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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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Elon Musk’s Deal to Buy Twitter “Cannot Move Forward” After Latest Hurdle

Musk tweeted that a deal cannot move forward” without “proof” for a fake account estimate earlier revealed by the company. 

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A couple of weeks ago, Elon Musk shocked the world when he put forth his $44-billion offer to buy Twitter. However, it seems as though the plan to purchase the social media company has hit a significant roadblock.

Musk tweeted that a deal cannot move forward” without “proof” for a fake account estimate earlier revealed by the company. 

“20% fake/spam accounts, while four times what Twitter claims, could be [much] higher,” Musk said. “My offer was based on Twitter’s SEC filings being accurate. Yesterday, Twitter’s CEO publicly refused to show proof of <5%. This deal cannot move forward until he does.”

There’s no clear direction where the deal goes from here. However, during an appearance on the latest episode of The InterviewNew York Times report Kara Swisher predicted that Musk might have to step back and reconsider his initial offer. 

“He should walk away, pay the billion-dollar breakup fee and then wait until it declines. He could pick it up for $15 billion versus $45 billion. That’s a nice savings. There’s a lot you can do with $30 billion,” Swisher said. 

Now Musk might not walk entirely away from the attempt to buy Twitter; nonetheless, that might take more time than initially, some might have hoped. 

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Kara Swisher: Elon Musk “Has to Be” Rethinking Buying Twitter at $54 a Share

Swisher does believe a deal will occur with Twitter seeing Musk as its new owner despite these claims. However, she thinks the entrepreneur might have another idea: reprice the bid.

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Elon Musk made headlines a couple of weeks ago with his decision to purchase Twitter for $44-billion; however, New York Times reporter Kara Swisher stated on the latest episode of The Interview that the Tesla CEO is having second thoughts. 

“He has to be. This price is too high,” Swisher said. “[Twitter] is not worth $54 a share. It’s crazy. It’s like throwing money down a hole.”

Swisher does believe a deal will occur with Twitter seeing Musk as its new owner despite these claims. However, she thinks the entrepreneur might have another idea: reprice the bid.

“He should walk away, pay the billion-dollar breakup fee and then wait until it declines. He could pick it up for $15 billion versus $45 billion. That’s a nice savings. There’s a lot you can do with $30 billion,” Swisher said. 

Walking away from the deal for the social media company might not be easy. But, either way, Musk is undoubtedly taking a hard look at his bid of $54.20 per share by what Swisher is conveying, wrapping up that her relationship with the possible new owner of Twitter as an “up and down” one.

“We’ve had beefs,” Swisher said. “He hasn’t returned my emails. He usually does. He’s talking to right-wing people. He’s friends with Mike Cernovich. Good for him. He’s making new friends. I don’t care. I have four children; I don’t need Elon Musk.”

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New Texas Law Will Make It Illegal to Block, Ban Posts on Social Media Outlets

Texas lawmakers ruled last week that makes it illegal to block, ban, remove, deplatform, demonetize, and de-boost posts on social media platforms.

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Texas lawmakers have put Big Tech on notice following a ruling last week that makes it illegal to block, ban, remove, deplatform, demonetize, and de-boost posts on social media platforms with 50 million or more US monthly users.

The 15-word ruling will most likely set the stage for an intense debate in the Supreme Court and could further divide a nation struggling to interpret free speech and the First Amendment.

According to MSN, Texas’s law, HB 20, which seeks to address the perceived imbalance, was blocked in December by a district court judge who ruled it was unconstitutional under the First Amendment.

Trade organizations NetChoice and the Computer Communications Industry Association have appealed directly to the Supreme Court, according to The Verge. In a statement, NetChoice counsel Chris Marchese said the law strips private online businesses of their speech rights.

“The First Amendment prohibits Texas from forcing online platforms to host and promote foreign propaganda, pornography, pro-Nazi speech, and spam,” he added.

The Texas attorney general’s that the appeals court made the right decision and said it would continue defending the Texas law.

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