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Nov 17 8 tweets 3 min read
Yesterday's conspiracy theories are today's legacy media news reports...

A thread on some interesting stories that have emerged in just the past 9 days since the midterm elections have been held, surely no relation of course on the timing... 1/
NBC Bay Area reporter @BigadShaban reported on the Pelosi attack based on source who saw body cam footage. It was almost identical to what Miguel Almaguer said 11/4 that got him suspended.

DA says Pelosi will "need to explain...why he did what he did"… 2/
WashPost reports after all that "secret docs!" drama, Trump raid produced basically nothing of interest.

"Do not point to any nefarious effort by Trump to leverage, sell or use the government secrets..." more just about "ego" and keeping "mementos":… 3/
NBC reports the January 6 committee will ignore "law enforcement failures" in final report, instead making it all about Trump.

An entire team was working on that aspect, but was given a “pens down” order recently:… 4/
NYT reports the #2 man in the Oath Keepers, Greg McWhirter, was actually an FBI informant, talking to them for months ahead of the Capitol attack.

Oh the day he was supposed to testify in the Rhodes trial, McWhirter, 40, had a heart attack & couldn't.… 5/
NYT also reports the FBI "had as many as eight informants inside" inside the Proud Boys, in the months before AND after the January 6 riot.

Despite this, NYT asserts "no evidence has surfaced suggesting that the FBI played any role in the attack." Yet!… 6/
There's also the SBF FTX implosion - who now says "fuck regulators" and "ESG has been perverted beyond recognition" and describes the "dumb game...we woke westerners play where we say all the right" things... conveniently post midterms, of course.… 7/
If you said any of this - about January 6 and the FBI, Paul Pelosi, the Trump raid, SBF's virtue signaling - you would have been accused of being a conspiracy theorist.

And now, in the post-midterms news cycle...they are all just true. Period. More in @FourthWatch tonight. 8/

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More from @SteveKrak

Nov 22
We don't yet know the motive behind the horrific shooting at the Colorado Springs LGBTQ nightclub.

But I've seen a lot of comparisons to the Pulse nightclub massacre in Orlando in 2016. So it's important to remember what that story ended up actually being about. 1/
In 2018, @HuffPost published a fascinating investigation headlined "Everyone Got The Pulse Massacre Story Completely Wrong."

What seemed to be a story about homophobia and a hate crime against the gay community turned out to be... not that at all.… 2/
The Pulse shooter had never been there. His original target was a shopping center. He didn't know it was a gay club: "A security guard recalled Mateen asking where all the women were, apparently in earnest, in the minutes before he began his slaughter."… 3/
Read 4 tweets
Nov 19
CBS News has paused posting on Twitter over “uncertainty” with the platform due to @elonmusk “out of an abundance of caution”… while they continue posting on TikTok.

Because it’s about perception, not reality ImageImage
This week the head of the FBI there’s "national security concerns" about the Chinese government’s involvement in TikTok: “There’s plenty of reason by itself to be extremely concerned.”

CBS News continues posting there, but (performatively) not Twitter.…
CBS leaks that it’s a security risk to post on Twitter to subservient journalists, while continuing to post on TikTok. Sure…
Read 4 tweets
Oct 30
Here's a representative example of the terrible media coverage surrounding the Paul Pelosi attack:

CNN's John Miller begins to describe the 9-1-1 call as "there's this person in my house" then yadda yaddas with "so on and so forth" - but Miller never heard the call himself. 1/
CNN's Miller says "you can barely hear him because he sounds like he's whispering," then sneaks in the truth "...according to people who have heard the conversation."

He's describing a tone of voice and a phone call... that he's never actually heard. 2/
There's the "so on and so forth" aspect of his report. What did he not include? We know the officers describe Pelosi as identifying the attacker's first name and describing him as a "friend."

By the time he references the officers, he ignores the question of who let them in. 3/
Read 6 tweets
Sep 20
NY Mag's Hunter Biden laptop cover story is the kind of meticulous, comprehensive reporting that has the power to change perceptions - and enlighten a skeptical audience.

I talked to reporter @OliviaNuzzi about her scoop in my @FourthWatch newsletter:…
@Olivianuzzi @FourthWatch .@OliviaNuzzi on the Hunter Biden laptop story: "I wanted to interrogate the groupthink...self interest and a lack of intellectual courage seemed to come together to form what amounted to an industry-wide posture towards a subject."

@FourthWatch When 48 people suddenly show up uninvited on the island they like to spend a week on in the summer, the Acela Media breaks out the wall-to-wall coverage. But if it shakes the press into actually covering the story, the stunt will be worth it. @FourthWatch:…
Read 4 tweets
Jun 16
If you don’t see what’s happening, you’re not paying attention.

This Loudermilk tour story is the first major moment of the January 6 hearings.

Watch this softball interview by Erin Burnett of 1/6 committee member Zoe Lofgren, and let’s dissect what’s really going on. 1/
Lofgren responds to Burnett’s question about the Capitol police clearing Loudermilk and his tour group of wrongdoing by first calling the man in question a “rioter.”

Even the 1/6 committee doesn’t do that. They say he participated in the “unpermitted march." 2/
The January 6 committee also describes this person who Lofgren calls a “rioter” as “standing near the Capitol grounds.”

Get it? He didn’t commit a crime. He didn’t go in the Capitol. He wasn’t part of any “riot."

Read 7 tweets
Feb 6
I can certainly be convinced that the n-word is inappropriate for white people to say in every context. That there isn’t an actionable difference between *saying* the n-word and *using* the n-word.

But I think it’s reasonable to discuss this on a spectrum with nuance to it. 1/
I may not be a fan of Madonna, but I think it’s reasonable for others to be, despite the fact that she described her child as an n-word, and later apologized for it.… 2/
I may not be a supporter of Carolyn Maloney, but I think it’s reasonable for others to be, despite the fact that she said the n-word in an attack on a political opponent, and later apologized.… 3/
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