The Biden administration is encouraging states to hold on to hundreds of thousands of soon-to-expire covid vaccine doses from Johnson & Johnson, given the possibility that additional data will show the shots are viable beyond their expiration date at month’s end. Dr. Janet Woodcock, acting commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, told state officials during a White House call Tuesday that they could store expired doses until new data shows whether the vaccines are safe to use, according to multiple state officials. State health officials have strenuously warned vaccine administrators ...
Fox 26 Houston reporter Ivory Hecker announced Tuesday she has been fired after announcing live on-air during an on-scene segment that her bosses had been "muzzling" her and she had given secretly recorded audio and video to the discredited far right wing activists at Project Veritas.
“Before we get to that story, I want to let you, the viewers, know that Fox Corp. has been muzzling me to keep certain information from you, the viewers," Hecker said on-camera Monday during her report (video below). “And from what I'm gathering, I am not the only reporter being subjected to this."
The Daily Beast reports that in a phone call with Hecker "she said that she had just been terminated by the Fox outlet."
But Hecker seems glad to go.
“I have been longing to part ways with this strange, slightly unhinged corporation since last August when I realized what they were," she told The Daily Beast. “The piece with Project Veritas doesn't touch what they did. Fox 26 knows I'm fearless."
She added: “I have zero interest in working for another corporation. They all toe the same line."
It's unclear what "line" that is but it would seem she would have been more comfortable at another "unhinged corporation," possibly OANN.
Here's Hecker's report from Monday.
The Democratic Party must be anti-fascist and purge dangerous Trumpers from the government: MSNBC panelist
Dr. Jason Johnson unleashed on Democrats not taking the threats of Donald Trump cronies left in government as seriously as they should be.
Speaking to MSNBC's Brian Williams, Johnson and former Bush/Cheney campaign strategist Matthew Dowd to discuss the shocking revelations of Donald Trump attempting to use the Justice Department to overthrow the 2020 election results.
Dowd called it more serious than Watergate and what Americans faced in World War II when democracy was attacked by two autocratic leaders. In that case, Dowd said that the world united against them, and right now the world is divided.
"I think all of us made the assumption that people who took the oath of office to defend the Constitution against enemies foreign and domestic took it seriously and we now learn a president did not take his oath of office seriously," said Dowd. "We learn an entire political party doesn't take their oath of office seriously. The Republicans don't take their office seriously. We learned that Donald Trump surrounded himself with staff who didn't take that oath seriously. So, I think it is an incredibly dangerous situation we are in. And it's not only what happened in Washington but it's now a virus that has now infected many states including my state here in Texas with what is happening here with the leadership of the GOP here in Texas. So, it is an incredibly perilous point we're at. I think it is incumbent upon all of us to speak the truth and do whatever we can in whatever way we can to defend our country."
Johnson wondered why anyone is surprised by what is being discovered given everything that was known about Trump during the campaign and while he was in office.
"I'm not surprised. Donald Trump was a terrible person," said Dr. Johnson. "I mean, this was the whole purpose of Jan. 6 -- these are the additional things we'd heard of in a larger context. There is nothing you could tell me that Donald Trump did in the last administration that would shock me. If you told me that he wanted to personally burn ballots I would believe you. If you told me that he personally wanted to draw and quarter [Brad] Raffensperger the secretary of state of Georgia I would believe you. The man was an autocrat."
He said that his main concern is that the Democratic Party isn't taking it seriously enough to take major action.
"The Democratic Party is not serious enough about purging the people all the way down who are complicit and open to this kind of behavior from the federal government," he continued. "It's like there is a context to understand. You can be a nonsexist person but that doesn't mean you're an ally. You can be a non-racist person. It doesn't mean you're anti-racist. I don't care that the Democratic Party is pro-democracy. They don't seem to be anti-fascist and they have to be anti-fascist now to battle the Republican Party. There is no depth to which this previous administration could go that would surprise me in 2021."
See the video below:
Why aren't democrats standing up against fascism? www.youtube.com
Fiona Hill recalls horrific experiences of Trump's meeting with Putin — and how she expects Biden's will go
Fiona Hill, the former official at the U.S. National Security Council, specializing in Russian and European affairs, spoke to CNN's Don Lemon, remembering what it was like during the meeting between former President Donald Trump and Russia's Vladimir Putin.
President Joe Biden will meet with Putin in the early hours of Wednesday morning in the United States, and there will be a significant difference between the Biden and Trump meetings.
Hill is the former expert who shredded Republican lies about the Russia investigation. She also revealed as part of the investigation into Trump's bribery of Ukraine that Rudy Giuliani was circumventing the National Security Council with his own shadow efforts. Giuliani has now become part of an investigation by the FBI into his international dealings.
Hill is known as a kind of Putin expert and she explained that the Russian president loves being unpredictable and "taking preemptive strikes," so there are a lot of possibilities that can come out of the meetings.
"It's not like these guys haven't sparred before," Hill explained. "Biden has been around for 50 years in politics. Putin has been president of Russia for about 20 years. These are both going to be very experienced people who will be sitting down here. What we're all hoping for, those of us watch Russia and not in the business of making a drama out of it for television, is, we get out of this unscathed. What it would be good to be back again is to some kind of predictability and sequences of meetings so we don't have to hyperventilate every time there's an idea of an American president meeting with their Russian counterpart."
She said that Putin has been mocking Biden's age, but that he said he'd be around until 2036, which is when Putin will be six years older than Biden is now. "So he should be careful about that one," she quipped. She assumed that it would really just be Putin's attempt at making mischief. She also called it "BS" that Putin isn't preparing for the meeting with Biden.
"Putin is always really well-prepared. Every meeting I've ever seen him, he's thought one step, two steps, three steps ahead," Hill warned. "He's often in meetings prepared with note cards. And I think we've managed to defuse, potentially, we the United States, some of the mischief that Putin could get up to by the fact that we're not having a joint press conference."
Putin will have his chance of doing his own press event and put his own spin on the meeting. But right now, she thinks he's trying to get a measure of everything.
"How is the United States going to react. How is the media going to react? What is Biden going to present to him? How far is Biden going to push very strong messages? How much does Putin think he can get away with in the moment of the meeting and afterward?" she listed off her questions. "The other important point is Putin wants this meeting. He wants to be seen as an equal of the U.S. president, so this may be some limits to how far he would go. I think Putin at Helsinki, even realized that he'd pushed it too far. There were moments where he was trying to help Trump out of the predicament he got himself into."
Lemon brought up Hill's witness of the press conference with Trump and Putin in 2017 and that she thought very seriously about throwing herself back with a scream to fake a medical emergency.
"I did seriously think about it. I, first of all, looked around to see if there was a fire alarm but we were in a rather grand building attached to the presidential palace of the Finish president, who had lent it to us. I couldn't see anything that resembled a fire alarm. I had exactly the same feeling that Debra Birx had during the infamous press conference where there was the suggestion by President Trump about injecting bleach to counteract the coronavirus. It was one of those moments where it was mortifying and humiliating for the country and it was completely, I have to say, out of step with what had happened in the meeting prior to that."
She said that Putin tried to pull a fast one announcing his desire to interview certain Americans if Trump would turn them over. Hill said that Putin knew it would cause outrage, but it was the press conference itself and the way Trump handled himself that became the embarrassment.
"As I said, I just thought, let's just cut this off and try to end it," Hill recalled. "I couldn't come up with anything that just wouldn't add to the terrible spectacle. I think it's a great idea not to have a joint press conference after that and in fact, in the past, we haven't really had these joint conferences or press conferences between adversaries. It's more something you do with your allies. He's going back to something that we did in the past which is trying to avoid those kinds of embarrassing moments with adversaries when everybody will try to put you on the spot."
See the full interview below:
Fiona Hill interview www.youtube.com
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