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I remember when the White House under Obama tried to exclude Fox News from interviews describing it as "not a news network" and CNN etc sided with Fox. I wonder if they still think that was a good decision.
MyPillow founder and prominent election denier Mike Lindell made a bold offer ahead of a “cyber symposium” he held in August 2021 in South Dakota: He claimed he had data showing Chinese interference and said he would pay $5 million to anyone who could prove the material was not from the previous year’s U.S. election.
He called the challenge “Prove Mike Wrong.”
On Wednesday, a private arbitration panel ruled that someone did.
Zeidman had examined Lindell’s data and concluded that not only did it not prove voter fraud, it also had no connection to the 2020 election. He was the only expert who submitted a claim, arbitration records show.
He turned to the arbitrators after Lindell Management, which created the contest, refused to pay him.
In their 23-page decision, the arbitrators said Zeidman proved that Lindell’s material “unequivocally did not reflect November 2020 election data.” They directed Lindell’s firm to pay Zeidman within 30 days.
One of the signs of a cult is that they will continue to use long-discredited arguments, with no indication that they acknowledge or have even SEEN numerous criticisms of those arguments.
Religious apologists continue to use Thomas Aquinas' First Mover argument and Pascal's Wager, centuries after they were debunked, with no attempt whatsoever to update those arguments to even try to address the debunkings.
Creationists continue to use Hoyle's junkyard 747 argument, the "no way for the eye to evolve" argument, and their horrific misinterpretation of the second law of thermodynamics, decades after they were taken apart, again with no effort to update those arguments to account for the debunkings.
NRA apologists continue to use their "a well-armed society is a polite society" and "millions of defensive gun uses every year" and "gun-free zone" arguments despite numerous public debunkings, again with zero effort to address those debunkings, or any indication that they're even aware of them.
Global warming deniers continue to use cherry-picked numbers to pretend there's no warming trend and no glacier melting trend, long after their misuse of statistics was pointed out. They continue to pretend that the temperature correlation is the ONLY evidence of the CO2 greenhouse effect, as if the lab tests confirming this mechanism were never conducted, no matter how many times you point this out to them.
Conservatives who pretend that "cancel culture" is a mostly liberal phenomenon never adjust their arguments after you point out example after example after example of conservative cancel culture to them, going back decades.
It's not just ignorance either: it's deliberate dishonesty. If you come armed with evidence and argue with one of these people to the point that he stops trying to defend his claims, you can reliably expect to see that same exact person using those same exact arguments a week later, to you or someone else, with ZERO effort made to update those arguments to respond to what you showed him.
Honest people can be reluctant to admit when they're wrong, but they will at least TRY to address criticisms. Cult members don't bother. They will just act as if they've erased your criticisms from their memories. It's one of the most consistent cultish behaviours that I've seen.
As Rolling Stone reported Tuesday, far-right podcast host Joey Mannarino wrote on Twitter over the long weekend complaining about Chick-Fil-A’s front-facing DEI program, calling it, “...bad. Very bad” then adding “I don’t want to have to boycott. Are we going to have to boycott?” He complained about how the company “just hired” McReynolds, though the exec has been with the company for more than a decade.
This was followed by a round of tweets from other conservatives figureheads like right-wing provocateur Ian Miles Cheong and conspiracist Stew Peters. The latter of which wrote “Chick-Fil-A CEO Dan Cathy says ALL whites should get on their knees and shine black peoples’ shoes.”
Conservatives were already upset about Target over its LGBTQ+-inclusive Pride collection. But now they’re angry over fake AI-generated images that show the store selling “Satanic” clothing.
The images show kids wearing clothes with inverted pentagrams and goat heads and a store display with a red, goat-headed mannequin. The images were created by Facebook user Dan Reese with the AI program Midjourney, Reuters reported. A Target spokesperson told the publication that it “has never sold” the pictured items, and the items aren’t available on the store’s website.