Murdoch admits Fox News liar choir 'endorsed' election fraud lie
The head of the right wing media empire now says anchors promoted the lie that the 2020 election was stolen. Plus: the rat running Walt Disney World's hometown, and the richest man in the world is...
Thanks for rising up on this Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2023, the last day of the month, since it’s not a leap year — 2024 is the next one!
Ten years ago today, I covered the culmination of perhaps the most unique news story of my career: the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI. It was early in the morning of Feb. 11, 2013 that the pontiff first announced, through a Vatican statement — in Latin, no less — that he would be quitting, something no pope had done in 600+ years. At that time, I was the overnight national assignment editor at ABC News, and the toughest part was convincing bosses what we had learned was accurate! “Popes can’t quit.. can they?” Then on the 28th: Benedict stepped down. He died on Dec. 31, 2022, at the age of 95.
Here Now the News:
LIAR, LIAR, FOX NEWS ON FIRE: Rupert Murdoch, chairman of the conservative media empire that owns Fox News, acknowledged in a deposition last month that several of his TV hosts promoted the lie that the 2020 election was stolen from former President Donald J. Trump. Murdoch admitted he could have stopped them, but he didn’t. — The New York Times
FOX NEWS REJECTS TV AD CALLING OUT ITS LIES: The Daily Beast
14 MILLON AMERICANS MAY LOSE MEDICAID COVERAGE: KSL
EXTRA $ TO HELP SNAP RECIPIENTS TO END: Deseret News
STUDENT LOANS SHOWDOWN AT SUPREME COURT TODAY: The Hill
SCOTUS TO TAKE UP CONSUMER WATCHDOG CASE: NYT
FEDERAL WATCHDOG INVESTIGATING USE OF GOV’T. JETS BY DOT SECRETARY PETE BUTTIGIEG: Washington Post
WHO RUN THE WORLD? DeSANTIS: This guy, I mean, wow.
On Monday, Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill taking over control of Central Florida’s Reedy Creek Improvement District, home of Walt Disney World, at a firehouse just outside the “Most Magical Place on Earth.”
Then, Florida’s Republican governor declared, “There’s a new sheriff in town!” Wait, why would a sheriff be at… a firehouse? Never mind.
The bottom line for Orange County, Fla.: DeSantis’s pissing contest with Disney is predicted to eventually cost taxpayers big time. —CNN
FIELD TRIP: Jury in Alex Murdaugh murder trial to visit scene of the crime. The defense rested Monday. —CBS News
U.S. TO CRACKDOWN ON MIGRANT CHILD LABOR AFTER EXPOSÉ: NYT
DEMOCRAT GOVERNORS LAUNCH ALLIANCE TO PROTECT REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS: 20 governors, led by Gavin Newsom of California, formed the Reproductive Freedom Alliance to allow members to share model legislation and potential executive orders. —NBC News
TENNESSEE’S TALIBAN FLIPS THEIR WIG OVER THE GAYS: The Los Angeles Blade’s publisher, Troy Masters, wrote this powerful op-ed about his home state’s “fundamentalist MAGA types" and their obsession over drag. He says he just can’t understand why they’re “so afraid of a man in a dress with make-up on his face and a goddamn wig on his head?”
NOT EVERYBODY’S BUYING THE COVID LAB LEAK THEORY: CNN
UN BEGINS HUMAN RIGHTS INVESTIGATION INTO RUSSIA’S INVASION OF UKRAINE: —Al Jazeera
U.S. TREASURY SECRETARY JANET YELIN VISITS KIEV: NYT
SOUTH KOREAN COURT RULES SAME-SEX COUPLES ELIGIBLE FOR HEALTH INSURANCE: Los Angeles Blade
NORTHERN IRELAND DEAL STRUCK BY U.K. AND EUROPEAN UNION: NPR
MYSTERY ORB FOUND ON JAPAN BEACH: SORRY, JUST A BUOY! — NYT
BIDEN ADMINISTRATION OFFERS SEMICONDUCTOR MAKERS SUBSIDIES, WITH A CATCH: They have to provide their employees with affordable child care, limit stock buybacks and share certain excess profits with the government. —NYT
ELON MUSK PROMISES TWITTER EMPLOYEES “VERY SIGNIFICANT” STOCK AWARDS: The Verge
BACK AT NO. 1: Elon Musk is once again the world’s richest man. —Fox News
GAS PRICES ARE STARTING TO DROP AGAIN IN 9 STATES: Connecticut didn’t make the list but today I paid $2.99/gallon for the first time in weeks. —CBS News
News from Spaaaace
SPACE X LAUNCH SCRUBBED: Last-minute problem postpones mission. —ABC News
WHAT TIME ZONE IS THE MOON IN? Space experts say our lunar neighbor needs one of its own. —Axios
NEBRASKA DEMOCRAT STANDS UP TO GOP TO HALT ANTI-TRANS BILLS AND LEGISLATION OUTLAWING ABORTION: Rachel Maddow on MSNBC
VIRGINIA DEMOCRATS KILL ALL 12 ANTI-TRANS AND ANTI-LGBTQ+ BILLS: Washington Blade
DWYANE WADE AND GABRIELLE UNION’S POWERFUL SPEECH: “A MASTERCLASS IN PARENTING” —PinkNews
NBA STAR DISPLAYS “CIS MALE SOLIDARITY:” Sports journalist Zachary Draves writing in Team NBS Media
GET YOUR GIRL SCOUTS FROM A TRANS GIRL THIS YEAR: Erin Reed shared this Monday in her excellent Substack, Erin In the Morning.
MARK HAMILL BACK ON THE BIG SCREEN IN THE MACHINE: ScreenRant
HISTORY OF THE WORLD PART II COMING TO HULU NEXT WEEK: TV Insider
ACTOR TOM SIZEMORE’S FAMILY: DOCTORS HAVE “NO FURTHER HOPE” OF RECOVERY —Deadline
Star Trek Corner
WHAT ABOUT BEVERLY CRUSHER’S OTHER SON, WESLEY? ScreenRant
WIL WHEATON INTERVIEWS ED SPELEER IN THE READY ROOM: YouTube
HOW TO WATCH THE FIRST EPISODE OF STAR TREK PICARD SEASON 3 FOR FREE: The Verge
HOW TO VIEW THE ENTIRE SEASON AND PAST STAR TREK EPISODES: Click here to subscribe to Paramount+
That’s all for today. Thanks for rising up with me, and a special thank you to all my subscribers, especially those who are paid subscribers. I’ll be back tomorrow morning with more. Until then, may your news be good news!
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