Outfoxing News

How Roger Ailes Built the Fox News Fear Factory | Rolling Stone Politics:

The result of this concerted campaign of disinformation is a viewership that knows almost nothing about what’s going on in the world. According to recent polls, Fox News viewers are the most misinformed of all news consumers. They are 12 percentage points more likely to believe the stimulus package caused job losses, 17 points more likely to believe Muslims want to establish Shariah law in America, 30 points more likely to say that scientists dispute global warming, and 31 points more likely to doubt President Obama’s citizenship. In fact, a study by the University of Maryland reveals, ignorance of Fox viewers actually increases the longer they watch the network. That’s because Ailes isn’t interested in providing people with information, or even a balanced range of perspectives. Like his political mentor, Richard Nixon, Ailes traffics in the emotions of victimization.

“What Nixon did, and what Ailes does today in the age of Obama, is unravel and rewire one of the most powerful of human emotions: shame,” says Perlstein, the author of Nixonland. He takes the shame of people who feel that they are being looked down on, and he mobilizes it for political purposes. Roger Ailes is a direct link between the Nixonian politics of resentment and Sarah Palin’s politics of resentment. He’s the golden thread.

You have to read all 13 pages. Nothing like being dangerously enlightened to what we all have known for years.

The Twitter Feed for 2011-05-29

The Twitter Feed for 2011-05-22

  • I'm catching up on Parks and Recreation. I want to name a dog Shoelace. #
  • I'm ready to build some flower gardens this summer. Plant lots of tulips and other bulbs sounds great. #
  • Dig it! “@shani_o: The Cosby Sweater Project (via @aminatou) http://t.co/4NuSXip” #
  • My damn phone reset itself. Factory reset itself. 'bout ready to jump ship and hold out for a Sensation. #
  • "52% off Skydiving! Half the parachute, twice the thrill!" #
  • Stewin' the stew. I need some rolls. #
  • A buddy of mine named Royce owns a bakery. But he's French, so he always puts the adjective after the noun. (ctd…) #
  • (…) So every week I get Rolls Royce for a buck eighty. #
  • Where the hell is the Teriyaki Turkey Jerky!? #
  • Dear siding company who bailed on a consult without notice and now keeps ringing me without leaving a message: You won't get my business. #
  • My son sneezed with a mint in his mouth and he became utterly dumbfounded about it. #

The Twitter Feed for 2011-05-15

  • Hangin' with "Wyatt" tonight. #
  • Know what would cheer me up? A new grill on my deck. #
  • Why do I even try to maintain a rapport with the angriest douche bag I have ever met in my life. #
  • If I homeschooled my kids, I would teach them entirely in metric. ctd… #
  • … Then when someone outside explained inches and feet and pounds they would mock them. Derisively. #
  • I'm really not going to respect you if you call several times and leave no message. #
  • Wow. It is really easy to get distracted by Eastern European cartoons on Youtube. #

The Twitter Feed for 2011-05-08

  • There is nothing that makes car racing exciting. #
  • Boy walks up from elsewhere, “Dad?” “Yes?” “This morning, Tyrone sneezed on me.” “Oh.” We stare briefly at each other. Boy walks away. #
  • Oh my goodness, I almost forgot: Happy Star Wars Day! May the Fourth be with you all. #
  • It really was a matter of time before I forgot about this ridiculous extra duty. #
  • If ever there was a day for stew and a nap, this is it. I can’t remember the last time I’ve been this frustrated. #
  • And then my trackpad goes out. Perfection. #sarcasm #
  • Awesome! Lucky kids: @MinorSoMajor_12: Grover and Elmo off Sesame Street at the airport http://t.co/TZVus35 http://t.co/GW24H1L #
  • Yeah, it’s time to get out of here! #
  • I need a big sign to point to in my house: “Whining = No Food” #
  • Quick, help me think of a domain name! I need to get on the @dreamhost bandwagon! #
  • Got it! Free web hosting for a year, here I come. #
  • The SEALs that took out bin Laden had a dog that jumped from the helicopter with them. How many more reasons do I need to get a puppy!? #
  • I really want to clean my desk. But then I’d have to find somewhere to put all the crap on it. #
  • Do I have to reply to email from coworkers that misspell my name? People I’ve worked with for half a decade? #
  • Oy… still kinda funny tho. RT @valecp: My sister earlier: Wait, Lebanon is a place?! But, it sounds like a Star Trek galaxy! #facepalm #

The Twitter Feed for 2011-05-01

  • Bright-eyed and bushy-tailed have never been used to describe me. #
  • Woah! Where'd that bright white burny thing in the sky come from? That must be new. #
  • Holy shit, the #community clip show was fucking genius. Unbelievable! #
  • Easter is like coping with Christmas without the vacation. #
  • I hate haggling. #
  • This is going to be a very long day. #
  • Any recommendations for an Android RSS Reader? I'm looking for something that can expand truncated feeds. #
  • Please, for the love of all that is holy, will someone bring me a burrito? #
  • There are days I wish I worked near walkable food. St Paul want to hire me? #
  • Making my mom's stew for dinner tonight, but forgot to check the cooking time. Just for me and @mfryer tonight. #
  • Beer and stew! Come one, come all! #
  • Tom Hanks' cameo on 30 Rock last week (yes I'm just catching up) made me laugh proper. #
  • So I get wifi on my phone at work but not home? #
  • And suddenly wifi is working on my phone at home now. Hopefully it will last and my G2x will remain awesome. #