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Fox News viewers lose it over 'sell out' Maria Bartiromo after show airs segment debunking election fraud claims

December 20, 2020 in Blogs

By David Edwards

Fox News viewers lashed out at the network over the weekend after several shows aired a segment undermining President Donald Trump’s claims of election fraud.

According to reports, at least one Fox Business host and as many as three Fox News hosts aired a pre-taped segment with voting systems expert Edward Perez on Smartmatic, a voting systems software company.

The interview was aired again on Sunday by Maria Bartiromo, one of President Donald Trump’s top defenders on the network.

The segment was met with contempt from viewers, who refused to believe that the election fraud claims had been debunked.

“So I guess @MariaBartiromo just sold out-shameful,” one viewer wrote on Twitter.

“@FoxNews needs to be ashamed for making her air this tripe,” another viewer tweeted.

“Who got to @MariaBartiromo?” another commenter complained. “Why has she put this fraud Eddie Perez, clearly an apologist for Smartmatic, on her show TWICE to read scripted denials to scripted questions– right down to reading back the questions, a deposition trick taught by good trial attorneys?”

In a legal notice sent to Fox News last week, Smartmatic accused the network of a “disinformation campaign”

“Over the course of the campaign, Fox News published and republished dozens of false and misleading statements regarding Smartmatic,” the statement said.

Watch the video and read some of the responses below.


Maria Bartiromo airs segment debunking election fraud claims

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Meet the Republican senator blocking stimulus checks for 382 million Americans

December 20, 2020 in Blogs

By The New Civil Rights Movement

Right now an estimated 12.6 million Americans are out of work and many more are struggling as the worsening COVID-19 pandemic has shuttered numerous businesses and industries. The last time Congress provided $1,200 economic stimulus checks to individual Americans was in March. Nine months have passed since then.

But as President Donald Trump, Democratic Congress members and 11 Republican Senators have all signaled their readiness to provide a new round of $1,200 checks to 382 million Americans, one Republican senator has voted down the measure twice: Senator Ron Johnson of Minnesota.

On Friday, Johnson voted twice to block a measure that would’ve issue the checks to every U.S. resident.

“I’m not heartless,” Johnson said, defending his votes. “I want to help people. I voted to help people. I voted for the $2.2 trillion CARES Act, but I also am concerned about our children’s future.”

Johnson said he’s concerned that the costs of issuing checks would inflate the national debt, nevermind that alleviating economic worries would help heal the increases in drug use, depression and domestic abuse that have increased during the nearly year-long economic downturn.

On December 10, Republican Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri and Independent Senator and former Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders of Vermont pushed colleagues to vote for a second round of stimulus checks. In separate speeches, both senators said the checks should mirror those issued early in the pandemic which gave $1,200 to adults and $500 for each child. The first checks were passed with bipartisan and presidential approval at a point when the pandemic was less severe than it is now.

As of Thursday, however, Politico reported that the latest $908 billion economic stimulus package being negotiated in Congress only allotted for $600 stimulus checks.

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How Dan Brown turned my parents into QAnoners

December 20, 2020 in Blogs

By Adam Lewental

If you haven’t heard of the far-right conspiracy theory QAnon by now, perhaps it’s irresponsible of me to tell you about it. Essentially, a member of a sketchy Internet forum alleged that he is a high level government official with secret information about a satanic cult run by Democrat pedophiles and their sex-trafficking associates. It’s the same old antisemitic dogwhistle all over again, but with a fun new twist: President Donald Trump has surreptitiously dedicated his career, not to shady business practices, but to taking them down. And you can help him, if you can find and figure out the unspecified clues, such as the “strategic” spelling errors in the President’s tweets (covfefe!). Despite being widely regarded by experts and intelligence officials as at best baseless and at worst a source of domestic terror, the QAnon movement continues to accrue members at an alarming rate. A recent article stated that roughly one-third of Republicans who had heard of QAnon believe it has merit.

How can so many disregard the clear and obvious facts printed in mainstream media in order to believe in an improbably vast conspiracy? For the same reasons that they fell in love with “The Da Vinci Code” 17 years ago. A palace intrigue of epic proportions. Codes and puzzles hidden in plain sight, with a a mysterious man acting as the augur. A shadowy organization involved in dark rituals with global stakes. And you, reader, are breathlessly tasked with solving the riddle in real time, using the clues, your natural intuition, and perhaps your internet search engine of choice.

When “The Da Vinci Code” was published in 2003, it f**king blew my 13-year-old mind. I was dazzled by Dan Brown‘s ability to create elaborate, heart-racing puzzles that were self-contained and yet felt like they reframed the world around me. Dan Brown also pioneered short chapters and constant cliffhangers, analogous to the techniques later used by social media companies to hopelessly addict us all (endless scrolling, intentionally delayed notifications, etc.).

Beyond that, Dan Brown asked plausible questions about familiar aspects of Western culture. Take, for instance, the lady on the iconic cover: I dare you to name a more renowned painting than the Mona Lisa. With a few pieces of obscure trivia or …read more

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How fascism came to America

December 20, 2020 in Blogs

By Salon

It has been said that when fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying the cross.

This well-known line has been attributed to a number of people — most often to novelist Sinclair Lewis, but also to socialist leader Eugene V. Debs and even to populist Louisiana senator Huey Long — but none of them wrote or said it in precisely the way it has come down to us. It appears to be an aphoristic stone nicely polished by being handled by a lot of people.

To have it reflect our current situation, we need to roughen it up.

When Donald J. Trump was running for president in 2016, Lewis’s novel “It Can’t Happen Here,” written quickly in 1935 as authoritarian leaders were rising in Europe, started to sell out. In it, populist demagogue “Buzz” Windrip, a Democrat (i.e., a pre-Civil Rights Act Democrat, who would be a Republican today), wins the presidency. As Beverly Gage describes it in a 2017 essay for the New York Times, Windrip — who was based on both Long and the anti-Semitic radio priest Father Coughlin — is not exactly Trump, but he’s right “there” in a number of respects:

Like Trump, Windrip sells himself as the champion of “Forgotten Men,” determined to bring dignity and prosperity back to America’s white working class. Windrip loves big, passionate rallies and rails against the “lies” of the mainstream press. His supporters embrace this message, lashing out against the “highbrow intellectuality” of editors and professors and policy elites. With Windrip’s encouragement, they also take out their frustrations on Blacks and Jews.

So, just a super guy — someone you could really rally around. And shriek. And chant about putting people behind bars.

Apparently, the first iteration of the saying just had the bit about the time-honored false patriotism of wrapping oneself up in the flag. Then the faux-religiosity gambit of cross carrying was added.

I think we must now edit and append it further:

When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapping itself around the flag and holding a Bible upside down. And riding in a golf cart.

Except this fascism is not so much “wrapping itself with” the flag but more like sexually assaulting it.

Trump, a man who received five deferments from military service, seems to think the Stars and Stripes is a great-looking …read more

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Trump's increased absences have associates worried about his declining mental state: report

December 20, 2020 in Blogs

By Tom Boggioni

According to a series of interviews conducted by Politico’s Michael Kruse, associates and critics of Donald Trump have taken note that he is rarely seen in public since his re-election bid failed and he became a one-term president, with some worried his mental state may be in decline at the prospect of leaving the Oval Office.

Under a headline reading “Is Trump cracking under the weight of losing,” Kruse wrote that the combination of silence from the president between rants on Twitter could be a sign that the president is having trouble coping.

According to Kruse, Trump’s demeanor and recent actions are setting off alarms.

“It’s not just his odd behavior—the testy, tiny desk session with the press, the stilted Medal of Freedom ceremony that ended with his awkward exit, the cut-short trip to the Army-Navy football game. It’s even more pointedly his conspicuous and ongoing absences,” the report states. “The narcissistic Trump has spent the last half a century—but especially the last half a decade—making himself and keeping himself the most paid-attention-to person on the planet. But in the month and a half since Election Day, Trump has been seen and heard relatively sparingly and sporadically. No-showing unexpectedly at a Christmas party, sticking to consistently sparse public schedules and speaking mainly through his increasingly manic Twitter feed, he’s been fixated more than anything else on his baseless insistence that he won the election when he did not.”

Speaking with Mary Trump — the president’s niece who is also a psychologist — she said her uncle is in decline, telling Kruse, “He’s never been in a situation in which he has lost in a way he can’t escape from. Psychological disorders are like anything else. If they’re unacknowledged and untreated over time, they get worse.”

The president’s former attorney and “fixer,” Michael Cohen claims Trump’s “fragile ego has never been tested to this extent.”

“While he’s creating a false pretense of strength and fortitude, internally he is angry, depressed and manic,” he told Kruse. “As each day ends, Trump knows he’s one day closer to legal and financial troubles. Accordingly, we will all see his behavior deteriorate until it progresses …read more

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