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Friday, March 20, 2020

David Frum: Yet the many weeks of denial have had their effect. An Economist poll released March 18 found that only 38 percent of Fox News viewers took the virus seriously, half as many as among MSNBC and CNN viewers. For Trump's sake, Fox risked the lives of its own audience.

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The old head-stock-in-the-sand approach only works if there are no predators lurking about. Brace yourselves for a vomitous outburst of hate directed by yokels against any and all targets except Trump's virtually criminal incompetence. However, should some of their ire turn on him they're liable to turn up at the White House (better: Mar-A-Lardo) for a re-enactment of the storming of the Bastille.

#1 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2020-03-20 07:31 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Brace yourselves for a vomitous outburst of hate directed by yokels against any and all targets except Trump's virtually criminal incompetence.

We're already seeing it with the "Chy-Nah virus" nonsense.

They'd rather debate whether that's an appropriate name for it than whether the man using it is incompetent.

#2 | Posted by jpw at 2020-03-20 08:37 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

Donald Trump continues to kill people through ignorance, sloth, and inaction.

No exaggeration, and it's getting worse.

Word this morning is that the Federal (Trump) government often doesn't return phone calls from State governors about COVD-19.

Governors.

When you don't return a phone call, what are you trying to say to the person calling?

That's right.

Donald Trump continues to kill people through ignorance, sloth, and inaction.

No exaggeration, and it's getting worse.

#3 | Posted by Zed at 2020-03-20 08:46 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Reporter earlier this morning: "What do you say to Americans who are watching you right now who are scared?"

Trump: "I say that you are a terrible reporter, that's what I say. It's a very nasty question."

You built that, Trump supporters.

#4 | Posted by Derek_Wildstar at 2020-03-20 01:48 PM | Reply

I actually think Trump is doing the best he can right now. I'm no Trump supporter but this week has seen a big improvement, IMHO, in his presidency. I ca honestly say I would not want his job, it has to be very stressful to be President during this moment in time.

#5 | Posted by danni at 2020-03-20 01:57 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

I ca honestly say I would not want his job, it has to be very stressful to be President during this moment in time.

#5 | POSTED BY DANNI

Taking that job one must expect to be thrust into a situation nobody else would want.

If the thought of that scares you you shouldn't put yourself in the running for the job.

He'll get no sympathy from me on that account.

#6 | Posted by jpw at 2020-03-20 02:04 PM | Reply

#5 Real leaders rise to the occasion in a crisis. Trash Trump has spent his life taking cheap shots from the sidelines while losing his daddy's money.

Worst POTUS in history. Trump is not up to the job, It is time to say "Donald, you're fired!"

#7 | Posted by bored at 2020-03-20 02:45 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

It seems as if they think by blaming the victims it saves them from being victims.

#8 | Posted by RightisTrite at 2020-03-20 02:53 PM | Reply

DANNI

The presidency isn't a job to Trump. It's the world's biggest piggy bank.

#9 | Posted by Twinpac at 2020-03-20 02:53 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Trump is doing the worst he can. Twice today he was asked what he would say to scared Americans and twice he went on about "fake news".

He wasn't being asked about testing or supplies. He was simply being asked to make a statement during one of America's most trying times.

How hard could it be to simply say something like "I want to reassure the American people that we're working hard on this"? Pretty hard for an uncaring psychopath.

#10 | Posted by Derek_Wildstar at 2020-03-20 02:54 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Time to invoke the 25th amendment.

#11 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2020-03-20 02:56 PM | Reply

How hard could it be to simply say something like "I want to reassure the American people that we're working hard on this"?

The closest Trump has come to "working on this" is when he tried to buy a German vaccine company.
Trump doesn't work. He spends, he golfs, he chases skirts, and he blows hot air.

That's what he does.
That's all he can do.

#12 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-03-20 03:17 PM | Reply

"I actually think Trump is doing the best he can right now. I'm no Trump supporter but this week has seen a big improvement, IMHO, in his presidency. I ca honestly say I would not want his job, it has to be very stressful to be President during this moment in time."

He's a mass murderer and should be in jail.

#13 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2020-03-20 03:37 PM | Reply

I think Trumplethinskin is doing the best that he can as well. That is the problem. I also think that not getting his rally fix is taking its toll on him. He is holding press conferences like never before but his audience isn't cheering him on or going for his stupid cliche's. They want him to answer questions and to know what he is talking about. He can't do those things.

It's wearing on him. He needs that narcissistic supply... and well for 8 weeks or more he is cut off.

He's getting short and snippy.

Shall we make bets on his emotional unraveling?

#14 | Posted by RightisTrite at 2020-03-20 04:55 PM | Reply

Trump can't handle the truth! He can't lie or deny or shift blame away. People are dying,many more will die. This is a nightmare that Trump never contemplated before it became too much to handle. I pity him. That said, he's not up to the job. Who is?

#15 | Posted by Effeteposer at 2020-03-20 05:46 PM | Reply

Its official - fox news gets people killed. If it was only their own viewers I'd be fine with it.

#16 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2020-03-20 06:26 PM | Reply

"We have always been at war with Coronavirus!"

#17 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-03-20 06:26 PM | Reply

I actually think Trump is doing the best he can right now. I'm no Trump supporter but this week has seen a big improvement, IMHO, in his presidency. I ca honestly say I would not want his job, it has to be very stressful to be President during this moment in time.

#5 | Posted by danni

Wrong. He's still lying TODAY and attacking the press TODAY.

He said you dont need a test unles you have symptoms. This is wrong. The only way to get ahead of the virus is to find the asymptomatic people who are spreading it.

#18 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2020-03-20 06:27 PM | Reply

"I actually think Trump is doing the best he can right now."

I agree; he just can't do particularly well, even when he's at his best.
Among his problems is poor impulse control. He just can't help himself, e.g. his "terrible reporter" comment earlier today.

#19 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-03-20 06:32 PM | Reply

"He said you dont need a test unles you have symptoms. This is wrong"

He's saying that because he knows we can't even test all the people with symptoms.
From a marketing perspective, it's the right thing to say, to limit demand when you have a limited supply.
Unfortunately, this isn't a marketing problem. It's a resource scarcity and resource allocation problem.

#20 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-03-20 06:34 PM | Reply

Wrong. He's still lying TODAY and attacking the press TODAY.

Well no one said his best was actually good.

#21 | Posted by REDIAL at 2020-03-20 06:50 PM | Reply

They have been angry since the 70s.

#22 | Posted by fresno500 at 2020-03-20 10:42 PM | Reply

Among his problems is poor impulse control. He just can't help himself, e.g. his "terrible reporter" comment earlier today.

#19 | POSTED BY SNOOFY

Because Trumpy is a terrible President.

Sadly it is exactly what a terrible President would say.

#23 | Posted by donnerboy at 2020-03-21 12:13 PM | Reply

#23 | Posted by donnerboy, Is it just me or can I remember Obama storming out of one of his rare news conferences and kicking open the door as he left. Apparently the reporters were too aggressive. (They ask questions he did not want to hear). Obama is not nearly as eloquent as his reputation, he is lost without a teleprompter or talking points.

#24 | Posted by docnjo at 2020-03-22 06:28 AM | Reply

#24 | POSTED BY DOCNJO AT 2020-03-22 06:28 AM | FLAG: EYE ROLL

ooooooo one time Obama gets pissy or wears a beige suit and the will never let him live it down... yeah... pppffftttt....the shame is almost unbearable...

GFY with Trumplethinskin it occurs each time a mic is within range of his voice... unless it's at one of his rally events where he gets to hang with his cognitive dissonant base where they chant $#!t at him and it doesn't matter what he says.

Fekkin republicl0wns believe him when he says he's really that color.

#25 | Posted by RightisTrite at 2020-03-22 06:45 AM | Reply

#25 | Posted by RightisTrite, The prime difference between the two is one likes to fight, the other has no ideal how to.

#26 | Posted by docnjo at 2020-03-22 07:00 AM | Reply

Excuses, excuses, excuses, that's all we get from the deplorable. Sad!

#27 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2020-03-22 07:43 AM | Reply

#24 | POSTED BY DOCNJO

Why are Trumpers such self-unaware pathetic hacks?

Seriously. You. Support. Trump.

You have ZERO credibility on the topic of...well...just about anything.

#28 | Posted by jpw at 2020-03-22 10:57 AM | Reply

#28 Incoming "i didnt vote for Trump so that excuses my years of constant Trump jock-sniffing" post, in 5, 4, 3...

#29 | Posted by JOE at 2020-03-22 11:10 AM | Reply

#29 | Posted by JOE,#28 | Posted by jpw Why are Hilleryites still defending that crooked POS?

#30 | Posted by docnjo at 2020-03-22 01:03 PM | Reply

Why are Hilleryites still defending that crooked POS?

#30 | POSTED BY DOCNJO

We didn't.

More important question is why are you still obsessed about them?

#31 | Posted by jpw at 2020-03-22 01:44 PM | Reply

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