FRIDAY, JANUARY 22, 2021
Feckless, incompetent, faux: We just saw Nicolle say it, in her most stage-managed manner, to Yamiche Alcindor, one of her favorite reporters and friends:
"More than four thousand people have died [from Covid-19] every day this week."
We checked the numbers at the Washington Post. No one reports the number of people who died on any given day, but here are the numbers of reported (recorded) deaths so far this week:
Reported deaths from Covid-19
Sunday, January 17: 2,068
Monday, January 18: 1,418
Tuesday, January 19: 2,166
Wednesday, January 20: 4,440
Thursday, January 21: 3,898
Those are the numbers in the Post. Our question:
Does it look like "more than four thousand people have died [from Covid-19] every day this week?" Go ahead! Take a good look!
According to the Post, the 7-day average stood at 3,071 deaths per day after yesterday's tabulation. The numbers at the New York Times will be very similar.
The people you see on Our Town's cable channels are feckless, incompetent, faux. We now make an important point, recalling this morning's report:
Nothing turns on this standard misstatement by cable star Nicolle Wallace. Nothing turned on the similar chain of howlers emitted by her friend Rachel Maddow last night.
Something does turn on Maddow's relentless claims that the children of Flint were exposed to a "mass poisoning" from which they'll never recover. Something does turn on the way Maddow has always failed to discuss any actual data about the lead exposure in Flint and about the degree of harm it has apparently caused.
These are feckless, incompetent people. You aren't allowed to know how many millions of dollars they're paid to keep this up night after night.
Transcripts are no longer available. It's the same game over at Fox.