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Maddow blasts conservative media for "bullpucky" headLIES, hypocrisy

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Last night Rachel Maddow rightfully blasted the conservative "news" media for creating false headlines, spreading "bullpucky," inventing their own news, and indulging in the worst kind of self-serving hypocrisy and propaganda. Here is the entire segment, well worth a watch. Further down is a much shorter clip in which Maddow skillfully and effectively gets to the heart of the matter.

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Maddow bullet pointed several scandals, including this one:

Hooker scandals are about as rare in politics as hot days in July. We have a lot of them. But just because we have them all the time... it doesn't mean that they're ever anything but awkward. But here, perhaps, is the mother of them all.

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And then she documented the blatant hypocrisy of the right wing commentator who founded the conservative media outlet The Daily Caller, Tucker Carlson.

They [the conservative media] decided that Sen. David Vitter's history with hookers just wasn't a big deal. Nothing that we should 'bother' the Senator about. Tucker Carlson [said], "That's barely illegal."

Tuck compared that felony to "double parking." Yes. He said that. Just watch the video above, it's at about 16:20. He tossed that out just before he blurted out that "one out of three women" patronizing New Orleans restaurants was "for sale." And then he claimed he'd defend any Democrat as zealously as he defended Vitter. An equal opportunity defender of hooking up with hookers. What a guy.

Maddow's Moment of Mockitude followed:

Who among us has not paid a hooker for sex while serving in the United States Senate? Can't these people solicit hookers in peace without us bothering them?

But oops! Carlson's own Daily Caller called out Democratic Senator Bob Menendez for... guess what?

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Of course, the Daily Caller pushed the story hard, and before you know it, that paragon of accurate reporting, Fox, ran with it. And ran with it. And ran with it. Right before the 2012 election. Of course, the story turned out to be bogus, but hey, that never stops the liberal right wing media, now does it? Oh, and Menendez won the election.

As it turns out, the only time the GOP defends paying for sex is when their fellow Republicans engage. But the minute a Democrat gets caught with his pants down, fugetaboutit. All bets are off. Peddle that story. Sell it hard. Make it sound legit. Smear the opponent. Condemn the Dem.

Here is how Rachel Maddow ended the segment. It's a concise history of right wing "news" headlies. That's no typo, it isn't meant to read "headlines." It's headlies. Because that's what they sell, and that's what eager and/or willfully ignorant and/or gullible audiences buy.

The most pointed part of the Rachel Rant came at the end. Here's the clip:

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Maddow:

...Bullpucky that has been invented by and for the conservative media who are happy to tell each other for years that this is news and not just stuff they made up. While the real media, and frankly the politicians who have to swim in that sewer, have to worry about this parallel track of paranoid, fake information, that traffics as news on the American political right, but that is disproven everywhere else outside their echo chamber...

It is one thing for us to be domestically inventing this stuff for ourselves. It's another thing for this weird, fake channel in our supposed news media to allegedly, at least, to become a conveyor belt to foreign countries' disinformation about U.S. government officials...

[This] has to do with our own intelligence as a nation and what the consequences are for all of us, of a conservative movement that has now spent a full generation telling people, telling Americans, "Do not trust the actual news," and to instead invent their own conservative version of it. And they did that. And this is where it got us.

And apparently, at least, Cuba, maybe, appears to be delighted with the results.

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Obama Offers To Pay Out Of His Own Pocket For The Museum Of Muslim Culture

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Scratching my head

Of course that headline is bull-pucky. I know it. You know it. Anyone with a brain knows it.

Fox News DIDN'T KNOW IT.

Evidently when your news gathering sources are tea leaves, crystal balls and tarrot cards, you're bound to make a mistake or two. That's why you have source checkers, fact finders and if nothing else, even good old-fashioned interviews to get a sense of whether or not something can withstand the "sniff" test.

I mean if you read a meteor crashes down on the Capitol and it only wipes out Democrats, you ask how's that possible.

If you hear Ted Cruz is captured by Algerians, tortured for hours, then gets them to name him president, you ask how'd that happen.

And if you hear the government has shut down funding to keep all national museums open, and then hear one museum has remained open by the president's personal bankrolling, you ask, how that's happened.

At least you should.

But you're dealing with Fox News. Fact checking has never been their forte. As a matter of practice, it's frowned upon over there. It's hard enough to report opinions as news, now we should hold them up to sourcing their stories? Unthinkable. Well not according to Gawker and echoed in Mediamatters :

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The Fox News report of Obama using his own money to keep a Muslim Museum open was reported by Fox News host Anna Kooiman. She claimed that President Obama has "has offered to pay out of his own pocket for the museum of Muslim culture." Problem being, besides the complete lie she told about the president, is that a museum by that name in Washington D.C. doesn't even exist.

Here you go, see if for yourself. It comes right after Tucker Carlson, the dufus to her right, says that it doesn't cost anything to keep a park, cemetery or monument open. I guess security, clean-up crews and maintenance just show up as needed and at no cost.  It has to be some bubble these Fox News bobble heads live in:

Perhaps the source of this parody was lost on the news writer folks at Fox. Maybe they didn't see the National Report's: Disclaimer

*DISCLAIMER: National Report is a news and political satire web publication, which may or may not use real names, often in semi-real or mostly fictitious ways. All news articles contained within National Report are fiction, and presumably fake news. Any resemblance to the truth is purely coincidental. The views expressed by writers on this site are theirs alone and are not reflective of the fine journalistic and editorial integrity of National Report.  Advice given is NOT to be construed as professional. If you are in need of professional help (and you may be if you are on this page), please consult a professional. National Report is intended for a mature audience and not for children under the age of 18.

Really. How dumb do these people at Fox have to be to qualify for a job as a news writer over there?

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