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Don Lemon’s Week of Heavy Hyperbole Continues with New GOP Accusation

Lemon’s latest reads like the sensationalism of a man who’s concerned about his ratings.

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It has long been understood that pundits within the mainstream media have but one job:  To keep viewers engaged long enough to catch a few car insurance commercials, which, in turn, pays their exorbitant salaries.

And there are few ways in which this can be done:  Anchors could simply provide compelling coverage of the news, a la actual journalism, for starters.  This would be the golden standard, of course, but it comes at the expense of having to actually put the work in.

Instead, most within the infotainment industry rely on sensationalism to keep eyeballs on their product.  They want us to be emotionally invested in their programs, and so they poke and prod us into paying attention.

Often times, pundits will use our own anger to keep us invested – which is likely an enormous part of the problem with America’s political animosity today.

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CNN’s Don Lemon is no stranger to this tactic, and took an ugly shot at the Republican Party this week, in what could be described as an attempt to manufacture outrage in pursuit of ratings.

Referencing Marjorie Taylor Greene’s comments comparing mask mandates to the Holocaust, Lemon continued, “It took leaders of her party five whole days to speak out about the lunacy of one freshman congresswoman. The top three House Republicans putting out statements today. They have been in front of cameras. They could have said something. Talk is cheap. This is the party that threw Liz Cheney under the bus for telling the truth. It took them five days to condemn Marjorie Taylor Greene’s antisemitism.”

He continued, “I want you to think about this, whatever you do for a living, if there was someone in your workplace who said some stuff like this, what would happen to them? Would they still have a job? Would they still be respected? Would you still respect them? Would you? Would they still hang on? I think you know the answer.”

Then came the meticulously crafted soundbites, meant to incense and enrage parts of his audience.

Lemon added, “Sources telling CNN that GOP donors and House members urged McCarthy to urge him to say something, but he’s unlikely to kick her out of the conference. One source saying ‘Donald Trump likes her, and Kevin doesn’t want to upset Trump.’ There you have it. That’s what Republicans are signing up for, allegiance to —you know how this part goes, say it with me, a disgraced, twice-impeached, one-term former president who could face potential criminal charges over his family business. That’s where we are tonight after a year of turmoil, a year of hate and division, a year of COVID, a year of reckoning with race in the wake of the murder of George Floyd. That’s where we are tonight, still, with the craziness, the insanity on the right. One party, that’s who the Republican Party is. That’s what the Republican Party is right now. That’s who you are right now. Own it. The party of insensitive statements about the Holocaust and Jewish people. The party of antisemitism.”

Lemon’s assertion, that the GOP is inherently antisemitic, will likely draw a great rebuke from the Republican Party, who will simply need to license a few clips from Democratic lawmakers such as Omar Ilhan in order to refute the claim.

Earlier in the week, Lemon stated that the GOP was “obsolete”.

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DirecTV Removes Conservative News Network in Blow to Free Speech

The move is just the latest incident in which conservative bandwidth has been arbitrarily limited, and it certainly won’t be the last. 

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In our nation, we’ve long held the belief that the diversity of opinion is a tool for sharpening our abilities and ingenuity.  The freedom to speak as you want is the best way to keep the evil among us from snatching up the entirety of the American Dream for themselves, and it levels the playing field among the masses.

That it why the latest move from DirecTV is so egregious.

The largest satellite provider in the United States said late Friday it will drop One America News, a move that could financially cripple the rightwing TV network known for fueling conspiracy theories about the 2020 election.

The announcement by DirecTV, which is 70% owned by AT&T, comes three months after a Reuters investigation revealed that OAN’s founder testified that AT&T inspired him to create the network. Court testimony also showed that OAN receives nearly all of its revenue from DirecTV.

The sudden change comes after years of cooperation.

DirecTV, with approximately 15 million subscribers, is by far OAN’s largest carrier. According to testimony by OAN’s accountant reviewed by Reuters, DirecTV provided 90% of the conservative network’s revenue.

“We informed Herring Networks that, following a routine internal review, we do not plan to enter into a new contract when our current agreement expires,” DirecTV said in a statement.

The OAN-DirecTV contract is set to expire in the next several months. DirecTV began airing OAN in April 2017, a deal that began shortly after OAN and AT&T settled a lawsuit over alleged oral promises during negotiations.

The move is just the latest incident in which conservative bandwidth has been arbitrarily limited, and it certainly won’t be the last.

In our nation, we’ve long held the belief that the diversity of opinion is a tool for sharpening our abilities and ingenuity.  The freedom to speak as you want is the best way to keep the evil among us from snatching up the entirety of the American Dream for themselves, and it levels the playing field among the masses. That it why the latest move from DirecTV is so egregious. The largest satellite provider in the United States said late Friday it will drop One America News, a move that could financially cripple the rightwing TV network known for fueling conspiracy theories about the 2020 election. The announcement by DirecTV, which is 70% owned by AT&T, comes three months after a Reuters investigation revealed that OAN’s founder testified that AT&T inspired him to create the network. Court testimony also showed that OAN receives nearly all of its revenue from DirecTV. The sudden change comes after years of cooperation. DirecTV, with approximately 15 million subscribers, is by far OAN’s largest carrier. According to testimony by OAN’s accountant reviewed by Reuters, DirecTV provided 90% of the conservative network’s revenue. “We informed Herring Networks that, following a routine internal review, we do not plan to enter into a new contract when our current agreement expires,” DirecTV said in a statement. The OAN-DirecTV contract is set to expire in the next several months. DirecTV began airing OAN in April 2017, a deal that began shortly after OAN and AT&T settled a lawsuit over alleged oral promises during negotiations. The move is just the latest incident in which conservative bandwidth has been arbitrarily limited, and it certainly won’t be the last.

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Nearly 300 Doctors, Experts Sign Letter Calling Joe Rogan ‘A Public Menace’

Rogan has survived countless controversies in the past, however, and it is unlikely that Spotify would jeopardize their rather enormous investment in the ultra-popular host over this COVID kerfuffle. 

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Like Howard Stern before him, Joe Rogan has become a bit of a shock jock.  Or, at least whatever the podcast equivalent would be called.

This is largely because Rogan is a “question everything” sort of interviewer, and always has been.  We have to remember that this is a man who really wanted to believe that Sasquatch existed, but disappointed himself greatly by seeking out the truth.  Nothing is off limits for Rogan, and that is precisely why he is so popular.

But when he employs his innate curiosity in regard to the COVID-19 pandemic, he is now standing accused of being a “public menace”.

A group of 270 experts have penned an open letter addressed to the Swedish audio streaming service condemning the top-rated show, “The Joe Rogan Experience.”

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The doctors, researchers and health-care professionals who co-signed the statement have expressed concern that the podcast’s outspoken 54-year-old host is making millions on the dissemination of bogus medical advice — to the health detriment of his listeners.

The group appeared to subtly suggest some sort of culpability on the part of the streaming platform.

The letter also asked the streaming music service to “establish a clear and public policy to moderate misinformation on its platform.”

“Spotify has a responsibility to mitigate the spread of misinformation on its platform, though the company presently has no misinformation policy,” they wrote.

Some of the signees appeared livid.

Fellow signee Katrine Wallace, epidemiologist at University of Illinois Chicago School of Public Health, told Rolling Stone that Rogan was “a menace to public health,” particularly for espousing anti-vaccine rhetoric.

“Having things like this on the Joe Rogan podcast gives a platform to these people and makes it a false balance. This is what really bothers me,” she said. “These are fringe ideas not backed in science, and having it on a huge platform makes it seem there are two sides to this issue. And there are really not. The overwhelming evidence is the vaccine works, and it is safe.”

Rogan has survived countless controversies in the past, however, and it is unlikely that Spotify would jeopardize their rather enormous investment in the ultra-popular host over this COVID kerfuffle.

Like Howard Stern before him, Joe Rogan has become a bit of a shock jock.  Or, at least whatever the podcast equivalent would be called. This is largely because Rogan is a “question everything” sort of interviewer, and always has been.  We have to remember that this is a man who really wanted to believe that Sasquatch existed, but disappointed himself greatly by seeking out the truth.  Nothing is off limits for Rogan, and that is precisely why he is so popular. But when he employs his innate curiosity in regard to the COVID-19 pandemic, he is now standing accused of being a “public menace”. A group of 270 experts have penned an open letter addressed to the Swedish audio streaming service condemning the top-rated show, “The Joe Rogan Experience.” The doctors, researchers and health-care professionals who co-signed the statement have expressed concern that the podcast’s outspoken 54-year-old host is making millions on the dissemination of bogus medical advice — to the health detriment of his listeners. The group appeared to subtly suggest some sort of culpability on the part of the streaming platform. The letter also asked the streaming music service to “establish a clear and public policy to moderate misinformation on its platform.” “Spotify has a responsibility to mitigate the spread of misinformation on its platform, though the company presently has no misinformation policy,” they wrote. Some of the signees appeared livid. Fellow signee Katrine Wallace, epidemiologist at University of Illinois Chicago School of Public Health, told Rolling Stone that Rogan was “a menace to public health,” particularly for espousing anti-vaccine rhetoric. “Having things like this on the Joe Rogan podcast gives a platform to these people and makes it a false balance. This is what really bothers me,” she said. “These are fringe ideas not backed in science,…

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