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Posted on Aug 23, 2010
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Fox impresario Roger Ailes circa 2006 with anchor Shepard Smith in the background.

By Bill Boyarsky

Fox News and its boss, Roger Ailes, along with Karl Rove and unlimited corporate campaign contributions, pose an enormous threat to President Barack Obama and Democratic candidates this fall.

Although they may not be working in tandem, they pursue common goals: Republicans winning control of Congress in 2010, defeating Obama two years later and restoring conservative business-first Republican policies.

To understand Fox’s importance, think of it as a political campaign rather than a news operation.

Fox’s political role is to stir up the Republican base, which bears a demographic resemblance to the news channel’s audience—older, more conservative, whiter than the audiences of its competitors.

With a single-minded intensity, Fox frames the world through stories that will stir this base—Obama’s religion, taxes, the Obama health care law, the Iran nuclear reactor, immigrants, the economy and, over and over again, the proposed community center and mosque near the World Trade Center site. These issues are presented in news stories, commentaries and talking-head discussion shows and by star personalities such as Bill O’Reilly and Glenn Beck with their torrent of anti-Obama propaganda.

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Leading this de facto campaign is the news channel’s president, Ailes, a veteran Republican political communicator. It’s like a daily tea party rally, hour after hour of right-wing Republicanism, only the audience is at home, in front of television screens, steaming about Obama, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democrats.

But no matter how much its adherents steam, the Republican base isn’t big enough to capture the Senate and the House in November. The Republicans need independents and Democrats—and plenty of money, more than is being raised by the anemic efforts of the Republican National Committee and its chairman, Michael Steele.

That’s where Rove comes in. His efforts won’t be as visible as those of Fox News, but they are as dangerous to the Democrats.

Rove, who guided George W. Bush to the governor’s office in Texas and then the White House, is more pragmatic than the loud voices of the Republican right. The nativist far right, for example, espouses the Arizona anti-immigrant law. Rove has criticized it and favors giving illegal immigrants a path to citizenship. Unlike the far right, Rove is looking down the road at the increasing number of Latino voters. He’ll do anything to win.

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in the Citizens United case, which lifted limits for corporate political contributions, cleared the way for Rove and his colleague, former Republican National Chairman Ed Gillespie, to form American Crossroads, a national political organization aiming to raise money to finance advertising and grass-roots organizing for Republicans. The court decision allows such organizations to raise unlimited amounts of money under weak disclosure rules for donors and political organizations.

Unions can also raise unlimited contributions, but their resources don’t match those of corporate America. The Open Secrets blog of the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics said American Crossroads has pledged to spend more than $50 million for Republican candidates this fall. By midsummer, American Crossroads had raised almost $4.7 million, 97 per cent of it coming from companies owned by just four billionaires.

One of them, Salon reported last month, is Southwest Louisiana Land LLC, which gave $1 million. It is owned by Harold Simmons, a Dallas investor who has contributed to such past causes as Oliver North’s defense fund, the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, which damaged Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry in 2004, and the American Issues Project, which ran advertisements in 2008 trying to tie Obama to Bill Ayers, a co-founder of the Weather Underground Organization, an anti-Vietnam War group that claimed responsibility for a dozen bombings between 1970 and 1974.

American Crossroads has already given Republican Ron Portman $454,340 for his race for the Senate in Ohio. An American Crossroads affiliate, Crossroads GPS, has begun running ads in Colorado against Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet, who is in a tight race.

Thirteen Senate races are rated tossups by Charlie Cook, whose Cook Political Report has kept track of such matters with great precision.

Looking at Cook’s list, it’s not hard to figure where Rove will spend the money he is gathering from corporate and billionaire sources.

Washington, where liberal Democratic Sen. Patty Murray is in trouble, is a certain target. No doubt Rove will provide funds for right-winger Sharron Angle in her bid to defeat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in Nevada. If Carly Fiorina, who is running against Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer in California, needs some dirty ads that can’t be connected to her campaign, Karl will be there.

Expect American Crossroads to put money into races for the House, where Cook has predicted the Republicans will win up to 45 more seats, six more than the 39 they need to capture the majority.

This money—and much more from other groups—will be spent through committees as shadowy as those that orchestrated the Swift boat veterans and Bill Ayers smears of 2004 and 2008. The money will go for research for new attacks, last-minute television advertising and Internet campaigns.

Thanks to the Supreme Court, there will be no limits on this money and few ways to trace it. Nor will the propagandists be limited by the truth. Business is determined to defeat Obama and the Democrats. And one thing is certain: It won’t let honesty get in the way of victory.


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By Sodium-Na, September 14, 2010 at 8:11 am Link to this comment

Re: ardee,September 8 at 7:51 pm.

ardee,

As always,it is a pleasure hearing from you. For my way of thinking,it really does not matter whether or not we agree on a specific issue,as long as our agreement or disagreement is done honestly,sincerely and in GOOD FAITH IN EACH OTHER’S INTENT.

As to my position toward Presedent Obama,I do feel I owe you a rather lengthy explanation. So,please bear with me:

* Since President Eisenhower’ peaceful,prosperous,dignified and highly admired era for all Americans,world wide,I was formally taught by an undergraduate college professor in political scences to give any newly elected President the first full two years before passing judgment on his/her performance,because as he put it that our laws and Congress were/are so complex,it took/takes time to see tangible or negative results of any newly elected President’s performance. Since then,I have not deviated from this,what I have called the TWO-YEARS PRINCIPLE except once,and for good reasons.

* I do not hide the fact that I had voted for candidate Obama out of desperation resulting from fear that “Bomb,Bomb Iran Bomb” along with with the loud-mouth,“Hackey Mom”,from Alaska could win the election because all polls showed the election was too close to call. Therefore,it would be unbecoming of me if I violated my own TWO-YEARS PRINCIPLE and started criticizing harshly the performance of the newly elected President,Obama.

* To make my belief in the correctness of the TWO-YEARS PRINCIPLE even clearer,I had refrianed from criticizing Presidents,Johnson and Nixon,inspite of harsh criticisms directed on my person,including name callings,by friends and relatives alike who were adamantly outspoken against the war in Viet Nam and also inspite of the fact that I was against the war wholeheartedly and deeply in my whole being and totally without the slightest reservation.

* The only time I was compelled to violate the TWO-YEARS PRINCIPLE was in the “Presidency?” of George W. Bush for several obvious reasons. I will be specific and mention the most important two reasons:(a)He really was not elected,but appointed by one single vote of the late William Rehnquest,the Chief Justice Of the Supreme Court who was a Republican appointee and (b)It was so obvious to me from the first month in office,GWB was so incompetent and because he was so,he was a toy,in the hands of his Vice President,Dick Cheney,his Secretary of Defense and their advisors and cohorts comprised variety of neoconservatives names known to me. Because of such extremely adversed circumstances I was compelled to violate my own principle and became a critique of GWB in every occasion I saw appropiate to criticize him and “his?” policies,foreign and domestic alike.

* My commitment to myself to refrain from criticizing President Obama will expire in the last part of next January,2011. After that date,I may and may not criticize him,depending on the net results of my personal notes I kept in a special file about his performances on various issues since he was sworn in as President in January,2009.

Final words:I have to be honest with you,ardee,to let you know how I feel about the mean-spirited criticisms and vicious attacks being orchestrated against Obama.I could detect from reading between the lines two orchestrated attacks:one orchestra is being conducted by liberals but the other orchestra is being conducted by FAR FAR RIGHT WING NEOCONSERVATIVES CLOAKING THEMSELVES WITH LIBERAL/PROGRESSIVE CLOTHINGS FOR THE SOLE GOAL AND THAT IS,THE DESTRUCTION OF THE PRESIDENCY OF OBAM BY A HOOK OR CROOK.

I can listen to and understand the former orchestra,but I totally reject and abhor the latter orchestra.

ardee-I do hope that you can understand now better my current position about President Obama.Whether my position may change comes January 2011,I really do not know at the moment.I will wait and see.

Thank you for your inquiry,ardee.Much appreciated.

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By ardee, September 8, 2010 at 3:51 pm Link to this comment

Sodium-Na, August 28 at 2:14 pm

I find myself at odds with your criticism of the criticism of Obama from the left. I wonder when you think it the right time to express ones opinions? I wonder what difference a majority by either party will make to the course of our ship of state?

That you believe the left makes a republican victory more probable presupposes a judgment that a GOP majority in Congress is any different from a Democratic one. Under Bush we saw torture, war, an abatement of regulatory agency powers, a favoring of the will of the corporation over the will of the people. Under Obama we saw torture, war, an abatement of regulatory agency powers, a favoring of the will of the corporation over the will of the people.

I would concede that a loss of the majority in Congress would make Obama’s agenda impossible to enact. I insist that his agenda was no easier to bring to fruition when Democrats had a filibuster proof majority as well. Obama makes pretty speeches, it must be said that I have noticed that his speeches go nowhere.

I criticize Tweedledee as I do Tweedledum.
I trust you understand this post to be an honest framing of my opinion and not meant to insult you.

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By Inherit The Wind, September 7, 2010 at 4:16 pm Link to this comment

Ever notice that Roger Ailes, Haley Barbour, Dick Cheney, and Karl Rove all look exactly alike?  Could they all be the same guy? or clones?

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By Hollywood Russ, September 6, 2010 at 9:08 pm Link to this comment

What did I see on the cover of The Globe at the drugstore yesterday? OBAMA IS A
MUSLIM! Now I wonder who owns The Globe. Could it be the same guy that owns
Fox Noise? That’s right! None other than Rupert Murdoch himself, the nemesis of
truth. I remember asking my mother why there were such bad people in the world.
At the time, the question was about Richard M. Nixon. I find myself asking the
same question even today. Rove has to know that he is an evil man. He even
worked for Nixon when he was a kid too! I was watching KOCE and the
Frost/Nixon interviews. One of the announcers was trying to whitewash Nixon and
make him look like an elder statesman when he died. No, he died a reviled crook.
Only criminals need pardons, I beg your pardon. So they abound, people who are
low-down no-good, blankety-blanks and then there are those who just want to
whitewash their crimes, revise history and twist the facts. It will never end. I fear
for the future of democracy in our country.

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By MarthaA, September 2, 2010 at 4:02 pm Link to this comment

Fox will tell you all you need to know about widgets, wiffelumps and woozels, all subjects of which you need to know nothing, but never tell any news that is factual and needed in order to make an informed decision that will serve the Common Populace’s best interest with regard to personal choices and choices on a National level that affect the vision and course of the United States as a nation.  All you hear out of FOX is the swampy choices of wiffelumps and woozles concerning the importance of widgets——really beneficial, NOT,——and FOX is bringing the other conservative media networks down to their level, as Washington Week last Sunday, as well as all the other news shows on CBS, ABC, NBC and PBS were only providing needed information about widgets, wiffelumps and woozels, as well.

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By Sodium-Na, August 28, 2010 at 10:14 am Link to this comment

Re: ocjim,August 27 at 2:10 am.

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Furthermore,any entity that threatens the conservative program must be destroyed. Currently that entity is President Obama.

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ocjim,

Thank you for compelling me to re-emphasize the importance of your comment quoted above.

Since the first day President Obama has occupied the White House almost 20 months ago I have been reminding,on every occasion that seemed appropriate to me,the people on the Left of the political spectrum that it is a big big mistake attacking President Obama so early in the game. What I have in mind precisely what you said. The forces who want to destroy his presidency are enormous. At the top of that he is African American whose human color is surly unacceptable to a certain segment of people in the American society,let alone occupying the White House. And who claims otherwise,he/she is either pretender at best or a poor liar at worst.

Yes,indeed,there has been progress in race relations,but not enough. Still,the bigotry related to race,religion,ethnicity,gender and sexual orientation,exist in America in disturbing and,perhaps,in ominous numbers(the tea-yers who some of them publiclly declared that next time they would come to the rally WITH GUNS. I take such threat made by the Nazi-Fascist-like groups very seriously).

Therefore,being a black man,President Obama has to navigate through the conflicting forces of the political spectrum very very carefully,lest the tragic unthinkable happens. I think,so far, he has succeeded in doing exactly that. I do wish him well from the bottom of my heart. And I am not a Democrat. I have been Independent Centrist,leaning slightly to the Left,all of my adult life. FDR,Eisenhower,JFK and Jimy Carter are the American Presidents,of the last 70-80 years,I hold in high esteem,for different reasons. If it was not of Viet Nam,I would have added LBJ to the list for his Great Society’s agenda,especially the profound caring the program had done to America’s poor children-school lunches. He just screwed it up with his war in Nam.

Again,thank you,ocjim,for compelling me to express my concern about the big mistake the Left has been doing by their daily attack on President Obama,making the intent of the Neocons and the radical Right-Wingers easier to accomplish.

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By ocjim, August 26, 2010 at 10:10 pm Link to this comment

On the mental front, the right-wing propaganda war has been brilliant and quite successful as well, funneled through right-wing think tanks that contribute to radical right-wing books, programs, pseudo-patriotic grass-roots movements, and even public and private education. The pressure has been relentless and growing.

Many of us have been convinced through various cultural pressures – books, television, radio and politicians – that failure is a sign of weakness, that the rich are deserving of their privilege, and that helping others through government programs is fruitless and always fails.

Furthermore, any entity that threatens the conservative program must be destroyed. Currently that entity is President Obama.

The propaganda campaign to achieve this has been quite successful as indicated by the latest Pew Research Center poll, coming after a concerted conservative attempt to convince Americans that Obama is not one of us. Now a plurality of Americans believe that Obama is not a Christian.

How’s that for a successful propaganda war? Propaganda chiefs of the world would be proud.

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By Inherit The Wind, August 26, 2010 at 7:58 pm Link to this comment

“Die Hard” Wannabee:

Your level of “humor” isn’t even funny.  What’s next? Jokes about the President and watermelon?  That’s about your speed. I’ll bet you thought it was funny when Rush Limbaugh called 13 year-old Chelsea Clinton the family dog.

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By call me roy, August 26, 2010 at 7:56 pm Link to this comment

Wisdom?

I am my college professor’s favorite pupil. He calls himself a “philosophical progressive” (whatever that means) and he tells wonderful stories about Mao Zedong and how deeply spirtual it is to become a Progressive. He told us not to pay any attention to those horrible rumors that the Conservatives preach to us about Brother Mao’s murder of 60 million. I know it’s a lie, that’s what a girl on Facebook said. After all, President Obama had a Mao ornamate hanging fron the White House Christmas tree, right on cool. After learning all of these new political ideas, I went out and got the latest Che Guevara t-shirt. It is so rad. My professor went to Harvard like Obama did so I know he loves Che too. My professor said Hollywood helped to revive another leftist martyr but my uncle (who was in the Army) said Hollywood has dutifully churned out yet another cinematic agitprop paean and that I should read to try to discern why many supposedly democratic, civil libertarian liberals still swoon over this Stalinist mass-murderer. What ever that means, later dude.

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By call me roy, August 26, 2010 at 7:53 pm Link to this comment

Top 10 Things Overheard in the White House During Obama’s First Term

10. “What should I do next, Senior Chavez?”

9. “You mean BP doesn’t stand for Boston Pizza?”

8.”Honestly, Barack! A teleprompter in the bedroom?”

7. “I’m not sure a Che Guevara wall flag in the Oval Office is a good idea, Mr. President.”

6. “Heads, we take over the auto industry. Tails, we nationalize the oil industry.”

5. “Apology list: Iraq –check. Saudi Arabia – check. Palestine – check. Syria…”

4. “Canada’s health care system is a perpetual money-sucking vortex that has resulted in bloated bureaucracy, demanding unions, longer wait times, and a steady exodus of their best and brightest professionals out of the country. Finally we’ve found the perfect template for Obamacare!”

3. “Sean Penn, line two.”

2. “Have they chosen someone to play me in the movie yet?”

1. “Damn Bush keeps calling, laughing, and hanging-up.”

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By call me roy, August 26, 2010 at 7:50 pm Link to this comment

What “Progressives” want
Progressive’s want Health Care but want someone else to pay for it. They want energy but want the power source built someplace else. They want money but want someone else to work for it. They want security but want someone else to die for it.
See why it is so easy to be a Progressive?

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By robert puglia, August 26, 2010 at 9:59 am Link to this comment
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roger ails

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By FiftyGigs, August 26, 2010 at 8:24 am Link to this comment

“Business is determined to defeat Obama and the Democrats.”

And they might, because there’s a strong indication that liberals and thoughtful independents are content to sit at home and let them, “secure” in their own intellectual superiority.

It may be that that’s all liberals and libertarians and “progressives” want—the freedom to consider themselves right in a world gone wrong. But it isn’t inevitable that it will be so or always so.

Our ancestors faced even more powerful interests, from aristocrats, business, religion, the monarchy, forces ingrained in their societies for hundreds of years, and yet, despite that… liberalism was born, took root, and grew, starting in the United States.

Our generation is at the pivot point. It has the technology and education to know the importance of voting against the conservative power rooted in the Republican party, to understand that a failure to do so could cast a shadow over freedom and equality, over government OF the people, that could dim human advancement for generations.

It takes so little to make change. Go to the polls on election day, and, yes, vote for any Democrat. After we gut this conservative monster, then expanding the progressive base of the Democratic Party will be child’s play.

The real enemy is our own complacency. Of course, it doesn’t help to have a defeatist liberal media working against us. But imagine how you’d feel socking it to Fox, and to the conservative and liberal pundits at the same time you push the conservative movement into irrelevancy!

You have the power to do that. In just months, not decades.

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By ardee, August 25, 2010 at 3:39 pm Link to this comment

prole, August 24 at 8:45 pm Link to this comment

“Business is determined to defeat Obama and the Democrats.

I think business cares little for which party sits in the White House or has the majority in Congress. I think that business contributes to both parties and wins regardless of election results.

I do think that extremists care , the Tea Party cares, Faux Snooze talking heads care even, but the large corporations and the CEO’s do not care much at all, they hedge their bets and rake in the profits.

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By Peter Knopfler, August 25, 2010 at 2:17 pm Link to this comment

Come Now BILL; how can you write anything about Fox and never mention the Owner and greatest influence MURDOCH, Globalist only believes in money, no nationality, no patriotism, from Australia, cares nothing about the people of America, only the MONEY COUNTS. Murdoch sold a large portion of Fox network to the Saudi prince, supports Sahara Palin And THE BECK, What about Murdoch`s history of shoving his agenda on the public through the MEDIA FOX. YES MURDOCH OUT FOXED the american public, trying to do the same in Italy. Murdoch did influence the British elections 13 years ago. Got to keep an eye on that FOX-Murdoch!

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By Alias, August 25, 2010 at 12:45 am Link to this comment

Surprise. Surprise. Surprise.  The American Crossroads web site could be a dead ringer for Dick Armey’s FreedomWorks, which purports to be a non-partisan civic square for ordinary folks who hate taxes, industry regulations and, of course, all things Obama.

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By D.R. Zing, August 24, 2010 at 10:37 pm Link to this comment

The difference between MSNBC, NBC, CBS, CNN, and Fox are mere shades of gray. 

When the chips were down, when Bush invaded Iraq, all the major networks were right there in bed with him.  And Thomas Friedman at the New York Times was there cheerleading with equivocations and clarifications as well. Liberal Christopher Hitchens was on liberal NPR Talk of the Nation saying anyone who didn’t support invading Iraq supported the terrorists. 

And if there’s a runaway bride, Tiger sinking a hole off the course, or a jock on steroids (surprise!) they are all there like maggots in garbage, including the ultra-liberal Mr. Robinson who blogs here. 

The news media are in a terrible horrible state. Television is the worst, but the rest are not far behind.  They are like alcoholics who cannot and will not acknowledge that they have a problem, a serious problem. 

News media outlets revel in the criticism that they are too liberal or too conservative.  They sport those wounds as if they were the stigmata of Christ. They can say:  Well, if everyone hates us, we must be doing a good job, right?  Possibly. Or it could be that you truly do suck at your job and people from across the political spectrum can see it. 

Objectivity is not the issue.  Liberal bias, conservative bias is a smoke screen. The problem is the massive corporations that own all the media outlets.  Massive corporations require astronomical profits to cover their overhead. Foreign policy stories, thoughtful stories, investigative stories must be skipped; they don’t bring in enough revenue. What brings in astronomical profit? Britney showing up at a bar in LA without panties. That sells. School shootings. That sells. A conman saying his kid is in a balloon can hijack the entire media of the United States because of their flies-on-shit mentality. Not saying it shouldn’t be covered at all. Saying it should not be covered by every media outlet in America. 

The other issue is you have journalists working for corporations that create the policies. It’s all intertwined. How can a journalist write about the problems of a society being in a perpetual state of war when the corporations that own the journalists profit from the perpetual state of war? Said journalist might be able to write about it—but not for long.

And right now every day on this blog you see people going at each others throats and that is a problem of being in perpetual war. War demands sacrifice of it citizens, resources become scarce—meaning schools, health care, pension funds, good jobs, well planned cities, sustainable energy—all that goes down the tubes as the war economy sucks up more and more resources.

And most relevant to this discussion: News outlets become comprised. Some journalists receive free travel from the war machine.  Others see their careers sky rocket when they are given access to the operators of the war machine.  Others are paid to appear on television as consultants at the same time they are still receiving remuneration from the war machine (see retired generals during the second Iraq War). 

And when that happens, people fight among themselves about petty shit because they don’t even realize it’s the state of perpetual war that’s making their lives hell.  No it’s the immigrants. It’s the shrine. It’s abortion. It’s liberals. It’s Glenn Beck.  It’s the O’Reilly Factor. It’s blowhard Chris Matthews.  No it’s the sociopathic corporations that pay those blowhards. It the for-ultra-profit media that profit handsomely when Americans are at each others throats or gunning each other down en-mass.

As for unlimited campaign contributions, here’s to hoping someone finances a third party with a single plank in its platform: Break up the corporate news media.

Have a nice day.

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By MarthaA, August 24, 2010 at 8:27 pm Link to this comment

AUTOCRATIC REPUBLICANS aren’t winning anything, the only problem in Congress is that there is still some AUTOCRATIC CONSERVATISM on the DEMOCRATIC Left that is diminishing.

Without fraud, AUTOCRATIC CONSERVATISM doesn’t have a chance and DEMOCRATIC Liberal DEMOCRACY will reign; no nation EVER gets democracy from the Right, ONLY the Liberal Left can retain democracy.

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By Yo'Mamma, August 24, 2010 at 6:24 pm Link to this comment
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@ Money Is Funny -

I have to hold on to some ember of hope that those of us on the left and those of us on the right who see the failure of corporate controls on both national policy-making and information transmission through media institutions that we can, in fact, work together to combat it.

I am a leftist. Though I might disagree - sometimes heatedly - with many of Ron Paul’s economic strategies, many of his libertarian supporters are no more thrilled by the prospects of corporatism than I am. The Tea Party activists, though I disagree with them on nearly all traditional lines, likely share this same gut-level anger and resentment of corporate elitism and string-pulling that I and many of my friends do, from my centrist democratic pals to my friends who I’d call left-wing anarchs and those of a “militant” brand of socialism and communism.

Neo-Feudalism is a frightening prospect for all of us. No one, from the American Patriot Movement to the Communist Party of the United States sees enserfment as anything but a dark, threatening prospect. Its on these notes that we can harness that type of collective energy. Otherwise, its racism and nationalism that will pour over as Americans busy themselves with attacking false targets such as mosques and moaning about immigration, among other targets of misdirected anger over the bottoming-out of our economy.

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By Fat Freddy, August 24, 2010 at 5:49 pm Link to this comment

John Ellis,

Where the Hell have you been living? We already have a fucking police state.

4th Amendment—>dead.
5th Amendment—>on life support.
6th Amendment—>in need of serious medical attention.
1st Amendment—>Symptomatic.

Ever hear of the Patriot Act? Free speech zones? Do I need to make a list?

I can’t even watch this video, seriously:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RbwSwvUaRqc

If you can watch that entire video, you are a stronger man than I.

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By Fat Freddy, August 24, 2010 at 5:39 pm Link to this comment

Democrats—> Political party that favors Welfare and Warfare

Republicans—> Political party that favors Welfare and Warfare

Tea Party—> Political party that favors Welfare and Warfare

Libertarians—> Political party that favors freedom.

http://www.lp.org/platform

http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/libertarians?ref=ts

The prison industrial complex, the military industrial complex, and the banking cartel control this country. Republicans and Democrats and the MSM are just cheerleaders. A vote for a Democrat or a Republican (or Tea Party) is a wasted vote. But it’s the Libertarians that want to protect the rich, right?

But don’t worry, soon the bond market bubble will burst, the dollar will lose its reserve currency status, and the economy really will crash. But guess what? The rich will still be rich, and people like Jamie Dimon and Lloyd Blankfien will be in South America, instead of in jail, where they belong.

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By prole, August 24, 2010 at 4:45 pm Link to this comment

“Business is determined to defeat Obama and the Democrats. And one thing is certain: It won’t let honesty get in the way of victory.”…no make that two things then that are certain: since Boyarsky certainly won’t ever let honesty get in the way of his deceitful bluster – or accuracy, either. So the woeful Boyarsky is in an uproar because “American Crossroads has already given Republican Ron Portman $454,340 for his race for the Senate in Ohio.” Just to set the record straight for anyone even bothering to wade through any more of Boyarsky’s dreadful dung, the candidate’s name is ROB Portman, not RON! But then again Baloney Boyarsky never bothers much with even the most elementary facts. Cheer up Amerikan Crossroads, even as bad as you are, with the bumbling Boyarsky on your case, you can’t help but win! 
  This crude propagandist for Israel’s unending war crimes has never been limited by the truth. “Expect American Crossroads to put money into races for the House”...but not as much as Boyarsky’s beloved zionist lobby. “This money—and much more from other groups—will be spent through committees as shadowy as those that orchestrated”...the massacre in Gaza last year that bellicose Boyarsky was so enthusiastic about.  Bully Boyarsky has a lot more in common with Fox and Friends than he’s willing to admit! “Although they may not be working in tandem, they pursue common goals”...both are big backers of the terrorist Jewish State.

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By ardee, August 24, 2010 at 4:14 pm Link to this comment

“and restoring conservative business-first Republican policies.”

As opposed to business-first Democratic policies?

All the hubbub from the Tea Party, all the pomposity from GOP spokespersons, all the propaganda from Faux Snooze would not have the impact that it does if the Democrats stood up and spoke out instead of cowering in the corner at every slur.

If, as the article conjectures ( and I agree), the Dems lose the Congress and then the Presidency it will be because they are not even real centrists,certainly not moderates, nor are they at all brave, competent or deserving of my vote.

Reid and Pelosi are corporate stooges, Obama is incompetent and inexperienced ( who knew a man who had not even completed one term of office on the national stage would be so…) and, as a party, they stand for nothing, excepting maybe a continuation of the policies and secrecy and the torture and the war and the favoring of large corporations and billionaires that characterized the administration of George Walker Cheney.

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By Money is funny, August 24, 2010 at 2:30 pm Link to this comment

They really know how to push peoples buttons don’t they?

This is just a big game for them.

They have no souls.

Karl Rove is a sick man who prays on peoples emotional responses.

There might be no peaceful solution.

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By gerard, August 24, 2010 at 1:46 pm Link to this comment

It’s a shame to say it, but it’s probably true:  That high unemployment means that actually there will be more people with time to spend on coming elections—if they have the knowledge, the confidence and the training to enable them to work together and win.
  For example I mentioned earlier about the possibility of making “truth in advertising” and “fair elections” a key to decreasing the influence of the preponderance of corporate money on ads supporting Republican candidates.  The SCOTUS ruling will undoubtedly completely unbalance election ads.
  Because of this advantage bending toward business in general, business as usual, and Big Business in particular, I would expect that, or lots of over-stated negative ads of the “welfare queen” anti-
socialist” “individual initiative” type. 
  The typical Republican emphases on “in “religious and patriotic values”, “anti-welfare” and pro-American supremacy tend toward such ovoer-stated generalities that they will be easy to challenge on lacking fairness, accuracy, honesty and democratic values.
  If Fox is any indication, many such ads will be “over the top” because Republicans are ovoer-eager to “take back the country” etc. etc.
  Democrats would just have to be alert enough to see the possibilities and use key openings to organize a counter-campaign making a legitimate demand, backed up by Constitutional premises.
  Organization and a focused strategy would be necessary, with grassroots group efforts as free as possible from anger, snobbishness and hysteria. 
  Will we see the opportunity?  Will we do sosmething along similar lines?
  It presents itself as an obvious possibility.

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By doublestandards/glasshouses, August 24, 2010 at 1:44 pm Link to this comment
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You have to have shit for brains to believe that Obama is involved in some kind of plot to destroy the country, that he is a Muslim, that he is not a citizen, that he is a socialist a fascist or both, and neither Roger Ailes nor his hired clowns can be blamed for that.  They only take advantage of the sorry state of the public in America to further their own aims.  If democrats would stop being afraid and come right out and fight these people on their terms there might be some hope for change.

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By TheHandyman, August 24, 2010 at 1:11 pm Link to this comment

By John Ellis, August 24 at 11:59 am Link to this comment

Any society so in love with the thought of being rich as to allow money to control their government or media, surely they deserve the police state Empire that will evolve.
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Yes, I totally agree except what about the large number of us who don’t deserve it? Will we be forced to take up arms and shed blood to defend our principles? How many fence sitters who didn’t participate in elections or got suckered in by all the slogans such as A Contract with America or Hope and Change. When protesters are forced to march far away from the people who need to see these protests, when peaceful protest groups are infiltrated by police, arrested before they can protest, are harassed and threatened then it appears to me that we already live in that police state Empire.

Those of us who worked and supported Ralph Nader knew that Obama was a 1960’s Ronnie Raygun and he would continue to support, as have the majority of the Dimocan’ts, the continued obeisance to Big Business. Look at who he surrounded himself as advisors. Look at where he got 80% of his money. He tells everyone that he got it from the People, from the grass roots when he got it from Big Business. And look at who he appointed to his administration.

To say the the Rethugs will tear down our country with their economic policies benefiting the Owner Class is merely to say that they will only increase the speed of it as the Dims are doing the same thing,only at a slower pace!

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By Matt, August 24, 2010 at 12:53 pm Link to this comment
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So you liberals have got NBC, CBS, CNN, The NYT, the LA Times etc etc etc all pushing solely left of centre views all of the time and yet you still think that the one and only network that isn’t in thrall to your views will change the outcome of elections on its own.

Get over it, FOX is mainly preaching to the converted anyway and any criticism that they direct at Obama or Pelosi, not to mention the Democratic party, is both richly deserved and a necessary part of a free media, free speech and an inclusive political system.

Your post just gores to prove, yet again, how grossly intolerant and authoritarian the left truly are. If everyone doesn’t agree with you then they must all be silenced, after all it is for the greater good you know.

Hypocrites!

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By George, August 24, 2010 at 12:07 pm Link to this comment
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The Republicans are a loathsome lot but you have to admire them as fighters. Remember when the Bushies stacked the White House Press room with “reporters” to ask questions.Contrast that with how the Obama White House operate their press room. They give a front row seat to their media opponent Fox News that is owned by a corporation that just donated a million bucks to the Republican party.

What do the Democrats do to admire? Service the needs of the same corporations that bankroll both parties. Continue Bush’s civil liberties abuses and wars. Establish a panel to gut social security benefits. On and on. If the Republicans win this November They’ll be impeaching Obama by March-even if the country polls 80% against impeachment.

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By WalterCHatch, August 24, 2010 at 10:54 am Link to this comment
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I can remember being taught as a child about how ‘Red’ China’s and Russia’s tv was programmed by their governments, and how their citizens were continually given distorted news showing how great their national party was.  And we were taught to be grateful that something like that couldn’t happen in America.
Forty years later it’s amazing that our so-called patriots on the right are so anxious to emulate Red China in their news-viewing habits.

Have Fox News’ license revoked.  We’re paying for their access.

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By Mike, August 24, 2010 at 10:02 am Link to this comment
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Well, if the voting public is so dim that it only elects those who have spent hundreds of millions in sound bite ads, and will not even try to find out what is propaganda, we’re screwed anyway.

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By minutemenmedia, August 24, 2010 at 9:49 am Link to this comment

This article mentions a restoration of “Business First” policies if the Republicans return to power.
Where the hell have you been, Boyarsky? 
The Obama Administration has functioned exclusively as a business-and Wall Street-first syndicate. 
If Obama showed us anything, it’s the complicit nature of these “parties” when it comes to big business, big banks and Wall Street.
Granted, Fox and Rove are a combo from hell—yes there is a story here, but why not go for it all?
When are you guys going to start covering the real story?  It’s right here in the comments, we get it, the parties are a sham, the banksters cooked the system, the Federal Reserve is neither ... yet you guys continue to cover “politics as usual.” 
Is it still too early to give up on the game? 
Or the money?

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By Shift, August 24, 2010 at 6:45 am Link to this comment

Who cares anymore?  Both parties are out to suck our financial blood dry.  Politics just keeps us divided and allows the blood sucking to continue unabated.  Why vote for any blood sucker?  Are you crazy?  Washington kills!  Not voting is better than voting for blood suckers and killers for profit.  Don’t vote!  It’s IMMORAL to vote for this corrupt system.  Don’t vote!

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By G.Anderson, August 24, 2010 at 5:43 am Link to this comment

So here it comes, the big fear…That’s all the Democrats have,  to get voters to vote for
them…To bad that doing the bidding of the plutocracy was more important than doing
what you were elected to do.  It makes it hard to decide who is worse rather than who.
Is better…

So now comes the big fear…Followed by the big crash,  the big panic, and the big
collapse.

To bad the Dems can’t run on their record instead.

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By richard, August 24, 2010 at 4:58 am Link to this comment
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They pose an enormous threat not just to Obama and Democratic candidates. This threat is to the nation, one of the most serious ever faced. These people don’t just want to win because they think they have the best plan for America. The only plan they have is to win! That’s also their agenda. To continue their interrupted plan to move all wealth to the top. They don’t think they need the (formerly) working people. The last several “recoveries” have been jobless. But the Dow has soared. How can the stock market move forward in a period of high unemployment? Because the jobs have moved to Asia, where people make $5 a day, but the market works on profits, not jobs. Paying $5 a day for labor can obviously be obscenely profitable. The Democrats have shown very little interest in solving this problem, but the Republicans consider it essential policy in their quest to turn the US into a third world country, with a few infinitely rich at the top and everyone else scrambling at the bottom, the definition of a banana republic. The Republican party, formerly a legitimate voice in American life, has sold itself to the highest bidder. And that highest bidder is the enemy of America, no less than Al Quaeda.

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By Inherit The Wind, August 24, 2010 at 4:58 am Link to this comment

The scariest parts of this article are two-fold:
1) Karl Rove, unlike the tea-baggers, is smart enough to realize that key Tea-bag and ‘conservative’ issues regarding immigration is driving the otherwise-conservative and Catholic Hispanics away from the GOP. Think about it. If you constantly propose legislation and Constitutional changes the totally target ONE ethnic group, that group, no matter HOW sympathetic they are to your other issues, will have to put those aside and make common cause with those that oppose that legislation (Ironic: On immigration, it’s the Dems that are true Conservatives, opposing all the activist legislation of the GOP).
2) The billionaires’ tame Supreme Court.  If they achieved NOTHING else in Bush’s 8 years, they got their 5-4 majority that give them, corporations and a police state carte blanch.

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By Bhanu Tiwari, August 24, 2010 at 4:37 am Link to this comment

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By Lenny10M, August 24, 2010 at 4:29 am Link to this comment

This makes no sense. 70 percent of corporations donated to the Democratic Party
in the last election, how does that this now make them a threat to the Democrats?

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By gerard, August 24, 2010 at 12:00 am Link to this comment

We are going to have to do a lot more than “rather hope” something will save us!

I wonder how much appeal the idea of “equal time” might have if sponsored and spearheaded by more liberal members of the legal community spearheaded it, emphasizing fairness as essential to the fundamental premise of democracy which is fair elections—and endorsed by Democrats and Independents.  It could emphasize, for one thing, the probable costs of specific ads, backed up by grassroots organizing (Volunteers for Balanced Information?) to take the other side of key issues door to door with the appeal face to face, neighbor to neighbor, teach-in to teach-in “Did you know that important election information is being kept from you by corporate contributions to candidates favoring corporate points of view such as:  etc. etc. “
  Just a rough sketch of the idea but I hope you catch my drift.
  Nothing short of massive grassroots organization can defeat massive contributions to Republicans from corporate and business moneybags.

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By Hammond Eggs, August 23, 2010 at 11:33 pm Link to this comment

Obama’s has been his own worst enemy.  His behavior in office reminds us every day that he believes in nothing and will nearly always deploy the lowest political common denominator, such as including in his state of the union address the truly brain dead line that “America’s greatest days lie ahead”. He and his thoroughly corrupt cronies like Geithner and Summers gambled that that they could at least make the economy cough and get the phlegm out of its chest.  They lost.  The unemployment rate in the USA, according to shadowstats.com, is nearly 22%. There are no indications this will improve by November or two years from now.  Goodbye, Obama.  Like Bill Clinton, all you ever did was talk a good game.  And talk and talk and talk.

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By samosamo, August 23, 2010 at 11:16 pm Link to this comment

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It may be so, a threat to the ‘other’ party, but it will also be an
indicator if the ‘spectator sport’ mentality wins the day just
because the side with the most money is supposed to win. Or, 
things will be so bad because most people will remember and
see through this razzle dazzle that all the corporate/scotus
bribe or influence peddling money will be just like pissing their
money down a black hole.

I rather hope it is the last but the msm’s dumbstream garden is
a lot to contend with when it comes to the ‘most money’ criteria.

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