On March 2, coincidentally Texas Independence Day, Governor Greg Abbott (R-TX) announced that Texas is open 100% and the statewide mask mandate is over! Well, his joy was also over in about .2 seconds after Twitter celebrities, most of whom don’t even live in Texas, came after him feeling personally offended.

Abbott felt that Texas made enough progress and was on the right track regarding COVID. He was comfortable removing the state mask mandate and joining the 15 other states without them.

Per usual in regard to conservative views, or a conservative leaning individual in general, Hollywood crazies opened their traps.

The @GOP is a death cult. https://t.co/qQxm63FUOp
— (((Bradley Whitford))) (@BradleyWhitford) March 3, 2021

 

Honestly impressive to live in the same state as Ted Cruz and still be the worst politician https://t.co/kAaxbknWi8
— Jess Dweck (@TheDweck) March 3, 2021

 

Only another white man could figure out a way to become a worse person than Ted Cruz. https://t.co/sdtKWhe0hy
— Chelsea Handler (@chelseahandler) March 2, 2021

Celebrities and other Twitter blue checks mentioned how Abbott’s decision is “knowingly putting people’s lives in danger” and is supposedly “mass murder.” Some users even said his decision was “premature” and he was an “idiot.” Others said Texas just wants to “kill everybody” and “has decided to join the side of the virus.”

To come to Abbott’s defense, gun-rights activist Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) tweeted at him, “God Bless Texas!” And again, since a Republican opened her mouth, all hell broke loose. 

Geez.

In Abbott’s Executive Order remarks he mentioned the progress Texas has made. Nearly 5.7 million vaccines have been given to Texans and by next week, the expectation is 7 million. To add, the number of COVID-19 cases in Texas is the lowest since November and the recovery rates have increased.

But, the decision he based on rather promising statistics postured him in a negative light in the eyes of Tinseltown. Abbott wasn’t being careless or looking for ways to execute a “mass murder.” As he said on Twitter, the mask lift is to allow Texas the “freedom to determine their own destiny.” Abbott also tweeted a reminder about the “100% open” status: “Today’s announcement doesn’t abandon safe practices that Texans have mastered over the past year. Instead, it’s a reminder that each person has a role to play in their own personal safety & the safety of others.”

But, the Twitter mob thrives best when getting involved in everyone else’s business! Remember a year ago when we had “14 days to flatten the curve”? What a time that was.

Newt Gingrich argued Democrats are pushing left-agenda items as fast as possible, even using the latest coronavirus relief package as a vessel, because they know they are going to lose the House in 2022. In an interview with FOX News host Tucker Carlson on Wednesday, Gingrich said, “That bill has more radicalism in it than the eight years of Clinton and the eight years of Obama combined, just that one vote. And you’re going to see wave after wave. I describe it as a flood tide of radicalism.”

“I think what they’ve done is of very calculating and I think cynical ploy which is they’ve given up on keeping the House,” Gingrich said of Democrats. “What they’re doing is ramming through everything they can get done before they lose in 2022. This is kind of a sprint to radicalism even though it’s going to cost, if you look at these votes in the House, you have 30, 40, 50 members who are not going to be able to defend them. They’re not going to be able to explain it. I think that the Biden-Harris model is we’re going to lose the House anyway, we might as grab everything we can while we’ve got power. It’s astonishing. Just take the $1.9 trillion political pork bill which is not a COVID bill. Only 9 percent of it is COVID. The other 91 percent as just political pork.”

“They don’t want to protect your America, they want to create an alternative America to an America of racial deep inequality and an anti-white, and by the way anti-Asian basis,” Gingrich said of the American left. “It’s an America in which transgender dominates Christianity and Judaism. It’s an America in which they want to actually pass a bill to create a permanent machine just like California, Chicago, and New York. So when you and I talk about why would they do this for America, it is really because they really want a radically different country – they just proved with Dr. Seuss – they really despise America.”

NewsBusters has found a superfluity of insane content from MSNBC’s The ReidOut, but Wednesday’s show was perhaps the evilest and vile of them all as host Joy Reid and two of her loony pals insisted that red states don’t care if black people and other racial minorities starve and die so long as they, in Reid’s words, “get their behinds into the factory and make me my steaks, make me my stuff, get there and do my nails.”

With help from MSNBC contributors Jason Johnson and Dr. Kavita Patel, Reid was discussing the refusal of red states like Mississippi and Texas to refrain from (indefinite) coronavirus lockdown measures and mask mandates when the vicious and vile discussion got even worse.

 

 

Patel had stated that parts of Mississippi didn’t have a vaccination site within 90 minutes of them, then said it was an example of not only systemic racism, but a situation where “it feels like nobody cares” with Republicans harming minorities and “slapp[ing] down” “health professionals.”

Reid concurred and leveled the horrendous charge, stating these red states represented “necropolitics, which is essentially the politics of who gets to live and who gets to die and these states — what they have in common is that they have structures which say that black and brown lives matter less.”

She then added that the only way those in power (i.e. white Republicans) care was if black people and minorities toil away under their thumbs:

And so, all that matters is that the black and brown people get their behinds into the factory and make me my steaks, make me my stuff. Get there and do my nails. Work. Get back to work now and do things that I, the comfortable, affluent person need. Isn’t that what we’re saying? I mean, that’s what it feels like to me, necropolitics in states like Texas. 

A similarly hateful person, Johnson agreed and piled on, claiming “The Hunger Games would be more humane” for minorities like themselves because they “at least…would have a chance” to “fight for vaccines.”

Johnson kept going, suggesting the right side of the aisle was pleasured by the sight of black and brown people starving and dying so long as they themselves (and their families) were taken care of (click “expand”):

JOHNSON: And it’s always seemed ironic, to me, that the party of supposedly family values is basically saying, “you kids starve. Auntie starves, uncle starves.” And my wife and my smart son get to eat, live and get the vaccine. That is essentially what’s happening here. And here’s what’s the problem. It used to be just an issue of harming black and brown people but this is harming what’s left of the Republican base. Mississippi is a red state. They’re killing a lot of their own supporters. 

REID: Yeah.

JOHNSON: Texas is a red state, even though it’s through suppression. They’re killing a lot of their own supporters. So, it’s not even political. It’s just nihilism and an absolutely lack of empathy for the human impact and the catastrophe that so many Americans are living through right now.

REID: Yeah, and let’s not forget that, in a lot of these states —

PATEL: States, by the way, Joy, Texas —

REID: Yeah? Go on.

PATEL: — they didn’t expand the medicaid program on purpose. They turned down money — 

REID: Yes. 

JOHNSON: Right.

PATEL: — to expand a program that could give people health care. 

REID: Yeah. 

PATEL: That’s the state we’re talking about. 

REID: Yeah. No, absolutely. You’re — there’s a reason we call it necropolitics. It’s vicious.

To the surprise of what should be no one, Reid and friends built up to that screed. Reid led off by attacking the Lone Star and Magnolia States as having engaged in “nonsensical and dangerous anti-scientific” behavior by continuing to reopen their states and drop mask mandates.

Reid took particular aim at Governor Greg Abbott (R-TX), insisting that Abbott purposefully “left millions of Texans literally in the cold” during their devastating winter storm because, according to Reid’s mind-reading, he believed “Texans apparently also don’t need light and heat.”

 

 

So, when it came to COVID, Reid surmised Abbott would love nothing more than seeing Texans become sick with the virus:

Abbott’s latest gift to his constituents is, ‘congratulations, go get COVID!’ Health experts across Texas are blasting the move, saying they’re mortified and disgusted, and warning the rollbacks are like PTSD for doctors. The Republicans aren’t so much interested in listening to those doctors, the real ones. Their favorite news source spent all of yesterday having a full-blown meltdown over Dr. Seuss being, “canceled” over old-timey racist cartoons[.]

Patel and Johnson said Abbott and other governors looking to further reopen were doing so without a care in the world for their citizens and science itself. Instead, both opined that certain governors were hell-bent on “distract[ing]” attention from their ineptitude on other issues (click “expand”):

PATEL: [T]his is a state that has gone not just through its ups and downs but coming off a humanitarian crisis, still unfolding, by the way. There are still family members I have who are boiling their water in parts of Houston. So, it’s not like it’s all honky dory now….The very things that are working, the reason cases are coming down and just cutting that off is exactly the wrong thing to do. But Joy, let’s be — let’s be honest. It’s not like Abbott is alone. He has about 12 other governors who have said no mask mandate. What’s wrong with reopening? Right when we’re going into spring break, right when we’re going into Easter break, right when we know Houston, Texas, the first United States city to have all five of the most concerning more infectious, possibly more deadly variants. Joy, why not — why not open up the state and put, by the way, not Governor Abbott, not Ken Paxton, not any of the people in the state legislature at risk. Who? The people who are cleaning up the table after Governor Abbott put his little faux press conference at Mexican restaurant in Lubbock, Texas. That’s are the people he put at risk, and he doesn’t care. 

REID: Yeah. Clearly not.

(….)

JOHNSON: It is absolutely insane and irresponsible. And I think in many instances, these politicians are doing is they’re trying to distract from the issue. “Hey, let’s open up the state, so you don’t look at my incompetence on the issues of handling the weather and the grid.” “Hey, let’s talk about Dr. Seuss so you don’t look at the fact that we’re trying to destroy a COVID care bill.” That’s what these Republican politicians are doing. They don’t want you to see what’s in front of you, which is other people being sick. They want to distract you with bobbles and going back into the movie theater. 

Seeing as how so-called media reporters spent most of their waking hours scheming to send every last Fox News employee to the unemployment rolls, they should dedicate a few minutes to looking at what’s going on with their own team. 

With help from like-minded panelists, Reid’s disgusting insistence that red states and white people only care about minorities if they’re toiling under the thumb of Republican masters was made possible thanks to the endorsement of advertisers such as ClearChoice, Discover, Ensure, Fidelity, LegalZoom, Sandals, and Sketchers. 

Follow the links to find their contact information so you can let them know that they supported such vile, venomous hatred against 74-million-plus Republican voters.

To see the relevant MSNBC transcript from March 3, click “expand.”

MSNBC’s The ReidOut
March 3, 2021
7:18 p.m. Eastern

JOY REID: President Biden did not hold back on the latest nonsensical and dangerous anti-scientific mood by the Republican governors of Texas and Mississippi, who decided to throw caution to the wind and scream, “YOLO,” lifting their state’s mask mandates and rolling back restrictions against CDC warnings. Today, CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky reiterated that it is a very bad idea especially as the administration works to ramp up vaccinations. 

[WALENSKY QUOTE]

REID: Yesterday, President Biden vowed enough vaccine supply for every American adult by the end of May. But while the finish line is in sight, Texas Governor Greg Abbott? Well, he just said, ‘ahh, who cares,’ in making Texas the largest state to lift its mask mandate he said it’s time to open up, ‘all everything, 100 percent,’ flouting health experts, because Texans don’t need the state telling them how to operate after he left millions of Texans literally in the cold with his derelict handling of Texas’s power grid and infrastructure because Texans apparently also don’t need light and heat during a record winter storm. Abbott’s latest gift to his constituents is, ‘congratulations, go get COVID!’ Health experts across Texas are blasting the move, saying they’re mortified and disgusted, and warning the rollbacks are like PTSD for doctors. The Republicans aren’t so much interested in listening to those doctors, the real ones. Their favorite news source spent all of yesterday having a full-blown meltdown over Dr. Seuss being, “canceled” over old-timey racist cartoons and today, Texas Republican senator Ted Cruz, you know, old Cancun Cruz, and Texas Republican Attorney General Ken Paxton, both of whom notably bailed on their state during last month’s devastating deep freeze, said millions of Texans can just avoid COVID without the government’s help. 

[CRUZ AND PAXTON CLIPS]

REID: Wow. That’s a stand down if you ever heard one. [INTRODUCES PANEL] We just realized Dr. Patel, you are a Texan. When you hear that, ‘you can’t protect everybody all the time. Eh, we’ll be fine.’ The last time Texas did this and played this game last May, they reopened bars at 25 percent capacity, the curve went up. They then closed bars. The curve continued to go up for about a month. They reopened bars at 50 percent, goes up, up, up, up, every time they’ve done it. What do you think when you hear Ken Paxton say, ‘oh, you can’t protect everybody?’

KAVITA PATEL: Oh, Joy, it just burns in my heart. As you point out, this is a state that has gone not just through its ups and downs but coming off a humanitarian crisis, still unfolding, by the way. There are still family members I have who are boiling their water in parts of Houston. So, it’s not like it’s all honky dory now. But, you know, this is — the mayor of San Antonio where I grew up said it best. You can’t cut your parachute off just as you’re slowing on the descent. And that’s exactly what they’re trying to do. The very things that are working, the reason cases are coming down and just cutting that off is exactly the wrong thing to do. But Joy, let’s be — let’s be honest. It’s not like Abbott is alone. He has about 12 other governors who have said no mask mandate. What’s wrong with reopening? Right when we’re going into spring break, right when we’re going into Easter break, right when we know Houston, Texas, the first United States city to have all five of the most concerning more infectious, possibly more deadly variants. Joy, why not — why not open up the state and put, by the way, not Governor Abbott, not Ken Paxton, not any of the people in the state legislature at risk. Who? The people who are cleaning up the table after Governor Abbott put his little faux press conference at Mexican restaurant in Lubbock, Texas. That’s are the people he put at risk, and he doesn’t care. 

REID: Yeah. Clearly not. I’m glad you mentioned spring break. I teach a class at Howard, Jason, and their spring break starts this Friday. As of next week, they’ll be on spring break. And you have kids in college that are going to be — you know, some of them are already at home but some are going to be heading to different states or leaving Texas and going to other states. And, you know, Dr. Patel did mention all these other states. Let’s put them up there. Mississippi and Texas go the furthest in terms of on March 10th, free for all — complete free for all. You’ve got other states, Alaska, Arizona, Florida, the notorious spring break and also gangster playground. Georgia, Iowa, Georgia — you’ve talked about, you know, it’s all opened wide in Atlanta. Statewide orders have been dropped all over the country. Look at that map. We’re getting so close, Jason. What do you make of the politics of deciding to basically reintroduce COVID, full steam in places like Texas and Mississippi? 

JASON JOHNSON: Well, Joy, let’s hope that neither your Howard students or any of my Morgan students are at, say, like, a Bow Wow concert in Dallas, Texas. I think — I think most of my students are going to be 

REID: For real. 

JOHNSON: — reasonably smart over spring break. This — this is — this is what makes this so obscenely irresponsible. You have, as Dr. Kavita Patel just said, you still have people in Texas, you know, seven days ago who were using melted snow to shower, to drink, to flush their own toilets. You still have people who were burning furniture to keep their houses warm at night. This is a state that is still in a state of emergency and you’re deciding you’re going to add to that emergency by saying, hey, come get some tattoos and go to the beach. The same is happening in Mississippi. And if you look at a place like Georgia, Georgia has some of the lowest vaccination rates in the country next to Texas. It is absolutely insane and irresponsible. And I think in many instances, these politicians are doing is they’re trying to distract from the issue. “Hey, let’s open up the state, so you don’t look at my incompetence on the issues of handling the weather and the grid.” “Hey, let’s talk about Dr. Seuss so you don’t look at the fact that we’re trying to destroy a COVID care bill.” That’s what these Republican politicians are doing. They don’t want you to see what’s in front of you, which is other people being sick. They want to distract you with bobbles and going back into the movie theater. 

REID: It’s completely performative. I’m so glad you said it. It’s completely performative. This isn’t even politics. But Dr. Patel for real people, as you said, I mean, Jackson, Mississippi, is still suffering. All — the black parts of Jackson don’t have any water, you know, just like places in Texas. This is going to hit poor people, black people, brown people the hardest, right? 

PATEL: Oh, no question whatsoever. We’ve already seen — we talked about the national disparities, Joy. In parts of Mississippi, there is literally no place to go get a vaccine where you can’t drive — you have to drive basically at least an hour and a half one way. That’s unacceptable and that, by the way, when people ask about systemic racism, and, look., Jason taught me, you’ve taught me. This is what we’re living. This is day-to-day. This is 2021 and, unfortunately, I hate to say it this way. When these things unfold, Joy, it feels like nobody cares. When you see all those health professionals just feeling slapped down, it feels like nobody cares and that’s — that’s how Texans, Mississippians, they’re all feeling that way tonight. 

REID: No, absolutely. I’m sure the doctors are exhausted. And you know, Jason, there is a term called necropolitics, which is essentially the politics of who gets to live and who gets to die. And these states — what they have in common is that they have structures which say that black and brown lives matter less. And so, all that matters is that the black and brown people get their behinds into the factory and make me my steaks, make me my stuff. Get there and do my nails. Work. Get back to work now and do things that I, the comfortable, affluent person need. Isn’t that what we’re saying? I mean, that’s what it feels like to me, necropolitics in states like Texas. 

JOHNSON: Oh, yeah, yeah, yeah, The Hunger Games would be more humane, right? If they made people line up and fight for vaccines, at least then you would have a chance. No, they’re just going to starve people. And it’s always seemed ironic, to me, that the party of supposedly family values is basically saying, “you kids starve. Auntie starves, uncle starves.” And my wife and my smart son get to eat, live and get the vaccine. That is essentially what’s happening here. And here’s what’s the problem. It used to be just an issue of harming black and brown people but this is harming what’s left of the Republican base. Mississippi is a red state. They’re killing a lot of their own supporters. 

REID: Yeah.

JOHNSON: Texas is a red state, even though it’s through suppression. They’re killing a lot of their own supporters. So, it’s not even political. It’s just nihilism and an absolutely lack of empathy for the human impact and the catastrophe that so many Americans are living through right now.

REID: Yeah, and let’s not forget that, in a lot of these states —

PATEL: States, by the way, Joy, Texas —

REID: Yeah? Go on.

PATEL: — they didn’t expand the medicaid program on purpose. They turned down money — 

REID: Yes. 

JOHNSON: Right.

PATEL: — to expand a program that could give people health care. 

REID: Yeah. 

PATEL: That’s the state we’re talking about. 

REID: Yeah. No, absolutely. You’re — there’s a reason we call it necropolitics. It’s vicious.

With the broadcast networks refusing to critically analyze President Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill, they were intentionally refusing to tell their viewers about all the wasteful pork-barrel spending Democrats stuffed into it. But while the liberal media were helping the left with their cookout, Wednesday’s edition of the Fox News Channel’s Special Report was giving their viewers the truth about what was in the bill before they passed it.

One of the biggest developments with the bill was the restructuring of who would be eligible to receive the next round of stimulus checks. In the effort to get Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) on board, Democrats opted to leave out more well-off people from receiving the money.

Of course, ABC’s Mary Bruce griped about it on World News Tonight. “These $1,400 payments would now go only to Americans who make less than $8,000 a year or households earning less than $160,000 a year,” she said. “It is a major concession from the President to get the support of these key moderate Democrats he needs to get his COVID relief bill passed.”

On top of defending and pushing Biden’s bill, the evening newscasts had largely failed to accurately explain why Republicans were against it. They would offer up meager lines about the right objecting to the price tag but wouldn’t go into any detail.

NBC White House correspondent Peter Alexander came the closest to reality on NBC Nightly News: “Still, Republicans argue most of the $1.9 trillion bill does not address the pandemic itself.” He said that as a huff against them not being happy enough with the restructured relief check payments.

 

 

But while the networks were acting that way, Fox News congressional correspondent Jacqui Heinrich gave viewers a breakdown of a lot of the wasteful spending:

Senate Republicans, plan to draw out the marathon voting session with amendment after amendment targeting items they deem unrelated to coronavirus. 180 million to change the definition of an at-risk child for emergency meal reimbursement to include people up to 24 years old. Billions to advance portions of President Biden’s executive orders on climate change. A new executive branch employee emergency leave program allowing nearly seven times the current leave, with no requirement it’s COVID-related. And 350 billion for state and local governments.

Heinrich also called out the lucrative pet projects of Democratic leaders. “Democrats already have had to drop to infrastructure projects, a subway extension in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s home state of California and money for a bridge in Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s home state of New York. President Biden’s proposal argued transit was hit hard by the pandemic,” she reported.

Both of those projects came and went without a single word from the evening newscasts.

Further in the report, Heinrich seemed to quip about how the Democrats were still having issues ginning up support:

HEINRICH: With two of the most ridiculed items gone, Democrats hoped for smoother sailing. Not so.

SENATE MINORITY LEADER MITCH MCCONNELL (R-KY): Only nine percent of this $1.9 trillion is related to health care.

SENATOR STEVE DAINES (R-MT): The prior five packages all had the high protections. [Transition] There’s $400 billion in this current package that can be used to fund abortions with taxpayer dollars.

Another key point that kept Republicans from supporting the latest round of relief was the fact there were still billions of dollars left unspent from the last one. And, of course, that also went unreported by the evening newscasts.

The networks’ blackout on what Democrats hid in the coronavirus relief bill was made possible because of lucrative sponsorships from Consumer Cellular on ABC, Ford Motor Company on CBS, and Liberty Mutual on NBC.

The transcript is below, click “expand” to read:

Fox News Channel’s Special Report
March 3, 2021
6:10:28: p.m. Eastern

BRET BAIER: President Joe Biden and Senate Democrats have agreed to tighten the upper-income limits at which people could qualifying for stimulus checks in the party’s coronavirus relief bill. A concession to moderates. And word tonight is that Senator Joe Manchin, Democrat from West Virginia has warmed to the newly structured bill. Republicans, however, remain vehemently opposed saying more than 90 percent of the package is unrelated to the pandemic. Congressional correspondent Jacqui Heinrich has the latest from capitol hill.

[Cuts to video]

SEN. ROGER MARSHALL (R-KS): This package is Just so full of pork it smells like bacon.

JACQUI HEINRICH: Senate Republicans, plan to draw out the marathon voting session with amendment after amendment targeting items they deem unrelated to coronavirus. 180 million to change the definition of an at-risk child for emergency meal reimbursement to include people up to 24 years old. Billions to advance portions of President Biden’s executive orders on climate change. A new executive branch employee emergency leave program allowing nearly seven times the current leave, with no requirement it’s COVID-related. And 350 billion for state and local governments.

SEN. RICK SCOTT (R-FL): A lot of these states are seeing a significant increasing in what their budgets are going to be this next year.

SEN. CHUCK SCHUMER (D-NY): So, just because the numbers are not as bad as they were, doesn’t mean we don’t need a continued a strong push to get us out of this ditch.

HEINRICH: Democrats already have had to drop to infrastructure projects, a subway extension in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s home state of California and money for a bridge in Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s home state of New York. President Biden’s proposal argued transit was hit hard by the pandemic.

But the Senate parliamentarian ruled against the subway for procedural reasons and Democrats abandoned the bridge after Republican pushed back saying, it was actually the Trump administration’s prior request. With two of the most ridiculed items gone, Democrats hoped for smoother sailing. Not so.

SEN. MITCH MCCONNELL (R-KY): Only nine percent of this $1.9 trillion is related to health care.

SEN. STEVE DAINES (R-MT): The prior five packages all had the high protections. [Transition] There’s $400 billion in this current package that can be used to fund abortions with taxpayer dollars.

HEINRICH: But Democrats confident the bill will pass, believing the polls and optics are in their favor with Republican standing between Americans in their checks.

SCHUMER: When people want checks to help them get out of the morass, that’s not a liberal wish list. That’s what the American people want.

[Cuts back to live]

HEINRICH: Full Democratic support is more likely tonight after President Biden signed off on tighter eligibility for stimulus checks, partly to get Senator Joe Manchin on board, and the minimum wage hike that he opposed was already stripped off of that bill. Bret.

BAIER: Jacqui Heinrich live on Capitol Hill. Jacqui, thanks.

Newsmax TV’s Mike Carter asks residents on the street in Manhattan about how they feel about the latest revelations regarding sexual harassment allegations against N.Y. Governor Andrew Cuomo, allegations made against him, and his various successes or misadventures throughout the pandemic.

“Absolutely” he should resign, one man said. “Worst governor in the history of the state.”

“Boo! Bye, Cuomo, bye Andy!” said one young man. “Sorry dude, you f*cked up.”

“It’s not looking good for him,” another man said.

“There’s a long list” of complaints one woman said.

One man summed it up: “Cuomo had no problem getting his brother out there the prop giant Q-tip and laughing it up. It would be like Giuliani being on CNN laughing it up while bodies burned in the towers on 9/11. The guy’s writing a book about leadership? That’s audacity.”

Yes, this actually happened:

ABC spent a lot of time and effort during Wednesday’s World News Tonight desperately peddling New York Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo’s so-called “apology,” after he was accused by three young women of sexual harassment including unwanted touching.

In contrast, the CBS Evening News gave more time to sharing the reaction of his accusers, even speaking with the lawyer representing the third accuser.

In all, ABC anchor David Muir and correspondent Stephanie Ramos spent almost three minutes (2:53) focused on propping up the embattled governor, summarizing what he was so “sorry” and “embarrassed” about. Meanwhile, Ramos buried the reaction of his accusers in the last 24 seconds of the segment:

MUIR: And tonight, you have reaction from two of the women?

RAMOS: Exactly, David. The Governor’s former aide Lindsay Boylan tweeting, “how can New Yorkers trust you to lead our state if you don’t know when you’ve been inappropriate with your own staff?” The lawyer for Charlotte Bennett releasing a statement, saying, “The Governor’s remarks were full of falsehoods.”

Of course, Muir prefaced Ramos’s closer by telling viewers, “Governor Cuomo’s says he’s learned, in his words, ‘a very important lesson.’”

That wasn’t the first time Muir sounded like Cuomo’s spokesperson either. As he went into the segment, he made sure to repeatedly talk about how bad Cuomo felt.

“The first time in front of the cameras in days. Apologizing today but saying he will not resign, after three women have accused him of misconduct, saying, ‘I now understand that I acted in a way that made people feel uncomfortable. I deeply apologize,’” Muir quoted. “Adding: ‘I feel embarrassed by it.’”

“And the reaction tonight from two of his accusers,” Muir quickly added in an apparent afterthought.

And as Ramos began the video portion of the segment, she noted Cuomo’s comments came during “one of his trademark COVID briefings.” “And when it was over, he addressed the sexual harassment allegations threatening to derail his career,” he strangely added.

In contrast, CBS spent 1 minute 43 seconds on the reaction from Cuomo’s accusers (1:26 for the apology and the claims). Correspondent Jericka Duncan even interviewed Deborah Katz, the lawyer for third-accuser Charlotte Bennett:

For the Governor to say, “I never touched anybody inappropriately,” the world saw that picture. If today he took the microphone and said, “I’ve looked at that picture, and that was inappropriate, and I clearly touched her inappropriately, and I’m sorry,” I’d have a lot more respect for his position.

Where Muir sounded like Cuomo’s PR guy by jumping right to the apology, anchor Norah O’Donnell went right to the reaction of his accusers. “Tonight, two former aides to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo are rejecting his apology,” she said right at the top of the segment.

And while NBC Nightly News did give more time to Cuomo’s apology and the reason (1:28) than they did his accusers (24 seconds, with 23 seconds on the investigation), anchor Lester Holt seemed to scoff at Cuomo. “The Governor apologized, as he put it, for the way he acted,” he told viewers.

Yet, none of them mentioned Cuomo’s ridiculous declaration: “I have never done anything in my public career that I’m ashamed of.” Sexual Harassment of his staffers should be one thing to be ashamed of, but also his disastrous order to put COIVD patients into nursing homes. But the evening newscasts didn’t care about that either, as evident by them ignoring that scandal for the second day in a row.

ABC’s aid to Governor Cuomo was made possible because of lucrative sponsorships from Consumer Cellular and Ancestry. Their contact information is linked so you can tell them about the biased news they fund.

Thanks to MSNBC host Joy Reid and former Obama intel officials John Brennan and Clint Watts, Tuesday’s The ReidOut took a trip aboard the crazy train, making no distinction between Republicans writ large and those that stormed the Capitol on January 6 and insisted the threat from right-wingers resorting to terror was worse than al-Qaeda.

Even worse yet, Reid and Watts trumpeted the left-wing group Antifa was a group that wasn’t at all violent, but instead a noble group of individuals committed to defeating fascism (i.e. white supremacists).

 

 

A former Obama Homeland Security Advisor, Watts reminded Americans of how anyone can reach the highest levels of government as he pathetically claimed that, in addition to the fact “[t]here is no equivalency by any measure between Antifa or any political left terrorism right now and what’s going on on the political right,” Antifa’s actually a noble cause.

Watt explained how he “always like[s] to remind people when they hear Antifa, that means anti-fascist, which is in response to another” in that, “if you have Antifa, then you have Fa, or as in fascist, which comes down to white supremacy.”

In other words, it’s the same farcical logic peddled for years by the likes of Chris Cuomo (here, here, and here), Medhi Hasan, Joy Reid, and Chuck Todd (here and here).

Reid was delighted by this comparison, joking that “it says something about one political party when they think that the most dangerous thing are people who are against fascism” and thus “says more about them than it does about Antifa.”

Seeing as how Reid doesn’t live in Portland or Seattle or owned a business torched over the summer, she showed viewers that, if it’s Antifa that burned your business or house down or beat you in the streets, she might say you deserved it.

Reid started the next thread about comparing right-wingers to al-Qaeda (even though FBI Director Chris Wray compared those who stormed the Capitol to ISIS) because “they [were] embedded in and [had] the support of the government” in Afghanistan while groups like the Proud Boys and Q-Anon followers have the support of the Republican Party.

Brennan agreed and outlined how far right groups pose a greater threat than al-Qaeda did because there were “just a handful of individuals that [they were] able to sneak into this country” versus now where insurrectionists have “politicians who not only coddle them, but continue to fuel the sentiments that give rise to their violent attacks.”

He also jumped at the chance to talk about his desire for intelligence to dramatically expand spying against innocent Americans, boasting that there must be a “review” (read: increase) “the statutory authorities of the FBI, the collection and analytic capabilities, the distribution system of the information that they have.”

The one-time Communist Party voter admitted that “[t]here is going to be tension between civil liberties and privacy on the one hand and the FBI’s investigative methods,” but excused it away by saying “this is something that I think the Congress would be ideal if it was operating in a bipartisan and fair manner.”

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To see the relevant MSNBC transcript from March 2, click “expand.”

MSNBC’s The ReidOut
March 2, 2021
7:11 p.m. Eastern

CLINT WATTS: There is no equivalency by any measure between Antifa or any political left terrorism right now and what’s going on on the political right. And I always like to remind people when they hear Antifa, that means anti- fascist, which is in response to another. So if you have Antifa, then you have Fa, or as in fascist, which comes down to white supremacy. It’s the number one issue in the country in terms of domestic terrorism and terrorism overall. And it’s followed up very closely behind by anti-government militia groups. And that’s really where the FBI — I think Director Wray said that today. He’s going to focus on that. I would like to see our elected leaders focus on that as well.

JOY REID: Well, it says something about one political party when they think that the most dangerous thing are people who are against fascism. I think it says more about them than it does about Antifa. Mr. Brennan, you know, today, Mr. Wray, Christopher Wray likened this domestic terrorist threat to ISIS. But I wonder if — from your experience, they’re more like Al Qaeda, because in the case of Al Qaeda, they are embedded in and have the support of the government. That was part of the reason we wound up in Afghanistan. They’re being shielded by the government in Afghanistan. In this case, even some of the people in the hearings want to defend fundamentally the people who committed the attack on our country because they view them as part of their base. They need their votes. And so they don’t want to harm them. They don’t want to end their power. They — I don’t know how you can investigate something that one of our two major political parties sees as part of their base.

JOHN BRENNAN: I agree, Joy, and one of the most disturbing things that Christopher Wray said today was the tremendous surge in the number of investigations, over 2,000, a tremendous surge since he came into office in 2017. And I think it just shows how pervasive this problem is and as he pointed out, these racially and ethnically-motivated hate groups, the militias, the white supremacists and others, they are representative across this country. So unlike an Al Qaeda, that has just a handful of individuals that it was able to sneak into this country, the fact that you have so many of these individuals and as you point out, there are politicians who not only coddle them, but continue to fuel the sentiments that give rise to their violent attacks. So I think Chris Wray, I think, has done a good job the last four years. This is a time now in light of the sacking of the Capitol on January 6th as well as the surge in domestic terrorism to review the statutory authorities of the FBI, the collection and analytic capabilities, the distribution system of the information that they have. But there is going to be tension between civil liberties and privacy on the one hand and the FBI’s investigative methods and this is something that I think the Congress would be ideal if it was operating in a bipartisan and fair manner, really needs to work with the leadership of the FBI to make sure that they get this balance right.

There’s a small boomlet in network stories on sexual harassment allegations against Gov. Mario Cuomo (D-N.Y.). But NewsBusters has been applying its research to underline how Cuomo’s press — especially on scandal of sending infected coronavirus patients into nursing homes — is still being downplayed. 

In the latest NewsBusters Podcast, executive editor Tim Graham elaborates on all the research:

— A study by Rich Noyes and Bill D’Agostino found ABC’s World News Tonight, the CBS Evening News and NBC Nightly News discussed Cuomo in at least 401 evening news stories between March 1 and December 31, 2020, including weekends. Yet only two of those stories, both on NBC, made any reference to Cuomo’s nursing home order, for a total airtime of a mere 51 seconds.

— A new Media Research Center poll found that due to the liberal media’s bias by omission, one quarter of all voters have been left in the dark about this Cuomo nursing-home scandal. Once they were informed, those voters swung from 45% having a favorable view of Cuomo’s handling of the crisis, to a lopsided 65% majority having an unfavorable view.

— Scott Whitlock described how HBO’s John Oliver harshly denounced Cuomo as an “a**hole,” but then on top of that, he reviewed 33 episodes of Oliver’s show Last Week Tonight and found Cuomo was mentioned only five times over the last year. All the mentions were brief, and some were positive! 

Then Jorge Bonilla of MRC Latino joins the podcast to discuss how Biden can get away with baldly stating that blacks and Hispanics may not know how to get on their computer to make an appointment for a COVID vaccine. If Trump suggested they were a bit dim, imagine the furor. Also, how the Spanish-language networks are doing Biden’s bidding on the “kids in cages” issue, or oops — the humane detention centers for migrant children. This drew much less attention than the arrest of a Mexican drug lord’s wife, or “Mrs. El Chapo” for short. 

Enjoy the podcast below, or wherever you listen to podcasts.