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jcitybone

Couldn’t happen to a nicer network.

https://www.businessinsider.com/trump-planning-media-channel-rival-fox-news-axios-2020-11?utm_source=reddit.com

President Donald Trump is considering starting a digital media company to rival Fox News and siphon off its viewers, Axios reported, citing multiple sources.

“He plans to wreck Fox. No doubt about it,” a source with detailed knowledge of Trump’s intentions told the outlet.

According to Axios, Trump would seek to appeal to his right-wing, populist followers — many of whom are likely to be Fox News subscribers — with an online streaming offer aimed at replacing the network.

Rather than creating a cable network, he would go straight to online streaming, which is less cumbersome to set up, the outlet said.

One of his major advantages is his extensive email and phone contacts garnered from his political campaigning, the Axios noted.

The president is widely reported to be an avid viewer of Fox News, but has become increasingly critical of the network during his presidency, and frequently plugs hard-right networks such as One America News Network and Newsmax instead.

Most recently, according to The New York Times, the Trump campaign was incensed by Fox News’ calling Arizona for Joe Biden last week, with top allies like Jared Kushner contacting Fox News owner Rupert Murdoch in a bid to overturn the call.

“He’s going to spend a lot of time slamming Fox,” the source told Axios.

polarbear4

what we need, tbh.

OzoneTom
OzoneTom

Hopefully he will put son-in-law Jared Kushner in charge of setting this up.

orlbucfan

I hope they eat each other alive! Hubster has been talking about it the last few days.

wi62

Ah Hell, as much as i would like to see faux news taken down a notch or two Olé Rupert is worth about 20 billion so he can outlast Trumpcorp whom is slumming it at about 3.3 billion. Rupert would have his lawyers bleed trumpcorp dry if they got into suing match. Thats how trumpcorp wins is by outlasting the poor people but not in Ruperts case. I dare Trumpcorp to try it -we all know he cant run a business properly.

jcitybone

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/11/world/europe/trump-autocrats-dictators.html

The parallel is not exact. Mr. Trump participated in a free and fair democratic election. Most autocrats defy voters before they even vote, excluding real rivals from the ballot and swamping the airwaves with one-sided coverage.

But when they do hold genuinely competitive votes and the result goes against them, they often ignore the result, denouncing it as the work of traitors, criminals and foreign saboteurs, and therefore invalid. By refusing to accept the results of last week’s election and working to delegitimize the vote, Mr. Trump is following a similar strategy.

There is little indication that Mr. Trump can overcome the laws and institutions that ensure the verdict of American voters will carry the day. The country has a free press, a strong and independent judiciary, election officials dedicated to an honest counting of the votes and a strong political opposition, none of which exists in Belarus or Russia.

Still, the United States has never before had to force an incumbent to concede a fair defeat at the polls. And merely by raising the possibility that he would have to be forced out of office, Mr. Trump has shattered the bedrock democratic tradition of a seamless transition.

The damage already done by Mr. Trump’s obduracy could be lasting. Ivan Krastev, an expert on East and Central Europe at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna, said Mr. Trump’s refusal to concede would “create a new model” for like-minded populists in Europe and elsewhere.

polarbear4

“free and fair democratic election.” you know my belief. no such thing.

it may be demoralizing, but what’s truly demoralizing is the state of the process.

OzoneTom
OzoneTom

…when they do hold genuinely competitive votes and the result goes against them, they often ignore the result, denouncing it as the work of traitors, criminals and foreign saboteurs, and therefore invalid.

Never happened in the U.S. before 2020.

phatkhat
phatkhat

Well, except in the primaries…

orlbucfan

“…free press, a strong and independent judiciary,…”
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Yeah, to the highest $$bidder$$. A great many of them are FRightwing aholes! Orange maggot is the scumbag cherry on top of a really puerile sundae that’s been in the making for decades.

wi62

We used to have both, not so much anymore..

jcitybone

🤣🤣🤣 Love the Cowboys slam. The Steelers are undefeated.

https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/lt-gov-fetterman-seeks-claim-of-1m-voter-fraud-reward-from-texas-lieutenant-governor/

Fetterman referenced a case in Luzerne County where 67-year-old Robert Richard Lynn is charged with signing the name of his mother, who had died in May 2015, on an absentee ballot application, according to Fox 8 News. Lynn — a registered Republican — is charged with forgery and interference with primaries/elections, court documents show.

Benny

Cowboys should have won that game.

jcitybone

Yeah but bad teams should have. Good teams win even though

Benny

Bad call at the beginning of the 4th quarter though.

orlbucfan

Born in Washington, D.C. Cut my football fan teeth on the Redskins, now the no-name team. I hated the Dallas Cowboys from the time they came into existence. LOL 🙂

Benny

That’s fine. Those of us from Texas were born to dislike a DC team. lol. What’s weird though is Matthew McConaughey is a Washington fan.

magsview

I never liked the Cowboys either, orlbucfan, lol, up in Canada Tom Landry’s style rubbed me the wrong way, and I found myself rooting for the bad boy Raiders.

But, eventually, I found myself rooting for the Giants, even though one of my fave workmates in Canada was a total Jets fan and would be appalled to hear that 😀

orlbucfan

Is he from Texas?

Benny

He is.

magsview

Understandable, Cowboys were so successful.

The Canadian version of Les Canadiens in hockey at the time. You either loved them or you hated them 😉

wi62

Long time Packer fan but what do you expect being born in WI, raised during the Lombardi years whom was a coach way ahead of his time with the social issues of the day.

Benny

Isn’t Lombardi Field owned by the citizens?

orlbucfan

Packers are the only NFL team owned by their fans. Socialism, the horror! Not! Tampa Bay Bucs fans tried to do the same thing, but the NFL ownership screwed them out of it.

wi62

Nope, Lambeau field is owned by a combination of Greenbay and Brown county. The team itself is by the fans. Orl is right as the NFL will never allow any existing or new NFL team to have an ownership like GB does. GB can never move to another city it only can go out of business as a team.

jcitybone

https://www.thenation.com/article/politics/biden-election-union-contract/

Getting Donald Trump out of office was uniquely important because his reality TV stardom allowed him to go from acting like a jerk on The Apprentice to playing a real-life authoritarian strongman. People bought into his “drain the swamp” and “I tell it like it is” rhetoric while he and his family engorged themselves on the hard-earned taxes of the working class. Joe Biden was not the first choice of most progressives, but when the full might of the national Democratic Party leadership converged to anoint him, he became our only hope.

Tens of thousands of grassroots activists lost sleep and relationships, any sense of day or night, weekend or weekday; together they pushed a not-great candidate over the finish line. No matter how uninspired people felt about Biden, there simply was no other choice. That Trump got over 70 million votes means racism and misogyny are far too ingrained in the United States to give most caring people any lasting sense of deep satisfaction. The resentments he revealed and stoked with strategic brilliance and fury will take years to overcome. Where and how do we start that process?

Trump and the forces behind him ran a vicious campaign based on division and unparalleled voter suppression. (Slowing Postal Service delivery and destroying sorting machines was a stroke of evil genius.) But division and suppression have been corporate America’s response to every unionization election in this country since at least the 1970s. As the infamous union buster Martin Jay Levitt wrote, his was “a field populated by bullies and built on deceit. A campaign against a union is an assault on individuals and a war on the truth. As such, it is a war without honor. The only way to bust a union is to lie, distort, manipulate, threaten, and always, always attack.” Because the forces behind Trump ran his 2020 campaign using the exact same strategic repertoire as union busters, it’s useful to understand what happens in the days and months after these slash-and-burn campaigns are over—assuming the workers manage to eke out a win.

As a result of the brutal nature of a union campaign, the day after their (almost always very narrow) victory, workers wake up having won their union representation with intense levels of division, mistrust, and hatreds of all kinds running high. This is despite the fact that before the campaign got under way, what relationships they had were largely positive. Yet when workers win these hard-fought unionization elections, they’ve actually won nothing, except the right to fight for their first union contract. Union busters don’t just go away after workers win the right to unionize; that first contract battle is the union busters’ second opportunity to destroy the workers’ hopes for positive change and a union. Under anti-worker US labor law, if the first contract isn’t achieved in 12 months, workers may petition for another election to throw out the union. (The analogy continues: Think about what will happen in the 2022 midterms if the Democrats don’t deliver.) For workers to win the policy changes they want, they must quickly overcome their exhaustion and repair and rebuild their stressed solidarity. And to win radical improvements—like fully funded employer-paid health care for themselves and their families, a fair-wage system that eliminates racial and gender biases with life-changing raises, and the right to not be fired because their managers don’t like them—they have to build to supermajority unity.

Removing Trump from office is only the first step on the path to policy wins. Especially because, despite the promises made by the Democratic Party that Biden was the candidate to deliver the Senate, he hasn’t done so—yet. Removing Trump is a victory worth celebrating. But now, facing a hugely empowered corporate elite, an extremist Supreme Court, and a hostile Senate (the slim chance of winning two seats in Georgia would still produce a chamber where corporate Democrats like Joe Manchin have too much sway), we need to get up from our well-earned nap and start rebuilding solidarity, fighting like hell to win the changes we must. Enough workers have proved, even in the past four years, that when we fight smart, strategically, and with discipline, we can win, even against the stiffest of odds. The transition from gaining hard-fought, highly polarized, narrow wins to transformational policy isn’t easy. But it can be done.

jcitybone

Tucson and Pima County have long been much more Dem leaning than Phoenix and Maricopa County. Maricopa has finally edged over into the Dem column

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/nov/12/scorching-tucson-bucks-us-trend-to-put-climate-justice-at-centre-of-plans

It was another scorching summer this year in Tucson, Arizona, the second hottest city in the United States, where even plants adapted to the desert’s harsh conditions wilted amid record-breaking temperatures and scant rainfall.

This summer was the state’s hottest on record, and in August the city clocked four days that were 43C (110F) or hotter and 26 that were over 37C (99F). Tucson temperatures are on average 2.5C (4.5F) warmer now than in 1970, a greater increase than in most other American cities, according to analysis of weather data by Climate Central.

In September, Tucson’s hottest and driest on record, city officials declared a climate emergency, pledging to become a global leader by working “to promote an ecologically, socially and economically regenerative local economy at emergency speed”. They promised to come up with a bold climate action and adaptation plan that puts environmental justice and equity at the heart of its green transition.

“We’ve been warned by scientists across the world and the US military that climate change is one of the greatest threats, not just to the environment but to the economic stability of our country,” Regina Romero, who was elected mayor in 2019 on a climate justice ticket, told the Guardian. “In Tucson, water resources and heat are urgent issues, we have to protect the liveability of our communities. This is an emergency and we had to ring the bell.”

The action plan is a work in progress, but Romero said key goals would include upgrading city buildings to be 100% powered on renewables, electrifying public transport and investing in long-neglected urban communities to make them healthier, more liveable places, in order to curb urban sprawl, according to Romero, the first woman and first Latina to be elected mayor.

Tucson is Arizona’s second largest city after Phoenix, with almost 1 million habitants. Its rapidly growing sprawl encroaches on precious desert landscape, increases traffic and depletes already limited water sources. Extreme heat isn’t new in Arizona, but it is getting worse as the planet gets hotter and hotter.

polarbear4

Tucson was a good place to grow up, but that small town feeling left a while ago. Good people, great culture, beautiful mountains, but now there are homes in a lot it. The city is steaming hot and crime is up. I miss some friends and the thunderstorms, though. I’ll always have a big place in my heart for Tucson.

Don midwest
phatkhat
phatkhat

Yup. She’s right. The Republicans dogwhistle and flout their white supremacy. The Dems push identity politics – ostensibly to help the minority groups. What it really does is divide and conquer and get people mistrusting each other. I’ve said this over and over for years. Identity politics is divisive. Address what is wrong for the 99% as a class, and a lot of the “identity” problems will take care of themselves. Whatever doesn’t is easier to address on a level playing field.