We get dozens of tips here at NJ Advance Media, and during the coronavirus crisis, most of them are pretty darn depressing. Death. Illness. Unemployment. These are difficult times, and the story ideas we receive from readers reflect that. Then, in the middle of all that darkness last week, came a “tip” that began like this: “I’m moving BACK TO JERSEY!! Yep. You read that right. Very hopefully in June. It means that much to me to get out of Florida. Moving here was the biggest mistake of my life!” Well, that got our attention. It isn’t exactly newsworthy that Joy Obade, a 72-year-old resident of The ...
The pro-Trump news outlet Newsmax surged in visibility during Donald Trump's presidency, and its CEO, Chris Ruddy, cultivated his brand as a "Trump insider" throughout it all and wanted to frame the outlet as a bulwark against the mainstream media narrative on the former president. But now, his efforts have have landed him in legal jeopardy, The Washington Post reports.
"Far more so than Fox, Newsmax promoted Trump's lie of a stolen election, and carried on with that message through and beyond Jan. 6, when a violent mob stormed the Capitol," the Post's Sarah Ellison, Jonathan O'Connell and Josh Dawsey write, alluding to the storm of defamation lawsuits voting tech companies have unleashed against pro-Trump outlets and figures who perpetuated conspiracy theories about mass voter fraud.
As the Post points out, as Trump rose in the polls in the run up to the 2016 election, now did Newsmax in popularity, and as a result, the outlet "turned a perpetually favorable lens toward Trump." When in 2016 Fox News' accurately projected that Biden would win Arizona enraged the president and his base, Newsmax responded by championing Trump's election fraud claims.
"But ultimately, Newsmax's ratings spike driven by false election fraud claims was short-lived — and created a much bigger problem."
Read the full report over at The Washington Post.
Spiteful fireman slapped bakery with $10K worth of code violations after being asked to wear a mask: report
A small bakery in the Cincinnati neighborhood of Sayler Park is claiming that it recent got hit with $10,000 worth of fire code violations after a spiteful fireman grew angry at being asked to wear a mask inside.
The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that the family-run Bizy Bees Bakery recently had some troubles with a customer who claimed to be a local fireman and who was resistant to wearing a mask inside while ordering donuts.
Bizy Bees Bakery's Rachel Spille tells the Enquirer that the man eventually relented and put on a mask, but he continued complaining about the policy and made false claims about the effectiveness of masks.
"He said, 'I'm a fireman so I know for a fact they don't work' and kept arguing relentlessly with me," she said.
The man then pointed to an exposed electrical chord in the front of the store as a potential fire code violation and warned the bakery that it needed to get its act together.
Spille says she thought he was making a flippant remark until a fire inspector showed up a week later and ordered the bakery to make $10,000 worth of repairs to be in compliance with fire codes.
"If this person reporting us was a firefighter and was concerned about safety violations, he could have told us instead of reporting us and trying to get us fined," Spille tells the paper. "I couldn't believe someone who's a fireman is willing to go into somebody's establishment and argue about not wearing a mask. I don't think someone with that kind of attitude should work in public service."
Another anti-mask altercation turned violent, but this time it was the police officer that was narrowly the victim.
A local Vancouver news site reported police were called when a maskless man was inside of a gas station at around 4:30 a.m. He allegedly lunged at the officers attempting to grab the firearm of one of the officers.
According to the report, the staff asked him to put on a mask per the Public Health Orders, but he refused and then refused to leave when kicked out of the gas station.
When Vancouver Police responded to a call about a maskless man inside an East Vancouver gas station they found him lying on his back just before he lunged at them.
"The man was initially arrested for attempted disarming of a police officer and obstructing a police officer. Upon further investigation, officers apprehended him under the Mental Health Act instead and took him to a local hospital," said the report.
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