Sunday, April 30, 2017

A Little Turmoil For The Far Right Media


FDR was a godsend for this country after 3 consecutive Republican presidents nearly wrecked it. But afterwards when did things start going really drastically wrong in America again? Drastically wrong enough to place a 2-bit hustler from Queens into the Oval Office? After Roosevelt there were some good presidents and some bad presidents and mostly some pretty mediocre presidents but where things really turned to shit was in 1980 when Ronald Reagan was elected. All the anti-New Deal conservatives finally had their antidote to Roosevelt. And then in 1992 the Democratic Party proved it could be almost as bad as the Republicans-- a position it's worked hard to maintain ever since. In 1992, a conservative hustler from Arkansas was elected president and between Reagan and Clinton, America was speeding down the highway to the hell it's now reached.

Some people think it was Clinton's sellout of the working class via NAFTA that was the worst thing he did. And that may be true. But a contender was Clinton's decision to set Australian fascist Rupert Murdoch (and Republican strategist Roger Ailes) loose on America by signing the Telecommunications Act of 1996. Murdoch's media empire has changed America entirely for the worse. And, ironically, the far right it nurtured and mainstreamed, now demands a mass media organ even further right than Fox. Yes, America's newly energized fascists claim Fox isn't right-wing enough and must be supplanted. And there are plenty of dangerous right-wing billionaires-- think Mercers-- eager to Bannonize America. Without Ailes and O'Reilly (and soon perhaps Hannity), what good is Fox to the fascist movement? Rachel Stockman reports that "an alternative conservative network is being actively discussed amongst conservative fat cats."
A well-placed source close to the proposal tells Mediaite that serious discussions are underway to create an alternative conservative cable network on the belief that the Fox News Network is moving too far to the left. The source, who is engaged in the talks, says a meeting is planned for today with two prominent high-powered television executives, some underperforming conservative networks and people who have an interest and the ability to fund a new network.

The potential aim? Putting “the old band” back together. There are certainly plenty of (out-of-work?) conservative powerhouses to pick from that could star on a new network, and perhaps even some executives from within Fox News who might be lured by the new opportunity. Could the new channel include stars like the ousted Bill O’Reilly, who didn’t waste much time hitting the podcast waves after he was fired amid a sexual harassment scandal? Could Tomi Lahren, the conservative mega star, who was recently sidelined at The Blaze also take on a prominent role? The exact “who” won’t be clear until the deal is more defined but the source says the pitch is that the network could immediately reach at least 85 million homes.

This news comes on the heels of a long profile in last weekend’s New York Times which paints a picture of a changing Fox News Network with Murdoch’s sons, James and Lachlan, CEO and co-chairman of parent company 21st Century Fox, at the helm. The piece struck fear into the minds of some Fox News’ hardcore conservatives with talk of the sons wanting to rid the company “of the old-guard culture on which their father built his empire” and bringing “a warmer and fuzzier workplace” that would move away from an “anti-politically correct environment.”

On Thursday, New York Magazine‘s Gabe Sherman, a constant thorn in the side of Fox News, reported that “sweeping management changes” may be coming to the network as well. Sherman’s report cited three anonymous sources that contend that the network’s co-President Bill Shine recently asked the Murdoch sons to release a statement in support of him amid the roiling lawsuits and scandals. Both Fox News and 21 Century Fox have vigorously denied that Shine made such a request but the report by Sherman prompted a rather mysterious tweet about the “total end of the FNC as we know it” by the network’s biggest remaining star, Sean Hannity:

“I just don’t see Fox News and Sean having a long relationship. If Sean becomes available, you have 100 percent turnover in primetime and a huge opportunity,” a television executive, who didn’t want to be identified, but is involved in some of the talks, told Mediaite.

“I’m working on it (the new conservative channel) hot and heavy,” the source said. “It’s live, it’s real.” The new channel could come to fruition within the next 10 to 12 months, the executive said.

It is no surprise that a savvy investor would see the turmoil within Fox News as a major opportunity. As The Times piece noted, analysts estimate that Fox News produced 25 percent of 21st Century Fox’s operating income last year or a whopping $6.6 billion. Conservative news remains a cash cow for investors, but the media landscape is quickly changing with younger viewers “cutting the cord” and turning to alternative over-the-top live streaming platforms like Hulu, Amazon, Roku and YouTube TV. Could a conservative alternative channel with some big names have an edge on the 20-year-old conservative network? Stay tuned. Our source is convinced it can happen.
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At least the White House is about to shit-can in-House Nazi Sebastian Gorka but that post-Fox network seems like a lot bigger deal than the silly one that gay neo-Nazi/publicity hound Milo was babbling about in a vanity press release published on his vanity Facebook page Friday.

Media sensation, conservative celebrity and youth culture icon announces details of new organization, book publishing plans, and nationwide tour.

Miami, FL.-- MILO has formed a new media company with $12 million in funding from undisclosed investors. He has hired a seasoned media executive to lead the new 30-person team based in Miami, Florida.

The new company, MILO, Inc., will manage MILO's books, tours, merchandise and radio and TV opportunities.

MILO said: "This isn't some vanity nameplate on a personal blog. This is a fully tooled-up talent factory and management company dedicated to the destruction of political correctness and the progressive left.

"I will spend every waking moment of the rest of my life making the lives of journalists, professors, politicians, feminists, Black Lives Matter activists and other professional victims a living hell.

"Free speech is back-- and it is fabulous."

..."MILO, Inc. will bring laughter and war to every corner of America in dozens of different formats. I will fight harder and look hotter than anyone else on the political right. And I will do more damage to the political left than anyone else in American culture.

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At 4:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nobody alive today will live long enough to see the damage that T-Rump is doing undone. Nobody!

Shakespeare (as usual) said it best:
“The evil that men do lives after them;
The good is oft interred with their bones.”
-Julius Caesar, Act iii, scene 5.

At 6:15 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

salient comment above. The microscopic non-evil that obamanation did is long gone. But all the evil he did continues on in full mushroom cloud. Much of THAT was continuation of cheney/bush/Clinton/Reagan/bush.

Drumpf was rumored to have been exploring such a venture before election. The surprise electoral college coup perhaps put that on hold. But he still could be an investor with other Bannon sponsors.


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