What’s it like outside?
1. The Sisyphus Report. Ethics Alarms is currently at its all time high water mark for followers, a number it has reached three times previously, only to fall back, sometime precipitously.
When you are trapped in your home, you tend to obsess about such things.
2. You know why, but still…the mainstream media isn’t fact-checking or pointing out the blatant, insulting lie from Nancy Pelosi yesterday regarding the House Democrats’ alternative “stimulus” bill that “Everything we’re suggesting just relates to COVID-19. It’s not changing policy except as it applies here.” That bill included [Pointer: The Blaze]:
- A bailout for the U.S. Postal Service
- Student loan debt forgiveness
- Required same-day voter registration
- Airline emissions standards regulations
- Study on climate change migration
- Collective bargaining provisions
- Increased federal minimum wage for companies that accept government loans
- Publication of race and pay statistics for corporate boards
I’m not even mentioning things like the millions designated for the Kennedy Center, because that was technically related to addressing harm caused by the pandemic.
As I and many others noted, the Democrats’ grandstanding effort to stuff the rescue bill with progressive agenda items related to climate change, the Green New Deal and other social justice wish list items was political posturing for the base, which was forgivable as long as they didn’t try to hold the nation hostage, which they didn’t, at least for very long. But Pelosi’s denial that her party did what it did in plain sight (for anyone who bothered to read the bill about it) is the stuff of Jumbos, and the news media was obligated to let the public know.
They haven’t, and presumably won’t. Instead, journalists will continue to factcheck and scream about every lazy, non-substantive misstatement of facts by the President, and back the Democratic cant that President Trump always lies.
A party whose leadership issues pure disinformation like Pelosi’s should be estopped from using the “Trump lies”refrain.
3. Then there’s Joe Biden. To the extent that he’s coherent at all, Biden has repeatedly pushed false narratives, including yesterday on “The View,” one of the few venues where he is not at an intellectual disadvantage. Joe actually said that he hasn’t criticized the President’s handling of the pandemic in the U.S.! That’s a Jumbo too: read the last debate transcript, for example (to be fair, given Biden’s current condition, he may not have been lying. He may have forgotten. Or believed it was January 18, 1958….):
Look, the World Health Organization offered, offered the testing kits that they have available and to give it to us now. We refused them. We did not want to buy them. We did not want to get them from them. We wanted to make sure we had our own. I think he said something like, “We have the best scientists in America,” or something to that effect.
This was pure falsehood (the WHO did not offer the US kits), and it was also, obviously, criticism. Biden and his campaign havesaid that Trump slashed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He did not. Biden was among those to spread the false claim that the President called the virus as a “hoax” at his Feb. 28 campaign rally in South Carolina, and he even allowed his campaign to tweet a deceptively edited video that misleadingly spliced together Trump saying “coronavirus” followed by, “this is their new hoax.”
Trump is and always has been an unreliable source of information on pretty much anything, including his own past actions. Those who lie themselves as deliberately and frequently as his Democratic foes, however, have no standing to use that as a basis for their opposition. Supporters of those foes who begin with “Trump lies!” to justify their derangement are hypocrites without any defense.
3. Harvard degree? What Harvard degree? Further making graduates like me wish they had gone to correspondence school, super-woke, ultra-progressive Harvard University announced that it is laying off about 275 subcontracted dining hall workers without pay as the Cambridge campus shuts down in response to our epidemic. The University has a $40.9 billion endowment. As far as I can tell, none of its massive bureaucracy is being laid off.
It would cost Harvard an estimated $710,000 to provide four weeks of full-time paid leave for all of its subcontracted dining employees, or what Mike Bloomberg probably pays his dog walkers. In contrast, the University of Chicago, with an endowment of a mere $8.5 billion, said last week it would continue paying its subcontract workers through the end of the academic year.
To be fair, at least Harvard discriminates against Asian-American students in order to admit more African-Americans with lower test scores…
Yeah, I’m in a snarky mood today, and enjoying it…
4 Good. But why is this the Post headline… “Stimulus bill prevents Trump and his family from benefiting from loan programs” when the bill actually prohibit businesses owned by Vice-President Pence, by any members of Congress or heads of federal departments, or their children, spouses and in-laws? I know many disagree with me on this, but such headlines are included in the Ethics Alarms definition of fake news.
By omitting essential information and creating a false emphasis, the headline is deliberately deceptive, suggesting that an effort by the Trumps to profit from the legislation was foiled.
5. Here’s another deceptive headline, this time from the New York Times: “Some Pregnant Women in New York City Will Have to Deliver Babies Alone.” [Pointer: Althouse, though I now see it in my print version.] No, it doesn’t mean that women in the Big Apple will have to go squat in Central Park. “Alone” doesn’t mean alone. It means that no spouses or partners will be allowed in the delivery room—you know, like the routine practice in hospitals for decades. My father wasn’t present when I was born; my mother wasn’t “alone.”
It’s a false headline. Another one. And it is a headline that could create anxiety and fear among expectant mothers who read it to mean what it says. Who knows—they might be panicked into swallowing fish tank cleaner…
6. Speaking of false and damaging media-spread narratives, heeeeeeere’s FAUCI!
“I have never in that room had a situation where I said, ‘Scientifically, this is the rate thing to do it,’ and they don’t do it, or, ‘Scientifically, this is the wrong thing to do,’ and they did it anyway. Then we get up and we present it to the President, and he asks a lot of questions. That’s his nature. He’s constantly asking you questions. And I never, in the multiple times that I’ve done that, where I said, ‘For scientific reasons we really should do this,’ that he hasn’t said let’s do it or when he’s decided — not decided, when he suggests, ‘Why don’t we do this?’ and I say, ‘No, that is really not a good idea from a scientific standpoint,’ he has never overruled me.”