Is this a 'death of expertise moment'?
—No, actual human death. People will die.
Why can't you Never Trumpers be more constructive?
—Plague. Death. Bad. Seek shelter. Gotta go.
Thanks! So let's look at how is this affecting the markets and the 2020 primary! https://t.co/4L36Nmhdf8
— Mig Greengard (@chessninja) February 28, 2020
Dan Froomkin, at Presswatchers.org:
… They made it sound like some real news was made: That Trump put Vice President Mike Pence in charge of the government’s response to the coronavirus; that the president urged calm.
But even the Pence “news” appears to be a sham, and a clusterfuck: In addition to being basically a fuck-you to the medical community — given Pence’s proud defiance of scientific truths — it was apparently a last-minute decision based on political optics that blindsided Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, who at the same time insisted that he was still in charge.
This one really wasn’t hard. It was obvious to anyone listening to Trump’s rambling, often incoherent, self-centered, stream-of-consciousness ad-libbing – much of it straight out of his political rallies — that:
– Trump had no real understanding of what he was talking about.
– He had no sense of what was required of him as president.
– He sees this as being all about him.
– There are only so many things that can come out of his head….
(It’s an excellent professional aggregation, so just read the whole thing.)
Much further down the hierarchy, but just as damning in its way:
38% of Americans wouldn't buy Corona beer "under any circumstances" because of the coronavirus, according to a recent survey.
Just to be abundantly clear: There is no link between the virus and the beer. https://t.co/xNUnkZvwtE
— CNN International (@cnni) February 28, 2020
The survey, it turns, out, does not say this!
What it says:
-38% of beer drinkers say they wouldn't buy Corona (for any reason at all, including, presumably…they prefer other beer)
-4% of people who usually drink Corona say they would stophttps://t.co/X4Wa6tLR3z https://t.co/r37un3LRSG
— Ariel Edwards-Levy (@aedwardslevy) February 28, 2020
Even most of the 4% who plan to stop drinking Corona beer might only be doing so because they don't want to hear the jokes, not that they believe it is coronavirus in a bottle.
— Owl Parliamenterian (@davidabenner) February 28, 2020