Well the Doc opened up the old mailbag today and here’s what poured out.
Dear Dr. Ads,
There I was, minding my own business and flipping through the Boston Globe, when I came across this full-page ad on A3.
What the hell, Doc – this guy’s calling card is his anti-vaccine jihad, but no mention of it in this costly five-figure advertisement? Is the Super PAC just trying to inoculate him?
– Vax Vexed
First of all, you gotta admire any full-page ad in a major metropolitan newspaper that starts off with a quote about being silenced.
Beyond that, now that we know who the bad guys are, let’s take a look at the purported good guys, starting with the outfit that paid for the ad, American Values 2024. Its website fails to list any of the Super PAC’s good guy funders, but it does showcase Our Team.
The website also spotlights the bad guys at ABC News.
ABC News makes a point of letting viewers know they censored RFKJ
ABC News made a bizarre announcement that they censored RFKJ’s statements about COVID, vaccines and autism following an interview with him on Thursday, 4/27 that included a discussion of the ongoing censorship of him by the corporate media.
“We should note that during our conversation, Kennedy made false claims about the COVID-19 vaccines,” ABC interviewer Linsey Davis said following the interview. “We’ve used our editorial judgment in not including extended portions of that exchange in our interview.” Davis added.
At this point we will just quote Kennedy, “Show me where I am wrong.”
The group helpfully provides video of the offending segment.
Finally, there’s this boilerplate about the Super PAC.
(John Gilmore’s website provides exactly zero additional information.)
The American Values 2024 Twitter feed (70 tweets, 301 followers) isn’t much help either.
But elsewhere on Twitter, the Super PAC has gotten a modicum of attention.
About a week ago, Slate’s Jim Newell took a look at those polling numbers.
Kennedy officially launched his Democratic primary bid on April 19, after a month or two of making noise about it. In an April 9 Morning Consult poll, 10 percent of those surveyed said they would support Kennedy for the Democratic presidential nomination. The day of Kennedy’s launch, a USA Today/Suffolk poll had Kennedy at 14 percent. The Fox News poll released April 26, referenced by CNN, showed Kennedy at 19 percent. Kennedy was at 21 percent in an April 27 Emerson College poll . . .
It’s not just Kennedy who has a little bit of traction, though. Marianne Williamson, in her second consecutive Democratic primary, is registering in polls as well. In the Fox News survey, Williamson was polling at 9 percent. She was at 8 percent in the Emerson poll.
The main reason these two eccentrics have a surprising primary polling foothold against an incumbent president, then, is because they are the only two warm bodies giving it a go against a president who a supermajority of Americans believe should not run for president again.
One final note: The Bulwark’s Jonathan V. Last asks, Why Is This Man Running as a Democrat?
If you haven’t read Mona [Charen’s] fantastic piece about RFK Jr., go do that right now.
For me, the most interesting question is: Why is this guy running as a Democrat?
As Mona demonstrates, RFK Jr.’s biggest fans seem to come from conservative world. He’s a Fox News / InfoWars kind of candidate . . .
And RFK Jr. is much closer to Alex Jones and Trump and even DeSantis than he is to Bernie Sanders or any other Democratic figure . . .
[It] seems possible that if DeSantis hollows out, the opening isn’t for Nikki Haley, or Tim Scott, or Brian Kemp—it’s for someone like RFK Jr., or Elon Musk, or Alex Jones to take from Trump by making him look like part of the establishment.
The Doc’s diagnosis? Forget Covid boosters – get yourself a Dramamine drip and settle in for the long run.
P.S. Still no idea who’s bankrolling American Values 2024, but it’s bound to come out sooner rather than later.