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Tucker Carlson says COVID vaccines are 'anti-white' as anti-vaxxers urge folks to refuse them

December 19, 2020 in Blogs

By The New Civil Rights Movement

On Friday’s installment of Tucker Carlson Tonight, the Fox News commentator accused the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of suggesting that COVID-19 vaccinations should be distributed based on race rather than need. Carlson’s claims was a deliberate misrepresentation of a CDC presentation on the groups most needing vaccination.

In the presentation, the CDC said that healthcare personnel, adults ages 65 and older, people with high-risk medical conditions, and essential workers would be the first to receive vaccinations.

In explaining why these groups were chosen for vaccinations first, the CDC mentioned that essential workers tend to be poor people and people of color who can’t work from home. People of color also tend to be underrepresented among people ages 65 and older (ie. They don’t typically live as long). As such, inoculating essential workers who are largely poor and people of color will help reduce healthcare inequalities among these communities.

https://twitter.com/ParkerMolloy/status/1340114067780984833

Always eager to whip up racial resentment and outrage, Carlson explained the presentation this way:

“It is true that more lives would be saved if the elderly receive priority access to the vaccine. But here’s the problem, quote, racial and ethnic minority groups are underrepresented among adults aged 65 and older. Therefore, the elderly should not be a top priority.”

He continued, “In other words, it’s entirely racial. They’re making the decision based on race. Kathleen Dooling’s presentation concluded that doling out life-saving medicine on the basis of skin color would quote mitigate health inequities. Of course, it would kill people, and she effectively concedes that. But the people who would kill come from a disfavored race, so it’s not a big deal. It’s been a very long time since anyone close to what we would consider the mainstream has endorsed eugenics that’s exactly what that is — it’s eugenics.”

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Media Matters writer Parker Molloy pointed out that Carlson has effectively made Dooling a target for harassment and death threats following his misrepresentation.

Democratic California Representative Eric Swalwell commented on Carlson’s falsehoods by asking, “How many people did Tucker Carlson try and kill tonight?”

https://twitter.com/RepSwalwell/status/1340113381450264578

Atlantic science writer Ed Yong pointed out that people of color younger than age 65 are disproportionately dying from COVID-19 at higher rates, which explains why the CDC would want to inoculate them.

https://twitter.com/edyong209/status/1340077357839822848

MSNBC commentator Chris Hayes pointed out that Fox News is owned by Rupert Murdoch who himself received a COVID vaccine this week.

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As Carlson peddles these dangerous distortions, anti-vaxxers …read more

Source: ALTERNET

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Former Trump official: President will face legal jeopardy for campaign cash that went to his businesses

December 19, 2020 in Blogs

By Matthew Chapman

On MSNBC Saturday, former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci predicted that President Donald Trump will face legal and political consequences for the newly reported scheme in which he and his son-in-law Jared Kushner allegedly skimmed money from the campaign through a shell company to enrich the family businesses.

“Of course he knows he’s lost,” said Scaramucci, who famously served in the Trump administration only ten days before being fired. “He’s already planning possibly a television show, a network. Lots of things to do when he leaves. And he’s bundled a tremendous amount of money, over $250 million bundled. He’s going to have to answer for the shell companies inside the campaign, and the disappearance of some of that money.”

“I don’t see him as a political force going forward,” continued Scaramucci. “I think he’ll have too many things to do. There’ll be legal consequences to some of his actions. There’s ongoing investigations in New York. And I think he’s going to be distracted, as his political power wanes, distracted. Remember, whether Secretary Pompeo or others, ten or so younger men and women that look in the mirror every morning and see a future president in his party. They’re going to come after him very hard once he leaves power.”

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Source: ALTERNET

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BUSTED? Why the numbers behind Mitch McConnell's re-election don't add up

December 19, 2020 in Blogs

By DC Report

On a Thursday in August in Louisville, months before the 2020 election, a parade of cars filled with Kentucky Teamster representatives and labor groups, showed their fury at Mitch McConnell’s constant blocking of critical COVID aid. They drove by McConnell’s office raucously honking and bearing signs saying “Mitch better have my money.”

In 2017, a Public Policy Polling Survey asked Kentuckians, “Do you approve or disapprove of Senator Mitch McConnell’s job performance?” Only 18% approved. He clawed his rating back up to 39% on the eve of the election.

McConnell, leader of Senate Republicans, rarely holds town hall meetings with Kentucky voters—not since a heated exchange with an angry constituent went viral.

1 out of 5 voters appear to have filled out their ballots with votes for both the female Democratic Amy McGrath and the Republican pussy-grabber Donald Trump.

So, what exactly drove these angry Kentuckians to reelect Mitch McConnell with a 19-point advantage over opponent Amy McGrath—57.8% to 38.2%?

Even as Republicans across the country still insist that the election was rife with fraudulent Democratic votes, no one’s asking how McConnell managed one of the most lopsided landslides of the Nov. 3 election. They should. An investigation of Kentucky voting results by DCReport raises significant questions about the vote tallies in McConnell’s state.

  • McConnell racked up huge vote leads in traditionally Democratic strongholds, including counties that he had never before carried.
  • There were wide, unexplained discrepancies between the vote counts for presidential candidates and down-ballot candidates.
  • Significant anomalies exist in the state’s voter records. Forty percent of the state’s counties carry more voters on their rolls than voting-age citizens.
  • Kentucky and many other states using vote tabulation machines made by Election Systems & Software all reported down-ballot race results at significant odds with pre-election polls.

The 2020 Kentucky U.S. Senate election results map

DCReport focused on the results in three counties in eastern Kentucky’s Appalachian Mountains, two of which Democrats usually always win, but similar patterns emerge in other counties across the state. Even in counties that voted overwhelmingly for Democrats as recently as the 2019 gubernatorial election, there were a staggering number of Democrats voting Republican in 2020.

In rural Breathitt County, for instance, there are 9,508 registered Democrats and just 1,599 registered Republicans. The county has a history of close contests, but …read more

Source: ALTERNET

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Officials apologize for vaccine chaos while insisting 20 million doses will still be delivered by year-end

December 19, 2020 in Blogs

By Meaghan Ellis

A top-ranking federal government official has issued a statement of apology to address the confusion and “miscommunication” surrounding the distribution and allocation of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine following several states reporting significant decreases in the number of doses they were set to receive.

On Saturday, Dec. 19, Army Gen. Gustave Perna, who oversees all logistical operations for Operation Warp Speed, released a statement about the debacle suggesting that he initially released a “forecasted” number of doses for planning purposes as opposed to the actual number. Describing the ordeal as a “planning error,” Perna accepted full responsibility for what occurred.

“I accept responsibility for the miscommunication,” Perna said. “So to the governors and the governor’s staffs; please accept my personal apology. If this was disruptive in your decision making and in your conversations with the people of your great state, I will work hard to correct this.”

According to documentation obtained by The Hill, the U.S. Department of Health and Hospitals released a memo to governors confirming that Pfizer “should have on-hand more than 7 million doses for the U.S. vaccination effort.” The publication also offered a brief breakdown on the allocation of the doses ready for distribution.

Those doses include the 2.9 million that will be sent as a second dose in three weeks, the 500,000 in reserve, and 4 million doses allocated for next week, divided in half, with 2 million held by Pfizer as a second dose.

Perna also confirmed that report saying, “”All of these doses are spoken for. If Pfizer has more releasable doses available, we will add them to allocations for distribution.”

    While Perna refrained from offering any specific details about what caused this week’s issues with the rollout of the vaccine, he did insist the government nor drug manufacturer are to blame.

    “There is a delay between what is available and what is releasable, because we’re talking about hundreds of thousands and millions of doses, that we want to make sure are right,” Perna said.

    He added, “To this date to the best of my knowledge, there have been zero problems with the Pfizer vaccines, going from manufactured to releasable, it is just about the process that you have to go through to get to releasable.”

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    Source: ALTERNET

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    Here's how Trump aims to downplay Russian-linked cyberattack on the US

    December 19, 2020 in Blogs

    By Meaghan Ellis

    President Donald Trump responded to Russia’s cyberattack on various departments within the United States government and private companies around the country by downplaying the entire incident.

    On Saturday, Dec. 19, Trump shared a series of tweets slamming the reports circulating about the attack. Instead of holding Russia accountable for the attack, Trump fired off at the media as he insisted the reports have fabricated.

    “The Cyber Hack is far greater in the Fake News Media than in actuality. I have been fully briefed and everything is well under control,” Trump said in a tweet.

    He added, “Russia, Russia, Russia is the priority chant when anything happens because Lamestream is, for mostly financial reasons, petrified of discussing the possibility that it may be China (it may!). There could also have been a hit on our ridiculous voting machines during the election, which is now obvious that I won big, making it an even more corrupted embarrassment for the USA.”

    Trump’s remarks came less than one full day after U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo even admitted that Russia was behind the attacks. During an appearance on “The Mark Levin Show,” Pompeo admitted that there is a clear indication that Russia is to blame.

    “This was a very significant effort, and I think it’s the case that now we can say pretty clearly that it was the Russians that engaged in this activity,” Pompeo said. “I can’t say much more as we’re still unpacking precisely what it is, and I’m sure some of it will remain classified.”

    According to CNN, nearly half a dozen federal agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security’s cyber arm and the Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Energy, and State, were included in the cyberattack. However, investigators have yet to determine whether or not any sensitive data was accessed during the hack.

    Pompeo said, “Suffice it to say, there was a significant effort to use a piece of third-party software to essentially embed code …read more

    Source: ALTERNET