I don’t care how much you don’t like the press.

It is absolutely, patently absurd to pretend that the riots that shook DC and other cities by BLM and antifa could hold a candle to the threatening insurrectionist activity we saw today. (1/6)
Today’s riot and assault on the US Capitol isn’t some symbolic issue.

The national guard is actively being deployed to the US Capitol in response to seditious threats against the US Congress, cheered on by a president who had rallied these rioters to DC beforehand. (2/6)
I’ve seen a lot of you on here spend your time today criticizing the media and the left for being concerned about today’s events but not the riots we saw here, in Minneapolis, in NYC and beyond last summer.

You are wrong to do so. (3/6)
Were the summer’s riots bad? Of course. Did the media do an awful job covering them? Yes, as I’ve said time and again, they did. Did they cause enormous individual & collective damage across major cities? Absolutely.

They weren’t an attempt to overthrow an election. (3/6)
This is a shock to the American system of government unlike anything we’ve seen since 9/11.

Whether or not the those on the left or in the media have falsely claimed before that other things were just this bad Does. Not. Matter.

Neither does what they’ve ignored. (4/6)
What matters is that the President of the United States - a man of our political party, conservatives - has given cover to a collective action that can only be called insurrection.

If your thoughts and priorities are elsewhere tonight, you should look inward, and quickly. END

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I’m open I let my emotions get the better of me yesterday. I don’t have a column or anything like that, so I figured I would lay out my thinking about what happened at the Capitol where I lay out most things - a not-so-quick 🧵.
First, what we saw yesterday with the storming of the US Capitol was vile, barbaric, and unamerican. There is no excuse that exists for a mob to break into a federal building, particularly one that was housing the entire US government. It was despicable.
It’s important we start here because every other piece of commentary - esp on media hypocrisy - is secondary.

Sure, we need to be able to walk & chew gum and talk about issues in parallel. But that requires defining what issues must take priority over others. This one is tops.
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If you feel like you’ve heard that something’s “worse than Watergate” before, well, it’s because you have.

By my count we’ve had about a dozen Trump-related stories that are “worse than Watergate” according to Carl Bernstein.

A stroll down memory lane, anyone?👇
You’ve gotta understand that all of this goes back to the end of 2016, mere months after Trump’s election.

Here’s ol’ Carl Bernstein saying in December 2016 that Trump’s “lies” are “worse than Nixon’s”
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Great job here guys. Slam dunk all around.
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These people have fully lost their minds
Maybe some of you have lost the capacity for shame on this stuff, but it’s enormously embarrassing for those of us who still possess any.
And in case any of you thought that “own the libs” was an effective political strategy, that the GOP nominee for president found a way to lose is proof positive that it is nothing but a miserable failure. This behavior from @AZGOP is just another outgrowth of that.
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The Year’s Worst Media Moments: 2020 Edition

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#9: Early COVID coverage

I tried to cut some slack on early coronavirus predictions. But it’s worth reflecting on the way we talked about the virus back when it first started & how many people were so confidently wrong, like @Slate, @USATODAY, @thehill & @businessinsider.
#8: Masks

The worst specific coverage around the early outbreak was on masks.
Especially because the pro-mask crowd can be so militant these days, it’s worth remembering what the conversation looked like back then.

Some of the worst were @CNN, @MSNBC, @ABC & @washingtonpost.
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