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Prurient Prevarication: Fox News

Prurient: adj. marked by, arousing or appealing to sexual desire

Prevarication: n. “deviation” from the truth; a lie

The GOP “news” arm, Fox, is having a field day with the stimulus bill. (I could have done a whole P-post on their new talking point word “porkulus” but it reminded me too much of the gag-worthy Rush Limbaugh.)

The current porkulus lie began in Bobby Jindal’s pathetic response to Obama’s speech last week in which he claimed the bill included $8 billion for a mag-lev train from Disneyland to Las Vegas.

There is no such train project in the bill, but Fox liked the pleasure-seeking images it conjured up, inserted some prurient imagination and ran with their addition to the story: not only did the train run from Disneyland to Nevada; it ran directly to the Moonlite Bunny Ranch brothel !!! Wow!! (The ranch is actually 422 miles further.)

Here’s how Fox played the story (I especially loved the display of long female legs at the end, in conjunction with the chuckles over a “stimulus package”….)

Watch it here

Prematurely plowing: Palin seeking open door

Premature: adj. happening, arriving, existing, or performed before the proper, usual, or intended time

Plow: v. to cleave the surface of or move through

Sarah Palin was interviewed yesterday on Fox News. Here’s what she said when asked if she’d run in 2012:

Palin said she will rely on faith. “Putting my life in my creator’s hands — this is what I always do,” she said.

“This is what I always do. I’m like, O.K., God, if there is an open door for me somewhere, this is what I always pray, I’m like, don’t let me miss the open door. Show me where the open door is. Even if it’s cracked up a little bit, maybe I’ll plow right on through that and maybe prematurely plow through it, but don’t let me miss an open door. And if there is an open door in ‘12 or four years later, and if it is something that is going to be good for my family, for my state, for my nation, an opportunity for me, then I’ll plow through that door.”

I’m like, OK, God, if Sarah Palin tries to plow through another national door, I’m like, ya know, may it be made of 12″ thick concrete.

Pile on Palin: “Wasilla Hillbillies” even offend McCain aides

Pile on: v. slang  To dump insults on someone

New book in the works: “Sarah and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.” (Apologies to Judith Viorst who is a devoted Democrat.)  It’s been a bad 24 hours for our Sarah…

First she lost her chance to be President.  (I know she said she was running for Vice, but you don’t think McCain would survive long with her in the building unless he hired himself a food-taster, do you?)  At the concession speech she didn’t look sad, she looked PISSED OFF.

Next, Newsweek uncovers a nasty addendum to the $150,000 wardrobe story:

NEWSWEEK has also learned that Palin’s shopping spree at high-end department stores was more extensive than previously reported. While publicly supporting Palin, McCain’s top advisers privately fumed at what they regarded as her outrageous profligacy.

One senior aide said that Nicolle Wallace had told Palin to buy three suits for the convention and hire a stylist. But instead, the vice presidential nominee began buying for herself and her family–clothes and accessories from top stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus. According to two knowledgeable sources, a vast majority of the clothes were bought by a wealthy donor, who was shocked when he got the bill.

Palin also used low-level staffers to buy some of the clothes on their credit cards. The McCain campaign found out last week when the aides sought reimbursement. One aide estimated that she spent “tens of thousands” more than the reported $150,000, and that $20,000 to $40,000 went to buy clothes for her husband. Some articles of clothing have apparently been lost.

An angry aide characterized the shopping spree as “Wasilla hillbillies looting Neiman Marcus from coast to coast,” and said the truth will eventually come out when the Republican Party audits its books.

Ouch! But wait, there’s more.

Fox News’ (yes, I said Fox!) Shepherd Smith and Carl Cameron share the behind the scenes Palin temper tantrums, stupidity and willful ignorance. This is pretty devastating:

And Cameron says there’s more dirt where that came from. I so wanted never to have to write about this horrid woman again.  But I’d rather drive a stake into her heart now, so that maybe she won’t re-rear her head (like Putin over Alaska) on the national stage again. BYE BYE, Sarah – Don’t let the door hit you in the ass.

Perspective: blind men feeling up Palin?

Perspective: point of view; subjective evaluation of relative significance; frame of reference.

You know the story of the blind men who are feeling an elephant for the first time: the one who feels a leg says the elephant is like a pillar; the man who feels the tail says the elephant is like a rope; the one who feels the trunk says the elephant is like a tree branch; the one who feels the ear says the elephant is like a fan; the one who feels the belly says the elephant is like a wall; and the one who feels the tusk says the elephant is like a pipe.

Each in his limited way is correct. Each has a perspective based on limited experience. But what would happen if we gave the men a chance to feel every part of the elephant? Their perspectives would be significantly broadened and the accuracy of their interpretation of the elephant significantly increased.

In the case of Sarah Palin, everyone was surprised by McCain’s pick of a VP running mate who was pretty much unknown outside Alaska. At first we were kind of charmed (some were, anyway) by her fresh face and high energy on display at the Republican National Convention.

But as we’ve had more exposure, more opportunities to “feel” her different aspects, most of the thinking public, even some of those stalwarts on the right, like George Will and Kathleen Parker, are deciding that those new aspects (ignorance, incoherence, idiocy) are poor traits in a person who might become second in command of our country.

Unfortunately, there are those whose exposure to the news, to education, to the world, is so limited that they’re still just feeling Palin’s updo and declaring her their kind of gal.

I got an overwhelming response to my post yesterday about Palin’s inability to name a newspaper she reads,  thanks to a link from (of all places!) Fox News, where Mosheh Oinounou wrote a surprisingly critical post on the Couric interview.  From the comments (some of which were so incoherent that I deleted them), it’s obvious that some people made up their minds the minute they first encountered Palin and no amount of evidence to the contrary will affect their perspective.

“She’s a mom like me; that’s all I need to know. Why is the media so hard on her? Why do they keep asking her these trick questions?”

Aaaaagggh.

Perniciously Pervasive: Rupert Murdoch

Pernicious, adj: causing insidious harm or ruin; ruinous; injurious; hurtful.

Pervasive, adj: having the tendency to spread throughout or permeate

Rupert Murdoch, the ambitious and avaricious Aussie is at it again, and I’m scared. If one filthy rich conservative can buy whatever media he wants, pretty soon it will be even more challenging to get the truth out than it already is.

This is where he started, from a NYTimes quickie bio:

Rupert Murdoch, the chairman and controlling shareholder of the News Corp., is perhaps the preeminent global media magnate in an era of global media empires. After building a chain of newspaper and magazine properties in Australia in the 1950s and ’60s, Mr. Murdoch expanded first to the United Kingdom and then the United States, where The New York Post has been the embodiment of his hard-charging tabloid style and his conservative views.

Worldwide, News Corps. is worth $60 BILLION. Here are just SOME of his U.S. holdings (Australia, UK, et al, NOT included):

  • The New York Post
  • The Wall Street Journal
  • The Weekly Standard
  • Fox cable stations (about a dozen)
  • Fox movie companies (about a dozen)
  • The National Geographic Channel
  • HarperCollins Books
  • MySpace

With the Post and the WSJ he already owns two conservative newspapers in the New York market. Now, he’s got a preliminary deal going to buy Newsday, which would be his third NY paper. Ultimately his aim is to take on (take down?) the New York Times.

Will the FCC allow this takeover of so many papers in one market??? One would hope not, but George Bush’s FCC has done worse.

Oh – and he’s also hot on the tail of Yahoo…