January 18, 2022

Ring within the New 12 months With Our Greatest Scoops of 2021

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We all know that readers love The Each day Beast as a result of we ship a gentle stream of scoopsβ€”and 2021 was a gusher. From politics and leisure to media and breaking information, our reporters introduced you tales week after week you could possibly not learn wherever else.

Right here’s a rundown of the ten most-read The Each day Beast exclusives within the final yr:


Lots of our tales about Matt Gaetz’s intercourse scandal went viral, however none greater than this one revealing that the congressman’s wingman, Joel Greenberg, had written a letter to Roger Stone in which he said Gaetz had paid to have sex with a string of womenβ€”and a 17-year-old lady. β€œMy attorneys that I fired, know the entire story about MG’s involvement,” Greenberg wrote a yr in the past. β€œThey know he paid me to pay the ladies and that he and I each had intercourse with the lady who was underage.”


Our media workforce is so good that reporters at different retailers typically discover out what’s taking place of their store from our tales. On this piece, we bought to the underside of why Juan Williams was suddenly ousted from the Fox News show The Five. Greg Gutfeld was aggravated that they have been filming remotely and β€œblames Juan for not being again,” one community insider instructed us.


Our politics workforce spent hours poring over data and dealing the telephones to attain this scoop: Venmo ledgers showed Matt Gaetz paid Joel Greenberg $900β€”and hours later Greenberg circled and paid three younger ladies that very same quantity. And for one of many transactions, Gaetz wrote the nickname of one of many ladies, who was simply 18 on the time.


Rachel Maddow is virtually synonymous with MSNBC, however again in August, we broke the information that there was a very good likelihood the host may depart the mothership. As negotiations dragged on, Maddow was seriously considering taking her brand elsewhere. In the long run, she stayedβ€”however solely after MSNBC agreed to pay her $30 million a yr and let her drop her nightly present subsequent yr.


In October, Dave Chappelle got here below ferocious criticism for his feedback about trans folks in his particular, The Nearer, together with his invocation of Daphne Dorman, a transgender comic who took her personal life in 2019. Leisure reporter Cheyenne Roundtree reached out to Dorman’s family to see what they thought about the Chappelle uproar. β€œDave liked my sister and is an LGBTQ ally,” her sister responded.


What a bummer. In March, The Each day Beast realized that dozens of young White House staffers who were told past marijuana use would not necessarily disqualify them found themselves suspended, pushed out, or transferred after they copped to it in a background verify. β€œI used to be requested to resign,” one in every of them instructed us. The affected staffers even included those that toked up in locations the place it was authorized.


Yep, Matt Gaetz once more! This time, the dynamic duo of Jose Pagliery and Roger Sollenberger delivered a narrative about Matt Gaetz using cocaine after a GOP fundraiser, the place his date was Megan Zalonka, a paid escort with a no-show taxpayer-funded job. β€œTwo witnesses current recalled buddies reconvening at Gaetz’s lodge room for an after-party, the place Zalonka ready strains of cocaine on the lavatory counter,” they wrote. β€œA type of witnesses distinctly remembers Zalonka pulling the medication out of her make-up bag, rolling a invoice of money, and becoming a member of Gaetz in snorting the cocaine.”


When Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa was identified as the gunman who killed 10 people at a King Soopers in Boulder, Colorado, our breaking information squad hit the telephones and reached the suspect’s brother, who disclosed that he had lengthy been challenged by psychological sickness. β€œWhen he was having lunch with my sister in a restaurant, he stated, β€˜Persons are within the car parking zone, they’re in search of me.’ She went out, and there was nobody. We didn’t know what was happening in his head,” the brother stated. Earlier this month, Alissa was declared incompetent to face trial.


Should you had Jeffrey Epstein as a participant within the Invoice Gates divorce saga in your 2021 bingo card, then we delivered for you. Our Energy Journey crew reported solely that Melinda Gates warned Bill in 2013 about his new pedophile buddy Epsteinβ€”and she or he was haunted by their friendship for years. And as we reported every week later, Epstein even gave advice to Gates about ending his marriage after the Microsoft founder complained about Melinda throughout get-togethers.


Settle in for the final oneβ€”a protracted learn by contributor Tony Ortega about Jakub Stepniak, a self-styled international pop star performing under the name of Kuba Ka or the God of Pop. A Polish-born singer and dancer who chased fame in Hollywood, he flirted with after which had an abrupt falling-out with Scientology. Ortega, an skilled on Scientology, follows that thread to a mysterious, disfiguring situation that Stepniak developed, and to his demise final yr.

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