Tucker on Trump: 'I hate him passionately.' Ingraham: 'We have more power than we know...'
New, damning text messages and testimony from Fox’s biggest stars and executives. Plus, the latest on Americans kidnapped and murdered in Mexico. And: Elon Musk mocks a disabled Twitter employee
Thanks for rising up on this Wednesday, March 8, 2023. Today is International Women’s Day! Also: Happy 40th anniversary to Beavis and Butthead. Heh-heh-heh. Wow, I feel old!
Here Now the News:
AMERICANS KIDNAPPED IN MEXICO: 2 FOUND DEAD, 2 SURVIVED —CNN
SURVIVORS RETURNED TO U.S. —The Associated Press
VOTERS IN OKLAHOMA REJECT LEGALIZING POT: The New York Times
BIDEN UNVEILS NEW MEDICAID PLAN IN BUDGET: ABC News
DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE OPPOSES JET BLUE MERGER WITH SPIRIT: NPR
DOZENS OF UMASS AMHERST STUDENTS HOSPITALIZED: They were taking part in the latest TikTok binging craze called “Borgs.” —CBS News
WHITE HOUSE SUPPORTS BILL BANNING TIKTOK: Bloomberg
CHINA WARNS U.S. ON RHETORIC: “If the United States does not hit the brake, but continues to speed down the wrong path, no amount of guardrails can prevent derailing and there surely will be conflict and confrontation,” said Qin Gang, China’s foreign minister. —A.P.
PRO-UKRAINIANS BLAMED FOR SABOTAGE OF RUSSIAN NATURAL GAS PIPELINES: NYT
NATIONWIDE STRIKE AGAINST RAISING RETIREMENT AGE IN FRANCE DRAWS 1.28 MILLION: Al Jazeera
MORE BATSHIT DETAILS RELEASED IN FOX NEWS DOMINION SUIT BOMBSHELL: That headline was changed by The Daily Beast to “Jaw-Dropping Filings Reveal Civil War Inside Fox News.” But both are true.
On Tuesday, a Delaware judge unsealed hundreds of pages of damning text messages, testimony, and emails from Fox News’ top executives and its most famous faces — adding to the trove of explosive documents released last month as part of Dominion Voting Systems’ $1.6 billion defamation lawsuit against the network, The Daily Beast reported.
Rupert Murdoch was asked in a deposition: “Do you currently believe Dominion committed election fraud by rigging the 2020 presidential election?” Among his responses: “I’ve seen no evidence that they did.”
In a group chat, “opinion” stars Sean Hannity, Tucker Carlson, and Laura Ingraham took turns blasting the company’s “news” personalities for affirming the network’s election night call of Arizona for Joe Biden, and blaming spiraling ratings on them:
“My anger at the news channel is pronounced,” Laura Ingraham wrote, adding, “Lol.”
“It should be,” Tucker Carlson replied. “We devote our lives to building an audience and they let Chris Wallace and Leland fucking Vittert wreck it. Too much.”
“Too much is correct,” Sean Hannity emphasized.
In the same chat, Ingraham also suggested that they “all think about how together we can force a change.” She texted, "I think the three of us have enormous power," adding, “We have more power than we know or exercise.”
In another text, Carlson wrote of President Donald Trump: “I hate him passionately” and that he “truly can’t wait” until he can “ignore” him.
TUCKER CARLSON’S JAN. 6 REPORT CALLED “BULLSHIT:” It’s not just the head of the Capitol Police, or Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), but rank and file Senate Republicans who blasted the Fox News host for downplaying the insurrection we all witnessed as “mostly peaceful.” —Washington Post, NBC News and WITN-TV.
WHO DID CARLSON CON? House GOP Chair Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY), Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Missouri), who was caught on surveillance video running from the Capitol during the “mostly peaceful” riot. Also, Elon Musk, among others.
READING THE TEA LEAVES: Politico’s Jonathan Martin tweeted…
SEN. RAND PAUL ACCUSES DR. FAUCI OF COVID COVER-UP: Fox News
RELIGIOUS FREEDOM BILL HEADED TO FULL VOTE IN KENTUCKY HOUSE: The bill would allow teachers and faculty members in public schools to share their religious beliefs freely. —WLEX-TV
MICHELLE OBAMA REVEALS SHE SOBBED UNCONTROLLABLY FOR 30 MINUTES FOLLOWING TRUMP INAUGURATION: CNN
MUSK MOCKS DISABLED TWITTER EMPLOYEE, THEN APOLOGIZES: CNN
ESPN ANCHOR RETWEETS MUSK IN DENOUNCING RULING IN FAVOR OF TRANS ATHLETE: Fox News
ICYMI: TRANS WOMAN WINS DISCRIMINATION LAWSUIT —Los Angeles Blade
IOWA HOUSE TO DEBATE GENDER AFFIRMING HEALTHCARE BAN TODAY, HOURS AFTER PASSAGE BY STATE SENATE: Des Moines Register
THREE BLACK TRANS WOMEN KILLED IN NINE MONTHS IN MILWAUKEE: USA Today
BBC ISN’T DONE BROWN-NOSING TRANSPHOBE J.K. ROWLING: Deadline
"I have a bad feeling about this”
SHAKEUP IN GALAXY FAR, FAR AWAY: Variety reports exclusively that the long-planned Star Wars projects being helmed by MCU boss Kevin Feige and Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins have been shelved, while Taika Waititi is looking to star in his own Star Wars film, a la JoJo Rabbit.
MANDALORIAN S3 EPISODE 2 NOW STREAMING ON DISNEY+: Click here!
Star Trek Corner
PICARD’S WORF PLOT TWIST INSPIRED BY ACTOR MICHAEL DORN HIMSELF? —Den of Geek
SNEAK PEEK OF STAR TREK PICARD S3 PART FOUR: No Win Scenario —startrek.com
HOW TO VIEW THE ENTIRE SEASON AND PAST STAR TREK EPISODES: Click here to subscribe to Paramount+
That’s all for today. I’ll be back tomorrow morning with all the news you need to rise up and start your day. Until then… May your news be good news!
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