When horrible human beings collide

If you’re wondering why a bunch of really terrible people seem all abuzz today, here’s the short version. Yesterday, in a CNN interview, Donald Trump suggested (in a classy way, totally above board, all the bells and whistles) that Fox News personality Megyn Kelly asked him a question about his long personal history of misogyny… Continue reading When horrible human beings collide

The Roger Ailes Primary rolls on

Donald Trump is complaining that he was treated unfairly by the three Fox News moderators in last night’s debate, and while nobody should take any of Donald Trump’s whining at face value, it seems pretty clear that the moderators were playing favorites to some degree. While the moderators, especially Megyn Kelly, are getting praised for… Continue reading The Roger Ailes Primary rolls on

The Roger Ailes Primary

Veteran Roger Ailes Expert Gabriel Sherman wrote last week about the most distasteful aspect of this two-part Fox News debate on Thursday: the fact that Roger Ailes is essentially winnowing the Republican field down to 10 candidates at his own whim: As everyone knows by now, Fox has said that only 10 of the 17… Continue reading The Roger Ailes Primary

Are any of the kids’ table candidates going to tell Fox to cram it?

Because one of the core tenets of American democracy is that it must make everybody’s lives as miserable as possible at all times, the first debate of the 2016 presidential campaign will take place next week, roughly (according to scientists I’ve spoken with) 42 years before the actual election is scheduled to take place. Fox… Continue reading Are any of the kids’ table candidates going to tell Fox to cram it?

Why is it so hard to admit that it’s racism?

As the dust settles from Wednesday night’s horrific attack on the Emanuel Church in Charleston, some of America’s keenest thought leaders are furrowing their brows in wonderment over what could have possessed 21 year old Dylann Storm Roof to commit such violence upon 9 other human beings. So far, all we have to go on… Continue reading Why is it so hard to admit that it’s racism?

Out of the club

Well, I guess we now know what you have to do to get booted from Tucker Carlson’s Daily Caller (Motto: “Making NewsMax Look Like Reputable Journalism Since 2010”): write a column that bashes Fox News for not being xenophobic enough. Note that it wasn’t Mickey’s ongoing effort to reinvent himself as a front-pager for Stormfront… Continue reading Out of the club

There may not be any “no go zones” in Paris, but there is at least one “no brain zone” on cable TV

We’re getting a real-time lesson in how to spin a wingnut conspiracy tale out of literally nothing. It all started in the aftermath of last week’s Paris terrorist attacks, when dangerously unhinged weekend Fox News host Jeanine Pirro welcomed terrorism analyst Steven Emerson on her Sunday program to talk about The Brown Menace in Europe.… Continue reading There may not be any “no go zones” in Paris, but there is at least one “no brain zone” on cable TV