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Expat Northerner. Adopted Texan. EP @MegynKellyShow. Editor/Host @FourthWatch newsletter and podcast. Past: CNN, TheBlaze, Mediaite, TVNewser, NBC, Cuse
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Sep 20 4 tweets 4 min read
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."

Jun 16 7 tweets 3 min read
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/
Feb 6 6 tweets 2 min read
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/
Sep 1, 2021 4 tweets 3 min read
.@JoeRogan has COVID.

He says he immediately took monoclonal antibodies, ivermectin, a z pack, prednisone, an “NAD drip” and a vitamin drip.

After 3 days he says he’s feeling fine. @joerogan Social media outlets don’t like people sharing information about ivermectin being a potential COVID treatment, but they are totally cool with blue-check dudes sharing misinformation about ivermectin only being “horse dewormer”...
Jun 20, 2021 4 tweets 4 min read
Rather than covering Biden’s 1st trip abroad, most press covered for him.

Biden told Kaitlan Collins “you’re in the wrong business” for asking a totally fair question - those in media who attacked her are in the wrong business. My @FourthWatch newsletter:… @FourthWatch Is Ivory Hecker’s “expose” of her local Fox station an isolated incident… or a sign of what’s to come?

I interviewed the reporter on why she went public, and tried to get at what comes next. @FourthWatch:…
Apr 12, 2021 4 tweets 4 min read
There has been so much incorrect reporting related to the horrific events of January 6 - and more is coming to light.

As we see an actual “homicide” of a Capitol police officer on April 2, I try to take a nuanced look in @FourthWatch:… @FourthWatch Chris Hayes wrote - "did we ever find out the actual deal with the Hunter laptop?” - asking Twitter instead of, you know, the giant newsroom where he works.

Why doesn’t he, and we, know? Tech censorship. The real ramifications, @FourthWatch:…
Jan 22, 2021 5 tweets 4 min read
CNN promoted its “scoop” about the Biden administration having to start its vaccine program from “scratch”… 23 times on-air yesterday. Then Dr. Fauci revealed it to be false. After misleading viewers all day, CNN just moved on.

@FourthWatch newsletter:… @FourthWatch The Biden administration’s goal of 100 million COVID doses in 100 days means approximately 60 million Americans would be fully vaccinated by May 1.

If that’s the case, it would be an unabashed failure of government and healthcare. The media should know this, and call it out.
Dec 30, 2020 5 tweets 5 min read
It’s the last @FourthWatch newsletter of 2020, so here are the 5 most memorable media stories of the year:

- The death of “expertise”
- The rise of independents
- The crumbling of legacy influence
- The Newsroom Purge
- The conservative media conundrum… @FourthWatch I don't fault the media and medical "experts" for being wrong over and over again. The fault lies in the arrogance, lack of humility, and, ultimately, the lack of accountability.

My @FourthWatch newsletter on the death of “expertise”:…
Dec 28, 2020 4 tweets 4 min read
Contrast Chris Cuomo emoting so strongly you'd think he's annoyed his brother got the Emmy instead of him about COVID relief… with the efforts from @stoolpresidente and their Barstool Fund.

Performance v substance, & legacy media decay, in @FourthWatch:… Image @stoolpresidente @FourthWatch .@DanaBashCNN pressed Dr. Fauci hard about his “moving the goal posts” based on polling herd immunity comments. He deflected and said he was just making a “guesstimate.”

On Fauci's untouchable relationship with the press beginning to thaw. @FourthWatch:…
Sep 25, 2020 5 tweets 6 min read
"The President has betrayed you,” said Don Lemon. “The President lied to you,” said Chris Cuomo.

This isn’t fact-based news coverage, and it’s not even opinion programming. It’s trying to tell the viewer how THEY should feel.

My @FourthWatch newsletter:… @FourthWatch .@drsanjaygupta said a single anonymous “source” told him we "could have saved 80 to 90% of the people who died.”

Who is the source? Why does a single source get to make explosive comments anonymously? This fact-free, conjecture has no place on CNN:…
Sep 17, 2020 4 tweets 4 min read
There are prominent forces in the media irresponsibly elevating conspiracy theories, and sowing seeds of doubt about the election and vaccines.

Before we get to the crazy next weeks and months ahead - it needs to stop. My @FourthWatch newsletter:… @FourthWatch Also in @FourthWatch:

- On BuzzFeed, "Resistance Journalism" and more - podcast with @benyt Smith of the NYT

- Press starting to get fed up with lack of Biden access

- First edition of "WHY" - why are pundits on cable news?…
Aug 31, 2020 4 tweets 3 min read
Trump said he "ended NAFTA and signed a brand-new USMCA.” @ddale8 said it was “false or misleading.”

Trump said he did more for Black Americans than any pres. since Lincoln. Is that false, or just a typical Trump boast? Fact-checking the viral fact check:… Protesters screamed at Sen. Rand Paul to acknowledge Breonna Taylor. Paul actually introduced the “Justice For Breonna Taylor Act” prohibiting no-knock raids after talking to her family. How many media outlets included that detail? Few. From @FourthWatch:…
Aug 30, 2020 4 tweets 4 min read
The Acela Media was very turned on by Daniel Dale’s fact check of President Trump Thursday night. It was yet another over-the-top response to checked facts.

Is "fact checking" the new media religion, or the new media fetish? My @FourthWatch newsletter:… @FourthWatch Media misrepresents the Rand Paul story, leaving out key information about Paul and Breonna Taylor, in service to protesters who were screaming at the Senator and attempting to push him.

It’s not an issue of media style, but of substance. @FourthWatch:…
Aug 28, 2020 4 tweets 6 min read
The RNC was a shocking return to normalcy, in two key ways:

I was wrong about the coverage - CNN and other networks aired as much of the RNC as the DNC (if not more). And also… it felt like a normal convention? My @FourthWatch take on the week:… @FourthWatch Also in @FourthWatch:

Violent riots are not peaceful protests, and the media continues to conflate the two. But the media is starting to catch on to how damaging, politically, this conflation is to Biden’s election chances:…
Aug 19, 2020 4 tweets 5 min read
Cuomo got a prime slot, despite his horrid COVID response (and dropped news he’s writing a book).

Clinton got a prime slot, even in the MeToo Era.

Michelle Obama barely got fact-checked.

Assessing media coverage of DNC nights 1 and 2, in @FourthWatch:… @FourthWatch The media's focus on postal conspiracy theories continues to grow and get more hysterical and hyperbolic.

Some are demanding “Red Alert Coverage”! Of what exactly, besides tinfoil conspiracies that journalists like @garyhe corrected? @FourthWatch:…
Aug 19, 2020 4 tweets 5 min read
From Andrew Cuomo getting a prime speaking slot (then hawking a book), to Michelle Obama going low (and barely getting fact checked), to Bill Clinton in the #MeToo Era - shameless media moments from DNC nights 1 and 2 lead the @FourthWatch newsletter:… @FourthWatch The media's focus on postal conspiracy theories continues to grow, and only get more hysterical and hyperbolic.

The latest examples, from @FourthWatch:… Image
Aug 17, 2020 6 tweets 3 min read
How your media sausage is made:

The same NeverTrump GOP team behind Lincoln Project runs RVAT, and today they got current Google employee and previously unknown Trump staffer to go public with video endorsement of Biden. But that’s just the beginning... 1/ Next the staffer (named Miles Taylor) got a Washington Post op-ed to announce the news. This ensures his endorsement of Biden will go wide, and the op-ed (likely written by the political operatives behind RVAT) appears to give more credibiliity to him. 2/…
Aug 17, 2020 4 tweets 5 min read
Dr. Fauci said it’s safe to vote in person. The media response? Too busy focused on some dark forces in the government who are removing mail boxes.

The anti-Trump media has embraced conspiracy theories about the post office - my @FourthWatch newsletter:… @FourthWatch Also in @FourthWatch:

- Kovering for Kamala begins, as coverage matches pre-approved talking points

- #BCCInterview with Fox News’ @willcain

- This Week in "Bias Of Omission": Peace in the Middle East

- 2 Truths and a Lie: Very 2020 Edition…
Aug 10, 2020 6 tweets 7 min read
The hyperbole, the exaggeration, the crying wolf in some cases - it's undermining the legitimate and necessary coverage. And it brings us to this moment that can feel like our media is operating in an alternate universe.

My @FourthWatch newsletter:… @FourthWatch I introduce in @FourthWatch Trump and the Temperature Test.

Because we’re living in abnormal, uncertain times. But Americans are smart. And they know when media coverage doesn’t FEEL right.…
Aug 10, 2020 4 tweets 5 min read
The corollary to fringe right-wing media outlets is #Resistance media, but in 2020, the #Resistance has infiltrated the mainstream.

On an alternate media universe - and introducing Trump and the Temperature Test in my @FourthWatch newsletter:… @FourthWatch Also in @FourthWatch:

- Trump campaign adviser goes personal against the media - and it backfires

- On journalism in 2020, “moral clarity,” and Twitter: #BCCInterview with @WesleyLowery

- Want to buy a “real news” coaster?… Image
Aug 3, 2020 6 tweets 5 min read
For the first time ever, a witness reveals seeing Bill Clinton at Jeffrey Epstein’s private island (there because "he owes me a favor,” she says Epstein told her).

Where’s the media coverage? It barely exists. Here’s why - in my @FourthWatch newsletter:… @FourthWatch Dr. Fauci is a respected medical expert. But Is he immune from ever fielding a challenging question from the media?

We need consistency in this time of unknown, not experts breaking news about new guidance recommendations in interviews. @FourthWatch:…