If Fox News was already dead to you, it is probably even deader to you this morning. – Lou Dobbs, the pugnacious anchor and loyal Trump guy on Fox Business, saw his show cancelled yesterday in the wake of being named as a defendant in a $2.7 billion lawsuit against the network by Smartmatic.
Dobbs has been a fixture on Fox Business for a decade, and has remained a rare bright spot on the network as most of its other programming has veered to the left, causing a collapse in the “news” operation’s ratings in recent months.
From a story at NewsMax:
Fox News has canceled ”Lou Dobbs Tonight,” the program hosted by one of the media’s most steadfast supporters of Donald Trump and the former president’s claims of voter fraud, the Los Angeles Times reported Friday.
Dobbs’ program, which has been airing twice nightly at 5 and 7 p.m. ET on the Fox Business Network, will be replaced next week with ”Fox Business Tonight,” with rotating substitute hosts Jackie DeAngelis and David Asman, who filled in for Dobbs on Friday. This, according to a Fox rep who confirmed the news to the Times.
Dobbs, 75, remains under contract at Fox News, the newspaper said, but his future on the conservative news network is murky.
The cancellation comes a day after a large voting software company, Smartmatic, filed a $2.7 billion defamation suit against Fox News and three of its hosts — Dobbs, Maria Bartiromo and Jeanine Pirro. The company said the hosts helped to spread lies about Smartmatic’s role in the presidential election, to the detriment of its reputation and its business.
Fox News has been in turmoil as long-time viewers have abandoned the channel since Election Day. Former President Donald Trump has attributed his election loss to Joe Biden to unfair coverage by Fox News as well as massive voter fraud.
Dobbs was signed to Fox News by its former chief executive Roger Ailes in 2011. As the Times noted, he has long been the company’s most outspoken supporter of Trump’s economic and immigration policies. In the weeks after the election, the paper said, he went on the air to express anger that the Republican Party did not do more to act on claims that the election was rigged in favor of Biden.
The firing of Dobbs will add weight to critics’ claims the network has gone soft backing conservative views.
Interesting that Fox is taking no similar action related to weekend host Jeanine Pirro or Dobbs’s fellow Fox Business host Maria Bartiromo, both of whom are also named in the SmartMatic suit. Bartiromo, in constrast to Dobbs, has even been allowed to audition to become the new host for the 7:00 p.m. ET time slot to replace Martha MacCallum, who was recently moved into a daytime slot.
Is Dobbs a sacrificial lamb at the altar of the Swamp? Sure looks that way. Expect Fox’s ratings to continue to tank.
When is a “Conspiracy” not a “Theory”? Answer: When the corrupt news media details it in a long white-washing piece designed to inoculate all the participants. – Time Magazine details a giant anti-Trump conspiracy in a long piece published yesterday.
The corporate media: "People who say there was a shadow campaign to rig the 2020 election are conspiracy theorists!"
Time Magazine: "Read our story on the shadow campaign to rig the 2020 election!" https://t.co/fACJXabQJF
— Emerald Robinson ✝️ (@EmeraldRobinson) February 5, 2021
I posted an analysis of it yesterday evening, which you can read at this link. Enjoy.
To all you cheap Democrats out there freaking out about this video on Twitter, this is what is commonly known as a “generous tip.” Pay attention.
Someone on Tiktok posted a video of Trump in Florida this weekend. They say he was handing out $50 bills. pic.twitter.com/Vq5fTswok3
— Hunter Walker (@hunterw) February 5, 2021
Today’s Required Reading. – I know I’ve been handing out some long reading assignments here recently, but readers would do well to go over to Spiked-Online to read an excellent new piece by Ben Pile, a blogger at ClimateResistance.com. Pile’s piece details the reasons why the “green” climate alarmist community is, in contrast to most everyone else, actually very happy with draconian gubernatorial restrictions issued under the rubric of COVID-19, and in fact would love to see them continue into perpetuity.
No really, it’s true. Here’s an excerpt from Pile’s excellent piece:
The question at the centre of this bizarre, anti-human dystopianism is, ‘Will Covid help us save the planet?’. That was asked by last Sunday’s edition of the BBC’s Big Questions. spiked’s Fraser Myers, outnumbered by George Monbiot, Extinction Rebellion activists and neo-Malthusian population-obsessives, appeared on the show. He was interrupted every time he tried to counter the greens’ celebration of locking people in their homes. Such is the BBC’s absorption into the green and lockdown orthodoxies that it apparently could not find, in a population of 65million people, more than one dissenting voice.
For Monbiot, the logic of lockdown was simple enough. ‘What we’ve discovered with the pandemic is that when people are called upon to act, they’ll take far more extreme action than environmentalists have ever called for’, he said. In Monbiot’s view, all that was required to elicit the obedience of the population was for the government to make it ‘abundantly clear that we have to do this for the good of all’. But this is not true.
If it were true, there would not have been the need to pass emergency legislation, to force businesses to close, and to abolish gatherings, including protests, all under threat of fines of up to £10,000. Which is far in excess of what most people could afford without serious consequences, including the loss of their home. Moreover, there are countless reports of local authorities and the police failing to understand the regulations they were enforcing and exceeding their authority. People have stayed at home because there was nowhere to go to, and nothing to do, and because they do not want to break the law, and because they have been terrified of the virus. A July survey of British people’s estimation of the deaths caused by Covid found that (excluding ‘don’t know’) they overestimated the number of fatalities by up to 10 times. A third overestimated by 10 to 100 times, and 15 per cent overestimated by over 100 times.
Go read the rest of it – it’s about a 10-minute read altogether. You’ll be glad you invested the time.
Today’s Short-Term Memory Reminder. – Just a reminder that today, a full month after the Capitol Riot, the “temporary,” barbed-wire-topped perimeter fence remains around the Capitol Building – and is likely to be reinforced into a permanent wall – and Joe Biden still has an army of 7,000 National Guard personnel deployed in the police state that our nation’s capital has become.
And guess what else? It’s costing you half a billion dollars. From a story at the DailyWire:
The presence of National Guard troops in Washington, D.C., is racking up a hefty bill of $500 million as threats reportedly require them to remain into early spring.
The estimate exceeds even the $480 million Bloomberg projected Thursday, according to an official who confirmed the number to The Hill, and does not include the costs incurred by the city.
Approximately 26,000 guardsmen from all 50 states, as well as three U.S. territories and the District of Columbia, descended on the capital in the wake of the unrest on Jan. 6, locking down the sensitive areas around the Capitol building, National Mall, and large portions of downtown with police barricades and razor-topped fences.
Troop numbers have decreased to around 7,000 since the inauguration of President Joe Biden, with about 5,000 planning to remain until at least mid-March, in accordance with a Department of Homeland Security bulletin that warns threats remain even after the inauguration.
“Information suggests that some ideologically-motivated violent extremists with objections to the exercise of governmental authority and the presidential transition, as well as other perceived grievances fueled by false narratives, could continue to mobilize to incite or commit violence,” the bulletin said.
Note that last part: DHS has the ability to continue with this pretense of a “threat” from nebulous “ideologically-motivated violent extremists” into perpetuity, and has zero obligation under the law to prove the pretense is real to the public. If all that is required to say is that “information suggests” such threats exist, then DHS can accurately say that any threat it wished to imagine “exists” somewhere in the United States today.
This threat, “suggested by information” according to Biden’s DHS, is the one that’s being used to turn Washington DC into a police state via the abuse of the men and women of the National Guard.
That’s a national disgrace. A very expensive one.
That is all.
Today’s news moves at a faster pace than ever before. Whatfinger.com is the only real conservative alternative to Drudge. It’s the tool I use to help keep up with all the day’s events, and it should be your tool, too.