...and information departments: Personally, we can't really see why a newsperson would say this:
TODD (5/10/20): Richard Haass, given your expertise, I want to ask, I want to look at this from a global perspective here. Because the other part of this is, this is odd. The United States is the infected country. It's the country that others around the world don't want to emulate right now.The United States is "the infected country?" In fact, a lot of countries have been "infected." Here are the current death rates, per million population, of the countries tracked by Kevin Drum on a daily basis:
We're not the country that's leading the response to the pandemic, or it doesn't feel this way. What does that mean to you going forward? And how concerning is that to you? [Todd's emphasis]
Deaths per million population, to date:We wouldn't recommend that anyone emulate various aspects of the U.S. approach to this ongoing disaster. Also, there's no perfect way to compare any two countries on a resources/demographics/geography/onset-of-the-pandemic basis.
United Kingdom: 484
United States: 242
That said, the death rates in some of those Euro countries are far ahead of our own (to date). It remains to be seen where the numbers will stand when the pandemic is finally over, assuming it ever is.
Our view? Anti-Trumpism really is driving some liberal and mainstream orgs toward snarky, inaccurate coverage and commentary. In a new example, Meet the Press has apologized today for doctored editing of something William Barr recently said.
That particular bit of snarky editing and paraphrase has been widespread within our own liberal tribe. As we started to suggest this morning, it seems to us that coverage of Barr and Flynn has been rather shaky Over Here within the tents of our own infallible tribe.
True belief and its companions aren't exclusively found Over There. It's a virus within our own tribe too.
According to major anthropologists, we humans have always been wired this way. It isn't just The Other Guys. It's our own basic instinct too.
We'll extend these thoughts tomorrow, to the extent our computers permit.