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17 Feb, 5 tweets, 1 min read
I've still seen very few admissions that press overwhelmingly got Covid-19 coverage wrong. They rewarded optics over getting it right. They made a hero out of a Governor that consistently got it wrong, and a villain out of one that got the big stuff right.
It wasn't just one issue. That was my frustration with both the Cuomo and DeSantis coverage. Cuomo has had at least 10 different scandals that have gone undercovered. DeSantis took arrows for fighting for and being right re nursing homes, beaches, & schools reopening.
Officials in FL wanted to send patients back, DeSantis said no & instead ordered staff testing. When he opened beaches, giving people a safe outlet, he was accused of trying to kill people. He had to go to court against the union to get schools open, but he made it a priority.
Meanwhile, Cuomo delayed lockdown, ordered patients to be sent to nursing homes while banning them from testing, wrong on ventilators, took a victory tour w people dying, imposed arbitrary restrictions, tried to blame Jews & targeted religious groups, manipulated data etc etc.
It would have been outrageous for the press to even suggest their responses were comparable, much less that DeSantis failed and Cuomo succeeded. But that's the narrative they ran with for a year. And everyone knows why.

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16 Feb
Interesting for a guy who just lost his re-election and only has one very narrow win against the least popular Dem nominee in decades to lecture someone that just won re-election by 20 points and has a long record of electoral success about winning.
Also, love the continued attempts to rewrite the history of GA Senate races. Only reason 2k was even a subject is Trump inventing the issue & actively trying to undermine GOP at last minute after 2 months of depressing turnout leading his own voters to not bother showing up.
And btw one of the main reasons R's lost GA is Trump spent 2 months almost exclusively attacking Republicans. Then blackmailing the GA Senate candidates into backing his dumb attacking. That's all the guy does. He has no influence with Dems or independents so he just attacks R's.
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14 Feb
Berenson consistently misleads people with partial or out-of-context data. Good example. We know that it takes several weeks for the vaccine to build up immunity.

2 weeks after 2nd dose, Israel has had 4 people die from Covid-19. All over 60 & cd have been infected before.
Instead of focusing on how a very tiny percentage of people who have gotten both shots have gotten seriously sick or died from Covid-19 compared to significantly more that have not, he misleadingly suggests it is a failure bc some still died after first dose or right after 2nd.
We are watching Israel's Covid-19 deaths drastically fall in real-time. All of the data shows the vaccines have been enormously effective at both reducing spread and reducing the seriousness of the virus. Anyone suggesting otherwise is not telling you the truth.
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14 Feb
Wow. What an embarrassing interview. Walensky just sacrificed all her credibility.

Tapper asks her to provide scientific justification for not reopening schools tomorrow with precautions and she simply can’t.
Tapper notes that 99% of kids currently fall into CDC red zones that would give an excuse for schools not to have in-person learning. But many of those kids have had at least partial in-person learning since Sept w no issues. Clearly the guidance isn’t prioritizing the science.
JT: I thought the science said we should open the schools if we take the safety steps. We took the safety steps and we are not opening the schools?

Walensky suggests you need universal masking etc. as a prerequisite, but that’s clearly not what the science says.
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12 Feb
Holy crap. These guys are so sleazy it’s unbelievable. They are publishing the private DMs of a former member (might want to ask how they got them) to try to attack her and a reporter covering them, but the DMs aren’t that bad & undermine their previous smear of Horn.
They deleted, but the @ProjectLincoln apparently got access to @NHJennifer private DMs and published them to try to smear her and the reporter who had written a piece about them.
Definitely can't blame an intern...

Not really a surprise who was behind this.

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12 Feb
This is brutal. There is no defending it.

Instead of telling people the truth, the press tried to turn the Governor with the worst Covid-19 response in the country into a hero.
Where is the self-reflection in the media?

I get not wanting to admit you're wrong, but how do you not look back at this and recognize that the media's credibility problem is self-inflicted?
In just the last few weeks we've had stories from the NYT about how Cuomo hid nursing home numbers, abandoned vaccine plans, ignored health officials, & misled on data to justify restriction changes.

But these stories aren't new. The silence until now is what's damning.
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2 Feb
Wait so the person who “broke into” her office was a Capitol police officer trying to evacuate her, who she then proceeded to baselessly accuse of trying to endanger her?

This is what reporters have been promoting all night?
Thus far AOC & several others have spent weeks smearing Capitol Police as complicit in the attack and other members as helping the attackers. They’ve provided no evidence for it.

She had legitimate reasons to be terrified that day, but this is just irresponsible at this point.
A lot of Capitol police officers got hurt that day protecting AOC and her colleagues. Some have had lasting trauma. They deserve better than one of the people they fought to protect that day running around and accusing them of being complicit without evidence.
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