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Roger Ailes purpose built Fox News to protect crooks like Richard Nixon and Donald Trump.

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Roger Ailes was chairman and CEO of Fox News from 1996 to 2016, when he was forced to resign after several women, including Gretchen Carlson, accused him of sexual harassment and assault.

WaPo today has an article headlined:

Trump might survive firing Rosenstein or even Mueller. The reason: Fox News.

For Richard Nixon, the “Saturday Night Massacre” was the beginning of the end.

The nation finally turned against the embattled president after he forced out — on Oct. 20, 1973 — the attorney general and his deputy who refused to get rid of the special prosecutor investigating him.

A week later, for the first time, a plurality of Americans favored impeachment. And 10 months later, he resigned.

But Nixon didn’t have Fox News in his corner.

President Trump does — and that might make all the difference if he were to fire Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein or even special counsel Robert S. Mueller III. — www.washingtonpost.com/…

The columnist fails to mention the fact that Roger Ailes, the man who built Fox News into what it is today, was a Nixon aide and knew exactly how favorable media coverage might have saved Nixon.

The funny thing is, a few months ago, WaPo pointed out exactly when Ailes had this idea, back when Nixon was in the White House.

A memo entitled “A Plan for Putting the GOP on TV News,” buried in the the Nixon library details a plan between Ailes and the White House to bring pro-administration stories to television networks around the country. It reads: “Today television news is watched more often than people read newspapers, than people listen to the radio, than people read or gather any other form of communication. The reason: People are lazy. With television you just sit—watch—listen. The thinking is done for you.” — www.washingtonpost.com/…

What better description of Fox News could there be? “The thinking is done for you”.

Ever since Nixon was impeached, Ailes kept trying to find a way to get crooks and charlatans elected, and working to build a compliant media-scape that would protect them when Americans began to recognize them for the crooks they were.

So who is this … Roger Ailes, […] What kind of man gives his country, in roughly this order, Mike Douglas, Richard Nixon, Tom Snyder, Ronald Reagan’s “Morning in America,” the Willie Horton ad, the ad in which Michael Dukakis rides around in a tank and looks like a chipmunk, the presidency of George H. W. Bush, CNBC, Fox News (upstart-insurgent edition), Fox News (airwaves-of-the-empire edition), Fox News (“Obama sux” edition), and Fox News (Tea Party edition)? More pointedly, what kind of man figures out at age twenty-seven how to use television to legitimize Richard Nixon and then at age seventy to legitimize Sarah Palin?

Wait. You didn’t know that it was Roger Ailes who gave us Richard Nixon? Well, he did. And, more important, Richard Nixon gave America Roger Ailes. Put it this way: When Richard Nixon met Roger Ailes in 1967, Nixon was still the sweaty, shifty-eyed, self-pitying, petulant, paranoid perpetual candidate whom Americans instinctively mistrusted. And Roger Ailes was still the prodigy who’d started with The Mike Douglas Show—the first nationally syndicated daytime television talk show—when he was right out of Ohio University and was executive producer by the time he was twenty-five. […] Well, as Mr. Ailes tells it, even admitted pornographers have some scruples, so instead of making Richard Nixon wait in the same greenroom as Little Egypt, he asked the candidate back to his office. “It’s a shame a man has to use gimmicks like this to get elected,” Mr. Nixon is supposed to have remarked to Mr. Ailes. “Television is not a gimmick, and if you think it is, you’ll lose again,” Mr. Ailes is supposed to have remarked to Mr. Nixon. And there the modern conservative movement—not the ideological entity but the telegenic one—was born.

And so that’s the challenge which confronts us today. When the country had to come together to remove Richard Nixon from power because he used criminals to try to win an election by stealing DNC strategic documents, we did. Today, we have a similar task, and Donald Trump’s various crimes are Nixonian in nature, including trying to use illegal means to win an election. But we have the added burden of confronting the hate carefully nurtured by Roger Ailes’ creation, Fox News. I have no doubt we’ll be able to counter it and that our long national nightmare will end.


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Everyone Can’t Stop Laughing After George Zimmerman Reveals He’s Millions In Debt With No Income

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Everyone Can’t Stop Laughing After George Zimmerman Reveals He’s Millions In Debt With No Income

 

George Zimmerman, the ‘man’ who fatally shot unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin in 2012, is $2.5 million in debt and has no income, according to paperwork in his misdemeanor stalking case. That was revealed after Zimmerman filed in Seminole County court to be represented by the Public Defender’s Office, which has since been granted. The conservative hero is in trouble for stalking and harassing a private investigator. Public Defender Blaise Trettis filed a not-guilty plea for Zimmerman and a request for a jury trial on his behalf. Unfortunately, it wasn’t the killing of Trayvon Martin that brought Zimmerman down, but this might do it.

Social media users looked for fucks to give, but apparently, everyone has run out.

I don’t know who would lend that human train wreck $2.5 million but it doesn’t look like they’ll ever get it back.


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Impeachment is NOT the best punishment for Trump. This is.

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Impeachment is NOT the best punishment for Trump. This is.

 

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Jeez, quit boiling up the tar, and stop plucking the damn chickens will ya?!? It all comes out right in the end, just hear me out. Wadda you have to lose, you’re already reading, aren’t you?

Let’s be honest, shall we? In the current circumstances, impeachment is a pipe dream. Even if we retake the House in November, by the time that the newly minted Democratic led committees could finish doing fair, responsible investigations and generate articles of impeachment to vote on, we will already be in the run up to the 2020 elections, and nobody will have the stomach for that kind of political upheaval. Besides, Democratic oversight would effectively rein in the madness, and the passage of progressive House bills for the Senate to shoot down would basically emasculate the rest of Trump’s term. Also, when you come right down to it, impeachment is not an effective punishment for The Tiny Thumbs Diktator.

When one is convicted of a crime, one is sent to prison and loses his or her freedom. What is the ultimate punishment that comes with impeachment? Removal from office. Short and sweet, the ultimate deterrent of impeachment is personal and professional shame. Quick show of hands! Who thinks that Der Gropinfuror has one modicum of shame in his entire, portly carcass? Trump has spent his entire life forgiving himself for and justifying his excesses. And he has already laid the groundwork to fleece his undying supporters that he is actually a martyr, politically crucified for the purity of his cause. As long as 41% of the country believes him, the rest of us can kiss his ass. Trump will never feel shame for being impeached, because he will refuse to acknowledge his crimes that led to his impeachment in the first place.

But be of good cheer, there really is a much more suitable punishment, and it’s one that he can’t avoid, or wriggle his way out of. The most common axiom applied to the execution of the Mueller investigation is three simple words, “Follow. The. Money.” In terms of the Trump-Russia investigation, it is meant to follow Trump’s byzantine finances to look for illicit connections to Russian or other foreign sources that could be used as a point of leverage over him as President. But confirmation of those crimes would logically lead only to impeachment, and that event is unlikely.

BUT! Investigating possible illicit ties to Russia that could affect Trump’s Presidency are not the only times you can follow the money. Mueller’s probe into Trump’s Russia connections has given him almost unprecedented access to Trump’s financial records. Good Lord, a bank in Cyprus even turned records over to the FBI in it’s investigation into Paul Manafort. Just because a financial crime may not directly involve the Russia investigation doesn’t mean that a crime wasn’t committed. And as we have already seen with Michael Cohen, Mueller is not shy about taking incriminating evidence he finds that he can’t use, and turning it over to prosecutorial agencies that can use it.

Rumors and speculation have swirled around the Trump organization for years. Possible bank fraud. Possible money laundering of Russian rubles through his overpriced schlock condos in New York, and his luxury golf properties. Suspicious circumstances around a property he bought in Florida, and sold soon afterwards for double what he paid for it, to a Russian oligarch no less. Allegations of Russian money laundering through an exclusive Trump branded property in Panama City, to the point that the actual owner of the property used armed security guards to try to keep Trump employees from accessing the property. And don’t forget his aborted Trump Tower in Baku, Azerbaijan, where you can’t even plow a driveway without the proper payoff to the ruling oligarch family. If ever there was a mechanism in place to uncover and connect the dots on this kind of complicated financial tomfoolery, it’s the Mueller investigation. And all of it can be routed to the proper jurisdictions for criminal prosecution.

But. But. But. If Trump even gets a whiff of an upcoming prosecution for unrelated financial crimes, he’ll just preemptively pardon himself, and his family. OK, fine. Simple solution? Don’t prosecute Trump, prosecute his COMPANY! The constitution permits a President to pardon an individual for his crimes, nothing authorizes him to pardon a company or corporation. If any of these crimes were committed, they weren’t committed via Trump’s personal bank and checking accounts, they were funneled through his company books. Follow. The. Money. And then take it, all of it. The Enron trial alone proved how effectively the government can dismantle a criminally liable company when they choose to.

For Hair Furor, this would literally be a fate worse than death. Trump can, at least in his own mind, con his way out of the shame and humiliation of an impeachment as a political “witch hunt.” But to be exposed to the world as nothing more than a common criminal, and not a very good one, since he got caught? His ego couldn’t survive that. Criminal fines and restitution would cripple the company, and if the feds played their hand right, it is possible that the prosecution could fall under the RICO statutes, allowing them to confiscate even more. And what survives? Investors and builders would come out of the woodwork to file civil suits against the Trump organization for lost contracts and properties, picking the carcass clean. Best of all, whether Trump survives the stress or not, a successful prosecution would strip his Satan’s spawn of any hope of an inheritance.

Can this actually happen? Who knows. It all depends on the depth of Trump’s greed, and his willingness to break the rules to get the money. Personally, I think that Trump has been erasing lines since day one, and if his current situation is anything to go by, he isn’t very good at covering his tracks. If he’s dirty, the FBI should have no problem connecting the dots. But you must admit, the thought of His Lowness spending the rest of his miserable existence shacked up in one of Jared’s rent controlled slums, and binge watching The Apprentice reruns, beats having to listen to him blather about his “witch hunt” impeachment hands down.


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NRA Demands ‘Common Sense Limitations’ On Media’s Ability To Report On School Shootings

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NRA Demands ‘Common Sense Limitations’ On Media’s Ability To Report On School Shootings

The NRA has decided to match calls for common sense limitations on who can purchase a firearm by demanding that the First Amendment be completely ripped up.

On Thursday, the NRA’s propaganda network (yes, they have one if you were not previously aware) tweeted a clip calling for limitations on the media’s ability to report on school shootings.

“It’s time to put an end to this glorification of carnage in pursuit of ratings because it’s killing our kids,” NRATV’s Colion Noir actually said. “It’s time for Congress to step up and pass legislation putting common sense limitations on #MSM‘s ability to report on these school shootings.”

While the Second Amendment is immensely important to the National Rifle Association, it’s clear that the First Amendment isn’t since they are calling for laws restricting what the media can and can’t report.

In February, Bloomberg reported that gun stocks have been suffering volatility recently, with sales falling off in recent years and some court decisions that are unfriendly to the gun lobby:

Tuesday’s headlines underscored that the trade in gun stocks is becoming more nuanced with more moving parts and greater uncertainty. On one hand, the Trump administration advanced a ban on “bump stocks” (but not guns) and Florida legislators voiced opposition to reviving any attempt to ban assault rifles. Meanwhile, the Supreme Court handed down a pair of adverse decisions for the gun lobby and a Quinnipiac poll showed support for gun control at the highest ever in the poll’s history.

It remains to be seen how the lack of a major legislative threat could affect gun sales. Sturm Ruger on Wednesday reported fourth-quarter revenue and earnings this missed the sole analyst estimates. 2017 sales fell 21 percent from the prior year, to $522.3 million.

The NRA is worried, and when the NRA is worried, it’s cause for celebration.

Watch this dumbass propaganda piece below:

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