By now you’ve heard that @SteveScully’s allegation of being hacked was a lie.

I thought that, surely, there wouldn’t be a need for a thread on this, because no one could have possibly believed his original claim, but...
Nope. We had bad takes.

Starting off, we have the inimitable @joelockhart who thinks you are - I kid you not - “a damn liar” for so much as QUESTIONING Scully’s allegation that he was hacked.
I thought it would only be Joe out on gullible ledge on this one.

Boy was I wrong.

Welcome to threadsville, @seanspicer.
And, go figure, @Scaramucci believed this one, too.
Also in the “I didn’t expect this one today” category is @hughhewitt, who also seemed to buy this one hook, line and sinker.
Needless to say @cspan has some egg on their face after all of this.
What are we doing here, @Acosta
Interesting time to be vouching for Scully here @costareports.
This one didn’t age well, @Neda_Semnani.
Of course, the reason that people like Scully pull defenses like this is that they’ll be able to get media reporters to report their bogus defense.

Here we have @thedailybeast, @USATODAY, @NBCNews and @AP.
For @Politico, the real story is that ”Trump attacks” over the allegation.
And the silence defense also helps. @brianstelter has a show that talks about the media and what they’re doing. Somehow, the original Scully defense didn’t make it into the program. (H/t @JosephWulfsohn)
For those who were defending Scully against allegations of political impropriety before Tweetgate, I tried to go easy and assume they were in good faith.

But some were just too egregious, like @FrankLuntz. “100% honest” didn’t quite hold up.
But even better may‘ve been the responses to his tweet.

Here we’ve also got @jimsciutto and @JaredHuffman doubling down on it.
In retrospect, this one doesn’t seem “beyond ridiculous!” to me, @LarrySabato.
Nor does it seem right that being concerned would qualify as a “conspiracy theory” @julianzelizer.
I would contend that perhaps Steve Scully is not the “calmest, most decent and least partisan person in Washington, DC” there @GlennKesslerWP.
Same with the “one of the very best” suggestion from @ktumulty.
I’m...not sure that this one aged perfectly, @joshtpm
This is one of the rare occasions where something is so painfully obvious that all you have to do is wait for it to blow up.

My (unsolicited) advice to the bluechecks: when something looks like bullshit, sounds like bullshit, and smells like bullshit, it might just be bullshit.

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A few thoughts:

1) I don’t get why these personal moments are newsworthy
2) they’re heartbreaking, and the type of heartbreak that anyone who has had a loved one battle addiction knows
3) this does more to humanize Joe Biden than any campaign ad.
More succinctly: dunking on a man for comforting his addict son is fucked, and if your politics leads you to do it, that’s fucked, too.
We are in the midst of the greatest addiction and overdose crisis this country has ever seen.

And we’re dedicating time and attention to dunk on a man struggling with addiction and a father who cares for him?

Are you fucking kidding me?
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Quick thread.

It’s become fashionable to criticize the US response to coronavirus. Perhaps that’s warranted. But cases are spiking across Europe and it’s gone unremarked across much of the media.

I ran the numbers. It’s grim, particularly compared to new US cases.

New cases: 29,641
Population: 67 million

Cases adjusted for US pop: 145,108
Actual US cases: 55,291

There’s still apples to oranges a bit, here, but for context, that would be about double the highest single-day case total in the US so far.
United Kingdom

It isn’t just France, either. This is all over Europe.

New cases: 17,502
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Cases adjusted for US pop: 85,681
Actual US cases: 55,291
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Much like Antifa in the Democratic telling, libertarians are an idea, a loose collection of ne’er-do-wells, marching under the same banner, burning cities in their wake.
Every time a man between the ages of 18 and 22 waxes poetic about the power of the inv*sible h*nd, a new libertarian hatches.
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Good morning Image
He had to find one of the threads eventually
Tbh this one didn’t even pop I have no idea how this happened
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The bombshell @nypost story about Joe & Hunter Biden has caused some bluechecks to suddenly worry about pushing a story that may not be true.

Where was that sentiment during the Russian collusion hoax?

Your latest class of the Hypocrisy Hall of Fame. #HypocrisyHOF
Perhaps the richest about-face comes from @jonathanchait. The same guy who suggested, with a straight face, that Trump has been a Russian asset since the 1980s & endlessly pushed the Steele dossier is worried that the Post’s story is a Russian hack. True #HypocrisyHOF material.
Right behind him in lack of self awareness is @kylegriffin1.

He didn’t want anyone sharing the link to the Post story, but he was happy to share @RepAdamSchiff’s conspiracy about Russian collusion even post-Mueller report.
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Interesting to see what folks are or aren’t willing to share, @kylegriffin1.
And of course.
Yeah who am I kidding this’ll probably be a thread soon.
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