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Except for Fox, Networks Mostly Skip Trump’s Call for National Day of Prayer

On Saturday, President Trump declared Sunday, March 15, a “National Day of Prayer for All Americans Affected by the Coronavirus Pandemic and for our National Response Efforts.”

“I urge Americans of all faiths and religious traditions and backgrounds to offer prayers for all those affected, including people who have suffered harm or lost loved ones,” Trump said in his announcement:

But in this time we must not cease asking God for added wisdom, comfort, and strength….I ask you to join me in a day of prayer for all people who have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic and to pray for God’s healing hand to be placed on the people of our Nation.

Since liberals usually drip with disdain for “thoughts and prayers,” did the news media cover this proclamation? There were two White House press conferences carried live on the cable networks that mentioned the National Day of Prayer, with HUD Secretary Ben Carson noting it on Saturday and Vice President Mike Pence mentioning it on Sunday.

But what about the rest of the time? A quick search of our Snapstream database (with closed captioning) revealed the following pattern.

Fox News reported it routinely over the weekend, since their viewers favor both the president and religious belief.

MSNBC had three mentions. It inspired a whole segment on Sunday at 2:30 pm by host Josh Johnson talking to three faith leaders about religious services being upended — Catholic Fr. James Martin, rabbi David Ingber, and Islamic imam Khalid Latif.

Al Sharpton closed his Saturday show by saying “The President of the United States, Donald Trump, has called for tomorrow to be a day of prayer. And though I am very critical of the president and have been even before he was president, I agree with him.” Then he asked everyone to act, not just pray. 

On Sunday’s AM Joy, Joy Reid had some staffer laughing in the background as she suggested “The Surgeon General took time out of what was supposed to be a White House breifing to essentially urge the media to be nice to Donald Trump. It was an extraordinary use of his time as the Surgeon General. And he was not alone. Dr. Ben Carson, who is both a neurosurgeon and for some reason the head of the Department of Housing, used his time at the microphone to tout a National Day of Prayer.”

I couldn’t find anything on CNN (outside the live White House comments).

The major networks had nothing, except for a brief mention from Margaret Brennan on CBS’s Face the Nation.

If forced to answer why all this skipping over it, journalists would say it’s a yawner, a presidential proclamation, like a Easter or Hanukkah statement. But the “news hole” is enormous right now… and there are nasty tweets on the subject. See David Hogg, the Parkland student/activist:

Rep. Rashida Tlaib retweeted Hogg, so the Catholic League wrote a letter to the House Ethics Committee demanding a censure for insulting people of all faiths with profanity.

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Cure Coronavirus The Hollywood Way: ‘Remove Trump’ NOW!!

No way! No one is over hyping this coronavirus, much less weaponizing the hysteria for political purposes. Famous Hollywood people may be tweeting that the solution to coronavirus is removing President trump from office, but hey, that’s just being pragmatic and somehow in line with proper disease prevention … right?

Yeah we’ll go with that. That’s how movie industry folks are contributing to the safety and peace of mind of their fellow countrymen, by saying that despite washing their hands and self-quarantining, the ‘toxic’ Trump administration is killing us either way and he must be “removed.”

Rob ‘Meathead’ Reiner tweeted that the only way for the U.S. to heal from coronavirus was to remove Trump as this was somehow his fault. The director of When Harry Met Sally tweeted, “We will get through this. But unfortunately not with the help of this President. First he must be removed from the public square to let competent experts take over, then he must be removed from office to allow US to heal.”

You have to wonder whether Mr. Reiner is happy that he finally gets the closest thing to the Trump doomsday scenarios he tweets about everyday.

Rosie O’Donnell retweeted yet another dig at President Trump’s mental health in this time of crisis, (she’s one to talk) and demanded, “remove trump now #25AmendmentNow.”

Documentary-maker Michael Moore plugged his latest emergency podcast broadcast with a pathetic appeal to big government intervention in this time of crisis. He tweeted, “‘O Government, Where Art Thou?’ We are just days away from seriously hitting the fan. Hospitals r going 2 b overrun. We’ve missed the widow 2 stop this. Now, the deluge. God help us. Listen.”

Of course Trump’s conservative government not wiping every budding socialist’s runny nose amounts to doomsday for folks like Moore. It’s funny that he mentioned God in his post, because we all know that big government plays that role for this Bernie bro.

Avengers star Chris Evans tweeted, “The president just ran off stage after his rambling press conference without answering a single question. America wants answers. America wants leadership. America doesn’t want a president who runs off stage during a crisis and lets Mike Pence do all the talking.” Whatever, Chris. And America wants you to remember that you play a hero on camera, that’s it.

Ah and of course “Tehran Rose” graced us with her appraisal. Actress and Weinstein accuser Rose McGowan tweeted, “And we have a toxic leader during scary times. The media and Hollywood built him up for years, now they regret it, but it’s too late. Now what do we do?” Well remember, Tehran Rose used Twitter to grovel to the Iranians after Trump ordered the killing of terrorist-at-large Qassem Soleimani.

Point is, these folks are all crackpots who would rather gain political leverage rather than promote peace and stability in a time of crisis. It would be wise for the CDC to include “Ignore Hollywood Ignoramuses” on their official list of precautions.

 

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WHAT?! MIT Tech Magazine Touts Coronavirus Will ‘Cut Greenhouse-Gas Emissions This Year’

When you see leftist propaganda touting that a contagious disease is reducing carbon emissions published in a top university’s tech magazine, one wonders why we continue to subsidize these institutions with government funds.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Technology Review, published a climate change piece headlined “Why the coronavirus outbreak is terrible news for climate change.” The piece argued: “It appears increasingly likely that the global coronavirus outbreak will cut greenhouse-gas emissions this year, as deepening public health concerns ground planes and squeeze international trade.”

James Temple, the piece’s author, fretted March 9 that “it would be a mistake to assume that the rapidly spreading virus, which has already killed thousands and forced millions into quarantine, will meaningfully reduce the dangers of climate change.” [Emphasis added.]

So the outlet’s complaint is that the virus isn’t doing enough?

One of the magazine’s primary concerns out of this whole virus debacle is actually that “Rising health and financial fears could also divert public attention from the problem [of climate change].” Yes, really.

The magazine does say that the virus is a bad thing, at least from a climate change perspective. Really? “[I]f the virus leads to a full-blown global pandemic and economic crash, it could easily drain money and political will from climate efforts,” complained Temple.

The piece backtracks by saying that “we absolutely should dedicate the bulk of our international attention and resources to the outbreak at this moment, given the grave and immediate public health dangers.” But then it shifts course again, suggesting that “the fear is that the highly contagious coronavirus could complicate the challenges of climate change—which presents serious, if longer-term, threats of its own.” [Emphasis added.]

Later, the magazine actually listed “countervailing forces” from the virus outbreak that could yield positive outcomes from an environmentalist’s standpoint:

  • “A sustained drop in oil prices could make longer-term investments in clean energy more attractive for major energy players, as a Eurasia Group analyst argued to Axios.”
  • “Some have also suggested that the deadly virus could bring about long-lasting shifts in carbon-intensive behaviors, if people remain fearful of flying and cruise ships, or come to prefer remote working and virtual conferences.”

But then again, the magazine shifted directions: “[I]t’s important to keep in mind, as we game out the long-term consequences of the coronavirus outbreak, that the short-term impacts are clear: many, many people are going to become ill and die. That’s an unequivocally bad thing.

Leave it to radical environmentalists to look for the silver lining in a pandemic for their eco-extremist views.

 

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Trump Is ‘Emulating’ the Propaganda of North Korea on Virus

CNN on Sunday continued the network’s efforts to politicize the coronavirus and blame Donald Trump. Host Fareed Zakaria trashed the President for “emulating” the “propaganda” of North Korea. Opening his Fareed Zakaria GPS show, the anchor hammered, “This crisis seems to have been designed to bring out the worst of Trump. The President doesn’t like or trust experts, often explaining that he knows more than they do. He has bluffed and fibbed his way through much of his life.” 

In a commentary rant based on his latest Washington Post column, Zakaria attacked, “In most global crises, the United States takes the lead and provides comfort and assurances to the world. In this one, Trump has been mostly AWOL.” He snarled, “The Trump administration has been copying the wrong Korea. Instead of the intelligence and expertise of South Korea, it is emulating the sycophancy, incompetence and propaganda of North Korea.” 

CNN is joining MSNBC in attempts to blame all of this on Donald Trump. On March 12, Stephanie Ruhle moderated a conversation on whether this is Trump’s Chernobyl. 

On March 6, MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace and contributor Eddie Glaude were practically rooting for the virus to be the President’s Hurricane Katrina. 

On March 8, NBC and MSNBC host Chuck Todd speculated that this could be like Trump’s Iran Hostage Crisis. 

A transcript of the March 15 segment is below. Click “expand” to read more. 

CNN’s Fareed Zakaria GPS
03/15/2020
10:05 a.m. Eastern

FAREED ZAKARIA: But first here’s “My Take.” The outbreak of an epidemic is something like a natural disaster, a spontaneous, accidental eruption that’s no one’s fault. But that doesn’t mean we can do little about it and just wait for it to run its deadly course. The evidence is now clear, the spread of the virus can be greatly slowed if governments act early, aggressively and intelligently. Unfortunately that does not describe the response of the United States government to the coronavirus pandemic. We can track the speed of the outbreak since January by which time the virus had spread from China to     other countries. In South Korea, after an initial spike, the number of new cases has slowed. Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan, despite lots of travelers from China, have kept numbers low from the beginning.

In the United States, however, we are seeing accelerating increases. What did the successful countries do that seems to have worked? They began testing early and often. They coupled these tests with careful quarantines of those infected and tracking of where they had been to better predict where the next outbreaks might occur. The public health systems had surge capacity because funding had been adequate and authorities largely communicated simple, clear and consistent messages to the public. One new study which has not yet been peer reviewed argues that without enhanced detection and restrictions on movement the number of cases in China could have been 67 times higher by the end of February. And had China just started acting just one week earlier, there could have been 66 percent fewer cases.

DONALD TRUMP: Who would have thought, look, how long ago, six, seven, eight weeks ago? Who would have thought we’d need to be having this update?

ZAKARIA: In fact as the New York Times reported the director for Medical and Bio-Defense Preparedness of his own National Security Council gave a speech in Atlanta in 2018 saying, “The threat of pandemic flu is our number one health security concern. We know that it cannot be stopped at the border.” The day after she made the speech, the White House eliminated her unit.
Trump did make one good decision, to ban most travelers from China from entering the United States. That bought the United States time. Alas, that time was wasted. Testing turned into a fiasco. If this were a war, the generals in charge of that operation would have been relieved of their command. Just one comparison, as of Friday, South Korea has tested about 250,000 potential cases. It has a population of about 50 million. In the United States, this would be the equivalent of testing about 1.5 million. As of Friday, according to the CDC, the United States had conducted about 15,000 tests in public health labs, more in private labs, but we don’t even know how many. Per capita the United States has tested far fewer people than most other advanced countries.

Trump’s most recent dramatic move, the travel ban on most of Europe is symbolic of the administration’s actions. The thousands of Americans currently in Europe are apparently exempt as are a small number of others, more importantly the disease is already in the United States and spreading.
The policy was so poorly thought through that amendments, corrections and reversals were made to the president’s speech within minutes of his having delivered it. This crisis seems to have been designed to bring out the worst of Trump. The President doesn’t like or trust experts, often explaining that he knows more than they do. He has bluffed and fibbed his way through much of his life, and thinks nothing of doing so again, except this time we are not charmed or amused by the bluster, but rather frightened. In most global crises, the United States takes the lead and provides comfort and assurances to the world. In this one, Trump has been mostly AWOL. When he does appear, it is to blame the disease on foreigners and announce policies that are designed to reinforce that view. The broad collapse in global markets is surely in part a reaction to the vast vacuum of leadership in the White House. Donald Trump views everything from the narcissistic prism of his ego. He dismisses opposing views and insists that even the senior most members of his administration repeatedly praise him and his leadership at all times.

Watching the heads of America’s leading science agencies prefacing their statements with ritual praise for the dear leader has been deeply depressing. Come to think of it, the Trump administration has been copying the wrong Korea. Instead of the intelligence and expertise of South Korea, it is emulating the sycophancy, incompetence and propaganda of North Korea.

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Stephanopoulos Tees Up Cuomo to Push ‘Nationalized’ Response: Are Trump’s Guidelines, ‘Enough’?

While it’s the media’s job to inform the public with facts during a pandemic, liberals in the media have instead chosen to taken advantage of the situation by pushing a big government agenda down everyone’s throats during their coronavirus coverage. Sunday, MSNBC let New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio fearmonger over why we need to follow other countries and “nationalize” everything to combat the virus’s spread. Monday on ABC’s Good Morning America, the news network let New York Governor Andrew Cuomo push forward the same argument.

Right from the get go, anchor George Stephanopoulos teed up the liberal governor to tout his plan to allow the federal government to step in to control things:

“You’ve warned that the hospitals in New York and across the country could be overwhelmed and think it’s time to call in the military?” the ABC anchor posed, uncritically.

Cuomo said, ‘yes’ and predicted that the virus spreading would “break” our current hospital system and that the army and federal government needed to come in and take over college dormitories, for instance, to build shelters for hospital beds.

Stephanopoulos presented Cuomo’s left-wing solutions as something Trump needed to consider.

“I know you’ve spoken with the president about this. Has he accepted your argument?” the ABC journalist asked empathetically. That was just another opportunity given to Cuomo to bash Trump’s response to the virus.

Cuomo said he spoke with Trump but how things were being done wasn’t enough and we needed to “nationalize” the coronavirus response like other countries have done:

States can’t build, George, as you know. Only the federal government can build. It’s the army corps of engineers, that’s what they do. Let them come in today, today, because time is short. And this federal government has to get more engaged. There’s been no country that has handled this that has not nationalized it. You just did a piece on all the different things different states are doing. This patchwork quilt of policies doesn’t work. It makes no sense for me to do something in New York and New Jersey to do something else.

Right before this part, Cuomo ironically defeated his own argument by conceding that now that states were allowed to run the testing, kits were being sent out to hospitals more rapidly.

Regardless, Stephanopoulos continued giving the liberal governor a platform to bash Trump while touting how a more aggressive, “nationalized” response would solve everything:

Stephanopoulos asked if what Trump was doing was “enough”: “Is this new federal standard enough that basically no gatherings of 50 or more for eight weeks?”

Of course he already knew the answer to that question. Cuomo bemoaned how this wasn’t enough and that the federal government needed to give states specific, stricter rules to mandate.

Read a partial transcript, below:

ABC Good Morning America

3/16/2020

GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: Thank you for joining us. I know it’s been a trying time. Let’s start with this hospital situation. You’ve warned that the hospitals in New York and across the country could be overwhelmed and think it’s time to call in the military?

ANDREW CUOMO: Yes. Good morning. Good to be with you, George. Look, we have been behind this disease from day one. We saw the disease developing in China back in November. We weren’t ready for it, and we’ve been playing catchup ever since. You have to get ahead of this, right? It’s not fighting the last war, it’s fighting the next war. The next war is going to be overwhelming our hospital systems. You look at any of these projections and you see that coming. When you see that chart of the curve, I see it as a wave and the wave is going to break on the hospital system. We don’t have the capacity, estate, to build more hospitals quickly. The only way would be if the army corps of engineers came in, worked with the states to retrofit existing buildings. Take my college dorms. Take my surplus property and retrofit it for more hospital beds, because, George, that is going to be in need.

STEPHANOPOULOS: I know you’ve spoken with the president about this. Has he accepted your argument?

CUOMO: I — we’ve talked. I sent an open letter to him yesterday. I did talk to him about the testing which was going very slow and I said let the federal government get out of the testing business and allow the states to take it over. He allowed us to take over the testing, and we’ve made great progress on the testing. But again, that was yesterday. Tomorrow is going to be the wave breaking on the hospitals. Now, just to give you an idea, the state of New York, major health care system, I only have 50,000 hospital beds. I only have 3,000 intensive care unit beds, and these people are going to need the intensive care unit beds. The only hope we have now at this late date, retrofit existing facilities. Get some of the people from the hospitals into those new medical facilities and then back fill the hospital beds with the coronavirus. States can’t build, George, as you know. Only the federal government can build. It’s the army corps of engineers, that’s what they do. Let them come in today, today, because time is short. And this federal government has to get more engaged. There’s been no country that has handled this that has not nationalized it. You just did a piece on all the different things different states are doing. This patchwork quilt of policies doesn’t work. It makes no sense for me to do something in New York and New Jersey to do something else.

STEPHANOPOULOS: Is this new federal standard —

CUOMO: I close the bars, they go to New Jersey.

STEPHANOPOULOS: Is this new federal standard enough that basically no gatherings of 50 or more for eight weeks?

CUOMO: George, no. You need the specific rules. Just take that litany that you went through. Every state cannot come up with its own rules. You’ll just have people going from state to state. If I say you can’t go to a bar in New York, you know you’ll go to New Jersey, you’ll go to Connecticut, you’ll go to wherever you can be served. That’s the last thing we want. Set the national standards and let’s live with them. Otherwise, again, you come up with this ad hoc system that’s not going to work.

 

 

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Chris Cuomo Blames Trump for Surge in Toilet Paper Buying

As COVID-19 sweeps across the country, CNN’s Chris Cuomo is certain that Donald Trump is to blame for the surge in panic buying as he declared in a sometimes misleading and other times mocking address to viewers Friday evening. The CNN host even pinned the scarcity in toilet paper on the President: “When you know things are serious, and Trump is feeding you a lot of BS, what do you do? You go for the TP.” 

After playing a clip of HHS Secretary Alex Azar telling the country that stocking up on toilet paper won’t save them from the virus, Cuomo accused him of, “joking but also missing the point.” This upsurge in the hoarding of toilet paper is Trump’s fault, he declared, “People are scared. A pandemic is scary. And the reality is not helped by a president who abused the truth.”

 

 

Cuomo then played another short clip, this one of Trump’s admittedly unwise comments comparing COVID-19 to the common flu. He then appointed himself the presidential mind reader, “He downplayed the threat and did so for selfish reasons, by calling this virus another move on him.”

To illustrate his point, he played yet another snippet of Trump at a rally, where Trump said, “Now, the Democrats are politicizing the coronavirus… As you say how’s President Trump doing? They go, ‘oh, not good. Not good.’ This is the new hoax.” (CNN’s ellipsis)

The hoax Trump was referring to was obviously the idea that he wasn’t doing anything to combat the spread of the virus, but Cuomo decided to repeat the debunked version, “New hoax. How do you like that now? The truth is spreading as fast as the virus, so even the president has to own it. And the other night, you saw the reality. He is as overwhelmed as anyone.” 

Cuomo then played one final clip of Trump where Trump sounded unwell, to which Cuomo mockingly responded, “Whoa. I hope I don’t catch a case of that, whatever that is.”

Getting back to the issue of panic buying, Cuomo argued, “So on one level, it makes sense. When you know things are serious, and Trump is feeding you a lot of BS, what do you do? You go for the TP.” Cuomo concluded by reassuring CNN viewers that he will hold Trump accountable for his lies.

There is another possible explanation for the upswing in panic buying. Experts have said that the range of deaths could range from as low as 327 to as high as 1.635 million. Guess which one the media choses for their headlines? 

Here is a transcript for the March 13 show:

CNN

Cuomo Prime Time

9:51 PM ET

CHRIS CUOMO: All right. Azar’s joking but also missing the point. People are scared. A pandemic is scary. And the reality is not helped by a president who abused the truth. 

BEGIN CLIP

DONALD TRUMP: But, that’s a little bit like the flu. It’s a little like the regular flu. 

END CLIP

CUOMO: Yeah. And it’s a lot not like it. He downplayed the threat and did so for selfish reasons, by calling this virus another move on him. 

BEGIN CLIP

TRUMP: Now, the Democrats are politicizing the coronavirus… As you say how’s President Trump doing? They go, “oh, not good. Not good.” This is the new hoax. 

END CLIP

CUOMO: New hoax. How do you like that now? The truth is spreading as fast as the virus, so even the president has to own it. And the other night, you saw the reality. He is as overwhelmed as anyone. 

BEGIN CLIP

TRUMP: I am confident that by continuing to take these tough measures. 

END CLIP

CUOMO: Whoa. I hope I don’t catch a case of that, whatever that is. So on one level, it makes sense. When you know things are serious, and Trump is feeding you a lot of BS, what do you do? You go for the TP. Reason number two. It gives us a sense of control. Why? I want to know I did everything I could. I feel helpless. Right down to the last roll. Number three. Well, you got to think about this one. You heard others are going to the store so you decided to go. I did the same thing. Now, Steven Taylor, author of the Psychologic of Pandemics, that’s where I’m getting these reasons from, he puts it this way. We are “social creatures, we look to each other for cues, what’s safe, what’s dangerous. And when you see someone in the store panic buying, that can cause its own kind of contagion.” So turns out that anticipation of Corona may be worse than Corona itself. Why? 80% of us who get this virus, God forbid, many of us won’t even know that we have it. But 100% of those who panic and hoard are absolutely keeping others from having enough. This is not a drill. It is not fake news. The only fake part is Trump lying to you about the realities early on when he knew better. Now look, the real deal is the media, this show, we will hold power to account.

 

 

 

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Univisión ignora amenaza de Biden de abofetear a trabajador de fábrica

El 10 de marzo, el noticiero vespertino de Univisión reportó la forma desacertada en que Joe Biden le contestó a un trabajador de fábrica durante su visita a Michigan. Sin embargo, a pesar de haber mostrado el lenguaje vulgar del candidato demócrata, el noticiero dejó fuera el preciso momento cuando Biden amenazó con abofetear al obrero después de llamarle “pende…”

A continuación, vemos el momento en que Univisión muestra la reacción de Biden al desafío de un trabajador sindical que cuestiona sus políticas sobre el control de armas, y lo presenta como un incidente aislado en el que el candidato demócrata perdió el temperamento.

ILIA CALDERÓN: Joe Biden recorría una planta automotriz en Michigan y tuvo un fuerte encuentro con un trabajador que lo acusó de querer quitarle las armas a los estadounidenses. Biden lo negó, pero su reacción empezó así.   

OBRERO: Usted está tratando de terminar con nuestros derechos de la segunda enmienda y quiere quitarnos nuestras armas 

BIDEN: Estas lleno de “M****. Yo no dije eso, yo apoyo la segunda enmienda. Yo tengo escopetas calibre 20 y calibre 12. 

OBRERO: Usted y Beto dicen que nos van a quitar nuestras armas

BIDEN: Yo no dije eso, no es verdad. Yo no dije eso.

CALDERÓN: En su sitio web, la campaña de Biden aclara que él solo quiere prohibir la fabricación y venta de armas de asalto y la venta de armas y balas por internet, además de requerir revisiones de antecedentes para la venta de todas las armas.    

Como mencionamos anteriormente, la reacción del candidato fue mucho más agresiva. Mientras observa cómo Joe Biden amenaza al elector con abofetearle, decirle que no trabajaba para él y llamarle un “pende…”, a la vez que acalla a una ayudante femenina, pregúntese: ¿Cómo hubiera sido la cobertura de Univisión si Biden fuera republicano?

                                  

OBRERO: Todos estos trabajadores sindicalizados han estado trabajando innumerables horas bajo la administración Trump. Me gustaría que explicara cómo planea no sólo mantenernos trabajando, sino cómo ganará el voto del sindicato cuando hay una gran parte de los obreros sindicalizados que son entusiastas de las armas y usted está tratando de acabar con nuestros derechos de la segunda enmienda y quiere quitarnos nuestras armas 

BIDEN: Estas lleno de “M****

AYUDANTE DE BIDEN: Muy bien, gracias chicos

BIDEN: Calla… Calla… Apoyo la segunda enmienda. La segunda enmienda como ahora mismo si gritas fuego, eso no es libertad de expresión. Y desde el principio tengo una escopeta. Tengo un calibre 20, un calibre 12, mi hijo caza ¿y adivina qué? No se te permite poseer ningún arma, no voy a quitarte el arma, ¿necesitas 100 cartuchos?

OBRERO: Estabas con Beto cuando dijiste que nos ibas quitar nuestras armas

Biden: Yo no dije eso, no es verdad. Yo no dije eso    

OBRERO: El video era viral.

Biden: Era un video viral como los otros que están poniendo, pero es simplemente una mentira.

OBRERO: Era su voz, dijo que quitaría las armas.

OBRERO 2: Apenas lo aclaró

 BIDEN: Espere, espere, espere, espere. Le quitaré su AR 14

OBRERO: Esto no está bien.

BIDEN: No me digas eso amigo o voy a salir afuera con tu trasero

OBRERO: Hombre, tú trabajas para mí.

BIDEN: No trabajo para ti, por favor no seas un pende… Mira, hagamos un trato, ¿eres capaz de tener una ametralladora?

OBRERO: ¿Tengo una ametralladora?

BIDEN: ¿Pregunté si eres capaz de poseer una?

OBRERO: Las ametralladoras son ilegales.

BIDEN: Exactamente. ¿Así que la AR- 15 es ilegal?

OBRERO: ¿Cómo es eso una ametralladora?

BIDEN: No, no lo es. ¿Necesitas 100 cartuchos? ¿Necesitas 100 cartuchos?

OBRERO: Hay más muertes en Estados Unidos por pistolas en comparación de lo que tu llamas armas de “asalto”. ¿Por qué abogan por rifles de asalto cuando hay más gente muriendo a causa de las pistolas?

Tenga en cuenta que no es la primera vez que exponemos a un político demócrata amenazando violentamente a individuos: la primera vez fue cuando Chuck Schumer amenazó a Neil Gorsuch y Brett Kavanaugh, afirmando que “pagarán el precio”. Tal vez este sea el inicio de una nueva estrategia utilizada para tratar de derrotar al presidente Donald Trump en las elecciones presidenciales de 2020… ¿por intimidación?

Es triste pensar que la cadena de noticias más vista en la comunidad hispanoparlante excluiría detalles tan importantes en su cobertura de una persona que intenta convertirse en el líder de los Estados Unidos. No cabe duda de que tal silencio intencional es el que motiva a los televidentes a buscar otras alternativas, en lugar de confiar en los medios de comunicación en su propio idioma.

 

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On Fox News, Mark Levin Talks About Chinese Propaganda Victories on Virus

On Sunday’s Life, Liberty & Levin on Fox, Mark Levin interviewed Michael Pillsbury, an expert on China strategy at the Hudson Institute. They discussed the rise of the coronavirus in China, and how the Chinese government is now trying to claim the Americans created the virus as a plot to curtail China’s coming global dominance. Pillsbury recalled how the American government in the 1980s caught the Soviets planting the lie that the U.S. government created the AIDS virus in a lab at Fort Detrick in Maryland. 

They also discussed how China is intimidating American media outlets, using their loathing of President Trump to now insist that talk of a “Wuhan virus” or a “Chinese virus” is racist. American media outlets want access to China, but China won’t allow critical reporters to enter China, or stay if they grow critical.

MARK LEVIN: It’s incredibly shocking to hear our media our media repeat aspects of the propaganda, the same media three weeks ago that called it the Wuhan virus, the Chinese virus, are lecturing us, don’t call it that.

MICHAEL PILLSBURY: That’s right. 

LEVIN: So China has these victories in the propaganda campaign, and the point of the propaganda is what? To tear down America and to sustain the communist regime in China? 

PILLSBURY: Yes. Their basic theory that America’s been in decline, and has been for 20 or 30 years. China is on the rise. The crossover point will be two or three years from now. They’ve also got another theme that China is a better world leader than America, We first saw this in Xi Jingping’s speech in Davos three years ago, where China advocates for the rest of the world against the Americans. 

Pillsbury added “our media are very concerned about being expelled from China,” and pointed to China’s recent expulsion of three reporters from The Wall Street Journal.

“We’re taking counter-actions to it,” he said. “Secretary Pompeo has done some very excellent things to declare Chinese media outlets here part of the Chinese government that have to register before they go see anybody, because that’s how their media functions. But our media has an understandable intimidation by the Chinese. ‘We won’t let people who speak ill of China come into China to work. We will expel journalists who write the wrong story.’ This has an affect on our media.”

Levin mentioned citizen journalists inside China who went to report in Wuhan and disappeared. “They’ve been removed by the Chinese government. I don’t hear our media talking very much about these people at all, do you?”

Pillsbury said no, “it’s intimidation by the Chinese government of our media,” but our journalists still view China as an American “friend,” like they’re still recalling Richard Nixon meeting with Mao Zedong.

“They also obviously have no love lost about President Trump. So when they see him successfully working with China on the trade deal and on other matters, they sort of position themselves as ‘Well, we’re more friendly with China than President Trump is’,” he said.

“It’s a vicious game that’s going to end up with our public becoming confused about the nature of China, and beginning to accept the argument that we are in decline, our time as Number One is finished and China is on the rise.”

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Fox News Has Been ‘Getting People Killed for Years’

People who don’t buy into the left’s big-government healthcare schemes are literally . . . killers! That was the essence of an accusation made by Eric Boehlert, a guest on Joy Reid’s MSNBC show today.

Reid quoted to Boehlert from a Washington Post column that suggested that Rupert Murdoch should force Fox News to “tell the truth” about coronavirus, and also use his influence with President Trump on the matter.

When Reid asked whether there was a possibility that Murdoch would do such things, Boehlert replied:

“Anyone waiting for Rupert Murdoch to do the honorable thing is going to wait a very, very long time . . . Fox News has been getting people killed for years . . . They are a cancer on this country.”

 

 

Hypocrisy alert: a bit later, Boehlert accused Fox News of seeking to “vilify, stir hatred and paranoia.” You mean, like by accusing your political opponents of “killing people” and being a “cancer?”

Note also that Reid began her dialogue with Boehlert by describing Trish Regan of Fox Business as the lady “with the very large blond hair.” That elicited a smirk from Boehlert. So, Ms. Reid, are people’s physical appearance fair game for mocking comments? Who is she to mock large hair on TV? 

Another ironic moment came earlier in the show when Reid interviewed Florida Rep. Charlie Crist regarding the coronavirus. Crist had been the target of Reid’s homophobic mockery, and of whom she had written: “Miss Charlie, Miss Charlie: stop pretending, brother. It’s okay that you don’t go for the ladies.” Somehow, that didn’t come up during their dialogue today.

Here’s the transcript.

MSNBC’s AM Joy
03/15/20
11:01 am EDT

JOY REID: And so Fox News reportedly benched Trish Regan, who is the lady, for those of you don’t watch Fox, with the very large blond hair who was being very serious about saying that it’s just an attack on Donald Trump, and it’s a new impeachment. So they benched her show. 

According to the Washington Post, Rupert Murdoch, there is an op-ed in the Washington Post that says that Rupert Murdoch could actually save lives by forcing Fox News to tell the truth about the coronavirus right now. And this is just a piece of it [quoting]: “And so, so let’s acknowledge the obvious: there is no more important player in influencing Trump than Fox News. And no more powerful figure at Fox than its patriarch. Murdoch might consider, too, that with the median age of Fox viewers around 65, they’re among the most vulnerable to the virus’s threats.”

As a media analyst for a very long time, do you see any possibility that Fox may want to try to save its own viewers by forcing this narrative to change? Because it’s true, if they change their narrative, it’s not true [clear?] if they follow Trump or Trump follows them, but they will act together.

ERIC BOEHLERT: Right. Anyone waiting for Rupert Murdoch to do the honorable thing is going to wait a very, very long time, after someone who’s watched him for 20 years. 

Look, Fox News has been getting people killed for years. Just look at their crusade against affordable health care, their crusade against expanding Medicaid. This is not unusual for them. It’s far more dire. I mean, I’ve been watching and documenting Fox News for 15 years. I mean, they are a cancer on this country. There’s no question about it. So who knows what they’re going to do? Their programming is to vilify, stir hatred and paranoia. And if the pandemic is the backdrop, then they’re going to do it.

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‘The Simpsons’ Mocks Christians as ‘Right-Wing Ding Dongs’

It is nothing new for Fox’s The Simpsons to mock Christians, but it happened once again in the March 15 episode titled “Better Off Ned.” 

Bart Simpson found himself in trouble and facing suspension from school over a prank gone bad, so he used a fake hand grenade during a school performance to cause a commotion. Superintendent Chalmers was about to suspend him when the Simpsons’s neighbor Ned Flanders started to kneel in prayer. The superintendent freaked out since it was a public school. He took down a copy of Engel v. Vitale and began reading the Supreme Court decision that ruled school prayer was unconstitutional:

 

 

Superintendent: Son, you forced this man to jump on a grenade seconds before I was going to. Well, Simpson, thanks to you, now no one can bring grenades to school. This time, you will be expelled, never to return.

Marge: Please don’t expel him. He’s got nowhere to go.

Superintendent: Bart Simpson, I hereby declare you…

Ned Flanders: Wait. I’ve lived next to this boy for years. There’s good in him. Let me work with him after school. I’ll improve him with the three P’s: Persistence, prayer and persistent prayer.

Superintendent: Oh, God, you’re one of those.

Flanders: Dear Lord…

Superintendent: Don’t kneel. Don’t kneel! We’re in a public school, for God’s sake! “Engel V. Vitale, 1962. The Supreme Court asserts that…”

Flanders: Superintendent, you are about to be on the business end of a prayer chain.

Superintendent: “As a part of a religious program carried on by government, it is a matter of history…”

Man: My love of prayer is reflected in my chest hair.

Second Man: I appear to be in the wrong group chat.

Superintendent: “…And the judgment of the Court of Appeals of New York is reversed, and the cause of…”

Flanders: Amen. Sir, we’re up to 205 verified pray-ers. Do you really want me to give them your office number? Hmm? Hmm?

Superintendent: Fine. Stop, please! I’ve had enough. We won’t expel Bart.

Flanders: Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Superintendent: If you supervise this boy, keeping him away from the baleful presence of his father.

Homer: Woo-hoo! Win-win!

Ned Flanders was a good influence on Bart. He taught him the satisfaction of working for a goal – like starting a fire outdoors with a stick and stones after catching a fish. Bart even ended up singing in the church choir.

Homer was jealous of Ned and Bart’s new friendship and fake mentored Bart’s nemesis Nelson. It didn’t go well and Homer ended up apologizing to Bart. Father and son were back to normal at the end of a Christian Pride Parade that Flanders put on. The Mayor of Springfield welcomed the crowd and says, “You right-wing ding dongs will keep me in office forever.”

In the parade, there was a float with an “Innocent Priest” tossing out rosary beads and the parade ends with a pair of hands coming together to pray. Nelson, angry with Homer, broke a wooden cross and turned it into a slingshot to hit the button, which activated the hands just as Bart was walking between them:

 

 

Crowd: We’re Christians, we’re proud, but don’t say it too loud.

Rod: Holding hands are holy hands.

Bart: Ew. Are you wearing lotion?

Rod: I’m very chappy.

Mayor Quimby: Uh, welcome, er, uh, Christians. God is pleased to thank our corporate sponsor, C. Montgomery Burns.

Lenny: Why won’t you die?

Quimby: Mr. Burns will take questions later. Er, uh, thanks to this magnificent parade, you right-wing ding-dongs will keep me in office forever.

Crowd: Yay!

Quimby: And now, at the spectacular culmination of the parade, when the final float has safely cleared the route, a giant pair of praying hands will swing from the sides of the street and come together in holy union.

Homer: He’s gonna crush Bart! Where’s Flanders now?

Flanders: Right here. What do you need?

Homer: Get away from me! No…!

Bart: Hi, Dad.

Homer: Son, you want to ride in the ambulance together?

Bart: Aw, that’s always been our thing.

So, even in a silly animated show, mocking Christians as “right-wing ding dongs” is fine, as well as taking a shot at Catholic priests. It is the season of Lent for Catholics, after all. Funny, I never see other religions or their followers made sport of like this.