Our local editor tells us that he’s “been the little newspaper editor who cried wolf” on the coronavirus
Has he been? A look at the Wheeling Intelligencer’s coverage of the coronavirus
Saturday’s column by Ogden’s local editor, Mike Myer, is about pandemics and how quickly they can spread. Early in “COVID-19 Is Deadly Wakeup Call,” Myer explains that this is the reason why he is so concerned:
Well, how quickly can a benign virus, unable to even penetrate human cells, develop that ability? As little as two . . .
As the pandemic gets worse and U.S. unemployment grows daily, the Trump administration will fight to force food stamp recipients to find work
Last December, I blogged about how 10,000 West Virginian’s (and 700,000 nationwide) would lose their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits due to new work requirements from the Trump administration.
Last week, that action was blocked by a federal judge. From the Associated Press:
A federal judge has . . .
But not on Trump
President Trump has recently shifted from ignoring, denying, and calling the coronavirus a Democratic plot to admitting that there is a problem. (But it's not his fault!) This quick video summarizes this change:
This is a great reminder of how Trump lied about and ignored a clear and present danger to his fellow Americans: . . .
A state of emergency exists in West Virginia, but it apparently doesn’t apply to Bob Evans (3/18 update - as of midnight, it does)
It’s no wonder that President Trump praised West Virginia’s “Big Jim” at today’s press briefing
President Trump today
From Trump’s coronavirus press briefing earlier this afternoon:
President Trump praised West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice as his state remains the only one without a coronavirus case during the Tuesday press briefing on the outbreak.
The president made the remark in response to being asked about . . .
Trump (and some Republicans) continue to blame the Chinese
Yesterday, from President Trump:
The United States will be powerfully supporting those industries, like Airlines and others, that are particularly affected by the Chinese Virus. We will be stronger than ever before!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 16, 2020
This follows a number of other statements by Trump, some . . .
Mike Myer advises us not to play the “blame game”
Local Ogden editor Mike Myer’s column, “Blame Game Is Severe Side Effect,” in today’s Wheeling News-Register, asks us to refrain from what he calls the “blame game” in assessing the coronavirus pandemic. Here's his conclusion which I believe adequately summarizes the point he's trying to make:
COVID-19 isn’t the first . . .
*With important afternoon update
Early this morning, the House of Representatives voted 364-40 to pass emergency coronavirus relief legislation. From the Associated Press:
The Democratic-controlled House, with President Donald Trump’s support, early Saturday passed a bill to provide free testing for the coronavirus, as well as paid sick and family leave, . . .