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How Mainstream Journalists Turn Contrived Controversies Into Real Ones

They won't say liars "lie" but they will claim to know what their sources "believe"
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No specific or topical peg for this one. But I do think, with the government-shutdown deadline approaching fast and House Republicans intent on keeping aid to Ukraine shut off (while turning up the aid spigot for Israel)(in exchange for ransoms), we’re going to hear a lot of contradictory nonsense in the coming days:

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  • Do Republicans believe the U.S. military has overextended itself, leaving America, Taiwan, and the rest of the globe vulnerable to China (as they claim when they oppose Ukraine aid)?

  • Or do they think nations that get attacked have the right and obligation to defend themselves (as they claim when they express support for Israel aid)?

  • If an ally “facing existential threat” needs aid, how could they possibly support redirecting “funding for Ukraine” to "Israel immediately"?

  • Will Republicans hold government-funding hostage because they “believe” that the national debt is “the greatest threat to our national security”?

  • Or will they condition Israel aid on slashing IRS enforcement, which would increase the national debt?

I’ll spoil this for you:

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