DML Morning Briefing Thurs. Nov 12: The good, the bad, and the ugly.
By Team DML
Today is November 12 and I am Dennis Michael Lynch.
1 – Trump eyes digital media empire to take on Fox News
Axios is reporting: President Trump has told friends he wants to start a digital media company to clobber Fox News and undermine the conservative-friendly network, sources tell Axios.
Some Trump advisers think Fox News made a mistake with an early call (seconded by AP) of President-elect Biden’s win in Arizona. That enraged Trump, and gave him something tangible to use in his attacks on the network.
“He plans to wreck Fox. No doubt about it,” said a source with detailed knowledge of Trump’s intentions.
There’s been lots of speculation about Trump starting a cable channel. But getting carried on cable systems would be expensive and time-consuming. Instead, Trump is considering a digital media channel that would stream online, which would be cheaper and quicker to start. Trump’s digital offering would likely charge a monthly fee to MAGA fans.
DML: This is EXACTLY what I predicted in my podcast on Tuesday. IF the election results aren’t corrected and Trump doesn’t serve a second term, stay tuned for his next move.
2 – GOP Michigan poll watchers swear they incurred ‘intimidation’ and ‘threats of assault’
From the Washington Examiner: Republicans working as credentialed poll challengers in Michigan said in sworn affidavits that they experienced intimidation and insults from poll workers and others while absentee votes were being tabulated.
The sworn accounts about the state’s vote count are part of a lawsuit that President Trump’s reelection campaign filed in federal court on Tuesday evening. The lawsuit contains several accusations of election fraud in Wayne County, the county that houses Detroit, Michigan’s biggest city and a Democratic stronghold. The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan and seeks to keep the state from certifying its results until the voting process can be reviewed.
Dozens of affidavits were contained within the corpus of the lawsuit. One exhibit contained 234 pages of both typed and handwritten affidavits from Republican challengers, most of whom recounted their experience at Detroit’s TCF Center. The center was the county’s hub for counting absentee ballots. It drew national attention after polls closed as Republicans claimed that they were being cut out of the counting process and illegally being blocked from watching the proceedings, all while being harassed and intimidated by Democratic challengers and poll workers.
DML: This whole mess is absolute criminal!
3 – Leandra English, Who Pretended to Run CFPB, Leads Biden CFPB Transition
The Free Beacon reports: Leandra English, who spent months trying to seize control of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) from President Donald Trump, will lead Joe Biden’s transition team for the agency, the Biden campaign announced Tuesday.
English will be in charge of a team of seven others, including the legislative director for the United Autoworkers and six alums of the Obama-era CFPB. The group will advise the Biden campaign on taking over the agency when Biden assumes office in January.
English rose to public attention in 2017, when she claimed the role of acting CFPB director following the departure of Obama-era director Richard Cordray, in direct contention with Trump appointee Mick Mulvaney. In the ensuing months, English lost multiple court battles but continued her claim despite a lack of clarity on what, if anything, she was actually doing day-to-day. This stance made her a hero of the anti-Trump “resistance,” with even Democratic leadership calling her the “rightful acting director.”
English’s appearance on the CFPB, therefore, is a harsh rebuttal to the Trump administration’s regulatory agenda. Her appearance on the transition team—along with other Obama alums—indicates that a Biden-era CFPB will return to the aggressive regulatory posture adopted during the Obama administration.
DML: Biden is bringing back his mob.
4 – Biden COVID-19 adviser suggests potential lockdown lasting over a month
From Fox Business: One of President-elect Joe Biden’s coronavirus advisers floated the idea of a nationwide coronavirus lockdown in an effort to rein in the illness and rejuvenate the economy as new cases climb once again.
Michael Osterholm, a University of Minnesota expert on infectious diseases, said in an interview with Yahoo! Finance that a four- to six-week lockdown could both control the virus’ spread and benefit the economy.
“We could pay for a package right now to cover all of the wages, lost wages, for individual workers,” he told the outlet, noting low interest rates. He added that federal borrowing could bail out small- and medium-sized companies, cities, states and county governments.
“If we did that, then we could lock down for four to six weeks, and if we did that, we could drive the numbers down,” he said. He argued that method would protect the economy until vaccines under development are ready for release.
DML: And this would push even MORE small business owners and hard working Americans out of business and out of work. Make America Broke Again – that’s his plan.
5 – MD School District to Spend Over $450,000 on ‘Anti-Racist Audit’
From the Free Beacon: Maryland’s Montgomery County plans to spend more than $450,000 on an “anti-racist audit” intended to create “equitable outcomes for every student’s academic and social-emotional well-being.”
According to a Tuesday memo from the county’s superintendent of schools, Montgomery County Public Schools will award a one-year “anti-racist” consulting contract to the Mid-Atlantic Equity Consortium for $454,680. The consulting firm will investigate the district’s culture, hiring practices, and pre-K-12 curriculum, which Montgomery County says should be tailored so that it “strengthens students’ sense of racial, ethnic, and tribal identities, helps students understand and resist systems of oppression, and empowers students to see themselves as change agents.”
The Mid-Atlantic Equity Consortium’s website states that it promotes “equity in education to achieve social justice” and touts a handful of left-leaning education partnerships. Among those partners is the Southern Poverty Law Center’s “Teaching Tolerance” arm, which pushes for students to learn about slavery beginning in kindergarten.
The school district awarded the lucrative contract despite anticipating a budget cut of up to $155 million.
DML: Training the next generation of BLM protesters… and tax dollars are paying for it.
6 – Ticketmaster Plans to Check Your Vaccine Status for Concert Admissions
Billboard reported: Monday’s news that pharmaceutical company Pfizer’s early results on a new COVID-19 vaccine showed a 90% efficacy rate on an initial clinical trial have given concert professionals hope that the business can start mounting a return in 2021. As part of that preparation, Ticketmaster has been working on a framework for post-pandemic fan safety that uses smart phones to verify fans’ vaccination status or whether they’ve tested negative for the coronavirus within a 24 to 72 hour window.
Many details of the plan, which is still in development phase, will rely on three separate components — the Ticketmaster digital ticket app, third party health information companies like CLEAR Health Pass or IBM’s Digital Health Pass and testing and vaccine distribution providers like Labcorp and the CVS Minute Clinic.
Here’s how it would work, if approved: After purchasing a ticket for a concert, fans would need to verify that they have already been vaccinated (which would provide approximately one year of COVID-19 protection) or test negative for coronavirus approximately 24 to 72 hours prior to the concert. Once the test was complete, the fan would instruct the lab to deliver the results to their health pass company, like CLEAR or IBM. If the tests were negative, or the fan was vaccinated, the health pass company would verify the attendee’s COVID-19 status to Ticketmaster, which would then issue the fan the credentials needed to access the event. If a fan tested positive or didn’t take a test to verify their status, they would not be granted access to the event.
DML: I am NOT taking any vaccine!