When it comes to Trump the media continues to fail badly

Ivanka Trump’s Chinese trademarks on coffins, takes Trump crime family grifting to a new level

“Tone” deaf — how Trump coverage keeps marring pandemic reporting

If President Barack Obama had overseen the deaths of 100,000 Americans during the Ebola outbreak in 2014, do you think many Beltway journalists would have given him high marks for his “tone”? Me neither. Yet that’s what unfolded this week in the wake of White House briefing where Trump warned of 100,000-plus coronavirus deaths in the U.S. — journalists marveled at how serious and “somber” he was. It’s like the Normalizing Olympics.

Or, to mix metaphors, it’s a Moby Dick-like pursuit of a mythical ‘presidential’ Trump. That pointless search began weeks before Trump was even inaugurated, as Beltway observers calmly predicted that the Oval Office would soon change him and he’d grow into a statesman. Instead, Trump has unraveled in public view for more than three years while the press clings to this fantasy that underneath the narcissist and liar and bully is a man who wants to lead.

Even if Trump unveiled a completely new approach to governance and forever stashed away his usual array of insults, threats, and lies, that’s no reason to give him credit. Especially not during a pandemic, when he wasted an entire month dithering about the coronavirus, famously announcing we’d soon have “zero” cases. (The government still hasn’t secured enough test kits and respirators for the mounting crisis.)

The media’s Trump failures are all about tiptoeing around the truth and not being honest with news consumers. For instance, the New York Times this week published a lengthy and worthy article about how Trump has regularly lashed out at women in public office during the current crisis, much more so than men. Yet nowhere in the piece were the words “misogyny” or “misogynist” mentioned, because the Times and most of the press refuse to use clarity when analyzing Trump’s deformed character. That’s why the Times newsroom is not allowed to call Trump a “liar” or a “racists,” even though he is both, as well as a textbook misogynist.

It’s that purposefully timid Trump reporting that mars much of the pandemic coverage. Responding to online critiques of the media’s performance this week, one Politico editor, Blake Hounshell, responded, “You know, enough of this. It has taken entire teams of journalists to tell this story in all its many facets, and the press is by and large doing it extraordinarily well as the media industry collapses around them.” He’s right, the press has largely done an “extraordinary” job covering this once-in-a-century emergency. But in terms of the Trump pandemic coverage, that has been almost uniformly lacking, and by far the weakest link of the virus reporting.

Just look at the media rush to shower Trump with hosannas after he supposedly changed his “tone” on the deadly pandemic. “The grim-faced president who appeared in the White House briefing room for more than two hours beside charts showing death projections of hellacious proportions was coming to grips with a reality he had long refused to accept,” the New York Times reported with urgency.

Over at CNN, White House correspondent Jim Acosta, following the pandemic briefings, announced Trump now “gets it,” stressing, “I have never seen the president like this.” Added NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell, “The tone and seriousness was different today.”

Oh, thank goodness. Trump had finally come to terms with the significance of a pandemic that will likely claim 20-plus million U.S. jobs and perhaps 100,000 American lives.

To the surprise of nobody, days after Trump’s “serious” briefing, he was back to his usual public antics while ostensibly addressing the national emergency — he bragged about his popularity on Facebook, mocked assembled journalists, tried to create a diversion by turning Wednesday’s pandemic briefing into a press conference about a new drug trafficking initiative launched by the Department of Defense, and accused Democrats of launching a “witch hunt” against him. Trump also returned to taunting Democrats on Twitter, specifically a U.S. senator from New York, the epicenter of the deadly outbreak.

All if this is completely predictable, and all of this is why the press should refrain from claiming a mad man like Trump has changed his ways or embraced a serious, somber “tone.”

Back in 2017, when Trump gave his first address to the nation from Congress (technically it was not a State of the Union since he had just been sworn in), cable news discussions of the address included more than 300 references to the optics of his speech — including mentions of a “pivot,”  “presidential,” “reset,” and  “tone,” according to Media Matters. (Even the White House was reportedly surprised at how fervently the press praised the speech.) Trump, of course, did nothing following the speech to “pivot” towards more “presidential” behavior.

More recently in March, CNN’s Dana Bash, after watching one of Trump’s erratic pandemic briefings, showered him with praise: “He is being the kind of leader that people need, at least in tone, today, and yesterday, in a tone that people need and want and yearn for in times of crisis and uncertainty.” Over subsequent days and weeks though, Trump proceeded to mislead the nation about a possible virus cure, lie about dismantling the White House’s pandemic team, accused hospital workers of stealing much-needed surgical masks and told governors on a conference call that he hadn’t heard complaints about a lack of coronavirus tests.

Trump’s never going to change. It’s the press’ job to accurately describe who is now, and who he’ll be for always.

Eric Boehlert – Press Run  https://pressrun.media/

YOUR ONLY DEFENSE AGAINST THE WALL OF BULLSHIT…..TURN HIM OFF!

 

The suffering and death coming was preventable. Trump has blood on his hands

Had enough yet MAGA fools? What’s owning the libs worth now?

The conservative-leaning Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper The Boston Globe is responding to Donald Trump’s failure to manage the coronavirus pandemic and is not holding back.
The Boston Globe’s editorial board, far from a bastion of far-left liberalism, is denouncing Trump as “unfit for a pandemic.”

“Much of the suffering and death coming was preventable. Trump has blood on his hands,” the Globe’s editorial board writes. “As the American public braces itself for the worst of this crisis, it’s worth remembering that the reach of the virus here is not attributable to an act of God or a foreign invasion, but a colossal failure of leadership.”

Calling Trump “epically outmatched by a global pandemic,” the paper says the coronavirus outbreak “demanded a White House that could act swiftly and competently to protect public health, informed by science and guided by compassion and public service. It required an administration that could quickly deploy reliable tests around the nation to isolate cases and trace and contain the virus’s spread, as South Korea effectively did, as well as to manufacture and distribute scarce medical supplies around the country.”

“It begged for Trump to deliver clear, consistent, scientifically sound messages on the state of the epidemic and its solutions, to reassure the public amid their fear, and to provide steady guidance to cities and states. And it demanded a leader who would put the country’s well-being first, above near-term stock market returns and his own reelection prospects, and who would work with other nations to stem the tide of COVID-19 cases around the world.”

Trump “embodies callousness, self-concern, and a lack of compass” in his “near-daily addresses to the nation.”

The Trump administration’s “critical errors” “will cost thousands if not hundreds of thousands of American lives,” and “come November, there must be a reckoning for the lives lost, and for the vast, avoidable suffering about to ensue under the Trump’s watch.”

 

edited from a story by David Badash, The New Civil Rights Movement via Raw Story

 

New restrictions for Humboldt, but the airport remains open? WTF?

It still seems like there is a lot of unnecessary vehicle traffic all over the county too

With the Trump “enabled” Coronavirus spreading everywhere the county is allowing flights into Humboldt????

Health Officer Issues Updated Order for Humboldt County

Humboldt County Health Officer Dr. Teresa Frankovich issued an updated Health Order further clarifying and enhancing the Shelter in Place requirements for county residents.

The updated order addresses county residents’ concerns regarding tourists visiting the area, prohibiting short-term rental properties, including hotels, vacation rentals and campgrounds, from renting to non-County residents.

Additionally, the order further limits activity in parks and other outdoor recreational areas that facilitate public gathering.

The order clarifies the definition of essential businesses, recognizing those businesses that support the County’s response to COVID-19 and eliminating the exemption for businesses that “supply products which would enhance the quality of life.”

This updated order will remain in effect until rescinded by the Health Officer.

Ok, but why is the airport still open to the public? It should be open for emergencies only 

 

The narcissist sociopath has chosen to stand down, do nothing, let people die and let the coronavirus ravage America

The Media’s taboo topic: Why’s Trump doing this?

Incompetence doesn’t explain this pandemic debacle

Everything Trump has done in response to the coronavirus national emergency has been dead wrong. That’s confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines that were established over a decade ago for when dealing with a health crisis. The agency created a 450-page manual and Trump and his team have not only ignored the recommendations — be consistent, transparent, factual, and credible — they’ve actively done the opposite.

To date, Trump has ignored intelligence warnings, called the crisis a hoax, downplayed the threat, lied about virus testing, lied about the government’s on-the-ground response, lied about the rate of infection, blamed the Obama administration, misled the country about a cure, packed his days with non-action, blamed governors, failed to order a national lockdown, refused to work with certain Democratic officials, and has provided zero national leadership. (“I don’t take responsibility at all.”)

“The U.S. response will be studied for generations as a textbook example of a disastrous, failed effort,” said Ron Klain, who was tapped by President Barack Obama to oversee the nation’s fight against Ebola in 2014.

Trump has seemingly done everything to help spread the disease. “We have to understand that faced with “the invasion” of this virus (Trump) has chosen to stand down, do nothing, let people die and it ravages America,” wrote Democratic strategist Simon Rosenberg, in an entirely accurate description of what has transpired — Trump stood down and let a virus invade the country, knowing from intelligence briefings what that would mean for the U.S. population.

No other country is facing the coronavirus disaster while its national leader appears not to care how many of his country’s citizens die, and who day after day refuses to take common-sense steps to address the crisis. (Where are the tests, masks, hospital beds, and respirators?)

Trump’s behavior has been shocking — except it hasn’t been. For five years, since entering the national political scene in the summer of 2015, Trump has shown us who he is every day, a deeply damaged narcissist who can’t stop lying.  Yet the press treats his sociopath tendencies as taboo.

The larger, looming question is, why is Trump doing this? Or as Greg Sargent recently asked at the Washington Post, why must Democrats and other officials try to force Trump to do the right thing? Why is he refusing to protect the population from a deadly invasion?

Maybe he’s vengeful. A fatalist? Maybe he wants to wreck the economy to create investment opportunities? He’s under the thumb of a foreign entity? He wants to cancel the November elections? Who knows. And honestly, the “why” isn’t what matters now. It’s increasingly not credible to suggest Trump has simply been distracted or incompetent during this crisis, leading to constant “flip-flops,” as the New York Times politely calls his hourly contradictions, as the country faces dire circumstances.

It’s time for journalists to stop expressing shock regarding his erratic and heartless behavior because that unwarranted shock just helps normalize Trump’s dangerous behavior. It plays into the idea that Trump at times behaves rationally, and picks and chooses when he should act like a leader, and when he does not need to — that Trump can mimic the actions of a sane person when the situation calls for it.

If we take a step back, the scale of government’s failure is so complete and so sweeping it borders on the incomprehensible. After a while, explaining this away as Trump being unfocused, or not having a plan, or being shortsighted just doesn’t add up. The failure to protect has been so thorough, it’s difficult to suggest it’s happened coincidentally.

Why is it taboo? The possible answers are too disturbing for the press to ponder, therefore they’re deemed off-limits. Instead of addressing the reality, the press prefers to stick with the safe narrative that the White House is muddled and disorganized. To address the other possibilities would raise stunning questions about the President of the United States —the types of questions that have never been asked about any president in this nation’s history.

In essence, the press plays dumb, as the Wall Street Journal urges Trump to “rethink the coronavirus strategy,” as if there was ever a Trump “strategy” to begin with, while Politico suggests the life-and-death problems the U.S. faces today stem from Trump’s “short-term thinking.”

That’s the simple explanation. What’s going on is far more complicated, and far more disturbing.

Eric Boehlert Press Run https://pressrun.media/

 

Tyrant Trump has dealt with COVID-19 pandemic the same way as he has the Climate Crisis

6 Ways Idiot Trump’s Denial of Science Has screwed up the Response to COVID-19 (and The Climate Crisis)

Misinformation, blame, wishful thinking and making up facts are his favorite techniques.

 

The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the need for rigorous science, demonstrating—in realtime—what the consequences can be when world leaders pay inadequate attention to what that science says. In his response to COVID-19, Donald Trump has made statements that ignore, question or distort mainstream science. But long before the virus arrived—even before he became ruler—he was using similar techniques to deny climate change. Here are some examples:

Coronavirus

Feb. 28, 2020

Trump: “[Coronavirus is] going to disappear. One day—it’s like a miracle—it will disappear.”

Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said in an interview on CNN that the virus was likely here to stay, possibly for months.

Climate Crisis

September 2015

Trump: “I’m not a believer in global warming, I’m not a believer in man-made global warming. It could be warming and it’s gonna start to cool at some point.”

The scientific consensus is clear that global warming is happening and is a threat to the planet!

Coronavirus

Feb. 10, 2020

“Now, the virus that we’re talking about having to do—you know, a lot of people think that goes away in April with the heat—as the heat comes in. Typically, that will go away in April. We’re in great shape though.”

Some coronaviruses are seasonal. But scientists still don’t know whether the virus that causes COVID-19 will be. Findings of a recent study suggest that the virus is spreading most readily in cooler temperature zones, The Washington Post reports; however, the study does not conclude from that evidence that the virus will be significantly reduced in the summer. 

Climate Crisis

Nov. 11, 2019

“You know, I actually heard the other day, some pretty good politician. I’ve seen him around for a long time. Nice white hair. Everything is like central casting. You could put the guy in a movie. He was talking. I don’t know if he believes this—but he was a Democrat—he said, ‘We have 11 years.’ It’s the first time I’ve heard it; I heard 12. But now, see, it’s been a year, so now they think we have 11 years to live. I don’t know, folks. I think these people have gone totally loco.”

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change issued a report in 2018 that said global carbon emissions would need to be cut by 45 percent by 2030 to keep temperatures below 1.5 degrees Celsius. This does not mean we have 11 years to live, as Trump asserted, but rather 11 years to shift energy production away from fossil fuels to keep warming within the goals of the Paris accord. 

Coronavirus

March 6, 2020

“Anybody that needs a test can have a test. They are all set. They have them out there. In addition to that they are making millions more as we speak but as of right now and yesterday anybody that needs a test that is the important thing…”

Contrary to Trump’s assertion, patients and health care workers were complaining that they could not get access to coronavirus tests. A few days later, testifying to a House committee, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, acknowledged tests were not yet widely available. “The idea of anybody getting it easily the way people in other countries are doing it—we’re not set up for that,” he said.

Climate Crisis

Sept. 4, 2019

Trump lying about the status of Hurricane Dorian on 9-4-19. “sharpiegate” Credit: Bill O’Leary/The Washington Post

Donald Trump during an Oval Office briefing on the status of Hurricane Dorian on Sept. 4, 2019. Credit: Bill O’Leary/The Washington Post

In September 2019, Trump showed the press an image of Dorian’s projected trajectory that had apparently been altered using a Sharpie to include Alabama in the path of the storm.

Earlier, Trump had tweeted that Alabama would probably be hit by Hurricane Dorian. The National Weather Service in Birmingham, Alabama, then contradicted dear leader Trump with a tweet saying Alabama was not at risk. Trump used the altered image a few days later. 

Coronavirus

March 18, 2020, on Twitter

“I always treated the Chinese Virus very seriously, and have done a very good job from the beginning, including my very early decision to close the ‘borders’ from China—against the wishes of almost all. Many lives were saved. The Fake News new narrative is disgraceful & false!”

Trump has been urged to stop calling COVID-19 the “Chinese Virus,” a term he has used repeatedly and that some have called racist and dangerous. And many public health experts have criticized the administration’s lack of preparation and failure to act quickly when the virus was first recognized. 

Climate Crisis

Nov. 6, 2012, on Twitter

“The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.”

There is a widespread scientific consensus about the reality of human-driven global warming. 

Coronavirus

Feb. 28, 2020

“Now the Democrats are politicizing the coronavirus. You know that, right? Coronavirus. They’re politicizing it … And this is their new hoax.”

By this time, the U.S. had confirmed 60 cases of coronavirus. The CDC had already warned the public to prepare for the virus to spread, assuring them that this was not a hoax.

Climate Crisis

Sept. 11, 2019

“Over 100 Democrats have signed up to support the $100 trillion Green New Deal. That’s a beauty. No more cows. No more planes. I guess, no more people, right?”

A Washington Post fact check shows that the Green New Deal resolution supported by most Democrats did not include mention of halting air travel or doing away with cows. (even if it should have)

Climate Crisis

Nov. 26, 2018, Commenting to reporters on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report saying climate change would hurt the economy.

Trump: “I’ve seen it, I’ve read some of it, it’s fine. Yeah, I don’t believe it.”

The report, produced by climate experts and Trump’s own administration, said climate change would damage the economy.

Coronavirus

March 13, 2020

Mr. Bad Example! Despite common sense and CDC warnings that shaking hands can spread the virus, dipshit Trump shakes everyone’s hand!

 

Edited from Inside climate news –

6 Ways Trump’s Denial of Science Has Delayed the Response to COVID-19 (and Climate Change)

by Katelyn Weisbrod

 

Trump’s multi-tasking-dumb assery never ends

Taking time out from being the coronavirus grim-reaper, demented Trump continues his reckless insanity in the Middle East

Trump’s New Iran Strategy Is Both Reckless and Useless, all while that country is swamped by the coronavirus pandemic.

The Trump regime has been doing other things besides not doing enough about the pandemic. For example, it’s been playing a little chicken in the Arabian Sea. From Defense News:

The Navy announced March 20 that aircraft carriers Dwight D. Eisenhower and Harry S. Truman, and their respective escorts, are operating with a B-52 bomber in the Arabian Sea to demonstrate “combined joint capability and interoperability to plan and conduct multi-task force operations in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility.” The image of two carriers operating together in the Arabian Sea recalled the late-2010 decision by then-CENTCOM head Gen. Jim Mattis to force the Navy to surge two carriers to the Arabian Gulf as the Obama administration pursued a carrot-and-stick approach to force Iran to the negotiating table over its nuclear program.

The two-carrier presence requirement in place for more than two years exacted an enormous toll on the service, with Navy leaders warning it was unsustainable. The two-carrier presence nearly broke the Navy’s ability to project power with its carriers and sent deployments skyrocketing to nine months and more as the readiness accounts depleted to dangerous levels. Now, with tensions escalating over rocket attacks on U.S. bases that have killed American personnel, the Navy is once again being asked to show the flag.

 

The Trump regime has been pushing hard on Iran as that country gets swamped by the pandemic. But the presence of the two carrier groups has defense experts worried that the deployment is both reckless and useless.

“It’s an asinine strategy,” said Bryan Clark, a former senior aide to the chief of naval operations and now a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute. “The Iranians don’t perceive carriers [as] a threat to their ability to project power because they project power through gray zone activities and terrorism — the kinds of things that carriers aren’t very good at dealing with.”

“And when they are inside the Persian Gulf, the Iranians perceive them as being an easy target. They can range the entire gulf with shore batteries along the coast in caves and other terrain where it’s hard to root them out,” he added. “So the Iranians see the carrier as a way to get the Americans to spend a lot of money on a show of force that doesn’t really impact their strategic calculation.”…

“It adds little value, especially if you look at just the slice of history that is this past year,” Thomas said. “The U.S. already sent a carrier group, and if that wasn’t a deterrent against Iran given the escalatory actions taken by Iran over the past couple of months, I don’t see how maintaining those carriers there for an indefinite period of time is somehow the defining feature of a successful deterrent strategy.”

 

One of the latest nostrums out of Camp Run-a-muck is that we should re-open the country because “the country can do two things at a time.” One thing we ought to know is that this regime can certainly screw up two things at a time. We should keep an eye on this situation, too.

 

Edited from “Trump’s New Iran Strategy Is Both Reckless and Useless” in Esquire by Charles P. Pierce

 

Looks like Trump should be charged with Involuntary manslaughter

Trump is doing his best imitation of cultist Jim Jones

Involuntary manslaughter occurs when a person dies due to the recklessness or irresponsibility of the defendant (Trump)

 

Trump is signaling that after 15 days he wants to ‘isolate the high-risk groups’ and tell everyone else to go back to work—based on a recommendation from a Twitter rando and in direct contravention to public health experts. Just 10 minutes before midnight on Sunday, Tyrant Trump fired off a cryptic all-caps tweet that was interpreted as an alarming signal that—despite warnings from health experts—he could soon lift the federal social distancing guidelines issued by the White House last week to help slow the spread of coronavirus.

“WE CANNOT LET THE CURE BE WORSE THAN THE PROBLEM ITSELF,” idiot Trump tweeted, suggesting the economic impacts of preventative measures could be more harmful than the further spread of coronavirus. “AT THE END OF THE 15 DAY PERIOD, WE WILL MAKE A DECISION AS TO WHICH WAY WE WANT TO GO!”
Then Trump the fool proceeded to retweet a number of approving responses from his supporters, including one Twitter user who said the U.S. should “isolate the high-risk groups and let the rest of us get back to work before it’s all over for everyone.”

Tyrant Trump has repeatedly been chastised by experts for making uninformed statements that either misleads the public or undermine public health warnings in regards to the coronavirus pandemic.

During a press briefing earlier Sunday, Vice President Mike Pence said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention would release new guidelines Monday that would allow people who were exposed to the coronavirus to return to work if they wear masks.

Greedy Trump is signaling that after 15 days he wants to “isolate the high-risk groups” and tell everyone else to go back to work — based on a recommendation from a Twitter rando and in direct contravention to public health experts.

The 15-day period to which idiot Trump referred to began last Monday when Trump issued guidelines urging people to listen to state and local authorities, avoid unnecessary travel, and stay at home as much as possible. A number of states, including California and New York, have issued “stay at home” orders and temporarily shuttered non-essential businesses.

Critics warned in response to Trump’s tweet that rolling back efforts to stem the spread of COVID-19, which has officially infected more than 33,000 people nationwide, could have catastrophic consequences.

“This is going to get millions of people killed, and a disproportionately large number of them will be his base,” tweeted David Klion, news editor at Jewish Currents.

In a Monday morning appearance on NBC‘s “TODAY,” Trump’s own U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams said “not enough people are taking the virus seriously and warned that “this week it’s going to get bad.” “We really need to come together as a nation,” said Adams. “We really, really need everyone to stay at home.”

Osita Nwanevu, staff writer at The New Republic, pointed to an Imperial College of London study warning that an insufficient coronavirus mitigation strategy could result in over a million deaths from the disease in the United States alone. Nwanevu noted that Trump is not the only one suggesting coronavirus containment measures should soon be lifted for the sake of the economy.

Let’s be clear about this: These Trump cultists, based on reputable estimates, are proposing having a million killed.

Edited from Common Dreams story by Jake Johnson via Raw Story