Man who went viral for groping flight attendants won award from college frat for being a 'perfect role model': report
On Tuesday, The New York Times reported that Maxwell Berry, the airline passenger who went viral after allegedly groping female flight attendants on his flight to Florida and shouting "You guys f*cking suck! My parents are worth $2 million!" previously received an award as a "perfect role model" from his fraternity at Ohio Wesleyan University.
"Mr. Berry graduated in May from Ohio Wesleyan University, where he received a values in action award from the Greek life community for being a 'perfect role model' and for leading 'the fight to dismantle fraternity stereotypes.' The university posted a Zoom video of the presentation," reported the Times' Neil Vigdor. "'Ohio Wesleyan is saddened to learn of this situation with one of our graduates,' Cole Hatcher, a spokesman for the university, said in an email on Tuesday. 'The case does not involve the university, and the incidents depicted do not reflect Ohio Wesleyan's values.'"
According to reports, the flight crew restrained Berry by duct-taping him to his seat, for which they are currently facing potential disciplinary action from employer Frontier Airlines. Berry is being charged with three counts of battery and is being held at the Miami-Dade County Jail.
"The Association of Flight Attendants said that the encounter was emblematic of the hostilities faced by airline crews since the loosening of travel restrictions that had been put in place because of the coronavirus pandemic," said the report. "It came amid a surge of reports filed by airlines with the Federal Aviation Administration about unruly passengers, who have faced steep fines for disruptions."
Airlines have referred over 1,300 passengers to the Federal Aviation Administration for unruly behavior since February — many of them related to passengers disgruntled over COVID-19 mask mandates.
CNN reporter Gary Tuchman grew exasperated on Tuesday when he interviewed an anti-vaccination pastor who filed a lawsuit asking the United States Supreme Court to overturn pandemic restrictions that do not currently exist in his state.
Tuchman traveled up to Maine to talk with Pastor Kevin Graves of the Cavalry Church of Central Maine, who was defiant in his insistence that he would not make his congregants wear masks and would not get vaccinated against the deadly virus that has killed more than 600,000 Americans.
When Tuchman asked him why Graves had not been vaccinated, he replied that "I have more confidence in my immune system than in this experimental protocol."
"Why do you have confidence in your immune system?" Tuchman asked. "How do you know you're not going to spread this to someone else and they're going to die from it?"
"That's true of the so-called vaccine," Graves replied, despite the fact that the vaccine is not a highly contagious virus that can be easily spread at mass gatherings.
"With all due respect, it's not a so-called vaccine," Tuchman shot back. "This is an amazing vaccine... It's a shame. Just get the shot!"
"I do not have confidence in the shot," Graves said.
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Damning CNN supercut shames Fox News for mocking Capitol cops' trauma after two more officers die by suicide
On CNN Tuesday, anchor John Berman and Rep. Jason Crow (D-CO) tore into Fox News anchors for minimizing and mocking the trauma of police officers who fought off the attack on the U.S. Capitol on January 6.
"There is something insidious happening in right-wing media, which is that after Officer Michael Fanone and others gave emotional testimony, they were openly mocked and ridiculed by these television entertainers," said Berman.
The CNN host then played clips of Tucker Carlson, who attacked Fanone by claiming he "cite[d] ... psychological trauma as an excuse for ditching our Bill of Rights," and Laura Ingraham, who awarded Fanone and Sgt. Aquilino Gonnell "the award for best use of exaggeration in a supporting role."
"Their very reality is being denied and mocked," continued Berman.
Crow, a former Army Ranger and member of the House Armed Services Committee, delivered a scathing rebuke of Fox News for sneering at the officers' trauma.
"It's blaming of the victim," he said. "We have a real problem with mental health in America. At large, not just with respect to officers post-January 6th. We don't deal with this well as a society. It's one of the reasons why we have over 20 veterans a day take their lives, because there is in mentality that somehow coming to get help is a sign of weakness when, in reality, getting help for something that is beyond the normal human experience is actually a sign of strength."
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