Our local papers can certainly relate to "failed leadership"
Iowa’s Republican senator, Joni Ernst, was on CNN earlier today:
DANA BASH: You criticized Obama for 'failed leadership' when 2 people in the US died from Ebola. Nearly 130,000 are dead from coronavirus. So is Trump showing failed leadership?@SenJoniErnst: "No. I think that the president is stepping forward." pic.twitter.com/2KDUPpjL2Y— . . .
Our local editor renews his attacks on “that woman from Michigan”*
I’ve noted a couple of times this year our local papers’ dislike of strong Democratic women. In March, as the coronavirus spread exponentially, our local Ogden papers singled out Michigan’s governor, Gretchen Whitmer, for special criticism. Since then, we’ve had two Mike Myer columns and at least six editorial cartoons with the governor as . . .
The morning Intelligencer's editorial page ignored the coronavirus --it was more concerned about statues (three columnists and a cartoon). On the other hand, the afternoon paper did publish a week-old syndicated column supporting the re-opening of the country and an editorial that concluded:
COVID-19 has made somewhat of a . . .
Bounties in Afghanistan
From The New York Times:
Russia Secretly Offered Afghan Militants Bounties to Kill U.S. Troops, Intelligence Says
American intelligence officials have concluded that a Russian military intelligence unit secretly offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants . . .
A Wheeling News-Register editorial defends Trump’s coronavirus policies without once mentioning his name (with Update)
Yesterday’s lead editorial in the Wheeling News-Register defended President Trump by rewriting America’s short history of dealing with the coronavirus. (Like good propaganda, it rewrites the past in order to explain the present.) The editorial begins:
By the time we knew the enemy at our gates was a viciously specialized foe, it . . .
Some tweets you may find interesting on a late Spring day
None dare call it plagiarism
Okay, let's just call it an interesting parphrase of Neville Chamberlain. Historian Jack Pitney on yesterday's address by the president at West Point:
Trump: "It is not the duty of our military to solve ancient conflicts in faraway lands, that no one has ever heard of." His writers plagiarized . . .
The evidence is clear -- wearing masks can clearly reduced the spread of the coronavirus
There are many studies out there that support this conclusion. Here are the two most recent ones. From today’s The Hill:
Masks can reduce coronavirus spread by 40 percent: researchers
Additionally, from a British . . .