Corona Hysteria Debunked

On twitter, a writer named Steve Guest had a thread in answer to this weekend’s news cluster bash of Trump and the Coronavirus.

Here’s the thread:

NBC’s Chuck Todd is misleading the American people.

It’s Democrats & the MSM who are politicizing coronavirus, not Republicans.

So @chucktodd, you asked for it, I’ll name some names of Democrats and the media who are trying to score political points with coronavirus.

From the beginning, @GOPChairwoman and @DonaldJTrumpJrhave been calling out the Democrats for politicizing coronavirus.

Example: Schumer & Warren have falsely accused the president of having no plan, despite CDC having a 52-page planned response.

Michael Bloomberg purchased 3 minutes of commercial air time on CBS and NBC to run an ad for his campaign about coronavirus.

Reminder: A month ago, President Trump issued travel restrictions for people coming from China.

That’s the preparedness @realDonaldTrump has brought.

Regarding the media, Politico is publishing false stories about President Trump.

Reminder: President Trump did not call coronavirus a hoax.

The New York Times published this bonkers headline: “Let’s Call It Trumpvirus.”

Not subtle at all in their attempt to link coronavirus to Trump.

The subhead: “If you’re feeling awful, you know who to blame.”

The New York Times also published this disgusting headline: “Trump Makes Us Ill.”

Not to be left out, The Washington Post has published this unhinged article.

Back to Democrat politicians…

Joe Biden is lying about the Trump administration’s response to coronavirus.

No officials were muzzled.


Joe Biden just touted the debunked talking point that President Trump had muzzled Doctor Fauci form discussing the coronavirus.

This is what Fauci had to say about that claim yesterday:

“I’ve never been muzzled ever and I’ve been doing this since…Reagan.”

Earlier this week, Michael Bloomberg and Joe Biden were called out by the AP for lying about President Trump cutting funding to the CDC and NIH.

The facts from the Associated Press: Financing has increased to the CDC and the NIH.
Here are a couple examples of people wanting to infect @realDonaldTrump
and his supporters with coronavirus.

Here are Democrat Rep. John Garamendi’s threatening remarks about @DonaldJTrumpJr: “He shouldn’t be near… There would be a serious altercation… Don Jr. better not get any place close to me. It would not be a healthy situation.”

No pushback from MSNBC.
Back to my thread of naming names of Democrats who are politicizing coronavirus.

Democrat Rep. Ted Lieu perpetuated the false “hoax” narrative to the tune of 45,000 likes on Twitter.

Another example of Michael Bloomberg with a clear political motivation behind his coronavirus response.

Furthermore, on CNN, their coverage of coronavirus has been devoted to Trump bashing.

STUDY: Trump-Bashing Takes up Majority of CNN’s Coronavirus Coverage (Newsbusters)

Another example of Michael Bloomberg trying to score political points by repeating false info.

Michael Bloomberg repeated the false claim that President Trump referred to the coronavirus as a “hoax.”

CBS News’ Scott Pelley pointed out that President Trump actually said the media & Democrat hysteria about the government coronavirus response was a hoax, NOT the virus.

And here’s The New York Times’ Edward Wong at it too.

The @nytimes’s “Diplomatic Correspondent” just went on CBS’s Face The Nation and spread the blatantly false narrative that @realDonaldTrump called coronavirus a “new hoax by the Democrats.”

REMINDER: President Trump did not call coronavirus a hoax.

Mr. Reagan Must See

Yesterday I saw that Rush Limbaugh’s show – about an hour and a half of it – can be seen for free on YouTube.

He doesn’t post it til around 3 p.m. our time, but it’s a nice way to catch him if you didn’t listen. It’s also nice to see him at his desk.

YouTube continues to eat away at television networks. You can watch what you want, zip through ads, and suit your own tastes.

I’ve highlighted Mr. Reagan videos before, but this one from yesterday was superb. Catch the part where Americans are asked to find a country – any country – on a map of the globe. It will rock you. It persuades me that no more tax money should go to traditional education. It isn’t getting the job done.

Voting Has Started

Although the election date is March 3, early voting has started.

Here’s a little info provided by the Shelby County Republicans. Paul Boyd is the former Probate Court Clerk.

Candidates fro RNC delegate are provided here as a courtesy. Those candidates from Shelby County are Peggy Larkin, Nichole Bufolino, Elaine Ervin, Jim Craig and the bottom 9th Congressional district list.

State wide candidates – vote for 14
Steve Allbrooks
Julia Atchley-Pace
Mae Beavers
Chad Blackburn
Linda D. Buckles
Jane Chedester
Beth Scott Clayton
Douglas M. Englen
Lei Ann Gleaves
Shannon Haynes
Jack Johnson
Amy Jones
William Lamberth
Peggy Larkin
Jennifer Inman Little
Mary Littleton
Raul Lopez
Paulina Albornoz Madaris
Nazar Sharanshi
Robin T. Smith
Dalton Temple
Rick Tillis
Susan Richardson Williams
Marsha Yessick
Jake Adams
Wanda J. Cooke
Leslie D. Mills
Patricia D. Mills
Larry M. Sims

8th Congressional Distrist – vote for 3
Nichole Bufalino
Joseph S. Coury
Elaine S. Ervin
Charlotte Kelley
Steve Maroney
Jim Craig

9th Congressional Distrist – vote for 3
Charlotte Bergmann
Drew Daniel
Tina R. McElravey
Terry Roland
Arnold Weiner

Film Looks at Memphis

A new movie spotlights three American cities in the grip of decay.

Memphis is one of them featured in “America Lost.” Tyler O’Neil of PJ media reports:

When Donald Trump won his historic upset victory in 2016, media outlets briefly turned to the “forgotten” men and women of rural America and those in once-great American cities now crumbling. The “Great Revolt,” as Salena Zito explains it, describes a political realignment aimed at revitalizing broken communities. Yet according to a groundbreaking new film, the true answer to urban decay, broken families, and ballooning debt from dependence on social programs isn’t more government but a return to the traditional sources of meaning: faith, family, work, and community.

Filmmaker Christopher Rufo traveled to three crumbling American cities — Youngstown, Ohio; Memphis, Tenn.; and Stockton, Calif. — and documented the deep human struggles of communities left behind as the 1950s industrial boom yielded to a new kind of economy in the 21st century. America Lost explains why top-down government solutions fail to address this urban decay and the film suggests a better path forward.

“Political leaders have long promised to transform poor communities from the top-down, but the situation in places like Youngstown, Memphis, and Stockton is more desperate than ever,” Rufo told PJ Media on Thursday. “While making America Lost, I witnessed another model: communities have stopped waiting for solutions from D.C. and started to take their destiny into their own hands. I call this the ‘inside-out’ model, which recognizes that families, neighborhoods, and churches are the real building blocks of society, and within the direct control of local communities. That’s the hope for the future of these cities.”

America Lost represents the culmination of 5 years of research on Rufo’s part, exploring the “lost American interior.”

“Today, more than 50 million Americans live in distressed communities, with high rates of unemployment, addiction, crime, and violence,” he explains in the film. “I thought I’d be telling an economic story, but over time I discovered there’s a deeper, human crisis. We’re coming apart economically, to be sure, but we’re also coming apart as a culture.”

Turning to Youngstown, a burgeoning steel hub in the 1950s, the documentary shows images of former Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama addressing this once-great American city. “For decades, presidential candidates from both political parties have made the pilgrimage to Youngstown, promising to revive the middle-class industrial economy, but nothing has stopped the city’s decline. Since the fall of the steel mills, the public bureaucracy has taken over as the dominant social and economic institution in Youngstown.”

America Lost shows footage of old empty houses getting bulldozed and abandoned houses lying in disrepair. “Today, Youngstown is the poorest city in America. It’s lost 40,000 manufacturing jobs and more than half of its population,” Rufo narrates. “They’ve lost the human bonds that once held people together.”

While the top 10 percent of the population works in the public bureaucracy, the bottom 50 percent “survives on public assistance, disability, or is currently incarcerated.” The movie zeroes in on Nikki, a high school student deciding whether or not to leave the area entirely in search of new opportunities. “The choice is heart-wrenching: stay to be near friends, family, and the last vestiges of community; or pack up and leave Youngstown forever.”

Rufo warns that Youngstown is a warning about America’s future. “At heart, the crisis in America’s forgotten cities is a crisis of meaning. All of the old structures that once provided a solid foundation — faith, family, work, community — have slowly fallen apart.”

After Youngstown, the documentary turns to Memphis, which used to be “an economic jewel for black people,” providing struggling people a ticket to the middle class. Yet now the city is crumbling. Joseph, a black man in his thirties, opens up about his tragic story. Both of his brothers were killed, he sold crack and spent time in prison. “It really makes you feel like you’ve been set up to fail, growing up in an environment like this,” he says.

Rufo zeroes in on the 38126 zip code of south Memphis, where 93 percent of all households are headed by a single mother, 78 percent of all families are on public assistance, and only 20 percent of all working-age men are employed full-time throughout the year. Out of 6,000 residents, there are only ten nuclear families.

America Lost tells the story of Contrina, a single mom with two daughters from two different men — each serving time in prison in two separate states. “It’s like a piece of your heart is missing,” one of her daughters says. Contrina wants to break the cycle, encouraging her daughters to graduate high school, got to college, and get married before having children.

“There’s no way of getting around the fact that in order to truly understand American poverty, we have to address the question of family,” Rufo narrates. “The challenge in places like Memphis is that the family has been broken all the way down. Fathers, husbands, brothers, and sons have all been displaced from their traditional roles.”

“For the past 50 years, we’ve tried to solve these problems through public policy. The federal government currently spends more than $3 billion a year in Memphis, but nothing works,” he narrated.

Finally, the film turns to Stockton, a California city with about a quarter of four racial groups: black, white, Hispanic, and Asian. The city filed for bankruptcy in 2012. Rufo drives past tent cities with California Highway Patrol Officer Justin Love. As they drive past a memorial for a black man killed in gang violence, Love says, “If I had stayed in this neighborhood, that could have been me right there.”

“I met countless young men who survive on a combination of the drug trade, violence, and the generosity of girlfriends,” Rufo narrates. “It’s a merciless world of all against all.”

“In cities like Stockton, we’ve been fighting an invisible war for nearly three generations. We now spend $1.1 trillion a year on anti-poverty programs, but the official poverty rate hasn’t changed in half a century,” he explains. “Both political parties have treated human beings as functions in a math problem. If we can just change some of the variables, cut spending here, increase spending there, we can fix this.”

“But the truth is that human beings can’t be reduced to the mathematical sense. We’re complex individual creatures who live in a vast web of family, culture, economics, and community. No matter how careful its design, the bureaucracy can never satisfy our deeper human needs,” Rufo warns. He described meeting men and women who are “searching for a sense of meaning, purpose, and a moral order.”

“I didn’t set out to tell a story of religion, but the reality is that faith-based organizations are still the cornerstone of poor communities. In places like Stockton, inner-city churches are often the only remaining institutions that offer a clear sense of meaning, purpose, and community,” the filmmaker concludes. “In the men’s recovery home at victory outreach, they have an astonishing 70 percent success rate helping addicts and gang members turn their lives around. Their secret is that they speak to the heart of the human condition and transform people through genuine human relationships.”

The key to combatting “this new American poverty” isn’t top-down government programs but a reformation of the heart. “The solution for our forgotten cities is not just to revive their economies, but to create a new foundation for our fractured, postmodern world. We must rediscover the traditional sources of meaning, faith, family, work, and community, and adapt them to the modern condition.”

America Lost tells a compelling story about the “new American poverty,” why government cannot meet the deep human problems, and why faith and family best form the bedrock for regrowth in America’s forgotten cities. The film offers a gritty but important look at the “forgotten” cities that illumines social displacement extending far beyond these hollowed-out communities. America Lost isn’t just important for understanding the “Great Revolt,” it’s also a vital resource in combatting the social malaise spreading throughout the entire society.

Tyler O’Neil is the author of Making Hate Pay: The Corruption of the Southern Poverty Law Center. Follow him on Twitter at @Tyler2ONeil.

And here’s a clip from the film:

More on the movie here:

It hasn’t been scheduled for theaters but you can stream it for $9.99.