Never mind the small talk; let’s get to it.
1. Hmmm…What’s going on here? New York officials originally decided to cancel “‘Tribute in Light,” the twin beams that shine over lower Manhattan as part of the annual 9/11 commemoration. The statement this week,”This incredibly difficult decision was reached in consultation with our partners after concluding the health risks during the pandemic were far too great for the large crew required to produce the annual ‘Tribute in Light.'”, which oversees the installation, said in a
The announcement caused widespread puzzlement. How large could the necessary crew have to be? Geraldo Rivera opined on Fox News that the decision was political, as Democrats sought to “make everybody miserable” so President Trump could be blamed. That theory was quickly picked up by others, along with complaints from New Yorkers that the popular memorial celebration was cancelled for no good reason.
Then, today, New York officials made a U-turn. “Honoring our 9/11 heroes is a cherished tradition. The twin towers of light signify hope, resiliency, promise and are a visual representation of #NewYorkTough,” Cuomo said. “The virus has taken so much and so many. But now the tribute will continue.”
2. Now THIS is Trump Derangement! When did it become considered acceptable and professional for news anchors and public events show hosts to behave like this? MSNBC “Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski went on an extended, fanciful, hateful anti-Trump rant on yesterday’s broadcast. Here’s a transcript of a supercut video featuring the bulk of Mika’s meltdown:
There’s clear disdain that I have for this president, but look at the facts. Look at how he’s worn us down from his paid off pornstar to Russia lies to racism in Charlottesville. Racism across the board. Children in cages. I mean lie after lie after lie. Conspiracy theories.
Our country right now is really at a breaking point if we don’t find a way to hold this president accountable with his attempts to undermine the Post Office and also his apparent negligence, perhaps purposeful, on saving the American people’s lives in this pandemic.
You are pathetic at this point.
With his calamitous coronavirus leadership, it’s killing Americans every day. He could be keeping people alive; he’s choosing not to.
Every day, this president looks more ridiculous. The clothes fall off.
I mean, Mitch McConnell, wake up! Wake up and smell the coffee. Don’t you see what’s–, you wanna hold to the–, you’re going to have nothing at the rate you’re going. At the rate you’re letting him go.
Can’t you see what is happening? I know you have a lot of special interests in your state and maybe money coming in from Russia and interests. Your wife works in the administration, but wake up. It’s not about losing the Senate. We’re losing much more than the Senate.
You can be sure that you will never see me on Fifth Avenue, ever, ever. Because he has said he could shoot someone on Fifth Avenue. I believe him. … I, I ask for you to appeal to members of his administration, those who still have a brain, those who aren’t somehow brain washed by the cult leader, or those who aren’t such stooges and so interested in their own special interests and the money they might make somehow that they could care for one second about this country.
Talk about ditsy, talk about a ditsy, stupid, botched response to a pandemic that is killing tens of thousands of people, over 160,000 right now, this is on you.
It’s idiotic and it’s killing people, and you get up there and talk about Joe Biden being wrong? There’s nobody who has been more wrong about this than President Donald Trump.
Many of those deaths, Mr. President, are on you and your terrible response to this virus. Obvious terrible response. But you say that children miraculously just don’t get it? You’re wrong. There’s no one who has been more wrong than you on this, and you’re the President of the United States.
I’m thinking of Tulsa, where the Trump campaign took the social distancing stickers off the chairs and squished people together and made them click on a waiver saying, “You can’t sue if you get the coronavirus and die from coming to this rally.” How stupid can you be at this point if you follow this president? I beg you not to be for your life. But I ask you, Dave Aronberg, is there any legal recourse if you get this virus because of the stupidity of this president?
If you’re sensing a little intensity here, I’m a little amped up because this is an emergency.
First Don Lemon snaps, then Chris Cuomo, and now Mika. This isn’t journalism, it isn’t punditry. It’s an unprofessional hack abusing her privilege of having a platform to speak to the public, and indulging in pure emotion, hoping to appeal to the same. The only differences between Mika’s outburst and Howard Beale’s in “Network” is that Howard made more sense, and Mika didn’t faint at the end. Maybe next time.
3. This is our mainstream media. The New York Daily News headline: “Georgia state trooper charged with murder of Black man over ‘busted tail light.'” What happened? Here is the report of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation:
Preliminary information shows that a trooper attempted to stop a Nissan Sentra for a traffic related offense on Stoney Pond Road in Screven County. The car refused to stop and led the trooper on a brief chase down several county roads. The trooper initiated a Precision Intervention Technique (PIT) and the car came to a stop in the ditch. The trooper fired one round, striking Julian Edward Roosevelt Lewis, age 60. Lewis was pronounced deceased on scene.
Yes, it sounds like a murder charge is appropriate. But where did the Daily News get the idea that the victim was shot because of a “broken tail light?” Well, that’s what the family says was the reason the officer tried to stop the Nissan. Lewis was not murdered as punishment for a “busted tail light,” but that’s nice way to maximize anger against the police and to advance the false narrative that police are “hunting” innocent blacks. No, Lewis was apparently shot after refusing to stop and trying to elude the police. That’s a far, far more serious offense than a broken tail-light, and, once again, resisting a police command ended in tragedy.
Maybe, with any luck, the news media can trigger another Black Lives Matter riot.
4. And on that delicate topic...I was walking my cool new dog today when I encountered a neighbor working in his garden. His yard had a large Black Lives Matter sign in it. I came so, so close to asking the guy, whom I do not know,
“Pardon me, but would you mind if I asked you exactly what that sign is intended to convey? Are you saying the black lives don’t matter to everyone in this neighborhood, like me? That would be rather insulting; why do you presume that? Are you expressing support for the organization with that name? If so, do you know what they stand for? They are anti-White, anti-police, and basically anti-United States, since BLM is essentially Marxist. Or are you just virtue-signaling, hoping that if a mob comes to this neighborhood, they’ll spare your home the way lamb’s blood on the door kept “the plague of the first born” away from the Jews? I think these are fair questions to ask, because your sign is obviously intended to convey a message to the neighborhood, and I’m sorry, but the message is unclear. What are you trying to say?”