Advertisement

Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Monday, May 18, 2020

There is a new cardinal rule in journalism " never write anything favorable about the Trump administration's coronavirus response, even about its successes. It's why the story of how the administration handled the potential ventilator crisis has gone almost entirely untold, and why its effort to secure supplies of personal protective equipment, or PPE, has been gotten largely skeptical or hostile coverage.

More

Comments

Admin's note: Participants in this discussion must follow the site's moderation policy. Profanity will be filtered. Abusive conduct is not allowed.

FYI - This is a moderately long read that goes into a lot of detail.

#1 | Posted by JeffJ at 2020-05-18 04:47 PM | Reply

Acknowledging that the Trump Administration did something right is clear obfuscation!

-Brave Sir Dorkus

#2 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2020-05-18 04:48 PM | Reply

largely skeptical or hostile coverage.

Posted by boaz at 04:43 PM | 2 COMMENTS |

That's what happens when you lie all the time, people become skeptical and hostile.

#3 | Posted by Zed at 2020-05-18 04:54 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 4

Trump doing an adequate job producing ventilators, while setting up grifting schemes for GOP insiders, was told. One non-fail doesn't make up for the grossly incompetent and corrupt handling of the Covid crisis as a whole.

Trumps covid pig needs a lot more lipstick than some ventilators.

#4 | Posted by bored at 2020-05-18 04:57 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

"It's why the story of how the administration handled the potential ventilator crisis has gone almost entirely untold"

It's gone almost entirely untold because there's almost entirely nothing to tell.

Trump punted the COVID-19 response to all fifty governors.

#5 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-05-18 05:00 PM | Reply

It's probably asking WAY too much for any of the DR left to take the time to actually read the embedded article.

#6 | Posted by JeffJ at 2020-05-18 05:03 PM | Reply | Funny: 2

What's not to love about this part of Trump's COVID-19 effort to secure PPE?

Maryland deploys Guard to ward off feds
www.defenseone.com

#7 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-05-18 05:04 PM | Reply

It's asking WAY too much for Deplorables to read the embedded article critically.

#8 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-05-18 05:05 PM | Reply

Way to deflect Snoofy.

#9 | Posted by boaz at 2020-05-18 05:21 PM | Reply

Drunk alraedy, Boaz?

#10 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-05-18 05:25 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

SNOOFY

60 Minutes interviewed a Texas manufacturer of N95 masks who had 4 lines sitting idle ready to make them. He'd written numerous emails warning about the upcoming need for them. Dr. Bright passed all of them up the chain to HHS leadership. Nothing was done, his production lines stayed idle, and when the pandemic hit everyone had to scramble, many of them still having to wear their masks numerous times due to a shortage.

We could have had millions in the stockpile, but no. One more example of incompetence and laissez faire attitude about pandemic preparation by the Trump administration.

#11 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2020-05-18 05:26 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

This headline is like saying

"Not enough people are talking about how far the Titans made it downfield in the final drive of Super Bowl XXXIV"

#12 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-05-18 05:28 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

No matter how many loops you guy jump through, or how many times you spin it, or deflect from it, or ignore it.

It won't change the fact that Trump spent two months ignoring COVID19.

It won't change the fact he's the leading conspiracy theorist behind COVID19 being a hoax, a democratic attack on him, China's fault, Obama's fault, exaggerated death counts.

It won't change the fact he used PPE as leverage against Governors. Or that he stole PPE from states.

It won't change the fact he's encouraging mobs to storm state capitol buildings.

It won't change the fact he put his son in law in charge of the COVID taskforce.

It won't change the fact he gave all the small business stimulus money to his buddies.

It won't change the fact that due to Trump negligence and failure to protect America, we are dealing with a pandemic, and unfortunately, soon to be 100,000 dead Americans.

Weird how that doesn't mean anything to conservatives.

Weird how you all feel compelled to shill for this failure.

#13 | Posted by ClownShack at 2020-05-18 05:32 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 8

#6

Why would they do that, they might be exposed to those pesky facts that are contrary to what that they have been told to believe.

#14 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2020-05-18 05:33 PM | Reply | Funny: 2

"Why would they do that"

I read it. It's little more than congratulating yourself on how fast you ran, after you dropped the baton three times before starting to run the wrong way.

As Clownshack pointed out in #13, it doesn't negate the fact Trump dropped the baton and ran the wrong way.

#15 | Posted by Danforth at 2020-05-18 05:38 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

The Massively Late and Yugely Inadequate Trump Coronavirus Supply-Side Effort that the Media Loves to Expose

Trump Toady Rich Lowry's headline corrected.

oh, and... a quote:

"A very wise TV executive once told me that the key to TV is projecting through the screen. It's one of the keys to the success of, say, a Bill O'Reilly, who comes through the screen and grabs you by the throat. Palin too projects through the screen like crazy. I'm sure I'm not the only male in America who, when Palin dropped her first wink, sat up a little straighter on the couch and said, "Hey, I think she just winked at me."

And her smile. By the end, when she clearly knew she was doing well, it was so sparkling it was almost mesmerizing. It sent little starbursts through the screen and ricocheting around the living rooms of America. This is a quality that can't be learned; it's either something you have or you don't, and man, she's got it.[15]"

- Richard "Starbursts" Lowry

rationalwiki.org

#16 | Posted by Corky at 2020-05-18 05:41 PM | Reply

This just in:

"The President Did Not Kill Any Kittens Today*"

Happy?

* That we know of.

#17 | Posted by truthhurts at 2020-05-18 05:50 PM | Reply

FTA:

"FEMA has become a convenient scapegoat for malicious actors who are unable to deliver on the promises they had made or are engaging in illegal activity," he says.

This quote was misapplied and actually refers to the President.

#18 | Posted by truthhurts at 2020-05-18 05:55 PM | Reply

#6 | POSTED BY JEFFJ

I did.

It's talking about kicking a field goal after the game is over and you are down by 21 points then celebrating like you won.

The article even cites Federal Officials saying they don't think there are shortages...while hospitals and governors continue to say they have shortages.

You really will believe anything Trump Officials tell you.

#19 | Posted by Sycophant at 2020-05-18 06:14 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

First line of article

"The administration has used deft improvisation to secure huge supplies of PPE."

I love it when people don't realize the point that they are making.

The federal government should not have had to use improvisation. They either should have had the necessary supplies on hand OR a plan to achieve sufficient supplies.

Anything less is a failure of leadership.

#20 | Posted by truthhurts at 2020-05-18 06:16 PM | Reply


@#1 ... FYI - This is a moderately long read that goes into a lot of detail. ...

Wow, now there 5 minutes of my life that I'll never get back.

From my prior readings I've noticed that Mr Lowry usually cherry-picks facts to suit the needs of the opinion he proffers. I have also noticed that Mr Lowry seems to hold a substantially different opinion when he writes unchallenged op-ed pieces, such as the one cited, and when he is on a panel with people who hold his accountability in question.

But that aside. I prefer not to attack the messenger (no matter how warranted, as in this case)...

Let's get to the cited op-ed...

...But to read the press, there is basically nothing good that the Trump administration has done over the last three months.

This is manifestly false. In a briefing for reporters last week on FEMA's work securing PPE, FEMA administrator Peter Gaynor laid out the raw numbers: FEMA, HHS, and the private sector have shipped or are currently shipping 92.7 million N95 respirators, 133 million surgical masks, 10.5 million face shields, 42.4 million surgical gowns, and 989 million gloves.

According to Admiral John Polowczyk, head of the supply-chain task force at FEMA, we manufactured roughly 30 million N95 respirators domestically a month before the COVID-19 crisis....


OK, so we manufactured 30 million N95 respirators a month before the COVID-19 crisis.

Let's parse that sentence...

"a month before the COVID-19 crisis"

What, specifically are the dates he is referring to?

Mr Lowry doesn't say, so those dates cannot be good to the viewpoint he is proffering. If it were, he'd give actual dates.

The other aspect of that sentence that is concerning is that if what Mr Lowry asserts is correct, then it points to a massive distribution failure of the Trump administration because all those mass were manufactured, but first responders were still clamoring for PPE.

Did Pres Trump ship those N95 respirators elsewhere? Mr Lowry is silent on that.

Wow, so much deflection found in just one sentence of the op-ed.

Bottom line... it is really sad when this op-ed is the best such a formerly august publication can come up with to garner page hits.

So very sad.


#21 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-05-18 10:14 PM | Reply

@#21

because all those mass were manufactured, but first responders were still clamoring for PPE.

- should be -

because all those masks were manufactured, but first responders were still clamoring for PPE.

#22 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-05-18 10:17 PM | Reply

Congratulations!
President Plump has stopped raping children!

Let's have a parade!

#23 | Posted by bored at 2020-05-19 01:12 AM | Reply

I'm guessing the same (R)tards are claiming victimhood for their Orange Fuhrer again.
Snowflakes!

#24 | Posted by a_monson at 2020-05-19 02:27 AM | Reply

A statement to the Russian trolls here in their native language.

Vlad otstoy i ty tozhe!

#25 | Posted by a_monson at 2020-05-19 02:31 AM | Reply

A statement to the Russian trolls here in their native language.

Vlad otstoy i ty tozhe!

#26 | Posted by a_monson at 2020-05-19 02:31 AM | Reply

OK, so we manufactured 30 million N95 respirators a month before the COVID-19 crisis.

The way it's written it seems we're still producing N95s at that rate. 30 million per month a month before the pandemic and yet they've "shipped or are currently shipping" about 90 million respirators over three months of the pandemic...

There is a promise to ramp up to 180 million a month. Not sure what they're waiting for and you can't count it as a positive until it actually happens!

And righties wonder why The National Review is viewed as a garbage pile. Even they have to twist things to make Trump look positive.

#27 | Posted by jpw at 2020-05-19 09:37 AM | Reply

If the government wasn't going to nationalize the supply-chain " for understandable reasons " it wasn't an alternative to let companies operate under standard procedures either.

Why? Nationalize for a short time due to the emergency then give it back.

Otherwise all we did was pay for their production to increase while they raked in the cash for selling the products. Financially, they chose the most cost ineffective way possible.

But hey, DuPont, FedEx et al loved the $$$ I'm sure!

#28 | Posted by jpw at 2020-05-19 09:46 AM | Reply

Just about every thread posted by a conservative here gets dismantled by lengthy, thoughtful posts and the OP either disappears entirely or resorts to some form of "hmm...seems i struck a nerve, fiddle dee dee" type trolling.

#29 | Posted by JOE at 2020-05-19 09:56 AM | Reply

It's why the story of how the administration handled the potential ventilator crisis has gone almost entirely untold, and why its effort to secure supplies of personal protective equipment, or PPE, has been gotten largely skeptical or hostile coverage.

Last I heard, Trump told governors they were on their own. Even accused nurses of lying about their needs.

And secure supplies = steal supplies.

#30 | Posted by Derek_Wildstar at 2020-05-19 02:41 PM | Reply

This was a heartwarming story, about how the Trump administration handled the potential ventilator crisis in Russia.

See, it's not all bad news!

Give Trump some credit for not biting the hand that feeds him.

Not that you normally would give a dog much credit for doing that, since they are supposed to know that.

But let's give Trump a participation parade anyway.

Trump has earned it, according to Boaz.

It would be glorious to see Boaz, the combat veteran, marching (rolling?) alongside the draft dodger President. Not that Trump would even be marching, what with his debilitating bone spurs, those excruciating bone spurs that never stopped him from playing golf.

#31 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-05-19 02:56 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

So now Boaz is for participation trophies?

#32 | Posted by TFDNihilist at 2020-05-19 09:54 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Looks like after they read #13, the r-bags ran as far and as fast as they could.

#33 | Posted by Angrydad at 2020-05-20 02:52 PM | Reply

This is nothing but revisionist history. Things have improved in large part because healthcare providers have done an amazing job of preserving resources. We are still struggling to meet demand and using procedures that are not ideal.

#34 | Posted by johnny_hotsauce at 2020-05-21 12:23 PM | Reply

Comments are closed for this entry.

Home | Breaking News | Comments | User Blogs | Stats | Back Page | RSS Feed | RSS Spec | DMCA Compliance | Privacy | Copyright 2020 World Readable

Drudge Retort