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Network producer Terry O’ Neill once called TV anchors “800 pound gorillas.” The anchor is the one element of a hit show that is not replaceable, giving him or her almost unlimited power over executives and fellow employees. Sometimes, anchors will rant at their underlings (see Lawrence O’ Donnell or Bill O’ Reilly) or demand that an immediate firing take place.

And sometimes, they simply will not shut up.

In today’s clip, conservative talk-show host Piers Morgan and London mayor Sadiq Khan engage in a spirited discussion about the Trump “baby blimp” protest scheduled to coincide with 45’s visit to the UK. The pair touch on whether a “baby Obama” blimp would have been permitted to fly, the limits of political speech, and whether allies are held to a higher standard than enemies. All fair questions. But in an attempt to harangue, Morgan babbles like he himself is the infantile gas bag, and allows Khan almost no room to speak or defend his decision-making.

The mayor decides he’s had enough at the 3:50 mark.

Click for the wrath of Khan.

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Marchers at January 22 anti-vaccination demonstration in Washington, D.C>

Back when it was first gaining traction in the 1990s, the anti-vaccination movement was largely considered a far-left thing, attracting believers ranging from barter-fair hippies to New Age gurus and their followers to “holistic medicine” practitioners. And it largely remained that way … until 2020 and the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic.

As this Sunday’s “Defeat the Mandates” march in Washington, D.C., however, showed us, there’s no longer anything even remotely left-wing about the movement. Populated with Proud Boys and “Patriot” militiamen, QAnoners and other Alex Jones-style conspiracists who blithely indulge in Holocaust relativism and other barely disguised antisemitism, and ex-hippies who now spout right-wing propaganda—many of them, including speakers, encouraging and threatening violence—the crowd at the National Mall manifested the reality that “anti-vaxxers” now constitute a full-fledged far-right movement, and a potentially violent one at that.

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