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Hours Before Riot Cops Arrest CNN Crew, Mainstream Media Fail Only Compounds the Disaster

Riot police cuffed a CNN crew in Minneapolis only hours after a competing establishment media outlet gave the nation a dishonest account of the severity of the unrest in the city.

The shocking arrest happened early Friday morning as fires from the previous night’s riots still smoldered.

State police claimed the crew was put in handcuffs after refusing to obey an order to move, according to CNN.

Live video of the arrest appears to dispute that account, as network correspondent Omar Jimenez repeatedly asked officers where he should relocate to.

Watch the footage below:

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The crew was eventually released later that morning after an intervention from Democratic Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz.

Walz reaffirmed the media’s crucial place in covering events like this, apologizing for the arrest.

But Minneapolis State Patrol isn’t the only group caught in an embarrassing place after Thursday night’s riots.

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Hours prior to the CNN crew’s early morning arrest, an MSNBC reporter downplayed the protests as the night descended into chaos.

“This is mostly a protest,” reporter Ali Velshi said. “It is not generally speaking unruly.”

Velshi’s dishonest assessment of the situation was given as a massive blaze burned in the background and police control had clearly not been established.

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The ongoing riot, the latest in a string of violent demonstrations, would tear through community businesses all throughout Thursday night and Friday morning.

Innocent business owners were caught up in the rampage, and a police precinct building was essentially surrendered by the MPD before being stormed and torched by the mob.

The failings of both media and the city’s policing system (though the CNN crew was arrested by state police) have been highlighted by the out-of-control protests, a state of chaos kick-started by the viral video of a since-fired Minneapolis Police Department officer keeping his knee on the neck of a suspect, George Floyd, who later died.

Although the officer at the center of the video, Derek Chauvin, was arrested Friday, it happened after days of peaceful demonstrations and violent protests.

Dishonest reporting from the mainstream media only compounds the problems faced by Minneapolis as conflicting accounts of what is happening seem poised to arise.

Even as outrage over the Floyd case reaches a fever pitch, many mainstream journalists have failed to shine a light on other shocking instances of police brutality happening across America.

With more protests appearing to be virtually guaranteed throughout the weekend, there’s plenty of time for the mainstream media to present an unbiased and honest account of what is happening.

From what we’ve seen so far however, the likelihood of that happening is not promising.

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Barr announces federal civil rights probe into George Floyd’s death

Attorney General William Barr on Friday announced a federal civil rights investigation into the death of George Floyd while in custody of Minneapolis police this week.

Barr called video of the arrest, which shows then-Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on Floyd’s neck as he lay handcuffed on the ground, “harrowing to watch and deeply disturbing” and pledged that justice will be served in the case.

Floyd’s killing has been nearly universally condemned, and has fueled days of protests in Minneapolis, with demonstrators setting fire to a police precinct in the city and other local businesses while prompting nationwide calls for a reexamination of policing practices.

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There’s Plenty of Blame to Go Around for COVID-19 Pandemic

The big coronavirus debate is between blaming President Donald Trump and blaming China for the pandemic. The usual suspects are lined up on each side. To anybody who pauses to think for a second, it’s clear the two options are not mutually exclusive. But that’s still how the debate is playing out in the press.

The list of China’s misdeeds when it comes to this pandemic is long. The rates of infection would be quite different if China had acted responsibly at the outset. That doesn’t mean that the U.S. government response—at both federal and state levels—has been perfect either. There’s plenty of blame to go around (and some credit, too).

First, it’s clear our country should have been better prepared for a pandemic. It’s unfair to blame Trump exclusively on this matter, since our current state of preparedness is defined by policy choices made by many successive presidential administrations.

To take just one example, our national strategic stockpile was established in 1999. It holds masks, medicines, and other protective equipment for emergency situations. The government is supposed to have supply plans to supplement these stocks when needed.

However, at the onset of the pandemic, the combination of low stocks, extremely limited domestic production capabilities, and foreign restrictions on exports of these goods left us in a bind.

We should have had more equipment stockpiled, but more importantly, we should have foreseen the vulnerability we have created by offshoring the production of these emergency supplies.

We had so few masks at the outset that—in an effort to save them for the medical and other emergency personnel who needed them most—our government chose to lie to us by bizarrely claiming masks are not helpful unless you are a first responder or already sick.

Though this claim was driven by a noble purpose, its falsity was laid bare by countries around the world that mandated mask use in public and saw great success.

The government has now tacitly admitted its early mask advice was never true. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now recommends we wear masks in public places to slow transmission of the disease.

Trust in the advice we get from our experts is important. Breaking that trust was not a great first step.

Another huge U.S. policy mistake—this one mostly at the state level—has to do with nursing homes, which have become ground zero for disease transmission.

Social distancing is difficult in an institutional nursing home environment filled with our highest-risk citizens. Our greatest national mistake has been failing to protect these older Americans.

In the worst case, New York state actually mandated that nursing homes accept every coronavirus-positive patient. The results were deadly. Ninety-eight people died in a single facility in New York City.

The state has now reversed this mandate and passed a new regulation that patients must test negative before regular hospitals can return them to nursing homes.

These are just a few examples of policy mistakes made in the U.S. There are other policies we can second-guess as well, but none takes away from the case against China.

Reports indicate that the first case of COVID-19 may have been discovered in China as early as November 2019.

China’s initial response to the virus was defined by secrecy and misinformation. Chinese doctors who tried to speak out and tell the truth were discredited or even “disappeared.”

China didn’t even acknowledge human-to-human transmission of the virus until late January. During this period, China pressured the World Health Organization against declaring the virus a global health emergency.

An intelligence report from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security found that “the Chinese government intentionally concealed the severity of COVID-19 from the International community in early January while it stockpiled medical supplies by both increasing imports and decreasing exports.”

China also isolated Wuhan, the virus hub, from the rest of China while continuing to allow international travel. When Trump limited travel to the U.S. from China, the Chinese government denounced the action.

Why would China limit domestic travel to the hot spot but allow international travel to continue? The entire timeline of China’s actions is hard to misconstrue.

This may be a natural disaster, but it was helped along by a disastrous response by those with the power to help snub it at the outset.

The virus has now killed over 325,000 people worldwide, according to official counts. We will need an official accounting of China’s disastrous actions before we can fully understand what happened.

The “blame China versus blame Trump” narrative perpetuated by the media is yet another sad politicization of an inherently nonpolitical topic.

Trump is in charge of the federal government. The federal government, despite any politician’s claims to the contrary, is never going to respond perfectly to a situation like this pandemic. The situation is too fluid, and despite their reluctance to admit it, our experts still don’t fully understand this disease.

Given this dynamic, despite mistakenly downplaying the disease at its onset, the president and his entire team on balance deserve more praise than they have been given.

But even for those who feel otherwise, no amount of U.S. government culpability can negate the Chinese culpability at the outset of the event.

Or, in other words, it’s OK Trump-haters; you can admit China’s role in this pandemic without losing your never-Trump street cred. To do otherwise is to deny reality.


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Canada’s Opioid Overdoses Have Surged Since Beginning Of Coronavirus Pandemic

Opioid overdoses in Canada have surged since the coronavirus pandemic began, underscoring a worrying nationwide trend, the country’s chief public health officer said Friday according to Reuters.

British Columbia, located in western Canada, had over 100 opioid-related deaths in March and April, a figure that the region had not observed in over a year, Theresa Tam said according to Reuters

“These data indicate a very worrying trend,” Tam said. “It has been over a year since British Columbia observed numbers this high sustained over a two-month period.”

Bags of heroin, some laced with fentanyl, are displayed before a press conference regarding a major drug bust, at the office of the New York Attorney General, September 23, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

While British Columbia is the epicenter of the country’s overdose crisis, the trend is also seen in Toronto, located on the other side of Canada, where paramedics reported that April had the highest number of opioid-related deaths in a month since September 2017, Reuters reports. Similarly, Calgary experienced a surge in overdose interventions. (RELATED: Father Says Son Didn’t Die From Coronavirus But His Suicide Occurred Because Of It) 

Guy Felicella, a peer clinical advisor with the British Columbia Centre on Substance Abuse, told Reuters that the disruptions in the drug supply chain due to closed borders has made drugs more challenging to get.

“When (drugs become) more challenging to get, the potency goes up, the price goes up, everything goes up, and in that sense it becomes more deadly by the day,” Felicella said.

The closure of services along with prolonged isolation may have also exacerbated overdoses. 

A man uses heroin under a bridge where he lives with other addicts in the Kensington section of Philadelphia which has become a hub for heroin use on January 24, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

A man uses heroin under a bridge where he lives with other addicts in the Kensington section of Philadelphia which has become a hub for heroin use on January 24, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

One mother told Global News that her son’s fentanyl overdose death could’ve been prevented “if things were opened up to him.”

“When Shawn got out (of rehab) the [Narcotics Anonymous] meetings closed, they stopped five people gatherings so they were closed down,” Johanne Logue told Global News about her son.

“So with that and Shawn being an addict, he started isolating and not being able to see family or friends. (He) said to me, ‘Mom I feel like I’m being backed up against the wall.’”

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‘Am I next?’ Tennis star Gauff joins chorus of protest after Minneapolis death

NEW YORK — Teenage tennis phenomenon Coco Gauff released a video protesting killings of African-Americans in the United States on Friday, joining a chorus of outrage across the country that followed the death of an unarmed black man in Minneapolis.

Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was charged on Friday with murder in the death of 46-year-old George Floyd after cellphone footage of the white officer kneeling on Floyd’s neck prompted a wave of protests.

Sixteen-year-old African-American Gauff said on Twitter this week she would “always use my platform to help make the world a better place,” and on Friday called for action from others in a TikTok video posted to her Twitter account

“This is why I am using my voice to fight against racism,” the caption reads, as the video cuts to images of Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery, an unarmed black man whose shooting in Brunswick, Georgia, was also captured on video. Three white men were charged in his death earlier this month.

Gauff’s video also includes a photo of Trayvon Martin, a black teenager whose killing helped spark the “Black Lives Matter” movement.

The words, “Am I next?” appear on screen, as Gauff, wearing a black hoodie, faces the camera and raises her hands.

“I am using my voice,” the caption concludes, “Will you use yours?”

Gauff joins numerous other athletes, including basketball stars LeBron James and Lisa Leslie, who have spoken out following Floyd’s death.

Gauff seized the tennis spotlight at last year’s Wimbledon, where she defeated her idol Venus Williams in the first round and made it through to the fourth.

She backed up that performance with strong showings at the 2019 U.S. Open and 2020 Australian Open, ultimately breaking into tennis’ top 50 at the age of 15. (Reporting by Amy Tennery, Editing by Rosalba O’Brien)

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Massachusetts can and bottle returns to open back up under coronavirus

All those beer bottles you’ve had piling up in coronavirus quarantine can now get you a couple of bucks again, as the state begins to open back up bottle collection.

“Reverse vending machines,” the contraptions into which you can input the bottles and cans at stores, will have to be turned back on for public use starting June 5, which is next Friday, according to the state. Retailers who accept bottles over the counter will have to begin doing so on June 19, according to Gov. Charlie Baker’s administration.

Normally, all retailers who sell bottles and cans are required by state law to redeem many of those same types of containers for 5 cents a pop. But Attorney General Maura Healey suspended enforcement of that requirement on March 18 to limit the spread of the virus. Healey’s office said at the time that some stores had sought this change in order to reduce risk of crowded conditions and of employees catching COVID-19 from contaminated bottles.

“Customers are encouraged to check the operating status of redemption locations before bringing empty beverage containers for redemption and should follow store guidelines related to redemption services and standard safety precautions to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, such as wearing a mask and social distancing,” the state said in a news release.

Customers will be required to wear masks while inside bottle rooms, which will have limited capacity. Stores will have to designate specific times for high-risk and elderly people to come in and return bottles and cans.

Store employees will have to wear gloves and masks, and disinfect the reverse vending machines.

This comes as the state moves ahead with its reopening plans. Some businesses that had been shut down began to be allowed to open over the past couple of weeks as part of “Phase 1” of the reopening. On Friday, Baker further rolled out some guidelines for “Phase 2,” including easing of restrictions on restaurants and sports teams.

COVID-19 deaths and positive tests have continued to decline over the past few weeks after reaching peaks in Boston and its surrounding areas in mid-to-late April. The four-phase reopening plan is contingent on health data trends remaining positive.

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Anti-Trump Lana Del Ray Accused of Racism After She Calls Out Feminist Movement

The more famous you are, the bigger your following becomes, the better chance you have of being called out for failing to adhere to political correctness.

In an unusual story, left-wing celebrity Lana Del Rey called out feminism in the music industry in a May 21 Instagram post.

Despite her original post having to do with feminism, she was ultimately accused of espousing racism.

In her post, the singer listed several prominent musicians and asked a simple question: If they are allowed to sing about sex and cheating, why can’t she perform songs about the realities of abusive relationships?

Del Rey has addressed abusive relationships in several of her songs. For example, the lyrics to her song Ultraviolence read “he hit me and it felt like a kiss.”

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“Now that Doja Cat, Ariana, Camila, Cardi B, Kehlani and Nicki Minaj and Beyoncé have had numbers ones with songs about being sexy, wearing no clothes, f——, cheating etc — can I please go back to singing about being embodied, feeling beautiful by being in love even if the relationship is not perfect, or dancing for money — or whatever I want — without being crucified or saying that I’m glamorizing abuse??????” Del Rey wrote.

She went on to criticize “female writers” and “alt singers.”

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“I’m fed up with female writers and alt singers saying that I glamorize abuse,” her lengthy note continued, “when in reality I’m just a glamorous person singing about the realities of what we are all now seeing are very prevalent emotionally abusive relationships all over the world.”

Users interpreted Del Rey’s long message as having racial undertones. They argued that, since all of the musicians Del Rey listed were women of color, her post was racist.

“Ur white supremacy is showing. Like u said not everything is about you…wanna be oppressed so bad. If ppl don’t fw ur music ppl don’t fw ur music. You can sing about whatever u want,” one user wrote in the comments.

“Putting Ariana Grande on the list and thinking no one will notice the racism. Lol nice try. but you are cancelled huneyyyyy,” another user wrote.

The singer fired back at her critics, saying her message was not about race.

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“[W]hat I was writing about was the importance of self advocacy for the more delicate and often dismissed, softer female personality, and that there does have to be room for that type in what will inevitably become a new wave/3rd wave of feminism that is rapidly approaching,” the artist wrote in a follow-up post.

“I’m sorry that the folks who I can only assume are super [President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence] supporters or hyper liberals or flip-flopping headline grabbing critics can’t read and want to make it a race war, when in fact the issue was with *female critics and *female alternative artists who are dissociated from their own fragility and sexuality and berate more sexually liberated artists like myself and the women i mentioned.”

In an additional post, Del Rey elaborated even further with a video.

“The culture is super sick right now and the fact that they want to turn my post, my advocacy for fragility, into a race war, it’s really bad,” she said.

Del Rey is no stranger to political controversy.

Following Trump’s election, Del Rey “cast a spell” on the president in 2017 that was meant to “bind” him.

“I really do believe that words are one of the last forms of magic and I’m a bit of a mystic at heart,” she told Australia’s NME, explaining her choice to “hex” the president.

“And I’ve seen how I feel about changing those people’s lives and I’ve been on the other side of that as well – on the other side of well-wishes and on the other side of malintent. And I’ve realized how strong you have to be to be; bigger than all of it, even bigger than your own vibrations.”

Later in 2018, she openly criticized Kanye West’s support for the president, saying “Trump becoming our president was a loss for the country but your support of him is a loss for the culture.”

Now Del Rey is being forced to contend with the same kind of social media backlash that West received when he first declared his support for Trump.

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