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This Seems To Be The Day For Spotlighting Right-Wing Hypocrite Media Moguls

Posted by Phoenix Woman on October 23, 2007


Amanda Marcotte passes on some tidbits on the latest divorce of that charming moralist Richard Mellon Scaife, the chief bankroller behind both the get-Clinton “Arkansas Project” and the amusingly-misnamed sheltered workshop for archconservative antifeminist punditti, the “Independent Women’s Forum”,

Here’s a nice sample from the Washington Post:

At some point in late 2005, Ritchie started having suspicions about her husband and hired a private investigator named Keith Scannell, a specialist in high-end surveillance for insurance companies. In December of that year, Scannell followed Richard Scaife to nearby North Huntingdon, home of Doug’s Motel, a place where the TVs are bolted to the furniture and rooms can be rented in three-hour increments, for $28. (It’s now under new management and renamed the Huntingdon Inn. Head east on Route 8, then east on Route 30.) There, according to Scannell, Scaife spent a few hours with Tammy Sue Vasco.

Why a billionaire would shack up at Doug’s Motel, of all places, is a mystery. Ditto his choice of companions. Vasco is a tall, blond 43-year-old mother who in 1993 was busted in a sting operation after showing up at a Sheraton hotel and offering to have sex with an undercover cop for $225, the Post-Gazette reported.

Social Register material she is not, but Vasco and Scaife seemed to have a relationship that went beyond the purely professional. The two usually met each other twice a week, for months, at the motel, says an employee of the motel. Scaife would show up in a chauffeured car, dressed in a suit, wearing cuff links, always bearing flowers. Vasco would be waiting in same room every time, Room 5 on the ground floor, facing the parking lot, said the employee. Mr. Dick, as he was known at the motel, would stay for two hours or so, then get back in the car, which had been waiting, and leave.

Remember, this is the guy who got oh-so-publicly-worked-up about Bill Clinton’s getting hummers from an attractive Jewish women who wasn’t his wife.


Posted in Amanda Marcotte, big money, capitalism as cancer, family values, GOP bullying, GOP/Media Complex, half-vast rightwing conspiracy, hypocrites, Media machine, Republicans acting badly, Richard Mellon Scaife, rightwing moral cripples | Comments Off on This Seems To Be The Day For Spotlighting Right-Wing Hypocrite Media Moguls

I’m Spartacus.

Posted by Phoenix Woman on February 15, 2007

I’m here to represent in the Spartacus Army. (For Amanda as well as Melissa.)


Thanks to Driftglass (via Tild) for the concept.

Posted in Amanda Marcotte, Good Things, Melissa McEwan, Pandagon, Shakespeare's Sister, William Donohue | 3 Comments »

The revolution within and The Dixie Chicking of Amanda Marcotte

Posted by Charles II on February 14, 2007

“A perplexed European asked me a question: Why, she asked, have there been no general strikes in America to end its aggression in the Middle East? Why, she asked, are Americans so unwilling to force their government do what must be done?
These are not new questions. Everyone with an inkling of history and a modest awareness of international news realizes that Americans, completely contrary to the foundation myth of the American Revolution, are incredibly docile….[P]robably the single biggest reason why Americans do not take more direct actions like a general strike is their legitimate fear of losing their livelihoods. ”  

 —Zbignew Zingh

“On April 24, 2003, with the Iraq War barely a month old, NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw asked Bush about the boycott of the Dixie Chicks. The President responded that the singers “can say what they want to say,” but he added that his supporters then had an equal right to punish the singers for their comments.“They shouldn’t have their feelings hurt just because some people don’t want to buy their records when they speak out,” Bush said.  “Freedom is a two-way street.”

So, instead of encouraging a full-and-free debate, Bush made clear that he saw nothing wrong with his followers hurting Americans who disagree with him….

Sometimes, Iraq War supporters even turned to threats of violence.During one tour, lead singer Maines was warned, “You will be shot dead at your show in Dallas”…

[W]hat’s most troubling is that this intolerance toward dissent is not simply overzealous Bush supporters acting out, but rather loyal followers who are getting their signals from the top levels of the Bush administration.” 
–Robert Parry

No nation can be called democratic if it is not free of fear. These examples illustrate how the right-wing threatens dissenters with loss of livelihood or worse as a means of imposing dictatorial control.

Michael Lind described the relationship between corporations, the Christian Right, and the think tanks as The Triangular Trade.  A similar relationship has developed between the right wing political apparatus, the media, and tame liberals. The political machine issues creates some sort of meaningless controversy, which is magnified by the media. The public would ignore this but for the fact that some tame liberal frames the non-controversy as though it were a genuine moral issue.

The public hears the moral issue, even if it has learned to tune out the noise machine.

For example, the noise around Nancy Pelosi traveling with the security that the law indicates that the third person in line to the presidency should receive was framed in at least three ways:

  1. Pelosi demanded the plane because she is an arrogant limousine liberal
  2. Pelosi would be depriving the troops of a more comfortable plane
  3. Pelosi would be damaging the environment by wasting gas

The first two frames are aimed at the Republican base. But the third attempts to frame the issue in a manner that might appeal to the center/left.

It’s the way they sell cereal on the grocery shelf: package the same empty carbohydrates, artificial colors, and sugar in as many different boxes as one can and hope that someone buys. People like Joe Lieberman, Brendan Nyhan, Joe Klein, and even David Corn play the part of tame liberal, suppressing dissent through ad hominem attacks rather than quietly saying, “I don’t agree, and this is why.”

Since there’s no way the Pubbies will cost Pelosi her job, they weren’t able to use that lever.  But with Amanda Marcotte, we saw the exact same sort of multi-framing, with the anti-Catholic frame being used to appeal to the center and the incivility frame being used to play to the left. It might have worked were the right not tottering under the burden of its own anti-religious hatred and its own gross incivility.

For Amanda, the noise machine did go after employment. It would be amusing if the net effect were to cost Mr. Donohue his own.

In examining the uprising in Oaxaca, I learned something interesting. Nothing– not demonstrations or strikes or violence troubled the power structure. But when people lost their fear, the power structure became terrified. They still have the place under military lockdown. They are still losing, day by day.

The real revolution begins within, when we reflect on what we are really afraid of and why. Are we afraid of losing a job at a time when we are losing our country, our freedoms, even our identity as liberty’s lamp to the world?  As Europe shows us, we can only really have the freedom to be a democratic society if we accept– and through solidarity support– one another as brothers and sisters in The Beloved Community.

In other words, what we try through timidity to preserve, we will lose. And what we are brave enough to lose, we will keep.

What are we willing to do without to keep our freedom?
Update: Amanda was Dixie Chicked.  And she is doing us all proud by showing her attackers that she isn’t afraid and she isn’t backing down.

Posted in Amanda Marcotte, beat the press, distractions, GOP bullying, GOP/Media Complex, Pelosi, The smear industry | Comments Off on The revolution within and The Dixie Chicking of Amanda Marcotte

Sow The Wind, Reap The Whirlwind

Posted by Phoenix Woman on February 13, 2007

Donohue’s minions think they’re being so cute by DoSing Pandagon so nobody can access the IRS form template Auguste so thoughtfully provided to nail Donohue.

They reckoned without me.

Here’s what you do:

Download Form 3949-A from  (Here’s the direct link.  Thanks, Adam!)  Fill out with the pertinent info on Donahue’s org under #2 (the “business name” side). (Put “N/A” in the individual-name fields under #1.) Here’s the info:

2. Business Name: Catholic League
2a-b. Address: 450 Seventh Avenue, 34th Floor, New York, NY 10123

2c. Emp. ID Num: 23-7279981

2d. Principal Bus. Act.: Non-Profit Political Advocacy

Skip to 4. Check off “Other”.

5a.(Describe violation)

“In his role as President of the Catholic League, a 501(c)(3) organization, William Donohue made national television appearances calling for the firing by the John Edwards for President campaign of two campaign employees. The Catholic League has issued press releases on Feb. 9 ( and Feb. 12 (http// of 2007 specifically pressuring the Edwards campaign to fire these two employees, thus violating TITLE 26, Subtitle F, CHAPTER 76, Subchapter A, Sec. 7409 (a)(2)(i), which instructs 501(c)(3) groups not to intervene in political campaigns.  Donohue’s group should have been especially aware as the IRS has issued a recent fact sheet, FS-2006-17, to remind 501(c)(3) groups that they are not to intervene in political campaigns.  Donohue’s group has also done similar interventions against John Kerry’s political campaign in 2004; On Feb. 7, 2007, Donohue boasted to Tucker Carlson of MSNBC that he caused two Kerry campaign employees to be fired ( Again, this violates TITLE 26, Subtitle F, CHAPTER 76, Subchapter A, Sec. 7409 (a)(2)(i).”

5e — Provide cites.

Then finish w/your name/address/etc. at the bottom.

UPDATE: Looks like “Fidelis”, a quasi-religious but in reality GOP-based hydra-headed group with ties to and a 501(c)(3) arm, is rushing to Bill The Anti-Semite Donohue’s aid. Now they seem to be a touch smarter than Donohue — the fact that they split themselves into four separate groups to keep their tax-exempt religious group status while still engaging in political mischief shows that — but groups like this often have the problem of not putting up nice thick walls between one part of the enterprise and the other. So let’s see what we can do about them, too:

2. Business Name(s): Fidelis (filed for recognition by the IRS as a 501(c)4 organization; may not yet have it, and we can perhaps block it), Fidelis America (Political Action Committee), Fidelis Center for Law and Policy (501(c)3 legal advocacy arm, though they haven’t filed any Form 990s yet, which they need to do as a 501(c)(3)), and the Fidelis Media Fund (Section 527 organization)

2a-b. Address for all four entities: PO BOX 277, Chelsea, MI 48118; 734-433-1329. (Heh, the same P.O. Box for all four entities? This must be run out of somebody’s basement. Not smart, if they really want to claim that all four groups are separate from one another.)

2c. Emp. ID Num: unknown

2d. Principal Bus. Act.: Non-Profit Political Advocacy

Skip to 4. Check off “Other”.

5a.(Describe violation) See above, and add your own information. Happy hunting!

UPDATE #2:  This would have been done sooner, but Akismet’s anti-spam device was just a tad overzealous, and so I didn’t catch these comments until I checked the spam filter.   The narrative information for 5a for the pertinent IRS reg has been corrected thanks to Ian W. Hill in the comments.   Also, thanks to Adam Rakunas for the direct link to the form!

Posted in Amanda Marcotte, blogger ethics, blogs and blogging, distractions, Fidelis, GOP bullying, John Edwards, Silly Republicans, The smear industry, Uncategorized, William Donohue | 31 Comments »

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