From Nicolle's lips to Our Town's ears!


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.


  1. Don't worry, dear Bob.

    Now, as the Bad Orange Man has been overthrown, his followers, the insurgents, are hunted all over the countryside, and Glorious Liberal Cult is finally in control - COVID The Almighty is shaking in His boots.

    Most certainly, He will soon be defeated.

    And don't listen to silly dembots, they're still working off the old script.

  2. Why doesn't Somerby ever talk about anything that matters?

  3. “Feckless, incompetent, faux”

    Making one incorrect statement doesn’t make a person incompetent overall.

    As to “faux”: in what way is Wallace supposed to be faux? Unlike Somerby, she has never claimed to be a liberal. Her dislike of Trump, her belief that Covid is serious, and that Trump mismanaged it, her revulsion at the insurrection at the Capitol: all seem quite sincere.

    “Feckless?” She isn’t feckless to her audience, I don’t suppose.

    If one believes, as Somerby seems to, that the media plays a major role in the decision-making of the voters, then the recent outcome, a Democratic win in the House and Senate, and the rejection of Trump could be ascribed to what Somerby likes to call “anti-Trump” cable. As part of that, with a fairly popular show, it could be argued that Wallace helped bring this about. Does he think only hard core liberals/progressives watch her show?

    At any rate, it seems excessive to deduce total incompetence from a single misstatement. Also, if these people are truly feckless and incompetent, then how are they able, night after night, to keep up a deliberate tribal storyline? That sounds rather like competence of a kind.

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