Category: Opinion

Fox News follows up Buttigieg town hall by smearing him

Fox & Friends hosts have meltdown over applause given to a Democrat on a Fox News broadcast

By: TDF Editorial

Following last evening’s Fox News town hall with Pete Buttigieg, any potentially open mind of a run of the mill Fox News viewer is being slammed shut today by a parade of Fox News miscreants. They roll out the red carpet to gain credibility with skittish advertisers, and Democrats pretend they don’t understand the broader Fox News mission. Then the smearing begins after all is said and done.

Want examples of that smearing? Here is a taste:

Fox & Friends, the Fox morning show beloved by President Donald Trump, devoted significant time on Monday to undermining Buttigieg’s presentation.

Buttigieg is a veteran of the war in Afghanistan; co-host Brian Kilmeade presented him as trying to undermine American patriotism, calling him a “clown” who wants to “erase our country’s history” for arguing that the Democratic Party’s Jefferson-Jackson dinners should be renamed for people who didn’t own slaves.

The candidate received a warm response from the town hall attendees; Kilmeade bizarrely claimed the crowd was enthusiastic only because it was stacked with his friends and relatives.

Buttigieg is a gifted communicator; the program sliced and diced his town hall answers into a clip reel of disjointed quotes which the co-hosts warned prove he is a “very progressive” radical. “He had some interesting comments last night, sounds like a nice guy, but do you agree with his policies?” co-host Ainsley Earhardt said at one point before rattling off a misinformation-laden litany of Buttigieg’s purported positions

Even the most gifted political salesman doesn’t stand a chance on Fox. Sure, they might hand over a block of programming on a Sunday night, in a ploy to dupe advertisers into thinking Fox News can’t possibly be that toxic if “even Democrats” decide to appear. 

Please, Democrats… Stop wasting your time on Fox News. Don’t fall into the trap any more.

Open Thread: The Continuing Constitutional Crisis

By: TDF Editorial

05/14/2019 2:00pm

President Donald J. Trump has been and continues to be a walking, talking constitutional crisis.

05/14/2019 4:05pm

Trump delivered a full-length campaign-style speech to a group of energy workers in Louisiana this afternoon. Seems kind of unethical to do such a thing at what is not a political event.

05/15/2019 2:54pm

Trump blasted the “fake news media” in a tweet 45 mins ago. This time regarding the chatter that there is infighting within his administration regarding his policy towards Iran. He of course denies there is. Shocker.

05/15/2019 3:05pm

Children of LGBT U.S. citizens may be stripped of their birthright citizenship due to an administration policy that de-recognizes their parents’ marriage

05/17/2019 9:57am

President Trump is again wading into dangerous waters with more “conspiracy” talk.

5/22/2019 12:04pm

Infrastructure Week was cut short today by Donald Trump after 4 minutes. Donald Trump walked out of his meeting with Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi and headed for the Rose Garden with pre-printed “Mueller probe by the numbers” fact sheets and charts.

Marco Rubio defending himself again against claims he used to have principles

By: TDF Staff

Florida Republican Senator Marco Rubio, like so many other Republicans with high ambitions, spends the majority of his days blurting our to any microphone in range of his lofty principles and ideals. Never does it ever amount to much of anything. What he says typically is contradictory to his own prior legislative votes and activities. He always ends up solidifying the view that he is a shell of the person he tried to make himself look like during that train-wreck of a presidential campaign he had a few years back.

Senator Rubio is now at it again in the wake of the push to hold William Barr in contempt for lying during his appearance last week in front of Congress. Back when the president was Barack Obama and the scandal du jour was something called Fast and Furious, Rubio seemed principled.

“I think it is outrageous that any attorney general, Republican or Democrat, refused to comply with Congress’ constitutional right to hold them accountable and the Justice Department accountable. I would say that if this was a Republican.”

JUST KIDDING!! He would not say that if this was a Republican. 

When the drums stated pounding last week and Dems started calling to hold Barr in contempt for his lies, Rubio responded on Twitter by making it clear that, when he was faking principles in 2012, he was only talking about a certain kind of contempt of Congress, and a certain version of Congress’s constitutional right, and a certain subset of “accountable.”

“If like Eric Holder William Barr ever authorizes a program like #FastandFurious that gives drug dealers guns subsequently used to kill a U.S. agent,lies about it & then refuses to provide Congress information, he should resign.”

Ah, ok. It was a non-transferable deal. Only valid while Barack Obama was President. Ok, Marco. Now, please stop talking in public for a while. Be spineless in the privacy of your own home.

Seriously, Florida. Stop voting for this guy.

Wannabe dictator hints at trying for a 2 year extension of current term

By: TDF Editorial

Donald Trump is getting scarier and scarier each day that goes by “post-Mueller” and it is reaching a boiling point. First, Trump was insisting that the results of the investigation showed total exoneration by Mueller, and not he is appearing to be absolutely terrified that Robert Mueller is going to appear before Congress to testify. Now, add to this madness the suggestion by Trump that he should get two extra years added to his term in office to make up for time that he was under investigation. This is textbook Trump and it is maddeningly scary. It is pretty much another example of his aspirations of becoming a dictator.

Who do we have to thank for the idea of two more years, you might ask? Well, it originated with Jerry Falwell Jr., who described it as “reparations,” but Trump took it up enthusiastically, retweeting Falwell and then himself tweeting about the “stolen two years of my (our) Presidency (Collusion Delusion) that we will never be able to get back…..”

While some of his supporters might take this as Trump being “playful” but we all know that he does not have a playful bone in his body. Whenever Donald Trump appears playful, it is in all reality him attempting to test the waters to see what he can get away with.

Trump testing out the “two more years” thing is sending a strong message to his base in terms of how they should respond if and when he loses in 2020. We cannot expect that he will become any bit friendlier to the idea of democracy from this point on and definitely not if he loses. Trump is showing who he is and he is not someone who cares about the rule of law or democracy. He needs to be voted out and we have to be prepared to deal with him in order to ensure a peaceful transfer of power when his replacement takes office.

Donald Trump Lies… and lies… and lies.

By: TDF Editorial

Donald Trump lies. He lies with a regularity that has never been seen before in politics. His followers eat it up and Republican politicians defend it. His lying is getting worse.

The Washington Post is reporting that Trump made 5,000 “false and misleading claims” in his first 601 days in office … and his next 5,000, bringing him to 10,000, in the next 226 days.

The entire Republican Party is complicit in his lies. For the sake of our democracy and our country as a whole, he needs to be voted out of office next year.

The black guy they don’t like said something they could take out of context

By: TDF Editorial

Did you hear about the Easter worshippers? Those victims of the Sri Lankan terror attacks that were killed and injured while WORSHIPPING on EASTER?

“Easter worshipper” is the new tan suit. “Easter worshipper” is the new bike helmet. “Easter worshipper” is the new selfie stick.

The “false rage” people on the right do whatever they can to take and spin something to bash Barack Obama about and freak out over. It’s so old and so sad.

Nobody with two eyes and a basic concept of reason would think that by “Easter worshipper” he meant “people that worship Easter” so let it go, right wingers because your false rage is showing.

Friendly Reminder

By: TDF Editorial

Trump is a foul-mouthed bully who tried to fire the people who were investigating him and pressured his staff to lie to protect him.

His tirades against the media are transparent posturing; he knows perfectly well that the reporting he derides as “fake news” is factual.

Vote. Him. Out.