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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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Robyn Pennacchia is a brilliant, fabulously talented and visually stunning angel of a human being, who shrugged off what she is pretty sure would have been a Tony Award-winning career in musical theater in order to write about stuff on the internet. Previously, she was a Senior Staff Writer at Death & Taxes, and Assistant Editor at The Frisky (RIP). Currently, she writes for Wonkette, Friendly Atheist, Quartz and other sites. Follow her on Twitter at @RobynElyse

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Remember a few weeks ago when House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerry Nadler sent a very nice and loving request to 81 people and entities associated with Donald Trump, including the White House, asking to please FUCKING GIVE IT a million documents, in order to aid Judiciary's investigation into Trump's millions of crimes? Well, the deadline was Monday, and some folks are helping! Others are not!

According to Nadler, they've already gotten "tens of thousands" of documents, and all signs point to more document requests coming, to approximately one million more people. There have been some surprises, too. Steve Bannon is helping a LOT, turning over thousands of pages (which is perhaps too much if you've ever seen that episode of "The West Wing," where CJ Cregg talks about being so crazy over-compliant with Congress that they just snow down investigators with everything, including take-out menus and junk mail). Trump Inauguration weirdo/longtime associate Tom Barrack is helping, and Hope Hicks is also too gonna be a good little helper. And so on!

And some are asking for "friendly subpoenas," like for instance attorney Keith Davidson, who used to rep Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal, who's asking for that in order to "formalize the process," as Politico puts it. (Some people don't like being asked nicely.)

Still others are saying straight up NO, and some of them have better reasons than others. Roger Stone is pleading the Fifth on advice of counsel because, you know, he's in trouble with the law right now. Rick Gates says he can't really help, citing how he is still a cooperating witness who is very business hunting wabbits in multiple ongoing investigations. And Julian Assange said no, because (LOL) he is a journalist, you guys, and Congress shouldn't subpoena journalists about their sources. (Actually WikiLeaks is a cut-out for Russian intelligence. Which is kind of like "journalist," except not remotely.)

But the real story here is that the White House, in response to pretty much every document request it's gotten, is saying "FUCK OFF! WE ARE GOING TO DO THE WATERGATE THING! IT WORKED OUT VERY WELL, IN WATERGATE! FUCK IT, LET'S DO THE WATERGATE THING!"

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