Conservative media outlets utterly set the agenda for their audience. Trump keeps losing his ridiculous suits and is now trying to pressure state officials to throw voters' wishes away. So naturally, rw media is just ignoring the story. Here's Townhall:
Over at Fox News, for the second day in a row, Gavin Newsom is the lead story of the day
"Reach Out to Trump Supporters," today's column from @WajahatAli, is important column that illustrates the difficulty of healing political divides. There will be no single way that will work and there are many that will never change. But... nytimes.com/2020/11/19/opi…
Change will be possible for some of them. Ultimately, the biggest divide in reaching Trumpers is that they see the world in religious terms. It's a continuation of Cold War propaganda in which Godly American capitalists were opposing Satanic atheist communists.
For decades, Boomer and Silent generation Americans were subjected to this propaganda from the government and from both parties. It has had a dramatic impact on them psychically.
Which is why outreach efforts will likely never work on them.
Joe Biden's first speech since his unofficial victory struck lots of the correct notes. We need unity and healing but it must be done correctly to work. Here's the link to the video and transcript if you missed it: npr.org/sections/live-…
The most important step in healing is to understand that the Trump/GOP coalition is not monolithic. And also, he should understand that the GOP elite does not act in good faith. Their goal is to do nothing.
Mitch McConnell figured out years ago that Americans don't support conservative economic or governmental views.
So instead of trying to pass laws to make that happen, his goal was to stop laws and use courts to push his agenda. I wrote about this in 2018 salon.com/2018/02/07/mit…
As a former conservative activist and journalist, it has been so frustrating to see my former compatriots spreading wild and unchecked claims about "voter fraud." @jacknicas of the NYT took a deep look at claims of "dead" people in Michigan voting. Link in next tweet.
While examining claims made by right-wing activists who are not credible individuals is a thankless task which elite media editors despise, this is vital and important work in this age of fake news. Here's the link: nytimes.com/2020/11/06/tec…
As the co-creator of NewsBusters, the most prominent anti-media website, I was part of a decades-long tradition of complaining about media elites being "unfair" to conservative views. There is still much to that argument, but eventually I saw that I was missing context.
Biden still has the advantage after #Election2020 but it's very clear that pollsters & modelers like Nate Silver badly messed up likely voter models.
I tried pitching publications on this topic but editors love group think and were too afraid. Here's some of what happened:
Firstly, a huge number of mailed ballots are never returned by voters. Estimates put it between 10 to 20 percent. Likely voter models should have removed some of these people, the plurality of whom were Democrats.
The Trump campaign began boasting about this in mid October but not one MSM or liberal outlet ever responded to this boasting. breitbart.com/politics/2020/…
Among Biden voters, controlling the spread of COVID-19 is "very important" to 93% and the top issue. Among Trump voters, 59% said it's "very important." Controlling Covid was the #7 issue for Trump supporters.
Whoops. Forgot the percentage on the last Biden priority:
The vast majority (75%) of Trump voters say their choice was in favor of him instead of in opposition to Joe Biden (22%). Among Biden voters, 54% said they were mostly pro-Biden while 44% said they were mostly anti-Trump. #ExitPolls
This interview Rudy Giuliani did with a conservative Daily Caller reporter about his alleged Hunter Biden story is so shady. Let me count the ways. 1) He says the Mac repair store owner kept "forged copies" of the computer hard drive
2) He gets visibly agitated when the reporter, Christian Datoc, asks him about metadata. "This is pettifogging nonsense" Giuliani replies. He then accuses Datoc of acting like one of those evil libruls:
3) Giuliani then very clearly demonstrates that he does not know that making an imaged copy of a disk would not modify its files. He claims the metadata in NY Post stories is screwy because of image copying, not because the Post generated the images it presented
A little known fact about Scott Atlas, Trump's top COVID adviser, is that besides having no credentials in public health or epidemiology, he works for a creationist think tank.
The group, called the Hoover Institution, is located on the campus of Stanford University. Besides spreading conservative economics, it has been churning out convoluted anti-evolution nonsense for years.
Here's a Hoover page featuring Atlas discussing Obamacare that further downward touts a discussion about the supposed "mathematical challenges" of macroevolutionary theory. hoover.org/publications/d…
And for clarity, 44% of Republicans have heard of QAnon, 56% say they have not. So it's a pretty sizable number that believe it.
Cross tabs for the survey are in link below. The approval of QAnon question was asked thusly: "As you may know, QAnon is a term referring to multiple far-right conspiracy theories. Do you have a favorable or unfavorable impression of QAnon?" assets.morningconsult.com/wp-uploads/202…
Trump's phrase "when the looting starts, the shooting starts" is an unattributed quote of Walter Headley, Miami's police chief in 1967. It was a threat to citizens who were upset that police had terrorized a black teenager by holding him over a bridge: washingtonpost.com/news/retropoli…
Trump is very clearly settling on a Nixon re-election strategy now. While Nixon was far more intelligent than Trump, he was personally unpopular like Trump. Where he succeeded was that he leveraged white fear of race riots to garner votes from reluctant citizens.
White nationalists, meanwhile, are actively working to subvert peaceful protests of police brutality by injecting violent rhetoric and action in the hopes of sparking a race war--or as they call it "boogaloo" rawstory.com/2020/05/they-w…
The Federalist is a menace to public health that has regularly supported racists. @CBSNews and @FoxNews should be ashamed of giving its employees regular platforms.
Here's a background thread on who they are for those who are only seeing their ignorant and dangerous advice for handling #COVID19
It's a factory of bad takes that was founded by a serial plagiarist named Ben Domenech. He also for years was on the payroll of an authoritarian govt of Malaysia. Naturally, he never disclosed to editors who published his stuff.
The SARS2 / COVID19 / new coronavirus crisis is the result of failures by many people. If you can't admit the following things are true, you're stuck in blind fandom:
✔️ China lied repeatedly and suppressed internal warnings and failed to quarantine the infection
✔️ US and other countries foolishly outsourced vital manufacturing to China
✔️ Trump refused to listen to the many people who warned him this was serious
✔️ CDC inexcusably delayed testing as they bickered over it. They should have put out multiple tests instead of insisting on one standard. Vital time was lost
✔️ Trump administration seems to have learned nothing from govt epidemic drills
The conference organizer claims that Christians aren't true to their faith unless they believe they can have magical protection from #Covid_19
They are endangering the lives of the elderly people who listen to their messages, beyond trying to make money fraudulently.
David Herzog, the minister who is planning the event, has claimed all sorts of magical powers, including that he has helped people increase their height, cure baldness, and even made their tattoos disappear
Thread: The booing of Charlie Kirk, Don Jr, and Kimberly Guilfoyle by alt-right activists was the culmination of a month-long campaign that received no press attention.
It was organized by Nick Fuentes, a partially Hispanic former attendee of the "Unite the Right" march who has been rebuilding the alt-right under a Christian nationalist banner, realizing that this approach is more effective sell for GOP voters