Oliver Willis

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  • Conservative Media Are Already Calling For Clinton’s Impeachment

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    With less than two weeks until Election Day, conservative media figures have started pushing the idea of impeaching Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in the event she wins the presidency. Citing her decision to use a private email server during her time as secretary of state, they say she “should be impeached” and argue congressional Republicans should leave the option on the table as they investigate her.

    Their message echoes some congressional Republicans, including Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-AL), who said, “If all the things we've seen are true and they come out the way I think they will, then we should impeach her,” and Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL), who said, “With respect to Hillary Clinton, she will be a unique president if she is elected by the public next November, because the day she’s sworn in is the day that she’s subject to impeachment because she has committed high crimes and misdemeanors.”

    FBI Director James Comey, at the conclusion of the FBI probe into Clinton’s emails, said the agency had determined that “no charges are appropriate in this case.”

    Conservative Media Call For Clinton Impeachment

    Radio Host Rush Limbaugh: Clinton “Is The Most Prepared To Be Impeached In Advance Of Any Presidential Candidate This Country Has Ever Had.” On the October 5 edition of his radio show, Rush Limbaugh argued that “Hillary Clinton is the most prepared to be impeached in advance of any presidential candidate this country has ever had! Hillary Clinton will be elected to be impeached,” adding, “By the way, I'm not being glib. If elected, Hillary Clinton could be impeached based on what we already know, and there's plenty more yet to be discovered. Emails and other documents that could be used in impeachment proceedings are waiting to be found like Easter eggs laid out for 3-year-olds.” [RushLimbaugh.com, 10/5/16]

    National Review’s Andrew McCarthy: “Mrs. Clinton Should Be Impeached.” National Review’s Andrew McCarthy, who has spent years arguing for President Obama’s impeachment, wrote that “Mrs. Clinton should be impeached” for “mishandling classified information and withholding government records.” [National Review, 8/23/16]

    Judicial Watch President: “Impeachment” Of Clinton “Is Something That’s Relevant.” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton told NBC News that if Clinton is elected, “You’re going to still have a clamor for a serious criminal investigation of Mrs. Clinton’s conduct with respect to her emails and the [Clinton] Foundation” and “I know this generation of Republican leaders is loath to exercise these tools, but impeachment is something that’s relevant.” NBC noted Fitton has “criticized GOP lawmakers for failing to pre-emptively impeach Clinton,” and quoted him saying, “They see [the oversight process] as an opportunity in some measure to keep their opponents off-kilter, but they don’t want to do the substantive and principled work to truly hold corrupt politicians, or the administration, or anyone accountable.” [NBCNews.com, 10/26/16]

    Radio Host Steve Deace: “Republicans Should Promise They’ll Impeach Hillary.” Iowa-based radio host Steve Deace said that in order “to hold on to their congressional majorities, Republicans should promise voters they’ll impeach Hillary by 2018.” [Twitter, 10/17/16]

    Radio Host Mark Levin: Clinton “Must Be Impeached For High Crimes And Misdemeanors.” Radio host Mark Levin alleged that Clinton “has attempted to cover-up and obstruct her Espionage Act violations in hopes of winning this election” so she “must be prosecuted, but she won't be; if elected, however, she must be impeached for high crimes and misdemeanors in what is and will be continuing revelations about her criminality.” [Facebook, 10/22/16]

  • Journalists Mock Trump’s "Grievanceburg Address" At Gettysburg


    Journalists mocked Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s October 22 speech in Gettysburg, PA, which his campaign had said would outline his first 100 days in office if elected president and had compared to President Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. Reporters said the speech was more “like the Grievanceburg Address,” “a personal revenge tour,” and was full of “conspiracy theories & racial animus.”

  • Breitbart News Claims Paul Ryan Wants To Elect Clinton And Shares Her “Globalist Worldview”

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    Breitbart News accused House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) of conducting a “months-long campaign” to elect Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. The attack echoes Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s campaign rhetoric and escalates the website’s war on Ryan, which had been pushed by Breitbart chief executive and current Trump campaign CEO Steve Bannon.

    The October 21 Breitbart News article, written by Julia Hahn, is headlined “He’s With Her: Inside Paul Ryan’s Months-Long Campaign To Elect Hillary Clinton President.” Hahn wrote, "Both Ryan and Clinton share a progressive, globalist worldview, which is at odds with Trump’s ‘America first’ approach,” adding that Clinton and Ryan “see themselves as representatives not only for American citizens, but also for foreign nationals and foreign interests.” She later states that “Both Clinton and Ryan view being American as an intellectual ‘idea’ rather than a national identity, and both support the donor-class’s agenda of open borders.”

    The article ramps up Breitbart’s years-long campaign against Ryan, which was pushed by Bannon. The website in particular boosted the unsuccessful campaign of Ryan’s opponent in the Republican primary earlier this year, calling Ryan a “double agent,” claiming he supports an “open borders agenda,” accusing him of running “misleading television ads,” and describing him as a “saboteur” who is “betray[ing] America.”

    Breitbart staffers have also said that Bannon directed them to “destroy” Ryan, telling them in December 2015 that the “long game” was for Ryan to be “gone” by spring of the following year. One Breitbart staffer told The Hill that Bannon “thinks Paul Ryan is part of a conspiracy with [billionaires] George Soros and Paul Singer, in which elitists want to bring one world government.”

    Bannon’s conflict with Ryan has continued through Trump’s campaign (Bannon has taken a leave of absence from Breitbart to help lead the campaign). Ryan recently irritated Trump by disinviting him from a campaign event after a video of Trump bragging about assaulting women was released, and then Ryan announced he would no longer defend Trump and would focus on preserving the Republican majority in the House. In response, Trump has called Ryan a “very weak and ineffective leader” who is giving him “zero support.” The Breitbart article also is similar to Trump’s expressed doubt that Ryan wants him to win. After ABC News asked Trump whether he thought Ryan was rooting for him to win, he responded, “Well, maybe not, because maybe he wants to run in four years or maybe he doesn’t know how to win.”

    Breitbart’s article may also be a preview of what’s to come. According to The Hill’s Jonathan Swan, Bannon is “only going to escalate” the conflict with Ryan, who may seek reelection to the speakership in January, regardless of the 2016 election results.

  • Three Weeks Before The Election, Top Trump Ally Roger Stone Spoke At A JFK Conspiracy Conference

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    Longtime Donald Trump adviser and ally Roger Stone spoke at the conspiracy-fueled “Lee Harvey Oswald Conference 2016” this weekend, telling attendees that former President Lyndon Johnson was behind the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and promising that a President Trump would put the entire Clinton family in prison.   

    The conference, which had the theme of “Oswald: The Patsy,” was executive produced by Kris Millegan, whose publishing company Trine Day specializes in conspiracy theory books with titles like The 9/11 Mystery Plane: And the Vanishing of America, which posits that the 2001 terror attacks were carried out by the U.S. government. The event was co-produced by Lorien Fenton, who also organizes conferences on UFOs and “secret space programs.”

    Stone described the Oswald conference as “furthering the scholarship on the question of who killed John F. Kennedy and why.” (Stone has published a book alleging that Lyndon Johnson was behind JFK’s assassination. He has also claimed to be working on a book about the Clintons secretly murdering JFK Jr.)

    In his presentation on October 16, Stone devoted a large chunk of his remarks to touting Trump’s candidacy to the audience, describing the campaign as “an insurrection” and “an uprising” against the “ruling elite.” He added, “This is D-Day for the ruling elite. They know, among other things -- and I think Trump made this very clear in the last debate -- if he’s elected, Bill and Hillary and their crooked, nasty, foul-mouthed little daughter, they’re going to prison.” (Stone and fellow conspiracy theorist Alex Jones have led the charge on calling for Hillary Clinton to be sent to prison, which Trump has recently adopted as a talking point.)

    During his remarks, Stone revisited his warning that America is “headed into a nuclear war with the Russians.” He also later alleged that President Obama is “prepared to have a war, if that's what it takes to elect this gravely ill woman to succeed him.” He also re-upped his bizarre allegation that Bill Clinton is not really Chelsea Clinton’s father.

    Stone has long been an active conspiracy theorist (though during his remarks, Stone dismissed being labeled a "conspiracy theorist," saying instead he is a "conspiracyologist" and a "conspiracy realist"). His book Jeb and the Bush Crime Family argues that President George H.W. Bush was involved in the attempted assassination of President Ronald Reagan in 1981. Stone also claims that Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin was connected to the 9/11 attacks, that the Clintons have had numerous people murdered (including four people during the summer of 2016 alone), and that the collapse of World Trade Center Building 7 was “suspicious,” along with numerous other fringe and disproven theories.

    Throughout the 2016 election cycle, Stone has allied himself with and become a regular guest on the radio program of Alex Jones, the self-described “founding father” of the 9/11 conspiracy theory movement.

    During the campaign, Stone has been in regular contact with Trump, who has increasingly pushed conspiracies peddled by Stone in recent weeks, including the outlandish claim that the election is “rigged” against the Republican nominee.

  • “Trump Manages To Channel Goebbels”: White Nationalists Cheer Nominee’s Conspiratorial Speech Packed With Anti-Semitic Themes

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    The racist white nationalist movement is once again thrilled with Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, this time over a Thursday speech he gave that has been criticized for trafficking in anti-Semitic themes.

    In his speech, delivered in West Palm Beach, FL, Trump said that “global special interests” and “the Washington establishment and the financial and media corporations that fund it” were working against his campaign along with attacks “orchestrated by the Clintons and their media allies.” Trump also went on to slam “a global power structure that is responsible for the economic decisions that have robbed our working class, stripped our country of its wealth and put that money into the pockets of a handful of large corporations and political entities.”

    This is a conspiracy against you, the American people, and we cannot let this happen or continue. This is our moment of reckoning as a society and as a civilization itself,” Trump told the audience.

    The Washington Post noted that the speech was “laced with the kind of global conspiracies and invective common in the writings of the alternative-right, white-nationalist activists who see him as their champion.” The Post also pointed out that the speech “bore the imprint” of Stephen Bannon, Trump’s campaign CEO and the chairman of Breitbart.com, which he has described as “the platform for the alt-right.”

    In reaction to the speech, Jonathan Greenblatt, the CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, wrote on Twitter that the Trump campaign “should avoid rhetoric [and] tropes that historically have been used [against] Jews [and] still spur #antisemitism.” Several reporters also note Trump’s trafficking in anti-Semitic tropes, including Politico’s Eli Stokols, who wrote, “The hints of anti-Semitism were strong.”

    Trump and his campaign allies have an ongoing and disturbing relationship with the white nationalist movement, including embracing white nationalist themes, retweeting white nationalist accounts on Twitter, and appearing on white nationalist radio programs. His campaign has been cheered every step of the way by his white nationalist supporters.  

    Following Thursday’s speech, white nationalists praised the content of the speech and responded to criticism of Trump’s language with blatant anti-Semitism:

    The Right Stuff: “Trump Manages To Channel Goebbels,” Is “88% Woke.” The white nationalist “alt-right” site The Right Stuff praised Trump’s speech, with writer Lawrence Murray arguing, “somehow Trump manages to channel Goebbels and ‘Detroit Republicanism’ all at the same time.” Murray added that the speech was “almost unprecedented in its militancy and vitriol for the luegenpresse and the brahmins.” (“Luegenpresse” is a term Nazis used to denigrate the media  -- “lying press” -- that has recently been revived by racists.) He also described Trump’s speech as “88% woke” (88 is used by white nationalists as an abbreviation of “Heil Hitler”), adding, “Can you picture the shvitzing that must be going on in some circles right now? I can, and it’s glorious.” [The Right Stuff, 10/13/16]

    Racist Radio Host David Duke Praises Trump's "Incredible Speech," Rails Against "Jewish Supremacists" And "Jewish Radicals" Who Are Waging A “Vicious Attack Against Trump.” Duke, a former leader of the Klu Klux Klan and current Republican Louisiana Senate candidate, used his radio show to call Trump’s speech “maybe the strongest, most all out speech concerning the war that is being waged against us and the war that is being waged by the oligarchs who control the international banks and the globalists” before claiming “Jewish supremacists” are using their control of the media and other institutions to attack Trump:

    DAVID DUKE: Donald Trump had an incredible speech last night in West Palm Beach maybe the strongest, most all out speech concerning the war that is being waged against us and the war that is being waged by the oligarchs who control the international banks and the globalists. He called them out, the bankers, the globalists, and he called out the fact that they are in total war mode against him. He's been saying for weeks that Hillary Clinton -- his campaign is not against Hillary Clinton, his campaign really is against the media.


    These Jewish supremacists and these Jewish radicals who have been dominating international banking, the financing of politics and leaders, bribing them in effect, the people who have controlled the media, the people who have controlled the political apparatus in so many countries, who have controlled much of the academia, much of the discourse, they're crazy. They're willing to risk World War III for their political objectives in the Middle East, in Israel, and elsewhere. Now nothing signals this more than what's happening right now with Donald Trump. I mean, they're in a full court, all out war against Donald Trump and they've been planning this a long time. They have gone so overboard, that's the problem that they face, though, because they've gone so overboard with this vicious attack against Trump that it's becoming apparent to people. And no candidate has ever better exposed or more exposed the vicious lying media than Donald Trump has. What a service he's done for us. [Rense Radio Network, David Duke Show, 10/14/16]

    Neo-Nazi Website Infostormer Says The Speech Was A "Full-Strike On The Jews," Fantasizes About "Rounding Up The Kikes Onto The Deportation Trains." In a post at neo-Nazi website Infostormer, writer Marcus Cicero claimed he was skeptical that Trump would ever "launch a full-strike on the Jews," but the candidate "has exceeded our expectations once again." Cicero mocked concerns about the anti-Semitism in the speech from "the vast majority of Christ-Killers with internet influence" and said he had not seen such "rabid rage ... since the glory days of 1930’s Germany." He also fantasized about "rounding up the Kikes onto the deportation trains and planes." From Infostormer:

    Would he ever launch a full-strike on the Jews, who have sought to cripple his candidacy from Day One?

    We most assuredly did not think so, but it looks like Glorious Leader has exceeded our expectations once again, using the parasite-ridden city of West Palm Beach, Florida to deliver a scathing attack on the “interwoven thread” of international finance, Globalism, and the media.

    While he did not use the word “Jew” specifically in his speech, the vast majority of Christ-Killers with internet influence and access immediately jumped upon the awe-inspiring rally with a rabid rage not seen since the glory days of 1930’s Germany.


    When we’re busy rounding up the Kikes onto the deportation trains and planes, I want them to understand that it was their own overreaching and neurotic insanity that brought their schemes and hustles crashing down.

    While I obviously do not condone even a single Jew making even a single shekel from manipulating a White man or woman, it has to be admitted that they had it quite good in this country for generations.

    But instead of sitting back content with their profits and simple corruption of higher echelons of society, the Jew sought even greater upheaval and discord; a desire driven by a sick biological drive that forever calls for the annihilation of host societies.

    And now the sweet and wonderful backlash has arrived.

    And it tastes so unbelievably delectable. [Infostormer, 10/14/16]

    Neo Nazi Site Daily Stormer: “Trump Affirmed” That The Media Is “The Lying Jewish Mouthpiece Of International Finance.” The neo-Nazi site Daily Stormer praised Trump’s speech in a October 14 post headlined “Jews Go Into Red Alert at Trump’s Historic Speech Denouncing International Finance, Globalism and the Media":

    Trump’s speech in West Palm Beach, Florida today will go down as a major turning point in the history of Western rebirth–or its last gasp. In it, Trump affirmed what has become transparent this election: the mass media isn’t “biased” in the innocent sense, it’s the lying Jewish mouthpiece of international finance and plutocracy, seeking to protect agendas that make trillions of dollars for a small film of scum at the very top, at the expense of middle and working class Americans.

    Trump encouraged the masses of people to unite and fight back against a corrupt and malicious system run by amoral bankers who meet and make policy with our politicians behind closed doors towards a world without borders or national sovereignty.

    Trump noted that any time somebody represents the voice of the majority against globalization, ‘certain forces’ accuse these dissidents of “racism” and “sexism.” This is clearly a nod at the carefully interwoven web of media, finance, political correctness – with the eternal Jew as the treading spider trapping its opposition within it. [Daily Stormer, 10/14/16]

    White Nationalist Paul Ray Ramsey: “When Trump Talks About Nation Wrecking Globalists, Jews Assume He Is Talking About Them.” White nationalist video blogger Paul Ray Ramsey (who also goes by the name Ramzpaul) wrote, “It is interesting when Trump talks about nation wrecking globalists, Jews assume he is talking about them. Why would they think that?” [Twitter, 10/13/16]

  • Conservative Media Run With Absurd Smear That Hillary Clinton Hates “Everyday Americans”

    The Supposed Smoking Gun Email Was About The Phrase “Everyday Americans”

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    Conservative media outlets are fabricating the claim that Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton “hates everyday Americans” based on a blatant misinterpretation of a leaked email.

    Citing a hacked email from Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta that was released by WikiLeaks, conservative outlets like Infowars, the Drudge Report, WND, and Gateway Pundit claimed to have proof that Clinton “hates everyday Americans,” when the email in question is clearly about the phrase “everyday Americans,” not actual people. Infowars has since seemingly deleted its article, and Drudge, who was originally linking to the grossly inaccurate Infowars story, is now instead linking to a Daily Caller story that makes clear the discussion was about the cliche “everyday Americans.”

    Rush Limbaugh ran with the story on his radio show claiming that in the email Podesta was “admitting that Hillary Clinton has begun to hate everyday Americans.”


    Indeed, the email in question is very plainly a reference to the “everyday Americans” slogan and theme used by Clinton at the launch of her presidential campaign in 2015. It reads in full: “I know she has begun to hate everyday Americans, but I think we should use it once the first time she says I'm running for president because you and everyday Americans need a champion. I think if she doesn't say it once, people will notice and say we false started in Iowa.”

    The original story at Infowars (still available at sister site Prison Planet), which is the website run by Trump ally and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, originally breathlessly reported on the email as “bombshell” and a “shocking admission.” The article, by Infowars writer Paul Joseph Watson, concluded with the ridiculous question, “Will everyday Americans be more outraged by Donald Trump’s lewd comments in a tape from 11 years ago, or by the Clinton campaign’s own admission that Hillary literally hates them.”

    Other conservative journalists are even pointing out that the story being circulated is false. David Martosko of the Daily Mail wrote on Twitter, “She's saying Hillary hated the PHRASE ‘everyday Americans’ ... We should all be better than this.”

    Mediaite columnist John Ziegler wrote, “Everyone who thinks HRC said she ‘Hates everyday Americans’ is 100% moron & every media outlet (Drudge) who reports it should be humiliated.”

  • Fox News Turns 20: Two Decades Of Hate, Misogyny, And Smears Disguised As Journalism

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    Fox News Channel, the brainchild of Nixon operative Roger Ailes and bankrolled by media mogul Rupert Murdoch, launched on October 7, 1996. In the ensuing two decades, the right-wing network has released a torrent of hateful messages, misogyny, and fraudulent smears, all in the guise of journalism.

    In reality, Fox News is an enforcement arm of the conservative movement and the Republican Party.

    Fox News has time and time again been a malignant force, utilizing its airwaves to attack progressive activists and politicians, elevate conservative activists and officials, and slant facts and information -- sometimes completely inventing it out of whole cloth -- in service of a right-wing conservative agenda.

    While Fox has steadily grown in influence within the conservative movement, its star has considerably faded as a force within the wider media since its height during the Bush presidency.

    After having devoted dozens of hours of airtime to Donald Trump, massively assisting his quest to secure the Republican Party’s presidential nomination, network chief Roger Ailes was ousted from his position when a slew of women accused him of perpetrating years and years of sexual harassment at the network.

    Former anchor Gretchen Carlson, reportedly armed with audio tapes of Ailes, alleged that he had repeatedly sexually harassed her and demoted her when she refused his advances. Soon at least 25 other women came forward with similar stories to Carlson’s about Ailes’ behavior, and it was reported that prime-time host Megyn Kelly was also included among Ailes purported targets. Ailes no longer runs the day-to-day operations of Fox News, but his top lieutenants who allegedly helped to cover up his behavior remain in charge, while Ailes is now advising the campaign of the candidate his network helped to build.

    Here is an overview of some of the lowlights of Fox’s 20 years on the air:


    Fox News anchor endorsed Bob Dole for president in the Republican National Committee’s official magazine


    Fox News producer resigned after an executive told him to play down statistics showing a lack of social progress among blacks


    Fox employees said management made them “cook the facts” to tilt news stories to the right


    Fox gave TV show to internet gossip Matt Drudge


    Fox News poll asked whether Bill Clinton or Al Gore was “most likely to cheat at cards”

    Fox News employed George W. Bush cousin John Ellis who prematurely called election in favor of Bush

    During the 2000 recount, Fox anchor John Gibson complained “Democratic lawyers have flooded Florida” because Bush favored tort reform


    Fox ran a special called “Vanishing Freedoms” that argued the United Nations was “taking over” private property

    Fox’s Special Report had Republican and Democratic guests at an 8-to-1 ratio


    Fox host Bill O’Reilly said 66 percent of people supported invading Iraq without UN support when the real number was 37 percent


    Bill O’Reilly said the Iraq War would “not last more than a week”

    Fox anchor said the network was “very reluctant to show these pictures” of an anti-Iraq War protest

    O’Reilly said that “once the war” in Iraq began, those opposed to the action should “shut up”

    O’Reilly argued that the U.S. military should “flatten Baghdad”

    Fox falsely reported that a “huge chemical weapon factory” had been found in Iraq

    Fox anchor Brit Hume said “nobody seriously argued” that Saddam Hussein didn’t have weapons of mass destruction

    Fox executive’s memo told the entire network to note the “political courage and tactical cunning” of President George W. Bush “in our reporting through the day”

    O’Reilly cut off the microphone of anti-war activist Jeremy Glick, whose father was killed on 9/11


    Fox chief political correspondent wrote and published a fake news story making fun of Democratic candidate John Kerry on FoxNews.com

    Fox executive wrote memo telling anchors to downplay Abu Ghraib story

    Fox News aired less of the Democratic Convention than any other cable news network

    Fox claimed that Christmas was “under siege”


    Fox News doctored AP copy to mimic language preferred by the Bush White House

    Fox News aired 58 segments promoting the “War on Christmas”

    Fox used a TV psychic to claim Terri Schiavo was “clear” on what was happening around her


    Host Bill O’Reilly said same-sex marriage was linked to interspecies relationships

    Fox correspondent called waterboarding “a pretty efficient mechanism to get someone to talk”

    Fox argued that a civil war in Iraq could be “a good thing”


    Fox hosted a “body language expert” who accused Hillary Clinton of exhibiting “evil laughter”

    Fox & Friends reported on comments from Michelle Obama with the term “the claws come out”

    Fox News used a photo of Rep. Harold Ford while talking about Barack Obama

    Fox host Brian Kilmeade said Barack Obama “went to a madrassa” as a child


    Fox anchor asked if Obamas engaged in “a terrorist fist jab”

    Fox News executive pushed on-air lies claiming Barack Obama promoted socialism

    Fox contributor Newt Gingrich warned of “gay and secular fascism”

    Fox contributor Liz Trotta remarked that she wished somebody would "knock off" both Osama Bin Laden and then-candidate Barack Obama


    Ailes reportedly said he sees the network as “as the Alamo” against President Obama

    Beck said President Obama is a “racist” with “a deep-seated hatred for white people”

    Beck said Obama’s agenda was based on “reparations”

    Beck imitated Obama pouring gasoline on the “average American”

    Beck pretended to poison Rep. Nancy Pelosi

    Fox organized and promoted anti-Obama “tea party” protests

    Host Sean Hannity said conservative protest attracted 20,000 when Capitol police said it was 4,000

    Fox contributor Dick Morris used the network to raise money for a PAC that was paying him

    Fox plagiarized a GOP press release and passed it off as its own research


    Beck questioned whether Obama was really a Christian

    Beck said Obama returned a Churchill bust to England because he hates the British

    Beck said, “There will be rivers of blood if we don’t have values and principles”

    Beck said the Obama administration might kill “10 percent” of the population

    Fox host Brian Kilmeade said “all terrorists are Muslims”


    Beck said the “American left” is “funding terrorists or working with terrorists”

    Fox hosts said the ownership of appliances negates the effects of poverty

    Fox hired Sarah Palin; Roger Ailes commented: “I hired Sarah Palin because she was hot and got ratings”

    Multiple Fox News shows pushed racist birther conspiracy about Barack Obama

    Fox headline: “Obama’s Hip-Hop BBQ Didn’t Create Jobs”

    Fox hosts blamed SpongeBob Squarepants for “pushing a global warming agenda”


    Fox contributor Geraldo Rivera said Trayvon Martin’s hoodie is “as much responsible” for his death as shooter George Zimmerman

    Fox analyst Karl Rove refused to accept that President Obama won Ohio in the election

    Fox & Friends claimed that President Obama had a diplomatic meeting with a pirate

    Fox contributor compared food stamps to a diet plan


    Host Megyn Kelly asserted that Jesus and Santa Claus are white

    Fox contributors said men should have the dominant role in the home

    At least nine Fox contributors used the network to test the waters before running for office


    Fox’s evening lineup aired nearly 1,100 segments on the Benghazi attacks and their aftermath from 2012-14

    Fox hosts described torture as humiliating “a few terrorists” and subjecting them to ”a little bit of cold”

    Fox producer Jesse Watters said the statutory rape of a child isn’t as bad if the female perpetrator is attractive

    Fox host Tucker Carlson said reporting statutory rape is “whiny”


    Fox News told young children to run toward active shooters

    Fox contributor called President Obama "a total pussy"

    Fox’s prime-time lineup demonized the Black Lives Matter movement

    Fox host Steve Doocy complained about the controversy around an ad suggesting date rape: “Remember … when people used to make jokes?”

    Fox contributor Brit Hume blamed “the deregulation of sex” for campus sexual assaults

    Fox co-host Stacey Dash said some campus sexual assault victims are “bad girls … who like to be naughty”


    Host Sean Hannity spent an entire week promoting Clinton health conspiracies

    Fox cited online polls favoring Donald Trump after calling them “worthless”

    Fox figures attacked the idea that debate moderators would fact-check candidates

    Fox promoted Donald Trump’s conspiracy theory that the election would be “rigged”

    Fox figures defended Roger Ailes against sexual harassment allegations, then Fox settled the claim

  • Conservatives Run With Sketchy Conspiracy Website’s Utterly Baseless Claim Clinton Wanted To "Drone" Assange

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    Wikileaks and some conservative outlets are running with a claim that Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton openly speculated about targeting Wikileaks founder Julian Assange with a drone strike. But the report in question comes from an anonymously-sourced article from “True Pundit,” a fringe conspiracy website that even conservatives have criticized.

    On October 2, True Pundit posted an article claiming that during a meeting of “State’s top brass” in 2010 to discuss how to deal with Wikileaks, Clinton asked of Assange, “Can’t we just drone this guy?” The site only attributes the comment to anonymous “State Department sources. ”The fact-checking website Snopes looked into the True Pundit article and found their claim “unproven,” pointing out that the source of their purported Clinton quote was “a vague and anonymous reference that does not yield to verification.” (It’s also unclear why multiple sources with knowledge of this supposed incident that took place in a meeting of senior State Department staff would choose to leak them to a minor conspiracy blogger rather than a credible news outlet. )

    RT, the international news network owned by the Russian government, picked up the True Pundit story. Wikileaks’ official Twitter account also promoted the story, as did Trump allies Alex Jones and Roger Stone. FoxNews.com cited the Wikileaks tweet in its report on Assange rescheduling the time of a proposed address this week.

    True Pundit’s supposed scoop comes on the heels of months of laughable articles forwarding conspiracies about Clinton.

    The site wrote that anonymous “NYPD sources” had told them that during the recent Commander-In-Chief Forum, Clinton was “sporting a mini earbud wired to receive stealth communications from her campaign handlers.” (That conspiracy was picked up by the Trump campaign, along with Alex Jones, the Drudge Report, and Fox’s Sean Hannity)

    The site also promoted a YouTube video claiming to show Clinton “using hand signals to trigger Lester Holt” during the presidential debate. (This claim was held up by Fox News as an example of conspiracy theories that came out of the debate.)

    True Pundit claimed that during the debate there was a “medical episode played off by Hillary Clinton’s frozen smile, shaking head and upper torso with her eyes closed” during which “a concerned Donald Trump can be seen mouthing the word ‘seizure’ to his family and campaign advisors.”

    In August, True Pundit offered “an unprecedented reward of $1 Million (One Million Dollars US) for Clinton’s true medical records” and said Clinton was rumored “to be suffering from a plethora of medical ailments” including dementia, post-concussion syndrome, Parkinson’s Disease, a brain tumor, brain injury, and complex partial seizures.

    Conservative blogger Jim Hoft of Gateway Pundit, no stranger to oddball conspiracy content, noted, “TruePundit may be a hoax website” (though he still devoted an article to promoting the claim about the Assange drone strike).

    Heat Street, a conservative website run by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp., also described the Assange drone story as a “conspiracy theory.”

    Conspiracy theorist Paul Joseph Watson of Alex Jones’ Infowars initially described the True Pundit story as “iffy,” but after Wikileaks posted it said, “thought this was a fake story, until Wikileaks tweeted it out.”

  • The Men Behind Trump’s Attacks On Clinton Marriage Have A History Of Sexual Harassment, Spousal Abuse, And Marital Infidelity

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    Trump, Ailes, Gingrich

    Republican presidential nominee Donald  Trump’s campaign is circulating talking points that instruct his supporters and campaign surrogates to attack Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton over Bill Clinton’s marital infidelity. If the media is going to report on those claims they should also note that Trump and his closest advisers are profoundly poor messengers for those claims.

    According to CNN, one talking point says, “Hillary Clinton bullied and smeared women like Paula Jones, Gennifer Flowers and Monica Lewinsky.” Another reads, “Are you blaming Hillary for Bill's infidelities? No, however, she's been an active participant in trying to destroy the women who has (sic) come forward with a claim.”

    Politico reported that after the Republican nominee’s poor performance in the presidential debate, “threats emanated from Trump Tower on Tuesday that the Republican nominee was preparing to name-check Bill Clinton’s mistresses -- alleged or otherwise.”

    Yet Trump and several of his campaign’s top staffers, allies, and surrogates have episodes of marital infidelity, sexual harassment, and alleged spousal abuse in their pasts, making them hypocritical messengers for this particular type of attack.

    Trump and his allies have also directly attacked Clinton on this topic.

    Trump himself has previously described former President Clinton as “one of the great woman abusers of all time,” and he said Hillary Clinton “went after the women very, very strongly and very viciously.” He also praised himself for not referencing the topic during the September 26 presidential debate, claiming, “I'm really happy I was able to hold back on the indiscretions in respect to Bill Clinton. Because I have a lot of respect for Chelsea Clinton.”

    Newt Gingrich praised Trump for not bringing up the issue during the debate: “He thought about it, and I’m sure he said to himself, ‘a president of the United States shouldn’t attack somebody personally when their daughter is sitting in the audience.’” He added, “And he bit his tongue, and he was a gentleman, and I thought in many ways that was the most important moment of the whole evening. He proved that he had the discipline to remain as a decent guy even when she was disgusting.”

    Rudy Giuliani said, “The president of the United States, her husband, disgraced this country with what he did in the Oval Office and she didn’t just stand by him, she attacked Monica Lewinsky. And after being married to Bill Clinton for 20 years, if you didn’t know the moment Monica Lewinsky said that Bill Clinton violated her that she was telling the truth, then you’re too stupid to be president.”

    CNN’s Jake Tapper pointed out the problem with this line of attack on the September 29 edition of The Lead. “It doesn’t seem to me that Donald Trump, whose extramarital exploits filled tabloid after tabloid in the ‘80s and ‘90s and more has really that much of a moral high ground when it comes to the question of his rival’s husband’s infidelity.” Noting the role of Roger Ailes, Stephen Bannon, Rudy Giuliani and Newt Gingrich in furthering the story, Tapper said Trump is “surrounded by a philanderer’s club,” and asked, “Why would any of these people have any leg to stand on when it comes to this sort of thing?”

    Donald Trump


    Trump’s first wife, Ivana, filed for divorce after news surfaced that he was having an affair with Marla Maples. In court documents she accused Trump of “cruel and inhuman treatment.” Discussing the affair with Vanity Fair, Trump said, “When a man leaves a woman, especially when it was perceived that he has left for a piece of ass—a good one!—there are 50 percent of the population who will love the woman who was left.”

    Trump later married Maples, then they divorced four years later. He married his current wife, Melania, in 2005.

    Temple Taggart, a contestant in the Miss USA pageant that Trump owned, said he introduced himself to her by kissing her “directly on the lips,” adding, “I think there were a few other girls that he kissed on the mouth. I was like ‘Wow, that’s inappropriate.’”

    Jill Harth worked with Trump on a beauty pageant in the 1990s and later accused him of engaging in inappropriate sexual behavior in the course of doing business with her. She said when she first met Trump, he asked her boyfriend, “‘Are you sleeping with her?’ Meaning me. And George looked a little shocked and he said, ‘Well, yeah.’ And he goes, ‘Well, for the weekend or what?’”

    In a deposition, Harth said Trump groped her under a table, and she said, “This was a very traumatic thing working for him.”

    Executives at the Trump Organization told The New York Times that Trump “occasionally interrupted routine discussions of business to opine on women’s figures.” According to Barbara Res, who worked as Trump’s head of construction, he once told her out of the blue that women in Marina del Rey “take care of their asses.”

    Recently asked by USA Today columnist Kirsten Powers how he would feel if his daughter were subjected to sexual harassment at her place of business, he said, “I would like to think she would find another career or find another company if that was the case.”

    Roger Ailes


    Fox News founder and former chairman Roger Ailes has been advising the Trump campaign, and he helped prepare the candidate for the presidential debate.

    Ailes was forced out at Fox News after former anchor Gretchen Carlson filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against the network, alleging that she was pushed out of Fox after rebuffing his advances. According to The New York Times, Carlson recorded conversations with Ailes over the course of a year and a half. Carlson told the Times that in “between six and 10” of those conversations, Ailes made inappropriate comments.

    Since Carlson’s lawsuit became public, at least 25 other women have come forward to accuse Ailes of sexually harassing them. The Washington Post reported, “Interviews with four of those women portray the 76-year-old television powerhouse as a man who could be routinely crude and inappropriate, ogling young women, commenting about their breasts and legs, and fostering a macho, insensitive culture.”

    21st Century Fox (the parent company of Fox News) eventually paid Carlson a settlement of $20 million and issued a statement that said, “We sincerely regret and apologize for the fact that Gretchen was not treated with the respect and dignity that she and all of our colleagues deserve.”

    Former Fox News director of booking Laurie Luhn told the law firm investigating the sexual harassment allegations against Ailes that he had harassed her for over 20 years. She described the experience as “psychological torture” to New York magazine, and she called Ailes “a predator.”

    Luhn recalled that after she met with Ailes about a position as an office manager, he took her to dinner and then as she drove him to the airport, “We pull up and I say, ‘Thank you so much for dinner.’ He leans over and slips me the tongue and kisses me.” Luhn said he then handed her a wad of cash.

    He put her on retainer to do what he described as “research,” then had her dress in lingerie and dance for him in a hotel room. Luhn said Ailes “asked her to perform oral sex,” then told her he would put a video recording of the encounter in a “safe-deposit box just so we understand each other.” Luhn said after that she regularly met Ailes in hotels for sexual encounters.

    He later hired Luhn at Fox News and she became what one colleague described to New York as a “protected person,” while others said it was known that Ailes -- who is married -- was involved with her.

    Luhn said she was instructed by Ailes to recruit young women for him, saying, “You’re going to find me ‘Roger’s Angels.’ You’re going to find me whores.”

    Luhn said she had a series of mental breakdowns that she attributes to her experience with Ailes and that she was even hospitalized for a time as a result.

    As her condition worsened, he moved her from Washington, D.C., to New York so he could monitor her. He demanded that she show him all of the emails she received and said he had to approve her outgoing messages after he would “dictate exactly” how she should respond.

    She eventually alleged sexual harassment and then left Fox after agreeing to a $3.15 million settlement. As part of the deal, she signed a nondisclosure agreement with the network that barred her from going to court against the network or speaking to government agencies like the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or the FBI.

    Stephen Bannon


    Stephen Bannon is the CEO of the Trump campaign and is on a leave of absence from his job as the chairman of the “alt-right” Breitbart News.

    In 1996, Bannon was charged with misdemeanor domestic violence, battery and dissuading a witness. Politico reported that a Santa Monica, CA, police report “says that Bannon’s then-wife claimed he pulled at her neck and wrist during an altercation over their finances, and an officer reported witnessing red marks on her neck and wrist to bolster her account.” The report also said Bannon “reportedly smashed the phone when she tried to call the police.”

    The police report also contained an allegation of past abuse from Bannon: “In the beginning of their relationship, she said they [had] 3 or 4 argument that became physical and they had been going to counseling.”

    The case ended when Bannon’s ex-wife did not appear in court and Bannon pleaded “not guilty” to the allegations. A few months after, she filed to dissolve their marriage.

    Rudy Giuliani


    Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani is a Trump campaign surrogate.

    In 2000, Giuliani announced that he was separating from his then-wife Donna Hanover and, as The New York Times reported, “Ms. Hanover, caught unaware, then said that the couple's troubles began years ago because of a previous relationship between the mayor and a member of his staff.”

    The Times reported that Hanover’s press secretary said the staff member was Cristyne Lategano-Nicholas, and “Friends of Ms. Hanover's said yesterday that she had described the relationship between her husband and Ms. Lategano-Nicholas as intimate while Ms. Lategano-Nicholas worked at City Hall.”

    That same year, the news broke that Giuliani was having an affair with Judith Nathan. At taxpayer expense, Nathan received chauffeur service from the New York Police Department, as well as police protection. Giuliani and Hanover filed for divorce, and he later married Nathan, who is his current wife.

    Newt Gingrich


    Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich (R-GA) is a Trump campaign surrogate.

    The New York Times reported that Gingrich said of his first wife, Jacqueline Battley, when filing for divorce, “She's not young enough or pretty enough to be the wife of a President. And besides, she has cancer.”

    The Times reported that after the divorce, despite the couple having children together, she “filed court papers saying he had not provided reasonable support for her living expenses and that some of her accounts were ‘two or three months past due.’”

    Gingrich remarried, and then had an affair with his congressional aide Callista Bisek, who is his current wife.

  • How The Trump Campaign Is Embracing Dirty Trickster Roger Stone’s Playbook

    Blog ››› ››› OLIVER WILLIS

    Trump, Stone

    Donald Trump and his campaign are signaling a shift toward an election strategy laid out by conspiracy theorist, dirty trickster, and informal Trump adviser Roger Stone.

    For months, Stone has pushed for Trump to invoke the Clintons’ supposed “war on women,” and both the candidate and campaign staffers have been making the rounds this week indicating that they plan to do so.

    Stone heads a pro-Trump super PAC and previously served as a paid consultant to Trump’s campaign. He has been a key promoter of Trump’s candidacy in the media, particularly on the radio and internet program of 9/11 conspiracy theorist Alex Jones.

    Stone himself is an ardent conspiracy theorist. He recently floated the theory that the Clintons had four people murdered over the summer, which dovetails with his previously stated claim that the couple is “plausibly responsible” for the deaths of roughly 40 people. Stone has also alleged that the Bush family “tried to kill” President Ronald Reagan, that President Lyndon Johnson was behind the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, and that the father of Senator Ted Cruz was involved in the killing as well – a theory that was pushed by Donald Trump.

    Stone said he had doubts that Clinton would have the stamina to do an entire 90-minute debate and claimed she was wearing an earpiece during NBC's candidate forum because she “clearly has no memory.” He also claimed Clinton was placed on an oxygen tank immediately after the recent presidential debate and “has some advanced form of epilepsy.”

    Former Trump adviser Michael Caputo, guest hosting on the September 25 edition of WBEN’s Hardline, said he “heard more than one time Donald Trump say” that Stone’s book The Clintons’ War on Women “is his opposition research on the Clintons.” He added that  Trump “has it on his desk.”

    The book, co-authored by fellow conspiracy theorist Robert Morrow, describes itself as a guide to “how Bill and Hillary Clinton systematically abused women and others -- sexually, physically, and psychologically -- in their scramble for power and wealth.”

    Morrow is also a discredited researcher. He has a history of bizarre sexual writings about Hillary Clinton and the Clinton family. Morrow also relishes tweeting the slur “nigger” and was ousted as the chair of the Travis County, TX, Republican Party by “party officials who found him a perpetual embarrassment.”

    Previously, Trump has promoted Morrow and Stone’s book on his Twitter account. In January, after claiming that Bill Clinton was “one of the great woman abusers of all time," Trump cited Stone’s book for his claim that Hillary Clinton "went after the women very, very strongly and very viciously, according to the women and according to other sources."

    Following his poorly received performance in Monday night’s debate, Trump appears ready to again follow Stone’s advice. Politico reported that “threats emanated from Trump Tower on Tuesday that the Republican nominee was preparing to name-check Bill Clinton’s mistresses — alleged or otherwise.”

    Immediately after the debate, Trump told the media, “I'm really happy I was able to hold back on the indiscretions in respect to Bill Clinton. Because I have a lot of respect for Chelsea Clinton.” He added, “Maybe I'll tell you at the next debate. We'll see. But I'm very happy.”

    Top Trump campaign surrogate and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani said, “The president of the United States, her husband, disgraced this country with what he did in the Oval Office and she didn’t just stand by him, she attacked Monica Lewinsky. And after being married to Bill Clinton for 20 years, if you didn’t know the moment Monica Lewinsky said that Bill Clinton violated her that she was telling the truth, then you’re too stupid to be president.”

    Trump deputy campaign manager David Bossie appeared on Fox & Friends and said, “I think that if you look at Hillary Clinton's background and if you look at her being an enabler, really, in the '90s and really attacking these women, it goes against everything that she now tries to spout as a candidate for president.”

    Eric Trump, the nominee’s son, lauded his father’s “courage” for not bringing up Lewinsky during the debate during a radio appearance.

    The Stone-influenced strategy comes at the same time the Trump campaign is also reportedly receiving advice from Fox News founder and former chairman Roger Ailes, who was ousted from the network after former anchor Gretchen Carlson accused him of sexual harassment and sued him. Soon after, at least 25 women came forward, making very similar allegations about Ailes’ behavior over multiple decades. Recent reports indicate that after the debate debacle, Ailes’ role with the Trump campaign may be expanded.