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Episode 53 - Taibbi and Musk break up, RFK Jr is running, and Greg Abbott wants to pardon Daniel Perry.

The one where we talk about the end of the bromance between Elon Musk and Matt Taibbi, RFK Jr's presidential bid, and Greg Abbott bending the knee to the shrill chorus of right-wing influencers.

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Jay McKenzie
Griff Sombke
Politics at the intersection of extremists, propaganda and Cold War 2.0. Cutting through the noise to help you make sense of a chaotic information space.
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The one where we talk about the end of the bromance between Elon Musk and Matt Taibbi, RFK Jr's presidential bid, and Greg Abbott bending the knee to the shrill chorus of right-wing influencers.

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Here are some of the sources and articles we used to create this episode:

Mehdi Hasan debates Matt Taibbi

This does not go well for Taibbi.

The Tech Dirt article we cited:

“There remains no there there. It’s less than a Potemkin village. There isn’t even a façade. This is the Emperor’s New Clothes for a modern era. Taibbi is pointing to a naked emperor and insisting that he’s clothed in all sorts of royal finery, whereas anyone who actually looks at the emperor sees he’s naked.”

RFK Jr. advanced the idea that the 2004 election was stolen

“Republicans prevented more than 350,000 voters in Ohio from casting ballots or having their votes counted -- enough to have put John Kerry in the White House. BY ROBERT F. KENNEDY JR.”

RFK Jr. Is Our Brother and Uncle. He’s Tragically Wrong About Vaccines.

“We love Robert F. Kennedy Jr., but he is part of a misinformation campaign that’s having heartbreaking—and deadly—consequences.


Joseph Flynn pushing a Trump/RFK ticket

Steve Bannon spent "months" recruiting anti-vaxxer RFK Jr. to run against Biden as "chaos agent"

“Former chief Trump strategist Steve Bannon spent "months" encouraging anti-vaxxer Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to run against President Joe Biden in the 2024 election, according to a report from CBS News. 

People familiar with the matter told the outlet that Bannon hoped Kennedy could serve as a "useful chaos agent" in the election while also spreading "anti-vaccine sentiment around the country," according to CBS News' Robert Costa.”

RFK Jr. and some frens.

Gov. Greg Abbott announces he will push to pardon Daniel Perry after murder conviction

“The unprecedented effort, which Abbott announced to his 1 million followers on Twitter, came as Abbott faced growing calls from national conservative figures such as Fox News host Tucker Carlson and Kyle Rittenhouse, who was acquitted in the shooting deaths of two Wisconsin protesters in 2020, to act to urgently undo the conviction. “

Abbott calls for pardon of Daniel Perry after guilty murder verdict

“Former Travis County assistant district attorney Rick Cofer said the Governor’s move is premature and has interrupted normal justice proceedings.

“Daniel Perry hasn’t even been sentenced yet. He’s not even at this moment, eligible for a pardon from the Governor, even to apply for a pardon, requires final certified copies of judgment and sentence,” Cofer said.”

Buses from Texas drop off more than 100 migrants in a bitterly cold Washington, D.C., on Christmas Eve

“More than 100 migrants bused from Texas arrived at Vice President Kamala Harris’ residence in Washington, D.C., on Christmas Eve — enduring freezing temperatures in the state’s latest instance of sending migrants to cities led by Democrats.

The Washington Post reported Sunday that volunteers who greeted the migrants received word that Gov. Greg Abbott had sent about 110 to 130 men, women and children on three buses that arrived at the Naval Observatory on Saturday night. Videos shared on social media show many of them clutching blankets over their shoulders in the 18-degree weather after the two-day trip.

Abbott, a Republican, began sending migrants who arrived at the Texas-Mexico border to other cities in April as a way to antagonize the Biden administration. When the first bus sent to Harris’ residence arrived in September, Abbott went on NBC’s “Meet the Press” saying, “She’s the border czar, and we felt that if she won’t come down to see the border, if President [Joe] Biden will not come down and see the border, we will make sure they see it firsthand”

This is our current events recap program, where we offer our takes on what’s going on at the bleeding edge of the information war. Feel free to let us know what you think, suggest topics, etc. at didnothingwrongpod@protonmail.com, or in our group chat using the Substack app.

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Jay and Griff