Evening Edition - March 26

March 26, 2020

As if we’re not paranoid enough: as you’re staying inside, hiding from the world, have you thought about whether you might get infected if you touch the boxes of supplies you ordered from Amazon?

https://pjmedia.com/lifestyle/now-that-you-got-your-boxes-delivered-from-amazon-should-you-touch-them/

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Because even in a life-or-death crisis, divisive identity group politics is all some people have, one leftist writer claimed that America’s response to the coronavirus “is a natural consequence of white supremacy.” Meanwhile, a feminist Senator in Australia claimed that since more women work in health care and cleaning jobs, they face a disproportionate risk of infection, therefore, the COVID-19 (Chinese) virus “is a gendered crisis.”

https://twitchy.com/brettt-3136/2020/03/25/women-hardest-hit-australian-senator-wants-to-remind-us-all-that-covid-19-is-a-gendered-crisis/

Considering that so far, the virus has killed far more men than women, wouldn’t it be more accurate to call it a feminist virus?


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Laughing through the darkness: A couple of brave Hollywood celebrities put out videos making fun of their famous peers for trying to show how they “feel our pain” by singing John Lennon’s “Imagine” while suffering self-quarantining inside the walls of their massive mansions.

https://www.westernjournal.com/watch-ryan-reynolds-hilariously-mock-celebrities-coronavirus-virtue-signaling-viral-video/

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The most difficult decision President Trump is facing now is whether to lift some pandemic restrictions and risk accelerating infections and deaths, or wait longer than necessary and risk killing the economy. We all hope and pray that faster, accurate tests will be developed and manufactured and a cure/vaccine found in record time, and there are surprisingly positive indications of both. But until we’re certain, if Trump tries to sound hopeful about the pandemic being not as devastating or long-lasting as feared, his political opponents accuse him of spreading false hope and wanting to sacrifice American lives for the economy – and never mind the devastation to people’s lives that would be caused by shutting down the economy until the November elections, which is likely the dream dancing in their twisted heads.

The media keep attacking Trump for allegedly spreading false information. KUOW, the Seattle NPR radio affiliate, even announced that it will no longer carry his daily press briefings “due to a pattern of false or misleading information.” Because when you want reliable, unbiased news, you can always rely on a Seattle NPR affiliate. You know, one of those taxpayer-supported NPR stations whose programming is so vital that Democrats demanded $75 million for them in the emergency economic rescue bill.

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/seattle-npr-affiliate-to-stop-airing-live-coronavirus-briefings-over-pattern-of-false-information

Seattle conservative radio host Jason Rantz, who is familiar with KUOW’s programming, isn’t surprised. He says he suspects their staff is triggered by Trump’s 60% Gallop approval rating for his handling of the crisis and that they’re hearing from angry listeners who still can’t get over the 2016 election. Rantz told the Washington Examiner:

"Their staff is full of progressive activists masquerading as honest journalists. It's not so much that I care they're progressive and have an agenda; it's that they pretend not to. And this exposes them for what they are. But, hey, it's Seattle. They'll probably be called brave for keeping important information from the public."

For the record, I’ll offer again this list of the "Top 10 Lies About President Trump’s Response to the Coronavirus," all from media outlets such as the New York Times, Politico and the Washington Post, that routinely accuse Trump of spreading lies and misinformation.

https://pjmedia.com/trending/the-top-10-lies-about-president-trumps-response-to-the-coronavirus/

In order to make such a difficult choice between acting too soon or waiting too long, government officials on all levels need reliable information. It’s ironic that while liberals attack Trump for allegedly spreading misleading information to further a political agenda, that’s exactly what they’ve been doing since the earliest days of the pandemic, when they accused Trump of being an immigrant-hating xenophobe for shutting down travel from China in January. (Now some liberal news outlets accuse him of not doing it soon enough.)

But it isn’t just the obvious opportunists. One of the most relied-upon sources for predicting the potential spread of the infection and the hospitalization rate is under fire for allegedly being a propaganda tool cooked up by Democratic activists to frighten policymakers into making rash and drastic decisions.

Madeleine Osbourne at The Federalist reports that an online pandemic modeling site called COVID Act Now is being cited by the media and used by officials across America as justification for closing businesses and ordering people to stay home, and even as an argument for shutting down entire states. But so far, its predictions have proven as exaggerated as most radical climate groups’ computer model predictions about the temperature.

https://thefederalist.com/2020/03/25/inaccurate-virus-models-are-panicking-officials-into-ill-advised-lockdowns/

For instance, the COVID Act Now model predicted that by March 19, Tennessee would have 190 confirmed, hospitalized coronavirus patients. It actually had 15. By the same date, it predicted 400 hospitalizations in Florida. The real number was 90. Similar dire predictions have also been wildly overestimated, at least thus far.

National security writer Jordan Schachtel reveals that the modeling comes entirely from one team at Imperial College UK that has a track record of bad predictions and criticism from the scientific community, that refuses to release its code that makes the estimates, and that claimed the virus would kill up to 2.2 million Americans.

Osbourne reveals that there are multiple problems with their data, including using early numbers that are likely to be wrong, using outdated demographic numbers, assessing the US as a whole instead of by state, assuming that everyone spreads the disease at the same rate, and not adjusting for “population density, culturally-determined interaction frequency and closeness, humidity, temperature, etc.”

She also reports that the founders of the site include Democratic Rep. Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins and three Silicon Valley tech workers/Democratic activists; and the caveats on it include an admission that “this model is designed to drive fast action, not predict the future.”

To be clear: none of this is meant to downplay the severity of the disease or the importance of preventing its spread. But it does suggest that if someone questions the apocalyptic predictions of unreliable sources that see an opportunity to exploit a health crisis to advance a leftist agenda, then the media shouldn’t automatically assume that the skeptic is the one spreading misinformation.

For further reading, here are some more scientists pointing out the flaws in the media’s favorite fear-generating website. Some even have a theory that millions of people may have already developed a “herd immunity” to the virus and we just don’t know it yet.

https://www.dailywire.com/news/oxford-epidemiologist-heres-why-that-doomsday-model-is-likely-way-off


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Our Christian comedian friend Chris Wineland is back with two more episodes of “The Monologue Show,” his homebound version of a late-night comedy show without the unfunny Trump-bashing, to lift our spirits during these tough times. Our writers Pat Reeder and Laura Ainsworth are helping out with some material (they used to write a syndicated radio humor service.)

Episode 2 was a little late and rough, and had to be done without writers and streamed live over a cell phone because of Internet problems (everyone is home and grabbing up bandwidth like it’s toilet paper.) But Chris makes it funny somehow:

https://www.facebook.com/chriswinelandcomedy/videos/2665583376998211/?vh=e&d=n

And Episode 3 was much smoother and really hilarious, especially Chris’ wife giving every drunken bridesmaid’s reception speech for all the people who had to cancel their weddings and missed it. Check it out and give a “Like” to some clean, non-political comedy:

https://www.facebook.com/chriswinelandcomedy/videos/1513573928799138/

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  • Ted Elkins

    03/27/2020 02:37 PM

    It's actually comical that any PBR station would bash the president for making false statements. Like they know more about than he does. In fact, even the experts on infectious diseases doesn't have the answers. The president has admitted he doesn't know the answers. He's trying to keep us abreast on what the government is trying to do and is trying to estimate how long this is going to take. He's trying to keep us positive rather than pile on this terrible times.

  • Tammie W Cade

    03/27/2020 12:36 PM

    I enjoy reading your newsletter. I am considerate of the information you provide. I am grateful to President Trump and I often think about the pain his family feels for the reactions of some. I believe that if the president and the rest of the world were not distracted by the impeachment process we could have been more aware of the possibility of a crisis. I think they should accept responsibility for causing division within our country.

  • Melinda Long

    03/27/2020 11:51 AM

    thank you for this enlightening article...have posted some of it on my FB page

  • Nelda White

    03/27/2020 11:48 AM

    I believe that God is leading the president in the way he should go. God see all the ones that are praying for His help and guidance. I trust in the Lord.

  • Phyllis Warren

    03/27/2020 11:07 AM

    Governor Huckaby will you please tell us what the left got included in the bill from their list? The only thing ever mentioned is the Kennedy center but I know there’s more and everyone is being very evasive. We need to know the whole story. Thank you!

  • Betty Barwig Hutson

    03/27/2020 01:04 AM

    Spending my 80th Birthday with your Newsletter and up to date News makes my day special.
    Thank you Mike and God bless you and your family.

  • Jerry korba

    03/26/2020 10:02 PM

    Why does Biden get a pass on sex abuse and your nothing to me comment

  • Jerry k

    03/26/2020 09:33 PM

    After watching tucker tonite I railed about dumb and dummer of ny earlier today it appears they have roster of very dumb government officials by has a parade that has a theme of our Asian Americans I have seen these In my tour in the late 60’s and early 70’s quite colorful on feb 2 nd of this year by politicians were telling the people it was safe to go and enjoy the parade on the 9th different polictican tells a large group o people to ride the subways get out to eat nothing to worry about in March the mayor tells the people to go to the theaters and watch a movie together recently a council member is told medical equipment needed in the hospitals are in a warehouse do you think he would check it out at that point no he continues the interview he was relying on a msm Outlet so much for urgency dumb and dummer are so far behind this virus they would be better off in jail no body in them they let them all out does do your job sound familiar dumb and dummer and the rest of the dummies

  • Dusty

    03/26/2020 09:29 PM

    Sad to hear how NPR now is responding that the President is a liar and those people behind him must all be too? My husband now gone use to love NPR and went often to get donations for them. He was a true conservative so that they feel he is lying I do not believe the Dr would still be there for one. So now let go of NPR.

  • Susan M Vickous

    03/26/2020 09:22 PM

    With all that's going on around us, it is refreshing to sit down with my husband and watch your program. Thank you for all you do. We pray for all of you and just want to say also that we love Trey and the band, Keith and WE LOVE SARAH!

  • Christine Norton

    03/26/2020 08:20 PM

    Does the president have line item veto on this 2T bill that is for workers and companies impacted by the coronavirus ?? Can he delete the items that are clearly NOT about coronavirus ?
    If not - FORGET THE BILL - go to Executive Action instead.

  • Pam Burton

    03/26/2020 07:36 PM

    I’m not really sure if the emails get read, but I have to ask. Is there not some type of law or ethics that would deal with certain persons who feel they have the right to bash our First Lady and their minor son. I’m not prejudice, but I can trust we all know what would happen if it were done when Obama was in the House. Is there really not something that crosses a line legally.

  • Charles D. Roberts

    03/26/2020 07:32 PM

    Thanks for being a calming voice amidst intended chaos.

  • Clara Herrin

    03/26/2020 07:01 PM

    I read, quickly, some of the The Bill. Since I'm not used to reading governmentese, it was mostly incomprehensible to me. Then I read, quickly, the statement that Nancy Pelosi offered to the American people in which she essentially stated that she wanted to read The Bill before she voted on anything. OMG, how the screw has turned. Now she wants to know what's in The Bill before she takes any action on it. Talk about duplicity!!!!!!!!!

  • Kay DeWitt

    03/26/2020 06:58 PM

    Prior to seeing your newsletter in my inbox, I found myself reading media reports on this pandemic and, when I read that it probably will go on for another 12 to 18 months, I felt a sense of dread.....

    Despite all your warnings about the media's lack of honesty, the fact of their dishonesty never occurred to me WHILE I was reading their reports because the most normal assumption is that, during a crisis like this pandemic, truth ABOUT it would seem to be a reporter's number one priority....

    So, in view OF the dread I was feeling, as a result OF what I had just read, reading YOUR balanced take on this pandemic crisis was like a breath of fresh air...and, FOR that, I do thank you.....AND....I want to clarify that.....

    When I stated that I had "a sense of dread" , that in no way contradicts the fact that I KNOW....beyond a shadow of a doubt...that Jesus honors His promise, to His followers, that His grace is sufficient for ANYTHING that we have to deal with and that He will not inflict us with any more than we can bear! But the "flesh" never says"praise God I am suffering " BECAUSE "it" dreads it. ...BUT, because the flesh is subservient to the Spirit (of a Christian), the supernatural power OF the Holy Spirit enables the Christian to transcend whatever the flesh suffers and the praise that is evoked is not FOR the suffering, but that God can USE the suffering to conform us into the image of His Son......HOWEVER.....as true as this IS....

    I still can't wait for this pandemic crisis to end and can praise the Lord that, after reading dread -filled report after dread -filled report, that the final report I read in this newsletter was NOT a dread -filled one because it was authored by one who KNOWS that there is always hope when we are serving a God OF hope!

  • Nancy McNeely

    03/26/2020 06:48 PM

    I could care less about the leftist media... I have NOTHING to do with them. Nancy McNeely

  • Pat J Green

    03/26/2020 06:47 PM

    Isn't it amazing that these constitutional scholars of just a few months ago are now infectious disease experts today?

  • Nancy J

    03/26/2020 06:45 PM

    Dear Mike, Do you mean to say that the predictions causing this country to come to a screeching halt, causing terrible-awful fear and pain for its citizens were generated by a computer!!!! Like the ones that “predict” our weather!! (That changes daily). Like the ones that predict “global warming”!! No wonder there is so little common sense, we don’t use the brain the Good Lord put in our head! I support Trump, let’s get back to work soon!

  • John Courter

    03/26/2020 06:36 PM

    I do agree with how our president is handling our current crisis. I do wonder, especially with some of the state actions; When does an intrusive government become tyrannical?

  • Victoria K Moniz

    03/26/2020 06:18 PM

    I keep hearing about supporting our local stores but I keep wondering how they can do that when nobody is working? Just an observation.

  • Stephen Russell

    03/26/2020 06:16 PM

    Getting economy moving: I would map regions of High, Medium, Low Virus rates, infections, deaths & those with Least can Open up more? IE MT ND SD MN ID CO WY?? MO?
    Then get the economy moving in those states or region alone.
    & also sue China for damages with monetery suit'
    & ID US companies in China ( non RX, medical) paying to China & end Chinese lobbying in DC alone & CA & HI

  • Floyd A Unger

    03/26/2020 06:11 PM

    Well happily we just continue down the road finding out that Trump was/is right and the liberals/press continuing to find something else to be wrong about.

  • Carmen Price

    03/26/2020 05:54 PM

    Governor Huckabee:
    I want to know if everyone is hunkered down in our homes, not going anyplace, how is the virus spreading? Money, our shoes, our clothing? Something is making is spread?????
    Inquiring minds want to know.
    Regards
    Carmen Price
    Reno, NV

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    03/26/2020 05:53 PM

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  • grace bryson

    03/26/2020 05:46 PM

    THE LEFT IS GROSS AND THE RIGHT IS ALONGSIDE THEM. PLEASE CALL PRES TRUMP AND TELL HIM NOT TO SIGN A BILL THAT INCLUDES SELLING OUT THE AMERICAN VOTER BY PROMOTING VOTER FRAUD WITH MAILIN ONLY AND OTHER METHODS. ALSO nOOOOOOOOOOOOO MILS FOR ILLEGALS - WE CANT HELP ALL OUR UNEMPLOYED AND SICK NOW SO NOW ISN'T THE TIME TO BRING MORE UNKNOWNS.