BREAKING: CNN starts teasing at 4 PM!

SATURDAY, MARCH 28, 2020

With slender fact-check at 11:
Yesterday afternoon, CNN initiated its repetitive tease right at 4 PM Eastern.

In this case, they were teasing the ceremony in which President Donald J. Trump would sign the $2.2 trillion disaster bill.

It wasn't exactly Jake Tapper's fault. But this is what he was directed to say, right at 4 PM Eastern:
ANNOUNCER (3/27/20): This is CNN breaking news

TAPPER: Welcome to The Lead. I'm Jake Tapper.

At any moment, we're expecting President Trump to sign the $2 trillion stimulus bill into law. We are going to bring that to you when it happens.
They were going to bring us the ceremony live. How the disinformation would flow!

After the signing ceremony was done, CNN began to tease the daily "press briefing." By now, it's North Korean TV all day, with the commander spewing nonsense and misinformation and CNN urging us not to miss it.

These sessions are State Propaganda all the way down. And make no mistake, people at CNN know this. Consider a case in point:

During the 5 PM hour, Wolf Blitzer aired a punishing report by Drew Griffin. For unknown reasons, this is the one hour from yesterday's broadcasts which CNN hasn't transcribed, so we can't show you all of what Griffin said.

We can tell you this. The portion of Griffin's report for which there is tape carries these unfortunate headlines:
Doctors and nurses alarmed about lack of supplies
As healthcare workers across the country become sick with Covid-19, doctors and nurses tell CNN they are worried about the lack of proper protective equipment.
CNN was waiting for the commander to start spewing misinformation in his daily prime time "briefing." As the network waited, Griffin offered a cheerless report about the way front-line health workers are being forced to put their own lives on the line.

You can watch the last three minutes of his report through this tweet by Griffin. Along the way, Griffin reported some familiar facts:

"Many medical workers are fighting this battle without the thinnest level of protection," he said. "[Without] the face masks, the plastic face shields, the flimsiest if plastic gowns that could mean the diff between treating the infected and becoming one of them."

Griffin spoke with medical workers who felt their own lives were at risk due to the lack of basic equipment. "The biggest question we're hearing: Where is it?" Griffin unpleasantly said. "Where are the strategic stockpiles the president and his administration keep talking about?"

As he closed, Griffin resorted to samizdat. On our own North Korean TV, basic information must now be masked in such ways as this:
GRIFFIN (3/27/20): Wolf, because of the shortages in this proper protective equipment, they're being asked to do what they say would have gotten them fired a short time ago.

They want us to tell you the stories because of the briefing you're about to hear. They say there is a shortage all across the country, no matter what you're being told.
Say what? These heroic medical workers want people to hear their stories because of the commander's briefings? They want us to hear the truth no matter what we're being told?

So it went in the samizdat wing of our new state-run TV. And dear God! If you watch the tape of Griffin's report, you can observe the ultimate insult:

Even as Griffin was signaling that these briefings are disinformation, there was CNN's visual tease for the upcoming session. These sessions are bullshit, CNN said. Please be sure to watch!

Yesterday at CNN, there was a change in procedure. Through Thursday, CNN had been cutting away from the commander's "briefings" as soon as the commander himself left the stage.

Yesterday, that procedure changed. CNN stuck it out to the bitter end, even after the commander turned things over to Vice President Heep.

Yesterday, CNN aired the entire briefing live. And when CNN aired the "briefing" live, the disinformation rolled down like waters and the feel-good distractions like a mighty stream.

For the first time since Monday, Dear Leader didn't make us listen to his claim about the way we've been testing more people, in eight days, than the ballyhooed South Koreans managed to do in eight weeks.

At last, that script was gone. That said, all manner of new absurdities were offered as the commander kept telling us about the giant amounts or material he had caused to flow.

Wholly irrelevant information was marbled through the improbable claims. Consider these stupenagel excerpts:
TRUMP (3/27/20): Under the normal condition that you would be—regular times—29,000 ventilators are distributed in the United States each year. In the next 100 days—well, first of all, we’ve already delivered thousands of them—but within the next 100 days, we will either make or get, in some form, over 100,000 additional units. And I guess, to put it in other words, in the next 100 days, we’ll receive over three times the number of ventilators made during a regular year in the United States, and that doesn’t include all of the thousands and thousands that we’ve—we’ve given to the various states, a lot of them.

We delivered thousands, as you know, to New York and they didn’t know they got them. And then we also had thousands put in a warehouse, and that was also for New York. And they just found out that they were there, so we have to make sure that when we deliver things, they get distributed.

[...]

Boeing is also offering us the use of their—what they call the Dreamlifter cargo plane. It’s the largest plane in the world. And this is sort of a picture of it.
They called up just a little while ago. And that can sort of take anything. That’s the biggest in the world. And they’re letting us use that for the distribution of product all over the country, especially the heavy product or large quantities of product.

And Boeing will dedicate up to three planes to the mission of flying medical supplies anywhere we need it. Each plane can carry 63,000 pounds of cargo per flight. That’s a lot of cargo.

[...]

And we’re going to be in very good shape, in terms of certain equipment that’s very hard to get, very hard to manufacture. And at the right time, we’ll be distributing that equipment throughout the world to other countries.

Boris Johnson was asking for ventilators today. As you know, Boris is—he has tested—unfortunately, he has tested positive and that’s a terrible thing. But he’s going to be great. I’m sure he’s going to be totally great. But they want ventilators. Italy wants ventilators. Spain wants ventilators. Germany wants ventilators. They’re all calling for ventilators. Well, we’re going to make a lot of ventilators. And we’ll take care of our needs, but we’re also going to help other countries.

[...]

Don’t forget, we sent thousands of ventilators to New York, and they didn’t know they got them. Then we sent thousands of ventilators to New York—they have a warehouse, a New York warehouse in Edison, New Jersey, which is an interesting thing. And we sent them to Edison, New Jersey. They were in the warehouse, ready to go, and New York never took them. So they knew they were there. So we have to get people lined up, but we’ve given them—

And I’m not blaming New York. Look, this is something that’s of a magnitude that nobody has ever seen before. But I’ll tell you what: The federal government has done a hell of a job.

So we sent thousands of ventilators to New York, and they didn’t know about it at the time. They were complaining. Thousands. We had 2,000, and then 2,000, and then 4,000, and they were going there in large numbers. And then before that, we sent many thousands.

We want to have so many that we do have more than we need because we can send them to other great countries and other countries that have been our friends. And they’ll never be able to do it themselves.
It's hard to scale the mountains of bullshit this disordered man can produce.

Part of those excerpts can be filed under "promises, promises." We're going to have so many extra ventilators that we'll be sending them to others all over the world!

Part of that was gong-show misdirection. That Boeing plane is amazingly big! It’s the largest plane in the world!

Part of that involved a new, highly suspect claim concerning the bungling fools in the state of New York. We sent them thousands and thousands of ventilators! They put them in a Jersey warehouse! They didn't even know they were there!

This is the lunacy which transpires when this highly disordered man is broadcast into American homes. At CNN, the best they can do is signal you, through samizdat, that what you're going to hear won't be true—even as they tease the upcoming performance, which they'll broadcast live.

The commander continued to repeat various pieces of misinformation and various distractions. Included was that new claim about the dummies in New York.

(Key point: Though the benevolence of Dear Leader, he isn't blaming New York.)

CNN's reaction? They finally got around to fact-checking this peculiar new claim in the 11 PM hour. They'd promoted the briefing, knowing it would be disinformation. Five hours later, Daniel Dale said he knew of no factual basis for this latest apparent tall tale.

As we noted yesterday, we live in North Korea now. CNN knows that these briefings are disinformation, but they tease them all afternoon and then they broadcast them live. And with that said, one additional point must be made:

During the briefings, no one asks this disordered man why his latest claims should be believed, given his past tall tales.

His previous claims have been crazily wrong, but no one dares confront him in such an impolite manner. CNN teases, then airs, these ridiculous sessions. And because we live in North Korea, the children arrayed before Dear Leader know they must defer.

So it goes with the rational animal in this plague year of the lord.

UPDATE: CNN has now posted the transcript from yesterday's 5 PM hour. You can read the full text of Drew Griffin's report. To do so, just click here.

The medical workers with whom Griffin spoke wanted you to hear their stories "because of the briefing you're about to hear!" As Griffin delivered his report, CNN was urging you to watch that briefing, even though Griffin and Blitzer knew it would be wholly bogus.

So it goes with the rational animal in this plague year of the faux.

54 comments:

  1. My congratulation on your sudden realization, dear Bob, that CNN is an establishment propaganda channel.

    As for the orations of out Brilliant Beloved Commander, dear Bob, personally I never bother listening to politicians' bullshit, but I have no doubt whatsoever that whatever Our Beloved Commander says is exactly what's needed to be said, at this particular occasion.

    Unlike you brainless dombots, he is, after all, a Very Stable Genius.

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    6. I'm not sure asking, "How high?" after the Establishment yells "Jump!" is a great oratory.
      Right-wing opinions may differ, because they love the Establishment.

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  2. It may be that CNN was actively promoting the president's briefing. I don't watch CNN. However, telling viewers that they might cut away to the briefing during the show is a courtesy to viewers who might otherwise wonder what was happening. I'm not sure the announcement, as quoted, qualifies as a tease, rather than such a courtesy announcement. Cable news cannot really refuse to broadcast the president's briefings because nearly half of viewers supported Trump, he IS still the president, and we are in the midst of a national crisis. Their correction of misinformation later, seems to be to their credit. I don't like what Trump says any more than anyone else, but I don't blame any of the cable shows for running his briefing. That is their job.

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    1. Corby, Bob says something in a way that is hyperbolic, but is correct. It deserves mentioning and notice from you because it’s such a significant thing for him to be correct (though hyperbolic) about.

      We are stuck between politicians and a media that is very unserious. Very inept. Very much in the pockets of corporations and of the Chinese as are the pols.

      If you can consider one thing to appreciate about TDH. appreciate the blogger for that.

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    2. "Very much in the pockets of corporations and of the Chinese as are the pols."

      Trump, McConnell, and Graham (to name three pols), aren't in the pockets of China, but another Asian country.
      In their defense, nothing shows they approached Russia, but instead they weren't smart enough to know they were being blackmailed to be Russian assets until it was too late.

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    3. TDH does not promote and indeed undermines the progressive movement. That is his prerogative.

      There are plenty of serious and skillful politicians and media outlets:

      Politicians:
      Bernie Sanders
      AOC
      Rashida Tlaib
      Katie Porter
      Ilhan Omar
      Jamie Raskin
      etc

      Media:
      The Majority Report
      Michael Brooks
      David Pakman
      Richard Wolff
      TYT - eh
      Robert Reich
      Brian Cohen
      etc

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  4. I wasn't familiar with the word stupnagel, so I looked it up. It describes an idiot and is a reference to stulpnagel, which is derived from "General Carl von Stülpnagel who, along with Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg, was one of the main conspirators in the July 20, 1944 attempt on Hitler's life."

    This definition of an idiot, coupled with the origins of the word, doesn't seem to fit Trump very well. Those assassination attempts were brave if not successful, and had they worked, they would have spared a lot of lives. Why then is that name used to describe an idiot? And why is the name of the person who was anti-Hitler being used to describe our own Hitleresque president?

    Poor word choice, in my opinion. It supports my view that Somerby selects his words and allusions because they are obscure, not because they are fitting.

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    1. Another classic Corby comment. — make an unsubstantiated or ridiculous claim about TDH’s language and then ask rhetorical questions to imply some kind of malfeasance on TDH’s part. I plan to call this trope “the Corby” in your honor, professor.

      Etymology of slang terms can be very hard to pin down, but it is very unlikely that the epithet stupnagel is connected with the name Carl-Heinrich von Stülpnagel, who was a victorious World War II German general on the eastern front in the early part of the war and the military governor of France from 1942 to 1944. He was a co-conspirator in the July 1944 assassination plot against Hitler. The failure of the attempt, which took place in East Prussia, had nothing to do with von Stülpnagel, who was in Paris at the time. His part was to arrest Gestapo and SS officers in anticipation of the coup that was to follow Hitler’s death.

      So what’s the origin of stupnagel? To find out, we first must ignore random speculation on the internet and disdain unreliable sources like the Urban Dictionary. Rather, let’s check out the site “Monthly Gleanings” by Anatoly Liberman of the Oxford University Press (https://blog.oup.com/2009/02/gleanings-7/):

      First, I rejected any connection with Hitler’s general Fr. von Stupnagel [sic], who was not a fool (the opposite is true) and not a familiar figure in the United States. As with conniption, I suggested that the word had emerged in popular culture (a sketch, a show, or a series of cartoons) and reconstructed a character whose name was made up of stup– (from stupid) and –nagle, from finagle. Mr. Nathan E. J. Carlson, an assistant at DARE [Dictioinary of American Regional English], has kindly sent me the information provided by Dr. Leonard Zwilling, that in 1931 a radio program in Buffalo, NY featured two idiots: Stoopnagle (so spelled) and Buddy. In 1933 a film was released with those characters, the first of them becoming Colonel Lemuel Q. Stoopnagle. There must have been a good reason for the change, because Lemuel is the first name of Swift’s Gulliver. I do not know what made the author introduce Stoopnagle, but my etymology (a blend of stupid and finagle) looks good.

      Why do you never check anything before mounting your high horse and taking offense where none is either extant or intended?

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    2. You’re so fucking pathetic, deadrat.

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    3. Most comments deadrat makes undermine discourse that would advance liberal or progressive notions, thus no one takes him/her/them/it seriously. He shares the same agenda with all the commenters that should be ignored: David in Cal, Mao, Cecelia, etc.

      Corby is correct, Somerby is a poor communicator.

      Anonymous 9:01 is correct as well.

      Criticism that is on target rarely is received well: check out responses below for some amusing evidence of such.

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    4. You’re so fucking pathetic, deadrat.
      It's a fair cop.

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    5. Most comments deadrat makes undermine discourse....
      As opposed to your insightful contributions? And how is your claim even possible?

      thus no one takes him/her/them/it seriously.
      Him. And by no one, you mean yourself, right? Or did all of the Anonymous Ignoramuses take a vote?

      He shares the same agenda with all the commenters that should be ignored: David in Cal, Mao, Cecelia, etc.

      So you can't tell the difference between our Village Idiot, our Village Troll, and someone who simply disagrees with you. Imagine my surprise.

      Criticism that is on target rarely, is received well....
      FTFY.

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    6. “and someone who simply disagrees with you. Imagine my surprise.”

      deadrat, I must admit that my feelings are less benign about Anonymices 11:50am than those of someone who simply disagrees with her/him.

      I think that Anonymouse11:50a.m. is a dumb jerk too.

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    7. An amused dumb jerk, at any rate.

      Jerk or not, I do not disagree with 11:50, there is no difference between those mentioned, agenda-wise; other than those that were mentioned (he should have added Leroy), we can wait until the universe ends before someone else disagrees.

      Waiting...

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    8. I'll pose the same question to you, Anonymous Ignoramus @12:08A, that I did to Anonymous Ignoramus @11:50P: how is it even possible for me to "undermine discourse" here? We can wait until the universe ends before someone presents a cogent reply.

      Waiting...

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    9. Well, it’s not like everyone doesn’t already feel like we’re waiting for the universe to end, but I’ll go ahead and state the obvious, though deadrat pretends the answer is obscure.

      deadrat...undermines the progressive discourse... [kvetching about TDH] by shredding to pieces the faulty reasoning and personal attacks of the people who offer this “discourse” up so endlessly. Anonymices dish out cant and whining,, deadrat chews it up and spits it out.

      Instead of having the insight to see they can learn something from him and being glad that he’s ideologically on their side (as they most certainly should feel about Somerby) Anonymices label deadrat a tribal traitor. As they do Somerby.

      There is one less unanswered question in the world. You’re welcome.

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    10. The next day...and still waiting...

      Will no one show their deadrat/Cecelia support?

      Guess not.

      Neither of these two egotists shred "to pieces the faulty reasoning", they merely nitpick trivial aspects of other comments - furiously copying and pasting from their infantile google searches; these and their cohort (David, Mao) are sad and immature entities. Very sad. Their comments are like...tears...in rain.

      Somerby is just awful at communicating, his crybaby attempts at gaslighting are his preferred response to being ineffectual at persuasion or influence. Cecelia and deadrat are perfect groupies to Somerby's goofy vanity.

      No support, huh? Still waiting...

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    11. The next day...and still waiting... Will no one show their deadrat/Cecelia support? Guess not. No support, huh? Still waiting…

      And here we have the perfect illustration of the mindset of the crowd (of size at least 1) of Anonymous Ignoramuses. The problem with my comments is that they don’t get enough “support.” What difference does “support” make to the validity of an argument? Logically, nothing. But tribally, everything. Just as TDH points out.

      Neither of these two egotists….

      Can’t speak for Cecelia, but another fair cop for me.

      [T]hey merely nitpick trivial aspects of other comments - furiously copying and pasting from their infantile google searches;

      Translation from Ignoramus Speak: “nitpicking trivial aspects” means pointing out mistaken foundational assumptions, and “infantile google searches” means providing evidence.

      Somerby is just awful at communicating

      I suspect that just means you don’t like what he says. Does anyone find TDH hard to understand? (That’s my definition of bad communicating.) He’s obsessive, often hyperbolic, and stubbornly ignorant about some topics, but those things are different.

      [H]is crybaby attempts at gaslighting are his preferred response to being ineffectual at persuasion or influence. Cecelia and deadrat are perfect groupies to Somerby's goofy vanity.

      Gaslighting doesn’t mean what you seem to think it means. That you can’t understand what TDH writes has no bearing on how effective or persuasive he is.

      Here’s this blogger who you think is vain, ineffective, without influence, and an all-around bad communicator. And yet here you are haunting his comment section. Satisfy my idle curiosity: what are you doing here?

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    12. Another day, still no support. Wow, no one really does take you seriously, deadrat. You or Cecelia. You are both not taken seriously. I thought surely there might be one or two to offer some kind words, and yet we still wait for someone to disagree.

      Still waiting...

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    13. I’m just seeing this insane progression you started, anonymous idiot number 666, or whoever the hell you are.

      I love deadrat and Cecilia’s comments. Unlike the shit you anonymous jerks spew here, they actually consistently make sense and seem to be grounded in some larger reality.

      I actually also like a lot of what Bob writes. Despite the often intriguing antics down here in the cheap seats called the comments section, what really keeps me coming back here is that I think Bob is a brilliant writer, and I say that as someone who has a doctorate in English and has spent a big part of his life trying to teach people how to be effective writers. Again, despite the colorful antics of the comments section, I mainly read this blog because I think what Bob has to say is consistently interesting, which leads us back to the eternal question that none of you carefully nameless Bob-haters can ever answer, most recently voiced by deadrat just a small distance above where I am writing now:

      “Here’s this blogger who you think is vain, ineffective, without influence, and an all-around bad communicator. And yet here you are haunting his comment section. Satisfy my idle curiosity: what are you doing here?“

      That is the real bazillion dollar question here, oh fear-haunted anonymous freak, not why no one has spoken up before now to defend two of the only arbiters of coherence on a scattered, fear-happy, and bizarro site, at least where the commentariat is concerned; and nobody but nobody here is farther gone than the hugely ego-driven no-name commenters, whose cowardly hubris is so great that they use no name, not even a fake one, so that that readers could dismiss their anonymous prattle as quickly and efficiently as it deserves.

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  5. It’s not a lie to say the U.S.has tested more people than South Korea. We have. It would be a lie to say that we’ve tested the same percentage of our pop as has South Korea.

    There’s a good point being made that we should be more careful in making that distinction. If we’re going to go with percentage of pop, then this would take the U.S. out the number one spot for Coronavirus cases. Yet another reason that it would be important to delineate such things.

    Here’s a statement from Cuomo about “found” ventilators.

    https://twitter.com/miskwahyaagwamo/status/1243716688933203968?s=21

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    1. Where's the part when Gov. Cuomo confesses he didn't know they were being stockpiled?

      It's hard to scale the mountains of bullshit this disordered man can produce.

      Indeed.

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    2. No one cares about the percentage of the population tested. If Vatican City tested all 100% percent of their population, 1000 people, it wouldn't made them heroes. Obviously.

      If anything, it's the number of tests that's the issue here.

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    3. mm, I take your point that Cuomo did not confess in any way to his questioner that he had never not been aware of stored ventilators in New York.

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    4. If the US tested 100% of their population it would not make them heroes, merely competent.

      There is no meaning in comparing raw numbers between countries of different populations, this is trivial.

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  6. Bob,
    What the hell do you want CNN to do?
    Not tell (tease) their viewers that Trump is gonna speak at X:PM?
    And as soon as Trump stops lying, immediately fact check what he just said?
    I am not a watcher of CNN or MSNBC. The local station that I watch here in NYC is NY1 News. During the day they will tell their viewers that Trump is scheduled to speak at X:PM, and that they will broadcast his daily reports/comments when he starts.
    At that time I will tune in, listen, and make my own judgement on the bullshit he just spewed.
    You seem to be saying that CNN should NOT tell their viewers when he is scheduled to speak!

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    1. any reputable news org should simply not carry it live. It's a MAGAt rally disguised as a press conference.

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    2. Unlike a MAGA there are reporters there asking questions of the president. There are other people there too whom journos question. There are panels of reporters discussing things on CNN and MSNBC afterwards.


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    3. Personally I want to see and hear the BS artist at work.

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    4. The reporters thee are treated to a ceaseless string of tantrums and insults, they get to ask questions after enduring interminable repetitive self pity and self congratulations from this psychotic bullshit artist, then their questions are interrupted more often than not to give him another excuse to wallow in self pity or insult the reporter. We don't fucking need it. I watched Cuomo this morning - there is an adult, and a real leader. Fuck Donald j chickenshit, the Acting president.

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    5. “Personally I want to see and hear the BS artist at work.”

      I think with any president that’s the American way.

      Citizens are certainly free to ignore POTUS and his-her press conferences in a time of crisis, but the media would certainly have some questions around doing that and frankly you have to so angry as to be dumber than dirt to think that you should ignore POTUS, and you’d have to as authoritarian as you claim Trump is to tell the Americans that the media is now the arbiter of what they should hesr from him.

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    6. mm, I worry that our attempts to handle the entire Coronavirus virus crisis is getting in the way of the media’s years long drama over its mistreatment at the hands of Trump,

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    7. Haha, Cec, "our attempts" - funny

      No worries, just another episode in the continuing saga of Donald J Chickenshit, Acting President, demonstrating his complete and total incompetence, ignorance and megalomania, taking bows for the sun rising and lashing out at the media for informing the American people of his incompetence and CONTINUAL LIES, while blaming everyone but himself.

      President Donald Trump said that he and his administration "inherited a big mess" in the US and abroad. That black guy again, ruining DJT's perfect record. Humph.

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    8. Well, if you look at the dates, we do happen to have a president candidate who could be relevantly asked about this report.

      https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/27/cnn10/ventilators-supply-government-warnings-coronavirus-invs/index.html

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    9. "I don't take responsibility at all" Donald J Chickenshit, Acting President.

      Republicans never do.

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    10. "I worry that our attempts to handle the entire Coronavirus virus crisis is getting in the way of the media’s years long drama over its mistreatment at the hands of Trump,"

      Hopefully they'll provide daily updates on how the Trump Virus is being transmitted and what is being done about it. The Trump Virus, that is.

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    11. Oh dear, a hillbot praising the buck-passing NY govna.

      They made a deal, eh? Interesting development.

      Tsk. A long shot though, innit, dear Hillary?

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    12. 7:12,
      I appreciate you letting us know what the Establishment is thinking.

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  7. “On our own North Korean TV”

    Choosing to air a press conference, and then choosing to air fact-checks of what was said doesn’t seem to resemble North Korean state media.

    I don’t watch CNN, but if you watch MSNBC’s prime time, it is filled with medical experts and professionals telling the truth on the ground, contradicting what Trump is saying.

    A North Korean media would be ordered by the state to show the briefings, and no criticism would be allowed.

    Besides, wasn’t Somerby’s complaint usually that CNN and MSNBC are too “tribal”, too anti-Trump? That certainly doesn’t cast them in the role of propagandists for Trump. That role is best exemplified by Fox News.

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    What’s interesting is the difference in feeding behavior. The thrushes have a pause-wait-and-view stance, the grackles simply walk around, viewing things with their binocular eyes, and stab and grab. Thrushes only stab and grab when they’re at a standstill, see movement, and go in for the kill. That’s why they stand, unusually (for a bird), so still so much of the time.

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