Friday's "Wuhan virus" developments

March 21, 2020 |

In Friday’s developments around the COVID-19 coronavirus (or more accurately, “Wuhan virus”) pandemic, cases continued to rise, with New York City experiencing an average of one death per hour from it. But efforts to combat it are moving swiftly, such as making ventilators from 3D printers...

https://techcrunch.com/2020/03/19/open-source-project-spins-up-3d-printed-ventilator-validation-prototype-in-just-one-week/

...And some treatments are showing early positive results.

https://www.foxnews.com/media/malaria-drugs-touted-by-trump-can-work-against-coronavirus-top-doc-tells-laura-ingraham

Both the federal government and New York State are taking actions to prevent people from having their homes foreclosed due to inability to make mortgage payments during the virus shutdown.

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/some-homeowners-and-renters-will-get-a-break-from-the-coronavirus-financial-fallout-2020-03-18

https://www.crainsnewyork.com/coronavirus/banks-waive-mortgage-payments-90-days

President Trump announced that our southern border is being closed to nonessential trade. Also, he dismissed talk of a national lockdown and said that he’s suspended certain federal student loan payments for the next 60 days, and the Department of Education won’t enforce standardized test requirements for the current year. Also, the deadline for filing income taxes is being moved from April 15 to July 15.

https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/government-response-updates-white-house-briefing-expected-amid/story?id=69706088

I’m linking to that ABC News story because it actually contains info on all these important points and more. It wasn’t easy to find. When I Googled for news on this subject, the stories from other news outlets such as the New York Times, CNN and Vanity Fair were obsessed with calling Trump a “sociopath” who went on a “vicious rant” and dispensed “propaganda” because he lost patience with disrespectful reporters and dressed one down for asking a “question” that was a thinly-disguised accusation of giving people false hope.

To these anti-Trump media outlets, even in the middle of a worldwide deadly pandemic, the story is all about their feelings. Maybe that’s why the latest ABC/Ipsos poll shows that Americans’ approval of how Trump is handling the crisis has jumped 12 points in a week, from 43% to 55%. There was no similar jump in trust in the media.

Naturally, the media response to that was not introspection or reassessment of their own attitudes, but to attack Trump again, and list all the ways in which they think he’s handled this all wrong. They attack him for downplaying the threat if he tries to reassure Americans, and they attack him for frightening the nation and scaring stock markets if he delivers bad news frankly. They accuse him of racism for accurately calling it a “Chinese virus” while repeating bogus and vile talking points dispensed by the communist government of China. They badgered him to take a virus test, and when it came back negative, they assailed him for wasting a test. And now they’re baffled why the public is starting to trust Trump more than their reporting?

A reminder: Trump limited travel from China over this issue back in January, and the media called him xenophobic and racist, as did the Democrats when they weren't busy trying to impeach him. After he was proven correct, both later accused him of not acting soon enough to restrict travel from China.

Richard Fernandez at PJ Media made a good point: the media are lashing out in tantrums because not only have they been wrong about Trump’s handling of the virus, but the virus is exposing that they have been wrong about virtually everything they’ve been smugly preaching for years, from open borders to globalization to trusting China.

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  • Michael

    03/23/2020 04:08 PM

    The MSM has no respect for our President, never have, never will. Why the President wants or thinks he needs to have all those so called journalist in the room for questions and answers is beyond me! We the People sure don't need to hear from the liberal left media. I think it is way past overdo that measures be taken to silence the media, starting with having White House briefings without the MSM propaganda media !

  • Judi Stone

    03/22/2020 12:14 PM

    Could this virus be “The” Christmas present from N Korea?

  • Judi Stone

    03/22/2020 12:14 PM

    Could this virus be “The” Christmas present from N Korea?

  • Ken Stafford

    03/22/2020 11:21 AM

    Sad in our nation but liberals have become brain damaged. They are pushing perversion as a lifestyle. God warns that besides doing these things, we shall not accept them as acceptable. They are fitting right in with what God uses to show the end of times. We are actually destroying ourselves as a nation. We need to apologize to God and beg his forgiveness and mercy.

  • James Robert Huffman

    03/22/2020 11:04 AM

    Hear ye !!! Hear Ye !!!!!!!!!

  • Keith Collins

    03/22/2020 07:20 AM

    The medical industry could reuse masks by using uv light to disinfect them.

  • angela Brown

    03/22/2020 12:16 AM

    you we got all about kobe bryant and i thnink the deep state took him out and i think that is a event and this we in now is the second event casue they know the public will find out what they been doing all this years in washington. god did not give us fear the devil give us fear and he,s doing it through the news media everyday but god will win and look to god to help get througth this. thank you

  • Patricia Johnson

    03/21/2020 11:59 PM

    MIKE, Our truckers keep this country running and they are being treated terrible. The truck stops are closing at 8 PM and restaurants are not allowing truckers to park their rigs and go up to the take out. We maybe surviving quarantine but we cannot survive if the truckers can't get supplies through to us. Please see if you can do something about this. Thank You, Patricia

  • David Colonna

    03/21/2020 11:06 PM

    Mike, Thank God we have a few conservative news media left and especially you to tell us the truth. We sincerely thank you and we who follow these awesome media outlets are here to help and I know I would love to help in any political commercials to tell the American people how great our Republican leaders are true leaders and to vote them all in to office.

  • Douglas Pinckney

    03/21/2020 10:37 PM

    Winston Churchill shut down the media from publishing anything prior to WWII to keep the possibility of panic down to a minimum in England.
    Yes we have free-speech as an inherited right, but isn't there a way for President Trump to stifle the media in the wake of all the propoganda and fake news? All the media is able to publish is trying to propagate dis-trust with our leadership, lies and fake news on all fronts.

    Isn't there a way he could quarantine the media and force them to close just like all the other businesses and outlets to slow down the panic and spread of lies? There has got to be some way...
    Besides forcing lawful backlash for all the falsehood reporting, slander and publishing dis-trust? There has got to be a way to hold the media responsible for their reporting.

  • Judy Wehler

    03/21/2020 10:14 PM

    Governor Huckabee you are right on!!

  • Joetta Stephen

    03/21/2020 08:52 PM

    Keep the people informed with the truth. If he had a cure for this, they still would find fault with him. I hope more of their evil ways are exposed. Blessings...

  • Laura Buntin

    03/21/2020 08:29 PM

    Thanking for reporting good accurate information. Also for your Godliness and your adherents to the absolute word of God. Stay with us Mike, we need people like you. God-bless you and your family

  • Keith & Jill Johnson

    03/21/2020 07:20 PM

    We are just SO THANKFUL that Donald J Trump is our president at this time in history!! We praise God for choosing him at such a time is this!! Please let him know there are A LOT of regular folks who appreciate him!!!

  • Betty Tackett

    03/21/2020 07:12 PM

    You have never been more correct on your assessment!
    Thank you!

  • Sue Palik

    03/21/2020 06:49 PM

    Well, Folks, have not commented in a while. Maybe it is because I have So Many Comments, I'm overwhelmed. However, I will express this one: Re Congress and its bill to "everybody" who needs money or bailing out! Personally, one area that disgusts me is the airlines. They have soaked us for every little thing to pay for that they could think of, packed us in worse than sardines, treated us with such disrespect that I think with all the money they made off us, the commerial end needs to suck it up! Cargo, different story. Congress has never done anything to protect us with all these new rules over the how many years that has put our lives in danger on these airlines and they have so much power once you cross over the threshhold to bord, they are worse than a communist country, in my opinion. I've been charged $60.00 for simply talking to an agent because I couldn't resolve a text message they sent me on a cancelled flight, not to mention now they treated my two young adopted grandchildren that they wanted to separate from their mother, put on separate flights by themselves, and "just take a seat anywhere" - and first time flyers , no matter once gets motion sick, and the other was 5...sitting next to two strangers?!!! So, have no sympathy for the airlines. None! No money for the commercials! UNLESS Congress is going to attach some conditions for the flying public! Period!

  • Sandra Hoover

    03/21/2020 05:59 PM

    Thought I couldn't get more angry with the media and Libs like Schumer and Balasio. President Trump deserves a landslide victory

  • Rex Morgan

    03/21/2020 05:49 PM

    As a internist injury attrition I have been impressed with President Trump's handling of the situation. When you are dealing with this kind of Crisis no one is perfect but most of his decisions are very fact-based and helpful

  • Linda Rohde

    03/21/2020 05:19 PM

    I would like to see our President move away from the podium. He put VP Pence in charge, let him handle the news briefings. I say this because I worry about him. He has enough stress in his life without the media badger him. I think he is doing a wonderful job running the country. God bless him and the USA!

  • Joyce Birch

    03/21/2020 04:58 PM

    I think are President is doing a great job. He took the bull by the horns as soon as he got confirmation on the details. He's a true American & nobody is fighting for us like his.
    Sometimes I get so angry when he has an update on the virus & these leftist reporters are repeating & repeating & trying to trip him up. I don't blame him if he gets annoyed at times. They don't seem to respect his answers or his great team. Rome wasn't built in a day & these machines are complicated & need to run prescisely for what they need to do. If you rush production, then there are problems. My heart goes out to all affected by this pandemic. I could go on & on, but we all know & are all in the same situation. We must have faith & stay together in prayer.
    On another note, may be I'm thinking too much about the virus, but this may have been a conspiracy against Trump by the Chinese Communist Party not to get him re-elected. Also, I ask myself why would China kill their own citizens if this was the case, but they infected the world! They owe us big time & I hope they pay the price!!! Would this be Trump's "virusgate?"

  • Kay DeWitt

    03/21/2020 04:00 PM

    After reading this newsletter I am feeling too righteously outraged to try and find words in an endeavor to define the indefinable! The spontaneous cliche response that popped into my head was "you're damned if you DO and you're damned if you DON'T!"....

    These "contradictions" you point out need to go viral...Now while I know that GOING "viral" means a message is sent "around the world", so to speak, I don't.know how that "viral message" is "spread"! HOWEVER, what i DO know is that THIS viral spread must, unlike the spread of the pandemic virus, BE spread!

  • Donna Martin Martin

    03/21/2020 03:58 PM

    The liberal agenda is so left - the bible talks about dividing the right from the left and it is CLEAR that this has happened. If one is on the left - it is easy to see and frankly I don't know how to coexist with that extremism. it used to be that conservatives and liberals could at least be civil to each other but not anymore with the liberals doing their hate spewing then blaming the conservatives for it. It's a crazy time....the left live out the end times of the bible where right is wrong and wrong is right. the conservative party still believes in what is right and wrong being being wrong and they are hated for it. Jesus will be coming back soon - and boy will it be interesting then!

  • Hugh Spalding

    03/21/2020 03:45 PM

    Most of the MSM has, consistently, been unfair to POTUS Trump. It is truly a shame since he is a very caring and good President. He and VP Pence are doing the best they can in a very trying time for America and for the World. They deserve the support and respect and the gratitude of all Americans.

  • Sherry Stephens

    03/21/2020 03:04 PM

    TRUMP 2020??????

  • Ellen Klapperich

    03/21/2020 02:59 PM

    It is very frustrating for citizens to have to dig through all the disinformation that the media has spewed just to get to the truth on this virus. They should be ashamed but they aren't.