By Tank Murdoch
(TNS) President Donald Trump has handled some crises since he’s been in office. Those include government-directed responses to natural disasters like floods, hurricanes, and wildfires.
Can you think of one instance where he’s “botched” it?
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When we think of the last Republican president, George W. Bush, ‘botching’ a response to a disaster, we immediately think of Hurricane Katrina. Now, mind you, we’re not agreeing that Bush ‘botched’ it; we’re simply saying the media, back when it mattered to more people, conditioned millions of Americans to believe that Bush ‘botched’ Katrina.
So far, there is no similar event where we immediately think of Trump having “botched it.” But his faithful enemies on the Left are trying to saddle him with one: Coronavirus.
Even as the president was touring tornado-ravaged Tennessee less than 24 hours after a storm ripped through, killing more than 22 people; then departing for Atlanta, where he met with CDC officials to discuss the coronavirus outbreak; after having signed an $8.5 billion funding bill aimed at combatting the disease — Leftists in the media were preparing to blame him for a ‘poor response’ to the virus outbreak.
Sean Hannity noted all of this during his Friday evening Fox News program.
No doubt President Trump’s response has been prompt and efficient. That’s the way billionaire businessmen get to be billionaire businessmen; they see a problem, the gather the right people and resources post-haste, and they deal with it.
But because nothing the president does will ever be satisfactory to a large segment of our country — or to the propagandists in the ‘mainstream’ media — nothing he’s done thus far to take on coronavirus is good enough. Or so the media would like us to think, because again, they’re trying to saddle Trump with something, anything, negative that’ll stick.
Enter The Atlantic (and shame on that pouter, Drudge, for linking to this story, by the way).
Under the headline, “The Strongest Evidence Yet That America Is Botching Coronavirus Testing,” the story begins:
It’s one of the most urgent questions in the United States right now: How many people have actually been tested for the coronavirus?
This number would give a sense of how widespread the disease is, and how forceful a response to it the United States is mustering. But for days, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has refused to publish such a count, despite public anxiety and criticism from Congress. On Monday, Stephen Hahn, the commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, estimated that “by the end of this week, close to a million tests will be able to be performed” in the United States. On Wednesday, Vice President Mike Pence promised that “roughly 1.5 million tests” would be available this week.
But the number of tests performed across the country has fallen far short of those projections, despite extraordinarily high demand, The Atlantic has found.
“The CDC got this right with H1N1 and Zika, and produced huge quantities of test kits that went around the country,” Thomas Frieden, the director of the CDC from 2009 to 2017, told us. “I don’t know what went wrong this time.”
Let’s analyze, shall we?
Who says ‘the most urgent question in the U.S. right now’ is — how many people have been tested for the virus? Well, The Atlantic, of course, and any former Obama official, like Frieden, the magazine could find.
Speaking of Frieden, we remember when, as Obama’s CDC director, he was in the hot seat being criticized for his response to the Ebola virus (which, by the way, was unwarranted because there were only ever a few cases in the U.S.).
Of course, this was before he pleaded guilty to sex abuse — but then got no jail time because we have a two-tiered ‘justice’ system in America.
‘Congress’ is criticizing the president’s response, you say? Not quite. Democrats in Congress have been criticizing the president’s response, for the most part. But notice no one has managed to point to any failings … except, ‘muh coronavirus testing.’
And about that, why would we and why should we test every single American for coronavirus? It didn’t originate here. And we don’t test everyone for the annual flu, either (which has a similar rate of mortality, by the way).
As ssistant secretary of Health and Human Services, Adm. Brett Giroir, told reporters this week:
The typical mortality rate for seasonal flu is about 0.1% or 0.15%. The best estimates now of the overall mortality rate for COVID-19 is somewhere between 0.1% and 1%, okay? That’s lower than you’ve heard probably in many reports. Why is this? Number one, it’s because many people don’t get sick and don’t get tested. So probably for every case, there are at least two or three cases that are not in the denominator. It certainly could be higher than normal flu, it probably is, but it’s not likely in the range of 2 to 3%. You have a denominator problem, and I want you to understand that. That only the people who are really sick or have symptoms come in and get tested.
Just like the normal flu, by the way. And for the record, viral testing for flu is only about 50-70 percent accurate.
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These stats weren’t in The Atlantic’s story, mind you, because all it focused on is ‘muh coronavirus testing! Test, test, dammit! Test!’
When this thing blows over, and it will, Americans will come to realize they’ve been victimized — again — by an irresponsible mainstream media that will stoop to any level of propaganda in order to try and harm President Trump.
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