Ashton Pittman (@ashtonpittman )

Ashton Pittman

Bio Senior Reporter @msfreepress • Past @jxnfreepress • Founder @deepsouthvoice • Bylines: @nytimes @guardian • Photojournalist • Pibble Dad • Married to @wspittman
Location Hattiesburg, MS
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iPhone : I owe Jay Rosen an apology for not jumping on board with his philosophy earlier. The media's insistence on treating "both sides" equally instead of emphasizing the facts has been costly, as has our insistence on covering politics as if it's sports. pressthink.org/2020/09/you-mi…

iPhone : Ahem, Mississippi. Horserace media coverage has helped elected leaders avoiding issues for decades in Mississippi. Many reporters and editors don’t know better than the horserace and seem to learn it in j-school (!) —meaning they market for factless campaigns, willfully or not. twitter.com/duresport/stat…

iPhone : On 7/1, today's 696 #COVID19 cases would be the most Mississippi had reported in a single day.

But we surged to 1,700+ in late July, got a mask mandate, fell & stalled at 400-700/day.

Yesterday, Gov. Reeves called the mask mandate a success & ended it.
mississippifreepress.org/5988/mississip…

iPhone : Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves said yesterday that his mask mandate has helped cut down #COVID19 transmission.

So yesterday, he ended the mask mandate—right after schools reported their worst week for new cases.
mississippifreepress.org/5988/mississip…

iPhone : Canadian, Russian, South African and Ukrainian models appear in U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith’s first 2020 campaign ad for her Mississippi campaigns—but no Mississippians. Ashton Pittman reports this and more about U.S. Cindy Hyde-Smiths #MSSen campaign. bit.ly/33b5aRF

iPhone : Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves said he condemns white nationalists, but refused to criticize Donald J. Trump for not doing the same.

When asked about the Proud Boys, Reeves offered only a six-word response: “I don’t know who that is.”
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iPhone : NEW: Gov. Tate Reeves refused to say whether he'll vote to repeal a Jim Crow-era election law.

The 1890 law's mastermind said its purpose was "to eliminate the n*gger from politics."

"I plan to vote to re-elect President Donald Trump,” Reeves said today. mississippifreepress.org/5992/gov-tate-…

iPhone : Gov. Tate Reeves' decision to end the mask mandate a month before the election comes as polling showed Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Mike Espy within a point of incumbent Sen. @CindyHydeSmith.

Most Mississippi voters are required to vote in person.
mississippifreepress.org/5988/mississip…

iPhone : Gov. Tate Reeves refused to supporting voting to repeal an 1890 Jim Crow elections law—even though one of the men behind that law said the purpose was to "eliminate the n*gger from politics."

Reeves said he's only "certain" he'll vote to re-elect Trump.
mississippifreepress.org/5992/gov-tate-…

iPhone : Gov. Tate Reeves' decision to end the mask mandate a month before the election comes as polling showed Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Mike Espy within a point of incumbent Sen. @CindyHydeSmith.

Most Mississippi voters are required to vote in person. mississippifreepress.org/5988/mississip…

iPhone : Mississippi schools reported more new #COVID19 cases last week than in any other—bringing the total cases among students, teachers and staff to 2,776.

Mississippi schools have quarantined more than 34,000 students, teachers and staff since reopening.
mississippifreepress.org/5988/mississip…

iPhone : NEW: Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves ended his statewide mask mandate today as cases remain above spring highs.

Most voters will be required to vote in person and can now expect to enter polling places with other voters who may or may not be wearing masks.
mississippifreepress.org/5988/mississip…

iPhone : 20 years after this speech, Bob Dole endorsed Trump, who was running on a Muslim ban and a promise to "build the wall" and round up Hispanic families.

So either Bob Dole changed or he was less than honest in this 1996 speech. twitter.com/jaketapper/sta…

iPhone : Although the General Mask Mandate has been lifted, still required for: K-12, Restaurant & Bar Employees, Outdoor stadiums in and out, barbers, salons (Personal Care Services). Some local orders still.

But we should ALL continue to mask up. We've come a long way. #MaskUpMS twitter.com/clarionledger/…

iPhone : California has become the first state to adopt a law paving the way for Black residents and descendants of slaves to receive reparation payments. nbcnews.to/33fY2U8

iPhone : Yesterday as Trump refused to condemn far-right violence, the FBI quietly issued a warning about the threat of far-right extremists, per intel report leaked to me.

It identifies the period between presidential election and inauguration as a flashpoint
thenation.com/article/politi…

iPhone : Biden grew up with a stutter. Speaking slowly and pausing between sentences are common strategies for dealing with a stutter. If I catch you calling Biden mentally incompetent because of the way he speaks, I will physically fight you.