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August 27, 2016 - 9:30am
The business community is not impressed with Donald Trump, and seem to be desperately looking for the nearest exit. Today they worry that Donald Trump will cause a global recession. And this isn't a one-off, given that previous reports have also suggested dark economic outcomes from a Trump presidency.
"The election of Donald Trump as President of the United States could lead to chaos in markets and increased policy uncertainty that tip the world into recession, according to Citigroup Inc.," Bloomberg reported Thursday.
Explaining that William Buiter "has been warning of a global recession for nearly a year, though he previously saw a deceleration in Chinese growth as the proximate cause," Bloomberg quotes Buiter's current theory on Trump:
"A Trump victory in particular could prolong and perhaps exacerbate policy uncertainty and deliver a shock (though perhaps short-lived) to financial markets," writes a team led by Chief Economist Willem Buiter. "Tightening financial conditions and further rises in uncertainty could trigger a significant slowdown in U.S., but also global growth."
Reports showing that the economy would weaken significantly under Trump's policies aren't new. In June, a Moody's analysis warned that during Trump's first term we would reduce employment by 3.5 million jobs and a heavy recession would hit the nation.
The Wall Street Journal wrote up the Moody's analysis and reported additionally that the tax plan wouldn't help:
Trump's tax plan would lower tax rates across the board and limit some deductions. The Tax Policy Center, a project of the Urban Institute and Brookings Institution, said the plan would cut federal revenues by $9.5 trillion, while the Tax Foundation, a think tank that favors lower taxes, said the plan would cost $10 trillion over a decade, even after assuming higher economic growth.
In June, a Forbes opinion column tried desperately to make the case that while the reports on Trump's economic policies were bad, it didn't matter. Sure, the outcome is still bad, but not as bad as the reports claim, the author Tim Worstall posited, because presidents don't get everything their way with budgets.
"The outcome still is not good for the simple reason that parts of those economic plans are not good," Worstall wrote. "Shrug, that's what happens with bad economic policy. But those outcomes are nowhere near as bad as is being generally bandied about when people make the incorrect assumption that Trump would get what he asked for."
Still, this is not a great campaign slogan: "A Trump presidency will be bad, but don't worry, Congress will stop him from making it a total disaster!"
On August 17, Citigroup's William Lee suggested that the odds of a recession would be much higher under Trump. Speaking to CNBC's Power Lunch, Lee said, "All of his trade policies may not only cause the lowering of our imports but it could cause retaliation on the part of our exporters and so that could contract trade. We think that would be the source of a recession sooner than later under Trump."
The real point here is that Donald Trump's economic policies are just as bad as his border policy and his banning Muslims policies.
It's just that people are used to Republican tax plans doing the opposite of what they claim, so it's no shock that Trump's plan would cost trillions in lost revenues and even with alleged growth factored in, would cost $10 trillion over a decade. So much for trickle down.
That's a lot of money to spend to reduce employment by 3.5 million and cause a global recession. We already tried this version of Making America Great Again and it was a horrifying failure that put the full burden of the mistake on the backs of the middle class and poor.
Thanks, but no thanks to Trickle Down Trump policies that help nobody but the wealthy.
Crazy Michele Bachmann Is Advising Donald Trump On Foreign Policy
August 27, 2016 - 8:30am
Former Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), who has claimed President Barack Obama's foreign policy would lead to the rapture, says she is advising Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on foreign policy.
Speaking to reporters outside a private fundraiser that Trump held in Minneapolis on Friday evening, the 2012 GOP presidential hopeful and tea party stalwart said she has known Trump for several years and supports his proposals to crack down on immigration and terrorism.
"He also recognizes there is a threat around the world, not just here in Minnesota, of radical Islam," she told Minnesota Public Radio. "I wish our President Obama also understood the threat of radical Islam and took it seriously."
Bachmann also serves on the real estate mogul's evangelical advisory board, working on outreach to conservative voters.
Last month, she warned that Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton would create certain destruction and catastrophic decline if elected president. She also celebrated Trump for his "1950s sensibilities and 1950s common sense," and argued that because he "gets and understands religious liberty," people of all faiths will be allowed to say "Merry Christmas" during a Trump presidency.
Like Trump, Bachmann is an avid conspiracy theorist. Last fall, when she visited Israel, she argued that there is violence and unrest in the country because Jesus is "coming soon." She warned Christians that they must convert as many people as possible, "even among the Jews."
In 2011, when Trump raised questions about whether Obama was born in the U.S., Bachmann was among the GOP lawmakers calling for the release of Obama's birth certificate.”
It was unclear why Trump was campaigning in Bachmann's home state; a GOP presidential nominee hasn't won there since 1972. While polling on Minnesota is limited, most results indicate that Clinton has a comfortable lead.
But during Friday's fundraiser, Trump claimed he has so many friends in the state and hopes to visit a lot, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
Donald Trump is campaigning in a bunch of States he can not win, States the GOP has not won in 20 years, or longer, which makes no sense and is a total waste of campaign money.
Investigation Exposes Trump As A Foreign Bank Owned Fraud
August 27, 2016 - 7:30am
The evidence is mounting that Donald Trump isn't as rich as he claims as an investigation into his business holdings revealed twice as much debt as he reported on his federal disclosure forms.
The New York Times looked into Trump's business interests and found a mountain of debt:
An investigation by The New York Times into the financial maze of Donald Trump's real estate holdings in the United States reveals that companies he owns have at least $650 million in debt -- twice the amount he reported in public filings he made as part of his bid for the White House.
The Times's inquiry also found that Trump's fortunes depend deeply on a wide array of financial backers, including one he has cited in attacks during his campaign.
For example, an office building on Avenue of the Americas in Manhattan, of which Trump is part owner, carries a $950 million loan. Among the lenders: the Bank of China, one of the largest banks in a country that Trump has railed against as an economic foe of the United States, and Goldman Sachs, a financial institution he has said controls Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee, after it paid her $675,000 in speaking fees.
The Trump campaign is definitely about an out of control ego who really believes his own self-created superhero status. The President Of The United States is the most famous person in the world, and Donald Trump craves that fame.
Donald Trump is also interested in making more money for himself, and if elected president, Trump would most likely use the powers of the office to enrich himself in ways that would make third world dictators envious.
Trump will never release his tax returns because they will confirm that the Trump empire is a house of cards built on debt, much of it to the same foreign countries that the Republican nominee promises to get tough on during his campaign speeches.
Trump is a fraud, and no matter how hard he tries to hide them, his secrets are leaking out as the presidential campaign moves forward. He will not release his taxes because it will show three things, that he is not as wealthy as he claims, that he pays almost no taxes, and that he gives very little of his own money to charity.
More Bad Poll News O'Reilly And Fox Have Ignored
August 26, 2016 - 9:30am
One of the most reliably Republican-leaning pollsters has released a new poll, and it shows Hillary Clinton beating Donald Trump.
The Rasmussen Reports weekly poll of the White House race has some bad news for Trump:
The latest weekly Rasmussen Reports White House Watch shows Trump losing ground: Clinton now holds a 42% to 38% lead among Likely U.S. Voters, up slightly from the 41% to 39% advantage she held a week ago.
In the latest survey, Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson again captures nine percent (9%) of the vote, while Green Party candidate Jill Stein picks up two percent (2%) support. Three percent (3%) like some other candidate and seven percent (7%) are undecided.
Rasmussen is one of most Republican-leaning pollsters in 538's rankings. Rasmussen's polls lean (+2) for Republicans, so if they have Hillary Clinton with a four-point lead, her lead is probably at least six points, which also happens to be the margin that Clinton leads Trump by in the Real Clear Politics national polling average.
It is impossible for O'Reilly and the Republicans to claim that the polls are biased against Trump when even polls that are usually friendly to Republicans, but they do it anyway, even when right-leaning polls like Rasmussen show Trump losing.
The Trump campaign has adopted the belief that there are millions of Trump voters who are not being counted by the polls. The Trump logic isn't that the polls are biased, but that the polls aren't counting these huge groups of invisible Trump supporters.
Which is the same thing they said in 2012, when Obama crushed Romney, they were wrong then and they are wrong now. But they just keep spinning out their tired right-wing media and polls are all biased nonsense.
The truth is that there is no great hidden mass of Trump supporters. Donald Trump is losing this election badly. Even the Republican-leaning polls can't avoid the fact that Trump is getting beat.
The fact that Donald Trump is losing the Rasmussen Poll is proof that the Republican nominee is closer to getting blown out than winning the White House.
Jeb Bush Calls Donald Trump Abhorrent And Disturbing
August 26, 2016 - 8:30am
During the GOP primary campaign, Donald Trump spent a lot of time calling Jeb Bush low-energy, but the former Florida governor was fired up on Thursday when he slammed the Republican nominee's recent behavior, specifically on the subject of immigration.
In an exchange on Rita Cosby's Election Central radio program, Bush talked about Trump's verbal waffling on immigration - even though his actual policy remains unchanged - and said it's impossible to know what Trump's views really are.
Bush said this:
I can only say that whatever his views are this morning, they might change this afternoon, and they were different than they were last night, and they'll be different tomorrow. So I can't comment on his views because his views seem to be ever changing depending on what crowd he's in front of. Sounds like a typical politician, by the way, all the things Donald Trump railed against, he seems to be morphing into.
I don't know what to believe about a guy who doesn't believe in things. I mean he doesn't, this is all a game. He doesn't, his views will change based on the feedback he gets from a crowd, or, you know, what he thinks he has to do. Life is too complex. For me, I couldn't do that.
I have to believe what I believe, and if it's popular, great, if it's not, I try to get better at presenting my views. But shifting my views because, because it's political to do it? That's what politicians do in this country, that's what Trump is trying to do right now. I find it abhorrent.
What Donald Trump has been doing lately is try to have it both ways.
He ridiculed Jeb Bush during the primary campaign for his stance on immigration, but he's now trying to adopt Bush's so-called low-energy tone, all while sticking closely to the same policies that his anti-immigrant base will applaud.
Trump claims to be the only non-politician in the race, but his behavior certainly indicates that he is doing political backflips to avoid losing any more support than he already has against Hillary Clinton.
Trump knows he is losing, so he's trying to con his way back into the race. If Jeb Bush's statements are any indication, his waffling isn't doing a very good job of winning back disaffected, moderate Republicans.
Here Is Something You Will Never See O'Reilly Or Fox Report
August 26, 2016 - 7:30am
CharityWatch gives the Clinton Foundation an A grade, the highest grade you can get, says it is "An Excellent Charity, And People Could Die If It Shuts Down."
The President Daniel Borochoff also said it's "Metrics Show They Have Good Governance And Accountability, Great Financial Efficiency, And Valuable, Important Programs That Help A Lot Of People."
Funny how O'Reilly and Fox just never mention any of that. O'Reilly even cites CharityWatch as his go to source to check the grade of a Charity before he gives them money. Except when it involves the Clintons, then he ignores all that and slams them for no reason.
Here is a partial transcript from CNN:
ASHLEIGH BANFIELD (HOST): In the philanthropic world the Clinton Foundation ranks about as high as can you get for a charity. GuideStar gave it a platinum rating, and CharityWatch gave it an A. Daniel Borochoff is the president of CharityWatch and he joins me live now from Chicago. Daniel, thanks for being with us. So, tell me how the foundation ranks compared to other nonprofits and why they get an A.
DANIEL BOROCHOFF: The Clinton Foundation is an excellent charity. They are able to get 88 percent of their spending to bona fide program services and their fundraising efficiency is really low. It only costs them $2 to raise $100. They're up there with other A charities such as Doctors Without Borders, Salvation Army, the American Red Cross. On the other hand, CharityWatch of course has F rated charities such as Feed the Children that's only able to get about 42 percent of their cash spending to bona fide program services.
BANFIELD: So, across the board, people in your business of rating these charities, who are not politically motivated, say it is stellar. And then you get this opinion piece in USA Today that was written today, saying, yes the Clinton Foundation supports many good works, notably the fight against HIV/AIDS. No, it is not the most corrupt enterprise in political history as Donald Trump is calling it, nor is there enough evidence of potential criminality to warrant appointment of the special prosecutor Trump is seeking.
But the only way to eliminate the odor surrounding the foundation is to wind it down and put it in mothballs, starting today, and transfer its important charitable work to another large American charity such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The political casualties of what some have called a scorched earth campaign against the Clinton Foundation, who's going be hurt the most?
BOROCHOFF: Well, the people, the millions of people that get reduced cost, reduced medical pills for like AIDS, and there's all kind of programs that they do that help millions of people, and people are going to die unless people get the help. Hopefully another group would take it on. But what I want to do for a second is, if you pull the election politics out of the equation here, it's a really good charity.
So people need to look at it apart from their political views, and it is a good charity, like the Carter Center is a good charity as well, that another former president founded. So you got to look at it from the metrics of they have good governance and accountability. They have great financial efficiency. They have valuable, important programs that help a lot of people in the world. Pull the politics out. Regardless of what you think about Hillary, the Clinton Foundation is an excellent charity.
Trump Has Pocketed 8 Million Dollars Of Donor Money While Running For President
August 25, 2016 - 10:30am
Donald Trump is living large on other people's money, he is taking millions of dollars that are supposed to be used to build his presidential campaign and instead giving it to his own companies.
The Washington Post reported this:
Trump has made frequent use of his properties in his presidential bid. In July, the campaign doled out $773,000 to reimburse various Trump-owned companies for expenses. The bulk of that went to TAG Air, the company that owns Trump's private planes.
In all, nearly $7.7 million has been paid out to Trump companies or Trump family members to cover campaign expenditures, the public filings show.
The Washington Post report is in line with a Huffington Post story that found that Trump has tripled the rent on his campaign offices in Trump now that donors to his campaign are footing the bill.
Presidential campaigns for profit have become a cottage industry in the Republican Party. Newt Gingrich, Alan Keyes, Herman Cain are just a few of the names who ran for president to boost their finances. The difference between the recent Republican presidential candidates for personal profit and Donald Trump is that none of them won the party's nomination, except for Trump.
Trump is a master of money funneling and debt manipulation. One of the most frequent questions asked about the Trump campaign is that if they aren't spending money on television ads, staffing, get out the vote operations, and other essentials needed for a successful presidential campaign, where is the money going?
The answer is that a healthy sum of it is going into Trump's own companies. The Trump campaign still hasn't released proof that Trump converted the $52 million that he loaned his campaign to donations, so it is likely that donors won't know the true extent of Trump's potential grifting until after the presidential election ends.
Republicans who give their money to Donald Trump in good faith are getting ripped off, as millions of dollars are finding their way into the Republican nominee's pocket.
Trump's New Scam: Put 5 People In An RV And Call It A Field Office
August 25, 2016 - 9:30am
Donald Trump's latest scheme to save money while running a presidential campaign is to put a few people in an RV throw some bumper stickers and lawn signs on it, and call it a field office in Florida.
There are several problems with Trump's latest ploy. First, how will the RV know where to go to reach potential Trump voters in Florida when the Trump campaign has no data operation? One suspects the Trump RV is going to hang out in the mall parking lot and wait for supporters to show up.
Secondly, this isn't how field offices work. A field office exists so that supporters and staff can come to a base of operations to work, volunteer, and get more information about the campaign. Having a "field office" that constantly moving is self-defeating.
As of about a week ago, Florida political experts were reporting that Trump has zero ground game in the state. Three RV's sitting at Arby's aren't going to change that. Hillary Clinton has at least 14 field offices in the state of Florida to Trump's one headquarters and three RVs.
Every move the Trump campaign makes sends the clear message that money matters more than winning. Unless he can make a buck off of it, Trump appears to insist on doing everything on the cheap.
RVs aren't field offices, and Donald Trump isn't running a real presidential campaign.
Trump Claims His Golf Courses Are Worth Millions: Until He Gets The Tax bill
August 25, 2016 - 8:30am
When Donald Trump submitted financial disclosure forms to election regulators, he bragged that his portfolio included some of the "finest and most iconic properties in the world."
Among them was Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter, Florida, which Trump valued at more than $50 million.
That came as a surprise to officials in Palm Beach County, where the golf course is located. A few months earlier, for the third straight year, Trump's attorney had gone to court to argue that, for the sake of calculating his tax bill, the property was worth "no more than $5 million."
A Washington Post review of local property records revealed the same pattern across most of Trump's U.S. golf courses. For eight of the 10 courses on which he pays taxes, Trump reported in his May filing to the Federal Election Commission that the courses were worth tens of millions of dollars even as his attorneys have pressed local tax officials to value the properties at a fraction of those amounts.
The contrasting figures add to the mystery surrounding Trump's personal finances, which have emerged as a campaign issue as he has refused to release his tax returns.
And they reflect what critics say is Trump's willingness to calibrate his wealth claims depending on the circumstances -- going high to impress voters and back up his claim that he is worth $10 billion, a figure questioned by many experts, and going lower to argue for smaller tax bills.
Thank god for the print media. The New York Times and the Washington Post are doing some good reporting on Trump. And as expected O'Reilly ignores it all, you never see this kind of news reported by O'Reilly, because he is a butt kissing Trump stooge, he just will not admit it because he is a dishonest fraud and a coward.
Trump Spent 4 Times More On Hats Than He Did On His Staff
August 25, 2016 - 7:30am
While Hillary Clinton and Democrats are actively organizing to get out voters in every state, Trump is spending more money on hats and merchandise than on staff and field organization.
Trump is spending more money on hats and merchandise than on staff and field organization.
Meanwhile, spending on the 84-person staff and field organizing barely increased from the previous month, to just $392,000 and $432,000, respectively. The campaign dropped much more -- $1.8 million -- on hats and other merchandise.
By comparison, the Clinton campaign in July spent $2.9 million on its 703-person payroll and $25.8 million on media.
It is easy to see why Trump is losing in nearly every battleground state and at risk of losing in traditional Republican strongholds. Donald Trump is not running a real presidential campaign. While Clinton is spending millions on staff, Trump is spending millions on hats and t-shirts.
Trump seems to believe that lots of hats and television appearances are all that it will take to win the White House.
Trump is losing because he is not building a campaign operation to get votes out to the polls. Unlike Democrats, it seems that Trump has no data operation to target voters who may support him. Trump's idea is that he holds rallies, goes on TV, sells some hats, and wins the White House.
Republicans are facing a potential blowout loss because Donald Trump is refusing to build a real presidential campaign.
Trump cares more about hats than getting out the vote, but at least if Republicans lose big in November, they can comfort themselves with a whole warehouse of Make America Great Again hats.
And if I was a Republican who made a donation to the Trump campaign I would be mad, because Trump is wasting that money on hats, instead of using it for smart reasons to win the campaign.
Voters: Remember How Bad Things Were Under George W. Bush
August 24, 2016 - 10:30am
Before you vote in November, think about this, Republicans are terrible at being President, and Trump would most likely be the worst of all of them.
People who complain now about how terrible President Obama has been, or that he's the "worst president in history," are insane and clearly have a distorted memory of the Bush presidency.
Has Obama been perfect? Not at all. Part of that is his fault, part of that is the unrealistic expectations many of us had for him when he was elected in 2008. But most of it is the fact that on his election in 2008, the GOP essentially crafted their strategy of opposing anything he supports.
A plan that was solidified when liberals allowed conservative voters to give Republicans control over the House of Representatives in 2010. That was precisely the weapon they needed to block anything and practically everything.
But while O'Reilly and his conservative friends like to claim that President Obama is the "worst president in history," I thought I'd remind them, and everyone else, of just how bad things were under George W. Bush.
Was his election not a foreshadowing of how terrible things would be in the next 4 years? For the first time since 1888 we elected a president who lost the popular vote. Could you imagine the conservative outrage if President Obama was elected president, yet lost the popular vote? That might have been the catalyst that finally triggered a second Civil War.
Then just a eight months later we saw the worst terrorist attack in United States history. A terrorist attack the Republicans now claim never happened under Bush.
We can't forget about the Iraq War and all of the weapons of mass destruction that we didn't find. It's okay though, right? Only 4,487 Americans died fighting a war that was based on lies. The most since the Vietnam War.
Then there's Afghanistan. You know, the war we started to get Osama bin Ladin - only Bush never got him. President Obama did. And Republicans still claim Bush got him.
Then don't forget about the scandals like Abu Ghraib, Hurricane Katrina, the outing of a CIA agent, veterans neglected at the Walter Reed hospital, Medicare Part D and a host of other scandals that plagued the Bush administration's eight years.
So let's go to 2008, just as Bush was leaving office. That summer, just before the entire economy officially collapsed, oil had hit its all-time high of $147 per barrel (right now it fluctuates between $95-105 on average throughout the year). While gas prices are cheap now, our country had never seen prices well over $4 per gallon like most of the country experienced that summer under Bush.
Then came September when the bottom officially started falling out. But it wasn't just that month. We lost jobs every single month in 2008 (2.6 million in total). The worst annual loss of jobs since 1945.
In his last three months in office, we lost a combined 1.7 million jobs. In January 2009, his last month in office, we lost 598k jobs.
And let's not forget he had just bailed out Wall Street, the American auto industry was on the verge of collapse, our deficits were out of control, our national debt was almost double what it was when he took office, the stock market was plummeting, millions of Americans were losing their homes and unemployment was skyrocketing out of control.
Then let's also not forget that we were still engulfed in two wars, and Bush's final approval rating was 22 percent.
That's what we had when George W. Bush left office in January 2009.
Where are we at today:
Unemployment is down to 6.2%.
We've seen the best year of job gains since 1999.
Stocks have hit record highs.
53 straight months of private sector job growth.
We've created 9.9 million jobs during that span.
We have not started any new wars.
The rate of uninsured Americans fell to its lowest level since Gallup starting tracking the number in 2008. Down almost 5 percent in just the last year alone.
Deficits have been cut in half.
And O'Reilly never talks about any of it. The Republican party also never mentions George W. Bush, because they want you to forget he was the President for eight years and almost destroyed the country.
So, when conservatives say that we're much worse off now than when President Obama took office, they're either blatantly altering history to suit their talking points, they are lying, or they have absolutely no damn idea what they are talking about.
Trump Scams Campaign Donors By Jacking Up Rent In His Own Building
August 24, 2016 - 10:00am
WASHINGTON -- After bragging for a year about how cheaply he was running his campaign, Donald Trump is spending more freely now that other people are contributing -- particularly when the beneficiary is himself.
Trump nearly quintupled the monthly rent his presidential campaign pays for its headquarters at Trump Tower to $169,758 in July, when he was raising funds from donors, compared with March, when he was self-funding his campaign, according to a Huffington Post review of Federal Election Commission filings.
The rent jumped even though he was paying fewer staff in July than he did in March.
The Trump campaign paid Trump Tower Commercial LLC $35,458 in March -- the same amount it had been paying since last summer -- and had 197 paid employees and consultants. In July, it paid 172 employees and consultants.
"If I was a donor, I'd want answers," said a prominent Republican National Committee member who supports Trump, asking for anonymity to speak freely. "If they don't have any more staff, and they're paying five times more? That's the kind of stuff I'd read and try to make an (attack) ad out of it."
In addition to the rent for Trump Tower space in Manhattan, Trump has paid his golf courses and restaurants more than $260,000 since his campaign and the RNC struck a joint fundraising deal in mid-May, after he essentially locked up the GOP nomination.
On May 18, the day the fundraising deal was announced, Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach was paid $29,715; Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter, Florida, was paid $35,845; and Trump Restaurants LLC was paid $125,080, according to FEC records. Such large payments were much rarer when Trump was self-funding.
It's unclear from the campaign filings the purpose of the golf course and restaurant payments, although both of the Florida golf courses hosted Trump campaign news conferences in March.
The Trump campaign on Tuesday responded that it had expanded into larger quarters. "Also, Mr. Trump makes a personal contribution of $2 million per month to the campaign, obviously a much higher amount than rent," the statement said.
The FEC filings show that Trump began increasing the rent at Trump Tower starting with the May 31 payment of $72,800. The Trump campaign paid $110,684 in rent on June 9, and $169,758 on July 10.
So he raised the rent every month as more money came in, which should be illegal, especially when he owns the building. If you donated money to Trump you are a sucker who is being taken for a ride and all your money is just going to Trump and his company.
The campaign's number of paid employees and consultants went from 166 in May, to 139 in June, to 172 in July. How many of those actually worked in Trump Tower cannot be determined from the FEC filings, although typically only a small fraction of a presidential campaign's staff works in the headquarters building.
Last autumn, only about a dozen of the campaign's several dozen paid employees worked in Manhattan.
Trump continues to fly to campaign events on his personal Boeing 757 airliner, even though the aging jet burns some $10,000 in fuel every hour. That has made air travel one of the biggest expense categories for his campaign. In July alone, $495,000 went to Trump's company that owns the plane.
Prior to May, three-quarters of the $59 million spent by Trump's campaign had come out of his own pocket -- meaning that whatever Trump charged his campaign for rent was largely coming from Trump himself.
That situation is now entirely reversed. Trump's money makes up a tiny percentage of his campaign's spending. The bulk now comes from outside donors, both small-dollar givers and those writing maximum-limit checks of $2,700.
"Nobody cares when you're spending your own money, but when you're spending the donor's $27, that could cause problems," the RNC member said, adding that small donors especially may not be sympathetic to Trump's extravagance. "Most campaigns run on a much tighter budget."
For many months, Trump's campaign prided itself on its low-rent operation. It invited reporters in to tour its headquarters on the fifth floor of Trump Tower that had once been used as production offices for "The Apprentice" TV show, which starred Trump. Photos and video from those tours show work space with unfinished ceilings, makeshift drywall partitions, and only a few campaign workers.
Commercial real estate is available in the midtown Manhattan neighborhood in the range of $70 per square foot annually, although Trump has charged more than that. Trump Tower rented 9,000 feet of office space in December at $120 per square foot, but has been unable to rent a 15,000 square-foot office that includes six terraces overlooking Fifth Avenue, even at a discounted rent of $90 per square foot.
Democrat Hillary Clinton has been leasing two entire floors in a Brooklyn office building totaling 80,000 square feet since the start of her campaign. The rent for that space has been about $212,000 per month. Her campaign staff is also several times the size of Trump's, numbering more than 700 for the better part of a year.
Andrea Tantaros Files Sexual Harassment Lawsuit Against People At Fox
August 24, 2016 - 9:00am
And she says Bill O'Reilly also sexually harassed her.
Former Fox News host Andrea Tantaros has moved forward in filing a lawsuit against Fox News and its ex-chief Roger Ailes for alleged sexual harassment. She didn't stop there. Also named as defendants in a complaint lodged in New York Supreme Court is Ailes replacement Bill Shine, vp legal affairs Dianne Brandi, vp corporate communications Irena Briganti and executive vp programming and development Suzanne Scott.
In a lawsuit that's dripping with salacious detail including allegations hurled at non-defendants like Bill O'Reilly, Tantaros is demanding tens of millions of dollars in damages over her experiences at a cable news network she asserts "operated like a sex-fueled, Playboy Mansion-like cult, steeped in intimidation, indecency, and misogyny."
"However this Complaint is not just about Ailes," the complaint adds. "For Ailes did not act alone. He may have been the primary culprit, but his actions were condoned by his most senior lieutenants, who engaged in a concerted effort to silence Tantaros by threats, humiliation, and retaliation."
In reaction to the lawsuit, a Fox News spokesperson said the network couldn't comment on pending litigation.
According to the plaintiff, Ailes subjected Tantaros to repeated harassment beginning in the late summer of 2014, about three years after she signed a contract to serve as a co-host of the afternoon show, The Five. Even before that time, she claims that she was instructed to wear clothes that showed off her legs and was forced to strip down in front of the network's wardrobe personnel, but Tantaros asserts that Ailes later escalated his misbehavior. Ailes would demand she turn around so he could get a better look at her body, states the lawsuit, and would make comments like, "I bet you look good in a bikini."
Ailes also allegedly subjected Tantaros to inappropriate comments about other stars working at the network. The head of the network is said to have questioned whether Greg Gutfeld was gay, whether Kimberly Guilfoyle and Eric Bolling were sleeping together, and commented that Maria Bartiromo had gotten fat.
After she rebuffed advances like a request for a hug, Tantaros claims she was removed from The Five to the "daytime graveyard time of Noon," where she worked on the show Outnumbered. The plaintiff says the move was a "retaliatory demotion."
Tantaros says she suffered other indignities.
For example, although the lawsuit doesn't name Bill O'Reilly as a defendant, Tantaros complaint asserts in February 2016, he started sexually harassing her by "(a) asking her to come to stay with him on Long Island where it would be 'very private,' and (b) telling her on more than one occasion that he could 'see [her] as a wild girl,' and that he believed that she had a 'wild side.'"
After complaints and allegedly because of O'Reilly's "rumored prior sexual harassment issues," according to the lawsuit, Brandi told Tantaros' former attorney that she would no longer be appearing on The O'Reilly Factor.
Tantaros blames Briganti for failing to provide her media support, "repeatedly crafting and placing insulting stories" about her at various news sites, and "posting, or directing the posting of, numerous negative comments about Tantaros from 'sock puppet' social media accounts."
Briganti is known as being a powerful PR person; in the lawsuit, it's claimed that Fox News and Ailes "controlled" various websites not under Fox, including TVNewser and Headline and Global News. These news outlets supposedly ran unflattering stories engineered by Ailes through Briganti to tarnish Tantaros reputation as a serious journalist.
Then, there's Shine, who was promoted at Fox News after Ailes was forced to resign in the wake of Gretchen Carlson's lawsuit and a subsequent investigation. "Perhaps the most shocking encounter of all was a Spring 2015 meeting between Tantaros and Fox News Senior Executive, Defendant William Shine (“Shine”), during which Tantaros sought relief from Ailes’s sexual harassment and Briganti’s retaliatory media vendetta against her," states the lawsuit.
"In response, Shine told Tantaros that Ailes was a 'very powerful man' and that Tantaros 'needed to let this one go.' Shine’s inexplicable elevation sends the message that it will be 'business as usual' at Fox News when it comes to the treatment of women."
Tantaros, who continues to draw a salary from Fox News and is being represented by attorney Judd Burstein, makes clear in her lawsuit that she's less than impressed with the actions taken since she, Carlson and others came forward to complain about Ailes.
For instance, the lawsuit asserts that Rupert Murdoch and his sons "are plainly not disturbed by Ailes conduct," citing the fact that Ailes wasn't terminated for cause and has been allowed to walk away with a "$40 million going-away present."
As for the investigation being done by outside lawyers at Paul, Weiss, the lawsuit takes issue with published reports that the results will not be made public. It adds: "Worse still, according to a published report, Paul Weiss has ceased questioning Fox News female employees at the offices of Fox News out of fear that the interviews are being bugged."
Back in March, Brandi emailed Tantaros with a request for a copy of her soon-to-be-published book, Tied Up in Knots, and a dispute erupted over whether Tantaros had violated the cable news network's protocol on publishing. Tantaros insists that Brandi was informed she was writing a book and was provided an outline, that Outnumbered routinely mentioned it on-air and that it was published by Harper Collins, owned by Fox News's parent company.
Fox News is said to have invoked the "pay or play" provision of her contract and took her off-air, which Tantaros says was "intentionally designed to decimate the sales of Tantaros's book."
In May, in what Tantaros frames as an "effort to further silence" her, Fox commenced arbitration and allegedly offered her a settlement where she would be paid the money through her contract term and in exchange have to release claims against Brandi, Shine, O'Reilly and others.
"Over the ensuing months, as Tantaros was weighing her options, Fox News made it clear that unless she entered into the unfair settlement it had proposed, the drumbeat of attacks on her would increase," states the lawsuit.
"Thus, there was a constant stream of reporters calling for confirmation of wholly baseless and slanderous information leaked by unnamed Fox News sources. Each of these ridiculous leaks -- such as that Tantaros was removed from the air because she had been involved in physical altercations with two other women at Fox News -- originated, on information and belief, from Briganti."
Tantaros says she was left with no choice but to go public.
O'Reilly Slams The Media For Simply Reporting On Him
August 24, 2016 - 8:00am
Tuesday night O'Reilly went on another rant about the media and their bias, why you ask? Because they reported that O'Reilly sexually harassed Andrea Tantarous, so he went nuts and said the media is garbage for reporting it, while never saying a word about the story, or denying he did it.
And of course he had two Republican guests on to agree with him, and make sure nobody talked about the actual story, which is what he always does.
Here is a partial transcript:
BILL O'REILLY (HOST): On the internet there are vicious people who go after, and we will probably be trolled tonight, individuals smearing them in the worst possible ways. And there is no regulation, they can't stop it.
My main point is this: that there is so much garbage on [the internet] and that garbage finds its way out into the legitimate media. And with the destruction of Gawker thanks to the heroism of Hulk Hogan, one is down, but there are 50 to take their place, Dr. Booth. And now we're having mainstream media quote this stuff. It's all, don't blame me, I saw it on social media. It's like nobody is safe. Who is safe, Dr. Booth, from this? Who? Who is safe?
Fox Host Admits They Didn't Cover Louisiana Floods Until It Was Political
August 24, 2016 - 7:00am
I just wonder how long it is until she gets fired, because people on Fox who admit the truth usually end up getting fired, or as they call it, their contract is not renewed.
Basically what Fox did was pretty much ignore the disaster in Louisana, until someone said hey Obama has not gone there, let's use it as a cheap political attack, even though the Governor of Louisana had told Obama to stay away for a week or two, except Fox never mentions that.
Here is a partial transcript from the Five, soon to be the four:
JUAN WILLIAMS (CO-HOST): Let me just talk about some facts for a second here. One, the president had talked about going to Louisiana much earlier and was asked not to go by Governor John Bel Edwards. Why? Because you don't want all the attention to the president in the midst of a crisis and that totally makes sense.
The second thing to say is $120 million in aid has been approved for Louisiana in the last two weeks. So this idea that, oh jee, nothing, the federal government is not doing -- no, no help. Wait a second. That's not true.
What happened with President Bush and Katrina 11 years ago, was the left -- this is what Greg was saying -- attacked him and they thought, oh. But, you know what, there was real failure by FEMA during that time. And I think people will acknowledge that. So that's not the point.
DANA PERINO (CO-HOST): Well the other thing is, we didn't cover this story about the floods until it became political either.
PERINO: And we should have done more.
O'Reilly Is So Biased It Is Pathetic
August 24, 2016 - 7:00am
The whole show Tuesday night was like a Trump campaign infomercial, it was nothing but Praise Trump and slam Clinton. O'Reilly should just go ahead and quit Fox and go work for the Trump campaign. It was basically an hour long Trump rally.
And some of the segments were just laughable. Now remember O'Reilly tells us to ignore the Hollywood pinheads and do not listen to their political opinions because they know nothing. Even though he has no idea what they know and how politically informed they are, for all he knows they are more informed than he is, but he slams them as know nothing Hollywood liberals anyway.
O'Reilly says he never speculates, then he speculated that all Hollywood liberals who support Clinton and hate Trump are clueless uninformed pinheads.
The segment was sold as a look at Hollywood and the election, and can their opinions sway votes. But that is not what it was, it was a biased one sided joke of a so-called news segment that did nothing but read quotes from Hollywood liberals, then the two Republicans (O'Reilly and Melissa Francis from the Fox Business Channel) sat there and made fun of what they said.
This was not journalism, it was not fair and balanced, and it was not even close to a no-spin zone. It was a ridiculous and biased partisan segment with two Republicans and no Democrats. They spent the whole segment doing nothing but trashing and making fun of some of the Hollywood liberals who support Clinton and hate Trump.
And btw, what is the point? What good did it do, the viewers for the Factor are already mostly voting for Trump, so what good did it do to spend 4 minutes making fun of Hollywood liberals because they support Clinton.
How is that news? How is that journalism?
O'Reilly ignored at least 5 hard news stories that were out from Monday and Tuesday, to do that garbage. And he claims to be some kind of election/political expert who is fair and balanced and equal to both sides. It's a joke, and O'Reilly is a biased hack. I dare anyone to watch that segment and tell me it was fair and balanced, and actual news, you cant.
O'Reilly Makes Another Stupid And Racist Statement
August 23, 2016 - 10:00am
And when he wrote it he probably thought it was not racist at all, even though everyone else thinks it was. O'Reilly said the best image from the Olympics was the blacks on the mens basketball team showing pride in their country by putting their hands over their hearts for the national anthem.
Which is just ridiculous, and a totally racist statement. Most Americans best images of the Olympics were the womens gymnastics team winning gold, Michael Phelps winning the record gold medals, Usain Bolt winning all the speed races, and on and on.
But not O'Reilly, his best image of the Olympics was blacks putting their hands on their hearts during the national anthem. O'Reilly acted like it showed they were finally real Americans who are proud of their country, which is just a racist point of view and Only a right-wing racist would see the Olympics that way.
I watched the Olympics with pride in American for winning all the medals and setting records. Not once did I think about what color their skin was or care if they held their hands over their hearts during the national anthem or not. Nobody cares about that kind of thing but right-wing racist idiots, and my God if a black man or woman does not do it God will strike them dead.
That's how O'Reilly and the right-wingers see things, they ignore all the great things from the Olympics to focus on some meaningless hand over the heart nonsense, and one lame scandal with a swimmer.
Earth to Bill O'Reilly, you are an idiot. The rest of America saw a great Olympics with a lot of Americans winning a lot of gold and silver medals, we did not care about their skin color, or care about where their hands were during the national anthem. And if someone does not put their hand over their heart during the national anthem, it does not mean they are not proud of their country.
And the left does not think we are a bigoted country that actively seeks to destroy young black men. That is a lie put out by you and the Republicans, some on the left simply belive their is still a lot of racism against blacks and we are opposed to it, and some on the left believe the cops unfairly target and kill too many unarmed blacks, they believe that because it's a fact.
And the economic system is rigged to help the wealthy, and the corporations, we all know that, you just refuse to admit it, even though it's a fact. The wealthy and the corporations own Congress and most elected officials, and they legally bribe them to give them tax cuts and loopholes to avoid taxes, only the wealthy and the corporations get away with it, and that is a fact.
No Americans I know hates their own country, that is another lie put out by the dishonest O'Reilly. Here is a reality check for O'Reilly, when people complain about injustice that is not hating your country, you jerk. They do not hate their country, they simply hate injustice and racism, so they protest, that is how you get change.
And here is the worst part, when Republicans protest what they see as an injustice in the country O'Reilly loves it, supports it, promotes it, spins for them, and calls them great Americans. When Democrats protest what they see as an injustice O'Reilly hates it, opposes it, slams them, spins it against them, and calls them bad Americans who hate their country.
And he does it in the so-called no-spin zone, which is just laughable.
Here is what the idiot O'Reilly said:
BILL O'REILLY (HOST): The best image for me was the sight of the American basketball team carrying our flags after winning the gold medal. The team was all minority, players showing pride in their country. When the national anthem was played, the guys had their hands on their hearts, no cheap shots at the country that had afforded them the opportunities to succeed at the highest level. So, to me, the spirit of America is intact, despite the fact, despite the fact that zealots and loons on both political spectrums are trying to tear the U.S.A. down.
If you believe the far left, we are a bigoted country that actively seeks to destroy young black men. The crazy left also puts out that we want to persecute innocent immigrants, that our economic system is rigged to help the wealthy, that our social system intentionally punishes the poor.
All lies. But they are spread by politicians and dishonest media who actively despise their own country. Talking Points has expounded on Black Lives Matter. There is no need to do that again here, other than to say the leadership of that organization hates America.
Crazy Trump Campaign Manager Denies He Hurls Personal Insults
August 23, 2016 - 9:30am
And she said it even after she had personally slammed Trump for using personal insults, when she was a Ted Cruz supporter. Now she claims he does not use personal insults, which is just laughable.
Donald Trump's new campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, claimed Sunday that the GOP presidential nominee does not personally insult people.
George Stephanopoulos, host of ABC News This Week, showed Conway a series of video clips of her attacking Trump while she was supporting Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) during the primary. (Conway ran a super PAC backing Cruz's candidacy.)
In one of the excerpts, Conway said she was not backing Trump because he "hurls personal insults."
Asked whether she stood by her remarks, Conway interpreted the question to be about whether she continues to be against personal insults as a matter of principle, not whether she maintains her criticism of Trump.
Conway went on to deny that Trump engages in that behavior despite her past assertions to the contrary. "Well, he doesn't hurl personal insults," she said, before changing the subject to Trump's pitch to African-Americans earlier this week.
It's so ridiculous it's laughable, Trump personally insults someone every day, in speeches or on Twitter, or both. He calls them stupid, braindead, etc. and gives them nicknames that are bad, which are all personal insults. There are even websites that list the Trump insults, rank the worst ones, and a simple Google search on "Donald Trump Insults" gets you 908,000 results.
Fox & The GOP Slam Obama For Not Visiting Louisiana
August 23, 2016 - 8:30am
This is just how dishonest the right-wing media is, and of course O'Reilly and his so-called media watchdog expert (Bernie Goldberg) never say a word about this bias. Even though O'Reilly does a weekly media bias segment on his show, he never mentioned this, and never will, neither one of them ever find or report on any bias at Fox, except to deny it when someone else mentions it.
Fox's Steve Doocy: "Obama Is On Vacation, And There Is No Word That He's Going To Leave The Island."
Breitbart News: "Trump Visits Louisiana Flood Victims As Hillary Rests And Obama Vacations."
Newt Gingrich: "Obama Is Golfing Because He Can't Really Be Troubled To Visit Louisiana."
Fox's Jeanine Pirro: "Obama Doesn't Feel Our Pain, He Doesn't Make Believe He Feels Our Pain."
Wash. Times: "Obama Refused To Cut Short His Golfing Vacation To Survey The Louisiana Flood."
But they ignore the fact that Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards has publicly requested that Obama not visit due to fear it would drain state resources.
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards told reporters "he's not concerned that President Barack Obama has not yet visited Louisiana and that that a visit from the president "would be a drain on resources as the state still works to respond to the flood." But the stooges at Fox and in the Republican party never report that, instead they try to make you think Obama does not care about all the people in the flood areas, which is just ridiculous, and if you believe that you are more than stupid.
Edwards added, "I would just as soon Obama wait a week or two." Edwards also said he is in "daily communication with the White House" and that the administration had "shown that the flooding is a priority for the federal government."
The Republican outrage over Obama not going to Baton Rouge sooner has been a common theme throughout the Obama presidency. When Obama travels to memorial services for mass shooting victims or disaster scenes, Republicans accuse him of playing politics with a national tragedy. If the President waits and allows local officials to do their work, Republicans criticize him for not showing up sooner.
In the eyes of Republicans, President Obama will always get criticized and never do the right thing. Gov. Bel Edwards was right. A presidential visit is exponentially more complicated than Donald Trump flying in on his private jet, signing a few autographs, and pretending to care.
The Republican outrage was the usual let's blame Obama for something because anything is better that letting the nation see that Donald Trump is our presidential nominee.
President Obama has given the suffering people in Baton Rouge more than a photo op. He has done his job by providing immediate federal resources and disaster relief. The situation in Baton Rouge highlights why the nation needs a competent president who can do the job instead of a baseball cap wearing reality television star occupying the Oval Office.
Crazy O'Reilly Says Trump Will Build The Wall Somehow
August 23, 2016 - 7:30am
Now this proves O'Reilly is a 100% Trump stooge, now he claims Trump will no doubt build the wall somehow, even though all the experts say you can not even build a wall everywhere on the border because of rivers, hills, cliffs, etc. And O'Reilly himself admitted Trump will never build the wall a few weeks ago.
O'Reilly is speculating that Trump will build the wall, and that's if he even gets elected, which he clearly will not. Not to mention, O'Reilly claims to have a no speculation zone where speculation is not allowed, then he speculates Trump will build the wall as if it was a fact.
And with 84% of Democrats opposed to the wall it will never happen. The wall is a stupid idea that will never happen, and O'Reilly knows it, he is just saying Trump will build the wall to make the whites think he will so they get out and vote.
In fact, just the other night O'Reilly let his plans slip out, he admitted if people think Trump has no chance and will lose for sure, it will suppress the vote with his supporters. So from now until the election O'Reilly is going to use propaganda to make people who watch his show think Trump can win.
Just as he did with John McCain when he ran, and Romney when he ran, and now Trump. O'Reilly is basically a propaganda machine for Trump and the Republican party.
It's just too bad it will not work, because 90% of his viewers are already going to vote for Trump, that's the problem with being on a biased right-wing news network, no matter what you do it does not get a candidate more votes, all you are doing is preaching to people who already believe your spin and lies.
Here is a partial transcript from the Monday night Factor show:
BILL O'REILLY (HOST): There is no question that Donald Trump will put the wall up if he's elected. So we don't have to get into that anymore. He's going to do that.
KATIE PAVLICH: I think there is a question of that actually. So we'll see.
O'REILLY: I don't. I disagree 100 percent. Donald Trump will have to build that wall by executive order or any other means. He will have to do that.
Donald Trump Insults Joe Scarborough & Mika Brzezinski
August 22, 2016 - 9:30am
And he did it just one day after his crazy campaign manager Kellyanne Conway said Trump does not do personal insults. And btw, this is the exact same thing O'Reilly does, he insults people pretty much every day, then after getting called out for it, he denies it and calls them liars, when all they did was report it and publish the transcript of O'Reilly saying it.
Trump insulted MSNBC hosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough, he called them clowns and suggesting that they're dating.
Donald J. Trump -- @realDonaldTrump
Tried watching low-rated @Morning_Joe this morning, unwatchable! @morningmika is off the wall, a neurotic and not very bright mess!
6:21AM - 22 AUG 2016
Donald J. Trump -- @realDonaldTrump
Some day, when things calm down, I'll tell the real story of @JoeNBC and his very insecure long-time girlfriend, @morningmika. Two clowns!
6:29AM - 22 AUG 2016
The feud between Trump and the MSNBC hosts is long running. Brzezinski and Scarborough have repeatedly criticized the Republican nominee over his various controversial comments and policies. Earlier on Monday, the show mocked a speech he made over the weekend as sounding "like he's had a lot to drink."
But the show has also taken shots at Trump's Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, over the private email server she used while in office, as well as her family foundation's acceptance of donations from foreign countries with poor human rights records.
Trump has called Morning Joe "sad and irrelevant," and said that it has bad ratings. (The show's ratings are actually pretty good, for an MSNBC show.) And if Scarborough was on Fox his ratings would be much higher, he is a conservative on a liberal news network, so his ratings are just ok, but not great, because of what network he does the show on.
Scarborough responded to Trump's diss by handing it right back to him.
Joe Scarborough -- @JoeNBC
Neurotic and not very bright?
Look in the mirror.
7:06AM - 22 AUG 2016
The spat directly contradicts claims made by Trump's campaign manager just hours earlier.
"I don't like when people hurl personal insults," Kellyanne Conway told ABC News This Week. "That will never be my style, I'm a mother of four small children, it would be a terrible example for me to feel otherwise. Trump doesn't hurl personal insults."
Dan Rather: Trump Hired Far-Right "Zealots" To Boost White Vote
August 22, 2016 - 8:30am
Dan Rather has been reporting on political campaigns for 50 years, so he knows what he is talking about. Here is a partial transcript from the Friday Night Rachel Maddow show:
RACHEL MADDOW (HOST): Do you think, Dan, that we are going to continue to see -- one of the things I've been highlighting is the way there's these references, and there's use of material from the very far right?
The reason I did that Center for Immigration Study segment at the top is because that ought to be a reference in presidential politics, at least in terms of racial extremism. And we've seen that a bunch of different times from the Trump campaign. If they really are trying to maximize the white vote, do you think we'll get some of this fringe, sort of racial stuff?
DAN RATHER: I think you may get a lot of it, rather subtly put, perhaps not as straightforward. But look, the campaign is being run, not entirely -- is being run by Donald Trump, but he's taking aboard candidate people, workers who are from the fringes.
There's zealots from the fringes of the party, who are now helping him run the campaign. And they're going to say the kinds of things that they previously were saying on right-wing radio, because they think if you say it often enough, they're convinced that will get Donald Trump the white votes he needs, the big white turn-out that he needs. I think you're going to see an awful lot of that.
He's turned himself over to a lot of zealots from the fringes of the party, and we'll see how that goes.
Stunning: Only 1 Percent Of Black Voters Support Donald Trump
August 22, 2016 - 7:30am
Rounding out one of the worst weeks in his presidential campaign, Donald Trump faces yet another sad reality. According to new NBC/Wall Street Journal polling released Thursday, only 1 percent of black voters nationally support the Republican nominee.
This is the lowest level of support ever recorded among the demographic (with the exception of Republican candidate Barry Goldwater in 1964, who stood in strong opposition to the Civil Rights Act), indicating that a sentiment already present among black voters in swing states is widespread.
Trump also suffers among Hispanic voters, garnering just 26 percent of their vote, according to an Economist/YouGov poll released earlier this week.
Generating support among voters of color -- whom Trump's rhetoric habitually alienates -- is key to winning the general election. People of color constitute nearly one-third of eligible voters, making the 2016 electorate the most diverse in U.S. history. This renders it essential for Trump to secure higher numbers of those votes in order to win.
President Barack Obama won 93 percent of the black vote and 71 percent of the Hispanic vote nationally in 2012; in 2008, he won over 95 and 67 percent, respectively.
The most recent Republican president, George W. Bush, won over 11 percent of African-Americans and 44 percent of Hispanics support in 2004; in 2000 he won 9 and 35 percent, respectively.
The NBC/WSJ poll also shows Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton with a significant advantage among women, all non-white voters, millennials and white voters with a college degree. Trump pulls ahead more narrowly among all white voters, seniors, independents and white voters without a college degree.
In the wake of the two major party conventions, results this week suggest that Clinton's polling bounce is more sustainable than Trump's. Not only did she receive a higher bounce in poll numbers, but viewers received Clinton's acceptance much more positively than they did Trump's.
Post-convention bounces also tend to be more stable when they unify the party, and in the wake of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) endorsement, polls indicate that the Democratic Party is more unified than ever before.
Clinton has now reached the level of support she enjoyed before public scrutiny into her use of a private email server. According to the HuffPost Pollster model, which aggregates publicly available polling data, Clinton enjoys an average 9 point lead with third-party candidate Gary Johnson in the race and a 7 point lead in a two-way race.
At the state level, new polling in traditional battlegrounds also shows Clinton with a significant lead, The Huffington Post reported earlier this week. Surveys released Thursday give her a 15-point lead in New Hampshire, a 9-point lead in Michigan, an 11-point lead in Pennsylvania and a 6-point lead in Florida.
Trump's disastrous polling week also shows the broader problems his campaign faces. This week alone, he sparked outrage by igniting a social media war against Khizr and Ghazala Khan, whose son, a U.S. Army captain, was killed in Iraq defending his unit in 2004 (a year that, despite what Trump might believe, was not during Obama's presidency).
He refused to endorse House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) or Rep. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) in their respective re-election bids, despite their endorsements of his campaign.
He defended Roger Ailes against sexual harassment charges and brushed aside sexual harassment as a serious issue. Trump was also eviscerated Friday morning by former CIA director Michael Morell, who went on to endorse Clinton.
Fox Host Admits That They Are LYING About The Polls
August 21, 2016 - 10:30am
Fox News host and former White House correspondent Dana Perino on air told viewers that her co-host Eric Bolling was lying to them about the polls in this presidential election. The polls do matter, and here is why.
In the 2012 election, Fox News tried the same tactic of telling its views to dismiss the polls. According to Politicususa, Boiling said:
'But these polls, Dana. Honestly, we have to stop with these polls. They're insane with the polls. Just look at what's going on. You look at a Trump rally, and there's twelve, fifteen thousand, ten thousand people. You look at a Clinton rally. You have fifteen hundred, two thousand.'
That is when Perino on Fox's "The Five" laid the truth on him:
'It is a real disservice to his supporters to lie to them that those polls don't matter. You can not take twelve thousand people at a rally that are your definite supporters they are going to show up for the campaign and then say the polls are wrong.'
But that didn't stop Bolling from his pack of lies. He tried to pass off the idea that people who state they are voting for Clinton in the polls aren't really voting.
'He claimed that rally size was the only significant presidential election measurement.'
Perino wasn't having any of Bolling's obvious malignant statistics:
'That's exactly what we said in 2012. The people who supported Romney were told that the polls were wrong. Romney's going to win, and they were so mad and disappointed.'
That is when Greg Gutfeld joined in the debate:
'Yeah, they stopped watching because they thought we lied to them, and we deserved it.'
Perino was hot about Bolling's lies, so she kept unwinding the lies on Twitter:
Getting a few things off of my chest cold: When it comes to political analysis, I make you a promise - I will never lie to you. -- Dana Perino (@DanaPerino) August 18, 2016
Many of you write, wanting me to tell you GOOD things about the gop chances this year. I wish I could do that. But I WILL NOT LIE TO YOU.
-- Dana Perino (@DanaPerino) August 18, 2016
In 2012, I fell for "the polls are wrong" mantra. I felt sick election night, realizing I'd been suckered into a fall sense of complacency.
-- Dana Perino (@DanaPerino) August 18, 2016
Romney was not going to win in spite of the "rigged polls" - and I vowed that night that I would NEVER EVER fall for that again
-- Dana Perino (@DanaPerino) August 18, 2016
The Dems start with 242 electoral college votes to win. They need 270. Even I can do that math - it isn't hard.
-- Dana Perino (@DanaPerino) August 18, 2016
Sure there are 11 weeks to go and a lot could change. I expect the polls to tighten a lot after Labor Day. But you can't win a general...
-- Dana Perino (@DanaPerino) August 18, 2016
Election with the current state of campaign. Think of how fast 11 weeks goes. Nov 8th will be here before you can buy any Xmas presents.
-- Dana Perino (@DanaPerino) August 18, 2016
Some of you call me Debbie Downer, Negative Nancy, or even Pollyanna. I've been called a Pragmatic Snob (is there such a thing?)
-- Dana Perino (@DanaPerino) August 18, 2016
But I will not lie to you about the state of this race. I won't do it. No amount of peer pressure digital or otherwise can move me.
-- Dana Perino (@DanaPerino) August 18, 2016
So I'm going to keep being a voice that says yes on the one hand but not the OTHER FREAKING HAND, the future of this party is at risk.
-- Dana Perino (@DanaPerino) August 18, 2016
Maybe you want the party to be at risk. maybe it SHOULD be at risk. But I won't be a party to delusion that crowds - established polls
-- Dana Perino (@DanaPerino) August 18, 2016
Clearly, Perino is greatly concerned about how Fox News is impacting the Republican Party and how the current Republican situation could harm Fox News.
The idea that polls make no difference is way off base.
After all, Bernie Sanders brought in huge crowds by any measure, but particularly as compared to Hillary Clinton. But by Bolling's logic, Sanders should have won in the Democratic primaries. He didn't.
Basically, crowd size at a political rally is meaningless.
Why is Fox News presenting "news" so false that its hosts cannot bear to regurgitate it? The network clearly believes its audience is unthinking and will believe anything. The truth is, when people cannot swallow Boilling's hype, Fox News will suffer.
First Trump General Election Campaign Ad Has 1 Lie Every 4 Seconds
August 21, 2016 - 9:30am
Fact checkers have blown apart Donald Trump's first general election campaign ad, by finding that the television spot contains one lie every four seconds.
Trump's ad begins with a favorite lie of the GOP nominee that the election system is rigged against Americans. PolitiFact has rated this a pants on fire lie, "While there are isolated examples of bought local elections, experts say it cannot be replicated on a national scale. While it is possible to tamper with electronic voting machines, there is no evidence deliberate malfeasance has altered any election."
The ad said that there is a flood of Syrian refugees coming into the US. According to an ABC News fact check, "The vetting process typically takes from 18-24 months. To expedite the process for Syrian refugees, the Obama Administration launched a surge operation with the hopes of reducing the time to three months in hopes of resettling some 10,000 refugees by fall 2016.
According to the New York Times, "the onerous and complex web of security checks and vetting procedures has hampered the expedited process."
Trump's ad claimed that illegal immigrants who commit crimes get to stay in the US, but this is also false. According to a Washington Post fact check, "We reviewed cases from 2014 and 2015 involving 76 people charged with activities relating to foreign terrorist organizations. The majority of those cases involved naturalized U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents. There were both naturalized and natural-born U.S. citizens (including those of Caucasian, African American or Hispanic descent). Many of the naturalized citizens had arrived in the country as children, and therefore, not recent immigrants."
The ad accused undocumented immigrants of skipping the line and collecting Social Security. PolitFact also rated this statement as not totally true, "Also, it's important to note that illegal immigrants pay an estimated $12 billion in payroll taxes to Social Security and don't receive any benefits. So Trump is leaving out a significant part of the picture when it comes to taxes and undocumented workers."
O'Reilly does the very same thing, all the Republicans cry about illegals getting government benefits, but they never mention that they pay in $12 billion in payroll taxes, some how they also forget to mention that.
Trump claimed that Clinton's immigration plan would open the borders, but an AP fact check found that this wasn't true, "It's not true that Clinton's plan would create open borders. Her plan does call for a pathway to citizenship that would allow people currently in the country illegally to stay, but only after going through a series of steps to become a citizen. On enforcement, Clinton has called for focusing on "detaining and deporting those individuals who pose a violent threat to public safety," but not ending enforcement outright."
Trump's ad also lied about having a plan and lied about keeping the borders secure.
All total, theTrump ad managed to jam seven lies into 30 seconds. Trump is airing an ad that tells a lie to voters once every four seconds.
When Democrats suggests that Trump is running a campaign of lies, this is exactly what they are referring to. If Donald Trump is talking, or in this case, if his campaign is running a commerical, the odds are good that he/it is lying.
Never has a candidate been so willing to pile so many lies on top of each other at such a rapid pace. Donald Trump is trying to lie his way to the White House, which is why it is vital that each of the GOP's nominee's false statements get the scrutiny that they deserve.
Hannity Praises Trump For Prompter Use After Years Of Slamming Obama For It
August 21, 2016 - 8:30am
I usually do not write about Sean Hannity because he is so much of a lying right-wing idiot I could do a whole website on his lies and spin, but I am writing about this to show just how biased and dishonest he is, and of course O'Reilly and his so-called media watchdog Bernie Goldberg never said a word about any of it.
In fact, O'Reilly does a weekly media watchdog segment on the Factor with Bernie Goldberg, but they never find any bias from Hannity, or anyone at Fox News, ever. Not one time has O'Reilly and Goldberg talked about bias on his own show, or at Fox, they only find so-called bias at CNN, MSNBC, etc.
And btw, the bias they do claim to find is isolated cherry picked examples of so-called liberal bias, they use an example or two from a segment or two, but they never do actual scientific studies that review their shows 24/7 for a week or a month.
They pick one liberal comment from a network that runs 24/7 and claim it shows their bias, when you could also find comments of conservative bias on the same network, but they ignore that, proving they are biased and their examples are a joke.
I could watch CNN or MSNBC for 24 hours and find 10 examples of liberal bias and 10 examples of conservative bias, so it's almost equal, with MSNBC being a little more liberal than CNN. But O'Reilly and Goldberg never mention the conservative bias, they only mention the liberal bias, which is just laughable and shows what liars and spin doctors they are.
Here is what Hannity said about Trump and the teleprompter.
Sean Hannity hosted the new Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway to praise Donald Trump's use of a teleprompter during a rally in Charlotte, North Carolina, despite Hannity's past obsession with criticizing President Obama's use of a teleprompter.
Hannity has spent years attacking President Obama's use of a teleprompter to give speeches. He has claimed that Obama "has a teleprompter on each side of the bed when he goes to sleep every night, if he doesn't actually put it in the bed" adding "most Americans have figured out that you take away that teleprompter, he's in trouble."
Which is just laughable, because Obama is a very smart man and could go on for hours without a teleprompter, in fact, Obama is one of the smartest Presidents we have ever had, and does not need a teleprompter at all.
Speaking to Conway, Hannity said, "I like Trump on prompter myself, my own personal preference," adding Trump's usage of a teleprompter indicated "he found the secret sauce, and he's still Trump being Trump."
So Donald Trump read from a teleprompter and somehow he has found a secret sauce? Are you kidding me, a 5 year old could also read from a teleprompter. And hannity spent years slamming Obama for using a teleprompter, but as soon as Trump does it, he praises him as if he cured cancer, it's ridiculous and it shows what a massive tool Hannity is.
Hannity is probably the most biased and dishonest person in all of cable news, and anyone who watches him is just stupid. I would say 90% of what Hannity says is a lie, and the other 10% is right-wing spin and propaganda, virtually nothing he says is 100% true, and if you believe anything he says you need to see a doctor.
Here is a partial transcript:
SEAN HANNITY (HOST): Let me ask you this. He gave two speeches, this is what I -- this is what I think is the secret sauce.
KELLYANNE CONWAY: Yes.
HANNITY: He only talked about Hillary and Obama, he was on prompter. I like him on prompter myself, my own personal preference. But he stayed on a very powerful Donald Trump message. It was totally him, and he made very powerful points, but he outlined the failures and offered solutions.
Bill O'Reilly Is Promoting A Trump Is Close & Can Still Win Narrative
August 20, 2016 - 8:30am
Here are examples of Bill O'Reilly's bias for Donald Trump. While complaining every night that the media is biased against Trump because they hate him, which is not true, they are not biased against him and they do not hate him.
The media loves Trump, because they get big ratings when they talk about him. And they are not biased against him, Trump is so bad of a candidate and he says so many lies and crazy statements they media simply reports on his terrible campaign and his dishonest and crazy comments.
If a Democrat was just like Trump and saying the same lies and crazy things the media would cover him the very same way. O'Reilly and the Republicans who support Trump just do not like that the media reports every crazy thing Trump says, and fact checks his lies.
In fact, Hillary Clinton is getting almost as much negative coverage as Trump, but not as much. Trump gets more negative coverage because he tells more lies and says more crazy things, a day does not go by where Trump gives a speech and says something racist, crazy, or dishonest, and that is why he gets negative coverage every day, not because of any media bias.
O'Reilly is promoting the narrative that Trump is still close and he can still win. He does this by ignoring almost all the polls, by ignoring almost all the negative stories about Trump, and by saying you should not believe the media because they have a bias against Trump.
He did the very same thing for John McCain when he ran for President, and he did the very same thing when Romney ran for President, and now he is doing it for Trump. They were all Republicans and O'Reilly clearly showed his bias for all of them, by promoting them and ignoring the polls, while crying that the media is biased against them.
And btw, it did not work, and does not work. Because 90% of the Factor viewers are Republicans who are already voting for Trump. Almost no Democrats or Independents watch the Factor, and the few that do are just watching to see what the biased and crazy O'Reilly will say next, like slowing down to look at a car crash.
I know liberals and Independents who watch O'Reilly once in a while, but every one of them tell me they do it just to see how crazy and biased he is, and that they never believe a word he says, because they can clearly see his right-wing bias. O'Reilly says the liberals and Independents who watch him prove he does not have a bias, which is just laughable, because at best it's 10% of his viewers, and they only watch to laugh at him and see his bias in action.
A lot of them write to me and tell me they watched him once or twice and laughed at how stupid and biased to the right he is, and they also tell me they will never watch him again because they can not stand his arrogant and angry tone towards anyone not a Republican, and his clear right-wing bias.
Just look at how O'Reilly reports on Trump, he claims he is not a conservative, that he has a no-spin zone, that he reports on both sides equally, and that he has no bias for Trump or against Clinton.
Then every position he takes is for Trump, and against Clinton, 95% of his guests are Republicans, and the show is like it was produced by the Trump campaign. It's about as pro-Trump as you can get, only Hannity is more pro-Trump than O'Reilly.
And for the record, O'Reilly loves to say his critics know nothing about him because they do not watch his show. I watch the Factor almost every night, I do miss it once in a while, because after doing this for 16 years I sort of already know what O'Reilly is going to say and do about Trump and Clinton.
I basically watch the Factor every night, so I know what I am talking about. Yes I have a liberal bias, but I mostly quote O'Reilly from his own transcripts, or a video from his show, then fact check his bias for the Republican and show his lies and bias with facts that can be checked out.
Everyone has a bias, including me. But I quote O'Reilly then prove he is wrong, biased, or both. The problem I have with O'Reilly is that he denies he has a bias, says he has a no-spin zone, and says he is fair to both sides with an equal number of conservative to liberal guests, which is all a lie, it's a con, and O'Reilly is a lying right-wing con-man.
Here are some examples. O'Reilly says he has an equal number of conservative and liberal guests, then 99% of the shows he does are all Republican guests with sometimes 1 liberal on the show. In an average show he has 5 to 7 Republican guests, and 1 liberal guest.
And 99.9% of the time when that 1 liberal does get on the show he or she is on with a conservative at the same time, so they can barely get a word in and have very little time to talk. O'Reilly usually let's the conservative talk without cutting them off or talking over them, because they always agree with him, then as soon as the liberal starts talking O'Reilly or the conservative guest cut them off or talk over them, and always disagree with them.
Just watch the show and you will see what I am talking about, it happens almost every time. Basically the liberal is only put on for O'Reilly and the conservative to make fun of and call stupid for their position on whatever the issue is they are discussing. It's a 2 on 1 with 2 Republicans against the 1 liberal, they are talked down to, told they are wrong, and barely get to speak.
And to O'Reilly that is a fair and balanced no-spin zone, which is just laughable, and even a 5 year old can see it if they just watch the show one time. I keep records of the guest list, and what party they are in, most shows are 7 to 1, or 7 to 0.
That's 7 Republicans to 1 or 0 liberals, but no show is ever 7 to 1 or 7 to 0 for the liberals, in the 16 years I have watched the Factor not one show has had more liberal guests than conservative guests, not one, ever. In fact, the most liberals I have ever seen on 1 show was 2, and that is very rare, it only happens maybe once a month, if that, probably less.
And the liberals that do get on are almost never on alone to discuss the issue with O'Reilly. But almost all the conservatives are, the conservatives are almost never on with a liberal, very rarely does it happen. I would say 99% of the time a liberal is on with a conservative guest, and O'Reilly, while 99% of the conservative guests are on alone, with no liberal guest to counter what they say.
O'Reilly does that on purpose, so it looks like the liberal is always wrong, because 2 conservatives are sitting there telling them they are wrong. While the conservative guests are on alone so there is nobody there to tell them they are wrong, which makes it look like they are always right, and they almost always agree with O'Reilly, so that makes it look like he is right too.
Just watch when O'Reilly makes a point, with his talking points memo or some other point, then he throws to a guest and says this: "Where am I going wrong?"
And the conservative guest says this: "You are right and I agree with most of what you said." This happens almost every show. O'Reilly does that on purpose to make it look like he is right about everything, and most of the time no liberal is on to disagree with either one of them.
That is classic O'Reilly right-wing spin, that he calls a no-spin zone.
Right now his main spin tactic is spinning the polls and ignoring them at the same time. He mostly ignores all the polls that show Clinton way ahead of Trump, to focus on the one or two biased or questionable polls that have Trump barely losing to Clinton.
This is done to keep Republican voters thinking Trump still has a chance to beat Clinton, to send a message to them to make sure they get out and vote in November, because if they do Trump can win. Even though, deep down O'Reilly knows that Trump is a disaster and that he has virtually no chance to beat Clinton.
He hopes that Trump can get enough white votes to win, but it is not going to happen. Trump would need at least 70% of all the whites to vote for him, to make up for not getting any votes from the blacks, latinos, and the poor, which is just not going to happen. Romney could not even get 70% of the white vote, and he was a rich white guy running against a black man, while Trump and Clinton are both white, so Trump has zero chance of getting 70% of the white vote.
And I will say this, if Trump gets 70% or more of the white vote in November I will shut this website down. That is how confident I am it will not happen. And if it does not happen, Trump has no chance to win.
Now look at how O'Reilly reports on the election polls and the electoral college maps. Let's talk about the electoral college maps first, O'Reilly totally ignores them, because they all show Trump getting crushed by Clinton.
He never says a word about any of them, the three I know of are Nate Silver and fivethirtyeight.com, Larry Sabato and his crystal ball, and Real Clear Politics. None of them are partisan political guys, they do not give their opinions, they do not say if they are Democrats, Republicans, or Independents, nobody knows what party they are in.
They all do non-partisan analysis of the polls, they average the polls and look at what party won which state in the last presidential election in 2012, then they come up with an electoral college prediction. It is all done in a scientific and non-partisan way. And they all have Clinton crushing Trump, roughly 340 to 350 to 170 to 190, for Clinton, none of them have Trump over 190, which is worse than Romney did against Obama in 2012, he got 206.
It shows that Trump is a terrible candidate and that he is doing badly, which is why O'Reilly does not report any of it. Instead he cherry picks one poll that is not a real poll, that shows Trump only 1 point behind Clinton, while ignoring the other 12 polls that have Clinton 6 to 10 points ahead, including his own Fox News poll that has Clinton 10 points ahead, O'Reilly never even mentioned it, or tried to explain why it has her 10 points ahead.
He just ignores it, his own network poll, it's as if it never came out to O'Reilly, because it shows Clinton 10 points ahead and he hates that. It goes against his narrative that Trump is close and can still win, so if all you whites get out and vote Trump can win. Which is just a lie, O'Reilly is lying to you.
Trump has no chance, he can not win with the white vote only, it is impossible, For one thing, Clinton is also white, so she is going to get a lot of the white vote, way more than Obama did against Romney.
And btw folks, whites are now 72% of America, so for Trump to win he would need every single one of them to vote for him, and that is never ever going to happen.
But here is what really shows the truth.
In 2012 whites were 72% of the electorate, Romney got 59% of the white vote, and that was a white man running against a black man, While Obama got 39% of the white vote. A black man got 39% of the white vote. Clinton will get much more than that, she will probably get at least 45% of the white vote, and that means Trump can not win.
And for the record, right now, as I type this, Trump is at 50% with whites, so he is not even close to the 70% he needs to win with the white vote only. And every week his support among whites goes down, he is losing white votes the more he talks.
In 2008 74% of the electorate was white, McCain got 55% of the white vote and Obama got 43% of the white vote. So as you can see the percentage of whites in the electorate goes down a percentage or two every 4 years, that is because minorities, blacks, and latinos are having more kids than whites, so the whites are losing voters more and more in every election.
In fact, the Census Bureau projects white children will be the minority by 2020, which is only 4 years from now. In other words, Trump can not win with white votes only.
Notice that O'Reilly ignores all this information, while promoting the narrative that Trump can win if enough whites get out and vote. It's all a lie folks, Bill O'Reilly is a right-wing liar who is lying to you, and that is a fact. He is a spin doctor for the Republican party and his friend Donald Trump. Almost nothing he says is true, it's almost all right-wing spin, and that is a fact.
Just watch his show and find out for yourself, look at what he says then check to see if it's true or just his opinion. Most of the time it is just his biased opinion, and he has other biased right-wingers on to agree with his biased opinion to make it look like he is right.
It's almost all spin, and spin for the Republicans, he never spins anything for the Democrats, ever. The O'Reilly Factor is a 99% right-wing spin zone, with a 99% right-wing host, who has 99% right-wing guests on to agree with him 99% of the time. And that is a proven fact, the no-spin zone is a lie, it's just a slogan, and a dishonest one.
Bill O'Reilly is not a journalist, he is a partisan right-wing op-ed column who talks on a biased right-wing cable news tv show.
And one last thing, Bill O'Reilly has no power to change any votes or to get anyone to vote for Donald Trump, it did not work when McCain ran against Obama, it did not work when Romney ran against Obama, and it will not work for Trump against Clinton.
O'Reilly has on average 2.7 to 3 million total viewers a night, that is total viewers. We have 320 million people in America, that means 317 million of them do not watch the O'Reilly Factor. And most the people I ask about O'Reilly do not even know who he is, I have to tell most of them who he is when I tell them about this website and what my blog is about.
And of that 2.7 to 3 million, about 90% of them are Republicans who agree with O'Reilly and already plan to vote for Trump. So O'Reilly can spin out all the right-wing propaganda he wants, it just will not matter, and it will not get one person to vote for Trump, because they are already Trump voters.
Report: Ailes Used Fox News Budget To Target Journalists In Smear Campaigns
August 20, 2016 - 7:30am
What a shocker, Bill O'Reilly has not said a word about any of this, shocking, NOT!
Former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes used portions of the Fox budget to hire consultants, political operatives, and private detectives to conduct surveillance campaigns against perceived enemies, including journalists critical of Fox and Ailes, according to a report from New York magazine's Gabriel Sherman.
Parent company 21st Century Fox announced in July that Ailes would be resigning following allegations of sexual harassment from former Fox anchor Gretchen Carlson and at least 25 other women. Subsequent reports have indicated Ailes was only part of a decades-long culture of sexual harassment at Fox.
Sherman reported that Ailes used revenue from Fox's budget to hire consultants, operatives, and detectives that reported only to him and would work in a special Black Room to conduct operations against people he targeted both inside and outside the company.
Sherman wrote that "Targets of the campaigns included journalists" such as Sherman himself and reporters from Gawker. He also wrote that multiple Fox employees participated in these operations, including Fox contributor and Ailes lawyer Peter Johnson Jr. and Fox contributor Bo Diehl, and that Fox's CFO "approved budget expenditures throughout this period," along with Fox's general counsel.
Sherman reported in his 2014 Ailes biography that Ailes had masterminded the creation of a blog called "The Cable Game” which was used to attack Fox rivals and critics and was authored in part by Fox contributor Jim Pinkerton.
From the August 7 article:
But with Ailes gone, Fox executives are now looking closely at how Ailes spent Fox money. And what they are discovering is that, beyond the sexual harassment claims, Ailes was also able to use portions of the Fox budget to hire consultants, political operatives, and private detectives that reported only to him, according to a senior Fox source.
Last week, according to the source, Fox News dismissed five consultants whom Ailes had hired to do work that was more about advancing his own agenda than Fox's. One of the consultants, Bert Solivan, ran negative PR campaigns against Ailes's personal and political enemies out of Fox News headquarters, a source said.
According to one highly-placed source, Solivan worked out of what Fox insiders called the Black Room, an operation Ailes established around 2011 to conduct PR and surveillance campaigns against people he targeted both inside and outside the company.
The Black Room was located on the 14th floor of the News Corp building at 1211 Avenue of the Americas, a quiet part of the office that housed Fox News Latino and some marketing and promotions employees.
Fox employees Ken LaCorte and Jim Pinkerton, veteran political operatives who've worked with Ailes since the 1980s, also worked with Solivan, the source said, adding that Ailes’s personal lawyer, and Fox contributor, Peter Johnson Jr. advised the team.
Targets of the campaigns included journalists John Cook and Hamilton Nolan, who have aggressively covered Ailes for Gawker. According to one source, private detectives followed Cook around his Brooklyn neighborhood and Fox operatives prepared a report on him with information they intended to leak to blogs.
(According to the source, one proposed line of attack claimed that Cook -- whose wife, Slate news director Allison Benedikt, is Jewish -- was anti-Semitic.)
Sherman was also the target of an operation, a highly-placed source told said: In 2012, while he was researching a biography of Ailes, Fox operatives set up web pages to attack his reputation, and Fox funds paid for Google search ads against his name that linked to the sites. One source also said private investigators employed by Fox contributor Bo Dietl were instructed to follow him and my wife.
The allegations about Ailes's questionable use of Fox resources raise the issue of how much other high-ranking officials knew about his activities. Fox News CFO Mark Kranz, for instance, approved budget expenditures throughout this period, and general counsel Dianne Brandi approved contracts.
And btw folks, back when I first started oreilly-sucks.com in 2000, O'Reilly and Diane Brandi sent me a letter trying to get me to stop selling advertising on my website.
They told me some lame story about how I was illegally using the O'Reilly name and it was against the law for me to sell ads using his name, even though the site is called O'Reilly Sucks, and he is a public figure, so I knew they were full of it. I wrote her and asked her to sue me, and I never heard from her again.
Through a spokesperson, both Kranz and Brandi said they had no knowledge of expenditures for surveillance and online attacks.
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The Bill O'Reilly Senate Torture Report Countdown Clock
O'Reilly Caught Lying About The Obama Approval Numbers
FOX News Caught Lying About Obama Budget
O'Reilly Busted For Helping GOP Smear Pelosi
O'Reilly Caught Lying About Obama Earmark Promise
Military.com Report Proves O'Reilly Wrong About Homeless Vets
O'Reilly Places 7th in 2008 Wingnut of The Year Award
O'Reilly Denys Reality About Abstinence Only Programs
|Proof The O'Reilly Factor is Biased Against Barack Obama|
|Proof O'Reilly Lied About The Balance on His Show|
|O'Reilly Sucks Investigation: Dishonesty, Deception, And Bias By Bill O'Reilly|
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