Thursday, January 31, 2019

The Daily Beast talks RBG conspiracies

The Daily Beast wrote an article on how QAnon and right-wing commentators have been fueling conspiracy theories regarding Ruth Bader Ginsburg's heath:

The weird thing about the article is that the two authorsWill Sommer Kelly Weilldon't actually give an update about RBG's health; they simply cite a CNN article from nine days ago:
Filmmakers of a new Ginsburg documentary told CNN that they spoke with Ginsburg on Tuesday, and that the Supreme Court justice sounded “strong and cheerful.” “She is writing opinions and continuing to stay on top of work,” the filmmakers said.
Also, the phrasing of that paragraph makes it sound like the filmmakers spoke to RBG two days ago, when it was actually nine days ago, but I'll chalk that up to poor writing.  My point is, I'm just kinda surprised there wasn't, like, a spokesperson for the Supreme Court whom the Daily Beast could reach out to for comment.

For the record, I don't buy into the right-wing conspiracy theories regarding RBGbut I don't think these types of articles from The Daily Beast actually accomplish anything.  (Unless their goal is to eventually get conspiracy theorists like Sebastian Gorka and James Woods suspended from Twitter.)  

I half-expect Ruth Bader Ginsburg to show up at the State of the Union Address with the same type of fanfare as when President Obama released his birth certificate.  Everyone will be gathered in the room, President Trump will be preparing for his speech, and then the lights will dim.  Suddenly, we'll hear the crash of glass and then Stone Cold Steve Austin's theme starts playing, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg will march out to massive applause.

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