Republican Lies category archive
Dick Polman explores the Sinclair Broadcasting disinformation dispenser. A snippet:
As one anchor recently lamented, “I felt like a POW recording a message.” That’s the deal when you work for a station owned by the Sinclair Broadcast Group, a media company that owns 173 outlets nationwide and may soon buy 42 more, including WPHL 17 in Philadelphia. As a font of pro-Trump propaganda, Sinclair is arguably worse than Fox News. At corporate headquarters, people with ties to Russia (I kid you not) are writing Trump promotional pieces – and all across the land, Sinclair’s talking heads are forced to read the pieces word for word. As the corporate instructions intone, “Please produce the attached scripts exactly as they are written.”
At El Reg, Kieran McCarthy deconstructs Donald Trump’s tirades against Amazon. A snippet:
In 2016, it (Amazon paid in state, local, and federal texes–ed.) paid $412m; in 2015, $273m; in 2014, $177m. As the company grows and brings in more revenue, it pays, well, more in taxes. There are companies that make far larger profits – like General Motors and United Airlines – but pay next to nothing in US income taxes.
Not that Amazon pays a large sum as a percentage of profits. According to an extensive market analysis of the company last year, Amazon pays an overall 13 per cent in federal, state and local taxes. This is much lower than the average large company – which pays around 27 per cent – so you can imagine why Trump is furious.
If, that is, you ignore his persistent calls for a 15 per cent corporate tax rate.
Full disclosure: I am not a fan of Amazon and its attempt to assimilate American retail. I avoid using it as much as possible, but I do use it from time to time, primarily for books.
Sinclair Broadcasting is making its stations push wingnut propaganda. Here’s a bit of a report from SeattlePI:
Many KOMO employees view the segments as propaganda that doesn’t meet the station’s editorial standards, according to the Times article. In the past, they have tried to limit their exposure by scheduling them during times of low viewership.
But Wednesday’s segment shows Sinclair, which currently owns or operates 193 television stations in the U.S., has succeeded in getting the must-runs on during prime time.
I gave up on broadcast news long ago, not for being slanted (though some of it is, much more often to the right than to the left), but for being superficial.
About the only time we turn on TV news is when there’s a snowstorm . . . .
Farron explains why truth and trust matter in international relationships–something Donald Trump does not understand.
Warning: Language, and lots of it.
You must admit, nevertheless, that even though they are high in volume, they make up for it by being low in quality.
After disparaging the content of the Nunes Nothingburger, Cynthia Dill considers the larger implications of the many memogates. A snippet–follow the link for the rest.
All these are compilations and placement of words by wordsmiths of the highest caliber. Thrown into the public discourse and bandied about by pundits as if memos are smoking guns, these documents take on the air of fact or reality. In politics, memos and dossiers are catnip for ravenous media content whores trying to make a living. Memos get quoted and retweeted and “analyzed” to death.
The cumulative effect of all these ginned up scamdals is, I think, far more corrosive than many realize or others are willing to confront. They erode the foundations of the polity and undermine the social contract, all in a short-term quest for power.