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Where Do You Get Your News?

Americans don’t agree on what news to trust, so we start out the show asking what outlets you trust.

Then we discuss how spinach is to Popeye as bad news is to Donald Trump. And that George Santos isn’t quite as lucky.

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Americans Don’t Agree on What News to Trust

Some headlines:

We had a lot of people offer the places where they get their news, here is a list of some them:

  1. Beau of the Fifth Column
  2. MeidasTouch
  3. The Young Turks
  4. David Pakman

But Elon and Tucker Say Don’t Trust Anyone… But Them

Maybe part of the reason we don’t have news sources we all trust anymore is because we have people like Elon and Tucker telling us we can’t trust anyone or anything… but them. 

Elon Musk and Tucker Carlson are joining forces, each warning that you should trust nothing outside of Twitter. Carlson announced via a video on Twitter Tuesday that “starting soon” he’ll be “bringing a new version of the show” he’s been doing at Fox News to Twitter. Musk said he and Carlson “have not signed a deal of any kind whatsoever.” But Axios learned they’ve discussed working together

You’ll hear powerful voices on Twitter and other platforms imploring people to assume that everything from mainstream media is a lie. And authentic, computer-generated lies will give everyone a reason to trust nothing.

“At the most basic level, the news you consume is a lie — a lie of the stealthiest and most insidious kind,” Carlson said in a video announcing he plans to relaunch his show on Twitter. “Facts have been withheld on purpose along with proportion and perspective. You are being manipulated.”

“Trust nothing, not even nothing,” Musk tweeted Tuesday.

Spinach is to Popeye as Bad News is to Trump

Donald Trump was found liable for sexual abuse. A federal jury ruled that the former president more likely than not sexually abused advice columnist E. Jean Carroll in a Manhattan department store almost three decades ago. As a result of the verdict, which also determined that Trump defamed Carroll, he will owe her about $5 million in damages. Carroll also accused Trump of raping her, but the jurors did not find Trump liable for that offense. This civil (not criminal) verdict adds to Trump’s legal problems as he embarks on a campaign to retake the White House.

However, there is no sign that this will slow down Trump, in fact, it may bolster him.  Consider this:

IN the last few months, Trump has:

  1. Been found liable in a sexual assault and defamation case
  2. Been indicted on 34 felony counts.
  3. Learned that someone who has worked for him at Mar-a-Lago is cooperating with federal prosecutors on whether he hid documents.
  4. Defended his “Access Hollywood” contention that celebrities like himself can grab women by their genitals: “[H]istorically, that’s true with stars.”
  5. Faced rising competition from credible ’24 challengers, including Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, former U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley and Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina.
  6. Seen a growing likelihood he’ll be indicted again — this time for trying to corrupt the 2020 election results.

At the same time that all of the above was happening, Trump has:

  1. Moved up in Republican primary and general-election polls.
  2. Won a flurry of ’24 endorsements from House Republicans — including several from Florida, beating DeSantis at a high-stakes inside game.
  3. Raised a formidable $34 million for his ’24 campaign — with a surge of donations after his indictment.
  4. Run former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who looked set for a ’24 run, out of the race.
  5. Revved up his voters with continued claims that the Deep State is targeting him — which doubles as an appeal to all voters who view elites skeptically.

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But George Santos, Not So Lucky

After being dragged in the court of public opinion for deceiving voters about his qualifications and personal connection to 9/11, Rep. George Santos’s alleged aversion to the truth got him indicted on 13 financial crimes yesterday. The congressman pleaded not guilty.

If convicted, the New York lawmaker could get more than 20 years in prison for wire fraud alone, in addition to the sentences potentially carried by money laundering, theft of public funds, and—perhaps least surprisingly—lying to the House of Representatives.

According to federal prosecutors, Santos allegedly:

Solicited campaign donations that ended up in his pocket, including tens of thousands of dollars used to pay off debts, give money to associates, and foot the bill for designer clothes (très chic).

Falsely claimed unemployment in the summer of 2020 to get $24,000 in pandemic-era benefits. He was reportedly employed at the time at Florida-based investment firm Harbor City Capital…which the SEC shut down in 2021 for being a “classic Ponzi scheme.”

Failed to mention those unemployment benefits or earnings from Harbor City on congressional financial disclosure forms.

Where does this leave Congress? Santos says he won’t resign and has even pledged to run for reelection. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy said he would not support the reelection bid, but he’s not calling for Santos to resign—yet. He said he would do so if the House Ethics Committee finds Santos broke the law.

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