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More from @MattGertz

6 Apr
A Nexis search of newspapers returns 1,199 results for "Republicans pounced" compared to 1,900 results for "Democrats pounced."

For news transcripts, it's 274 for "Republicans pounced" and 616 for "Democrats pounced."
James Freeman of the WSJ ran some similar searches for a column a couple years ago if you don't believe me.
This strikes me as a case of confirmation bias more than anything else -- online conservatives adopted a theory of the case and every time they see a new "Republicans pounced" example they think it validates the theory.
Read 5 tweets
5 Apr
I swear this is real.
This is one of Fox's premiere "news side" programs doing a segment about a Portland, OR, high school that is considering changing its mascot.
So it looks like the school's name was recently changed to Ida B. Wells-Barnett HS and was also changing its mascot to the evergreen and a single board of ed director suggested there might be a link between trees and lynching, and now Fox is freaking out.
Read 7 tweets
1 Apr
This is a total ethering of one of Fox News' go-to coronavirus "experts."

Alex Berenson has made at least 75 appearances on weekday shows since the start of the pandemic, 51 in primetime. He is "the Secretariat of being wrong."…
Choice expert quotes grappling with Berenson theories:

"His point is absolutely stupid."

"The claim he is making is simply fearmongering."

"Actually, his argument is even worse than your analogy."
Berenson would just be a novelist with a Twitter account and strange ideas about pot if Tucker Carlson and Laura Ingraham hadn't decided to feature him in their paranoid coronavirus coverage and the Murdochs hadn't decided that was fine.…
Read 5 tweets
30 Mar
oh fuck
Thanks dad.
If you feel an urgent need to buy me a drink right now, I'm Matthew-Gertz on venmo.
Read 6 tweets
29 Mar
Every media controversy these days feels more consequential because it's happening against the backdrop of a collapsing industry featuring heightened precarity for everyone who works in it.
Every HR and editorial policy shift at the New York Times, Washington Post, and The Atlantic is unusually important because they're rare lifeboats that are likely to weather the storm.
A change in a political magazine's leadership matters more because there are fewer places for writers whose work don't fit the scheme to go.
Read 6 tweets
29 Mar
Newest hire acknowledges that Fox News is a pro-Trump propaganda outlet.
This sort of comment is actually good for Fox because they're more worried about winning back folks who drifted to OAN/Newsmax out of concern that Fox was insufficiently propagandistic.
Anyway time for more whining about how Peter Doocy isn't on "the list" for Biden press conferences.…
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