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This might be a good place to collect a record of how FOX faux news programming will distort, misrepresent and lie about the Jan 6th hearings. It’s make an interesting study to compare with their obsession with the [Benghazi incident] (2012 Benghazi attack - Wikipedia) which really was a Nothing Burger in the scheme of things.

This just in:

Fox News Unable to Air January 6th Hearings Owing to Reruns of Benghazi Hearings

June 7, 2022, (by … you know who)

NEW YORK —Fox News will not air the January 6th hearings in prime time, owing to the network’s decision to air reruns of the 2015 Benghazi hearings instead.

Speaking for Fox News, Tucker Carlson announced that, although other news outlets will air hearings about the insurrection at the United States Capitol, Fox will run Hillary Clinton’s eleven-hour testimony about Benghazi in its entirety.

When her testimony concludes, Carlson said, the network will show it again, on a continuous loop.
(The Borowitz Report)

Now that we got that out of the way,

Investigating Benghazi but ignoring the Jan. 6 insurrection

by JOHN A. TURES - JUNE 9, 2021

… The Poynter Institute’s Politfact found this of Hillary Clinton’s view of the findings: “As for her comment that there was no overt wrongdoing, just room for improvement, that’s a rosy assessment. But it is also largely accurate.

But the Benghazi probes had “done their job,” according to U.S. Rep. Kevin McCarthy, who had this to say about all of those investigations.

He told Sean Hannity on Fox News, “Everybody thought Hillary Clinton was unbeatable, right? But we put together a Benghazi special committee, a select committee. What are her numbers today? Her numbers are dropping.

Why? Because she’s untrustable. But no one would’ve known any of that had happened had we not fought and made that happen.”

U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., rushed to insist that these hearings unbiased, but the damage by McCarthy was done. It was a major reason why McCarthy was pushed aside as a replacement for House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, by Republicans who selected Paul Ryan instead.

Democrats gave in to Republican demands on membership, subpoena power, composition, and modeled the committee to investigate the attack along the lines of the 9/11 Commission. But even this bending-over-backwards wasn’t enough to satisfy McCarthy or Senate leaders, who voted down this investigation. It will be up to the Justice Department to investigate the crimes on Jan, 6, 2021, not necessarily a bipartisan affair. …

Analysis by Philip Bump

On Monday, I looked at the way in which two diverging narratives have emerged around the aftermath of the 2020 election. In reality, Trump’s self-serving insistence that he could have lost only because of fraud, combined with his desire to retain power, led to his demanding that fervent supporters show up in Washington on Jan. 6, all of which created a demand economy that Trump’s allies and Fox News sought to leverage. But many on the right see Trump as unfairly targeted as he simply sought to question a flawed electoral system — a narrative that itself got sympathetic treatment on Trump’s favorite cable-news network.

The result is that Fox News has been distinctly less likely to cover Jan. 6-related stories than its two competitors, CNN and MSNBC. It is, of course, not the case that Fox News should have to cover what its competitors do — which we’ll come back to — but it is nonetheless revealing about how Fox considers the subject.

For example, here’s how often …

So much information out there, but most American simply don’t care too busy with themselves to worry about the nation.

Americans sure are angry these days. Everyone says so, so it must be true.

But who or what are we angry at? Pandemic stresses aside, I’d bet you’re not especially angry at your family. Or your friends. Or your priest or your plumber or your postal carrier. Or even your boss.

Unless, of course, the conversation turns to politics. That’s when we start shouting at each other. We are way, way angrier about politics than we used to be, something confirmed by both common experience and formal research.

When did this all start? Here are a few data points to consider. From 1994 to 2000, according to the Pew Research Center, only 16 percent of Democrats held a “very unfavorable” view of Republicans, but then these feelings started to climb. Between 2000 and 2014 it rose to 38 percent and by 2021 it was about 52 percent.

And the same is true in reverse for Republicans: The share who intensely dislike Democrats went from 17 percent to 43 percent to about 52 percent.

Likewise, in 1958 Gallup asked people if they’d prefer their daughter marry a Democrat or a Republican. Only 28 percent cared one way or the other. …

This more than a metaphor:

Timo Lenzen

Well guess it wasn’t a Nothing Burger when it came to domestic politics, it was a very cynical yet quite successful act of character assassination, with the actual incident simply a side story.

This is certainly a big lie, of a sort, although, like many such lies, it has a grain of truth that makes it possible for those engaged in “motivated reasoning” or “motivated thinking” — those who are not interested in the real truth — to believe it. It was used against Clinton by many of the Republicans who ran for the nomination.

Hillary Clinton never ever said that the deaths of four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens, were of small concern to her. There is no basis for asserting that she felt that way about it. In fact, her question, “What difference at this point does it make?” was not a statement about their deaths. It was a statement made in answer to a question about why she didn’t call the survivors of the attack in the hours or days immediately afterward, to ask whether the attack had begun as a spontaneous outburst of violence by Libyans upset about a controversial video or whether it was an orchestrated attack by a militant group. …

(but wait, there’s more)

The worst thing about this is that they know what they are doing. These are not stupid people!

And that makes it sedition, plain and simple. They are engaged in sabotage of the US Democracy and Constitutional government!

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The fact that television hosts and news “journalists” from any news organization had direct access to the president of the USA should have been problematic in itself.


Nice observation.
It made Fox Trump’s personal public propaganda machine.

Looks like perhaps, just maybe, cracks are appearing in FOX’s adulation of the trump.

The devastating evidence presented against Donald Trump in the latest Jan. 6 hearing shows Trump supported the armed overthrow of the U.S. government.

Now, the incriminating eye-witness testimony is prompting some Trump veterans and conservatives to turn on the former president, including Trump’s former Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney and Fox News favorite Andrew McCarthy, a conservative former prosecutor who previously wrote a book defending Trump.

MSNBC’s Chief Legal Correspondent Ari Melber breaks down the significance of these concessions.

But, is there another populist candidate ready to take his place? I don’t think it’s possible to be both a worldly politician/ambassador/executive and a populist candidate at the same. They have to be genuinely average and likable, non elitist. But, when you add in the kind of machine behind them, like Fox News (as discussed in the above Mother Jones article), then a stream of populists can just keep cycling through.

That takes us back to the electorate. Disinterested in honesty, self-critique, learning from mistakes, hell don’t even want to learn in the first place. We’ve become a frivolously people disinterested in the actual reality in front of our faces.

Facade & Power, Wealth & Fame, or at least dreaming about achieving it seems all that’s left within the psyche of most of us, not just Americans, much of the rest of the world has been just as throttled by their respective BoobTubes.

Like what good are critical thinking skills and all the evidence in the world, if folks are too lazy to care about it enough to do their own homework, instead allowing talking heads to spoon feed them empty garbage all day long?

There’s a long history behind today’s pathetic state of human integrity in this country, top to bottom.


By Linda Shrieves of The Sentinel Staff
Orlando Sentinel - Aug 27, 1993

In the five years since Limbaugh began his pilgrimage into conservative talk radio, he has found a flock of faithful followers.

When the show went nationwide in 1988, 56 stations signed up; today there are more than 600. The number of fans has grown exponentially as well. Any time Limbaugh’s booming voice goes out across the airwaves, says his chief of staff, Kit Carson, there are nearly 20 million Americans listening.

I say it’ll be at least another decade before enough people wake up to what is happening. By then it may be too late and it could lead to an “Arab Spring” of the West.

I’ve heard MLK’s message described as telling black people in the South that they had endured pain for generations, and because their rights were increasing, it was time to press forward into more pain, that would be rewarded. That’s a hard pill to swallow for people living in comfortable towns and cities today.

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It’s funny how they say " We’re stunned, speechless and shocked" When most people know and knew that he’s unstable and crazy from the beginning. . .

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I hear ya. Incidentally,

MAY 9, 2019

Explaining Why Liberals Despise Trump

The average US voter who listens to Fox News is particularly ill informed … :scream: