Sunday, June 21, 2015

On Fox Nooz And MSNBC

I refer to what Fox does as "nooz" because they do opinion on the news while representing themselves as a news channel. It's right there in the name they gave themselves: Fox NEWS.

MSNBC, on the other hand, does not have the word "news" in the name of their channel. MSNBC "was derived from the most common abbreviations for Microsoft and the National Broadcasting Company" (source). None of the letters stand for news.

Also, if you Google "MSNBC" what you'll find is that (according to how they describe themselves) what they do is provide "news coverage and political opinion". So, "news" isn't in the name of the organization, and that they do opinion is clearly stated.

Whereas, if you Google "Fox" what comes up as the first result is "Fox News".

End of discussion. Case closed. It boggles the mind that there are some dumbasses who try to say they're the same. They both do slanted opinion (and sometimes outright lie) while representing themselves as news organizations (the dumbass will argue).

It's the strategy of making false equivalencies the Right specializes in. But there is a reason they have to say that both sides are equally bad. It is because they know that if they defended the Rightwing side people would know immediately they were spouting BS. So they default to an argument that sounds plausible to the cynic (which a LOT of people are when it comes to politics). And that is that both sides are equally bad.

But they aren't. Those who aren't shilling for Fox Nooz (or minimizing how bad they are with the false equivalency strategy) know that, when it comes to viewers of GOP TV (the original name Roger Ailes came up with), "the more they watch Fox News the less they know".

Fair and Balanced? Something else MSNBC does not have... an obviously bogus catchphrase (and one that is quite laughable at that).

Video Description: Bernie Sanders exposes Fox News as a Rightwing propaganda machine. Excerpted from Robert Greenwald's 2004 documentary Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism by Brave New Films. Published on Youtube 5/27/2015 (1:59). See here for the full documentary (77:08).

SWTD Tags: Fox Nooz.

DSB #12

Thursday, June 11, 2015

"Family Values" Sicko Pervert "Pastor" Mike Huckabee Wants To Shower With Teenage Girls

Former "Pastor" Mike Huckabee thinks Caitlyn Jenner might be pretending to be a woman for reasons of getting into places where he might be able to ogle naked chicks, and Hucky wants in on the action... at least he thinks it's funny to "joke" about such a situation.

Huckabee: [These] ordinances [say] if your 7-year-old daughter - if she goes into the restroom - cannot be offended and you can't be offended if she's greeted there by a 42-year-old man who feels more like a woman than he does a man. Now I wish that someone told me that when I was in high school that I could have felt like a woman when it came time to take showers in PE. I'm pretty sure that I would have found my feminine side and said, "Coach, I think I'd rather shower with the girls today". (Mike Huckabee Says He Would Have Pretended to Be Trans to Shower With Girls in School by Mark Joseph Stern. Slate 6/2/2015).

So, Hucky's "joke" consists of lies concerning transgender men as well as hate. The hate that causes him to joke about an older "man" (Jenner is 65) perving on teenage girls. But note that the "joke" involves - not Jenner doing the perving - but the Huckster himself. Although this fictional perving takes place back when Hucky was back in high school.

Although he didn't think about it until now... what he should have said to his coach, that is. Given the fact that Hucky "missed out", perhaps he would still attempt this? We know, at least, that he has given it some serious consideration.

And he apparently stands by his "joke", given the fact that there was no apology later, as is often the case when Repubs say stupid shit... so I guess he does think sharing his fantasies about raping teenage girls with his eyes is OK. Sicko pervert.

And this guy used to be a pastor? Seriously?

Note: This commentary was adapted from material contained in a 6/5/3915 commentary from my SWTD blog that concerned the Duggar fundy molestation scandal and Mike Huckabee's defense of the guilty son Josh... "If You Ever Find Yourself Deep In A Hole It Might Be A Good Idea To Stop Duggaring".

Video: Caitlyn Jenner's 22-page spread in Vanity Fair inspires Mike Huckabee to make a crude joke about transgender people. Video from Comedy Central's The Nightly Show starring Larry Wilmore posted to YouTube on 6/4/2015 (1:20).

Other Content: Contra O'Reilly Post (7/2/2015) "On Mike Huckabee Purportedly Wishing that it Him Who Had Come Up with this Whole Transgender Thing so He Could Have Showered with Chicks Back in High School".

SWTD Tags: 2016 Election, LGBT, Mike Huckabee.

DSB #11

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Comedian Louis CK On White Privilege & Male Privilege (Comedy Bits)

Comedian Louis CK. I think his material is pretty good. He has a TV program that I don't watch, although I've seen the first season of it after it originally aired and liked it OK. He plays a jerk, I guess, basically. I've heard some people say they don't care for him.

While Googling recently using the search term "White Privilege" and "Male Privilege" (ideas that some people I would call misogynist and racially biased reject) I ran across the following two videos that I think offer some truisms in a humorous format, so I thought I'd share them (likely with nobody, given the fact that nobody reads this blog).

Both are fairly short, so they won't take a lot of time to view. So, I think it's worth the short amount of time to do so.

First, some background information that I pulled off Wikipedia (in case you are unfamiliar with Mr. CK).

Louis Székely (born September 12, 1967 and known professionally as Louis C.K.), is an American comedian, actor, writer, producer, director and editor. He is the creator, star, writer, director, executive producer and primary editor of the acclaimed FX comedy series Louie. CK has won a 2012 Peabody Award and five Emmy awards, as well as numerous awards for The Chris Rock Show and Louie, as well as his stand-up specials.

CK's stage name is an approximate English pronunciation of his Hungarian surname, Székely. (Link).

The first video is labeled "I enjoy being White". Not because White people are better, but because it is better to be White. This is a statement acknowledging the fact that White privilege is real, despite some people dismissing it. In my opinion. Mr. CK does not use the term white privilege but I think we can absolutely agree that is what he is referring to.

The second video is labeled "there is no greater threat to women than men", which is pretty self explanatory. Is this Mr. CK's statement of belief in the notion that Men are privileged in our society? He does not use the term male privilege in his bit, but, YES, I think that's clearly what he's saying (that he agrees with it).

As do I... with both White Privilege and Male Privilege being REAL and societal problem we need to be addressing... as opposed to pretending they don't exist, as some males who are biased against minorities and women, do.

Video1: I enjoy being White (2:29).

Video2: There is no greater threat to women than men (1:43).

SWTD Tags: Male Privilege, White Privilege.

DSB #10