MSNBC Has Frequently Taken Fox’s Number One Ranking
Fox News is desperate. Since April the conservative cable news network has frequently lost its number one ranking to MSNBC. “The Rachel Maddow Show,” which has focused on the Trump-Russia saga, has often beaten Fox News’ “The Five,” but at times MSNBC has beaten all of Fox News in total viewers, which literally has never happened before. For July and August, Maddow had the most-watched cable news show show.
In the past year or so Fox News has parted ways with its co-founder, chairman, and CEO, Roger Ailes. It parted ways with Bill O’Reilly. It parted ways with Bill Shine, its co-president. Last week Fox NewsÂ parted waysÂ with Eric Bolling.Â It lostÂ Greta Van Susteren, who later popped up at MSNBC, only to lose her job there after a few months. And it lost Megyn Kelly.
So Fox News is doing what it does best: appeal to its base.
Laura Ingraham is about to be promoted from a Fox News commentatorÂ to her own show at 10 PM, according to CNN. The caustic conspiracy theoristÂ Sean Hannity, which Fox News apparently sees as a foil to MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, will move to 9 PM. Tucker Carlson stays at 8 PM.
Ingraham represents everything that is wrong with Fox News, and America.Â
Ingraham has expressed anti-gay, anti-trans, anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim, and anti-Hispanic views. She’s also come out against affirmative action.
Nick Fernandez at Media Matters reportsÂ Ingraham “has a long history of extremely offensive rhetoric.”Â Here are some quotes from Ingraham Fernandez offers:
“A lot of minorities … just voted for [President Obama] because he was, you know, half-black.â€
Mexicans “have come here to murder and rape our people.”
The US should accept only those refugees who â€œwe can verifiably say are Christians,â€ and Muslims should â€œstay in the Middle East.â€
Ingraham referred to Planned Parenthood as an â€œongoing criminal enterpriseâ€ that employs â€œheinous, Hitlerian freaks.â€
Ingraham likened gay marriage to â€œpolyamoryâ€ and incest.
“The NAACP has become a push organization for racist sentiments in many ways.”
â€œI donâ€™t think of Jewish people as minorities because they’re so successful.â€
Ingraham suggested that people wear diapers rather than share restrooms with transgender people.
Ingraham has said that she will not let her daughter use transgender-inclusive restrooms by herself.
Terrorism is “the price … to pay for multiculturalism.”
Is this what Fox News thinks America is about? Is this what Fox News thinks Americans want?
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Watch: Schumer Compares McConnell to Southern Segregationists for Blocking Voting Rights
On Tuesday, following Senate Republicans’ lockstep vote to block debate on voting rights, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) gave a thunderous speech comparing Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to the southern segregationists who fought the 1965 Voting Rights Act.
“Republican state legislatures across the country are engaged in the most sweeping voter suppression in 80 years,” said Schumer. “Capitalizing on and catalogued by Donald Trump’s big lie. These state governments are making it harder for younger, poorer, urban and non-white Americans to vote. Earlier today, the Republican leader told reporters that, quote, ‘Regardless of what may be happening in some states, there is no rationale for federal intervention.’ The Republican leader flatly stated that no matter what the states do to undermine our democracy — voter suppression laws, phony audits, partisan takeovers of local election boards — the Senate should not act.”
“The Republican leader uses the language and the logic of the southern senators in the ’60s who defended states rights, and it is an indefensible position for any senator, any senator, let alone the minority leader to hold,” said Schumer. “When John Lewis was about to cross that bridge in Selma, he didn’t know what waited for him on the other side. He didn’t know how long his march would be. And his ultimate success was never guaranteed. But he started down that bridge anyway. Today Democrats started our march to defend the voting rights of all Americans. It could be a long march, but it is one we are going to make.”
Pelosi Will Create Select Committee to Investigate January 6 Insurrection After GOP Kills Bill for Bipartisan Group
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has just told Democrats she will create a special Select committee to investigate Donald Trump’s violent January 6 insurrection, a deadly attempted coup.
WASHINGTON (AP) — AP source: House Speaker Pelosi tells Democrats she will create new committee to investigate Jan. 6 attack at Capitol.
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) June 22, 2021
The House voted to approve a bipartisan committee but Senate Republicans killed that bill.
Pelosi made the announcement as Senate Republicans killed debate on the voting rights bill.
This is a breaking news and developing story.
GOP Senators Orchestrate ‘Blockade’ of Key Biden Agenda Bills: Voting Rights Bill Killed, Infrastructure in Doubt
Republicans Tuesday evening killed debate on the For the People Act, a key component of Democrats’ agenda to protect democracy, expand and strengthen voting rights, and reduce the influence of dark money in elections. As Senators were voting on the motion to begin debate on the bill, news broke that the GOP Whip, Sen. John Thune of South Dakota had announced another critical piece of Democratic legislation, the infrastructure bill, was even further in doubt.
GOP Senators appeared to be orchestrating a complete and total shutdown of key legislation critical to President Joe Biden’s progressive agenda.
Democratic Majority Leader Schumer immediately denounced Republicans’ “blockade.”
Sen. Thune also said Republicans would oppose a slimmed down version of a voting rights bill:
Thune contradicts Blunt when asked just now if GOP leadership would come out against narrower measures like the VRA: “I suspect yes.”
“It just replaces a state’s sovereignty with the federal government, and that’s a bridge I don’t think our members are willing to cross.” https://t.co/mmVduM5fPH
— Andrew Solender (@AndrewSolender) June 22, 2021
60 votes were required to begin debate on the voting rights bill. The motion failed in a 50-50 vote. As voting was taking place GOP Minority Leader Mitch mcConnell could be seen huddling with other top Republican Senators including John Cornyn of Texas and John Kennedy of Louisiana.
The only option to pass the bill now would be for a simple majority of Senators agree to kill the 60-vote filibuster. Some are supporting a modification to 55 votes. Democratic Senators Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona had steadfastly refused to support killing the filibuster.
“This is a dark day in this country,” Al Sharpton said on MSNBC.
“This is a dark day for Republicans,” host Nicolle Wallace replied. “Republicans won’t just walk over norms, they will burn them down,” she told host Ari Melber during the handoff.
Voting rights expert Ari Berman weighed in, chastising the GOP:
Vote on For the People Act isn’t on legislation itself, but whether to start debate on the bill. Republicans are so afraid of democracy they won’t even allow a debate on how to fix it
— Ari Berman (@AriBerman) June 22, 2021
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