Conflict update: February 7 2017

OK, so…this could get long. Sorry. That’s what happens when I’m away for a few days. #ThanksTrump I almost feel like I should start each of these with a quick roundup of the miscellaneous ways Donald Trump is fucking up around the world. For example: When President Trump makes a formal state visit to the… Continue reading Conflict update: February 7 2017

Fake News and the March to War

Fake news and war have been partners in (literal) crime several times in American history–Remember the Maine, the Gulf of Tonkin, the mushroom cloud smoking gun, etc.–so it’s deeply traditional for a mostly fake news outlet like Fox to commemorate the rise of our first Fake News President by bringing us another entry in war-mongering… Continue reading Fake News and the March to War

I’m pretty sure Russia is not planning on nuking ISIS

Vladimir Putin used the words “nuclear” and “warhead” in a conversation about Russia’s military action in Syria yesterday, and so that created a bit of a stir on the internet tubes. For example, here’s Fox News’s level-headed take: For balance, here’s the equally fair-minded RT: And from The Hill: Also this, from The Independent (in… Continue reading I’m pretty sure Russia is not planning on nuking ISIS

An idea whose time has come

Credit where credit is due, Marco Rubio makes a great point here: Appearing on Fox & Friends, 2016 GOP presidential contender Marco Rubio hammered at Democrats for proposing additional gun control laws after the San Bernardino attack, adding that “the left” never talks about “bomb control.” Rubio voted against additional restrictions on gun possession on… Continue reading An idea whose time has come

Please stop ignoring the real bigotry of Ben Carson’s comments

With the full-court right wing press on to rehabilitate Ben Carson’s statement that a Muslim shouldn’t be elected president, it’s worth noting that a lot of people (particularly in the media) seem to be so wrapped up in the “president” part of Carson’s comments that they’re missing what’s really offensive about what he said. It’s… Continue reading Please stop ignoring the real bigotry of Ben Carson’s comments

Why is CNN picking Republican winners and losers too?

Yesterday amid all the Trump-Ailes-Kelly nonsense, I had a Deep Thought: Imagine what a fit Fox would pitch if any other network made itself the main story in a presidential primary. — derek davison (@dwdavison9318) August 11, 2015 It’s true, isn’t it? If CNN or MSNBC, rather than Fox, had pioneered the idea that a… Continue reading Why is CNN picking Republican winners and losers too?

Define “can’t win”

Ezra Klein: In a war with Fox, Trump will likely lose Now Trump and Fox News are at war. And as Nate Silver writes, this is a war Trump probably can’t win. Until now, Trump has mostly been fighting with institutions that Republicans mistrust — like the media, and the Republican establishment in Washington, DC.… Continue reading Define “can’t win”