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Is Glenn Greenwald the New Master of Right-Wing Media?

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https://www.thedailybeast.com/is-glenn-greenwald-the-new-master-of-right-wing-media?ref=home


Is Glenn Greenwald the New Master of Right-Wing Media?
FROM HIS MOUTH TO FOX’S EARS?
The leftist scribe has become “a practitioner of manufactured controversy” for outlets like Fox News, say his stunned former colleagues.
Lloyd Grove, Editor at Large
Justin Baragona, Contributing Editor
Published Jun. 02, 2021 4:55AM ET

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This past month has occasioned spectacular success, of a sort, for the pugnacious contrarian pundit, an erstwhile leftist journalist-turned-Donald Trump defender who once again is proving his mastery of the right-wing media ecosystem.

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And now he is effectively operating as something of a Fox News assignment editor, as indicated by The Daily Beast’s spot check of the frequency with which Greenwald’s online musings on social media and elsewhere, especially his Substack page, have served as the basis for dozens of articles on Fox News’ website.

He’s become a practitioner of manufactured controversy in the service of the hard right in this country.
— Betsy Reed, The Intercept editor-in-chief


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Intercept editor Roger Hodge theorizes that money is probably behind at least some of Greenwald’s adventures in right-wing media.

“He needs subscribers and he’s giving people what they want, which is hatred and rage,” Hodge told The Daily Beast. “He’s tapped into the rage machine. He understands that there’s no engagement like rage engagement.”
Posted by babylonsister | Wed Jun 2, 2021, 06:41 AM (25 replies)

Open Letter to President Joe Biden: Prosecute Army Officer Who Says You're Not President

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2021/6/1/2033090/-Open-Letter-to-President-Joe-Biden-Prosecute-Army-Officer-Who-Says-You-re-Not-President

Open Letter to President Joe Biden: Prosecute Army Officer Who Says You’re Not President
Mikey Weinstein
Community (This content is not subject to review by Daily Kos staff prior to publication.)
Tuesday June 01, 2021 · 9:59 AM EDT
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Tuesday, June 1, 2021

President Joseph R. Biden
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20500

Re: Prosecute Army Officer Who Says You’re Not President (But Are a Pedophile)

Dear President Biden,

Mr. President, my name is Mikey Weinstein, and I head up a large civil rights advocacy organization called the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) which currently represents just over 74,000 active duty, reserve, and national guard military members as well as military academy, ROTC/OCS/OTS cadets and midshipmen, veterans, and DoD civilians.

MRFF’s main mission is to protect the Constitutionally-mandated wall separating church and state in the U.S. armed forces.

First, I’d like to congratulate you on your landslide election to the White House, both in the popular vote and in the Electoral College.

Having professional, experienced, non-mentally ill, non-cowardly, reasoned, rational, and intelligent leadership of our country returned to the fold is a true sine qua non bonanza to the health of our American Republic.

Mr. President, now that you are the Commander-in-Chief of our U.S. armed forces, I so regret having to inform you of one of the most repulsive acts of criminal contemptuousness towards a U.S. president by a uniformed member of the Department of Defense (DoD) we at MRFF have ever heretofore witnessed.

What I am compelled to report to you are the shockingly illicit actions of one 1LT Alex Stovall, who is apparently at this time an Army “Chaplain Candidate” who is concomitantly running for a seat in the U.S. Congress from the State of Arizona in the 2022 election.

It seems, Mr. President, that he doesn’t like you very much; not very much at all, sir!

Indeed, he has publicly refused to even recognize you as our President and his Commander-in-Chief and, even further, had made it quite clear to all he can communicate with that he sees you as a pernicious pedophile.

Additionally, he has no problem viciously and feloniously violating the military’s criminal law structure, as detailed in the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ), to both (1) further his Congressional candidacy using his Army Reserve Officer’s status as a force multiplier in his Congressional campaign ads, and, (2) savagely attacking you and other members of Congress, especially Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.


1LT Stovall had made it clear that he will NOT stop saying these horrid things about you and others WHETHER OR NOT HE IS IN HIS U.S. ARMY UNIFORM!!

Mr. President, MRFF has already written a demand letter to your Secretary of Defense, Lloyd Austin, and widely broken this story in the media.

This past Friday, May 28, 2021, before the Memorial Day weekend, and pursuant to MRFF’s demands, the U.S. Army Reserve Command announced that it had opened up an official Army investigation into 1LT Stovall’s insidious and nefarious actions.

Mr. President, MRFF is respectfully asking YOU to ensure, as our American military’s Commander-in-Chief, that 1LT Alex Stovall is justly, expeditiously, aggressively, and visibly punished for his incredibly reprehensible actions, as detailed in this Open Letter to you.

Our armed forces have the UCMJ for a reason. Without it, the requisite good order, morale, discipline, and unit cohesion needed to optimally command our military forces disintegrates into lethal chaos.

Sir, we simply CANNOT have Army 1LTs bragging and boasting about calling our President a pedophile and illicitly leveraging their military status to win elections to Congress in BLATANT violation of DoD regulations, directives, instructions, and the UCMJ!


1LT Stovall’s hideous defiance of all associated military laws and regulations MUST BE STOPPED AND PUNISHED NOW!

Mr. President, if you won’t do it, who will?


Michael L. “Mikey” Weinstein
Founder and President
Military Religious Freedom Foundation
505-250-7727
Posted by babylonsister | Tue Jun 1, 2021, 02:59 PM (5 replies)

Biden to Suspend Oil Leases In Arctic Wildlife Refuge

https://politicalwire.com/2021/06/01/biden-to-suspend-oil-leases-in-arctic-national-wildlife-refuge/

Biden to Suspend Oil Leases In Arctic Wildlife Refuge
June 1, 2021 at 2:57 pm EDT By Taegan Goddard


“The Interior Department will suspend several oil and gas leases in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, overturning one of Donald Trump’s most significant environmental acts during his last days in office,” the Washington Post reports.

“The move, which could spark a major legal battle, aims to unwind nearly a dozen leases in the heart of a pristine expanse in Alaska that Republicans and Democrats have fought over for four decades.”
Posted by babylonsister | Tue Jun 1, 2021, 01:59 PM (23 replies)

Connie Schultz, best-selling author, Pulitzer-winning columnist, to write weekly USA TODAY Opinion c


OPINION
Connie Schultz, best-selling author, Pulitzer-winning columnist, to write weekly USA TODAY Opinion column
Kristen DelGuzzi
USA TODAY


It’s the start of a new month, the unofficial start of summer.

That makes it the perfect time to talk about the newest voices on the USA TODAY Opinion team.

Starting this month is Connie Schultz, a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and New York Times best-selling author, whose latest book, Daughters of Erietown, is released in paperback today. She’s a frequent public speaker and guest on national television and most recently wrote a nationally syndicated column. Her new weekly column will be exclusive to USA TODAY and the USA TODAY Network.

Schultz writes about current events and policy and politics, but mostly, she writes from the heart, about life. Her time as a single mom and now as a grandparent, growing up in Ohio, where she still lives with husband Sen. Sherrod Brown. She calls out injustice, praises good deeds, honors her dogs and champions women.

"One of the best parts of being a columnist is the relationship you build with readers," Schultz told me. "As a columnist for USA TODAY and its Network, I have the chance to engage with thoughtful readers across the country. We have so much to talk about, always. I look forward to those conversations."


Look for her first column this week.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2021/06/01/connie-schultz-pulitzer-daughters-of-erietown-opinion-columnist/5274055001/
Posted by babylonsister | Tue Jun 1, 2021, 09:06 AM (0 replies)

Eric Boehlert: It's not Trump's "grip" on GOP that's driving its descent into madness

https://pressrun.media/p/its-not-trumps-grip-thats-driving


It's not Trump's "grip" on GOP that's driving its descent into madness
The truth is worse
Eric Boehlert
1 hr ago

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Note that no Republican senators ever told journalists they were “afraid” of Trump, or that’s why most voted to scuttle the fact-finding mission. Reporters made that conclusion themselves as a way to explain dangerous GOP behavior — as a way to cover for the GOP instead of telling the glaring truth, which is that Republicans couldn’t care less what caused the bloody insurrection, or if it happens again.

This “grip” narrative is nonsense and it needs to stop —the Republican Party in recent weeks and months has made it clear with its anti-voter drive that it no longer adheres to the tenets of democracy, and that it is determined to permanently wound free and fair elections, passing laws that make it harder, and in many cases, impossible for lawful Americans to vote. Republicans are doing this because they want to. Not because they’re quivering at the sight of Trump.

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All across the country, Republican legislatures have moved swiftly to make sure that fewer people vote in upcoming elections.

These partisan, sustained attacks on democracy have nothing to do with Trump’s day-to-day involvement in the GOP. He simply arrived five years ago and tapped into the party’s obvious authoritarian leanings and gave it political permission to pursue an agenda built around throwing out millions of legitimate votes each election cycle.

As longtime conservative commentator Charlie Sykes recounted last week that following Trump’s 2016 win and what it unleashed, he and fellow pundit George Will “had to admit that we obviously didn’t understand what the conservative movement was about, that all the intellectual cover of the right had been this tiny, thin layer on top of this molten something or other that turned out to be pretty ugly.”

The media need to stop pretending Trump is steering the Republicans’ eager descent into madness. The press needs to acknowledge, in its straight news coverage, that the GOP is no longer a mainstream player and is quickly evolving into something very different and unparalleled. And that Republicans are making these un-American moves freely and of their own accord.
Posted by babylonsister | Tue Jun 1, 2021, 08:04 AM (57 replies)
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