Oliver Willis

Trump Brings His Devious Social Media Director, Dan Scavino, To The White House

President-elect Donald Trump’s newly announced assistant to the president and director of social media, Dan Scavino, frequently used social media while working on the Trump campaign to share links from sites that push fake news and conspiracy theories. He was also responsible for an anti-Semitic Trump campaign tweet and routinely attacked Fox News host Megyn Kelly, who cited Scavino as a reason she received death threats during the campaign.

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35 of the Worst Moments From Fox Business, GOP Presidential Debate Host

Fox Business hosted the fourth Republican presidential debate on Tuesday. Unlike its sister network Fox News, many are unfamiliar with the low-rated Fox Business. But Media Matters has been watching since the network's debut in 2007.

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"Giant Step Toward Banana Republic": Conservative Media React To Supreme Court's Health Care Decision

Conservative media were outraged after the Supreme Court ruled to uphold health insurance tax credits for millions of Americans under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), just as Congress intended.

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How Conservative Media Killed A Charity's Plan To Help Migrant Children In Crisis

A Texas charity has abandoned a plan to help house child migrants after conservative media outlets used misleading images to suggest displaced children would be living there in luxury conditions. In fact, the same charity operates other no-frills facilities and had planned to convert a hotel in a similar style.

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Ted Nugent Loses His Sh*t on Twitter, Calls His Critics 'Nazi Propagandists'

Ted Nugent denied his long history of incendiary comments while appearing on the campaign trail with Republican Texas gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott. Reacting to condemnation of his comments from CNN Wolf Blitzer, Nugent compared the network to Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels.

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Why People Should Stop Comparing Healthcare.gov Problems to Deadly Hurricanes

Media figures are comparing the troubled rollout of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to the Bush administration's botched response to Hurricane Katrina. This comparison ignores a crucial difference: Nobody has died because of problems with HealthCare.gov, whereas at least 1,833 people died as a result of Katrina.

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New Kind of Crazy: Conspiracy Nut Alex Jones Says Government was Behind Oklahoma Tornado

Conspiracy theorist radio host Alex Jones explained to his audience today how the government could have been behind the devastating May 20 tornado in Oklahoma.

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Roger Ailes Reportedly Cut Geraldo Rivera's Microphone When He Pushed Back Against Attacks on Obama Administration

A new book from Jonathan Alter claims that Fox News President Roger Ailes told producers to cut off the microphone used by Fox host Geraldo Rivera as he pushed back against Fox's politicization of the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi.

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Romney Campaign Plays The Race Card With Colin Powell's Endorsement of Obama

Speaking to CNN’s Piers Morgan, Romney campaign national co-chair John Sununu explained why Colin Powell endorsed President Obama, in his view:

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Sloppy and Wrong: 11 "Fox & Friends" Corrections and Apologies

Fox & Friends co-host Steve Doocy once bragged that "here at Fox we still do journalism." They just don't do it well on the show he hosts.

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Mass GOP Sues to Block Appt of Kennedy Replacement but Forgets to Actually Make an Argument

Their bid to stop Paul Kirk from being sworn in as Senator was thrown out. Why?

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Gonzales Secretly Authorized CIA Torture

This post, written by Oliver Willis, originally appeared on Like Kryptonite to Stupid

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When the Justice Department publicly declared torture "abhorrent" in a legal opinion in December 2004, the Bush administration appeared to have abandoned its assertion of nearly unlimited presidential authority to order brutal interrogations.
But soon after Alberto R. Gonzales's arrival as attorney general in February 2005, the Justice Department issued another opinion, this one in secret. It was a very different document, according to officials briefed on it, an expansive endorsement of the harshest interrogation techniques ever used by the Central Intelligence Agency.
The new opinion, the officials said, for the first time provided explicit authorization to barrage terror suspects with a combination of painful physical and psychological tactics, including head-slapping, simulated drowning and frigid temperatures.
Mr. Gonzales approved the legal memorandum on "combined effects" over the objections of James B. Comey, the deputy attorney general, who was leaving his job after bruising clashes with the White House. Disagreeing with what he viewed as the opinion's overreaching legal reasoning, Mr. Comey told colleagues at the department that they would all be "ashamed" when the world eventually learned of it.

Will Young People Doom Barack Obama?

This post, written by Oliver Willis, originally appeared pn Like Kryptonite To Stupid

So many campaigns in the last twenty years were supposed to be the ones that finally expressed the will of young people, except that when it comes time to do actual work and actual voting, the majority of the young fail time and time again. Last cycle it was the groundswell of support behind Howard Dean that never appeared at the polls in Iowa, and this cycle it looks like Sen. Barack Obama is on pace to get screwed by the youth vote that doesn't show up.
The campaign's challenge will be converting the excitement of Kizzie and other students into votes. Candidates who have charmed young voters in the past have largely failed when it came to mobilizing them. Interviews with two dozen students as they went back to school at three black colleges found support for Obama, but with summer breaks having ended only recently, the campaign's fledgling student organizations do not match the enthusiasm.
About 18 students showed up for the first meeting of Students for Barack Obama at Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta. The group's volunteer coordinator Kevin Heard, 19, was disappointed with the showing.
"We have to get more people here," he said. He joined the group, Heard said, because it offers an opportunity "to help a black man who is showing positive images of African American men. By helping someone as positive as he is, I'll show America that I am positive, too."

Jon Stewart Is The Only Real Journalist In America

This post, written by Oliver Willis, originally appeared on Like Kryptonite To Stupid

Last week the mainstream media went wild with Kenneth Pollack and Michael O'Hanlon, describing them as anti-war when in fact Pollack wrote a book arguing in favor of invading Iraq and both are on record in favor of the surge. Nobody in the mainstream media seriously challenged this dominant theme:
*Purporting to document Pollack's evolving views on Iraq, CNN left out his original gung-ho Iraq "tune"
*CBS Evening News falsely described proponent of Iraq "surge" as former opponent of it
*Fox News Sunday is latest program to call Iraq invasion proponents "critics" of the war
But then on Monday night, on what is - theoretically - a "fake" news show hosted by a comedian, conservative pundit Bill Kristol tried to get away with the line about Pollack / O'Hanlon and Jon Stewart did what the mainstream media refuses to do time and time again as they roll over and play complicit lapdog for the Bush administration: He said nuh-uh. Jon Stewart does not have superpowers.

Romney Thinks He Can Buy Victory in Iowa

This post, written by Oliver Willis, originally appeared on Like Kyptonite to Stupid

My main takeaway from this story about Mitt Romney's ridiculous spending on the Ames, Iowa straw poll is that he kind of screwed himself. If Romney wins, as is likely, that's going to be expected - he's spent the most, organized the most, and none of the other serious contenders are competing there with him. But if he loses, or it's close, doesn't he look really stupid and weak?

This is, I think, why Mitt Romney has to keep shoveling so much of his own vast personal wealth into his campaign - he's not very smart about managing money. He's spent millions on ads, and has been unable to move the needle nationally, while in some polls he's been left as an also-ran by Hollywood actor Fred Thompson's not-yet real campaign.
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