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America Has Lost 200,000 Lives — How Many More Must Die?

Reprinted with permission from ProPublica

As an editor, I've long had mixed feelings about the journalistic tradition of marking particular chronological or numerical milestones. No one wanted to avoid the “Sept. 11: One Year Later" package — and I was eager to do it given the six previous years I'd spent directing global coverage of al-Qaida — but the annual stories seemed far more forced by Sept. 11, 2005.

More recently, we've seen stories like “World War I: A Century Later" or “The 75th Anniversary of the End of World War II." They're often illuminating, but they don't have deeper meaning than stories that might have been published on the 99th or 74th anniversary of those events.

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Facebook Permits Promotion Of Campaign To Ditch Face Masks En Masse

Reprinted with permission from MediaMatters

A campaign urging people to burn and get rid of face masks en masse on September 15 has been spreading on Facebook and Instagram, despite multiple state laws and health experts' guidance to wear them.

As the novel coronavirus pandemic has spread throughout the United States, both public officials and health experts have urged people to wear masks to decrease the spread of the coronavirus. Numerous states have also instituted mandates for people to wear masks when in public.

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At Wacky Press Conference Trump Bullies Reporter Wearing Mask

Reprinted with permission from Alternet

President Donald Trump late Monday morning announced he would hold a press conference, but after a late start and minutes in it became clear it was yet another campaign-style stream-of-consciousness rally devoid of facts and filled with lies.

Both MSNBC and CNN were not airing the "press conference" minutes after it began.

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Trump Again Mocks Biden For Wearing Mask, Protecting Others

Reprinted with permission from DailyKos

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have repeatedly called on Americans to wear a mask in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19. "All Americans have a responsibility to protect themselves, their families, and their communities," said the CDC director. Wearing a mask doesn't primarily protect the mask-wearer—it protects others. As Joe Biden has made clear, wearing a mask isn't just a symbol, it's an active part of good citizenship.

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