@#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.