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So far…

Every time we think we’ve beat Covid-19 (when it starts to go down), we get overconfident, or just lazy. Will we ever learn? Will we ever pay attention and focus long enough to make this finally go away?

After Joe Biden’s speech, Fox News blasted him. Tucker Carlson complained “How dare you tell us who we can spend the Fourth of July with.” Fox News contributor Mollie Hemingway went on Laura Ingraham’s show and said “And then to pick Independence Day as the day where he says he might allow people to gather is just so un-American. Joe Biden doesn’t get to tell me when I can have a barbecue in my backyard.

When did we get so entitled that we insist on our right to a BBQ, even if it threatens lives (including our own). Are we really that unhinged?



  1. EemKam wrote:

    Absolutely nothing surprising in this… The faux news outrage machine is built on the echo chamber. No matter what Biden says, they will take issue. My disappointment is that MSNBC has basically become a mirror to that. It’s hard to find actual news coverage on TV. I know there’s bias in everything, but cable news is just about ratings. POTUS on Sirius/XM isn’t bad…makes me miss my commute.

    Sunday, March 14, 2021 at 7:43 am | Permalink
  2. Ray wrote:

    1980, with the election of Saint Ronny the Mendacious Spendthrift and the perversion of conservatism is when all this began.
    Conservatives may as well embrace Ayn Rand or the John Birch Society–not that they wouldn’t pervert those into something unrecognizable also.

    Sunday, March 14, 2021 at 9:28 am | Permalink
  3. Jeff wrote:

    It started in 1985 with the end of the Fairness Doctrine, allowing media outlets to present only one viewpoint. When people were only offered a single point of view, it became their point of view. The echo chamber was born, and it’s been growing ever since.

    Sunday, March 14, 2021 at 10:19 am | Permalink
  4. Anonymous wrote:

    They did embrace Ayn Rand in the past and did misrepresent the faux philosophy there, too.

    The fair and balanced approach to news didn’t work either. In their effort to find opposing views, they sometimes had to voice the opinions of strong minority positions. Viewers interpreted the two points and equal.

    The only way, IMHO, is a critical and educated public. Not going to happen.

    Sunday, March 14, 2021 at 8:27 pm | Permalink
  5. Dan wrote:

    Time for the FCC’s Fairness Doctrine (in effect from 1949-1987)to be put back into use.

    Sunday, March 14, 2021 at 11:49 pm | Permalink
  6. Dan wrote:

    For fair news watch PBS, BBC News, France 22, German and Japanese news broadcasts.

    Sunday, March 14, 2021 at 11:51 pm | Permalink
  7. Rachael Prieto wrote:

    I’m looking at the moving graph of average new Covid-19 cases in the U.S. for the past year. Amazing – a huge peak in January, 2021, followed by a huge drop in March 2021. Any theories to explain this? I believe the huge uptick is meant to mirror our stupidity in not observing mask guidelines, but then why the huge drop 2 months later? Rumor has it that with the vaccine, they’ve stepped down on testing so the statistics look better for vaccine. Could this be true?

    Monday, March 15, 2021 at 9:54 pm | Permalink
  8. Iron Knee wrote:

    The consensus is that the rise at the end of 2020 was due to gatherings at Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve (and maybe some from Christmas shopping). Because of the sudden (frightening) rise, people started paying attention to wearing masks and social distancing again (which along with no additional holidays with gatherings) caused it to drop.

    Also, we now have a majority of senior citizens getting vaccinated, so this is helping to drive down the numbers.

    Any decrease in testing in the recent past is due to the fact that testing hit an all-time high on January 18. So a slight reversal once cases went down is no surprise. I don’t expect this will continue now that new cases have stopped declining. Hopefully, with the new, at-home tests that are starting to roll out, and now mandatory testing for people entering the US from other countries, testing will increase.

    Monday, March 15, 2021 at 11:42 pm | Permalink
  9. Rachael Prieto wrote:

    Thank you, Iron Knee. That all makes sense

    Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 5:45 pm | Permalink