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Saturday, December 16, 2017

Murdoch’s Boot-Licking Of Trump Pays Off

Reprinted with permission from MediaMatters.

Rupert Murdoch, the 86-year-old conservative mogul who heads Fox News and The Wall Street Journal, is attempting to reshape his sprawling media empire in a way that could vastly expand his role in U.S. political life.

Murdoch’s greatest asset in that endeavor is President Donald Trump, whom Murdoch has cultivated by serving as his informal adviser and giving him fawning coverage through his news outlets. That effort now appears to be bearing fruit.

Yesterday, the White House publicly signed off on a deal that would allow Murdoch to refocus his holdings on news programming, while Trump’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC) took a step that would allow Murdoch to dramatically expand those holdings.…

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The GOP’s 10 Biggest Social Media Blunders Of 2017

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

 

It’s hard to avoid the yearly recaps that spring up every December. From the ubiquitous lists of celebrity deaths to recaps of the top Twitter hashtags, countdowns are everywhere as the new year approaches. But it’s worth considering another one, for no other reason than that 2017 has left many of us fatigued by the GOP’s atrocious behavior and numb to ongoing offenses. The following Republican social media blunders range from amusingly bizarre to those that painfully reveal the true cruelty of GOP leaders.

Let’s start with the more humorous gaffes, because let’s face it, it’s been a rough year and we could all use a laugh.…

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