A reaction to the amazing SB5 filibuster down in Austin, TX.
“With fifteen minutes before the midnight deadline, the lieutenant governor ordered the senate to proceed, and actually had the democrats’ microphones cut off. The spectators in the assembly responded by cheering, chanting and generally causing a ruckus, in order to drown out attempts at a vote. The midnight deadline passed without a vote being taken, but the chair held a vote after midnight, as the spectators were forced out of the assembly. During all of this, there was no coverage on MSNBC, CNN or any other major news network, with the only coverage coming from a livestream set up by the Teas(sic) Tribune.
“At 12:15, the Associated Press ran a story saying the bill had passed, which CBS picked up. This was based on a sole source, which the AP later admitted was a republican senator. Meanwhile in the chambers, the senators stood around, both sides confused if the vote had even happened, if they had even voted on the correct issue. The chair had left with the lieutenant governor without ending the session. The Tribune’s feed was cut at 12:20 with 70,000 people watching. CNN at this point was talking about the deliciousness of muffins.”
Emphasis mine. You can read the full post here.
I’m so bothered by this. Our increasingly conglomerated media focuses entirely too much on trivial crap like celebrity pregnancies and the final resting place of Jimmy Hoffa. It’s not like they were caught off guard by this filibuster and just ran out of time, either. This thing went on for 11 hours! Stop with the muffin stories and whatever “Real Housewife” said what to whom last night. Do the job that so many around the world are imprisoned for doing.