Late Night: Bubble Trouble

By: Thursday January 30, 2014 8:00 pm

Frank Rich wrote a piece in New York magazine this week about the increasing irrelevance of Fox News, arguing that it was time for liberals to stop worrying about it, already, because the conservative information bubble it creates has caused more damage to the Republican party than its relentless propaganda can counteract.  He’s right, when speaking strictly about national and statewide elections, but its effect on House districts, state politics, and more importantly, the rest of the media, is as toxic as ever.

 

Late Night FDL: Times of Illusion

By: Thursday April 25, 2013 8:00 pm

On the rather surreal occasion of the opening of something solemnly called the George W. Bush “Library,” I was inexorably drawn not to my personal Bush Library of 92 infuriating volumes, but the somewhat smaller 60 or so in the Nixon section.  As I listened to snippets of Village homilies and President Obama predictably joshing chummily about the “clubhouse,”  I was reminded of Jonathan Schell’s masterful recounting of the Watergate era, The Time of Illusion. 

The ring is closing…maybe

By: Thursday April 12, 2012 1:30 am

FoxNews is dispensing it’s top-notch “Fox Security” on the trail of the alleged insider that Gawker has retained. So far, this has been done as successfully as Roger Ailes did on the South Beach Diet.

“It would be irresponsible to speculate, it would be irresponsible not to”

By: Wednesday August 31, 2011 1:30 am

It’s not a pattern, it’s a way of life for FoxNews.

Strange Tales from a Strange Time: Nixon, Ailes, Cameron, Murdoch

By: Friday July 22, 2011 6:00 pm

Watching the fall of Rupert Murdoch play itself out has brought back old, old memories. Memories of the only political scandal I’ve experienced in my homeland that comes even close to what’s been unfolding in the UK right now: Watergate. And to judge from this British piece and this Canadian one, I’m not the only person to be thinking of Watergate in connection with all of this.

Sunday Late Night: Did Roger Ailes Wiretap in the US?

By: Sunday July 17, 2011 8:01 pm

Now that the head of Rupert Murdoch’s British tabloid and the head of his American business daily flagship have both resigned, with the titian-haired one under arrest in Britain, is it time to look at the man GHWBush calls “our man Ailes” and his techniques that FOX News Channel may have used to make the news?

Citizen Lame

By: Monday May 23, 2011 1:30 am

Roger Ailes — that’s some good schadenfreude.

Roger Ailes to Be Indicted?!?

By: Sunday February 27, 2011 8:30 am

Whoo boy. Think back to how loudly the mighty wurlitzer argued that Scooter Libby should not be indicted for lying. And imagine how much louder it will be if Roger Ailes–a cornerstone of Republican success–were indicted for telling Judith Regan to do the same?

Bernie Kerik, the gift that, like a FoxNews’ tool, keeps on giving

By: Friday February 25, 2011 1:30 am

FoxNews and big settlement checks, it’s the price of power and wankery I guess.

Tea Party Leaders Strike Back at Left Over Giffords Incident

By: Monday January 10, 2011 2:35 pm

There have been a lot of attempts at false equivalencies (the last Republican Vice Presidential candidate of the United States is exactly the same as a random Daily Kos diarist) and a lot of attempts to explain away incendiary political rhetoric with a wave of the hand and something like “both sides do it.” But the responses above on their own refute this. They resort to the pretty common rhetoric of demonization to make their points. I have no interest in censoring their speech, but I sure want to highlight it.

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