Mark Finkelstein

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On her MSNBC show, Joy Reid warns that President Trump might use the coronavirus crisis as a "guise" to "reign as a monarch." She also mocks the President as "Apprentice Guy."



On Morning Joe, Joe Scarborough, after reciting a litany of over-optimistic statements President Trump had made about the coronavirus, mistakenly stated: "Yesterday, in Donald Trump's hometown [NYC], 1,000 Americans died of the coronavirus." In fact, the 1,000 figure represents the total number of virus deaths in the entire USA since the beginning of the outbreak, not in NYC just yesterday. 



On Morning Joe, Joe Scarborough pleads with congressional leaders to strip out the provision in the coronavirus bailout bill that prohibits President Trump's companies from receiving relief. Scarborough argues that if the provision remains in the bill. Pres. Trump will have an incentive to make "rash" decisions to re-open the economy. In contrast, if the provision is taken out and his companies can receive relief, his only motivation will be to keep Americans healthy and safe. 



In a bizarre interview with Nicolle Wallace during her MSNBC show, Joe Biden is alternately goofy and choked up.  He twice gets emotional while describing people who have lost loved ones to the coronavirus. But he also twice flings insults at President Trump, only to call his words "stupid," saying "sorry," and "I shouldn't have said it that way," while making a series of goofy facial expressions. 



On her MSNBC show, Nicolle Wallace says it's "more difficult" to hope that Sen. Rand Paul, who has tested positive for coronavirus, is okay, given that he didn't promptly self-quarantine. No worries, Nicolle! Nothing "harsh" at all about finding it difficult to hope that someone with a potentially fatal disease is okay! Particularly when, as you twice mentioned, he's a "Republican."



On Joy Reid's MSNBC show, ex-Republican Kurt Bardella claims that because Pres. Trump uses the term "Chinese virus," Asians "can't go on the subway without being attacked. They can't go to school without being attacked."



Al Sharpton opened his MSNBC show this evening by announcing that, in response to his "moral appeal" to the White House, President Trump, "to my surprise," had called him to discuss the compassionate treatment of the homeless and incarcerated in light of the coronavirus epidemic.



Surely Jon Meacham knows that when people resort to "some of my best friends are" whatever, they are losing the argument. Yet on today's Morning Joe employed just such a claim to defend himself against accusations of anti-conservative bias. Meacham accused President Trump of causing the "literal" death of constitutional order. He then suggested that if people listened to a Trump press conference, they would conclude that "the lives of your family" would not be safe "in this man’s hands."



There's a difference between warning the public to take a threat seriously, and throwing in the cards and saying doom is near. On Morning Joe, Joe Scarborough claims he "certainly" doesn't want "to scare anybody," but goes on to predict that there is a "very real possibility" that the US health care system "collapses."



We've all witnessed the shocking scenes of racists attacking Asian-Americans, accusing them of responsibility for the coronavirus! Oh, wait: we've seen no such thing. But that didn't stop MSNBC political analyst Karine Jean-Pierre from MoveOn.org from spouting off late Monday afternoon that talking about the coronavirus as "Chinese virus" (as President Trump has) was not only racist, but places Asian-American "lives at risk" for having spoken as such. The horror!



On Morning Joe, Joe Scarborough praises President Trump's performance at yesterday's press conference, describing the president as somber and serious, and saying he did what a president is supposed to do.



On Joy Reid's MSNBC show, leftist guest Eric Boehlert called Fox News a "cancer on this country" that has been "getting people killed for years." Reid quoted to Boehlert from a Washington Post column that suggested that Rupert Murdoch should force Fox News to "tell the truth" about coronavirus, and also use his influence with President Trump on the matter.



Hard-core socialists aren't letting a national emergency go to waste. They want to exploit it to realize their ultimate dream: government ownership of the means of production--the very definition of socialism.  On Joy Reid's MSNBC show this morning, Bill de Blasio, the extreme-left mayor of New York City, actually proposed the: "nationalization, literally a nationalization, of crucial factories and industries that can produce the medical supplies that can prepare this country for what we need."



On CNN, David Axelrod admits that President Obama gave an underwhelming speech on the Deepwater Horizon oil spill,  actually making matters worse. But Axelrod goes on to claim that Obama's speech was "like the Gettysburg Address" compared to President Trump's Oval Office address on the coronavirus. 



Joe Scarborough proved once again this morning that there is virtually nothing that the liberal media can't spin into a positive for one of its own. On today's Morning Joe, Scarborough claimed that Joe Biden telling a construction worker that he was "full of s---" on gun control was proof of Biden's humanity, and that he was a "fighter."



Is Nicolle Wallace so blinded by her hatred of President Trump that she's forgotten--assuming she ever knew--that the leaders of China don't stand for election. It's a communist dictatorship, you know?



CNN has declared coronavirus a "global pandemic." But in an interview with a CNN reporter, a passenger on board the Grand Princess cruise ship off California said that he was not worried "at all" about contracting coronavirus, and that he "absolutely" viewed the situation as "overkill."  Then, when Alisyn Camerota informed Dr. Anthony Fauci, a member of the White House coronavirus task force, that CNN has declared coronavirus a pandemic, he replied that calling it a pandemic: "is not going to make any difference with what we do." He suggested that people not get "all bent out of shape about what you call it."



Remember this the next time you hear a liberal bemoaning President Trump's "coarsening of the dialog." On her MSNBC show today, Joy Reid declared Donna Brazile the Winner of the Week for having told RNC Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel to "go to Hell."



Joy Reid indulged in some particularly ugly scapegoating/scaremongering this morning. On her MSNBC show today, Reid twice depicted  the children of Trump supporters as a coronavirus threat to "your kids." Reid's notion was that Trump supporters, "God love 'em," are gullible, credulous rubes who blindly believe anything the president says. And since President Trump has supposedly claimed that coronavirus is a "hoax," his supporters will ignore their children's symptoms, and send them off to school where they can infect "your kids."



On Morning Joe, Joe Scarborough calls Chuck Schumer's attack on Justices Gorsuch and Kavanaugh "deeply disturbing" and "reprehensible." He says it is right for Chief Justice Roberts to have rebuked Schumer. But Joe goes on to sarcastically say that he expects Roberts and Mitch McConnell to also rebuke President Trump for attacking federal judges.