Where Is The Saturation Point?

Just me thinking out loud.

Before I get into the meat of the post maybe a definition of ‘saturation point’ is called for…….the point at which there are so many of a thing that no more can be added successfully.

This post pertains to the Covid-19 reports.

We have had daily updates on this news for over a year now.

We know how many cases….how many deaths…..and we know state by state the progress of the pandemic and the measures being taken to protect the people of this country.

We know what a wealth of ‘experts’ think about the progress we are making or not….depending on your political persuasion.

But at what point is it just like a fart in the wind….serves no purpose other than filling airtime?

I feel that we are at this point.

I mean no amount of reports and talking points will get those that refuse to take the vaccine to change their minds.

The same about masks and social distancing.

Then there is the daily White House victory laps on their efforts to stop the pandemic….this has also hit a saturation point.

There is only so much redundant ramblings by Biden before it becomes just Yada, yada, yada. type of things….his words are not giving naysayers much to change their minds….but he giving the media what they want….endless nattering.

People in Mississippi could care less about the disease in New York….but yet we are bombarded by this report or that ….none of which will change anything….other than a filler for the media.

I guess I should be more optimistic but I  cannot see the need for this endless reporting that is not making much difference in the attitudes of American people…either they want to protect themselves or they want to believe the misinformation and endanger their lives and those of their families.

Now we are told that we can go mask-less in certain situations.

This decision will do nothing but make all the reporting come into questioning.  It will feed into the narrative that all this was nothing more than a conspiracy….it will help Trump and his idiots with their spin.

I still believe that all this ‘reporting’ enters into the realm of TMI….I knew what I had to do after about a month and the next year was redundancy to the point of tuning it all out.

I will continue for now to wear my mask and social distance….I do not trust all those morons that will lie just so they can go without their mask…..I do not trust most Americans.

Enjoy your weekend.

Be Well….Be Safe….

“lego ergo scribo”

Why I Hate The 24 Hour News Cycle

AS a political activist on many levels I enjoyed reading the news and write about what was happening here in this country and around the world….and then in 1980 Ted Turner started CNN and I was thrilled at the opportunity to have news whenever I wanted it….a writers dream.

That was then and this is now.

The media has become the driving force of the hegemony……Media hegemony is a perceived process by which certain values and ways of thought promulgated through the mass media become dominant in society.

Media hegemony has been presented as influencing the way in which reporters in the media – themselves subject to prevailing values and norms – select news stories and put them across.

Take the recent news about the pandemic…

A poll found that 13% of respondents overall said they will “definitely not” be vaccinated, signaling that significant hurdles remain in the nation’s vaccination campaign. (KHN is the editorially independent newsroom of KFF, an endowed nonprofit organization providing national information on health issues.)

Among all groups, Republicans and white evangelical Christians were the most likely to say they will not get vaccinated, with almost 30% of each group saying they will “definitely not” get a shot.

Now if these fools have decided not to get vaccinated then no amount of endless positive news on a loop will change their minds and yet I am still hearing the same news over and over.

If these people want to be stupid then I say screw them and move on.

And this is not the only time the MSM has beat a story to death to fill air time.

The media wants to drive the conversation no matter the issue…they are creating news instead of reporting it.

How can this be?

First of all thank the toads in the Clinton admin….they helped corporations buy the news so they can make the news.

As a news junkie there is only so much redundancy I can tolerate.

Then it is the constant use of the term “jab”….apparently the MSM thinks that we Americans cannot grasp the term inoculation…..then there is the term “the Big Lie” in constant use….first which Big Lie there have been so many…..second why must the attempt to invalidate an election be dumbed down to a two word slogan?

Apparently our attention span is worse than that of a goldfish and we are to be treated like a 4 year old.

Then there is the attention paid to pure bullsh*t like anything to do with celebs or anything that does NOTHING to effect your day.

Just a few things that makes me hate the 24 hour news cycle.

I have found that some of the English channels of international news organizations are more unbiased than anything here in the US.

Again all these ‘news’ organizations are nothing more than the propaganda arm of the government.

Turn The Page!

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

Make It Go Bang!

By now everyone has heard about the moron that blew up himself and his RV in Nashville. The thing is this person is handled with kid gloves in the media (at least that is how it appears)…..my question is….WHY?

The Nashville narrative is pretty clear: Authorities say Anthony Quinn Warner packed his RV with explosives and blew it and himself up on Christmas while parked downtown. He was, by the most basic definition of the term, a suicide bomber. And yet you’d be hard-pressed to find the phrase in media coverage, writes Danielle Campoamor at Refinery29. The same applies to “domestic terrorist.” Campoamor calls out “legacy publications” in general for avoiding the terminology, particularly the New York Times and the local Tennessean, which is part of Gannett. Instead of being called a suicide bomber or a domestic terrorist, Quinn is being described as a lonely, older white guy. If he were Black or brown, he wouldn’t be getting the same treatment, writes Campoamor. She notes that this Times article in particular set off a backlash among critics like her.

“Editors and political talking heads dragging their feet to name a white domestic terrorist accordingly is hardly new,” she writes. Men like those recently accused of plotting to kidnap Michigan’s governor usually are instead described as “militia” members or “watchmen.” Campoamor isn’t the only calling attention to this. “If a bomber commits suicide with a bomb wouldn’t you call that person a suicide bomber?” tweets Molly Jong-Fast of the Daily Beast. The problem goes beyond media semantics, writes Campamor, pointing as an example to the way hate crimes against Muslims spike after an attack by someone claiming to be one. “This refusal to hold white men to the same standard—to the same level of villainization—plays a large part in the culture of hate crimes that runs rampant in America,” Campamor notes. (Read her full column.)

Why was this white guy a lonely man with mental problems?

I do not think a black or brown person would have gotten such favorable treatment….they would have been thugs or terrorists.

What gave this demented person the benefit of the doubt when others are not so lucky?

Question….answer?

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

A Media Purge

The last few days of the Trump presidency and he, Trump, seems to be trying to make life miserable for the incoming president ……..

We hear all about the government purges….how politicians rid themselves of troublesome opponents…..(Stalin comes to mind)….well the US government news media is NO different since Trump boy toy has taken over command….

In June, a Steve Bannon ally and conservative filmmaker appointed by President Donald Trump took over running the US Agency for Global Media (USAGM), a vast international network of news agencies funded and operated by the US government.

Within hours of introducing himself to employees, the new CEO, Michael Pack, purged four top officials. He then went on to ban visas for certain foreign reporters and began investigating journalists at the agency for suspected anti-Trump bias. In October, he announced he was eliminating the agency’s regulatory “firewall” — longstanding internal policies aimed at protecting the editorial independence of journalists at the agency from political interference from the government.

Critics accused Pack of abusing his power to turn America’s state-run news organizations, whose mission is to disseminate factual, unbiased news to people who live in countries where freedom of the press is either strongly curtailed or nonexistent, into Trump-friendly propaganda outlets.

While Pack and his team haven’t achieved a pro-Trump project, a federal watchdog has found accusations of gross mismanagement to be credible.

In letters to 11 whistleblowers on Wednesday night, the US Office of Special Counsel (OSC) — an investigative and prosecutorial government body — revealed that it had found “a substantial likelihood of wrongdoing” at the USAGM, which oversees four media organizations: Voice of America, Middle East Broadcasting, Radio Free Asia, and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.

https://www.vox.com/2020/12/3/22150002/special-counsel-whistleblower-global-media

This seems to be a common thread running through the Trump administration…..MISMANAGEMENT.

Plus the use of overt propaganda is a common thread as well…..NO fact based information.

And the mental midgets dance to their doom.

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

A Station Of His Own

Closing Thought–17Nov20

Departing (we hope) Pres. Trump has been using FOX News as his personal news source…that is until he was contradicted by FOX on air….and he now has a hard on for the news group.

What to do….what to do?

About 4 years ago I wrote a couple of posts about the idea that Trump would try and start his own news network…..(the post did not appeal to many and got very little attention)…..here are the posts I one cares to read what I wrote before I go on…..

https://lobotero.com/2016/10/19/trump-news-network/

https://lobotero.com/2016/10/29/trumps-news-network-or-reality-show/

Now that my reader is caught up….the news is that Trump may start his own news group to get his message of hate and discord out more readily…..since FOX is not in his corner so much now….

President Donald Trump is considering launching a digital media company to challenge Fox News‘ supremacy among right-wing viewers, according to a report published at Axios on Thursday.

According to the report, Trump is fuming over Fox’s coverage before and during the 2020 election—especially the way the network preempted other corporate media outlets in calling the close race in Arizona for President-elect Joe Biden.

The president’s vexation with Fox—whose opinion program hosts including Sean Hannity, Tucker Carlson, and Laura Ingraham have been among his staunchest media allies—was apparent even before the Arizona controversy during an Election Day appearance on “Fox & Friends,” another Trump safe space.

Fox has changed a lot,” Trump said. Discussing the different results of the 2016 and 2020 elections, the president remarked: “Somebody said, what’s the biggest difference between this and four years ago? And I say Fox.”

“I’m not complaining, I’m just telling people,” he added. “It’s one of the biggest differences this season compared to last.”

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/11/12/trump-mulling-streaming-online-channel-challenge-fox-news-report

Being typical to form….Trump will torture and attack anyone that does not show support for his lameass ideas….and that includes FOX News.

Will he be successful?

I believe he can find the funding from the fascists in the business world……and support from the closest fascists in our society.

BE Smart!

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“lego ergo scribo”

Is There Any Trumpian News?

This could be a question that is asked these days…..

The answer is yes.

But since Trump is hiding in the White House he is still making news…..and very little of it is good.

I have already written a post about Trump’s desire to stay active and a possible candidate in 2024……https://lobotero.com/2020/11/10/gone-but-will-not-be-forgotten/

It looks like the fair weather friends like FOX News is deserting the soon to be ex-president….and he is not happy about their turncoats……

It’s no secret that relations between President Trump and Fox News have soured of late—especially after the network called Arizona for Joe Biden ahead of everyone else. Now, a report at Axios suggests things are going to get worse. The outlet says Trump plans to create a digital media company to compete with Fox for viewers on the right. Coverage:

  • Revenge: “He plans to wreck Fox,” a source tells Axios. For now, expect Trump to publicly slam the network at rallies. The longer-term strategy involves creating a digital streaming service—much easier and cheaper to launch than a cable network—and making use of Trump’s extensive database of supporters to lure subscribers away from Fox.
  • Another rival: Trump of late has been promoting coverage at existing Fox rivals on the right such as Newsmax, which media writer Brian Stelter of CNN notes is seeing a big surge in ratings. Before the election, it averaged 25,000 viewers at any given time. Now, the figure is above 400,000. That’s still small compared to Fox’s 1.86 million, but “this is the most robust right-wing TV challenge to Fox that I have ever seen,” writes Stelter. Newsmax doesn’t view Joe Biden as president-elect, as Fox’s news team does.
  • Still strong: But Newsmax’s rise doesn’t seem to be hurting Fox’s numbers. Mediaite notes that the network swept the top three spots Tuesday on cable news and digs into the numbers.
  • Day-night split: At the Intercept, Robert Mackey takes note of Fox’s day-night split. Daytime anchors see Biden as the winner, but nighttime anchors of opinion shows, led by Sean Hannity, are largely pushing Trump’s message that Biden’s victory is illegitimate. Mackey suggests Fox will continue providing this nighttime voice for the near future: “The goal, for both Fox and the Republicans, is to avoid alienating Trump—at least long enough to ensure that he doesn’t turn on the party before control of the Senate is settled in the two runoff elections in Georgia on January 5.”
  • Rupert’s view: Rupert Murdoch, the media magnate behind Fox, is reacting to the election with a “realpolitik” view, writes Michael M. Grynbaum at the New York Times. The day-night split mentioned above is an example. Fox’s news team won’t budge in retracting its view that Biden won, but Trump still has Hannity and company pushing his views. Trump just shouldn’t expect too much loyalty from the Murdoch empire—in fact, some of Murdoch’s other outlets, including the New York Post, have turned relatively negative on the president since Nov. 3. As Grynbaum puts it: “Presidents come and go. Rupert Murdoch remains.”
  • Trump’s view: It might be summed up in an interview he gave to Fox & Friends on Election Day. “Somebody said: ‘What’s the biggest difference between this and four years ago?'” said Trump, per the Hill. “And I say Fox.”

FOX the bastion of conserv thought and propaganda….will it survive if Trump jump’s ship?

Trump has a new scam to take in cash….a PAC, Save America……

President Trump has settled on one way he’ll try to keep a grip on Republican Party politics whenever he’s out of office: He’ll form a leadership political action committee. Controlling a PAC will provide money for Trump to use to influence candidates and issues, the Hill reports. There’s a limit on individual contributions of $5,000, but no limit on the number of people who can donate. His PAC, Save America, will be able to take money from other PACs, as well. “The president always planned to do this, win or lose, so he can support candidates and issues he cares about, such as combating voter fraud,” Tim Murtaugh, a Trump campaign spokesman, said in a statement. The development comes as Trump continues to pursue legal challenges against Joe Biden’s victory.

“President Trump is not going anywhere anytime soon,” a Republican strategist told the New York Times. “He’s going to insert himself in the national debate in a way that’s unlike any of his predecessors.” That debate would include the 2022 midterm elections. Among the expenses the PAC could pay for is Trump’s travel for political appearances. Fundraising appeals sent out by the Trump campaign on Monday night broke the news that 60% of the donations received would go to the new PAC. Sen. Lindsey Graham, one of the president’s most steadfast supporters, suggested that Trump consider running again should he end up the 2020 loser, or at least “create an organization, platforms over the next four years to keep his movement alive.”

Of course he will have the big spenders and the small donors…..where will the money go?

President Trump’s team is urging supporters to donate money to the “Official Election Defense Fund.” Otherwise, “the Left will try to STEAL this election!” reads one typical text that has gone out to potential donors, reports Reuters. However, a look at the fine print might come as a surprise to those who contribute—the money is unlikely to go toward any recounts or election challenges. Both Reuters and Politico come to that conclusion after an examination. Coverage:

  • Steep hill: No money goes to the election defense fund touted in the pitches unless a person gives more than $8,333, according to both sites.
  • Instead: Prior to that amount, 60% goes to a new leadership PAC started by Trump and 40% goes to the Republican National Committee. The RNC can spend money on recount efforts but is not obligated to do so; lawyers think the PAC cannot legally use its money on recounts, per Politico. The latter site says the money will instead “set the stage for the president’s next act.”
  • Example: If someone makes a $500 contribution, $300 goes to Trump’s Save America PAC and $200 to the RNC, per Reuters. None goes to a recount fund. Both the PAC and the RNC have broad leeway to use the money as they wish. Trump could use the PAC money for personal expenses such as travel, while the RNC could use the money for the upcoming Georgia runoff races in the Senate.
  • A critic: “This looks like a good old-fashioned bait and switch,” writes Paul S. Ryan of Common Cause in an op-ed at USA Today. He thinks Trump donors are being duped with pitches that strongly suggest all of their money will go to the legal challenges and recounts. He charges that PACs such as the one Trump set up amount to “personal slush funds.”
  • Another critic: Dana Milbank at the Washington Post has similar harsh words. Trump isn’t actually trying to overturn the election, writes Milbank. “He’s simply running one more scam before he leaves office that would enable him to enrich himself.”
  • A defense: Ohio pastor Darrell Scott tells Reuters that he doesn’t think fellow Trump supporters will mind at all. “I see this as two pockets on the same pair of pants,” he says. “It doesn’t matter if it goes into the left or the right pocket. In the end, the money will be used for a legitimate purpose that his supporters will get behind.”

His supporters have so much disposable income that they can piss money away all in the name of bigotry…..for Trump scam.

There is truly…… “No Fixin’ Stupid”

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

Good Enough For Donald Then Why Not Joe?

Never let it be said that I am not a fair and balanced bitcher…..

Remember the sh*t storm the media made out of the women who claim to have been sexual assaulted by Trump?

Or maybe the accusations by women on the assault by supreme court dullard Kavanaugh?

The MSM spent weeks if not months on these accusations….they analyzed the situations from every conceivable angle….

And now we have the Dem presumptive candidate for 2020 Joe Biden….and a woman has come forward, Tara Reade, and accused the VP of sexual assault…..

Two more people have come forward to say Tara Reade, the woman who says Joe Biden sexually assaulted her when she was his aide in 1993, talked to them about the alleged incident at the time. “This happened, and I know it did because I remember talking about it,” a former neighbor of Reade’s tells Business Insider. And a former colleague of Reade’s, who worked with her after she worked for Biden, says she remembers Reade talking about her former boss in Washington, DC, sexually harassing her. She says Reade complained that she was fired after raising concerns about the treatment. Biden’s camp has denied Reade’s allegations. Two others, including Reade’s brother, have previously come forward to corroborate her story, while other former coworkers of Reade’s have cast doubt on the claims.

The former neighbor says an emotional Reade told her the story while crying. “I remember her saying, here was this person that she was working for and she idolized him. And he kind of put her up against a wall. And he put his hand up her skirt and he put his fingers inside her. She felt like she was assaulted, and she really didn’t feel there was anything she could do.” Last week, the Intercept unearthed an anonymous caller to Larry King’s show in 1993 that Tara Reade says was her mother. During a show about the culture in DC, the unnamed woman discussed the problems her daughter was having with a senator. “My daughter has just left there, after working for a prominent senator, and could not get through with her problems at all, and the only thing she could have done was go to the press, and she chose not to do it out of respect for him,” the caller says.

So there is collaboration of what the woman has claimed and yet the MSM has stayed away from this as best they can.

I realize that the virus sucks all the oxygen out of most stories….but this one is about the presumptive Dem candidate….they should work as hard as they did for Trump and Kavanaugh.

If Trump’s sexual accusations were news then….and Kavanaugh’s as well….then Biden should be just as imperative.

Biden was unequivocal in his demand that Americans must believe women as a matter of unwavering reflex. “For a woman to come forward in the glaring lights of focus, nationally,” Biden argued, “you’ve got to start off with the presumption that at least the essence of what she’s talking about is real, whether or not she forgets facts, whether or not it’s been made worse or better over time.”

https://www.nationalreview.com/2020/04/the-hypocrisy-on-tara-reade-is-a-national-disgrace/

By basically ignoring this situation the MSM is just adding fuel to the fire of “fake news” accusations by Trump and the ilk that worship him…..and creating a mess for Dems…..

The Tara Reade allegations against Joe Biden—that he sexually assaulted her in the 1990s—seem to be gaining credibility by the day, writes Rebecca Traister at the Cut. As a result, Democrats now have a “grievous mess” on their hands. The growing corroboration of the Reade allegations “should surely imperil Biden’s position at the top of the ticket, though it remains to be seen whether—in the midst of the COVID crisis and with all the other candidates out of contention—there is any chance that they will,” writes Traister. In the meantime, consider the impossible predicament Biden’s running mate will be in. He has promised to pick a woman; whomever he picks will not only have to answer for Biden’s treatment of women but will likely be diminished for her association to him. The latter is especially true if he picks a strong progressive.

This should prove interesting as the VP search begins….

Let me say here…this does NOT mean I am defending Trump in any way…..I still think he is a danger to our society…..I just want the MSM to do what they should be doing….reporting the news (do not get me started on the bias reporting out of Israel)…..

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

Closing Thought–19Mar20

There has been volumes written about this virus and the response……some say that the media is over blowing this thing way out of proportion (I feel that way)……but is it?

Good question…..let’s take a look……

Amid all the high-octane reporting on COVID-19, another story is circulating at street level—that the whole thing is way overblown. After all, New York City has only 154 confirmed cases (LiveScience), LA County 40 cases (LA Times), and the state of Illinois just 46 (NBC Chicago). What’s more, people will tell you coronavirus is no worse than the flu. Yet school systems and sports leagues are shutting down, mass events are being canceled, and President Trump is reversing course on his early skepticism to enact new travel bans. “I don’t want people dying,” Trump said. So how do we square this circle?

  • Politics: One poll found that about 6 in 10 Republicans aren’t worried about the coronavirus, while 68% of Democrats are. That might be because more Democrats live in cities—which are having worse outbreaks—but the New York Timesnotes that right-wing pundits are circulating doubt about the virus. Sean Hannity says it might be a deep-state “fraud,” while Fox Business anchor Trish Regan was put on hiatus after calling the virus “another attempt to impeach the president,” per Bloomberg.
  • Britain: Boris Johnson is lending credence to the “it’s overblown” theory by refusing to ban mass gatherings or close schools, CNN reports. But with 798 reported coronavirus cases and 10 deaths as of Friday, the Express reports that Johnson is under pressure to alter his strategy.
  • Fear of panic: One infectious disease expert warns that panic could be worse than the disease. “I am not scared of COVID-19,” writes Canadian doctor Abdu Sharkawy, per ScienceAlert. “What I am scared about is the loss of reason and wave of fear that has induced the masses of society into a spellbinding spiral of panic, stockpiling obscene quantities of anything that could fill a bomb shelter adequately in a post-apocalyptic world.”
  • The flu: But the medical data is concerning. There’s no established death rate yet for COVID-19, but it appears to out-kill the flu. Our World in Data estimates that in the 65+ age group, COVID-19 kills 6% and the flu only 0.8%, Vox reports. What’s more, COVID-19 still has no vaccine.
  • How many? Health officials say the virus may be vastly underreported. Medium notes that when Wuhan thought it had 444 cases, it really had around 12,000—about 27 times more. Likewise, Ohio health officials say 100,000 state residents might have the virus. If numbers are that high, the virus will quickly spread and numbers will soar.
  • What to do? Stay calm. Stress alone can weaken your immune system. Forbes offers click-worthy advice, like: self-quarantine if you’re sick, wash your hands thoroughly when you get home, and “practice social distancing, at least 6 feet from others.” The goal is to let medical professionals tackle the virus while we calmly wait it out.

In closing a photo from a LA gun store…..

People line up at Martin B. Retting gun store in Culver City

(photo from the LA Times)

Surely my readers have a thought on these topics…

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

The Assassination Of A Campaign

The media has gone into a full court press against Bernie by the MSM……After the South Carolina vote the media smells blood in the political waters and has done all they can to destroy his campaign….

I wrote about the Media’s attempts to destroy Bernie and his campaign…..https://lobotero.com/2020/02/27/is-that-a-never-bernie-movement/

The MSM has an air of desperation about it……especially in their endless bad mouthing of Bernie and his followers…..

Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign said Tuesday that it senses an “air of desperation” from the Democratic and corporate establishment as Sanders’ 2020 primary opponents intensify their attacks in a last-ditch effort to stop—or at least slow—the Vermont senator’s momentum before the South Carolina primary and Super Tuesday, when 1,357 delegates are up for grabs.

Billionaire businessman Michael Bloomberg’s campaign attempted to use made-up quotes as a way to smear Sanders as a friend of despots. Former Vice President Joe Biden, looking to stop Sanders from overtaking him in South Carolina, falsely accused the Vermont senator of trying to thwart Obama’s 2012 reelection. Pete Buttigieg debuted a television ad assailing Medicare for All with insurance industry talking points.

These aggressive attacks on the Democratic frontrunner over just the past 24 hours likely represent a preview of what’s to come in Tuesday night’s Democratic debate, the final time the candidates will face off before the South Carolina primary on Saturday and Super Tuesday on March 3.

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/02/25/air-desperation-says-sanders-campaign-democratic-establishment-launches-all-out

The shameless media is just fawning over Biden and his endorsements…..all their hard work finally paid off for Biden……a disgusting display of how corporations own our political system.

Keep one thing in mind….if Biden wins NOTHING will change in Washington with the exception of which owned dullard sits in the big chair.

If you want the status quo then Biden is your man…..a corporatist candidate that owes everything to the companies that feed him campaign cash….then there is the media whom are them true king makers.

Every election I get more and more disgusted with the blatant bullshit in the media that is nothing but a source of shameless propaganda…..

As I have said many times before I do not support Bernie I have another candidate but I will reconsider my support if my candidate decides to drop out of the race.

Please do not let the media pick your nominee for you.

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

The Coronavirus Hype

I feel the media is spreading fear and building ratings by the use of hype around the coronavirus…..

Does anyone remember the word “Ebola”?

Just a few years ago the media hyped the Ebola crisis without shame….

The current Ebola outbreak is “the most severe, acute health emergency seen in modern times,” Ian Smith, the World Health Organization’s executive director, announced at a mid-October press conference.

Huh? Worse than the “Spanish flu” of 1918-19? Extrapolated to today’s world population, that would mean 60 million to 150 million deaths. Worse than AIDS, with its 35 million deaths?

But the media weren’t asking skeptical questions. The next day, reporting on a separate WHO conference, a New York Times headline blared: “New Ebola Cases May Soon Reach 10,000 a Week, Officials Predict.”

The “soon” in that warning from the WHO’s Bruce Aylward was “by the first week in December.”

https://nypost.com/2014/12/14/the-great-ebola-lie-outbreak-hyped-for-funding-media-attention/

I am not saying that there is nothing to worry about and that we should not prepare….just that we have been lied to before by the media……think Ebola……

It can be difficult to survey the health status of a world with 7 billion people. News organizations play the role of information curators and provide portals through which to stay in step with world affairs. Yet the realities of health are often be distorted by media bias, bringing dangerous consequences for global health projects.

Reporters and editors filter events taking place across the globe into presentations of selected reports. What gets published then goes on to shape how readers and viewers perceive the world — precisely why media organizations occupy a position of immense responsibility — and why a better job needs to be done.

The equation is straightforward: the media informs the public, the public is presented with a skewed set of information on the state of public health, they draw from that skewed conclusions about public health.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/chentim/2017/04/06/the-ebola-effect-how-media-hype-distracts-from-silent-epidemics/#690fd14a55e9

Be prepared!

Another thought about the White House response by putting Pence in charge…..not a good idea with his track record…..

Vice President Mike Pence is now leading the administration’s response to the coronavirus outbreak—but critics say his record shows he isn’t the right person for the job. Early in his career, Pence wrote an op-ed claiming “smoking doesn’t kill,” and, as governor of Indiana, he was strongly criticized for his response to an HIV outbreak in 2015, the Guardian reports. Pence, who had slashed public health funding, resisted efforts to set up needle exchanges. Trump appointed “someone absolutely not up to the task to this crucial position,” tweeted Gregg Gonsalves, assistant professor of epidemiology at Yale University. Pence won bipartisan praise Thursday, however, for appointing AIDS expert Debbie Birx as the coronavirus coordinator, the Washington Post reports.

Government officials and scientists have been told to coordinate all statements with Pence’s office, the New York Times reports, though administration officials say the vice president is seeking to avoid confusion and contradictory statements, not control what people say. Sources tell the Times that Trump chose Pence because he felt Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar, who had been leading the effort, was too “alarmist.” Pence said Thursday that Azar will continue to play a major role in the response. “I’m leading the task force, will continue to rely on the secretary’s role as chairman of the task force and the leader of Health and Human Services,” he said in a meeting at HHS headquarters.

Pence is the perfect choice to lead the operation……Trump will need someone to blame if it goes to Hell.

Please use common sense and be prepared……please do not buy the hype or the fear mongering….check for yourself on these reports.

If you have no idea how to prepare then go to this link for hurricanes and replace the term “hurricane” with “virus”…..https://www.southernliving.com/travel/hurricane-survival-kit

Be Calm!

Be Prepared!

Be Smart!

Learn Stuff!

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“lego ergo scribo”