress in a way that concerns the 1% then their think tanks will get the local blowhards to attack and distort your efforts- and they're a lot louder than you and your fellow activists. that's why media and politicians can ignore protests now.

              talk radio still kicks internet ass.

              you like no single payer, corporate shills a majority in the supremes, no reform for media, election, immigration, wall street, no action on global warming, and on and on? because RW radio has had a huge say in all of that.

              why do you think we have to waste so much time with these fucking republicans in congress? benghazi benghazi benghazi.

              RW radio deified reagan and helped his administration escape  prosecution, deregulated wall st., lied us into two wars, helped to totally pollute the supreme court and turn money into free speech and corporations into people, hamstrung clinton, got bush close enough to steal two elections, nearly got palin in the white house, hamstrung obama going on 6 years.

              pull the ear buds out and take a drive across the country if you want to hear what dominates large areas of the country with very few people and way too many senators.

              This is a list of 76 universities for Rush Limbaugh that endorse global warming denial, racism, sexism, and GOP lies by broadcasting sports on over 170 Limbaugh radio stations.

              by certainot on Thu Feb 06, 2014 at 05:43:06 PM PST

              [ Parent ]

              •  Interesting-- but NOT Compelling (0+ / 0-)

                you've still not proven a significant number of people are swayed one way or the other politically by bullcrap on talk radio or on the Teevee-- you've still not proven this particular form of propaganda is effective on anyone other than the choir of unfortunate slobs who already believe this stuff; they believed it wayyyy before Drug Limpbaugh went on the air.

                removing this crap from the airwaves will not cause these people to become more critical thinkers-- they're just ignorant in the first place, hopelessly so.

                "It is essential that there should be organization of Labor. Capital organizes & therefore Labor must organize" Theodore Roosevelt

                by Superpole on Fri Feb 07, 2014 at 02:22:28 AM PST

                [ Parent ]

                •  it's not just about global warming and other no br (0+ / 0-)

                  brainers.

                  the local limbaugh megastation her in NM, which is about the only station you can hear clearly in many parts of the state, which many people in the state tune in to for weather/sports/local news, and which puts the UNM lobos sticker on their megaphone, just gave a local morning hour to gov martinez's education henchwoman hanna skandera, who was picked for martinez and comes from the hoover institute (a think tank that works to privatizing schools for billionaires and assholes).

                  she can sit there and lie and exaggerate all she wants about testing, charter schools, teachers and teacher unions, while the local blowhard praises her. 'coincidentally', she's doing this a week before the NM teacher's unions have scheduled major protests because of martinez's/skandera's/hoover/ALECs policies we've seen all over the country designed to automate and computerize and privatize/corporatize ed in the US.

                  you've still not proven this particular form of propaganda is effective on anyone other than the choir of unfortunate slobs who already believe this stuff; they believed it wayyyy before Drug Limpbaugh went on the air.
                  i didn't have enough facts on that issue to know how much was bullshit but i know where those assholes are coming from. it's not all about selling flat earth bullshit.

                  that's the same stations that was just used to swiftboat/tar and feather the ABQ schools superintendent (with a long career in public schools) and run him out of town for a couple of puny mistakes because he was giving skandera and martinez problems.

                  that same thing on many different issues has been happening all over the country on a regular basis with these stations and their associated think tanks and is a big part of why so many states have passed voter suppression laws- they have sold it in many different ways over the years with their own disinformed blowhards and regular 'experts' from ALEC think tanks.

                  the main reason RW radio has been so successful is that the left ignores it - it can't be read and analyzed- and it is never or seldom included in polling for why so many people believe a lie.

                  and how much of an affect on votes by talk radio alone is too much? 2%? 5%? 10% ? how much of the crap and lies is absorbed from friends and family and coworkers when apathetic voters come out of hibernation to vote? it pulls the whole republican party to the right and the country with it. it helps the 1% keep the GOP reps in line. money is not much good without a constituency to go with it to point to. talk radio provides the made-to-order constituencies for any occasion. why do reps have to cow tow to limbaugh.

                  you can call that talk radio base of the republican party hopeless dumbasses but that doesn't explain why the motherfucking ALEC 1% gets so many votes.

                  considering the  time lost on global warming ignoring RW radio has been the biggest political mistake in history.

                  This is a list of 76 universities for Rush Limbaugh that endorse global warming denial, racism, sexism, and GOP lies by broadcasting sports on over 170 Limbaugh radio stations.

                  by certainot on Fri Feb 07, 2014 at 09:57:31 AM PST

                  [ Parent ]

      •  the talk radio monopoly is a unique case, not (0+ / 0-)

        deserving the same designation.

        we can't keep that speech free if we keep allowing this monopoly unobstructed volume to effectively short circuit and pollute the feedback a democracy relies on.

        for instance, those corporate shills making up the majority on the supreme court, making corporations into people and money into speech, owe a great deal to the talk radio gods who praised their appointment, make excuses for them, attacked their critics, and got their supporters elected.

        while those talk radio gods were doing that they were getting a free speech free ride from those who now struggle against those assaults on free speech.

        This is a list of 76 universities for Rush Limbaugh that endorse global warming denial, racism, sexism, and GOP lies by broadcasting sports on over 170 Limbaugh radio stations.

        by certainot on Thu Feb 06, 2014 at 09:08:57 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

  •  Couple People Said They Cut Spouse Off Fox (8+ / 0-)

    This was in the run-up to the ACA end-of-the-world and a couple older people said they forbid their spouses to watch Fox because it was making them weird, angry, and generally unpleasant.

    Men are so necessarily mad, that not to be mad would amount to another form of madness. -Pascal

    by bernardpliers on Wed Feb 05, 2014 at 09:20:00 PM PST

  •  In case anyone is feeling generous (4+ / 0-)

    I'm linking again to a comment I made this morning about a terrible thing that happened in our neighborhood. This family sure could use some help.

    And daddy won't you take me back to Muhlenberg County Down by the Green River where Paradise lay. Well, I'm sorry my son, but you're too late in asking Mister Peabody's coal train has hauled it away. John Prine

    by high uintas on Wed Feb 05, 2014 at 09:35:07 PM PST

  •   Fox’s role as a purveyor...... (6+ / 0-)

    Ha. Love this expression. I first heard the word purveyor in the 90's regarding uh hum.. Adult movies..

    "The purveyors of fine filth"  The Dark Brothers...

    Its a good thing I am disgusted with myself for having being attracted to such disgusting content ........

    "Love is what we were born with. Fear is what we learned here." Marianne Williamson

    by Canadian Green Card Alien on Wed Feb 05, 2014 at 09:39:01 PM PST

  •  'NEGROS ARE STEALING YOUR TAX MONEY!!!' (4+ / 0-)

    ... is basically the entire message of Faux Fascist Noise.

    •  Sorry you didn't get the memo....... (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
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      Faux has it's own version of the Godwin rule, they can't use any descriptor of non-whites that starts with N. They can use: thug, inner-city, takers, those people or even Kenyans, and every so often they drop "jigger" or "re-jigger" (where appropriate) just to relieve their tension or cause a snicker.

      Haven't seen it, but i'm reasonably sure Luntz or Ailes  circulated a warning e-mail the day after the president won the primaries. ;}

      21st Century America: The distracted, superficial perception of a virtual reality. Gettov Milawn

      by geez53 on Wed Feb 05, 2014 at 11:25:32 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  And.... WHO is listening to and buying (0+ / 0-)

      into this crap, other than the already bigoted jagoffs in our nation?

      "It is essential that there should be organization of Labor. Capital organizes & therefore Labor must organize" Theodore Roosevelt

      by Superpole on Thu Feb 06, 2014 at 03:14:03 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Power Plant Greenhouse Gas Control Public hearing (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    thanatokephaloides

    CONTACT:
    Julia P. Valentine
    valentine.julia@epa.gov
     202-564-0496
     202-564-4355

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    February 5, 2014

    EPA to Hold Public Hearing on Carbon Pollution Standards for New Power Plants

    WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will hold a public hearing on Thursday, February 6, 2014 on the proposed carbon pollution standards for new power plants. The proposed standards, which only apply to power plants built in the future, are flexible and would help minimize carbon pollution through the deployment of the same types of modern technologies and steps that power companies are already taking to build the next generation of power plants. Currently, there are no uniform national limits on the amount of carbon pollution new power plants can emit.

    WHAT:
    Public hearing on proposed carbon pollution standards for new power plants

    WHEN:
    Thursday, February 6, 2014
    9:00 a.m. ET - 8:00 p.m. ET

    WHERE:
    William Jefferson Clinton East Building
    Rooms 1152 and 1153
    1201 Constitution Avenue, NW
    Washington, DC 20004

    *Members of the news media should be prepared to present photo credentials and allow additional time to enter the building and go through security.*

    The public may register to speak in person on the day of the hearing and will be accommodated as time allows.

    EPA also will accept written comments on the proposed standards until March 10, 2014.

    More information on the hearings and instructions for submitting written comments: http://www2.epa.gov/...

    R024

  •  Heads up on this DK Diary (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    thanatokephaloides, JeffW

    North Carolina massive coal ash river discharge:

    http://www.dailykos.com/...

  •  This is the ash disposal area that would be (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    thanatokephaloides, JeffW

    the facility causing the massive river discharge of coal ash in Eden NC

    http://goo.gl/...

    See this DK Diary

    http://www.dailykos.com/...

  •  Fox 'News' (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    thanatokephaloides, JeffW

    is the official public address system to the dull-normal.

    Sort through their 'lineup' and compare their credentials/education/life experience to — oh, say — those of the late afternoon/night crew on MSNBC.

  •  Pussy Riot vs Putin. Who do the RW nuts hate (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    thanatokephaloides

    more? It's been mildly entertaining reading responses on RW news outlets regarding the appearance of Pussy Riot in New York and on the Colbert Report. Right Wing nuts can't seem to decide who they want to hate more. The dirty Commie Putin or the unlawful female liberal punk band.

    haha.

    "Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities" Voltaire.

    by JWK on Thu Feb 06, 2014 at 01:01:47 AM PST

  •  Huh? FAUX News Reports Frequently on the (0+ / 0-)

    record high level of child poverty in the U.S.?

    links, please.

    "It is essential that there should be organization of Labor. Capital organizes & therefore Labor must organize" Theodore Roosevelt

    by Superpole on Thu Feb 06, 2014 at 03:11:54 AM PST

  •  A whole month, wouldn't wish that on anybody. (0+ / 0-)

    I felt soiled by just streaming some of the superbowl through their website.

    You show a little grit and you lands in jail.

    by cal2010 on Thu Feb 06, 2014 at 03:59:54 AM PST

  •  Tweet of the Day (0+ / 0-)

    Re CBO coverage: "If you are explaining, you’re losing” say the pundits tendentiously. Except if you’re Chris Christie. Then it’s premature.
    — @DemFromCT

    I'm from the Elizabeth Warren wing of the Democratic Party

    by voicemail on Thu Feb 06, 2014 at 06:50:24 AM PST

  •  While working on the elliptical machine last week (0+ / 0-)

    ...I was trapped at the gym between FOX News and CNN.

    CNN had Christ Christie on, mangling the English language and failing to explain himself, sweating profusely.

    FOX News had wall-to-wall coverage of the deep moral sins of one dead Hollywood liberal named Philip Seymour Hoffman. Hour after hour. It was their go-to distraction of the day. They completely and intentionally ignored Christie's dilemma.

    IOKIYAR. Every day, every night, now and forever more.

    "I feel a lot safer already."--Emil Sitka

    by DaddyO on Thu Feb 06, 2014 at 07:23:21 AM PST

  •  The Constant "Orgiastic Triumph" Predicted In 1984 (0+ / 0-)

    Every minute of every day is supposedly another humiliating defeat of obama, but Fox is constantly declaring victory.

    Even the humblest Party member is expected to be competent, industrious, and even intelligent within narrow limits, but it is also necessary that he should be a credulous and ignorant fanatic whose prevailing moods are fear, hatred, adulation, and orgiastic triumph.
    -1984

    Men are so necessarily mad, that not to be mad would amount to another form of madness. -Pascal

    by bernardpliers on Thu Feb 06, 2014 at 07:42:33 AM PST

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