Fox News is known for having hosts who spout opinions that aren’t backed up by any facts — but Katie Pavlich on Monday still may have broken new ground for telling absolute howlers.
Media Matters notes that during a debate on police violence with David Goodfriend, an attorney who served as Deputy Staff Secretary under Bill Clinton in the 1990s, Pavlich claimed that “people aren’t shooting innocent black men,” before bizarrely adding that “when they do, they’re held accountable for it.”
The statement is obviously absurd on its face, since she both says that police are and are not shooting innocent black men in the same sentence. Goodfriend’s jaw practically hit the floor when she said it and couldn’t believe his ears.
“What? Did you just say police are not shooting innocent black men?” said a stunned Goodfriend. “Did you just say that on national television?”
Of course, we’ve seen many instances of police shooting black men who had committed no crimes this year alone — witness the Miami cop who shot an unarmed black hospital caregiver, for instance, or the police officer in Minnesota who fatally shot a black man after pulling him over for a busted taillight.
And as far as accountability goes, we only have to look at the examples of Tamir Rice and Eric Garner to see that officers are not always held accountable even when they kill a completely innocent person.
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QAnon authors in a fight over doing an audiobook — because they think their followers can’t read
On Monday, The Daily Beast reported that the authors of a popular book for believers in the QAnon conspiracy theory are in a bitter fight over whether or not to release an audiobook version.
QAnon: An Invitation to The Great Awakening came out last year and peaked near the top of the Amazon bestseller list in March. One of the book's co-authors, Dustin Nemos, is publicly attacking another co-author, who goes by the name of "JoeM," for his "petty and hostile and paranoid" refusal to help produce an audiobook, and notes that it is necessary because a disproportionate number of QAnon believers are elderly, have bad eyesight, and may not be able to read the book as text. JoeM, for his part, has accused Nemos of being a "grifter" who is trying to make a buck off of true believers.
Population of Earth to reach 9.7 billion in 2050: UN
The world population is expected to climb to 9.7 billion in 2050 from 7.7 billion today, with the population of sub-Saharan Africa doubling, a United Nations report released Monday said.
The population could then grow to 11 billion by 2100, according to the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs's "World Population Prospects" report.
The study paints a picture of a future in which a handful of countries see their populaces surge as life expectancy lengthens while the global growth rate slows amid declining fertility rates.
By 2050, more than half of the world's population growth will be concentrated in just nine countries: India, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Indonesia, Egypt and the United States.
Trump’s only winning strategy is to tear down Democrats — because he has nothing to promote: MSNBC panel
President Donald Trump has little to promote for 2020, so political analysts on MSNBC think that he'll likely spend the campaign working to tear everyone else down.
Howard Fineman noted that if Trump intends to do a "tear down" campaign, the most important things Democrats will have are policy proposals to set themselves apart from a White House that is unwilling to pass anything through Congress.
"It's just a question of can he do what he did in 2016 and 2018, which was, frankly, mobilize voters in a fear-tactic kind of way," said Fineman during Monday's "Meet the Press."
Host Kasie Hunt said that it seems the new Trump poll numbers show that his base is losing enthusiasm as they go into the election.