Fox News Under FBI Counterintelligence Investigation

from Louise Mensch

Patribotics

Sources with links to the justice department report that Fox News is under an FBI counterintelligence investigation for co-ordinating with the Kremlin in broadcasting propaganda.

While the First Amendment guarantees freedom of speech and journalistic freedom, sources say that signals intelligence gathered from so-called ‘incidental collection,’ such as NSA collection on Sputnik and Russia Today,  which is ongoing.

Specifically, Sean Hannity is on signals intelligence co-ordinating his pro-Trump message with organs of the Russian state, such as RT, Sputnik, Wikileaks and Julian Assange. However, emails co-ordinating messaging with registered agents of the Russian state are said to exist from more shows than that of Sean Hannity.

Furthermore, sources familiar with the matter say that the FBI is actively considering a referral to the FCC, in addition to any criminal prosecutions that may result for individuals not registering under FARA for coordinating with official agents of the Russian state.

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Newt Gingrich and The Art of the Smear

In 1995 GOPAC was a right wing group chaired by Newt Gingrich.

Gingrich produced a handout called Language: A Key Mechanism
of Control
.

It was a list of 113 words for use in attacks on progressive ideas
and democrats.

“Words and phrases are powerful,” wrote Gingrich.

“…memorize as many as possible and remember that like any tool, these words will not help if they are not used.”

“Apply these (words) to the opponent, their record, proposals, and their party.”

The words on his list were: “traitors, betray, sick, pathetic, lie, liberal, radical, hypocrisy, corruption, permissive attitude, greed, self-serving, ideological, anti-flag, anti-family, anti-child, anti-jobs, unionized bureaucracy, impose, and coercion.”

 

Art by Rob Goldstein
from Language: A Key Mechanism of Control by Newt Gingrich

 

Republicans branded Democrats as, “sick, pathetic, incompetent, liberal traitors whose self-serving permissive attitudes promote a unionized bureaucracy and an anti-flag, anti-family, anti-child, anti-job ideology.”

Plus:

• abuse of power
• anti- (issue): flag, family, child, jobs
• betray
• bizarre
• bosses
• bureaucracy
• cheat
• coercion
• “compassion” is not enough
• collapse(ing)
• consequences
• corrupt
• corruption
• criminal rights
• crisis
• cynicism
• decay
• deeper
• destroy
• destructive
• devour
• disgrace
• endanger
• excuses
• failure (fail)
• greed
• hypocrisy
• ideological
• impose
• incompetent
• insecure
• insensitive • intolerant
• liberal
• lie
• limit(s)
• machine
• mandate(s)
• obsolete
• pathetic
• patronage
• permissive attitude
• pessimistic
• punish (poor …)
• radical
• red tape
• self-serving
• selfish
• sensationalists
• shallow
• shame
• sick
• spend(ing)
• stagnation
• status quo
• steal
• taxes
• they/them
• threaten
• traitors
• unionized
• urgent (cy)
• waste
• welfare

To be clear, Newt Gingrich and the Republican Party did not offer 113 new policies the GOP might write to win an honest political debate.

The GOP  chose to poison our politics by smearing Democrats and suppressing the vote.

Today the GOP violates Democratic norms.

Today the GOP writes cruel legislation in secret, and spreads Russian style propaganda in political ads.

Today, Newt Gingrich is a propagandist for Vladimir Putin.

In American Democracy the people are the government.

As citizens we pay taxes into a common fund which we use to promote the
public good.

The public good is public education, housing, healthcare, and nutrition for
our children.

We provide access to these essentials because a person without class
mobility is not truly free.

These are my daily affirmations, repeat after me:

Smear campaigns are not public policy

Words have meaning.

I will not be conned.

Government is instituted for the Common Good
Quote from John Addams

(c) Rob Goldstein 2015-2017

Quote from John Adams found on Twitter

 

 

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What Does the Establishment Pay Right Wing Media to Tell You to Hate Your Government?

Art by Rob Goldstein
Fox News: 1% News 99& Fear and Smear

There is an Establishment.

The last thing this Establishment wants is for you to feel empowered by our
Democracy to shape your government and it’s future.

It wants you to think that Capitalism and Democracy are the same thing;.

It doesn’t want you to have a visceral sense of your right to  your share of this
nation’s wealth.

Why do you have a right to a share of the wealth of your country?

Because you are a citizen of the United States of America.

 

Art by Rob Goldstein
We’ve earned our share.


The Establishment wants you to feel isolated, alienated and afraid.

It wants you to hate yourself and your neighbors and nothing pleases
it more than watching citizens gun each other down over nothing.

Mass shootings are a method of control.

So, how much does it pay to broadcast the Establishment’s daily message of
lies, disinformation, racist slurs,  character assassinations, capitalist dogma,
and fear?

Here is a short list of prominent right-wing (establishment) pundits and experts.

Rupert Murdoch
Net Worth: $11.4 Billion

Rush Limbaugh
Net Worth: $470 Million

 Glenn Beck ($90 million)  a Year
Right-wing political TV personality Glenn Beck earned $90 million this year.  His income stems from the network he started after leaving Fox News, The Blaze.

Matt Drudge
Net worth: $90 Million

Sean Hannity
Net Worth: $80 Million

Bill O’Reilly
Net Worth: $70 Million

Steve Bannon
Net Worth $41.0 million (Not fully verified)

Roger Ailes
Net Worth $25 Million

Megyn Kelly
Net Worth: $15 Million

Lou Dobbs
Net Worth: $10 Million

Ann Coulter
Net worth: $8.5 Million

Charles Krauthammer
Net Worth $8 MIllion

Newt Gingrich
Net Worth $7 Million

Mike Huckabee
Net Worth $5 Million

Michelle Malkin
Net Worth $3 Million

 

Art by Rob Goldstein
Image found on Twitter

 


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Fortunate Son
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August 22, 2016: Today’s Top Three Right-Wing Lies

These were the three lies at the top of the Yahoo News page today.

Let’s start with this juicy half truth as a headline:

Huma Abedin
Clinton Aid listed as the Former Assistant Editor of an Anti-Feminist Muslim Journal

Who is Huma Abedin?

According to Vanity Fair 40-year-old Huma Abedin began working for Hillary in 1996, when she was a 19-year-old intern fresh from George Washington University assigned to the First Lady’s office.

Over the years Huma has served in several positions, with increasingly important-sounding titles. She has been Hillary’s “body woman,” her traveling chief of staff, a senior adviser, and a deputy chief of staff when Hillary was secretary of state. Now, based in Brooklyn, she is the vice-chair of Hillary’s 2016 presidential campaign. But whatever the title, the job she performs for Hillary has always been essentially the same: confessor, confidante, and constant companion. It’s safe to say that over the years Abedin and Hillary have spent more time together than either has with her husband.

A former adviser to Bill Clinton describes her as “a mini Hillary.” Wherever Hillary goes, Abedin goes. In November 2008, when Hillary flew to Chicago to meet with President-Elect Barack Obama to discuss becoming secretary of state, she took Huma along. During Hillary’s grueling, nearly 11-hour congressional testimony in October about Benghazi, Abedin was there. She has been referred to as a “second daughter” to the Clintons. Others have described Hillary and Huma as like sisters.

Huma Abedin was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Her mother, Saleha Mahmood Abedin, is Pakistani; her late father, Syed Zainul Abedin, was Indian. Both were intellectuals. When Abedin was two years old, the family moved to Jidda, Saudi Arabia, where, with the backing of Abdullah Omar Nasseef, then the president of King Abdulaziz University, her father founded the Institute of Muslim Minority Affairs, a think tank, and became the first editor of its Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, which stated its mission as “shedding light” on minority Muslim communities around the world in the hope of “securing the legitimate rights of these communities.”

The Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs is an Abedin family business. Huma was an assistant editor there between 1996 and 2008. Her brother, Hassan, 45, is a book-review editor at the Journal and was a fellow at the Oxford Center for Islamic Studies, where Nasseef is chairman of the board of trustees. Huma’s sister, Heba, 26, is an assistant editor at the Journal. Vanity Fair News

What is the Journal of Muslim Minority affairs?

Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs is the only scholarly journal studying Muslim communities in non-Muslim societies. It provides a wealth of information about these communities that cannot be found anywhere else in documented form. It has opened up a new area of specialization in minority studies with original articles addressing the minority condition from the historical, demographic, social and economic perspective. Our research interests extend to include non-Muslim minorities living in Muslim societies, interfaith dialogue with the objective of promoting understanding, and the study of Muslim minority women who face particular and complex challenges to their minority existence while maintaining their Islamic identity. The Journal has indeed pioneered the way in examining theoretical and conceptual issues that define and explain the minority experience.

Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs

In 2012 the anti-feminist Michele Bachmann promulgated a rumor that Huma Abedin was a member of the Muslim Brotherhood and a mole in the State Department.

Art by Rob Goldstein
Letter from Michelle Bachmann

According to Snopes.com,  Bachmann’s accusations were so outrageous that:

Republican John McCain condemned them on the floor of the U.S. Senate as having
“no logic, no basis and no merit” Snopes.com

Also on snopes.com is this:

Abedin was assistant editor of the Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs working under her mother, who remains editor-in-chief.

Headlined “Women’s Rights Are Islāmic Rights,” a 1996 article argues that single moms, working moms and gay couples with children should not be recognized as families. It also states that more revealing dress ushered in by women’s liberation “directly translates into unwanted results of sexual promiscuity and irresponsibility and indirectly promote violence against women.”

In a separate January 1996 article, Abedin’s mother — who was the Muslim World League’s delegate to the UN conference — wrote that Clinton and other speakers were advancing a “very aggressive and radically feminist” agenda that was un-Islamic and wrong because it focused on empowering women.

Snopes.com

That makes Abedin no more anti-feminist than Michelle Bachmann

Next up:

Art by Rob Goldstein
Hillary Clinton’s Abortion Stand Contradicts her religion

The Federalist, another right-wing propaganda outlet, claims that a Catholic Magazine says that Hillary Clinton’s religion, she’s a Methodist, contradicts her abortion stance.

Not quite:

Ary by Rob Goldstein
Policy Statement on abortion from the United Methodist Church

“It’s important to note that the Church’s statements on social issues, such as abortion, represent the effort of the General Conference to speak to human issues in the contemporary world from a sound biblical and theological foundation. They are intended to be instructive and persuasive, but they are not church law and are not binding on members. Members will hold differing views on abortion. There is no requirement for members to agree with the Church’s view.”

And last is this wonderful example of the Bandwagon Approach:

Art by Rob Goldstein
The Bandwagon Approach

I’m not surprised.

I’m sure that almost as many Republicans believe that Hillary Clinton is Lucifer.

Rg 2016