Category Archives: Propaganda

Sunday Sermon: The Guarantor Of Freedom

David Zirin commenting on Colin Kaepernick’s refusal to stand for the National Anthem (boldface mine): This country—despite its awful treatment of soldiers when they return home—worships the cult of the military. And professional sports—especially the NFL—have played a central role. … Continue reading

Posted in Civil Liberties, Military, Propaganda, Sportsball! | 5 Comments

No Nation Can Endure Half Fox News And Half Free

To use Comrade driftglass‘ phrase. Pathetic (boldface mine): Instead, as Media Matters for America documented, the network’s hosts offered punditry as a video about Capt. Khan’s death played, and then showed an anti-Clinton attack ad about Benghazi, followed by commercials, … Continue reading

Posted in Conservatives, News Media, Propaganda | 1 Comment

It’s Not 1996 Any More

Last week, Bill Clinton got into a public dust-up with Black Lives Matter protestors, which led Charles Pierce to ask, “Here’s a question for the poli-sci folks here in the shebeen: When did Bill Clinton become such a fcking political … Continue reading

Posted in Democrats, Propaganda

A Failure to Communicate Or Lost In Translation?

As someone who can read and speak Hebrew, I’ve always found certain translations of the (Hebrew) Bible to be odd. Leaving aside versions that aren’t really in modern English such as the King James Bible, there’s usually something lost. Not … Continue reading

Posted in Jewish Stuff, Propaganda | 3 Comments

Rewriting the First Draft of History: The GOP Debate Edition

So Fox News released a ‘transcript’ of last week’s debate. The reason I put transcript in scare quotes is that at least two parts of the debate have been scrubbed from Fox News’ transcript. First, Jeb! has ties to the … Continue reading

Posted in Conservatives, Propaganda | 2 Comments

The Consequences of Conservative Lies–And News Media’s Failure to Confront Them

When you read something like this, it’s tempting to blame the victim (boldface mine): Amanda Mayhew is one of the beneficiaries [of the ACA, also known as Obamacare]. She earns little enough to qualify for Medicaid under the new guidelines, … Continue reading

Posted in Basic Human Decency, Conservatives, Healthcare, Propaganda | 2 Comments

The Norovirus Demagoguery Starts Here

In light of Republican efforts to stoke fear over Ebola, I have decided to become the Czar of All Ebolas. OK, not really. But I figure, if conservatives can use an imaginary, non-existent threat to affect policy and politics, then … Continue reading

Posted in Food, Propaganda, Public Health, Viruses, Vomit | 1 Comment