Similarly, Fox News Channel’s Tucker Carlson said that voting is democracy’s pressure relief valve but trouble ensues when people lose faith in the act.
“Millions of Americans sincerely believe the last election was fake,” Carlson said. “You can dismiss them as crazy, you can call them conspiracy theorists, you can kick them off Twitter, but that won’t change their minds.”
Opponents would rather silence these people — many of whom have made Carlson television’s top-rated political opinion host — than understand them, he said.
“It’s not your fault,” he said. “It’s their fault.”
There was little talk, though, about how none of the allegations of widespread voter fraud have been found true. To the contrary, Red State’s Mike Ford said it was “not even debatable” that November’s presidential election was stolen from President Donald Trump.
Results were certified in all 50 states, many by Republican officials, without finding major problems and the president has consistently had his challenges to the election rejected by state and federal courts.
Carlson’s colleague, Sean Hannity, denounced the violence. Like his show has consistently over the past few months, however, he amplified Trump’s claims of wrongdoing. Hannity said the vast majority of people who attended Trump’s rally in Washington were peaceful. While he talked, the screen flashed a picture of a demonstrator holding a flag that depicted a Rambo-like Trump clutching a rocket launcher.
While Fox’s Laura Ingraham said there are legitimate concerns about the election, “if you were a Trump supporter hoping to display your support for the president, well, today’s antics at the Capitol did just the opposite.”
Fox highlighted its lineup of prime-time opinion stars Wednesday, in contrast to networks like ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN and MSNBC, which focused more on members of Congress speaking about the election certification.
A number of Fox personalities expressed disgust in the riot’s wake, including Stuart Varney, Karl Rove and Geraldo Rivera. “Fox & Friends” host Brian Kilmeade on Thursday said Trump’s behaviour since the election has been “terrible.”
Fox did not make an executive available to talk about the network’s approach.
Several figures in conservative media suggested liberal politicians and mainstream media outlets are more outraged when Trump supporters are violent than they were about civil rights demonstrations last summer.
Leading Newsmax’s website for part of Thursday was a story headlined “Media Have Hypocritical Double Standard on Trump vs. BLM Protests.”
Tim Graham, director of media analysis at the conservative Media Research Center, objected to that approach in a tweet on Thursday: “This is not a time for calling out double standards. This is a time for standards. Respecting the home of Congress is the lowest possible standard for American civilization.”
Another popular theme was the suggestion, to date unsubstantiated, that Antifa demonstrators infiltrated the crowd at the Capitol to cause trouble. “Were left-wing provocateurs leading the way into the Capitol?” questioned Thomas Lifson of American Thinker.
Newsmax has discussed that theory on its website and TV network. But its personalities have been instructed to note that the company has no evidence that Antifa was in any way involved, said Chris Ruddy, the company’s CEO.
In much the same way that Trump’s critics have accused him of inciting Wednesday’s riot, media outlets that appeal to conservatives face questions about the impact repeated coverage of the president’s election claims have on his fans.
Ruddy said it has been an important issue to cover since it has consumed so much of the president’s time.
“I think our coverage has been fair,” he said. “We’ve been going out of our way to get other sides of this.”
Howard Polskin, whose website “The Righting” follows conservative media, said he’s seen no examples of second-guessing following the riot, no questioning about the effect of the attention paid to Trump’s unfounded claim that the election was stolen from him.
“It doesn’t seem like a note that they hit,” he said.
Many conservative media figures have sold themselves as truth-tellers and admitting error isn’t good for business, said Brian Rosenwald, author of “Talk Radio America” and a scholar in residence at the University of Pennsylvania.
Neither is bucking a popular president, he said.
“Introspection and regret would require peeling back the curtain and admitting that in the interest of putting on the best show possible, they often use hyperbolic or … extreme presentations because they are more gripping or entertaining than nuance,” Rosenwald said.
The king of talk radio, Rush Limbaugh, on Thursday dismissed demonstrators at the Capitol who “breached the doors and took some selfies,” which he depicted as far less violent as civil rights demonstrations last summer.
“There’s a lot of conservatives on social media who say that any violence or aggression at all is unacceptable, regardless of the circumstances,” Limbaugh said. “I’m glad Sam Adams, Thomas Paine, the actual Tea Party guys, the men at Lexington and Concord — didn’t feel that way.”
Associated Press writers Lynn Elber in Los Angeles and Jocelyn Noveck in New York contributed to this report.
David Bauder, The Associated Press
Sports world, fans pay tribute to Kobe Bryant on social media – Sportsnet.ca
On this day a year ago, the world tragically lost Kobe Bryant — a future Hall of Fame NBA player and, more viscerally, a worldwide icon — as well as his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and seven others when the helicopter they were in crashed in Calabasas, California just outside of Los Angeles.
The deaths sent intense shockwaves throughout the sports world, and a collective mourning began for lives taken far too soon.
Bryant was an 18-time all-star who won five NBA championships and spent the entirely of his 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Here are some of the tributes to the Lakers legend that have surfaced on social media this Tuesday, a year later.
Te echo de menos, hermano… pic.twitter.com/qa6oxrwdwJ
— Pau Gasol (@paugasol) January 26, 2021
Family is Forever pic.twitter.com/PH6R4sCrve
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) January 26, 2021
— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) January 26, 2021
#KobeBryant’s support for women’s basketball was unparalleled. Many players including @KayNurse11 was able to share a special moment with Kobe and Gigi during the 2019 WNBA All-Star game. They are truly missed. #MambaForver
: @elindsay08 pic.twitter.com/A1FaaibY6P
— New York Liberty (@nyliberty) January 26, 2021
Mamba Forever pic.twitter.com/WvfTdZAk0i
— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) January 26, 2021
— Carl English (@cenglish23) January 26, 2021
“The most important thing is to try and inspire people so that they can be great in whatever they want to do.” -Kobe Bryant
Kobe & Gigi… you have inspired people all over the world. We miss you. We love you. #MambaForever pic.twitter.com/lAWAN52kQX
— Russell Wilson (@DangeRussWilson) January 26, 2021
Forever in our hearts pic.twitter.com/vaSEM8kdxt
— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) January 26, 2021
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) January 26, 2021
Forever an Olympic champion
Mamba forever. pic.twitter.com/PS2W3YRnhB
— #TokyoOlympics (@NBCOlympics) January 26, 2021
Mamba forever pic.twitter.com/75SqQCv3Il
— Denver Nuggets (@nuggets) January 26, 2021
Gone but never forgotten. Mamba forever. pic.twitter.com/fzDf3gIW8W
— Tyrone Muggsy Bogues (@MuggsyBogues) January 26, 2021
RIP Kobe and Gigi
Still doesn’t seem real, I’m at a loss for words. You’re loved and missed
— Tyus Jones (@1Tyus) January 27, 2021
— Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) January 26, 2021
Media Release January 26th – Brandon Police Service – Brandon Police Service
Media Release for January 26th
A 20-year-old Brandon Male has been charged with an Assault. It is alleged that he intentionally struck his girlfriend with a shovel. The victim received minor injuries. The male has been released from custody to appear in court on April 12th.
A 39-year-old Brandon Male has been charged with Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking, Possession of Proceeds of Crime, and Possession of Property Obtained by Crime. He was found to be in possession of vehicle, which had been reported, stolen. While being arrested it was found that he had a quantity of Meth on his person and a significant amount of cash. He has been released to appear in court April 8th.
A 52-year-old Brandon Male has been charged with Assault. It is alleged that he assaulted his girlfriend in her residence. The male received medical treatment for her injuries. The Male was released to appear in court April 19th.
A 22-year-old Brandon Female and a 37-year-old Brandon Male assaulted each other in the 300 block of 10th Street. They have been released from custody on conditions to not communicate with each other and to attend court on April 19th.
Anyone with information on any unsolved crime is asked to call Brandon Crime Stoppers at 204-727-(TIPS) 8477, www.brandoncrimestoppers.com or by texting BCSTIP and your message to CRIMES (274637). Crime Stoppers pays up to $2000.00 cash for information that leads to the solution of a crime.
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Coronavirus: Quebec media outlets join forces, denounce limited access to health network – Global News
Some of the province’s major media organizations are calling on the Quebec government to grant journalists greater access to facilities within the health network, as the novel coronavirus pandemic continues.
In an open letter published Tuesday and signed by Global News, media representatives argue that showing the reality of what is going on in Quebec hospitals and long-term care facilities is paramount.
“It is of utmost of importance for Quebecers to hear directly from embattled doctors, nurses and orderlies, as well as the patients they are treating, in order to accurately report the harsh realities being experienced behind those closed doors,” the letter reads.
“Health-care workers, after all, are the primary witnesses to what goes on inside our health institutions. They must be allowed to speak freely about what they are observing during this crisis.”
The group credits images out of Italy in March 2020, showing overcrowded hospital rooms and overwhelmed staff, for helping to bring the full impact of the health crisis to the public’s attention.
“It was this imagery, more than any World Health Organization announcement or press release, that made people the world over aware of the gravity of the pandemic. It also helped many of them more readily accept government confinement measures.”
According to media representatives, more often than not, journalists’ requests to document the pandemic from inside long-term care facilities or within hospitals, have been denied by government and public health authorities alike.
Global News, as well as its fellow signatories, cited freedom of information for the request.
“It’s shocking that the government would not let journalists in, journalists are being safe about it, they’re protecting themselves as they go in. This is exceptionally important,” said Karyn Pugliese, past-president of the Canadian Association of Journalists and co-chair of the association’s advocacy committee.
“There’s also the issue of accountability, we want to know how severe the crisis is, we want to know that patients are getting the care and that health-care workers are getting what they need in order to deliver care to people.”
The province says it’s looking into ways they can safely allow journalists into health facilities.
“I think we could benefit as a society to have more information, better communication with what’s happening in our health establishments, buildings and facilities,” said Christian Dubé, Quebec’s Minister of Health and Social Services.
Coronavirus: Health-care workers on the front lines calling on Quebecers to follow rules
A full copy of the open letter can be found below.
© 2021 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.
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