“Some say,” Some said

Tiger Beat on the Potomac (Thanks Charlie!) has yet another unsourced, breathless and gossipy article on how the GOP is rebranding itself via Fox:

Republicans and Fox News are moving to purge the controversial political creatures they created.

Both were damaged badly in 2012 by loud, partisan voices that stoked the base — but that scared the hell out of many voters. Now, the GOP, with its dismal image, and Fox News, with its depressed ratings in January, are scrambling to dim those voices. To wit:

  • Fox ousted contributors Sarah Palin and Dick Morris, two of the most obnoxiously partisan figures on the network’s air.
  • Karl Rove, himself sidelined by Fox after the election, has helped start a new super PAC, the Conservative Victory Fund, designed to keep controversial conservatives like Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) from winning Senate primaries.
  • Senate GOP leaders created what amounts to a buddy system with their caucus’s most popular tea party members, Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Ted Cruz of Texas, to get their help in taming anti-establishment conservatives.
  • Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has been running around the country warning anyone who will listen that Republicans must quit being the “stupid party” that nominates nutty candidates.

But as in every Politico (who are fluffers for the gelatinous Roger Ailes, let us not forget), there is always the Tell:

One high-profile Republican strategist, who refused to be named in order to avoid inflaming the very segments of the party he wants to silence, said there is a deliberate effort by party leaders to “marginalize the cranks, haters and bigots — there’s a lot of underbrush that has to be cleaned out.”

…which of course is the patented way in which to marginalize cranks: refuse to have your name attached to your criticism. Boy, that’ll learn ’em up good!

We’ve been saying this for a long time, since before the 2012 Goat Rodeo in fact: it’s not the presentation, it’s the policies, it is Republicanism itself that is the problem. Wingnuttia seems to think if they could just find the Magic Dog Whistle, they could get the rest of the country to back them. You can redesign the cereal box, but if what you are selling is Rat Poison, no one is going to buy it.

Anyway, it is an amazing fantasy of an article from Tiger Beat, full of bluster and non-attributed sources, signifying absolutely nothing. But read it and be amazed at how it sucks up to Ailes while trying to sound indie. My 7th grade journalism teacher is probably having a good laugh over it because even her charges could do better than this.

This entry was posted in Death of the Media, Fox News, media. Bookmark the permalink.

0 Responses to “Some say,” Some said

  1. Roket says:

    Also too, you can’t fix stupid.


  2. Some people say CNN is flirting with Toe Suck.

    Morgan ended the interview by inviting Morris back to CNN, promising “we’re not going to ban you or fire you.”


  3. Reamus says:

    Where will the cranks and bigots go? This is there home. The Asshats created it,warmed them through the winter and bought their votes with falsehoods through November and now they’re giving them their notice,

    Cold hearted Bastards, as well as stupid


    • Tengrain says:

      Reamus –

      So true. How many times do we have to have another example of Frankenstein’s Monster getting loose? This is like every bad morality play ever written.




  4. Neil Clayton says:

    With the first Black President elected the bigot vote was there for the taking, Fox and the GOP jumped in boots in all and locked it in. Now the President will not be standing again, we can grab the popcorn and watch them struggle to purge the bigots. Should be fun.


  5. A. J. says:

    Wait! What? You had a journalism teacher – in the 7th grade?


    • Tengrain says:

      Yes, and by the time I graduated from high school, I had 8 years of foreign language (we started in 4th grade in my district, and you were required to have 2 years in H.S. no matter what). This was back in the day when California had the best public education in the country, before the Randians got a hold of it.




  6. brantl says:

    Who will they have left, after they get rid of the cranks, kooks and bigots? Doesn’t seem like much.


  7. Shared Humanity says:

    Karl Rove is an empire now, and when Karl Rove acts, Karl Rove creates his own reality. And while you’re studying that reality—judiciously, as you will, Karl Rove will act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that’s how things will sort out. Karl Rove is history’s actor…and you, all of you, will be left to just study what Karl Rove does.


    • Tengrain says:

      Shared Humanity –

      I can think of many people I would enjoy studying, but Turdblossom is not one of them. That said, I think that he would make a fascinating study to someone of a different temperment than I… and who does not have access to a cream pie to throw periodically.




  8. 7.Yes, and by the time I graduated from high school, I had 8 years of foreign language (we started in 4th grade in my district, and you were required to have 2 years in H.S. no matter what).

    No puedo creerlo! Es la verdad, amigo?



Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s