Update: the next piece is up.
I was just about to write about something that’s bugging me a lot these days–the ProPublica’s terrible, no-good, craptastic piece on the claim that the COVID pandemic got its start as a lab leak, compounded by a tone-deaf and disingenuous defense of the major journalism fails in that work–when news hit my Mastodon feed of Talking Points Memo’s report on Mark Meadows’s texts documenting the plot to overthrow the United States:
The vast majority of Meadows’ texts described in this series are being made public for the very first time. They show the senior-most official in the Trump White House communicating with members of Congress, state-level politicians, and far-right activists as they work feverishly to overturn Trump’s loss in the 2020 election. The Meadows texts illustrate in moment-to-moment detail an authoritarian effort to undermine the will of the people and upend the American democratic system as we know it.
TPM teased the story in its morning memo (which I didn’t see until just now), and is doling out the material in chunks. So far, all we have is the intro article linked above, describing the material and sketching out where gaps in the record remain. No juicy stuff yet. But they’re making a big deal out of this, so I expect some serious sedition to drop over the next hours and days. Any guesses as to the top traitors to be outed by their own texts?
And the inevitable (NSW):
Oh yeah: this thread is, of course, open.
Image: Plate from a pirated series of Hogarth’s Rake’s Progress, “He and his Drunken Companions raise a Riot in Covent Garden,” 1735.