In a commentary that was both scorching and sarcastic, the editorial board of the Tampa Bay Times took Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) to task on Sunday morning for hiding information on when Floridians can expect to have access to the COVID-19 vaccines.
DeSantis, who has been resistant to taking the advice from the CDC to help stop the spread of the COVID-19, has recently hinted the age for those getting the vaccine might drop in March, but that wasn't enough the local newspaper's editorial board.
Under a pointed, 'Hey Gov. DeSantis, why so cagey with Covid vaccine details?" headline, the editors pointed out that the governor is already taking heat from his opponents for "not having a detailed plan for rolling out more COVID-19 vaccinations. Your 'no-plan is a good plan' mantra isn't playing well in some circles."
That said, the editors pressed the governor to be more transparent with his longterm plans -- if he has any.
"This isn't spycraft," they wrote. "Giving Floridians a basic understanding of who comes next in the vaccination queue won't somehow give the virus a leg up, like spilling the details of the D-Day invasion. This isn't poker where deception is paramount. Show Floridians a few of your cards. They can handle it."
The editorial pointedly jabbed the Republican governor for "selecting two wealthy and predominantly white Manatee County ZIP codes to distribute an 'extra' 3,000 vaccinations," before applauding him for moving frontline health care workers and seniors to the front of the vaccination line -- but said beyond that, the public is being left in the dark.
"The main bottleneck has been the supply of vaccines, something largely outside of a governor's control," the editors admitted before adding, "All the more reason for you to dole out a few more details. Lately, you have indicated that teachers and law enforcement over the age of 50 could be next, but even then you couched it with 'probably' and 'I think.' On Thursday, you said the state will lower the age of eligibility for shots 'sometime in March.' You didn't say what the new age might be — 60? 55? Again, we don't need a 100-page treatise on where and how the state plans to distribute the vaccine over the next few months. But give us more than just dribs and drabs."
"A little more communication will allay fears and quell anxiety by helping Floridians determine where they fall on the schedule. Most residents are willing to wait their turn. They understand there isn't enough vaccine to go around yet, and they don't blame you for that. But you can help them by being more forthcoming, by treating your plan as less of a secret," they wrote before concluding, "We'd like to know a few more details about the rest of us."
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Russell Gold writes for Texas Monthly that he himself cashed in on the $50-per post initiative and was paid for two posts. He was specifically asked to post in favor of Paxton beating back the impeachment efforts.
Paxton was impeached earlier this year on allegations of bribery and abuse of office. If convicted in the impeachment trial that began this week, he could be removed and potentially barred from office.
Gold said he was paid by Candice Parscale and Influenceable LLC, noting that Candice is the spouse of Brad Parscale, who led Donald Trump’s 2016 digital operations.
Gold writes that: “This whole area is new and emerging. Perhaps we need guidance from the attorney general’s office. Or, on second thought, perhaps not just yet.”
He adds: “The use of social media influencers to promote political candidates—or any product—is becoming more common. A decade ago, we saw the rise of bot armies, computers programmed to flood social media. But the platforms got wise to this and, under pressure from regulators and others, clamped down.”
Mike Flynn's 'shocking' refusal to talk suggests he has 'significant' Jan. 6 insider knowledge: Investigator
Former National Security Adviser Mike Flynn's insistence on stonewalling January 6 probes has deprived investigators of critical information about how the election coup plot was executed, argued House January 6 analyst Tim Heaphy on MSNBC's "Deadline: White House" Friday.
This comes amid the release of Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis' special grand jury report, which revealed jurors also recommended charges against Flynn alongside former President Donald Trump.
"So Mike Flynn ... he's testifying under oath, and must take the Fifth to not answer truthfully under oath whether or not he believes the violence on January 6th was justified legally," said anchor Nicolle Wallace. "What does Mike Flynn, what is he protecting himself from?"
"Yeah," said Heaphy. "A good question, Nicolle. Frankly shocking to us that he would not even answer basic questions like whether violence was justified. He took the Fifth to essentially every question."
"Mike Flynn is significant, because he has direct communication with the president," Heaphy continued. "He's there on December 18th in that crazy meeting at which the seizure of voting machines under IEEPA is proposed. Former National Security Adviser, who actually proposed that there be some kind of effort to seize voting machines, and that has to be based on a finding that there's a foreign government creating a national security risk to the safety of this country. Right?
"That puts him right in the center of at least one of those possible attempts to disrupt the peaceful transfer of power. He makes a lot of public statements. He puts forward absent evidence, all of these crazy theories of voter fraud, and questions legitimacy of the vote."
"There's a lot there for which Mike Flynn arguably had a valid Fifth Amendment privilege," added Heaphy. "The questions asked about supporting violence, kind of surprising, but he has legitimate exposure as a conspirator."
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Leo Brent Bozell IV, the son of conservative activist and media critic Brent Bozell, was found guilty of 10 charges related to breaching the Capitol on Jan. 6, POLITICO, Kyle Cheney reported on Friday.
In 2021, Bozell, initially faced charges of disorderly conduct, knowingly entering or remaining in a restricted building or grounds, and obstructing an official proceeding.
Judge John D. Bates said Bozell’s testimony was “simply not credible.”
"Bozell pushed past police lines and entered the Capitol, after smashing two windows with a metal object. He was also convicted of two counts of destruction of govt property," Cheney wrote in an X (formerly Twitter) post Friday.
"He later surged to the Senate floor and, while there, forced a C-Span camera to face the floor so it wouldn’t capture rioters’ movements. In run up to Jan. 6 he texted associates about desire to 'take the Capitol and hang those pedo-satanistic traitors,'" Cheney wrote.
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