This was a remarkable moment in @foxnews history.
@FoxNews By ripping Sidney Powell with unequivocal language, @tuckercarlson has raised some eyebrows on the left and has apparently alienated some @foxnews diehards, to judge from his mentions. 2/
@FoxNews @TuckerCarlson What matters here, however, is the timing: Baseless allegations from various Trump campaign types have been spilling out for two weeks now, and @tuckercarlson has helped keep them alive. 3/
@FoxNews @TuckerCarlson Remember, for instance, how he picked up the dead-voter story and ended up having to issue a correction over one of the people. More generally, he treated the voter-fraud claims with a friendly deference. 4/
@FoxNews @TuckerCarlson By this point, however, the fraud of the voter-fraud team is just too overwhelming to ignore. Seeing the obvious, @tuckercarlson tonight got out of the way of this whole disaster, the better to preserve his cachet as a iconoclastic truth-telling guy. 5/

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Late last night The Atlantic attached an editor's note to its story on niche sports, saying that author Ruth Shalit Barrett "deceived" the magazine about the central person in the narrative, a woman ID'd as "Sloane":…
This editor's note is nearly 800 words long, and the wildest sentence is this one.
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