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Why haven’t we had any more “bombshells” about collusion with Russia? There was no actual basis for any of the previous “bombshells” so why would they stop now?

Isn’t it time for an announcement that we have only [insert time period here] left to save the planet from climate change?

As a matter of journalistic practice, when Nancy Pelosi is described/depicted as a centrist and a devout Catholic, shouldn’t the reporter also be required to identify the planet or dimension in which this is the case?

Don’t we need to make even more of an effort to ignore the wholesale slaughter of young black men by other young black men, the disproportionate number of whites killed by blacks and all cops killed in the line of duty and instead find and focus on some misreported account of the death of an African-American which wrongly described death must be diagnostic of the continued rise of racism and white supremacy? Otherwise, aren’t we just letting Trump get away with fomenting this tide of racist violence which is even more frightening because it has not yet occurred?

When will there be announcements of Pulitzers and other awards for articles about how the Governors of Florida and Georgia killed tens of thousands by re-opening? Won’t the same people who lauded the 1619 Project do the judging such that any actual outcomes should not be a factor, right?

If studies and numerous treatment instances currently underway find that HCQ used by itself or in conjunction with other drugs is actually an efficacious treatment for COVID, will the Washington Post fact-check their Fact Check that could find only adverse information about HCQ or will the Post delete the Fact Check from the archives? Should we expect articles about the vast number of deaths caused by HCQ?

How come there have been no reports about the exact amount of the payments made to Tara Reade by Vladimir Putin? Is investigative journalism dead in Trump’s Amerika? Isn’t Christopher Steele still on retainer to the FBI?

Is Fauci only a courageous professional when it appears that Trump disagrees with him? When Fauci endorses something Trump said is that not news or is it evidence of corruption, toadying up, or undue pressure? Does it even matter what Trump actually said or appeared to try to say if it is our professional judgment that he meant to say that which we reported he said as we do now?

Is “lockdown-lover” a form of hate speech?

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  1. MISTER BITCOIN Member

    the term fact checker is amusing and Orwellian

     

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    • May 21, 2020, at 7:02 PM PDT
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  2. Arahant Member

    Old Bathos: Don’t we need to make even more of an effort to ignore the wholesale slaughter of young black men by other young black men, the disproportionate number of whites killed by blacks and all cops killed in the line of duty and instead find and focus on some misreported account of the death of an African-American which wrongly described death must be diagnostic of the continued rise of racism and white supremacy?

    In progress.

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    • May 21, 2020, at 7:08 PM PDT
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  3. Arahant Member

    Good questions.

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    • May 21, 2020, at 7:10 PM PDT
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  4. Old Bathos Moderator
    Old Bathos

    Arahant (View Comment):

    Old Bathos: Don’t we need to make even more of an effort to ignore the wholesale slaughter of young black men by other young black men, the disproportionate number of whites killed by blacks and all cops killed in the line of duty and instead find and focus on some misreported account of the death of an African-American which wrongly described death must be diagnostic of the continued rise of racism and white supremacy?

    In progress.

    As discussed here.

    But an election is approaching so obviously we need much more of this, right?

    A member of my extended family actually posted on Facebook that the Arbery case was clearly attributable to Trump and that if we broadened our information source by watching MSNBC (seriously, that was the actual suggestion) we would also know that whatever FoxNews presented was false.

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    • May 21, 2020, at 7:16 PM PDT
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  5. Arahant Member

    Old Bathos (View Comment):
    A member of my extended family actually posted on Facebook that the Arbery case was clearly attributable to Trump and that if we broadened our information source by watching MSNBC (seriously, that was the actual suggestion) we would also know that whatever FoxNews presented was false.

    Oy! Well, I have a family member who blames Reagan for the Vietnam War. You can choose your friends, but you just have to roll along with the family you get stuck into.

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    • May 21, 2020, at 7:20 PM PDT
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  6. Jim McConnell Member
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    @oldbathos, I’d say you have a pretty good handle on modern “journalism.”

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    • May 21, 2020, at 8:14 PM PDT
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  7. James Gawron Thatcher
    James Gawron Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Old Bathos: Is “lockdown-lover” a form of hate speech? 

    OldB,

    Rather mild really. BTW, when I describe the MSM, I prefer the term Journo-trash. I don’t want to be misunderstood.

    Regards,

    Jim

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    • May 21, 2020, at 8:48 PM PDT
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  8. James Gawron Thatcher
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    Arahant (View Comment):
    Oy! Well, I have a family member who blames Reagan for the Vietnam War. You can choose your friends, but you just have to roll along with the family you get stuck into.

    Ari,

    Reagan blamed for Vietnam?!? He became President in 1980. We were out of Vietnam in 1975. Oy! Vey!

    Regards,

    Jim

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    • May 21, 2020, at 8:52 PM PDT
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  9. Jim McConnell Member
    Jim McConnell Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    James Gawron (View Comment):

    Arahant (View Comment):
    Oy! Well, I have a family member who blames Reagan for the Vietnam War. You can choose your friends, but you just have to roll along with the family you get stuck into.

    Ari,

    Reagan blamed for Vietnam?!? He became President in 1980. We were out of Vietnam in 1975. Oy! Vey!

    Regards,

    Jim

    Never let facts get in the way of your prejudices. 

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    • May 21, 2020, at 9:07 PM PDT
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  10. MISTER BITCOIN Member

    Old Bathos (View Comment):

    Arahant (View Comment):

    Old Bathos: Don’t we need to make even more of an effort to ignore the wholesale slaughter of young black men by other young black men, the disproportionate number of whites killed by blacks and all cops killed in the line of duty and instead find and focus on some misreported account of the death of an African-American which wrongly described death must be diagnostic of the continued rise of racism and white supremacy?

    In progress.

    As discussed here.

    But an election is approaching so obviously we need much more of this, right?

    A member of my extended family actually posted on Facebook that the Arbery case was clearly attributable to Trump and that if we broadened our information source by watching MSNBC (seriously, that was the actual suggestion) we would also know that whatever FoxNews presented was false.

    It’s pretty obvious based on his clothes and shoes, Arbery was not jogging?

     

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    • May 22, 2020, at 1:11 AM PDT
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  11. Arahant Member

    James Gawron (View Comment):
    Reagan blamed for Vietnam?!? He became President in 1980. We were out of Vietnam in 1975. Oy! Vey!

    Exactly. When one is a bat-guano crazy Progressive, facts don’t matter. And my cousin is.

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    • May 22, 2020, at 1:44 AM PDT
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  12. Stad Thatcher

    Old Bathos: Is Fauci only a courageous professional when it appears that Trump disagrees with him? When Fauci endorses something Trump said is that not news or is it evidence of corruption, toadying up or undue pressure? Does it even matter what Trump actually said or appeared to try to say if it is our professional judgment that he meant to say that which we reported he said as we do now?

    I remember seeing the headline, “Fauci Says More Lives Saved If Action Taken Sooner”. The implication is that Trump acted too slowly and people died. If you listen to what Fauci actually said, he warned over and over again about armchair quarterbacking. Then he said (paraphrasing) “Of course more lives would have been saved if action was taken sooner.” In other words, it goes without saying. Fauci himself said in early January he didn’t think the Wuhan virus was going to be much of a threat (as did other experts). Even some of the press said as such. In hindsight, I believe Fauci was sincere because he had given the Chinese and WHO the benefit of the doubt. Trump didn’t act until he stopped flights in and out of China the end of January. By that time, it was obvious there was a problem. Even so, Trump was villified in the MSM as racist and xenophobic until people in this country started dropping like wet market bats . . .

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    • May 22, 2020, at 5:52 AM PDT
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  13. James Gawron Thatcher
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    Arahant (View Comment):

    James Gawron (View Comment):
    Reagan blamed for Vietnam?!? He became President in 1980. We were out of Vietnam in 1975. Oy! Vey!

    Exactly. When one is a bat-guano crazy Progressive, facts don’t matter. And my cousin is.

    Ari,

    I’ve uncovered video of your last family get together.

    Regards,

    Jim

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    • May 22, 2020, at 9:03 AM PDT
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  14. Rightfromthestart Coolidge

    Arahant (View Comment):

    James Gawron (View Comment):
    Reagan blamed for Vietnam?!? He became President in 1980. We were out of Vietnam in 1975. Oy! Vey!

    Exactly. When one is a bat-guano crazy Progressive, facts don’t matter. And my cousin is.

    More widespread , if you ask someone under 50 maybe 60 , Vietnam President? You’ll get Nixon, —- JFK and LBJ have been memory holed by way of constant repetition. 

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    • May 22, 2020, at 3:20 PM PDT
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  15. The Reticulator Member

    Arahant (View Comment):

    Old Bathos (View Comment):
    A member of my extended family actually posted on Facebook that the Arbery case was clearly attributable to Trump and that if we broadened our information source by watching MSNBC (seriously, that was the actual suggestion) we would also know that whatever FoxNews presented was false.

    Oy! Well, I have a family member who blames Reagan for the Vietnam War. You can choose your friends, but you just have to roll along with the family you get stuck into.

    That’s silly. Vietnam is George W. Bush’s fault, just like everything else.

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    • May 22, 2020, at 3:28 PM PDT
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  16. Bruce Caward Thatcher
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    James Gawron (View Comment):

    Arahant (View Comment):
    Oy! Well, I have a family member who blames Reagan for the Vietnam War. You can choose your friends, but you just have to roll along with the family you get stuck into.

    Ari,

    Reagan blamed for Vietnam?!? He became President in 1980. We were out of Vietnam in 1975. Oy! Vey!

    Regards,

    Jim

    Yes, but don’t you remember that Reagan was president of the Screen Actor’s Guild in the ’50s! And Vietnam was right there, next door, in the 60s! So obviously he was responsible, because . . . Trump! C’mon, man!

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    • May 22, 2020, at 4:01 PM PDT
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  17. James Gawron Thatcher
    James Gawron Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Bruce Caward (View Comment):

    James Gawron (View Comment):

    Arahant (View Comment):
    Oy! Well, I have a family member who blames Reagan for the Vietnam War. You can choose your friends, but you just have to roll along with the family you get stuck into.

    Ari,

    Reagan blamed for Vietnam?!? He became President in 1980. We were out of Vietnam in 1975. Oy! Vey!

    Regards,

    Jim

    Yes, but don’t you remember that Reagan was president of the Screen Actor’s Guild in the ’50s! And Vietnam was right there, next door, in the 60s! So obviously he was responsible, because . . . Trump! C’mon, man!

    Bruce,

    Oh, right I forgot, The First Law of Trump Causation.

    If there is a negative event anywhere in the Universe, Trump caused it. If there is a positive event anywhere in the Universe, Trump could not possibly have had anything to do with it.

    Regards,

    Jim

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    • May 22, 2020, at 4:06 PM PDT
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  18. Arahant Member

    Bruce Caward (View Comment):
    Yes, but don’t you remember that Reagan was president of the Screen Actor’s Guild in the ’50s! And Vietnam was right there, next door, in the 60s! So obviously he was responsible, because . . . Trump! C’mon, man!

    You know my cousin, don’t you?

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    • May 22, 2020, at 4:40 PM PDT
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  19. Old Bathos Moderator
    Old Bathos

    Reagan did not cause the Vietnam War. He captained the first slave ships to land in Virginia, the voyages funded by the Koch Brothers and Exxon. Barr and Grenell have since destroyed those records which is why Fox News has covered it up.

    As stupid as this comment is, it occurs to me it might get me a Pulitzer.

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    • May 22, 2020, at 5:02 PM PDT
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  20. Arahant Member

    Old Bathos (View Comment):

    Reagan did not cause the Vietnam War. He captained the first slave ships to land in Virginia, the voyages funded by the Koch Brothers and Exxon. Barr and Grenell have since destroyed those records which is why Fox News has covered it up.

    As stupid as this comment is, it occurs to me it might get me a Pulitzer.

    I’d vote for it, just to show what the Pulitzer Committee has become.

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    • May 22, 2020, at 5:05 PM PDT
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