Media Dislikes Freedom of the Press

Yes, you read that correctly.

What else can you assume when One America News has been thrown out of the daily White House coronavirus briefings – by the press itself.

Yesterday and the day before President Trump had the audacity to call on the network’s White House correspondent, Chanel Rion. He even praised the network, as he has before.

She asked a question that was not a gotcha one. This got her kicked out of the White House press.
Gatewaypundit reports:
“One America News Network has been removed by the White House Correspondents Association from the rotation of press outlets granted seats at the daily White House coronavirus task force briefings after OANN reporter Chanel Rion allegedly violated in-house rules by twice showing up at the briefings without an assigned seat. The seating for the press has been limited due to CDC guidelines for social distancing because of the COVID-19 Chinese coronavirus pandemic. Rion has attended the briefings as a guest of White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham.”

Rion asked Defense Secretary Mike Esper about the WHO confirming that Iran has been downplaying the number of its coronavirus victims.
“CBS News White House reporter Paula Reid complained about Rion’s appearance at the briefing, “OANN reporter once again standing in back of WH Briefing in defiance of social distancing requirements set in place by @WHCA. OANN is in the rotation of reporters who get to attend briefings but seem to think they get to play by different rules & put safety at risk.”

That prompted the White House Correspondents Association to send this announcement:


It was fast too. Just hours after the briefing.

Guess who the president of the WHCA is? Jonathan Karl. Of ABC News. A decidedly leftist Democrat.

This isn’t the first time OAN’s Rion has gotten nasty notes from other press.
I think it was just last week that this note was left for her:

As much as they decry anyone who criticizes a woman, calling it sexist and misogynistic, it’s open season on a conservative one. The fact that she’s good looking probably offends them, too.
Do you think if Jim Acosta of CNN was at the back of the room asking questions, the press would call for his ouster?

I think the answer to that question shows that freedom of the press applies only to Leftists. The rest of the press is to be destroyed.

How to Rebut Dem Talking Points

With the media in a complete frenzy – all you have to do is watch the afternoon Covid 19 briefings to watch reporters desperately searching for Trump gotcha moments – the lies about Trump replicate as fast as the coronavirus.

Even a 60 Minutes Australia piece on the pandemic, which I happened to see, hysterically blamed the spread on just two people: Chinese Chairman Xi and Donald Trump!

Who doubts the Dems will soon take up this mantra?

To counter the propaganda and restore your own sanity, I’m sharing some arguments to dispel the lies.

One you see and hear all the time is that Trump eliminated the NSC Directorate handling global pandemics. This charge was first brought up by Democrat candidate Joe Biden.

Sounds terrible! Makes for a good headline.

Unfortunately for the Left, it’s not true.

Frontpagemag reports, “Not surprisingly, Biden’s very serious charge caught the media’s attention on a grand scale. Too bad it was an unadulterated lie. Former National Security Council (NSC) official Tim Morrison, who was the senior director for counter-proliferation and bio-defense at the NSC when Trump’s ‘draconian cuts’ had supposedly occurred, explains that the office in question was simply combined with others in a reorganization that ‘left the bio-defense staff unaffected.’ ‘What actually happened,’ says the American Spectator, ‘was that the president streamlined the bloated NSC, reorganizing some sections to accomplish that goal. In that process, three departments with roughly the same mission were consolidated.’ Morrison painstakingly laid out these facts in an op-ed published by the Washington Post, where he not only praised the president for his efforts to ‘finally create real accountability in the federal government’s expansive bio-defense system,’ but also derided critics for having ‘misconstrued or intentionally misrepresented’ the facts regarding Trump’s action.”

Another lie: Trump didn’t act fast enough. Nancy Pelosi has reinvigorated this charge. On Sunday talk shows she accused Trump of “fiddling while people are dying” from the virus. She has even invoked Watergate by asking on Twitter “what did the President know and when did he know it?”

Shameless.

As with every Democrat trick, the purpose is to deflect from their own inaction. While Trump created a White House Coronavirus Task Force on January 29, the Dems gave no attention to it. The Senate impeachment trial started January 21 and was occupying their every moment.

On January 31, Trump declared coronavirus a public health emergency and banned all travel from China to the U.S. Even Dr. Fauci has said this move “absolutely went a long way towards limiting infections in the U.S.”

By contrast, Biden and the Dems objected and cried racism even after he banned travel from Europe.

They don’t care to remember that now. They were infected with impeachment-itis. It wasn’t until February 5 that the House Committee on Foreign Affairs held its first coronavirus hearing.

While the Dems were still pushing illegal immigration, Trump shut the southern and northern borders in March.

While the media and the Dems were poo poo-ing all the avenues being explored for a cure, the Trump administration was busy with “around-the-clock efforts to accelerate the development of coronavirus diagnostic capabilities, treatments, and vaccines, on February 29 the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) issued emergency approval for the development of new commercial coronavirus tests. To enable this goal to be realized as quickly as possible, President Trump instructed the agency to dramatically cut the bureaucratic red tape that traditionally had stood in the way of swift action. Meanwhile, the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) provided large sums of money to help accelerate the production of diagnostic tests. Trump also issued emergency orders that allowed HHS “to immediately waive provisions of applicable laws and regulations to give [all] healthcare providers maximum flexibility to respond to the virus and care for patients.” And on March 16, the National Institutes of Health announced the start of a clinical trial aimed at creating a coronavirus vaccine — representing one of the fastest vaccine-development launches in the history of medicine,” according to frontpagemag.

What was the next talking point? Trump endorsed an unknown medicine in hydroxychloroquine, a tested malaria drug. It has proven 95% successful in its use. I’m not sure the same can be said of aspirin or ibuprofen for the common headache.

Then we have the charge of not enough respirators, ventilators and masks. Trump himself shot this down with the simple truth that the Obama administration didn’t replace or increase our national stockpile.
Frontpagemag again notes, “On March 4, HHS announced that it was going to purchase 500 million N95 respirators for the Strategic National Stockpile. A week later, President Trump signed a memorandum directing his administration to make general-use face masks available to healthcare workers. And six days after that, on March 17, the Department of Defense, in response to a request by the president, announced that it would be providing 5 million additional respirator masks as well as 2,000 specialized ventilators.”

When New York Governor Andrew Cuomo bitched that the Trump people were not giving New York City enough of ventilators and respirators, it turns out that he himself rejected bumping up stockpiles of them years ago. You see, it’s much more fun to spend money on pet SJW projects than on boring things like medical equipment.

The Dems are not done. They will continue to cry “Incompetence!” “Chaos!” “Racism!” and “Uncaring!”
It won’t work. Americans can see daily at these briefings that the President is all over this.

While they try to chip away at his presidency, he will chip away at their truthfulness.

Which one do you think will triumph?

More on the New America

How will the pandemic shape our country?

Yesterday I put forward some ideas.

Already mentioned is that big cities will change or lose population as close proximity breeds infection and small, cramped quarters means most cannot stockpile anything for more than a day. We already see how that turns out when our supply chain is disrupted.

The blog AccordingtoHoyt has a few more in an article entitled “The Shape of the Future.” One of them is that mayors and city councils, plus police chiefs will use a crisis like this for a power grab. Our own city is experiencing this with Mayor Strickland ordering shelter in place and now suggesting that services will be lagging. At least he hasn’t gone like San Francisco and Los Angeles where mayors threaten to turn off utilities and water to those who don’t comply.

Or like Cincinnati and Philadelphia police suspend response to burglary, theft and assault.

Kansas City residents have been told to snitch on any neighbors not complying with stay at home rules.
Michigan and Nevada governors have banned the prescribing of hydroxychloriquine for patients. In some states, governors have tried to shut down gun sales. That is achieving one of the Left’s most ardent wishes – ending the Second Amendment.
Most of these officials are Democrats and they are all too eager to take power.

Hoyt also points out that the press should be completely distrusted after this latest episode. How far can you fall when you’ve already hit rock bottom?

She also notes, “Things that will not come back, not even if you want them to: Comic bookshops, bookstores, recreational conventions and even to some extent business gatherings in other cities.
There will be some… I think it does something important. But who knows. Anyway, in the secondary effects from that, I think that paper books will basically go by the way side as a separate commodity. Those who want them CAN get them from Amazon. This means that traditional publishers just lost their advantage over indies.”

I concur.

Online shopping will increase. Who hasn’t relied on Amazon at least several times to get items to get through this shut down? Even though most of us detest Jeff Bezos, there is not yet an alternative.

The blogger feels that “Weirdly I really don’t think restaurants will be affected IN THE LONG RUN. Sure, you’re going to see a lot more pick up and delivery. They were already trending that way. But people eat together with friends and acquaintances. It’s a behavior as old as time.”

One plus I hope increases in this crisis is more restaurant home delivery. There are many restaurants that are too noisy, too loud for conversations. The times when food has been delivered to my door have been very satisfactory. You can provide your own drinks – alcoholic or not – which is always a big portion of a bill. There is no worry about driving home after dinner either, should the driver have over imbibed.

Movie theaters will have to adjust, too. Perhaps there will be fewer of them. Interestingly, Malco has announced they will deliver five pounds of their popcorn to your home. Maybe they sense home viewing parties are a wave of the future.

Photographers have adapted, too. In Memphis one of them has started taking pictures of families in their home. You get in your window, she comes by, snaps it and you have a memory of the times. In the slack time, this person has found a way to prosper.

The author points out that how we work will change. Many younger people are happily working from home. My daughter and son-in-law have been doing it for weeks. It saves her more than two hours a day in commute, plus the gas cost. Seems to be working out well.
As a corollary, Hoyt believes that more and more people who marry will be in the same kind of job interest. Makes sense.

Working from home in some instances can also mean moving away from expensive metropolitan areas. If you ever watch HGTV, you might have seen the show Home Town, in which two residents of Laurel, Mississippi, take houses and remake them all for about $100,000. That won’t buy you a closet in New York or D.C. Smart young people will decide they’d rather own a three bedroom house in a quiet neighborhood than never get beyond renting in an urban one.

The same change in work habits will hit education. It needs it. Traditional schools with their high cost of maintenance, outdated system of summer vacation and endless money requests is due for a kick. We are not seeing a return on investments. Surely some places will be open to teaching in small groups at home via the computer. Could it be worse than the results we have now?

Hoyt concludes:

There will be other things. Some of them trivial. I think wearing masks inn public is going to be as much a thing here as in Japan. Partly because of the remembered shock of this month. Partly because I’ll be honest my kids’ generation always thought they were cool, since they grew up with anime.
And there will be things we can’t even imagine (the bane of SF writers everywhere) which come from this month.
I expect the reverberations of it to work themselves through every aspect of our life, from trivial to profound for the rest of my life, even if we recover enough for me to have another 30 to 40 years ahead of me.
Keep in mind the shape of the future and work towards making it better and more individual.
On the way there, expect us to have serious challenges and an attempt to completely dismantle the republic (like we never had those before. I do however expect this one to come in the next couple of weeks and be in-your-face-blatant. I hope I’m wrong. If I’m right cross my palm with silver. Or send me $5.)

If we survive, though, there is a bright, beckoning future. For us, for America, for all we hold dear.

Go work.

A New America?

There is no doubt that the unprecedented self quarantining of Americans will have a lasting effect on our national psyche.

But what will that be exactly?

It should be that our citizens realize that the Democrats care as much about our citizens as the coronavirus does its host. Like the virus, they want to suck the life out of the country for their own benefit, then move on.

The Left dreams of remaking America and Nancy Pelosi in particular wants to use this tragedy as a means of achieving her new America, devoid of any Constitutional requirements, capitalism, freedom or the ideas put forward by the Framers.

Since Trump is in charge, this will not happen.

Instead, we may arrive at a new America more within the vision of our Founders.

The ideas of open borders, fake “free trade” with China that eviscerates our own businesses, silly regulations that constrict growth and are the life blood of bureaucrats will suffer a demise. Globalism is dead. It should be, because now we know it is deadly. Just look at Italy.

So is life in a big urban center like New York. Long have the denizens of New York and LA looked down on flyover country. We drive our own cars! We can’t use a subway! We can’t stand in line with dozens of others at Zabar’s for a bagel. We can’t fork over a week’s salary for a squeezed in seat at Broadway’s Hamilton. And we keep stores of provisions in our energy gluttinous homes instead of being environmentally friendly and living day by day. We even use plastic bags at the grocery store because we are not “woke” enough to realize how we’re sickening Mother Earth.

Manhattanites, you might want to rethink that now as New York is the epicenter of the coronavirus.

Victor Davis Hanson has some further reflections:

COVID-19 will create bipartisan pressure to adopt policies of keeping key U.S. industries — such as medical supplies, pharmaceuticals, and military applied high-tech — in America. Americans will not again wish to outsource the vast majority of their chemotherapy-drug, antibiotic, and heart-medicine production to a government that cannot be trusted and that sees such globalized output as a weapon to be used in extremis.

Although we cannot see it now, spin-off effects from the panic and frenzy will eventually fuel more economic recovery. Oil prices are nearing record modern lows, ensuring cheap gas for spring and summer American drivers. Cheap mortgages and car loans likewise will spur buying, as will relief once the virus wanes and splurging ensue.

It will be salutary for Americans to once again appreciate the value of muscular labor, as those who grow food, transport it, and provide us energy and sanitation while protecting us from danger, foreign and domestic, have allowed millions of Americans to stay home, sequestered and quarantined but safe with plenty of food, water, and uninterrupted sanitation and public safety. In these days of crisis, we should not forget that millions of often unmentioned Americans have made us the world’s greatest energy and most diverse food producer — a singular position that China, with over four times our population, envies.

Before the outbreak, China was trying to game its trade war in terms of how best to hurt the hated Trump administration. Ironically, its abhorrence only strengthened the U.S. in ways no one in the pre-COVID-19 days could have imagined.

Call it paradox, irony, karma, or even tragedy, but China emerges from its deceit about the coronavirus outbreak in its weakest position since its Westernization began under Deng Xiaoping. And the U.S., after some rocky months ahead, if it stays calm, will likely reemerge in its strongest state in memory vis-à-vis its rivals.

I believe so, too.

400K Infected Here?

That’s the headline on the front page of today’s CA.
“If Memphis metropolitan area residents don’t take social distancing seriously and don’t stop going to work, more than 8,000 people could die and more than 400,000 people could be infected, according to data presented to local leaders.”
Or not.
The writer goes on to say that that is the worst case scenario given to local health leaders by experts and advisors.
So far, we have had no deaths from the corona virus here, as far as I know.
Hysterical headlines like this one really don’t serve any purpose. They are hypothetical and most hypotheticals never come to pass in my experience.
It’s good to stress the need for social distancing, but realistically that can only work for so long. People can’t keep up with the stress without reaching a breaking point.
I was curious as to how Memphis fared in the 1918 Spanish flu epidemic by comparison.
There is a very interesting breakdown of it in a 2011 issue of Memphis magazine by Michael Finger. It’s entitled “The Return of the Spanish Lady? The 1918 flu pandemic was one of the greatest killers in history. Is there a chance it could happen again?”
There are two parts to it. You can see them here: https://memphismagazine.com/features/the-return-of-the-spanish-lady/ and https://memphismagazine.com/features/the-return-of-the-spanish-lady-pt-ii/.

The flu hit us in September of 1918 and almost 500 Memphians died of it. In New York, the toll was 33,000.
The first Memphian who died of it here was Elliott Fontaine, of the prominent Fontaine family. He died quickly in his bedroom of the family mansion, The Woodruff-Fontaine House.
The mayor shut down schools, churches, places of amusement, “movie picture houses,” dance halls and restaurants.
The CA at that time – not surprisingly for journalistic predictions – said “There is no reason whatsoever for hysteria.”
The Spanish flu hit people between 20 and 60 the hardest. This one is different. Today, also, we are much more aware of how a virus gets from one person to another.
Read both articles. They are quite instructive.

John Who?

Not too long ago, all you read or heard about on cable news networks was John Bolton.

Bolton was going to be the one who took President Trump down.

Adam Schiff & co. wanted him to talk to Congress. Some senators demanded he speak to them to spill the beans on the dastardly Ukraine Trump deal. Bolton managed to leak part of his manuscript to hint that he – being an insider – had all the dirt on Trump. Trump haters were salivating.

After the impeachment imploded, Bolton was still an object of desire for Dems. They envisioned hearings where he would lambaste Trump.

Then the Coronavirus happened.

Suddenly, John Bolton and his importance have receded. His book, too, evidently.

According to the New York Post, the book was supposed to be published March 17. Yesterday. Now it will be May 12.

Simon & Schuster, the book publishing giant, which is on the block, sorely needs John Bolton’s new book, “The Room Where it Happened,” to be a mega hit.

But the publisher was forced to postpone the scheduled launch date from March 17 to May 12.

“The new date reflects the fact that the government review of the work is ongoing,” S&S said earlier this week.

The publisher paid a reported $2 million to the former top national security advisor to President Trump, who has hinted that he has dramatic disclosures to make regarding the president and Ukraine.

S&S could use a big hit. The publisher’s revenue last year fell 1 percent, to $814 million, and operating income before depreciation and amortization declined to $143 million, from $153 million in 2018.

Fourth-quarter revenue fell 29 percent, because in 2018 it had a runaway bestseller in Bob Woodward’s book “Fear.”

Uh oh. John Bolton is not longer hot. He’s so yesterday. We have more important things to think about than the bitter musings of a rejected nobody.

A Day to Pray

Every day is a day to pray, but President Trump has announced today as a national day of prayer and made it one officially.

I hope everyone does take time today to pray for our nation.

Prayer has had a big influence on history. It’s something you don’t hear much about. Gee, I wonder why.

When the Muslim Turks were almost to the gate of Vienna, the pope asked everyone in Europe to pray. The ensuing battle of Lepanto saw the Austrian soldiers facing an overwhelming Muslim onslaught. Every Austrian prayed the rosary, every soldier went to Mass and had communion before the battle and the unlikely victory saved Europe.

In our own country, George Washington received a vision at Valley Forge that sustained him and helped him push on to victory. You can read about it here: https://www.ushistory.org/valleyforge/washington/vision.html

Many of us consider Trump’s election to have been a miracle in itself.

In your own life, you’ve had instances where prayers were answered in critical circumstances. I know I have.

I am very glad President Trump has taken this step. Here is his statement:

In our times of greatest need, Americans have always turned to prayer to help guide us through trials and periods of uncertainty. As we continue to face the unique challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic, millions of Americans are unable to gather in their churches, temples, synagogues, mosques, and other houses of worship.

In this time we must not cease asking God for added wisdom, comfort, and strength, and we must especially pray for those who have suffered harm or who have lost loved ones. I ask you to join me in a day of prayer for all people who have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic and to pray for God’s healing hand to be placed on the people of our Nation.

As your President, I ask you to pray for the health and well-being of your fellow Americans and to remember that no problem is too big for God to handle. We should all take to heart the holy words found in 1 Peter 5:7: “Casting all your care upon him, for he careth for you.” Let us pray that all those affected by the virus will feel the presence of our Lord’s protection and love during this time. With God’s help, we will overcome this threat.

On Friday, I declared a national emergency and took other bold actions to help deploy the full power of the Federal Government to assist with efforts to combat the coronavirus pandemic.

I now encourage all Americans to pray for those on the front lines of the response, especially our Nation’s outstanding medical professionals and public health officials who are working tirelessly to protect all of us from the coronavirus and treat patients who are infected; all of our courageous first responders, National Guard, and dedicated individuals who are working to ensure the health and safety of our communities; and our Federal, State, and local leaders.

We are confident that He will provide them with the wisdom they need to make difficult decisions and take decisive actions to protect Americans all across the country. As we come to our Father in prayer, we remember the words found in Psalm 91: “He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.”

As we unite in prayer, we are reminded that there is no burden too heavy for God to lift or for this country to bear with His help. Luke 1:37 promises that “For with God nothing shall be impossible,” and those words are just as true today as they have ever been.

As one Nation under God, we are greater than the hardships we face, and through prayer and acts of compassion and love, we will rise to this challenge and emerge stronger and more united than ever before. May God bless each of you, and may God bless the United States of America.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim March 15, 2020, as a National Day of Prayer for All Americans Affected by the Coronavirus Pandemic and for our National Response Efforts. I urge Americans of all faiths and religious traditions and backgrounds to offer prayers for all those affected, including people who have suffered harm or lost loved ones.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this fourteenth day of March, in the year of our Lord two thousand twenty, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-fourth.

DONALD J. TRUMP

City Council Idea Is Garbage

Our Memphis City Council, in an effort to show how woke and politically correct their members are, has been promoting a fee on plastic bags.

They want to charge shoppers as much as 7 cents a bag for their groceries or other goods.

The CA has reported, “City Councilman Berlin Boyd has argued the proposal would help reduce both trash disposal costs and litter, especially in streams and rivers.

“‘This isn’t about revenue to the city of Memphis, this is about sustainability and protecting our waterways,'” Boyd said last year.

“The tax aims to prompt people to bring their own bags to stores.”

They have not yet moved this forward, perhaps since the state itself passed a law, HB1021, which bars local governments from making rules regarding the “use, disposition, or sale of an auxiliary container.” In April Gov. Lee signed the bill. Our city and others in Tennessee have been working to fight it.

The bill is a good thing.

An article from City Journal entitled “Greening Our Way to Infection” explains why.

The COVID-19 outbreak is giving new meaning to those “sustainable” shopping bags that politicians and environmentalists have been so eager to impose on the public. These reusable tote bags can sustain the COVID-19 and flu viruses—and spread the viruses throughout the store.

Researchers have been warning for years about the risks of these bags spreading deadly viral and bacterial diseases, but public officials have ignored their concerns, determined to eliminate single-use bags and other plastic products despite their obvious advantages in reducing the spread of pathogens. In New York State, a new law took effect this month banning single-use plastic bags in most retail businesses, and this week Democratic state legislators advanced a bill that would force coffee shops to accept consumers’ reusable cups—a practice that Starbucks and other chains have wisely suspended to avoid spreading the COVID-19 virus.

The COVID-19 virus is just one of many pathogens that shoppers can spread unless they wash the bags regularly, which few people bother to do. Viruses and bacteria can survive in the tote bags up to nine days, according to one study of coronaviruses.

The risk of spreading viruses was clearly demonstrated in a 2018 study published in the Journal of Environmental Health. The researchers, led by Ryan Sinclair of the Loma Linda University School of Public Health, sent shoppers into three California grocery stores carrying polypropylene plastic tote bags that had been sprayed with a harmless surrogate of a virus.

After the shoppers bought groceries and checked out, the researchers found sufficiently high traces of the surrogate to risk transmission on the hands of the shoppers and checkout clerks, as well as on many surfaces touched by the shoppers, including packaged food, unpackaged produce, shopping carts, checkout counters, and the touch screens used to pay for groceries. The researchers said that the results warranted the adaptation of “in-store hand hygiene” and “surface disinfection” by merchants, and they also recommended educating shoppers to wash their bags.

An earlier study of supermarkets in Arizona and California found large numbers of bacteria in almost all the reusable bags—and no contamination in any of the new single-use plastic bags. When a bag with meat juice on the interior was stored in the trunk of a car, within two hours the number of bacteria multiplied tenfold.

The researchers also found that the vast majority of shoppers never followed the advice to wash their bags. One of the researchers, Charles Gerba of the University of Arizona, said that the findings “suggest a serious threat to public health,” particularly from fecal coliform bacteria, which was found in half the bags. These bacteria and other pathogens can be transferred from raw meat in the bag and also from other sources. An outbreak of viral gastroenteritis among a girls’ soccer team in Oregon was traced to a resuable grocery bag that had sat on the floor of a hotel bathroom.

In a 2012 study, researchers analyzed the effects of San Francisco’s ban on single-use plastic grocery bags by comparing emergency-room admissions in the city against those of nearby counties without the bag ban. The researchers, Jonathan Klick of the University of Pennsylvania and Joshua Wright of George Mason University, reported a 25 percent increase in bacteria-related illnesses and deaths in San Francisco relative to the other counties. The city’s Department of Public Health disputed the findings and methodology but acknowledged that “the idea that widespread use of reusable bags may cause gastrointenstinal infections if they are not regularly cleaned is plausible.”

It only makes sense. The Social Justice Warriors might feel good about themselves, but not feel good later. They don’t need to drag