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.
Texas Political Establishment Attempts to Derail Shelley Luther’s Campaign
The special election for Texas’ Senate District 30 is on pace to be one of the most heated races in the Lone Star State.
At a candidate forum on September 18, 2020, Shelley Luther, the Dallas salon owner who was jailed for opening her business in defiance of Governor Greg Abbott’s shutdown order, confronted outgoing State Senator Pat Fallon.
Fallon vacated his seat and is now backing a successor in State Representative Drew Springer.
“We don’t want somebody who’s going to be at odds with our Republican governor,” Fallon said September 18 at the Grayson County Republican Women’s Club.
I didn’t support some of the things that he has done about opening up. … So, he’s made some mistakes. He’s our Republican governor, the 80/20 rule … because you’re not going to get any bills passed unless the governor signs them.
“Let me make something clear. I am accountable to my fellow citizens in Senate District 30. Not our Governor,” Luther responded on September 19 on Facebook:
This is exactly what is wrong with Austin. Our politicians are more loyal to Abbott than us, even when they disagree with him.
I will work with Governor Abbott when he is fighting to protect the liberty of Texans, and I will oppose him when he pushes unilateral dictates that shut down our local businesses.
Fallon and Luther had a tense exchange, which was caught on video.
“You want me to go all in on this race?” Fallon questioned Luther. “I have been 5 percent in on this race. You want me to go all in on it, I’m welcome to.”
“This has become a straight-up fight between Abbott and the ‘Kumbaya’ Professional Political Class vs. the grassroots and people who remember what limited government and principles should look like,” opined conservative activist Mike Openshaw.
“Respectfully, being willing to be jailed for fighting over-reaching government shows principle; that counts for something, Patrick,” Openshaw continued.
Luther has recently received endorsements from conservative Collin County Judge Chris Hill and Young Conservatives of Texas. Springer, on the other hand, received an endorsement from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, which asserted that Luther was going down a “far right” path.
A Republican is expected to carry the senate district, which may still require a runoff if the leading candidate does not get enough votes during the first round of the special election.
Election Day will be on September 29.
Luther is viewed as the truly conservative option and many believe she could help break the political status quo in Austin that has kept conservative legislation from ever being passed.
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