Hydroxychloroquine-promoting ex-journalist launches Arizona governor bid with unhinged video attacking the press
Former Fox 10 anchor Kari Lake is running as a Republican for governor of Arizona.
Earlier this year, Lake left the Phoenix network after 22 years, in part because she was upset that her employer would not let her do segments promoting Bitcoin and hydroxychloroquine.
Bill Goodykoontz, the media critic for The Arizona Republic, explained the dynamics surrounding Lake's departure from journalism in a March analysis.
"While Lake has done her share of responsible journalism, the past few years of her career have been notable for controversies. Lake shared disinformation about the First Amendment after Twitter and Facebook suspended Trump's accounts for his posting of misleading information and lies after his words inspired the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol," Goodykoontz wrote. "It wasn't a First Amendment issue, despite conservative talking points meant to frame it as one."
After Lake announced her gubernatorial bid, Arizona Republic columnist Laurie Roberts reminded readers of her coronavirus misinformation.
"Lake was a longtime Fox 10 news anchor who in recent years has taken to peddling conspiracy theories and spreading outright misinformation," Roberts wrote.
She noted "that time in April 2020 when she tweeted a debunked COVID-19 video, calling it 'one of the most HONEST COVID-19 briefings I've seen to date.' The video – featuring two California doctors who advised that staying home during a global pandemic would weaken your immune system – was condemned by the American Academy of Emergency Medicine and the American College of Emergency Physicians as 'reckless and untested musings" that are "inconsistent with current science and epidemiology regarding COVID-19.'"
"Somewhere along the line, Lake lost her way as a journalist, believing that it's OK to pass along lies and misinformation but it's an 'attack' to question a high-profile, long-time news anchor about her sudden and mysterious disappearance from the airwaves," Roberts explained. "I will say this. She's certainly on brand at the moment for our beloved Arizona, the birthplace of bamboo ballots and unending election audits. Lake should play well on the far-right fringe of the Republican Party."
In an apparent effort to solidify the far-right fringe, Lake released a video where she smashes TVs with a sledgehammer to show her hatred of the media.
The TV's in the video feature CNN reporters Don Lemon, Chris Cuomo, and Brian Stelter among others.
Lockdowns, Masks, Weak Border Policies, Sketchy Elections & FAKE News Media — I’m taking a Sledgehammer to ALL of i… https://t.co/4oIeNFUBpq— Kari Lake (@Kari Lake) 1626962402.0
Lake will be speaking at Donald Trump's Saturday rally in Phoenix pushing his "Big Lie" of election fraud which resulted in the widely panned Arizona audit.
I’m excited to speak at the Rally to Save our Elections with President Donald J Trump this Saturday in downtown Pho… https://t.co/mPMb6Z4SYw— Kari Lake (@Kari Lake) 1626968056.0
Dallas Cowboys QB roasted after he echoes Marjorie Taylor Greene and bungles basic medical privacy laws
Dallas Cowboys starting quarterback Dak Prescott is being ridiculed by legal experts -- as well as anyone with a basic knowledge of medical privacy laws.
During a press conference on Friday, Prescott was asked whether he had been vaccinated against the novel coronavirus.
""I don't necessarily think that's exactly important," Prescott replied. "I think that's HIPAA."
In fact, it does not violate someone's HIPAA rights to ask them to voluntarily disclose their personal medical information. In reality, HIPPA only prohibits a doctor or insurer from disclosing your private medical information to third parties.
Prescott's claim echoed an argument made by QAnon-loving Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), who earlier this week accused a reporter of violating her HIPAA rights by asking about her vaccination status.
Check out some reactions to Prescott's claims below.
POLICE: so we'd like to ask you about this series of fires we think you set. we have photographs and video of you s… https://t.co/fmGn3iawAo— Mark Berman (@Mark Berman) 1627074134.0
wife: please do the dishes me: https://t.co/NHrEvW9nmJ— ben "limp trizkit" flores (@ben "limp trizkit" flores) 1627074079.0
For anyone who needs to hear this: HIPAA relates specifically to what personal health information your *healthcare… https://t.co/9W85hykw8K— Fully-vaxxed Patronus 🦄💫 (@Fully-vaxxed Patronus 🦄💫) 1627074053.0
“Dak, how does your ankle feel?” “Dats HIPAA!!!” 😂 https://t.co/LgAwAJ5F0V— Vincent ⚖️ (@Vincent ⚖️) 1627074024.0
Reporter: Hey Dak do you actually know what HIPAA is?? Dak: ya it’s a big ass animal that’s lives near the Sahara https://t.co/krnxS9dWPY— Justo (@Justo) 1627073921.0
Tell me you're a fan of Marjorie Taylor Greene, without telling me you're a fan of Marjorie Taylor Greene. Dak wil… https://t.co/VyEDMwLo39— Chad Darnell (@Chad Darnell) 1627073855.0
Dak out there scrambling and avoiding questions like it’s 3rd and long. https://t.co/C8gjAo1hPT— Oscar Gonzalez (@Oscar Gonzalez) 1627073802.0
HIPAA has to be up there among the most misinterpreted laws in American history https://t.co/huinoX9NRh— Ryan Kartje (@Ryan Kartje) 1627073469.0
This idiot went to the MTG School of Medicine #HIPAA https://t.co/vnnHc4TyVJ— Red (@Red) 1627073468.0
No one who is vaccinated would ever say something as stupid as this. https://t.co/xgnTXjugz1— Tim Fullerton (@Tim Fullerton) 1627073382.0
GOP lawmaker sentenced to jail — will refund Michigan his legislative pay while incarcerated: report
Michigan state Representative Bryan Posthumus was sentenced to 15 days in jail on Friday and was placed on probation for two years, the Detroit Free Press reports.
Posthumus was arrested on April 30 after he hit a mailbox and rolled his Jeep after leaving his family's farm.
Michigan law requires a blood alcohol content below 0.08% to operate a motor vehicle, Posthumus reportedly had a blood alcohol content of 0.13%.
The GOP lawmaker said he would refund Michigan the portion of his annual salary he will accrue while incarcerated.
Posthumus is the son of former Michigan Lt. Gov. Dick Posthumus and the brother of Kent County Clerk Lisa Posthumus Lyons, who was the Republican nominee for lieutenant governor in the 2018 midterms.
Posthumus will lose his license for 30 days and was fined $1,820.
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