According to a report from WPSD, a 32-year-old Kentucky woman was taken into custody after leading police on a 100 mph car chase as they sought her to question her about child abuse allegations.
The report states that Brittany A. Kimsey was arrested and charged with "first-degree criminal abuse of a child age 12 or younger, third-degree terroristic threatening, attempted murder of a police officer, first-degree fleeing or evading police, driving under the influence on the second offense, tampering with physical evidence, resisting arrest, multiple counts of first-degree wanton endangerment and multiple traffic violations."
The report states that the daughter of the woman called police to claim that her mother had assaulted her at the family home. After being alerted that Kimsey was driving a red Chevrolet, troopers attempted to pull her over which led to her speeding off.
Taking off on "KY 348, reaching speeds of about 100 mph and driving recklessly" police explained before adding, "The chase continued into McCracken County, with Kimsey leading troopers along multiple roads in the county. At one point during the pursuit, KSP says Kimsey began driving the wrong way on U.S. 62 and nearly crashed head-on into a trooper vehicle. The trooper had to perform an evasive maneuver to avoid colliding with Kimsey's car."
The chase ended when she crashed her car and she was taken into custody. The report states that she is currently being held in McCracken County Jail and her daughter was "was released into the custody of a family member."
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'Stop the Steal' organizer caught on video telling Proud Boys and Oath Keepers he would work with them: CNN
According to a report from CNN's KFiles, "Stop the Steal" organizer Ali Alexander promised members of the right-wing Oath Keepers and Proud Boys that he would work with them during the rally on Jan 6th.
The report notes that that video and others mysteriously disappeared from Periscope, but not before they were viewed by CNN investigators.
According to the report, "In previously unreported videos from the social media platform Periscope reviewed by CNN's KFile, Ali Alexander, a leader of the 'Stop the Steal' rally and a central figure in the House select committee's investigation of January 6, said he would reach out to the right-wing Proud Boys and Oath Keepers on providing security for the event. Both groups later had members charged in the attack on the Capitol, including conspiracy. Last week, the Justice Department charged the Oath Keepers leader and 10 others with seditious conspiracy related to the attack."
The report quotes Alexander -- who has claimed he has no connection to the groups --telling his audience on a video on Dec 23.2020 -- but labled JAN6 -- "Don't worry, I'm gonna make sure so many people are so safe. It's gonna make your head spin. I'm gonna try to make sure that every 15 minutes -- so that you just know in your head, you don't have to know in a map -- that Metro stops are being patrolled. I'm gonna try to go that deep into it. I'm gonna talk to the Proud Boys. I'm gonna talk to the Oath Keepers and I'm gonna try to get patrols going, okay, of men that go for hours."
In a separate video on Dec 29th, CNN reports, "Alexander said he spoke to the Proud Boys to make sure they had lodging covered for the event after a hotel frequented by the group said it would close in early January temporarily. 'I'll find you a room,' Alexander said in a livestream addressing the camera. 'My team will find you a room. I talked tonight to the Proud Boys to make sure that they were all covered.'"
The report adds that Alexander's attorney, Baron Coleman, told CNN his client "'did not work with the Proud Boys,' saying his 'colorful remarks or exaggerations during playful livestreams contextualize his intentions.' But he said his client did offer to help them find new housing and the Oath Keepers did provide security for several events."
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Analysis explains how Joe Rogan podcast controversy underscores the bigger problem driving the spread of misinformation
Joe Rogan's controversial interview with anti-vaccination virologist Dr. Robert Malone caused such an uproar that more than scientists, doctors, and other health professionals signed an open letter to Spotify as a petition for his podcast to be removed from the platform.
While Rogan's spread of misinformation is quite alarming, a new analysis published by NPR's Shannon Bond explains how the controversy surrounding his situation underscores a bigger problem; one that appears to be a bit more difficult to regulate. In the open letter, health professionals and members of the scientific community argue that online platforms like Spotify have enabled right-wing figures who have become adept at spreading misinformation.
"We are in a global health emergency, and streaming platforms like Spotify that provide content to the public have a responsibility not to add to the problem," said Katrine Wallace, an epidemiologist at the University of Illinois Chicago's School of Public Health.
"Their friends and family were sending it to them as evidence that the vaccines are dangerous and that they shouldn't get it," she said. "It provides a sense of false balance, like there's two sides to the scientific evidence when, really, there is not. The overwhelming evidence is that the vaccines are safe and that they're effective."
Researchers specializing in the study of misinformation have suggested that it was inevitable for podcasts to become a point of contention. Like social media platforms, Bond notes that podcasts give individuals the ability to reach build large audiences. But despite the long reach, podcasts have not faced the type of scrutiny social media platforms have. So, why is that? Podcasts give influencers the ability to spread misinformation by way of audio.
Evelyn Douek, a research fellow for the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University, explained why podcasts are far more difficult to regulate as it becomes a matter of words compared to audio.
"Wherever you have users generating content, you're going to have all of the same content moderation issues and controversies that you have in any other space," said Douek.
According to Bond, Douek also noted that "it's also harder to ferret out falsehoods and hate speech in podcasts compared with posts written on Facebook and Twitter."
Valerie Wirtschafter, a senior data analyst at the Brookings Institution, also weighed in with a similar perspective noting the distinction of audio and the potential problem it poses in the podcast world. "Audio can be a powerful way to spread misinformation because of all the qualities that make the format so compelling to listeners," said Wirtschafter.
Wirtschafter also stressed the importance of scrutinizing audio in the same manner written social media posts are.