WTF Roundup: Propaganda for whom, exactly? Also, it turns out Sarah Palin is still around!

WTF Roundup: Propaganda for whom, exactly? Also, it turns out Sarah Palin is still around!

What is there to say about Fox News and the right-wing-o-sphere that hasn’t been scratched by the nails of demons into the toilet stall walls of hell? Every day, every hour, every minute, Fox News and the propaganda machines it has birthed are either selling their audience lies, misinformation, and disinformation about the world, or selling them pillows, telling them to sell their gold, and saying that the way out of debt is to give Magnum P.I. your home in a reverse mortgage. 

The Fox News world continues its bald-faced lies and playing all sides of everything until nothing means anything. Pulling from the QAnon conspiracy grab-bag and the (very similar) moldy MAGA-grab-bag, Fox News hosts continue to feed their audiences the same messages that dictators like Vladimir Putin direct their media outlets to promote. The Fox News universe continues to push out its bowl of BS at a breakneck pace, regardless of whether its personnel are killed in Ukraine. This means a never-ending stream of sideshow commentary and allusions to possible trickery on the part of Joe Biden.

You realize things are getting wonky when Geraldo Rivera is the voice of semi-reason. In this clip, Jeanine Pirro, best known for harassing people into believing that it is liberals who are harassing people and telling conservatives to get guns in order to use them, delves into the baseless “biolabs” conspiracy theory. (This is the one about how Dr. Anthony Fauci and the “deep state” are super frightened of losing secret bio-weapons labs they were hiding in Ukraine.) It’s the newest conspiracy theory being used by freelance libertarians to gin up followers and finances.

Ummmm… Jeanine Pirro: “What I think is interesting about these biolabs — we deny, we deny, we deny, it’s preposterous, don’t waste any ink on it. And yet, isn’t it interesting that we haven’t heard or seen Dr. Fauci in weeks?” pic.twitter.com/QFwPOuvh85

— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) March 10, 2022

I didn’t say Geraldo was right, just semi-reasonable, and only by comparison. Geraldo was on some kind of a roll, getting into what passes for a “conversation” with Jeanine Pirro, after he said oil and gas executives were profiteering during this time of war.

BREAKING: Geraldo Rivera just STUNNED Fox News by SLAMMING his colleagues for blaming President Biden for high gas prices and not “oil fat cats who are reaping record profits.” RT to THANK Geraldo for risking his job to speak the truth! pic.twitter.com/sF83fNZQ12

— Chip Franklin.com (@chipfranklin) March 11, 2022

Maybe annoyed by Pirro’s general craptasticity, Geraldo poked the raging Pirro some more by saying the problem Putin invading Ukraine was not Biden but Vladimir Putin. This outrageous statement of fact almost blew the jewelry off of Pirro’s fingers.

Jeanine Pirro says that Biden is a “wuss,” “is responsible for the decline of the west” and that he’s “destroying the west.” After Geraldo asks how she knows “Putin wasn’t playing Trump,” she absolutely loses it. “Trump had everybody against the wall… [Putin] was a wuss!” pic.twitter.com/ddTLVy4AK0

— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) March 15, 2022

Here’s what passes as the serious newscaster on Fox Business: Maria Bartiromo’s interest in COVID-19 has been mostly to promote Wuhan laboratory conspiracy theories while trying to stay away from saying vaccines don’t work. What’s the important news of the week over at Fox Business? Meta. What? Remember how Facebook became Meta? That’s unimportant.

What is important is that Donald Trump is still banned from having social media accounts because of the whole coup d’etat thing, but it is okay for people on Meta’s social media accounts—in some countries—to say they want Vladimir Putin to be murdered.

This is just weird: “Meta under fire over reports that it will temporarily allow Facebook and Instagram users in some countries to call for violence against Russian soldiers,” as well as for Putin’s death. “Meanwhile, President Trump is still banned from these platforms.” pic.twitter.com/0JZq4rqjVE

— Eric Kleefeld (@EricKleefeld) March 11, 2022

That’s the top story. You know how QAnon is all “JFK conspiracy theory, New World Order, drinking baby blood” bananas over the idea that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is about securing biolabs that secretly create bioweapons? You don’t? Turns out Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, George Soros, and Dr. Anthony Fauci all know about it! And Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin are working behind the scenes to save us all from the inevitability of the Jewish takeover of the world. You can read about that here.

What’s important to understand is that Fox News is promoting the vague bullet points of the conspiracy theory without debunking any of the more insidious claims.

OPINION: @TuckerCarlson: Everything that Tulsi Gabbard said about biolabs in Ukraine is true https://t.co/463Nag4WJJ

— Fox News (@FoxNews) March 15, 2022

But Tucker is useful outside of the United States, especially for people who don’t have to stare at his face too much as they read subtitled translations of his dreck.

To lighten the mood of doom and gloom in the studio, Russian state TV host resorted to one of the favorite pastimes of many Kremlin propagandists: playing yet another Fox News clip of Tucker Carlson and his frequent guest Ret. Col. Doug Macgregor. https://t.co/9U1UCP4p5e

— Julia Davis (@JuliaDavisNews) March 10, 2022

Tucker’s blonder counterpart, Laura Ingraham, is working the conservative preoccupation with “child-grooming.” Did you read that right? Yes, reader, you did.

Going with the angle that just happens to align with years of QAnon conspiracy theories, scary stuff. pic.twitter.com/3AbNYmLiHd

— Matthew Gertz (@MattGertz) March 10, 2022

In an unrelated thought: Did you know Donald Trump has faced dozens of “inappropriate” behavior allegations that include sexual assault? True story. 

Don’t forget the Austrailian anti-semitism of former serious journalist Lara Logan. She’s been delegated to the Fox Nation web world because her delivery is a little less polished, a little too foreign for the Fox News’ NYC crowd. Logan has a…fascination with the Holocaust and Jewish folks in powerful positions. She spends a considerable amount of her tiny mind’s time thinking of Nazi monsters and then making one to one comparisons to people like Dr. Anthony Fauci, in historically incompetent expulsions of breath. In today’s installment of what-aboutism by way of the the Holocaust, Logan attempts to what-about Vladimir Putin and Russia’s history of World War II loses with the fact that Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is of Jewish decent. Oh, and Zelensky is “a puppet” and she isn’t defending Putin, just telling people they don’t know the real history of World War II. 

Lara Logan saying Zelensky, who she notes is Jewish, was “selected” by some unnamed global force sure sounds like she’s engaging not just in Russian propaganda but barefaced anti-Semitism https://t.co/5UGTqZFpnj

— Miriam Elder (@MiriamElder) March 15, 2022

Finally, we have Jesse Waters and Sarah Palin. Yes, you read that right. This next clip defies the well-known mathematical proposition that a negative multiplied by a negative equals a positive.

On Jesse Watters’s show last night, Sarah Palin referred to non-gas guzzling vehicles as “rice rockets” pic.twitter.com/ijoWD20HCH

— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) March 10, 2022

Maybe what has happened here is that the two negatives onscreen have been multiplied by the third negative that is Fox News. 

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