Matt Walsh's Twitter was hacked yesterday, or so we think. Maybe he really meant to tweet "I Ain't A Gangsta, I'm a Sassy Shoota" and far more scandalous things (shout out to Matt Binder for saving the screenshots).- Robert
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THE BIG NEWS
Fox Pays Dominion $787.5 Million to Settle Defamation Suit
Shucks. The much anticipated six-week trial laying out Fox’s many lies about the 2020 presidential election came to an abrupt end yesterday before it even really began. Dominion Voting Systems, the party that brought the defamation suit, settled with Fox for $787.5 million, a little less than half of the $1.6 billion Dominion had initially demanded, but still nearly 20 percent of Fox’s cash-on-hand.
The trial would have put propagandists like Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson, as well as Fox chairman Rupert Murdoch and his son, on the stand. It would have been nice to watch them sweat.
The lawsuit did shed light on Fox personalities’ comfort with confidently saying things they didn’t believe to rile up their viewers. The case unearthed a text exchange between Carlson and Ingram that will live on in infamy. Per the New York Times:
“Sidney Powell is lying by the way. I caught her. It’s insane,” Mr. Carlson wrote to Ms. Ingraham on Nov. 18, 2020.
Ms. Ingraham responded: “Sidney is a complete nut. No one will work with her. Ditto with Rudy.”
Mr. Carlson continued, “Our viewers are good people and they believe it,” he added, making clear that he did not.
Dominion got some of the cash it wanted, Fox got spared an embarrassing trial, but the public, especially the Fox viewing public, were robbed of a chance to see Fox’s lies laid bare. And if they tuned into Fox yesterday evening, they probably still wouldn't know about it.
According to the Times, Fox faces more lawsuits about its election lies, including a $2.7 billion lawsuit from another election technology company Smartmatic. And other Dominion defamation cases may still go to trial against OAN, NewsMax, MyPillow CEO/conspiracy theorist Mike Lindell, CEO of Overstock.com Patrick Byrne, and the dynamic duo, Sid and Rudy.
MORE STORIES TO WATCH
Feinstein’s Judiciary Replacement Blocked by Republicans
Senate Republicans blocked Chuck Schumer’s attempt to temporarily remove the ailing, 89-year-old Senator Dianne Feinstein from the Senate Judiciary Committee. Her nearly two-months-long absence has held up confirming judicial nominees. The only solution remaining is the most obvious one – she should just resign already. David Dayen at the American Prospect explains that Republicans would be less likely to block a replacement appointment in this scenario because they wouldn't want their own incoming senators denied committee slots.
We’ll see what happens, but it’s a real failure that people around her didn't intervene earlier. Feinstein’s cognitive decline is an open secret, yet influential Dems like Nancy Pelosi continue to throw flak at anyone who places the public over shallow displays of personal loyalty that are frankly harmful to Feinstein's person and legacy.
Iowa Senate Repeals Child Labor Protections; Texas House Limits Labor Protections in Blue Cities
State-level Republicans are busy dismantling as many labor protections they can get their hands on, particularly for kids recently. According to More Perfect Union, the law would allow children as young as 14 olds to work in notoriously unsafe meatpacking plants, soda bottling assembly lines, and fast-food kitchens.
Another bill in Texas targeting Democratic cities, would, among other things, prevent local governments from implementing ordinances such as mandatory paid sick leave or required water breaks. But the bill is so broad, its full extent in dismantling labor rights is fully not understood, according to the Texas Tribune. Sounds bad!
- Hospitals Turning to Gig Economy to Fill Nursing Shortages Some of the nation's largest hospital systems have started to use ShiftKey which lets nurses bid for shifts. There’s no way this ends up netting well to nurses in my opinion. via WSJ.
- Hold Time Dramatically Drops for IRS Time on hold for the tax agency fell 85 percent from last year. via WSJ.
- Trump “Alternative Electors” Turn on Each Other Rats will squeal on a sinking ship. Political operatives in on Trump’s hair-brained scheme of overturning Georgia’s presidential election results are telling authorities that their partners-in-crime were the bad guys. via the Daily Beast.
- Booster Approved for Elderly; Biden Plans Free COVID Vaccine for Uninsured. The FDA approved another booster for those 65 and older and HHS has put aside $1.1 billion for providing free COVID vaccines and treatments into 2024. via the New York Times and Politico.
That is the percentage of hospitals that use Epic systems electronic medical record software. According to ArsTechnica, Epic will use GPT-4 to analyze medical records to “help” health care workers draft messages to patients. My money’s on this making Epic even more annoying to use.
ON THE SHOW TODAY
4/19 It's Hump Day! Sam hosts Patrick Rucker, finance reporter for The Capitol Forum and contributor at ProPublica, to discuss his recent piece entitled "How Cigna Saves Millions by Having Its Doctors Reject Claims Without Reading Them". Then, he's joined by percussionist Andy Blanco with the Musician's Union Local 802, to discuss their recent organizing efforts against Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY).
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-- Law professor S. David Mitchell discussing the castle doctrine in the New York Times. The doctrine could be used to defend Andrew D. Lester, the man who shot Ralph Yarl, a Black teenager who came to his door by mistake looking for his siblings.
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