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Fox V. Fauci


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The current talking point in attacking Dr. Anthony Fauci, the leading infectious disease expert in the United States, is that he’s “unelected.”

Senator Rand Paul said he’s not the “end-all” of understanding how viruses and pandemics work. Actually, he is. Laura Ingraham points out he’s unelected. Tucker Carlson did the same while also calling him a “buffoon.”

These buffoons need to understand something. Dr. Fauci isn’t closing states, businesses, or schools. He’s giving advice. His advice comes from knowledge and experience. While Dr. Fauci isn’t a politician and isn’t an expert on the economy or business, the Fox buffoons are not doctors or scientists. Rand Paul is a doctor, but he’s an eye doctor and even then, I don’t think he’s the “end-all” of poking shit in your eyeball.

Do you know who else isn’t elected? Stephen Miller. Nobody voted for Stephen Miller yet he’s drawing up our immigration policy. Other than Mike Pence and Donald Trump, there’s not one person in the Trump administration anyone voted for. Not Betsy DeVos, Ben Carson, William Barr, or Mike Pompeo. Nobody voted for these people to be in their current positions but they’re all there legally.

And nobody voted for Jared Kushner. While you can argue over the experience of some of the cabinet members, Jared comes with none. Nada. Zilch. Zero. Jared’s expertise is only in being Donald Trump’s idiot son-in-law. Yet, Jared has been in charge of immigration and peace in the Middle East. Now, he’s one of the directors of our response to the coronavirus and told us the government stockpile of medical equipment wasn’t for the states and is “our stockpile,” as in the federal government’s stockpile.

Now, Jared is floating the idea of delaying the general election. Wouldn’t Republicans just love that? Hey, just like if you don’t test then you don’t get positive results, if we don’t hold an election, then we don’t have to count all those votes against Trump.

Answering a question from Time Magazine about postponing the general election because of the pandemic, Jared said, “I’m not sure I can commit one way or the other, but right now that’s the plan.” Yes, Jared. You can commit one way or the other. That way would be, “No. There are no plans to postpone the election because I’m not the one to make that call…and neither is Donald Trump.” That’s how you answer that question.

Who the hell is Jared Kushner to even tell us if there’s a plan or not on delaying the general election? What sort of arrogance and narcissism must this guy have to act as though he could plan it? Even DonaldTrump can’t plan it.

While the Covidiots at Fox News screams about Fauci being unelected and call him a “buffoon,” they ignore Jared’s idiocy and lack of qualifications while he floats the idea of violating the Constitution of the United States. Jared Kushner has NEVER accomplished or achieved anything in his life, other than being born rich, inheriting riches, and marrying rich.

The funny thing about the general election. It’s in the Constitution. Federal law stipulates when we hold the election, when states’ electors cast their votes and send them to Congress, and even when the president and vice-president’s tenures expire.

Congress would have to change federal law (one House is held by Democrats who are lead by Nancy Pelosi) to change the date of the election.

And, look at it this way: If we don’t hold an election, the president and vice president’s terms will automatically expire at noon on January 20, 2021, either way. If Donald Trump’s term expires and there’s no duly elected president because there wasn’t an election, say, “Hello, Madam President.” Because if there’s no election, she’s guaranteed to still be Speaker of the House and she’s next in line for the presidency after Trump and Pence.

Hmm. Maybe this no election thing isn’t a bad idea after all.

Here’s the other thing that pisses me off about this, that burns my cheese, chokes my goat, the fire that burns my ass: Fox News expressing concern about someone being unelected.

Fox News doesn’t care that Donald Trump is in the White House without a mandate. They don’t care he’s there after the majority of voters rejected him in 2016. They don’t care that Russians tampered with our election. They don’t care that Donald Trump is inviting foreign nations to tamper with the next one.

Fox News does not care when minority voters’ civil rights are violated by being removed from voter rolls. They didn’t care when thousands of American voters were removed from the rolls in Georgia’s last state election. They didn’t care that the guy who could remove them was the Republican candidate for governor. They didn’t care when he won.

Fox News didn’t care when thousands of Native Americans, people who are way more American than anyone at Fox News, weren’t allowed to vote in North Dakota.

So, Fox News…spare me your fainting spells over shit you don’t really care about. But, if you want to do it your way, Fox News…let’s hold Dr. Anthony Fauci to an election over Donald Trump.

As it currently stands, over 60% of Americans trust Dr. Fauci. Donald Trump, your hero, is hovering around 30%.

Quite frankly, Fox News buffoons…you don’t do well with elections so maybe you should stop talking and making demands about them.

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Worse Than Lincoln


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Nearly every historian agrees Abraham Lincoln is our greatest president. And while there are other presidents who were great…and tragic (like Franklin Pierce losing his son between the election and inauguration and his other two children also died young, his wife suffered from depression, and he became an alcoholic), none was more tragic than Abraham Lincoln.

It’s interesting to bring up Pierce because he helped set the stage for the Civil War, which was Lincoln’s greatest challenge and helped contribute to the tragedy that was Lincoln. During the war, Pierce spent his time criticizing Lincoln (which I’m sure we’ll see Trump do for the presidents who follow him). Holding the nation together and winning an American insurrection makes Abraham Lincoln our greatest president. Lincoln was presented the greatest challenge to our nation and he answered the call with brilliance…all while malice was directed at him.

Lincoln once declined an opportunity to discredit a story in the press and said, “I do the very best I know how, the very best I can; and I mean to keep doing so until the end. If the end brings me out all right, what is said against me won’t amount to anything. If the end brings me out wrong, ten angels swearing I was right would make no difference.” Donald Trump doesn’t have ten angels swearing he was right. He has the ilk of Sean Hannity.

Donald Trump likes to let us know that Abraham Lincoln was a Republican as if we didn’t already know that, which means he didn’t know until recently. He’s boasted in the past that he’s more popular with Republicans than Lincoln was, despite the fact there weren’t polls in the 1860s. Donald Trump probably doesn’t know what happened in the 1860s. Donald Trump has two things in common with Lincoln. One is, they’re both Republicans, though the Republican Party Lincoln was a member of was the liberal party that freed the slaves and became Lincoln’s party. Donald Trump has turned the Republican Party into the Cult of Trump and has an agenda of oppression with supporters chanting “send them back.” Abraham Lincoln was our first Republican president and his party later gave us other great Republican presidents like Teddy Roosevelt and Dwight Eisenhower. Donald Trump may be our last Republican president.

The second thing Donald Trump has in common with Abraham Lincoln is that he’s facing a crisis that wasn’t his creation. Donald Trump did not bring the coronavirus to the United States. He didn’t create it. It’s not his fault. But, unlike Lincoln, he handled the crisis poorly. The coronavirus pandemic was made worse in this country by Donald Trump. Can you imagine if Abraham Lincoln said, “only two states seceded so far and soon it’ll be down to zero?” What if Lincoln said the Civil War was a “Democratic hoax?” Could Lincoln have claimed the Confederate victory at Manassas was “fake news?”

It’s appropriate that Donald Trump held his most recent interview with Fox News at the feet of the Lincoln Memorial. Sitting at Lincoln’s feet, Donald Trump was tiny to the giant that is Abraham Lincoln. Just like he was to the memorial, Donald Trump’s presidency is puny, frail, and weak compared to the enormity that was Abraham Lincoln’s. When compared to Lincoln, Trump is microscopic.

While many events have taken place on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, it’s prohibited to stage a public event in the interior. However, Donald Trump received clearance from the Interior Department to conduct his little virtual town hall with Fox News. David Bernhardt, the secretary of the interior, is a former oil executive, so it’s not like he approached the situation with respect and reverence for history or public property.

The secretary issued a statement explaining the trampling over the memorial with, “Given the extraordinary crisis that the American people have endured, and the need for the president to exercise a core governmental function to address the nation about an ongoing public-health crisis, I am exercising my authority to facilitate the opportunity for the president to conduct this address within the Lincoln Memorial.”

Yeah, about that need to “address the nation about an ongoing public-health crisis.” The town hall was an extension of Donald Trump’s rage tweeting that’s still continuing from the past weekend.

George W. Bush issued a statement about unity during this pandemic. It didn’t have anything to do with Donald Trump or politics. Yet, Donald Trump made it about himself and rage tweeted that Bush didn’t back him up during his “impeachment hoax.” Donald Trump is incapable of taking this pandemic seriously and is only focused on himself.

During his town hall, he even claimed the choice of the venue was Fox’s, not his. He lied at the feet of Honest Abe.

Then, he said, “Look, I am greeted with a hostile press the likes of which no president has ever seen. The closest would be that gentleman right up there. They always said Lincoln…nobody got treated worse than Lincoln. I believe I am treated worse.”

Let me remind you, in case you’re a poor student of history…you know…a Republican, that Lincoln was assassinated. And the assassin, John Wilkes Booth, if he was alive today, would be a Trump supporter. He’d have the MAGA hat.

And if Donald Trump was alive during Lincoln’s time, he would have supported the south and had created conspiracy theories about Abraham Lincoln. Abraham Lincoln was born west of the Mississippi!

Donald Trump is all about grievance. His entire base is based on grievance. For Trump, it’s about his personal grievance. The press is mean to him. He’s treated worse than Lincoln. People are lying about his crowd sizes. He is the whiniest president in our nation’s history. But, it’s also about white grievance which he has cultivated. People who voted for Trump wear the cap with the saying, “Make America Great Again,” which means, “Make America White Again.” It’s MAGA. Now, many of them are “KAGA,” which is “Keep America Great Again.” How do you “keep” something “again?” Anyway…

Donald Trump is a crybaby. His supporters are crybabies. They’re all snowflakes. And just like the Michigan protesters stormed their state capitol building with guns after Trump told them to “liberate” Michigan, John Wilkes Booth entered a theater with a gun. Abraham Lincoln liberated the slaves. Donald Trump is telling white people to liberate their states from…I’m not sure.

Just like the Ku Klux Klan, white militants, white supremacists, David Duke, and your crazy racist uncle who believes in chemtrails and Obama was born in Kenya, John Wilkes Booth would have loved Donald Trump.

Donald Trump is confused. He’s not treated worse than Lincoln. He IS worse than Lincoln.

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Fox Gets A Second Opinion


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Usually, when Fox News gets someone from the White House on one of their programs, they’re on board with the propaganda. Fox News knows a Kellyanne will parrot the talking points on blaming governors, China, the World Health Organization, Obama, etc. And Kellyanne knows that no one at Fox will call her out when she lies or embarrasses herself with her stupidity, like when she said the W.H.O. had plenty of practice getting things right with viruses as this was covid-19, not “covid-1.” The virus is named after the year. But it’s rare for there to be any resistance to the bullshit from either side. Poor Laura Ingraham.

Laura had Dr. Anthony Fauci on her shit show and tried to rope him in with some trashing of Joe Biden. What Fox News and the administration is doing is trying to present an argument that Donald Trump is doing everything he can while also rushing us into reopening the economy (you can’t do both).

Laura mocked Joe Biden for saying on CNN, “This thing isn’t going to be over until we have a vaccine.” She asked Fauci to respond to Biden’s claim and expected him to join in the trashing and mocking. Nope. Fauci said, “there’s truth to that.” He went on, “It’s not going to be over to the point of our being able to not do any mitigation until we have a scientifically sound, safe, and effective vaccine.”

Ingraham tried to rebound by arguing we may not even need a vaccine as we never had one for HIV or SARS and that the virus might just “disappear.” Fauci said that was “misleading.” Her disappointment in watching her balloon pop was like Sean Hannity’s that time Rudy Giuliani mistakenly told him that Donald Trump did pay off porn stars and “funneled” the money through dummy corporations.

It’s dangerous either way. You bring on a smart and honest person and they’ll destroy your argument if you’re a liar and spreading propaganda. If you bring on a right-wing fucknut, they’ll destroy your argument by mistakenly admitting the truth, like paying off porn stars or bribing Ukrainian officials to help Donald Trump’s political campaign.

Ingraham decided on another rebound. She consulted with another doctor for a second opinion. Enter Dr. Phil.

Dr. Phil argued against closing the nation down and said, “Look, the fact of the matter is we have people dying — 45,000 people a year die from automobile accidents, 480,000 from cigarettes, but we don’t shut the country down for that. But yet we’re doing it for this?” He also made up some numbers about people drowning in swimming pools.

Dr. Phil is not a medical doctor. He’s a clinical psychologist with no special knowledge about the politics, science or economics of the shutdown. The guy isn’t medically qualified to remove a splinter. But you don’t have to be a doctor with Dr. Fauci’s qualifications to understand that drowning is NOT contagious. Neither are car accidents or smoking. On top of that, all that stuff is regulated by…wait for it…the federal government.

What does appear to be contagious…oh so very contagious…is stupidity.

Fox brought in Dr. Drew Pinsky last month who said the coronavirus was no more dangerous than the flu. Earlier this week, they got Dr. Mehmet Oz to casually suggest it was OK if we lost two to three percent of school children to the virus by reopening schools.

They each must have had someone point out their talking points were dumb as they’ve each walked them back.

Dr. Phil said his examples were “bad.” Pinsky apologized and Oz said he “misspoke.” How do you misspeak when you say it’s OK for children to die for your politics? By the way, the current Republican position is that it’s OK if people die for their politics, especially if it helps Donald Trump’s reelection.

I said this in a previous blog: Don’t take medical advice from Donald Trump or any Republicans. That goes for Fox News, which is state TV with a pro-Trump agenda. Fox News is more about propaganda than news.

Don’t expect Laura Ingraham, who likes to give the heil Hitler salute at Republican conventions, to take on the MAGAts protesting against stay-at-home orders. Don’t expect anyone on Fox to call out Trump for inciting violence with his “liberate” blue states tweets.

I’m not a doctor but I think I do have some sound advice that’ll be good for your brain: Don’t watch Fox News.

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A Credible Fox


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The new argument on Fox News is that Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, John Bolton can’t be trusted because he’s trying to sell a book.

A leak emerged from the White House that in a draft of Bolton’s upcoming book, Donald Trump told him firsthand that he was withholding military aid from Ukraine until they announced an investigation into the Bidens. The leak of the manuscript is interesting because it probably came from someone who works for Donald Trump and hates him. And honestly, no president has feuded with as many former staffers as Donald Trump has.

Yes, John Bolton wants to sell books. Here’s a fun fact: Everyone who has ever published a book wants to sell books. Here’s another fun fact: All those Fox News fucknuts arguing that you can’t trust John Bolton because he wants to sell books…have all written books!

Here’s the thing, kids. Regarding testifying, it doesn’t matter if Bolton has credibility. You ask that question after he testifies. You weigh his credibility along with his testimony. It doesn’t matter if John Bolton is a drug-dealing pimp. If he’s a witness, you let him testify. And, even if he was a drug-dealing pimp, he’d still have more credibility than Donald Trump.

But, I have questions for Fox News. If John Bolton isn’t credible, then why didn’t you point that out when he was advocating invading Iraq? Why didn’t you ask that when George W. Bush made him ambassador to the United Nations? Why didn’t you ask that when Donald Trump hired him to be his national security adviser? Or better yet, why didn’t you ask that question when YOU, Fox News, hired him as one of your conservative gaslighting experts? And, you could have asked that question at any point during the eleven freaking years he worked for you.

But then again, if you’re arguing he doesn’t have credibility and is a liar because he worked for Fox News, you might have a point.

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Shep Ditches Shemps


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It doesn’t take a lot to receive Twitter attacks from the current president (sic) of the United States if you’re a journalist on a national news network, but it’s significant if that news personality is on Fox News, a.k.a., Trump TV.

This may come as a shock to you but there are journalists at Fox News. Of course, they’re outnumbered by those who slant the news for a conservative audience and outright conspiracy theorists, but they’re there. Shep Smith is one of them.

Smith has made it a practice, not just to report actual facts on his 3:00 PM show, but to debunk the lies of Donald Trump, a.k.a., Liar-in-Chief. Smith wasn’t just debunking Trump. He was counteracting misleading information and lies from the show’s morning and evening pro-Trump talk shows, a.k.a., fucknuts.

Trump often attacked Smith and once tweeted the greatest insult of all, at least from his perspective. He tweeted, “Watching Fake News CNN is better than watching Shepard Smith, the lowest rated show on @FoxNews.” Oh my.

But Smith wasn’t just attacked by Trump for reporting facts and debunking lies. His colleagues at Fox News such as Sean Hannity (who boasts about not being a journalist despite being on a so-called news network), Tucker Carlson, and Jeanine Pirro, a.k.a., Trump’s butt poodles, would often go after him on the air. Earlier this month, Smith publicly clashed with Tucker when he failed to defend their colleague, Andrew Napolitano, after a guest called him a “fool.”

It’s not that Shep Smith was a liberal in a conservative wasteland. It’s that he was a journalist at an outlet, one he joined in 1996, that catered to an audience demanding propaganda over news. Fox News doesn’t lead the viewers as much as its viewers lead it. Yes, Fox is the number one news channel if you consider it news. And, it’s tough to retain credibility when in the evening, your colleagues are speaking at Trump rallies or personally helping Donald Trump with debate prep.

So it came as a surprise, even to his colleagues, when Smith abruptly announced his resignation on the air at the end of his show (and leaving a $15 million a year salary). Neil Cavuto said he was “stunned” and Brett Baier was “shocked.”

Former Fox correspondent, who now works for CNN, Conor Powell, said, “Fox News isn’t just losing Shepard. He surrounded himself by a team of really good producers and reporters who forced correspondents to do more than talking point reporting.” Powell said his fear is Smith leaving means the “Hannity and Tucker narrative will face no internal resistance.”

I understand to an extent where Smith is coming from. I once freelanced for a news outlet that allowed a columnist to repeat Trump’s lies and conspiracy theories. If Trump said it, the columnist took it as fact, such as “caravan invasions,” “millions of illegal voters,” and “crisis actors.” When he wasn’t engaging in lies and conspiracy theories, he was sloppy and honestly, stupid, such as the time he referred to a gospel choir in the United Kingdom as “African-American.” My problem wasn’t in disagreeing with his “work,” but that the outlet allowed it or worse yet, believed it. Even opinions need to be based on facts. Opinion news is still journalism. While his work didn’t influence mine, the outlet’s lack of interest in journalism ethics and standards was an embarrassment to be associated with. The editor once asked me to steal an idea from a meme. A MEME! I quit.

Announcing his resignation, Smith said, “Even in our currently polarized nation, it’s my hope that the facts will win the day. That the truth will always matter, that journalism and journalists will thrive.”

I expect journalism to thrive, but not at Fox News, a.k.a., Faux News.

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Tucker’s Mellow


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Conservatives are going nuts defending Donald Trump’s racism. They argue that comments such as “send them back” or “infestation” aren’t racist. They sell the idea that there’s no correlation between him and mass shooters who echo his code words. They use false equivalency to deflect from Trump’s racism, like trying to tie Democrats to a mass shooter who never wrote a manifesto or made posts on social media about a political agenda as a reason for his carnage. Often as a first resort, they lie to defend Trump’s racism. But the thing is, they’re not defending Trump’s racism anymore. They’re defending racism.

Earlier this week, Tucker Carlson went on an online bender of defending racists. He got away from defending Donald Trump and started defending white supremacists. Tucker said that White Supremacy is a “hoax” and it’s “not a real problem in America.” Then, he went on vacation. But don’t worry. Fox News has other racists personalities.

When did defending white supremacists become part of the agenda?

It was reported a few days ago that the Trump administration wanted the Department of Homeland Security to put less focus on white nationalists groups that they perceive as a danger. They wanted DHS to put most of their focus on scary brown people. Do you know who commits the majority of terrorist attacks in this nation? Scary white people.

After ICE raided factories in Mississippi and little crying brown children were on the news crying for their missing parents, the White House told ICE to do more because they loved that image. Brown children crying really resonates with the Trump base, almost as much as baby jails.

It’s also been reported that Trump’s campaign believes accusations that Trump is a white supremacist will help Trump in the coming election. A majority of Americans believe Trump is a racist. Continuing to call him a white supremacist isn’t going to lower those numbers but it will convince more and more white supremacists he’s one of theirs.

After a white supremacist who wrote a manifesto praising Trump as a “beacon” killed over 50 Muslims in New Zealand, Trump said he didn’t believe white supremacy to be a threat. But he believes MS-13 is a threat.

There are around two million gang members in the United States. The only gang you hear about from Trump and Trump TV (Fox News) is MS-13. Out of those two million gang members, MS-13 only accounts for about 10,000. So why are we only hearing about MS-13? Because they’re brown.

Tucker Carlson has also championed the threat of MS-13. He would never call it a hoax. But he calls the threat of white supremacy a hoax. Tucker has claimed that anyone who calls out MS-13 is labeled as a “racist.” No, Tucker. But defending white supremacists will get you labeled as a racist.

Tucker says there aren’t enough white supremacists to fill a football stadium. He’s right, depending on the stadium. There are only about 25,000 “official” white supremacists in the U.S. Why, that’s about double the attendance of your standard Trump rally (but he did pull in 25,000 in Alabama…hmmm).  But if 25,000 aren’t a threat, then why are 10,000?

And, we’re talking about the “official” members the FBI can track. How many white supremacists are out there with violent intentions who have never been tracked? I’m sure Tucker knows a lot of white supremacists, but I doubt he knows each one personally to verify their cuddliness.

While authorities have tracked around 25,000 “official” members, around 200,000 subscribe to racist publications and websites. It’s a much bigger problem than Tucker or Trump cares to admit.

I don’t believe either Donald Trump or Tucker Carlson are white supremacists. But I do believe they’re racists supporting and enabling white supremacists and hate in general. Their agenda is hate.

Tucker has defended, enabled, and justified racism. And, if you support Donald Trump, you’re a defender of racism too.

A lot of racists are like those suffering from the Dunning-Kruger effect. They’re don’t know they’re in the club. If you suffer from the TuckerTrump effect, congratulations.

You’re in the club.

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Fox Smear


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Despite telling over 10,000 of them, there is truth in every one of Donald Trump’s lies.

When Trump says that Russia didn’t meddle in the 2016 election, that means they helped elect him. When he says he’s exonerated, that means he’s guilty as hell. When he says he’s not a racist, that means he’s a Nazi-defending, Klan-loving racist. When he says there were no golden showers with Russian hookers in Moscow, that means someone had to burn a mattress.

Trump says he’s not worried about former vice-president Joe Biden and that he’s hoping to face him in the general election. That means Trump is terrified of Biden. Maybe not the same fear of being stuck in an elevator with Maxine Waters or of finding a vegetable on his plate, but he’s having nightmares of running against the man he’s dubbed “Sleepy Joe.”

Trump says Biden is “obsessed” with him, while he’s saying “Biden, Biden, Biden” nonstop. There’s a reason he’s afraid and obsessed with Biden and that’s because new polling shows Biden will tromp all over Trump in the 2020 campaign if he’s the Democratic nominee. A new Quinnipiac University survey has Biden leading Trump nationally by 13 points. The same poll also has him losing to Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, and Pete Buttigieg.

The same poll finds him trailing Biden by double digits in Pennsylvania and Michigan, states where Russian troll farms were the most help in electing Trump. He’s even trailing Biden in Texas. Texas!

After being briefed on a 17-state poll conducted by his campaign pollster, Tony Fabrizio, Trump ordered his aides to lie about the poll. This is par for the course for Trump aides as they also have to say he knows the moon is not a part of Mars and that he looks good in a tux.

But lying for Trump extends far beyond those on his payroll and Russian trolls. Fox News has begun a smear campaign to take down Biden.

On Monday after John Dean testified before Congress showing similarities between the corruption of Trump with Richard Nixon, Trump attacked the former White House lawyer for Nixon by stating he was an analyst for CNN, which is not “Trump-oriented.” Let’s try to overlook the talking about himself in the third person aspect and focus on the lies in his statement. CNN is Trump oriented. Turn it on right now and you’ll see they’re reporting on Trump. But, that’s now what he meant by saying they’re not “Trump-oriented.” What he really meant was that they’re not in his corner helping him. In that regard, no news outlet is supposed to be “Trump oriented.” This isn’t China where they have state-operated news outlets. News services are supposed to be independent. Fox News, however, operates as Trump TV.

During 2016, Fox News speculated on the health of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. Sean Hannity spent an entire week where he and guests analyzed out of context photos and videos of Clinton to claim she was battling chronic illness, maladies, seizures, and critical neurological conditions. I bet you didn’t know anyone on Fox could say “neurological.” The National Enquirer ran a front-page headline stating Clinton only had six months to live. Two years later, she’s still alive and in a lot better health than the National Enquirer.

Now, the Fox heads are imitating the smear campaign of 2016 for Biden. Hannity has echoed Trump’s insult for Biden, “Sleepy Joe,” which shows he’s lacking in originality and totally in Trump’s cult. Hannity barked during one broadcast, “Joe Biden’s tired. He does not have the energy for this. He’s not up to the challenge. They’re already hiding him like they hid Hillary. They don’t want him out there.” Keep in mind, Hannity supports Trump, who’s afraid of stairs, hides from all media except Fox News, and has his doctor lie about his obesity (if you’re a Republican, “obese” means fat).

Lisa Kennedy, another irresponsible Fox head had her own attacks for Biden. She suggested the Biden campaign should keep him “off the main stage” because he says “stupid things and he slurs.” Who says stupid things and slurs? She also invoked a right-wing conspiracy theory about Clinton’s overcoat, where she was wearing it during the summer to hide something, by stating, “We haven’t seen Joe a lot, maybe he has health issues, is always wearing an overcoat.” Personally, I think Biden should visit Comet Pizza wearing an overcoat just to freak out the Foxophiles.

The American Medical Association considers it unethical for physicians to speculate on public officials’ health without having personally examined them. To be fair, Sean Hannity and Lisa Kennedy, while not being physicians, have both personally stuck their heads up Trump’s ass.

In the news business, it’s considered unethical to spread baseless rumors about public figures, like when MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough speculates on Trump having dementia. To be fair, Scarborough used to have his head up Trump’s ass too. But, Fox News is not in the news business. They’re in the propaganda business where the business is speculation and lies. Sean Hannity is very proud to state that he’s NOT a journalist. I too am very proud to state that Sean Hannity is not a journalist.

These people swiftboated John Kerry. They told you Obama was born in Kenya, was on an apology tour, and supported Islamic terrorists. They’re still carrying the lie that Hillary Clinton sold uranium to Russians. Now, they’re telling us Joe Biden is “sleepy” and not in good health. They’re making hay out of Biden’s age, ignoring the fact he’s only three years older than Trump. They’re both old. Deal with it.

We are going to be overwhelmed with the lies from the right-wing, Trump cultists, Fox News, and Russian troll farms because it’s early. There are 510 days until election day.

That gives you every right to start feeling sick.

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Fox News’ Tuck And Roll


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How bigoted does one have to be to be for Fox News to distance itself from you? Let’s ask Jeanine Pirro.

President Barack Obama once said that if he watched Fox News all day, then he’d probably be an Obama hater too. If you want to know what he’s talking about, just watch one of their star commentators, Pirro.

Pirro is angry. She delivers her commentary like a constipated conservative who just found out a bunch of gay, black Muslim flag burners had just moved into her neighborhood. On Saturday night, she was pissed at Muslim representative Ilhan Omar and questioned if her religious beliefs undermined her loyalty to the United States.

Pirro barked, “Think about it: Omar wears a hijab. Is her adherence to this Islamic doctrine indicative of her adherence to Shariah law, which in itself is antithetical to the United States Constitution?” Islam isn’t any more antithetical to the United States Constitution than Christianity. Yeah, I said it.

Fox News producer, Hufsa Kamal tweeted at Pirro, “can you stop spreading this false narrative that somehow Muslims hate America or women who wear a hijab aren’t American enough? You have Muslims working at the same network you do, including myself.” I’m not too sure how effective the please-stop-being-a-bigot technique is going to work on Pirro or any other Fox News talking head.

Fox News issued a statement 24 hours after her remarks, saying, “We strongly condemn Jeanine Pirro’s comments about Representative Ilhan Omar. They do not reflect those of the network and we have addressed the matter with her directly.”

But, as much as Fox News may insist they don’t support her comments, they were not off the cuff or spontaneous banter. They were scripted and loaded into a teleprompter.

Since narcissism is a trait shared among conservatives, Pirro didn’t apologize or admit a mistake, much like Trump can’t admit he said “Tim Apple” instead of “Tim Cook.” Pirro said, “I’ve seen a lot of comments about my opening statement from Saturday night’s show and I did not call Representative Omar un-American. My intention was to ask a question and start a debate, but of course because one is Muslim does not mean you don’t support the Constitution.” That’s true. She didn’t call her un-American. She just questioned her loyalty to the country because of her religion and her wearing of a hijab. How can anyone find bigotry in that?

Tucker Carlson hasn’t apologized or admitted a mistake either regarding comments he made between 2006 and 2011. Media Matters published posts and recordings of Carlson that were sexist and racist. Carlson issued a statement saying, “Media Matters caught me saying something naughty on a radio show more than a decade ago. Rather than express the usual ritual contrition, how about this: I’m on television every weeknight live for an hour. If you want to know what I think, you can watch. Anyone who disagrees with my views is welcome to come on and explain why.”

Carlson needs someone to explain to him why it’s wrong to defend rapists? He also complained about the “liberal mob” trying to “kill his show.”

Some of Carlson’s “naughty” comments were about Alexis Stewart, Martha Stewart’s daughter who he described as “cunty” and said, “I just wanted to give her the spanking she so desperately needs.” He also said Britney Spears and Paris Hilton were, “two of the biggest white whores in America.”

In 2006, Tucker called into the Bubba the Love Sponge show (yeah, that’s a real thing) and said, “arranging a marriage between a 16-year-old and a 27-year-old is not the same as pulling a stranger off the street and raping her.” He said of one individual who married a child, “The rapist, in this case, has made a lifelong commitment to live and take care of the person.” He also called for the elimination of rape shield laws.

He once said that a female teacher who had sex with a 13-year-old male student was, “doing a service to all 13-year-old girls by taking the pressure off.” Basically, he came off as being a really big fan of rape or at least protecting rapists.

In 2006, he said of Barack Obama, then an Illinois senator, “How is he black, for one thing? He has one white parent, one black parent.” In 2008, he called in again and described Iraq as, “a crappy place filled with a bunch of, you know, semiliterate primitive monkeys — that’s why it wasn’t worth invading,” and also claimed Iraqis didn’t use toilet paper.

There’s a lot more he said, but I don’t want it to take you all day to read this blog. If you’re that interested to see them all, scroll up and click the Media Matters link. Warning; after reading the comments you’ll feel like you just watched an hour of Jeanine Pirro and you may need to shower with a Brillo pad.

I took a little creative license with this cartoon because, according to Tucker, he stopped wearing the bow tie around 2006 because, in New York City, people were screaming and cursing at him on the subways about it.  Sure, New York City is a place that doesn’t do unconventional or weird, and they’ll scream at you for wearing a bow tie.

You look at Tucker’s track record with his racist and misogynistic comments and what kind of guy he truly is, and I don’t think it’s the bow tie they were screaming and cursing about on the subway.

Creative note: Thanks to my friends Hilary and Quannah who provided the words “shrill” and “harpy.”

The Herblock

I’ve been meaning to post about this, but each day gave me a new article to share on social media and I was kinda getting sick of myself.

I am the Finalist for the Herblock Prize, coming in second to winner Matt Davies. If you told me I was your second-favorite cartoonist behind Matt, I’d be flattered. Being honored by the Herblock Foundation in this way is truly amazing. It hasn’t sunk in yet.

This is the first time I’ve placed in one of the big national contests. I started my career in 1990, so I’ve been waiting nearly 30 years to hear my name mentioned. To everyone who’s offered congratulations and positive comments on my Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube, thank you.

To all those other cartoonists out there, let this be a lesson to you. Sleep and having a social life is overrated.

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All Day Suckers


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Most people understand the National Enquirer isn’t a legitimate news organization. Until recently, most wouldn’t have thought it was propaganda. Most people believed it was nothing more than a gossip rag that got its headlines from stalking celebrities and going through their garbage. It seemed to spare nobody. Then, we learned they paid for stories (which credible news organizations don’t do) about Donald Trump scandals and then buried them. The publisher, David Pecker locked them in safe along with his picture of Elvis in his coffin (really).

The Enquirer didn’t just bury stories that would embarrass Trump and potentially cost him the election. They paid for those stories (along with Trump and Michael Cohen). Such tactics seemed beneath the journalist integrity of even the National Enquirer. You wouldn’t find a major, credible news organization doing that, right?

Wrong.

To be fair, a lot of people don’t consider Fox News a credible news organization. Even though they do some actual reporting and anchors such as Chris Wallace and Shepard Smith are respected, most of Fox News works as Trump TV and actively works to promote and defend the guy in the White House.

Fox is Trump’s favorite outlet. He calls into Fox & Friends in the morning, has nightly phone chats with Sean Hannity, tweets their reports, and praises them at his hate rallies. He even raids Fox News to fill positions in his administration. Hey, Eric Trump only had one wedding planner so Trump has to find candidates someplace.

Now we learn the network’s relationship with Trump has them sharing a journalistic sewer with that Pecker guy.

The New Yorker published an article by Jane Mayer on the “Fox News White House.” In it, she reports that Fox News buried a story on…wait for it…killed a story about Stormy Daniels’ mushroom encounter before the 2016 presidential election. She also reports that Trump tried to spike the AT&T-Time Warner merger over his hatred for CNN, now an AT&T company, and the network he describes as Fake News (though I hear they run decent cartoons).

Mayer wrote, “The White House and Fox interact so seamlessly that it can be hard to determine, during a particular news cycle, which one is following the other’s lead.”

Fox’s Tucker Carlson was pissed and said, “The American Media has changed forever. News organizations that seemed like a big deal are now extinct. Those that remain have now degraded themselves beyond recognition, like the New Yorker.” Detecting no irony whatsoever, Trump tweeted out Carlson’s statement.

According to the New Yorker story, a top executive at Fox told the reporter with the Stormy story, “Good reporting, kiddo. But Rupert wants Donald Trump to win. So just let it go.” He has since denied it, but that reporter was demoted, sued, came to a financial settlement, and signed a non-disclosure agreement. Fox probably buried that story too.

Mayer also reported that Roger Ailes, then the chairman of the network and now dead guy, tipped Trump off about a question coming his way from then-Fox host Megyn Kelly about Trump’s comments about women during a 2015 Republican candidate debate.

Former DNC official Donna Brazile caught a lot of heat when it came to light through Wikileaks that she fed questions to the Clinton campaign while she was a political analyst for CNN. The network fired her. Guess which network ran a lot of stories about it, heavy with condemnation over the violation of journalistic ethics and the viewers’ trust. Yup. Fox News.

I’ve always hated when people argued for the need of a right-wing media, saying it counters the left-wing media. I don’t see the solution to biased news being more biased news. And, most “left-wing” media is usually described that way because facts have a “left-wing” bias.

Those Smart News TV commercials annoy me. They advertise their app as providing news from both sides. You don’t need news from “both sides.” You just need news. Fox, at this point, isn’t just an uncredible news outlet. They’re not even a right-wing news outlet. Just like the Republican Party and CPAC, they’re a part of the Trump cult.

If you watch Fox News, you’re not watching news. Just like there’s no such thing as “fake news,” there’s no such thing as Fox news.

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White House Hangups


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According to an unnamed inside source at the White House, because they love to leak, Donald Trump doesn’t trust anyone who works for him. You have to admit, he has a point.

People who work for Donald Trump must become sycophants and discard all traces of dignity, credibility, and self-respect. This is an office where a four-star general’s clout is on par with someone who designs handbags. Why would you want counsel or advice with any of these people? So, Trump turns to people who aren’t yet stupid enough to work for him. Enter Sean Hannity.

According to those White House leakers in a story by Olivia Nuzzi for New York Magazine, Trump and Hannity are regular nighttime chatty Cathys. They do have a lot in common. They’re both very conservative, racist, slumlords, share a fixer/lawyer, and are lying shitweasels. Every night around 11:00 PM, Sean calls, and they chat about the “witch hunt,” media gossip, whose show sucks, who’s getting killed in the ratings, and how awesome they both are.

It’s said that Hannity fills the political void left by Steve Bannon and the soulmate void vacated by Melania, who sleeps in a separate bedroom. Trump has come to rely on the knuckleheads at Fox News more than he does on the West Wing staff, his cabinet, or our intelligence services. If Fox serves it, Trump eats it.

Trump workday goes from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM, with plenty of “executive time” squeezed in between. He spends his free time tweeting, chatting on the phone, eating cheeseburgers, and watching Fox News. He used to spread his viewing around to other networks like CNN and MSNBC, but news that doesn’t fawn over him riles him up.

Reince Priebus and Sean Spicer (both gone) weaned him off real news and put him on a steady stream of bullshit from Fox. As one staffer said, “It got to the point that they were just like, ‘We need to get him off these channels and onto Fox & Friends or else we’re going to be chasing down this crazy-train bullshit from MSNBC and CNN all day.'” What they did was create a bigger tinfoil-wearing conspiracy junkie who should be sharing an attic with your crazy uncle.

A former White House official called the trouble caused by Hannity and Fox, “a fucked-up feedback loop that puts Trump in a weird headspace. What ends up happening is Judge Jeanine or Hannity fill him up with a bunch of crazy shit, and everyone on staff has to go and knock down all the fucking fires they started.” How do you knock down a fire? Maybe they should try dunking Trump’s head in water, like in a toilet.

Sean Hannity is not a journalist. He is proud of that. But the thing is, he should be a journalist. Even those on the opinion side of the news business are journalists. Hannity is on a news network. It’s dishonest for him to be involved in the issues and personalities he’s covering. He shouldn’t be sharing a lawyer/fixer with the president and hiding it from his viewers while he’s talking about it. Fox News should be a network that doesn’t allow it. MSNBC suspended Keith Olbermann for donating $2,400 each to three Democratic candidates. Fox News pays Hannity $36 million a year.

Donald Trump and Sean Hannity deserve each other. But we don’t deserve either of them. We can do better. Unfortunately, there are enough stupid people out there who chose them and put them in positions to complicate all our lives.

It’s time for all of us to hang up on both of them.

Here’s the video.

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