It's amazing how much mainstream media political coverage of the Wuhan caronavirus pandemic resembles Russia-collusion reporting.
With Russia-collusion reporting, there were serial media bombshells of collusion based on anonymous sources how were "familiar" with a document or heard something from someone.
I just can't bring myself tonight to write a heavy post about the economic destruction being forced on tens of millions of people based on models which are appearing, day by day, to have wildly overstated the threat of Wuhan coronavirus.
I stand by my original assessment on March 9, Swine Flu and Me:
During Trump's Coronavirus press conference on Monday, he invited some people from private industry to speak, including Mike Lindell, the owner of My Pillow.
CNN decided to cut away from the event when Lindell spoke.
Donald Trump's daily press conferences, attended by numerous senior health and other officials, are a must-watch. Enormous information is provided by officials, and Trump signals where he thinks the crisis is going. Trump spends an hour or more taking reporter questions, some of which are hostile.
President Donald Trump gave an impromptu press conference on the White House lawn.
He touched on many subjects, including the impeachment inquiry, the whistleblower, Russia's May Day parade, and Michael Bloomberg entering the presidential race.
Yesterday it was all about the Mueller report and the Barr letter.
Today the news and commentary seems to be focusing more on the press itself: will the MSM ever own up to the magnitude of their mistake/lies (I very much doubt it)? How much has their coverage of Russiagate damaged their reputation, and with whom? And do they even recognize how much this has damaged their reputation? What will their next move be?
Victor Davis Hanson has given a fascinating interview to Isaac Chotiner of The New Yorker.
The interview is well worth reading for the thesis that Hanson, a classics professor and military historian, offers about Trump.
The title of this article by Holman Jenkins intrigued me: "Politicians Never Lied Before Trump," and so I clicked on it. I was almost certain that the title was sarcastic---of course, politicians lie often, and have done so since time immemorial---and sure enough, the title was indeed meant as sarcasm.
It seems completely obvious to me that one of the most common activities of politicians is to lie. To some extent, politics almost demands it, depending on how one defines "lie." Is a bragging exaggeration a lie? Is an optimistic promise a lie? How exaggerated does it have to be before it becomes a lie rather than mere hyperbole?
Media bias against Republicans has always existed but has reached a new high in the age of Trump. Talking heads on cable news frequently blur the lines between news and opinion. Supposed journalists openly root against Trump and for his opponents.
It has gotten so bad that even Jill Abramson, the former executive editor of the New York Times is calling out the "paper of record" over bias.
Jim Acosta and CNN were granted a Temporary Restraining Order on Friday, November 16, 2018, restoring Acosta's White House "hard pass," to allow him privileged access to the White House grounds for press briefings and other events, pending further court action.
The White House promptly announced that it would promulgate rules governing press conduct and discipline, to address the court's concern that Acosta was not afforded due process.