What dependence on the media machine buys you…


Tod Kelly

Tod is a writer from the Pacific Northwest. He is also serves as Executive Producer and host of both the 7 Deadly Sins Show at Portland's historic Mission Theatre and 7DS: Pants On Fire! at the White Eagle Hotel & Saloon. He is  a regular inactive for Marie Claire International and the Daily Beast, and is currently writing a book on the sudden rise of exorcisms in the United States. Follow him on Twitter.

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  1. Avatar Saul DeGraw says:

    I’m kind of amused by the first one in a schadenfreude kind of way of course.

    I am absolutely stunned and shocked by the second one. This one matters much more.

    I suspect that Fox News is going to be able to escape this radically unscathed because Demycrats like me are the enemy and their audience will wash it away with confirmation bias somehow. This is real Wag the Dog stuff. Though I am not sure what the just but non-existent world punishment would be for something like this. Bankruptcy? Going off the air? This is simply the logical conclusion of the Long Con and keeping it up for a while can be a disaster for the country. Now Roger Ailes will wonder about putting up fake Democratic candidates instead of the actual ones.Report

    • Avatar J@m3z Aitch in reply to Saul DeGraw says:

      This may be a new variation for Fox news, but not entirely a new thing. They have in the past identified Mark Foley and Mark Sanford as Democrats, when thet got caught in scandals.Report

      • Avatar Saul DeGraw in reply to J@m3z Aitch says:


        I find it absolutely sad that they can get away with this kind of stuff.Report

      • Avatar J@m3z Aitch in reply to J@m3z Aitch says:

        They get publicly mocked, of course, but by people who aren’t their audience. Their real audience doesn’t care, because when ideology is your major motivation, you don’t care how your news source makes the enemy look bad, as long as they look bad.

        Think WWII propaganda. The question of how “they” got away with that doesn’t arise. The case of Fox is not as different from that as we’d like it to be.Report

    • Avatar LeeEsq in reply to Saul DeGraw says:

      The second story is basically pure tabloid. I suspect that most Democratic voters or even most non-registered voters will fall for it, mainly because most non-registered voters aren’t paying attention. Its going to get Fox viewer’s blood boiling and motivate them to get out to vote. I suppose nearly everything is fair in love, war, and electioneering.Report

  2. Avatar zic says:

    Just warning folks, I’m like totally dreaming of taking my marching orders from Max at ObamaGayAgendaCentral™, and if anybody speaks out on the internets in favor of stuff I don’t like, I’m gonna raise a WorldWildWebRumpus™ and get you fired.Report

  3. Avatar Mike Schilling says:

    I’ve looked at Fox a long time now
    From Bill to Beck
    But, holy cow
    The worse they act, the more I see
    They’re just like MS-NBC

  4. Avatar Kazzy says:

    I have to think that FNC didn’t actively participate in this nonsense because if they did, they did such a piss poor job of it. Yes, the guy was a fool, but he wasn’t a particularly useful fool. If they were going to invent him, they should have invented a better bogey man.Report

    • Avatar Chris in reply to Kazzy says:

      Find a guy who will say he’s running as a Democrat, is a communist, wants to implement Sharia law, and thinks we should outlaw Christmas, or you’re not doing it right.Report

      • Avatar Mike Schilling in reply to Chris says:

        So you’ve found Obama. Now what?Report

      • Avatar Kazzy in reply to Chris says:

        I mean, Hannity did what he always does: ask a highly specific question, demand a hard yes-or-no answer, and then hold that up as wholly indicative of a broader principle the person holds.

        “Did you support the ACA? Did Obama lie? Why do you advocate lying?!?!”

        If it was a stunt, I’d like to think they could have done better. Then again, this is FNC; expecting more/better is a fool’s errand no matter the task.Report