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The coronavirus crisis is devastating
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Posted By: IowaDad, 4/9/2020 7:24:18 AM

Two months ago, Cleveland Plain Dealer cut 22 journalists from its payroll. (snip) While newspapers - many owned by heavily indebted chain owners - have been hard hit, the broader media landscape has pits in it at every turn. Alternative weeklies and city magazines, dependent on ads from restaurants, museums and local attractions, were the first to hang out urgent appeals for reader donations; several have shuttered and others are contemplating it. Even local TV stations, the most resilient sector during the media's troubled years, are hurting from the disappearance of two reliable advertisers, local car dealers and political candidates.


To survive, reporters need to be the leaders of knowledge and wisdom. They haven't been. Ignorant and lazy editors make little effort to publish the truth. It's much easier for them to generate garbage click-bait, and more lucrative too. We need fundamental change in the industry!

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Rasputin 4/9/2020 7:42:16 AM (No. 373583)
As they say, you must have a heart of stone not to laugh.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: MattMusson 4/9/2020 7:47:30 AM (No. 373589)
Every Dark Cloud has a Silver Lining.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: Namma 4/9/2020 8:01:33 AM (No. 373601)
The plain dealer was nothing but a Democrat rag. It was so slanted to the left that a person with common sense couldn’t read it. The Plain Dealer built this great big new building and then cut printing back. To four days a week. Bad management. Bad reporting.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: Toby Ten Bears 4/9/2020 8:07:21 AM (No. 373610)
Finally, some GOOD news!
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Reply 5 - Posted by: Nimby 4/9/2020 8:08:13 AM (No. 373612)
It is not the Corona Virus. Its your biased reporting you fools
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Reply 6 - Posted by: worried 4/9/2020 8:19:53 AM (No. 373623)
News? What news? All I hear from the media is hatred for The Donald and dem propaganda. Too bad that some people lost their jobs, but that comes with the territory. Lie down with dogs, etc.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: bpl40 4/9/2020 8:24:02 AM (No. 373630)
Walk on the plank till your hat floats!
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Reply 8 - Posted by: F15 Gork 4/9/2020 8:28:30 AM (No. 373640)
Newsprint media is dead - “journalism” killed it.....
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Reply 9 - Posted by: Clinger 4/9/2020 8:28:34 AM (No. 373641)
Well doesn't that just ruin my day. How are my neighbors supposed to know enough to hate me and why it's just peachy to steal from me?
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Reply 10 - Posted by: TJ54 4/9/2020 8:34:48 AM (No. 373652)
Feel good story of the day. You built dat!!!!
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Reply 11 - Posted by: Lazyman 4/9/2020 8:34:51 AM (No. 373653)
If you wish to sell a newspaper today, try lying if you want to sell it tomorrow, try the truth. Markets work wonders and fake news is being called out of favor.
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Reply 12 - Posted by: edgar 4/9/2020 8:42:54 AM (No. 373663)
We have a 'local newspaper' in the town I live in. I just ordered a year of home delivery. They only cover the stuff the 'big papers' do not cover. Local government, high school sports, obits, etc. and only publish Wednesdays and Saturdays, but these guys are worth supporting even though the area libs have to send all of those letters to the editors.
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Reply 13 - Posted by: unionriverman2316 4/9/2020 8:53:50 AM (No. 373680)
Cry me a river. The American people are tired of reading nothing but leftist propaganda every day.
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Reply 14 - Posted by: George R. 4/9/2020 8:59:42 AM (No. 373686)
WP its not the virus..its the journos who are self destructing!
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Reply 15 - Posted by: HotRod 4/9/2020 9:03:22 AM (No. 373688)
Darwinism also applies to the news industry. The defective, un-adaptable will go by the wayside. Even the cable news industry will suffer. There is little or no news, except endless talking heads speculating and pointing fingers about the Chinese Corona virus. No other news of importance! All virus, all the time. Even during this so-called crisis, they can't get away from political correctness. We aren't supposed to call it the Chinese Corona virus. It is racist! We must find stories that show the virus itself is racist, because it allegedly affects some groups more than others. At a time when we should come together, the derangement against the President still festers. News entities whine about terms that they themselves used, before they were instructed to criticize the President for using them! The news media illustrates what America would be like if they (democrats) had their way. Not a pretty picture!
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Reply 16 - Posted by: raphaela 4/9/2020 9:03:32 AM (No. 373689)
I cancelled our Sunday paper over a year ago. When asked why, I explained that their paper is so biased that their stories don't reflect my thinking at all. Then I asked the subscription lady who they thought they would be selling their paper to in the next 10 years. In my neck of the woods about 50% of children between the ages of 8 to 13 can't read. So they can exclude them from being subscribers. Additionally if about half of their readers are conservative then most of them will drop their subscriptions too. Finally, most young people don't bother with print. They get the news they want (if they want news) from their phones. The end of the daily paper is near. Heck, I remember when you got the paper twice a day, the Journal and the Sentinel. Now we don't even watch the evening local news because it's been nothing but bash Trump and coronavirus panic. It worried my dad repeatedly who thought we were all in imminent danger. We've been watching Andy of Mayberry for the last 4 weeks.
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Reply 17 - Posted by: Sorosisbehindit 4/9/2020 9:11:29 AM (No. 373706)
What do you call a journalist who does not research, verify quotes, or ask questions to learn information? A DNC hack. Journalism, as taught in the 70s when I was in college is dead, there was no funeral allowed, cremation is completed and ashes were thrown over Washington D.C.
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Reply 18 - Posted by: lisa belanger 4/9/2020 9:11:48 AM (No. 373707)
i hope you all lose your jobs....karma you all lied about trump
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Reply 19 - Posted by: Dodge Boy 4/9/2020 9:24:58 AM (No. 373723)
Most members of my family and many friends have abandoned the msm. The msms' daily drumbeat of panic has caused people to spend quality time with their children and do quality activities together instead, that in most cases, has strengthened the family unit. My hope is that this marks the beginning of the end for many msm news outlets starting with the Communist News Network and MoreShNBC.
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Reply 20 - Posted by: stablemoney 4/9/2020 9:29:03 AM (No. 373726)
We can hear directly from the source now. And citizen journalists are much better. We don't need the leftist filter any longer.
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Reply 21 - Posted by: ussjimmycarter 4/9/2020 9:36:16 AM (No. 373733)
Oh NO! Not THAT! 🤥
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Reply 22 - Posted by: Patchy Groundfog 4/9/2020 9:42:05 AM (No. 373744)
1) 'Heavily indebted chain owners' - what lending institution or investor was dumb enough to pour cash into a dying industry, especially one in which the chain owners had made nearly identical disastrous mistakes in a dozen or more cities? 2) For accuracy, the Plain Dealer is cutting newsPAPER staff as in traditional PD newsroom. is relatively unaffected although they exploited the misery by cutting comments out of their site (it was actually a parent-company move) and claiming they were a disincentive to visit the site. Like ESPN and others they will find that traffic declines as the ability to interact declines. They also made a brave show of halting the publication of criminals' mug shots with the bizarre claim that they 'perpetuated stereotypes.' They don't seem to understand that if a crime is a committed there can be no 'stereotyping' of the perp. But as usual it was meant to conceal the inconvenient fact that 90% of the crime, especially the violent kind, is committed by blacks in their city. 3) It's also worth noting that the leftist pro-union types have watched their impotent union (aka guild) take their cash for years and achieve absolutely nothing with it especially in their hour of need. They cheered the UAW for destroying the Big Three. They cheered the all-too-frequent teachers strikes. Their dose of karma could fill Lake Erie. 4) Ivory tower types believe people are stupid (as the current lockdown silliness proves). Ivory tower types also believe that people don't communicate independently ie outside approved channels. But Yelp, TripAdvisor, etc. show that 'the wisdom of crowds' is powerful and convincing even if it's not always wisdom. Word of a bad car dealer, hotel, store, restaurant, etc. gets around very quickly. People have always complained about newspaper content, bias and arrogance and newspapers always dismissed the complaints, insulted the complainers and made the paper even more slanted as punishment (apparently). In sum, papers (and TV/radio) have had decades of consistent, detailed feedback but have chosen to ignore it.
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Reply 23 - Posted by: john56 4/9/2020 9:42:32 AM (No. 373745)
Don;t sell yourself short, media folks. You did a great amount of the job yourself. C-19 may have hastened the end for some of you, but it was nothing more than the banana peel that you slipped on while jumping off the cliff.
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Reply 24 - Posted by: mobyclik 4/9/2020 9:53:27 AM (No. 373758)
I have more pity for the waiter or waitress that got laid off than I do any of these lying media scum. Go get a REAL job.
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Reply 25 - Posted by: MickTurn 4/9/2020 9:56:04 AM (No. 373762)
FINALLY some really GOOD News...pardon the News Pun...
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Reply 26 - Posted by: clayusmcret 4/9/2020 10:01:50 AM (No. 373770)
If the press gave people a reason to watch/read it, like maybe telling the truth and stop sensationalizing everything, people would be clamoring to get more; hanging onto every word. As it is, the mainstream news cannot be trusted. Ergo, it's as useful to the American people as a Chicom virus.
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Reply 27 - Posted by: jacksin5 4/9/2020 10:01:54 AM (No. 373772)
Watch the Media Q&A after PDJT's daily Corona Press Conference, and the question of why the MSM is dying a slow death answers itself.
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Reply 28 - Posted by: cThree 4/9/2020 10:02:26 AM (No. 373773)
The Washington Post -- where journalism goes to die. Let them carry their towering self-righteousness to the unemployment line. To hell with every damn one of them.
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Reply 29 - Posted by: chiller 4/9/2020 10:07:18 AM (No. 373779)
Too rich. The very entities who pushed the panic cry about what they've done. As death estimates drop from 2.2M to 60K we see DjT would have been correct to say this whole damn deal is a fraud on par with a bad seasonal flu. A fraud created by you. And you want us to pay for your incompetency ? We'll get back to you. You might begin by digging and reporting actual facts instead of whatever smears Trump. Worse, your anti-HCQ insistency is killing people. On 2nd thought, we won't be getting back to you. Management changes for most of your righteous media entities would be a welcome changes.
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Reply 30 - Posted by: Ditto1958 4/9/2020 10:09:44 AM (No. 373786)
Hmmm... sad to say, but it might be a good thing. Darwinism at work.
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Reply 31 - Posted by: WhamDBambam 4/9/2020 10:17:25 AM (No. 373794)
I imagine the current Pope would say it's God's payback for lying all of the time.
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Reply 32 - Posted by: Strike3 4/9/2020 10:17:41 AM (No. 373796)
"A tsunami of layoffs, cutbacks, furloughs and closures has washed over newsrooms across the United States over the past month - a time, ironically, when readership and viewership is surging with consumers in search of reliable information about the virus." Their problem is in the one word, "reliable." Dang, this happens just when I sent my little violin to the music shop for tuning and cleaning.
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Reply 33 - Posted by: bigfatslob 4/9/2020 10:32:45 AM (No. 373822)
Is the Washington Post asking a question or answering their own question. We can only hope it's dying. When you don't report news but destroy what you disagree with then you're 'news industry' (joke) never existed. This is too funny.
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Reply 34 - Posted by: planetgeo 4/9/2020 10:33:50 AM (No. 373825)
It's really been incredible to watch the willful suicide of ALL the media, not just print. That they would all purposely shut out and openly sneer at about 50% of their potential audience/customer base is definitely head scratching. I remember, for example, when the LA Times was a truly great newspaper. Yes, liberal in the editorial section, but scrupulously objective and incisive on any and all subjects elsewhere. That changed sometime in the Clinton-Bush decades and it became unrecognizable with its total left bias in every section. And at least in that particular venue, the origin of that hostility was pretty evident...a growing number of LGBT editors and writers that weren't just left-biased but also clearly hostile to conservatives/Christians/normals. It was/is LGBT rage and revenge. Looking around the rest of the enemedia (and especially the NYT) it looks very much the same as to root cause and depth of hostility. And it's pathological and unquenchable in them, in my opinion.
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Reply 35 - Posted by: sydney727 4/9/2020 10:54:29 AM (No. 373859)
Wouldn't touch my big city daily paper with a ten foot pole...haven't read it in years. I have no mercy on them if they are have to lay off staff. They haven't served the public for years and deserve what they get. But in this time when community is so important my small local paper is not publishing "until further notice." That's a shame. That is a loss. Hope they are back soon.
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Reply 36 - Posted by: PlayItAgain 4/9/2020 10:59:27 AM (No. 373863)
So many ways to respond to this. . . I am still purchasing and consuming things that are of value of me. I tend to walk away from low quality goods, especially if I have little use for them. Within the society of journalists, there is little if any accountability. So, quality is either very poor or nonexistent. And, please, this "pandemic" is a self inflicted wound. We consumed the "Millions Could Die!" headlines at first. So we all shut down because they told us to, because of the fear that they generated. Now, it's not such a pandemic after all. And the news media is whining because they suffered too. Good! And good riddance.
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Reply 37 - Posted by: judy 4/9/2020 11:11:26 AM (No. 373879)
All you have to do is read 5 newspapers to see why no one buys their product. They are more bias than CNN & MSNBC. How many newspapers does Bloomberg own?
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Reply 38 - Posted by: bighambone 4/9/2020 11:21:08 AM (No. 373902)
City newspapers, as far as international and national news are concerned have been made obsolete by the internet and the 24/7 TV news and opinion networks. Most of the city newspaper reports printed are purchased by the city newspapers from the Associated Press (AP) and Reuters, reports that are created in either New York City or Washington, DC by politicized reporters who operate as the propaganda arm for the leftist or liberal Democrats. Usually those reports contain information that is days old. Recently I read an AP report created in New York that was published in our local city newspaper. The article initially and through the article identified the President of the USA as being just Trump, but when they identified Andrew Cuomo, they either identified him by his full time or with his full name and his title as the Governor of New York. Clearly the intent of that article was to be as disrespectful as possible to President Trump while building up and praising Governor Cuomo. Politicized articles like that are a major reason for the demise of city newspapers as legitimate national and international news sources. The 24/7 TV talking heads are really no better and have been doing their best to foster confusion and panic throughout the general public. The current talking head game is to interview as many different doctors, politicians, and ordinary people on the street, from all over the country, and to then use those differing opinions of the corona virus situation to create as much controversy and sensationalism as the possibly can to keep as many people as possible watching their many times politicized news and opinion shows.
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Reply 39 - Posted by: DVC 4/9/2020 11:31:56 AM (No. 373926)
Another silver lining.
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Reply 40 - Posted by: jeffkinnh 4/9/2020 11:33:39 AM (No. 373929)
I agree, it's a conflict of interest. Let the media die if they can't support themselves. Their behavior during the crisis shows they do NOT have the best interests of the American People in mind. They are too busy playing agenda driven political propaganda games. NO BAILOUT.
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Reply 41 - Posted by: paral04 4/9/2020 11:40:52 AM (No. 373944)
The news industry would do well if it were not steeped in Yellow Dog journalism and propagandizing for the left.
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Reply 42 - Posted by: Strike3 4/9/2020 11:44:18 AM (No. 373947)
I wonder if the WaPo is getting nervous that since Bezos is running lean on Amazon sales that he will cut the huge amount of money that it takes to keep them afloat. When he announces the sale of this white elephant there will be a cheer heard all across the country.
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Reply 43 - Posted by: Faldo 4/9/2020 12:08:05 PM (No. 373979)
Newspaper ownership has had much better luck over the years with their other 'investment'...the Intelligence Community.
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Reply 44 - Posted by: 24tea@Mag 4/9/2020 1:03:01 PM (No. 374064)
This is no great loss. Facts and truth count and some times a little praise ILO of lies and gotcha.
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Reply 45 - Posted by: ProudSaber 4/9/2020 1:42:00 PM (No. 374107)
My local paper started editorializing some issues that I could no longer support. When they supported opening up the women's restrooms to men who thought they were women that was the last straw. It seems they were pushing the 100% Democratic Platform. I voted by cancelling my subscription. Now they sold their building and moved into a strip mall. How many has been reduced from the staff but it is smaller. A lot of the stuff I use to read is now on facebook. The police and sheriff put up posts from time to time on their page. So the world continues to change on the way we get news.
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Reply 46 - Posted by: doctorfixit 4/9/2020 1:53:24 PM (No. 374120)
Fake News industry you mean,. I have stopped all TV Fake News, even Fox. My local commie rag slaps a photo of Governor Gavin HairGoo on every story. Pure commie propaganda.
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Reply 47 - Posted by: XCenturion 4/9/2020 2:44:10 PM (No. 374194)
Since when is spreading leftist propaganda considered "essential business"? The left-wing media truly are the enemy!
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Reply 48 - Posted by: Periwinkel 4/9/2020 8:22:13 PM (No. 374462)
I'm pretty sure the news industry has no one to blame except themselves. For the last four years they have worked diligently to sink the President and in the process have dug their own grave. Interesting coming from the Washington Post...I didn't think they were so self aware. Drain the Swamp!
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Reply 49 - Posted by: kono 4/9/2020 10:08:08 PM (No. 374525)
It's not the coronavirus crisis that's devastating the news industry, but the dishonest reporting about the coronavirus. (After their dishonest reporting about the witch-hunt impeachment effort, and their dishonest coverage of the Kavanaugh confirmation / attempted assassination, and their dishonest reporting about damn near everything else.
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Reply 50 - Posted by: Omen55 4/9/2020 11:27:47 PM (No. 374542)
Look the locust are dying. So sad:)
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Reply 51 - Posted by: JimBob 4/10/2020 3:12:48 AM (No. 374619)
I remember back in the '70's and '80's, when GM was laying off assembly-line workers 100,000 at a time, the papers could not have cared less. But cutting 10 or 20 from a newsroom? OUTRAGE! Here in south Mississippi, the local McClatchy rag, the Sun-Herald, is circling the drain. I would support them IF they published accurate news.... but every time I think...well, maybe....I go to their website and there is the INEVITABLE nasty, vicious editorial cartoon slamming President Trump. So.... Ef 'em! Internet news sources have made the 'Paper' news obsolete. With a click I can access news articles from people I respect and who I believe produce the most accurate news that they can. Faster, less expensive, better quality. Side benefits are..... no more 'old newspaper' trash, and think of the Trees saved, and all the CEE-OH-TWO that is NOT being generated!
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Reply 52 - Posted by: JimBob 4/10/2020 3:14:06 AM (No. 374620)
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the news industry
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Posted by IowaDad 4/9/2020 7:24:18 AM Post Reply
Two months ago, Cleveland Plain Dealer cut 22 journalists from its payroll. (snip) While newspapers - many owned by heavily indebted chain owners - have been hard hit, the broader media landscape has pits in it at every turn. Alternative weeklies and city magazines, dependent on ads from restaurants, museums and local attractions, were the first to hang out urgent appeals for reader donations; several have shuttered and others are contemplating it. Even local TV stations, the most resilient sector during the media's troubled years, are hurting from the disappearance of two reliable advertisers, local car dealers and political candidates.
The CDC Confesses to Lying
About COVID-19 Death Numbers
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Posted by Magnante 4/9/2020 5:11:50 AM Post Reply
Can any government statistics on COVID-19 deaths be trusted? It is an open question now that we are learning that the highly respected, world-class Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been lying to us. (snip) That the CDC isn’t telling the truth to Americans is no conspiracy theory: it’s right out there in the open for everyone to see. The CDC openly admits that it is fudging the COVID-19 death figures. We know this because, among other truth-tellers, a plainspoken small-town physician from Kalispell, Montana, has pulled back the curtain.
Carville: 2020 Is ‘Going to Be a Democratic
Wipeout’ — Voters Don’t Want Four More
Years of Trump
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Posted by ladydawgfan 4/10/2020 7:46:03 AM Post Reply
Wednesday on MSNBC’s “The 11th Hour,” former lead strategist for Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign James Carville said the presumptive Democratic Party nominee former Vice President Joe Biden would “wipeout” President Donald Trump in 2020. Williams said, “James, everyone I know, everyone I’ve spoken to knows someone who is sick or hopefully recently recovered or on a ventilator or has died of this. What, as you look at this, what’s the short version of what this is doing to Donald Trump, to his presidency thus far?” Carville said, “First of all, he won with 46.1%.
New order bans 'travel between residences,'
with a few exceptions
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Posted by Daria 4/9/2020 5:36:27 PM Post Reply
Lansing, MI — After Friday, Michigan residents will no longer be able to jump in the car — or cross the street — to visit friends and relatives inside the state, or to go to the cottage Up North, with limited exceptions. That is one of the major changes in Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's "stay home" order, issued Thursday, which also extends the expiration of the order to May 1. Until now, travel between two Michigan residences has been permitted.
Three in 10 Americans say the new
coronavirus was 'intentionally
created' in a laboratory: Poll
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Posted by Ribicon 4/9/2020 11:04:30 AM Post Reply
What is the origin of the new coronavirus? It is an alarming topic. Still, a notable portion of the public—particularly conservatives—believes that the virus emerged from a laboratory rather than nature, according to a new poll released on Wednesday. Three-in-10 (29%) say it most likely was created in a lab—23% believe the current strain of the coronavirus was developed intentionally in a laboratory; another 6% say it was most likely made accidentally in a lab, according to a new Pew Research Center poll. A plurality of the respondents—43%—said the virus came about naturally while a quarter say they aren’t sure
Stop the 'anecdotal' nonsense 36 replies
Posted by ladydawgfan 4/10/2020 4:19:22 AM Post Reply
"Anecdotal" has suddenly transmogrified into a magic word with power to shut down any further inquiry, discussion, or debate of hydroxychloroquine's (HYQ) application as a Wuhan virus antidote. This one simple word has reached ultimate status in the world of TDS-sufferers everywhere as the definitive slayer of arguments for the drug's use to impede the deadly path of the virus. This sad fact is representative of a pernicious chasm in our society. The deeply felt antipathy and revulsion of anything Trump by TDS-sufferers are so intense, raw, and vituperative that the one, and so far, only readily available treatment modality demonstrating high efficacy in stopping COVID-19 —
SF plans to lease 7,000 hotel rooms
to isolate homeless people
from the coronavirus
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Posted by poster 4/9/2020 6:34:22 PM Post Reply
San Francisco now plans to lease 7,000 hotel rooms to provide shelter for homeless people as well as first responders and health care workers battling the spread of the coronovirus, city officials said Wednesday. This would more than triple the rooms now under contract. The city already has committed $35 million for the next three months to lease the first batch of units. The overall effort would cost San Francisco roughly $105 million — some but not all of which would be reimbursed by the federal and state governments. (snip) homeless men and women eligible for hotel rooms would need to be COVID-19-positive or be classified as vulnerable because of age
Fauci Signaling to Acosta During
White House Briefing…
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Posted by earlybird 4/9/2020 11:00:09 AM Post Reply
Dr. Anthony Fauci did it again. The first time Fauci was noted signaling to his allies in media was when he signaled to ABC’s Jonathan Karl after an antagonistic exchange with President Trump at a task force briefing [SEE HERE]. Today, another briefing, and CNN’s Jim Acosta had a similar antagonistic exchange with President Trump. Once again Dr. Fauci hangs back to give Acosta a similar signal. Subtle like a brick through a window. WATCH: (Video)
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