Primary tomorrow! Here’s a Detroit News piece .. well… the GOP hasn’t made a decision, I guess you can call them that.
Matt Gertz/Media Affairs:
The right-wing media blacked out Mastriano’s alliance with the opposition
Right-wing media outlets have ignored Doug Mastriano’s alliance with Andrew Torba, the Republican gubernatorial nominee for Pennsylvania. Anti-virus Who runs Gab — a social media site Notoriously often by white nationalists, including the shooter who killed 11 people at a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, synagogue in 2018. By ignoring Mastriano’s friendly treatment of extremists, the right-wing media is complicit in ensuring Torba’s people are accepted into the right-wing movement and supported by the Republican Party.
Mastriano was an election conspiracy theorist, right-wing extremist, and January 6 rebel. embraced Gabe, praised Torba for “what you’ve done” in an interview with the notorious Jew-hater, and paid the platform $5,000 for consulting services, Media Affairs reported earlier this month. Those revelations set off weeks of criticism for the gubernatorial nominee, and on Thursday, Mastriano and Torba Posted statement Firestorm response.
But as Jonathan Chat of New York magazine Pointed out, Mastriano did not denounce Torba as a rival or say that he would end their association. Instead, Mastriano wrote, “Andrew Torba does not speak for me or my campaign. I reject anti-Semitism in any form,” before attacking the press for reporting on his association and his Democratic opponent, Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro.
Republicans believe their indifference meant nothing except to piss off veterans.
Matt Pierce/LA Times:
American media wants to save democracy. Is it helping?
The usually straight-laced Associated Press reported a Democracy News Editor. “We want to be really clear with people about the threats to democratic institutions,” said executive editor Julie Pace. Said last year On CNN’s “Reliable Sources,” its host, Brian Stelter, has been excoriating major media figures for how they are covering what he called an “attack on democracy.”
The Washington Post’s tagline, “Democracy Dies in Darkness”, adopted in 2017, was the newspaper’s first official slogan in more than a century of print journalism. The paper followed with the creation of the A The Democracy Team, with a new emphasis on covering threats to electoral integrity, ballot access and rules-based government.
Post opinion columnist Like Perry Bacon Jr And Margaret Sullivan has argued for journalists to abandon their usual bipartisan coverage of politics to directly present pro-Trump electoral threats as a threat to the republic.
There are signs that some of those attitudes have even reached the newsroom rank-and-file. While 76% of American adults polled In a recent study by the Pew Research Center Said that journalists should always try to give equal coverage to all sides, a majority of journalists in the survey disagreed.
Wisconsin DOJ investigates voter fraud stunt as election officials debate absentee rules
With a few clicks of the mouse this week, a conservative activist sent Wisconsin’s election apparatus into disarray ahead of the Aug. 9 primary.
Harry Waite of Dover, Wis., said Requested an absentee ballot in the names of two high-profile politicians Will be sent to his own address Trying to show voter fraud is easy. He contacted local officials on Wednesday to explain what he had done and to demand immediate changes, then tell as many people as he could about what he believed to be serious weaknesses.
The stunt showed how a person and a computer or smartphone could shake up a state’s election system and force election officials to make changes to the state’s absentee voting procedures — and whether doing so would make it harder to vote.
It has also caught the attention of law enforcement. A spokeswoman for Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul (D) announced Friday that his office is investigating the case after consulting with Racine County’s top prosecutor.
“I broke the law, proving that laws don’t work. There, I have logically run rings around you. “
Michelle Goldberg/NY Times:
The anti-abortion movement is in denial
It is always painful to grapple with realities that contradict your most deeply held beliefs.
A major theme of recent feminist writing is the stand between the rhetoric of sexual liberation and many women’s frustrating experiences of queer sex. I have met many idealistic Jews, always raised to give Israel the benefit of the doubt, who have watched the occupation of Palestine closely. Many convinced themselves that since the motivation behind the pandemic school closings was noble, the consequences would not be catastrophic.
Perhaps some in the anti-abortion movement are currently wrestling with a similarly uncomfortable gap between intentions and effects. This is, at least, the most sympathetic reading of prominent abortion opponents’ denial of outrage when confronted with the predictable consequence of abortion restrictions: delayed care for complications of a traumatic pregnancy.
Since Roe v. Wade was overturned last month, one has remained constant barrage Horror stories, including many women refusing abortions for life-threatening pregnancies. Rakhi Dimino, a doctor in Texas, where most abortions have been illegal since last year, told PBS That more patients are coming to him with sepsis or hemorrhaging “like I’ve never seen before.”
A couple of UK pieces on how the Conservatives see the next prime ministerial contest:
Patrick O’Flynn / Audience:
The Decline and Fall of Rishi Sanaka
Truss triumphed about a done deal
As a product of Winchester – a public school most associated in elite circles with brilliant mathematical and analytical minds – as well as Oxford, Goldman Sachs and various hedge funds, it stood to reason that Sunk was intellectually superior to his rivals. was working on the ship. .
Sunak possessed every imaginable skill needed to overcome complex problems, gather evidence, and formulate optimal strategies. It put him above the ridiculous Truss woman who gave inane speeches about cheese imports and pork markets.
Well, as the Sunak campaign screams u turn After taking a U-turn and taking public office, which in turn, Insufferably arrogant Or frankly intellectually dissonant, it turns out that the skills that have made so many people so much money—including themselves—are not entirely transferable to the political arena. And that is putting it mildly.
A harsher version of this would be to say that Rishi Sunak is rubbish at politics. How to understand a Prime Minister who clearly does not see that at least half the Tory clan is passionately opposed to the removal of Boris Johnson?
Patrick O’Flynn / Audience:
victory of the trusses
Rishi looks doomed in Sunak Tori Leadership competition
With Sunak being the pre-election pick of many political commentators, endless column inches and airtime minutes are still being spent on the idea that he will be the next Prime Minister. This pride is unlikely to last beyond the weekend. Once again the herd has moved on, to deploy the metaphor Nadeem Zahavi used to explain to Johnson why he was doomed.
Truss’ victory certainly has dire consequences for Sanak. For a start, he faces an utterly pointless, almost pointless, five-week summer of more hustling and TV interviews. Interest in his policy views is fading fast, with even the likes of Dominic Raab loyally churning out social media postings in his favor. Perhaps the Raab family should intervene to tell the father that the sea is no longer closed and the beach is calling.
See also: Poll: Tory voters prefer Truss on the custom