Fox News’s Jabba the Hutt isn’t dead: Another News Corp. atrocity

Last week, Rupert Murdoch announced he would take over as CEO of Fox News with the resignation of Roger Ailes in the wake of a sexual harassment scandal. Since the announcement of a lawsuit against Ailes by former “Fox and Friends” anchor blonde Gretchen Carlson, 25 women have described similar sexual harassment that goes back to the 1960s.

So people think the story is over as far a control of Fox News is concerned. Ailes is out. Rupert is in. So why does this seem slimy?

Roger Ailes, the founder and chief executive of Fox News, has resigned from his position under fire, but will remain with the company until 2018 as a consultant, Fox News’s parent company, 21st Century Fox, said Thursday.

Ah … the fine print … so why is 2018 significant?

With the scandal erupting rapidly, Fox executives began negotiating the 76-year old executive’s departure. Ailes’ severance package includes about $40 million of payment, or roughly the amount he was owed for the duration of his contract that was set to expire in 2018, according to a person briefed on the matter.

So, Ailes is getting at least $40 million, and Rupert is going to follow his advice until 2018, when Ailes’s contract was going to expire anyway.

roger-ailes-jabba-the-hutIn other words, it’s just cosmetics. Nothing changes. Ailes will still call the shots, but the words will come out of Rupert’s mouth.

Has this ever happened before?

Rupert Murdoch acted with characteristic ruthlessness by closing the News of the World, Britain’s best-selling Sunday newspaper, in a desperate attempt to limit the political and commercial fallout from the phone-hacking affair engulfing his media empire. …

There was immediate speculation last night that the paper will be replaced by a Sunday edition of the Sun which could be produced by staff at the daily. The domain names TheSunOnSunday.co.uk, TheSunOnSunday.com and SunOnSunday.co.uk were registered two days ago.

The News of the World was shut down in 2011 when investigators revealed the paper was hacking phones of celebrities, royalty and dead people, including a girl who was murdered. In the murder case, the hacking actually led police to believe the girl was still alive, throwing off the investigation.

So Rupert closed News of the World, a Sunday paper, and then immediately added a Sunday edition to the Sun, one of his other papers. So where do you think he found a staff fast enough to open a new Sunday edition?

It’s all smoke and mirrors, but it gets worse, according to TPM:

Trump said on NBC News’ “Meet the Press” that, at first, he didn’t want to comment on Ailes. Ailes announced he was leaving Fox last week amid sexual harassment allegations.

“But he’s been a friend of mine for a long time. And I can tell you that some of the women that are complaining, I know how much he’s helped them. And even recently. And when they write books that are fairly recently released, and they say wonderful things about him,” Trump said.

“And now all of a sudden they’re saying these horrible things about him. It’s very sad. Because he’s a very good person. I’ve always found him to be just a very, very good person,” Trump continued. “And by the way, a very, very talented person. Look what he’s done. So I feel very badly. But a lot of people are thinking he’s going to run my campaign.”

Leah kills Jabba at Fox News

This just in:

Roger Ailes, the former GOP political operative who oversaw the creation of the Fox News Channel and turned it into the leading voice of American conservatism, is in final negotiations to leave as CEO of the network amid a budding sexual harassment scandal, according to a person with knowledge of the negotiations. The agreement is expected to be done shortly, the person said.

Although the lawsuit was filed by Gretchen Carlson, it appears that another Fox blonde may have delivered the final blow, according to New York Magazine:

According to two sources briefed on parent company 21st Century Fox’s outside probe of the Fox News executive, led by New York–based law firm Paul, Weiss, [Megan] Kelly has told investigators that Ailes made unwanted sexual advances toward her about ten years ago when she was a young correspondent at Fox. Kelly, according to the sources, has described her harassment by Ailes in detail.

Kelly’s comments to investigators might explain why the Murdochs are moving so quickly to oust Ailes. As New York reported yesterday, Rupert and sons James and Lachlan, the three top executives at 21st Century Fox, have, according to multiple sources, decided that Ailes needs to be removed. Kelly, who has become something of a feminist icon thanks to her tangles with GOP nominee Donald Trump, is seen by many inside Fox as the future of the network. She’s currently in contract negotiations, and given that Bill O’Reilly has said he’s considering retirement, Fox can’t afford to lose her.

This is how Kelly downed the Hutt:

 

Death in Dallas: Just like in …

At least five police officers were killed and seven injured by a sniper in Dallas during a Black Lives Matter rally held to protest two killings by police this week of black men in Louisiana and Minnesota.

Now, we know the Right is going to twist this into their version of reality where the Obama administration has created an atmosphere hostile to police and brought about the unleashing of terrorism in the Black Lives Matter Movement. But that’s bullshit.

Our country is filled with psychopaths who have easy access to guns. And when psychopaths have guns, people die. According to reports on the latest gun atrocity:

Four Dallas Police officers and one Dallas Area Rapid Transit officer were killed by “snipers” perched atop “elevated positions,” officials said.

Videos circulating on social media showed an individual with an assault-style rifle shoot a police officer in the back at point-blank range.

A gunman, believed to be the same shooter, then engaged in a violent, three-hour standoff with SWAT officers, police said. Brown said the attacker was killed when police sent an explosive device attached to a robot to where the suspect was holed up and detonated it, killing him.

How is it possible that a guy with an assault rifle can fully display his weapon and casually walk up and unload on a bunch of cops? Because you can just walk around with a gun in Texas.

Open carry became legal in the state of Texas on January 1, 2016, and open carry on college campuses will take effect at the beginning of August. Approximately 937,000 people (about 4 percent of the state’s 27 million residents) have a license to carry. Those nearly 1 million people could openly carry their licensed handguns starting just this year, but many have had confusion about when and where they are permitted to do so.

Gun laws in Dallas allow licensed gun owners to openly carry their handguns wherever they were previously permitted under the state’s concealed carry laws. …

Some of the licensed attendees at the protest were openly carrying their weapons, and many of them reportedly turned their guns over to local police once the shooting happened.

In Minnesota, the black guy who was killed had a permit to carry a gun. He told the cop he had a permit, and the cop shot him.

In Louisiana, open carry of firearms is allowed without a permit if the gun holder is at least 17. The black guy who was killed probably wasn’t allowed to carry a gun because he had a criminal record. But as the videos of the incident show, he was already subdued by the police and wasn’t going for his gun when he was shot to death.

In Texas, open carry is a religion, and Second Amendment fetishists bring out the heavy artillery whenever there’s any kind of event involving people and protests and a chance to say “fuck the government, here’s my gun and I’m proud of it.”

And we’re supposed to be surprised when a psychopath in Texas with an assault weapon and a grudge against cops unloads on police assigned to keep order at a protest rally.

Just like in Florida, we’re supposed to be surprised when a psychopath with an assault weapon and a grudge against gays goes into a nightclub and unloads on people dancing  celebrating Pride Week.

Just like in Colorado, we’re supposed to be surprised when a psychopath with an assault weapon and a grudge against existence goes into a cineplex and unloads on people catching a midnight show of “The Dark Knight Returns.”

Just like in California, we’re supposed to be surprised when psychopaths with assault weapons and religion induced dementia go into a Christmas party at a regional center and unload on people just trying to enjoy the holidays.

Just like in South Carolina, we’re supposed to be surprised when a racist psychopath with an assault weapon goes into a church and unloads on black parishioners as they’re studying the Bible.

Just like in the District of Columbia, we’re supposed to be surprised when a psychopath with an assault weapon who’s frustrated at work goes to a naval installation and unloads on people who are trying to make sure our Navy is ready to defend the country.

Just like in Arizona, we’re supposed to be surprised when a psychopath with an assault weapon and a grudge against government goes to a congresswoman’s meet and greet and unloads on the representative and her constituents.

Just like in Connecticut, we’re supposed to be surprised when a psychopath with an assault weapon and still holding a grudge for how he was treated as a little kid goes into a grade school and unloads on six and seven year olds who are just trying to learn.

Just like in Virginia, we’re supposed to be surprised when a psychopath with an assault weapon and a history of scaring his teachers and classmates goes into a major university and, until the incident in Florida above, commits the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.

I am now a broken record. And like a broken record, I can go on with this list forever.

The shooting in Dallas isn’t about Black Lives Matter, or unjustified police shootings or any other conspiracy theory bullshit people come up with in the next few days to “explain” the event.

It’s about psychopaths with guns.

And instead of addressing the problem, we’re going to study the lint in our collective national navels, shift our attention to another shiny object and go on about our business.

Until the next psychopath with an assault weapon strikes.

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And now, a word from the Right, just as expected:

Following the killing of at least five police officers in Dallas overnight, a former one-term congressman from Illinois ignited a firestorm with a now-deleted tweet threatening President Obama with “war” and warning Black Lives Matter demonstrators to “watch out.”

“3 Dallas cops killed, 7 wounded,” former Rep. Joe Walsh, an Illinois Republican, wrote just before midnight, in a tweet that is no longer on his profile: “This is now war. Watch out Obama. Watch out black lives matter punks. Real America is coming after you.”

The reaction to the tweet  was an immediate mix of shock and outrage, as Twitter users assailed Walsh for openly threatening the president and for the racially charged nature of the tweet.

Princess Leia of Fox News sues Jabba the Hut for sexual harassment

Gretchen Carlson, the former morning blonde between Steve Douche and Brian Minidouche at “Fox and Friends,” has filed a lawsuit saying that she was sexually harassed at work and that the chairman of Fox News, Roger Ailes, propositioned her for sex:

Click here to see the suit against the corpulent chairman of the Republican PR channel.

Here are some of the allegations, compiled by Mashable:

  1. Last September, Roger Ailes allegedly told Carson that, “I think you and I should have had a sexual relationship a long time ago and then you’d be good and better and I’d be good and better.”
  2. Carson further alleges that Ailes asked her to, “turn around so he could view her posterior, commented repeatedly about her legs and instructed her to wear certain outfits that he claimed enhanced her figure.”
  3. According to the lawsuit, Ailes reportedly, “stays seated when a woman walks over to him so she has to ‘bend over’ to say hello.”
  4. In 2009, Carson reportedly complained to Ailes that her co-host on Fox and Friends, Steve Doocey, created a hostile work environment by “regularly treating her in a sexist and condescending way” and “putting his hand on her and pulling down her arm to shush her during a live telecast.” Ailes allegedly responded by calling her a “man hater” and a “killer.”
  5. After complaining of sexual harassment, Carlson was supposedly demoted to a midday slot to produce The Real Story with Gretchen Carlson, where Ailes reduced her compensation and withheld network support and promotion for her show.”
  6. Carlson alleges that Ailes repeatedly “commented about her legs” and on outfits that enhanced her figure, urging her to “wear them every day.”
  7. Carlson claimed that Ailes “had slept with three former Miss Americas, but not with her.”
  8. After Carson complained to Ailes that he was being harassed on Fox and Friends, Ailes responded by claiming that she need to learn how to “get along with the boys.”
  9. Though not explicitly stated in the lawsuit, in 2013, Gretchen went onto Fox News reporter Brian Kilmeade’s radio show wearing pants, and casually revealed that Fox and Friends prohibited her from wearing pants on Live TV.

And there’s film of the harassment, which should be admissible in court:

OK. Maybe that’s an exaggeration. Here’s what it was really like at work:

It is a hostile work environment. In the places I’ve worked before, the things we see here are definitely reportable to human resources, and there would be action taken against the harassers. But the suit isn’t against Douche, Minidouche or other miscreants seen in the clip. It’s against Jabba, seen below:

roger-ailes-jabba-the-hutAnd just for the hell of it, and this has nothing to do with sexual harassment, remember when Minidouche made the kid cry on TV?

Here’s why Kim Kardashian is famous

It’s actually an interesting explanation of fame in the Internet age:

I was watching the ESPN documentary on O.J. Simpson and surprisingly remembered that Kardashian was an important name during the murder trial. Robert Kardashian was O.J.’s friend and one of his defense attorneys.

That’s Kim’s father. And it’s not like this was a passing acquaintance:

So, in addition to O.J. getting away with murder, he brought us the Kardashians,

Yes, you have too much information online

For proof, let’s look at Tom in Belgium:

This isn’t an exaggeration. Four years ago, I posted this:

Both are from Safe Internetbanking, in Belgium. We worry about the government spying on us, when in reality every business has everything it needs to know about you. Obviously, you know this because you see what happens online when you look at an ad or order anything. The next day, all of the advertisements you see online are related to the thing you bought the day before. And since the government and businesses know everything about you, how hard is it for a hacker to take your life over?

The Europeans are far more strict on Internet privacy, and look what happened to these people. Imagine what happens in the U.S. Checkout the Safe Internetbanking site. It has some good advice.