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On Saturday, Deadspin published a jarring video of anchors from Sinclair Broadcast Group news stations reading a script about “the troubling trend of irresponsible, one sided news stories plaguing our country.” As we all know, Sinclair is a conservative group buying up tons of local news stations and newspapers and infusing them with a conservative, pro-Trump bent. This particular segment was one of Sinclair's "must reads," which means that the anchors from over 200 stations were contractually required to do it.


Like I said, *we* already know about this, for the most part, anyway. But the Right does not. Probably because they do not tend to watch a lot of John Oliver.

After Deadspin published the video, Infowars troll Paul Joseph Watson (the one who is always pathetically trying to claim that being conservative is "punk rock" now) published on his own Twitter feed with literally zero contextual information.

He was swiftly credited with creating the video himself by Gateway Pundit -- home of Stupidest Man On The Internet, Jim Hoft.

And they weren't the only ones who were fooled. The responses to Watson's tweet were filled to the brim with angry Trumpists who were positively outraged that George Soros, his "tallins," and The Liberal Media would do such a thing!

screenshot via @classiclib3ral on Twitter

screenshot via @classiclib3ral on Twitter

screenshot via @classiclib3ral on Twitter

screenshot via @classiclib3ral on Twitter

The amazing thing is that there are just as many people in the responses to Watson's tweet pointing out that Sinclair is a conservative company pushing conservative propaganda, and it does not sink in. In fact, many of them responded to this information by outright denying it.

Anyone think there's a hope that after doubling down they'll do a Google search in private?

Over on Gateway Pundit, they were pretty sure Gannett was behind this madness! And the deep state!

This is, perhaps, one of the most spectacular self-owns in the history of self-owns. Unless of course it works for them, which it might because they are immune to rational thought.

[Deadspin | Paul Joseph Watson Twitter]

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On Monday, someone attempted to murder George Soros by putting a bomb in his mailbox. Also on Monday, someone threw a rock into House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy's office. Also, I spilled some hot coffee on myself. These are all things that happened on Monday, and were by some measure unpleasant. While most people might say, "Yes, all of those things are unpleasant, but they are not equal degrees of unpleasant," most people are not Chuck Schumer.

In what appears to be an attempt to get someone on Fox News to describe him as a "reasonable guy," Schumer sent out a tweet today lamenting the "despicable acts of violence and harassment" being done by "both sides."

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Republicans are KILLIN' IT in Florida, you guys! No worries about election day, Gators. It's all smooooooth sailing for the Sunshine State GOP. Just take it from Governor Rick Scott's lead pollster Wes Anderson, who produced a whimsical, unskewed poll for the campaign, featuring nostalgic jams about high Republican turnout in those good old days, telling the Tampa Bay Times,

As the linked slides indicate, Governor Scott currently leads Senator Nelson 51% to 46%, a lead that is outside of the margin of error.

It should also be noted that this sample from last week is very robust at 2,200 interviews of likely voters, stratified by county to reflect historic mid-term turnout. Our sample shows the Republicans with a one-point turnout advantage, even though we believe we will end up with a two- or three-point advantage. For historical context, in the past two mid-term elections Republicans had a four-point advantage in 2010 and a three-point advantage in 2014. At R+1, that makes our current sample a very conservative take on the likely partisan composition of this year's electorate.

NEEDZ MOAR BILL MURRAY.

No other pollster has replicated those numbers, with SurveyUSA, Quinnipiac, and CNN/SSRS all finding Bill Nelson in the lead, but if OnMessage, Inc. says Scott is running way ahead, then it must be true! Only OnMessage promises to "take your principles, your experience, and your opponent's weaknesses to develop a winning message plan that the voters will embrace." And who wouldn't trust a push pollster, right?

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