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NYT’s Mara Gay ‘Disturbed’ by Flying of American Flag on Long Island

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One of the most detrimental facets of the manufactured dichotomy of American politics is that everything is now being forced into one column or the other.  Every single issue is being divvied up onto either Team R or Team D, and there is no room for sharing.

It’s a disturbing trend that will eventually leave Americans with little to call their own, as the two-party system gobbles up every last bit of our culture to score political points.

The symptoms of this issue are rather apparent this week, as a columnist for the New York Times suggests that flying the American flag is somehow innately “disturbing” due to the fact that conservatives might be the ones doing the displaying.

MSNBC contributor Mara Gay said Tuesday that she was “disturbed” to see “dozens of American flags” flown by Donald Trump supporters during a weekend trip to Long Island, New York.

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The left-wing editorial board member for The New York Times was also distressed by what she called expletives on the trucks against President Biden, describing the flag-flying Trump supporters as sending a clear message: “This is my country … not your country. I own this.”

The full comments were even more alarming.

“I was on Long Island this weekend visiting a really dear friend, and I was really disturbed. I saw, you know, dozens and dozens of pickup trucks with explicatives [sic] against Joe Biden on the back of them, Trump flags, and in some cases just dozens of American flags, which is also just disturbing … Essentially the message was clear. This is my country. This is not your country. I own this,” Gay said.

By suggesting that the American flag itself is some sort of symbol of hate, Gay has crossed a line in rhetoric that many thought that we’d never cross, and it may be hard for the liberal left to step back over it.

 

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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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