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Conservative media, a giant fog machine
Disturbing picture of the local media, decreasing economic foundation, increasing grip by right-wing plutocrats..

Quote:It could be a scene in a dystopian fantasy: A chorus of news anchors warning viewers about the scourge of media bias, all reciting the same words in stations across the country. “The sharing of biased and false news has become all too common on social media. Some members of the media use their platforms to push their own personal bias,” they intone. “This is extremely dangerous to our democracy.” The level of groupthink on display is so glaring—so on-the-nose—that the video, created by Deadspin, was widely shared on social media as evidence of the real-life dystopian turn America has taken under Donald Trump, who has regularly maligned the free press as “fake news.”

Deadspin ✔ @Deadspin How America's largest local TV owner turned its news anchors into soldiers in Trump's war on the media: … 5:11 PM - Mar 31, 2018 92.1K 73.7K people are talking about this 

The dozens of anchors who recited this identical editorial are employed by Sinclair Broadcast Group, the conservative media behemoth that has gobbled up local news stations across the country. If a proposed merger between Sinclair and Tribune Media is allowed to proceed, this type of propaganda would reach nearly three-quarters of American households.
The Local News Crisis Is Bigger Than Sinclair | The New Republic
And they rail about those mainstream media..

Quote:Two conservative radio hosts known for their criticism of President Trump were asked in emails by Salem Media Group executives to support Trump's campaign with positive coverage, CNN reports. Emails obtained by CNN that were sent to KRLA "The Morning Answer" hosts Elisha Krauss and Ben Shapiro explicitly urge the two to tamp down coverage of "negative minutiae" on Trump.  "What I have been hearing on TMA ... has not been in the spirit of 'supporting the GOP nominee,' " Salem general manager Terry Fahy wrote to the pair of hosts.
CNN: Salem radio executives pressured hosts to back off Trump criticism | TheHill
Quote:In the annals of bad TV takes, it’s going to be hard to beat the one offered by a Fox Business guest earlier today: Torture works, and he knows tortures works because it made John McCain cough up sensitive information during the years he spent as a prisoner of war in Vietnam. “It worked on John [McCain],” retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Thomas McInerney said during a Thursday appearance on the Fox Business Network. “That’s why they call him ‘Songbird John.’” McInerney, an avid supporter of President Donald Trump, mentioned McCain in a segment about CIA director nominee Gina Haspel. Here’s why: On Wednesday, the senator vowed to vote against her nomination and recommended his colleagues do the same. (Haspel reportedly oversaw the torture of prisoners after 9/11 and the destruction of nearly 100 videotapes documenting some of the CIA’s more brutal interrogation sessions.) 

But let’s be clear: Torture didn’t work on McCain — not even close. Here’s McCain’s account of being tortured in his book Faith of My Fathers: “Pressed for more useful information, I gave the names of the Green Bay Packers’ offensive line, and said they were members of my squadron.” As Lawfare’s Susan Hennessey pointed out on Twitter, McCain also “refused early release from a prison camp where he was tortured so as not to leave his men behind.” McInerney didn’t offer any examples of things that McCain purportedly gave up under torture, so It’s unclear what he meant by his reference to the senator and former GOP presidential candidate.

But perhaps the network needs to apologize for having McInerney on in the first place. This is a man, after all, who falsely insisted that former President Barack Obama wasn’t an American (and that Obama was a secret Muslim). Here’s how far McInerney once took that argument, per Mother Jones: In 2010, McInerney filed an affidavit in support of an army officer who was awaiting trial for refusing to obey orders from his commanding officers until Obama produced his long-form birth certificate. McInerney said in the affidavit he has “widespread and legitimate concerns that the President is constitutionally ineligible to hold office.”
Fox News guest offensively slams John McCain to claim torture works - Vox
The depressive thing about these right-wing media fog machines is that they work:

Quote:Only 13 percent of Republicans say that special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation is a “legitimate investigation.” Fully three-quarters of Republicans agree with President Donald Trump that it’s a “witch hunt.” Meanwhile, 76 percent of Democrats consider it a legitimate investigation. That’s according to a new Economist/YouGov survey of 1,500 adults between May 6 and 8 about the investigation. What’s more, 61 percent of Republicans believe the FBI is framing Trump. Just 17 percent of Republicans say the nation’s federal law enforcement agency isn’t after the president, and about a fifth — 21 percent — weren’t sure.
75 percent of Republicans say Mueller investigation is a “witch hunt” - Vox

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