Where was this kind of frank reporting for the last few years?

Tip of the cap to NPR for this, a news report simply telling what is happening, accurately, without the tap-dancing (“baseless” or “debunked” are not the same as “deliberately false”) we’ve become used to in the “both sides have a valid point… or at least a claim” corporate media approach to reporting on our openly psychopathic politics. It struck me that it’s been a long time coming in a nation that found little outrage in the head juror at the president’s impeachment trial announcing he’d be working closely with the defense team to quickly dismiss the case and that no witnesses or evidence would be allowed at trial. You can hear NPR’s four minute piece here.

Numerous Republicans will go on the record against a democratic election. They’ve said they plan to object to the choice of the people. They will instead amplify President Trump’s baseless claims of fraud.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

This is a big week for democracy. Tomorrow, Georgia holds two runoff elections that decide control of the Senate. Wednesday, Congress formally ratifies the presidential election results. Joe Biden received 306 electoral votes, as affirmed by all 50 states and dozens of lawsuits. But Congress’ ratification of those results will not be unanimous. Numerous Republicans will go on the record against a democratic election. They’ve said they plan to object to the choice of the people. They will instead amplify President Trump’s baseless claims of fraud.

In a lengthy phone call on Saturday, the president made more false claims to the secretary of state of Georgia. Having promoted false conspiracy theories, the defeated president asked Brad Raffensperger to join him in an actual conspiracy. He said they were both Republicans, so Raffensperger should, quote, “find” exactly enough votes for Trump to win Georgia by a single vote.

(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING)

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: I just want to find 11,780 votes, which is one more than we have, because we won the state. And flipping the state is a great testament to our country.

INSKEEP: Our colleague Stephen Fowler of Georgia Public Broadcasting obtained the full recording. In it, Raffensperger declined to change the results, saying the president had his facts wrong.

We focus now on one of the Republicans who are promoting the president’s drive against democracy. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas is leading a group of senators who will object to the election on Wednesday. Cruz has also been campaigning in Georgia’s democratic election. So what does Cruz say about that phone call? NPR’s Sarah McCammon reports from Atlanta.

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You can read about supremely spineless Lyin’ Ted at the link above. Even among disgusting pieces of shit, the stink of Lyin’ Ted stands out [1].

Just one Lyin’ Ted factoid: when he stepped up publicly offering to argue the Texas AG’s harebrained hail-Mary to the Supreme Court to invalidate the results of elections in four other states, he must have known, as a Harvard-trained lawyer, that there is no oral argument on an emergency application to the Supreme Court, they are decided on the filings. He also had to know there was no way that even Amy, Neil and Boof (and Clarence, Samuel and John) could take and rule on a baseless, legally incoherent application to the high court, no matter how much they may have wanted to rule 6-3 that democracy is whatever the president says it is.

The media is the filter through which we understand the workings of our government, the actions of corporations, the effects on our planet, our health and safety. How hard is it to report accurately? Just call it what it is, as Steve Inskeep did the other day on National Public Radio:

Numerous Republicans will go on the record against a democratic election. They’ve said they plan to object to the choice of the people. They will instead amplify President Trump’s baseless claims of fraud.

They are doing that now, in the Senate, as I type these words.

As a distracted media weighs yesterday’s decision by the Kenosha County DA not to file charges against a police officer who shot an unarmed Wisconsin man seven times, in the back, at point blank range. I mean, didn’t the guy who got shot seven times in the back admit that he had a knife? Kind of changes the story, you know, if the guy who was trying to get into his car was armed with a knife when the officer, quite reasonably, shot him in the back seven times!

Authorities will take reasonable precautions:

Kenosha Mayor John Antaramian was granted emergency powers by the Kenosha City Council Monday as officials braced for expected unrest following the decision.

The mayor and the Kenosha police department have indicated that they plan to institute curfews if necessary, designate demonstration spaces, limit city bus routes, close down roads and impose other safety restrictions if need be.

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers also activated the state’s National Guard on Monday to provide assistance to local law enforcement in the event of unrest.

The moves are similar to measures the city instituted in wake of Blake’s shooting, which took place in August 2020 and was captured on video.

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[1]

from the BBC

Over the years the Texas senator has gone from Trump’s biggest foe to one of his most loyal allies.

Mr Cruz once called Trump a “pathological liar” and a “coward”.

This week he is leading the charge in the US Senate against certifying President-elect Joe Biden’s election win.

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