Got out of bed at 2:30 pm.
And going back as soon as I get this post up.
1. For God’s sake Amy, the narrative! Read your talking points! The sudden front-runner to be Joe Biden’s VP had an opportunity to display some character, but whiffed. During an April 7 interview with CNN’s Michael Smerconish on SiriusXM, Senator Klobuchar was questioned about the controversy surrounding hydroxychloroquine. Klobuchar Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) admitted her husband went from COVID-related pneumonia that had him coughing up blood to “one day, he just got better,” after he was treated with hydroxychloroquine. Did the Senator come to the Presidents’ defense thisweek when he was being accused of everything from stupidity to recklessness for taking an FDA approved drug? Of course not.
Too bad. That would make her a real asset to a Biden ticket: a shred of integrity.
2. Attacking the messenger… Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s response to allegations that he had sought to have an Inspector General fired for investigating Pompeo’s various abuses of his position was to attack Sen. Bob Menendez.
Pompeo said that the allegations had been “leaked” to the media by staff members of Menendez, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. “I don’t get my ethics guidance from a man who was criminally prosecuted, a man for whom his Senate colleagues, bipartisan, basically said that he was taking bribes. That’s not someone I look to for ethics guidance,” Pompeo said.
Wow, Talk about a lame deflection. Pompeo should address the allegations against him rather than relying on ad hominem attacks on his critics.
3. From the junk science, hindsight bias files: The New York Times published the results of a study, and reported, “Lockdown Delays Cost at Least 36,000 Lives, Data Show…Even small differences in timing would have prevented the worst exponential growth, which by April had subsumed New York City, New Orleans and other major cities, researchers found.”
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This is fake news, No study can say with certainty what would have happened had a different course been taken. These are despicable rear-view mirror projections that cannot be called “findings.” At best, they can be called theories, and they are theories not susceptible to proof. It is affirmatively misleading to describe such a study as “finding” anything with certainty.
4. CNN just doesn’t care, apparently. I wrote a long time ago about how inappropriate it was for Chris Cuomo to interview the New York Governor, his brother. I’d find it, but there have been so many other examples of the younger Cuomo’s miserable journalism ethics that it would take more time and energy that I have right now. This was the low, however: this week, Chris Cuomo interviewed Gov. Andrew for the 10th time since the pandemic began. His hardest-hitting question? Were the Wuhan virus testing swabs are too small for Andrew’s huge nose? “[The nurse told me] that I have a little button nose,” the governor countered. AHAHAHAHA! As with previous fake arguments over which brother is mom’s favorite, who would win a fight, and where the tomato sauce recipe went, CNN just allowed this to continue, as if there weren’t real, urgent questions to ask Cuomo. The disastrous decision the governor made to send infected seniors to nursing homes , for instance, resulted in unnecessary deaths.
I’d say that’s a bit mote newsworthy than the size of Andrew’s nose.I know it’s not funny, but the news media is supposed to hold leaders responsible for their actions. If Chris Cuomo can’t do that when his big brother is the topic, then he needs to pass on the responsibility to a less conflicted journalist. If there is one at CNN…
5. Good one, Joe! Biden was in repair mode today for suggesting in an interview that African-Americans unsure about whether to support him or President Trump “ain’t black.” The remark came when his aides tried to end a contentious interview, prompting the African American host to charge, “You can’t do that to black media.” Biden said he would have to go whether dealing with “white media” or “black media.” The African American interviewer then asked Biden to come back on the program again, adding, “It’s a long way to November. We’ve got more questions.” Biden responded: “I tell you if you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black.”
This did not go over well.
Biden campaign adviser Symone Sanders defended the comments, stressing Biden’s record with the black community and saying: “The comments made at the end of the Breakfast Club interview were in jest, but let’s be clear about what the VP was saying: he was making the distinction that he would put his record with the African American community up against Trump’s any day. Period.”
Sure. What he was doing was stating that he takes the black vote for granted.
The problem here is that Biden is being subjected to minimal exposure right now, and still keeps sticking his feet into his mouth anyway. He’s incompetent, and he’s a fool. He can only keep claiming that his outbursts are jokes for so long.