Facts and opinions are two different things entirely. Facts are indisputable. Opinions vary from person to person. Some people seem to think that the two are interchangeable.
On Saturday, immigration lawyer David Leopold was a guest on Jeanine Pirro’s show on Fox News. The topic was immigration. On any other channel, this would be an adult discussion between two professionals. Instead, it devolved into a mostly one sided conversation that ended with Mr. Leopold being kicked off the show.
I don’t know how far this lady’s head is up her ass, but she needs a reality check. Whatever “facts” she got from you know who are at best half truths and at worst, outright lies. The worst of those lies is that the people who are coming to the border are bringing Covid with them. This is not a new accusation. Every immigrant group, at one time or another, has been rumored to carry dirt and disease with them as they enter their new country. The fact that Mr. Leopold was able to stay calm and hold his ground as long as he did was nothing short of amazing.
If only there were more people in this world like him and less like Judge Pirro.
The game of politics has always been a sticky one. The question I have to ask, is when push comes to shove, do those in the halls of power serve themselves or the voters who hired them?
The big political news of the week is that Ted Cruz decided that it was a good time to take a vacation in Mexico while his fellow Texans are trying their best to survive a snow storm that has knocked out power, heat, and water.
. “Texans would be without electricity for longer than three days to keep the federal government out of their business,”
What is the purpose of the federal government, if not to step in when a storm of this magnitude creates such destruction in its wake? People are burning their furniture and bundling up in as many clothes or blankets as humanly possible to stay warm.
I don’t know who these men are trying to impress. It’s as if they care more about themselves or their careers than their constituents. But considering the party’s track record over the last few years, I expect nothing less.
P.S. While the Texas GOP does nothing, both AOC and Beto O’Rourke have stepped up to help. It doesn’t take a genius to see who is putting their money where their mouth is and who isn’t.
The news, whether reported on television or via the newspaper of one’s choice, used to be a simple thing. The facts were given and the viewer and/or reader was given the leverage to make up their own minds. These days, the news is not so simple.
Hoax: Donald Trump, Fox News, and the Dangerous Distortion of Truth, by Brian Stelter, was released back in August. In the book, Mr. Stelter examines how you know who and Fox News have distorted the truth to fit their view of the world. Every previous President has spent their working hours speaking to their peers across the globe and coordinating with various divisions of the government to keep the country going. This President watches hours of television (Fox News to be specific), marks out his favorites and lets them have a hand in dictating his policies. They are also hypocrites, telling the audience one thing while believing another thing entirely.
I couldn’t help but get angry as I read this book. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but the basic tenets of journalism remain the same. In twisting the facts to fit their perspective, the message is clear. It is not about letting the audience think for themselves. It is a political and business strategy that benefits only you know who and Fox News.
Media has a way of reflecting the world we live in. The news media, by extension, even further reflects that world.
From my political perspective, 99.9% of the “news” that comes from Fox News is not really news. It seems to me that they are more concerned with ass kissing you know who rather than do their jobs.
Jedediah Bila has proved me wrong. The Fox & Friends host defended colleague Chris Wallace against another delightful and intelligent tweet from the man we call President.
Her reply was as follows:
“Enough with the 3rd grade name-calling. Chris is doing his job. The news should not be any president’s friend, ally, or buddy. If it bothered you when Obama complained about Fox News, but you’re silent on this complete nonsense, then just stop. Seriously. Enough.”
I have to hand it to her. While most of her colleagues brainlessly fawn over you know who or share baseless fringe theories, she stood up for truth.
I wish there were more on the right like her. Perhaps then, our country would move in the right direction.
Since the beginning of human history, sexual assault and sexual harassment has been the norm. Especially by powerful men who use sex as a tool against female subordinates or women who lack power. In our era, the balance is starting to tip against the men who use sex as a weapon, but not without the brave women who have come forward.
The new movie, Bombshell, tells the story of Fox News sexual harassment scandal from the perspective of the women who broke the scandal and stopped the harassment in it’s tracks. Megyn Kelly (Charlize Theron) and Gretchen Carlson (Nicole Kidman) are the headliners. Kayla Pospisil (Margot Robbie) is the newbie. Rumors of sexual indiscretions against the female staff by the late Roger Ailes (John Lithgow) have been floating around for years, but have not been verified.
The women must make a choice. Do they speak up and lose their jobs? Or do they stay silent and let the toxic atmosphere remain?
This movie is incredibly timely and at times, incredibly uncomfortable. But, I suppose, that is point of this film. Lithgow, as Ailes, is creepy, but not overtly so and not in the first few minutes of the audience meeting him. It is that initial lack of creepiness that makes the audience think that maybe he is not so bad.
If there is anyone to give kudos to, it is the makeup and hair teams. At first glance, one would not know the difference between the really Megyn Kelly and Charlize Theron in character. The resemblance is uncanny.
But, if this film has one flaw, it is that the slow burn is too slow. Anyone who watches the news knows how the movie ends. But it takes a little too much time for the filmmakers to get to that point.
Depending on where you land on the political spectrum, Fox News is not exactly the most truthful of news channels.
But last week, one anchor on the network finally told the truth about Donald Trump.
Lets call a spade a spade. Trump is a dictator. He is used to running his own company, his way. But what he either doesn’t know or doesn’t care to understand is that being President is very different from being the CEO of your own company.
Thankfully, he is currently bound by the Constitution and the check and balances system that our government is made of. The question that needs to be asked is how long before he is no longer bound by these rules. My fear is that there are too many in the government who are either chickensh*t or they are more concerned with their careers than doing what is right for the country.
But for now, my consolation prize is that someone on Fox News finally told the truth.
As I have gotten older, I have come to realize that one of the hallmarks of adulthood is to place blame where it belongs and not place blame where it is easiest to place.
Yesterday, the Dow Jones Industrial dropped to numbers that have not been seen in seven years. Fox News anchor Sean Hannity announced that the reason the numbers fell so low is because of President Obama.
I don’t know about anyone else, but I am tired of the right pointing fingers. Stop blaming Hillary Clinton and stop blaming President Obama. Neither of them are in the White House. I’m not a professional journalist, but even I know that real journalism does not consist of pointing fingers and blaming someone else because they are on the end of the the political aisle.
If this country wants to move forward, we have to stop pointing fingers and find a way to work together. Unfortunately, some people, especially in the media and in the halls of our government find it easier to point fingers, which in the end, helps nobody.
If the Republican debate last week could be defined as a circus act, than Donald Trump was the clown.
Moderated by Fox News journalist Megyn Kelly, she threw out tough questions as any moderator would at a Presidential hopeful debate.
While most of the candidates took her questions seriously, billionaire Donald Trump accused her of menstruating.
Historically speaking, menstruation has been used as an excuse by men to exclude women from many spheres within society.
His fellow candidates took Mr. Trump to task for his comments.
Unfortunately, their criticism of his comments are just for show.
The Republicans claim that they want to bring in more women voters into the fold. Many women (myself included) have historically voted for the Democratic party.
If the Republican party truly wants to bring in more women to their side of the aisle, I have a recommendation for them: stop interfering in our business. Let us make our decisions regarding our bodies and our healthcare. Do not repeal Obamacare. Let Planned Parenthood be. Respect our decisions, especially when and if we choose to have abortions. If your son or your daughter reveals that he or she is gay, just love them because they are your child. And for G-d sakes, put into place gun laws that actually work.
Donald Trump’s remarks may have been crude and disrespectful. But they are also representative of the belief of many Republicans, who still believe that we live in another decade.