Cable nets pull the plug on a virus: CNN's Chris Cuomo has tested positive for the coronavirus.
Not only that, he's sick. Last night, at the end of his 9 PM hour, he described the symptoms he experienced Tuesday night:
CUOMO (4/1/20): So yes, I've had a—I've had a fever. You've had a fever. But 102, 103, 103-plus that wouldn't quit, and it was like somebody was beating me like a pinata.Cuomo said he expects to recover. But why was he on the air last night, broadcasting from quarantine in the basement of his family home?
And I was shivering so much that Sanjay's right—I chipped my tooth! These are not cheap, OK? And they call them the rigors, like rigors, R-I-G-O-R-S, but rigors.
So the sun comes up. I'm awake. I was up all night. It was one of—I'm telling you, I was hallucinating. My—my dad was talking to me. I was seeing people from college, people I haven't seen in forever. It was freaky, what I lived through last night.
And it may happen again tonight. Doctor says it may happen like five, eight times.
He explained himself in substantial detail. We'll present fuller text below.
For now, we'll present one key part of what he said near the end of the hour. Building on earlier remarks, Cuomo offered this:
CUOMO: Now look, again, I'm lucky, and I'm going to keep saying it to you because you have to understand.He said he couldn't sit on his couch and "watch us have this bad information put out here."
I'm doing this show not because I don't want to—I want to make myself sick. I don't want to make myself more sick. I don't know that I could, to be honest. But the—you have to see that you can get through this, OK?
But at the same time, I'm trying to get you to understand the urgency. I'm doing the show because that's how much it matters. I can't sit on the couch and watch us have this bad information put out here and this false sense of security that's going on.
Whose "bad information" was he talking about? Along the way, he dropped hints:
CUOMO: This president and vice president can keep saying how much they're testing. But it's not enough. It's not even close, and they know it.In fairness, Trump and Pence haven't exactly said, of late, that anyone who wants a test can get one. Where Trump once made that ludicrous claim, he's now more inclined to dissemble and misdirect when the topic arises.
And they can say that anyone who wants a test can get one, and they know that's BS, because you and I both know that we know people in our lives who can't get tested. And when they do get tested, they can't get results, until they're already over the illness.
Talking around so basic a topic is "bad information" too. Then too, as he introduced New Jersey governor Phil Murphy, Cuomo mentioned this:
CUOMO: Governor, the president once again suggested today, "You know, these governors, you'd be shocked at what they ask you for. It's like you can't believe they can even use the amounts that they're asking for. They just ask. It's never enough."Murphy saying it doesn't make it so, of course. But just for the record:
Are you anywhere near over-capacity with absolutely anything that you need to fight the virus?
MURPHY: I mean the stark answer, Chris, is no, and that doesn't mean that we don't have open lines, and it doesn't mean that we haven't gotten support because we have. The lines are open, and we've gotten support.
But we're still way short on what we're going to need. For ventilators, we've made progress, but we're way short. We're way short on personal protective equipment.
You'll almost never see the walking dead of the upper-end press corps formulate good strong questions concerning equipment shortfalls. You'll never see them insist on good clear answers, possibly from the commander in chief, more plausibly from Fauci or Birx.
The children simply don't play it that way. They have extremely limited skills, and they're afraid of Trump.
In a rational world, the commander's bogus "suggestions" qualify as bad information too. Earlier, Cuomo had even cited something Dr. Birx said at yesterday's "briefing"/campaign event:
CUOMO: Testing. To hear Dr. Birx today say, Hey, you know, these ELISA tests, these are easy. You know, we can test workers. We can work it up in no time.Should someone ask Dr. Birx that question? It certainly wouldn't hurt!
We ask, you know, "What? Where has it been for months then, if it's so easy?"
And to hear them have a COVID conference today, you know, I'm all bundled up, I'm ready to watch the conference...and they start talking about drug interdiction? Now?
We've got to have straight-talk right now. We don't have the time for BS.
But the "bad information" to which Cuomo referred was mainly coming from Trump and Pence. He said we don't have time for their endless BS. With that, we cut to Chuck Todd and Erin Burnett.
We've never been happier to see Chuck—though we'd like to have seen him earlier.
Last night, at 7 PM Eastern, the commander was droning on and on in his latest marathon rally.
At the start, he'd appeared with a swarm of generals. As with the caravans from the south which he conjured during our last election, he now conjured the notion that drug cartels are pushing product in from the south under cover of the pandemic.
The commander spent less time yesterday with his standard monologues. That said, even before his military fluffers departed, he was even able to deliver his Monologue Concerning The Wall:
TRUMP (4/1/20): You know, the wall is up to about 160 miles already. And any areas where we have that wall, it’s, for the most part, contiguous. We have fill-ins. But we’re up to 161 miles exactly.Nobody has seen anything like it! As the monologue droned on from there, we learned that The Wall is even stopping the virus!
And any place where you have that wall, other than walking around it on the edges, it’s stopping everybody cold. I mean, we’re stopping, we’re—Nobody has seen anything like it. That’s how good it works...
Concerning the governors' attempts to administer testing and acquire supplies, we also got to hear this:
QUESTION: Is the U.S. stopping shipment of our own stockpile, through USAID, to other countries?The hospitals are asking for things they don't need, but Walmart is now on the case.
TRUMP: No. Whatever we have, whatever we’ve committed to, we commit. But we also need a lot for ourselves, so we’re very focused on that until we get over this. So obviously, we’re not going to be shipping too much until—now, we do have excess of certain things, and we don’t have enough of others.
I just had a great talk today with the—Doug McMillon, from Walmart. And I gave him a very, very big order to—for gowns, for protective gear for the doctors, for the nurses, for everything. And he’s actually very excited about it. He’s the biggest purchaser of this kind of thing. I mean, of anything probably in the world. And he is very excited about it.
And he said, “What size?” I said, “It’s almost unlimited.”
When you look at these hospitals, the amount that they order, you almost say, “How could they possibly use so much, whether it’s masks or the protective gear?” But we are supplying a tremendous amount, and we just ordered a lot from Walmart.
And he’s taken this on personally. And I said, “Let it go ship—let it be shipped not to a warehouse, directly to the site of the hospital or wherever they need it,” because we save a lot of time when we do that.
So Walmart, in addition to many other companies and people, is now involved at the highest level.
The order Walmart took is "very, very large." We have so much extra stuff, we'll be shipping to other countries!
This gong-show is staged every day before the press corps' walking dead. The gong-show is a campaign event. It's North Korean TV. It's also an endless source of "bad information."
Tomorrow, we'll return to a question which was asked at Tuesday's briefing (see yesterday afternoon's post). We'll pair it with a remarkable statement by the commander after his trusty vice president burned a large chunk of America's time pretending to answer a very salient question.
The commander's statement said it all. We'll explore those exchanges tomorrow.
For today, we have never been so happy to see our old pal Chuck. It happened at 7 PM Eastern. All of a sudden, there he was, with a panel of pundits!
The commander was still blathering on. But at long last, MSNBC had pulled the plug on the daily "briefing."
We flipped over to CNN, and there sat Erin Burnett. CNN had also pulled the plus on the "bad information!"
Don't get us wrong! As of 7 PM, yesterday's "briefing" had already run for 85 minutes. "Bad information" is the principal product these horrible sessions produce.
These daily "briefings" are a virtual criminal act—an assault on public order. In the course of the daily proceeding, the most disordered man in this country spreads a virus around.
He spreads the virus of "bad information." It's something he's done his entire life, and he's quite skilled at the task.
Over the past three years, the upper-end press corps has refused to discuss the commander's disordered mental state. This would make it harder for them to explain why they decided to stop airing his performances.
That said, the big news yesterday concerned the pulling of the plug. Quite belatedly, Todd and Burnett were bending the curve on the spreading of "bad information."
These daily briefings are an assault on good order. They're staged by a master of false impressions, one the press corps has been enabling for many long years at this point.
More from Cuomo: Why did Cuomo broadcast last night? Near the end of his show, he said this:
CUOMO: What, am I going to sit around all day and watch that there is not the right information being given still? That we're letting states make choices about whether or not they do the only single thing that can make a difference for this country?Once again, the commander had blathered and peddled disinformation at length. Presumably, it isn't his "fault" that he's mentally disordered.
Nobody can sit on the sidelines right now, least of all somebody who has been blessed with a platform to talk to you about it.
It's easy for someone like me. I'm lucky, OK? No matter how my journey goes with coronavirus, the life I've had, the family I have to take care of me, the ability I have to self-quarantine, and people bringing me food, and a wife, and my kids.
Thank God they didn't have it! Look how lucky I got here.
I want you to be thinking about everybody who is not as lucky as I am, who are dealing with the same that I am, and ten times worse...
His apparent illness isn't his fault. What's everyone else's excuse?