Trump Phenomenon

  • By Barbara Molloy
  • 10 Sep, 2016
If you're wondering how Donald Trump came to be, I have two words for you:  Sean Hannity.  Those are the First and last names of the guy on Fox "News" who is entirely... READ ENTIRELY responsible for the rise ...and soon fall... of Donald Trump. 

Why, you ask, is Trump's rise from real estate guy to Republican Party Candidate for President of the U.S.  the sole responsibility of one man--- Sean Hannity--- middle aged fat Irish man with big hair on Cable T.V. program only white guys over fifty watch?

Wait a minute, you ask...  Nobody watches T.V.  What is 'Fox News?'  Who is Sean Hannity? 

It begins before it begins... Hannity got his job years ago as a "radio man" back when T.V. and radio were everything.  Late sixties to eighties, we're talking.   There was no internet.   Imagine that.  Bandwidth and Television stations.  You had the sound with the picture---T.V.       ......Or you had sound alone:  Radio.

From what he's divulged in interviews, which is all we have to go on biographically speaking, Hannity answered an ad to be a commercial radio voice in the 70's... and got the job.  He had a high school education.  He'd worked odd jobs in construction and bar-tending till then.  Suddenly---with "Fox"---he hit the " big time."

Flash-forward to now.  The same Hannity who worked so earnestly--- never having obtained a post-high school education finds his way to anchor on Fox News.  Yes.   One day the little high school educated Irish kid got "his chance."  

In an interview some years ago on his own radio show syndicated by KTTH here in Seattle,  I heard Hannity say quite candidly that, while graduating high school, he was "not smart enough for college."  I write that sentence without meaning any insult or harm.  He said it with, in fact, great gusto (bragging?).   To my mind, graduating high school and moving quickly to working--- bar tending---construction work...later deciding college is not the right "fit" ...is to be lauded and encouraged ---especially back when Hannity was 18 ---and ditto in today's crazy economy.

So what is the connection  between Donald Trump and Sean Hannity---i.e. Fox?   

Sean Hannity gave Donald Trump air-time turned newsworthy legitimacy---- in interviews  inTown-Hall's--beginning in 2008---- Trump was interviewed by Hannity like any statesman or  government official---mayor or congressman---over and over by Sean Hannity.   The question:  "Is Obama Kenyon born?"  The answer always the same:  "Show Me His Birth Certiticate."   

Not nightly.... but almost weekly.... over the years from 2008 to this writing, Donald Trump's questioning of the President's birth place and birth certificate were given air and legitimate debate on Fox News.

It is very simple---maybe too simple for some of us who read newspapers or even watch T.V.  to comprehend:

Fox News gave air eight years ago to the "birther movement" that continues to this writing.  But, more importantly, Fox News has stoked the demographic---over 50 angry white Americans.  Who are these angry white Americans and what are they angry at...besides the black President?

One can only get into deep trouble attempting to summarize an entire demographic of America.  But here goes:  Angry white Americans over fifty are a lot like a couple of my sisters.  Both of them lost homes in 2007/8.  Both of them fit the high school educated but not fully college educated demographic.  One of them went to college but left freshman year when she got engaged.  The other married barely out of high school.  Both these sisters blame Obama and they blame him outright, with no apologies, vociferously.  Why?

No answers if you asked them ...except...except...whatever they can find as quote from the last Fox News Show.  "Obama is for partial birth abortions."  However unrelated, this is what one sister offered as rebuttal to me when I asked her to elaborate regarding how Obama was responsible for the crash of 2007...which happened when Bush was President..but which she insisted Obama and the democrats were responsible for.  (Note:  this sister borrowed money to buy a home which was foreclosed on in 2008).  Bottom line:  On Fox News you will learn nightly that President Obama is responsible for the Iraq War and abortion.  The chronology of that war, like that of abortion, is of no consequence to the 24/7 battle against information that is Fox News.

The other sister who, if you do not love her upon meeting her and thereafter forevermore...there is something wrong with you... almost hit me with her fist as we drove in her car to the airport after my visit to her a year ago.  Why?  She had read an email that day in which a friend's email to her mentioned someone of Christian faith  having been put off because while at a Walmart witnessing an item of Christian persuasion being taken off a shelf.  Meanwhile, other items showing a Muslim perspective remained on the same shelf (I'm guessing it was the children's section...books?)  I asked my sister to be sure where she got the information.  Not one email, she insisted, but "two emails" said the same thing.  Walmart was being "politically correct" in assuaging Muslim customers over Christians... that was the important information.   

I must apologize at this writing for forgetting exactly what transpired next....after she raised her fist.  Suffice it to say this sister had been watching Fox News 24/7 for 20 plus years. Her husband had complained to her daughters about it.  Others in the family were concerned...  In my reply to her from the passenger seat of her vehicle, I said something like "I don't have all the details about the Walmart thing...I know you read two emails... I know there's a lot of stuff lately on Fox News about political correctness giving Muslims the....   I am only sure she almost punched me prior to my finishing my sentence while screaming:  "If you say Fox News again".......

So, back to the begin:  Switch on Fox tonight.  Hannity will be sponsoring a "Town Hall" with Donald Trump presiding.  There will be an audience of viewers picked by Hannity and Trump to ask questions.  These "Town Halls" sponsored by Hannity in honor of Trump have been a regular of the Fox program schedule since Trump won the Republican Nomination.  True, they occur later in the Fox Programming schedule and therefore represent a lesser status commercially.  This is because Hannity has been demoted based on his over 50 age status.  Hannity has been demoted but the irony on that "demotion" is this:  Fox viewer demographic is over fifty, white males and females.  In other words, the commercial viewership of Fox News is exactly that which a demoted Hannity's programs represent!  

What then is meant by "demotion?"  Fox is trying to woo an audience more sustainable than grey white males.  They put Megan Kelly in the anchor seat, but that did not do what it was supposed to---attract younger people while still appeasing the old geezers who like playboy babes as news anchors. 

I do not know what they will pull out of their hat next.  I do know this:  Sean Hannity is Fox is responsible for Trump.
The Republican party donated millions to Fox over the course of Obama's Presidency.  It worked.  There are millions who watch Fox...far more than watch MSNBC.  They ARE my SISTER.  But, now they are NOT the Republican Party.  How ironic.  The Republican Party has pulled itself from Fox and Hannity and Trump for the damage Fox and Hannity and Trump have done to it and which they----Trump, Fox, Hannity, continue to do.   Fox and Hannity are the NEW Republicans...whoever...whatever...that means to the party they and Fox News well... errr... pretty  much single-handedly destroyed.


By Barbara Molloy 30 Nov, 2017

Senator Al Franken and the Foxies: The Real Fake Truth in a REAL TIRADE

Barbara Molloy’s REAL BLOG

 

Please and Of Course.   Now I read this (New York Times, Nov. 18, 2017) in a letter to the editor--- (Arlene Hellerman) “The writer, former editor of On Writing, volunteered with Mr. Franken for The Writers Guild East:

…“added to all this is the fact that Mr. Franken’s accuser, Leeann Tweeden, is a frequent guest on Sean Hannity’s show, and Roger Stone, a former Trump campaign adviser, knew about her accusation before she went public.”

Ms. Hellerman asks this succinct question in her letter to the editor:

“Is it only a coincidence that this woman (Tweeden) found her voice just when Roy Moore is under attack and Donald Trump is being pressured to say something about him?”

Gee, let me take a gander.

There is sexual assault…. A very real, traumatic, life-upending sexual invasion of a person ---   And there is dumb, sophomoric, stupid, regrettable, awkward, insensitive, dumb and stupid (again) embarrassingly bad behavior!   And then there is comedy, jokes. You know, stuff that makes you laugh because it imitates that above bad behavior..

You can’t even say “sleazy” here in writing about Franken’s behavior because in the infamous picture where he’s supposedly “groping” Tweeden---he seems only to ask for laughs at the EXPENSE of sleaze by PRETENDING to be groping her breasts!

In the photo of the two of them taken on an airplane some 10 years ago when they were performing for troops… Franken appears to be giving Tweeden’s boobies the same little ‘hey diddle diddle’ the joy sticks on his X-box game probably receive from his LIBERAL Franken fingers!  I mean does this photo not make it look like Al is spinning dials on some imagined flat screen in front of him as he leans into a ‘feigned groping’ of Ms.Tweeden’s bosom?  Please.

And, does this picture not demonstrate IRONY rather than sex abuse? Pray tell. Irony--- What’s that you ask… unless you’re one of those DISGUSTING college educated types who actually READ Jonathan Swift at some point in your elitist Fox-News-deprived college squandered life!

True satire is not true sleaze you say?

Oh how that question must infuriate Sean Hannity who is used to reading Playboy at an 8th grade level and who--- although he admits he is “NOT A JOURNALIST”--- has hair and pens a-plenty to tap on his real life Fox News desk to do the more difficult work of PRETENDING TO BE ONE on T.V. He, Sean Hannity, giver of “news-talk” job to one Leann Tweeden, must be tying himself in quasi-journalistic knots right now as word is getting out outside the Fox News Gated-Bubble that:

1.    Ms. Tweeden is on his absolutely professional pretend journalist side……. And 2. Franken the sex predator is calling for a rematch in the “world of reality.”

That is… Franken is ASKING for himself to be INVESTIGATED on this matter ASAP…. Just like Roy Moore wants to be investi……. Err ummm… Anyways, Franken has also apologized.

Still, let’s get to the real fake news inside the news at this point in my REAL blog. In real life of Sean Hannity there is a real God of the real America where football players, many of them black, get a lot of money for playing a sport Hannity enjoys -----but is now being ruined by the same black men who make enough money to pay for infinite concussions now and later in life! How? They are kneeling and bowing with their helmets held to their hearts as the National Anthem is played. What’s wrong with that you ask? I DON’T KNOW!  Moreover, what has it got to do with Senator Franken? Nothing. We’re talking about Sean Hannity now.   And Sean Hannity appears to be excellent friends/colleagues with guess who? Leeann Tweeden. (I was going to title this blog: “Oh How Muddled the Plot Can Be When First We Practice Hannity!”)

So, about Hannity. He, Sean Hannity, believes in America and Christmas and football, the Flag and Roy Moore!   This is the true story, dear reader. It is why Al Franken MUST be a sexual predator----not only even without, or before, or in the LACK of REAL evidence. But especially BECAUSE of that real LACK of REAL evidence! For, you see, Senator Franken is a LIBERAL. And he has had the gall (we will return to that word later in another context) to call out Fox News when it is being less than genuine in its attempt to distract from truthiness in its dire effort(s) to make it clear that CLEAVAGE really does matter as much as or MORE than CREDENTIALS when it comes to news.  In other words, Fox News is the real fake thing for a GOOD REASON: It has a BIG AUDIENCE SHARE.

What about Franken? He is a liberal senator who is successful in REALITY for doing a real successful job in real post-comedian life--- mostly because he is probably a decent person going about his real life real job as Senator in real Minnesota. And it is precisely a place like Minnesota where a guy like Al Franken can be a real menace to a guy like real Sean Hannity.

You see Sean Hannity represents rea-life-fake-news about real stuff. Sean Hannity’s world is the REAL FAKE HATE LIBERAL SENATORS WHILE BEING PAID real-big BUCKS FOR IT real thing GUY..um WORLD.   It is THIS world that Al Franken threatens to take from Sean and subsequently, all Americans.  HOW? WHY does Franken besmirch that world? The word LIBERAL raises its ugly head yet again.   Yes, not just a SENATOR but a Liberal one. You spit and snarl as you pronounce the word: LIBERAL (I hope!).

All the things that every day we witness being stolen from us as real Americans---chunk by chunk---inch by variegated inch---like cheap Mexican labor or Uranium--- in front of Sean Hannity’s real fake journalistic AMERICAN eyes ---are being taken by LIBERALS!  And if you are one, it’s being taken from Sean Hannity and all FOX NEWS/FAIR AND BALANCED REAL fake news..by ….YOU….. and ME!

What is IT we’re taking you ask? Nothing LESS than Something BIG and AMERICAN and constant… something that is SO BIG it is like all America from the Atlantic to the Pacific but---yet is also just small enough to fit on a red baseball cap. What is THAT? I DON’T KNOW but it’s GREAT!!

Back to Franken in the aforementioned picture. He, this LIBERAL Senator who used to be a comedian but stopped as soon as he hit the Senate… is shown to fake “steal a feel” from a REAL AMERICAN Playboy CENTERFOLD-cum-pretend-JOURNALIST on a real American Airplane which was shepherding himself (the ‘liberal’-snarl-as-you-say-it Senator) and Ms. Tweeden to and from a U.S.O. Holiday performance in or about the year 2006…a time prior to Franken’s being anything but a lousy liberal with a comedy job on T.V. where ----- as a comedian ---- he often faked being real for real LAUGHS. I do not need to capitalize all this in the future because you’re getting it now RIGHT?

And gall-darnit I’m sorry but I happen to LIKE FRANKEN! I like him in the senate just fine but I still miss SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE from his ERA.  I liked him on Saturday Night Live and in the too few movies he made! I think Franken’s FUNNY…to this day…especially that face, when he does the earnest-yet-completely-dumb college fraternity boy routine of looking blundering in a way he wishes was not.   So, to me, yes, it’s VERY funny this dopey photo. The way he looks at the imagined audience for his gag as he feigns a feel job on the sleeping-upright-in her airplane-seat-beauty: Leeann Tweeden.

But pleeeeeaaase….For all our sakes past and future, can we distinguish? Can we use our real brains? Or, should we all join Al in jail now…or: J.A.I.J.N!   For, please tell me which germ free bubbled unstained perfect seamless absolutely stick person of a human being has not been to a sleep over where this type of “fun that should not be had” was central to the FUN! If this picture is indicative of the work of a sexual predator on the lam… I say we start policing sleep-overs employing the same officers Trump wants not-to protect-our elitist-liberal-heads as they shove us into the LAM-WAGON because we are simply NOT to be Trusted as A SPECIES.

Come’on. We don’t even have to know that Franken worked professionally with his accuser or that there is plenty of photo footage available of the “victim” of this not so funny (but maybe worth a few giggles if you’re me) photo where she’s grabbing mens’ bottoms in her own real “take” on Leeann goes to the U.S.O. fake “performance art.”

A man who knows his ‘victim’ as an associate he’s working with on a US.O. tour… who will be a senator in the FUTURE but is not one now… pretends a ‘take’ on the photo-op a guy feeling up a girl while she sleeps? And we’re going to hold this guy accountable as a potential sexual criminal? As fore-mentioned, the photo doesn’t show him actually “feel her up” in the biblical sense (is there such a thing??) No… he “feigns a feel.”  As in “colleague gets his jocks off while female colleague naps in utterly alluring jungle-motif combat fatigues (talk about temptation!) sense. And, this is faking temptation for a JOKE…. as in you’re supposed to LAUGH just like you would if it were a skit on SNL… which it could have been, maybe was, or was going to be back in fake real 2006 or 2007…

“Wink wink” says Franken’s wide-eyed juvenile expression in this real pretend photo!    His is the glory of a 15-year old who just opened his lunch box to show his best friend Louie the latest Playboy centerfold cut-out he’s scotch-taped inside.  Please.

Please, please, please. This just in from Jane (the slut) who was his counterpart on that funny show SNL:   (Please hear Jane Curtain’s voice)…“Al Franken appears to be getting away with appearing to be touching …almost… the fully clothed (in fatigues?) breasts of one Leeann (is every girl who aspires to be a playboy model named Leeann?) Tweeden on a plane headed to entertain our military on holiday whilst his counterpart in the U.S. Senate somewhere in reality is escorted in handcuffs away--- yet again--- from Mall of America for merely ‘loitering’ as he usually does near the Jenny Clare Accessories for Girls store with his zipper at barn opening hour.”

Please. Can we at least make a GRAMMATICAL denotation between someone “getting away with murder” and someone PRETENDING to be getting away with it?  For God’s sakes. Do we not register cognitively the important difference therein? If not, what say you Shakespeare… what say you Sister Bernadette, what say ye’ older white demographic American patriot?

Should the sleeping Tweeden nod awake as plane turbulence interrupts---jolts her to alert position---what would the wish-she-was-nude now khaki-clad subject of a photographer’s opportune lens discover? Pray tell, Al Franken pretending to play with her boobies in the manner of a pervie juvey while she jet-lagged!   Please please with a cherry on top…. Even if he slipped her a micky 20 minutes before… he’d have had to do so in front of the photographer at least! That means there were cognizant witnesses on board the alleged sex-scandaled flight!

Yes. I am here making fun of something sort of funny for the sake of illustrating what I think should be BOTH less and more funny in certain ways than it appears to be. This is not even about Al Franken in a dubious photo anymore. This is about us --- you and me DEAR READER. It is about our …um…STUPIDITY as viewers of pictures and news and everything in between in the year 2017 (about to be 2018)!   For we have become profoundly, news-worthily in real time STUPID if this picture causes us shock and apprehension … never mind makes us blush…

I don’t care that it’s Al Franken the liberal senator from Minnesota who was once one of my favorite comedians on that show for saying in the guise of one Stewart something or other: “And Gall darn it people like me!” It matters not that this many years later, when I’m in that sort of mood only my dog understands… I rise slowly from bed, wiggling my fingers and then my toes, yawning in the wide way of someone from a “Sunny Brook Farm” story as I rise from covers saying, as I stare at my dog, who is also yawning in a similar manner although still lying in a ball… and I say… although no one can hear: “And gall darn it…. People like me!! To my REAL DOG and the walls of my bedroom.

It matters not that I have a REAL crush on Al Franken!

His colleague Leeann wants us to know that, at a time during the 2017 sex scandal monopoly in which everyone in politics and Hollywood is under special surveillance---she is willing to risk her own playboy-cum-journalist pedigree on a ‘sex-gate’ (my emphasis) outing of her own colleague. She’s going to tattle on Senator Franken, her specious (my word choice; not sure what it means) victimizer… for the sake of “other women” who “might” have to go through “this kind of” sexual VICTIMIZATION themselves someday.

Please please please with cherry and sugar and peace and light on top……. The Senator is now begging for an investigation. And what do we hear from Hannity and Co.?  Fox News plasters his face up with Roger Weinstein and Bill Clinton in the repeat-a-picture Fox Formula for ‘Fibs gone Final’ ….in the Breitbart strain of Shirley Sherrod “HATES WHITE PEOPLE” just like President Obama FROM KENYA…. to say...how disgusting the ‘left is’ for treating their predators like puritans… or something that makes ABSOLUTELY no sense LOGICALLY not to mention morally or culturally….

But wait… they’re an AMERICAN-loving pretend NEWS show!   They must MEAN something!!

But what?

Oh sure, see, now I get it. Franken’s asking for a “tax paid” INVESTIGATION of HIMSELF! The President is being investigated at this moment --- using our real tax dollars for nothing less than some silly, although REAL accusation involving a foreign enemy of the United States putting him in POWER of the APPLICATION of our CONSTITUTION. Franken appears to be saying --- let’s take that wasted money and put it right here in Minnesota right now for the REAL good of all Americans who really care about that Constitution. He seems to be saying, take inexhaustible amounts of tax dollars if you need to. But please come to the conclusion: “Did my fingers feel her boobies for real.”  Yes that’s what this perpetrator from pompous pedestrian brick and mortar reality is really up ---TRUTH!   Brick and mortar style TRUTHINESS!

The FAKE predator Franken wants a REAL investigation of his fake joke about people who REALLY prey on young females! Give me the bucket right here on real fake T.V. I’ve got to hurl bacon bits. No.  I mean real BACON bits NOW.  He’s making Roy Moore look like Ped-a-Bullion!

Yes. They just keep throwing this pernicious fake-Al’s pretending to be juvey face up there like the same pizza pie the child predators must have eaten while Hillary Clinton counted her money alongside chunks of URANIUM as the real fake scandal was being shared, thank God, by people on Fox and Putin’s Facebook page of “Hillary Clinton Funds CHILD SEX RING!!   Hillary was drinking whatever “Al’s having” while burping and singing in her tinny Clinton voice:

“Let them eat extra extra cheese!”   Real fake real children were being sold internationally according to real fake real NEWS while Hillary sang about cheese (probably fake cheese!). So, who do you believe NOW?

Yup. Let it “stick” this fake-real-fake could have been real photo of a fake feel over the fatigues boob-tweak-as Ms. Tweeden-sleeps DISGUSTING (my emphasis) photo of Al Fakin…errr……..:   Let words like: molest, scandal, liberal, molest, scandal, liberal democrat, scandal, liberal, sex, uranium, liberal NOT a PATRIOT flash on and off in the real fake subconscious background.  Take that Mr. And Ms. elite real flesh Bastards with college degrees who are watching RACHEL MADDOW anyways!

So what I’m saying in this blog, in addition to “I really really like Al Franken” is:  

1. Pretending to grope a young woman is not the same as hoping to abduct her at a much younger age from a mall.

And 2. This SHOULD BE OBVIOUS.

And 3. But it ISN’T obvious because of 2 important … potentially profound… reasons that…make ONE VERY PROFOUNDLY disturbing reason:  

Fox News is to News as Fake Reality is to Al Franken…..

That is…. Satire is to real life as comedy is to Liann Tweeden, ummmmmm I mean…

We live in the era of Fox News.

It’s getting really scary dumb out there……

About Fox:

This is the network “News” show where a bunch of people are now cramming to get a picture with Vladimir Putin for their next resume. They brought us the real fake President Trump.

They say the Washington Post is fake news.  

Folks, this is the show where they interviewed Trayvon Martin’s killer prior to the trial that acquitted the same killer from murder charges. What did the interviewer, Sean Hannity, tell his millions of Fox viewers in America and the U.K. in that summer of 2012 about this “unfortunate” killing? What sense were we to make of an innocent black youngster being shot by a security guard guilty, according to Hannity… only of making a grave but honest mistake….?

That Zimmerman is a Christian and thought, yes-he-did, that God, Jesus, was speaking to him when he decided he must pull the trigger of his gun and shoot the young hoody-wearing black child who was walking while talking on the phone and drinking flavored iced tea in his father’s neighborhood!

Fox News presented Zimmerman as the VICTIM of this horrible crime why?

Liberal bias which causes everything from Sean Hannity to Universities MUST be dealt with.

You see if you watch Fox News you will know that an innocent Christian exercising his “stand your ground” rights one quiet Florida afternoon stalked and then killed the young Trayvon Martin who on that afternoon happened to be walking in his own neighborhood, guilty mostly of being black, dressed in a grey hoodie, and drinking flavored iced-tea. Hannity to Zimmerman: Do you think God wanted you to kill Trayvon?

Zimmerman: Yes.

The above is real. I mean real real. Hannity did interview--- Zimmerman prior to his trial! He did ask the question about God --- seeming, in his Hannity way, to put the words he wanted to hear in Zimmerman’s mouth… It was beyond strange and I felt sick watching and hearing…. But enough of me writing about real real stuff…. Let’s get back to the analytical part of this blog. It’s not easy to switch back to fake-real but….

Fox is the network “news” show that wants Hillary “locked up” based on their own “reporting” of the “Russian Uranium Scandal” that just could be if only we would NOT BELIEVE the entire Congress, our own justice departments, all of them, as well as F.B.I. and C.I.A. If we would only believe Sean Hannity, Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin, instead of going with Constitutional norms of some boring youngish country that declared independence from some King somewhere who cares now because they don’t know anything about Football in England for God’s sake!!!

This is the network that boasts viewers who think Hillary Clinton is President on this day November 26, 2017. Al Franken is a predator and Clinton is President and Putin is pretty cool. Obama is also the “deep state” (even though he’s Kenyan --- it’s global now) that’s after Trump just because Trump won fair and square even IF RUSSIA was involved cuz there was NO COLLUSION. You can quote Newt Gingrich on SOME of this…

These people, the Fox audience, are the real-fake-thing. They believe a conspiracy where young children are delivered into sex slavery with extra cheese and olives from Tony’s Pies to Go!! If they interviewed Big Foot on Obama’s Kenyan Muslim past, Fox “News” would gain even more audience share!

 Get out of your pajamas and put down the clicker. Now walk outside and scream: I’m …..I’m…..mad as HELL at SOMEBODY… Then turn around and walk back inside and click on Fox….Watch. I dare you!

I dare anybody who can read this blog to WATCH FOX----- all the way THROUGH----- on a weeknight preferably from about 8:00 to 11:00 PM. Watch it without changing channels during commercials. You’ve got to suffer through all of it because it is BROUGHT to YOU BY those commercials. They’re the same ones that come on in breaks for Rachel Maddow and Anderson Cooper. Car insurance…Hotel locating applications…. It is only through the good graces of the Free Market that their fake real fake news based on real fake reality can boast millions of viewers who will never read a real fake book or vote for a Democrat like Al Franken ever!

Watch it and remember REAL people who you know and LOVE watch Fox News and they … And they believe it---every inch!

If that doesn’t scare you as much or more as a predator being elected President or Senator…. That there’s an ostensible news program reporting the “truth” of news which would have you be as outraged by a photo of a comedian fake-feeling a real playboy centerfold as if that man was a real life sexual predator… If it doesn’t scare you that this “NEWS” show can and will show you over and over again exactly as much as it needs and intends to get you to hate this Senator and everyone and anyone who votes for him because that’s their REAL JOB… then…. Well …… I guess I can thank you for the immensely painful Presidency of Trump. THANKS!

The story of Franken the predator is brought to you by the same guy who helped George Zimmerman share his experience of God speaking to him in the affirmative as he killed Trayvon Martin.

To REITERATE. Let’s Americans say Thanks  (it’s just past Thanksgiving as I write this). Let’s thank Fox NEWS for real fake scary stuff!! Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity and the “just enough cleavage lady” journalists. THANK YOU.   I BELIEVE you wish me a nice White Christmas with President Putin and his pudgy proteges with knuckle rings stamped in URANIUM on TOP!  

Thanks for not going anywhere the truth dares because your audience is powerful and passionate and your money is inexhaustible. And Gall Darn IT… we are growing less and less a country of literacy and laws. WE USED to LIKE the Constitution but that was BEFORE FOX NEWS. People read NEWSPAPERS then. What is the answer to this FAKE REAL war we appear to be having where a Senator can ‘fake feel’ his “comrade” right in front of people and resort to asking to get away with investigating himself for it. I don’t REALLY KNOW.

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By Barbara Molloy 10 Sep, 2016
If you're wondering how Donald Trump came to be, I have two words for you:  Sean Hannity.  Those are the First and last names of the guy on Fox "News" who is entirely... READ ENTIRELY responsible for the rise ...and soon fall... of Donald Trump. 

Why, you ask, is Trump's rise from real estate guy to Republican Party Candidate for President of the U.S.  the sole responsibility of one man--- Sean Hannity--- middle aged fat Irish man with big hair on Cable T.V. program only white guys over fifty watch?

Wait a minute, you ask...  Nobody watches T.V.  What is 'Fox News?'  Who is Sean Hannity? 

It begins before it begins... Hannity got his job years ago as a "radio man" back when T.V. and radio were everything.  Late sixties to eighties, we're talking.   There was no internet.   Imagine that.  Bandwidth and Television stations.  You had the sound with the picture---T.V.       ......Or you had sound alone:  Radio.

From what he's divulged in interviews, which is all we have to go on biographically speaking, Hannity answered an ad to be a commercial radio voice in the 70's... and got the job.  He had a high school education.  He'd worked odd jobs in construction and bar-tending till then.  Suddenly---with "Fox"---he hit the " big time."

Flash-forward to now.  The same Hannity who worked so earnestly--- never having obtained a post-high school education finds his way to anchor on Fox News.  Yes.   One day the little high school educated Irish kid got "his chance."  

In an interview some years ago on his own radio show syndicated by KTTH here in Seattle,  I heard Hannity say quite candidly that, while graduating high school, he was "not smart enough for college."  I write that sentence without meaning any insult or harm.  He said it with, in fact, great gusto (bragging?).   To my mind, graduating high school and moving quickly to working--- bar tending---construction work...later deciding college is not the right "fit" ...is to be lauded and encouraged ---especially back when Hannity was 18 ---and ditto in today's crazy economy.

So what is the connection  between Donald Trump and Sean Hannity---i.e. Fox?   

Sean Hannity gave Donald Trump air-time turned newsworthy legitimacy---- in interviews  inTown-Hall's--beginning in 2008---- Trump was interviewed by Hannity like any statesman or  government official---mayor or congressman---over and over by Sean Hannity.   The question:  "Is Obama Kenyon born?"  The answer always the same:  "Show Me His Birth Certiticate."   

Not nightly.... but almost weekly.... over the years from 2008 to this writing, Donald Trump's questioning of the President's birth place and birth certificate were given air and legitimate debate on Fox News.

It is very simple---maybe too simple for some of us who read newspapers or even watch T.V.  to comprehend:

Fox News gave air eight years ago to the "birther movement" that continues to this writing.  But, more importantly, Fox News has stoked the demographic---over 50 angry white Americans.  Who are these angry white Americans and what are they angry at...besides the black President?

One can only get into deep trouble attempting to summarize an entire demographic of America.  But here goes:  Angry white Americans over fifty are a lot like a couple of my sisters.  Both of them lost homes in 2007/8.  Both of them fit the high school educated but not fully college educated demographic.  One of them went to college but left freshman year when she got engaged.  The other married barely out of high school.  Both these sisters blame Obama and they blame him outright, with no apologies, vociferously.  Why?

No answers if you asked them ...except...except...whatever they can find as quote from the last Fox News Show.  "Obama is for partial birth abortions."  However unrelated, this is what one sister offered as rebuttal to me when I asked her to elaborate regarding how Obama was responsible for the crash of 2007...which happened when Bush was President..but which she insisted Obama and the democrats were responsible for.  (Note:  this sister borrowed money to buy a home which was foreclosed on in 2008).  Bottom line:  On Fox News you will learn nightly that President Obama is responsible for the Iraq War and abortion.  The chronology of that war, like that of abortion, is of no consequence to the 24/7 battle against information that is Fox News.

The other sister who, if you do not love her upon meeting her and thereafter forevermore...there is something wrong with you... almost hit me with her fist as we drove in her car to the airport after my visit to her a year ago.  Why?  She had read an email that day in which a friend's email to her mentioned someone of Christian faith  having been put off because while at a Walmart witnessing an item of Christian persuasion being taken off a shelf.  Meanwhile, other items showing a Muslim perspective remained on the same shelf (I'm guessing it was the children's section...books?)  I asked my sister to be sure where she got the information.  Not one email, she insisted, but "two emails" said the same thing.  Walmart was being "politically correct" in assuaging Muslim customers over Christians... that was the important information.   

I must apologize at this writing for forgetting exactly what transpired next....after she raised her fist.  Suffice it to say this sister had been watching Fox News 24/7 for 20 plus years. Her husband had complained to her daughters about it.  Others in the family were concerned...  In my reply to her from the passenger seat of her vehicle, I said something like "I don't have all the details about the Walmart thing...I know you read two emails... I know there's a lot of stuff lately on Fox News about political correctness giving Muslims the....   I am only sure she almost punched me prior to my finishing my sentence while screaming:  "If you say Fox News again".......

So, back to the begin:  Switch on Fox tonight.  Hannity will be sponsoring a "Town Hall" with Donald Trump presiding.  There will be an audience of viewers picked by Hannity and Trump to ask questions.  These "Town Halls" sponsored by Hannity in honor of Trump have been a regular of the Fox program schedule since Trump won the Republican Nomination.  True, they occur later in the Fox Programming schedule and therefore represent a lesser status commercially.  This is because Hannity has been demoted based on his over 50 age status.  Hannity has been demoted but the irony on that "demotion" is this:  Fox viewer demographic is over fifty, white males and females.  In other words, the commercial viewership of Fox News is exactly that which a demoted Hannity's programs represent!  

What then is meant by "demotion?"  Fox is trying to woo an audience more sustainable than grey white males.  They put Megan Kelly in the anchor seat, but that did not do what it was supposed to---attract younger people while still appeasing the old geezers who like playboy babes as news anchors. 

I do not know what they will pull out of their hat next.  I do know this:  Sean Hannity is Fox is responsible for Trump.
The Republican party donated millions to Fox over the course of Obama's Presidency.  It worked.  There are millions who watch Fox...far more than watch MSNBC.  They ARE my SISTER.  But, now they are NOT the Republican Party.  How ironic.  The Republican Party has pulled itself from Fox and Hannity and Trump for the damage Fox and Hannity and Trump have done to it and which they----Trump, Fox, Hannity, continue to do.   Fox and Hannity are the NEW Republicans...whoever...whatever...that means to the party they and Fox News well... errr... pretty  much single-handedly destroyed.


By Barbara Molloy 01 Sep, 2016
Last State of the Union Address

Posted on January 14, 2016 by Barbara Molloy-Olund
A local writer here in Seattle — Danny Westneat — tells of the ‘disconnect’ between reality and —what I will term here and now “Republican Reality.” I am writing this a little more than 24 hours after the close of the last State of the Union Address by our current President, Barack Obama.

And, to be sure, the Republican reply by Nikki Haley was not as pointedly negative and undermining as past Republican responses to the State of the Union delivered by President Obama during his tenure. Perhaps the farewell State of the Union address is less “politicized.” While I’m not going to clap for Nikki Haley, I will assert that her choice of acting more classy than her peers is a welcome relief.

But, how about that President of ours? I can’t be more proud of him. He was candid without being deprecating, incisive without insulting. He was to the point politically without being petty of political motivation. Everybody knows what he’s saying when he talks about the gridlock in Congress by mentioning how members of Congress themselves have confided to him of being “fed up.” I would wager not many of us had to decipher his meaning or who–what– he was ‘calling out’ as he spoke of political stalemates opposing or stalling him on everything from military funding to defeat ISIS to voting on measures that will ensure new (small business) entrepreneurs can compete for loans.

Some might be asking: why did he wait till his final State of the Union Address to call out the “gridlock” for what it is: $$$ entrenched interests buying law—i.e., lobbyists? Deregulation (‘brought to you’ by ‘hatred of Government’). Why did he finally directly link the financial collapse of our economy via our biggest banks… and the entire interconnected global economy…to Wall Street gambling? No one from the major player banks has gone to prison on his watch. Most made off with bonuses in addition to their final salaries –paid for and approved of by the boards of the insolvent banks on the cusp of their insolvencies! (See “Bank of America Buys Merrill Lynch”) What’s up with that??
By Barbara Molloy 06 Aug, 2016
I will begin with a quote: A San Diego man was sentenced earlier this week to a year of prison and five years’ probation after threatening members of a Muslim advocacy group…and being found with an illegal automatic rifle in his home. At his sentencing, John David Weissinger’s lawyer advanced a peculiar argument: Binge watching Fox News, in addition to suffering from Alcoholism as well as Anxiety and Depression spurred him to lash out against Muslims. Call it “Foxfluenza.”

One never says “I told you so” or anything like it……..

Writers should never participate in that sort of self congratulations. But dang it!! I’ve been writing about this for some time. I can’t help but feel a little warmth entering my gut and a little smirk coming over my face. It was bound to happen. Why Fox News has not been sued– or come under fire– for the constant casual slanders and sometimes bolder deliberate lies it steers its way around on a daily basis is hard to understand. It is possible (and if this story gains any traction in real news, facts about how Fox has avoided such blame in the past will probably begin to surface) that by referring to yourself as a “news and entertainment show” you’re sealed off from legal parameters regarding slander and false reporting? IOW, news is not beholden to facts when it’s entertainment based, right? The reason for the “news” on Fox is not to inform but to “entertain”.. ultimately to garner ratings.

Fine, we say to ourselves. Some–especially in this year of 2016, with television threatened by so many other mediums of entertainment and consumer-to-viewer choices–are saying “What—Why do you care?” Why–if only fifty-plus year olds are tuning in to Fox….do you care?” Television’s a dinasaur. It’s over.

This is probably my biggest “Achilles” as someone who has been reporting on and opining about the demise of decency, civility, literacy, and journalism in my lifetime: Yes, they’re right. Fox is part of an era on its way out. Bye Bye you elders of the airwaves– Hannity and O’Reilly …even the “youngsters” displacing you are starting to show ‘cracks.’ Megan Kelley’s forehead looks like a layer of “Plastic of Paris” was pulled over it and recently waxed… (By the same crude plastic surgeon who John Travolta should be suing??) …. And the guy who hosts “Red Eye” looks like a middle aged metrosexual in collegiate retro-wear…. too much mousse for too little hair(?)…someone should tell him!

So who’s counting…I mean watching? I honestly do not know. I know this much: It’s still on the air–salaries are being paid.

It’s a fact that Fox survives. It survives notes left behind by domestic terrorists shooting at “enemies” they’ve targeted in their home towns because of information learned watching Fox “News.” It survives fake videos like the one that got Georgia State Director of Rural Development for the U.S. Department of Agruculture, Shirley Sherrod, fired and then reinstated (well she resigned after threats the President himself had seen the fake video and was taking it seriously). A number of years have passed since the Breitbart (Andrew Breitbart) video was shown to be a doctored work of racism by a renegade racist “conservative” given full reign and ostensibly plenty of cash by Fox “News.” But the fall-out has never been discussed, while, as above, Fox “News” thrives…even if only among the 50 to 100 year olds!
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