BREAKING: Governor Bullock's plea for supplies!


The commander's recollection:
The cable networks all seemed to know that we should see it live.

Soon after the start of yesterday's "briefing." Donald J. Trump introduced Mike Lindell, founder of TV's MyPillow empire.
Ron Popeil is no longer active, so Lindell appeared in his stead.

(Popeil's ventilator would also have diced and pureed.)

The president asked "The MyPillow Guy" to speak. The cable nets all knew that you should see this:
TRUMP (3/30/20): Mike, come on up. Come on up, fellas, please. Come on up. You have to say what you’re doing because it’s been really incredible.

Go ahead, Mike.

LINDELL: Okay. Well, MyPillow is a U.S. vertically integrated company, which has been forced to adjust to the changing business environment as a result of the pandemic. MyPillow’s unique position as a U.S. company functions as a manufacturer, logistics management distributor, and direct-to-consumer. Given our current business lines, we are experiencing the effects of this pandemic firsthand.

What MyPillow has done—we’ve established an internal task force, which is monitoring future needs of companies across the country as a result of this pandemic. And given our position, we’ve begun to research and develop new protocols to address the current and future needs of U.S. businesses across multiple sectors, how companies are going to prepare themselves when they once again open up, and changes to their current operations in order to adjust to future threats and pandemics.

MyPillow has designated some of its call centers to help U.S. companies navigate the many issues that resulted from this pandemic. We’ve dedicated 75 percent of my manufacturing to produce cotton face masks. In three days, I was up to 10,000 a day. By Friday, I want to be up to 50,000 a day.

I'm proud to manufacture our products in the United States, and I’m even more proud to be able to serve our nation in this great time of need. Thank you, Mr. President, for your call to action when—which has empowered companies like MyPillow to help our nation win this invisible war.
Briefly, let's pause at this point, noting that MyPillow has been "experiencing the effects of this pandemic firsthand."

We can't vouch for the accuracy of Lindell's claims. But he said that MyPillow may soon be producing 50,000 cotton face masks per day.

That might seem to be a large number. Recalling a basic principle, there is no point discussing any such numbers unless we're given some idea of the overall level of need.

With that, we return to the material the cable networks knew you should see. In fairness, CNN quickly cut away from this bilge. MSNBC and Fox did not:
LINDELL (continuing directly): Now, I wrote something off the cuff, if I can read this.

TRUMP: Okay.

LINDELL: God gave us grace on November 8th, 2016, to change the course we were on. God had been taken out of our schools and lives. A nation had turned its back on God. And I encourage you: Use this time at home to get—home to get back in the Word, read our Bibles, and spend time with our families.

Our president gave us so much hope where, just a few short months ago, we had the best economy, the lowest unemployment, and wages going up. It was amazing. With our great president, vice president, and this administration and all the great people in this country praying daily, we will get through this and get back to a place that’s stronger and safer than ever.

TRUMP: That’s very nice. Thank you very much. Thank you, Mike. Appreciate it.

Please come on up. I did not know he was going to do that, but he’s a friend of mine, and I do appreciate it.
MSNBC aired that foolishness live. These "briefings" have been a parody of public discussion from the start. They've now descended further.

Last night, Chris Hayes edged toward saying or suggesting that these absurd propaganda swarms shouldn't be broadcast live. This gives us two measures of the degree to which our discourse is an extremely bad joke:

One measure is the virtual insanity of the commander. The other measure is the way our corporate-chosen "liberal" leaders can barely bring themselves to discuss issues involving the people who pay them.

Hayes inched toward a public critique of the company's policy. One day earlier, Joy Reid and a gaggle of stooges hadn't been willing to go there.

How crazy is our public discourse? Beyond that, what is the actual mental state of our current commander?

Assuming the reporting is accurate; assuming the exchange occurred as the audiotape indicates; the commander's response to Governor Bullock creates a point of reference.

Earlier yesterday, the commander spoke on the phone to the nation's governors. Bullock, who seems visibly sane, reported on the problems Montana is having getting access to coronavirus test kits which would allow "contact tracing."

Bullock responded to a question from Dr. Fauci. We've transcribed his remarks because no one else has yet bothered to do so:
BULLOCK (3/30/20): Dr. Fauci, we are trying to do contact tracing. But literally, we are one day away, if we don’t get test kits from the CDC, that we wouldn’t be able to be testing in Montana.

We have gone time and time again to the private side of this, the private market, and where the private market is telling us is that it's a national resource that are then taking our orders apart. Basically, we're getting our orders jammed, and that's for PPE, that's for testing supplies, that's for testing equipment.

So while we're trying to do all the contact tracing, we don't have adequate tests to necessarily do it, we don't have the PPE along the way, and we're not finding markets to be able to do that.

So we do have to rely on a national chain of distribution or we’re not going to get it. But we are doing our best to try to do exactly that. And like Gallatin County would be an example where we have almost half our overall state [inaudible].

So we're trying to shift the supplies to really isolate that and do the contact tracing, but we just don't have enough supplies to even to do the testing.
So went the report from Big Sky Country. Assuming the audiotape is accurate, the commander jumped in to say this:
TRUMP (continuing directly): Tony, you can answer if you want, but I haven’t heard about testing in weeks. We’ve tested more now than any nation in the world. We’ve got these great tests and we’re coming out with another one tomorrow, where it's almost instantaneous testing. But I haven’t heard about testing being a problem.
So the commander responded during yesterday's phone call.

People can assess that response as they see appropriate. Was the commander "lying," as Joe and Mika have now said? Was the commander informing Fauci of the preferred response to such comments as this?

Might the commander simply be completely divorced from reality? There is no way to answer these questions. But during yesterday afternoon's gong show, this is what the public was told about that earlier telephone call:
QUESTION: So do you believe, as we approach this peak in a couple of weeks, that there will be enough [testing] for the American populace?

TRUMP: I do think so. Yes, I do think so. I think we’re going to be in very good shape. And we had a great call today with the governors. And they were—I actually said, I hope that the media is listening to this call because it was a really good call. And that was randomly selected—largely Democrats and Republicans in there. I think, for the most part, they were saying. "Thank you for doing a great job." And we discussed that at the end of the call. So it really—people are very happy with what we’re doing.
Thus spake President Carsale.

According to subsequent reporting,
other governors seconded Bullock's concerns during the telephone call. But if you watched yesterday's "briefing," you were told that it had been a great call. You were told that people are very happy with the great job the commander is doing.

At MSNBC, the suits still insist on broadcasting these daily assaults on the public. The stars have been slow to say what a gong show this is.

This is the way our flailing nation conducts its public discourse. That said, it's been like this for decades now. The lunacies of the earlier discourse eventually gave us our Trump.

The MyPillow guy was blathering on. The commander offered a strange recollection of an important phone all.

After that, he yelled at several reporters as people were dying around the country. At The One True Liberal Channel, the overpaid corporate suits still think we should see it all live.

This is North Korean TV. The craziest person in the whole country is sent into our homes live.


  1. "God gave us grace on November 8th, 2016, to change the course we were on."

    Hear, hear.

    Anyhow. Dear Bob. The day-to-day supply issues are not solved on high-level briefings with The Beloved Commander.

    If Gov. bullocks wants to appear panicking, publicly, that's fine, I suppose. Otherwise, I'm sure there are better, more appropriate channels for resolving supply problems.

    You, dembots, will disagree obviously, because Orange Man Bad. But we already know that, no surprise there.

  2. “This is North Korean TV.”

    Someone suggested that Somerby was using hyperbole when describing cable TV networks as “North Korean TV” because they are airing Trump’s press conferences.

    But it’s just wrong. It might be different if these were just ordinary briefings in normal times, or shots of empty podiums waiting for a Trump campaign rally a la 2016. But we are in a national emergency. The news media are all making the deliberate decision to air these briefings; they aren’t being ordered to do so. Some haven’t been carrying them fully, some have.

    Some valuable information comes out of the briefings, from Fauci, for example.

    The networks are doing fact-checking after the briefings, with very strong pushback to many of Trump’s statements. Again, not at all like North Korea.

    The news media has to weigh the goal of informing the public by airing the actual press conferences of the actual president against an editorial decision to judge Trump insane and dangerous and not air them.

    I for one would rather see the briefings firsthand, and fact checks later. Oftentimes, a synopsis in the media (particularly newspapers) of the briefings results in things like “Trump declares national emergency”, or “Trump extends national social distancing guidelines”, which are perfectly reasonable things, but then doesn’t mention “I told Pence not to call Inslee, or that woman Whitmer, because they were mean to me.”, so you end up with a more rational-seeming Trump in a synopsis than you do watching the briefings firsthand.

    And finally, why would Somerby, the harsh critic of the media, want to rely on synopses and paraphrases of the briefings by the media? They are, we are told, notoriously untrustworthy at that kind of thing. Better to see it firsthand.

    1. Maybe Somerby thinks that if we ignore Trump, he will go away. If so, then Somerby is showing the same type of thinking as Trump himself and other conservative pandemic-deniers.

      If the president is mentally ill, then you would think that Somerby would want the public to see that, as exhibited during his press briefings. But Somerby exhorts the media to hide the president's mistakes from the public. Who would benefit from that? Assuming the public can recognize what Trump does wrong, only Trump would benefit from being hidden from view. Another reason why I suspect that Somerby is not liberal. For better or worse, liberals tend to favor transparency.

  3. Here is something that a media critic might want to mention: Biden has been making statements and broadcasting appearances during this crisis, but he is nowhere to be seen on much of the media. How will that impact the upcoming election?

  4. According to "Manufacturing Consent," the press is very good at reporting what the government says, but not checking if it's true. And this is mostly because it does that verification only with the government sources a second time, not independent sources.

    1. That’s certainly the Fox News model.

  5. Bob is right. Trump comes cross as an obnoxious salesman. Even I find that unpleasant. However, IMHO that's appropriate when the country is at the equivalent of war. The President is selling the war to the country. Trump's approach is working. The American public puts up with these awful restrictions. American industry stepped up to rapidly provide all kinds of needed equipment. E.g. our testing capability rose from a few hundred per day to 113,000.

    Meanwhile, Trump's sales pitch is tempered by realistic, scientific presentations from Dr. Blix and Dr. Fauci. The American public gets to hear realistic medical and scientific facts from these two experts every day.

    Winston Churchill sounded like a salesman in the darkest days of WW2. The actual facts were grim. But, Churchill didn't tell the British that things were hopeless. On the contrary, he encouraged them and told them that they would succeed. That approach worked for the British and it’s working for us today.

    1. That's absurd. The president only cares about the stock market and you're educated enough to know that. He went from full denial to bargaining about how much ventilators to give people. People have died because he didn't want to believe the truth.

    2. David says: "However, IMHO that's appropriate when the country is at the equivalent of war."

      Have you never read anything about the role of business during WWII and its relationship with the government? It was nothing like what Trump is doing.

    3. Churchill: "We have before us an ordeal of the most grievous kind. We have before us many, many long months of struggle and of suffering.”

      Trump: “We have it totally under control. It’s one person coming in from China, and we have it under control. It’s going to be just fine.”

    4. Yes, Dude, Trump was wrong in his appraisal during February. Since then he has been very right. And, of course, the bans on China, Iran and Europe were right. He has a good batting average om this virus.

    5. "Bob is right. Trump comes cross as an obnoxious salesman."

      Every Commander does, dear David. If you don't like it, don't listen. I don't.

      However, in this case you should consider that our Beloved Commander is facing the deliberate fear-mongering campaign organized by the liberal cult. And, according to the rules political games are played, he needs to actually get in front of it.

      Too bad. If not for liberal zombies, we could've had a normal life now. Just like they do in Sweden, where the government says: 'yes, there's an unusually contagious flu going around. Here's the information. Do what you think is best for you: stay home or go to a pub; it's your choice.'

    6. Not listening to a thing Trump says is great advice, Mao.
      Though, you should extend it to not listening to any Right-wingers.

    7. So, David, you think Trump was wrong to go golfing and ignore the pandemic warnings, which will lead to hundreds of thousands more deaths, due to his criminally negligent response?

      How high do the ratings of his press conferences have to be to make up for the hundreds of thousands more deaths.?

    8. Oh I didn't mean that he was responsible ALL the time. I just meant right now he's doing okay.

      Moving goalposts.

    9. If we're at "war" then he needs to be selling togetherness, cooperation, solidarity. He should be imploring people to sacrifice for the greater good.
      Instead, he is insipidly yapping about the great job he's done; the high ratings of his briefings! -- I shit you not. He's whining about not being appreciated enough and ordering Pence not to talk to "that woman". That is beyond surreal.

  6. @5:55 Yes, I think in retrospect Trump was wrong to downplay the virus in February. He had some excuses: an impeachment was going on. China was lying about the virus. Still, he was in charge, and he made the wrong decision.

    OTOH Trump did so many good things -- things that another President might not have done: Very early bans on people from China, Iran and Europe. Motivating enormous advances in testing in just a month. Motivating companies to produce large numbers of ventilators. Motivating companies to produce other necessary medical items, such as masks, gowns, etc. Setting up a Task Force that put out excellent guides to behavior and which coordinated activities countrywide. Getting two top doctors to provide up to the minute information and advice each day. All these good things are the reason that US has been so much safer than Europe in terms of deaths/million of population.

    1. "Yes, I think in retrospect Trump was wrong to downplay the virus in February."

      Meh. He was absolutely right to "downplay" it, and to call zombie fear-mongering exactly what it is: a hoax.

      Unfortunately, the zombie cult has won this round of propaganda war. Tsk. Oh well, after all fear-mongering is a well-tested goebbelsian method.

      Panic set in, the hoax became reality, and now our Beloved Commander has to live it with all the rest of us. And to act accordingly.

    2. Go fuck yourself, David. You think we're all as blind as you, watching this fat lying sack of shit day after day?

    3. Mao,
      Do you kiss Right-wingers with that mouth? You should.

  7. Mao, I agree with you about the media. My wife and I watch all these White House pressers. A big segment of the media seem to be interested only in making Trump look bad. Even my very liberal, very anti-Trump wife, who is a member of NPR, is disgusted by NPR's Yaniche Alcindor and others in the media.

    1. No one has to try to make him look bad. He's a self-absorbed narcissist, who is solely concerned with himself. And it is quite obvious to anyone who is not a goddamn cultist. Trump is a fuck up of gargantuan proportions. He is concerned about one thing and one thing only. Can you guess what it is, David?

    2. Of course the corporate-owned media wants to make Trump look bad, NOW.
      They got their value out of Trump (a HUGE corporate tax break in perpetuity) , now they're ready to toss him in the dumpster.
      It's called "capitalism". You have a problem with that, Stalin?

  8. Trump's presser today was outstanding. Any reasonable observer saw an effective leader with a good and reliable team, handling a hostile press. The most valuable information was volunteered by the team, and did not come from the questions asked by a largely useless group of reporters. Trump isn't to blame for the disgust viewers are showing for the press, they are.

    1. Are you kidding?
      The viewers love watching Trump flail, almost as much as they love watching him run from accountability.
      Have you seen the ratings?

  9. When Democrats try to blame Trump for not predicting the future, all he will do is point to their screaming about the RACIST closing of the border to China and Democrat health officials, mayors and governors in NY telling people to gather in crowds and breathe on each other and hug a Chinese.

    1. He didn't, in fact, close the border. He allowed American citizens from Wuhan to return without going through quarantine. Every day counted and all he was doing was flapping his fat gums about how this was going to disappear in days. He's out of his depth -- as always -- except this time it counts.

    2. "He didn't, in fact, close the border."

      Whoa. Disgustingly racist, and yet disgustingly not racist enough. That's good, an innovation in dembottery.

    3. Too lazy to act on his racism.
      That's our Trump.

    4. Ilya, on 1/14/2020, WHO was tweeting that there was no clear evidence that the Coronavirus was spread by human-to-human contact and was shooting down travel bans as being effective after Trump’s curtailing of travel on 1/31/2020.

      The problem is outlined in this Brookings Institute timeline under the heading of Phase Two.

    5. “Too lazy to act on his racism.
      That's our Trump.”

      At the time, travel bans were considered to be just ineffective and/or racist enough.

      In accordance with the declaration, beginning at 5:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time; Sunday, February the 2nd, the United States government will implement temporary measures to increase our abilities to detect and contain the coronavirus proactively and aggressively. Any U.S. citizen returning to the United States who has been in Hubei Province in the previous 14 days will be subject to up to 14 days of mandatory quarantine to ensure they are they are provided proper medical care and health screening.

      To be clear, this applies only to U.S. citizens who have been in Hubei Province in the past 14 days prior to their attempted entry into the United States.

      Any U.S. citizen returning to the United States who has been in the rest of Mainland China within the previous 14 days will undergo proactive entry health screening at a select number of ports of entry and up to 14 days of monitored self-quarantine to ensure they’ve not contracted the virus and do not pose a public health risk.

      Additionally, the President has signed a presidential proclamation, using his authority pursuant to Section 212(f) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, temporarily suspending the entry into the United States of foreign nationals who pose a risk of transmitting the 2019 novel coronavirus.

      As a result, foreign nationals, other than immediate family of U.S. citizens and permanent residents, who have traveled in China within the last 14 days will be denied entry into the United States for this time.

      Once again, these actions will become effective at 5:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time; Sunday, February 2nd. These prudent, targeted, and temporary actions will decrease the pressure on public health officials screening incoming travelers, expedite the processing of U.S. citizens and permanent residents returning from China, and ensure resources are focused on the health and safety of the American people.

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