Sunday, September 4, 2016

The Right-Wing Media's Silence about Fox News Criminal Sexual Harassment Empire

Fox (Faux) News came along at a precipitous moment in American History. Ronnie Raygun's elimination of the fairness doctrine and the rise of toxic right-wing talk radio had primed the pump for the outright conservative TV station.

Peopled by unabashed right-wing nut jobs, Faux News made it their effort to pump right-wing John Birch Society style lies into the America bloodstream, promote extreme Republican candidates, attack the Clinton Presidency and foster conservative conspriacy theories.

Many positions taken by Faux News hosts and Republicans would be abandoned or be reversed 180 degrees when W(orst Potus Ever) replaced Bill Clinton as President.

In the 1990's, Republicans and Faux News were skeptical of American involvement in Kosovo (Yugoslavia Civil War) and claimed President Clinton was "wagging the dog" in entering a war to avoid his scandal plagued Presidency. Here are a couple of the egregious examples,
"You can support the troops but not the president." – Rep. Tom Delay (R-TX)
"Explain to the mothers and fathers of American servicemen that may come home in body bags why their son or daughter have to give up their life?" –Sean Hannity, Fox News, 4/6/99
"Victory means exit strategy, and it's important for the President to explain to us what the exit strategy is." – Governor at the time George W. Bush 
By just a couple years later, Faux News and the Republican Party had completely reversed their so-called strongly held positions and was cheerleading multiple Wars, claiming anyone who said anything against War or against the President was a traitor and allied with Terrorists.

Besides hunting after President Clinton, and helping Republicans steal the 2000 election, the most important victory by Faux News was in bullying other major media outlets into covering bullshit false conservative conspriacy's, treating these right-wing lies as though there might be true, and adopting the Both Sides Do It mantra which still holds sway today.

In the parlance of sports this is known as 'Working the refs',

Of course, all the while this was happening, powerful men at Faux News had engaged in a decades long campaign of sexual harassment and assault. Now, sadly for right-wing media empire it's not just one woman coming forward.

When Breitbart News "reporter" Michelle Fields was manhandled by Trump's Campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, the fascist right-wing internet sprung into action to silence her and defend Lewandowski. Faux News, not surprisingly, led the charge.

In the case of the allegations against Roger Ailes, Bill O'Reilly, former Republican Senator Scott Brown, Steve Doocy, Brian Kilmeade and others, two dozen women have come forward with clear cut evidence of an culture of sexual misconduct, abuse and criminal assault. These complainants include several of the most promienent women at Faux.

So, the first weapon of the right-wing on-line community, slandering and smearing the individual victim, was rendered impotent.

But, Faux News has faithfully kept to Ronnie Raygun's commandment, Thou Shall Not Say Anything Bad about a Republican, and thus we hear nothing because IOKIYAR is the Prime Directive of Faux News and Conservatives.

So, dutifully the on-line conservative internet is ignoring the severe and pervasive culture of criminal sexual harassment which permeates all of Faux News.

However, Gretchen Carlson a long-time purveyor of conservative propaganda, apparently has over a year's worth of secretly gathered audio/video surveillance of Ailes egregious abuse. This, leads to a particular right-wing refrain, when a conservative darling is captured being a criminal with undercover video surveillance

For instance, when the awful truth about the child sexual assaults perpetrated by of Republican Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert came to light via a blackmail scheme, conservatives were of course, more concerned about the FBI "trampling" Hastert's rights and snooping in his private financial matters as well as being extra angry at the victim's dastardly crime of blackmailing a Republican.

Carlson's video shows Ailes was engaged in a textbook example of "quid pro quo" sexual harassment. Meaning he was requesting/demanding sexual favors in exchange for Carlson's career advancement and continued employment. Additionally, the few details which have emerged show Faux News was the quintessential "Hostile Work Environment",
It was common knowledge at Fox that Ailes frequently made inappropriate comments to women in private meetings and asked them to twirl around so he could examine their figures; and there were persistent rumors that Ailes propositioned female employees for sexual favors. The culture of fear at Fox was such that no one would dare come forward.
Of  course, none of this matters to the right-wing internet. Because what right-wing toxic talk radio began, and Faux News advanced, has been reached its' full potential by conservatives on-line.

Conservatives have an internet entire edifice built up to tell them lies to make themselves fell better in the guise of news and click-bait articles designed to keept them in a turgid state of rage. And Conservative Rage is directed against the Left, Liberals, and the Democratic Party. Yes, other groups or incidents receive conservative ire on a daily basis but, most often it is brought back around to how the left caused, created, or facilitated whatever has right-wingers in a lather.

Thus, conservatives, who don't believe in rape accusations unless made against a muslim, black person, or Bill Clinton and don't care about sexual pecadillos unless the person is an elected Democrat This incident will thus never don't care about the pervasive and hostile criminal sexual atmosphere at Faux News.

They will never address it, let alone spend decades rehasing the same issues or complaints. Anything which upsets the established order of right-wing supremacy is to be ignored. Conservative thought, as it is, and right-wing ideology can never fail it can only be failed and anything which might make conseravtism fail is to be declared anathema and cosigned to the holy fires of on-line right-wing rage.

Friday, September 2, 2016

The star spangled shameless hypocrisy of conservative anger towards Colin Kaepernick

I talk of Freedom, you talk of the Flag...- White, Discussion Live
No refuge could save the hireling and slave 
From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave, 
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave 
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.  
- part of Slave Owning Francis Scott Key's extra stanza, the real reason conservatives fetishize the Star Spangled Banner is it celebrates the murder of slaves and conservatives love slavery and the treatment of black people as charnel property.
Colin Kaepernick, a football player, has earned the enmity of conservatives. Kaepernick staged a protest by refusing to stand for the National Anthem. Kaepernick explained his protest is over unfair treatment African-Americans and people of color receive at the hands of the police and in the United States.

The NFL is in a bind because for years now, and especially post 9/11, football has cloaked itself in hyper-patriotism and jingoistic flag-waving. So, while a good enough NFL player will get away with sexual assault, or domestic battery threaten the NFL's jingoistic Proud to be an A 'Murican branding and much consternation follows.

Conservatives exploded in anger because this cuts directly at their current agenda of oppression. Conservatives have discarded "dog-whistles" and have embraced an agenda of outright racism and bigotry. The swift and vociferous response from right-wingers indicates how close to home Kaepernick's protest resonates with conservatives. They know many of the shootings by Police Officers have been unjustified and conservatives have been directing their political energies at ensconcing right-wing oppression and intolerance into Law.

Alt-Right little white darling Tomi Lahren ranted on TrumpTV that Kaepernick should recognize thousands of people around the world would love to take his place here and he should shut up. Of course, the unspoken but understood rejoinder to little white darling Lahren is that her right-wing aryan brothers are fighting to ensure those thousands can't come here and Trump's only stated position is he's going to kick out every refugee here in the U.S.

The San Franciso Police Officer's Association (SFPOA) came off as especially weak and petulant when they issued a demand that Kaepernick apologize. The SFPOA had a chance to look professional and equanimous instead their thuggish evil Union Boss* sounded like a spoiled brat refusing to eat his vegatables,
The SFPOA "will not stand by while he (Kaepernick) attacks police officers in this country..." Kaepernick has "an incredible lack of knowledge regarding our profession and officer-involved shootings, but also shows a naivety and total lack of sensitivity towards police officers."
On-line Conservatives responded in the same fashion they always do by throwing tantrums and demanding the person who hurt their feelings be fired from his job and get out of their country. Political correctness never found stronger adherents than right-wingers.

Conservatives have no problem skewering the sacred cows of ideology's they disagree with, for example burning korans or having 'Draw Muhammad' Contests. When conservatives go out of their way to demean, offend, or "desecrate" other people's cherished symbols or deeply-held beliefs, smug right-wingers retreat behind freedom of speech. But, if one of their beloved icons or shibboleth's isn't adhered to precisely? Well, then conservatives threaten rape, murder and destruction upon their enemies. The freedoms right-wingers so angrily demand for themselves they would immediately rescind from their political enemies.

It's similar to when Tea Partiers decry the destruction of private property while not knowing or not caring that their name derives from the so-called greatest instance of private property destruction in American History. It's hypocrisy of the most shameless variety.

Conservatives are Authoritarians who when given power do not pause in using the Awesome Power of Government to silence their critics. Throughout history mankind has seen what happens to millions of human beings when conservatives take over Governments; bigotry, racism, rape and murder are codified and justified and we know that if Republicans take over the U.S. Government in the November elections an Agenda of Oppression and Intolerance will be rushed into law, while rights and protections for less well-off or weaker Americans will be curtailed, as Conservatives strive to Afflict the Afflcited and Comfort the Comfortable and install a White Power Apartheid Government in the United States