Joe Biden’s (D) press conference and the Fox “news side” racket

This is Fox’s “news side” racket in miniature. Fox executives frequently try to defray the controversies created by the bigoted right-wing propagandists on its “opinion side” by talking up the purportedly credible reporting of its “news side.” But as the McKelway case demonstrates, the network’s reportorial corps largely exists to advance the stories its demagogues are obsessed with. From Uranium One, to Benghazi, to the migrant caravans, to the purported Justice Department conspiracy against President Donald Trump, to the president’s dealings with Ukraine, the “news” personnel find ways to fuel the “opinion” hosts’ efforts to bolster Republican politicians. Trump’s reelection campaign makes this pattern all the more acute because Fox has effectively merged with his White House over the course of his presidency, with star hosts like Hannity playing dual roles advising the president on policy and communications strategy.

-Media Matters; 7/1/2020

Ralph Reed Says Christians Have Been ‘Vindicated’ In Supporting Trump

Reed’s claim that Trump has acknowledged that he is a sinner obviously conflicts with Trump’s own repeated declarations that he doesn’t ask God for forgiveness because he is a good person who doesn’t “do a lot of things that are bad.”

-Right Wing Watch; 6/30/2020

Scott Lively Would Rather Be Beheaded Than Forced by the Government to Wear a Mask

Radical anti-LGBTQ activist Scott Lively posted a video on YouTube Saturday in which he argued that requiring people to wear masks to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus is akin to the Nazis forcing Jewish people to wear yellow stars on their clothing, and declared that he’d rather be beheaded than to be forced to wear one by the government.

-Right Wing Watch; 6/29/2020

Michele Bachmann (R) Blames Trump Administration Middle East Peace Plan for COVID-19, Civil Unrest

Right-wing former Rep. Michele Bachmann appeared on Jan Markell’s “Understanding The Times” radio program Sunday, where she said that the current COVID-19 pandemic and the nationwide unrest sparked by the police killing of George Floyd is God punishing the United States for the Middle East peace plan that the Trump administration unveiled earlier this year.

-Right Wing Watch; 6/29/2020