Thursday, April 20, 2023

A Pox Upon your Fox

The Germans have a word for it: 
Schaudenfreude. It means "shameful glee". That's a pretty good translation of how I'm feeling on this glorious afternoon of April 20, 2023. as a matter of fact, I'm danged near giddy bearing witness to what is happening to Rupert Murdoch, an Australian-born owner of a publishing empire who has done more damage to the United States than probably any other "human being" in the history of the nation. That his organized criminal enterprise (Fox Noooz) is facing many billions of dollars in lawsuits that may very well put it out of business forever is a dream come true. Somebody pinch me please.

Here's a clip from a piece I wrote sixteen years ago (the first of many) about Murdoch's dreadful "news" organization:

"It was not like this in our parent's day. In that bygone, lost era, before the "Triumph of Mediocrity" (as Norman Corwin put it twenty years ago in the subtitle of his well-written book "Trivializing America" ), the greatest generation went to the polls with - at the very least - a remedial knowledge of the issues important to their country. Today we are so susceptible to political propaganda and corporate media influence, the main talking point of the last presidential campaign was John Kerry's innocent gaffe during the primary season: "I voted for the eighty-seven billion before I voted against it". A statement as innocuous as that one would not have made so much as a blip on the political radar screens of 1960 or 1972 or even 1984 for that matter. Mah! Mah! The ol' plantation sho' has changed!"

After spending almost two years trashing a voting machine company called Dominion, they blasted Fox with a 1.5 billion dollar lawsuit. Two days ago, Murdoch and his right wing SCREAM machine were forced to settle the case for over seven-hundred and eighty-million dollars (only slightly over seven-hundred and eighty million dollars, mind you). They are also being sued by another voting machine company out of merrie olde England called "Smartmatic". This time the suit is for 2.5 billion dollars. The nice folks over at Smartmatic give every indication that they have no intention of settling with the hideous swine. A spokesman for the company has said that everything that wasn't revealed in the Dominion case will be revealed in this one. In a posting on the Fox website yesterday (and what has to be seen as a masterpiece of nonsense and stupidity) some silly bastard stated that the very fact that Fox settled the lawsuit for over three-quarters of a billion dollars is proof of their integrity and "high standards of journalism". As Jack Parr liked to say in his day: "I kid you not".

It all boils down to one sentence: Rupert Murdoch is in a boat-load of trouble.

While Donald Trump spent the final year of his disastrous presidency downplaying the dangers of the most devastating pandemic since 1918, Fox Noise (for reasons only they know) felt compelled to parrot The Donald's talking points on their evening talk shows. Since Fox (at that time anyway) had the highest ratings of any other cable news outlet, many Americans were tragically naive enough to innocently take those talking points at face value. A lot of those same Americans lost their lives. I long ago lost count of the exact number, but I know that it is
well over a million souls. Although the research has yet to be done on the subject, I'd be willing to bet everything I own on my assumption that most of those one-million-plus casualties were habitual viewers of Fox.

Call it a hunch.

If you have been a dedicated viewer of Fox Noise since it's inception, I am here to cheerfully inform you that you have wasted the last quarter century of your life. You're welcome.

In addition to the Dominion and Smartmatic suits, Fox is facing legal action from other firms (and even their own shareholders) seeking many more billions of dollars in damages. I would hope that cable television companies across the nation would finally see this mediocre misinformation provider for what it is and remove it from their rosters. Were you aware that Fox charges everyone $2.50 a month through their cable companies? You may not watch it but - if you have cable TV in your home - you're paying Rupert Murdoch thirty bucks a year. Stew on that for a while.

Ed Murrow
And finally, a quote from the legendary broadcast Journalist, Edward R. Murrow, from a speech he gave at a broadcasters convention in Chicago on October 28, 1958:

"This instrument [television] can teach, it can entertain, yes it can even inspire. But it can do those things only to the extent that men and women are determined to use it to those ends - otherwise, it's nothing more than wires and lights in a box."

Fox Nooz: "Wires and lights in a box".

Tom Degan
Goshen, NY

Carol Swanwick

I must take note of the passing of Carol Swanwick, a beloved, life-long friend and the mother of my old chum and traveling companion, Kevin. She was one of the kindest and loveliest people it has ever been my joy to know. A number of years ago I transferred all of her 8mm films to videotape. I was completely blown away by what a stunningly beautiful 1950s bride she was - with a smile that an entire school for the blind could read at midnight by. I am a better human being for having known this gentle angel who walked among us.


At 1:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I knew Tom couldn't blast and smear a conservative network without bringing up Trump's name.

At 6:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dem House Leader Hakeem Jeffries Won’t Denounce Antisemitic, Racist Remarks Of His Uncle, Louis Farrakhan


At 7:00 PM, Blogger JustMusing said...

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At 7:01 PM, Blogger JustMusing said...

More financial pain to come for Faux Snooze as cases get to court.

Fox sycophants are feeling the pain too!

More blood sacrifices to come? Bartiromo, Pirro, Hannity, or Carlson? One can hope so. Maybe we will get to see them on the stand actually having to tell the truth for a change.

Maybe Jeffries once was misguided, but not now:

“Democratic Leader Hakeem Jeffries has been an unwavering partner of the Jewish American community and ally of Israel in Congress,” the Jewish Democratic Council of America said in a statement. “We are grateful for his leadership defending democracy, fighting antisemitism and right-wing extremism, and standing with Israel. His long record in Congress on these issues is beyond reproach and we condemn any assertions to the contrary. We are proud to call him a friend.”

Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the Florida congresswoman who is one of the most prominent Jews in Congress as well as a former chair of the Democratic National Committee, also came to Jeffries’ defense.

“As native NYers, Leader @RepJeffries and I became fast, dear friends. I saw how he embodied the Jewish values of tikkun olam (repairing the world) and gemilut hassadim (giving love and kindness),” she wrote on Twitter. “While others foment antisemitism, Hakeem Jeffries always leads in the face of hate.”

I knew Anon would go off topic and is still potato and is still totally misguided.

At 7:23 PM, Blogger JustMusing said...

This is who mainstream Republicans became and still are today: White Supremacists.

"As a political ideology, it imposes and maintains cultural, social, political, historical, and/or institutional domination by white people and non-white supporters. In the past, this ideology had been put into effect through socioeconomic and legal structures such as the Atlantic slave trade, Jim Crow laws in the United States, the White Australia policies from the 1890s to the mid-1970s, and apartheid in South Africa.[4][5] This ideology is also today present among neo-Confederates."

At 8:29 PM, Blogger rustcoal said...

I think republicuns should boycott Dominion voting machines by not voting.

At 10:58 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interesting to see JustMusing is playing the race card's all he's got.

Ignoring Ex-CIA chief spills on how he got spies to write false Hunter Biden laptop letter to ‘help Biden’

Residents Rage at Michigan Democrats Over Scheme Allowing Chinese “Green” Energy Plants to Be Built...

Fifth arrest made in Alabama Sweet Sixteen shooting
Johnny Letron Brown, 20, of Tuskegee, and Willie George Brown Jr., 19, of Auburn, were arrested on Thursday and charged with four counts of reckless murder.

for starters.

Instead he wants us to focus on actions taken by White Australia policies from the 1890s to the mid-1970s. Play the race card JM, it's all you've got, lol.

At 11:04 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ex-top spy admits Hunter Biden laptop
letter designed to influence 2020 election,
Blinken involved..

Breaking: Former CIA Chief Admits He Was
Pressured By Biden Campaign To Orchestrate
Letter Claiming Hunter Laptop Was Russian Disinfo...

Attorney General Merrick Garland is the
'senior political appointee' at center
of IRS whistleblower's bombshell claim
the Biden administration thwarted and
interfered with Hunter Biden criminal probe...

At 9:45 AM, Blogger rustcoal said...

McCarthy wants to cut spending, trump cut foreign aid to Pakistan, McCarthy should start with cutting aid to Egypt and Israel.

At 9:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How do you know the folks over at Smartmatic nice?


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