Fake News Via Fox News

I don’t know how many people realize how sophisticated and widespread the phenomenon of fake news really is. It has been obvious ever since Fox News first hit the airwaves that its journalists and management were complicit along with conservative talk radio and blog sphere in generating and perpetuating false news. Fox would either pick up or generate a false news story, feed it into radio and blogs, perpetuate it for a time and then withdraw the story, with or without apology, and go on to the next false news story. These are the tactics of tabloid journalism that has been around for many, many decades and epitomize the holdings of Rupert Murdoch throughout the world. That effort is now being turned over to his sons who although they seem to have a more liberal bent have the same affinity for dishonest, deceit and deception as their father. I believe we could get beyond this family’s shortcomings if it wasn’t for the cowardliness of conservative politicians when it comes to facing up to the facts. For example, all Republican politicians knew that Obama was in fact born in the US. But with few exceptions they perpetuated the lie that he wasn’t born in the US. Republicans also know that Obamacare is a good first attempt at health care. They also know that it didn’t use death panels. And yet they perpetuated the lie. These are the breeding grounds for discontent, division and the eventual election of a sociopath like that we now have in the presidency.

Is Russia Blackmailing Trump?

I would imagine many Republicans are getting that sinking feeling as they did during Watergate. Many of Trump’s actions would seem to substantiate elements of former MI6 agent Christopher Steele’s dossier saying that Trump was filmed with Russian prostitutes during a trip to Russia in 2013 and also suggesting that he conspired with Russian intelligence to compromise Hillary Clinton’s campaign for President. Not only does Trump act like a man who has something to hide, he also acts as if he is being blackmailed. I cannot imagine why he would fire FBI director Comey on the eve of a visit from the Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, who is at the center of the allegations that Russia interfered in the US Presidential election. Was Trump trying to satisfy Putin that he, Trump, was actively trying to squash the investigation and protect Russia from a major international incident? If Trump doesn’t try to shield Putin, will Putin upload the video showing Trump with the prostitutes? Such an event could not only get him impeached but also end Trump’s marriage and the support of his family, e.g. Ivanka Trump, etc. As the old saying goes, in politics there is no such thing as a coincidence. The reason for such unimaginable actions is that the consequences of doing nothing are greater than those for doing something outrageous and possibly illegal such as firing Comey. In situations like this, the press talks about the coverup being worse than the crime but that’s not true when the crime is betraying America’s constitution.