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Bill USA

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Quotes I like: "Prediction is very difficult, especially concerning the future." "There are some things so serious that you have to laugh at them.” __ Niels Bohr Given his contribution to the establishment of quantum mechanics, I guess it's not surprising he had such a quirky of sense of humor. ......................."Deliberate misinterpretation and misrepresentation of another's position is a basic technique of (dis)information processing" __ I said that

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Matt Lauer, typical M$M toady at work, depicting HRC as a singularly immoral monster

Why NBC’s candidate forum was such a disaster. (or.... an example of a M$M GOP toady at work, depicting Clinton as a singularly immoral monster and the GOP candidate as a tolerable rascal, in an attempt to conceal he's a dangerous, ignorant sociopath._B USA)

Last night, Clinton got 6 questions on her emails. Trump got zero on his Iraq lies

Political journalism trends toward equivalence. There is the Democratic Party and the Republican Party, and while they diverge in ideas, the media assumes they share their foibles and flaws, their minor and major corruptions, their grasping and opportunistic politicians. This is the foundational premise upon which political coverage rests: The policies of the two parties are different, but the institutions and personnel are broadly similar.

We can argue whether that’s true in any year (Matt Grossmann and David Hopkins’s Asymmetric Politics marshals considerable evidence that it isn’t, I think), but it’s definitely not true in this year. And that’s throwing media coverage of the campaign into chaos — with example A being last night’s candidate forum on NBC.

The problem, as I have written and as has been proven out again and again, is this election pits a normal political party and a normal presidential nominee against an abnormal political party and an abnormal presidential nominee. To put it in the simplest possible terms, one party chose a candidate who believes Vladimir Putin is praiseworthy, who thinks Ted Cruz’s father possibly participated in the assassination of John F. Kennedy, and who is clearly feared and mistrusted by virtually all of the party’s top officials. The other party didn’t.

Some journalists have responded by tossing out the conventions of automatic equivalence, a phenomenon I wrote about here. But other journalists have tried to bring the candidates into rough alignment, no matter how absurd the result. On Wednesday, NBC’s Matt Lauer showed how that’s done — by recasting Clinton's tawdry, but fundamentally normal, behaviors as shocking while recasting Trump’s shocking behaviors as normal.

The reviews are in: Trump’s child care plan benefits wealthy, hurts middle-class families

The reviews are in: Trump’s child care plan benefits wealthy, hurts middle-class families

We can only assume the Trump campaign hoped last night’s child care plan rollout would be a promising turning point for Donald Trump. Instead, Trump rolled out a “’Mad Men’-era” proposal that would leave out men and adoptive families, hurt working mothers and benefit the rich.

The reviews are in, and they’re not good:

MSNBC: Donald Trump’s child-care ‘plan’ is hard to take seriously

“The proposal would exclude many families who need help the most; the Trump campaign’s numbers don’t come close to adding up; and for much of the country, the size of the candidate’s recommended tax credit would fall far short.”


NPR: Trump Campaign Sketches Out Family Care Plans; Questions Linger Over Funding

“That could come at a whopping cost. There are some 124 million households in the U.S., about 43 percent of which with children. That’s more than 50 million households. If all of those families put in $1,000 per year, it would cost the government $25 billion annually. Even if half of all families contributed to it, that’s still a big price tag, and the Trump campaign outlines no way to pay for it. Not to mention that that kind of benefit doesn’t help the families who can’t afford to put that much in per year.”


Does anybody know of any poll which asked people about their actual knowledge of an issue/candidate

and linked that with their opinions on an issue or candidate.

and also any poll which showed where polled individuals got their "news" from linked to their opinions on issues and candidates??

I am aware of this rare poll which related knowledge of issues with opinions of same and which also related source of "news" with opinons on issues:


Those who watched Fox News almost daily were significantly more likely than those who never watched it to believe that most economists estimate the stimulus caused job losses (8 points more likely), most economists have estimated the health care law will worsen the deficit (31 points), the economy is getting worse (26 points), most scientists do not agree that climate change is occurring (30 points), the stimulus legislation did not include any tax cuts (14 points), their own income taxes have gone up (14 points), the auto bailout only occurred under Obama (13 points), when TARP came up for a vote most Republicans opposed it (12 points) and that it is not clear that Obama was born in the United States (31 points). The effect was also not simply a function of partisan bias, as people who voted Democratic and watched Fox News were also more likely to have such misinformation than those who did not watch it--though by a lesser margin than those who voted Republican.

and here's a good article which nicely summarizes the results of this study:

Study Confirms That Fox News Makes You Stupid

But I'd really like to know is, if any pollster has asked people of their opinions of Hillary and what their level of actual knowledge is and where they get their news from.

Who Owns The Media? 6 Monolithic Corporations That Control Almost Everything We Watch, Hear & Read


Back in 1983, approximately 50 corporations controlled the vast majority of all news media in the United States. Today, ownership of the news media has been concentrated in the hands of just six incredibly powerful media corporations. These corporate behemoths control most of what we watch, hear and read every single day. They own television networks, cable channels, movie studios, newspapers, magazines, publishing houses, music labels and even many of our favorite websites. Sadly, most Americans don’t even stop to think about who is feeding them the endless hours of news and entertainment that they constantly ingest. Most Americans don’t really seem to care about who owns the media. But they should. The truth is that each of us is deeply influenced by the messages that are constantly being pounded into our heads by the mainstream media. The average American watches 153 hours of television a month. In fact, most Americans begin to feel physically uncomfortable if they go too long without watching or listening to something. Sadly, most Americans have become absolutely addicted to news and entertainment and the ownership of all that news and entertainment that we crave is being concentrated in fewer and fewer hands each year.

The six corporations that collectively control U.S. media today are Time Warner, Walt Disney, Viacom, Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp., CBS Corporation and NBC Universal. Together, the “big six” absolutely dominate news and entertainment in the United States. But even those areas of the media that the “big six” do not completely control are becoming increasingly concentrated. For example, Clear Channel now owns over 1000 radio stations across the United States. Companies like Google, Yahoo and Microsoft are increasingly dominating the Internet.

But it is the “big six” that are the biggest concerns. When you control what Americans watch, hear and read you gain a great deal of control over what they think. They don’t call it “programming” for nothing.

Back in 1983 it was bad enough that about 50 corporations dominated U.S. media. But since that time, power over the media has rapidly become concentrated in the hands of fewer and fewer people…

These 6 Corporations Control 90% Of The Media In America


is infographic created by Jason at Frugal Dad shows that almost all media comes from the same six sources.

That's consolidated from 50 companies back in 1983.

NOTE: This infographic is from last year and is missing some key transactions. GE does not own NBC (or Comcast or any media) anymore. So that 6th company is now Comcast. And Time Warner doesn't own AOL, so Huffington Post isn't affiliated with them.

But the fact that a few companies own everything demonstrates "the illusion of choice," Frugal Dad says. While some big sites, like Digg and Reddit aren't owned by any of the corporations, Time Warner owns news sites read by millions of Americans every year.

Here's the graphic:

A big majority says Trump is unqualified for the presidency. How much will it matter?


One of the interesting and unanswered questions about the 2016 campaign is this: How is it possible that the race seems close, even though large majorities of Americans consistently tell pollsters that they don’t think Donald Trump is qualified or temperamentally fit for the presidency?

This week’s Post poll, for instance, found that 62 percent of Americans say they don’t think Trump “is qualified to serve as president,” while only 36 percent say he is qualified. By contrast, they say by 60-39 that Hillary Clinton is qualified. Meanwhile, they also say by 61-30 that Clinton has the “better personality and temperament to effectively serve as president.” Previous Post polls have shown similar findings.

Meanwhile, a CNN poll from July found that 67 percent said Trump does not have “the right experience to be president,” while 64 percent said that Clinton does have the right experience.

Is there any precedent in the modern polling era for a major party nominee to be regarded as unqualified for the job or fundamentally unfit for it by such large majorities?

IT's a testament to the effectiveness of disinformation and the demonization of Hillary (over the last 25 yrs of so). OF course, the M$M have been doing a great job of selling the GOP's disinformation and demonization of her.

When Comey was questioned by Rep Matt Cartwright about the lack of Classified headers on any of Hillary's emails, purported to contain classfied info, Comey had to admit NOT ONE of her emails which supposedly contained classified information - NOT ONE had a classified header on it.

Thus, Comey confirmed Clinton did NOT lie to Congress when she said nothing sent or received by her was marked classified. But not one of the GOP Toadies of M$M reported this game changing admission by Comey.

Powell: Trump is 'an international pariah'


"Trump is a national disgrace and an international pariah," Powell wrote in June.

"He appeals to the worst angels of the GOP nature and poor white folks," Powell wrote in another email.

Cummings Releases Full Powell Email Advising Clinton on Personal Email Use


Cummings also issued the following statement:

“This email exchange shows that Secretary Powell advised Secretary Clinton with a detailed blueprint on how to skirt security rules and bypass requirements to preserve federal records, although Secretary Clinton has made clear that she did not rely on this advice. This email exchange also illustrates the longstanding problem that no Secretary of State ever used an official unclassified email account until the current Secretary of State. The Republican obsession with Secretary Clinton has reached a fever pitch, and they have been using taxpayer resources to single her out in a desperate and abusive attempt to hurt her presidential campaign. If Republicans were truly concerned with transparency, strengthening FOIA, and preserving federal records, they would be attempting to recover Secretary Powell’s emails from AOL, but they have taken no steps to do so despite the fact that this period—including the run-up to the Iraq War—was critical to our nation’s history.”

In 2014, the State Department sent a letter asking Secretary Powell to provide all records—including emails from his personal email account—that were not in the State Department’s recordkeeping system.

On March 8, 2015, Secretary Powell said during an appearance on ABC’s This Week that he no longer had emails from his personal account: “I don’t have any to turn over. I did not keep a cache of them. I did not print them off. I do not have thousands of pages somewhere in my personal files.”

On October 21, 2015, the State Department sent another letter to Secretary Powell, this time asking him to contact his service provider, AOL, to determine whether any of his emails are still on their unclassified system.

As of November 6, 2015, Secretary Powell had not responded to this request, according to a letter from the State Department to the National Archives and Records Administration.

On February 3, 2016, the State Department Inspector General issued a memo identifying emails from Secretary Powell’s personal email account that contained classified information.

On July 7, 2016, the Inspector General testified before the Oversight Committee that Secretary Powell still had not responded to the request to contact AOL to recover his emails, including those that were classified.

Cummings obtained the email exchange between Secretary Powell and Secretary Clinton through a unique statutory provision known as the “Seven Member Rule” in which any seven members of the Oversight Committee may obtain federal records from federal agencies.

Click here to read the full email exchange.

While Powell volunteered his tips for dodging Federal Records laws, I don't think Clinton was interested in circumventing federal records requirements. I think she was concerned about the state Dept system not being secure -- and also protecting herself from GOP moles in the executive branch andor GOP hackers. The GOP has demonstrated time and again that, when it comes to scoring political points on adversaries, national security means nothing to them (see: the Plame Affair.

Maybe it's time for somebody to start leaking incriminating "hacked" emails from RNC & Trump

Colin Powell Offers Uncensored View (i.e. derogoatory) Of The Clintons In Leaked Emails

Maybe someone should start leaking "hacked" emails from Repugnant leaders and Trump. ...

Start flooding eager journalists with the realistic appearing emails from Republican party leadership and Trump. The 'journalists' won't bother to see if the emails can be verified to have come form RNC, Republican leaders or TRump (can they be verified?) -- Hell, does that matter?? Just print 'em! Corroborate later!

Here, I got one:

8 July 2002

From: VicePresidentCheney
To: SkooterLibby, ArmitageR, ...

Wouldn't it be too bad if somebody outed that bitch Plame? That would make it seem like her husband, Joe Wilson, only got the job to check out Niger re "yellow cake" shipments to Iraq, out of nepotism and help squelch his article debunking our "yellow cake" TP in our rationale for invading Iraq. Yeah, if only somebody let it be known Wilson only got the job out of nepotism and he really doesn't know what the fuck he's talking about, that would be 'interesting'. I'm sure some of 'our boys' in the media would love to get that tidbit.

Vice President 'Darth Vader' Cheney

This may be the only way to force GOP toadies of M$M to admit there is no way to make sure these emails were hacked from who the leaker says they were - or if the emails haven't been altered to fit the insinuation.

NY attorney general launches Trump Foundation inquiry


The Donald J. Trump Foundation is coming under increasing media pressure for misreporting a number of donations and using its money in a questionable fashion.

Schneiderman told CNN’s “The Lead” on Tuesday that his interest in Trump's foundation connects with his role "as regulator of nonprofits in New York state."

"We have been concerned that the Trump Foundation may have engaged in some impropriety from that point of view,” Schneiderman said.

“We’ve inquired into it and we’ve had correspondence with them. I didn’t make a big deal out of it or hold a press conference," he added. "We have been looking into the Trump Foundation to make sure it's complying with the laws governing charities in New York.”
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