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Was there a fox in the house of also-foxes? Not only did Fox News Executive Vice President and “communications chief” Brian Lewis get fired, but apparently he was fired “for cause”. From Fox News media chief Brian Lewis fired after internal investigation on the LA Times:

“After an extensive internal investigation of Brian Lewis’ conduct by Fox News, it was determined that he should be terminated for cause, specifically for issues relating to financial irregularities, as well as for multiple, material and significant breaches of his employment contract,” a spokesman for Fox News parent company 21st Century Fox said.

Per Gabriel Sherman over to the Daily Intelligencer, at one point Lewis and Roger Ailes were tight:

Lewis was one of the most powerful executives at Fox News — and a moderating influence on Ailes. Lewis was one of the few senior executives who would vocally challenge Ailes (although he was smart enough to do it privately). A frequent joke around Fox was that while everyone is scared of Roger Ailes, the only person Roger Ailes is scared of is Brian Lewis.

but their relationship had deteriorated over the last decade.

[...] signs of tension have been evident in recent months. Ailes, for whatever reason, had begun to rely less on Lewis’s strategic advice, instead consulting others such as his personal lawyer Peter Johnson Jr. and Fox contributor Jim Pinkerton, both of whom, sources said, were more likely to indulge Ailes rather than challenge him.

The article paints Lewis as a guy that knows where, like, 90% of the bodies are buried. To fire somebody like that…

Was there a fox in the house of also-foxes? Not only did Fox News Executive Vice President and “communications chief” Brian Lewis get fired, but apparently he was fired “for cause”. From Fox News media chief Brian Lewis fired after internal investigation on the LA Times:

“After an extensive internal investigation of Brian Lewis’ conduct by Fox News, it was determined that he should be terminated for cause, specifically for issues relating to financial irregularities, as well as for multiple, material and significant breaches of his employment contract,” a spokesman for Fox News parent company 21st Century Fox said.

Per Gabriel Sherman over to the Daily Intelligencer, at one point Lewis and Roger Ailes were tight:

Lewis was one of the most powerful executives at Fox News — and a moderating influence on Ailes. Lewis was one of the few senior executives who would vocally challenge Ailes (although he was smart enough to do it privately). A frequent joke around Fox was that while everyone is scared of Roger Ailes, the only person Roger Ailes is scared of is Brian Lewis.

but their relationship had deteriorated over the last decade.

[...] signs of tension have been evident in recent months. Ailes, for whatever reason, had begun to rely less on Lewis’s strategic advice, instead consulting others such as his personal lawyer Peter Johnson Jr. and Fox contributor Jim Pinkerton, both of whom, sources said, were more likely to indulge Ailes rather than challenge him.

The article paints Lewis as a guy that knows where, like, 90% of the bodies are buried. To fire somebody like that…

Was there a fox in the house of also-foxes? Not only did Fox News Executive Vice President and “communications chief” Brian Lewis get fired, but apparently he was fired “for cause”. From Fox News media chief Brian Lewis fired after internal investigation on the LA Times:

“After an extensive internal investigation of Brian Lewis’ conduct by Fox News, it was determined that he should be terminated for cause, specifically for issues relating to financial irregularities, as well as for multiple, material and significant breaches of his employment contract,” a spokesman for Fox News parent company 21st Century Fox said.

Per Gabriel Sherman over to the Daily Intelligencer, at one point Lewis and Roger Ailes were tight:

Lewis was one of the most powerful executives at Fox News — and a moderating influence on Ailes. Lewis was one of the few senior executives who would vocally challenge Ailes (although he was smart enough to do it privately). A frequent joke around Fox was that while everyone is scared of Roger Ailes, the only person Roger Ailes is scared of is Brian Lewis.

but their relationship had deteriorated over the last decade.

[...] signs of tension have been evident in recent months. Ailes, for whatever reason, had begun to rely less on Lewis’s strategic advice, instead consulting others such as his personal lawyer Peter Johnson Jr. and Fox contributor Jim Pinkerton, both of whom, sources said, were more likely to indulge Ailes rather than challenge him.

The article paints Lewis as a guy that knows where, like, 90% of the bodies are buried. To fire somebody like that…

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Like Lev in a prior post, I went from zero-to-irritated over the media’s “The McCain Maverick Is Back!!” nonsense faster than I got over Gangnam Style.

With that said — and I pre-apologize for giving Johnny Walnuts more airtime — the story of the ever-mercurial McCain finding a new back to stab is somewhat legitimate news.

Because my fingers are feeling like they’re scraping on a chalkboard even typing this, I’ll keep it brief:

President Obama on Friday made his most extensive comments on race since entering the White House, and they are generating extensive commentary.

Sen. John McCain, the Arizona Republican who lost the 2008 presidential race to Obama, called the president’s remarks “very impressive,” and said they should help all Americans think about how to improve race relations in the wake of Trayvon Martin’s death.

“I think we continue to make progress,” McCain told CNN’s State of the Union, but recent events show “we still have a long way to go.”

Compare this, of course, with Fox News’s parade of black conservatives spitting bile at President Uppity McDarkerson for daring to talk about race:

I’m not sure just how many more of these black conservatives the media can manage to drag out there to go after President Obama and the speech he gave this Friday on what the George Zimmerman verdict means for the state of race relations in America, but this Saturday, old HuckaJesus and his producers at Fox managed to find one more to attack President Obama — and of course repeat, verbatim, every Republican talking point we’ve been hearing for ages now.

I don’t know what the salary is to be a spokespuppet for Rep. Dana Rohrabacher like Tara Setmayer, who appeared on Huckabee’s show this Saturday and attacked President Obama’s speech, but my guess is someone is paying her well with a lot of wingnut welfare for her to be willing to spread this much hatred and bullshit on national television and still look herself in the mirror when she gets up the next morning.

Setmayer wants the audience at Fox to believe that it’s somehow “beneath the President” for Obama to talk about race, because, you know, no one’s allowed to do that other than the race baiters over at Fox. How dare our first President of color think it’s his place to talk about racism, or what he experienced first hand. How arrogant of him to do that and upset all of these right-wingers who want to pretend racism is dead in America because President Obama was elected.

The Trayvon Martin tragedy sure is bringing out a huge amount of blatantly racist bullshit:
There are still two Americas. That access to the future that so many people feel they have. Young African-American males don’t feel they have that same access. And I would challenge anyone who doesn’t believe this to get out of the car in an African-American neighborhood and ask the first five young men they meet to define the future.

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I don’t usually comment on David Brooks columns because, well, res ipsa loquitur.  But — fucking hellll — did he shit out a doozy this morning…

Two points.

1. “The kids today!; with that awful hippity hop music and their sagging pants and loose morals…”

Though thoughtful, morally engaged and deeply committed to his beliefs, [NSA leaker Edward Snowden] appears to be a product of one of the more unfortunate trends of the age: the atomization of society, the loosening of social bonds, the apparently growing share of young men in their 20s who are living technological existences in the fuzzy land between their childhood institutions and adult family commitments.

If you live a life unshaped by the mediating institutions of civil society, perhaps it makes sense to see the world a certain way: Life is not embedded in a series of gently gradated authoritative structures: family, neighborhood, religious group, state, nation and world. Instead, it’s just the solitary naked individual and the gigantic and menacing state.

Jesus tapdancing chriiiiist.  Is it even possible for someone under the age of 105 to be this crotchety about their view of our horrifyingly venal, degenerate post-nuclear-winter civilization?  Roving bands of disaffected, “atomized” individualists – freshly loosened of “social bonds” – wandering about in a “fuzzy land,” bereft of “civil society,” mumbling to themselves conspiratorily about a monolithic, “menacing” super-state?  Really?  Where did all the moral panic about loud rock music, hair hoppers and the rising tide of Satan worshiping go?

2.  ”Boo hoo; people are becoming mistrustful and cynical about our national institutions FOR NO REASON AT ALL!”

This one really takes the cake.  After clutching his pearls over degenerate youngsters, miniskirts and reefer madness, Brooks leaks out a gushing torrent of stupid when he bewails the rising levels of unpatriotic anarchists starting to actually – GASP! – become worried about the implications of our sweeping 21st century national security state:

Big Brother is not the only danger facing the country. Another is the rising tide of distrust, the corrosive spread of cynicism, the fraying of the social fabric and the rise of people who are so individualistic in their outlook that they have no real understanding of how to knit others together and look after the common good.

This is not a danger Snowden is addressing. In fact, he is making everything worse.

For society to function well, there have to be basic levels of trust and cooperation, a respect for institutions and deference to common procedures. By deciding to unilaterally leak secret N.S.A. documents, Snowden has betrayed all of these things.

One would think that all this breathless bewailing would be accompanied by some kind of disdain for, you know, all of the awful shit going on lately that is making people mistrustful of government…?  Nope!  One would be completely, 100% wrong.

Stupid, crass American traitors are just spontaneously being infected with unprovoked cynicism pathogens  - for no earthly reason that David Brooks can discern (perhaps the “atomization of society,” amirite?).  After an incessant spray of words about Edward Snowden’s “betrayal” of integrity, honor codes, self-gratification, morals, privacy, baked goods, ethics, open government, fine art, proper procedures, accountability, penmanship, trust, punctuality, the Constitution, aesthetic sensibility, democratic structures and, presumably, Baby Jesus — not to mention his friends, family, pets and doubles partner! – never is heard a discouraging word about what might cause otherwise quiet, Gawd-fearing, patriotic “real Americans” to suddenly come down with a case of Mistrustfulness.  Call the CDC!

… -_- …

I’ve had it.  The massive swells of upwelling Stupid gushing out from the collective festering mind-wounds of our leading “reasonable” conservative commentators are mixing too quickly with the neverending thunderstorms of Fail precipitating down from Washington; and it’s creating a toxic acid rain that is eating away at my staggeringly beleaguered brain.

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As we all know by now, you’re as likely to be injured in a terrorist attack as much as we are likely to ever suffer an appropriate reaction to a mass killing after 9/11. Just sayin’.