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Let's talk about Fox News.

That Fox News is the opposite of its "fair and balanced" slogan is well known.

But it's one thing to present the news, the actual news, in a way that is slanted towards conservatives.

It's another thing to just spew complete BS.
Sometime during 2016, Fox became not the GOP news channel, but the Trump news channel. Its talking heads are there to spew Trumpist lies, to spin Trumpist BS.

(Well, that and to sexually harass women, but that's also a Trumpist trope).
Hannity has himself said that he is not a journalist. This has been proved beyond reasonable doubt today. His show is "entertainment." He is an "entertainer," like Alex Jones.
This Michael Cohen thing is just the latest revelation that Hannity is a Trumpist talking head. He has become a PROPAGANDIST.
And Rupert Murdoch needs to start thinking about the future. Because Trump is the wrong horse to back in this race. He's going to go down, and go down hard, and there's nothing Fox will be able to do to spin it.
If Fox News wants to exist as a media company post-Trump, it will need to repudiate Trump and start reporting actual, you know, news. A little bias we can live with. But you have to tell folks what's actually happening.
If Fox News continues to back Trump, its viewers will, eventually, tune out. They will realize, to their chagrin, that it was Fox that carried the fake news, and not CNN or the "failing" New York Times.
People, even conservatives -- ESPECIALLY them -- will realize they've been lied to, and change the channel. Fox News will lose market share.
This is already happening. @Maddow is beating @Hannity because, above all, Rachel isn't full of shit. She reports on stuff that's actually happening. Not Seth Rich. Not Uranium One.
Fake News is not a new thing. The Spanish-American War started because of fake news. The Hearst newspapers printed incendiary lies about the situation in Havana, people got angry, and the next thing they knew, we were at war w/Spain.
Once people realized they'd been lied to, readers dumped Hearst papers. They read the NY Times instead, because the Times was OBJECTIVE, or tried to be. That was its model.
Rupert Murdoch is William Randolph Hearst. He is going to lose his $$$ if he doesn't get out soon. And he must know this. He's no dummy.
Again: for Fox News to survive, it MUST repudiate Trump. I don't know how, I don't know when, but it MUST happen for Fox to not go bust. #ETTD.
And when Fox News abandons Trump, that's game over.

They can start by firing that lying, Assange-loving piece of gorilla poop Sean Hannity.


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Let’s talk about the House of Kavanaugh—specifically, the hefty mortgage on said house.

1/ In 2006, Brett & Ashley Kavanaugh bought a house for $1.22m. They put $245k down, a number that does not appear on his financial disclosures of 2005, which show net worth of $91k.
2/ The mortgage payments ($4600/mo.) alone were more than what Brett Kavanaugh took home in 2006 after taxes. His wife did not add enough to the mix to make up the difference.
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In light of the epic (in every sense of the word) NYT story on Trump's tax fraud, let's have a quick review of all the legal troubles these traitors are now in:

1/ PAUL MANAFORT, Trump’s campaign chair (May-Aug 2016): found guilty on eight counts, pleaded guilty on a bunch more as part of a plea deal in which he must cooperate with Mueller. Met w/Mueller this week, in fact.
2/ MIKE FLYNN, deputy chair of Trump Transition Team, natsec adviser: pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI. Awaiting sentencing. Will one day get out of prison. Will always be an ugly, ugly man.
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cc: @reallymdp @Post_Truth_Era @CodyStumpo
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Let's talk about the Putin/Alt-Right/GOP propaganda machine—the REAL Devil's Triangle—as it relates to Brett #Kavanaugh:

1/ This cozy little messaging arrangement, which operates happily in the dark most of the time, is now being exposed because of the fatally flawed candidate Donald Trump has nominated to the Supreme Court.
2/ The problem with Kavanaugh is manifold: first, that he had six-figure credit card debts paid off by creditors whose identity we still don’t know; second, that he lied during his initial testimony...
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Things might feel a bit bleak. Kavanaugh might be in, Rosenstein might be out, and both would be horrible outcomes for democracy.

So let’s put things into perspective.

1/ The Kavanaugh fight is not over. Even if he gets CONFIRMED, the fight is not over. He stands credibly accused of sexual assault, and he owes lots and lots of money to…we don’t know who.

There’s also this business of HIS (maybe) stolen emails:
2/ Dr. Ford will likely appear before Congress…and the GOP may bring in outside counsel (note spelling) because THERE ARE NO WOMEN REPUBLICANS ON THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE. This is HORRIBLE optics. It will cost them in November. Bigly.
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Sep 17, 2018
Let’s talk about #Kavanaugh. This is why he should not be confirmed. And it has nothing to do with his political beliefs.

1/ #Kavanaugh was not on the list of judges given to Trump by Judicial Watch, but he was tapped anyway. This was after Trump said he’d “study” (hahaha) judicial positions on various things—namely whether or not a POTUS can be indicted.
2/ When @ChuckGrassley says he didn't know about Christine Blasey Ford, he may well be telling the truth. The letter from those 65 women was likely produced ahead of time to defend #Kavanaugh against a DIFFERENT accuser(s) we don't yet know about.
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