On Monday, Presidnent Donald J. Trump had a conference call with governors to discuss plans concerning the coronavirus pandemic. If you found out about this conference call via Left wing media outlets, particularly the New York Times, you were likely severly misled.
The New York Times, along with a few other publications, ran headlines like “Trump to Governors on Ventilators: ‘Try Getting It Yourselves.'”
Trump did not say the governors had to fend for themselves. Rather, Trump said, “respirators, ventilators, all of the equipment — try getting it yourselves. We will be backing you, but try getting it yourselves. Points of sales, much better, much more direct if you can get it yourself.”
The headlines obviously (and likely intetionally) left out this extremely important context.
Making matters even worse was the fact that these seemingly intentionally misleading headlines were backed up with tweets from NY Times employees and big name Leftists.
Julie Bosman, a national correspondent for the New York Times, tweeted a partial quote from Trump, making it appear as if he was declining to help governors. She expressed her outrage (or supposed disbelief) at what Trump had said by simply saying, “Wow.”
— Julie Bosman (@juliebosman) March 16, 2020
Another New York Times employee (this one from their editorial board), Mara Gay, also helped spread this Fake News. You might remeber Mara Gay from another recent controversy.
She was in the news not too long ago for thinking that 500 million dollars divided into 327 million people would equal over one million dollars per person. It’s actually just a little over one dollar per person.
When caught in this error, she didn’t laugh it off and admit it was a really dumb mistake. Nope. She claimed the corrections were motivated by racism.
In this case, Mara Gay didn’t simply make a stupid math mistake, she outright lied. She tweeted, “Trump told governors this morning they are on their own….”
Trump told governors this morning they are on their own:
“Respirators, ventilators, all of the equipment — try getting it yourselves,” Mr. Trump told the governors during the conference call, a recording of which was shared with The New York Times. https://t.co/K0sont7MBc
— Mara Gay (@MaraGay) March 16, 2020
There were many other mainstream, Leftists doing the same. For instance, David Corn, bureua in cheif at Mother Jones and MSNBC analyst, and Bill Palmer, a blogger with over 300,ooo twitter followers:
Donald Trump told governors this morning they’re on their own. https://t.co/kBAx7yGXQx
— David Corn (@DavidCornDC) March 16, 2020
Donald Trump's day so far:
– Tells governors they're on their own
– Tweets illiterate attack on New York Governor Cuomo, deletes it
– Stock market drops by another 2,700 points
– Does this dickhead still think it's a hoax?
– Trump is going to prison
– It's still only 3:40pm
— Palmer Report (@PalmerReport) March 16, 2020
Washington Post and New York Times are both running misleading headlines that the President told Governors they're on their own to get respirators. That's not what he said. And they wonder why people aren't treating this seriously.
— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) March 16, 2020
Erickson is right, too. There is no question why the distrust of the media is high.
Every chance the mainstream, leftist media outlets get to manipulate and twist something Trump has said, they jump at it. This is causing a major divide in this country, even on an issue that in theory should be completely non-politcal.
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Greg Abbott Signs Executive Order Keeping Violent Criminals from Going Back on the Streets During the Wuhan Crisis
After the Wuhan Virus was confirmed in several Texas jails in the last week, Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued an executive order on March 29, 2020 that makes it more difficult for several inmates to be let out on “no-cost, personal recognizance bonds.”
Abbott tweeted, “Today I issued an Executive Order preventing [email protected] of dangerous criminals from prisons & jails. We want to prevent the spread of #COVID19 among prison staff & inmates. But, releasing dangerous criminals in the streets is not the solution. #txlege #coronavirus”
Today I issued an Executive Order preventing [email protected] of dangerous criminals from prisons & jails.
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) March 30, 2020
Several cases of the Wuhan Virus were discovered in the Dallas County Jail and Harris County Jail last week, two of the state’s largest jails. In addition, a handful of cases were confirmed in state prisons. According to NBC DFW, the virus’ outbreak was “followed by demands to reduce the inmate populations by releasing, immediately and without bond or judicial delay, those held on misdemeanor crimes or awaiting trial on misdemeanor crimes. Some also called for non-violent felons to also be released on no-cost bonds.”
Abbott said Sunday that “releasing dangerous criminals makes the state even less safe” and issued a proclamation to prevent judges, and others, from releasing some inmates without a paid, cash bond.
In his executive order, Abbott declared that a person convicted of a crime that involved or threatened physical violence, or a person arrested for such a crime backed by probable cause, or a person with a criminal history of violent crime, cannot get out of jail on a no-cost personal recognizance bond.
With a PR bond, a defendant is released without having to post any money for his or her bond on the promise they’ll show up to their next court date.
Instead of virtue signaling and buying into the criminal justice reform movement’s desire to foment anarcho-tyranny, Abbott has held his ground by promoting public order.
A crisis like the Wuhan Virus pandemic does not need to be exacerbated by opening up the prison floodgates.
This is one case where American policymakers should use logic not emotion to craft prison policies in times of a pandemic.
Failure to do so will put the U.S. on the road to institutional failure.
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