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.
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. instagram.com/p/CTSsA8wAR2-/@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”...
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: mailchi.mp/thefirsttv/fou…@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:
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: mailchi.mp/thefirsttv/fou…@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.
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.
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
mailchi.mp/thefirsttv/fou…@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.
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: mailchi.mp/thefirsttv/fou…
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: mailchi.mp/thefirsttv/fou…
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: mailchi.mp/thefirsttv/fou…@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.
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: mailchi.mp/thefirsttv/fou…
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).
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: mailchi.mp/thefirsttv/fou…@FourthWatch The media's focus on postal conspiracy theories continues to grow, and only get more hysterical and hyperbolic.
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/
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.