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Dropping Mask Mandates Results In Media Whirling Dervish-like Spin.

When Republicans lessen or eliminate mask mandates, they are portrayed as evil, non-caring dictators. When Democrats lessen or eliminate mask mandates, they are seen as heroic and “following the science.”

If we could only harness the spin from the media, we could have an unlimited energy source.

Even White House Spokesperson Jen Psaki tried to spin the difference with head shaking, mind numbing results:

Did ESPN Just Give Cover For Biden?

As our night was winding down on March 31, 2021, we heard a blurb on the television that ESPN reporter Sage Steele would be interviewing President Joe Biden on the eve of the start of the Major League Baseball season.

These types of interviews are always fluff pieces. The interviewer offers up softballs that the President can hit out of the park. We don’t have a problem with that. It’s the start of the baseball season. Let’s play ball and keep serious political issues to the side for a bit.

Biden answered such questions on MLB teams such as the Texas Rangers allowing fans into the park without attendance restrictions.

Biden responded:

“Well, that’s a decision they made. I think it’s a mistake,” Biden said. “They should listen to Dr. [Anthony] Fauci, the scientists and the experts. But I think it’s not responsible.”

When asked about MLB players reluctance to get vaccinated, he responded with:

Can Someone Explain How This Is “Hate Speech?”

Professor Eugene Volokh over on the Volokh Conspiracy brings to light this tale of Facebook declaring something to be “hate speech.”

A user had his account locked down for 30 days because he posted this:

Facebook deemed the image / meme “hate speech.”

FloridaToday Suing Brevard County Sheriff’s Office.

“The moment I release it, I give up all of the security features that are in my jail.” – Sheriff Wayne Ivey

The FloridaToday has announced that they are suing the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office in order to compel the release of the video within the jail and the resultant death of former Army Medic Gregory Edwards.

When FLORIDA TODAY devoted 10 months to investigating the troubling in-custody death of Army veteran Gregory Edwards, our team combed through more than 500 pages of sheriff’s office investigative reports, listened to more than 50 audio recordings, watched 2 hours and 55 minutes of body cam, in car and dash cam footage from West Melbourne Police and conducted multiple interviews with sources.

One thing we never had a chance to see was the video recording from Brevard County Jail that shows the fight between the combat vet and up to seven corrections deputies that ended with Edwards kneed, punched, pepper sprayed, tased, and strapped into a restraint chair with a spit hood over his head and pepper spray still on his face.

Edwards died the next day at the Rockledge Regional Medical Center.

Now FloridaToday Starts To Tell The Truth.

Rebekah Jones

After a few weeks of trying to push the narrative that state employee Rebekah Jones was terminated from her position because she refused to “manipulate the data” when it came to the COVID-19 cases and deaths in Florida, the paper is doing a 180 degree turn.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The woman who raised questions about Florida’s COVID-19 data after being ousted as the data’s curator had been reprimanded several times and ultimately fired for violating Health Department policy by making public remarks about the information, state records show.

Rebekah Jones’ comments over the past week and a half in emails to researchers, interviews with a handful of media outlets and blog posts have sought to sow doubt about the credibility of the data now that she is no longer in that role.

Sought to sow doubt?

The FloridaToday paper was fertile ground for Jones and false accusations.

Might As Well…

The other day during a press briefing, President Trump showed the video below.

While we admit there are mistakes in the video, there are several things that need to be noted. Foremost, the media was part of spreading the story that there as nothing to worry about. So called “experts” in and out of the government at every level got the spread of COVID-19 wrong. That error can be blamed on a lot of factors, but it is clear that the most compelling factor was the cover-up by the World Health Organization and the Chinese.

CNN literally cut away from the video while it was being played saying they were there for a briefing and not a a video. It can be argued that CNN, like most of the media, did not like having their own errors shown while trying to blame everyone else.

We aren’t sure how we feel about this video. We really aren’t. Still, in that most networks didn’t show it and only attacked Trump for showing it, we think people may like to see what was shown and make up their own minds.

Disgusting And Stupid.

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp.

On April 13, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp (R) signed Executive Order which suspended the law that made wearing of masks in public illegal.

The law had its genesis in 1951 and was designed to prevent members of the Ku Klux Klan from wearing hoods and masks in public.

Kemp signed the order in response to the CDC advice that people wear masks while in public shopping which would have been illegal. Kemp was also responding to several reports of people of color being stopped or followed while wearing masks.

The New Math From The Media.

There’s discernible flaw in the “thinking” of this tweet by writer Mekita Rivas:

Rivas is not some “blogger writing in the basement in her pajamas.” (We always resented that line. None of the staff here have basements, but we digress.)

Mekita Rivas is a writer and editor based in Washington, D.C. She holds undergraduate degrees in journalism and English from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her current projects include a collection of short stories and a feature film screenplay.

Rivas also has bylines in Glamour magazine and the Washington Post.

(We wonder if they are fact checking anything she wrote?)

We have all had moments like this where we screw up some math and yes, we are trying to be kind. (If Bloomberg spent $500 million on his failed campaign that would be $1.53 per American. That’s “one dollar, fifty three cents.”)

Yet the tweet took on a life of its own when it was referenced during a broadcasted segment by MSNBC’s Brian Williams and New York Times editor Mara Gay.

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