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Trump Campaign Removes NY Times Reporter Over Incriminating Mask Photo

“In a tweet that has since been deleted, Kathy Gray wrote “Crammed in crowd in the rain for Trump rally in Michigan. Not many masks.”

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President Donald Trump already has a tenuous relationship with the media and it became a little more so recently. On September 10th, Kathy Gray, a New York Times reporter, was removed from a Trump campaign rally in Michigan after tweeting out a photo of many in attendance not wearing masks. Those not wearing masks were in violation of Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s Executive Order, which reads in part, “Michiganders are required to wear a face covering whenever they are in an indoor public space. It also requires the use of face coverings in crowded outdoor spaces. Businesses open to the public will refuse entry or service to those who decline to wear a face covering.”

In a tweet that has since been deleted, Gray wrote “Crammed in crowd in the rain for Trump rally in Michigan. Not many masks.” The tweet also included a picture containing visual evidence of her claim.

It was that picture that Gray claims led campaign officials to find her and ask her to leave the media area.

“They said because I was using my work Twitter account and since I didn’t have media credentials, I couldn’t be working there, and I had to leave” Gray told The Bridge Magazine.

Campaign officials told The Hill that Gray did not obtain press credentials through the normal process but she was allowed to see the rally from the “general public” area as long as she did not do any reporting. Gray admits she missed the deadline to request credentials, but did contact the Trump campaign numerous times, trying to attain the proper credentials. According to Gray, she never received a response from campaign officials.

The New York Times issued a statement in response to the incident.

We’re disappointed that the Trump campaign refused to credential our freelancer and then, when she registered and attended as a member of the public, they ejected her from the event. Our goal is to cover these campaign events and talk to voters about the candidates, and that’s what Kathy was trying to do.”

Mr. Trump has previously referred to The Times as “A fake newspaper” and “A true enemy of the people”, which may offer some insight as to why Ms. Gray’s credential requests were not acknowledged.

Michigan is considered a battleground state by many political pundits. Mr. Trump won the Wolverine State’s 16 Electoral College votes in 2016, but is trailing Mr. Joe Biden by an average of nearly eight points in the latest statewide polling for the 2020 General Election.

Story written by BNM contributor Jacob Conley. Follow him on Twitter @GWUJake.

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Report: More Than a Third of Twitter’s Top 100 Advertisers Have Exited

CNN’s Oliver Darcy shared the reporting done by the Washington Post that more than a third of the top 100 Twitter advertisers have abandoned the platform.

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One of Elon Musk’s most significant challenges, as he now owns Twitter, lies on the financial side as the Tesla CEO attempts to make the social media stay afloat or at least somewhat profitable. 

However, CNN’s Oliver Darcy shared the reporting done by the Washington Post in his “Reliable Sources” newsletter that more than a third of Twitter’s top 100 advertisers have abandoned the platform.

With advertisers exiting, the lack of ad revenue is one of the most significant dangers to Twitter since it accounted for approximately 90 percent of its income last year.

The reporting also reveals that the pausing of ad campaigns is getting under Musk’s skin. The new Twitter owner lashed out at brands again Tuesday for “starving” the company of revenue. 

Musk also strongly suggested he never really created a “content moderation council” due to advertisers who “broke the deal” they allegedly had with him when they began exiting the platform after he “agreed to this condition.”

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Elon Musk: Ownership of Twitter Isn’t ‘Right-Wing Takeover’

Tesla CEO Elon Musk spoke with those who are still with the company, reassuring them that his ownership isn’t a “right-wing takeover.”

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Last week saw Twitter have another mass exodus of staffers and Tesla CEO Elon Musk spoke with those who are still with the company, reassuring them that his ownership isn’t a “right-wing takeover.”

Furthermore, Musk stated that he doesn’t plan on moving the platform to Texas despite many suggesting he do so since, for him, it would send a wrong message. 

“If we want to move the headquarters to Texas, I think it would play into the idea that Twitter has gone from being left-wing to right-wing, which is not the case,” Musk said (h/t The Verge). “This is not a right-wing takeover of Twitter. It is a moderate-wing takeover of Twitter.”

However, Musk is open to the idea of having dual headquarters, one in San Francisco and another in Texas, but for now, his objective appears to be stabilizing the company after a rocky transition. 

Musk indicated he might be done with slashing employees, telling employees to refer potential staffers for engineering and sales positions.

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Blaze TV Hosts React To Controversy With Elon Musk, Twitter

Blaze TV hosts are reacting to the ongoing controversy involving Twitter as the company has seen mass layoffs under Elon Musk.

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Blaze TV hosts are reacting to the ongoing controversy involving Twitter. Last week, CBS News said it was halting its activity on the platform amid layoffs and resignations at the company. 

Jeff Fisher joined Pat Gray and Steve Burguiere aka Stu, on the “Glenn Beck Show ” Monday to discuss some of the latest developments involving Twitter including owner Elion Musk banning conspiracy theorist Alex Jones. 

Burguiere said it’s strange to see how left-leaning pundits have demonized Elon Musk following his acquisition of Twitter. 

“This guy should be a liberal icon,” stated Burguiere. “We lose sight of this because he says things about free speech that I guess is exclusively a right-wing issue.” 

Burguiere said that Musk should be able to do anything that he wants with Twitter considering the amount of money he invested to purchase the company. 

“This whole thing that he’s the icon of free speech, I don’t know if that’s true,” added Burguiere. 

Musk announced recently that conspiracy theorist Alex Jones received a permanent ban on Twitter for his involvement in denying that the Sandy Hook massacre took place.

“He (Musk) has been a hard no on Alex no matter what,” said Fisher. 

“He has apologized for it,” Burguiere said. “He’s also been sued for billions of dollars over it.” 

“The thing about Alex Jones is that some of us don’t like what he said,” Gray remarked. “But, who cares, that’s what you call free speech.”

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