Last Build Date: Sat, 10 Dec 2016 10:08:22 PSTCopyright: Copyright 2016 Little Green Footballs
Sat, 10 Dec 2016 10:08:22 PSTThis is the irony underlying Beck’s current stance: The same doomsday sensibility that helps him appreciate the menace posed by Trump led him to massively exaggerate the menace posed by Obama—and thus to breed the hateful paranoia on which Trump now feeds. Beck, in fact, pioneered some of Trump’s most disturbing themes. At the beginning of Obama’s first term, Beck repeatedly called the president antiwhite. In 2010, he wondered why Obama “needlessly throws his hat into the ring to defend the Ground Zero mosque. He hosts Ramadan dinners, which a president can do. But then you just add all of this stuff up—his wife goes against the advice of the advisers, jets to Spain for vacation. What does she do there? She hits up the Alhambra palace mosque. Fine, it’s a tourist attraction. But is there anything more to this? Are they sending messages?” Trump opponents may appreciate Beck’s Hitler analogies now that they’re directed at The Donald. But during the first 14 months of the Obama administration, according to Dana Milbank’s book Tears of a Clown: Glenn Beck and the Tea Bagging of America, Beck and guests on his Fox News show invoked “fascism,” “Nazis,” “Hitler,” “the Holocaust” and “Joseph Goebbels” 487 times. For good measure, Beck in 2007 said that Hillary Clinton sounds like “the stereotypical bitch.” Beck says he’s sorry for all that. “I played a role, unfortunately,” he told Megyn Kelly during a 2014 interview on Fox News, “in helping tear the country apart.” He told me that now that America has “hit the iceberg,” he wants to help it heal. “I’m not the guy you want at the beginning of the ride on the Titanic, because I’m the guy going out and saying, ‘We’re going to hit ice,’ ” he explained. “But once she starts going down, I’m the guy who would be standing at the lifeboats saying, ‘Relax, it’s going to be okay. Let’s get the women and the children in the boats. Let’s not tear each other apart.’ ” That's all well and good, but as Right Wing Watch reported on December 7, he has hardly come to Jesus: Beck insisted that there was credible evidence that Gutman was “involved in a child sex scandal” but when Clinton was informed of the allegations, she ignored them and simply transferred him to a different embassy. Furthermore, the press mostly ignored the story in an effort to protect Clinton, Beck said, which is what is now giving rise to conspiracy theories like “Pizzagate.” “When you have the State Department and Hillary Clinton dismissing child sex trafficking, which CBS News was reporting years ago,” Beck said, “when you have Hillary Clinton’s State Department saying, ‘Don’t look into that,’ conspiracy theories begin.” “So media, before you start pointing fingers at everyone else, start pointing fingers to yourself,” Beck said. “You accepted the fact that Hillary Clinton said, ‘Don’t look into that, let’s move him.’ She did exactly what the Catholic Church did!” ===== It is therefore no small irony that Beck’s self-righteous rant about how the media failed to do its job by covering the Gutman scandal is entirely undercut by the fact that Beck himself couldn’t be bothered to actually research the case before ranting about it on air today. Because had he done so, he would have found this piece in the Washington Post written by Gutman last year chronicling the false accusations against him and how he was eventually exonerated by the State Department. More: Why Glenn Beck Is Sorry About Donald Trump - The Atlantic[...]
Fri, 09 Dec 2016 21:26:21 PST
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Fri, 09 Dec 2016 18:01:40 PST
If this Washington Post article is accurate, how the hell can this country allow the election of Donald Trump to stand?
A case like this is exactly why the Electoral College was created in the first place. It’s not supposed to be a rubber stamp. The Electoral College was intended to be a last line of defense against American democracy being subverted by special interests, or a foreign power.
We have now reached the crossing of that Rubicon.
The CIA has concluded in a secret assessment that Russia intervened in the 2016 election to help Donald Trump win the presidency, rather than just to undermine confidence in the U.S. electoral system, according to officials briefed on the matter.
Intelligence agencies have identified individuals with connections to the Russian government who provided WikiLeaks with thousands of hacked emails from the Democratic National Committee and others, including Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman, according to U.S. officials. Those officials described the individuals as actors known to the intelligence community and part of a wider Russian operation to boost Trump and hurt Clinton’s chances.
“It is the assessment of the intelligence community that Russia’s goal here was to favor one candidate over the other, to help Trump get elected,” said a senior U.S. official briefed on an intelligence presentation made to U.S. senators. “That’s the consensus view.”
Fri, 09 Dec 2016 15:27:39 PST
The people who run Twitter seem to finally be getting serious about shutting down some of the worst white supremacist and neo-Nazi accounts that have given the site a terrible reputation for hate speech and harassment.
Last month they banned a whole bunch of racist and white supremacist accounts, including Richard Spencer (who's been in the media lately gloating about helping Trump win the election).
Now we have two more big suspensions to report; a few days ago they banned @rabite, whose real name is Andrew Auernheimer, a crony of infamous white supremacist troll Chuck C. Johnson who sports a big swastika tattooed on his chest, and recently hacked into a large number of wireless printers across the country to print flyers calling for the death of children.
And today we learned that another vile racist right winger and big Trump supporter has gotten the boot: @JaredWyand, seen in the image above. Wyand had 135,000+ followers when he was suspended.
Keep it up, Twitter. This should have been done a long time ago before they turned much of the site into a place where many people feel unsafe to visit, but better late than never.
This isn't about free speech. Twitter has no responsibility to allow neo-Nazis and racist dirtbags to spread their evil ideology. We've seen exactly what happens when a large social site like Twitter refuses to deal with them because of a misguided and naïve idea of "free speech" for everyone; they run amok and ruin everything, spewing hatred and racism and harassing women and minorities relentlessly, driving decent people away.
It could be argued, in fact, that social networks like Twitter and Facebook, by failing to take action to stop the hatred and fake news spread by these people, played a big part in helping elect Donald Trump -- the authoritarian crypto-fascist president-elect who is overwhelmingly supported by neo-Nazis and white supremacists.
Fri, 09 Dec 2016 11:07:49 PST
The incoming Trump administration is apparently planning to implement a purge of any Energy Department officials who have worked on issues related to climate change.
According to Bloomberg, the Trump transition team has presented the DOE with a 74-point questionnaire that asks for the names of employees and contractors who worked on the Obama administration's efforts to address climate change.
Politico has a copy of the questionnaire, which seeks to identify anyone who attended United Nations climate change meetings or helped develop the Obama administration's metrics on the social cost of carbon dioxide. The document also asks for information on research activities and loan programs.
Two Energy Department employees who spoke on condition of anonymity confirmed the questionnaire and said agency staff were unsettled by the Trump team’s information request.
This is the start of an anti-science purge unlike anything the US has ever seen. This country is in big, big trouble with a Trump administration, and it's going to affect the entire world.
Here's the questionnaire, posted online by the New York Times.
Thu, 08 Dec 2016 19:31:40 PST
As more and more major advertisers realize that Breitbart "News" is a far right hate site, and it damages their brands to advertise there, the latest company to join the exodus from Breitbart is renowned automobile manufacturer BMW.
@slpng_giants We continuously review sites where individually targeted ads are available and Breitbart is no longer among them.
— BMW (@BMW) December 8, 2016
Thu, 08 Dec 2016 16:28:09 PST
As I tweeted earlier today...
Trump is putting in place an extreme right wing administration that will do its best to destroy the US government. @samsteinhp
— Charles Johnson (@Green_Footballs) December 8, 2016
Thu, 08 Dec 2016 14:12:31 PST
Today's program from our podcasting affiliate, The Bob & Chez Show:
Pap Smear: Kellyanne Conway is an evil genius; Conway warns that Trump can manipulate the stock market; Alex Jones’ list of fake news sites; Pizzagate; The latest Trump nominations; Fast food CEO will run the Labor Department; The Ohio Anti-Abortion bill; We call State Senator Steve Oroho to schedule a pap smear; and more.
Thu, 08 Dec 2016 11:09:27 PST
Last night Stephen Colbert desperately tried to deny he's involved in #PizzaGate, to no avail because we all know the truth, don't we?
Wed, 07 Dec 2016 17:55:50 PST
I'm pleased to announce that Little Green Footballs has made it onto a very prestigious list of news outlets: The Ultimate "Fake News" List by none other than deranged conspiracy-monger Alex Jones!
The whack jobs who run Infowars are clearly stung by the absolutely accurate charge that they peddle fake news to gullible right wingers, so they're doing what these snake oil salesmen always do: "I know you are but what am I?"
FULL LIST OF FAKE NEWS OUTLETS
– The New York Times
– The Washington Post
– NBC News
– CBS News
– ABC News
– The Huffington Post
– Rolling Stone
– BBC News
– Sky News
– Financial Times
– New York Daily News
– L.A. Times
– USA Today
– US News & World Report
– Business Insider
– Daily Beast
– Yahoo News
– Daily Kos
– Young Turks
– Raw Story
– New Yorker
– Think Progress
– Media Matters
– Center for American Progress
– Little Green Footballs
– The Economist
Unfortunately we're almost in last place, but I don't think it's ordered by importance since The Economist, whose budget I'm pretty sure is much bigger than ours, is below LGF. Nonetheless, we pledge to work even harder so the next time Jones and his addle-brained crony Paul Joseph Watson publish one of these lists we're at Number One!
Wed, 07 Dec 2016 11:48:14 PST
The news from the Donald Trump Horror just keeps getting worse, every day.
Today Trump announced his pick to head the Environmental Protection Agency. Would it surprise you to learn that he's a far right climate change denier in the pocket of the fossil fuel industries?
Scott Pruitt, a Republican, has been a key architect of the legal battle against Mr. Obama’s climate change policies, actions that fit with the president-elect’s comments during the campaign. Mr. Trump has criticized the established science of human-caused global warming as a hoax, vowed to “cancel” the Paris accord committing nearly every nation to taking action to fight climate change, and attacked Mr. Obama’s signature global warming policy, the Clean Power Plan, as a “war on coal.”
Mr. Pruitt, 48, who has emerged as a hero to conservative activists, is also one of a number of Republican attorneys general who have formed an alliance with some of the nation’s top energy producers to push back against the Obama regulatory agenda, a 2014 investigation by The New York Times revealed.
It's no exaggeration to say that Pruitt as head of the EPA represents an existential threat to the future of planet Earth. This is so bad.
I served proudly as Region 2 EPA Administrator under George W.Bush. For me, the Pruitt appointment is shameful. https://t.co/QsDk27vVpz
— Alan Steinberg (@Asteinberg613) December 7, 2016
— Charles Johnson (@Green_Footballs) December 7, 2016