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Armchair Quarterbacks Try to Rewrite History on Coronavirus

David Harsanyi, National Review

Even if we had “listened to the scientists,” the United States wouldn’t have been able to avert the coronavirus. Expert predictions were all over the place, and very few researchers or scientists came close to calling the spread correctly. It’s impossible to be on a perpetual war footing, organizing and planning for every known emergency and eventuality at all times. Of course there is great room for improvement. Of course we should have more flexibility to produce ventilators or other emergency equipment. But it’s unrealistic for the public to expect there is any policy proposal or political leader that can immunize us from disasters such as this one.

The ‘Orange Man Bad’ Disease

Robert Stacy McCain, The American Spectator

The “Orange Man Bad” theory of causation: everything bad is Trump’s fault and this theory's proponents evidently can’t understand why it has cost them their credibility. So far, U.S. deaths from COVID-19 are still only a single-digit percentage of the more than 30,000 Americans who die annually from ordinary flu infections. As bad as the coronavirus outbreak is — and it’s likely to get much worse before it gets better — we must keep it in perspective. We must be able to distinguish between real risks and the politically motivated fear campaign being hyped by the media. The coronavirus pandemic will end, but the media’s liberal bias is incurable.

Woke stupidity is spreading as fast as the coronavirus pandemic

Kyle Smith, New York Post

The woke virus is spreading faster than ever. Woke idiocy has attended every step of the coronavirus outbreak. On Jan. 30, just as it was starting to emerge as a serious worldwide issue, CNN published a huffy piece on Trump’s health-crisis managers that began, “It’s a statement that’s as predictable as it is infuriating: President Donald Trump’s administration lacks diversity.” Oh no, a lot of epidemiologists are white guys. Cancel them. Last week CNN invited notorious Hugo Chavez fanboy Sean Penn in as an expert on crisis management. Next year there will probably be a vaccine for coronavirus. But there will never be an inoculation for woke stupidity.

Tumbleweeds Greet Credible Sex Abuse Accusation Against Gropey Joe

Kurt Schlichter, Townhall

Like all the trash people in his trash party, Biden wanted to crucify Kavanagh over a patently ridiculous lie while posing as dedicated protectors of womenfolk. They all knew it was a joke, but who cares if you have to ruin a good man if doing so protects the ability to off babies up through adolescence? And now we have this, which may or may not be real but sure as heck sounds consistent with how this skeevy creep behaves and talks, and instead of believe all women, we get, “Nah, ignore the victims that hurt our chances in November.” Liberalism isn’t even hypocrisy. It’s just one giant lie wrapped in a scam and dipped in unadulterated bullSchiff.

As Trump’s Poll Numbers Rise, Media Begin Censoring Press Conferences

Mollie Hemingway, The Federalist

In response to positive Trump's positive poll numbers, the media were angry and depressed and began blaming his press conferences. Their theory seemed to be that the more Americans saw Trump, unfiltered, they liked him and the more Americans saw the behavior of the media, they didn’t like it. This flies in the face of what many in the media assumed for years. They pushed for daily White House press conferences so that they could have the opportunity to be on camera and pressure Trump. Now that they had daily press briefings with the president, they weren’t happy. A weird response for people whose ostensible job is to simply report the news of the day.

Joe Biden is Barack Obama without the fake Greek columns

Charles Hurt, Washington Times

For nearly five decades, Mr. Biden has been one of the great masters of Washington. Yet he is a blubbering disaster unfit for the national stage during a crisis. Unfit, really, for any stage during any time. He is Barack Obama — minus the fake Greek columns. Since the dawn of the Trump Dynasty, Democrats have manufactured ridiculous crisis after ridiculous crisis. Russian hookers peeing on a bed in a Moscow hotel room. Supreme Court Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh a serial gang rapist. Ukraine Kabuki impeachment. These people are fundamentally unserious. Totally untrustworthy. Genetically anti-American. Nothing reveals their unseriousness like an actual, true crisis.

Amid virus crisis, Biden, Democrats refine attacks on Trump

Byron York, Washington Examiner

The president's approval rating among Republicans, Gallup says, remains above 90%, while "independents' and Democrats' approval of Trump's performance has increased slightly since earlier this month, tying as the best he has registered to date among each group." It suggests political rivals might want to take care in how they attack him over the virus crisis. Some analysts attribute Trump's polling to a "rally effect" — that is, people instinctively supporting a leader in a moment of threat to the country. No matter what it is, it means that Democrats must search for ways to slam the president without offending those who wish him success.

Virus Heroes and Zeros

Kurt Schlichter, Townhall

No one outside that set of losers thinks Trump chose not to wave his magic mask n’ ventilator wand and make them appear in Manhattan. His ratings are going up, and when he starts pushing to get America up and running again, the haters – who are already test-driving their “Trump wants to kill all your grannies because his hotels haz the vacancies!” memes – are going to find that most Americans want to get back to work. This lockdown stuff may play for a while, but its sell-by date is fast approaching and if they think Trump is going to get blamed for freeing people once the Great Curve Flattening starts, they are – as they usually are – wrong.

Press stunts at briefings show how useless Fourth Estate has become

Charles Hurt, Washington Times

These daily jousting sessions expose just how far out of their depth these “reporters” are when confronted with the actual president, rather than some lower-level designate. Covering the White House or Congress or presidential campaigns is not the “front row of history” or writing the “first draft of history.” Actually, it is a responsibility. A responsibility to ask smart, tough questions on behalf of the millions of Americans who do not get that opportunity yet have the responsibility to be informed so that they can make good decisions during elections. Nothing gets the White House press’ knickers in a bunch like protecting their own honor.

The Passing of Time During the Pandemic Confinement

Roger Kimball, The Epoch Times

As our enforced leisure reminds me, our experience of time is not strictly linear. It may often seem to speed up as one gets older. That summer holiday that seemed to stretch out forever when one was in grade school goes by in a flash once one hits middle age. Yet there are several things that can put a brake on one’s experience of time. One is novelty. Go someplace new for a couple of weeks. The first few days always seem much longer than the last when one has become used to a new routine and fresh sights. There is also the curious effect of boredom, which seems to elongate the present while accelerating one’s experience of longer stretches of time.

The Cleanup Crew for Biden's Flu Flubs

Tim Graham, CNS News

Every once in a while, the liberal journalists at PolitiFact grant President Trump a rare rating of "Mostly True." Recently, they verified a Trump tweet about Joe Biden: "During the 2009 swine flu outbreak, Biden made reckless comments unsupported by science & the experts. The Obama Admin had to clean up his mess & apologize for his ineptitude." The networks energetically circled the "news" wagons to protect Biden. They helped "clean up his mess." It's worth remembering that the media's coverage of infectious diseases resembles their coverage of every other potentially controversial topic. Verifiable facts are often secondary, and political spin dominates.

White House Press Continues to Humiliate Itself during Pandemic

Roger L. Simon, The Epoch Times

Early in the Trump administration, some effort was given to mixing (democratizing, really) those allowed in the press room. Even some “lowly bloggers” were allowed to ask questions via Skype.  That seems to have gone by the wayside. Afterwards, during Trump II perhaps, that too could be revisited. According to a recent Harris Poll, the public’s approval of Trump’s handling of the “CCP virus” has been improving, up 5 percent from a few days ago.  As of March 17-18, 56 percent approve, 44 percent disapprove of the way Trump is dealing with the crisis. Considering the divisiveness of our society and the unremitting enmity of the press, that’s not too shabby.

Dangerous Curves

Julie Kelly, American Greatness

Are we looking at the right “curve?” And how accurate is the current curve if it doesn’t include possible cases before the height of the hysteria began in late February and early March? This is a dangerous time and not just because of the threat of a treatable disease. Americans are willingly surrendering to government their freedom, their livelihood, their long-term economic security, and their mental well-being over unjustified panic about a virus that might have already spread and now is abating. If this is the new normal, where incomplete data and media-fueled panic rule the day, that is an even more frightening prospect than what’s happening right now.

The real lesson of the Chinese pandemic

Charles Hurt, Washington Times

If nothing else, it has laid bare just how dangerous and deceitful an enemy the communist regime in China really is. They lie about everything. They make people disappear to cover up anything embarrassing. They spark wild conspiracies to muddle the truth about what actually caused this Chinese pandemic. Far more concerning is how deeply dependent American politicians have allowed our country to become on China. Hopefully, this current Chinese infection passes in short order and Americans can get back to their normal, healthy lives. This crisis shows how critical it is for us as a country to break our dependence on such a dishonest and dishonorable enemy.

Shameful media still slamming Donald Trump during coronavirus crisis

Michael Goodwin, New York Post

An ABC News/Ipsos survey released Friday finds 55 percent approve of the president’s leadership, while 43 percent disapprove. Those figures are a reversal from a week earlier, when 43 percent approved and 54 percent disapproved. Of course, to recognize this shift in the national mood would mean the media would have to give Trump credit, and that is forbidden. Stark polarization is what the media like and want — and refuse to see anything else. Tellingly, the more information and access Trump gives the White House press corps, the angrier the members get. The president and his team provide daily updates, announce new efforts and take numerous questions.

The Media Is Even More Garbage Than Usual

Kurt Schlichter, Townhall

Look, we all get that you want that sinewy, senile strange-o Joe Biden to be president, but maybe you can be less obvious about it. You barely covered his debate with Bernie “Look at the YouTube” Sanders because when he wasn’t hacking up a lung, Hoover’s daddy was promising free health care and ponies for illegal aliens. The advancing dementia of the Democrat's presumptive nominee is a non-story because you want us to non-know about it. Trump’s masterful handling of this crisis, in contrast, is something you can’t handle. Since he’s doing all the right things – blending transparency, leadership and optimism with calm and focus – you have to manufacture lies.

Trump called it the 'Wuhan coronavirus' for a legal — and commonsensical — reason

Andrew C. McCarthy, The Hill

The origination of the virus in China and its transcontinental spread across the globe are highly relevant. They rationalize the president’s authority to address the emergency with Washington’s awesome resources. Congress has explicitly authorized the chief executive, in an emergency. Not only did history and common sense justify the administration (among others) in noting the origin of the Wuhan coronavirus. Doing so was a legal necessity if the imperative of federal support for beleaguered state governments was to be fulfilled. There will be plenty of occasions in this national election year to judge their performance. For now, let’s assume their good faith.

The Real March Madness

Daniel J. Flynn, The American Spectator

Leadership requires standing up against the mob, not grabbing a pitchfork to join it. That’s followship. The country’s leaders made a tails-I-win/heads-I-win coin-flip calculation that politically indemnifies them against imposing draconian measures. If the disease kills tens of thousands of Americans, they can justify limiting everyone’s freedom and pushing the economy into contraction. If the disease kills a fraction of that, they can counterfactually point to their unprecedented actions as the difference maker. CYA bureaucratism belongs to those lower on the federal totem pole, not to the face at the top. We do not necessarily fear what kills us. We fear the unknown.

It’s Beltway wishful thinking — Joe’s no fighter

Charles Hurt, Washington Times

He is the same rotting corpse of a candidate he was three weeks ago. It’s just that Democrats have decided that they would be better off with the dead guy than with Mr. Sanders. In other words, the Democrat National Committee won. They killed Mr. Sanders in the crib — for the second straight primary in a row. It’s like “Weekend at Bernie’s,” only it stars anyone but Bernie himself. Either way, Mr. Biden is still a corpse. His electoral revival has nothing to do with Mr. Biden being a fighter, except of course when he is attacking defenseless voters. Then he’s a real tough guy. Calls young women “dog-faced,” cusses out gun owners, calls people liars or accuses them of being “fat.”

Sam Donaldson Couldn't Save Bloomberg

Tim Graham, CNS News

On Valentine's Day, Sam Donaldson announced he was endorsing Michael Bloomberg for president because President Trump is a "sick, ignorant man." Donaldson even made a commercial for Bloomberg. Then the results came in, and Bloomberg had only won American Samoa. Donaldson's endorsement didn't sway a lot of people. Donaldson backed Democrat Doug Jones in the 2017 Senate special election. In 2016, he made anti-Trump donations to John Kasich late in the primaries and to Hillary Clinton leading up to the general election. For decades, Sam Donaldson gave to the Democrats "at the office," so to speak. Now he's spreading his retirement money all over to drag Republicans down.