Bye-Bye Billy

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Bill O’Reilly has been spouting lies, spin, innuendo, racism, bigotry, misogyny, and other assorted filth for 20 years. So why now? Fox brass knew about his millions of hush-money payouts yet evidently didn’t care as they signed him on for many more years of bilge-spouting for profit. What was the tipping point?

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I don’t believe for a nano-second that advertiser boycotts or social media outrage was the primary reason. Nope. I look to the sky instead. As in, Sky News. Rupert Murdoch was thwarted in this total takeover bid in 2011 when the phone-hacking scandal of his ethics-challenged rags in the UK was throttling full-steam-ahead. Now, he’s trying to buy it again. You think the UK regulators who gave him the boot the first time will look kindly upon a corporation knowingly aiding and abetting an employee who buys the silence of multiple accusers? Whose brass have always looked the other way? The execrable Bill Shine, Roger Ailes’ trusted lieutenant, is still in charge there, right?

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Imagine a world, if you will, without Murdoch slime in it.

Way, way too late to undo the damage.

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But at least one less swamp creature will be terrorizing the locals.

WHAT AILES YOU

Roger Ailes is an overstuffed blog of bile. Read it for yourself in exceprts from an upcoming sycophantic love-fest biography, Roger Ailes Off Camera, by Zev Chafets.

“Obama’s the one who never worked a day in his life. He never earned a penny that wasn’t public money,” said Roger. “How many fundraisers does he attend every week? How often does he play basketball and golf? I wish I had that kind of time. He’s lazy, but the media won’t report that.”

Maybe because it isn’t true?

The only good thing Roger had to say was about Uncle Newtie.

“Newt’s a prick.”

Takes one to know one.

For more of the lunacy, go to http://www.vanityfair.com/culture/2013/03/roger-ailes-biography-excerpt

SARAH’S SWAN SONG

Oh, Roger, how could you? The shame! The scandal! The outrage!

The happiness! No more Wasilla Wacko to spew her nonsense at $1 million/year!

How ya feelin’ now, Sarah?

“I’m taking my own advice here as I free up opportunities to share more broadly the message of the beauty of freedom and the imperative of defending our republic and restoring this most exceptional nation,” she explained in self-defense. “We can’t just preach to the choir. The message of liberty and true hope must be understood by a larger audience.”

Forgive me for gloating, but the world will now be a better place without the punditry of the increasingly irrelevant moose hunter. Not that she should ever have had relevance in the first place.

But there’s always room for bottom feeders.

Although I must say I never thought I’d agree with any decision Roger Ailes would ever make.

And maybe Sarah will now get her own talk show on Al Jazeerah.

To see a compilation of what we won’t will be missing, go to: http://www.mediaite.com/tv/sarah-palins-9-most-outrageous-fox-news-moments/#0

FAT CHANCE, RUPE

You know by now my enduring loathing for Rupert Murdoch, and I never need an excuse to write about him. This incident happen a week or two ago, but I didn’t post it as there were just too many obituaries and other issues that took precedence. But there’s no sell-by date on Rupert’s filth.

Aside from being a manipulative power-mad sociopath, several of the media outlets he owns are little more than mouthpieces for his fascist agenda. Even his own outlets, however, found it hard to defend Rupe’s tweets savaging an innocent woman who fell through a defective subway grate—something that longtime New Yorkers do worry can happen to them. This woman was not severely injured because she is very tall (6’5”) and very large (400 pounds), which helped break her fall.

Did Rupe understand that this kind of accident is merely one of those flukes of fate (and faulty engineering)? No he did not. He saw it as an opportunity to attack an innocent victim who was hurt and terrified, and to insult her for her weight.

“How did fat lady who fell thru street get to 400 lbs? Welfare, stamps, etc? Then leave us all with 20yrs immense health bills,” Rupe tweeted.

Excuse me, what did you say?

First of all, this woman is gainfully employed as a social worker. She has a much more difficult job than you’ll ever understand, Rupe, and doubtless she’ll never be well-paid for it. But she has chosen to make her life’s work something that helps people.

In other words, she works. She’s not on welfare. But if she did need food stamps it’s because mega-rich pigs like you, Rupe, don’t value her career.

Furthermore, since she is gainfully employed and has a salary, she pays into Social Security and likely has health insurance. And what if her size is due to a metabolic disorder? It is very unusual for a woman to be 6’5” tall.

But in your universe, Rupe, anyone who is sick or overweight doesn’t deserve to get medical treatment. They should just roll over and croak.

So Rupe tweeted this pathetic excuse a while later. “Did not mean to be unsympathetic to 400 lb lady, but fact remains unhealthy eating by rich and poor driving up premiums for all,” it went.

Tell that to your favorite fatties, Roger Ailes and Rush Limbaugh.

Who pays for their medical bills?

 

LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON

Given the current gridlock in Congress, it’s a bit of a hoot reading Michael Kranish’s feature in the Boston Globe, summarizing the hubris-filled mistakes of the Romney campaign.

Probably the most astonishing statement is one that Tagg Romney, Moneybags Mitt’s eldest son, made: “He wanted to be president less than anyone I’ve met in my life. He had no desire to . . . run. If he could have found someone else to take his place . . . he would have been ecstatic to step aside. He is a very private person who loves his family deeply and wants to be with them, but he has deep faith in God and he loves his country, but he doesn’t love the attention.”

Are you kidding me? Talk about Tagg Lurching into Decrepitude when he is still years away from official Lurcherdom.

Also talk about flat-out lies and distortions.

A man doesn’t run twice for president if he doesn’t want to. A man who doesn’t really want to be president steps aside during the primaries and lets one of his rivals take over. A man who wants to be private doesn’t run for public office.

It was just about a power/ego grab, wasn’t it.  That’s what money buys you. Entitlement.

If Moneybags Mitt had been elected, I can only shudder at the thought of how our government would have been run. Would Moneybags have “delegated” as was his wont and turned the reins over to the likes of Karl Rove, Rupert Murdoch, Roger Ailes, and Sheldon Adelson? Or Tagg?

Mind-boggling.

Read it here: http://www.boston.com/news/politics/2012/president/2012/12/23/the-story-behind-mitt-romney-loss-the-presidential-campaign-president-obama/2QWkUB9pJgVIi1mAcIhQjL/story-1.html

THE DAILY GOODBYE, PART III (OR, ROGER AILES IS A BAD JOKER)

Bob Woodward still knows how to dig up some juicy tidbits. He outdid himself with this article published in the Washington Post on December 3: http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/fox-news-chiefs-failed-attempt-to-enlist-petraeus-as-presidential-candidate/2012/12/03/15fdcea8-3d77-11e2-a2d9-822f58ac9fd5_print.html

In it, you will see that (I suppose I should say allegedly, but who am I to doubt Bob Woodward?!)  the soul-sucking pile of filth known as Roger Ailes, ex-Nixon champion and current chairman of Fox News sent one of his trusted emissaries on a mission in the spring of 2011 to hit up then-General David Petraeus, he of the brilliant military mind and penchant for coauthors, with some flattery.

Off trotted loyal soldier and Fox News national security analyst Kathleen T. McFarland to Afghanistan, where she told Petraeus to ditch the upcoming offer to become the CIA director because he was, ya know, really better suited to become the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. If that Chief position weren’t offered, guess what? Even better news! Run for president!

This was heard on tape: “The big boss is bankrolling it. Roger’s going to run it. And the rest of us are going to be your in-house.”

That’s right. Rupe was planning to buy this president the way Sheldon Adelson tried to buy Moneybags Mitt.

I’m sure Rupe was bummed when Petraeus turned down such a fabulous offer.

Ailes, of course, is now laughing it off and saying he was joking.

Sure he was.

But their behavior wasn’t very funny, was it.

For a brilliant analysis of the recorded conversation, go to: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/erik-wemple/wp/2012/12/04/five-lessons-from-fox-news-roger-ailes-david-petraeus-conspiracy/?tid=pm_pop.

GRUMPY OLD MEN

Now this is rich. One crabby old guy complaining about another crabby old guy. One crabby former employee complaining about his former boss. Except in this case, it’s Naughty Newtie whining about Rampaging Roger, head of Fox News and backstabbing Machiavelli who will do what it takes to get a Republican in the White House, even if it means twisting facts on an hourly basis to service his agenda.

“I think FOX has been for Romney all the way through,” Gingrich said during a private meeting at Wesley College that he permitted the website www.RealClearPolitics.com to attend. “In our experience, Callista and I both believe CNN is less biased than FOX this year. We are more likely to get neutral coverage out of CNN than we are of FOX, and we’re more likely to get distortion out of FOX. That’s just a fact.”

Guess Newtie can join the ranks of the unemployed. He’s “trying to get a job at CNN because he knows he isn’t going to get to come back to Fox News,” Ailes said.

Maybe Callista could get her own reality show on TLC to make up the lost income. She could call it The Helmet Hair Hour. I’d watch it!

The power behind the throne. Take that, Roger!

HACK OFF

After writing about Pemberley yesterday, I couldn’t help but think how Jane Austen’s England was one of clear-cut rules and social mores, tight-knit family circles, and scrupulous attention to honor and integrity. At least that was so in Mr. Darcy’s realm. Who wouldn’t want to dwell therein, unless you were the lowly chambermaid or footman.

But Pride and Prejudice is, alas, fiction, and the current England of hacks, hacking, haters, and hellions—yes, I am talking about Murdoch’s Minions—has surpassed even the dastardly Wickham for nefarious misdeeds. Read this and be careful to watch your blood pressure: www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/gordon-browns-downing-street-emails-hacked-6283985.html. And this: www.independent.co.uk/opinion/commentators/cahal-milmo-scale-of-email-hacking-is-set-to-be-this-years-biggest-story-6283990.html

In addition to hacking the phones and emails of murdered schoolgirls, investigating lawyers, political figures, and innocent people whose sole “crime” was one of celebrity du jour, Murdoch’s Minions (and those, doubtless, on other newspapers) have now been exposed as lazy, unethical, ham-handed creeps who’d do anything to get a story. Did it matter than compromising information that could have grave effects on the business of running a government might have been exposed? Guess not.

According to the Independent, “Mr. Brown’s private communications, along with emails belonging to a former Labour adviser and lobbyist, Derek Draper, have been identified by Scotland Yard’s Operation Tuleta team as potentially hacked material. They are currently looking at evidence from around 20 computers which hold data revealing that hundreds of individuals may have had their private emails hacked.

“The links discovered from the seized computers suggest that the email investigation could involve as many victims as those involved in the News of the World phone-hacking scandal.”

The big question for Americans is: Now that hacking in the UK has been proven to be incontrovertibly commonplace, just what are the Murdoch Minions up to in the US of A? Is anyone demanding answers from Roger Ailes and Fox News? How can we be sure our politicians’ (or anyone else’s) private messages aren’t compromised in such an important election year?

So I am hereby bestowing a BIDS Award to Rupert Murdoch and all the slime underlings he enabled in his quest for world domination.  Be Indignant and Do Something to expose hackers.