Actually, I think I may have misled y’all. There’s actually one easier job in the world, and that’s being an On Air personality for Fux News. Simply because Rupert Murdoch doesn’t seem to have any fact checkers at FUX News.
To paraphrase a song from Donna Summer, when it comes to blogging, Ursula Faw and I Work hard for the money We spend all day monitoring the national network news feeds, as well as online print media. When we find something, we research to support and buttress our points. And if you think that wordsmithing this shit is easy, just try it sometime.
How idyllic it must be to work for FUX News, with a viewership that has the collective IQ of raw celery. There’s no need to make any phone calls to sources, do any actual research, spend hours trying to separate fact from fiction. Just make shit up!
One perfect example. On Monday the FBI searched Donald Trump’s schlock palace for classified documents illegally removed and restored. The facts are simple. A federal court doesn’t give out search and seizure warrants like candy bars on Halloween. The government has to prove probable cause. Not only that a crime was committed, but that there was evidence of that crime at specific places on the site.
But if you’re a FUX News personality like The Manatee, or Fucker Carlson, or Cruella de Ingraham, that shit is all just too complicated. Besides, it’s not what your feeble minded sheeple want to hear. So you call out the big guns. You put your feet up on the desk, grab your laptop, and cruise Q-Anon, Newsmax, and Infowars.
Hey, look! The FBI raid was a False flag operation! The FBI planted the documents in Trump’s residence, and then discovered them, and took them back out! Get a copywriter up here, stat! And since you can’t talk for an hour yourself, get a tame expert tool to come on and back you up.
Small problem. Nothing was planted. The DOJ had been negotiating with Trump’s lawyers for months to return the documents, and in June, the FBI viewed them in their current location, and told Trump to add better locks.
Oooops. But look! The search warrant and the removed inventory were palsied! It was all a tissue of lies! Get a copywriter up here! We need to demand to see the original warrant, along with the removed inventory list. And get that paid mooch who will back me up on the air!
Wrong-o. Garland called Trump’s bluff and proactively released the search warrant, as well as the removed inventory list. Which just happened to match the documents Trump’s legal team leaked to The Wall Street Journal to jump the gun. The Hail Mary pass was to demand the release of the search warrant affidavit , which the DOJ is not unsealing until Merrick Garland stands behind a podium and announces criminal indictments.
Are you following the thread here? Any and all of these bullshit blunders could have been prevented by even the most basic fact checking! But FUX News isn’t interested in facts. All they’re interested in is the narrative, and as long as the narrative matches their model, none of their viewers are going to give a shit.
Folks, I’m in the wrong business. I bust my ass to keep you informed and entertained. But if I was an amoral shit, I could scan the network news feeds, hit far right gaslight sites, and construct conspiracy theories for a helluva lot more money, from a beach shack in Kauai. But you know what? I like where I am right now just fine, thank you very much. My integrity and soul are intact.
We all do.
Trevor Noah referred to her as Super Karen. But yeah, like MTG and Bobert, she does earn the ‘C’ word for her sheer nastiness and meanness. She’s a horrible person.
Actually, the job isn’t all that easy. I mean, not if you were employed to actually check the facts being spewed by the “talent” and you happen to be a conscientious employee who believes in doing the job for which you were hired.
Then again, I doubt there’s any such job at Fox News; the company would need more fact-checkers than any other post in the company. More than on-air “talent”; more than the behind-the-scenes folks who have to make the “talent” look good (from the stylists to the camera operators to the folks who run the teleprompter to the telephone operators). And why waste 75% of the non-“talent” salaries on employees who would cause your network’s collapse by actually telling the viewers they’re watching nothing but lies? Especially when that money could go for better things–like a new corporate jet every six months (plus the fuel to fly it the entire time).
Apparently Limbaugh had a fact-checker. It didn’t pay well but the guy got a hell of a lot of vacation time. Given the “quality” of the “facts” on Limbaugh’s show, I’m thinking all the guy did was take vacations.
Joe, thanks from those of us who read you folks. We may have disagreements from time to time, but I know when I read you or Ursula & ur contributors, I’m getting told the truth as best as it can be cobbled together. The only real way to combat fascism, racism, corporate greed, etc., is to tell the truth. Keep telling it. It’s the only hope humanity has ever had since we came down from the trees. Plus, you attract funny, smart, & determined readers. All of us, I know, wish we didn’t have to debate the evil around us, but all we can do is pay attention, CARE, & fight the good fight for ourselves, our children, & the generations to come. Keep up the good fight. I may sound like an asshole sometimes but I am on your side, & the side of anyone who believes in the dream of America…land of the free, home of the brave with equal justice for everyone. As King said long ago…”I dream of the day…”
ingraham the SKANK has never even met a FACT! all she knows is LIES she is retarded! Every single show host on FOX is delusional! Anyone who even gives them any truth credit is as retarded as ingraham!
Fox News has always been regarded as entertainment . It’s never been real news .