Say, remember that drug that President Trump recently said seems to be having good results on the coronavirus, and major media outlets attacked and mocked him as a “snake-oil salesman” peddling “false hope” in a drug that was unlikely to be available in the near future? No, the other drug. Well, Dr. Fauci said a clinical trial showed clear-cut positive effects that prove a drug can block this virus, and on Friday, the FDA approved it for emergency use.
Wait, I’m confused: who’s peddling snake oil again?...
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Friday, President Trump held a special White House briefing to honor American citizens who are making a difference and doing heroic work in the midst of the fight against the coronavirus. You can see it here:
And new White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany held her first press conference. I think she did great, and if you don’t mind my saying so, she has a tough act to follow.
She also got high marks from some of her predecessors.
But she did get a taste of what’s to come from the respectful and unbiased lion’s den when an AP reporter asked her to “pledge never to lie to us from that podium.” I like one of the comments below the video: “I will pledge not to lie if you pledge not to ask stupid questions.”
Considering it’s the A.P., I might have said, “I’ll pledge not to lie if you’ll pledge to stop lying.”
NOTE TO JIMMY KIMMEL: IT STARTED IN CHINA
I doubt this applies to anyone who reads my newsletter or website, but those who get their “news” from leftist late night comedians (I mean the actual comedians, not the ones on CNN and MSNBC) may be shocked to learn that China is responsible for the COVID-19 (Chinese) coronavirus and for causing thousands of needless deaths by lying and covering up the truth. This will definitely come as a shock to Jimmy Kimmel’s viewers, since on Thursday, he mocked President Trump for talking about reports that the virus escaped from a lab in Wuhan, calling it a conspiracy theory that he “feeds the wingnuts” to try to blame this pandemic on China.
The next day, a secret dossier was leaked, compiled by the intelligence agencies of the US, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. It details the many ways in which China covered up the truth while allowing the virus to spread, including censoring news and social media, destroying evidence in the lab, refusing to share samples with other nations, denying that it could be transmitted from person to person, and “silencing” doctors who tried to speak up. While there’s still disagreement on whether it escaped from the lab (Australian intelligence puts the odds at only 5%), Fox News cites multiple sources as saying that US intelligence officials are increasingly confident that it did.
I wrote yesterday about the Atlantic magazine article that claimed there’s too much “misinformation” on the Internet, so to protect society, we need to replace free speech with a Chinese-style system of government policing the Internet to insure that only “experts” get to speak. If China is their shining example of a government that protects the truth, and the WHO is their idea of trustworthy “experts,” then I think we’ve found the "wingnuts." They’re writing for the Atlantic magazine and hosting late night comedy shows.
GUILTY BY HIS OWN STANDARDS
Joe Biden’s adamant denial of former staffer Tara Reade’s sexual assault allegation may be enough for Democrats who are doing Olympic-level backflips to back away from their previous “believe all women” statements. And the press, naturally, is helping by trying to dig up any discrepancies in Reade’s story and to question her motives, something they never did with Kavanaugh’s accuser, who was declared to be one of the greatest heroines of the year.
But that hasn’t stopped the questions about whether Biden had minions remove papers from archives, or whether he’s trying to hide evidence, or even, according to Greg Gutfeld, whether he made a slip of the tongue that gave away more than he intended.
And of course, the Trump campaign already has an ad ready to point out his hypocrisy…
As I have said consistently for years, whenever such old allegations are made against anyone, be it Kavanaugh, Trump or Biden, the accuser deserves a respectful hearing, but the accused deserves the presumption of innocence and due process to get to the truth. That was sometimes a very lonely position to stake out, although I do suddenly have a lot of Democrats keeping me company.
But let’s put aside the comparisons to Kavanaugh and Trump, because those are just examples of expected media/political bias and hypocrisy. Instead, I’d like to draw your attention to a very interesting article by Andrew Sullivan in New York Magazine. Sullivan is no Trump supporter (indeed, despite what he writes about Biden, he says he’ll still vote for him, just because he’s not Trump.) But he makes a strong case, one that I haven’t seen anyone else bring up, that putting aside Reade’s claim, by his own standards, Joe Biden is guilty of multiple sex crimes, many of which we can watch him commit on videotape.
That's because during the Obama Administration, Biden was instrumental in pushing the revamped guidelines for Title IX sexual discrimination and harassment on college campuses. Those were the draconian (many of us would say sexist and unconstitutional) rules that redefined sex crimes and stripped the accused (usually male students) of their basic rights to self-defense, finding them guilty until proven innocent – except they weren’t allowed to prove themselves innocent, since they couldn’t even see the evidence or question their accusers.
The definition of “sexual violence” was also expanded to include remarks about physical appearance and unwanted touching. How many times have we seen Joe do those very things to women - actions that, as Sullivan notes, would have destroyed the lives of male students under the rules Biden championed?
Fortunately, many of those rules have been rolled back (they had to be; too many colleges were losing expensive lawsuits by former male students.) Democrats naturally assailed the Trump Administration for doing it, accusing him of enabling sexual predators. But as Sullivan makes clear, if they really believe in those standards, then they are backing a Presidential candidate who is plainly guilty of multiple sex crimes under them, even aside from Ms. Reade’s accusation. This is yet another reason why I keep saying that if it weren’t for double standards, some of these people wouldn’t have any standards at all.
SOME FEEL-GOOD STORIES FOR YOUR SATURDAY
Some Feel-Good Stories For Your Saturday: The owner of a very special small business that was saved by a Paycheck Protection Program loan – along with the jobs of 120 developmentally disabled employees -- delivered a heartfelt thanks to President Trump and his daughter Ivanka.
A DeKalb, Georgia, woman who was working two jobs and lost them both because of the virus lockdown received a surprise from an anonymous Good Samaritan that restored her faith.
Finally, a reminder that “protecting” the elderly from the coronavirus has too often meant isolating them from society and their families. But see how one bride in Minnesota refused to let the “no visitors/stay in place” policy at a local senior facility keep her from sharing her wedding day with her grandmother.
DAILY BIBLE VERSE
And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.
Ephesians 4:32 (KJV)