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Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Frank Bruni: (N)ow I've heard it all: A friend of mine was cursed by a passing stranger the other day for wearing a protective mask. (S)cience is no match for tribalism in this dysfunctional country. Truth is whatever validates your prejudices, feeds your sense of grievance and fuels your antipathy toward the people you've decided are on some other side. And protective masks, God help us, are tribal totems.

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So masks are props in our polluted ecosystem of information. They're also symbols of American complacency. When the pandemic hit, there weren't nearly enough of them, not even for medical workers, a shortage that more-prepared countries didn't experience.

And masks are emblems, maybe the best ones, of the Trump administration's disregard for, and degradation of, experts and expertise. Last month, when Trump announced that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was recommending the use of masks, he went out of his way to make clear that he wouldn't be wearing one and that no one else was obliged.

I've often heard that this once-in-a-generation crisis will bring us together, making us realize how much we need one another.

But it may well be driving us farther apart.

The final lines are a sickening indictment upon the vile poison released upon this land by the intentional divisiveness of President Donald J. Trump. He has managed to polarize the simple belief in and response to medical science and math - as though empirical data can be demagogued into a more attractive conclusion.

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-05-12 10:19 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

You can't fight fantasy.

#2 | Posted by TFDNihilist at 2020-05-13 07:44 AM | Reply

"The final lines are a sickening indictment upon the vile poison released upon this land by the intentional divisiveness of President Donald J. Trump."

I despise Donald Trump but the real blame needs to go to the propaganda media that the right wing has created. From Rush Limbaugh to Sean Hannity, we need to eliminate them once and for all and get our nation back to believing the news media is only there to report the real truth. Douche bags angry about masks are just idiots easily manipulated by the propaganda.

#3 | Posted by danni at 2020-05-13 08:19 AM | Reply

Trump IS the Virus... Period.

#4 | Posted by earthmuse at 2020-05-13 09:19 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Noise canceling headphones and a blindfold might help for a while. Until your world comes crashing down around you.

Like it is now for so many.

#5 | Posted by donnerboy at 2020-05-13 10:21 AM | Reply

Every post here is spot on. He is a virus and he is poisonous. He has got to go, come November.

#6 | Posted by Yodagirl at 2020-05-13 10:41 AM | Reply

Consider this

President zero is wearing eye protection to protect his eyes but not a mask to prevent him exposing others

#7 | Posted by truthhurts at 2020-05-13 10:47 AM | Reply

Consider this.

Trump stated directly into the sun during an eclipse.

In front of the whole world

#8 | Posted by donnerboy at 2020-05-13 12:14 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

Breaking!Nasks can't protect y9u from tigers.

#9 | Posted by Sniper at 2020-05-13 01:15 PM | Reply

Breaking!Nasks can't protect y9u from tigers.

#9 | POSTED BY SNIPER

I'm sure you think this is profound.

#10 | Posted by jpw at 2020-05-13 01:22 PM | Reply

Unfortunately, unlike those who refuse to wear motorcycle helmets, those who die of the virus are not good organ donors.

#11 | Posted by TenMile at 2020-05-13 01:30 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

#10 | Posted by jpw

I was just thinking he went on a bender at noon...

#12 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2020-05-13 04:37 PM | Reply

Always a possibility.

#13 | Posted by jpw at 2020-05-13 04:53 PM | Reply

Is syphilis a virus?

#14 | Posted by Jaspar at 2020-05-14 02:34 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

DANNI

"I despise Donald Trump but the real blame needs to go to the propaganda media that the right wing has created. From Rush Limbaugh to Sean Hannity, we need to eliminate them once and for all and get our nation back to believing the news media is only there to report the real truth."

Add Karl Rove to your list. Rove, the King of Propaganda and legendary Master of Dirty Tricks, attended a strategy meeting on Monday with Trump and the gang.

If ever there was a sure sign that Trump is convinced he's going to lose the election, this is it.

#15 | Posted by Twinpac at 2020-05-14 03:22 AM | Reply

Also add Newt to that list.
Newt-Gingrich-Language-A-Key-Mechanism-of-Control

#16 | Posted by TFDNihilist at 2020-05-14 04:00 AM | Reply

TFD

Steve Miller is the current editor who does all the blue lining in Trump's best work. We can always tell. Occasionally he slips in a new word that he wants Trump to learn.

#17 | Posted by Twinpac at 2020-05-15 02:04 AM | Reply

I've only had one person refuse my offer of a mask and that was a homeless man who belonged in a mental hospital.

I had to tell him that Jesus called me and told me to bring him a mask before he would accept it.

#18 | Posted by Twinpac at 2020-05-15 02:18 AM | Reply

Is syphilis a virus?

#14 | POSTED BY JASPAR

Asking for a friend?

#19 | Posted by donnerboy at 2020-05-15 11:22 AM | Reply

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