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Fox has replaced the Sunday massacre with older stories about the Bergdahl prisoner swap, the Veterans Administration, and Hillary Clinton’s book release and presidential aspirations. The producers and editors at Fox News have never been shy about reporting acts of alleged terrorism, even before any evidence has emerged. But for this story they have refused to even refer to the crime as terrorism.

There are some obvious reasons why Fox would skew their reporting and ultimately remove this story from their news coverage. And all of them represent biases that are a long-standing part of what can be called the Fox News Creed: Racism, Guns, Anti-Government, and Tea Party.

First of all, the perpetrators are not who Fox’s racist producers typically profile as terrorists. Rather than being brown-skinned, Muslim, foreigners, the Millers are white Christians from Indiana. So not only would it run counter to Fox’s philosophy to implicate the Millers in terrorism, it would offend their 90% white, right-wing audience.

Secondly, the issue raises concerns about access to dangerous firearms. The NRA constituency at Fox is loathe to focus on such events that make the public uncomfortable with the wild west society that is favored by the gun fetishists and right-wingers who program and watch the network. Fox avoids or downplays most stories about gun violence, but jumps on any report that they can frame as an Obama attempt to repeal the Second Amendment.

Thirdly, Fox is well known for promoting some of the very same political ideologies as the Millers. They have featured guests who advocate secession from the United States, as well as armed resistance to federal law and authorities. An example of that is the recent Cliven Bundy affair where Jerad Miller just happened to show up threatening to use "the language of violence" against representatives of the Bureau of Land Management. Fox has also hyped Republican leaders, like Texas governor Rick Perry, who have made public statements that come just short of declaring secession.

Finally, the Millers’ association with Tea Party groups is something that Fox will work vigorously to excise from the public discourse. The Millers were supporters of the biggest Koch brothers-bankrolled Tea Party organizations (Americans for Prosperity and FreedomWorks), and openly espoused their anti-government views. It was only a matter of time before people who came to rallies with signs that said "We Came Unarmed - THIS TIME," would keep their promise of violence. Of course, Fox News also supports the same groups and views, and has been instrumental in creating and promoting the Tea Party. In fact, there would be no Tea Party without Fox News. Consequently, Fox is not going to risk alienating such a critical part of their audience.

So why haven’t the center-to-left organized boycotts of Fox News advertisers?

[T]hink about global warming from the point of view of someone who grew up taking Ayn Rand seriously, believing that the untrammeled pursuit of self-interest is always good and that government is always the problem, never the solution. Along come some scientists declaring that unrestricted pursuit of self-interest will destroy the world, and that government intervention is the only answer. It doesn’t matter how market-friendly you make the proposed intervention; this is a direct challenge to the libertarian worldview.

And the natural reaction is denial — angry denial. Read or watch any extended debate over climate policy and you’ll be struck by the venom, the sheer rage, of the denialists.
Paul Krugman has concluded there’s something else going on other than greed in the growth of climate science denialism. (via holygoddamnshitballs)
Fox News contributor Richard Grenell and his public relations firm have been coordinating interviews for soldiers criticizing the actions of recently-released Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl.

Those critics have said that Bergdahl, who had been imprisoned by the Taliban since 2009, risked the lives of soldiers who tried to find him after he reportedly walked off his Afghanistan base.

Several media outlets have reported on these soldiers and their concerns, including Fox News, The New York TimesTimeThe Los Angeles TimesThe Daily Mail, and The Daily Beast. According to a report in Buzzfeed, Fox News contributor Richard Grenell and his firm Capitol Media have “played a key role in publicizing” these critics.

Grenell served as a spokesman for former U.N. ambassador (and current Fox News contributor) John Bolton in the George W. Bush administration, and also worked for a short time on the Romney 2012 campaign.

The New York Times reported on June 2 that “Republican strategists” arranged for the paper to interview soldiers who served with Bergdahl and have animosity towards him because they believe he is a deserter. 

One of the soldiers quoted in the article, Cody Full, sent out a tweet thanking Grenell “for helping get our platoon’s story out.”

Buzzfeed reported that Grenell’s partner at his firm, Brad Chase, confirmed that they were behind the public relations campaign (Grenell also sent out a tweet explaining his firm offered “pro bono services” to the soldiers). Chase disputed the Times’ characterization of his firm as “Republican strategists” because he is not a Republican. 

But a radio producer who booked one of the soldiers told Buzzfeed that Grenell was their point of contact for the appearance. Two other reporters confirmed to Media Matters that Grenell put them in contact with the soldiers.

David Zucchino of the Los Angeles Times, who posted an article late Monday quoting Bergdahl’s critics, said he had reached out to Grenell, who personally helped him contact Evan Buetow, a member of Bergdahl’s platoon.

The New York Times' Helene Cooper, whose article identified the source of her interview subjects as “Republican strategists,” said she was contacted on Sunday with information on former platoonmates of Bergdahl who wanted to talk to the paper. 

Hey, gun nuts and others on the right: do you hear yourselves talking?

Of course not. These are scared, petty people who pretend that they aren’t the pawns of the oligarchs for whom they (unwittingly) bid for.

These are people stewed in Ronald Reagan’s denial. Not only do they support politics which is harmful to themselves, but they are actively ignorant of their narcissism. Participation in democracy to them is staging Lord Of The Flies without any other players’s consent. They have been ponerized to erode our commonwealth. They have been trained to despise people by demagogues who have turned in to abstractions (consider how the words liberal and socialist are used as epithets and used as synonyms by right-wing extremists while they lack the capacity to explain the difference between the two), so there for they worship inanimate objects that give these scared people power - the firearms that give them the power to inflict pain and death if they chose to use them.

For them to admit a mistake, to truly engage in dialogue where they may have to contemplate a new idea, to show regret, remorse, compassion, empathy, etc. would be the destruction of their raison d’etre and to have to face the identity crushing truth that they are as powerless and as vulnerable as anyone they have repressed with their ideology.

"I’ve lived my lifetime here. My forefathers have been up and down the Virgin Valley here ever since 1877. All these rights that I claim, have been created through pre-emptive rights and beneficial use of the forage and the water and the access and range improvements," Bundy said.

Clark County property records show Cliven Bundy’s parents moved from Bundyville, Arizona and bought the 160 acre ranch in 1948 from Raoul and Ruth Leavitt.

Water rights were transferred too, but only to the ranch, not the federally managed land surrounding it. Court records show Bundy family cattle didn’t start grazing on that land until 1954.

The Bureau of Land Management was created 1946, the same year Cliven was born.

Cliven Bundy is a liar.

A Dexter cancer patient featured in a conservative group’s TV ad campaign denouncing her new health care coverage as “unaffordable” will save more than $1,000 this year.

Right-Wing Media Indignant Over President Obama's Funny Or Die Interview

….so if these assholes ever say something mockingly about a political opponent, you object and they tell you that it’s a joke then ask rhetorically why you can’t you take a joke, point to this article then tell them to fuck off.

Tell Michigan Tourism Agency: Break Ties with Outdoor Channel and Ted Nugent

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), the official marketing and tourism agency for the state, has teamed up with the Outdoor Channel to launch a “Pure Michigan” campaign. This partnership comes closely on the heels of Outdoor Channel inking a multi-year endorsement deal with aged rocker Ted Nugent.

A National Rifle Association board member, Nugent has a long history of extremism and opposition to common-sense gun laws. Lately, however, he has been making national headlines with a series of racist statements. In July 2013, Nugent said “The Black Problem” in America could be solved if African-Americans put their “heart and soul into being honest” and “law-abiding.” On January 17, 2014, he called President Barack Obama a “subhuman mongrel” and “chimpanzee.”

Despite these comments,  Outdoor Channel President and CEO Jim Liberatore has heaped praise on Nugent, stating that he “symbolizes everything that is right in our industry and represents our viewers as an outspoken patriot.” “We are proud that he can be found exclusively on Outdoor Channel,” declared Liberatore.

Michigan is a state with a proud civil rights history. Detroit was the site of the 1963 Freedom Walk led by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The state was also the birthplace of Motown Records and home to civil rights icons like Sojourner Truth and Laura Smith Haviland. Today, 14% of Michigan’s current population is African-American. It is difficult to see how the state’s recent embrace of the Outdoor Channel and its extremist spokesman is “Pure Michigan” in any sense.

Tell the Michigan Economic Development Corporation: Terminate your agreement with the Outdoor Channel and Ted Nugent.


This man is currently in the U.S. House of Representatives. And this is his official campaign account for the U.S. Senate.
I just can’t…

Stop feigning that indignation cripples you from identifying right-wing extremists for what they are. We all know that these people thrive on being petulant and reducing political opponents to abstractions. They lack a combination of character and capacity to debate the issues.
It should be noted it’s hard to qualify how the sophistry of Stockman’s opponent is any better:
Amazing what WH will do to distract attention from O-care— JohnCornyn (@JohnCornyn) November 24, 2013


This man is currently in the U.S. House of Representatives. And this is his official campaign account for the U.S. Senate.

I just can’t…

Stop feigning that indignation cripples you from identifying right-wing extremists for what they are. We all know that these people thrive on being petulant and reducing political opponents to abstractions. They lack a combination of character and capacity to debate the issues.

It should be noted it’s hard to qualify how the sophistry of Stockman’s opponent is any better: