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‘He’s got a voice that young people listen to’: CPAC boss offers painful defense of Milo invite

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Did the Conservative Political Action Conference invite Milo Yiannopoulos as a keynote speaker because it wanted to appear more hip to young people?

That’s what American Conservative Union Chairman Matt Schlapp implied when he tried justifying Yiannopoulos’s now-rescinded CPAC invite on Morning Joe on Tuesday morning.

When confronted by co-host Joe Scarborough about Yiannopoulos’s past controversial statements — which include not only his infamous defense of pedophilia, but also anti-Semitic attacks on journalists and prejudiced attacks on transgender people — Schlapp said that the right-wing provocateur deserved consideration at CPAC because he had a big following among right-wing college students.

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“The fact is that he’s got a voice that a lot of young people listen to,” Schlapp explained. “I would rather have our attendees hear it and make their own judgements, [rather] than me censor them.”

Morning Joe contributor Willie Geist pressed Schlapp on this issue, however, and pointed out that Yiannopoulos’s controversial remarks weren’t just limited to his views on pedophilia.

Schlapp responded that he was well aware of Yiannopoulos’s past statements, as well as what he called an “accusation” that Yiannopoulos was associated with the “alt-right” movement that he believes is “repugnant.” Nonetheless, Schlapp believed that it was worth having Yiannopoulos on stage to talk about his personal “fight to be heard on campus.”

Watch the whole segment below.


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Woman allegedly involved in Central Park scandal placed on leave from job: ‘We do not condone racism’

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Video circulated on social media on Memorial Day of a woman in Central Park claiming she was calling 911 to falsely claim an "African-American man" was threatening her life.

It reportedly started after he filmed her walking her dog without a leash.

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Internet sleuths worked to identify the woman. During the day on Monday, rumors of her identity spread online.

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Scientists fight online coronavirus misinformation war

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With cat photos and sometimes scathing irony, Mathieu Rebeaud, a Swiss-based researcher in biochemistry, has nearly tripled his Twitter following since the coronavirus pandemic began.

With 14,000 followers, he posts almost daily, giving explanations on the latest scientific research and, in particular, aims to fight misinformation that spreads as fast as the virus itself.

He is among a growing number of doctors, academics and institutions who in recent weeks have adapted and amplified their scientific messaging in hopes of countering what has been termed an infodemic -- a deluge of information, including widespread false claims, which experts say can pose a serious threat to public health.

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Ted Cruz doesn’t want people shamed with body bags for going to beach: ‘Please stop the hate’

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In early May, Florida attorney Daniel Uhlfelder made news by dressing up as the Grim Reaper in an attempt to scare people from crowding beaches during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Days later, he escalated by laying out body bags on the steps of the Florida capitol building in Tallahassee.

He escalated further on Saturday by announcing he would be handing out body bags to Florida beachgoers and started a fundraiser with the funds going to two progressive Political Action Committees.

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The effort caught the eye of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX).

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