One of the first lessons in an economics class is everything has a cost. That's in stark contrast to lessons in the political arena where politicians talk about free stuff. In our personal lives, decision-making involves weighing costs against benefits. Businessmen make the same calculation if they want to stay in business. It's an entirely different story for politicians running the government where any benefit, however minuscule, is often deemed to be worth any cost, however large.
The coronavirus dominates the news on every network. NBC Nightly News had covered the virus that started in China since January 17, the “first day the networks arrived at the coronavirus story.” None of the on-air coverage between September 1, 2019 - April 14, 2020 mentioned how the network’s parent company is building a theme park … in China. In fact, NBC News has made only one online mention in six months of the Universal Studios theme park being built in China’s capital of Beijing.
When the price of U.S. oil crashed below $0 on Monday, lefty Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) sent out a disgusting tweet praising the coronavirus-induced crash. She later deleted the tweet, and the cat caught all three major evening news broadcasts by the tongue. AOC’s vile tweet was a response to another tweet suggesting that “oil producers have to pay people to take [the oil] off their hands,” according to Market Watch. She said, “You absolutely love to see it. This along with record low interest rates means it’s the right time for a worker-led, mass investment in green infrastructure to save our planet. *cough*,” in a tweet at 12:34 p.m. Monday. NBC Nightly News, ABC World News Tonight and CBS Evening News all ignored reporting it for two days.
Every host at The View, save for Meghan McCain, went out of their way to defend Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday’s show, after the Trump campaign came out with an ad showcasing how tone-deaf the Democrats were to hurting Americans during this economic recession. The View’s liberal hosts were outraged by the ad and vigorously defended the House Speaker from the “morons” attacking her. Co-host Sunny Hostin completely dismissed the scathing ad that used Pelosi’s own words as “manufactured outrage” from Fox News.
As if sapping the joy out of the lunch hour for kids in public school wasn’t enough, Michelle Obama is back to treat all school age youngsters to some educational reading time. The Former First Lady recently announced her new show on PBS KIDS in which she will be reading classic children’s books for the youngsters dealing with quarantine.
Leave it to CNN Chief White House Correspondent Jim Acosta to look for any opportunity, even a coronavirus-induced oil crash, to get in an amateurish zinger at the president. When the price of U.S. oil crashed below $0 to mark the lowest level for a contract on record, Acosta took to Twitter to find an older April 2 Trump tweet to prepare his one-liner.
Joy Reid's show on MSNBC provides a virtual parody of liberal-elite condescension to Trump supporters. Reid found it "confusing" that Trump's populist base supports him despite supposedly not "getting anything economically out of this plutocracy." The New Yorker's Jane Mayer explained to Reid that Trump's "racist and anger-laced" rhetoric "excites the lower-educated part of his base, the white-male base, particularly. And so he's saying things that make his supporters feel good."
Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld once cautioned newcomers to learn from those who held the same positions before. “Try to make original mistakes rather than needlessly repeating theirs,” he said. Harry Kazianis should have taken Rumsfeld’s advice before writing this annoying paragraph on April 2: "The rapidly worsening pandemic is shaping up as the defining challenge of the Trump presidency. Future historians will judge if Trump should be viewed like President Herbert Hoover or President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in meeting the challenge. While Hoover is generally blamed for not doing enough to fight the Great Depression, Roosevelt is generally credited with ending it."
The liberal New York Times devoted two stories between Apr. 15 and Apr. 17, attacking President Donald Trump’s decision to freeze funding to the World Health Organization. The effort attempted to insulate one of the president’s biggest liberal critics on the matter from conservative scrutiny: billionaire Microsoft Co-Founder Bill Gates. The Times piece published Apr. 17 and headlined, “Bill Gates, at Odds With Trump on Virus, Becomes a Right-Wing Target,” grumbled Gates “has effectively assumed the role occupied by George Soros, the billionaire financier and Democratic donor who has been a villain for the right.” NPR reported that the U.S. had pledged $656 million to the W.H.O. for the “two-year budget cycle of 2018 and 2019,” which is less than 1 percent of Gates’s estimated net worth.
Devoid of any responsibility for the wellbeing and livelihoods of the American populous, CBS Evening News spent two consecutive nights chiding President Trump’s urging for parts of the country to eventually reopen, and get the millions of unemployed and hurting Americans back to work. According to them, the Republican Party was more interested in saving the economy than saving lives.
As our national lockdown drags on, Americans seem less and less inclined to move swiftly toward societal reopening. Perhaps that's due to the consistent media focus on the risks of reopening. Perhaps that's also due to the psychological comfort of the status quo: When we've been made to feel safe in our home, it's difficult to leave it. Or perhaps we, as a society, have so fundamentally altered our own perception of risk aversion that we aren't willing to leave our houses unless the risk is close to zero.
It appears some of the most liberal billionaires in the United States are joining forces with California Governor Gavin Newsom (D) to give pandemic relief funding to illegal immigrants. CNN seemed pleased to mention a list of groups involved in the effort, but the outlet strangely neglected to mention George Soros’s massive Open Society Foundations are also involved.