Thursday, October 23, 2014

What In The World Happened To Responsible Journalism In This Country?


With tongue in cheek, the late Christopher Hitchens once said, "I became a journalist because I did not want to rely on newspapers for information," and we often wonder - what ever happened to GOOD journalism in our country?

Sure, the reporters are usually progressive and the publishers are usually Conservative, but this has usually been true in our past...but what's different now?

The "news" is now propaganda and invective, or the news is carefully omitted from our view by people...like these guys:

"Fox News Hosts Tell Young Women Not To Vote, Go Back To Tinder And Match.com."



"Fox News is discouraging young people from voting again, but this time the target is more specific: young women.

"'The Five' co-host Kimberly Guilfoyle said Tuesday that young women should excuse themselves from voting in the upcoming midterm elections because they don't share the same 'life experience' as older women and should just go back to playing around on Tinder and Match.com.

"'It's the same reason why young women on juries are not a good idea,' Guilfoyle said. 'They don't get it!..'"

Naturally, responsible journalists always apologize for their mistakes...



And editors are responsible to see that their viewers and readers are kept up to date on the important news stories, not fraudulent pieces direct from the GOP...



But we shouldn't pick on Fox News, should we?



So let's see what the scientists say about Faux Snooze...

"The Science of Fox News: Why Its Viewers Are the Most Misinformed."





"Authoritarian people have a stronger emotional need for an outlet like Fox, where they can find affirmation and escape factual challenges to their beliefs."

"Editor's note: This is an excerpt from Chris Mooney’s book The Republican Brain: The Science of Why They Deny Science and Reality.

"In June of 2011, Jon Stewart went on air with Fox News’ Chris Wallace and started a major media controversy over the channel’s misinforming of its viewers. 'Who are the most consistently misinformed media viewers?' Stewart asked Wallace. 'The most consistently misinformed? Fox, Fox viewers, consistently, every poll.'



"Stewart’s statement was factually accurate, as we’ll see. The next day, however, the fact-checking site PolitiFact weighed in and rated it 'false.' In claiming to check Stewart’s 'facts,' PolitiFact ironically committed a serious error—and later, doubly ironically, failed to correct it. How’s that for the power of fact checking?

"There probably is a small group of media consumers out there somewhere in the world who are more misinformed, overall, than Fox News viewers. But if you only consider mainstream U.S. television news outlets with major audiences (e.g., numbering in the millions), it really is true that Fox viewers are the most misled based on all the available evidence—especially in areas of political controversy. This will come as little surprise to liberals, perhaps, but the evidence for it—evidence in Stewart’s favor—is pretty overwhelming..."

Of course some people believe the old  saw that says birds of a feather flock together...

"Fox News Isn’t The Problem, The People Who Watch It Are."




"Man, it seems like every time you turn around, Fox News is doing something else that is absolutely 'OUTRAGEOUS' or bigoted, or… well, you get the point. Whether it is blaming Secret Service incompetence on gender equality or playing the six degrees of separation with Benghazi on almost any news story, you can bet that at any hour of the day, they’re doing something that will be addressed with shock or laughter on The Daily Show or elsewhere. In fact, you could probably make a living just reporting on all of the ridiculous things they do over there, and there are sites like mediamatters.org that are set up for that exact purpose.

"Recently, Allen Clifton wrote an article titled 'The Only Way To Fix Our Government Is If Conservatives Stop Watching Fox News,' which seems like a good idea, but it’s not just as simple as that. While it would certainly be great for conservatives to stop watching Fox News, there’s still a plethora of even more outrageous and even more insane right-wing media sources out there that would gladly fill the void if Fox suddenly went off the air..."

Much of Fox News is driven by their Tea Party zombies, of course...



But when all is said and done it sometimes takes a foreigner to get to the root of the REAL problem...

"Monty Python’s John Cleese: FOX News People Are Too Stupid to Know They Are Stupid (Video)."



"Monty Python’s John Cleese weighed in on FOX News viewers: They’re so stupid that they don’t know they’re stupid.

"In a Q&A video, Cleese said, 'I think the problem with people like this is that they are so stupid that they have no idea how stupid they are.'

"'If you’re very, very stupid,' he says, 'How can you possibly realize that you’re very very stupid? You’d have to be relatively intelligent to realize how stupid you are.'

"He cited some research by David Dunning at Cornell. He says that Dunning has pointed out that knowing how good one is at something 'requires exactly the same skills as it does to be good at that thing in the first place.'

"'If you’re absolutely no good at something at all,' Cleese says, 'then you lack exactly the skills that you need to know that you’re absolutely no good at it...'"

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The lesson couldn't be clearer. There is very little responsible journalism in America. When one "news" network admits they have "no legal obligation to be truthful in its reporting," and when it bases its programming on hate and fear, you'd have to be an idiot to watch that network.

Or you could be real stupid.

In any case, the ability of Conservatives to broadcast their lies over our airwaves is wrong, and SOMETHING should be done...

...like criminalizing Conservatism.


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"If I want to knock a story off the front page, I just change my hairstyle."

Hillary Rodham Clinton.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

If It Looks Like A Conservative, Smells Like A Conservative, It Must Be A Conservative


Many voters, especially the Low Information Voters, don't know who or what a Conservative is, so in the interest of fair play and a desire to educate the LIVs, here we go.

First, Conservatives hate America, with all that democracy and stuff...



Would you like to see a typical Conservative? Meet Josh...



And to be fair, just like other minorities, women are sometimes Conservatives.  Meet Jodi...

"Joni Ernst, Iowa GOP Senate Candidate, Failed To Disclose Rental Property."



"Joni Ernst, the Iowa Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, failed to disclose her ownership of an income-generating rental property on financial disclosure reports filed with the Senate.

'Ernst campaign spokeswoman Gretchen Hamel told The Huffington Post Tuesday that the campaign would 'immediately' amend the disclosure reports.

"The reports fail to list Ernst's industrial property in Red Oak, Iowa, which had an assessed value last year of $54,830. The property generated at least $1,200 in income for Ernst in 2013, according to Ernst's campaign..."

And if Jodi had a talking pet, this is what the pet would say...



Because Conservatives really like to talk...



But behind that chatter, let's see if the Conservatives pass the Smell Test...



But those things don't matter to a Conservative, even when they kill their own people...



Because let's face it, the Cons CAN'T pass the Smell Test...



...especially when  they scream out their fears, hoping your fear turns to hate.  It's the Conservative Way.



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We mentioned the Low Information Voter at the top of this post, and the best thing that the Democrats can do is to broadcast the failures of Conservatism to the LIVs over and over -- as well as their criminality, because the Cons fail the Smell Test.

Why does the LIV accept the fable that the Cons are astute businessmen after their leadership has driven us into recessions and depressions?

Why do they think that the Cons are against budget deficits?

Why don't they realize that Conservatism is the biggest con game in the  history of the world?

If they did, they'd rush to criminalize that vast criminal cartel called -- Conservatism.


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"The Republicans are looking after the financial interests of the wealthiest individuals in
this country."

Edward Kennedy.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Conservation: The Biggest Con Game In History


Conservatism is the protection of the greediest and wealthiest among us by their front group, the Republican Party.

But the Cons can't present themselves this way in a participatory democracy, even some of the Low Information Voters may wake up, so the Cons have to lie - to lie, obfuscate, and hide behind the biggest con game in world history -- Conservatism.



One way to find out about their con jobs is to see what your favorite Cons have done for their own constituents...

"If You Live in a Red State and Still Vote GOP, This Map Will Show You Why You’re Irrational."

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"The New York Times has put together a map that ranks where Americans fair the best and worst when it comes to health and wealth. You can probably guess where we’re going with this.
The Times got their results by looking at 6 data points for each county in the U.S.: education, median household income, unemployment rates, disability rates, life expectancy and obesity..."

This pic may make it a little easier to understand...



But let's take a look at a few Conservatives who are masters at the Big Con. There's this guy...



And you remember this guy, the "compassionate Conservative ("compassionate" means "vicious" or "severe" in Conservaspeak...



And even the "short con" Cons thrive in a country where Freedom of Speech is a license to kill...



Sometimes you never know your favorite muscle-bound Conservative candidate is conning you - until he get caught.  (Notice that they never seem to serve any prison time.)



"More GOP Voter Fraud: Republican State Rep. Forced to Resign for Registering to Vote in Two States."

"The GOP knows quite a bit about voter fraud–after all, they do tell us that it is a problem so large that we must institute discriminatory voting laws in order to stamp it out. They do, however, manage to repeatedly demonstrate their expertise.

"Washington State Rep. Mike Hope resigned following the discovery that he is registered to vote in both Ohio and Washington since last Summer.

"A Democratic activist in Snohomish County alerted Barbara Baker, chief clerk of the House of Representatives, that Hope had registered to vote in Ohio in August of 2013, though he says he did not remember registering.

"'I had no idea that I was ever registered somewhere else,' Hope said. 'I had no clue that’s what I did.'

"In fact, Hope does not have a permanent address in Snohomish County..."

Here's another guy who lied about his residency...



Sure, you say. What harm can a little fibbing do to a strong country anyway? A middle class made strong by Roosevelt's New Deal is too strong to be destroyed by a band of confidence men...

"All The Wealth The Middle Class Accumulated After 1940 Is Gone."



"Here's more proof the middle class is dying.

"The middle-class share of American wealth has been shrinking for the better part of three decades and recently fell to its lowest level since 1940, according to a new study by economists Emmanuel Saez of the University of California, Berkeley, and Gabriel Zucman of the London School of Economics.

"In other words, remember the surge of the great American middle class after World War II? That's all gone,.."

So when you hear the con jobs the Cons are conning you with...



...here's what's really happening:



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Sometimes a Con will tell the truth, and the truth shoots the Conservative candidate all to hell at election time...but the Conservatives are usually successful at their relentless con jobs.

Whenever you hear the words, "individual responsibility," "America is a Christian country," "pro-life," and the like -- you know it's a con job. With Conservatives, it's ALL about the money.

When a Con says he is trying to help, watch out, keep your hand on your wallet, and vote the straight Democratic ticket.

If that doesn't do the job, then maybe you ought to consider making these con jobs illegal...


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"I think one of the great problems we have in the Republican Party is that we don't
encourage you to be nasty. We encourage you to be neat, obedient, loyal and faithful and
all those Boy Scout words, which would be great around a campfire but are lousy in
politics."

Newt Gingrich.

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Are The Two Parties The Same? Let's Take A Look...


You hear it from the Libertarians, and you hear it from the Low Information Voter, and you even hear it from some of the Cons - there's no difference between the two Parties.  But is it true?

"Steve Marmel: 'No, The 2 Parties Aren’t The Same.'"



"'There’s no difference between the two parties!'

"You’ve seen it on Facebook. And twitter. On Tumblr. All over the place. Usually by “libertarians” who – if you dig further into their likes – it’s all Ted Cruz and Rand Paul and Paul Ryan.

"You know… conservatives embarrassed to call themselves conservatives.

"Here’s the thing: I believe 'there’s no difference between the two parties' is a coordinated effort to disillusion the democrat vote. And I think after six years of a constant conservative negative drumbeat, it’s working. It is exhausting, after all.

"Is Obama the perfect candidate? Did he deliver everything he promised? Is the world super awesome? No. It is not.


"But what are the alternatives? President McCain or Romney? Can you imagine what the Supreme Court would look like today? What health care would look like today? What marriage equality would look like today?

"We would be living in the Christian equivalent of a Muslim theocracy. Is that what you want?

"Because every person who says 'I’m not voting, there’s no difference,' is handing a vote to someone who is saying 'I want to roll back everything. Your rights. Social security. Work place protections. Air quality. Healthcare...'"

"ALL OF IT..."

You're still think the Dems and Repubs are the same? This "letter to the editor" explains a few of the more important differences, differences made obvious by who the Parties attack...



"Dear Editor,

"You can tell a lot about a political party just by noticing what offends them.

"In general, we Democrats are offended by poverty, hunger, allowing children to die from purely preventable diseases, students drowning in debt, growing wealth inequality, and that senior citizens too often die alone in poverty, after a lifetime of hard work and community involvement. We are upset by the astronomically high incarceration rate and social issues like racism, sexism, classism, homophobia, and religious bigotry. Environmental destruction and the never ending greed that motivates it is also deeply offensive to Democrats.

"On the other hand, Republicans are outraged by food assistance for the poor with a special emphasis on children benefitting from food stamps, school lunches, and Head Start. They are offended by clean energy initiatives, healthcare for all, raising the minimum wage, marrying who you love, public schools, teacher’s wages, science, global warming, a woman's right to choose, veteran's care, equal pay for women, GMO-free food, voter’s rights, the separation of church and state, and teaching evolution in the schools. They fight against paying taxes, campaign finance reform, regulating Wall Street, Big Pharma and punishing corporations who send our jobs overseas.

"In November, 100% of young adults will be adversely affected by Republican policies, but ironically, only 23% are expected to turn out to vote in order to make their own lives better. This election is NOT about 'voting for the lesser of two evils' - it is voting for the party who is working to fight evil and not always winning, but is willing to keep on trying.

"Sincerely,

"Karin Wells."

But if you like pretty pictures, this one also spells out who gets attacked by the Cons...



The Cons think one of the differences between the Parties is "leadership..."



So here's one of their leaders with a few things that the Cons believe in...



And here's one of their followers...



Some even think that the spokesmen for the GOP over at Fox News is only made up of old, white men...



But the Cons always deny that there are racists in their group...could they be lying?



If they are lying, that COULD be a problem down the road...



...because the Republican Conservatives are the Masters of Mankind!



And even though the Other Party keeps trying to steal our votes, there really is a difference that can be settled on Election Day...



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As we've been preaching, the phony social issues claimed by the Republican/Conservatives as their own are nothing but smoke to attract the dumbest among us. Class warfare defending greed is the real difference.

The REAL difference between the two Parties is economic, and believe it or not Thomas Jefferson had the Conservatives' number:
"Men have differed in opinion and been divided into parties by these opinions from the first origin of societies, and in all governments where they have been permitted freely to think and to speak. The same political parties which now agitate the U.S. have existed through all time. Whether the power of the people or that of the [aristocracy] should prevail were questions which kept the states of Greece and Rome in eternal convulsions, as they now schismatize every people whose minds and mouths are not shut up by the gag of a despot. And in fact the terms of Whig and Tory belong to natural as well as to civil history. They denote the temper and constitution of mind of different individuals." --Thomas Jefferson to John Adams, 1813." 
"The division into Whig and Tory is founded in the nature of man; the weakly and nerveless, the rich and the corrupt, seeing more safety and accessibility in a strong executive; the healthy, firm, and virtuous, feeling confidence in their physical and moral resources, and willing to part with only so much power as is necessary for their good government; and, therefore, to retain the rest in the hands of the many, the division will substantially be into Whig and Tory." --Thomas Jefferson to Joel Barlow, 1802."
Other countries have multiple political parties and we can do without the GOP but when all is said and done, Conservatism is a vast, criminal cartel that needs to be abolished - NOW.


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"You have to have been a Republican to know how good it is to be a Democrat."

Jackie Kennedy.

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