tv Reliable Sources With Brian Stelter CNN May 15, 2022 8:00am-9:00am PDT
♪ hey, i'm brian stelter, live in new york and this is "reliable sources," where we examine the story behind the story and we figure out what's reliable a. this hour a veteran correspondent fatally shot on assignment and israel accused of murder. an israeli official will be here live with a response. plus, as the national media focuses on the supreme court, what are we missing about abortion laws at the state level? a top reporter will join us live from texas. plus, my road trip to pennsylvania this weekend, witnessing a gop campaign ban against the media up close. is this the new normal in republican politics? we're going to get into that and a whole lot more coming up. first, another hate crime at a grocery store.
those words shouldn't even compute, they shouldn't fit in the same sentence. a hate crime at a grocery store. this time it was buffalo residents in a predominantly black neighborhood who were just trying to take care of their families when a white gunman opened fire on saturday killing ten people and injuring three others. all of the evidence so far suggests this young man, this suspect, just 18 years old, was poisoned by laws and bs from online message boards. now police members of the media are going through his so-called manifesto, full of hateful memes and ideas and some of the same messages shared by the christchurch mosque killer. yes, it's the great replacement theory rearing its ugly head again, white replacement nonsense that convinces isolated men on the internet that a cabal is replacing whites with people of color. the same conspiracy theory you hear primetime on fox news. it's important -- no, it's essential to map the media environment that preys on white
fear. the manifesto's author attributed most of his believe ps to the internet and described himself as fashest and anti-semite and writes about becoming radicalized partially because he was bored during the pandemic. bored. again, there's a lot for investigators to get into. we're still in the early stages of this story. there's a lot of evidence because of the report of the manifesto and the lies on twitch, the popular gaming service. twitch said it was removed within minutes but some of the those video images are circulatings online. there are calls for accountability for social media firms but the rot goes a lot deeper. you can't just blame one single social networking site and say that's the problem. the problem is a lot more complex. we talked about it with pulitzer prize winning journalist leslie howard in washington now and
co-host of the run and tell podcast and former abc correspondent. and cnn senior media reporter oliver darcy. thank you all for coming on the program this weekend. mara, let's talk about white versus black. how are these source of shooters, these suspects, treated by the media when there's a heinous hate crime that occurs? >> it's really important to examine how the media talks about white shooters and there are predictable patterns. first, there's always a presumption of mental illness that absolves the shooter of any personal responsibility. they are often described as kids, infantalized, inhumanized that makes them seem sympathetic. and most importantly, and i think it's most important because it's so inaccurate, they're almost always portrayed as a lone wolf, just acting by themselves, when this is inaccurate. we know these are violent domestic terrorists who adescribe to a group ideology of white supremacy. they are described as a lone
wolf who bare sole responsibility for what happened but if it is a muslim, it would be the responsibility borne by the entire religion. they would be immediately branded a terrorist. we need to talk about this in domestic terrorism fueled by white supremacist ideology. >> white supremacist trim. leslie, i know you were tweeting about this overnight, you were working on a book about the topic of white supremacy terrorism and now, once again, it's back in the news. what do you think people need to know about how this should be covered in the press? >> of course. i think so often we treat -- especially around white supremacists, we think of them as our kooky old grandmother, our racist friend that makes a joke they shouldn't make. what are we supposed to do? they say some bigoted things. too of on we treat isolated terror in the elite spaces in the media as a one-off and not advanced coherent ideology, this ideology that claimed lives in the grocery store in buffalo is
the same ideology that claimed lives in pittsburgh in the synagogue and walmart in el paso. there is a complex conspiracy theory that's as old as our american society in which white americans are being told, being poisoned through the internet but also through some relatively mainstream media organizations on the right, being told they are facing a demographic crisis and they have to stand up for themselves. >> let's just be clear, wes, you're talking about tucker carlson, laura ingraham, the biggest stars on fox news. is it too simplistic to reduce this to a single television show though? we see that a lot on social media, just blaming tox and tucker and i think there's a lot of blame to go around. >> there's a ton. the stuff tucker and laura say every night could be written by
white suppressionism very often. the white strength, i can hear it in tucker's voice. but the ben shapiros of the world, the idea of genetic interests that could be pulled from an andrew sullivan column. there are many who advance these ideas and advance them frequently. beyond that i think the point we're making is right, you cannot simplify this specifically to a specific network or specifically online spaces. we have to have a conversation about our political rhetoric in our country. immigration for the last several decades has been the most salient topic in our politics. it's what donald trump rode into power. it's something republicans have seized upon. it's something that in our rhetoric and in our conversation very often mainstream political forces have been remarkably irresponsible in the language they used around immigration and around race in ways that have fueled and empowered white supremacists. again, that's not just people on the far right. we're talking on cnn where for
years lou dobbs was given an hour every night to say pretty racist things about immigrants at the heart of this nation. it's something we have to take seriously because when we take it seriously, it forces us to actually consider the words we use, especially advancing stereotypes about immigrants, jewish people and black people. the way george soros' name is thrown around, immigrants in crime. all of these things play into racist, white supremacist tropes. >> let's continue to map this media environment. as we talk, the more we talk, the more complex it gets and that is important. this is complicated. however, one of the other media arms or tentacles or elements to this, i'm thinking about message boards most of us haven't heard of and probably hopefully never will, where some of these ideas fester and they do end up spreading upwards towards tucker carlson's show and many others but they start deep in the dark corners of the internet, is that fair to say? >> yes, they start in deep, dark corners of the internet. as we saw with tucker carlson,
he was on one of these deep, dark boards and taking ideas from them and putting it into tucker's prompter where he would say it to millions of people every night. there's a connection to what happens on these dark places of the internet and ends up on fox. but it's these things do fester on boards like 4 chan, where they were to some -- >> or even on twitch. i'm so interested in this thing in axios last month, gaming, extremism is becoming more common in gaming spaces. you're on a livestream, playing a video game, your friends are talking, they're saying riskist comments. to me i wonder, that's almost like an opening, an in for an 18-year-old, 17-year-old, 16-year-old. they start by joking around with their friends, casually saying racist things and then they go deep down these rabbit holes, scary websites. >> even on twitter. you have gop representatives, matt gaetz was defending the great replacement theory, which
is at the heart of the scree that was written reportedly by this suspect. and so this is something that it was i think rel vated to darker corners of the internet and still festers there but it has been mainstream -- >> we shouldn't call it fringe anymore. you know it's already happened. there's far right figures making excuses, this was a false flag and conspiracy, it's already happening. we know exactly what will happen the next few days. nothing will change. it's only going to get worse. and what do we do? i guess all we do is cover it. >> there's no question that outlets like fox news are responsible in large part for mainstreaming these conspiracy theories that has largely been relegated in the past to the far right fringe. when we talk about this replacement theory, this is the idea there is a plot, active plot to replace white americans with immigrants. this is something that used to be on the fringes, tucker carlson first spoke about it on
his show more than a year ago and since then we have heard members of congress repeat it. >> and "the new york times" found he repeated a version 400 times. >> many, many times. this is a drumbeat we hear a lot. we are hearing it in mainstream places. we're hearing it on the floor of congress. there's no question they have a big role in the mainstreaming of this. you asked about the impact. aren't there others? what's significant about fox news is the size of their audience. sure, there are a lot of players in this game but they have a massive audience and they're repeating these points over and over again. that's how the big lie led to january 6th. we see it has an effect. >> you know what will happen, wes, on tucker's show tomorrow night. he condemns all violence, abhors all violence and then he will say something what about the hundreds of illegal immigrants that cross the border over the weekend? what about the violence they cause. they called it an invasion yesterday. we've seen this, these going to divert, deflect, extract. how do you avoid getting exhausted by all of this? >> i certainly don't avoid
getting exhausted by it. it's extremely exhausting. i think that you're right, and i'm sure part of the talking points will be actually the shooter was a leftist and why are you blaming us and it's not really the right or republicans. look, there's a point worth making racism and bigotry exist across the political spectrum. when you look at the media figures and political figures who are driving white supremacist files, who they identify with, who they consider allies and indoctrinating or proselytizing to the country, it's figures on the right time and time and time again, very often being cited in these manifestos, oftentimes by name. but one other point we're talking about the in the media perspective, it's a media show, right, but one of the reasons this stuff is effective is because these ideas are as old as the american society. >> right. >> it's a little simplistic to think if only we can shut tucker carlson up or this message board, these ideas have a
salience and have a staying power because fear, fear of others, fear of people who are different than us, has always been among the most powerful political and societal forces at a time when americans across the country, white americans particularly, fear demographic change. s they these messages are extremely powerful. again, we can wake up tomorrow and fox news can be shut down and all of the message boards can be shut down and these ideas would not disappear. i think that's important for us to remember and think about as well. >> for the record, because tucker carlson is probably watching and will probably play these clips tomorrow, i don't think anyone is trying to shut him up. i think his critics try to find powerful, persuasive ways to prove he's wrong. that's the most effective answer. mara, thank you. wesley, thank you. a lot more to get to this hour. elon musk and twitter and all of the rest. but up first, urgent calls for answers after the death of a veteran al jazeera correspondent. we'll get into it and show you
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that's what people were chanting after al jazeera correspondent shireen abu akleh was killed on assignment in the west bank this week. but will she ever receive justice? the palestinian-american journalists worked for al jazeera american television cham for 25 years so she was considered an authority of palestinian coverage. on wednesday while covering an israeli military raid on the occupied west bank city of jenin, she was shot and killed at age 51. her producer was also wounded and said to be in stable condition. another journalist on the scene said the press waited for soldiers to see them before moving towards a camp in jenin but out of nowhere, quote, there were gunshots. in the next disturbing video clich you can hear gunfire and see the reporter's body slumped on the ground. [ gunfire ]
>> these journalists were on assignment doing their jobs, wearing press badges which are supposed to be symbols of protection and sometimes are not. al jazeera is blaming israel for killing abu akleh, calling it an assassination. the news of her death was shocking to palestinians who saw her as the voice of their struggles, almost like a family friend. one cnn producer who grew up watching her said, quote, she was an icon as a palestinian journalist. she was simple, humble and very funny. thousands of people gathered for her funeral in jerusalem on friday but what began peaceful turned violent. you see the images there, in some cases there were people being beaten by israeli forces. there's a global condemnation of that violence and outcry for
answers and accountability. with lingering questions about who killed this journalist and why? the ambassador and counsel general in new york is joining me on set. we asked al jazeera here as well but they declined to provide a guest. thank you for being on the program. is there anything new you can tell us about the investigation into the shooting? >> first of all, thank you for having me. we don't know anything new because there's no dual investigation yet because palestinian authorities are neglecting our request to have a joint investigation. anyway, i want to start out by saying how sorry we are. any death of any reporter inside that area is a tragedy. and we need to do everything in our power to make sure it doesn't happen again. >> what can be done to make sure it doesn't happen again. >> first of all we need to have an investigation to make sure it doesn't happen again but we need to know the full context of it. because we're kind of starting
the whole story in the middle. >> tell me why. >> because in the last month 19 israelis were brutally murdered in terror attacks not as journalists covering a war zone in conflict but just sitting in their cars having beers, walking in the parks, just for being sq jewish and living in israel. we had to go to jenin to provide coverage of the next terror attack and that is the raid which in the end in the fire shot, shireen abu akleh was killed, which is again a tragedy. we don't know from -- we're searching central media, social media, politicians across the united states and the world claiming it's israel. before we had any proof of it, while the palestinian corner said, we examined the bullet. it's too close to call. we don't know yet. we still had media outlets and american elected officials saying and blaming israel. the fact al jazeera is blaming israel, i take that in a certain
proportion. al jazeera, people need to be reminded, it is not like cnn media, it's state-owned media. it's like russia today. russia today has been used in the last month to explain the russian side of the war and call zelenskyy a nazi and kind we need to take in the right perspective when we analyze what they say. >> i think al jazeera also has excellent journalists. >> excellent journalist. i think they was an excellent journalist. it's a tragedy and everyone thinks it's a tragedy. i think we need to do everything in our power to make sure these things don't happen again. we can't do that alone which is why we've been calling for our side and doing it responsibly we believe in taking responsibility. we said we don't know who it is. the palestinians didn't say that. the palestinians haven't said that yet. we're looking for air joint investigation with another third party, anything, to understand what the truth is, make sure this doesn't happen again. but just as you invited someone to sit next to me and they declined, it's kind of the same
case. we cannot find a partner for this investigation. we cannot do it alone. >> last year the imf bombed a bureau in gaza that houses the bureau in gaza. there were concerns it was targeted in gaza. the ap warned people in the building to leave so there were no deaths. you have to wonder if there's a pattern of israel targeting members of the media. is there a pattern? >> of course not, there is no pattern. in israel, by the way, free press is extremely important. that is why we want to conduct this investigation. free press in israel is one of the most important things we have. you said just a second ago we did give them an announcement before, it is a conflict zone. it is not a one-sided conflict zone. it is a conflict zone because terror comes out of it. it is a conflict zone because people use schools and ap building and other places, things we would never do. >> what about the funeral on friday? israeli police beating mourners with batons, was that a conflict zone? >> in a way, yes. first of all, let me say this,
pictures are horrible. pictures are horrible. i cannot defend the pictures and we are conducting an investigation. by the way, in this series of things we do to try to manage this situation, mistakes happen. we're not perfect. i don't think anybody is perfect. if we have anything to learn from this, we will learn from this. again, context. this was a funeral that we were in charge of public safety of. it was coordinated, the police forces with the family, ensuring them welcome. before the funeral started, people came up and tried to take the coffin from the family, tried to run it to a different direction. the police was there helping the family make sure that what was agreed upon would happen. then bottles were thrown at police officers. it's very hard to show how these pictures come to life. >> they're horrible. stories starting in the middle and you need to know the beginning of a story and that's very important. this must not be the sort of subject you want to be talking about at all. >> i would love to be talking
about israeli food and ga filt kwa fish. that's a subject if i had to choose myself. but i think it's important for the world to report responsibly and i want to say why. when you talk about anti-israel sentiment, every time something happens in israel, no matter -- no matter what side it happened from, al jazeera has ten journalists who died in the last few years in conflict areas, none of whom -- horrible, none of whom were reported as much as this happening in israel. and people don't understand that when you automatically blame israel for things we haven't done, that turns into anti-semitic attacks at the end of the day and anti-semitic sentiments in the united states. we live in new york city, in new york city, anti-semitic incidents quadrupled in the last year. there's a connection, because most of the jewish people have strong feelings towards israel, see it as their eternal home. when you attack that, you attack them. and there is linkage. that is why we're not asking for any shortcuts. we're not asking for discounts.
what we are asking is for honest reporting about things that happened. we are asking for people to wait for a second before they say israel is in charge of the killing of a reporter. maybe we are and if we are, we need to investigate that. maybe we're not. but when you assume automatically that we are, that comes from a totally different place in your heart. >> to your point about the climate, the suspect in buffalo, this manifesto that was authored, describes himself as anti-semite. a racist and anti-semite. so this climate, it is very -- needs to be seen and told. thank you so much for being here. >> thank you very much. up next -- a look at the critical role maga media is playing in tuesday's hotly contested pennsylvania's gop primary. two top journalists join us live from philly in just a moment. nina's got a lot of ideas for the future.
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the gop primary in pennsylvania reveals so much about the state of the republican party at large. the senate candidates there have been campaigning all across right wing tv. we counted at least 19 interviews across fox and newsmax just this month. dr. mehmet oz is a favorite of fox's sean hannity. at this point hannity has been the shadow campaign manager for the oz campaign. but it's caused a divide inside fox with hannity trying to warn voters against the little known but late-surging candidate kathy barnette, while an hour later, laura ingraham promoting barnette, announcing a smear campaign against barnette and defending her. on saturday barnette, who owes much of her feign to fox, likened hannity to a swamp
monster trying to, quote steal the election. but we only know that thanks to an audio recording of barnette made by a rally goer and given to america. cnn and other networks were barred from attending this rally in bucks county, even though it was a public event anyone could attend. this was apparently at the direction of the leading gop candidate for governor in the state, doug mastriano. msnbc's dasha burns showed this man in a paul revere outfit telling her to step back, step back behind the cones, like she was some sort of threat. a threat for wanting to cover a campaign event. when i showed up on the scene in war minister, yesterday, reporters there told me it was basically a base-stoking strategy. it was an example of scorn for the media, uniting many republicans. so that seems to be the idea by shutting out the press. but i couldn't help but wonder, do these candidates have something to hide?
why do i have to film from so far away? they want to help everyone know who the candidates are. somebody who would never be mistaken as a liberal activist who tried to ask basic questions got blown off. where was you your hometown? where was her officer candidate school? but barnette would not share details about her military service. it's baffling, or is it? let's ask two folks from pennsylvania who know. philly inquirer and nationalist bunch. what the heck happened? have you ever been shut out of public campaign events before? >> not a public rally like this. usually a candidate wants the press to cover their primaries, particularly in days before the rhymary. it's highly unusual. >> is this all about stoking hate in the media? >> look, doug mastriano actually
livestreamed the event on his facebook page. we know he didn't have a problem getting it out there. i agree with a lot of the reporters you said you talked to. why i can't get into the head of mastriano, my best guess is this is a way to pick a fight with national media and rile up the base. hey, at the same time it meant that he got to evade questions from the press about things like the fact that he was at the capital o capitol on january 6th, that he was subpoenaed by the congressional committee investigating the attack. he's been the face of the movement to overturn the 2020 election in pennsylvania. he got to evade questions on those issues and then also, yeah, picking a fight with the national media, it's good for business in the gop primary. >> the only people to suffer are the voters, who maybe don't realize it's bad for them. and this is kras tall clear
example of this problem. you just spotted a question like this for the inquirer -- i'm sorry, that's not the right one. let's take it off the screen a minute. do you view what's happening in pennsylvania as a broader phenomenon? look at herschel walker in florida dodging debates. they're not just dodging reporters but dodging debates. is this something bigger going on? >> yes, this started some seven years ago with donald trump and the whole enemy of the people routine and started out as harassment in journalists. and these scenes were kind of shocking to see reporters being banned and shut out of these events. i think you're right. it's certainly a base-riling tactic but i think it speaks to a real authoritarian turn in the republican party. this -- i think doug mastriano running for governor of pennsylvania as kind of a strong man and his war on the press is kind of essential to the strong man persona he's trying to play. this is an anti-democratic
candidate for governor, like holly mentioned. >> are you just playing into their hands, he's an authoritarian, isn't that exactly what they want, folks like you to get all riled up about this? >> look, you know, the extreme right turn the republican party is taking is one of the biggest things that happening in this country right now. i think the media can't ignore it and the media needs to call it out for what it is. and take the consequences. i mean, this campaign needs a closure. this guy is three days away from winning the republican nomination for governor of pennsylvania and people in pennsylvania need to know where this guy stands. they need to know this guy, doug mastriano, is going to appoint a secretary of state who, like him, is going to subscribe to donald trump's big lie and may not count all of the votes in 2024 election. ky not think of any time voters in pennsylvania need to be better informed about a candidate than they need to be informed about doug mastriano.
and that's what he he's trying to prevent. >> to your point the editors of the story, the inquirer editorial came out with this headline, we want to endorse a gop primary this year but we can't. left wing editorial board cannot pick a candidate. tell us more about this. >> is it a left wing editorial board or is the problem we just can't agree on basic facts? >> usually endorses democrats. usually endorses democrats. >> no, but, brian, this is endorsement among republicans in a republican primary, which they traditionally have done, bust they cannot do that because they made a decision -- i think a sound decision -- they wanted to ask these candidates do you believe joe biden won the 2020 election, and the majority of these candidates would not say yes. and that just made it a nonstarter. why should we bring these people in here if they can't even agree
to the basic reality that joe biden got 70,000 more votes in pennsylvania than donald trump did. >> right. holly, the other big media angle in this race is money being spent or lack thereof, in the gubernatorial race in pennsylvania or senate race. you have folks losing in the ad wars, winning in the polls. >> this is one of the biggest parts of this election, one of the biggest stories i think. it's completely unusual and defies political logic. you have doug mastriano, who as of the beginning of the week spent less than $300,000 on tv ads. that's practically nothing in a big state like pennsylvania, compared to his opponents, who have been spending millions and millions of dollars. same thing with kathy barnette, she surged into contention with dr. oz and david mccormick. she had spent at the beginning of the week about $140,000 on tv while mccormick and their allies have spent record-breaking sums. so what's going on here? i think this speaks to a few things, the power of right wing
media. both mastriano and barnette, while -- especially mastriano, has really stayed away from the traditional press. barnette has done i think a bit more interaction with it. but nonetheless, they both really made a name for themselves on right wing media. and also i think this is a story about social media. on facebook they get tons of interaction. they're facebook groups dedicated to them, fan groups. they're kind of like volunteer armies spreading the message of these candidates. i thought there was an analysis that was really, really telling, which showed that kathy barnette only had about 40,000 followers on facebook. dr. oz had 5.6 million. but this analysis showed they had roughly the same amount of interactions and video views on facebook. i mean, that is really telling. >> wow. that's really interesting. on tuesday we're going to see if the polls were rightish or not. will and holly, thank you both. still ahead -- the challenge
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it's not about the no nos, it's about the know knows. get your first 3 months free today. offer ends may 16th. news media's role in the abortion debate. as leaks from the supreme court continue to come out, they signal roe v. wade will likely be overturned this summer. it is critical to note what's happening at the state level as well as state capitals and clinics and hospitals. the press should scrutinize the people making the rules, yes, but we should also be centering the voices of the people living under the rules and how their lives ma i change. national post political reporter caroline kitchener is doing just that. her entire beat is about the politics of abortion and she joins us live from corpus christi, texas. caroline, tell us about where you are and what you've been working ob there in texas. >> thank you so much for having me, brian. i'm here in corpus christi.
i've been spending a week in abortion clinics in san antonio and now i'm here spending time at a crisis center in corpus christi. i just knew when the leak happened and knew that roe would be overturned, i did a few spritz from washington and then i just wanted to get on a plane and get to the people who would be mostly affected by this ruling and texas is the place. texases is place living in a post-roe world since september. abortions here with r were outlawed after six weeks of pregnancy, which is before most people know they're pregnant. so i knew i wanted to come here. >> how do you get women and doctors and activists to open up to you? or the people who are debating to have abortions or going through it, how do you gain their trust to talk to them? >> i spend an enormous time thinking about that question. the first step for me is really gaining the trust of the abortion providers, talking to them, going to visit them at a
time when abortion is not in the headlines and they're not completely inundated with media requests. they need to trust you. i mean, you're going into these clinics and you're asking them to let you talk to people at what is for many one of the most vulnerable times in their lives. so they need to believe and know and trust that you are going to treat that patient with empathy and compassion. so that's really the first step for me is building that trust. and then when i get in the room with a patient, i really -- i don't take out my recorder right away, i don't take out any notebook, i just sit there and explain why i'm there and ask them to tell me what brought them there to that day. >> we're showing video from the abortion rights rally you attended yesterday in san antonio. do you try to talk to men too? i don't want to give you my whole rant about how this is all about men actually because that's ridiculous. but it does take two people to make a baby happen. and i get so frustrated that there's not more accountability
on that side of the gender aisle. but do you try to cover this from different directions in that way? >> i absolutely do try to talk to men. there were a lot of men there yesterday marching through the streets of san antonio. you know, it's also typically outside of the abortion clinic the protesters are almost all men. and i try really hard tone eng with them as well. >> we showed a headline you f published, let's put it on the screen, this is the headline before the monk of the leak happened. it was on the front page that night about how anti-abortion activists want to make sure a nationwide ban passes. you have been out in front of this. is that where the press should be focused, on which is what's coming. expect it, assume it's coming, nationwide ban? >> i think states are first. everybody -- this is the
frontline. all of these states, i mean 13 states are going to ban abortion right away when this decision comes down. all of the people i talked to on the national level are really adamant about that, the focus should be on the states first. but we do know now with this reporting that there are conversations that are happening behind the scenes in washington. senators are getting together with leading anti-abortion advocates and they're talking about the potential for a national ban. i don't think that's going to happen right away but i do think we certainly will see proposals for a nationwide abortion ban before the midterm. >> and before i let you go, number one point you want to make about the media coverage, what we need to make sure we do right in the days and weeks and months that come? >> i think that we need to be on the ground, we need to be in clinics, we need to be in pregnancy centers. this is where the frontlines are and journalists should be here. >> caroline, thank you very much
for doing the work. good to see you. >> thank you for having me. still ahead -- elon musk. he's all thumb's up about the future of twitter maybe but now he says his deal is on hold. is he really just giving us all the middle finger? we'll dissect that with h olive darcy in a moment. totally effortless. ststyling has never been easie. tresemme. do it with style. we need to reduce plastic waste in the environment. that's why at america's beverage companies, our bottles are made to be re-made. not all plastic is t same. 're carefully designing our bottles to be 100% recyclable, including the caps. they're collected and separated, so they can be turned back into material that we use to make new bottles. that completes the circle and reduces plastic waste. please help us get every bottle back. ready to turn your dreams into plans and your actions into achievements?
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this week started with an ominous tweet about musk dying and ended with the potential death of his twitter deal. he says his takeover is on hold blaming fox for what he claims is solely committed to the deal. what to make of this? let's ask oliver, both been watching this every day. he says he's worried about spam accounts and bots on the site but linking to a two week old article from reuters, everybody knew this was a problem. asking like he just discovered it. something is going on. really left a lot here about the money. >> like a good troll, no one knows exactly whether elon is being genuine or not. and that makes him so effective and provocative. i do think this is probably, i mean, you've got to imagine the twitter board of directors and they're trying to get this deal done and they're probably wondering, what in the world is elon doing? clearly, it is bothering twitter to some extent because elon said over the weekend that they had since noticed he had broken nda when talking about sample size for determining trolls. >> i missed that. did he tweet about that? >> he's been tweeting about a
lot, brian. >> but twitter is the nda. that's significant. >> it's clearly bothering twitter. his antics, but i'm not really sure what they can do about it. theoretically going to own the company. >> don't have another buyer waiting in the wing. anybody else that wants to buy it. hard turn but the "new york times" front page has to be seen. basically a two-page front page showing the entire united states marking one million deaths from covid-19. this is breathtaking, oliver, to see this front page. we'll put it up in a sec to show every individual black dot as a person who passed away and as much as some people might want to forget about covid, it must be remembered. >> yeah, and i think this headline really captures it because it is immeasurable how many people have died and suffered because of the virus and i think as we do return to normalcy or at least more normal world, it is important to reflect and remember those people and it's really
impossible but the "new york times" is doing a pretty good job, i think, highlighting it on the front page and saying this is immeasurable. we can't even do it ourselves. >> immeasurable. >> yeah. >> a hard turn but at least something amusing. tom brady going to fox sports, announcing he's going to go to fox sports after he retires from playing football and this is possibly the biggest deal for a tv station announcer ever in history. >> and he's not even a television announcer, right, he has no history announcing sports but listen, this is a great coup for fox. this is going to be the face of fox sports. he's the best quarterback whether you like him or not, the best of all time, so i think this is going to really gem up a lot of interest in fox sports with him calling the games and a good deal for them and in the large scheme of things, keep in mind, the nfl is a billion dollar industry and paying $37 million a year and while it's a lot, you know, i think fox can afford it. >> it's actually in line with what makes sense given how valuable football is to television broadcasters.
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