CNN anchor Jim Acosta blasted Fox News on Saturday as America grapples with a crisis of misinformation.
"No doubt about it, over on Fox this week, it got a little nuts," he said, playing a clip of Tucker Carlson's weeklong obsession with the debunked report that coronavirus vaccines caused swollen testicles of Nicki Minaj's cousin's friend.
Acosta referred to Carlson as "such a sad sack."
"The problem is not Nicki Minaj's cousin's friend's medical issues, it's that some of the most prominent forces on the far-right — whether on Fox or on their podcast — don't have the balls to tell you the truth. If you just get the vaccine, you're protected. That's it," he explained. "If everybody gets onboard, the pandemic can finally end."
"Don't forget they have tough vaccine rules over at Fox News," he reminded. "Over 90% of its employees are vaccinated."
"If only reliable, trustworthy information about this pandemic could reach everybody. instead, some big-name voices on the far-right are peddling lies for profit. The same thing is happening to our democracy. The big lie is still with us," he noted.
"If only the people could get the truth and not have to fight through so much disinformation," Acosta said. "You could say on this day we live in one reality, the one where disinformation kills and keeps killing."
Dr. Alan Braid publicly admitted that he violated the near-total ban on abortions in Texas during the first week after the law went into effect.
In an op-ed published online by The Washington Post on Saturday, Dr. Braid discussed graduating from the University of Texas medical school in 1972, before the Roe v. Wade decision.
"At the hospital that year, I saw three teenagers die from illegal abortions. One I will never forget. When she came into the ER, her vaginal cavity was packed with rags. She died a few days later from massive organ failure, caused by a septic infection," he explained. "In medical school in Texas, we'd been taught that abortion was an integral part of women's health care. When the Supreme Court issued its ruling in Roe v. Wade in 1973, recognizing abortion as a constitutional right, it enabled me to do the job I was trained to do."
He described the new law as "1972 all over again."
"And that is why, on the morning of Sept. 6, I provided an abortion to a woman who, though still in her first trimester, was beyond the state's new limit. I acted because I had a duty of care to this patient, as I do for all patients, and because she has a fundamental right to receive this care," he explained. "I fully understood that there could be legal consequences — but I wanted to make sure that Texas didn't get away with its bid to prevent this blatantly unconstitutional law from being tested."
His experience in 1972 motivated his actions, he explained.
"I understand that by providing an abortion beyond the new legal limit, I am taking a personal risk, but it's something I believe in strongly. Represented by the Center for Reproductive Rights, my clinics are among the plaintiffs in an ongoing federal lawsuit to stop S.B. 8," he wrote. "I have daughters, granddaughters and nieces. I believe abortion is an essential part of health care. I have spent the past 50 years treating and helping patients. I can't just sit back and watch us return to 1972."
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Trump supporter wearing dead animal refuses to believe Jan 6 was violent — even after CNN showed him video
One of the 400 to 450 people who rallied in DC in support of those who stormed the Capitol on January 6th refused to believe that the Trump supporters who sought to overturn the election were violent.
CNN's Shimon Prokupecz interviewed a Trump supporter wearing an animal hat who was clearly misinformed about the events on January 6th.
"It's a public building. I mean people have been held all this time, I think the most severe charge that any of them have is trespassing," the man falsely claimed.
"But there are some who were charged with assaulting officers," Prokupecz noted.
"Those are lies," the fur-clad Trump supporter argued.
"So you don't believe the video?" Prokupecz asked.
The man claimed he had seen no such video. So CNN showed him video — and he still didn't believe it.
Video of the man singing a song about Ashli Babbitt was captured by HuffPost reporter Ryan J. Reilly.
This guy has a song about Ashli Babbitt. https://t.co/lN9em24VVU— Ryan J. Reilly (@Ryan J. Reilly) 1631980839.0
Prokupecz offered his analysis to CNN anchor Jim Acosta.
"It just seems, Jim, that it would take almost a miracle to convince some of the people who were here that this was a very serious situation. They all have downplayed it. In this instance, this video blaming the police for what happened and they should have gotten out of the way," he said.
"They're in a state of denial, is what it is," Acosta replied. "I mean, that's just extraordinary to meet somebody who says show me the video and then you show them the video — and they're still not convinced. It just shows you how sinister this world of disinformation is that we're all living in right now."
One pro-Trump rally-goer tells me he came out today “just to be visible” while wearing a pelt on his head. https://t.co/EiCL9jCG73— Zachary Petrizzo (@Zachary Petrizzo) 1631986415.0
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