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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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Frat Boy Rep. Vance McAllister's 'Animal House'

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Written by guest contributor, "hardybear" of the wonderful Free Range Talk site:

Oh Vance, you bad, bad boy. You caught that Louisiana Vitter Bug … then got videotaped red-pawed performing it.

Spanking ahead. You even have colleague Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA), insisting that mandatory sexual harassment trainings are needed post haste in the House.

More importantly, you now have Governor Bobby Jindal requesting your resignation.

Representative Vance McAllister, lauded by Maddow last evening as a truly heraldic return to the tradition of Frat Bad Boy GOPolitical suicide by sleaze, looks to be fixing to leave a seat wide open soon in the grand tradition of Louisiana. Steve Benen of The Maddow Blog sums it up.

The extra-marital romance was first uncovered by a local outlet, the Ouachita Citizen, which obtained a video of McAllister kissing an aide in his district office in late December – about a month after the congressman won a special election in his Louisiana district.

The exact nature of the relationship is unclear, but it’s worth noting that the aide was reportedly removed from the congressman’s payroll “during the past 24 hours.” Complicating matters a little more, it appears the aide and her husband were generous McAllister campaign contributors.

Happily for observant liberals, Vance had one of the better Family Values and Holier Than Thou video trails to savor. Enjoy the McAllister P.R. tale via ABC, though I'd really recommend catching Maddow's take as the drama unfolds.

Even more 'my bad' for partier Vance, when he failed to make Roll Call on the Hill again this week and the Louisiana party chair let loose a proper scolding. Politico reported Thursday on this full-throated bray for the preemptive strike of a resignation before Vance dons a toga and stages his own exit.

It wasn't even Happy Hour before Jindal dropped his second shoe of moral judgment ... despite the huge uptick in Louisiana pride and notoriety following McAllister toting the Duck Dynasty of Bigotry Reality Tee Vee star  to SOTU as his plus one and foul photo-op wingman.

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So here we have Vance's novel contribution to 2014 Greatest Home Video Mad Hatter Moments. Such a good, decent Walmart family. Pan to public and pretty flagrant groping of a staffer en déshabillé, as Senator Graham might gasp. Her rampant Lady Libido must have just decimated his deep Christian and family valued foundation.

The Full Vitter with a McTwist.

Jindal has it right for once - trash to the curb time for this alley cat. May Representative Spier get her Sanitation Program off the ground ASAP, November is a breath away.

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All you need to know about Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) in one sentence: VIDEO

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I've written about GOP Senator David Vitter so often that I'm pretty sure-- due to my ingestion alone-- I've single-handedly increased the stock value of Tums, Pepto Bismol, and Alka-Seltzer. In fact, he sickens me so much that I dubbed him "the Vitter Pill," because he's just that. Hard. To take.

As you may recall, David Vitter favors corporations over sexual assault victims; he wants to defund Planned Parenthood; he was subpoenaed by the D.C. Madam and he (allegedly) has a diaper fetish. But despite his illegal sexcapades, the Republican party of "family values" has forgiven him for his sins and kept him in office.

Too bad they weren't as willing to be that generous with former President Bill Clinton, right? But that's another post for another time.

Right now, take a few seconds to watch this video. It tells you all you need to know about Senator David Vitter's so-called "values":

Here is the transcript of the words that oozed out of the mouth of David Vitter. He said them at a town hall meeting at Blanchard Elementary School on March 18, 2014, and-- wait for it-- he got applause. Grab the Pepto, here we go:

"I think the Koch brothers are two of the most patriotic Americans on the face of the Earth."

"... God bless the Koch brothers. They're fighting for our freedoms."

Or to put it another way, God bless Citizens United, the appalling influence of dark money, the demolition of democracy, and slime.

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Cartoons of the Day- Buh Bye Anthony Weiner

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Here we go again: Ex-L.A. County GOP official arrested for allegedly sexting with 16-year-old girl

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You gotcher Weiner. You gotcher Filner. You gotcher Vitter. Now you gotcher Scott Hounsell.

The Los Angeles Times is reporting on the arrest of the former executive director of the L.A. County Republican Party for allegedly "engaging in sexually explicit chats" on a social media site (nobody will reveal which one) with a sixteen-year-old girl. He's 30:

On his Twitter page, Hounsell describes himself as the "Democrats' worst nightmare."

I went to that page, but now it looks like this:

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He was booked on a misdemeanor, "sending harmful matter to a child." He resigned from his post in June.

Hounsell’s bail was set at $40,000, and he was released Friday afternoon, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's website. [...]

Hounsell’s LinkedIn profile says he previously worked for state Assemblyman Cameron Smyth as a field representative and internship coordinator.

So guess who Hounsell's been supporting on the Twitter Machine?  Rand Paul and Marco Rubio. Guess who he's been critical of?  The Obama administration and all their evil Marxist commie gay Kenyan spending. He also thinks Atty. Gen. Eric Holder should resign.

So he's clearly a stand-up, conservative, straight-shooting family values kind of guy. Oh, but I kid the alleged sext-fiend.

And as we all know, where there is a Republican sexcapade, there is always a punch line. Wait for it...

In late May, he weighed in on embattled New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner, asking: “Is it just me, or does every #Weiner headline for the NY Mayors race seem like an intentional dirty pun?”

irony is not dead

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VIDEO: Entire Anthony Weiner press conference on new "texts and photos"

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Two words: Terrible judgment...

Some quotes from the Anthony Weiner presser:

"While some things that have been posted today are true and some are not, there is no question that what I did was wrong."

"This behavior is behind me."

"Some of these things happened before my resignation, some of these things happened after, but the fact is that that was also the time that my wife and I were working through some things in our marriage."

"I know this was a very public thing that we had happen to us, but by no means does it change the fundamentals of my feelings here, and that is that I want to bring my vision to the people of the city of New York. I hope they're willing to still continue to give me a second chance, and I hope they realize that in many ways what happened today was something that, frankly, had happened before but it doesn't represent all that much that is new."

"Frankly, we're in a lot better place today or I would not have run for mayor."

Hey, he had free media coverage, so why not campaign during his apology presser?

His wife, Huma Abedin:

"It took a lot of work and a whole lot of therapy..."

"I strongly believe it's between us, our marriage. I have forgiven him, believe in him."

"I love him, I have forgiven him, I believe in him, and as I've said from the beginning, we are moving forward."

One more word: Painful.

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After politicians' sex scandals, "sometimes the smiles are so tight you can hear enamel cracking."

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Today’s guest post by the one, the only, Will Durst:

TAIL- SUCKING MOBIUS LOOP

F. Scott Fitzgerald famously uttered “there are no second acts in American lives” but bless his heart, the besotted scribe seems blissfully unaware of the loophole large enough to taxi a C- 130 through that exists for American politicians. These people are as indomitable as a mule falling off a bridge. More oblivious than a blind tortoise humping a rock. Limber like a deboned eel.

Behavior best exemplified by their insect like ability to manufacture a sort of shame resistant exoskeleton. When scandalized, your ordinary citizen will retreat, burrowing deep into a hidey-hole and pulling the hole back in on him. Not the politician. They will hold a press conference to declare all accusations baseless, then publicly resign to spend more time with their family. Of course, nobody gets to ask the family how they feel. Sometimes the smiles are so tight you can hear enamel cracking.

Following an imprecise length of penitence, depending on the transgression, they publicly declare their self- imposed sabbaticals to be complete, and head up the comeback trail spouting enough platitudes to chagrin an evangelist. Cue the red, white and blue gospel music. All is forgiven and the practiced hypocrisy reels back out in a tail- sucking mobius loop.

Recently, a veritable gaggle of disgraced politicians have serpentined their way back into the spotlight. Surely you remember the unfortunately named Anthony Weiner, New York Congressman, caught knee deep in doo- doo for sexting six women, including a porn star. Even tried to get her to lie about the relationship, but she refused. Might be Weiner’s lasting legacy; proving porn possesses more integrity than politics.

Currently running for mayor of New York City, Weiner recently announced a 64 part plan to keep New York vibrant. And used Twitter to do it. Seriously. Dude. Do you really want to remind people of the source of your crotch shots? Verdict: unsure whether his atonement has fully ripened.

Former South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford’s return involves reclaiming his 1st District Congressional seat. The man who turned “Hike the Appalachian Trail” into a euphemism for a quick canoodle with someone not your wife, already bested a GOP primary field of 17 and faces off with Stephen Colbert’s sister, Elizabeth Colbert Busch, in a special election May 7.

The National Republican Congressional Committee pulled all support after Sanford’s wife accused him of defying divorce settlement terms. Prompting the philanderer to take out a full- page 1,200 word ad explaining why he trespassed on his wife’s property during the Super Bowl. A candidate treatise subtitled: “Why I Trespassed.” Never good. Verdict: once again, more time in penalty box seems unavoidable.

Former CIA Director David Patraeus just nabbed a gig as visiting professor at City College of New York, presumably speaking on the dangers of having an affair with someone reasonably positioned to finagle a book deal. Verdict: commonly referred to as a soft entrance. Expect larger leap to more prestigious lily pad in not too distant future.

The results of these post- intermission silk spinning runs are undoubtedly being studied by the teeming hordes of other sideline lurkers- John Edwards, Herman Cain, Mark Foley, Gary Condit and their lugubrious ilk. Meanwhile, Larry Craig skulks, still battling that pesky restless leg syndrome. Simply seeking the solace of some anonymous airport men’s room stall.

Recipient of 7 consecutive nominations for Stand Up of the Year, Will Durst, performs his new one- man show “BoomeRaging: From LSD to OMG” every Tuesday at the Marsh, San Francisco. Go to… themarsh.org or willdurst.com for more info.

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