2020 is almost over.
The year has seen some of the most cataclysmic and disruptive events of the 21st century: a pandemic that has radically changed everyday life, an election that never seemed to slow down from a feverish stride, disarray continued in Congress and Donald Trump’s White House that claimed Americans’ lives, blazing ecological disasters left and right and, as a merciful distraction, celebrities behaving like complete idiots. There’s a reason why “2020” has become a cultural shorthand for “clusterfuck”.
At The Daily Beast, we try to bring you stories that cross the spins and bullshit to convey what the leaders are really saying, to show what is really going on. To that end, we’ve compiled 25 stories that we’ve published this year that captured the frenzy of 2020. We hope they give you joy in the twilight of this crazy year.
Dr Stella Immanuel and the demon’s sperm
Doctor Donald Trump Jr. said it was a ‘must-watch’ on COVID-19 also proclaimed sex with demons to be the cause of gynecological problems and government run by “Reptilians”.
Loeffler sells, World Burns
On the day of a private Senate Health Committee briefing on the vast danger of the novel coronavirus – as Trump and others have said, everything would be fine – Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA), the newest and richest member of the Senate, threw millions into storage.
Will the real and horrible Ellen rise?
Rumors of Ellen DeGeneres’ pettiness behind closed doors have swirled without confirmation for years. The coronavirus pandemic and the newly emboldened ex-employees have highlighted just how cruel the ‘be nice’ queen of daytime television really can be.
Shaun King owes everyone Answers
He rebooted a famous abolitionist newspaper last year with celebrity backing and hundreds of thousands of dollars from hopeful readers. There hasn’t been much to do, and King hasn’t been able to give satisfactory answers to what he’s done with all that money since.
Even COVID-19 is bigger in Texas
In July, a former military planner predicted that the coronavirus pandemic would wreak havoc on the Lone Star State. And my boy, was he right.
You Heard It Here First: Mary Trump Wrote A Steamy Tell-All
In June, The Daily Beast announced that the president’s niece was planning to expose her uncle and reveal why she disclosed her taxes to The New York Times.
Ivanka and the White House Clampetts visit the Taj Mahal
“Despite all these ‘unwanted Ivanka’ detractors, just like the building itself, it endures. In Ivanka’s words, such resilience is “inspiring”. Others might call it a seemingly incessant, free (barely) vacation disguised as diplomacy, a horror scenario.
Rupert Murdoch knew what was to come
In October, billionaire owner of News Corp. privately predicted a landslide victory for Joe Biden even as Fox News deceived the president and broadcast conspiracy theories. He was right, of course, but his own network would continue to argue that Trump won long after a Biden victory was repeatedly certified.
Trump’s inner circle: our guy blew up the campaign
Like Rupert Murdoch, Trump’s closest confidants could see it arriving before November 3: only five of 16 people in Trump’s orbit who spoke to the Daily Beast gave Trump a chance to win the week before the election.
Hell has no fury like a despised best friend
The president may have left a trail of former staff in turmoil, but ‘Be Best’ anti-bullying champion Melania Trump has her own enemies. Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, Melania’s former best friend and Trump inauguration planner, torched the first lady in a September memoir.
Why does Donald Trump hate all but one female journalist?
Molly Jong-Fast nailed it in April: “Trump tends to laugh at women journalists when things don’t go as planned. And a brutal pandemic killing 45,000 Americans in just over a month, followed by a crash of his dear Dow, is a case where things are not going in Trump’s direction.
Extremely, painfully British goodbye from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
In the last royal event before Meghan Markle and Prince Harry officially resigned, other members of the Windsor House failed to wave reconciliation and forgiveness to the public. Quite the contrary, in fact: “It was an excruciating ignore, a social distancing masterclass.”
The Toxic Sanders Fandom
Although Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) has said the criticism from his rabid online fanbase was baseless, unfair and possibly the work of Russian trolls, one staff member rudely tweeted about the appearance of Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and the sexuality of Pete Buttigieg. orientation – “what happens when the therapist disrupts conversion” – shows that the toxicity comes from within.
The tragic saga of an 8-year-old child tortured and murdered by his mother
When Gabriel Fernandez was rushed to hospital with black eyes, a burnt throat, a bruised chest, and a mother blaming his injuries on a “fall,” doctors and law enforcement knew some thing was wrong. The trials of Gabriel Fernandez paints a flawless portrait of sadistic homophobia.
Leo DiCaprio ❤️s … Ulysses S. Grant?
The South has done its best to rewrite the history of the Civil War with a fictionalized “lost cause” account. Enter the most unlikely champion in history: Leonardo DiCaprio, who produced one of the biggest TV tracks of the year, Grant, who took no prisoners by portraying the evils of slavery and the heroism of the 18th President of the United States.
Doctors were terrified of COVID long before you were
Even before the first lockdown order went into effect in the United States, doctors across the country told The Daily Beast how bad things are going to turn out. Then, as now, the nation’s response to the pandemic was sorely lacking.
Jane Roe’s deathbed confession
The Christian right has paid a lot of money to facilitate Norma McCorvey’s late conversion to ex-gay anti-abortion activist, she revealed in the hot documentary. AKA Jane Roe. The admission undermines decades of conservative militarization in its history.
Dear Snoop Dogg – Think about it, take a second
When Snoop Dogg attacked Oprah Winfrey and Gayle King in defense of Bill Cosby, he wasn’t just making false statements. It was playing out in an age-old dynamic: “The misogynistic conspiracy theory directed specifically against black women who refuse to make their lives the work of defending black men at all costs.”
The bizarre case of fans and the Russian government’s investment fund
When Russia responded to a desperate call for ventilators and medical protective equipment in March, the governor of New York and the State Department were stunned. Source? The Russian Direct Investment Fund, a sovereign fund under sanctions. The connection to the White House? Jared Kushner, of course.
Before George Floyd there was Ira Toles
In 2008, the Minneapolis officer who would later be charged with murder for kneeling on a black man’s neck broke into another black man’s house, beat him and shot him. at close range. The aggressive response left Ira Toles with a permanent hole in his stomach.
Fox News’ “White Supremacist Cell”
A June meeting involving the CEO of Fox News Media, the company’s president, its vice president of diversity and Black Fox employees went as badly as expected. The network had just released a graphic linking the murders of black men to stock market earnings, and staff took the opportunity to lash out at their bosses about rampant racism in the company and offensive talk by talent. during prime time.
Save me a fan and a place in the buffet line!
When the coronavirus pandemic began, cruise ships were early and deadly epicenters. Most travelers avoided them like the plague, and eventually all trips would stop. However, in that thin and dark window between epidemics and forced shutdowns were the deal hunters, who saw the risk of infection and death as a risk they were willing to take to get a low price. .
The brilliance and darkness of Kobe Bryant
In the wake of Bryant’s death in January, the public wondered how to mourn a spectacular basketball player who had been credibly accused of raping a 19-year-old. Perhaps the reconciliation answer can be found in videos of Bryant speaking to his daughter Gianna, who died with her father. She dreamed of playing basketball for UConn.
NOW this is what I call racism!
Members and staff of the National Organization for Women say the oldest and most famous feminist organization in the United States has a problem with racism that it cannot even face, let alone solve. The president of NOW resigned in August after The Daily Beast broke news of the allegations.
The paradox of feeling better during the coronavirus pandemic
As the world watched the COVID-19 disaster unfold with increasing horror, some people diagnosed with anxiety and depression said their symptoms unexpectedly improved. “If you’re a master dissociator you’re going to be in a better place … You basically have a toolkit on how not to have to deal with all the scary feelings,” explained one psychologist.
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