1. jonmoles says

    I used to have it on DVD. I simultaneously experienced both nausea and rage while watching it.

  2. says

    Scary. Unfortunately, not surprising.

    The one thing that continues to amaze me is not the outlandish propaganda machine, but the fact that the huge audience for the propaganda machine is not bored to death. So much mindless repetition. Sheesh.

  3. says

    What happens if someone does tell the truth to rightwing pundits and politicians? They fire his ass.

    Republicans have been dissatisfied with the CBO for quite a while, both because it keeps reporting a rosy Obamacare picture, and because when it makes its projections on the costs and benefits of legislation, it refuses to bolster their arguments that tax cuts for the rich and for corporations don’t add to the deficit and create so much economic growth that the revenue decreases are offset. They want to force the CBO to use “dynamic scoring” for their economic projections, special math that Republicans have been touting since the bad old days of “trickle down.”

    One of the biggest proponents of dynamic scoring, tax-cut and anti-government guru Grover Norquist, has been pushing Republicans to oust current CBO director Doug Elmendorf, and put a lackey who will do their bidding in place. Now it looks like Republicans are going to do Grover’s bidding. […]

    Consider this a full embrace of “truthiness” by Republicans. Now their legislation will be analyzed with a dash of “fairy dust” that will give them the results they demand […]

    Daily Kos link.

  4. says

    Fox News affiliates bow to the prevailing Fox News ideology by deceptively editing the chants of protestors:

    A Baltimore Fox affiliate apologized Monday night for a report it ran over the weekend that deceptively edited protesters to look like they were chanting “kill a cop.”

    Gawker originally caught WBFF chopping up footage of a protest chant to sound like incitement to murder police on Monday.

    The chant went “we won’t stop, we can’t stop, ’til killer cops, are in cell blocks,” according to C-SPAN footage.

    But WBFF cut the audio short and told viewers that the words were in fact “we won’t stop, we can’t stop, so kill a cop.” […]

    Good video at the link, showing the woman who called the station out for this travesty.

  5. Markita Lynda—threadrupt says

    The fact that they went to court to defend their right to lie in news broadcasts says it all.

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    Fox News politicizes the tragedy when a black man kills two cops, but Fox News consistently gives a pass to tragedies that involve white men attacking cops.
    […] Fox News has routinely paid very little attention to breaking news stories that feature right-wing, or anti-government, gunmen who target law enforcement officials as a way to deliver their warped political messages.

    And critically, when they have touched on those deadly attacks, Fox talkers have stressed that it’s not fair to blame politics. Note that in 2013, after racist skinhead Michael Page started killing worshipers at an Oak Creek, WI., Sikh temple, and then murdered a police officer, Fox’s Andrea Tantaros stressed that the killing spree was an isolated event that didn’t have any larger implications. “How do you stop a lunatic?” she asked. “This is not a political issue.” […]

  7. says

    Freedom of the Press has taken a nosedive in the USA, according to a recent report. Fox News is more free than ever to push non-news, but the press in general is less free to publish real news.

    Reporters Without Borders has posted its annual look at the state of press freedom around the world. As always, there are problems galore. As RWB points out, press freedom is non-existent in many countries, and people brave enough to be reporters there risk their liberty or lives even in absence of war. China, Sudan and Saudi Arabia are among them. On the other end of the study are Canada and the Scandinavian countries, where the press is outstandingly free. Link.

    [The USA] fell 13 places, one of the most significant declines, amid increased efforts to track down whistleblowers and the sources of leaks. The trial and conviction of Private Bradley Manning and the pursuit of NSA analyst Edward Snowden were warnings to all those thinking of assisting in the disclosure of sensitive information that would clearly be in the public interest.

    US journalists were stunned by the Department of Justice’s seizure of Associated Press phone records without warning in order to identify the source of a CIA leak. It served as a reminder of the urgent need for a “shield law” to protect the confidentiality of journalists’ sources at the federal level.

    The revival of the legislative process is little consolation for James Risen of The New York Times, who is subject to a court order to testify against a former CIA employee accused of leaking classified information. And less still for Barrett Brown, a young freelance journalist facing 105 years in prison in connection with the posting of information that hackers obtained from Statfor, a private intelligence company with close ties to the federal government. Link.