Democrats don't have a branding problem in rural America. They have a GOP media monopoly problem. The key fact in this story: white rural voters are fueled by a conservative media bubble that speaks in apocalyptic terms, convincing ppl that America's on the brink b/c of Dems.
Democrats can have the best branding, but if voters only consume right-wing radio & TV, right-wing propagandists are defining Dems. Dems' message can't reach voters living in GOP propaganda media bubble. That's what's gotten progressively worse. We're seeing it in these numbers.
Right-wing media is a drumbeat of demonization & disinformation. Have you listened to talk radio lately?? It's North Korea level crazy assaulting ppl's brains w/ fear & anxiety. Ds & sane Rs should join forces, buy radio stations, launch news channels in those media markets. BUT
BUT (always a big but, as Pee Wee says😉) Dems can't dilute efforts to counter GOP propaganda in non-rural communities w/ new ventures in rural America. Oprah, Bezos, Bloomberg, Obama can do that. Dems' primary focus must be on reachable voters, esp in Latino & Black communities.

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🤨#Durham's indictment of #Danchenko on 5 counts of lying to the FBI suggests in ¶5 that both Crossfire Hurricane & the Mueller probe "relied substantially" on the Steele Dossier ("Company Report"). But really this is only about the Carter Page FISAs. Don't write like this, kids.
Still reading Danchenko indictment, but this early sentence in ¶5 seems to confirm Durham's political mission to nip at the edges to create the FALSE impression that Mueller's Russia investigation is discredited. I mean "In connection with" is doing a whole lotta BS work here imo
ICYMI The Mueller report debunked the Steele dossier. How do you "substantially rely on" something you debunk? You don't. But Durham's indictment of Danchenko tosses it in anyway, w/ a specious reference to the Special Counsel's Russia investigation. Argh.…
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🧵Nobel laureate journalist @MariaRessa explains succinctly the existential threat @Facebook poses to democracies around the world:

Facebook is the world's largest distributor of news. Yet how it distributes news is governed by algorithms that amplify anger & hate and divide us.
@mariaressa @Facebook .@MariaRessa: Research shows that lies laced with anger & hate spread faster and further than facts. By spreading lies in this way, @Facebook divides society & radicalizes users.

If you say a lie 1000 times, it becomes a fact. If we don't have facts, we can't have truth.
@mariaressa @Facebook .@MariaRessa: Research shows that lies laced with anger & hate spread faster and further than facts. By spreading lies in this way, @Facebook divides society & radicalizes users.

If you say a lie 1000 times, it becomes a fact. If we don't have facts, we can't have truth.
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The Lawyer Behind the Coup Memo on How Trump Could Stay in Office Despite Losing Election (better headline)…
😳“Soon, Mr. Eastman was meeting face to face at Mr. Trump’s urging with the attorney general, William P. Barr, and telling him how Mr. Trump could unilaterally impose limits on birthright citizenship.”

Eastman is just chock full of fringe far-right autocratic ideas, isn’t he?
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Uh NO. PA SCt rejected bad-faith GOP effort to toss millions of votes to overturn DT loss.
@CNNSotu Maybe @PatToomey should go to law school after he retires from the Senate? Because he doesn't understand the branches of govt. OR he's just another GOP partisan throwing democracy under the bus.

Here's what the PA Supreme Court did—properly & thankfully…
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Making legal votes illegal is now GOP strategy everywhere. Image
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Our constitutional crisis is already here… ht @maddow
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The warning signs…obscured by the distraction of politics, the pandemic, the economy & global crises, and by wishful thinking and denial.
@maddow ⚠️Kagan:
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—He'll have massive campaign money
—Republicans are preparing to ensure his victory—by any means necessary
—Charges of fraud in 2020 are now primarily to establish the predicate to challenge future lost elections
—Other Rs will do it too
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Police visited office of Google’s Russian subsidiary to “enforce” the order.

FM spox claims the app’s developers have Pentagon links.
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