Journalism

Now That's What We Call A Purge

Say goodnight, Voice of America and Radio Free Europe.

Just shy of three weeks ago, Senate Republicans confirmed Trump loyalist Michael Pack to head up the Agency for Global Media — the outfit that runs US government broadcasting outfits like Voice of America, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Radio Free Asia, and other networks that operate all over the globe.

Last week, Pack fired the heads of all the networks run by the agency, as well as many of the networks' top staff, in an unprecedented purge that appears aimed at getting rid of all that silly "professionalism" and "nonpartisan" coverage that had made the networks famous, and more trusted than the official media of many of the countries where VOA and other services were broadcast.

But that's fine, because now there's every indication that the agency will become the propaganda arm of the administration, without any of those troublesome moments like when Fox News publishes clearly fake poll results showing Trump behind Joe Biden.

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Right Wing Extremism

Happy Father's Day, Here's Trump Trade Idiot Peter Navarro!

It's Your Sunday Show Rundown.

There are normal ways to celebrate Father's Day: Buy Dad a tie or some tools or a nice steak dinner, for instance. The Sunday shows, however, decided to have some lying Trump administration motherfuckers (and one appeaser) come by to sell their usual brand of bullshit.

For instance, Trump trade adviser and assclown Peter Navarro. Here is a brief recap of Navarro's "credentials":

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Navarro appeared on CNN's "State Of The Union" with Jake Tapper, where Tapper asked him about Trump's failed Tulsa rally. Specifically one key moment: Trump "joking" about slowing down COVID-19 testing to help him politically.

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NAVARRO: You know that was tongue in cheek. Come on now. Come on now. That was tongue in cheek, please.

TAPPER: I don't know that it was -- I don't know that it was tongue in cheek at all.

NAVARRO: I know it was tongue in cheek. That's news for you, tongue in cheek.

TAPPER: He has said similar things for months.

NAVARRO: OK?

TAPPER: But he has said similar things for months, that he's... Go ahead.

NAVARRO: We've got over 30 million people unemployed, and we have seen over 100,000 people die because of the China Wuhan virus. Let's talk about some serious issues, Jake. I don't -- I don't want to go there. I think there are some really important things. I will break a little news for you, if you want. Can I...

TAPPER: I think testing is a very serious issue. I'm not the one making jokes about it. You're the one that said the president was being...

NAVARRO: Come on. It was a light moment, OK?

TAPPER: … the president was being tongue in cheek.

I mean who among us hasn't joked about continuing to fail at a pandemic response that has killed thousands of Americans? Let he who has not sacrificed the population for political gain cast the first stone, we guess.

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Trump

John Bolton Book Excerpts Are Dropping, And They Are BUGF*CK

Under the bus everyone goes, JOHN BOLTON DID NOTHING WRONG!

You up on the whole legal fight over John Bolton's book? (Wonkette kickback linky here!) Make sure you get current on that, because ready or not, HERE COME THE BUGFUCK EXCERPTS.

We had been hearing reports that Bolton just really thought the House impeachment managers did a dereliction of duty by focusing on Trump trying to force Ukraine to help him steal the 2020 election. Why? Because, according to Bolton, they should have investigated him for doing that like A HUNDRED ELEVENTY BILLION times. That really makes us want to kick Bolton in the dick, because of how he could have totally gone to the impeachment hearings and said that to Adam Schiff's face.

But hey, let bygones be mustache rides, as the old saying goes.

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China

Mike Pompeo Tear-Gasses Irony, Rolls Over It With A Tank

Luckily China is there to blow that gas right back into his face. Ni hao!

Some days the irony is just too much. Too bitter, too stinging, too piercingly obvious, and all you can do is cover your ears and wait for the klaxons to stop, for the love of God.

Today is (yet another) one of those days.

After the military descended on the nation's capital last night and gassed Americans peacefully exercising their First Amendment rights so the president could foist himself on an unwilling church for a photo op, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is cosplaying as a moral avatar for the world.

Shot.

Secretary Pompeo announces 2:30 meeting with survivors of Tiananmen Square Massacre.

And chaser.

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