5 Major Advertisers Ditch Sean Hannity for Sticking up for Accused Pedophile Roy Moore (R)

by poopdogcomedy – Good: At least five companies have announced they will not advertise during Sean Hannity’s TV and radio shows following the host’s coverage of Alabama Senate candidate and accused pedophile Roy Moore. Eloquii, a plus-size clothing retailer, was the first company to publicly distance themselves from the right-wing personality, followed by 23 and me, Nature’s Bounty, Keurig and Realtor.com. Representatives for the five companies, as well as Fox News, did not immediately return HuffPost’s requests for comment. Hannity has come under fire in the last few days over his coverage of Moore, who was the subject of a bombshell Washington Post report Thursday detailing allegations that he had relationships and made sexual advances on teenagers while he was in his early 30s. In the most serious charge, a 14-year-old said he molested her. The report has prompted some Republican lawmakers to call on Moore to step down as the party’s nominee in Alabama’s Dec....

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Five Lies That are Ricocheting Around the Right-Wing Media Bubble (VIDEOS)

by CRISTINA LÓPEZ G. – These absolute lies promoted by right-wing media don’t ever seem to go away, no matter how many times they’re proven false. Spend enough time on the comments sections of the right-wing internet, and the significant number of people who hold beliefs based on completely false premises will become all too apparent. In this world, fact checks and hard evidence are all too easily flicked away with accusations of liberal bias, making civil discourse increasingly hostile and polarized at the expense of truth. That’s because these audiences have been trapped under a tight bubble right-wing media has built, an ecosystem that makes it hard for truth to seep in, while lies ricochet endlessly inside. The bubble holds strong because it’s sustained on the tired trope that the mainstream media is hiding liberal biases under a mask of objectivity. President Donald Trump has taken this worn-out concept to dangerous levels by...

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Mistakes in the News Are Not Fake News

by TODD GITLIN – And tantrums from the faker-in-chief don’t make them so. When they’re not frantically defending the Tweeter-in-Chief’s outbursts against Mika Brzezinski, the latest freak-out in his long running misogynistic obsession with female blood, right wing outlets have been jumping up and down about CNN as a “network in crisis,” a nonstop manufacturer of “FAKE NEWS” that’s been caught out. The tweeter-in-chief himself crowed: Donald J. Trump  ✔@realDonaldTrump Wow, CNN had to retract big story on “Russia,” with 3 employees forced to resign. What about all the other phony stories they do? FAKE NEWS! 6:33 AM – 27 Jun 2017 And then:  Donald J. Trump   ✔@realDonaldTrump So they caught Fake News CNN cold, but what about NBC, CBS & ABC? What about the failing @nytimes & @washingtonpost? They are all Fake News! 8:47 AM – 27 Jun 2017 What instigated these presidential shrieks was a CNN.com piece stating that hedge-fund impresario Anthony Scaramucci, a latecomer to the Trump campaign, was connected to a Russian investment fund managed by a Kremlin-controlled bank, a fund said to be under Senate Intelligence Committee...

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First Advertiser Pulls Ads From Hannity

by Judd Legum – The decision follows Hannity relentlessly pushing a murder conspiracy theory about Seth Rich. The first advertiser has pulled their ads from Sean Hannity’s show on Fox News, following a week in which Hannity has stubbornly clung to a debunked conspiracy theory. Through his Fox show and social media platforms, Hannity has pushed theory that Seth Rich, a DNC staffer who was murdered last summer, was the source of the emails released by Wikileaks. Hannity believes this theory would exonerate Russia and, therefore, Trump from interfering with the presidential campaign. Hannity relied on the claims of a private investigator and a report published on FoxNews.com. The investigator has since recanted and FoxNews.com retracted their story. Cars.com announced their decision to pull their ads in response to an inquiry from BuzzFeed News. Mary Georgantopoulos  ✔@marygeorgant .@carsdotcom is suspending its advertising on Sean Hannity’s Fox show 2:18 PM – 24 May...

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Roger Ailes: The Man Who Destroyed Objectivity

by NEAL GABLER – The founder of the right-wing network inflicted harm on the body politic that may be impossible to heal. Fox News creator and former chief Roger Ailes, who died at 77 last week from complications after a fall in his Florida home, may have been the most significant political figure of the last 35 years — which isn’t necessarily a compliment to those of us who believe media mavens shouldn’t also be political operatives. Ailes clearly thought differently. He simultaneously changed the contours both of American politics and American media by melding them, and in doing so changed the contours of fact and objectivity as they once were understood before the era of post-fact. It seems a lot to put on one man, but Roger Ailes destroyed the idea of media objectivity in the name of media objectivity, the way a phony evangelist might destroy virtue in the...

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Trump & Co. Put Out a Call for Plumbers

by TODD GITLIN – With so many leaks in the White House and no one to stop them, the Trump administration and the right-wing media are stepping up attacks on the “fake news” mainstream media and whistleblowers. Trump’s blasts against the hated media flood out of his reptile brain like rising seas, for example: Donald J. Trump ✔@realDonaldTrump The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People! 4:48 PM – 17 Feb 2017 and Donald J. Trump  ✔@realDonaldTrump FAKE NEWS media knowingly doesn’t tell the truth. A great danger to our country. The failing @nytimes has become a joke. Likewise @CNN. Sad! 10:09 PM – 24 Feb 2017 And so on. The New York Times (which seems to be fairly thriving, by the way) has counted 41 of these during the 100 days from his inauguration through April...

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Rush Limbaugh and iHeart Radio in Financial Jeopardy. The End is Nigh!

by pentupnrgy – Limbaugh may finally be history! After all the consumer boycotts of products airing on Limbaugh’s nationally syndicated hate filled spew show, they may finally have worked: The parent company of iHeartCommunications, which syndicates programs by conservative talk-show hosts Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity, appears to be headed toward bankruptcy.  In a statement filed last week with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the federal agency charged with regulating companies that offer investments to the public, iHeartCommunications’ parent company, iHeartMedia Inc., said that it had “substantial doubt” that it would be in business by the middle of next year. www.salon.com/… Being in an expensive, dying and controversial industry isn’t good for stock prices, which is why in 2008, iHeartCommunications became a wholly owned subsidiary of iHeartMedia in a $24 billion stock buyout transaction initiated by Bain Capital, the investment firm for which past GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney labored for...

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Brian Stelter Slams Sean Hannity For His Disturbing Lies About Hillary Clinton (VIDEO)

by Joe Fletcher – Brian Stelter just called out Sean Hannity during a segment of CNN’s Reliable Sources on Sunday morning for some of the ridiculous claims he has made this past week about Hillary Clinton’s health. In case you didn’t know, there has been a strange right-wing conspiracy going around that Hillary Clinton has some severe health problems. Hannity has been the leading propagator of the claim. Hannity had the cojones to claim that evidence for his allegations was provided by an Associated Press reporter named Lisa Lerer. Lerer called Hannity out on his fictitious claims, definitively proving that Clinton is not, in fact, suffering from seizures and that Hannity had made the whole story up. Here is a snippet from Lerer’s must read conspiracy debunking article: “The conservative Fox News host Sean Hannity opened a 6-minute Thursday night segment titled “Hillary’s Health” by saying, “as speculation swirls about...

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Obama Astonishes Sean Hannity by Noting the World Is Less Violent Than It Used to Be

by Jacob Sullum – It’s the Fox News host, not the president, who inhabits “an alternate reality.” “If you had to choose a moment in history to be born, and you didn’t know ahead of time who you were going to be, you’d choose now,” President Obama remarked in a speech last week, “because the world has never been less violent, healthier, better educated, more tolerant, with more opportunity for more people, and more connected than it is today.” Fox News talk show host Sean Hannity, an avid Donald Trump supporter, was astounded: Less violent? Never been—are you kidding me?… What do you make, Dr. Gorka, about Obama the world has never been less violent? What alternate reality is he living in? What Alice in Wonderland fantasy is he in as of right now because it’s almost on a daily basis, sadly, we have to report this…. The world has never...

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America Does NOT Deserve Donald Trump as President

by Gaius Septimus – This was supposed to be the year of Republican dominance. Early on, the talking points from the GOP had to do with how deep the GOP presidential bench was. So much talent! So many options! By contrast, the Democrats, decimated by the 2014 midterm elections could barely muster 6 candidates, and 3 of them barely had any name recognition. But, even if you are done with the past, as the old adage goes, the past may not be done with you. The simple truth is that the GOP has become heavily invested in disinformation, anti-intellectualism, and racial baiting. The simple truth is that in the wake of Citizens United, the way money is used in politics has become a major factor in who wins elections and how. First and foremost, the FOX News channel has made common cause with the GOP and has engaged in not merely...

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FOX’s Sean Hannity Cites Hoax Website, Donald Trump Cites Hannity (VIDEO)

by RANDA MORRIS – As usual, the fact-checkers at Punditfact are working overtime trying to keep up with the lies being circulated by right-wing bubble heads. On October 26 at a New Hampshire Town Hall meeting, Donald Trump told those attending that President Obama is planning to bring 250,000 Syrian refugees to the United States. The Town Hall was broadcast live on NBC New Hampshire. Since the Obama administration has never said anything even close to this, Punditfact went to work trying to figure out where the claim came from. It turns out that on at least two separate occasions FOX News host Sean Hannity repeated claims made on a hoax website, called realnewsrightnow.com. On October 19, Hannity made claim while interviewing presidential candidate Jeb Bush. “You see the backlash emerging now in Europe over the refugee problem for Syria and Iraq,” Hannity said during the broadcast. “The president said he’s going...

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McCarthy Promises Sean Hannity He’ll Shut Down the Government. Four times, Apparently

by Hunter – Oh, Kevin McCarthy. Not even elected speaker yet and already promising the radio rubes that he’ll shutdown the government over pretty much any issue Sean Hannity can name. Boehner, to his great credit, didn’t feed the media beast that sought to destroy him. McCarthy, before serving a single day in the speakership, handed his gonads over to the most Limbaugh-like personality on Fox News, who happily placed them in escrow.Hannity isn’t after McCarthy—who isn’t a particularly quotable guest—for ratings alone. He wants regular progress reports on a different promise McCarthy made to him. Actually, it was four promises: “Defunding Planned Parenthood, defunding executive amnesty and immigration, defunding Obamacare, and this Iranian deal is an unmitigated disaster that will lead to a modern-day Holocaust,” Hannity said, rattling off his top priorities. “Will you tell conservative America tonight that you will fight to the end … to defund those issues...

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Ben Carson Would Accept A Muslim Presidential Candidate Who Repudiates ‘The Life Of Mohammed’

by JUSTIN SALHANI – Presidential candidate Ben Carson’s remarks that a Muslim would not be fit to lead the United States caused plenty of controversy Monday. To try and clear things up, Carson went on Fox News’ Hannity Monday evening. Carson tried to clarify his statements by saying his comments applied not just to Muslims but to all religious people. “So if, for instance, you believe in a theocracy, I don’t care if you’re a Christian, if you’re a Christian and you’re running for president and you want to make this into a theocracy, I’m not going to support you. I’m not going to advocate you being the president,” Carson said. In the interview, Sean Hannity, who hosts and who the show is named for, tries to steer Carson along his own line of thinking. HANNITY: “Was that what you were thinking in your mind when you were answering the...

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Republicans Tell Their Own Media: You’re Destroying Our Chance To Govern With Your Idiocy

by CHARLES TOPHER – A new Harvard study is shedding light on an issue that has been helping destroy the Republican party for years. The conservative media, shaping the way the right-wing public feels about America, is making it nearly impossible for the party to govern. Since taking over Congress in January, Republican control has yielded very little in the way of results. Some would claim that has to do with the president being a Democrat, destroying their chances to accomplish their goals with a strong veto pen in a lame duck administration, but according to the numbers, that assumption is wrong. President Obama has vetoed a total of four bills in his tenure in the Oval Office, two of which happened this year. The GOP controlled 114th Congress hasn’t been hindered by President Obama and it hasn’t been hindered by the Democrats in Congress. When the GOP took over, the president...

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Reality Is Winning: New Poll Finds Americans Increasingly Aren’t Buying Right-Wing Lies

By JAMESON PARKER, Addicting Info – Fox News makes a big show of being the “most trusted” source of news, but that claim, like much of what we find on the conservative network, is increasingly becoming mere wishful thinking. Instead, Americans are waking up to the fact that Fox News, along with its counterparts on the web and radio, are functioning as little more than a right-wing propaganda machine. People, particularly young people, aren’t buying it. In a comprehensive poll conducted by Pew Research that covered dozens of major and minor political news sources, researchers found that Fox “most trusted” News was actually the most distrusted source of news for Millennials. A whopping 43 percent of those surveyed said you can’t trust what that network tells you about politics and government. But other right-wing media outlets fared even worse in their overall “trust vs. distrust” ratio. According to the same poll, The Sean Hannity...

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Koch Crony Scott Walker Actually Called The Minimum Wage ‘Lame’

By RYAN DENSON, Addicting Info – The man who decimated unions, cut millions from education and given his state the seven-day work week now says the minimum wage is a “lame idea” from the left. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. Right after becoming the one millionth Republican to enter the presidential race, Walker’s first interview was with Sean Hannity. While attempting to justify his disgusting treatment of workers, Walker claimed that the minimum wage was a “lame idea” the Democrats have put forth to keep jobs: “The left claims they’re for American workers, and they’ve got lame ideas, things like minimum wage. We need to talk about how we get people skills and qualifications they need to get jobs that go beyond minimum wage.” Ah, yes, the thing that could lift five million Americans out of poverty is a “lame idea.” The thing that allows employees to have the even...

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Donald Trump Wants To ‘Solve The ISIS Problem’ With His Superior Negotiating Skills (VIDEO)

by WENDY GITTLESON – Ever since Ronald Reagan was in office, one consistent Republican mantra has been that we don’t negotiate with terrorists. Donald Trump, who always thinks Obama is too soft on terrorism, thinks that he, the Donald, would be the exception and that because he’s a business man, he’d solve the ISIS problem tout suite. In a CPAC give and take with Sean Hannity, Trump tried to sell himself as the most qualified presidential candidate, because, well, he fires people, or something. Despite the fact that Trump has been wrong about absolutely everything when it comes to Obama, including his ridiculous birther game, Trump believes his “negotiation skills” give him the qualifications to deal with ISIS. From somewhere in his tufts of hair, Trump pulled out his belief that the unemployment rate is over 20 percent. (Even the conservative Forbes believes it’s at around 12.6% and if you are...

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Marco Rubio Tries To Lecture Obama On ISIS, Commits Epic Error

By IGOR VOLSKY, Think Progress – Potential 2016 presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) inexplicably told a conservative audience on Friday that President Barack Obama lacked a military strategy to confront ISIS because he feared upsetting Iran, a country that has actually committed itself to defeating the terrorist group. Speaking before the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Maryland, Rubio told radio and TV host Sean Hannity that “if we wanted to defeat them militarily, we could do it. doesn’t want to upset Iran.” Referring to the United States’ ongoing negotiations with Iran to contain that country’s nuclear program, Rubio continued, “In mind, this deal with Iran is going to be the Obamacare of the second term, and he doesn’t want them sending military to the region because they think the region belongs to them.” There’s just one problem: Iran has been fighting ISIS just like the United...

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How Many Days Did the Tea Party ‘Cease Protest Activities’ After Their Supporters Killed Cops?

By Frank Vyan Walton, Daily Kos – So Rudolph Guiliani claims that Obama’s Propaganda to “Hate Police” is what caused the recent shooting of two officers in New York does he? “We’ve had four months of propaganda starting with the president that everybody should hate the police,” Giuliani said. “The protests are being embraced, the protests are being encouraged. The protests, even the ones that don’t lead to violence, a lot of them lead to violence, all lead to a conclusion. The police are bad, the police are racist. That is completely wrong.” Yeah, ok, besides the fact that somebody somewhere once called this type of thing a “Blood Libel”, while Fox News is blatantly lying about Protestors chanting “Go Kill a Cop”, I have a question for you Rudy.I want to know – because I’m just curious – how long was it that the Tea Party was asked to stop...

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Russell Brand Gets Kicked Out Of Fox News Headquarters (VIDEO)

by Joe Fletcher – Russell Brand decided to do something new for his latest critique of Fox News. He decided to hilariously demonstrate how Fox News manipulates statistics to further their agenda — while outside of the Fox News Headquarters in New York City. Brand was originally booked to appear on the Sean Hannity show, but his appearance was canceled. While filming outside of the building, Brand was threatened with arrest for filming. Man In Suit: “Excuse me.” Russell Brand: “Yes sir.” Man In Suit: “You can’t film here. This is private property.” Russell Brand: “This bit here? (motions his hand to indicate the sidewalk outside of the building) Whose property is it?” Man In Suit: “Yes. The building.” Russell Brand: “Who does the building belong to?” Man In Suit: “It doesn’t matter.” Russell Brand: “It does matter. I’ll just stay here then.” Man In Suit: “You wanna get arrested?” Brand eventually...

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