NBC News: Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows refuses to speak to reporters with mask on

NBC News: Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows refuses to speak to reporters with mask on. “White House chief of staff Mark Meadows on [October 12] refused to keep his face mask on when speaking to reporters at the Capitol during the confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett.”

BuzzFeed News: Despite The White House Coronavirus Outbreak, These Trump Supporters Still Won’t Mask Up

BuzzFeed News: Despite The White House Coronavirus Outbreak, These Trump Supporters Still Won’t Mask Up. “Even as President Donald Trump was installed at Walter Reed Medical Center and the number of positive COVID-19 cases linked to the White House continued to climb, some supporters of the president who’ve watched him criticize and mock masks in recent months say they still have no plans to wear them.”

ABC News: Trump family, aides flouted Cleveland hotel mask mandate ahead of debate

ABC News: Trump family, aides flouted Cleveland hotel mask mandate ahead of debate. “Hours before they were seen watching Tuesday’s presidential debate without masks in violation of safety protocols, members of President Donald Trump’s family, campaign staff and White House team also flouted a mask mandate at a hotel frequented by visitors to Cleveland Clinic.”

The Cap Times: After testing positive for COVID-19, Ron Johnson says he’s still against mask mandates

The Cap Times: After testing positive for COVID-19, Ron Johnson says he’s still against mask mandates. “After testing positive for COVID-19, U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson said his view on mask mandates hasn’t changed, as Wisconsin Republican leaders have voiced their support for striking down the state’s order requiring face coverings be worn.”

SunHerald: Delta investigates maskless Sen. Wicker as other senators test COVID-19 positive

SunHerald: Delta investigates maskless Sen. Wicker as other senators test COVID-19 positive. “Delta Airlines says it is investigating after a fellow passenger posted a photo on Twitter of U.S. .Sen. Roger Wicker, Republican-Mississippi, on a flight with his mask tucked under his chin while he looked at his cell phone.”

The Editorial Board: Anti-maskers are not rugged individualists

The Editorial Board: Anti-maskers are not rugged individualists. “America does not have too much rugged individualism. It has too little. The more we think rugged individualism is the problem, the bigger the real problem will be. People who refuse to wear masks are not reflecting the American frontier mentality. They are not rejecting commonsense out of the nobility of self-reliance. They are not harming themselves, literally, due to outrage against government overreach. They are acting in the interest of the groups they identify with. More importantly, they are acting out of fear of being punished by their group. They’re not individualists. They’re collectivists.”

Stereogum: Noel Gallagher Refuses To Wear A Mask

Stereogum: Noel Gallagher Refuses To Wear A Mask. This quote has some Language in it. You know what I mean. I have censored it a little so my email newsletter has a chance of not getting filtered out. “Noel Gallagher said that he refuses to wear a face mask in a new interview on The Matt Morgan Podcast. ‘I don’t wear a mask, no. The whole f!cking thing is bollocks,’ he said. ‘You’re supposed to wear them in Selfridges but you can fucking go down to the pub and be surrounded by every fucking c!unt. Oh well, actually, we don’t have the virus in the pubs, but we have it in Selfridges, oh alright.’ (Just yesterday, England announced new regulations limiting the amount of people gathering to no more than six after COVID-19 cases escalated, though pubs and restaurants are still open.)”

Washington Post: An Olympic gold medalist said she was ‘brave’ for not wearing a mask. It was not well-received.

Washington Post: An Olympic gold medalist said she was ‘brave’ for not wearing a mask. It was not well-received.. “Olympic gold medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings apologized Monday for leaving some people ‘upset’ by an Instagram post in which she described going shopping without a face mask, saying she was advocating for individual freedom amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.”

The Scotsman: North Lanarkshire Council leader condemns councillor behind Covid-19 conspiracy movement

The Scotsman: North Lanarkshire Council leader condemns councillor behind Covid-19 conspiracy movement. “A local authority leader has condemned the actions of a councillor who organised an anti-mask demonstration in protest at Covid-19 lockdown restrictions, warning that he is endangering people’s lives.”

CNN: Don’t argue with anti-maskers, CDC warns stores

CNN: Don’t argue with anti-maskers, CDC warns stores. “The procedures that retail and service businesses have been advised to implement under CDC guidelines include enforcing mask wearing, social distancing and limiting the number of customers allowed in a business at one time. But the CDC warns that workers could be threatened or assaulted for employing these safety measures, describing violence ranging from yelling and swearing to slapping and choking the employees.”

Washington Post: Fed up with anti-maskers, mask advocates are demanding mandates, fines — and common courtesy.

Washington Post: Fed up with anti-maskers, mask advocates are demanding mandates, fines — and common courtesy.. “In a country stumbling to control a rampant and deadly virus, masks are effective and popular weapons. Three-quarters of Americans favor requiring people to wear face coverings in public to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus, including 89 percent of Democrats and 58 percent of Republicans, according to an Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll in July. Now, with the nation reeling from more than 5 million infections and nearly 170,000 virus-related deaths, a rising sense of outrage is leading this silent majority to push back against the smaller but louder anti-mask contingent.”

Vox: Anti-maskers explain themselves

Vox: Anti-maskers explain themselves. “Masks have become an extremely heated point of contention during the Covid-19 outbreak. Viral videos of people having meltdowns over masks are commonplace, and in many parts of the country, it’s not abnormal for strangers to confront each other publicly over the issue. A small but vocal segment of the population has dug in and ignored the growing evidence that masks make a difference in combating the coronavirus. For those who believe that at the very least wearing a mask can’t hurt, it’s hard to not develop some animosity toward those who refuse. The question I keep hearing from pro-mask friends and family is always the same: What are these people thinking?”

The Guardian: Man attacked in Paris launderette for asking customer to wear mask

The Guardian: Man attacked in Paris launderette for asking customer to wear mask. “A man using a launderette in a Paris suburb says he was beaten by two men with baseball bats in front of his young children after asking a customer to put on a face mask. Masks are obligatory inside all public places in France to combat a recent surge in coronavirus cases.”

‘Not handling the pandemic well’: Man fires at officers with AK-47 after refusing to wear a mask, police say (Washington Post)

Washington Post: ‘Not handling the pandemic well’: Man fires at officers with AK-47 after refusing to wear a mask, police say. “When a cigar shop clerk told Adam Zaborowski on Friday he had to wear a mask in the shop, the 35-year-old angrily refused. Instead, he grabbed two stogies, stormed outside — and then pulled a handgun and shot at the clerk, Bethlehem Township, Pa., police said. The next day, cornered near his home, Zaborowski allegedly fired at police with an AK-47, sparking a wild shootout with at least seven officers that ended with him shot multiple times and under arrest.”

NBC News: How QAnon rode the pandemic to new heights — and fueled the viral anti-mask phenomenon

NBC News: How QAnon rode the pandemic to new heights — and fueled the viral anti-mask phenomenon. “While QAnon bubbled on the fringes of the internet for years, researchers and experts say it has emerged in recent months as a sort of centralized hub for conspiracy and alternative health communities. According to an internal document reported by NBC News this week, Facebook now has more than 1,000 of these QAnon groups, totaling millions of members.”