CNN Highlights How Fox News Is Brainwashing The Republican Party

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The conservative author of a paper that concluded that Fox News is promoting a culture of self-brainwashing in the Republican Party, Bruce Bartlett, was featured on the only Sunday show that would discuss the damage that Fox News is doing to the Republican Party.

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Transcript via Reliable Sources:

STELTER: Let me read one line that I thought stood out to me and a lot of other people.

You said: “It can almost be called self-brainwashing. Many conservatives now refuse to even listen to any news or opinion not vetted through FOX and to believe whatever appears on it as the gospel truth.”

Self-brainwashing.

BARTLETT: I don’t think that word is too strong.

I think many conservatives live in a bubble, where they watch only FOX News on television, they listen only to conservative talk radio, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, many of the same people. They — when they go on to the Internet, they look at only conservative Web sites, like “National Review,” Newsmax, World Net Daily.

And so they are completely in a universe in which they are hearing the same exact ideas, the same arguments, the same limited amount of data repeated over and over and over again. And that’s — that’s brainwashing.

STELTER: And do you believe that’s more true for conservatives than for liberals?

BARTLETT: Yes, I do. I believe that, but…

STELTER: What causes that?

BARTLETT: Well, I think, for a long time, the media was — did tilt a bit to the left. And so I think that conservatives, once they got a media of their own, just sort of glommed onto it like a man in the desert, you know, being given some water. They drank very heavily from the FOX waters.

And — but what I don’t think they have quite come to understand yet is, it’s a double-edged sword. There’s no question that FOX helps the Republican Party enormously, but it’s not 100 percent positive. There are some negatives. And I think we’re starting to see some of them in this election cycle.

STELTER: You’re bringing up what — basically, you’re describing negative consequences of having a channel that does reinforce viewers’ beliefs.

BARTLETT: That’s right.

One of the things, I cite a study in my paper where I talk about how FOX viewers in the 2012 election cycle tended to have more wishful thinking, so to speak. That is, they were more confident, unrealistically confident, I think, based on objective analysis of the polls. And you may remember, there was this Web site, what was it, Unskewed Polls. Remember that?

STELTER: Right. Right.

BARTLETT: Where some — it was just widely, widely believed in Republican circles that all of the polls were biased against Romney, and that he was actually doing really, really well, much better, and was going to win pretty easily.

And, as we know, Karl Rove, among others, was shocked on election night, when he didn’t do as well as expected.

It is rare to see any of the cable networks call out the Republican media bubble. Most of the press is so worried about being left out and not getting access to Republicans that they treat Republican falsehoods as facts and don’t bother to examine a media culture that has created millions of brainwashed voters.

Republicans are living in a media bubble that allows them to create a false reality. In the conservative media bubble, facts are bent to fit their ideology. Anything that isn’t sunshine and rainbows for the Republican Party is immediately discredited as “liberal bias.”

The conservative media bubble plays a role in the hyper-partisan nature of Congress. While most networks are afraid to do it, CNN gave a platform to a discussion of how Fox News is harming the Republican Party.

92 Replies to “CNN Highlights How Fox News Is Brainwashing The Republican Party”

  1. But so far the GOP has done nothing to change this. Their followers are even more entrenched in the la la land of the right wing.

  2. My “senior” coffee club parrots the Fox propaganda every morning. It’s like watching Fox without the cleavage and long legs.

  3. No,no.no. I wish we would drop the term “brainwashing.” By definition brainwashing is forcing someone to think the opposite of their beliefs through the use of imprisonment, drugs and torture. Nothing like that is happening, obviously. Right-wing types like Fox News because it reinforces their beliefs about politics and the world. In the same way, left-leaning types flock to Politicus USA because it reaffirms their politics and world view. Generally, people flock with people of their own “tribe.”
    Except for me. I perversely hang out on this site and get repeatedly bitch-slapped because of my conservative views. I do it to keep my arguments fresh, to constantly check to see if there is an argument against my views that I can’t refute, that would force me to reassess my opinion.
    I’m just weird that way, I guess…

  4. Oh Robert, for excellent Biotch slapping you must go to Conservative sites and post like a Liberal. Then you will receive some real Biotch slapping.

    We just try to point out that you use FOX news, Limbaugh or Hannity talking points to defend your beliefs. Or that you are holding onto economic belief theories that have all ready been proven failures i.e. trickle down theory.

    But, we love having you here posting your right-wing conservative talking points. It keeps us on our toes and sends us researching info just to see whether there is any validity to what you posted. Sadly, it is only right-wing sites that agree with you. Impartial sites not affiliated with either party seldom agree with any of your theories.

    I am one of those Liberals that love to do research just on the off chance that I will find something that will change my mind.

  5. And, likewise, there are only left-leaning sites that agree with you. That’s why there are conservatives and progressives. If I go to a site that supports me, you’re going to dismiss it as a right-wing site. If you show see evidence of your side, I will likely dismiss it as a left-wing site. It’s a problem.

  6. Do we agree that “brainwashing” is an incorrect and emotionally loaded word that is inappropriate for this article? That was my basic point.

  7. Brainwashing is an appropriate term.

    Watching Only Fox News Makes You Less Informed than Watching No News At All
    Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/study-watching-fox-news-makes-you-less-informed-than-watching-no-news-at-all-2012-5#ixzz2udKQVtzx

    Survey: NPR’s listeners best-informed, Fox viewers worst-informed
    http://www.poynter.org/latest-news/mediawire/174826/survey-nprs-listeners-best-informed-fox-news-viewers-worst-informed/

    Fox News Pundit Admits She Watches CNN ‘If I Want To Know About News’
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/17/fox-news-cnn-malaysia-flight-370-airlines-missing-coverage-lauren-ashburn_n_4981161.html

  8. Ah, the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy.

    Before Fox cable news they had print versions they handed out. Pro-Nixon propaganda had the Right so riled up against protesting and McGovern that we were told to not only leave the country but that we deserve to be maced and spit on because we hated America.

    No matter how many times we said we loved our country they were not able to see it.

    They always needed deprogramming. Then they went out and made sure we lost that all important election in 72 in a landslide. We were shocked. We were horrified. They were motivated to defeat us. They were brainwashed Nam was righteous. WE WERE THE ENEMY. Their own kids who were going off to war.

    This has always torn the country apart.

    Now maybe we can get a foothold and break the spell. The Fox Kool-Aid is strong.

  9. The only problem is you hate facts. Now it may be racism or ignorance but you have blinders on when it comes to the truth and I think that’s why you come here

  10. Try PBS, Al Jazeera or NPR for real news.

    However from your prospective facts would have a liberal bias to them anyway.

  11. And of course it was in history way before the 60s. During wars they dropped leaflets from planes and had radio stations broadcast false info to the enemy for mind control.

  12. I remember this time in America, my brother and my Dad actually got in a fist fight at the dinner table one night over Nixon, it was scary. My brother was drafted.

  13. The Fairness Doctrine was a policy of the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC), introduced in 1949, that required the holders of broadcast licenses to both present controversial issues of public importance and to do so in a manner that was, in the Commission’s view, honest, equitable and balanced.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fairness_Doctrine

    Reagan’s Veto Kills Fairness Doctrine Bill
    http://articles.latimes.com/1987-06-21/news/mn-8908_1_fairness-doctrine

  14. Papantonio: When Stupid People Don’t Know They’re Stupid
    http://www.ringoffireradio.com/2015/03/papantonio-when-stupid-people-dont-know-theyre-stupid/

    The Cult Of Fox News: New Study Affirms Blind Devotion To Cable’s Church Of Disinformation
    While Conservatives have only four sources that they trust more than 50% of the time, liberals express trust for nine different sources at that rate: NPR (72%), PBS (71%), BBC (69%), New York Times (62%), CNN (56%), NBC (56%), MSNBC (52%), ABC (52%), and CBS (51%).
    http://www.newscorpse.com/ncWP/?p=21307

  15. My brother got a medical deferrment and my dad called him, 6 foot 4, 250 lbs, a little girl. AND it too was at that almighty eras dinner table! I was so sick I could hardly eat. And of course my brother’s hair was always too long…

    The important things… not the blood and guts on the news in the living room while we ate…

    YEP.

  16. I agree with you. I have always taken a holistic approach when I hear a story about anything or about someone. This is how I am at work and my private life. I always listen to both left and right wing news so that I can form my own opinion. I must say, the right is a bit more mean spirited.

  17. Andy, none of this has anything to do with the clinical term “brainwashing.” And I quickly get the feeling that no one here is going to look at this objectively. When you’re convinced you’re right and everybody who doesn’t agree is crazy, it’s no use arguing.

    Now I need to look up the term “paranoid.” I hope it doesn’t apply here.

  18. Robert, I’m married to a Republican.
    I admire your seeking wisdom from both sides.

    Someone once gave this analogy of Dems and Pubs:

    “We’re all riding in the same exact Bus..
    But Democrats have ‘Window-Seats’!

    Republicans are sitting all together huddled in the Middle of the bus discussing all their Money/Plans to WIN!

    While we Dems are Crying-Out what we see coming around the CORNER”!

    Perhaps here on Politicusa…Robert, you will learn what’s really coming around the corner!

    We are not paid to comment.
    WE ARE TRYING TO SAVE AMERICA!

  19. I’m also reading the thread. Man, the Vietnam War really messed a lot of you folks up, AND I DON’T BLAME YOU. It explains a lot. This is all about the war in Iraq, isn’t it? I was fortunate to be just a little too young to get my number drawn.

    Oh, reminds of some blogger who said all wars were republican cleaned up by democrats.

    Vietnam: Started by Kennedy. Screwed up by Johnson. Ended by Nixon.

  20. No Bobbie, it didn’t mess me up. My mom was very liberal, in fact she drove us to DC to protest. My father was a tough union man and THANK GOD he changed with the times. We did overcome, in my family and my dad was sweet.

    Nixon ended it because we made him. He ran on ending it and he wobbled and dithered for many years.

    Politicians heard the LOUD MAJORITY on the Capitol steps and mall and every little town.

    Don’t disagree with what made me the way I am… I still carry fierce feelings about that time. They can’t reproduce it on tv. You had to be there.

  21. Oh and bobbie, that war ended. The other reasons we marched – equality for all, caring for the earth, justice for all – those things are still not fixed.

    And we were sure we would fix them once and for all. Still got lots to do.

    No help from the Red team.

  22. Robert, Look It Up: The Fairness Doctrine.
    Reagan did away with it.

    There was a time when LIES were confronted/verified. So that this vitriol between Parties was much less apparent!

    We need *The Fairness Doctrine* returned to America! Republicans would probably gain votes were they to promote it!

  23. There ya go again.

    Brainwashing:

    any method of controlled systematic indoctrination, especially one based on repetition or confusion:
    http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/brainwashing

    Sounds like Fox News to me Robert.

    a method for systematically changing attitudes or altering beliefs, originated in totalitarian countries, especially through the use of torture, drugs, or psychological-stress techniques. (not torture- ENHANCED INTERROGATION)

    Like a man in a desert- he’ll guzzle any water, even if it’s been through a horse.

    Fox News- is Horse’s Piss.

    The problem with many conservative sites: They refuse to cite their assertions often, and when they do- invariably it’s sockpuppetry.

    Nixon had a ‘secret plan’ for ending the Vietnam War. It involved escalating it, (Rolling Thunder, Linebacker 1, and Linebacker 2). Which failed. Try again bob.

    Reminds you of some blogger eh?

    Well, Republicans remind me of many a homeless person all paranoid about the C…

  24. http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/1964:fourteen-propaganda-techniques-fox-news-uses-to-brainwash-americans

    14 techniques used to brain wash

    1. Panic Mongering. This goes one step beyond simple fear mongering. With panic mongering, there is never a break from the fear. The idea is to terrify and terrorize the audience during every waking moment. From Muslims to swine flu to recession to homosexuals to immigrants to the rapture itself, the belief over at Fox seems to be that if your fight-or-flight reflexes aren’t activated, you aren’t alive. This of course raises the question: why terrorize your own audience? Because it is the fastest way to bypasses the rational brain. In other words, when people are afraid, they don’t think rationally. And when they can’t think rationally, they’ll believe anything.

  25. Fox Brainwashing continued:

    2. Character Assassination/Ad Hominem. Fox does not like to waste time debating the idea. Instead, they prefer a quicker route to dispensing with their opponents: go after the person’s credibility, motives, intelligence, character, or, if necessary, sanity. No category of character assassination is off the table and no offense is beneath them. Fox and like-minded media figures also use ad hominem attacks not just against individuals, but entire categories of people in an effort to discredit the ideas of every person who is seen to fall into that category, e.g. “liberals,” “hippies,” “progressives” etc. This form of argument – if it can be called that – leaves no room for genuine debate over ideas, so by definition, it is undemocratic. Not to mention just plain crass.

  26. (all at truth out but I am not including all here for space)

    Fox technique #10

    10. Invoking the Christian God. This is similar to othering and populism. With morality politics, the idea is to declare yourself and your allies as patriots, Christians and “real Americans” (those are inseparable categories in this line of thinking) and anyone who challenges them as not. Basically, God loves Fox and Republicans and America. And hates taxes and anyone who doesn’t love those other three things. Because the speaker has been benedicted by God to speak on behalf of all Americans, any challenge is perceived as immoral. It’s a cheap and easy technique used by all totalitarian entities from states to cults.

  27. 11. Saturation. There are three components to effective saturation: being repetitive, being ubiquitous and being consistent. The message must be repeated cover and over, it must be everywhere and it must be shared across commentators: e.g. “Saddam has WMD.” Veracity and hard data have no relationship to the efficacy of saturation. There is a psychological effect of being exposed to the same message over and over, regardless of whether it’s true or if it even makes sense, e.g., “Barack Obama wasn’t born in the United States.” If something is said enough times, by enough people, many will come to accept it as truth. Another example is Fox’s own slogan of “Fair and Balanced.”

  28. Cool! I looked up the Fairness Doctrine. Established in 1949, the purpose was to make sure that if a candidate for a particular political office was interviewed on the radio, then all candidates for that position had to be interviewed.
    Then some author got trashed on the radio, and the station didn’t give him equal time. Lawyers got involved. Eventually, to avoid potential lawsuits, radio stations quit covering politics at all. Reagan overturned it in 1987.
    Now radio and TV can appeal to whatever target audience they choose. It’s a better business model. It does create left-wing and right-wing TV and radio, but if people don’t want to listen, your station goes under. Seems fair to me. Rush Limbaugh doesn’t have to have Rachel Maddow on his radio show, even though that would be the best thing to listen to, ever!

  29. Number 11 and number 2 are perfect examples of what this site does! Can’t you see it? Everything in #2 fits this site perfectly. Again, people are not being tied to their chairs and given the “Clockwork Orange” treatment. They go to this site and that show and that personality because THEY WANT TO.

    There was a reference to the Vladmir Lenin quote: “Say a lie often enough and it becomes the truth,” That’s true on BOTH sides, and it is working the mojo hardest on climate change.

  30. dj: you keep asking me these challenging questions, but you your “reply to” button is turned off. Can’t respond if you don’t let me….

  31. To All Americans That Care
    It’s time to end the divide certain groups have perpetrated on our society as being for or against, red vs blue, left vs right Liberal vs Conservative because this very tactic has been used since the beginning of time to divide and conquer. Yes I too fell for this early on but now I see the abuse of human intelligence being punked. Most of us have a brain only we’re being subjected to propaganda by both sides; one protected the other and the American people being left with the scraps and burden.
    These people have polluted the Democratic system to favor classes, groups and beliefs that have now reached to beyond belief. Most of us are questioning WTF happened, we thought America was and is better than this so why are we standing by as peasants listening to these money-changers (same as Jesus time) manipulating the masses against themselves for own self gain and power. All the while America and its purpose are being destroyed before our eyes. You too can…

  32. You too can pick a side or country just remember when all is said and done did you do your part.
    We are the people and if we choose can elect or impeach anyone elected not holding values of the American nation first as being enemy of the state, this includes Media, Presidents, Congressmen, Senators, Judges, Representatives and especially Supreme Court appointees (male and female) for life. Since everything else has changed why not change going forward. Let’s FIRE these people acting against the best interest of America we don’t need the BS in this day and time.
    WTFHAPPENED

  33. We all have seen protest across the nation of Wall Street stealing money through laws enacted by elected officials, police violence, Military manufacturers using ex-politicians (lobbyist) with connections to further wars for gain, Oil companies refusing to give up subsidies while posting unbelievable profits, American companies, Banks and creditors using legislation by elected officials to oppress Americans through employment, benefits, adequate living rights/privileges (in America) as if this cannot be done differently to support Americans.
    It’s time for True Americans to protest the lies and deception bestowed through fake news reporting and secret spying to control you God-given thought process for survival. These people have sold their souls and hope to take you with them. Just listen to what they have to offer – light bulb should go off in your mind, WHY? Should be like a strobe light flashing in all directions not making sense to you. Most Americans will fight for what they …

  34. Most Americans will fight for what they believe in and right now loyalty is the defining question.
    First we have to find the right people to represent us the American people voice and not these bought people we see today following the money, prestige, wealth and power. The media only distorts and manipulate what their bosses want to report (sort through the BS) they are bought too. Where’s the real Joe the plumber, just like me, Forrest Gump or Rebecca of Sunnybrook farm?
    WTFHAPPEN

  35. Robert, If you don’t agree with us, If you don’t like us, If we can’t change your mind to be like us, why in the name of FLYING FLUCK are you here? Do you actually think you can change OUR MINDS? You are like a pesky mosquito. We can shoo you away, but you come back to bite again. And again. And again. Better you were a Honeybee. They can only sting once. But wait! The Honeybees are in decline! I would wager its because of some environmental factor. No Wait! The environment is fine! Jim Inhofe told me so.

  36. Well the low hanging fruit would be: “If you like your health care, you can keep your health care,” But that’s cheap and you deserve a better answer.

    The left believes that the government is here to help individuals, to help the poor, the unfortunate. As I understand it, the Constitution had the job of protecting our borders from attack, to support the Bill of Rights, and… I think that might be it.
    The left believe we need to level the playing field. All people should be able to live a reasonable life of prosperity. All revenue created should be shared by the masses.
    The right believes in hard work and sacrifice. There is no free lunch. If you can’t work, we are a charitable people. Churches and private charities and Families will care for them. People who won’t work… they get kicked to the curb.
    The problem with social programs is that eventually you run out of other people’s money. Margaret Thatcher?

  37. We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
    That is all

  38. I believe in moving forward and leaving no one behind. Therefore progressives or Democrats have the better message and ideas. The GOP/TP/Conservatives same ole same ole – trickle down, destroy government, American people have had it too good so deny wherever they can and give tax cuts to those that need it less. Plus GOP wants to move backwards through war and denial of reality not to prosecute the root cause of today’s problem. Imagine had Democrats lead the nation to war on a lie.
    Get Real – You think they wasted enough time and money most likely to keep the American people in the dark of what truly happened. Bush Lied – Many Died – War Crime – Sameas what he said Sadaam was guilty of – Which was worst fro America?
    You chose.

  39. Robert, I was a registered Rethug until 2004. Don’t ask why, PLEASE! Anyway, I saw and experienced what Republicans do and DOn”t do. I witnessed a free clinic. I didn’t know how bad it was. In 2004. Ten years ago. Obamacare is Great. Its Light years better than what we had. Your hate for the President Is stupid.

  40. Alternate headline:

    “Bruce Bartlett Hits Bottom, Then Digs.”

    It must be a drag to be in an eternal snit with yourself.

  41. It’s time for True Americans to protest the lies and deception bestowed through fake news reporting and secret spying to control your God-given thought process for survival. These people have sold their souls and hope to take you with them. Just listen to what they have to offer – light bulb should go off in your mind, WHY? Should be like a strobe light flashing in all directions and not making sense to you. Most Americans will fight for what they believe in and right now loyalty is the defining question.
    Evil is Real
    Where/what is your first LOVE? Is it family, then country, self, your choice, money/power. What order?
    WTFHAPPENED

  42. Tired old guy, if this is your coffee club, as I see it, you have two choices.
    Either hear what these men are saying all the time( while you sit quietly)or come prepared with facts. Counter any thing they say with facts.. sooner or later one of two things will happen, you will suddenly be left out or just maybe one or two will finally come their senses. Although I do know it is nearly impossible to educate those who will not be educated.
    Seems that is a hazard of being home schooled and indoctrinated by some churches.

  43. Brainwashing IS appropriate as used in this article. Brainwashing does not have to be done under torture or drugs. It can be accomplished by exposing someone to the same information day after day after day. Cult leaders use the same indoctrination process to convince people to follow them. Its another name for programming.

  44. Robert, you have gotten a very tarnished reputation here with schoolastic minds on Politicus. However, some of your scholarly conduct has me puzzled. I’m not a fan of the fat, sausage eating bastard, but why have you decided to murder Rush? And don’t try n’ backpost your way out of this. I’ve got witnesses. Rachel Maddow on Rush’s show, you want to kill him.

  45. Our involvement began Nov 1955–not Kennedy. That would be Ike’s time. A Republican. And the last Republican that was a true Republican and actually did something to help people.

  46. You could keep your healthcare if you wanted. The vast majority of people did keep their healthcare. Those people that lost theirs, it was their doctors that didn’t want to participate, or the insurance company cancelled their policy. Those cancellation letters didn’t come from the White House. They came from the insurance companies that were selling this people shit policies. And where did you get this idea that the left wants to take everyone’s money and share it equally? That would be communism and communism wasn’t even that. The old Soviet Union wasn’t even communist. It was just a different form of our plutocracy. There were those at the top getting everything and every one else getting crumbs. Just like here. No, we just want to level the playing field so that everyone gets a fair shake. And Repubs work harder? Bullshit.

  47. And I think you’re main problem is that you have some very simplistic view of the world, it’s all black or white, no shadings.

  48. There are two articles on Politico this morning that deal with the Fox brainwashing.

    One is about how Catholic Republicans say right out they put their Republican values ahead of their Christian values now that the Pope has said big bang and climate change are real. They don’t want anything to do with “science” facts, they are stuck on stupid. This is unheard of. Never have they given the collective finger to a Pope over a TV station.

    http://www.politico.com/story/2015/05/popes-pronouncements-making-trouble-for-gop-catholics-118234.html?hp=t1_r

  49. The other article on this says many dems watch it too and are equally brainwashed!

    “Like many Fox critics, Bartlett inflates the network’s power. Fox’s most popular program, The O’Reilly Factor, pulls in about 3.3 million viewers on its best nights. In a country whose voting-age population exceeds 234 million, 3.3 million ain’t squat. What’s more, the O’Reilly/Fox audiences aren’t even uniformly Republican! According to a Pew survey from 2012, 45 percent of O’Reilly viewers (and 55 percent of Fox viewers) self-identify as independent or Democrat, which means many of the eyes and ears absorbing the Fox message are only tangentially connected to Republican politics. It’s comic to think of Democratic and independent Fox viewers pushing the Republican Party further to the right.”

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2015/05/fox-news-liberals-118235.html#ixzz3b93aHpML

  50. Bob said above:

    “Rush Limbaugh doesn’t have to have Rachel Maddow on his radio show, even though that would be the best thing to listen to, ever!”

    So bob, you think the biggest misogynist to ever utter words would win against an educated woman who has wide credentials?

    Your hero is a pig and he is ignorant as can be and always was.

    He is also anti-american and a traitor to this countries core principles. Filth.

    Flush Rush, he is sewage.

  51. The fact of the matter is, Republicans spew lies like they breath air, continously. They chastise and judge others while forgiving their fellow Republicans of some of the most ungodly actions ever. They have no interest in uniting this country, they only seek to promote and serve the interest of white, pretend Christians who care very little about the will of God.

  52. Except churches only help those that believe exactly as they do and more often than not attend their church. So if someone cannot work they must change their religious beliefs to get help.

    Except that a large quantity of private charities are scams that either take the money and run or keep massive percentages of the money donated for “administrative costs”. So if someone cannot work they must roll the dice and hope one or more of these “charities” will help.

    Except that some people who are unable to work have families that are poor and can’t feed and care for those under their own roof, let alone add another mouth to feed, shelter and care for medically. Not to mention people who are unable to work and have no family left. So if you cannot work you better hope you have family.

    If not, there will be designated Republican voter homes that will take you in and care for you because they are a “charitable people”.

  53. If faux is destroying the republiCon party, I can’t help but think that’s not a bad thing. We need several political parties that are willing to work together for the good of the country…not just the greedy oligarchs. The right is deliberately “brainwashing” people to accept facism.

  54. TSt Mauro,

    Thank you for clarifying the “if you like your healthcare, you can keep your healthcare” line. The opposition loves to use this as an example of how this administration misleads or lies. When in actuality, MILLIONS kept their insurance, as you pointed out. If the president had gone a bit further after making this comment by adding…”IF your current insurance meets the requirements mandated by the law”, there would have been less confusion and it couldn’t have been called a lie.

  55. I have only read the article. I have not read the comments.
    If you want to find out why we have crap like RWNJ Think Tanks, Faux Radio, Rush, Yell Radio, Wash Times, ad nauseam, google Lewis F. Powell, Jr. Associate SCOTUS Justice appointed by Old Tricky who before his appointment had written the Powell Memorandum. The Powell Memorandum will explain a whole lot of how the GOP currently does things for you.

  56. You are right. Ike had a thing about being anti Communist.
    Remember, Ike warned us about the military – industrial complex. But he became something of a cheer leader for the Viet Nam war.
    General MacArthur once said that old soldiers never die, they just fade away. The nation might have been better off if Ike, who became an LBJ counselor on Vietnam, had faded away. Instead he kept egging LBJ on.
    Then you throw in what Tricky did regarding the supposed 1968 Paris Peace Talks because he was afraid the Hump would beat him in the 1968 election.
    The Viet Nam war might well have ended in 1968. I can’t prove it but Tricky might well have been responsible for all the soldiers killed or wounded in the Viet Nam War after 1968.

  57. My burning question is, when is this site going to stop tolerating FILTH like @robert?? WHEN? isn’t it apparent to EVERYONE that he’s deeply mentally ill? isn’t it apparent that this buffoons ONLY objective is to say idiot things to lure people into talking with him?! I’ve been on this site for well over 2 yrs and GOD knows we’ve had our fair share of RW nut jobs! and in a SICK TWISTED way, it’s kinda cool having a RW’er show how ignorant they are! BUT THIS site shouldn’t turn into YOU TUBE!! Politicus, it’s time to take out the TRASH! @robert is TRASH! PERIOD!

  58. “Are these the numbers that Republicans use to make themselves feel better?”

    Even Fox has its good days.

  59. When Bob praises Rush he admits to being a total slob like his hero. I see him differently after that remark. Low as low can be that drug addicted swine and anybody who likes that crap is a loser.

    DJ likes to have Rob around to spar with and thinks he is funny sometimes. I do too, but then he says something and it slaps me with what he really is.
    Robert praises Rush. Rush is trash. What does that make Robert?

    A whole lot of trash, like you said.

  60. This POS @robert, is a certified IDIOT! NIXON ENDED VIET NAM war??!!! NO @robert! YOU SICK little “B”! @robert YOU are so damn pathetic and IGNORANT, YOU MORON! NIXON actually went behind LBJ’s back to sabotage Johnsons peace talk with the vietnamese!! I’ve actually listened to the tapes myself!! LBJ and Everett Dirksen found out about what NIXON was doing and decided it was too big of a bombshell to tell the american people about!! GO back to mowing grass! you worthLESS DUMBA$S POS! and try not to run over your neighbors little BLACK lawn jockeys while your at it!!

  61. I say, let them live in their outdated bubble. When they do come out, there is going to be such a culture shock, their heads will explode. Is that a bad thing? I think not, maybe then they will turn on those who lied to them. Just like the Catholic church in Ireland, they lied and abused the people for years till one day it exploded and now they are irrelevant. Same thing with the GOP, Teabillies and the Fox tv station.

  62. Whoa guys, go back and look at what I wrote. There is no praise for Rush. None at all. I haven’t listened to Rush in years. He’s in his decline, no doubt about it. I wrote that it would be a great spectacle to see Maddow and Limbaugh square off in a one-on-one debate. Wouldn’t that be cool? I’d pay to watch it. Better Than Mayweather/Pacquao (sp) in my opinion. Let the best man win! ( Sorry, sorry that was a cheap shot..)

  63. Kudos to you, Rin.! There is nothing wrong with your ability to think logically and critically. I can’t say the same thing for some who post here, like our new right-wing “friend” who, it appears, is incapable of connecting the dots between Limbaugh, trash, and himself.

  64. You really are UNINFORMED
    it was 1955, under president Eisenhower, the LAST good liberal, err progressive republican.

    The Vietnam War (Vietnamese: Chiến tranh Việt Nam), also known as the Second Indochina War,[36] and also known in Vietnam as Resistance War Against America (Vietnamese: Kháng chiến chống Mỹ) or simply the American War, was a Cold War-era proxy war[37] that occurred in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia from 1 November 1955[A 1] to the fall of Saigon on 30 April 1975.

  65. The Teapublicans did it to themselves. Fox is just ONE of their propaganda outlets! How nice it would be for them IF they could succeed in blaming it on someone else, but too many people were paying attention, and also SEE their hateful legislation and blocking of other good legislation! Nope! Fox is NOT their “fall guy”!

  66. But your rules only apply to working stiffs Robert.

    As demonstrated daily for decades- the rules that Republicans CLAIM to espouse doesn’t apply to Rich Folks or Corporations.

    They can do a little, or nothing at all, and they never starve. In fact, if they say they need MORE- Republicans will just turn over and demand more for them, again and again.
    After all,we’ve got 30+ years of Trickle Down Economics that STILL haven’t produced what they’ve promised it would.

  67. Maybe more aptly described as propagandizing, but all the same result: Getting large numbers of people to think exactly the way you want them to, by any means, in order to achieve a particular goal. So it doesn’t really matter what term you use.

  68. a step in the right direction for America would see every single republican and conservative removed from every single level of government, the courts, and law enforcement. that would be a great start.

  69. hey Robert- you are either a paid rightwing troll or the most ignorant and delusional rightwing stooge I have ever seen.

  70. lol. If you think Politico is a reputable source you should seek help immediately !!! Comic book headlines only a drunken moron could possibly believe !!!

  71. I know you live in the stupid bubble but that story has been going around for a few days. See when the Pope talks about abortion you Reich wing idiots jump on his bandwagon but when he talks about what the catholic church is suppose to about social justice then its the sky is falling

    Here are some examples:

    Governor Bobby Jindal of Louisiana is having trouble explaining why he’s promoting Creationism when the pope says that the Big Bang Theory and the Theory of Evolution are consistent with the Catholic faith.

    Senator Marco Rubio of Florida is feeling the need to apologize for opposing our country’s rapprochement with Cuba because the pope enthusiastically endorsed this change in policy.

    Former senator Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania is uncomfortable with the pope’s recent statement that there is no need for Catholics to “breed like rabbits.”
    Then there’s the pope’s recent statements about the excesses of capitalism, his tolerant remarks about gays, his recommendation that the clergy place less emphasis on social controversies like abortion, his recognition of Palestinian statehood and, especially, his strong push to get Catholics to take global warming seriously.

    You fake ass people are constantly on the defensive, and the party needs to maintain some appeal to the white Catholic vote because it is the Democrats’ strongest demographic among whites. The GOP also needs to repair some of the damage that they’ve done with the Latino vote, and the pope’s politics have a definite South American flavor and a natural appeal to Latin Americans and their American counterparts. Just as insulting President Obama only ramps up black turnout, creating separation from the pope can create separation from a lot of devout Latinos.

    It sucks to be you

  72. Djchefron,
    Please BAN Robert.
    He’s wasting our time, adds nothing productive here and he doesn’t have any compassion whatsoever!

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