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Conservative media, a giant fog machine
And who finances this O'Keefe character...

Quote:For the past seven years, conservative operative and convicted criminal James O’Keefe and his Project Veritas have used a mix of selective editing and guerilla filmmaking in a mostly unsuccessful series of attempts to discredit political opponents. On Monday, their latest “sting” operation exploded in their face when The Washington Post caught on to an operative’s false claims of statutory rape, designed to discredit those actually coming forward with stories of sexual assault and to undermine the paper itself. Though this is the latest in a string of embarrassments  for O’Keefe and his group, both remain well-funded. O’Keefe drew a salary of more than $235,000 in 2015 for his work as chairman of Project Veritas; his executive director received nearly $170,000 over that time.

Their organizational revenue for the year was more than $3.7 million. While Project Veritas does not publicly disclose its donors, ThinkProgress found IRS disclosures for more than a dozen tax-exempt organizations that reported donations to O’Keefe’s group since it received non-profit status in 2011. Another media organization identified an individual major donor a few years ago, which was also included in the analysis. The largest sources of Project Veritas funding included
Meet the people bankrolling James O’Keefe’s group – ThinkProgress

A who's who of libertarians, see article...
There he is again, Robert Mercer..

Quote:A billionaire conservative Trump donor also gave money to an activist organization that is now under new scrutiny for what critics say are underhanded techniques.  Tax filings reported by BuzzFeed on Thursday reveal that Robert Mercer donated $25,000 in 2012 to Project Veritas, the group accused of trying to plant a fake story in the Washington Post to undermine the paper's credibility. Project Veritas was founded by right-wing activist James O'Keefe, whose undercover videos targeting organizations such as Planned Parenthood have been published and supported by Breitbart News, another conservative organization that Mercer has supported.
Conservative donor Mercer donated to O'Keefe project: report | TheHill
They have a policy against taking ads featuring political impersonators, LOL

Quote:Fox News has declined to give national airplay to an ad from a Democratic organization that targets the Republican tax-reform plan and features an impersonator of President Trump, an aide from the group said on Wednesday. The ad by the "Not One Penny" campaign, a coalition of progressive groups opposing the GOP legislation, showed the impersonator tweeting from a smartphone while at a golf course. The ad slams Trump for pushing a tax-cut plan they say benefits the wealthy. 

"FOX News has a policy against taking ads featuring political impersonators," a Fox News official told Politico. “A president who tells it like it is. That’s what America needs. But when it’s time for Trump to explain why his tax plan gives a big cut to the wealthy, including lucrative breaks for golf course owners and cuts for rich heirs — all worth more than a billion dollars for Trump and his family — why is this president suddenly at a loss for words?" a voice-over in the ad says.
Fox refuses to air anti-Trump ad featuring impersonator | TheHill
And why not give that scam of a project Veritas a medal..

Quote:James O'Keefe, the conservative activist who attempted to plant a false story in The Washington Post this month about GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore, was presented Wednesday with an Impact Award, handed to him by Ginni Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. O'Keefe accepted the award on behalf of his organization, Project Veritas, at an event hosted by the conservative group United for Purpose at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C..  "Proud to receive the Impact award from Ginni Thomas on behalf of the @project_veritas team," O'Keefe wrote on Instagram, before praising other 2017 award recipients such as Fox New host Sean Hannity and Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton as "fighters."

Thomas is a tea party activist and president of Liberty Consulting. Project Veritas came under fire in November after The Post revealed that one of the organization's operatives attempted to plant a false story about Moore, with the intent of undermining the paper's credibility. The Post had previously published accusations from women who said that Moore pursued sexual and romantic relations with them when they were teenagers and he was a district attorney.
Clarence Thomas's wife presents award to James O'Keefe at Trump hotel | TheHill
Quote:While many conservatives have rejected Moore’s candidacy, far-right media sites are doing Moore a big favor: They’re giving voters an alternate version of reality so they don’t have to admit they support someone accused of child molestation. Notably, the website Breitbart, run by Steve Bannon, went so far as to send two reporters to Alabama to discredit Roy Moore’s accusers. (Their big scoop was laser-focused on the length of a telephone cord.) Gateway Pundit, a Trumpist conspiracy-minded outlet, has been “reporting” on handwriting analysis of Moore’s signature in an accuser’s high school yearbook performed by someone who is, notably, not a forensic handwriting analyst.
Outlets like Infowars claimed that Moore’s accusers’ stories had been “debunked” because of a tweet by a random Twitter user who also seemed incapable of remembering how many Purple Hearts he had won. Those articles have been shared on Facebook and Twitter thousands of times, including by Roy Moore’s wife, Kayla Moore. (For its part, Fox News has been decried by the Moore campaign for spreading “fake news” despite being largely supportive of Moore, with campaign staffers going so far as to “manhandle” two Fox News photojournalists at a rally last week.) 

Charlie Sykes is a former conservative radio host based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and the author of the recently published book How the Right Lost Its Mind. He told me, “At some point, the conservative media — and this happened actually relatively recently and relatively rapidly — became not a counterpoint, but an alternative reality silo. It went from being, ‘Hey, here's the other side of the story,’ to, ‘Here is a unified structure with its own reality, its own arguments, and a different-colored moon.” He added that Moore’s Senate run was the Platonic ideal of an echo chamber in action on the right. “The Trump campaign was certainly a dramatic example, but this is almost a reduction to absurdity. Okay, what if you had a guy who is just way out there. You know, bizarre, [spouting] conspiracy theories. He's accused of molesting children. Now, would you be able to create an intellectual environment, intellectual with quotes on it, in which people would feel comfortable supporting him? Yes, they are.”
Inside the bubble: why Roy Moore has conservative media on his side - Vox
Is there anything more disgusting than these right wing media?
  • Beverly Young Nelson, a Trump supporter, claims she was molested by Moore
  • Moore denies ever having met her
  • He signed her yearbook
  • She added time and place to the yearbook
  • Rightwing media take that as evidence that the whole story is false.
Quote:In an interview with Good Morning America on Friday, Nelson, one of the multiple women who have accused the Alabama Republican of sexual misconduct, acknowledged that she had made an addition to Moore’s inscription in her high school yearbook in 1977 — when she was 16 and he was in his 30s. Moore’s message, written in cursive: “To a sweeter more beautiful girl I could not say Merry Christmas. Christmas 1977. Love, Roy Moore.” Her addition: “12-22-77 Olde Hickory House” It is not clear whether Moore or Nelson wrote “D.A.” after Moore’s signature. A note? Certainly. Proof of fraud? Definitely not.

Some corners of conservative media, which has gone all in on Moore in Alabama’s upcoming Senate race, have latched onto Nelson’s admission as proof that she has invented her entire story from thin air. “Forgery 101” reads one Breitbart headline. "WE CALLED IT! Gloria Allred Accuser **ADMITS** She Tampered With Roy Moore’s Yearbook ‘Signature’ (VIDEO)," the Gateway Pundit declared.
But Nelson didn’t say she forged it. Here’s the full exchange with ABC News reporter Tom Lamas:
Quote:Lamas: “He signed your yearbook?”
Nelson: “He did sign it.”
Lamas: “And you made some notes underneath?”
Nelson: “Yes.”
No, Roy Moore’s accuser didn’t forge his yearbook signature - Vox
How about this for fog..

Quote:Conservative news outlet One America News Network (OANN) appears to have erroneously called Tuesday night's Senate race in Alabama for Roy Moore ®, who lost the special election to Doug Jones (D) by more than 20,000 votes. A clip of the news network's broadcast obtained by The Wrap shows OANN airing a graphic declaring Moore the victor while an off-camera announcer says that the network is calling the race based on "unofficial polling." “We have some breaking news for you that we want to announce. Our unofficial polling shows Senate candidate Roy Moore sweeping the election right now in Alabama by a large margin,” the host says in the video.
Conservative news outlet called Alabama race for Moore | TheHill
Into overdrive..

Quote:Fox News is facing fierce backlash on social media after host Jesse Watters suggested that a "coup" might be underway in the U.S. Watters on his show Saturday night stepped up his attacks against special counsel Robert Mueller, claiming that now that there's proof at least some agents on Mueller's investigative team were biased against President Trump, there may be evidence of a "coup." “We may now have proof the investigation was weaponized to destroy [Trump's] presidency for partisan political purposes and to disenfranchise millions of American voters,” Watters said on "Watters' World." “Now if that is true, we have a coup on our hands in America,” he added. Watters blasted veteran FBI agent Peter Strzok, whom Mueller fired from his team after an investigation revealed that he had sent messages that appeared to be critical of Trump and supportive of his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton.
Fox News host called 'irresponsible' after suggesting US facing a 'coup' from Mueller | TheHill

Yes, some FBI agent says something nasty about Trump in private, that's evidence of a coup. 

Or it could just be that Jesse Watters is an idiot.

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