Friends, I want to write about Trump's new fuel-economy standards, but I face a strange difficulty. I'm very familiar w/ the many reasons they are Bad, but I'm having a hell of a time finding anyone who will claim they are good or necessary. Even the admin's own rulemaking…
TCM is running a series of films directed by Akira Kurosawa tomorrow starting with Drunken Angel. The star, Toshiro Mifune, would have been 100 years old this year. I recommend all of them but my favorites are:
Today is Toshiro Mifune’s 100th birthday and @tcm is celebrating by programming 24 hours of his films. You may know the samurai movies but my fave is “High and Low” where he plays a shoe salesman caught up in a kidnapping gone wrong pic.twitter.com/Gyvg6D2eZ6
Trump claims nobody is saying there aren’t enough tests. Just another lie.
Amazing story in @nytimes: the President had a conversation with Governors about the crisis in which he lied to them, and then the White House lied about the call, even though the Times had a recording. Great work by @maggieNYT, @jmartNYT and Mike Bakerhttps://t.co/kgJwfhgHgz
President @realDonaldTrump says testing isn't a problem. In the last 10 days I visited 15 states – testing was a problem in every single one of them. He lies – again – and people die. https://t.co/WncToTpZIM
This is the problem. The coronavirus stats should be coming from the federal government, not the networks and universities. Since they aren’t federal, that makes it easier for right wing extremists to question them.
The battle to prevent Americans from understanding what went down January to April is going to be one of the biggest propaganda and freedom of information fights in modern US history. https://t.co/Ggf3vFZXcC Data erasure and the manufacture of mass confusion have already begun.
We have no idea how many Americans have had coronavirus since the outbreak began. We have no idea how many Americans have coronavirus right now, today, at the moment you read this. And we’re not sure how many Americans the coronavirus has killed so far https://t.co/sEPNqDE8mL
Paraphrasing @RadioFreeTom’s “The Death of Expertise”: We have reached a point where ignorance is an actual virtue. To reject advice of experts is to assert autonomy. It is a new Declaration of Independence: we hold all truths to be self-evident, even the ones that aren’t true. https://t.co/TYxcGsDOhI
This has already started. How do I know? Because Trump surrogates are accusing Trump’s opponents of screwing with the coronavirus fatality numbers, and Trumpers ALWAYS falsely accuse others of whatever misconduct they plan to do THEMSELVES. Always. #projection#COVID19 1/ https://t.co/5fdiIOak5F
Spain, Italy, Germany, Singapore publish daily, data-rich epi updates. In the US, situational awareness is largely courtesy of volunteer projects and 50 state health dept websites. We must modernize our surveillance and reporting infrastructure to be able to respond effectively.
I’m not sure that counts as “inflated.” If someone with another condition dies because of Coronavirus-caused complications, that should qualify, imo. In other words, if a person dies, who would still be alive if not for Coronavirus, that’s a Coronavirus death. Disagree?
It is a legitimately tough call for the networks and the cables to not show the President in this time of crisis. But if their reporting matches @nytimes and the President says he's doing it for free TV and ratings,it's time to cover them differently. For him its about him not us
"It’s the opposite of news because the information Trump dispenses is filled with misinformation. Airing it live, knowing Trump’s record for dishonesty, is professionally irresponsible." — St. Louis Post-Dispatch, editorial board. https://t.co/uRQQFHDvgG
Jeff Zucker was asked on a call today about the network's decision to carry the WH press briefings live. He defended CNN's decision to air them live, but also said the network has considered other options, including not airing parts of them. https://t.co/C4xrxJHIaI
I prefer a combo of 2 alternatives instead of not covering the President's COVID-19 press conferences: 1. Give @JoeBiden equal time to explain what he would do – specifically and 2. Always do immediate fact checking of what 45 says.
I have nothing against the Pillow Guy or what he says, but it is evidence once again that the Trump admin is unable to attract actual professionals to do the work of government and that these "press" conferences are just open-mic entertainments that should not be televised live. https://t.co/fCPHXS0Ngc
The Cameraman was Keaton’s first film for MGM and his last great feature. After that, MGM ruined his career by placing him in bad films. He had much less control than when he made features independently.
Richard Thompson’s “Wall of Death” was the last song on Shoot Out the Lights (1982), the last album he recorded with his then wife Linda. He has continued to perform it solo. R.E.M. covered it on a Thompson tribute album in 1994.