Saturday, September 03, 2016

Five new things we just learned about the Roger Ailes sexual harassment case.

So yesterday New York Magazine did a deep dive into the Roger Ailes/Fox News sex scandal.

I read through most of it and was planning to write about it today.

However Talking Points Memo just offered a summary which hits the main points that I was planning to cover so let's follow their lead.

Number one:  

Gretchen Carlson secretly recorded alleged instances of Ailes' sexual harassment 

Sherman’s report confirmed speculation that former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson, who is suing Ailes for sexual harassment and retaliation, possesses taped recordings of Ailes’ alleged advances that back her suit, which opened the floodgates for the Fox News boss’ eventual downfall.

Apparently Carlson took her I-Phone in with her when she met wtih Ailes in his office and hit "record" when he started acting like a frat boy on Spring Break, and the rest is history. Just like his career at Fox News.

I saw the author of the New York Magazine piece being interviewed yesterday and when asked if the tapes had been played for Ailes and his attorneys, he said that they had been a central part of the case, so yes.

I'm not going to lie this made me seriously reconsider my former dislike for Gretchen Carlson.

She's a bad ass!

Number two:

Fox News allegedly hacked journalists’ phone records 

As Rupert Murdoch’s British newspaper empire was embroiled in a phone-hacking scandal, Fox News allegedly employed “legally questionable means” to obtain a U.S. journalist’s phone records.

Okay now I have been waiting to hear evidence that Fox News was hacking people here in American ever since Rupert Murdoch's  News of the World was busted for that back in 2011.

To me that sounded EXACTLY like something that Ailes would do, and once it was confirmed that Rupert Murdoch's papers did it in Britain, I knew that it was only a matter of time before we learned for certain that it was happening here as well.

Number three:

Megyn Kelly reportedly rallied Fox women to speak to investigators 

As Sherman tells it, fired Fox anchor Gretchen Carlson’s lawsuit provided an opening for the network's star anchor. Ailes was no longer lending Kelly his support and she was in the midst of ongoing contract negotiations. When Kelly alleged to James Murdoch that Ailes had once made harassing comments and hugged her inappropriately in his office, Murdoch reportedly urged her to speak to the investigators at the law firm Paul, Weiss, which is conducting an internal probe into the Ailes allegations. 

Kelly was the third or fourth woman to speak with investigators, an anonymous source briefed on the investigation told Sherman. After her interview, she reportedly called up current and former Fox staffers to encourage them to speak with the lawyers, and many more women came forward.

Damn! SO now I have to reconsider my dislike for Megyn Kelly too?

Number four: 

Real fears of a Trump TV network are reportedly swirling at Fox 

Although there’s been wide speculation that Donald Trump’s 2016 endgame may be to break into cable news with a conservative network that would rival Fox News, anonymous network insiders talked about Trump TV as a near-certainty that was casting a pall over the network’s future. 

The current top talent and leadership will only last through Election Day, one unnamed host told Sherman. 

“As of November 9, there will be a bloodbath at Fox,” the host said. “After the election, the prime-time lineup could be eviscerated. O’Reilly’s been talking about retirement. Megyn could go to another network. And Hannity will go to Trump TV.”

Okay that's it.

If Fox News is actually worried about competition from Trump TV, then it virtually confirms that it is likely a real thing.

So Donald Trump's entire campaign is essentially a coming attractions trailer for his soon to be launched cable news network.

God Republicans are dumb!

59 comments:

  1. Anonymous8:35 AM

    Just like all other things Trump, this will fail. The man is NOT good at business, and he will not listen to anyone who is. Who would want to watch a channel with tRump on constantly, waving his tiny hands around?

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    1. Who will his sponsors be? do I hear boycott?

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    2. Anonymous9:36 AM

      There would only be a small group of the population that would support a Trump network! More than likely the the same number that would cast their vote for him for the position of POTUS!

      He'll never win or succeed at either!

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    3. 66gardeners12:38 PM

      His sponsors would be Viagra and Gold hackers

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    4. Anonymous2:11 PM

      He's a LOSER! Tremendous tiny hands. Not SAD!

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    5. Anonymous5:57 PM

      And Ailes will have a new cushy TV seat from which to harass women at T.Rump TV?

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  2. Anonymous8:40 AM

    Carlson has always been good.

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  3. Anonymous8:42 AM

    I can personally dislike them and think they are doing the correct thing in this sexual harassment suit.

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    1. Anonymous1:31 PM

      Exactly.

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  4. Anonymous8:48 AM

    Here he is again speaking truth to power!

    ‘Liberal Redneck’ rips hypocrisy of ‘disrespectful motherf*ckers’ villifying Kaepernick

    http://www.rawstory.com/2016/09/liberal-redneck-rips-hypocrisy-of-disrespectful-motherfckers-villifying-kaepernick/

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  5. Anonymous8:49 AM

    LOL!!!

    Trump Addresses Empty Church As African-American Photo-Op Backfires In Detroit

    Donald Trump's appearance at an African-American church in Detroit went wrong, as the congregation rejected Trump by not showing up to hear him speak.

    http://www.politicususa.com/2016/09/03/trump-addresses-empty-church-african-american-photo-op-backfires-detroit.html

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  6. Anonymous8:52 AM

    Wonder what will become of Shepard Smith? Will he have to turn in his key to the men's restroom?

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    1. Anonymous9:15 AM

      Hopefully he will find a good place to go - kind of doubt it will be Trump TV.

      Pat Padrnos

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    2. Anonymous4:07 PM

      Shep's in a different category than the opinion talent like O'Reilly, Hannity, Kelly, GVS. He's under Jay Wallace in news, not Bill Shine in programming. He's the managing news editor, not just a news reader. Why should he leave? If some of the others clear the decks, he'd probably get his primetime news show back.

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  7. Anonymous8:54 AM

    You can't tell me that these girls didn't realize this sort of behavior came with the territory. Doesn't make it right, but when you are contractually obligated to wear a short skirt, there's something on set called a "leg cam" and your desk is transparent so that viewers can see your legs then you can't be too surprised when things go a step further. Their contracts themselves were full of over sexual aggression, if not actual physical harassment.

    These girls outright lied rather than report the actual news, they helped foment the hate that is surrounding us and pretty much just played the "big-haired bimbo in a short low-cut dress" in order to earn their astronomical paychecks.

    Forgive me if I feel zero sympathy. They willingly got into bed with these patriarchal overlords. You can't tell me they were surprised by what happened under the covers.

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    1. Dr Torres9:32 AM

      I agree. It doesn't excuse the harassment but all of these women played along until things got out of control. Megyn Kelly is the worst of the lot.

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    2. I agree that "the Kvetchen' Gretchen" finally realized her own long range agenda by recording Ailes, but up until then had bought the whole thing hook, line and sinker. Remember that her previous employment ended with an exposure of an ongoing extramarital affair so it is not like she was in an atmosphere over her offended sensibilities. Hopefully, she has not represented MN by demonstrating little actual Scandinavian intelligence other than knowing how to record.
      As for Kelly,"Meh." She is a barracuda. Also, too.

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    3. Anonymous10:52 AM

      "They should have known better. They're responsible too"

      Bullshit. That's what ignorant people say when women get raped. It's offensive and off base. They they to make the victim responsibile instead of the man who violated them.

      Agreeing to wear a particular "uniform" or costume while performing your job is not an invitation for or agreement to sexual harassment by the man who pays your check.

      We don't like FoxNews and its ideology, but no women deserves to be subjected to disgusting, oppressive behavior like Ailes' when they're just trying to build a career and feed their family. We want dignity for all women in the workplace, not just the ones we like.

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    4. Anonymous11:00 AM

      The "girls" were bait for the Viagra generation that watches Faux news. They had to have known it. When I was a young woman, I knew when men were zoning in on my goodies. If you wanted respect Fox news wasn't for you if you were a woman. All that did for the image of women was set us back to the days like that movie, 9 to 5 when men were like that character that Dabney Coleman portrayed. The Fox women have a lot to make up for as they were going along with Ailes just to further themselves. Now, they cry wolf? How long has he been groping at them? And Megyn Kelly wants us to believe she is a strong woman? No, I believe they knew on some deep level that there was something wrong with the network from day one. And if crazy misogynistic Donald is going to start a Right Network it won't get any better. All of a sudden there will be young model types shipped in complimentary of Putin to tell us the weather. And they won't have valid work visas. Same of the same old. Different dickhead, different networks. Yawn.

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    5. Anonymous12:25 PM

      They were going along with it? Speaking out after years because Carlson opened the gate is "Now they cry wolf"?

      Surely you're not a woman saying that. We so often hear about women being harassed and abused for years before they had the courage to speak out about it. You think they went along with it? Do you believe Jaycee Dugard was "going along with it" while the Garridos raped her and imprisoned? She never tried to escape. Do you think she has "a lot to make up for"?

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    6. 66gardeners12:41 PM

      Victims of sexual abuse commonly fail to report it until much later is all I have to say.

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  8. Anonymous9:17 AM

    O/T
    What kind of Facebook journalist is Sarah Palin

    Sarah Palin missed posting this story


    Santa Clara Police Union Threatens Boycott of 49ers Games Over Kaepernick Protest

    By Ian Cull

    Read entire post at
    http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Santa-Clara-Police-Officers-Association-May-Boycott-Working-49ers-Games-392214541.html


    From the police union letter:

    The members of the Santa Clara Police Officers? Association (SCPOA) have a long history of working with the San Francisco 49ers organization. This relationship was greatly expanded with the construction of Levi’s stadium. Our officers and 49er employees have worked incredibly well together to create a safe and enjoyable environment for guests and employees. This partnership has made Levi?s stadium the premier sports venue in the world as evident in the extremely successful Super Bowl 50 operation. Unfortunately, some recent actions by a 49ers employee have threatened our harmonious working relationship. On August 26, 2016, prior to the start ofthe 49er pre?season football game at Levi’s stadium, on duty 49er employee Colin Kaepernick made the decision to exercise his right of free expression and not stand to honor the National Anthem. This expression caught the attention of the media. Following the game, your employee explained to the media that his actions were an attempt to get public attention to the oppression of African Americans and minorities in the United States by police officers. Your employee then insinuated that police officers are being placed on paid leave for murdering minorities. This statement is obviously insulting, inaccurate and completely unsupported by any facts.

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    1. Anonymous11:05 AM

      There are plenty of off duty police officers from all over that will gladly work those games and get the high hourly pay when they do, the whining cops screwed themselves.

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  9. Anonymous9:26 AM

    From the police union letter:

    The members of the Santa Clara Police Officers? Association (SCPOA) have a long history of working with the San Francisco 49ers organization. This relationship was greatly expanded with the construction of Levi’s stadium. Our officers and 49er employees have worked incredibly well together to create a safe and enjoyable environment for guests and employees. This partnership has made Levi?s stadium the premier sports venue in the world as evident in the extremely successful Super Bowl 50 operation. Unfortunately, some recent actions by a 49ers employee have threatened our harmonious working relationship. On August 26, 2016, prior to the start ofthe 49er pre?season football game at Levi’s stadium, on duty 49er employee Colin Kaepernick made the decision to exercise his right of free expression and not stand to honor the National Anthem. This expression caught the attention of the media. Following the game, your employee explained to the media that his actions were an attempt to get public attention to the oppression of African Americans and minorities in the United States by police officers. Your employee then insinuated that police officers are being placed on paid leave for murdering minorities. This statement is obviously insulting, inaccurate and completely unsupported by any facts.

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    1. Anonymous10:37 AM

      Oh brother. A guy exercises his freedom of speech/expression and cops are going to walk out over it. Like he's the first guy in American to point out/complain about the disparity in the way non-whites experience our criminal justice system. Their job is to protect and serve everybody, including people they don't agree with. What a bunch of whiny ass titty babies. Do your job or get into another line of work.

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  10. Anonymous9:28 AM

    Voting Rights for Women Should Be Revoked According to How They Obtain Their Birth Control, Says Author of ‘Handbook for the Trump Revolution’

    http://www.alternet.org/election-2016/trump-ally-urges-revoking-voting-rights-poor-and-certain-women

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  11. Anonymous9:56 AM

    Sarah Palin you and Bristol are coming across as anti African-American.

    You and Bristol have attacked our president with nonsense since 2008, you and Bristol has chosen to crusade against Black Lives Matter and now Sarah Palin has chosen another African-American to whip and that is Colin Kaepernick. Sarah is quick to pound her fingers on her Facebook keyboard against Colin but is hesitant to tell the people what she has recently learned.

    Internet:
    'Take it a Step Further': 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick Says He'll Donate $1 Million to Community Organizations

    San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick said he wants to do more than just sit on a bench or take a knee during the national anthem.
    On Thursday night, after a victorious preseason game against the San Diego Chargers, Kaepernick told reporters he planned to give the first $1 million he earns this year to unnamed community organizations."I am planning to take it a step further," he told reporters. "I'm currently working with organizations to be involved and making sure I'm actively in these communities as well as donating the first million dollars that I make this year to different organizations to help these communities and help these people."

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  12. Anonymous10:14 AM

    I decided to check twitter for TrumpTV:

    Trumptv it's coming. Where the conspiracist can have a voice. The Fringe network run by the brightest people.

    Fake campaign outreach,fake campaign offices,fake GOTV, fake crime stats, only logical conclusion FAKE CANDIDATE #trumptv

    It's been a long time since I believed Trump wanted to win this election (if I ever did). It's all been a giant ad for TrumpTV.

    Trump's post election loss plan: TrumpTV or: Why @seanhannity has been polishing Trump's cock for months: He wants a JOB.

    Trump has turned @MSNBC @CNNPolitics @FoxNews @NBCNews @ABC @CBSNews into a network of reality TV stations aka #TrumpTV

    That story is mind-boggling. Possibility of TrumpTV cable channel after losing WH bid could decimate Fox News.

    So many fools being fooled by "The Art of the Con". Note to viewers:Trump Reality Show ends Nov 8. TrumpTV starts in 2017!

    The End Is Near For Fox News As Network Faces A Bloodbath If Trump Loses via @politicususa http://www.politicususa.com/2016/09/02/fox-news-network-faces-bloodbath-trump-loses-election.html … #TrumpTV

    Wow former Trump Hispanic adviser Jacob Monty, who resigned, says it's now clear Trump "doesn't want to win," campaign just a "media play."

    Well now we know what Sarah Palin is holding out for - #TrumpTV

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    1. Anonymous10:46 AM

      Nice pipe dream, but it won't last. I'll give it a year before it goes bankrupt.

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    2. Anonymous12:08 PM

      10:46am

      I hate to burst your bubble but if Mrs. Clinton is elected in November, and granted, it's a long shot, but if she is there are going to be a lot of pissed off Trump supporters that will tune into his network 24/7 just to keep the hate going.

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  13. Anonymous10:16 AM

    Gretchen Carlson is a bad ass?

    Michele Bachmann was one of her childhood nannies!

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2009/10/25/gops_new_lightning_rod_98864.html

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  14. Anonymous10:17 AM

    Coming to a station near you: Donald Trump's Stormfront TV

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  15. Anonymous10:33 AM

    You'd reconsider your dislike for Megyn because she didn't come forward or encourage others to do the same until she realized she could use it for leverage in her stalled contract negotiation?

    That was about filling Meggy-Meg's wallet, not doing the right thing.

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    1. 66gardeners12:48 PM

      Whatever. It doesn't make the harassment legitimate.

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  16. Ya know? FOX is self imploding just like the grifter/gypsy palin! This is the REAL reality tv show!! Hahahhaha. I laugh every time Gryphen posts another update. We waited a long time for this, didn't we?? THIS. This is poetic justice served up with a side of karma!

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    1. Anonymous12:36 PM

      Sarah the wanna be tv star is rooting for Fox to implode for dumping her. She's confident her face will be on TrumpTV in some capacity. In her mind it's a win-win situation whether he loses the presidential race or not.

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    2. 66gardeners12:49 PM

      That's what I saying. Fox News and the Republican Party will decimated by the end of the year.

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  17. Anonymous10:43 AM

    BREAKING NEWS - I LOVE THE BLACKS

    "For centuries, the African-American church has been the conscience of this country. So true,"
    -Donald Trump

    CNN:
    Trump brings message of unity to black church in Detroit

    .... Sitting in a pew at the front of the congregation, Trump took a selfie with a church member and at one point held up a baby over his shoulders (I LOVE THE BLACKS PHOTO OP?). He then addressed the congregation....

    Read more at
    http://www.cnn.com/2016/09/03/politics/donald-trump-black-voters-detroit/index.html

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  18. Anonymous10:48 AM

    Makes me wonder the real reason why Elisabeth quit.

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  19. Anonymous10:51 AM

    If Donald wins, I hope he doesn't, then we hear him over and over. It's going to be torture. Pure hell. We had to live with George W. and he wanted to take us to world war three just so he and his could profit. Now children are being bombed by some idiot overseas and ISIS exists. Putin has a hand in this and that, like the predator he is as he takes this opportunity to take advantage when and where he can. (Assholian, that)
    Now, if Donald doesn't win the the Republicans will continue on making this big bubble over themselves where only they and their opinions exist. I've seen this demeanor in some Republicans in our state where they would sit in the same room with you and not acknowledge you. They need us, but they hate us. (Democrats, women, slightly less white skin, and poor people) The Sarah's are convinced that God meant them to be the owners of this world. It's a doctrine they've ingested since birth, and it's deeply ingrained. Donald was raised by a bigot, and he's not changing. Ailes was raised by his father Jabba the Hut, and that's not changeable. Rupurt Murdock, Putin, Assange, those people are foreigners and I don't know why they have some say in our way of doing things, other than for the fact that on a capitalistic way consumers have sold out to Murdoch by way of watching his network and reading his tabloids. Other than that why is Putin secretly trying to manipulate our politics? Is he trying to take us forty years back too? Like the Donald who is trying to catapult us back to the fifties when just white men owned the world in all their glory. Then the civil rights happened, then women's movement happened. No, please people, let's move forward as it should be. Not backwards. Let's vote Hillary and leave Donald and CO. to stew in their hate of America for another four years.

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  20. Anonymous10:59 AM

    OT
    The Blacks, they sure do love me!


    The Hill
    September 03, 2016 - 01:49 PM EDT

    Protesters chant 'go home Trump' as he leaves Detroit church

    Protestors outside of Great Faith Ministries church in Detroit chanted "go home Trump" as the Republican nominee was leaving from his visit to the predominantly black church on Saturday.

    Read more at
    http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/presidential-races/294407-protesters-chant-go-home-trump-as-he-leaves-detroit


    Does anybody know why Melania didn't go to a black church? Those blacks love them some Slovenian women.

    The Slovenia women saying,

    ONCE YOU GO BLACK YOU WON'T GO BACK

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    1. Anonymous11:16 AM

      Melania: O rly? Once you go black you won't go back?

      Black man: Yo rly. Unless of course you find a rich white suga baby's daddy.

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    2. Anonymous12:11 PM

      I knew women who tried out "black men" just to piss off their parents or whatever, but really, I don't know anyone that's actually made a relationship outside of their race, either black or white. They do it to a prove point and then realize they have very little in common, at least the ones that I've known.

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    3. 66gardeners12:56 PM

      Let me get this straight 12:11, you don't know any mixed race couples? How old are you?

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    4. Anonymous1:33 PM

      @ anon 12:11pm
      Well in my family we have many biracial marriages
      Mom and Dad 55 yrs ( until my Mom's death)
      Of their 9 children 9 are in biracial marriages running from 38 yrs up to 49 yrs
      Of the grandkids so far 14 are in biracial marriages and of the great grandkids there are 3 so far.And none of us did it to "make a point".

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    5. Anonymous1:34 PM

      @ 66 gardeners
      I think 12:11pm lives in an all white trailer par and doesn't get out much.

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  21. Anonymous11:08 AM

    As longh as Hillary schlongs Cheeto Jesus I don't care what "business" he goes into, although I would have preferred that he crawled back under a rock never to be heard from again.

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  22. Anonymous11:17 AM

    If Trump starts a network of lies, then we are in trouble. First of all, most of us Americans are idiots. We've been spoonfed the Kardashians, the Teen moms, Survivors, American Ninjas, and the Alaska Bush people. I was in line at Fred Meyers one day and this guy from Hawaii was just gushing about that movie about alien abduction in Nome. I got in on the conversation and told him that was Hollywood not reality. He didn't want to hear it. It made him happier to think that aliens came and kidnapped us. When I was on Montana ten years back and the lights went out people started whispering "terrorist". See? People are happier if it's not reality based fears that they have. My own kid thinks it would be a better world if we had one night of Purge, like the movie. I get worried about this cuz she gives me the evil eye when she sez it. See, our children are who Trump wants. No one younger than us are discerning, nor do they read up on world history, and as Carl Sagan once said, in fact wrote a book on, we lived in a demon haunted world. Donald is playing on that. He knows where the money is. Even tho he keeps going bankrupt, he's a playa.

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    1. Anonymous12:04 PM

      American Ninja Warrior doesn't deserve to be lampooned with the rest of your reality crap shows.

      These are people that train hard, do amazing physical feats and most are rock climbers and fantastic examples of healthy fit people.

      That show should do nothing but inspire people to be better, do better and get off the couch and go to the gym.

      And as far as Montana goes, well, you have to admit a year of "Purge" probably wouldn't fix that place ;-)

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  23. Anonymous11:27 AM

    Taco truck joins in protests against Donald Trump's Detroit visit

    www.mlive.com/news/index.ssf/2016/09/detroit_taco_truck_spices_up_d.html

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  24. 66gardeners12:37 PM

    So, does this mean that the Trump Network now will be the sexual-harassment network capital of the world, beating out Fox?

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    1. Anonymous1:22 PM

      Beating out?

      Isn't that what Billo does in the shower with a loofah?

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  25. Anonymous12:55 PM

    Again as I've said about a million times -- if he tries to start a tv station, it will fail because he will never, ever, ever get any sponsors other than from right wing political organizations and Menards. Advertising on Trump TV will be a nice way to get boycotted by women's groups, Latinos and African-Americans. Not a lot of companies are going to take that risk.

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    1. Anonymous2:08 PM

      Great point, anon 12:55. I would be an active sponsor boycott warrior. Not just no - but HELL NO - to anyone who would have anything to do with Trump Trash TeeVee. I would make it my new life's mission to ensure that endeavor has fewer sponsors than a community cable channel in Quinihak, Alaska.

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  26. Skanky Palin's silence on this matter is damning.

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  27. AKRNHSNC2:12 PM

    Regarding a Trump TV Network, please remember, IF YOU CAN, Trump Magazine, Trump Vodka, Trump Mortgage, Trump Airlines, Trump Taj Mahal, Trump Plaza, Trump Institute, Trump University, Trump Steaks and even more importantly, the debacle that Trump is currently running, the Trump campaign. Enough said about the future of a Trump Network.

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  28. Anonymous5:17 PM

    What'll happen to Greta Van Mushmouth? I doubt she's Aile's "type", and what news network would want her? Anyway, Good Riddance, Fox news, and ta ta Trump TV. Melania can only do so much copying and pasting in a day, just saying.

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  29. Anonymous3:48 PM

    While I'm glad to see Fox outed as the misogynist shit show they are, I don't feel any great admiration for these women. They all got rich spewing hate and lies before they suddenly found their spines.

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