After a long year hallmarked by bare-knuckle politics and a bevy of experimental attacks against a freshman president, a lone voice has resonated more than others in the war against reality.
Glenn Beck, the Fox News personality notorious for wandering, vague allegations of communism, racism and all-around quasi-evildoings within the Obama administration, has been named “Misinformer of the Year” by watchdog group Media Matters.
“When he wasn’t calling the president a racist, portraying progressive leaders as vampires who can only be stopped by ‘driv[ing] a stake through the heart of the bloodsuckers,’ or pushing the legitimacy of seceding from the country, Beck obsessively compared Democrats in Washington to Nazis and fascists and ‘the early days of Adolf Hitler,'” the group opined. “He wondered, ‘Is this where we’re headed,’ while showing images of Hitler, Stalin, and Lenin; decoded the secret language of Marxists; and compared the government to ‘heroin pushers’ who were ‘using smiley-faced fascism to grow the nanny state.'”
Among Beck’s 2009 highlights, he most memorably:
And that’s just the beginning.
In honor of Mr. Beck, Media Matters pieced together a lengthy recap of of his other highlights, available here.
This collection of footage was put together by watchdog group Media Matters.
Trump ridiculed for his late-night ‘OPEN THE SCHOOLS’ rant: ‘Eat your Big Mac and shut up’
President Donald Trump demanded local school boards reopen schools during a late night tweet sent after 11 p.m. on Monday.
"OPEN THE SCHOOLS!!!" Trump demanded, in all capital letters with three exclamation marks.
The president was harshly criticized for his tweet, here's some of what people were saying:
You can't even get your own son's school to open.
They have refused.
The school where your son Barron is being educated refuses to open because it's not safe.
Now sit there, eat your Big Mac, and shut up.
Florida Democrats ask their own candidate to withdraw his candidacy after cocaine arrest: report
Democrats in Florida are asking their own candidate to end his campaign for county commission after an arrest for DUI and cocaine.
"A Collier County commission candidate's arrest in East Naples this past weekend has prompted calls from his party to drop out of the race," the Naples Daily News reported Monday. "John Jenkins, 55, was booked into the Naples Jail Center Sunday morning and faces a felony charge of possession of cocaine, according to a Collier County Sheriff's Office arrest report. He was released later that day on $5,000 bond."
Harvard researchers want less accurate tests for COVID-19
The aphorism "perfect is the enemy of good enough" has been played out to tragic effect in the US's inadequate testing for the coronavirus, according to researchers calling for quick tests that cost only about a dollar each, and which may not be as accurate but can be carried out several times a week by the whole population.
Michael Mina, assistant professor of epidemiology at Harvard University, has for weeks been pushing for what he calls "crappy" tests.
His idea is to move away from the current high-precision molecular tests, known as PCR tests, which are still scarce in large swathes of the country and which people often have to wait hours to get done, and then have to wait days -- or up to a week -- for the results.