Fox & Friends deceptively edited President Biden’s remarks on Satchel Paige to exclude his mention of the Negro leagues in an attempt to make Biden’s comments appear racially insensitive.
Brian Stelter claims there are “A-list journalists” he’s spoken to “who see the election subversion efforts intensifying, and they don’t feel like they can say so. They feel constrained.”
Edward Durr (R), the long-shot candidate who defeated New Jersey Senate President Steve Sweeney (D), apparently has “a history of posting bigoted, misogynistic and derogatory comments on social media,” the Washington Post reports.
“Yet none of it rated news coverage, even after Durr, a commercial truck driver who had never held office, became the Republican nominee for New Jersey’s third legislative district in April. According to a search of the Nexis database, which catalogues thousands of news sources, there were no published or broadcast reports about Durr’s posts in the six months leading up to Election Day.”
New data suggests that politics and hard news have moved to the back burner of the national conversation, with sports — and particularly the NFL — generating more interest, Axios reports.
Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) is joining Newsmax as a senior political analyst, after he was fired earlier this year from CNN for downplaying Native American genocide, the Daily Beast reports.
“Terry McAuliffe’s campaign raised eyebrows by spending nearly $60,000 to hire a high-profile attorney known for masterminding election-related legal challenges,” Fox News reports.
“When Fox News sent the campaign a request for comment, the McAuliffe campaign scrambled to ‘kill’ the story, according to emails mistakenly sent to Fox News.”
“We trust our readers to make up their own minds about his statement. And we think it’s news when an ex-President who may run in 2024 wrote what he did, even if (or perhaps especially if) his claims are bananas.”
Brian Stelter: “Last week the number of American news outlets with access to internal Facebook documents supplied to the SEC by Frances Haugen stood at 17. Those outlets — from CNN to NYT, Wired to Politico — agreed to a Monday morning embargo, which is why more than 50 stories all came out on the same day.”
“There are many more stories in the works – and there are more newsrooms joining the consortium.”
Associated Press: “Each member of the consortium pursued its own independent reporting on the document contents and their significance.”
Former President Donald Trump blasted Fox News, claiming the network “continually allows horrible and untruthful anti-Trump commercials to be run,” Mediaite reports.
Said Trump: “What good is it if FOX News speaks well of me when they continually allow horrible and untruthful anti-Trump commercials to be run—and plenty of them. In the good old days, that would never have happened and today it happens all of the time.”
He added: “With so many forces against us, Big Tech, the Fake News Media, the Radical Left, the RINOs, and more, we are at such a disadvantage, but we will win anyway!”
The Columbia Journalism Review looks at how right wing donors have propped up over a thousand local news sites that push conservative narratives.
A weekend cyberattack against Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. was linked to one of the most infamous Russian cybergangs, called Evil Corp., Bloomberg reports.
“Sinclair Broadcast Group, one of the largest TV station operators in the US, said Monday that a ransomware incident is disrupting some of its office and operational networks,” CNN reports.
“At an early afternoon town hall meeting held via Zoom, staffers were told that the ripple effects are widespread and the full ramifications are not yet known.”
Said one reporter: “Still no email, phones, file video or graphics. They expect us to keep broadcasting as if we aren’t down.”
“President Joe Biden will participate in a CNN town hall on Thursday in Baltimore, where he’ll take questions as his administration continues to sell his ambitious legislative agenda to members of Congress and the nation,” CNN reports.
Conservative radio host Dan Bongino slammed Cumulus Media, which carries The Dan Bongino Show, over the broadcasting company’s coronavirus vaccine mandate and dared the company to drop him.
Said Bognino: “I don’t want to be working for anybody, so I work for myself and I choose who to partner with. So I partner with Cumulus. You’re probably listening to me on a Cumulus station now. So Cumulus, for some stupid reason, thought it would be a really good idea to do a vaccine mandate. Why they would do that, I have no idea.”
He added: “I believe these vaccine mandates are unethical. I believe they’re immoral… And candidly I’d rather not be here today on this station or on any of these stations. I’d rather just talk to you on my podcast, which is mine.”
Conservative radio host Dennis Prager announced that he has Covid-19 while he ranted against vaccines.
Said Prager: “It is infinitely preferable to have natural immunity than vaccine immunity and that is what I have hoped for the entire time. Hence, so, I have engaged with strangers, constantly hugging them, taking photos with them knowing that I was making myself very susceptible to getting Covid. Which is, indeed, as bizarre as it sounded, what I wanted.”
Prager also said he “has been taking hydroxychloroquine from the beginning.”
Jackie Calmes: “American politics has changed dramatically since my post-Watergate generation of journalists began covering the story. Political journalism hasn’t kept up.”
“For years it was easy to cover ‘both sides’ — Republicans and Democrats — as equally worthy, and blameworthy, partners in democracy. While we reporters had come of age as witnesses to the unprecedented resignation of a Republican president who’d tried to corrupt the institutions of government to affect an election — imagine! — what remained was a Republican Party still capable of a creditable role in a healthy two-party system. After all, Richard M. Nixon was forced to resign when congressional leaders of his party began abandoning him. Again, imagine that, Kevin McCarthy.”
“Now, when reporters or pundits use the words “both sides” in regard to some political problem, I stop reading or listening.”
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Fox News host Tucker Carlson mocked Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg for taking paternity leave.
Said Carlson: “Pete Buttigieg has been on leave from his job since August after adopting a child. Paternity leave, they call it. Trying to figure out how to breastfeed, no word on how that went.”