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(The Daily Beast)   Fox News wonders when masks "got political," clearly hasn't been paying attention to own network   (thedailybeast.com) divider line
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2020-07-03 9:17:26 AM  
Well, yeah. Fox is like a garbage scow. You can't just reverse course on a dime
 
2020-07-03 9:35:19 AM  
fark them. They can't be allowed to forget that they helped cause this problem by mocking the single most effective method of preventing the spread of this disease
 
2020-07-03 9:36:10 AM  
It's their usual pivot using lies and gaslighting.   It's not the first time they've pretended they were part of the problem.   It wont be the last.
 
2020-07-03 10:14:10 AM  
It would be absolutely hilarious to watch them try to walk this back if it wasn't go dammed tragic that they helped it happen in the first place.
 
2020-07-03 10:14:31 AM  
The Right is at the beginning of co-opting mask wearing as their idea. Like Pence now wearing one and Abbott and Rubio advocating them.
 
2020-07-03 10:29:29 AM  
The party has always advocated wearing masks

-Winston Smith
 
2020-07-03 10:29:32 AM  

Urmuf Hamer: Well, yeah. Fox is like a garbage scow. You can't just reverse course on a dime


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2020-07-03 10:29:34 AM  
Called it.

/always been at war with Eastasia
 
2020-07-03 10:30:04 AM  
Ha ha! Wait until they wear masks, triggering the psychochemicalistic chain reaction that turns all mask wearers into libs! The plan is working! Make everyone wear masks!
 
2020-07-03 10:30:09 AM  
I'm 42 years old and got a random zit on my nose.  So I'm glad to be wearing a mask.  Everywhere.  Even at home, because looking in the mirror is painful.
 
2020-07-03 10:30:55 AM  

Badmoodman: The Right is at the beginning of co-opting mask wearing as their idea. Like Pence now wearing one and Abbott and Rubio advocating them.


As long as they wear them, I don't care.
 
2020-07-03 10:31:45 AM  
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2020-07-03 10:32:22 AM  
Since a lot of their viewership are older with declining mental faculties (like my parents), they can say something different every day.
 
2020-07-03 10:34:08 AM  
Trump will come out in a week or two and say "I've been asking states to mandate masks this whole time and to do more testing, we've already been doing more testing than anyone but I said I want more, because most people don't know about this, but the more you test the faster you can resolve the issue, the fake news media won't tell you that"
 
2020-07-03 10:34:23 AM  
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2020-07-03 10:35:02 AM  

Badmoodman: The Right is at the beginning of co-opting mask wearing as their idea. Like Pence now wearing one and Abbott and Rubio advocating them.


I don't even f*cking care at this point. They can pretend they invented masks altogether if they start wearing them and stop jeopardizing the health of the country.
 
2020-07-03 10:35:03 AM  
Fox News, Twitter and facebook will be the downfall of civilization, well, the US at least.
 
2020-07-03 10:36:45 AM  

Badmoodman: The Right is at the beginning of co-opting mask wearing as their idea. Like Pence now wearing one and Abbott and Rubio advocating them.


I'd like to believe they're finally taking this shiat seriously and they want to prevent more deaths, but it's probably more to do with polls over how badly they're handling this and fear for how it will negatively impact them when states have to shut down again.
 
2020-07-03 10:38:37 AM  

holdmybones: Badmoodman: The Right is at the beginning of co-opting mask wearing as their idea. Like Pence now wearing one and Abbott and Rubio advocating them.

I don't even f*cking care at this point. They can pretend they invented masks altogether if they start wearing them and stop jeopardizing the health of the country.


True, but it matters because they will do what they always do, which is try to flip the script on Democrats in the next election.  The GOP has killed thousands of Americans with their recklessness and they will deflect the blame in order t stay in power, and that is a HUGE risk to all of us.

Which is why they can't be allowed to get away with their lies.
 
2020-07-03 10:41:54 AM  

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2020-07-03 10:42:05 AM  
The reason; your President.

If Republicans could change their stupid bullheaded stance on masks and being farking Nazis it might mean that our political system has not entered it's terminal stage.

We are on our sixth party system, if we flip it to a permanent minority system for Republicans as number seven it would only need to be long enough for them to moderate their views.

I think we would all appreciate the minor unhappiness that comes from compromise.
 
2020-07-03 10:47:22 AM  
That's so weird to see some on the right coming around to accept science and expert advice and reality after a period of rejection. That is not normal, I wonder what triggered it.
 
2020-07-03 10:48:10 AM  
Fox News: wearing masks is for liberal whimps who hate America!

... many deaths later ...

Fox News: why oh why did the Democrats make us politicize wearing masks ?!?
 
2020-07-03 10:51:35 AM  

nytmare: That's so weird to see some on the right coming around to accept science and expert advice and reality after a period of rejection. That is not normal, I wonder what triggered it.


131k dead, combined with a significant case surge in traditionally red states. Basically, it's starting to affect them personally so now they care about mitigation strategies (some of them, anyway, and somewhat half-heartedly at the moment.)
 
2020-07-03 10:55:15 AM  
No. Fox News should be hauled away AS *looks up thread*....
Dammit.
 
2020-07-03 10:56:37 AM  
It's my day off but can someone collect all of the statements that F&F made politicizing masks and mask-wearers and set the compilation to Lies by the Thompson Twins?

They shouldn't be allowed to squirm out of this so easily. Letting them lie and gaslight their viewers is what got us here, and if we just say "at least their advocating masks now" and forget all the harm they did, they'll just keep doing it and then Half Scoop will be president-elect in 2024 and that will really start to put a dent in the Ship of State.
 
2020-07-03 10:58:55 AM  

eviljimbo: Fox News, Twitter and facebook will be the downfall of civilization, well, the US at least.


They're just the catalysts.  Forming a Fox tribe for those too weak to fit into a real social group -- same for Twitter and Facebook -- that's the real downfall.
 
2020-07-03 11:03:05 AM  
FOX News is the premiere propaganda source for antiAmerican fifth column filth, aka conservatives.

Rain ruin on them all.
 
2020-07-03 11:05:23 AM  
Most of these morons dont "believe" in science
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Wear a damned mask!
 
2020-07-03 11:07:42 AM  
How many of them are still working from home?

They are litterally the Network promoting people getting infected and dying
 
2020-07-03 11:08:52 AM  
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I'm confused. Face masks and personal safety has become political? How did that happen?
 
2020-07-03 11:09:09 AM  
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2020-07-03 11:11:31 AM  

Badmoodman: The Right is at the beginning of co-opting mask wearing as their idea. Like Pence now wearing one and Abbott and Rubio advocating them.


"You know, it was really the Democrat Party that was telling folks not to wear masks, blaming it on Trump was a lie concocted by the Soros funded LIEberal media. Study it out, sheeple!"

And then the media will run stories with headlines like "Do Democrats Secretly Oppose Masks?" or "Sources Say Trump Always Wears Mask, Just Not in Public" and the American people will eat it up like pigs at the trough.
 
2020-07-03 11:16:59 AM  

nytmare: That's so weird to see some on the right coming around to accept science and expert advice and reality after a period of rejection. That is not normal, I wonder what triggered it.


The mayor of the small town I live in Oregon just posted a long, whiny rant because the state wouldn't allow a public fireworks show tomorrow.  The thing went viral at least in this state, with every mouth-breathing right-winger sharing it.

It was a nauseating ode to "freedom" including an apology for not wasting the city's resources fighting the ban on fireworks in court.  Gee, thanks, I guess for not doing something that would be stupid to begin with?

He clearly is positioning himself for higher office.  It's funny because one of his shticks is that republicans should concentrate on local quality of life issues, but he never misses a beat to MAGA the shiat out of city issues.

I kept thinking when I was reading it that "dude, you're missing the pivot."  The writing is on the wall the the GOP will be claiming social distancing and PPE issues as their own.  They lost the debate (which shouldn't have been a debate in the first place) which always means they'll just lie and assert they were always on the right side of an issue, we just didn't understand.
 
2020-07-03 11:19:35 AM  
"So, if I'm going to imprison you or fine you for not wearing a mask, why can't I hold you down and vaccinate you against the flu this fall?" Gowdy grumbled. "I mean, you don't want the flu and COVID-19, so can I involuntarily vaccinate you?"

Hey. Good news Gowdy, you eraserhead looking farkwit "lawyer". The state government CAN force you to get a vaccine.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacobso​n​_v._Massachusetts#:~:text=Jacobson%20v​.%20Massachusetts%2C%20197%20U.S.,poli​ce%20power%20of%20the%20state.

Now put on your mask and STFU.
 
2020-07-03 11:23:24 AM  

lordjupiter: holdmybones: Badmoodman: The Right is at the beginning of co-opting mask wearing as their idea. Like Pence now wearing one and Abbott and Rubio advocating them.

I don't even f*cking care at this point. They can pretend they invented masks altogether if they start wearing them and stop jeopardizing the health of the country.

True, but it matters because they will do what they always do, which is try to flip the script on Democrats in the next election.  The GOP has killed thousands of Americans with their recklessness and they will deflect the blame in order t stay in power, and that is a HUGE risk to all of us.

Which is why they can't be allowed to get away with their lies.


I don't disagree that they'll do that, but they'd do it no matter what. Reality has nothing to do with their actions. At least this way we get to hopefully move on from this sooner.
 
2020-07-03 11:23:27 AM  
I can't imainge why

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2020-07-03 11:24:57 AM  
I always remember how the World Wrestling Federation Entertainment had to, when pushed on its non-profit tax status, admit it was staged entertainment.

Instead of targeting fox news channel, pass legislation that requires news and information channels on TV, internet, terrestrial and satellite radio, and social media and any other media to hold to fact-based reporting. For example, if FNC or OANN want to program commentary, it would fall outside the purpose of their channel and be limited to less than 1% of their programming day, and no more than two consecutive minutes at a time. That means a 24-hour news channel has 14.4 minutes per day to provide editorial comments.

And if one of the on-air newscasters sway from the facts without calling out what they're saying as opinion, it counts against the 14.4 minutes.

Sounds draconian, but would you rather have boring, factual news without the sensationalism or 131k dead and counting?

These assholes have a body count in the name of ratings.

And as for the tucker carlsons and heil ingrahams and trumps* out there, you'll discover that opportunistic chumps with no moral compass will move on to something else once they find their uninformed diatribes won't bring them attention and/or ratings.

And as for First Amendment rights, there's always public spaces like Trafalgar Square. Let 'em stand on actual soap boxes for once and plead their case if they feel strongly enough.

Again, most of these folks do what they do for paychecks, not principle.
 
2020-07-03 11:36:01 AM  
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2020-07-03 11:43:11 AM  
Alex Castellanos, a veteran Republican strategist, said the divide over whether to cover one's face is, like many things in the Trump era, political.
"Mask-wearing has become a totem, a secular religious symbol," Castellanos said. "Christians wear crosses, Muslims wear a hijab, and members of the Church of Secular Science bow to the Gods of Data by wearing a mask as their symbol, demonstrating that they are the elite; smarter, more rational, and morally superior to everyone else."
 
2020-07-03 12:10:39 PM  

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A good chunk of the Trumpists would gladly do so.
 
2020-07-03 12:23:32 PM  
You mean Fox News thinks the virus is real??? When did this happen?
 
2020-07-03 12:25:40 PM  
self pwnage
 
2020-07-03 12:28:15 PM  

Sofa King Smart: Alex Castellanos, a veteran Republican strategist, said the divide over whether to cover one's face is, like many things in the Trump era, political.
"Mask-wearing has become a totem, a secular religious symbol," Castellanos said. "Christians wear crosses, Muslims wear a hijab, and members of the Church of Secular Science bow to the Gods of Data by wearing a mask as their symbol, demonstrating that they are the elite; smarter, more rational, and morally superior to everyone else."


Trump and company could've easily manufactured a bunch of masks to wear with campaign swag printed on them, not just MAGA and KAG, but all sorts of derogatory crap towards "Sleepy Joe", "Nasty Nancy", "That Woman in Michigan", "Lock Her Up!", etc. Third party vendors could have made a bunch of III%, Confederate flag, "Don't Tread on Me", "MOLON LABE", etc. masks in addition to that, and advertised it as a way to show your white American pride. They'd be doing the right thing in addition to pissing off the liberals, and it wouldn't be like liberals could do anything about them for wearing them. But they can't even get stigginit right anymore.
 
2020-07-03 12:42:03 PM  
Next on FOX: Did We RE-Open too Early? Why did Governors go against Trump's suggestions for caution?
 
2020-07-03 12:44:55 PM  

Sofa King Smart: Alex Castellanos, a veteran Republican strategist, said the divide over whether to cover one's face is, like many things in the Trump era, political.
"Mask-wearing has become a totem, a secular religious symbol," Castellanos said. "Christians wear crosses, Muslims wear a hijab, and members of the Church of Secular Science bow to the Gods of Data by wearing a mask as their symbol, demonstrating that they are the elite; smarter, more rational, and morally superior to everyone else."


It's always interesting to see people who interact with the world like animals do, seeing everything in terms of signs and rituals and rejecting the idea that things could be done because of the actual consequences. Though it's amazing that he is one of the very few people with enough awareness to admit that Christian symbols exist only to identify you as a member of the group rather than being magical talismans.
 
2020-07-03 3:55:19 PM  

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Yup, those repulsive farkers can fark the fark right the fark off.

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