Boner of the Day

Boner Fight for August 31st, 2020

Boner Candidate #1: STEVE SCALISE AND MANIPULATED MEDIA.

Top Democrats sharply criticized a senior House Republican on Sunday after he shared a video that included a clip apparently doctored to insert words into an activist’s question to Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden that were never actually said. Former Vice President Joe Biden (D), the 2020 Democratic nominee, and Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) called on House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) to take down a video that Twitter flagged earlier Sunday as containing “manipulated media.” The video contains a clip of an interview with Biden and activist Ady Barkan – who uses a computerized artificial voice due to his ALS – in which Barkan asks if Biden can “agree that we can redirect some of the funding” from law enforcement to mental health and social services, to which Biden agrees. Scalise’s altered clip uses a computerized voice similar to Barkan’s to falsely add the words “for police” to his question. “This video is doctored — and a flagrant attempt to spread misinformation at the expense of a man who uses assistive technology. It should be removed. Now,” Biden wrote.

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Boner Candidate #2: WHY AREN’T THERE MORE REPUBLICAN WOMEN?

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Holly and Harper Yocom look up at the new “Utah Women 2020” Mural, featuring 268 Utah women from the past and present, on the Dinwoodey building in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020. Holly and Harper also appear on the mural. Seeing the “strong women” in the mural gives Holly “hope for the future” that one day her daughter will live in a world where a woman can be president of the United States, or she doesn’t have to worry about not having her voice heard among the men in a boardroom. “She can be anything she wants to be,” said Yocom, who is director of Salt Lake County’s Department of Community Service. More than 250 women from Utah’s past and present are featured in the “Utah Women 2020″ mural, at 37 W. 100 South on the east side of the Dinwoody building. Scott Anderson, president and CEO of Zions Bank, asked Jann Haworth, a Salt Lake City artist known for co-designing the iconic album cover for The Beatles “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” to create the piece to commemorate the major suffrage milestones this year. On Valentine’s Day, people in the Beehive State celebrated the 150th anniversary of a Utah woman becoming the first to vote under an equal suffrage law in the United States. Aug. 6 brought the 55th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, which prohibited discriminatory practices, such as poll taxes and literacy tests, that kept people of color from voting. And Wednesday marked the centennial of the 19th Amendment becoming law, expanding voting rights to women across the country.

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