BREAKING: Corporate payoffs infect journalist's work!

SATURDAY, MARCH 18, 2017

"Lurid" sex tales, "mysterious death," many embellished scandals:
BREAKING:

A major American journalist is accepting as much as $200,000 per week in cash payments from a major corporate entity.

The payouts may be intended to influence this journalist's work, driving it in a heavily tabloid direction.

Increasingly, the journalist's nightly TV show features giant amounts of wasted time; exciting reports about "lurid" sex parties; an endless array of reports about embellished "scandals;" and even one recent report about a "mysterious death."

BREAKING:

Even as this journalist was accepting as much as $200,000 per week in payments she refuses to disclose, she complained this week about the fact that former general Michael Flynn accepted $65,000 in all from three Russian entities. Her complaints about Flynn have been driven by repeated inaccurate claims about his work last year for a Danish policy org.

But first:

Yesterday, it happened again! In the Washington Post, on the front page of Style, Monica Hesse wrote a lengthy, largely mocking profile of the ridiculous Fox News morning show, Fox & Friends.

In the course of her profile, Hesse became the latest mainstream scribe to publish previously verboten remarks such as the ones we've highlighted:
HESSE (3/17/17): We increasingly live in a choose-your-own-facts society. If you are worried about your job, your health care, your safety, you might choose whichever news source made you feel the most justified in your beliefs. If you were a president whose Gallup approval rating recently dipped to 39 percent, you might do the same thing.

If, on the other hand, you are trying to watch “Fox & Friends” merely as an anthropological exercise, then what you’ll think of it is that they are masters of tone and delivery. The show is an object lesson on how you can say the darnedest things, so long as you do so in a sunny-side-up way.

“Fox & Friends” is much more pleasant to watch than MSNBC’s “Rachel Maddow Show,” for example, where the host’s smirking indignation wears old and starts to feel like a stress test delivered via the television. It’s also more pleasant than CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360,” where opposing views are lobbed back and forth like tennis balls: Kayleigh McEnany to Van Jones to Kayleigh McEnany to—oops, the ball has gone wild and Jeffrey Lord is chasing it.

If Rachel Maddow is faux outrage, then “Fox & Friends” is faux peacemaking, wondering why the other side persists in being so mean, while casually throwing frosting-coated grenades over the fence.
Hesse neatly captured the Lord-based nonsense which now infests Cooper's CNN show. But good lord! When did it become mainstream-OK to make accurate remarks about Maddow being "cynical" (Slate) or even "faux" (the Washington Post)?

Granted, Hesse barely scratched the surface of the ridiculousness which characterizes Maddow's increasingly tabloidized show. Given Maddow's widely-acknowledged role as Fey High Regent of Pseudo-Progressive Sillybill Thought, the dumbing-down of her TV show is a dangerous, potentially destructive process.

That said: until this week, no mainstream scribe had ever dreamed of remarking on Maddow as Hesse has now done. We can't report the source of the permission slips which apparently went out this week. But suddenly, mainstream reporters feel safe in mocking Maddow, in ways which have always been avoided in the past.

The tabloidization of Maddow's show has been a thing to behold. In just the past two nights, viewers have been exposed to trademark time-kills at the start of the program; to endless embellished claims about an endless set of "scandals;" to a thrilling report about "lurid" sex parties, perhaps involving a corncob pipe (!); and even to talk of a recent "mysterious death."

Last night, Maddow aired a heavily-hyped "TRMS Special Report"—a special report which didn't start until twenty-six minutes had been burned off the start of her program. When the "Special Report" was finally delivered, it turned out to be just like a regular report from the night before, except a great deal less so.

Maddow hasn't yet suggested that Donald J. Trump murdered Vince Foster and maybe Bill Clinton's dog. But as her ridiculous program spirals down toward Tabloidsylvania, can that day be far off?

How silly has this TV show become? Very, very silly. Because transcripts aren't available yet, you'll have to watch this tape from last night's show to enjoy the corn cob-inflected report about those "lurid" sex parties with all the exciting fun.

(Spoiler alert: The parties didn't involve Governor Bentley touching his girl friend's breasts.)

For lurid sex talk, you can watch the tape. On Thursday night, this was the silly, stupenagel talk about that mysterious death:
MADDOW (3/16/17): ...the company that Vladimir Putin used to seal the deal in Guatemala City, the company that Putin used to show off what Russia could do, to fly this freaking ice rink from Russia to Central America to make a good impression for Russia`s Olympic bid, it was a Russian air cargo company called—this is the name of it.

I`m not going to pronounce this because Stephen Colbert will make fun of me if I try. I know the first word is "Volga." The second word, no idea. Pronounce it however you like that.

But that is the company Vladimir Putin picked to fly the ice rink to Guatemala. It's also a company that was at the center of one of the great modern corruption stories at the United Nations.

This year's Russian U.N. mystery is, of course, about the Russian ambassador to the U.N. dropping dead with no warning at the age of 64 last month, followed by the U.S. State Department putting out a strange statement insisting that no cause of death would be released for him because, quote, "Ambassador Churkin's diplomatic immunity survives his death."

That's—that's this year's Russia-U.N. intrigue. Before this, though, before the mysterious death of the ambassador, this year, before this intrigue, the big Russia-U.N. intrigue before that was when a bunch of their senior diplomats got nailed in a huge bribery and corruption scheme. It was a bribery scheme involving that same company, that same air cargo company that flew the ice rink to Guatemala for Vladimir Putin. A bunch of Russian diplomats, including some of the most senior diplomats they had at the U.N., were caught and arrested in conjunction with this bribery scandal.
That bullshit about Guatemala City represents the tail end of Thursday evening's opening ten minutes of time-kill. Along the way, Maddow lapsed into some standard self-reference concerning her ability to pronounce a Russian word and the celebrity she recently gained from Stephen Colbert concerning an earlier bit of clowning this week with a hard-to-pronounce Russian name.

That was standard Maddow time-kill cum standard Maddow self-reference. "I I I I I I I," our horrified analysts wailed.

Suddenly, though, we got our newest tabloid thrill concerning the "mysterious death" of the Russian ambassador, who "dropped dead with no warning" last month.

Question! How many ambassadors issue warnings before they drop dead of heart attacks? We aren't real sure, and Maddow failed to note the cause of this thrilling mysterious death, which constitutes "this year's Russian U.N. mystery," the latest case of "Russia-U.N. intrigue." Her show is getting very strange—stranger perhaps by the night.

We could go on at some length cataloguing the nonsense from this week alone. Might we note one point in closing?

Michael Flynn strikes us as a full-blown nut. That said, there is no evidence that he was "on the Turkish payroll" last year.

Simply put, that isn't what it meant when he registered as a "foreign agent" under terms of the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA). In its front-page news report on this matter, the New York Times specifically noted that Flynn "did not work directly for the Turkish government." But who cares about shit like that?

Night after night this week, Maddow has continued to say and imply that Flynn did work for the Turkish government, "on the Turkish government's payroll." This has led to repetitive bungled claims about what Mike Pence was surely told about this matter, with the attendant nightly claims that Pence has been lying through his teeth about the overall incident, which Maddow keeps misdescribing.

Trump keeps making claims about wiretaps; Maddow keeps making claims about this. Have massive payouts from corporate owners led to such cword-pleasing conduct?

We can't answer your question, thoughtful as it is. That said, those "lurid" sex parties must have been thrilling and fun, what with that corncob pipe and all. (Maddow had already burned nine minutes off the start of her show when she pleasured us with the pipe.)

We liberals need to get smarter, saner, savvier, wiser. BREAKING:

Is a journalist being paid large sums to dumb us way, way down?

21 comments:

  1. I don't watch either show but if you really think "Fox and Friends" is better than anything, you've got some serious thumb on the scale. Notice the justification, they lie in a way that "Fun!" How many times have I heard that as a justification for the Right over the years, including when they were smearing Bob's old College Buddy.

    As to the rest, Bob writes his own "Maddow Obsession Watch," as he explores the fun of living in Trump's America.

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    1. Greg is crushing it. So good to see Bob and all the other bigoted, anti lesbian racists get put in their place. Well played Gregg! Don't put up with the BULLSHIT!-

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    2. Thanks I will. But two "gs" will do.

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    3. Your so smart bro. You;'re my hero.

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    4. Well that's nice. But I am not my Bro's keeper.

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  2. "Question! How many ambassadors issue warnings before they drop dead of heart attacks?"

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  3. Volga and Dnepr are names of Russian rivers; for US pronunciation of the latter, Merriam-Webster suggests ˈnē-pər [with that apostrophe suggesting the dentition of the initial D]

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  4. Rachel Maddow seems to be your favorite whipping post. It would be nice to see you spend more time on other media figures.

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  5. Bob are you trying to cinch you bona fides for the Alan Colmes slot on FOX? At this point there is no doubt on my mind that you'll be popping up on RW media very soon. It a good gig.

    Sorry to hear you've been bitten by a walker. Have a nice life.

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  6. BREAKING: The people in Corbin Ky. who Bob claims decide all our elections, have never even heard of Rachel Maddow.

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    1. "who Bob claims decide all"

      Well challenged Gloucon X!!!

      Greg may not be our most brainless commenter after all.

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  7. Maddow is the Rhodes Scholar of yabbering.

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  8. BREAKING: The country is breaking. Maddow goes in for the assist.

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  9. My ex and I were together for 5 years. We lived together and were engaged. We went on a trip with friends and his family and had a nasty fight and broke up. We both moved out of our home and with our parents. We decided to go no contact for a month and 2 weeks in he started dating a girl and took her on a trip to California ( where we’ve gone the last 2 years on my bday) on my birthday weekend! After battling it out thru emails and a few meetings we finally came to see each other all of last week, i love him so much and i was so desperate to have him back coz i new that girl was not the right person for him so i have to save my relationship and reunite with my ex again so i try all i could to bring him back but all to avail i have be in contact with so many spell caster who only too my money and still nothing good work out of it, i ws so confuse and devastated one day trying to search on facebook, i come across a wonderful testimony of a lady on how a spell caster who she contacted also for love spell help her and bring her husband back to her with-in less day 2 days after the spell i was so fill with joy coz this lady meant my day and i regain my hope back so i directly and desperately email http://happyspelltemple.webs.com/ coz i love my ex so much and i want him back all to my self so with-in 5 min, Dr happy email me back with hope and told me that i have found solution in him that i should worried no more so i did all he ask of me and he gave me assured and guarantee that my ex will come back so i believed and was so gifted all to my surprise after the spell my ex call, come to my working place, beg and apology for his mistake and he said sorry for the nasty break up that he was inconsiderate of my feelings nt in tend to hurt me. i can testify with the power love spell of Dr happy me and my ex are happily married now thank you Dr happy i will for ever be grateful to you and keep sharing your testimony if you need help or love spell fine it difficult to get back with your ex, email happylovespell2@gmail.com
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  10. Congratulations, Bob. Now everyone knows Maddow is a hack (paid by the propaganda arm of corporations) playing to the cheap seats. Excellent job, again, bringing it to everyone's attention.
    Now you can move on to bigger things, like the phony way the media discusses economics (and how those who have been wrong! wrong! wrong! keep showing up in the media to provide us their "wisdom"), how poorly they report on the federal budget, military spending, etc,, not to mention the "whitewash", so to speak, about why rural voters chose Trump, etc.
    There's plenty more shaming of the media, which needs to be done. Let's be done discussing Maddow. The only people left with any respect for her are dead-enders. Different than the dead-enders who support modern conservative political theory, but just as un-reachable.

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  11. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/18/opinion/the-fake-freedom-of-american-health-care.html

    Oh look, The NYT on America's too expensive health insurance and health care system vs othe OECD nations.

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  12. Sure the Admiral's and hookers had fun with McArthur's corn cob pipe, but can you imagine what they did with the General's hat? I wish Rachel spent twenty minutes on that! So much to be learned.

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  13. My ex and I were together for 5 years. We lived together and were engaged. We went on a trip with friends and his family and had a nasty fight and broke up. We both moved out of our home and with our parents. We decided to go no contact for a month and 2 weeks in he started dating a girl and took her on a trip to California ( where we’ve gone the last 2 years on my bday) on my birthday weekend! After battling it out thru emails and a few meetings we finally came to see each other all of last week, i love him so much and i was so desperate to have him back coz i new that girl was not the right person for him so i have to save my relationship and reunite with my ex again so i try all i could to bring him back but all to avail i have be in contact with so many spell caster who only too my money and still nothing good work out of it, i ws so confuse and devastated one day trying to search on facebook, i come across a wonderful testimony of a lady on how a spell caster who she contacted also for love spell help her and bring her husband back to her with-in less day 2 days after the spell i was so fill with joy coz this lady meant my day and i regain my hope back so i directly and desperately email http://happyspelltemple.webs.com/ coz i love my ex so much and i want him back all to my self so with-in 5 min, Dr happy email me back with hope and told me that i have found solution in him that i should worried no more so i did all he ask of me and he gave me assured and guarantee that my ex will come back so i believed and was so gifted all to my surprise after the spell my ex call, come to my working place, beg and apology for his mistake and he said sorry for the nasty break up that he was inconsiderate of my feelings nt in tend to hurt me. i can testify with the power love spell of Dr happy me and my ex are happily married now thank you Dr happy i will for ever be grateful to you and keep sharing your testimony if you need help or love spell fine it difficult to get back with your ex, email happylovespell2@gmail.com
    Call or Whas-app him on +2348133873774
    web site and know more about him, http://happyspelltemple.webs.com/

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    and also contact this man who saved my own. you can reach him through his
    website address http://alexzanderhightemple-com.webs.com or contact him
    direct with his email address alexzanderhightemple@gmail.com. I thank you
    Dr alexzander for helping me and i will always share my testimony in every
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    (From United State Of America).
    Mrs Tracy Grilli.
    http://tracygrilli.blogspot.com.tr
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  15. Hello,
    I Read the article of a very great spell caster and it seems very helpful
    to me. I haven’t had the chance to have a proper relationship with my ex
    because we work together. This will be the final week or work and then I
    wont be around him constantly. Unfortunately, I broke one of the rules in
    the article and have been sleeping with him. Something I’m not proud of,
    especially since he has a girlfriend. Not to mention that she’s a girl he
    dated off and on for 3 years before he dated me.
    When I asked him why he kept sleeping with me even though he was in a
    relationship, his response was because I wanted it, and he wants me to be
    happy. But obviously what would make me happy would be to have him all to
    myself. That was when i read about Dr alexzander on how he help people in
    saving their relationship and i was really desperate for his help. There
    were things in our relationship that were tough. We traveled for 4 months
    right in the beginning, and it was hard due to different expectations. When
    we returned our living situation was unstable which caused a lot of stress
    on my end. And when I ask why he didn’t give me a chance to make things
    better he said he gave me tons of chances. Oh, and he compared our
    relationship with his past. He says that things were great, and then they
    went bad really fast, and that why his back with is Ex. Because it at least
    took them years for things to get that bad. So i was very sad and
    disappointing and decided to contact this spell caster for help with tears
    running out of my eyes and Dr alexzander promised to make things right in
    my relationship and also assured me that my boyfriend is going to come back
    to me within 78hrs. At first i was shock and didn't believe him because i
    thought it was impossible to do. But i gave it a try and trusted him. Dr
    alexzander asked for my details and his, then guarantee me of his return.
    Truly my ex lover started calling me and also begging me to forgive him and
    that's his willing to give us a second chance, then promised me never to
    love any other woman apart from me. it all seem like a miracle to me till
    now. Dr alexzander. Words can't express how i feel right now. it been 2
    month now since you caste that love spell for me and nothing have gone bad
    between us. his now caring more than ever and also the loving kind of Man i
    have ever wanted for myself in life. I thank you Dr alexzander for saving
    my relationship. Indeed you are the best. I want to use this media to share
    my testimony for the whole world to see and know that there is still hope
    in your broken relationship, No matter how bad it seems don't give up hope
    and also contact this man who saved my own. you can reach him through his
    website address http://alexzanderhightemple-com.webs.com or contact him
    direct with his email address alexzanderhightemple@gmail.com. I thank you
    Dr alexzander for helping me and i will always share my testimony in every
    social media or place i may go to.
    (From United State Of America).
    Mrs Tracy Grilli.
    http://tracygrilli.blogspot.com.tr
    https://tracygrilli59.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  16. My ex and I were together for 5 years. We lived together and were engaged. We went on a trip with friends and his family and had a nasty fight and broke up. We both moved out of our home and with our parents. We decided to go no contact for a month and 2 weeks in he started dating a girl and took her on a trip to California ( where we’ve gone the last 2 years on my bday) on my birthday weekend! After battling it out thru emails and a few meetings we finally came to see each other all of last week, i love him so much and i was so desperate to have him back coz i new that girl was not the right person for him so i have to save my relationship and reunite with my ex again so i try all i could to bring him back but all to avail i have be in contact with so many spell caster who only too my money and still nothing good work out of it, i ws so confuse and devastated one day trying to search on facebook, i come across a wonderful testimony of a lady on how a spell caster who she contacted also for love spell help her and bring her husband back to her with-in less day 2 days after the spell i was so fill with joy coz this lady meant my day and i regain my hope back so i directly and desperately email http://happyspelltemple.webs.com/ coz i love my ex so much and i want him back all to my self so with-in 5 min, Dr happy email me back with hope and told me that i have found solution in him that i should worried no more so i did all he ask of me and he gave me assured and guarantee that my ex will come back so i believed and was so gifted all to my surprise after the spell my ex call, come to my working place, beg and apology for his mistake and he said sorry for the nasty break up that he was inconsiderate of my feelings nt in tend to hurt me. i can testify with the power love spell of Dr happy me and my ex are happily married now thank you Dr happy i will for ever be grateful to you and keep sharing your testimony if you need help or love spell fine it difficult to get back with your ex, email happylovespell2@gmail.com
    Call or Whas-app him on +2348133873774
    web site and know more about him, http://happyspelltemple.webs.com/

    ReplyDelete