"There are no libertarians in a global pandemic." So goes the smug punchline of large-government advocates who point to the necessity of collective action in the face of an unprecedented global crisis. Without government, they say, we'd all be dead. Few libertarians would disagree. The hardcore libertarians at Reason magazine aren't spending their days fulminating over the evils of government-required lockdown orders in the face of a fast-spreading, deadly disease. That's because they, like all other sentient human beings, recognize that collective action is sometimes necessary.
Huh. That headline sounds like something NewsBusters would write for an April Fool’s Day post. But, to borrow a favorite quote one of the two subjects of the post below, this was not a joke. On Tuesday afternoon’s CNN Newsroom, host Brooke Baldwin ended 2020 Democrat Joe Biden’s latest interview by gushing that “your strength” has been campaigning and making direct contact with voters (often through touch).
On the last Sunday in March a year ago, The Washington Post Magazine published a goopy cover story titled "Pelosi's Moment. On the last Sunday in March this year, The Post published an "Opinion Essay" in the A section that went on for three pages (with eight photographs) celebrating Pelosi as "A troublemaker with a gavel." Karen Tumulty wrote what sounded like a very long Hallmark Greetings card for Pelosi's 80th birthday.
New York Times congressional reporters Carl Hulse and Emily Cochrane gave the “tick-tock” on the Senate passage of a coronavirus stimulus package -- at least as told by Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer: “Passing the Stimulus: Nonstarter at A.M. To 96-0 at Midnight -- How the polarized Senate found a way to negotiate a plan to help an ailing nation.” Schumer guided the story, with Hulse as usual happy to be pulled along by Democratic talking points. There was no mention of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi sabotaging the crisis package by attempting to shoehorn in airline emission regulations and other Green New Deal items.
Following suit from MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell and unlike his CNN colleague Dana Bash from Tuesday, CNN’s Situation Room host Wolf Blitzer didn’t offer anything Wednesday in interviewing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) that’ll end up in a career highlight reel showing journalistic prowess. Instead, the 13-minute-plus interview was one softball after another, refusing to grill Pelosi on anything, or push back against Pelosi’s assertion that Senate Republicans don’t care about struggling Americans.
Unlike the friendly, compliant Andrea Mitchell, CNN (of all networks) actually questioned Nancy Pelosi’s botched efforts to get election reform and climate change legislation into the Coronavirus stimulus package. Perhaps Pelosi’s attempted spin was too much even for Dana Bash. On Tuesday, she told the CNN host: “Everything we are suggesting just relates to COVID-19.” Bash reminded, “I'm sure you heard the Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on the Senate floor today… saying that what you and the House have been asking for, and maybe even some Democrats in the Senate are, you know, things on your wish.”
Earlier this week, Democrats sabotaged Senate efforts to pass COVID-19 relief measures by demanding that their unrelated legislative pet projects be included in any bill. On Monday, MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell has discovered the true villain of this story: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for daring to point it out.
During a live interview with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday, MSNBC anchor Andrea Mitchell lobbed one softball after another, refusing to press the Democratic leader on playing politics with coronavirus relief legislation. Instead, Mitchell repeatedly encouraged Pelosi to dictate terms of the aid package and attack President Trump.
After NBC actually called out Democrats for holding up the coronavirus relief bill Monday morning, its sister network instead, went to absurd lengths to defend Democrats refusing to give aid to hurting American families. On MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reports, the host downplayed Senate Democrats playing politics, while even defending their actions as doing what voters would want.
On Monday, NBC’s Today show was surprisingly direct in blaming Democrats for the failure of a massive coronavirus relief package in Congress. The network morning show repeatedly made it clear that the “aid package was blocked by Senate Democrats” and even wondered if “this the time to have these kinds of arguments,” while Americans are “desperate” for help.
The New York Times caught up to last month’s huge Trump rally in New Jersey, reporter Katie Rogers devoting a full-page National section lead story to denigrating Trump supporters: “Stoking Grievances, and Collecting Data." Rogers wrote: "But Teddy Goff, the Obama campaign’s former digital director, said the Trump campaign had taken traditional digital tactics in a new direction by spreading misinformation and news of the president’s latest political skirmish -- basically, keeping supporters angry enough to vote[.].”
Shortly before President Trump addressed the nation on Wednesday to explain what his administration was doing to prepare for the deadly coronavirus (COVID-19), ABC’s World News Tonight and the CBS Evening News decided to give a megaphone to Democratic lawmakers so they could suggest the administration wasn’t taking the virus seriously.