Plus: The War on Truth
I find it absolutely baffling that, according to polls, voters trust Rs more on all these issues, when the Republican party has literally no platform, no plan for ANYTHING. How the heck does that happen?!
Regarding what courage looks like and what it does not look like, last night I briefly turned on Fox (just to see how they were dealing with the war) and saw Laura Ingraham pretend that she is clued in - in fact she is not. But to her gullible audience, she presents Biden as someone who is widely ignored and that the presidents of France and China will be the ones make a deal to pacify Ukraine.
Again - all constructed out of whole cloth. In fact a few do not speak to Biden. But the US has managed to herd a group of difficult and selfish leaders - and somehow the West in united.
In any case - courage is NOT Fox News Anchors mentally masturbating their audience who still want to own the libs, even when the libs are being both right and strong.
Sorry, Charlie... :(
See Mike Luckovich's cartoon today: "Always been nice to me."
"Godzilla's never bitten my head off, incinerated my house, or stomped my family, so why WOULDN'T I support Godzilla?!"
I agree with Matt Lewis' observations on how Russia's invasion of Ukraine has killed Trump's 'America First' movement, although I don't think it's completely dead because there are so many in Trump world, including Tucker Carlson who seem to be actively rooting for Putin and constantly express contempt for NATO. I was pondering a statement made by Glenn Greenwald earlier today, where he tweeted that "There is no such thing as being a "traitor" regarding Russia since -- as was true during the Cold War -- the US is not at war with Russia (thankfully) and thus it is not and cannot be considered an "enemy" of the US under the constitution." I'm not an expert on these things, but it has me wondering; Are we in a cold war with Russia? And if so, how long has it been going on? And, is it true that someone can't be a "traitor" if there is no official declaration of war, but rather a cold war, like in the 80's, and what seems like we are engaged in now? I would be interested to know what foreign policy experts and possibly administration officials would say about this categorization. Senator Mitt Romney explicitly used the phrase "treasonous" to describe Tulsi Gabbard when she went on tv to parrot Russian disinformation and propaganda. Maybe there is such a thing as a traitor, and treason in these times? If Americans, and some who are in the military, are actively working on behalf of Russia, and we are in an informational, cyber and maybe even a proxy war with them in Ukraine, then doesn't it logically make sense that people like Trump, Tucker, Tulsi Gabbard, Mike Flynn etc, are in fact treasonous traitors to the United States?
I wish someone at Fox News had 1% of the courage of Marina Ovsyannikova, to interrupt Tucker Carlson to call out his bullshit pro-Putin propaganda.
Before I get distracted, and it may be just me, the link to the video doesn't work and that holds true for every Twitter link to anything Russian or Ukrainian that has been included for the last few days.
Charlie, remember the vile strategy of Hell's future coal shovelers:
"...flood the zone with shit." -Steve Bannon
Unfortunately, you have to pick it up and throw it back.
God bless this woman on the Russian news, I was reading France offered her political asylum.
And OT just listening to Al Hunt on Politics War Room with James Carville, and the topic of Bill Barr‘s new book comes up. James ask Al what he thinks and he says “Well, I’m going to follow Charlie Sykes advice and not buy it or read it’. I thought that was great, although I believe it was actually Tim’s line
Fox News lost a cameraman today due to an attack in Kyev. But at least Putin never called Tucker a racist!
Code Red for the Dems! As an old time Democrat I see the party falling apart just like the Republicans. I view the "progressive wing" very similar to Trumpers. They have lost their way and are not in step with the main stream Democrats or how we think in this totally screwed up world. For those who still say the Dems have the majority in the Senate can't count. As long as king cole Manchin and Miss whatever she might be willing to back from Ariz are in the senate the dems are two votes short. In today's world we need to solve existing problems before we wander off into nay, nay land defunding police and installing EV recharging stations every two feet at tax payer expense.
There is still Covid to deal with, inflation, supply issues and Ukraine. By the way when someone agrees to cancel my mortgage I'll agree to canceling student loans. When you borrow money you agree to pay it back so grow up and do it!
Political polling has become so fraught that it's virtually meaningless today, unless readers have a more complete picture of the process: sample size; how participants were selected; response rate; margin of error; question/item construction; etc.
All this WSJ poll tells me as reported is that many respondents have taken on the bulk of the media's framing of Biden's presidency thus far. There isn't much that's new in that.
The quest to discover Tucker Carlson's conscience is doomed, but I wonder if the wounding of a correspondent and the death of a cameraman will give Fox News colleagues still more reason to disassociate themselves from Tucker. It will be interesting to know how he fares in the ratings as this goes on. I worry he knows his audience all too well.
Kudos to renegade Reps Tom Rice and Nancy Mace. Trump is attacking them because they were disloyal. Tyrants punish renegades. Anyone disloyal to Lenin was expelled from Russia (e.g., Nikolai Berdyaev). Anyone who crossed Stalin was expelled and murdered (e.g., Leon Trotsky). Anyone disloyal to Mao was dismissed from his position and then expelled from the Party (e.g., Ai Qing). Anyone disloyal to Trump is stripped of assignments, censured, and purged from the Party (e.g., Liz Cheney). Leninism, Stalinism, Maoism, Tumpism -- just different names for the same thing. Tyranny.
The Putin-to-Tucker disinformation/conspiracy pipeline is real, and it's brainwashing countless American conservatives who *still* can't tell good information from bad because about 15 years ago Conservatism, Inc. thought it was a GREAT idea to scream at the top of their lungs that "the mainstream media is lying to you on purpose!" Welp, 15 years later we have American conservatives who think that RT and Sputnik and Alex Jones are better sources of information than the Associated Press or Thompson Reuters. Thanks 2008-2014 GOP!
Shouldn't Carlson's background shot be the Kremlin? At least that would show where his loyalty lies.