Today North Korea, in response to a new sanctions regimen, threatened a preemptive nuclear strike against the US.
On Fox News the primary emphasis was on Obama “jumping the shark” by negating White House tours under the terms of sequester. All the energy of solemn “analysis”, Gods help us. The redolent absurdity of prodigious psychological projection, all the ad hoc opportunism - the infinity of Reason turned and contorted into the service of sham and satisfaction, seemingly far beyond any fear of being seen as a comical transgression.
Aaron James, excerpted from “Assholes, a Theory”
Reflexively, however, we shouldn’t miss the wrinkles of the sphincter here. Namely, that “fair and balanced” with its conceits about the cogency of “left and right” is itself an asshole posit, and intimately associated with the background odor of the genre itself.
Great moments in unexpected iconoclasm
Hannity presses Ron Paul in post debate interview, saying Iran has “clearly said they want to wipe Israel off the map” and Paul challenges to Sean to check his interpretation of the Farsi! Sean can only try and interrupt to throw him off track.
Steve Jobs to Rupert Murdoch over dinner in June 2010.
Yes, the question of the axis - as portrayed by Fox. This point is often missed even by Fox’s harshest critics, who reflexively buy into a frame teased out and stroked by Fox’s marketing department. Jobs’ remark cuts to the core.
Juan Williams, from the dedication to his new book “Muzzled” referring to Fox News & and others.
When I run into Fox News, I gotta tell you, if I see people in Journalistic garb, and think - you know - they are identifying themselves first and foremost as Journalists, I get worried. I get nervous.
MEDIAITE: Fox "News" tries to make the (almost) fall of Tripoli into a Barack Obama version of George W. Bush's "Mission Accomplished"
Fox “News” scumbags are bags of scum.
Hard not to assent to the tautology. But really, this is a fascinating example of something that should be more evident. Namely, that having undergone the horrors and moronism of the 43 Bush League - seething for 8 years while all people not bereft of cognition looked upon him and his cohort as - well to put it charitably - the most catastrophic manifestation of the Peter Priniciple imaginable, the Republican base finds itself in an embarrassing form of sophomoric contortionism: essentially saying, “look we can make ‘your guy’ look bad too”.
Yeah, half the time it’s ‘your boy’.
“Na Na Nana Na! See, we can deploy infinite argumentative vectors for the sake of framing this scene”. You can hear this sophistic wavelength, for example, exuding from every orafice of Laura Ingraham’s snarky, loaded questioning of Charley Rangel.
It’s a high-school mentality still steaming over its team being wronged, whipping itself into an eye for eye style automatic gainsay of dishing back the hurt. Now it’s their turn. But it only projects this trauma with the awkward scent of teen spirit in an indirect admission.
Dan Cooper, who was fired from the Rupert Murdoch-owned channel shortly after its 1996 launch, has an ax the size of Paul Bunyan’s to grind. And grind it he does in a blog post…
Potentially the most explosive among Cooper’s many lurid claims, assuming anyone believes them, arises from his account of how his agent, Richard Leibner, dropped him as a client. Leibner did so, asserts Cooper, under pressure from Ailes, who had discovered that Cooper was an anonymous source for a New York magazine story about him, written by ex-Republican David Brock.
And how did Ailes learn that?Certainly Brock didn’t tell him. Of course. Fox News had gotten Brock’s telephone records from the phone company, and my phone number was on the list. Deep in the bowels of 1211 Avenue of the Americas, News Corporation’s New York headquarters, was what Roger called The Brain Room. Most people thought it was simply the research department of Fox News. But unlike virtually everybody else, because I had to design and build the Brain Room, I knew it also housed a counterintelligence and black ops office. So accessing phone records was easy pie. >continue<
Here’s the trick Roger Ailes rides to the ratings bonanza, the talisman swinging left and right, hypnotizing friend and foe alike. “Fair and balanced” may be Orwellian but it’s also ingenious. If you’re styling an advertising vehicle to the tastes of people desperate for validation and simple formulas, what better way to reduce annoying complexities and stroke an audience with the illusion that their “values” represent a whole half of the spectrum? If there’s only two sides, and one of those sides “hasn’t been given its due”, then a news operation that corrects the “imbalance” will appear to a cultivated audience as more trustworthy. Then, one can sell this to the advertisers.
…Unbelievably, somnambulant critics focus on the foreground, attacking “fair and balanced” as if its fraudulence were a matter of execution."
“We tell the other side of the story”, says Chris Wallace at least three times in his interview with Jon Stewart on Fox News Sunday. There is “no single marching order, not some kind of command”, he says again later. But it’s already shown itself - at least three times.
…It’s right there. It’s everywhere. It’s the idea that there are two sides of the story, literally and only two sides. It’s not just Fox News marching to this order. The conjuring trick elevates cliché and anecdote to an unassailable mindwrap, a suffocating transparency where the dubious refracts into the obvious, and we buy into this fate by reflex. Locked in the punch of an absurd spacing, we’ve bought this meta frame where there’s only two sides, Fox exuding the conceit, all pumped with an heroic harrumph, of a tenacity in representing half of what is.
Maybe, early in the interview, there was something in that cup. You want to think a properly caffeinated Stewart would have lanced this boil. And in doing so, he’d have shown the difference between artist and hack in one gesture.
We need art to somehow pinch the scene and make this frame flutter evanescently, perhaps bringing it into view even if by analogy with the simple, dorky irreverence of lighting a fart. >continue<