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Opinion: Trump & Fox News Don’t Seem To Care That 100,000 People Are Dead

The number is hard to grasp. More than 100,000 people dead from coronavirus in less than three months. 100,442 lives gone. Each of those people deserves to be remembered, to be grieved. But if you tune into Fox News you wouldn’t know it. The network barely mentioned the number over the last 24 hours. CNN’s Oliver Darcy points out that both the Fox News website and the on-air programming buried or completely ignored the deaths:

None of its prime time shows led with the somber news regarding the death toll. Martha MacCallum, who hosts what is supposed to be Fox’s go-to “straight news” program, started her show with the story regarding a student suspected of two homicides. It took her more than 50 minutes to get to the news about 100,000 dead Americans. She saved it for her last segment.

Trump didn’t send out any condolences to mark the grim milestone until Thursday morning when he (or someone on his staff) put up this tweet.

Is that tweet really enough to mark 100,442 deaths? The Washington Post points out that “as the nation reached a bleak milestone this weekTrump has been uncharacteristically silent. His public schedule this week contains no special commemoration, no moment of silence, no collective sharing of grief.” MSNBC’s Chris Hayes says Trump is “bored with dealing with the virus, he’s moving on, he wants us to move on too. He’s mad at the virus for screwing up his re-election.” (Watch more of what Hayes said above)

By contrast, Joe Biden released this video with a heartfelt message to those who have lost loved one:

“I know there is nothing I or anyone else can say or do to dull the sharpness of the pain you feel right now, but I promise you the day will come when the memory of your loved one will bring a smile to your lips before it brings a tear to your eyes.”

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CNN: Trump golfs at his Virginia club amid the coronavirus pandemic

CNN writes, “Saturday’s outing marked Trump’s 357th visit to one of his properties and his 265th trips to one of his golf clubs during his presidency.”

 

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Donald Trump, Defies Law, Skips Mask While Touring Michigan Auto Plant

While the CDC has recommended everyone wear face coverings, Donald Trump has refused to wear one in public. He reportedly told advisers it would “send the wrong message” and that he would look “ridiculous.” Now, at least one state official challenged him. Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel penned a letter to the president ahead of his visit at a Michigan auto plant today saying:

“While my Department will not act to prevent you from touring Ford’s plant, I ask that while you are on tour you respect the great efforts of the men and women at Ford — and across this State — by wearing a facial covering. It is not just the policy of Ford, by virtue of the Governor’s Executive Orders. It is currently the law of this State.”

But Trump obviously didn’t take Nessel’s words seriously. He appeared on camera for a long period of time, during the visit, without a mask.

After learning Trump didn’t wear a mask Nessel said: “Trump refused to wear a face mask during his tour of the Ford plant in Ypsilanti today, despite numerous requests that he do so. Trump does not care about the safety of Michiganders.” She added, “this sends the worst possible message.”

Nessel, a Democrat, earlier said she expected Ford to enforce the policy or face legal consequences, “I think we’re going to take action against any company or any facility that allows him inside those facilities and puts our workers at risk. We simply can’t afford it here in our state.”

The Associated Press reported that Ford said its policy requires everyone in factories to wear personal protective equipment, including masks, and that policy had been shared with the White House.” 

And Ford has a reason to play it safe. On Wednesday, Reuters noted:

Ford Motor Co on Wednesday closed two U.S. assembly plants as the coronavirus pandemic wreaked early havoc with the No. 2 U.S. automaker’s plan to restart North American production and begin making its most profitable vehicles again.

Ford closed its Dearborn, Michigan, plant due to a positive COVID-19 test by one worker, while its Chicago assembly plant was closed due to a parts shortage, Ford spokeswoman Kelli Felker said.

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Michigan AG To Donald Trump: Wear A Facial Covering, It’s The Law

While the CDC has recommended everyone wear face coverings, Donald Trump has refused to wear one in public. He reportedly told advisers it would “send the wrong message” and that he would look “ridiculous.” Now, at least one state official is challenging him. Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel penned a letter to the president ahead of his visit at a Michigan auto plant today saying:

“While my Department will not act to prevent you from touring Ford’s plant, I ask that while you are on tour you respect the great efforts of the men and women at Ford — and across this State — by wearing a facial covering. It is not just the policy of Ford, by virtue of the Governor’s Executive Orders. It is currently the law of this State.”

Nessel, a Democrat, also said she expects Ford to enforce the policy or face legal consequences, “I think we’re going to take action against any company or any facility that allows him inside those facilities and puts our workers at risk. We simply can’t afford it here in our state.”

The Associated Press reports:

In a statement, Ford said its policy requires everyone in factories to wear personal protective equipment, including masks, and that policy had been shared with the White House. When asked if the company would require Trump to wear the equipment, spokeswoman Rachel McCleery said, “The White House has its own safety and testing policies in place and will make its own determination.”

And Ford has a reason to play it safe. On Wednesday, Reuters noted:

Ford Motor Co on Wednesday closed two U.S. assembly plants as the coronavirus pandemic wreaked early havoc with the No. 2 U.S. automaker’s plan to restart North American production and begin making its most profitable vehicles again.

Ford closed its Dearborn, Michigan, plant due to a positive COVID-19 test by one worker, while its Chicago assembly plant was closed due to a parts shortage, Ford spokeswoman Kelli Felker said.

As for Trump, when he was asked whether he would put on a mask to tour the Ford plant, he gave this wishy-washy response, “I don’t know. It depends. I mean, you know, in certain areas, I would. In certain areas, I don’t. But I will certainly look at it.”

Watch more from the ABC affiliate in Western Michigan above.

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NBC News: White House portrait unveiling may be the latest casualty of the political divide

Rolling Stone senior writer Jamil Smith remarked, Trump refusing to reveal Obama’s presidential portrait isn’t ‘the latest casualty of the political divide.’ It is, at best, a tantrum. At worst? An evangelist of white supremacy refuses, yet again, to allow that anyone but a white man can hold that office.”

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Randy Rainbow Parodies Donald Trump’s Effort At “Distraction”

Randy Rainbow has done it again. His latest parody is a remake of the song “Tradition” from “Fiddler on the Roof.” His version is called “Distraction” and it takes on Donald Trump’s effort to deflect time and again. Take a look.

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Trump “Flooding the Zone With Sh*t” Over False “Obamagate” Claim

Donald Trump is once again demonstrating how to turn a blatant lie, an invented non-scandal, into an influential story.

And he has a potent tool to accomplish it: the mainstream media.

In 2016, it was Hillary Clinton’s emails.

In 2020, it’s “Obamagate.”

There’s no point in unpacking this theory here because it’s bullshit and everyone knows it,” writes Voxs Sean Illing, who then adds what he calls “the simplest version possible”:

“‘Deep state’ holdovers from the Obama administration allegedly spearheaded the prosecution of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn as part of a broader scheme to undermine the Trump presidency.”

That’s it. But what is Trump actually accusing President Obama of doing?

He’s unwilling, or incapable, of making that clear, although he’s obviously obsessed with demolishing anything his predecessor accomplished.

Indeed, even Trump may not know what he’s talking about; reporters have asked him to explain and he responds either by accusing  Obama of being “grossly incompetent” without details, or beating a hasty retreat.

But Trump repeatedly mentions the supposed scandal, saying without evidence that Obama and Joe Biden were somehow tied to what he claims was “the biggest political crime in American history, by far!’” says the Guardian.

It’s worth noting that Attorney General William Barr said on Monday that he does not expect the Justice Department to pursue criminal investigations of Obama or Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee for president.

Yet, as Illing puts it, Trump keeps right on “flooding the zone with shit.”

Which keeps “Obamagate” in the headlines, creating an illusion of reality where none actually exists.

It’s becoming clear that journalists never fully reckoned with the mistakes of 2016 campaign coverage. We know this because they seem poised to repeat them,” Washington Post media columnist Margaret Sullivan wrote on Monday.

“As you may recall, the news media — from Fox News to the New York Times and plenty of others across the political spectrum — managed to make the relative molehill of Hillary Clinton’s dicey email practices into a daily obsession, roughly equal to the mountain of Donald Trump’s financial and personal transgressions.”

Well, don’t look now but this is happening again before our eyes,” Sullivan says.

Yes, we’ve seen all this before — yet the power of the presidency is such that journalism find it impossible to ignore.

“Watching the media pounce on this story like greyhounds chasing mechanical rabbits has been painful, but also deeply familiar,” writes Illing on Vox.

It’s a pattern we’ve seen unfold countless times. The president unleashes a tweetstorm, millions of people retweet it, right-wing media boosts the signal, and then mainstream media outlets cover it, often breathlessly.”

Illing says journalism is struggling with an utterly changed “information landscape” in this digital age, which overwhelms people with information — whether true, false, or deliberately misleading.

“Trying to cover every crazy story, every batshit claim, is a fool’s errand,” Illing writes.

“The end result of so much noise is what I’ve called ‘manufactured nihilism,’ a situation in which people are so skeptical about the possibility of truth that they give up the search.”

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Vox: Trump “Flooding the Zone With Sh*t” Over False “Obamagate” Claim

Donald Trump is once again demonstrating how to turn a blatant lie, an invented non-scandal, into an influential story.

And he has a potent tool to accomplish it: the mainstream media.

In 2016, it was Hillary Clinton’s emails.

In 2020, it’s “Obamagate.”

There’s no point in unpacking this theory here because it’s bullshit and everyone knows it,” writes Voxs Sean Illing, who then adds what he calls “the simplest version possible”:

“‘Deep state’ holdovers from the Obama administration allegedly spearheaded the prosecution of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn as part of a broader scheme to undermine the Trump presidency.”

That’s it. But what is Trump actually accusing President Obama of doing?

He’s unwilling, or incapable, of making that clear, although he’s obviously obsessed with demolishing anything his predecessor accomplished.

Indeed, even Trump may not know what he’s talking about; reporters have asked him to explain and he responds either by accusing  Obama of being “grossly incompetent” without details, or beating a hasty retreat.

But Trump repeatedly mentions the supposed scandal, saying without evidence that Obama and Joe Biden were somehow tied to what he claims was “the biggest political crime in American history, by far!’” says the Guardian.

It’s worth noting that Attorney General William Barr said on Monday that he does not expect the Justice Department to pursue criminal investigations of Obama or Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee for president.

Yet, as Illing puts it, Trump keeps right on “flooding the zone with shit.”

Which keeps “Obamagate” in the headlines, creating an illusion of reality where none actually exists.

It’s becoming clear that journalists never fully reckoned with the mistakes of 2016 campaign coverage. We know this because they seem poised to repeat them,” Washington Post media columnist Margaret Sullivan wrote on Monday.

“As you may recall, the news media — from Fox News to the New York Times and plenty of others across the political spectrum — managed to make the relative molehill of Hillary Clinton’s dicey email practices into a daily obsession, roughly equal to the mountain of Donald Trump’s financial and personal transgressions.”

Well, don’t look now but this is happening again before our eyes,” Sullivan says.

Yes, we’ve seen all this before — yet the power of the presidency is such that journalism find it impossible to ignore.

“Watching the media pounce on this story like greyhounds chasing mechanical rabbits has been painful, but also deeply familiar,” writes Illing on Vox.

It’s a pattern we’ve seen unfold countless times. The president unleashes a tweetstorm, millions of people retweet it, right-wing media boosts the signal, and then mainstream media outlets cover it, often breathlessly.”

Illing says journalism is struggling with an utterly changed “information landscape” in this digital age, which overwhelms people with information — whether true, false, or deliberately misleading.

“Trying to cover every crazy story, every batshit claim, is a fool’s errand,” Illing writes.

“The end result of so much noise is what I’ve called ‘manufactured nihilism,’ a situation in which people are so skeptical about the possibility of truth that they give up the search.”

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Donald Trump Tells Us How He Really Feels About Coronavirus Testing

Donald Trump infamously said, “anybody that wants a test, can get a test.” Not only is that still not true, but based on what the president said Thursday night, even if the U.S. had the capability to test everyone, he doesn’t want to do widespread testing. While speaking from a medical equipment distribution center in Allentown, Pennsylvania where he again didn’t wear a mask, Trump said testing could be “overrated.” He then went on to give his analysis on why less testing would keep the number of positive results down (duh!).

Sure there would be fewer confirmed cases of coronavirus, but there are countless problems with this logic (or lack of logic). Less testing would most likely mean a higher death, more people left without the proper treatment, no contact tracing and the list goes on and on.

Meanwhile, there is a report today that the White House did indeed talk about testing fewer people. The Daily Beast reports “Trump feared testing too many people for virus would spook stock markets.”

 In a quote attributed to an unnamed Trump confidant who is said to speak to the president frequently, it’s claimed: “Jared [Kushner] had been arguing that testing too many people, or ordering too many ventilators, would spook the markets and so we just shouldn’t do it… That advice worked far more powerfully on [Trump] than what the scientists were saying. He thinks they always exaggerate.” 

The testing comment is also now the subject of parody videos.

And it’s also magnified the obvious, there still aren’t enough tests.

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