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Old 4th March 2019, 07:21 AM   #1
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The Fox News Presidency

“Good reporting, kiddo. But Rupert wants Donald Trump to win. So just let it go.”

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When Shine assumed command at Fox, the 2016 campaign was nearing its end, and Trump and Clinton were all but tied. That fall, a FoxNews.com reporter had a story that put the network’s journalistic integrity to the test. Diana Falzone, who often covered the entertainment industry, had obtained proof that Trump had engaged in a sexual relationship in 2006 with a pornographic film actress calling herself Stormy Daniels. Falzone had worked on the story since March, and by October she had confirmed it with Daniels through her manager at the time, Gina Rodriguez, and with Daniels’s former husband, Mike Moz, who described multiple calls from Trump. Falzone had also amassed e-mails between Daniels’s attorney and Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen, detailing a proposed cash settlement, accompanied by a nondisclosure agreement. Falzone had even seen the contract.

But Falzone’s story didn’t run—it kept being passed off from one editor to the next. After getting one noncommittal answer after another from her editors, Falzone at last heard from LaCorte, who was then the head of FoxNews.com. Falzone told colleagues that LaCorte said to her, “Good reporting, kiddo. But Rupert wants Donald Trump to win. So just let it go.” LaCorte denies telling Falzone this, but one of Falzone’s colleagues confirms having heard her account at the time.

Despite the discouragement, Falzone kept investigating, and discovered that the National Enquirer, in partnership with Trump, had made a “catch and kill” deal with Daniels—buying the exclusive rights to her story in order to bury it. Falzone pitched this story to Fox, too, but it went nowhere. News of Trump’s payoffs to silence Daniels, and Cohen’s criminal attempts to conceal them as legal fees, remained unknown to the public until the Wall Street Journal broke the story, a year after Trump became President.

In January, 2017, Fox demoted Falzone without explanation. That May, she sued the network. Her attorney, Nancy Erika Smith, declined to comment but acknowledged that a settlement has been reached; it includes a nondisclosure agreement that bars Falzone from talking about her work at Fox.

After the Journal story broke, Oliver Darcy, a senior media reporter for CNN, published a piece revealing that Fox had killed a Stormy Daniels story. LaCorte, who by then had left Fox but was still being paid by the company, told Mediaite that he’d made the call without talking to superiors. The story simply hadn’t “passed muster,” he claimed, adding, “I didn’t do it to protect Donald Trump.” Nik Richie, a blogger who had broken the first story about Daniels, tweeted, “This is complete ********. Ken you are such a LIAR. This story got killed by @FoxNews at the highest level. I know, because I was one of your sources.”

Richie told me, “Fox News was culpable. I voted for Trump, and I like Fox, but they did their own ‘catch and kill’ on the story to protect him.” He said that he’d worked closely with Falzone on the article, and that “she did her homework—she had it.” He says he warned her that Fox would never run it, but “when they killed it she was devastated.” Richie believes that the story “would have swayed the election.”
They truly decided to become state TV.
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Would've swayed the election? Why does he think so, since he still voted for Trump?
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Old 4th March 2019, 07:31 PM   #3
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But the real story is supposedly the liberal media.
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"Falzone told colleagues that LaCorte said to her, “Good reporting, kiddo. But Rupert wants Donald Trump to win. So just let it go.”

Rupert Murdoch did the same thing in Australia and caused a leadership spill in the Liberal (Conservative) Party, in late 2018.

I'm guessing that, as Murdoch lost the bid to buy "Sky TV" to Comcast, that he is having a tantrum and interfering in politics, where he can.

Turnbull was warned Rupert Murdoch was trying to remove him as prime minister
https://www.theguardian.com/australi...prime-minister
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Originally Posted by Matthew Ellard View Post
"Falzone told colleagues that LaCorte said to her, “Good reporting, kiddo. But Rupert wants Donald Trump to win. So just let it go.”

Rupert Murdoch did the same thing in Australia and caused a leadership spill in the Liberal (Conservative) Party, in late 2018.

I'm guessing that, as Murdoch lost the bid to buy "Sky TV" to Comcast, that he is having a tantrum and interfering in politics, where he can.

Turnbull was warned Rupert Murdoch was trying to remove him as prime minister
https://www.theguardian.com/australi...prime-minister
Rupert has been interfering like this in Australian politics for decades, in both TV and print media. He is well-known for it, and it has been blatant and unrepentant. So this business of him interfering in US politics in pretty much the same way is old hat for us Aussie observers. It sort of comes under the heading: "We told you so, but did you listen?"
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Originally Posted by Norman Alexander View Post
Rupert has been interfering like this in Australian politics for decades, in both TV and print media. He is well-known for it, and it has been blatant and unrepentant. So this business of him interfering in US politics in pretty much the same way is old hat for us Aussie observers. It sort of comes under the heading: "We told you so, but did you listen?"
To observant Americans, also. Murdoch has basically written the editorial policy for Fox News. Not the specifics they cover, but their slant on all stories. Contrary to popular myth he did not convert the NY Post to his way of thinking, but bought them because he wouldn't have to. The NY Post was a reactionary rag throughout the 60s and 70s (when he bought it). He's been trying to manipulate political outcomes wherever he can for more than four decades.
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The day Rupert dies, I will be out dancing in the streets for joy, singing "Ding Dong The Rich Is Dead" at the top of my voice.
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Old 5th March 2019, 06:58 PM   #8
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Originally Posted by Norman Alexander View Post
Rupert has been interfering like this in Australian politics for decades, in both TV and print media. He is well-known for it, and it has been blatant and unrepentant. So this business of him interfering in US politics in pretty much the same way is old hat for us Aussie observers. It sort of comes under the heading: "We told you so, but did you listen?"
He has interfered in British Politics even more. He, in a rare moment of honestly, said he strongly supported Britex because he felt a British government on it's own would be easier to push around then as member of the EU.
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Old 5th March 2019, 07:04 PM   #9
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The day Rupert dies, I will be out dancing in the streets for joy, singing "Ding Dong The Rich Is Dead" at the top of my voice.
I would dearly love to put a slug through his head to be sure.
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Liberals can't stand freedom of the press.
So Donny is a liberal now, with all his talk of "fake news". Add that to all the other epithets he has earned, I guess.
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The day Rupert dies, I will be out dancing in the streets for joy, singing "Ding Dong The Rich Is Dead" at the top of my voice.
Rich hunt!
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Originally Posted by dudalb View Post
He has interfered in British Politics even more. He, in a rare moment of honestly, said he strongly supported Britex because he felt a British government on it's own would be easier to push around then as member of the EU.
Yes, he's had the ear of UK governments for some time now, Labour as well as Tory. I think he basically said that the EU more or less ignore him. Which is a good thing imo - Murdoch really is a force of evil in the world.
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Yes, he's had the ear of UK governments for some time now, Labour as well as Tory. I think he basically said that the EU more or less ignore him. Which is a good thing imo - Murdoch really is a force of evil in the world.
Anthony Hilton in the Evening Standard once wrote:

I once asked Rupert Murdoch why he was so opposed to the European Union. 'That’s easy,' he replied. 'When I go into Downing Street they do what I say; when I go to Brussels they take no notice.'
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Anthony Hilton in the Evening Standard once wrote:

I once asked Rupert Murdoch why he was so opposed to the European Union. 'That’s easy,' he replied. 'When I go into Downing Street they do what I say; when I go to Brussels they take no notice.'
That’s the quote I half-remembered, thanks.
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So Donny is a liberal now, with all his talk of "fake news". Add that to all the other epithets he has earned, I guess.
Oh, Norman. Cain new to you?
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Anthony Hilton in the Evening Standard once wrote:

I once asked Rupert Murdoch why he was so opposed to the European Union. 'That’s easy,' he replied. 'When I go into Downing Street they do what I say; when I go to Brussels they take no notice.'
Tory Brexiteers have a similar take : "In Brussels, when I say I went to Eton they take no notice ..."
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I'm suddenly reminded of a Frank Burns quote from MASH.
"We're here with the UN which I personally have nothing against, except that it's full of foreigners. Of course, it's what did in your League of Nations."
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In something that should come as no surprise, The New Yorker hit piece is fake news designed to pander to the leftist mob.

The author deliberately avoided talking to editor in question. that editor has released an incendiary condemnation of journalistic malpractice:

"Two weeks before the 2016 presidential election, as the editorial head of Fox News online, I reviewed a draft news story that said porn actress Stormy Daniels had confirmed having an affair with Donald Trump a decade earlier. The only problem was … Stormy hadn’t said that.

Daniels and her associates were playing a bizarre cat-and-mouse game with Fox News and other outlets, trying to get their story out without fingerprints and, ultimately, without enough proof to publish."

fox was not the only ones not to publish, Slate, Good Morning America, Daily Beast also chose not to.

Journalistic grifters, get angry that you got duped
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This complaint is unfounded. I interviewed LaCorte extensively, quoted him 4 times, included his assertion that Falcone's story "hadn't passed muster." Any claim I didn't tell his side is false. Falzone can't defend herself - she's under an NDA, but 3 sources corroborate her.
So I guess right wing hacks don't even have to tell competent lies to get their marks defending them.

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Hey, are we talking about how Tucker Carlson was just caught defending child rape and calling a bunch of women the C word? Because it seems like maybe we should.
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Hey, are we talking about how Tucker Carlson was just caught defending child rape and calling a bunch of women the C word? Because it seems like maybe we should.
Story here: https://www.mediamatters.org/researc...omments/223092
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Hey, are we talking about how Tucker Carlson was just caught defending child rape and calling a bunch of women the C word? Because it seems like maybe we should.
There was also a recent case where Fox host Jeanine Pirro got criticized for attacking Congress-critter Ilhan Omar, suggesting that because she wears a hijab she is in favor of sharia law and against the U.S. constitution. (It actually caused fox news to issue a statement indicating that they don't agree with her.)

I guess they wanted a fig-leaf over their bigotry.

https://www.cnn.com/2019/03/10/media...mar/index.html
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I have to admit, that did not improve my opinion of this *******.
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Why are white nationalists so pro ephebophilia?
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Why are white nationalists so pro ephebophilia?
It's a bit spooky, I have to say.
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So, Fox news has:

- Pirro's bigotry exposed
- Tucker Carlson's misogeny and defense of child sex exposed
- Laura Ingraham has lost sponsorship over the past few years over her attacks of survivors of a Florida school shooting.
- Hannity has been tied (marginally) to Cohen, and spoke at a Trump rally (which of course illustrates that he cannot be considered an unbiased newscaster)
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Network executives called Carlson into the conference room and sat him down: "Tucker, we don't like to do this but... we're giving you a raise."
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Hannity has been tied (marginally) to Cohen, and spoke at a Trump rally (which of course illustrates that he cannot be considered an unbiased newscaster)

Cohen had THREE clients.

1) Trump.

2) Trumps fundraiser Elliott Broidy.

3) Sean Hannity.


In what universe is Hannity marginally tied to Cohen??
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Expect this woman to be given a stern talking to/fired in the near future: https://twitter.com/hufkat/status/1104775656934686720

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@JudgeJeanine can you stop spreading this false narrative that somehow Muslims hate America or women who wear a hijab aren’t American enough? You have Muslims working at the same network you do, including myself. K thx.
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Cohen had THREE clients.
1) Trump.
2) Trumps fundraiser Elliott Broidy.
3) Sean Hannity.
In what universe is Hannity marginally tied to Cohen??
While Cohen considered Hannity a client, as far as I know it has not yet been revealed what exactly Cohen did for Hannity. He may have been acting as Hannity's "fixer" as well, or their actions may have been minimal.

Since we don't know the depth of their relationship, that's why I used the phrase 'marginally'... as a way to say "I just don't know how dirty he is".
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Oh, Norman. Cain new to you?
No. I should have used magenta.
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Originally Posted by Segnosaur View Post
So, Fox news has:

- Pirro's bigotry exposed
- Tucker Carlson's misogeny and defense of child sex exposed
- Laura Ingraham has lost sponsorship over the past few years over her attacks of survivors of a Florida school shooting.
- Hannity has been tied (marginally) to Cohen, and spoke at a Trump rally (which of course illustrates that he cannot be considered an unbiased newscaster)
So Fox gets even more column-inches and sound-bites while people discuss these issues. Free advertising! RESULT!
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So, Fox news has:

- Pirro's bigotry exposed
- Tucker Carlson's misogeny and defense of child sex exposed
- Laura Ingraham has lost sponsorship over the past few years over her attacks of survivors of a Florida school shooting.
- Hannity has been tied (marginally) to Cohen, and spoke at a Trump rally (which of course illustrates that he cannot be considered an unbiased newscaster)
So Fox gets even more column-inches and sound-bites while people discuss these issues. Free advertising! RESULT!
They still have to get companies to purchase advertising time on their network. Even if they end up with higher ratings as a result of these controversies, companies may not be associated with bigots, regardless of how many people see their ads.

"Welcome to fox news, where we think only white christian people are relevant. Now a word from our sponsor..."

If this keeps up, about the only company willing to advertise on their network will be laundry detergent companies, and they'll only want to do so because they can appeal to KKK members trying to get their robes as white as possible.
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Hilarious response from Carlson today about the clinton grifter Media Matter's hit piece quoting 'otrageous" things said a decade ago on a shock jock's call in show.

Man those clinton grifters are soft
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Old 11th March 2019, 02:27 PM   #36
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Originally Posted by The Big Dog View Post
Hilarious response from Carlson today about the clinton grifter Media Matter's hit piece quoting 'otrageous" things said a decade ago on a shock jock's call in show.

Man those clinton grifters are soft
What exactly does he think is unfair about the piece?

Is he claiming that his comments were somehow fake? I've seen no evidence of that (nor have I seen any claim of that from him.)

Is he complaining that the comments were so long ago that they should be ignored? (Remember conservatives had no problem criticizing Al Franken even though the pictures that lead to his downfall were taken years ago. Smf Carleson has already lost advertisers over other bigoted comments in the past couple of years, so rather than being a trait he had in the past and he grew out of, it seems like nothing has changed.)

Is he complaining that we should ignore the comments because they were on a 'shock jock' radio program? (Strangely enough, most political people manage to avoid calling in to such programs, so no reason to give him the benefit of the doubt here.)

Is he complaining because he doesn't think his comments were "outrageous"? Well, he certainly has the right to hold whatever opinions he wants. But I don't think defending statutory rape and calling women the C-word is really going to be seen as positive by anyone who's not a bigot.
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Old 11th March 2019, 02:36 PM   #37
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Originally Posted by Segnosaur View Post
What exactly does he think is unfair about the piece?

Is he claiming that his comments were somehow fake? I've seen no evidence of that (nor have I seen any claim of that from him.)

Is he complaining that the comments were so long ago that they should be ignored? (Remember conservatives had no problem criticizing Al Franken even though the pictures that lead to his downfall were taken years ago. Smf Carleson has already lost advertisers over other bigoted comments in the past couple of years, so rather than being a trait he had in the past and he grew out of, it seems like nothing has changed.)

Is he complaining that we should ignore the comments because they were on a 'shock jock' radio program? (Strangely enough, most political people manage to avoid calling in to such programs, so no reason to give him the benefit of the doubt here.)

Is he complaining because he doesn't think his comments were "outrageous"? Well, he certainly has the right to hold whatever opinions he wants. But I don't think defending statutory rape and calling women the C-word is really going to be seen as positive by anyone who's not a bigot.
He didn't even whine about it being unfair, i mean why bother? Hell he didn't even complain about it. It ain't like he hid the fact that he called, and did some bits with "Bubba the Love sponge."

It is soft and silly and a decade ago and brought by a literal political hit machine. It is silly and he ain't folding despite the snowflakes melting down about it.
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Some nice memes about the subject

take the trolley to chuckleville folks, you'll be glad you did
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Is he complaining because he doesn't think his comments were "outrageous"? Well, he certainly has the right to hold whatever opinions he wants. But I don't think defending statutory rape and calling women the C-word is really going to be seen as positive by anyone who's not a bigot.
It's this. From what I saw, he is claiming that if you are on the radio long enough, you are bound to say something outrageous, so you shouldn't be held accountable for it if you do
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Mismatched quotation marks around a misspelled word feels like performance art to me.

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'otrageous"
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