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Op-Ed by The Salt Lake Tribune Incites Controversy

The newspaper called for the National Guard to keep unvaccinated people confined to their homes.

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Pundits of vaccine mandates are questioning an op-ed by The Salt Lake Tribune that called for the National Guard to keep unvaccinated people confined to their homes.

The article said the best tool for fighting the virus is the current vaccines approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

“That fluttering noise you hear coming from the direction of the Capitol building is the sound of the state of Utah waving the white flag of surrender in the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic,” the Tribune’s editors wrote.

Congressman Chip Roy (R-TX) reacted with outrage to the op-ed.

“The Salt Lake City Tribune editorial board – while masquerading as journalists – call on the military to target their own neighbors,” Roy tweeted. “Remember – these people want to come after you.”

Utah has the fourth-highest number of new COVID-19 cases of any state, and the Omicron variant’s prevalence has forced some students to return to remote learning.

“Gov. Spencer Cox and the new state epidemiologist, Dr. Leisha Nolen, let it officially be known Friday morning that there are so few tests available in the state, and so many people who reasonably fear that they have contracted the coronavirus, that anyone who is feeling the kind of symptoms associated with the disease should just assume they are infected and stay home,” the editorial added. 

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Joe Rogan Tops Top 50 Podcast Chart for the First Quarter of 2022

Other news media podcasts that are in the top ten include The New York Times’ “The Daily,” “NBC Dateline,” and “The Ben Shapiro Show.”

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The podcasting industry is one way many consume news media, and one way its ratings are measured is through the Edison Research, which announced the Top 50 Podcast chart for the first quarter of 2022.

When it comes to the number one podcast on the list for these measures, it’s Joe Rogan’s “The Joe Rogan Experience,” which holds onto its top spot, per Radio Ink. Other news media podcasts that are in the top ten include The New York Times’ “The Daily,” “NBC Dateline,” and “The Ben Shapiro Show.”

Here are the entire top 10 shows for Q1:

1. The Joe Rogan Experience

2. Crime Junkie (up from #3 in Q4 2021)

3. The Daily

4. This American Life

5. My Favorite Murder (up from #6 in Q4 2021)

6. Stuff You Should Know

7. Office Ladies

8. Dateline NBC (enters the Top 10)

9. The Ben Shapiro Show (enters the Top 10)

10. Call Her Daddy

The list rates the 50 biggest podcasts by audience measure based on Edison Podcast Metrics, which calculates the comparable audience size and demographics of all podcast networks in the U.S.

Furthermore, these measures are founded on substantial podcast listening, not downloads, and do not need an opt-in from podcast networks.

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Jack Dorsey Agrees with the Return of Donald Trump to Twitter

Musk stated on Tuesday that he would overturn a ban on former President Donald Trump.

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Soon-to-be Twitter owner Elon Musk stated on Tuesday that he would overturn a ban on former President Donald Trump. While speaking at the Financial Times’ Future of the Car event, the Tesla CEO stated he would change “the morally wrong and flat-out stupid” decision.

“I think it was a morally bad decision to be clear and foolish in the extreme,” Musk said. “I do think it was not correct to ban Donald trump I think that was a mistake … It alienated a large part of the country and did not ultimately result in Donald Trump not having a voice.”

Former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey agrees with Musk, saying that Trump belongs on Twitter, as do other individuals the social media platform has banned.

“I do agree. There are exceptions (CSE, illegal behavior, spam or network manipulation, etc.), but generally, permanent bans are a failure of ours and don’t work, which I wrote about here after the event (and called for a resilient social media protocol),” Dorsey tweeted in response to Musk’s remarks. 

Despite there being the possibility of Trump returning to Twitter, the former president has no intentions of returning as he’s keen on growing his social media outlet, TRUTH Social. 

“I am not going on Twitter; I am going to stay on TRUTH,” Trump said. “I hope Elon buys Twitter because he’ll make improvements to it, and he is a good man, but I am going to be staying on TRUTH.”

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Piers Morgan: Protest at the Homes of Chief Justice’s “Domestic Terrorism”

“It’s not a run-of-the-mill protest when you basically terrorize the senior judge of the country at home when they have young kids,” said Morgan.

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The leaked Supreme Court draft opinion that purportedly would overturn Roe v. Wade is drawing protestors to the homes of some of the Supreme Court Justices, including Brett Kavanaugh and Chief Justice John Roberts.

“Uncensored” talk show host Piers Morgan believes some of these people are acting like domestic terrorists. He made those comments while talking to SiriusXM’s Megyn Kelly Monday.

“It’s not a run-of-the-mill protest when you basically terrorize the senior judge of the country at home when they have young kids,” said Morgan. “That’s a form of domestic terrorism that’s going on.”

Kelly referred to the protestors as “dumb” and reiterated that the leaked opinion doesn’t necessarily represent the majority needed to overturn the landmark abortion ruling. “They’re just dopes. Right, so they just go to the Chief Justice’s home for no reason,” she added.

“To me, it’s disgusting, and it’s actually deeply problematic because I think it’s an open attempt to intimidate a court. — Our White House here continues to shrug it off like ‘Protests are really a good thing; this is just a run-of-the-mill protest,” Kelly said.

You can watch the full interview here

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