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Eric Boehlert: The media have no idea how to cover increasingly deranged GOP

The media have no idea how to cover increasingly deranged GOP
Off the rails
Eric Boehlert
56 min ago


In normal times, if the public sacking of Cheney for lack of fealty and the public support for insurrection had happened in the same calendar year it would be been considered a shocking turn of events for a mainstream political party in this country. The fact that both events happened within hours of each other this week only highlighted how radical, dangerous, and anti-democratic the GOP has become, as it hurtles far beyond the mainstream and into the abyss.

Unfortunately, the Beltway press has no idea how to cover this story. It still refuses to use the proper tools and language to put the troubling actions of the GOP in context via its straight news coverage. Hiding behind Both Sides journalism, timid language, and purposeful naïveté, news outlets still aren't being honest about the dire threat Trump Republicans now pose to the country.

Watching the party maneuver itself to be able to invalidate future elections — by passing voter suppression laws, installing local election boards that refuse to certify wins, empowering state legislatures to refuse to certify their state tallies, and electing a Republican majority in the House of Representatives that deny the Electoral College count — means the United States faces the most entrenched, internal political threat since the Civil War. That's no exaggeration, considering the defining loyalty test for the GOP today is backing Trump's claim that the 2020 election was stolen, which in turns positions the party to question all future election results.

The GOP and its followers have become consumed in deliberate lies, yet the press still views the party as a serious entity whose views deserve to be treated respectfully.

"It's time the media stop covering the GOP as a political party - it's not," tweeted SiriusXM radio show host Dean Obeidallah. "Today's Republican party is a white nationalist, fascist movement and those exact words need to be used by the media so everyone gets the threat the GOP poses to our nation."


Posted by babylonsister | Fri May 14, 2021, 08:04 AM (58 replies)

Florida Driver Panic-Buys Four Cans of Gasoline, Then Hummer Bursts Into Flames

No one could see this coming.


Florida Driver Panic-Buys Four Cans of Gasoline, Then Hummer Bursts Into Flames
Jamie Ross, News Correspondent
Updated May. 14, 2021 6:39AM ET /
Published May. 14, 2021 6:23AM ET

A driver in Florida has kindly provided the perfect cautionary tale for anyone thinking of buying up more gasoline than they need in the midst of this week’s Colonial Pipeline outage. According to WFLA, a Hummer driver’s vehicle erupted in flames on Wednesday after they filled up four canisters full of fuel. Citrus County Fire Rescue told the news outlet that firefighters who responded to the scene discovered four five-gallon containers full of gasoline in the back of the burnt-out Hummer. Fire officials reportedly said that one person was injured but, against advice, they refused to be checked out by a doctor. That wasn’t the only advice they ignored—Tampa Bay officials had told people to not panic buy fuel in the wake of the pipeline outage. Colonial Pipeline restarted operations Wednesday after an audacious ransomware attack forced it to shut down for six days.
Posted by babylonsister | Fri May 14, 2021, 07:56 AM (55 replies)

Pelosi Won't Lift Mask Requirement for House


Pelosi Won’t Lift Mask Requirement for House
May 14, 2021 at 7:44 am EDT By Taegan Goddard

Speaker Nancy Pelosi said masks will still be required for members of Congress and staff on the House floor despite new guidance from the CDC because the vaccination status of members, particularly Republicans, is not known, Bloomberg reports.
Posted by babylonsister | Fri May 14, 2021, 07:52 AM (14 replies)

NY Yankees say 8 vaccinated members tested positive for Covid-19. Here's how that could happen

New York Yankees say 8 vaccinated members tested positive for Covid-19. Here's how that could happen
By Holly Yan, Homero De la Fuente and David Close, CNN
Updated 0023 GMT (0823 HKT) May 14, 2021

(CNN)Eight members of the New York Yankees have tested positive for coronavirus this week despite being inoculated with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, the baseball team said Thursday.

The eight infected Yankees include coaches, staff members and a player. Seven do not have symptoms, said Jason Zillo, the team's vice president of communications.

The Yankees said the eight infected members received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at least two weeks ago.

The single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine was 72% effective against Covid-19 among US trial participants and 85% effective against severe Covid-19. The two-dose vaccines used in the US, from Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna, are both about 95% effective.


Posted by babylonsister | Thu May 13, 2021, 11:30 PM (15 replies)

'REALLY?' Pelosi Responds After GOP Rep Compares Capitol Riot to 'Tourist Visit'


‘REALLY?’ Pelosi Responds After GOP Rep Compares Capitol Riot to ‘Tourist Visit’
McCaffrey Blauner, Breaking News Intern
Updated May. 13, 2021 12:15PM ET /
Published May. 13, 2021 12:13PM ET
Evelyn Hockstein/REUTERS

A day after a GOP House member likened the behavior of Trumpist rioters during the Jan. 6th insurrection to “a normal tourist visit,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi clapped back. “Really?” Pelosi told a Politico reporter. “Well, I don’t know a normal day around here where people are threatening to hang the vice president of the United States or shoot the speaker… I don’t consider that normal,” she said. At a House Oversight Committee hearing on Wednesday, Rep. Andrew Clyde (R-GA) attempted to downplay the riot that resulted in five deaths and hundreds of arrests. “Let me be clear, there was no insurrection,” said Clyde, who described people behaving “in an orderly fashion” in TV coverage he’d seen of the event. “You would actually think it was a normal tourist visit,” Clyde said of the footage that shows rioters fighting with riot police, breaking into the Capitol building, and stealing the speaker of the House’s lectern.

Edit to add, Politicus:


Speaker Pelosi called House Republicans sick for claiming that the attack on the Capitol was a normal day.


Speaker Pelosi said:

Sadly yesterday, there was a hearing in the Committee on Government Reform that was quite appalling. Some of us made have been telling you about it. You have to see it for yourself because you cannot believe that a member of the committee said that what happened that day was a normal, orderly visit of people to the capitol. Really? Really? Well, I don’t know on a normal day around here when people are threatening to hang the Vice President Of The United States or disrupt or injure so many police officers. I don’t consider that normal.

Multiple people were killed, over 140 police officers shoot, and the attackers should hang the vice president. Normal? Yet, in a hearing yesterday, some house Republicans defended those actions, saying the rioters were orderly and acting similar to a normal tourist visit. They basically saw them and said, well, they were just walking through between the velvet ropes that are there to direct the tourist path. You have to see it because it was beyond denial.

It fell into the range of sick.

And that’s what we have to deal with when we are saying it is urgent for us to secure the Capitol. Why? It was just a normal tourist day. We have to strengthen our police force. Why? It was just a normal tourist day. And, we have to establish a commission for January 6th. Why? It was just a normal tourist day. So, the same denial that they have acted upon in terms of congresswoman Liz Cheney, the denial they have there. The denial about what happened that day. The denial for the need for more security to make sure it doesn’t happen again and the denial of refining the truth is what we have to deal with. And we will find the truth, and we are hoping we can do so in the most bipartisan way possible. I think that that’s essential.
Posted by babylonsister | Thu May 13, 2021, 12:58 PM (34 replies)

The GOP's New Heroes Are All Killers, Kooks, and Creeps

The GOP’s New Heroes Are All Killers, Kooks, and Creeps
The party has shed the last of its old skin, and what’s emerged is hideous to behold.

Wajahat Ali
Published May. 13, 2021 4:53AM ET


The foolish hope that Donald Trump was merely an outlier, a freakish aberration whose eventual exit would allow “adults” like Mitch McConnell to go back to their belligerent obstructionism, court packing, and shameless cravenness to corporate America and the 1 percent— you know, “business as usual,” as if any of that was normal or healthy — is gone.

During a House Oversight Committee this week, Rep. Andrew Clyde tried to gaslight America by declaring there was no riot and that the violent insurrection actually resembled a “normal tourist visit.” I would hate to vacation with Rep. Clyde and his family. The majority of Republicans believe that the 2020 election was rigged in favor of Biden.

Trump was not a cancerous growth but the end product of the party’s decades-long molting process. He’s the beating heart. He’s Republicans’ orange avatar, their unrestrained id, their boiling, festering rage that quenches its appetites while securing power and wealth by any means necessary. Democracy, rule of law, equality, fairness, voting rights are all unnecessary and cumbersome obstacles that must be either removed or weakened to achieve the ultimate goal: power for an overwhelmingly white, Christian conservative minority.

Just because Trump is golfing in Mar-a-Lago instead of rage-tweeting from the White House, doesn’t mean the threat has been removed. His tactics and tantrums have merely been picked up and copied by Republicans desperate to ride the same strategy to power in 2022 and 2024, perhaps with less sensationalism and fanfare.

Those who still want to pretend that there is a war for the “soul” of the Republican Party will point to 100 Republicans, including Miles Taylor, Trump’s former Homeland Security official, who are threatening to leave the GOP and create a new party. Taylor said, “The civil war within the GOP is not ending. Today, it is just beginning.”


Posted by babylonsister | Thu May 13, 2021, 07:48 AM (8 replies)

Palm Beach Plans for Possible Trump Indictment


Palm Beach Plans for Possible Trump Indictment
May 13, 2021 at 6:31 am EDT By Taegan Goddard

“Law enforcement officials in Palm Beach County, Fla., have actively prepared for the possibility that Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance could indict former President Donald Trump while he’s at Mar-a-Lago, according to two high-ranking county officials involved in planning sessions,” Politico reports.

“Among the topics discussed in those meetings: how to handle the thorny extradition issues that could arise if an indictment moves forward.”

“An obscure clause in Florida’s statute on interstate extradition gives Gov. Ron DeSantis the ability to intervene and even investigate whether an indicted ‘person ought to be surrendered’ to law enforcement officials from another state — which means that as Mar-a-Lago prepares to close down for the season and Trump relocates to Bedminster, N.J., it isn’t just the Florida heat he’s leaving behind: He could lose a key piece of political protection.”
Posted by babylonsister | Thu May 13, 2021, 07:42 AM (73 replies)

Top Democrat buys Funny Or Die

Top Democrat buys Funny Or Die
By Rafael Bernal - 05/12/21 12:00 PM EDT

Henry Muñoz, a former Democratic National Committee finance chair, on Wednesday announced his acquisition of Funny Or Die, the comedy website and production company founded by actor Will Ferrell.

Muñoz, a designer, art collector and philanthropist who's one of the main backers of the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Latino, will be Funny Or Die's sole owner. He will own the brand and its content library as well as its social media properties.

“The future of comedy and entertainment is in companies that empower talent and creative forces to make content that reflects the cultural identity of our country at this moment in our history,” Muñoz said in a statement.

“Funny Or Die’s own rich history as a place of innovation and as a voice of new generations speaks for itself and our team led by Mike Farah is poised to seize this unique moment. I understand the responsibilities of owning a brand like Funny Or Die and I am excited to work with our team to make sure we have the resources we need to develop funny, original and diverse new content," Muñoz added.


Posted by babylonsister | Wed May 12, 2021, 12:11 PM (0 replies)

Can you say jackass?


Bonus Quote of the Day
May 12, 2021 at 11:05 am EDT By Taegan Goddard

“Na na na na, na na na na, hey hey, goodbye Liz Cheney.”

— Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC), on Twitter.
Posted by babylonsister | Wed May 12, 2021, 12:08 PM (6 replies)

Got the vaccine? Experts say you can relax about your Covid-19 risk now. Really.

Got the vaccine? Experts say you can relax about your Covid-19 risk now. Really.
I asked health experts about their post-vaccination lives. Most no longer worry about their own risk of Covid-19.
By German Lopez@germanrlopezgerman.lopez@vox.com May 11, 2021, 8:00am EDT

White House chief medical adviser Anthony Fauci said he will not go into restaurants or movie theaters, even though he’s vaccinated. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says vaccinated people should continue masking up indoors and avoiding large gatherings. News outlets have reported on “breakthrough infections” of Covid-19 among the fully vaccinated.

All of this can make it seem like getting vaccinated may not be enough to liberate people from the fear of getting sick and the precautions they’ve taken to avoid the coronavirus in the past year. So I posed a question to experts I’ve talked to throughout the pandemic about Covid-related precautions: How worried are you about your personal safety after getting vaccinated?

They were nearly unanimous in their response: They’re no longer worried much, if at all, about their personal risk of getting Covid-19. Several spoke of going into restaurants and movie theaters now that they’re vaccinated, socializing with friends and family, and having older relatives visit for extended periods.

“I’m not particularly worried about getting ill myself,” Tara Smith, an epidemiologist at Kent State University, told me. “I know that if I do somehow end up infected, my chances of developing serious symptoms are low.”

Instead, experts said they mostly remain cautious to protect others who aren’t yet vaccinated. The vaccines are extremely effective — dramatically cutting the risk of any symptoms, and driving the risk of hospitalization and death to nearly zero. There’s some evidence that these vaccines also reduce the risk of transmission, but we’re still learning how much they prevent someone who is vaccinated from infecting another person. When experts are still taking precautions, it’s this concern for others that primarily drives them.

But, over time, they see even those concerns for others becoming less necessary, too.


Posted by babylonsister | Wed May 12, 2021, 11:38 AM (7 replies)
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